12 Variations of INTJ: MBTI and the Zodiac
From what I’ve observed, many MBTI snobs turn their noses up at the mere mention of astrology. As though it were intellectually beneath them. But how many of those people realize that Carl Jung, the godfather of the MBTI, saw value in astrology? From reading an assortment of quotes by Jung on the topic, it is clear that he was inclined to believe there exists some relationship between events on earth and the cosmos that we have yet to understand. This notion is closely tied to other ethereal concepts he entertained such as the “collective unconscious” and synchronicity.
The zodiac, much like the MBTI, provides a language, a language with which to “read” or interpret meaning from celestial activity. How accurate or reliable this language is at doing this is debatable. But even if all astrology disciplines that have ever been developed and employed by humanity across the ages are equally inaccurate, misguided and useless, this doesn’t discomfit the possibility that astral events may in some way impact life on earth in discreet but substantial ways.
The INTJ being an intuitive type, ought to appreciate this. Nikola Tesla was after all, a renowned genius inventor and reputed INTJ who is noted for having entertained some really unconventional ideas that defy the conventional wisdom. Introverted intuition is able to visualize abstract potentiations before they can be realized or proven empirically.
As an INTP, I will use some extraverted intuition (Ne) now to speculate about the astrological variations of the INTJ personality. Here is an interpretation of how the INTJ personality may vary under each of the 12 zodiac signs.
The Aries INTJ is probably a bit of an a-hole. Intensely passionate and intellectually arrogant. This of course may not be readily observable because as introverts, they likely keep alot of this hidden behind an unassuming and ostensibly calm demeanor. An INTJ born under the sign of Aries is liable to be a covert narcissist but they are driven to do great things that others can ultimately benefit from. They are highly original and inventive and they believe in the merit and value of their ideas even when others doubt them. Being doubted only motivates them more and they savor the opportunity to prove critics wrong. The INTJ temper is probably accentuated under the sign of Aries but it is likely intense and short-lived. The INTJ wants to maintain composure and so when they blow their fuse, they will try to quickly regain control over their rational senses.
“There are all kinds of stupid people that annoy me but what annoys me most is a lazy argument.”
— Christopher Hitchens (INTJ Aries born April 13)
The INTJ Taurus is probably extra-stubborn with a fixation on gaining money and resources. They probably possess exceptional ability in developing and implementing systems and so they may excel in the world of finance and business. They are likely very shrewd business people who know how to spot and capitalize on lucrative opportunities that may elude other people. The Taurus INTJ may be somewhat more indulgent than other INTJs and they may become immoderate in some of their sensual appetites especially when under stress. Their fondness for red wine may at times get out of control and transform them into raging alcoholic a-holes. Normally they are very calm and personable and many people may find them attractive. Taurus is ruled by the planet venus which would supposedly imbue physical attributes that make the mysterious INTJ even more alluring to the opposite sex.
The Gemini INTJ is likely to be extra cerebral and a skilled communicator. Gemini is ruled by mercury, the planet of communication and intellect. The INTJ Gemini therefore is probably especially interested in discussing their thoughts with other people who can keep up. They probably possess impressive vocabularies and pronounced writing ability. The INTJ Gemini may be rather positive and indiscriminate in who they associate with so long as they are decent reasonable people. The INTJ Gemini may still possess an ego that is predicated on their mental prowess and they probably fancy themselves a genius and expect people to recognize it. Despite this, they probably have a light airy quality to them that is likeable and they may be more entertaining and fun to be around than other INTJs.
The cancerian INTJ is liable to be very personable and unassuming in temperament. Despite their independent nature, these INTJs may be coddled momma’s boys (or daddy’s girls?) or they may have unresolved mother issues. These INTJs nonetheless possess strong character and values and they may be close to their family members and very protective of their loved ones. Beneath their steely stalwart disposition is a well of sensitivity that few people will ever see. The Cancer INTJ is likely full of passion and compassion with a desire to better mankind through their work. This INTJ is liable to possess strong business acumen and a pragmatism that may allow them to succeed in whatever ambitious venture they pursue.
The Leo INTJ is likely to possess an ample amount of self-confidence whether or not they show it. They may be comfortable with taking the lead because they enjoy being in control. A certain amount of warmth may come through in their demeanor and this draws other people to them. The Leonine INTJ is probably a bit emotional though but their pride often keeps them from showing any signs of weakness or vulnerability. They like to show strength and they normally have a rather positive friendly vibe that can make them seem more extraverted than they really are. Nevertheless, the INTJ Leo is likely to be generous with their time and often willing to aid others as a source of advice and counsel.
The Virgo INTJ is probably very reserved – repressed even. They may be modest but they probably take pride in how proficient they are at what they do. The INTJ Virgo probably has an interest in healthy lifestyle and they may be very picky about what they eat. They can likely be very demanding and possess perfectionistic standards that make them a nightmare to deal with at times. These INTJs may be really introverted and uncomfortable with excessive attention and praise being lavished on them. They are sufficiently critical of themselves and so they rely less on outside validation or esteem from others. The INTJ Virgo may also be especially prude and more likely than other INTJs to stay virgin before marriage. These INTJs may especially struggle with neuroticism and anxiety.
The Libra INTJ likely values harmony and balance in their lives and so they may apply their well developed powers of organization to achieve this end. Even though they are not especially social, this INTJ may nonetheless possess social graces that allow them to function well as a fake extravert. They are more interested in objects and ideas than people, but they likely also possess a fine appreciation for the opposite sex and forming deep passionate connection with that special someone. They appreciate beauty and art and their creativity in both word and deed is probably very apparent. The INTJ Libra likely has a very active mind and imagination that is always at work brewing up ideas for their next big passion project.
Scorpio INTJs may be intense and possess a kind of magnetic aura about them. Other people likely find them mysterious and interesting. Extraverted feeling types may feel compelled to try and crack their code and get to the human heart inside the cyborg. INTJ Scorpios probably are especially private yet seem to know alot about other people. They may be exceedingly perceptive and skilled at reading into people’s motives and intentions. These INTJs might be more possessive and domineering. They are probably very cunning and capable of manipulating people to maintain control over them. The INTJ Scorpio may love in an intense way but are likely to be very loyal though and highly devoted to loved ones.
An INTJ Sagittarius most likely is especially thoughtful and opinionated. They may be enlightened intellectually and avid promoters of individual liberty and freedom of speech. These INTJs are probably especially blunt and unafraid to ruffle other people’s feathers. The Sagittarius INTJ may have a strong interest in philosophy and religion and they may devote much of their lives in the pursuit of universal truths. They undergo an intellectual odyssey to uncover as much as they can about the world and our existence. Politics may be of particular interest to them and they may desire to test their ideas in the arena of public policy and social reform. They can be a little strong handed in how they express themselves and may often come across as self-righteous and arrogant.
The sign of Capricorn is very similar to the INTJ personality and so a Capricorn INTJ is likely to be appear extra INTJ-like. This INTJ may be very responsible and mature and they probably come off as serious and very profesh. They are highly capable and avoid relying on others as much as possible. The Capricorn INTJ is probably a supreme workaholic provided that it is work they find meaningful. They can devote themselves fully towards completing projects and fulfilling their goals to the point of reaching exhaustion. They are possessed with a desire to accomplish and achieve. To improve and advance themselves in most sectors of their lives. The INTJ Capricorn can be counted on and trusted with leadership positions because of their extraordinary ability to manage and plan effectively.
This INTJ probably has humanity’s best interest in mind. The Aquarius INTJ is likely especially inventive and visionary. They may be inclined to train their idealistic cross-hairs on societal ills. An Aquarian INTJ may be somewhat antisocial and nihilistic with views that challenge the status quo and established institutions. They are probably highly averse to hierarchical structures and authority figures. They promote individuality and are staunchly against herd mentality thinking. They want to empower people to think for themselves and embrace their personal power to make the world better collectively. The Aquarius INTJ wants to be true to themselves and will readily reject other’s attempts at subjugating them or making them feel guilty for not conforming. These INTJs are probably especially motivated to make an impact on society and would like to be remembered as a progressive and visionary thinker.
A Pisces INTJ is liable to be a slippery fellow who is hard to pin down. They are probably very elusive and introverted and spend much of their time privately in their in inner world. The Pisces INTJ is likely very imaginative and fantasy prone. Under the sign of Pisces, an INTJ’s intuitions are probably enhanced and they may even border on being schizophrenic. Reality and fantasy can blur for them and they may experience difficulty separating the two. They may at times rely too heavily on their premonitions which may sometimes misguide them. They have an inner sensitivity that may not be apparent to others and emotional scars can linger long with them. The INTJ Pisces may harbor deep fears that manifest into neuroticism and paranoia.
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