Did you know that Carl Jung—who first identified the four cognitive functions Myers and Briggs later developed in their personality work—Sensation (S), Intuition (I), Thinking (T), and Feeling (F)—was not only interested in typology, but also in astrology?
In fact, Jung defined astrology as “the science of antiquity” and concluded that astrological insights provided an important “psychological description of [a person’s] character.”
Unlike personality type assessments, we can’t scientifically prove astrology. However, it can still be an interesting self-development tool for those who trust that the position of the skies can have an effect on our personalities and behavior.
Curious to know which Myers and Briggs type is closest to your zodiac sign? Here are our best guesses.
Aries: ESTP, ISTP
Known for their energetic attitude and sense of adventure, Aries has much in common with both ESTP and ISTP personalities. Like ESTPs, Aries live in the here-and-now and are eager to tackle new challenges that come their way. They’re very action-oriented and tend to become bored quickly.
What’s more, people with this zodiac sign personality show the flexibility and problem-solving nature of the more reserved ISTP. In fact, both ESTPs and ISTPs share with Aries an inclination and enthusiasm for learning new things through hand-on experience.
Taurus: ISFJ, ISFP
Famed for having a bit of a stubborn streak, people with the Taurus sign are, in many ways, similar to ISFX personality types. Like the Introverted ISFJ and ISFP types, Tauruses can be hard to get to know, but they’re lovingly devoted to their closest relationships.
In addition, Tauruses know that slow and steady wins the race. You can see that in their irreproachable sense of commitment and perseverance.
Gemini: ESFP, ENTP
The joyful and communicative Gemini has a lot in common with both ESFPs and ENTPs. After all, these personalities feel best when they have a chance to lift other people up with their quick wit and charming optimism.
Similar to their ENTP peers, Gemini are incessantly curious and seek to analyze and comprehend the world around them. They love to be surrounded by intellectually stimulating people, but sometimes have little tolerance for those who can’t keep up. There could be some overlap with INTPs here, too.
Cancer: INFJ, ENFJ
Caring and empathetic, Cancers share similar traits to XNFJs. They tend to be very emotionally invested in their relationships, and will go to the ends of the earth to prove their loyalty to their friends and loved ones.
Both ENFJ and INFJ types might identify with the sensitivity of Cancers. These types strive to bring kindness into every interaction and can have intense responses to art and nature. Cancers are also typically intuitive, which allows them to read (and sometimes misjudge) the people around them.
Leo: ESFP, ENTJ
If there’s someone who knows how to light up a room, it’s a Leo! Despite sometimes appearing to be vain or ego-driven, like their ESFP and ENTJ counterparts, Leos are actually very generous and emotionally supportive towards their loved ones.
In fact, these gregarious types may be comfortable in the spotlight, but they also know when to step back and let others take the lead. The balanced Leo loves seeing others succeed.
Virgo: ISTJ, ESTJ
Down-to-earth and meticulously organized, Virgo is closest to XSTJ personalities. As Sensor types, both ISTJs and ESTJs thrive on logical endeavors and focus on getting things done in the most efficient way.
What's more, a balanced Virgo can also be level-headed in situations where other types could become easily overwhelmed. They are definitely someone you’ll want by your side in times of crisis.
Friendly and warmhearted, Libras share some characteristics with the ESFJ personality type. Like ESFJs, Libras are socially considerate, but they also love being appreciated by other people. In fact, in their effort to accommodate, and make others feel comfortable, Libras may sometimes avoid conflict at all costs.
Often described as manipulative and mysterious, Scorpios get a bad rep. The reality? They’re just true to themselves. Like INTJ personalities, Scorpios are usually introspective and prefer to keep their feelings to themselves. Yet, they don’t shy away from conflict and can surprise others with their brutal honesty.
Similar to their INTJ counterparts, Scorpios are very loyal to their loved ones, so once their trust is broken, it can be lost forever. If there’s something to admire in the Scorpio personality, it is how they stay true to their values, no matter what others might say or think.
Sagittarius: ENTP, ENFP
The fun-loving Sagittarius will probably see themselves in the affable and outgoing ENXP personalities. Just like their Sagittarius counterparts, both ENTPs and ENFPs enjoy exploring new ideas and exciting experiences.
In addition, Sagittarius personalities are the ultimate cheerleaders. They always see the best in every situation and enjoy helping others fulfill their creative potential. When you’re having a bad day, you can count on a Sagittarius to cheer you up with their childlike sense of wonder.
If you’re an ISTJ, you might identify with the zodiac sign of Capricorn. At their best, Capricorns are responsible, goal-oriented individuals who strive to produce their best work in an organized and disciplined manner. At their worst, they can become incredibly self-critical and/or resentful towards anyone who doesn’t meet their high standards.
Besides their boundless ambition and incredible work ethic, both Capricorns and ISTJs tend to value tradition and build their lives around it. If you have a Capricorn in your life, you’ll know they take their relationships seriously, as they don’t want anyone wasting their time.
Independent and free spirited, Aquarius personalities seem to be closest to INTP types. Like INTPs, Aquarius are deep thinkers who show non-traditional inclinations. Both Aquarius and INTP personalities wish to follow their own individual path, and they are often suspicious of people who enjoy doing things conventionally.
In addition, both Aquarians and INTPs are interested in exploring the world of ideas and abstract thought. Hence, they can often seem detached from others: they need to be alone to think things through. If you have an Aquarius in your life, it’s likely they’re a life-long learner, very socially aware, and/or someone who challenges you to think outside the box.
Pisces: INFP, ENFP
People with this zodiac sign personality are often described as dreamers, and I think they fit XNFPs to a T. After all, both INFPs and ENFPs are Feeler types with a compassionate and idealistic nature.
INFPs may relate more to the creative inner world of a Pisces, whereas ENFPs might see themselves reflected in this zodiac sign’s capacity for flexibility and camaraderie. Still, as free-flowing personalities, Pisces can sometimes use their empathy to tune into other people’s problems so they don’t have to tackle their own. They might also struggle to be assertive for fear of hurting someone’s feelings.
The bottom line
For centuries, people have tried to decipher the meaning behind the stars and astrology continues to fascinate today. Whilst there’s no scientific evidence that the positions of celestial bodies can directly affect us, there’s an interesting overlap between zodiac signs and personality types. When combined, Western astrology and the Myers and Briggs system may help us enhance our understanding of personality.