In the animal kingdom, jackals are often mistakenly thought of as lazy scavengers who don’t like to take risks or venture outside of their own territory. In the Primal Zodiac, those born under the sign of the Jackal are often misrepresented in the same way. To be fair, members of this sign don’t like to take risks, feel most comfortable on their own turf, and favor long-term survival over momentary satisfaction. But to consider these traits as negatives is to misunderstand the Jackal completely.
Jackals are notoriously hard to read. On the outside they often look bored, disinterested, and lazy. On the inside, however, they are constantly re-evaluating situations and making plans for the future. Jackals have a deep-seeded need for long-term security that heavily influences most of their behavior. To a member of this sign, being secure means being able to live day to day on autopilot - having a comfortable routine that they can change at their whim but will always be there for them to fall back on. They don’t mind living in squalor and eating scraps if it leads to an eventual reality of comfortable, if not extravagant living. In truth, Jackals desire the finest homes, possessions, food, and drink. Though they can be self-indulgent, they will never sacrifice their future security for momentary bliss. Everything Jackals do is in an attempt to realize the fantasy of being set comfortably for life.
Those born under this sign have a hard time living in the moment, and are prone to depression and sulking because their goal seems so far away. Jackals need to learn to take pleasure in each day and not just use it as a platform to get closer to their future. If they don’t, they risk missing out on their own lives as they are living them.
Though they have a reputation for being sullen, evasive, and even moody, Jackals are actually quite social by nature. They prefer a small, close, consistent group of friends to having a wide variety of acquaintances. With close friends they will let their guard down and will share their innermost feelings, which they typically bottle up, and on a good day can be as charming, funny, and giving as anyone. Their idea of giving is more likely to be in the form of introspective, emotional support rather than the giving of money or material possessions - for everything dollar they give away is seen by them as taking them one step further away from security.
When they do have to enter unfamiliar social situations, Jackals seem surprisingly at ease. In reality, they are observing, evaluating, and reacting to their new acquaintance, maintaining a neutral politeness and general friendliness until they have decided whether or not to share elements of their true selves with this stranger. This goes for casual social situations as well as dating. Leaving themselves open for rejection is anathema for a Jackal, and violates their innermost need to feel comfortable and secure. This makes finding a partner a slow and challenging task for this reserved sign.
When they do fall in love, though, Jackals are true companions. Like their animal namesake, Jackals mate for life, and will defend their family and closest friends with surprising ferocity. A Jackal may let you look at their territory, but they will never let you take it without a fight. The true duality of this sign comes through in love. Few things can distract them from their keen focus on their future goals, but this is one of those few. Once you have partnered up with a Jackal, they consider you a part of their plans for the future, and can even be a bit possessive over this relationship.
Careers are where the Jackals focus most of their attention - for this is the key to achieving the “permanent security” that they believe they need to be at peace. Jackals are skilled in analyzing situations, which makes for success in analytical careers. Analysts, evaluators, assessors, financial advisers, and subject matter experts are all well within the natural ability of this sign. Whether or not these careers will fulfill their innermost needs depends on how well they fit the Jackal’s own vision of his or her future.
Jackals prefer working alone or in familiar groups. They hate change and the unknown, which means careers in customer service, retail, or sales are all bad fits for this sign. What few would guess is that Jackals have a strong passion for art, music, and creativity in general. Jackals are big dreamers who often feel that they have to choose between their goal of financial security and their true passions, creating a lifelong conflict to find their true selves. The ultimate career for a Jackal is one where they can be creative, free-thinkers but also somehow ensure a secure livelihood. Obviously, this is extremely difficult to pull off, but if anyone can figure out a way to do it, the ever-persistent Jackal is the one who will.
Jackals have the Tropical Sun sign of Taurus, and are born during the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Snake.
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