Astrology Character Analysis: Kelly Kapoor from The Office


writer: Rachel Perez Wallerstedt 

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Who is Kelly Kapoor?

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Kelly Kapoor is the customer service representative at Dunder Mifflin Scranton in the American version of The Office. If anyone was designed for a daily schedule of judging the work of others over the phone, it’s our sweet little Miss Kapoor. She thrives on the drama of celebrity divorces and office politics alike, and she knows how to use language and other people’s feelings to get what she wants. Because of her skills in communication, I see a strong case for heavy Air influences in her chart, with a Libra sun and Gemini ascendant. For her Moon, I looked to Kelly’s love of the heightened personal drama; this is the drama that a Cancer moon will scuttle right into almost every time.

Sun Sign: Libra

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Kelly Kapoor embodies both the relationship-orientated qualities of a Libra Sun and also Libra’s drive to judge. Libra’s scales mean judgment, and we don’t need to always see this as a bad thing... though in Kelly’s case, it usually is. She often makes up her mind about people based on surface interactions, jumping to wild conclusions and offering catty critiques. Kelly thrives on generating social intrigue. I’m not sure about Miss Kapoor, but most Libras usually come to see the power of their judgmental attitude and try to reign it in. This can result in that classic Libran indecision. We see this in Kelly, too: she is most comfortable when she can trust in the judgments others have already made, which may be the motivation for this Cardinal Air sign to gossip the way that Kelly does. Judgmentalism can also result in refined taste, and we have to hand it to Kelly for consistently being the best dressed paper-pusher in Scranton. Libras have the ability to create beauty and splendor from anything in their environment. Like Kelly, they know how to create a story.

Key Quotes:

Kelly: Well, I manage my own department, and I’ve been doing that for several years now.
Jim: Your department’s just you, right?
Kelly: Yes, Jim, but I am not easy to manage.

Meredith: I thought you’re not supposed to wear white to a wedding.
Kelly: I know, but there was an emergency.
Kelly: I look really good in white.

Andy: This dance competition is not over.
Kelly: What dance competition? I was just dancing casually with my friends, y’all.

Moon Sign: Cancer

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Kelly exhibits classic Cancerian moon behaviors. She falls in love quickly and deeply, and she doesn’t let go, even when Ryan is the way he is. This is typical of people with moon in Cancer; they don’t like folks to leave the crab’s heart-shaped shell once they’ve wandered their way in. Despite her trendiness, Kelly has traditional values, again linking her to the ruling sign of the Moon. She seems close to her family, she is loyal to her partners, and she defers to authority. Her wild side is also best seen in the Cancerian moonlight. She is prone to emotional outbursts, and she is often uses emotional manipulation to get her way. Though these qualities can be challenging, her comfort with emotions leads her to be able to do what almost everyone else in the office seems incapable of doing: being nice to customers.

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Key Quotes:

Pam: Phyllis stole all of these ideas from me, from my wedding plans.
Kelly: If I was you, I would just, like, totally freak out and get really drunk and tell everyone I was pregnant.

Kelly: If you are saying Hilary Swank isn’t hot, then you’re saying I’m not hot, because I’M OBVIOUSLY NOT AS HOT AS HILARY SWANK!

Kelly: I’ll never forget everything that you’ve done for me, Dwight. Because I never forget anything.

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Rising Sign: Gemini

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We have been dancing around the concept of gossip, which is impossible to avoid when discussing the traits of Gemini. Kelly is the queen of gossip at the Scranton branch, a feat only a Gemini could accomplish sharing an office with Pam Beasley, Oscar Martinez, and Angela Martin. Kelly may have the typical Gemini experience of talking to herself in her head every waking moment, which makes it so easy for her to say the exact right thing to make somebody cry… or give people a piece of crucial information at a critical moment. It’s just part of the continuous Gemini brain monologue. Kelly is also prone to changing her mind in a flash, giving an even topsy-turvier quality to her Libra Sun’s indecisiveness. It keeps her life interesting; as we can plainly see with Kelly, there’s nothing more dangerous than a bored Gemini.

Key Quotes:

Kelly: Who says exactly what they’re thinking? What kind of a game is that?

(looking at Mike Tibbets’s Facebook)
Dwight: I don’t see what’s so ugly about him, he has the broad face of a brewer.
Pam: Jim picked someone just unattractive enough to shut me up without tipping it.
Dwight: Just ugly enough to have deniability.
Kelly: I’m gonna write something mean on his wall.

Kelly: I can’t control what I say to people. I spend the whole day talking.

Final Conclusions:

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Kelly Kapoor is what you get when you mix two parts Air and one part Water: a tempest. Her social gaming and sensitivity are played for laughs, but several rewatchings of The Office have encouraged me to peel back the plastic film of patriarchy that clings to my beloved TV shows. Everything that is annoying about Kelly shows up onscreen, but she demonstrates diplomatic skill and an intense, entertaining energy. With some tender loving selfcare, Kelly Kapoor could be a beacon for all us girls who talk too much.