Your Careers Forecast for the week commencing Monday 7 June, 2010
ARIES Mar 21 - Apr 20
Mercury and Mars are shaking things up in terms of your day-to-day duties but that needn’t be a problem. This does mean however that you should exercise caution when offering opinions about work projects or the way in which colleagues or associates manage tricky situations. You’re likely to come across as too directive and possibly aggressive. That’s not what you want. Remember you’re dealing with people who need to feel you’re on their side. And perhaps even cast your mind back to occasions on which you’ve been the one hoping for support. Here’s your opportunity to provide it for somebody else. Obviously you won’t want to be seen as a people- pleaser or a full-time carer. But a certain amount of nurturing and altruism on your part will be a good thing for all concerned.
TAURUS Apr 21 - May 21
With Mercury leaving your sign and making its way into Gemini there will be a point at which you find yourself engaging in conversations about skills you should be able to bring to a particular piece of work. Or perhaps you’ll be discussing your views on how some other people should be functioning within a set-up that requires everyone to be very productive and industrious. Yes, you will have a lot to say on the subject but you must make a concerted effort not to come across as arrogant. Nor must you offer to fund something virtually single-handedly simply because you feel that the other people involved cannot finance it themselves. You’re in danger of believing that you have to be the fixer or the rescuer but actually Taurus that’s not your job at all.
GEMINI May 22 - Jun 21
As Venus changes signs this week it’s likely to impact you in a way that means you’re more mindful than usual of the plight of certain of your colleagues or associates. Instead of looking at what you’ve got to do or what you have to offer a particular situation you’ll find yourself sympathising with those who are struggling in some way. Venus will enable you to come across as helpful and supportive but without sounding patronising. And that’s a huge plus. You’ve also been given the opportunity to re-evaluate a working relationship which you might have seen as rather ordinary in recent days and weeks. It’s only when you think about what it brings you and how little it demands in return that you’ll be able to appreciate this alliance to the full.
CANCER Jun 22 - Jul 23
There’s little doubt that work or career moves will be a major talking point this week. The fact that Jupiter is linked to Uranus at the highest point of your chart does suggest that you’ll feel driven towards achieving outcomes that are slightly unrealistic. But at the same time you’ll have an extra supply of ingenuity and originality to help you get results. Make sure it’s not at the expense of other more ordinary, mundane tasks and duties which are, in their own way, just as important as the bigger, more showy stuff. It’s all too easy to focus on ways in which you can enhance your reputation or brush up your image while at the same time ignoring some of the nitty-gritty of your job or your day-to-day commitments. Avoid it at all costs.
LEO Jul 24 - Aug 23
Think carefully about your dealings with colleagues, employers or associates and tell yourself you have the confidence to remind them of all that you do know and all that you have achieved instead of mentioning deficits or the gaps in your education, experience or training. Mercury is befriending Saturn which should be an enormous help when it comes to flagging up your special skills and experience. Just remember however that Mercury is also at odds with Neptune this week so there might be a confusing picture linked to whatever somebody close to you really thinks about the direction you’re taking work-wise. You cannot assume that this person approves of all that you’re doing simply because he or she makes no or little comment. Read what’s between the lines. Work out what the silences really mean.
VIRGO Aug 24 - Sep 23
Your ruler Mercury reaches the highest point of your chart this week. As it does so, you’re likely to feel inspired to communicate in a much more open and direct way with certain VIPs or influential people who’ve been hinting that you and they might one day work or produce something together. The fact that Mercury goes on to clash with Mars serves as a useful reminder that although people might like your energy and enthusiasm for certain things they don’t always appreciate your habit of walking into a situation and making it your own. Be ready to step back and allow other people the room to make their presence felt. It doesn’t mean they’ll be given opportunities that you’ll be denied. But it does mean you’ll avoid being labelled pushy, showy or arrogant.
LIBRA Sep 24 - Oct 23
Don’t be surprised if certain others start criticising your way of going about things. The fact that Mercury is squaring up to Neptune this week does suggest that it will become quite hard for you to state your case and convince others that, professionally and financially, you are absolutely sound. This is because you’re dealing with people who find it hard to understand the concept of whatever it is you’re doing, possibly due to Neptune confusing the picture and making your thinking seem disjointed and airy-fairy. Please don’t lose your temper with those who ask the same question time and again or who suggest they’re finding you hard to deal with. Keep holding on to the fact that you’re someone who can always, in the end, get your message across.
SCORPIO Oct 24 - Nov 22
Jupiter is allied to Uranus this week so you’re in an excellent position to mastermind ordinary, day-to-day commitments some other people find tedious. There’s no real reason why you should find them manageable when others steer clear of them. But the mere fact that you’re in a charitable mood and you don’t mind getting your hands dirty suggests that you probably will step in and do what has to be done. Don’t be overmodest about your achievements. And, if and when you’re asked to name your price, then you must do exactly that. After all, with Jupiter encouraging you to be extremely altruistic and Uranus bringing out your innovative streak, you’ll be doing a number of people a lot of favours. If they want to pay for the privilege, let them.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23 - Dec 21
Make a concerted effort to bring order to a professional or business situation in which chaos has ruled for long enough. To achieve your goals you must be more regimented and highly-organised than you’ve been in the past. But you’ll have help from Saturn aligning itself with Mercury. This should mean that instead of resisting guidelines and templates offered by people more experienced than yourself, you’ll accept them and make good use of them. Obviously you won’t want to be pinned down by too many rules and regulations. But you will at last see how much sense there is in being self-disciplined and working to manageable deadlines. By ridding yourself of the confusion and craziness of the past few weeks you’ll place yourself in a much more positive and powerful environment.
CAPRICORN Dec 22 - Jan 20
By being better-organised you’ll achieve results. But take care not to appear to be so serious-minded that people can no longer see the funny, flirty or light-hearted side of you. Mercury is moving into Gemini so you perhaps need to take one or two people to one side and remind them that you can still be as flexible and accommodating as you always were. The only difference nowadays is that you don’t want to have to cope with unpredictability and confusion. As soon as you find the right person with whom to discuss such matters you’ll feel a lot better off. You’ll also realise that you’re in a position to take on a new and different challenge which would have seemed way out of your range only a few short weeks ago. Don’t hesitate.
AQUARIUS Jan 21 - Feb 19
Those of your colleagues or associates craving more creativity and inventiveness in areas in which you and they work or co-operate with one another are absolutely right. So make use of the way in which Mercury is creating tension as it squares up to Mars. This should give you the assertiveness with which to dig deep and come up with your own highly original lens with which to look at your input and see whether it can be made more exciting and sexy. Yours is after all the sign that’s often associated with ingenuity. It’s just a pity that you don’t often get the opportunity to show off your own special way of doing things differently. Please don’t miss two or three chances this week of forcing people to sit up and take notice.
PISCES Feb 20 - Mar 20
It’s all very well for people to expect you to pull out the stops or meet strict deadlines but have they considered the cost to you? Even more importantly, you should be considering the true value of what you do within a particular set-up and whether or not you’re adequately repaid for it. The fact that Venus is moving into fiery Leo suggests that you’re about to come to the conclusion that you have allowed yourself to be overworked and underpaid for too long. Don’t think in terms of going into battle. Instead let Venus remind you of how powerful and effective you can be when you speak from a measured and respectful point of view. As you’re about to be reminded, negotiating is far more productive and beneficial than warmongering.