Your career horoscope for the week beginning Monday 13th November by Peter Watson.
ARIES Mar 21 - Apr 20
At some point in the past you seem to have been through an extremely difficult patch involving a colleague, employer or partner. And this week, as it seems possible that your paths are about to cross, you might wonder about the impact this will have on you. It’s best to tell yourself that that was then and this is now. And you should let this week’s New Moon act as a reminder that a fresh start can be the answer at times like this. Even though it is highly unlikely that the two of you could be as close as you once were, it should be possible to be civilised and possibly even very cooperative with one another if it serves a useful purpose. Bearing grudges never got anybody anywhere.
TAURUS Apr 21 – May 21
All of a sudden you’ll see a likely way of completing a set of tasks or duties that no-one else is willing to manage. And the fact that Mars is squaring up to Pluto will be beneficial in some ways because it should provide you with the gusto you need to get things done in record time. But the downside could be that you’ll become irritated with those who do nothing to help you and as a result you’ll lash out at them. This could bring out a rather aggressive streak in you of which you’re not especially proud. So that’s to be avoided at all costs. There is one person in particular who needs to see you at your best and a wrong move now could have a negative impact on your long-term future.
GEMINI May 22 - Jun 21
Much as you might value the chance to be involved with workmates or associates you respect and admire, you mustn’t overburden yourself just to make a good impression on them. There’s a danger that with Venus colluding with Neptune you’ll fantasise about being seen as so talented, productive and conscientious that you’ll be singled out as someone special. But the cost to you could be far too great when compared with what you’ll get back in return. You must strive to remain realistic and pragmatic and not allow yourself to become a victim of your vivid imagination. You’re almost certainly dealing with the type of people in prominent positions who know how to remain business-like and totally pragmatic at all times. And they won’t be impressed if you do things for all the wrong reasons.
CANCER Jun 22 - Jul 23
Initially you might feel rather shy about introducing your latest ideas to workmates or associates with whom you share a common goal. This is largely because of the way in which Mercury’s tussling with Neptune and causing you to doubt the real value of your creative streak with which you’ve been coming up with some fairly sensational notions recently. What you mustn’t do is lose your nerve. Instead check that what you’re proposing is practical and cost-effective and then present your thoughts to the other people involved with as much confidence and enthusiasm as you can muster. This is the wrong time to think in terms of defeat rather than assume you have a good chance of success. Those close by would much prefer you to have a triumph on your hands than a failure.
LEO Jul 24 - Aug 23
It would be a great pity if you were to see a new work-related or financial challenge as something that’s likely to overwhelm you. There’s a danger that you’ll get cold feet when you hear what’s involved because you’ll have taken too much notice of gossip and hearsay suggesting that you’re working in an area in which failure is virtually guaranteed. Your challenge will be to refuse to let Neptune’s run-in Mercury generate so much doubt and fear in you that it becomes impossible to remain objective. You’ve handled much tougher situations in the past and need to start proving yourself as the clever and capable person you really are. Even if you’re wrestling with something with which you’ve had very little experience, keep telling yourself you’re a winner, not a quitter.
VIRGO Aug 24 - Sep 23
Although it’s true that your creative, sophisticated approach to a certain area of your work could be costly, you mustn’t go in for such dramatic cutbacks that the whole thing is jeopardised quite severely. With Mars confronting Pluto you’ll be inclined to over-react when you look at the budgets involved and think that there’s no wriggle room whatsoever for you to introduce ingenuity and originality into whatever you’re trying to achieve. Yes, you’ll have to be especially inventive to give things the gloss you’re hoping for but you can do it. But what you mustn’t do is settle for anything dull and lack-lustre simply because of a lack of spare cash. You’ve your reputation to think of so find a way to show off that side of you that never fails to draw a crowd.
LIBRA Sep 24 - Oct 23
Those people who have been trying to talk to you – in rather serious and critical terms – about the way you use your money or other resources probably do have a point. They seem to have noticed that you aren’t as pragmatic as usual and they’re concerned that you sometimes go over budget without appearing to worry too much about it. This week especially, with Venus allied to Jupiter, it might be all too easy for you to overspend or waste time and energy pursuing something that nobody else actually wants or needs. Try looking very carefully at whatever you’re meant to be doing and make absolutely sure that nothing’s being wasted unnecessarily. It’s not about being mean or miserly – it’s all about making things work in the best possible way.
SCORPIO Oct 24 - Nov 22
Some people seem to have been hinting that you need to inject more excitement and ingenuity into an area of your work or the way in which you handle certain financial matters. But you’ve been afraid of taking risks and feeling out of your depth when discussing some fairly revolutionary ideas being foisted upon you by those prone to taking a gamble every now and again. The fact that Mercury’s squaring up to Neptune helps explain why you find it impossible at the moment to strike a happy medium so that you are creative but at the same time pragmatic. From mid-week onwards you’ll find that your thinking will become much clearer and you can at last see how to handle areas of responsibility that have been keeping you awake at night. Be patient.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23 - Dec 21
Perhaps it’s in your nature to want to treat workmates, friends or family rather generously. In fact, sometimes you cannot really afford to be as charitable as you tend to be. This week especially, with Pluto in conflict with Mars, you’ll have to fight a tendency to cut away a lot of red tape, rules or regulations to let others see that you’re in the mood to do just what you want. The downside of this is, of course, that those urging you to be very sensible and not throw your money around in this way could well be proved right. So you’re being urged to take a step back and think very seriously about how much spare cash you really do have to play with and whether or not you are overstepping the mark.
CAPRICORN Dec 22 - Jan 20
Aspects of your personal life might well be cramping your style in terms of your ambitions in the wider world. So you should discuss your fears in this area with those closest to you and make sure that you are all on the same page. You are having to pick your way through this rather carefully because of the way in which Mars at a high point in your chart is at loggerheads with Pluto. But even so, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to find a way to aim high in terms of your goals and achievements while meeting your ongoing responsibilities to those you love and care for. It’s all about making certain compromises and being absolutely clear in terms of what your priorities really are.
AQUARIUS Jan 21 - Feb 19
No-one could blame you for wanting to make your mark within a field that offers recognition or generous rewards. However, Venus allied to Jupiter in a very potent sector of your chart does suggest that you might get it into your head that you’re entitled to push everybody else out of the way in order to meet your objectives. So there is a danger that you’ll be perceived as fairly ruthless and totally unfair in your dealings with people who almost certainly have done nothing to deserve being treated in this way. That’s why it’s important that you stop and think very carefully about what you really want and how it can best be accomplished without damaging your reputation, offending other people and being seen as a far less humane individual than you actually are.
PISCES Feb 20 - Mar 20
Don’t be surprised if colleagues, employers or associates seem keen to discuss the moves you intend to make to enhance your professional or private life. They’re not merely being over-inquisitive. They probably think you’ve been pushing yourself too hard and, as a result, you’ve had insufficient time to spend with friends and loved ones. And this in turn impacts your performance in the workplace because you’re not at your happiest and most fulfilled. Mercury clashing with Neptune is raising a lot of questions about what is most important to you. There’s no need to panic. But you must think about your work-life balance and those areas in which there seems to be a need to make sacrifices for the sake of certain other individuals who perhaps don’t deserve to be treated so generously.