Your career horoscope for the week commencing 17th April by Peter Watson
ARIES Mar 21 - Apr 20
If you’re honest with yourself you’ll probably admit you’ve been side-stepping financial, business or work-related matters that you haven’t been able to face. But of course this cannot go on indefinitely. And this week you’re feeling the impact of the Sun leaving your sign, entering Taurus and giving a great boost of energy to the way in which you approach all sorts of practical concerns. This doesn’t mean you’ll have instant answers or easy solutions. But you will at last see sense in knuckling down and facing so much that you’ve been avoiding. You’ll also find that when you check your accounts or look closely at bank statements there are one or two surprises in store for you. Don’t panic. They will all make sense once you dedicate some time and energy to the situation.
TAURUS Apr 21 – May 21
Be careful if a number of individuals suggest that you and they could do some useful work together. On paper it will seem to be a perfectly reasonable idea. And whether or not you know much about joint enterprises, crowd-funding or other ideas that require input from quite a number of people you’ll want to hear more about it. And so you should. But with Venus confronting Saturn you’ll be required to go through everything with a fine tooth comb and make sure that other people aren’t over-promising or making huge assumptions about everything that needs to be done. Check and double-check every little detail of what’s being put on the table by these colleagues, friends or associates. You seem to think everything will happen quickly and easily. It will take rather more than that.
GEMINI May 22 - Jun 2
From time to time it might be hard for you to know how much power you’re free to exert in those areas in which things are not being done very well by colleagues, peers or associates. You no doubt like everything to be completed to a high standard. But some of the other people involved tend to cut corners or take short cuts. On occasions, rather than cause a row, you’ve perhaps tended to bite your tongue. But Pluto’s entering into its latest retrograde phase. So you meet determine exactly where your responsibilities begin and end. And you must stick to whatever falls within your remit while taking care not to tread on the toes of those people over whom you have no power or jurisdiction. Boundaries are about to become more important than ever.
CANCER Jun 22 - Jul 23
You may soon start wondering why things have been misquoted, misinterpreted and misunderstood at a time when you’ve been hoping for precision and accuracy. And this is likely to go on for the next week or two while Mercury is still retrograde or appearing to travel backwards through your chart. One of the main areas in which you need to read the small print very carefully is that concerning your career, reputation or image. This is because Mercury reverses as it were into the most transparent and public sector of your chart this week. You won’t want to do anything rash or be seen as naïve or ill-informed by those you would like to impress. So be absolutely sure that all facts and figures are spot-on before you put your name to them.
LEO Jul 24 - Aug 23
Having kept quiet about developments likely to take place very soon you’re about to realise that confidentiality is no longer a main priority. And a positive Sun-Mercury link at a power-driven point in your chart means you’ll be free to assume a position of authority and make your feelings known regarding some topical and very important matters. True, you might feel nervous about the way your views and opinions are received by those around you. But you mustn’t let your self-confidence waver. People will be looking and listening so it’s vital to show yourself off at your best. It’s not about stealing the limelight or craving attention. It has much more to do with your need to assert yourself in an area in which you can now make your mark and achieve a tremendous amount.
VIRGO Aug 24 - Sep 23
While looking back over a period during which you’ve tried to collaborate with colleagues or associates you’ll realise that you and they haven’t been reading from the same page. This is connected to Mercury having been retrograde or appearing to travel backwards through your chart since 9 April. And this state of affairs will continue until the first week of May. The reason Mercury is having such an impact on partnerships or teamwork right now is that it is reversing as it were into Aries and forcing you to scrutinise the way in which you and other people are working together. Some of it may be good and other parts much less so. This is your opportunity to straighten things out once and for all while refusing to accept anything shoddy or second best.
LIBRA Sep 24 - Oct 23
As you survey an especially challenging area and realise how much work there is to be done you’ll try to see how best to cope with it. You needn’t be at a complete loss as to how to get yourself motivated because something in you will want to bring things to a satisfactory conclusion. But don’t set your standards so high that it’s nigh-on impossible to achieve your goals. Saturn’s clash with Venus means it might sometimes be hard for you to do things to a standard that’s good enough – but perhaps not absolutely perfect. You’re in danger of overlooking the breadth of ground that needs to be covered. And it’s no good concentrating on one or two small areas and leaving them in absolutely tip-top condition when you need to spread your net wide.
SCORPIO Oct 24 - Nov 22. 193
With Mars entering Gemini it will occur to you that at least one joint project is staring you in the face and waiting for someone such as yourself to get to grips with it. You must avoid a tendency to take a flying leap at it and assume that it can all be done in a bit of a rush. It most certainly cannot. So if you’re tackling it with the help and support of one or two other people you must plan your strategy rather carefully. You have to work out who is going to be responsible for what and perhaps decide on a start date, final deadline and a budget. It will be worth the effort because what you may well achieve could be a talking point for quite some while.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23 - Dec 21117
Money has a habit of creating awkward situations at the moment, especially where certain other people are involved. So to avoid a particular set-up becoming difficult and painful you may well decide to handle things in a rather bullish and perhaps belligerent way. That would of course be a mistake because there’s a strong possibility that you’ll be making matters worse, not better. And under the influence of Pluto as it begins to travel backwards through your chart, it might be tempting to present yourself as somebody who is quick to wage war if necessary . Just remember that your behaviour might be perceived as interfering and disruptive rather than positive and pro-active. So think very carefully about what you say and how you behave when dealing with anything connected to finances or business.
CAPRICORN Dec 22 - Jan 20
People sending work your way may well be taking advantage of you. And when you decide that you are in danger of being regarded as a bit of a mug you’ll want to retaliate. And so you should. But you mustn’t be overtaken by a desire to punish these individuals or make them regret very deeply the fact that they haven’t been treating you well. Instead, tell yourself you can learn something from the experience. Mars shaking things up as it enters Gemini should help you gather your thoughts and decide how to deliver the perfect message with which to make sure that the culprits never repeat such behaviour again. It’s not about being vicious or punitive. It’s more about seizing the opportunity to teach those involved how to behave well.
AQUARIUS Jan 21 - Feb 19
Although you may be tempted to bankroll a plan or project that would keep a number of workmates or friends occupied you must look carefully at your finances before going ahead. You’re being impacted by Venus, the planet of values, squaring up to Saturn and casting doubt over all sorts of business or career matters. No-one’s suggesting that you’re about to make a terrible mistake. But you could be in danger of being far more optimistic about one or two situations than you should be. Let Saturn remind you of the importance of always having sufficient reserves to ensure that no matter what happens you don’t end up seriously in the red. You do after all have a reputation to take care of and this isn’t the time to put it in jeopardy.
PISCES Feb 20 - Mar 20
Over the next few days it might occur to you that certain people want to discuss money in a very open way. And although you won’t feel it necessary to do everything behind closed doors you might well think that there are some facts and figures that shouldn’t be made public. This is being highlighted by the way in which Saturn, at a potent point in your chart, is joining forces with Mercury and urging you to bear in mind rules, regulations and guidelines which tend to ensure that things are done properly and well. Why not admit, to yourself at least, that there are certain protocols and practices that should be observed even though you still want to appear to be using a light touch when it comes to some rather heavy matters?