Your career horoscope for the week commencing 18th June by Peter Watson.
ARIES Mar 21 - Apr 20
Not far from home there might well be one or two people with whom you should be able to collaborate in order to bring an idea to life. And it’s one that promises a certain amount of success as well as financial rewards. But you must not allow your expectations to be raised to the point where they become unrealistic. Bear in mind that with Jupiter forming a link with Mercury you may well be hearing some very optimistic accounts of similar projects being completed in the past and bringing in fairly large sums of money. Or possibly the people involved finding themselves in the public eye or at least being perceived as part of a success story. Lower your sights and get on with what needs doing in a logical and common-sensical way.
TAURUS Apr 21 – May 21
While you may have all the energy required to keep up with professional or financial undertakings, you won’t be quite so interested in demands being made on you within the home or family. And this could lead to a rift or row, especially as Mars is opposing Venus. In one way you can’t be blamed for wanting to pursue tasks and duties that will advance your career or enhance your reputation. But other commitments also require your attention. And if you genuinely cannot tend to those at the moment because you’re fully occupied with your dealings in the wider world, you owe it to your loved ones or friends to explain that you’re simply not available. However, you will make it up to them when you’ve a bit more time and flexibility in your schedule.
GEMINI May 22 - Jun 21
By all means celebrate the Summer Solstice that occurs on Thursday 21 June as the Sun enters Cancer. But don’t see it as an excuse to throw your money around or talk about your earnings or investments in a way that makes you sound as though you’re boasting. You’ll be dealing with people who aren’t really impressed with how much you have in the bank. They’ll be much more interested in your qualities, the way you conduct your life and how much your personal relationships mean to you. So bear all that in mind as you come face-to-face with a situation that will call for you to manage a cash-flow issue or negotiate a business or work-related deal likely to put you to the test. It’s about using your strengths and talents effectively but discreetly.
CANCER Jun 22 - Jul 23
It’s all very well for workmates, employers or associates to encourage you to be more creative and innovative when it comes to certain aspects of your commitments and responsibilities. But you’ll wonder whether they’re taking into account the risks involved and the need for you to conform to established rules and guidelines. Venus squaring up to Jupiter does suggest that you’ll find yourself becoming irritated with one or two people in particular who, according to you, fail to acknowledge just how much of an effort you have to make when you’re the one in charge, as it were. And Jupiter is cranking up the amount of anxiety you feel when you’re really under pressure. Find a way to tell those involved how you feel and why they need to see things from your perspective.
LEO Jul 24 - Aug 23
At first you might become quite excited at the thought of masterminding a deal or arrangement promising to make money or place you in a strong position in terms of your work or business contacts. But there will come a point where you have to admit that you cannot be as daring and inventive as you first think because several potential pitfalls have to be avoided. These are being highlighted by Neptune colluding with Mercury and encouraging you and others to look at the situation through rose-tinted spectacles. Once you force yourself and those involved to be entirely pragmatic, it won’t take you long to realise that you’re taking on something which is extremely demanding, even if it does promise generous rewards if all goes well. Whatever happens you cannot let fantasy eclipse reality.
VIRGO Aug 24 - Sep 23
Wild horses couldn’t drag you away from any area in which you hope to achieve a significant amount in a relatively short space of time. Or that, at least, is how you might feel when you first take on a new challenge. However, as you feel the impact of Venus opposing Mars you’ll become far more realistic about what can be done and how much it’s likely to take out of you. You may even have to analyse the situation in a far more objective way and decide which aspects of it you might have to abandon if you are to bring about a reasonable outcome. What you mustn’t do, however, is blame yourself if you’re not able to get the results that everybody else seems to expect from you.
LIBRA Sep 24 - Oct 23
Some influential people might assume they can call all the shots when it comes to a plan with which you’re likely to be involved. And that’s fine, provided you trust their judgment and you feel sure you’ll be given a fair deal. What you mustn’t do however is become so confident that these individuals are completely on your side that you fail to look at the small print or ask relevant questions. You’re being affected by the way in which Jupiter is aligning itself with Mercury and giving you the impression that all the wrinkles have been ironed out of an arrangement which does still, in fact, need to be discussed in a business-like and pragmatic way. It’s sometimes too easy to trust people and situations that you don’t know as well as you might.
SCORPIO Oct 24 - Nov 22
In a somewhat big-hearted way you’re likely to give colleagues or associates the impression that they can expect far more of you than is actually possible. You’ll want to impress them and make them feel you’re not afraid to take on a tremendous amount in order to gain favour with them. But is that practical? Or wise? No. And with Venus challenging Jupiter it’s up to you to stop yourself at the point at which you’re tempted to over-promise or over-commit purely because you want to make a good impression. In fact, what you’ll be doing is risking your reputation rather than enhancing it if you bite off more than you can chew and fail miserably. It’s time to reassess and be totally honest about your how much time and energy you have to spare.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23 - Dec 21
At first it might seem to you that you’re in a position to get your own way and insist that others comply with your ideas on financial, business or property matters. After all, Pluto’s challenging Mercury and encouraging you to go all out for what you want. In fact, some people may think you’re showing a rather aggressive side of your character so you need to watch out for that. Also remember that when you meet with resistance from others it sometimes makes you so determined to defeat them that you’re inclined to try forcing things through whether or not it’s a good idea to do so. It’s time to step back and ask yourself whether you’re being so assertive for all the right reasons rather than simply wanting to prove that you’re in charge.
CAPRICORN Dec 22 - Jan 20
Quite out of the blue you’ll see an opportunity to capitalise on an arrangement which up until now has done you very little good. And for perfectly understandable reasons this will give your spirits a boost. You won’t like it however when someone who knows the way in which you work tells you your analysis of the situation is askew. And because Venus is being confronted by Mars you won’t know whether to walk away and ignore the whole thing or go underground. Your best option is to scrutinise the facts and figures until you’re sure you’ll be doing the right thing if you keep pushing ahead. But do be prepared to change your mind if it becomes clear that this is not a situation in which you stand to gain very much at all.
AQUARIUS Jan 21 - Feb 19
Having waited for some while to be inspired into making a plan or project work to your advantage, you might suddenly feel that a germ of a particular idea is just what you’ve been hoping for. And that’s fine except that you’re now about to feel the effects of Neptune, the planet of illusion and delusion, changing direction and beginning to move backwards through the cosmos and through your chart. This doesn’t mean your world is going to come crashing down around you. But it does imply that anything of a creative or innovative nature needs to be examined at close quarters before you decide whether or not to put it into action. There’s no need for your creativity to be stifled completely, although you certainly shouldn’t be doing anything outlandish or risky right now.
PISCES Feb 20 - Mar 20
Perhaps it won’t take you long to estimate the value of a project or piece of work which someone is sending in your direction. But be careful not to listen to some exaggerated claims of how the idea may take off with the result that you’ll benefit far more than your calculations seem to suggest. It’s important to stick to the figures you have in front of you rather than listen to a couple of theories on how much more is coming on offer. Venus is challenging Jupiter and you’re the one who has to keep your feet on the ground. So refuse to go along with some rather inflated ideas of what’s likely to happen. Instead, set out to make an extremely good job of it all and steer clear of anybody else’s nonsense!