Your career horoscope for the week commencing 20th March by Peter Watson
ARIES Mar 21 - Apr 20
Perhaps it will be tempting to refer to facets of your personal life when discussing work or finances with people with whom you’re not on very good terms at the moment. But it would be better for you to separate your private affairs from professional or formal matters that might call for you to take a hard line. True, your thoughts may well be on the wants and needs of someone close but you’re about to get involved with something outside that calls for you to be quite tough and determined with regard to the possible outcomes. Focus hard on those people or situations making your business life more complicated than it need be. Those closest to you will understand and wait patiently until you can dedicate some time and attention to them.
TAURUS Apr 21 – May 21
Other people may think you’re making a fuss regarding a set of responsibilities or commitments about which you like to be business-like and efficient. What they don’t realise is that you are being impacted by the way in which Mercury is opposing Jupiter and giving rise to some rather dark thoughts connected to areas in which you need to perform to a very high standard. Under the influence of this Jupiter-Mercury tussle your intuition is telling you that certain factors have the potential to cause problems unless you remain on high alert at all times. And that’s what you should do. You’re not being neurotic or paranoid. You’re simply being practical and making sure that you’re keeping a close watch on sensitive or fragile areas that you don’t want to become a problem for you.
GEMINI May 22 - Jun 21
It may occur to you to invite a few individuals to contribute to a project you’ve been developing with a partner or close ally. The two of you have co-created something which has a special meaning for each of you. And you don’t want to risk allowing others to assume ownership of something which to them is nothing more than another piece of work or business. Mercury challenging Pluto suggests that you may have to speak in blunt terms about how much or how little you’re willing to collaborate with people who are, strictly speaking, little more than outsiders. You’ve forged a partnership or two-person team which doesn’t really allow much room for anybody else right now. How much can you really share with those with whom you have a great deal less in common?
CANCER Jun 22 - Jul 23
One or two colleagues, friends or associates will talk to you or about you as though they think you should assume more responsibility within one particular area of activity. The reason you won’t have expected this kind of behaviour from them is the fact that you haven’t really considered yourself as the type of person who is meant to be something of a leader within the territory concerned. But you’re perhaps underestimating your abilities. And the fact that others see far greater potential in you than you’ve ever imagined says something about your modesty and your unwillingness to push yourself forward unless it really is appropriate to do so. Do remember that the Sun is now making its way through Aries which means it’s highlighting the most influential point in your chart. Aim high.
LEO Jul 24 - Aug 23
Difficult though it may be to ignore people who seem intent on disrupting an area of your work or ongoing responsibilities you must try not to get drawn into whatever drama they are creating. Pluto squaring up to Mercury suggests that some of those involved will be willing to become quite aggressive in their bid to have their opinions heard and acknowledged. You, on the other hand, will prefer to speak in very logical, respectful terms about the different ways in which things could be progressed from this point on. And provided you quietly insist that your way is the right way, it’s highly likely that you will in the end get what you want. Under no circumstances get drawn into a slanging match which could only cause more hassle and confusion, not less.
VIRGO Aug 24 - Sep 23
From the outset you might feel that you have every right to be very optimistic about a partnership, deal or contract which seems promising. But you will be reckoning without the impact of the Sun allying itself to Venus and giving you a slightly distorted view of what’s really going on. This is because Venus is actually retrograde or appearing to travel backwards through the heavens and through your chart. So one or two things that seem extremely valuable and useful might be worth very little. And it’s up to you to analyse very carefully the assets or resources you have at your fingertips and identify anything that is not nearly as beneficial as it seems to be on the surface. Right now there’s nothing like facing the reality of such situations.
LIBRA Sep 24 - Oct 23
As you examine a number of areas in which you need to perform fairly efficiently, you might wonder whether it’s worth enlisting the help of one or two people who are acquainted with the territory involved. However, the fact that dynamic Mars is befriending Neptune the planet of dreams suggests that you’re likely to slip into the realms of fantasy rather than stick to reality. And it could be that you would be doing yourself a favour if you were to pursue whatever goals are involved entirely on your own. No-one’s suggesting that collusion and team-work are bad for you. But when you break it down and analyse it properly you’ll begin to see that you, personally, have whatever is required to make an extremely good job of whatever needs doing.
SCORPIO Oct 24 - Nov 22
Some others might sneer at the prospect of having to work within a particular area which they see as mundane and inspiring. However, you’re far more likely to identify a number of advantages in doing what these other individuals are happy to reject out of hand. This is because you’re allowing your imagination to provide you with a very positive view of what you’ll be able to achieve. And you’re making the best possible use of the fact that Mercury is forming a link with Uranus which is why you’re able to come up with the kind of thinking that’s inventive and just a little bit daring. And this is exactly what you should be doing rather than join those who can do no more than focus on what they perceive as negative and pessimistic.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23 - Dec 21
There’s no doubt that you have at your fingertips a vast array of talents and resources which enable you to do extremely well. So you won’t like it very much when, over the next few days, somebody starts asking questions about how much you can contribute to a particular situation or set-up. You’ll assume that it’s fairly well known that you can perform extremely well within the area concerned. But what you mustn’t do is allow yourself to be perceived as rather grandiose simply because it’s being suggested that you should account for yourself. You’re a casualty of Pluto squaring up to Mercury and making you think you should fight extremely hard to protect your reputation. In fact there’s no need. Shrug the whole thing off and the problem will resolve itself. Pretty quickly.
CAPRICORN Dec 22 - Jan 20
Quite why you should be so protective of whatever role you play within a certain area will mystify friends or loved ones. Without being invasive or disrespectful they think it would be nice if you were to disclose a few of the details of your work or the area in which you seem to accomplish quite a lot. But the fact that Mercury’s being opposed by Jupiter which is occupying the section of your chart linked to your professional reputation is likely to make things seem rather more complicated than they need be. Let’s not forget that Jupiter is retrograde or appearing to travel backwards through the heavens and through your chart. This helps explain why even the most innocent exchange about you and your activities could become fairly heated. Refuse to let it happen.
AQUARIUS Jan 21 - Feb 19
No-one would deny that you’ll need to delve deep and come up with some special talents if you’re to make the best possible job of a challenge that’s heading your way. But that’s no reason to become nervous or insecure about it. The fact that Neptune is allied in a very positive way to Mars seems to suggest that you have the wit and the will to produce some excellent results once you decide that you do know what you’re doing. But you mustn’t forget that Neptune can sometimes produce a rather confusing picture and it might make you think you’re not sufficiently well-equipped to do what’s expected of you. That’s the kind of thinking that you must put to the back of your mind and refuse to enter into from this point on.
PISCES Feb 20 - Mar 20
After a bit of a blip you’re about to find that someone watching from the sidelines is realising that you have talents and skills that have been allowed to go unnoticed. This is not to suggest that you haven’t been producing excellent results or impressing people in high places. But you have untapped talents. And this week, as the Sun begins to make its way through Aries, heralding the beginning of a new year, astrologically speaking, it’s a good time for you to have a stab at something quite new and possibly daring. Don’t forget that you do have this individual willing you to push you a little bit harder and allow yourself to believe that you do have at least one special gift that most other people cannot boast. Use it to your advantage.