Your career horoscope for the week commencing August 21st by Peter Watson
ARIES Mar 21 - Apr 20
Don’t let the Sun’s move into the conscientious sign of Virgo persuade you that you have to do everybody else’s work for them, as well as your own. You do have a charitable streak which means that you sometimes like to feel that you’re helping those around you. But you might well take that sentiment a little too far because of the way in which certain others appeal to your softer side. They’ll hint that you could make their lives much lighter and brighter if you were to relieve them of responsibilities with which they’ve been struggling. But you have to think of your own well-being and the fact that you, like anybody else, can run out of steam if you push yourself too hard when the pressure on you is relentless.
TAURUS Apr 21 – May 21
You no doubt feel as though you have been held back by a mass of rules and regulations while you’ve been trying to combine your energies with those of a like-minded individual. And if this is the case you might find that the whole thing changes, fairly fundamentally, from the end of the week onwards when Saturn begins to move forwards again. This extremely structured, disciplined planet has been retrograde or appearing to move backwards for four months or so. Perhaps this helps explain why you have felt from time to time that people in authority have tied you up in red tape and made any progress virtually impossible in certain areas. At last you can breathe a sigh of relief and begin to look forward to the situation changing, for the better.
GEMINI May 22 - Jun 21
One particular group of people might not quite understand your way of handling financial or administrative matters. They could be of the opinion that you are too brave – possibly bordering on reckless. And this week, as Venus squares up to Uranus the planet of inventiveness, you should expect to be challenged by one or two individuals who are made to feel insecure when they hear of your latest ideas. You of course will feel that they are making a fuss over nothing. Even so, you have to placate them, politely and respectfully. And you must try to regain their trust by explaining exactly what you’re doing, chapter and verse. Will you have to make one or two compromises? Probably. And you must think of it as an investment for the future.
CANCER Jun 22 - Jul 23
A shortfall in cash reserves mustn’t be allowed to jeopardise a project or arrangement that has a good chance of success, provided you can organise the finances. You’ll be of a mind to push things through and reassure those around you that they are worrying unnecessarily. And this is largely because you’re feeling the impact of Venus making its way into Leo at the weekend and helping you to separate any real problems from minor niggles on which other people seem to be concentrating. Yes, there are issues that will need some careful handling. But one of your main jobs will be to negate any dramatic rumours, gossip or hearsay that everything is about to go wrong. It’s not. And you’ll make sure that the future continues to look good.
LEO Jul 24 - Aug 23
Certain people take their lead from you when it comes to on-going work or responsibilities. But you don’t see it as a problem. You’ve grown used to it and wouldn’t want things to be any different. However, this week as the Sun leaves your sign and moves into Virgo you might get the feeling that one or two colleagues, friends or associates seem to assume that you can bankroll some sort of project or enterprise being discussed. This could of course seem to you to be a rather frightening prospect, especially if there are large sums of money involved. So let your ruler the Sun encourage you to raise the matter and make it absolutely clear that structures and guidelines must be established and that no-one is to take advantage of your generous nature.
VIRGO Aug 24 - Sep 23
By following your instincts you should be able to navigate an area in which you and others have the opportunity to do well and make some money. What you mustn’t do is to ignore warning signs that the structure with which you’re dealing is in danger of coming apart at the seams. You are being impacted by the way in which the Sun is joining forces with Uranus so you will veer towards strategies that seem unconventional and perhaps rather daring to some people. And that’s fine except that you might fail to notice the odd little development that suggests that things aren’t as solid as they’re meant to be. Perhaps this is the point at which you should go over your plans and ideas and make sure that everything really is fireproof and foolproof.
LIBRA Sep 24 - Oct 23
No matter how carefully you plan and how closely you scrutinise the financial or structural details, a project or arrangement with which you’re involved might still spring surprises on you. This is linked to Venus squaring up to Uranus. As a result you’ll find that facts and figures you’ve checked and double-checked suddenly seem to develop the odd glitch. And although it won’t be disastrous it will be frustrating, annoying and very time-consuming to put right. So don’t assume that any components of your current work or some fairly ambitious projects are guaranteed to bring the outcomes you want. There will be occasional set-backs. But you must learn from them and, once you’ve put things right again, be proud that you’ve once again done well, against all the odds.
SCORPIO Oct 24 - Nov 22
Some sort of contract or formal arrangement will seem straightforward one minute but riddled with problems the next. And this might have a lot to do with the fact that you’re feeling the impact of the Solar Eclipse occurring at the highest point of your chart. As a result, issues revolving around your profession, finances or reputation might now seem a lot more complicated than they need be. And it’s up to you to remain patient and to await the point at which things do settle down and you’re able to look at the facts and figures involved from a very logical and solid standpoint. The ups and downs affecting your progress this week need have no serious long-term effects provided you don’t over-react every time another little problem occurs. There are calmer waters ahead.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23 - Dec 21
For a while you’ve accepted that people in authority have failed to acknowledge certain of your skills, achievements and areas of excellence. And you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that these individuals choose not to invest in a major way in whatever you have to offer. True, you probably haven’t liked it but you’ve got used to it. Perhaps you’ve even known on some deeper level that those involved will eventually see things differently. And that’s what seems to be happening now as the Sun enters Virgo and moves across the most visible and potent sector of your chart. Not only will you feel empowered to strive even harder and get outstanding results but others will admit that you and your efforts are not to be underestimated and are to be taken very seriously indeed.
CAPRICORN Dec 22 - Jan 20
Try to capitalise on having dynamic Mars forming a strong and positive link with Saturn this week. In your case, this should mean that projects requiring you to join forces with other people will inspire you to be at your most energetic. But, more than that, with Saturn involved you’ll become extremely keen to see that everything is run like a well-oiled machine, as the saying goes. The only problem with this might be that Saturn might encourage you to be so demanding – possibly pernickety – that one or two of the people involved resent the way in which you’re constantly pushing them for the best possible results. They’ll feel that you’re on their case. And you must make sure that this doesn’t cause conflict between them and yourself. Think about it.
AQUARIUS Jan 21 - Feb 19
It’s possible that the value you place on work or duties sometimes comes under criticism from colleagues and associates who think you suffer from an overdeveloped sense of responsibility. And this week especially, with Venus at right angles to Uranus, you’ll be on the receiving end of some rather harsh comments from those who can’t see why you take your role so seriously. This could be the opportunity to show these individuals once and for all that you won’t allow them to alter your stance on the way in which you handle your commitments. And if you can strike exactly the right tone and come up with the best words and gestures with which to state your case you might well find that you’re able to clear the air for the next round of talks.
PISCES Feb 20 - Mar 20
Every now and again you might wonder whether you’re doing too much – or too little – in terms of day-to-day commitments . It can be hard to get the balance right. That’s why you should capitalise on the Solar Eclipse in Leo as it lights up areas in which it’s hard for you to ascertain whether or not your contribution is appropriate. It’s a pity that you sometime imagine that people are talking behind your back and suggesting that you need to do rather more. If that’s the case, these individuals need to say as much – but to your face. Also, if you wonder whether you’ve paid too much attention to areas that can take care of themselves you have to rethink the situation and promise yourself you’ll take a more balanced view in the future.