Your career horoscope for the week commencing 28th August by Peter Watson
ARIES Mar 21 - Apr 20
Listen carefully as someone who knows you extremely well tries to say you’ve been pushing yourself too hard and taking your responsibilities too seriously. The Sun making a sharp link to Jupiter helps explain why, when others are fairly philosophical about everything that has to be done, you overreact and see the tasks ahead as insurmountable. But they’re not. This is simply Jupiter encouraging you to exaggerate the gravity of the situation which is in fact quite manageable provided you and everybody else focus on what needs doing and refuse to panic about it. If anybody criticises you for being this way it’s not because they are irritated by your attitude but simply because they care about you and don’t want you to put yourself through unnecessary wear and tear.
TAURUS Apr 21 – May 21
All the while that you’re trying to inject some creativity and originality into some rather mundane tasks or areas of responsibility, you’re being observed from the sidelines by those who would prefer things to remain as they are. The fact that Jupiter is tussling with the Sun suggests that one or two of these individuals will voice their opinions and perhaps suggest you’re being irresponsible for wanting things to be done very differently. Of course with Jupiter involved the situation could become much more inflated than it need be and you must take care not to blow it up out of all proportion and see it as a major attack or slur on your character. That’s why you need to respond politely and respectfully and then continue to do what you know you do best.
GEMINI May 22 - Jun 21
Your instincts are about to tell you to operate within territory in which inventiveness and ingenuity would be at a premium. And you’re probably right in thinking that with your skills and experience you might well fit the bill. Be careful however because towards the end of the week you’ll feel the impact of the Moon forming a link with Neptune which is hovering over the most powerful point in your chart. And as a result you might misinterpret the situation and assume it’s your right to try to turn fantasy into reality and present something which others will find very difficult to support. Your best bet is to go back to the drawing board and try to produce something that’s interesting and imaginative but still totally practicable when put to the test.
CANCER Jun 22 - Jul 23
Almost certainly you have procrastinated over a financial or work-related matter. And if you’re are hoping to bring this period of uncertainty to an end you should capitalise on Mercury reversing, as it were, into Leo. Mercury is, of course, still retrograde or appearing to travel backwards through your chart. This helps explains, in part at least, why things haven’t been simple and straightforward recently. Now, as this mischievous little planet begins to change signs you’ll have a change of heart with regard to a principle you’ve been clinging to for rather too long. You’ll suddenly see that there’s no need for you to stick to what’s gone before. Financial situations can be rethought and you can embark on a period of analysis and reorganisation so that, before long, certain areas function very differently.
LEO Jul 24 - Aug 23
People might suggest you haven’t been as clever as you might have been regarding your spending, your investments or your savings. Or perhaps they’ll be referring to the way in which you’ve ploughed a certain amount of money into a project which might not bring a return for quite some while, if at all. Your challenge will be to ignore these rather negative comments and keep reminding yourself that you’ve done what felt right to you. And the fact that your ruler, the Sun, is at odds with Jupiter suggests that some of those around you have got wind of a niggling little doubt about an area in which you’re operating and they’ve blown it up out of all proportion. The more calm and collected you can be the better it is for all concerned.
VIRGO Aug 24 - Sep 23
Workmates, friends or associates might not see the value in adopting a different, daring approach to a joint endeavour or a money-making scheme. They’ll think that the whole thing is too risky or uncertain. But you’ll have a strong feeling that if you go about things in exactly the right way you’ll be heading for success. You’re being inspired by Uranus collaborating with Mars, which is going through an intuitive, thoughtful and very private section of your chart. So you’ll want to take note of that small, still voice in the back of your mind urging you to be at your most inventive. Uranus on the other hand is telling you not to be afraid of taking people by surprise. As a result you’re likely to do extremely well by going with your sixth sense.
LIBRA Sep 24 - Oct 23
Neptune in a conscientious section of your chart is urging you to allow yourself to be more inventive and imaginative while still managing to keep everything safe and secure. And this week, as Neptune strikes up a friendly relationship with the Moon, you might decide that you want to go back over a plan or project launched some while ago and handle it differently. You’ve perhaps wondered why you settled for second best at the time and you didn’t revisit this area and see how much it could be improved. Now with Neptune and the Moon providing you with a great deal of inspiration you should feel sufficiently talented, experienced and blessed to be able to make something extremely impressive out of whatever it was you first embarked on quite a long time ago.
SCORPIO Oct 24 - Nov 22
Time and again you’ve tried to explain how you feel about a scheme or project that others view with some apprehension. And you no doubt think you’ve never quite got your point across in a way that makes any difference. This is why you’ll want to revisit this situation and put a different spin on it. Certainly with retrograde Mercury reversing, as it were, towards the highest point in your chart your instinct will be to go back over old ground and win people round. And there’s nothing wrong with that. However, you will have to make sure that you’re armed with current facts and figures that are relevant to your argument. You’re likely to have one good opportunity to get your own way and it’s not to be thrown away by being ill-prepared.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23 - Dec 21
Do you really want a group of people to aid and abet you as you push forward with an idea designed to enhance your career or reputation? Any extra support and back-up has to be of the right kind. And with the Sun confronting Jupiter you might have a tendency to exaggerate the advantages of accepting help while you underestimate the possible downsides. So step back and look at the whole thing objectively. Perhaps even ask one or two people not connected to any aspect of this situation to offer their view. Once you get their response you might be in a better position to decide whether or not you want to go ahead with the whole thing – and if so, should you fly solo or let those offering you help join forces with you?
CAPRICORN Dec 22 - Jan 20
Look deeply into a suggestion being put forward by colleagues, friends or employers who clearly think that you and they should work together in some way. Or perhaps they have in mind a financial arrangement out of which you and they might make a healthy profit. All of which sounds fine. But Mercury is retrograde or moving backwards through your chart as it enters Leo which suggests you’ll have a sense that things are being concealed or not fully understood by the other people concerned. You’ll have a tendency to want to dig deep and bring to the surface any unknown factors. And that’s exactly what does need to be done. At times like this there can be no skimming over the surface. It’s what lies beneath that is so crucial to your potential success.
AQUARIUS Jan 21 - Feb 19
Some well-informed and possibly highly-intellectual individuals will have a view on what action you should be taking with regard to a particular financial, property or business matter. And although you’re normally happy to take their views on board you’ll wonder whether on this occasion they are missing something that’s on a very basic level and which you understand inside-out and backwards. Any confusion over the opinions of these people has a lot to do with the fact that the Sun is forming a rather aggressive link with Jupiter. And this means that a slight difference of opinion could become inflated and perhaps even quite nasty within a relatively short space of time. So arm yourself with all relevant facts and figures. And endeavour to keep any negotiations polite, respectful and fairly short.
PISCES Feb 20 - Mar 20
With Mercury reversing, as it were, into Leo you’ll find yourself in the mood to argue – intelligently but robustly – against those wanting to handle areas of work or responsibility in a new and different way. You’ll be afraid they’ll want to implement change for the sake of it. And by the weekend, when Mercury is linked to Mars, you should have organised your thinking and feel ready to argue your case for allowing things to remain as they are rather than introducing tactics and techniques which haven’t yet been proven to be effective or efficient. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to do things properly and well. And you mustn’t be afraid to admit that taking this leap into the dark suggested by these people close by is something you really don’t want to entertain.