Your career horoscope for the week commencing 2nd January by Peter Watson
ARIES Mar 21 - Apr 20
For some while you may have wished you could display a much greater sense of confidence and self-assurance when faced with some pretty tough assignments while being observed by a knowing audience. Of course it’s perfectly natural to be a little bit nervous when others are watching. But you do seem to have let it get to you a great deal more than it should have done. This week, however, you may go to the other extreme and deal with your business in such a confident, robust way that some people might think you’re becoming a bit of a control freak. It’s all about the glorious Sun linking up with powerful Pluto at a critical point in your chart. Let it embolden you, but not make you smug or pushy.
TAURUS Apr 21 – May 21
Each time you ponder on a business deal or arrangement that involves you and certain of your colleagues or associates you might wonder why some aspects of it have become so complicated and difficult to manage. What you’re forgetting is the fact that Mercury has been retrograde or appearing to travel backwards since 19 December. And this week it reverses, as it were, into the section of your chart that governs teamwork and all sorts of partnerships. Then it resumes its normal forwards direction, suggesting that you can at last straighten up a lot of the details that have been so confusing for you. Just don’t assume everything can be done overnight. It’s all about taking one steady step at a time. You’ve had enough false starts to last a lifetime recently.
GEMINI May 22 - Jun 21
What a pity that so many of the people around you fail to recognise the true value of plans and schemes with which you intend to get involved. This will not of course deter you from making a start. But it will mean that you’ll go out of your way to make sure that you’ll be getting a very generous return on your input. And you’ll be helped by the way in which Venus makes its way into Pisces this week. This means that you’ll be the one who can immediately spot the best way to achieve outstanding results and to ensure that you and everybody else involved come out of the situation extremely well. Will you be perceived as over-acquisitive or too materialistic for words? No. Just very clever and hard-working.
CANCER Jun 22 - Jul 23
With mischievous Mercury reversing into Sagittarius this week confusion previously felt in your private life might start seeping into areas linked to your work or everyday responsibilities. But you mustn’t become despondent because on Sunday 8 January Mercury comes to the end of its latest retrograde phase and begins to move forwards again. Hopefully, you can put a period of mix-ups and disruptions behind you and get down to some fairly robust work and accomplish several things that have been eluding you for some while. Just remember that in a bid to catch up with lost time you don’t have to break any speed records or prove yourself as some sort of super-hero. A sure and steady pace is much better for you and will achieve a great deal more in the long term.
LEO Jul 24 - Aug 23
Can you swallow your pride in order to bring about some kind of truce with one or two people with whom you haven’t been working or cooperating too well recently? Of course you can. You’re quite sensible enough to realise that you and the other individuals concerned can co-create something pretty special when you’re collaborating with one another. Okay, so every now and again there might be a difference of opinion or you may fail to honour whatever the other people involved might be thinking. Or vice versa. But basically you know that teamwork and a sense of collective energy and drive can produce the most magnificent results. Certainly this week with Venus entering the partnerships sector of your chart you’ll want to promote some kind of shared endeavour. And so you should.
VIRGO Aug 24 - Sep 23
Treat yourself a little gently as you respond to the earliest effects of the Moon making its way to the most powerful point in your chart at the weekend. This suggests that you’ll sometimes feel that you’re under so much pressure that you begin to doubt your abilities and your competence. But that of course is quite unnecessary because you’re known as conscientious and efficient. The reason you will be a little bit nervous or unsteady is that the Moon will be making you feel somewhat over-emotional, especially when colleagues or associates comment on your work or your achievements. And these comments will be ambiguous in that you won’t be quite sure how to take them. Refuse to buy into the idea that the people concerned are trying to rubbish you. They’re not. Stop being over-sensitive.
LIBRA Sep 24 - Oct 23
One of the main considerations of a deal or arrangement being discussed will revolve around the amount of money concerned. This is especially so at the moment because of the impact your ruler Venus is having as it makes its way into Pisces which means it’s encouraging you to look carefully at cash flow and available resources set against outgoings. In other words, Venus should encourage you to scrutinise the relevant figures, contracts and bank balances far more carefully than usual. And what you discover as a result is likely to place you in a far stronger position regarding whatever work or projects you are pursuing. Just don’t become so caught up with it that you are perceived as mean or penny-pinching. By all means be business-like but don’t risk coming across as a skin-flint.
SCORPIO Oct 24 - Nov 22
It might have been disconcerting to discover that accounts, contracts or deals weren’t in the near-perfect state you had always assumed them to be. Although it’s unlikely that anything disastrous has occurred you might find that a number of things need tidying up and putting in better order now that a few chaotic corners have been uncovered. The really good thing about all this happening over the next few days is the fact that Mercury is reversing as it were into Sagittarius which means that it will be forcing you to look at these areas which have been allowed to become extremely disorganised. This is happening while Mercury is still retrograde or appearing to travel backwards. But the even better news is that on Sunday 8 January Mercury goes forwards again. And so can you.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23 - Dec 21
People might expect you to help them fund or finance something that means a lot to them. Or perhaps you’re the one who’s looking for financial back-up so that you can pursue a commercial, business or property deal which seems to have great potential. Whichever the case may be, you will this week feel the build-up to the Sun’s connection with Pluto which is encouraging you to dig deep and dredge up some extremely creative and possibly unusual ways of getting the support you’ll need if you are to succeed in the way that you hope to. You won’t of course even consider anything immoral, unethical or unscrupulous. But Pluto will encourage you to be rather more driven than usual in order to accomplish whatever it is you have in mind.
CAPRICORN Dec 22 - Jan 20
Don’t be alarmed if it becomes difficult to keep your emotions in check when having to negotiate sensitive or complicated work or personal issues. Or perhaps somebody you normally trust is behaving out of character and leaving you feeling more upset than you should be. You can put most, if not all, of this down to the way in which the Moon makes its way into Gemini at the weekend. This means that the Moon will be stirring up intense feelings within a section of your chart that’s all about your need to do things with as much rigour and efficiency as possible. Somebody upsetting the apple cart mustn’t be allowed to spoil everything for you. See if you can ignore what is basically bad behaviour and still strive to achieve the best possible results.
AQUARIUS Jan 21 - Feb 19
Some kind of reward, fillip or bonus is about to come your way. And even though it may not be very generous it will mean a tremendous amount to you. In fact with Venus leaving your sign and entering sensitive Pisces you’re likely to gain a tremendous amount from the fact that people in authority value you and your contribution very highly. This might persuade you to work even harder or take on even more projects or greater responsibilities simply because you feel your sense of self-worth increasing substantially because of the way you’re being treated with fairness and respect. Also, this could help you decide whether or not you want to remain within this same set-up or structure indefinitely or is it time for a move? You’re entering a very interesting phase of self-reflection.
PISCES Feb 20 - Mar 20
Mercury really has been playing you up recently. And this week you’ll feel the advantage of this mischievous little planet coming to the end of its latest retrograde phase and starting to move forwards again. But first Mercury reverses as it were into Sagittarius on Wednesday 4 January. This means there will be mixed messages, misunderstandings and misinterpretations cropping up here, there and everywhere. And you just have to keep reminding yourself that none of this should be taken too seriously and every little bit of it can be sorted out fairly quickly and easily. So when others complain that everything’s going wrong, yours could be the voice of reason, sanity and common-sense as you advise those around you to be patient and to wait till things return to normal – as they very soon will.