Your career horoscope for the week commencing 7th August by Peter Watson
ARIES Mar 21 - Apr 20
All of a sudden you’ll become excited at the prospect of working on a particular project or adopting new and fairly revolutionary ways of getting things done. And that’s all very well except that you might underestimate the amount of reorganising you’ll have to do in order to start functioning in this way. The fact that Mercury changes direction at the weekend and will be retrograde or appearing to move backwards through your chart until 5 September suggests that this is the kind of area in which things won’t be as simple and straightforward as they first seem. There’s no need to be disheartened or discouraged by this but you must be prepared to go over the same ground time and again in order to obviate any slip-ups or inconsistencies that have been overlooked.
TAURUS Apr 21 – May 21
No-one could blame you for wanting to clarify a situation which has been causing a disconnect between yourself and colleagues, peers or employers. However, you are feeling the effects of the Lunar Eclipse occurring at the most potent point in your chart. So there will be times at which you feel you are the one with the upper hand but then immediately afterwards it will seem to you that all the power has been transferred to whoever else is involved. Rest assured that this will pass fairly quickly. And you should be able to enter into negotiations by, say, midweek and feel as though the whole thing is being thrashed out on a level playing field. Quite rightly, you should stand a pretty good chance of gaining far more than you lose.
GEMINI May 22 - Jun 21
Don’t blame yourself for being drawn towards dreams and schemes cropping up between yourself and workmates or associates who are keen to expand their horizons. You are being affected, after all, by Neptune at the highest point in your chart joining forces with Venus. So although you might be aware that much of what’s being suggested is far from safe or conventional you will have a very strong sense of how much could be gained compared with what might be lost if things don’t go well. Only you can decide whether or not you’re prepared to gamble on this plan with the other people involved. So hang on to the fact that with Venus on your side you’re considering taking a calculated risk rather than an enormous – and potentially dangerous – leap in the dark.
CANCER Jun 22 - Jul 23
For some while you seem to have been prevaricating over a shared project or some financial wheeling and dealing which would require you to work with or alongside certain other people. This week as you are impacted by the Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius you will become quite excited about the unconventional and fairly daring approach being suggested by whoever else is involved. Yes, there may well be moments when you find yourself getting cold feel and you start wondering whether it might be best to withdraw from the situation. But on the whole you’ll feel reassured by the fact that you’re suddenly given access to facts, figures and other information which convince you that your judgment on this matter is quite sound. Refuse to let imaginary problems hold you back.
LEO Jul 24 - Aug 23
Having juggled with a lot of figures, legal documents or work-related paperwork you no doubt feel that you’re due for a rest over the next week or so. However, it would be better for you to focus on new developments that call for you to be completely up-to-date with the paperwork and all other forms of administration because you’re entering a phase during which things could become extremely complicated and unclear. This is because of the way in which Mercury shudders to a halt at the weekend, changes direction and enters another of its retrograde phases. As a result, it will be appearing to travel backwards through the heavens and through your chart. And it will be time for you to make sure everything is as precise, orderly and up-to-date as possible,
VIRGO Aug 24 - Sep 23
Perhaps not everyone will agree with your methodology when you’re trying to persuade them that certain on-going tasks and duties should be managed in a new and fairly revolutionary way. You’ll know deep down that the thinking behind whatever you’re planning is sound and secure but a Lunar Eclipse means that unfounded doubts and fears will be bubbling to the surface and causing consternation in those with whom you’re trying to work. You must promise yourself you won’t allow their insecurities to seep into your consciousness because it’s absolutely vital that you remain fully confident of what you’re doing and the positive outcomes that can be expected. Yes, you may have to do a bit of hand holding and boosting the morale of those in danger of losing their nerve. But you can do it.
LIBRA Sep 24 - Oct 23
In a bid to spread goodwill among colleagues, friends or associates who have found recent developments extremely trying you might lose sight of reality. As a result you could be making promises that can’t easily be kept. And with Venus at the high point of your chart collaborating with Neptune it will be all too easy for you to try to achieve the impossible. Bear in mind that Neptune is of course the planet of illusion and delusion and loving Venus will be encouraging you to be so accommodating and caring with regard to the other people concerned that you’ll quickly feel overburdened by it all. And that is not to happen. So assess the situation in the most pragmatic way possible and promise yourself you’ll deal in facts rather than fantasy.
SCORPIO Oct 24 - Nov 22
The glorious Sun, which is hovering over an area of your chart that says a tremendous amount about you, is joining forces with Saturn the planet of structure, care and caution at the weekend. By then you might well be in receipt of details relating to a venture, project or piece of work which other people would love you to manage. What they perhaps don’t realise is that you’ll insist on everything being highly-organised and structured in a way that means that nothing should go wrong. And those involved may think you are being too fussy or precious about it all, in which case you must be prepared to walk away. Under no circumstances should you agree to take on something that has a lot of loose ends that need tying up.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23 - Dec 21
Almost certainly you’ve been looking around for ways in which to progress at work or enhance your reputation. And it’s highly likely that this week you’ll hear of an opportunity that’s about to open up before you. It may or may not suit your needs right now. But you should at least find out more about it in case it does lead to something that’s good for you. On Sunday Mercury does a U-turn in the heavens and in your chart. From then on begins a period of three weeks or so during which this mischievous little planet will appear to travel backwards. As a result, important conversations, documentation, reports and negotiations could go hay-wire. So if there are important matters to be signed and sealed, get on with it as soon as possible.
CAPRICORN Dec 22 - Jan 20
Refuse to panic if your sixth sense suddenly tells you that a team project or partnership matter needs to be tightened up. Good, solid foundations ought to be in place and you should be able to look forward to pleasing outcomes. However, Saturn allied to the Sun at the weekend does imply that things will be a lot more concrete and reliable if some strong boundaries are set up and you and the other people involved adopt a more serious and dedicated attitude to the job in hand. While no-one is suggesting you’ve been frivolous or flippant you probably will have to admit, to yourself at least, that you haven’t paid as much attention to some of the more minor details as you might have done. But that’s easy to put right, isn’t it?
AQUARIUS Jan 21 - Feb 19
Exciting though it may be to hear that funding is being increased or some kind of wind-fall is on its way you shouldn’t start planning extravagant celebrations or extensive and expensive changes to plans at work. Yes, you probably are doing well in one particular area. But you must remember that you are feeling the effects of the build-up to Neptune’s tie-up with Venus which occurs at the weekend. And Neptune is of course the planet that encourages us to fantasise about achieving more than is possible. And it can delude us into thinking that we are super-human. And of course we’re not. So promise yourself that you will stick to reality and go about your work armed with proven facts and figures rather than a lot of over-optimistic estimates.
PISCES Feb 20 - Mar 20
Ongoing responsibilities will be very much on your mind. But so too will be news of an unusual adventure which has a great deal of appeal for you. The problem might be that you get carried away with how wonderful it should all be. But you’ll be underestimating the number of problems you will meet along the way while overestimating the extent of the rewards and recognition you should receive for having done a good job. This is why you need to tap into the way the Sun is collaborating with Saturn at the weekend and encouraging you to work to a pattern and time-table. And to take great care over costings, materials and the abilities and experience of those with whom you intend to work. Saturn is urging you not to take chances.