Your career horoscope for the week beginning 9th October by Peter Watson.
ARIES Mar 21 - Apr 20
Something seems to have prevented you from pursuing greater visibility or a new and more elevated position. And this is likely to be linked to an occasional lack of confidence when it comes to being interviewed or having to negotiate the right deal. Rest assured that events about to occur over the next few days will make you realise that you do indeed need to step forward and start talking seriously about where you’re going and how you are going to get there. And although Pluto wrestling with Mercury will help bring out your assertive streak it mustn’t mean that you come across as over-confident or bombastic. Let Mercury remind you of the importance of finding the language with which to create in yourself the right mix of dignity and self-assurance.
TAURUS Apr 21 – May 21
Keen though you may be to put originality and inventiveness into an area of responsibility you share with somebody else, you must keep reminding yourself that you can’t make important decisions entirely on your own. Saturn confronting Mars is a reminder that you are in cahoots with the kind of people who like things to be done in a very proper and disciplined way. But under the influence of Mars it will be tempting for you to go charging ahead and make decisions without proper consultation with whoever else is involved. As soon as you make such assumptions you will be leaving yourself wide open for the kind of criticism you really don’t need right now. Think in terms of teamwork and forget any notion of being out there on your own. You’re not.
GEMINI May 22 - Jun 21
Initially, you might wonder whether you will be able to pool your resources with those of someone you’ve always regarded as being rather unimaginative and unexciting. This is because you’ll be of a mind to approach your latest venture with a great deal of zest and ingenuity. But you might be misjudging the situation. And when you feel the impact of the Sun at right angles to Pluto you could be in for a shock as the individual with whom you are meant to be collaborating comes up with thoughts and ideas that leave you standing. And you’ll be reminded how unwise it is to pigeon-hole people and assume that they are capable of rather less than is actually the case. Treat this as one of those situations from which you can gain great learning.
CANCER Jun 22 - Jul 23
Perhaps you’ll feel like covering your ears with your hands to muffle the sound of friends, workmates or associates telling you, constantly, how to deal with certain work or financial situations. The reason these people will be so vocal over the next few days is that you’ll be wanting to experiment with schemes and strategies that they find far too daring and unorthodox. You do of course still have Uranus slowly making its way across an extremely potent section of your chart so there will be times when you crave excitement and inventiveness. Do by all means defend your right to do as you see fit. But, remember, Uranus being challenged by Mercury suggests that you must first make sure that you really aren’t likely to go broke or ruin your reputation in the process.
LEO Jul 24 - Aug 23
It’s possible that you’ll have a bit of a battle on your hands over the next few days but it shouldn’t be anything to worry about. You’ll find yourself juggling finances or discussing complicated professional matters at a time when others will seem rather less well-informed than you are. As a result you’ll be tempted to let Saturn’s run-in with Mars persuade you that if you shout loudest and you come up with remedies much quicker than anybody else, your success will be guaranteed. But that of course is not the way these things work. So while Mars is boosting your energy and enthusiasm for whatever you are committed to, let Saturn remind you that you’ll achieve far more by operating in a methodical, well-organised way. That’s what you really must do on this occasion.
VIRGO Aug 24 - Sep 23
At first it might seem to you that with Venus leaving your sign at the weekend you won’t feel so highly valued within an area to which you contribute a great deal. What you perhaps won’t realise is that as Venus makes its way into Libra it will be forcing you to focus on your finances – but, more importantly, on skills and strengths you have at your fingertips and which haven’t been put to the best possible use. Under the influence of Venus it should occur to you fairly soon that you could benefit enormously if you were to capitalise on resources and experiences with which you can almost certainly make a killing in at least one extremely challenging area. Certainly do not undersell yourself or assume you’ve nothing much to offer. You have.
LIBRA Sep 24 - Oct 23
Refuse to take heed of advice offered by certain people who seem to think they should warn you to steer clear of an area in which you would like to invest or make a sizeable contribution. With Jupiter leaving your sign and making its way into Scorpio, you should begin to feel a great deal more confident than usual about taking a bit of a risk as far as your assets or your work might be concerned. Just remember that Jupiter sometimes leads us astray by convincing us that we are better situated than is actually the case. So do, by all means, maintain a feeling of being self-assured and ready to take on something major but without gambling to the point where you’re likely to jeopardise your security or your long-term future.
SCORPIO Oct 24 - Nov 22
The fact that Uranus is slowly making its way through Aries suggests that some of your ideas are slightly on the unorthodox or unusual side. Added to this is the fact that Uranus is still retrograde or appearing to travel backwards through the heavens and through your chart. So it’s especially important that you go over plans and schemes with a fine tooth-comb to ensure that nothing has been left to chance. Remember too that at the weekend you’ll feel the impact of Uranus being opposed by Mercury. So go with your sixth sense when it warns you that it’s time to rein yourself in and approach important ventures in a safe and conventional way. Even if that feels dull, it will at least mean you avoid some kind of financial or work-related crisis.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23 - Dec 21
Don’t be surprised if several of your colleagues, friends or companions become unusually curious about how much money you have coming in and going out. Normally it would seem to you that these people would be too well-mannered to enquire about such personal and private matters. But they have reasons of their own for feeling justified in raising these awkward questions. However, you might still not agree that they should be delving into such sensitive areas. And as a result you’ll respond to Mercury’s set-to with Pluto by laying down the law and giving one or two people in particular a telling-off. If it cannot be avoided, do at least make sure that you leave the door open for everybody involved to make contact with you again, once the dust has settled.
CAPRICORN Dec 22 - Jan 20
Hopes will be raised when people around you hear of news affecting some common ground that you and they share from time to time. All of which is fine, especially if the situation has seemed dull and lacklustre recently. But you will be of a mind not to become too optimistic because you’ll know the situation needs to be carefully analysed and evaluated before the champagne’s opened. The reason you’ll be in such a rational and sensible mind is that this week Venus begins to make its way into a power-packed section of your chart. And as it does so, it will remind you how important it is to channel your energies into the right areas and not to assume that enormous gains can be made without a lot of heavy lifting having been done.
AQUARIUS Jan 21 - Feb 19
Once again you’re going to get a boost from Mars as it urges you to put more elbow grease into ideas or projects you’re tackling with the help and support of somebody else. At times recently you might have allowed your enthusiasm to wane, possibly because you’ve been willing to let certain responsibilities be handled by whoever else is involved. But that’s not really good enough, is it? And Mars squaring up to Saturn does imply that unless you rethink your attitude you’re likely to get your knuckles rapped by those whose opinions mean a tremendous amount to you. Or is it your own guilty conscience that is about to kick in? Whichever the case may be, you won’t like having to admit that you’ve been lazy or uninspired. So mend your ways, right now.
PISCES Feb 20 - Mar 20
By joining forces with one or two other people to pursue outcomes in which you all have a vested interest, you will need to share responsibilities, as well as rewards, equally. However, one individual in particular will assume the right to benefit rather more than anybody else from what is clearly a shared enterprise. This could be one of those situations that causes just about everybody involved to clam up because it’s simply too awkward to raise the issue. It will be an elephant in the room of the worst possible kind because there’s hard cash involved. Fortunately, Venus, the planet of value as well as even-handedness, changes signs over the next few days and as a result you’ll determine exactly how to handle this issue which, without you, could cause grief for everybody involved.