Your career horoscope for the week commencing 10th August by Peter Watson
ARIES Mar 21 - Apr 20
Even though you must have known for some while that you would have masses of work and commitments to take care of, you might be surprised at just how much you’re expected to mastermind. Of course on one level you’ll be flattered that people expect so much of you. It means they trust your judgment and your abilities. But with Jupiter making its way into Virgo there’s a slight danger than you will be flattered into thinking that you can take on even more than you can comfortably manage. You mustn’t be afraid to admit to yourself and those around you that even you have a certain limit beyond which you run out of time, energy and enthusiasm. No-one’s going to think any the less of you for being candid.
TAURUS Apr 21 – May 21
You’ll probably imagine that the people you love most are unaware of challenges you’ve been facing on the work or financial front. But of course they have picked up on your restlessness. And they would like to do more to help – if only they knew how. Be aware that the Sun is allied to Venus in a way that’s encouraging you to invite one or two very special individuals to express their views on your situation and how they might go about handling it. Not only should you be provided with some very good ideas. You’ll also strengthen bonds which will be of enormous value to you, now and in the future. You’re about to be reminded of the true value of solid relationships, especially when you’re having to face the great big world outside.
GEMINI May 22 - Jun 21
Steel yourself for a period during which loved ones, relatives and friends will be trying to distract you from territory in which an enormous amount is expected of you. But also be realistic about exactly how much you can achieve during a time when there are limited resources or opportunities to get everything done. You’re being impacted by Neptune at the high point of your chart as it opposes Mercury. So while you’re probably aiming at impossibly high targets, certain people who care for you will be keen to involve you in family, off-duty or light-hearted activities. You really will have to find a compromise that caters to your work ethic while also allowing you the chance to remind yourself of how refreshing and reinvigorating it can be to down tools every now and again.
CANCER Jun 22 - Jul 23
For some while you’ve no doubt been tempted to reorganise your finances or improve your working conditions. Or have you been considering a complete career change recently? Whichever the case may be, you should be inspired by this week’s New Moon, in Leo, which will have a great deal of impact on the section of your chart that governs your skills, talents and other resources. Don’t be surprised if you suddenly wake up to the fact that you haven’t been putting all of your assets to the best possible use. On the other hand, you might decide you’ve failed to talk to one or two contacts about ways in which you and they could, together, be branching out in a new and potentially exciting way. This is not the point at which to stand still.
LEO Jul 24 - Aug 23
Initially, you and some of your workmates, employers or friends will look at plans or ideas that you’re meant to be masterminding and you’ll wonder how you can even make a beginning. But you have to capitalise on the fact that at the weekend Pluto is linked in a positive way to Mercury. So over the next few days you should concentrate on digging deep and coming up with strategies that are unlikely to occur to anyone else. Remember that Pluto is slowly making its way through the section of your chart that highlights your conscientious and hard-working nature. So there’s little doubt that, once you’ve put some effort into what you’re doing, you will get the results you hope for. Don’t be put off if it all takes a little longer than you anticipate.
VIRGO Aug 24 - Sep 23
Keep your ear to the ground and you’re likely to hear of schemes or ideas with which you and workmates, friends or associates can make some money – or possibly enhance your reputation. Also ask yourself whether you’d be prepared to involved yourself with some rather unconventional means of getting results. Of course we’re not talking about anything unsafe, illegal or immoral. But Uranus allied to the Sun does suggest that you’d do well to come up with some imaginative, highly original thinking. You could also find that certain other people are very surprised at how innovative you can be when you do put your mind to it. Perhaps it’s time for you to tweak the image that others have of you? You’re far more daring and outgoing than a lot of people realise, aren’t you?
LIBRA Sep 24 - Oct 23
When you discover that certain people are extremely enthusiastic about plans being put forward you may be surprised, possibly even shocked. This is because you’ll have decided that whatever is being discussed lacks credibility. And this is linked to the fact that Neptune is being opposed by Mercury this week which means that much of what is being proposed is based on a great deal of fantasy rather than good, old-fashioned reality. But of course there is the problem that if you object too strongly to what’s being discussed, you could be accused of acting out of jealousy or sour grapes. And you don’t want that, do you? So wait for the perfect opportunity to explain, calmly and politely, that you think that everything needs to be investigated very carefully before work begins.
SCORPIO Oct 24 - Nov 22
Quite unfairly you’ve sometimes been forced to go along with the limited thinking of colleagues or associates. This is simply because you’ve preferred to keep the peace, rather than take a stand. However, over the next few days it will occur to you that you could be on the receiving end of a much greater sense of fulfilment and satisfaction if you were to be working along the lines that suit you. Of course, you’ll know that much of what’s being created or produced could be of far greater quality if some of your ideas were to be adopted. So let the New Moon persuade you to stop being over-compliant and to start challenging – in a polite, respectful way – people who need the kind of inspiration you can so easily provide. What’s holding you back?
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23 - Dec 21
Money will have to change hands if certain things are to be produced. But any day now there’ll be a danger that you’ll overestimate just how much cash is actually required. And you could leave others with a negative impression of your skills and talents. This is why you have to be wary of the fact that your ruler Jupiter is now hovering over the highest and most powerful point of your chart. Whenever this happens you have a tendency to think in terms of huge sums and to produce plans and ideas that others see as over-ambitious – possibly even unachievable. Perhaps this is the point at which you confide in someone you trust and ask to be reminded – very discreetly – that you do sometimes talk about far larger sums of money than is appropriate.
CAPRICORN Dec 22 - Jan 20
In the past you may have fought shy of involving someone else in work or financial projects which you’ve guarded jealously. This is because you’ve felt that you’re the only one who can do them justice. But any day now you’ll have to admit that you have so much responsibility being heaped upon your shoulders that you really could do with some help and support. And not far away there is one particular person who can provide you with that. If only you can disabuse yourself of the fact that you’ll be taking on more trouble than it’s worth. There’s no evidence to suggest that this is so. The New Moon is urging you to go in for some new thinking and to take a completely fresh approach to shared responsibilities and joint ventures.
AQUARIUS Jan 21 - Feb 19
Try to put as much dynamism as possible into a partnership or joint venture which promises to yield positive results. But do remember that with Jupiter making its way into Virgo there’s a chance that you’ll be over-optimistic about the benefits likely to come your way. It might be worth looking very carefully at everything you intend to contribute to this particular area. And balance it against the likely returns. It would be a great pity if you were to promise yourself or certain other people that by following a certain route you could become rich and famous overnight. Things rarely, if ever, happen that way. And there’s someone very close to you who would really like to hear that you are being entirely realistic and practical about what’s coming in and what’s going out.
PISCES Feb 20 - Mar 20
For quite some while you’ve allowed some areas of your work or other commitments to become disorganised, confusing and shambolic. This week’s New Moon is encouraging you to accept that sometimes things have to change. Radically. You will of course have to put some time aside to reshape part of your life that has lacked structure recently. And you mustn’t take any short cuts. You’ll just have to promise yourself that the more time and effort you put into the redesign of your day-to-day, week-to-week existence, the more you’ll get out of it. What you mustn’t do is allow certain other people to discourage you by suggesting that you’re wasting your time by putting so much effort into all of this. You most certainly are not, as you’ll very soon find out.