Your career horoscope for the week beginning 19th February by Peter Watson.
ARIES Mar 21 - Apr 20
By the middle of this week when you start to feel the impact of Mercury aligning itself in a helpful way with Saturn you’ll realise that certain rules, regulations and protocols have to be explained to some of your colleagues or associates. This is not because you want to take control of whatever setting or organisation you find yourself in. It’s more a case of your needing to feel certain of the fact that you and those around you are operating to the same high standards. One or two people may suggest you’re becoming a little bit obsessive about all of this. Let them say whatever they want. The important thing is that you feel that you’re on safe ground and you’re making sure that those around you are, too.
TAURUS Apr 21 – May 21
When it becomes obvious, this week, that other people aren’t able to do what’s required of them you’ll wonder whether it’s right that you’re expected to come to their rescue. Yes, you would dearly love to see the whole thing succeed. But as you feel the build-up to a clash between Mars and Venus which occurs at the weekend, you’ll have a sense that at least one of the people involved resents the way in which you’re often able to take the lead. And on this occasion you’ll realise that you don’t want to pull out all the stops and rescue the situation if you can hear, in the background, negative remarks being made. You’ve clearly got to clarify the matter with whoever is concerned if you are to save the day.
GEMINI May 22 - Jun 21
Has a partnership matter or a work-related situation been allowed to take care of itself for far too long? Perhaps you feel that you should flex your muscles and show that you intend to make radical changes, no matter how it affects the other person or persons involved. The fact that Pluto’s forming a sharp link with Mercury does suggest that you may be a little bit too robust – possibly even fearsome – when you begin the conversation. So you should try to come across as firm but friendly and polite. And remember that whatever the problem might be it hasn’t been created by one person alone. There is always more than one side to stories such as this and you need to have a clear view of the whole picture before you swing into action.
CANCER Jun 22 - Jul 23
Every now and again you have a burning desire to confront difficult or unusual issues with colleagues, employers or companions. Certainly towards the end of this week when Mercury gets into a spat with Uranus you’ll come very close to using shock tactics to bring one or two of your grievances or negative thoughts out into the open. And that’s all right provided you’re very careful not to give rise to a permanent rift or cause offence of the kind that will hang around for months or even years. Yes, by all means let Uranus encourage you to find creative, inventive ways of opening up useful discussions. But also remember you have a reputation to take care of and you don’t want to be perceived as a bully, troublemaker or tyrant.
LEO Jul 24 - Aug 23
Yours is a positive sign. So you can become irritated with people who persistently see the negative side of whatever you and they are trying to do together. This week you and certain individuals will be discussing a piece of work or an idea which is based partly on hopes and dreams as well as the practicalities of the situation. So optimism will be called for. And Venus allied to Neptune could help you persuade those around you that there’s great value in concentrating on what can be done rather than paying too much attention to what might prove tricky. If you can all face in the same direction and stand side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder, you might well be able to achieve something pretty remarkable. But negativity and pessimism must be kept to an absolute minimum.
VIRGO Aug 24 - Sep 23
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself closely and successfully alongside people you don’t know too well. Or perhaps they’re friends rather than colleagues. Whichever the case may be Uranus, still travelling through Aries, will encourage you to take a rather different and daring approach to one particular plan or project. And you’ll feel fairly confident that you’ll get a good result. It’s just a pity that Uranus is being confronted by Mercury towards the end of the week. This means that one particular individual who feels entitled to interfere, or at least comment on what you’re doing, is likely to step out of line. Your challenge will be to find a way to persuade this individual to withdraw and not make an unnecessary fuss over something which, really and truly, is your business.
LIBRA Sep 24 - Oct 23
Ordinarily you would be happy to listen to the opinions of people close to you if it seems that they genuinely want to help you with a professional or financial matter that’s causing you to work overtime. This week, however, as you’re impacted by the Sun approaching a helpful link with Saturn, you might well decide that you need to be handling things on your own. Saturn does have a way of bringing out in you self-discipline, determination and a way of getting the results you want and need. So don’t be afraid to suggest to these caring individuals that they leave you to handle matters on your own – at least in the early stages. And maybe you’ll turn to them a little later on if you think you do need some support from outside.
SCORPIO Oct 24 - Nov 22
Highly imaginative ways of handling a business or money-related challenge will seem to you to be the answer this week. And Venus in a creative section of your chart you will help you see that there’s great value in going about things in an exciting way. Remember, however, that at the weekend Venus gets into a spat with Mars. And this could mean that some of your ideas are knocked down in flames by people – probably one in particular – expecting you to lower your sights and take a more conventional approach to whatever you’re doing. Only you can decide whether or not you should continue with your unorthodox and inspired way of working. Just make sure you don’t allow negative comments to unnerve you at a point when you would really love to stretch yourself.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23 - Dec 21
An ongoing situation might force you to take a more proactive and assertive position with regard to the way in which colleagues or associates are quibbling about the contribution they should be making to a plan or idea involving you and them. You would prefer not to go into battle about it. But as you feel the impact of the Sun getting into a fight with Pluto you’ll decide you can no longer risk coming across as a pushover. Take care because with Pluto involved there’s always a possibility that you’ll go too far and cause more upsets or perhaps even damage than you need to. There are other ways of persuading people that they need to be more compliant than they have been without coming across as a tyrant.
CAPRICORN Dec 22 - Jan 20
It might be hard for you, at first, to veer away from a familiar structure or way of working this week when people talk about introducing new or unusual tactics and techniques into proceedings. It’s not your fault. It’s just that strict and sober Saturn, your ruler, is still in your sign. However, around the middle of the week Saturn joins forces with Mercury in a way that should help you accept proposals being put forward by other people rather than dismiss them out of hand. Mercury will help you analyse what’s being said and suggested and see how it could now be incorporated into ideas which you thought were set in concrete. They’re not. Let Mercury remind you of how flexible you can be when the situation is right for you to do so.
AQUARIUS Jan 21 - Feb 19
People insisting that money is the main ingredient with regard to an interesting deal that’s being brokered may have to be put right. And you’re the one to do it, especially if their materialistic attitude has hampered your progress in the past. You are being affected by Neptune’s tie-up with Venus this week. And it means that you’ll realise very quickly that originality and inventiveness are required if something is to succeed in the way in which you’d like it to. So those individuals who keep counting the pennies and fretting about what’s coming in and going out need to be reminded that there are ways of achieving what’s wanted without spending a fortune. This week especially you should be at your most inspired and creative. Refuse to let other people’s hang-ups hold you back.
PISCES Feb 20 - Mar 20
Uranus in Aries means you sometimes give others a bit of a shock because of the way in which you approach financial or professional situations. Then you manage, eventually, to persuade everyone that you know what you’re doing and that you would never take unnecessary risks or become unable to bring about a good result. But this week with Uranus being confronted by Mercury you’ll wonder why one or two individuals are being critical of you on a rather personal level. It will seem that they’re finding fault with aspects of your personality and character which, according to them, are affecting your thinking with regard to financial or work-related matters. Make up your mind to confront these people and put them right. Some deep and meaningful probing is required fairly soon.