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Career horoscopes: June 17 - June 23

Christopher Renstrom is the creator of Rulingplanets.com which is his idea of an on-line, subscription-based, interactive Astrology Magazine. It is based on his bestselling book Ruling Planets, which was published by HarperCollins in 200...

Close to the chest

You'll want to play your cards close to your chest at work this week, because you're not the only one holding a winning hand. The Mercury/Venus conjunction shows that there are two other people equally poised to make a play for that coveted position, sought after client or lucrative contract. The victor will be the one who bides her time and waits until the last possible moment to act. But when will that moment come? Not as soon as you believe. You'll know it when you see it, because it will be as unexpected as it will be urgent.

Woman thinking at work

Close to the chest

You'll want to play your cards close to your chest at work this week, because you're not the only one holding a winning hand. The Mercury/Venus conjunction shows that there are two other people equally poised to make a play for that coveted position, sought after client or lucrative contract. The victor will be the one who bides her time and waits until the last possible moment to act. But when will that moment come? Not as soon as you believe. You'll know it when you see it — because it will be as unexpected as it will be urgent.

aries

ARIES (March 20-April 18)

Your team got the message that you were underwhelmed with their performance. Now you need to back off and give them room to make up for it, which they will — thanks to the sun entering Cancer on June 20. Since Cancer energy is more serious-minded than Gemini energy (which is what you've been dealing with recently), you'll notice improvements. However, you will also need to be supportive and encouraging. Cancer is the sign of the mother in astrology, so positive reinforcement and nurturing are key.

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TAURUS (April 19-May 19)

You've been playing around with some concepts in your head, and the Mars/Uranus sextile on Monday shows that it's time to present them to a boss or client. Since revolutionary Uranus galvanizes Mars, this is an especially electric combination. You will surely see some light bulbs go off over their head. Sometimes it's not a new idea, but a fresh take on an old one that gets people talking. You're clearly onto something, as you will see on June 20.


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GEMINI (May 20-June 19)

It took a while to come up with the right winning combination, but it looks like you found it. Being a Gemini, you're only as good as the people you surround yourself with. They don't have to be yes-men, but they do need be like-minded so that you can run ideas past them and benefit from their insightful advice. Collaboration is key to your success, and the fact that you're working with people who understand you means that your career is about to take off like never before.

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CANCER (June 20-July 21)

Colleagues don't seem to appreciate how critical things are at work. You've seen the signs for a while now, and you've done your level best to alert them to the changes they'll need to make in their attitude and approach. It's frustrating because they'll improve for a week or two before reverting to their somnambulist ways. You may have to accept that you've done everything you could to rouse them from their slumber, and you should just let things unfold the way that they're going to anyway.


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LEO (July 22-Aug. 21)

A win-win situation isn't everything it's cut out to be. Now this isn't because someone is trying to pull the wool over your eyes. The person who approached you with a once-in-a-lifetime offer really does believe in what he's selling. However, a close examination of the details on June 20 reveals stipulations that could prove detrimental. It's not a deal breaker, but you will have to sit down and discuss these points one by one. If he's amenable — great! If not, then you're better off skipping this venture all together.

virgo

VIRGO (Aug. 22-Sept. 21)

You'll be rubbing shoulders and flesh-pressing with the powers that be this week. If you're pitching a project, asking for a promotion or negotiating a salary, then you couldn't pick a better time. People in high places will happily advance your interests. But a word to the wise... make sure you know what you're getting into ahead of time. Sometimes your eyes can be bigger than your stomach when you have this much Jupiter energy coursing through your horoscope. And you don't want to bite off more than you can chew.


libra

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 21)

You're entering a dramatic growth cycle in your career. When most people hear this, they think that the stars will do all the work for them. They expect to be showered with lucky breaks and dramatic breakthroughs. And it's true — to an extent. But you'll get more bang for your cosmic buck by taking hold of the reins. Make a list of goals (no more than five) and keep it nearby. That way you'll know how to make the most of your opportunities when they materialize.

scorpio

SCORPIO (Oct. 22-Nov. 20)

You know all that money you've been paying out or sinking into projects to get them up and running? Well that's about to change. Instead of money going out, you will see it start to come in. But this won't be an overnight thing. It begins in drips and drabs, so that in the weeks to come those drops in the bucket will fill it to the point of brimming. Keep the faith and don't be discouraged on June 19 when you receive news of another unexpected expense or cost.


sagittarius

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 20)

Your name is on everyone's lips, thanks to the Mars/Uranus sextile this week. This should bring a bump in sales, a flood of requests or a flurry of job interviews. The downside to this surge in popularity is that its shelf life is short. You will have to follow through on every lead, or risk missing out on some pretty exciting opportunities. Thankfully, you were born under the sign of the Centaur, a mythological creature that was half human half horse. If anyone can switch to full gallop, it's you.

capricorn

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 18)

You finally get that stamp of approval on June 19. It's quite a feather in your cap, and you should wear it proudly. But increased recognition brings a spike in expectations. You're playing in the big leagues now, so you'll have to produce twice as much in half the time. But don't freak — it's all about time management. Begin by taking advantage of the fact that your bump up in value gives you a say in setting the agenda and deadlines. It's the plus side to making yourself indispensible.


aquarius

AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 17)

Don't be so quick to answer a request on Thursday. It will be portrayed as non-binding, but nothing could be further from the truth. You could step right into a trap without even knowing it. You always want to keep an eye out for hidden agendas when Mercury is traveling through the zodiac sign of Cancer, because what lies underfoot can reach out and pinch you. Bear in mind that Mercury will also be turning retrograde on June 26. So the more vigilant you are, the better.

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PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)

Jupiter is passing through a part of your solar horoscope that pertains to endings. This is a "closer" type of energy — so you'll want to tie up any loose ends and take care of any unfinished business. Now you may think that all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed when it comes to finalizing matters, but the Mercury/Venus conjunction on June 20 will make you think again. There are hints you're not as free as you believe yourself to be.

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