Woman hiding at work

Duck and cover

You can expect a lot of apple carts to get upset at work when the Sun opposes Pluto on Monday and then squares Uranus on Wednesday. This is one of the most volatile planetary energies imaginable, as agreements that were made one day will be turned upside down the next. It's always wise to duck and cover when the Stars act out like this, because you won't have any control over how things play out. Thankfully, the energy doesn't last too long. It clears up after July 17. This is when you can re-emerge from that foxhole you've dived into.


ARIES (March 20–April 18)

It's hard to see what you're supposed to be getting out of your career right now. It feels like you're running in place and getting nowhere fast. But progress doesn't always come in leaps and bounds. Sometimes, progress comes from personal growth. Right now, you are being challenged to rise to the occasion of yourself. This could translate to updating your skills, developing your inner potential or showing that your colors don't run when the going gets tough. It may not seem like you're growing and evolving, but you are.


TAURUS (April 19–May 19)

You can no longer afford to wait outside a closed door in hopes of someone being on the other side. If a potential employer or client hasn't gotten back to you by now, then that means he's otherwise engaged or simply not home. Thankfully, you won't be casting about for your next opportunity for long. In fact, you should receive word by July 3. Obviously, you won't be able to pursue that opportunity before next week, but it's just as well since Saturn doesn't come out of retrograde until Sunday.


GEMINI (May 20–June 19)

Do you stay or do you go? That's the question on Monday and Wednesday, when the Sun opposes Pluto and then squares Uranus. It's clear that you and a client (or backer) are in totally opposite camps. That's the Pluto part. Also, you have the option of severing ties, but that means losing out on a big chunk of change. That's the Uranus part. It's not too late to try to find a fit. The other party isn't as implacable as you think. If you bend, he'll stretch.


CANCER (June 20–July 21)

It's time to choose between the hell you know and the heaven you don't on Wednesday, because you can't live another day in limbo. The difficult thing about being born under the Moon is that you tend to wax and wane. One day you're mad as hell and you're not going to take it anymore, and the next day you find that things really weren't as bad as all that and you're ready to give work another chance. Break out of the loop and try something new.


LEO (July 22–Aug. 21)

You're going to want to keep a low profile at work. Planetary energies are volatile, which means lots of surprise upsets and unexpected developments. None of this will be news to you. The office atmosphere has been tense since the spring. What will be news, however, will be the abrupt departure of a supervisor or the resignation of a higher-up. This person has been a mainstay, so her exit will send shock waves. It's a good thing that July 4 falls on a Thursday. You'll need the long weekend to recover.


VIRGO (Aug. 22–Sept. 21)

A change in the hierarchy at work has everyone on edge. It's hard to tell who's in or out, who's a friend and who could become a potential rival. It's a good thing that Jupiter, the planet of benevolence, just entered the part of your solar horoscope that pertains to your friends in high places. You have at least two who are actively protecting your interests. Not only do they have your back, but it looks like they may even work out some kind of promotion, raise or bonus.


LIBRA (Sept. 22–Oct. 21)

You need to get used to the idea that people will start to treat you differently now that your star is on the rise at work. You won't be able to enjoy the easy camaraderie that you did before, and you will have to watch what you say. Moreover, you'll be making friends with people you might not have sought out but who will prove to be strategic allies. You were born with a political head on your shoulders, so if anyone can make this transition gracefully, it's you.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22–Nov. 20)

You're not feeling confident these days, but don't let that stop you from going after a coveted job or client. You're better qualified than you know and will surely make a favorable impression. The difficult thing about being born under a water sign is that you feel like your anxieties are on show for everyone to see. Yet Scorpios are the poker-faced sign of the zodiac. Bluff your way past any sticking points or weaknesses in your résumé, and you will emerge with prize in hand by July 22.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21–Dec. 20)

Sometimes, a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do in order to survive. This is one of those times. Whirlwind aspects involving Pluto on Monday and Uranus on Wednesday show that the window of opportunity regarding a job opening, account or promotion won't stay open long. You'll have to muscle your way in. This could mean throwing a co-worker under the bus, going behind a supervisor's back or interviewing with the competition. It won't be anything you're proud of, but you can always make up for it later.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21–Jan. 18)

You learned a long time ago that you were more tortoise than hare when it comes to making progress in your career. So imagine your surprise when a project you thought lay further down the road suddenly gets the green light and that you'll be the one spearheading it? You need to see what you can do to rework your schedule to accommodate this change in plans, but hold off on canceling anything just yet. Mercury is still in retrograde, which means that things can always be postponed until the last minute.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19–Feb. 17)

You need to be gracious and guarded during this transition at work. Many people are leaving (either voluntarily or involuntarily), and since you're still unsure about who's in or out, it behooves you to treat everyone with a mix of cordiality, sympathy and support. Be ready to deal with outraged phone calls and panicked emails over the weekend. These will undoubtedly pull at your heartstrings, but you need to remember that anything you say or write could potentially be used against you. The more generic your statements, the better.


PISCES (Feb. 18–March 19)

You could wake up Wednesday morning with the jolting realization that you are on the cusp of change. And you're right. You are. The next few weeks will be like a molting period, when you shed all of those part-time gigs and extraneous responsibilities. It's in order to focus on what matters most to you. You are entering one of those rare times when you are making the transition from the job you have to take for a paycheck to working full-time in a career that you're passionate about.

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