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Career horoscopes: July 8 - July 14

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...

Turning the tables

An agreement comes undone on July 9. Your first reaction may be to do whatever it takes to bring the other party back to the table, but cool your heels… because the stars could be doing you an enormous favor. While Mercury occults the moon, it shows that a buyer or seller isn't everything he's cracked up to be. In fact, he may have just overplayed his hand. Let things unfold on their own and he'll return humbled, with his tail tucked between his legs. This gives you a chance to make him lower his price or allow you to raise your fee.

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Turning the tables

An agreement comes undone on July 9. Your first reaction may be to do whatever it takes to bring the other party back to the table, but cool your heels... because the stars could be doing you an enormous favor. While Mercury occults the moon, it shows that a buyer or seller isn't everything he's cracked up to be. In fact, he may have just overplayed his hand. Let things unfold on their own and he will return humbled, with his tail tucked between his legs. This gives you a chance to make him lower his price or allow you to raise your fee.

aries

ARIES (March 20-April 18)

Who are your role models? You might make a list of them this week and study what they do that you admire so much. And don't focus so much on their accomplishments, because maybe it's their approach to matters, their philosophy or the way that they handle crisis situations that's made a deep and lasting impression. While you're at it, you might study your competition as well. They must be doing something right to have gotten this far. You could benefit from borrowing a page from their playbook.

taurus

TAURUS (April 19-May 19)

There's as much disinformation as information floating around these days, so take everything you hear with a grain of salt. It's to be expected with the new moon occulting Mercury, planet of communication, on Tuesday. Nevertheless, there's something to these rumors at work, which is why you shouldn't dismiss them outright. The irony is that a certain Cassandra-type is right — but for all the wrong reasons. Gently sift through fact and fiction. You could happen to come upon a nugget of gold on July 12.


gemini

GEMINI (May 20-June 19)

This is not a good time for money decisions because your emotions are completely overriding your better senses. The occultation to ruling planet Mercury on Tuesday is bound to make you anxious, panicky and maybe even paranoid. And of course, the more people try to talk sense into you, the more you'll be convinced that they're up to something. You could wind up biting the hand that feeds you if you're not careful. Thankfully, these phases don't last long and you should be back to normal next week.

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CANCER (June 20-July 21)

You were born under the moon, the planet of the huntress. You never attack things directly. What hunter would? You take the indirect approach instead. The more you want something, the wider you circle until you are close enough to take your prey by surprise. Right now, you are coming within reach of a long sought goal. But don't act too soon on Monday or Tuesday — your prize could spring away. July 17 and 19 are much better days for you to move in for the kill.


leo

LEO (July 22-Aug. 21)

You'll soon face a moral dilemma. It looks as if a supervisor shared information with you that's "off-the-record." There's nothing wrong with that. People do it all the time. However, this information will take on crucial importance on the July 9, when you realize that what you know affects the welfare of the people you work with. Does your promise to keep mum still hold if people will suffer as a result? Hold that thought for now. You'll know what to do when Mercury comes out of retrograde next week.

virgo

VIRGO (Aug. 22-Sept. 21)

Expect to attract the attention of higher-ups on July 9. This is when your ruling planet Mercury will be cazimi. Cazimi means "in the heart of the Sun," and ancient astrologers regarded this as a special place because it showed off the exemplary qualities of the planet. Mercury has always been the planet of counselors, which is why you are being sought out for your advice. You might say, "What's new?" What's new is that you can expect to be recognized and rewarded handsomely for your sage wisdom.


libra

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 21)

The gathering of planets in your solar midheaven shows that you're in the catbird seat. It's always better when people need you more than you need them — and the fact that you will soon receive competitive offers makes your situation even more delicious. Savor this feeling. You worked hard for it. Take your time making up your mind. People say a lot of things when they're courting, and you'll want to weigh everything in the balance. You'll make the right choice. This will be around July 22.

scorpio

SCORPIO (Oct. 22-Nov. 20)

Remember that the hard work is done — what's going on now concerns the finalization of technical details. These sorts of things are tedious by nature, so try not to worry that your prize will be yanked away from you. Mercury is still in retrograde until July 20, so the reason for the delay probably has to do with an authorized party being away on vacation or your papers being misfiled. The onus is on the other party to get their act together — not you — and it will eventually happen.


sagittarius

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 20)

You are in the process of transitioning, which always puts you in a delicate position at work. On one hand, you're glad to be wrapping things up and moving on to greener pastures. However, you can't help feeling like co-workers are giving you the brush-off. Some of them may even be critiquing your past track record. This is one of those times when courtesy and professionalism will get you through the awkward patches. Bring your focus back to yourself and your future. You have everything to look forward to.

capricorn

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 18)

Golden opportunities are always lovely until you discover that they come with strings attached. Nothing's free in life, but chance doesn't exist in a vacuum either. There will always be consequences, which is why you need to weigh the pros and cons on Tuesday. Say, "yes" and you'll become beholden to a client that you're not sure is on the level. Say, "no" and you can say good-bye to a potentially hefty cash cow. Remember what they say about the lottery... you have to be in it to win it.


aquarius

AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 17)

Career-wise, things probably couldn't be better. You're a high achiever and you have the accolades to prove it. However, you still keep working yourself like a dog. The more you succeed, the more you push yourself. This isn't going to turn out well if you don't make fundamental changes soon. First of all, you need to be more serious about taking breaks and safeguarding your down time. When you're off the clock, you're off the clock. Secondly, pace yourself. You'd be surprised by what an economy of effort can do.

pisces

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)

"Don't dream it, be it" is written large in the heavens this week. As a Pisces, you often feel torn between the life you yearn to live and the one that you feel you have to live. But who said you can't be that person you dream about? The only one making up the rules here is you, which means that it's up to you to rewrite them. People repurpose, relocate and reinvent all the time. Go ahead and take the plunge. You won't be sorry.

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