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Survival of the savViest

The office bully will be looking to rattle your cage while Mars is opposite Pluto this week. These are two provocative and combative planetary energies, so the best advice would be not to rattle back. Everyone — including higher-ups — is growing tired of her antics, and there's a very good chance that she could go too far. Are you familiar with the adage that if you give people enough rope, then they will hang themselves? Practice this laissez-faire approach on Tuesday and Friday, and you may soon see the backside of this major pain in your derriere. It may even be as early as next week.


ARIES (March 20 – April 18)

You'll want to keep a low profile at work while Mars is opposite Pluto this week. A boss or client is convinced that it's her way or the highway, so you don't want to risk her ire if you don't back her up. Since there will be no talking her out of her opinion (she will be completely obsessed as long as Pluto's energy is strong), the best thing to do is to step out of the way and to let the chips fall where they may.


TAURUS (April 19 – May 19)

You're feeling overburdened and underpaid. It's typical of the Sun/Saturn square that is taking place in the heavens right now. You want to go in and have a talk with your supervisor about fewer hours and/or more money, but you might as well skip it because it won't happen. Things are pretty much non-negotiable when you have Saturn bearing down on you like this. Do your job — make the extra effort when you can — and your work ethic will be amply rewarded near the end of August.


GEMINI (May 20 – June 19)

Mars conjunct Jupiter in your solar house of money is always a good thing, and you can look forward to a big payoff on Monday. This could come in the form of a bonus, a reward or you landing a prize client. It could also materialize as a refund, an award of damages or a release from a long-standing debt. In any case, this should keep the wolf from the door for the foreseeable future. It will be nice to be able to check your online bank balance in the morning without wincing.


CANCER (June 20 – July 21)

You may be taken aback when a project suddenly goes kaput on the 22nd. One day it was all systems go, and the next? Pfft. Obviously, you have no choice but to move on — but don't worry about this being any sort of comment on you or your job performance. Somebody somewhere pulled the plug for reasons you may never know and that have nothing to do with you. Meanwhile, you will see another assignment appear near the 31st, and this one will be much better suited to you.


LEO (July 22 – Aug. 21)

As a Leo, you crave approval, so you won't like it that Saturn — the planet of tests — will be casting a cold shadow over your aspirations and ambitions this week. It feels like a boss or client is really down on you and that you can't do anything right. Actually, she's trying to help you to be the best you can be, so try to listen. She's a tough coach (and a harsh taskmaster), but if anyone can help you to achieve what you are truly capable of, she can.


VIRGO (Aug. 22 – Sept. 21)

There's nothing wrong with checking out your market value. In fact, it's a great idea, considering that you're pretty happy where you are and aren't really looking. Go ahead and set up some job interviews for after Aug. 4 (that's when Mercury comes out of its shadow period) and update your résumé. Don't be surprised if you wind up doing better than you think. As I said, it looks like you're pretty happy where you are, but you can always use this information to negotiate a pay raise in the future.


LIBRA (Sept. 22 – Oct. 21)

You'll feel torn in opposite directions this week as demands at work compete with escalating demands at home. You have no choice but to serve both masters, so expect stress levels to reach an all-new high. But in a way, the hectic pace is good because it forces you to go with your first impulse and not play it safe so much. You've always been conscientious, but sometimes this creates unnecessary aggravation. Letting loose at the office will allow you to express yourself more freely at home.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22 – Nov. 20)

The unspoken assumption was that your spouse would be the breadwinner, but the Full Moon in Aquarius on Monday shows that there will be a change in roles and that you'll be the one bringing home the bacon. A problem? Not for you. You've always been more comfortable in the driver's seat, and the bump in salary that the Mars/Jupiter conjunction portends is always a good thing. That said, you should still have a sit-down talk as soon as you can. Male egos can get a little sensitive about this sort of thing.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 – Dec. 20)

Ironically, you're the one standing in the way of your own success right now. It makes sense to be cautious given what you've been through, but you are still a Sagittarius, which means that you're better off siding with your hopes rather than with your fears. Your expectations will always be too high and your painted future too rosy. But guess what? That's what comes with being an eternal optimist. Co-workers may poke fun at your dreams, but they'll always be glad that you have the temerity to dream them.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 – Jan. 18)

Do you believe in the career path you're on? That belief will be tested this week as the Sun forms a square to Saturn. You will have to decide if you're in or out when it comes to a certain career move. Your problem isn't with the risks involved but with the offer. It's not what you expected money-wise. Yet an offer like this comes along once in a blue moon, and it would be a shame to turn down something so promising out of being penny-wise and pound-foolish.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 – Feb. 17)

Your control-freak tendencies will be working overtime as the Sun approaches its square to Saturn on the 27th. Aquarians are big proponents of free speech and equal rights. You believe that everyone should get a chance to speak her mind, but that won't be happening this week as you shush critics and shoot icy glares at dissenting colleagues. You'll say that you're doing this in everyone's best interest, but isn't that what all dictators say? Thankfully, the effect is temporary, and your social conscience will return by Aug. 2.


PISCES (Feb. 18 – March 19)

Co-workers aren't wrong when they point out that you haven't been keeping up with your part of the bargain. You've had a lot of things on your platter, and you thought that keeping this to yourself was a sign of professionalism. And it is — kind of. But when you start to miss deadlines and don't explain why, you give the impression that you're either oblivious or that you just don't care. Ask for help on the 26th and you'll get it. People will happily lend a hand.

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