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Grace under pressure

You should never underestimate the power of grace. In a competitive world of sharp elbows and stomping feet, the person who's refined and poised often stands out as someone to trust. There's something about quietly maintaining your position or affably agreeing to disagree that expresses authority. You may feel like you've been pitched into the lion's den this week (the Sun is in Leo, after all), but if you draw upon the strength of your character and the depth of your insight, then you will soon see critics and rivals nuzzling up to you and eating out of your hand.


ARIES (March 20 – April 18)

It looks like an arrogant boss or uppity supervisor will be getting her comeuppance this week. Not only was she way off in her judgment, but the consequences of her actions could be staggering. Refrain from saying, "I told you so." Everyone knows you were right all along — including her. The best thing you can do is help her salvage the situation. All is not lost when Mars forms a sextile to Venus on Aug. 2. You could unearth a technical detail that winds up saving the day.


TAURUS (April 19 – May 19)

You might consider using a softer touch when communicating with those in power. One department head in particular could do a lot for you now, but not if you come across as demanding. It's true that you have a stellar track record, and you certainly deserve to be recognized for it. However, superiors like to come to that conclusion on their own and can resent being browbeaten into doing something that they were planning on doing anyway. Continue to exercise your powers of charm and persuasion, and you will get what's yours.


GEMINI (May 20 – June 19)

The Uranus/Mars square on July 31 could upset all of your financial plans. In Astrology, Uranus is the planet of what we don't expect, and it's famous for tossing curveballs from out of left field. Your first reaction will be to retreat — but don't do it, because there is a way that you can absorb this cost or at least postpone it. You need to move ahead with a project, purchase or sale that's already in the works. It really will turn out to be the moneymaker that you are banking on.


CANCER (June 20 – July 21)

You've never been very comfortable in the spotlight. You can perform if you have to (Meryl Streep is a Cancer), but afterwards, you'll retreat to the quiet serenity of your private life. Right now there are developments at work that are pushing you into assuming a leadership position. It's not the way you see yourself, but it's how others see you. If you want to opt out, then do it by Aug. 2. If not? Then step up to the plate because you are truly coming into your own.


LEO (July 22 – Aug. 21)

Sometimes all it takes is a new job or an inter-departmental transfer to make you feel like you've got your groove back. You always knew you were better than how you were being treated, but it was impossible to get your boss or client to recognize that. Thankfully, the scenery-changing energies of Uranus in Aries on July 31 and Aug. 4 will connect you with a new group of people who really get you. You can't even begin to imagine what an enormous difference this will make.


VIRGO (Aug. 22 – Sept. 21)

Good things come to you when Venus is traveling through your zodiac sign. This doesn't mean that you can just pass around the collection plate and take the money and run, but it shows that you could be awarded a scholarship, a grant or some kind of government funding this week. This money is being given to you to help you improve yourself. It's not a handout or a windfall. Work hard and show that you're worth the investment, and there will be more to come this autumn.


LIBRA (Sept. 22 – Oct. 21)

It will be hard not to gloat when you see a rival crash and burn on July 31. This person is everyone's favorite and has been given carte blanche for far too long. She won't be fired, but she will no longer be on the fast track for promotion — which could open up an opportunity for you, should you decide to pursue it. Start dropping hints on Friday, and you may find that your name is on everyone's lips come next week.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22 – Nov. 20)

This is an amazing time for you careerwise. The buzz is all about the future and the major role that you will be playing in it. But the question remains: Are you on board with where things are going? You know that you are up to the task at hand, but tasks don't always appeal to one's sense of higher purpose. These alternating concerns of ambition versus fulfillment will absorb you for weeks to come. Thankfully, you'll have until November to work all this out.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 – Dec. 20)

You will be flooded with all kinds of innovative ideas this week as the Sun moves toward its trine to inventive Uranus on Aug. 4. You'll want to keep your smartphone handy so you can take notes. Thankfully, Venus in Virgo increases your organizational prowess and puts you in touch with people who can help make your dreams a reality — like techies, bean counters and funders. Put in the mental work, and you will see many of your ideas transition into solid game plans by September.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 – Jan. 18)

It's never a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket because you never know when life is going to sit down on them. Thankfully, you have different projects running simultaneously — so if one goes belly up, you can always switch to another. In any case, one of your enterprises will be getting the green light on July 30, when Venus forms a trine to Pluto. It's taken a while for the stars to align, but now that they have, you can move forward with confidence.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 – Feb. 17)

You'll be dealing with some mixed signals this week, so take things moment to moment. One day, colleagues want you to stay out of their business; the next day, they'll want your seal of approval on just about every piece of business that crosses their desks. They'll accuse you of running hot and cold, but actually, the opposite is true. Good luck trying to tell them that, though. Continue to be a benevolent yet hovering presence, and you should get through this choppy period no worse for wear.


PISCES (Feb. 18 – March 19)

People like to tell you their problems. There's something about you that they trust, and afterward, they feel so much better. You have a unique talent for listening. Many people listen for the words or catchphrases that they can use to dominate a discussion, but your way of listening is like a quiet pond. You just take things in and then mirror them back in a very calm and soothing way. This talent of yours is extremely rare, and that's why everyone — from the office temp to the CEO — will come seeking your sage advice.

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