Upset businesswoman

On the horns
of a dilemma

How far will you go to get your way? That's the burning question that lies at the heart of this week's Jupiter/Pluto opposition. Jupiter is the planet of benevolence, so do things for the right reasons — even if you stand to lose — and you will see everything work out in the end. However, Pluto doesn't share that munificent view. Pluto believes that it's a dog-eat-dog world and that the ends will always justify the means — no matter how questionable those means may be. You will therefore have to choose between the high road and the low road when you face a moral dilemma at work on Aug. 7.


ARIES (March 20 – April 18)

You can walk away — that's the beauty of Jupiter traveling through the zodiac sign of the crab. You can pack up your things and go. The difficulty, however, has to do with your feelings of obligation. Such feelings are fine (within reason), but they can keep you hooked into a dysfunctional situation where you are working to gain the approval of a superior who isn't going to give it. If that's the case, then you need to move on to an environment where people appreciate you for what you do.


TAURUS (April 19 – May 19)

Don't sign anything before Aug. 6 because chances are, you can get more than what you're asking for. Uranus is the planet of revolution in Astrology, and it usually upsets our best-laid plans and turns expectations on their heads. However, Uranus works in a more benevolent fashion when it forms a trine — as it will on Tuesday. This is when you'll learn that there's more money available than you knew or that the company that's hiring is desperate for help — which means you can ask for a higher salary or fee.


GEMINI (May 20 – June 19)

A close colleague of yours comes under attack near the end of the week, and you could suffer guilt by association. Most people would start looking for ways to distance themselves, but not you. Friendship means the world to you, and you won't leave anyone hanging — and besides, you don't care for office bullies. Nevertheless, the Mercury/Saturn square shows that both sides are a little right and a little wrong. Find a way for your colleague and manager to hash out their differences, and things will return to business as usual by Aug. 14.


CANCER (June 20 – July 21)

Jupiter and Pluto are the big muckety-mucks of Astrology. Each has its own way of doing things and expects to be obeyed. When they oppose each other — as they will on Wednesday — then you could see your management style conflicting with somebody else's. It's like when one parent's way of disciplining a child is at odds with the other's. In a similar vein, you will want to be sure that a subordinate isn't playing you two against each other — which is why it makes sense to compare notes.


LEO (July 22 – Aug. 21)

You are entering into a time when higher-ups will want to open doors for you. They see you as bringing a lot of talent and ability to the table. Obviously, you'll want to say yes, but also keep in mind that they'll expect something in return. Maybe it's bragging rights, exclusive access or even a strategic alliance. You're a valuable commodity, which is why people will be laying claim to you. Be choosy about whom you decide to partner with — because this association will last a very long time.


VIRGO (Aug. 22 – Sept. 21)

Expect the atmosphere at work to get decidedly chilly. You may think you did something wrong, but the opposite is true. Your star is on the rise, and this is garnering you a lot of praise and admiration. Unfortunately, success attracts as many rivals as it does friends, and sometimes those rivals can turn out to be colleagues you thought of as friends. Be gracious and generous, and you'll see these people get over themselves. It's always weird when success changes someone's status, and that's what's going on right now.


LIBRA (Sept. 22 – Oct. 21)

This is a time when you should dare a lot. Jupiter in your solar midheaven is encouraging you to put all of your cards on the table and to show superiors and clients what you are really capable of doing. Thankfully, you haven't overestimated your talents — if anything, you've underplayed them. It's a good thing that you were born under the sign of the scales because everything will balance out in the end. Continue to push yourself, and you will have a lot to celebrate career-wise by your birthday.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22 – Nov. 20)

You're a critical thinker. You can't help cataloging all of your flaws and identifying areas where you can improve. This can be a good thing because it keeps you striving for excellence, but it can also become counterproductive. Underscoring why you're not ready can become a self-fulfilling prophecy if you're not careful. Insecurity can speak to your fear of success rather than your vision of it. Use this time to turn around your thinking. You want to be the author of your success and not its spoiler.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 – Dec. 20)

The new moon in Leo will stir up all of your "anywhere but here" tendencies. You'll be feeling so restless and directionless that it will be a miracle if you even show up at work. You should make yourself stay the course though, because you are on the brink of some powerful and significant changes. These promise to deliver the payoff you've been working for, and it would be a shame to miss out because you pulled up stakes and moved on too soon. The date to watch for is Aug. 22.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 – Jan. 18)

This time of year, when the Sun is passing through the part of your solar horoscope that pertains to "other people's finances," is always rough for you. This is when you owe more than what you are owed and when hidden costs emerge like yellow jackets at a picnic to agitate and annoy you. You won't like tapping rainy-day funds to pay down costs, but that's what they're there for. Be a good sport and try not to globalize. Things will right themselves when the Sun enters Virgo.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 – Feb. 17)

Are you in over your head at work? The Jupiter/Pluto opposition on Aug. 7 could signal you burning the candle at both ends, being pulled in opposite directions by competitive interests or discovering that you signed on for a project that was more than you bargained for. You're playing for big stakes and may feel like a lot is riding on every decision you make — and it is. That's why it's important that you moderate your pace. Economy of effort is the key to getting through this demanding time.


PISCES (Feb. 18 – March 19)

You're sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, and you're going to want to do something about it on Tuesday. But what? It's wise to keep a tight rein on these emotions when the Moon occults the Sun, because this is when you're most likely to act first and ask questions later. Review in your mind what a boss can do to make you feel more valued and then discuss it with him or her. Chances are this person has no idea you feel undervalued.

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