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Career horoscopes: Aug. 19 – Aug. 25

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...

Taking chances

Playing it safe never got anyone anywhere exciting, so you'll want to pull out all the stops on Wednesday when Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, squares Uranus, the planet of revolution and change. This is the Wheel of Fortune aspect in Astrology, so anything can happen. The Stars aren't saying that you should be reckless and just bet it all, nor are they giving you any guarantee that things will turn out the way you want. What they are implying is that if you're going to go after that coveted spot on the company masthead, then this is the week to do it.

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Taking chances

Playing it safe never got anyone anywhere exciting, so you'll want to pull out all the stops on Wednesday when Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, squares Uranus, the planet of revolution and change. This is the Wheel of Fortune aspect in Astrology, so anything can happen. The Stars aren't saying that you should be reckless and just bet it all, nor are they giving you any guarantee that things will turn out the way you want. What they are implying is that if you're going to go after that coveted spot on the company masthead, then this is the week to do it.

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ARIES (March 20 – April 18)

This is not going to be an easy week for you at work. You've known for a while that something had to give. Things couldn't continue on a business-as-usual basis because returns have been diminishing. It won't come as much of a surprise to learn that a supervisor or boss will be let go midweek. This could lead to a series of other changes, so keep a low profile. Since you won't know who's in and who's out until after Aug. 28, you'll want to treat everyone with the same degree of pleasant professionalism.

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TAURUS (April 19 – May 19)

You recently suffered some setbacks at work, so you're not exactly feeling predisposed to help people out — especially when it comes to the person responsible for your recent reprimand or downgrade. Nevertheless, lending a hand would be the honorable thing to do. No one gets ahead by being vengeful or petty. That might make for good reality TV, but it's not how the workplace works. Show that there are no hard feelings by being the spirit of cooperation, and you will see your good turn repaid in full one day.


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GEMINI (May 20 – June 19)

You hooked a fish, but can you reel it in? That's what you'll be wondering on Wednesday as you struggle to land that desirable client, coveted job or career-defining business deal. The important thing is to not panic. You have more time than you think to bring this baby around. Adopt a laid-back approach instead. That may sound counterintuitive, but Mercury opposite Neptune over the weekend shows that there's more going on than meets the eye — which is why you don't want to finalize anything before Aug. 29.

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CANCER (June 20 – July 21)

A surprise revelation on Aug. 20 turns the tables and puts you in the catbird seat. Your sudden good fortune could be based on an accounting error, a supervisor's misstep or the reversal of a judgment that was initially made against you. It's an amazing turnaround, and it will make you believe that there really is justice in the universe. Show the same magnanimity by not pursuing the person or bureaucracy that did you wrong. It would be in the spirit of Jupiter (now in Cancer) to let bygones be bygones.


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LEO (July 22 – Aug. 21)

Don't jump to any conclusions between Aug. 21 and Aug. 27. This is a period when you are in danger of false starts and even more misleading endings, and it's not like anyone is deliberately trying to trip you up. Superiors and managers appear to be equally flummoxed, which is why they're cancelling directives just as fast as they're issuing them. Take everything you hear with a grain of salt and show off your customary good humor, and you will emerge from this period no worse for wear.

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VIRGO (Aug. 22 – Sept. 21)

As far as you're concerned, everyone should just step back and take a chill pill. Yes, things took a downturn at work recently, but they're still salvageable. Unfortunately, no one can hear that right now. Oversensitivity is to be expected when Neptune's pull is powerful, as it will be through Aug. 26. Think of it as the tide going out and revealing all those jagged insecurities and anxieties that lie beneath the surface. Be sensitive in only the way you can, and you will help to get things back on track.


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LIBRA (Sept. 22 – Oct. 21)

Be game for anything — because your idea of the way things should work bears little resemblance to the way they will play out. If anything, you're shooting low when the planets say that you should aim high. But that doesn't have to be a problem as long as you stay flexible and open-minded. This will become abundantly clear on Aug. 21 and Aug. 24, when dramatic developments move you into the place where you've longed to be. But continue to expect the unexpected because it only gets better.

scorpio

SCORPIO (Oct. 22 – Nov. 20)

You will be bowled over by an offer that comes out of the blue on Wednesday. It's completely unexpected, and it will thrill and excite you. That said, it's best to proceed cautiously because you are dealing with a lot of volatile planetary energies. What's here today could be gone tomorrow whenever Uranus and Jupiter square off like this. And if perhaps things don't work out this time, then they certainly will next time the planets square — which will be in late February/early March of 2014. You can't lose.


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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 – Dec. 20)

It won't be easy feeling the ground beneath your feet, which is why you should let yourself tread water for now. Maybe you're having trouble mastering a new skill set, or maybe you're dealing with a different supervisor — or it could be something simple like the summer ending too early. You can chalk all of this up to the Sun moving into opposition to Neptune — a planet famous for making us feel like we're at sea. Thankfully, the effect doesn't last long, and you'll feel like you're back on course by mid-September.

capricorn

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 – Jan. 18)

Everyone may be on Kindle nowadays, but it still isn't wise to judge a book by its cover. Business leads are dangling this week, and you should follow up on each one of them — even if some of the people on the other side of them look less than presentable. Many of today's entrepreneurs would never make the Best-Dressed List, but that doesn't mean they don't know how to rock it in the business world. Collect names and numbers from Aug. 22 through Aug. 26. You have a busy month ahead.


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AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 – Feb. 17)

The Jupiter/Uranus square on Aug. 21 introduces a major change in career plans, so you can expect to do a lot of heavy thinking over the weekend. Unexpected curveballs from out of left field are nothing new because you were born under Uranus, the planet of surprise twists. However, this one is major because there's a lot at stake, as you may be asked to move or even relocate across the country. Sit down with loved ones and friends to discuss the particulars. You will get a lot of good advice.

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PISCES (Feb. 18 – March 19)

You keep putting off that decision, but that decision hasn't put off you. In fact, you could see an interested employer or client sweeten the deal significantly on Wednesday. It's funny how you get spooked by people who value you — like people born under Aries who prefer to do the chasing rather than be chased. What it comes down to is that saying, "Yes," would change your life completely, and that's always intimidating. But then again, wouldn't you say that you're about due for something exciting and transporting?

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