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Are you in over your head? That's always a question worth asking when Mercury forms a square to Pluto. Mercury rules over quickie transactions. This means that you're buying, selling and/or trading with the expectation that business will be brisk. Mercury also rules over short-term projects. If you find that things are slowing down near the end of the week or that your project will be stalled for some inexplicable reason, then that's a sign that there's trouble ahead. Moreover, the longer you stay with this, the costlier things will get. It would be a good idea to get out while the getting's good — even if that means cutting your losses.


ARIES (March 20 – April 18)

You have no choice but to distance yourself from a supervisor or boss on Thursday. It won't be easy because when you pledge allegiance to someone, you always give 150 percent. But what happens when this person doesn't support himself? Who knows why someone decides to stop trying? Maybe it's fatigue or burnout, or maybe it's the only way people have of getting off a bus heading in the wrong direction. You can't afford to be there for someone who won't be there for himself, and it's time to protect your own interests.


TAURUS (April 19 – May 19)

There are times when you listen to your friends and times when you don't. Cohorts are enamored with a money scheme and will naturally want to include you. But be forewarned that the Venus/Neptune trine on Friday means that the planet of seduction will be singing her siren song from a part of the sky that pertains to hidden costs and dubious ventures. Plug your ears and lash yourself to the mast if necessary, because you've just gotten your financial ship out of troubled waters and you don't want it to run aground.


GEMINI (May 20 – June 19)

There's a difference between keeping people guessing and putting them on hold. Keeping people guessing is all part of the negotiation process that makes the back-and-forth between you and a prospective client all right. Putting people on hold, however, doesn't fly. Too many of us have wasted too much time waiting in the phone bank, which means that nowadays, most of us will simply hang up. You have until the end of the week to make that profitable sale or huge purchase. Wait any longer, and you'll miss out.


CANCER (June 20 – July 21)

You could be on the verge of closing on the deal of the century (or at least of this financial quarter) when you discover that the goalposts have been moved on Friday. This often happens when Mercury — the planet of sales and purchases — gets caught up in the crosscurrents of Uranus and Pluto. These are two of Astrology's strongest planetary energies, so if the terms are transformed in such a way as to be untenable, then you may have no choice but to call it quits. Otherwise, you're good to go.


LEO (July 22 – Aug. 21)

You are not going to win people over to your side no matter what you do. Either what you propose flies in the face of workplace opinion, or it is so out of sync that it will be trampled underfoot. What makes this even more unconscionable is that you feel that you're in the right — and not only that, you really are. But sometimes, things have to fall apart to reveal a weak foundation, and that's what's happening now. Go on the record with your objections. Developments will vindicate you soon enough.


VIRGO (Aug. 22 – Sept. 21)

Are you getting reeled into something without really knowing it? It's possible, given the electromagnetic pull that Pluto will be exerting on your Ruling Planet Mercury this week. What starts off as a simple consultation can turn into a situation in which you are being coerced into buying something you're not sure you want or in which you could be strung along in a project where costs are being added on an almost daily basis. Don't get taken for a ride. Put the brakes on and see what's what on Sept. 13.


LIBRA (Sept. 22 – Oct. 21)

You have some potentially treacherous planetary aspects this week, so be especially careful between Sept. 13 and Sept. 17. This is when you are most vulnerable to a wolf in sheep's clothing pulling the wool over your eyes. It's awkward saying no to people. We don't want to be impolite. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of sellers and buyers who are looking to profit at your expense. If you find yourself in such a dilemma, then beat a path for the nearest exit. Better rude than sorry.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22 – Nov. 20)

You know that your superior isn't pleased, but pretending like things are OK when they're not won't do you any favors. But is there any way that you can have a conversation without feeling angry or victimized? Yes. Schedule your meeting for Sept. 13, when planetary sextiles and trines will calm tempers and soothe bruised egos. You'll find that addressing the issue directly removes 90 percent of the tension — most of which was caused by this person feeling like you were avoiding him. Next time, don't let things fester. You'll be a lot happier.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 – Dec. 20)

You've been dreaming of a new job for weeks, and you may get your wish on Friday, when you hear news that there's an opening in another division or that your department will be going through a complete reorganization. Ironically, this will cause you to fight for the position that you were ready to give up. It's human nature to discover the value of what we truly want only when we're on the brink of losing it, but then again, it's better that you find out now rather than later.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 – Jan. 18)

Expect to plunk down the credit card or write a series of checks during the first half of the week. Mars passing through the part of your solar chart that relates to money you owe is never easy, and its square to Saturn doesn't help. Long story short? You'll be bedeviled by penalty fees, unforeseen expenses and loved ones who find themselves cash shy. Thankfully, you have enough to cover this. It's what rainy-day funds are for. And don't worry — you'll refill the coffers by next month.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 – Feb. 17)

Brace yourself for an outpouring of anger on Sept. 9. You won't be able to sidestep it — especially since you're the reason for a co-worker's ire. Maybe it's your refusal to give him a glowing recommendation or the fact that more assignments are going to you than to him, or maybe you could be the one delivering the pink slip. Curb any impulse to explain or apologize. He won't care, and he doesn’t have to. You're on the fast track to success — not him — and that means that you have to be the bigger person.


PISCES (Feb. 18 – March 19)

It's the perfect time to approach backers, funders and investors because they will be unable to resist you as Venus forms her trine to Neptune on Sept. 13. This gives you an almost hypnotic appeal, so you want to play to people's fantasies and avoid talking numbers.

It was Donald Trump who said, "People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That's why a little hyperbole never hurts."

Weave your spell and don't spare the embellishments. You'll see wallets fly open for the asking.

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