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Work that horoscope: here’s what your zodiac sign says about your career

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Whether you believe in astrology or not, plenty of us know what our zodiac sign is – and even more of us take the time to read our horoscope each day.

After all, there’s something quite soothing about the idea our futures are destined by the stars themselves.

The only problem is that the majority of horoscopes tend to focus on the abstract “tall dark stranger” mumbo-jumbo, rather than giving us useful information we can actually apply to our day-to-day lives.

Useful information like, say, the best time to ask for a pay rise, or our ideal work style , or when we’re performing at our absolute best.


Read more: The real meanings behind our surreal but common dreams 


Thank goodness, then, for Moonologist Yasmin Boland, who makes a point of skipping all things vague in favour of crafting ultra-detailed horoscopes.

We sat down with her and asked her to craft a series of career horoscopes for Stylist readers – and she didn’t disappoint.

Here’s what she had to say about the professional side of our star signs…


ARIES

Aries: 20 March – 19 April

Aries: 20 March – 19 April

How you operate professionally:

Aries is a super-ambitious sign. Aries people know that in order to be successful, you need to go one step at a time. You also know success requires hard work and you're willing to put in the hours. Though you're know as the 'kid' of the zodiac, in fact you get taken very seriously professionally.
 

When you're hot you're hot:

December/January is always peak performance time for you. Yes it's the silly season, but with the Sun in your Career Zone at this time every year, you need to keep one eye on your ambitions, as you celebrate.


The current outlook: 

With Pluto in your Career Zone right now (and a long time into the future) you need to stop doing work which destroys your soul and find something which lights you up. You can be a major power player once you follow your professional passions. 


TAURUS

Taurus: 19 April - 20 May

Taurus: 19 April - 20 May

How you operate professionally: 

When it comes to your career, you're progressive and sometimes to work in ways that the rest of the world sees as plain "out there". You blaze professional trails for others to follow. The Internet can do very well for you work-wise
 

When you're hot you're hot: 

The end of January through to the third week of February is your ideal time of every year to focus on your professional plans. Take time out to think about what you want to achieve in the coming 12 months.
 

The current outlook: 

You should have more fun at work now and for the coming year than you have had in some time. The planet of cheerfulness, aka Jupiter, is in your Daily Work Zone so work should start to feel like less of a grind.


GEMINI

Gemini: 20 May - 20 June

Gemini: 20 May - 20 June

How you operate professionally:

So many people think that forging a successful career is about being ruthless, but you know that you have to use your gut instincts at least as much as you use your killer instincts. The more philanthropic or artistic your work is, the more you'll succeed.


When you're hot you're hot:

Late February to late March is when the Sun focuses on your Career Zone every year, so use this period to work out how confident you feel about your career from year to year, making any changes you need to.


The current outlook: 

You should be feeling inspired by your work right now, or you should be inspiring others. Otherwise you're likely to feel very confused professionally. Make sure you don't pay so much attention to your career that you neglect your home life.


CANCER

Cancer: 20 June - 22 July

Cancer: 20 June - 22 July

How you operate professionally:

Cancerians have a reputation for being real home-bodies, but that is only a part of the picture. When it comes to your career, you're a true go-getter. You self-start and you give your business competitors proper runs for their money. You're recognised for the hard work you put in.


When you're hot you're hot:

Late March through to late April is your peak professional period every year. Use these four weeks to think about what is and isn't working well for you career-wise. What are feeling confident about and where are you lacking confidence?


The current outlook: 

With the planet of technology, Uranus, in your Career Zone now and for the next few years, the Cancerians who will do best now are the ones who can add a strong digital component to their work. As well, working for yourself is highly recommended.


LEO

Leo: 22 July - 22 August

Leo: 22 July - 22 August

How you operate professionally:

While you might dream of being an overnight success, be bathed in the limelight, realistically you know that you're never going to get anywhere without some slow and steady slogging. You're keen to do well because it means you can live a luxurious life.
 

When you're hot you're hot:

Late April to late May is when the heavens shine their brightest lights on your career. Use this period annually to look at how well you're doing professionally and at what, if anything, needs to change.
 

The current outlook:

You need to detox your daily working life, now and over the coming couple of years. That means not doing anything 'just for the money', staying away from back-stabbing politics and doing as much good as you can with the work you do professionally.


VIRGO

Virgo: 22 August  22 September

Virgo: 22 August 22 September

How you operate professionally:

Virgos have a reputation for being rather cautious, but when it comes to your career, you are very much open to change, and that flexibility serves you well. You keep the communication lines at work open, too, and bring diligence, smarts and a good attitude to your job.


When you're hot you're hot: 

Late May to late June is the time when the Sun shines a light on you career every year. Use this four week period to check to see if a lack of self-confidence is hampering you professionally.


The current outlook:

Your personal life seems to be taking up more of your time at the moment and that's ok. With lucky Jupiter in your Cash Zone, it seems that your career will tick over nicely with too much extra effort, and the financial rewards will come your way, anyway.


LIBRA

Libra: 22 September - 23 October

Libra: 22 September - 23 October

How you operate professionally:

You are tenacious in business. Whereas others may get discouraged and give up, you cling to your best career ideas with determination. You also bring surprising warmth to your professional life.  A job where you get to look after people somehow- be that anything from nursing to law- you will prosper.


When you're hot you're hot:

Late June to late July are the premium weeks for you to map your career trajectory. Every year around that time, have a think about how well you're doing in terms of achieving your professional goals.


The current outlook:

You're currently in a very lucky cycle, thanks to having good luck planet Jupiter in your sign. This means that pretty much anything you touch will turn to gold. It's also a time to plan bigger and better professionally. It's time to expand all your horizons.


SCORPIO

Scorpio: 23 October - 23 November

Scorpio: 23 October - 23 November

How you operate professionally:

You tend to be rather quiet and mysterious in life, but when it comes to your career, you’re willing to put your talents and assets on show. You want your name in lights - or at least some local recognition. Any job in which you get to express yourself somehow will serve you very well.
 

When you're hot you're hot:

Your peak period professionally every year is late July to late August. This is the time of the year when you should have a good think about what is working for you professionally and what you need to change.
 

The current outlook:

You have the chaos planet Uranus in your Daily Life Zone which means there's not much chance of having too much routine in your life right now, especially at work. You need to be flexible, to work with this energy. Also if your job bores you, you really need to change it.


SAGITTARIUS

Sagittarius: 23 November - 21 December

Sagittarius: 23 November - 21 December

How you operate professionally:

You have a reputation as a devil-may-care sign but when you make plans for your career and fulfilling your ambitions, you cross all your T's and dot all your I's, so your plans are about ten times more likely than most peoples', to actually come to fruition.
 

When you're hot you're hot:

From late August to late September is the time each year when you need to set aside time to assess your progress in your career. You will really benefit from making lists of what you want to achieve in the 12 following months.
 

The current outlook:

Right now, you need to throw yourself into your career. As much as might be tempted to focus on your personal life and retreat to the bosom of home and family, you will actually find greater happiness by pursuing your career goals with gusto.


CAPRICORN

Capricorn: 21 December - 19 January

Capricorn: 21 December - 19 January

How you operate professionally:

You're known for being very fixed and even a tad controlling at times, but when it comes to business, you're a negotiator. You might be accused of being a control freak sometimes, but you are willing to talk through almost any professional issue.


When you're hot you're hot: 

Late September to late October is when the Sun moves through your Career Zone and casts a bright light on your professional life, all the better for you to see the good things and the flaws.  


The current outlook:

2016 and 2017 can be the most fun and successful years you have had professionally for more than a decade. The idea is to expand, think big and open up to new ideas. This is not the time to be a shrinking professional violet. It's a time to aim really high. 


AQUARIUS

Aquarius: 19 January - 18 February

Aquarius: 19 January - 18 February

How you operate professionally:

The more passionate you feel about your work, the more you will succeed. Actually you have to be careful to avoid tipping over into career obsession. You're The Worker Most Likely To Sleep Over At The Office. Any job where you have to dig deep emotionally or do some kind of investigation will work well for you.


When you're hot you're hot:

Late October to late November is always the right time for you to assess how well you're doing with your professional goals. Because your peak professional period happens now, it's a great moment to write an annual 12 month plan.


The current outlook:

The smart Aquarian will use 2016 as a time to work really hard in preparation for 2017 when the planet of good luck and success, Jupiter, will move into your Career Zone for the first time in over a decade. 


PISCES

Pisces: 18 February - 20 March

Pisces: 18 February - 20 March

How you operate professionally:

Forget any notions you have about being some kind of dreamy spiritual type who can't succeed out. You very much can and will - if you make the effort. The times when you're likely to suffer the most at work is when you're bored


When you're hot you're hot:

Every year, at the end of the year, from late November to late December, set aside some time to (1) review the past year professionally and (2) set our your plans for the coming year.


The current outlook:

With Saturn in your Career Zone in 2016 and for nearly all of 2017 as well, you need to work really hard. There is a lot of pressure on you and there will be challenges, but making a big effort will bring you long-term security. Show people how reliable you are.


That's given us a lot of food for thought.

You can follow Yasmin Boland on Twitter and Facebook, or you can check out her Moonology website for more astrological details.

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