March 1 through May 14 is one of the most important times of the year for your career. That's when Mars, your assertive ruling planet, is retrograde. This reversal period often makes it more difficult to launch new projects or advance at a rapid pace. But the necessity to compromise and cooperate became a key issue starting last December 7, 2013, when Mars entered accommodating Libra, where it will remain until July 25, 2014.
One brick at a time
The warrior planet usually zips through a sign in about seven weeks, so its extended stay in Libra says a great deal about how to act for much of the year. Building alliances is essential, even if it means you need to slow down to get others on board before you push ahead. If you want to start a new business or a new job, Mars in Libra requires you to demonstrate your people skills, which work best by listening to and paying more attention to others than is your habit.
Another reason why your professional life might pick up speed in the second half of the year is lucky Jupiter's entrance into Leo on July 16. This fellow Fire sign occupies your 5th House of Self-Expression and Creativity, emboldening you to be more outgoing and audacious in pursuit of your goals. This year-long Jupiter presence in Leo is excellent for showmanship, so get yourself in front of an audience, crank up your personality and make an energetic presentation. This transit is also meant to put some fun into your job because you will be more successful when it feels like play.
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