Education could be your key to professional success this month. That's because your appealing ruling planet Venus is in your 9th House of Travel and Higher Learning. In fact, she's moving backwards in this part of your chart, which can reawaken interest in a subject that you studied in the past but never fully utilized. This retrograde period of Venus, which ends on January 31, is also a time to be extra cautious in professional relationships.
You and your co-workers could be a little edgier and may require more careful handling to avoid wounded feelings. But you can also strengthen working alliances by slowing down and paying more attention to the needs of others. A small show of interest can make a powerful impression and garner trust that's invaluable to your career. Be careful about overloading yourself with work or overreaching around January 8 when active Mars in your 6th House of Tasks forms an excessively expansive square with giant Jupiter. Sharing big ideas is fine as long as you're willing to put in the time to figure out how to turn it into reality.
The month ends on a powerful note as Jupiter opposes potent Pluto on January 31. Going to extremes or getting into intense debates are less than useful applications of this transit. However, if you can engage in a discussion without becoming emotional about it, truth will be revealed that provides a clearer picture of your future. Still, if tension builds and compromise slips further away, it's wise to back up and rethink your point instead of pushing it even harder.
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