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August 2012 Career Horoscope

Back on track

Getting business back on track should be easier when communicative Mercury turns forward August 8, ending its three-week retrograde period when messages are muddled and technology is more touchy than usual. This shift occurs in expressive Leo, which the Sun also occupies until August 22. Enthusiasm is often high in this creative fire sign, but it's wise to handle professional relationships with tenderness now.

That's because sociable Venus enters sensitive Cancer on August 7, requiring delicate handling of personnel matters. Bright ideas are also spawned by the Full Moon in innovative Aquarius on August 1, which is supported by favorable aspects from visionary Jupiter. However, runaway optimism needs to be countered with patience and common sense if a dream is going to turn into reality.

That's especially clear in the middle of the month, when active Mars joins restrictive Saturn on August 15. This can be a frustrating aspect for individuals who are in a hurry. Obstacles may arise that require plenty of time and strategic thought to overcome. Yet for individuals who are interested in buckling down and developing new skills, this can be a very favorable day.

The growing importance of competence is underscored by the Sun's passage into perfectionistic Virgo on August 22. It's better to do one task masterfully than to just do an adequate job in several areas. Mars' move into intense Scorpio the following day reinforces the importance of narrowing focus, eliminating extraneous activities and putting all of your effort where it can do the most good.

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