January 2012 Gemini Career Horoscope

Extra effort pays off

Dealing with demanding colleagues, hard to please bosses and tough customers can be a test for you this month. The Sun is in disciplined Capricorn and your 8th House of Others' Values until January 20, which requires a more serious and better organized approach at work. It's vital to know what you want and what you're willing to give to get it, and even then be prepared to give more.

This isn't just about money because authority and status are at stake, too. If you're willing to take a little less now to earn more later, then go for it. But you can't simply rely on your instincts to help you deal with others now. Investments of time and energy should occur after you've done some serious thought and research rather than going with guesswork.

It's true this isn't necessarily an easy solar transit for you because you may feel locked into a role that could become boring. But if you are seeking to raise your position, dutifully putting in the extra effort now can pay off.

Pressure is likely to be reduced when the Sun shifts into airy Aquarius and your 9th House of Faraway Places on January 20. This kicks off a month when travel (or doing business with people in distant locations) and education can provide a boost to your work situation. Investing in training makes sense if you're sure that you will use it. But don't let idle curiosity or impulsivity provoke you to sign up for a course that won't be relevant to your future.