December 2011 Leo Career Horoscope

Stay calm, cool and collected

Managing your enthusiasm may be the key to your professional success this month. December starts with the life giving Sun in your 5th House of Self-Expression, pumping up your personality with confidence and creativity. This is a good thing as long as you don't allow your ideas to get too far ahead of reality.

Communicative Mercury is retrograde in Sagittarius and your 5th House of Self-Expression, which invites verbal excess that can make terrible ideas sound good. Over-selling yourself to others could eventually cost you some credibility. With valuable Venus in businesslike Capricorn, delivering on the basics today is worth more than making promises about tomorrow. Earning the trust of colleagues and customers is an invaluable asset you don't want to lose.

Venus' conjunction with merciless Pluto on December 1 could set the stage for some tough negotiations. This union in your 8th House of Shared Resources requires you to be clear about your expectations of and obligations to others. If emotions start to cloud your thoughts, breathe deeply to clear your mind. The jumpy Gemini New Moon in your 11th House of Groups on December 10 heightens pressure with friends and teammates. A stressful 90-square from Mars in hyper-efficient Virgo can fray nerves with disputes over petty details. A friendly attitude comes in handy if things get too hot.

You're likely to connect with cooler characters when Venus enters unconventional Aquarius and your 7th House of Partners on December 20. Meeting someone new or putting a fresh spin on current associations should make work more rewarding.