December 2011 Libra Career Horoscope

Take a close, hard look

Try not to be too hard on yourself if you encounter disappointment on December 1. Your lovely ruling planet Venus joins merciless Pluto then, which tends to dramatize faults and undermine self-worth, as well as relationships. If you're discontent with your work or fed up with being underappreciated, this transit can lead to a deep examination of your desires and your abilities. Considering an investment in training or equipment can seem unreasonably costly, but if the situation doesn't improve within the next month or so, making a dramatic move next year might be appropriate.

Be careful about the cheerleader part of your personality. It's great that you can be so supportive of other people, but verbal Mercury is moving backwards in optimistic Sagittarius until December 13, which tends to promote happy talk that doesn't match reality. Encouraging others is great as long as you don't lure them into believing their own bad ideas. Mercury's shift into forward gear on December 13 should help get conversations back on track and reduce the frequency of communication problems.

On December 20, Venus floats into airy Aquarius and your 5th House of Self-Expression, kicking up your creative abilities and your presentation skills. However, this planet's excessive 90-degree square with boundless Jupiter that day can also raise expectations too high. Pushing your point of view a little harder can help you make a positive impression as long as you maintain good judgment.

The Sun's entry into earthy Capricorn and your 4th House of Roots on December 22 is a good time to start thinking about your long-term professional goals.