January 2012 Virgo Career Horoscope

Work smarter, not harder

Yours is one of the hardest working signs of the zodiac, and there's little indication that this pattern will change soon. But simply being busy isn't necessarily the best way to be productive. With assertive Mars slowing down to turn backward (retrograde) in your sign on January 23, it's worthwhile to reconsider your work patterns with an eye toward making them more efficient.

This may involve some retraining and, in some cases, learning a whole new set of skills. Yet upgrading your abilities should also be fun. That's because the expressive Sun is in your 5th House of Creativity until January 20. This can provide you with inspiration to come up with original ideas and to make impactful presentations. Getting up in front of groups should be easier now as long as you've carefully prepared your talk in advance.

Some intense conversations are likely when your verbal ruling planet Mercury makes stressful connections with unpredictable Uranus on January 8 and manipulative Pluto on January 13. Strange concepts and sudden breakdowns in communication are possible with the former and secrecy that spurs mistrust comes with the latter. Still, if you're willing to look at your life very differently, these potent patterns can awaken originality that frees you from your limited worldview.

Ingenious notions about work are possible with the Sun's entry into heady Aquarius and your 6th House of Employment on January 20, followed there by brainy Mercury on January 27. Nervous energy could be high, but using your restless mind creatively can resolve some sticky work-related problems.