Aries Career Horoscope: October 2013

Keep your cool

Managing working relationships is your key issue this month. The Sun starts October in accommodating Libra and your 7th House of Others. This requires some diplomacy and compromising to maintain reasonably harmonious connections with people.

On the positive side, this solar transit, which lasts until October 22, is not only a time to repair current alliances and make new ones, but it is also favorable for going public with projects. Launching a product or service or reaching out to find a job or potential partners is appropriate for you now.

There are some complications triggered around the Libra New Moon on October 4. This usually tranquil event is super-charged with four tense planetary aspects to this Sun-Moon conjunction. The cooperative spirit and harmony we associate with Libra might be hard to come by as mistrust, surprises and excessive ambitions can rattle your work life. Stay flexible to adapt to sudden changes and do your best to remain cool when the heat of conflict rises.

Your ruling planet Mars' presence in prideful Leo until October 15 kicks up creativity and makes you a more powerful presenter of your ideas, but can also arouse ego issues if you're stubborn or too prideful. Mars then shifts into pragmatic Virgo and your 6th House of Employment, where mastery of methods, systems and details becomes more important.

Once you get around the slippery spot of Mars' opposition to nebulous Neptune on October 19, you should put more time into increasing your efficiency. Sharpening your skills patiently could seem tedious at first, but it is likely to raise your professional profile in the long run.

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