Weekly Horoscopes for January 1 to 7

Aries

The first half of the week will be taken up with financial deals and planning. It will be slow going, but it';s important work that will get you in good with the powers that be. Even if you don't have direct control over the details, your input will be vital - so make sure you're heard. Life is much easier for you and most others late in the week, as the atmosphere seems to drop its resistance to new ideas and implementations and you get twice as much done as you'd expected. You might have to force yourself to relax this weekend.

Taurus

From Monday through Wednesday, you'll feel great and really comfortable in whatever position you find yourself. That easy confidence will impress potential customers and employers alike. If you spend energy on any ongoing projects, it'll come back twice over. You might be fooled by this feeling into rushing ahead with new business ideas, but these will come back to haunt you later in the week - especially if you haven't planned them out carefully and checked in with all parties beforehand. Weekend social events might give rise to networking opportunities you hadn't expected, so turn on the charm.

Gemini

Get ready for a slow few days. Monday through Thursday will be like long video game levels, with unexpected obstacles and puzzles to vex you as you try to wend your way toward your bonus points and high scores. When you reach the end, things take a definite turn for the better. You won't need to worry about keeping up with deadlines either, due to a sudden extension or your own tenacious charm. Your energy will pick up your coworkers and help create unprecedented productivity. If you need to work over the weekend, keep a tight fist on your money.

Cancer

You breeze into the week high on currents of charm and good fortune. You'll be the go-to person for client meetings, investor relations and any other tasks that need a convincing smile. Lunch meetings might extend past business hours, you'll be so magnetic. Later in the week you'll want to break out of your mold a little bit and try to incite changes internally. This might take more energy than you've got to spare, but your allies will step up if you ask them. The weekend is a great time to consider where you are on your career track - and where you'd rather be.

Leo

When you start work this week, take stock of your reputation. You might not have considered it much before, but until Wednesday ends, you'll need to calibrate how other people see you so as to squeeze every last bit of productivity out of them. You can meet every objection with a little thought. Convene a group later in the week to begin long-range planning. Your natural leadership will help keep things on track, but don't be afraid of going far afield. The weekend is perfect for starting new endeavors or applying for new jobs.

Virgo

Everyone gets along great for the first half of the week, even die-hard opponents. If you have rivals you need to make up with or clients who haven';t been satisfied in a while, now is the time to shine their apples. Business-related travel might be good for the bottom line. You'll have the mental energy to go over all the details of your recent plans later in the week, and the determination to correct them, no matter who gets in your way. The weekend is best spent on personal and family activities, but if you must work, try not to go it alone.

Libra

You've got three days to make a fabulous impression at the start of this week. You'll be as magnetic as ever, but equally important, those around you will be primed for your particular brand of charming energy. Just don't overdo it with any one person. The latter half of the week is good for hardcore brain work. You'll be able to sift the very best ideas out of your peers and make a killer presentation on anything from systemic trends to new marketing strategies. The weekend might be a hard one for you, so work could be troublesome or a respite, depending on your unique situation.










Scorpio


Your peers and customers will be a little overwhelming this week, so try to deal with them firmly but respectfully. Early on, you'll need to give up a little in order to get a lot, but make sure not to give away the store. Your gut should tell you what you need to know. Later on - say Thursday and Friday - you'll need to make sure to take lots of time to go over agreements and communications before signing off. Check every detail! The weekend is a time of power for you, so plan to make your big move then.

Sagittarius

Take every opportunity to check in with your peers and customers early this week. Your communication style is in ascendance through Wednesday, so you should find people eager to hear what you have to say and easily swayed by your arguments. You'll be eager to keep up the good talk through the week, but as Thursday and Friday roll around, you'll find that people start to turn their attention elsewhere. You might be able to get a good brainstorming session out of it, but you'll need to make sure to include everyone. Work over the weekend will go smoothly if you're on your own.

Capricorn
The energy that accompanies you as you storm into work Monday will bowl over your coworkers. You're usually pretty reliable, but for the first half of the week you'll be an unstoppable powerhouse of creativity, coming up with ideas and implementations that will stun everyone. You might attract attention later in the week that could lead to unwelcome diversions and distractions. Try to gently remind people that you've got to take care of business. You will most likely need to address some residual issues over the weekend, but you'll still be up for it.

Aquarius

The first half of this week might just drive you nuts. You'll be stuck with old projects, possibly redoing work you thought you'd never have to touch again. You might be able to drag some of your peers in to help you. Things pick up in a big way on Thursday, when you hit it off with someone new - client, coworker or even the barista at the local cafe. There could be a romantic connection there, but it will definitely pick up your spirits. You might have to bear down and finish up some work over the weekend, but once you're over this hump, it should be relatively smooth sailing.

Pisces

Writing, email, sms - all of these will suit your style perfectly for the first part of the week. You'll be able to express yourself in writing more fluidly and persuasively than face-to-face - but don't let that stop you from attending meetings or interviews, where your charm will still shine through. By Thursday you'll feel overwhelmed by all the responses, and might have to take some time out just to prioritize them and figure out how to respond. The weekend will be fun and open up new creative outlets for you, whether you're at work or on your own.

Weekly horoscopes for December 25 to 31

Aries 

Your reputation precedes you this week - whether you're known for slacking or getting the job done, that perception will determine how people react to you. Midweek, you'll find that you're meeting deadlines faster than expected, and probably will want to turn your attention to setting new goals. Problems will arise late in the week with clients or coworkers, so take extra care with your interpersonal relations and make sure that you keep everyone on the same page. The weekend is a time of rejuvenation; your energy will come back with interest.

Taurus

Starting the week with a rush of power isn't all bad. Monday brings a sense of place that you might not have had before in this position -you should be able to exert your presence more than usual. Through the middle of the week, you'll find yourself enmeshed in struggles with your closest rivals that might feel silly on the surface but are deadly serious at a deeper level. Allies come to your aid by the end of the week, and if you ask for any level of help you'll be sure to get it. Be careful with spending over the weekend.

Gemini

If you stick with your own immediate projects on Monday, you'll do fine -but teamwork and schmoozing will be difficult at best. Things pick up dramatically right away, and by Wednesday at the latest you'll be trading hot ideas back and forth with your peers. Your brainpower is peaking, so make the most of it. The end of the week sees you thinking about tweaking your career path, maybe in a radical new direction. It will be hard to figure out the specifics, so don't jump on any plan of action just yet. Ask some friends from outside the workplace for advice.

Cancer

Monday is one of those all-too-typical Mondays when you'd rather wrap yourself up in your blankets than face the day. If you force yourself to work, though, you'll find that you can whiz through paperwork in record time. Financial issues, most likely related to higher-risk investments, come up midweek and might require a team effort to deal with. Thursday and Friday bring a surge of energy that forces your mind out of its narrow focus on work, but you might find some intriguing possibilities out there. Take it easy over the weekend and do your own thing.

Leo

Even though you're excited about your big plans, try to keep a lid on them, at least during Monday. Secrecy isn't that important, but few will share your enthusiasm quite yet. A big storm rolls into the workplace midweek - you might find yourself swept up in fights that arise out of nothing and disappear as quickly as they came. Don't let them make a permanent dent in your relationships. Stay away from high-level financial dealing later in the week. Make sure you research every possibility thoroughly.

Virgo

The week starts with a burst of positive energy that will make even the dullest tasks feel worthwhile. It won't be hard to share this energy, so feel free to let others in on the secret. On Tuesday and Wednesday, you should be far enough ahead of yourself to take time out for reorganizing and making your routine more efficient. There might be tensions under the surface later in the week. Try not to make them worse with idle comments that might be misinterpreted. Work slowly over the weekend, if at all.





Libra

Monday brings a blast from the past: an old decision, project or coworker comes back to haunt you. It won't be the most pleasant experience, but you should be able to dismiss it with ease. Once that's taken care of, the week lightens up tremendously and you find yourself having a great time, skirting the edge of flirtation with coworkers or customers while never going too far. The fun gives way to busy-time late in the week, so be ready for more work than you can comfortably squeeze into eight hours. Good teamwork can get things done, but it will still take heroic efforts.

Scorpio

Monday is optimal for starting new projects and relationships. If it's your first day on a new job, it's extremely auspicious. In any case, put all concerns about new things aside for the day. There might be some troubles stirring in your immediate workplace midweek; try not to get involved unless you absolutely must. Thursday and Friday should see these troubles smoothed out, while you personally feel a new sense of excitement that should reinforce Monday's good feelings. You could be obligated to work this weekend, but you shouldn't mind too much.

Sagittarius

Monday's issues are all about money, so be ready to crunch numbers and make your projections look better than they've ever been before. Once that's out of the way, you can turn to wooing new customers or schmoozing your supervisors to get that new pet project going. It shouldn't be tough, as you'll have charm to spare. Thursday and Friday will be harder for you - your energy level will never quite reach the peak you want it to, and you might have to leave work unfinished until the weekend. Your energy will pick up then, so try sneaking into the office on Saturday or Sunday.

Capricorn

Monday is just about as close to perfect as you can get - everything goes smoothly, there are few interruptions, and the spirit of agreement reigns supreme. Financial issues will dominate your attention for much of the week. Whether you're thinking of new investments, refinancing assets or just drawing up budget projections, use a little extra caution. You'll be glad you did. As the week draws to a close, most of your peers will seem to be stuck in their heads, while you're focused on reality. You won't be able to prod them out of it, so stick to your own projects.

Aquarius

Monday will be tough, with more than a hint of discipline coming from on high. It probably won't be focused squarely on you, but you'll definitely feel the effects. Tuesday brings a breath of fresh air and you'll be recognized for the quality of your ideas (not to mention the sheer number of them). Sound warnings about the financial situation later in the week - things might be rosy now, but you'll have the insight to see that the situation won't last forever. The weekend might bring you a fantastic new plan, so write it down for later.

Pisces

You'll have plenty of help on Monday as coworkers and even supervisors check in to see what you need. Don't be shy about asking. Return the favors midweek - find out where you can make the biggest splash, then dive in. Your thinking will be much clearer than usual. Late in the week your intuitions will be strong and powerful. Listen carefully, then make sure to get the message out. You can make faster progress on your own projects if you focus on them. Try to avoid work over the weekend if possible; your time will be better spent in personal pursuits.