Weekly Horoscopes for February 12 to 18

Aries

You'll be super-busy Monday and Tuesday, but it will all come out successfully. Recruitment and strategic planning are activities that will be especially fruitful. Put the brakes on in a big way midweek - there's hidden problems that will trip you up if you're moving at full speed. Try to conserve your resources as much as possible. Things pick up in a big way Friday and you'll be able to bust out of any rut you find yourself in. The good energy should last through Saturday, so keep at work if you feel the need.

Taurus

Your close coworkers might seem to be going out of their way to mess with your head early in the week. Try not to let them bug you, and focus on customer service if possible. Team-building exercises will go well midweek, especially if they're future-oriented. Planning and strategic brainstorming will be worthwhile. Slow down the pace on Friday - you'll need to go over every decision twice before okaying it, and maybe three or four times for financial decisions. The weekend will be nice and relaxing, even if you work.

Gemini

Early this week, someone new (a customer or coworker) will breeze by and drop a new idea on your desk that will blow you away. Don't sit on it - put it into action immediately and you'll start reaping big rewards. Wednesday and Thursday will be buzzing with activity; try to focus on the creative side of things and you'll produce good results. Reach out to your peers on Friday and make sure you're all on the same page. See if you can get buy-in from your toughest customers, as the timing will be right.

Cancer

Financial issues will be important on Monday and may extend through Tuesday. You will need to be more flexible than usual if you want to handle them in a timely and appropriate fashion. The fires should be out by midweek, and you'll be able to work on personnel issues - team building and morale will be easy for you if you apply your intuitions to the work. Take all the time you need to finish your tasks on Friday. You might be tempted to sneak out early, but you'll need to finish everything on your pile.

Leo

You might be temporarily stumped by the behavior of coworkers or rivals, but a little patience will help you find the solution - it will require a little lateral thinking. Midweek you'll need to be careful in financial transactions. Not only will you need to make sure you're getting the most for the buck, but you'll need to ensure that all parties leave the table emotionally satisfied. Friday is a free day for you; you'll have a great time with any task and spread a little goodwill everywhere you go.

Virgo

When everything changes on Monday or Tuesday, try to hold your tongue and reserve your criticism until it's clear that you're speaking for a majority. It will be hard to restrain yourself, but worth it in the long run. It could be that you're one of the only people able to work through the disruptions midweek, but don't about holding the place together; other folks can't help it at the moment. You'll get the credit on Friday when business as usual starts to return to the workplace. The weekend will be relaxing, and even rejuvenating if you let yourself go.

Libra

You might be the only one having fun Monday, so don't flaunt it. A private smirk while everyone else is running around panicking won't lose you any friends - and if you step up and lend a hand, you might come across as a hero. Think small midweek; you'll have a lot to take care of and you won't have the time or energy to devote to long-range planning. Focus on your work relationships Friday and maybe through the weekend. Networking will be worth your time if you throw yourself into it.




Scorpio

There's trouble in paradise, and you've got to be the one to deal with it forcefully. Dissension in the ranks, backbiting, gossip - something is bubbling up from the people you work with. You'll need to organize the negotiations that will bring everyone together again. By midweek you should have found a good solution, or at least started down the road toward peace. Friday will be great for starting new projects or systems that will ensure tranquility in the future. Try to lie low over the weekend. You deserve a good long break.

Sagittarius

Monday and Tuesday are great for strategic brainstorming and communication. Get the whole team together for a think-fest and see what comes out of it. Make sure there're plans to act quickly. Slow down midweek and let others take the initiative. Temporarily giving up control will free you to do more important work - or just rest. The creative fires will be burning on Friday and might carry you through half the weekend before you realize how hard you've been working. Take at least one day for some quality time on your own or with family.

Capricorn

Financial planning and strategy will be very important to you early in the week, even if you don't realize it at first. Do what you can to guide the thinking of your business in a conservative direction. Midweek will see your work style relatively untouched by the madness that will seem to seize more of your peers. Try to concentrate on meeting your own milestones first, then helping others. You might have a conflict between your home and work lives on Friday or Saturday, so be ready to placate both sides.

Aquarius

You'll bound into the workplace on Monday full of energy and seized with a new vision for how to do business. Make sure to get other people on your side before taking off - you'll need a whole team to help implement the new strategy. Be careful with finances and assets midweek, or you might end up overplaying your hand and needing to play some serious catch-up through the rest of the year. Friday will bring the one idea you need to help you move toward success, but you'll need to keep working at it through the weekend.

Pisces

Start the week slowly, even though the pace of change is rapid. Your first inclination will be to help people adjust, but make sure to focus on your own tasks first. Midweek you'll know exactly what needs to happen, even if most of your coworkers are deeply confused. Spread the word - people will listen to you, and you'll attract some positive attention from above. Friday might be a little confusing for you, so try to take your time with communication so you say exactly what you mean to. Things will get better by Sunday at the latest.

Weekly Horoscopes for February 5 to 11

Aries

Urgent business seizes your attention Monday and won't let go - but you'll be so drawn into it all that you won't mind the interruption. The burning issue should die down by Wednesday afternoon, so you'll have a short reprieve from the pressure if you need one. Try to stick to the routine for the rest of the week, despite dissension in the ranks. Don't light into people you disagree with, no matter how tempted you may be. You might want to toss aside any notions of relaxing this weekend, as it's the perfect time to start new projects, especially negotiations or recruitment drives.

Taurus

You'll be wrapping up disputes with just about everyone from delivery guys to the board, so make sure to stand your ground when you know you're in the right. If you go in with the right mindset, you'll start with a leg up on the competition. By Wednesday the dust will have settled for the time being and you can focus on patching things up, which should be surprisingly easy, even with those who were being petty. Take the weekend to relax from all the stress - you'll need to be refreshed come Monday.

Gemini

You'll be down with the in crowd early in the week, so much so that you might forget that you're paid to hang out with such awesome people. It's a good time to cement your position with customers or peers. Chatter starts to take over the workplace on Wednesday, slowly at first. You'll start to lose interest by midday and might start to resent the distraction by Thursday. Dive into paperwork or other tasks and keep your head down and you'll come out ahead. The weekend brings good times. If you need to get tasks done, you'll do well to take them as they come.

Cancer

Make a big show of new business or purchases early in the week. It might not be in your DNA, but ostentatious displays will actually get you further than modesty now. You can settle down on Wednesday and turn back to the tasks at hand. Planning on any scale will go well later in the week, with or without assistance from peers or supervisors. Partnership problems might erupt over the weekend, so be wary of those closest to you. It could be an opportunity to strengthen your work relationships.

Leo

The early part of the week finds you reaching a new peak - but there are higher points waiting for you in the distance. Enjoy the view, consolidate your resources and get ready to move on. You'll need to get serious about budget and finance issues by the end of the week, and the earlier you get started, the better. The plans you made recently will need to be revised in the light of unforeseen events, but you'll come out looking even better. The weekend brings a recruitment opportunity; you might be on either side of the offer, so stay alert.

Virgo

You may be feeling sluggish early in the week, but don't let that stop you from organizing and planning. Your flexibility will be a strong asset in the days and weeks to come, and having all your tasks and records together will help immeasurably. By Wednesday your energy should pick up considerably, and you'll be helping customers and coworkers while keeping your own tasks well under control. The right people will take notice. The weekend is a time to withdraw and consider options - something that appears to be a setback might be an opportunity.




Libra

Clients and peers that you work closely with will be especially valuable to you early this week - solicit advice and assistance from everyone you can think of. Most people will be quite helpful. Thursday and Friday bring a few worries, most of them misplaced. You'll still fret over small problems that you can't control, but your diligence will look good to supervisors. The weekend is too nice to be spent working, but if you must, you'll find yourself having a great time with the people you meet.

Scorpio

Monday won't be boring - it will be full of surprises. A new challenge arises and must be dealt with immediately, and it will be harder than usual for you to marshal your forces. Try stalling if you can, because by Wednesday afternoon you'll be stronger than the forces you're dealing with. In fact, by the end of the week your hard work will be recognized almost as a public service, and you'll be rewarded commensurately. You've got a tough decision to make over the weekend, but some hard thinking should make the choice clear.

Sagittarius

The early part of the week is great for business-related travel - the farther, the better. If you're not going anywhere physically, try reaching out electronically to foreign countries. There are new markets you haven't explored yet. Your relations with the boss will be on the cool side for the latter half of the week, so don't rock the boat and make sure not to ask for anything extra. The weekend is a good time for you to prepare to make changes in your career. Ask friends for advice. 

Capricorn

Monday and Tuesday will be challenging at best. Your rivals are temporarily ascendant, and any sharing arrangements could be tough to negotiate. Keep plugging up holes - at least you won't get tired easily. You'll be on top of the situation by the end of the day on Wednesday, and will be able to get some good planning done for the rest of the week. New information will dictate some elements of your strategy, but don't let go of your unique vision. You'll need to work through at least part of the weekend, but it will be worth it in the long run.

Aquarius

There are struggles going on between your people. Assert your independence from all groups on Monday or Tuesday by offering a compromise. If you pull it off, you'll be farther ahead than anyone else. During the latter part of the week, you'll need to be extra wary of hidden agendas. Any agreements made through Friday should be inspected very closely. Go out of your way over the weekend to try something new, maybe even a whole new career path or a few baby steps in that direction.

Pisces

Stay away from the boss early in the week; he, she or they may have nothing but attitude for everything that looks or feels like common sense. Your coworkers won't be much help, but this hoo-hah last long. By the end of the day on Wednesday, you'll be over it all and ready for action. Start with the people you know best and work outward from there, firming up the strengths and diminishing the weaknesses in your working relationships. You will most likely need to continue the effort through the weekend, but you'll feel a lot better when you're through.