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My place of work hasn’t been such a big stressor in my life lately. After a few really bad weeks, things have started to turn around. I still cringe every time I’m invited to a meeting, like the one in the photo above, but even those haven’t been as bad as they could be. At least everyone I work with doesn’t show up in matching gray, beige and light brown ensembles. Jeez . . .

Anyway, after publishing a post about Venus’ upcoming conjunction with my north node yesterday, I figured that I ought to look at where the planet will be spending its upcoming retrograde cycle. What I discovered is that Venus will enter my tenth house in the last couple days of May and remain there until the first week of October.

That’s good news for me on the professional front. I’m a Capricorn, so the tenth house is already personalized in my horoscope. I also have Venus-ruled Libra for a rising sign, so the transits of Venus are something that I feel acutely. For that reason, the interpretation of this lengthy transit on “Café Astrology” is encouraging to me:

“During this cycle, you are most charming and well-received on the job. Your responsibility and authority are likeable qualities now, making this a favorable period overall for schmoozing with those in a higher position than you, as well as for negotiations or social activities related to business. Venus is charming, friendly, and affectionate, and her presence in your career and reputation sector brings social opportunities to your career. You are coming across well at work now, and romantic opportunities, or simply more chances to socialize and network, are likely. You are socially ambitious right now, and success may come though your good managerial qualities or some form of artistic talent, or, indirectly through your marriage partner. People who turn your head during this cycle are those who come across as especially competent.”

Venus won’t be the only planet moving through my tenth house during the warm-weather months. Mars will transit that sector of my horoscope for most of May, June and early July. Mercury follows it there for a short time in July, and the sun joins the party as per usual in July and August. It will be interesting to watch how these planets interact with one another now that my fourth house isn’t full of planets to oppose them — it’s been a long time since that has happened! And although I might not be the type of person who feels that it is necessary to engage in “schmoozing,” I don’t mind when people try to suck up to me.

After a long, drawn-out period of professional setbacks, maybe it’s my turn to be the one at the top. I guess I’ll find out soon enough!

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