Category: Career Forecast

Your Career Forecast: May / June 2017

Ellen Fondiler | Career Forecast: April / May 2017

I work as a career and business strategist. But my secret passion is… astrology!

About once a month,  I post an overview of what’s happening in the cosmos and how it might influence your career. It’s called: Your Career Forecast.

Whether you’re job-hunting, running your own business, or wondering about the ideal time to ask for a raise or take a vacation, each Career Forecast will reveal the important dates and cosmic shifts that you need to know about.

I am joined by my dear friend, Heidi Rose Robbins, a master astrologer who will provide expert insight into what’s going on in the stars.

Let’s dive in!


OVERVIEW

What’s going on this month…

HEIDI: The Sun moves into Gemini on May 20th, 2017. Gemini infuses the month with movement and activity. If this last month in Taurus had a slower or quieter pace, in Gemini we are on the go. We network, connect, and converse. We meet one another and create relationships. We get even better at listening to our own inner voice so we can make better life decisions. Mercury is one of the planets most associated with Gemini and Mercury is quick, sharp and clever—here, there and everywhere. Mercury builds bridges between people and ideas.

Early June brings a great deal of activity. On June 2nd, Venus will sit in the same area of the heavens as Uranus. This is stimulating to the creative life. It brings the unexpected in love and creativity, excites new possibility and artistry. Be open to improvisation and reinvention. Be open to creating a new pattern in your life.

Two days later, June 4th, the planet Mars moves into Cancer. Mars is the warrior. When in the energy of Cancer, Mars is the warrior who can produce and protect. Even though we are in the very active time of Gemini, when Mars moves into Cancer, there can often be a gestating time. Something can be quietly growing or needing extra care and nourishment. If you work at home, you might get a surge of energy and aspiration because Cancer rules the area of home and hearth and Mars brings vitality.

One day later, June 5th, Venus moves into a new sign as well—the sign of Taurus. Venus loves to work though Taurus. Both the planet and sign are deeply interested in manifesting beauty and producing value. This is a good financial combination. It tends to attract what it needs. We can use these energies to hold our next step in the light of intuition so we move forward with clarity and the power to attract.

The very next day, June 6th, Mercury moves into Gemini. This will amplify the Gemini energy already at work. The two weeks following this shift will be incredibly busy and stimulating. You won’t find a better time to network or create relationship. You can use this energy both professionally and personally. And sometimes, the friendship created out of curiosity and joy will evolve into a relationship that will serve your work in the world as well.

When you think about Gemini, think energy, curiosity, delight and movement. Think writing, speaking, and connecting. Carry a spirit of goodwill toward all you meet. In Gemini, we can ultimately build a tapestry of love, light, and connection just by offering the best of ourselves to everyone we meet.

So what does all of this mean for your career? Let’s look closer…


JOB HUNTING?

Here’s what you need to know:

ELLEN: On June 2nd, Venus aligns with Uranus, which means… get ready for the unexpected! On this date, and for about a week after this date, it’s an especially great time to disrupt patterns, try new things, and think creatively. If your job hunt has been feeling “stalled” or “stuck,” it’s time to mix it up! Improvise and try something out of the ordinary.

For example, if you’ve applied for 30 jobs on a big website like Monster.com, but you haven’t gotten any responses, this would be a good time to change up your strategy. Instead of sitting by your computer applying for positions online, get out of the house—and out of the box.

Head to a co-working space, attend a free seminar, throw a dinner party and invite a few people you don’t know very well, or sign up for a couple hours of volunteer work. Chat with your next-door neighbor. Chat with your Uber driver. Chat with the woman standing in front of you at the grocery store. Ask people about their careers and ask questions like, “Where do you work?” “Do you like the company?” “What’s the best part about working there?” “Do you happen to know if they’re hiring right now?”

The simple act of “chatting with people” can spark new relationships and unlock all kinds of surprising information and opportunities. You never know where these kinds of conversations might lead. Your yoga teacher’s sister might be the HR director at your dream company. Your neighbor might be a former Twitter employee with great tips on how to apply for a job there. You may already know a whole bunch of people who can help you find your next job. You never know until… you start chatting!


ALREADY HAVE A JOB?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: On June 4th, the planet Mars moves into Cancer. On this day, and for a few days afterward, you might feel an urge to cocoon yourself, rest, and treat yourself to some extra TLC. Don’t fight that urge… embrace it!

With the Mars-Cancer combination, we’ve got an interesting blend of “warrior energy” from Mars plus “emotional sensitivity” from Cancer. This gives us a chance to pause, breathe, and ask, “What do I need to change in order to feel emotionally/mentally healthy? How can I take better care of myself? How can I protect myself from negativity and excessive stress? How can I nourish myself and avoid burning out?”

If you’re already employed, this would be a nice week to take a day or two off work. Give yourself a “mental health” day. Sleep in. Recharge. Don’t even peek at your work-related email. Don’t peek at the latest Trump news, either. Give yourself a chance to exhale and find your center again. You’ll feel amazingly refreshed.

If you can’t take time off work, then make sure to dial up the self-care. Treat yourself to a nourishing lunch and give yourself a real lunch break—with no laptop or phone—rather than munching at your desk while you work. Take a mid-afternoon walk to stretch your legs. Clock out at 5pm sharp instead of pushing yourself into overtime-mode. Tip: book a pedicure or massage for 6pm to motivate yourself to leave work on time!

During this cocoon-time, you might notice some new ideas gestating inside your mind. Maybe a new project you’d love to work on, or a new system that could be implemented at work. Jot your ideas down as they tumble into your brain. When we allow ourselves to slow down and recharge, that’s when our brightest “lightning bolt ideas” tend to strike!


SELF-EMPLOYED OR RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: Trying to find more clients and customers, or some other type of opportunity—like a new sponsor for your podcast, a book deal, or a paid speaking engagement? Great news: June 6th – 20th is prime time for networking in a lively, joyful way! Expect a busy, stimulating couple of weeks. With Mercury moving Gemini, this two-week period is all about communicating, connecting, socializing, and expressing yourself.

This is a great time to… Email former customers and see how they’re doing. Email potential clients to pitch a fun new package that you just whipped together. Invite a few colleagues out for brunch. Host a wine tasting at your studio. Throw a spontaneous webinar for your mailing list subscribers. Mercury is all about communicating your beliefs and ideas, so… write, podcast, teach, and speak up! Your efforts will be doubly rewarded during this time.

One word of caution: Gemini is a lively, chatty sign, and your communication powers will be super-heightened with Mercury in the mix, too. However, Gemini can also create an indecisive, wishy-washy feeling. “Too many amazing options. Ugh, I can’t choose!”… that’s the eternal Gemini dilemma! So as you’re networking, scheduling events, and RSVP-ing for parties, be realistic about your availability, and try not to overbook yourself. Also, don’t flake out once you’ve made a commitment. (Canceling a brunch date with a business colleague 45 minutes before it’s supposed to happen? Not great.) Be decisive and follow-through on your promises so that you strengthen your relationships instead of weakening them.


Overall, this is GREAT month for…

— Curiosity, delight, feeling energized, and all kinds of movement—creative movement and physical movement, too.

— Communicating with joy, writing, speaking, teaching, and connecting… and lots of interesting chats! Strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to you on your next flight. Compliment a stranger’s unique t-shirt. Ask someone about their new TV show obsession. You never know where these kinds of conversations might lead!

— Random acts of kindness. Carry a spirit of goodwill toward all you meet and spread light and love. Be “the life of the party,” even if “the party” is just you chatting quietly with one colleague over coffee.


IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

May 20th – Sun moves into Gemini. (We’re entering a lively, quick-witted, chatty, high-energy month!)

June 2nd – Venus conjunct Uranus. (Excellent time for creative, out of the box thinking. Improvise. Reinvent. Do the unexpected.)

June 4th – March moves into Cancer. (Gestate, rest, and give yourself lots of TLC. Take a breather in the midst of a very busy month.)

June 5th – Venus moves into Taurus. (A great day for making something beautiful that’s also valuable and profitable. Sell that new painting. Launch a new product.)

June 6th – Mercury moves into Gemini. (We’re kicking off a two-week period that’s excellent for networking and connecting. Print extra business cards, fill your social calendar, mingle and chat!)


YOUR CAREER MANTRA FOR THIS MONTH

“Be a lamp or a lifeboat or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” —Jalaluddin Rumi

I know a Gemini woman (birthday: June 12th) who’s currently working in Thailand, volunteering on farms, helping to repair houses, traveling lightly, meeting all kinds of new people, and having the time of her life! She’s spreading delight and joy everywhere she goes—and all throughout her journey, unexpected blessings keep tumbling in. A free place to stay. A free meal. A free ride. An unexpected opportunity to study yoga for 30 days at a top-notch training center. And who knows what tomorrow will bring?

That’s the type of “Gemini attitude” we can all try to cultivate this month. We can be lamps, lifeboats, and ladders. We can spread goodwill. We can throw ourselves into the next adventure—whatever it may be—with an open mind and open heart. We can chat with strangers. We can repair houses and build bridges. This is a time to open our arms—not cross them over our chests. And, this is an especially good time to whirl out of the box, challenge ourselves, and approach life and work differently. To quote a very famous Gemini, Angelina Jolie, “If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.”

Whatever you’re working on this month, I’m wishing you great success.

Have a joyous month!

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Learn more about my career & business coaching services here.

Learn more about Heidi and her astrological services here.

Your Career Forecast: April / May 2017

Ellen Fondiler | Career Forecast: April / May 2017

I work as a career and business strategist. But my secret passion is… astrology!

About once a month,  I post an overview of what’s happening in the cosmos and how it might influence your career. It’s called: Your Career Forecast.

Whether you’re job-hunting, running your own business, or wondering about the ideal time to ask for a raise or take a vacation, each Career Forecast will reveal the important dates and cosmic shifts that you need to know about.

I am joined by my dear friend, Heidi Rose Robbins, a master astrologer who will provide expert insight into what’s going on in the stars.

Let’s dive in!


OVERVIEW

What’s going on this month…

HEIDI: The Sun moves into Taurus on April 19th at 1:26 pm PST. Taurus is an earth sign, one of great manifestation and beauty. Taurus lands us in the middle of spring when everything is blooming and beauty abounds. One of the signs of financial success, Taurus can make us rich on many levels. But money is not the only signature of wealth. Taurus asks us to look for abundance in the realm of beauty. It asks us to be thankful for the light hidden in all things. Taurus deeply appreciates being alive and sees the replenishment available in the natural world. A sunset can restore a sense of hope. A little flower breaking through the crack in a cement sidewalk can instill a new sense of courage.

Taurus is also a sign of tremendous Will. This is a sign that has the WILL to get something done or to stand, immovable and unshakeable, in the name of what is true and good. If you want steady strength, invoke Taurus.

This is a busy month astrologically. Mercury retrogrades into Aries on April 20th. It was in Aries just a short while ago and its return can signify another chance to plant new seeds. If you missed the window of launching new ideas, you have until May 16th to brainstorm and discuss what next wants to be created. It’s a dip back into feisty and fierce creation process.

Mars moves into Gemini April 21st, which ignites the warrior of words. If you have something to say, Mars will give the words a punch. The only danger here is scattering your thoughts and energy. Your choice of words and how you deliver them will be very important for the next couple of months. Be careful of reacting too quickly with too much force. Pause before sending that fiery email.

On April 24th (and again on May 11th) Mercury trines Saturn. This is a great transit for clear, practical thinking. Saturn gives structure to your thought. If you’ve been putting off writing a blog (or a novel) get started now. You have time and structure on your side. It’s also a great time for favorable outcomes when talking to people in positions of authority.

On April 28th, Venus moves into Aries. It has been swimming in the waters of Pisces and now dries off with the fires of Aries. You can fall in love quickly now—with a person or your work. Watch the impulsivity, but use this transit to take a leap into the new.

Mercury will conjunct Uranus (which is another way of saying that the planets will occupy the same degree of the zodiac) on April 28th and again on May 10th. There is a lot going on with Mercury this month. This transit is responsible for brilliant brainstorms and new ways of solving problems. Lightning can strike with the transit or you can just shake up the way you’ve been thinking or talking about things.

Use May 12th, when Mars trines Jupiter, to take bold action. This is generally a time of good fortune and positive movement forward. It is often associated with right timing. This is great for repairing relationships or forging new ones.

Finally on May 16th, Mercury will move into Taurus, which slows us down a bit. We can take a breath and a break and move more methodically. We study things carefully under this transit. We don’t skim what we are reading. We steep in it. Use this time to ruminate, meditate and activate a clear thinking process.

Remember, Taurus is a great sign for providing steadiness while you manifest. You can take clear, rhythmic action forward during this month. Don’t let the sometimes laziness of Taurus win the day. Absolutely have a gorgeous picnic in a field of flowers but then apply yourself. You can achieve much during the Taurus month.

What does all of this mean for your career? Let’s look closer…


JOB-HUNTING?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: Use May 12th, when Mars trines Jupiter, to take bold action. Not sure what type of “action” you ought to be taking? Here’s a suggestion…

Make a list of 30 people that you know pretty well—including friends, family, colleagues, teachers, classmates, Internet buddies, anybody you can think of.

Then on May 12th, write a personal email to each person—30 emails in total. In each email, say, “Hey! You probably don’t know this, but I’m hunting for a new job right now.” Describe your dream job. Then say, “Please tuck me in the back of your mind. If you happen to hear about a job like that, let me know! Or if there’s anyone you think I should meet, or any companies you think I should check out, please let me know that, too.”

If you email 30 different people on May 12th, that’s a huge step! That’s 30 people who might be able to help you find your dream job. The more people that know about your job hunt, the better! You never know… someone might write back right away to say, “I know the perfect opportunity for you!”

And no, it really doesn’t take much time to fire off 30 emails—especially if you’re saying almost exactly the same thing in each one. You can probably send out 30 emails in less than three hours… while sipping a latte. Buckle down and get it done!


ALREADY HAVE A JOB?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: Mercury aligns with Uranus on April 28th and again on May 10th. Both of those days are fabulous for brainstorming and creative problem solving. You’ll feel a “shake it up” energy in the air. If you’re having a meeting at work to discuss a recurring challenge, these are great days to wipe the slate clean. Rip up the old blueprint. Erase the chalkboard. Start from square one. Brainstorm together and see if you can come up with a fresh solution that hasn’t been tried before.

April 28th is a double-powerful day, because on that day, Venus moves into Aries. Venus is all about love, warmth, and harmony. Aries is all about new ideas and fiery action. Combine these forces together, and you’ve got a day where you might find yourself falling deeply in love with your work—or falling in love all over again. (Or falling in love with a co-worker, for that matter!)

April 28th is also a fantastic day to start a new project at work—especially a project that that’s driven by your heart and your emotions. Maybe you’re passionate about helping young women build confidence and reach their potential. Why not start a mentoring program at your office so you can work directly with teenage girls, and help them explore exciting career opportunities? Or maybe you’re passionate about mental health. You could collaborate with your company’s HR department to start a “de-stress club” where you get people away from their desks, outside in the fresh air, taking a 20-minute walk—without their phones. What type of project or initiative lights up your heart? Do it! April 28th would be the perfect day to get things started.


SELF-EMPLOYED OR RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: On April 21st, Mars moves into Gemini. Mars is the planet of fiery, passionate action, and Gemini is expressive, sociable, and chatty. Put these together, and you’ve got a powerful day for communication! If you need to send a newsletter to your customers, make a big product announcement, or send out a press release, this would be a great day to do it.

Just make sure your writing isn’t too hot-headed and aggressive (Mars can have a militant, war-like quality). And make sure you’re not rambling all over the place (Gemini loves to explore both sides of any situation, which can create a scattered feeling). Tap into your emotions, definitely, but stay focused on the main point you’re trying to make. Before you hit “Send,” check in and ask yourself, “What’s my intention with this piece of writing? Is my intention coming through loud and clear?” If so… excellent! Send it out!

On April 24th and May 11th, Mercury trines Saturn. This combination of planetary forces is excellent for entrepreneurs, because it creates clear, focused thinking. Goodbye, brain fog! Use these days to focus on the skeleton of your business. The bones. The foundation. The systems and structures.

Look at your website with fresh eyes. Does the website navigation structure that you set up three years ago still make sense today? Think about your business model. Is it time to retire a few of your products or services, and clear the way for something new? What about that new project you’ve been percolating on? Maybe it’s time to title it, outline it, and create a clear structure and timeline for completion.

Saturn gives structure to your thoughts. Instead of feeling dreamy and starry-eyed, on April 24th and May 11th, you may find yourself feeling extra-focused and authoritative, like an architect determined to create a new building. Put this stone here! That beam goes there! That should be pine, not cedar! Create new structures that will support the next chapter of your business.


THIS IS A GREAT MONTH FOR:

• Brainstorming. Shaking things up. Starting a passion project—something born from your heart. Finding beauty in everyday moments. Writing and communicating with energy and intensity. Planning out the second half of the year.

• MONEY! With the Sun in Taurus, it’s a great time for anything money-related. Ask for that raise with confidence. Launch a new product. Increase your hourly rate. Search for all kinds ways to feel more abundant and prosperous—new bed linens, more free time, a nightly bubble bath instead of a shower, whatever sounds “luxurious” to you.

• However, Mercury is retrograde for a big chunk of this month — April 9th to May 3rd — so be sure to back-up your computer, double-check for typos, and anticipate plenty of unexpected travel delays and other time-consuming hiccups. Take some time to “put your house in order,” literally and emotionally. Tidy and de-clutter. Tie up loose ends. Get back to basics—good eating habits, an energizing morning routine, a full night’s sleep, a gratitude practice. That’s the best way to use the retrograde energy in a productive way!


IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

April 19th – Sun moves into Taurus. (Blooming, abundance, wealth, renewed hope.)

April 20th – Mercury retrogrades into Aries. (Today’s theme: “A second chance.”)

April 21st – Mars moves into Gemini. (Be a word warrior. Whatever you need to say, say it now!)

April 24th – Mercury trines Saturn. (Clear, practical thinking. Create sensible new systems and structures.)

April 28th – Venus moves into Aries. (Love is in the air! Fall in love with your work all over again—or fall in love with a new project.)

April 28th – Mercury conjuncts Uranus. (Shake things up! Fresh ideas. New solutions.)

May 10th – Mercury conjuncts Uranus again. (Another opportunity to shake things up!)

May 11th – Mercury trines Saturn. (Another round of Clear, practical thinking.)

May 12th – Mars trine Jupiter. (Take bold action. Get out there. Don’t hide at home watching Netflix.)

May 16th – Mercury moves into Taurus. (Take a deep breath. Take a break. Move a little more slowly and methodically.)


YOUR CAREER MANTRA FOR THIS MONTH:

“It’s a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away.” —Bono

Bono, the lead singer of U2, was born under the sign of Taurus. His song “Beautiful Day” is a perfect example of the Taurus spirit. Work hard, but not too hard. Keep marching forward with your goals, but don’t forget to pause and appreciate the sunrise. Find beauty in ordinary, everyday moments. Earn money, while remembering that there are many types of “wealth.” Enjoy all of life’s basic pleasures—good food, good conversations, and the simple joy of having a home, a bed, and a roof over your head.

Taurus invites us to work steadily but also live fully—don’t let life “get away” from you while you’re bent over a computer screen. Look up occasionally. Breathe. Feel. LIVE.

Whatever you’re working on this month, I’m wishing you great success.

Have an amazing month!

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Learn more about my career & business coaching services here.

Learn more about Heidi and her astrological services here.

Your Career Forecast: March / April 2017

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I work as a career and business strategist. But my secret passion is… astrology!

About once a month,  I post an overview of what’s happening in the cosmos and how it might influence your career. It’s called: Your Career Forecast.

Whether you’re job-hunting, running your own business, or wondering about the ideal time to ask for a raise or take a vacation, each Career Forecast will reveal the important dates and cosmic shifts that you need to know about.

I am joined by my dear friend, Heidi Rose Robbins, a master astrologer who will provide expert insight into what’s going on in the stars.

Let’s dive in!


OVERVIEW

What’s going on this month…

HEIDI: The Sun moves into Aries on March 20th, 2017. This is the astrological New Year. Aries launches spring and all things new. It inaugurates, initiates and dives in. It does not pause. It acts. With Aries, we slough off any sense of hopelessness and get to work. Use Aries to overcome procrastination. There is no better sign to bust through lethargy.

Mercury is a very important sign for Aries. Both Aries and Mercury are connected with brilliant ideas. On March 26th, Mercury will line up directly with Uranus—the planet of innovation, excitement and change. This is brainstorming and brilliant idea time extraordinaire. Go to your favorite coffee shop, open up a blank book and start scribbling. Or convene a group of allies and see what you can create together.

On March 29th, stabilize those ideas! Mercury is in harmony with Saturn. Saturn makes things happen. It organizes, stabilizes and commits. So, under this transit, we can commit to our new ideas. We can have serious conversations and speak with authority. Talk to your boss. Talk to yourself as your own boss. Commit to just one of your new brilliant ideas and take the first action step.

On March 31st, Mercury moves into Taurus. It’s been working at full capacity in Aries and now slows down to be a bit more methodical. Use Mercury in Taurus to sit still and review what has been created. If there’s a big project and you need to get into the flow, start slowly. Read slowly. Write slowly. Absorb what needs to be absorbed. Take the time to digest the material you need to digest. This is also a good time for eloquence—for communicating with beauty instead of just speed.

Venus moves into Pisces on April 3rd. This entrance also heralds a quieter time. Venus wants to spend lots of time dreaming when in Pisces. She want to put on music, take a bath, listen to a book on tape or watch a movie. She wants to consider ways in which she can turn her compassion into action, because she wants her love to make a difference in the world. This is a wonderful artistic combination. Problem solve through your deepest artistry. Dream your way into answers.

Mercury goes retrograde on April 9th. It will stay retrograde until May 3rd. You know the drill. Generally, it’s best not to launch into any huge new endeavor. Technical issues can abound and travel has a way of supplying interesting, unexpected turns and delays. But it’s a powerful time for reflection and retreat. It’s a time to review. If we could all just go off on a silent meditation retreat for Mercury retrograde, we’d probably come back ready to save the world. In lieu of that, find your own way to create a little more silence and reflection in your days.

Finally, expect the unexpected on April 14th when the Sun shares the exact same zodiacal degree as Uranus in the heavens. This is a day of change, electricity, upheaval or revelation. It shakes things up and wakes things up. It may very well wake us up. Try something out of your usual routine. Experiment. Push beyond your own edges. Stir up your day with something good.

Enjoy the month of Aries. It’s a feisty, potent month!

What does all of this mean for your career?

Let’s look closer…


JOB-HUNTING?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: As Heidi mentioned, March 20th, 2017 is the astrological New Year. A fresh start! If you’re job hunting, this is an excellent moment to decide what you really want out of your next position. Make a list of 5 qualities that you’re looking for. Do you want a flexible schedule? Would you like to develop a particular skill? Is there a particular salary you’re aiming for? Write down your “fantasy job description.” Set a clear intention for what you want.

Say to yourself, “There are tons of amazing companies out there. I know I can find a job that excites me.” Try not to sink into lethargy and pessimism. Ride the hopeful energy that’s percolating on March 20th. Optimism rules on this day!

If you’re feeling anxious about your job hunt, or feeling stuck and unsure about what type of job would make you happy, don’t isolate yourself. Staying home and flicking through your Facebook feed probably won’t help you get clarity. Instead of being alone, reach out and connect. Invite some friends out for a meal and have a career brainstorming session. March 26th would be an especially good day for this type of get-together—it’s a day that’s filled with innovative, exciting, let’s-figure-it-out energy. Plus, this year, March 26th happens to be a Sunday. Brunch, anyone?

ALREADY HAVE A JOB?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: As Heidi mentioned, Venus moves into Pisces on April 3rd, which happens to fall on a Monday this year. This is a dreamy, quiet, reflective type of day. You may find yourself wanting to snuggle in bed way past your usual wake-up time. You might feel inspired to “play hooky” and spend some quality time with someone you love.

If you can take this Monday off work—and give yourself a nice, long, 3-day weekend—go for it. If that’s not possible, try to step away from your typical workday grind. Visit a bookstore on your lunch break and let yourself wander. Listen to an inspiring podcast on your commute. Head out to see a concert in the evening. Fill up your inspiration tank, and don’t push yourself too hard. This is not the day to “buckle down,” “grind away,” and “make things happen.” As Heidi puts it, this is a day when you’ll “dream your way into answers.”

Mark your calendar for April 14th, too. This day is all about change and upheaval. Your boss might make a surprising announcement. A friend or co-worker could make a surprising proposition. It’s also a great day to try new things and shake things up. Instead of doing your weekly meeting in the conference room, take your team out to a bowling alley, or a martial arts class, or to the park for an afternoon picnic. Shake up the stagnant energy, get people moving, and new ideas will start flowing, too.


SELF-EMPLOYED OR RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: Got some big goals right now? (I know you do!) Good news: the stars are aligning to bring tons of motivation and determination. On March 29th, when Mercury harmonizes with Saturn, you’ll feel an urge to organize, organize, organize. Divide big tasks into small steps. Make all those phone calls you’ve been putting off. Boss yourself around!

March 29th is also a terrific day to ask yourself, “What would help me to feel more powerful and authoritative?” Hiring a stylist to help upgrade your wardrobe? Working with a vocal coach to help you develop a rich, resonant speaking voice? Whatever you need in order to feel “like a boss,” go for it.

On March 31st, when Mercury moves into Taurus, stay in boss-mode and keep working persistently on your goals. Taurus is represented by the Bull—slow and steady, strong, plowing forward. Avoid getting distracted by “shiny objects.” This is not the time to spontaneously throw yourself into a new project, or change your entire website on a whim. Stay focused on the important goals you’ve already set, and see things through to the end. Finish what you’ve started. You’ll feel so proud of yourself for being tenacious and getting things done!


IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

March 20th – Sun into Aries. (The astrological New Year. A fresh start!)

March 26th – Mercury conjunct Uranus. (Innovation, excitement, and change. A great day for collaboration and brainstorming.)

March 29th – Mercury trine Saturn. (Act like a boss. Get organized and re-commit to your goals.)

March 31st – Mercury into Taurus. (Stay focused on your goals. Make slow, steady, methodical progress.)

April 3rd – Venus into Pisces. (A dreamy, quiet, reflective day. Chill out and let your mind wander.)

April 9th – Mercury goes retrograde. (Try to avoid starting a big new project, if possible. Instead, hunker down and tie up loose ends. Back-up your computer. Organize your workspace. Focus on finishing and tidying, not launching.)

April 14th – Sun conjunct Uranus. (Excitement, upheaval, and surprises! Expect the unexpected today, and shake things up. Experimentation will be rewarded.)


YOUR CAREER MANTRA FOR THIS MONTH:

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” —Lao Tzu

In my work as a career coach, I spend a lot of time working with people who feel stuck and overwhelmed. People typically hire me when their career goals feel “too big.” The journey ahead feels “too long.” Too many steps to take. Too many hurdles to get over. They wonder, “Can I really do this? Will I ever get where I want to be? It feels like it’s never going to happen. I don’t know if I have what it takes.”

I always encourage my clients to stop worrying about “how long” it’s going to take. Instead, focus on the one step you can take today. Make one phone call. Send one email. Schedule one meeting. Research one grad school program. Take one step today, and another step tomorrow, and keep going. One month from now, you’ll be thirty steps closer to achieving your goal.

Ride the energy of Aries—new beginnings, fresh starts, innovation, optimism, and passion—and keep moving in the direction you want to go. Make a pact with yourself. Decide to keep marching forward, no matter what.

Until next time…

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Your Career Forecast: February / March 2017

Ellen Fondiler | Your Career Forecast for Pisces: February / March 2017

I work as a career and business strategist. But my secret passion is… astrology!

About once a month,  I post an overview of what’s happening in the cosmos and how it might influence your career. It’s called: Your Career Forecast.

Whether you’re job-hunting, running your own business, or wondering about the ideal time to ask for a raise or take a vacation, each Career Forecast will reveal the important dates and cosmic shifts that you need to know about.

I am joined by my dear friend, Heidi Rose Robbins, a master astrologer who will provide expert insight into what’s going on in the stars.

Let’s dive in!


OVERVIEW

What’s going on this month…

HEIDI: The Sun moves into Pisces on February 18th, 2017. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, and it represents “the end of an era.” The question is… “What comes next?”

At this moment in time, will we spiral into disillusionment and hopelessness, or rise together? Will we turn our backs on those who are hungry, homeless, and in danger, or lend a helping hand? Will we rely on reality TV shows and mindless drinking and snacking to cope with the harsh realities of the world, or can we find healthier options? Will we take a passive backseat, or take action to create a better world—marching, writing, fundraising, teaching, mentoring, and creating art?

Pisces is a time of intense vulnerability and sensitivity. It’s a time when we must learn how to feel our emotions fully, without sinking into self-sabotaging behaviors or trying to “numb out” or “escape.” Like the two fish in the ancient legend, we have to keep swimming forward, not sink into the murky darkness below.

Pisces is also connected to dreaming, imagination, intuition, and inspiration. Musicians, poets, photographers and filmmakers are all deeply influenced by Pisces. Throughout this month, be on the look-out for bursts of unexpected inspiration. If there was ever a time to channel your emotions into a creative project, this is it.

On February 25th, the planet Mercury moves into Pisces as well. Mercury rules writing, texting, blogging, podcasting, public speaking—all types of communication. But with a Mercury-Pisces combination, this might NOT be the best day to express yourself in a public setting. Instead, use this day for inward communication and reflection. Write in your private journal. Pour out your emotions. Take a long walk and see what types of messages come into your mind. Sit down with a friend for a wandering conversation over tea. You might have a surprising realization, or find inspiration for your next project.

On March 1st, the Sun sits next to Neptune. Typically, this would be a quiet, dreamy kind of day, but this year we’ve got three planets and the Moon in the sign of Aries, so it’s the perfect moment to take action around a creative project. Take a concrete step forward. Outline your next book. Hire a designer. Reach out to a possible mentor. Apply for a grant. This is not a “meditative” day. This is a “Go get it!” day, as Ellen would say!

On March 9th, Mars moves into Taurus. Mars is all about energy, action, and desire, and Taurus is represented by the bull—strong, determined, eager to “bulldoze” through whatever obstacles lie ahead. This Mars-Taurus combination will be hanging in the air for the next two months. This is great news if you’re chasing a big goal right now—whether it’s launching a new podcast, or paying off the rest of your student loan debt, or finding the perfect location for your new shop. You’ll feel more determined than ever, ready to move mountains and get things done.

On March 13th, Mercury moves into Aries. Aries is all about spontaneity, optimism, and being daring—like when you leap headfirst into a new adventure without worrying about all the fussy details. And again, Mercury is all about communication. What do you need to say? Who needs to hear you? This is a powerful day to start (or re-start) a communication-focused project. Maybe it’s time to revive that old email newsletter that you’ve been neglecting for months. Or start a new blog. Or post a video on Instagram. Be bold and decisive. Say exactly what’s on your mind.

Finally, on March 18th, Mercury and Venus sit next to one another in the heavens. We’ve got more communication mojo from Mercury, plus the loving, tender qualities of Venus. If there’s one word that sums up this day, it’s… eloquence. When Mercury and Venus align, words flow beautifully. This is a powerful day to “write from the heart.” Send a “thank you” note to someone you care about. Email an update to your customers about a project that’s filling you with intense joy. People will feel your warmth and enthusiasm. Your communication powers will be hugely amplified.

To sum it all up… this is going to be a very interesting month.

We’ve got the sensitive, emotional qualities of Pisces. We’ve got a number of planets in Aries, bringing bold new ideas and decisive action. We’ve got tons of Mercurian energy, too, which amplifies our powers of communication. Emotion + action + communication = a magical combination.

In astrology, though, there’s always a shadow side to every shining opportunity. Will we use our powers of communication to gossip, snark, and belittle people—or to heal wounds and promote understanding? Will we allow our emotions to run wild, instigating fights, creating even more division—or create more unity?

We all need to be cautious about how we’re using our words, our time, and our energy—especially during the time of Pisces.

As the saying goes, “With great power comes great responsibility.” This applies to all of us, because we’re all much more powerful than we realize.

What does all of this mean for your career? Let’s look closer…


JOB-HUNTING?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: When you’re searching for a new job, it can be tempting to snatch up the very first job offer that comes your way—especially if you’re unemployed and if money is tight. But when the Sun moves into Pisces on February 18th, it marks the end of an era, and the beginning of something new.

This is the perfect time to ask yourself:

What did I love about my last job?
What really bothered me about my last job?
What do I want to get / have / learn from my next job?
What type of career do I really want to build for myself?
What’s the next stepping-stone to get me there?

Use this time to reflect seriously on what you want. Imagine a whole new chapter of your career is beginning. What do you really want to do? You don’t necessarily have to take a new job that’s similar to your last job. You could pivot in a completely new direction. Or, you could negotiate for something new—like working from home, or extra vacation time, or new responsibilities that pave the way for a promotion in the future.

Think expansively. Dream bigger. It’s the dawn of a whole new era. What do you want to swim towards?

ALREADY HAVE A JOB?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: Working in a team has so many advantages. You’ve got people to bounce ideas around with, people to have coffee with, people with diverse skills that complement your own.

But of course, working in a team setting has disadvantages, too. Sometimes, emails go unanswered. People show up to meetings late or unprepared. Red tape gets wrapped around your ideas. The more people are involved, the more likely it is that projects get stalled… or never get finished at all.

If there’s something at your job that’s been “stalling out” for a while, good news! With the Mars-Taurus combination on March 9th, you’ll feel a surge of “bulldozer” energy. Now’s the time to rally the troops and get things done—for real this time!

March 9th would be a great day to march over to peoples’ desks to chat in person, rather than sending yet another email. Or hold a meeting—with free snacks and lots of coffee—to get people re-excited about the project that’s been neglected. Set a new deadline for the project. Offer exciting incentives—like prizes or cash bonuses—to get people into high gear. With Mars and Taurus aligned in the sky, your efforts will be doubly rewarded. Things might get finished even faster than you expected!


SELF-EMPLOYED OR RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: A friend once said to me, “Every business problem can be traced back to a communication problem.” Think about it. If customers aren’t buying your products, that probably means the language on your website is confusing or boring. If clients keep canceling appointments at the last minute, that probably means your “client policies” need to be re-written more clearly. If your employees are doing a half-assed job, that probably means you haven’t found the right words to motivate them.

Low sales, low morale, cancellations, unhappy customers who want refunds—usually, it all has something to do with how you’ve communicated in the past.

Here’s some excellent news: February and March are positively jam-packed with energy from the planet Mercury, which rules communication. Your writing, texting, emailing, blogging, and podcasting powers will be strengthened and amplified. Hooray!

On February 25th, do some writing in private, or meet with a coach or consultant to discuss some of the business problems you’ve been having. Brainstorm, reflect, and figure out some new policies and ideas. Do some behind-the-scenes work to upgrade your communication.

Then on March 13th, go public. Update your site. Announce a new project or policy. Post a video where you share strong feelings about something you really care about. Post new product descriptions that you’ve rewritten with tons of passion and energy—maybe, product descriptions that tell the fascinating “behind-the-scenes story” of how this product came to be.

On March 18th, keep the communication rolling! With Mercury aligning with Venus, today is all about words + love. Send a surprise gift to your mailing list subscribers. Write a heartfelt “thank you” letter to a business mentor. Email 10 recent customers, out of the blue, just to say, “I really appreciate you.” People will be enchanted and inspired by your words and thoughtful gestures.

Warm, tender feelings abound today—and it goes both ways! You might wake up to discover some “fan mail” in your inbox, or an appreciative text from a client who absolutely loves you. Bask in the love. Also, save the praise you receive in a special file. Re-read those love notes whenever you’re feeling discouraged, and remind yourself, “This is why I’m doing this. This is why I run my own business. All of the effort is worth it, because of emails, texts, and moments like this.”


IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

February 18th – The Sun moves into Pisces. (It’s the end of an era. What’s next?)

February 25th – Mercury moves into Pisces. (Today is all about communication combined with emotion and reflection. Turn inward. Journal. Meditate. What messages come into your mind?)

March 1st – The Sun conjuncts Neptune. (Take action around a creative project. No stalling. Go get it!)

March 9th – Mars moves into Taurus. (You’ll feel like a “bulldozer of love.” Starting today, and for the next two months, move mountains and get big things done.)

March 13th – Mercury moves into Aries. (There’s spontaneity, optimism, and a daring quality in the air. Say exactly what’s on your mind. Be bold and decisive.)

March 18th – Mercury conjuncts Venus. (Today is all about communication combined with tenderness and love. Spread positivity. Send gifts. Say “thank you” and “I love you.” People will swoon over your words.)


YOUR CAREER MANTRA FOR THIS MONTH:

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them.”
—Oscar Wilde

The month of Pisces can be a challenging time, especially for highly emotional, intuitive, sensitive people. Sometimes, anxieties about your career, your income, or the world around you can feel like “too much” to handle. It’s tempting to crawl into a Netflix-and-pizza-delivery cave, pull the blanket over your body, and hide out.

Our challenge—at all times, but especially this month—is to find ways to “use” our emotions instead of “drowning” in them. Channel your frustration into a creative project. Pour your discouragement into your work. As the late Carrie Fisher once said, “Take your broken heart and turn it into art.” It’s tough, but we can do it.

Until next time…

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Learn more about my career & business coaching services here.

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Your Career Forecast: January / February 2017

Ellen Fondiler | Your Career Forecast for Aquarius: January / February 2017

I work as a career and business strategist. But my secret passion is… astrology!

About once a month,  I post an overview of what’s happening in the cosmos and how it might influence your career. It’s called: Your Career Forecast.

Whether you’re job-hunting, running your own business, or wondering about the ideal time to ask for a raise or take a vacation, each Career Forecast will reveal the important dates and cosmic shifts that you need to know about.

I am joined by my dear friend, Heidi Rose Robbins, a master astrologer who will provide expert insight into what’s going on in the stars.

Let’s dive in!


OVERVIEW

What’s going on this month…

HEIDI: The Sun moves into Aquarius on January 19th, 2017—one day before Inauguration Day in the United States. Aquarius embodies the spirit of revolution. It’s all about coming together, joining forces, and making the world a more luminous place. “Freedom,” “Democracy,” “Authenticity,” “Reinvention”—those are the types of words that sum up what Aquarian energy is all about.

Under the sign of Aquarius, we have an opportunity to ask ourselves, “How can I use my personal gifts to create a safer, happier, and more beautiful world?”

As a new—and frankly, quite terrifying—President takes control of the White House, we all need to dig deep within ourselves and decide, “I’ll do everything in my power to make the world a better place. I’ll do my part. I’m ready for the challenge.”

On January 27th, there’s a New Moon in Aquarius as well. This New Moon is all about group projects, idea-exchanges, and exciting collaborations. Gather! Unite! Discuss! Print pamphlets! Write a blog post! Distribute information! On that same day, Mars moves into Aries, which brings great drive and gusto. If you throw a party, potluck, or host a team meeting on this day, it’s likely to be filled with invigorating conversations—maybe even some heated debates!

On February 3rd, Venus moves into Aries. This transit often brings bold new ideas. Given that Mars is also in Aries at this time, you’ve got a dreamy combination. Brilliant ideas PLUS the drive and motivation to charge forward and make it happen. Inspiration + Action! This is an ideal day to schedule a brisk walk with a friend, head to yoga, or do something physical to get your energy moving. You’ll feel even more invigorated if you start your day with a little sweat!

On February 7th, Mercury moves into Aquarius. Today’s slogan: “Think outside the box.” This is a fantastic day for creative problem-solving—and ditching old habits and systems that just don’t make sense anymore. On this day, you can ask, “Why are we doing it THAT way?” and “What if there’s a better option we’ve never considered?” It’s also a great day to “crowd-source” ideas. When Mercury meets Aquarius, it’s all about “the voice of the people.” Don’t isolate yourself. Ask friends for their suggestions. Create an online survey. Meet with colleagues and brainstorm together. You’ll reach a solution faster if you get several people involved in the process.

Finally, on February 10th, we’ve got the Full Moon of Aquarius. This Full Moon amplifies the energy that’s been building for the past several weeks: Reinvention. Revolution. We the People. Humanity as One.

On the night of the Full Moon, reflect on what you’re currently doing—or what you could be doing—to bring more light into a dark and complicated world. What are the social problems that break your heart—and how could you help out? What are some issues within your company—or industry—that you could help solve? What’s the “revolution”—whether large or small—that you’d like to participate in?

Don’t despair. Stay strong and focused. Do something each day that builds the light.

What does all of this mean for your career? Let’s look closer…


JOB-HUNTING?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: One thing I’m continually telling my clients is, “Job-hunting isn’t a ‘solo’ project.” You’ll have a lot more job options—and you’ll land a great job faster—if you get other people involved in the process. And you’re in luck, because this month is a particularly auspicious time to do that!

On February 7th, Mercury moves into Aquarius, creating a powerful day for crowd-sourcing and gathering info—and assistance—from the people in your community.

If you’re job-hunting, this would be a terrific day to post a note on Facebook to ask your friends for ideas, advice, and encouragement. If you’re looking for a job in the hospitality industry, for example, you could post a note asking, “What’s the best hotel you ever stayed at?” and see what your friends say. A few people might mention hotels that you’ve never even heard of. Then you pop over to those hotel websites, and… behold! Maybe one of those hotels has a job vacancy that would be perfect for you.

Ask for guidance. Ask for suggestions. Ask for personal introductions to hiring managers. Gather ideas from as many friends, family members, and colleagues as you can. It takes a lot of courage to do this—because you might feel a little “exposed” talking about your job-hunt publicly—but I promise: it will accelerate the process. You’ll wind up discovering job opportunities that never would’ve crossed your path any other way.


ALREADY HAVE A JOB?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: If you’re already employed, and you love your current job, hooray! Take advantage of the powerful Venus/Aries/Mars energy on February 3rd… and dive headfirst into a big project. On this day, you’re likely to feel extra-inspired, but also extra-motivated and energized. It’s a potent combination, so use this day to the fullest!

If there’s a project at work that’s been on the backburner for awhile—or that you’ve been avoiding because, “Ugh, it’s going to be boring/take forever”—February 3rd is a great day to dive back in, make a big dent, or even finish the whole thing! It might not take as much time as you thought. Even better, February 3rd happens to be a Friday, so you’ll stride into the weekend feeling so proud and accomplished!

Another date to put into your calendar: February 10th. Exactly one week after your Venus/Aries/Mars energy boost, you’ve got the Full Moon of Aquarius. This is a beautiful day to reflect on how you’re working to create a better world—or, on a smaller scale, a better team, department, or company. What’s one thing you could do to make your company an even better place to work? Maybe there’s an empty conference room that could be turned into a “brainstorming tank” with new whiteboards, pens, paper, paint, inspiring books, games, and other creativity-sparking supplies. Maybe you could lead the charge and create that new room this week!

When you seize the initiative to “make things better,” people take notice, and it’s always a great move for your career. Plus, you’ll inspire your coworkers to do the same thing. Win-win for everyone.


SELF-EMPLOYED OR RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: Ever since Trump’s election, I’ve been swinging from emotion to emotion: Disbelief. Anger. Optimism. Hope. But mostly: Stress. (I recently broke out in rashes all over my body, and my doctor tells me it’s probably stress-related. Blech!)

My point is: it’s a challenging time for so many of us—particularly if you’re freelancing, self-employed, or running a business. You already deal with a heightened level of uncertainty—like wondering how you’ll find clients, and wondering if your next product will be a financial success—and now, on top of all that, you might be wondering, “Is the entire world falling apart?!”

I can empathize. My advice—to myself, and to anyone else who’s self-employed—is to take full advantage of the Aquarian energy this month. It’s a time of personal, national, and global revolution. We need to harness this energy and use it.

If you’ve been struggling to get clients, for example, instead of doing the exact same things you’ve always done in the past, take a more revolutionary approach. On January 19th, you could… scrap your old website. Start fresh. Re-write all of your webpages with a more brave, authentic voice. Show the world who you really are. (OK, you don’t *literally* have to re-do your entire website, but… you get the idea. Revolutionize!)

On January 27th, we’ve got a day that’s ideal for group collaborations and idea-exchanges. Set up a date with a couple of your closest friends and confidantes, and discuss your business goals for the upcoming year. Swap ideas. Share resources. You never know… one of your friends might give you a “Eureka!” idea that changes your life! (Some of my best ideas come from the most unexpected places—like a workshop that I decided to attend spontaneously, or a coffee date with a friend I haven’t seen in months, or a book that a colleague recommended on her blog. You never know where that next “lightning bolt” is going to come from.)


IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

January 19th – The Sun moves into Aquarius. (A big invitation to come together, join forces, and making the world a more luminous place. Revolution! Let freedom ring!)

January 27th – New Moon in Aquarius and Mars moves into Aries. (Great time for group projects and sharing/distributing ideas. Gather and collaborate!)

February 3rd – Venus moves into Aries. (POWER DAY! Brilliant ideas PLUS tons of motivation to charge forward and make it happen.)

February 7th – Mercury moves into Aquarius. (Today’s slogan: “Think outside the box.” Collect fresh ideas from your friends, and/or from new and unexpected places.)

February 10th – Full Moon of Aquarius. (Reflect on what you’re doing, or what you could be doing, to bring more light into a dark, complicated world. Don’t despair. Roll up your sleeves and get to work.)


YOUR CAREER MANTRA FOR THIS MONTH:

“My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times.”
—Clarissa Pinkola Estes

When your new President feels more like a schoolyard bully… when Muslim families are being targeted for hate crimes more than ever before… when women’s reproductive rights are under attack… it’s easy to lose heart. You might feel discouraged, hopeless, or powerless. Like you’re just “one person,” and there’s not much you can do to make anything better. Like it’s “hard enough” just to worry about your own job-hunt, business, or how you’re going to pay your mortgage this month.

I can empathize with all of those feelings, because I’ve felt all of those feelings myself—not just recently, but at different points all throughout my 30+ year career.

I find comfort in Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ words: “We were made for these times.”

I’m going to choose to believe that—to believe that I’m strong enough to handle all of these challenges, that I was born for this, and that my work is necessary.

You can decide that you don’t matter, or you can decide that you do.

You can decide that everything’s hopeless, or you can decide that there’s still hope.

You can decide that this moment in history is “the worst it’s ever been,” or you can focus on all of the positive things that are happening in our world—all the good, brave people, all the important projects, and you can strive to be one of those people, too.

That’s what I’ll try to do—and that’s what I hope you’ll do, too.

Have a beautiful Aquarian month.

Let’s use this time to the fullest.

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Learn more about my career & business coaching services here.

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Your Career Forecast: December / January 2017

Ellen Fondiler | Your Career Forecast for Capricorn: December / January 2017

I work as a career and business strategist. But my secret passion is… astrology!

About once a month,  I post an overview of what’s happening in the cosmos and how it might influence your career. It’s called: Your Career Forecast.

Whether you’re job-hunting, running your own business, or wondering about the ideal time to ask for a raise or take a vacation, each Career Forecast will reveal the important dates and cosmic shifts that you need to know about.

I am joined by my dear friend, Heidi Rose Robbins, a master astrologer who will provide expert insight into what’s going on in the stars.

Let’s dive in!


OVERVIEW

What’s going on this month…

HEIDI: The Sun moves into Capricorn on December 21st, 2016 at 2:44am for about 30 days. 

Capricorn is an earth sign—a sign of practicality, responsibility and commitment. The symbol for Capricorn is the Mountain Goat or the Ram. If you’ve ever seen a Netflix nature documentary with footage of goats clinging to the side of a steep mountain slope, then you know how tenacious and committed these creatures can be!

Capricorn is serious about its business. It stands for leadership and accomplishment and does not shy away from tough, arduous work. It’s all about excellence, discipline, and taking charge. During the time of Capricorn, you’re likely to feel a strong sense of inner resolve and a renewed commitment to your goals. Let the upward climb begin!

On December 25th, Venus—the planet of love—creates a unique configuration in the sky with Jupiter, Uranus, and Saturn. It’s a triple-Venus day, which means tons of open-hearted feelings and lots of l-o-v-e- in the air! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, this will be an excellent day to spend time with loved ones and soak up that beautiful, harmonious energy. Or, if you intend to spend time alone, try to fill your day with activities that feel enriching and soul-satisfying. Send “thank you” letters to colleagues and mentors, or spontaneously call up an old friend for a long chat.

The Sun conjuncts Mercury on December 28th. This is a great day for writing and communication in any form. Consider setting aside this day as a “mini writing retreat.” Re-write your business plan. Empty your inbox. Bust out one or two more blog posts before the year is over. You’ll be teeming with ideas, and words will flow with ease!

On January 2nd, Venus moves into Pisces, bringing another wave of harmony and love. It’s a gentle way to enter 2017, full of feeling and imagination. Music, poetry and photography are all connected to Pisces. Flip through a book of poetry on this day, or discover a new music playlist. Saturate yourself with art and beauty, and allow yourself to daydream about what you could create in the upcoming year.

On January 4th, Mercury continues the retrograde that started back on December 19th and dips back into Sagittarius for 8 days. This is a good week to revisit your goals, visions and plans for the New Year, and revise your plans if necessary. Could your plan be simpler? Are there any non-essential projects that you could eliminate? What really needs to happen first, before anything else? Make a list of action steps that you can implement with conviction starting on January 12th, when Mercury re-enters Capricorn.

January 7th could be an intense day with the Sun conjunct Pluto. The words we hold back, the feelings we don’t share, the old habits that we sweep under the rug, anything that needs to be brought to the surface… this is the day when it all might burst forth. The planet Pluto represents “the underworld,” and calls upon us to examine the darker aspects of our personalities—avoidance patterns, addictions, unhealthy tendencies, social media obsession. What’s the “secret” or “crutch” that you’re ready to release, once and for all?

Don’t get discouraged on January 19th if you feel like your efforts are being thwarted.
Mars squares with Saturn on this day, which can create a “boulder in the middle of the road” feeling. Be patient and take a few deep breaths. It will pass. The fact that you had to “wait” may ultimately be a blessing in disguise.

What does all of this mean for your career? Let’s look closer…


JOB-HUNTING?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: The time of Capricorn (December 21st, 2016 – January 19th, 2017) is an excellent for anyone who’s job hunting.

Firstly, Capricorn brings a determined, forceful, climb-up-that-mountain type of energy—you’re likely to feel driven and motivated, not lackadaisical.

Secondly, January is typically a peak month for recruitment and hiring. Most companies have a new annual budget in place, and new positions that need to be filled, and interviews/hiring meetings go into full swing.

Use December 28th—a strong day for writing and communication—to get your job hunting materials in tip-top shape. Add a slew of new achievements to your résumé. Write a series of thoughtful, personalized cover letters. Refresh your LinkedIn profile. Get everything squared away so that you’re ready to contact hiring managers in early January—say, January 4th, 5th or 6th—because that’s when people are likely to be back at their desks after the winter holidays.

If you feel shaky about your writing skills, check out this workbook and this one, too. Inside, you’ll find some of my favorite résumé and cover letter writing tips—plus some ready-to-use templates to make the process much easier.


ALREADY HAVE A JOB?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: Even when you totally love your job, there’s always room for improvement. Often, we fall into ruts, and we keep doing certain things around the office because “that’s what we’ve always done.”

On January 4th, the stars invite us to ask, “What’s the plan for this year—and does it actually make sense? What should we keep doing? What could we stop doing?” Maybe there’s a particular section of the company website that you update every week—but does anybody even visit it? Or maybe there’s a standing weekly meeting that happens every Thursday at 2pm like clockwork—but for what purpose, exactly?

At some point between January 4th and 12th, have a private meeting with yourself—or with your entire team or department—and spend some time revisiting and examining your 2017 plan. Mercury is retrograde until January 8th, making this an especially good time to spruce, revise, and revamp.


SELF-EMPLOYED OR RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

Here’s what you need to know…

ELLEN: On January 2nd, we’ve got a beautiful day associated with music, poetry, photography, aesthetics and beauty. On this day, send an artful gift to a couple of your favorite clients—or potential clients. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive. It could be a free music playlist, a link to a poem that you love, or a postcard that you drop into the mail. Say something like, “I hope you had a beautiful winter vacation. I’m thinking about you today—and I’m really excited to begin our work together in the New Year.” All too often, we forget to express our appreciation—even though it’s so simple to do. Small, heartfelt messages can create a big impact.

January 2nd would also be a wonderful day to start—or publicly share—a new “art project” of your own. Let your “inner artist” come out and play. Start working on a new e-book. Try writing a haiku. Host a workshop in your living room. Play around with a free audio recording tool, like Audacity, and record a short podcast just for fun. Who knows where it could lead, and there’s no harm in trying new things!

On January 19th, Heidi warned us about a “boulder in the middle of the road” type of feeling, thanks to Mars squaring off with Saturn. Don’t push too hard on this day. If you’re waiting for a response from a client—for example—and they’re being sluggish, just chill out. Take a break from your computer. Go for a walk. See a movie. Do something that invigorates you.

Take stock of your own actions, too. Do you struggle to take action consistently? Do you have a couple of tasks on your to-do list that, somehow, just never seem to get done? Are “you” the biggest boulder in your own road? (We all get blocked and distracted at times—we’re only human!). This workbook contains great tips on how to stop feeling so stuck, and if you need something a bit “stronger” than a digital workbook, I’d be honored to work with you personally.


IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

December 21st – The Sun moves into Capricorn for about 30 days. (Set your sights on your goals and dig in your heels like a tenacious mountain goat. You’ve got this!)

December 25th – Venus trine Jupiter; Venus sextile Uranus and Saturn. (Big day of loving, open-hearted feelings, pleasure, and harmony. Soak it up!)

December 28th – Sun conjunct Mercury. (Terrific day for writing and communication in all forms. Charge up your laptop and sharpen those pencils!)

January 2nd – Venus moves into Pisces. (It’s all about love, beauty, and artistry. If there was ever a day to try your hand at writing poetry, or pick up a camera and hone your photography skills, today’s the day!)

January 4th – Mercury retrogrades into Sagittarius. (Take a step back. Review and reflect. Does your 2017 plan still make sense? Does anything need to be revamped?)

January 7th – Sun conjunct Pluto. (Intense emotions and things emerging from “beneath the surface.” Think: explosive outbursts, surprising revelations, or a long overdue “reality check” with yourself about something you’ve kept buried for too long.)

January 12th – Mercury moves back into Capricorn. (After a brief lull, we’re back in full-tilt Capricorn-mode. Driven, ambitious, committed energy. Climb that mountain summit!)

January 19th – Mars square Saturn. (If something’s blocking your path, it will likely pass. Relax and be patient.)


YOUR CAREER MANTRA FOR THIS MONTH:

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” —E.B. White

During the month of Capricorn, there’s a tendency to become hyper-focused and driven. That’s fantastic—you can make huge strides with your goals—but don’t forget to smell the proverbial roses along the way. If you’re barreling up a mountain, peek up occasionally and take in the majestic scenery. “Be on the lookout for the presence of wonder,” as E.B. White urges us. Wonder is all around us, at every turn, even during the most arduous moments of our lives.

Happy New Year! Whatever career aspirations you’ve got this year, remember that every door can be unlocked. With the right attitude and strategy, there’s always a way to create what you want. Nothing—and I mean NOTHING—is out of your reach.

Have an amazing month!

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