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Jan 1 2008   2:26AM GMT

Career horoscope: Aries 2008

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Aries, the ram
Your 2008 keyword is reboot

Aries, your astrological position at work this year is that of the event planner. What does this mean? It means that this year you will be bringing like-minded people together. Whether it’s putting together a meeting, training session, conference or making your presence known in a forum or wiki, you will play a vital role and be an important part of the human infrastructure.

Last year you experienced a personal awakening. It may have scared you and thrilled you at the same time. You’d gotten used to lying low.  Now it’s time to bring the right people together and show them what you know. In 2008, you will be living in the limelight and loving it.

This year you will refuse to settle for less than you deserve. You may be tired of waiting for higher ups or peers to show how much they value your skills and abilities. Dust off your resume and think about where you want to go next. A new opportunity may present itself right around your birthday. If you decide to stay where you are, some changes are going to have to be made. Don’t be afraid to speak up and say what you want.

Your success in 2008 depends upon your ability to stay balanced. You will have more energy and confidence than ever before, but you are not known for being patient and that may trip you up. If you feel the need to use those ram horns of yours to push things along, stop. Use the time the universe has given you to prepare for what is coming next. Above all, avoid taking on so much that you stress yourself out.

2008 will be a good year to learn more about social networking. Your keen insight into people and their motivations will help you weed through the hype and identify where the value really lies. This will be important as Web 2.0 applications and culture move into the enterprise. You have always been the first to say the emperor has no clothes. This year, shout it from the rooftops when you see it. Others will be too busy jumping on the bandwagon to notice on their own.

When you experience setbacks this year, don’t take them personally. Although you’re flying high, you’ll need to land occasionally and those setbacks are just the universe telling you to stop and refuel. That is why your keyword this year is reboot. When things start to get overwhelming, don’t be afraid to stop and shut down for a bit. Unlike 2007, you’ll never have trouble booting back up and staying on task. It’s going to be a great year, Aries!

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