These are surprising times, when even someone like you, who's in close to complete control of their immediate environment, can be caught off guard. You, of course, won't believe that. You're confident of your position as master or mistress of all you survey. The good news is that if you can do what you already do best -- that is, to sit tight and refuse to be manipulated -- you can hold onto that title, and add a couple more to your resume.
It's best to set your own ambitions and any kind of aggressive approach aside at the beginning of the week. Nip conflict in the bud with charm and compromise, and cultivate some good karma. You'll likely be involved in some intense stuff from around Wednesday afternoon through the end of the workweek, whether on a personal level, an occupational level or both. Be courageous but don't bluff -- you've got more than enough real-deal skills to handle this with aplomb. From Friday evening through the weekend, what seems to be a minor factor may actually be the crux of the matter.
As the month gets started on the 1st, you are in an emotional space in which you need to watch your reactions carefully, recognize your feelings, and take appropriate actions. Does something someone says bother you? Don't repress your reactions! Tell them. Or, better yet, register your upset and go work out. Let your muscles and your sweat glands work, and you could have some accidental insights into why whatever it is that is bothering you is bothering you. It could turn out that a confrontation with yourself, not with them, is what you really need. By the 4th, 5th and 6th, you might be tempted to take a really big gamble on something or someone. Should you? Only you know. Your boss could well be making some trouble for you at work on the 10th and 11th. Figure out how to overcome these obstacles best by the 15th. Everything is finally really, really wonderful on the 17th and 18th. Do something you really want to be doing on the 21st and 22nd. By the 27th and 28th, you need to get working out again. Take a chance in a relationship on the 31st.
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