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Bureaucratic Horoscope: Financial Windfalls, Mental Agony

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In the United States, it's shaping up to be another grim year for public servants: Budget uncertainty just keeps dragging on, a two-year pay freeze is in effect (with the possibility that it will be extended even further), and the long-term fiscal outlook isn't exactly rosy.

But in India, the story's different -- if you trust the stars -- for at least some government workers. 

According to the astrologer for India's Bureaucracy Today (no, seriously, they have an astrologer), 2013 will start with a bang for some folks. Take, for example, those born under the Aries sign: For them, the astrologer says, "January 2013 will be a memorable month for bureaucrats from the professional angle. You are likely to get a bonanza during the start of the New Year. A raise in your official status is almost assured. You will surge ahead with confidence and optimism. Financial gains will be unbelievable."

If you're a Taurus, though, "there may not be any respite from mental agony." You may even "suffer from allergic conditions during the start of the month." But take heart: " Most of your problems and hurdles will get resolved and a silver lining will be clearly visible."

No such luck for Scorpios: "Fear psychosis may prevail and it may be a horrendous task to make right decisions concerning your career." But cheer up, Aquarians: "Your fortune will be at zenith and you will get much-needed respite from mental agony."

(Hat tip: GovManagement Daily)

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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