The best days to ask for a raise, by zodiac sign

Money, please!

Want to make more money? Of course you do. JSYK, it’s not advisable to ask for a raise more than once a year, so if you got a New Year’s salary bump (lucky), you might want to lean back and count your money for a bit. But if you didn’t, we’ve compiled a list of the best times to speak up and ask your boss for a pay increase (by zodiac sign, of course!).

Whether or not you receive extra moolah is based on your performance and your company’s budget, so we can’t make any promises about the contents of your paycheck. However, these are the optimal dates to get the ball rollin’.

 


ARIES

This year, you’re feeling extra antsy about your pay scale—which is why you will be cosmically pushed to ask for a raise on May 7th, August 3rd, and August 18th. You may even receive a surprise bonus on November 21st, without having to ask for one.

TAURUS

Whatever you do, do not ask your boss for a raise during Venus Retrograde (which occurs from May 13-June 25). Financial promises may be faulty during those 41 days and 40 nights. Trust us, you’ll thank us later. But don’t stress: June 25th (after Venus Retrograde ends in the early morning), August 3rd, and December 15th are A-OK!

GEMINI

Use your finely-tuned people skills and savvy sales pitches to redefine the terms of your salary during the three Mercury Retrograde cycles in 2020. (That’s right: Mercury Retrograde’s not all bad.) From February 16-March 9, June 17-July 12, and October 14-November 3, you can try to renegotiate your pay rate on *your* terms.

CANCER

Don’t be shy! Let your boss know that you deserve more cash for your work. Speaking from the heart will bring a raise your way from March 9-21. Another good time is August 18th. Mars Retrograde will make autumn a complicated time, but November 21st is optimal.

LEO

March 4th, April 22nd, June 25th, and October 12th are optimal days for you to make your case for a raise or bonus. Ask for the amount you want, and make a case for how underpaid you’ve been for your past work.

VIRGO

Your pay check could glow up on March 21st, June 21st, and December 29th—so ask your supervisor about your salary on those days. Avoid asking for a raise during Venus Retrograde (May 13-June 25) and Mars Retrograde (September 9-Mars 13)—if you do, the amount will be way less than expected.

LIBRA

Your suave $$-making skills will be beneficial when it comes to negotiating a salary increase on May 7th, July 20th, August 7th, and August 11th. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to speak up in the autumn, particularly on November 15th and 21st.

SCORPIO

Not only will Mercury turn direct on March 9th, but it’s also one of the most amazing times for you to speak up during your quarterly review. You’ll also have other chances this year, especially on May 5th, May 22nd, June 5th, and November 30th. Drop the mic!

SAGITTARIUS

Unfortunately for you, darling Archer, your personal finances dictate that you NEED to start asking your boss for a raise immediately. However, in case you don’t want to take a gamble, check out these beneficial dates: June 21st, July 5th, September 2nd, and December 29th.

CAPRICORN

Your finances are wonky until April 1st— but hold off on asking for a raise until July. If you get a raise before then, it’ll be breadcrumbs compared to what you truly deserve. Ask your boss for a baller raise on July 1st, August 3rd, August 18th, or October 1st.

AQUARIUS

The first five months of 2020 won’t bring a ton of cash your way—especially from your professional endeavors. All the more reason to have a chat with your boss on May 7th, July 5th, September 2nd, and December 21st.

PISCES

TBH, Pisces, this is your year to grab as much moolah as you can! You’re having an extra lucky year when it comes to advancements and pay bumps at work. But here are some key dates to look out for, JSYK: March 24th, June 5th, July 5th, and December 21st.

 

This post first appeared in Cosmopolitan.com