Often, when we move into the New Year it can feel like a continuation of the previous year or it can take a while to wade through the typical conditions at this time of year, to get a real feel for the year. That is not the case this year, with 2018 not only radically different from 2017 but evident from the get go. Wading through the typical conditions means that because the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of each year in your career sector, you have to get through the professional focus to get to what this year is about. That's not the case this year, for the professional focus is what this year is about.
The Sun will leave your career sector on the 20th January, Venus on the 18th January and Mercury, who doesn't return until the 11th January, will be gone by the 1st February. This is when the professional push that every year begins with, should end. Instead, this is Saturn's first full month here in three decades and he's here until December 2020. Saturn only returned just before Christmas and two days before the Sun it was easy to see this as part of the professional shift that happens at this time every year. It's once the Sun leaves that you'll realise this is here to stay.
2018 is also an expansive year for financial growth and starting the year with Jupiter and Mars aligned here, gives them the power to stand out separate from what is happening professionally. This is a massive year for professional and financial growth and this is happening independently of the other. These are the major forces in play this month and are also the major forces that will define 2018. Yet this is also a month where a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure is also important, especially in the first 11 days and the final few days of the month. As the month progresses, personal and professional networking will also become more important.
If this year had a theme it would be 'out with the old and in with the new', with the whole feel of the last few years changing dramatically. The final months of 2017 and December, in particular, were transition months, where the themes that had dominated the past few years were either running their course or stepping back, while major new themes emerged. January is the month where those new themes reach full bloom and as they are the themes that will shape 2018, this is something that is already underway and obvious from the start.
The last few years were busy, mainly because of the huge amount of planetary activity on the work front. Jupiter's 13 month visit only ended in October and Mars didn't leave until last month. With a lot of pressure from Uranus and Eris throughout that time, the last few days were not only busy, but there was some pressure. Now Jupiter and Mars start the month aligned in your relationship sector, getting your biggest and most important relationship year in over a decade off to an auspicious start. Here there is none of the pressure both encountered on the work front. Yet while your relationships bloom, the professional gods have shifted their focus away from work and job matters and onto career matters, where there are no obstacles.
This allows last year's job potential and growth to lay the foundations for new professional growth. Especially once Venus returns to your career sector on the 18th January and the Sun on the 20th January. Yet the biggest shift has been Saturn's departure from your financial sector. A three year financial boot camp is over and Saturn has now opened the door to not only an adventurous year but a three year transit through your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery.
You won't have to wait long for the major themes of 2018 to reveal themselves, for they are evident from the get go. In a nutshell, 2018 is a massive year for job growth and for taking your financial power back and you start the year with a stunning line up of forces on both fronts. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of each year in your financial sector, so the solar spotlight is always going to be on your financial situation and money matters at the start of each year. The difference this year is that while Venus will leave on the 18th January, the Sun on the 20th and Mercury, who doesn't return until the 11th January will be gone by the 1st February, Saturn is just getting started.
It was five days before Christmas that Saturn returned to your financial sector for the first time in three decades and here until December 2020, this is the start of a three year financial boot camp. Yet with Pluto, planet of change and revolution here since 2008, you've been preparing to change things up for much of the past decade. Pluto and Saturn will spend the next three years together here, Pluto bringing the potential for change and Saturn giving you the power to move mountains if you have to.
This is also a lucky and expansive year for job growth and you not only begin the year with Jupiter and Mars in your work sector, but the planets of luck and passion will align in the early part of the month. Mars' departure from your work sector on the 27th January and the Sun, Mercury and Venus all gone from your financial sector by the 1st February, is giving both a major push this month. Yet by next month, on both the financial and job fronts it will become more about the journey. However, don't expect life to become all about work and the money, with some adventurous themes getting stronger as the month progresses.
For all of us, 2018 is a very different year than not just 2017, but the last few years. However, for you that difference is extreme and the forces that will make this such an extreme shift for you are evident from the get go. The most important part is that you get to keep all the good parts of the last three years while ditching the bad parts. It's as though the gods had a check point at the end of last year, with only certain conditions able to follow you through. The last three years have been busy, with Saturn's departure from your work sector on the 20th December bringing a three year period where you were pushed to your limit to a close.
Yet you start the year with conditions on the income, work and career fronts still evolving, but without the work/life balance issues of the past two years. These are no longer dominant and while Mars' return to your work sector on the 27th December will kick off the busiest seven weeks of the year, this is more one last push to gain as much traction as possible and to tie up loose ends. The professional gods are not driving things this year but will be able to operate in their own corner. This is likely to be a successful year across the income, work and career fronts, but no longer the driving force.
So if the professional gods aren't driving things this year who is? How you start the month is a big clue. You not only start the month and the year with Jupiter and Mars in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, but aligned with Neptune in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery. Playful, romantic, creative and adventurous forces get their turn this year. At the same time, you start the year with Saturn in your relationship sector, for the first time in three decades. This is the start of a major relationship year.
While you can often get a snapshot of what kind of year you have moved into at the start, it is often not immediately apparent. However, this year it is, for the major themes that dominate January are the same themes that will dominate the year itself. This is an important month for home, work, relationship and money matters and an important year on these fronts as well, especially the first two. The only thing that is set to have a major impact on the year ahead that isn't dominant this month has a shadow influence, in that the Moon only left your career sector in the closing days of December. This allows you to start the year with your professional instincts sharp and with a sense of professional direction from the get go. Major career developments don't open up for a few months, but that early edge will be an advantage.
Especially as work and job matters have already taken hold, as Saturn spends his first full month in your work sector in three decades. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of January here, so to start with the fact that the spotlight is on work and job matters from the get go is nothing new. It's not until Venus leaves on the 18th January, the Sun on the 20th January and with Mercury gone by the 1st February as well that you'll appreciate that this is not dropping back. What is normally a three week push at the start of each year is instead the start of a new three year journey.
At the same time, while Mars and Jupiter align in your home and family sector in the early part of the month, this is also your biggest and most important year for home, family and/or property matters in over a decade. While money matters won't really come on line until next month, the money gods are fuelling a sense of financial confidence from the get go. Romantic and relationship matters are also important this month, but won't impact the year itself.
The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of each year in your romantic and creative sector, so to start with this might not seem out of the norm that there is a lot of focus on all things fun, playful, romantic and creative. It is when the Sun leaves and returns to your work sector on the 20th January that you normally come back down to earth, as the year takes on a more work and job focused theme. That will still be the case this year, but not in the way you might expect. With Venus, planet of love here until the 18th January, the Sun here until the 20th January and Mercury from the 11th January to the 1st February, matters of the heart have no shortage of champions in the first three weeks of the year.
It will hit home that something is different when one by one Venus, the Sun and final Mercury leave, shifting their focus onto work and job matters, as they do at this time every year. The difference is that the focus won't shift off matters of the heart and all things fun, playful, romantic and creative and if anything, this will become even more entrenched. This is when Saturn will come out from the shadows. This is the first full month of his three year visit, turning this into the major driving themes of 2018.
In the meantime, your relationships are also getting a major boost, especially from the support they are getting from Mars and Jupiter in your communication sector. Mars will leave on the 27th January, turning his focus onto home and family matters, but support between communication and relationship forces will continue all year. Even money matters are doing well this month, with Uranus' direct turn in your financial sector on the 3rd January and Eris' on the 10th January, marking a real turning of the tide.
This is one time when you can be forgiven for being thankful that 2017 is over, with 2018 feeling very different from the get go. The changes happened gradually in the last months of 2017 and last month in particular. But from the get go what you will notice is a lot less pressure on both you and your relationships. In its place, the year gets off to an auspicious start across the income, work and career fronts. You begin the year with Mars and Jupiter aligned in your income sector, getting this already lucrative year off to an auspicious start.
While work and job matters don't open up until next month, a close alliance between income and job forces is creating a sense of confidence on both fronts. In the meantime, they and career matters get a boost from a Full Moon in your career sector on the 2nd January. This is the first of two Super Moons in the early part of 2018, the first in your career sector on the 2nd January, which give a boost across the income, work and career fronts. Yet while this is a big year for income and job matters and a growth year, it is clear from the get go that your personal life is just as important.
As Saturn spends his first full month in your home and family sector in three decades, this is the start of a major three year focus on home and family matters. Saturn might demand that you take responsibility and there may be more demands on the home and family front this year, but there are no challenges and you'll get back far more than you invest. This month will also see a turnaround on the relationship front in the early part of the month, while matters of the heart and all things romantic get a boost from the 18th January. You can have it all, but with the right work/life balance.
If it was possible the gods would have hung a banner in the heavens that read 'welcome home', for this is your year, a year that you need to take ownership of from the get go. The rest of us will all get a reflected impact from lucky Jupiter's position in Scorpio until November, but you get the real thing. While Jupiter has been in Scorpio since October and this kicked off a new 12 year cycle of expansion, it was Mars' return last month but also what happens at the start of this month that makes this the month to claim the future in both hands.
Mars and Jupiter have met up in Scorpio before, the last time being 2006. But there are two things that turn a coming together of the planets of passion and luck in Scorpio from something auspicious and game changing. The first thing is an actual alignment and the last time that this happened was in August 1982, 36 years ago. The second is moving into the New Year together, for this allows them to start the year on a lucky and impassioned foot from the get go. The last time that Mars and Jupiter started the year together in Scorpio was in 1971. This year you have won the cosmic jackpot, with Mars and Jupiter not only starting the year in Scorpio but aligned, for the first time in our lifetime.
From the get go this is your year and with Mars not leaving Scorpio until the 27th January, the first four weeks are all about making your mark and making a stand. This is your year and you need to do it your way. This will colour everything else and will have a positive impact on matters of the heart and all things fun, playful, romantic and creative. This will also give you an edge across the income, work and career fronts, but at the same time gives you control of them rather than income, work and career matters taking control of you.
January might be a stop/start month for you, but this is exactly what you need. It was only in the days leading up to Christmas that your birthday month ended, but also Saturn's three year visit to Sagittarius. You've had the hard taskmaster of the cosmos on your back for the last three years, as you laid down the foundations for this new three decade long Saturn cycle. While Saturn always has to be somewhere, while he is in your sign you have to show up and take responsibility for every aspect of your life. Now, as Saturn spends the first full month of his three year visit to your income sector, you can channel this into pushing through glass ceilings and into reclaiming your sense of confidence.
You begin the month with just Mercury in Sagittarius, something you haven't experienced in over three years. Mercury only turned direct on the 23rd December and until he leaves on the 11th January brings a chance to quietly keep your head in the game as you consider where to from here. Mercury's departure will leave you with no planetary activity in Sagittarius and with it a chance to catch your breath. That is all it is though, for with Mars returning on the 27th January he will begin a seven week rush to exploit all the potential created over the last the three years.
In the meantime, there is a lot of focus on income matters this month and not just because Saturn is spending his first full month in your income sector. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of January here and with Venus here until the 18th January and Mercury from the 11th January, this has the potential for a lucrative start to a lucrative year. A lot of this might be setting things in place or in motion, ready for work and job developments to kick in, which they will do from late March.
The year will always begin with the Sun in Capricorn, making you the only Sign that will begin your solar and calendar year at the same time. You're not just moving into the New Year, but into a new solar year and whether you are a December or a January born Capricorn, this is your month. Yet don't be surprised if this feels very different this year, with a strong sense that this is your year, especially when it comes to taking your power back. You will always move into the year with the Sun in Capricorn and to have Venus here as well is often the case. And since 2008 you have also had Pluto, planet of change and revolution in Capricorn.
However, it has been three decades since you last moved into the New Year with Saturn in Capricorn. While Venus will leave on the 18th January, your birthday month will end on the 20th January and Mercury, who returns on the 11th January will be gone by the 1st January and Saturn and Pluto will stay on. With Pluto here until 2024 and Saturn until December 2020, this is the start of a major new period for taking your power back. Pluto brings the potential for change and Saturn the power to move mountains if you have to, but more importantly to stick to what you start.
Yet while this is huge, it also takes away any urgency, with this the start of a journey that will not only continue for the rest of this year, but for the next three years. While that journey continues, as the Sun and Venus leave Capricorn they will team up in your income sector, where there are some growing developments all month. After investing so much professionally over the last few years, this is starting to bear fruit. This is also an important month for personal and professional networking.
While it is not common to move into the New Year with planetary activity in your career sector, it does happen. In 2011 Venus was running late and was still wrapping up her annual visit, while in 2013 and 2014 you moved into the New Year with Saturn here. These were aberrations to the norm and that's what is happening this year. This time, however, this is not Saturn, hard taskmaster of the cosmos on board and it is not Venus, who at best would be here for a few days into the New Year. This time you begin the year with Mars and Jupiter not only in your career sector, but the planets of passion and luck aligned in the early part of the month.
With Mars not leaving until the 27th January and Jupiter here until November, your most auspicious year for professional growth in over a decade is getting off to an auspicious start. It is also getting off to a potentially lucrative start, even if the real evidence of that isn't felt until next month. There is a lot of love between Mars and Jupiter in your income sector and Neptune in your income sector. The Sun, Mercury and Venus' return next month will help you exploit that.
Yet this might be a big professional year, but the first three weeks of January are always when you are winding down your old solar year. Until the Sun returns to Aquarius on the 20th January, there is always going to be a need to spend time in life's slow lane, taking time to reflect and recharge your batteries. Yet even after your birthday month and new solar year begins on the 20th January this will continue, as Saturn spends his first full month in your sector of subconscious thinking, imagination and review. You have begun the three year wind down of your current Saturn cycle, just as your professional life is taking off. From the get go focus on knowing when to keep your professional hat on and when to take it off.
This month you have the best of both worlds and while that doesn't always carry into the remainder of the year, this year it does. Those two worlds are what continues to evolve across the income, work and career fronts and what is happening in your personal life. Until Saturn left your career sector on the 20th December, you have had to have your professional hat on for the last three years or show up and constantly take responsibility for your personal and professional goals and ambitions. Whatever it is that has been driving you to succeed, this hasn't let you rest between December 2014 and December 2020.
Yet you still have Mercury in your career sector until the 11th January and Mars will return on the 27th January to spend seven weeks exploiting all the potential for the last three years. There is a turnaround on the income front on the 3rd January and work and job matters continue to yield new and untapped job potential. Income, work and career forces continue to work as a tight unit and the year not only gets off to a good start on all three fronts, but this will continue. The difference this month and for the rest of the year is that this will no longer consume you for it is no longer the driving force in your life.
So what is? The driving force this year is Jupiter's position in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery until November and Saturn, who is in the first full month of his three year visit to your sector of friendship, teamwork and networking. Both are surrounded by support this month. Mars will continue to fuel a passion for adventure until leaving Jupiter on the 27th January. At the same time, the Sun will always start the year in your friendship sector. With Venus here until the 18th January, the Sun until the 20th January and Mercury from the 11th January to the 1st February, Saturn has plenty of support.