For the most part things are fairly quiet this month, but then that is to be expected. When the North Node left your work sector in May, it not only brought its own 18 month visit to a close, it brought to an end an active period of planetary activity that began in mid 2015. This has allowed work and job matters to settle, with no interference from the professional gods. Something that until mid 2015 was the norm for this time of year. Also a norm is that Pluto, in your career sector from 2008 to 2024, has spent from April to September of each year in retrograde motion. Unlike work and job matters there are still developments in play, but this is a period of hibernation. When you have a period of your chart active for so long, you can't spend all that time in the fast lane. Pluto's retrograde phase is a chance to pull back, reflect and retrace your steps. Another norm is that Pluto will come under pressure at this time each year. As the Sun puts the focus on home and family matters, this creates some work/life balance issues. While the Sun won't return to your work sector until later next month, things will start to move when Mercury returns on the 26th July. This is the point where work and job matters will become more active and will remain active through to late October. From the get go Mercury and every other planet that moves through over the coming months, will pick up on the momentum and sense of direction gained over the past two years.
As Jupiter spends his first full month in direct motion in your work sector he has the benefit of plenty of support, especially from job and income forces, but no urgency. Jupiter doesn't leave until October and it won't be until the Sun returns in late September that there will be any real push to bring things home. Even then planetary forces that will stay on and arrive after Jupiter leaves, will keep things unfolding through to December. By the time you move into the new month Jupiter has been in direct motion for three weeks, long enough to start to see some signs of traction, but not enough to gain any real speed. As the month continues the pace will slowly pick up, but will take several more months. For now all that matters is you're looking and moving towards the future and there is a sense of job confidence. A lot of the support for Jupiter and work and job matters is coming from Venus. Held up by her own retrograde phase Venus won't return to your income sector until the 5th July, to kick off what can be the most lucrative weeks of any year. It has been 12 years since Venus returned to find lucky Jupiter in your work sector, each pleased to see the other one. The planets of money and luck will continue to work together for the rest of the month, creating what has the potential to be a good and lucrative month on the job front. Throughout that time you have the South Node in your career sector, with access to the past, second chances and untapped professional potential.
While July is traditionally a quiet point of the year, with Neptune in his first full month in retrograde motion in your career sector, there is every reason for confidence. You began the year with Mars and Neptune aligned in your career sector and it is the professional passions and dreams you began the year with that you now have a chance to revisit. Yet in retrograde motion until November, there is little urgency and a lot of focus on the past. That will increase when Chiron turns retrograde in your career sector on the 1st July. Throughout the month both planets in your career sector will enjoy a trouble free month, with nothing but support from a parade of planets moving through your income sector. You're not used to this, with the only real danger being a lack of anything to push you. But then that's not what you need, with a welcome chance to regroup. The Moon's two visits to your work sector, on the other hand, will start to fuel a new sense of anticipation. While lucky Jupiter won't return to your work sector until October, each time the Moon makes its monthly visit you're four weeks closer and this month it will make four visits. The first will run from the 3rd July to the 5th July and the next from the 30th July to the 1st August. In both visits listen to an intuitive read on work and job matters, but in particular to a sense of direction. The Moon will be lining you up for what lies ahead. And what lies ahead is a period of job growth that will stretch from October 2017 to November 2018.
On both the job and career fronts things will not only settle this month, but could give rise to stunning developments on the income front. Through a twist in fate a lucrative phase on the income front will open up on the 6th July but will take until the end of September 2018 to run its course. This only usually happens when you have a planet like Jupiter or Saturn visit. Through a twist of fate, planets that don't visit your income sector in years will all visit over the next 14 months. Not all at the same time, but in an unbroken chain that starts on the 6th July. It is almost as though job and career forces have known this all along, for it is only now that some challenging months on both fronts settle back. The month begins with a major alignment 15 days between Eris in your career sector and Saturn in your work sector already under way for eight days. This will finally run its course on the 7th July, a day after Mercury returns to kick things off on the job front. With Uranus turning retrograde in your career sector early next month and Saturn in his last full month in retrograde motion in your work sector, the professional gods are pulling back. Forces on both fronts are slowing down, providing the perfect backdrop for this month's income developments. This makes the Moon's monthly visits to your work sector from the 5th July to the 8th July and to your career sector from the 15th July to the 17th July especially important days. These are days when you'll have an intuitive read on and active to the powerful forces in play on both fronts.
To move into July with Venus still in your career sector is not the norm, though not completely unheard of. While it may appear that Venus returns at random times each year, Venus moves through an eight year repeating pattern. The last time Venus was still here this late in the year was eight years ago in 2009 and it will happen again in eight years' time. While a retrograde phase means that you had to wait for Venus to return, the flip side is that she is still here in the early days of July. With the Sun, Mercury and Mars long gone, Venus will remain on her own until leaving on the 5th July. It was late last month that Venus moved into a close alignment with Juno and Pluto in your work sector and will continue to support them until she leaves. Venus' final days are all about listening to your heart and to the clear sense of professional direction she is working to lead you with. Venus is also the planet of money and with new income opportunities opening up from the 26th July, she will also work to point things in a lucrative direction. Venus' support for Juno, Pluto and work and job forces is important, for this is the time of year when they will often come under pressure. At the heart of their retrograde phase, it is in the closing weeks of your old solar year that you will struggle with knowing when to keep your work hat on and when to take it off. Support from Venus will keep your professional and job confidence high. The Moon could trigger developments on the job front from the 8th July to the 10th July and on the career front between the 17th July and the 19th July.
The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of June in your career sector, so will have just left by the time you move into July. As Venus and Mercury travel close to the Sun, it is not unheard of to have either still here, tying up loose ends and bringing things to a close. What is not the norm is to reach July and Venus hasn't even arrived yet. Instead of reaching a point in the year where career matters have run their course, the best is still to come. But then nothing about this year is the norm. For the first time in 12 years you have lucky Jupiter in your income sector and for the first time in 17 years, the South Node in your work sector. No wonder the professional gods need another month to let career matters unfold. The Sun and Mercury both left your career sector last month, so there should be no one to hand the baton onto Venus, when she returns on the 5th July. Instead Ceres, who is making her first visit in four years, is here until the 10th July to keep the seat warm. The five days that the two goddesses of the solar system will spend together here, from the 5th July to the 10th July, should be especially auspicious. It is during this period that the Moon will move through your work sector from the 10th July to the 13th July. This is a practice run ahead of next month's lunar eclipse. There is definitely collusion between income, work and career forces, with a thread between the three that will continue to play out for months.
That the focus is on career and professional matters at this time of year is a given, with the always spending the first three weeks of July in your career sector. This year things are a little more active, with Mars making his first visit in two years and Ceres her first visit in four years. Ceres won't return until the 10th July so won't have arrived by the time Mercury leaves on the 6th July. Mercury is normally the planet that will tie up loose ends and help with financial choices, decisions and plans. With Mars here until the 21st July, the Sun until the 23rd July, Ceres here for three months and Venus not returning until the 1st August, Mercury won't be charged with bringing anything home. Instead he will leave you with the intellectually savvy edge and the articulation needed to keep your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open after he's gone. In terms of how career and professional matters will unfold, this will take months. It won't be until Ceres and Venus come together next month, that everything will come together. Yet it is this month that all those options they have to work with can be set up and put in motion. The planets moving through your career sector will all support Neptune as he spends his first full month in retrograde motion in your work sector. It will be a different story with the planets in your home and family sector, with the potential for the kind of work/life balance issues you will always get at this time each year.
A fairly quiet start to the month is set to see an explosion of developments on the career front, something you've been unknowingly preparing for. The month begins with a 15 day alignment of income and job forces already underway for eight days, not running its course until the 7th July. This is a day after Mercury will return to your career sector on the 6th July, an ordinary event that is set to have extraordinary consequences. Until then the North Node, in your career sector since the 10th May has been a sleeper. Not really drawing too much attention to itself and instead providing a sense of professional direction and support for income and job forces. What you can't know is where that sense of professional direction is leading to, which is next month's total solar eclipse. When Mercury returns on the 6th July he will be the first planet to encounter the North Node here in 17 years, aligning just before leaving on the 26th July. This will open the doors to a parade of planets that will take until September 2018 to move through. Mars' return on the 21st July and the Sun's on the 23rd July will ensure they are both here for a New Moon on the 23rd July. This is the first of two New Moons here, the second being the total solar eclipse and its potential for major new beginnings next month. But it all starts with Mercury's return on the 6th July, an ordinary event that is set to have extraordinary consequences.
It is not the norm to have the planets in either of your two professional houses in July, but then 'norm' went out the window years ago. Two years ago to be exact. It was in mid 2015 a parade of planets returned to your career sector ahead of lucky Jupiter's return in August 2015. While Jupiter left last September, the North Node returned in November 2015 and didn't leave until May. So in both 2015 and 2016, things were very active on the career front in July. That was not the norm. So to return to July to find no planetary activity here is very much the norm and a sign that things have returned to their normal pattern. Mercury will return on the 26th July, for what will be his first visit since 2014 where it is just a chance to catch up on career matters. No wonder then, that instead of moving through in 15 days, he'll remain here for the majority of the next two months. For now though, the final days of the month are more a chance to get your head in the game. What is not the norm is to still have Venus in your work sector. Held up by a retrograde phase earlier in the year, Venus was late to arrive and late to return. Venus is only here until the 5th July, but until then will be working to tie up loose ends on the job front. For once she leaves there will be no more planetary activity here until 2018. Yet the Moon's return from the 17th July to the 19th July will be the real chance to tie up loose ends, especially on anything that develops after Venus leaves. Then it is just six days later that Mercury will return to get things moving on the career front.
By the time you move into July the Sun will have always just left your work sector, always spending the first three weeks of June here. It is not that unusual to find Venus or Mercury still here, staying behind to tie up loose ends. What is not the norm is to return to find Venus hasn't even arrived and that Ceres is here, waiting for her. Venus is late to arrive because of her retrograde phase earlier in the year, her latest return since 2009. However, when Venus returns to kick off what is always an opportune time for work and job matters, she won't believe her luck, literally. For the first time in 12 years Venus will return to find Jupiter in your career sector and for the first time in 17 years, the South Node in your income sector. However, it will be Ceres that Venus will be really pleased to see. Venus returns on the 5th July and Ceres will leave on the 10th July, giving the two goddesses of the solar system just five days to work together. Ceres has been working to get to the heart of what you want on the job front since April. Venus returns with the ability to attract opportunities and thanks to Ceres, with a clear mandate from the get go. Venus is here for the rest of the month and with Jupiter in his first full month in direct motion in your career sector, he will be as pleased to see her as she is to see him. With none of the challenges of the past on either front, this should be an unexpectedly good month on the job and career fronts. Though not that unexpected, when you consider what you've already invested.
This is always going to be a busy month for you, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of July in your work sector. Every year will differ in intensity, depending on who is travelling with the Sun. In a light year only the Sun, Mercury and Venus will move through and things can be active on the job front for as little as five weeks. In those years you not only can, but need to put everything you have into everything you do, in a short period of time. However, every so often you have a year like this one, where the professional gods throw everything they have at your work situation and job matters, making things active for a lot longer and therefore bringing a need to pace yourself. From Mars' return to your work sector in early June to Ceres' departure at the end of September, things will remain busy for nearly four months. If you put everything you have into everything you do for that long you would end up working yourself into the ground. What keeps things active much longer this year, is that Mars is making his first visit in two years and Ceres her first visit in four years. In addition, Venus is running late and won't even return until the 1st August. Ceres returns on the 10th July with a better sense of what you're righting for and with Mars here until the 21st July and the Sun until the 23rd July, she'll keep the wheels turning until Venus returns. Yet as busy as things get on the job front this month, this is still a stepping stone for major developments on the career front from early October.
This is the kind of month where access to a crystal ball would be helpful, so hopefully I can provide you with the next best thing. For the thing that you need to be aware of this month, is just how busy things are set to become on the job front, how important they will become and for how long. The Sun's return to your work sector on the 23rd July will always shift the solar spotlight onto work and job matters at this time of year. As Venus and Mercury always travel with the Sun, this will kick off what are often the busiest months of any year. Yet as this can be as short as five to six weeks, there is a push to put everything you have into everything you do, making the most of the short time you have to work with. Except this year, the parade of planets moving through your work sector will take until September 2018 to move through. That's 14 months. Even at 14 weeks you would work yourself into the ground if you put everything you have into everything you do. Things kick off early when Mercury returns on the 6th July, becoming the first planet to encounter the North Node here in 17 years. This is something Mars will discover when he returns on the 21st July and the Sun on the 23rd July. The New Moon here on the 23rd July is the first of two New Moons, this New Moon is a practice run for a total solar eclipse next month, with the potential for major new beginnings. The North Node is here until November 2018 but that's not what will keep things busy for 14 months. For those 14 months are active with planetary activity. From the get go pace yourself. This is big, long and important.