The first thing that you need to do as you move into this new professional year is to take a deep breath, for you are in for the ride of your life. Because the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of every year in your career sector, the solar spotlight is always going to be on your career and professional situation, matters and options at this time of year. This will lull you into a sense of knowing what comes next, which is a big push at the start of the year and then things dial back. That is still going to be the case in terms of the big push, except things won't dial back and they're not going to dial back for the next three years.
This is the professional year or professional years that you have been waiting and preparing for ever since Pluto, planet of change and revolution returned to your career sector in 2008. The seeds for change have been the gestating and going through annual reviews for nearly a decade, with Saturn's return on the 20th December bringing you to the point where it's time to make things happen. With Pluto here until 2024 and Saturn until December 2020, they have joined forces for the first and only time in our lifetime. Pluto brings the potential for change and Saturn the power to move mountains if you have to.
Yet because this is the first full month of a major three year push, you can't come out of the gates running from the get go. This year you're running a marathon and not a sprint. While the Sun, Mercury and Venus are here take the time to just absorb as much information as possible, with time on your side. With Venus here until the 18th January, the Sun until the 20th January and Mercury from the 11th January to the 1st February, soak in as much insight and information as possible.
The Sun will always return to your career sector in January, so this is always the month when things get moving for the year, but then have often run their course by the end of February. That is not your fate this year and even before the Sun and Venus return this month, things have been on a slow simmer for a long time. Since as far back as May 2017 in fact, for this was when the South Node returned to your career sector, for the first time in 17 years. Since then the element of fate has been in play, with a small taste of this during a lunar eclipse last August.
However, it wasn't until Juno returned last month that there was any planetary activity for the South Node's influence to link into. Yet even then Juno is not a powerful force and as the queen of commitment, her influence has been more directed to seeing you start the year with a new sense of resolve and determination. It is Venus' return on the 18th January and the Sun's on the 20th January that will finally give career matters the clout to start fulfilling the potential that has been building since last May.
With Mercury returning on the 1st February and a solar eclipse later next month, career matters might be on a slow boil to start with, but will take off dramatically. It is all that untapped potential and what has been building that has been waiting for this trigger. When Mars left your work sector last month this wrapped up 16 months of planetary activity, with the focus this month shifting to career matters, which means your professional game as a whole. Where last year was busy, this year is destined to be expansive.
It is hard to imagine a better start to your professional year. From every perspective, you have a dream start, with all the different pieces coming together to create a call for confidence from the get go. The glue that holds everything together is the fact that you start the year with Mars and Jupiter aligned in your work sector, something that last happened in 1971. Mars and Jupiter have met up here since then, the last time being in 2006. However, this was during the year and while your professional year was already established.
The benefit of starting the year with Mars and Jupiter aligned in your work sector, is that even after Mars leaves on the 27th January, this has set the tone for the coming year from the get go. With Jupiter in your work sector until November, this is an auspicious way to start this busy and expansive year for job growth and opportunity. However, this is just one advantage, with the support team around Mars and Jupiter what really gets the year off on the right foot.
A strong working relationship has already been established with Neptune in your career sector and that will continue throughout the year. However, the year also gets off to an auspicious start with a Full Moon in your income sector on the 2nd January. It is that coming together of income, work and career forces that can not only give this professional year some real momentum from the get go but point things in a lucrative direction. The Moon's visit to your work sector from the 10th January to the 12th January and to your career sector from the 20th January to the 22nd January will help you look beneath the covers.
The biggest impact this month is less what is here or developing and more what isn't here. It was just before Christmas that Saturn left your work sector, bringing his three year push to a close. You are so used to being busy and to have Saturn constantly pushing you to stay focused, that this has become your normal. With the Sun and Venus both having left your work sector within days of Saturn, this has seen the focus on work and job matters drop back dramatically. You start the month with Mercury still in your work sector, but in his early days in direct motion in no hurry.
At the same time, with Uranus turning direct in your career sector on the 3rd January and Eris on the 10th January, they begin the month stationary and in direct motion. All three planets in your two professional houses are either in their early days direct or retrograde, are all barely moving and all have their 'stop' signs raised. This is a complete contrast to not just last month, but the last three years. What you have is a chance to finally catch your breath. Until leaving your work sector on the 11th January Mercury brings a chance to keep your head in the game but is also giving you a chance to hear yourself think.
This creates a very quiet start to this new professional year and that's exactly what you need, for it won't stay quiet. This pace will pick up dramatically on the work front when Mars returns on the 27th January. By then Uranus and Eris will have been in direct motion in your career sector for several weeks and the pace will be starting to pick up there as well. So enjoy this quiet start to the year and the chance to catch your breath before the next wave.
That you will always start each year with the solar spotlight on your work situation and job matters is about the only comparison to this professional year than any other. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of January in your work sector and as he always returns in the lead up to Christmas, it is the norm for you to have your work hat on over the holiday period. The down side is that the focus always shifts to work and job matters over the holiday period, but the upside is that you will always get a jump on your new professional year and on the rest of this.
This year you also move into the New Year with Saturn on board, with his return just two days before the Sun changing everything. The Sun will leave on the 20th January and Venus, who also starts the year in your work sector will leave on the 18th January. However, Saturn is here until December 2020 and this is the first full month of not just your busiest and biggest year on the job front in decades, but the first full month of a busy three years. With Pluto, planet of change and revolution here since 2008, there is the potential for some big changes this year.
Mercury's return on the 11th January will give you a chance to get your head in the game and start looking at ways of working smarter and pacing yourself. The Sun's aim before he leaves is to create an authentic starting point. Meanwhile, until she leaves on the 18th January, Venus will work to fuel your job confidence, attract opportunities and steer things in a lucrative direction. Mercury brings the intellectually savvy edge that can focus on the 'when, where and how'. A New Moon on the 17th January will bring a chance for new opportunities and beginnings, but also to commit to the journey ahead.
With the Sun always returning to your work sector in January, the solar spotlight is always going to fall on your work situation and job matters. However, not until the Sun returns on the 20th January. This year you have a jump on this, with your work hat from the get go and this is a run up that is months in the making. Eight months to be exact, with your work hat on since the South Node returned last May. Since then the element of fate has been in play and you're likely to have noticed, especially if you look back, how the different forks in the road, in hindsight line up perfectly.
Having the South Node here was the reason for last August's lunar eclipse and for a solar eclipse next month. Things are still on a slow burn as you move into the New Year, even though Juno returned just before Christmas. As the queen of commitment, Juno's focus isn't on making things happen, but on fuelling a sense of resolve, helping you to commit to following your true path. Things should start to move on the work front when Venus returns on the 18th January, with the Moon's first visit for the year playing into this perfectly.
The Moon will make its first visit to your work sector for the year from the 17th January to the 20th January, giving you an intuitive read on work and job matters as Venus returns on the 18th January and the Sun on the 20th January. This is a chance to start setting things up, with most things coming together next month. Meanwhile, you start the year with the Moon in your career sector and while it will leave on New Year's Day, this allows you to start the year with your professional instincts sharp and with a clear sense of professional direction from the get go.
To say that you get a dream start to your new professional year is no exaggeration, for you quite literally get a dream start. Neptune, planet of dreams and fantasies has been in your work sector since 2012 and has been through all kinds of highs and lows since then. Yet right now Neptune is riding on a high and the peak of that wave is reached just as you move into the New Year. It was earlier last month that Neptune aligned with lucky Jupiter in your income sector, for the first time here in our lifetime. Then, in the closing days of the year and over the holiday period, Neptune went on to align with Mars in your income sector.
With Mars and Jupiter aligned in your income sector in the early days of the month and Neptune and Jupiter continuing to work together all year, this gets an auspicious year for income and job matters off to an auspicious start. With the Sun, Mercury and Venus not returning to your work sector until next month, but Mercury arriving on the 1st February, this gives you a month to settle in and get your bearings. However, it is not just the support from Mars and Jupiter on the income front that gives Neptune, work and job matters their dream start.
It is the Moon's return to your career sector on New Year's Day that will do more than sharpen your professional instincts and give you a sense of professional direction in the critical early days of this new professional year. A Full Moon on the 2nd January will get the year off to an auspicious start. This is a Super Moon, with the Full Moon a lot closer to Earth and therefore closer and more potent. This gets the year off to an auspicious start across the income, work and career fronts and is anything but a false start. This is a professional year that will over deliver on its promises.
A slow start to your professional year is just what you need. The year gets off to such a slow start that it is unlikely to feel like a new professional year at all, not at the start anyway. But again, after a busy year, this is just what you need. You begin the year with all three planets in your two professional houses in retrograde motion, but also barely moving. Ceres turned retrograde in your career sector a week before Christmas and while she is starting to trek backwards, is still at a crawl. Not due to turn direct until March, this is giving you a chance to go back over old ground, making sure there is no untapped professional potential. With a total lunar eclipse here on the 1st February, it is important to let career matters play out naturally.
You also start the year with Uranus and Eris in retrograde motion in your work sector, but here they aren't just slow, they have come to a standstill. That is because they are stationary, ready for a U turn that will see the tide turn on the job front and work and job matters start to move forward. Uranus is the first to turn direct on the 3rd January, with Eris turning direct a week later, on the 10th January. While this will shift your focus on the job front from the rear view mirror to the road ahead, with both taking weeks to start inching forward, don't expect work and job matters to race forward.
It's not until the Sun, Mercury and Venus return in March that the pace will pick up, giving you a chance to take the first two months of the year slowly. With Ceres turning direct in your career sector in March as well, this is the point where things will take off. Across the income, work and career fronts this is a chance to let things settle.
With no planetary activity in either of your two professional houses, until Venus returns to your work sector at the end of March, you can afford to ease slowly into your new professional year. The fact that this is not usually an active time of the year on the work or career fronts will make this a lot easier. For the biggest danger, this month is jumping into things too early and too fast, long before you have to. There is no danger in doing that in terms of anything that will negatively impact you and more that you need to hold back if you can.
For while April and May are always the busiest months of any year on the job front, Uranus is returning here mid May, for the first time since 1942. Uranus is an outer planet and unlike the Sun, Mercury and Venus, who will pass through in a matter of weeks, apart from a few months later this year and into early 2019, once he arrives he's here until 2026. Knowing that you'll soon need to keep your work hat on and then keep it on for the next eight years, makes it important to keep it off while you can. Seize opportunities as they present, make the most of any chance to ease into this new professional year slowly.
With no planetary activity in your two professional houses, this makes the Moon's monthly visits a lot more important. The Moon will make its first visit to your career sector for the year from the 5th January to the 8th January, sharpening your professional instincts and your sense of professional direction. The Moon will make its first visit to your work sector for the year from the 25th January to the 27th January, giving you an intuitive read on work and job matters.
Moving into the New Year with no planetary activity in either your professional houses is something that you haven't experienced in several years, making this something you've got no recent experience in. It has been nearly a decade since you last started the year without a need to have your work and/or professional hat on from the get go, so you can be forgiven if this takes some getting used to. You've got a huge amount of momentum, especially on the career front and it's that momentum that this professional year will use as fuel for several months.
This means there isn't the push and the pressure of previous years and where you find that there is, you're likely to find that it's coming from you. When you expect to be pushed, without the momentum to hear yourself think, then you end up creating what you expect to see. The professional gods themselves are standing back, more focused on watching as the money gods step in to take the focus onto your income situation and matters. You've put in the hard work, you've created the momentum and now it is more about reaping the rewards, especially financially.
It is the Moon that will keep work and job matters on track, with its visits key to staying on track. You begin the year with the Moon in your work sector and while it will leave on New Year's Day, starting the year with an intuitive read on work and job matters is an advantage there is no going back from. By the time the Moon comes full circle from the 27th January to the 29th January, things will be coming together on the income front. The Moon will make its first visit to your career sector for the year from the 8th January to the 10th January, sharpening your professional instincts and a sense of professional direction.
The last time that you started the year with Mars and Jupiter in your career sector was in 1971. However, 47 years ago Jupiter was in his final days and Mars was never going to catch up and align before he left. Back then you got a taste of the full force that you get this time around, quite literally making this one of the most powerful starts to a new professional year in our lifetime. Nearly five decades on Jupiter is not getting ready to leave and instead is here not until November. This is at the start of your biggest professional year in over a decade.
Another difference is that this year Mars will catch up, with the planets of passion and luck aligned in your career sector from the 6th January to the 9th January. Jupiter and Mars have aligned here several times in the last five decades, the last time being in 2006. However, starting the year together rather than coming together halfway through a professional year already underway is a very different story. Starting the year with Mars and Jupiter aligned in your career sector, allows you to start the year with a massive amount of support. Even if everything dropped off after that, the year would have had its dream start and that would be yours to keep.
However, things do not drop off, with Mars continuing to drive things forward until he leaves on the 27th January. As if that wasn't advantage enough, the Moon's return to your career sector on New Year's Day will do far more than sharpen your professional instincts and give you a sense of professional direction in the early days of the month. A Full Moon here on the 2nd January is a Super Moon, one that jump starts this professional year, creating an auspicious start to the year across the income, work and career fronts. This is not a blip or a false sense of what they have to offer and if anything, this is a year that will over deliver on its early promise.
Don't be surprised if there is some confusion at the start of the month, as you wonder how to play things. For the first time in three years, you begin the year without Saturn in your career sector and without that driving push to be on your game 24/7. While Saturn left your career sector on the 20th December and the Sun on the 22nd December, Venus didn't leave until Christmas Day. If you're coming back after time out over the holiday period, you will find very different conditions in play. As you wait to be slammed by the professional gods, scolding you for time out or losing your focus, you'll have a long wait.
For the professional gods themselves are taking a break, leaving behind just two planets across both your professional houses. Yet those two planets, Ceres in retrograde motion in your work sector and Mercury, in his early days in direct motion in your career sector, are in no hurry. This has seen the frenetic pace of your old professional year ended with gone and a more relaxed, take your time feel. Mercury only turned direct two days before Christmas and until leaving on the 11th December is retracing steps already taken twice before.
You're able to start the year with your head in the game, but with no urgency. Then when Mercury leaves you'll be left with no planetary activity on the career front, for the first time in three years. The biggest danger here is in not seizing the opportunity this brings to take your professional hat off and let things settle. For this is just a temporary lull, with Mars' return to your career sector on the 27th January all of a sudden firing things up again. This will kick off what could be the busiest seven weeks of the year, as Mars returns to exploit all the potential you've laid the seeds for over the last three years.