Things get really interesting on the professional front this month and for once, 'interesting' is not code for challenging. If there was any professional pressure or work/life balance tension over recent months that ended when the Sun took the solar spotlight off home and family matters late last month. Yet while this did illuminate any work/life balance issues, with such positive conditions in play across the income, work and career fronts, this was something that can only work to your advantage. Last month was also dominated by a coming together of a number of the smaller players across all three fronts, but this month it's time for the big boys.
You start the month with Venus in your work sector and while she will leave on the 7th August, it won't be before fuelling your job confidence, attracting opportunities and steering things in a lucrative direction. With Ceres staying on to keep the wheels turning and the Sun returning on the 23rd August, work and job matters are in safe hands. However, as auspicious as the conditions on the job front are, they are not extraordinary in a game changing way. It is on the career and income fronts that you will find the extraordinary and game changing developments.
As Saturn continues to retrograde back through your career sector, Uranus' retrograde turn in your income sector on the 8th August not only puts them on the same page in terms of being focused on the past and untapped potential, but physically together. Aligned from the 13th August to the 15th September, this is a powerful coming together of income and career forces. The 13th August is the same day that Mars will retrograde back in for a rare double dip visit to your career sector. Turning direct on the 28th August, Mars' warrior spirit will help you capitalise on all the new and untapped potential across the income, work and career fronts.
To have planetary activity in your career sector as you move into August is rare and while it is not uncommon to have Venus or Mercury return to your work sector, it is not usually until later in the month. The fact that you have both makes this an extraordinary month on both the job and career fronts, with extraordinary implications for the remaining months of the year as well. You begin the month with not only Mars in your career sector, but in retrograde motion here for the first time in 47 years.
After a total lunar eclipse here on the 28th July, the warrior planet of the cosmos is still fighting to exploit whatever this has triggered. Because Mars won't retrograde back out of your career sector until the 13th August, he will be here when Venus returns on the 7th August for her own extraordinary visit to your work sector. It is not that Venus is returning so far ahead of the Sun, who won't return until the 23rd October that makes this extraordinary, but the fact that this is just a practice run.
Venus won't leave your work sector until 9th September, spending over a month instead of the normal 24 days she will spend here. Even then, Venus will return for a double dip visit on the 1st November, not leaving until early December. With Mars returning to your career sector next month and not leaving until early November, they'll meet up in the early days of this month and again in November. This is just the start of a significant coming together of job and career forces that will continue to unfold through to the early days of December.
For both Jupiter in your work sector and Neptune in your career sector this is an important month, so it is only fitting that they should come together here, for the last time in our lifetime. This is Jupiter's first full month in direct motion in your work sector and due to leave on the 9th November, the planet of luck and expansion is determined to make his final months count. Everything since Jupiter's return last October has been in preparation for these financial months, with Venus returning early next month to lend her support to bring things home.
While Jupiter is spending his last full month on his own in your work sector, Neptune too is spending his last full month on his own, in retrograde motion in your career sector. Ahead of Chiron, planet of healing's return next month, Neptune is determined to make his last full month on his own, making it all about revisiting old professional dreams count. With Jupiter and Neptune both at a crucial stage in their own journeys, it only makes sense that they should pool their resources, aligning from the 13th August to the 23rd August.
Those 10 days might just be some of the most auspicious days of not just the month on the job and career fronts, but the year. Fortunately, you have the Moon moving through your work sector from the 16th August to the 19th August, right in the heart of this golden zone, giving you an intuitive read on work and job matters. The Moon will start the month in your career sector and return for a double dip visit from the 26th August to the 29th August, fuelling your professional instincts and imagination from the get go and then again towards the end of the month.
While the professional gods themselves are relatively quiet this month, there is every reason to believe that this will be a good month, especially when it comes to earnings and income. After Eris' retrograde turn in your career sector late last month, both planets there are in retrograde motion, with a valuable chance to pull back. Eris, in your career sector since 1926 will always turn retrograde at this time every year, as had been the case during the eight years Uranus spent here, before leaving in May.
Yet for the last three years you've had Saturn in your work sector, so a chance to really pull back and review your professional options and priorities was more difficult. With Jupiter returning to your work sector in early November to begin your biggest and also your busiest and most opportune year for job growth in over a decade, this review phase is invaluable. This is a chance to return to the drawing board and even rethink your options. This also puts the focus more on untapped professional potential, working with what you've already created or invested.
While there is no planetary activity in your work sector and no planets driving things on the job front, by virtue of the fact that August has the potential to be a lucrative month, this could give job matters a free ride. Any movement on the job front this month, especially if it results in more money coming in, is under the influence of the money rather than the professional gods. With the Sun in your income sector until the 23rd August, a solar eclipse on the 11th August and Mercury and his smart head for money here all month, this is a 'show me the money' kind of month.
While despite any work tension and job pressure last month was an auspicious month across the income, work and career fronts, this continues this month but in a much more powerful way. It was early last month that a grand trine developed between income, work and career forces, with planets on all three fronts coming together at an auspicious aspect at the same time, forming a cosmic triangle. While Saturn, one of the points of that cosmic triangle is a powerful planet, at the other two points were minor players, stand ins for more powerful forces.
This month those more powerful forces step in, taking last month's developments to a much higher level. The most powerful of those connections is between Saturn in your work sector and Uranus in your career sector from the 13th August to the 15th September, the first time this has happened here since 1509. Saturn is already in retrograde motion, but Uranus' retrograde turn in your career sector on the 8th August will ensure that when they come together they're able to exploit the doors open to the past, second chances and untapped job and professional potential at the same time.
The 13th August is the same day that Mars will retrograde back in for a rare double dip visit to your work sector. While Mars will turn direct on the 28th August, he'll arrive in time to exploit the potential Saturn and Uranus are creating. Mars is not back for long, but this rare double dip visit comes just as there are also exciting developments on the income front. There is no precedence for what is developing this month, especially on the job and career fronts, for it is literally once in a life time developments. This means you get to make up your own rules as you go.
Just starting the month with Mars in your work sector is extraordinary and even more so as the warrior planet of the cosmos is in retrograde motion, for the first time here in 47 years. Mars will retrograde back out on the 13th August, but while he will return for another two months next month, his focus now is exploiting what he can from a total lunar eclipse here late last month. The Moon only left your work sector on the 30th July, wrapping up the first total lunar eclipse here since 1989 just two days earlier.
Just starting the month with an intuitive read on work and job matters would have been an advantage or even just with momentum created from the lunar eclipse just days earlier. But you have Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos not only fuelling your work passions, fighting and competitive spirit, but with the doors wide open to the past, second chances and untapped job potential. Knowing that he will return next month to start over from the very beginning again, allows Mars to start things he can come back to finish later.
It is Venus' return to your income sector on the 7th August that is truly auspicious. As well as moving into a positive aspect to Mars in her early days, giving him and you the boost in confidence to make these final days in retrograde motion count, she's here to exploit the income potential. In the same way that Mars will leave your work sector and return next month, while Venus will leave your income sector next month she'll do a U turn and come back for a double dip visit as well. Whatever Venus and Mars start in the first two weeks of August, they'll come together to bring home in the first two weeks of November.
After the Sun left your career sector on the 23rd July the professional push has dropped back, but with it the professional pressure or work/life balance tension. During the month that the Sun had spent in your career sector, as well as shining the solar spotlight on your career and professional situation, matters and options, he built strong relationships with Jupiter in your income sector and Neptune in your work sector. That was the case for Venus and Mercury, who had both moved through your career sector just before the Sun.
With a solar eclipse on the career front last month, with Jupiter and Neptune coming together this month to create some auspicious conditions on both the income and job fronts, the professional momentum gained over recent months is in safe hands. However, with Neptune in retrograde motion on the job front, the urgency has dropped back dramatically, which combined with a drop in professional pressure is likely to see any stress levels bottom out.
With Venus returning to your income sector early next month to spend two months helping lucky Jupiter bring things home, it is becoming more about the money. With Neptune in retrograde motion any forward momentum on the job front is something you'll need to get out and push and there is no reason nor inclination to do that, unless it's about the money. With the next four months the most potentially lucrative in a decade, the more it becomes about the money the more important it becomes to work smarter.
This is the time of year when the solar spotlight is always on your career and professional situation, matters and options, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of August in your career sector. When the Sun returned on the 23rd July things may not have looked that good and until the very end of July, this may have put a dent on your professional confidence as you prepared to move into the new month. For the Sun not only returned to your career sector to find Mars in your home and family sector, for the first time in 47 years, but they moved into opposition just as a total lunar eclipse also put your home and professional lives into conflict.
The Moon only left on the 30th July, so any professional pressure or work/life balance tension is only just easing back as you move into the new month. However, the fact that you're likely to have fought back and that due to the professional conditions you can see the value in having the right work/life balance, any tension should already be dropping back. The reason why there is likely to be little fight back is that with Chiron and Eris in retrograde motion in your work sector and Mercury in retrograde motion in your career sector until the 19th August, even the professional gods want you to pull back.
By the time the Moon returns to your career sector on the 10th August, ahead of a solar eclipse on the 11th August, you should be ready to seize the new opportunities this will bring and the tail wind this will create. However, with Mercury not turning direct until the 19th August, the doors will still be open to the past, second chances and untapped job and professional potential. While the Sun will leave on the 23rd August, Mercury will stay on until the 6th September, in order to tie up loose ends.
This month is a mix of the ordinary and the extraordinary, which come together in an extraordinary way. The ordinary is that the Sun's return to your career sector on the 23rd August is something that happens at this time each year. This is when the Sun will always turn the solar spotlight onto your career and professional situation, matters and options, always has and always will. While starting the month with Venus already here is not the norm it is not unheard of, having happened last in 2013.
What is extraordinary is to not only have any planets at all in your work sector but to have Uranus, planet of surprise, synchronicity and the unexpected. The last time that happened was in 1940, turning both the Sun and Venus' experience while moving through your career sector into a whole new experience. Yet what is even more extraordinary is not just having Saturn and Pluto in your income sector, which has been the case all year, but when they choose to come together. An alignment between Uranus in your work sector and Saturn in your income sector will run from the 13th August to the 15th September and to put that into perspective, the last time this happened here was in 1519.
Venus will leave your career sector on the 7th August, but with Ceres here she'll keep the seat warm until the Sun returns on the 13th August. More importantly, this will maintain an extraordinary partnership between income, work and career forces that began early last month and will continue this month and into the final days of September. While the Sun will return to throw the solar spotlight onto what is happening on the career front, you can't separate this from what is happening on the job and income fronts.
Without major planetary activity in either of your professional houses, the planetary activity on the job and career fronts centres around the Sun. The Sun will always move through your work sector in May/June and through your career sector in September/October. Because Venus and Mercury travel with the Sun, these are the hubs that all planetary activity on the job and career fronts for the year will usually centre on. There is almost exactly three months separating the Sun's departure from your work sector and return to your career sector, giving you time to let things play out and also catch your breath.
At least that is normally the case. This year just six weeks separate the Sun's departure from your work sector in late June and Venus' return to your career sector on the 7th August. With the Sun not returning until the 23rd October, this is early in the year to find Venus here. The last time this happened was in 2010 and exactly the same thing happened then, that is happening again, eight years later. In 2010 Venus returned so early and got so far ahead of the Sun that after leaving she was pulled back, turning retrograde and then coming back for a double dip visit.
And that is exactly what happens this time. Venus won't leave until the 9th September so will be gone by the time the Sun returns next month, but she will be pulled back for a double dip visit on the 1st November, where she'll stay until early December. However, unlike last time, Venus will spend the early days of this first visit and the early days of the second visit with Mars in your income sector. Before he retrogrades back out on the 13th August, Mars will align with Venus and where she goes, the money continues to follow.
As Jupiter spends his first full month in direct motion in your career sector the planet of luck and expansion is now in the process of bringing things home or at least is preparing for that point. Jupiter turned retrograde on the 11th July, ending a four month retrograde phase that allowed you to pull back, retrace your dreams and move into review mode. Jupiter didn't retrace all the steps he'd taken since returning last October, but he retraced a lot of steps, with a chance to go back over ground already covered in order to review, revise and prune.
Jupiter hasn't covered a lot of ground since turning direct last month, but as he turned direct while the Sun was in your work sector and just two days before a solar eclipse there, his U turn came with auspicious timing. Due to leave on the 9th November and not return for another 12 years, Jupiter is ready to bring things home, but there is still some ground work. Venus will not only return to your career sector on the 9th September but will spend the next two months with Jupiter, an extraordinarily long time. This is when the real push will begin to bring things home.
This month Jupiter is more focused on getting things moving again, with his last alignment with Neptune in your income sector here in our lifetime, creating some auspicious days on both the income and career fronts, from the 13th August to the 23rd August. With the Moon moving through your career sector from the 16th August to the 19th August, this will ensure your professional instincts and imagination are fuelled with perfect timing. This may even trigger unexpected developments. Also pay attention to work and job matters between the 8th August and the 10th August. Coming full circle from last month's solar eclipse on the job front, there is a high potential for unexpected developments then.
The focus will always be on work and job matters at this time of year, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of August in your work sector, always has and always will. However, what you don't usually have is a solar eclipse on the 11th August, with its links to both a total solar eclipse here last August and a lunar eclipse earlier in the year. With another total lunar eclipse next January, whatever is happening behind the scenes is bigger than just the Sun and his annual visit.
That something is the North Node, who has been in your work sector since May 2017 and even after leaving in early November, this will continue to give work and job matters the green light, while pulling things forward in a way that brings fate and destiny into play. The only reason there are eclipses here is because the North Node is here and while these are spectacular events staged six months apart, they are outlets for all that has been building behind the scenes. Whatever last August's solar eclipse triggered has been building behind the scenes for nearly a year, with the 11th August giving them an outlet.
It is a little like having an active volcano, where instead of pressure building up, opportunities and potential does, until every so often the volcano needs to blow its roof in order to expel everything that is building. For that reason, for the whole time the Moon is in your work sector, from the 10th August to the 12th August and not just during the solar eclipse on the 11th August, expect the unexpected. With Mercury in retrograde motion here until the 19th August, while solar eclipse are more about new beginnings and opportunities, he'll ensure there is also access to untapped potential. The Sun will leave on the 23rd August, but Mercury will stay on until early next month, in order to tie up loose ends and to run with anything the solar eclipse triggers.