There is a chance that your professional confidence has taken a hit or that you are suffering from the impact from two fairly stressful months. However, as you move into August it won't take long to realise that this month has a very different energy. What you don't know and might not fully appreciate for several months, is just how fortunate the last two months have been. From mid June to late last month a parade of planets has one by one moved into opposition with Saturn and Pluto, in retrograde motion in your career sector. Even a lunar eclipse in your career sector last month was an opposition between the Sun and Moon, creating more professional pressure but this time with a lot more emotional intensity.
That parade of planets has moved on, but what has been triggered by the lunar eclipse has taken on a life of its own. With a solar eclipse here in December, just a few weeks after lucky Jupiter's return, this was as much about what this could trigger now professionally as it was about clearing a path for new professional developments later this year, which will have a big impact in 2020. If nothing changed, the professional pressure of the last few months would slowly drop back and your professional confidence will return. With Saturn in his last full month in retrograde motion in your career sector and Pluto turning direct in October, they are in no hurry. However, things do change and dramatically for the better.
It begins with Mars' return to your work sector on 18th August, followed by Venus' return on 21st August, the Sun's return on 23rd August and Mercury's return on 29th August, a day before a New Moon here. Three things will happen as a result and the first and least significant is the new doors this will open on the job front. The second thing that will happen is that as each planet returns they will move into a friendly alliance with Uranus in your income sector, with the third implication their eventual friendly aspect to Saturn and Pluto in your career sector. This is a complete turnaround.
If it wasn't for four different factors there will be nothing happening on the professional front at all this month, but two of those factors mean that won't happen. The two factors I am talking about are the Moon's visit to your work sector from 7th August and to your career sector from 14th August to 16th August. Even without planetary activity in either of your two professional houses, it is a given that the Moon will return to each every four weeks, ensuring that there is at least some chance to connect with forces on the job and career fronts. The other two factors are the Full Moon in your career sector on 16th August and the asteroid Pallas' position in your work sector until 26th August.
This isn't the kind momentum that you will find when the faster moving planets begin returning to your career sector next month, but here since November Pallas has been keeping the engine running. As the goddess of wisdom, Pallas has also given you an extraordinary amount of time to learn, study or just upskill, so that by the time the planets that can really move things forward arrive you are ready. Had it not been for Pallas, when the planets begin returning to your career sector next month it would be for a cold start. Instead, less than three weeks separate Pallas' departure on 26th August and Venus and Mercury's return on 14th September.
This makes the Moon's visit to your work sector from 5th August to 7th August especially important. As well as giving you an intuitive read on work and job matters, this will be one last chance to connect with Pallas before she leaves, not to return for another four years. It is just a week after the Moon leaves your work sector that it will return to your career sector on 14th August, beginning the lead up to a Full Moon in its final hours, on 16th August. While it is from next month that things will really start to develop professionally, this month is the breeding ground for what is to follow.
This not a particularly active point of any professional year and purposely so. Neptune, in your career sector from 2012 to 2026 will always spend from June to November in retrograde motion, with a chance to return to the drawing board. When you have a planet in an area of your chart for years there is always a need to spend part of the year back at the drawing board. This year, for the first time since returning, Neptune is on his own after Chiron left in February. Without the planet of healing here there isn't the need to address old issues, with dreamy Neptune more focused on your professional dreams.
Things don't usually get active on the job front until the Sun and faster moving planets return in October. However, this year you have a slight advantage, one that won't bring new developments on the job front forward but will ensure that when new doors open you are ready for them. That advantage is the asteroid Pallas Athena's return to your work sector on 26th August and position here until November. As an asteroid, Pallas doesn't have the same clout as a planet so won't have an external influence on things. However, as the goddess of wisdom, Pallas will have been here for over five weeks by the time the first planet returns, allowing you to hit the ground running.
The Moon will make its monthly visit to your work sector from 7th August to 9th August. This is before Pallas returns, but with Mercury in his final days in your income sector by then, the Moon will form a friendly aspect to him and to Neptune in your career sector. As well as giving you an intuitive read on work and job matters, these should be some good days across the income, work and career fronts. Meanwhile, the Moon's visit to your career sector from 16th August to 19th August and alignment with Neptune while it moves through, will both fuel your professional instincts and imagination and bring a chance to check in.
The dynamics of this professional year are shifting and in the process, things are about to become a lot busier, especially on the job front and potentially more lucrative as well. At the start of July, both planets in your work sector were in retrograde motion and had been since April. At the same time, both planets in your career sector were in direct motion and had been since the New Year. Yet fast forward a month and you begin the month with both planets in your career sector in retrograde motion and those on the job front in the process of turning direct. When the focus is on career matters there is more a big picture focus.
This means there is less focus on day to day matters and more on the direction you are moving in. This allowed Jupiter to make the most of his first, last and only full retrograde phase in your busy work sector in 12 years and with it a chance to pull back. The dwarf planet Ceres has been in your work sector since January but she too had been in retrograde motion since April. I say had, for Ceres turned direct last month and in the final days of your birthday month. This has allowed you to start looking forward before you are ready or need to move forward. For it is on 12th August that the tide really turns.
This is when Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion not only turns direct in your work sector but begins his final months and knowing he won't return for another 12 years, this is when the job of moving forward begins. Work and job matters have been held back for four months and while this has given you time to work back at the drawing board, not only are you ready to move things forward, the year is ready to move things forward. Fortunately, Jupiter returns right in the middle of the most active weeks of the year on the income front and as the planets form friendly aspects there should be a return of confidence across the income, work and career fronts.
By the time we move into August, it has been just over two weeks since a lunar eclipse in your work sector and with the Moon not coming full circle until 11th August, even at the rudimentary level, this is something that is still playing out. Yet already the work tension and job pressure of the last few months should be dialling right back. It began just days after last month's lunar eclipse, as first the Sun and then Venus not only left a nostalgic part of your chart and returned to Leo but took the pressure off Saturn and Pluto, in retrograde motion in your work sector. There is a chance that all you can see at the start of the month is a drop in pressure, with no advantages.
Especially advantages that would compensate for what may have been a tough few months for some. Yet at the start of the month, this is still the rudimentary phase, where you are too close to see the benefits. When the Moon comes full circle and moves through your work sector from 11th August to 14th August, while some things will fall into place and start making sense, the reality is that it might take months. That is because not only this lunar eclipse but Saturn and Pluto are preparing for not only Jupiter's return in early December but a solar eclipse just weeks later.
If nothing else, the last two months have been about clearing a path for the new growth that will come. It is in the second half of the month that everything changes. It starts with Uranus' retrograde turn in your career sector on 12th August, joining Saturn in his last full month in retrograde motion in your work sector and Pluto in his second to last full month retrograde. However, the real turnaround begins when Mars returns to your income sector on 18th August, followed by a parade of planets over the following days. As well as kicking off the most potentially lucrative months of 2019, these planets will form a friendly aspect to Uranus on the career and to Saturn and Pluto on the job front.
While this is a fairly quiet month in terms of planetary activity in either of your two professional houses this is an advantage. It was only last month that Venus not only left your career sector but wrapped up over four months of planetary activity. As that four month span began before busy months on the job front at the start of the year had run their course, there was an overlapping that resulted in a busy first half of the year. There has been more than enough momentum to keep the wheels turning, with the main focus now more on preparing for next month's income developments and the start of the most lucrative months of 2019.
In the meantime, this makes the Moon's visits to your two professional houses a lot more important and one more so than most. While the Moon's visit to your career sector from 24th August to 26th August isn't any less important, this isn't the first visit since Venus left and it won't be the last, with the Moon returning for a chance to check in. With no more planetary activity on the career front until 2020, these monthly visits are all about staying on track and checking in. As the Moon returns and fuels your professional instincts and imagination, this is a chance to catch up with where things are now.
While the same is true for the Moon's visit to your work sector from 14th August to 16th August, this has a little more significance and all because of the Full Moon this will create on 16th August. Because the Full Moon will fall in the Moon's final hours, this will give you two days beforehand to ride the waxing lunar vibes. The days leading up to a Full Moon are always a growth time, with the Moon growing in size and in the process creating the potential to bring things on the job front to fruition or to a head, turning and/or tipping point.
It is not often that planets leaving your career sector is something to be excited about but this time this is a win/win. As each planet left and especially in the final 10 days of last month, this saw the pressure drop back as they moved out of opposition with Saturn and Pluto. The Moon had come full circle from a total solar eclipse in your career sector in the final days of July and by then, most if not all the pressure had dialled back. While the Moon is gone by the time you move into the new month it only left in the closing hours of July, allowing you to begin the month with your professional instincts and imagination fuelled.
This also gave the Moon a chance to connect with Mercury, who until leaving on 12th August is tying up loose ends. Mercury retrograded back in last month and this could have seen tensions rise again. Fortunately, Mercury turns direct before he can venture far enough back to move into opposition with Saturn and Pluto again. Instead, Mercury with his intellectually savvy edge and 20/20 hindsight is able to pick over the battlefield, searching for the spoils of war. While there will be no more planetary activity on the career front once Mercury leaves this won't mean that things will drop back.
The North Node is here until May 2020 and while this is a force that will keep the professional momentum moving and more importantly moving forward, it is not a planet so can't experience the same push back. The North Node will continue to support dreamy Neptune, now in his second full month in retrograde motion on the job front. The Moon will move through your work sector from 16th August to 19th August, with a valuable chance to check in. You will get that chance on the career front, when the Moon moves through your career sector from 26th August to 28th August, by which point things will have settled back dramatically.
August is always an important point in any professional year for you, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of August in your career sector. This year there are a few factors that make this a lot more exciting and potentially a lot more successful and lucrative. The first of those factors is that regardless of what is happening professionally this month, the energy of August is light, open and optimistic. We have collectively been through the toughest point of this year, with June and July without a doubt the toughest months of 2019. This puts you in an unusual situation because the professional conditions were excellent but may have been overshadowed by some brooding skies.
As those skies clear those positive professional conditions will become more obvious and it could be that during the early part of the month you are looking back on July with a new, more positive perspective. You begin the month with the Sun, Mars and Venus in your career sector and while they will all be gone by the end of the month, they have returned to push start this professional year at a time when there is easy traction and nothing in your path. Instead of the uphill slog this has been in other years, the wheels are greased, the road ahead is smooth and there are no obstacles. In addition, you have a lot more planetary muscle available.
Mars is here until 18th August, Venus until 21st August, the Sun until 23rd August and Mercury, who returns for a double dip visit on 12th August is here until 29th August. This is a short, sharp and effective chance to not only gain professional momentum and traction but with implications on the income and job fronts as well. Lucky Jupiter will turn direct in your income sector on 12th August, the same day that Mercury returns to your career sector. With every planet moving through your career sector at some point moving into a friendly aspect to Jupiter and to Chiron and Eris, in their first full month in retrograde motion in your work sector, this will have implications across the income, work and career fronts.
There is a chance that you might begin the month feeling a little low, even if this is something you can't put your finger on. It is partly a drop in job confidence and partly a bit of lethargy, yet even this doesn't explain it, for it is more vague than that. You may just feel that you have lost your spark or that you are not feeling that enthusiastic, either way setting the professional bar relatively low. Well, get ready to be proved wrong and in the nicest possible way. The reason for a bit of lethargy and a feeling of being world wary on the job front is that Uranus, the only planet in either of your two professional houses is just days away from turning retrograde in your work sector.
In addition, Uranus has been under pressure last month. Not the kind of pressure that comes from a planetary opposition and more from just being at odds with some of the planets in the solar system. This is why it is hard to put your finger on where this is coming from. Uranus is at a near standstill from the get go, ahead of his retrograde turn in your work sector, which may see work and job matters become stalled. This is when this month will be deep in its 'false impression' mode. For it is just six days after Uranus turns retrograde on 12th August that everything is set to change, with implications across the income, work and career fronts.
It begins with Mars' return to your career sector on 18th August, with his first visit since 2017 able to fire things up professionally and especially on the career front. This will be followed just days later by Venus' return on 21st August, the Sun's return on 23rd August, Juno's return on 24th August and Mercury's on 29th August. After no planetary activity in your career sector all year, the flood gates open. More importantly, as each planet returns to your career sector they will move into a friendly aspect to Uranus, energising his retrograde phase on the job front and the old doors this has opened. This will also put them in a friendly aspect to Saturn and Pluto in your income sector, who had an even worse month that Uranus last month.
This might be a relatively low key professional month, but what you have is all positive and the reality is, after the personal roller coaster the solar system has taken you on over the last two months, you're not ready for too much change or anything too hectic. With a parade of planets returning to your career sector next month and the last planet having just left your work sector last month, wrapping up four months of planetary activity, this is a chance to catch your breath. While Venus' departure from your work sector last month has brought all planetary activity here to a close until 2020, this has created more than enough momentum.
This makes the Moon's monthly visits a lot more important, for this is when you will get a chance to check in, with an intuitive read on work and job matters also a chance to check that you are still aligned with that momentum. As things continue to evolve, the Moon's monthly visits to your work sector are also a chance to push the reset button if need be. You will have that chance when the Moon moves through from 24th August to 26th August and the timing couldn't be more perfect. For while you have no planetary activity in your career sector, the asteroid Pallas is here until 26th August.
The Moon will return to your work sector during Pallas' final days and with the first of the full sized planets returning three weeks later, this will be a valuable chance to get an intuitive read on both job and career matters. The Moon will make its last visit to your career sector before Pallas leaves from 5th August to 7th August. Pallas might not have the power to move things on the career front, but she is not only the goddess of wisdom and the warrior princess of the cosmos, she is the goddess most linked to passing on knowledge to humans. So expect a download of information as the Moon moves through.
Sometimes you don't know how good something was until it's over and that is likely to be the case with this year's planetary activity on the job front, that is just now coming to a close. This has been a long journey to get to this point, starting with Mars' return to your work sector in May and the parade of planets that have moved through since then. The reason why you are probably unaware of just how good this has been, especially in terms of job expansion, growth and ongoing momentum, is that this has also been a challenging time. Every planet that has moved through your work sector has faced an opposition with Saturn and Pluto, which was compounded by the pressure from a lunar eclipse.
Yet two weeks earlier, a total solar eclipse in your work sector has unleashed potential that you aren't even aware of or at least of its significance. Because we can't see what the future will bring but we can feel pressure in real time, this may have been all that you saw. Tension started to drop back considerably when the Sun left your work sector last month and especially when Venus left in the closing days of July. While Mercury retrograded back in for a double dip visit and is still here, he won't go back far enough to encounter another clash with Saturn and Pluto. Instead, in retrograde motion until the early hours of the month, Mercury is combing the battlefield, picking over the spoils of war.
Until Mercury leaves on 12th August, as well as giving you an intellectually savvy edge and the 20/20 hindsight his time in retrograde motion has given you, this is a time to tie up loose ends. Yet while Mercury's departure will bring all planetary activity on the job front to a close the North Node, the force behind last month's solar eclipse is here until May 2020 and it is only once the last planet has left that the real implications of what has been triggered will slowly start to reveal itself. Between now and a lunar eclipse here in January expect the truth of what has been triggered to slowly unfold when, where and how you least expect.
Your professional year is coming alive in a surprising and unexpected way, with signs from the get go that something has shifted. While Mars has been in your work sector since early last month, there was so much going on last month outside the professional domain that this was to a degree overshadowed. In addition, with Mercury in retrograde motion here this put the brakes on, making it hard for Mars to drive things forward in the way that he would like to. That changed when Mercury retrograded back out last month, just days before the Sun returned. Venus' return in the closing days of July means you begin the month with the Sun, Mars and Venus in your work sector.
The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of August here, with the solar spotlight always on your work situation and job matters at this time of year. However, to have Mars here as well is an added advantage. However, even Mercury's return on 12th August and the sheer number of planets active on the job front is nothing compared to the impact of another event on the same day. The Sun, Mercury and Venus might return to your work sector once a year and Mars once every other year but this is the first time they have returned to find lucky Jupiter in your career sector in 12 years.
In retrograde motion since April, Jupiter turns direct on 12th August and effectively wakes up, on the same day that Mercury returns to complete the full house of planetary activity on the job front. As each planet moves through your work sector they will not only form a friendly alliance with Jupiter in your career sector, energising things on both fronts, but will form the same friendly alliance with the two planets spending their first full month in retrograde motion in your income sector. From Mars' departure from your work sector on 18th August to Mercury's departure on 29th August all planetary activity on the job front will be over by the end of the month. Yet by that point, Jupiter will be back in direct motion and able to carry both job and career matters forward.