While December will start off as an extremely focused and busy month and while the professional focus will continue, the really frenetic days can be found in the early days of the month, until Mars leaves your work sector on the 8th December. This will not only bring Mars' 7 week visit to your work sector to an end, his last until 2015, but all the planetary activity for the year. While you will not only retain your professional focus but it will intensify when the Sun returns to your career sector on the 22nd December and Mercury on Christmas Eve, their focus is more on the big picture and comes without the urgency needed to pack as much into every 24 hours that Mars brings. It's on the 8th December that Mars will shift his focus to your relationships, where not due to leave until July 2014 he's set to bring your biggest relationship shake up in decades, putting your relationships back in the spotlight and high on your priorities. What you will have, from Mars' departure from your work sector on the 8th December to the Sun's return to your career sector on the 22nd December, is a chance to embrace a sense of adventure, keeping your work hat off enough so that life doesn't become all work and no play, but not so much that you lose your professional momentum. At the same time that maintaining the right work/life balance is important, so too is ensuring the communication lines are open, especially on the relationship front. If things get stalled, a Full Moon on the 17th December should do the trick.
With the main thrust of your working year behind you and the next professional wave not due to begin until the New Year, with Mercury's return to your career sector on the 12th January, this should be a low key professional month, with a chance to embrace a sense of adventure, get excited about the holiday period coming up and a chance to focus more on money and relationship matters. However, no one gave Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos that memo and while the Sun left your work sector in November, supposedly wrapping things up for the year, he not only returns to your work sector on the 8th December but will kick off his longest visit in 3 decades and an extremely busy 8 months on the work front. If you're going to be busy, it's important to make it on your terms from the get go, taking the time in the early days of the month to redefine your priorities, with an eye on job satisfaction, looking at what will give you a sense of purpose. This also makes the early days of the month important for finding a balance between work and play, one that will be sustainable over the long term, with 2014 not only destined to be a big professional year, but already making its impact felt this month. The early days of the month are also important for making sure the communication lines are open, especially on the relationship front. As is always the case, December is also an important month for money matters, with a New Moon in your financial sector on the 3rd December and a Full Moon in your income sector on the 17th December allowing you to get all aspects of your money game on the table.
December is always your most important month of the year for your relationships, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of December in your relationship sector and this year is no exception. What makes this even more important this year, is that there is a real dearth of planetary support. With Venus, planet of love already been and gone, the Sun and Mercury, who won't even return until the 5th December both gone before Christmas, you can't afford to put this off. When Venus moved through she gave you a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and while the Sun's job is to reveal what your relationships need from you, Mercury and his ability to ensure the communication lines are open, is the planet that can help bridge the gap between the two. This makes communication an important factor in both your personal and professional relationships. However, while your relationships aren't receiving any additional support, which can sometimes be a good thing, the love gods are smiling on you this month, bringing a very special Christmas gift. That gift is Mars' return to your romantic and creative sector on the 8th December, for what should be a 6 week visit aimed at giving matters of the heart a boost and fuelling your romantic and creative passions. However, not due to leave until July 2014, Mars' longest visit in 3 decades is going to really spice things up. In the meantime, a Full Moon in your sign on the 17th December, marking the halfway point in your solar year, is a chance to get your personal bearings before heading into the New Year.
While December is always going to be the busiest month of any year, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of December in your work sector, even with Uranus turning direct in your career sector on the 18th December, compared to other years you should have this under control. Venus has been and gone so you should know what you want on the work front and while Mercury will return to your work sector on the 5th December, getting your head in the game and putting even more focus on work matters, both he and the Sun will be gone by Christmas. What you have is a short, low key update that is easily manageable, where you're able to tie up your professional year, line things up for your 2014 professional year, which will receive a big surge in March, but without the frenetic pace of previous years. Shock, horror, you may even get a chance to take your work hat off over the holiday period and do a lot more than pay lip service to a need for maintaining a balance between work and play. In fact, you will have cosmic forces policing that, with not only playful, romantic and relationship matters extremely important this month and into the New Year, but home and family matters as well. You should be familiar by now with work/life balance issues and what can happen when you get it wrong, but this time around it's more that life is diversifying and you really can have it all. Be on the lookout for some unexpected work developments around the time of the New Moon on the 3rd December, with some extra forces in play that could bring some unexpected surprises.
Despite the fact that Venus has been in your work sector since the 5th November and already her longest visit in over 200 years is putting the focus on work matters, before the annual push begins, you should have no trouble finding and maintaining a balance between work and play. It's not until the Sun returns to your work sector on the 22nd December and Mercury on Christmas Eve that the real focus shifts to work matters, but even then this is more a chance to start lining up for your 2014 professional year. There is no doubt that January will be busy and then you really will find it hard to find a balance between work and play, which is why you need to make it a priority while you can. Why this is possible this month when it won't be next month, is that until the 22nd December you'll have the Sun in a playful, fun and romantically charged part of your chart, with Mercury here from the 5th December to the 24th December. After they're gone work forces will close in and it will stay that way through to next March, with the more you can develop the right balance between work and play now, the easier it will be to maintain. In the meantime, with a New Moon in your romantic sector on the 3rd December and a Full Moon in a social and serendipitous part of your chart on the 17th December, there is a push to make this month as fun and sociable as possible. What will become important this month is communication. Yet the overall message from the stars this month is to celebrate the end of the year, have fun, make friends and family a priority and over the holiday period recharge your batteries, for 2014 is not only due to be a busy professional year, it's going to kick in very early in the New Year, as in the first 48 hours of the year.
On the 12th January Mercury will return to your work sector and a very busy 3 months will kick in on the work front, which in turn will make way for an increasingly busy professional year. The reason why that is important this month, is that it places a lot more significance on the Full Moon in your career sector on the 17th December, but also on the more fun and family focused forces in play now, appreciating their importance. For while 2014 will get off to a busy start and remain busier further into the year than last year, that's not until next month. Yes, the Full Moon on the 17th December will bring professional matters to a head, allowing you to bring this professional year to a close and help you to start lining up for your 2014 professional year, but it's only for a day either side that this needs to be your main focus. With the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of December in your home and family sector, this is always going to be an important time of year for home and family matters, especially as there hasn't been too many other opportunities this year, nor will there be again until later next year. At the same time, while the Sun will return to a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart on the 22nd December, always spending Christmas and the New Year here, with Venus not only already here but refusing to leave until March, these playful forces are in play from the get go this month. While work forces won't come into play until the New Year, Mars' return to your income sector on the 8th December will kick off some of your most potentially lucrative months in decades, armed with a sledgehammer to attack any glass ceilings.
This is one year when your professional year is going to come to a slow and measured stop, not because there is nothing happening, but because the forces in play are deliberately holding things back. If you had no planetary activity in either your work or career sectors then it would be up to you how fast or slow you played things and with the end of the year deadlines looming and less days to get things done, this can often lead to a last minute sense of panic. For the first time since 2002 you're moving into the end of the year with lucky Jupiter in your career sector, yet having just turned retrograde last month, he's got the handbrake firmly on. At the same time, while Neptune and Chiron turned direct in your work sector last month, they are still moving at a slow pace and with the next big push not coming until the 1st February, they're in no hurry either. Things are actually more measured and being held back because of the planetary activity you have in your two professional houses, more so than they would have otherwise been. With a lot of things falling into place on the income front, you're in a much better position to pick your battles wisely. Another thing holding things back is the fact that you'll move into the month with Mars, the planet that brings us our drives, passions, competitive and fighting spirit, still in an intuitive and imaginative part of your chart. This is allowing you to pace yourself, with his return to your sign on the 8th December marking the point where you'll feel your energy kick back in. In the meantime, it's both home and family matters and communication that are the really important themes this month.
While for everyone this is likely to be the most expensive month of the year, one that you've either been saving and preparing for or you'll be paying for, for many months to come, for you December is always a month where you've got your money hat on. Between a New Moon in your income sector on the 3rd December and a Full Moon in your financial sector on the 17th December, they'll manage to get everything out in the open. Yet while the Full Moon will bring financial matters to a head, the money gods are mainly focused on income matters, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of December in your income sector. With Mercury moving through from the 5th December to the 24th December, this will give you a smart head for money when Uranus' direct turn in your work sector on the 18th December releases the handbrake, creating a turnaround on the work front. While the real implications of this will be felt in the New Year, with the Sun and Mercury gone from your income sector by then, the days leading up to Christmas will be important days for putting your income and work objectives on the same page, both in terms of extracting any opportunities this year still holds or lining up for next year's opportunities. What you will find this month is that there isn't the urgency of other years and over the holiday period in particular, there is a need to do whatever you can to recharge your batteries and if that means some lazy days with a good book, you'll get no complaints from the stars.
For you the New Year doesn't begin on the 1st January it has already begun, for in the early days of your birthday month the focus is already on the future, on moving on and embracing the new journey ahead. With Venus been and gone from your sign you will already have a fairly good idea of what you want from the future and even if it's just a vague sense of purpose, the confidence to know that you can make it up as you go and fill in the details later. Mercury's move through your sign from the 5th December to the 24th December will give you a chance to work on a game plan, but even then there is a need to keep your mind and your options open, focusing more on what you want to achieve than on project managing every step of the way. Chances are the way you think you'll get from Point A to Point B isn't how life will pan out, but so long as you get to where you want to be, that's all that counts. A New Moon in your sign on the 3rd December will bring a chance to draw a line in the sand, committing to the journey ahead. In the meantime, there is a need to move into the new month with your professional hat on, for rather than having the whole month to bring your professional year home, you really only have the first 8 days. Until Mars leaves your career sector on the 8th December it's about embracing your professional passions and fighting spirit, creating as much professional thrust and momentum as possible. In the meantime, this is destined to be a good month for both friendship and relationship building.
December is usually a month that you feel like crawling into rather than bounding into, with your energy levels low and a need for time to reflect high as you move into the final month of each year. However, this is less to do with the fact that you're running out of steam as you head into the home straight and more that as you move into December the wind down of your current solar year has already begun, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of December in a reflective, intuitive and imaginative part of your chart. This is when you have a chance to reflect on the journey so far, close old doors and spend time navel gazing, recharging your batteries as you prepare to not only move into a new solar year on the 22nd December, but into a new calendar year just 10 days later. The fact that your professional year, which had reached a nice steady momentum, will flare back into life again when Mars return's to your career sector on the 8th December, means that there will be less time for navel gazing than in other years, making time management and work/life balance an issue from the get go. This would have been the case even if this was just Mars making his typical 6 week visit, aimed at firing up your professional passions and fighting spirit and putting your professional game into overdrive. However, this is anything but a typical visit and here until July 2014, there is a serious need to pace yourself from the get go. With a Full Moon in your work sector on the 17th December, your professional game is getting a major shot in the arm this month, just when things should be wrapping up for the year.
As much as you might want to put out the 'do not disturb' sign from the get go, there'll be plenty of time over the holiday period, making those stolen moments when you can escape life's demands all the more precious. What you will find, is that while the busy professional forces of previous months will follow you into this month, that they will run out of steam in the early days of the month and from the 5th December onwards, you'll have a chance to focus more on bringing your professional year home than driving things forward. December is always a month where the focus is more on social matters and on personal and professional networking, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of December in your sector of friendship, teamwork and networking. As the professional focus eases back the social focus will start to take over, providing a much needed chance to catch up with friends or after a hard fought professional year, to celebrate with work colleagues. You won't have long to rest on your laurels though, with 2014 destined to be another big professional year. Yet once Mercury leaves your career sector on the 5th December the urgency of recent months will ease back, just 3 days before Mars' return to an adventurous part of your chart will trigger a passion for adventure and a hunger for richer life experiences, not only setting the scene for some exciting experiences over the holiday period, but something that will follow you into the New Year. You're waking up to the fact that life doesn't have to be all work and no play and that you really can have it all.
Try as you might your professional year won't end until Christmas Eve, needing to keep your professional hat on until then. However, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of December in your career sector that shouldn't come as any surprise and if anything, the surprising thing will be how easy it is to take your professional hat off over the holiday period. For the last time you spent Christmas and the New Year with no planetary activity in your career sector was in 1993, 20 years ago, with your biggest challenge not having to keep your professional hat on until just before Christmas, but realising that you can take it off. The stars aren't mucking around this year and rather than drag things out into the New Year, which is more often than not the case, they're offering a short, sharp professional push, aimed at bringing this professional year home and lining you up for your 2014 professional year, with a chance to take a much deserved break in between. It's on the 18th December, in the final days of bringing your professional year home, that you'll experience a turnaround on the income front and if you don't see any evidence of any income opportunities this might release this side of Christmas, expect them in the New Year. While professional forces will be taking a break over the holiday period financial forces won't, with Mars' return to your financial sector on the 8th December not only firing up your financial passions and fighting spirit, but kicking off a major financial comeback that will be 8 months in the making.