While July is not normally a month when the money gods are particularly active, on both the income and financial fronts the money gods are going the extra mile to deliver something out of the box. It was Mercury's departure from your income sector on the 13th June that brought your annual update to an end and supposedly all the planetary activity for the year. As well as leaving you with a smart head for money and plenty of momentum, this planted plenty of seeds which the professional gods are happy to nurture. However, just when you thought the money gods themselves were finished with income matters Ceres' return on the 17th July brings them back in the game, though in a more subtle way. This is Ceres' first visit in four years and returning just as Jupiter moves into his final months in your work sector she'll be here to ensure that your income interests are protected and coming along for the ride. Until then Mercury's departure from your income sector last month has allowed the money gods to shift their focus onto financial and money matters as a whole, as Mars makes a rare double dip visit to your financial sector, his first in eight decades. Having retrograded back in late May and having turned direct on the 30th June, this makes the 1st July a real line in the sand, with the focus shifting from the past to the road ahead. While your income and financial sectors sit on opposite sides of the sky there is no danger of Ceres and Mars moving into opposition, giving you access to some support and confidence on both the income and financial fronts but without the risk of financial tensions rising. Mars spent all but the final hours of June fuelling old financial passions and your fighting spirit and will spend the whole of July making use of them.
While financial tensions began to ease back dramatically after the Sun's departure from your income sector on the 21st June, with a Full Moon in your financial sector during his last full day having given one last push to get everything out in the open, it is only as you move into the new month that you're in the clear. While the Sun's departure from your income sector brought your annual review to a close, leaving you with everything out in the open and an authentic starting point, Mercury stayed behind so you could work with his smart head for money to tie up loose ends. With no more planetary activity in your income sector until 2017, this was a chance to get your head in the game, around your options and to make the smart choices, decisions and plans that has given income matters the kind of momentum that will be easy to maintain. Mercury only left on the 30th June, with the 1st July the first full day where the money gods are able to shift their focus back onto financial and money matters, no longer having to split and divide their attention. It was that competition between income and financial forces that created financial tensions and pressure over the last two months, yet having raised the bar you now get to enjoy the benefits. The focus now shifts back onto Saturn who is spending his last full month in retrograde motion in your financial sector and after the wakeup calls of recent months and with most of the roadblocks cleared, you're able to make the most of the time you're able to spend back at the drawing board. This is a chance to address old financial issues, learn from the past and in general take your power back. What you don't have moving forward are the wakeup calls of recent months, with everything now out in the open.
With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of July in your income sector the focus is always going to be on income matters at this time of year, though not all years are created equal. This year you have a mix of the expected and the unexpected and they both put you in a good and confident position. The expected is that the Sun will shine the solar spotlight on your income situation, matters and options but this will create some competition with financial forces, who believe that they should have your full attention. With Pluto in your financial sector from 2008 to 2024 as the Sun, Mercury and Venus move through your income sector each year there is no option but to move into opposition, with financial tensions coming to a head at different points during the first three weeks of July and in particular around the time of a Full Moon in your financial sector on the 20th July. With the Sun leaving your income sector on the 22nd July one last clash between income and financial forces might create some financial tension, but with it the potential for a breakthrough on both fronts. This is all part of the annual pattern, but what isn't the norm is to have Mars not only back in your work sector but in retrograde motion for all but the final hours of June, just as the doors were opening to the past, second chances and untapped potential on the career front as well. While Mars turned direct on the 30th June he will continue to support the income opportunities that will continue to open up during the first three weeks of July. Until leaving your income sector on the 12th July Venus will be working to fuel your desires, expectations and a sense of entitlement as well as triggering the laws of attraction, while you'll have Mercury's smart head for money to work with until he leaves on the 14th July. A New Moon on the 4th July creates the potential for new opportunities, in the heart of what will be some of the most important weeks of 2016 for income, work and career matters.
After a very quiet few months the money gods are waking up this month and it is all on schedule. That there has been no planetary activity in either of your two money houses since Venus left your financial sector in early March is very typical. The Sun will always wrap up his annual visit to your financial sector in February but won't start his annual visit to your income sector until July, with things nearly always going quiet between the two, with only the Moon's monthly visits to your two money houses to give the money gods a voice. That all changes this month and right on schedule, though thanks to Venus things start moving 10 days ahead of schedule. The Sun will always return to your income sector on or about the 22nd July, throwing the solar spotlight on your income situation, matters and options. While Venus will return on the 12th July, getting in 10 days first there is a chance prior to that, with the Moon moving through your income sector from the 6th July to the 8th July. This will give you an intuitive edge and sharpen your nose for money just days before Venus is due to return to kick off the most potentially lucrative weeks of 2016, with support from Mercury and his smart head for money when he returns on the 14th July. By the time the Sun returns on the 22nd July you will have both heart and head in the game with a smart head for money and the laws of attraction in effect you should be seeing signs of movement. With Mercury leaving on the 31st July, Venus early next month and the Sun on the 23rd August this is a fairly short annual update, but with so much support from both work and career forces it should be a fruitful one. The period from the 12th July to the 23rd August might be relatively short, but they have the potential to be the most lucrative weeks of 2016.
There is a definite shift taking place this month, as if the financial and income forces that have been battling all year to find a balance reach a tipping point, where one takes a shift in one direction and the other a radical shift in the other, both in benefiting you. For the whole of the year the battle to find a balance between money coming in and money going on has been waging and this is where any financial tension or challenges have played out, with each side fighting for the same slice of your attention. Then all at once it seems the money gods have had an epiphany, looking at each other and asking 'what if, instead of battling for the same attention we call a truce and each take a separate approach that no longer creates conflict'? This sees financial and money matters as a whole do a complete U turn, thanks to Neptune and Chiron's retrograde turn in your financial sector last month, with July the first full month of a review phase that until November will see the focus shift to the rear view mirror as you review, revise and learn from the past. This is also a chance to revisit old financial dreams and gain inspiration and mastery over the past. This frees income forces up to take ownership of the future and they will do that with a gusto. With lucky Jupiter due to leave your income sector in September and the support needed to bring things home arriving at the end of this month, this is when the push to extract every possible income advantage begins. While Mercury and his smart head for money won't return to your income sector until the 31st July instead of leaving 15 days later, as is normally the case, he won't leave until the 7th October. With lucky Jupiter starting to gain some real traction, this is when major new income opportunities and a breakthrough is set to begin, with July marking the start of what has the potential to be some of the most lucrative months in a decade.
While the influence is fairly subtle the implications are immense as you move into the second half of 2016. While, with all the planetary activity in your financial sector the money gods' main focus is on financial and money matters, there is a shadow hanging over everything as you move into the second half of the year, a nose for money is already picking up that there are some massive income opportunities ahead. Mercury, who only left your career sector on the 30th June, less than 24 hours before the month began, has left you with your head in the game and the intellectually savvy edge needed to keep your professional game on track, along with a sense that with the right structures in place the money will follow. While lucky Jupiter won't return to your income sector until early September, with the preparation work beginning next month, you've entered the most lucrative half of 2016 and it is now just a matter of time. It is not that September is likely to see major new income opportunities open up, but this will open the door to the most potentially lucrative period in over a decade, a period that will run through to October 2017. At the same time there is likely to be a new sense of overall financial confidence, even if you're still facing the same financial realities, have the same money to work with and the same budget or challenges to juggle. What has emerged over the coming months is a more authentic awareness of your financial needs and priorities, with the value of money not only clearer but as you appreciate what you do and don't need you're likely to find that pointless spending or unconscious frittering away of money has dropped off. It is not that you've become any smarter with money, just more aware of its value and therefore you're making the choices that are in your best interest.
While the 1st July might be the official start of the second half of the year and astrologically this is symbolic at best and not really meaning that much, this year it has huge significance and especially on the income front, for the 1st July is the day that a comeback begins. In late May, for the first time since 1937 Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos retrograded back into your income sector just months after leaving and while a retrograde phase is rare enough, a double dip visit is even rarer. In retrograde motion for all but the final hours of June, Mars has spent all his time until now retracing his steps, going back over ground already covered and as he did the doors also opened to the past, second chances and untapped potential on the work front and to new opportunities on the career front. However, it was on the 30th June that Mars turned direct and with the 1st July his first full day in direct motion this is when the tide turns and the warrior planet of the cosmos begins the process of crossing the same ground for the third time, ensuring no stone has been left unturned. With Neptune and Chiron spending their first full month in direct motion in your work sector, the Sun in your career sector until the 22nd July and Mars leaving your income sector on the 3rd August, the money and professional gods will work together all month to provide the professional backup that an income breakthrough needs. Mars has declared war on any glass ceilings and with probably his most important visit to your income sector in your lifetime in its final months, he's taking a sledge hammer to anything in your way, especially your own limiting thoughts and beliefs. From the get go trust what a nose for money is telling you, ready to come out of your corner fighting.
After an acrimonious few months between warring money gods, things settle down this month with a clear winner emerging, except you can't afford to see it that way. 2016 is actually a major and defining year for income matters, with Saturn spending his first and only full year here in three decades and with support from Mars over recent months and even more when he returns early next month. However, the problems started when the Sun returned to begin your annual financial review in late May and like Venus and Mercury, who followed over the coming weeks, this not only involved an opposition with Saturn, but two Full Moons brought income and financial forces into a collision course, with financial tensions and pressures coming to a head. The planets moving through your financial sector move through at that time every year, throwing the solar spotlight on your financial situation and matters, forcing you to pay attention, take ownership and take care of any financial housekeeping. Yet with Mercury's smart head for money and Venus' desires and expectations this was also a chance to update your financial game plan. Mercury only left your financial sector on the 30th June, so the 1st July is literally the first full day where income forces have finally wrestled back the full attention of the money gods. This can be seen as a real turning point, for with new doors opening on the career front this month and something special already building on the work front the second half of the year is destined to see a flowering of income, work and career potential. However, this is the point where you can't afford to see income forces as emerging victorious over financial forces, for in order for there to be a winner there has to be a loser and to see recent months just as financial testing or trying would be to lose all of the wisdom, experience and gains made. Continue to take a smart approach to money matters, while the money gods themselves shift all their focus onto income matters.
That the focus is going to be on financial and money matters at this time of year is a given, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of July in your financial sector. This is when the solar spotlight will always fall on your financial situation and money matters, getting everything out in the open and performing the reality checks needed in order to see things for what they are. Another given is that with Pluto in your income sector from 2008 to 2024, as the Sun and planets return to your financial sector each year they will move into opposition, creating some financial tension. This is such a part of the annual pattern now that this is embedded into your annual financial review and brings you to a vital point of the year on both fronts. While you have a very ordinary annual financial update on your hands, with no nasty surprises or unexpected challenges, you have a surprising amount of support. Pluto, in retrograde motion in your income sector will come under pressure as the Sun, Mercury and Venus all move into opposition, while not only getting his own back during a Full Moon on the 20th July, but with things really starting to move on the career front this month and with support from lucky Jupiter and the professional gods, any financial tension that may come to a head at times can be used as leverage, with some real breakthroughs possible. At the same time the Sun, in your financial sector until the 22nd July, Venus here until the 12th July and Mercury until the 14th July are not only working together as a well oiled team but are well supported as well. Moving into the months with your head in the game, eyes open and your financial confidence, desires and expectations running high, when the Sun and Moon align to create a New Moon on the 4th July you'll be ready to use this as a chance to draw a new line in the sand, ready to take your power back. By the 22nd July your annual financial review will be over and the money gods will shift all their focus back onto income matters, making it important to focus on money matters while you can.
With no planetary activity in either of your money houses since Venus left your income sector in early March, to start with things are still fairly low key, but as is normally the case that was always going to change this month. Regardless of what the rest of the solar system is doing, the one thing that you can guarantee for sure is that the Sun will already move through your income sector in February/March and through your financial sector in July/August, always has and always will and as part of the annual pattern, from the moment you move into July your subconscious will be starting to pay more attention. However, while the Sun's return to your financial sector on the 22nd July is an anticipated and in fact guaranteed reality each year, throwing the solar spotlight on your financial situation, matters and options, there is a chance to get things moving before that this year. It begins with the Moon's return to your financial sector from the 6th July to the 8th July and while this is a visit made every four weeks and a chance to sharpen your financial instincts and engage your emotional, intuitive and imaginative responses, for the first time this year you'll pick up on an imminent arrival of forces that can shake things up. It is just four days after the Moon's departure and with your financial instincts still sharp that Venus will return on the 12th July, arriving a full 10 days before the Sun in order to fuel your financial confidence, desires and expectations ahead of time. It is just two days later that Mercury's return on the 14th July will bring a chance to get your head in the game and work with his smart head for money to start making smart financial choices, decisions and plans. By the time the Sun returns on the 22nd to begin your annual financial review you'll already have your head and heart in the game and will have a real start, on your terms. While Mercury will leave on the 31st July and Venus early next month, you'll retain that head start for the remainder of your month long annual financial review.
From the moment you move into the second half of the year the fog of war clears to reveal not only a more transparent landscape on both the income and financial fronts, but a clear and confident distinction between the two. That's important, because for the majority of the first half of the year income and financial forces were in open competition for your attention, with a battle to find a balance between money coming in and money going out becoming quite tense and downright dirty at times. Yet it was last month that a shift took place that saw income and financial forces begin to occupy very different ground, no longer fighting for the same territory or the same attention. Finally able to operate in their own lanes there is likely to be a new sense of financial confidence this month and such a clear distinction between the two that things will become more clear cut. Financial and money matters as a whole take the road ahead, not only giving you a chance to look to the future but to look forward with confidence. The coming months hold the potential for a lot of growth and expansion, starting with your financial confidence and a belief that you really can take your power back. Income forces on the other hand take a completely different tack, with Neptune and Chiron's retrograde turn in your income sector last month putting the focus there on the rear view mirror, with the doors open to the past, second chances and untapped potential right through to November. With Mars having spent all but the final hours of June in retrograde motion in your career sector and new doors opening on the work front, the professional gods are providing the support needed to access untapped income potential. While the doors will remain open to the past and second chances on the income front right through to November, with the Sun leaving your work sector on the 22nd July and Mars leaving your career sector on the 3rd August there is some urgency from the professional gods, who want things sown up this month.
While the money gods will begin turning their attention onto financial and money matters as a whole later next month and over the coming months this will expand into something powerful, expansive and potentially game changing, for now the focus is still on income matters. With Uranus in your income sector until 2019 and continuous planetary activity here since 2010 the balance of power and focus is always going to be on income matters and as the default that the money gods are set to this is where the majority of your focus is likely to be as well. For the most part this is in the background, always with an eye to where the money is and every now and then Eureka or serendipitous moments occurring that suggest that the money gods are pulling the strings somewhere. This month income forces come into a larger fold and it is all to do with the professional gods. Saturn, who had a fairly bruising month as he spent his first full month back on his own in your career sector but also benefited from two Full Moons over recent months, is relying heavily on his partnership with income forces, with the challenges of the past few months fuelling a strong sense of resolve. However, as first Venus on the 12th July, then Mercury on the 14th July and finally the Sun on the 22nd July return to your work sector, the real support kicks in, the kind that can trigger opportunities. With Mars returning to your career sector early next month and new work opportunities continuing to unfold through until late next month, moving into July and the second half of the year brings you to a point where income, work and career matters are ready to flower and open up. While the income potential has been there all along, what happens this month is that you reach a point where your professional year has or will finally catch up.