There is a completely different dynamic in play and feel to the month than last month, with a sense that it's only now that you can step back and process a push that began back in late October. While your annual professional review takes place when the Sun moves through your career sector each year, from the 22nd December to the 20th January, this year things began much earlier, with Mars' return on the 26th October and also finished early. By the time the Sun left on the 20th January more planets had moved through your career sector than in the last 2 years, creating a situation where while you never really had a chance to take your professional hat off over the holiday period and things got off to a frenetic start, that here you are in early February and everything is out in the open, with a year full of potential stretching out in front of you. The professional gods seemed to be in a real hurry this year to get things up to speed as early as possible and this month the reason why is revealed, as Pluto and Ceres, two dwarf planets take control, lording it over everything like the King and Queen of your professional year that they actually are. With Pluto on a long term mission to keep the wheels turning and for the evolutionary process to continue, Ceres only returned last month but she'll spend 26 weeks out of 2015's 52 weeks, on a mission to redefine your professional priorities and your whole definition of success. Apart from the Moon's visit to your work sector from the 5th February to the 8th February and to your career sector from the 15th February to the 17th February, putting your attention there more intensely during those days, it's a case of steady as she goes, using the momentum already gained.
Moving into the New Year with Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos in your career sector and especially as he'd been there since early December, spending his first Christmas here since 1999, meant that you had pole position from the get go. You not only moved into the New Year with your professional passions and fighting spirit engaged, but with Venus and Mercury having returned in the very early days of January it wasn't long before you had your heart and head in the game as well. While at the very latest your new professional year will kick off with the Sun's return to your career sector on the 20th January, this year you've not only had a head start, but with no real divide between your 2014 and 2015 professional year and no speed bump you're way ahead of where you would normally be at this time of year. Yet with a New Moon during the Sun's first full day here and so much water having already passed under the bridge, until the Sun leaves on the 19th February it should be more about tying up loose ends right? Wrong, for this is still an active and evolving situation, with Mercury in retrograde motion until the 12th February and a second New Moon on the 19th February, just minutes before the Sun is due to leave. During that time and especially in the between the 4th February and the 7th February there may be some work/life balance tension, for you'll not only have a Full Moon in your home and family sector during that time, but pressure from Jupiter. With Mercury in retrograde motion until the 12th February you're unlikely to make any progress anyway and with the real push coming with the second New Moon on the 19th February this is a valuable chance to take care of any balance issues. After such a hectic few months this is a valuable chance to pause and reflect, keeping your mind and your options open for as long as possible. Mercury will stay on until mid March to tie up loose ends.
There are two givens about your professional year that you can absolutely rely on and that no matter what won't change or at least not for many, many years. You've had continuous planetary activity in your career sector since 2003 and will do until Neptune leaves in 2026, so the first given is that things will never completely go off the boil. The second given is that with the Sun always returning to your career sector on or around the 19th February each year, this is as late as you'll have to wait to get your new professional year off the ground. Apart from that every year has its own flavour and this one is already proving to be exciting and dynamic. Last year Venus didn't return to your career sector to fuel your professional desires and expectations, attract opportunities and attention your way until April and Mars didn't show up at all, with the last time he moved through to fuel your professional passions and fighting spirit being in early 2013. Yet as you move into February, long before the Sun gets here, you're moving into the month with both Venus and Mars already and with your professional passions, dreams, desires and fighting spirit already fuelled. After having Saturn in your work sector since October 2012 and the hard slog that required and especially as he only left on Christmas Eve, this has already put a completely different spin on things. Until Mars leaves your career sector on the 20th February and Venus on the 21st February they'll draw progressively closer, with the Sun and Moon both returning on the 19th February to capture their essence before they go. By the time the Sun returns you'll already have made considerable progress and without Saturn on your back this has all the making of not only an exciting and dynamic professional month but an exciting and dynamic professional year.
If you were going to trace how this professional year should trend compared to previous years then chances are you've already figured out that this year fits no previous mould and this trend is going to deepen this month. For starter it's been 27 years since you've had Saturn in your work sector and it's not just on the work front that you will have already noticed that the pace has picked up and that trying to get out of a busy mode is a little like trying to catch your tail, for no sooner is one task ticked off your list before another replaces it. The reality is that apart from a few months midyear you're probably going to be chasing your tail all year, with a need to realise that it's more about working smarter and smart time management. This month there is another layer added to this, in that while things usually start to move on the career front when the Sun returns to your career sector in March, even this is being brought forward. Last year Venus didn't return to your career sector until May and Mars didn't visit at all, yet they'll not only return this month but within 24 hours, with a fairly sudden and dramatic kick off. It begins with Mars' return to your career sector on the 20th February and continues with not only Venus' return on the 21st February but the Moon's as well. The Moon will move through your career sector from the 21st February to the 23rd February and with Venus and Mars aligned from the 21st February to the 24th February this will ensure your professional instincts are sharp as things go from cruise to overdrive, literally overnight. With support from Saturn in your work sector and lucky Jupiter in your income sector, this is when this new professional year will not only get serious, but reveal what a game changing year it is for income, work and career matters.
While January is always going to be a busy month, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of the year in your work sector, usually by February things are just starting to slow down and wind up. Last year Venus didn't leave until the 6th March and the year before you were still tying up loose ends in February. However, by the time the Sun left Mars, Venus and Mercury had all been and gone and the push to get this new working year off the ground was over. However, the only reason why this was accomplished within the first 3 weeks of the year is that Mars got the ball rolling last October, with the biggest push your 2015 professional year will get having taken place in the final months of 2014. This will allow you to ease back and also to make the most of a month where you can let work matters settle and play out before new doors open on the career front next month. For while things have happened early on the work front they're also being brought forward early on the career front and where Venus didn't return to your career sector until the end of May last year, she's returning on the 13th March. This creates a situation where you've had some very active and busy work months and from next month some busy and active career months, with February the buffer between the two where you're able to catch your breath and let anything in motion play out. This is also a chance to make the most of Ceres' first full month in your work sector in 4 years and the chance this gives you to reconsider your options, with a need for job satisfaction and a sense of purpose or satisfaction becoming a lot more important. In the same way that the Moon's visit to your work sector from the 15th February to the 17th February will be a chance to look back at all that has transpired, the Moon's visit to your career sector from the 23rd February to the 25th February, the last before Venus' return, will be a chance to look forward to next month's developments.
After moving into the New Year with Mars in your work sector and then Venus and Mercury returning in the early days of the year, things got off to a busy and hectic start, so much so that there was never really much chance to take your work hat off over the holiday period. All this was before the Sun even returned on the 20th January to begin your annual review. So while the Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of February in your work sector and you'll always have your work hat on at this time of year, it's not usual to already have had so much water pass under the bridge. In fact, the main push for everything unfolding on the work front now most probably happened in December, with the professional gods deliberately slowing things down. It was just 2 days after the Sun returned to your work sector last month, a day after a New Moon brought an opportunity for a fresh start and just days before Venus was due to leave that Mercury turned retrograde, throwing out the anchor in order to slow things down. Still in retrograde motion and not due to turn direct until the 12th February, Mercury is giving you a chance to spend time back at the drawing board, processing what has already been an active few months and giving you a chance to reconsider your options. While this could have meant missing the tailwind that last month's New Moon created, the professional gods have already ordered a do over, with a second New Moon on the 19th February marking the point where you need to be ready to move on. With the Sun and Moon both leaving your work sector literally minutes after the New Moon peaks and Mercury in direct motion by then but not due to leave until mid March, it's from that point that it will become more about tying up loose ends.
There are two things that you can count on. The first is that with Neptune in your work sector until 2026 and Chiron until 2019 there will be no point in the year where completely taking your work hat off is an option, though for the majority of the year this will be in a low key way. The other thing you can count on is that the Sun's return to your work sector each year will always kick off the most active and busiest months of any year, if it hasn't happened already, in that this is the latest that it will kick off each year. Last year Venus didn't get here until April and Mars never showed up at all, with last year's activity on the work front at the low end of the scale. You needed it that way, for with Jupiter in your career sector from June 2013 to July 2014 it was more important that you focus on establishing larger professional parameters. This year the focus is back on work matters and moving into the new month with Venus and Mars already here, means that things are already up and running and with Mars leaving on the 20th February and February on the 21st February, the Sun's return on the 19th February will see your annual review kick off after the main push to get things moving has already been accomplished. Mars has been in your work sector since the 12th January, fuelling your drives, passions, fighting and competitive spirit, with the busiest weeks of 2015 already underway when Venus returned on the 28th January. As the month progresses they'll draw progressively closer, giving you a better sense of what excites you, what you're fighting for and where to direct your time and energy. With Mercury not returning until next month and a New Moon not falling until 3 weeks in March, the Sun's return will herald a quieter phase where it's about consolidating all you've managed to get moving before Venus and Mars leave.
While 2015 is destined to be one of your biggest years ever for income, work and career, having moved into the New Year with lucky Jupiter in your career sector for the first time in 12 years, Saturn in your income sector for the first time in 27 years and Uranus already on duty on the work front, so far you've seen little evidence of this. There is a sense of confidence, but moving into February the pace is still likely to be deceptively slow, especially with Jupiter in retrograde motion in your career sector and the Sun, who normally kicks things off on the work front, not returning until later next month. However, things are set to not only turn dramatically, but extremely quickly, over the space of just 48 hours, on the 20th/21st February. This gives you the first 3 weeks of February to enjoy the slower pace, knowing that once things start to move it will stay that way for the majority of the year. As well as a chance to get your ducks in a row and streamline things before they really get busy, this is also a chance to address any work/life balance issues. That will be especially so around the time of the Full Moon on the 4th February and around the Sun and Jupiter's opposition on the 6th/7th February. If you're going to have work/life balance issues this is when they're likely to surface and the timing couldn't be better. For it's Mars' return to your work sector on the 20th February and both Venus and the Moon's on the 21st February that will ignite a powder keg of work developments that have been waiting for the right spark. A full month before the Sun is due to get here this will kick off not just the busiest weeks of 2015 and the most opportune, but will unlock all the potential building on the income, work and career fronts.
While this is normally not an active time of year for the professional gods, with the focus more on income matters at this time of year, what is not the norm is for this quiet patch to be so short lived. It's not until April that things normally kick off on the work front and while the Sun will still return to your work sector on the 20th April, with Venus returning next month, triggering some active months that don't run their course until the 21st May and then a much better career push beginning in April, one that will run until the closing months of 2016, this is one of just a few months where you're able to keep things on the down low. You'll have a similar month in June, when you'll have a gap between the upcoming push on the work front and a powerful career phase, but after that you'll have to wait until 2017. What this means is that apart from the Moon's visit to your career sector from the 5th February to the 8th February and to your work sector from the 23rd February to the 25th February, the professional gods won't be around allowing things to run their course, giving you a chance to explore options and also maximise the income forces that are still in play. This is a valuable chance to prepare for new developments on the work front from next month, but also to look further ahead, with your biggest, most important and potentially successful professional year in over a decade beginning midyear. What you have this month is a chance to enjoy the quiet, the lack of pressure because the professional gods aren't asking anything of you and a chance to get your bearings. Despite the deceptively slow and quiet start to this professional year it's destined to become your biggest and busiest professional year in over a decade, with a chance to find your stride before any real demands are placed on you.
Compared to last year things are a lot quieter, but also a lot less challenging and easy, which for now is how you want it. This time last year you were in the third month of Mars' longest visit to your career sector in 32 years, when what is normally a 6 week visit blew out to a nearly 8 month visit. However, what made this so challenging is that Mars was on bad terms with so many of the planets, moving into and out of opposition with Uranus in your home and family sector several times and at odds with both Jupiter and Pluto, creating an 8 month period of unrelenting personal and/or relationship and work/life balance pressure and challenges. So no, you don't want to be back where you were this time last year, however what you have now are the benefits of that time, with Mars having pushed you in a way that he hasn't in decades, to a point where you've already pushed through barriers and you've already fought your way to the top of the ladder. In fact, your biggest challenge this month is that there are no challenges, for with the North Node in your career sector there is a natural current in effect, that is keeping things on track, moving in the right direction and towards your destiny. Where last year you were climbing a mountain while boulders were raining down on you, this year you're in an inner tube, sipping on a Martini as the current carries you along. Although there is a danger that your head is telling you it shouldn't be this easy, tempting you to create challenges where there are none. Mars trained you well, getting you to a heightened start of preparedness, which is no longer required. Instead, with so much still unfolding on the income front you're still repeating the rewards of last year's challenges. Enjoy this slower pace, for things will get much busier from April onwards, continuing to work on all that is still unfolding from last year.
You're still dealing with the very unreal fact that you have no planetary activity in either of your professional houses, something that until Saturn left your career sector on Christmas Eve you hadn't experienced since 2012. Last month was your first full month with no planetary activity in either of your professional houses since August 2012, however a Full Moon in your work sector just 12 days after Saturn's departure from your career sector made for a professionally charged start to the year. This month, apart from the Moon's monthly visits to your two professional houses you're on your own, finally giving you a chance to play things your way, with over two years of momentum and untapped potential to play with. With Saturn in your career sector for so long and with a monkey on your back, cracking the whip 24/7 this creates its own challenge, in that where do you now direct all that competitive spirit. There are two planets that know exactly where you need to direct that energy and until Mars leaves your income sector on the 20th February and Venus on the 21st February, they'll be taking a sledgehammer to any glass ceilings, making sure that after investing so much professionally that it's time to see the financial returns. This makes it a lot more about the money, especially as you've already proven yourself and gained the kind of professional momentum that won't go off the boil anytime soon. With no planetary activity in either of your professional houses this makes the Moon's monthly visits even more important, especially as you'll begin and end the month with the Moon in your work sector. Returning in the closing hours of January the Moon will remain here until the 3rd February, returning on the 28th February, allowing you to begin and end the month with your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground. It's the Moon's return to your career sector from the 10th February to the 13th February that will allow you to tap into all that Saturn has already invested.
Having moved into the New Year with lucky Jupiter in your work sector for the first time in 12 years and with Saturn in your career sector for the first time in 27 years this was never going to be an ordinary professional year, with the normal webs and flows playing out on a much broader canvas and a much more interconnected one. For Jupiter and Saturn may be making this one of your most powerful professional years in decades but they're doing so in partnership with Uranus, who in your income sector has been preparing for this for several years now. For the time being the professional gods are keeping things on the down low, for with Jupiter in retrograde motion in your work sector until early April and Saturn turning retrograde in your career sector next month, they're in no hurry and are happy to play a more backup role for their buddy Uranus this month and the very real chance to shatter some glass ceilings. To start with, apart from a growing sense of professional confidence and a sense that this is your year to breakthrough some glass ceilings on the income front, there is little evidence to show that anything is about to happen. However, there's a need to find some protective clothing, for on the 20th/21st February there'll be a danger of being splayed by shards of glass, as any glass ceilings aren't just smashed, they'll blown to smithereens. One moment you'll be trucking along like normal and then within the space of 24 hours everything will change. It begins with Mars' return to your income sector on the 20th February and continues with the Moon and Venus' return 24 hours later, not only kicking off the most lucrative months of 2015 early and dramatically, but with lucky Jupiter in your work sector and Saturn in your career sector, in a way that has the most powerful professional backup imaginable.