No sooner has a major chapter of work growth and focus come to an end than the professional gods have already shifted their focus onto career matters, where things are taking off in another direction, hardly missing a beat between the two. While your biggest and most important year for job growth, expansion and potential ran its course early last month, the benefits will continue to hold for months, if not years to come, but when the Sun left later this month this took the solar spotlight off your work situation and matters, but this wasn't the end of the story. Until Mercury leaves on the 7th October there is still a need to have your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open, as you tie up loose ends and make the choices, decisions and plans that will define where to from here. While October will always witness a turnaround on the career front, with the Sun not returning until the later days of the year, it is usually in the final and early weeks of each year that there is any real progress. Yet whether they were anxious to ride the coattails of all that has been triggered on the work front over the last 16 months or just frustrated by having less attention, career forces come into their own in a major way this month. As Pluto spends his first full month in direct motion in your career sector and Mars his only full month, the planets of war and revolution have come together to fire up your past, present and future and to gain as much traction on the career front as possible. You're likely to find that this is a progression of what has unfolded on the work front, ready now for a fresh challenge or looking at where you can move professionally from here. What is clear, is that the focus shifted from work and onto career mode, where you're now more focused on the big picture, though in the early days of the month you're still transitioning from one to the other.
It is hard to imagine a bigger month for work matters, despite the fact that this is the point in the year when the focus is always going to be on your work situation, matters and options. This is due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of October in your work sector, not only making everything more transparent, but naturally shifting your focus here. With Venus been and gone you've had a chance to look at what you want, but nothing has prepared you for the conditions you have to work with this year. Yes, the solar spotlight is always going to be on your situation, matters and options at this time of year, but the last time you had lucky Jupiter here was in 2005, bringing you the first full month of your biggest year for job growth, expansion and opportunity in over a decade. Yet despite the fact that Venus has been and gone, that Jupiter has been here for several weeks and the Sun for several days, by the time a New Moon on the 1st October asks for a commitment from the get go, this needs to be purposely vague, high on confidence but low on details. That's because until Mercury returns to your work sector on the 7th October you won't yet have a chance to get your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open, with any commitment in the early hours of the month more about committing to the journey itself and to a sense of what's possible. With the Sun in your career sector until the 23rd October and Mercury until the 24th October, it's from the 7th October that you'll have a chance to get down to the details and start making choices, decisions and plans. While the Sun and Mercury will move on Jupiter is here to stay and will still be here when they return next year, this time to bring things home. In front of you and right through October 2017, lies your biggest year for job growth in over a decade, with these early weeks defining the course things will take from here.
While the Sun will always return to your work sector in the later part of October and his return on the 23rd October will throw the solar spotlight onto your work situation, matters and options, you'll have your work hat on from the get go, as you have for much of the year. Moving into the month with Venus on board means your heart is engaged from the get go, while at the same time she's breathing new life into the work passions, fighting and competitive spirit Mars spent so many months fuelling over the course of the year. Before the month even began you had a fairly good sense of what you want on the work front and what you're fighting for and until Venus leaves on the 18th October she'll continue to fuel your confidence, desires and expectations, as well as working to attract opportunities. Venus will also work towards rebuilding your professional confidence, with the pressure you've been under for much of the year finally easing back in the early days of the month, though not before one last effort to address any work/life balance issues. With Neptune in his last full month in retrograde motion in your career sector there is a chance to rebuild this month, for turning direct next month and work opportunities continuing to unfold well into November, there is a need and a chance to regroup. With the Sun not returning to your work sector until the 23rd October and Mercury not until the 24th October, it isn't until after Venus leaves on the 18th October that you'll need to get real, focus on the details or on the 'when, where and how'. In fact, you have all month to decide what you're committing to, with the professional gods waiting until a New Moon on the 31st October to draw a defined line in the sand. Until then the month begins with following your heart, rebuilding your professional confidence and breathing new life into old professional dreams.
Mars' departure from your work sector in the closing days of September means that the last month's manic pace is behind you, as is the busy pace that has dogged the majority of the last six months. When Mars returned to your work sector in early March for what should have been a six week mission to fuel your work passions, fighting and competitive spirit and get things moving on the work front, he knew this was going to be no ordinary update. For teaming up with Saturn for the first time in 28 years Mars realised that this time around you had the power to move mountains if you had to and make the kind of progress and breakthroughs on the work front that you've waited three decades for. It's no wonder then that this required more than six weeks, with the warrior planet of the cosmos not only spending time in retrograde motion but at one point retrograding right out, starting again with a fresh start in early August. The pace picked up dramatically from early August and continued to increase until, by the later part of September it was beyond busy and even frantic, having moved into manic mode by the time he finally left on the 27th September. This was just four days before moving into the new month and with Venus returning on the 18th October to attract new opportunities and to reap all that Mars has created the potential for, there is a need to let things settle in the early weeks of the month. With Uranus in retrograde motion in your career sector, Ceres retrograding back in on the 13th October and Venus not returning to your work sector until the 18th October, these early weeks are more a chance to regroup, let things settle and process all that has been triggered over recent months. With the Sun and Mercury both returning next month and new doors continuing to open through to December, make the most of the slower pace the month begins with, while you adjust to what is the new normal. A Full Moon in your career sector on the 16th October, just two days before Venus' return to your work sector on the 18th October, is likely to be a trigger for developments on both fronts.
With Pluto in your work sector from 2008 to 2024 there are certain things you can expect, both from the year as a whole but in each specific month in particular. The first is that no matter what you will have your work hat on at some point or other all year, with the only difference as the year progresses being to what degree each month will require. Throughout Pluto's 16 year visit, the first and only visit to your work sector in your lifetime, the planet of change and revolution will spend from April to September in retrograde motion, giving you a chance to retrace your steps, reflect and work with what is already on the table and during those months, there is less chance of forward progress and the focus is more on regrouping. Turning direct in September therefore always means that October is when the focus shifts to the future and you can start looking ahead and with the Sun always returning in late December, this will usually give you three months to let the pace slowly increase, ready for the new opportunities that will always unfold in the later and early weeks of each year. However, this is when the norm and the reality part company, for yes the focus did shift to the road ahead in the later days of September, but any thought of a slow build up was shattered when Mars returned on the same day. This was just four days before moving into the new month, but from the get go the planets of war and revolution have come together to make this a month where major breakthroughs and turnarounds are possible on the work front, with some of the busiest weeks of not just this year but in several years already underway. What makes it likely to see things take off dramatically is the fact that in early March Mars was just six weeks away from your work sector but he has been held back, with all that pent up frustration finally finding an outlet just hours after Pluto released the handbrakes and turned the lights green. There isn't a moment of the month that Mars and Pluto won't try and own, with a need to work smarter from the get go and pace yourself. There is more chance for progress and breakthroughs on the work front this month than in the last two months combined, so prepare for a busy but also breakthrough month.
While you have a fairly quiet professional month, this is not only the norm at this time of year it is just what you need. Because of not only the passage of the Sun through your chart but the fact that Venus and Mercury will always be close by, the most important months of any year for career matters will always be May/June and for work matters it will always be January/February. This gives your professional year a familiar pattern, that either consciously or subconsciously you will be in rhythm with, with the New Year often ushering in new work developments and the middle months of each year will always be the most competitive and when your focus is on your career and professional game as a whole. So to have no planetary activity in either of your two professional houses in October is the norm, but what isn't the norm is that with Mars' return to your work sector early next month this is also the last quiet month of the year. For with Mars returning early next month and Venus running ahead of schedule and returning in early December, but then the Sun and Mercury keeping things active through to February, things not only kick off early but will remain busy. For that reason alone there's a need to use this month as a chance to regroup. The Moon's visit to your work sector from the 10th October to the 13th October will give you an intuitive edge on the work front, as well as provide the intuitive insights needed to start lining up for Mars' return. The Moon's return to your career sector from the 19th October to the 21st October will bring a chance to sharpen your professional instincts and gain some overall professional perspective. Yet over riding everything is the fact that with lucky Jupiter spending his first full month in your income sector in over a decade, the Sun here until the 23rd October and Mercury until the 24th October, this is a month that is more about having your money hat on. Once new work opportunities open up next month, they will do so with some of the best income conditions in over a decade in play.
While the professional gods are keeping to the background this month, you will notice that the work tensions and pressures of recent months not only drop back dramatically after the first week, but even before it does this is already turning in motivation. Neptune, in his last full month in retrograde motion in your work sector, is only interested in making his final month in retrograde motion count, so will be getting frustrated that the wind down of your old solar year is dragging on, despite the fact that your birthday month and new solar year has been underway for eight days by the time you move into the new month. It's that conflict between the planets in your work sector and those in a nostalgic part of your chart that has created the work tensions of recent months, with Mercury's return to Libra not only giving you a chance to clear the mental fog and get your head in the game in general, but taking away the pressure. Yet even before then, with Venus in your income sector until the 18th October not just the prospect of income opportunities but the boost in confidence this brings is already turning pressure into motivation. With work pressure dropping off dramatically, a turnaround coming next month and income opportunities continuing to unfold right through to later next month, this is the start of a real comeback. The Moon will make an important visit to your work sector from the 13th October to the 15th October, after tensions have dropped back but while Venus is still your income sector, giving you an intuitive read on work matters, while creating an auspicious few days across the income and work front. Moving through your career sector from the 21st October to the 23rd October the Moon will ensure your professional instincts are sharp in the lead up to the Sun's return to your income sector on the 23rd October. By the end of the month there should be a new sense of confidence emerging across the income, work and career fronts.
While there is a valid reason for some work tension this month, especially midmonth and then again in the final days of your old solar year and in the lead up to the Sun's return to Scorpio on the 23rd October, there is no reason to see this as anything but the opportunity that it is. Uranus, in retrograde motion in your work sector since 2010 and in retrograde motion in July, has come to expect pressure at this time of year, for as the Sun and planets move through a nostalgic part of your chart in the wind down of your old solar year, they will move into opposition. This is the wakeup calls that work matters need in the middle of a retrograde phase that can often see things become stalled or stuck and also brings a call to work smarter. With the yearlong wind down of your current 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion underway, that need to pull back and pace yourself is more important than ever. However, developments at the time suggest that a round of oppositions on the 15th/16th October are more likely to trigger a breakthrough. It begins with Ceres' return to your work sector on the 13th October, nearly three months since leaving. Returning for a double dip visit just days after tensions begin to build seems a coincidence, but it puts her here, bringing a reminder of what you need in terms of job satisfaction and a sense of purpose when the Moon moves through your work sector from the 15th October to the 17th October. Had this been just any visit the timing would still be auspicious, sharpening your instincts and giving you an intuitive edge just as pressure builds. Yet it's the Full Moon this creates on the 16th October and the work tension in effect at the same time that could create the potential for a major breakthrough. With the laws of synchronicity in effect and the Full Moon bringing the element of fate into play, the professional gods are strategically placing players on the field at a specific point of the month and appear up to something. With Venus returning to your income sector just two days later, this is something even the money gods seem to be in on.
There is a chance to dial things back considerably on the professional front this month and wouldn't you know it, just as the biggest professional push in over a decade runs its course, the money gods take the field, with some stunning developments on the income front this month. With income and career forces working together for the last 12 months it's no wonder there is likely to be such a seamless transition from one to the other. However, the professional gods aren't quite ready to leave the field just yet, despite the fact that Jupiter left your career sector early last month and the Sun on the 23rd September. This may have brought your biggest professional year in over a decade to an end and taken the solar spotlight off your career and professional situation, matters and options, but until Mercury leaves on the 7th October you've still got your head in the game, you're still tying up loose ends and more importantly you're still making the choices, decisions and plans that will define where everything invested over the last 16 months will go from here. Even then Mercury's departure won't see professional matters drop off, with the North Node staying on until May 2017 to keep the wheels turning, the momentum going and more importantly keeping things on track. What is over is the constant push to be on top of your game, that competitive urge that never lets up and that constant pressure to succeed. With lucky Jupiter not returning until 2027 and so much invested since the professional gods first got things moving last June, what you have for the majority of the month is a chance to regroup and even rest on your laurels. However, with Pluto in his first full month in direct motion in your income sector and Mars in his only full month here, the planets of war and revolution will spend the month scouring the professional battlefields for any possible income advantage and any other spoils of war. This is your first chance to set tangible benefits from what has been invested over the last 16 months.
On one hand you have a fairly ordinary professional month but on the other hand you have an absolutely extraordinary month and rather than one or the other, you're likely to experience both. The ordinary is the fact that as the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of October in your career sector, the solar spotlight is always going to be on your career and professional situation, matters and options, while Mercury's visit from the 7th October to the 24th October brings a chance to get your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open, which again is par for the course at this time of year. This brings the same opportunities you get at this time every year, with a New Moon here on the 1st October offering an opportunity for a fresh start and new beginnings from the get go. At this time every year there is a chance to regroup, take another look at your career and professional options and change things up. However, there is another and very extraordinary layer of developments this year, in that for the first time in over a decade you have lucky Jupiter on board and while the Sun and Mercury are focused on the here, now and the next 12 months, he's here to usher in your most expansive and opportune year for professional growth and success in over a decade, one that will define your professional journey for years to come. The Sun will spend a month laying out the guidelines for the next year, while Jupiter will spend a year laying out the guidelines for the next 12 years, with these two, one a short and the other a much longer journey, both starting off at the same time. You won't come face to face with Jupiter on his own until Mercury leaves on the 24th October, so until then this is more about the mundane professional update that happens at this time every year, though there will be glimpses throughout the month of the major developments taking place behind the scenes. Once the Sun and Mercury leaves Jupiter will be on his own and the mission that will take until October 2017 to unfold will be on its way. Welcome to the future.
That the Sun's return to your career sector on the 23rd October will shift the solar spotlight onto your career and professional situation, matters and options is a given, returning at the same time every year. Whether consciously or subconsciously, there is an alarm clock that will go off each October, alerting you to the fact that you're drawing close to the most professionally focused months of the year, except that this year the alarm clock not so much went off early, but you never had a chance to fall asleep. When the last planet left your career sector on the 30th December 2015 this is when the professional gods stepped back, with the last professional gods to leave assigned with setting the alarm for October of the following year. However, with Mars returning just five days later there was no need to set an alarm and because they never left until August and by then Venus was just seven weeks away he rightfully thought, what's the point? So it's not the case that career and professional matters will wake up this month and more that they never went off the boil and with Venus in your career sector until the 18th October, you are still exploiting all that Mars spent months setting the scene for. By the time the Sun returns on the 23rd October and Mercury on the 24th October the solar spotlight will reveal your career and professional situation, matters and options and bring a chance to get your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open, as you do at this time every year, but what this reveals is far from the norm. Because Venus will be gone by the time the Sun and Mercury return and a New Moon on the 31st October will mark the point where you need to be ready to make any firm choices, decisions and plans, the first three weeks of the month are more about listening to your heart, keeping your professional passions, fighting and competitive spirit fuelled and daring to believe in what's possible. When the Sun and Mercury leave next month they will set the alarm for next October, finally bringing an extraordinary professional year to a close. It's in this last full month though that you're able to bring everything together.
While all is quiet on the professional front as you move into the month or at least as quiet as it can be with Saturn in your career sector, it was just four days earlier that a manic phase finally ran its course. Having returned to your career sector in early March for what should have been a six week mission to fuel your professional passions, fighting and competitive spirit and gain as much professional progress as possible, Mars finally left on the 27th September, with his final weeks a mad scramble to achieve as much as possible. While the Sun won't return to your career sector until later next month, Venus' return on the 18th October will not only bring a chance to fuel your professional confidence, desires and expectations, but attract the very opportunities that Mars and Saturn have spent so many months preparing for and building behind the scenes. What Mars wasn't able to accomplish in his final weeks didn't matter, for he knew that with Venus just three weeks away and armed with a bucket load of confidence and able to trigger the laws of attraction, all he had to do was get the ball rolling. Until Venus returns on the 18th October there is a chance and a need to regroup and while you're far from reaching a point where you can rest on your laurels, not reaching that point until late December, you do need to pull back and let things settle. You can never maintain Mars' pace indefinitely and to have him spend months, rather than weeks in your career sector has most likely left you exhausted. Yet while the professional gods aren't going to slow down just so you can recharge your batteries, they need that space in order to let things settle but also that you have a chance to process the journey so far before the next phase begins. Because Venus will return over a month before the Sun she won't be bothered by reality checks or a need to get your head in the game, allowing her to focus more on fuelling your professional confidence, desires and expectations and attracting opportunities. If you do attract professional opportunities and developments from the 18th October onwards, it will be as a direct result of everything already invested over the course of the year and while you may appear from the outside to experience lucky breaks, you'll know full well that luck had nothing to do with it.