While the solar spotlight will always fall on career and professional matters in December, this is not usually until later in the month and is usually more a chance to sum up this current professional year and start lining up your new professional year, ready for a fresh start. Yet while you will always begin the New Year with the Sun in your career sector, this professional year has far from run its course and in the early days of the month in particular, things are still building and looking anything but ready to wind down. Yet while the month will get off to a busy and almost frenetic start there will be a chance to pull back and it won't continue at this pace. What is firing things up is the fact that Mars, who returned to your work sector on the 16th October, is still here as you move into December, creating a hectic pace and little, if any time to rest on your laurels. Combined with the fact that Venus has not only returned to your career sector much earlier in the year than is normally the case, but not due to leave until next March is making her longest visit in over 200 years. The professional desires and expectations Venus is fuelling, is in turn fuelling Mars' drive, passions, fighting and competitive spirit, creating the hectic pace on the work front. Fortunately, Mars will leave your work sector on the 8th December, otherwise there could have been a real risk of burnout. This gives you enough traction to not only bring this professional year home, but to keep things moving on the work front for several months to come. Between Mars' departure from your work sector on the 8th December and the Sun's return to your career sector on the 22nd December you'll have a chance to let things settle, before your annual professional review begins. With Venus turning retrograde on the 22nd December, the same day the Sun returns, there'll even be a chance to pull back, finally getting that chance to rest on your laurels over the holiday period.
December should be a footnote in your professional year, with a chance to tie up loose ends and recharge your batteries, ready for Mercury's return to your career sector in the New Year and the start of the job of getting your 2014 professional year off the ground. That should have been the case, especially with the Sun having left your work sector in October and having had a chance to tie up loose ends since then. Yet it's on the 8th December that everything will change and a professional year that was winding down will suddenly spring back into life, not only bringing some last minute opportunities on the work front, but setting the scene for a busy chapter that will extend out to mid 2014. Mars is not part of the regular pattern of your professional year, which puts the solar focus on work matters in September/October each year and on career matters in January/February. Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos follows his own pattern, yet even by his standards his return to your work sector on the 8th December is going to be a game changer. For instead of spending the 6 weeks he will normally spend here, which will always be the busiest and most potentially successful 6 weeks on the work front in a 2 year period, Mars won't leave until the 26th July 2014, making this the start of his longest visit in decades. From the get go pacing yourself is going to be a priority, especially with a lot of activity on the career front in the first 3 months of 2014. Had Mars been here for his normal 6 weeks there would have been a need to power through even the holiday period, making these weeks count, but because he's here for 8 months this gives you time and a need to pace yourself.
Finally you have a chance to start easing back after some extremely busy, intense and at times challenging professional months and while taking your professional hat off altogether won't be possible, you'll have a chance to do the next best thing, especially over the holiday period. The Sun left your career sector on the 22nd November, but with Mercury not leaving until the 5th December getting your professional year up to speed is still a work in progress, requiring you to keep your head in the game. After an epic 2 month visit, Mercury is giving you a chance to make the choices, decisions and plans that will not only bring this current professional year home, but will help you line up for your 2014 professional year. While things will never go completely off the boil, with Saturn staying on in your career sector to keep things in motion, the more active phase of the last few months will end when Mercury leaves. After that point it will be more about tying up loose ends and bringing things home. Even on the work front, while the tide turned when Neptune and Chiron turned direct in your work sector last month, their first full month holds no urgency and you'll benefit from time to find your feet. With the next active push on the work front coming when Mercury returns to your work sector on the 1st February, you need time to let things settle on both the career and work fronts. This brings a need for a dual approach to both work and career matters, where it's about slowly tying up loose ends and to start lining up your objectives for 2014, which is destined to be an extremely important professional year. With this comes a need to take time out, especially over the holiday period, not only so you can recharge your batteries, but so you can assimilate this year's journey before moving on.
Despite your good intentions and no matter how much forward planning you put in, in terms of getting ahead and staying on top of things, December is always going to be the busiest month of any year. That's because the Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of December in your work sector, always has and always will, so the solar spotlight will always be on your work situation and matters in the lead up to Christmas. Yet what you have this year is a fairly low key, very efficient and short update, one that has none of the challenges or complications of the past and one where, for the first time in 20 years, you'll finally have a chance to take your work hat off over the holiday period. For while the Sun will leave your work sector on the 22nd December each year, with Mercury, Venus and sometimes Mars moving through at around the same time, things aren't usually as clean cut as they will be this year. Last year Venus didn't leave until the 9th January, so spent the whole holiday period here. Yet this year Venus has been and gone, leaving you with a clear sense of what you do and don't want and where your heart stands and Mercury, who will return on the 5th December, will wrap things up when he leaves on Christmas Eve. It's Mercury's intellectual savvy that allows you to work smarter, more efficiently and to keep your head in the game, wrapping up your working year before Christmas. However, while you'll get to take your work hat off over the holiday period there'll be no keeping your professional hat off, but this is more a chance to start lining up your long term professional objectives and prepare for your 2014 professional year. For while Uranus will turn direct in your career sector on the 18th December, the real momentum won't come until the New Year and by then you'll be ready for a fresh start.
While you will always end the year with the Sun in your work sector, therefore making December a month when the solar spotlight will always shift to work matters, this is something that usually happens much later in the month. The Sun will return to your work sector on the 22nd December, kicking off his month long update that will always begin just before Christmas and remain in play for the first 3 weeks of any year. However, thanks to Venus' return early last month and a Full Moon in your career sector on the 18th November, the push to bring things home has already begun, long before your annual update begins. Already though there is likely to be a sense that this is anything but an annual update, with not only the extra motivation of having Mars in your income sector as you move into the month, but a heart that is fairly determined. Venus, who returned to your work sector on the 5th November, for what should be less than a 4 week visit, should be getting ready to leave you as you move into the new month but is instead slowing down, digging in her heels. As the month progresses and Venus shows no sign of leaving, this is when you'll get your first real sense that something extraordinary is happening, with her longest visit in over 200 years starting to reveal its full influence. It's on the 22nd December, the same day that the Sun returns to your work sector to begin your annual update and review that Venus will turn retrograde, opening the door to second chances, but also an opportunity to step back over the holiday period and reflect back. This is setting you up for an extraordinary start to your 2014 working year, especially with Mercury returning to your work sector on Christmas Eve, making sure that you have your head in the game.
To all sense and purposes your 2013 professional year has run its course and it's now more about tying up loose ends. However, the gods do have one last wild card to play, with a Full Moon in your career sector on the 17th December likely to be the last push to get any remaining professional matters out in the open or to bring things that have been building behind the scenes to a head or to a tipping or turning point. With all the planetary activity in both your work and career sectors long since over for the year and especially when the Full Moon brings everything out in the open, the focus will begin shifting towards the New Year and to your 2014 professional year, where the seeds are already being sown for what will be a very different landscape. For where December, apart from a Full Moon in your career sector, is a fairly low key professional month, things will start moving fairly dramatically on the work front, from the 12th January. With the first 3 months of 2014 destined to be the busiest and the most active on the work front, this makes it important to take time out over the holiday period to recharge your batteries. However, a key factor to next year's work opportunities will be Mars' position in your income sector throughout the time, something that falls into place this month. Mars will return to your income sector on the 8th December, putting him here during the Full Moon in your career sector on the 17th December, creating an opportunity to capitalise financially on any professional triggers this creates. But not due to leave until the 26th July, Mars will be standing by to create income opportunities right through some very active months on the work front. This makes December as much about tying up loose ends and bringing this professional year home as it is about lining up to what is destined to be a turnaround on the work front in January.
Your biggest danger this month, especially considering the huge influences your professional year has been under, is feeling that things have gone flat because the ride is over. Nothing could be further from the truth and what you have instead is a chance to coast to the end of your professional year, trusting that the ride is far from over. While life will go on and your normal job demands and everything else will continue, the major forces that are currently completely reshaping things on both the work and career fronts are taking a break. Lucky Jupiter, in your career sector since June, turned retrograde last month and in his first full month in retrograde motion is still moving at a crawl, giving you a chance to review and revise your options, along with a chance to retrace your steps to ensure no stone has been left unturned. In the meantime, while Neptune and Chiron both turned direct in your work sector last month, in their first full month in direct motion they too are still moving at a crawl, though their focus is on the future and in particular your 2014 professional year. These are the three planets that over the next 7 months will completely rewrite your professional reality, yet this month they're asking that you hold back, even taking a break over the holiday period if you can, in order to reconsider your options. Tie up loose ends and keep your head in the game, but any bold moves, unless they present to you, need to wait until the New Year. If there is any movement this month it's more likely to be income related, especially between the 9th December and the 17th December.
While there is always a lot of focus on income matters at this time of year, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of December in your income sector, things aren't likely to be as busy as they have been in the past or will be in the future. What you have this year is a chance to pace yourself, start looking ahead to your new professional year and also to focus more on the money. In fact, there is not only a need to pull back and pace yourself, you'll find that there is work tension and pressure if you try and pack more into your days or into your month than you need to. This is about working smarter, time management and taking the time to consider your options. With lucky Jupiter returning to your career sector in July to kick off your biggest, luckiest and most auspicious professional year in over a decade, the lead up has already begun, especially when it comes to narrowing down your objectives. You're starting to realise that not all things are equal and realising that you can put a lot of time and effort into something and get little back, that this is no longer the way to go. Uranus, the only planet currently active in either of your professional houses is still in retrograde motion in your work sector as you move into the new month and while he'll turn direct on the 18th December, which is when the turnaround begins, moving at a crawl there is a need to pace yourself. However, it's Uranus' close partnership with the Sun and Mercury in your income sector, that allows you to work smarter. Taking time out over the holiday period will not only be a chance to recharge your batteries, but to rethink your options before 2014, a year that already has your name on it.
As far as the push required to bring your professional year up to speed it all needs to happen in the early days of the month and even if you feel that you're running on empty, there's a need to put everything you have into everything you do knowing you won't have to keep it up for the whole month. For you'll move into the month with Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos in his final days in your career sector, with his professional passions and fighting spirit allowing you to make some real progress. Once Mars leaves on the 8th December he won't return until 2015 and there'll be no planetary activity in either of your professional houses until April. So this is not only a push to bring your professional year home but to gain the traction that your 2014 professional year will rely on, putting you in a position where you're both bringing things home and lining up for the next phase of the journey. This is when you're able to get yourself noticed or you'll have a chance to prove yourself, even if the person you're convincing is you. This is also about establishing what it is that excites you and your professional passions, putting your professional game on a path and a trajectory that it will continue on long after Mars has gone. With Mars in your career sector since the 16th October, his superhuman drives are likely to have drained your energy levels and even your reserve tanks, but there'll be time enough to rest on your laurels after he leaves. The best days for tying up loose ends on the work front will be from the 13th December to the 15th December, with a chance over Christmas to both sum up your professional year and start looking to the future.
As you move into the new month, while your professional year is still ticking over, the main push to get everything out in the open and up to speed is over. The Sun left your career sector on the 23rd October, supposedly wrapping up all the planetary activity for the year in both your professional houses and even though dwarf planet Ceres has since returned, this is more a chance to redefine your professional priorities. First impressions will be that you have a low key professional month, a chance to tie up loose ends and cruise to the end of your professional year. However, you know what they say about first impressions, for just days into the month everything will change. It begins with Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos' return to your career sector, not only giving you your second wind and bringing things back to life, but in a way that will reveal everything until now has simply been a warm up. Mars will always fire up your professional passions and fighting spirit when he returns to your career sector, with the 6 weeks he normally spends here likely to be busy, driven and potentially successful. Instead of slowing down, your professional year will heat up and move into overdrive when Mars returns to your career sector on the 8th December, but if that's not enough to bring things up to speed, then a Full Moon on the 17th December should do the trick. This not only sees the professional gods save the best to last, with December anything but an afterthought and a chance to tie up loose ends, but brings you to a game changing professional chapter. For instead of staying for just 6 weeks Mars is here for almost 8 months and while 2014 is set to be a huge professional year, it starts this month.
Finally, after some busy, intense and at times challenging professional months things finally ease back and just in time, allowing for a more measured wind down to your professional year. A lot of intensity was caused by the Sun's month long visit to your career sector that only wrapped up on the 22nd November and both the solar eclipse and the Full Moon this triggered. But in reality this was more that this was the catalyst for all that had been building throughout the year, with a chance to get everything out in the open. As you move into December the main push is already behind you and until Mercury leaves your career sector on the 5th December it's about keeping your head in the game, thinking on your feet and using his intellectual savvy and articulation to finalise your game plan, make decisions, have talks or to focus on the details that will bring things home and put things on the path you want them to continue on. It's after Mercury leaves that Saturn, the long term resident and driving force on the career front, will take a more background position, focused less on getting things up to speed and more on keeping things on track. This is going to defuse any urgency just as lucky Jupiter, in his first full month in retrograde motion in your work sector, is also calling for you to pull back, pace yourself and spend time back at the drawing board. Yet while this is going to almost take the wind out of your sails, with the urgency and pressure to keep moving gone, even if things slow down to a crawl this is unlikely to affect your confidence. In fact, as the month progresses and you stop pushing and instead just pay attention, you're likely to appreciate how well positioned you are on both the work and career fronts, but also that the road to success is still under construction and will remain a work in progress throughout 2014.
You have reached what for you will always be the most professionally focused month of the year and while it might feel like it's always in the 11th Hour that you hit your stride, it's more because the Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of December in your career sector. A very busy and driven 4 months on the work front, from June to October, will have certainly kept you busy and you're still experiencing the momentum from that, but what the Sun is doing is giving you a chance to look at the big picture. From his return to your career sector on the 22nd November to his departure on the 22nd December, the Sun is shining the solar spotlight on your career options, choices and matters, giving you a chance to wrap up your 2013 professional year and start lining up for your 2014 professional year. With Venus been and gone you've already had a chance to define your professional desires and expectations, knowing where your heart stands. What you don't have are the work/life balance issues this may have created in the past, both because there is nothing fuelling them this year and you've learned from the past and should have this under control. What you have this year is a very short, uncomplicated and undemanding annual update. Mercury will return to your career sector on the 5th December, with his intellectual savvy giving you a chance to get your head in the game and until he leaves on Christmas Eve, a chance to make the choices, decisions and plans that will not only help you line up this professional year, but look to the future. As the last planet to move through your career sector for the year, Mercury's departure on Christmas Eve creates a situation that you're unfamiliar with, which is a chance to take your professional hat off over the holiday period. The last time that all the planetary activity in your career sector was over before Christmas, was in 1993, 20 years ago and the next chance you'll get will be in 2022.