In a year dogged with professional pressure, tension and work/life balance issues, things take a dramatic turn for the better this month, at the same time that you're likely to start to appreciate what the challenges you've been through have pushed you towards or what they have pushed out of the way. This is all to do with Pluto, in retrograde motion in your career sector and the only planet in either of your professional houses, creating a situation where his experience is your experience, experiences the lows with him, but also the highs. Over the last 12 months Pluto has been on a roller coaster ride, with plenty of highs, but also with plenty of oppositions with and pressure from not only forces on the home front, but outside forces as well. Those tensions are already easing back as you move into the new month and with Pluto in his last full month in retrograde motion this is a chance to pull back, lick your wounds, reassess your options and just get your bearings, ahead of next month's turnaround. However, you won't have to wait that long, for by midmonth things go from good to better, with Mercury's return to your work sector on the 16th August not only opening new doors but providing a boost in professional confidence and determination. This puts Mercury at an especially positive angle to Pluto in your career sector, as will be the case when the Sun returns to your work sector on the 23rd August. Once things start to move on the work front this will begin a professional turnaround that will continue to gather momentum and will continue to go from strength to strength over the coming months, bringing you to a major turning point in your professional year.
While there is no doubt that things ease back this month, it's for all the right reasons and is because you no longer need to keep pushing and running so hard, with a chance to pull back and rest on your laurels, letting the momentum already gained carry things. It was only on the 26th July, just days before moving into the new month that Mars left your work sector, wrapping up his longest visit in over 3 decades, one that began in early December. Mars will normally spend just 6 weeks in your work sector, but having spent the majority of the last 8 months here, a lot of that time under trying conditions, you have developed the kind of stamina and momentum that will see work matters and opportunities continue to unfold for months, if not years to come. This is far from the end of the story though, for with Ceres not leaving your work sector until the 7th August you're still deciding where to channel this, with a need to take a closer look at what you need in terms of job satisfaction and a sense of purpose. You've earned your right to be choosey and with new doors opening next month and the North Node staying on to keep the momentum going, you've only just begun to see where this can take you. The one wild card this month is likely to be the Full Moon in your career sector on the 11th August, bringing things that have been building behind the scenes to a head or to a tipping or turning point.
From where things stood as you moved into July to where they stand a month later, as you move into August, couldn't be more different, with a dramatic and game changing turnaround having occurred in the last 10 days of July, something that you're still adjusting to. A month ago, when you moved into July, you had Neptune and Chiron in retrograde motion in your career sector and Saturn in retrograde motion in your career sector, putting all planets across both your professional houses not only in retrograde motion but barely moving at a crawl. A month on and while Neptune and Chiron are still in retrograde motion in your career sector, giving you access to the rear view mirror, they're no longer at a crawl and are starting to make progress as they help you to retrace your steps. It's on the work front that the most dramatic turnaround has occurred, thanks in part to Saturn's direct turn in your work sector on the 21st July but largely because of Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos' return 5 days later. Saturn's turnaround was going to be a slow affair, not really needing to gain any momentum until the Sun and Mercury returned next month. It was Mar's return that has already fired up your professional passions and fighting spirit and made sure that there would be no dawdling. Mars is here to get things moving on the work front and not due to leave until mid September, he'll keep that pace up all month. It's on the 7th August that Ceres' return will help you to look deeper into what you need in terms of job satisfaction, allowing you to start picking your battles wisely, making it easier to see what you're fighting for.
By rights this should be a fairly low key professional month and it is and necessarily so, but that doesn't mean it won't also be a highly effective month. Uranus, the only planet in either of your professional houses, turned retrograde in your career sector late last month, something that will happen at this time of year until he leaves in 2019, making this part of the annual pattern. Uranus turned retrograde on the 22nd July, just a day before the Sun returned to your income sector, a pattern that will see the first half of the year provide the professional push, the money start to flow in late July and usually through to early September, then another push on the work front from November onwards. This year everything is the same, except it's on steroids and there are no longer boundaries and borders, with the professional and money gods carefully parcelling off parts of the year for their domain. Yes, Uranus is in retrograde motion, but the income opportunities opening up this month won't run their course in a few weeks or months, but will extend right out to October 2015 and the work opportunities that shouldn't kick in until November, will not only kick in next month, but in a way that ushers in a chapter that will take until January 2018 to run its course. In short, you've entered a game changing time on the income, work and career fronts that is set to influence the coming year and beyond and Uranus' first full month in retrograde motion is a chance to pull back, spend time back at the drawing board and hopefully spend time recharging your batteries, for where you're going you're going to need them.
To start with there is likely to be a call to take it slowly on the work front, more so as not to rock the boat, but as the month progresses you're likely to notice that your boat is a lot sturdier than you thought and the seas that have been tossing you in all directions for the majority of the last 12 months are becoming progressively calmer. By the end of the month a fear of rocking the boat is likely to transform into a desire to ditch the boat altogether, realise that a major corner has been turned and you're now free to explore as many options as your imagination can take you on. It all comes from a growing sense of confidence and the fact that the work tensions of the last 12 months actually began easing back late last month, though it may take the first 12 days of the month for you to fully appreciate that. As the only planet in either of your professional houses and in retrograde motion in your work sector, Pluto has been at the mercy of some brutal winds, but a more kindly and favourable wind begins to blow this month and it's only going to go from strength to strength. While Pluto won't turn direct until next month, so this is still a month for holding back and keeping an eye on the rear view mirror, chances are it's on the road behind that you'll find the untapped potential. Things get better for you, Pluto and work matters when Mercury returns to your income sector on the 16th August and even more so when the Sun returns on the 23rd August, not only opening the door to new income opportunities but bringing a boost in confidence on the work front.
While Venus' departure from your career sector on the 19th July brought all the planetary activity there and in both your professional houses to an end, with no more support until Mars returns to your work sector in December, this will always be the case at this time of year. By the time you move into August Venus has only been gone for 13 days and the Moon, who moved through days later and gave you a chance to tie up loose ends only left a week before, bringing you to a point where you're able to move into the new month with a clear sense of where things stand professionally, some strong expectations and with your finger on the pulse and your ear to the ground. You're no longer waiting for pieces to fall into place and with the cards already on the table it's now about how you're going to play them, while keeping the momentum going. However, the professional gods do hold one last wildcard up their sleeves with a need to factor that in, keeping some things up in the air and your options open, especially on the work front. The professional gods will play that wildcard on the 11th August, or in the days either side, with a Full Moon in your work sector bringing things that have been building behind the scenes all year to a head or to a tipping or turning point. Coming just a few weeks after all the planetary activity in your career sector for the year ran its course, this will take in all the momentum gained on the professional and work fronts so far this year, providing one last push to either get things over the line, bring them to fruition or in some cases, point things in an entirely new direction. Full Moons are triggers for things already at a tipping point, so there is a need to keep your mind and options open until the Full Moon and to keep your hands off the wheel while it's in effect, only after the fact analysing what it meant.
There is a new sense of confidence and resolve as you move into the new month, sensing that after the journey the last year has taken you on it's time to bring things home. It was Jupiter's departure from your career sector last month and the Sun's just a week later that brought your most challenging, opportune and defining professional year in over a decade to an end, but this was not the end of the story. While Mercury will leave your career sector on the 1st August Venus will stay on, making her the final planet to leave and the planet charged with wrapping things up and as it's not over until the fat lady sings, she's that fat lady. Venus is a planet that knows how to make things happen, attracting opportunities your way and attracting attention your way and after Jupiter spent a year positioning you for success, it's in these 12 days that you're more likely to achieve what you've struggled to achieve for the last 12 months. Venus is also on a mission to position you professionally in a way that will see the momentum continue and for that she's called in outside help, teaming up with Saturn and Chiron to form a very opportune triad of forces on the income, work and career fronts in the early days of the month. With Chiron part of a team keeping the momentum going on the work front and Saturn part of a team that is creating new opportunities on the income front, she knows that the professional desires and expectations she leaves you with will be in safe hands, with what has been a career focus splintering off, reabsorbing and becoming part of the ongoing forces in play on the income and work fronts.
August is the month that for you your professional year always gets interesting, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of August in your career sector. This is when the solar spotlight will always fall on your career and professional situation, looking at 'what is' in terms of establishing where things really stand, ensuring your eyes are open and your head is out of the sand, but also looking at where to from here, opening new doors and bringing a chance for new beginnings. This comes just as Uranus, who turned retrograde in your work sector on the 22nd July, is spending his first full month in retrograde motion, allowing work matters to take a back seat, as you explore new career possibilities. Yet for the first time since 2003 the Sun, who returned to your career sector on the 23rd July and Mercury, who will return on the 1st August, return to find lucky Jupiter on board, revealing that while this is your annual update and review, at the same time you have also moved into your most powerful and expansive professional year in over a decade, one that won't run its course until August 2015 and even then will continue to unfold for months after. While Mercury is only here until the 16th August, giving you just a few weeks to get your head in the game, Venus will return on the 12th August, on a mission to fuel your professional desires and expectations, attract opportunities but also attract attention your way. This is when you'll get your first real sense that your luck has changed and this is anything but a typical annual update.
While you've had no planetary activity in either of your professional houses since Venus left your work sector on the 24th June you needed that time, with July having provided a full month where, apart from the Moon's monthly visits, you've been able to keep your professional hat off, but also let whatever was in motion play out. As you move into the new month that's still the case, with no planetary support but your focus still more on work matters, because of what is continuing to unfold. Things change fairly dramatically on the 16th August, when in the space of a few hours first Mercury returns to your career sector and the Moon will return to your work sector, ensuring you have your finger on the pulse and your ear to the ground when new doors open. This marks the start of a relatively short period, where in the space of 6 weeks and 3 days, from Mercury's return on the 16th August to Venus' departure on the 30th September, all the planetary activity in your career sector for the year will play out. When you have planetary activity in an area of your chart for months, if not years, there is a danger of becoming complacent, for there is no real urgency. Here you won't have the luxury of time and from the moment Mercury returns to your career sector on the 16th August and the Sun returns on the 23rd August, there'll be a need to have your head in the game, getting a jump on your annual review by getting as many options on the table as possible. Venus, who will eventually bring things home and in the process steal all the glory, attracting opportunities and attention your way, won't return until the 6th September, but she'll only be as successful as the groundwork the Sun and Mercury are here to create, in the second half of this month. A New Moon here on the 26th August will be a chance for new beginnings and to draw a new line in the sand.
Compared to how hectic and intense things have been on the professional front, they have scaled back dramatically this month, to a point where it could even feel like the wind has been taken out of your sails or that the fight has gone out of you. The reality is that the wind has gone out of your sails and you have lost a lot of your fight, but for all the right reasons and purposely so. For one thing you could never keep up the hectic pace of the last 8 months and it's a small miracle that you've managed that, for chances are by the time Mars finally left your career sector on the 26th July you had probably given all that you had to give, with even your reserve tanks running on fumes and you were operating on borrowed time. For this not only brought Mars' longest visit to your career sector in 32 years to an end, one that began in early December, it was over recent months that the most active months of the year on the work front also played out, over and above the pressures and challenges you've had to face. Yet Mars has left you with the professional passions and fighting spirit gained over the last 8 months, along with a huge amount of momentum that will define your professional reality for months, if not years to come. In the early days of the month and until she leaves your career sector on the 7th August, Ceres is staying behind to finalise what you're fighting for, narrowing things down to needing a sense of purpose, professional satisfaction and meaning. With new doors opening on the career front next month and the North Node staying behind to keep the momentum going, there was never going to be any danger of losing your edge or things dropping off.
You are experiencing a major professional turnaround this month, but also the continuation of a transition that began late last month, between the end of an era where work matters have been the driving force and the start of a new era, where career forces would take over. When lucky Jupiter left your work sector on the 16th July, followed by the Sun on the 23rd July, this brought your most defining but also challenging year on the work front in over a decade to an end, one that you'll continue to benefit and gain from for months, if not decades to come. However, with Venus not leaving your work sector until the 12th August there is still some tying up of loose ends, with passing over the same ground that your greatest successes and challenges of the last 12 months played out on, ensuring no opportunity is missed. In fact, it's Venus that is set to steal the glory, with her ability to attract opportunities and attention her way, likely to see you accomplish more in her final 12 days in your work sector than you have over the last 12 months, though only because of what has already been invested. Yet before this phase runs its course, thanks to Saturn's direct turn in your career sector on the 21st July and Mars' return on the 26th July, firing up your professional passions and fighting spirit, there is already a major professional turnaround in play. This is not in competition with the closing days of a major push on the work front and they are in fact working in support, with Venus and Saturn working together in the early days of the month to bring income, work and career forces together.
This is always going to be your busiest and/or most work focused point in the year, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of August in your work sector and Venus and Mercury never far away. However, this year this is being taken to a whole new level by the fact that for the first time since 2003 you not only have lucky Jupiter on board, but having returned a week before the Sun he's managed to influence the way this annual update begins and how it will play out. Jupiter will always return to a new area of your chart at the same time as the Sun, so always at the most active point of the year, in this case for work matters. While Jupiter has returned to your work sector every 12 years, the last time being from August 2002 to August 2003, he's already returned while your annual update is underway, with his influence not really being felt until weeks, if not months later. This time, for the first time since 1872, Jupiter returned on the 16th August, a week before the Sun and for the first time in your lifetime this massive, opportune and expansive planet got the ball rolling, with your annual update having to fit in with the agenda he's already had a chance to set. Jupiter won't leave your work sector until August 2015 and with major developments on the career front setting in later in the year, but seeds being sown next month, this is the start of a major professional comeback and turnaround. Underlying a chance to throw the spotlight on your work situation, matters and options is likely to be a sense that something big is possible, with a need to hold onto that, even if to start with it seems more like wishful thinking. It's Venus' return to your work sector on the 12th August that will see the laws of attraction kick in, attracting opportunities but also attention your way.