This should be a month where professional matters take a back seat and after a major push in the early months of the year to get your new professional year up to speed, where you're able to focus more on maintaining a steady momentum. While that will still be the case, you will most likely need to remain on your toes, not being able to cruise through the month as is often the case. Pluto, in your career sector from 2008 to 2024, is the planet charged with professional growth, evolution and at times revolution if need be, anything to continue the process of change and to ensure you don't become stuck in a rut, resting on your laurels as opportunities pass you by. However, here for so many years this is a long term process and with the Sun, Mercury and Venus always moving through in the early weeks of the year, Pluto will spend from April to September of each year in retrograde motion, giving you a chance to regroup, review, revise and let things play out. After Venus' longest visit to your career sector in over 200 years only ran its course in early March, this extended things further into the year than is normally the case, while leaving you with some big professional desires and expectations and some pretty big boots to fill. Taken in isolation things are looking good for Pluto and career matters as a whole, with his retrograde turn on the 15th April beginning the review phase, with support from the Sun and Mercury when they return to your income sector on the 20th April and the 23rd April. The problem for Pluto and for you professionally is pressure from outside forces that you will both have to juggle, but will have the consequence of keeping you on your toes, allowing for more professional growth and the kind of breakthroughs that aren't usually possible in April. Usually you'll have had all the leverage you're going to get. However, with this is a need for balance and pacing yourself.
Nothing about this month is typical for this time of year, with your professional hat usually hanging on the hook at this time of year. Last year all the planetary activity in your career sector for the year had run its course by the end of February and with the most active months of the year on the work front not usually kicking off until September or occasionally August, this is far too early for work matters to be active. Yet both are your reality as you move into April, a month that as far as professional matters are concerned are far from the norm. Venus, who in 2013 left your career sector on the 26th February, leaving you with no more planetary activity for the rest of the year, is still here and before leaving on the 6th April she's fuelling your professional desires and expectations, knowing that this year there will be support to walk the talk. Last year you had to wait until the 16th August, nearly 6 months after Venus left your career sector before work forces kicked in, giving you the leverage to turn desires and expectations into reality and to walk the talk. This year there is no waiting, for work forces are not only already in play, with Mars and Ceres making their longest visits in decades, both in retrograde motion and a total lunar eclipse in your work sector on the 15th August, there is so much support that they're relying on Venus' desires and expectations to point things in the right direction. Your biggest problem this month is going to be reining things in, with so many forces and energies in play on the work front that burnout is a serious risk. For this comes in what should be a month, in the first 3 weeks of the month anyway, for review and revision in the closing week of your old solar year, with a need to pace yourself, work smarter and be mindful of signs that you're over doing things. The work forces in play now are in play for months to come, so there is less urgency than they would have you believe.
Even though the Sun left your career sector last month the push to get your new professional year up to speed and on the right track is still underway and it will remain a work in progress for the rest of the month. Normally this is over by the end of April, but with Venus not returning to your career sector until the 6th April and not leaving until the 3rd May, this buys you extra time this year. This also means that it's your heart that will have the final say, with Venus taking over from Mercury, who will leave on the 8th April. Mercury's approach to getting your new professional year up to speed and to career matters as a whole has been through getting your head in the game, allowing you to work smarter and to think on your feet. By the time Venus returns, everything will be out on the table and it will be a matter of letting your heart, your professional desires and expectations have the final say. This comes with a lot of support from Saturn in your work sector and Jupiter in your income sector, providing a sense of confidence that allows you to turn any financial tension into motivation. While Jupiter is under pressure this month the forces in play on the work and career fronts aren't, with your professional life both something that you're able to enjoy and throw yourself into, but also something you need to protect. For much of the month it's about wearing your rose coloured glasses, especially when Venus aligns with Neptune, planet of dreams and fantasies on the 11th/12th April. Neptune is on a long term mission to inspire your professional dreams and aspirations, while Venus is on a short term mission to update your professional desires and expectations for the coming year and when they come together this gives you a confident sense of what's possible. With Saturn not only in your work sector but in support, this gives you the confidence of knowing that you have what it takes to walk the talk, doing whatever it takes for as long as it takes.
April is always the month that the focus is on career matters and on getting your new professional year up to speed. This is because the Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of April in your career sector, shining the light on your professional reality, options and choices, creating an opportunity for a new starting point. You'll move into the new month with the tailwind from a New Moon on the 31st March at your back and with the Moon not leaving until the 1st April, you'll also begin the month with your professional instincts sharp, your finger on the pulse and your ear to the ground. You need to hold onto this, for things are likely to be more challenging, but also more opportune than they normally are, with the bar being raised considerably this year, along with a lot more things to juggle. This is less to do with the Sun and more to do with pressure on Uranus, long term resident of your career sector, always at work behind the scenes to put your professional game on the most authentic track and to trigger auspicious developments. This is likely to see you have to juggle both work/life and personal and relationship balance issues this month, with a need to take them seriously. It's Mercury's return to your career sector from the 8th April to the 23rd April that will give you the intellectual savvy required to keep your head in the game, work smarter and manage your time more effectively. While this month could prove challenging, by the time the Moon returns to your career sector on 26th April to the 29th April they'll not only be easing but you'll have a better appreciation of the paths this has cleared and the breakthroughs this has made possible. It's Venus' return early next month that will make May an especially good month professionally, building on what is being invested this month.
The first 3 weeks of the month should be all about easing back, taking it easy and letting things flow, especially with Pluto slowing down ahead of his retrograde turn in your work sector on the 15th April and the Sun not returning to your career sector until the 20th April. While that is still the case, with Pluto under pressure all month this may keep work matters active far longer into the year than is normally the case, as well as creating some work pressure or tension. This makes it important to work smarter from the get go, making pacing yourself, time management and clear boundaries important priorities. For under pressure or not with Pluto, already the slowest planet in the solar system, slowing down to a crawl, this is not the time to push things. April was always going to be the most challenging month of 2014, with a need not to wait until you're feeling stretched and your resources scattered too thin before taking a smart approach to pacing yourself. It's the Sun's return to your career sector on the 20th April and Mercury's return on the 23rd April that will come at the height of any work tension or pressure, providing the transparency and intellectual savvy to see where any tension is coming from, look at things objectively and thanks to Mercury get your head in the game. This is when career matters take the lead and both Pluto and work matters can move more into autopilot. With a solar eclipse in your career sector on the 29th April there is a chance for new opportunities and beginnings, which any work pressure during the month is bringing you to a point where you're ready for a fresh start, a new challenge or a change of pace.
Because the Sun will always move through your work sector in the later days of January and the first 3 weeks of February each year and Mercury and Venus will always travel with the Sun, helping to get your new working year up to speed, this is usually over by the time you move into April. Last year Venus, the last planet to move through your work sector, was gone by the 26th February and with no more planetary activity until Mercury returned on the 12th January this year, by April your 2013 working year was well underway, had been for over a month and things were almost on autopilot. This year the process has taken a lot longer and as you move into the new month Venus is still in your work sector. The last time Venus was still here as you moved into April was in 2006, so it's been 8 years since the professional gods have held the door open this long, giving your heart the final voice in where to from here and on what you want from your new working year. With Venus leaving on the 6th April and with Mars, the next planet to arrive, not returning until December, the early days of the month are vital for listening to your heart, establishing what you do and don't want on the work front and tying up loose ends. It's not that work matters will drop off and if anything this is when the real journey begins, but by then the course forward is set and it will become a lot harder to change course. With the Sun and Mercury both returning to your career sector next month, this is a chance to let work matters settle before looking at your career as a whole, ready to take things to the next level. You should find that as the month goes on that you're able to find a natural rhythm and that you can almost put things on autopilot. Any choices or decisions you have to make have already been made or put in the 'needs time to consider' box.
While the Sun left your work sector last month the push to get your new working year up to speed and on the right track is not only still a work in progress, but as you move into the new month your heart has yet to have its say. Work matters and those daily routines and chores that are required of you are actually going to prove a real support this month, especially once Venus returns to your work sector on the 6th April and your heart becomes involved. Venus will return just 2 days before Mercury is due to leave on the 8th April, giving you a chance to temporarily put heart and mind on the same page, as you transfer the focus from one to the other. From her position in your work sector for the rest of the month and into the early days of May, Venus is one planet that is not caught up in this month's tensions and with support from Saturn in your income sector and Jupiter in your career sector, this should be a good month for work matters. You'll have a much better sense of what you do and don't want, where your heart stands and just a sense that things are flowing well. The one downside to this is that with so many tensions and pressures this month, work could become something that you escape to. Don't get me wrong, you actually need to do this, with the real danger being to take it to extremes, becoming so focused on work matters that you have your head in the sand over life's other demands. Where Venus is going to play a vital role is in her support for Jupiter, who is only just finding his feet and preparing for next month, when things will really start to come together professionally, is having to deal with some work/life balance tensions. Venus will help keep your confidence up and make it easier to work smarter by establishing the right priorities.
This is always the busiest and most work focused month of the year and a gateway month to your new working year, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of April in your work sector. This month this is even more the case, for while having Uranus in your work sector since 2010 is now the new norm and he is always on the case, bringing the laws of synchronicity into play, with the South Node here for the first time since 1997 there is even more focus this year. That would have been the case regardless of what the rest of the stars in your chart were doing, but this happens to coincide with Mars' longest visit to a reflective part of your chart in over 3 decades, bringing the potential for work pressure and tension, especially if you try and push yourself. This makes Mercury's return to your work sector on the 8th April a real advantage, for his position here until the 23rd April will give you the intellectual savvy needed to keep your head in the game and to work smarter, during what are likely to be the most high pressure days of the month. This brings a need to move into the month aware of the need to work smarter and to pace yourself, but also to keep it real. You will also move into the new month with the tailwind from a New Moon in your work sector on the 31st March at your back and with the Moon not leaving until the 1st April this will still be in effect as you move into the new month, allowing you to draw a line in the sand from Day 1. While the Sun will leave your work sector on the 20th April and Mercury on the 23rd April, with Venus not returning until early next month it's a case of putting in the hard work this month, ready for the rewards she'll attract next month.
You have had no planetary activity in either of your professional houses since Mars left your career sector in early December and nothing but the Moon's monthly visits to both and a Full Moon in your career sector last month to keep things on track. This will usually be the case at this time of year, giving you a chance to let things already in motion play out and even to find a balance between work and play if you can, before the busiest months of the year kick off, which they always will by the end of April each year. That is the case this year and it begins with the Sun's return to your work sector on the 20th April and Mercury's on the 23rd April. This is when the Sun will always shine the solar spotlight on your work situation, matters and choices, kicking off the launch to get your new working year up to speed. This is something that will roll out slowly, but will also come in two phases. With the Sun here until the 21st May and Mercury until the 8th May, they're turning the lights on, getting your head in the game, ideas and options on the table and will then leave, letting things settle until Venus returns on the 29th May. What the Sun begins on the 20th April Venus will close up when she leaves on the 24th June and this period of just over 2 months that houses the only planetary activity in your work sector all year. This is when you need to pay attention to work matters and if there are any changes or updates on the work front, this is when they're likely to be. While it's your heart that will have the final say, a solar eclipse in your work sector on the 29th April will open new doors and provide triggers that could bring unexpected developments or opportunities into play.
This should be a fairly quiet point in your professional year, with new doors not opening on the work front until May and the Sun not reaching your career sector until September. Instead you have not only an extremely high focused professional month, but one that could be fairly challenging, especially if you don't take a need for balance seriously from the get go. It is a confluence of several different anomalies that make this anything but a typical April, especially as the stars are usually cyclical and predictable in their patterns, with what is happening this month far out of the norm. Mars, who will normally spend 6 weeks in your career sector every other year, firing up your professional passions and fighting spirit, returned on the 8th December 2013, so should be long gone by now and Ceres, who returned in early November for a 2 month visit she makes every 4 years to update your definition of success and your professional priorities, should also be long gone. Instead Mars is not only still here but is in retrograde motion, as is Ceres, who left in early February but retrograded back in late last month. Adding to the unusual developments this month is the fact that the North Node is not only making its first visit to your career sector since 1997, coincidently just as Mars and Ceres are refusing to leave, but will trigger a total lunar eclipse here on the 15th April. Nothing about the forces in play on the career front this month can be found in your reference libraries, with a need to keep an open mind, letting things play out in an authentic way and as organically as possible, especially around the time of the eclipse. With this is a need to take work/life balance issues seriously, as well as a need to pace yourself.
While April is not normally a particularly professionally focused month, 'normal' went out the window when Saturn returned to your career sector in October 2012 and Jupiter to your work sector in June 2013. Astrology is a science of cycles that repeat and form a predictable pattern and in terms of the annual cycles, the middle months of the year are the most active for work matters and October/November for career matters. That will still be the case this year as it is for every other year, however you're in another, much bigger cycle, one that puts you in the most active points in a decade on the work front and in 3 decades on the career front. There is a big difference to annual cycles and to cycles that take decades to complete, where things move slowly, the focus is on the big picture and in the case of work matters this will remain a work in progress until July and on the career front until September 2015. This creates less urgency and makes it more about the journey and on the work and career fronts, while they are actively supporting each other, as are forces on the income front this month, there is a very different reality playing out. On the career front, with Saturn in his first full month on his own in your career sector since returning and in retrograde motion since early last month and not turning direct until July, this gives you a slow, steady and predicable driving force, one that is in no hurry, is in a review phase and is not part of this month's tensions. This is where a quiet sense of confidence is coming from. On the work front this forward focused and there is likely to be tension this month, especially if you don't pace yourself. Jupiter turned direct in your work sector early last month and while it's time to get things up to speed, with the most expansive and opportune months not kicking off until May, you're being asked to hold back. This gives you more time to consider your options.
While you have no planetary activity in either of your professional houses this is usually the case at this time of year, with only the Moon's monthly visits giving you a sense of direction. Yet in both the Moon's visit to your work sector from the 8th April to the 11th April and to your career sector from the 18th April to the 20th April, this will have an effect over and above stimulating your professional instincts and providing some valuable clues, hunches and insights. In both cases this will see the Moon move through during some very active times on the income front and also at a time when financial tensions could be rising, especially during the visit to your career sector from the 18th April to the 20th April. This will coincide with the Sun's final days in your income sector and due to leave on the 20th April, the same day the Moon leaves your career sector, this will ensure your professional instincts are sharp, you have your finger on the pulse and your ear to the ground, at what will be a defining point of the month for income matters. This will also bring a reminder of the professional expectations and intentions you moved into the year with. It's the Moon's visit to your work sector that more than meets the eyes, making it important to pay attention to the emotional, intuitive and imaginative responses this triggers, especially on the work front between the 8th April to the 11th April. For while lucky Jupiter won't return to your work sector until the 16th July, kicking off your luckiest, most expansive and potentially successful year for work matters in over a decade, each month when the Moon returns you're getting that much closer. Each time the Moon is providing new clues and new layers to the clues already delivered, slowly but surely, month after month providing the insight needed to start lining up at the right doors before they open.