In every sense of the word May is the month that everything until now has been leading up to and everything from now will lead on from. In the early days of May you're able to look back and see the pattern that all the different strands on both the work and career fronts have been weaving since as far back as August 2015 and as new strands come into play on the income front you're able to see that this not only creates the potential for new wealth generation, but how the past has made it possible. During the first 10 days of the month you're in a unique zone, with Jupiter's final days in retrograde motion in your work sector overlapping Pluto's early weeks in retrograde motion in your career sector, with both taking place within Mercury's retrograde phase in your income sector. Until Jupiter turns direct on the 10th May, creating a major turning point on the work front the doors are open to the past, second chances and untapped potential across the income, work and career fronts at the same time. Yet this comes just as a New Moon in your income sector and a rare Mercury eclipse on the 10th May creates the potential for new beginnings, as does Jupiter's retrograde turn on the same day. Everything that has been invested on both the work and career fronts over recent months, if not years puts you in the position you are in now, while everything being generated across the income, work and career fronts is positioning you for what's possible over the coming months. Forget what you've thought possible before now, with the professional and money gods dealing you a hand you've had available to you before. From the get go, whether it's retracing your steps to ensure no stone has been left unturned or forging new trails, make a commitment to putting everything you have into everything you do.
Don't be fooled by the fairly low key professional months, with the professional gods letting things launched on the career front in the early months of the year play out, all the while slowly lining things up and putting things in place for major developments on the work front in the second half of the year. We often tell ourselves that if we knew then what we know now that we would do things differently. What if, when the doors open to the most opportune 13 months on the work front for opportunities, growth and success in over a decade and you were totally unprepared, someone offered you a way to go back in time, just four months so you were better prepared? Would that make a difference? Well, the reality is you don't need a time machine, for that four month lead up to unimaginable opportunities on the work front begins in the early days of May and you're able to do better because you know better. Yet while lining things up in the real world, exploring new options and upskilling are all important ways to prepare, the most important work takes place internally. The ancients preached that 'as above so below', with the 'as above' representing the real or material world and 'so below' our internal thoughts and beliefs. Before something becomes a reality it starts out as a belief, so as you begin the lead up to lucky Jupiter's return to your work sector in September it's your thoughts, attitudes and beliefs that you need to be working on first, letting ideas take root. In the meantime, the Moon's monthly visits act as a trail of breadcrumbs or waypoints, each monthly visit a stepping stone to the next. This makes it important to have your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground when the Moon visits your work sector from the 17th May to the 19th May. At the same time, with visits to your career sector in the early and later days of the month the Moon ensures that this is when your professional instincts will be sharpest.
For the majority of the month the professional gods are happy to take a background role. After some bruising professional months which were in fact the most empowering and defining of this professional year, the planets staying on in your career sector are now back into their long term mode and happy that the pressure of recent months is over. Yet it's those pressures that have helped define your professional dreams, intentions, resolutions and aspirations for the coming year. The Moon's two visits to your career sector, the first from the 2nd May to the 4th May, bring a chance to sharpen your professional instincts and gain some valuable clues, hunches and insights, but it's the second visit that is the most auspicious and it's all to do with timing. With the South Node in your career sector until May 2017, Chiron until March 2019 and Neptune until January 2026 career forces are playing an extremely long game, shaping your professional game and landscape for years to come, so are more focused on a long term sense of direction. In terms of the here and now it's more keeping the wheels turning, with no planetary activity in your work sector since Mars left your work sector in early March. Not due to return until 2018 and the Sun and faster planets not due to return until November, this should and is a quiet point in your professional year or at least that's how the month starts. The first sense that something is about to shift will be the Moon's visit to your work sector from the 19th May to the 22nd May. Coming full circle from last month's Full Moon this should be more about tying up loose ends and extracting everything that might have been triggered last month. That will still be the case but the professional gods will also be whispering in your ear 'get ready, things are about to change'. It's just six days later that Mars, almost two months after leaving your work sector, retrogrades back in for a double dip visit, with the Moon's return to your career sector a day later ensuring your professional instincts are sharp as the doors open to the past, second chances and untapped potential.
While the Sun left your career sector on the 20th April, bringing your annual professional update to an end and giving this new professional year an authentic starting point and with Mercury having left earlier last month you've already got your head in the game, Venus only left on the 30th April, less than 24 hours before you move into May. With Venus' professional confidence, desires and expectations freshly cemented and the day after her departure always going to be the point where the real journey begins, this makes the 1st May a real line in the sand for you and especially when it comes to career matters. It was in the last 10 days of April that some fundamental shifts are likely to have taken place, which in some cases may have created a shift in your whole definition of professional success, something that is still unfolding. This is the point where the faster moving planets move on and the real journey begins but with Ceres, dwarf planet and goddess of the solar system making her first visit to your career sector in four years and not due to leave until July and even then returning for a double dip visit from October to February 2017, this is a journey that will continue. Yet at the same time that professionally and in your career aspirations as a whole you're looking to the future, with Mars and Saturn both in retrograde motion in your work sector on the work front there is not only a need to pull back, but all the focus is on the rear view mirror. Having Mars in your work sector is always going to bring the busiest weeks in a two year period, but in retrograde motion he's pulling right back, preaching a less is more approach. While Saturn is more focused on housekeeping, learning from the past and doing repairs, Mars will remain focused on accessing the past, second chances and untapped potential until he retrogrades back out on the 28th May. Put a ring around the 22nd May on your calendar, for playing host to the first Full Moon in your work sector in 28 years with Mars and Saturn on board this could be a game changer.
This is always going to be a professionally focused time of the year for you and in fact this is when, for you, your new professional year really begins, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of May in your career sector. However, while the Sun only returned on the 20th April, Mercury's return early last month means you've had your head in the game for weeks before this annual update officially began. This gave you two weeks to get your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open before the Sun returned to throw the solar spotlight on your work situation, matters and options, an advantage you normally have to pay for on the other side. For usually spending just 15 days in your career sector each year, arriving 14 days before the Sun should mean that they spend less than 24 hours together, with the Sun coming in the front door as Mercury goes out the back door. However that is not the case, with Mercury's retrograde turn on the 29th April opening the door to the past, keeping it open until he turns direct on the 23rd May and in the process creating some game changing consequences. This is something that can't be taken in isolation, for with Pluto spending his first full month in retrograde motion in your work sector and Jupiter in retrograde motion in your income sector until the 10th May, for the first 10 days of May the doors are open to the past, second chances and untapped potential on the income, work and career fronts at the same time. Yet a New Moon in your career sector on the 7th May and a rare Mercury eclipse on the 10th May also creates the potential for new beginnings. At the same time, until Venus leaves your career sector on the 24th May, just three days after the Sun's departure on the 21st May, she'll not only be working to fuel your professional confidence, desires and expectations but to attract opportunities. Venus is an equal opportunity planet, working with the Sun to attract new opportunities and with Mercury to attract second chances. This is the month that everything until now has lead up to and everything from now will lead on from.
Professionally this is a month of two halves, though the line isn't drawn neatly down the middle and is instead three weeks into the month and that three weeks is priceless. The Sun's return to your career sector on the 21st May, something that happens at this time every year, will turn the lights on, open new doors and shine the solar spotlight on your career situation, matters and options, with Venus' return just three days later beginning a 24 day mission to fuel your professional confidence, desires and expectations, attract opportunities and attention your way. Mercury, held back by his retrograde phase, won't return to your career sector until mid June, with the doors opening on the 21st May remaining open until the end of June. This is a relatively short annual update, starting with the Sun's return on the 21st May and ending with Mercury's departure on the 30th June, but that's all the time the professional gods need. While it might not seem so at the time, what will help you get the most out of this short six week update is that both the Sun and Venus will appear to move into a trap. On the 22nd May, the Sun's first full day in your career sector, he'll not only come under pressure from the first two Full Moon's in your home and family sector, but a two day opposition with Mars will begin on the same day. Likewise when she returns to your career sector on the 24th May, Venus will also be met by an opposition with Mars in her first 24 hours, in all instances bringing work/life balance tensions to a head. This is simply because of timing, with Mars retrograding back out of your home and family sector as the Sun and Venus are returning to your career sector. These are the work/life balance tensions that are supposed to and still will come to a head next month, but confronted by them from the get go there is no escape. While this might not feel like a great way to start this annual professional update it's more of a blessing than you realise, not only making work/life balance a priority from the get go but forcing the Sun, Venus and you to raise the bar from the get go. You only have just under six weeks, with Mars' opposition making sure you're paying attention from the get go.
For the most part the professional gods are playing a low key role this month and that's exactly what you need, with the last of the faster moving planets having only just left your work sector in mid April and the Sun, Mercury and Venus all returning to your career sector next month. If you went straight from one to the other there wouldn't be a time to let things play out on the work front or for you to take a break before the next chapter began. The Sun left your work sector in March, so you should actually have two full months to let work matters run their course, let things play out and for you to take a step back. With the South Node, Chiron and Neptune not only staying on in your work sector but here for several more years, work forces have the kind of momentum that will now require a lot less effort to keep the wheels turning. However, with no planetary activity in your career sector the professional gods will have a blank canvas to work on from next month. This makes it important to have your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground during the Moon's visit to your career sector from the 10th May to the 12th May. As your professional instincts kick in the professional gods will be sending a message via your emotional, intuitive and imaginative responses that will help you to start lining up in front of new doors before they open. In the meantime, the Moon's two visits to your work sector will bring a chance to get your bearings, tap into the planets in play and ensure you and work matters are on track. The Moon will move through from the 2nd May to the 4th May and again from the 29th May to the 31st May, making the early and later days of the month the most important for getting an intuitive read on work matters. Yet in both its one visit to your career sector and two visits to your work sector, the Moon is also capable of triggering developments.
While the Sun left your work sector on the 20th April, bringing your annual review to a close Venus only left on the 30th April, less than 24 hours before you moved into May, making the 1st May an important day for drawing a new line in the sand. Having spent the previous 24 hours fuelling your confidence, desires and expectations, triggering the laws of attraction and in general giving you a clear sense of what you do and don't want on the work front, the day after her departure was always going to be the day when the real journey began. That this day also happens to be the first full day of a new month makes this a month that you're able to begin with a clear sense of resolve and confidence. However, while this brought your annual update and review to a close and put your working year on the course it will continue on, this is far from the end of the story. With Uranus in your work sector until 2019 you've always got at least one professional god on year round duty, keeping the laws of synchronicity in effect and the Eureka moments flowing, however this year he's not on his own. It was on the 15th April that Ceres, dwarf planet and goddess of the solar system returned for her first visit to your work sector in four years, spending the second half of April with fellow goddess Venus. Where Venus works on fuelling your confidence, desires and expectations and attracting opportunities he's focused on the moment and on specifics, whereas Ceres is on a mission to completely redefine your needs and priorities, looking less at the specifics and more on redefining your needs in terms of job satisfaction. Venus' focus has been on what you want, whereas Ceres is focused on what you really need, something even you might not be aware of. Not leaving until July and then returning from October to February 2017 for a double dip visit, this is a mission that will continue for most of the next nine months.
With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of May in your work sector this is always going to be a big month for work matters and one of, if not the most important of the year. However, what is not only unfolding here on the work front but across the income, work and career fronts is so significant, that the only way to fully explain its significance is to say that this is the month that everything until now has lead up to and everything from now will lead on from. With Pluto in your income since 2008 as the Sun, Mercury and Venus return to your work sector each year, for the last eight years there has been guaranteed support, but for the first time in 12 years you have lucky Jupiter in your career sector as well. With Jupiter last in your career sector in 2004, before Pluto's first visit to your income sector in your lifetime, just having the support of the planets of luck and change and the income and career forces they represent at the same time is a game changer. However, the solidarity between the professional and money gods goes beyond that, for you'll move into the month with Pluto, Jupiter and Mercury all in retrograde motion and until Jupiter's direct turn in your career sector on the 10th May the doors will be open to the past, second chances and untapped potential across the income, work and career fronts at the same time. Yet it's in that 10 day period that a New Moon in your work sector on the 7th May will open the door to new opportunities and beginnings, while a Mercury eclipse on the 10th May will create a fateful day for both work and career matters. Venus, in your work sector until the 24th May, is an equal opportunity planet, working with the Sun until he leaves on the 21st May to attract new opportunities and with Mercury, until he turns direct on the 23rd May, to attract second chances. While wearing a professional hat Venus is at heart a money god, so will be working with Pluto to extract second chances on the income front.
For the first three weeks you have a fairly low key professional month and it's during that time that the Moon chooses, wisely as it turns out, to make its monthly visits to your two professional houses. The Moon will move through your work sector from the 8th May to the 10th May and while this will do what every other monthly visit for the last 11 months has done, which is give you an intuitive edge and trigger your emotional, intuitive and imaginative responses, the difference this time is the information this will pick up. For by the time the Moon leaves your work sector on the 10th May the Sun will be just 11 days away from opening new doors on the work front. This makes this anything but a normal monthly visit, with your emotional and intuitive responses giving you a chance to start lining up in front of new doors before they open. Likewise, the Moon's visit to your career sector from the 17th May to the 19th May will see your professional instincts kick in just days before new doors open on the work front. Both these lunar visits contribute to you being as ready as you can be for the Sun's return to your work sector on the 21st May and Venus' return just three days later on the 24th May, opening the door to new work opportunities and throwing the solar spotlight on your work situation, matters and options. However, while the Moon will ensure you're as ready as you can be by the time those doors open, it's unlikely to prepare you for the rough start this is likely to get. A Full Moon during the Sun's first full day and with both the Sun and Venus facing an opposition with Mars in their early days, there is likely to be some work tension in the early days. However, this is simply Mars, in his final days in retrograde motion in a nostalgic part of your chart, asking that you slow down, forcing you to work smarter from the get go. Considering the professional gods are giving you just under six weeks to get work matters up to speed, this will ultimately work to your advantage.
If you didn't know better you would say that you have a quiet and uneventful professional month on your hands, something that is to be expected at this time of year. With late June to either late July or early August always the most active months of any year for work matters and October and November for career matters you wouldn't normally expect planetary activity in either of your professional houses in May, so by that measure you're experiencing what you would expect to experience. However, you're still getting back to what 'normal is', with Saturn having just wrapped up his three year visit to your career sector last September. For the majority of the month it will appear that things have gone back to normal, with only the Moon's visits to your two professional houses keeping things on track. With the Sun, Mercury and Venus all returning to your work sector next month the Moon's visit from the 10th May to the 12th May appears the most significant of the Moon's visits this month, with a chance to get your bearings and pick up on the valuable clues, hunches and insights that you're already able to use to start lining up in front of new doors before they open. The real surprise is likely to come during the Moon's monthly visit to your career sector from the 19th May to the 22nd May. Coming full circle from last month's Full Moon this was already going to see your professional instincts kick in and anything triggered last month come together and for that reason alone this is an important visit. However, what is likely to take you by surprise and prove so game changing, is that five months before the Sun is due to return to your career sector, instead of sensing nothing but empty sky in front of you, right in your line of vision is Mars, with the warrior planet of the cosmos just six days away from retrograding back in on the 28th May. Having left your career sector on the 6th March it should take the warrior planet of the cosmos until 2018 to return, but instead retrograding back in for a double dip visit that will run through to August and with new doors opening on the work front next month, Mars returns to blow the field wide open again.
At a time of year when under normal circumstances you wouldn't expect any planetary activity in your career sector and you should be months away from any planetary activity in your work sector, you have instead reached one of your most important professional months in decades. Saturn's return to your career sector last September and position here until December 2017 makes every moment of 2016 empowered and game changing, but it was Mars' return in early March that took this to a whole new level. While Mars visits your career sector every other year, the last time he returned to find Saturn here was 28 years ago, with his professional passions, fighting and competitive spirit fusing with Saturn's power to move mountains if you have to. It was over Easter that Saturn turned retrograde, but it was Mars' retrograde turn on the 18th April that has put both these planets back on the same page, both retracing their steps to ensure no stone has been left unturned. However, in retrograde motion this has put the brakes on and slowed things right down, but that doesn't mean this will be any less effective. Saturn will remain in retrograde motion until August so is in no hurry and retrograding again next year this is more a chance to learn from the past. Mars on the other hand will retrograde back out on the 28th May, ending his first retrograde phase here in 15 years, one that is more focused on accessing the past, second chances and untapped potential. What could be a game changer is a Full Moon on the 22nd May, the first with Saturn and Mars here in 28 years and the last for another three decades. The fact that this is the first of two Full Moons, with a second next month, allows the professional gods to trigger events on the first Full Moon that come to fruition over the next. As with all Full Moon's in your career sector this will come with some work/life balance tension, which will extend out beyond the Full Moon and become an important theme over the coming months.