Regardless of when your new professional year starts or even if you have worked through the holiday period, you will always begin the year with your professional hat on, always have and always will. That's because with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of January in your career sector each year, this is when the solar spotlight will be trained. This year this is unlikely to be demanding, mainly because the main thrust that will drive this new professional year was generated last year. It began with Mars' return in late September and by the time Venus left last month, you already had a clear sense of direction and purpose. At the same time there is also likely to be a sense that something is holding you back. That something is Mercury, who in retrograde motion until retrograding back out on the 5th January will have the brakes on. While Mercury will only be gone for eight days, once he returns on the 13th January it will be with a new sense of determination and for you, this is the point when this new professional year begins in earnest. Until then it is more about spending time back at the drawing board, as you consider your options. A Mercury retrograde phase is always a time for measuring twice and cutting once. Mercury will return with an intellectually savvy edge and 20/20 hindsight, allowing you to start over from scratch, making your final approach. While the Sun will leave your career sector on the 20th January, Mercury will stay on until the 7th February to tie up loose ends. After that point, on both the work and career fronts it will be more about the journey itself and keeping the wheels turning.
Moving into the New Year with lucky Jupiter in your work sector is not an everyday experience and instead was last experienced 12 years ago. Yet to also move forward with Venus in your career sector is an even rarer experience, especially at the same time. Mars only left your career sector just before Christmas, so your professional passions, fighting and competitive spirit has already been fuelled, with a clear sense of what you want from the get go. With Mars not returning until late January and Venus leaving on the 3rd January, not to return until 2018 either, the early days of the month are crucial for having a sense of what excites you. Don't worry about the 'when, where and how', for with Jupiter in your work sector until October there will be plenty of job growth to keep your professional passions and dreams alive. It is the Sun's return to your career sector on the 20th January that will usher in a more objective phase and if Venus and Mars' mission was to reveal the 'what', then the Sun will return with a chance to focus on the 'when, where and how'. With Mercury not returning until early next month, but then spending the majority of February here, this will give you plenty of time for the follow through. Moving into the New Year with Venus in your career sector and Jupiter in your work sector makes the Moon's first visit for the year extra important. You'll have an intuitive read on work matters from the 18th January to the 20th January, while you'll start the month with your professional instincts sharp. Moving into the month with the Moon already here, after leaving on the 2nd January there will be time for a second visit, from the 27th January to the 30th January. The first visit will be during the 'what' phase and the second through the 'when, where and how' phase, triggering a New Moon on the 28th January.
Your professional year literally gets off to a dream start, in every sense of the word, but the best news is that it gets even better after that. The planets responsible for this dream start are Mars and Neptune, who not only start the year together in your career sector, but aligned from New Year's Eve to the 2nd January. As the planets of passion and dreams, this will see your professional passions and dreams aligned from the get go, giving you a bullish sense of confidence and a belief that anything is possible. With career forces having been suppressed over the last two years, this is the start of a major comeback. With Mars not leaving your career sector until the 28th January, the first four weeks of 2017 are set to be the most impassioned, with a chance to throw yourself into the things that excite you. However, things get even better with Venus' return on the 3rd January, the earliest in the year she has returned in our lifetime, with the previous record being the 4th January. However, considering what Neptune and Mars are fuelling, it is no wonder she is in such a hurry to get here. Arriving this far ahead of the Sun has consequences for Venus and for you, fortunately the good kind. Instead of rushing through in just 24 to 26 days, Venus will spend a month here and even then, will return in April for another four weeks. The Moon will move through your career sector from the 2nd January to the 5th January and with Venus arriving on the 3rd January, the skies will be full of professional gods at that time. By the time the Moon comes full circle, returning from the 30th January to the 1st February, Mars will be gone and Venus will be in her final days, giving you a chance to process what is likely to be a remarkable start to this professional year.
It is not so much that things got more challenging in the later part of December or even that Christmas got in the way of the closing weeks of your old professional year and more because of the protests that Jupiter mounted. Ever since Jupiter returned to your home and family sector in September an opposition with Uranus in your career sector became inevitable. This was always going to put your home and professional lives onto a collision course and bring work/life balance tensions or issues to a head. The fact that this happened over Christmas, simply made them impossible to avoid. Those tensions are easing back, but hopefully you have learned something from this, ready to make work/life balance part of your New Year's resolutions. This is something that won't go away, especially if ignored, but now you know the score can be easily managed. For manage this you must, for while your 2017 professional year gets off to a strong but measured start, once Mars returns to your career sector on the 28th January and Venus early next month, the year is going to take off on you. With Saturn in your work sector until the 20th December and Uranus not leaving your career sector until March 2019, this was always going to be a huge and busy professional year, but it's developments that Venus and Mars will trigger that will turn the period from the 28th January to the 6th June to some of the most extraordinary ever experienced. To start with hold back, at least until after Mercury's short double dip visit is over. Mercury will retrograde back into your work sector on the 5th January, over a month after leaving, but leaving again on the 13th January this is a short eight day opportunity to spend time back at the drawing board. It is during this time that the Moon will make its first visit to your career sector for the year, from the 5th January to the 7th January, ensuring your professional instincts are sharp at the time. With Uranus in his first full month in direct motion in your career sector, on both the work and career fronts measure twice and cut once, at least until the 28th January.
Taking your work hat off over the Christmas, New Year and the holiday period is never going to be an option for you, due to the fact that the Sun will always return to your work sector just before Christmas, where he'll spend the first three weeks of every year. This means you will always have a running start and regardless of how much time you take off over the holiday period, you're able to keep your mind and ideas ticking over. This year you're likely to find that you don't have the motivation to jump back into things and just as well, for you're being warned to do anything but. For you will not only move into the New Year with Mercury in your work sector as well, but in retrograde motion. With the handbrake on, there was always going to be a need to hold back. Mercury will retrograde back out on the 5th January and it's when he returns on the 13th January, just eight days later, that your new professional year will really kick off. Returning with 20/20 hindsight and having had a chance to consider and reconsider your options, Mercury will flick the switch, allowing you to get your head in the game and get things moving. While the Sun will leave on the 20th January, taking the solar spotlight off your work situation, matters and options, Mercury will stay on until the 7th January, giving you time to tie up loose ends. The Moon will move through your career sector from the 7th January to the 9th January, while Mercury is gone and while the Sun has a chance to look to the future. As you look at your job options objectively, this will bring a chance to get your overall professional bearings and an intuitive feel for this new professional year.
Starting the year with Venus already in your work sector is a definite advantage, allowing you to know what you want from the get go and to already have your heart in the game. The fact that Mars only left just before Christmas, means that you're also able to move into this new professional year with your passions and fighting spirit engaged, a clear sense of what you're fighting for and a lot of motivation. However, without the frenetic and manic pace the warrior planet of the cosmos likes to set. As much as you might want to take your work hat off over the holiday period, you must keep it on until the 3rd January, at least as far as listening to your heart is concerned. For once Venus leaves on the 3rd January she won't return until 2018, making the first 72 hours of 2017 your only chance to listen to your heart and define your job desires and expectations for the coming year. If Venus was going to attract opportunities they will already be in the pipeline, making this more about listening to your heart and trusting in what will come next. What comes next is the Sun, whose return to your work sector on the 20th January will throw the solar spotlight on your work situation, matters and options. If Venus and Mars' time here was all about the 'what', then the Sun is all about the 'when, where and how'. You can't turn desires into reality without getting real and the 20th January is the point where things start getting real. Mercury will return next month to help tie up loose ends, but a New Moon on the 28th January is the point where you need to be ready to commit to the expectations you moved into the year with. A New Moon will always bring an opportunity for new beginnings and developments, but it is also a chance to draw a line in the sand, ready to walk the talk.
While you will need to have your work hat on from the get go, this isn't as onerous as it sounds. Your professional year in fact gets off to a dream start, in every sense of the word including literal. This is all due to Mars' return to your work sector just before Christmas, with his first visit in nearly two years a chance for the warrior planet of the cosmos to fire up your work passions, fighting and competitive spirit, while able to get things moving and make things happen. Mars will not only move into January with Neptune at his side, but aligned from New Year's Eve to the 2nd January, the planets of passion and dreams come together to give your professional year its dream start, motivated, fired up and confident from the get go. This is no false promise, with events falling into place in the early days of the month. It begins with the Moon's return on the 2nd January, the same day that Mars and Neptune's alignment runs its course and until leaving on the 5th January this will give you an intuitive read on the extraordinary forces in play. It is while the Moon is here that Venus will return on the 3rd January, the earliest in the year in your lifetime. The previous record was the 4th January and while this is only a day earlier, every day ahead of the Sun Venus gets, the more likely she is to be pulled back and that's exactly what will happen. Instead of leaving with or before Mars on the 28th January, Venus will stay on until early next month and even then will return for a double dip visit in April. A year that begins with a lot of promise on the job front is a gift that will keep on giving and keep on improving.
Chances are you reached the end of last year very aware that you couldn't handle what was already on your plate, let alone juggle or handle anything more. Chances are, you may even have come as close to burning out over the holiday period than you've ever come before, feeling very wary about what this new professional year has to hold. Yet from the get go there are just seven short words that you need to burn into your brain, they are so important and never forget them. Those seven words as 'that was then and this is now'. For in between Christmas and New Year's Day everything changed, from the way you look at work matters, the lessons learned in terms of working smarter, but more importantly the conditions themselves. By the time you reached the second half of December Uranus, the only planet in either of your professional houses was in his final weeks in retrograde motion and for the first time in eight decades was under pressure from Jupiter, demanding that you slowed down. So what changed so dramatically in those final days in December. Chances are you will put this down to having had a chance to take a break and recharge your batteries, but the reality is this was only a small part. It was in the critical final days of December that any pressure peaked and if you were going to burn out it would have been over Christmas or in the days immediately following. However, that was when support from Saturn in your income sector locked into place. However, the real turning point came with Uranus' direct turn on the 29th January. Quite literally, the final hours of 2016 were a chance to put the old professional year behind you. However, learn from those lessons, for while you will feel refreshed, revitalised and ready to take on the world again, continue to work smarter, for when Mars returns to your work sector on the 28th January everything is going to take off.
Chances are you might feel a little lost in the early days of this new professional year, especially if you're looking back at last year as an example of what to expect. For missing is the urgency, the pressure to get back in the game as quickly as possible and put everything you have into everything you do. Instead, you are almost able to cruise this new professional year on your own terms and in your own way. However, what you're experiencing isn't an aberration, but a return to normal, with last year the aberration. With no planetary activity in either of your two professional houses until Mars returns to your work sector in early March, this gives you time to explore your options and get into the swing of this new professional year without a need to reinvent the wheel. However, you do have advantage over most years, in that with the North Node in your career sector until May, there is a natural current keeping the wheels turning and the professional momentum going. This is creating a natural current that will do most of the hard grunt, giving you a chance to literally 'go with the flow'. However, this does make it important that you're aligned with that current, making the Moon's first visit to your career sector for the year extra important. Moving through from the 15th January to the 18th January, the Moon will give you a chance to get a feel for this new professional year before your professional instincts kick in and you have a chance to get your bearings. With the new work developments opening up in early March, the Moon's first visit to your work sector for the year, from the 7th January to the 9th January, will bring a chance to pick up on some valuable clues, hunches and insights there.
Moving into the New Year with lucky Jupiter in your career sector is something that you haven't experienced in 12 years and despite the fact that he's been here since September, you are only now feeling the full weight of both the opportunities and the challenges this brings. It was over the holiday period, when for the first time in five years taking your professional hat off wasn't an option, you felt the weight of this. It wasn't just that this conflicted with Christmas and the holiday period, but your home and professional lives came into the conflict cosmically, with planets on both sides in opposition. Any work/life balance tensions or issues this raised are dropping back as you move into this new professional year, but it was a valuable reminder of the importance of working smarter and pacing yourself. With Jupiter not leaving until October and already slowing down ahead of his retrograde turn early next month, you really are running a marathon and not a sprint. After a Full Moon in your work sector last month, a lot of the momentum for the early months of this new professional year has already occurred, calling for a slower and more measured approach. You will get a better read on both the speed and approach required when the Moon moves through your career sector from the 18th January to the 20th January. This will be both the Moon's first visit for the year and the last before Jupiter turns retrograde, making these an important few days for having your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground. You'll get an intuitive read on work matters from the 9th January to the 11th January. Coming full circle from last month's Full Moon, this may trigger some unexpected job developments.
Apart from the Moon spending Christmas in your career sector, you have a surprisingly quiet start to your professional year. While 2015 began with no planets in your career sector, Mars' return just days into 2015 meant that this was a false sense of calm and more a chance to catch your breath. A year on, this time this really is the case, though by this time next year you'll be moving into the New Year with lucky Jupiter on board. If the professional gods offer a quiet start to the year take it, for this really is a chance to catch your breath. There isn't usually any planetary activity in either of your professional houses at this time of year and if there is, it is more a case of events from the previous year still playing out. This year you've been able to complete all that, with the focus this month more on the money, with some exceptional income developments this month. This also makes the Moon's visits to your two professional houses more important, as the only chance to get an intuitive read on work and career matters and for the professional gods to get any messages through. The Moon will visit your work sector first and it's a visit from the 11th January to the 13th January that will trigger this year's Full Moon, on the 13th January. This will be the push to get this new professional year off the ground and to get job matters moving. While a Full Moon can trigger unexpected developments, this can take until the Moon returns four months later to fully play out. Meanwhile, the Moon's first visit to your career sector for the year will sharpen your professional instincts and provide a more global professional perspective, from the 20th January to the 22nd January.
While the Sun will always leave your career sector just before Christmas, it is not uncommon to still be tying up loose ends in January. Though to start with that doesn't seem to be the case this year, in reality it is. For the first time in as many years, but for the last time for another three decades, you will move into the New Year with Saturn in your career sector. Due to leave on the 20th December, Saturn still has nearly 12 months to wrap up this massive three year period of professional growth, learning and development and in his final year he's now ready to bring things home. With the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars having all moved through last year, everything suggests that you are now packed and loaded, ready for the long haul journey ahead. Venus left your career sector in November and Mercury in early December, so when the Sun left just before Christmas they were long gone, bringing your old professional year to an end, allowing you to focus on Saturn, the big picture and the journey ahead. Yet all that changes when, over a month after leaving Mercury will retrograde back in for a double dip visit from the 5th January to the 13th January. This is akin to going on holiday and wondering if you remembered to turn the iron off, with Mercury returning for a quick review. Saturn's final year in your career sector is so important, that this eight day chance to head back to the drawing board and tie up loose ends will prove priceless. This allows you to put the journey on hold for just over a week as you double check the details and go over all your facts and options. Once Mercury leaves on the 13th January he'll give Saturn the green light and what could be your most powerful professional year in decades finally begins. This is less a false start and more a valuable chance for a restart.