Still waters run deep at the start of the month, with nothing to suggest that you are on the cusp of your biggest professional breakthrough and journey in a lifetime. December is always a tricky month for you professionally, for while each year always has and always will begin and end with the Sun in your career sector, the Sun always spends the first three weeks of December in an adventurous part of your chart. It is as though December lures you in with an adventurous vibe, only to become a lot more professionally focused just before Christmas.
For that reason, at a subconscious level, you know to embrace a sense of adventure before the sea change happens and this year this is even more important. For this year this is not the annual sea change, but a complete change in the professional dynamics. Fortunately, the Moon returns a day before, so your professional instincts will be sharp as everything changes. It begins with the Moon's return to your career sector on the 19th December, ensuring you have your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground when Saturn returns on the 20th December, for the first time since 1991.
Yet this time is different, for with Pluto here since 2008, you've been preparing for a major change for the last nine years. This is the first time that serious Saturn and rebellious Pluto have met up here in our lifetime, but they will rule together for the next three years. By the time the Sun returns on the 20th December and Venus on the 25th December, you'll be in the early days of the biggest developments seen on the career front in three decades. Fortunately, the one thing you have on your side is time.
Regardless of what planet it was bringing nearly 16 months of continuous planetary activity on the work front home, there is going to be some urgency and a final push to gain as much momentum as possible. When that planet is Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos, then you need to buckle up from the get go. Mars won't leave until the 9th December, but with Mars' visits every other year always setting a manic pace, considering he is charged with bringing things home, this could get extreme. The biggest danger is burning out before you reach the 9th December, after which you can take your foot off the gas. Fortunately, there is a speed bump at the start of the month, with an opposition with Uranus on the 1st December designed to slow things down. The problem is, in order to do that this might create some work tension and job pressure, with a need to view this as your friend. What you want is a pace that ensures you gain every advantage and as much momentum from Mars' final days as possible, but without burning out before you can achieve that. Think of work tension and job pressure as static on a radio. When you have the right balance between knowing when to keep your work hat on and when to take it off, this will drop back. You want to leave nothing on the floor though, with the 9th December a day of celebration. While Jupiter's 13 month visit ended two months earlier, this is when you can finally pull back and let natural momentum take it from here. There might even be a chance to take your work hat off over the holiday period this year.
While it is not uncommon to still have planetary activity in your work sector at this time of year, like Venus' departure on the 1st December, it is because they are wrapping up their annual visit. However, it won't be time to take your work hat off just yet and in fact, you won't get a chance to do that until early 2019. For with Jupiter still in his early months in your work sector, this is just the start of the real journey and in reality, not even that. The start of the real journey will come when Jupiter is on his own and the push to gain as much traction and to get as many balls in the air as possible is over. And you won't reach that stage until later next month.
You can either blame or thank Mars for the fact that you won't get to take your work hat off this year, with a busy end to this year and a stunning start to your 2018 professional year. Just when things should be dialling back, Mars' return to your work sector on the 9th December changes everything. Mars returns once every two years, kicking off what will always be the busiest weeks of any year. This time, with Mars returning on the 9th December and not leaving until the 27th January, his seven week visit will span the end of one professional year and the start of the next.
Like the other planets that have moved through since Jupiter returned, this is Mars' first encounter with Jupiter here since 2006. However, unlike the other planets, Mars has not managed to catch up and align with Jupiter. This time, when they align in the early days of 2018, it will be for the first time here in 35 years. While this means a busy end to the year, this is a massive auspicious run up to the start of your 2018 professional year. This does mean you will have to pace yourself, especially from the 9th December onwards.
December is often the busiest month of any year for you, and no matter how many resolutions you make at the start of each year to ensure it doesn't happen next year, it always does. That is because the Sun always has and always will spend the first three weeks of December in your work sector. Because of that, it is a fact of life that this will be a busy month, but also with experience comes the means to work smarter and pace yourself. This year this might be easier said than done, for with Saturn wrapping up his three year visit on the 20th December, this is more than an annual update.
Yet the fact that Uranus and Eris are both spending their last full month in retrograde motion in your career sector and Mercury will spend from the 3rd December to the 23rd December in retrograde motion on the work front, is a sign that the professional gods want you to pace yourself. And for a good reason. For while Saturn will leave your work sector on the 20th December, the Sun on the 22nd December and Venus on the 25th December, this is not the end of the story. Mercury will stay on over the holiday period, just to keep your head in the game, but in the most low key way, you have experienced since the end of 2013.
Mercury will even leave on the 11th January, leaving your work sector empty for the first time in over three years. Yet with Uranus and Eris both turning direct in early January and Mars returning to your work sector later next month, catch your breath while you can. This is a month for working diligently and because he won't return for another three decades, to take responsibility and work with Saturn's exacting standards. Saturn will require a lot from you, but most of all he will require you to pace yourself and put everything you have into everything you do.
This is a month that comes disguised as a very ordinary December but is, in fact, anything but. An ordinary December means that you are waiting for the Sun's return to your work sector on the 22nd December, with the solar spotlight always on your work situation and job matters at the end of and the start of each year. With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of December in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, there is even a push to find a balance between work and play before heading into your annual busy phase.
Since Pluto's return in 2008, this annual retrograde phase from April to September of each year has meant that he is just starting to gain some traction and to move forward. By the time the Sun returns Pluto is usually ready to change things up. While this means things heat up on the job front just before Christmas, this is more a chance to get a head start when your new professional year begins. That is still the case this year, but an event on the 20th December means that when the Sun and Venus leave next month things won't go back to normal and they won't for another three years.
That event is Saturn's return to your work sector on the 20th December, kicking off the most powerful three years on the job front in three decades. Yet when Saturn was here from 1988 to 1991 you didn't have Pluto, the planet of change and revolution on board and nor did you have him preparing for this for the last nine years. Fortunately, Saturn is in no hurry and with the Moon in your work sector from the 19th December to the 21st December, you'll pick up on this from the get go.
While this is a fairly low key professional month, the pockets of activity are just what's needed and at the best possible time. For you, December is always a month that is more focused on bringing your professional year home and by mid January you're ready to take time out over the holiday period. That is because with the Sun always returning to your work sector in January, this is when a new wave of activity will begin. That is still the case this year, but the professional gods still have a few wildcards up their sleeves.
They will play the first wildcard in the early days of the month. In reality, just having the Moon move through your career sector from the 3rd December to the 5th December would have been enough, sharpening your professional instincts during Mars' final days in your income sector. Yet with Mars not leaving until the 9th December, a Full Moon in your career sector on the 4th December could trigger unexpected professional developments and the potential for an income breakthrough.
In the meantime, the Moon's return to your work sector from the 21st December to the 24th December could pick up on some unexpected shifts and may even trigger a new sense of resolve on the job front. For it is just days earlier, that Juno's return on the 17th December will see the queen of commitment quietly start working on your resolutions for the New Year. The final wildcard is the Moon's return to your career sector on the 30th December. Coming full circle from the Full Moon earlier in the month, with the Moon not leaving until New Year's Day, you'll end 2017 and start 2018 with your professional instincts sharp.
December is and should be a low key month, with the professional gods more focused on lining up for your new professional year and the new round of planetary activity that always begins on the work front each February. Since Chiron returned to your work sector in 2010 and Neptune in 2012, they have turned retrograde each June and haven't turned direct again until November. This year Chiron is still in retrograde motion and won't turn direct until the 5th December, and with Neptune having just turned direct late last month, the tide is still in the process of turning.
With both stationary, you're not going to make much progress, but then you don't have to. From the get go Neptune is already looking at new dreams for the future, and Chiron is still closing old doors and bringing this professional year home. What you don't expect at this time of year is the level of job confidence or the sense of anticipation. With October and November usually the most active month of any year on the income front, there will always be a boost in job confidence, but not to this degree.
But then the last time you moved into December with Jupiter, in his early months in your income sector, aligned with Neptune on the job front was? Well never. This is the start of a partnership that will hold strong until Jupiter leaves your income sector next November and ahead of next year's new job developments, the planets of luck and dreams are already hitching your wagons together on the income and job fronts. The Moon's last visits to your two professional houses for the year will be a valuable chance to bring this professional year home. You'll have a chance to do that on the career front from the 5th December to the 7th December and on the work front over Christmas, with the Moon in your work sector from the 24th December to the 26th December.
This should be a quiet end to your professional year. There is never usually any planetary activity on the career front at this time of year, and with Uranus and Eris both in their last full month in retrograde motion in your work sector, work and job matters will be slowing down. The difference this year is that your career sector is still active, not because of any annual planetary activity, but because you have the North Node and Ceres keeping things active on the job front.
Uranus and Eris are still slowing down and with Uranus turning direct in the early hours of the New Year, as the month progresses you'll find it hard to push yourself, the slower he becomes. Yet this is when you'll notice something extraordinary, in that you won't have to push yourself to get the same results. Throughout the three years that Saturn has spent in your income sector, Uranus has been his constant support. The last 12 months, in particular, have seen them unite and over the last few months, forces across the income, work and career fronts aligned.
With their wagons hitched together and with all the horsepower coming from income forces, forces on both the work and career fronts can jump in the back seat and come along for the ride. For on the 17th December, Ceres will turn retrograde in your career sector as well. By this point, all three planets across both your professional houses will be in retrograde motion and near stationary. Yet because forces on the income fronts are driving things, you're likely to find that this is a month where you get to benefit from everything you have invested in throughout the year.
December might just be one of the most low key months of this professional year and just as well. This not only brings a chance to stand back and let things wind down naturally but enjoy a much needed chance to pull back. What you can't know is that next May, Uranus will return to your work sector for the first time since 1942 and apart from a few months later next year, will be here until 2026. Where you're going, a chance to take your work hat off will be a lot harder. With some busy professional years behind you and some busy months having just ended in late October, you deserve a more controlled end to the year.
However, just because the professional gods aren't active doesn't mean you can clock out early, with things still developing. The early days of the month could see some unexpected developments on the job front. The Moon will not only move through your work sector from the 1st December to the 3rd December but will come full circle from last month's Full Moon. Often what is triggered on a Full Moon takes until the Moon returns to come to fruition, with the early days of the month the time to watch.
With all the focus on income matters this month, especially from the 20th December, the Moon's last visits to your two professional houses become a lot more important. The last visit to your career sector will run from the 9th December to the 11th December. The Moon will come full circle from its visit to your work sector at the start of the month, moving through again from the 28th December to the 30th December. By then the whole dynamics will have shifted, with some impressive developments underway on the income front.
In terms of the push to bring this professional year home, the first thing to note is that this is a push to bring things home and the second is both how intense and how early this is. There was no push to bring your 2016 professional year home because it never ended. With Jupiter in your career sector from September 2016 to October 2017, one professional year simply continued into the next, without taking a break. Yet for the first time since Jupiter's return last year, Mars' departure on the 9th December will finally bring things home.
Mars will leave you with more than enough momentum to bring this professional year home, but in what might finally be a controlled stop and time out to catch your breath over the holiday period. However, the professional gods will throw everything they have into making the warrior planet of the cosmos' final days count, knowing that this is not just the push needed to bring this professional year home, but keep things going next year as well.
This makes the Moon's return to your work sector from the 3rd December to the 5th December timely, even if all this did was give you an intuitive read on work and job matters. Yet as a Full Moon on the 4th December, this is going to give work and job matters a jump start in Mars' final days. At the other end of the month, the Moon will come full circle from this Full Moon on 30th December, allowing you to end one year and start the next with an intuitive read on work and job matters. There will be a chance to tie up loose ends on the career front when the Moon moves through your career sector from the 11th December to the 14th December, just days after Mars leaves on the 9th December.
Just moving into the month with Venus still in your career sector is an advantage, even if she does leave on the 1st December. By then Venus has been here for 24 days, and like a bell that can't be unrung, this allows you to start the month with your professional confidence fuelled and some clear expectations from the get go. If that were it, this would still be an advantage. But you know where this is going, for this is far from it. Instead, Venus leaves career and professional matters in the safe hands of Jupiter, who will continue to promote professional growth through to November 2018.
Yet this will leave Jupiter on his own and for a few days it might seem like this is the end of the push to get the journey underway and you may even start to settle into a more comfortable pace. Yet while the race will shift from a sprint to a marathon, it will shift back again when Mars returns on the 9th December. This is Mars' first visit in nearly two years and like the Sun, Mercury and Venus before him is his first encounter with lucky Jupiter here since 2006. Yet when they align in the New Year, it will be their first alignment here in 35 years.
The difference between Mars and the other planets that have moved through since Jupiter returned in October, is that as the warrior planet of the cosmos and a planet of action, he is here to make things happen. Not leaving until late January, this may see things suddenly become a lot busier in the final weeks of the year while giving 2018 a massive head start before it begins. Mars will normally spend six weeks here, but slowing down ahead of a retrograde phase next year he will spend seven weeks. Not leaving until the 27th January, this gives you time to pace yourself.
For you, December is always going to be the month when everything starts coming together, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of December in your career sector. However, this year you're not just bringing the Sun's annual visit and this professional year home, but Saturn's three year visit. Saturn returned in December 2014 to begin a three year professional boot camp, which may have seen you have to invest and learn a lot and also give a lot in what was a long term investment. Saturn does not look for immediate gains, but due to leave on the 20th December, this could see things you have been working towards for months or even years, start coming together.
While you have the Sun in your career sector until the 22nd December and Venus until the 25th December, even when they follow Saturn out the door, there will be no urgency. The message until the end will still be that slow and steady will win the race. This is partly because with Mercury in retrograde motion here from the 3rd December to the 23rd December he has the brakes on. However, for a good reason. For Mars, the planet who is charged with bringing everything home doesn't return until later next month.
Saturn's three year visit is coming to an end, and by Christmas, you'll have your first chance in three years to pull back, this will be in order to catch your breath before the final charge. Yet even then, with lucky Jupiter returning next November, this is just a stepping stone for even more professional growth and opportunities over the coming years. Saturn will demand that you put everything you have into everything you do until he leaves on the 20th December but in a slow and responsible way. Venus, however, will work to attract opportunities.