January is always the most active month of any year for career matters with the Sun, Mercury and Venus all wrapping up a visit that helped to get this new professional year off the ground. Since Pluto's return in 2008, the planet of change and revolution has been charged with keeping the wheels turning after that initial push. This year, thanks to Saturn's return just before Christmas, you have two planets on board. Yet with Saturn here until December 2020, Pluto until November 2024 and as they won't even align until early 2020, this is a partnership that will literally take years to build.
With the Sun not returning to your career sector until December and Venus and Mercury not returning until January 2019, last month's slow and steady approach should only deepen this month. Yet while that will be the case during the early weeks of the month, things will change dramatically. Yet the professional gods have a chance to place a shot across the bows in the early days of the month, with a Full Moon in your work sector on the 2nd March. This is a Full Moon that falls here at around this time every year, but you've never had Saturn and Pluto in your career sector at the same time.
It is less what this might trigger on the job front and more the impact on your professional game in general. An intuitive read on work and job matters at the start of the month will bring a sense that something big is building. That will be confirmed when the Moon moves through your career sector from the 10th March to the 13th March. However, the real change doesn't come until the 18th March, but when it comes it could change everything. For this is when Mars not only returns to your career sector, but will spend much of the next six months firing things up. With Pluto able to effect change and Saturn giving you the power to move mountains if you have to, this is a game changer.
Things quieten down professionally this month in a way that gives you a chance to let things settle. After the 13 months that Jupiter spent in your work sector, from September 2016 to October 2017, this is something you didn't get to experience last year. There is a lot about this year that is different to most years, making it important to trust your instincts and to quite literally go with the flow. Last month saw the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Juno all leave your career sector, leaving you with no planetary activity in either of your two professional houses.
Last year, as is the case in most years, once the Sun, Mercury and Venus moved on there was no planetary activity until this January. So to move into March with no planetary activity on the career front is the norm. What is different this year is that you still have momentum and this is far from the end of the planetary activity. This year, you have the South Node, not a planet but as the force behind last month's solar eclipse, it can keep the wheels turning and the momentum going. Right now that's all you need, for Mars will not only return to your career sector in May, but spend an incredibly long time here.
Mars' second and double dip visit won't end until November, giving you a few months for things to settle before the next stage hits. March is an important month to let things settle and because of that the Moon's monthly visits are more important. The Moon will make two visits to your work sector, moving through from the 3rd March to the 6th March and then returning on the 31st March, where it will see out the month. The Moon will not only move through your career sector from the 13th March to the 15th March, but coming full circle from last month's solar eclipse could trigger unexpected developments.
This is always an important time of any professional year for you, but usually just because of the focus on your career and professional situation, matters and options. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of March in your career sector, so this is when the solar spotlight is on career matters. In contrast, the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of November in your work sector, so this is not the time of year when you would expect any planetary activity on the job front. Yet that is exactly what you have, with the month getting off to a stunning start on both the job and career fronts.
You not only start the month with six planets in your career sector, but a number of significant conjunctions or alignments in play. During the first four days of the month alone, Venus and Mercury will align in your career sector, the Sun and dreamy Neptune will align here and both Venus and Mercury will move into a positive aspect to lucky Jupiter on the job front. It is Jupiter who not only has job matters active at the wrong time of year, but will keep them active all year. With Mercury leaving your career sector on the 6th March and Venus on the 7th March, their alignments with lucky Jupiter will boost their confidence and therefore their impact in their final days.
This works both ways, for as Jupiter slows down ahead of his retrograde turn on the 9th March, as work and job matters slow to a crawl this will ensure your job confidence remains high. The only fly in the ointment is a Full Moon on the 2nd March, which will see the Moon move into opposition with all six planets in your career sector. Yet with job and career matters continuing to evolve, any work/life balance issues this exposes are important. There isn't a single moment in 2018 without planetary activity on the job and career fronts or when you can keep your work or professional hats off, with work/life balance everything.
March is always the point in any year when things become more professionally focused, with the Sun's return to your career sector on the 21st March something that happens at this time every year. This year things not only kick off earlier, they have been evolving for months and an impact over the coming months can only be described as game changing. Even more Mercury returns to your career sector on the 6th March and Venus on the 7th March, with Mars in your work sector until the 18th March, things are busy. However, they are likely to take off once Venus and Mercury return to your career sector and not just on the job and career fronts, but on the income front as well.
In your career sector from the 7th March to the 31st March, Venus will use that time to fuel your professional confidence, attract opportunities and steer things in a lucrative direction. Yet as she, Mercury and the Sun on the 21st March return to your career sector something unexpected is likely to kick in. Since 2010 all three have returned each year to find Uranus, quietly working behind the scenes for the last eight years. As all three return this month they would expect a chance to regroup, but nothing more. That is not what will happen, for Uranus is leaving in May and this is the last time that the Sun, Mercury and Venus will meet up with the planet of surprise, synchronicity and the unexpected here in our lifetime.
This is show time, a chance to bring everything you've been working towards over the last eight years home. Mercury, who is closely aligned to Uranus, will recognise this from the get go. This could be why instead of moving through in 15 days, Mercury will turn retrograde on the 23rd March, pulling back with a chance to go back over old ground. This means Mercury won't leave until the 14th May, just two days before Uranus leaves. As Mercury returns his message to Uranus will be 'okay, let's make this happen'. This will fire up Mars, with his final weeks in your work sector likely to be the most manic and the most productive.
Just when you think you know what you're dealing with, prepare to be surprised, in an exciting and game changing way. This is the time of year when on the job front in particular things settle back to what is the normal pattern. That normal pattern is that while the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of each year in your work sector, even Mercury and Venus are gone by the end of February. With Pluto here since 2008, this means that the planet of change and revolution can take the wheel focused more on keeping the momentum going. This year you have Saturn on board as well, with February a chance to get a feel for having Pluto who wants change and Saturn who wants stability, both sharing the wheel.
With the Sun not returning to your work sector until December, Venus and Mercury not returning until January 2019 and Pluto and Saturn working together for the next three years, things have reached a slow and steady momentum they'll return for the rest of the year. Or so all the evidence will suggest. With the Sun not returning to your career sector until later next month, all should be quiet on the professional front this month. Except nothing could be further from the truth, especially from the 18th March.
For it is on the 18th March that Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos returns to your work sector to fire things up and this is a game changer. Not only will Mars return to find both Saturn and Pluto here, for the first time in our lifetime, this is no ordinary visit. With Mars slowing down he'll not only spend longer here, but will retrograde back in for a double dip visit, one that won't run its course until September. And with Venus making an early return to your career sector on the 31st March, there will be no slowing things down by then.
Things dial back on the professional front this month, giving you a much needed chance to pull back and let things settle. With the Sun not returning to your career sector until the 21st May, as is the case each year, past experience suggests that you have two full months with no planetary activity in either of your two professional houses, with plenty of time to let things settle. In reality you have just one full month and unlike other years, things haven't exactly gone off the boil on the job front. The last of four planets did leave your work sector on the 24th February but with the South Node, the force behind last month's solar eclipse still here, this is still keeping things in motion.
The South Node is not a planet or even an object and instead is a gravitational force. The difference this month to the last two months is that you're no longer driving the car and this is akin to being in a self driving car, with the professional gods at the wheel. This allows you to settle back and enjoy the scenery, once you can let go of a need to control or drive things. Once you can learn to trust your instincts and quite literally 'go with the flow', the more you'll realise that things have their own rhythm. The Moon's return to your work sector from the 13th March to the 15th March will be a chance to tap into that.
Another reason why it is important to pull back this month, is that while the Sun won't return to your career sector until May, Venus is racing ahead and will return next month. With April, May and June all busy months on the career front and as January and February have been busy months on the job front, March is the only month where the professional gods are taking it slowly. This is a chance to work with on everything triggered over the last few months, but to pull back and let things settle.
Regardless of what is happening in the rest of your chart, the one thing that you can guarantee is that the spotlight will always be on work and job matters at this time of year. That is because the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of March in your work sector. With Chiron here since 2010 and Neptune since 2012, while work and job matters will tick over throughout the year, when the solar spotlight turns the solar spotlight onto work and job matters, this is when things start to happen. As is usually the case, where you find the Sun you will also find Venus and Mercury, but to move into March with six planets is extraordinary.
Even just having the Sun, Mercury and Venus here at the same time is an advantage, something that last happened in 2016. All three will move through at around this time each year, but not necessarily all at the same time. When this happens, which it does once every two to three years, then you have heart and head in the game at the same time that the solar spotlight is on work and job matters, giving you a much better chance to work with what this reveals. This year you have six planets with the sixth being Juno, queen of commitment who returned on the 24th February.
With Mercury leaving on the 6th March and Venus on the 7th March, it is the first six days of the month that you have all available professional gods on the field. This brings a need to start the month putting everything you have into everything you do. However, a Full Moon on the 2nd March will police that you still know when to keep your work hat on and when to take it off. Yet while it is the norm to have the focus on work and job matters at this time of year, it has been 12 years since you had lucky Jupiter in your income sector at the same time. A friendly aspect not only adds to your job confidence, but can make this a lucrative month as well. For while the Sun will leave on the 21st March, three planets will stay on to keep the wheels turning.
March is a month when, with the Sun returning to your work sector on the 21st March, the solar spotlight and therefore a lot of your focus shifts onto work and job matters. Yet with Uranus here since 2010 there hasn't been a time in the last eight years when the focus hasn't been on work and job matters to some degree. The difference is that when the faster moving planets move through, which includes the Sun, Mercury and Venus and once every other Mars that things become more active. Work and job matters are in a passive mode for much of the year, but in active mode when the faster planets move through, which is usually March and April.
Yet from the moment Mercury returns to your work sector on the 6th March everything will feel different and that is for three very important reasons. The first is that you have Mars in your income sector until the 18th March and this is what he has been waiting for. This is going to fuel a sense of urgency and need for action on the income front, which is going to give work and job matters a running start. The second reason is that for the first time since 2015, there is planetary activity on the career front. After a total lunar eclipse in your career sector last month and a total solar eclipse last August, as things start to move on the job front, expect this to have a ripple effect across the income, work and career fronts.
The third reason is Mercury himself. Uranus is known as the 'higher octave' of Mercury, which means they're cut from the same cloth. They are both intellectual forces, with Uranus focused on the big picture and Mercury on the details. From the moment Mercury returns he'll have a clear message from Uranus that it's time to wrap things up, for after eight years he is getting ready to leave in May. Instead of moving through in just 15 days Mercury is staying on, with a retrograde turn on the 23rd March allowing him to stay here until the 14th May, just two days before Uranus leaves. With the Sun here from the 21st March and Venus until the 31st March, from the 6th March it is 'game on'.
That there has been no planetary activity in either of your professional houses so far this year is the norm. With the Sun moving through your work sector in April/May and through your career sector in August/September and Venus and Mercury always travelling with the Sun, these will be the most active months of any year. Or at least that has been the case, but not for much longer. This month there are just a few small signs of movement on the job front, signs that will literally be found in the first and final three days of the month. However, those signs are for game changing developments ahead.
We'll stick to this month for now, but I'll end with major news of what lies ahead. With no planetary activity in either of your two professional houses the Moon's monthly visits to both are important and this month you have three visits, two to your career sector and one to your work sector. The Moon will return to your career sector on the 1st March and leave on the 3rd March, but it is the Full Moon this will create on the 2nd March that is the first significant event of this professional year. However, often it is when the Moon comes full circle that the unexpected developments often happen, with what the Full Moon triggers coming to fruition when the Moon returns. For that reason, keep your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground as the Moon comes full circle, from the 29th March to the 31st March.
On face value there is nothing unusual about the Moon's visit to your work sector from the 20th March to the 22nd March and in terms of the Moon moving through, you can't get more ordinary than that. Yet what makes this visit extraordinary is what your instincts and an intuitive read on work and job matters will pick up on. For rather than wait until later next month for new work and job developments, they begin with Venus' return to your work sector on the 31st March. Not only that, once things start to move they will continue to play out until 2026. For what lies ahead is Uranus' return, which will take you to a period of your life where work and job matters won't just be active for a few months each year, but all year for eight years.
Once again you have a quiet month on the professional front and while this may still feel strange, what you're experiencing is the return to a normal pattern. From Mercury's return to your career sector in August 2016 to Mars' departure in December 2017, there had been 16 months of continuous planetary activity. Included in that period was the 13 months that Jupiter spent here. With a lot of that time spent in opposition with Uranus and Eris in your home and family sector, much of that 16 month period was dogged by professional pressure or work/life balance tension. Yet as challenging as that was, with Mars having just left in December, this is something that you're now reaping the benefits from.
You have gained a huge amount of momentum and with no planetary activity in either your work or career sectors in the early months of each year, this has been a valuable chance to regroup. The Sun moves through your work sector in May/June and through your career sector in September/October. As Venus and Mercury travel with the Sun, these are the most active months of any year, when we are in a normal pattern, which is what you're reverting to this year. However, Venus is racing ahead this year and will return to your work sector next month. This is still part of the normal pattern, but it means you have just one more month before things start to move on the job front.
The fact that Venus is racing ahead this year also means this will impact career matters later in the year. While the Sun won't return to your career sector until the 23rd September, Venus will return on the 7th August. Not only that, instead of racing through in 24 days, this is a visit that won't wrap up until December. So in the scheme of things March is one of the few quiet months you have left this year, so enjoy it. This makes it important to have your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground when the Moon moves through your career sector from the 3rd March to the 6th March and again from the 31st March to the 2nd April. It is this visit that will trigger a Full Moon on the 1st April. Just as important will be the Moon's visit to your work sector from the 22nd March to the 24th March.
This is not normally an active point of your professional year, but then 'normal' went out the window when Jupiter returned to your career sector last October. With the planet of luck and expansion here until November and then other planetary activity keeping things moving until January 2019, this is your biggest year for professional growth in over a decade. Jupiter is the largest and most powerful planet in the solar system, expanding everything he touches, but this is also a journey. This month you reach an exciting point in that journey, for two reasons.
The first is that you start the month with six planets in your income sector and they have all either already aligned with Jupiter on the career front, will this month or over the coming months. Before Mercury leaves your income sector on the 6th March and Venus on the 7th March, they will both move into a friendly aspect to Jupiter. Jupiter aspects are the most auspicious you can get and for the first time in 12 years they are being formed between planets moving through your income sector and Jupiter in your career sector. This will bring a boost in confidence on both fronts, increasing the chances of making this a lucrative month and for steering the rest of your professional year in a lucrative direction.
The second reason is Jupiter himself, with the planet of luck and expansion turning retrograde on the 9th March. After five months moving forward over ground last covered 12 years ago, Jupiter will spend the next four months going back over ground just covered over recent months and in his early days, over ground just covered days or weeks ago. Jupiter has to slow down in order to turn retrograde so it may appear that career and professional matters have become stalled. This is where support for and from income forces will work both ways, boosting your professional confidence in a way that allows you to see this as the benefit it is.
You have reached a stunning month across the income, work and career fronts, but also a point where one last push will get you to a point where you will finally be able to pull back. While Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos has only been in your career sector since late January, he returned just 16 days after over three years of planetary activity wrapped up, including the three years that Saturn has spent here. There was a small window of opportunity to catch your breath between the 11th January and 27th January, before you were back in it again.
Mars will finally leave on the 18th March, but he is on a mission to achieve as much as he can and to leave things in as good a shape as possible. For while there will be no planetary activity on the career front once Mars leaves until Mercury returns at the end of October, lucky Jupiter will return just days later to kick off your biggest year for professional growth in over a decade. You've been through the boot camp and Mars is working to leave you with as much momentum as possible. It is telling that Ceres will turn direct in your work sector on the 19th March, just a day after Mars leaves. This will ensure that as Mars moves on, work and job matters come back on line.
With Venus in your income sector from the 7th March to the 31st March, the Sun from the 21st March and Mercury from the 6th March to the 14th May, this comes at the most potentially lucrative point in the year. At the same time that Mars is wrapping up all planetary activity on the career front for now, Uranus is doing the same on the income front, with a lot of help from his friends. Together this creates a stunning month across the income, work and career fronts, with a lot of support and connection between the three.