Every month that passes sees the professional conditions that began shifting back in July become strong and more resilient. It began with Venus' return to your work sector in July and while she retrograded back out on the 1st August the Sun and Mercury returned in time to make Jupiter's return a game changer. September saw Pluto's direct turn in your career sector and Mars return to your work sector, while Venus' return in October completed a formidable line up of work forces. October also saw Ceres leave your career sector in the very final days, leaving you with a better sense of what you're fighting for and working towards, just as a partnership between work and career forces deepen. By the time you move into November you've had months of developments to get you to the point where you are now, a point that looks unlike any other November ever. With Venus leaving on the 9th November and Mars on the 13th November, but aligned in the early days of the month, it's your heart and your work passions, fighting and competitive spirit that are fuelling a new sense of determination. This is Pluto's first full month on his own in your career sector or it should be, with the asteroid Pallas Athena returning on the 1st November to add a subtle but important impact. Pluto is the planet of change and revolution and as such can go off on a tangent, whereas Pallas Athena is all about intellectual reasoning and focus, allowing you to rein in wayward thoughts to create an environment for creative change. It's a partnership between Mars and Pluto, the planets of war and revolution and the fact that work and career forces will continue to develop and evolve over the coming months, that gives you the courage and confidence to take the trainer wheels off and throw yourself into the things that excite you.
When the Sun moves through the same areas of your chart at the same time every year and Venus and Mercury follow side by side, close behind or slightly ahead, it's easy to fall into a pattern of knowing what to expect, whether you're consciously aware of it as well. With the Sun having left your career sector last month, part of your professional conditioning will be telling you that it's time to tie up loose ends and wind things down, while another part will be flying the protest flags, protesting that you don't know what you want to commit to yet, let alone find the motivation or traction to make it happen. In fact, by the time Mercury leaves your career sector on the 2nd November you could be feeling short changed, except this is not your reality and even if facts suggest what your head is telling you is right, trust your heart on this one. It was Ceres' return to your career sector on the 28th October that has opened the door to unexpected developments, not only this month but right through to next April. This is a surprise development and nothing that an annual handbook can help you with, allowing you to trust what is now an update of your whole definition of professional success. On the 9th November, a week after Mercury's departure and just as you are feeling short changed by the professional gods everything changes, with Venus returning to your work sector on the 9th November and Mars just 4 days later on the 13th November. You didn't miss out after all, they're simply late to arrive, but return at the perfect time. While Venus will leave early next month Mars will stay on until the New Year, fuelling your work passions, fighting and competitive spirit. This kicks off the best 2 months of 2015 for work matters, a month that coincidently also hosts Ceres' first full month back in your career sector and a Full Moon in your income sector on the 26th November. I don't think Venus and Mars were late, with their timing spot on.
What a difference a month makes, though to be true conditions began to change for Neptune and Chiron, in retrograde motion in your career sector and under pressure for months now, when the Sun returned to your career sector late last month. In retrograde motion since June, under pressure from a parade of planets through your home and family sector over recent months and worn down by wave after wave of work/life balance tension, the biggest danger was never to your professional game or momentum, but to your professional confidence. The professional gods themselves always new that not only would their turn come, but how valuable those work/life balance lessons actually were, for they know what's coming and especially in 2016. What's coming is a slow opening up of work opportunities and developments, which are set to explode during the first half of 2016. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of November in your work sector and until Chiron leaves your career sector in 2019 and Neptune in 2024 they will always end their retrograde phase in November, so professional gods always new that support would kick in and the tide would turn this month. The only difference being that you're finally let in on their secret. It's Mercury's visit to your work sector from the 2nd November to the 21st November that allows you to work smarter, get your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open, especially around the time of a New Moon here on the 12th November. With Neptune turning direct on the 19th November and Chiron on the 28th November this is when the professional tide turns and work forces start to gain traction. However, Mars is set to spend the majority of the first half of 2016 in your work sector so you've got a busy year in front of you, with having the right work/life balance essential.
With Saturn in your work sector until the end of 2017 there won't be much time to rest of your laurels, with some of the busiest years in decades stretching out in front of you, but at the same time working yourself into the ground won't be an option either. Saturn, the hard taskmaster of the cosmos has laid out a series of electric fences, ready to zap you if you don't put in enough effort, but also ready to zap you if you put in too much effort. To start with this may have taken some time to get used to, but having spent from Christmas Eve 2014 to mid June here and now back for the duration from mid September, you should have a good idea by now of what's required and how far you can push yourself. In fact, by the time Mercury returns on the 21st November to help you get your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open and the Sun returns to your work sector on the 23rd November to begin your annual review, you should have working smarter down to an art form. With Saturn in your work sector until the end of 2017, Uranus in your career sector until March 2019 and their partnership not peaking until the end of 2016, the message from the professional gods is remembering that it's all about the journey. With Venus not returning until the end of December and Mars not returning until early March, but when he does beginning a dance that will take 5 months to play out, this pace will slowly pick up over the coming months. The danger there is that creeping up on you slowly you might not notice how busy things are getting. Key to not only your success with career and work developments this month but over the coming months is finding that sweet zone between doing enough but not going too far. With Uranus in his last full month in retrograde motion in your career sector you still need time to reflect on the past and access untapped potential.
It's not so much what is happening on the professional front this month and more what's happening around it, with the support this year extraordinary to say the least. On face value things are what you would expect, with no planetary activity in your career sector and Pluto on his own in your work sector, but still in his early months in direct motion and not expected to do much until the Sun returns next month. However, moving into November is going to feel very different to previous years, mainly because of a sense of confidence and a sense of rebellion in the air. It was a Full Moon in your career sector on the 28th October that gave professional matters a push in the closing days of October, something that gives you a tailwind as you move into the new month. While the asteroid Pallas Athena's return to your work sector on the 1st November will have an impact, it's at the same time subtle and game changing. Athena is the Greek goddess of reason, intellectual wisdom, reasoning and logic. Shrewd, smart and a brilliant statistician, she's a warrior the ancient Greeks wanted at their side going into battle, assuring victory. Pluto, on the other hand, is the planet of change and revolution, preferring to work by creating chaos and making it up as you go. Athena's return gives you the intellectual prowess of this warrior goddess, while retaining Pluto's call for change and revolution. Added to this you have the support of Venus and Mars, both in their final days in your income sector and both having forged a strong partnership with Pluto last month. With Jupiter staying on in your income sector a partnership between income and work forces will continue to unfold. A month that is normally more about finding your feet has you fired up, confident and battle ready. Where you would normally wait until the New Year to make your next move, there is a world of infinite possibilities waiting to be discovered now.
November is not usually a professionally charged month for you and while that's still the case, there are forces in play and they are having an impact. The most active points of any year for work matters are when the Sun moves through your work sector, in January/February each year and for career matters in May/June each year. Even taking into account that this can sometimes be drawn out a month either side, apart from the Moon's monthly visits there shouldn't be a lot happening. Things started to change when Ceres returned to your work sector on the 28th October and still in her early days back, by the time you move into the new month there should be a sense of familiarity about this. Ceres returned to your work sector over Easter, just hours before a total lunar eclipse in your income sector and just a week before Venus' return to your career sector. This kicked off a 4 month period that saw income, work and career forces come together in a way that is still influencing things now. Mercury's departure from your career sector in July saw that partnership start to break up, with Ceres' departure in early August leaving just income forces to carry on. Mercury retrogrades three times each year and this year this has played out in your income, work and career sectors, so his influence has been the glue, so to have him still in your income sector when Ceres returned to your work sector instantly brought you back a point in the year when forces on all three fronts came together. While Mercury will leave your income sector on the 2nd November, with Venus returning on the 9th November and Mars on the 13th November they'll continue to play support for Ceres' first full month back in your work sector. It's a Full Moon in your career sector on the 26th November that will, for a few days galvanise all that has passed under the bridge on the income, work and career fronts this year, creating an opportunity for a breakthrough on all fronts.
While you may have been perturbed or frustrated by a sense of work forces being stuck and by what seems an unrelenting wave after wave of work tension, the professional gods themselves knew better and by the end of the month you'll no better. Two known facts led the professional gods to know there was nothing to worry about. The first is that the Sun will always return to your income sector at the end of October and always spending the first three weeks of November here, this was always going to throw work matters a life line. The other known fact is that Chiron, in your work sector until 2019 and Neptune, here until 2026, will always spend from June to November in retrograde motion, knowing that support from income forces was always going to kick in as the tide turned on the work front. It has been a combination of not only having work forces in retrograde motion but slowing down as they prepare to turn direct, just as pressure from a parade of planets moving through an intuitive and imaginative part of your chart that has run the risk of denting your confidence and feeling that you've become stuck. Mercury's visit to your income sector from the 2nd November to the 21st November will play host to both a New Moon here on the 12th November and Neptune's direct turn in your work sector on the 19th November. While both the Sun and Mercury will be gone from your income sector by the time Chiron turns direct on the 28th November, with the Moon moving through your work sector from the 20th November to the 22nd November and through your career sector from the 28th November to the 30th November, you'll have an intuitive read of the professional current sending the shift. It's next month, when Neptune and Chiron are spending their first full month in direct motion in your work sector that Venus' return to your income sector will bring real opportunities on both fronts.
Your biggest challenge right now is realising that you don't have to live with the past and pressure of the past 16 months. For the first time since July 2014 you've moved into the new month with no planetary activity in your career sector and while Venus left on the 9th October, it's only as you compare the start of one month with the start of previous months, that you'll sense that a constant push from behind is no longer there. At the same time you don't have lucky Jupiter spend 13 months, Venus nearly 4 months and a parade of planets all move through your career sector without leaving you with the kind of momentum that will continue to drive things professionally for months, if not years to come. What this has left you with is a much clearer sense of where your heart stands, with your professional desires, passions and fighting spirit on a new and more confident default setting. With Uranus in his last full month in retrograde motion in your career sector and not due to turn direct until late December, there isn't the screaming urgency there has been so far this year, which could be slightly worrying. With a rush mentality seemingly running out of steam before you run out of year there could be a sense that you've forgotten something, but this year the professional gods really are planning on coming to a controlled stop this professional year instead of slamming, at full speed into a brick wall at year's end. While there's still a chance you could do that to yourself, it's something the professional gods have no interest in. Instead it's much more about the money, with Mercury's return to your income sector on the 21st November and the Sun's on the 23rd November becoming the first planets to make contact with Saturn here since 1987. With Saturn and Uranus already building a strong relationship between income and work forces it's becoming more about the money.
Because Jupiter returned to your career sector 12 days before the Sun is normally scheduled to return each year and because August and September are usually the most active months of any year for career matters anyway, the real impact was disguised within fairly ordinary conditions. A series of oppositions with home and family forces and the work/life balance tensions this created are also part of the normal pattern at that time each year, though the fact that they went on for so long and to such a degree may have given a very false impression. This may have lead you to thinking that not only were the career developments over recent months nothing out of the ordinary, but you had less opportunities to work with. Instead the reality is the reason these oppositions have gone on and on and one is that the professional gods keep marshalling more and more resources, with each planet taking the field having to run the same gauntlet. Had this been an ordinary year then the tensions would have been less rather than more. The fog of war started to clear and the penny started to drop when the Sun and Mercury both left your career sector at the end of September, while the professional momentum continued to build. It was Mars' return on the 25th September and Venus' on the 9th October that saw the professional momentum increase at the very point that it should have been dialling back. Yet it's only now, as you move into November and especially once Venus leaves on the 9th November and Mars on the 13th November that there has been a major game changing shift. By the 13th November Jupiter will be the only planet left standing in your career sector and with the final opposition ending on the 9th November, the penny will drop that this is indeed the start of your biggest professional year in over a decade. However, Jupiter won't be on his own, not now or at any point until he leaves in September 2016 and I'm not just talking support from Pluto in your income sector. On the 12th November the North Node will return to your career sector for the first time in 17 years, something that just drawing close created a solar eclipse in September and will create another next year, while giving you a clear sense of professional direction.
While it's not unusual to still have planetary activity in your career sector as you move into November, for with Venus and Mercury always travelling with the Sun and as the Sun only left 8 days before the new month began, it's not unusual to have one or both still here. This year it's Mercury who is still here, keeping your head in the game and giving you an intellectually savvy edge until he leaves on the 2nd November. What is definitely unusual is that while this should be the point where your annual career review and update runs its course, is that Venus is yet to arrive. The last time you moved into November with Venus still on her way to your career sector was in 2009, 6 years ago and this time she's not coming on her own, with Mars returning just 4 days later. The North Node, in your career sector since February 2014, was always going to keep the momentum going when Mercury leaves on the 2nd November and leaving itself on the 12th November this gives you a chance to step back and soak in a sense of direction this brings. However, this should be the point where things scale back, but will instead explode back into life when Venus returns on the 9th November and even more so when Mars returns on the 13th November. Venus will leave early next month but Mars is here until the New Year, working together to fuel your professional desires, passions and fighting spirit. It's not only all that the Sun and Mercury, during his extended 2 month visit, has laid down the foundations for but everything the last 21 months has been leading up to that will all come together on Venus and Mars' watch. The final 7 weeks of 2015 are set to be the most professionally successful, providing a powerful launch pad for your 2016 professional year and Venus and Mars are two planets who have no hesitation when it comes to stealing the credit. Yes, they'll be the planets that will bring everything together, but it's been a team effort to get you to this point. In fact, this brings to a close a chapter that began in December 2013.
While the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of November in your career sector and therefore it's the norm to have your professional hats on at this time every year and the solar spotlight on your career and professional situation, matters and options, what makes this unusual is the very normalcy of this. Thanks to Saturn's return to your career sector in early October 2012 and position here until mid September, the last time you had just a normal solar update was in 2011, 4 years ago. You've not only got a chance to get back to focusing on just what's in front of you now instead of your whole professional game, but you've got the wisdom, leverage and momentum gained over the last 3 years. Where things stand professionally and the skills, wisdom and professional acumen you have now is not what you had and you're not who you were back in 2011. A lot of water has passed under the bridge and as opposed to pre Saturn times, you now have the power to move mountains if you have to. The Sun's position in your career sector until the 23rd November and Mercury's position from the 2nd November to the 21st November is a chance to regroup. Venus won't return until early next month and Mars won't return until the New Year, so you've got time to focus more on using this as a chance to get your bearings and to use the New Moon here on the 12th November as an opportunity to draw a new line in the sand, looking at where to from here. Another role that both the Sun and Mercury will play as they move through your career sector is support for Neptune and Chiron, who until now have been under pressure in your income sector. Yet with both turning direct this month, just as new doors open on the career front and to a much easier professional year, the tide is turning on the income front as well.
Two very ordinary events this month are set to bring some extraordinary revelations or developments. There is nothing in the world more ordinary than the Sun's return to your career sector on the 23rd November and in fact it's so ordinary that you can set your watch to it. The Sun will always return at this time of year, spending the final 10 days of November and first three weeks of every December shining the solar spotlight on your career and professional situation, matters and options. With Venus and Mercury always travelling alongside, slightly ahead or slightly behind the Sun, Mercury's return on the 21st November is also a very ordinary event, returning 2 days before the Sun, giving you a chance to get your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open. That 2 day head start is crucial and even though Mercury is only here for 19 days it's the fact that he returns first that changes everything. For Mercury doesn't just become the first to reach your career sector and in fact he isn't even the first, but he is the first planet to have any contact with Saturn here since 1987, 28 years ago. Saturn returned to your career sector on Christmas Eve 2014, just 2 days after the Sun's departure and with Venus and Mercury already been and gone, in the nearly 6 months he spent here before retrograding back out in mid June and since returning in mid September, he's yet to encounter any other planet here in nearly 3 decades. Mercury and Saturn's alignment on the 25th September is the first Saturn alignment in your career sector in 28 years and it's at that moment that your ability to get your head in the game and make smart and strategic choices, decisions and plans fuses with Saturn's strength and determination to create a new sense of resolve. The Sun will align with Saturn on the 30th November and they'll move into December aligned. With growing support from Uranus in your income sector and all that you've invested on the work front over the past 18 months, you're ready to make your assault on the summit of not only your professional year but your professional game in general.