Things may get a little intense this week, but it will also be exhilarating. The one thing this won't be is boring and that's important, for that is often your biggest complaint at this time of year. It was over the weekend that the month long wind down of your current solar year began, a reflective month that requires more time for navel gazing. The problem is, there will be little or no time for navel gazing, now with Mars already in Aries, firing up your passions and fighting spirit and bringing a call for action. Yet things may get stressful, in which case you'll welcome the Sun's slower mandate. You might not want to spend the whole week in life's slow lane and you're unlikely to get the chance to, but it will be there when it's needed. Balance is an important theme this week, across all aspects of your life.
The Sun's departure from your career sector over the weekend has taken away some of the professional focus, but this will make what remains even more focused. Even Mercury's departure at the end of the week won't see things dial back professionally, with Jupiter spending the majority of 2017 in your work sector. This means there will be no escaping a need to work smarter and to balance yourself. The Sun and Mercury's journey through your career sector was never the problem and instead, they are the key to working smarter and having some clear professional objectives. Jupiter and Mercury will come together in the early part of the week, creating some auspicious days for both work and career matters. Overriding everything is a need to pace yourself, with a greater than normal need for time to hear yourself think.
This week might bring some conflicting agendas, but it's that very diversity that is likely to make this such a stunning week. The Sun's return to your career sector over the weekend has put the solar spotlight onto your career and professional situation, matters and options, as happens at this time every year. With so much water having already passed under the bridge, by the time the Moon and Mercury return over the weekend you'll be ready for the solar eclipse this will create. This is something that will come into effect in the closing hours of the weekend and spill into the early hours of next week. After dancing around your professional dreams and passions since the year began, it's time to get serious. Yet this comes in a week full of playful and adventurous forces, providing the right balance.
Starting the week with the Moon in your work sector is always an advantage, but in the professional week you've wandered into, this could be a game changer. This allows you to rely on your wits from the get go, while grounding you with a clear sense of where your time and energy is best directed at any time. The key is to turning any professional pressure this week into motivation, while keeping any hype in perspective. You not only have Mars in your career sector for the first time in nearly two years, but his professional passions, fighting and competitive spirit are being inflated by a potentially game changing triple alignment. With work/life balance also an issue, having your feet on the ground from the get go will make it easier to work smarter in a week that is all about working smarter.
Oh to be a Leo this week, for it looks like you have scored the cosmic jackpot. Yes, there is pressure this week, for you this is coming from a line up of adventurous forces who are refusing to let you hide behind old excuses. This is being led by Mars, with the warrior planet of the cosmos fuelling a passion for adventure and a hunger for life's richer experiences. For this you have the most unlikely of allies Saturn, the hard taskmaster of the cosmos. At the same time Saturn deputises himself as the Fun Police and declares his full support for adventurous forces. This should be a treat for new developments on the income, work and career fronts. Yet they are in their own happy bubble, that they don't see playful and adventurous forces as a threat and vice versa. If you finally get to have it all, then it's about time.
The Sun's return to your relationship sector at this time each year can often be a mixed blessing and last year in particular this brought some real challenges. There is something about events that happen at the same time each year that make them efficient yard sticks. You're able to mark your progress on the relationship front by the confidence this comes with this year and the lack of challenges. A better sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you means you can start on the right foot. This is mainly a barometer for where you are, with your personal confidence on the rise. Meanwhile, there is a chance to tie up loose ends on the work front this week, after the Sun's departure over the weekend. Support from and for Jupiter in your income sector will help turn any financial tension into motivation.
The difference between a challenging and opportune week might all hinge on the Moon and on how you work with it in the early part of the week. There are a lot of big, bold and dramatic personalities in play this week and unfortunately you're caught right in the crosshairs. There is a lot of focus on relationship matters this week and with Venus and Mars, the planets of love and passion involved, this was always going to be fiery. All the ingredients are there for a major relationship breakthrough, right down to the pressure. For the first time in 12 years lucky Jupiter is in Libra and whether you've asked him to or not, he has become your personal advocate. He is keeping those relationship forces in check. And the Moon? The Moon begins the week in your communication sector, able to give you, your emotional responses and relationships a voice.
If the gods had a counsel and between them they nutted out how they could best support Scorpios this week, knowing that they were powerless to stop work tension and job pressure from rising, they couldn't have worked out a better solution than the one they have. Taken in isolation you have a stunning week for work and job matters, with Mars enjoying one of his best visits ever. Over the weekend Mars will form a triple alignment with one force that has had work matters building behind the scenes for a year and the other for decades. That there is also job pressure, will simply give you more leverage, though there is a very real danger of burnout. So that workaround? Pretty ingenious in fact, for starting the week with the Moon in your income sector and a nose for money, this will naturally incline you towards working smarter from the get go.
An army of the love and playful gods is the only way to describe the forces assembled in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart. There is also something fateful in play, something that needs to run its course. You're moving towards a triple alignment here over the weekend, the likes of which you have never and will never see again. The separate parts yes, but together again like this no. Mars returns to fire up your romantic and creative passions every two years on average. Uranus has been here since 2010, triggering the laws of synchronicity and creating the potential for fateful and serendipitous moments. On the other hand, Eris has been here for 91 years and for the whole of your life has been giving your heart a sense of direction. Their triple alignment over the weekend is something that must be approached with an open mind and heart.
While some reflective and even languid lunar vibes at the start of the week might take the wind out of your sails, they might just be the solutions to this week's work/life balance issues. This is partly because this really will create a relaxed vibe, making it harder to sweat the small stuff. However, this is also partly because this puts the Moon at a friendly aspect to one half of this week's problem. Yet problem is too strong a word, for it implies that something is broken and therefore needs fixing, which it does. The Moon is at a friendly aspect to a line up of planets on the home front, a line up that in opposition with Jupiter in your career sector, is bringing any work/life balance issues or tensions to a head. As well as the Moon giving a more positive take on home and family matters, this really will make it harder to sweat the small stuff.
The Moon's departure from your career sector over the weekend will give any week a head start, ensuring your professional instincts are sharp from the get go. Yet with the Sun spending his first week in your income sector, the timing couldn't be better, especially as things are already set up and ready to go. By the weekend the early stages of a solar eclipse will be underway, one that brings the promise of an income breakthrough. This saw your birthday month come to an end over the weekend, with Mercury staying on until the end of this week to help you finalise your game plan and resolutions for the coming year. While you can't plan for every contingency and the year has to evolve naturally, even a vague game plan is better than no game plan. Even if this is just a sense of direction.
When the door opens to your birthday month and new solar year the doors to your old solar year often remain open. The last time the Sun returned to Pisces and closed all old doors behind him, was in 2012. In most years Venus and/or Mercury will stay behind to close old doors, lay old ghosts to rest and finish things up. For the past five years you've had weeks to do this. This year you have just the six days, until Mercury returns to Pisces at the end of the week. The Moon will return just 77 minutes behind Mercury and that's when the lead up to a solar eclipse will begin, one that will impact the closing hours of this week and early hours of next week. Until then make the most of a chance to get your bearings and to soak up all that Piscean sunshine. You begin the year with a clear sense of what excites you, but time to simply look out over the landscape ahead first.