You're emerging from what may have been a stressful weekend, with many of the planets at odds with each other, yet with a sense also that it's time for a fresh start. The Sun, in his early days in your communication sector was under pressure from Saturn, for the first time here in 28 years, raising the bar from the get go, yet you won't have to move far into the week to realise how important that was. For it's on Monday that a rare triple alliance between communication, relationship and friendship forces not only sets the scene for an auspicious week for friendship and relationship building, but sets the scene for a communication and/or relationship breakthrough. This comes just as there's a chance to give the past and unsaid words a voice and to push through old barriers.
The Sun's departure from your sign last Thursday brought your birthday month to an end and rather abruptly at that. The last time all the planets that would move through that year had by the time your birthday month wrapped up was in 2002, with last Monday's New Moon having drawn a new line in the sand. This year there is no going back, with the gods making it clear that it's time to move on, but not before leaving you with a game plan, a clear sense of what excites you, of what you want from the future and what you're dealing with, allowing you to take the future in both hands. In the meantime, this is putting a lot of focus on income matters and while there may have been some financial tension over the weekend, you're emerging into a week full of income, work and career potential.
The first week of your birthday month and new solar year is usually a chance to get your bearings and start exploring the new options the year holds, but at the same time things are rarely as clear cut as they are now. For the first time in 13 years the Sun is the last to arrive and with Venus already been and gone and Mercury and Mars still here, you've already had a chance to establish what excites you, what you want from the coming year and get your head in the game. However, this throws the solar spotlight on a new solar year unlike any other you've seen in decades, with Saturn over on the other side of the sky, in opposition. It was the Sun and Saturn's opposition over the weekend that once more saw personal and/or relationship tensions come to a head, raising the bar from the get go.
While the first full week of the month long wind down of your old solar year will always feel like the wind has been taken out of your sails, this year this is likely to be more extreme and more frustrating. You're not only in the final weeks of your old solar year but of a 2 year Mars cycle, so you really are running on empty, with a need to pace yourself and pull back. With Mercury not only in your sector of subconscious thinking, imagination and review as well but in retrograde motion, there is a greater than usual need for time out to hear yourself think. Yet with Venus not only in your sign but due to leave later next week your heart is ready to move on, tempting you to pay lip service to this valuable review phase. This is a chance to catch your breath while you can.
If it feels like you're playing a waiting game you are, with a lot of the anticipation and urgency fuelled by the Moon's position in your sign during the early hours of the week. While the Moon visits your sign once a month, giving you a chance to listen to your emotional, intuitive and imaginative responses and get your personal bearings, there is something about the clues, hunches and insights this leaves you with on Monday, having spent the weekend here. For as the last visit before Venus' return to your sign later next week and the huge developments and opportunities this is likely to trigger, this has stirred up a lot of anticipation. While you're waiting there's plenty of distractions with some professionally focused months making way for friendship and relationship building.
Time and again it's eventually being proven that where there are challenges there are also opportunities, but the gap between the two seems to be narrowing. So much so that work/life balance pressure that came to a head over the weekend is no sooner easing back than an auspicious alliance between income, work and career forces on Monday is turning this into an opportunity. It was the Sun, spending his first weekend in your career sector that came under pressure from Saturn in your home and family sector, for the first time in 28 years, bringing now familiar work/life balance tensions to a head. Yet as the Sun throws the solar spotlight on your professional game, revealing just how much potential you have to work with, this will also throw light on work/life balance issues.
Having Venus in her last full week in your career sector should create more urgency than it is, especially as this is usually the forerunner of some busy professional months. Yet while the Sun and Mars will eventually take over from where she left off they won't return until late June, making this a standalone visit aimed at giving you a chance to define your professional desires and expectations but then wait before the active months kick off. Even Venus understands the value of waiting, for with Saturn returning to your income sector on the 15th June the conditions will be a lot more favourable next month. For now it's about the 'what', with the 'when, where and how' coming later. This gives you a chance to embrace a passion for adventure and a hunger for life's richer experiences.
As important as what's happening this week is what's not happening, with the Sun's departure from your relationship sector last Thursday bringing all focus on your relationships to an end. The last time everything wrapped up once the Sun left was in 2002, making it important to hold onto a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, continuing to invest into your relationships what you need to get back. This comes in a week where there are clues in the early hours that the professional gods are gearing up to something, while the money gods have completely taken over things. A smart head for money links in with your financial passions and fighting spirit and the Sun's transparency, just as the doors open to both new opportunities and second chances.
While the Sun's departure from your work sector last week brought all the planetary activity here to a close and put all professional focus on hold, the Moon's return to your career sector on Monday and position here in the early days of the week will bring a sense that this won't be the case for long. Already the professional gods are lining up for game changing developments in the second half of the year, bringing a sense of urgency to both relationship and money matters this week. For while the relationship and money gods have your full attention this week and for several more weeks to come, they know that they're a temporary diversion and can't hold a candle to what's set to develop professionally, making it important to focus on your relationships and money matters this week.
Over recent months a balance between playful and work forces has been an evolving situation. It began with a parade of planets moving through a playful part of your chart, but one by one as they left and returned to your work sector a need for balance has become stronger. Over recent weeks the balance of power has slowly shifted towards work matters, to a point where only the Sun was left keeping a sense of fun and playfulness alive, with his departure last Thursday ending any power struggle. Yet this isn't a case of work forces winning out against playful forces, for if this isn't a win/win victory both sides suffer. It's up to you to keep the spirit of fun, playfulness and romance alive, a challenge as things come together on the income, work and career fronts.
With Venus already in your work sector and on Monday Saturn just 3 weeks away from retrograding back into your career sector, the professional gods are preparing for a comeback, one that is set to dominate the middle months of the year. Yet this is an act of defiance from playful and adventurous forces, determined to ensure that life doesn't become all work and no play, something that may have been the case in the past. With the Sun in his first full week in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, Mars fuelling your romantic and creative passions and Mercury holding the doors open to second chances, there are no excuses to hide behind, especially with a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure in the air. Yet already the professional gods are closing in.
The Sun will always throw the solar spotlight on home and family matters at this time of year, with his first full week here naturally bringing your focus close to home. This is a point in the year that belongs to home and family matters and this is very usually a problem and despite any work/life balance tensions this has created is still not a problem, though it may feel like it is. That's because for the first time in 28 years Saturn is on the other side of the sky, in your career sector and in opposition, with another round of work/life balance tensions having come to a head over the weekend. Yet there were also clues over the weekend and into the early hours of the week of just how busy life is set to become and how important having the right work/life balance is.