On face value this is a fairly ordinary week, though in the lead up to Christmas things are likely to be getting more intense, but this is the week when 2014 comes calling. There is almost nothing that will influence either the whole or at least the first half of 2014, other than some social forces coming into play in January that aren't in play now or have just come into play. The final piece in the line up that will take you into 2014 was Mars' return to your relationship sector over the weekend, kicking off his longest visit in 3 decades, one that will take until next July to play out. This shifts some of the focus off your professional game, but there is so much momentum, especially on the work front that you will hardly notice. It's time to start easing back and pacing yourself.
At the same time that Venus is now in the second month of her four month visit to an adventurous part of your chart, her longest visit in your lifetime, she encounters some competition this week and it's competition that you'll have to juggle for the coming months. For just as Venus is bringing a desire for adventure into play and is staying around long enough to challenge your excuses, Mars' return to your work sector over the weekend has kicked off not only some extremely busy weeks on the work front, but some of the busiest months in decades. Mars has decided that if Venus refuses to leave an adventurous part of your chart he'll do the same, not leaving your work sector until the 26th July 2014. Keep a sense of adventure alive while starting a major professional comeback.
While you'll begin the week with the Moon in your career sector, with your professional instincts sharp and your finger on the pulse and your ear to the ground from the get go, this is the week where a professional focus starts to make way for a more personal focus. There is a regrouping on the income, work and career fronts that puts all three back on a level playing field, but as you're in this for the long haul, dials things back to a point where it's now more about pacing yourself. In the meantime, with Mercury spending his first full week in your relationship sector and Mars spending his first week in your romantic sector, the tide is turning towards your personal life. As Mercury works to open the communication lines Mars is here to fire up your romantic and creative passions.
There is a need to be on your toes this week, especially when it comes to smart time management, clear boundaries and taking responsibility for having the right work/life balance, without surprise, synchronicity and the unexpected. For this is the week that life opens up and with so many things on the go, there is a danger in getting tangled up in all the different things going on. There is a need to have your head in the game when it comes to work matters and for real focus, which means keeping your work hat on when it needs to be, getting as much done in the time you have and then knowing when to take it off. While life will be offering plenty of temptations, the other demand on your time and energy will be home and family matters, bringing old work/life balance needs into play.
At a time when finding the right balance between work and play has been an ongoing issue for several weeks and will remain an issue right through to Christmas, you'll find it a lot easier to find the right balance and compromises this week. It's not because your demands or desires on either front have eased back and if anything they'll become stronger and more that you're not only more mentally on the ball, but you'll find it easier to express yourself, keep the communication lines open and come up with creative solutions. We tend to think that time is the enemy and if we had more time we could get more done or have it all, but it's less to do with how much time you have and more about working smarter, accomplishing more in the time you have, giving you more time to play.
With a Full Moon in your career sector next week and new doors opening on the work front in the New Year you're in the perfect position to make the most of Mars' return to your income sector over the weekend and the options this has created. Yet what is missing is any urgency, for while Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos will normally spend just 6 weeks in your income sector, giving you the resources and the daring to take a sledgehammer to any glass ceilings, this is the start of a nearly 8 month visit, staying until next July to help you bring things home. This brings a need to keep your financial and professional options open, focused more on building your confidence. In the meantime, the stars have a good week for home and family matters and some fun opportunities.
Just when you were getting worried about running out of steam before running out of year, you've either already got your second wind or it will gradually come back over the course of the week. It was over the weekend and in fact less than 24 hours before the new week began that Mars returned to your sign, here to refuel your energy levels, passions and a chance to get excited about new quests. As Monday is only Mars' first full day, it might take a few days for his passions to get into your system, but the turnaround has begun. Yet with this is a need to pace yourself, for normally in your sign for just 6 weeks Mars won't leave until next July. In the meantime, you have an extremely good week for communications, especially on the relationship front, just when you need it most.
Mercury's departure from your sign last week brought the push to get your new solar year off the ground home, weeks after your birthday month ran its course. Mercury not only stayed on to help finalise your game plan, he had returned early to help get a jump start as well. This marks a point in the year where you're as ready as you're going to be to make a commitment to the journey ahead and to your promises and intentions for the year ahead. With this comes a need to start pacing yourself, for while there is a new sense of confidence kicking in on both the work and income fronts, Mars' return to a reflective, intuitive and imaginative part of your chart over the weekend is going to make it harder to burn the candle at both ends. It's now more about pacing yourself and working smarter.
Mars' departure from your career sector over the weekend has finally brought all the planetary activity here and in both your professional houses to an end, bringing you to a point where you can start to pull back, bringing your professional year to a more gradual end. After 7 weeks in your career sector, which was in itself a follow on from your annual update, Mars has left you with the professional passions and fighting spirit and the momentum to keep things on track for months to come, while taking away a need to keep driving things. Instead of hitting the end of your professional year at full speed, you're able to start gradually easing back, with a more social focus coming into play. It's now that you're able to focus more on your birthday month and the new doors opening up.
In the month long wind down of your solar year there is a greater need to slow down, find time to hear yourself think and for some quality navel gazing. However, life goes on and you will still have the same demands on your time and the same real life things to focus on. This brings a need for better time management, but also to realise that it's less about the amount of time you spend navel gazing and more about the quality of that time. Whether it's zoning out while waiting in traffic or in a queue, listening to your favourite music while walking or relaxing or just chilling out at the end of a busy day, when you have a chance to relax, seize it with both hands and make it count, guilt free. For it's in those moments that the seeds for the future are being planted.
Mercury's departure from your career sector last week was always going to take the wind out of your professional sails, bringing an intense few months to an end, but in a way that allows you to focus more on pacing yourself. You even have income, work and career forces coming together in a way that sees your focus on all three fronts regroup, putting things back onto a level playing field, focused more on the big picture. This was going to be a gradual transition, with a professional focus slowly easing back in time to take some time out over the holiday period, yet is likely to be more dramatic thanks to Mars' return to an adventurous part of your chart over the weekend. A passion for adventure and a hunger for life's richer experiences will see the holiday spirit kick in early this year.
Despite the fact that social and serendipitous forces will be doing their best to keep things in perspective, this is a week for keeping your professional and money hats on, in a new and far more intense way than they were last week. While the Sun has been in your career sector since last month and with Venus been and gone your professional desires and expectations have already been banked, Mercury's return late last week and his first full week here brings a need to have your head in the game. In the meantime, Mars' return to your financial sector over the weekend has just added fuel to your financial passions and fighting spirit, bringing a new sense of determination on both the financial and income fronts. On the financial and professional fronts it's now 'game on'.