After so much movement last week, Venus has chosen the only week where everything else has stabilised to shift focus, making sure that as the only real point of difference this week she gets your full attention. After last week's dramatic developments on the social front, but at a time when professional matters have eased back and everything is now stable, this gives your heart a much better chance to grab your attention. Venus' return to a nostalgic part of your chart on Wednesday is more than a chance to take a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane over the next 24 days and a sign that the pace of the year is escalating. While in the short term this is a chance to slow down, especially with Mars already here in reality this is a short chance reprieve before new doors open.
After last week's hectic professional week, which included the Sun's return to your career sector, a New Moon and Mercury's retrograde phase, with some work/life balance tension thrown in for good measure, things ease back to a more steady momentum this week. With a second New Moon next month, the Sun still in his first full week in your career sector and Mercury his first in retrograde motion, there isn't the urgency there once was and will be again. Instead, as Venus joins Mars in a more social and serendipitous part of your chart on Wednesday there is a chance to focus more on your social life, friendships and on personal and professional networking. In the early days of the week, with the Moon in a reflective part of your chart there may even be a chance to slow down.
You get to enjoy the best of both worlds this week, for as things stabilise financially, while things are starting to take off professionally you'll find that it's still possible to hold onto a sense of adventure and even to make up for lost time. This is one year when the holiday spirit is not letting go its hold of you, with a sense of adventure not only hanging around but starting to influence all aspects of your life. In what is an important week and year for financial, relationship and professional matters this brings a reminder across the board that it's all about the journey. However, while financial and relationship matters are happy to plod along, Venus' return to your career sector and partnership with Pluto is going to give your new professional year a major shot in the arm.
While with the Sun spending just his first full week in your financial sector, Mercury his first in retrograde motion and Venus leaving on Wednesday there'll be a lot of focus on money matters this week, it won't have last week's intensity. Where last week saw the Sun return, a New Moon and Mercury turn retrograde, at the same time that Venus was in opposition with Jupiter in your income sector, this was almost a little too much. Yet a week on and you're able to see the benefits and also that the money gods are actually working to your advantage. Any financial tension is already turning into motivation, especially on the income front as things start to come together professionally. Pay attention to your professional instincts and Eureka moments in the early days of the week.
While the focus is always going to be on relationship matters at this time of year, nothing is going to seem as urgent or as difficult as it was last week, especially if instead of sticking your head in the sand you used any personal and/or relationship tension as a chance to show up and confront things head on. By the time Venus leaves your relationship sector on Wednesday you should have a better sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, but also that it really is a partnership between the two. In the meantime, Venus' return to your financial sector on Wednesday will give money matters a major shot in the arm, especially with Mars already fuelling your financial passions, dreams and fighting spirit. From the get go trust your financial instincts.
After last week's fairly dramatic week on the work front, that not only saw the Sun return to your work sector, but a New Moon fall just a day before Mercury turned retrograde, the weekend has given you a welcome chance to put things in perspective. While the focus will remain on work matters and you'll need to keep your work hat on after Venus leaves your work sector on Wednesday, the urgency that has been here is past evaporating. Instead you've not only got a much better chance to find a balance between work and play, you've got a chance to give your relationships a lot more attention. This was starting to be the case anyway, with Mars in your relationship sector since the 12th January, but it's Venus' return on Wednesday that kicks off some of the best relationship weeks of the year.
In a week where finding the right balance between work and play is a priority and you'll need to find time to focus on your relationships in the early days of the week, the key is having the right work/life balance, keeping it simple and keeping the communication lines open. You'll move into the new week with the Moon in your relationship sector, with its first visit for the year coinciding with Venus' final days in your romantic sector, before leaving on Wednesday. That this plays out as Mars has already kicked off the busiest and most frenetic days of the year is going to be a challenge, but one you'll easily master. With the doors open to new opportunities and second chances in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart life can't be all work and no play.
While there won't be a repeat of last week's work/life balance tensions, at least not until a Full Moon in your career sector next week and an opposition between the Sun and Jupiter just days later, the early days of the week will provide some good reasons why paying attention is so important. While this is always the time of year when the solar spotlight falls on home and family matters and with the Sun in his first full week in your home and family sector and Mercury in his first in retrograde motion that remains important, the professional gods are a lot more active this year. Having the Moon in your work sector as you move into the week will ensure your instincts are sharp from the get go, while bringing clues to just how busy life is set to get. It's all about work/life balance.
There are a lot of different layers to this week, creating a diverse and interesting week, which for once isn't code for challenging. It's Venus' return to your home and family sector on Wednesday that will see her team up with Mars to get things moving on the home front, far earlier in the year than is normally the case, but in a way that puts what you want and what excites you out front. The time for getting real won't come until the Sun returns later next month. In the meantime, the Sun is more focused on ensuring the communication lines are open, with his first full week in your communication sector coinciding with Mercury's first full week in retrograde motion here. This is a chance to not only connect in an authentic way, but to give the past and unsaid words a voice.
While there was a lot of intensity last week, on the other side you're not only likely to be feeling more confident financially, but in the wake of any communication breakthroughs you'll find that the communication lines are flowing more easily. It was Venus' opposition with Jupiter early last week that brought financial tensions to a head, just as the Sun returned to your income sector and Mercury was preparing to turn retrograde. Yet by the time Venus leaves your income sector on Wednesday this will have already turned into motivation, knowing that the Sun and Mercury are staying behind to keep the doors open to new opportunities and second chances. It's then that Venus will shift her focus onto your communications as well, especially when it comes to giving your heart a voice.
The first full week of your birthday month and new solar year is likely to be a lot calmer and a lot less dramatic than how things kicked off. By the time the Sun returned to your sign last Tuesday Venus was in conflict with Jupiter, creating personal and/or relationship tension, a New Moon during the first full day of your birthday month asked for a commitment you weren't ready for and Mercury's retrograde turn a day later threw out the anchor, slowing things down. This week you get to enjoy the benefits, for with any personal and/or relationship tension behind you, but the wakeup calls on both fronts giving you a valuable new perspective and especially with a second New Moon next month, you've got a chance to approach this new solar year with a lot more deliberation.
Despite the fact that this is just the first full week of the month long wind down of your current solar year and the Sun won't return to your sign until the 19th February, by midweek there will be a real sense of impatience to move on. The only reason you're not feeling it before then, is that despite the fact that Mars is already in your sign, fuelling your passions, dreams and fighting spirit, is that with Venus in her final days in a nostalgic part of your chart you're still savouring the final days of a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane. It's when Venus returns to your sign on Wednesday and teams up with Mars that the desire to move on will meet the means to move on. Your biggest challenge from that point will be managing your time so you can still fit in some navel gazing.