While Venus' departure from your work sector on Tuesday brings all the planetary activity for the year to a close, it comes just as a professional turnaround is underway, with the power shifting from work to career forces. During the 6 weeks and 3 days before Venus' departure on Tuesday the Sun, Mercury and finally Venus moved through, giving work matters the push, insight, motivation and momentum needed to put things on the right track, with your heart having the final say in where to from here. While this has been a fairly low key annual update you're lining up for something much bigger next year, with a need to look to the short and long term. In his first full week in direct motion Pluto is looking for change on the career front, though you'll have time to consider your options.
After last week's New Moon in your work sector and Mercury's departure over the weekend you've already made a lot of progress in the early days of your annual update. The Sun only returned to your work sector last Tuesday, but it's the planetary influence over the previous 10 months that put you in pole position from the get go. With the Sun still in his early days and Mercury returning later next week for a double dip visit, there was always going to be a need to keep your eyes, mind and your options open, but even more so with Venus returning on Tuesday. There has been a lot of focus on work matters since November, yet Venus' return finally gives your heart a voice and a chance to attract opportunities. It's over the weekend that your professional instincts will be sharpest.
Mercury's return to your work sector over the weekend and first full day here on Monday once more brings things to life. It was the 2 weeks between Mars' departure and Mercury's return that gave you a chance to let things settle and to step back, getting a better look at the big picture before you once again get down to basics. Yet this time there is a more strategic approach, with Mercury's intellectually savvy way of approaching things able to take advantage of the barriers Mars managed to knock down. Normally Mercury will move through your work sector in 15 days, bringing an urgent need to think on your feet and make your mind up fast. But due to turn retrograde on Sunday Mercury is instead asking that you keep your mind and your options open, choosing to measure twice and cut once.
After 2 weeks in your work sector Mars is finding his stride as he moves into the third week of a 6 week visit, aimed at firing up your drives, passions, fighting and competitive spirit and getting things moving on the work front. These are likely to be the busiest 6 weeks of the year for you and the fact that this has come much earlier in the year than is normally the case and with a lot more ferocity than is normally the case, is a taste of things to come, with pacing yourself a must. It's the Moon's return to your work sector on Monday and position here in the early days of the week that will not only give you an intuitive read on work matters, but a strengthening partnership between income, work and career forces. This comes when there is a very real need to pick your battles wisely.
During Pluto's final weeks in retrograde motion and as he turned direct in your work sector last week his experiences were very different than they were for the rest of the year, with the professional gods providing a set of trainer wheels to help maintain your balance and your confidence. Those trainer wheels were the planets moving through your income sector, providing the motivation needed to turn the work pressures and challenges into motivation and a sense of determination. As Pluto spends his first full week in direct motion those trainer wheels are removed when Venus leaves your income sector on Tuesday, at a time when they're no longer needed. So long as you keep an eye on the road ahead this is the point where the momentum, pace and speed on the work front will start to speed up.
This is one week where the professional gods seem to have things around the wrong way, but in reality the timing is perfect. With no planetary activity in either of your professional houses until Mars returns to your work sector in early December, it's the Moon's monthly visits to both that indicate when you need to pay attention and this week they've chosen the weekend. What you have is a week where during the working week you're being encouraged to not only find a balance between work and play, but veer towards playful and creative pursuits, then putting your work hat on over the weekend. This will bring a chance to explore the emotional, intuitive and imaginative responses this triggers during Venus' first weekend in your income sector, putting income and work matters on the same page.
You've reached a week where you can finally catch your breath and also where you can avoid over thinking things, letting things play out and settle. Even though the Moon will return to your work sector over the weekend, it won't be until Sunday that the biggest influence will be felt in the early days of next week. This gives you permission to hold off any decision making or making any calls, waiting until you have all the facts. The real reason is that you need some space and if it feels like you're on autopilot this week and that you should be more engaged, ditch the guilt trip. It's only now that the work tensions and pressures of the last 6 weeks ease back, with a need to let things settle. The Moon's return will provide new clues, but until then avoid sweating the small stuff.
Forces on both the work and career fronts are getting a bit of a free ride this week, making the most of the Moon's visit to your income sector in the early days of the week and alignment with Mars. Mars returned to your income sector on the 14th September and his position here until late October has not only been a game changer financially, but professionally as well, which will be evident when the Moon moves through your income sector in the early days of the week. For as well as giving you a nose for money, which will help narrow down which glass ceilings to focus on first, this will expose a growing partnership between Mars in your income sector, lucky Jupiter in your career sector and Uranus in your work sector and how strong that is. This week the focus is on where the money is.
While Venus' departure from your career sector on Tuesday will bring all the planetary activity in both your professional houses to an end, it also brings you to the point where the professional gods no longer need to hold your hand. This makes Monday, Venus' last full day in your career sector important, especially when it comes to listening to your heart, cementing your professional desires and expectations and being open to the opportunities she is working to attract. As well as attracting opportunities Venus will be working right through until she leaves on Tuesday to attract attention your way, with a need to be prepared. Yet while Venus' departure means you're on your own, a lot of the momentum gained will be sustained by income forces that are just starting to find their feet.
This is one week where you don't want to hit the ground running and instead is one where you need to pause and simply pay attention, especially on Monday. For Monday is a special day for the Sun, who in between Mercury's departure on Sunday and Venus' return on Tuesday is spending the only full day this year on his own in your career sector, giving you a chance to stay in the moment, focused on what is, without a need to over think things. Mercury left you with a smart professional edge and plenty of ideas, but also the promise that he'd return for a double dip visit later next week. This makes it important to keep your mind and your options open, even when Venus returns on Tuesday to trigger your professional desires and expectations and attract both opportunity and attention your way.
Between Mars' departure from your career sector and Mercury's return over the weekend you had 2 weeks to let things settle, for some of the professional passions and fighting spirit to settle down into a new sense of determination and to discover what you're fighting for. As you move into the new week you not only have Mercury in his first full day in your career sector, but the Moon's monthly visit just wrapping up, allowing you to begin the week with your head in the game, finger on the pulse and ear to the ground. Yet from the get go it's clear that this is a very different energy. This was always going to be the case, with Mars all about pushing through barriers and working out what to do with the advantage gained later, with Mercury calling for a slower, more tactical approach.
The Moon makes an extremely important monthly visit to your career sector this week and most definitely the most important to date. In the lead up to next week's lunar eclipse in your income sector any visit was going to be important, but returning to find not just any planet here but Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos, gives you something to channel the emotional, intuitive and imaginative responses triggered into. This is the first time the Moon and Mars have met up in your career sector since late 2012 and back then you didn't have lucky Jupiter in your work sector. With so much at stake on the income, work and career fronts, this is a chance to put your professional instincts, passions and fighting spirit on the same page and to start picking your battles wisely.