Things take on a quieter tone this week and it's about time. The biggest danger you face this week is telling yourself that you should be doing more, that you should be more motivated. In fact, if you went on a sabbatical for the next two months the professional gods wouldn't mind at all. It was the Moon's return to a reflective part of your chart over the weekend that may have taken the wind out of your sails. However, the biggest surprise was the lack of protest from the professional gods and from work forces in particular. On Monday it will have been 12 days since the North Node left your work sector and with both planets in your career sector now in retrograde motion, the urgency has gone out of your professional year. The reality is this is normal for this time of year. After nearly two years in the fast lane it's time to catch your breath.
Despite any work tension and job pressure that came to a head late last week following you into the week, this is more a case of the Moon trying to squeeze out as many wakeup calls as possible. It was late last week that Venus moved into opposition with Jupiter, just as the planet of luck and expansion moved into his final three weeks in retrograde motion in your work sector. There are two dangers you face in these final weeks in retrograde motion and they are pushing yourself too far and not pushing yourself enough. There is a goldilocks zone where you're pushing enough to counter Jupiter's slowing pace, but not so much that you're pushing against it. The very lunar vibes that are creating the work tension and job pressure also give you an intuitive sense of when to keep your work hat on and when to take it off.
The Moon only left your career sector on Sunday, giving you all the advantages of having the Moon on board but none of the disadvantages. This means starting the week with your professional instincts sharp and your professional imagination engaged from the get go, but without the pressure this normally brings. Except this time there was no pressure and this has been a revelation. For nearly two years the Moon hasn't been able to move through your career sector without moving into opposition with either the North Node or planets in your career sector. At the same time that the last 18 months has seen the Moon align with the South Node here, there's a reminder that you can't tethered to the past. This time there was no pressure and nothing but green lights. Instead you will find that the Moon has even fired up your professional dreams and confidence.
Starting the week with the Moon in your career sector will always be a mixed blessing. Or at least that has been the case since Jupiter moved onto the other side of the sky last September. For the last eight months the Moon hasn't been able to move through your career sector without moving into opposition with Jupiter. For that reason, the professional pressures and work/life balance tensions at the start of the week are par for the course. This is a small price to pay for the valuable clues, hunches and insights and the Eureka moments this triggers. This time things may be tenser, due to Venus' opposition with Jupiter over the weekend. However that is already turning into motivation, with Venus determined to make her final weeks in your career sector count. The end of the week may see work tension and job pressure rise. This will be a call to work smarter and pace yourself.
The Sun's departure from your career sector over the weekend may have taken the solar spotlight off your career situation and matters, but this is far from the end of the story. Until the Moon returns on Wednesday there is a chance to regroup. These will be Mercury's first days on his own, with a chance to get your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open. The Sun has left you with a clear sense of where things stand and also an authentic new starting point. With Venus still two weeks away, the best is still to come. As the Moon and Mercury come together midweek this is a chance to bring your professional instincts and an intellectually savvy edge together. This is a chance to reflect back on the journey so far and get your head around where to from here.
When the Sun returned to your career sector this time last year, he was the first to arrive, with no planetary activity there for nearly a year. This saw the Sun, who returns at this time each year, have to kick things off on his own. Even then, the only other planets to move through last year were Venus and Mercury, the bare minimum in any year. Twelve months on the conditions couldn't be more different. Not only has Mars been firing things up on the career front for over a month, but for the first time in 12 years Jupiter is in your income sector. You even have Ceres making her first visit to your career sector in four years. Monday is the Sun's first full day in your career sector, with the solar spotlight revealing an active scene across the income, work and career fronts. From the get go you're bombarded with options.
The Moon only left your work sector on Monday, allowing you to start the week with an intuitive edge from the get go. The process of dissecting the message behind a wealth of emotional, intuitive and imaginative responses has already begun. However, it didn't take long to realise that something had shifted. Not only was the work tension and job pressure this normally triggers missing, but in the four weeks since the Moon's last visit the tethers holding things down had been removed. This was also the Moon's first visit since Venus' rare double dip visit ran its course three weeks earlier, with a chance in the early part of the week to regroup. On Monday, Mars is just two weeks away from firing things up on the career front, giving you 14 days to let work and job matters settle.
Starting the week with the Moon in your work sector will always be a mixed blessing and this week is no exception. This will always give you an intuitive edge, but in the process fuels strong emotional responses and sometimes work tension and job pressure. That will be the case this time as well, except this is less a case of the Moon creating any work tensions and more a case of exacerbating what is already there. For it was late last week that Venus, now in her final weeks in your work sector, moved into opposition with Jupiter. This has been the cause of all work tension over the last eight months, with Jupiter constantly demanding that you pace yourself. While this is another call to work smarter, work tension and job pressure will already be turning into motivation. There is simply too much support across the income, work and career fronts.
The Sun's departure from your work sector over the weekend has taken the solar spotlight off your work situation and job matters, but this is far from the end of the story. Already Mercury has taken the wheel, with a chance to regroup and even spend time back at the drawing board. Mercury only returned to your work sector last week, but having already spent three weeks here before retrograding back out last month, he's returned armed with 20/20 hindsight. Apart from the Moon's return to your work sector on Wednesday, Mercury will spend the next week on his own, until Venus returns to bring things home. Until then this is a chance to get your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open. With Venus yet to arrive things are still unfolding, but you're in a better position to have talks and make choices, decisions and plans.
It was over the weekend that Jupiter moved into his final three weeks in retrograde motion in your career sector. Jupiter is a large, slow planet and needed to come to a standstill ahead of his retrograde turn, he already has the brakes on. This is in contrast to Mars, who moves into his final two weeks in your work sector on Monday. Mars will always operate with a sense of urgency and hot headed enthusiasm and even more so when moving into his final two weeks. Not due to return for another two years, Mars is out to create as much traction on the job front as possible. This creates a complicated situation, with Jupiter asking you to hold back and Mars to push on. Fortunately the Sun returned to your work sector over the weekend, providing the reality checks and transparency needed to know how to play things.
Apart from a Full Moon in your career sector earlier in the month things have been fairly quiet on the professional front so far this year. This is exactly how it should be, with the most active months of any year for work and job matters not kicking off until late June and for career matters in late October. The difference this year is that the normal pattern is about to be shattered. On Monday Mars is just two weeks away from your work sector and from the first planetary activity in either of your two professional houses this year. What you can't know is that apart from a few days in late September, the next quiet patch won't come until May 2020, three years away. By the time the Moon returns to your work sector over the weekend Mars will be just eight days away and the line up will begin in earnest. You begin the month with a sharp nose for money and that will be priceless.
There are mixed fortunes on the professional and financial fronts this week, but in a very lopsided way. The week begins with financial tension running high, work tension and job pressure from late last week and work/life balance tension building. Yet despite how it feels, pressure on income, work and career forces is nothing compared to the opportunities and support, not to mention the bond of support between all three. As Venus moves into her final weeks in your income sector she is coming under pressure. Yet after so many months here, this is pressure that will very quickly turn into motivation. As far as last week's work tension and job pressure and this week's professional pressure and work/life balance tension, the message is the same, which is a need for balance. This is protection against job and career matters completely dominating your life.