Sometimes we get so caught up in the act of doing that we lose sight of what it's for, what we're really striving and pouring our time and energy into and then you get a week like this when you are able to pull back and ask those very questions. When the Sun left your career sector last week it not only brought your annual professional review to a close but some busy and active months and as Ceres and Pluto, the planets charged with keeping the momentum going, spend their first full week on their own, there is a chance to step back and put things into perspective. Part of this new phase is a chance to redefine your definition of success, looking past the glory and the money, to what is really in it for you. Don't feel pressured into making choices, with the professional gods in no hurry.
After last week's dramatic developments, which included the Sun's return to your career sector, a New Moon, Mercury's retrograde turn and work/life balance tensions to deal with, things quieten down this week and even more so when Venus leaves on Wednesday. It's not that Venus is causing a problem, which she's not and in fact she's fuelling your professional desires and expectations, attracting opportunities and attention your way and not returning until 2016 you'll be sorry to see her go. However, once Venus leaves any urgency leaves with her and with the Sun in his first full week in your career sector and Mercury his first full week in retrograde motion, this will give you a chance to step back and with a mix of hindsight and foresight peruse the road ahead and behind.
Because the Moon only left your career sector on Sunday, less than 24 hours before moving into the new week your professional instincts are sharp and you're still processing the valuable clues, hunches and insights gained, making it important to have your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground from the get go, but also not to rush things. Last week saw Mars and Neptune align in your career sector for just the third time in your lifetime, putting your professional passions, dreams and fighting spirit on the same page, with the Moon's visit over the weekend having allowed you to dig a little deeper. Venus' return to your career sector will not only see your heart become engaged but the laws of attraction kick in, making it important to hang back in the early days of the week, buying time.
While the Moon's monthly visits to your career sector are always important, especially as you'll move into the week with the Moon here, ensuring your professional instincts are sharp from the get go and even more so as this is the first visit for the year, there is another reason why it's so important to keep your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground. As the Moon aligns with Uranus on Monday this is likely to trigger some Eureka moments and also the first real signs of just how close you are to a professional breakthrough. The Moon's first visit for the year is also the last before Venus and Mars return. Instead of waiting until late March as you normally do, the message from the professional gods this week is to fasten your safety belt and get ready for the ride of your life.
This week is not only the first week this year where you can step back, let things settle and ask what you're really working for and towards, but since as far back as October. As you move into the new week it will be exactly 3 months to the day since Mars first returned to your work sector on the 26th October and ever since you've not only been on a treadmill with no off switch, but it's been set at its highest speed. While there is no off switch the Sun's departure from your work sector last week gave you controls to the speed and as you get back to a gentle stride, this is a chance to catch your breath, take time to process all that has transpired over recent months and to look at where to from here. The Moon's visit to your career sector midweek will bring some valuable clues.
Considering there has been continuous planetary activity in your work sector since early December the professional gods continue to surprise you in the ever changing dynamics. Where last week saw a lot of shifts, with the Sun returning to your work sector, a New Moon opening new doors and Mercury's retrograde turn opening the door to second chances, while also applying the handbrake, this week not only sees things settle, but any tension last week ease back. With the Sun in his first full week in your work sector and Mercury in his first full week in retrograde motion, neither are in any kind of hurry, especially with a second New Moon next month. This gives you a chance, especially in the early days of the week before Venus leaves on Wednesday, to listen to what your heart is telling you.
While life has been busy since Mars returned to your work sector on the 12th January and last week gave you a chance to get a sense of just how busy and chaotic life is set to become it's only now that you're getting a feel for things. If last week was a bit of a circus, even in its craziness and when you were juggling so many different things, from this has already come a sense of what excites you and the importance of smart time management. It was the Moon's visit to your work sector over the weekend that allows you to move into the new week with your instincts sharp and a much better read on the dynamics in play, including a call from the professional gods to hold back. It's Venus' return on Wednesday that will not only see your heart become engaged but the laws of attraction triggered.
Moving into the week with the Moon in your work sector would always bring a need to have your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground from the get go, trusting your emotional, intuitive and imaginative responses rather than your head, but especially as this is not only the first visit for the year but before the pace really picks up. It's the Moon's alignment with Uranus on Monday that is likely to trigger some Eureka moments, along with the valuable clues, hunches and insights that can help get a sense of this new professional year, as well as a chance to start lining up at the right doors before they open. This might be the Moon's first visit for the year and things don't usually get busy on the work front until March, with Venus and Mars just weeks away they're already on your radar.
With no planetary activity in either of your professional houses, which is usually the case at this time of year, the Moon's visit to your work sector midweek was always going to be important. Because you moved into the New Year with the Moon in your work sector, as the Moon comes full circle, as well as triggering your emotional, intuitive and imaginative responses this will bring you back to the intentions and resolutions you moved into the year with, with the benefit of hindsight. However, this is as much about looking forward as it is about looking back, for with Venus returning to your work sector in early March, much earlier in the year than is normally the case, it's already time to start pointing things in the right direction. Don't let a quiet spell fool you, for it is temporary.
While the professional gods are doing a good job of keeping the professional momentum going and career matters on track, so much so that you can almost get away with keeping things on autopilot, the same isn't true for work matters. With the North Node in your career sector there is a current in place that is not only keeping things on track and continuously moving things forward, but with a sense of direction that is spot on. All that's required there is to trust your gut and a natural sense of direction, trusting those warning signs when you're veering off course. The Moon's return to your work sector on Thursday is a valuable chance to get your bearings and gain some valuable insight. As the second visit for the year this will put a lot of things into perspective.
While the Moon will return to your work sector over the weekend, for the majority of the week the professional gods keep things on the down low and purposely so. After Saturn's departure from your career sector on Christmas Eve and a Full Moon in your work sector earlier in the month, the professional gods have already created the momentum they need and are preferring to let things settle and to unfold naturally. This is giving the professional gods a chance to take a backseat while the money gods, who were noticeably absent last year, finally get their turn. With Venus joining Mars in your work sector on Wednesday you're lining up for the kind of income breakthroughs that not only weren't available last year, but are only now possible because of all that you've invested professionally.
The early days of the week in particular will see the professional gods step right back, letting the money gods take the lead. This is no altruistic call on their part, but is a case of genuine self interest. For the first time in 12 years you've moved into the New Year with lucky Jupiter in your work sector and for the first time in 27 years with Saturn in your career sector, setting the scene for one of your biggest professional years on record. However, there are three parts to this tale and the third and vital leg is Uranus, in your income sector. It's the Moon's position in your income sector as you move into the new week that not only gives you a nose for money from the get go, but some Eureka moments that extend out beyond income matters to include work and career matters as well.