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Monthly Career Horoscopes - April 2018
Any concept of a normal professional year flew out the window when Saturn returned to your career sector just before Christmas. Saturn not only returned for his first visit since he was last here, from 1988 to 1991, but to team up with Pluto here for the first time in our lifetime. Pluto is the planet of change and revolution and Saturn is all about discipline and self control. Yet just as these two very different energies were adjusting to working together, Mars' return last month added a whole new dynamic. Slowing down ahead of a retrograde turn that will see Mars return for a double dip visit in August, instead of moving through your career sector in the six weeks this normally takes, the warrior planet of the cosmos is here for two months. Not due to leave until the 16th May, Mars will spend the whole month firing things up professionally. This is a game changer, for with Saturn turning retrograde on the 18th April and Pluto on the 23rd April, this is the month when things should be slowing down. The month begins with Saturn and Mars aligned until the 3rd April, with a chance to balance Mars' need for action, with Saturn's call for restraint. The other game changer has been Venus' return to your income sector in the final hours of March, with the 1st April her first full day. As the planet of money Venus will always trigger the most potentially lucrative weeks of any year, but even after she leaves on the 25th April things will still be evolving. It is Uranus' return next month that will kick off the most potentially lucrative years in a decade, the perfect partner for what is now evolving on the career front.
With no planetary activity in either of your professional houses, this is always a fairly tame or quiet point in your professional year, which makes the Moon's visits a lot more important. While you have no planetary activity in either of your two professional houses you have the South Node, the force behind February's solar eclipse, in your career sector from May 2017 to November 2018. Not a planet and more a gravitational pull, the South Node is keeping the wheels turning and everything on track until Mars' return next month. To start the month with the Moon in your work sector is a real advantage then and for two reasons. The first and most obvious reason is that this allows you to start the month with your instincts sharp and an intuitive read on work and job matters from the get go. The second reason is that even in a 30 day month, with the Moon returning every 28 days, it has time to make a second visit this month, from the 27th April to the 29th April. Both visits are important, for very different reasons. The month not only starts with the Moon in your work sector, but with a Full Moon underway. The Moon returned on the 31st March and will leave on the 2nd April, with the Full Moon underway from the moment the month begins. As the first Full Moon since lucky Jupiter left last October and since Mars left in December, there is a lot of untapped job potential this could trigger. By the time the Moon returns on the 27th April, something that can bring to fruition what the Full Moon triggered, Venus will be in her early days in your income sector. Returning on the 25th April, Venus will cling onto whatever the Moon triggers, as she kicks off the most potentially lucrative months of the year.
The Sun's departure from your career sector last month is something that will happen at that time every year, taking the solar spotlight off your professional game as his month long visit wraps up. Yet unlike other areas of your chart, even though Venus and Mercury had left weeks before the Sun, on the career front things never completely go off the boil or at least that has been the case since 2003. It was in 2003 that Uranus returned to your career sector and while he left in 2010, Chiron returned before he left and after his return in 2012, Neptune is now here until 2026. However, the new normal pattern is that once the faster moving planets have moved through, Neptune and Chiron are about to pull back, regroup and taking everything on board and commit to the journey that is this new professional year. Because the much faster Chiron returned two years before Neptune they were never destined to align and over the years the gap between the two has widened. This allowed Chiron, planet of healing to focus on laying old professional ghosts or demons to rest and Neptune, planet of dreams to focus on your professional dreams. This year is different, for with Chiron leaving on the 17th April, Neptune is getting ready to fly solo. Fortunately, you have Juno, queen of commitment in your career sector until the 28th April, helping you to commit to your professional dreams, to laying old professional ghosts or demons to rest and to the journey ahead. This year you also have lucky Jupiter in your work sector and while in his first full month in retrograde motion, this is putting work and career forces on a tandem course. Jupiter and Neptune, the planets of luck and dreams will continue to work together until November, making this a huge year for job and career matters.
The focus is always on your professional game at this time of year, but missing is the rush mentality and that constant feeling of being busy that has dogged you for the last three years. You're used to being busy at certain times of the year, especially in the final and early weeks of each year, but not all year. It was Saturn's return to your work sector in December 2014 that turned this into an all year push, something that only ended when Mars left on the 18th March. While the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of April in your career sector, this year this is minus that constant work load and push. Yet because of that you have learned to work smarter and also what it means to put everything you have into everything you do. When the going gets tough, if you need to put in long hours or even pull an all nighter, you know how to suck it up and just get on with it. Fortunately that won't be required very often moving forward and hopefully not at all, but the real benefits will come when lucky Jupiter returns to your work sector in November. Until then pay attention to what your emotional, intuitive and imaginative responses are telling you, as the Moon moves through from the 4th April the 7th April. In the meantime, Venus' departure from your career sector on the 31st March has left you with a clear sense of what you want to accomplish, but there is a push, especially over the weekend to pull back. It is a Full Moon over Easter that will police a need for work/life balance. That shouldn't be too hard, for with Mercury in retrograde motion in your career sector until the 15th April and the Sun not leaving until the 20th April, this brings a chance to regroup. With Uranus and Mercury both leaving next month, a slower pace throughout the month will suit the professional gods.
Your whole definition of what it means to be busy had to be rewritten when Saturn returned to your work sector just before Christmas, to begin a three year visit, the first since 1991. You have had Pluto, planet of change and revolution in your work sector since 2008, as he's here until 2024 this is a long and very slow revolution. Pluto has been calling for and creating the potential for change for 10 years now, but Saturn gives you the discipline and the power to move mountains if you have to. Just when you thought you have a good feel for what this means, Mars upended everything last month. Mars returns to your work sector every other year to kick off what will always be the busiest six weeks in a two year period. Since 2008 Mars has met up with Pluto, with the planet of war and revolution coming together to fire things up. Yet when Mars returned last month it was to find Saturn and Pluto here, something that has never happened before in our lifetime. With Mars not leaving until the 16th May and even then returning for a double dip visit in August, the three powerful planets will work together all month. Saturn will turn retrograde on the 18th April to the 23rd April, both turning to focus on the past while Mars continues to push forward. Yet if Mars' return last month was a game changer, you're literally experiencing another as you move into the new month. It was in the final hours of March that Venus returned to your career sector, kicking off an ordinary visit that is set to have extraordinary consequences. Venus will leave on 25th April, but it is the Sun's return on the 20th April that will keep the momentum going. It is next month that Uranus' return will kick off an eight year visit that will completely redefine your professional game. With Uranus here until 2026 and Pluto in your work sector until 2024, this is the start of the most powerful professional years in your lifetime.
There is a saying about letting sleeping dogs lie that you need to take heed of, especially in the early part of the month. You might feel that you need to be on top of things 24/7, but the professional gods are asking that you rest on your laurels. From the Sun's departure from your work sector in late February to Venus' return to your career sector on the 25th April, you have a chance to let things settle and play out. You might not have any planetary activity in either of your two professional houses until Venus returns to your career sector on the 25th April, but with the South Node in your work sector, there is plenty of natural momentum. The South Node is not a planet and more a gravitational force and as the power behind February's solar eclipse, there is a need to trust the natural momentum this is creating. The Sun's departure in February should have brought all planetary activity on the job front to a close for the year, but Mars will return on the 16th May for the first of two visits between then and November. With the Sun and Mercury both returning to your career sector next month, Venus' return on the 25th April is the point where things will start heating up again. As you wait for a new surge on the job and career fronts, the Moon's monthly visits are an important chance to both check you're on track and to line up for what lies ahead. The Moon will move through your work sector from the 9th April to the 12th April and through your career sector from the 19th April to the 21st April. In both visits keep your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground, without over thinking things.
Ever since Uranus' return to your work sector in 2003 and the continuous planetary activity since then, April has been a regrouping month. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of March in your work sector, shining the solar spotlight on your work situation and job matters and options. As Venus and Mercury always travel with the Sun, the first three weeks of March are always the epicentre of the most active months of any year on the job front. While Uranus left in 2010, Chiron's return before he left and Neptune's in 2012 has kept that long term influence in play. However, when you have planets in your work sector for not just years but decades, it really does become all about the journey. This year Venus and Mercury both left while the Sun was here, so when the Sun left he handed the reins to the planets that are here for the long term. Except this year there is change in the air with Chiron, planet of healing leaving on the 17th April. This will leave Neptune, here until 2026, as the only player and that will change everything. For with the planet of dreams at the helm, it really will become all about chasing the dream. Fortunately, you have Juno, queen of commitment in your work sector until the 28th April. This will give you the majority of the month to commit to laying Chiron's old ghosts to rest, commit to following Neptune's dreams and to the journey ahead. The Moon's return to your work sector from the 12th April to the 14th April will not just give you an intuitive read on work and job matters, but will come full circle from last month's Full Moon during Chiron's final days.
April will always be a busy month for you or at least a month when the focus is on your work situation and job matters. This is because with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of April in your work sector, the solar spotlight is always on work and job matters at this time of year. This year there is a mix of the ordinary and the extraordinary, making this anything but an annual update. With Uranus in your work sector since 2010 work and job matters have been ticking over all year and simply become more active when the Sun, Mercury and Venus return each year. That is still the case this year and while Venus left on the 31st March, she has left you with the confidence and motivation to continue to work with the Sun and Mercury. The Sun will leave on the 20th April and while this will take the solar spotlight off your work situation and job matters, with Mercury in retrograde motion here until the 15th April and not leaving until the 14th May, he will keep your head out of the game for another three weeks. It is once Mercury leaves next month that things should settle back to normal, which means Uranus taking the reins again and keeping the wheels turning until the Sun returns next year. Except Uranus is leaving next month as well, just two days after Mercury on the 16th May. Uranus will pop back for a few months later in the year, but that will be to tie up loose ends and double check that nothing has been overlooked. The Sun, Mercury and Venus will return to your work sector each year, but it will be another eight decades before they return to find Uranus here again. Uranus needs the Sun and Mercury to make his last full month count and they need Uranus to give work and job matters the kind of wings that only he can provide. While there shouldn't be any urgency on the job front this month, there is a definite need to put everything you have into everything you do.
You were just hours away from moving into the new month with no planetary activity in either of your professional houses, as has been the case since Mars left your career sector last October. This is the norm for this time of year, with the Sun's return to your work sector on the 20th April often the first time either your professional houses become active. This year you have a three week jump on the Sun's return, thanks to Venus' return on the 31st March. This does mean you'll start the month with your work hat on, but this is a different experience to next month, with the Sun on board by then. For starters Venus is not here to focus on the 'when, where and how', leaving that up to the Sun when he returns and for Mercury, who will return on the 14th May with a chance to get your head in the game. Venus' focus is more on the 'what', returning with a chance to take down your shopping list. Yet as the planet of money, Venus returns wearing her money and work hat and until leaving on the 25th April will be on a mission to fuel your job confidence, attract opportunities and steer things in a lucrative direction. Venus might leave and the Sun might take over and you may feel she hasn't achieved anything, other than left you with a better sense of what you want on the job front. Yet every planet that will return to your work sector this year will follow in her footsteps and working with a formidable line up of planets in your income sector, Venus' footsteps lead in a lucrative direction. One of those planets to follow in Venus' footsteps is Uranus, who returns to your work sector on the 16th May for the first time since 1942. Here until 2026, what Venus begins will continue to unfold for not just weeks or months, but years.
The month literally starts with a bang, with a Full Moon in your career sector underway from the moment you move into the new month. It began when the Moon returned to your career sector on the 31st March and won't run its course until it leaves on the 2nd April, giving the new month a tailwind from the get go. Just starting the month with the Moon in your career sector is an advantage, ensuring your professional instincts are sharp and your professional imagination fuelled from the get go. A Full Moon is an opposition between the Sun and Moon and because of that, there could be some professional pressure or work/life balance tension. Yet falling over the long weekend this will create enough distance from your working week to put this into perspective. However, this Full Moon does sit right in the middle of a weekend that is focused on home and family matters, hence the work/life balance tension. However, this will drop off once the Moon moves and it's the pressure from the Full Moon that creates the potential for a breakthrough. As the first Full Moon since Jupiter left your career sector last October and Mars in December, this is the first push that any untapped professional potential has received. As is often the case it's when the Moon comes full circle that the full implications are often revealed. This makes the Moon's second visit from the 27th April to the 29th April, especially because of the timing. For on the 25th April, just two days before the Moon's return Venus will return to your work sector, opening the doors to the most important months of the year on the work and job front.
As Jupiter spends his first full month in retrograde motion in your career sector the planet of luck and expansion is happy to take a back seat. After five months in direct motion, Jupiter is ready to pull back and until turning direct on the 11th July will spend the coming months retracing his steps. Jupiter will also spend this month building a strong relationship with Neptune, who by the end of the month will be on his own in your income sector as well. Until Venus returns to your work sector next month, the professional gods are happy for you to rest on your laurels a little. In fact, this is being policed, with Venus' return to your home and family sector on the 31st March creating the first real challenge for Jupiter. This puts Venus on the other side of the sky and in opposition, with the Sun joining her on the 20th April. Yet while this creates some tension between your home and professional lives, this is more a case of your work/life balance being policed. You'll have a better sense of what this is trying to tell you, when Venus and Jupiter move into opposition on the 17th April. Had Jupiter not been in retrograde motion this might have been more of a problem than it is likely to be and could work to your advantage. The biggest danger during Jupiter's four month retrograde and especially as you wait for Venus' return to your work sector next month, is finding the patience to hold back. There won't be work/life balance tension all month, but Venus will be watching from the other side of the sky. The Moon's two visits to your career sector this month will sharpen your professional instincts and give you a better sense of how to play things. This makes it important to keep your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground from the 2nd April to the 4th April and again from the 29th April to the 2nd May.
Mars' departure from your career sector last month has taken the urgency out of this professional year and in fact the constant push of the past three years. However, this has not left you with no professional gods on the field, as would have been the case in most other years. With the Sun always moving through your career sector in November/December and through your work sector in July/August, these are the normal epicentres in any normal professional year. However, the concept of normal went out the window in September 2014, with Mars from your career sector last month finally bringing over three years planetary activity to a close. Had this left you with no activity in either of your two professional houses this could have been a hard adjustment, but instead, the North Node and Ceres are allowing you to ease gently into this slower mode. While Ceres is spending her first full month in direct motion in your work sector, she is not leaving until June so is in no hurry. The North Node, the force behind a total solar eclipse last August, a total lunar eclipse earlier in the year and another solar eclipse this August, is keeping the wheels turning and everything on track. However, not in the way that Mars and the planets before him have pushed you over the last three years. Mars only left your career sector on the 18th March, with the Moon's visit from the 4th April to the 7th April the first visit since then. You'll have a clearer sense of where to from here on the career front once the Moon moves through and ties up loose ends. You'll also get a better read on work and job matters when the Moon moves through your work sector from the 23rd April to the 25th April.