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Monthly Career Horoscopes - February 2018
Things quieten down considerably on the professional front this month. But rather than return to normal, as they usually do at this time of year, they return to a new normal. Because the Sun will always return to your career sector just before Christmas and then spend the first three weeks of January here, you always start the year with a lot of focus on your career and professional game. Because Venus and Mercury travel with the Sun, January is often a month when there is a lot of focus on career matters and on getting your new professional year up to speed. In that light then this has been a very typical start to the year, with the Sun and Venus having both left your career sector just days after last month's New Moon and Mercury leaving in the early hours of the 1st January. This is the point where Pluto, planet of change and revolution, who is in your career sector from 2008 to 2024, takes the wheel again and it then becomes more about the journey. This is the pattern that every new professional year over the last eight years has taken. However, this year you return to a new normal. That new normal is having Saturn on board for the next three years, for having returned just days before the Sun, this has obscured the much bigger picture in play. This is the first time that Saturn and Pluto have met up in your career sector in our lifetime and spending their first full month on their own they're looking to the big picture. The Moon will come full circle from last month's New Moon from the 11th February to the 14th February, while stopping in to check on work and job matters from the 2nd February to the 4th February.
This is a time of year when the spotlight is always going to be on your career and professional situation, matters and options and not because this is the start of a new professional year. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of February in your career sector, so quite literally the solar spotlight is trained on your professional game. This year you have a mix of the ordinary and the extraordinary and this creates the potential for some unexpected developments. The ordinary is to not only have the Sun, Venus and Mercury here this month, but a New Moon that will bring a chance for new opportunities and beginnings and to commit to your new professional year. Mercury's return in the early hours of the month will be a chance to get your head in the game and start making choices, decisions and plans. Yet with Venus leaving on the 11th February, Mercury on the 18th February and the Sun on the 19th February, this on its own is a short push to get your new professional year up to speed. However, for the first time in 17 years the South Node is here and that makes this an extraordinary month. For it is the South Node that is responsible for turning the New Moon on the 16th February into a solar eclipse, bringing the element of fate and the unexpected into play. The Moon will move through from the 14th February to the 16th February, giving you two days to listen to your professional instincts and soak in valuable clues, hunches and insights in the lead up to the solar eclipse in its final hours. With no planetary activity on the job front, the Moon's visit to your work sector from the 4th February and the 6th February is also an important time to have your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground.
Things settle back to normal on the job front this month, albeit a whole new normal. The normal pattern of any given year is that the Sun, Venus and Mercury will move through your work sector in the final months of each year. Occasionally this might extend out into the early days or weeks of the New Year and by February you are usually left with no more planets on the job front, until the Sun and faster moving planets return later in the year. Regardless of what else happens that pattern will repeat year after year after year. However, this year there was a lot else happening and this changed the whole dynamics on the job front. The most significant impact was lucky Jupiter's return last October and not leaving until November, this is making 2018 your biggest year for job growth and expansion in over a decade. It was Mars' return in December that didn't allow things to drop off when the Sun, Mercury and Venus moved on, even though Jupiter was ready to focus more on the journey. Mars' departure on the 27th January means that you are now finally at that stage. As Jupiter settles back to focus more on keeping work and job matters ticking over, this is a chance to turn some of the focus on your career and professional situation, matters and options. This kicks off with Venus' return to your career sector on the 11th February, followed by Mercury's return on the 18th February and the Sun's on the 19th February. While they all return at around this time every year it has been 12 years since they have returned to find lucky Jupiter on the job front. As new doors open on the career front, Jupiter will be on hand to ensure that work and job matters take advantage of those open doors as well.
Just when things should be dialling back on the job front and you should have another month to catch your breath before things start to move on the career front, your professional year is already back in the fast lane. Even during the three years that Saturn was here didn't bring the fast pace that you will experience this month, bringing a clear sense that something has shifted. It was Saturn's departure from your work sector just before Christmas that wrapped up a three year visit that had kept your work hat on continuously since September 2014, but in a slow and measured way. By February all of the faster moving planets will have left your work sector and while Saturn stayed on, paint dries faster than the hard taskmaster of the cosmos moves things on the job front. The Sun and Saturn both left your work sector just before Christmas, Venus on Christmas Day and Mercury in early January. This left you with no planets here for the first time in over three years. With the Sun, Mercury and Venus not returning to your career sector until next month, this should be a quiet month, yet it is anything but. You can thank Mars for that, with the warrior planet of the cosmos having not only returned to your work sector on the 27th January, but to find Saturn gone. Without Saturn slowing things down and with over three years of untapped job potential, Mars will go to town. Not leaving until the 18th March, the warrior planet of the cosmos will spend the whole of March firing things up on the job front. While new career developments don't begin until early next month, with a total lunar eclipse on the income front at the start of the month, this is going to fire things up across the income, work and career fronts.
Two things happen on the job front this month. The first is that things quieten down considerably and the second is that rather than return to normal mode, as they do at this time each year, they return to a new normal. The old, old normal as in this has always happened and will always happen at this time every year, is that you will always start the year with the Sun in your work sector. You always have and always will spend the first three weeks of every year with the solar spotlight on your work situation and job matters. As Venus and Mercury always travel with the Sun, they are usually here in January as well, but all three are often gone either by the time you move into February or fairly soon into the month. That is the old, old normal, but the old normal has been in play since 2008 when Pluto, planet of change and revolution returned to your work sector. Here until 2024, Pluto is on a long and slow mission to effect job growth, change and evolution. With Venus having left your work sector on the 18th January, the Sun on the 20th January and Mercury on the 1st February, this should be the point where you move into the old normal, where Pluto takes the lead and it becomes more about the journey. Except this year we have a new normal, with Saturn's return five days before Christmas changing everything. Teaming up with Pluto for the first time here in our lifetime, Saturn and Pluto have come together to create the three most powerful years ever experienced on the job front. Mercury's departure on the 1st February doesn't just leave Pluto behind, but Saturn as well, with February a chance to adjust to having these two powerful planets driving things. The Moon's return from the 11th February to the 14th February will allow you to intuitively link into both.
The solar spotlight is always on your work situation and job matters at this time of year, with the Sun in your work sector until the 19th February. The Sun has always and will always spend the first three weeks of February in your work sector, making this the time of year when the focus is always going to be on work and job matters. Yet this year you have a mix of the ordinary and the extraordinary. The ordinary is that the Sun is here with Venus, who will keep your heart in the game until she leaves on the 11th February and that you have Mercury keeping your head in the game from the 1st February to the 18th February. With Venus having kicked this off on the 18th January, by the time the Sun leaves on the 19th February this should bring a very short annual update to a close. However, the accent is on the word should and it is all because of what should be a very ordinary New Moon on the 16th February. In the same way that the Sun returns to your work sector at this time every year, the Moon will always align with the Sun at some point to create a New Moon. This brings a chance for new opportunities and beginnings and to draw a new line in the sand. Falling just two days before the Sun leaves, this should be an ordinary New Moon that wraps up an ordinary annual update. But of course you know where I'm going here, because I have already told you that this month is a mix of the ordinary and the extraordinary. The New Moon on the 16th February is a solar eclipse and that means there is a lot more going on than just the Sun, Mercury and Venus. The reason for the solar eclipse is that you have the South Node here for the first time in 17 years and this is part of a series of eclipses that started with a lunar eclipse here last August. This creates the potential for fateful and unexpected developments, with work and job matters continuing to play out long after the Sun, Mercury and Venus have moved on.
February is always the month when things start to move on the job front and regardless of when the holiday period ends or when the new professional year officially begins, for you it is not until February that you tend to find your momentum. This has nothing to do with being behind the eight ball or procrastinating and everything to do with the fact that the Sun will always return to your work sector in February and usually Venus and Mercury as well. In that respect February is as near text book as it gets. However, there are conditions in play that suggest that things will not only be a lot more successful this year, but lucrative as well. With Chiron in your work sector since 2010 and Neptune here from 2012 to 2026, work and job matters never go completely off the boil, but they become more active when the Sun and faster moving planets return. Because you never get a chance to take your work hat off completely, not throwing yourself into your new professional year until you have to, has become the norm and an important part of pacing yourself. Yet with Chiron leaving, his direct turn in December marked a point where you are now getting ready to put the past behind you. You will notice the other difference this year when Venus returns on the 11th February. As the planet of money Venus will always fuel your job confidence, attract opportunities and steer things in a lucrative direction when she returns to your work sector each year. However, for the first time in 12 years Venus returns to find lucky Jupiter in your income sector, as will Mercury when he returns on the 18th February and the Sun on the 19th February.
While the Sun, Mercury and Venus won't return to your work sector until next month, as is the norm at this time each year, the pace is likely to pick up fairly dramatically on the job front this month. This is partly because with Uranus and Eris having both turned direct in your work sector early last month, they are starting to pick up speed and momentum. With Uranus, here since 2010 and leaving in May, he will naturally want to cram as much into these final months as possible. However, on their own work and job matters should experience a slow and steady increase, not the dramatic jump start you're likely to experience at the start of the month. This is less to do with what is happening on the job front and more that work and job matters will be swept up in a wave of activity on the income and career fronts. It began with Mars' return to your income sector on the 27th January. Returning to find Saturn gone but a huge amount of untapped income potential, Mars is going to exploit every professional advantage he can, which means working with Uranus and Eris on the job front. However, what really sets things alight is the total lunar eclipse in your career sector as the month begins. The Moon returned on the 31st January and this is when the lunar eclipse begins, starting in the later hours of the 31st January and continuing into the early hours of the 1st February. You begin and end the month with the Moon in your career sector and with the forces behind the lunar eclipse keeping things moving all month. What should be a fairly quiet month, as you wait for things to pick up on the job front in March, is instead an explosive month across the income, work and career fronts. The Moon's visit to your work sector from the 19th February to the 21st February will be the last before Venus and Mercury return, making it important to have your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground.
This is an unusually quiet month professionally, not in terms of what you would normally expect, but in terms of what is set to become the norm over the coming months. That there is no planetary activity in your work sector or career sectors at this time of year is the norm, with the Sun not reaching your work sector until April and not reaching your career sector until August. As Venus and Mercury travel with the Sun and with Mars visiting neither this year, this should be a quiet professional year and a quiet month. The reality is that while this is a quiet professional month, this is anything but a quiet professional year, with some extraordinary developments ahead on the job front. What would normally happen is that the Sun, Venus and Mercury would create some active weeks on the job front in April and May and then everything would go quiet again until the Sun returns to your career sector in August. This year two things happen to change all that. The first is that Venus is racing ahead of the Sun and will return to your work sector later next month, in late March. This will see things kick off three weeks before the Sun returns, but it is on the other side that things really change. For on the 16th May, during the Sun's final days, Uranus will return for the first time since 1942. Apart from a few months, this giant planet is here until 2026 and there will be no more quiet months for another eight years. This makes it important to embrace this 'quiet' month while you can. As well as a chance to focus on some powerful forces in play on the income front, this makes the Moon's monthly visit to your two professional houses a lot more important. Keep your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground as the Moon moves through your career sector from the 2nd February to the 4th February and through your career sector from the 21st February to the 23rd February.
Compared to last year, you are likely to feel a lot more relaxed, with a lot less professional pressure and urgency. It was only in December that Mars' departure from your career sector brought 16 months of continuous planetary activity on the career front to a close. With a lot of that time spent under pressure, Mars' departure saw the pressure drop back, while leaving you with a massive amount of momentum and untapped professional potential. January was the first full month since July 2016 where there has been no planetary activity in your career sector and with things starting to move on the income front, this has been a valuable chance to catch your breath. There is no planetary activity in either of your two professional houses and there will be none until Venus returns to your work sector in April and that is exactly what you need. There has been a huge amount invested professionally over the last few years and this is something that Venus will work to exploit until she leaves your income sector on the 11th February, Mercury on the 18th February and the Sun on the 19th February. A solar eclipse in your income sector on the 16th February should help with that. With no planetary activity this makes the Moon's visit to your two professional houses a lot more important, for this is your chance to get an intuitive read on both fronts. This is also when the Moon could trigger developments. This makes it important to keep your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground as the Moon moves through your career sector from the 4th February to the 6th February and to your work sector from the 23rd to the 25th February.
Things settle back to a new normal on the career front this month, the point in each year when all planetary activity on the career front has usually run its course for the year. The Sun will always return to your career sector in October and spend the first three weeks of November here. The Sun will always be gone by the end of November each year but Mercury and Venus, who travel with the Sun can often run late, sometimes still wrapping things up in the early days of the New Year. However, even Mercury and Venus will have left your career sector by the time you reach February. That is still the case this year, but career matters have not gone off the boil and won't do at any point this year, but they do drop back to a more sustainable momentum. It was in early December, with the Sun not long gone from your career sector and Venus in her final days that Mars returned, for the first time in nearly two years. Mars also returned to find that Jupiter had returned in October and not leaving until November it was to find that this was more than the ordinary update career matters get in the final months of each year. While Jupiter is here for the majority of the year, for the most part this is all about the journey, with Mars returning to fire things up. Mars only left on the 27th January, with Jupiter still in his early days on his own as you move into February. The Moon's return to your career sector from the 6th February to the 9th February will bring a chance to regroup. With Jupiter turning retrograde next month, as well as sharpening your professional instincts the Moon will give you a sense of the pace Jupiter is setting, allowing you to match it. After Mars' manic pace, this will bring a better chance to pace yourself.
Even in terms of what has been the norm for the last three years, this should be the month where you're able to pull back professionally. The Sun will always leave your career sector just before Christmas and will never still be here as you move into the New Year, let alone in February. Not due to return to your work sector until July, unless something extraordinary is going on that is above the norm, then there will be no planetary activity on the work or career fronts in February. The fact that there is means that there is something extraordinary going on. For the last three years while the Sun, Mercury and Venus have moved on, with Saturn here you still had to keep your professional hat on. However, Saturn does everything in slow motion, so while you still have your professional hat on, the pace will have dropped back dramatically by February. That is not the case this year and instead it has picked up dramatically. Saturn left just before Christmas, so this meant that any planet moving through no longer had a speed restriction. However, once Mercury left on the 11th January this brought all planetary activity to a close. That changed in the closing days of January, with Mars' return on the 27th January changing everything. Not due to leave until the 18th March, Mars will continue to fire things up professionally all month. However, he is just part of a whole group of conditions that have come together to fire things up across the income, work and career fronts. As you move into the new month Mars is not only in his early days in your career sector, but a total lunar eclipse is underway on the job front. This comes just as income matters are slowly gaining momentum, but never in their wildest dreams expecting this kind of professional momentum. Things will remain fired up across the income, work and career fronts all month.