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Monthly Career Horoscopes - January 2020
Right out of the gate, from the very moment you move into 2020 there will be no doubt what kind of professional year this will be, a year the likes of which you have never seen before but at the same time have been preparing for, literally for years now. If 2020 is the year that everything until now has led up to and everything from now will lead on from, then January is the month when the launch begins. That is because this is the month when the ordinary and the extraordinary overlap and you have a chance to reach for the stars while at the same time keeping your head in the game and your feet on the ground. It is not just that the year begins with an incredible six planets in your career sector, more than half the number of planets in the whole solar system but who those planets are. It is a given that your professional year will always begin in an active and out front way, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the three weeks of each year in your career sector. However, alongside the Sun you have Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto, in your career sector at the same time, for the first time in our lifetime. Jupiter is the planet of luck and expansion, Pluto the planet of change and revolution and Saturn is the planet that can give you the power to move mountains if you have to. Jupiter is able to see it, Pluto is able to change it and Saturn is able to see things through. With Pluto here all year and Jupiter and Saturn until December, by any definition, this has the potential to be one of your most important professional year ever. Even though Pluto has been in your career sector since 2008 and Saturn since December 2017, they finally align on 12th/13th December, with a massive flexing of their combined muscles. Yet at the same time, you have the Sun making a very ordinary visit, keeping the solar spotlight on your career and professional situation, matters and options until he leaves on 21st January. At the same time, until he leaves on 17th January Mercury is giving you the intellectually savvy edge needed to make choices, decisions and plans while at the same time keeping your head in the game and your feet on the ground.
There are only three days this month when there won't be planetary activity in your career sector and those three days will prove to be an important firebreak, one that creates a month of two halves. That three day period is from Venus' departure from your career sector on 14th January to Mercury's return on 17th January. In reality, this means that 15th and 16th January are the only days with no planetary activity here and they will be extremely important, both in the chance to step back and the firebreak they create. This is the dividing line, with everything until this point belonging to Venus and therefore operating under her rules and everything from then belonging to the Sun and Mercury. It is the fact that the two won't overlap that will get this professional year off to a good start. When Mercury returns on 17th January it will be to give you the intellectually savvy edge needed to make choices, decisions and plans, update your professional game plan and resolutions, as well as the means to keep your head in the game and your feet on the ground. When the Sun returns on 21st January it will be to throw the solar spotlight onto your career and professional situation, matters and options in an objective and transparent way. Between them, the Sun and Mercury are practical and objective, focused on reality and on making things happen. If you like, the Sun and Mercury's job is to focus on the 'when, where and how'. While the Sun and Mercury will focus on the 'when, where and how' from 17th January, until she leaves your career sector on 14th January, Venus is focused on the 'what'. Venus has no interest in how you are going to turn desires into reality because that is not her job. Venus' job is to spend the first two weeks of 2020 fuelling your professional confidence, updating your professional wish list and where she can, attract opportunities. As the planet of money, Venus will also be working to steer this professional year in a lucrative direction. The first month of this new professional year is all about the 'what' during the first two weeks before shifting to the 'when, where and how'.
Looking at the planetary activity during the first month of this new professional year I am reminded of a game of football, where the player who eventually scores the touch down is not the player who began the run. Rewind the tape and you would find a succession of players, each one passing the ball to the next and then the next. This is something that has been happening on the professional front and especially on the job front throughout the final three months of 2019 and what we have in the early days of the year are the final two passes, before touch down. The planet who will achieve that touchdown and get the glory is Venus, when she returns to your career sector on 14th January. However, as the start of the month, the ball is still in Mars' hands and in the final days of an over six week visit to your work sector he still has his foot on the gas. The ball didn't start in Mars' hands, with the Sun having passed it to Mercury, who passed it to the warrior planet when he left your busy work sector early last month. Mars kept the pace up throughout December and here over the holiday period, whether you worked through or had time out, work would never have been too far from your mind. Until Mars leaves on 3rd January he will be pushing you and for some, it could be that you are still in catch up mode from last year. You know that Mars has had a successful visit if he leaves you exhausted and passing the ball to dreamy Neptune in your career sector as he leaves, this will finally be a chance to rest on your laurels. Mars is all action, while Neptune would rather that you spend time daydreaming, finally getting a chance to look at your professional dreams for the coming year. When Neptune gets the ball play might stop, as the planet of dreams calls for time out to hear yourself think. Venus will snatch the ball out of Neptune's hands when she returns to your career sector on 14th January, ready to exploit untapped potential from across the income, work and career fronts.
To begin with, there is the sound of silence on the professional front, which will be absolute music to your airs and with it a valuable chance to catch your breath. However, make the most of it because this is a very and I mean very short reprieve. It was only on 29th December, over the last weekend of 2019 that Mercury not only left your busy work sector but wrapped up continuous planetary activity here since October 2018. This includes the 13 months that Jupiter was here from November 2018 to December 2019 and the flurry of activity during his first and final months here. Moving into 2020 with no planetary activity in your work sector is something you are still adjusting to. While you have Chiron and Eris in your career sector, with Chiron still in his early weeks in direct motion and Eris at a standstill ahead of her direct turn on 11th January, they will be more than happy to take a break. If first impressions could be used as an accurate gauge to what the coming month will hold, then it would tell you that you have a quiet month and a chance to finally catch your breath. However, you know what they say about first impressions and in this instance, this really is a case of not judging a book by its cover. The biggest danger that I see this month, is failing to appreciate what a gift the early days of the month are and therefore failing to seize an opportunity to catch your breath. In reality, you have just two full days to catch your breath, New Year's Day and the day after and then it is not only back into the game again, but in way that is likely to be busier than anything experienced last year. For it is on 3rd January that Mars, the planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos but also the planet that likes to make things happen and get things done will return to your work sector. Returning a month after Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion left and with a massive amount of untapped job potential, Mars is the perfect planet to exploit this. With Mars here until 17th February, those first 48 hours of the month are an opportunity to recharge your batteries that can't be missed.
Because the Sun has always and will always spend the last 10 days and the first three weeks of every year in your work sector, you are used to any year getting off to a busy start, only to dial back by the end of January. More momentum is often created in December and January on the job front than during the rest of the year combined, so while you might get to take time out over the holiday period it will be straight back into work mode again. This is what a typical year looks like but 2020 is anything but a typical year, with all the energy that is normally created in December and January set to remain in play all year, with no let up. The very fact that you begin the month with 12 planets in your work sector suggests something extraordinary is at play, with maths alone telling you that this is putting over half the planets in the solar system here. However, it is not just the number of planets but the importance and power of those planets, as well as the cross section. On the one hand, you have the Sun and Mercury focused on the very ordinary and down to earth work and job matters that they focus on at this time every year. Yet on the other hand, for the first time in our lifetime you have Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn together here at the same time, creating a whole new sense of what's possible. Jupiter is the planet of luck and expansion, Pluto is the planet of change and revolution and Saturn is the planet that can give you the power to move mountains if you have to and they have come together to make 2020 a massive year for job growth, expansion, change and for taking your power back. With Pluto here all year and Saturn and Jupiter both here until December, their first full month together is a taste of things to come. Because you have had Pluto here since 2008 and Saturn since 2017, this is the culmination of everything you have been working towards, with their alignment on 12th/13th January set to be a major turning point. Until leaving on 17th January, Mercury will help you keep your head in the game and your feet on the ground, while the Sun will keep the solar spotlight on your work situation, job matters and options until leaving on 21st January.
While the year gets off to a good start on the job front it is a month of two halves and also a stepping stone towards something much bigger and bolder. Fortunately, there is a definite firebreak between the two halves of this month, creating two different chapters and a line between the two that is close enough for the right information to cross but wide enough so there is no interference. The first part of the month belongs to Venus and until she leaves your work sector on 14th January she is on a mission to fuel your job confidence, attract opportunities and steer things in a lucrative direction. Venus is all about the 'what' and because of what lies on the other side of the firebreak, she doesn't have to focus on the 'when, where and how'. This allows you to spend the first two weeks of the month wishful thinking and if when Venus leaves on 14th January you know what you want but with no idea how you are going to make it happen, let alone when or how then her time here has been a success. The firebreak is between Venus' departure on 14th January and Mercury's return three days later, on 17th January. This is close enough that when Mercury returns it will be to find Venus' wish list balance pinned to the wall and with a clear sense of what you want when he returns with a chance to get your head in the game. It is just a few days later that the Sun will return and by 21st January the solar spotlight will be on your work situation, job matters and options. The Sun and Mercury have a more objective and strategic take on things. It is their job to look at things objectively, make choices, decisions and plans and in short, focus on the 'when, where and how'. Because Venus is able to spend the first two weeks of the month on her own, this means that she can focus on the 'what', with tunnel vision and with no thought to the 'when, where and how', which the Sun and Mercury can, in turn, focus on with tunnel vision as well. This is the way you want to start a new professional year and with major new developments on the job front from March and on the career front from April, is a great first step.
The North Node is like an iceberg, with 90 percent of its surface not visible and only the very tip poking out and even then, only at certain times. This month that iceberg is set to rise out of the sea and reveal some of its sheer power and the timing couldn't be better. The North Node is not a planet or even an object and instead is the point where the Earth's orbit around the Sun is intersected by the Moon's orbit around the Earth. Where they cross paths there is a gravitational pull, with the South Node drawing things towards the past and the North Node towards the future. It is when a New or Full Moon falls close to the lunar nodes that we have an eclipse and that is when their power is revealed and that is what we have this month. The North Node is in your career sector from November 2018 to May 2020 and has been quietly maintaining a sense of professional direction while keeping things on track. It is the Moon's first visit to your career sector for the year, from 9th January to 12th January that will create a lunar eclipse here on 10th/11th January. This is when the full scope of the North Node's influence will be revealed and combined with the power of a Full Moon this can bring things to fruition or to a head, turning and/or tipping point. Eclipses are said to bring unexpected developments but in reality, they are the points that the North Node has been steering you towards for months. On the career front, there could be unexpected, serendipitous or eureka moments around this time. Why the timing is auspicious is that the lunar eclipse falls just days before Venus' return to your work sector on 14th January and the doors this will open to new developments and opportunities on the job front. To have a lunar eclipse bringing unexpected professional developments and in some cases opening new paths or doors where you didn't know there were any just days before new work and job developments open up is perfect timing. What Venus opens the doors to will continue for months.
While things are fairly quiet on the job front at the start of the month, knowing what the rest of the year holds this is one time when this is the perfect start. And in terms of what the rest of the year holds, over and above the normal planetary activity you will get on the job and career fronts all year you have Mars returning to your work sector in June for what should be a six week visit. These are often the busiest weeks of any year but while Mars will arrive he won't leave or at least not until January 2021, spending the rest of the year here. Knowing this year is going to become busy and then stay busy, starting the year on a quiet note is an advantage that needs to be seized. The reason for the quiet start to the year is that you have no planetary activity in your career sector while both planets in your work sector are barely moving. Chiron is still in his early weeks in direct motion in your work sector while Eris is slowing to a crawl, ahead of her direct turn on 11th January. Eris is a dwarf planet and the superior planet here and in her final days in retrograde motion has the brakes on, creating a situation where things are not only quiet but may appear to be stalled. If you are going to take a break this month, the first part of the month is the best time. While things will start moving from Eris' direct turn on 11th January it is not until Venus returns next month that the pace will start to pick up on the job front. This makes the Moon's visits to your two professional houses a lot more important, for while you are waiting for the pace to pick up they will provide a valuable window. One of the most important will be the Moon's first visit to your work sector for the year, from 2nd January to 5th January. As well as giving you an intuitive read on work and job matters in the early days of the year and while Eris is still in retrograde motion and with access to the rearview mirror, it will be here when Mars leaves your income sector on 3rd January. This should see a boost in income and job confidence, as well as a chance to steer things in a lucrative direction. The Moon will give you a better read on career matters from 12th January to 14th January.
While the month and therefore the year begins with the only planet in either of your two professional houses still in retrograde motion, there should be a lot of job confidence from the get go. This is mainly because of the support that Uranus, in his final days in retrograde motion in your work sector is getting from a massive six planet line up of planets in your income sector. Uranus has been in retrograde motion in your work sector since August and while this hasn't always been easy, with some clashes with Mars in particular, things took a turn for the better last month. Despite the fact that from the get go, when Uranus returned to your work sector in March he had the backing of Saturn and Pluto in your income sector there was no direct contact. It wasn't until Venus and Jupiter returned to your income sector and into a friendly aspect to Uranus that things started to turn around. Since then every planet returning to your income sector has moved into the same friendly aspect, including the Sun and Mercury later last month. In retrograde motion until 11th January, Uranus is barely moving and will have to come to a complete standstill in order to turn direct. So while there might be a lot of job confidence this month there might not be too much movement, though things will get the green light from 11th January. The Moon will make its first visit to your work sector for the year from 5th January to 7th January. As well as giving you an intuitive read on work and job matters and delivering valuable clues, hunches and insights, this last visit while Uranus is in retrograde motion will also come with 20/20 hindsight. This is a visit that is likely to see the past, present and future merge, with the Moon giving you a chance to look back, look to the future and use that information now. Meanwhile, with no planetary activity in your career sector, the Moon's first visit for the year will be a valuable chance to check in. The Moon will move through from 14th January to 16th January, fuelling your professional instincts and imagination and giving you an intuitive read on career matters. In both instances, the Moon can act as a trigger.
While there is a fairly quiet start to this new professional year there should be a degree of both professional confidence and determination. If you have moved into the New Year with professional resolutions in the past and then failed to stick to them, then let me introduce you to 2020, a year that comes with a sense of commitment from the get go. This is partly because of the fact that personally, you have the power to move mountains, with 2020 a massive year for personal growth, expansion and opportunities. However, you also move into this year with a secret weapon and that secret weapon has its own secret weapon. The secret weapon that you move into the New Year with is Juno, queen of commitment, who is making her first visit to your career sector in four years. Normally here for around two months, Juno can help you update your professional game plan and resolutions but doesn't usually stick around long enough to ensure you remain committed. Having returned in early November, Juno should be leaving in the New Year but instead, a retrograde turn will keep her in your career sector until September. This allows you to move into the New Year with your professional game plan and resolutions already updated and with the confidence of knowing that you also have a better chance of sticking to them. The Moon's first visit to your career sector, from 16th January to 18th January, will be a chance to check in. If Juno is your secret weapon, then who is Juno's secret weapon? To begin with, that secret weapon is Venus, with the planet of money in your income sector until 14th January. This not only puts them at a friendly aspect, which will be tight around 3rd/5th January but is a chance to align Venus' lucrative sense of direction with Juno's professional game plan and resolutions. The support will continue when Mercury returns to your income sector on 17th January and the Sun on 21st January, with even more support over the coming months. Meanwhile, the Moon's first visit to your work sector for the year will be a chance to check in on work and job matters from 7th January to 9th January. These should be an auspicious few days across the income, work and career fronts, with the Moon forming a friendly aspect to both Juno and Venus.
There are two events that will give this professional year a head start, after which things will settle back to a more measured and confident pace across the income, work and career fronts. The first of those events is Mars' departure from your career sector on 3rd December. When he leaves the warrior planet of the cosmos will not only wrap up his own over six week visit but all planetary activity on the career front until later in the year. Because Mars has been here since November, this may have meant keeping your professional hat on over the holiday period, but the trade off is an empowered start to this professional year. Because Mars does leave on 3rd January, this means you will still need to keep your professional hat on in the early days of the year, even if it is just to absorb Mars' professional passions, fighting and competitive spirit before he leaves. Mars will leave you with enough traction and momentum that while things will ease back when he leaves, you will be able to keep things going under your own steam. The second event happens in the week following Mars' departure from your career sector, when the Moon returns for its first visit to your work sector for the year, from 9th January to 12th January. It is the lunar eclipse this will create on 10th/11th January that can bring work and job matters to fruition or to a head, turning and/or tipping point. I should have really added a third event, for it is Venus' return to your income sector just days later that will kick off what could potentially be some of the most lucrative weeks of 2020, from 14th January. Venus will return to find that she has access to all the momentum Mars has created on the career front and all that a lunar eclipse on the job front has triggered. With the North Node keeping work and job matters on track, Venus is the perfect planet to capitalise on income, work and career potential, which she will continue to do for the rest of the month. The Sun and Mercury will then take over from where she leaves off next month.
There is a small window in the very early days of the month where there is a chance to hang your professional hat on a hook by the door, put your feet up and take some well deserved time out. However, this is an extremely short window, with just five days separating Mercury's departure from your career sector late last month and Mars' return on 3rd January. Mercury's departure brought over 14 months of continuous planetary activity to a close, with Jupiter's 13 month visit having just wrapped up last month. Mercury allowed you to end 2019 with your head in the game and your feet on the ground, before putting out the 'closed for business, back in five days' sign. How you use those five days and especially the first two days of January are pivotal, because when Mars returns it will be to begin what could be some of the busiest weeks of 2020. Before leaving on 17th February, Mars will be on a mission to capitalise on all the momentum created during the 13 months that Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion was here. When Mars leaves next month there will be no planetary activity here until later in the year and with no planetary activity on the job front until July, this is when it will become more about the journey. Until then, Mars will be putting everything he has into gaining as much professional traction as possible. Had Mars returned in isolation it would have been to fuel your professional passions, fighting and competitive spirit and to provide the motivation to take your professional power back. However, Mars' return isn't in isolation, with literally years of effort having gone into getting you to this point. It is the untapped professional potential and the momentum Mars has to work with from the get go that could make these the most defining six weeks of this professional year. The Moon will make its first visit to your career sector from 20th January to 22nd January, giving you a valuable chance to check in. Meanwhile, the Moon's first visit to your work sector for the year could have exciting implications across the income, work and career fronts from 12th January to 14th January.