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Monthly Career Horoscopes - May 2017
To begin with it is a case of business as usual, both in terms of a continuation from last month and for where things stood this time last year. In fact, where things stand at the start of May 2017 is almost exactly where they stood at the start of May 2016, which means the Sun is in your income sector, Pluto is in his first full month in retrograde motion in your career sector and the North Node is in your work sector. This brings a sense of familiarity that will bring a sense of confidence across the income, work and career fronts. You know how this goes, how to play things and you have some real history. The relationship between the Sun and Pluto will continue for several more years. Since returning to your career sector in 2008 Pluto has always turned retrograde in April and with the Sun always returning to your income sector in April. Their paths have crossed like this for the tenth time in as many years and will continue until Pluto leaves in 2024. This is simply what income and career matters do at this time every year. The North Node by contrast has only been in your work sector since November 2015, with this just the second time it has been part of this annual ritual. It will also be the last, ever in our lifetime. The North Node is leaving your work sector on the 10th May and while it will return in 17 years' time, Pluto will be gone from your career sector by then, not returning in our lifetime. This makes the first 10 days of the month extremely important, not for anything this might trigger on the work and job front, but for the sense of direction this will leave you with. Fortunately the Moon will move through from the 4th May to the 7th May, giving you an intuitive read on work and job matters in those final days.
There is one very happy planet this month and that planet is Jupiter, in his last full month in retrograde motion in your work sector. This is partly to do with the fact that the pressure he has been under is dropping back, with the most difficult part of his retrograde phase behind him. Work tension and job pressure was already dropping when Mars' return to your income sector on the 21st April changed everything. Due to turn direct in early June and then begin the process of bringing everything home, Jupiter was both slowing down and escaping the pressure of recent months, when Mars returned at the right time. This is Mars' first visit to your income sector in two years and he was always going to trigger the most potentially lucrative months of 2017. Yet for the first time in 36 years, Mars returned to find Jupiter in your work sector and a match made in heaven was formed. Mars is in your income sector until the 5th June and Jupiter will turn retrograde on the 10th June, with the warrior planet of the cosmos having a huge influence on Jupiter's last full month in your work sector for another 12 years. The planets of war and luck will spend the whole of June working together, creating some exceptional energy on the income and job fronts. While Jupiter is spending 13 months in your work sector, May marks the start of the most lucrative months. Things take another turn for the better when the South Node returns to your career sector on the 10th May, where it will remain until November 2018. This sets the scene for a fateful lunar eclipse here in August.
When Venus left your career sector on the 29th April it brought a very rare double dip visit to an end, finally handing the reins to the caretaker crew that will keep career and professional matters on track. When Venus retrograded back in early last month, it was just the second time in our lifetime that she had left your career sector, did a U turn and come back for a second visit. Back for 26 days and with the first half in retrograde motion, Venus was able to go back over ground already covered. While this was Venus' only chance to ensure there were no missed opportunities, with the South Node leaving on the 10th May, this was also a chance to sever the ties with the past. However, not before every possible advantage had been extracted. As Venus left on the 29th April Neptune, here until 2026, took the wheel and he will now keep your professional year on track. However, it is just a day after the South Node's departure from your career sector on the 10th May, something that will sever any ties to the past, an undocking so to speak, that a Full Moon will provide a blast of the rocket engines. Falling just as the last thing holding you back professionally is severed, a Full Moon in your work sector on the 11th May will meet no resistance, with the potential for a breakthrough on not just the job front, but the career front as well. Yet whether you're aware of it at the time or not, this Full Moon is a stepping stone for lucky Jupiter's return to your work sector in October. If there is anything the professional gods need to do to shunt things onto the right path or line you up for what lies ahead, they'll use this Full Moon. The only thing is, it won't be until later in the year that you'll be able to look back and join the dots.
Things not so much slow down professionally this month but move to a lane where you're no longer chasing your tail. The Sun left your career sector on the 21st April and that should have been the point where everything was handed over to the caretaker crew, making it more about the journey. But there is obviously unfinished business, for just eight days after Mercury retrograded back into your career sector on the 21st April Venus returned. Both had left your career sector in early April, Mercury returning by retrograding back in and Venus by retrograding back out and then returning at the end of the month, in direct motion. Venus won't leave until early June, so will spend the whole of May here. That is on top of the two months she has already spent here. Venus is in no hurry and Mercury is in retrograde motion until the 4th May. And with Saturn in his first full month in retrograde motion in your work sector, while there is still a lot unfolding there is no urgency. Instead there is a real sense that you're able to go back over ground already covered, with a chance to ensure no stone has been left unturned. Until Mercury leaves on the 16th May you have the means to keep your head in the game. In fact, once Mercury turns direct on the 4th May the next 12 days will become all about making choices, decisions and plans, putting together a game plan for the rest of this professional year. Yet Venus will continue to attract opportunities for the rest of the month, as well as giving you a chance to decide where your heart stands and what you want from the coming year. Both Mercury and Venus bring an opportunity for a do over.
The spotlight will always be on your career and professional situation and matters at this time of year, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of May in your career sector. Since Pluto's return to your work sector in 2008, another norm for this time of year has been that this will be his first full month in retrograde motion here. This is a pattern that the Sun and Pluto have found themselves in since 2008, where the Sun opens new doors on the career front, while Pluto holds the doors open to the past on the job front. Yet while Pluto will remain in retrograde motion until September, the Sun is only in your career sector until the 21st May. Yet during the first three weeks of May their paths do overlap. For the most part Pluto's retrograde phase is a chance to pull back and with a planet here for 16 years, this is an important part of running a marathon. You need these review periods, where you get to pull back, regroup and reflect. This is also a valuable chance to recharge your batteries as well. While this is an active and forward looking month for career matters, this doesn't get down into the trenches in the way work and job matters do. The Sun will continue to sign the spotlight on the road ahead and your professional objectives for the coming year until leaving on the 21st May. It is Mercury's return on the 16th May that will see this smart and intellectually savvy planet return after retrograding back out on the 21st April. Armed with 20/20 hindsight, Mercury will return with a chance to get your head in the game and start making choices, decisions and plans. However, with Venus not returning until early next month, this will remain a work in progress.
Things kick off early this year for career matters and in an exciting way. The Sun's return to your career sector on the 21st May is something that happens at this time every year. This is when the Sun turns the solar spotlight onto your career situation and matters, shining the light on where things stand now but also onto the road ahead. Yet this year things began a month earlier, with Mars' return to your career sector on the 21st May. Mars has been here for nine days by the time the Sun returns, firing up your professional passions, fighting and competitive spirit, but also firing things up in general. However that is not the only developments before the Sun's return. On the 10th May the South Node will return to your work sector, for the first time in 17 years. This will kick off an 18 month period were there will be a pull towards completion, finishing a chapter on the job front, reaching a point you're trying to get to or anything else that needs completion. With Jupiter in your income sector until October and a parade of planets keeping his legacy going for months afterwards, you're moving into some exciting times across the income, work and career fronts. By the time the Moon moves through your work sector from the 17th May to the 19th May you'll have a feel for what this has brought into play. A visit to your career sector from the 25th May to the 27th May will trigger a New Moon here on the 26th May. By then all will be revealed across the income, work and career fronts.
Venus' departure from your work sector on the 29th April is something you'll still be adjusting to in the early part of the month. Though this is partly because things are still developing. Venus had left your work sector in early February, which usually means you won't see her again for another year. However, for just the second time in your lifetime Venus did a U turn and came back for a double dip visit, two months after leaving. That double dip visit ended less than 48 hours before you moved into the new month. While Venus' return was a chance to retrace your steps, an opportunity for do over and to ensure no stones had been left unturned, there was another reason. On the 10th May the South Node will leave your work sector, where it has been located for the last 18 months. As well as being responsible for a series of eclipses here over the last two years, the South Node has also kept you connected to the past. At the same time this has been a time of completion, where you have been held back in order to finish things up. The South Node's departure on the 10th May will sever those links to the past and this is when work matters will start expanding forwards. It's just a day later that a Full Moon in your income sector will work to capitalise on that. With Neptune here until 2026 and Chiron until the 2019, there is a caretaker crew that will keep the wheels turning on the job front. However, with Mars returning to your career sector early next month, this is also a chance for a quieter month, where things are able to play out, especially on the job front.
When the Sun left your work sector on the 20th April this should have brought any push on the work and job fronts to a close or to a point where the caretaker crew could take over. With the Sun, Mercury and Mars not returning to your career sector until July, May and June should be the quieter months of your professional year. Yet that illusion was shattered just a day after the Sun left, with Mercury having retrograded back into your work sector on the 21st April. As if one planet returning for a double dip visit wasn't enough, Venus returned for a double dip visit on the 29th April. Mercury was back within three weeks of leaving and Venus within 26 days. It was almost as though they waited for the Sun to leave, before returning. Mercury will remain in retrograde motion until the 4th May, but won't leave until the 16th May. Venus, who retrograded back out early last month, returned in direct motion and won't leave until early next month. Venus will spend the whole of May in your work sector, on top of the two months she has already spent here. This is not the norm, to have two overlapping double dip visits and not when it is Mercury and Venus, the planets that can trigger developments. When this happens, the question to ask is why? What was so important that the professional gods had to call back planets that had already left? The answer could be the North Node's return to your career sector on the 10th May, opening the door to major developments on the career and professional fronts over the next 18 months. From the 10th May forces across the income, work and career fronts will be electrified.
First impressions suggest that this is a very typical May, seeing exactly what you expect to see. If you're comparing this May to last May then you have a mirror image, which means the Sun in your work sector, Pluto in retrograde motion in your income sector and the North Node in your career sector, providing a clear sense of professional direction. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of May in your career sector, always has and always will. Since returning to your income sector in 2008 Pluto has turned retrograde each April and until leaving in 2024, will turn retrograde while the Sun is in your work sector. This will ensure that as the Sun returns to open new doors on the job front, Pluto will open the doors to untapped income potential. It was having the North Node here last year that was different and due to leave on the 10th May this particular line up will never be repeated again in our lifetime. The North Node will return in 17 years' time and while the Sun will return to your work sector at this time of year, Pluto will be gone from your income sector by then, not to return in our lifetime. The North Node has been in your career sector since November 2015, with his final days crucial for gaining a clear sense of direction. Pluto will remain in retrograde motion in your income sector until September and it will take a parade of planets moving through your work sector until the end of July to move through. So a partnership of new developments on the job front and untapped income potential will continue for months. What is urgent, is the North Node's final days in your career sector and getting a clear sense of direction. Fortunately the Moon will move through your career sector from the 4th May to the 7th May, ensuring your professional instincts are sharp when you need it most.
Talk about a turnaround. Your professional year has shifted from feeling stalled and under pressure to all of a sudden being back in the game. In your career sector since September and in retrograde motion since February, life hasn't been easy for Jupiter, planet of luck and expansion. A parade of planets moving through your home and family sector has put pressure of Jupiter. Now this is one big and bad ass planet, more than capable of looking after himself and this won't deter Jupiter or the opportunities he's creating. However, you a different story and months of professional pressures and work/life balance issues may have worn you down. This made Mars' return to your work sector on the 21st April a game changer, especially as it came just a day after the Sun left your home and family sector. This put Mars and Jupiter on the same page and in the build up to their alignment on the 12th/13th May, this will see your job and professional confidence rise. Jupiter works through the principle of expansion. You have had the downside of that in that this expanded the professional pressure you were under. Yet as the planets of war and luck come together, this will expand your warrior spirit and an urge to fight back. Mars returns to your work sector every two years and will spend the whole of May here. However, this is the first time in 36 years that Mars returned to find Jupiter in your career sector. This is Jupiter' last full month in retrograde motion and Mars' only full month in your work sector, so they'll be working together to make it count. This could have some lucrative outcomes as well.
Apart from a Full Moon in your career sector on the 11th May, you have another quiet professional month. This has been the case for the whole of 2017 to date, with no planets yet to reach your work or career sectors. What you can't know is that this is the last and I'm not talking this year, but right through until December 2020. From Mars' return to your work sector early next month, a series of cosmic and planetary developments between then and the end of 2020 will see at least something developing on the work and/or career fronts, often both at the same time. As Jupiter's 13 month visit to your career sector, from October 2017 to November 2018, will make up part of that at times the developments will be extreme. So when you see May as your last quiet professional month for some time, you can appreciate how important this is. The Full Moon in your career sector on the 11th May is likely to be a stepping stone to Jupiter's return later in the year, or at least the professional gods will be using it as that. The professional gods know what lies ahead and while what this might trigger or the path this might push you on now might not seem significant, when you eventually look back and join the dots it will make sense. This makes it important to go with anything this Full Moon triggers, keeping your finger on the pulse and ear to the ground throughout the Moon's time here, from the 9th May to the 12th May. The same goes for the Moon's visit to your work sector from the 27th May to the 30th May, the last before Mars returns a week later.
First impressions suggest a quiet but confident professional month and while that is correct, this doesn't tell the whole story. That confidence comes from Venus and Mercury's return to your income sector last month, both for a double dip visit. While this is obviously good news for income matters and suggests the potential for a lucrative month, this has already had an impact professionally. Within days of returning on the 21st April, Mercury headed straight back into an alignment with Saturn in your career sector. This was a repeat of their get together in late March and once Mercury turns direct on the 4th May, between then and his departure on the 16th May, they will link hands for a third time. Now this is when the timing gets a little spooky. That third alignment will run from the 10th May to the 12th May, once more bringing income and career matters together. Why that is significant is not just that the Moon will move through your career sector from the 12th May to the 14th May, but the North Node will return to your work sector on the 10th May, for the first time in 17 years. It has taken the North Node 17 years to get back here, it arrives on the same day that Mercury and Saturn link hands across the income and career fronts, for the third time in as many months. Coincidence? Either way, the 10th May is a trigger point for developments across the income, work and career fronts, developments that will continue to unfold for the rest of this year and well into 2018. What appears to be a quiet professional month at the start, will unfold into something that is anything but.