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Monthly Career Horoscopes - April 2020
Regardless of how you are being impacted by the global economic uncertainty, the stars are doing everything they can to cushion you and also prepare for growth on the other side. It was always a given that things would not only slow down and even out in the middle months of the year then roar back into life in the final months. That is simply because starting the year with six planets in your career sector and one of those planets lucky Jupiter, in his first full month here, there was always going to be a push to get things up to speed. What you have as you move into April is that much quoted 'flatten the curb' statement applying here as well. You began March with Saturn, Mars, Pluto and Jupiter in your career sector, all bringing something different into play and wanting a different response from you. What you had in the final 10 days of March was the removal of the two most extreme variables. Saturn, in your career sector since 2017 wanted you to drive with the brakes on while Mars, making his first visit since 2018, wanted you to drive with your foot to the floor. Mars left in the final hours of March and Saturn nine days earlier, taking those two extremes out of the picture. This has left Jupiter and Pluto, the planets of luck and change behind and they will spend the first six days of the month aligned, making sure they are on the same page and calling for the same approach. With Pluto turning retrograde on 26th April and Jupiter next month, that approach is a slow, steady but confident one. Jupiter is here until December and with Saturn returning in July you have the rest of the year to exploit the potential. You will find this month more steady, less challenging, slower and less volatile but also a continuation of previous months. What this month lacks is the wild swings of previous months and that is exactly what you need right now.
While Saturn and Mars may seem to have the worst possible timing, returning with the most powerful professional influences in decades, in the middle of a time of global uncertainty. Whether you are immediately impacted or not, times are uncertain and this might have an impact on how you experience Saturn and Mars' return but ultimately this will work to your advantage. In December Saturn and Jupiter will both return to your career sector within days of each other and this will be the official launch of the biggest period of professional expansion in decades, stretching through to 2023. Saturn's return now is more a chance to test the waters, get a feel for any barriers, challenges or anything that you might need to work on in the meantime. Mars, who returned in the final hours of March wants to make things happen now and if there is a smooth path to career and professional success and achievement this month, he will find and exploit it. However, if there are barriers Saturn will keep Mars' impatience in check and use it as valuable information as he prepares for the future. Mars will leave your career sector in mid May, exploiting as much professional potential before then as possible. Saturn will turn retrograde next month and will begin retracing his steps, leaving in early July where he will pass on everything he has learnt during this time to Jupiter. This is when the two most powerful planets in the solar system can use that information to prepare for their return in December, while you will get to benefit from the structures you are able to create between now and then. If you do have to pull back this month you have Saturn there to help you do it but if you do have a clear path to success, Mars will help you exploit it. Another advantage is Venus' return to your income sector on 4th April, kicking off four of the most potentially lucrative months of 2020.
This is a month of three parts professionally and all of them are cause for confidence. The first part ends on 11th April with Mercury's departure, bringing to an end the more detailed focus that the faster moving planets put on career matters each year, as they work to put your professional year on the right path. It began with Venus' return in January, with a chance to get in first to focus on the 'what' as she worked to give your heart a voice. It was in early February and just before Venus left that Mercury returned for what should have been a 14 to 15 day chance to get your head in the game. This is when the focus shifted to the 'when, where and how'. However, here we are two months later and even the Sun has been and gone but Mercury is still here. Held back by a retrograde phase that saw him retrograde back out of your career sector last month, only to return 12 days later, Mercury is still helping you to focus on the 'when, where and how', as you finalise your professional game plan and resolutions for the coming year. That part ends on 11th April and this is when Neptune, the planet of dreams goes back to being the only planet here and once again it becomes more about the journey. However, unlike other years Neptune won't spend the rest of the year on his own. The second part of this three part month runs from Mercury's departure on 11th April to the dwarf planet Ceres' return on 24th. During these 13 days, there is a chance to step back, focus on the big picture and let things play out. Ceres' return is the chance you get once every four years for a deeper dive into your professional needs and priorities, with a chance to redefine your definition of professional success. This is preparation for Mars' return next month and a second wave of opportunities and activity on the career front, from mid May to the end of June.
This is the point in any year when the focus is on your career and professional situation, matters and options, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of any year in your career sector. This year there is something stripped back about this that is clarifying, transparent and for some a chance to see your professional options in a whole new light. The reason for this is that there is nothing happening on the job front at the time and this allows you to focus exclusively on career matters and that means a chance to focus on the bigger picture. From 2014 to 2017 you had Saturn in your work sector, so while planetary activity on the career front was a boost on both fronts, you were never able to focus just on career matters. Then you had Jupiter in your work sector from November 2018 to December 2019, so this continued to divide your attention. Early next month the South Node will return to your work sector where it will not only spend the next 18 months but in that time create a series of eclipses. This is good news for job matters and professionally in general but it means that this time next year, you will again be looking at both job and career matters. Mars only left your work sector in February so you have plenty of momentum and untapped job potential to explore and exploit, but until the Sun leaves your career sector on 20th April there is a chance to focus more on career matters as a whole. In saying that, the Moon's return to your work sector from 11th April to 13th April will put it at a friendly aspect to the Sun, creating what should be some good days for job and career matters. With Mercury returning to your career sector on 11th April with a chance to get your head in the game and around your options, the timing couldn't be better.
There is a lot of talk at the moment about 'flattening the curve' and while it might appear the professional gods are heeding that message, this was their intention all along. What you have, especially on the job front is the removal of the extremes, leaving behind something that is less volatile, more predictable and smooth running. You began March with Jupiter, Pluto, Mars and Saturn in your work sector but it was the latter two that created the wild extremes. Saturn likes to drive in the slow lane, at the slowest pace possible and preferably with the brakes on. Mars, on the other hand, likes to drive in the fast lane, with his foot to the floor and while he only returns to your work sector every other year, they can be the busiest weeks in a two year period. When you had Mars wanting you to go hard and Saturn wanting you to pull back and times when one got the upper hand, we have volatility. You also have uncertainty. Do you go with Saturn, who wants you to play it safe or do you go with Mars, who wanted you to be more reckless? This is something you no longer have to choose between, with Mars having left in the final hours of March and Saturn nine days earlier. This not only leaves Jupiter and Pluto, the planets of luck and change behind, but they will spend the first six days of the month aligned, making sure they are on the same page. With Pluto turning retrograde on 26th April and Jupiter next month, they are both slowing down, resulting in a slow, steady, confident and far less volatile month. Even on the career front there is a return to normality, with Venus leaving your career sector on 4th April but the Sun returning on 20th April ahead of Mercury on 28th April, turning the solar spotlight onto your career and professional situation, matters and options as he does at this time every year.
Whether you are one of the millions around the world who now has to work from home, whether your job has changed or if everything is exactly the same as it has been, there is change in the air. You begin the month with Mars and Saturn in your work sector and this is the first time those words have appeared in the same sentence for you, since 1994. Mars and Saturn are two very different energies and because they will begin the month aligned there is a chance to put their different energies on the same page, at least for a brief period of time. This is a chance for these two very different planets to take a 'divide and conquer' that provides options. Saturn is already slowing down ahead of the retrograde turn that will take him back out of your work sector again in July. Saturn will always take a slow and pedantic approach and even more so this time. However, Saturn is not here to progress things and instead to observe, take note of what challenges or barriers you face and all the other information that will prove vital when he returns with Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion in December. Until he leaves in mid May, Mars is waiting for nothing. Mars is here to make things happen now and as he won't return until 2022, after Jupiter has been and gone, he is here to seize opportunities now. This is where you have options. If there are opportunities to be seized and progress to be made you have Mars to work with and this can be fully exploited. If you are being forced to pull back or wait, then you have Saturn to work with. Flying right down the middle of the two is Venus, whose return to your career sector on 4th April was always going to see her fuel your professional confidence, attract opportunities and steer things in a lucrative direction. However, here for four months instead of the 24 days she will normally spend here, even she is giving you options to play a short or a long game.
At a time when there is a lot of uncertainty in the world, the professional gods are working to keep it simple on both the job and career fronts this month. It is events next month that are also helping to diminish any urgency this month and especially any pressure to make final choices, decisions and plans. The Sun left your work sector last month, as he does at this time every year. However, until Mercury leaves on 11th April, there is a chance to keep your head in the game as you tie up loose ends. Mercury returned for what should have been a 14 to 15 day visit in early February, giving you a lot more time this year. Even then, this should suggest that until Mercury finally leaves on 11th April there should be a sense of urgency developing, as you finalise your game plan and resolutions for the coming year. However, even though Mercury's departure will leave dreamy Neptune on his own and this is when the focus shifts to the big picture and the journey, there will be little urgency. Instead, there is a call to keep your mind and your options open. That is because while this is the point in most years when Neptune is on his own and it will stay that way for the rest of the year. That is not the case this year and not just because the dwarf planet Ceres will return on 24th April. This in itself doesn't take away the urgency, though with Ceres' focus on updating your needs and priorities, especially in terms of job satisfaction and a sense of purpose, this could call for a change of mind over the coming months. The real reason for a lack of urgency is that Mars will return next month, opening up a whole new chapter of job potential and opportunities from mid May to the end of June. What Mercury leaves you with is everything you need for the next steps, without a need to make final decisions, mainly because you have yet to explore this year's full potential.
There is something very comforting about the normality of having the Sun always spend the first three weeks of April in your work sector but also of knowing that Mars will spend the second half of the year here. This takes away the pressure of having to reinvent the wheel or to seize opportunities now, especially if either you or the world itself aren't ready for it right now. At the same time, because the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of April in your work sector, always has and always will, this is not something that you have to overthink. Held back by a retrograde phase, Mercury will finally return to your work sector on 11th April, where he will take over from where the Sun leaves off when he leaves on 20th April. Until leaving on 28th April Mercury will give you the intellectually savvy edge and articulation needed to work smarter, get your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open. While the solar spotlight is still on your work situation, job matters and options, whether it is business as usual on the job front or not, this provides transparency and objectivity, allowing you to see all your options and what they mean. No matter what your reality on the job front this month, this puts the power in your hands. At the same time, it is events yet to make an impact that will change the whole dynamics for Mercury and his time here. Because Venus has already been and gone you have had a chance to focus on the 'what', while the Sun will keep the focus on 'what is' until he leaves. Mercury's focus is on the 'when, where and how' and as the last of the faster moving planets to move through, his return on 11th April should usher in a need to start making choices, decisions and plans. While that is still true in the short term there is no call to finalise anything for with Mars returning in June and then not leaving until January 2021, the biggest opportunities are in the second half of the year.
It is a given that the Sun will always return to your work sector in April and the month will always end with the solar spotlight on your work situation, job matters and options. While that is still the case, unlike most years before Uranus' return in March 2019, things never quite go off the boil. Uranus is an outer planet and here until 2026, his focus is on keeping things real, on track and moving in the right direction. However, here for the next six years, he will largely operate in the background. Uranus is responsibile for unexpected, serendipitous or eureka moments. It was Venus' return last month that kicked off the more active months of this professional year on the job front but at the same time has spread things out. The only planets that will visit your work sector this year, apart from Uranus who is here all year are the Sun, Mercury and Venus. More often than not they will be here at the same time, sometimes creating a short, sharp active period of less than five weeks. Even though Venus will ultimately spend 30 days in your work sector, six days more than she normally would, her departure on 4th April means she will have been and gone by the time the Sun even returns on 20th April. It is in the final 10 days of the month that a lot of things will start coming together on the job front. It begins with the Sun's return but will become more active when the Moon not only returns to your work sector from 23rd April to 25th April, with a New Moon in its early hours creating an opportunity for new beginnings. A New Moon can create a lot of forward momentum, as well as giving work and job matters the green light. It is on 28th April that Mercury will return with the intellectually savvy edge needed to work smarter, get your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open.
To begin with, it is business as usual on the professional front this month though the asteroid Juno, in retrograde motion in your career sector will benefit from having Saturn and Mars in your income sector. This was always going to have an impact professionally, for you can't have a wave of new energy on the income front without something channel this into. Even if it was just Juno and the Moon's monthly visits to your two professional houses, you would find a way to exploit this. Fortunately, things take an exciting turn on the professional front as well, creating a surge in energy across the income, work and career fronts. This might be a case of bad timing in terms of the economic climate, but what is being birthed this month will take four months to fully play out. The game changer is Venus' return to your work sector on 4th April, for what should be a 24 day visit aimed at fuelling your job confidence, attracting opportunities and steering things in a lucrative direction. Even if that was the case, with Mars and Saturn in your income sector, that job is being made a lot easier. The game changer is how early in the year Venus has returned and that has implications beyond giving you an early start. Venus returns so early that she will be forced to wait for the Sun, with a retrograde turn next month keeping her here until August. As if to raise the bar on the career front to match, Juno gets a boost from a Full Moon in your career sector on 8th April. By the time the Moon returns to your career sector on 7th April and your professional instincts kick in, it will be clear that the game has changed across the income, work and career fronts. With Venus in your work sector until August, Juno in your career sector until September and both being joined by the Sun and Mercury over the coming months, your professional year is coming alive in an unexpected way.
This might be a fairly low key month on the job front this month and across the professional front, this is a timely chance to let things run their natural course. Why that is so important is that with the North Node leaving your work sector early next month, this last full month is all about drawing what you can from not only the natural sense of direction this is creating but the natural momentum. While the North Node will leave early next month, there will be one more eclipse here that is tied into this. It is when the Sun returns in June that this will trigger everything you are still lining up for and moving towards. This makes it an advantage that the Moon will be making two visits to your work sector this month, with the second the most important. The month will begin with the Moon already here, giving you an intuitive read on work and job matters in the early days of the month. This will also put the Moon at a friendly aspect to the Sun in your income sector, getting the month off to a good start when it comes to income and job matters. It is the Moon's second visit, from 28th April to 30th April that will be especially significant, for as the last visit before the North Node leaves just days later, this will be the last chance to lock into its sense of direction. Meanwhile, with no planetary activity on the career front, the Moon's return to your career sector from 9th April to 11th April is always a valuable chance to check in. As well as fuelling your professional instincts and imagination, this will put the Moon at a friendly aspect to the North Node in your work sector but also to both the Sun and Mercury, just as he is returning to your income sector on 11th April. The whole period from 9th April to 11th April will be especially good across the income, work and career fronts, with the Moon energising forces across all three fronts.
For the second month in a row, there are no planets in either of your two professional houses, bringing you back to what is the norm for this time of year. Until the Sun returns to your work sector in July, this professional year is operating on the considerable professional momentum already banked. The reality is that this is normal for this time of year, with recent years the exception to the rule. Yet it is some busy years that have left you in a position where things are now able to run their course and where you can focus more on the money. With the Sun in your income sector until 20th April, Mercury from 11th April to 28th April and the dwarf planet Eris keeping the momentum going after that, this is a chance to exploit the income potential from what has already been invested professionally. This also means that when the Moon returns to your two professional houses with a chance to check in, it will form a friendly aspect to the planets in your income sector, giving both a boost. The Moon will make two visits to your work sector this month, moving through from 3rd April to 5th April, before coming full circle on 30th April, where it will see out the month. During both visits, the Moon will give you an intuitive read on work and job matters, while creating positive conditions or acting as a trigger on the income and job fronts. The Moon will do the same for career matters when it makes its monthly visit to your career sector from 11th April to 13th April. This will fuel your professional instincts and imagination just as Mercury returns to your income sector on 11th April, creating positive conditions and acting as a trigger on both fronts. This is also the Moon's last visit to your career sector before the South Node returns early next month and where it will trigger a series of eclipses over the next 18 months, as well as access to untapped professional potential.