This is one time when January really is a window into what you can expect from the coming year, with a lot going on. The two largest bodies in the solar system are the Sun and Jupiter and they are both going to get your attention from the start but for different reasons. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of January in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, something that can help to ensure you have the right balance between work and play before he returns to your busy work sector on 20th January. This will be especially important this year, for this professional year will start gaining momentum before then. It starts with Venus’ return to your work sector on 3rd January, joining up with Saturn just five days before he is due to move into the final two months of a three year visit. Venus is also here during the dwarf planet Ceres’ first full month in your income sector in four years and when Mars turns direct in your career sector on 13th January. Venus will be here to help exploit the doors still open to the past, second chances and untapped professional potential but also to ride the wave as his direct turn gives this professional year the green light. Fortunately, while they will be joined by the Sun on 20th January and by the Moon two days later as a New Moon, a retrograde turn will keep Mercury in a playful and creative part of your chart all month. Meanwhile, in his first full month back in your financial sector Jupiter is ready for a fresh start as he resumes his mission to bring financial growth and expansion. Jupiter had already been here for five months before he retrograded back out at the end of October, but throughout that time he was either slowing down in order to turn retrograde or direct again. This time Jupiter will have his foot on the gas until leaving in May, has a map to all the buried treasure and the planet of luck and expansion knows where he has planted all the seeds.
Because the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of January in your romantic sector, the solar spotlight is always on matters of the heart and all things romantic as you move into the New Year. The Sun is here until 20th January, Mercury until next month and Pluto until March, so when it comes to matters of the heart themselves there isn’t any urgency. However, the urgency comes from Venus, with the planet of love not only leaving on 3rd January but then not returning again until 2024. Venus was the first of the faster planets to return to your romantic sector last year and while she can’t stick around, what she started will continue to unfold. However, the most urgent thing as you move into the New Year is to listen to and follow your heart, for this is what Venus is giving you direct access to. Before she leaves Venus will also be working to get the year off to a romantically charged start. Meanwhile, until he turns direct on 19th January Mercury will be holding the doors open to the past and second chances and especially when it comes to giving your heart, the past and unsaid words a voice. Meanwhile, as romantic matters continue to unfold, the focus on your relationships is undergoing a transition. It was just before Christmas that Jupiter finally left your relationship sector after two false starts, this time not returning again until 2033. Jupiter has left behind Neptune, the planet of dreams and the asteroid Juno, the queen of commitment and especially commitment to your relationships. With Juno leaving on 13th January, her final days are a chance to commit to the dream and to the sense of what’s possible that Jupiter left you with. This will leave Neptune on his own but not for long, with the Moon moving through from 24th January to 26th January, ensuring you are emotionally engaged when Venus, the planet of love returns a day later on 27th January.
Things are not usually active on either side of the financial fence in January and while there is a lot more weight on money than on income matters than is usually the case, what is helping to balance the scales is what is happening professionally. From the very start, this allows you to move into this financial year with confidence and with all signs pointing to a big year on both fronts. It was just before Christmas that Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion returned to your financial sector after retrograding back out less than eight weeks earlier. However, the planet that returned was not the same planet that left at the end of October. Not only is Jupiter back in direct motion but with the five months he had already spent here under his belt, he is ready to get on with what he came here to do, which is to promote financial growth and expansion. While still moving fairly slowly after his direct turn, Jupiter will have his foot on the gas until leaving in May, picking up speed as he goes and next month with support from Venus, the planet of money as well. It is the dwarf planet Eris’ direct turn on 12th January that will remove the final brake holding things back while the asteroid Juno, the queen of commitment’s return on 13th January will give you a whole new sense of resolve. Meanwhile, while the dwarf planet Ceres is a mere minnow compared to Jupiter, the largest and most powerful planet in the solar system, what she lacks in size and influence she more than makes up for by who she is hanging out with. Ceres returned to your income sector just before Christmas as well, beginning her first deep dive into your income needs and priorities in four years. What gives this a lot more influence is that she has joined forces with Mars, who will turn direct in your career sector on 13th January and Saturn, now in his final months in your work sector. Ceres’ sense of where the money is and of your income needs and priorities will be something that Venus, the planet of money will draw on when she returns to your work sector on 3rd January.