This is a year for major endings and beginnings, with a 12-year Jupiter cycle of expansion ending on 26th May and another beginning when the planet of luck and expansion returns to Gemini. Jupiter returned to a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart in May 2023, bringing you to the final year of this current 12-year Jupiter cycle of expansion and, with it, a chance to close old doors and to focus on completion. This became an even deeper review when Jupiter turned retrograde in August 2023 and as he only turned direct on New Year’s Eve, as you move into the New Year, you are just starting to look to the future. However, events in January hold clues to what kind of future that is destined to be, when Pluto returns to your sector of adventure, travel, learning, and discovery on 21st January.
Along with the Sun, who will return on the same day, this will put the focus on the adventurous side of life’s fence. While the Sun is only here for a month, apart from the 11 weeks when he will retrograde back into your financial sector from 2nd September to 20th November, Pluto is here now until 2044. Helping to get this off the ground will be Mars, who will return for the first time in two years to fuel a passion for adventure and a hunger for life’s richer experiences from 13th February to 23rd March and Venus, who will return to fuel a desire for adventure from 17th February to 12th March. When they leave Pluto will be on his own but as the planet of change and revolution, this has planted seeds that will continue to take root and sprout.
Why this is significant is that when Jupiter returns to Gemini on 26th May, he will move straight into a friendly aspect to Pluto and until leaving in June 2025, apart from the 11 weeks when he retrogrades back out, they will be working in harmony. This will also put both in harmony with the South Node, which will spend the whole of 2024 in a playful and creative part of your chart. As you move into both a new 12-year Jupiter cycle of expansion on 26th May and into your birthday month and new solar year on 21st May, the strongest support will be coming from the playful, creative, and adventurous side of life’s fence. Yet balancing this out will be Saturn and Neptune, who are keeping a steady hand on the wheel of this professional year and especially on the career front. This will have a positive impact during the most lucrative months of the year, which will run from 17th June to 22nd July and then from 5th September to 4th November. The second will overlap the most active months of the year on the job front, which will run from 23rd September to 22nd November.
While the planetary activity on the income side of the financial fence this year is more significant than in most years, thanks to Mars making its first visit in two years, what could see this have a bigger impact than in the past is that competition from the other side of the financial fence is finally about to make room for it to grow. Since Pluto returned to your financial sector in 2008, the side of the financial fence where it is more about what you do with and how you manage the money you have, there has been nearly continuous planetary activity. Pluto did leave last year but for less than three months, and he was back before the first planet returned to your income sector. For the last 16 years, no planet has been able to move through your income sector without clashing with Pluto and having to compete with money matters.
However, that is about to change, with Pluto leaving on 21st January. Pluto will retrograde back in for 11 weeks from 2nd September to 20th November, and with Mars in your income sector from 2nd September to 4th November, this will see the planets of war and revolution go head to head, it is the last clash and is something that will power up both sides of the financial fence. What the Sun, Mercury, and Venus will find when they move through your income sector in the middle months of the year is no planetary activity on the other side of the financial fence and no resistance. This will make the period from 17th June to 22nd July some of the most lucrative weeks of the year to that point.
Until then, with the Sun and Pluto both leaving your financial sector on 21st January but Mercury not leaving until 5th February, Mars until 13th February, and Venus until 17th February, there is a chance to work with the planet of change and transformation until he leaves and then spend the next few weeks putting your financial situation and money matters on the right track. While there will then be no planetary activity on this side of the financial fence until Pluto returns in September, and then Venus comes full circle on 12th November, a Full Moon on 22nd June, and then another on 21st June will be a valuable chance to check in. Meanwhile, it is when Mars is in your income sector from 5th September to 4th November and Pluto in your financial sector from 2nd September to 20th November that the planets of war and revolution will energize both sides of the financial fence.
While the Sun will always leave your relationship sector just before Christmas each year, sometimes Venus and Mercury’s annual visits can spill into the early days or weeks of January, but not to the degree that they are this time. A combination of Mars making his first visit in two years, the dwarf planet Ceres her first visit in four years, Venus late to return because of a retrograde turn and Mercury having retrograded back in after leaving in December, means that you begin the year with the planets of love, communication, nurturing, and passion all in your relationship sector. Mars will leave on 5th January, but as Venus only returned on 30th December, she will continue to work her magic until leaving on 23rd January.
Until he leaves on 14th January, Mercury will be working to get the communication lines open while it is not until 8th February that Ceres will end her first deep dive into your relationship needs and priorities in four years. It is rare to have so much planetary activity on the relationship front in the early part of the year, but this not only gets the year off to a good start, but Venus will return on 18th October to do it all over again. Mercury, who will return on 3rd November will once again turn retrograde but this time, instead of retrograding back out the planet of communication will spend his whole time here until leaving on 8th January 2025. Mars and Ceres won’t be back this year but along with the Sun, who will return as usual from 22nd November to 21st December, the early and latter months of the year will be the best on the relationship front.
Meanwhile, apart from a Full Moon in your romantic sector on 25th May, matters of the heart will get their turn when the asteroid Juno, the queen of commitment, returns to her first visit in your romantic sector in four years. This is a visit that will run from 10th August to 3rd November, and it is during that time that the Sun, Mercury, and Venus will all move through. The most romantically charged weeks of the year will be when Venus moves through your romantic sector from 30th August to 23rd September. Meanwhile, with both the Full Moon in your romantic sector on the 25th of May and the New Moon on the 3rd of October eclipses, there is an element of fate in play.
On the one hand, it is business as usual, and on both the job and career fronts a continuation of last year. However, on the other hand, this means that things aren’t going to change or shift out from under you, while at the same time, this gives you a chance to build on from what was achieved or began last year. While there is no planetary activity in your work sector as you move into the New Year, as Venus only left on 30th December 2023, you are still tying up loose ends, and after months of planetary activity that included Mars’ first visit in two years, there is more than enough momentum and traction to keep things going for months. Apart from a Full Moon on 24th April, there will be no more planetary activity in your work sector until the Sun and Venus return on 23rd September, but you begin the year with your tanks full.
In the meantime, with Saturn in your career sector since March 2023, you have a feel for his influence, and with he and Neptune still in their early months in direct motion and having stood back in order to let work and job matters go first, they are a solid and stable team. While Saturn and Neptune won’t leave until early 2025, they will both leave for a few months next year before returning to tie up loose ends, making this their only year where they will be here all year, working as a team to give you the resolve to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes in order to turn professional dreams into reality. However, Saturn and Neptune are playing a long game, and it is when the faster planets move through that there will be movement on the career front.
With Mars making his first visit in two years and his only visit while Saturn is here, when they meet up from 23rd March to 1st May, it will be the first time in three decades that Mars’ drive to make things happen will join forces with the power to move mountains if you have to that Saturn can give you. The Sun is in your career sector from 19th February to 20th March, Mercury from 23rd February to 10th March, and Venus from 12th March to 5th April, but it is when Mars and Saturn come together that a real career breakthrough is possible. After the faster-moving planets have moved through, Saturn and Neptune will keep a steady hand on the wheel and will be supported by the parade of planets that will move through your work sector from 23rd September to 22nd November. These will be the most active months of the year on the job front.
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