Regardless of when your new professional year starts or even if you have worked through the holiday period, you will always begin the year with your professional hat on, always have and always will. That's because with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of January in your career sector each year, this is when the solar spotlight will be trained. This year this is unlikely to be demanding, mainly because the main thrust that will drive this new professional year was generated last year. It began with Mars' return in late September and by the time Venus left last month, you already had a clear sense of direction and purpose. At the same time there is also likely to be a sense that something is holding you back. That something is Mercury, who in retrograde motion until retrograding back out on the 5th January will have the brakes on. While Mercury will only be gone for eight days, once he returns on the 13th January it will be with a new sense of determination and for you, this is the point when this new professional year begins in earnest. Until then it is more about spending time back at the drawing board, as you consider your options. A Mercury retrograde phase is always a time for measuring twice and cutting once. Mercury will return with an intellectually savvy edge and 20/20 hindsight, allowing you to start over from scratch, making your final approach. While the Sun will leave your career sector on the 20th January, Mercury will stay on until the 7th February to tie up loose ends. After that point, on both the work and career fronts it will be more about the journey itself and keeping the wheels turning.
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