After spending much of 2021 on the same page Jupiter and Saturn, the two most powerful planets in the solar system have separated and it will be another two decades before they are in the same area of your chart at the same time again. Yet the legacy of the year that they spent together in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery lives on, with Saturn not only staying on until 2023 but backup arriving this month. It starts with Mercury’s return on 2nd January, giving you the intellectually savvy edge and focus needed to turn your bucket list into a game plan. This comes just as Saturn has already taken Jupiter’s bold sense of what’s possible and is turning it into the determination to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes. Meanwhile, Jupiter has moved on and begins the month with Neptune in your career sector. While Jupiter will race through in less than five months, he will return in the final two months of the year to bring things home. For now, still in his early days and not leaving until May, Jupiter has joined forces with Neptune to get this professional year off to a powerful start. This is the first and only time in our lifetime that you will move into your professional year with the planets of luck and dreams together in your career sector. Meanwhile, another once in a lifetime event is starting the year with both the Moon and Mars in your relationship sector at the same time. With the South Node leaving your relationship sector on 19th January and Mars on 25th January, this is a chance to begin the year emotionally engaged and connected from the start. At the same time, the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of every year in your financial sector, with the solar spotlight on your financial situation and money matters until leaving on 20th January. By the time Mars returns on 25th January a lot of water will have passed under the bridge.
Starting the year with the Moon and Mars in your relationship sector is putting a focus on your relationships from the start and with perfect timing. While the Moon will leave on 2nd January and Mars on 25th January, this is pushing a focus on your relationships to the front of the queue, getting your attention but also ensuring that you are emotionally engaged and connected from the start. What makes the timing auspicious is that it is on 19th January that the lunar nodes will end a 20 month policing of a balance between your personal and relationship needs. Since the North Node’s return to Gemini and the South Node’s to your relationship sector in May 2020, they have been counterbalancing each other, with things becoming out of balance if either your own or your relationship needs start to outweigh the other. This is something that the Moon puts to the test when it returns to both each month and it will be doing that as you move into the New Year. Yet it also means that you begin the year knowing what you want from your relationships and what they need from you and until he leaves on 25th January, with Mars on hand to help you fight to make it happen. The Moon will make its first visit to your communication sector for the year from 18th January to 22nd January, ensuring the communication lines are open as the lunar nodes leave on 19th January. It is just a few days later that the Moon will make its first visit to your romantic sector for the year, with romantically charged lunar vibes helping to make Mars’ final days in your relationship sector even more special. Having begun the year in your relationship sector the Moon will come full circle from 27th January to 29th January to find the Moon, Mars and the lunar nodes gone and no more clashes between your personal and relationship needs.
Because the Sun will always spend the last 10 days and the first three weeks of every year in your financial sector, the solar spotlight is always on your financial situation and money matters at this time of year. However, while that will still be the case this year, both before and after the Sun leaves it will be clear there are some additional influences in play that are giving you a lot more options. One of those options is starting the year with Mercury in your financial sector, allowing you to begin the year with the smart head for money needed to keep your head in the game and to think on your feet from the start. While Mercury will leave on 2nd January, the same day that the Moon returns to begin the lead up to the first New Moon of 2022, a retrograde turn will see him return for a double dip visit on 26th January. This is after the Sun’s departure on 20th January and a point in the year when you are usually starting to tie up loose ends. Instead, Mercury will return to not only find Venus still here but that Mars’ return on 25th January has just started to fire up your financial passions and fighting spirit. With Venus in retrograde motion until 29th January, for a few days heart and mind are on the same page and both focused on the past. Mars’ arrival and the fact that Venus and Mercury are both begin held back by retrograde phases, will not only keep the financial momentum going into February but into the early days of March as well. This is a lot more significant than just having the Sun in your financial sector for the first three weeks of the year, with a real chance to take your financial power back. Meanwhile, while there is no planetary activity on the other side of the financial fence, the Moon’s return to your income sector from 16th January to 18th January will make up for that. Not only does this set the scene for the first Full Moon of 2022 but just weeks after Jupiter’s return to your career sector and a day before the North Node’s game changing return to your work sector on 19th January.