ARIES General While you will always move into the year wearing your professional hats, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of January in your career sector each year, you shouldn’t find this too onerous this year. There is a lot of built up momentum that will ensure you have more than enough traction to get your professional year off the ground, but without the demands this has on other areas of your chart, namely your relationships. While January and February will be the best months of 2017 for friendship and relationship building, it is relationship building that will carry through and will only become stronger as the year progresses. Both personal and professional relationship building will remain the driving force throughout the year, but it is the first two and the final three months of the year that will be the most important. Another reason that you won’t be keen to see life become all work and no play, is the fact that there seems to be something special developing with matters of the heart and all things fun, playful, romantic and creative. While this is subtle, the fact that you have a lunar eclipse on the 11th February and a total solar eclipse on the 21st August, both in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, suggests something is going on. Eclipses are like the tips of icebergs and while they can present as unexpected and fateful developments, if you’re paying attention then there is always something in play, behind the scenes. With Saturn spending his third and final year in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery, when taken as a whole 2017 is a year where there is enough professional momentum to keep the wheels turning, but this is a year for embracing your life head on. While money matters will become more important in the final months of the year, the main driving force in play this year suggests less work, more play, more travel and more time for matters of the heart and your relationships. Love Regardless of what this year has on offer Venus, planet of love is dishing out some of her own special magic this year and she has an eye on you. Normally spending just 24 to 26 days in Aries each year, the planet of love will return to update your romantic and relationship desires and expectations, but also to stand by your side to help attract everything you desire. Normally moving through during your birthday month or slightly ahead or behind, the fact that Venus will return on the 3rd February is the first sign that something is up. Instead of moving through Venus will slow down and on the 4th March, just over a month after arriving she will turn retrograde. This will open the door to a magical month, a month where the planet of love will retrace her steps, all the while keeping the doors open to the past and second chances. By the time Venus retrogrades back out on the 3rd April she will have been in Aries for exactly two months, half in direct and half in retrograde motion. Yet retrograding out the way she came means that she will return to start over, with a double dip visit from the 28th April to the 6th June. One reason I can see for Venus’ exceptionally long visit, is that with Jupiter in your relationship sector until the 10th October, this is putting a lot of focus on your relationships, bringing a chance to advocate for your own needs. However, with a lunar eclipse in your romantic sector on the 11th February Venus’ mandate is a romantically charged one. Even before returning to your sign and the time she will take off between visits, will be spent fuelling a sense of romantic nostalgia. This is over and above a romantic chapter from early July to late September, one that includes a fateful total solar eclipse on the 21st August. While there will be a lot of focus on your relationships all year, this will become a lot more important when the Sun returns to your relationship sector on the 22nd September. Between then and the 9th December, a parade of planets will move through in order to bring this powerful relationship year home. In retrograde motion in your relationship sector from the 6th February to the 9th June, Jupiter will take your relationships into a review period that almost exactly mirrors Venus’ time in your sign. Business While there may be a bit of reluctance at the start of the year to jump into your new professional year, it’s just as well that the professional gods aren’t asking you to. While the solar spotlight will always be on your career and professional situation, matters and options during the first few weeks of the year, with Mercury in retrograde motion you will also move into the year with the handbrake on. With one eye on the road ahead, but another on the rear view mirror, the door to 2016 will remain open during the early days of the year. Mercury will retrograde back out of your career sector on the 5th January, so we are only talking the very early days of the year, giving you a chance to hold back before jumping in. By the time Mercury returns on the 13th January, that short break will prove invaluable, for you’ll be ready then to get your head in the game and with 20/20 hindsight to draw on, make the choices, decisions and plans that will give 2017 a roadmap. With the Sun leaving your career sector on the 20th January and Mercury on the 7th February, much of the decisions or a sense of direction for the coming year will be gained in the first six weeks. With the Sun always spending the final days and the first three weeks of every year in your career sector, this is what a normal annual update looks like. The fact that Venus and Mars both moved through in the later months of 2016, means you’ll start the year with your professional passions, desires and expectations already banked. It is when the Sun returns on the 21st December that it will be a very different story, with Saturn returning on the 20th December to kick off what could be the most defining three years of your professional lifetime. That will mainly impact 2018, 2019 and 2020, but throughout the year there will be a sense that you’re moving towards something big, with a chance to explore and get curious about your options. With Pluto in your career sector from 2008 to 2016 the professional wheels will continue to turn throughout the year, but the first six weeks and the final 11 days will be the most active. On the work front things are not nearly as busy as they have been over the last few years, mainly because things should now be running smoothly. For the first half of the year it is more about keeping the wheels in motion, building on what has already been achieved. There will be a chance to breathe new life into work and job matters from the 25th July through to the 22nd October. July and August will be more about exploring your options and surveying the landscape, with most things coming together or new opportunities opening up in September and October. Money It is not just first impressions that suggest a fairly ordinary year for both income and money matters, with the year keeping up that pretence right through until October. Apart from a Full Moon in your financial sector on the 10th May, all the focus this year is on income matters. The reality is that this is par for the course and it is more what transpires in October that is out of the ordinary. What is set to transpire is lucky Jupiter’s return to your financial sector on the 10th October, kicking off your biggest year for money matters and your most expansive year for financial growth in over a decade. Because Jupiter is the first planet to return this year there will be no slow build up, one minute you’re on your own and the next you have the planet of luck and expansion on board and it will stay that way through to November 2018. However, within days of Jupiter’s return help will start flooding in, starting with Mercury’s return just a week later, giving you the smart head for money needed to get your head in the game and around the huge options opening up. With the Sun returning on the 23rd October, Venus on the 7th November and Mars on the 9th December, once the things start to move on the financial front, you’ll have all the support in the world. While this will all take place in the final three months of the year and will extend well into 2018, this is something to get excited about, giving you months to explore your options. This also buys you time to focus on income matters, with the first half of the year likely to be the most lucrative. While there will be no major support in your financial sector until later in the year, the money gods will free up every possible resource on the income front in the first half of the year. A flotilla of planets including Ceres, Mars, Mercury, the Sun and Venus will move through your income sector from the 5th February to the 5th July. Within that period the most lucrative times, for either income breakthroughs or attracting income opportunities, will run from the 10th April to the 21st April and again from the 6th June to the 5th July. However, that whole period will be a magnet for income opportunities. Another potential period for income opportunities will be around the time of a Full Moon in your income sector on the 4th November, by which point your biggest financial year in over a decade will be underway.