The Year Ahead 2016


As The Year Ahead 2016 begins, Jupiter is positioned in Virgo, where it has been since 11th August 2015 and will remain until 9th September 2016. Jupiter has a cycle of about 12 years, creating a situation where Jupiter spends around a year in each Zodiac Sign. This means it has been 12 years since Jupiter was last in Virgo. Jupiter is the planet that most contributes the change of energy injected into our lives each the year. Jupiter is expansive and optimistic. Being in Virgo though generates more seriousness, in that Virgo will place limits on Jupiter’s expansiveness, though this won’t be so much the case for those with any personal points of their Horoscope in Virgo – Sun Sign, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars or the Ascendant. Jupiter views the big picture but not necessarily the details that need to be dealt with to get there. Virgo deals with the finest details – it puts the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle or the big picture, together. Jupiter in Virgo is in its detriment and this means things will either be broken down into their component parts or that they will break down of their own accord. Anything that has become way too complicated or got out of control is likely to fall apart under Jupiter’s influence in Virgo.

Jupiter is strongly activated through its contacts with Saturn, Uranus and Pluto between March and June. Uranus is rebellious, while Saturn and Pluto are both planets that like some sort of control over matters by keeping things within limits. Much progress can be made when there is a willingness to deal with the detail, as Jupiter in Virgo is demanding. To do this successfully, boundaries need to be put into place. It is this aspect that will need to be worked on the most – if it is handled well, there will be no limits to success that can be established further down the track. But the future is not where the focus needs to be to begin with. It has to be on the here and now – the future will take care of itself, based on how the initial stages are dealt with. Both Saturn and Pluto’s contacts will encourage Jupiter to operate in a practical way. Uranus, as always, will encourage some sort of individuality but unless it is along the lines of maintaining a certain level of conservatism rather than operating outside of the square or alternatively, it can cause problems. There is not a lot going for a revolutionary approach to matters and this should be borne in mind.

Jupiter will move into Libra on the 9th September 2016, where it will remain until the 10th October 2017. This will generate a much less worrying tone and focus life in general on interaction with others. This will increase responsiveness between people. Opportunities can be limited if there is a lack of willingness to engage with others. Previous careful planning through having dealt with the details thoroughly, while Jupiter was in Virgo, could begin to take shape. This can result in greater pressure and the need to take on more responsibilities from late in the year. This will continue into 2017.

Saturn – the planet of seriousness and restriction moved into Sagittarius on the 24th December 2014 for the first time. It has been in both Sagittarius and Scorpio during 2015. From the 18th September 2015, Saturn settled into Sagittarius, where it will remain until 20th December 2017. Now that Saturn has settled into Sagittarius without any changes, as last year, matters will become more clearly focussed upon the commitments Saturn is requiring in each person’s life. Saturn is the planet that puts boundaries into place – it is Jupiter’s balancing partner because Jupiter lacks boundaries. Saturn has, in round terms, a 30-year cycle. This means that the last time Saturn was in Sagittarius was 30 years ago – the actual time frame being from November 1985 through to November 1988. This now represents a big change to all Zodiac Signs in some area of life that has not been stimulated by Saturn for 30 years. Looking back at events that took place during that period of time can bring enlightenment as to the type of things that might need to be dealt with, though with 30 years life experience, they can be dealt with quite differently this time!!

Saturn in Sagittarius is an interesting placement in that Saturn is the planet of boundaries and Sagittarius is the sign that wants no boundaries. Those with Sagittarius strongly positioned in a personal way in their Horoscope – which can mean either Sagittarian Sun Signs, Moon in Sagittarius, Mercury in Sagittarius, Venus in Sagittarius, Mars in Sagittarius or the Ascendant in Sagittarius will feel this in a very marked manner, no matter their age – those over 30 years of age will cope better. Boundaries will either be put into place or one will need to place more boundaries on themselves, which can include the number of involvements in life. Primarily this will be connected to becoming more serious about responsibility and commitment. This will not be the easiest thing to accomplish, as it is not natural to the Sagittarian nature. However, to all the other Zodiac Signs, Saturn in Sagittarius will bring a welcome change by generating an attitude of looking for the positive in situations and placing good expectations on possible outcomes. Sagittarius will encourage optimism, which is not a natural Saturn trait.

Jupiter in Virgo (Saturn’s partner) has much in common with Saturn in Sagittarius. Jupiter is expansive and so is Sagittarius, Saturn is restrictive and focussed while Virgo is detailed and focussed. This means that to expand anything, everybody needs to be conscious of dealing with the details properly. Attempting to wing anything without all the appropriate information, will not work. Being well prepared through putting in the hard yards will result in very favourable growth long term. Jupiter and Saturn will square off between March and May – this will be the time commitment and hard work will be required. Much can be learnt along the way as well in this period.

When Jupiter moves into Libra from the 9th September 2016 it will form a more companionable contact with Saturn in Sagittarius. This will generate give and take in situations in life rather than lessons to learn, if the details have not been dealt with properly. It will be felt overall as more easy going.

Mars is the planet of action and activity. Itgenerally changes from one Zodiac Sign to another every 6 weeks or so and keeps matters moving from one stage to the next. This year Mars will retrograde, or move in a backward motion to us here on earth. This holds things up and generally brings a great deal of frustration to the one area of life Mars stimulates for such a long period of time. The area of life affected by each Zodiac Sign differs.

When Mars retrogrades it normally spends 8 months in one Zodiac Sign instead of 6 weeks. This year though the retrograde period will be split between two Zodiac Signs.

These two Zodiac Signs will be Scorpio and Sagittarius. Because this 8-month period is divided between two Zodiac Signs, it may very well lower the normal frustration levels that develop when Mars remains in one position for so long – let’s hope!

Mars is the ruling planet of Scorpio, so this means that when Mars is in Scorpio it will be comfortable because Mars has great strength in Scorpio. Endings in preparation for new beginnings, is something associated with Scorpio. As Scorpio is a fixed Zodiac Sign (one that comes into play in the middle of a season) it does not necessarily seek out endings but has more of a tendency to want to keep things as is. However, it may become obvious that endings are necessary. Scorpio does not give the ability to hold onto one thing while something else is entered into or tried out. To move on successfully or to head off in a new direction demands a letting go of the old situation. The first period of time that Mars will be in Scorpio will be from 4th January until 6th March. Mars is the planet associated with taking action and particularly initiating new directions. During mid January its connection to Neptune may encourage looking at things as one wants to see them, rather than how they really stand. In the first half of February connections to Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter will encourage much action that can include impulsiveness. It may not be as simple to complete, as it seems, as Mars connection to Uranus will not be completed until mid July. This means that unforseen factors can arise in between time. Mars will return to Scorpio for the second time from 28th May until 3rd August. It will move forward from its retrograde motion while in Scorpio on the 30th June. It will be from then that matters can be relied upon to stay as is.

Mars will move into Sagittarius for the first time from 6th March until 28th May. Sagittarius is a far more flexible and changeable Zodiac Sign than Scorpio. In this period Mars will make no contacts at all to any of the major planets. This means that whatever might have been initiated in the first period of Mars being in Scorpio could begin to float, lose traction and not take any clearly defined path. Mars will retrograde or begin to move backwards while in Sagittarius. This will occur on the 17th April. This retrograde period of Mars remains in effect until 30th June, when Mars will move forward in Scorpio (as above). Reconsideration of what seemed important to pursue or change may come about. This could very well be stimulated by other changes taking place that were not expected. Mars will move into Sagittarius for the second time from 3rd August until 27th September. From late August through to the end of September Mars will join Saturn in Sagittarius and make contact to Neptune and Uranus in a way that presents a challenge towards taking a realistic approach. It is this that will enable change, making way for the extraordinary to take shape.

Following are the areas in life each Zodiac Sign will experience Mars in Scorpio & Sagittarius.

If you know your Ascendant, you should read that in combination with your Sun Sign.

The first section of the Mars interpretation in each Zodiac Signs relates to when Mars is in Scorpio.

What follows after “&”, is when Mars is in Sagittarius. There will be 2 times for each influence, which you can follow from the dates Mars occupies Scorpio or Sagittarius.

Aries: finalising financial matters involving others & then to focus on future goals

Taurus: the effect others have on you & how this influences financial matters

Gemini: feeling unappreciated for your efforts & focussing on your response to others

Cancer: guard against risk taking, including love & exercise regularly for your health

Leo: get serious about setting up a good foundation & benefits will follow on naturally

Virgo: be unrelenting in searching out information & it will lead to a good foundation

Libra: your personal finances will need attention & then you can look into options

Scorpio: look into where you stand & the effect this can have on personal finances

Sagittarius: you cannot trust all that is presented & this means you need to look carefully

Capricorn: involvement with friends or groups of people & this needs careful contemplation

Aquarius: what you are prepared to be responsible for & focussing on your own priorities

Pisces: long term goals you want to accomplish & the obligations that will be required

Venus, the planet of relationships, enjoyment, growth and beautification will not retrograde this year, which means it will move continuously forward. Venus is associated with peace, balance and harmony, encouraging application of these qualities to whatever is being dealt with in life at the time. Venus will visit every Zodiac Sign during the year but will visit Capricorn twice this year – giving them a double opportunity at particularly balancing matters out on a personal level. The first visit in Capricorn will be from 24th January until 17th February and the second time from the 12th November until 8th December.

Following are the areas in life each Zodiac Sign will experience Venus twice this year.

If you know your Ascendant, you should read that in combination with your Sun Sign.

Aries: responsibilities, obligations and dealing with people who have authority

Taurus: long distance travel and the enjoyment gained from one’s beliefs

Gemini: shared finances as well as money owed either by you or to you

Cancer: pleasant relationships with others and a willingness to interact

Leo: taking a balanced approach to the general needs of health and well-being

Virgo: leisure, pleasure and social activity as well as involvement with young people

Libra: beautifying the home, finding peace at home and socialising with family

Scorpio: enjoying a short trip or a break away from normal routine

Sagittarius: focussing on being more practical when it comes to spending money

Capricorn: spending money on yourself as well as perhaps changing your look

Aquarius: getting away from things to relax and contemplate in peace

Pisces: social interaction with friends or involvement with a group of people

Mercury , the planet of communication has 3 retrograde (or backward) periods each year. During these times things tend to go awry as confusion reigns. These are not good times to make purchases unless it is to replace something that has broken down. Past issues come up for review, particularly for the Zodiac Sign in which these periods take place.

It is not the best time for travel as there can be all sorts of mix-ups. These times can be extremely favourable for finding lost things, for becoming aware of past mistakes and for getting money, which has been owed, paid back. They are also times when true perception is heightened. Contemplation of matters that have been a puzzle will bring to the surface of one’s mind, the true state of affairs.

Mercury will retrograde in the Earth Signs of Capricorn (1st week in Aquarius, an Air Sign), Taurus and Virgo. This will encourage everybody to contemplate and review, during the retrograde period, in a practical, down to earth manner, any situation that either arises at the time or has been in the back of the mind in a nagging sort of way, leading up to this period. Moving forward with decisions is best done once the retrograde period is over.

1st Period – 5th January until 26th January 2016, in Aquarius & mostly Capricorn
2nd Period – 29th April until 22nd May 2016, in Taurus
3rd Period – 30th August until 22nd September 2016, in Virgo

Following are my interpretations of what the 12 Zodiac Signs can expect during 2015. If you know your Ascendant, you should read that in combination with your Sun Sign. The Ascendant is calculated with the time of birth. If you do not know your Ascendant and you do know the time of the day you were born, email or write (sending a self addressed stamped envelope) to:

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ARIES: (Born between 21st March & 20th April)
Health started to take priority in your life from mid August 2015 and this will continue until early September. Weight gain will be easy, so be conscious of avoiding over-indulgence. Don’t be lazy when it comes to necessary exercise. In other areas of life you could feel you are not appreciated for your efforts – you may be but others won’t be letting you know. During January and February you can feel out of sorts, particularly when it comes finances involving you and others, on either a personal or business/work level. There will be a message of ending here but you may not be inclined to listen. In March, April and May matters will have a tone of greater optimism and your focus will be on future goals. In April & May there is a need to be practical by taking a balanced approach to your personal position and how decisions could affect your personal finances. June & July is the time to finalise financial matters with others that might have been avoided earlier. This will then leave you free to begin developing future goals in August & September. Appreciation for your efforts will begin to take shape from early September. Interaction with others will also increase. You could establish contacts that will prove beneficial for progress during the next 4 years.

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TAURUS: (Born between 21st April & 20th May)
It may be difficult to push yourself, as there is much encouragement to enjoy life on the leisure and pleasure side. This will continue until early September. This is an excellent time for that special holiday. Be aware of any over-indulgent eating patterns you may be getting into though, as you will have to labour hard to work off any weight gain from September onwards – for a year! Your health will then become a major focus. Less than easy situations involving others are likely to be off and on up until late September. During January & February you can be dealing with dominance on the part of others with an expectation that things are done their way. In March, April & May matters can turn to shared finances or money owed to others. In April & May you will need to reflect upon where you find yourself in life and decisions you could perhaps make that will bring a greater sense of balance on a personal level. In June & July, it will be back to dealing with the expectations of others, which you might feel is unfair. During August & September you will have to decide what is best left behind or not worth worrying about when it comes to moving on. You might also need to deal with estate matters this year – perhaps it might be time to review your own Will.

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GEMINI: (Born between 21st May & 20th June)
Home & family matters take precedence to early September. This can include buying or selling, or increasing the size of a home. There could also be additions to the family. It is a period where you should focus on putting foundations in place in regard to the next 8 years and where you would like your life to head. There maybe the need to utilise tradesmen in January, February, June or July – if so, you should keep a check on the details, especially if this is a longer term project. During March, April, May, August & September, they can be inclined to go about things their way. This can include any other situations in life as well where you will be dealing with other people. You might feel as though you are being overlooked and at times there won’t be much you can do about it. This can be a ‘get fit’ year, especially to September. It would be best to do this with either a trainer or other people, to avoid distractions from other situations in life. If you set up a good routine, it can become part of your life, long term. Whatever you put in place this year needs to have a level of enjoyment attached. From September onwards pleasure will become a focal point in life for a year – you need to keep your fitness factored in or you will likely leave behind a lot of good work.

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CANCER: (Born between 21stJune & 22nd July)
Expect to be busy, especially up until September. What you will have to avoid is promising to do too many things, only to find that time will run out. This will be a strong learning curve in dealing with unrelenting pressure from others, while at the same time maintaining discipline with what has to be handled on a daily basis – this is particularly between March and June. If you are planning to take up study, don’t optimistically take on too much to begin with. Your approach to matters will be optimistic and creative during January and February and this is when you need to be mindful of boundaries. Much can be expected of you with little appreciation attached in March, April and May. In June and July you can re-assess what is important to create. This could be a good time as well to take a break so that you can weigh up where you find yourself in life. This could give insight on the best way to forge forward in August & September so that you have everything covered and under control. From September, an important year of putting foundations in place in your life begins. This can have much to do with home and family but can also cover changing situations with work or any other responsibilities that have been part of your life since 2011. A major turning point in life.

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LEO: (Born between 23rd July & 22nd August)
You can do quite well financially up to September. This could also include spending more money than you should as well. If you would like to earn more money, it would be a good period for you to keep a lookout for those types of opportunities. You can wax and wane between applying yourself to getting proper order in place and just wanting to enjoy yourself. If you put in the effort to get matters properly organised in January & February, you could experience quite a bit of luck in March, April and May. Though it is at this time you will want to relax but complete laziness would not be wise, as a degree of commitment or obligation needs to be maintained. Your creativity could come to the fore enabling ideas on how better to restructure matters that cannot be escaped. The time to take action on this will be August & September. Home and family matters can also take precedence during January, February, June and July. Disagreements could easily arise, so be mindful as to whether it is really worth the fight. It might also be that you will have to take action in a family matter that has been brewing for a while. These are good months for you to get to and do anything to the home that you might have been procrastinating about. This includes getting rid of things.

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VIRGO: (Born between 23rd August & 22nd September)
You began a new 12-year cycle in August 2015 when Jupiter entered your sign, meaning it was time to think about what you want to give growth to over this 12-year period. It is without doubt, a time to focus on yourself now. Your powers of optimism and creativity are stronger than they have ever been, but especially between March and June. There will also be a determined energy influencing your thinking and decision-making, as well as the way you go about putting these things in place during the whole period Jupiter will now remain in Virgo. Don’t expect to get everything perfectly in place initially. You will have strong ideas in January & February. Set about putting them in place during March, April and May, though it could be in this time that other commitments, particularly home and family may interfere with complete success. Look at this as a time of ironing out the problems and becoming aware of any disagreement family might have. This will then enable you to rethink things during June & July so that you can get back to organising and finalising to your complete satisfaction during August through to early October. Your finances begin to come under beneficial influences from early September – this will last a year. You might spend more as well.

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LIBRA: (Born between 23rd September & 22nd October)
Since August 2015 it has been difficult to gain traction with anything that has involved you personally or any new directions you would like to pursue. This will continue to be a background theme in your life until early September. You are finishing up a 12-year cycle and this period is all about contemplating that time, the things about it that you do not want to take into the next 12 years and as a result, what needs to be wound up or brought to an end. A new 2-year cycle did take shape between mid November 2015 and early January 2016 but with this other longer-term cycle in place, it did not have the get up and go it would normally have. During January & February there will be a need to focus on finances. In some cases, it may encourage making a change of job though it would be better to leave this until June or July if possible. You will be very busy during March, April & May but perhaps not in ways you would prefer – this could generate mental frustration. It may be difficult to maintain your usual diplomatic approach. The more mentally disciplined you can be, the greater will be your achievements particularly in August & September. You begin your new 12-Year Cycle in early September – in the year that follows, you will experience moving forward & freedom.

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SCORPIO: (Born between 23rd October & 21st November)
This will be an odd year and you need to view any sense of new direction as a first stage with something bigger to take shape later on. Mars, your ruling planet and one that stimulates a new 2-year cycle will spend an exceptionally long time focussing you on what you want, where you want to head and your finances, which can include however you earn your money. This will occur from January to late September. Up until early September you will need to focus on your priorities, what you want from life in the long term, with the view that it cannot be enacted just yet. You could also be involved with a group of people. Part of your considerations might be friends as well. In January & February you can have a sense that things will pick up and take off, however they will not complete themselves, so bear this in mind. March, April & May requires you to take a practical and considered approach to your personal finances – it is possible you will realise you cannot afford to do what you had hoped to begin with. During April & May, somebody else can inject some down to earth and realistic ideas. In June & July you will be back to reconsidering where you will head in the next 2 years. It can be a new beginning of sorts. However you will have to deal with being held back in some way from early September for a year. Patience in this time will pay off.

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SAGITTARIUS: (Born between 22nd November & 21st December)
Life is all about the commitments or responsibilities you need to become more serious about for your own success. You will have to deal with this until the end 2017. However a double dose started to take shape from September 2015 for a year. This does not mean you simply accept all the obligations expected of you. You are not a person who naturally puts boundaries in place and as a result, you can get talked into situations that benefit others more than yourself. This may be what you have to learn to nip in the bud, more than anything else. You need to be alert to people who will work behind your back and quite prepared to bring you down to either make themselves look better or to gain a better position. Don’t presume they deal as fairly as you do. It will be January, February, June & July that this will be most prominent. If you are well organised, you can make great progress and gain much recognition for your efforts in March, April & May. You will then need to reflect upon your position in June & July while watching for backstabbing, for the second round of success in August & September. From early September a major turning point begins that can see you fulfilling your wishes in the following year but only if you have been sensible.

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CAPRICORN: (Born between 22nd December & 19th January)
You could begin to pay greater attention to what you believe in. Not that you have necessarily ever lost that belief but it may have drifted into the background as other matters have brought changes into your life since 2008. You could also sense that life is heading towards very big changes of direction and so it will from 2018. Up to September is an excellent time for any long distance travel, particularly a trip you have wanted to do for a long period of time. It is also good for learning – particularly increasing basic knowledge you already have on a subject. There is a combination of looking at what you would like to accomplish in the long term as well as finding quiet time to yourself for reflecting on this. You will be encouraged to focus on priorities in January & February, though upon reflection in March, April & May you could come back to reviewing them in June & July. These periods can also see you involved with a group of people as well as reconnecting with friends or associates you have not seen in a while. You are best to keep things to yourself during March, April, May, August & September and be aware that you may not be able to trust someone. From October onwards, it will be full steam ahead, requiring greater commitment.

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AQUARIUS: (Born between 20th January & 18th February)
You can benefit from the resources of others up to September but you must not take it that it is to be expected. Much depends on the circumstances and whether you have been realistic about your own finances. If you have amalgamated your finances into a situation with others without having looked into it thoroughly enough, it may be them benefiting from you. If you happen to receive a lump sum payout of some description in this time, be sure you take a realistic approach in relation to what you are going to do with it. You need to ensure that any person who gives you advice on finances does clearly understand your position or what you hope to gain in the future, otherwise you could find yourself tied up in a situation that is not what you presumed. There is a need to be focussed on obligations in any area of life that you are willing to accept, based on what you consider will be long term priorities in life. Initially this can come up in January & February. You may reassess commitments in June & July after having realised in March, April & May that there are other considerations as well. You will then be better prepared to commit yourself in August & September, after which time you will seem freed up from the expectations of others and able to pursue your own goals.

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PISCES: (Born between 19th February & 20th March)
Relationships and dealings with others started to become a strong focus in your life from September 2015 and for the year following. Much of this should be pleasant and it is likely to keep you very busy. You could also establish connections that can be most helpful to your progress in the following 3 years especially. You might also feel as though this increased activity with others is taking over your life in some ways. It could be a pleasant escape but inhibiting to personal matters you should be more focussed on. You will quite naturally focus on future goals during January & February. The commitments you would need to make will become obvious during March, April & May – this may not be so appealing. You will be inclined to gather information in a practical way during April & May. It might also be the first time you begin to realise obligations that would be attached to certain people you could either be involved with or with whom you are considering ongoing involvement. Reassessing your future goals can then take shape during June & July. This has the prospect of enabling you to see the obligations attached to certain commitments in August & September and how they can realistically limit freedom in areas of your life. You should leave any decision to amalgamate your resources with anybody else until late 2017.

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