2016 Horoscope Forecast
Aquarius, the Water-Bearer
interesting people from all walks of life
The Awakener Uranus remains in Aries, your 3rd house of communication, where it will be busy until May 2018. You have been undergoing tremendous changes to your thought patterning, with destabilising dark Pluto's influence stirring up conditioning and memories from the past. Be flexible and allow yourself to be open to new experiences, an adventure or two, and more travelling.
You'll take a scientific yet bohemian approach to life, keeping your mind filled with novel ideas. Circumstances open up opportunities to meet new people that happen to walk into your life out of the blue. Be flexible in your daily routine as unexpected disruptions, trips and arguments with neighbours and relatives are high on the list. Interesting people from all walks of life will have an influence in broadening your outlook. Their cultural differences could impact on your own values and ideals, compared to your upbringing and resident fears.
From January 20th to February 18th, the life-giving Sun will be in your sign energising your nature, and marking the start of your personal solar year. Mercury starts his retrogade phase on January 5th, briefly affecting your sign before heading back into Capricorn. Mum will be the word, particularly when you are keeping secrets about your own deep concerns and other people's problems. You'll learn more about digging for truth and understanding your mental motivations.
Saturn the Taskmaster, your planetary ruler, remains in Sagittarius, your 11th house of friends, hopes and wishes. You take on a responsible role blending in with others and working as team member, rather than independently seeking to achieve your goals. Old friends may reappear at this time; they can assist you (or you them) in formulating future aspirations and overcoming hurdles. You'll benefit from the values of others, as well as imparting your knowledge and experiences.
On March 23rd, you'll experience a Lunar Eclipse in Libra, your 9th house. This will bring opportunities to expand your intellectual pursuits, travel, take up advanced study, or enjoy that long-awaited holiday overseas.
This year the God of War turns retrograde on April 17th, which only happens once every two years and two months. A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. Of course, the effect of each phase differs according to the sign concerned.
A few obstacles will cross your path. Will you be able to manage the action? Mars will turn retrograde in Sagittarius, your 11th house of friends, hopes and wishes, before marching back to Scorpio on May 27th, your 10th house of career and ambitions. Mars returns to direct motion through the zodiac on June 29th before re-entering Sagittarius on August 2nd. You'll be able to return to setting your goals after August 22nd.
The first part of the Mars retrograde phase happens in your 11th house from April 17th to May 26th. Mars enters your 11th house on March 6th, urging you to strive towards more involvement with friends, support groups and organisations. This can be through mutual interests, events and social networking, and matters to do with other people's children. To achieve your goals under this transit you need to co-operate with others and not do things on your own. Your energy is likely to be dissipated somewhat during this phase, when projects you'd had in mind are placed to one side. Friends, relationships and associations may prove to be difficult, although you will have to watch your own inclination to argue points of difference. Group activities that you have organised could do with extra planning and concentration. After the second phase in Scorpio, Mars re-enters Sagittarius on August 2nd. Make sure you fully understand your position, and avoid lending money to friends.
The second part of the Mars retrograde phase affects your 10th house from May 27th to August 2nd. More intensity will be focussed on your career and public image. Whether you take on more than you can chew or have to deal with reprisals from authorities or your employer, it's not the time to push your ego demands, break rules, or be dogmatic. Past actions could mar your reputation, and you will have to deal with it now. Your motivation could also decline, particularly if your efforts have not been recognised by those in your profession. Be careful making drastic changes to your career and life-plans, even though they looked promising earlier this year. Mars goes direct on June 29th when you will become more enthusiastic and patient about career ambitions and life style changes.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
On January 24th, the Full Moon blazes in dramatic Leo, your 7th house of significant commitments. Its energy will beam on your relationships, marriages, commitments, and open enemies. Observe the emotional interplay you have in relationships. This could be your own personal needs versus that of your partner's, or business partnerships and agreements with other people. Resist the tendency to overdo it with emotional energy and dramas, and avoid getting caught up in control issues. Some Aquarians may form a new partnership, make a commitment, or resolve legal wrangles.
Love Goddess Venus steps daintily through your sign from February 17th to March 11th. This will be a favourable time in which to indulge yourself with some pampering, and also to attract romance into your life.
A New Moon in Gemini on the June 5th will not flow pleasantly for attracting potential new romances, however. It will be a cliff-hanger, being torn between love and friendship, speculations and money. You may have to count your losses and move on.
Venus sweeps through Leo from July 12th to August 4th, followed by Mercury from July 14th to July 29th. The Sun moves into Leo from July 22nd to August 21st. In all, this will be the perfect time to add harmony to your relationships and partnerships, discuss agreements, make proposals and settle differences with opponents. Eligible Water-Bearers may begin a new relationship, marry, or commence a live-in situation.
Home and Family
Mercury is set to retrograde in your 4th house from April 28th to May 22nd which will delay family agreements, real estate sales, and communication lines. You might decide to sort through memorabilia, old magazines, photos and historical family documents. If you are moving, prepare for set-backs with contract settlements, removalists and rental properties. Fortunate Venus will make her way into Taurus on April 30th to May 23rd but plans for home improvements may get a set-back. However it will be an excellent time to find peaceful resolutions, entertain and harmonise the domestic atmosphere with love and consideration towards family members.
November 14th sees a Super Moon in Taurus, which is sure to brighten up your area of home and family. This is however a sensitive time for emotions to be stirred, when there could be significant changes on the home front with a potential house move, and discussions about your career. Examine your relationships with family members, habits, and sub-conscious drives.
Work and Health
More emphasis is placed on your financial affairs this year, but mid-year will be the strongest time for possible work changes. The Sun moves through Cancer, your 4th house, from June 20th to July 21st joined by Mercury from June 29th to July 13th. Your versatility, mental activity and efficiency will be produce a marked difference. Your concentration will be on accomplishing your tasks. As a result, your routine is likely to change to accommodate a hectic period. However there will be self-doubts that will linger because of disagreements in the work place or with bosses, or health concerns.
July 4th sees the New Moon in Cancer, when there's potential to make a job alteration. Your health, and emotional wellbeing will be highlighted. You'll be content though to be of service to others, show empathy towards fellow workers, and create good public relations. It's time to take a new direction with your health regime, exercise and hygiene. Don't work too hard, Aquarius, because work stress could bring on psychosomatic illnesses and nervous disorders.
Career and Finances
Finances will be highly emphasised this year, beginning with a Solar Eclipse on March 9th in Pisces, your 2nd house. Then there's a Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st and finally a Lunar Eclipse in Pisces on September 16th . These cosmic phenomena will have a significant effect on your income stream, expenditure, and changes to your value system.
April 22nd sees the Full Moon in Scorpio, when you will be aiming high for with your ambitions, finding recognition and success in your profession. It will be important to find a balance with your lifestyle, family, home and career demands.
The Warrior Mars will impact your 10th house of career and ambitions during the 2nd retrograde phase between May 27th and August 2nd. Venus will add to your popularity, and bring success with your career and public standing from July 14th to August 4th. This will give you some relief and brighter prospects for any potential moves. You'll also be in favour with employers and those in your profession, making quite a mark with your pathway.
Benefic Jupiter has been active in your 8th house, giving you opportunities to progress financially, reap rewards and find good fortune with money. However, if you have been a spendthrift you may have to pay the penalty and go without. Jupiter moves into Libra, your 9th house, on October 9th, shifting the cosmic emphasis to your intellectual interests, foreign affairs and travel, or perhaps publishing and other cultural pursuits, such as higher education.
Nebulous Neptune remains in your 2nd house all year, which is not a good placement for your earning capacity. Do not be influenced to make the wrong decisions about your finances through faulty speculation and gambling. Be cautious and safeguard your money.
Mercury, the Cosmic Messenger, enters a retrograde phase for a brief period of some three weeks three times a year on average. This year, however, there are four retro phases for you to deal with. During these phases hiccups are likely in communication, travel and transport. Misunderstandings, lack of information, phone and internet problems, along with breakdowns with appliances, machinery and component failure are all in the frame. This occurs thanks to inattention to detail, messages being unclear, or misreading the fine-print in documents. Fine-tune areas that need your attention; other people may be holding back on information that you are after, or has it simply been misplaced, even lost in the mail?
Ideas and plans set in place at the onset of a retrograde period are subject to delays, or being put on the backburner for another time. While Mercury is retrograde, a process of review can effectively resolve problems, more so when Mercury returns to direct motion through the zodiac. Not everyone suffers so much during a retrograde phase, due to Mercury's condition in the natal chart. For instance, should the Divine Messenger be retrograde at the time of birth, it can give you the flow of tidying up loose ends, clearing paperwork, and looking at areas that need your attention. Those with natal Mercury retrograde often do very well during these transiting retrograde periods. If that's you, remember that others may not be so fortunate.
It's important to double-check all arrangements for possible mistakes. Listen to what others have to say and make yourself clearly understood. If possible, hold off on major decisions and purchases, signing crucial documents, and making new verbal or written agreements. This year's Mercury retrograde phases are outlined below, giving you an insight into the year ahead:
January 5th – 25th, Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius, 1st house
Mercury, the Cosmic Prankster, starts the year turning retrograde in your sign on the 5th, touching your 1st house before re-entering Capricorn on the 9th. You will be very receptive to the influences of others, and keen on resolving your own inertia. There'll be activity behind the scenes, whether it is in your own work or helping others. However you may be faced with secrets being exposed, lingering doubts resurfacing and events triggering past memories. From the 21st to the end of the month, don't allow yourself to get caught up with anxiety over other people's problems; instead readdress persistent doubts and turn your attention to other things. This can relate to issues from the 19th to the 22nd of December 2015, when finances were questionable. From the 31st of January to the 3rd of February, you'll be feeling restless, irritable and ready to state your case in disagreements. There could be ongoing transport, car, computer or phone problems causing anguish over appointment times. Mercury goes direct again on January 25th, clearing away problems and allowing you to make real progress after the 15th of February when you will be ready to express your thoughts and ideas.
April 28th – May 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Taurus, 4th house
On April 28th the Cosmic Prankster turns retrograde in Taurus, your 4th house. Conversations will revolve around family business, domestic necessities, possessions, real estate and property. Water-Bearers who decide to relocate because of job changes may experience a long wait with agreements or lease settlements. Renovations may not be proceeding as quickly as you expected, or jobs have not been completed to your satisfaction by repairmen. Venus will be floating into your 4th house adding finishing touches, but new possessions could take longer to arrive. Mercury turns direct on May 22nd when problems should start to be resolved, with routines back to speed after June 8th.
August 30th – September 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Virgo, 8th house
On August 30th, the Divine Messenger turns retrograde in your 8th house of sex, death and taxes. You'll take a critical view of financial expenditure, investments, joint managed funds, possessions and other resources. Money losses could have incurred earlier in August through friends, scams or simply being misplaced. Money owing to you from estates, loan approvals and business deals will take longer to be received. Make sure your tax return is up to date, and other formal bank documents. If you have fallen behind with repayments, now is a good time to discuss your debts, but be aware of your obligations. Early September looks promising for favourable news and discussions regarding money. Mercury turns direct on September 22nd, when you can look forward to positive outcomes and the greenlight after October 7th.
December 19th – January 8th, 2017, Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, 12th house
This will mark the last Mercury retrograde phase for the year, starting on December 19th emphasizing your 12th house of secrets. You'll keep low-key in expressing your views, but will be physically quite capable of releasing your energy through work. People may get the wrong impression from your quiet tone, but you'll be happier observing than being too outspoken. Your interests will be more in depth with self-analysis, psychology and helping others through their problems. Old fears could resurface, so do your best to face what is haunting you from the past. Move on and lighten the luggage. Mercury briefly re-enters Sagittarius your 11th house on January 4th, before going direct on January 8th, then back into Capricorn on January 12th. From January 28th, you'll be getting closer to clearing your mind. Mercury moves into your sign on February 7th, 2017, opening up your new thoughts and mental agility.
Lunar Life with Lady Moon
Your personal New Moon will occur in your sign on February 8th. You will make courageous personal efforts toward bringing out new directions. These will affect you emotionally, in your public image and also the way you express your ideas. You'll need to grasp what really fills your emotional needs. Is it taking control of others, or is it your need for freedom? Don't go off on personal tangents and clash with authority figures or within relationships. There'll be secret dealings and work behind the scenes that you are involved in, or that bring an extra source of income. Ups and downs in your mood will be due to unexpected demands in your daily life.
Your Personal Full Moon occurs in your sign on August 18th. It will explore your own need for physical and emotional fulfilment by expressing your own individuality. You'll feel more reckless than usual, with the possibility of a secret romance looming. Your magnetism will be high, with more love intensity in personal relationships and partnerships. This will be a sensitive time, when irrational behaviour and emotions can get in the way of logic, creating unnecessary dramas. You'll be inclined to spend time travelling, reading, in mobile phone chats and of course internet interaction. Friends and relationships will play an important part in fulfilling your desires, as long as you remember the needs of those close and dearest to you.
Eclipses can instigate major turning points in your life, and are best not to be ignored. They have a long-lasting effect over some six months and have a much stronger effect than regular lunation cycles. Depending on your natal chart, this of course can vary due to planetary degrees, and aspects. Here are the eclipses for 2016.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Pisces on March 9th will influence your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions. This will set you on a new path with your earnings, expenditure and financial obligations. Sudden changes to your money stream could burn a hole in your pocket, particularly if you haven't the backup of a savings plan. Be frugal with expenditure, and refrain especially from spending on unnecessary items. Money could disappear through deceit, so make sure you check your bank account regularly. Accounts held jointly, together with other people's property, inheritances and investments will also come under light.
A Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Libra on March 23rd will influence your 9th house of the higher mind. This Full Moon will reflect your mental thirst for knowledge and travel, widening your scope of experiences, and bringing emotional peaks. It's not unusual for dramas to arise, notably heated disagreements and problems with transport. Your advanced studies may include subjects of law, professional sports, publications, teaching and public relations. This may be the time that you conclude a study or journey which will open up other opportunities for you in the future. You are likely to have your belief system challenged. You'll be inclined to take interest in the deeper topics of metaphysics, philosophy, religion, and ancient history.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st makes waves in your 8th house of sex, death and taxes. Over the course of the ensuing six months, you'll scrutinise your finances more deeply than usual. Emotions will be intense particularly in intimate relationships, but don't be over critical and too demanding. You may be forced due to circumstances to restructure your financial stream, whether through joint resources, possessions or other people's money. You might decide to change your investments, pay or consolidate debts, loans, review your obligations or have an inheritance come your way. If you are not sure about an investment move, get professional advice as there is risk of loss during this phase. You'll be interested in various areas of research including the medical fields and psychic phenomena.
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces on September 16th occurs in your 2nd house of personal earning, values and possessions. This will be the last Lunar Eclipse of the year , marking a culmination of events back in March. With the Solar Eclipse on the September 1st and fortunate Jupiter entering Libra, your sights will be set on a different course of action, one which may involve travel. You may benefit from an organisation you are involved with, from friends or through a relationship. With deceptive Neptune in your 2nd house, take extra precautions with finance schemes, lending money or speculating. Money is apt to go missing, and you may suffer from too much expenditure. Feelings will be sensitive, and it will be easy to get caught up with dramas.
That's it for our Annual Forecast for 2016, dear Aquarius! Don't forget to follow up by reading our regular monthly and weekly forecasts for more detailed analysis. For a personal forecast tailored just for your individual needs, visit our order page and select Monthly Personal Predictions or a personal Annual Forecast and Transit Report. Have a great year in 2016.