2016 Horoscope Forecast
Leo the Lion
best foot forward
Welcome to 2016 dear Lions! This year you will embark on a new chapter highlighting your career and finances, together with your areas of communication, work, health, romance, home and family. The Full Moon falls in your sign on January 24th. What a way to start the year! It will be time to put your best foot forward, outshining the rest with your magnetic charm, confidence and attractive qualities.
Mercury, the Cosmic Prankster, will turn retrograde four times this year starting the first phase on January 5th. You'll experience hiccups, stop-start conditions, delays and irritations in general work, health, finances, and career. See below for further Mercury Retrograde periods. The Cosmic Messenger will clash with Taskmaster Saturn and the Sea God Neptune from June 20th to the 22nd and August 5th to the 8th. Difficulties will arise over friendships, children, speculations and investments, where potential misjudgements and poor decisions have been made.
This year Mars, the God of War, turns retrograde on April 17th. This only happens once every two years and two months, but the effects of each phase differs according to the sign in which it occurs. A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac.
What significance will this have for the magnificent Lion? Mars will retrograde in Sagittarius, your 5th house of romance, creativity and speculation before striding back to passionate Scorpio on May 27th, your 4th house of home and family. Mars then returns to direct motion on June 29th, re-entering Sagittarius on August 2nd. This is a lengthy phase, testing your patience, but all hands will be back on deck after August 22nd.
The first part of the Mars retrograde phase occurs in your 5th house between April 17th and May 26th. Leos may find setbacks in place as the Warrior returns to finish off creative projects that were originally done in haste and now need finishing touches. New love attractions could do with a second chance, particularly if impatience got the better of you, or a relationship ended abruptly. Be prepared for your energy to be depleted, not to mention your enthusiasm for love affairs. A sports injury could play havoc; problems with children may arise, along with delays in moving forward with musical interests, the arts and promoting events. Don't take on risky speculations, or dangerous sports and games. From May 21st to the 26th, and June 13th to the 15th, disagreements are likely to arise through friends, groups and love relationships.
The second part of the Mars retrograde phase happens in intense Scorpio, your 4th house, from May 27th up to August 2nd. Past issues are likely to erupt with family members, coming to terms with changes to the domestic scene and scenarios of indifference cropping up. Strife may loom over settlements with a relative, or possessions, property and real estate. Renovations, repairs and building plans are likely to run over schedule. You might feel totally frustrated relying on others to do certain jobs for you, so you'll inevitably consider doing it yourself. However, safety precautions at home will be paramount, as there is a risk of injury or fire. Make sure your insurance is up to date, and your tools, machinery and sharp objects locked away. On June 9th and 10th, be tactful when negotiating with those in authority, an employer or family member; others may be in the mood to challenge you with an argument.
Lord of Karma
The year begins with Taskmaster Saturn in your 5th house, dragging the ball and chain, restructuring, and placing heavy demands on love affairs and relationships with children. It will definitely be a long haul until December 2017. From January 8th to the 10th, it may be difficult to express your feelings, put love on hold, or awaken to your responsibilities. This said, a new friendship or love relationship that begins now could endure the test of time and turn out to be long-lasting.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
Sensual Venus dances in fun-loving Sagittarius, your 5th house of romance, creativity and speculation until January 22nd. This marks a wonderful time to attract love, have fun, and enjoy the social scene, entertainment, theatre or the arts. Couples and singles will benefit from the Goddess' presence boosting your magnetism and your creative side. And indeed, Venus will give you another chance from October 18th to November 10th.
In the first half of February you'll be able to reap the benefits of talking through love matters, especially if you work together. Enjoy the physical side of sports, or just each other's company. Venus skips into your 7th house of significant commitments on February 17th, smoothing the path of serious relationships up to March 11th. This is a fabulous phase in which to make peace, harmony and love with one's partner. Iron out any difficulties; offer an agreement, and settle the dust with opponents and legal issues.
Raising the Voltage
Mars moves into Sagittarius on March 6th, raising the voltage with your passion, physical energy and vigour. The Warrior Planet's retrograde phase starts in Sagittarius on April 17th, lasting until May 26th. First he storms through your 5th house of romance and children, then back into your 4th house before re-entering Sagittarius on August 2nd. Your mojo could be at a low point, giving you time to reconsider commitments made back in February, and not attempting to be as adventurous in playing the field.
Mars journeys through Aquarius, your 7th house, from November 9th to December 18th. This is likely to create of focus for ego battles, and a fixation on getting your own way -- and winning at all costs. It will be better to use the Warrior's energy to resolve difficulties in a harmonious way by airing differences in a friendly fashion. This includes divorce disputes, and legal difficulties with opponents.
From August 21st to the 28th, the mighty Warrior engages stern Saturn in a struggle for superiority. Your energy will feel depleted in love relationships, sports and vigorous games. It will be checkmate, or at least produce a strained situation in love affairs, relationships, and ongoing problems with children. Emotional encounters with friends may leave you emotionally drained. The Sea-God Neptune squares these two adversaries, bringing dissolution, deception, or confusion in achieving resolutions and agreements.
Home and Family
The Warrior Mars strides into Scorpio on January 3rd, staying there until March 5th in your 4th house of home and family. Your physical and emotional energy will revolve around activities on the home front, real estate and property. You might decide that it's time to clear out accumulated rubbish, old wares and items. Clashes could arise over family business matters, tensions with a parent, property sales, and living conditions.
The Full Moon in Scorpio on April 22nd will bring out strong emotions around family traditions and memories of the past. This is the time when family tensions may erupt over sensitive issues.
As if Lions won't have enough to contend with, the second part of the Mars retrograde phase occurs in Scorpio from May 27th to August 2nd. It's a long stay by the Warrior, unearthing past problems and conditions. Subconscious motives may be at play, particularly if there is resentment towards a family member or someone who is sharing your accommodation.
The atmosphere at home should improve as attractive Venus spends time in your 4th house between September 23rd and October 17th. You should see a marked improvement in living conditions, bringing a harmonious atmosphere and an enjoyable time with family and close friends. The New Moon in Scorpio on October 30th will set you on a new course of action with greater activity, agreements, dialogue, and plans.
Work and Health
Dark Pluto remains all year in Capricorn, your 6th house, impelling health regeneration and creating work instability. This is not the time to neglect your health or diet, as it can induce a physical breakdown if you neglect your wellbeing. Rebellious Uranus has been triggering spontaneity in an urge to broaden your horizons and awaken new life experiences. Thanks to these mighty giants, you may have had to undergo a series of job roles, assignments or contracts that have presented ongoing problems.
Mercury will retrograde into ambitious Capricorn on January 8th, reawakening your 6th house of work and health. This will prove to be an annoying phase, when breakdowns in communication, efficiency and system crashes are likely. Why not put a New Year's resolution into place to improve your health and exercise regime? A New Moon occurs in Capricorn on January 10th also in your 6th house, which will reinforce your work commitments, as you take control, showing emotional moderation, ethics, and responsibility. Mercury goes direct on January 25th, leaving your 6th house on February 13th. In general, however, February sees more proactivity, success and recognition for your work efforts.
Mars makes haste through your 6th house from September 27th to November 10th. Your momentum will increase your work capacity, but disruptions and ego differences are likely to arise from October 18th to the 21st as the Warrior takes on Dark Pluto. From October 28th to 31st, irritations and arguments will raise the dust for one more round of disagreements, and abrupt job changes.
It's worth mentioning here that the last Mercury retrograde phase starts on December 19th, slowing down work conditions before lifting the momentum on January 12th 2017, resuming a normal pace from January 28th.
Career and Finances
Career prospects suffer a halt as Mercury is retrograde in Taurus, your 10th house of career and ambitions from April 28th up to May 22nd. Your future plans could do with a review as unexpected setbacks may get in the way of presenting your ideas with employers. Try not to be too set in your opinions, or to procrastinate. Other people may be slower in delivering answers and approvals. Finances will undergo a thorough examination, starting with the Pisces New Moon and Solar Eclipse on March 9th in your 8th house of sex, death and taxes.
Lovely Venus dances through your 10th house from April 30th to May 23rd, when opportunities are likely to be unveiled. Celebrations, success and positive developments are likely from May 8th to the 12th. This will be followed by good fortune surrounding discussions on negotiations and business dealings from May 18th to the 26th. You'll be able to get your plans underway after June 8th.
A New Moon on June 5th in Gemini, your 11th house, will point you in a new direction. Setting goals into place toward your future aspirations is favoured. Variables with this New Moon could see your hopes disillusioned, or bring confusion over monetary arrangements, financial losses and disappointments, leading you to question the reliability of others.
A culmination of swift circumstances will eventuate under the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces on September 16th. The issues will revolve around joint accounts, partner's funds, or property and money that you have with others, such as investments, inheritances and taxes. Not only that, there'll be major changes to your personal money stream and possessions with a New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st. This may cause you to reassess your personal values and priorities.
This will be topped off with a Mercury Retrograde phase between August 30th and September 22nd in your 2nd house. It will be a slow process resolving agreements, making changes to your financial obligations, business partnership ventures, and waiting for money availability.
Big brother Jupiter staked his claim in your 2nd house during 2015, bringing financial benefits, rewards and legacies. However this may have brought about overspending, business losses by over-investing or being unduly big-hearted with your generosity. The expansive Giant will move into Libra, your 3rd house of communication, on September 9th.
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 to occur 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 put 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, 7th house
Mercury, the Cosmic Messenger, starts the year off turning retrograde on the 5th, touching on your 7th house of significant commitments before re-entering Capricorn on the 9th, your 6th house of work and health. This will mark an inconvenient period of delays, misunderstandings and being misinformed, featuring oversights, misplaced documents, and people away on leave,. You might find that your area of work is short-staffed relying on your organisational expertise to handle a responsible workload. This may prove an injustice, as others may be in the same boat as you and unable to supply information or provide a service. Cosmic conditions could create system breakdowns, with computers not functioning properly. Getting in touch with fellow employees, customers and meeting deadlines may prove to be difficult. Health matters may need a second opinion, or appointments may have to be rescheduled. In all from the 21st to the end of the month will be a critical time of activity while you take control of situations which will inevitably have an effect on your vitality. Mercury goes direct again on January 25th, allowing you some progress again, with normality returning after February 15th.
April 28th – May 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Taurus, 10th house
On April 28th, Mercury turns retrograde in Taurus, your 10th house of career and ambitions. The Cosmic Prankster will spend a lengthy time creating delays with plans and ideas you'd had in place for career discussions. This may not be the best time to ask for an advancement, impress employers, ask for a pay rise or make business changes. Don't get caught up with unimportant details, slights, missing information and oversights if preparing for interviews. Be well-organised rather than flustered by delays in receiving answers and decisions. Mercury turns direct on May 22nd when you can get a clearer direction in aiming towards your ambitions, with the pace stepping up after June 8th.
August 30th – September 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Virgo, 2nd house
On August 30th, the Cosmic Prankster turns retrograde in your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions. This will be the time to take a look at balancing the budget, your cash flow, having talks with financial institutions, and managing expenditure. Expect fortunate opportunities as benevolent Jupiter begins his exit out of Virgo. Any negotiations not completed earlier in the month will slow down, even if you have had verbal approval of a loan. Last minute hitches with documents, waiting for answers and making phone calls are in the frame. Mercury turns direct on September 22nd, allowing you to make final adjustments, and after October 7th you'll be able in a better frame of mind to manage your money situation.
December 19th – January 8th, 2017, Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, 6th house
This marks the last Mercury retrograde phase for the year, starting on December 19th in your 6th house of work and health. During this final phase work efficiency is likely to slow down and ideas you've had in place will be held over into the New Year. Last minute problems may arise: being short-staffed, taking on too much work, and experiencing health problems through nervous tension. Routines could be in disarray, with people not getting back to you, and waiting on message responses. Some Lions may take advantage and clear the decks with administration. Why not do some filing, make small adjustments and generally tidy up? Plans will be placed on the backburner or totally changed until Mercury moves back into direct motion as staff and co-workers come back from leave and the festive season starts to settle. It's a good time to think ahead with plans for 2017. Mercury briefly re-enters fiery Sagittarius, your 5th house of romance, creativity and speculation on January 4th, before going direct on January 8th, then back into Capricorn on January 12th. Work should become more manageable, and from January 28th conditions will be back to normal..
Lunar Life with Lady Moon
Your Full Moon beams in your sign on January 24th representing the culmination of events that began back in August 2015. Its influence will be strongly felt by those born early in the sign and indirectly will involve your area of work and finances. Importance will be placed on your appearance and liveliness, the self-image you portray. Concentrate on how you display your emotional energy, and what you say and project onto others. Your personal needs will revolve around relationships, partnerships, agreements, and the doings of open enemies.
Your personal New Moon occurs in your sign on August 2nd, which will mark a fresh start for personal improvement. This will be the time to unleash your creativity and urge to travel, to find exciting romance and to look for adventure. In the process, sombre Saturn will demand a logical outlook in relationships, just as Venus merrily inspires you to test the waters and have fun. You'll be open to mood-swings, sensing the feelings of others and your own need for support. Lift your emotional spirits, show your self-confidence and pour out your charm.
Eclipses can instigate a major turning point in your life, and are best not to be ignored. They have a long-lasting effect over some 6th months and have a much stronger effect than regular lunations. 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 8th house of sex, death and taxes. The New Moon will pack a punch with new ways of receiving a source of income through other people, investments, taxes and inheritances. Remember to show your sensitive side and sensuality in personal relationships too. Start examining your finances, consolidating and paying off debts. Introduce a financial planning and savings scheme to take better control of excess expenditure. Your work efforts, services to others and ability to source extra income will also be in the frame. This may come about suddenly with a work payout, an increase in salary, or receiving money due to you. It will be important to show restraint with over-spending and being extravagant in purchasing non-essential items.
A Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Libra on March 23rd will influence your 3rd house of communication. This Full Moon stimulates in creative thinking, expressing your emotions and challenging your higher ideals. You may experience a compulsive urge to be boisterous in discussions, as you argue your viewpoint on belief systems and news abroad. It may be the time that you want to travel, or undertake advanced study. Involve yourself with a child's schooling, neighbourhood activity, and contact with relatives. There may be a problem with mobility, and attracting unnecessary criticism. Expansive Jupiter moves into Libra on September 9th, which will open up wonderful opportunities to broaden your range of experience, knowledge, justice and new adventures.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st stimulates your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions. This will be a hefty Full Moon beaming on your financial situation. You could be caught up with disappointments over your personal earnings, or income derived from investments, speculations and taxes. This won't be the time to buy emotionally-based possessions, as restrictions will be in place on how you spend your money. You'll have to face your obligations, and budget to keep afloat with expenses. A new direction will affect handling joint accounts, property and resources.
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces on September 16th comes in your 8th house of sex, death and taxes. It has been a pensive time restructuring finances, especially if you have overestimated your outlay on money. There could be a twang of jealousy emerging with personal relationships, which could lead to arguments over joint property, belongings and accounts. There could be a question of legacies from a family member. Mars, the Warrior, is actioning you into creative projects, awakening a love of adventure and fun times with a sparkle of romance. Psychic experiences may be greater, and you may take interest in spirituality, mysteries, and life after death.
That's it for the Annual Forecast for 2016, dear Lions. 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!