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2016 Horoscope Forecast
Libra the Scales 
new 12 year phase begins

Welcome to 2016, dear Libra. The New Year begins with the Moon in your sign; what a way to start! No doubt you'll be set to make a few New Year's resolutions, or dash out and invest in a new wardrobe.

As the year unfolds, giant Jupiter transits your 12th house of secrets, sorrows and subconscious motivations. There are many things happening behind the scenes in unlocking the vaults of your subconscious mind. A deeper level of understanding and knowledge is unfolding, but it is hidden. Search for inner growth by self-examination and taking interest in esoteric truths, meditation and philosophy. You'll definitely need to resist self-pity, unnecessary guilt and negative indulgences. Build on developing an unselfish attitude by showing compassion and concern for the welfare of others, particularly those who are in hospital or institutions. With the North Node also in your 12th, there's a possibility of meeting someone significant who will help with the expansion of your growth. Jupiter moves out of your 12th house on September 8th and into your 1st house of personality which will mark a fabulous phase of good fortune until October 10th, 2017.

The Goddess Venus, your planetary ruler, starts the year in fun-loving Sagittarius, your 3rd house of communication. Enjoy excitement in your daily life, creative ideas, travel and secret business. Venus dances into Capricorn on January 23rd when your focus will turn to the home. Redecorating, entertaining the family, loved ones, and close friends will all be favoured The Goddess will then make her way through the other zodiac signs, adding a dash of her attractive qualities and charm.

Mercury will turn retrograde four times this year starting on January 5th. If you have made plans to move, then this may create a few hiccups with removalists, real estate agreements and family business. Home improvement plans may need to be rescheduled, and misunderstandings with family members are in the frame. (See below for further Mercury Retrograde periods) The Cosmic Prankster will clash with stern Saturn and the Sea-God Neptune from June 20th to 22nd and again from August 5th to the 8th. This is bound to trigger off delays and restrictions to your travel plans, mobility and routine. Health matters could surface, particularly if you are abroad.

Mars Retrograde

This year Mars, the God of War, turns retrograde on April 17th, which only happens once every two years and two months. The effects of each of these phases differ according to the sign in which it falls. A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac.

Can you withstand the challenge? Mars will turn retrograde in Sagittarius, your 3rd house of communication, before re-entering perceptive Scorpio on May 27th, your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions. The Warrior then returns to direct motion on June 29th, before re-entering Sagittarius on August 2nd. However, you will be in a much better position to resume your chosen course of action after August 22nd.

The first part of the Mars retrograde phase occurs in your 3rd house from April 17th to May 26th. It may be hard to get creative ideas off the ground, particularly if your patience is running out and you are ready to blow off some steam. Your energy levels could do with a lift, especially if you are trying to juggle more than you can handle adding frustration to decision-making. Mobility, car problems, transport, computers, and phone breakdowns could prevent you from doing your day-to-day errands. Make sure your car insurance and services are up to date. Go easy with feuding neighbours, siblings and relatives, as conditions will be ripe to haggle over past conflicts and are likely to open up a can of worms. From May 21st to the 26th, and June 13th to 15th, news you receive may not be pleasant, particularly if it involves litigation, study, travel arrangements or prominent people.

The second part of the Mars retrograde phase is in your 2nd house from May 27th up to August 2nd. You will feel the effects of being short of money with unexpected repairs, bills, or spending impulsively. This is the time to scrutinise your spending, short-term cash options and availability of personal resources. Finance negotiations could do with more input, but avoid getting into heated confrontations if it involves other people's money. Plan a budget that you can work with to rectify any short falls, be thrifty and avoid spending on non-essentials. Review your options for consolidating debts and reducing interest rate charges on borrowed money. You may have to re-evaluate your self-worth based on material conditions.

Love and Money Relationships: the Journey to the Heart   Go to Top

Rebellious Uranus remains in your 7th house of marriage, partnership and open confrontation, bringing excitement in romance, and unusual or unpredictable changes to your relationships and partnerships. Some unions and marriages may be short-lived with Uranus knocking over the traditional structures of commitment. Long-established relationships are unlikely to last, especially if there have been difficulties, unless of course they undergo major changes and allow for adjustments. This could mean more freedom, space and individuality within relationships. If your significant other is still with you during this time, then the chances are they are open to your ever-changing needs and demands, so stay with them. Revitalise your relationships by introducing a change in routine and interests. Consideration should also be given to your partner's own crises and developmental needs to allow for further growth.

A Full Moon Lunar Eclipse comes in your sign on March 23rd. This cosmic event will also put the spotlight on relationships and will be a test for survival.

The Goddess Venus steps into fiery Aries from April 5th to the 29th, adding charm to your 7th house. Ardent and passionate love will thrive, even a feisty love affair could blossom. It will be a favourable time for romance, more so with partners that are in love, with existing partnerships enjoying harmony. It's a perfect time to make compromises and iron out difficulties in legal matters.

The Warrior Mars marches through Aquarius from November 9th to December 18th. Your magnetism and sexual energy will intensify and you'll love to be involved in creative projects, or let off some steam with sports. Pay attention to children as they are likely to get up to mischief under this transit.

Home and Family Home and Family  Go to Top

As Underworld Pluto makes his way through your 4th house, family relationships will undergo major transformations. It will be a slow process unravelling personal past issues, divorce, separations and other family dynamics. These changes can be for the betterment of family members, but there is usually a price tag associated with change in residence, rental accommodation, property and possessions. In some cases the cost can be minor in comparison, with repairs to the home giving it a totally different appeal and a whole new look.

You'll appreciate Venus stepping into Capricorn from January 24th to February 16th, giving the home front a delightful lift. Be inspired to express your inner self by being creative. Get in the mood and redecorate, but keep it practical with expenditure. It will be a great time to entertain, have family get-togethers and invite over close friends.

On July 19th, a Full Moon in Capricorn will bring out strong feelings amongst family members. You'll place more significance on family values, old habits, comforts and security. Tensions are likely to rise just prior to the Full Moon, thanks to Pluto's powerful influence.

Leo Work and Health Work and Health  Go to Top

This year, the Sea-God Neptune continues his lengthy journey through Pisces, your area of work and health. Cloudy thinking, confusion and daydreaming could affect your day-to-day routine as well as your job performance. You'll benefit most by working where it involves service to others, including customer relations, the military or police, or helping co-workers, sub-ordinates and employees. Other avenues could be through selfless volunteer work. Neptune can influence your inspirational thoughts, creativity and artistic avenues. Your spiritual beliefs may be reinforced and you may find work with esoteric organisations. Guard against psychosomatic illnesses and addiction to medication, and don't overdo it with alcohol. Your daily routine could incorporate meditation, and healthy alternative practices.

On March 9th there is a Solar Eclipse in Pisces, and six months later, on September 16th, a Lunar Eclipse, also in Pisces. These will have a major bearing on the direction of your work, health, and routines over six-month intervals. Your field of work could change totally; you might decide to start a new health kick, exercise plan and overcome a few bad habits. There may be involvement with hospitals, institutions, caring for those less fortunate or rehabilitating in some way.

Leading up to the New Moon in versatile Gemini on June 5th, there'll be a dreaded grand cross formation. The Sea-God Neptune will confuse, add delusion and deceive events with work and health, while sombre Saturn restricts your mobility, adds sobriety to your daily affairs and communication opposing Venus the Goddess of Love and Beauty. Jupiter will sit in the heavens disturbing your quiet thoughts with doubts. Take precaution with health issues, as your ideals could be challenged, causing apathy, frustration and sadness over a relationship.

Career Matters Career and Finances  Go to Top

Seductive Venus dances through Cancer, your 10th house, from June 17th to July 11th, which will be perfect for advancing your career, enjoying the social limelight and gaining prestige. From June 4th to the 6th, however, there's potential for disappointment due to duties on the home front versus your wish for popularity and success. As you make steady progress with your career, the New Moon in Cancer on July 4th will increase your chances of taking a new direction. Start reviewing your long term ambitions, professional and business matters. You are more likely to be intuitively aware of others, particularly if you want to negotiate a change in your career.

On April 22nd, a Full Moon in Scorpio influences your personal income stream, values and possessions. This is the time to budget, scrutinise your expenditure, and review your ability to meet your commitments. Touchy feelings are likely to surface over joint accounts and belongings, investments, legacies and taxes.

Finances will go through a lull as Mars retrogrades in your 2nd house from May 27th to August 2nd. You'll appreciate your hard-earned cash and look for ways to overcome the financial demolition that Mars had caused previously. You'll welcome some extra cash as Venus improves your money flow from September 23rd to October 17th.

Mercury the Messenger Mercury the Messenger  Go to Top

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 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 your 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, 4th/5th house

Mercury, the Cosmic Messenger, starts the year retrograde on the 5th, touching on your 5th house of romance, creativity and speculation before re-entering Capricorn on the January 9th, your 4th house of home and family. Plans that you'd had in place on the home front may not get off the ground. Real estate issues are likely to crop up, along with property agreements and hiring removalists should you be moving house. Ideas you'd had in place for home improvements could do with another proposal, or even changed completely. Some Librans may value sorting through memorabilia, keepsakes, and ancestry. Misunderstandings could brew with family members, children returning home, or a relative or housemate staying over. From the 21st to the end of the month, you'll be able to master agreements, but control issues could see difficulties in getting what you want. Mercury goes direct again on January 25th, after which you will be able to return to making real progress from February 15th.

April 28th - May 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Taurus, 8th house

On April 28th, Mercury turns retrograde in Taurus in your 8th house of sex, death and taxes. Relationships and partnerships may be influential in the way you resolve finances, but issues are likely to arise out of discussions over jointly-owned accounts and possessions, investments, legacies, taxes and other people's money. Financial applications and approvals could meet with delays so double-check the accuracy of all account keeping details. Business partnerships and ventures could do with further investigating before any decisions are made. Check that the information you receive or send away is concise and that the fine print on documents has been read and understood. Mercury turns direct on May 22nd with the pace speeding up on negotiations after June 8th.

August 30th – September 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Virgo, 12th house

On August 30th, the Cosmic Prankster turns retrograde in your 12th house of secrets, sorrows and subconscious motivations. You'll submerge yourself in deeper thought, keeping communication at a low key. From September 1st to the 5th, you'll be attuned to philosophical thinking and expanding the mind through secret doctrines. It's also the time not to let doubts creep in over work disputes, unsettled conditions on the home front, or idle chatter by others. Do positive self-analysis, research and build up your mental reservoir by putting your fears to one side. Mercury turns direct on September 22nd, which will help you overcome any uncertainties. After October 7th, your spirits and expression will lift.

December 19th – January 8th, 2017, Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, 4th house

On August 30th, the Cosmic Prankster turns retrograde in your 12th house of secrets, sorrows and subconscious motivations. You'll submerge yourself in deeper thought, keeping communication at a low key. From September 1st to the 5th, you'll be attuned to philosophical thinking and expanding the mind through secret doctrines. It's also the time not to let doubts creep in over work disputes, unsettled conditions on the home front, or idle chatter by others. Do positive self-analysis, research and build up your mental reservoir by putting your fears to one side. Mercury turns direct on September 22nd, which will help you overcome any uncertainties. After October 7th, your spirits and expression will lift.

Lady Moon Lunar Life with Lady Moon  Go to Top

Your Full Moon beams in your sign on March 23rd and will be a powerful Penumbral Lunar Eclipse for the Scales. It will represent a culmination of events that began back in October 2015 and follows on from the Lunar Eclipse in September 2015 emphasizing your relationships. This will be a significant Full Moon for the Scales, beaming its light on your emotional energy, your thoughts, needs and feelings. It will also home in on discussions within relationships, agreements and legal commitments. Although you will set out to achieve harmony, there'll be an element of disagreement with those that you relate to, including open opponents. It will be important for you to discuss your needs with your partner or significant other, and listen to what they have to say in order to balance one another's needs and individuality. Be open to changes, as there's some potential for dramas, endings and sensitive feelings getting in the way of making amicable agreements.

Your personal New Moon occurs in your sign on October 1st. This will be a fabulous start for you, as jovial Jupiter begins his journey through your sign too. Your emotions will be charged and in tune with those around you, so it's a good time to share your happy, friendly and charming style. Your level of intuition will rise, as well as your metaphysical insights, relating to just causes and expansion of your feelings. Start working towards satisfying your emotional objectives, self-esteem, personal needs and changing style.

Eclipses Eclipses  Go to Top

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 6 months, having 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 6th house of work, health and routine. This Solar Eclipse will have a great bearing on your area of work, with strong possibilities of job changes being initiated. You'll need to pay more attention to health, diet and hygiene, although psychosomatic illnesses mainly due to stress and undue worries could manifest. Be prepared for unexpected events, which could alter your efficiency, routine and the way you go about things in your daily life. This will indirectly affect your performance, competence and your relationship with others. A partner's health may be of concern, as are dealings with hospitals, institutions and behind-the-scenes activity. However, always leave the door open for opportunities and growth in other fields.

A Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in your sign on March 23rd will influence your 1st house of personality. Please refer to your personal Full Moon forecast.

A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st comes in your 12th house of secrets, sorrows and subconscious motivations. As fortunate Jupiter heads out of your 12th house, you'll need come to terms with hidden issues and begin a new journey with more contentment. You'll still be transfixed by subconscious fears and may shy away from making your feelings known to others. Perhaps a good, trusted friend could help with your dilemmas if necessary. You'll also retreat and find more contentment in subjective issues, gaining benefit from areas of psychology and meditation. Be guided by your gut feelings as they rarely lie, and open up your sympathetic side to those who would benefit from hearing about your experiences.

A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces on September 16th occurs in your 6th house of work and health. This will be the last Lunar Eclipse of the year and will be a culmination of events that happened back in March. You will want closure and will have abundant energy to be versatile in alternative directions. This may involve a business partnership, working for yourself, or your partner. Full Moons have a way of triggering heated emotions and dramas, so avoid stepping on the toes of work associates. Follow through with health concerns, and be careful while working around machinery, computers and technological instruments.

That's it for the Annual Forecast for 2016, dear Libra. 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.

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