2016 Horoscope Forecast
Pisces, the Fishes
defining your hopes and goals
Welcome to 2016 dear Fish! What does the year ahead have in store for you?
The Sea-God Neptune is travelling through your sign at a slow pace. Neptune, a planet discovered in modern time, is well-placed in Pisces and has been declared the co-ruler of your sign. You'll be inspired, yet in reflective moods will act the part of a chameleon adjusting to your immediate environment and people around you. It may be difficult for you to discern or reveal who you really are and what path you want to follow in pleasing yourself and within relationships. This is an ideal time for spiritual growth, meditation and lifting the fog of your true identity.
The God of the Underworld, Pluto, is making his way through your 11th solar house, and will waste no time restructuring the traditional roles and values that affect your circle of friends. You will discover who your real friends are and what impact they have had on your life. This can bring about a total transformation in defining your future hopes and goals. The types of people you are attracted to now could change, together with what you are after in relationships, friendships and associations. The groups and organisations that you belong to will undergo stringent testing before revealing the function they play in your life and how beneficial they are for you in the long run. Changes that take place could lead you in a new career and life-path direction.
The New Year begins with Mercury turning retrograde in Aquarius on the 5th of January, briefly entering your 12th house, before re-entering your 11th house to tidy up loose ends and discussions with friends and other social outlets.
March 9th sees your Personal New Moon, which this year happens to be a Solar Eclipse in your sign. It will have a strong effect, placing importance on identifying our own needs, but also the question of support within friendships and relationships. 2016 also brings your personal Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse on September 16th, which we discuss later in this article.
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.
Mars turns retrograde in Sagittarius, your 10th house of career and ambitions, before revisiting Scorpio on May 27th, your 9th house of the higher mind. Mars returns to direct motion on June 29th before re-entering Sagittarius on August 2nd. You be able to return to setting your goals after August 22nd.
The first part of the Mars retrograde phase occurs in your 10th house from April 17th to May 26th. Mars enters your 10th house on March 6th, which will be excellent for the ambitions and rising in your career, as you make tireless efforts to work hard and achieve. Your public image and any disrepute you have undergone will be an open showcase to those that want to weigh your enthusiasm down. Those in your career field could be threatened by your zest for life and urge to take control, so tread lightly with authority figures, employers and those in your profession. Curb your impatience, otherwise you'll be dragged over hot coals for insubordination and not sticking to rules. Keep a level head, and don't be discouraged by the slower pace. Avoid making rash decisions about career changes. Organisations and employment agencies may be a tad slow in helping you find the right employment to help you with your objectives. Mars re-enters Sagittarius on August 2nd, when you'll start to make advancements.
The second part of the Mars retrograde phase is in your 9th house from May 27th to August 2nd. You'll step back a pace or two to earlier in the year when you found new experiences and adventure further afield, not only in relationships and friendship but in where your inspirations and ideals were based. You'll reconsider taking up advanced studies or take a break. Travelling is not favoured as it won't have the same impact as before. In the event that you do travel overseas, take note of scheduled times, and cancellations. Be particularly cautious in foreign countries, and with places and people you are not familiar with. If you are involved in imports and exports, business could be slower than usual. Legal matters that had arisen previously will need your careful attention and finalisation. Take a moment or two to reflect on your ideologies and philosophical thinking, as your beliefs are likely to be challenged. Mars goes direct on June 29th, settling your urges, and will enable you to move towards your future endeavours.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
Benefic Jupiter, your life-ruler, remains in Virgo opening up the gates of good fortune, opportunities to meet a significant other, and improvement in existing relationships. Look towards achieving happiness, new relationship experiences, success, and celebrating a possible commitment. It's a prosperous time in which to form new bonds and unions, to take up a different relationship, or to get married. This phase also extends to successful outcomes with law issues, contracts and professional counselling. However, don't get too carried away with your own needs; remember to support your partner and co-operate. Jupiter remains in your 7th house until October 8th.
February 22nd sees a Full Moon in Virgo brightening up your 7th house sector of relationships, partnerships and marriage. It will also emphasise your personal wants within relationships. Dramas can eventuate because feelings are elevated and may be out of phase with your expectations. This also covers agreements, commitments and waging war with opponents if you are particularly frustrated. Some Fish will enjoy the love and emotional responses at this time, but don't become overly critical of your partner.
August 5th to the 29th sees the influence of Venus the Goddess imparting harmony, pleasant unions and love. It's a favourable time to settle disputes, achieve resolutions, and bring romance into your life. However, Mercury goes retrograde from August 30th to September 22nd when the timing of agreements and plans will fall behind. This will enable you to take a second look at any loopholes before signing documents. September 1st sees a Solar Eclipse in your 7th house, which will bring new dimensions, with changes to your current status and relationship arrangements.
Home and Family
May 20th to June 19th sees the Sun in Gemini, your 4th house. Challenges will be in place from May 21st to the 23rd under the Full Moon in Sagittarius. Emotions will be particularly sensitive over family concerns, possessions, real estate, past differences, and your sub-conscious drives. It's a good to examine your relationships, security and comfort needs.
Venus the Goddess makes her way into your 4th house from May 24th to June 16th. This is usually a harmonious time for family relationships, redecorating, and entertaining with family get-togethers.
Mid-year will prove a time of disruption as well as harmony. Events will be topsy-turvy, particularly on June 5th with the New Moon in Gemini. Although this will be a time of new directions, monumental disruptions will test your ability to overcome obstacles. It will create tension on the home front, with family members, relationship, your career, and public image. You will question your needs, perhaps relocating amidst the confusion that you experience at the time.
The Full Moon in Gemini on December 12th, will give you time to reflect on your accomplishments, not only with your home, life-style and family relationships, but also your career achievements. Consider your prospects towards 2017 and discuss long-term plans.
Work and Health
At the start of the year on January 24th, we see the Full Moon in Leo, your 6th house. Emotions will be charged with your work, health, and habits. You'll be drawn to your relationship with fellow workers, your contribution to being of service to others, as well as the way you relate to others and organise your work. Pay particular attention to your wellbeing, diet and hygiene, and have a health check with your doctor, dentist or alternative health professional. It's possible that psychosomatic illnesses could occur, due to work-related stress or undue nervous strain because of your daily routine.
The month of July will show more activity, communication, harmony and financial success related to your area of work. August 2nd sees a New Moon in Leo, which will focus on taking a fresh approach, changing jobs and introducing a new health regime.
Career and Finances
Uranus remains in Aries, your 2nd house, bringing sudden fluctuations with your income stream. You'll undergo changes in your value structure, perhaps with unexpected monetary gains through your career, inheritances, other people or partners. Look towards new and unusual methods of earning money, including your own business pursuits.
Venus starts the year in your 10th house of career and ambitions, signalling a great time to achieve success with your career prospects, climbing the social ladder, and winning people over. You'll attract recognition, receive accreditation by your employer and important people. Your creative abilities may be called for, together with your artistic skills in your career. Some Fish may head off on a romantic journey with someone older and wiser.
March 23rd sees a Lunar Eclipse in your 8th house. This will be a humdinger, bringing an overview of your financial accomplishments during the past six months. From March 30th to April 2nd, finance negotiations could spark arguments over changes to your income stream. The New Moon in Aries on April 7th could see you taking new initiatives with your income, mainly through circumstances, and external pressures. Thanks to the influence of Venus, April should see unexpected good luck with money and your career.
Two Full Moons shine in Sagittarius, your 10th house, the first on the May 21st, followed by the second one (a Blue Moon) on June 20th. They will highlight your drive for achievements in your career and profession, but are likely to cause emotional upsets. You need to find a balance between your domestic responsibilities, and your ambitions.
Jupiter Enters Libra
Expansive Jupiter, your life-ruler, treks into charming Libra, your 8th house of other people's money on October 9th. This begins a fortunate cycle for shared resources, business partnership ventures, income from investments, compensations, legacies and inheritances. Financial assistance, good fortune, gifts and rewards could come your way unexpectedly. You'll dig deeper into the spiritual world, metaphysics and life after death mysteries. Jupiter will remain in your 8th house until October 9th, 2017.
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 that are 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, 12th house
Mercury, the Cosmic Prankster, starts the year turning retrograde on the 5th, touching your 12th house of secrets before re-entering Capricorn on the 9th, your 11th house. You are likely to reconnect with friends once more and attend to unfinished business, observing the relationship you have with others in groups, organisations, clubs and socially. There'll be a need to cover old ground, going over agreements and social misunderstandings. Perhaps the support you were after has been hindered in some way through misdirected discussions, not listening properly, or just giving out the wrong impression.
From the 21st to the end of the month, you may have to eat your words, and defuse any ill feelings or miscommunication that has happened. This may well revolve around events and comments from the 19th to the 22nd of December 2015, with friends not being honest, or money related problems and losses. From the 31st of January to the 3rd of February, try not to misdirect your energies by being too hasty with financial decisions. Take added precautions while driving, as it will be easy to get distracted and you will be liable to accidents. Mercury goes direct again on January 25th, which will allow differences to be settled. Set your goals in place. After the 15th of February, you'll journey into a quieter mental phase.
April 28th – May 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Taurus, 3rd house
On April 28th, the Cosmic Prankster turns retrograde in Taurus in your 3rd house. It's usually the time to surge with mental and physical activity, and a multitude of tasks in the course of your daily routine. Don't be surprised if you experience misunderstandings, computer and phone breakdowns, transport and motor vehicle hassles, sending and receiving misconstrued messages. It may give some Fish the chance to do a bit of clearing, sort through old correspondence and do a bit of a catch on phone calls. Venus will enhance your charm and expression during this phase influencing talks, peace offerings and resolutions with friends and within relationships. Mercury turns direct on May 22nd allowing you to speed away with solutions, with revamped ideas and plans in place after June 8th.
August 30th – September 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Virgo, 7th house
On August 30th, the Cosmic Prankster turns retrograde in your 7th house of significant commitments. This phase will cover negotiations, and agreements within relationships, business partnerships, alliances and the court of open enemies. Legal matters, contracts, divorce documents will call for attention to detail. Conflicts that arose earlier in August will need further but slow progress within your career, friends and associations. There'll be points of clarification particularly with long term commitments and that you have recently entered into. Go over the small print of contracts, make sure you understand your legal obligations, verbal agreements and all documents that you may sign. The first week of September is favourable for negotiations. Mercury turns direct on September 22nd, giving more scope for resolutions with very positive results after October 7th.
December 19th – January 8th, 2017, Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, 11th house
This will mark the last Mercury retrograde phase starting on December 19th emphasizing your 11th house of friends, hopes and wishes. You'll zoom back to talks and reconnecting with loyal friends and associates. You'll give serious thought to your future goals in 2017, your relationships, and changes to finances. However, given that it will be the festive season, expect frustrations, hidden concerns and slow down of pursuing your social network. You might find yourself entertaining old and familiar faces, or delay in making a few relevant phone calls. Mercury briefly re-enters Sagittarius your 10th house on January 4th, before going direct on January 8th, then back into Capricorn on January 12th. From January 28th, you'll be able to take another look at making decisions, your goals, and friendships. Mercury moves into Aquarius on February 7th, 2017.
Lunar Life with Lady Moon
Your personal New Moon will occur in your sign on March 9th - A Solar Eclipse.
Your personal Full Moon occurs in your sign on September 16th - A Lunar Eclipse.
For more details, see our discussion in the next section, Eclipses.
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.
Your Personal New Moon and Solar Eclipse comes in Pisces on March 9th. This New Moon, a Solar Eclipse, will have a tremendous impact over the following six months. It will herald major new directions and the way you express your emotions, while giving emotional support in relationships. You'll want to be on the receiving end too, receiving love and support from others. Set your sights on being confident, expanding your personal magnetism, and pretty much what pleases you the most. It will be a sensitive phase, opening up your intuition, compassion and sympathy. With benefic Jupiter in your 7th house of relationships, you'll be in reach of a commitment, meeting a significant other, and making big plans about your future as you extend your circle of friends. However, you'll need motivation rather than simply expecting things to fall on your lap.
A Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse is in Libra on March 23rd will influence your 8th house of sex, death and taxes. The effects of this Full Moon will have a basis in your financial accomplishments over the past six months. It will revolve around discussions and differences of opinion while you work your way through joint resources, possessions, investments, taxes and other people's money. There could be a parting of the ways over business matters, inheritances, money due to you and other partnership issues. Scrutinise your financial affairs, consolidate debts where possible and finalise other manageable debts. Your interpretation of values, security and comforts could also alter, together with your sensual needs in personal relationships.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st in your 7th house of significant commitments. It will be the start of a new phase for the ensuing six months. Discussions at the start show promise but with a tag attached, particularly if you have career responsibilities and a public image to uphold. This may add confusion about what you really want. While you hover over your emotional needs, feelings are likely to be heightened in love relationships. Whether you are ready to take the plunge, or are quite happy to let things roll as they are, will depend on your capacity to see through your own clouded thoughts. Some Fish will embark on new relationships, or mend rifts, while others will savour deeper and more sensual personal relationships.
Your Personal Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse takes place in Pisces on September 16th. This is the last Lunar Eclipse of the year and will be a culmination of events that have entered your life since March. It may be a wakeup call! Where to now dear Fish? With the Solar Eclipse on September 1st, and big brother Jupiter heading out of Virgo, you'll take a different stance regarding your personal needs. You'll be motivated to chase career options, earning money and making long-term plans. You'll take another look at relationships through rose-tinted glasses and perhaps leave your options open. There may be good fortune and opportunity in finances, while opening up your spiritual path and interests in the metaphysical world.
That's it for our Annual Forecast for 2016, dear Fish! 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.