2016 Horoscope Forecast
Sagittarius, the Archer
natural charm and popularity
Welcome to 2016 dear Archers! The New Year begins with the Goddess Venus in your 1st house of personality. This is excellent, because it brings out your natural charm, attractive qualities, pleasant interaction with others and an increase in popularity. You will be in a happier frame of mind in coming weeks, taking more pride in the way you look, and expressing your best side.
Stern Saturn remains in your 1st house, consolidating your efforts through diligence, self-restraint and taking a serious overview of inner conditioning. Saturn brings mature and responsible actions, reinforcing realistic expectations, and learning experiences.
Benevolent Jupiter, your planetary-ruler remains in Virgo, your 10th house of career and ambitions. This is usually a successful time when you are likely to receive recognition, rewards and good fortune. Your confidence and joviality will increase as well as your popularity and goodwill. All this could give you an ego boost, but don't let it get in the way of good professional conduct. With the North Node also in your 10th house, you will get a directional push whether in your career, life-path or personal life. You may connect with an important person who will influence your next career move and public status.
The Warrior Mars and tricky Mercury will have considerable interplay during the year thanks to interacting retrograde phases (see below). There'll even be two Full Moons in your sign, influencing your relationships and personal needs, together with Lunar and Solar Eclipses bringing new directions and endings to the various quarters of your life.
This year 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 happens. A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving in backwards through the zodiac. Are you ready to take on a new adventure during 2016? Mars will retrograde in your sign, your 1st house of personality, before striding back into Scorpio on May 27th, reawakening your 12th house of secrets, sorrows and subconscious motivations. Mars returns to direct motion on June 29th before re-entering Sagittarius on August 2nd. By then, you will be highly motivated and ready to bring out your physical and ego energies, especially after August 22nd.
The first part of the Mars retrograde phase occurs in your 1st house from April 17th to May 26th. Just when you thought you had energy to burn, your progress will slow down, in order to evaluate your activities and attend to other demands. Your motivation and enthusiasm will meet cosmic resistance, putting the brakes on your zesty nature and lively sexuality. Ego differences emerge while negotiating relationship issues from the past, and disputes could arise over unsettled business negotiations or divorce settlements. In all, you'll be working at a slower place, curbing your restlessness with a dose of patience to surmount any difficulties. Compromises with opponents may be hard to reach, particularly in any outstanding litigation.
The second part of the Mars retrograde phase takes place in your 12th house from May 27th up to August 2nd. This period should be less demanding, as you look within for your source of frustration and irritability. Is there a hidden secret in place that you need to work through? Are you ready for this to resurface now? You'll achieve much through working behind the scenes with unfinished projects that were in place in January and February. This can be connected to your spiritual interests, security needs, financial status, and working towards improving your life-path and career. Subconscious drives, past concerns and doubts may hinder your emotional and physical strength. Renew your inner powers by changing your focus, and restructuring old thought patterns. Mars goes direct on June 29th before re-entering Sagittarius on August 2nd and setting about building up your vitality again.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
Rebellious Uranus has brought new and exciting romances, some of which have not lasted the run. Those that have remained could propel you into creative and artistic endeavours, awakening a new way of expressing your sexuality and future long-standing relationships. Children may be more demanding under this transit, and be careful, because unexpected pregnancies are also in the stars.
Archers will be in the midst of adjustments in relationships mid-year. A Lunar Eclipse in Libra on March 23rd will trigger feelings within friendships and love attractions. The Goddess Venus makes her way through your 5th house from April 5th to the 29th. This will be a favourable time for stimulating romance, concreting love relationships, and experiencing happiness through entertainment and fun.
Two Full Moons in Sagittarius this year will directly impact on your relationships. The first Full Moon will be on May 21st and the second, a Blue Moon, occurs on June 20th. These will influence the role you play, your personal needs, along with your attitude towards renewing bonds, commitments and new relationship directions.
The Sun moves into Gemini on May 20th, placing an emphasis on your 7th house until June 19th. Sensual Venus will also be in Gemini from May 24th to June 16th. This will give you the chance to set resolutions in place, stand up for your rights, bring harmony in relationships and settle differences with opponents. Although there'll be delightful moments of love and passion, the New Moon in Gemini on June 5th will sort the wheat from the chaff in relationships, your career, family life and your obligations. This may hinder love relationships, with possible separations and interference from authority figures. Difficulties that arise will be out of your immediate control. So keep your wits about you and don't let loose that notorious tongue of yours! Mercury will enter the scene from June 12th to June 29th, adding to differences of opinion and the need to get a grip on domestic issues on June 20th and 21st. As loving Venus moves through your 8th house from June 16th to July 7th, personal relationships will savour your love and sexuality, not to mention the way you spend your dough.
Expansive Jupiter, your planetary ruler, moves into your 11th house on September 9th, beginning a major new phase that lasts until October 10th, 2017. This marks the start of a new cycle, broadening your ideals and stimulating your hopes and dreams as friendships, associations, and groups you belong to will take centre-stage. Prepare to undergo a shift, because your hopes and wishes could be in your reach. Take time to think about your future goals, and the opportunities that will present themselves. Become more conscious of the role you play in the lives of other people. New love attractions are on the horizon, especially with prospects that already have children from a previous match, while attached Archers should find more fulfilment and happiness in existing relationships. Don't overplay your self-importance, intelligence, or competence, as this could have negative reactions at a later time.
On December 14th, the Full Moon in Gemini will once again shed its light on the structure of your relationships. Avoid making any rash decisions based on your mood swings at the time.
Home and Family
The Sea-God, Neptune, remains in Pisces, your 4th house all year. An element of confusion has arisen in the role you play as a family member, which has seen you sacrificing your personal needs. You are experiencing considerable inner changes along the pathway of spiritual growth. This can be clouded due to conditions on the domestic scene and with family members who may have a drug or alcohol related problem. This is an ideal time to increase your interests in metaphysics, religion, artistic and musical fields. A change in residence is possible. Finding your own identity to achieve inner peace may help to resolve your problems.
You will take a new direction with your home and family life with the Solar Eclipse in Pisces on March 9th, seeing the fruition of your efforts with the Lunar Eclipse on September 16th.
As the Sun enters Pisces on February 19th, you will place more emphasis on your home life and the relationship you have with family members up to March 19th. There could be confusion around domestic issues on February 28th and 29th. Mercury speeds into your 4th house from March 5th to 21st, increasing mental activity with discussions revolving around real estate and property. Lovely Venus steps in from March 12th to April 29th with plans in place to redecorate, or add beauty to your surroundings, bringing pleasure and entertainment. This will be a good time to create harmony and peace offerings with disgruntled family members.
Work and Health
Mercury makes his way into Taurus, your 6th house of work and health, on April 5th. This will activate your ability to speed through one task and onto another as you juggle your daily routine, which will be busier than normal. You'll accomplish a great deal, as long as you concentrate on the job at hand. This is a good time to discuss any problems, or present ideas, so listen to others in the workplace and increase your group's efficiency. Make a note of detailed messages, and keep your diary and schedule up to date before Mercury retrogrades between April 28th and May 22nd.
Venus will add creativity to your tasks from April 30th to May 23rd. Relationships with work colleagues should be friendly and pleasant, together with your working environment. There's a chance of success, recognition and financial gain.
May 6th sees a New Moon in Taurus, your 6th house, which will open up a new path for your emotional and physical wellbeing. Introduce new health habits, including a diet plan or exercise regime. Use your business sense in your work, organising and reinforcing your contingency plans. Increase your level of service to others, and create good public relations with colleagues and customers. Your daily routine could also do with a change to increase your resourcefulness. November 14th brings a Super Moon which will see a culmination of your efforts.
Transformative Pluto remains in your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions. It hasn't been an easy task juggling bills, and tightening household expenditure. There may have been heavy financial losses in recent times, or setbacks in your earning capacity. Your value system is undergoing restructure, together with the availability of income support through outside sources of investments, business partnerships, joint accounts, and other people's money. Don't try and hold on to what is no longer a possible source; let it go and allow a new structure to take its place.
It will be a slow start to the year, with Mercury retrograde between January 5th and the 25th in Capricorn, your 2nd house. This will impinge on financial negotiations, meeting your commitments and starting a new budget plan. However the New Moon in Capricorn on January 10th will set a new and different direction in handling your finances. Be practical and thrifty, start a business plan, and look at other areas that could bring you extra income, either through investments or with another person. This is not the time to clear out possessions with emotional and sentimental value, as you'll feel secure having something old and familiar around you. Review your priorities, set objectives into place and start organising a better system for dealing with income and expenditure.
Venus dances in your 2nd house from January 23rd to February 16th, which will coincide with Mercury going direct and the Full Moon in Leo, your 9th house. Your financial situation is about to turn a corner with the help of the Goddess. Yes! This will be a successful time for money talks, an increase in earnings, and good luck. It will be important not to be too indulgent with expenditure on expensive items around the home from January 29th to the 2nd of February, so a little restraint will go a long way.
The Solar Eclipse on September 1st could take you on a new career path, or finalise your current career contract. You might even take on a completely different profession.
Mercury, the Cosmic Prankster, will be retrograde in your 10th house of career and ambitions from August 30th to September 22nd. Discussion of your ideas, plans and long term projections will be temporarily put on hold. With the last Mercury Retrograde of the year happening between December 19th, 2016 and January 8th, 2017, your finances will require review, finding ways of meeting expenses and revising your expenditures in 2017.
What does Mercury Retrograde hold for you this year? Mercury goes retrograde three times a year for about three weeks each time. During these retrogrades, you can expect miscommunication, delays in travel, and breakdowns in machinery and appliances. Usually these breakdowns are due to neglect or lack of attention to detail and the retrograde period simply brings these problems to the surface. It’s often a good idea to hold off on making any important decisions, purchases, or signing contracts when Mercury is retrograde. Brides who are planning weddings should certainly consult an astrologer to avoid scheduling the Big Day during a retrograde! On the positive side, Mercury retrograde is excellent for research and investigation. It is a time to go over everything carefully, looking for loopholes, mistakes, and weaknesses. Here are this year’s Mercury retrogrades and how they are likely to impact you:
February 23rd – March 17th Mercury Retrograde in Pisces, 4th House
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 introduced 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, 3rd house
Mercury, the Cosmic Mischief-Maker, starts the year turning retrograde on the 5th, touching on your 3rd house of communication before re-entering Capricorn on January 9th, reactivating your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions. It will be crucial to keep on top of your finances, meeting your commitments and obligations. There'll be post-Christmas bills to sort, ensuring that you receive your income on time, and meeting other unexpected expenses. Your timing may be out, especially in talks with banks, or organisations to which you owe money. It may be difficult to get a loan approval or an extension; people may be slow in answering your calls, and messages could go astray or be misunderstood. Accounts may need changing, including your mail address for bills and other information. From the 21st to the end of the month, financial issues that arose between the 19th and the 22nd of December will need to be finalised. From the 31st of January to the 3rd of February, arguments could arise over income, speculations, and children's or other people's behaviour. Mercury goes direct again on January 25th, after which you will get clearer ideas about planning your budget, with normality and progress returning from February 15th.
April 28th – May 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Taurus, 6th house
On April 28th, the Cosmic Prankster turns retrograde in Taurus, your 6th house. Your mental activities will revolve around your areas of work, health, and routine. Your discussions with fellow workers could be misunderstood with messages going astray, thanks to computer and phone problems. Your usual routine could be disrupted, creating delays in the work you want to accomplish. However you could find yourself sorting through paperwork, tidying up and organising information that has been neglected. During this phase you will also deal with finances, domestic issues and career matters that you had in place earlier in April. Follow through with health checks, and watch for nervous tension. Mercury turns direct on May 22nd, allowing you to press forward with your timetable. Normality returns after June 8th.
August 30th to September 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Virgo, 10th house
On August 30th, the Cosmic Prankster turns retrograde in your 10th house of career and ambitions. This marks a period of changes and adjustment to your mental activity. You'll need to work through your own ego demands and motivation to get the most of opportunities available to you. It won't be an easy time as you evaluate your long-term plans, life-style and domestic matters. Presenting ideas and talks with employers about a raise or promotion may take longer than expected, but don't get too caught up with details and be sure to clarify any points that may have been missed. Concentrate on positive outcomes with your goals and ambitions in mind. Those born at the end of Sagittarius should experience good news in early September. Mercury turns direct on September 22nd, and speeds up decision making, with plans back on schedule after October 7th.
December 19th – January 8th, 2017, Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, 2nd house
This will mark the last Mercury retrograde phase for the year starting on December 19th in your 2nd house. Finances will be in the picture once more, settling last-minute bills before the Festive Season. Discussions over money matters in November will require final adjustments during the break in your activities. It will be important to raise any issues of concern over expenditure and push through money that is due to you. You may experience frustrating delay with travel, with plans taking longer to eventuate than expected. Mercury briefly re-enters Sagittarius your 1st house of personality on January 4th, before going direct on January 8th, then back into Capricorn on January 12th. You'll be back on track to zoom through working to a budget plan from January 28th 2017.
Lunar Life with Lady Moon
Your Two Full Moons will occur on May 21st and June 20th (Blue Moon). It will be an amazing experience to have two Full Moons in your sign. The first Full Moon on May 21st comes in the early degrees of your sign. It will be conjunct Mars, which will be undergoing a retrograde phase. It will be the time to make adjustments to frustrations and anger brought on by past experiences. This could be reflected in your attitude to relationships, partnerships and reaching resolutions with legal matters. You may have to face hostility from others and defuse unreasonable outbursts, demands and dramas. Allow things to cool off and approach differences in a rational manner.
The second Full Moon (a Blue Moon) happens on June 20th in the last degree of your sign. Spooky! It will primarily influence those born in the latter degrees of Sagittarius. Overall, communication difficulties are likely within relationships, partnerships on the home front and with family members. Feelings could be clouded over issues, responsibilities and responses to your personal needs. Past differences will arise, allowing dramas to take control if you let them. You could feel rather moody sorting out differences in legal agreements and commitments. Shuffle constructive ideas into place and come up with a plan that suits all. Mercury in your 7th house could undermine your good intentions in resolving disputes.
Your personal New Moon occurs in your sign on November 29th. This is the perfect time of the year to tune in to your emotional needs, ideals and support for others, including new friendships and associations but also within existing relationships. You'll take a new direction in expressing your feelings, although you will need to fathom mood swings because of your high sensitivity. You'll be eager to please, yet taken aback when others don't share the same sentiments. Your vitality, magnetism and attractive qualities will shine through, giving you a different stance on life and what meets your emotional satisfaction.
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 4th house of home and family. This will be a period of new beginnings within the structure of your home and family life. More importance will be placed on your emotional security, strengths, lifestyle changes and adjustments to your comfort zone. This will fall in line with your public stance, career, finances and relationships. Some Archers will undergo major directional changes depending on other aspects, which could give a feeling of uneasiness at the start. Emotions could be overwhelming, but brighter prospects and happiness are on the horizon thanks to Jupiter's caring hand.
A Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Libra on March 23rd will influence your 11th house of friends, hopes and wishes. It will be an important time to balance and express your individuality, sentimental feelings towards friends, and love relationships. You'll gain better insight in building towards your future goals and dreams with the help of those around you. Existing bonds with friends, groups, associations and organisations could lead you to fulfilling some of your aspirations. Your ideas and emotions will be flowing, but don't allow your persistence get in the way by creating disagreements. You'll have a stronger need to enjoy yourself, even if it means travelling to see friends, socialising and opening up relationships with other people's children.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st occurs in your 10th house of career and ambitions. As optimistic Jupiter departs Virgo, you will start evaluating your ambitions, career intentions and your life pathway. This is a time of new directions, aiming for success and recognition in your profession. Sudden changes and endings could set you on a new path, but allow for adjustments in your family life. Your public profile will stand out, so make sure your reputation remains in good stead with your employer and with authority figures.
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces on September 16th will affect your 4th house of home and family. This will be the last Lunar Eclipse of the year and will be a culmination of events back in March. This Full Moon will bring out your energy, with Mars at the helm initiating creativity and positive changes in relationships. There'll be excitement surrounding you, which will infiltrate your love life too, along with your relationship with children and family members. Your responsibilities will focus on realistic matters on the home front, the health of a family member, and decisions on real estate and property.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on November 3rd activates your 12th house of subconscious matters and is a preview to events that could occur during the Full Moon in Taurus on November 17th. Because Mercury is also retrograde now, you are best served by reflecting and researching rather than trying to begin anything new. Anything that you have been working on behind the scenes should continue, as it not yet time to complete this cycle. Believe it or not, much of what is happening now is leading you to greater enlightenment. Be open to meaningful coincidences and generating good karma.
That's it for the Annual Forecast for 2016, dear Archers. 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.