2016 Horoscope Forecast
Scorpio, the Scorpion
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Welcome to 2016 dear Scorpio! The New Year begins with Mars your planetary ruler heading home to your sign on January 3rd. You have evidently been working away behind the scenes conserving your batteries; this has held you back from revealing your powerful energetic drive, which you can now display both physically and emotionally.
Mars and Mercury interact during their retrograde phases (see below), restricting your capacity to negotiate on finance and property settlements, partnership agreements, communication and friendships.
This year mighty Mars, your planetary ruler, God of War and Passion, turns retrograde on April 17th. Now this only happens once every two years and two months, but the effects of each phase 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. Are you prepared to meet the challenges and assert yourself, dear Scorpio? Mars will turn retrograde on April 17th in Sagittarius, your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions before stalking back into your sign on May 27th. Mars returns to direct motion through the zodiac on June 29th before re-entering Sagittarius on August 2nd. By then your ruffled feathers should have settled after battling it out with opponents, and you should be able to resume your tenacious drive at full speed after August 22nd.
The first part of the Mars retrograde phase occurs in your 2nd house from April 17th to May 26th. This will be a time to resolve your financial affairs, re-establishing your values and possessions. Negotiations with financial institutions may be fraught with delays while you look for alternatives to fill your shortfall with money and boost your earning capacity. Areas that call for your attention will include settling small debts, credit card bills, and renegotiating mortgage repayments, which could prove frustrating. You may find yourself in dispute over joint holdings and possessions, backtracking paperwork and documents. Restraining expenditure will be a must while you catch up with your bill payments and long-term financial obligations. May 21st to the 26th and June 13th to the 15th could see disappointments over speculations, joint accounts, or other people's possessions and money. Keep a rational perspective and don't be phased out by confusing events and proceedings.
The second part of the Mars retrograde phase affects your 1st house from May 27th up to August 2nd. As your life-ruler steps back into Scorpio, unfinished business during January and February will need revisiting before you can make real progress. Relationships, friendships, business partnerships and legal agreements are all under the gun. This can leave you exasperated with the actions of others and opponents, testing your willingness to compromise. It could try your patience, particularly if ego differences create tension or disputes within litigation and divorce settlements. Why not put your physical energy to work pursuing tasks that you haven't had time to do in the past? As well as releasing some steam through your sexuality and libido! It's not the time to rush into hasty decisions, so allow yourself to work through things at a steady pace. Mars goes direct on June 29th before re-entering Sagittarius your 2nd house on August 2nd.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
Optimistic Jupiter remains in Virgo your 11th house until September 8th, opening up new friendships and love attractions and building towards your future happiness and dreams. Some of you will be starry-eyed and could make an announcement as love blossoms in your life, or perhaps reveal a secret relationship. With the North Node also in Virgo, some Scorpions will be fortunate enough to meet a significant other, but it won't be an easy road as other relationship issues need to be settled in the meantime. Friends could open doorways to expand and broaden your values and aspirations.
The Sea God Neptune remains in your 5th house, tantalising your creativity, vision, romantic dreams, and heart's desire. Clouded thinking arises at times, but in all it will give you greater inspiration to continue the pursuit of what holds firm in your ideals.
Mars in your sign from January 3rd to March 5th will energise you with a good dose of added pep! Intensity and passion will bubble in your relationships, so although you'll be the initiator, try not to overdo it with high demands -- unless your partner can keep up with your vitality. Settling resolutions could be tricky, but not impossible, provided that you can be civil while battling out other partnership matters. February 12th to the 16th marks a special occasion in love and friendship. The Warrior will raise issues that need final implementation as he goes retrograde, tidying up long-standing concerns and clearing away the emotional debris.
There are two Solar Eclipses this year, the first being on March 9th, in Pisces, your 5th house, opening a new direction within relationships. The second Solar Eclipse will be on September 1st in your 11th house. A different energy emerges in your circle of friendships, and in meeting new friends and romantic attractions. A powerful Lunar Eclipse on September 16th brings fulfilment in love relationships and a culmination of what you began in March. This can also have the reverse effect in that if a relationship is not working it may be time to reconsider, or finalise divorce proceedings. The likelihood of a new beginning is stimulated, as well as final departures in other areas. Take another look at your relationships with other people, your children, entertainment and creative projects, and lighten the load by having some fun. October could test the waters as you stand firm expressing your debating streak with authorities.
Venus, the Goddess of Love, makes her way into your 5th house from March 12th to April 4th, which will be fabulous for love encounters, harmony and lightening your mood thanks to pleasant interactions with others. From April 30th to May 23rd, Venus makes her way through your 7th house, when there'll be happy times ahead both for existing relationships and establishing new relationships. Of course this will be well in the midst of retrograde phases, which may make things difficult to get off the ground. Nevertheless, it's a good time to reach a compromise, ironing out difficulties with opponents and settling legal wrangles. Pluto and Jupiter will come to your aid in moving things along.
From April 28th to May 22nd, Mercury turns retrograde in your 7th house, pinpointing areas that need detailed attention within agreements. Again from August 30th to September 22nd, Mercury retrogrades in your 11th house of friendships and romantic attractions. November 14th brings a Super Moon in Taurus, your 7th house, focussing on your relationships, when you'll be able to discuss negotiations and reach resolutions.
Home and Family
The home front should see changes from January 20th to February 18th, when the Sun moves through Aquarius, your 4th house. This will follow through with the Goddess there from February 2nd to March 11th, sprucing up your comfort zone and adding harmony with family members. You will be in a position to find some money to put towards redecorating or buying new furniture. Discussions on home affairs, real estate and property, are unlikely get the go-ahead until Mercury turns direct and moves back into Aquarius from February 13th to March 2nd. This will be an ideal time to sort out family agreements and tidy up loose ends; plan and present ideas to family members.
The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 18th will illuminate family relationships, stimulating a tide of emotions, security needs and home comforts. You might react differently to family dramas than you would normally. Memories of the past may come flooding back, together with your raised emotions. Consideration should be given to your career path, public standing and other people's opinions, balancing these with the demands of your home and family life.
Mars heads into your 4th house from November 9th to December 18th. Although expenditure will be high on the agenda, there'll be luck and unexpected good fortune along the way.
Work and Health
The Awakener -- Uranus -- remains in Aries, your 6th house, stimulating an urge to reform, especially through changes in your work structure, health and habits. You may take on a scientific job, do research, become involved in a medical field, or an unusual work role. Harness your intellectual skills, comprehension, and ability to direct your efficiency in other areas of work. Your wellbeing, diet and habits will undergo changes, as health reasons may necessitate a better lifestyle and work environment.
A Lunar Eclipse in Libra on March 23rd will affect your need to express your ideas on job performance, discuss problems and work through details that involve fellow workers. Unfortunately your eagerness to have your say is likely to bring about disagreements. In line with the Full Moon till April 18th, you'll be fast in actioning ideas which bring unexpected disagreements and possible change of jobs. Venus dances into Aries on April 5th to the 29th brightening up your mood by adding a dash of compromise with work colleagues, financial gains and good health.
On September 9th, benevolent Jupiter moves into Libra, your 12th house of secrets, sorrows and subconscious motivations. This will be a new cycle exploring your subconscious mind, working behind the scenes with hospitals, institutions, being of service to others or doing social work. You might have concerns over a partner's health or be hospitalised yourself at some point. Healing may also be found during this period. Jupiter remains in your 12th house till October 10th, 2017.
Career and Finances
Your career prospects should prosper with the Full Moon in Leo, your 10th house of career and ambitions, on January 24th. Your professional and business life will come into focus, and you may be thrown into the social limelight due to your successes. However, guard your reputation and be less judgemental of those who may be less successful. Re-evaluate your long-term goals, the progress you have made, and whether your aspirations have been satisfied. It's just as important to balance your family and home-life with your career path.
You'll be given a new direction at the New Moon in Leo on August 2nd, with the possibility of increasing your earning capacity. However, a few adjustments will need to be put in place. Review your long-term ambitions, and show your creative and organisational skills. Loving Venus dances through Leo from July 12th to August 4th, which will be an ideal time for career changes, boosting your public status, and possible attachment to someone much older or in authority. The Sun blazes in Leo from July 22nd to August 21st, so you'll have the added advantage of receiving recognition and moving forward with your career and earning capacity.
Lord of Karma
Taskmaster Saturn remains in your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions. You may have been feeling the pinch as resources apart from your usual income have managed to dry up. Although this may in itself have brought about financial shortage, it has enabled you to look at other areas to cut back on non-essentials and have a better value system in place. It's a lesson in itself, so flow with the tide of responsibilities in the meanwhile.
Money-hungry Venus also remains in Sagittarius from the start of the year to January 22nd, bringing success with your income. Excellent! However, you need to give serious thought to your outgoings and try not to overspend on those long-awaited items. Dynamic Mars heads into your 2nd house on March 6th when unexpected expenses are likely to surface. Be particularly frugal during this time, as finances will undergo scrutiny once Mars retrogrades there in your 2nd house between April 17th and May 26th. Manage your money well prior to this date, restraining expenditure where possible to meet your budget; keep a savings plan in place to avoid a tight squeeze on commitments. Clashes over finances are likely to erupt between August 21st and 28th, which will be a frustrating and confusing period. It would be unwise to speculate or take up financial agreements at this time.
Two Full Moons!
Unusually, there are two Full Moons in Sagittarius (your personal financial zone), on May 21st and June 20th respectively. The first Full Moon on May 21st will bring out an emotional yet argumentative tone in settling financial debacles. It will also intensify your relationships, sexuality, and disagreements with figureheads over joint money streams and possessions. The second Full Moon in Sagittarius on June 20th, a Blue Moon, could hold you ransom to topsy-turvy emotions and ideals.
The New Moon in Gemini on June 5th will shake out structures in relationships, friendships, and other people's money. This will be a time of new developments in relationships with mediation and transformative changes.
A Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st will also trigger events surrounding your earning capacity through friends, and relationships. Venus will make her second entrance for the year into Sagittarius on October 18th, remaining in your 2nd house until November 11th. This positive transit gives you a chance to lighten the financial load.
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, 4th house
Mercury, the Cosmic Trickster, starts the year off turning retrograde on the 5th, touching on your 4th house of home and family before re-entering Capricorn on January 9th, revisiting your 3rd house of communication. Although this will be a mentally stimulating time, blockages could occur in the way you state your thoughts. You may have to refrain from being argumentative, chiefly if delays occur, or there are misunderstandings. Double-check transport arrival and departure times, just in case there are cancellations. You may experience motor vehicle problems, computer and phone breakdowns. There'll be children's educational needs to arrange, along with short trips, transport, and keeping up to date with local news. Clarify what you don't understand; ensure your messages are concise and sent to the right person.
From the 21st to the end of January, issues that arose from the 19th to the 22nd of December will present themselves for evaluation. Prepare for problems with figureheads, unwelcome news, and nervous energy. While travelling, make sure you don't forget your tickets, and be extra cautious on the roads. From 31st of January to the 3rd February, you'll be particularly abrupt in the way you relate to others, mainly due to your own impatience. Mercury goes direct again on January 25th, after which you will return to making real progress from February 15th.
April 28th – May 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Taurus, 7th house
On April 28th, the Cosmic Prankster turns retrograde in Taurus, your 7th house. This is the time to discuss agreements, legal contracts and negotiate resolutions within significant commitments. It may relate to events earlier in April, which may appear good on the surface but will need further information. This can apply litigation within relationships, partnerships, marriages, business partnerships, opponents and joint ventures. Negotiations are likely to wind down, divorce proceedings may to take longer, or contracts need added input with delayed departmental paperwork. Read through the finer points of documents; get proper professional advice so that you fully understand your obligations. Make sure all agreements, including verbal ones, are understood so that there are no come-backs at a later date. Mercury turns direct on May 22nd with a speedier pace (and preferred agreement sign-off) after June 8th.
August 30th to September 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Virgo, 11th house
On August 30th, the Divine Messenger turns retrograde in your 11th house of friends, hopes and wishes. Share your ideas and opinions with friends and work towards future goals and dreams. Late developments in August and early September show promise, but don't overestimate your ability, and listen to what others say and appreciate their point of view. Misunderstandings and arguments could blow matters out of proportion, particularly if stubbornness gets in the way of logical outcomes. Romantic commitments, dates for events, and celebrations may be postponed. Mercury turns direct on September 22nd, speeding up decision-making, with plans back on schedule after October 7th.
December 19th – January 8th, 2017, Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, 3rd house
This will mark the last Mercury retrograde phase for 2016, starting on December 19th in your 3rd house. This will take you back to your area of communication, your creative thoughts, expression, short trips and indirectly speculation, romance and entertainment. It will also be a hectic time fraught with untimely delays with mail, motor vehicle problems, transport, phone, and computer breakdowns. Your plans may not get off the ground due to Christmas and the holiday season. Make diary notes of important dates and appointments, check bookings, and travel arrangements. Complete projects well before the 19th to avert a long delay. Mercury briefly re-enters Sagittarius your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions on January 4th, before going direct on January 8th, then back into Capricorn on January 12th. You'll be in a better position to move forward with ideas from January 28th 2016.
Lunar Life with Lady Moon
Your Full Moon beams in your sign on April 22nd, accentuating your emotional energy and the way you relate to others. There will be more significance placed on relationships which will include your working relationships and opponents. Mercury will be in your 7th house setting discussions into play with legal agreements, commitments, terms and conditions. Your emotions, thoughts and needs will be highlighted balancing in with that of your partner's. There's the potential for dramas, exposing your core feelings in relationships as well as bringing love and harmony.
Your personal New Moon occurs in your sign on October 30th. This will be the second moon in October, often called a Blue Moon, though this term should be reserved for two Moons in the same Sign, rather than the same calendar month.. During this phase, you'll be guided by your feelings and moods in the way you express yourself. This can be through creative writing, gathering inspirational thoughts and showing kindness. You may have a spiritual leaning, being able to grasp things at gut level, and able to use your keen perception to your advantage. Exchange your thoughts and ideas with others. Why not take up a study or a language> Open your mind to interesting topics to discuss, as well as listening to others tell their story.
Eclipses can instigate major turning points 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 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 5th house of romance, creativity and speculation. It will have an exceedingly strong effect on your nurturing side, sensual emotions, sensitivity and creative expression. It's not the time to hide your feelings, but be mindful, lest you could be over the top and way too possessive of those you love. It will be an important time for friendships, relationships, children, music, the arts, outdoor sports, celebrations and entertainment. Circumstances could unveil opportunities with a new love attachment, or a break-up of existing conditions in relations. Existing love relationships will experience adjustments, bonding, mutual expression and enjoying each other's company.
A Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Libra on March 23rd will affect your 12th house of secrets, sorrows and subconscious motivations. It's effect will undercover doubts and anxieties that will be associated with your health, secrets and work dilemmas. Keep your thoughts private as you concern yourself about those you work with, and your role of giving service to others. You may be in two minds about taking a new direction, which will inevitably change your routine pattern. You'll need to give rational thought in work and health discussions, and overcome past habits and fears
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st occurs in your 11th house of friends, hopes and wishes. As benefic Jupiter slowly travels through your 11th house, you will gain new emotional support from friends, and insight into the role they play in your life. This is the time to make new contacts, and open up avenues where you can work towards your future goals and aspirations. Someone significant may enter your life, and there's the potential of a new love relationship developing in the wings. Some of you may encounter difficulty within existing love relationships and old friendships, and face making difficult choices based on values versus clouded romantic delusions.
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces on September 16th comes in your 5th house of romance, creativity and speculation. This is the last Lunar Eclipse of the year and will see a culmination of events that began back in March. Emotional intensity and excitement will come out over using your creative talents in your work role. You'll have tremendous drive and enthusiasm, which will give your romantic relationships a boost too. Full Moons have the potential to bring out dramas, and can mean the ending of certain relationships. Review your relationship with your children and your ability to have fun. Take part in entertainment, and express creativity through the arts and music.
That's it for the Annual Forecast of 2016, dear Scorpio. 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.