2016 Horoscope Forecast
Taurus the Bull in 2016
a new way of life
Welcome to 2016 dear Taurus! The year ahead has some lively surprises, mainly in your areas of romance, creativity, relationships, money and higher education.
The New Moon on January 10th in loyal Capricorn starts the year by awakening your 9th house of the higher mind. Give serious thought to advanced studies, a degree, scientific research, law, and broadening your horizons through travel. Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld, and rebellious Uranus will continue to place obstacles in your pathway, but with it a new belief system and possibly a new way of life as you explore alternative lifestyles. Your ideals and philosophical approach could alter through abrupt changes giving you a totally different perspective in your quest for knowledge and spiritual values.
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 the phase differs according to the sign in which it falls in. A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac.
How will it affect you? Mars turns retrograde in Sagittarius, your 8th house of sex death and taxes, before moving back to passionate Scorpio on May 27th, your 7th house of significant commitments. Mars returns to direct motion on June 29th, eventually re-entering Sagittarius on August 2nd. A lengthy phase of moulding your energetic drive into patience and solidarity, with more sustained effect after August 22nd.
The first part of the Mars retrograde phase in your 8th house will spotlight joint finances, joint possessions, investments, taxes, superannuation and legacies. If you have neglected pertinent financial issues, you will be required to come back to clean up areas that are in a mess, or need further investigation. If you are hunting around for financial assistance it may not be easy to come by, although past decisions may come to fruition. Arguments with partners could ensue over money, spending beyond your means and being accountable as stern Saturn redirects your focus. Through April and May, avoid risky speculations, and business partnership ventures even though they appear lucrative. Such ventures could backfire at a later date. Finances are not forthcoming as expected thanks to some sort of hitch which limits your spending. From August 21st to the 27th, concentrate on resolving financial dilemmas without getting into heated arguments. Use restraint with extended credit.
It's a good time to re-examine your motivations and search deeper into psychological fears. Your sensuality in close personal relationships intensifies. Other interests of an occult, esoteric, magical or metaphysical nature will unveil mysteries for you.
The second part of the Mars retrograde phase affecting your 7th house will reopen certain situations within relationships, partnerships and legal contracts that may have been unpleasant, giving you another chance either to reconcile or finalise this chapter of your life. There could be difficulties with litigation and reaching an amicable agreement; problems within business partnerships and with open enemies are in the frame. Someone from the past (or February/March of 2015) could reopen grievances, involving irritating or complicated business issues. Watch for heated debates from June 9th to the 10th over agreements, commitments, divorce documents and settlements.
Lord of Karma
The Lord of Karma, Saturn, is slowly making his way through your 8th house of sex, death and taxes. This is the time to take a serious approach to your financial structure by looking deeper into debts including credit cards, loans, and mortgages. Restrictive measures may be in place limiting an income flow through joint accounts, investments, taxes and other people's money. It may be harder to receive anticipated funds through business ventures, estates or superannuation. The main theme is to be patient, use restraint on expenditure, and formulate a better way of organising your monetary affairs.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
Macho Mars sets the scene for romantic action and good fortune in February. The lovely Goddess Venus, your planetary ruler, dances into your sign on April 30th, remaining in Taurus until May 24th. This is the time of year when you exude sensuality, magnetism and attractive qualities. Your self-confidence will shine, as you enjoy interacting socially and surrounding yourself with pleasant company. You'll have the potential to draw prospective love attractions from May 8th to the 10th, through social groups and your network of friends.
Sensual Venus moves into your 5th house of romance on August 5th, remaining in Virgo till the 30th, joining up with Jupiter before his final departure into Libra. From August 27th to the 30th, any differences should be settled with a huge occasion or a big announcement. The Goddess moves into Scorpio, your 7th house of significant commitments on September 23rd. Venus stays in Scorpio until October 17th with the life-giving Sun also moving into Scorpio on October 22nd. This will mark a great time to bring love, harmony and pleasure within existing love relationships, for making new commitments, or solidifying existing bonds.
The Full Moon in Scorpio on April 22nd should see a culmination of talks, agreements and commitments within relationships and partnerships. For some Bulls, a secret rendezvous is brewing from April 22nd to the 24th.
Big brother Jupiter remains in your 5th house of romance, children and speculation till September 8th. This marks the time to explore your creativity, whether it's in the form of music, the arts or sports. It's an ideal time for beckoning new attractions, improving existing love relationships and extending the family. Take advantage of the good fortune on offer, including gifts, and celebrations, and enjoy the social aspects of entertainment and fun.
It will be a tough call from March 14th to the 27th, when your hopes are likely to come tumbling down. May 10th to the 12th should bring a significant someone into your life. Regardless, it will be time to celebrate and have a fabulous time. You can then follow through with strong feelings of love from May 13th to the 15th, particularly with someone from out of town, while on holidays, or from a different background to yours. You can also look forward to delightful moments of romance from October 1st to the 6th.
Home and Family
This period will highlight a tremendous time to devote to the home front, family members and traditional values. Attractive Venus dances into Leo, your 4th house, on July 12th staying there till August 4th, followed by the Divine Messenger on July 14th to the 29th. Not to be outdone, the Sun then blazes in Leo from July 22 to August 21st.
The Goddess will bring harmony within your relationships with relatives, and pleasurable family get-togethers. You may want to change the decor, buy new furniture and introduce Feng Shui. You'll enjoy domestic bliss, with the feeling of emotional security and comfort. Plenty of activity comes as Mercury opens up areas for discussion in family business, collectibles, or real estate and property agreements. Communicate and express your ideas. Make the improvements, plans and decisions that go with it. The New Moon in Leo on August 2nd will signal a new direction, taking positive steps in nurturing household relationships. You'll have a feeling of nostalgia over past memories and sentimental items, especially while journeying through old photos.
Work and Health
On September 9th, benevolent Jupiter will commence a major 12 year cycle in Libra, your 6th house of work, health and routine. This is a lengthy transit by the Giant Planet, which will bring favourable work conditions, rewards, chance of success, an increase in salary, and good fortune for services given to others. Work relationships should improve, together with your physical output. Your work may involve the outdoors, or travel, and give you greater scope and opportunities to expand your skills. It's also the time to watch your diet, as you may experience gaining weight. You may even consider a new pet. Jupiter remains in Libra until October 9, 2017.
From end of May through June, the finger of fate could touch your shoulder, giving greater significance in the role you play with certain people you meet or work with having a long-lasting effect. This may influence talks on income, values, and making possible overseas travel plans. Keep abreast of any health issues. From November 29th to December 4th may be the time to expand, reaping rewards and recognition.
Career and Finances
The Taskmaster Saturn remains in your 8th house, putting strict lessons into place by restructuring long term financial commitments, probing deeper into metaphysical spheres and finding firm foundations in intimate relationships. Attractive Venus, your life-ruler, joins up with Saturn from January 8th to the 10th, which will put your financial structure to the test. Restrictions could force you to consider finding a better way of handling debts, investments, joint accounts and money sources through other people or financial institutions. Don't count on material blessings from March 25th to 27th; play your cards close to your chest as anticipated career moves, speculations, or celebrations could bring disappointment.
Charming Venus will be in versatile Gemini from May 24th to June 16th, making easier to earn some extra cash or obtain an increase in your earnings. That said, it will be difficult to resist spending your money on pleasurable items. Matters of the heart, joint accounts and past expenditure will need your attention from May 24th to 25th. On June 20th and 21st, arguments over money and unrealistic expectations could defer you from real issues and values.
From August 21st to the 28th, the Warrior and strict Saturn join forces, leaving you feeling depleted not only with money matters but also within relationships. Your resolve will be tested in overcoming difficulties by working hard through obstacles placed in your path. Watch for combative situations, arguments and physical fatigue. From August 24th to the 28th, don't take anything at face value; make sure you understand the finer points of agreements so you are not disappointed.
February to early March bring action, discussions and changes on the career front, tackling agreements, and making future plans. Venus will accentuate your popularity, social profile, love and success. The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 18th will draw attention to long-term plans, ambitions, recognition and achievements. This will be the time to assess balancing your career with home and family life. Existing conditions may be replaced with new options and opportunities, but with it a few adjustments in the process. From November 9th to December 18th, you'll be in the driving seat to excel in your profession; you can look forward to an improvement in working conditions, and rewards should increase.
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, breakdowns with appliances, machinery and component failure are all in the frame. These are largely due to inattention to detail, messages being unclear, or misreading the fine-print in documents. 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. Fine-tune areas that need your attention; other people may be holding back on vital information that you are after, or has it simply been misplaced, even lost in the mail?
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, 10th house
Mercury, the Cosmic Messenger starts the year retrograde, touching on your 10th house of career and ambitions before slipping back Capricorn on the 9th, your 9th house of the higher mind. This is usually a period of unanticipated breakdowns, cross communication, loop holes, loss of information and untimely delays. Before you start to proceed with channelling your mind into furthering your career, aspirations and aims, you'll detour back into fine-tuning your quest for knowledge, exploring new territories, and cultural interests. You may encounter delays with studies, travel problems, cancellations, results of exams, or extended waiting periods to receive news. It is an unfavourable period from January 21st to the end of the month, with difficulties regarding overseas matters. Be prepared for disruptions, air-line ticket delays, and arguments between January 31st and February 2nd. Double-check dates, relevant documents and information, and be on time. Mercury returns to direct motion on January 25th, with increased career insight from February 15th.
April 28th – May 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Taurus, 1st house
On April 28th, Mercury turns retrograde in your sign, affecting your 1st house of personality. You'll be full of positive thoughts, expression and versatility at the start and you'll love to impress other people with your ability to present interesting conversations. However, this could bring misunderstandings, forgetfulness, or tossing ideas around and not making firm decisions. Note that a greater urge to talk about yourself during this period means that consciously or subconsciously your thoughts and discussions tend to be self-centered. Pay attention to what people have to say, jot down reminders, keep a diary and don't rely on your memory. Plans may not get the go ahead initially, so it's best to hold off making any agreements until the retrograde phase is over. This is a good time to make adjustments to details, expand on your thinking, and improve concentration. Mercury turns direct on May 22nd, but will be back on track after June 8th.
August 30th – September 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Virgo, 5th house
On August 30th, the Cosmic Prankster turns retrograde in your 5th house of romance, creativity and speculation. During the few weeks leading up to this retro phase, love will be in the air, with your creative thinking hitting a high point. Going to entertainment venues, movies, theatre, involvement with children's fun activities, recreational leave and playing those absorbing computer games are all in the frame. Ideas, social plans and projects you had in mind, are likely to be delayed, or even cancelled. Keep a diary handy, check all information, booking arrangements, and important dates especially anniversaries, birthdays and special invitations. If you are messaging someone, ensure it's to the right person, and phrased correctly so it doesn't lend itself to misinterpretation. Some sweet talk may save your hide. Mercury turns direct on September 22nd, and back to speed after October 7th, refreshing your initial ideas, discussions and planning.
December 19 – January 8th, 2017, Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, 9th house
This marks the last Mercury retrograde phase for 2016 starting on December 19th, in your 9th house of the higher mind. During this phase (stretching into the New Year), if you have made travel arrangements, or are expecting visitors from overseas, study results, and vital news, you should prepare for hindrances. Post your mail and parcels well before this retro phase, for items may go astray, flight arrangements may be cancelled due to inclement weather, and there could be lateness in arrivals over Christmas and Holiday breaks. Mercury briefly re-enters Sagittarius on January 4th, before going direct on January 8th, then back into Capricorn on January 12th. This is a good time to check finances over the holiday break, especially joint accounts, investments and other people's money that has been placed on hold. From January 28th, start securing your plans for travel, adventure and broadening your concepts.
Lunar Life with Lady Moon
Your personal New Moon occurs on in your sign on May 6th. This will be the time of personal changes and development, both physically and emotionally. You'll strive for knowledge, exciting experiences and bold adventures. Transformative Pluto adds inconsistency to settling your urge for travel, formulating your own belief system, and justice or optimism. It will be a period for revising old ideals, overseas connections, and opening up doors to wisdom, metaphysics and ongoing perspectives of cultural differences. Sombre Saturn will be in the background asserting his authority and directing your adjustment of financial responsibilities under tight guidelines.
Your Full Moon, a Super Moon, occurs on November 14th, representing the climax to events that began back in May. Leading up to the Full Moon, you will home in on career and financial discussions. It will be packed with emotional energy around your relationships, including business partnerships, commitments, legal issues and potential issues with open enemies. Are you satisfied with your own self-worth, confidence, intelligence and attractive qualities? Don't let your super-sensitivity get the better of you by creating a dust storm. Project your attention and sensuality into improving love relationships, bettering public relations, and sealing a deal with a commitment or amicable agreement.
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 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 take place in your 11th house of friends, hopes and wishes. A fan will be flaming your desire for love relationships, good feelings and generosity. Don't overdo it, because your amorous behaviour could be too much for some romantic attractions. You'll connect with friends from overseas, understand the values of other people and start a new direction with your objectives, hopes and dreams. Friends will play an important part over the next six months, and there is the possibility of a new love relationship. The windows of opportunity through abundant Jupiter will expand emotional gratification, sympathy and compassion. This could include a new friend in your social circle who has children, or having a sense of justice and concern for other people. There's also the potential for sudden endings, and beginning a new direction with your goals.
A Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Libra on March 23rd will influence your 6th house of work and health. This will be the second eclipse for March and will be felt on a personal and emotional level. It has the potential to trigger emotional dramas, although you are likely to keep resentment and woes under lock and key. Job changes could be imminent, so keep clear of office gossip and watch for secrets being revealed. Improve your relationship with work colleagues by promoting good public relations and harmony. You may be involved in activity behind the scenes, such as talks with charities, hospitals and institutions. Stay mentally focussed by improving your routine, health issues and bringing a few bad habits to an end. There's good news in the wind as Big Brother Jupiter enters the situation from September 9th in Libra, setting the scene for better work conditions, luck, good fortune and success in the workplace.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st comes in your 5th house of romance, creativity and speculation. Circumstances will bring about a new sense of purpose in starting new creative projects and romantic attractions, or with children, entertainment and socialising. You'll be wearing your rose-tinted glasses in relationships, and rejecting sensible advice from authority figures on finance and speculation. Friends, associates and groups that you belong to may not share your enthusiasm and dreams at the start. You'll be going through a transition period as expansive Jupiter sails out of Virgo. But set your sails for fun activities to look forward to expressing your creativity through the arts, writing, music, and love attractions.
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces on September 16th awakens your 11th house of friends, hopes and dreams. Your hopes and dreams will build up towards a crescendo, with active Mars driving your motivation and arousing an argumentative streak with friends. At the same time, rebellious Uranus quietly builds up your inclination to draw on spiritual beliefs, and changes to your sub-conscious. Emotions can be fragile at the Full Moon, hindering your efforts within friendships, existing love relationships and romantic attractions. This could fuel a parting of the ways, or a change of goals and future plans. On the reverse, reinforce a strong connection within existing friendships, groups and organisations that you belong to. Consider socialising, building your social network, and enjoying interaction with other people.
That's it for 2016, dear Bulls. 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!