2016 Horoscope Forecast
Virgo the Virgin in 2016
a broader spectrum
Welcome to 2016, dear Virgo! Life for you since August 2015 has been remarkable as the jovial giant Jupiter transits Virgo, your 1st house of personality. This has given you refreshed optimism, viewing life and relationships in a broader spectrum. You tend to be respected and admired by those around you, as your gestures are overflowing with kindness and generosity. Seek to know yourself better, learn from your experiences and reveal your self-confidence. It may also be a rewarding year for relationships, legal agreements and travel. Opportunities and good luck will unveil themselves, but keep in touch with reality. Jupiter moves out of Virgo on September 8th.
September 1st sees a New Moon and Solar Eclipse in your sign, when you must set a new course with your life, outward personality, relationships and partnerships. With the Moon's North Node also travelling through your sign, important people will cross your path, and a significant other will ultimately have quite in impact on your life and relationships.
Mercury, your planetary ruler, will be in a retrograde phase four times this year starting on January 5th. This may cause mayhem with plans to go to entertainment venues, places of amusement, organising children, even the grandchildren over the holiday break. You might be working against the clock on projects, or have to hold them over. (See below for further Mercury Retrograde periods.) The Cosmic Prankster will clash with stern Saturn and the Sea God Neptune from June 20th to 22nd and again from August 5th to the 8th. Disappointments and cancellations could arise over travel, planned agreements, problems with children, litigation and partnership debacles.
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 each phase differs according to the sign in which it falls. A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac.
How will this phase impact Virgo? Mars will turn retrograde in Sagittarius, your 4th house of home and family before re-entering passionate Scorpio on May 27th, your 3rd house of communication. Mars then returns to direct motion on June 29th before re-entering Sagittarius on August 2nd. This will test your resilience and patience. Hang in there till after August 22nd.
The first part of the Mars retrograde phase is in your 4th house from April 17th to May 26th. Virgos may have to face disruption on the home front as the War God returns to stir up unfinished business. This could be in the way of previous hasty repairs needing more work, renovations, or the failure of building contractors to finish off final stages. Arguments could erupt over past family matters, domestic changes, moving, problems with housemates, or an older family member. Property or real estate settlements may be held over, and there could be fights over possessions and memorabilia. All this will be exceedingly frustrating, along with your efforts to spruce up your home and clear unwanted items. This is the time to keep your insurance up to date; take precautions with tools, machinery, sharp objects, and moving heavy furniture. Take safe precautions to avoid personal injury, and watch the potential for fires around the home.
The second part of the Mars retrograde phase occurs in your 3rd house from May 27th to August 2nd. This is virtually the time when the wheels will fall off the car, when you will experience problems with mobility and transport. Don't let your aggression get in the way of communicating properly with neighbours, siblings and relatives, particularly while travelling. It can be a hectic time of activity, when your concentration needs a good dose of mental energy to get you through your tasks. You could be a trite testy and take remarks personally; don't be too critical in expressing thoughts, or impulsive in delivering a challenging statement. Breakdowns are likely with computers, phones, and small appliances, together with the wait-time of having them repaired.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
The Sea-God Neptune has been residing in your 7th house for quite some time, clouding decisions with romantic fantasies, deception and misunderstandings. From June till September, stern Saturn will clash with Neptune, when challenges will present themselves. This may force you to communicate and justify your realistic opinions and beliefs, not only in relationships but also in business partnerships and legal disputes. Be very precise and detailed in your negotiations with others. It may not be an ideal time to form new partnerships, or sign important agreements without getting thorough professional advice. Even then it wouldn't hurt to get a second opinion. There's even a possibility that you will have your true feelings submerged.
Underworld Pluto will remain in earthy Capricorn for some time, bringing tumultuous love affairs, and intense passion and jealousy in existing relationships. The New Moon on January 10th in your 5th house of romance is sure to open up your creative urges, with the possibility of a new attraction in the wings. Charming Venus will make her presence in your 5th house felt from January 23rd to February 16th. This will be an immensely passionate time for would-be lovebirds and those already in a relationship.
On March 9th, a Solar Eclipse in your 7th house will place a significant amount of stressful demands on relationships. This will follow through with a Lunar Eclipse on September 16th when certain decisions will be made about your relationships.
The Love Goddess will dance into Pisces, your 7th house on March 13th, affecting things there until April 4th. This transit will mark a fabulous time to bring harmony, peace, patch up differences, and make compromises. From March 25th to the 27th, relationship and domestic concerns are likely to be blown out of proportion. Expressing your needs may create further problems and cool feelings.
The Warrior Mars enters sensual Capricorn on September 27th, your 5th house. This will stimulate your sexual energy and passion in love relationships. It is also the time to watch children's activities and games. Release some of that excess energy through sports or going to the gym. From October 18th to the 21st, strong ego clashes and confrontations will interfere with your constructive efforts. From October 28th to the 31st, it will be hard to contain your restless urges and compulsive actions, especially if you are in an argumentative mood.
Home and Family
The Taskmaster Saturn remains in your 4th house of home and family. Saturn's presence has initiated restructuring on the domestic scene, with real estate, or concerns over a parent. Saturn and Neptune clash from June to September, when you will need to come to terms with relationships and face heavier responsibilities.
The Warrior Mars enters Sagittarius, your 4th house, on March 6th. Mars however will go into a retrograde phase from April 17th to May 26th, returning to raise the dust with your efforts to complete unfinished work. Your energy level will increase stimulating activity on the home front, clearing, sorting belongings and possessions. Your relationship with family members is likely to suffer, particularly if you are hell-bent on having your way. From May 21st to the 26th, and June 13th to 15th, projects that you are working on could come to a head, leading to confrontations. However, look to see if you are making a big deal over issues and whether they are really important enough to make you angry. You will plough through difficulties as Mars makes a final return on August 2nd to September 26th.
Work and Health
The Full Moon in Aquarius on February 18th will accentuate your area of work, habits, health and routine. It will be a demanding time, especially if your physical energy is run down with overwork and trying to manage an overload of tasks. Consider improving your wellbeing through a suitable diet, exercise, and changing your habits. This is the time to handle frustrations positively, particularly with work disruptions and angry moments with fellow workers. Try to relax, or nervous tensions, anxiety, fevers, and accidents could result.
Mercury, your planetary ruler, speeds through your 6th house from February 2nd to March 4th, followed by attractive Venus from February 17th to March 11th. Together this makes for interests in health improvement, harmony in working conditions and expressing creativity. Look at new ways of improving work efficiency; present ideas and discuss any problems. All aspects of work should go smoothly, with a possibility of financial gains, and unexpected rewards.
Macho Mars makes his way into your 6th house from November 11th to December 18th. It will be a favourable time if you can curb your impatience. Financial benefits, recognition and rewards will head your way.
Career and Finances
The Goddess Venus dances through your 10th house of career and ambitions from May 25th to June 16th. This will highlight career prospects, chasing the social limelight and success. However, leading up to the New Moon in Gemini on June 5th, a grand cross configuration will interfere with your ambitions and life plans. Sombre Saturn will upset your status quo and public-image, with the Sea-God Neptune throwing in confusion and deception, while Jupiter will hit you like a thunder-bolt. It will be a difficult period of emotional frustration, which will also affect your relationships, home and family.
From June 20th to the 24th, tensions increase, making it difficult to negotiate, not only on the domestic scene, but also with family members, your employer and those in authority. Allow the air to clear and restrictions to lift to enable you to get a better direction for career moves.
Finances will be influenced by a Lunar Eclipse in Libra, your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions, on March 23rd, but be prepared for changes to your money stream that may alter your values in a big way. The good news is that September 9th, jovial giant Jupiter heads into Libra. This will give you a great opportunity to prosper, encouraging a feeling of prosperity and financial good fortune. However there is a downside if you overspend and don't cover yourself for future long-term debts and goals. Slip some money aside and build a nest egg for a rainy day. There'll be a tendency to think big and exaggerate your wealth with acquired possessions and money. Jupiter moves into Scorpio, your 3rd house of communication on October 10th, 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 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, 5th/6th house
Mercury, the Cosmic Messenger starts the year off in a retrograde motion touching on your 6th house of work and health before re-entering Capricorn on the January 9th, your 5th house of romance, creativity and speculation. It's just what you need to start the year with untimely changes to your scheduled plans. If you have booked or plan to go to an event, see a show or places of entertainment and fun, double-check dates, times and cancellations. It may be difficult to keep children amused, let alone find time to play games. Projects that you had in mind are likely to be put to one side while you deal with other interruptions. From the 21st to the end of the month, you'll be mentally shrewd enjoying mind games, and writing or researching. It's advisable not to allow control issues get in the way of fruitful outcomes in relationships. Mercury goes direct again on January 25th. You will be able to return to making real progress after February 15th.
April 28th – May 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Taurus, 9th house
On April 28th, Mercury turns retrograde in Taurus, your 9th house of the higher mind. Mercury in your 9th house will give a splendid opportunity to chase intellectual interests, study, enjoy overseas travel and expand your knowledge. In the process, expect periods of delays in travel arrangements, studies, connecting with overseas matters, and legal issues being held over. There could be problems with foreign exchange, overseas accommodation, and difficulties with language barriers. Make sure you haven't been misinformed with details, changes to time tables, dates and bookings. Mercury turns direct on May 22nd with normality back in place after June 8th.
August 30th – September 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Virgo, 1st house
On August 30th, the Cosmic Prankster turns retrograde in your 1st house of personality. You'll be productive and in a great frame of mind at the start of September. Despite this, promoting and expressing your ideas may fall on deaf ears. There may be an urge to speak before you think, as well as misunderstandings in relationships, with family members and others. It will be a time to be forgetful, so jot down information, check that messages are accurate, and listen carefully to what others have to say. Read the fine print in all legal documents in business partnerships. Mercury turns direct on September 22nd, allowing you to make final adjustments, with resolutions in place October 7th.
December 19th – January 8th, 2017, Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, 5th house
This marks the last Mercury retrograde phase for the year starting on December 19th in your 5th house. Plans for the Christmas break and holiday season could see last minute hitches. It will be crucial to complete projects well ahead of time. Check advertisement dates for entertainment venues, special events, presentations and fun activities. There could be delays in receiving items in the mail, contacting friends, transport, scheduling appointments and friendly get-togethers. Mercury briefly re-enters Sagittarius your 4th house of home and family on January 4th, before going direct on January 8th, then back into Capricorn on January 12th. You'll be able to roll out creative ideas after normality resumes from January 28th.
Lunar Life with Lady Moon
Your Full Moon beams in your sign on February 22nd representing the culmination of events that began back in September 2015. This is a fabulous time to show your optimism with benevolent Jupiter in your 1st house giving you encouragement to be more outspoken and confident. Your personal growth will expand and with it a self-indulgent attitude. Don't overplay your importance in existing relationships, but build on strengthening emotional bonds and being flexible with your needs. Your personal magnetism will bloom together with your strong emotions. Emotions and dramas usually peak at the Full Moon, so make adjustments and view your relationships realistically. Don't engage with open enemies.
Your personal New Moon and Solar Eclipse occurs in Virgo on September 1st. This will be a power-packed New Moon with tremendous changes in store for relationships, home and family. You may decide to embark on a personal course of development, rebuilding various structures within the perimeters of your own needs. It won't be an easy task as stern Saturn will impose restrictive measures of responsibility. You may face a disappointing side to your relationship with others, or feel the urge to take a new direction and break-away from traditional values. It will be important to communicate your thoughts in a positive and just fashion.
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 6th 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 influence your 7th house of significant commitments. This New Moon will have a momentous influence on relationships, partnerships and agreements. The Sea-God Neptune, also in Pisces, has a way of clouding issues but brings romantic scenarios into relationships. With this in mind, and with Jupiter in your first house, emotions will highly elevated and somewhat unclear. Set your sights on new personal improvements, both emotionally and physically. Mend apparent rifts, and experience your existing relationships on a new scale. Deepening your commitments is favoured. For some Virgos, a sudden departure could open a new door for romance with a significant other.
A Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Libra on March 23rdwill influence your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions. This Lunar Eclipse heralds changes to your financial stream. It will cover personal income, joint funds and other people's money. It will also influence joint possession, valuables, investments and inheritances. Take appropriate measures to fulfil your monetary obligations, clearing debts and implementing better management of your budget. New steps may emerge, providing you communicate your ideas, have discussions with your financial institution and show restraint on spending. Your values may alter significantly, so take the time to set objectives rather than spending on emotionally-based items.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st is highly significant in your 1st house of personality. Please refer to your Personal New Moon.
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces on September 16th comes in your 7th house of significant commitments. This is the last Lunar Eclipse of the year and will be a culmination of events that occurred back in March. It will shine on relationships, partnerships, marriage, commitments and open enemies. This may draw a conclusion to as well as dissolving old structures and making way for future commitments. There'll be changes on the domestic scene and to your finances. More depth will be felt in existing relationships that have managed to survive the last six months. Consideration needs to be given to your needs together with your partner's. Show compassion, and don't allow dramas to confuse real issues that need addressing.
That's it for the Annual Forecast for 2016, dear Virgo. 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.