2017 Horoscope Forecast
Cancer the Crab
Welcome to 2017 dear Crabs! The New Year starts with your personal Full Moon on January 12th in Cancer, your 1st house of personality. What a way to begin 2017! But alas, Mercury is in a retrograde phase, briefly visiting your 6th house of work and health before re-entering your 7th house of significant commitments on January 12th. Avoid partying too hard at the start of January and beware of tricksters, deceit, and going overboard with drinking and gambling.
The emphasis this year will be on finances, starting as February 11th brings a Lunar Eclipse in your 2nd house of personal earnings. February 26th sees a Solar Eclipse in your 9th house of the higher mind, highlighting knowledge, travel, and expanding your horizons through adventure and life experiences. August 7th will bring a Lunar Eclipse, this time in your 8th house of joint resources, investments, other people's money, intimate relationships, taxes and life after death. Finally a Solar Eclipse will stir the pot on August 21st in your 2nd house of personal earnings.
This year, dear Cancer, the love Goddess Venus turns retrograde in fiery Aries, your 10th house of career and ambitions, then steps back into Pisces, your 9th house of the higher mind. A planet is retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. It's a cosmic illusion, as planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way, thanks to the interaction of the planetary orbits. It's a bit like travelling on the road watching another car beside you: when the other car slows down, or you speed up, it looks as though the other car is moving backwards.
Sensual Venus turns retrograde only once every eighteen months, with the phase lasting about six weeks. This year, the Love Goddess turns in conjunction with the Fixed Star Alderamin, the right shoulder of Cepheus, the King. It's a fortunate star ruled by Saturn and Jupiter, grave and stern in judgement, awakening severe trials, celebrated in poetry and drama. By the Kabalists this constellation is associated with the Hebrew letter Shin and the 22nd Tarot Trump, "The Fool".
At 9:10 UT on Saturday, March 4th, 2017, Venus reaches her retrograde station at 13° Aries 6', in preparation for a period of retrograde motion that will last until April 15th, 2017, when she reaches her direct station at 26° Pisces 54'. At this time she halts in the sign of the Fish and begins her return to direct motion through the zodiac. On April 28th, she re-enters Aries, but remains in a shadow phase until May 19th, 2017. This shadow phase, especially just after the direct station, can be quite as intense as the actual retro phase.
The first part of the Venus retrograde phase is in your 10th house. From March 4th to April 2nd (in Aries), the influence of the Goddess is in your 10th house of career and ambitions. During this phase your career, professional and business life may need reassessment particularly if you feel dissatisfied. The potential for reclaiming success, recognition and social attention will be harder to attain. Someone older, wiser and more influential could have quite an impact on you and re-enter your life. Allies, spouses, or other partners may receive recognition or special promotion at this time. You may have to deal with a former employer, high ranking figure, or an older family member with offers that have elapsed.
The second part of the Venus retrograde phase is in your 9th house from April 3rd (in Pisces) to April 27th. This is usually a fortunate time to travel, but in this case it will prove to be less entertaining and less socially inviting. There's a chance of getting ill from exotic meals if you are overseas on a holiday. You may take up a postponed trip, or someone you recently met from abroad may reappear and rekindle an old flame. Other possibilities include an opportunity that arises to re-enrol in advanced study, take up a language, or other course connected with overseas colleges. Publications, articles and written works are unlikely to get a favorable review, or attain popularity. Postponed legal proceedings may get a second look in with further negotiations being successful, but not in the way you had hoped. April 6th to the 25th sees Venus and Saturn apply a square to each other, so make sure your health is in reasonably good order. Avoid indulging.
Nodes Change Sign
The North Node/South Node axis, also known as the Dragon's Head and Dragon's Tail, is particularly potent just before changing signs. The Moon's Nodes travel in retrograde fashion, and the Mean North Node will be moving from Virgo into Leo on April the 29th, with the True Node following suit on May 9th. However, the effects of this change will be felt most strongly at 0 degrees of Virgo in your 3rd house of communication.
With the North Node retrograding into your 2nd house, karmic lessons can be learnt from testing the limits of values, both personal and those of others. Assumptions of accumulated wealth and possessions can bring a false sense of security. How you present your worldly goods to others opens up a can of worms. Make the effort to gain your worth through your own efforts and do not rely on other people for monetary values and possessions. You may have to rethink your sexual strength and past misuse of it to acquire what you want from others. There may be a fear of death and the mysteries of life. Avoid blaming others for your misfortune while trying to hold onto what you believe is yours and not theirs.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
Dark transformative Pluto remains in his long transit of your 7th house of significant commitments. It's been an upsetting time for many, altering the structures of relationships and partnerships. As Pluto slowly trudges backward and forwards, events could cut you to the core. These will reveal a vulnerability within your personality and the way you cope with situations, the effects of which could pound on you like a sledgehammer. Relationships will be intense during this period, with marriage failures, separations and troubling changes. Other troubles may surface with business partnerships, litigation and those that openly oppose you. Your own needs may change and those of your partner's through no fault of your own. If you can scuttle through this strike at your foundations there is a chance that you will remain together. This is not the best time for marriage, although this does depend on other indicators in your chart.
Aside from Mercury being retrograde at the start of the year, the Sun will be in Capricorn, your 7th house of relationships. From January 6th to the 9th, there will be a clash of egos and power struggles, as the Sun clashes with Pluto. If control issues arise, resist the urge to place too many demands on your partner. Talk through any agreements and come up with a peace offering. Negotiations will continue through to February 6th, but watch for disagreements surfacing in relationships, career and on the home front from January 29th to February 4th.
February 26th sees the Solar Eclipse in your zone of friends. Romantic attractions will have a bearing on love relationships. It will take you on a new direction, not only with friends and groups, but in your association with a partner's children.
May 10th brings the Full Moon in Scorpio, your 5th house of romance. This will bring emotional intensity into friendships, love relationships and existing relationships. Your sexuality and passion is bound to be an enlightening experience.
Warrior Mars transits Cancer from June 4th to July 19th, giving you a burst of energy and the fighting spirit to get things done. Unfortunately Mars opposes Pluto from July 1st to the 4th, when power struggles will arise within relationships. Play it cool and don't get too hot under the collar with your partner (or anyone at all, really). On the plus side, you can use your energy constructively on creative projects, rather than to argue.
July 9th sees a Full Moon in Capricorn, your 7th house. It will bring out intense emotions, power struggles, manipulation and sensitivities. It has the potential to create confrontations, jealousies and possessiveness, either by your partner or others.
Jupiter Enters Scorpio
October 10th sees expansive Jupiter making a grand entrance into intense Scorpio. This begins a major 12 year cycle, and the coming twelve months will give you the opportunity to broaden relationships, creativity, children, entertainment, and recreational fun activities. Good fortune may come to you through speculations, gifts and rewards. If you have a creative flair for the arts, writing, drama, music or sports, it's an ideal time to pursue your quests and be successful. Relationships, romance and children will be more fulfilling, improving your lifestyle and broadening your ideals. Jupiter will remain in your 5th house until October 8th, 2018.
The Sun brightens your 5th house from October 23rd to November 21st, with Mercury joining in from October 17th to November 4th, with good news coming your way from October 17th to the 19th. A love celebration and luck will also be on your side from October 24th to the 27th. This promises to be a super time for enjoyment, entertainment and fun.
Sensual Venus swans into your 5th house from November 7th to December 1st. This will be a fabulous time for the Crustacean, bringing love attractions, social fun and spending time with your favourite people. Venus embraces Jupiter from November 12th to the 14th, a truly excellent time for love relationships, perhaps making that commitment, indulging, or getting married. On December 9th, Macho Mars rolls into your 5th house lifting your magnetism, sexuality, and strength in sports.
Saturn Enters Capricorn
December 20th brings stern Saturn into Capricorn, your 7th house of relationships. You'll be paying even closer attention to relationships, your marital obligations and binding agreements. This is the time when some Crabs may enter into a serious relationship, marry someone of an age difference, or adversely face the possibility of a breakdown of a marriage. Marriages undertaken under this transit tend to have a practical purpose, rather than simply a love match. Saturn demands responsible and mature actions in all relationships, business partnerships, legal affairs, public relations, and open enemies.
As Christmas approaches on December 25th, Venus also dances into your 7th house. This is a favourable time to mend old wounds, to bond, be pleasant and bring harmony into your relationships and marriage. It will be easier to reach resolutions, understand each other's needs, and compromise. Some may renew old vows and loyalties, or settle legal disputes and settlements. Singles could announce an engagement, start a live-in relationship, or make a commitment. Make sure you keep your word. Remember, Saturn is at work here. At the start of this transit Venus conjuncts Saturn on December 25th to the 27th. Just what you needed! Problems could arise, or you'll be reserved about expressing your feelings. On the flipside, new relationships that begin now promise a sincere and long lasting association.
Home and Family
Expansive Jupiter remains in your 4th house of home and family for several months. This is a time of good fortune, giving you the opportunity to improve your lifestyle, expand your home in some way, or relocate to a larger, more impressive home and property. Some may decide to relocate at a distance, in the country, or alternatively start major renovations. A parent may be beneficial by living with you or assisting you in setting up a comfortable home. Look at the bigger picture, but try not to overestimate your ability to remain logical in your approach to future plans. You could be caught up in wanting and giving too much of yourself and your possessions. Jupiter will remain in stylish Libra until October 9, 2017 before moving into your 5th house of romance, creativity and speculation. The Full Moon in Libra on April 11th, will beam into your 4th house raising your emotional awareness of family relationships, especially the comforts and security of your home.
The Love Goddess Venus activates your 4th house from October 14th until November 6th, promising a harmonious time for family relationships. As well as this, you may decide to redecorate in some way, expressing your creativity and spending time beautifying the garden. Meanwhile eager Mars will make headway through your 4th house from October 22nd to December 8th. This will give you greater energy to do things that have been left in abeyance. Filter through those items in the garage or attic. Disruptions are very possible, with clashes within relationships from November 18th to the 21st as Mars squares Pluto in ego battles on the home front. Watch for accidents, and make sure your home insurance is up to date. From 30th November to December 3rd, Mars takes on Uranus in your 10th house. You will feel irritated, impulsive and looking for changes not only on the home front but in your career. Be careful your reputation isn't tarnished.
Work and Health
The Lord of Karma, Saturn, remains for most of the year in warlike Sagittarius, your 6th house of work and health. It has been a long haul, worrying about health issues, responsibilities at work, and not getting the gratitude that you deserve. However it won't go unnoticed in the scheme of things. In the meanwhile keep up your ability to organise and delegate, be in charge, and as always pay attention to details. You'll be a stickler for routine, ensuring that you keep to rules and regulations, and worrying over the acceptance of your work. Safeguard your health, and stick to a good diet to see you through 2017.
At the start of the year Mercury retrogrades briefly into your 6th house, when your duties at work will call for control in tidying up loose ends while work colleagues are on leave.
June 9th brings a Full Moon in Sagittarius, which will activate the role you play, in your relationship and empathy with work colleagues. It will highlight your health, habits, and being of service to others. Your diet and wellbeing will depend on the way you can maintain your emotional and physical energy. Refrain from putting too much strain on your nervous system and be aware of indicators of psychosomatic illnesses due to stress.
Mercury heads into your 6th house on November 5th, but retrogrades on December 3rd before going direct on December 23rd. You'll be full of new ideas and plans of efficiency, but whether they will come to fruition will depend on the help of persuasive Venus from December 15th to the 16th.
From November 22nd to December 21st, the Sun moves through Sagittarius, focusing light on your work area, followed by Venus from December 1st to 24th giving pleasant working conditions, creativity in your work role, and possibility a raise! This is capped off with a New Moon in Sagittarius on December 18th, heralding changes and new directions in your job and possibly your career pathway.
The Sky Lord Uranus remains in your 10th house of career, ambitions and long term goals. Structures must be broken down, allowing you more individuality, and signalling a different course in your objectives. It will be difficult to resist these unexpected directions in your career, home life and relationships. With this, you may follow a different path to the norm, upsetting a few folk in the process by a change in your public image and professional life.
Macho Mars transits the career sphere from January 28th to March 9th. You'll work harder to achieve your ambitions, at the expense of stepping on the toes of those who feel threatened by you. Your enthusiasm will be stupendous, impressing authority types and your employer with your resolve. You want to command and take the lead, throwing your energy into everything that inspires you. Try not to overextend your objectives, be defiant with superiors, or have your reputation marred by your fearless attitude.
Gorgeous Venus enters your 10th house from February 2nd then retrogrades in your career sphere from March 4th to April 2nd. This will detract from the glimmer, success and shine you showed earlier in the piece. Do your best to mend relationships at the top of the ladder, and claim back some recognition for the accomplishments you have achieved. You may not be able to please everyone, but give it a go.
February will not be the easiest month for the Crab, with the transiting Moon in Cancer on February 8th triggering off a grand cross, which involves your relationships, your domestic sphere, and your career front. Mars squares Pluto from February 21st to 24th, so ego differences and power struggles could arise that will cause considerable problems in your career, with authority types, employers and relationships. To add to this, from February 25th to March 1st Mars clashes with Uranus and opposes Jupiter, creating sudden changes in your career, public standing and on the home front. With that to one side, you will need to work harder at achieving your goals.
The Sun enters your 10th house from March 20th to April 18th and will conjunct Venus on March 25th, returning to this conjunction again from April 15th to the 18th as Venus travels in direct motion. This is bound to increase your popularity. Perhaps there's a love interest that deserves a second chance, or you could be in favour with those in your profession and reap success.
The New Moon in Aries squeezes in on March 28th, giving you a chance to take a new direction in your career path, with long-term plans, objectives and your public image. Emotions could dominate your next move, in the midst of the changes surrounding you. In March and April be careful of what you say prior to and during Mercury's retrograde phase in your 10th house. This could damage your reputation, let alone negotiations and future plans.
October 5th brings the Full Moon in Aries, when you need to look back and review the last six months. It's also the time when you will need to find a balance, not only in gratifying your ambitious drive for success, but also ensuring that you haven't neglected your family and home life.
It is going to be a significant year for finances, starting with the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse on February 11th in Leo, your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions. (Please read below for further details.)
Mars moves into your 2nd house on July 20th, campaigning there until September 4th. During this phase you are apt to spend money impulsively, or be faced with extra bills and repairs. However, you could have a lucky break with finances from August 18th to the 24th; at least you will be working hard to secure your earnings. The Sun moves into Leo from July 22nd to August 22nd, when you will be concerned about making progress with your earnings, and the value you place on necessary items.
This year there will be two New Moons in Leo, the first one on July 23rd, followed by a Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21st. Both of these will set you on a new course with your capacity to earn extra money, formulate a new budget and look at the way you are handling expenditure. This is then followed by a Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse on August 7th in Aquarius, your 8th house of sex, death and taxes. This will home in on joint resources, investments, debts and other people's money.
With Venus skipping through your 2nd house from August 26th to September 19th, money will be easier to come by, but it will be just as easy to spend it on extravagant items. Mercury while retrograde will briefly re-enter your 2nd house from August 31st to September 9th, when it will be important to finalise any money matters that have been outstanding.
Mercury, the Cosmic Messenger, goes retrograde three times a year for a brief period of about three weeks each time. During this phase, hiccups are likely to occur with communication, travel, and transport; misunderstandings, lack of information, phone problems, breakdowns with certain appliances, machinery and component failure are all indicated. These issues can occur because of inattention to detail, messages being unclear, or overlooking 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 it has simply been misplaced even lost in the mail.
December 19, 2016 – January 8th, 2017, Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, 7th house
Ideas and plans that begin at the onset of a retrograde period often get delayed or put on the backburner for another time. While Mercury is retrograde, a process of review can effectively resolve problems, more so when Mercury goes back into direct motion through the zodiac. Not everyone is badly affected by a retrograde phase, due to Mercury's condition in the natal chart; for instance, should the Messenger be retrograde at the time of birth, a retro phase in the heavens can give you the flow of tidying up loose ends, clearing paperwork, or looking at areas that need your attention.
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, major purchases, verbal and written agreement and the signing of crucial documents. The year's Mercury retrograde phases are outlined below, giving an insight into the year ahead:
This is the remainder of the Mercury retrograde phase that began last year on December 19th, in your 7th house of significant commitments.
April 9th – 20th, Mercury Retrograde in Taurus, 11th house
Mercury is retrograde in Capricorn at the start of January, and briefly re-enters Sagittarius your 6th house of work and health on January 4th. You'll be in touch with issues at the start of December 2016. During this time and given the holiday break, work routine will be slower than usual; at least it will give you a chance to sort through any backlogs of paperwork. Don't neglect any dental and doctor's appointments; give them a call, particularly if you have any health issues that need attention. The Cosmic Messenger then turns direct on January 8th, and back into Capricorn on January 12th. This is when you will resume talks that have been left in abeyance within relationship agreements, legal issues, and other business partnership deals. Make sure you read all the fine print, and understand any commitments so there is no room for error or misgivings. After January 28th, you'll be to work out any misunderstandings, come to an agreement and finalise decisions.
On April 9th, Mercury turns retrograde in Taurus, your 11th house of friends, hopes and wishes. You may have to smooth over differences of opinion with friends, love relationships, groups and social clubs that you belong to. Perhaps you have departed the scene on bad terms, or said the wrong things. Apart from that, re-examine your relationship with friends, other people's children, your ideals, goals and future dreams.
August 13th – 31st, Mercury Retrograde in Virgo, 3rd house
The Cosmic Trickster then re-enters Aries, your 10th house of career and ambitions, on April 20th.
The pace with your career will need modifying, particularly after Venus' retrograde motion. You may regret saying things out of anger or on the spur of the moment during March 23rd to the 28th, with further deliberations from April 27th to the 30th. Discuss any career moves, present ideas or even resubmit a resume. Mercury turns direct on May 3rd in Aries, then moves forward to re-enter Taurus, your 11th house on May 16th, sigh! But Mercury remains in a shadow phase until May 21st.
On August 13th, the Cosmic Prankster turns retrograde in your 3rd house of communication. During August not only do we have a Solar and Lunar Eclipse, but Mercury throws a spanner into the works. If there are going to be hiccups with transport and all sorts of telecommunications problems, they will happen now. If there is something you want to say, make sure it is clearly understood. There are bound to be delays, which will upset your daily tasks, children's education and mail disruption. Keep a diary handy and jot down information correctly, leaving no room for errors. Likewise, ensure messages you receive are fully detailed to alleviate any misunderstandings. On the 31st, Mercury re-enters Leo, your 2nd house briefly. On September 5th, Mercury turns direct in Leo before re-entering Virgo on the 10th. Mercury will be out of the shadow phase on September 20th, giving you a clearer picture on ideas and decisions.
December 3rd – 23rd, 2017, Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius, 6th house
This will mark the last Mercury retrograde phase for the year, beginning on December 3rd in your 6th house of work and health. Mercury retrograde conjuncts stern Saturn from December 1st to the 8th. If there's work to be done, you will do it with greater concentration. Negative thinking could get the better of you, so don't let yourself get too bogged down with details (which you are likely to do!). Work could be demanding, with deadlines to meet, correspondence and paperwork to get through. Given that it is year-end, it'll be important to get mail out on time. You will be faced with certain issues that arose from November 25th to the 30th. Apart from work, attend to your health, follow through with dental and doctor's appointments but be aware these could be postponed or you will somehow encounter delays. Mercury returns to direct motion on December 23rd, but will remain in a shadow phase until January 11th, 2018.
Lunar Life with Lady Moon
Lunations and eclipses can be more meaningful for you than for other signs, dear Cancer, as they involve your life-ruler, the Moon.
Your personal New Moon occurs on June 24th in Cancer, your 1st house of personality. As the Sun beams into your sign at the start, you'll have quite a bit to say about yourself. This will be your new personal Moon for the next 12th months. What plans have you in place to satisfy your personal needs? Work on ideas and ways to define your personality. This may be in the way you present yourself to the outside world, with a new image giving you self-confidence and emotional vitality. Greater physical energy is available to deal with family matters and issues on the domestic scene, but don't overtax yourself with too much enthusiasm. This could be the time that you decide to move house, expand or renovate. You may gain intuitive insights, and want to expand your spirituality and higher principles.
Your personal Full Moon occurs on January 12th, representing a culmination of actions that began last July. The Cosmic Messenger slips back into your 7th house of significant commitments, although in a shadow phase until January 28th. It will be an important time to reflect and discuss agreements within relationships, family members and issues on the home front. Adjustments, changes and making compromises could see you touchier than usual, but keep your self-importance under control. Past discussions could resurface, with emotional topics appearing worse than they really are. It's a good time to make decisions on career moves, and attend to work and health matters.
Eclipses can instigate a major turning point in your life, and are best not to be ignored. They have a long-lasting period of 6 months and have a much stronger effect than a regular lunation. Depending on your natal chart, the effects of course can vary due to planetary degrees and aspects. Here are the major eclipses for 2017:
A Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Leo on February 11th will influence your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions. This Lunar Eclipse will trigger a grand fire trine with Uranus and Saturn, with Jupiter also giving you good fortune. This will bring major changes to your personal financial resources, money held jointly with others, corporate finances, valuables, benefits and investments. There may be some extra cash through your career, a relative or parent, real estate or inheritance. Try and meet your financial obligations, clear debts, and take appropriate steps to manage your budget and expenditure. Set some objectives into place, and avoid spending based on emotional whims. Your values, and need for possessions based on security could alter significantly.
A New Moon and Annular Solar Eclipse in Pisces on February 26th will be in your 9th house of the higher mind. Solar Eclipses are significant and often bring powerful changes into your life and will cover a period of six months. You may revisit your urge for travel and set sail to an unknown destination. Nebulous Neptune in your 9th house could awaken a spiritual quest and a period of growth, or you could totally come unstuck with unrealistic expectations and self-delusion. You will have other issues to contend with as Mighty Mars clashes with unpredictable Uranus opposing benefic Jupiter. This will impact your desire for change, your public standing, career and long-term plans, home and family. Not to mention relationship and partnership disagreements just prior to this Solar Eclipse. Crabs will value this time for advancing studies, being involved with the justice system, writing, and delving into metaphysics and the religious realms.
A Full Moon and Partial Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on August 7th occurs in your 8th house of sex, death and taxes. This Full Moon and partial Lunar Eclipse will direct attention to your financial achievements in the last six months. It will bring good fortune, a chance to work through challenges, especially with Mars in your 2nd house causing disruptions with finances. You'll need to review joint resources, property with others, real estate, investments, taxes and other people's money. Examine joint business partnership ventures, and finalise debts and settlements. Some may be faced with arguments over inheritances, partnership discrepancies and benefits due. Your value system may change, as may what makes you feel secure and gives you comfort through possessions. Deeper sensual emotions will emerge within close relationships, together with your interest in psychic experiences, mysteries and life after death.
A New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21st affects your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions. This Total Solar Eclipse will set you in a new direction, working hard and diligently to increase your money earning capacity. Mars, however, is in your 2nd house giving more enthusiasm but at the same time boosting the urge to spend impulsively. You might be faced with unexpected bills or repairs to contend with, or unexpected changes in your career and professional life. Meanwhile, Mercury is in a retrograde phase slipping back into Leo for a short spell before going direct on September 5th. You may need to finalise negotiations. Fine-tune your spending capacity, which will mean changing your budget, and keeping spending down to a minimum on a needs only basis in the short-term.
That's it for our Annual Forecast for 2017, dear Crabs. 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 great year in 2017!