2016 Horoscope Forecast
Gemini the Twins in 2016
goals and dreams...
Welcome to 2016 dear Gemini! The year ahead will begin a new chapter for you, mainly in your sectors of relationships, finances, friends and wishes, home and family. The New Moon in loyal Capricorn on January 10th starts the year in your 8th house of sex, death and taxes. The Lord of the Underworld, Pluto, and Sky Lord Uranus continue to bring imminent changes, breaking away from traditional values, and creating stressful conditions with friends, associates and groups that you belong to. Emotions will be elevated in your sector of finances, other people's money and money owing to you. It's advisable not to take on risky speculations, and shady business deals.
2015 gave us an example of ongoing factors which will be carried over into 2016. Your priorities will take another direction to achieve your goals and dreams. It may be a shaky start ahead mastering rising fears, but with it comes a new pathway.
Mercury, your life-ruler, will turn retrograde four times this year starting on January 5th. You'll experience hiccups, stop start conditions, delays and irritations in your areas of finances, secrets, career, home, family, and relationships. See below for further Mercury Retrograde periods. The Cosmic Messenger will clash with Taskmaster Saturn and the Sea God Neptune from June 20th to the 22nd and August 5th to the 8th. This will be the time to watch for deception and problems in your career, relationships and contracts.
This year Mars, God of War, turns retrograde on April 17th, which only happens once every two years and two months. A rare event. The effects of each phase differ according to the sign in which it occurs. A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac.
How will this affect the versatile Twins? Mars will turn retrograde in Sagittarius, your 7th house of significant commitments before slipping back to passionate Scorpio on May 27th, your 6th house of work and health. Mars then turns direct on June 29th before re-entering Sagittarius on August 2nd. This marks a lengthy phase of moulding your energetic drive into patience and solidarity, with a more sustained effect after August 22nd.
The first part of the Mars retrograde phase occurs in your 7th house. Your dealings will revolve around your relationships and partnerships, marriage, agreements and contracts. This can bring about differences of opinion, frustration, and anger during the process of settling and eliminating areas of discord. This is not the time to enter into a hasty relationship, particularly with someone who is fiery by nature, as it is bound to bring unsettling conditions and eventual separation. There'll be the issue of ego battles, arguments with your partner, problems settling legal disputes in the case of a divorce, and with opponents. Reconciliations tend to be difficult, inviting verbal attacks and fights. Business partnerships and contractual agreements could see further tension and ongoing differences of opinion.
August 21st to the 28th will be deadlocked as stern Saturn and Warrior Mars meet head-on in a test of strength. It will be a clash between directed action meeting the force of resistance. Meanwhile the Sea-God Neptune squares the two planets, bringing confusion and cunning to your career and reputation. However, conditions may well be beyond your control.
The second part of the Mars retrograde phase takes place in your 6th house from May 27th up to August 2nd. This is the time to take extra care in your line of work, personal wellbeing and routine. Your attention will be drawn to matters that were not completed back in February/March. You may have to undergo surgery, endure a blood disorder, experience difficulties with colleagues, or work in a dangerous environment. Your level of tolerance could be tested, or provoked into arguments. You may find that you can no longer continue in the current job due to ongoing conflicts. Safety in the workplace will be paramount, particularly around sharp objects, machinery, and appliances. Your routine may undergo changes, and you need to review your level of health and exercise, or follow a specific diet. On June 9th and 10th, disputes will arise, but don't allow yourself to dwell on them and have doubtful thoughts. There's a possibility of involvement with hospitals and institutions.
Lord of Karma
The Lord of Karma, Saturn, is slowly making his way through Sagittarius your 7th house of significant commitments. During this long phase you may experience more difficulties in relationships, partnerships, marriage, business partnerships and contractual agreements. This could lead to extra responsibilities, separations, and upholding obligations which could impinge on your freedom. A marriage or partnership may be undertaken for practical reasons. Legal issues could surface, along with feelings of loneliness, or just needing time alone to attend to your health and rest.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
It has been difficult to settle the dust in friendships, relationships and partnerships. Stern Saturn has brought restrictive structures and responsibilities into your relationships. Meanwhile rebellious Uranus has been interrupting any significant love relationships, although it has brought excitement while it lasts. At the moment you may have a problem relating to others, feeling insecure or not exposing your feelings. The steady hand of Saturn will bring a significant other into your life, perhaps for practical reasons, or an old friend may reappear in your life.
Relationships will be jammed in 2016. A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Libra on March 23rd in your 5th house of romance, creativity and speculation will start the ball rolling. April will provide excitement on the love scene, with social activity and positive developments in love relationships. The Love Goddess, Venus, dances into your sign on May 24th thrilling you till June 16th. It's a superb time of the year to attract love, so accentuate your personal qualities, witty charm, and sensuality. Express your self-confidence, positive outlook and social graces. Notwithstanding, other factors could spoil your fun, such as settling differences with family members, real estate issues and separations during the first half of June. Meanwhile, retrograde Mars will be calling the shots and redefining areas of love and conflict between May 24th and the 26th.
Venus will highlight your 5th house of romance from August 30th to September 22nd, during which time there will be more influence on the deeper aspects of love, spellbinding attractions, bonding and loyalty. The Goddess moves through Sagittarius, your 7th house of significant commitments from October 18th to November 11th. Some Twins might make a firm commitment, marry someone of an age difference, or make an obligatory agreement. This also brings a time to make peace, mend differences, and reconstitute love in existing relationships.
There are two Full Moons in Sagittarius, the first one on May 21st when it conjoins Mars. Feelings will be intense with the potential for invoking dramas and arguments. It will produce a clash of egos, impulsive actions, and marital or partnership disagreements. The second Full Moon on June 20th (a Blue Moon) is sure to bring forward crucial judgements, heightened emotions, or legal matters with opponents and others.
Big brother Jupiter makes his way into Libra on September 9th, awakening your 5th house. This will mark a long phase for you to venture into your creativity, attract new romance, and improvement in existing love relationships. Opportunities, rewards and good fortune are offered during the ensuing twelve month period. Some Twins may decide to extend the family, and find happiness through children. The Full Moon in Libra on October 1st will bring further fulfilment, love commitments and harmony.
Home and Family
Apart from varying degrees of unsettlement during the year, you can look forward to brighter prospects. Big brother Jupiter has been proactive in offering opportunities, improvement in your life-style, generosity, moving to bigger premises, extending or living overseas. A parent or relative may have assisted in providing financial assistance with a home or setting up a residence. It's important that you don't overestimate the costs involved in developing property, especially wanting more than is affordable and being led astray by big plans. Stay grounded as much as possible, by not extending over and above your limitations.
Mercury, the Cosmic Messenger, speeds into Virgo on July 30th remaining in his other home until October 6th. This is your 4th house of home and family. During this long period, Mercury enters a retrograde phase bringing unwarranted delays and hindrances in settling family business, discussions, real estate and property. The Sun will be in Virgo from August 22nd to September 21st, with positive aspects to stern Saturn and rebellious Uranus giving you innovative ideas and steady progress to accomplish matters on the domestic scene, family, relationships and with friendships. Lovely Venus dances through Virgo from August 5th to the 29th. Although this will be a good time for creating harmony, pleasant relations with relatives, and improving the home atmosphere, your main concerns will revolve around finances, relationships and your career. Opportunities, happiness and success will unveil themselves from August 27th to the 30th.
The New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st will present a new set of standards and course of action to follow. On September 9th, Jupiter exits Virgo, and strides into Libra, your 5th house. How fortunate!
Work and Health
Energetic Mars will be proactive in your area of work and health as it enters intensive Scorpio on January 3rd, staying there until March 6th. This will stimulate your motivation to accomplish tasks, improving routine and performance. You'll be able to consolidate and use your perceptive qualities to streamline important work in an effort to improve finances and home security. This can have a downside, so avoid being overzealous with those around you, including work colleagues. It's a good time to research a physical fitness program, but be cautious working around machinery and with sharp objects. Some Twins may find it necessary to have surgery performed. Areas of health to watch are injuries to the head and face, problems with red blood cells, muscles, bladder, and nervousness.
A Full Moon on April 22nd will stir up emotions and important facets of work, habits and health problems. It's a demanding time, and when completing schedules, try not to overload your physical limitations.
The Warrior retrogrades back into Scorpio between May 27th and August 2nd, which will put extra strain and workload into your schedule. Specific jobs will need more detailed attention and adjustment to a slower pace. Recouping from health issues will take longer than usual.
Gracious Venus dances into Scorpio on September 23rd staying there until October 17th, making work more pleasurable, and pleasant for co-workers and employees. Work conditions should improve, as will your creativity and services to others. Not to be outdone, the Sun beams into your 6th house from October 22nd to November 20th. Mercury will propel activity, ideas and versatility from October 24th to November 11th. A new Moon in Scorpio on October 30th will combine with Mercury, which will be great for mental stimulation, but don't be overly sensitive to criticism by others. Be careful about changing your views or becoming involved in gossip.
Career and Finances
Your career path will meet many challenges throughout the year, setting off a series of events. February 19th to March 19th will have a great impact on your career with a New Moon and Solar Eclipse on March 9th, awakening a number of challenging issues. Make sure you have clear objectives in mind and uphold your public profile, so it's not tarnished by others. The Sun in Pisces conjoins the Sea God Neptune from February 27th to March 1st, which can either lead to confusion about career changes or invoke greater inspiration and creativity. Let's hope for the latter!
During March, your planetary ruler Mercury will stir up a whole range of issues, including contractual agreements, and matters to do with home, family and relationships. Tread carefully with negotiations, as discussions are likely to bring nervous tension, disruptions, and arguments in resolving differences. April will bring a glimmer of hope, as you set your objectives in place and find friends offering their support.
Finances improve as gracious Venus makes her way into your 8th house of sex, death and taxes between January 23rd and February 16th. This will cover money you receive from other sources, including accounts held jointly, investments, superannuation and taxes. Benefits could come your way through real estate, or family members.
The Goddess enters Cancer on June 17th, staying there till July 11th. Money sources should be become available as Venus makes her way into your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions. This is the period to watch overspending on luxury and non-essentials. From June 30th to July 9th, pay attention to ongoing debacles, changes to investments and money flow from outside sources. There'll be luck involved in settling property issues from July 1st to the 3rd. You will be in a better position to negotiate as Venus teams up with Mercury from July 15th to 19th. Streamline your budget plans, ideas and talks on managing your money, expenditure, and be thrifty. The Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces on September 16th, in your 10th house, will see the culmination of efforts that you have poured into your career, home, family and relationship with others.
Mercury, the Cosmic Messenger, enters a retrograde phase for a brief period of some three weeks three times a year on average. This year, however, there are four retro phases for you to deal with. During these phases hiccups are likely to occur in communication, travel and transport. Misunderstandings, lack of information, phone and internet problems, along with breakdowns with appliances, machinery and component failure are all in the frame. This occurs thanks to inattention to detail, messages being unclear, or misreading the fine-print in documents. Fine-tune areas that need your attention; other people may be holding back on information that you are after, or has it simply been misplaced, even lost in the mail?
Ideas and plans that are 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, 9th house
Mercury, the Cosmic Messenger starts the year retrograde, touching on your 9th house of the higher mind before re-entering Capricorn on the 9th, your 8th house of sex, death and taxes. This often brings the onset of loopholes, untimely breakdowns with talks, misunderstandings, oversights and information delays. Just as you step boldly into the field of knowledge to explore, matters of finances need another round of detailed examination. This could involve accounts held jointly with your partner, a loan application that requires more information, or superannuation and investment delays. Business partnerships ventures may not get the initial go-ahead, and hitches with legacies and inheritances could emerge. Accounts may need your eagle eye from the 21st to the end of the month, along with discussions with financial institutions, sorting through debts and other people's money. Mercury goes direct again on January 25th but continue to monitor your circumstances looking forward to a clearer direction after February 15th.
April 28th - May 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Taurus, 12th house
On April 28th, Mercury turns retrograde in Taurus, your 12th house of secrets and hidden matters. Original ideas, plans and schemes may stay in the background. Thoughts will be concealed while you readdress lingering doubts and recent problems. Maybe you're perplexed about a situation you have with someone. Secrets may have a way of being exposed, or you will worry just in case they do. Working behind the scenes may involve clearing the decks, sorting out data, books and articles that are no longer relevant. Information from or about organisations, institutions and hospitals may be difficult to grasp, or delayed in some respect. Try not to misconstrue what others say to you, as this will only feed your anxiety level. Readdress past experiences that have resurfaced; use your logic to overcome obstacles, and don't dwell in "what if". Mercury turns direct on May 22nd opening up avenues of optimism and encouragement after June 8th.
August 30th – September 22nd, Mercury Retrograde in Virgo, 4th house
On August 30th, the Cosmic Prankster turns retrograde in your 4th house of home and family. At the start, there will be an air of good fortune and happiness on the home front, with a possibility of moving, extending the home or family celebrations. However, last minute hitches to family agreements and conversations may arise; contracts, real estate proposals and property issues could be interrupted. Perhaps a negotiation has been over-estimated, and problems with tradespeople, building approvals, or property certification are likely to be held over. Initially this could create trouble with finances, or disagreements in relationships and with family members. Mercury turns direct on September 22nd, allowing you to progress after October 7th, when new ideas will present themselves.
December 19th - January 8th, 2017, Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, 8th house
This marks the last Mercury retrograde phase for the year, starting on December 19th in your 8th house of sex, death and taxes. During this phase (stretching into the New Year), finances may be harder to obtain, and you need to undergo a business-like approach to the way you handle other people's money. Finances may need careful scrutiny, or require further input from earlier in January 2016. Fine-tune any detailed business ventures, discuss problems with inheritances and concentrate on revising your budgetary plans for 2017. Mercury briefly re-enters Sagittarius on January 4th, before going direct on January 8th, then back into Capricorn on January 12th. Tie up loose ends and work towards resolving any misunderstandings, including the way you relate in close relationships. From January 28th will see a clearer path in problem-solving.
Lunar Life with Lady Moon
Your personal New Moon occurs in your sign on June 5th. This marks the start of a new period of personal development in your life. Sensual Venus enlivens your mood, self-confidence and attractive qualities. You might decide to change your image in some way, perhaps a new style or apparel. Your main intention will be to infuse harmony and pleasant interaction with others. It will also herald the beginning of deep changes as sombre Saturn restructures your area of relationships and commitments. This could appear to diminish your contentment on the home front, or with career aspirations and family life. Obligations could outweigh your estimation of your own importance and bring restrictions in achieving happiness.
Your Full Moon glows on December 14th, representing the culmination of events that began in June. It will be worth waiting for, as it will be the Full Moon before Yule, also known as the Christmas Moon. This is an emotional time for many during the festive season, when you want to portray self-confidence, cheeriness, a good self-image, and social appearance. It will influence your area of friendships, relationships, partnerships and commitments. The time leading up to the Full Moon is very potent, with traditional Saturn in residence in your 7th house reminding you of past commitments and obligations. Meanwhile reforming Uranus remains in your 11th house giving you the gee-up to meet new people, have fun and excitement, and enjoy the social atmosphere at year's end. Past differences and responsibilities could upstage your need for freedom, with dramas ensuing. It could see the parting of the ways for some, whereas for others it will be the time to reinforce loyalties, strengthen existing bonds and bring new structures into your relationships.
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 produce 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 10th house of career and ambitions. It has the potential to set you on a new course with your career, long-term goals, and public standing. Beneficial Jupiter aids with good fortune on the domestic front, real estate and property. However, it could hinder your progress by placing too much emphasis on material values, or unduly creating differences with your employer in your efforts to succeed. Opportunities will present themselves for employment changes, but don't overestimate your position of importance in the process. It will be just as important to uphold your reputation and avoid conflict when dealing with the law and upholding agreements
A Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Libra on March 23rd will influence your 5th house of romance, creativity and speculation. This potent Full Moon will favour exciting romantic adventures, and attractions. Your creativity, love of fun activities and socialising with friends is bound to be a highlight. Enjoying the entertainment scene, the arts, sports, games and recreational activities will be in the frame. Time spent with children will play an important part, which includes yours and that of other people. There will be a catch particularly with idle gossip, indecision and being fickle in love matters. Avoid potential arguments and dramas with friends, love relationships, and social groups that you belong to. Avoid risky speculations, and gambling. Separations are in the wings, your hopes being sabotaged, or an ending to a situation which will take you on another pathway. The good news is that benevolent Jupiter enters Libra a September 9th, which will bring fabulous opportunities, good fortune and pleasure.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st occurs in your 4th house of home and family. This will have an impact on the domestic front, with family members, career, commitments, and relationships. Challenges will be there as you go about meeting your obligations, but long-term goals are likely to be hindered. Big plans that you have previously put into place could fall short of your expectations. This includes family business and partnership agreements, real estate purchases, and property deals. Events are likely to be out of your control, but will set you on a new course of action. Feelings will be sensitive between you and others, with your public reputation being at stake through a potentially scandalous encounter. Examine your traditional values, direction, and security. Be prepared to learn from your mistakes.
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces on September 16th takes place in your 10th house of career and ambitions. The last Lunar Eclipse of the year is a powerful Full Moon and a culmination of the energy you have poured into your career, life-path and desire for success in your profession. Motivational Mars will be active in stimulating your relationships, partnerships and agreements. Meanwhile Uranus will be breaking down barriers within your circle of friends, groups and associations. Together, they activate a tremendous amount of emotional and physical energy to achieve your ambitions, aspirations and future dreams. Surprise changes could bring about gripping events, dramas and parting of the ways for some, but avoid riding roughshod over others. It will be just as important to find a balance between your career, home environment and family, so review your long-term goals, and the progress you have made.
That's it for the Annual Forecast for 2016, dear Twins. 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.