Cancer 22nd June - 22nd July
YOUR YEAR AHEAD 2016
With Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries,
Cancer’s are among the zodiac signs experiencing
the most significant astrological activity in 2016. It will
be in your dealings with the outside world, in your work,
vocation and close encounters with others that change and
transformation is most likely to take place. Saturn’s presence in
Sagittarius also suggests you’re in for a busy and productive year on
the work front. The lunar eclipse in Libra around 23 March falls in the home
and family zone of your solar chart and may bring change and upheaval on
the domestic front in the spring. Prioritise the needs of family and loved ones around this time.
Saturn's influence in 2016
With Saturn in Sagittarius throughout 2016, it looks like you’ll have a lot on your plate. The more you’re prepared to roll up your sleeves and get down to business the more you’ll achieve in what promises to be a busy year for you on the work front. Some of you may have the additional responsibility for taking care of the needs of family or loved ones so be sure to make time for them and keep lines of communication open, especially around the spring and autumn. With Mars joining Saturn in Sagittarius throughout March, April and May and again through most of August and September, the pressures on you are likely to increase during these months so make sure to give yourself some slack and not to overload your social diary or cut back on quality sleep or healthy food. You may have increased responsibilities, perhaps for other staff, students or trainees. Tensions may surface if you don’t make sure to set clear and appropriate boundaries. Those of you looking for romance may find Cupid loitering around your work place.
Jupiter's influence in 2016
Jupiter will be in Virgo until September when Jupiter moves into Libra, brining a favourable influence to bear on the home, family and domestic zone of your solar chart from the autumn. Until then, with Jupiter and the North Node of the Moon in Virgo, this is a good time to get out and about and if you’ve something to say, to put your message across. Educational pursuits that give you a chance to develop your practical or technical skills are well starred. If you’ve been thinking of going back to school, now would be a good time to do so. Those of you with siblings should also be prepared to make an extra effort to build bridges and keep in touch.
The Nodes of the Moon's influence in 2016
The North Node of Moon, like Jupiter, is a favourable indicator. There are two Nodes of the Moon, the North and the South Node. The Nodes form an axis and are always opposite one another. Throughout 2016 the North Node will be in Virgo and South Node will be in the sign opposite Virgo, Pisces. The North Node can be considered a pointer to the future, where greater fulfillment lies. An area to be embraced and developed. The South Node on the other hand can be considered a place of release, where you need to let go. Perhaps a place where you’ve become too comfortable. As with Jupiter, the presence of the North Node in Virgo bodes well for educational matters, whether as a student or educator as well commuting and short trips here and there. Those of you mystically inclined may benefit from the pursuit of alternative forms of spirituality. The presence of the South Node in Pisces suggests the answers you seek can be found closer to home. In many ways you need to accept that you already know enough and perhaps need to put what you do know into practice, whether in your work, vocation or emotional life.
Uranus's influence in 2016
With Uranus in Aries, the area of your solar chart associated with your work, vocation and dealings with those in positions of influence and authority, nothing is set in stone. Uranus can bring change and upheaval, freedom and release, uncertainty and new insight. With Saturn in Sagittarius you’re likely to have a heavy workload while Uranus indicates that you should consider taking the road less travelled and embrace change rather than avoid it. Therefore, be open to exploiting and exploring new and innovative avenues and outlets for your talents over the next twelve months. Those Cancer’s born between 07 - 17 July will experience Uranus most strongly in 2016. Those born earlier have met Uranus already and should be settling into the landscape Uranus has ushered in, those born later can look forward to meeting Uranus over the next few years.
Pluto's influence in 2016
Pluto will be in your opposite sign of Capricorn for another seven or eight years and represents a long-term influence. Since Capricorn is the area of your solar chart associated with your relationships and more important interactions with others, this is where you’ll meet Pluto in 2016. Pluto is associated with the process of transformation, renewal, death and rebirth, wiping away the old to build anew. Pluto types are frequently enigmatic, fanatical, demanding and subterranean. Nevertheless, it will be in your close encounters with others that you will be changed and transformed in 2016. Those Cancer’s born between 04 - 10 July will meet Pluto most intensely. Those born earlier have already met Pluto and are likely to have been transformed by the process, those born later will meet Pluto in the not too distant future.
Neptune's influence in 2016
The presence of Neptune in Pisces throughout 2016 and beyond represents a long term, yet subtle, otherworldly, mystical influence. Although Neptune forms a harmonious angle to Cancer, your Sun sign, from Pisces and does so from a relatively benign area of your solar chart, it’s likely that if you experience Neptune at all (Neptune often doesn’t show up on the radar, especially with less sensitive individuals) you may benefit from it’s inspirational, altruistic and compassionate side. However, since the South Node of the Moon, discussed above, will also be in Pisces throughout 2016, you might need to temper your desire to help, heal and even convert others, as well as your desire to escape into the metaphysical clouds with a more practical approach to spiritual matters such as being an example to others, as you endeavor to practice what you preach.
Mercury Retrograde Periods in 2016.
Mercury will be retrograde, appearing to move backwards when viewed from earth, on four occasions in 2016: From 05 January - 24 January, 28 April - 22 May, 30 August - 22 September and 19 December - 08 January 2017. When Mercury is retrograde it’s usually prudent to hold-your-horses and, wherever possible, take a less-is-more, wait-and-see approach to what is going on. Avoid the tendency to cut corners, speak with a forked tongue or skip the small print. This is a good time to review, revise, reassess and if necessary, move the goalposts. When Mercury is retrograde, take a step back so as to take two steps forward later. Between 05 January - 24 January, misunderstandings are more likely in your dealings with others so resist the temptation to read between the lines and insist others do likewise. Between 28 April - 22 May, this may revolve around a communication problem with a friend or associate and it’s important to wait before jumping to conclusions. Between 30 August - 22 September, be as careful about what you say as the way you say it and take your time with important documents, paperwork and emails and make sure to double-check your facts before pressing the send button. As with the early part of the year, between 19 December - 08 January 2017, don’t be too trusting and resist the temptation to be creative with the truth.