Libra 23rd Sep - 23rd Oct
YOUR YEAR AHEAD 2016
Libra is one of the Sun signs experiencing some
of the most interesting but also most powerful
astrological activity in 2016. The presence of Pluto in
Capricorn and Uranus in Aries are heralding long-term,
irrevocable change, transformation, liberation, breakthroughs
and a new you with a new perspective, new priorities and new
identity. With Jupiter working behind the scenes in Virgo and the
subsequent movement of Jupiter into Libra, your Sun sign, this bodes
well for a certain amount of cosmic guidance, protection and favourable twists of fate. Do watch your health and diet, don’t overload yourself with tasks and chores and take time out periodically to do absolutely nothing. Don’t fight the changes ahead, flow with them.
Saturn's influence in 2016
Saturn will be in Sagittarius throughout 2016, the area of your solar chart associated with siblings, short journeys, your local area and familiar environment. This is also the area of your solar chart associated with messages, communication and day-to-day mental activities. As such dealings with certain relatives and neighbors may feel like hard work at times. You might also want to think twice before offering your help since things could turn out to be more complicated or you may end up taking on more than you expected or intended. Perhaps there are building works or traffic issues locally that affect your ability to get out and about. You might have to travel more than usual, more likely for important matters, such as work or other commitments than for pleasure. With Saturn in Sagittarius, this is a good time to take a course of study and develop greater mental discipline, alternatively you may find yourself in the role of mentor or teacher to others. Subjects that have practical application in your daily life may be more appropriate than abstract or impersonal topics. Libran’s are often lighthearted, frivolous, charming and tend to have a way with words but with Saturn in Sagittarius, you may find that what you say and how you say is taken seriously and has more impact and influence than usual and so this would be a good time to sharpen your communication skills.
Jupiter's influence in 2016
Jupiter, the greater benefic, takes approximately twelve years to travel the twelve signs of the zodiac, spending roughly one year in each sign. Jupiter will be in Virgo until September when it moves into Libra, your Sun sign, ushering in what promises to be an important and fortuitous year for Libra. With Jupiter in Libra, your Sun sign, it is a great time to make a new start and take a chance on life and love, to put yourself put out and about and show the world what you can do. With Jupiter in Libra until October 2017, you’ll have luck on your side in your adventures and endeavors to make changes, promote yourself and make your mark. Good timing, fateful meetings and serendipitous events will bring rapid change and fortunate opportunities. Until then, with Jupiter in Virgo, it’s time to tie-up loose ends, finish unfinished business and bring closure to certain elements of your life that have run their course, especially situations that no longer support you. This can also be a time of healing and psychological renewal so go gentle on yourself, a new day is dawning.
The Nodes of the Moon's influence in 2016
The Moon has two Nodes, the North Node and the South Node. The Nodes form an axis and are always opposite one another in the zodiac. The North Node of the Moon will be in Virgo until May 2017, therefore the South Node will be in the sign opposite Virgo, Pisces until May 2017. The influence of the North Node is beneficial and in many ways similar to that of Jupiter, which is also in Virgo. The North Node also acts like a sign post, pointing to an area to develop, exploit and where fulfillment or favourable circumstance or opportunities await you. Virgo is one of the more complex areas of your solar chart and it is associated with, for you, places of peace and rest, where you unplug and take time out and in the process create the space for the new to enter your life. The South Node is an area of release, where you need to let go, untangle and unburden yourself. Since Pisces is the area of your solar chart associated with your chores, day-to-day routine and work, the message seems to be for you to take time out from the daily grind to retreat and rest, to escape for a while, whether into the arms of nature, a spiritual activity or mystical place. Where work is concerned, less is more and try to reduce not increase your workload, however tempting it may appear in the short-term since it may leave you feeling restricted, exhausted or like you’re running round in circles.
Uranus's influence in 2016
Uranus will be in Aries throughout 2016 and beyond and represents a longterm, background influence. Although Uranus has significance for all Librans, those born between the 08 - 18 October will experience Uranus most personally and directly in 2016. Those born earlier should continue to incorporate into their lives the changes and new perspective Uranus has brought, those born later have yet to meet Uranus. In a simple sense, Uranus, like Pluto below, is a harbinger of change. Change that is associated with breakthroughs, the new and innovative. The change Uranus brings is often unexpected and unpredictable. If we knew what changes to expect, they wouldn’t be Uranian changes. Uranus can bring a desire for freedom and release, to explore new territory and to be free from old restraints. Perhaps there is a new you that is ready to hatch, wants to break out and be set free. Since Uranus is in your opposite sing of Aries, the area of your solar chart associated with relationships, partnerships and your dealings with other people in general, this is the area of your life in which you’ll meet Uranus. Significant people may enter your life now, some may look, think or behave very differently than most people you’ve met before, some may be catalysts for change. Whether or not they stick around is less important than the new opportunities and outlook they bring.
Pluto's influence in 2016
The long term presence of Pluto in Capricorn represents another, significant longterm, background influence for all Librans but those Librans born between 05 - 11 October will experience Pluto most directly in 2016. Those born earlier should continue to incorporate the changes Pluto has brought, and sometimes wrought, in their lives in recent years. Those born later will meet Pluto in the not too distant future. Since Pluto is in the home, family and domestic zone of your solar chart, this is primarily where you’ll meet Pluto. Developments in your private life, within your home family or even community could bring about major changes in you. The change Pluto brings is different to that of Uranus above. Pluto represents the march of time and necessity, death and rebirth, a process of transformation where one phase or chapter of life comes to and end and a new one begins. Since Pluto in Capricorn is in stressful alignment with Libra, perhaps there may be times when you feel you are at the mercy of fate or circumstances, that certain irreversible choses have to be made and that there will be no going back to how things were before. You may need to discard several layers of your former self so as some very core part of you so a new identity can emerge. As with Uranus above, the changes are more likely to prove difficult the more you resist the natural, necessary and inevitable processes they represent. The process is likely to be speeded up when Mars joins Pluto in Capricorn from the end of September to early November.
Neptune's influence in 2016
Neptune will be in your opposite sign of Pisces throughout 2016 and beyond. Neptune’s influence on Libra will not be obvious, strong or as significant as the other planets, especially Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter. Since Pisces is the area of your solar chart concerned with your day-to-day work, chores and routine, as well as your health, or lack thereof, this is where you’re most likely to meet Neptune in 2016. Since the South Node of the Moon will also be in Pisces, when these two meet in the autumn you may need to take special care of your health. Certain work matters may also be complicated around that time and if possible, try to take time out for some R&R or a step back from work for a few weeks from late August. Also, however well meaning your desire to help others, this isn’t the year to be making too many sacrifices or compromises, especially if it means you end up taking on more and more demands, responsibilities, commitments or work than is wise or good for you.
Mercury Retrograde Periods in 2016
Mercury’s retrograde periods occur roughly thee times a year for three weeks each time. 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, be economical with the truth 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 it looks like you may need to curb your enthusiasm to let your hair down and play and instead focus on family, property or domestic matters. Communication problems with a family member or loved are more likely so make sure to talk straight and not with a forked tongue. The period between 28 April - 22 May is emphasizing your financial dealings with others and so be careful with negotiations, agreements and financial paperwork at this time. Don’t be pressured into making big financial commitments or purchases and if possible, ask for more time to do some research or get advice. Between 30 August - 22 September avoid office politics, rumour or gossip and try to keep your thoughts to yourself. Between 19 December - 08 January 2017 property and domestic matters may be subject to confusion or misunderstandings so slow down and take your time rather than speed things up or neglect the important little things.