Virgo 23rd Aug - 22nd Sep
YOUR YEAR AHEAD 2017
A lot of the important work in your life is
going on behind the scenes. The North Node
will require you to take time out periodically to create
your own personal space while Saturn is highlighting the
importance of creating solid and healthy foundations in your
private life. Uranus is encouraging to reduce those ties that bind, emotionally and financially, while bringing insights and illumination on the miseries of life. Pluto is urging you to find your niche, to have fun and express yourself while Jupiter promises to bring an improvement in your financial affairs. Seductive Neptune continues to bemuse and beguile so be careful, all that glitters is not gold, although sometimes it is.
Saturn's influence in 2017
Saturn entered Sagittarius at the end of 2014 and will leave Sagittarius at the end of 2017 when it moves into Capricorn. Sagittarius is the area of your solar chart associated with
your home, family and living situation. With Saturn in Sagittarius this may have been a testing time for you on the domestic front. Whether that is because you’ve had to lay new foundations in your private life, make a commitment to a particular place or have had concerns, additional responsibilities of commitments regarding loved ones, this has been an important period for you. Fortunately, and it looks like most of the hard work has been done but it is not over yet. On a number of different levels, physical as well as psychological, you are laying down foundations in your life on which to build for the future. Confronting the difficulties, challenges and doing the hard work now will reap benefits later.
Jupiter's influence in 2017
Jupiter takes twelve years to travel the 12 signs of the zodiac, spending approximately 12 months in each zodiac sign. Jupiter entered Libra, the domestic area of your solar chart, in the autumn of 2016 and will remain in Libra until Jupiter moves into Scorpio in October 2017. Libra is the zone of your solar chart associated with personal resources, possessions and money. Jupiter is considered the greater benefic and so with Jupiter in Libra, this promises to be a favourable period for you financially. Whether it’s a case of more money flowing in or simply less flowing out, don’t be in a hurry to spend any extra that comes your way. Better to try and build a financial cushion for yourself now that will give you more options in the future. If you can use this as an opportunity too reduce or simplify your financial comments to others then again this is something that will give you more options and choice in the future.
With Jupiter in Scorpio from the autumn you could find yourself out and about more locally but also travelling more for both personal and professional reasons. This should be a good thing and you should make the most of opportunities this gives you to meet new people and get your message across.
The Nodes of the Moon's influence in 2017
The Moon’s Nodes, the North Node of the Moon and the South Node of the Moon, are always opposite one another. Approximately every 18 months or so, they change zodiac sign.The North Node is orientated towards the future, where we’re going, and so points to an area which we need to embrace and develop, where greater opportunities to develop our potential awaits us. The South is associated with the past, where we are coming from, and is considered a place of release. An area of life where we may have become too comfortable, complacent, indulgent or a creature of habit and routine. With the North Node in Virgo, your Sun sign until May, it’s important for you to set the agenda and push ahead with those projects, issues and activities that are most meaningful for you personally, to put yourself and your needs first and foremost.
In May, the North Node will move from Virgo, your Sun sign, into Leo and the South Node will move from Pisces to the sign opposite Leo, Aquarius. Leo is one of the more complex area of your solar chart, a place of rest, retreat and seclusion. Aquarius is the zone of your solar chart associated with your day-to-day work and routine as well as your health, or lack thereof. Therefore, from May it may be time to consider take a step back, to retreat, to reduce your workload and commitments to those activities that are most effective and productive and eliminate or reduce those other activities that do not add value and don’t really matter. This can be a time to turn inwards, to explore your inner landscape and spiritual and metaphysical issues. You may need to retire in someway, perhaps to work on yourself or your own creative projects with minimum distraction. This may also be a time when you need to rest, recuperate and heal yourself. Alternatively, you may need to make certain sacrifices in your life to take care of or support others. That is not to say you should repeat to a monastery on some island somewhere, although you may be tempted. However, it would be prudent to create some time and place in your life where you can escape periodically to recuperate and recharge your batteries but also to get away from the noise, hustle and bustle to create some time and space for the unexpected and unusual to enter your life, to surrender to a higher power that may alter the flow and direction of your life, if you let it.
Uranus's influence in 2017
Uranus is associated with change and upheaval, often sudden and unexpected. Uranus wakes us up from our narrow view of things and brings with it a new perspective. Uranus takes approximately 84 years to travel the 12 signs of the zodiac, spending, about 7 years in each zodiac sign and so is considered a background influence for most people until it triggers some of the more personal points in the horoscope. Uranus is currently in Aries, an area of your solar chart with a number of associations, mundane and occult. On a mundane level, Aries is one of the money zones of your solar chart, the one associated with the finances and resources of others. With Uranus in Aries there may be times, whether by accident or design, when you’ll have the opportunity to reduce the restrictions, commitments, bonds and burdens that tie you to others, emotional and financially. When the opportunity comes to lighten the load or break free, take it. The less restricted you become, the greater flexibility you will have in the future when opportunity comes knocking.
On another, esoteric level, since Aries is the zone of your solar chart associated with the threshold between this life and the next, you may get occasional glimpses and insights into the meaning of life and the nature of consciousness. Theses in turn may serve to influence how you live this life and illuminate your perspective on what comes next.
Pluto's influence in 2017
Pluto travels very slowly through the zodiac, taking approximately 248 years to travel the 12 signs of the zodiac. As with Uranus, Pluto is associated with change. However, Pluto and Uranus are not the same. The change Pluto signifies is associated with the natural process of death and rebirth, something we see and experience around us all the time, such as the cycle of decay, death, rebirth and renewal that characterises the changing seasons. So to does Pluto affect us all to varying degrees at varying times in our lives. Pluto has a cleansing influence. Pluto cleans away that which has served its purpose or role in our lives and needs to be make way for new life, growth and new experiences. Change is an inevitable part of life and is more difficult or stressful, the more we try to hold on or resist it. Pluto can give us an opportunity to discover, or rediscover, hidden talents and resources within us, talents which may now demand a stage or a place in our lives to be expressed. Pluto can be the key to making the changes ahead that work in our favour.
Since Pluto is in Capricorn, which, like Taurus and Virgo, your Sun sign, is also an earth and since earth signs are harmoniously aligned in the zodiac, Pluto’s influence promises to smoother and less stressful than for some other Sun signs. Capricorn corresponds with the area of your solar chart associated with a number of things including the pursuit of what turns you on, pleasure, entertainment, your creative interests hobbies and children, whether as children of the mind as in your creative projects or your biological children. Whichever one it it is, this is a great time to get creative, whether in your current position or in your free time. Whether that involves turning a passion, interests or hobby into something more serious, pursuing earthly delights or a change in your attitude to parenting, embrace the opportunity to transform your life.
One of the keys appears to be to develop a niche for yourself, to become and expert or a specialist. Since Pluto is a slow moving planet and therefore represents a background influence for all Virgos, some will experience Pluto more strongly than others. Those Virgos born around 09 - 12 September will feel Pluto most personally, those born earlier will have met Pluto already on their travels, those born later will meet Pluto later.
Neptune's influence in 2017
Neptune will be in Pisces throughout 2017 and beyond. Like both Uranus and Pluto, Neptune is a considered an outer, transpersonal and transcendental planet. Neptune is also slow moving, taking 165 years to travel the 12 signs of the zodiac and so, like Uranus and Pluto, Neptune's influence reflects social, political and cultural changes that shape and colour the course of history. We experience these outer planets in a personal way when they touch or trigger the sensitive points in our horoscopes. Neptune more than any other planet is not of this world. The world of Neptune is a utopian paradise. Neptune is concerned with selflessness, idealism, spiritual and mystical inclinations, imagination and fantasy. Difficult aspects from Neptune can be stressful since they test our worldview and challenge us to make our dreams and ideals a reality.
Neptune is in your opposite sign of Pisces, the area of your solar chart associated with your emotional, romantic or working relationships but also your more general encounters with others. With Neptune, things can get foggy, to say the least, and extreme sensitivity to others, feelings of compassion, guilt and desire to rescue, idealise or to make personal sacrifices may colour your interactions with others. There is the possibility of misunderstandings, of being seduce, hoodwinked or taken for a ride. Therefore, it is advisable not too put all your eggs in one basket where personal or professional relationships are concerned.
The most positive aspect of Neptune is that those who play the Neptunian role in your life can serve as catalysts to your own awakening. Opening you up emotionally, spiritually and creatively to new perspective on reality and initiating a re-evaluation of the meaning and purpose of your life. Although Neptune represents part of the astrological backdrop for all Virgos, those born around 02 - 08 September will feel Neptune most personally in 2017. Those born earlier will have already met met on their travels, those born later will meet Neptune in the years ahead.
Mercury Retrograde Periods in 2017
Because Mercury is your planetary ruler, you experience Mercury’s retrograde periods, which usually occur thee times a year for roughly three weeks each time, more powerfully than most Sun signs. Mercury will be retrograde, appearing to move backwards when view from earth, on four occasions in 2017. From 19 December 2016 - 08 January 2017, 10 April - 4 May, 13 August - 05 September and 03 December - 23 December. 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. Because Mercury will be retrograde from 19 December 2016 - 08 January 2017, as 2017 gets underway it looks like you might take a little time to get up and running but don’t worry. Take as much time as you need finishing unfinished business, reviewing, revising and reorganising your stuff until you’re happy you’re back on track and can get with the program once more. With Mercury retrograde between 10 April - 4 May, travel, study or philosophical matters or pursuits may need to be revised because of a communication or financial problem or misunderstanding and so it’s important to take your time and not cut corners in your desire to get things moving.
Between 13 August - 05 September, Mercury will be retrograde in Virgo, your Sun sign. The autumn is always and important time of year for you and autumn 2017 will be especially busy and so it’s important to pace yourself and to wait and be patient and not try and second guess others. There may be one or two false starts if you act on incomplete or inaccurate information at this time. Best to not act in haste but use this period to revise, review, simplify and perfect your operation and, if necessary, move the goalposts.