Virgo 23rd Aug - 22nd Sep
YOUR YEAR AHEAD 2016
The general astrological picture looks rather
promising for Virgo. Jupiter is likely to have a
fortuitous but also protective influence, encouraging
you to grow and develop, to spread your wings and aim
for the stars. Saturn, although it will bring demands, stress
and pressures, is urging you to attend to the very foundations of
your life. The Nodes and eclipses are reinforcing the message of Jupiter
and urging you to continue the new initiatives and major life changes that began towards the end of 2015. Neptune is most likely to cause complications and so best not to take everyone or everything at face value and resist the temptation to let others ride your gravy train if they’ve not prepared to pull their weight. Pluto is slowly making it’s way through Capricorn and in the process encouraging the Virgos he meets along the way to get in touch with their own inner resources and abilities and to use these to establish a unique place for themselves in the world.
Saturn's influence in 2016
Saturn will be in Sagittarius throughout 2016, the area of your solar chart associated with home, family and domestic matters and so the demands of your private life may need to be addressed since these could interfere with your other priorities and commitments. Parents and loved ones may make extra demands upon you and the inevitable changes taking place on the domestic front could see you laying down new foundations. If you haven't before, you could find yourself making a commitment to an area, place or property, establishing new a new way of life. The emphasis on establishing good foundations could also apply to your physical home or living environment, so be prepared to make the necessary changes. Just as a plant needs to be securely rooted to support the growing plant above, so to will you need to make sure you’ve got the right foundations in place to enable you to flourish out in the world. Since Sagittarius is in stressful alignment with Virgo, at times, the demands of your private life may also appear to block or frustrate your attempts to get on with things. Nevertheless, with so much astrological activity, mostly favourable, impinging on Virgo, don’t neglect domestic matters, especially when Mars joins Saturn in Sagittarius for most of March, April and May and again throughout August and September.
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. With Jupiter in Virgo, your Sun sign, until September, it’s time to make hay while Sun, or rather Jupiter, shines on you. Promote yourself and your talents, put yourself in the shop window and show the world what you can do. This is the time to leave unhealthy, unhelpful and difficult situations and start afresh and begin anew. From September, with Jupiter entering Libra, one of the money zones of your solar chart and where Jupiter will remain for twelve months or so, an improvement on the money front could follow from the autumn. The more you make the most of the astrological weather in the first part of 2016, the more you’ll prosper in the second part.
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, your Sun sign until May 2017, therefore the South Node will be in the sign opposite Virgo, Pisces, the area of your solar chart associated with your more important and intimate dealings with others, partnerships, relationships and other people in general. The North Node is an area to develop, it is oriented to the future and is to be embraced. The South Node by contrast is associated with the past, where we’re coming from and is a place of release, where we need to let go, perhaps because we’ve become too comfortable, a creature of habit or even stuck in a rut. As with the presence of Jupiter in Virgo until September, the presence of the North Node of the Moon in Virgo should also correspond with favourable developments in your personal life. However, to make the most of the astrological weather you need to go with the flow, not swim against the tide. In practice, this suggests you need to put yourself and your agenda forward, first and foremost. This is not a time to be bashful when opportunity, romance or Lady Luck comes calling. Since the South Node will be in your opposite sign of Pisces, be prepred to let go of anyone or anything that is not contributing to your life. One of the reasons the Moon’s Nodes are considered important in astrology is because when a new or full Moon falls near one of the Nodes, a solar or lunar eclipse occurs and eclipses are considered one of the most potent astrological indicators of change and upheaval. With most of the eclipse activity in the spring, late summer and early autum occuring across the Virgo Pisces axis, you’ll be affected more than most by eclipse activity in 2016. The eclipses are reinforcing the message of the Nodes. Around March and September could be a time of stress, uncertainty and upheal as the eclipses occuring at these times usher in a period of major change and an opportunity to take control and steer your life and desyiny in the direction that promises to offer you the most satisfaction and fulfimment.
Uranus's influence in 2016
Uranus will be in Aries throughout 2016 which is unlikely to be felt as directly or as strongly as other planetary influences. Nevertheless, since Aries is one of the money zones of your solar chart, the one associated with your financial commitments and arrangements with, and to, others, as well as the financial affairs of those with whom you are closely involved, it could be that the uncertainty and unpredictability in the financial affairs of others could impinge on you directly or indirectly. You may also have an opportunity, perhaps suddenly and unexpectedly, to liberate yourself from financial restraints and commitments, bringing with it the chance to develop greater financial freedom and independence.
Pluto's influence in 2016
The long term presence of Pluto in Capricorn bodes well for Virgo because Capricorn, like Taurus and Virgo, is an earth sign and all three earth signs are harmoniously aligned with one another. Therefore, the slow moving yet potent, regenerating influence from Pluto in Capricorn should bring opportunities, in the guise of fate or circumstance, to shine and show what you can do. Therefore, you’ll benefit tremendously from mastering a corner of the world or establishing a niche for yourself in the market place. Those Virgos born between 04 - 10 September will have more direct access Pluto and therefore the greatest potential to be renewed, transformed and empowered. Those born earlier should capitalize on the changes Pluto has brought and sometimes wrought in recent years. Those born later will have an opportunity to discover their own hidden wealth, strengths, talents and personal resources when they meet Pluto over the next few years.
Neptune's influence in 2016
Neptune will be in your opposite sign of Pisces throughout 2016 and beyond. Since Pisces is the area of your solar chart associated with your more important, and intimate, dealings with others, partnerships, relationships and other people in general, this is where you’ll have some close Neptunian encounters. Astrologically speaking, Neptune is the most elusive of planets and it’s subtle, nebulous nature can encompasses mysticism, alternative realities, illusions, delusions, inspiration and deception. With Neptune in your zone of others, Neptunian types may play a significant role in your life. Whether by accident or design other’s may act as catalysts that encourage or force you to explore the perennial philosophy, alternative states of consciousness as well as mystical, artistic and creative outlets for your talents. You could find yourself teaming up with kindred spirits who share your dreams, ideals and visions. Since the South Node of the Moon will also be traveling through Pisces in 2016, you need to be careful who you get involved with since all may not be what it seems, perhaps because of misunderstandings, deception or even self-deception. When the South Node and Neptune meet in the autumn this may be when you need to take extra care to avoid wishful thinking or getting involved with unreliable, impracticable or ambiguous individuals. Those Virgos born around the end of August and early September will experience Neptune most strongly and while it can be quite disorienting at first, when the fog lifts a new vision of reality may replace the one that went before.
Mercury Retrograde Periods in 2016
Becasue 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 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, be careful not to let your pursuit of pleasure, or reluctance to resist temptation get you in hot water. The period between 28 April - 22 May could be beset with travel or communication problems, especially with someone from a different background to you. You may also need to revise your thoughts and ideas concerning educational, writing or metaphysical matters. Between 30 August - 22 September Mercury will be retrograde in Virgo and so be as careful with what you say as how you say it and if possible, wait before putting your cards on the table or jumping on the first promising offer that lands in your lap. As with the early part of the year, the period from 19 December - 08 January 2017 could prove a little complicated on the romantic front and so if you can’t behave, be discreet.