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2016 could well be a defining year in the way we view the world and our existence in it. It is going to be an extremely eventful year in which many changes and transformations are possible. This is not a time to look for excuses or distractions if you want to realise your potential. If you make the effort, you can achieve what you set out to do.
During this year, a lot of the planets are very intense in their transits and are in their retrograde motion far more than usual, bringing about greater introspection and delays in the fulfilment of matters. This intense period carries on unabated until September after which your hard work will bring good fortune, success and happiness.
The challenging configurations of Mars, Saturn and the outer planets portend terrorism unrest, conflict and chaos around the world. The situation is further complicated by the various Lunar and Solar eclipses that take place in March, August and September.
The Solar eclipses will affect heads of state and kings and queens – some of them will lose their status or step down. The Lunar eclipses will affect the masses in the shape of floods, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and wars. All this unrest and chaos can be avoided if a strong leader or leaders step forward and take charge of the situation.
March 21 - April 20
Mars (your ruler) is retrograde in your Solar 8th and 9th house. This forces you to reassess your wills, legacies, taxes and alimony. It could also lead you to question your sexuality. Saturn is also retrograde in your Solar 9th house which narrows your thinking and stops you from being adventurous.
On a more positive note, in September, Jupiter the planet of expansion moves into your relationship house after 12 years, making this a great time for romance and marriages. This lasts for a whole year, so make the most of it. You will also be greatly rewarded if you concentrate on your daily work and improve your health.
April 21 - May 21
You have been going through some major changes in your relationships. Mars (your relationship ruler) is retrograde in your 7th and 8th house. This transit will make you reassess your relationships and will mean that your ideas about love and partnership will change.
There is a small a window during which you will feel more hopeful about the future when Venus comes into your sign between 29 April and 24 May. This will be a good time to resolve any differences.
On the health front, the good news is that Jupiter moves into your 6th house after 12 years and this is a good time to start off new health regimes and improve on your daily routines.
May 22 - June 21
Mercury (your ruler) is going to go retrograde 4 times in 2016: 5-25 January, 28 April – 22 May, 30August – 22 September, and 19 December 2016 – 8 January 2017. These periods can cause delays and communication breakdowns and will particularly affect your home life. However, Jupiter goes retrograde in your 4th house which will make you reassess your work-life balance, which may be helpful.
Work harder on your relationships because Saturn's and Mars’ retrograde transit can make them even more complicated than usual. That said, when Jupiter moves into your 5th house in September, your relationships should take an upturn.
Do not forget to look after your health and take up a healthy regime.
June 22 - July 22
Whilst you will be busy with errands, paperwork, phone calls, and light socializing, be careful with your communications. In particular, try not to fall out with siblings, close relatives and friends who may play an important role in your life during this period. This situation will improve when Jupiter moves into your fourth house in September.
With both Mars and Saturn retrograde in your 6th house of health and everyday work, there are likely to be disruptions and frustrations in your life. Your best bet is to keep a low profile and look after your health. Try to steer clear of differences of opinion and other conflicts.
With Mars then going retrograde in your 5th house of creativity, children, recreation, entertainment, hobbies, and romance this may be a good time to re-assess all of these areas.
July 23 - August 23
Jupiter is retrograde in your 2nd house so you will need to be careful with money, joint resources, taxes etc.
With Saturn and Mars retrograde in your 5th house, your creativity, children, recreation, entertainment, hobbies, and romance will be impacted and will require a lot of reassessment.
When Mars then goes retrograde in your 4th house of domestic affairs, beware of exhibiting passive-aggressive behaviour to those around you and be sure to be tolerant of your loved ones.
In September, Jupiter moves into your 3rd house of paperwork and communications and your relationships with siblings, close relatives and friends will improve significantly.
August 24 - September 23
Jupiter goes retrograde in your sign. This will make you question your personal identity. It is a period of introspection and analysis of the impression you make on others. It will also impact on your finances, initially.
Mars and Saturn will go retrograde in your solar 4th house of domestic affairs. This will cause internal conflict between the need to express your inner frustrations and increased introspection. Make sure that this does not affect your loved ones.
Mars then goes retrograde in your 3rd house which can cause chaos in your paperwork and communications. Try not to fall out with close relatives and friends during this period, no matter how frustrated you get.
When Jupiter moves into your 2nd house in September it should herald a bumper period for your finances.
September 24 - October 23
Jupiter goes retrograde in your 12th house. Your romantic objectives are very ambiguous during this cycle. You must deal with your past so that you can put it behind you, but don't do it at the expense of your present. You may even turn to spiritual enlightenment and take up yoga and meditation.
With Mars and Saturn retrograde in your 3rd house, paperwork and communications will be stymied and difficult. Don’t allow frustrations to get the better of you and use tact and diplomacy when dealing with close relatives and friends during this period.
Retrograde Mars then goes into your 2nd house and you must be careful not be reckless with money and taxes. Pay more attention to your spending and the fine print when making purchases or commitments.
In September, when Jupiter moves into your 1st house, it will be a time of great expansion and plenty.
October 24 - November 22
Jupiter goes retrograde in your 11th house of friendships, gains, and aspirations. Your friendships or associations with groups may be a little strained during this period. You must make good use of the energy that is flowing, by channelling it positively!
With Mars and Saturn retrograde in your 2nd house, there is a constant battle between whether to spend or save. The right choices will require careful consideration and ensure you pay attention to detail when making purchases or commitments.
Retrograde Mars then goes into its own house which is very up close and personal! This requires you to take a good look at yourself and reassess your health and personal outlook.
In September, Jupiter moves to your 12th house. This will put you in a deeply reflective mood. This is a favourable time for getting away from usual routines and seeking a retreat for a few days. This is all the better if you are interested in such things as meditation, yoga and therapies that help you to get in closer touch with your inner self.
November 23 - December 21
With Jupiter going retrograde in your 10th house you should focus on the essentials and establish a solid foundation. You will also want to re-assess whether you are spending too much time at work. It’s a good time to strive for a better work-life balance.
Mars and Saturn will go retrograde in your solar 1st house of self. This will cause internal conflict between the need to express your inner frustration and increased introspection. Make sure that this does not affect your loved ones.
Retrograde Mars then goes into the 12th house. To avoid negative energy, private affairs and solitary work should be put on the back burner and pursued later. Now is the time to deal with any past fears or anxieties that are still lingering.
In September, Jupiter moves into your 11th house of friendships, gains and aspirations. Your friendships and associations with groups should thrive during this period, so make the most of it!
December 22 - January 20
Jupiter going retrograde in your 9th house, may cause you to reassess your spirituality and the pursuit of higher knowledge. Be more careful with travel documents on long-distance journeys.
With Mars and Saturn retrograde in the 12th house you must strike a balance between behind-the-scene activities and your inner fears which hinder you. Take up more self-help courses such as yoga or meditation to deal with any residual anxieties.
Mars then goes retrograde in your 11th house of friendships, gains and aspirations. You must try to channel your energy positively during this time.
In September, Jupiter moves into your 10th house which will make you focus on your career and standing in the society.
January 21 - February 19
Jupiter goes retrograde in your 8th house of intimacy, shared resources, and personal transformation. Hold onto your money, work on a budget, and avoid arguments with loved ones that revolve around intimacy and sexuality. It's time to redefine what it is that you want out of life.
Saturn and Mars go retrograde in your 11th house of friendships, gains and aspirations. You must try to channel your energy positively during this time.
Mars then goes retrograde in your 10th house which will cause you to re-assess your standing in society and, also, whether you are spending too much time at work. It’s a good time to strive for a better work-life balance.
In September, Jupiter’s transit into your 9th house of travel and spirituality is good for widening your horizons and long-distance travel.
February 20 - Mar 20
Jupiter goes retrograde in your 7th house. This is going to be a time of frustration and re-assessment of relationships. It’s all about being patient until the planet goes direct. Ensure that you use tact and diplomacy until then.
Mars and Saturn go retrograde in your 10th house which will cause you to re-assess your status. There could be a lot of hard work with little reward. Patience is key though you may even decide to move jobs.
Retrograde Mars then moves into your 9th house of travel and spirituality which makes you question authority and may lead to more existential questions to do with the existence of god.
In September, Jupiter moves into your 8th house of intimacy, shared resources, and personal transformation. Hold onto your money, work on a budget, and avoid arguments with loved ones that revolve around intimacy and sexuality. It's time to redefine what it is that you want out of life.