(For those born during October 23 – November 21)
Welcome to 2016 dear Scorpio! The New Year begins with Mars your planetary ruler heading home to your sign on January 3rd. You have evidently been working away behind the scenes conserving your batteries; this has held you back from revealing your powerful energetic drive, which you can now display both physically and emotionally.
Mars and Mercury interact during their retrograde phases (see below), restricting your capacity to negotiate on finance and property settlements, partnership agreements, communication and friendships.
This year mighty Mars, your planetary ruler, God of War and Passion, turns retrograde on April 17th. Now this only happens once every two years and two months, but the effects of each phase differ according to the sign in which it falls. A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. Are you prepared to meet the challenges and assert yourself, dear Scorpio? Mars will turn retrograde on April 17th in Sagittarius, your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions before stalking back into your sign on May 27th. Mars returns to direct motion through the zodiac on June 29th before re-entering Sagittarius on August 2nd. By then your ruffled feathers should have settled after battling it out with opponents, and you should be able to resume your tenacious drive at full speed after August 22nd.
The first part of the Mars retrograde phase occurs in your 2nd house from April 17th to May 26th. This will be a time to resolve your financial affairs, re-establishing your values and possessions. Negotiations with financial institutions may be fraught with delays while you look for alternatives to fill your shortfall with money and boost your earning capacity. Areas that call for your attention will include settling small debts, credit card bills, and renegotiating mortgage repayments, which could prove frustrating. You may find yourself in dispute over joint holdings and possessions, backtracking paperwork and documents. Restraining expenditure will be a must while you catch up with your bill payments and long-term financial obligations. May 21st to the 26th and June 13th to the 15th could see disappointments over speculations, joint accounts, or other people’s possessions and money. Keep a rational perspective and don’t be phased out by confusing events and proceedings.
The second part of the Mars retrograde phase affects your 1st house from May 27th up to August 2nd. As your life-ruler steps back into Scorpio, unfinished business during January and February will need revisiting before you can make real progress. Relationships, friendships, business partnerships and legal agreements are all under the gun. This can leave you exasperated with the actions of others and opponents, testing your willingness to compromise. It could try your patience, particularly if ego differences create tension or disputes within litigation and divorce settlements. Why not put your physical energy to work pursuing tasks that you haven’t had time to do in the past? As well as releasing some steam through your sexuality and libido! It’s not the time to rush into hasty decisions, so allow yourself to work through things at a steady pace. Mars goes direct on June 29th before re-entering Sagittarius your 2nd house on August 2nd.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
Optimistic Jupiter remains in Virgo your 11th house until September 8th, opening up new friendships and love attractions and building towards your future happiness and dreams. Some of you will be starry-eyed and could make an announcement as love blossoms in your life, or perhaps reveal a secret relationship. With the North Node also in Virgo, some Scorpions will be fortunate enough to meet a significant other, but it won’t be an easy road as other relationship issues need to be settled in the meantime. Friends could open doorways to expand and broaden your values and aspirations.
The Sea God Neptune remains in your 5th house, tantalising your creativity, vision, romantic dreams, and heart’s desire. Clouded thinking arises at times, but in all it will give you greater inspiration to continue the pursuit of what holds firm in your ideals.
Mars in your sign from January 3rd to March 5th will energise you with a good dose of added pep! Intensity and passion will bubble in your relationships, so although you’ll be the initiator, try not to overdo it with high demands — unless your partner can keep up with your vitality. Settling resolutions could be tricky, but not impossible, provided that you can be civil while battling out other partnership matters. February 12th to the 16th marks a special occasion in love and friendship. The Warrior will raise issues that need final implementation as he goes retrograde, tidying up long-standing concerns and clearing away the emotional debris.
There are two Solar Eclipses this year, the first being on March 9th, in Pisces, your 5th house, opening a new direction within relationships. The second Solar Eclipse will be on September 1st in your 11th house. A different energy emerges in your circle of friendships, and in meeting new friends and romantic attractions. A powerful Lunar Eclipse on September 16th brings fulfilment in love relationships and a culmination of what you began in March. This can also have the reverse effect in that if a relationship is not working it may be time to reconsider, or finalise, divorce. The likelihood of a new beginning is stimulated, as well as final departures in other areas. Take another look at your relationships with other people, your children, entertainment and creative projects, and lighten the load by having some fun. October could test the waters as you stand firm expressing your debating streak with authorities.
Venus, the Goddess of Love, makes her way into your 5th house from March 12th to April 4th, which will be fabulous for love encounters, harmony and lightening your mood thanks to pleasant interactions with others. From April 30th to May 23rd, Venus makes her way through your 7th house, when there’ll be happy times ahead both for existing relationships and establishing new relationships. Of course this will be well in the midst of retrograde phases, which may make things difficult to get off the ground. Nevertheless, it’s a good time to reach a compromise, ironing out difficulties with opponents and settling legal wrangles. Pluto and Jupiter will come to your aid in moving things along.
From April 28th to May 22nd, Mercury turns retrograde in your 7th house, pinpointing areas that need detailed attention within agreements. Again from August 30th to September 22nd, Mercury retrogrades in your 11th house of friendships and romantic attractions. November 14th brings a Super Moon in Taurus, your 7th house, focussing on your relationships, when you’ll be able to discuss negotiations and reach resolutions.
Career and Finances
Your career prospects should prosper with the Full Moon in Leo, your 10th house of career and ambitions, on January 24th. Your professional and business life will come into focus, and you may be thrown into the social limelight due to your successes. However, guard your reputation and be less judgemental of those who may be less successful. Re-evaluate your long-term goals, the progress you have made, and whether your aspirations have been satisfied. It’s just as important to balance your family and home-life with your career path.
You’ll be given a new direction at the New Moon in Leo on August 2nd, with the possibility of increasing your earning capacity. However, a few adjustments will need to be put in place. Review your long-term ambitions, and show your creative and organisational skills. Loving Venus dances through Leo from July 12th to August 4th, which will be an ideal time for career changes, boosting your public status, and possible attachment to someone much older or in authority. The Sun blazes in Leo from July 22nd to August 21st, so you’ll have the added advantage of receiving recognition and moving forward with your career and earning capacity.
Taskmaster Saturn remains in your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions. You may have been feeling the pinch as resources apart from your usual income have managed to dry up. Although this may in itself have brought about financial shortage, it has enabled you to look at other areas to cut back on non-essentials and have a better value system in place. It’s a lesson in itself, so flow with the tide of responsibilities in the meanwhile.
Money-hungry Venus also remains in Sagittarius from the start of the year to January 22nd, bringing success with your income. Excellent! However, you need to give serious thought to your outgoings and try not to overspend on those long-awaited items. Dynamic Mars heads into your 2nd house on March 6th when unexpected expenses are likely to surface. Be particularly frugal during this time, as finances will undergo scrutiny once Mars retrogrades there in your 2nd house between April 17th and May 26th. Manage your money well prior to this date, restraining expenditure where possible to meet your budget; keep a savings plan in place to avoid a tight squeeze on commitments. Clashes over finances are likely to erupt between August 21st and 28th, which will be a frustrating and confusing period. It would be unwise to speculate or take up financial agreements at this time.
Unusually, there are two Full Moons in Sagittarius (your personal financial zone), on May 21st and June 20th respectively. The first Full Moon on May 21st will bring out an emotional yet argumentative tone in settling financial debacles. It will also intensify your relationships, sexuality, and disagreements with figureheads over joint money streams and possessions. The second Full Moon in Sagittarius on June 20th, a Blue Moon, could hold you ransom to topsy-turvy emotions and ideals.
The New Moon in Gemini on June 5th will shake out structures in relationships, friendships, and other people’s money. This will be a time of new developments in relationships with mediation and transformative changes.
A Solar Eclipse in Virgo on September 1st will also trigger events surrounding your earning capacity through friends, and relationships. Venus will make her second entrance for the year into Sagittarius on October 18th, remaining in your 2nd house until November 11th. This positive transit gives you a chance to lighten the financial load.
Home and Family
The home front should see changes from January 20th to February 18th, when the Sun moves through Aquarius, your 4th house. This will follow through with the Goddess there from February 2nd to March 11th, sprucing up your comfort zone and adding harmony with family members. You will be in a position to find some money to put towards redecorating or buying new furniture. Discussions on home affairs, real estate and property, are unlikely get the go-ahead until Mercury turns direct and moves back into Aquarius from February 13th to March 2nd. This will be an ideal time to sort out family agreements and tidy up loose ends; plan and present ideas to family members.
The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 18th will illuminate family relationships, stimulating a tide of emotions, security needs and home comforts. You might react differently to family dramas than you would normally. Memories of the past may come flooding back, together with your raised emotions. Consideration should be given to your career path, public standing and other people’s opinions, balancing these with the demands of your home and family life.
Mars heads into your 4th house from November 9th to December 18th. Although expenditure will be high on the agenda, there’ll be luck and unexpected good fortune along the way.
Work and Health
The Awakener — Uranus — remains in Aries, your 6th house, stimulating an urge to reform, especially through changes in your work structure, health and habits. You may take on a scientific job, do research, become involved in a medical field, or an unusual work role. Harness your intellectual skills, comprehension, and ability to direct your efficiency in other areas of work. Your wellbeing, diet and habits will undergo changes, as health reasons may necessitate a better lifestyle and work environment.
A Lunar Eclipse in Libra on March 23rd will affect your need to express your ideas on job performance, discuss problems and work through details that involve fellow workers. Unfortunately your eagerness to have your say is likely to bring about disagreements. In line with the Full Moon till April 18th, you’ll be fast in actioning ideas which bring unexpected disagreements and possible change of jobs. Venus dances into Aries on April 5th to the 29th brightening up your mood by adding a dash of compromise with work colleagues, financial gains and good health.
On September 9th, benevolent Jupiter moves into Libra, your 12th house of secrets, sorrows and subconscious motivations. This will be a new cycle exploring your subconscious mind, working behind the scenes with hospitals, institutions, being of service to others or doing social work. You might have concerns over a partner’s health or be hospitalised yourself at some point. Healing may also be found during this period. Jupiter remains in your 12th house till October 10th, 2017.