(For those born during April 20 – May 20)
Welcome to 2016 dear Taurus! The year ahead has some lively surprises, mainly in your areas of romance, creativity, relationships, money and higher education.
The New Moon on January 10th in loyal Capricorn starts the year by awakening your 9th house of the higher mind. Give serious thought to advanced studies, a degree, scientific research, law, and broadening your horizons through travel. Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld, and rebellious Uranus will continue to place obstacles in your pathway, but with it a new belief system and possibly a new way of life as you explore alternative lifestyles. Your ideals and philosophical approach could alter through abrupt changes giving you a totally different perspective in your quest for knowledge and spiritual values.
This year Mars, the God of War, turns retrograde on April 17th. This only happens once every two years and two months, but the effects of the phase differs according to the sign in which it falls in. A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac.
How will it affect you? Mars turns retrograde in Sagittarius, your 8th house of sex death and taxes, before moving back to passionate Scorpio on May 27th, your 7th house of significant commitments. Mars returns to direct motion on June 29th, eventually re-entering Sagittarius on August 2nd. A lengthy phase of moulding your energetic drive into patience and solidarity, with more sustained effect after August 22nd.
The first part of the Mars retrograde phase in your 8th house will spotlight joint finances, joint possessions, investments, taxes, superannuation and legacies. If you have neglected pertinent financial issues, you will be required to come back to clean up areas that are in a mess, or need further investigation. If you are hunting around for financial assistance it may not be easy to come by, although past decisions may come to fruition. Arguments with partners could ensue over money, spending beyond your means and being accountable as stern Saturn redirects your focus. Through April and May, avoid risky speculations, and business partnership ventures even though they appear lucrative. Such ventures could backfire at a later date. Finances are not forthcoming as expected thanks to some sort of hitch which limits your spending. From August 21st to the 27th, concentrate on resolving financial dilemmas without getting into heated arguments. Use restraint with extended credit.
It’s a good time to re-examine your motivations and search deeper into psychological fears. Your sensuality in close personal relationships intensifies. Other interests of an occult, esoteric, magical or metaphysical nature will unveil mysteries for you.
The second part of the Mars retrograde phase affecting your 7th house will reopen certain situations within relationships, partnerships and legal contracts that may have been unpleasant, giving you another chance either to reconcile or finalise this chapter of your life. There could be difficulties with litigation and reaching an amicable agreement; problems within business partnerships and with open enemies are in the frame. Someone from the past (or February/March of 2015) could reopen grievances, involving irritating or complicated business issues. Watch for heated debates from June 9th to the 10th over agreements, commitments, divorce documents and settlements.
Lord of Karma
The Lord of Karma, Saturn, is slowly making his way through your 8th house of sex, death and taxes. This is the time to take a serious approach to your financial structure by looking deeper into debts including credit cards, loans, and mortgages. Restrictive measures may be in place limiting an income flow through joint accounts, investments, taxes and other people’s money. It may be harder to receive anticipated funds through business ventures, estates or superannuation. The main theme is to be patient, use restraint on expenditure, and formulate a better way of organising your monetary affairs.
Macho Mars sets the scene for romantic action and good fortune in February. The lovely Goddess Venus, your planetary ruler, dances into your sign on April 30th, remaining in Taurus until May 24th. This is the time of year when you exude sensuality, magnetism and attractive qualities. Your self-confidence will shine, as you enjoy interacting socially and surrounding yourself with pleasant company. You’ll have the potential to draw prospective love attractions from May 8th to the 10th, through social groups and your network of friends.
Sensual Venus moves into your 5th house of romance on August 5th, remaining in Virgo till the 30th, joining up with Jupiter before his final departure into Libra. From August 27th to the 30th, any differences should be settled with a huge occasion or a big announcement. The Goddess moves into Scorpio, your 7th house of significant commitments on September 23rd. Venus stays in Scorpio until October 17th with the life-giving Sun also moving into Scorpio on October 22nd. This will mark a great time to bring love, harmony and pleasure within existing love relationships, for making new commitments, or solidifying existing bonds.
The Full Moon in Scorpio on April 22nd should see a culmination of talks, agreements and commitments within relationships and partnerships. For some Bulls, a secret rendezvous is brewing from April 22nd to the 24th.
Big brother Jupiter remains in your 5th house of romance, children and speculation till September 8th. This marks the time to explore your creativity, whether it’s in the form of music, the arts or sports. It’s an ideal time for beckoning new attractions, improving existing love relationships and extending the family. Take advantage of the good fortune on offer, including gifts, and celebrations, and enjoy the social aspects of entertainment and fun.
It will be a tough call from March 14th to the 27th, when your hopes are likely to come tumbling down. May 10th to the 12th should bring a significant someone into your life. Regardless, it will be time to celebrate and have a fabulous time. You can then follow through with strong feelings of love from May 13th to the 15th, particularly with someone from out of town, while on holidays, or from a different background to yours. You can also look forward to delightful moments of romance from October 1st to the 6th.
Career and Finances
The Taskmaster Saturn remains in your 8th house, putting strict lessons into place by restructuring long term financial commitments, probing deeper into metaphysical spheres and finding firm foundations in intimate relationships. Attractive Venus, your life-ruler, joins up with Saturn from January 8th to the 10th, which will put your financial structure to the test. Restrictions could force you to consider finding a better way of handling debts, investments, joint accounts and money sources through other people or financial institutions. Don’t count on material blessings from March 25th to 27th; play your cards close to your chest as anticipated career moves, speculations, or celebrations could bring disappointment.
Charming Venus will be in versatile Gemini from May 24th to June 16th, making easier to earn some extra cash or obtain an increase in your earnings. That said, it will be difficult to resist spending your money on pleasurable items. Matters of the heart, joint accounts and past expenditure will need your attention from May 24th to 25th. On June 20th and 21st, arguments over money and unrealistic expectations could defer you from real issues and values.
From August 21st to the 28th, the Warrior and strict Saturn join forces, leaving you feeling depleted not only with money matters but also within relationships. Your resolve will be tested in overcoming difficulties by working hard through obstacles placed in your path. Watch for combative situations, arguments and physical fatigue. From August 24th to the 28th, don’t take anything at face value; make sure you understand the finer points of agreements so you are not disappointed.
February to early March bring action, discussions and changes on the career front, tackling agreements, and making future plans. Venus will accentuate your popularity, social profile, love and success. The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 18th will draw attention to long-term plans, ambitions, recognition and achievements. This will be the time to assess balancing your career with home and family life. Existing conditions may be replaced with new options and opportunities, but with it a few adjustments in the process. From November 9th to December 18th, you’ll be in the driving seat to excel in your profession; you can look forward to an improvement in working conditions, and rewards should increase.
Home and Family
This period will highlight a tremendous time to devote to the home front, family members and traditional values. Attractive Venus dances into Leo, your 4th house, on July 12th staying there till August 4th, followed by the Divine Messenger on July 14th to the 29th. Not to be outdone, the Sun then blazes in Leo from July 22 to August 21st.
The Goddess will bring harmony within your relationships with relatives, and pleasurable family get-togethers. You may want to change the decor, buy new furniture and introduce Feng Shui. You’ll enjoy domestic bliss, with the feeling of emotional security and comfort. Plenty of activity comes as Mercury opens up areas for discussion in family business, collectibles, or real estate and property agreements. Communicate and express your ideas. Make the improvements, plans and decisions that go with it. The New Moon in Leo on August 2nd will signal a new direction, taking positive steps in nurturing household relationships. You’ll have a feeling of nostalgia over past memories and sentimental items, especially while journeying through old photos.
Work and Health
On September 9th, benevolent Jupiter will commence a major 12 year cycle in Libra, your 6th house of work, health and routine. This is a lengthy transit by the Giant Planet, which will bring favourable work conditions, rewards, chance of success, an increase in salary, and good fortune for services given to others. Work relationships should improve, together with your physical output. Your work may involve the outdoors, or travel, and give you greater scope and opportunities to expand your skills. It’s also the time to watch your diet, as you may experience gaining weight. You may even consider a new pet. Jupiter remains in Libra until October 9, 2017.
From end of May through June, the finger of fate could touch your shoulder, giving greater significance in the role you play with certain people you meet or work with having a long-lasting effect. This may influence talks on income, values, and making possible overseas travel plans. Keep abreast of any health issues. From November 29th to December 4th may be the time to expand, reaping rewards and recognition.