(For those born during August 23 – September 22)
Welcome to 2016, dear Virgo! Life for you since August 2015 has been remarkable as the jovial giant Jupiter transits Virgo, your 1st house of personality. This has given you refreshed optimism, viewing life and relationships in a broader spectrum. You tend to be respected and admired by those around you, as your gestures are overflowing with kindness and generosity. Seek to know yourself better, learn from your experiences and reveal your self-confidence. It may also be a rewarding year for relationships, legal agreements and travel. Opportunities and good luck will unveil themselves, but keep in touch with reality. Jupiter moves out of Virgo on September 8th.
September 1st sees a New Moon and Solar Eclipse in your sign, when you must set a new course with your life, outward personality, relationships and partnerships. With the Moon’s North Node also travelling through your sign, important people will cross your path, and a significant other will ultimately have quite in impact on your life and relationships.
Mercury, your planetary ruler, will be in a retrograde phase four times this year starting on January 5th. This may cause mayhem with plans to go to entertainment venues, places of amusement, organising children, even the grandchildren over the holiday break. You might be working against the clock on projects, or have to hold them over. (See below for further Mercury Retrograde periods.) The Cosmic Prankster will clash with stern Saturn and the Sea God Neptune from June 20th to 22nd and again from August 5th to the 8th. Disappointments and cancellations could arise over travel, planned agreements, problems with children, litigation and partnership debacles.
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 each phase differs according to the sign in which it falls. A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac.
How will this phase impact Virgo? Mars will turn retrograde in Sagittarius, your 4th house of home and family before re-entering passionate Scorpio on May 27th, your 3rd house of communication. Mars then returns to direct motion on June 29th before re-entering Sagittarius on August 2nd. This will test your resilience and patience. Hang in there till after August 22nd.
The first part of the Mars retrograde phase is in your 4th house from April 17th to May 26th. Virgos may have to face disruption on the home front as the War God returns to stir up unfinished business. This could be in the way of previous hasty repairs needing more work, renovations, or the failure of building contractors to finish off final stages. Arguments could erupt over past family matters, domestic changes, moving, problems with housemates, or an older family member. Property or real estate settlements may be held over, and there could be fights over possessions and memorabilia. All this will be exceedingly frustrating, along with your efforts to spruce up your home and clear unwanted items. This is the time to keep your insurance up to date; take precautions with tools, machinery, sharp objects, and moving heavy furniture. Take safe precautions to avoid personal injury, and watch the potential for fires around the home. From May 21st to the 26th, and June 13th to the 15th, projects you are working on could come to a head, leading to confrontations. However, look to see if you are making a big deal over issues, and whether they are really important enough to make you angry.
The second part of the Mars retrograde phase occurs in your 3rd house from May 27th to August 2nd. This is virtually the time when the wheels will fall off the car, when you will experience problems with mobility and transport. Don’t let your aggression get in the way of communicating properly with neighbours, siblings and relatives, particularly while travelling. It can be a hectic time of activity, when your concentration needs a good dose of mental energy to get you through your tasks. You could be a trite testy and take remarks personally; don’t be too critical in expressing thoughts, or impulsive in delivering a challenging statement. Breakdowns are likely with computers, phones, and small appliances, together with the wait-time of having them repaired.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
The Sea-God Neptune has been residing in your 7th house for quite some time, clouding decisions with romantic fantasies, deception and misunderstandings. From June till September, stern Saturn will clash with Neptune, when challenges will present themselves. This may force you to communicate and justify your realistic opinions and beliefs, not only in relationships but also in business partnerships and legal disputes. Be very precise and detailed in your negotiations with others. It may not be an ideal time to form new partnerships, or sign important agreements without getting thorough professional advice. Even then it wouldn’t hurt to get a second opinion. There’s even a possibility that you will have your true feelings submerged.
Underworld Pluto will remain in earthy Capricorn for some time, bringing tumultuous love affairs, and intense passion and jealousy in existing relationships. The New Moon on January 10th in your 5th house of romance is sure to open up your creative urges, with the possibility of a new attraction in the wings. Charming Venus will make her presence in your 5th house felt from January 23rd to February 16th. This will be an immensely passionate time for would-be lovebirds and those already in a relationship.
On March 9th, a Solar Eclipse in your 7th house will place a significant amount of stressful demands on relationships. This will follow through with a Lunar Eclipse on September 16th when certain decisions will be made about your relationships.
The Love Goddess will dance into Pisces, your 7th house on March 13th, affecting things there until April 4th. This transit will mark a fabulous time to bring harmony, peace, patch up differences, and make compromises. From March 25th to the 27th, relationship and domestic concerns are likely to be blown out of proportion. Expressing your needs may create further problems and cool feelings.
The Warrior Mars enters sensual Capricorn on September 27th, your 5th house. This will stimulate your sexual energy and passion in love relationships. It is also the time to watch children’s activities and games. Release some of that excess energy through sports or going to the gym. From October 18th to the 21st, strong ego clashes and confrontations will interfere with your constructive efforts. From October 28th to the 31st, it will be hard to contain your restless urges and compulsive actions, especially if you are in an argumentative mood.
Career and Finances
The Goddess Venus dances through your 10th house of career and ambitions from May 25th to June 16th. This will highlight career prospects, chasing the social limelight and success. However, leading up to the New Moon in Gemini on June 5th, a grand cross configuration will interfere with your ambitions and life plans. Sombre Saturn will upset your status quo and public-image, with the Sea-God Neptune throwing in confusion and deception, while Jupiter will hit you like a thunder-bolt. It will be a difficult period of emotional frustration, which will also affect your relationships, home and family.
From June 20th to the 24th, tensions increase, making it difficult to negotiate, not only on the domestic scene, but also with family members, your employer and those in authority. Allow the air to clear and restrictions to lift to enable you to get a better direction for career moves.
Finances will be influenced by a Lunar Eclipse in Libra, your 2nd house of personal earnings, values and possessions, on March 23rd, but be prepared for changes to your money stream that may alter your values in a big way. The good news is that September 9th, jovial giant Jupiter heads into Libra. This will give you a great opportunity to prosper, encouraging a feeling of prosperity and financial good fortune. However there is a downside if you overspend and don’t cover yourself for future long-term debts and goals. Slip some money aside and build a nest egg for a rainy day. There’ll be a tendency to think big and exaggerate your wealth with acquired possessions and money. Jupiter moves into Scorpio, your 3rd house of communication on October 10th, 2017.
Home and Family
The Taskmaster Saturn remains in your 4th house of home and family. Saturn’s presence has initiated restructuring on the domestic scene, with real estate, or concerns over a parent. Saturn and Neptune clash from June to September, when you will need to come to terms with relationships and face heavier responsibilities.
The Warrior Mars enters Sagittarius, your 4th house, on March 6th. Mars however will go into a retrograde phase from April 17th to May 26th, returning to raise the dust with your efforts to complete unfinished work. Your energy level will increase stimulating activity on the home front, clearing, sorting belongings and possessions. Your relationship with family members is likely to suffer, particularly if you are hell-bent on having your way. From May 21st to the 26th, and June 13th to 15th, projects that you are working on could come to a head, leading to confrontations. However, look to see if you are making a big deal over issues and whether they are really important enough to make you angry. You will plough through difficulties as Mars makes a final return on August 2nd to September 26th.
Work and Health
The Full Moon in Aquarius on February 18th will accentuate your area of work, habits, health and routine. It will be a demanding time, especially if your physical energy is run down with overwork and trying to manage an overload of tasks. Consider improving your wellbeing through a suitable diet, exercise, and changing your habits. This is the time to handle frustrations positively, particularly with work disruptions and angry moments with fellow workers. Try to relax, or nervous tensions, anxiety, fevers, and accidents could result.
Mercury, your planetary ruler, speeds through your 6th house from February 2nd to March 4th, followed by attractive Venus from February 17th to March 11th. Together this makes for interests in health improvement, harmony in working conditions and expressing creativity. Look at new ways of improving work efficiency; present ideas and discuss any problems. All aspects of work should go smoothly, with a possibility of financial gains, and unexpected rewards.
Macho Mars makes his way into your 6th house from November 11th to December 18th. It will be a favourable time if you can curb your impatience. Financial benefits, recognition and rewards will head your way.