It's almost here! A brand new year is soon upon us, and it pays to be prepared, so allow me to help you do just that. It's an interesting year, for sure!
2016 starts with a bang, and in just the first nine days, Mercury enters Aquarius, turns retrograde, goes back into Capricorn, Mars enters Scorpio, Jupiter turns retrograde, and a new moon occurs in Capricorn. Holy planets Batman! It's going to feel like there's a ton of energy swirling, and some of it may be good, but some of it can really be dicey (I shudder as I realize primary voting for the presidential election starts here in the States early in 2016). Buckle up!
Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto will not change signs in 2016, which is a spot of good news, so it's more of a sequel instead of brand new chapters. Jupiter begins the year in Virgo and enters Libra in September. It's work, details, practicality early, and relationships, partnerships, equality later (likely even more of a push there, as well as more focus on women's issues).
What really stands out for 2016 is a Mars retrograde. Our last one was early 2014, and this one is mid April through June. It starts in Sagittarius, where Saturn resides, so we can be extra frustrated, especially by our limitations, restrictions, responsibilities, duties. Mars will retrograde into Scorpio, and rage is an issue there, along with financial stuff and war.
The Mercury retrogrades for the year will be in the earth signs, moving out of the air signs (only the January retrograde will occur partially in Aquarius, the first few days of it). The January retrograde (while in Capricorn) and December (though it ends in January 2017 in Sagittarius) retrograde will be in the sign Pluto is in, which can trigger extra unrest and anger with governments and politics. The late April - mid May retrograde in Taurus occurs at the same time as the Mars retrograde, so things can really feel like they're unraveling during that time, and we need extra heaping doses of patience. The late August - mid September retrograde in Virgo comes as Jupiter leaves this sign, complicating the exit.
The eclipses for 2016 will occur in March and September. Pisces has a solar eclipse in March and lunar eclipse in September, and Pisceans get started in March and reach the top in September. A solar eclipse occurs in Virgo in September, with Mercury retrograde in Virgo and Jupiter at the very end, trying to bring some shining light into the dark maze. And a lunar eclipse occurs in Libra in March, the third and final in three years, closing a hard chapter for Libras (it's been a difficult last few years for you!), and you get some deserved good energy later in the year with Jupiter entering your sign.
My real concern for 2016 is two T-squares, the first in mutable signs. The mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces, and we have Jupiter in Virgo for part of the year, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. Plus Mars partially retrograde in Sagittarius, and Mercury retrograde in Virgo as Jupiter leaves Virgo, and three of the eclipses in mutable signs. It's a lot of mutable energy! It's a T-square with Jupiter opposite Neptune and both square Saturn. Mutable signs are more fluid, hard to pin down and figure out, so changeable, just flowing with the wind. When I wrote about the Salem Witch Trials in October, I wrote about how there was massive mutable energy at that time as well, even having Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius like now. Mutable energy is associated with being gullible and easily led astray. They were missing Virgo for much of it back then, which made them miss out on being practical and realistic about the situation. This time, we're missing Gemini, which might mean we're not thinking things through enough or asking enough questions or gathering enough information. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out when the Sun, Mercury, and Venus are in Gemini, plugging up the hole with more chaotic energy by creating a mutable grand cross. When the Moon has done so, it's been somewhat stabilizing so far. There will be points when Neptune will be a singleton as the only water sign too, which is a little troubling in terms of Neptune's power of delusion. It's already been going on since Jupiter entered Virgo a few months ago and started this fluid energy. We all need to remember good Gemini energy: Ask questions. Ask more. Think. And think again. Gather and absorb information. Learn what you can. Use the power of thought and reason. Share the facts. I hope we can avoid falling for something we shouldn't because we didn't use our brains.
Then when Jupiter enters Libra, we'll start with a cardinal T-square. The cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, and we'll have Jupiter in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries and both square Pluto in Capricorn. We had massive cardinal energy in 2013-14, which brought a lot of action (cardinal signs are active), and we've had a cardinal T-square going on in the last two months of 2015 with Mars in Libra. This can be more hectic since cardinal energy is more active, and we can see a lot of activity going on in the world. Some of it may be good, some of it may not be. This energy likes to be tied into terror activity and violent behavior in general, so we all need to take some big chill pills, and keep an eye out, stay alert, stay vigilant. The missing sign here in Cancer, so we need to remember Cancer energy: Feel. Feel more. Get in touch with your emotions. Ask yourself how you're feeling. Understand the feelings of others. Create a solid support system. Create a solid internal foundation. With Pluto being the squared planet in Capricorn, we need to avoid being obsessive in traditional thinking or unrelenting in upholding the rules. Since the squared planet is the one getting all of the energy, we can see more developments and shakeups around the world with governments and institutions. Also, Saturn is the squared planet in the mutable T-square, and he's the natural ruler of Capricorn, so Saturn/Capricorn energy is really under fire for all of 2016. Saturn/Capricorn rules governments, goals, long-term plans, being practical, responsible, mature, and doing things right.
With all of the mutable and cardinal energy, we're in serious need of some fixed energy (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius). None of the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) will be in a fixed sign at any point next year, so we need to bring in some of that fixed energy, which is grounded. Ground yourself as much as you can! Those of you with fixed personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) in your natal or progressed charts will have the easiest time staying grounded with that energy amidst the chaos.
So that's 2016 in a somewhat-scary nutshell! We have a lot to work out this year, but it should be quite dynamic. May it be a good year for you and yours!