Monday, November 30, 2015

Whole Astrology 2016 Forecast

Move over Pluto and Uranus. Neptune and Saturn take the spotlight in 2016. 

If you have a Mutable Sign sun, moon or Ascendant, you will either feel liberated or challenged, depending on where you are on your spiritual path, in 2016. If you have a Cardinal Sign sun, moon, or Ascendant (from 15 to 24 degrees) you’ll experience tension between Pluto and Uranus, particularly during January, February, and then towards the end of 2016.

However, the planetary fireworks for 2016 revolve mainly around Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, Saturn in Sagittarius (newer energy for us to deal with), Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo. Now, I’ve already covered these oppositions and squares in previous posts, so I’ll just give you some dates to watch out for if you’re Virgo, Gemini, Pisces, or Sagittarius because you’ll all feel these energies a bit differently given the natures of your signs.

In addition, 3 of the 4 eclipses for the year (2 sets of lunar and solar eclipses) land in Mutable Signs (Pisces and Virgo) and on March 23, we experience a Lunar Eclipse at 3 degrees Libra which fortunately won’t pull into a T-Cross with Uranus and Pluto. However, we experience double-whammies with the moon when it transits in Sagittarius joining up with Saturn and then right after transits in Capricorn joining up with Pluto. 

Now, normally a Sagittarius moon represents expansion, travel, and getting together with others to wax our philosophies or idealism, but when Saturn is also in Sagittarius, we encounter emotional situations revolving around immigration, restrictions on education, restrictions on travel, fundamentalists spouting off idealism and curtailing other people’s liberties and heavy-handed laws all the way around.

Then when the moon arrives in Capricorn and then joins up with Pluto in the 15 to 17 degree range, we again have to deal with authority and reclaiming our power through a rebirth process, usually on a global scale, unless you also have planets in Capricorn, Libra, Aries, or Cancer in the 15 to 17 degree range, then it feels doubly personal.

If you’re heavy with Mutable planets in your Natal chart, and you have planets around 18 degrees, the Solar Eclipse on March 8th brings big changes to your life, depending on where it falls in your chart. The moon and sun in Pisces oppose Jupiter in Virgo and square Saturn in Sagittarius thus a Mutable T-Cross. If we pull in Chiron at 21 degrees Pisces, the soup gets even thicker. This means that problems you face now in your personal life have roots in childhood issues, whatever that is for you. But now the planets force you to deal with those issues, either through therapy or through taking spiritual workshops. 

Perhaps you pick up a self-help book. What I’m picking up revolves around issues of self-worth and taking back your power that leads to getting un-stuck. That’s what eclipses normally do for us anyway, but now the eclipse falls in a Mutable Sign so once we release the block damming the flow, our lives swiftly move forward. But for those of you who don’t take well to change, will find this painful.

On September 1 we experience another Solar Eclipse but this time at 9 degrees Virgo that opposes Neptune, and squares Mars conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius. Well, anytime we bring Mars into the equation we can expect fiery tempers to blow or since this happens on a new moon, Mars could launch us into a new life direction because Mars also brings us drive and energy and when it’s connected to Saturn we can get a lot done, provided that we ground ourselves since Sagittarius lends itself to pie-in-the-sky thinking. Saturn champions realism.

The final Lunar Eclipse at 24 degrees Pisces/Virgo occurs on September 16 and it will pull in Chiron. However, this is the least challenging of 2016’s eclipses since Jupiter has transited into Libra, bringing a challenger to Uranus in Aries (eventually) and Pluto in Capricorn. And Saturn travels back to 10 degrees Sagittarius putting this planet out of range of another Mutable T-Cross, thankfully.
September is still going to feel like a wobbly month since 4 planets are retrograde including Mercury (which by the way, goes retrograde 4 times in 2016).

Personally, I would slow down in September and take stock of achievements and issues from previous months. Take the month to retreat, or go on vacation even with the Mercury retrograde. For many of you it’s going to feel like catching up on life circumstances after a whirlwind. Or you might decide to completely change directions. It’s a great time to re-do projects, reassess, edit, and revisit old situations from a new perspective.

Some other big aspects to gaze at include a long retrograde for Mars in Sagittarius and Scorpio which begins on April 17 and last until June 28, and leaving Mars in Scorpio until August 4 when Mars moves back into Sagittarius. Also we experience as mentioned in earlier posts, exact Saturn Neptune squares in June, first week of July, end of August and then September. This will echo the previous Saturn Neptune square which took place from November 26 until December 4, 2015.

I’m going to end this post now and I will cover further details in future Whole Astrology posts as we go along, but expect Mutable T-Crosses and Grand Crosses in 2016 and the only outer planet changing signs in 2016 is Jupiter which moves into Libra in September. So even with all this movement happening, it still feels status quo, especially to those of you born with either Cardinal or Mutable T-Crosses. 

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