Astrology is all about making the world a better place. At a time when we have been through years of crisis it sometimes seems as if we will never be back to normal. However, the good news is that the planetary formations which have stirred up financial collapse and chaos in the Middle East are at last moving on. In fact, the cosmos begins to relax in March. By June, the stars are beginning to look a great deal kinder. This doesn’t mean that the world will become a nicer, happier place overnight, because there are still daunting problems to deal with. However, when the universe relaxes its grip, there is more chance for us to do a bit of good. What do the stars have to say about the new year? Astrologer Peter Vidal tells you how the year is expected to pan out.
ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
2016 SUMMARY: It’s a year to take care of your resources, to seize opportunities and seek out adventure.
CAREER AND MONEY: It is absolutely, totally essential that you continue to focus on your prosperity – and career – with one hundred per cent commitment during February — indeed that you do so for the whole of this year! The reason is that you have come to a time in your life when your need to make your mark in the world is stronger than ever. October brings your plans to fruition, so there’s not long to wait! And it looks at the moment as if November reveals a financial bonus – if all goes according to plan!
TIP FOR THE YEAR: Maintain a clear head in all serious practical matters.
TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
2016 SUMMARY: This will be a year never to take no for an answer. Press on with your own schemes with diligence and hard work, winning people to your cause by your example as well as by your persuasive tongue.
CAREER AND MONEY: The personal and the professional are beginning to merge, and everything depends on your relationships and how you behave in public. Given that other people hold the key to your success, April finds you in the best form to achieve professional advances. January and July advise caution in finances, promising profits if you are sufficiently careful. In July you may face a personal choice, perhaps because there’s the chance of a business partnership with a friend or lover, although domestic pressures may intervene.
TIP FOR THE YEAR: Refresh your energy in October.
GEMINI (May 22 – June 21)
2016 SUMMARY: This is a year to make your mark in the world, to make your dreams come true and achieve success on your own terms.
CAREER AND MONEY: There’ll be moments when social affairs are centred around the work-front, with the likelihood that you will be especially attracted to people because of their achievements or social status. In the same vein you will be looking to impress others by virtue of your own success. Money matters are going to be complex and time-consuming for most of the year, so be careful in all your financial dealings and be prepared for a number of ups and downs around May, June and July. In November and December a strong astrological configuration in air signs means success will come to you without too much effort on your part.
TIP FOR THE YEAR: More comfort, more luxury, more space. That’s what you need!
CANCER (June 22 – July 23)
2016 SUMMARY: It’s a year of extremes, and you may be chopping and changing, not sure which path you should follow. You’ll be turning the clock back in May and June, but only long enough to complete unfinished business.
CAREER AND MONEY: The first part of the year is so uncertain that if you change your job once, you could change it a thousand times. September is probably the most solid month as far as money is concerned, partly because it seems that improvements that happen now will take place as a result of your own efforts in the past, rather than by a whim on behalf of planets which tend to build you up now only to let you down later.
TIP FOR THE YEAR: Think big.
LEO (July 24 – August 23)
2016 SUMMARY: You can’t really work out which of your ambitions are destined for success until after August, so until then the best you can do is experiment, trying different people and practices out for size.
CAREER AND MONEY: Your year gets under way with such astrologically harmonious conditions prevailing that there’s no danger you will come unstuck, providing you adopt a subtle approach to your affairs. On the other hand, if you force issues at the wrong moment, your plans could well unravel. And that’s why you need to be less concerned with your own feelings and more aware of colleagues’ questions. There are also excellent indications for those in the property market, but don’t be reckless or you may get more than you bargained for.
TIP FOR THE YEAR: The world is your oyster.
VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
2016 SUMMARY: Expect positive trends and personal intensity, which will impact on all areas of your life. Make sure you spend time with people who are good for you.
CAREER AND MONEY: The first part of your year is important for money matters, and a good time for you to start re-examining your whole approach to cash; what’s certain is that you should not be putting all your eggs in one basket. Study is in the air, so spend your time picking up new skills and acquiring fresh experience. Assuming that you’ve increased your financial options, June could well find you receiving pennies from heaven. It could be an excellent month for leisure and pleasure and for getting your ideas across. But where colleagues are concerned, do beware: if you’ve been taking advantage of someone else you may now be getting more than you bargained for in return.
TIP FOR THE YEAR: Life is not a rehearsal – so give it your all.
LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
2016 SUMMARY: You might experience personal friction from February to September, but that can be an extremely good thing: passions will rise and you’ll be kept on your toes.
CAREER AND MONEY: You will have to sort out your financial affairs in February, taking decisions about where you’re keeping your savings and what you can afford. Vivacious Venus will be stirring up passions, giving you fresh ideas about how you should use your time; the more spontaneity you introduce into your life this year, the more you abandon your regular routine, the happier you’ll be. The New Moon on May 24th looks excellent as far as your professional prospects are concerned; you are bound to make a fresh start and embark on a new prosperous cycle. Career-wise, October and November are powerful months, although the rewards may be a long time coming. Caution is counselled, although some change does look inevitable.
TIP FOR THE YEAR: Think not what the world can do for you – but what you can do for the world.
SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
2016 SUMMARY: You won’t get far unless you tackle financial issues. Much of what happens boils down to what you can – and can’t – afford.
CAREER AND MONEY: You are driven by deep passions, although your emotions don’t always coincide with the jobs that are on offer! Your need for privacy and your commitment to group activities will intensify in February, when you will be questioning your long-term hopes and plans; it could be that you will be forced to give up a responsibility. June and July may be your most expensive months and you may hit an extravagant devil-may-care mood. Career-wise, don’t become too bogged down in details. It’s your longer term hopes and wishes which matter now, so broaden your horizons. And, when September and October come round, keep your options open and always have a fall-back position at the ready.
TIP FOR THE YEAR: Dream away!
SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 22)
2016 SUMMARY: A new relationship blossoms. It could be romantic, it could be platonic, but it will change your life.
CAREER AND MONEY: Once again your horoscope is devoted to work. Not just work, we should say, but your broader professional ambitions, your desire to fulfil your destiny to be the first and foremost in all human activities. It looks very much as if you will repeatedly place family commitments and romantic hopes in second place, although the New Moon of June 24th will oblige you to deal with urgent demands at home. Mars’ exciting movements in September will bring you some of that famous crusading spirit for which you are so well known – and a creative surge which could make a wish come true.
TIP FOR THE YEAR: Enjoy your ambitions – and work hard at your pleasures.
CAPRICORN (December 23 – January 20)
2016 SUMMARY: You’ll achieve your goals under an extraordinary planetary alignment – so believe in yourself!
CAREER AND MONEY: Upward and onward – that’s your motto. Yet when you get into a professional tangle after April your best approach may be to act only out of the highest of motives. If you have other people’s interests at heart as much as your own, you will be above criticism. Those of you who have planned a brief holiday early in the year are also in tune with your planetary influences, for it is good to broaden your horizons. All of you will discover that overseas contacts are more important than you once thought. Plus, you are specifically due to gain if you are involved in any legal questions or are pursuing educational ambitions.
TIP FOR THE YEAR: Opt for long-term friendships and deep commitments.
AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 20)
2016 SUMMARY: Planets at the top of your chart reveal your high hopes, but you may put secret ambitions first.
CAREER AND MONEY: No less than eight planets are firmly on your side in the early part of the year, with helpful consequences not just for your money, but all joint finances. The only forecast we can make is that your business situation is bound to improve by July, just as long as you can make the most of the opportunities which come your way. You may be spending wildly in August, but should adopt a sensible saving policy in September, working for the future and seeing to it that you have cash set aside for those all-important social costs. At work there’s one key rule: take colleagues seriously – and don’t imagine they’re joking!
TIP FOR THE YEAR: Put one hundred and ten percent effort into achieving your goals.
PISCES (February 21 – March 20)
2016 SUMMARY: All those long-term obstructions and obstacles are beginning to shift. They’ll be completely gone by June. From then on it’s plain sailing (well, almost!)
CAREER AND MONEY: Jupiter’s continuing passage through your chart holds out the promise of quite exquisite financial rewards. However, this planet’s motion is highly cautious, and at the moment it is still refusing to commit all its power to your cause. You may therefore have to be patient for a little longer. One key period is February-March when affectionate Venus enters the scene, bringing the prospect of close and profitable business relationships. This is a sensitive period when you may have one last chance to finalise a particular arrangement or involve a special person in your plans – and issue bold invitations.
TIP FOR THE YEAR: Be generous without expecting anything in return.
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