In 2016 your relationship with success will go through a thorough re-examination. More than ever before you'll realize that success is an inside job. Fortunately, this year, although it may not always be easy, the universe will provide you with ample opportunity to realize just how much inner strength you truly have to accomplish any worldly ambitions you have in the outside world.
For starters, Saturn, your ruling planet, will remain in your hidden 12th House of Escape all year long. This placement will challenge you to overcome any anxieties you have related to a fear of success or a fear of failure. In addition, you might notice that certain goals you held on to for a very long time somehow no longer feel relevant to your personal journey. Don't be surprised if you let go of at least one of these ambitions you've held for such a long time. Untying it from your identity construct might feel disorienting at first. Ultimately, however, it will free your soul; leaving space to figure out what's truly important for you to focus your attention on.
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Between April 17 and May 27 Mars, the planet of assertive drive, will travel retrograde through this same area of your chart, helping you to let go of what you used to place so much energy on in your subconscious mind. Also, if you're working on any behind-the-scenes projects, don't worry too much if things feel as if they'll never come together. This is a time you're meant to continue working and reworking this endeavor until you get it right. You will.
From May 27 until June 29, Mars will retrograde through your social 11th house. You might need to address a situation between you and a friend during this time that leaves you feeling frustrated.
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With all of this going on you may wonder where the bright and easy spots are in 2016. Don't worry -- there are plenty! For starters, Jupiter, the planet of expansion and abundance, will move through your 9th House of Expansion until September 9. This will bring opportunity to travel overseas, or take on a new educational pursuit that you've always wanted to. If you're involved in a legal matter you'll have wonderful support now.
On September 9 Jupiter will advance to your 10th House of Career and Honors. This will be your time for professional gains. All of that inner work you did earlier in the year will now begin to pay off in your worldly pursuits. Reach for the stars!