This year's super-serious Capricorn conjunctions (Saturn/Pluto January 12; Jupiter/Pluto April 4, June 29, and November 12) happen in your house of fun and leisure. But that's not as much of an oxymoron as it may seem!
Ultimately, Virgo, they're teaching you to take responsibility for your own happiness by structuring your life in a way that supports greater creativity, spontaneity, and joy. This means letting go of any fears and judgments keeping you from living life to the fullest. It also means saying “yes” more often to your inner child. (If you have children of your own, they'll thank you for this too!)
Fortunately, with Uranus in Taurus all year, you'll find it easier to change your habits… and even your mind. And through three retrograde cycles, your ruling planet Mercury offers hints about what's up for review:
The first (February 16-March 9), in Pisces and Aquarius, finds you seeing everyone you know in a different light. From lovers to friends to family members to coworkers, you may wonder just how well you really know these familiar faces.
By the second retrograde in Cancer (June 18-July 12), this leads you to question where your loyalties lie. A shared history, culture, or family ties may bring you together—but is that enough to build a future on?
And with the third Mercury retrograde in Scorpio and Libra (October 13-November 3), it's time to reexamine your own thoughts and beliefs. No judgment, Virgo—just make sure you're applying the same impeccable standards to yourself that you do to others!
Your health is another area where you're encouraged to keep an open mind this year, with Saturn spending time in experimental Aquarius (your sixth house). New health and wellness trends are likely to spark your interest, but take some time to do your homework before incorporating them into your daily routine.
Saturn visits Aquarius from March 21-July 1 and reenters the sign on December 16. Jupiter follows close behind, meeting up with Saturn on December 21 in a long-anticipated Great Conjunction. As a new 20-year cycle begins, you're feeling rejuvenated and ready to rock!
Love is a mystery, Virgo—but as Neptune continues transiting your relationship house this year, you're being initiated in its secret ways.
Whatever boundaries stand between you and true love, Neptune in Pisces wants to help you dissolve them. Just remember, some boundaries are there for good reason—like the one between fantasy and reality, which tends to get blurrier when Neptune's around!
One of your biggest obstacles in relationships is the tendency to be overly critical or judgmental. But as Venus unites with Neptune on January 27, followed by Mercury on April 3, you're encouraged to think more loving thoughts about your partner and choose kinder, gentler words to communicate with them. Adopting a more open-hearted attitude can work miracles in relationships of all kinds.
Jupiter in Capricorn sextiles Neptune three times this year (February 20, July 27, and October 12), bridging the gap between the serious, down-to-earth, practical side of love and the dreamy, magical, romantic side. But don't expect romance to blossom on its own—to make the most of this opportunity aspect, you'll have to tend it like a garden.
This year's Capricorn conjunctions (Saturn/Pluto January 12; Jupiter/Pluto April 4, June 29, and November 12) reaffirm that sometimes love takes discipline and hard work. But if you're willing to put in the effort, Virgo, the effect can be truly transformative!
In romantic and platonic relationships alike, communication is the most important thing to work on this year—especially while your ruling planet Mercury is retrograde in Scorpio and Libra (October 13-November 3). Issues of fairness and equality may come up between you and a significant other at this time. Fortunately, with Venus in your sign, you're able to assert your needs and desires in a self-honoring but loving way that makes them more willing to listen—and more inclined to give you what you want.
Still, with hotheaded Mars in his home sign of Aries (your house of intimacy) from June 27 through early next year, a lover's quarrel or two might be inevitable. But don't worry, Virgo—there's a good chance the makeup sex will be even hotter than the argument!
All work and no play? That used to be your jam, Virgo, but this year you're changing your tune.
The year is bookended by two major conjunctions: Saturn/Pluto in Capricorn on January 12 and Jupiter/Saturn in Aquarius on December 21. With their help, you're realizing that fun isn't frivolous—it's a key part of the creative process. It may seem counterintuitive, but taking time out for extracurricular activities makes you more productive, not less.
After all, with Mercury ruling both your sign and your Gemini career house, you love keeping busy. And as Venus spends four months in versatile Gemini (April 3-August 7), you'll enjoy trying on as many different hats as possible!
Venus goes retrograde from May 12-June 24, prompting you to look back on your career so far and reevaluate your chosen path. Are you doing the work you truly love, or settling for a more “practical” or “respectable” substitute? What does success look like—and more importantly, feel like—to you?
Future plans and projects may be up in the air, and Mercury's extended stay in Cancer (May 28-August 4) finds you making some emotional decisions. You may second-guess yourself during Mercury retrograde (June 18-July 12), but if you've followed your heart, it was probably the right choice!
Still, try not to let sentimentality or nostalgia keep you from making any tough calls you need to make. Two eclipses in Cancer (lunar on January 10, solar on June 20) help you let go of older associations or projects that are no longer working for you, and make way for new ones better aligned with your current interests.
After all, Virgo, as skilled a multi-tasker as you are, you can only keep so many balls in the air. By narrowing it down to the people and projects that truly inspire you, you'll be freeing yourself up to do your best work.