By Lilly Roddy
This time of the year has always been a busy one—especially during the last 20 years. This is the time of year when the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) go direct, putting more pressure on our decision-making. Pluto, planet of transformation and release, goes direct this month on the 16th. This will have the most impact on the Arians, Cancerians, Librans, and Capricorns. • We have some tough days during the last two weeks of the month. However, Mercury is fully direct in September, so it’s a good time to get your projects under way. • Upbeat days for this month are the 2nd, 10th, 12th, 14th, 17th, 23rd, 25th, and 30th. Days to stay in bed are the 8th, 18th, 28th, and 29th. • The sun is in Virgo as the month begins, and enters Libra on the 23rd (the first day of fall). Mercury is finishing her stay in Leo and entering her home sign on the 9th, before joining the sun in Libra on the 25th. Venus is in Virgo, and enters her home sign of Libra on the 14th. Mars continues to float through Cancer and moves into the hot fiery sign of Leo on the 18th. Jupiter remains in Taurus, as does Saturn in Libra, Uranus in Aires, Neptune in Aquarius, and Pluto in Capricorn.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). A focus on getting things in order and getting your life more organized is clearly on your agenda this month. You are generally more health-conscious this month. Relationships play a major role for you this month, and your relationships with coworkers are going more smoothly. This is a time to renew your partnerships. You are interested in meeting new people. If your current relationships are feeling restrictive, you may break away from them since you have already been reevaluating your relationships and finding that they need new boundaries. This is a good month to do something different with your partner.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). You are more playful as the month opens. This is a good time to express your creative side and be out in public. Your charms will carry you through many different situations. About mid-month, you are ready to get into your work and health modes. You will be a lot more focused on getting things done. Your coworkers could find you a little pushy and obsessive this month. Your temper could be shorter than usual. You may even have some trouble sleeping. Issues at home will demand your attention.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). As the month opens, you are clearly focused on home and family. You are trying to make your home as comfortable as possible. Also, you are putting energy into making money this month. You want more than you have had, and you are ready to do something about that. Your creative energies open up by mid-month, and you are just flowing along—a great time for business connections or mixing business with pleasure. Speaking your mind is even easier as the month progresses.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). Organizing your life still seems to be the continued push this month. Mars, planet of action and confrontation, is still in your sign until the 17th. This is an excellent time to begin new projects you have been trying to start. Watch your spending after the 18th. By mid-month, you are working on making your home a safer place. Some of you are remodeling, and some will be moving. Be sure and take some time off so you don’t feel so trapped. Family issues may resurface at this time. There is a better feel of compromise in the air.
LEO (July 23–August 22). The first half of the month will be about you getting ready and prepared for Mars, planet of action and courage, to enter your sign on the 18th and leave on November 18. As the month begins, you are paying attention to your finances and personal resources. This would be a good month to review the way you use your talents for the most amount of income. There is a lot of opportunity for you in your career sector if you want to change or seek more money for what you are doing. After the 18th, you will have plenty of courage to pursue your goals.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). Happy birthday to the Virgoans. This is the time when you are ending and beginning a new solar cycle—reviewing the past year’s choices, assessing how well you did, and setting new goals for the coming cycle. As the month begins, you are feeling more social. This continues through the 18th. After that, you are in a more restful time. Begin new projects as the month opens. By mid-month, finances enter the picture and it will time to get all of that organized and addressed.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). Career challenges are still strong this month as you are trying to get clear about the direction you are going. The support of friends becomes very important after the 18th. You are still resting or retreating as the month begins. By mid-month, you are getting your energy back and coming out of your retreat. The last half of the month is a very decisive time for you. Saturn is running the show, and she expects clarity and assurance about what you are going to do. Be your own authority and take your cues from your heart.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). You’ll have a mixed bag of tricks this month and it’s not even Halloween. As the month opens, you’ll want to focus on social organizations and supportive friends. You are certainly feeling more social. At mid-month, Mars, planet of action, enters your career sector for the next 45 days. This is certainly the time to act on that area of life by starting something on your own, taking on a new project, or considering taking a new position in your company. Don’t overdo it, or you will be more tired than you expect. Take some time to review your beliefs and philosophy about life.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). You are certainly career-directed as the month opens. Many of you are looking at responding more to your artistic urges than you have in the past. It’s a good time to convert those urges into something real and practical. You are also looking to be more of a leader in the groups and organizations that you belong to, so you won’t feel the need to withdraw from those groups. You are definitely more playful as the month progresses. Freedom is a big issue from the 22nd through the 29th. Don’t over-schedule yourself.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). With the planets in Virgo, you are being stimulated to learn more, to open up to new ideas, and to have more fun in general. You are more flexible, but your sense of urgency about decision-making is getting stronger. It will be stongest by mid-month. You could feel edgy about making a decision, but you’ll nevertheless have to make it. Your career becomes the focus by mid-month, and you are looking at life in a long-term fashion. You may make some sudden moves, so don’t be surprised at yourself!
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). Relationships are an important highlight this month. You are initially concerned about increasing the level of intimacy in your relationship. You are more open, and expect others to be that way as well. To others, you may come across as critical. Mars, planet of action, enters your relationship sector on the 18th, turning up the fire. It’s a great time to renew your relationship or to confront the problems that are there. You and your partner need to pursue some sort of adventure to help renew your relationship. You’ll become more easy-going as the month progresses. Seek a larger world view than the one you have now.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). What a rock-and-roll time you have been having! Some of the craziness and lack of clear direction will subside after the 8th. This could be affecting your work and health habits and routines. You may be experiencing some stress from not getting the right answers from the people you have to deal with. You will be more impatient as the month progresses. Be sure to renew your exercise and diet regimen after the 18th. Relationships are better this month as you and your partner try to get closer during the next 30 days. It could be that new long-term relationship goals are needed.
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