By Lilly Roddy
This is an especially busy month that has a lot of planetary activity. We have been in a Venus retrograde period since mid-July, and that comes to an end on September 25—but not before Mercury goes retrograde from September 13 through October 15. Take care of existing projects, or finish up the ones you’ve been working on until October 15, when it will be time to start new projects. • September also has a solar eclipse on the 13th and a lunar eclipse on the 27th. Saturn enters Sagittarius for the next couple of years, and Pluto goes direct on the 25th. We will all be feeling the pressure to move forward, make decisions, and take care of our responsibilities. • Good days this month are the 1st, 5th, 8th, 22nd, 23rd, and 30th. Days to stay in bed are the 9th, 13th, 17th, 24th, 25th and 29th.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). As the month opens, you are keeping your head down and focusing on the things that you need to get done. The first half of the month is especially good for working on bad habits, improving your working conditions, or getting back on a workout and diet program. The latter half of the month is much more focused on a big period of review and potential renewal of your existing relationships—either personal or business. Be careful that you don’t overload your work schedule toward the end of the month.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). With Venus (your ruling planet) retrograde until September 25, you are trying to maintain a low-key presentation. This would be a very good time to stay at home and be nurtured by your loved one. You are in a more creative and playful time, and in some sense, that will continue for the next year. At the end of the month, you finally climb out of your den and begin to take care of projects that you had put off back in July. Some financial issues are creeping in, so it would be good to take care of them right away. Overall, this month is slow and steady.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). Your focus for September should be finishing up current tasks and making sure that you spend more time at home or with your family and loved ones. Try to get as much as possible done in the first two weeks of the month; after the 17th you will be in a retreat mode until almost the end of September. You’ll see a gradual increase in social activities, with an emphasis on establishing or reinforcing the relationships in your life. You are slowly pulling yourself up out of the muck.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). During September your focus is on solving some of your long-term financial problems. You’re beginning to be more open and communicative, so it’s a great time for school, writing, or traveling. Around midmonth, you begin to focus more on home and family as you reach out to make contact with family members or people you haven’t seen since your childhood. The latter half the month is very good for any type of weekend-warrior project.
LEO (July 23–August 22). Venus, planet of love and money, continues to retrograde in your sign through the end of the month. This makes you rethink your current choices and your own sense of self-worth as you reevaluate the existing relationships in your life. We have been clear about the things we want to get rid of, but after midmonth we are more decisive about what we’re going to keep. Communications are especially important toward the end of the month. Think carefully before you agree to something or sign a document. Your energy level remains strong through the end of the month.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). This is a month of mixed energies. On one hand, Jupiter (planet of expansion and optimism) enters your sign for the next year. This will really help your life! Mercury, your ruler, goes retrograde this month until October 15. This is a signal to step backward and review what you’re currently working on. Money and finances will be one of the main things on your list to take care of. This is also your yearly birthday cycle when you review accomplishments and set new goals for the coming year. This could feel like “hurry up and wait.” As your energy level gets much stronger at the end of the month, it will be a very good time for any kind of diet or health program.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). September continues to be a very introspective period for you. This pattern started when Venus, your ruler, went retrograde in July. This month, Mercury (the communicator) goes retrograde in Libra. The month before your birthday usually finds you in a time of rest and retreat, so September could be an especially reflective time for you. You will feel more compelled to tell people the truth this month—and then take out the trash. Words have a big impact this month, so be careful about what you say!
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). You continue to be focused on long-term career or security plans. You are certainly feeling the energy to take the lead, but you haven’t been sure about which direction you want to commit to. However, you are clear about what you don’t want. Groups and organizations become more important in your life from late-September until August 2016. Make sure you take some time for yourself, and don’t overcommit. You will feel a lot lighter as Saturn finally moves out of Scorpio on the 17th. Saturn won’t be back for 30 years, so you can take a deep breath!
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). It’s going to be a significant couple of years for you as Saturn (planet of career, long-term future security, and respect) enters your sign on the 17th for the next few years. For the last couple of weeks, you have tried to take some time for yourself. This month, as the planets move through your career sector, you will be increasingly busy through August 2016. You could be looking at starting your own business, taking on a big leadership role in your company, or (on the other end) retiring. Try to wait until after October 15 before you put any decisions into action.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). During the first part of September, you continue to be focused on getting your financial affairs in order. You should try to take some time for yourself during the first two weeks of the month, since you may be too busy after that. Mercury will be retrograde in your career sector through October 15. Expect to be redoing some of the projects you thought you had finished, and watch your communications on September 8, 9, 23, and 24. You could easily be involved in some power struggles. You would win the battle, but the cost would be great.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). The viability of your relationships has been weighing heavily on your mind as Venus (planet of relationships) influences your life. Some relationships will be enhanced, and others may fade away. You are needing more physical touch and better communication with your partner. At midmonth, you’ll want to create a greater bond, both emotionally and sexually. This is also a good time to be looking at things to invest in, but don’t act on investing until after October 15. You are definitely more outspoken this month.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). This month is the start of that decisive, stabilizing period you have been waiting for. You will eventually become more visible at work, and ready to take on a potential leadership role. You will also see improvements in your relationships—or if you’re single, more opportunities to meet really great people. This is still a good time for any type of health and exercise regimen. Personal relationships demand your attention at the end of the month. Put some energy into renewing your relationship by taking your partner on an adventure! If there is a lot of grumpiness going on, you’re not paying enough attention.
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