MONTH OF September
As September begins, a slow and steady pace will serve you well. With the Sun voyaging through vitality-boosting Virgo until September 22, take time to craft simple and streamlined plans. Your sixth house of healthy habits is a heat zone for the first three weeks of the month. Get out in nature, revamp your eating and exercise habits and simplify. Less is more now.
After an indulgent August, that won’t be too hard—you’ve had your fill of excitement and you’re ready to add structure back to your life. And with your ruler, energetic Mars, turning retrograde in Aries on September 9, things that have been blazing along could cool down for a couple months. Between now and November 13, look before leaping and certainly before launching!
Mars retrograde could pump the brakes on a personal or passion project that took flight in July and August. Frustration can build, so be sure to have healthy outlets (like a good workout routine or all-consuming creative project) and watch that your ego doesn’t start running the show.
In the first half of the month, all five of the outer planets—Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto—are retrograde. Four are backing through sensible earth signs, which could put a temporary pinch in your financial or career trajectory. Adopt a more measured approach instead of forcing things. Money not flowing in as easily? Reduce expenses, tweak your budget and ping old clients and colleagues to see if your services are needed. Be proactive, not pushy!
In the second half of September, the outer planets start to end their long retrogrades (Jupiter and Saturn turn direct this month; Pluto in early October). Your ambitious endeavors will regain momentum, and you’ll be ready to get back out there again. When the Sun moves into balanced Libra on September 22, relationships pick up speed. As you move back into empire-building mode, don’t forget to nurture the people who’ve been supporting you all along.
Week 1: September 1-6
Just let it out
On Wednesday, September 2, the Pisces full moon illuminates your twelfth house of hidden agendas, healing and fantasies. A passionate connection that’s been building up could reach a tipping point. Feeling sparks with someone but not sure how the logistics of a commitment would work? Just allow this divine connection to bloom and quit worrying whether it makes sense in “the real world.” (Whatever that is anymore…)
Both the twelfth house AND full moons can signify endings or transitions. Perhaps you finally realize a situation isn’t going to happen—and you’re faced with the tough work of finalizing one chapter so you can make room for another. Look back to the corresponding February 23, 2020, Pisces new moon for clues. You may see someone in a different light now and recognize that they’re not quite as “ahhh-mazing” as you initially thought. Just don’t leap to conclusions before you have all the facts. Playing amateur detective or psychoanalyst could come back to bite you, especially since the twelfth house can spin up quite an illusion!
Mood swing alert: This five-hanky moon could trigger a groundswell of emotions. If you feel anxious or in need of a good cry, find a safe and comfy place—and just let it out! We all need to release pent-up feelings from time to time, and this is as good a moment as any.
Reminder: When one door closes another opens so don’t hold onto anything past its prime. Drop your guard and let the twelfth house bring magic, fantasy and serendipity your way. Surrender and receive the love and support that others want to give you—even (especially) if you’re used to playing the hero.
Week 2: September 7-13
Relationship doubts—and career confidence
Wednesday, September 9, offers a thorny bouquet as your ruler, energizing Mars, slams on the brakes for a two-month retrograde in your sign. Will a recent passion cool—or combust? Between now and November 13, watch out for anger bubbling up—or a tendency to stuff it down and build resentment. This challenging cycle could bring unexpected outbursts, fights and erratic behavior if you don’t get a grip.
With the red-blooded planet off-course, jealousy and anger can flare. Watch that you don’t come on too strong or lapse into self-centered behavior. Forcing your agenda will only backfire now.
The lesson? Despite your strong desire to be in control of everything, you aren’t. If you rushed into a romance that you’re now unsure about, you’ll have a chance to walk it back several steps. Let things unfold at a natural pace. Tweak your public persona and social media profiles, too. Tone down any over-the-top behavior that might come across as offensive. (Should you tweet that questionable joke or meme? Ummm, probably not.)
On Friday, September 12, look for professional green lights as gift-giver Jupiter turns direct (forward) in practical Capricorn—ending its retrograde that began on May 14. Take your deconstructed blazer to the dry cleaner and power up the PowerPoints. You’ve got a bold idea to pitch!
Auspicious and ambitious Jupiter is blessing your tenth house of career until December 19. After that, it won’t return here again for more than a decade, so make the most of the next three months! Pursue your big goals—pandemic be damned—for the rest of the year. Step into a leadership or public role. Start mapping out grand plans, even if your timeline is extended (or accelerated) due to the current climate.
Opportunities should flow for the rest of 2020, but you won’t benefit from taking any shortcuts. It’s your diligence and hard work that will pay off in quantum professional advancement.
Week 3: September 14-20
Set your sights on service
Where can you make a difference in the world, Ram? On Thursday, September 17, the Virgo new moon lands in your sixth house of dedication and service. This once-a-year lunar lift is your opportunity to set goals and initiatives that you’ll unfold between now and the February 27, 2021, Virgo full moon.
Over the next two weeks, set fresh career objectives and map out the exact steps to get yourself there, from timelines to budgets to the division of labor. You may feel inspired to look beyond your own needs and go the extra mile for someone—or a cause—that means a lot to you. The sixth house rules employees and helpful people. What kind of support would enable Team Aries to run like a well-oiled machine?
The sixth house also rules health. Fire up your fall fitness plans and unleash your wellness warrior. Pack your plate with local produce and healthy proteins, and enjoy the bounty of harvest season. Subscribe to your favorite online fitness instructor’s YouTube channel or, better yet, take your workouts into nature. Get the fresh air and vitamin D boost while the getting’s good!
Week 4: September 21-30
Bring on the dynamic duos! On Tuesday, September 22, the Sun shifts into Libra and your seventh house of partnerships. Where do you need support? Tap a capable and complementary companion or three as relationships take center stage until October 22. A business or romantic connection could turn official during the next four weeks. Ready for that velvet ring box or to ink your name to a contract? For established pairs, look for where you can balance your bonds with more Libran mutuality and diplomatic dialogue.
On Tuesday, September 29, taskmaster Saturn joins Jupiter in turning direct in goal-oriented Capricorn, wrapping up a frustrating five-month retrograde in your career house. You might not be able to count the times you’ve gone back to the drawing board with various goals, but now your course corrections start to pay dividends. Did you pay your dues and research thoroughly? Good! Slowdowns and bureaucracy melt away, and obstacles will seem surmountable rather than daunting. You’ve got this, Aries!
And if you haven’t solidified your master plan yet, get moving. Disciplined Saturn will only visit Capricorn until December 17. Then it will forge into Aquarius (where it briefly visited from March 21 to July 1) and won’t return to Capricorn until 2047. Step on the gas with those bigger aspirations. If need be, get a coach or mentor to help you since Saturn rules experts.
But pace yourself! On the very day that cautious Saturn turns direct, it will lock into a heated square with impatient Mars. This will repeat a one-foot-on-the-gas-the-other-on-the brakes transit that happened on August 24. Whiplash alert: With Mars retrograde this time, you REALLY need to slow your roll and move ahead mindfully. As (Capricorn) Ben Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” You’ve got the rest of the year to crush it, so don’t rush it.
LOVE & ROMANCE:
An emotional month wraps up on September 6, when romantic Venus leaves sensitive Cancer and your sentimental fourth house, where she’s been in residence since August 7. For the rest of the month, the love goddess will light up Leo and your amorous, glamorous fifth house. Bring on the flirtations, the fun and the socially distanced date nights! Who says a plexiglass-walled booth for two can’t be intimate?
Venus’ grand entrance into Leo could spark a majorly passionate month of heartfelt expression or lusty connection, especially since hot-blooded Mars, your ruler, is zooming through Aries for an extended visit from June 27 to January 6.
But watch out for possible whiplash when Mars turns retrograde on September 9, slamming the brakes on a moving-too-fast romance or attraction. Some frustration or unhealed anger could come up, and things may get dramatic between now and November 13. Another possible outcome: Life’s stresses can get amped up and interfere with your sexytime.
Adding to the intensity of 2020, both Venus and Mars will have spent some time in retrograde motion this year (Venus in May and June, and Mars starting this month), forcing you to rethink the way you “do” love. But when the cosmic canoodlers connect in a harmonizing trine on September 28, you can use all that reflection to redesign a relationship or give your quest for love another chance.
September 2: Venus opposite Saturn
You know the importance of firm boundaries, yet passion might get the best of you today. Need some emotional shoring up? Talk to a friend who can offer a more objective perspective—and don’t do anything rash!
MONEY & CAREER:
Sharpen those pencils and charge your devices. With the Sun in Virgo and your organized sixth house until September 22, you’ll have a solid opportunity to get your affairs in order for the coming season. At the September 17 Virgo new moon, take on a service-based project or tune up Team Virgo.
Stalled career efforts start zooming ahead on September 12 as expansive Jupiter ends a four-month retrograde slowdown in your professional zone. With the planet of luck and risk-taking amping up your ambitious tenth house until December 19, the world is once again your oyster. Stretch out of your comfort zone and take a chance! Map out your grand plans or step into a leadership role.
On September 29, restrictive Saturn also turns direct (forward) in goal-oriented Capricorn, finishing a five-month retrograde in your career house. If you felt like your plans were constantly delayed this past spring and summer, this is why. The good news: All those times you went back to the drawing board and tightened your plans will now pay off! Look for a coach, mentor or expert to help open doors or increase your level of mastery.
September 1: Mercury-Pluto trine
Listen to your gut! Your intuition is razor-sharp today, and you’ll be able to read people like a large-type book. But don’t just listen to their words; the real clues will come from their tone of voice, facial expressions and body language.
Love Days: 14, 18
Money Days: 7, 23
Luck Days: 4, 22
Off Days: 17, 20, 2
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