The August eclipses punctuated last season’s events with exclamation marks. Congratulations. You made it through. The dust has not yet settled. We are still navigating our way through the fog of uncertainty. What’s next? Floods or fights? Economic ups or downs? From the political to the personal, "transition" is a keyword this month.
In these fast-paced times, we don’t always allow ourselves to transition from one activity to another. We speed to meetings, rush kids to after-school activities, jump into calls, or head back to work days after an invasive medical procedure. This can leave our psyches in a perpetual state of alert and make it challenging to relax.
As I began writing this month’s horoscopes, I felt this message for every sign:
Allow yourself to be in transition. Without definite answers. With hope.
The Autumnal Equinox ushers in a new cycle on September 22. Until then, rather than looking for answers, follow synchronicity. If one door seems closed, try another. If you encounter challenges or roadblocks, move in a new direction, even if that means you have to go back to the drawing board and start all over.
Because this is a transitional time, new opportunities or relationships could appear in your life almost as if by magic. To stay in a positive energy flow, always set intentions by asking for "this or better." For example, if you want a job for which you've been interviewing, and you're praying and hoping you'll get hired, pray, "this or better." The universe could offer you an opportunity better even than you could have asked for, yourself.
One last thing before I start your horoscope:
We are all witnesses and participants in a great mythological story unfolding in a climax right now at this time. In any situation, a witness has tremendous power to stop a violent action, turn a series of events, and effect change. Act bravely on behalf of what you love. Your courage can change hearts and help dissolve perceived barriers. Your actions to help others will go a long way. So, find ways to get involved and volunteer to help out your favorite organizations. Do anything that fosters a sense of connection with others. The eclipse happened on the Aquarius/Leo axis, one that emphasizes the importance of using your gifts, talents, and creative expression to contribute to the larger community.
Now, your monthly horoscope:
Aries (March 21-April 19):
The roller coaster ride of a summer is now coming to an end. What will you do with your time and energy now without eclipse dramas and retrograde stressors to distract you? It’s time to focus your attention and take action to manifest the goals you established at the beginning of the year. After September 22, you can clarify specific action steps. Until then, strategize.
Mercury stations direct on September 5, and it’s time to move forward with work projects that have been on hold. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself or your colleagues if things have not worked out as planned. Any delays or setbacks could have been blessings in disguise.
With Mars entering Virgo on September 5, you might experience more focus on the details of your life. It’s time to structure a daily routine as we approach a new season, one that includes proper rest, healthy eating, and exercise. As a fire sign, you need physical outlets for stress, which can make gym time a top priority.
Last month, you had to do some energetic housekeeping. You may have had to say goodbye to the past or reevaluate a current relationship. Any clearing you did in any area of your life was necessary so that you can have space for new beginnings.
In your love life, you may be asking, “What’s next?” If you are single, your inclination might be to go out on the prowl or try the latest dating app. Do you sometimes feel like your life is a constant lesson in “patience?” If frustrated, hang in there and resist the urge to act on impulse, especially if your relationship seems to be going nowhere fast. By the time the sun enters Libra on September 22, you could feel more optimistic and in love than ever before.
Taurus (April 20-May 20):
The season's frenzy winds to an end with the Equinox on September 22. Breathe a sigh of relief! You can finally find your center again, relax into a new routine, and have some time to lounge at home with a bowl of popcorn and binge-worthy Netflix shows. That sounds lovely, doesn’t it? But wait...
As I write this, the world feels in crisis. The news reports threats of war, hate and division, floods, and catastrophes. You probably shudder inside each time you plug into social media or news outlets. You might also have friends and loved ones in times of crisis, too. How can you relax when others are suffering? Do what you can to contribute in ways that don’t tip you out of balance. Find one thing you can do each day to support the causes and people you love.
For a Taurus, your sense of security starts with your physical space. With Venus in Leo until September 19, you might want to fluff up your decorative pillows, buy new bed linens, change some paint colors, or go all out and redecorate. This could also be a favorable time for making real estate decisions.
Your love life sizzles through most of the month. With Mars in compatible Virgo, you might take a risk and ask your special someone to take things to a new level. If you are single, you may consider going out more often this month. Stretch beyond your comfort zone and place yourself in Cupid’s line of fire.
Gemini (May 20-June 20):
There is a reason you do not usually see a bird of paradise flower growing in the cold Northeastern climate. For anything to thrive, conditions have to be just right. This goes for you, too. As a Gemini, you are versatile. This is one of your gifts! You like variety and change, and you do not need a whole lot to be happy. A coffee shop with good Wi-Fi or outdoor space with a good book would do just fine. However, for you to truly live your best, most abundant life, you may need to create a more luxurious environment.
On September 5, your ruling planet, Mercury, stations direct, ending a three-week period of brain fog and question marks. You may have had to face some unresolved issues from the past. Like:
"Were those rumors true?"
"Why didn't that relationship work out?"
"Why am I still dealing with this issue?"
You do not have to know definite answers to reach new levels of resolution for yourself. Those questions- that awareness- means you are growing and evolving.
On September 22, the sun moves into the compatible sign of Libra. Are you ready to push ahead with plans that have been on hold? Are you ready to take your life to the next level, professionally and personally? Many of the goals you established at the beginning of the year will now come full circle. If any of them did not manifest as planned, celebrate the progress made.
If you are in a relationship and have some questions about it, hold tight! Everything will smooth out by the end of this month. If you are single, have fun and play.
Cancer (June 21-July 22):
A new season has begun. It’s back to school and back to work for many vacationers. As September starts, we transition into a new phase of the year. "Transition" is this month's key word. Even if you don’t have school-aged children or take classes yourself, you might notice an overall shift in our collective vibe as evidenced in traffic patterns and store check-out lines.
If the past two months seemed unsettled, you might stand braced to weather another unexpected change. From the political to the personal, things are shifting fast. Does anything feel entirely stable or secure right now? Consider exploring the Buddhist concept of non-attachment and look for mindfulness tools to help you access a sense of inner peace at this time.
In your finances, start envisioning how you want the next quarter to look. Mercury stations direct on September 5, and you can move ahead with any delayed work projects. By September 22, you will have the momentum you need to close the year with a bang! Let opportunities surprise you.
2017 has been all about new beginnings (and maybe a few endings, too). For some of you, those transitions may have manifested in your love life. Have faith: You'll make it to the other side of any rough patches. When you do, you will know love like never before! For those of you in happy, committed relationships, infuse a little romance into everything you do.
Leo (July 23-August 22):
Think long-term investments this month. You have incredible motivation and energy; invest it wisely, and you will see big rewards manifest over the next several years. Follow the fire inside (we might call it passion) to discern where to focus your attention. If at any point this month you catch yourself thinking, “I am wasting time,” stop what you’re doing. Searching Netflix for a decent movie to stream? Spinning your wheels clicking a non-responsive website? Yawning through another mediocre first date? Over time, these sorts of distractions can lead to major frustration. You can avoid all of that by taking even little chunks of time to work on your long-term projects. And I mean write it in the calendar to make it a priority:
“Monday. 1-3pm. Work on my manuscript, business plan, screenplay, painting, coursework, etc.”
Venus transits through your sign until September 19. This influence, along with some others, can help boost your self-esteem. If you have a business pitch to make, try to schedule it between September 6-19. This is also a good time to promote yourself to potential employers, network, advertise your business or services, and submit your work for competitions. Because you feel good about the way you look, you might want to flaunt your appearance or make changes to your look. September 15 is a great day for shopping and socializing.
Venus also shines her light in your love life, heightening romance. If you are single, read the first line of your horoscope and apply it to your love life. If you are in a relationship, find ways to spark romance this month. The summer has been intense for many of us, and your relationship may have been rocky at times. Let this month be a time of healing and connection.
Virgo (August 23-September 22):
Happy birthday! Your year starts with a careful look backward (Thanks, Mercury Retrograde). You are ready to reach new levels of success, and you may even feel more confident about your path ahead. As a Virgo, you understand the art of letting go. One look at your closet would make this clear- you declutter like a champ. Now, apply the same rules you use to purge old clothes from your wardrobe to every area of your life, especially relationships.
If you have outgrown a longstanding friendship, give it less attention in your day-to-day life. If people or pages on social media are firing you up or leaving you feeling more anxious, unfollow them for a while. In work, if you don’t love it or need it, let it slide to the back burner. You have way too much powerful/dynamic energy right now to waste it in any way. Focus it, and success will follow.
Rung by rung, you have climbed the career ladder. Can anyone match your work ethic? Celebrate your successes because you are only climbing higher right now. Last year, you may have experienced a few setbacks or challenges. Those only strengthened your resolve. You course corrected. Congratulations. Now, you are aimed to advance. The path has been cleared.
The Full Moon on 9/6 highlights your love life. If you are in a relationship, a few minor disagreements could bruise your ego. (But only if you let them get you down.) Try to see things from an expanded perspective, and step away if you need to. Your passion meter is off the charts all month long. This could open you up for unexpected romantic encounters and at the very least, some fun.
Libra (September 23-October 22):
Have you been at a loss for words lately? Since August 12, Mercury has been retrograde, moving through the part of your chart relating to your secret inner self. How can you even begin to articulate the intense emotions you have felt? You might find yourself looking at pictures a lot more lately. Or taking more pictures. Or staring blankly at the computer writing, erasing, rewriting, erasing, rewriting, and erasing, trying to say something intelligible. If your sharp mind has been a bit, well, dull, do not worry! Emotional and intuitive intelligence is as important as mental, and you are fine-tuning these other senses right now. Feel it all, especially around the time of the New Moon September 19.
Your birthday season approaches. Time to retrospect the year that has almost passed. Look at all you accomplished!! Jupiter has been transiting your sign, and you may have reached new levels of success in your career as a result. As you reflect, focus on the positive outcomes and the progress made. You have earned huge milestones in the big picture of your life.
Venus, your ruling planet, transits through the sign of Leo until September 19, placing astrological emphasis on friendships -- deepening existing ones or developing new ones. September 15 is an excellent day to plan a gathering with friends. Venus is a connector, and its influence could inspire you to volunteer for a good cause or step up into a leadership position within your community.
When the Sun moves into your sign on September 22, it kicks off a heightened period of activity for you. Any Cardinal Ingress (Equinox and Solstice points in the year) symbolically supports you in initiating change in your life. Focus on your long-term goals, and make decisions accordingly, even if that means saying “No” or walking away. You deserve the very best, and you get to have it! Read Leo’s horoscope for more inspiration.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21):
If you can bear it, try to limit your news watching or social media time to no more than an hour a day for the first few weeks of the month. Think of your usual go-to news pages or social media feeds as keys unlocking Pandora’s box. You can get lost in the sometimes unbelievable stories, end up overwhelmed, and lose precious time. Your time is extra valuable right now because you have momentum and a clearer vision for your long-term success. Invest your energy wisely.
If you feel distracted in any way, refocus. But first, figure out the underlying causes of it. Are you afraid of failure? Success? Are you overwhelmed with work and need a break? Reach deep inside and discover answers to those questions. You’ll find clarity and deepen some soul-healing work throughout the month, but especially at the time of the Full Moon on September 6.
Your intuition will lead the way to truth, especially with friendships and romantic relationships. If you sense any strange contempt for someone, you may be picking up on something. But trust those immediate connections, too. Tune into your inner voice for guidance and wisdom, especially on September 4.
If you are single, social time with friends can fill that connection need until you meet someone worthy of your affection. Focus on what you want for the long term, without settling for less. If you are in a relationship, this month offers fun for you both. After an intense summer, that will be a reprieve. After September 6, you can clear any communication issues and work out any differences in opinion.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21):
The summer may be over, but you still need time to relax and play! I mean, let’s face it: The past few weeks have been intense for all of us. We have witnessed historical events, suffered losses, and navigated life’s quickly shifting ups and downs. With all of that hectic energy, how can you find respite? This month, you might have to make time in smaller increments. Rather than skip town for a whole weekend getaway, you might take a day trip to explore a nearby destination. Take short breaks throughout the day to walk or stretch. Or schedule a timer on your phone to remind you to pause and catch your breath. These small moments add up and over time, help relieve some pressure.
Your career is on fire right now! You might have a clearer vision regarding goals you would like to manifest or successes you would like to achieve. Aim high and then have faith. You are in a good position to meet new “angels” who can assist you. Follow synchronicity to experience magic unfolding in your life. You will know it’s happening when you hear yourself saying, “I can’t believe that coincidence! What a small world.”
Mercury has been retrograde since August 12, and you may have had some hiccups in your relationships or miscommunication frustrations. Let the dust settle down before instigating further debates. By September 20, we can all get along again. Any conflicts you encountered may have been growth/healing opportunities in disguise. Think positively.
Venus in Leo until September 19 adds a touch of romance to your month. This can lead to fun and adventure!
Capricorn (December 22-January 19):
As a practical Capricorn, when crisis strikes (whether in your community or personal life), you want to know what you can do. Your actions do matter, especially at this time, because you have a remarkable ability to attend to the most pressing practical matters. With your expanding social network, you can mobilize groups of people to help support your favorite causes. In short, you are a leader. That job comes with responsibility (a core Capricorn concept) but not necessarily obligations. You don’t have to do anything. You do because you desire. When you follow your heart’s longing, that sometimes painful tug, you achieve new levels of satisfaction, a feeling way richer than happiness.
This month, your mind wants to stretch higher. Your spiritual side wants to know more. Burning big-picture life questions are all up for you to examine and explore. What is the meaning of it all? You never have to come up with actual answers. The questions, themselves, are like entrances to rabbit holes. Explore your spiritual and intuitive sides this month. You might even consider taking a retreat or spiritual getaway, especially around the time of the New Moon on September 19.
Now, let’s get practical. Financially, you may rethink your investments or make changes to your portfolio. Venus in Leo highlights possibilities for favorable returns. Follow your intuition, and you might better clarify your options on September 19. Investing in yourself (education, coaching, healing, etc.) is almost always a worthwhile investment.
Look for new opportunities to step into the spotlight after September 22. In the meantime, you might want to create a vision board to help solidify your desires and dreams. Realize, as a Cardinal sign, you are a powerful manifestor. Wherever you focus your thoughts, you will see results.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18):
As an Aquarius, you might feel pulled in different directions. While your heart hungers to make a difference in the global community, you also feel responsible for helping your friends and family in need. You try to do your best in all ways for all people. How can anyone accuse you of being selfish when you have a specific long-term vision that includes giving back in big ways? The past few months may have challenged all of that. You may have had to scale back your volunteer activities or limit your availability for friends in need. It’s okay. That’s called balance. You had to take care of you.
At the beginning of the month, some of those same astrological influences are at play. Therefore, give yourself permission to do less and relax more. Strong spiritual shifts are happening, and you are getting in touch with buried emotions or memories. You need time and space for this soul-searching, especially at the time of the New Moon on September 19. If you can, get away on retreat or give yourself a spa day. At the very least, spend 15 minutes in stillness or meditation, maybe with a journal to jot down important insights you receive.
Losses and setbacks may have shaken up your world. When these things happen, we all want to know, “WHY?” Sometimes, there are no logical answers. Sometimes, you have to feel the grief and move toward acceptance. For this month, you might try exploring the Buddhist concept of non-attachment and practice mindfulness exercises to reach new levels of peace with what is in your life at this time.
September 22 marks a new chapter, one with an optimistic outlook. Love. Success. Travel. These are manifestations that pop up at the end of this month and carry over into October. You can then balance responsibility with fun.
Your love life gets a boost as well. Until then, ride the emotional waves and trust in the unfolding of a divine plan. You are healing some deep stuff, and it will all be worth it!
Pisces (February 19-March 20):
Turn on your favorite rom-com, create a playlist of love songs, and let romance lead you throughout the month. Mars, the passion planet, moves into your opposite sign, Virgo, on September 5, and you could feel more amorous than usual. Make the most of that influence. You do have a bit of a soft spot when it comes to love; indulge it. Dream big. Your dreams can come true. Fellow Pisces Albert Einstein said:
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.”
What does your imagination show you? This month, do a little soul searching and find out.
After September 5, Mercury stations direct. Breathe a sigh of relief as any projects that have been on hold begin to move forward again. Relationships, too, can feel more peaceful. During a retrograde period, you might experience miscommunications or conflicts. These occur to help you grow and evolve as a couple. They help you see the truth about your situation. While they are sometimes necessary to clear the air, they are not always fun. We move past that time and into one with emphasis on intimacy, connection. If you are single, you may look for ways to meet new people. For those of you involved, release any fears you have about the relationship. If you don’t have clear answers, pay attention to your intuition.
Professionally, opportunities abound. It’s time to get focused and keep building your empire. Working toward your dream. You are a manifesting machine, especially at the time of the Full Moon on September 6. Take advantage of that energy and promote yourself or your work. Find a spotlight and stand in the center.