Relationships are the main event this month, with the Sun making its annual rounds through the most commitment-centric parts of your chart. Until September 22, el Sol will be in your opposite sign of Virgo, heating up your partnership zone and bringing complementary kindred spirits into your orbit. With the emphasis on cooperation and harmony, it's a great time to balance your bonds and make sure everyone's in sync.
The September 9 Virgo new moon kicks off a favorable six-month chapter for dynamic duos and helps you make a fresh start with your closest people. A simmering attraction could start to move in the official direction. If you put off signing any contracts last month because of Mercury retrograde, you can resume the negotiations now. You might also find yourself playing diplomat at this new moon, mediating between bickering parties or smoothing over rough spots with loved ones.
But don't leave yourself out of the equation, Pisces! This new moon will be in a strained opposition to your co-ruler, compassionate Neptune. In your quest to take care of others, you might neglect or suppress your own needs—a recipe for resentment and burnout that you're all too familiar with. This moon-Neptune face-off could give you second thoughts about a budding alliance. Don't necessarily act on this moment of uncertainty, but take a minute to reconnect to yourself with some nurturing, nourishing solo time.
The new moon also forms a harmonious trine to Pluto in your eleventh house of groups and technology. A powerful colleague or a close friend could open doors. Get out and network—and reach out to influencers and like-minded people online. The connections you forge today could have far-reaching effects between now and the corresponding Virgo full moon in February 2019.
Your platonic connections are on the upswing, too, as structured Saturn and power player Pluto both end five-month retrogrades through Capricorn and your eleventh house of group dynamics this month. Since April, friendships and collaborations were put to the test as these two cosmic heavyweights forced you to be more vigilant about the company you keep. Not everyone has your back or can keep a secret, as you may have learned the hard way. And if you weren't giving your crew the level of loyalty and integrity that YOU insist on, you may have faced some harsh reality checks.
On September 6, maturity planet Saturn will turn direct (forward), helping you set healthy boundaries in your personal life and move forward with group endeavors. Be sure to spell out all the terms clearly so everyone knows what's expected of them. When Pluto corrects course on September 30, gossip or shady dynamics will dissipate (amen!), helping people be more upfront in their dealings.
But you still have to navigate one more wave of secrecy, shifting alliances and hidden agendas, Pisces—ugh! From September 10 to November 15, stressful Mars will make a second lap through Aquarius and your twelfth house of healing, closure and concealed information. Forewarned is forearmed: You experienced this from May 16 to August 12, when Mars made its first trip through Aquarius, which was MUCH tougher since the red planet was retrograde from June 26 on. This time, you won't have any gnarly backspins to complicate an already-irksome Mars transit, so apply the vital lessons you've learned
The best prevention is self-care. The twelfth house rules sleep, and with aggro Mars here, you could have stressful dreams or find it a struggle to power down at night. Your energy and focus may be off, making it hard to really get into gear. The temptation to self-soothe with substances can flare up. An unresolved situation could affect your wellbeing, and there won't be any sweeping that under the rug. The silver lining: Courageous and straightforward Mars helps you advocate for yourself and get down to the core issue that might be preventing you from feeling 100 percent. Holistic and spiritual treatments—from energy/plant medicine and shamanism to acupuncture and Reiki—could be just what your system is craving.
Tension could reach a boiling point on September 18, when the third of this year's three Mars-Uranus squares sends egos and tempers through the roof. The first of these clashes fell on May 16, right as unpredictable Uranus entered Taurus for the first time since 1942, activating your third house of communication and immediately challenged hotheaded Mars. Both of these combustible planets are known for reacting first and asking questions later, and their face-offs can bring a brewing conflict out into the open.
Have you been biting your tongue? Something you've been holding back might rush out in a rather ungracious way today. People could be snarky, sneaky and passive-aggressive…but it will be hard to keep it under wraps with these two in-your-face planets throwing shade at each other. Be careful not to get hooked by a triggering person. It's SO tempting to want to tell off that troll, but you'll only wind up wasting valuable time and energy.
Take a break from the madness on September 22, when the Sun sinks into Libra and your eighth house of merging, privacy and one-on-one encounters for a month. Slip away for some inner work and contemplation—or maybe with the company of a sexy plus-one. With el Sol setting your erotic eighth house ablaze, some mind-body-soul connecting might be just what the autumn equinox ordered!
The eighth house also rules joint financial ventures and shared resources. The next month could serve up some interesting ways to meld your superpowers with someone for mutual gain. A real estate or investment opportunity could arise, or you might look into passive-income earning possibilities (please, no shady pyramid schemes). Reminder: It's not just how much you make, but what you do with it. Look for ways you can save through co-op ideas, like ride shares, meal-prepping with friends (split the grocery bill, save a bunch) or small group-fitness sessions instead of a private trainer.
Get back to basics at the September 24 Aries full moon, which illuminates your pragmatic second house of work, money and earned income. This lunar lift can provide a well-deserved confidence boost—and maybe a pay bump or a fancy title to go with it! Be ready to meet opportunity wherever it shows up…which could be almost anywhere on a day like this.
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