Make a plan and stick to it! This month finds you in full-on "back to school" mode as the Sun makes its annual rounds through Virgo and your healthy, organized sixth house until September 22. Summer was full of indulgences (and intensity!), and now you're ready to restore some order to the Ram's court. With your ruler, go-getter Mars, in Capricorn and your tenth house of long-term goals until September 10, you're even more pumped to get everything aligned, from your eating and exercise to the empire you're busy building.
But first—an agenda! This is no time to go charging willy-nilly into anything without careful calculation and road-mapping. Sigh…you have a love-hate relationship with details, Aries. On the one hand, you want stuff to conform to your exacting standards, so you can really geek out and get all "five-star general" when you have a new idea. But if it tips TOO far into the process side, then you feel like you're wasting your creativity and not making stuff happen. Rather than be slowed down by administrative minutiae, delegate and outsource where you can—and eliminate distractions when you need to stay on task. Get Team Aries in tip-top shape and plan out your calendar for the rest of 2018. Instead of being overwhelmed, you'll feel unstoppable.
The September 9 Virgo new moon is an ideal date to set work and lifestyle overhauls in motion. Book overdue medical checkups, get trial passes to a few fitness studios, deep-clean your house and fridge. But don't make it all work no play. This new moon will be opposite dreamy Neptune in Pisces and your creative twelfth house, indicating that the more pleasure and imagination you infuse into your duties, the more you'll actually enjoy them. Think of your routines as "rituals" and bring a sacredness to the activities you do every day.
The new moon will also form a golden trine to insightful Pluto in Capricorn and your ambitious tenth house. Play your cards right, and you could be pegged as a "one to watch" influencer. Be strategic, polished and prepared: A VIP could take notice of your savvy ways and open an important door in the coming six months.
September also brings some retrograde relief after a summer that was packed with planets in this sluggish and slowed-down phase. In August, Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune AND Pluto were retrograde, making it hard to accomplish much. It WAS a good time to wrap up unfinished business and deal with any unresolved stuff from your past. But now you can start moving into launch mode…full steam ahead.
That upward trend begins on September 6, when structured Saturn wraps up a retrograde in Capricorn and your tenth house of career and long-term goals, ending a U-turn that started on April 17. On September 30, Pluto ends a five-month retrograde, also in Capricorn and your career sector. If you hit roadblocks at work or struggled to put your ideas into concrete form, you'll start to feel the heaviness lifting. The tenth house rules men and fathers, and Saturn retrograde may have churned up difficulties with your dad or another paternal type. Bosses and authority figures may also have been a source of tension, hemming you in by the "rules" or thwarting you with bureaucratic red tape. Maybe a project that once had you jazzed started to feel monotonous or burdensome. One Aries we know contracted a mysterious illness and wasn't able to work at her usual lightning-fast pace; another had a ton of great ideas but wasn't able to get them approved and into production until she took several trips back to the drawing board. Shake it off, Aries. Whatever happened, prepare to get a sense of purpose and direction back—at least!
But first, there may be some issues to clear up. 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 occurred on May 16, right as unpredictable Uranus entered Taurus for the first time since 1942, and immediately formed this harsh aspect with your ruler, hotheaded Mars. Both of these combustible planets are known for reacting first and asking questions later. While this can drive up big-time drama, their face-offs can also bring a brewing conflict out into the open. If you've been sweeping things under the rug, a Mars-Uranus meltdown can be like a volcano that goes from dormant to active.
With Mars in Aquarius and your eleventh house of groups and Uranus in Taurus and your security-minded second house, you could feel this intensity in a collaboration or team project. You may not have the budget, time or resources to completely pull off your vision. Maybe someone is being a bit too conservative while others are throwing caution to the wind. If you've lent or borrowed money among friends, it could become a source of tension.
The second Mars-Uranus square was on August 2, and you may still feel the white-hot embers of any anger or frustration that came up then. Last month, Mars was retrograde, which might have revealed a rebellious person who was acting in a rash or selfish manner. This time, Uranus is retrograde, which could spark confusion around plans that need to be simplified or altered in the last minute. Mitigate chaos by remaining flexible and keeping your ego out of this.
Harmony returns on September 22, when the Sun begins its annual monthlong visit to Libra and your cooperative seventh house, a time for partnership. Instead of competing for the upper hand, combine your strengths and superpowers into a balanced blend. If you've been caught up in the busyness of fall, make time for your nearest and dearest now.
But reserve a solo spotlight moment on September 24, when the year's only Aries full moon beams into your first house of self and individuality. A venture you've been working on since your birthday (or more specifically, since the April 15 Aries new moon) could reach full bloom. If you've been biting your tongue in a certain relationship, you won't be able to hold back from asserting yourself. Just make sure you're clear on where you stand before you deliver that diatribe! You want to make the best use of your annual cosmic coming-out party, so don't waste any more time than necessary dealing with the haters who will never "get it." Just leave them in the dust by being your full-on, expressive self, in vivid color.
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