Let go of that which you cannot control, Aries. And hold onto your seat—this is one major sea-change of a month. You'll need to ground yourself in order to embrace what's coming. Completing basic tasks (like, say, emptying your cluttered Inbox, cleaning out your closet, or sorting the mail) will help you keep a cool head as you venture into unchartered terrain.
So what's going on in the stars exactly? Not only are there TWO groundbreaking eclipses this month, but lucky Jupiter makes its annual sign switch, after a 13-month stint in Virgo, your sixth house of health and wellness. As you toss your cap at the Jupiter graduation ceremony, you're a whole lot more fit, energetic, and organized than you were a year ago. Well done, Aries! Expansive Jupiter has been powering through Virgo since August 11, 2015, and it will round out its tour on September 9. When it comes to streamlining your life—on the health front and with your day-to-day productivity—you have proven yourself to be a machine, Aries! After this year, no one can #slay a to-do list quite like you.
The last of 2016's change-making eclipses are watershed moments that coincide with super-powered new and full moons. This eclipse series has been revving up the Virgo/Pisces axis since March 2015 and will make its grand finale in February 2017. For you, these eclipses have been nudging you to navigate between extremes: when to take solid action (making a doctor's appointment, planning your agenda or burning stress at a SoulCycle class) and when to let go (using your spot-on intuition as a guide or trusting the universe). These eclipses have been helping you strike the right balance between control and surrender—and also to see the greater message in any life changes or breakdowns. This month, you'll get another round of this guidance.
On September 1, the Virgo solar (new moon) eclipse heralds a powerful fresh start your health and wellness arena. Your physical vitality is in the spotlight: is it time to fold a new exercise class into your regular routine or completely revamp your diet? Maybe you'll kick a vice that brings your "vibe" down, like excessive drinking, smoking or bingeing on processed foods. On some level, you've had enough of the status quo—especially when it comes to taking charge of your own life. Page back to September 13, 2015, the last solar eclipse in this zone—a familiar theme may remerge. When it comes to treating your body like the precious temple it is, this eclipse helps you embrace a more holistic approach to your health.
However, there could be challenges, as the new moon forms a tense square to structured Saturn in Sagittarius, your ninth house of growth, travel and adventure. You might be ready to embark on the journey of your life…whether that's enrolling in therapy, going on a life-changing yoga retreat or shifting a stalled project into high gear. But do your homework first to ensure this new development will catapult you to new heights. Remember the saying: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Pragmatism is even more important, as regimented Saturn spends all month locking horns with fuzzy Neptune in Pisces, your twelfth house of the subconscious, coming to an exact alignment on September 10. Watch out for self-sabotaging tendencies now. You might tell yourself you have no option but to drop your work and support a needy loved one or coworker…but that's not really true, is it, Aries? Remember: You have a choice, so choose wisely.
On September 16, the second eclipse strikes at the Pisces full moon, your twelfth house of surrender and solitude. This lunation wraps up a six-month cycle that started at the March 8 Pisces solar (new moon) eclipse. You may need to slip away to a quiet retreat or simply carve out some space for yourself to think, process and get in touch with your higher self. Consider signing out of social media or even leaving your smartphone out of reach—for a whole day if you can. You might pick up a Moleskine notebook and free-write, or let yourself move (literally) through a state of emotional catharsis. Tapping into forgiveness will go a long way, as you release a long-standing resentment or deep psychic wound. Try meditation; conjuring loving thoughts for everyone in your life—especially those who've done you wrong. Your power comes from being "the bigger person," not to have bragging rights or a sense of superiority, but to taste the very liberation of your soul.
Grounding you through this topsy-turvy cosmic landscape is the Sun's presence in Virgo until September 22. You're feeling a greater sense of accomplishment as you tear through tasks and handle what your fiery, freewheeling sign would otherwise consider "boring." (Yes, Aries, that includes a long phone call with the IRS or your insurance company.) Of course, things might not go as smoothly as you'd like, since clever Mercury is retrograde in Virgo from August 30-September 22. In some ways, what might have otherwise seemed like a hassle—like waiting for a coworker to respond to your time-sensitive email—will actually provide a much-needed reprieve. You can't do it ALL—as much as you'd like to believe otherwise. The delays of the fleet-footed messenger planet will keep you sane. With Mercury retrograde here you could become more susceptible to illness, so, when it comes to your health and hygiene, wear your "germophobe" mantle proudly.
On a positive note, for the past 13 months lucky Jupiter has been in Virgo, your health zone, marking its first visit there since 2004. The planet of expansion and good fortune only passes through a sign every 12 years, which means you've just completed the beginning of Aries 2.0. Over the past year, you've realized that the devil is indeed in the details, and you're much more equipped to handle all the minutiae that grounds you: making your bed every morning, flossing your teeth, or getting your daily cardio in. By now you've adopted better health practices, like committing to morning meditations and movement each day. In the realm of productivity, Excel spreadsheets and budgeting apps might have become your new best friends. Any other time, this hyper-attention to the practical aspects of your life may have seemed like a buzzkill—but this last year taught you that sweating the small stuff expands your horizons. Of course, Jupiter in Virgo could also have amplified some of your anxious tendencies. Hopefully you learned that analysis paralysis doesn't serve you—or anyone else. After Jupiter's tour through this multitasking zone, you've learned the difference between being meticulous…and being neurotic.
Another bonus: Jupiter in Virgo has prepared you for its upcoming transition to Libra, your seventh house of one-on-one relationships, from September 9, 2016 until October 10, 2017. As Jupiter enters Libra for 13 months, you can take your grounded new sensibilities and apply them to your interpersonal connections. As you balance between satisfying your own needs and being a vibrant partner, remember that uniting with another person, in business or pleasure, creates a third entity—the relationship itself. For the next year, Jupiter helps you explore new vistas with a significant other, whether personally, professionally—or both!—and reminds you of the importance of nurturing those connections.
Flip back to September 25, 2004-October 25, 2005, the last time global Jupiter was heating up this cooperative zone, A retrospective look could give you a glimpse of what's to come. Your normally independent and even hard-headed sign will be more prone to letting go of control and figuring out how to compromise. Sure, you might be booted from your "my way or the highway" comfort zone, but the rewards will be worth the emotional effort. You might travel with your S.O., or even make plans for a big move together. Perhaps you'll amicably part ways with someone, since growth-driven Jupiter could reveal that you've evolved in different directions. You could entertain an engagement, especially if you feel like the borders of your life expand in this person's company. Solo Rams could meet someone from another culture or background—or even an intriguing soulmate who lives far away. The frequent flier miles might start racking up as you cross far-flung shores to spend time together and see where this goes. Whatever the development, one thing is for sure: your alliances are bound to be your next grand adventure!
This couple-centric energy accelerates when the Sun moves into Libra on September 22, helping you shine in all partnership matters for the next months. Your dynamic duos are in the spotlight on September 26, when the Sun forms a powerful conjunction with lucky Jupiter, an aspect that only happens once a year. If a partnership shows up, it's likely to be a highly auspicious one. Take the leap and say yes!
Also on September 26, transformational Pluto ends its five-month retrograde in Capricorn, your tenth house of career and professional achievement. Since April, you might have been locked in an epic battle of the wills with a boss or VIP client. You may have struggled to assert your will, especially in the workplace. Or, maybe you put out more than a few fires with gasoline. But the air of crisis is over now, giving you the green light to own your power. Revving up your ambitions, go-getter Mars joins Pluto in Capricorn from September 27-November 8. The planet of action has been in Sagittarius, your adventurous and inspirational ninth house, since August 2. Now, your professional plate fills up fast, thanks to charismatic Mars putting you in high demand. No rest for the motivated, Aries!
The month closes with an uplifting new moon in Libra on September 30, helping you kick a key partnership into high gear. Since new moons unfold over six-month periods, you might make a relationship official, maybe even signing a contract together. If Mercury retrograde slowed your roll, use these last few days of September to make up for lost time. Move forward decisively—or give someone a clear no—then let the collaborative vibes begin!
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