The tides are turning in a big way, Gemini. September is a pivotal month for every sign, but you'll feel the energy shift intently. The horoscope headlines include TWO eclipses and lucky Jupiter making an annual sign change, from Virgo, your cozy fourth house, to Libra, your fifth house of fame and passion. Your ruling planet Mercury is retrograde until September 22. There are also two page-turning new moons this month that will shake up the status quo. With all this cosmic action you're hardly going to be passing the time watching your gel manicure dry.
But amidst all the mayhem, the month kicks off at a slower pace with the Sun in Virgo, your domestic fourth house, until September 22. While the back-to-school bustle may be in full swing, you're craving quality time at Chez Gemini over home-cooked marinara sauce made with end of season tomatoes and cozy nights in with friends. Communicator Mercury is retrograde (backward) in this homey zone of your chart from August 30-September 22, which could put your focus on personal matters even more. Mercury retrograde can wreak havoc on technology, interpersonal matters and travel. Tension could flare with a roommate, female friend or relative. If you're moving or selling/buying a home, things could get confusing. Your own moods could be subject to change without notice—and not just because you're a Gemini! But keep in mind these hitches are often blessings in disguise; they help us press pause and take time to reflect and reassess.
Don't sink too far into that velvet loveseat, Gemini. The change-making eclipses this month will keep you on your toes. Eclipses arrive four to six times a year to shake up business as usual and force us to make decisions. For a sign like yours that loves to endlessly deliberate over options, the eclipses push you to commit. September's eclipses fall on the Virgo/Pisces axis, affecting your domstic fourth house and your career-driven tenth house. Work-life balance is the theme, and yours is getting reshuffled. These are part of the same eclipse series that began in March 2015 and will run until February 2017. These eclipses reshuffle how you achieve your goals, how you relate to friends and relatives, and how you balance head and heart.
The first eclipse occurs on September 1—a solar (new moon) eclipse in Virgo—helping you start a fresh chapter on the home front. You could make plans to move or to renovate your house. You may also start to address/deal with your family differently, no longer letting their beliefs and rules determine how you live your life. Your mother or a female relative could play a big role in eclipse events. You might also set an intention to get more in touch with your feelings—maybe you start a journal, listen to a guided meditation or carve out time for Dead Sea salt baths once a week. Find creative ways to commune with your emotions during this quiet, reflective period.
Caveat: Be patient, as the eclipse forms a tense square to structured Saturn in Sagittarius, your seventh house of one-on-one relationships. As you figure out what you need to feel more rooted, a business or romantic partnership might go through some growing pains. Give yourself (and this union) room to adjust to these cosmic shifts. Pessimistic Saturn might grab its megaphone and shout, "It'll never work!" But know that's just not true, Gemini. Focus on feeling emotionally secure instead of scrambling to accommodate another person.
Structured Saturn is making other waves, too. All month, structured Saturn is forming a second square with dreamy Neptune in Pisces, your professional tenth house—a standoff that peaks on September 10. This is actually the second of two Saturn-Neptune squares this year, the first of which occurred on June 17. You might have struggled with confusion or uncertainty in your long-term career or romantic plans, as a key relationship hit a serious speed bump or faced some other curveball.
The tricky thing with this alignment is that these planets are polar opposites—Saturn craves parameters and definition, while Neptune dissolves definition and boundaries. This alignment requires a moment of Zen as the facts reveal themselves. You have to strike a balance between when to take concrete steps (Saturn) and when to let it ride (Neptune). Warning: too much of either is a recipe for unhappiness. You could have issues reaching an agreement on how to move forward with a partner. Or maybe the future is suddenly hazy—like, what will that five-year plan even look like? All month long, you might have a hard time playing well with others: maybe you and a boss or VIP client aren't on the same page, or the demands of your job are threatening your relationship. Easy does it, Gemini.
The second eclipse—a Pisces lunar (full moon) eclipse—falls on September 16, lighting up your tenth house of career and achievement. This eclipse is a huge turning point in your professional life, as seeds you planted at the March 8 solar (new moon) eclipse now come to full fruition. Translation? You could score a major coup, like selling a project (perhaps a creative one) you've been toiling away on, or getting hired at a new, more prestigious job. You might also get a financial reward, like a promotion or a bump in your salary. Or, maybe you'll realize that your current role isn't satisfying—and change your career track in a rather dramatic fashion.
The Pisces lunar eclipse helps you see where (and how) you can be more of an authority in your life. Maybe you've been following the script of your father or an inherited family expectation, and your realize that it's time to individuate. Issues with men could come to a head during this phase, as this lunar eclipse helps you realize that only YOU can sanction your choices and long-term goals. One Gemini we know realized recently that her entire advertising career was an effort to please her dad, when, in reality, she's a free-spirited artist at heart. A planetary transit through Pisces always brings a healthy dose of spirituality and fate, so you might find yourself in awe of the ways the universe conspires to make this big transition for you. If the eclipse-inspired change feels jarring at first, remind yourself to have faith. The cosmos wouldn't lead you down a path you can't utterly #slay.
Another watershed moment arrives September 9, when Jupiter ends a 13-month stint in Virgo, your cozy and domestic fourth house, where it's been hunkered down since August 11, 2015. Time to kiss that overly emo funk goodbye. For the last year, you've been feeling it ALL—and not without some good ugly cries and overly sensitive periods. Jupiter's tenure taught you the value of getting in touch with your most genuine feelings, bringing out a softer side of Gemini. You might have bonded with family in new ways, expanded your family, moved or infused your lifestyle with more "yin" activities (e.g., restorative yoga, meditation practice, home-cooked meals). You needed this time to get in touch with yourself at the most foundational levels. Your relationship with your mother, a child or an important female figure may have evolved significantly. But enough with the tissues and touchy-feely moments already. Jupiter is moving on, not to return here for another 12 years. The next chapter is all about (drumroll): love!
From September 9, 2016 until October 10, 2017. expansive Jupiter will visit Libra and your fifth house of romance, glamour self-expression and play. Toss aside grandma's monogrammed hankies (which, truthfully, you probably needed) and trade 'em in for a pair of sparkly wedges and a sleek dress with cutouts. Whatever your flavor, it's time to pursue the glimmering spotlight and have some well-deserved fun! After an internal and reflective year, the time has come to find your groove. Page back in your calendar and look to September 25, 2004-October 25, 2005, the last time that fortuitous Libra was in this lusty, live-out-loud zone of your chart. From now until next October, you are kicking up your pumice-stoned heels and getting out and about. You might have a fling…or five. You could have first dates that end up swallowing your whole weekend because you're so smitten (at least for the moment). Bonus points for a vacation or cross-cultural fling, since Jupiter rules travel. Since the fifth house rules fertility, some Geminis could get pregnant or get serious about starting a family. Or, if "parent" is not a role you foresee, you might give metaphorical birth to a creative project or even new incarnation of yourself. With horizon-broadening Jupiter working for you, the possibilities (especially the sultry ones) are endless.
This passionate, full-throttle vibe kicks in even more on September 22, when the Sun enters Libra for four weeks. During this period, you could be grabbing the mic at your local karaoke place, spending long hours on a DIY or art project, or indulging in laughter and letting loose with your friends. Romance certainly figures into the equation—especially on September 26, when the Sun makes a rare conjunction to auspicious Jupiter in Libra. Let your hair down and wear your heart on your sleeve. Speak honestly and take a chance on your passions.
Also on September 26, powerful Pluto turns direct (forward) in Capricorn, your eighth house of intimacy and shared resources. With the planet of transformation doing backstrokes for the last five months, you might have come down with an acute case of the emerald-eyed monster. Your jealousy, suspicion and possessiveness might have impeded your ability to be close to your honey (or even a business partner). Did you forget that ALL relationships are choices? That means it's not cool to manipulate or strongarm someone into being with you. If you've been through a breakup or divorce, the asset division probably wasn't easy during this period, either. Now with Pluto moving forward in direct motion, you're able to come to more amicable solutions that serve everyone. Keep your intentions positive, Gemini, and you can't fail.
Boosting Pluto's power, motivational Mars will also be in Capricorn from September 27-November 18. This period is sexy, powerful and (hopefully) lucrative. Large sums of money could be yours for the taking, so put some energy into earning that bonus, commission or passive income. This period could also come with a dose of intensity. Mars is willful and determined, and when it comes to love and money, so are you. Watch low-vibe behavior, like possessiveness and ruthlessness.
The month closes with a September 30 new moon in Libra, which brings a fresh start to your romantic and creative life. Set an intention to express yourself fully, whether with a lover or on the canvas, Snapchat or some other medium. As Pablo Picasso said, "Painting is just another way of keeping a diary." Capture your thoughts, ideas and feelings in the medium of your choice.