Brace yourself, Leo: September is major. With two game-changing eclipses this month and lucky Jupiter is making its annual sign change from Virgo to Libra, the stars have some plot twists in store. Meanwhile, the Sun is moving through Virgo, your second house of work, money and stability, until September 22, putting security issues front and center. For the first three weeks of the month, you're making strides to boost your self-worth AND your net worth, perhaps asking for a raise or promotion, or by refining your budget. Expansive Jupiter is also in Virgo until September 9, which could kick off back-to-school season with a lovely income boost. Remember: risk yields reward, Leo.
Unfortunately, we have to deal with communication planet Mercury, which is retrograde in Virgo until September 22, the same time the Sun is her. Since Mercury retrograde can foil technology, communication and travel, there could be a few hiccups with everything from your budget to your client meetings to your commute. Retrogrades are better periods for refining and editing, and can be tricky for launching anything major. Spend time reflecting on your finances and daily routines, instead of implementing new habits for the time being. As usual, Mercury's backspin can slow down progress, but these delays actually give you room to catch your breath. Given all that's happening in the stars, you might be grateful for that!
September will feature two potent eclipses, which are part of the series that falls on the Virgo/Pisces axis from March 2015-February 2017, revolutionizing your approach to finances and the sharing of energy overall. Virgo rules your second house of earned income, while Pisces rules your eighth house of long-term wealth, joint resources and intimacy, revolutionizing the way you spend, save and earn. During this period all money matters are highlighted: investments, real estate deals, inheritances and passive income. You're learning when to roll up your sleeves and work hard and when to conserve your resources or join forces with others. Working smarter, not harder, has been a big lesson! Blending your energy emotionally, sexually and spiritually has also been a big part of these eclipse teachings.
The month opens with a page-turning solar (new moon) eclipse in Virgo on September 1, ushering in a fresh chapter in your financial life. Solar eclipses push us into bold new frontiers and next-level opportunities—maybe even ones we didn't realize we deserved or were ready for. An exciting job offer or money-making opportunity could arrive out of the blue. You could proactively ask for a raise or send out resumes for a job that's more in line with your long-term goals. This is a continuation of the Virgo solar eclipse from September 13, 2015, so themes from then might recur.
As rosy as your prospects seem, the solar eclipse is forming a tense square to stern Saturn in Sagittarius, your fifth house of self-expression, potentially causing some angst. As much as you want to put your stake in the ground—and possibly stand up for yourself at work—the best course of action is to choose your battles. If you find yourself in a momentary skirmish, check your ego, Leo. Watch out for certain triggers, like when you're super offended by someone else's ideas that don't jive with yours. Remember: To each their own. You don't have to sell out on your artistic integrity, especially when it comes to your values and needs, but heed basic common sense. You might feel torn between a creative project and your day job, for example. There IS valor in paying your bills…how else are you going to save for that epic trip to Mykonos or the Maldives? Maybe a lucrative work opportunity materializes, but it doesn't quite have the glam factor you were seeking. Passion…or a paycheck? Don't get hung up on needing to have it all right away, Leo—patience is indeed a virtue. And so is paying the bills for that matter!
Responsibility is a running theme this month, as boundary-hound Saturn will be snared in a second tricky square with hazy Neptune in Pisces, your eighth house of intimacy, joint ventures and merging. Their alignment reaches its apex on September 10, marking the second of two Saturn-Neptune squares in 2016 (the first was on June 17), and the tension will be felt all month long. These two planets are polar opposites—Saturn likes structure and definition, while Neptune is all about dissolving boundaries and having faith in the unseen. You could have a hard time finding the balance between control and totally letting loose. Before you go and post an over-the-top social media update about your love life, for example, think carefully. Overall, it could be beneficial to maintain some of your privacy. Reason being, you're in the midst of an intensely spiritual transformation, with mystical Neptune at play. Though you don't quite know how this story will end just yet, the mystery continues to provide intrigue. You could easily manifest a large financial windfall during this cycle, too. But the biggest obstacle of all is your own mind. Watch out for harsh Saturn's pessimism that says you have to see it to believe it.
On September 16, the second eclipse—a Pisces lunar (full moon) eclipse—brings this power-packed spiritual energy full circle. It's the culmination of seeds planted at the March 8 Pisces solar eclipse, so think back to then to see what could transpire now. The developments around this full moon are likely to be intense! You could fall down the sensual rabbit hole with your SO or a romantic prospect. Or, an outpouring of feelings you didn't even realize were in your vocabulary could also happen. Hello, volcanic eruption! Since this is the domain of joint ventures and long-term finances, you could also close a lucrative deal, or get backing from a heavy-hitter, possibly around an artistic venture. Since Pisces rules the imagination, stay in an abundance-attracting mindset and you'll be swimming in miracles before you know it.
Regarding money matters you've come a long way, thanks to lucky Jupiter's tenure in Virgo, your second house of earned income, a period that began August 11, 2015. September 9 brings Jupiter's changing of the guard, however, as the planet of good fortune enters Libra, your third house of ideas and communication, where it will stay until October 10, 2017. You've worked hard, created some security and established yourself in your field. When it comes to getting the job done you're a force to be reckoned with. You may have outgrown one career path, gone freelance or reinvented yourself for greater income, happiness—or hopefully both!
Now, as Jupiter bursts into Libra and your communication house for 13 months, it's time to take things one-step further. Start marketing and promoting your skills by spreading the word on social media and by word of mouth in your communities. It won't take much for word of your talents to spread like wildfire! Jupiter was last here from September 25, 2004-October 25, 2005, so flip back in your calendar for a preview of the coming attractions.
After a year of diligence and focus, it's time to add some light-hearted play into the mix. You could have fruitful brainstorming sessions or be invited to write and publish your ideas. With Jupiter in this multitasking zone, you could cast many lines into the pond, pitching your proposals to a wide range of people far out of your usual sphere. You might even organize (or attend) a stimulating retreat or workshop, since worldly Jupiter rules travel. You could also pick up a new hobby or learn to speak a foreign language.
You have a curious, hungry mind, so open yourself to new ideas, stories and news sources—feeding yourself with fresh narratives will only sharpen your intellectual prowess. Plus, since you'll be making the rounds at industry events and social gatherings alike, you'll need lots of conversational fodder. Since the third house rules local action, you could ensconce yourself in your neighborhood, maybe running for a local government or school board seat. Or, maybe you'll just get to know your neighbors better and go on joint dog walks or jogs together. Being connected in your 'hood can open all kinds of exciting pathways, so go for it Leo! Don't love where you live? Adventurous Jupiter invites you to pull up the stakes and try out a new town or district. Hint: You may want to rent rather than buy. In October 2017, Jupiter will start a prosperous 13-month cycle for real estate, so explore your options until then!
The social whirlwind sweeps you up for real after September 22. The Sun enters Libra for a month and the buzz really starts to kick in. Synergies are also favored under this starmap, so be on the look out for a kindred spirit…or ten. Collaborate with some like-minded people around a community or media project, a local cause or an event that brings people together around a hot topic. How about a poetry slam or a school supply bank for underprivileged kids that doubles as a voter registration drive? On September 26, the Sun and optimistic Jupiter are conjunct, making this an excellent day for conversations—online and IRL—that have thrilling, far-reaching impact. Be bold, honest and creative. In other words: Be yourself!
Par for September's busy course, this month ends with even more ch-ch-changes. On September 26, transformational Pluto ends a five-month retrograde in Capricorn, your sixth house of health and wellness. If a nagging old habit crept back in since April, you can now get back to your centered, vitality-boosting ways. Giving yourself good sustenance—eating clean, exercising regularly and meditating—will have a profound effect on your mind-body-spirit.
The next day (September 27), energetic Mars shifts gears and joins Pluto into Capricorn, motivating you even more on the fitness front until November 8. You could join a gym or set an ambitious exercise goal, like say, running a marathon. With can-do Mars in the mix, you crave a challenge, whether that's nixing sugar or lowering your blood pressure through a nutrient-rich diet. This is a good time to schedule check-ups and make sure you're healthy, too. Since Mars can often bring stress, you might need to take extra care to guard against viruses and flus. The sixth house also rules help and support, so you might have friction with an assistant or be driven to overhaul your systems to keep life running more smoothly. On that front, Vishen Lakihani's Code of the Extraordinary Mind offers some great lifehacks for functioning at your peak.
The month ends with a powerful new moon in Libra on September 30, a five-star day to initiate an important conversation, launch a writing or teaching project, or sell one of your grand concepts. People are eager to soak up your unparalleled intelligence and creativity, Leo, so reception will likely be good. Seeds planted today will blossom over the next six months, so make a move now. Your silver tongue can persuade anyone.
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