Scorpio Monthly Horoscope

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September 2016

Changes are afoot, Scorpio. September is a major month for every sign, with TWO tide-turning eclipses and expansive Jupiter making its once-a-year shift into a new zodiac sign. A long chapter of your life will be wrapping up over the next 13 months, as abundant Jupiter moves into Libra and your twelfth house of closure. This is all in preparation for the lucky planet's entry into Scorpio on October 10, 2017, which will kick off a new 12-year life cycle for you. So first, you have to clear the decks and make space for the new.
 
We'll be honest: Hosting Jupiter in your solar twelfth house is not always an easy run. The twelfth house rules closure, forgiveness, surrender…and Scorpios are dyed-in-the-wool experts at holding on. In fairness, we are all control freaks in our own right (it's called the human condition), but expansive Jupiter is here to help you release your grip and go with the flow. Most people fight these tides until they finally realize that struggling is optional. You can, as Astrostyle's resident meditation guru Terri Cole says, "flip over and float."
   
While Jupiter visits Libra through October 10, 2017, you could think of yourself as being on one long spiritual or artist's retreat—a celestial sabbatical of sorts. Obviously you need to keep functioning in the day-to-day world, Scorpio. But if you've ever thought about, say, taking a "gap year" to figure out your path, couch-surf your way through the world or explore Kundalini meditation, then now would be the time. You have a cosmic hall pass to engage in rejuvenating downtime, extra rest (you'll be sleepier than usual) or some deep emotional healing.
 
The twelfth house rules transitions and you may be dealing with a loss, the end of a relationship or a big life change. A lot of your energy will go into processing this, and you may feel disoriented or overwhelmed. You may need to confront a sabotaging person or cut some codependent ties. Expansive Jupiter could also bring a happy shift: you could meet a soulmate, get pregnant (hello, love child) or finally walk away from a soul-draining situation. With Jupiter in this imaginative zone, it can be a banner year for artistic Scorpios. You could be signed for a creative project (e.g., record deal, gallery show or major department store order for your jewelry line). Since Jupiter rules publishing, you might even write your own memoir or try your hand at poetry or historical fiction.
 
As Jupiter departs, take a moment to appreciate how much you've grown in the past year. Since August 11, 2015, Jupiter has been in Virgo and your eleventh house of teamwork and technology. Scorpios by nature don't tend to be "joiners"—you're selective about the company you keep and guard your privacy. But for the past year-plus, you've branched out, becoming more open-minded and independent. Maybe you dove into collaborations, widened your friend circle or became more vocal (both online and in real-time). It's been a fun and free-spirited time, but on September 9, the party winds down as Jupiter moves on to Libra for the next 13-month run.
 
But the Virgo vibes aren't entirely over yet. The Sun is in Virgo and this social sector of your chart until September 22. Complicating matters, communication planet Mercury is also retrograde here until the 22nd, which could make group dynamics a bit dicey. Mercury rules technology, travel and interpersonal relations, and its tricky backspin could bring breakdowns with gadgets, electronic equipment and your normally reliable friendships. At work, you may need to mediate between squabbling factions or clean up chaos in a collaboration.
 
Mercury be damned, the teamwork vibes are still moving full steam ahead. On September 1, a Virgo solar (new moon) eclipse sweeps through this part of your chart, which could bring an exciting opportunity to merge with some like-minded and avant-garde thinkers. With Mercury retrograde, be careful about signing on the dotted line. Read the fine print and weigh the options before making any binding commitments. And if possible, delay making things official until after Mercury goes direct (forward) later this month.
 
This is the first of the month's two eclipses—and part of a larger eclipse series falling on the Virgo/Pisces axis from 2015-17. During this two-year window, you're learning the right balance between drama and detachment, love and friendship. When do you engage fully and when do you take an objective step back? That's the message of these eclipses.
 
The solar eclipse will also form a tense square to rigid Saturn in Sagittarius, your second house of work, money and self-worth. You may need to stand up for yourself, perhaps raising your voice AND your rates with clients. If you're trying to keep up with the Joneses—while piling financial stress on yourself—wave the white flag. You need to honor the limits of your budget and goals. If others want to go in a different direction, you don't have to be the one bankrolling it.
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This tension can be felt all month, as Saturn will travel in a tight square to hazy Neptune in Pisces and your fifth house of pleasure, play and romance. On September 10, this Saturn-Neptune square comes to a head. It's the second time this year these two planets lock horns, so trace back to June for clues of the conflict that's resurfacing. Your self-esteem issues could derail a budding relationship, or you might have a hard time balancing work and play. One part of you wants to escape into a fun-filled fantasy world, but Saturn is cracking the whip, reminding you that your time, energy and funds are needed elsewhere too. A creative project could feel stifled by too many people trying to "monetize" or shoehorn it into some kind of marketing plan.
 
The drama could reach full-tilt on September 16, when a Pisces lunar (full moon) eclipse sweeps through your fifth house of love, self-expression and fertility. A sudden change in your love life, an unexpected pregnancy, or a moment of sudden fame could arrive. This is the culmination of events sparked by the March 8 Pisces solar (new moon) eclipse, so anything that began then could come full-circle now. In our experience, lunar eclipses can be more abrupt than solar ones, so expect the unexpected. Get ready for a glamorous moment in the spotlight, Scorpio, or for an epic night of passion. Caution: Emotions could get heated. Feelings will be running high and it will be impossible to bite your tongue. Anything your secretive sign has hidden could come rushing out unfiltered. Well, at least it's out in the open, Scorpio.
 
Need a break? Jupiter's restful vibes kick in on September 22, when the Sun shifts into Libra and your twelfth house of closure. The Sun and Jupiter will be conjunct here on September 26, a major day for healing, closure and escape. Jupiter rules travel, personal growth and study. Perhaps you'll sign up for a meditation workshop, head off on a yoga retreat (are the beaches of Bali or Thailand calling?) or have a major spiritual epiphany. If you've ever wanted to try hypnotherapy or make contact with a departed loved one, the psychic vibes of this day are extremely high. Many Scorpios are already "dialed in" to the mystical realm. Jupiter's presence over the next year could enhance your powers. The Libra new moon on September 30 can also herald an important watershed moment of closure, inner peace and acceptance.
 
Exciting news could sweep in as the month ends. On September 26, your celestial ruler Pluto ends a five-month retrograde backspin through Capricorn and your third house of communication. If you've had tense dynamics with a colleague, friend or sibling, these power struggles will start to clear up. You may have been obsessing over a specific situation with Pluto retrograde, unable to stop micromanaging and trying to control the outcome. With Pluto resuming direct (forward) motion, your dialogue will be far more productive.
 
From September 27-November 8, intense Mars (your minor ruler) will join Pluto in Capricorn, heating up dialogues and bringing exciting opportunities to collaborate with a kindred spirit or complementary soul. You're not one to mince words, Scorpio, but with assertive Mars here, it's time to spell out what you want, in no uncertain terms. Things can get stressful under Mars' spell, so avoid multitasking and don't get caught up in frivolous arguments. Be honest and upfront with everyone to spare yourself the drama.

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