Prepare your Oscar acceptance speech, Virgo. September is the most MAJOR month of 2016 for you—and not just because it's your birthday season. Everything you've been working toward for a year is coming together with a beautiful, self-actualizing flourish.
For starters, there are two change-making eclipses in September, one of them in YOUR sign. And lucky Jupiter is also rounding out its 13-month voyage through Virgo, which has given you plenty of reasons to take a deep, well-deserved bow. You've broken through the chrysalis—or you're about to—and it's your time to reap the rewards.
Oh, where to begin? Let's talk about the eclipses, first—moments of radical change and evolution that accompany new and full moons. From March 2015-February 2017, a series of eclipses is falling on the Virgo/Pisces axis, revolutionizing the way you approach your individual expression AND your relationships. Rebalancing "me vs. we" has been a big theme of this cycle, which only happens every nine years. These eclipses have catalyzed explosive growth around partnerships and fueled your willingness to play a starring role in your life. Meantime, expansive and outspoken Jupiter has been in Virgo since August 11, 2015, and it will round out its tour on September 9. Shy, reserved and introverted? Not you, Virgo! Like your signmate Beyonce, you've been serving up the "lemonade"—and your audience has eagerly lapped up the tasty truth serum spiking your cosmic custom cocktail.
On September 1, a Virgo solar (new moon) eclipse puts the spotlight directly on you. This is like a supercharged new year which could catapult you into new heights of assertiveness, fame and leadership. The people want what you're offering, so go connect with your tribe. You could debut a radically different new style or just start sharing about a big idea. If a part of your life has expired, get ready to leave it firmly in the rearview. Onward and upward! Look back to September 13, 2015—the first Virgo solar eclipse in this series. You may see themes from a year ago circle back now. Perhaps you took the first bold steps to revamp your image, launch a passion project or speak up for yourself. This eclipse will push you further out into the public eye…ready or not!
That said, you need to be as polished and prepared as possible. This eclipse will form a tense square to structured Saturn. Shooting from the hip could make you seem amateurish—so better to unroll things slowly than to do anything in a half-ass way. You want to succeed at your dreams, but you also don't want them to overtake your entire life. Or, you need to set firm boundaries with needy friends and family so you can truly focus on seizing this important moment. It could be hard to juggle work-life balance near the eclipse. This is all the more important because Saturn is locked into another tense square all month with foggy Neptune, which comes to a head on September 10. It's time to cut those codependent ties and stop sacrificing your needs for everyone else. This is YOUR time, Virgo—so embrace it!
The month's second eclipse, on September 16, falls in Pisces and your seventh house of partnerships. Is it time to make it official? A business or romantic connection could skyrocket to the next level of commitment…or perhaps come to an abrupt ending. This is the third Pisces eclipse in this series, but the first one to accompany a full moon. Look back to March 20, 2015 and March 8, 2016—the two Pisces solar eclipses that planted the seeds for today. You've learned so much about how to deal with people and what you want from a relationship. Now is your chance to apply those hard-won lessons to your own most important connections.
Amidst all of this astro-action, the Sun is in Virgo until September 22, ramping up your confidence even more. The only fly in the ointment is that your ruling planet Mercury is retrograde from August 30-September 22, which could bring delays, technology gaffes and miscommunications galore. Summon your Virgo organizational powers and have a Plan B (and maybe C) in place. During Mercury retrograde, anything that CAN go wrong often will. And with the cosmic trickster reverse-commuting through your sign, you shouldn't leave anything up to chance. (Not that you ever do!)
Let's get back to Jupiter now. For the past 13 months, it's been in Virgo—its first visit since 2004. Expansive Jupiter only passes through your sign once every 12 years, kicking off a whole new decade-plus chapter of your life. If you reflect on 2015 versus 2016, your life could be downright unrecognizable. Are you even the same person you were back in 2014-15? Nope, Virgo, not at all. You went down into your dark night of the soul from July 2014-August 2015, healing your spirit and shedding outmoded parts of your life. Then from August 2015 until now you've been on a whirlwind reinvention tour, filled with exciting adventures, bold risks and grand opportunities.
It's been awesome, but as a Virgo, you're only comfortable driving without a GPS for so long. On September 9, Jupiter will sail into Libra and your grounded second house of work, money and security, staying until October 10, 2017. Take one or two of the grand ideas from your Jupiter in Virgo cycle and hone them into something tangible—and profitable. All of your experimenting will pay off soon enough. You could also be offered a promotion or a steady gig with a stable (and increased) paycheck, if that's what you're craving. In fact, bountiful Jupiter could bring one of your luckiest financial years in over a decade! You may be offered a job with relocation or travel, or make big bucks in publishing, inspirational speaking or sales. Jupiter is the zodiac's gambler, prompting us to take risks and stretch beyond the familiar. With Jupiter in your second house of self-worth, your confidence will also soar to new heights, helping you boldly venture into new terrain. From this healthy, centered place, you'll attract people and opportunities that can fulfill you for the long haul.
Jupiter's new self-affirming energy will really start to gel when the Sun moves into Libra for a month on September 22. And one of the year's brightest moments—especially for work and finances—arrives on September 26, when the Sun and Jupiter meet in a once-a-year conjunction in Libra.
Also on September 26, transformational Pluto ends a five-month retrograde in Capricorn, your passionate and expressive fifth house. Some old control issues around love may have reared up since April. You may have dealt with pregnancy or fertility issues, or perhaps a passion project got mired in "creative differences." With Pluto moving forward, some of these entanglements could clear up. Then, fasten your seatbelt! Go-getter Mars will join Pluto in Capricorn from September 27-November 8, heating up your love life. Prepare to turn some heads without even trying, as charismatic Mars amps up your glamour and magnetism.
The month ends with a Libra new moon on September 30, opening up a new six-month chapter for work, money and daily routines. It's a great day to kick off a fall fitness regimen, apply for jobs or just debut the confident new you. If a launch got sidelined by Mercury retrograde, you can't go wrong rescheduling for these last few days of September. Roll up your sleeves and make it happen!