09-26-2016 to 10-02-2016
Life force energy check: Are you feeling like your sunny, vibrant self...or have you been burning the candle at both ends? This Monday, September 26 the life-giving Sun syncs up with robust Jupiter in your healthy living zone, making wellness a priority for the week. Fuel your body with clean, green nourishment, crowding out the sugary and processed foods that just zap you. Make movement a must in your busy schedule: How about plugging in three fitness classes BEFORE you book up all the whitespace in your calendar? The Sun and Jupiter both ignite the power of playfulness, so don't go drill sergeant on yourself here, Taurus. Download recipe apps for healthy meal inspo and if you'd rather do a twerking workshop (never too late for such skills...) than grueling boot camp, pop and lock to your heart's content.
Stretch your wingspan this week, too! On Monday, September 26 revolutionary Pluto wakes up from a five-month snoozefest in Capricorn and your ninth house of global adventures. Then, on Tuesday, intrepid Mars joins Pluto there until November 8! You find safety in routines and love your nest, but too much time there will cause you to stagnate. It's time to cast a wider net and find new ways to stretch and expand your horizons. Since Mars only visits this part of your chart every other year, these opportunities are probably worth pursuing. Get a meaningful vacation booked, like a yoga retreat or a trip with an educational component. Your mind is hungry for new information! Head to the bookstore or download new titles that you can listen to in audiobook form while you’re on the elliptical machine or driving to work. For entrepreneurial Bulls, the combo of Pluto’s U-turn and Mars in Capricorn can transform last week’s frustration into a challenge to be answered. As your optimism rebounds, be careful not to fall for a prospect that sounds too good to be true. During the five months that Pluto was retrograde, you may have made some inroads into life’s shadow side, and you don’t want to lose those hard-won lessons.
Close to home, cross-cultural connections heat up. Keep your ears perked for intriguing accents. A sexy traveler could keep you warm for at least a few days this fall. Lusty Mars piques your wilder nature now, too. There’s at least a hint of a bacchanalian beneath that buttoned up exterior of yours—and maybe a whole lot more! You won’t have the staunchest boundaries this fall, especially when it comes to eating, drinking, and (ahem) making merry. Keep an eye on your spending and indulging, or you could break the bank or blur some unfortunate lines. Mars affects our ambitions, and this six-week phase makes you more of a gambler and start-up junkie than usual. You’ll love working independently (if not as the CEO of your own firm) as a consultant or freelancer. If you’re a corporate Bull, consider spearheading a new department or company initiative. If nothing else, your can-do spirit will catch the attention of the higher ups and could even bring a bonus, big commission or future promotion. Mars in your tell-it-like-it-is ninth house makes you more candid than usual. Politeness could go out the window...or at least take a backseat to authentic expression. Just beware the “open mouth, insert Chelsea boot” syndrome. Being TOO harsh and direct—pitfalls of Mars’ firepower—could damage the very bonds you’re trying to build.
Ready, set, organize! Friday's new moon in Libra rocks your sixth house of efficiency and healthy routines, inspiring you to bring order to the Taurus court. Downsize. Minimize. Systematize. Less is more—but not at beauty’s expense. This new moon is in aesthetic Libra, after all, so bring an artistic flair to the structures you set up. Don’t just build a bookshelf; style it, too, so that your treasured tomes double as decor. You can apply that same maxim to the mundane tasks that sit before you each day. How can you turn these routines into rituals? Luxuriate with lifehacks. Instead of listening to stressful newscasts on your morning commute, get your fiction fix with an audiobook or even a meditation track if you ride the train instead of driving. Pick a dance-based cardio class for your weekly workouts so that getting to the gym feels more like playtime than hell. Bring a favorite mug and French press to the office so that taking coffee or tea breaks feels like a treat. These small adaptations can go far to reboot your reward centers!
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