September 2022 Monthly Horoscope

Back to school…or back to something else? Whatever it is, the direction is a definitive U-turn for your September 2022 monthly horoscope as SIX planets will be retrograde by the second weekend. 

Five of them are the slow-moving outer planetsJupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. In all fairness, they spent one-third to half of the year in this reflective position, which doesn’t necessarily mess with the day-to-day machinations of our lives. If anything, outer planet retrogrades are a chance to recalibrate and course correct. We could all use that sometimes.

The fall 2022 Mercury retrograde enters the chat

The tricky one is Mercury, the planet of communication, technology and travel, who turns retrograde from September 9 until October 2. When Mercury is retrograde three or four times each year, all of these areas can go haywire. Make sure to proactively back up your data and devices ahead of this time so you don’t lose important information. 

The first two weeks of Mercury’s backspin will be in Libra, which can disrupt the harmony of relationships or even bring an ex back into the picture. Did you sign a bad contract or are you considering inking a new one? Mercury retrograde in Libra is a time to negotiate (or renegotiate). On a personal level, peacemaker Libra can help you settle a longstanding conflict. Maybe you just need to be the first one to say “I’m sorry?”

On September 23, Mercury will back into Virgo for the duration of its retrograde. Weirdly enough, Mercury is retrograde in Libra during Virgo season…then retrograde in Virgo during Libra season (which starts on September 22). If everyone on the planet, including you, is a persnickety pain in the butt, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

The other planet retrogrades shaping your September 2022 monthly horoscope

Let’s talk about those other retrogrades, even if they’re not as sensational. Jupiter is backing through solo-star Aries, telling us to slow down and be better team players. Saturn’s retrograde in Aquarius, the the sign of teamwork and society, pushing for improved boundaries with friends and colleagues during back to school time. 

Uranus just did an about-face in Taurus on August 24, which could bring more economic stability (hold off on those NFTs maybe?). Meanwhile, Neptune is backstroking through the Pisces oceans and disrupting our dreams with harsh reality checks. 

Last on the roll call is calculating Pluto, who’s retrograde in Capricorn and stirring up power struggles or making leadership go AWOL so we’re forced to find the voice of authority within ourselves. Back to school season has lots of lessons, kids.

Mars begins an extended stay in Gemini

The other big news for your September 2022 monthly horoscope is that Mars, the planet of drive and action, is making an extended visit to Gemini, beginning August 20, 2022, until March 25, 2023. Typically Mars stays in each sign for six to eight weeks. But due a retrograde (yep) starting on October 30, we get the red planet in this wordy, heady sign for seven months. Start downloading podcasts and sharpening your wits. 

In intellectual Gemini, Mars doesn’t tolerate voluntary ignorance. That said, you can (and should) deliver your brilliant ideas in an original package. For your September 2022 horoscope, cleverness is a commodity! Just go the extra mile to be tactful while truthful, since Mercury retrograde could also leave you feeling wildly misunderstood.

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Round out your reading about your September 2022 monthly horoscope with a deep dive into some of the topics discussed above:

Saturn in Aquarius

Uranus in Taurus

Mars in Gemini

Fall 2022 Mercury retrograde

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