Your September Horoscope Is Here

Read on to find out what the stars have in store for your sign this month.

September Horoscope
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The month begins with the final full moon of summer — what do you want to keep with you from this season? What do you wish to hold up and celebrate? This year, silver linings have been few and far between, but the reflective, empathetic full moon in Pisces on the 2nd will nevertheless illuminate what there is to shine.

As the month unfolds, we’re granted slight reprieves in the form of two major planetary retrogrades coming to an end. Jupiter and Saturn began their backspins within days of each other back in May, and now they’ll direct course on the 12th and 29th, respectively. Make time this month to reflect on your values as well as how your relationship with work has changed in the last four months. You may have faced a crisis of faith or encountered a major roadblock on the way toward success, but these were more than mere moments of frustration — it’s likely you learned an enduring lesson from the setbacks you recently encountered. Bring that new knowledge to light and apply it to your future plans.

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Aries (March 21 – April 19)

The full moon on the 2nd would like you to quiet things down, Aries, and take a long look within. In an uncharacteristic move for your boisterous sign, you may be more than happy to spend the evening alone, clearing your mind. This moment of R&R couldn’t be better timed, because your ruling planet, Mars, will go retrograde in your very own sign the following week. There’s nothing you hate more than being told to wait, fiery Ram, but that’s exactly what you’ll be asked to do while the red planet is in the midst of its backspin. Charging blindly ahead — in love, at work, or toward your most personal goals — is a very bad idea right now. Instead, you’re better off recalling the message of the moon and seeking comfort in the present moment.

The new moon on the 17th will help you take full advantage of this (albeit involuntary) slowdown by turning your focus toward the efficacy of your routines. Is it time to overhaul your meal prep strategy? Would you benefit from moving up your bedtime? You’re usually on the move, Aries, and that often means the less exciting, more logistical aspects of your life get pushed to the side. But, as dull as fine-tuning your everyday schedule may seem, your well-being hinges upon it. Think of it as a challenge for you to attack.

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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Virgo season always finds you in a good mood, Taurus, directly emulating the peaceful Bull that represents your sign. This is a wonderful time of year to embrace your creature comforts and see what you can create as a result. After all, your routine-oriented sign tends to thrive when things are just as they should be — so how will you take advantage of this time of ease? Is a creative project calling your name? Is there someone asking for your guidance or mentorship? Is there a spark to reignite in your relationship? As lovely as it sounds to simply let the good times roll, you wouldn’t be an industrious earth sign if you didn’t channel some of this positive energy into productive endeavors.

Speaking of sparks, your most meaningful relationships will get a boost toward the end of the month, when chatty Mercury moves into your house of partnerships and unions. Conversations will crackle and debates will be friendly. You’ll be eager to hear and learn from your dearest loved ones — and there is much to hear and learn right now. Simply reach out and ask what’s been on their minds.

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Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Prepare to turn things up to 11, Gemini. Your ruling planet, Mercury, will coast through fellow air sign Libra from the 5th to the 27th, setting your naturally charismatic mind ablaze along the way. This period was made for the kind of conversations you live for: rapid-fire, witty, off-the-cuff, and never totally serious. The downside of this transit is that you may feel slightly scatterbrained — ideas that spring fully formed from the ether will dissipate just as quickly, inspiring you to change subjects on a dime and tune out if anyone resists your out-of-the-box suggestions.

The Libran energy will intensify when the sun moves into the sign of the Scales on the 22nd and stays there for the next month. Continue to chase that cutting-edge feeling, Gemini — this solar season will inspire you to innovate and create. There will be a newfound sense of pleasure in all that you do and the things that explicitly do not please you will mysteriously disappear from your to-do list. Do allow for playtime and free-flowing expression, Gem, but don’t neglect your duties. The new moon on the 17th, arriving days before this golden season, will be a stern reminder of all that needs to be done at home.

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Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Symbolized by the hard-shelled Crab, your sign is often described as guarded, if not downright cagey, and far more likely to stay home than explore the unfamiliar. While many Cancers work to defy this reputation, most will jump at the chance to retreat to their hidey-holes this month. Specifically, you will find immense comfort in your memories, even though ones of pain or chaos are just as likely to surface as ones of rose-tinted nostalgia. Reminisce as you wish and keep a journal handy to record anything that strikes you. Opening the vaults of your past may lead to self-discovery and even inspire you to reconnect with someone you once considered out of reach.

Matters of the heart and hearth will continue to demand your attention when the sun moves into Libra on the 22nd. Someone in your innermost circle is doing you proud — or rankling your nerves. Important conversations, if not confrontations, with family are likely to occur now, which should allow for stronger bonds going forward, but be careful not to bring up long-held resentments when airing current concerns, Cancer. This is your chance to set the tone for how you and your loved ones handle (and, ideally, avoid) drama.

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Leo (July 23 - August 22)

Your roar can sound quite lovely when you want it to, Leo — how do you wish to use it to your advantage? Venus moves into your sign on the 6th and turns your charm way, way up for the rest of the month. Everywhere you go, there seems to be a pair of open ears ready to hear what you have to say — and perhaps even a pair of open arms to go along with it. Wield your appeal with care, dear Lion. Before you charm yourself into a situation that’s well over your head, ask yourself: Are you going after something because you truly want it, or just because you know you can get it?

As we mentioned last month, Virgo season always finds you with money on your mind. The Virgo new moon on the 17th, occurring in the final days of this practical earth sign’s solar season, will present you with a grave question that you may have been avoiding: How can you be more realistic with your finances? You’re not necessarily reckless with your money, but you may have been a little lax with your spending recently. Luckily, it’s never too late to start saving — and this new moon will reward you for it handsomely.

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Virgo (August 23 - September 22)

Enjoy the second half of your birthday season, Virgo, and resist the urge to look ahead — Libra season, with its emphasis on resource-saving and material needs, will arrive on the 22nd and it’ll feel all too soon. Last month, we encouraged you to seize any opportunities that come your way. While the sun is still in your sign, you have the chance to back up your talk with some seriously impressive walk. Focus on projects and goals that lend themselves to your natural strengths, and opt to work independently whenever possible. Your drive and approach might not match everyone else’s speed right now, but they’ll have no other choice but to admire your handiwork when you demonstrate the full breadth of your talents.

The new moon on the 17th will occur in your sign and afford you a proper send-off for your birthday season. What did the last month teach and bring to you? What did you gain from being completely in your element? When did you feel most yourself? Consider these questions, then reflect on how you might be able to carry the answers with you into the future. Because, dear Virgo, there’s so much more you can accomplish if you can simply feel at home with yourself all the time, birthday season or not.

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Libra (September 22 - October 23)

Mars retrograde begins on the 9th with its sights set squarely on something you hold incredibly dear, Libra: your relationships. Not only should you brace for increased superficial conflicts with your loved ones, but you ought to be prepared for deeper issues to come to the surface, as well. Integral differences could come to light while you’re hashing out smaller matters with your significant other: Perhaps you two have been working toward different romantic milestones all this time or maybe one of you has failed to notice the other’s mounting discontent. Whatever you discover, keep in mind that simply realizing you’re out of step with your partner isn’t cause to end things altogether. In fact, the eternal challenge of Mars retrograde is to confront your problems and develop a strategy to solve them. It will undoubtedly take time, but the only way forward is through it, Libra.

On a much lighter topic, your birthday season kicks off on the 22nd when the sun settles into your sign for the next month. Retrograde aside, you’ll feel a little more yourself — and, in turn, much more capable of finessing any romantic rough patches that come your way.

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Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)

Prepare to be noticed, Scorpio. You’re going to garner some serious attention at work this month, and it’s just as likely to come from higher-ups looking to know more about you as it is to come from coworkers who are just heartened to have you alongside them in the trenches. In other words, your presence is (finally) being received as the present that it is — and opportunities of all stripes could come as a result of this sudden recognition. Think twice before you turn down any networking invitations or impromptu requests to “pick your brain.” You might leave these outings with a new friend — or even a lead on a promotion.

Messenger planet Mercury will move into your sign on the 27th and help you find the words you’ve been searching for, Scorp. Your normally reticent tendencies may fall away in favor of a more direct, plainspoken approach. Whether you’ve been angling for a raise, drafting comebacks to your critics, or wondering how to broach a personal subject, sometimes the best thing you can do is say what’s on your mind, free from strategy and without a care for your listener’s possible ulterior motives. Not every conversation is a battlefield — some can be as simple as a game of catch.

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Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

Mars retrograde begins on the 9th in your fellow fire sign, Aries, and you’re in a unique position to make it through this trying period with relatively few headaches — as long as you embrace your playful side and proceed with patience, Sagittarius. It’s unlikely that you’ll get things right on the first try right now. Instead, you may need to attack a project from several angles before it’s complete. Luckily, you’ll learn something valuable with every new attempt, satisfying your sign’s insatiable curiosity. Your willingness to experiment and deviate from the beaten path will be your greatest strengths while the red planet is retrograde, Sag. There are no bad ideas in brainstorming.

Your ruling planet, mighty Jupiter, ends its retrograde on the 12th. As it directs course, reevaluate what’s happened with your finances since May, when the backspin kicked off. Has your approach to saving and investing changed? Did you catch a suspicious charge on one of your accounts? Look back on the last few months and consider how you may now move forward feeling wiser and better equipped to deal with money matters.

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Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

Since May 14, Jupiter has been retrograde in your sign, slowing your progress in the name of self-inspection and care. The expansive planet of wisdom will begin to direct course on the 12th, and, yes, on one hand, this is your chance to regain some momentum where you previously felt stalled or stuck. But, on the other hand, this is also a wonderful opportunity to consider whether the slower approach that the retrograde forced you to adopt actually garnered similar (if not better) results. How has your overall mood been since May, Cap? Has your jaw been as clenched, has your brow been as furrowed, as it had been before the retrograde? What you lost in pure speed toward reaching your goals you may have gained in peace of mind.

Libra season begins on the 22nd and your career sector will light up for the next month. Your ambitions will appear clear and within reach, and the skills you need to get ahead will be laid bare before you. Nothing will be handed to you outright, but your energy and tenacity will nevertheless turn heads. Working hard is your default, Cap, but what changes when you know others will notice the effort you’re putting in? Make good use of this spotlight.

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Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

Watch the moon this month, Water Bearer, and heed its messages. The full moon on the 2nd will sweep through your house of money and creature comforts, highlighting the material needs you hold most dear. Despite what your brainy sign may think, there’s nothing wrong with taking pleasure in “things,” especially if they make you feel at home, safe, and secure. If you struggle to think of anything that makes you feel this way, take a closer look at how you save your money, how you stock your home, and who you allow into your private life.

That last issue will demand further examination on the 17th, during the new moon in Virgo. It’s one thing to lend a friend some cash that you never see again, but it’s another to spill your secrets to someone who barely tells you about their day. Not all relationships should be explicitly transactional, but most should have a natural give-and-take flow. Spend some time reflecting on how your own partnerships flow — it’s up to you to decide what you share and what you withhold, as long as those choices don’t come at the cost of your comfort.

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Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

The full moon on the 2nd will serve as a saucy exclamation point to an already thrilling period for you, Pisces. The sun has been beaming through your relationship sector since late last month and it won’t move on until the 22nd. Meanwhile, the full moon will occur in your sign, shedding its own light on your innermost desires. The scene is set for romance, for sharing fantasies even, but it doesn’t come without its risks. That lunar activity may prove heady and prompt you to center yourself over your partner. Knowing what you want and demanding it are two different things, Pisces. How can you ask for (and get) it without taking something away from your loved ones in the process?

Mars begins its retrograde on the 9th and, while your cash flow won’t dry up completely, it could slow down slightly. Don’t scramble in response, Pisces. Get-rich-quick schemes or flimsy loans will only further impede your financial standing right now. While the red planet is retrograde, you’ll be better off saving what you have and directing your spending toward necessities only. Ignoring the urge to panic will teach you a lesson in frugality — and it’s sure to pay off down the road when Mars goes direct.

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