Let’s use our brains this month. Mercury is direct, joining the sun in its own mentally active sign of Virgo on September 5, and industrious Saturn turns direct after a long retrograde on September 6 — and our minds are off to the races. Mercury trines electrical Uranus and Saturn on September 7, and it’s time to put plans into action and get the word out.

A very active Mercury can stir up anxiety unless we give our minds a good place to exercise. So, if nerves arise, harness that energy for good use solving problems and learning fresh material. When our minds rev this fast, it’s easy to use our head as an escape pod and shift out of our heart, a process which can be particularly tricky after September 10-12 as Venus enters introverted Scorpio while Mars enters abstract Aquarius. Strong emotions can activate unconscious material, and it may feel easier to stay in our minds than explore our feelings. We have to stay conscious about our shadows to keep them from running the show, and because this passion holds clues to the source of our energy. Let’s work on mind-heart balance.

September 18, direct a feisty, energized Mars-Uranus square carefully. Luckily the Sun and Mercury enter diplomatic Libra September 21-22, bring fresh creativity and help us soften our words.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Dive right into the work as the month begins; get organized and connect with those who work for and with you. Tend to health concerns, healthy lifestyles, and pay kind attention to beloveds and coworkers mid-month. Practice your listening skills. Let that conversation deepen after September 21.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Don’t get thrown by the nervy buzz. Let your natural sense of poetry flow as the month begins, and bring it to children of the creative process and children of the heart and body. Unconscious jealousy or envy can send mixed signals mid-month; keep lines of communication open and clear.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…September is a potential-filled roller coaster; stay calm and on point. Pick up threads of dropped projects. Scintillate, but don’t pass superficially over other’s deep pain. Keep that heart open. Watch for misunderstandings mid-month as Mercury opposes Neptune. Take your ideas public after September 22.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Invest in your community as September begins; clean-up misunderstandings and reconnect. Check in with siblings. Soften your defenses, but stay out of the line of fire mid-month; sidestep strong emotional torque and work towards your goals. Compassion furthers; remind people who forget.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Reassess your financial priorities. Decide what you care enough about to be a source of bounty for you and a resource for others. Check in with relatives and take gentle leadership within the family. Stay flexible mid-month; no need to fight, just witness and reserve judgment. Shine after the fall equinox.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Be ready to roll. Don’t waste time second-guessing; jump in, get the word out, update your website and make work overtures. Mid-month, let waves of anxiety pass through and get back on track. Plant your crops before the equinox; relax and tend your crops afterwards.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Your life may appear relatively quiet, but your inner world is active. Make an appointment with your muse and give room for your dreams, for creative vision. But you may be challenged in practicality; find a balance between impulse spending and withholding and gently take care of needs.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Learn vicariously this month; keep lines of communication open and support others’ projects; let them take point; this way, you empower them and benefit with less risk. Deepen those connections by being trustworthy mid-month. Exercise your natural talent for only speaking when it matters.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Career opportunities abound if you stay on track. It’s vital that you neither talk over others nor forget to speak clearly, without charge, and raise the gaze to farther horizons. Mid-month, if people get strange behind-the-scenes, don’t take it personally; just shine light on it and let in fresh air.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…You may return to the site of an old battle, but don’t get stuck in the past. Look backwards for wisdom to bring into the future as new chapters start. Tend connections with education, foreign countries, people from faraway; broaden your horizon. After the equinox, reconnect with isolated friends.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Tend your relationship to other people’s resources; whether borrowing, lending, or advising, keep it clean and calm. Your intuition may be active but muddied mid-month; take notes, but check your facts. Avoid confusion at work; make sure everyone’s on the same page.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Make your partners (work or love) look good, and you’ll look good; keep the conversation fluid and adaptable. Take moments of spiritual retreat mid-month; the deeper you go inside, the busier you can be and still stay sane. Feel curiosity arise about faraway places, but keep the work focus close to home.

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