Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac

Jump right into fall work. September begins with Mercury, the sun, Mars and Venus all in industrious, if nervy, Virgo. If we don’t give it something to do, this Virgo lineup can wind up our anxieties. But we can keep it out of trouble if we can harness the Virgo capacity for critical thinking and competence. Give it something productive to do. Assess the situation, form clear goals, break down the work into satisfyingly doable chunks, and proceed. Let’s focus on our own work, and on the political and ecological challenges, and leave our dear ones to find their own path.

Take a break as Venus and Mercury opposes Neptune September 4-7, then jump back into the fray. September 8-9 as Mars trine Saturn, put important plans in the place. September 10-14, the sun and Mars opposes Neptune, bringing a wave of uncertainty and potentially stormy weather, inside or out.

Concentrate on the work until Mercury and Venus enter Libra on September 14. Now is the time to reach out and make new friends, and put human resources on the front burner. September 18-20 work begins to fall in the place, though not all that is good work; keep eyes open for political machinations. The fall equinox on September 23 brings relationships and diplomacy to the forefront. Work together though challenges September 25-27.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…You’ll feel better once you make progress, so don’t get nervy, get busy. Personal fears and concerns arise from time to time; honor them, heal them, but don’t let them run the show. Stay on target. Affection blossoms after the equinox.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Look for sparks of romance and creative inspiration as September begins: industriously serve that creative spark. Flirt by offering practical help with a twinkle in your eye. Around the equinox focus on social justice and fairness between yourself and others at home and in the workplace.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Don’t get caught up in a whirlwind of other people’s neuroses or concerns as the month begins. Breathe deeply, notice the nervous energy and respond with heart and practicality. Honor your imagination around September 7. Look for intriguing new connections mid-month. September 22-27 stay sharp and attend business.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…There may be more hustle and bustle than you like, but stay engaged instead of withdrawn. Assist siblings and community and your security grows. Tend your digestion early September. After the equinox, tend the home front and nurture quiet peace.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Your material situation needs work. Whether it’s your finances or your closet that needs sorting, tend your resources early in September, even if it’s not much fun. Assess, sort and appreciate. Take time off September 10-14 for self-care and daydreams. Return to your social shining after the fall equinox.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Where have you been hiding? Use this month to get on stage, public relations are in good order. Be visible for your efforts; just shine at what you do. Your work through September 14 can seed rich work ahead. After September 23, honor the work of others around you.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Your busy activity may be inside your head, and behind the scenes, with deep networking. Watch thoughts as they arise; notice which are yours and which are old family training that you’re ready to release. After September 14, step into this fall’s action with renewed clarity.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…You may not be busy and neurotic as the month begins, but so many people around you are. Don’t get grumpy, just choose carefully where to get involved. Stay focused on your own work, particularly September 8-13. Your introspective time kicks in after the fall equinox.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Be alert and engaged as September begins. Change is brewing in work; your smart ideas can help others stay solution-focused and organized. Take what could be a challenge and turn it into an opportunity. Bring your heart to community after the fall equinox.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Your leadership shines when others are uncertain. You are a natural teacher and can influence others’ opinions by setting a good example by asking the right questions. Don’t push; inquire. Look for new work opportunities from mid-September on; tactful efforts for equity for all at work also support your life.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Your inner gremlins may grow and complain as the month begins, as behind-the-scenes concerns or power plays can make you uncomfortable. Do your own personal homework and don’t engage their ploys. Your perceptions can deepen and help you revise your philosophy to encompass your deeper experience.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…People around you may be running fast, though your life stays quieter; just love them through it and don’t take on their tension. Negotiate cleanly with business and love partners; slow the process down enough to make healthy ground rules and stay centered, even as you engage in fresh opportunities.

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