September Horoscope: Prepare


Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac

From now through the new year, Mars works its way through feisty, impulsive and rebellious Aries and leaves a pool of fuel to either power our work and our dreams or explode if this energetic fuel is mishandled. We are all being pushed to transform through some powerful challenges this fall. Mars recently squared Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter, all clumped together in Capricorn, and on September 9-11 Mars turns retrograde, stirs the energy fields and squares this lineup again. Where Mars now stirs our chart points to the origins of this challenging fuel in our life, and where that clump of Capricorn planets now dwells points to where we are pushed to transform.

This month we prepare. Get organized early in September as Mercury trines the Capricorn clump. Our social life has more opportunities after September 6 as Mercury enters Libra and Venus enters Leo. Watch for temper flares around September 9 as Mars retrogrades. Stay steady to deal with real issues and avoid depression September 20 as Mercury squares Pluto. Feel a surge for balance and social justice after the fall equinox, September 22. Sharpen focus when Mercury enters Scorpio September 27. Manage frustration creatively as Mars squares Saturn September 29.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Your charming, direct, forward thinking and sometimes belligerent personality can stimulate needed changes in the workplace, if you keep your heart open and listen to others’ critiques. Watch temper sparks around September 9; what looks like a step backwards may actually be the way forward.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Watch the sparks in the shadow world; some unexpressed anger or ambition of your own, or someone nearby, challenges you to not ignore the problem, but to see how to bring it out into the open in a fair and clean way. If you grumble, ask yourself why and keep looking for a deeper answer.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Your friends may go through wild times and ask you to stay in there with them; their anxiety can create difficulties that require your patience. Communicate, check in with teams, and get organized in early September; feel your social life improve after September 6 as Venus enters Leo.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Speak up, but be thoughtful around chains of command. Watch for volatility in the workplace or with a father figure; don’t get hooked into old patterns that put pressure on your more personal relationships. You are called to help the situation transform into a mature balance of power and responsibility.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Work through some careful logistics early in September; after September 6, as Venus enters Leo, you will want more and have more to offer. Deal efficiently with uncomfortable details mid-month, and enjoy a deep breath after the fall equinox. Aspects of your worldview are transforming.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…You are helping others navigate a tempestuous time. Don’t take on their anxiety, just help them stay on target. Look for potential breakthroughs in the creative process, romance, and with younger family members. Stay organized early in the month. Go deep, but be kind to yourself, around September 20.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Loved ones may be unusually high maintenance right now and this can make the home front feel more like a place of major karmic efforts than a cozy sanctuary. Hang in there, and play for the long haul. And trust your heart. Life will feel easier after the autumn equinox.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…It’s an efficient fall if you develop a steady routine, but don’t project your drive onto others and become disappointed. To try and push the river will just give you a headache. The way you think, communicate and perceive is transforming; use your mental muscles carefully.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Quarantine is hard on restless Sagittarius; give your restlessness a healthy place to go and don’t take it out on beloveds. Feel more room to move after September 12. Your finances or resources may be in transformation; your ability to handle troubles, and help other people handle theirs, is your superpower now.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Your life is in transformation; roll with unsettling, but potentially exciting, changes. Attributes of your identity may be in metamorphosis. If you’re restless about where you live, consider moving or making a home renovation, or an existential shift. Logistical frustrations abound early September but smooth out by the 17th.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Communicate with your heart connected to your head this month; otherwise, in the name of being direct, you may sound irritated and spark an unintentional argument. Keep compassion engaged with honesty, particularly September 20-23. You’ll have more room to move next month.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Mobilize your resources, finances, energy or your body; be ready to move to create change in the larger world around you. Act upon your philosophy, and publish or expand your knowledge. Be organized, but also bekind to yourself, early in September; your process eases after September 12.

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Heather Roan Robbins
Heather Roan Robbins is a heart-centered and choice-oriented astrologer, palmist and ceremonialist with 30+ years' experience. Her book, Moon Wisdom: Transform Your Life using the Moon Signs and Cycles, brings real astrology into an accessible format. She's trained in astro-locality, mythic, multi-generational and traditional astrology and uses it at the core of her spiritual counseling. Visit


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