Buh-bye unicorns. Farewell, fantasy. Hello, real life! Welcome to September, a month in which we all need to take off the rose colored glasses and get down to business. While August brought a solar eclipse that was designed to ratchet up our creativity—and enjoy a more romantic future—September brings aspects that are quite practical. There are three major stories going on this month, so let’s dive in. Consider how these trends apply to your life and how to work with them—not against them.
#1. Reality check! At the top of the month, the Sun is in efficient Virgo, urging us to get organized and streamline. It’s that “back to school” mentality in which we have to knuckle down and get things done, both at home and at the office. No more piles of paper on your desk or an e-mail account with 337 unread messages. Overflowing closets, junk drawers and basements crammed with outdated stuff need to be emptied out. Delete, delegate, organize, schedule and budget. It’s not glamorous but will you ever feel fabulous once you get it over and done with!
Mercury is retrograde in Leo until the 5th, possibly churning up past issues in a romance (or bringing an unwanted ex back into your life). Fortunately it resumes direct motion on the 5th and zips into Virgo on the 9th, which means…..even more strategic organizing! And the new moon on the 20th also occurs in Virgo, so this is an excellent time to launch new habits and routines. Virgo happens to be the house that governs diet, exercise and vitality. If your New Year’s resolution to get in shape lasted, oh, about a week, now’s a terrific time to get back on track.
High octane Mars enters Virgo on the 5th, a place it isn’t been in two years. Seriously, I think I should buy some stock in Bed Bath and Beyond or The Container Store. Everyone is going to be hitting these outlets once Mars arrives, snapping up storage bins and shelving. And when they’re not shopping for cleaning supplies they’ll be hitting the jogging paths or the tennis courts with a vengeance.
However, despite all of this motivational mojo going on, there is a big fat problem. A gassy, blue one. It’s name is Neptune—and it’s in one hell of a cranky mood.
#2. Who’s got your back? On a good day, Neptune simply causes confusion. But when it’s in full biatch mood, it can be downright deceptive. The issue in September is that Neptune is directly opposing all of the planets in Virgo from across the heavens. To make matters even more…interesting, the blue-green planet is in the most secluded part of the sky, Pisces. This is the house of secrets, hidden enemies, and bad habits; sex, drugs and rock and roll. So how will this play out?
—You start your diet, and about 24 hours in, a little voice in your head says that you really CAN have that piece of chocolate cake. Because after all, you’re planning on running 5 miles tomorrow. And that will wipe out the calories from the cake—right? Wrong!
—Procrastination starts to rear its ugly little head as you resolve to start decluttering your desk or closet. You’ll feel like you’re getting ready to climb Mt. Everest. By the way, this also applies to term papers, writing proposals, dealing with a tax problem or having to unsnarl an issue with your health insurance company. Neptune will tell you to wait for another day when things are “better”. Trust me, there is never a good day to deal with a tax problem. Remember the Nike slogan and “just do it.”
—Virgo also governs the workplace: not only how you get your job done, but the environment you work in. The kind of co-workers, clients, technology and projects you get involved with are all found here. Neptune is in the house of snarky people with agendas. Need I say more? As a result, keep brilliant ideas to yourself unless you want them ripped off. This house does not deal with bosses, fortunately, but people at your level or below. Watch your back. Don’t tell anyone that you’re job hunting. Assuming that people on your team actually have the same end goal in mind is not a wise assumption. Be extra careful if you need to fire someone. That said, you can make enormous progress with your job thanks to all of the planets in Virgo.
#3. Woo-hoo: Pluto goes direct! Tough guy Pluto has been retrograde in Capricorn for four months, finally resuming direct motion on September 28th. Pluto is like a detective, ferreting out problems and identifying them so that they can be addressed. Capricorn not only deals with going after major goals, such as career ambitions, but your personal power. Over the past few months you may have been thinking long and hard about your occupation—are you in the best field for your values and dreams? Maybe you’re in the right field but not with the best company.
Likewise, where have you been giving up your personal power? Is a lover pushing you around? Do your kids rule the roost, showing you virtually no respect? Maybe you’ve been settling for second best in too many areas of your life. Well, that all ends soon. Use the month of September to get clear on these kinds of issues, and don’t kid yourself about the people in your world (can you say “Neptune”?). The upside is that there is so much motivational energy going on this month that if you take the time to reflect, you’ll be able to come up with smart, logical solutions.
Furthermore, each sign of the zodiac will be affected differently by the planetary aspects going on this month. We all have Neptune and Pluto in different sectors, so you need to know exactly what the story is for your sign. I’ve written free, in-depth monthly horoscopes that spell it all out–here’s the link: http://mystarshoroscopes.com/.
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