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Two eclipses in September can put the mutable signs (Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius and Gemini) on notice. Be kind to these nervous Nellies. See if the fallout from yesterday's full moon eclipse provides a clue about how you should prepare for the solar eclipse on the 22nd. That's also American Indian Day, the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and later that night, the autumnal equinox. Heavy! Hope we get better balance from Mars' entrance into harmonious Libra and, on the 12th, Mercury's exit from Virgo. This weekend is fairly tame; next weekend, not so.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
Pay the piper already and get the paperwork over with. Money might not be the medium of exchange in this case, but if there are promises to fulfill or letters to write, now is the time to do it. That's because literate Mercury in your legalistic Libra complement is set to merge with your Mars ruler, thereby insuring greater attention to the details that, in your usual haste to move on to the next thing, you might otherwise overlook. This way, you'll be on firmer ground if the solar eclipse on the equinox shakes things up a bit.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Now that your appreciative Venus ruler is in Virgo, an earth sign as practical if not quite as romantic as your own, the odds of keeping your feet on the ground during the unpredictable Venus-Uranus polarity mid-month improve considerably. Sometimes this annual aspect brings a welcome surprise, sometimes not, but it invariably leads to an awakening of some sort on your part. If you're worried about an ongoing relationship, then you'd better fortify it ASAP. If you're looking for a fresh face to adore, consider them all.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
For some people, feeling anxious is unacceptable, but for mutable signs like yours, it can be quite exciting. So, during the rest of also mutable Virgo, don't be surprised if you're enjoying the edge. When Twins sense that something is in the wind, they are not about to drop their guard until they know, not merely suspect, what it is. One advantage of mutability is that whether or not you like it, as soon as a situation is presented, you go ahead and make the necessary adjustment. Right now your Mercury ruler is in the sign of the Scales, so your sense of balance is also sharp.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
This time of year, while other signs are back at school or rolling up their sleeves at work, the Moon Child may discover that home and hearth, the area of your solar chart ruled by Libra, is demanding more of your attention. If you're looking at paint chips and measuring for drapes, blame energetic Mars and informative Mercury for stimulating an even greater interest in domesticity. After the solar eclipse on the autumnal equinox (a sensitive point for all cardinal signs), your need to nest may continue to grow.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Money matters could be the one area you cannot let slide this month. That's because Venus, ruler of valuables, and your sun ruler are in Virgo, the sign governing your assets. With paper-pushing Mercury and crusading Mars in early Libra, also transiting that second house, there's not much energy (or personal planets) left for other interests. You might as well take a deep breath and suck it up; attend to financial affairs as quickly and efficiently as you can. When these swift-moving planets move on, your advantage goes with them.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
Happy Birthday. No need to act like the Hermit (the Virgo card in the Tarot) this year; you're entertaining sociable Venus in your sign until the end of the month. And while the goddess of love and beauty will warm your heart, she can also make you fairly irresistible to others. Why not use this attraction to lure the oddballs, dissidents and iconoclasts you admire to your side for a special occasion? Plan it for the 15th so you can benefit from the magnetism between Venus and Uranus in your Pisces house of partners.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
Don't go overboard. That's the tendency to guard against while energetic Mars is transiting Libra for the first time in two years. Fiery Mars can also make you quite the hot-head, a role a reasonable Libra rarely assumes, as well as careless enough to hurt yourself. Remember that the brave Warrior planet rules your Aries marriage house and that, no matter what sign your partner is, you're the one who keeps things on an even keel. Nonetheless, with your Venus ruler in critical Virgo, you probably have plenty to bitch about.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
If your friends and colleagues want to spend more time with you, let them. That's the zone in your solar chart that's being activated by the personal planets, the ones that move along at a pretty pace. Family life seems fairly stable for the time being; however money matters could heat up around the time the Virgo sun tests your Pluto co-ruler's resolve. If there's a chance you'll be affected by a financial scandal, then the second half of this month can be painful or embarrassing. If not, then Jupiter in your sign should continue to protect you.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21
Two eclipses this month in two mutable signs can leave you wondering if and when another shoe is going to drop. The December-born Centaur, in particular, may feel trapped between what follows from the Pisces full moon on the 7th and what the Virgo new moon on the 23rd will cook up next. And while you're waiting to find out, you'll probably be chomping at the bit. Although Seers can assess a situation as it is developing, an eclipse may add or more likely take away an element you were counting on. This is where your laid back attitude comes in handy.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 20
Time to get busy. With single-minded, physically fit Mars in your Libra mid-heaven for the first time in two years, it'll be easier than you thought to go after whatever goal you've set for yourself. Whether it's to run a marathon or get through law school, as long as you exercise both body and brains. To help with the book learning, use Mercury's transit of Libra, which will be joined soon enough by the all-powerful sun. This focus on your reputation stands you in good stead when applied to career moves and family achievements, too
Aquarius: Jan. 21 - Feb. 18
The more planets that gather in Libra, another intelligent air sign, the more effective you'll be. So far there's ambitious Mars' making its bi-annual visit, which could provide the incentive for a joint financial venture; after the 12th, Mercury drops in. If you need to research anything to do with taxes, insurance or inheritance, be sure to put the Messenger's attention to detail to good use. Once autumn begins, you should be able to clarify a purely personal matter that's been open to interpretation far too long.
There's a chance that you'll soon find yourself in a position to test the validity of the old adage: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Whether it's a physical distance between you or an emotional one, some sort of adjustment takes place midmonth when loving Venus in your Virgo house of partnership opposes unpredictable Uranus in Pisces. There's also a question of who reaches out to whom. One more thing: your mate may have to accommodate a powerful person around the same time. These are major matters; don't be such a hard-ass.