your september horoscopes are here

back to life, back to reality

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The end of the summer—with its cooling temperatures, growing layers, and darkening, decaying colors—always felt like more of a letdown than anything. However, this September will be anything but a letdown, or even an end, with whirlwind astrological transits that lend spring’s airy quality of endless possibility to late summer’s chill, if morbid, slowed-down vibe.

The month begins with Venus, goddess-ruler of love, family, friendships, and money, finally moving into direct orbit. Acting from love in a clear and direct way garnered few results last month, but you’ll begin to see the cobwebs clear and that golden, autumnal light shine through by September 6. 

A bright and congenial Virgo solar eclipse will fall on September 13, further clearing the slate for a crisp, clean restart in professional and health-related matters. Appropriately, this back-to-school energy will permeate this lunation and lend an energizing boost to organizing your life for productivity. 

Though a fun and optimistic month overall, all 12 signs will have to buckle down and get real about their future prospects when karmic ruler, Saturn, sets up camp in Sagittarius on September 17. Now is the time to stand up for what you believe in—you won’t be able to duck this blow. That same day, Mercury will go retrograde in relationship-oriented Libra, shining a light onto what defines our core partnership ideals. 

The month closes with autumn’s official calendar start and a sobering lunar eclipse on September 27. Each of us will be asked to trim the fat of what no longer serves us before fall turns chilly.