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The last Quarter of the year has begun, with a change of season as well as a shift in gears.

Your September horoscope is heralded by the start of the much-anticipated Mars Retrograde period, kicking off on the 9th until 13th November 2020. 

The chances are good that you’re already feeling this intense, warlike energy as the red planet becomes frustrated, tense and even explosive. Retrograde planets’ abilities are weakened when they slow down in their orbit, and with Mars, we are all going to be feeling the burn – and the burnout. 

We need to tread carefully, then, and watch our words and actions. We need to look inside and perhaps see what anger might be covering up – what real emotions lie beneath. Anger makes us feel powerful and in control, but usually, we are coming from a place of fear or hurt. This is a cosmic opportunity to heal, reflect and learn more about ourselves and the world. The gentle Pisces Full Moon coupled with the healing Virgo New Moon gives us the tools for both compassion and practical action. 

Fortunately, both Saturn and Jupiter move Direct, commencing their journey out of rigid Capricorn. They slowly start making their way towards Aquarius, and we might feel many economic and career pressures start to loosen up and move forward at last. 

Aries September Horoscope (Aries Dates: March 21April 19)

Aries, the next six months are going to be some of the bumpiest of your life! Your ruler, Mars, goes Retrograde early in the month, and he only leaves your sign in early 2021. Phew! That’s a long time for the planet of war to be in your sign. While he’s only Retrograde three of those months, the entire time is going to feel intense for you. You may be exploding for no reason, snappier than usual and conflict may seem as if it’s sticking to you like glue. It’s very easy to blame everyone else for being aggressive, but you have to also take a good look inside yourself. Are you the one who could potentially be the problem? Are you allowing your ego to get the better of you? This is your opportunity to grow, Aries, to look under the anger and see what the problem really is. 

Taurus September Horoscope (Taurus Dates: April 20 May 20)

Love and money challenge you this month, Taurus. It all boils down to communication at the end of the day, and how willing you are to learn. You are a stubborn sign, so try and flex your muscles a little and spread your wings more. Otherwise you may be faced with situations, people or events that force you into a compromise. And force is never good for you, is it? An internal struggle mirrors an external one, and it’s easy to self-destruct. Notice any hidden resentments or where you haven’t asserted yourself, and take steps to correct this. You only have yourself to blame when conflict comes up if you don’t do the work. As the month progresses, you have an opportunity to start again with the New Moon in Virgo. This particularly relates to love and pleasure, as well as creative energy. Freedom and growth wait for you, Taurus. 

Gemini September Horoscope (Gemini Dates: May 21 – June 20)

Good ideas create results this month, Gemini. Your ruler, Mercury, sits strong in Virgo at the beginning of September, and he’s supported by string trines to Saturn and Pluto. If you have investments to make, family issues to deal with or money decisions, deal with them early on. Your focus shifts quickly to creative projects and love, and then to work responsibilities. By the end of September, things start feeling heated, you can have moments of pressure. Make your choices wisely, and don’t base them on reaction. You have the power of logic at your fingertips, Gemini – this is your gift. The Full and New Moons in important zones highlight your career and home. They ask for consolidation and balance between the two. Your boundaries will be important, and there’s opportunity to lay some strong foundations as well as be more imaginative. There’s also a professional achievement waiting for you.

Cancer September Horoscope (Cancer Dates: June 21 – July 22)

Watch your career closely, Cancer. Mars goes Retrograde in this zone, and spends six months here, reflecting both frustration and achievement. Perhaps they go hand in hand, Cancer, but the journey won’t be easy for you. You may come into conflict with a boss, manager, college or family member. This may push you off the edge, forcing you to think of going solo. Look at what is driving your anger, Cancer, and try to assert yourself rather than lash out passive aggressively. It’s best if you can do projects alone, if you can be the sole driver of your assignments. Teamwork is not favored right now, in a nutshell. New, creative ideas rush in and your mind hits the refresh button with the New Moon in Virgo. The Full Moon in compatible Pisces brings something spiritual or educational to a culmination. You have all the knowledge you need now, Cancer. 

Leo September Horoscope (Leo Dates: July 23 – August 22)

You’re sexy and you know it, Leo! Venus lights up your sign, making you the belle (or king) of the ball! It’s a great time to get out there and market yourself, as your magnetism is increased tenfold over September! Love and relationships, as well as personal image, are all hot topics and life feels fun and pleasurable. You may be seeking for – and receiving – much more validation and attention than usual. The Sun, your ruler, moves into romantic Libra, enforcing this bubbly energy. Your words are like silk, and you can get just what you want with the right turn of phrase. Sibling and family relationships feel easy, and you are buzzing with creativity. If you have a contract to negotiate, do it now! Your confidence is at an all-time high and both money and work have a flow to it. Yes, Leo, sometimes things can be this good! 

Virgo September Horoscope (Virgo Dates: August 23 – September 22)

What’s important to you, Virgo? Health? Love? A sense of me-ness? This month’s New Moon offers you a chance to orientate yourself to what it is you desire. It’s a new slate for you, a clean start. The next six months will slowly reveal the results of the intentions you set now, so make smart choices. The first half of September sees you doing just that, especially when it comes to your relationships. As the month progresses, finances, followed by deep connections, becomes more of a focus. You may have a week or so of a tug of war financially, and certain situations will aggravate your frustration. The next several months have this general feel of tension, especially when it comes to the distribution of resources and sense of intimacy. Don’t allow selfish drives to get in the way of true sharing, Virgo. Go deeper and see what your fears may be. 

Libra September Horoscope (Libra Dates: September 23 – October 22)

Use your words this month, Libra! Mercury spends a few weeks in your sign, giving you the gift of the gab, helping you make clear decisions. For once, you’re listening to your own (wise) opinion rather than what others have to say. And, what’s more, you’re willing to back your words up with action. You’re also feeling more creative than usual, more willing to express yourself, as Venus heads into sunny Leo. This is your social zone, so it’s a great time for friendly connections and sweet flirtations in your personal circle. This soothes the bumpy start to the month, where you’re faced with limitations and insecurities on the home or career front. Luckily, this does pass, and the pressure lifts a little. However, there’s tension to contend with as Mars Retrogrades in your commitment zone over the next several months. Passion can increase, but so do feelings of frustration. 

Scorpio September Horoscope (Scorpio Dates: October 23 – November 21)

Buckle up, Scorpio – things are about to get wild! Your co-ruler, Mars, goes Retrograde in your work zone, making things, well, tense to put it mildly. Projects that you want to get off the ground are halted in some way, forced into remission by the powers that be. Yes, it’s extremely frustrating, and yes, you are going to have to navigate your way through some of the obstacles. This is not going to be a short thing, Scorpio, so be prepared. You’ll have to watch your temper, particularly towards your colleague or anyone you interact with from day to day. Instead, use these next few months to strategize and work on your own, where you can. This will minimize drama in the workplace and with your loved ones. Structure your ideas and put them to good use now. Write down and draft your business plans, and think about your goals. 

Sagittarius September Horoscope (Sagittarius Dates: November 22 – December 21)

Get ready for life to flow again, Sagittarius! Especially when it comes to your financial plans. At last, money begins to move again, and whilst it’s maybe not very much, it’s more than you’ve had recently. You’re in a much better place to be more responsible with what you have now, whereas in previous years, you’ve been a little blasé. But now, you’ve grown up. The only spanner in your engine this month is the pesky Mars Retrograde in your romance zone, spelling all kinds of trouble. Can you transform the trouble into passion and sexiness rather them conflict and drama? Sure, you can. In fact, some of you enjoy hugely increased chemistry with your existing or a new lover, and this goes for your creative energy, too. However, don’t expect things to move forward smoothly. You’re going to hit roadblocks along the way – be as adaptable as possible. 

Capricorn September Horoscope (Capricorn Dates: December 22 – January 19)

People are listening to you, Capricorn! This is a month where you may have a promotion or step up in some way in. your career and personal life. Saturn and Jupiter move Direct in your sign, you see, bringing with them some opportunity, but also discipline. Sure, you’re serious about where you’re going, but you’re also cognizant of the abundance you do have. You become unstuck, Capricorn. Doesn’t that feel good? You’ll have to keep an eye on Mars, however as he Retrogrades in the most personal zone of your chart. This can indicate private issues behind the scenes, such as family problems, or conflicts in your home life. Expect delays over the next few months, Capricorn, and look at what underpins the tensions you’re feeling. Do you have any unresolved hurt? Feelings of invasion? What’s the real problem here? Don’t allow your temper to get the better of you. 

Aquarius September Horoscope (Aquarius Dates: January 20 – February 18)

Aquarius, it’s time to let go. Let go of the old stuff, the baggage, the loose ends and the heavy burdens. As Saturn, your traditional ruler, and Jupiter go Direct, you’re in the last phases of a cleaning-out process. Perhaps you’ve isolated in some way, in addition to the world isolating, and it’s done you a world of good. You’re going to start finally feeling as if you’re on top of your internal problems. The Full Moon in Pisces lets a financial matter be resolved, though boundaries may still be a topic to address. You’re ready to make a new investment – financially or emotionally – when the Virgo New Moon hits. Topics of sharing and power become very important, as well as intimacy. You may even receive a financial gift or payment, Aquarius, so look out for that. Love hits an all-time high as Venus heads into your commitment zone. 

Pisces September Horoscope (Pisces Dates: February 19 – March 20)

What in your life is ripening, Pisces? The Full Moon in your sign highlights your own identity and sense of selfhood, in balance with your relationships. A particular relationship becomes highlighted, and you either let go of it entirely, or it shifts where it needs to. The New Moon in Virgo then offers a brand-new start in some way, and you’re laying new, solid foundations. This will grow over the next few months, so make sure your intentions are clear. Kindness, compassion and service are all your bywords this month, so make an effort to use them often. Match empathy with practical action, especially as Mars goes Retrograde. Accept what you can’t change, Pisces, especially when it comes to money. You may feel quite frustrated with your circumstances, even limited. Your self-worth and values are being tested, so stay true to yourself, even when times get tough or more pressured.