Leo (23 July – 22 August)
As September begins, there’s a complex and confused picture taking place in the heavens and there are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, communication planet Mercury is retrograde, i.e. in retreat, until the 22nd. When the planet of communication is on go slow, you don’t have the full picture, misunderstandings are likely and it’s wise to keep an open mind and be flexible.
This is not the time to rush especially when it comes to money matters because Mercury is on go slow in Virgo, the sign which rules your personal money and what you value in life. This could be a time when you’re reassessing what money means to you, what you want financially. You might also be waiting for money or news about a payment or money that’s outstanding.
Classically this is not the best time to make a major purchase because information is hidden from you. If you are having to make any big decisions this month, then read the small print and ask all the questions you need before taking action.
The other factor that adds to the complicated picture are two eclipses. Eclipses are often powerful events for you because they involve your ruler the Sun in relationship to the Moon. Again there’s a hidden theme when eclipses take place. They often coincide with dramatic events or the unexpected, things you didn’t see coming.
The solar or New Moon eclipse takes place in Virgo and your money sector on the 1st and the lunar or Full Moon eclipse on the 16th cuts across the Virgo/Pisces axis of the zodiac, again lighting up the money sectors of your chart.
So it’s here where change is most likely whether you’re in the process of negotiating a financial settlement, you’re reviewing your finances or your earnings or outgoings are about to change significantly.
The best advice with regard to money is to act like a Virgo and be thorough and attentive to whatever’s happening. Be especially careful on the 1st and the 10th when Neptune is also in play because Neptune rules seduction and with regard to finances, this is advice that might be misleading. Watch out for any scams and be careful where you put your trust.
The turning point comes on the 22nd when Mercury turns direct in the heavens. Mercury makes a close trine aspect to Pluto in Capricorn and your work sector as it changes direction so if you’re waiting to hear about a job or promotion, this date is pivotal.
If work is an issue for you this month, there are a couple of dates which feel more positive for taking action, for communicating, making progress. These are the 7th when your ruler the Sun is in alignment with Pluto and the 12th when the Sun teams up with a retrograde Mercury. Both these dates are ‘twixt the eclipses and your best chance to see things clearly.
It’s the end of September however which is much more dynamic with regard to your working life because Pluto turns direct in Capricorn on the 26th and the following date, the 27th, action planet Mars enters Capricorn. This is a go-for-it time with regard to your work. Step into your power, push for what you want and make things happen.
It’s not all stop-start in September however and there are certain areas of your life that are positively joyous and where you can make progress easily. Action planet Mars is in your fellow fire sign of Sagittarius until the 27th and this rules a more playful sector of your chart.
Sagittarius lights up your romance sector, it’s linked to children and pregnancy, creative projects, entertainment and fun. So there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy yourself in the month ahead, as long as you don’t spend a fortune to do so. Make the most of life without running up debt and avoid expensive activities.
Love planet Venus is in Libra up until the 23rd and this is your communication sector. So loving words will benefit you and the people close to you. Be kind and caring and let your generous nature out to play.
Again you don’t have to give money to make an impact, although you can if changes this month mean you’re better off financially. Eclipses are linked to ups and downs so some people win and others lose. The trick is to end up on the winning team.
Another important planet enters Libra on the 9th and this is Jupiter, the biggest and best planet. Jupiter spends approximately one year in each sign of the zodiac and this month it leaves behind Virgo and your money sector and enters Libra and your communication sector.
Jupiter moving out of Virgo is another reason why your values are shifting now and what you want or have financially is changing. Jupiter rules freedom so move away from restriction.
Jupiter in Libra is gorgeous for networking, communication, reaching out to others. It’s a sign that connections are going to play a powerful role in your life now and over the next 12 months. Whether you become a whizz on social media or whether you can be of influence in your local community, team up with others.
One of the best dates of the year for you is the 26th when your ruler the Sun is in conjunction with Jupiter in the air sign Libra. This is brilliant for all forms of networking, presenting, speaking, writing, etc. If you want to take a risk or a leap of faith, this is the date to do so.
Shoot your arrows high into the sky and see where they land. Jupiter is linked to travel, foreign connections, education and study, publishing and the media. It’s a powerful date for you to take a risk and win.