“A house divided cannot stand,” Abraham Lincoln reminded us nearly 160 years ago. This Monday, September 10, heroic Mars returns to the 16th President’s sign, making the call to “come together” louder and more urgent. But will this process be peaceful? Balancing the brash and tempestuous influence of Mars with Aquarius’ cool-headed logic is not easy. Until November 15, fierce and driven Mars will power through the sign of community, technology and human rights, firing up our inner social justice warriors. Some matters are worth fighting for, as mercenary Mars reminds us, and there is strength in numbers. But what will our “weapons” of choice be? In techie Aquarius, the Twitter feed is mightier than the sword. And mightier than that? A united front. Whether getting involved in community efforts (van pools to the polls, maybe?) or turning your solo projects into team efforts, the next eight weeks are all about collaborations.
Mars has already spent much of 2018 in Aquarius, first submerging in the Water Bearer’s realm from May 16 to August 12. But on June 26, the red planet dipped into his biennial retrograde, scattering collective efforts, revving up rage and frustration, and exposing human rights matters that had been previously under the radar. (To wit, some of the first stories about the parent-child separation at the U.S. border emerged on June 26.) On a personal level, Mars’ ten-week retrograde, which ended on August 27, churned up buried anger, restlessness and anxiety for many. As we flow into fall, we have a second chance to powerfully unite in the name of progress and idealism, all that Aquarius stands for. But alas, that’s not going to be a “rainbows and unicorns” affair, especially with the ever-important U.S. midterm elections taking place on November 6. Paying attention to politics CAN be distressing, especially with so much upsetting news to read. But NOT paying attention while Mars is in politically active Aquarius can have even more tide-turning results. Planetary “proof”? Mars moved into Aquarius on November 8, 2016, the day of a very important election in which many U.S. citizens chose NOT to vote. And so, here we are two years later—like it or not. As Mars gains momentum in Aquarius, radical ideas could also spread like wildfire, for better or for worse. Shakeups are definitely coming! If you want to help shape history, the next eight weeks are a crucial time for action.
On Wednesday, we’ll get a reminder from the heavens to let love rule—or at least have an equal say in those ideological debates. Peacekeeper Venus in spiritual Scorpio will directly oppose changemaker Uranus in traditional Taurus—a pattern that will repeat twice more this fall, on October 31 and November 30. Venus in Scorpio brings sexy alchemy to the week, helping us tune in to unspoken cues and signals. But Uranus in Taurus can pull us back to the material plane, making it hard to believe anything that we can’t experience with our five senses. With these two planets facing off, we may feel dramatically divided about everything from our erotic desires to our financial and ethical values. Acting impulsively and reactively is definitely a risk—but haste can waste things we’ve worked long and hard to build. Pay attention to those urges to upset the status quo—they may be legitimate signals for change. After all, what makes sense on paper doesn’t always line up with the will of the heart. But if you aren’t ready to deal with major changes (and even a few consequences), let these big ideas marinate for a minute before you act.
Ready to shift from a party of one to a soul-squad of five, seven, or maybe eleven? This Monday, September 10, collaborators start coming out of the woodwork when, for the second time this year, your ruling planet Mars sails into Aquarius and your team-spirited eleventh house. Want to end 2018 with a cluster of peacock feathers in your cap? Between now and November 15, seek synergies and ye shall find—both online and IRL. Or, get the band back together, especially if everyone drifted while Mars was retrograde in Aquarius from June 26 to August 12. All you have to do is start a discussion about potential synergies and dazzling possibilities will emerge. Could you bundle your business offerings as a package deal…and make a killing off of holiday sales? Or if you’re eager to move the political needle, maybe you team up with various community groups to help get voters to the polls this November 6. There are so many ways you can merge interests and skills now, Aries, especially if you join forces with other capable go-getters. With Mars in tech-savvy Aquarius your inventive side will also be jockeying for attention for the coming eight weeks. Consider crowdfunding the first prototype of your genius ideas. People will rally around you during this Mars cycle. In fact, no matter where your attention goes, popularity swiftly follows. Squeeze in some precious “me time” where you can…but surrender to the fact that your social circle is going to expand before the year is through.
On Tuesday, the Virgo Sun flows into a harmonious trine (120-degree angle) with powerhouse Pluto in your ambitious tenth house. Along with a triple shot of motivation, your competitive side comes out to play. Good thing, since you may discover that someone else in your industry is hot on your heels. Don’t stress, Aries; just recommit to crushing it again and you’ll pull ahead. Are you ready to be the ruler of your own profitable empire? If it’s time to quit your day job to pursue your dreams, Tuesday’s stars help you map out your exit strategy. Maybe you see an opportunity to work more independently at your existing gig. Spend time this week working on your pitch so you can deliver it to the decision makers next week.
Mind your wallet on Wednesday, when, for the first of three times this fall, unruly Uranus opposes decadent Venus across your money axis. You’ll be prone to impulse spending, so before you duck into a shop, review your budget to see what you can actually afford. If you do succumb to retail therapy, make sure your purchase is fully refundable. This opposition can bring up questions about your professional life in general. If the grass is looking greener on the other side of that LinkedIn search, maybe it’s time to circulate and set up meetings. You don’t have to quit your day job or change anything immediately—just start making connections for the day when you inevitably DO decide to make your move. If you like your work, see how much more you’d love it if you boost your creativity and innovation.
On a romantic note, this trio of Venus-Uranus trines can help you and your amour du jour align your goals. Don’t let money be a taboo topic in your relationship. Get everything on the table—from how you split the checks to how you can join forces to build wealth. If you’re single, start figuring out ways to balance your love of the wild and artistic types with your need for stability. Perhaps the two CAN coexist in one being.
Looking for an excuse to break out that first fall blazer? Here’s one for you, Bull: Your ambition goes full throttle on Monday, September 10, when go-getter Mars returns to Aquarius and your tenth house of success until November 15. The red planet has already spent a good deal of 2018 in Aquarius—from May 16 to August 12 to be exact—but some of that ambitious energy was thwarted during a retrograde spell from June 26 to August 27. Now, stalled engines start turning over once again. For the next eight weeks, keep your focus primarily on the future and what you plan to accomplish before the year is through. That doesn’t mean you can’t learn from any of this summer’s “failures” or unanticipated detours. But try to see them as important lessons that you learned and, thus, don’t have to repeat again. Do you feel like someone else is directing YOUR life path? As Taurus Lena Dunham said, “The parts I enjoy playing aren’t available to me. So I have to write them.” Between now and November 15, take more creative license as you author the next chapter for your life. Maybe that means writing up a dream job description and presenting it to HR. (Just make sure your current skill set is up to snuff before you do.) For entrepreneurial Bulls, this Mars cycle could kickstart a successful Q4 launch or growth spurt. Be prepared to burn some midnight oil in the name of starting a lucrative blaze.
On Tuesday, the illuminating Virgo Sun eases into a harmonious trine (120-degree angle) with private Pluto. This is a day for having one of those “the truth shall set you free” dialogues—the kind that could involve tears, hugs and unburdening of souls. No, you don’t have to build a $40K soundproof room for these talks; but try to find a place that’s actually private so you can let it all hang out. Not that it has to get THAT emotional. This annual alignment can act as a branding consultant, helping you polish up your public presentation. How can you share enough of yourself to keep people intrigued—but not SO much that it feels like TMI? So, Taurus, if you haven’t posted a status update since your early-summer vacay, maybe it’s time to let the world know what you’ve been up to. On the other hand, if you’ve been Instagramming every meal and tweeting every feel, try to be a little more selective about what you share.
Partnerships that have been running on autopilot could get a jolt this Wednesday, when Venus in Scorpio (and your relationship house) faces off with shock-jock Uranus in your sign. You could discover something surprising—and it could be in a good way—about someone you THOUGHT you knew inside and out. Maybe you’ve been convincing yourself that everything was “fine” when the flow of give and take has fallen way out of balance. Clearing the air can strengthen the basis of your bond. (And, if this is a romantic relationship, we probably don’t need to mention the awesomeness of makeup sex?!) But easy does it! Lean in to Venus’ diplomacy instead of letting combustible Uranus turn you into a raging Bull. For single Taureans, an unexpected attraction might bubble up out of nowhere. Don’t gloss over important questions like “Are you seeing somebody?” Since this pulse-quickening opposition will take place two more times this fall, on October 31 and November 30, there’s no need to jump into anything. This is just the beginning of an intriguing exploration.
Bon voyage, Gemini! An acute case of wanderlust will strike this Monday, September 10, as restless Mars treks back onto the Aquarius trail. For the second time this year, the red planet lends its motivating force to your ninth house of global expansion, media, education and entrepreneurship—and you have until November 15 to get all the juice you can from this. Whether you’re booking a spiritual pilgrimage, applying to grad school, writing a book or going full force with a business venture (or all of these things), cast the widest net possible! Opportunity may be found in far-flung locales over the next eight weeks.
You may already have such plans in motion, as Mars spent May 16 to August 12 in Aquarius. But due to a retrograde from June 26 to August 27 (that sent Mars back into Capricorn mid-August) you were probably doing more behind the scenes development this summer rather than making major moves. Now, Gemini, you can literally leap. A change of scenery—or perspective—can refresh your outlook on life in untold ways. If you’re ready to pull up the stakes, Mars may hasten your departure and even spur you to relocate. Before 2018 is through, you could be traveling for business or filling out work visa papers. But no matter your GPS coordinates, keep your ears perked for intriguing dialects. With lusty Mars in the picture, sparks could fly with a hottie from a different home country, or a career nomad who lives in several cities. (Not a bad deal, since you DO need your alone time as much as your couple time.) Attached Gems could revive the spark by signing up for a workshop together—maybe one that doubles as a weekend getaway. Perusing travel blogs will make for superhot pillow talk, even if you wait a while before making reservations.
Tuesday will be especially sentimental and even downright supernatural! The Sun and alchemical Pluto team up in the most intuitive zones of your chart. An issue that’s been bugging you could finally be resolved—internally, at least. The right answer for YOU will become clear as day. Listen to your gut, your guides…whatever you want to call it. While this might mean separating from a group or a situation that you’re attached to, so be it. Let go so that you can grow. Your true supporters will be sad to see you go, but happy to see you shine at your brightest potential.
On Wednesday, the spirit of forgiveness is in the air—but is it YOU who actually needs to apologize? You’ll have an opportunity to examine that as harmonious Venus swings into an opposition with transformative Uranus in your twelfth house of healing. This isn’t about ignoring a situation or naively “turning the other cheek.” It means taking a stark look at a situation and determining whether you want to hang on to this person…and then try to suss out the real underlying issue. You may have to agree to disagree—especially if it’s a family or work relationship that you can’t just walk away from. But don’t ignore the clarion call to make amends, which will sound two more times this fall—on October 31 and November 30—when Venus and Uranus oppose again and help you sort this out.
Your heat index is rising, Cancer—cooling temperatures be damned. On Monday, September 10, Mars slinks into Aquarius and your lusty, intense eighth house until November 15. For the next eight weeks, the only grey area you’ll contend with is the kind that involves “Fifty Shades” of boudoir play. But when it comes to commitments, you’ll need them firm and unwavering. (How else will an emotional creature like you feel comfortable opening up?) Mars has already occupied this part of your chart for much of 2018—from May 16 to August 12, to be exact. But this extra-long cycle included a retrograde from June 26 until August 27, which may have stalled negotiations and left the status of certain partnerships unclear. Starting this Monday, you can be more insistent about solid answers. You definitely need to know if people are in or out. Just don’t throw all diplomacy out the window. Mars energy can be aggressive and domineering. Some people simply cannot bring themselves to say “no” for whatever reason—possibly people-pleasing or fear of hurting you. This is where you will have to read the tea leaves, Cancer, and interpret their waffling as a “graceful” no. Disappointing though this may be, just let things be. Then, turn your attention towards people who are ready to be all in NOW. (You never know. When you pull away, you could create the space for those non-committal types to step up…not that you have time to wait around for that!) Get business agreements in writing and romantic relationships clearly defined. Ambiguity breeds contempt but clarity creates the foundation for a lasting lovefest!
If your mojo’s been stuck in a low gear, get ready for a sultry wake-up call as Mars pole-dances through this part of your chart. Moving your body will get your kundalini rising again. Skip the boot camp classes and go dancing instead—at a club, class, or in your own living room. Sensual movement provides the fastest route back into your own skin. This is a money-earning Mars phase, too. Explore new routes for investing your cash, like putting money in a high-yielding investment account instead of just your savings—or dabbling in the real estate market or selling digital downloads. A commission-based job could pay you a pretty penny this fall, and some Cancers might even get a windfall through an inheritance or royalty check.
On Tuesday, the Sun and Pluto team up in the relationship zones of your chart, forming a healing and transformational trine (120-degree angle). This is stellar day for selling your ideas or wooing the one you love. You’ll have the gift of gab to the thousandth power—people just can’t say no to you! Use this skill responsibly to create win-wins. Whether for business, pleasure or a creative collaboration, Tuesday’s stars could usher in a soulmate or help you seal the deal with someone you’ve wanted as your “other half” for a while. Don’t be shy about initiating discussions to activate this dynamic duo.
But bear in mind that family and friends may have their own agendas, at least this Wednesday, when Venus in your self-expressed fifth house opposes chaotic Uranus in your community corner. Do NOT open the opinion polls for feedback on the most tender aspects of your life—unless you’re prepared for emotional whiplash. Drama could heat up quickly midweek, especially when you’re out with friends. If you’re feeling unresolved with an individual in your circle (or even your S.O.) a group hang could just exacerbate the tension. Sit that one out until you and the “offending party” have had some private time to work out your differences. The last thing you need is to drag everyone into this. Venus and Uranus will oppose each other two more times this fall, on October 31 and November 30. Over the next couple months, there may be some casting changes in your friend group: Out with the toxic, in with the true!
Double down, Leo! This Monday, September 10, go-getter Mars makes its second stopover of 2018 to Aquarius and your seventh house of partnerships. Until November 15, promising duos will become more dynamic. And since Mars already turned up the heat in Aquarius once this year—from May 16 to August 12—existing relationships could also go through another growth spurt. But you may have to sort out some chaos and misunderstanding first, especially if things broke down while Mars was retrograde from June 26 to August 27. Take time to make amends and let your inner children hug it out. Then, focus on the future, which could be brighter than ever! Do you desire more from a particular relationship? Take the lead in those “what’s next?” conversations. It might be you, Leo, who brings up the “m” word or suggests turning a business associate into more of a long-term partner. Romantic relationships WILL be passionate during this Mars cycle, but the combustible warrior planet can also send incompatible connections up in flames. The line between love and hate will be thinner than ever over the next eight weeks. Sometimes a good argument is just what’s needed to clear the air—as long as you don’t let your temper take the wheel. Makeup sex is only mind blowing if it happens on rare occasions. If it’s becoming more of a regular thing—complete with daily fighting—you might be caught up in something truly unhealthy (a dynamic or the relationship itself). Direct yourself to the nearest couples’ therapist—or the exit ramp! Looking for love? When it comes to your search criteria, follow the rule of opposites attract. Whether for business, pleasure or a creative collaboration, a complementary force can help you shine brighter.
Turn your attention to practical matters this Tuesday as the Sun forms a flowing trine (120-degree angle) to alchemical Pluto. This annual alignment can help you power through outstanding items on your end-of-summer to-do list. Get yourself organized, Leo: Make spreadsheets, research lifehacks, and trim away the excess from your plans—and make a budget for that trip to IKEA or The Container Store. But, as you let go of unused items, please don’t race to replace them! You might never become a minimalist, but you CAN understand the concept of “less is more.”
On Wednesday, Venus in your fourth house of home and family faces off with indie-spirited Uranus in your career corner. “Someone” might be jealous of all the time you spend at work—or your achievements. If their complaint feels warranted, you may need to do some compromising to keep the peace. (Isn’t that what you’d want if the tables were turned?) Make a concerted effort to spend more quality time with them, sharing some “insider info” and bouncing ideas off them. But make sure you’re not giving in to their control tactics. You have a right to your autonomy, too, Leo! These two planets will face off again on October 31 and November 30, so it could take a couple months to bring the relationship back into balance. Another productive use of these cosmic beams would be to push through creative blocks by soaking up inspiration from atypical sources. Wander through a gallery, thumb through volumes at a bookstore, pick up random foods at the market and turn your kitchen into a science lab this week!
Lace up the cross trainers and spring for that Class Pass. This Monday, September 10, energizer Mars sprints back into Aquarius and your sixth house of healthy living until November 15. This is the red planet’s second dash through this zone of your chart, so this burst of momentum won’t feel altogether unfamiliar. From May 16 to August 12, Mars ran a marathon through Aquarius, bringing exciting (though not always stable) energy to your work and wellness goals. But the retrograde from June 26 to August 27 may have stalled some of those initiatives. Starting Monday, you’ll be ready to get back down to business—and maybe back onto the wellness wagon if you slipped a little this summer. As temperatures cool, warm your bones with invigorating cardio workouts and roasted Brussels sprouts. This Mars cycle can keep you in the “healthy hedonist” category, as you enjoy your hygge season indulgences. Making self-care a priority keeps your body in balance—and that includes “preventative medicine” like massages, acupuncture, and spin studio sweats. You’ll be a busy bee for the next eight weeks as the pace picks up with work. Be more proactive about taking on assignments, getting contracts signed or closing deals. Simultaneously, create more efficiency in your daily workflow. This is a great time to systematize, color code, lifehack and bring a strong spreadsheet game…all the things Virgos love. Even though you’re busy, you can still work smarter, not harder!
On Tuesday, make sure that you’re “spotlight ready.” With the Virgo Sun in a powerful alliance with Pluto in Capricorn and your fame corner, you could attract attention from unexpected sources. Truth is, these people have had their eyes on you for a while, but you may not have realized it. Don’t get self-conscious, Virgo, just figure out ways you might leverage the connection. Perhaps it’s time to set up a formal meeting to discuss a collaboration. Don’t be shy about steering conversations towards win-win opportunities. This cosmic coupling can amplify your romantic sparkle. Beam those charms selectively because your magnetism will be hard to resist.
On Wednesday, romantic Venus locks horns with unpredictable Uranus for the first of three times this fall. Someone you think of as a platonic pal might profess feelings for you—or vice versa! Or, you could have one of those fated encounters with a stranger that makes you feel like you just met a soul mate. Sweet, but is the risk/reward ratio swinging in your favor? This can be one irresistible mashup, but before you do anything irrevocable, really think through the possible consequences. A big part of you will want to throw caution to the wind, living for the moment and doing something totally impulsive in the name of “love.” Yet, you’re a thinker and an analyzer by nature, Virgo, and that “carpe diem” mindset can be followed by endless ruminating and regrets. If you’re already spoken for, you might have to exert some major willpower to avoid temptation this week. Find a way to redirect those urges. Go dancing with friends, plan an adventure date with your S.O., make a bold business move. No, it’s not QUITE the same as getting swept away by Eros, but that’s probably for the best.
It’s showtime, Libra! This Monday, September 10, Mars heads into Aquarius and fires up your fifth house of glamour, romance, and fame until November 15. Once again, the spotlight is beaming on you, so use these eight weeks to promote a creative project or get your work (or hey, yourself) into the public eye. This process may already be underway, since Mars took a rare and extended tour through Aquarius from May 16 to August 12. But due to a retrograde from June 26 to August 27, your star may have dimmed—perhaps because YOU started feeling self-conscious or scared of being “too much.” No more hiding your light under any sort of bushel, Libra! Between now and November 15, the crowds will be clamoring for whatever it is you have to offer. Rustle up a wardrobe and entertainment budget while you’re at it. Going out to those “seen and be seen” events will be part of your personal expansion plan this fall. If business deals can be sealed on the golf course, why can’t they also happen at an after-work cocktail hour or red-carpet gala?
This passionate Mars phase could kickstart a romantic renaissance for single Libras or a way hotter chapter in your relationship. But warning: Lusty Mars energy is not for the faint of heart. This IS the fierce warrior planet, after all. Gentle Libras run the risk of coming on a bit too strong, or even treading dangerously close to the drama queen or demanding diva territory. Make sure you aren’t asking the impossible of the one you love, even if it WOULD be nice to have rose petals scattered at your pedicured feet every time you walk in the door. Baby fever may strike during this fertile Mars phase; or, you could become consumed with a creative brainchild and spend hours developing away. But make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into here. Mapping out a plan BEFORE you make a bold move is probably a sound idea.
Tuesday’s Sun-Pluto trine inspires a housecleaning mission—literally and figuratively. You could spend a few hours in the early half of the week getting Chateau Libra set up and organized. The first order of business? Reducing the clutter. Fling open closets and drawers and reduce the “inventory.” Do you really need five pairs of pink heels and three staplers? Probably not. Perhaps you’ve sacrificed too much space in your home for oversized furniture or have been overly generous with a roommate. Something needs rebalancing, which could be your decor scheme, since you are sensitive to color and visuals. Take a peek at a bagua map and try applying some Feng Shui principles. Most importantly, what’s happening in your “love corner”?
You could have a financial windfall or stumble on a fresh revenue stream this Wednesday, when value-driven Venus in your second house of money and security gets in a dynamic dance with game-changing Uranus in your investments zone. Money has a way of burning a hole in your silk-lined pocket, Libra, but keep the urge to splurge in check. Before you spring for the Frette sheets, how much could you sock away in your savings and what could be funneled into a high-interest yielding investment portfolio? This is what David Bach, who authored The Automatic Millionaire, meant when he advised people to “pay yourself first.” (A book worth reading this week.) Delayed gratification is not the same as deprivation, Libra! Romantically, the Venus-Uranus dust-up could reveal a need for greater security in your love life. Coupled Libras may need to make some clear agreements around money—especially since this friction-inducing opposition will happen two more times this fall, on October 31 and November 30. A shared bank account is not for every couple, especially if you have different fiscal habits.
Gather the tribe, Scorpio. This Monday, September 10, your co-ruler Mars nestles into Aquarius and your family-friendly fourth house until November 15. And while this could turn Chateau Scorpio into the party palace, you might want to make it an “invite only” location. Potent Mars can be stimulating AND stressful, as you may have already learned while Mars was on an extended tour through Aquarius from May 16 to August 12, including a nerve-jangling retrograde spell from June 26 to August 27. Those who come in peace can make themselves at home during this eight-week cycle. But people who arrive with extra baggage should be directed to the nearest Airbnb. With Mars here, you certainly won’t be lounging on the couch during your so-called downtime. Passion projects, renovations, even a home-based business could consume your domestic hours. Since you’ll do some of your best work at home over the next eight weeks, set up a workstation (or convert the kitchen table into your desk, if roomies don’t mind). Time to relocate? Mars will hasten your search. You could be loading up the U-Haul before 2018 is through.
But don’t hole up at home this Tuesday! With the Sun sweetly angled to your ruler Pluto, you could meet a few soul friends while you’re out mingling at a local venue. Finally! People who appreciate your obscure cultural references and wry wit. It’s rare that you find people around whom you feel comfortable dropping your guard with. And in many ways, you’re more astute and sophisticated than the average mortal. But it’s not your fate to walk the world alone…there ARE others like you out there. Make it your mission to seek them out this week, dropping in on an after-work event or maybe signing up for a webinar. While you’re at it, plant yourself in places where the “influencers” convene. You could be invited in as a card-carrying member before you know it!
Watch for power trips on Wednesday though! Romantic Venus is in Scorpio and, for the first of three times this fall, she’s facing off with independent Uranus in your partnership house. Though you’re craving closeness, too much intimacy can get WAY intense midweek, setting off a few alarm bells for the vulnerability-averse Scorpio. Ease up on the throttle and lighten the mood with “benign” activities, like checking out a gallery exhibit or a record release party. While this too shall pass, you may have to contend with a few freak outs this fall, when this pattern repeats on October 31 and November 30. Know that moments like these happen in every relationship. Your job is to sit with the feelings instead of flying into a reactive state because bae suddenly reminded you of your parents when you were trying to have a romantic moment and you’re, like, really not sure WHAT to do with that. (The answer? Let it pass.) Looking to change up your single status? That’s more reason for social experimentation this week! Let culture-vulture Venus and experimental Uranus guide you out of your comfort zone. A fellow foodie or arts lover could sweep you off your feet.
Ready for a breather, Sagittarius? On Monday, September 10, energizer Mars sails back into Aquarius and your cooperative, communicative third house. Between now and November 15, synergies will spark at every turn. Explore! Tag-teaming with the right people can take so much weight off your shoulders. There’s a chance you already met some of these “missing puzzle pieces” earlier in the year, when Mars took its first tour through Aquarius from May 16 to August 12. But when the red planet spun retrograde from June 26 to August 27, you may have lost some of the initial momentum. Don’t dwell, Archer; just pick up where you left off. Schedule coffee dates, discovery calls, Zoom meetings, whatever. But here’s an important rule of thumb: Work with experienced people, not novices. While you love to mold a talented ingenue, this can just leave you feeling spread even thinner. And good vibes are not enough—you need solid commitments from people so that you know that work is being handled.
The third house governs communication, and Mars could bring a wave of momentum for any projects involving writing, podcasting or media making. Nurture your hobbies by signing up for a workshop (or “playshop”). You might even be inspired to design one that you’ll teach yourself. Be vigilant with your words for the coming eight weeks. With combative Mars in this position, you could step into troll bait by responding to someone’s Tweetrum or incendiary Facebook post. Keep it high vibes, Archer, and use your social media—and your local connections—to spread powerful messages. With idealistic Aquarius energy spurring you on, you could inspire people to change the world in so many ways, like switching from plastic to compostable products to making your neighbors get to the polls for the November 6th U.S. midterm elections.
Tuesday could bring some financial breakthroughs as the Sun locks into a fortuitous trine (120-degree angle) with powerhouse Pluto. New ideas for making bank—and investing the cash you DO have—could crop up during a casual conversation or while you’re scrolling through your morning newsfeed. See if there’s an event going on that can help connect you to thought leaders. Maybe it’s time to sign up for that industry conference or attend an after-work networking event this week. Bring cards and your can-do attitude, because a future strategic partner might be standing next to you at the open bar.
In love, boundaries could get blurry—or nearly non-existent—when Venus in Scorpio and your twelfth house of fantasy opposes rebellious Uranus this Wednesday. Common sense? Willpower? Gut checks? Um, where did they go, Sagittarius? A charming raconteur may sweep you off on a fantastic voyage midweek, which could feel like a heavenly escape…in the moment. But if you aren’t careful, you might also get taken for a ride. (And, oh, the awful crash that can follow from these highs!) Single AND coupled Archers should keep firm limits in place. This is just not the week to play with fire, or even try to get closure with that repeat ghoster. Certain attractions will never fade, even if they are unhealthy. Psychologists have a term for this: repetition compulsion. You may be drawn (compulsively and repetitively) to a painful relationship as you try to play it out with a different ending—which rarely, if ever, works. Instead of regressing, use Wednesday’s energy to be a romantic renegade, choosing to move in a completely different direction! This is the first of three Venus-Uranus oppositions this fall; the pattern will repeat on October 31 and November 30. Instead of reopening old wounds, this may be your cue to do more healing. If you’re going to explore the attraction, do so on a therapist’s couch…not on your ex’s!
With red-hot Mars powering up your sign since August 12, you’re feeling that drive to achieve! Exciting for sure, but are you building your dream (or empire…or femmepire) on a solid foundation? This Monday, September 10, you can get your combat boots back on terra firma as the red planet moves on to Aquarius and your sensible second house. There are irons in the fire; balls up in the air, but you may also be feeling rather scattered. As Mars lumbers through Aquarius until November 15 discernment is a must. If you could only put your time and energy into one (okay, two) of these efforts, which would bring the highest return on investment? Mars already visited Aquarius once in 2018, for an extended voyage that lasted from May 16 to August 12. But a retrograde period from June 26 to August 27 may have scattered your focus. As the restless red planet leaves your sign, it will be easier to focus and actually get s*** done. Step one: Scale back and simplify. If you don’t spread yourself thinner than angel hair pasta, you could rake in some nice cash before 2018 is through. Be more assertive about hunting down client leads, closing sales or positioning yourself for a raise and promotion. The squeaking wheel gets the oil—and the pot of gold. Do watch your spending though. Your lust for luxury will be amplified between now and November 15, but you could go broke trying to keep up with the Kardashian-Jenners.
On Tuesday, clear a little space in your schedule for unstructured playtime. The Sun in your happy-go-lucky ninth house forms a flowing trine (120-degree angle) to transformational Pluto in Capricorn. Drifting “aimlessly” could lead you straight to some kismet encounters. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you’re surrounded by people who are as adventurous and ambitious as you are—even more so. The odds of connecting with the influencers are high early this week—and as a Capricorn, you can never have too many powerful people in your contact database. But you may have to make a unilateral decision near Tuesday, even if it brings a little backlash from the team. You know this is the best for everyone, so trust your gut and make your move.
Your emotions could be a bit volatile on Wednesday, as unpredictable Uranus locks horns with Venus. Is something up, or are you being paranoid? You might feel like someone is pulling away when all they’re doing is focusing on their daily routines. Try not to take it too personally—that could lead to unnecessary conflicts. With Venus in your friendship zone, don’t wait for people to ping you first. You’re comfortable in the lead, so be the one to initiate plans. And if you don’t hear back from people soon enough for your liking, distract yourself with your own busy life. Besides, being a little more unavailable can actually add to your cachet. There will be two more Venus-Uranus oppositions this fall, on October 31 and November 30. While you don’t want to react to every perceived slight, you WILL want to monitor the flow of give and take in your relationships. Don’t let things get imbalanced by over-giving…or playing too hard to get. Aim for a middle ground and give people clear clues on how to please you. With your discerning tastes, they might not know HOW to reciprocate!
No one puts Aquarius in the corner! But with Mars pulsing through your esoteric twelfth house for the past month, you may have flown under the radar by choice. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s time to get back in the air! This Monday, September 10, action star Mars blasts back into Aquarius for eight weeks, igniting its second blaze of 2018 in your self-authorized first house. This has been an unprecedented year for Water Bearers. Mars has been on a rare, extended tour through Aquarius, blessing you with drive and motivation once already, from May 16 to August 12. The issue? On June 26, Mars dipped into a befuddling retrograde for ten weeks, which threw some of your best laid plans into chaos. Just as you were preparing for liftoff, you may have lost focus (or your nerve). Maybe you got swept into someone else’s agenda and distracted from your own. And since Mars can arouse intense emotions like anger and anxiety, dealing with anything “extra” or ambitious was just too much for your system to handle at times. No wonder you needed that early September sabbatical!
Starting this Monday, you get a second chance to kick those personal goals into high gear. Mars will soar through Aquarius until November 15, bringing a strong tailwind for all your dreams. Even making a minor effort will quickly show you that your magic is back. But why aim so low? After November 15, the “go big or go home” planet won’t visit your sign for another two years. Distill the lessons from this summer’s slowdowns, then upgrade. Would investing in better software—or helpful human resources—get your farther faster? It takes money to make money and you might have to invest a little in “personal growth and development” in the name of living your best life. If teammates have been slowing you down, breaking off on an independent path may be the best strategy, at least while you do some visionary work. Watch your temper though! Hosting Mars can give you a short fuse. Don’t burn bridges with the people who love you, even if they are “demanding.” Manage their expectations by saying no (instead of maybe) to any resentment-generating activities. Mars gives you your fight back—so much so that your competitive nature could become combative or even cutthroat. Go easy on the stimulants; or switch that afternoon coffee to a matcha latte. With excitable Mars in your sign, you may feel wired and anxious, almost as if you’re jumping out of your own skin. Remember to pause and take some deep breaths, and maybe hit a yoga class as you speed along the Autobahn of life.
Take time on Tuesday to honor your emotions—especially (yes!) the gloomier ones. You can’t be “on” and upbeat all the time, Aquarius. With the Sun in a healing angle with somber Pluto, you can safely allow your shadow side to come out and play. As an Aquarius, you sometimes suppress these moods, only to have them pull you down like a riptide later on. Before the storm hits, talk to one of your personal Oprah figures. You’d benefit from meditation, massage, even a session with an energy healer. Releasing your emotions doesn’t mean you’ll drown in them; but bottling them up can definitely slow you down. Take the necessary time out on Tuesday to process and deal. What seemed like a roadblock earlier in the month could reveal a need for better boundaries or more honest conversation about what you REALLY desire.
On Wednesday, Venus in your career corner faces off with your ruler, renegade Uranus in your domestic fourth, shining a light on your need for a better work-life balance. Have you allowed professional pursuits to infringe on your personal time or vice versa? No one can stop a motivated Aquarius from working 24/7, especially with Mars in your sign. But key unions can and will suffer if you don’t (occasionally) step away and “unplug”—giving your people the undivided attention they need and deserve. The Venus-Uranus opposition will happen again on October 31 and November 30. Consider it a hidden blessing and set aside some non-negotiable blocks in your schedule where you power down all work devices and give your loved ones ALL of you.
Surrender your way to serenity, Pisces—it’s a no-fail technique for your spiritual sign. This Monday, September 10, button-pusher Mars slips into Aquarius and your reflective twelfth house, its second visit here in 2018. (The first was from May 16 to August 12, including a murky retrograde that began on June 26.) While this planetary transit can turn up the volume on the mental “monkey chatter,” it also offers the perfect window for growth. Between now and November 15, your job is to become aware of the background noise in your brain. (You know the ones, Pisces—they play to the tune of “I’m not good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, powerful enough…” and on and on.) Your other job is to start replacing those feedback loops with powerful and proactive thoughts. The “reframing” technique is a great place to start. If you’ve been down on your body, for example, create a mantra like, “I love and embrace my unique brand of beauty” or “I find power and joy in my individuality.” At first, it might feel like a stretch, but repeat it enough and it will become your new belief system.
This is not about being “positive!” at the expense of your true feelings. Think of this Mars cycle as a deep detox—literally and figuratively. On November 15, the red planet will blast into Pisces for six weeks, recharging you on every level. So, before that, make it your mission to clear away the cobwebs and figure out where your boundaries lie—especially if you’ve said yes to one too many things. If you’re feeling foggy or low energy, take your power naps, then dive into a decluttering mission. Purging old possessions will be energizing. Book healing treatments and doctor’s appointments to get your body tuned up again. If funds are tight, look into the “pay what you can” community acupuncture or yoga classes that might be offered in your area on special dates. During this transitional Mars cycle, you may become sharply aware of aspects of your life that you’ve outgrown. Your sentimental sign hates to let go—oh the guilt! But life is too short to soldier through unfulfilling circumstances. Deal with all the clean-up work for the next eight weeks and you’ll be ready to say sayonara by November 15! If the thought of this feels overwhelming, find wise counsel to Sherpa you through your emotional journey.
Tuesday could bring a popularity spike! The Sun forms a juicy trine (120-degree angle) to alchemical Pluto in the most social areas of your chart. Tag along with a friend to a group activity, especially if it’s something metaphysical or meaningful. You never know who you’ll meet at that Tarot 101 workshop or kundalini yoga class with the gong meditation. Community activism could also draw you in, providing a great outlet for your creativity and compassion. Bonus: With the Sun in your partnership house, you could meet a standout star among this crew—someone with BFF or even romantic potential. Explore!
A relationship may get dicey on Wednesday, as loving Venus faces off with edgy Uranus, making you feel affection and irritation in equal measure. Argh! One minute you want to be close, and the next, you’re both gasping for air. This isn’t the day to let after-work cocktails stretch into a marathon hang. If there’s one thing that Uranus teaches, it’s that absence really does make the heart grow fonder. Just don’t pull SO far away that people feel abandoned. It’s a fine line, Pisces—and one you’ll walk again when Venus and Uranus face off two more times this year, on October 31 and November 30. Make like a rubber band: Stretch, but don’t snap!