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SEPTEMBER 2022 OVERVIEW
Gather all your gelly roll pens and bust out your favorite planner because it’s Virgo season, bbs. It’s time to clear the debris and get your mind right after the party that lasts a full month: Leo season.
If you’re still feeling like you’re in recovery mode, don’t worry — a month of socializing, partying, traveling, and living it up full time is sure to have a heavy emotional aftermath. But we’re here to tell you that surprisingly, things really do get easier when you start to get your life together and organize the mess. It isn’t always fun, but it is deeply satisfying, and the payoff may be huge this month. It’s been a blast, but you must jet — The Feels™ are calling and you must go.
This month, as we transition into the less active part of the year, Mercury is putting our deepest and closest relationships under a microscope (all of them: romantic, friendships, business, and colleagues). On the 9th, Mercury begins its retrograde motion in Libra, and on the 10th the Full Moon in Pisces is conjunct Neptune, inspiring and encouraging us all to take an inventory of where we’re expending our energy the most. Expect to feel a sudden jolt of clarity about where that focus needs to go. Find ease within the discomfort of releasing what’s no longer relevant or purposeful in your life, because in a few month’s time, you’ll be relieved that you’ve already cut through the muck and trimmed the fat.
Throughout this month, we are collectively entering a more practical period. Reader beware: reminiscing about the past month’s gauzy haze of illusion and good vibes may only just make you feel sad in light of this month’s ultra-realistic focus on the IRL. You can still dream, but it seems like the stars you’re reaching for are just slightly farther off. You may not typically be into the idea of toning things down, but you can also find joy in getting focused and in your zone. It really is nice to get serious and take care of business, but it kinda just feels like the universe is trying to harsh your mellow a little bit this month. It’s hard to transition when the contrast is so stark.
This might come a little bit more easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy for the earth signs (Virgo, Taurus, Capricorn) because you’re used to being in productive mode, handling whatever is thrown at you. You can make anything out of lemons and you know you’re standing on solid ground when you feel like you’re getting something done.
For all of us, this month is the perfect time to tie up loose ends, wrap up looming projects, and clear your desk. Doing “the work” right now helps us prepare for what’s coming, and we’re sensing some pretty big shifts in the coming months!
Isn’t it funny how we all collectively seem to ride the same wave? (We do, there’s only one wave!). It’s like the switch is flipped and now we’re all in a totally different mood. You can look around and see how all your friends are going through the same sorts of things but in different ways. We’re currently experiencing that big shift from hot girl summer vibes into rich witch fall. Everyone is a lot more motivated, more productive, routine and detail-oriented, and maybe even more organized than usual.
This summer has been heavy for many of us. It started with some extremely heavy blows to our stability on a collective level. The world is at war and on fire, human rights are barely hanging on by a thread, and even Kim and Pete broke up. This month, let us take a sigh of relief — at least there’s some relief in slowing down. Make yourself some tea, have a huge, cathartic ugly-cry, and then put on a face mask and make a spreadsheet about it. Let’s get this money???
BIRTHDAY SPOTLIGHT: VIRGO (AUGUST 23 — SEPTEMBER 22):
It’s your party and you can cry if you want to, Virgo. You’re still reeling from the urgent rebuild you were tasked with last month at the New Moon in your sign. As we enter September, you may have to rapidly change your routines and focus totally on other things that unexpectedly took priority. Even though you probably didn’t notice how peaceful your life was before these mental shifts, you’re actually relieved to have a new set of problems to figure out. In a way, this month is gearing you up for chaos and helping you eliminate the fear that keeps you frozen in analysis paralysis. Particularly at the Full Moon on September 10th, you will be faced with a challenge that requires you to rewrite your rules for yourself. This will feel uncomfortable and not ideal — and could involve a request from a love or business partner, but you are stretching your limits and growing as a person. Finally, there’s an issue that definitely needs to be dealt with. This birthday season will be a cleaning project of the highest magnitude: You need to sort out the bs from your situation so you can focus on what matters most. With many planets, including Mercury — the planet of thinking and communication — in your sign this month, the mental urge is there to scrap everything and start over. Before you do, you might need to take a quick look at what’s been looking wildly “out of control” to you. It’s likely life as you know it is trying desperately to crack the glass on the fire alarm of your heart. Although you have formidable power as a friend, employee, or sibling, you can sometimes feel like you’re surfing through human emotion and drowning. This month shows you how to deal with the ebb and flow and not be “ashamed of the flow.” Let yourself cry, make mistakes, and feel human. You are more than welcome to the help you give others. On September 24th, Venus opposes Neptune and makes it really difficult to see your feelings clearly. You may feel excessively emotional or have a serious misunderstanding with a friend. Don’t let this worry you; all the issues are likely to melt away once you honestly explain how you feel *cue eye roll.* We know, you’d rather send a text, but open up and focus on what matters before you end up losing someone important to you. This month will be as good as you are flexible, so keep that in mind.
Tarotscopes | Four of Cups — It’s easy to justify being a negative nelly this month, but realize you’re having trouble seeing things for how they really are. It’s not what you wanted, but it’s plenty.
Key Dates: Sept. 5, 10, 16, 23, 24-25
Famous Virgo: Beyonce
Local Virgo: Savannah Morningstar — Indy costume maker, gallery manager, fusion dancer | savannahmorningstar.com | IG: @savannahmorningstar
NOW FOR THE REST OF YOU...
LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 22):
Between Mercury retrograde in your sign for the majority of the month, and the New Moon hitting Jupiter in Libra, you’re in for lots of fits and starts in September. You know it’s time for a change, but you’ve been seriously dragging your feet in the name of being busy or having a lot on your mind. Enter Mercury retrograde to make you re-think, re-view, and re-new an old dream as you feel inspired to commit your energy onto a path you said you wanted a long time ago. It won’t be easy, as a tense lunar angle to Jupiter on the 25th makes expenses shoot through the roof right when you need to be paring down and conserving your energy. Now isn’t the time to start new things, but it *is* the time to restart old ones. Expect people from your past to come back to help your progress and give you access to the next lesson on your journey. If you have chance encounters with an old version of yourself, it’s time to show them who’s boss and finish the job. Take the time and initiative to relearn things as these life lessons reappear again. It’s not a sign that you’re doing something wrong, but more like a cosmic test of your resolve to not let the same mistakes happen again. Although your peace-loving sign finds its home in indecision (that way no one’s unhappy…), there’s a lot of background noise from Mercury in various configurations this month that conspire to disrupt your plans and force you to make some tough choices. Don’t get bogged down on the weight of the future; enjoy the present and all the old seeds you planted finally making their way to the surface.
Tarotscopes | Hierophant — You’re ready to commit to a path. Listen to someone who’s already lived your dream and paint-by-number.
Key Dates: Sept. 1, 9, 20, 23, 28-29
SCORPIO (OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 21):
You’re feeling very wishy-washy, hot and cold, and upside down this month as your mood swings from extreme to extreme. You may struggle to find your footing in the first half of the month as you try to keep your focus where it’s meant to go, and you’re hoping to strike the perfect balance between your serious and fun sides. There are some transits this month that feel deeply exhausting for you and give you an urge to go within and explore what really matters to you. Then on the 5th when Venus enters Virgo, it lights up your 11th house of networking and connections. This is inspiring you to focus on career development. You’d do well during this period to seek out opportunities to rub elbows with the higher-ups. You’ll be given the chance to put yourself out there a lot throughout the month of September, and while you feel seriously obligated to put your name in the hat for everything and participate, you’ll be so overwhelmed if you commit to everything. Only say yes to what seems absolutely essential. There’s a pretty good chance that you’ll be in the right place at the right time with someone who has the potential to have a super strong influence on the next phase of your career — but that doesn’t mean you have to run yourself into the ground. You’ll be where you’re meant to be. Just do what feels good.
Tarotscopes | The Emperor — um, excuse me, are you in charge here? Yes, we think you are!
Key Dates: Sept. 1-2, 5, 24, 28
SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 22 – DECEMBER 21):
You’ve been putting off dealing with what you feel is inevitable this month. Maybe you should keep putting it off, because it may not be inevitable this time, and your emotions are questionable right now. Put your focus elsewhere and recognize that you do not need to fix what isn’t broken. You may be anticipating a fracture in a relationship or sensing that something has critically shifted. Remember, though, that anticipation and sensing are not reality! We’re here to be the voice of reason to your spiral. This month your hunch is likely right, but may be misdirected. You’re hyper-focused on the task at hand and when you feel like something’s wrong, you grab the nearest object and suddenly call it “out of place.” The real issue isn’t this object. Maybe it’s just in the wrong room. In other words, the thing that you think is off may be totally different from the real issue, and this month, you’re actually being called to transform how you feel about your career. It’s a good time to rethink your goals; you might be surprised to find that when you take their temperature, this is where you’re feeling out of alignment. Once you figure it out, you can fix it. The object in the room that felt out of place might just disappear if it really is. The miscellaneous and unnecessary will rebalance once you do. Keep your chin up! The New Moon in Libra on the 25th is bringing a much-needed boost to your confidence and your energy. Also, remember that summer isn’t quite over; you’re still meant to be having fun right now!
Tarotscopes | 6 of Swords — it’s beyond time to move on, bb. Just make sure you’re leaving what you’re ready to lose.
Key Dates: Sept. 10, 23, 25, 29
CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 22 – JANUARY 19):
September is making you feel far more outgoing and adventurous than is usually comfortable. This is for good reason, dearest Cap. You’re being challenged to experience something new and different for yourself because you’re currently generating a new limb. What you’re learning now is giving you the growth you need to move into the next phase of your life that allows you to truly accept who you are. You’re also deeply motivated and inspired this month. You have sudden bursts of enthusiasm that inspire you and sometimes change the track you’ve been on. Normally, changing your mind and feeling differently about a situation might upset you. Right now, you’re uncharacteristically easygoing and kinda just feel like you’re down for whatever. We suspect there’s something that’s been brewing for a long time, and now it’s reaching a critical point where things begin to come to fruition. You’re ready for whatever and you feel prepared to go where you’re meant to go next. It might even feel like you’re open to redefining your idea of commitment and success. We wouldn’t be surprised if you end up in a café when you’re supposed to be working in the office. Instead, you’re outlining new criteria for achievement and beginning to move into a new phase in your career. Your life looks way different this month, because you are different. It’s way lighter, isn’t it? Trust us: you are ready. You don’t need to become a new person just to do something new.
Tarotscopes | Page of Pentacles — don’t be afraid to not know the answers. Be confident that you’ll learn what you don’t already know.
Key Dates: Sept. 2, 15, 16, 28
AQUARIUS (JANUARY 20 – FEBRUARY 18):
Bro, are you okay? Your patience is on the fritz and you may feel like you’re liable to snap at the slightest disturbance. It’s hard to keep your cool when everyone else ~seems~ to be functioning in tip-top shape and you feel like you’re the only Other™ in the room. You’re at your best when you have a companion on the spaceship, even if you’re still way farther off the “normal” path than them. This month, your inner landscape is getting a makeover, and it’s a little uncomfortable, but fret not! The rehaul is worth the reward and you’ll feel like you have infinite potential if you can go with the flow. Reconnect with the practices that make you feel grounded and connected. What you need most in this moment is to connect with the people who give you permission to delve into those kinda scary deep feelings that you usually choose to ignore or push down. You’re totally capable of connecting deeply and intuitively assessing the situation, but you might come to the realization this month that while you can name an emotion, you may not be allowing yourself to feel it. Have you ever? With this awareness comes a totally new type of freedom you probably didn’t even realize you were lacking. As the zodiac’s revolutionary, you are comfortable igniting change … but have you relied too heavily on razing uncomfortable situations to the ground? Discomfort doesn’t always necessitate an overhaul. Maybe it’s time to just feel those uncomfortable feelings, follow the thread, and see where leaning into emotion takes you. Try to settle into what is feeling good and recognize that you don’t have to leave when it’s hard, just because it’s hard.
Tarotscopes | 5 of Wands -— sometimes how you deal with the challenge reveals your strongest traits and brings out the best in you.
Key Dates: Sept. 16, 20, 23, 24, 28
PISCES (FEBRUARY 19 – MARCH 20):
You’re getting a little relief this month as far as feeling exposed, and you should get a little break from feeling like you’re constantly having to lead the vulnerability charge in your relationships. As we transition into Virgo season, your relationships are in the spotlight, and suddenly you might feel acutely aware of the ones that are no longer fulfilling your needs. You may have to fight the urge to stir the pot and burn your bridges, but be aware that Mercury’s retrograde motion in Libra beginning on the 9th could cause you to blow things way out of proportion. Try not to light too many torches before you’re ready, and carefully consider whether it’s actually even necessary. You’ll feel more passionate and intense about the situation in the moment, but once you sleep on it (or, like, simply walk away for 15 minutes), you might not even care. Practice employing the phrase, “I’m not ready to talk about this yet.” Things will seem more clear after the Full Moon in your sign on the 10th. After all, the sky always looks better in the morning after a big storm, and your emotions, while potentially tumultuous at times, will change with the wind this month. Rather than cutting people off, you’re better off focusing on the connections that feel most beneficial. Just invest in those instead. You have an innate ability to read the room, and you know when a situation will pay off and when it’s best to drop the rope. Your relationships with the allies that you feel most compelled to keep close will quickly develop and morph into long lasting fortuitous situations that enable and empower you to be your best.
Tarotscopes | Ace of Wands — inspiration is closer than you think and right now, you have the power to turn a dream into reality.
Key Dates: Sept. 5, 9, 10, 24
ARIES (MARCH 21 – APRIL 19):
You’re a sentimental baddie in September and this is a nostalgic little hot girl walk you find yourself on. If you’re honest — which you usually are — you’d probably say you’re feeling a little sad this month. But it’s the good kind of sad; the kind that makes you daydream and fantasize and think too much. With this being a dreamy month already due to Pisces’ fantasy combatting the Virgo urge to do, you might feel a little unproductive, even as you cheerfully sign up for longer hours or phone it in at the gym. You’re there, but you’re really not. And you’re ok with that. Sometimes you need a little space to understand what you’re feeling, and disengaging can let you deal with the existential angst you’ve let pile up like dirty laundry. With Mercury retrograde opposing your sign all month, you may notice you’re feeling a little burned out, but it’s nothing a little vegging out and comfort foods can’t fix. Don’t make any sudden moves: It’s not a time to settle on things or make firm decisions. Take a cue from all the planets in your opposite sign of Libra this month and lean on someone else to make the hard calls, and use the intuitions that come up to say yea or nay. You’re feeling complacent and ineffective and you’re perfect just the way you are. When Venus enters Libra too on Sep 29th, you’re going to feel reignited and passionate about your life again. Use this meh time to think about what you miss and how you can get it back.
Tarotscopes |6 of Cups — You’re really missing something or someone. Sadly, there’s no way to get it back, but your reveries can bring you the possibility of a do-over in real time.
Key Dates: Sept. 1, 9-10, 23, 25, 28-29
TAURUS (APRIL 20 – MAY 20):
You are feeling comfortable being uncomfortable this month. You’ve come to terms over the past year that you want more than you have and you are totally prepared to work for it, if it means getting to enjoy more peace and freedom later. September is a milestone month for you. You’re making more money, you’re spending time wisely, and saving up energy for something very important to you. You may also start seeing your money work for you at the Full Moon in Pisces on the 10th, when a hard yet positive aspect from Neptune surprises you with an unexpected gift or secret stash you forgot about due to your own mature forward thinking (à la drunk-you online shopping and forgetting you bought something). Even with Mercury retrograde skewing your perceptions this month, you still can’t help but keep yourself on solid ground this month, even if it feels like you’re herding cats of hot mess friends and work children who can’t seem to hold it together. Your influence is calming, even if you’re feeling downright resentful of other people not having to deal with the consequences you’ve engineered your life to circumvent. Enjoy your alone time and realign yourself with the goals you set earlier this year. You’re very close to accumulating a self-earned nest egg or other highly secure set-up and it would be a shame for you to let other people ruin your peace.
Tarotscopes | 9 of Pentacles — You need to spend some time alone right now. You’re happiest when you have complete control of your surroundings. Money is cozy.
Key Dates: Sept. 5, 16, 20, 24-25, 29
GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)
Your internal quiet is deafening as you center down into yourself this month. While the rest of the world is swirling around you and literally every planet makes a direct hit on your chart, you’re feeling weirdly meditative and oddly in your element. Like a feral cat: you choose chaos. It paradoxically calms you. With your ruling sign Mercury retrograding in fellow air sign Libra, get ready for the full gambit of mixed messages, missed emails, and accidental flirting. You’re having fun with it and getting your hands dirty this month, even if it’s a hot mess. You won’t know if you pissed someone off or made them fall in love with you, but you’re kind of okay with it. Hint: obvi, it was both. The Full Moon on September 10th makes a powerful eclipsing aspect to Neptune, the planet of dreams and fantasies, and on September 16th this aspect is officially set off by an aspect from the Sun. That week may be one for the record books, as you feel pulled as if by a supernatural force to grow all at once in the areas of career and home, be it by improvement projects or a major career milestone. You could receive a bonus or financial support to buy a house or have an epiphany about starting homesteading or an alternative lifestyle. What you start right now could bear enormous fruit, so let the chaotic energy sink in and work its magic in your life. It’s been too easy lately and you’re not easy, Gemini. With Mars in your sign and in aspect to Saturn at month’s end, you’re letting the wisdom of the moment dictate your next actions. “Do or do not — there is no try,” so just keep steering yourself into the eye of the madness.
Tarotscopes |High Priestess — You know everything before we even hear about it. Your brain is electric this month, but you have to trust yourself enough to not keep looking when you’ve found the answer.
Key Dates: Sept. 1-2, 5, 9, 16, 23-24, 28
CANCER (JUNE 21 – JULY 22):
Don’t panic. It’s fine. Totally fine. But there’s just something about this month that has you seriously on edge and heartbreakingly concerned about a situation that is totally unrealistic and could never happen. Maybe you’ve talked yourself out of something you were super serious about last month because now you’re sure you’ll fail, or you’re terrified you said the wrong thing … or you may even feel like everybody hates you. We know — isn’t that every month? Yeah, but more than usual this time. But seriously: It’s not true. You have it all wrong, and it’s not because you’re delusional or too sensitive; your Spidey senses are just a little *too* attuned to all the wild Neptunian vibes and brain fog that’s swirling around you and it can’t come up with a clear message. Don’t assume that no news is bad news and hit pause on your judgments in September. Although your anxiety is wholly unfounded, you’re right about one thing: Something is truly strange this month. With Mercury receding into retrograde on the 9th and hitting your lunar sign from every angle at the New Moon on the 25th, the planets are pressuring you to focus on fantasies and fears and old habitual ways of thinking. These thought patterns are coming up to be cleared as much as they are inspiring you to dig deeper beneath the surface and confront those fears for what they are: projections of your own long-forgotten cringey younger self. Believe it or not, these ghosts can’t hurt you … they’re friendly. Use the psychic impressions that come through to re-imagine the past and take control of the narrative.
Tarotscopes |9 of Swords — It’s not what you think. We promise. You’re actually safe and protected underneath the apparent calamities that keep cropping up à la whack-a-mole.
Key Dates: Sept. 9, 10, 16, 23, 25, 29
LEO (JULY 23 – AUGUST 22):
You might feel like you’re in a test of wills this month between yourself and the Universe. Who’s going to drop the rope first — which one of you will be the “winner?” There’s a critical issue with thinking of your life like a game; you end up expecting to have to defend yourself at every turn. This month, you’re hypersensitive to rejection, ego blows, and all manners of let-downs. Jupiter’s influence at the start of this month carries you forward with a “bigger is better” mentality, but it also has your mouth writing checks that your ass can’t quite cash. Watch your words and try not to manifest lottery tickets, big love, or do things just for the clout: Others are particularly sensitive to you using your power at this time and may try to leverage that against you. You might be coming off aggressive or selfish without meaning to. With Mercury retrograde also scrambling your signal from the 9th until the 23rd, there’s not a lot you can get a clear picture on, so take a step back and let the dust settle before you come out with guns blazing. While we totally get that you’re frequently the most capable person in the room, there’s something you’re communicating right now through body language that’s throwing people off and undermining your efforts. Hold yourself back at the New Moon on the 25th, when multiple aspects put pressure on you to overspend and even overshare to get others to see your point.
Tarotscopes |5 of Wands — You’re being annoying, but you don’t see it. Take a break from riling other people up for a second; not everyone’s having fun.
Key Dates: Sept. 1-2, 20, 25, 28
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