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What the Second Half of September Will Hold for Your Zodiac Sign
A bi-monthly look at what's to come for your sign courtesy of T&C's master astrologer, Katharine Merlin.
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Virgo: August 24-September 23


Freddie Mercury

With mighty Mars entering your birth sign on the 5th, action is your password—so charge out there and follow through on decisions and stalled projects. You should think, too, about having that long-postponed heart-to-heart with a close friend or partner—especially near the 13th—and not be too proud to make concessions. And remember, on the 25th when Saturn afflicts Mercury, being overly pessimistic could lead you astray.

September 16-30: The 16th is a time when you'll be highly motivated, but try not to step on anyone's toes in your eagerness to achieve your aims. Once Venus enters your birth sign on the 20th, life will sweeten up and the new Moon in Virgo on the 20th highlights start-ups of all kinds. Abrupt ups and downs between the 24th and 28th are in no way an indication that you're on the wrong path.

Libra: September 24-October 23


Alfred Nobel

Boringly, loose ends demand attention this month and you may have to focus on behind-the-scenes situations. Still, don't let anything stop you from pursuing your most cherished aims. With Venus trining Saturn on the 13th, you should be able to firm up a highly promising arrangement but the new Moon of the 20th is telling you to fact check every detail. As for your personal life, private time is mandatory as September winds down.

September 16-30: Events near the 16th may stir up anxieties but until the 22nd, you're not likely to be seeing situations clearly. Venus in Virgo after the 20th draws you into others' issues and woes, and by the 25th it's likely to become evident that you really can't be the one who solves their problems for them. Aspects near the 28th urge you to give yourself a break and follow a whim.

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Scorpio: October 24-November 22


Indira Gandhi

Once Mercury turns direct on the 5th, you'll be able to make those decisions you must to take your next step forward. And with the Sun in precise Virgo trining Pluto on the 9th, be ready to fine-tune and shake hands on agreements that enable you to fulfill a long-held hope. Start-ups are accented near the 20th and so is your social life and this is very much a time when you should make the kind of effort that expands your horizons and cements new connections.

September 16-30: Everyone seems to be losing their cool when Mars conjoins Mercury on the 16th—so just don't go there. With Venus beautifully aspected on the 18th, your contributions won't go unnoticed. Make an effort to play more of a behind-the-scenes role at work during the last week of September and instead focus on personal relationships and crucial associations.

Sagittarius: November 23-December 21


Bruce Lee

Numerous planets will be igniting the most ambitious sector of your solar chart in September including feisty Mars. And making discriminating choices is what will set you on the right path on the 6th. Above all, don't be in a rush and be careful not to brashly alienate associates. Ups and downs characterize the last week of the month, but you will prevail if you grasp opportunities that crop up when Jupiter, your ruler, is in your favor on the 28th.

September 16-30: You're wise to play your hand close to your chest until the 20th when both the new Moon and Venus in Virgo draw the right kind of attention your way. Start-ups are accented and once the Sun enters the diplomatic sign of Libra on the 22nd, you should be making an effort to cast your net far and wide. Don't sink into a sulk if others aren't on your wavelength on the 25th, but give them time to come around.

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Capricorn: December 22-January 20


Muhammad Ali

Expanding your horizons and reaching out to those at a distance will give you the clarity you need to map out the right route this month. If you find that your ideas are undergoing some sort of metamorphosis, you should and must explore the untested and the unknown. Once the Sun travels to the top of your chart after the 20th, the time has come to act on your convictions and aspects near the 28th point to strokes of luck.

September 16-30: Your ability to respond and act quickly near the 16th will reflect well on your judgment and the new Moon of the 20th is all about covering new ground. With Mars opposing Neptune on the 24th, though, be ready to take one step back and do some fact-checking before you attempt to launch a plan. By the 26th, though, you appear to be on your way to new success.

Aquarius: January 21-February 19


Virginia Woolf

Offers coming your way this month will not be easy to sort out. Take your time. Be a stickler. You will find that with Venus in your opposite sign of Leo until the 20th, others will be amenable to your ideas and quite conciliatory. What's more, close relationships are likely to blossom. If you adopt an analytical mindset as Mars travels through logical Virgo throughout most of September, you will not fail at whatever you undertake.

September 16-30: Give yourself and others as much space as possible near the 18th because mutual trust will prove to be the solution to any issues that arise. The new Moon of the 20th is about letting go of the past and turning the page and the Sun's entrance into the sign of Libra on the 22nd is telling you to be adventurous, succumb to your wanderlust and book that flight.

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Pisces: February 20-March 20


Nina Simone

Be prepared for an active month, both emotionally and socially and to work out new arrangements with those who matter most. You partnership angle is powerfully accented and with Mars entering the picture on the 5th, others will have strong opinions and won't back down unless you involve yourself in mutual decisions. The new Moon of the 20th is a page-turning time, so let go of past grievances and focus on the now.

September 16-30: No matter what happens on the 16th, your own ability to remain cool and calm will work in your favor and with Venus entering your relationship angle by the 20th, you'll soon realize that even if they have been a bit out of sorts, others really do appreciate and adore you. News arriving on the 15th will not be as dire as it appears and finances should be on the up and up by the 28th.

Aries: March 21-April 20


Maya Angelou

Back to work is the theme with the Sun in the task-oriented and fastidious sign of Virgo and you'll be able to accomplish just what you set out to do. The focus isn't only on taking care of what's on your desk, but of your physical self and all those neglected chores you've let slide. With Pluto changing directions by month's end, uncertainties surrounding your professional life will be replaced with a clear sense of where matters are heading.

September 16-30: Your creative and unique ideas seem to be working in your favor near the 18th so be ready to launch a new plan or make long considered changes at work near the new Moon of the 20th. Whatever confusion and crossed signals crop up near the 25th, don't doubt your own take on situations happening around you. You'll soon see that you've been on target all along.

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Taurus: April 21-May 21


Audrey Hepburn

With the Sun in earthy Virgo and also in a creative and expressive part of your chart, this is the time to plunge head and heart into activities that really inspire you. And with Mercury turning direct on the 5th, it's also time to make decisions that will alter your course. You should also make an effort to focus on financial arrangements that aren't going according to plan, and be ready to face facts, cut your losses and move on.

September 16-30: New ventures will demand decisive action near the 16th and crossed signals near the 19th can be untangled if you don't hesitate to speak up. The period from the 22nd through the 30th is full of twists and turns that may be a bit bewildering but with Venus and the new Moon in harmony with your birth sign, you won't lose your way if you also don't hesitate to follow your heart.

Gemini: May 22-June 20


Josephine Baker

Once Mercury turns direct on the 5th, various glitches that have been holding you hostage will sort themselves out. And with Mars entering Virgo, you appear charged up and a bit stressed, especially around personal and home-related issues. September will be a busy and particularly rewarding time as long as you don't scatter your forces and the new Moon of the 20th accents lifestyle shifts that set long considered changes in motion.

September 16-30: Try to curb snappy remarks on the 16th and instead concentrate on moving forward towards your goals. The Sun's entrance into Libra on the 22nd will be a mood lifter but the misunderstandings and delays occurring on the 24th and 25th will require a cool head and clear mind. Jupiter will arrive just in time on the 28th, though, to spark up some social fun.

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Cancer: June 21-July 22


Princess Diana

What you say and how you say it will be the crucial factor in how matters proceed this month, so, by all means, don't be evasive, but also refrain from coming on too strong. With Mars in your communication angle, others behavior may be rubbing you the wrong way, but you'll avoid a great deal of unpleasantness if you don't overreact. Once the Sun enters the sign of Libra on the 22nd, it's time to gather your forces and focus on personal happiness.

September 16-30: You'll be energized on the 16th, but try not to behave in a controlling manner. As sure as you may be of your plans and ideas, the new Moon of the 20th is telling you to open your mind and learn as you go. And with Mars opposing deceptive Neptune on the 24th, it will be all too easy to misunderstand others actions. By the 28th, you'll be seeing situations in a far clearer light.

Leo: July 23-August 23


James Baldwin

You've got some great ideas which you're now going to bring down to earth and your aspects point to the need to be practical and focused. And while there does appear to be a conflict between facts and fantasy, what you must do is clarify details and make only those compromises that are truly necessary. Whatever occurs when Mercury squares Saturn on the 25th, it would be a mistake to take whatever you hear at face value.

September 16-30: Try not to jump to conclusions near the 16th and you will arrive at positive solutions when Venus trines Uranus on the 18th. With a new Moon in your financial angle on the 20th, you will be strongly motivated to gain a firmer grasp over your affairs, and this is the right time to put new arrangements under the microscope. Wait, though, until the 28th before signing on the dotted line.

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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