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What the First Half of September Has in Store 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 1-15: Try to avoid blurting out uncomfortable truths near the 3rd even though you really do want to clear up misunderstandings. By the 9th you'll be able to set the record straight and get your plans nicely on track. And whatever doubts you are feeling when Saturn squares the Sun on the 14th, you should still move forward with any lifestyle or domestic changes you have in mind.

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 for September winds down.

September 1-15: Don't let anyone pressure you into making decisions you're not ready for near the 3rd. Once Mercury turns direct on the 5th, you'll have a much clear sense of what you want and need. And with the Sun trining Pluto at the base of your solar chart on the 9th, some matter regarding your future will begin to fit into place. Life will be looking up when Venus is in the picture on the 15th.

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.

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September 1-15: The full Moon of the 6th occurs in the emotional sign of Pisces so be ready to tear off that mask of indifference and let others know what's on your mind. Aspects near the 13th point to attention coming your way, so step into the spotlight and show the world what you're capable of. Financial issues arising near the 14th are likely to be blown out of proportion—so try not to fret.

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 1-15: With the Sun opposing nebulous Neptune on the 5th, be ready to step back and focus on emotionally charged issues that demand some kind of clarification. Aspects near the 9th promise positive returns at work, especially if you don't hesitate to zero in on significant facts and figures. With Saturn squaring the Sun from your birth sign on the 14th, you should also be ready to acknowledge others contributions.

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 1-15: Try to delay important decisions—especially of the financial kind—until Mercury changes direction on the 5th. Everyone will be more emotional and excitable near the full Moon of the 6th and your ability to open up and communicate will help to mend bridges. Clarify your own thoughts, though, before taking steps to launch a plan on the 14th, and wait until you get a go signal.

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.

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September 1-15: You appear to be under pressure near the 3rd but don't let others' negativity throw you off your stride. The full Moon of the 6th emphasizes the importance hands-on approach to financial matters and with the Sun trining Pluto on the 9th, sage advice will prove to be a wonderful guide. Venus's presence in your relationship angle is telling you to follow your heart.

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 1-15: Pin down facts near the 3rd and be ready to act on what you've discovered once Mercury turns direct on the 5th. You're likely to be feeling unusually emotional with the full Moon happening in your sign on the 6th and it's time to get in touch with your own needs and express them. The 13th is the time to reach out for rewards you know you deserve.

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 1-15: Aspects near the 5th are contradictory so give yourself a moment to reboot and follow through on recent decisions. The full Moon of the 6th is telling you to tune into your dreams and by the 9th, you will be able to attract the responses you need to move ahead with a plan. Whatever occurs in a close relationship on the 15th, others seem very much on your side.

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.

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September 1-15: Try not to act impulsively on the 3rd and think before you speak. By the 5th, you're going to see everything—especially around personal issues—in a different light. The full Moon of the 6th calls you out into social and group-related situations that are mind-expanding—so do accept the invitations that come your way. And happily, agreements reached near the 13th will work in your favor.

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 1-15: With the full Moon of the 6th at the top of your solar chart, you'll be drawing attention your way--and whatever occurs near the 9th accents favorable deals and new understandings. Even more so, the 13th is a moment when you should make every effort to harmonize with partners. And remember, whatever issues arise on the 14th, controversies will be resolved within a day.

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 1-15: Make an effort to act decisively on the 2nd and to be specific. And remember that whatever distractions arise near the full Moon in dreamy Pisces on the 6th, stay focused and tuned in because your aspects on the 9th are all about connecting with partners and reaching harmonious agreements. What's more, the 15th is the moment to follow through on a personal plan.

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.

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September 1-15: With Mars and Mercury conjoined in your sign on the 3rd, you should speak up but do be careful not to be dictatorial. Others are more on your side than you're giving them credit for. The full Moon of the 6th accents collaborations that are mutually favorable and with Venus in a brilliant trine with Saturn on the 13th, your own creativity will be in the spotlight.

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

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