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As the Sun moves through pragmatic, earthy Virgo, we are encouraged to make improvements to our health, as well as our day-to-day routines to create more efficiency in our lives. At this same time, Mercury is retrograde, bringing with it complications and benefits. Mercury stations direct on September 14th, but its shadow lingers until September 30. This means the entire month is a poor time to initiate brand new projects or purchase computers, cell phones and ground transportation vehicles. Snafus and miscommunications will easily occur, so be patient and allow extra time between appointments. That said, it's a great time to return to habits, patterns and healthy living regimes that work best for you -- so embrace the lifestyle that suits you best!

Aries (March 21-April 19)

As the Sun activates your Sixth House of health and healing, you're motivated to make improvements across the board. In particular, diet and daily routines are favoured at this time -- especially routines and practices that work best for your personal lifestyle. It's a good time to de-clutter your home and workspace so you can work more efficiently and focus on the real tasks that need your attention. As Mercury also moves retrograde at this time, you can benefit by going over budgets and finances to see where you're overextended and make necessary cutbacks. It's a poor time to start something brand new, instead focus on finishing up old projects that you've been meaning to get to or make repairs to existing issues. Use the potent time of the New Moon on September 14 to channel your energy into existing projects that are important to you. Initiatives related to health and improved practices that support personal growth are favoured at this time. Allow your intuition to help guide your choices.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

As the Sun makes its way through your Fifth House of creativity and self-expression, you're feeling bold and confident, Taurus. You're ready to share your love with the world around you and stand up for what you believe in. However, keep in mind Mercury is moving through a retrograde phase, so snafus, mix-ups and miscommunications are possible. Be patient with others and double-check appointment times and travel routes. That said, it can be a terrific time to go back to old initiates that still hold value for you. You can dust off the cobwebs and reconnect with the creative spirit that led you to that project in the first place. This can also mean a revisit with old flames and past loves, so some Taureans might rebuild the bridge of the heart. At the New Moon phase on September 14, you can use this potent window to align yourself with your deeper aspirations and goals. Ask yourself, what still holds merit that you want to further invest in?

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

At this time of year, your attention turns to home and family matters, Gemini. The Sun is making its way across the base of your chart, and you're keen to strengthen the foundations in your life, particularly related to emotional ties and domestic comfort. At this same time, your ruler, Mercury is retrograde and might create confusion, delays and snafus. Be sure to take things slowly, and be patient and gentle with yourself and others. It's a wonderful time to rethink issues related to your home, and make repairs, or go through belongings and purge what is no longer needed. The New Moon phase on September 14, is an auspicious time to set intentions related to improving your emotional well-being and how you can nurture your home environment. Allow yourself some space to tune into your deeper nature and listen to what your heart is saying. How can you help meet these needs in a practical way? It's a potent time for healing.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

The Sun is making its way through your Third House of intellectual pursuits, heightened communications, and community connections, Cancer. This is a favoured time for study and research, or doing anything that piques your curiosity! As Mercury moves through a retrograde phase in this same house, it's a lovely time to go back to old interests and pickup where you left off. Returning to school or taking retraining courses can be a benefit now. Socially, you can expect to reconnect with people you haven't seen for a while and enjoy the company of people who inspire you. Be sure to listen carefully and ask questions to avoid any confusion as trickster Mercury can cause snafus in communications. At the New Moon phase on September 14, a window opens for you to set intentions related to personal growth and education. Consider where you want to channel your focus and invest your mental energies. Being around others inspires you -- so enjoy some social occasions!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

As the Sun activates your Second House of resources, earnings, self-confidence and security, you're motivated to consider your deeper value systems, Leo. Ask yourself, what's working and what isn't -- what's worth repairing and what's time to let go of? While Mercury is moving through a retrograde phase, it's a poor time to invest in new ventures or make any major purchases (especially related to vehicles and electronics). However, it can be a good time for review and taking care of old business. It's also a good time to strengthen the bonds with the people in your life who you appreciate and invest in those relationships. Enjoy the good life, especially the people who make it special! During the phase of the New Moon on September 14, you're encouraged to reinvest your energies in aspects of life you hold dear, be that either in the physical or emotional realms. It's an important time for strengthening the foundations of life. Listen to what your intuition has to say and follow your heart.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Happy Birthday, Virgo! This is your time of year to recharge your batteries as the Sun moves through your sign. You're motivated to clean the decks and get rid of unwanted baggage, emotionally and literally. It's good to move away from negative thinking and thought paradigms that no longer serve you. Mercury retrograde is pushing you to review old business and apply fixes and tweaks to the initiatives you still see as valuable. You have the strength to let go and the power to recommit, making this an excellent time for review and revitalization. You will easily reconnect with people from your past and strengthen the bonds with those you hold dear. The New Moon occurring on September 14 offers you a lovely window of personal growth. This is the only New Moon in your sign all year. Take the time to get clear on your intentions and listen to what your intuition is telling you. It's a bold time to embrace your aspirations and think of the practical ways you can nurture those aims.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

As we get closer to your birthday season, you may find yourself feeling more reflective, Libra. It's natural to crave some time on your own to think back over the last year and consider the important things you want in your life. In particular, what nurtures you and allows you to feel connected to yourself and your deeper soul drives? It's an important time to hone in on your authentic nature and connect with your intuition. Meditation and spiritual practices are blessed at this time. Mercury is moving through a retrograde phase until mid-month and this can trigger memories, previous aspirations and old dreams. Some of these aspirations may still hold weight. It might be time to reinvest your energy into those pursuits? The New Moon occurring on September 14 opens an auspicious window to align yourself with your deeper intentions and make space for those goals to develop. Tread softly with yourself and be kind to your dreams.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

As the Sun makes its way through your Eleventh House, you're eager to connect with groups and friends that share your interests and make you feel a part of a community. Time with others will be rewarding indeed. Mercury retrograde is also activating this house, potentially bringing with it mix-ups in communications and delays. Be patient with others and cautious about how you interpret messages to avoid unnecessary conflicts. Nonetheless, it's a great time to reconnect with people you haven't seen for a while and strengthen those special bonds. Reacquaint yourself with your broader goals and aspirations that make you feel motivated. At the New Moon on September 14, consider the quality of life you envision for your future, and the ways you can collaborate with others who align with similar aspirations. You might also re-institute activities you did in the past, especially ones that get you mixing with meeting people who share a common interest.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

As the Sun makes its way through your Tenth House this month, there's a key focus on your career, the responsibilities you take on, your ambitions and your public image. Also at work, Mercury is moving retrograde activating this house as well. While it can be a tricky time to push forward on new career prospects, it's an excellent time for research and reflection on where you'd like to grow professionally. Reconnect with old colleagues and business contacts as well as former teachers and bosses to keep those connections strong. It also can be a time when you might consider going back to a previous place of employment or getting old business ideas off the ground. During the time of the New Moon on September 14, you're encouraged to hone your goals and align yourself with your ambitions. How would you like your career to evolve over the coming months and what projects do you want to develop? You're committed to seeing quality results!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

As the Sun travels through your Ninth House, you're encouraged to explore meaningful concepts and lofty ideas. Your idealism is heightened and you're keen to make improvements to the quality of your life. As Mercury is also retrograde (until mid-month), it's a particularly good time to return to areas of studies that are important to you and where you want to take things to a higher level. Be prepared for travel plans that can go awry and delays or mix-ups that might occur. Yet, this can be a good time for research related to travel, or returning to a place you've been to before. Ideally, wait until later in the month to purchase plane tickets. You can utilize the energy of the New Moon on September 14 to hone your goals related to your intellectual and philosophical horizons -- be that formal education or self-study and gaining insights from people you find fascinating. You're encouraged to open your mind and stretch your awareness.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This is a potent time for reflection and important transformation, Aquarius. The Sun is moving through your Eighth House making you keen to get in touch with your deeper values and what's really important to you. Attune yourself to these higher aspirations, and consider practices that you're already familiar with that can help you. Reconnect with the important people in your life and let them know how much you appreciate them. Relationships can enter a meaningful phase that can be deeply rewarding. Be aware that Mercury is retrograde, making it easy to over-think things and jump to conclusions. Wait until after Mercury stations direct mid-September before adjusting the status of a relationship. The New Moon further activates this House on September 14, making this a powerful time for transformation and emotional growth. Think of your attachments and how you might let go of some emotional baggage that's holding you back. You're in a key period of personal growth.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

As the Sun moves opposite your sign, you might experience a heightened awareness of the relationships in your life and the subtle dynamics at play. This energy can be further amplified by Mercury moving retrograde throwing monkey-wrenches into plans and creating delays. You can utilize this energy to connect with your higher intentions, and what you really value about the people in your life. Do your best not to get caught up in the communication blunders and instead focus on the positive aspects of the connection. There's a potent New Moon occurring on September 14 that can help you focus your energy, particularly regarding your interactions with others. You can attune yourself to improve your personal and professional connections by bringing in more harmony and understanding to these interactions. Reflect on what you want to achieve in your relationships and how you can nurture these qualities.