As author Neal Donald Walsch wrote, "Life begins where your comfort zone ends." Make that your mantra for the month, Capricorn, as the Sun roves through Virgo, your expansive ninth house of growth and independence until September 23. It’s time to break through the perceived limitations of your current life, embracing adventure and opportunity along the way. September also hosts the first full moon that expansive Jupiter spends in Virgo. For the next 12 months, the horizons of your life are getting broader by the second. Whether you take a stimulating course, get involved in publishing, launch an entrepreneurial venture or take a life-changing trip, freedom awaits!
September is a busy month for other reasons, too, featuring two game-changing eclipses (a Virgo solar eclipse, and an Aries lunar eclipse). Communication planet Mercury goes retrograde (backward) on the 17th, while alluring Venus and transformational Pluto correct course and end their reverse commutes. Serious Saturn will also change signs on September 17 and settle into Sagittarius, your twelfth house of healing and endings, for the next two years. Most of this happens in the second half of September, so fasten your seatbelt—and soak up those last carefree, sunshine-filled days of summer while they're here!
On September 13, the action heats up with the partial solar (new moon) eclipse in Virgo—the first Virgo eclipse in a series on the Pisces/Virgo axis that began in March 2015. Running through 2017, this series puts a spotlight on your ninth and third houses of communication, travel, local events and expansion. The mid-September eclipse gets you in touch with your desires for expansion and unprecedented growth, possibly through an opportunity that changes your whole life path. You may travel, pursue more education or explore a new spiritual philosophy, all awakening your higher self. Watch for signs, Capricorn—your life purpose is calling!
On September 17, regimented Saturn—your ruling planet—heads into Sagittarius, your twelfth house of compassion, rest and healing. Get ready to resume some personal growth work you started in the first half of the year. On December 23, 2014 Saturn entered Sagittarius for the first time since 1988, emphasizing themes of sacrifice, forgiveness and—this was probably the most prominent—your psychological baggage. The first half of 2015 may have been strong in these themes, as a loved one needed you or you were feeling adrift in the emotion ocean. Perhaps you learned the importance of setting limits with loved ones, especially if a relationship had veered into codependence. Managing your own moods and emotional heavy lifting also became vital.
On June 14, Saturn backed into Scorpio for a brief final visit, lightening the mood a bit over the summer. Now, Saturn settles into Sagittarius until December 19, 2017, so get ready to hunker down for the long haul—it's time to reflect, Capricorn. During this period, you likely won't be swinging from the chandeliers (well, at least not every night!). Instead, take things slowly…listen to your gut if you need to pass on a night out with friends. You're getting all kinds of spiritual signs—so pay attention. Having an outlet for your most divine communion—whether it's dance, art, yoga or meditation—is key to your survival. In fact, Saturn here encourages you to be disciplined in the ways you tend to your own soul and psyche. Can-do Cappys tend to work (and play) like machines. But now, you may need to be a little more serious about your downtime and privacy. With your heightened sensitivity, you don’t have room to give any draining people all the attention they need. If a relationship is shaky, now is the time to clean up the toxic ties. No more extending yourself for someone who doesn't really bring much to the table (other than headaches). Saturn won't let you nurse any grudges, either. This is a time of bucking up—and growing up, too.
Also on September 17, communicator Mercury turns retrograde (backward) in Libra, your tenth house of achievement and ambition, until October 9. During this three-week turn, you could experience mishaps and SNAFUs on the career front. Don't push ahead with a long-term goal, as you could meet some delays or other resistance. Instead, use this time to reflect on your larger trajectory: Are you working with the best possible caliber of people and heading in the right direction? Be extra careful with communications—including emails, text messages and important conversations. The chance of being misunderstood is high, especially at work. Keep an eye on your calendar, as you could miss an important meeting! Confirm everything and, if possible, avoid signing any binding agreements—or at least have your professional consult review any documentation beforehand.
Some relief arrives on September 22 when deep-digging Pluto turns direct (forward) in Capricorn, your first house of self and identity. For the last five months, you may have been reflecting on that ever-important question: "Who am I?" While your existential ruminations have been important, they’ve also been pretty consuming, and it’s not easy to operate in “identity crisis” mode. Maybe you've been unsure of where you were going, or out of touch with your personal passions. Now, some of the fog clears (yes, even with Mercury retrograde) and you can start to enact a firmer plan of action.
Once the Sun enters Libra and your career-minded tenth house on September 23, you're ready to zoom ahead on the professional front or make decisive moves toward a big milestone. Even with Mercury retrograde, you can do some important reflecting on your current goals. Are you moving in the direction of that corner office, or has that dream faded? Connect with mentors, or maybe even a career coach to help put things in perspective. You may also decide to restructure your schedule, projects and duties so you can focus on a prestigious opportunity or a high-priority venture.
The month closes on a charged personal note, as a total lunar (full moon) eclipse in Aries beams into your fourth house of home and family on September 27. This is the last Aries eclipse in a three-part series that began in October 2013, revolutionizing the way you balance your domestic and professional lives. The changes have likely been sweeping—maybe you’ve moved, or are considering moving. A pregnancy (your own or of someone close to you) could have changed the course of events dramatically. Maybe your relationships with your relatives have taken a potent turn (and hopefully for the better). Or perhaps you realized, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you are ready to start a family—or have another child, if you're already a parent. A female relative or a powerful woman may have been central to all the action.
This grand finale eclipse brings one last round of shakeups that reshuffle the decks, ultimately leading you to feel more rooted and secure in your personal life. If stress is high, you may be forced to institute extreme self-care routines, paying keen attention to your emotions and need for relaxation. Fourth house developments can be wholly life-altering, because this domain represents who you are at your core foundation. While your steps may feel wobbly as you make key decisions, know that you're heading for greater centeredness—and, at the end of the day, greater self-love, too.