Money & Career:

Bring on the star power! When your creative faucet is turned on, there’s just no stopping you, Taurus—and that's the case this month, as the Sun is in Virgo, your expressive fifth house, until September 23. Allow yourself to explore and have enriching experiences instead of just toiling away. Feed your soul with some spontaneous fun, taking in culture at a museum or a music festival, diving into a DIY project or making music in the studio. With lucky Jupiter also in Virgo for the next 12 months, this spirited energy will carry on…so let the muse out to play.

Control freak alert: On September 9, a dicey square forms between clever Mercury in Libra, your critical sixth house, and manipulative Pluto in Capricorn, your freedom-loving ninth house. Your tendency to overanalyze could spiral, and you could find yourself swinging between two extremes. On the one hand, you’re trying to force a certain outcome, while on the other, you’re ready for a gigantic leap of faith. So…what will it be? Well, first you will absolutely need to realize your limitations. Sure, a project could seem full of expansion and possibility…but do you have the time, resources and plan to really make it happen? Step back and strategize. Before acting, you need to approach this like a game of chess and think ahead about your moves. Just don't get stuck in analysis paralysis, either.

Another reason to slow down? From September 17-October 9, communicator Mercury turns retrograde (backward) in Libra, your sixth house of organization. During this three-week stretch, you might not feel so on top of your game. Perhaps your calendar is a mess, or your smartphone fails to deliver/send an important text. (When in doubt, pick up the phone to confirm.) During this signal-scrambling backspin, you may also deal with a mutinous assistant or an important helper who is distracted or unreliable. To a certain extent, you cannot control this situation. But it could reveal that you rely too heavily on a certain person or system to help you function. Troubleshoot the basic systems of your office and life—and keep the solutions simple, Taurus. If you have to let someone go, do it gracefully, being extra careful to follow protocol. This is a bad time to invest in pricey computers or gadgets…technology has a way of going haywire under Mercury retrograde. Knowing that this will be an unpredictable time, you may be better off streamlining your scheduling. If you overbook, you may face stressful consequences.

Also on September 17, structured Saturn begins its two-year foray into Sagittarius, your eighth house of shared finances, assets and investments. It's time to get serious about your long-term security, Taurus. Retirement, property, college funds, paying off debt—taskmaster Saturn will encourage you to take a savvy approach to your fiscal plans between now and December 19, 2017. Tough lessons can also accompany a Saturn transit, so beware whom you get into budgetary bed with now. Joint ventures should be approached with the utmost caution and due diligence. The right partner can take things to a whole new level, but you'll want to make sure all legal documents and binding agreements are spelled out in fine detail. Don't be afraid to stretch out of your comfort zone with classes and training on, say, how to buy foreclosed homes or invest wisely in today's market.

Old-school Saturn rules mentors, so doing things the traditional way, or under the advisement of a seasoned expert, will yield way more than any fast-money schemes. Beware any shady business, because inspector Saturn will make you pay penance (i.e, you get selected for a tax audit)—so do things by the book! The eighth house rules passive income, so look for solid ways you can "make money while you sleep" and avoid pyramid schemes like the plague. Should you land a windfall, such as an inheritance, be sure to reinvest it wisely.

Luckily, adventure still calls—even under these cautious skies. After a five-month retrograde (backward) period, transformational Pluto goes direct (forward) in Capricorn, your ninth house of risk, travel and expansion, on September 22. Since mid-April, you may have struggled to locate your life purpose, or made compulsive decisions to feel more “free” in general. Entrepreneurial Bulls will find enthusiasm returning full force. You will still be hyper-focused on long-term goals and “big picture” thinking, but you’ll have a far easier time directing your energy and knowing what to do (e.g., approach investors, go back to school). You will see opportunities to reinvent or transform your career path now. Open up to your higher purpose and the world becomes your oyster.