Love & Relationships:

Blast from your romantic past? On September 1, magnetic Venus forms a conjunction with sultry Mars in Leo, your fourth house of nostalgia and sentimentality. This is the second of three Venus-Mars meet-ups in 2015; the cosmic lovers met on February 20, and will reunite again on November 2 (sneak preview: that one will be their spiciest meetup of all for you, Taurus!). This time, alluring Venus is retrograde (backward), so there could be sparks with an old flame, perhaps from your hometown. There’s an appealing comfort to romancing a past connection. (You may also take heart at this list of “love lessons” from Modern Love editor Dan Jones.) Or, you may feel motivated to take your relationship/love life to a closer new level—like moving in, hearing the pitter-patter of little feet, or adopting a pet. A potential love connection could come through a family member or an old friend. Don’t dismiss Aunt Edna’s BFF’s third-cousin-once-removed so quickly! Since the fourth house is a tender spot, you could have an emotional, heart-opening moment with someone who seems almost too good to be true. Caution: Venus is retrograde, which can cloud your judgment. Your feelings may not tell the whole story, so give this some time.

On September 6, romance gets rocking again—or, at least it's no longer on the rocks—as Venus ends its six-week retrograde and turns direct (forward). Yay! Venus will remain in Leo, your sentimental fourth house, until October 8. The love planet went retrograde on July 25, and since then, you may have noticed a slowdown on the romance front. Or maybe you felt extraordinarily pulled to the past, reminiscing about when you met (if coupled) or pining for the one who got away (if single) or even just fantasizing about the best parts of an old connection. A childhood love might have returned, stirring up your nostalgia. Hopefully, if you got distracted from your current happiness, it will come flooding back now! Cohabitating partners will see a lessening of tension on the home front, too. No more silly arguments over petty things, like how you squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube.

Sexy, combative Mars is also in Leo, this same domestic sector, until September 24. The friction in your personal life might continue, but it’s better to channel it into something highly creative and productive, like redecorating your place together or creating a cool new indoor/outdoor space you can use year round. If a partner has issues with your family (or their family), listen patiently and openly, but don’t get defensive. It may be enough to understand where your love is coming from, rather than do anything rash. If you’re considering a key swap or moving in together, be mindful that there could be points of disagreement. Use the conflict as your rocket fuel, if you get our drift: Virile Mars in this baby-friendly zone could also herald a pregnancy.

Bumping up the fertility odds, the Sun and bountiful Jupiter are in Virgo, your fifth house of lust, passion and procreation (the Sun until September 23, Jupiter until next September 2016). There is also a groundbreaking solar (new moon) eclipse in Virgo on September 13, the first of several you’ll experience in the next two years. Get ready, because change is a-coming to your love life and the way you express yourself. It’s time to get more in tune with your desires, to ask for what you want, to savor the courtship phase (and find ways to keep it going and going). With sexy Mars in Virgo from September 24 until November 12, the fall romance outlook will be ablaze like the turning leaves!

It’s not all fun and games, though. On September 17, structured Saturn moves into Sagittarius, your eighth house of intimacy, sex and soul-merging, until December 19, 2017. Your approach to coupling is about to get a serious upgrade! Sure, you can say all kinds of wonderful things about your partner or love life, but here's where the rubber meets the road. Your ideas of what makes a soulmate or a happily-ever-after partner will get a reality check, as Saturn teaches you important lessons about trust and vulnerability. Over the next two years, you'll learn the difference between building true security and being overly guarded. In some cases, your hands-off or self-protective approach could be failing to produce the results you want. And if you've been cavalier about casual sex, stern Saturn could deliver a wakeup call—yes, Bull, lusty as you are, you DO get attached! Overall, Saturn will challenge you to face your deepest emotions. Difficult as that can be, you can also make huge strides around personal growth. Since Saturn rules experts, working with a therapist or seasoned coach can make all the difference.

Be extra cautious when it comes to shared money matters, too. Merging finances with a romantic partner could have repercussions that affect the balance of power and equality between you. Are you really ready to move in together, open a joint bank account or buy property? Slow and steady wins the race, especially as you contemplate such binding moves. 

Rushing into love? Not so fast, Taurus. On September 25, red-hot Mars in Virgo forms a confining square to Saturn. The challenges from this square could last all week. Mars is impatient, and Saturn slams the brakes—so you’ll feel a bit of astrological whiplash on the romantic front! If you make a mistake and leap too soon, you’ll know right away. For example, if a six-day courtship seems soon enough to jet off to Vegas and Elvis’ chapel of love, Saturn will give you a reality check. If obstacles are thrown in your romantic path, time after time after time, then be grateful. This is the universe’s way of reminding you that all good things come to those who wait.

On September 27, the Aries lunar eclipse in your twelfth house of surrender, healing and endings shows you the dire need to make new space in your heart by releasing anything outmoded. Repeat after us: Let. It. Go. Is it worth being miserable every time you think of so-and-so, just because they were human and did you wrong? Nope. Orient your life toward spiritual fulfillment and healing—that has nothing to do with keeping score. This is the last of three annual eclipses in this part of your chart (the last two were October 2013 and October 2014). This grand finale is helping you make peace with your demons or unresolved past. Once you do that, there’s more space for fantasy, romance and soul connection.