Astro Guide

Monthly Horoscope: Aquarius, September 2018

Important shifts take place this month.

by Annabel Gat; illustrated by Nicole Ginelli
Aug 30 2018, 8:33pm

On the surface, it might seem that you and Virgo have nothing in common—but that's not true. You're both endlessly curious, have a deep need for facts, and have felt like an outcast at times. You and Virgo know what it means to be a loner, the value of quiet time for self-reflection, and the importance of a community that supports and understands you.

Welcome to Virgo season, Aquarius: A whole lot of intimate, messy shit is going to come up for you—but if not now, when? After this summer of retrogrades and eclipses, it was only a matter of time before you'd have to dive into deeper issues. Now is the time to catch up on alone time to connect with your inner voice, and commit to aligning with your partners about your sex life; with your family and business associates about your debts, taxes, and inheritances (or other shared income); and with your therapist about moving through your grief and pain. Like it or not, these issues are right in front of you, and need to be seen and held in order to transform. Helpful energy flows around communication and understanding on September 3, when Mercury and Venus make a harmonious connection in the sky.

Mercury enters Virgo on September 5, helping you find the words for many of the tough conversations that you'll be having for the remainder of Virgo season. Perhaps there’s something missing in your sex life that you haven’t been able to discuss, or maybe you've been frustrated about a payment with a confusing contract. Sadness, too, can leave us at a loss for words. But Mercury in Virgo will help you move through these feelings, allowing you to digest and understand the emotions that are in the air. A shift in energy arrives on September 6, when one of your ruling planets, Saturn, ends its retrograde and awakens your intuition…if you’re feeling frustrated because you don't know what to do next, then simply do what feels right. Trust your gut. Another thing you and Virgo have in common is your dependence on logic!

Your intuitive compass will come in handy on September 7, when Mercury connects with Uranus and Saturn to bring lots of exciting news and emotions—including confusion, thanks to the Sun's opposition to Neptune, the planet of illusion and delusion. You'll have a breakthrough that will have you seeing an emotionally-charged situation in a new light. However, you might be frustrated because things might not seem like they've changed, even though you feel like they have. Virgo season asks us to be patient, so don't jump to premature conclusions, Aquarius.

A fresh start around many emotionally fraught issues—from sex, to money, and death—arrives on September 9 with the new moon in Virgo. Also during this new moon, Venus enters Scorpio and brings blessings to the career sector of your chart, making this a fantastic time for your work and popularity. You’ve never cared about "fitting in," but that's exactly that rebellious energy that people are attracted to while Venus travels through Scorpio. (By the way, Venus will retrograde later this autumn, so take note of how you’re feeling about work and your public life, because shifts around these themes will inevitably come up again.)

Two days to highlight on your calendar for exciting shifts around work are September 11, when the Sun connects with Jupiter and with Pluto, and September 12, when Jupiter and Pluto connect—unexpected help from a secret or hidden investor, confidante, or powerful behind-the-scenes person may arrive! Ask for assistance if you need it, because help from the most magical of places may come now.

Mars enters your sign, Aquarius, on September 10, which means you're finally moving forward with projects, relationships, and other things you were pissed off about this spring or summer that you've had to rethink or rework. People may find you more aggressive than usual at this time, but it's just that you're back to being yourself after weeks of feeling lethargic, overheated, prickly, and just plain irritated. Mars squares off with Uranus on September 18, so circle this date on your calendar to watch out for anger, frustration, impulsivity, and rash behavior…again, these issues are not new (think back to August 1), but they're coming back up for you so that you can finally work past them.

Venus opposes your ruling planet, Uranus, and harmoniously connects with your other ruling planet, Saturn, on September 12, bringing a big spark of creativity to your life, and tickling that itch you always have for freedom, innovation, and change. An exciting turn of events is sure to take place in your emotional life. You know how they say living well is the best revenge? Well, Aquarius, I like to believe that you're above concepts like revenge, but if you feel slighted by someone, this is a good time to seek "revenge" by simply no longer caring what they have to say. If you're in a partnership (romantic, creative, or professional) that's important to you, exciting changes will arrive at this time. Though people are craving freedom, there's still a strong sense of support and commitment in the air.

A big shift in energy comes when Mercury enters fellow air sign Libra on September 21 and the autumnal equinox arrives on September 22, with the Sun entering Libra. The heavy emotional energy that was in the air during Virgo season clears up with the charm of Libra season. New opportunities to travel and learn come your way! Just watch out for bad moods and disagreements when Mercury squares off with Saturn on September 23 and the Sun squares off with Saturn on September 25. Libra is a sign that likes to say yes to everyone, and with Mercury and the Sun in the sign of the scales, everyone is eager to get along—except for grouchy planet Saturn, which might bring frustrations your way. Fortunately, Mercury and Mars will connect harmoniously on September 23, and the Sun will do the same with Mars on September 27, so if you really need some answers, they shouldn’t be too hard to come by—even if you don’t like what you hear!

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The full moon in Aries arrives on September 24, bringing a climax to a long-brewing conversation and illuminating the sector of your chart that rules your mind—you're making some interesting connections and realizations at this time, and thinking up brilliant ideas!

As is usually the case with Aries energy, things feel like they’re happening quickly—the mood is bright, and excitement is bursting all around you. This full moon is sandwiched between those two dates I gave you to watch out for grumpy Saturn (September 23 and 25). Although it's true that rejection and disappointment will be in the air, Aries can do anything it puts its mind to…for the most part! Immaturity and delusion is unfortunately the drawback of this rambunctious sign, but the takeaway is that you must be courageous, Aquarius. Use this full moon to do things you never thought possible, and expect that there will be limits and rules to follow, especially when it comes to communication, sharing ideas, or gathering information.

Pluto ends its retrograde on September 30, stirring up a whole lot of emotions. Expect to have some wild dreams at the end of this month—it’s a great time to keep a dream journal and look up the meanings of the archetypes that arrive in your slumber. Good luck this month, Aquarius, and see you in October!