The collective monthly overview includes reference to planetary transits and aspects for additional detail, while the individual zodiac horoscopes focus on transit effects and actions. Read for your rising sign if you know it and/or your sun sign. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be notified when new horoscopes are released.
Congratulations babes: we survived the total solar eclipse, the great astrological and astronomical climax of 2017! So many people were in awe of our sky for the first time, wowed by our human insignificance on this tiny planet orbiting our Sun. Perhaps it’s our busy modern life and bright lights that keep us from wondering about humanity’s place in the greater universe. Whether you watched it with others or alone, meditated or danced, cried or hollered, the total solar eclipse was truly a magical event. And it isn’t over yet: astrologically we will be seeing and feeling eclipse vibes reverberate for the next six months to two years as eclipses along the Leo-Aquarius polarity continue.
Moving out of warm, dramatic Leo and into critical, detail-oriented Virgo could feel like the grounding we need to get things done. It could also feel like we are left to organize and clean up the afterbirth of a messy eclipse season. As we collectively ease into fall, the days become shorter. Light is diminished, temperatures start to cool and plants begin to die. September offers the shift of Mercury, Venus and Mars into accommodating Virgo. The Sun moves into Libra signaling the autumn equinox and providing a breath of fresh air. As we step towards the darkness of winter, we must do the methodical, analytical Virgo work of attending to our health and healing and refining our vision of a more just and equitable world.
Astro pro tip: if you’re interested in a more detailed list of dates when planets change signs this month, scroll down to the end of the horoscopes.
ARIES RISING (OR ARIES SUN)
Life is disruptive, messy, yet we survive and continue on. We must grow and shift and constantly shed outdated skin in order to not be trapped in our past. Life is so short, and you my dear fire princess have no need to pretend to be who you are not. Consider the beginning of the month to be the last zing of heat this summer and take advantage of your energy and enthusiasm. Exuberant fire energy burns bright in your house of pleasure and creativity during the first half of September, but as planets move from Leo to Virgo mid-month you will find yourself brought back down to earth, focused on the practical mundane details of daily life. Utilize the Virgo new moon on September 19 to set a new intention around your health, chores, to-do lists, or service to others.
TAURUS RISING (OR TAURUS SUN)
Change is painful but remaining stagnant can be even worse. You may have spent the last few months getting so caught up in what’s going on underneath the surface that your path forward looks like a blur. Your challenge is balance, dear stubborn one: you cannot let the internal life override the external, or vice versa. Find ways to honor where you come from without forgetting where you are headed. With so much planetary action in your house of creativity and joy, this month provides many opportunities for creative analysis, joyful categorizing and sexy data. The neurotic Virgo new moon on September 19 is the perfect time to start a new project or love affair to keep you warm this winter.
GEMINI RISING (OR GEMINI SUN)
Tell me about your plans to put love into action, chatty Cathy. Tell me about your ideas and dreams for these months ahead. Tell me about your experiences, lessons, and heartbreaks that have unraveled over this beautiful-yet-hard summer. As Mercury moves retrograde from Virgo back into Leo during the first eight days of September, revisit or reinterpret themes that came up for you during the total solar eclipse. Who or what is calling to you now? How can you lean into love and act on your values in daily life? Mercury stations direct on September 5 and swiftly moves into efficient Virgo on September 9. Spend the last half of the month revisiting or renegotiating issues related to home, family, and who or where you come from.
CANCER RISING (OR CANCER SUN)
Life keeps moving, even though the ground beneath you is shifting quicker than you can keep up. This month, breathe new life into your written and verbal self-expression. Dust off that old journal, start a podcast, blog about your passions or begin a daily letter writing practice. Transform your inner voice into something that can be shared with those around you and see if projecting your voice into the void helps you feel heard in new ways. As we move away from the light and towards winter darkness, methodical and practical communication has the potential to transform old ideas and patterns. If you feel lost or disconnected from your voice, draw divine feminine inspiration from the full moon in Pisces on September 6. It’s easy to get lost in the mundane details of what we already know; call upon the fluidity and permeability of mutable water to help you dream up new ways to survive.
LEO RISING (OR LEO SUN)
The term “self-care” is overused and misunderstood as it becomes more common vernacular in our capitalist U.S. culture, but I want to encourage you to care for yourself honestly and deeply this month. With sensual Venus in your house of self and identity, find ways to fall in love with the very essence of you. Buy yourself flowers. Take yourself on long romantic walks on the beach. Enchant yourself with the tender flirty Leo passion that you usually save for others. On September 12, warm-hearted Venus and truth-seeking Saturn support you in setting loving boundaries for yourself and others. When you put to rest outdated versions of yourself, you free up opportunities for deeper self-acceptance.
VIRGO RISING (OR VIRGO SUN)
Out of the darkness and into the light, out of the past and into the present: this is the time to finally get the clarity you’ve been seeking. Leo season was too hot, too explosive, too grandiose for your taste. This month trust your instinct. Pay attention to your center, your guts. It is time to share the creative process you’ve been devoted to with others, breathing new joy and imagination into your art. As Mercury stations direct on September 5th, the same day Mars moves into your house of self, beware of inflammation and overdoing it. Yes your vitality is high, but you are not immune from burnout. Put your plans into motion, but include rest and recovery time into those plans.
LIBRA RISING (OR LIBRA SUN)
The world needs you harmonious honey, not the things you provide for others. Self-sacrifice comes easy but this is no time to play the martyr. Spend this month paying attention to how much you agree to take on the work that belongs to others; saying no can save you from feeling spiteful and overburdened when you’re alone with an endless to-do list. What actions can you take to fine-tune the balance between personal satisfaction and responsibility to the greater good? Tap into the intuitive Pisces full moon on September 6 to celebrate physical or spiritual healing that you’ve accomplished over the last few months. Look back and notice if/how your emotional boundaries have shifted since the Pisces new moon in February. Release the minute details and go with the flow rather than trying to control your next move.
SCORPIO RISING (OR SCORPIO SUN)
As the heightened joys of summer fun come to a close, tune in to the needs of your community. Who are the people around you? Who are your neighbors, collaborators, friends and colleagues? Where can you connect with your networks to fulfill social needs? The Virgo new moon on September 19 marks the beginning of a new chapter in service to groups and coalitions. Now is the time to slowly embark on new community-based activities, such as bringing together and caring for burnt out activists and marginalized people. Your ability to see in the dark is a gift, but your personal power becomes even more potent when you share and utilize your gifts for greater community healing.
SAGITTARIUS RISING (OR SAGITTARIUS SUN)
September promises to be a stimulating month for your career or public-facing role. Your professional identity benefits from meticulous activities that seem daunting, like balancing checkbooks or creating new Excel spreadsheets to organize information more efficiently. Transformation doesn’t always happen during solo meditation practices and silent retreats, so keep your eyes open for opportunities to transcend beyond your current state. Stay focused and don’t fall into a trap of self-criticism and the outcome will enhance your personal sense of worth, as well as your finances. Set Virgo new moon wishes around work goals or aspirations that you’d like to accomplish over the next six months.
CAPRICORN RISING (OR CAPRICORN SUN)
There is no right way to be spiritual. Religious perfectionism and a philosophy based on flawlessness are difficult to manifest in our complex world. Seeking deeper meaning or truth will become your focus this month, but it’s time to reconcile your fear of the messy, wild, chaotic realities. Writing or speaking about injustice you see around you can be a useful outlet for making sense of the madness. Imperfection is part of the process, part of growth and transformation. It’s painful to let others see beyond your perfect achievements, but your raw, truly authentic potential is within your grasp if you share your failures with others.
AQUARIUS RISING (OR AQUARIUS SUN)
Relationships with others, or just relating to humans in general, has been occupying much of your time lately, you lovely weirdo. Whether the eclipse torched your existing beliefs about relationships or reinforced your desire to be loved whole-heartedly, the power-play between self and other has been intense these past few months. Sweet Venus in fiery Leo will soothe some of the scars left by the Leo eclipse, but notice tension between your desire for unbridled freedom and your responsibility to partners or lovers. The Virgo new moon asks you to use critical reasoning and logic to battle internalized shame, taboo, fear and limitations. Facing and integrating your own shadow qualities will be highly productive in the coming months, especially if you have a detailed plan.
PISCES RISING (OR PISCES SUN)
As a sensitive water creature, you are deeply tuned in to the collective psyche. How have your energetic boundaries been strengthened or weakened by the solar eclipse? Have you noticed that you are fatigued by stress and anxiety that don’t actually belong to you? Take greater care of your health this month. Healing is not always linear, and we slip easily back into old familiar patterns that don’t actually take us where we need to go. Romance may take front and center this month, but don’t lose yourself in caretaking others. Throw a party for the September 6 full moon in Pisces, even if it’s just you and your cat; think back to the new moon eclipse in February 2017 and celebrate on all you’ve accomplished since in then.
Notes on planetary ingresses (i.e. when planets move sign) and new/full moon details for September:
September 5: Mercury stations direct at 29 degrees Leo, which is where the solar eclipse occurred last month. Prepare to revisit or return to things that were coming up for you at the end of last month.
September 5: Mars moves into Virgo. Beware of getting stuck in cycles of passive-aggressive nagging and criticism.
September 6: Full Moon in Pisces. This full moon connects with Neptune, the planet that aches for escapism and surrender. Find ways to tap into deeper consciousness and collective dreams.
September 9: Mercury moves into Virgo. After spending some of June and all of August in Virgo, Mercury now returns to retrace their footsteps.
September 19: Venus moves into Virgo. Time to get serious about your values and find ways to serve the greater good. If you’ve been meaning to volunteer, attend an anti-racism rally or fundraise for a friend in need, now is the time to get started.
September 19: New Moon in Virgo. This new moon offers a chance to get down to the nitty gritty details. If you need a clean slate to help you move forward and put thoughts into action, Moon and Sun in Virgo will support a more detailed critical analysis.
September 22: Sun moves into Libra. Happy Autumn Equinox! Libra is ruled by the scales, aiming for harmony and justice. Find ways to celebrate the light and dark, which are in balance today.
Deep Sea Astrology is Kelsey Branca, a multi-faceted queer femme astrologer. She has been studying astrology since she was a teen and completed the PSA 2nd-year-program in 2016. Kelsey's astrology practice incorporates an anti-oppression framework and she is committed to uplifting marginalized voices and dismantling racism, sexism, misogyny, classism, cissexism, etc. that is pervasive in astrology communities and beyond. Find her sporadic astro writing on Instagram @deepseaastrology or contact her for a collaborative reading at email@example.com or Deep Sea Astrology on Facebook.