September Forecast; Time to Slow down

September is a month to slow down.

We have SIX planets in retrograde, plus Chiron, an asteroid known as the Wounded Healer.

Mercury goes retrograde in Libra and Virgo from September 9 through October 2.

Mercury is a personal planet. Jupiter and Saturn are social planets. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are transpersonal planets. ALL of these planets are retrograde this month.

With retrogrades in every corner of the heavens, you will rethink all aspects of your life. It’s essential to leave a lot of flexibility in your calendar. Your plans are likely to change. Your relationships can demand your attention, making it challenging to focus on projects.

Our Sun is in Virgo for the first three weeks of the month. Virgo is a sign that wants to get down to business and work. Yet, you may find that you are less productive than usual.

If you try to do too much, you will be thwarted. If you leave yourself open to possibilities, you can make steady gains.


Retrogrades foster inner work. Progress is an inside job.

It’s best to reassess your plans and intentions. You may want to change course and diverge on a different path. What was once stable may no longer feel suitable to you. Your interests can pique in another direction.

Allow yourself the time and space to process your emotions.

This is an ideal month to receive healing or engage in therapy. Releasing stuck and stagnant emotions is an excellent retrograde activity.


It’s not all work and no play. Romance is on the radar as well.

With Mercury retrograde in relationship-oriented Libra, you may hear from old flames, rekindle a romance, or pay more attention to the partner you already have.

You may want more balance between work and play and emphasize enjoying time with your loved ones.

Tune into your heart when making decisions. This moment is a pivot point. Choose what will make you happy rather than what looks good on paper. You will make the right choices if you pay attention to your feelings rather than other people’s idea of happiness.

September 22 is the Equinox, that glorious time when the day and night are equal in measure. This initiates the balance-seeking sign of Libra, and a change of seasons. This is a beautiful day to celebrate the light within and around you.



6 is the number of the heart chakra. You must learn to make choices based on what you really want, rather than what others expect of you.

6 is nurturing energy associated with children and pregnancy. This could be your lucky month if you want to bring another being into this world. Furbabies and creative projects count too! It’s also a lovely time to beautify yourself, your home, or your environment.

15/6 can illuminate the shadow side of love, such as perfectionism and feeling responsible for other people’s happiness. Make your well-being a priority. Focus on self-love, and you will thrive.


Relationships, Love, Harmony, Beauty, Home, Children, Pets, Beauty, Romance, Choice, Relationships, Responsibility, Family, Security, Destiny, Temptation, Ego, Perfectionism, Martyrdom


August 22 – September 22

Earthy Virgo will help ground you. Get back to earth and put your plans into practice. This is a purifying sign, helping you discern what nourishes you and what is energetically toxic. You may feel the urge to purge, clear the clutter in your home, and let go of people and activities that don’t support you. Your mind may be busy with ideas.

Virgo helps you synthesize information to make it useful. All that you learned and explored in the previous months may begin to make sense now in a tangible, practical way. Your body will inform your decisions. You can enhance this integration process by journaling and meditation – and of course, being in nature!


Key dates this month:

  • 9/9 – Oct 2 – Mercury Retrograde
  • 9/10 – Full Moon in Pisces 5:59 am EDT
  • 9/22 – Autumn / Spring Equinox
  • 9/25 – New Moon in Libra, 5:54 pm EDT

**By Kari Samuels