FOR EVERYONE: We’ve been making important decisions about our lives for awhile. We prolonged the decision making process, partly for practical reasons — we had to get our ducks in a row. We also lacked a compelling vision of the future. Finally, there were important moral choices we knew would be hard to make and costly to follow through on. September will provide the vision we lacked, and it will ask us to make those tough and costly moral choices and be ready to accept the consequences.
VIRGO (Aug. 22 – Sept. 21) Conscience, community responsibility and personal conviction are intersecting to create a mandate you cannot dodge. It’s time to do the right thing, even if it pinches. Forget the politics; forget the economics. It’s a matter of spiritual and emotional healing that will require some material outlay. If you don’t do your part, the stars say everyone will regret it. Certain kinds of communal neglect have gone on too long and must be ended now or undesirable consequences will begin escalating for the whole community.
LIBRA (Sept. 22 – Oct. 21) Pressure at home, at work and elsewhere is peaking. You need to better adjust your financial and emotional priorities and reallocate your personal time. Important relationships are at risk. There’s a right way to do this and a path of least resistance. You must do this the right way, even at the risk of upsetting the powers that be. You have the courage to make the right choices. This would be the time to prove it, especially to those who depend on you most.
SCORPIO (Oct. 22 – Nov. 20) They say it’s always darkest before the dawn. That seems true for Scorpio this month. You are probably tired; your budget is probably tight; you are almost certainly thinking it’s time to make that big change. Inside, you know what you have to do. Announcing your decision will set things in motion. Don’t be overly concerned about the reactions of friends and allies. They are all struggling with their conscience. Your decision is all the persuasion they will need to respond the right way.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 – Dec. 20) Can you have it all: peace at home, good social relations, strong business ties and economic security? It is really possible. Conventional wisdom says you should use that tried and true formula to make it a sure thing–cut corners, play the game, go along to get along. Your conscience is protesting. But in the real world, conscience is an unrealistic guide, right? Which will you trust, conscience or conventional wisdom? The planets say this time you’d best follow your conscience.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 – Jan. 18) It used to be might made right. You aren’t so sure anymore. If you’re being honest, you’ll admit even you think it’s better to play it straight this time around. The key will be quieting the fears and calming the tempers of higher ups. They aren’t so sure about playing it straight; they’re looking antsy. If you mess with your opponents, they will respond in kind; the battle will be joined. The planets say follow your conscience; be straight with everybody. Things will work out.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 – Feb. 17) September brings a crisis of faith. Do Aquarians have enough faith in their ideals of brotherhood and sisterhood to apply them to their opponents? Do they believe their economic ideals will work in the real world? Because in September, they’ll need some confidence in those they habitually mistrust and a little faith in the virtues of the establishment they so often criticize. Having more faith in old rivals and in the status quo will now further your goals. Your habitual disdain will invite failure.
PISCES (Feb. 18 – Mar. 19) You need to make your job satisfy wildly conflicting priorities. It must satisfy your personal ideals and sense of mission, fulfill a social need, not isolate you from family and friends . . . and, by the way, also pay decently. Amazingly, September brings clarity to the job issue as well as opportunity. The planets say you should embrace the job that best fulfills your sense of personal mission, even if it seems impractical, or a bit of a sacrifice. Other important things will fall into place accordingly.
ARIES (Mar. 20 – Apr. 18) September’s events come at you from inconvenient angles. Pressures from work and family are strong and persistent. The present and future well-being of children and close friends weighs heavily. You have little control over fast moving events. You have reason to be optimistic, but optimism, however well-founded, isn’t certainty. Also, with your own life changing so much and so quickly, you can’t make firm promises. Your best bet? Avoid needless spending and adjust long term savings strategies to provide for a range of possibilities.
TAURUS (Apr. 19 – May 19) Lots of things in Taurus’s life are taking good care of themselves. You’re benefiting strongly from an harmonious relation to some otherwise strong and turbulent currents. The worst seems to pass you by. Concentrate in partnership areas. Right now, who you do not associate with is almost as important as who you do associate with. Friendships made now probably would not last. Tolerate any resulting isolation. In a year or two, you will find yourself developing an enduring network of rewarding friendships and alliances.
GEMINI (May 20 – June 19) Your overriding concern, the concern underlying every other concern, is financial. Higher ups are not targeting your paycheck. It’s more that they can’t control the processes that control your bottom line. It isn’t clear who, if anyone, can control these processes at this point. Change is afoot, new factors are in play; trends are unclear. Fears based on outdated ideas or actions based on old preconceptions would make things worse. Your best option is to work diligently at your job and hold your peace.
CANCER (June 20 – July 21) You’re starting to enjoy a degree of prosperity; years of effort are paying off. It seemed for a while like the goal might be in sight; or you could at least ease up and glide at your current altitude. But increasing expenses and general economic uncertainty make that unlikely. Continuing indefinitely with your all out effort to create a better livelihood seems like a lonely, difficult road. But the financial security you seek and the loving friendships you long for lie in that direction.
LEO (July 22 – Aug. 21) Leo’s personality is sparkling with a special brilliance; they bring an unusual level of energy to the scene, even by Leo’s standard. You can motivate and coordinate others effortlessly. People are fascinated and want to follow you home. But don’t let them. You need to protect the solitude you enjoy there. The realizations and the peace you experience in the quiet of your home are sustaining your public performances. This cycle of relative solitude is laying the foundation for a more fulfilling social life.