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September 2 - 8


For All Signs: Venus, goddess of love and the arts, has been retrograding since July 25. On Sep. 6 she will turn direct, representing a shift toward the better in the world of relationships with restoration to order (if indeed, relationships can ever be considered "orderly"). Important issues have been under consideration during Venus' resting period of the last several weeks. Many of us were pressed to encounter ourselves and our personal behavior within the framework of our relationships. Those in shaky attachments may have withdrawn altogether. Dormant relationship issues may have resurfaced for attention. Antiquated behavior patterns with a compulsive quality might have emerged into the daylight. These are normal human reactions when in the presence of this retrograding energy. It is a cosmic reminder to focus careful thought about our behavior and our needs in personal relationships. We are sometimes driven by outdated feelings that no longer serve a useful purpose. During Venus' retrograding periods we are called to wake up to how we fall into unconscious and negative relationship patterns. It's time to upgrade our performance. The retrograde casts a shadow forward to Oct. 10, so if there is still clean-up to do, there will be time.

Aries: Love life and romance are favored this week. You may be exploring the revival of a former friendship or lover. This is a good time to let yourself be creative. Your physical self is on a high, so activities involving the large muscles likely will be pleasurable.

Taurus: Now that Venus, your planetary avatar is turning direct, you may find it easier to make some decisions about home, hearth, and family. Things in this area have been pending for a long time. This long holding period has kept you from moving forward. Over the next 3-4 weeks you will come to feel more organized and steady.

Gemini: You may be feeling a bit “off” this week, whether physically or emotionally. This is not a good time to do work that requires discipline with details. You are feeling independent, so you may want more alone time than is the norm. Be kind to yourself.

Cancer: Over the weekend you may be feeling mildly irritable or “out of sync” with your world. You need some time to be alone to process an experience in which you felt dismissed. After the weekend your spirit lifts and you will feel considerably better.

Leo: You have a remarkable capacity to focus on a long term goal. But sometimes this goes over the edge into rigidity and unwillingness to switch gears as needed. If a negative attitude or the past has been troubling you in the last several weeks, then now is the time to let it flow down the river.

Virgo: You may be concerned about resources at this time. It would be easy to become obsessed about what you see are problems. However, if you consider other challenging times in your life, you will be remember that somehow you always muddled through to the other side.

Libra: You have needed a break from your usual community and now it is time to decide which associations you wish to continue and which you do not. It is possible that you will seek out new acquaintances this fall. That is a good way to escape boredom from the routine.

Scorpio: This is a generally upbeat and positive week. Circumstances may be ripe for an increase in income. An opportunity to demonstrate your talents and skills comes your way. It will give you a lift. Try something new and different, use your creative energy.

Sagittarius: This is a week that may bring you a sudden break for freedom. It may offer an unexpected opportunity for change. You must use your best judgment on whether that change is favorable for the long haul. Think carefully and use your intuition about how this action will impact your life.

Capricorn: Aspects particularly favor your self-expression. You are in an effective position. Others agree with your guidance and leadership. A project begun near the New Year is blossoming now. At the very least you can see that it is on track to turn out well. Legal and educational agendas are positive.

Aquarius: You have felt estranged in recent weeks from someone who is important to you. Hopefully you have had time to consider your contribution to the matter. If so, then now is the time to approach the matter together. Sometimes a “break” is needed while we sort our thoughts.

Pisces: An opportunity may come your way that seems out of the blue. It requires that you use your skills in a totally different manner than you have tried before. Go with it because it expands your territory and will be a fun kick to try. Your audience or clientele shows an increase this week.

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