Your Monthly Horoscopes: September 2021

Remember the uncomplicated thrill of going back-to-school shopping as a child? Nothing was spoiled yet by having a strict teacher or a bullying classmate or an unrequited crush seated across the room. Joy was an empty notebook and an unsharpened pencil. Everything was new and for the taking. September’s astrology offers us this kind of cosmic reprieve. After a turbulent summer, it’s an opportunity to get ourselves back on track. The New Moon in Virgo on the 6th is an especially auspicious day to make a list and set sail for brighter tomorrows.

The one catch for the month arrives on the 10th, as love planet Venus moves into Scorpio followed by action planet Mars moving into Libra on the 14th. This shift sees the two planets of interpersonal connection moving into each other’s signs. Venus doesn’t particularly love being in Scorpio and Mars doesn’t particularly enjoy being in Libra. Compromise is necessary for everyone to get what they want.

Despite this month’s emphasis on Virgo’s need for control, the Full Moon in Pisces on the 20th reminds us that sometimes it’s better to just go with the flow. This is an especially important lesson to sit with once Libra Season begins on the 22nd—happy birthday to our balanced and passionate babes. Libras are true icons of their craft, from Naomi Watts to Bruce Springsteen to Serena Williams.

The month concludes with communication planet Mercury stationing retrograde in Libra on the 27th, which kicks off the more challenging astrology that’s waiting for us in October. If we pull ourselves together now, we won’t be totally thrown off course when some unsettling truths reveal themselves later in the season.

(Horoscopes follow for each sign. If you know your rising sign, reading for that sign may provide further insight.)

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This month, your zest for life is channeled directly into your desperate need to get organized. The back-to-school shopping energy for you is quite literal, as the sun and your ruling planet Mars travel through your daily grind sector. The new moon in Virgo on the 6th is an opportunity to ground yourself into a nourishing routine. Update your home office! Get back to Pilates! Accept that the thing you think is boring is actually good for your health. Once Mars enters Libra on the 14th (and especially once Libra Season begins on the 22nd), you’re going to be much more caught up in everyone else’s problems so deal with your own issues while you still can.

Love Horoscope: If you’re partnered, Mars’s shift into Libra on the 14th marks a period of you investing all of your time and energy into your relationship. Whether your wife is overwhelmed at work or your boyfriend is studying for exams, you’re the one who’s cooking every meal and picking up the pieces.

Money Horoscope: Venus enters Scorpio and your shared resources sector on the 10th, and you might be feeling less abundant than you were this summer. Racking up your credit card bill is unavoidable this month in order to make ends meet. This is especially true around the 30th, when Venus squares off with Jupiter: a prime time for indulgence.

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Make sure you appreciate the tiny moments this month, Taurus. As September begins, your ruling planet Venus is in Libra and your daily grind sector, reminding you to find beauty in the mundane. Buy new clothes for work; get that Vitamin subscription that keeps popping up on your Instagram feed; work on building a more sustainable morning routine. This effort pays off at the new moon in Virgo on the 6th, when you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Venus moves into Scorpio on the 10th, which stirs up a romance that will dominate the rest of your month. If you’re unsure where you stand with someone, this influence reveals something that you weren’t quite ready to hear.

Love Horoscope: As mentioned in your general reading, relationships become a huge focus after Venus enters Scorpio on the 10th. Unfortunately, you feel like you’re giving too much and getting too little in return. Watch out for both the 17th and the 23rd, when tough decisions and unexpected events get in the way of a romantic vibe.

Money Horoscope: You’re working hard for your money this month. With Mercury—the planet that oversees finances in your chart—traveling through Libra, you’re trying to consolidate your workflow and make more by doing less. Mercury connects with Saturn on the 4th, blessing you with more money and more responsibility. Your hustle is up for further review once the communication planet goes retrograde on the 27th.

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After all of the summer’s turbulence, September moves at a much slower pace. Your ruling planet Mercury stays in Libra and your creativity sector for the entire month. The new moon in Virgo on the 6th provides a moment to take a breath and allow yourself to feel settled. With your systems now in place, give yourself permission to leave work (or close the laptop) early so you can focus more on your hobbies or artistic projects. Now’s the time to get the band back together, drag the canvas out of storage or indulge your latent Pinterest addiction. Past lovers may end up as artistic muses once Mercury stations retrograde on the 27th.

Love Horoscope: With your ruling planet Mercury in your love and romance sector all month, you’re even more focused than usual on looking for love. By the 4th, a dreamy new crush offers to sweep you away on a romantic vacation. Be careful though because these plans might fall through after Mercury stations retrograde on the 27th.

Money Horoscope: The full moon in Pisces on the 20th marks a breakthrough moment for your career that could coincide with an increase in your income. If you’ve been considering a side hustle or freelance opportunity, this is a fantastic time to get that started. Strides you made in your career back in the spring weren’t for nothing. Enjoy those benefits now.

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Your battery is drained at the top of the month, as the moon reaches the end of its cycle. Though the back-to-school energy is intoxicating, don’t push yourself to have it all together before you’re ready. The new moon in Virgo on the 6th brings a breath of fresh air to your close relationships and communications. Your overflowing inbox feels less daunting when you adore the senders. Your stamina returns as the month goes on and you reach an energetic peak at the full moon in Pisces on the 20th. This lunation highlights your long-term goals and projects, giving you the space you need to dream big. Who cares how you’re going to get there, just focus on where you want to be.

Love Horoscope: Venus moves into Scorpio and your romance sector on the 10th, giving an excuse to get back on the apps and indulge in a little fun. Venus squares off with Saturn on the 17th though, which may find you catching feelings for someone you thought would just be a fling. Don’t try to control it. Let things happen as they come.

Money Horoscope: As Virgo season unfolds, you’re met with plenty of new opportunities to earn cash. Once the sun enters Libra on the 22nd though, you’re going to have less energy to put yourself out there and your finances could suffer. It’s wise to save more than you spend.

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Virgo time is always a bit of a bummer for you, as you’re forced to pick up the pieces after the debauchery of your own season. But at the new moon in Virgo on the 6th, you’re pleasantly surprised by the fast-acting magic of cutting the bullsh*t and focusing on the things that feed you. Your path to abundance is one that requires attention to detail, so why not set a budget and actually stick to it? Once Libra Season begins on the 22nd, your focus is back on your social life though it may be more about obligations to siblings or old friends than doing the things you actually want to do. If planning your sister’s third postponed bachelorette party is bringing you down, remember that she owes you a favor.

Love Horoscope: An innocent catch-up with an old friend (who you always had a crush on) turns romantic when Venus trines Jupiter on the 6th. Though you live in different cities and most of your story may have to play out via email or FaceTime, why not allow yourself this familiar flirtation?

Money Horoscope: With Mercury—the planet calling the shots on finances in your chart—sitting in Libra through November 5th, it’s probably time to launch that Etsy shop or take on more freelance clients. Entrepreneurial ventures of all kinds succeed under this influence. Check your accounts around the full moon in Pisces on the 20th to gauge your side hustle’s success.

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It’s your season, Virgo, and for now, the entire zodiac is joining you on your eternal quest to get organized and mind the little things. It feels good to be right about everything, doesn’t it? The new moon on the 6th falls in your sign and brings a lovely boost to your self-confidence and day-to-day rituals. You’re on a journey to improve your self-image and increase your self-esteem. With your ruling planet Mercury staying in Libra and your wealth sector for the entire month, your money, budgets and assets are constantly on your mind. On the 27th, Mercury stations retrograde, encouraging you to take your time with creating a financial plan that works for you. Your mantra is: There’s no need to rush.

Love Horoscope: The full moon in Pisces on the 20th brings a culminating event for your relationship. Whether it’s a proposal or a breakup, emotions are high, and the tears certainly flow. If you’re single, this full moon is a prime day to shoot your shot with someone you were flirting with back in the spring.

Money Horoscope: As mentioned, money is your main focus this month (and will be for most of the Fall, as Mercury remains in your finance sector through November 5th). Watch out for an unexpected bill or expense that’s out of your control once Mars shifts into Libra on the 14th. Don’t cut the check until you know it’s a solid deal.

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Oh, Libra, you’re feeling bold and beautiful as the month begins with your ruling planet Venus finishing up her annual visit to your sign. The new moon in Virgo on the 6th falls in your unconscious sector and is a particularly auspicious time for you to either retreat to work on a creative project or invite your crush to a cabin in the woods. Your health is on your mind constantly these days so make a plan to keep up the good habits you’ve been building since Virgo season began. Once Venus enters Scorpio on the 10th, things get a bit spicier in both your love life and with your finances. Then the full moon in Pisces on the 20th allows you to lean into a more spacious daily routine. You don’t always have to hustle to get what you want.

Love Horoscope: On the 6th, love planet Venus makes a supportive connection to expansion planet Jupiter, ending your sexual drought and bringing the connection you’ve been missing. Though this fling is more of a good time than a long time, the experience gives you confidence to get back in the game.

Money Horoscope: Venus enters Scorpio and your finance sector on the 10th, putting your mind on money and how you don’t have quite enough of it. Thankfully, Venus opposes Uranus on the 23rd, bringing some unexpected cash flow your way. Whether it’s extra clients or an overdue tax refund, take the surplus and save it.

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As September begins, you’re working overtime to make sure all of your friends, colleagues and community members are happy. With your ruling planet Mars travelling through Virgo and your networking sector, you’re trying to make up for all of the social time you lost during the pandemic. The new moon in Virgo on the 6th comes as a lovely reminder that connection comes easier than you think. You haven’t been forgotten! On the 10th, Venus moves into your sign and after a period of feeling a bit less than, now everyone’s looking when you walk down the street. Once Mars shifts into Libra on the 14th though, you want to retreat and keep things private. For now, focus on what you can clean up behind the scenes.

Love Horoscope: With Venus moving into your sign on the 10th, you’re feeling fun and flirty, and though this is a welcome relief, it could get you into some trouble. On the 23rd as Venus opposes Uranus, you find yourself flirting with someone who isn’t usually your type at the bar. Experiment! This could be more than just a fling.

Money Horoscope: With the greater benefic Jupiter solidly back in Aquarius this month, you find that all of your money is being poured into your home. Whether you’re dealing with all the expenses that come with moving or in the middle of an extensive remodel, watch out for going overboard with spending around the 30th (when Jupiter squares Venus, promoting indulgence).

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Virgo season always brings a major boon to your career. As the month begins, it feels like everyone is looking to you for advice. As much as you love to wax poetic and give unsolicited feedback, you don’t really have all the answers. That’s OK! The new moon in Virgo on the 6th is an opportunity for you to take the reins and lead from your own unique authority. You’re more successful when you allow yourself to be part of the collective so lean into that. Once Libra season begins on the 22nd, you start prioritizing your social life over your achievements at work. Whether virtual or IRL, it’s time to get the party started.

Love Horoscope: With Mercury—the planet ruling relationships in your chart—hanging out in stylish, romantic Libra and your networking sector all month (and for all of October), you may find yourself dating someone from work. You thought you wanted to keep personal and professional separate, but isn’t it nice to hang out with someone who just gets it sometimes?

Money Horoscope: The new moon in Virgo on the 6th brings an opportunity for a leadership position at work that could also lead to a major increase in cash. Leverage your ability to think and work differently from others and get yourself paid.


The new moon in Virgo on the 6th falls in the part of your chart that deals with where you want to go and what you want to teach. If you’ve been considering a big move, a major project or a return to education, this lunation offers an auspicious moment to start the process. You can’t make your big picture ideas come true without a fine attention to detail, so milk this month’s Virgo energy to the last itty-bitty drop. Though the full moon in Pisces on the 20th brings a lovely respite from “the great work” in the form of a road trip or summer’s last hurrah beach day, once Libra season begins on the 22nd, you’re hellbent on making even bigger strides in your career.

Love Horoscope: Venus enters Scorpio and your social sector on the 10th and suddenly everyone seems to be orbiting around you. If you’re on the prowl for love, you don’t have to put in much effort. People are coming to you! As Venus opposes innovative Uranus on the 23rd, you go on a mind-blowing date that raises your standards for future love affairs.

Money Horoscope: You’ve spent most of this year trying to break out of a scarcity mindset. This is a daily practice that isn’t going away anytime soon. But on the 6th, as Venus connects with abundant Jupiter, you’re inspired to get back to a job search or ask for the raise that you deserve. Once Libra season begins on the 22nd, you’re unstoppable in pursuing your goals.

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Virgo season is for harvesting the fruits of our collective labor and preserving what we can’t use now for the long, cold winter. Virgo falls in the part of your chart that has to do with shared resources, debts and other folks’s money. A collaborative project that fell through earlier in the summer picks up speed again around the Virgo new moon on the 6th. Think about the amazing things you can accomplish when you’re actually on the same page. Then on the 10th, Venus’s shift into Scorpio brings renewed energy to a job hunt or a quest for more respect in your current position. If you’re considering asking for a raise, the full moon in Pisces on the 20th helps you reinitiate a financial conversation that trailed off in the spring.

Love Horoscope: With Mercury—planet of communication—in your education sector, you’re excited to finally sign up for a course you’ve wanted to take all year. But ironically, this class becomes less about learning and more about the flirtation that arises with one of your classmates. You can always catch up on the material when Mercury goes retrograde on the 27th.

Money Horoscope: As mentioned, the full moon in Pisces on the 20th is an auspicious time to ask for a raise or generally state your worth. Otherwise, finances for you remain mostly stable and some overdue invoices are finally paid when Mercury stations retrograde on the 27th.

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Virgo season has you finely attuned to the particular dynamics of your most important relationships. You’re earning a Ph.D. in your boyfriend’s love language, your bestie’s attachment style and your business partner’s Human Design. If you’ve been questioning whether this is the right time to commit to a new partnership, the new moon in Virgo on the 6th provides a resounding “yes.” Though most of this month has you staying afloat by holding onto the lifeboat that is your favorite people, the full moon on the 20th is in your sign and signals a boost in confidence and return to self. Breathe easy.

Love Horoscope: Most of September has you focused on relationships that are already solid, but if you’re on the hunt for love, the full moon in your sign on the 20th is a great moment to get back on the apps, flirt at the bar or shoot your shot with that hot ex-coworker. Venus’s shift into Scorpio (from the 10th) has you wanting to tap into your wilder, sexier side. Don’t deny yourself.

Money Horoscope: Mars moves into your shared resources sector on the 14th, which corresponds with you having to rely on credit (or a friend) to pay your bills and make ends meet. Your finances could be tight for the next six weeks during this transit so be sure you’re tapping into all potential outlets for support.

Jaime Wright is an astrologer based in New York. Subscribe to her newsletter for more astrological musings.

Jaime Wright


Jaime Wright is an astrologer and writer based in NYC. She has been writing PureWow’s weekly and monthly horoscope columns since 2019, and also authors the cult favorite...
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