WEEK OF September 19 - 25, 2016Tie up those loose ends—and fasten them with a double knot. You’re ready to leave the past behind you as Libra season begins this Thursday, September 22. With the Sun cruising through your sign until October 22—and joining abundant Jupiter there to boot—you are ready to leap into exciting new terrain. The past month may have brought some heavy vibes—with the Sun in your introspective twelfth house—but now it’s time to shake ’em off and move on. Your independent spirit is desperate for a turn at the wheel and once you shift into drive you will leave the haters and naysayers in the dust. Their constant critiques are no longer of value to you. With the Sun and Jupiter buoying your well-deserved confidence, the opinion you should be listening to is your own. You’re a people person, Libra, but your birthday month is a great time to fly solo and pursue your individual interests. For once you might actually enjoy a solo vacation to reconnect to “me, myself and I.” How about a surf-and-yoga retreat at an exotic beach locale? Explore local offerings and meetups. You could be surprised at the number of clubs and kindred spirits within biking distance. But don’t rush to commit or fill out membership applications. Use these next four weeks to check out all your options and expand your horizons. Expect to feel more energized—and impatient. Burn off that angst with some physical activity. Treat yourself to some private sessions with a Pilates instructor or personal trainer; maybe get a ClassPass to sample a buffet of local studios. During Libra season, you can’t go wrong by investing in your personal development.
Also on Thursday, the communication planet, silver-tongued Mercury, ends a frustrating three-week retrograde in your twelfth house of forgiveness, release and endings. The fog is lifting, Libra—and just in time! Since August 30, there may have been times you couldn’t see ten feet ahead of you. And the emotional chaos has threatened to be your undoing. Some Libras danced with a few demons and deep-cleaned a key area of life. But now, as Mercury resumes forward motion, the lesson starts to become clear: Put up better boundaries or tear down the wall for good! Some people will push and push, and you’re not so good in the tough-love department. A little self-discipline is also in order, especially if you’ve allowed your hedonistic and romantic sides to overindulge. You’ll benefit from work with compassionate healers and mentors now, so book some sessions or ask friends for recommendations. Even a weekly massage would be restorative while Mercury lingers in Virgo until October 7. At the very least, take time out for a pedicure in between all your decluttering missions.
Flirt alert! A dazzling new chapter opens on Friday, when Venus, the zodiac’s love planet—and your ruler—shimmies into Scorpio and your second house of sensuality and luxury until October 18. Stop in your stiletto tracks and take time to smell the roses. After a busy year, slowing down will help your mojo rise. You’re ready for some sultry times, but first, bliss out with a few healthy indulgences like hot-stone massage, spa pedicures or a trip to the haute hair salon. Your sign has an affinity for aesthetic beauty, but tune in to your other senses as well. Swaddle yourself in a cashmere shawl, burn scented candles while you toss some new spices into your food. In love, you’ll be attracted to traditional (yet smoldering under the collar) types. Those “nice” types who seemed a little boring last week could legitimately win your heart before Halloween. (It’s a treat, not a trick…we swear.) Already attached? Stabilize your bond by getting a weekly date night on the calendar—that’s how you’ll guarantee some proper sexytime goes down. And make your S.O. feel like a priority by heading home earlier (or at least on time!) from your bazillion social engagements. Since the second house rules income, this Venus cycle underscores the importance of networking. Load your wallet with business cards and hit the party circuit. You might not seal the deal at the martini bar, but following up the next day could lead to a prosperous alliance.