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Leo horoscope for September 2023
September is not only a month where there is very little cosmic movement but the stars themselves are moving slowly. With the majority of the solar system either in retrograde motion or slowing down in order to turn direct or retrograde, this creates a sense of certainty. The Sun will always move from one area of your chart to another once a month, Mercury usually every 14 to 15 days, Venus every 24 days and Mars every six weeks. To have Mars, Mercury and Venus spend the whole month in the same place is rare and can only happen for one of two reasons. For Mars, this is possible if he is either in retrograde motion or because as he will spend six weeks in an area of your chart he has just returned before you move into the new month and that is exactly what has happened this time.
It was late last month that Mars returned to your communication sector for the first time in two years, with his war on communication barriers just getting started as you move into the new month. Not leaving until 12th October, Mars will still be here when the Sun returns on 23rd September and when the dwarf planet Ceres, the only planet on the move this month leaves on 16th September. For Venus and Mercury, the only way they can spend the whole month in one part of your chart is because of a retrograde phase and they are not only spending the whole month where they are, but Venus has been in Leo since early June and Mercury has been in your income sector since July.
Both Venus and Mercury are slowing as we move into the new month, Venus ahead of her direct turn on 4th September and Mercury ahead of his direct turn on 15th September. For Venus, this is a chance to take your heart on a nostalgic trip down memory lane while not leaving until 9th October, this is giving matters of the heart and your relationships a massive boost. Meanwhile, while Mercury will turn direct on the same day as a New Moon in your income sector and just as the Sun moves into his final week here, his retrograde phase is an opportunity to work with Pluto in his last full month in retrograde motion in your work sector and with Uranus, in his first full month in retrograde motion in your career sector and Jupiter, who will turn retrograde there on 5th September.
Love & RomanceWhile there is no planetary activity in either your romantic or relationship sector, most of what you will experience on both fronts over the course of the coming year is being determined by Venus, the planet of love's longest visit to Leo in our lifetime. It was in early June that Venus returned for what is normally a 24 day chance to update your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year, something that usually happens either during or close to your birthday month and as you are moving into your new solar year. However, returning so far ahead of the Sun this forced Venus to turn retrograde, something that she will do in Leo every eight years.
However, every other time Venus has either retrograded back out only to return after turning direct again or she has retrograded back in after leaving, either way never spending the whole of her retrograde phase in Leo, until now. The last time that happened was in 1810, so as Venus comes to a standstill ahead of her direct turn on 4th September coming to an end is her longest and only continuous retrograde phase in Leo in our lifetime and the first fully immersive and uninterrupted nostalgic trip down love's memory lane. By the time Venus leaves on 9th October, she will have been here for over four months, long enough to cement your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for months if not years to come.
With the most romantically charged months of 2023 still in front of you and Pluto returning to begin a 20 year visit to your relationship sector in January, by looking back into the past the planet of love is giving you a chance to look far into the future. Helping with that will be the Moon's monthly visits to your romantic and relationship sectors, both after Venus turns direct and for the last time before she leaves. It begins with the Moon's return to your romantic sector from 21st September to 23rd September, followed a few days later by its return to your relationship sector from 25th September to 27th September. With the Sun in your communication sector as well as Mercury and Mars, they will be on hand to give your emotional responses and relationships a voice.
Business & CareerDespite the fact that within days of moving into the new month every planet in your two professional houses will not only be in retrograde motion but barely moving, this is an exciting month across the income, work and career fronts. Since his return to your work sector in 2008, this is the point in each year when Pluto will be slowing down ahead of his direct turn, with a retrograde phase that has usually begun in April just coming to an end while the Sun is in your income sector, which he is until 23rd September. The difference this year is that by the time Pluto turned retrograde he had already left, so this was something that brought him back with a chance to tie up loose ends before leaving again in January.
The timing couldn't be better for when Pluto left in March Jupiter had yet to return to your career sector to begin your biggest year for professional growth and expansion in over a decade. This is also the time of year when Uranus, in your career sector since 2019 will turn retrograde, with Pluto preparing to come out of retrograde motion at the same time, with an overlap that can hold the doors open to the past, second chances and untapped potential on the job and career fronts for several weeks. As you move into the new month Uranus has been in retrograde motion for less than 72 hours with that overlap not only lasting the whole month but Jupiter's retrograde turn on 5th September will bring him into the fold as well.
Another difference is that while the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of September in your income sector and this will put him at a friendly aspect to the planets on the job and career fronts, this year you have Mercury in retrograde motion there and until his direct turn on 15th September this is holding the doors open to the past, second chances and untapped potential across the income, work and career fronts. Also significant is the Moon, for with planets across the income, work and career fronts so tightly aligned when it visits one it will impact the other. This means that whether it is a visit to your career sector from 4th September to 6th September, your income sector from 13th September to 16th September or to your work sector from 23rd September to 25th September, these will be pivotal days on all three fronts. In particular, will be the New Moon in your work sector on 15th September, the same day that Mercury turns direct.
MoneyBecause the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of September in your income sector, the solar spotlight is always on your income situation, matters and options at this time of year. However, a lot of water had already passed under the bridge by the time the Sun returned and a lot more is due to pass under it after it leaves on 23rd September. However, until then the Sun will not only keep the solar spotlight on your income situation, matters and options but on the road ahead and with Mercury in retrograde motion here until 15th September that couldn't be more important. This is allowing you to keep one eye on the road ahead and another on the road behind while giving you a chance to spend time back at the drawing board.
The fact that the Sun wasn't the first to return to your income sector this year and he won't be the last to leave takes away any urgency. It was Mars, who returned in early July and left late last month who was responsible for getting the ball rolling while held back by a retrograde turn, it is Venus' return next month that will be responsible for bringing things home and for bringing everything together. By the time Venus finally returns, as the planet of money she will use the laws of attraction to exploit all the income potential that will have been created by then. Meanwhile, until turning direct on 15th September Mercury's smart head for money will be trained on the past.
Helping with that is the fact that Pluto is not only in his last full month in retrograde motion in your work sector, but Uranus turned retrograde in your career sector late last month and Jupiter will turn retrograde there on 5th September, opening the doors to the past, second chances and untapped potential across the income, work and career fronts. However, just as auspicious is the timing of Mercury's direct turn on 15th September, the same day that a New Moon in your income sector will bring an opportunity for new beginnings and a fresh start. In the meantime, you not only start the month with the Moon in your financial sector but with the tail end of a Full Moon late last month, allowing you to move into the new month with your financial instincts and imagination fuelled from the start. The Moon will come full circle from 27th September to 29th September.