Happy woman outside

Sloughing off
the old skin

Not all changes take place on the outside. Sometimes they take place deep within. This week's extremely rare Saturn/Pluto sextile shows you emerging from a nine-month incubation period. You have spent these months re-evaluating your life and asking some hard questions. You've identified the things you can no longer tolerate and the things you can no longer live without, and now you're ready to fix your sights on where you want to go in the future. It hasn't been easy, but being honest with yourself on this kind of an intense level rarely is. On Sept. 20, you will slough off the old skin and reveal the "new" you.


ARIES (March 20-April 18)

Pluto comes out of retrograde on Sept. 20, and that is when you will start to feel like you're making progress again. Pluto reversed direction last April, which (as you may recall) was a time of great tumult and upheaval for you. In many ways, Pluto's nearly six-month-long retrograde was propitious because it allowed you to absorb all of the changes and reorganize your life accordingly. This puts you in the advantageous position of making the most of what comes and the least of what goes.


TAURUS (April 19-May 19)

You thought you'd have to wait for others to get their acts together before you could move forward with yours. If Wednesday's Venus/Saturn conjunction proves anything, it's that time and tide wait for no one. The current of events is such that if the person holding things up (and you know who it is) won't budge, then events will circumvent him. If this person isn't removed from his position of authority by Friday, then he'll be rendered irrelevant. Don't be surprised if you're racing to catch up with developments already in motion.


GEMINI (May 20-June 19)

Money talks, and few zodiac signs understand this as clearly as you do. However, it's hard to speak your mind when debts and/or lack of income have you by the throat. Thankfully, Pluto coming out of retrograde on Sept. 20 should change all of that. This signals a timely reprieve, a refund, a loan approval or a new job that will pay the bills. You still have a ways to go before you're in the clear, but at least you can see the forest for the trees.


CANCER (June 20-July 21)

Full Moons are always emotional, so it's understandable that you'd be feeling sensitive and on edge. However, Full Moons also signal times when you are less on guard and more likely to heed your instincts. Circumstantially, you may feel like you're between a rock and a hard place, but if you tune in to what's going on deep down inside on Sept. 19, you'll find that you couldn't be more sure of the road you're on. Stay the course, and you'll be amazed at how quickly one step leads to the next.


LEO (July 22-Aug. 21)

It's natural to get defensive when someone takes issue with something you've said — and that defensiveness gets even more personal when the critique comes from a loved one or friend. But try not bite back. Venus in Scorpio shows that a lot of thought and consideration went into this person speaking her mind. It won't be easy to accept, but in truth, we all exhibit a blind spot when it comes to dealing with our nearest and dearest. Reflect on what's being shared. It will make you a better person and friend.


VIRGO (Aug. 22-Sept. 21)

You have fought your way to a standstill where it looks like you and an opponent are evenly matched. So what do you do now? You were born under the planet Mercury, which means that you're a wheeler-dealer — not a fighter. You need to find a way to finesse this standoff into an arrangement that both sides can live with. This will take some ingenuity on your part, but you're up to the challenge. An extremely rare Saturn/Pluto sextile on Sept. 20 shows that you will be successful.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 21)

You're going to be sensitive to any command or directive that you receive — even if it's a request to pass the salt. It could be argued that you are being overly sensitive. It's a good idea during times like these to take a behind-the-scenes peek at what's going on. You may feel beholden to a spouse or client, and this could be what's eating at you. But if you're beholden, then who's the one who put herself there in the first place? You can't have your cake and eat it, too.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22-Nov. 20)

Your Ruling Planet Pluto forms its last sextile to Saturn on Sept. 20. This completes the transformation process that began on Dec. 26, 2012, peaked on March 8, and concludes now. Pluto rules over that core self that lies buried deep inside, like a seed. It's our truest self and also our greatest mystery, because how that seed grows and where it goes is anyone's guess — including yours. You may not understand what's happening now, but you surely know that you are beginning a new — and perhaps the greatest — chapter of your life.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 20)

Stinging criticisms have put your nose out of joint — but before firing back, ask yourself why communications with your employer are strained, conflicts with loved ones are escalating and finances are still a bedevilment. It's time to stop perpetuating a vicious cycle and to take a clear-eyed look at where your insecurities have led you. Spend less time with your fears and more time with your hopes. You are in the process of changing the patterns of a lifetime. Begin by putting the past behind you and embracing an unscripted future.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 18)

You are probably feeling out of sorts these days, and that's to be expected given the closing sextile between Saturn and Pluto. This began last December, and it will culminate this week. Even if your physical environment isn't different, your interior one is. Perhaps two of the greatest changes have to do with home and friends. These are two areas of your life that you didn't really take seriously before but that you do now. Once regarded as obligations and even interruptions, you now see them as the linchpins of your happiness.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 17)

You don't want to quash anyone's spirit. It goes against your Aquarian nature, which is to champion free expression and enlightened thinking. However, you believe that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, which is why you have to lay down the law on Sept. 18. It won't make you popular in the moment, nor will you appreciate that the people you're protecting will be your harshest critics, but rest assured that what you're doing is right. Everyone will see the wisdom of your actions by Sept. 26.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)

The nature of your friendships is changing. It began months ago, when you started casting about for a new group of people to hang with, and it culminates this week when a disagreement with the old crowd creates a rift that you don't feel like mending. It's hard to accept that we can outgrow people just as we can outgrow a set of clothes, but these things happen. You need to be with people who really get you — people who recognize and support the changes that are taking place in your life.

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