Your Horoscope For September 2023

Whatever you’re up to this month, the fall equinox is about looking forward with hope.

A grid of illustrations showing the different symbols for the zodiac signs

(Illustration: Sacha Stephan)

In September, we’re moving forward from the heat-wave-induced lethargy of August, and you may find some of your stalled situations also start rolling forward. Astrologically speaking, September is simple, an empty space that’s full of possibilities. But that doesn’t mean you need to fill that space with overcomplications. Try to extend summer’s ease as far as you can before the fall equinox, which arrives mid-month. Give thanks for the abundance and the harvest of the summer, and welcome the longer nights and colder days ahead.

September dates to note:

  • September 3: Venus stations direct at 12° Leo
  • September 4: Jupiter stations retrograde at 15° Taurus
  • September 14: New Moon at 21° Virgo
  • September 15: Mercury stations direct at 8° Virgo
  • September 22: Sun enters Libra/Fall Equinox

I highly recommend that you primarily read the horoscopes for your rising sign. If you don’t know your rising sign, you can read for your sun sign (born during the day) and/or moon sign (born at night). Read it all if you like, and take what resonates. To figure out these placements, enter your birth date, location and precise birth time into an astrology app like Time Nomad or online at astro.com. For more guidance on how all of these play together, visit charmastrology.com.

An illustration of a burning heart being stabbed by six swords. in the middle of the heart is the Virgo symbol

Illustration: Sacha Stephan


Aug. 23-Sept. 22

Most of the lethargy and/or welcomed rest of the past month, will come to a close, for better or worse. On some level, it’s nice to finally start moving forward on some stalled projects, or if you’ve been under the weather, it’ll feel nice to be more energized. The downtime of the last days of summer should help clarify some of your life goals and dreams. Pick up where you left off, slowly but surely.

An illustration of balance scales. each bowl has the symbol for Libra on it.

Illustration: Sacha Stephan


Sept. 23-Oct. 22

The fall equinox is usually a pleasant reset for you, dear Libra. It’s an excellent time to pull back, prioritize reflection time, and quietly live your days with intention and purpose. This doesn’t have to look like a lack of activity—sometimes quite the contrary. Amid the busyness, bring back the focus on your body’s needs as you move through the last quarter of the year.

An illustration of a pink scorpion wearing sunglasses and holding a heart-shaped lollipop. The Scorpio symbol is on it's front arm like a tattoo. it's other arm and legs have symbol tattoos as well like a star, moon, flower and snake.

Illustration: Sacha Stephan


Oct. 23-Nov. 21

Spring and summer were undoubtedly busy for you, dear Scorpio. Even if you may feel like the results weren’t immediately clear, it’s likely that the past few months have resulted in well-needed changes, especially around your work and overall life path. You likely found yourself needing to re/connect with valued folks in your circle and frankly, all that socializing is probably catching up to you. The good news is that the fall equinox is usually a signal for slowing down and going inward—especially for you. If you can, pare down on your responsibilities and spend more time in your hermit cave.

An illustration of a bow and arrow with a flaming tip. the arrowhead has the Sagittarius symbol on it.

Illustration: Sacha Stephan


Nov. 22-Dec. 21

It’s time to launch the ideas you’ve been sitting on for the past few months. Whether they’re personal or work-oriented in nature, it’s time to take some action even if conditions aren’t the most ideal. You’re likely to learn more as you go instead of waiting for the “perfect timing.” The best time is when you do it. Trust yourself more and lean into the sense of play and creativity that’s available to you right now.

An illustration of a goat with a green mermaid tail. The goat is sticking out its tongue and wearing a medallion around its neck. the medallino has the Capricorn symbol on it.

Illustration: Sacha Stephan


Dec. 22-Jan. 19

It’s quite a cliché, but there’s a back-to-school vibe going on for you this month ahead. Whether you’re literally starting school or perhaps doing some professional development training, it’ll feel pleasant to take on the work ahead, especially if there’s been some delays. Perhaps you’re lucky that this time signals the start of a vacation or new travels. Whatever you’re up to, the fall equinox is about looking forward with hope toward the future.

An illustration of two swans sitting in two large vases that have the Aquarius symbol on them. The swans have water falling out of their beaks.

Illustration: Sacha Stephan


Jan. 20-Feb. 18

Some of the mysteries of your relationship predicaments will begin to unveil and become clearer as the month progresses. As you move forward, issues in your life that require resolutions will require a more task-oriented approach. It doesn’t all look like an external action or event per se. Some of it may just be about a reframe in your mindset and perspective. Those can be incredibly helpful. Your connection with your families of origin will be up for review and reevaluation this autumn.

An illustration of two goldfish swimming around in a circle. the goldfish are wearing small party hats with pink and blue squiggly stripes and a gold star at the tip. In between the fish is the symbol for Pisces.

Illustration: Sacha Stephan


Feb. 19-March 20

Your mission for the month ahead is to figure out how to balance your need for treats (of all kinds) and the necessary discipline required to live a long and healthy life. In short, is it still a treat if you treat yourself every day? Some things you have to work hard for and the key is finding the sweet balance between pleasure and purpose. This fall equinox is about resetting your daily habits with as much kindness to yourself as possible.

An illustration of a pink ram head wearing sunglasses. The symbol for Aries is shown on a star beneath the ram's head above two crossed swords

Illustration: Sacha Stephan


March 21-April 19

Creative projects and fun plans that have been on hold will start to gain speed once again. It’s great, however, it’s likely that you’ll be busy with work, and if not work, general life responsibilities are keeping you rooted where you are. You may experience the frustrating tension between work and play. Strategize so that you’re able to experience both with as much of your mindful presence as possible.

An illustration of a bull wearing blue cowboy boots on all four feet. It's alsoo wearing a yellow cowboy hat that has the symbol for Taurus on it.

Illustration: Sacha Stephan


April 20-May 20

If you’ve been overindulging, this is an excellent time to slow down your overconsumption to a more sustainable level. This can apply to any context—overindulgence in food, maybe you’re exercising too and risking injury, overindulging in pessimism and not enough hope, overspending, so much protecting your peace you’re now isolated, etc. Find the moderation you need as your holistic wellness is the focus of the month. Where in your life can you exercise more balance?

An illustration of a pair of cherries connected at the stem. One cherry has a smiley face and the other has a sad face. On the tip of the stem, there's a pair of leaves and a small gemini symbol

Illustration: Sacha Stephan


May 21-June 21

It’s your time to enjoy some of the changes you’ve had to enact in the past couple of months in terms of your daily routines. Perhaps you had to move, or there’s been some changes in your day-to-day environment that required you to adjust. Hopefully, you’ll start to reap what you sow and experience the rewards of your efforts. But also, try to remember that it’s more about the process of showing up, versus fixating on the results. Give yourself as much grace and compassion as possible.

An illustration of a hermit crab with a pink shell. The hermit crab has a tear falling from their eye and is holding a flower who also has a frowny face on it. The cancer symbol is shown in circles above and below the crab.

Illustration: Sacha Stephan


June 22-July 22

The past couple of months have been about reviewing your needs and management of your resources. Perhaps it was about reevaluating your relationship with money, but it could’ve also been about strategizing your workload so you’re not overextending yourself beyond what’s expected. Overall, it’s a wake-up call to prioritize what feels healthy in terms of sustaining your livelihood. The fall equinox is an excellent time for you to spend your days with a good mix of intentional planning and spontaneity. In short, shed the martyr complex and don’t work hard unnecessarily!

An illustration of a cat wearing a red bow around its neck and looking into a hand mirror with sparkles in their eyes. At the top of the mirror is a small Leo symbol

Illustration: Sacha Stephan


July 23-Aug. 22

Do you feel a deeper connection to yourself or is the question bringing up more feelings of grief and disappointment? The thing is, focusing on you is not always a feel-good experience. Part of prioritizing your growth is being honest about what’s no longer true for you. Regardless of what the context may be about, the month ahead is about a deeper self-inquiry into how much you actually support yourself. Self-abandonment can be so effortless that sometimes it’s hard to recognize it’s even happening.

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