Rejoice, stargazers, for the Sun enters the equanimous sign of Libra, home of all things pink, pretty, and poised. Shower yourself with rose quartz, apple, juniper, and thyme in an obnoxiously gracious equinox ritual.
When you’re through with all that, take your perfectly coiffed hair and go get yourself a pumpkin spice latte — it’s the season of sweaters and sweet socialization. A new Moon on the 25th, also in Libra, invites us to find balance in all things that we love, including love itself.
Be mindful of Jupiter’s influence on the other side of the zodiac, which encourages things to get out of hand, though in a fun way. Pick only the sweetest apples and go easy on the hard cider.
At the same time, Mercury’s retrograde in Virgo makes contact with Venus, Libra’s ruling planet. Mercury retrograde means now is decidedly not the best time to start new things, which the new Moon would otherwise invite. Social anxieties might rise to the surface, but Pluto steps in to bolster your power to win friends and influence people.
When reading personal horoscopes, read your Sun sign for the “big picture” and your rising sign for “where the work is.”
ARIES / ARIES RISING
March 21 – April 19
Mars trine Saturn: Your motivation peaks as you set your eyes on achieving goals you thought were out of reach. Dependability is all about choice.
TAURUS / TAURUS RISING
April 20 – May 20
Mercury conjunct Venus: Tell someone you love them. It’s the right time for expressing the best things in your heart.
GEMINI / GEMINI RISING
May 21 – June 20
Mercury conjunct Venus: Use your hands and your words to make something especially nice this week. Express yourself lovingly.
CANCER / CANCER RISING
June 21 – July 22
Moon conjunct Mercury: Don’t let your perception become clouded by fleeting emotions. Use your words and speak from the heart.
LEO / LEO RISING
July 23 – Aug. 22
Sun opposite Jupiter: Good fortune may favor you this week, Lion. Don’t let it go to your head, however, because there are no rewards for bad behavior.
VIRGO / VIRGO RISING
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
Mercury conjunct Venus: Keep an eye out for a good bargain and use your smooth communication skills to strike a favorable deal.
LIBRA / LIBRA RISING
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
Mercury conjunct Venus: It’s a good time to ask for favors. Social interactions lead you down a path toward new friendships.
SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Mars trine Saturn: Fortify your attitude so that you can flawlessly accomplish even the most daunting duties. This will not be difficult if you really mean it.
SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
Sun opposite Jupiter: You might find yourself stumbling over a $100 bill this week, Sag. Karmic advice here is to keep half and pay the other half forward.
CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
Mars trine Saturn: If you’ve been waiting for strength and ambition, now’s the time to seal the deal on any tasks you’ve let linger. Focus on what you love for best results.
AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
Mars trine Saturn: With a bit of focus on things you actually enjoy, you can expertly finish anything you care to tackle. Passion is not a waste of time.
PISCES / PISCES RISING
Feb. 19 – March 20
Sun opposite Jupiter: Take any goodwill or charity you receive this week and pass some along to the next person — while also keeping a little for yourself.