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Weekly horoscope (Sept. 10-16)

Fresh challenges

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For All Signs: This September brings a month of fresh challenges. This is an eclipse season which often brings situations to crisis proportions. Saturn, which rules business and structure, changes signs to Sagittarius. Venus turned direct last week and now we must correct our relationship behavior. Mercury turns retrograde next week. It represents a lot to accomplish.

The new Moon on the 13th and the full moon of the 27th are both eclipsed with special focus on the signs of Aries and Libra. In ancient times eclipses were believed frightening, heralding negative omens, especially in regions of their visibility. Contemporary astrologers now perceive these seasons as periods that relieve critical mass, similar to that of a small earthquake. For many of us this month there will be an experience of manifestation or illumination about situations that have been long brewing. It is a time to face facts, but not all of those facts are frightening or negative. Some people experience very positive results of past effort during eclipse periods.

Aries: The eclipses of this series will draw your attention to partnerships. Patterns from your childhood history need to be excavated, repaired or removed in order to allow your growth into a more mature relationship. Psychotherapy may be truly helpful.

Taurus: This eclipse pressures you to concentrate on improvement of work-related relationships and health maintenance. Diet, exercise and improvement of physical regimen will become imperative. Honing your management systems in personal and work arenas is necessary to create order in your daily work routine.

Gemini: This eclipse pattern emphasizes your progeny or other personally creative births. Romantic ventures will be intensely emotional and self-revealing. You will be learning a few lessons in discernment concerning friendships and associations that no longer serve you well.

Cancer: Matters concerning your family and property will be accented. Old problems in relationships, even with the deceased, will surface for cleansing and healing. A new family member may enter the scene, or you may begin to spend more time with family in general.

Leo: The accent of this eclipse cycle will be on travel, education, care of vehicles and relationships to siblings, roommates, neighbors, or others who daily traverse your life. Habit patterns of thought will be brought to consciousness so negative thinking can be corrected. You will be introduced to new practical life skills.

Virgo: During these eclipses you will be learning to value yourself in new ways. Alongside of that comes education in the management of money and other resources, such as time and energy. There will be less assistance from others in these arenas, but you are creating these resources for yourself.

Libra: Your sense of personal identity will be the subject under consideration. Who are you becoming and who do you need to be? How do you wish to define yourself before the world? You will be learning what is required for you to hold onto your identity while simultaneously maintaining a personally rewarding relationship.

Scorpio: The September eclipses emphasize your need to create order, both internally and externally. The development of your projects will call upon you to develop faith in your deepest self. Bringing order out of chaos is done on both the inner and outer levels simultaneously, so while you organized files you will be also organizing your mind.

Sagittarius: The new eclipse season will be opening your mind and heart to include a larger circle of friends. You may become a leader or a strong supporter of a community network which has shared ideals. Certainly you will continue to have the friendships you have built in the past. Your attention may be focused on goals greater than your own.

Capricorn: This series of eclipses will bring a certain amount of intensity in the arenas of career (work in the world) and also home, hearth and family. You will be stretching your worldly boundaries to serve a new group of people. Family relationships will include one loss and one gain.

Aquarius: Legal, ethical or educational issues will be emphasized by this series of eclipses. Travel will be punctuated, whether that is of body, mind, or spirit. Exposure to those of different backgrounds or cultures opens your heart and expands your philosophy. A challenge concerning siblings, roommates, or neighbors may press you to seek a higher road.

Pisces: This eclipse pattern will emphasize issues of sexuality, intimacy, and material accumulation. Reorganization of debt, investments and your estate may be in progress. You may become more conscious than usual about existential matters related to life, death, and what is on "the other side" of normal, waking consciousness.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments (there is a charge). horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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