Art: Kimberlee Kessler

All eyes are on the end of the week as the Equinox (23 September AEST and GMT) marks the start of Libra season and the halfway point between the summer and winter solstice.

It’s a moment on the astro calendar where balance, harmony and diplomacy come into focus, but this year, these vibes are even more pronounced. Keeping an open mind to both sides of the story is the key takeaway as Mercury (currently retrograde) meets up with the sun on the day of the Equinox.

Stay open to moments of clarity, new information or a totally fresh approach to an ongoing issue that’s had a big question mark hanging over it, as the muddle of Mercury retrograde finally starts to sort out.


Aries and Aries rising

There’s major breakthrough energy late in the week with the potential for an a-ha moment, especially in love. If you’ve been rehashing the same conversation or tender point with your partner (or best friend), expect a turning point on Friday. Controversial suggestion, but have you considered a solution to the problem where you both feel like you’ve won?

Taurus and Taurus rising

Seeking inspiration from art, love or the people who make you feel pure joy could hold the key to healing from an ongoing problem this week. If you’ve been hanging out for an answer or results, clarity should take shape around Friday. Be prepared that the that the final word is not as clear cut as you’d hoped or expected.

Gemini and Gemini rising

An interaction with someone wistful, creative or romantic will set your (potentially anxious) mind at ease this week. New information will inspire you to approach things with a fresh perspective and remind you it’s ok to not have all the answers. Getting comfortable with ambiguity – as only you can – will be the key to moving forward and managing stress.

Cancer and Cancer rising

As the waning moon sees energy levels dip, this week you’re being dealt a cosmic invitation to take your foot off the gas. Prioritising time at home and allowing yourself to sit with an issue – potentially involving family or where you’re living – and just let it be, will help you feel more settled. If you’re at loggerheads with someone, compromise, rather than winning at all costs, will be the only way through.

Leo and Leo rising

The equinox sets the tone for the next three months, highlighting the need to operate from a place of calm, empathy and kindness. Do your words reflect what you value? Make time this week to reflect on the power of your speech and consider how you can bring more empathy to your communication. Ask yourself whether having the final word is really worth it in the long run.

Virgo and Virgo rising

It should feel as though the clouds are parting and you’re coming up out of a fog towards the end of the week, as your ruling planet (Mercury) meets up with the sun. A worry, possibly financial, that’s been keeping you up at night should feel a lot less overwhelming by Saturday. Celebrate the change in mood with a spontaneous date night over the weekend when the planets set the scene for big time sensuality.

Libra and Libra rising

With your home season kicking off (23 September AEST, September GMT), there’s a calm change in the air towards the end of the week. Despite the waning moon, your motivation and overall energy should start to improve tenfold. An issue that’s had you stumped – possibly connected to your health – should be clarified by the weekend. The sooner you make peace with the answer being uncertain, the better.

Scorpio and Scorpio rising

Lightbulb moments are coming in thick and fast this week, but not from the source you’d first expect. Your subconscious holds the key to a problem you just haven’t been able to figure out. Pay attention to your dreams and synchronicities in your day-to-day – particularly around Friday. The weekend looks extra lush to escape reality with friends. Bottoms up!

Sagittarius and Sagittarius rising

The friend or workmate that’s been doing your head in the past couple of weeks should feel a little less perplexing by the weekend. You may not get the clear cut resolution you’d hoped, but new information could help you understand why they behave the way they do. With Venus and Neptune amping up empathy levels, forgiving (even if you don’t forget) should feel a little more palatable.

Capricorn and Capricorn rising

While the glacial pace that’s dominated progress at work recently won’t speed up this week, the reason why things are taking so damn long might start to make sense. An update – if not an answer – should come your way by the end of the week. It might not be the unequivocal edict you’d hoped for, but it will be a good reminder that sometimes, you can’t win ‘em all.

Aquarius and Aquarius rising

Great news for Aquarians feeling on edge: the analysis paralysis that’s defined this Mercury retrograde should subside by the end of this week. Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes will be the missing piece of the puzzle and help you understand why things are taking so long (or are so difficult to decipher). Remember it is possible to empathise with someone, without agreeing with them.

Pisces and Pisces rising

While the Equinox arrives and Mercury retrograde reaches a turning point this Friday, the most exciting moment for Pisceans is a deliciously juicy mood over the weekend. If you only do one thing this week, book a night or two away with someone you love. The planets are imbuing an ethereal glow over your relationship meaning it’s a moment too sweet to miss.