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With a potent new moon kicking things off (26 September AEST; 25 September GMT), vowing to restore some balance in your life is a big mood this week. But actually making good on that goal is an entirely different matter. With meticulous Venus in Virgo meeting up with Mercury, think about what you need to take out of the equation, rather than trying to add more things to your plate. Just like applying the perfect winged eye, adding more to try and balance it out will not end well. Don’t be afraid to soak a cotton-pad in eye makeup remover (metaphorically speaking) and start from scratch. Mercury retrograde wraps up next weekend (2 October), so stay open to possibility, experimentation and alternatives, and have faith this is not the last you’ll see or hear of the issues oscillating this week.

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ARIES AND ARIES RISING

Hot on the heels of last week’s relationship breakthrough, this week you’re blessed with BVE (Big Virgo Energy) to help make some practical changes. Capitalise on the special blend of confidence and empathy in the air to change the game. Sometimes the smallest tweaks can yield the most monumental results.

TAURUS AND TAURUS RISING

How long since you took a moment to prioritise self-care? With the skies serving up a timely reminder to prioritise calm, there are worse things you could do than make space for beauty. Reflect on your relationship with scheduling and ask yourself what life might feel like with a little more blank space in your calendar.

GEMINI AND GEMINI RISING

If you’ve been itching to get back into something creative, now’s as good a time as any to dust off your Leica or re-enrol in that dance class. You’ve got the sky on your side to connect with people and practices that light you up. Don’t be surprised if the key to making it happen is buried deep in your past – or your parent’s garage.

CANCER AND CANCER RISING

Complications with family or flatmates hanging over your head from last week could require further thought. This is the kind of astro-weather perfect for fine-tuning your response and coming up with practical solutions to help smooth out any hiccups. Mercury may be retrograde right now but your words have the power to transform this week…if you’re willing to be brave.

LEO AND LEO RISING

Treating yourself could feel more tempting than usual this week as Venus and Mercury inspire you to make practical purchases. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself going out for avocados and coming home with a new MacBook. Just make sure you keep your receipts, with Mercury retrograde wrapping up, there’s a chance you might need to return or exchange your buys next week.

VIRGO AND VIRGO RISING

Following the light-bulb moment that coincided with last week’s Equinox, capitalise on the energy this week by refining your plan. What do you need to let go of? With your ruling planet (Mercury) slowing down, give yourself permission to drop some balls. The simple act of lightening your load has the potential to be transformative. And if all else fails, researching your new season wardrobe will be a welcome distraction.

LIBRA AND LIBRA RISING

If you’ve been muddling through or just generally feeling lack lustre, a little bit of planning could help get you back on track. Unsexy as it sounds, sitting down and scheduling when you can invest some time in your wellbeing – gym classes, hikes, whatever fills your cup – is your first step. Make a date to do it with a friend to make it fun (and keep you accountable).

SCORPIO AND SCORPIO RISING

With Mercury and Venus bringing a refined precision and earthy practicality to relationship matters this week, finding a solution to something that’s been on your mind should be a whole lot easier. Whether it’s extending an olive branch or organising a group catch-up that’s been on the cards for months, the simple act of togetherness has the potential to be unexpectedly healing.

SAGITTARIUS AND SAGITTARIUS RISING

If you’ve been thinking about reaching out to a former manager or work contact, the skies are primed to help you have productive conversations this week. Equally, you might be the one getting a random message from a long-lost contact on LinkedIn. While you may think nothing of it, don’t be surprised if the conversations lead to something transformative.

CAPRICORN AND CAPRICORN RISING

There’s work on your mind this week and thankfully you’ve got laser-sharp focus to get it done. As the Sun and Jupiter fire up your confidence and vision, forging ahead with big plans should feel exhilarating. Take time out by reconnecting with a friend living overseas (or someone who you met while you were travelling). You mightn’t see it now, but there could be some powerful implications to reconnecting.

AQUARIUS AND AQUARIUS RISING

If you’ve been fretting about a big financial decision (or putting off doing your tax), this week looks an ideal moment to ask for help. Make an appointment to see a financial planner, call the tax office or book in to see your bank about refinancing. Knowledge is power, and as intimidating as it may be, finding out exactly where you stand will be a relief in the long run.

PISCES AND PISCES RISING

Reconnecting with someone you hold dear – a friend, a sibling, or a lover – will be a source of joy this week. You don’t have to go anywhere or do anything fancy, just being together, talking and sharing will be a salve for your soul. The healing power of being around a person who knows you and your history is exactly what you need right now.

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