Horoscope: September 20, 2016

Astrologer Shelly von Strunckel reveals what’s in the stars for you today

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While, as a sensible Virgo, you long ago learnt the truth of the adage ‘haste makes waste’, in several situations you’re tempted to take a shortcut. This isn’t just about saving time. You really enjoy putting a clever idea into action, which is what the situations in question offer. Think twice about these. With your ruler Mercury retrograde in your sign, on your birthday, things may not be quite what they appear to be. At least investigate first.

Aries March 20 – April 18

Often tensions with others are no more than that, issues that appear suddenly and vanish just as swiftly. However, those you’re facing are more complex but, equally, hold the key to certain persistent problems. Knowing that, it’s worth talking them over. While challenging, the results will more than justify the effort.

Taurus April 19 – May 19

Being a practical earth sign and, equally, ruled by the gracious Venus, you make every effort to ensure that everything you organise goes smoothly. But with Mercury retrograde until Thursday, you’re bound to run into all sorts of unexpected events. Bizarrely, what seems most disruptive could turn out brilliantly.

Gemini May 20 – June 19

While your wonderful sense of humour is usually an asset, it would be no surprise if recently it’s caused problems. With the current intense planetary activity triggering all sorts of changes, a remark that seems funny could easily be misunderstood. You needn’t stop making jokes but, rather, ensure others understand them.

Cancer June 20 – July 21

As a Cancerian and being ruled by the constantly changing Moon, you have an instinctive understanding that even seemingly solid arrangements will inevitably shift, and in some cases, they’ll gradually dwindle down to nothing. Still, having to observe certain longstanding alliances come to an end could be a shock.

Leo July 22 – August 21

Out of character as it is for you to remain silent when you’ve something important to say, in certain already troubled situations, you’ve made a point of not even mentioning these. While that was wise at the time, things have moved on, which means these can no longer be avoided.

Virgo August 22 – September 21

Planning ahead may be a virtue and, better yet, knowing what you’ll be doing helps chase away anxieties about what’s coming next. Still, be patient. With your ruler Mercury’s retrograde cycle coming to an end on the 22nd, even the simplest of plans are likely to change, possibly more than once.

Libra September 22 – October 21

Because you put considerable effort into organising plans that will achieve your goals yet respect the circumstances of others, you’re frustrated when things don’t work out, as is now the case. Be patient. What you learn over the next few days will make you relieved things didn’t go any further.

Scorpio October 22 – November 20

Ages ago you decided certain matters were better kept under wraps, and so either avoided them entirely or said the minimum. However, times have changed and so has the significance of the situations in question. Not only are you encouraged to discuss them frankly and openly, you’ll soon realise it’s vital.

Sagittarius November 21 – December 20

It’s easy to blame the retrograde Mercury for the range of confusing situations you’re facing, especially involving matters on the domestic or work front. Once it resumes forward motion, on Thursday, the facts will be clearer. That alone, however, won’t make it any easier to deal with certain complex decisions.

Capricorn December 21 – January 19

Once you’d have battled sudden changes in any sort of arrangement, firmly informing others that making plans is an essential part of a well-organised life. Mostly, that’s true. But currently, everybody, including you, is contending with this period’s unsettling events and the exciting, if unanticipated, opportunities they trigger.

Aquarius January 20 – February 18

Of the twelve signs, you have perhaps the best understanding of, and appreciation that, everybody thinks in their own, unique, way. Still, you’re probably puzzled by the bizarre reaction of certain individuals to ideas you’re discussing or plans you have in mind. They’ll agree. But it will take a while.

Pisces February 19 – March 19

The time has come to speak frankly, and in a number of situations. Because you’re conscious certain matters could upset some individuals, you sidestep these, often without even realising it. In the past that hasn’t mattered. However, now that these issues are crucial, it does. Be forthright. Others will appreciate it.