Forecast for Sept. 25-Oct. 8

The Sun, Mercury and Mars in balanced Libra may have helped the roiling financial markets regain some equilibrium recently, although the Mercury-Neptune trine on the 28th may prompt an overly idealistic view of reality. The new moon in Libra on the 29th favors legal transactions and business negotiations, and can bring a fresh start to relationships. Mars transiting into passionate Scorpio on Oct. 3 (through Nov. 15) accelerates intimate trysts. It also intensifies the behind-the-scenes subterfuge on the campaign trail, but can cause secrets to erupt out into the open as well (never a dull moment for the candidates). Finally, the world gets an infusion of optimism when the sun and Mercury collide with expansive Jupiter on the 6th.

If you know your rising sign from your time of birth, read that too.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

The new moon indicates that relationships and cooperation are still emphasized, but Mars entering Scorpio will intensify your personal power. Whether you use it to rev up romance or to heighten your professional influence is entirely up to you.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Networking during the new moon can bring a business opportunity. Romance should be percolating as well, and Mars entering Scorpio will send passion (and control issues) into the stratosphere. Be prepared for some high drama!

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

An intriguing creative idea may land in your lap around the 28th. The new moon also heightens your creativity and brings some fresh energy for romance. And Mars in Scorpio empowers your work projects and exercise routine.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

The new moon continues to emphasize family activities, home renovations and entertaining. Mars entering Scorpio heats up romance and heightens your powers of attraction. Your creativity kicks into high gear as well.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Communications and networking get a boost from the new moon, so promote your ideas and projects. Mars transiting through Scorpio challenges you to focus on your goals. It also energizes activities surrounding your home.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Finances are energized by the new moon, so look for moneymaking opportunities. Mars in Scorpio empowers your words but can heighten argumentativeness as well. Travel is also emphasized, but not without some challenges.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

The new moon in your sign brings a new cycle of fulfillment, shining a spotlight on relationships and business partnerships. Mars in Scorpio energizes moneymaking opportunities, but extravagance may overtake you around the 6th.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

The new moon heightens your intuitive powers, so heed your inner voice. Mars traveling through your sign energizes your ambition and your desire for personal fulfillment, so get clear about what you truly want.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Socializing with friends and networking with colleagues can bring all sorts of opportunities after the new moon. Mars transiting through Scorpio makes you antsy for action. Just be sure the timing is right to make your move.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

The new moon brings a new cycle of career activities and shines a light on your reputation. Now is the time to go out and achieve your goals. Mars moving through Scorpio brings opportunities through friends and networking.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

After the new moon, activities involving education and foreign contacts can bring opportunities. Long-distance travel is also emphasized. And Mars transiting through Scorpio energizes your career and broadens your influence.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

The new moon illuminates close relationship ties. It can also empower your ability to attract a financial partner. Mars transiting through Scorpio emphasizes foreign travel, spiritual activities sharing your expertise.