Male kissing a smiling female.

While we identify the end of summer with the first week of school and the Labor Day holiday, autumn actually starts on September 22 at 8:09pm (PDT) and ends on December 21 at 3:38pm (PST)1. September, October and November are colored a golden yellow in our minds as the leaves fall from the trees while the sunsets turn the skies orange with shortening days and the first cold nights after summer has gone. Whether or not you had a summer lover, the fall has some astrological planetary shifts that will make it a distinct time period in which to pursue matters of the heart.

There will be a big difference in the motions and locations of the planets from the summer of 2010 to this autumn, and this will affect the love relationships of everyone down here on earth. Find the planet below that will be most affecting your zodiac sign over the next three months and prepare now to let love blossom around nature’s traditional season of harvesting and preparing for the future …


Zodiac signs most affected this fall: Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus, Leo

Venus is the planet of love and wherever it is in the zodiac sends energy toward our feelings of affection. When Venus is in tension, some zodiac signs are faced with wrenching confrontations about love. When this planet is in harmony with others, though, life can almost never feel better.

This fall, Venus spends most of its time in the zodiac sign of Scorpio. While Scorpio is a sign of passionate and committed relationship, Venus will spend 42 days of its visit in retrograde. This is the phenomena where a planet’s turn around the sun in the solar system appears to be a backwards move in the zodiac. Retrograde planets tend to make certain people of certain zodiac signs revisit the past and repeat old patterns. The zodiac has four signs known as the fixed signs. Venus will be challenging those born under these signs to completely process old love relationships in order to feel fresh in the face of passion by winter.

Taurus April 20 – May 20

Committed relationships have less friction. Single Bulls will gravitate toward replicating a tense parental memory as a love relationship drama.

Leo July 23 – August 22

Threats of a lover having to relocate could knock you off your perch. You might have to admit that things will not go as well as you planned if you are left alone.

Scorpio October 23 – November 21

Venus retrograde in your sign will make you suddenly attractive to the type of guy who ordinarily repulses you. At the same time, loneliness will draw you closer to this suddenly sexy monster.

Aquarius January 20 – February 18

An office or classroom romance will take you to the highest highs and lowest lows. The agony and ecstasy will be yours forever, but love has its limits before December.

Mercury and Jupiter

Zodiac signs most affected this fall: Virgo, Pisces, Sagittarius, Gemini

While Mercury ends a chaotic retrograde in Virgo early in September, it takes time to get back up to speed and clean up its mess. Mercury is the planet of communication and while it passes back and forth through the zodiac sign of information, it scrambles all signals that a possible passion partner may be sending you. Jupiter, the planet of excess, spends autumn almost at a standstill in Pisces. Look for the promises of a relationship to be put on hold, challenging your faith in the long-term chances for you two.

Gemini May 21 – June 21

Leaving a lover for your career dreams will now seem like a bad decision. Your attempts to find a substitute for him will lead to adventures in dating that would be frustrating if they were not so hilarious.

Virgo August 23 – September 22

If you exaggerated or misled anyone about your qualifications or experience, you will be found out. A lover may not be happy with some new information about a summer drama.

Sagittarius November 22 – December 21

Separation anxiety from a lover will be amplified when another tempting relationship beckons. This fall may see you juggling your emotions to please everyone but yourself.

Pisces February 19 – March 20

Expectations of advancement are thwarted. Double-check on any engagement plans. Hold your lover to his word, but be understanding and flexible about dates – next year is better for establishing permanent commitments anyway.


Zodiac signs most affected this fall: Libra, Aries, Capricorn, Cancer

The planet of limitations has moved into Libra and this fall it visits deeper into the sign of The Scales than it has since 1980. Saturn sets boundaries and influences outcomes to be absolute. When it comes to love, this is the planet that sets your feelings into stone. If you are not happy in a relationship, Saturn’s journey through Libra will only make the commitments you have agreed to all the more suffocating, no matter your zodiac sign, but especially if you were born under one of the zodiac’s four cardinal signs listed above. Cardinal signs start things well and love the shock and sensation of the new; completing projects and pacing through drudgery are entirely different matters, though.

If you are single, the influence of the solar system’s taskmaster planet in the sign of partnerships will pull you closer toward a karmic relationship. This is a partnership that is infinitely more powerful than a casual fling or involving a boyfriend who you see once or twice a week. Saturn will intertwine you with the relationship that you have earned. If your karma in love has been stellar, look for a loving soulmate to come your way. If you have played a few men for misplaced affection and superficial attention without considering their feelings, this fall could be the season that the player herself gets played.

Aries March 21 – April 19

Your popularity could deliver a long-sought soulmate about whose embrace you just recently could only dream. A rapid series of events this fall will drastically change the course of your life as you become one with soulmate energy.

Libra September 23 – October 22

Saturn in your sign cements your partnership status, not only in love, but also with the rest of the world. If you are not aware of your public image, dream big and let the world know who you are.

Cancer June 22 – July 22

Your partnership problems will all be centered on location. If you two can agree on his place or yours, the bliss of union will be at hand for you two for the fall and beyond.

Capricorn December 22 – January 19

Your lover will have an integral role to play in your career advancement. Many women seduce their bosses and teachers under this influence, so fall’s “back to school” may see class held between the sheets.

Autumn Love Reminder for All Signs

This is the last fall in our lifetime when the planet Uranus is in Pisces and Neptune is in Aquarius … these slow moving planets are moving on and by this time next year the landscape of love will have drastically changed; if you are waiting for a certain someone, no planet is going to wait along with you for long. This fall is one demanding action or at least planning for a move in the immediate future.

1. Specificity in dates and times courtesy of the U.S. Naval Observatory.

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