Dreams, meet reality. That’s what September is asking us to confront as we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall. The year’s starting to wind down, after all, and maybe you’re feeling like you haven’t done quite as much as you’d planned to do way back in January?
Not to worry, book nerds. Sometimes a reality check is just what we need to give us that extra boost on the road toward accomplishment. It’s a mix of faith in ourselves and persistence towards our goals that gets us anywhere. And you’ll be really feeling that in September.
So read below for some guidance from the stars! And when you need a little more fiction in your super non-fiction life, we’ve got a book picked out just for you.
Epic Reads September Horoscopes
August 23 – September 22
Keywords: Progress, pamper, hope
Last month you learned to savor life’s experiences instead of rushing through them. We hope you can apply that newfound 🦉wisdom🦉 to your birthday, too! Because the rest of September will have you back to your old, productive self again. Progress here, to-do listing there, turning dreams into reality… Sounds nice, right?
The stars suggest you leave a *little* bit of time to pamper yourself, of course. It’s a brand new year of life for you, after all. And as you start your new school year with your best foot forward, make sure you don’t just do, do, do. Mix a little hoping and dreaming into the mix as well. Because without that, what’s the point, Virgo?
Book pick: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Reason: For her sixteenth birthday, Louise le Blanc’s mother gave her three things: a sacrificial altar, a ritual knife, and a wicked scar. Talk about a birthday to remember. Sink into this world of powerful women, dark magic, and off-the-charts romance.
September 23 – October 22
Keywords: Reflect, discover, revitalize
You got by with a little help from your friends in August. September asks you to take it easy, Libra. After a tough two months, you’re raring to finally make some progress. Get things done. But… you can’t force progress. Not this month, at least. September will be more about looking backward than moving forward. Trust us… once your birthday comes around you’ll have plenty of time to go, go, go.
Instead, turn your energy inward.
What do you need MORE of in your life? Friends? Sleep? Discipline? 🍪Cookies🍪? Whatever the case may be, use this time before your birthday to give yourself the things your soul is craving, and think carefully about how you can bring more of that into your life as you approach a brand new year.
Book pick: Cracking the Bell by Geoff Herbach
Reason: Just like Isaiah, you’ll be reflecting back on the things you love in September. Nothing makes Isaiah happier than football. But when he gets knocked out cold on the field, he learns there’s a lot more to lose than the sport.
October 23 – November 21
Keywords: Stop, think, breathe
You unleashed yourself upon your goals in August, achieving greatness all over the place. The stars suggest you put the brakes on things a bit in September. Because you’re going to be feeling very…reactive.
Mindfulness will be *extremely* important for you this month! You’re bound to find yourself in the middle of some intense social situations. So before you blame your sister for losing your book, bae for not listening to you, or your 🧪lab🧪 partner for making you do ALL the work, stop. Think. Breathe. And then choose your words carefully. Being able to edit your reactions before a calm discussion erupts into a raging fight will help smooth out what is sure to be some ruffled feathers. Good luck, Scorpio.
Book pick: A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth
Reason: Violet Sterling has spent the last seven years in exile, longing to return to Burleigh House. Only the magical Burleigh House has run wild and dark… just like you might if you don’t keep an eye on your emotions this month.
November 22 – December 21
Keywords: Prioritize, organize, melodramatize
Last month you balanced your wants with the needs of the people most important to you and found yourself achieving more than you’d thought possible as a result. September will find you a bit… 😴winded😴.
After the abundance of energy over the last two months, this was bound to happen. Nobody’s enthusiasm is limitless. So spend the emotional and mental currency you DO have wisely. The stars suggest you pick just one or two things to focus on or risk a burnout, or worse, a fight with a friend. Forewarned is forearmed, after all! Play your cards right, Sag, and you’ll be able to bounce back by October.
Book pick: Color Me In by Natasha Díaz
Reason: Take a page out of Nevaeh’s book as you find yourself treading water and settle into this coming-of-age novel about friendships, the beginnings of romance, and the racism and religious intolerance that can both strain and strengthen a family.
December 22 – January 19
Keywords: Shine, share, shimmy
In August, you kept your eyes peeled for some signs from the universe. We hope they lead you in a new and wondrous direction!
September has you finding ways to let your inner self bask in the metaphorical 🌞sunshine🌞. Trust that the foundation you’ve been working on this year is ready to stand on its own. Because as you let your inner self out into the world, as your thoughts become your words become your deeds, there’s no telling what you’ll accomplish.
But no need to be SO serious about it! Let your hair down. Skip around a little. Have fun just being you. Ta-ta, Cap!
Book pick: Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai
Reason: For a little inspiration in putting your whole self out there, here’s a story of siblings Hang and Linh separated in Viet Nam, only to find each other again in Texas six years later.
January 20 – February 18
Keywords: Release, believe, grow
Last month you worked on balancing the time you need for yourself with the time you spend with others, and all in the midst of social change. Yet, despite all you accomplished, September has you feeling blue.
Instead of moping around (we get it, we’ve been there), the stars suggest you take a look around, metaphorically. What is missing that feels impossible to achieve? Why do you think it’s impossible? Is there a chance those hurdles are rooted in your mind, not in reality? September asks you to do some weeding.
Pull out the fear, the anger, the insecurity and toss them onto the compost pile of life. In their place, plant hope, belief, and possibility, and know that all of that lives inside YOU, a field of 💐wildflowers💐 waiting to bloom. Grow, Aquarius, grow!
Book pick: Fan the Fame by Anna Priemaza
Reason: To balance out your September blues, relax into this fiercely crafted YA novel about followers, fame, and fighting for what’s right.
February 19 – March 20
Keywords: Connection, confidence, action
In August, you said “buh-bye” to things and people that no longer served you. This month, you might have some troubles with your 💬words💬. So instead, focus on actions.
Especially when it comes to your relationships. Being a friend is easy. But being a GOOD friend can be tough. That means following through, reaching out, standing up for what’s right. Put in the work now, and you’ll reap the karmic rewards in the months to come! The stars also gently suggest that you assert yourself a little more in your relationships.
With the planets aligned in a peaceful, harmonic way, you’ll have an easier time standing tall than normal. And maybe that confidence boost is just what you need. Be strong, Pisces!
Book pick: Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake
Reason: Speaking of confidence and standing up for what you believe in… The fate of Fennbirn lies in the hands of its queens. But with three dark sisters rising to fight as secrets are laid bare, allegiances will shift, bonds will be tested, and some even broken forever.
March 21 – April 19
Keywords: Communicate, expand, recharge
You worked on balancing the health of your mind and body in August and should be feeling *pretty* good about things. You’ll be keeping that peaceful mindset to yourself at the beginning of the month, and we don’t blame you!
Sometimes taking a little extra time to 🔋recharge🔋 is absolutely deserved. But as fall creeps closer, you’ll be feeling more open and friendly and, dare we say, eloquent? Communications will be flowing, and the good news with it as you put yourself out there in all-new ways. Perhaps you’ll find a new volunteer gig, join the cross country team, or meet your newest BFF.
And as you e x p a n d your social impact, Aries, your dreams and all you can do expand with it. So expand, expand away!
Book pick: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Reason: Relax into this quick read as you recharge at the beginning of September. Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent graphic novel from Noelle Stevenson.
April 20 – May 20
Keywords: Dream, chase, reach
August had you feeling a little paranoid, but you leaned on your friends and family for support. And are hopefully feeling a bit lighter come September?
This month, the cosmos encourage you to go above and beyond. Think BIG, believe in yourself, and chase after things that seem out of reach. Particularly when it comes to school, your passions, and your friendships. That could mean anything from entering your work for a local 🎨art🎨 show, trying out for the volleyball team, joining photography club or whatever inspires you to continue learning and growing and embracing your best self… and making new friends along the way.
Book pick: Tiny Pretty Things by Dhonielle Clayton & Sona Charaipotra
Reason: If you need some aggressive inspiration for chasing after big dreams, twirl into this Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.
May 21 – June 20
Keywords: Persistence, progress, release
Your fresh start in August had you seeking guidance in a variety of ways. And don’t you feel the wiser for it, Gemini?
September will find you walking on an incline, making slow and steady, hard-won progress. Your quads are going to look GREAT by the end of the month! So to help you on your ⛰uphill⛰ journey this month, the stars suggest you forget the past and focus on the future.
Unload baggage you don’t need, that little voice in your head saying “you can’t do this” every step of the way, the negative emotions distracting you on the way toward your destination. Who needs that extra weight, anyways? Certainly not you.
Book pick: Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford
Reason: Here’s an uphill battle for you. Nor once dreamed of seeing the wealth of Ilara, of marrying a prince. But when an accident left her scarred, it was clear her sister Zadie would be chosen. Until Zadie is injured, and Nor sent in her place, forced to negotiate the protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules.
June 21 – July 22
Keywords: Distract, dream, distance
You focused your energy on the big stuff in August, and thus did some big things! September asks you to stay focused on YOUR dreams. Because you might be tempted to help others accomplish theirs.
Which isn’t bad, Cancer!
But if you’re doing work for others at the expense of your self? Well, we don’t want that, now, do we? Your friends, parents, siblings, classmates…they’ll never be able to stand on their own if you let them use you as a crutch. To distract yourself from taking care of everyone but yourself…how about you consider a little trip? Maybe that’s to the next town over to check out the new bookstore, the 🏖beach🏖 for Labor Day, or a whole new world in an unread book. See you on the other side!
Book pick: Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
Reason: This is the kind of situation you want to avoid in September. A girl descended from a long line of witchdoctors can’t even cast a simple curse. But when her kingdom is threatened by the Demon King, she must trade years off her life for the magic to stop him destroying the world.
July 23 – August 22
Keywords: Build, partner, grow
You skipped through August like a kid in a candy store, filled with energy and joy and possibly sugar. September sees you slowing down. Taking some time to build instead of race.
And working with others to do that building. Maybe this means you’re assigned a team project, elected president of your favorite school club, or start your first after school job. Whatever the case, the stars encourage you to have FUN working with others. This is not a month to go it alone.
Hours spent researching World War II might turn into years of friendship, or days spent scooping 🍨ice cream🍨 might help you uncover some hidden morsels of thoughts and ideas and dreams you hadn’t dared imagine. Teamwork makes the dream work, Leo!
Book pick: The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo
Reason: Just like Rome, Lux, and Mercy, you’ll be working with others to build something great. Unlike them, you’re probably not magical. Follow three best friends in this enchanting debut novel as they discover that trust is worth the risk and sometimes, what you’ve been looking for has been under your feet the whole time.