First, a little astronomy…
There are 4 celestial occurrences each year that mark the seasons. They are the Equinoxes and the Solstices. Today is the Autumn Equinox marking the Sun’s move into Libra and the start of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.
During the equinox, the Sun crosses what we call the “celestial equator”, an imaginary extension into space of Earth’s equator line. The equinox occurs precisely when the Sun’s center passes through this line. When the Sun crosses the equator from north to south, this marks the autumnal equinox. After the autumnal equinox, nights begins to grow longer than the days. This ends with the December solstice, when days start to grow longer and nights shorter.
The ancestors knew that it was time to bring in the harvest and prepare for the long winter ahead. They also knew that it might be some time before they saw their friends and families over the winter months. They had celebrations and contests which we now know as Fall fairs and festivals.
It amazes me how they constructed their time keepers. With great accuracy I may add. Here as a few that the ancients used to track the transitions of the Earth’s journey around the Sun.
· Machu Picchu in Peru, an ancient stone monument called Intihuatana, which means “Hitching Post of the Sun”. It serves as a solar clock to mark the dates of the equinoxes and solstices.
· In Mexico, the Mayans built a giant pyramid called Chichen Itza. On the equinoxes, it looks as if a snake made of light slithers down the pyramid’s steps.
· And in England, the most famous - Stonehenge - was also built with the equinoxes and solstices in mind.
Libra a cardinal air sign is ruled by Venus and assigned to the Justice card of the tarot. Libra is the sign of balance and under the influence of Libra we seek harmony between the aspects of our life that are inharmonious. Just as we cross the midway point of the seasonal year at this time, we also cross the midpoint of the Zodiac, which begins in the spring with Aries. It’s a time when we should pause, like the Sun, and consider how we can create more balance in our life.
The Libra Sun encourages harmony between the individual self and the shared self. It urges us to find the balance between remaining true to who we are even in a relationship, practice objectivity and be reminded that we are creatures who flourish when making connections with others.
Autumn holds a spiritually unique place. Many mistake the mystery and decline that surrounds and follows the autumn equinox for darkness, but in reality, it is about endings. Every journey must find its end and fall is the bittersweet embodiment of this. Fall is a time of simultaneous bounty and withering; crops are harvested, even as the natural world begins to fade. Consider, as autumn sets in, the areas of your life that need to be let go of, consider what no longer serves you. At the same time, consider the dream-seeds that you planted at the beginning of the year. What has flourished and is ready for harvest? What needs more TLC to bring to fruition? And what needs to be removed, perhaps to be replanted in the spring.
How can we get in touch with the spiritual side of autumn in our contemporary age? By being mindful and being present. Turn off your devices and simply take a walk, even if it’s only around your own neighborhood. By reconnecting with the seasons, you'll find yourself renewed and reborn each year, better and better than you were before.
Horoscopes of the Autumn Equinox
The Autumnal Equinox is opposite your Sun sign and is in your 7th House of Partnerships. As you might expect, this is a period focused on all partnerships. In your case, innovative and generous ideas serve you well. Commitments to your education, spiritual pursuits or international relationships bring excellent, solid benefits. Also, potential career changes will benefit you in the long run.
With your 6th House illuminated over the next few months, you’ll be building a healthy, sexy, new you this season through sports or other fun activities. Recent loving and passionate chats reveal deep spiritual connections and may also offer an exciting vacation for the two of you. Intensity brings creativity and romantic interaction. Therefore, you need to focus, and then focus more on love!
The energy in your 5th House of Creativity boosts a creative time of year and offers you financial breakthroughs, according to your Autumnal Equinox Horoscope. However, you need to take care with what you say regarding your career and dreams if you want to build something major. Those dreams become real only if you’re patient and watch them grow into something solid.
Your 4th House of Home & Heath is activated and your home life and relationships with family have new beginnings over the next two or three months. Consider your deepest feelings on this matter and enjoy new emotions unfolding during this period. Surprising changes also happen in your career.
Surprise talks bring gifts you love, new friends you adore or even a generous trip you’ve wanted, according to you’re the activity in your 3rd House of Communication. Your money relies on carefulness and diplomacy. Be sure to read contracts completely before you try to negotiate so you can benefit from them. You’ve also had so much dramatic energy, but it’s time to find your direction and guide your ship.
Today begins a period of new values and money changes that will give you a sense of freedom, even joy with the energy activated in your 2nd House of Earned Income. Legal issues require in-depth study, even if it’s a simple contract. Riches could follow. Meanwhile, your home and parents could require your attention, but you’ve been building a good foundation in these areas for some time.
This is your time, according to your Autumnal Equinox Horoscope. It’s the point when your Sun sign in your first house of self, begins to take charge and everyone must focus on your love of diplomacy, fairness, and gentle, loving beauty. While siblings could be demanding, you may also find them unusually generous. Your love life can be as exciting as you wish. Just don’t risk your home life.
This is your time to examine your psyche, and everyone else’s with the Equinox energy in your 12th House of the Subconscious. Actually, you’re pretty comfortable in this area because you love investigating how people think, including yourself. You enjoy investigating anything, really. However, if you choose the right subjects you could be building toward a financial windfall over the next year.
Friends near you personally and in cyberspace are emphasized over the next three months with this energy in your 11th House of Networking. Creative, even sexy surprises could ensue. If you’re not in love now, with someone else or with a long-term project, the time is near. Something unexpected revolving around love and art could really evolve during your birth month.
Your 10th House is highlighted and your career and public image demand your attention over the next few months. Overconfidence can be a problem, but only if you fail to plan for unexpected circumstances. You’re certainly a powerful person these days. Also, deep feelings about rebellion and sexuality may come forward in dreams.
You’re old feelings of confidence and abundance come back over the next few months with this transit into your 9th House of High Wisdom. Your old dreams have a new sense of reality and substance that can truly serve you now. Maybe make a list and give them serious thought. Friends may appear too serious but they may also have great ideas. This could be a real opportunity in those relationships.
This is an important time to consider investments, not just those that are financial, but those in your personal and career life too while the energy in your 8th House is activated. Friends and partners may be demanding but helpful for your future. It could also be a very sexy time with your lover, according to your Autumnal Equinox Horoscope. If you just keep from sharing your expectations too soon, you could have a terrific life change.