September 18 to 25, 2014 Visible planets: Morning: Jupiter Evening: Mercury, Mars, Saturn
This week we move from end-of-summer Virgo into beginning-of-fall Libra, as well as see the initiation of the year’s Libra lunar month. The Sun moves from virginal Virgo into lovely Libra on September 22nd @ 8:29 pm MDT and marks the official end of summer and beginning of autumn. The Libra new Moon takes place on September 24th @ 12:14 am MDT.
As the celestial balancing act of Spring Equinox, the Autumnal Equinox is the only other day in our annual journey around the Sun when the hours of sunlight and no sunlight are of equal length.
At Spring Equinox we are moving toward longer days and shorter nights. Autumn Equinox heralds the opposite, shorter days and longer nights. In spring we “spring forward.” We get out and about, escape the confines of winter, take action and get busy doing what we want to do. Spring is the time of Aries, when we go into a “me first” mode, tap into our instinctive sense of survival and go in pursuit. We are predators in search of prey.
Autumn balances fiery Aries with Libra air. Both energies are inherently self-oriented and self-aware, seeking the fulfillment of desire. In Aries the focus is on self-fulfillment via individuality. In Libra the focus is on self-fulfillment via relationship. Aries fire is quick to ignite, impulsive and explosive. Libra air is ethereal, balanced and strategic. Both initiate, lead and create.
Just as the increasing daylight of spring [Aries] pushes out of hearth and home, encourages exploration and the discovery of the world outside our inner and outer doors, the increasing darkness of autumn [Libra] pushes us inside. The Libra sun-time pulls at our heartstrings. We are instinctively looking for partnership, someone with whom to pair and share, chop or gather firewood, help pay the cost of heating bills and keep us warm throughout the cold days and nights of winter.
And bless us all at this incredibley magical, mystical, metamorphic time of year. It’s Indian Summer in Colorado. How lucky to be alive and living here. Cerulean blue skies, golden leaves kissed with oranges, peach and crimson, green fields streaked with blonde, crisp mountain mornings and warm-hot days.
Happy Autumn. May your season be filled with beauty, bounty, balance, peace, love and joy.
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr. 19) Autumn Equinox and a Libra New Moon pave the way for a week of great import and impact regarding relationships. Take a good look at the condition and quality of your commitments and responsibilities where others are concerned. Are you giving and receiving? Have you given or taken too much? Are financial equations in balance? This month is all about equality, serenity and peace. Work to make it real.
Taurus (Apr. 19-May 20) Saturn in Scorpio continues to shape and restructure your important relationships. The ups and downs, challenges and changes of those nearest and dearest are more or less controlling or strongly influencing your personal decisions and choices. Funny thing, you are accepting it all with grace and good will. Being of service and helping others is a good thing. Just make sure you are also taking good care of you.
Gemini (May 20-June 20) As the Sun moves from Virgo into Libra and autumn begins, the Twins experience a subtle but major shift of heart. Transforming landscapes invoke soul and spirit; feelings buried deep within awaken to the miracle life and death, the world is charged with magic. This is a powerfully creative time of year for you. Release the child artist within. Romp in the forest, dance in the light. You are here, so be here now.
Cancer (June 20-July 22) Internal fires smolder with the life and death of the forest. Leaves change in color, harvest tables are set with abundance and you feel yourself scurrying to take it all in. Setting store for winter, gathering firewood and/or simply taking stock of yourself and your life are themes. Daily inventories and nightly reviews are phenomenally rich and rewarding, after all, you are the most important person in your life.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 22) Generous Jupiter in Leo continues to shower love, opportunity and abundance upon your golden path of life. Take it all in and focus on balance as autumn equinox and the Libra new Moon favor serenity, peace and equanimity. Relationships – all relationships – take centerstage. It’s time to recognize the interconnectedness of all things and beings. The stars, the planets, the bears and bees; respect it all. You are it, all of it.
Virgo (Aug. 22-Sep. 22) Velvety vamp and vixen Venus in Virgo seduces you with her sultry charm and sexual charisma as nights grow colder and days shorten. Autumn Equinox heralds the end of birthdays and initiates a zodiac month of personal responsibility and self-fueled effort. Focus on inner and outer resources. Call upon your angels and commit to a daily practice of productivity and right action. Love thyself and true love will follow.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 22) Your happy birthday month arrives on Sept. 22nd @ 8:29 pm MDT, when the Sun enters Libra and the magically transformational season of autumn begins. Congratulations on another revolution around the Sun! You are here and the year ahead promises manifestation of many cherished hopes and dreams, if you are willing to work for them. But you must do the work. It’s up to you, ready or not!
Scorpio (Oct. 22-Nov. 21) Your modern planetary ruler Pluto resumes forward motion in Capricorn on Autumn Equinox, Sept. 22nd, ending its yearly retrograde phase. This heralds a giant step forward personally, as well as a profound leap of consciousness regarding perception, thought and communication. Relationships on every level are in line for this beneficial new awareness. Keep your eyes, heart and mind open for business.
Sagittarius (Nov. 21-Dec. 20) With motivator Mars now moving through the early degrees of Sagittarius, you may feel the first tremors of earth-shaking desire rumbling beneath the surface of everyday, daily consciousness. Pay attention to what you feel, as it’s a clue to understanding the workings of subconscious, deeply buried soul wants and needs. Follow your intuition and instincts. Knowing what you want is the golden key to manifesting it.
Capricorn (Dec. 20-Jan. 19) Pluto, the mythic god of death and rebirth, resumes forward motion in your sign on Autumn Equinox. Congratulations! You have reached the destination on a long, karmic journey and are now ready to go back home. Take a good, long look at where you are today and prepare to meet and greet the people you passed along the way on your return. Cultivate equal rights, co-creation and peace-making rather than control and domination.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) Libra endeavors to establish mutually beneficial relationships – physical, emotional and spiritual – that do not compromise or inhibit one’s essential self and values. It’s all about equality and balance, cooperation and equanimity. A worthy bodhisattva in the battle for peace and non-violence, you find solace and support in the Libra body, mind and spirit. Dance the dance, walk the talk and stand strong amidst the winds of change.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) The autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere signals a time of increasing darkness and inner development. As one who understands the workings of soul and spirit, Pisces is well-attuned to and in karmic harmony with the energies and forces in orb at this time of year. That said; don’t be surprised if you are suddenly in demand as a counselor, psychologist or spiritual advisor. Simply do your best.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa in the desert Southwest. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com
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