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The Autumnal Equinox 2023

On September 22 at 11:50 PM PDT the Sun enters the sign of Libra, marking the first moment of Autumn. We all have been experiencing weather changes, moving from the heat of Summer to the cooler days and nights of Fall. This is typical for the last month of the season, while the Sun is in Virgo. But this change will be more committed, the season of Fall will be established and anchored in.

This is the time of the harvest, when the Summer crops are ending. We gather nourishment to strengthen our bodies and souls. Libra’s ruler is Venus, and love, harmony and peace can be ours. No matter what is happening outside of us, we are given a blank slate to recreate the next season as we see fit, and follow our plan into Winter.

Libra is a Cardinal Air sign. Cardinal signs begin the season and like the beginning of a season, this is a leadership sign. But different from other Cardinal signs, Libra wants to give everyone a voice when leading a group. Libra is active/male in its polarity, but gentle and compromising energy. This makes it hard for the Libran energy to find its leadership opportunities, as it is its nature to seek all sides and at times, take no sides. Being an Air sign, Libra is intellectual and psychological. It is a social energy, bent on the more the merrier. But Librans seek balance through isolation at times, to recharge and rethink. They are so mental and fair; at times they go around in circles trying to make a decision. This can be overcome through discipline and courage.

On this Equinox the Moon squares the Sun at 6 degrees Capricorn. This begins the season on an emotional note, as you may feel that you are at cross purposes with yourself; for your conscious intentions and desires conflict with your subconscious emotional needs and drives. You are pulled in two different directions. You can have difficulty satisfying both your need to be an individual and your need for caring relationships and a sense of belonging. Also, you may send out mixed messages so people won't always know how to respond to you or know what you really want, thus creating confusion or conflict in close relationships. The give and take, the Yin and Yang within us can come into question, so this is a good time for deep meditations.

Neptune at 26 degrees Pisces retrograde opposes the Sun in Libra. This makes one extremely sensitive and imaginative, and you can get lost in your dreams, fantasies, and visions. Spending your time doing artistic and creative pursuits, and exploring the world of color, beauty, and emotion will be very satisfying. You also can be drawn to mysticism and have deeply spiritual moments.

And Pluto trines the Sun at 27 degrees Capricorn retrograde. This is wonderful, as this aspect bestows a deep belief in your own power and your ability to survive any change and to emerge victoriously from any difficulty. Remember, you have tremendous inner resources and strength. You can pursue your desires and goals with complete dedication and singleness of purpose now.

This time of year we think of family, gatherings, loved ones. We want to share our experiences and knowledge with those we care about, and these aspects to the Sun will assist us in finding ourselves in the groups we belong to, while keeping true to our individual self. Celebrate this Equinox with heartfelt gratitude for all that you are, and all you are still discovering you are.

Libra is ruled by Venus, along with Taurus. The arts, music, harmony and beauty are very important to Librans. Venus is the planet of love and attraction, affection, and values. Due to the active/male energy governing Libra, the feminine energy brought by Venus accentuates the balance of the sign: Male/Female. Again, astrologers believe another planet will be discovered that is the true rulership of Libra. Time will tell.

The symbol for Libra is the Scales of Justice. Libra energy denotes fairness, justice, and balance. It also is read as a half setting sun below the horizon, thus the first half of the year culminating and the second begun. Balance, equality, harmony and peace are necessary for a happy Libran.

The highest use for a Libran is to seek balance in their life. To find balance in work/play, social/alone time, material and spiritual pursuits. To learn to make choices built on personal conviction rather than always trying to make someone else happy. To find their voice and work honestly toward harmony in all environments.

Thank you Judy! 🙏

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