This has been quite a year both for the planet and for all the living beings on it. Now we’re headed into Fall.
For some, the Autumn Equinox is known as the second harvest, a time of thanksgiving. It’s a time to be grateful for all the bounty we’ve received this growing season. For some, that many seem a little difficult with all that has been happening in our world and our lives, but there’s always something to be grateful for…if you just take the time to think about it.
This has been a year of transformation. With six planets still retrograde, for now, that energy continues. There’s so much energy coming back at us that we can and should be using to learn about ourselves and our responses to Life around us.
We will enter the “dead of the year” after what is known as the third or final harvest that takes place on October 31st. Known to the mundane world as Halloween, it begins a time of introspection. The growing season is done, the crops are in, and now people have time on their hands to think about things.
As an astrologer, I have seen this as a prime opportunity to really get to know your true self. That’s the part of you underneath all the programming you’ve received over the course of your life. But how do you do that?
To me it seems simple. You need some kind of new input that causes you to look at things differently. It could be a seminar, a tutorial, a book, or even an astrology chart.
While all these things I mentioned can give you new information to think about, it’s having your natal astrology chart done that allows you to get an understanding of what energies you originally came in to work with. In other words, it takes you back to your “factory” or default settings and gives you a chance to see and think about the difference between what you intended and what you are doing in this lifetime. That could be very revealing.
If you find this idea appealing, find a good astrologer and have your chart done. If, by some chance, you already have your natal chart done, take the time to seriously read it and think about what it says. I think you’ll find it’s just what you need for that time of introspection.
New beginnings are usually associated with the New Moon and we have one happening on Thursday, September 17th, at 7:00 a.m. EDT As with every New Moon, both the Sun and Moon will be in the same sign. This time it’s Virgo.
This Virgo/Virgo combination increases discrimination, independence, self-reliance, and foresight. However, there can be a tendency to be too self-contained and even somewhat self-centered.
Dealing with the details is one of the characteristics of Virgo, but take care to not become too methodical and too precise or you may miss the “big picture” while staring at the details.
Moon in Virgo, by itself, draws ones attention to keeping fit and healthy. The trick is to not become obsessed with your exercise routine or your diet plan and to recognize that just because something is working for you, doesn’t mean it’s for everyone.
Ruled by Mercury, this might be time for a short journey or a change of some kind. That could be a stress reliever that could prevent health issues or, at the very least, some kind of worry that is a natural occurrence with Virgo.
As a New Moon, it would be a great time to start some new health or fitness routine; take care of some area of your life that requires paying attention to detail; even just getting away for a change of scenery to breathe new life into your thinking and perspective.
Next, the Autumn Equinox occurs on Tuesday, September 22nd, at 9:31 a.m. EDT when the Sun enters Libra. This is the time, as with the Vernal Equinox, when day and night are equal.
Although many assume Libra means a time of balance, what it really offers is the chance to achieve balance. Those born under this sign or affected by its energies, prefer harmony to discord. For this reason, Libra energies encourage seeing all sides to a situation. Just be careful to not do so much considering that you become indecisive.
The energies here are usually easy-going, diplomatic, idealistic, and romantic (Libra’s ruler is Venus, the planet of love.). The downside to these energies produces gullibility, frivolousness, and flirtatiousness.
This is the natural ruler of the seventh house of partnership and marriage making it a great time to make new alliances of all kinds. Teamwork can produce good thing now. Debate can bring new ideas and perspectives to light. It’s also a great time for social gatherings.
Mercury enters Scorpio on Sunday, September 27th, at 3:41 a.m. EDT bringing energies that can cause the mind to be shrewd, sharp, and powerful. These help a person sense another’s motives, thus preventing the ability to be deceived.
The downside is that those with this placement, or those affected by its energies, can be very deceptive themselves. They can also be intensely critical and subject others to pitiless examination.
Those operating from the higher energies of this placement use their ability to think quick and never be at a loss for words in worthy ways and are highly principled. Those operating from the lower energies of this placement can be arrogant and intolerant, looking down on anyone who differs with them. They can be vengeful and underhanded, especially when they’ve entered into a fight.
Those higher qualities can allow the mind to be brilliant, penetrating and determined. It can cause an interest in the occult and mystical in nature. That makes it an excellent time to investigate and explore these very subjects.
Saturn, which has been in Capricorn since early July and retrograde since early May, will now turn direct on Tuesday, September 29th, at 1:11 a.m. EDT. While retrograde, I related the following:
“This is a mission of accomplishment but what we achieve in the outside world is far less important than the amount of inner meaning these achievements bring to us. It’s telling some of us that our Souls are now ready to bring to fruition lifetimes of labor along a given path.
“Regardless of where Saturn is found in a person’s chart, it always represents the neglect of responsibilities in the past. It;s time to be honest with ourselves since, in the past, there was avoidance of true self-awareness and self-honesty. Here, we are being given a second chance to improve on the relationship with our Soul.”
Now, with it turning direct, the energies indicate a great need to make significant achievements in ones careers. No undertaking is done without having a practical purpose in mind. That practicality also makes it a good time for organizing. Equal time should be spent favoring ones ambitions and protecting ones security.
Those affected by these energies can appear austere and cold when in actuality there is just an aura of dignity and seriousness. The higher qualities of this placement offer energies of honesty, integrity, and honor. Developing a sense of humor can help in the accomplishment of many goals.
If a person was aware of the retrograde energies and did work with them, they they are now ready to take the outward moving energies of Saturn turned direct and create in the outside world using the discoveries they made on their inside world. Much that is practical and long-lasting can happen if an individual is willing to apply the energetic qualities of this placement to their internal and external lives.