– Sun ingress to Libra at 4:20 am EDT – Fall Equinox and sextile Saturn in Sagittarius
– Mercury Rx in Libra semi-square Mars in Leo
– Moon ingress to Aquarius at 1:51 pm EDT
The Sun’s ingress to Libra, which marks the Autumnal Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere, happened early this morning at 4:20 am EDT. His crossing over the intersection point of the Celestial Equator and the Ecliptic in the West and change from North to South Declination corresponds to a time of transition and gear change. Day and night are of equal length once again with the nights growing longer and the days shorter from now on. Summer has ended, nature is beginning to batten down, darkness is increasing and it’s getting colder. It’s a time of harvesting – the second of the three Pagan harvest festivals (Mabon) – of ingathering and taking stock that makes us aware that we are part of and affected by a larger wholeness to which we must respond and adapt. A phase of restoring equilibrium and of balancing as well as bringing harmony to key life projects and relationships has begun, during which we seek to express ourselves more peacefully, poised and agreeable, while striving to be civil, cooperate and accommodate, thus refining our personality and social skills. This ingress happened with the Sun in sextile aspect to Saturn in Sagittarius and approaching a conjunction with the North Node (opposition South Node in Aries), suggesting that we can take advantage of lessons learnt to move on from the past and put past struggles behind us if we consciously choose so. As the Sun shines a light on our future prospects, we relationship dynamics could set us more at ease or create conflicts, depending on which site of the fence we’re sitting. Therefore, it is critical not to overreact or to respond dramatically or angrily in times of crisis. With a fire grand trine between Pallas in Sagittarius, Uranus Rx in Aries and Venus in Leo dominating the chart for this event, ‘politics’ are changing and so are our feelings, relationships and values. Retrograde Chiron in Pisces provides a trigger to this configuration that either serves to bridge and unite by getting us on the same team or side, or to divide by defeat and adding insult to injury or salt to the wound.
Tarot card of the day is “The Moon”, suggesting that some things are hidden from conscious view, making it necessary to look well below the surface in order to find clarity or truth. On the other hand, invisible things could be brought to the surface and unforeseen perils could be experienced. This card has moreover the potential to project fears into the present and future based on past ordeals. Repressed thoughts, images and feelings could cause overwhelming disturbances. We might be longing for sleep. It is important to remedy this for which we need to go through a purging process, thereby releasing deep memories. The Moon is a card of illusion and deception, and therefore often suggests a time when something is not as it appears, causing errors in our judgment. It is also possible that we may have lost our way and are now left to walk in the dark, guided only by our inner light and intuition. Nonetheless, we need to go on without a clear picture of where we are or where we are going. It is true that things are vague and illusive, neither clear nor certain or definitive in any way and that therefore we may be torn between many influences, which could distract us from following our core path. The more important is it to reflect upon our life and to use our intuitive abilities or listen to our inner voice to get in touch with our vision. Renewal is possible and secrets may be revealed as we’re walking these dreamscapes. The Moon is moreover a symbol of the turning tides and can refer to healing abilities and other psychic or intuitive work.