The Autumn Equinox:
The Bridge Between Birth and Death
By the time the Sun moves into Libra in the northern hemisphere, the days are visibly shorter, the weather is noticeably cooler and the pace of life moves faster.
The 0° point of Libra proclaims the Autumn Equinox, but the Sun’s entry into the sign of balance announces much more than the beginning of fall. It also marks the end of summer and the period of external growth associated with it such as agricultural crops, livestock births and increased social interactions.
As we witness the beauty of the leaves turning color, as well as wind and rain that ultimately strip them from their branches, we’re reminded that winter will soon follow. As the nights grow longer and temperatures drop, bears and other animals will hibernate, birds will fly south, many trees and plants will grow dormant and for some parts of nature, there will be death.
Consequently, autumn is the bridge that takes us from the bountiful summer to the barren winter, from the season of birth to the season of death. It’s a period of transition where we too withdraw into the warmth and comfort of our homes, and a time when we have the opportunity to experience internal growth by embracing the higher qualities of the signs that comprise this transitory season.
During Libra, we can apply its objective analysis to evaluate our past and present circumstances and use its equilibrium to establish a course of action that will restore a healthy sense of balance to our lives.
During Scorpio, we can engage its determination to help us stay the course and harness its power of transformation to create lasting change.
During Sagittarius, we can tap into its aspirational nature and embrace its optimism as we envision our lives in the new year ahead.
If we do, we’ll be well prepared for our journey into winter.