Aside from Autumn being my favorite season, there are real reasons to observe the Equinox:
- The Equinox marks one of the four cardinal points of our zodiac.
- An awareness of seasons and cycles.
- The Equinox is a symbol of balance in our lives.
- Food and Flowers
1. The Equinox marks one of the four cardinal points of our zodiac.
We can’t fully understand a natal chart without recognizing this basic principle. Without getting all technical and making your eyes glaze over, the Autumn Equinox is the same as 0º Libra and marks one of the four cardinal points of our zodiac. The astrological zodiac which we use in chart analysis is based on astrological signs, not astronomical constellations. A long time ago in a land far, far away, signs and constellations were the same. They’re different now. Surprise, surprise. Our universe isn’t static. One thing hasn’t changed, though ~ the days that light and dark are equal in length. That’s an Equinox. (For a good technical explanation of the Equinox, click here.)
2. An awareness of seasons and cycles.
Astrology is all about cycles. From the fast-paced, mood-driven cycle of the Moon and the lunar month to the slow and life-changing cycles of the outer planets, we observe the planets’ motion. These cycles are our celestial clock. Something clicks inside of us as the seasons and planetary cycles change ~ we feel and often behave differently. Different types of events occur in our outer lives with a change of season or cycle. We aren’t likely to wear our coats in the summer and we aren’t likely to remain calm and collected as Uranus impacts our Moon or Sun. We might, but what are the odds?
As the seasons change, we observe the cycle of life and death through nature with the great assurance that the cycle will repeat. That sounds a lot like astrology in general to me.
3. The Equinox is a symbol of balance in our lives.
Libra is the great symbol of balance. Associated with the 7th house in the natural wheel of a chart, it asks us to look at the balance between Me and You. Houses 1-6 emphasize Me. When we enter the 7th house, our world opens up to include the great You. It’s also a fantastic time to look at anything that is out of balance in our lives and bring it back into proper proportion. Anything.
The next three reasons to observe the Equinox are not astrologically oriented, but they play a major role in how our bodies and psyches respond to the seasons.
Having suffered temps hovering at 100° since about May, I am sooooo ready for a change in the temperature. There’s always something crisp and invigorating in the autumn air. I love the feel of that on my skin. Warm days kissed by Northern breezes and cool nights. Autumn has always been my favorite season because it truly makes me feel alive. Everyone seems to have a favorite season based on the temperature they prefer. The seasons and changing temps are ushered in by the first day of Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter ~ the cardinal points of our zodiac.
What a feast for the eyes! The colors of each season are jam-packed with meaning. Chances are good that your favorite colors are associated with the season you like best. Think about it. They may not even be colors that look best on you. Take a look around your home or check your closet to see if you are unconsciously carrying a season’s color scheme into your everyday life. Do you find connections?
6. Food and Flowers
Now here’s one everyone can identify with! Are you looking forward to that first pumpkin pie of autumn? Take a look in the grocery stores at all the new produce in the bins. Isn’t it gorgeous?! Pomegranates, harvest squashes, turnips, kale, persimmons, clementines, cranberries, apples and fresh cider. This is their season! Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox by preparing a meal of your favorite autumn foods. It doesn’t have to be on the exact day of the Equinox. Just note the season at some point within the next week or so.
Put some of your favorite autumn flowers on display ~ mums, snapdragons, pansies, dianthus, and johnny-jump-ups appear in the nurseries. Fill a cornucopia or basket with dried corn, wheat, pinecones, and squash. Decorate a pumpkin with autumn leaves.
Invite the new season into your life. Enjoy it. Celebrate the change.
Do you celebrate the Equinox or change of seasons?
Does your favorite season have a connection with your chart? I have 5 planets in the SW (autumn) hemisphere and autumn is my favorite season. Hmmm. Maybe there’s something to that. Maybe not. What do you think?