Happy Equinox and New Moon in Libra! The Equinox became exact at 9:03 PM New York time on Thursday, September 22 (01:03 GMT on September 23), and the New Moon in almost 3 degrees of Libra becomes exact at 5:54 PM New York time (21:54 GMT) on Sunday, September 25.
Each time the season turns, it is a cause for celebration! In the Pagan tradition, the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is called Mabon. It is a festival celebrating the middle of harvest season—a time to give thanks for and to indulge in the abundance of crops available to consume.
You can take this literally and indulge in healthy fall fruits and vegetables like squashes and apples! Also, you can take this figuratively and give thanks for all the abundance in your life right now.
Look in your refrigerator. Is it full of food? Visit your local supermarket—is it teeming with aisles and aisles of delicacies from around the world? This is really quite a miracle, but we often take it for granted.
There are billions of people around the world that can barely afford to feed themselves and their families, and even then, they may only be able to survive by eating a meager diet of rice or junk processed foods. There are millions of people under the dark influence of war in Eastern Europe right now, constantly fearing for their safety.
Do you have friends and family in your life right now? I know, you want more friends and a new family (LOL), but on this Equinox, give thanks for the friends and family that you do have. Most of our Soul Lessons are worked out in relationships. No one comes into your life by accident. So give thanks to God/Source/Universe/Creator for all of the social connections in your life, be them in person or online.
A great practical exercise you can do to honor the Equinox is to make a gratitude journal or list. Write down at least 20 things you are grateful for (they can be anything). This can be a daily practice if you wish!
FINDING THE BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE
On the Equinox, day and night are of approximately equal length everywhere on the planet! This only happens twice a year. So on this special celestial event of day and night being in perfect equal harmony, ask yourself ifyou are in perfect equal harmony?
If you had to guess, which side of you is more dominant: the intuitive, emotional Divine Feminine side or the logical, practical Divine Masculine side?
Also, which side of you requires more healing: the Shadow Masculine (which can manifest as overagressiveness, greed, narcissism, or impatience) or the Shadow Feminine (martyrdom, codependency, playing small, afraid to say no)?
Take some time to contemplate and journal on how you could improve the balance between your masculine and feminine sides.
Does your physical life feel like it is in balance? For Lightworkers, it is often more comfortable for us to engage in meditation and spiritual practices, but our grounded 3D life can often remain out of sorts. If you want to truly make it to 5D and be able to stay there consistently, you'll need to get your 3D life in order so that it naturally becomes a 5D life.
Here are some other Equinox-themed questions of self-inquiry that you can ask yourself. It might be helpful to journal on these:
Am I as grounded as I am idealistic?
Do I spend as much time taking care of my present-time Earthly responsibilities as I do meditating, reading spiritual books, or doing other spiritual things? Or, conversely, am I not allowing enough time for myself to focus on my spiritual life?
Do I spend enough time expressing myself artistically or creatively on a consistent basis?
Am I taking the best care of my physical body? Does my diet need to be cleaned up? Am I drinking the cleanest water? I am exercising daily? Am I sleeping enough? Are there health issues that need to be addressed?
Am I balancing time spent on social media or on my phone with time spent outdoors connecting with nature?
Do I spend as much time appreciating all that I have now as I do dreaming of more, desiring more, or being jealous of those who have more?
Do I spend as much time loving myself as I do giving love to others?
Do I spend enough time taking care of myself? Do I spend too much time taking care of others? Or conversely, do I need to give more to others?
Do I give and receive equally?
Do I allow myself time to relax to balance out the time I spend working hard?
If I had to guess, which side of me needs most of my attention right now? The physical? Mental? Emotional? Or spiritual?
Which areas of my life feel most out of balance—career, relationships, health, daily practices, etc? Which areas feel most in balance?
What steps can I take in the near future to bring more balance to the parts of my life that feel out of balance?
What plan can I make for the far future to experience a complete balance and optimization between all areas of my life?
NEW MOON IN LIBRA OPPOSITE JUPITER
The Equinox marked the moment the sun moved into Libra. This New Moon occurs at approximately 3 degrees of Libra, opposite Jupiter (with exactly 1 degree of orb).
Libra is a cardinal air sign. A cardinal sign signals the beginning of a season! Libra is in charge of welcoming in autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere. As tropical astrology was created to align the signs with the Northern Hemisphere seasons, it makes sense that fall is ruled by an air sign, with the leaves flying through the air and the wind blowing, foretelling the return of winter soon.
Libra is a cardinal air sign that is represented by the glyph of scales, demonstrating the need for balance and harmony as one of the irreplaceable facets of a healthy life. Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and relationships. Libra is associated with relationships—including romantic and familial—and diplomacy, fairness and balance. It is the ruler of the 7th House, which is the House of Partnerships, governing—as you might guess—relationships and partnerships.
During Libra season, we have the opportunity to create balance and harmony in all areas of life. It is also the perfect time to make amends where amends need to be made. Mercury is still Retrograde, but now it has moved backward into Virgo.
Mercury conjucts Venus and trines Pluto, making it a good time to revisit unsettled energies from romantic relationships from the past, if you feel the need to. With Mercury and Venus in Virgo, logically talking things out will be the way to make progress in achieving energetic resolution.
I’ll spend some time later in this article discussing both family and romantic relationship dynamics from a soul level, as this is also very much a Libra topic.
There are two really significant aspects being made in this New Moon chart: one is the sun and moon opposing the Retrograde Jupiter in Aries, as I previously mentioned; and the other is Saturn and Uranus coming into a nearly-direct square with one another (just 41 minutes of orb).
Oppositions are very polarizing aspects. So, on one hand this opposition provides an opportunity to create success and growth—especially in relationships—and can make us feel quite friendly and generous toward others; but on the other hand, it also creates the risk for uninhibited growth, in an unbalanced way, and for people to get greedy.
Saturn and Uranus have been squaring one another on and off since about the beginning of last year. Saturn and Uranus squaring can cause violence and unexpected geopolitical events and natural disasters. They also squared one another during the Great Depression from 1929-31.
A good example of the negative side of these aspects currently playing out in the outside world right now is the sick psychopath Putin drawing up 300,000 Russian soldiers—many unwilling to fight--from the general populace to try to save face in a war he’s clearly losing. It makes me so sad that so many people are dying, families are being ruined, nature is being poisoned, and the safety of the entire world is at serious risk, all because just one psychopath wants to leave some sort of sick legacy of conquering land before he dies.
Another negative example is the plethora of tropical storm activity we are currently seeing in the Atlantic. Post-Tropical Cyclone Fiona has just battered the Maritimes of Canada after causing a ton of destruction in Puerto Rico, Bermuda and the Dominican Republic. Please pray and visualize protection and recovery for all those that have been affected by Fiona.
In addition to Fiona, we have Tropical Storm Gaston, which seems to be on track to strike Florida; and Tropical Storm Hermine, which could end up heading anywhere, really.
The moon-Jupiter conjunction could also temporarily cause mental health issues to worsen.
The Saturn-Uranus square is coinciding with very real recession concerns. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped nearly 500 points the other day following the Federal Reserve’s third consecutive 75 basis point interest rate hike, putting us at the highest interest rates since 2008. Fed Chair Jerome Powell has also announced that the plan is to sharply increase unemployment in order to decrease demand for products (how cruel).
I think that more pain is in store for the stock and cryptocurrency markets. I think we are at the beginning stages of a multi-year worldwide recession that will serve the desire of the powers that be to almost eviscerate the middle class in first world countries. The rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer. So, now is a crucial time to build your wealth. And remember that in a recession, the safest asset is the dollar.
Because Saturn and Uranus are both outer planets, they will affect the collective and the outside world more—however on an individual level, this powerful square could cause you to have unanticipated emotional outbursts or to act overaggressively in any situation where you feel stuck or restricted.
Keep this in mind, and remember to take a pause before responding emotionally in any situation (unless you are in some sort of danger, of course!) It is difficult to keep a level head in the heat of a moment, so the key is usually to allow some time to pass before responding or addressing a situation at hand, when you are feeling less emotional and thinking more logically, pragmatically, and with a keen eye toward what you want to manifest in the future.
On the positive side, a good example of this opposition playing out in a benevolent way in the outside world is Yvon Chouinard, the aging billionaire owner of Patagonia, giving away most of his fortune to fighting climate change.
This would be a great time to make donations to charity, and to give things away to friends and family as you feel called to!
As promised, let’s dive deeper into discussing the topic of healing family and romantic relationships.
HEALING FAMILY & ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
As I mentioned before, one of the great things about Mercury Retrograde is that it gives us the opportunity to renegotiate and heal difficult family and romantic relationships. With Mercury conjunct Venus, it is an especially good time to work on the latter.
One of the most fascinating parts of my spiritual skills/Service Work is that I have the special ability to read the karmic ties between two people. You can be assured that almost always, those people in your life with whom you have had the most complicated relationships with (think family members, close friends and romantic lovers) are people that you've known before in past lives.
You see, souls like to 'dress up' and play different characters in each others' plays. Your mother may have been your brother in another lifetime. Your husband may have been your daughter in another lifetime. Souls that know each other well often incarnate with each other over and over. These souls that you know well may be fellow souls in your Soul Group of twelve—or if not, then they likely are in your Monadic Group of 144 souls.
When two souls that know each other quite well dress up as different characters and have different relationships between each other in a series of lifetimes, karma is accumulated between those two souls.
In this context, think of karma as a log of every word spoken and experience shared between two souls when they are incarnated at the same time on the Earth. Your history with your current boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, or dad likely goes much deeper than just what you can remember from your current lifetime.
The natural trajectory of all things is balance and resolution (which is exactly the energy that Libra brings to the Zodiac Wheel)—and it is no different in this case. Each soul desires to resolve any past negative karma with other souls. Sometimes, it is planned for the resolution to happen in this lifetime, but sometimes not. Sometimes the resolution may be planned for a subsequent lifetime or for after one or both of the souls has left their physical body and is now existing in an afterlife realm.
As Lightworkers, we naturally want to resolve everything. We generally carry a deep-down aversion to people being mad at us or disappointed in us. Lightworkers tend to be martyrs and people pleasers rather than narcissists. However, although the natural trajectory of all karmic relationships is complete resolution, it may not always be the right time for that to happen. One of the most difficult lessons for many Lightworkers could be to learn when to walk away or cut someone out of their life.
Please receive these words clearly and with compassion: you are under no obligation to continue to receive someone's abuse or negative energy simply because they are your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, son, daughter, mother, father, friend, or co-worker. You have complete free will to cut anyone out of your life if you feel so inclined.
I know this is not an easy thing to talk about, but you are likewise under no obligation to continue to be emotionally and energetically drained by someone, no matter your history with them. I realize that sometimes it is not practical nor possible to completely cut someone out of your life—or you may not want to or be ready to--but in many instances the solution may be to keep some geographical distance between you and that person or to just interact with that person less often.
You don't have to pick up the phone every time someone calls. You don't have to respond to every text. You don't have to hang out with a person every time they are feeling sad or want to complain about their boyfriend or boss or mother. You don't have to tolerate being drained.
But there are of course relationships that you do want to keep. You don't want to avoid the other person, but there are some difficulties that need to be worked through. For these kinds of relationships, we can harness all the Libra energy in the stars right now to harmonize.
With the Retrograde Mercury in Virgo making an out-of-sign conjunction with the sun and moon, the most important factor that will give us the opportunity to harmonize our relationships is effective communication—and focusing on the details. And the best way to keep focused on the details is to be a good listener!
Listening to someone else deeply and fully is one of the best gifts that you can give somebody. Practice listening without immediately inputting your opinion—try letting someone just let out everything they need to say, so they feel fully heard, and then speak your mind. Usually when people feel listened to, they’ll be more apt to listen better to what you have to say.
The Libra energies support a healthy back-and-forth dialogue. With the sun and moon forming a wide trine (over 6 degrees of orb) with the Retrograde Pluto in Capricorn--and with Venus and Mercury forming nearly exact trines to Pluto--it’s a wonderful time to heal perceived issues of misuse of power between people (especially in families and partnerships); and to establish a more commensurate balance of power between you and others--that can cultivate a healthier relationship for both you and other into the future.
As Libra rules the House of Partnerships (the 7th), it also very much has to do with romantic relationships. Unquestionably, the one factor that differentiates successful, harmonious, long-lasting romantic relationships from those that come and go with frustration, is effective communication.
When things are left unsaid between lovers—or when what is said is vague and unclear--it builds up tension in both parties. Even the most unintuitive person can sense that something is amiss when a lover isn't telling them something important.
There are cases where people stay married for decades while still holding back from telling their partner their true feelings. Oftentimes, people get into a long-term relationship and things become familiar. They end up literally becoming afraid of what life would be like without their partner. They may wish their partner would radically change, or deep down they may wish that they had the courage to walk away--but they believe these endeavors would be futile.
Afraid to leave the marriage, they just bottle up the resentment inside. This type of resentment can even manifest itself as illness years down the line if the feelings are not dealt with and the necessary difficult conversations are not had.
If we want to build 5th-dimensional partnerships, the most important facet is open communication. When the communication is open from the start, it is a lot less likely that one partner will feel afraid to bring something up to the other later in the relationship.
If you've been in a relationship for awhile where the energy feels stagnant and you feel like there is a lot that has been left unsaid, one helpful tip is to plan an excursion out in public and plan to have a difficult conversation there (or alternatively just go on a walk with your partner).
Getting outside of your home (if you live together)--in which the energy has become stagnant--and into a fresh environment with fresh energy can also bring fresh energy to the way that you and your partner have become accustomed to communicating with one another.
Venus in Virgo trines the Retrograde Pluto in Capricorn nearly directly on this New Moon. This aspect causes us to feel intense passion and sexual desire. If you’re in a romantic relationship, it’s a great time to revisit and augment the romantic and sexual passion that first brought you two together as a couple! Enhancing the romantic and sexual passion in relationships can go a long way toward repairing the broken aspects of the relationship.
Of course, the truth is sometimes relationships—whether romantic or familial—are irreparable, at least for the time being. Sometimes a relationship requires a period of separation before two people can really come back and repair what had been damaged.
Or sometimes a relationship needs to reach its conclusion, and the karmic issues will need to be worked out later when the two people are in a different stage in their lives, or even in future lifetimes, or the dream space, or afterlife realms.
EXPLORING YOUR MASCULINE AND FEMININE SIDES
As I mentioned earlier, the Equinox and New Moon in Libra present the perfect time to create greater balance and harmony between your masculine and feminine sides. If when you are contemplating and journaling on your masculine and feminine aspects, you feel that you could use a greater influx of healthy Divine Feminine energies, then regardless of your sex or gender, allow yourself to indulge in things like beauty, art, softness and pleasure.
And if it’s Divine Masculine energies you need an influx of, push yourself to exercise, play sports, build or fix things, etc.
Ultimately of course we should strive to achieve a balance between our masculine and feminine energies and we should be participating in both Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine activities often! But at certain points in our journey, we will need more of an influx of one rather than the other.
JEWISH NEW YEAR
I also want to acknowledge that this New Moon is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It is the beginning of the new year on the Hebrew Calendar. So Happy Rosh Hashanah to all that celebrate!
Wishing you a Happy Equinox, a Blessed Mabon, and a Happy New Moon in Libra!