In the Northern Hemisphere the Fall Equinox is the time of year when the Sun moves into the first degree of Libra, the sign of the scales. It is at the time of the equinoxes when the day and night are of equal lengths. During the Vernal or spring Equinox, when the Sun first moves into the Sign of Aries, there is also a balance point between day and night, but once that is reached the days become longer reaching their peak at the Summer Solstice (the Sun moves into the sign of Cancer). At the Fall Equinox, once the balance point is reached, the nights start to become longer, reaching it’s peak at the Winter Solstice (the Sun moves into the sign of Capricorn). The Equinox points: Spring/Fall, Aries/Libra, Light/Dark and the Solstice points: Summer/Winter, Cancer/Capricorn, Longest Day/Longest Night are points on the Cardinal Cross. When mapped out on the circle (the Wheel of the year) they are at 90 degree angles from each other and metaphysically represent the four major turning points in life. Aries symbolizes conception, the beginning of individual existence. Cancer represents birth, the descent of the soul into the body. Libra represents marriage, the act of joining oneself with another. And Capricorn represents Attainment, the high point of the career. Death and the ascent of the soul out of the body. So Cardinal signs represent the clear unambiguous framework of existence. The light half of the year (Aries through Virgo) is the time when we express our sense of being-ness, putting ourselves forth somewhat unselfconsciously. It is during the dark half of the year (Libra through Pisces) that we endeavor to share our creations with the world at large. It is through this interaction with others that we come to better understand ourselves. The year can be divided in half with Aries as the starting point into waxing (increasing) and Libra the starting point of the waning (decreasing) periods of time. The point where we shift from waxing to waning occurs 180 degrees from the starting point ,180 degrees being the furthest two points can be away from each other on a circle. It is in the Sign of Libra that we have the most objective view of what has been wrought. It is the point we come together as individuals to work things out, that is why people with a lot of Libra placements in their charts are always finding themselves having to work things out with others. There are constructive and destructive ways to work within the Libra Archetype. Positively we can work together to find what unites us, this requires understanding, compromise, and a willingness to let go. Negatively, the Libra archetype can manifest itself as being the doormat or getting caught up in extremes. Being a doormat does not foster equality and extremism can create a balance if there are the same amount of extremists on each side of the scale. However this the kind of balance is tenuous at best and gives us no options for growth. If we move from our extremist positions the whole balance is disrupted. Every child knows that if you want to avoid the chance of being hurt from a ‘cherry bomb’ while on the seesaw, it is better to sit in the middle. This particular Equinox, which occurs on September 23rd at 10:05 EDT continues the theme of radical transformation that became part of the consciousness of most people in 2008 and will continue to become more and more evident as we move into 2012 & beyond. The interaction of the planets beyond Saturn, Uranus, Neptune & Pluto are bringing transformational energies onto planet Earth in such a way that all the areas of life that define us are being shifted. Those areas of life symbolized in the Cardinal signs, who we are, where we came from (family of origin), who we relate to, and how we make our mark in the world are in a state of flux. Governments & financial systems once thought unshakable are starting to show cracks, in part to unsustainable practices & in part to our own awareness. As we begin to question what is valuable in our lives, what is necessary, where we choose to put our energy, the entire construct of society will have to shift. After all the powers that be are powerful due to consensus. It could be said that they are powerful because they hold all cards, they have all the money, but money is an energy. Money has value because we think it so. Something the power brokers know and use to their advantage. In the chart for the Fall Equinox the Sun in Libra is opposite to Uranus in Aries. In 2011 Uranus moved into Aries on March 11th the day of the earthquake & tsunami in Japan. It will remain in Aries for 7 years. Aries is the ‘I AM’ principle, the awareness of our divine inheritance to be co-creators with source. This co-creation is how we have created our world as it is. It could be said we have created “Hell on Earth”, which if we look at the apparent state of things few people could argue with. This is due to the unconscious nature of our co-creation. We create what we fear, conscious co-creation is an evolutionary ‘giant step’…May I? …Yes! You’d best consciously co-create! With the Sun 180 degrees away from Uranus, we can objectively discern what we’ve created up to this point. Pluto the planet of Transformation is making a 90 degree angle to both the Sun & Uranus. The square of Pluto to the Sun is a 270 degree square, a crisis in thought, and the square between Pluto and Uranus is a 90 degree square, a crisis in action. Pluto, the planet that is considered among other things, to be the evolutionary engine of our consciousness, is asking us to look seriously (dead serious, as a matter of fact) at how we are relating to each other (Sun in Libra/Pluto in Capricorn) & how we can consciously co-create (Uranus in Aries/Pluto in Capricorn) from a empowered, loving, & balanced place. Pluto, which entered Capricorn in 2008, is asking us to develop our sense of responsibility and to come to terms with the use and abuse of power. Capricorn is our place in the world, it is the power we wield. It is a balance of this energy and the energy of the opposite sign of Cancer, emotional self responsibility, our ability to nurture, our ability to take care of each other, that determines whether our power is grounded in what is important and life affirming (Cancer). Coming to a place of balance requires us to make small incremental adjustments in the way we think, feel, act & manifest. This is also evident in the Fall Equinox chart for 2011. This chart contains 6 major 150 degree aspects called inconjuncts. Inconjuncts are aspects of adjustment. So what is the Equinox chart pointing to concerning adjustment? ~The Sun Libra/Neptune in Aquarius what adjustments to our thinking need to be made to come to the realization that we are “All One”, that what happens to “the least of our brothers & sisters” (including the natural world) happens to us. ~The Sun Libra/Chiron in Pisces what adjustments to our thinking need to be made to come to terms with the wound we suffer as a direct result of the separation of spirit & matter, and our disconnection from Source Energy (God/Goddess/All that Is). ~Mercury in Virgo/ Neptune in Aquarius, what adjustments to our psychological or feeling nature do we need to make and release to come to terms with how our critical self evaluations keep us from loving acceptance of ourselves and others. ~Moon in Leo/ Pluto in Capricorn, what adjustments to our psychological or feeling nature do we need to make and release to come to terms with how our ego’s need to be special interferes with our sense of internal authority and power. ~Mars in Leo/Pluto in Capricorn, what adjustments in our psychological make up need to be released so that we can act from our hearts with passion & love to foster a sense of self-empowerment that is not based on ‘power over’, but rather from ‘power within’. ~Venus in Libra/ Jupiter in Taurus, what shift in mental attitude must be made in order to come to terms with what is truly of value, which includes our relationship to money (Taurus) and the cost of War (Libra). There is a lot to ponder on this equinox as the light begins to fade and we are asked to weigh out what in our life and world is working, and what no longer serves us. Gratefully, there is help, as Libra also rules the Higher Self, the divine part of ourselves located within the heart of each and everyone of us, that knows the joy of unity and the value of working together to create “Heaven on Earth”. Reconnect with Source and reconnect with each other and miracles will surely happen!