On September 22, 3:21 PM ET, the Equinox takes place and Libra season 2021 begins: the Sun’s transit through the sign of the Scales brings the spotlight on our need for connection, harmony, beauty, justice, and peace.
The Sun will be in Libra until October 23, highlighting those places where we are not in balance, and we may learn about balance by navigating opposite extremes.
Equinoxes: a Time of Transition
The word “equinox” comes from the Latin aequinoctium, and it means “equal night”: on Equinoxes, day and night have approximately the same duration. Equinoxes represent a time of transition: in the Northern Hemisphere, we welcome Fall, while in the Southern part of the globe we are entering Spring. We all now start a new season, a new chapter of our journey.
The pagan name for the Fall Equinox is Mabon: this event marks our descent into darkness and initiates a time of introspection and reflection, a necessary preparation for wintertime. The Fall Equinox corresponds to the Harvest season: it’s an invitation to give thanks to the Earth for what she gave us and enjoy the fruit of our efforts. The Spring Equinox, also known as Ostara, is a moment of rebirth and regeneration which inaugurates a time of expansion and blossoming, reminding us of the eternal dance between light and darkness, life and death.
Equinoxes and Solstices represent wonderful times for energy cleansing, physical detoxes, deep cleaning of our homes, decluttering, rituals, and intention setting. It is said that during Solstices and Equinoxes the veil between worlds becomes thinner. These astronomical events correspond with potent energetic shifts that we have the opportunity to align with to introduce significant changes in our lives.
Libra Season 2021: Spotlight on Self-Other Dynamics
The Sun now begins to travel through the upper half of the Zodiac wheel. The journey from Libra to Pisces is focused on the evolution of the Self through the process of establishing connections with others and learning to be and feel part of a bigger whole.
Libra is a Yang, Cardinal sign, an archetype of initiation: it is the first one exploring the social sphere and initiating relationships, partnerships, connections. This is a new and unfamiliar process: Cardinal signs start new phases of evolution and bring us out of our comfort zone. Through Libra, we experience duality, and the goal of this archetype is to create conditions of peace, equality, and harmony between opposite extremes.
Libra season reminds us that life is an ongoing balancing act, and that balance is never static. It brings the spotlight on all our connections, on the people in our lives, on the tension between the energy invested in ourselves and the energy invested in our romantic and social life. Libra is an Air archetype, through which we establish a variety of relationships, mostly unfolding on the intellectual, mental, and logical plane. This phase sets the stage for the deepening that happens through Scorpio, a Fixed Water sign, corresponding to the phase of establishing emotional intimacy.
Libra Season 2021: Aspects and Lunations
Libra season 2021 is likely to bring some important changes in our lives, increase our momentum, and catalyze forward movement: many planets are ending their retrograde cycle. During the upcoming weeks, Saturn, Jupiter, and Pluto will all station direct, while Mercury will station retrograde on September 27 and station direct on October 18.
On October 6, we experience a New Moon in Libra conjunct Mars, while on October 20 we witness a Full Moon in Aries square Pluto. Both will be very dynamic lunations, as one is taking place in Aries and the other one is conjunct Aries’ ruler, Mars. This reflects the chance for interesting opportunities to initiate something completely unfamiliar and give a new direction to our life while underlining the importance of finding creative ways to channel anger and pent-up energy.
Both the New and the Full Moon will also correspond with an activation of Pluto, the modern ruler of Scorpio. Pluto will station direct on the same day as the Libra New Moon and will be in a tense T-square configuration to the Sun and the Moon during the Aries Full Moon. These alignments may bring up material from our unconscious and have the chance to catalyze deep transformations: Pluto is always inviting us to be open to change rather than resisting it.
Sun opposite Chiron, trine Saturn & trine North Node
The Sun in Libra will oppose Chiron in Aries on October 3: around these days, we may see our own wounds reflected back at us by other people. With this aspect, a wound tends to be perceived in another before we can perceive it in ourselves: pay attention to triggers emerging around this time, as they are likely to offer us insights on something we still need to accept and integrate.
We may feel that every time we try to express ourselves or our needs we trigger someone. This process may help us shed light on hurts relative to self-assertion and self-expression that hold us back from establishing and maintaining fulfilling connections without compromising our individuality.
The Sun in Libra will trine both Saturn in Aquarius and the North Node in Gemini between September 27 and 29. This supportive Grand Air Trine highlights the role of relationships as learning experiences and facilitates discipline, endurance, and motivation to act on long-term goals and intentions.
Libra Season 2021: the Journey of Relating
While the Sun travels through Libra, we learn about ourselves through the process of interacting with others. The journey of relating may help us become aware of any people-pleasing tendency, any temptation to betray ourselves to make others happy, or to go out of our way to win their love and attention.
Venus, the planetary ruler of Libra, is currently in Scorpio and will enter Sagittarius on October 7. Until then, our experience of relationships is likely to be deep, intense, and passionate: planets in Scorpio reflect a tendency to excavate and dig into the shadow realms in search of truth, power, and raw emotions. Venus entering Sagittarius will bring a more lighthearted and expansive attitude in both relationship and financial matters: many of us will feel inspired to go out and about, make new experiences, and meet new people.
The upcoming month will highlight the importance of finding better harmony between giving and receiving. Libra teaches us that, by striving to understand other people’s perspectives and sharing our needs and desires honestly and clearly, we can find win-win solutions and compromises that are truly enhancing everyone’s reality.
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