Autumn Equinox 2021 arrives on September 22 at 9:06p EDT, 6:06p PDT and on September 23 at 2:03 UT
It is Spring Equinox for those in the Southern Hemisphere which is on September 23 at 12:03p AEDT
The Old Farmers Almanac gives you the basic info and always has beautiful photos too, this Equinox is called Mabon in the pagan tradition which celebrates and gives thanks at harvest time (this site also has great free calendar downloads.) In Japan the Autumn Equinox is a national holiday and in China it has been celebrated for centuries. Here are 9 Fascinating September Equinox Celebrations Around the World.
All seasons have their beauty but Autumn’s beauty is amazing! Here are some Beautiful Places In the World to See Fall Foliage
The September Equinox marks the beginning of this new season and the chart for the Equinox indicates astrological trends for the season. Here is the Equinox chart cast for Washington, DC.
This Equinox is the moment the Sun enters the sign of Libra each year. This year Mercury is retrograde and is at the exact degree (0*Libra) as the Sun. Venus the ruler of Libra is in Virgo, Mars is in Gemini moving along his 7 month Gemini path, the Moon is in Leo and Six major planets along with Chiron and 2 asteroids are retrograde in the Equinox chart -Mercury retro in Libra, Jupiter retro in Aries, Saturn retro in Aquarius, Uranus retro in Taurus, Neptune retro in Pisces and Pluto retro in Capricorn, Chiron retro in Aries, June retro in Pisces and Vesta retro in Aquarius. The Karmic South Node (pull to the past) is in Scorpio and North Node (future direction) is in Taurus.
Two standouts in this year’s Equinox are the retrogrades – 9 planetary bodies total – a lot of retro energy! The other is Mercury, planet of communication also retrograde at the exact degree of the Sun in Libra. During this time of year the 3 outer planets along with Jupiter and Saturn are usually retrograde, but this year Mercury is too, along with Chiron, Juno and Vesta. In general retrogrades indicate internalization of the astrological expression of a planet, not negative but not as easily accessed either. Autumn is a time when after the hectic summer, energies turn more inward. All the retrograde motion this season encourages you to pay less attention to external events and put more focus on your own personal experience.
In the Equinox chart the closest aspect is Mercury retro exactly conjunct the Sun. Mercury turned retro in Libra on 9/9 and at the Equinox has returned to 0*Libra the degree where he was on 8/25. Libra is ruled by Venus and represents balance, peace, harmony, fairness for all and rules relationships. The Sun at 0 degrees of any sign is powerful because it charges up a new sign, so when the Sun enters Libra these values become more pronounced for us all.
As I write this (on 9/19) Queen Elizabeth’s funeral is in process which exhibits these Libra qualities, peace, love, compassion and cooperation to people participating and those watching across the world. When Mercury is retrograde communication, and mental activities in general turn more inward. Queen Elizabeth who reigned for 7 decades was one of the most beloved and admired women in the world, so for those in mourning time slowed down as her long life was reviewed and portrayed (endlessly!) in the media. Review is a Mercury retro trend.
Libra represents peace, and currently the world is anything but peaceful with the Ukraine war and Russian aggression continuing to rage while mass graves and other Russian atrocities emerge daily. And unlike earlier wars, the Ukraine war is up close and personal with constant media coverage so people are very aware of the violence. Mercury retro at the Equinox let’s us know that peace efforts are not likely to come soon. The divisive mid-tern elections in the US are this fall too on 11/8/22. The chart for this date is pretty intense! I’ll write more about that later.
Mighty Jupiter is retro in fiery Aries and forms an opposition to Sun/Mercury in peaceful Libra at the Equinox. Jupiter = expansion and Aries is the sign of war. Oppositions are inherently neutral – an opposition reveals differing, but potentially complimentary viewpoints. How it manifests depends upon the forces in opposition. They can help each other, or hinder each other depending upon how the opposing energies are integrated. Like a seesaw it can swing back and forth and a heavier kid can pull it down. Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system is definitely the heavier kid! This too indicates more impetus for aggressive Aries “I am the Warrior!” versus “Let’s find ways to create peace.” especially since Mercury retro interferes with clear communication.
Venus is the ruler of Libra and is in earthy Virgo at 22* on the Equinox. She is closely opposite to Neptune in Pisces and reaches out to Uranus in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn forming a grand earth trine and also creates a kite formation with Neptune at the head of the kite. Uranus is unpredictable, Pluto is the transformer and Neptune helps us tune into higher spiritual values (and also tune into bat-shit crazy delusion!) Venus represents values and Venus in Virgo at the Equinox is guiding the tail of this kite hoping to instill rational thinking and workable solutions. Good luck Venus!
Mars in air sign Gemini is feeling giddy and seems eager to annoy Venus with an irritating square. “Don’t bother me with practical ideas, I just want to have fun!”, says he. At the same time Mars forms a trine (ease and flow aspect) to Saturn retro in Aquarius. Mars = energy, action, aggression while Saturn represents structure, foundation and boundaries. This trine favors forming more progressive ideals, but since Saturn is retrograde any results get delayed.
The Moon represents public mood in the Equinox chart and she is at 26* Leo the royal Moon. This lets us know people are ready and willing to be in a good mood if given the chance. Will better moods come? Here is the Sabian symbol for 26* Leo – Day Break – the Luminescence of Dawn in the Eastern Sky. Here is the full interpretation, it is so positive and hopeful! This Symbol implies the gradual feeling that darkness is dispersing and that a new day is on the horizon; you may feel there is a chance for new beginnings. Things along the way have been sacrificed and there may be a certain emptiness, but you will see the light of day and move forward again. This Symbol speaks of transition times of letting go of operating in the dark and moving into a new day with new plans and fresh solutions. New ideas, opportunities, perspectives and realizations are emerging.
Maintaining these feelings may not be that easy because the Leo Moon is dealing with an itchy inconjunct aspect to Pluto in stern Capricorn. This configuration lets us know that old paradigm patriarchal structures (old white men!) want to continue their centuries long top down rule by trying to keep uppity women, gays, and idealist youth in check! Pluto is inwardly chuckling though, as he dreams about his grand entrance into Aquarius in March next year. He says “Just wait to eat my transforming dust you old control freaks!”
So friends, this is the big picture for the season which includes a partial Solar eclipse on 10/25 in Scorpio and a Total Lunar Eclipse on 11/7 in Taurus (the day before the US elections!). Eclipses create a more profound time in general, you want to take time to go deeper, and dreams get more significant too. These effects last for weeks, so expect this season to be not quite as ‘normal’ as usual, but who can say what is normal now anyway?!
Here is some advice from Friedrich Nietzche born with Sun in Libra to keep in mind this Autumn, No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone ~