Autumnal Equinox Means More of the Same 

For the week of September 22-28, 2010.

I was hoping the autumnal equinox of September 22 would usher in a new astral air. But unfortunately, as the Sun moves into Libra, signaling the start of a new season, emotional bodies continue to reverberate with the effects of the unrelenting upheaval of the last five months. Frankly, I can't figure out whether we are riding this giant wave of change or caught in its undertow. Either way, for many of us, even those not directly affected by specific events, daily life continues to unfold with an insistent intensity. That's particularly true this week, as the Sun illuminates the same degrees of the Zodiac Saturn occupied from April through August. And while the Sun has been covering this ground for the last several days and continues to stimulate these points until Sunday, on the equinox itself, the Moon joins the Sun, amplifying the emotional effect of the entire seasonal passage. This solar and lunar event is likely to perpetuate a peculiar personal retrograde, which means that even if you think you've solved the problem and put your house in order, think again, and be prepared to revisit the same situation. Be aware: While this repetition may be painful, it also offers profound opportunities to gain a greater awareness of what motivated your decisions and actions during those pivotal months.

As the Sun transits the early degrees of Libra, it forms two significant relationships. First, it squares Pluto until the end of the month. Sun/Pluto squares are always about power issues, especially the desire for control. Try to notice where you are insisting on your way regardless of the feelings and concerns of others. In the midst of this difficult interaction, the Sun moves into a conjunction with Saturn, which is exact on September 30 but persists until October 7. This conjunction often manifests as loss and separation, or an oppressive sense of responsibility that inhibits spontaneity. Sun/Saturn also feeds the need to isolate or withdraw as an antidote to struggle. The entire bundle is problematic, especially when you consider that the primary reality of the week involves dealing with the consequences of the last five months of shift. On the positive end of the spectrum, the combination of Sun, Saturn, and Pluto can support the determination to do whatever it takes to persevere and get the job done. So rather than devolve into despair that your situation will never change, use this energy to do whatever it takes to facilitate a transformation.

Seasonal transitions often stir the soul and make the spirit restless, but this year the transition from summer to fall may actually be quite poignant, given the levels of intensity many of us are experiencing. So as you move through the week, be kind to yourself and to your fellow travelers. Even if you can't imagine it to be true, most of us are simply doing the best we can.

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.

ARIES Pay close attention to associations formed during this seasonal passage. While not all participants will play a significant role, your attitude and position will signal how much you've changed and what still needs work.

TAURUS What you are facing demands a tremendous exertion of effort and discipline, but you have the requisite strength stamina to see it through to the end. So don't hesitate to roll up your sleeves and get to work.

GEMINI While this may sound trite, the power of positive thinking will serve you better than the "realism" of despair. I'm not suggesting denial, but I am reminding you that whatever we focus our attention on becomes our reality.

CANCER Rather than resist a strong desire to get under the covers and stay that way, surrender to it. That's right: hunker down at home and take good care of your need for rest, relaxation, and recuperation.

LEO You have a lot to say, but that doesn't mean everyone will want to listen. Be discriminating, choose the right ears to listen to your ideas, and then listen just as carefully to the responses you evoke.

VIRGO Consider this an opportunity to restructure your finances with the hope of creating greater clarity and order. This isn't necessarily about profit and loss as much as it's about creating authentic stability.

LIBRA Despite the efforts of others to engage, all you want to do is hide yourself away. While isolation may be the best antidote for the moment, if you truly want to heal, you must show up and participate in the process.

SCORPIO Try not to let the brain worm invade your mind and steal your clarity. Instead of brooding about what will happen next, turn the entire situation over to your higher power and let it unfold in its own time.

SAGITTARIUS It's a choice: feel isolated or join your community. This sounds easy, but requires a great leap of faith to move out into the world and trust that your expectations will be met.

CAPRICORN Concentrate your attention on your career and you're likely to see real results. I'm not predicting miracles, but I am suggesting significant improvement.

AQUARIUS Rather than frame your concerns as a crisis of faith, see this next phase as an opportunity to deepen your understanding and awareness. You may not find all the answers, but the questions will build clarity and insight.

PISCES It's more about a clash of values than it is financial differences. Pay attention to your reactions and you'll start to identify the undercurrents in need of consciousness and attention.


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