By Claudia Dikinis
September 21, 2016
Tomorrow is the Autumn Equinox, the Yin & Yang moment of the earth’s journey around Sol. Sol begins to move South by declination from our vantage point because we are positioned north of the Equator. When the Sun is at 0 degrees latitude at our autumn, our friends in the Southern Hemisphere greet their spring. They will celebrate explosions of seed pods into flower.
We in the Northern Hemisphere can make our own special autumn magic a sacred ritual by lighting candles, burning incense, and perfuming with essential oils such as Cedar and Sandalwood. Visualize and write down your sacred intentions; goals you want to achieve by the time we reach the Winter Solstice on December 21st.
The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year. I think of the I Ching hexagram #20, Kuan, Contemplation. [Wilhelm & Baynes edition].
But not yet the offering.
Full of trust they look up to him.”
This time of inner concentration, of which the autumn equinox is a preparation, “. . . enables them to apprehend the mysterious and divine laws of life . . . Thus a hidden spiritual power emanates from them, influencing and dominating others without their being aware of how it happens.”
(The Winter Solstice represents the rebirth of the Sun which takes place the day after at sunrise. Sol starts his journey upwards to 0 declination north where earth will defrost at the vernal equinox in March.)
We are called to take stock of our year so far. We balance our positive and negative actions on the scales of justice and mercy. Saturn, the planet that holds sway over the penalty phase of trials and the role of the Judge handing down a sentence, is exalted in in the Justice sign Libra. Saturn is Karma, and at our equinox meditations we take responsibility for what we have set in motion, both positive and negative.
We can redirect our path and revise plans to ensure a better future. We petition our guides/angels/God asking with gratitude for what we want stating, “This or something better.” In that way we keep our hearts and minds open to receive even better gifts than those we are able to imagine.
We are well supported at this year’s Autumn Equinox by Saturn’s partner Jupiter. These two planets are called “chronocrators” or “Timers.” Saturn and Jupiter meet by conjunction every 20 years ushering in the next wave of governmental, economic, and societal goals.
You can read my in-depth astro-analysis on the Jupiter-Saturn dynamic on my website:
“Jupiter is growth and expansion. Saturn is organization and conservatism. The two work together creating a checks and balance relationship. For example, The U.S. Constitution is constructed to prevent any one branch of government from gaining total control over the whole. . . .Saturn disciplines Jupiter’s penchant for overexpansion. Jupiter checks Saturn’s tendency toward restriction and crystallization.” http://starcats.com/jupsat1.html
Jupiter and Saturn are now in a special relationship termed Ruler-Exalt. This astro-tech term means Jupiter is in Libra, the sign in which Saturn is exalted, while Saturn is in Sagittarius, the sign which Jupiter rules. This also means that for as long as Venus is in Libra a sign she rules (to September 24), we find similar support relationships between her, Jupiter and Saturn.
Since Jupiter (ethics and the body of social laws) and Saturn (legal structures and administration) are the gods of time and manifestation both are given the kiss of grace from Venus who holds the mirror of values to our faces supporting us as we define what means the most to us.
What we value (Venus) and what we’ll manifest (Jupiter-Saturn) is not only personal (relationships, vocation, recreation, finances, love, sex, ethics, beliefs, social position, family, friends, children, animal companions, etc.) but national, international and universal. What we choose personally affects far more than we realize.
Just as the I Ching Hexagram “Contemplation” defines: “a hidden spiritual power emanates from them, influencing and dominating others without their being aware of how it happens. . .”
We are more important than we know. Aristotle said none of us is born with virtue. We become virtuous by doing the hard thing: we make the right choice over and over again until it is ingrained as a new habit.
As day and night, good and bad, up and down, right and wrong, love and hate, justice and lawlessness, charity and greed, light and dark merge into the perfect Yin/Yang of the equinox. We are called to balance our own poisons and elixirs into one life sustaining potable brew.
Fun & Free Associations:
Francois Traffaut’s film, “Day for Night”. One of his famous quotes is “In love, women are professionals, men are amateurs.” You can view the film if you like on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H-ek4rDIdY
Or how about Cole Porter’s “Night and Day”? Only you beneath the Moon and the Sun . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGGirB4XOmI
Outside of a cat a book is my best friend.
Inside of a cat it’s too dark to read.
How many can you think of?
[Charts were cast using Esoteric Technologies Solar Fire v. 9.0.24]
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