The bi-annual Equinox is a time – as the name implies – of equal night and day, when the Sun is directly overhead at the equator and the globe is bathed, both south and north, in sunlight of equal measure. For a moment the entire world is equal before the Sun. Astrologically we are at a halfway point in the Tropical Zodiac, and the seventh sign can begin to shine. It must be more than just a coincidence that this time of balance is the start of the month of Libra, symbolised by the scales, who weigh in the balance light and dark, good and bad, conscious and unconscious.
Certainly this is a day when we can take a moment, one of two in the year, to find ourselves at the centre, in the middle of the cycle, and appreciate the harmonious balance achievable in our lives when we see the past in relation to the future, while tapping into the now. The past is history and the future’s a mystery, so seize the moment like the present that it is. This fleeting point in the cycle, half way between winter and summer, is traditionally celebrated in ancient cultures with ceremony or festivities. It is a time to reflect on where we have been and where we are going. It is an opportunity to seek balance within ourselves, find harmony in that balance, and compose ourselves for the next half of the cycle that ends in six months from now at the next equinox, which happens to be the start of the Tropical Zodiacal year once again.
Even more opportune on this equinox day coincidentally is the simultaneous Mercury Station Direct, when the thrice annual Mercury retrograde ends and for a day Mercury remains stationary from our point of view, before starting to move forward once again through the Zodiac. This is considered to be the best or most fortunate day in the journey of Mercury, when the doors of opportunity are opened, and the sale of the season is upon us, so to speak. That gives two independent reasons to celebrate on this equinox day of 22 September 2016, both of which will benefit those who perform their meditations, rituals or ceremonies with intent to invoke the peace and harmony that comes from a place of balance and centredness. So grab the opportunity to change the world, starting with yourself.
For example Chichen Itza in Mexico is just such a place, amongst others on the globe, where seekers and travelers will congregate at the Mayan step pyramid called El Castillo on this equinox evening to watch the Sun align with the architecture of the astronomical observatory and temple, as it does only at these specific days, due to the ancient wisdom of its builders and priests millennia ago. So these equinox days have been observed for aeons by our ancestors and harnessed for sacred events in the annual calendar. Of course in the spiritual state of consciousness, time is conspicuous by its absence, but in the material world in which we live, timing is everything. And the equinox is the time to observe the balance within and without. Similarly the day of Mercury’s Station Direct is the time to link up, via your inner or outer agent, guide or go-between, to the absolute truth, the ultimate cause of all causes, the crowning glory of your life.
The Sun’s entrance into Libra on the 22nd of September 2016 will bring it to within two degrees of Jupiter, already in Libra since earlier this month, and thus within orb of conjunction. The actual Sun – Jupiter conjunction becomes exact on the 26th a few days later, but already its influence can be considered active, lasting until the end of the month, more or less. So for the coming week Jupiter will be invisible, literally on the other side of the Sun to us in our solar system. This alignment with jovial Jupiter symbolises a time of potential confidence and optimism for all, which is great if your self-esteem needs a boost. The opportunity is there to remember that you are part of something greater than yourself, whether a cause, or even the global human race, that we are all in this together. When the equinox Sun shines, it shines on the house of the saint and the sinner alike. No one is more or less worthy than any other to receive the benedicting rays of life. Similarly opportunity or fated lucky breaks are available to all during this week. Sometimes lack of confidence, lack of self worth or just blind pessimism or melancholy prevent us from seeing the opportunity present before us. So take a boost to the confidence, feel empowered, worthy of blessings and be happy as a result.
Of course if you are already over inflated with egotism, pride or greed, you may be pushed even further in that direction, so remember to keep it real. Even those who feel they can reach for the heavens still need to keep their feet on the ground. Nevertheless generosity of heart and spirit should be available, as well as faith in a higher power, where religious studies, broadened horizons and enlightened morals are there to be tapped by all who can remember their true nature and the real meaning of life. If Jupiter over inflates your ego, then by all means let it take you higher, for as you fly so will your bubble be burst as it reaches the refined atmosphere up above. Sometimes coming into contact with Jupiter, or guru, can lead us to feeling as if we, having basked in that radiance, are ourselves as elevated, by dint of shadow association, yet such inflation is an illusion setting us up to fall back to earth with a bump. Just ask Icarus. Similarly when we open up the ego to too much psychic contents from the collective unconscious, we can also go mad with the overload. So this is a fine moment in time to remember our noble heritage as spirit soul, but remember too that all are of that same ancestry, all carry the highest divinity within them, just as all may come before the Sun and bathe in its radiance, equally blessed or equally burned.