My favorite time of year is nearly here ~ crisp air, colorful trees, a fire burning in the woodstove! The Autumn Equinox is coming on September 22. At the equator, the Sun will be directly overhead at noon. The Autumn Equinox is the third of four sky points, a time when the Sun is in perfect balance. Today (9/13) the Virgo Sun is squaring Mars in Sagittarius, at the same time Mercury Retrograde is sitting on the Sun and squaring Mars. Swaggering egos, moralizers, and zealots have been coming out of the woodwork. Early this week we’ll likely get information and/or a preview of what’s to come this Friday (9/16), when the Full Moon in Pisces will be squaring Mars and opposing Mercury and the Sun, making it up close and personal. This Harvest Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse. In astrology, eclipses are known for bringing the change. We’ll be feeling the depths and soul searching, purging self-destructive patterns and people, releasing fear and control. Getting real and facing ourselves without a rose-colored filter is not easy-breezy, and we may want to bypass the hard work and be distracted by our addictions (a common Piscean default method). But by going deep we reach Pisces nirvana ~ healing, compassion, and feeling one with all. On the Full Moon’s heels will be Mars (in Sagittarius) in a harmonious trine with Uranus (in Aries), giving us a boost of courage and self-confidence.
The little guy above visited us last year in Autumn 2015. If a dragonfly appears to you, it symbolizes a great change is coming in your life, a transcendence that comes from mental and emotional maturity. Autumn represents the mature Mother/Queen aspect of the Goddess and the Earth, the time of bounty and harvest when we reap what we’ve sown. This moment in Nature also symbolizes the light and dark aspects within ourselves. What needs to be brought into balance in our lives? What has to be let go, expanded, or transcended?
The Sun waltzes into Libra and ushers in the Autumn Equinox on Thursday, September 22 at 10:21 a.m. EST. The word equinox is derived from two Latin words: “aequus” (equal) and “nox” (night). Pagans and Wiccans also refer to this time as Mabon. Here’s a few ideas to celebrate this magickal day: watch the sunrise or sunset (or both!); decorate your altar in feathers, antlers, apples, gold gourds, orange and red leaves.
Support Pagans and their craft! This lovely handmade willow pentacle wreath is perfect for Mabon.
Harvest some seeds from your garden or wildcraft herbs from nature! We found some milkweed pods and took some pictures of the seeds. Did you know the nectar of native milkweed plants is essential for monarch butterfly caterpillars, plus it also supports a diversity of pollinators?
Create art to honor the Sabbats! We created this original digital art from our milkweed seed pics:
Bake a cake! Here’s a recipe for Brown Butter Spice Cake with whipped icing:
Take a walk (or drive) in Nature!
We hope you have a Happy Full Moon in Pisces! Need a little inspo for your ch-ch-ch-changes? Now get dancing! If you found this post helpful, please share 🙂