A friend of mine told me recently that she found the transition from summer to autumn hard.
The falling leaves make her feel depressed, and she was dreading the unavoidable approach of the long cold winter months ahead.
To a certain degree I understand her sentiment, but once you consciously decide to tune in and embrace the light and dark of all the seasons, you discover the magick and beauty of each one of them.
Just like the trees shed their leaves in the autumn, so can we shed old stuff that is holding us back.
The shedding of leaves is preparation for new life and growth in spring, and we can do the same in order to pave the way for new experiences and growth.
Today is Virgo’s (the Hermit) last day in the sun until Libra (Justice) takes over tomorrow.
Over the last four weeks, the energy of the Hermit has encouraged us to go inwards, reflect and explore what new skills to learn, new knowledge we can acquire and how we can turn it into wisdom that will serve us and others well in time to come.
The New Moon in Libra tomorrow invokes the energies of Justice, encouraging us to create and appreciate harmony in life, especially in relationships, including friendships that need building and nurturing.
So there is much we can do, and the approaching darkness will help us focus on what we need to do including planning and implementing.
Perhaps today at the time of the Autumn Equinox, or over the coming weeks until Samhain, you may want to consult the Tarot to explore some of the following questions to help you gain focus and direction:
What is holding me back right now that I need to let go of?
At this time of year with the energies of Libra/Justice, explore your options rather than making a decision. It’s about weighing up the pros and cons, so you can make your final decision by Samhain (31 October).
What new skills do I need to learn to help me reach my goals?
Depending on the card/s you draw, these could relate to
- leadership and creativity (fire, wands),
- emotions and relationships (water, cups),
- mental challenges and conflict resolving (air, swords), or
- hands-on practical skills and money management (earth, pentacles)
What can I do to strengthen my relationships with people that are important to me?
Remember that important people in your life are not restricted to your partner or close family, but also extended family, friends, co-workers, professional networks… Explore how you can build bridges, overcome conflict, encourage solidarity and teamwork, bring people closer together etc.
And here are a few other practical ideas to get you started:
- make a to-do list
- declutter your bookshelf to make room for new knowledge
- network with people and see what you can do for them
- when it comes to friendships, it’s not about quantity but quality. Only two genuine friends are worth more than a large bunch of acquaintances, who don’t care about you.
- get your finances in order
- avoid drama and the people creating it
- enrol on a course
Wishing you a Happy Equinox and a magickal autumn season ahead.