The day of the autumnal equinox usually falls on the period from September 21 to 24 (this year - September 22), and is a day when the length of the day and night become approximately the same. This is the moment of planetary equilibrium before the cold winter replaces the solar summer. A kind of point of no return, so to speak. From time immemorial, this time was considered extremely important in many cultures: on the Day of the Autumnal Equinox, it was customary to harvest, take stock, make wishes and prepare yourself - mentally and physically - for the onset of frost.
Astrologers believe that this day is ideal to close all gestalts: for example, to make peace with loved ones and say gratitude to them. In the business sphere, there are also all the prerequisites for a successful outcome. For example, negotiations with partners on this day can end in a mutually beneficial deal. The key to your success today will be openness in thoughts and communication.
However, according to astrologers, this day is not suitable for starting new projects. Better to take stock of old deeds and take time to your peace of mind and health (also read: "Five creative ways to fill yourself with energy that always work").
The autumnal equinox has long been associated with the harvest festival, so it is preferable to surround yourself on this day with rich shades of orange, gold and yellow. Clothes of these colors will become a magnet for family well-being and vitality.
Also, in different cultures there are special rituals aimed at fulfilling desires and finding harmony, which are customary to carry out on the Day of the Autumn Equinox. Here are some of them that can be adapted to modern realities.
Japanese Buddhism: "send a letter" to the spirit world
In Japan, the Autumnal Equinox Day coincides with an important Buddhist holiday - Higan. It starts three days before the equinox and ends three days after. During this period, many Buddhists return to their homeland to honor the memory of their ancestors. You can also pay tribute to your own by writing a message to them. If you don't want to write anything by hand, you can close your eyes, mentally imagine their images and turn to them. Do not forget to thank them for their invisible guidance from above, patronage and wise lessons. Buddhists believe that during Higan, the connection between the world of the living and the dead becomes very strong, so there is a high probability that your words will be "heard."
Wicca: Ascend to the Sun
Wicca is a western neo-pagan religion based on reverence for nature. Of course, the followers of this religious movement are attentive to astrological phenomena and widely celebrate the Day of the Autumnal Equinox. This holiday in this religion (as well as among the Celts) even has a special name - Mabon. Followers of Wicca usually go to nature to "reconnect" with its harmony. However, wandering through the forests alone is considered dangerous, since the lords of the kingdom of the fairies do not sleep on this day. It is strictly forbidden to swim in reservoirs. According to ancient beliefs, water during Mabon has a mystical, but bad power. A person who has bathed in a river or lake may fall into incomprehensible melancholy and lose all joy in life. Instead, it is better to spend time in the mountains, ascend to the Sun. Unlike water, this heavenly body feeds people with strong energy on the Autumnal Equinox Day.
Paganism: cook suria, make peace with neighbors and protect the house from evil forces
In Slavic culture, it was customary to conduct many rituals in honor of the autumn equinox - and folk festivals began a week before the holiday itself, and ended only a week after it. It was believed that this was a great time for weddings, because the whole essence of the holiday was reduced to the cultivation of family well-being and warmth in the house. Of course, on the days of festivities, it was customary not only to spend time with their loved ones, but also to restore relations with neighbors. And they always put up with the "gifts." For example, surya was considered a good gift - a honey drink, which was insisted on hops.
Also, on the eve of winter, the inhabitants of Russia usually decorated windows and doorways with rowan branches. This served as a talisman against dark entities that gained strength with the onset of cold weather and could enter the house from the side of the forest.
Astrological forecast by zodiac signs
The autumnal equinox coincides with the transition of the Sun from Virgo to the more balanced Libra. And as the popular astrologer Lisa Stardust says, we should also try to take a moment and find balance in our lives. We will tell you exactly what changes await different signs of the zodiac during the autumn equinox this year, and which areas of life should be paid special attention to.
Aries. Mars retrograde will have the greatest impact on Aries during the equinox. This warrior planet rules Aries, which is one of the reasons that the representatives of this sign are so ambitious. This autumnal equinox will be a turning point for all signs, but especially for Aries. “The ruling planet of Aries will change its movement for the first time in several years,” explains astrologer Guadeloupe Terrones. “On top of that, she remains retrograde in Aries, which is unusual. [People born under this sign] will be able to benefit the most from the equinox, but let's not forget that they have been under tremendous pressure this entire year.” Ultimately, they will have a choice of how to use their inner core, which has hardened under many tests, to their advantage or to their detriment.
Taurus. The autumnal equinox brings us closer to the Libra season. This sign is distinguished by its prudence, so the current period will be a great time for reflection - especially for Taurus. “Taurus may be under psychological pressure at this equinox due to the influence of Mars. Deep fears and dreams will begin to emerge in the subconscious, and it will be difficult to cope with this,”the astrologer says. Therefore, it will be useful for representatives of this sign to relax, meditate or read a good book.
Gemini. The era of social distancing forced the outgoing Gemini to reconsider their views on relationships with other people. “For them, a lot changes, because they begin to realize how much energy they put into certain people, - explains the astrologer. “This will be a good lesson [for Gemini]. They will learn how to properly distribute their energy in society. " Thus, the representatives of this sign are waiting for a change in the environment. Some people may disappear from your life - do not hold them, because in the end, these changes will be for the better.
Cancer. Representatives of this sign will finally be able to get the opportunity to fully relax. “This autumnal equinox will be the last stage of a difficult battle in which Cancer fights the opposite energy in Capricorn,” explains the astrologer. So very soon the tests will end for you, and you can breathe deeply.
Leo. For sociable and bright Leos, this period can bring a lot of experience and trouble. Representatives of the fire sign are usually frightened by the prospect of introspection, but the location of the planets contributes to just such an internal state. “Leos are having a hard time succeeding in the current environment [of the constraints of the pandemic],” says the astrologer. - Their desire to express themselves and be active will fade into the background for a while. And they won't like it."
Virgo. A few days before the autumnal equinox, there will be a new moon in Virgo (September 17). “This is very, very good for all Virgos,” says the astrologer. "This period is suitable for making long-term plans and implementing them." And then, when Libra season comes, Virgos will reap the rewards of their success - including financially. “The Libra season will bring you many rewards,” the astrologer predicts. "And that's because Libra rules the second house of finance and income."
Libra. The autumnal equinox is the beginning of the Libra season. Thus, representatives of this sign know best of all how to competently approach the period that promises them prosperity. The astrologer adds that Libra will have to reflect a lot (which they are great at doing), but efforts must be made to be fair both in judging themselves and others. Libras are also excellent mediators and diplomats, so during this transition period, representatives of other signs will turn to them for help and advice.
Scorpio. Emotional and active Scorpios will have to slow down a little at this equinox. “If they don’t find time to rest, then this period will be unproductive,” the astrologer said. While it may be contrary to their nature, Scorpios should soften up a bit and work behind the scenes. Do not take decisive action, devote time to yourself, try to find inner harmony - this "reset" you just need now.
Sagittarius. Like Leo, Sagittarius is not characterized by long reflections. Action is more appropriate to their nature than introspection. “A Sagittarius seeks dreams and adventures,” says the astrologer. "I think they will be able to direct their energy in this direction (unlike Lvov)." During this period, Sagittarius can also do meditative yoga, make plans for the future, or even travel alone.
Capricorn. Capricorns will be able to benefit from the autumnal equinox if they carefully monitor their behavior, in particular - taking care that their actions do not harm other people. “There is a lot of energy in Capricorn, which influences other signs in different ways,” the astrologer explains. "During the autumnal equinox, Capricorns will have to think about what they did or did not do for the people around them." Want to say thank you to someone? Confess your feelings to someone? Right now.
Aquarius. Libra and Aquarius are air signs, so Aquarius will be in their element this Libra season. The autumnal equinox will bring inspiration to the representatives of this sign. “We are entering a very strong energy of Aquarius, - explains the astrologer. - Saturn will enter Aquarius again by the end of the year. In the next decade, air will become the main driving element of our life. " And Aquarius is only on hand. They will not only feel like a fish in water, but they will be able to realize the most daring plans.
Fish. Pisces - a water sign - will be happy to emerge from the Earth-dominated Virgo season. However, this does not mean that they will experience the long-awaited relief, find peace. Pisces prefer to indulge in dreams, "escape" to fictional worlds, instead of engaging in serious introspection (to which we are all tuned in by this equinox). “They will feel like fish pulled out of water,” says the astrologer. Try to calm down and do your household chores. It's also helpful to get your finances in order.
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