fall equinox

collage by Emily

Two major cosmic events coincide on Monday, marking a significant shifting of energies, a turning point. Underworld God/Goddess Pluto turns from Retrograde to Direct (5:36 pm Pacific) and just a few hours later (7:30 pm), the Sun enters Libra, signaling the Fall Equinox (Spring in the Southern Hemisphere).

In case that’s not enough astro-excitement for you, the Libra New Moon happens Tuesday night (11:13 pm). We’re already in the field of this concentrated cosmic activity, and it can feel like a lot is churning, simmering and reconfiguring.

Fall Equinox marks the halfway point in the yearly cycle of the Sun’s light on Earth – day and night are equal, and then darkness takes ascendance as we head into winter. At this gate of power in the wheel of the year, the Libra Sun invites you to pause, reflect and recalibrate your inner scales. What did you start at Spring Equinox on March 20? What are you harvesting and what needs to be weeded out? How can you create more balance, peace, beauty and harmony?

Pluto’s station – standing still before (appearing to) reverse directions and move forward –amplifies the Equinoxy feeling of heading into the dark, and the need to pause and check in with your soul. Pluto has been Retrograde since April 14, a time when transformational energies were working behind the scenes and beneath the surface, inaccessible to the conscious mind. Now, at Pluto’s direct turn, those processes rise into awareness, and you can see more clearly what changes want to happen in your outer reality. What elements of your life are out of integrity with your soul’s purpose?

Ultimately, Pluto in Capricorn (2008-2024) is about doing the work of transforming fear into power. As Pluto stations – and we’ve been feeling it for at least the past week – our deepest darkest fears get stirred up. Instead of obsessing over the story, Pluto wants us to look beneath the “content” and focus on the “process” – i.e., work with the feelings themselves. Pluto is the modern ruler of Scorpio, the sign of fixed water, and the work is to bring some flow to emotions (water) that have become stuck or frozen (fixed).

root chakraOn the most literal level, the Plutonian Underworld is the ground beneath our feet, the inner Earth, which the Judeo-Christian tradition has designated as “hell,” but which the ancients honored as a sacred source of power. (Read more in my post Entering the Underworld.)

Pluto is associated with the root chakra – the energy center through which we root down into the Earth, and where we access feelings of safety and security. Caroline Myss calls this chakra “the foundation of emotional and mental health” and identifies its “Sacred Truth” as “All is One: You are connected to all of life. Every choice you make and every belief you hold exerts influence upon the whole of life.” (see her ChakraFlash)

Libra is the sign of relationship, and the co-incidence of Pluto’s station/root chakra activation with the Sun’s entry into Libra and the Libra New Moon creates an opening to rework our most foundational relationship, the one on which all other relationships depend. If we don’t feel safe and secure in our own bodies and on the planet, if we’re stuck in survival fear, then we’re likely to fall into the shadow Libra dynamic of codependence – seeking to ground or root into another person for safety and security rather than directly rooting into the Earth.

protestThis dynamic also operates on the collective level – a fearful population, separated from the felt connection with all life, projects their power onto external authorities, who will “keep us safe” by starting yet another war against yet another “terrorist threat.” Mars, planet of war, is squaring Neptune – illusion, delusion and deception – reminding us that the real reason for war is never the one given. As Major Smedley Butler famously said, “WAR is a racket…. A racket is best described… as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people…. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many.” (read his full speech here)

If you have a copy of your birth chart and want deeper insight into what Pluto’s station means for you, find the house that contains 11 degrees Capricorn. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re called to: feel and heal survival fears and reclaim your power; release what’s stagnant and no longer serving your soul; pull back your projections and own your shadow.

To get more specific about what the New Moon means for you, find the house in your birth chart that contains 1 degree Libra. The areas of life signified by that house are where the cosmos wants you to:  restore balance; establish an equal exchange of give and take; initiate a new collaborative project or renew your spirit of cooperation; create more beauty and increase the flow of love.

Can’t resist a little “Root Down” action from the Beastie Boys (since that song’s been in my head while writing this post…):

– Emily Trinkaus

hello Beautiful Priestess (yes, you) – Energy-healing queen Katie Todd and I are offering a special Equinox Galactivation on Tuesday at 5pm Pacific. You can participate from anywhere by phone or online, and all women are welcome in the virtual galactic temple. Can’t make it to the live call? No worries – you’ll receive a recording and can listen at your leisure. Register by Friday at midnight to be included in our drawing for a personalized session! Find out more.

And – astro-geeks everywhere – We’ve entered the “shadow” of the upcoming Mercury Retrograde (October 4-25). Find out how to work with its energies for success in next Thursday’s teleclass:  Review, Renew and Redo (5-6:30pm Pacific, or by recording). You’ll learn how to figure out which parts of your own chart (and life) are being activated, and so much more. Register by Monday to be included in the drawing to have your chart used as an example in class! Sign up.