CYCLES OF THE HEAVENS
The Sun enters the sign of Libra on 23rd September and the mythic tone of the year shifts from the adaptable skill and practical groundedness of the Virgin, to the clarity and poise of The Scales. Here we rise from the earth and the myriad forms of its harvest fruitfulness to the light and rarefied heights of cardinal air. In Libra, the natural detachment and objectivity of the air element becomes infused with the aesthetic sensibility of the sign’s ruler Venus, which generates an appreciation of beauty and relationship. Venus finds expression here, not so much in the sensual pleasure of embodiment, but rather in an intellectual and aesthetic delight in beauty and harmony. At the sign of The Scales, with its image of mirrored duality and reciprocality, we enter the realm of relationship. Here Libra’s capacity to relate to the Other and its ability to see the Other’s point of view, brings the gifts of relating, and of being enriched and fulfilled through interrelationship, and the capacity to mediate awareness of the Other into the world. Libra’s nature is to seek balance, relationship and reconciliation, and as such, the urge to act in a way which brings order and peace emerges here. Simultaneously, this is also a sign of choices, of weighing up options or alternatives, where sometimes the process entails a period of indecision until a clear path emerges ahead. The Sun moves into Libra at one of the great balancing points of the year at the Autumn Equinox where day and night are balanced at a time of equal light and dark. Here we are presented with the symbolism of choice – of making the ethical choice in our actions and of recognising the need to be fair and just in our relationships and thereby contributing to order and harmony in the world. This is a valuable process of self reflection, as we commence the journey into the dark tide and enter into the period of introspection and evaluation of the year which is now passing in the annual round.
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