Like the often turbulent weather at this time of seasonal transition, Libra carries an energy of balance which can bring plenty of movement as we work to bring ourselves and the world around us into balance. We may be moving between polarities and even extremes, so that whilst Libra is known as the sign of peace, balance and harmony these are not static states but rather ideals which shift and change as we grow and as the world around us shifts and changes.
Libra is the sign of cardinal air, bringing a proactive energy to her ideals, making this a good time for activism and working for social justice. Justice is an abstract ideal in the sign of Libra but also a lived reality, bringing a kind of karmic energy into play. Libra asks us to act with integrity, to be honest with ourselves as well as with others about the consequences of our actions, to do what is right even if it’s not the easiest option. Libra reminds us that the personal is political, asking to make our choices with integrity and an awareness of collective energies and the divine order.
Libra also brings a connection to the harvest energy of the Equinox, as we take stock of our achievements and review our choices. This is the sign where the self meets the other, showing what is being mirrored back to you by your circumstances or the people around you. There’s no need for judgement, of ourselves or of others, but we can accept what is and use it as fuel for our growth. Autumn Equinox is a time to celebrate and honour our emotional, spiritual and psychic harvests as well as the physical.
The sign of Libra is linked to ancient goddesses of justice like the Egyptian Maat, the spirit of natural order who weighed the hearts of all those who died and decided whether they would move on. The heart in this case is the symbol of morality and right action, linking Maat to the Libran association with love and relationships. She is called “Guardian of the truth and justice of the universe, Guardian of the rhythm and order of the cosmos”. In Greek mythology, Themis was the powerful goddess of Justice, birthing both the Horae, the daughters of seasonal time and also the Moirae, the three sisters of Fate. September 21st to October 20th, when the sun was in Libra was known as the reign of Mother Justice. The goddesses Ishtar and Inanna were also associated with justice and the divine order and indeed in ancient times, justice was the province of the Great Mother in her avenging or mediating aspect. Justice as an abstract concept of law and order is a much more recent invention and Libra has rulership over both.
The shadows are lengthening as the Equinox approaches and again they hold a clue for our inner work and our spiritual practice. Libra season is a great time to work with our shadow as we move into the dark season of the year, reflecting on who we are and the version of ourselves that others are reflecting back to us. We might be taking ownership of projections or acknowledging the parts of ourselves that we’ve hidden or denied, allowing us to build more authentic relationships as well as finding inner healing.
Libra season call us to learn to balance the outer world with our inner world, the light with the dark. Libra energy calls us to reconcile opposites and dualities – the seen and unseen, the known and unknown, the active and the receptive. As the cycle of the zodiac moves from an individual focus to look outwards for the first time, we may be considering the personal lessons we’ve learned and how we can take them out into the world.
Astrological magic for the Autumn Equinox
Tuning in to liminal energies is a great way to tune in to the changing season and also the changes taking place within ourselves. This year more than ever, we are all aware of just how much uncertainty there is in our lives and how we need to navigate our way through as best we can whilst also accepting that often, certainty just isn’t possible. We are always in a liminal state of some kind. Sitting outside at twilight, spending time on the beach or the edge of the woodland, even in the doorway of your home, we can experience being in both states and neither, all at once, learning the art of living with the paradoxes which so often define us.
Meditate or journal on your relationships
All of us have relationships, whether they are with other people, the spirits and beings around us or simply with our inner self. Take some time to consider what they mean to you, on what they bring you and what you offer in return. Often our relationships are out of balance, with one person doing the giving and the other the taking, in which case consider how you might restore equilibrium.
Watching sunrise and/or sunset
Taking the time to honour the sunrise and sunset is a brilliant way to tune in to the natural order and the great cosmic cycles of change. By the Autumn Equinox, the timing is perfect for us to experience both without having to get up too early or stay up too late, helping us to stay aware of the shift between light and dark as we move through our day.
Pay attention to shadows and darkness
The lengthening shadows are often clearer than ever around the Autumn Equinox, assuming we still have some sunlight of course! On a sunny day, take some time to be aware of the shadows around you, breathing deeply and paying attention to any feelings which arise. Spending an evening in darkness can also be a powerful practice as we shift into the dark season of the year. Whether you’re at home or out in nature, check in with your feelings. Does natural darkness bring feeling of fear or comfort? What do you like or dislike about it?
A prayer to Ishtar
This ancient prayer to the goddess Ishtar can be incorporated into your Autumn Equinox celebrations, invoking the energies of Libra and the divine order
Queen of Heaven, Goddess of the Universe
the One who walked in terrible chaos
and brought life by the law of love
and out of chaos brought us harmony
and from chaos she has led us by the hand.
Lys is a pagan astrologer and tarot reader based in London, you can find her on Instagram @wildstarlys or on her website