The autumnal equinox marks the beginning of a new season, as we know, but it is especially important as the balance of dark and light, also growth and rest in nature, all happening in the sign of Libra, the energy field devoted to harmony and balance. The entrance of the Sun into this sign marks for us a time of making order, taking stock, and acting for the greater good in our relationships of all kinds. Communication, diplomacy and finding common ground are key words during this time of searching for harmonious satisfaction in all our human dealings: Venus and Saturn are the ruling planets of this sign and put the accent on adult, egalitarian exchanges with fair and equally positive results in view.
The horoscope of the fall equinox this year, though, indicates much stress in realizing this ideal harmony. Two other planetary movements are manifesting in early October: Mars enters the sign of Libra on Oc. 3, and Venus enters Scorpio on Oct. 8. They will prove important in the different negotiations going on both world-wide and personally to each of us: each one of this karmic pair is miscast--Venus as a passionate and intense seeker of absolute truth in action (the hawk) and Mars as peacemaker, placating and willing to compromise (the dove). They are engaged in an arm-wrestling duel on the negotiating table that is sure to complicate the graceful exchange we would otherwise hope for, and at best will lend each other the energy to stand up for one's rights at the same time as fair results are achieved.
There is a further complication in the sky at the time of this horoscope that dates from the last full solar eclipse of July 2 this year. At that time, the Sun-Moon conjunction occurred at 10° in Cancer and created a hard opposition to Saturn and nearby Pluto: on September 23, the Moon was exactly opposite Saturn and Pluto and created a conflict with planets in Libra. Goodbye, easy negotiations! Hello, people in the streets threatening Big Power!
These noisy encounters are sure to continue through October and November, and on a personal level, they will likely complicate our efforts to find satisfaction when face-to-face dealings turn into power struggles. Individuals should consult their natal chart to see just how and where these tensions are likely to fall.