Its officially Libra Season! Happy Autumn Equinox everyone! Last year I wrote a blog for Ritual Shoppe about what this time symbolizes, rather than trying to find new words I decided to share what I wrote last year as well as a Mabon Ritual and Tarot Spread you can do this week to mark this powerful time. I hope you all enjoy!
Tarot Cards for the week:
The Chariot, Justice, Page of Wands, Ace of Swords, 2 of Swords, 3 of Swords, 5 of Swords, 10 of Swords
Sun enters Libra/Autumn Equinox
The pagan holiday that is celebrated during this time is called Mabon. Mabon was celebrated in ancient times to give thanks and celebrate the second harvest of food for the year.
This time also marks the in between period between summer and winter where we are acknowledging both the balance between the light and the dark, the inner and the outer worlds.
Libra represents harmony and balance and rules the 7th house of the zodiac. The 7th house represents relationships, whether romantic, or friendship, or business partnership. We tend to associate the 7th house primarily with romantic relationships as its planetary ruler is Venus.
Besides harmony and love, Libra also represents justice and balance. Keeping the scales even. Our balance between light and dark is a part of this balance and Libra season beginning at the Autumn Equinox helps us to focus on keeping that balance within.
We can look at “light and dark” in literal terms as we move from longer days of sunshine into longer nights with Winter approaching, but we can also look at the symbolic significance of the light and dark in a spiritual sense. Light representing our outer expression and activity in the world, and dark representing our inner expression and retreat from the world.
When we reach the Autumn Equinox, and Libra season, we are smack dab in the middle of this time, and a lot of us begin to feel seasonal depression creep in. We feel slow, and sluggish, while also feeling the need to capture the energy we had maybe at the end of Spring or the beginning of Summer. The year is coming to a close and we may feel the need to grasp onto the self we feel we are moving away from.
Some of us welcome change, and are ok logically with the idea of moving into a new self, but not all of us know how to use the Winter period in a constructive way. So although we can recognize this is a time to accept change, our ideas of wanting to maintain momentum and the same sense of self interfere with the cyclic nature of Winter, which is a time for letting go. It gets darker, colder out, and slower. We begin to want to eat comfort foods and nest in our cocoon. For some this is a time when weight gain and over sleeping is inevitable. And this alone can cause depression or like we are not keeping up with our momentum we had from Summer.
In Ayurvedic health, moving with the seasons is acknowledged as something we must do to stay healthy. Our diet should change with the seasons, as well as our habits. To put a heavy expectation on ourselves that we need to stay in the same consistent routine year round is unrealistic to the way the natural process of things in this planet takes place. Nothing stays the same forever, and acknowledging this balance as a part of the cycle is crucial to living a fulfilling life.
Black Candle - represents the inner world ( Yin)
White Candle - represents the outer world ( Yang )
Orange or Yellow spell candles - represents Autumn and the harvest, abundance and bounty.
Frankincense or Sandalwood Incense
Citrine and or Tigers eye crystals
Labradorite and Clear Quartz
Copper offering- can use pennies
Blackberries or Blackberry juice for chalice - or you can substitute wine if you prefer
Nuts for an offering
Journal or Paper for writing
Rosemary Basil and Thyme for rolling spell candles in
Juniper for garnish on Altar
Set up Altar and cut apples. You will want to have an apple showing the star on the inside so you cut the apple horizontally rather than vertically. You also will want to hollow out some apples to put your spell candles in.
Make sure to roll your spell candles in the herbs you have chosen for your ritual. You can also place herbs in your apple and candle holders.
You can put the orange or yellow candle in the apple and the black and white candles in regular candle holders. You can sage your space before beginning, and also light all of your candles and incense.
Open your circle and use Demeter, Ceres, Brigid, or Cerridwyn as your Goddess for the harvest if you are sticking with traditional pagan goddesses.
Do Tarot spread included with this ritual and record your reading, reflect on how you can achieve more balance in your life and include some of these key points in your gratitude list that you will write in the next step.
Write a list of everything in your life you are grateful for. When you are done read this list aloud and thank your spirit guides and the cosmos for blessing these things into your life. This is not a time to ask for more, but to be thankful and honor what you have acquired in your life thus far. Place your gratitude list under your orange or yellow spell candle.
You may do a meditation and drink your juice/wine and eat your food after the main part of the ritual and meditation.
Use this time to reflect on everything in your life you are grateful for.
When you feel full and content close your circle and thank your guides once again.
The Autumn Equinox in ancient times was a time for celebration and sharing your abundance with your neighbor.
Moon in Cancer
Moon Void of Course 3:05 PM
With the Moon in Cancer, we could find ourselves needing to retreat and have a slower pace to our day. It may be hard to feel motivated and active self care throughout the day is advised. Take things slow and be kind to yourself. It is ok if your productivity level isn’t at its highest as you may benefit from caring and nurturing yourself in a softer way today. We could feel inclined to isolate ourselves from others but we may feel drawn to connecting with family members or those closest to us.
Because it is the Autumn Equinox with our Sun entering Libra as well, we may feel a need to establish some new energy in our space with a ritual honoring the day.
Strong Aspects During the Day PST
Sun enters Libra 12:51 AM
With our Sun in Libra over the next month, the emphasis on balance is enhanced over the days ahead and we may feel like we are beginning to retreat more into ourselves as we approach the winter months. This is a positive time for connecting the heart with the mind and finding ways to actively push ourselves into learning new things about how we relate to the world around us.
Moon Opposition Pluto RX in Capricorn 10:21 AM
We may feel a need for deep emotional reflection in the morning hours and we could find ourselves working through feelings from our past. It might be a time where we are letting go of certain dynamics we are having around our family.
Moon Sextile Mars in Virgo 3:05 PM
We could feel inspired to be more productive in the afternoon and there may be some things on our task list that we have a spark of energy to accomplish. Self care could come in the form of moving our bodies actively in a work out or cleaning/organizing an area of our home today.
Moon enters Leo
With the Moon in Leo, our need for connection and outside validation can be at an all time high. We often desire to connect with others in a romantic or exuberant way and we may find ourselves feeling insecure if we do not find the validation we are seeking. Rather than looking outside yourself for this, try looking within. Leo can fill its own heart if it is able to focus on practicing self love rather than seeking validation outside itself. Today is a