Some food for thought harvested from different parts of the web about today's Autumn Equinox (September 22) and the coinciding (ie, synchronising!) first quarter moon:
1. 'Also called Mabon or the late harvest festival, [the Autumn Equinox] is celebrated when day and night are of equal length. It is a time of balance before the descent into the darkness of winter and a time to take stock of the fruits of the harvest - whether they are real fruit and vegetables you have grown yourself, or things you have achieved in your life since the start of the year.'
2. 'This is an excellent time for looking at what has ended and what is emerging. We.. are reaping the harvest of what we've done and not done... [It is] the time to transfigure our future into more perfect forms.. The next 13 weeks do promise some kind of “unusual good luck” through facilitating cooperation between the visible and invisible parts of our life.'
3. 'This is a poignant and a potent time, when we must face up - as we have all this spring and summer - to the necessity for some things near and dear to us to be irrevocably lost in order that we might be empowered to move on with our lives. The acceptance that change is really happening is the best preparation that we can make, and the best gift that we can give ourselves, as we continue to transform. The Sun's Sabian symbol as it moves into Libra is telling: A butterfly made perfect by a dart through it. For this symbol Marc Edmond Jones has the key phrase "whole-souled focus of character" - and needless to add, transformation.
The Sabian symbol of the Moon in square is also very symbolic as we turn toward the gradual absence of ordinary light represented by this season: An Indian chief claims recognition. We might think of this symbol as a return to natural law in an important replacement for modernity and its tendency to mental abstraction that can often lead us astray.'