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Week of September 26th, - October 2nd, 2008

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Autumn Winds
by Carol Phipps

  Last Monday at 11:44 AM the Sun bestrode the Earth's equator, dividing the twenty-four hours of the day in half, with precisely twelve hours of daylight and twelve hours of darkness. This celestial highlight signals the start of Fall, and the beginning of the Sun's passage through the sign Libra.

  The Sun is said to be in detriment in Libra. When the Sun enters Aries in the Spring, our ritual celebration is Easter, when Light triumphs over Darkness as the days growing longer. Conversely, when the Sun enters Libra, the balance has been struck. Daylight begins to lose ground to the darkness, as we slowly move towards the Winter Solstice and the longest night of the year.

  The Sun is losing its power.

  Libra is the one sign of the zodiac which is not a living representative. All of the other signs are either animals or human, animate objects. Libra is an inanimate object, recognized today as the symbol for justice in the scales. Naturally, the scales are representative of balance, with day and night finding themselves perfectly poised. This is sometimes depicted symbolically as the Sun on one scale and the Moon on the other. Naturally, this has nothing to do with their physical weight or actual size. While the Sun passes through Virgo over the last month, the emphasis has been to strive for perfection. As the Sun leaves Virgo and enters Libra, it is as though that perfection has been achieved in a perfect balance.

  Mission accomplished.

Scales of Justice

Libra's scales of justice

  With balance as their keynote, as people Libras have an ingrained love of justice, peace and harmony. They are usually courteous, pleasant, and agreeable. Venus is the ruler of Libra, and balance and justice are what they seek. When circumstances are harmonized, when people can be drawn together in a successful social enterprise, Libras are happiest. Libras are generally affectionate and attuned to their surroundings.

  The symbol of the Sun is a circle with a dot in the center. The Sun represents our heart, power and life itself. The dot in the center indicates that this spark comes from the inside; our power lies within.

  Because Libra's mainstay is harmonizing with others, the internal power of the Sun must reach out and attempt to soothe the situation, offering advice (Libra is an air sign ruling communications), counsel, or even a soft shoulder. The problem with this strategy is, do you know how many 'others' are out there in need of harmonizing? The Libra keeps going within to give of themselves to others. After a while this depletes their reserves and power.

  As a sign, Aries are only interested in themselves. Their Sun Sign has only one master to serve and can therefore be very focused about what they want to do. Libra can attempt to put everyone else before themselves, or at least even with themselves. Like the growing darkness, their energy can become depleted.

  Nevertheless, in a cooperative society, this is the sign of refined culture, part of the domain of Venus, the ruler of Libra. Natural peacemakers, these people are beautiful or handsome, charming and generally enjoyable to be with. Partnerships are very important to them, and just sitting with them on an early autumn evening, holding hands and listening to music is something they love to do.


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