Autumn Equinox 2013 Update From Astrologer Laurie Baum

Laurie Baum

If you enjoy astrology, you will like this Autumn Equinox update written by my good friend Laurie Baum, MSW, a psychological astrologer and psychotherapist in practice in Encinitas, California.

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Laurie is a former newspaper and news magazine reporter who is profiled in the books Psychic New York and The 100 Top Psychics in America. She is the author of five books:

A to Z Acrophonology: Discover the Power of the Letters in Your Name

Everything You Need to Know About Your Astrology Sign

Whispers from the Cosmos

Sacred Mysteries of Egypt

Astrological Secrets for the New Millennium

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AUTUMN EQUINOX UPDATE

The Autumn Equinox, the day when the light of day is equal to the dark of night, arrives today, on Sunday, September 22. The days leading up to the Equinox provide an auspicious opportunity to use affirmations, meditation and prayer to focus on outcomes you would like to create in the coming season. The power of the changing angle of the sun intensifies the power of your thoughts, enabling you to make much spiritual, mental and material progress. It is a law of physics that light is most powerful when it bends, as it does at every Equinox and Solstice. Use this time to make progress in spheres of life that are important to you!

The final months of 2013 will bring an intensification of extremes. In relationships, partners will assert their individuality and demand more freedom as they simultaneously try to exert greater control over their own lives and the lives of the people around them. In business, entrepreneurs will try to give less and take more. In government, authorities will try to exercise their muscle but try to take less responsibility. Public interest groups will fight the system with greater fervor. While their efforts are aimed at bringing a higher order, they will initially create more chaos. When you try to go right, electromagnetic forces may pull you to the left, as we are in a contradictory time where few things end up being as they appear on the surface. Get ready to experience the power of paradox.

PLANETARY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FALL SEASON

September 20 * Saturn in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn — Governmental authority reaches too far; fringe elements fight back.

September 28 * Jupiter in mid-late Cancer sesquiquadrate Neptune Retrograde in Pisces — Despite obstacles, you must persist on a spiritual course.

October 4 * Saturn in Scorpio inconjunct Uranus Retrograde in Aries — Change feels uncomfortable but more adjustments are still needed.

October 18 * Lunar Eclipse — Visible at Moonrise (just after sunset) in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and most of Asia. The eclipse will disrupt diplomatic, governmental, and social relationships. New alignments will be found.

October 21 – November 10 * Mercury Retrograde — Slow down, relax, rest, renew, re-evaluate.

November 1 * Uranus Retrograde in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn — 4th of 7 such line-ups between June 2012 and March 2015 — Stunning technological advances are introduced. Revelations of previously hidden information abound. Change eventually ensues.

November 3 * Solar Eclipse — Visible at sunrise from the Eastern United States and northern South America, Southern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The eclipse will bring unexpected discoveries and revelations in human relationships, and will bring scientific discoveries about the relationship between the weather, Mother Earth, and human activities and thoughts.

December 12 * Jupiter Retrograde in Cancer trine Saturn in Scorpio — Governmental inaction gives way to action.

December 17 * Jupiter Retrograde in Cancer sesquiquadrate Neptune in Pisces — Continue on your spiritual path despite internal resistance.

December 21 * Venus Retrograde in Capricorn until January 31, 2014 — Connect with loved ones.


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YOUR PERSONAL ASTROLOGICAL STRATEGIES FOR THE AUTUMN SEASON

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ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
You will feel energized under the influence of your planetary ruler, Mars, in the fire sign of Leo from August 27 to October 15. Use this time to complete projects you began at your last birthday. You are an expert at initiating projects, but may drop the ball once you feel the excitement is gone. Contemplate the value of the project for which you laid the groundwork. Try to apply the finishing touches so this endeavor will be of enduring value to yourself and others. A little perseverance will provide long-term benefits. A lunar eclipse on October 18 will cause you to question your feelings in an important relationship. The lunar eclipse will be visible at moonrise (just after sunset) in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and most of Asia. Trust your intuition. But also wait at least six weeks before making a final decision. You are in a paradoxical situation where your efforts to get organized may initially create greater chaos. By allowing time to pass, a state of natural order may easily arrange itself. Allow the dust to settle before impulsively taking action.


TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
Loving Venus in your opposing sign of Scorpio from September 10 to October 7 will strengthen your ability to reach out to a previous opponent. Diplomatic solutions will serve you well under this planetary influence. These solutions will break an impasse that previously prevented you from moving forward to attain a precious goal. You may feel like asserting your power over an opponent from September 10 to October 7, but by experimenting with equitable solutions, you will achieve the success you seek. From December 21 to January 31, you will have another opportunity to review solutions to a longstanding stalemate. A solar eclipse in Scorpio on November 3 will help you get in touch with a buried aspect of your character. The solar eclipse will be visible at sunrise from the Eastern United States, northern South America, Southern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. This eclipse will bring you unexpected self-revelations. Once you connect with a deeper layer of your Self, you will understand your underlying motivations. From this, you will gain a greater ability to put yourself in the shoes of other people will be enhanced. Experiment with new ways of interacting with others. Your new level of empathy will soften opposition from others. You will have greater success with plans you have been trying to implement.


GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)
Your mind will be extraordinarily sharp under the influence of the communications planet Mercury in the precise sign of Virgo until September 9. Use this time to complete projects you began at your last birthday. This is a testing phase for the validity of your creative ideas. If something does not appear to be easily flowing , you may consider taking an alternative route. The energy is amply available for pursuing a new line of thinking at this time. You then will be able to catch up on outstanding projects from October 21 to November 10, when Mercury, planet of communications, turns retrograde. Mercury retrogrades four times a year for three weeks at a time. During each retrograde, Mercury appears to move backward from the perspective of Earth due to the elliptical shape of its orbit. Under this influence, communications and commerce slow down, giving people a chance to catch up and relax, renew, reevaluate, and reconfigure their plans. This celestial phenomenon exerts the greatest influence on Gemini because you draw your greatest energy from the motion of the fast-moving planet Mercury. Commerce and communications that were tangled under Mercury retrograde will straighten out after the completion of the retrograde period on November 10.


CANCER (June 22 – July 22)
Lucky Jupiter in Cancer until July 2014 will help you manifest your desires in your home and family relationships. This is a good time to clear your mind of past agendas and realistically use the resources in your present environment to create the living situation you desire. Many positive ideas will come to you during the late summer and early fall. Realistically consider the capacities of the people around you and transform a challenging situation into a blessing. You have the emotional tools to create positive circumstances in your life! Your most fortunate days in the coming season arrive under the influence of the Cancer Moon: September 26 to 28, October 23 to 25, November 20 to 22, and December 17 to 19. A lunar eclipse on October 18 will prompt you to re-examine a traditional system you have relied upon. An innovative organizational plan will work better than an old routine. A situation arises at the solar eclipse on November 3 that will require you to state your feelings clearly to break through a previous impasse.


LEO (July 23 – August 22)
The summer months are your time to shine as the days are longer and the sun is high in the sky. Like a plant, you move toward sunlight and thrive in its rays. Enjoy the waning days of summer by getting outside and absorbing the light of the sun. The positive energy that emanates from this star in the center of our solar system will brighten your attitude and increase your optimism. The presence of energizing Mars in Leo until October 15 will help you get your goals accomplished. A solar eclipse on November 3 will shake up a routine that is no longer working for you. You have matured beyond the need to hold onto this old pattern. You may be habitually repeating this worn-out regimen without question. Introspect upon all of your habitual personal routines and schedules. You may find there is a new—and better—way of doing the same things. This could pertain to what you eat or when you eat it, what you wear or how you wear it, what you think — or even when you think it. Try a new color, a new haircut, a new food, or a positive attitude when you get stuck in a I-can’t-do-it mode. You will find out you can do more—much more—than you previously imagined!


VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
You will experience a positive 52-day period starting on the day of your next birthday. This is the perfect time to implement a new idea, enter a new relationship, start a new work project, or implement a new health regimen. You will feel energized and optimistic under this month’s planetary alignment of the Sun in Virgo from August 22 to September 21 and Mercury, the communications planet, in Virgo until September 9. You will feel in sync with others and as if people are receptive to the ideas you have to contribute. Your social status is enhanced under these celestial patterns. The Autumn Equinox on September 22 represents the beginning of a new cycle for you, in which you will be able to manifest goals and ideas you have had in mind since your recent birthday. You have the greatest energy to tackle new projects for the first 7 weeks after your birthday. Use this time to dive into something you’re passionate about! Your greatest talents are in organizational work, writing, communications and networking, food preparation, cleaning, and in technical projects that require precision and accuracy.


LIBRA (September 23 – October 23)
The passage of the love planet, Venus, through Libra until September 10, will fortify your loving nature and impart great joy to you when you give to others. The entrance of the communications planet, Mercury, into Libra from September 9 to 29 will intensify your ability to clearly express yourself. You will receive hoped-for responses from others. The next two months will provide an advantageous opportunity to restore equality and balance to your relationships. You will have time to give to peole who need your assistance and you will be receptive to people who can give you what you need. Open your heart and hands to both giving and receiving. There is much positive benefits to the mutual exchange of energy with others in the coming months! A lunar eclipse on October 18 will shine a spotlight on a relationship that you have outgrown. Be mindful of how much energy you continue to invest in this relationship even as you try to maintain peace and harmony with this person. You seem to have endless resources when it comes to meeting the needs of others. But be aware of the necessity of meeting your own needs. It’s important to replenish yourself so you have energy to give to others.


SCORPIO (October 24 – November 21)
Your planetary ruler, Pluto, is highlighted this summer, brining you into the limelight more often than you are accustomed. You will be asked to speak up for others. And in the process, you will be faced with the decision as to whether to delve deeply into matters and dig up the truth or gloss over the surface to preserve peace and harmony. The answer will depend upon whether you have the energy to expend in search of the ultimate verities—because once you start an excavation, circumstances may line up to engage you to extreme levels. In other words, choose your battles. There will be many areas needing your attention in the fall season. Assign your priorities and let everything else fall away. A solar eclipse in Scorpio on November 3 will take you in a new life direction. There is something in your life that has already served its useful purpose and is ready to fall away. It’s not easy to let go. But once you do, you will experience the birth of a new Self, revealing your infinite depths. Some people stay on the surface of life. But you enjoy living life to its fullest, with its highs and lows. These extremes help you draw on the depth of your life force, which is well-developed through a broad range of experiences. Loving Venus in Scorpio from September 10 to October 7 will help you find a channel of expression for a deep passion. These feelings will find even greater expression when Mercury, planet of communications, traverses Scorpio from September 29 to December 4 (including Mercury retrograde from October 21 to November 10). This celestial transit will enable you to express something profound that you have kept hidden inside yourself.


SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
Like Scorpio, you may find yourself drawn into many quests for truth during the autumn season. Arrange your priorities so you can take care of the most important things first. You can only do so much at any one time. While you are not someone who turns away away opportunities, you must choose the opportunities for which you are best suited. This is a time when you may create unintended consequences from well-meaning actions. So, think through your plans in advance and proceed with caution until you are certain that you are receiving the response you have in mind. When you are sure circumstances are lining up in support of your vision, then push forward with your plans. If circumstances provide resistance, then it’s a signal that it is time to back off and pursue another avenue. Venus in Sagittarius from October 7 to November 5 will open your heart and enable you to give even more to others than you already give. Your accustomed generosity and good will always bring positive energy to you. The passage of Venus through Sagittarius will give you ample opportunity to gain good karma when you contribute to others’ well being. The more you give, the more you will receive in return.


CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
When facing a choice between following traditional rules and blazing a new path, seek a middle ground between both extremes. You are in a period that will polarize you to either overly vigilant action to impose rigid requirements on yourself and others or to relax your normal standards to the point that anything is acceptable. Practice even-handedness and avoid excess. If you exercise heavy-handed authority, your authoritative moves will boomerang back to you. But if you ignore the rules, disorder will ensue, and you won’t be happy with the resulting confusion. Balance and moderation are the keys to your happiness. Lucky Jupiter in your opposing sign of Cancer will bring new people and experiences into your life during the next year. It’s a good time to travel. But even if you stay close to home, good fortune will find you. Loving Venus will be in Capricorn for an extended period, from November 5 to March 5, 2014. This celestial transit will bring the cooperation of many people who will feel tremendous admiration of and respect for your gifts and talents. Venus will be retrograde in Capricorn from December 21, 2013 to January 31, 2014, and will bring someone from your past back into your life.


AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
The way is clear for you to express an unusual idea to a large group of your friends or acquaintances. You may be pulled into a public role. Consider whether you truly desire to be in a leadership position before you step into the spotlight. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, write your ideas in a forum where you won’t be identified or ask another person to present your ideas for you. You have much of value to say, but it is not clear that your physical presence is needed for your ideas to be heard. You may have more important things to do. So, consider carefully whether to take a private or public role. Either way, your ideas are of value. Your planetary ruler, Uranus, opposes the Libra Sun on Thursday, October 3, bringing you new insights and revolutionary new ideas to implement in the fall season. Expect to alter existing plans and thereby, re-define your life direction. You have been contemplating a course correction for many months. This is a good time to take positive action. When Uranus opposes energetic Mars on Christmas Day, you will experience another unexpected change. If you, or people around you, suddenly reverse direction, the new course will prove to be beneficial for you. Even though the modification may be challenging, if you approach the situation with your usual equanimity, you will learn much about your inner strength during the months ahead.


PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
As a sensitive water sign, you may feel more emotional than usual under a line-up of Jupiter (luck), Saturn (discipline), and Neptune (spirituality) in the water signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. While the effects of this planetary alignment are subtle, you may feel excessively reactive to feelings in yourself or others. You may experience a more-active-than-normal dream life. Or you may feel a strong desire to escape the responsibilities of everyday reality. These are normal reactions to the pressure of the watery realms on your sensitive psyche. Protect yourself by arranging extra time for solitude, reflection, meditation, deep breathing, and contemplation. Warm baths and soft music also are an excellent anti-dote to the emotional stress you may be feeling. The autumn season also will help you deepen your understanding of a spiritual philosophy. This is a good time to delve into books you’ve had sitting on your shelf (or on you iPad) and take some quiet time to absorb a new view of the world. Quiet music in the background will help you best absorb this new perspective on life. Do yoga or stretching exercises to feel grounded if your mind becomes too diffused or expanded. Or experiment with meditation to channel the spiritual energy you are experiencing through the higher energy centers in your body.


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