scales and claws

The Sun went into the sign of Libra yesterday, marking the equinox, the time of equal day and night. In the northern hemisphere we are going into Autumn, in the southern hemisphere it’s heading for Spring. This is a time of accelerating change in the heavens as the days now shrink (or grow) ever faster. But on earth where we are, it is peaceful, and it does indeed feel balanced, a golden, and sometimes grey, no man’s land with a timeless quality. The trees in our street are shedding more and more leaves, but they still look full. It’s getting that enchanted inbetween quality that Autumn will pour into an exuberant dance of decay and rest.

Apparently the ancient Greeks considered the sky location of Libra to be the claws of the constellation Scorpio,  while the Roman’s put Libra’s scales into the hands of the preceding sign of Virgo. The Babylonians called it “the balance of heaven”. It is the only inanimate object among the zodiac symbols, and is ruled by Venus, and it brings Summer to an end, not with a bang, but with measure and consideration, which seems to go along with Saturn, the planet of time, caution and work, being “exalted” in the sign of Libra.

We find this a good time to look back and rid yourself of what you do not want, and also look forward to build on what you have accrued, and what you do intend to bring into your life.

We are just at the top of the hill, on the gentle tilt that will take us down for the ride we choose, and also away from anything we might want to get rid of. Six of one, half a dozen of the other. Board for the ride that you want.

By Drawing: Anna Maria Wernerin († 17539; Engraving: Christian Friedrich Boetius (1706-1782) (http://digitool.bibnat.ro:8881) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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