Written by Sherrie Locke on 2 Tzi’kin, September 2014.
As I sit here contemplating the upcoming change of element and entry into the Sun sign Libra in Western astrology, I can’t help but look at all the changes and, in many cases, discomfort the culmination of this cycle has brought forth. Many longstanding relationships have ended. The ones that have survived are being radially revamped. Family dynamics abound, be it in the same house, on another continent or in our heads.
This is processing folks, in all its glory. And as I have been continually stating, let go of what no longer serves you. Sometimes the things we need to let go of the most are the hardest to stop, like worrying.
The energies of this time are amplified by the Pluto station. This will all start to shift in the next week or so as the great change maker Pluto starts to move forward again, however so slowly…it is still forward progress.
The Week of the Fall Equinox
So here’s the rundown for the upcoming week…
From the exact time of the equinox change of elements, we will have approximately 26 hours to adjust to the new energy (during which time Pluto does its forward thing) before the New Moon occurs at 1 degree Libra 8 minutes. This equates to 10:29 PM EST, 7:29 PM PST, or 8:29 PM for us here in Guatemala. Remember, the equinox is a four-minute event, so try to sit still in meditation for the entry of the new element. I usually have a feast after the equinox, so for me the feast will be on Tuesday. On the heels of the elemental shift that occurs on a late fourth quarter lunar phase, we will experience Pluto going direct. Pluto goes direct on Monday at 8:36 PM EST, right before the Equinox event, but we won’t feel it immediately since Pluto moves so S L O W L Y. But we will certainly feel it over the following few days.
Next Tuesday night (September 23): Wednesday morning for some people. At 2:14 AM EST the Moon moves into Libra (in Western astrology) and grants us a NEW MOON. The time of the New Moon on the West Coast is 11:14 PM, just after midnight for us here in Guatemala. Fasten your seat belts for this one. So when we awaken on Wednesday, we will be in store for some markedly different energies wherever you are on the globe.
The End of the Elemental Cycle
When we reach the end of an elemental cycle and it occurs on a fourth quarter lunar phase, we have what might be considered a double “letting go cycle.” What came up to be processed and let go from this last lunar phase? Also, what was the theme of this last elemental cycle (three months) in your life?
It doesn’t do any good to put up walls or draw another line in the sand. This energy is to dispel that line and EXPAND. This can be a good time of bringing a chapter to a close, to put a lingering health issue to rest, to stop for a bit and take a deep breath. It is a good time to make space for something new, be it getting rid of old unused things, getting out of a challenging relationship, or separating from a difficult business partner.
When we really do let go, not just a show of effort but really let go and make space, that space can be filled very quickly with what we DO want. We must stop focusing on the bitter lemon and what we do not want. This can be tricky, since there’s been a lot of that showing up to get us to recognize “what” needs to shift. I feel that most of us are clear on that point by now.
Keep working on your health and wellbeing. Above all — this is important: whether you are seeing current results or not, don’t give up on you! If you are really doing this, you will have little time to micromanage the events of your life and certainly will have no time to attempt the micromanagement of others’ lives. If you want to do something for someone, try being nice or offering assistance of some kind. Sometimes it might be as simple as taking out the trash. Do what you need to do and step back and look at the bigger picture. Is your trajectory aimed at where you want to go? This question is super-important at this juncture.
What do you want for yourself and how does that affect others, the world? If it’s good for you, for everyone concerned and everything on the planet, then you are on the right track. You gotta start somewhere, so begin with you.
This next New Moon is very powerful, even though it does not culminate with a Super Moon as the last three lunar phases have. So you see, in a way, we have had a triple ramp up in this last elemental cycle, and the forward progress we are afforded at this coming new moon is exceptional. Make the best of it!
Stay tuned in, turned on and passionate about your goals. The time to get going is at hand.
For information about Mabon, the Autumnal Equinox, see this link: Fall Equinox.