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Equinox 22 September with Mercury Direct

equinoxThe bi-annual Equinox is a time – as the name implies – of equal night and day, when the Sun is directly overhead at the equator and the globe is bathed, both south and north, in sunlight of equal measure. For a moment the entire world is equal before the Sun. Astrologically we are at a halfway point in the Tropical Zodiac, and the seventh sign can begin to shine. It must be more than just a coincidence that this time of balance is the start of the month of Libra, symbolised by the scales, who weigh in the balance light and dark, good and bad, conscious and unconscious.

Certainly this is a day when we can take a moment, one of two in the year, to find ourselves at the centre, in the middle of the cycle, and appreciate the harmonious balance achievable in our lives when we see the past in relation to the future, while tapping into the now. The past is history and the future’s a mystery, so seize the moment like the present that it is. This fleeting point in the cycle, half way between winter and summer, is traditionally celebrated in ancient cultures with ceremony or festivities. It is a time to reflect on where we have been and where we are going. It is an opportunity to seek balance within ourselves, find harmony in that balance, and compose ourselves for the next half of the cycle that ends in six months from now at the next equinox, which happens to be the start of the Tropical Zodiacal year once again.

Even more opportune on this equinox day coincidentally is the simultaneous Mercury statioequinoxn Direct, when the thrice annual Mercury retrograde ends and for a day Mercury remains stationary from our point of view, before starting to move forward once again through the Zodiac. This is considered to be the best or most fortunate day in the journey of Mercury, when the doors of opportunity are opened, and the sale of the season is upon us, so to speak.
That gives two independent reasons to celebrate on this equinox day of 22 September 2016, both of which will benefit those who perform their meditations, rituals or ceremonies with intent to invoke the peace and harmony that comes from a place of balance and centredness. So grab the opportunity to change the world, starting with yourself.

For example Chichen Itza in Mexico is just such a place, amongst others on the globe, where seekers and travellers will congregate at the Mayan step pyramid called El Castillo on this equinox evening to watch the Sun align with the architecture of the astronomical observatory and temple, as it does only at these specific days, due to the ancient wisdom of its builders and priests millennia ago. So these equinox days have been observed for aeons by our ancestors and harnessed for sacred events in the annual calendar. Of course in the spiritual state of consciousness, time is conspicuous by its absence, but in the material world in which we live, timing is everything. And the equinox is the time to observe the balance within and without. Similarly the day of Mercury’s Station Direct is the time to link up, via your inner or outer agent, guide or go-between, to the absolute truth, the ultimate cause of all causes, the crowning glory of your life.equinox

The Sun’s entrance into Libra on the 22nd of September 2016 will bring it to within two degrees of Jupiter, already in Libra since earlier this month, and thus within orb of conjunction. The actual Sun – Jupiter conjunction becomes exact on the 26th a few days later, but already its influence can be considered active, lasting until the end of the month, more or less. So for the coming week Jupiter will be invisible, literally on the other side of the Sun to us in our solar system. This alignment with jovial Jupiter symbolizes a time of potential confidence and optimism for all, which is great if your self-esteem needs a boost. The opportunity is there to remember that you are part of something greater than yourself, whether a cause, or even the global human race, that we are all in this together. When the equinox Sun shines, it shines on the house of the saint and the sinner alike. No one is more or less worthy than any other to receive the benedicting rays of life. Similarly opportunity or fated lucky breaks are available to all during this week. Sometimes lack of confidence, lack of self worth or just blind pessimism or melancholy prevent us from seeing the opportunity present before us. So take a boost to the confidence, feel empowered, worthy of blessings and be happy as a result.

Of course if you are already over inflated with egotism, pride or greed, you may be pushed even further in that direction, so remember to keep it real. Even those who feel they can reach for the heavens still need to keep their feet on the ground. Nevertheless generosity of heart and spirit should be available, as well as faith in a higher power, where religious studies, broadened horizons and enlightened morals are there to be tapped by all who can remember their true nature and the real meaning of life. equinoxIf Jupiter over inflates your ego, then by all means let it take you higher, for as you fly so will your bubble be burst as it reaches the refined atmosphere up above. Sometimes coming into contact with Jupiter, or guru, can lead us to feeling as if we, having basked in that radiance, are ourselves as elevated, by dint of shadow association, yet such inflation is an illusion setting us up to fall back to earth with a bump. Just ask Icarus. Similarly when we open up the ego to too much psychic contents from the collective unconscious, we can also go mad with the overload. So this is a fine moment in time to remember our noble heritage as spirit soul, but remember too that all are of that same ancestry, all carry the highest divinity within them, just as all may come before the Sun and bathe in its radiance, equally blessed or equally burned.

Source: https://julescape.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/equinox-22-september-with-mercury-direct/

EQ at the Equinox

Astrology Equinox This immanent bi-annual Equinox is a fired up occasion with Sun and Moon in Fire signs, as well as Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius. Ultimately it’s a balanced time, with equal day and night, a junction between seasons, between signs, between old and new cycles of the tropical zodiac. It is one of two times in the year when the entire planet has the same length of day and night. The music of the spheres momentarily synchronises in beat for all of us.

Of course some are coming out of a cold winter and others are approaching one. But still we all meet at the same bridge, the same junction and get to see ourselves in an equal light to everyone else, to see where we stand, how we compare, to others as well as to our former selves this time last year. Looking in the mirror, whether on the wall or in the eyes of our fellow humans, can sometimes be revealing, in fact can be, for some, the only insightful moment on the journey. Especially if our blind spot is bigger than we realize. At this time of balance we can take the opportunity to refresh our vision as equals among equals, one humanity, under one Sun and one Moon. Keeping that vision facilitates the philosophy of “Do unto others…” which is a good one by anyone’s book.

No longer is it enough just to be smart, well-researched in your field, or have many years of experience behind us. Nowadays, in order to survive, we also need to master the skills of our human social interactions. This may more familiarly be labelled your emotional intelligence, your EQ as opposed to your IQ, your social etiquette. This is the true secret to success. And I don’t just mean being nice. Sometimes not being nice is the more helpful behaviour in certain situations. Also emotional intelligence is not just being in touch with and giving free reign to the feelings. It’s more about managing the feelings so that they are expressed effectively, enabling people to work smoothly in tandem toward common goals. Also women are not necessarily smarter than men when it comes to social etiquette or emotional intelligence. Nor are men superior to women. Each has certain strengths and weaknesses of course. Some may be more empathetic but struggle to handle their own stress. Others are very sensitive to subtleties, yet struggle socially. There are many nuances to character, despite the obvious gender stereotypes. On top of that, social intelligence is not genetically fixed. Anyone can learn it and become My Fair Lady. In fact we should all be constantly learning, improving and revising our emotional intelligence. And there experience should be our greatest teacher.

So at this time of equal day and night, we can review just how balanced we are within ourselves, in our eating, sleeping, work and recreation. Every year is different and as the years go by some skills no longer suffice, while others become necessary. Although not as crucial in the seventies or eighties for example, nowadays qualities like team building and adapting to change become more valuable. In the old days you just needed to be educated but lately even the college graduate struggles to keep a job, if s/he can find one in the first place. Technical Merit is not enough to actually thrive, multiple skills and versatility are just as – if not more – important today. Social skills really complete the package of success.

In the past hundred years the average IQ has climbed by 24 points, particularly in developed countries, of course, like where you probably are if you are reading this. This is because of better nutrition, more kids finishing schooling, and the computer age. However, a dangerous paradox has arisen in that while the IQ rises, the EQ or emotional intelligence is on the decline. We are basically more emotionally troubled in the modern world. That means more lonely, depressed, angry, unruly, worried, impulsive or aggressive. And this is worldwide. The times are not improving and kids are growing up in a crowded uncertain world, more so than ever before.

Here are some tips on skills to cultivate, what it means to have emotional intelligence: can you take criticism, can you listen and hear receptively, are you adaptable or creative in response to setbacks or obstacles, do you have confidence, are you motivated or goal-driven and can you work in a group, or even lead an organization? These are the skills required of you nowadays if you want to really succeed in the world. Even a reclusive monk has to manage a monastery or department thereof. Once you master the basics of emotional intelligence, you begin to display emotional competence, which at its heart has empathy – reading others’ feelings – and social skill – handling those feelings artfully.

So at this time of the Equinox, let’s take the opportunity to reflect within and without, and see if our own personal self -awareness, self -regulation and motivation is up to standard, while also constantly refining our empathy and social etiquette. Succeed in those spheres and it won’t matter too much of your technical skills are lacking at all. Even a great leader is simply a greater servant of his people. May you be blessed with balance as you master your service at this Equinox time.