Autumn Equinox September 23rd 2023 – a time to reflect, analyse, plan and let go

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1.1What is the Autumnal Equinox? What is the exact time of the autumn equinox?

At the autumnal Equinox, the Sun shines directly on the Equator.

The northern and southern hemispheres get the same amount of rays, meaning the day and night are exactly the same length.

This year on September 23rd 2022, the exact Equinox takes place at 1:04 AM UK/ GMT time and 9:04 PM eastern time-USA.

“On the path of awakening and in this journey of life, you are the beginning and the end of your own centre. Turn within to find your inner wisdom, using the external as a reference point, yet do not let it, nor anyone be your master.”

1.2. What does Equinox mean? What is special about autumn equinox?

The meaning of the Equinox: typically, the Earth spins tilted on an axis as it orbits the Sun.

However, at the time of the spring and autumn equinox, The Earth is neither moving to nor away from the Sun.

Let’s say the Earth is floating in the exact middle of the space between the Sun and the Earth.

The autumn equinox is unique because the day and night are equal everywhere on Earth, so there are 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark.

Esoterically speaking, the masculine and feminine energies, which are active and reactive vibrations of the sphere, are all in balance.

The word Equinox is derived from the Latin words for Equal -Aequus and Night- Nox.

Equinoxes happen twice a year; in the spring and the autumn, the Sun is directly above the Equator and day and night are of equal length.

Also, the Equinox is when the ecliptic (the pathway of the Sun) and the celestial equator meet- crisscross.

After the Autumn Equinox, the northern hemisphere of the Earth begins to move away from the Sun on a tilt, making the days shorter than the nights.

When the winter solstice happens on December 21st, the days begin to become longer again

What does the autumn Equinox mean in astrology?
What is special about autumn equinox?
1.3. Why is the autumn equinox important?

For farmers and all those involved in agriculture, the autumn equinox marks the end of summer and the period before the winter solstice.

In ancient societies, the equinox and solstice movements helped them track when to plant and stop certain crops and when to water and take care of the land.

Astronomically, the autumn equinox changes the direction of the Sun’s rays on Earth.


The Sun will shine more on the southern part of the hemisphere and follow a southward path until December 21st, the day of the winter solstice, when the Sun turns northward again.

The temperature will fall in the northern hemisphere and get warmer in the southern hemisphere.

1.4. What does Equinox mean in astrology?

On the astrological level, the signs on which the spring and autumn equinoxes fall in western astrology are both cardinal.

Aries is the sign of the spring euinox, and libra marks the beginning of the autumn equinox.

In Vedic/ constellational astrology, the zodiac signs the spring and autumn equinox falls on are mutable Pisces and Virgo, supporting you in being imaginative and conscientious.

Showing that flexibility, self-analysis, and practical action are needed to bring about transformation.

Astrologically it is the time that you ask yourself do I keep going on the path I am on, or do I need to change direction?

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1.5. Is autumn 2022 the same as fall 2022?

Yes, autumn and fall are the same seasons.

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What does the Equinox mean spiritually?
1.6 The astrology of the autumn equinox 2022

The Sun is in the 6th degree of Virgo at the time of the Equinox. The tagline for this symbol is a merry-go-round.

An interpretation of this symbol is that we can gain mastery over ourselves by releasing the things we no longer need to enable personal growth.

We do this by taking an objective look at our lives.


Allowing ourselves to grow, being honest and awakening to new experiences, and taking time to heal our past to move on from it.

Fixed, mutable, and earth energy is the strongest at the time of this autumn equinox.

Providing the supremacy to take decisive action to make your life better.

The determination to succeed is given, so if you want to transform, you have the planetary support to do so.

The power of focus, stability, and resoluteness in thought and action, to work for long periods of time in intervals to reach your goals and act dignified, is given.

1.7 Change for the better

As we know, we humans can resist change. You may have to have some difficult conversations if you decide to let some relationships go during this time.

Yet the control to be calm and get your point across effectively is given.

If you’re willing to keep trying, results can be achieved slowly but surely.

Yet watch out for being too stubborn and egotistical, especially if someone genuinely tries to help you.

Listen to their suggestions, and Allow others to have their say and grow too.

However, the mutable mode of expression is also strong at the time of the Equinox, providing you with the tools to be flexible, resourceful, sympathetic and intuitive.

Does autumn equinox affect mood?
Does autumn equinox affect mood?
1.8 Peddle to the metal at the time of the autumn equinox on September 23rd 2022

The earth element is also strongest at the time of the autumn equinox 2022 on September 23rd, allowing for conservative spending and conservation of other resources.

Earth energy is sensual, allowing for self-compassion and love.


The Sun also conjuncts Mercury and Venus, opposes Jupiter and Neptune and makes a trine to Pluto at the time of the autumn equinox.

The Sun’s conjunction with mercury allows for long periods of research and to use your willpower to overcome challenges. 

Still, you must watch out for making one-sided judgements, so make sure you take your time in your self-reflection.

Making sure you weigh up the pros and cons of the past 9 months of 2022 and be honest in your evaluations.

The Sun’s conjunct Venus energy is not at its strongest yet. 

It will be exact on October 19th. Still, this conjunction is what astrologers call applying at Venus is in the 27th degree of Leo, and the Sun is at the 6th degree on Virgo.

This transit signifies that they may be some disappointment in intimate relationships, and people can be easily hurt.

Due to events or decisions that will have to be made at the time of the autumn equinox, this influence provides the affection and charm needed to get through the hard times.

1.9 Creativity saves your day

Sun conjuncts Venus supports the creative resolution of issues and artistic expression. 

You can continue or start a long-term creative project that will pay off in the long term.

Spiritually the union of your subconscious and conscious minds that is needed so that you can feel fulfilled can be started right now.


And if you follow through, the attempts to heal your psychological, emotional and spiritual wounds can be followed through right now.

For some of you, a new relationship may start that can be very fulfilling for your personal growth and lifelong progress.

The Sun’s opposition to Jupiter can make you blow things out of proportion, so make sure you are gentle on yourself if you have not achieved as much as you wanted.

Yet use this energy to make a new plan forward rather than live in regret of time that has been lost. It is gone now; you can never get it back.

But you can make the most of the time you have left, do your best to be balanced and avoid becoming too obsessive.

During the next 3 months, take time to relax and stay focused on your ambitions. 

The Sun’s opposition to Neptune at the time of this Equinox warns you to not let other people tell you how to live your life.

You may have to make some hard choices, to get what you really want and become your authentic self. Inner conflict will happen. Still, you must follow your dreams and do all you can to reach your highest potential for this lifetime.

2.0 Please yourself

You cannot please all the people all the time. Remember this, do all you can to have confidence in yourself.

 Seek out the help of a professional counsellor, life coach or anyone else who can help you follow through on your plans for change.

Sun opposition Neptune warns you to not get lost in other people and to spend some time on yourself.

So, you can find out who you are on all emotional, spiritual and psychological -intellectual levels.


Avoid lying to yourself and others. 

Although it will be hard to face the truth, avoid numbing yourself in intoxicating substances or self-destructive behaviour to avoid facing your internal pain.

Fear can be intense at this time, and imaginations can run wild; doing something creative can help you work through your psychological suffering and do all you can to stay grounded in reality.

Journaling can help you understand your thoughts; the Sun’s trine to Pluto supports drastic transformation.

Allowing you to quickly weigh up the pros and cons of any past or future action.

Seeing past the veils of conformity and living up to other people’s expectations.

The Sun’s opposition to Neptune gives you the energy and efficiency needed to deal with any intense emotions and situations that may come up during the autumn season.

The sun trine Pluto energy gives you the power to become obsessive about your self-improvement; whatever you put your action to right now can bring you long-term rewards.

Allowing you to feel more in touch with the side of you that wants to grow on the physical, emotional, spiritual or psychological levels,

Stilling the mind, thinking in different ways, or mediation can give positive insight into how to solve any problems you may be facing.

There can be an extreme and intense increase in taking positive, helpful and creative action to make advancements in your personal, career or relationship development.

The autumn equinox on September 23rd 2022, is the perfect time to reflect on your past experiences, or you may start to use an item.

Personality traits or something else you have not used for a while to help you develop as an individual.

Using the past to create a better future for yourself.

2.1 What is autumn spiritually?

Autumn is the time to reflect on and release past hurts and appreciate the beauty of your life and the world we live in. It can be hard to give thanks and see the world’s attractiveness. Still, it is there if you look for it.

Autumn represents the transition from summer into the colder months. Autumn is the season of change, from the leaves falling from trees. 

To the slowing up picnics in the park, wearing lighter clothing and socialising in the gardens of pubs, restaurants and other public spaces. Autumn is the season when the need to become warmer, by wearing heavier clothes and staying indoors becomes a necessity

2.2 Destruct to reconstruct

Autumn is the time of making choices, letting go, and accepting the things you need to change. 

Although it may be painful, nevertheless, the branches of the trees lose their leaves.

The tree knows new ones will take their place once, renewal will come, and new growth will make leaves blossom again.

in this vein, the autumn seasons show us to let go of the things that no longer serve our purpose, so we can allow new ideas, people and experiences to come into our lives.

2.3 What does the Autumn Equinox Symbolise?
Giving thanks for what you have, even if you don’t have all you want.

The autumn equinox is a time to give gratitude for all you have and to prepare for the final harvest from the seeds- ideas- actions.

You started in the spring and summer, getting ready for the death- decay- endings- shedding and rebirth of the winter.

The autumn equinox is the time to reap the rewards of your action or inaction; esoterically, the autumn equinox signals to you on the individual level to conserve your energy, regathering your strength for the winter season.

To the slowing up picnics in the park, wearing lighter clothing and socialising in the gardens of pubs, restaurants and other public spaces. Autumn is the season when the need to become warmer, by wearing heavier clothes and staying indoors becomes a necessity

Some questions to reflect on

  1. What do you pay attention to?
  2. Are you working towards your goals? 
  3. What things or people do you need to give up so that you can focus on being the best you can be?
  4. Do you need to redefine your goals? In what ways are you growing, in what ways are you stagnating- stuck in a rut- not moving?

Now is the time to start to save, prepare for the winter- the drought, and partake in self-care.

To start to think about or start or continue the work of healing your emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds. Protecting your energy and resources. 

Allowing yourself to let go of ideas and relationships that are no longer working.

2.4 Compost your life

At times it’s not about letting go of our visions-ambitions and relationships completely.

 For some of you, like a phone, you may just need to upgrade your plans and connections with other people.

Recycling the past, like a farmer or gardener who prepares compost to fertilise their soil.


Now is the time to allow your mind and life to be cleansed to have a clear out.

So that your imagination can give you innovative and creative visions.

Now is the time to mature your way of thinking and make some firm progress in your life.

Like a fine aged cheese or wine, the autumn equinox is a time of coming of age.

On the spiritual level, some of you, especially those working on or starting their spiritual evolution, will go through many subtle inner changes.

Or the results of the changes that have been going on within you from spring may begin to be materially visible now.

It may seem like a sudden awakening to you, yet it is a cumulation of all the prevision work you have been doing through the previous seasons.

Continuing to allow your mind- conscious- subconscious- body- ethereally and physical- soul- spirit to work in unison.

So, your masculine and feminine sides can become 1.

Giving into the wisdom of the ancients, who lived life by the cycles of nature, letting yourself become all you want to be.

In summary

  • You will reap what you have sowed
  • Reflecting on how your hard work or lack of it has affected your life
  • Checking the progress of your personal, spiritual, career, exercise and all other goals
  • Asking yourself what no longer serves you and what you need to let go of. 
2.5 What rituals and actions should I take in the 3 months following the autumn equinox?

Now is the time to get real. If you need to grieve for the things you have not achieved, do so, but do not wallow in self-pity, easier said than done, I know. 

Although you may not have achieved all you want, give yourself praise for what you have done, and know they are listens to be learned in action and inaction.

If you have smashed all your goals, well done you. Now get to setting new goals.

At the time of the autumn equinox, it’s a perfect time to get to know yourself on all levels doing all you can to express your authentic self, taking it step by step, day by day.

The spring equinox is when nature starts to shed its leaves, and the branches of some trees become barren, awaiting the frost of the winter, which will lead them to the spring of renewal.

2.6 Give thanks and praise -The autumn equinox continued

Giving gratitude to life itself and anything or anyone you hold dear.

Taking some time to reconnect with your own life force and nature, and allowing your consciousness to grow. 

Expanding the perceptions and beliefs you have come to see as true, asking yourself, is what I value my values or those I have been told to value?

An individual’s values should come from in-depth analysis or an inner awakening.

Based on their own evaluations of the information they have been told and what they research, not those they have been indoctrinated with, now is the time to reap abundance and to set the intention to manifest more success and stability into your life.

 Allow yourself to grow 

2.7 Rituals to carry out on the autumn equinox

Some people like to write the things they want to let go of on pieces of paper and burn them.

Others like to meditate or write in a journal, take long baths, and listen to chilled, ambient or any other music that allows you to flow into the start of inspiration and creativity.

Do whatever feels right for you, doing all you can to reflect on your past so you can begin to enjoy more of the present moment.

If you choose to meditate or practice mindfulness, you may find it helpful to write down the thoughts that come up.

Because these can provide insight into the things that are causing you the most stress and anxiety.

Bringing to your attention what you need to focus on letting go of over the next 3-12 months, the autumn equinox is all about reflecting.

2.8 Find your inner balance, doing all you can to fill your inner void

Seeking balance, finding ways to understand, heal, accept and manage your emotional, spiritual and psychological instability.

You may find it helpful to write down or voice record any intuitive promptings or anything that sticks with you from TV or online shows, songs, conversations with others, etc.

Any information that piques your interest and grabs your attention during the autumn equinox season may be the seeds of new ideas.

That you need to geminate- take action so you can bring them into your reality, working daily to bring your visions into form.


Some questions you may want to ask during the autumn equinox season 

  • What can I do to reach my goals?
  • Am I living to my authentic standards or others’ expectations? 
  • Am I connecting with the right people? 
  • Am I staying in an intimate relationship to get away from facing myself? 
  • Am I spending too much time on distracting behaviours? 
  • Do I really like my career? 
  • How can I overcome my adversities?  
  • Do I take responsibility for my life? 
  • What are my real dreams and ambitions?
  • How can I make the time to work towards my authentic goals?
  • Am I connected to my inner child?
  • What is my inner child? 
  • How can I heal my inner child’s wounds?
  • How do I escape reality? 
  • How can I take steps to be more present?
  • What are my relationship goals?
  • What are my financial goals?
  • How can I save more money, time, energy and all other resources?
  • What do I need to let go off or do more off to feel more secure?
  • What are my expectations for my life- how can I reach them?
  • How can I become more secure within myself?
  • How can I have more respect, love, understanding, awareness, forgiveness and compassion for myself and others?
2.9 How do you honour the Autumn Equinox?

The autumn Equinox is a time to seek more solitude and pay attention to your inner life- your emotions and thoughts.

You may spend more time inside, cleansing your space, rearranging your home, and bringing more peace into your life.

This is a time of inner cleansing and release, reflecting and prospecting. What is it you really want out of your life?

Yes, a lot of time may have gone, and you may have wasted some of it. 

Yet, reflecting on your past experiences, how can you make them valuable in your present? 

What life lessons have you learned? Maybe you could write a book or start a blog? 

How can you make the invaluable in your life valuable? Is a key thought for the autumn equinox season to answer and make a plan to make what you may see as a waste of time profitable to you.

How can I finally become all I really want to be?

 Is another thought for you to ponder- think on, allowing yourself to shed, let go and prepare for the coming spring emotionally, spiritually, physically and psychologically.

A healthy detox of the mind, body and soul can bring you into alignment with your authentic self.

Allowing yourself to let go of the toxicity that may have built up in your psyche and body over the past 6 months.

Know there is no need to go to extremes, take things slow, write and detailed plan and follow it, and if you fail, as you will many times, get back up after each fall.

3.0 Some more ways you can celebrate/ acknowledge the autumn equinox
  • Make a detailed list of what you are thankful for, and do something charitable for those who are close to you or for a charity or those in need
  • Share your food with others
  • Cleanse your external and inner home, set a new routine for your day-to-day life
  • Express yourself creatively sing, drawing, dancing, play an instrument 
  • Make a list of the things you want to achieve in your life. Try to pick out 2-5 things that you want to make your priority; the number will change for everyone, but I suggest no more than 5 things
  • Spend some time in nature for the more adventurous, hug some trees, walk barefoot
  • Start a spiritual regime such as tai chi, breath work, yoga or any other discipline you are drawn to 
  • Spend time in solitude, read some books, listen to some music, watch some tv, do some research


Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” — William C. Bryant

3.1 To sum up

The autumn equinox is a time of celebration and reflection.

Even if you do not harvest all you want, you can use this time to think about where you went wrong and how to improve, to notice the patterns of nature and your life.

Make a conscious choice to understand and work with life’s and nature’s cycles.

Give yourself the space to shed- get rid of all that needs to be dissolved, so you can evolve into who you’re meant to be this lifetime.

And who exactly is that? Well, that’s your choice. Who do you really want to be, and what do you want your legacy to be when you transcend this Earth?

3.2 Keep the fire burning

Even if it’s burning a candle, fire is an excellent way to honour the time of the autumn equinox.

Letting your consciousness shift from guilt, blame, excuses and shame into solutions, acceptance and awareness.


3.3 What is the spiritual significance of the Equinox?

As the days get shorter, and today is the day of the autumn equinox, the day and the night are of equal lengths, showing you that in order to be a self-actualised human being.

You must accept your own inner light and dark, your shadow and your illuminated parts of your soul- higher consciousness, allowing yourself to balance both sides of your nature.

By creating a plan to safely let out your dark emotions such as jealousy, rage, regret, envy, self-pity and apathy.

Finding a way to embrace your more positive emotions such as happiness, gratitude, hope, faith, interest, inspiration, altruism and love.

Sometimes the only way out is in, and right now is the perfect time throughout the next 3-6 months following the autumn equinox to create internal space.

Allowing your deepest wounds to be revealed and solutions to healing them to be found via your self-reflection, nurturing and love.

3.4 Motivation

Allowing yourself to be guided and inspired, clearing out the old to make room for new growth and awed enthused visions.

Maybe you will be shown how to set up a much-needed lifelong love affair with yourself.

Letting the silence ease your stress and anxiety, giving yourself and others space to reflect, take time out, recharge and rejuvenate. 

In hibernation mode, you can find creative solutions to your problems if you just make the room and hold space for yourself.

Silence can be scary, as can being alone with yourself without the distractions of social media, hookups, and excessive socialising still. In the stillness, all can be found; you can be found.

3.5 Does autumn equinox affect mood?

Some people start to be affected by seasonal affective disorder. People may sleep less and feel more stressed, depressed and anxious compared to other times of the year.

Research the ways you can keep your moods balanced. This varies from person to person; eat the right foods, keep away from negative people and surroundings, and do the things that safely uplift your moods.

Take time out to continue or start a new hobby, such as cooking, writing, gardening, dance, photography, handicrafts, video games, drawing, blogging, hiking, cycling, and reading.

Add some stillness, meditation or mindfulness to your daily routine.

Learn a new language, play an instrument, do origami, scrapbooking, yoga, tai chi, breathwork, and budgeting. Yes, you read right. 

Think of ways you can save money, time and other resources.

The autumn season can make people feel more sensual. Well, you must keep warm, so how right if you’re in a relationship or hook up a scenario(s).

You may find your sexual activity going higher. If you are single, you may see yourself, love, and love-making seasons get higher.

In general, you can have more empathy for yourself and others.

Some people may suffer from immune system repression, making them more susceptible to illness.

So, it’s essential you take any medication you need, exercise, sleep as well as you can and take any vitamins that support your health’s efficiency, placing your wellbeing first.

Make sure you dress for the weather. 

You may lack energy. In general, taking a multivitamin blend can help as well as vitamins D and K2, do all you can to increase your energy.

Placing sleep and rest at the centre of your self-care regime, you may have to make your sleeping area darker, wear a face mask, and look after your skin’s health.

Drink more water, and stay hydrated. The lack of water or the change in temperature, in general, can make you more susceptible to headaches and head tension. 

Research natural pain remedies and ways to manage your pain safely with pharmaceuticals if need be.

Also, do all you can to look after your joints; stretching and yoga can help.

The cold weather can cause skin irritation, so moisturise more, take some baths if you have access to one, and reevaluate your skincare routine.

You may also want to eat and drink more, so your exercise may also need to increase.

Watch out for overeating, as sometimes we can want to eat more when we feel emotionally or psychologically distressed.

So do your best to uncover, understand and heal your issues.

Remember, the best thing about the autumn season is that you can become more focused as you go in and don’t go home to meet your goals for the year; of course, don’t cram and don’t overwork yourself. 

The autumn and autumn equinox energy helps you become more focused and increase your efficiency.

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