Autumn Zodiac Signs
Autumn begins when the days are again of equal length and when the sun moves from Virgo into Libra. It is a time to plan for winter. To weigh and balance the wherewithal to survive. It is the time to plan for the indoor life during the Winter. A partner to share the time during the dark time of the year. A time to be at one with Nature and all life forms, in the sense of accepting the reality that to survive, one must collect the harvest and store it for the times when there will be no food from the land. And a time to collect the seeds and plan to set them in the coming Spring. In many lands in ancient times, the people would not go to war until they had completed the harvest. This is a time, therefore, for diplomacy and harmony. It is a time for unity (or for war).
Over the next few months the plants begin to "die". The leaves are on the ground, and the trees are bare. In Scorpio ideas of life and death are most pronounced as the year’s life is given up and new life is concentrated into seeds for the next year. The coming Winter threatens life and limb and Scorpio faces it without showing its fear. The emotions run deep and the need to discover the deep meaning and secrets is paramount. It is a deep and intense time because the time for preparing for the Winter is running out. It is also a secretive time, because others might try to find and steal your supplies of food, or the authorities might want to claim some of it. Hiding and discovering hidden things is therefore a time for Scorpio.
With the arrival of Sagittarius, the life energy is dispersed and the Autumn gradually changes to Winter. Some days are like Autumn, on other days the ground is covered by snow. This is the time of the hunter and the wanderer who travels far a field in search of meat to sustain life during the Winter. It is a time to be philosophical because little can be done now to prepare and survive the winter. Yet knowledge is valuable in finding additional food, such as that from hunting. Freedom and tolerance are practised because the time for passion and intensity have passed. Whereas the farmers might work in groups and follow strict rules, the hunter may go out alone and be under no-one’s control.
Virgo - The Virgin: August 24 – September 22
The sign of Virgo, which covers 150° to 180° of celestial longitude, is represented by the The Maiden. Based on Astraea from Greek mythology, the maiden was the last immortal to abandon Earth at the end of the Silver Age, when the gods fled to Olympus. Virgo is part of the Sixth House – Valetudo (Health) in Latin, or House of Health in modern times. They are also associated with the element of Earth and the ruling celestial body of Virgo is Mercury.
Libra - The Scales: September 23 – October 23
The sign of Libra covers 180° to 210° of celestial longitude. It is represented by the symbol of The Scales, which is based on the Scales of Justice held by Themis, the Greek personification of divine law and custom and the inspiration for modern depictions of Lady Justice. Libra is part of the Seventh House – Uxor (Spouse) or House of Partnership, are associated with the element of Air, and the ruling celestial body is Venus.
Scorpio - The Scorpion: October 24 – November 22
The sign of Scorpio covers 210° to 240° of celestial longitude. Scorpio is represented by The Scorpion, which is based on Scorpius – a giant scorpion in Greek mythology sent by Gaia to kill Orion. Scorpio is part of the Eighth House – Mors (Death), known today as the House of Reincarnation – and is associated with the element of Water. Traditionally, the ruling celestial body of Scorpio was Mars, but has since become Pluto.
Sagittarius - The Archer: November 23 – December 21
The sign of Sagittarius covers 240° to 270° of celestial longitude and is represented by The Archer. This symbol is based on the centaur Chiron, who according to Greek mythology mentored Achilles in the art of archery. Sagittarius is part of the Ninth House – known as Iter (Journeys) or the House of Philosophy. Sagittarius’ associated element is Fire (positive polarity), and the ruling celestial body is Jupiter.