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In 2016, the Fall equinox is September 22 at 10:21 a.m. EDT.

Typically the equinoxes represent the equal division of day and night. The Spring equinox (Ostara) celebrates new beginnings and fresh starts. The Fall equinox (Mabon) celebrates reaping the rewards of your hard labour and gathering the harvest. The Fall equinox is a time of reflection on the harvest of your achievements and often considered a time of change. It is linked to the sign Libra which above all else is a balancing sign. The balance that you need to strive for is the knowing of what you need to hold on to and what you need to let go of.

Some consider this a time of sacrifice as you now reap the rewards of your labour and if you have not sown the seeds of life in the manner you should have, you may have to sacrifice because of these shortfalls and count your losses.

Astrologically, the Fall equinox represents a balancing point of our self-image and any disapproval that is found in our view of ourselves. We should review our goals in achieving our life’s quest and the conquests we have made in our lives. This review will assist us in recognizing our abilities and true selves.

On the opposite side, the spring equinox is linked to the sign Aries and Aries begins things and initiates action. These two points (spring and fall equinox) are known as cardinal points. The cardinal points in the horoscope are known as action points. They are used as timing devices and lead to activity, drive, ambition, and involvement. During these cycles, you should consider this as a time of action -- either related to the start of something or the end or culmination point of whatever action you have already taken.

It is a time to actively pursue a course of action, to take control of your life and push forward in the direction of your choice. Cardinal signs are action oriented and strive for activity that is often personally initiated. This will be the time for you to make things happen. Do not wait for or rely on others.

It should also be noted that Mercury goes direct again on the September 22, 2016 so you can utilize this date in particular to move forward with the plans you have been putting in place. Mercury retrograde often suggests that things do not move forward as planned. Things seem to stagnate or actually go “no where”. During Mercury retrograde life is to be studied and then when it goes direct sets these plans in motion. Many may have felt these restrictive energies of Mercury in their lives over that past several weeks. From the end of August perhaps you noticed that things did not move ahead as planned. Some plans never even materialized. The period of time that Mercury is in retrograde is a time of reflection and study and making plans that could be activated during the direct cycle, or at least this is the best way to use the energies of a Mercury’s retrograde cycle.

This will be the time to push ahead or count your losses and set new things in motion. Use the energies of the equinox to push you forward and make the changes you need to and address any situation that needs addressing. The time has come to move beyond any stagnated stages of life that have held you back. Now is the time to reap the rewards after a busy season of planting the seeds and nurturing growth. These efforts are now ready to be harvested.

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