Welcome to Libra season: The Sun is in this fair-minded, aesthetic sign from September 22-October 23, putting our focus on balance, relationships and beauty.
Every 30 days or so, the Sun visits a new zodiac sign. During this “season” everyone feels the energy of this prevailing astrological energy, no matter what your Sun sign. Each year, the start of Libra season coincides with the Autumnal Equinox, when a day of more or less equal light and dark is honored as the Earth continues to tilt away from the Sun. And there’s a special bonus: Expansive Jupiter, the planet of luck and enthusiasm, is still in Libra until October 10, 2017, magnifying the Sun’s harmonious rays even more, before shifting into Scorpio and beginning a new 13-month cycle. (More on that soon!)
Peaceful, harmonizing Libra is the second of the zodiac’s three air signs and part of the “cardinal” quality (or triplicity). Cardinal signs (the others are Aries, Cancer and Capricorn) are leadership-driven, discerning, and can even bit a bit entitled at times. Cardinal signs begin every season, so they are known as initiators and pioneers—but this also gives them an alpha-male or queen-bee air when taken too far.
As we bid adieu to the efficiency and detailed focus of Virgo season, it’s time to welcome more pleasure and communal vibes into our worlds. Virgo helped us spot the flaws; now Libra season invites us to join forces and fix them up, working in synergistic partnerships and embracing the dualistic nature of our relationships.
Here are five ways you can capitalize on Libra season and invite some balance back into your life by October 22:
1. Stay present.
Libra is the sign of interpersonal relationships, and this solar cycle puts your closest ties front and center. When was the last time you were truly “as one” with another human being, engaged in a back-and-forth energetic dance? Sounds lovely, sure. But this is no simple feat in our era of smartphones and constant connectivity. Building relationships is an “inefficient” task in our productivity-obsessed world. It’s easier to swipe, “friend” or “like” than to do the awkward getting-to-know-you routine, or deal with people’s real-world idiosyncrasies. Yet, our screen-to-screen approach removes the soul and beauty of a Libra-inspired union.
In his New York magazine article “I Used To Be A Human Being” author Andrew Sullivan details his addiction to life-on-the-web and his radical attempt to unplug. He found it nearly impossible to put down a phone without being awash in FOMO or twitching with anxiety.
Can our tech-addicted culture reclaim a balanced life, where we can actually relax and enjoy ourselves without a screen in easy reach? This is a theme worth exploring during Libra season. But as with any addiction, we’ll have to take it one day at a time.
2. Honor the divine feminine.
Elegant Libra is ruled by Venus, the goddess of beauty, art and social grace. This sign is truly “the fairest of them all!” During Libra season, we can all (regardless of gender) use a dose of metaphysical, matriarchal mojo. One easy way to start? Simply slow down. Take time putting together your meals, your outfits, or even your workspace for the day. Make a ritual of getting ready for bed, waking up or savoring a morning routine. Even a tiny adjustment to mindless rushing can make a huge difference during this phase.
Our culture is all about rushing and achieving maximum results in the minimum time. But Libra season is NOT about efficiency—and that’s okay. It’s about maximizing the amount of pleasure you take in every experience.
3. Set your mood to “happy.”
This may sound oversimplified, but putting ourselves into a happy, love-filled state of mind can actually attract more of the same. Researchers are studying the power of the heart’s electromagnetic field which can be felt several feet outside the body. By radiating love and positivity, you can have a healing influence on the people in your immediate field. Check out these tools from the Heartmath Institute. Breathing, focus and invoking feelings of appreciation can actually change your heart-rhythm pattern.
4. Channel the healing powers of art and beauty.
Libra season is a time to take in sights and sounds that fill your heart. Create a playlist that lifts your spirits. Go look at paintings, sculptures or a gorgeous scene in nature. Tap into your creative energy by making something with your hands. Surround yourself with beauty: hang some art, fill some vases with fresh flowers, put mementos that make you feel good on display.
Can’t get out of a funk? Turn on Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” which is apparently officially the “happiest song on earth” according to science!
5. Choose love over fear.
Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love, (Libra season recommended reading) put it perfectly: “The biggest problem today isn’t just that hate is speaking so loudly; it’s that love is speaking too softly.” Because when we let fear take over, that’s when we lose. For love to win in the end, perhaps Williamson’s definition can guide us: “Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn.” It’s time for some un-learning like never before.
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