Today the Sun enters the sign of its fall, in Libra, and the astrological Autumn season officially begins. Traditionally the Sun takes its fall in Libra, and the Moon in Scorpio, because these two signs were traditionally associated with the deepest and steepest descent of light in the solar year. Thus we are entering a time of year that is naturally better suited for endings than beginnings, death compared to life, releasing compared to holding, and inwardness compared to outwardness.
Consequently this makes the Autumn season a profound time for reflection, and it naturally fits with the rhythm of returning to school or embarking on journeys of intellectual learning or study. It’s just the right time to begin seeing through the literal nature of the events of the past year, or the events of the past in general, and into their psychological, spiritual, or imaginative significance. During the Autumn season the light quality matches the preferred style of psyche and soul…the dimness and thinning of the veil between worlds as the light dies each day naturally evokes the psychological mode of thinking and perceiving, and hence the deeper and less tangible fruits of our solar year begin to present themselves.
One of the reasons this is so difficult for the Sun in particular is that the Sun loves the more literal, absolutist, and ultimately “real” sense of things. Sun Gods are typically gods of absolute truth and clarity, but the Autumn season is a time where the literal nature of things die. Truth in the literal, phenomenological sense (the day world sense of reality) becomes obfuscated by the upside down perspective of the soul, of hades, of psyche and the dream world. The dark crows of the harvest season are reminders that we are hardly ever in possession of the full truth or the “real” nature of things. As a result there is both a harvest in life and a harvest in the afterlife. There is the richness of the harvest feast as it appears on the plate or as it tastes in the mouth, as well as the invisible process of nutrition or attrition revealing the deeper essence of things to the spiritual body.
For some people Autumn is a favorite time of year. The natural feminine multivalence of the season invites us back into warm sweaters just as deep and multifaceted as the intricate weave of psyche herself. For others the feeling of loss or melancholy is overwhelming.
It takes a romantic spirit to pass through the gates of autumn in just the right way. It requires the eyes of the poet, the patience of the saint, and the nostalgia of the scholars and time keepers.
Prayer: Autumn gateway, autumn blessing, guide our descent and reveal to us once more what has remained hidden until now