Even the most introductory dive into astrology reveals a deep and ancient correlation with the seasons, moon cycles, equinoxes, and solstices.
The season in which you were born exerts a strong influence upon your personality, including your likelihood for introversion, depressive tendencies, and mood swings. Over the last decade, there have been numerous scientific studies that corroborate what astrologers have known for millennia: the stars reflect what is happening on earth, but they don’t cause it. As above, so below.
In the northern hemisphere, autumn has a very distinct and nostalgic charm. It doesn’t last long, and while it does, the striking colors are so awe-inspiring that they turn all of us into poets and artists for the fleeting window of time before the winter comes. Everyone seems to love fall, even if they’re a bit sentimental at letting summer go. But there are certain zodiac signs who possess a unique relationship to this time of year. The reason why? The moon.
The cardinal air sign that leads the autumn equinox, Libras usher in the “second spring when every leaf is a flower” that Albert Camus described. The spirit of autumn encourages more socialization and harmony between friends and family, which more or less encompasses the Libra ideal. Their personal solar return heralds a new beginning for them, as does the new moon in Libra which occurs every year. As the brisker air forces us inside for longer periods of time, we have more time to spend as a collective, sharing stories over cups of coffee and engaging in wistful observation of the beauty outside our windows. Venus-ruled Libra is preoccupied by art, and the greatest art of all, cliché as it may sound, is the natural world around us.
Six months after their personal solar return (and the start of the astrological new year), Aries has settled into the calmer energy of Libra season and is probably halfway to Vermont to see the swoon-worthy fall foliage. As Aries celebrate their half birthdays, they take the time to reflect on what they sowed in the spring and what they are reaping now. As the annual full moon in Aries shines light on karmic debts and brings in surprise blessings, impulsive Aries is forced to reconcile with how they have been doing, on a moral and spiritual level, for the past half a year. Perhaps they have been too impatient and need to revisit a specific goal or put a certain project on the back burner. Maybe they need to slow down and prioritize their partners rather than their own ego. Mars-ruled Aries love a challenge, so if they are knocked off base, they might complain for a few days, but it won’t last long. Soon enough they will be ready to pick themselves back up and conquer the next six-month cycle waiting for them.
Once the sun ingresses into Scorpio in late October, the mood is less harmonious and peaceful… and more macabre. It’s the perfect time for a holiday like Halloween, which has origins in the pagan holiday Samhain. Interestingly, Samhain marked the midway point between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. Even today, we all love to stay at home and have horror movie marathons during spooky season. Said season captures the soul of the Scorpio, who is likely to be found engaging in those activities year-round. Pluto-related Scorpio is excited and energized by the collective focus on death, darkness, and demons as they finally feel like they’re being understood on a soul level. Their personal solar return marks the beginning of their own new year, while the Scorpio new moon sets the stage for the collective as we enter a deeper and more introspective time of year.
By the time Taurus has swung halfway round the calendar since their solar return, they’re ready to dig up the seeds of intention they scattered back in the spring. A sister sign to moody and emo Scorpio, Taurus prefers to manifest in the material, but Scorpio season forces them to look deeper at their psychological scars and face their own undoing. This is because Scorpio season marks the six-month phase since the Taurus new moon, at which point these earthy and stubborn people began a karmic cycle. Venus-ruled Taurus might be motivated by money or self-mastery, the stock market or the farmer’s market, but whatever luxury they hoped to achieve six months ago, all their wins and losses will be revealed under the bright light of the Taurus full moon. This is a time for resilient, patient Taurus to examine what lies beneath the physical, and own up to their Scorpionic trauma: hidden addictions, sexuality crises, and generational wounds.
After the haunted houses are shuttered and the pumpkin patches are starting to develop a layer of frost, the impatient and fiery Sagittarius rejoices because it’s finally their time to shine. The mutability of Sagittarius allows them to appreciate the slightly confusing weather associated with their season; some years it’s already snowing, while other years a pleasantly nice day catches you by surprise. Every Archer will celebrate their solar return, of course, but also set intentions at the new moon in Sagittarius, which brings attention to spiritual, religious, and travel-related matters on a collective level. Jupiter-ruled Sagittarians love nothing more than to explore the world, so it makes sense that their season falls during Thanksgiving in the United States, when millions of Americans fly from a great distance to visit relatives and express gratitude for the blessings in their lives.
Frenetic, intellectually curious Gemini experiences great transformation during Sagittarius season, when the stopgate between their last midsummer birthday and the next appears in the form of the annual Gemini full moon. Whatever fun year-ahead goals Mercury-ruled Gemini chaotically scribbled in their journal back at the time of the new moon in Gemini, they’ll be forced to take stock of their successes and learning experiences as the spotlight turns directly on them. As a mutable air sign, Gemini is adaptable enough to be able to admit defeat and organize a Plan B if any karmic debts follow them from one six-month moon cycle to the next. Gemini loves nothing more than to be spontaneous, except maybe to be on the move, so it’s no surprise that they come alive during the travel-heavy American Thanksgiving season, which falls, unsurprisingly, when the sun is in Sagittarius. The holidays offer a chance to communicate, engage in conversation with friends and family, and meet distant relatives who might be able to teach them something new. They’re also likely to stay in more often, journaling their thoughts, as the weather shifts further into “it’s starting to feel like winter” territory. By the time the snow flies, Gemini will be better acquainted with their successes and missteps. What’s more, they’ll probably have 15 different possible plans for the next six months ahead.