"Ikani, the Lord of Time and Mara, the Mother of Life, looked out over the harvest and saw that it was bountiful. Their hearts rejoiced, for in the silence of the Balance of the Light and the Dark, the seeds of the future were singing their names."
Fall Equinox: The Balance of Light and Dark
With the Fall Equinox, we move from the energy of self to the energy of community, the time for bringing in the harvest to make sure life survives the winter. It is the time of the seed, the potential we have to save for the new life to come in the spring, when that seed germinates. What have you harvested this year? What new seeds have been born in you that will take time to nurture and develop?
We move from the harvest season of
Virgo to the Libra energy of weighing something's worth. We
associate Libra with balance (the Fall Equinox is when light and dark are
balanced), and fairness (since we also associate the scales with Law, Order and
Justice) and partnership (symbolizing the sign of marriage and
partnership). But there is more.
The scales were originally used to weigh something's worth: in the Egyptian underworld, the scales of Maat were used to weigh the soul's worth, while on a more mundane level, scales were used to set up a standard measurement so that all people and countries could have a standard measure of exchange, whether it was to measure the weight of grain, gold or silver.
The archetype of the Scales is ancient. Believed to originate in Egypt, it represented the balance of the sun at the horizon between the upper and under world (at the Fall Equinox, the Sun rests on the equator and then begins its journey South). The ancient Babylonians thought the constellation represented an altar towering in the sky. The name Libra comes from the Roman word meaning 'the balance'. Leave it to the Romans to standardize our mediums of exchange.