Happy equinox

By Gal Garrison a.k.a. Mother of the Skye

This week’s Horoscopes are coming out in the aftermath of the Fall Equinox, under the light of a Libra Sun and a Full Aries Moon. Over the years I have written about this Cross Quarter so many times, I am not in the mood to write about it again. In order to keep doing this column, I have to keep what I write as interesting to myself as it is to you. My brain is hooked on things that don’t involve a rehash of the same old thing, so I have decided to share something new and write about a trans-Neptunian Point by the name of Lucifer this week. In the end, you may find that it says more about the Fall Equinox than the traditional song and dance.

In mythology, Lucifer has sort of a schizophrenic reputation. On the one hand he is referred to as “The Light Bringer,” and on the other hand he is associated with Satan. There is a confluence of light and darkness inside this archetype that turns Lucifer into the standard bearer for good and evil. The story goes that he was a being of beauty and light. Sitting at the right hand of God, nothing in the universe could match his brilliance. At one point Lucifer started thinking that he was on a par with God, and he began to broadcast this notion to all of the angels in heaven. Shortly thereafter he began to believe that he was superior to the Creator, and this brought about a war in heaven. Some of the angels sided with God, some with Lucifer. When the war ended, God was victorious, and Lucifer was cast out, along with his followers, exiled to Earth to live out a series of incarnations on the lower levels of the Third Dimension. The Bible tells us that Lucifer wound up in Hell, and became the lord of that domain.
Lucifer’s position in the birth chart marks the point where we have a tendency to let our ego convince us that we are right, that we are better than everyone. It is the hallmark for every brand of vanity, and shows us where the ego tricks us into believing those lies.

Lucifer is also the point where we shine the brightest, but not in the traditional sense of the word. In thinking about this for the past week or so, I have come to realize that Lucifer is the archetype that allows us to shine a light on our darkest issues. In trying to get a grip on how to interpret this point, I decided to rewind through my own biography, to check on where Lucifer happened to be stationed when I was going through my most intense trials:

On the day that I left my first husband Lucifer was sitting on my fourth house sun, squaring Uranus and my Ascendant. 2. On the day that my second husband died Lucifer was sitting on my ascendant, conjunct Uranus. 3. On the day that I got the call to leave Vermont and move to Arizona to work with Drunvalo, Lucifer was conjunct Pluto. 4. On the day that I met the love of my life Lucifer was conjunct my Venus/Lilith/Pluto. conjunction, and trining Jupiter (Lilith/Pluto is ‘The other woman syndrome’. The love of my life was a married man). 5. On the day that the love of my life died Lucifer was squaring my Venus/Lilith/Pluto conjunction.

Every one of these events brought about changes in my life that introduced me to aspects of myself that I never would have seen if Lucifer hadn’t been there to shine a light on them. None of them were easy, but all of them helped me to see that it is only in our darkest moments that our light really has a chance to shine.

As the light of the fall equinox surrenders to the darkness, the lesson is clear. Between now and the end of October we are making our descent into Lucifer’s domain. The light will not return until the Winter Solstice. What matters most at this point in the yearly cycle is our willingness to hold space for both the light and the dark, to locate the oneness that lives on the line that connects the two, and to be strong enough to look at what Lucifer has to show us, and love all of it. I leave you with that, wish you a happy equinox, and take what you can from this week’s ‘scopes.

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