Astrology and the Turn of the Seasons

As we head into fall, the arc of the sun is lower in the sky and the days become noticeably shorter. As we round the steep corner of the analemma the sun rises noticeably later. This year we are experiencing a full moon at the fall equinox. I know I just ranted to you about the dangers of fortune telling, but bear with me while I try to explain why astrology can be different.

Astrology describes a system of magical thinking based on observations–really good observations–of the earth’s motion, the moon, the planets, the seasons, and the effect of the seasons on animals, plants, and weather. The models we build from scientifically measured data are often but randomly less accurate than predictions made by these old methods, think of the Farmer’s Almanac. Science says confirmation bias, but really science, no reason to pick on kettles when you live in a glass ceiling.

The various historical explanations are funny–the sun being pulled by a chariot, etc., but the observations are full of useful true information. (Our ancestors spent a lot more time outside.) Our task is find it, then use it–not to tell the future but to tell the present. There are many different ways to understand things.

Fire and Metal people go a little silly in Fall

Metal is traditionally considered to be the element associated with Fall, however in Asian folklore there are five rather than four seasons. The extra season is called “late summer,” its element is Earth and it corresponds to the harvest of squashes and fall foods. Earth season energy may linger long past the equinox in your part of the world–it is the case in much of the United States. But it is due to the heat and local wind patterns. The analemma is still happening, so there is metal energy, too.

Fire people have a lot of fire in their birth chart, which includes time of day and season, and also place in a 60 day cycle and a 12 year cycle. It is highly possible that being born at a certain time of the year affects your personality and epigenetics. The change in vitamin D levels through the year has profound physiological effects, and personality is chemistry. I can conjecture other chemistries for the three other cycles, but letting it stand for now, certain elemental types are traditionally considered to have an easier time during different seasons.

Fire, Metal, and Wood energy people can all be out of balance in the fall. Wood people are never silly of course, but they can feel unsupported (can you guess Quiet Trouble’s element?) Fire people, being very spirited, may go a little overboard, as fire is dispersing and concentrated metal energy is abundant. Metal people are unique in their tendency to struggle through their own season. Their energy is a distilling process, and in fall they are cooking salt. They can suffer from overly rigid thinking and despair. Wood people have spring energy, and in fall they can feel stopped, cut down, and frustrated. According to tradition they express themselves with anger at these times, but I’m sure they have a good reason.

Fall’s effects on these types can also be more severe in fire places (plains and steep canyons deserts,) metal places (large cities, hills, and lakes,) and wood places (forests and downtown areas.)

Earth people are still in their element in fall, especially where fall foods last and linger through until winter. Don’t let everyone else lean on you all the time, earth people, or you will feel depleted.

Water element people are coming out of a long hot dry spell of magical weather and will be recovering their strength. Enjoy it and don’t let the rest of us get you down!

Fall in the evergreen forest in a fire country

The redwood forest on the coast of California is a dark place in the winter. The coastal mountain valleys are steep and the trees are tall. This makes the fall analemma curvature very bad for people with vitamin D deficiency. Many of these people come to California for the sun–it is very healing when you do not have enough fish, fresh cream, and organ meats in your diet. And so, as opposed to the deciduous forests of the cold northeast, or the warmer sunnier forests of the southeast, and the dark forests of the northwest where people presumably know what they are getting into, many people who move to the forest here feel very nervous and unhappy about the trees. Around this time every year people begin cutting them down right and left, hoping for a bit more sun. The fear of fire is often trotted out–fire attacks metal in elemental terms, and it is a serious threat due to the abysmal land use practices of US culture. It is mismanaged understory and deadfall that makes the danger, however, not thickness of trees. A thick wooded canopy is protective in terms of fire, but it can be terrifying to the souls of metal and fire people. Traveling can help, especially for metal people, and exercise in the sun can help, especially for fire people. Supporting metal and earth energy in their homes and lives would help, too.

I’m offering free readings for people with fall birthdays living in the forest until the winter solstice. Good luck to everyone and look out for mid-october, when the fall metal energy mellows a bit.

Quiet Trouble
Previously Wooded Lot
Full Moon Fall Equinox

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