The autumnal equinox is asking us to find balance before moving forward

Astrologer Noush says the autumnal equinox, 2022's check-in, is a great opportunity to embrace harmony as we forge ahead

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Temperatures might still be warm, but the autumnal equinox, 2022's cosmic check-in point, is right around the corner. (We can't believe it, either.)

The summer has been busy, but fall's arrival alongside Libra season is a time to reflect, plan ahead and make changes where necessary, so mark your astrology events calendar accordingly. 

"It's a really fitting energy to mark the beginning of Libra season, which is about bringing more balance into our personal lives," astrologer Noush (opens in new tab) says about the astrological event

Like the leaves on the Red Oaks and Sugar Maple trees, we'll be experiencing changes, too. Allow us to fill you in on what the cosmos have in store. 

Meet the expert: Noush

An astrologer, creative and crystal enthusiast, Noush believes in the combination of energy healing and practical spirituality to bring meaning into our lives. You can learn more about your cosmic blueprint during an astrology reading with her (opens in new tab) or shop through an incredible collection of healing crystals @jooncrystals (opens in new tab)

Autumnal Equinox 2022

  • When: September 22, 2022

One of the greatest gifts astrology fans love and appreciate is the chance for reflection, so now is the time to embrace it. 

"Just as the leaves change color, it's kind of an opportunity for us to change our own ways so we can either adapt to what this new season is bringing in for us or how we can kind of let go of what no longer fits with the balance," Noush adds.

The August 2022 full moon paved the way for this change, asking us to get things in order and start checking the big players off our to-do lists. The September 2022 full moon followed suit. Though whimsical because of Pisces' influence, the lunation asked us to review healthy habits. Now, we are experiencing a combination of the two.  

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This year, the autumnal equinox coincides with astrology's buzziest happening: Mercury retrograde 2022. We'll be experiencing Mercury retrograde in Libra making a conjunction to the sun, which in turn puts an emphasis on our communication, negotiations and so forth. 

"It’s a really good time to rethink and re-look over the partnerships that we’ve built in our lives and let things fall away if they need to or let new energy emerge so that we can enter the new season with a feeling of stepping into something that feels more peaceful," Noush says. 

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Additionally, the autumnal equinox coincides with the start of Libra season, which is all about harmony, partnerships—yes, even with Mercury in retrograde—and fitting in time to enjoy what you love most. (All those in favor, say "I!") 

The equinox takes place right before the next new moon on September 25. The September 2022 new moon is all about connection while being authentic and true to yourself—a good note to keep in mind during this point of reflection.

"The Libra influence of this moon wants us to focus on improving and leveling up the self-care and self-love so that we can understand how to love and care for others in the way they need. It all starts with you," Noush (opens in new tab) says. 

Now that 2022 is almost over, it's time to make sure we end things on a high note, so let's take the opportunity to welcome this equinox. Fingers crossed it will also manifest sweater weather. 

But just as significant as the reflection portion of the autumnal equinox is the preparation for what's ahead. Are you in line with your goals? Are you surrounding yourself with those you feel connected to? If not, it's time to take a step back and make changes if need be.

"It’s about really checking in with what the desires and manifestations and goals are for you within relationships and finances and also what your values are for the rest of the year so you can let things go if they need to," Noush adds. 

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Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 

The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 

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