The Autumnal equinox 2023 is a 'spiritual' check-in that marks new beginnings, according to an astrologer

Here's the significance behind the start of sweater weather, in terms of the cosmos

a woman in a sweater embracing the changing leaves, meant to symbolize the fall equinox 2023
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Ready for the Autumnal Equinox, 2023's spiritual reset? 

While we can never say no to a pumpkin spice latte and we're planning a Halloween movie marathon as we speak, the season is about so much more than keeping cozy as the leaves begin to change. According to Nebula's astrologer Patrick Price, it's one of the more notable events in our September horoscope

"Important life questions may come to the surface: 'Am I on the right path?' 'Are the choices I make supporting the person I am,'" he said. "The best way to prepare for Fall Equinox is to really find an action plan to get more in touch and more aligned with yourself."

What can we expect during this new chapter? Find a glass of cider, put on that sweater and we'll fill you in. 

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Patrick Price

Patrick Price is a qualified tarot card reader and Western astrologer at the Nebula Platform. He specializes in compatibility and birth charts, tarot and angel readings. He aims to help people find purpose in life and overcome challenges, from relationship doubts to career concerns.

All about the Autumnal Equinox 2023, according to an astrologer

From the pros and cons to survival tips, Price helps us make the most out of the astrological happening. While certain cosmic motions tend to get us up in arms (hello, Mercury Retrograde), this is one to look forward to. 

When is the Autumnal Equinox 2023?

Mark your planners: the Autumnal Equinox will take place on Saturday, September 23 this year. 

What to expect from the Autumnal Equinox

In addition to colorful leaves and cooler temperatures (hopefully), the Fall Equinox marks a new point in the year when you can focus on yourself and how to stay aligned with what it is you truly want. Yes, it's okay to be a little selfish--you have permission from the cosmos. 

"It also marks the start of the Libra season, which goes hand in hand with the energies offered by the Fall Equinox, as the Libra season is one of harmony, cooperation, alignment, and balance," Price adds. 

Now is the time to tap into our emotions and look inside to see where we need to make changes in life.

"Remember, where attention goes, energy flows," Price adds.

What are the pros and cons of the Autumnal Equinox?

It's going to be all about you, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that! But things could get a bit overwhelming in your quest for spiritual clarity. 

"A big positive of Fall Equinox is that regardless of where we are in life, the energies being offered will force us to be more present which will come as welcome news to those who struggle to let go of the past or are living in the future,'" Price says. "A possible negative you may encounter relates to balance."

How do we make the most out of the Autumnal Equinox?

Though we highly encourage buying a sweater or blazer for the start of the new season (fall capsule wardrobe update, anyone?) now more than ever is a time to be authentic and make changes to what's not serving you. 

"It is a time when we will be reflecting upon, and listening to the matters within our own hearts, and is known as a time of enlightenment," Price adds. "This enlightenment is offered to us to allow us to look within and assess how true we are being to ourselves."

Whatever isn't working in terms of your love life, career, and so on, think about how you can benefit from change. You're the only one capable of making those moves happen! Grab some cocoa and embrace the spiritual work ahead!

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.