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September 24, 2019 2 min read

The Autumnal Equinox 2019 (Spring Equinox in Southern hemisphere) has taken place at 8:50 am on Monday, 23 September in the UK (GMT+1). On the tropical (seasonal) zodiac the Sun enters the sign of Libra. Those born under the cardinal sign of Libra ♎ are good at resolving conflict and preserving peace, harmony and equilibrium. 

Libra is one of the four cardinal signs in the tropical zodiac and is an air sign, balancing intellect with love and justice. The symbol of the scales is based on the Scales of Justice held by Themis, the Greek personification of divine law and custom. She became the inspiration for modern depictions of Lady Justice. The ruling planet of Libra is Venus. Libra is the only zodiac constellation in the sky represented by an inanimate object. The other eleven signs are represented either as an animal or mythological characters throughout history.

Julius Caesar recognised that Druids were Astrologers, but the earliest surviving records date only from the sixth century and are fundamentally the same as the Greek by this time. Who could be the Celtic equivalent of Libra?

The Sequani calendar discovered in Coligny, near Lyons, France shows the corresponding month of September/October and the last month of the Celtic year as Cantios. Cantios means the "month of song", but of particular note is the 15th day of the month, which is marked as "Day of Justice". This was a date tribal and personal disputes may have been settled by the wise Druids and would have occured around the time of the Equinox. The Sanskrit name of Libra in Hindu astrology is Tula, which is derived from the Sanskrit wordstula (तुला) meaning "balance", and asana (आसन, āsana) meaning "posture" or "seat". Interestingly, today we still have the scales of justice, which is the sign of Libra.

Ancient Greek Goddess of Justice

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