Fall equinox 2022: Lightness and darkness meet and it's going to be rocky for some star signs

Fall Equinox 2022 is a time the day and night are equal in length and as darkness approaches - will you face your inner demons?

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Fall equinox 2022 will bring an opportunity to step into the shadows, so we can bring to light areas in your life that need balance. 

The fading rays of summer were hardly on their way out when Halloween paraphernalia started to appear in all major chain stores. We’ve officially moved into the spooky season! The real marker of the change of season comes on Fall Equinox 2022, which happens on Friday, September 23 at 1.04am as Libra season 2022 kicks off in style. It's then followed up by an important date in the Moon Calendar 2022 - the New Moon under the air archetype on September 25. 

Fall Equinox 2022 marks the migration into the fall season and is an opportunity to focus on the changes you seek to make. As days become shorter, we enter the season of darkness and, according to the Farmers' Almanac winter 2022 predictions - it's likely to be on the chilly side too.

What is Fall Equinox?

Fall Equinox 2022: Pumpkin patch.

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Fall Equinox is an annual occurrence. This liminal event is the astrological start of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere and of the spring season in the Southern Hemisphere and where the night and day are equal in length.

The balanced threshold state of both the light and dark invites us to reflect upon these aspects within our own lives and to prepare to descend into the realms of our shadow in order to transcend old wounds. 

Think back to Fall Equinox 2021 and the changes that unfolded. Did you fight darkness? Or did you allow yourself to go through the mire of it - to get onto your next chapter?

What is the shadow?

The shadow, a term coined by Swiss Psychoanalyst Carl Jung is the wounded or rejected part of ourselves. The shadow can include repressed emotions and undesirable behaviors that we aren’t too proud about. It’s like our evil twin that we try to keep locked up in the basement. 

Although this sounds like part of a plot from the latest metaphysical Netflix thriller series, it’s part of a psychological day-to-day reality that we experience as human beings. The key is to get friendly with your shadow and to walk alongside it in order to balance and integrate it. 

Fall Equinox ritual

Allow some you time on the night of this important cosmic event. Get cozy, play soothing music and perhaps prepare a calming bath for yourself afterward.  

If you're the type of person who favors crystals for the home and enjoys Full Moon rituals, it's likely that you're familiar with these kinds of ceremonies and what you need to get started. As a reminder and for those perhaps newer to rituals, you'll need to gather the following items:

  • Candle 
  • Lighter
  • Fireproof pot
  • Salt
  • Jar
  • Pen
  • Paper

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First, you light the candle, close your eyes and envision yourself connecting to your shadow. Observe the behavior and emotions of your shadow and allow yourself to safely feel the emotions arising.

Once you feel them bubbling up, envision what you want to release. Grab your pen and paper and write down what you want to release, then fold the paper into a small square.

After this you speak your truth to the universe saying out loud, "I release ____(name the shadow issue) and bring balance into my life. So may it be."

Then, you light the folded paper in the candle flame and place in a fireproof pot. As you watch it burn to ashes, send out gratitude. Once its embers have dulled, gather the ashes in your jar - mixing in salt - as a reminder of the balance of dark and light.

Close the jar with the lid and then pour wax from the candle over the lid to seal. This jar will live by your bedside table to remind you of your commitment to balancing the light and dark in your life.

Fall Equinox 2022 - Your zodiac forecast

Fall Equinox 2022: Golden autumnal trees in the Lake District, Cumbria, United Kingdom

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Fall Equinox 2022 is a turning point. It is a chance to tie up any loose ends before the year ends as well as prepare and embrace moving into a new chapter. Events like these have their effects on our astrological alignments. 

Here is what the Fall Equinox is bringing to light for each star sign. Check your astrology birth chart for your sun sign, rising sign, and moon sign to get the most accurate reading.



Hey there Aries! You’ve made it to the liminal turning point. The shift of season is drawing out your shadow side when it comes to relationships. Balance is needed. Have a look to see which relationships are emotionally triggering you the most. These are big prompts to let go, release, and integrate the dynamics of said relationships. Often our most challenging relationships are our biggest teachers. Reflect upon this and look at what you’ve learned over the past year. In your ritual focus on releasing anything that is relationship related. 


Happy Fall Equinox dear Taurus. This turning point is pulling at all things shadow concerning the way you treat your body. Reflect upon how you’ve been taking care of your body this past year when it comes to diet, fitness, and indulgences. Your body is your amazing fleshy space suit that allows you to have incredible experiences in this life. How have you been treating it? In your ritual focus on letting go of any bad habits regarding the health and wellbeing of your body. 


Lovely Gemini, Happy Fall Equinox 2022. This cusp is inviting you to reflect on the past year around all things home and family. Are there any bridges to mend or old wounds to heal? Home and family are our foundations and really set us up for how we move forward in our adult lives. This liminal threshold date encourages you to dive deep into your shadow and release any family-related issues in order to move forward with love and harmony. Use the ritual below to activate this harmony into your life. 


Lovely Cancer, It’s all about relationships for you during Fall Equinox 2022. There is a big focus on the relationships that are having communication challenges. Think: emotional manipulation, passive aggression, and gaslighting. It’s time to dive deep into your shadow to see why you keep attracting these toxic dynamics within relationships. Use the ritual below to set yourself free and to begin to attract healthy and harmonious relationships. 


Fun loving Leo. Happy Fall Equinox. This liminal threshold date highlights the financial area in your life. How are you with your money and finances? What sort of relationship do you have with money? It’s time to explore the dark side of your shadow when it comes to your relationship with cold hard cash. Use the ritual below to help shed bad habits around money and to move into a new and balanced financial chapter. 


The Fall Equinox can be an empowering one for you Virgo! This past year, many things that are no longer aligning with you are falling away. And that’s a good thing! This turning point is inviting you to step into your power. Dive deep into your shadow and let go of your self limiting beliefs. You’ve got this! You are on your way to stepping into your purpose. Use the ritual below to shed those last dregs of unalignment before you step into your new chapter of empowerment. 


You are so in your element Libra! Fall Equinox is one of your power days. Vibe with the magic. This turning point event is encouraging you to dive into your shadow sector that holds all of your fears and phobias. Now is the time to transcend them. Whether it is a fear of spiders or a recurring nightmare, you are being invited not only to integrate them once and for all, but understand their origins and why they are there in the first place. Use the ritual below to lean into releasing fear and phobias. 


Oh hello Scorpio, this powerful turning point day is trying to balance you out! Specifically, it is literally poking you in the ribs and trying to get your attention around bringing more balance into your life/work relationship. All of you workaholic Scorpios will feel this. It’s time to dive into your shadow around all things work and ask yourself the question - why do I work so much? Your shadow has the answer. Use the ritual below to connect to this question, receive the answer and let go of that which no longer serves you. Balance of life and work is yours. 


Creative Sagittarius, there is a focus on this turning point of everything surrounding your career. Reflect on the past year and ask yourself questions about where you are at in your professional life. Are you in the career of your dreams? Is your current career aligning with you? Dive deep into your shadow realm to see what is holding you back from a happy professional life. Use the Fall Equinox 2022 ritual to set yourself free and activate a harmonious and purposeful career


Hello Capricorn, Fall Equinox 2022 is all about matters of the soul for you. Reflect on the past year and where you may have lost touch with your inner worlds or spiritual side. This turning point encourages you to move back into the light and to reconnect with a deeper sense of soul purpose and your place in the universe. Use the ritual below to let go of any blocks that keep you from spiritual connections and activate harmonious balance within your inner and outer worlds. 


It’s a turning point for you Aquarius, especially concerning relationships. Fall Equinox 2022 is inviting you to bring harmony and balance into your realm of intimacy within relationships. Reflect upon the last year and where you’ve cut yourself off from deeply and intimately connecting with another person. Dive deep into your shadow to see where there is fear or wounding. Use the ritual below to help shed old patterns, wounds, and fears and bring more equilibrium into your intimate relationships. 


Hello Pisces! It’s all about finding balance with self love during Fall Equinox 2022. Reflect upon the last year on areas in your life where you didn’t show up for yourself. This turning point date is encouraging you to dive deep into the shadow area of your life of self loathing. It’s time to let that wither on the vine! Use the ritual below to let go of patterns of emotional self neglect and fortify your commitment to self love bringing harmonious balance not only for your relationship with yourself, but also with others. 

Tree Carr
Dream guide, death doula, and divinatory guide

Tree Carr is a published author who works in the esoteric realms of dreams, death, and divination. Her published books include 'Conscious Dreamer' and ‘DREAMS: How to Connect With Your Dreams to Enrich Your Life'.

Tree is also a CPD Crossfields Institute Certified Death Doula. Her work as an End of Life Guide involves helping people spiritually, emotionally, existentially and practically at the end of their lives.

As an intuitive empath, she is self-taught in divinatory guidance: The Tarot, Rune Stones and Astrology and has facilitated readings, rituals, classes, and courses spanning a wide variety of esoteric subjects.