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What the 2022 Fall Equinox Means for Your Zodiac

By Molly Pennington, PhD of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 13:  If you get excited about pumpkin spice and sweater weather, you should know that fall officially starts on Sept. 22 this year. During the fall equinox, day and night will have an equal number of hours, similar to the spring equinox, but moving forward, the days will get shorter and cooler as we head toward winter. It's also a significant time in astrology. The sun will move into the zodiac sign of Libra, and whenever the sun enters a new sign, it's the perfect opportunity to consider where you are. The 2022 fall equinox, in particular, could give you a second wind so that you can make some changes in your life.   What's different about the 2022 fall equinox   This year, Mercury will be in retrograde, and it will pass the sun shortly after the equinox. Think of the sun and Mercury as two ships passing by each other as the sun moves into Libra. At the same time, Mercury will backtrack out of the sign of Libra, which can cause various high jinks and turmoil. When Mercury is retrograde, it brings returns and revisions into your path. You may have to go back to something you thought was over, but the good news is that you'll have the chance to redo it and make it better. The way you approach the possibilities of this equinox depends on your sun sign, as well as your rising sign.   In addition to the situation with Mercury, the brazen energy of Mars will be in the sign of Gemini, which will provide ambition and excitement to the intellectual, social sign of the twins. But Mars, along with a number of other planets, will be going retrograde too. Translation: It will be a time filled with pandemonium but also excitement and the potential for creativity—and it’s essential to proceed with caution and do your best to stay grounded.   What this means for you   Some signs will have more luck than others during the fall equinox because of their positive relationship with Libra, while other signs will find this period difficult because of chaotic, tense aspects between planets in the sky. You may need to take a minute out of a hard day to laugh at these fall memes or center yourself with your favorite hobby. Regardless, everyone has the opportunity to make good use of the fall equinox—when it comes to work, relationships, friendships and more—and embracing your zodiac sign's power colors can help with that. So take a minute to yourself, grab your favorite fall drink and find out what to expect.

Ending the year on the right note

If you get excited about pumpkin spice and sweater weather, you should know that fall officially starts on Sept. 22 this year. During the fall equinox, day and night will have an equal number of hours, similar to the spring equinox, but moving forward, the days will get shorter and cooler as we head toward winter. It's also a significant time in astrology. The sun will move into the zodiac sign of Libra, and whenever the sun enters a new sign, it's the perfect opportunity to consider where you are. The 2022 fall equinox, in particular, could give you a second wind so that you can make some changes in your life.

What's different about the 2022 fall equinox

This year, Mercury will be in retrograde, and it will pass the sun shortly after the equinox. Think of the sun and Mercury as two ships passing by each other as the sun moves into Libra. At the same time, Mercury will backtrack out of the sign of Libra, which can cause various high jinks and turmoil. When Mercury is retrograde, it brings returns and revisions into your path. You may have to go back to something you thought was over, but the good news is that you'll have the chance to redo it and make it better. The way you approach the possibilities of this equinox depends on your sun sign, as well as your rising sign.

In addition to the situation with Mercury, the brazen energy of Mars will be in the sign of Gemini, which will provide ambition and excitement to the intellectual, social sign of the twins. But Mars, along with a number of other planets, will be going retrograde too. Translation: It will be a time filled with pandemonium but also excitement and the potential for creativity—and it’s essential to proceed with caution and do your best to stay grounded.

What this means for you

Some signs will have more luck than others during the fall equinox because of their positive relationship with Libra, while other signs will find this period difficult because of chaotic, tense aspects between planets in the sky. You may need to take a minute out of a hard day to laugh at these fall memes or center yourself with your favorite hobby. Regardless, everyone has the opportunity to make good use of the fall equinox—when it comes to work, relationships, friendships and more—and embracing your zodiac sign's power colors can help with that. So take a minute to yourself, grab your favorite fall drink and find out what to expect.

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