Autumn is upon us here in the northern hemisphere as we celebrate the Fall Equinox on September 22. For many, this is a favorite season when we think of crisp days and cooler nights, sharing spiced cider by warm fireplaces with our loved ones.
Fall is also a season of love, since it represents the harvest and culmination of your efforts this year to create new forms of beauty in the world. What beauty will you harvest this season? Take time this week to look around you and see the many ways in which you have been blessed this year.
Perhaps consider a gratitude ritual: Write one thank you note per day to one person who has brought happiness or prosperity to your life, in whatever form. Decorating your home as a way of welcoming the new season is a great idea, too. Rich colors of burgundy, gold, umber, and chocolate become representations of the changing season, as leaves turn and nature reflects to us the cycles of life.
Consider decorating your space with dried flowers and fruits tied with beautiful ribbons in colors and textures of the season, like velvet or grosgrain. You could hang these in your kitchen, which in the home is the room associated with the harvest season.
Crystals like Citrine are also aligned with the harvest, as they represent abundance and strength, while Tiger’s Eye offers protection and intuition ahead of Halloween. Essential oils like clove, blood orange, cinnamon, and sandalwood are beautiful scent talismans of the season.
Depending on your astrological sign, you will experience the equinox differently. Here are your individual horoscopes you can consult as well as gemstones and essential oils tailored to you that you can use for support in the week ahead.
Aries (March 21–April 19)
Aries, you can expect to feel a burst of energy to complete tasks this harvest week, with additional motivation coming from Mercury’s recent turn direction, making communication easier. In love, you are needing more tenderness and quiet time with your mate to balance your burst of work productivity. Use pyrite for confidence, kyanite for work-life balance, and lemon or orange essential oils to maximize this energy.
Taurus (April 20–May 20)
Taurus, you can expect to feel grounded and productive this week, with focus energies highlighted as we approach the harvest. In love, you are feeling peaceful and optimistic. Work with fluorite for clarity, kunzite for happiness at home, and ginger essential oil to support your creative efforts.
Gemini (May 21–June 20)
Gemini, you can expect to feel extra chatty and outgoing this week as your chart shows new opportunities for relationships to blossom. In love, make sure you speak your needs and desires to your partner. Work with howlite, the friendship stone, to harvest new connections, and rose essential oil to bring energies of compassion and love.
Cancer (June 21–July 22)
Cancer, you can expect to feel connected to your partner this week in new ways. Celebrate what you have harvested together! Don’t be afraid to pursue deeper intimacy with your partner in love. Work with ruby for passion and patchouli for grounding and feelings of safety.
Leo (July 23–August 22)
Leo, the harvest energies have you feeling proud of your accomplishments this week. In love, you are feeling more seen by your partner, which has your heart wide open. Work with sapphire for wisdom to integrate what you have learned this year, and lavender to help you stay relaxed. Chrysoprase will help you maintain that open-heart space.
Virgo (August 23–September 22)
Virgo, your recent efforts to expand your inner circle have paid off. In love, you are looking at your partner with renewed admiration and appreciation. Work with ocean jasper for happiness to celebrate your development, and sandalwood essential oil to meditate and reflect on what you have learned.
Libra (September 23–October 22)
Libra, you can expect to feel a little melancholy this week as harvest energies have your spirit focused on the past. In love, you are wondering if you need to stay where you are or explore other opportunities. Work with amethyst to bring peace, and rosemary to honor the memories you treasure.
Scorpio (October 23–November 21)
Scorpio, don’t be so hard on yourself! You can expect to be in critique mode this week, but instead use the harvest energy to celebrate all that you have done well. In love this week, be more accepting of what you see as your partner’s flaws. Work with lapis lazuli for confidence, rhodochrosite for seeing your lover with tenderness, and vetiver essential oil to ease your nerves.
Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)
Sagittarius, you are so ready for this turn of season! As you prepare to indulge your desire for fun and excitement, because there are plenty of parties and special occasions this week for you, work with quartz to magnify your upbeat mood and neroli essential oil for balance. Make sure to set aside time for just you and your partner. He or she may be needing more of your attention this week!
Capricorn (December 22–January 19)
Capricorn, you’ll receive news this week of a change in your family or social circle that might surprise you. Don’t worry—it’s good news! In love, put your partner’s needs first this week. He or she will be grateful you did. Work with aquamarine to understand your emotions—as well as those of your partner—and basil to bless the changes ahead.
Aquarius (January 20–February 18)
Aquarius, you are looking at all your professional options this week as you think about your goals and how best to achieve them. In love, your partner wants to support your professional goals so include them in your plans. Work with jade for success and orange essential oil for energy and achievement.
Pisces (February 18–March 20)
Pisces, you may be feeling somewhat misunderstood this week but don’t fear—this momentary phase will bring you closer to someone special. In love, try communicating more openly. Don’t expect your partner to be a mind-reader. Work with rose quartz to help you feel held, and fir balsam or pine essential oils for strength and kindness. /By Dr. Athena Perrakis, PhD