NEW MOON IN LIBRA – Enjoy this calm before the storm (September 23, 2014)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 11:13 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23. This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 2° of Libra. To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 2° of Libra in your birth/natal chart. The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

Two days before the New Moon (Sunday, September 21), a powerful square (90°) between Mars and Neptune could produce energy that is difficult to manage. Mars is the planet of assertive action, and Neptune is the planet of compassion and intuition. You may feel impatient with anything that is not very stimulating. It is possible to “act out” simply to bring excitement to your life, without considering the practical implications. A healthy use of this energy would be the use of “compassion in action” and allowing ourselves some free time to let our intuition provide us with gentle nudges in the “right” direction.

Then the next day (Monday, September 22), Pluto ends its yearly retrograde period and begins moving direct again. Because Pluto moves so slowly, this change in direction will be gradual. But over the next few weeks, we’ll see deep desires and even hidden secrets come up into the light of day. And given this change occurs in close proximity to the New Moon in Libra, we may feel a subtle but powerful need to have our relationships be based on equality and respect. We are ready to take a big step forward, but this may require that we face any unresolved fears so we can discover the hidden gifts and resources that we didn’t even know we had.

The same day (September 22), the Sun enters Libra, which represents the Fall Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere (the Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere). For about a 3-day period, we will experience a reduction in the magnetic field around the Earth. This biannual event provides us with a time when we can more easily access higher dimensions. Equinoxes are considered energetic gateways and times of reorientation. And given its close proximity to the New Moon in Libra (see below), this Equinox is a particularly good time to set new intentions and goals within your relationships.

This New Moon in Libra (Tuesday, September 23)is often referred to as the “Relationship New Moon.” Key words for Libra include partnership, diplomacy, cooperation, harmony, peace, balance, objectivity, and patience. As with all New Moons, this is a time for new emotional starts and setting new intentions, particularly in the areas associated with the sign. Libra is a cardinal (action) air (mental) sign. Consequently, we may experience a lot of mental activity in the realm of our relationships and feel ready to take actions that implement those ideas.

The archetypal symbol associated with Libra is the scales, which means that we are being asked to see both sides of every situation. Relationships involve two people, and seldom are two individuals going to agree on everything. This is a good time to talk with partners of all kinds (e.g., romantic, business) about your mutual goals and how you can create win-win situations through balance and compromise. Overall, this is a good time to ask yourself, “Where do I need more balance in my life, particularly in my relationships?”

An interesting astrological side note: Neither the Sun nor the Moon make any major aspects to other planets at the time of this New Moon, except to each other. This lack of aspects is unusual, and it’s particularly awkward for relationship-oriented Libra. Although much work can still be done in the arena of partnerships, you may be feeling like you are ready to dance but you can’t find your dance partner (or your dance partner hasn’t yet come back from getting something out of the car). But this lack of strong activity related to this New Moon in Libra marks the beginning of a two-week period of relative peace. Do your best to enjoy this time period because it’s the proverbial calm before the storm. The Aries Full Moon occurring on Wednesday, October 8, will stir things up because it is also a Lunar Eclipse. This will usher in a major dose of energy that will encourage (force?) changes in our lives. So take this time to breathe, focus on your relationships, and establish a firm foundation of balance, which will help you navigate the impending swells more successfully.

On Thursday, September 25, there will be a powerful trine (120°) between Jupiter and Uranus, which will impact us for several days before and after the actual event (including the New Moon). This is an intuitive alignment that brings through enthusiastic innovation, bold concepts, and big plans. Intuitive leaps are possible, and unconventional solutions to existing problems may “come out of the blue.” The best way to nourish this aspect is to approach everything with a curious mind and a willingness to take calculated risks. We may also experience unexpected good luck, especially if we have faith in the future and believe in limitless possibilities. An added advantage of this alignment is unexpected opportunities for travel and/or education.

Mercury moves into Scorpio on Saturday, September 27. Our thoughts and our words will become more intense now. We want to probe the depths of all ideas and seek truth, even if it involves uncovering hidden information. Our focus is intense and our thoughts can be profound. Superficial conversations will often annoy us, and we will long for mental conversation about things that interest us. Yes, our minds can become very focused, just don’t let it get to the point of being obsessive.

Luckily, two days later on Monday, September 29, Venus moves into her home sign, Libra, where it will stay until October 24. Mercury in Scorpio means that our minds want to go deeper, but Venus in Libra means that our hearts will become lighter. So this placement of Venus will soften the impact of Mercury in Scorpio by providing a calming and gracious influence in all forms of partnership. It also allows us to objectively evaluate whatever we value, including our finances. Yes, there is a risk that we might become indecisive or compromise too much in order to please others. However, having Mercury in deep-thinking Scorpio will likely keep us from getting lost in codependency or indecision for very long.

On Saturday, October 4, there is a stressful square (90°) between the Sun and Pluto. We may feel like others are trying to manipulate or dominate us, or we may be the one who feels a need to manipulate or dominate others. Rebelling against the rules and any authority figures may sound appealing, partly because you feel a strong need to make changes in your life. Additionally, this stressful square is followed a few hours later by a trine (120°) between Mars and Uranus. This energy may help us see new solutions to long-standing problems and have the courage to implement those changes. But with both aspects, it’s important to remember that true change takes time. Avoid taking any foolish risks or taking action simply because you feel your life is boring or stale.

And finally, on this same day (October 4), Mercury begins its final retrograde period of 2015, and it won’t turn direct again until October 25. During this 3-week retrograde phase, Mercury will start off in Scorpio, but pretty quickly move back into the sign of Libra. So this will likely be a time period when we will be rethinking, reconsidering, and reevaluating our partnerships. Reassessing resources of all kinds (e.g., finances) is also indicated. This is a good time to reconsider all of those grand ideas that came up during the trine between Jupiter and Uranus on September 25. Make sure you aren’t missing something that would sabotage any long-range goals, especially those involving others. These Mercury retrograde periods aren’t anything to be afraid of. Instead, reframe them as important times to go inward for reassessment (all re- words are important now). They truly are only “dangerous” when we forget that we aren’t as good at details during this time. So double (and triple) check all written work, documents, and contracts.

Overall, this New Moon in Libra is asking us to remember the more we know about and accept ourselves, the deeper will be our connection to others. When Libra is emphasized, balance and cooperation are key elements in creating harmony. We are not being asked to compromise our needs in order to have a relationship. Instead, we are being asked to engage in mutually beneficial relationships that do not require either party to compromise their values or goals. And the more we heal our own issues, the more we will draw into our lives healthy relationships . . . ones that honor who we are and what we want and need from life. As so beautifully stated by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, “The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.”

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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY

  • Anne Reith, Ph.D. (www.AnneReith.com)

INFORMATION TAKEN FROM

  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)

REMINDER

  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

NEW MOON

New Moon at 2° of Libra

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 11:13 p.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 2:13 a.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:13 a.m. GMT