NEW MOON IN LIBRA – A time for sorting through the rubble to find the hidden gems (September 30, 2016)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 5:11 p.m. on Friday, September 30.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 9° of Libra.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 9° 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.

New Moons always offer us opportunities for new beginnings in the areas associated with the sign involved.  This time, the focus is on Libra, which is a cardinal air sign.  Air signs are all about mental energy, and the cardinal modality means action.  So Libra is always thinking, even over-thinking!  The good news is that this thinking allows us to see all sides of a situation or issue; however, it can also lead to being unable to make decisions.

The higher expression of Libra, which is what we should strive for, is balance, harmony, cooperation, and diplomacy.  Its symbol is the scales, and its focus is finding balance between opposing things.  The goal is not just balance.  It is integration and wholeness.  But balance is the first step.  And with this New Moon, we have a chance to look more closely at what we need in order to feel balanced in one or more areas of our lives.  (If you have your natal chart, the house where the New Moon falls may give you an indication of the areas in your life that need attention.)

With Libra’s energy, the desire for improved balance is often related to our relationship with ourselves versus others, our masculine versus our feminine sides, our tendencies toward dependence versus interdependence, and/or our expressive versus receptive sides.  Through training and experience, we often emphasize one side of the continuum over another, and this New Moon in Libra gives us a chance to explore whether the emphasis needs to be renegotiated, given who we have become at this point in our spiritual journey.

The best news of all is that Jupiter is conjunct (0°) this Libra New Moon.  Jupiter is often referred to as the “happy planet,” and it definitely brings increased optimism and hope at the time of the New Moon.  In fact, whenever Jupiter conjuncts the Sun, it sometimes correlates with positive experiences that sometimes feel “lucky.”  But Jupiter is also the planet associated with beliefs, morality, and ethics.  Therefore, we may find ourselves looking at what is “right” or “wrong” for us within many different types of relationships.  We need to keep in mind that our associations with others are our greatest training ground when it comes to our life lessons.  Those around us provide a mirror that reflects back to us what we like or don’t like about ourselves.  They also show us where we have made progress versus where more growth is needed.  So if, for example, someone in your life requires us to be tolerant, then we need to use our free will to choose to learn the lesson of tolerance.

Around the time of this Libra New Moon, some good questions to ask ourselves would be, “What part(s) of myself do I feel comfortable sharing with the world?”, “What part(s) of myself do I want to hide from others?”, “What feelings or thoughts can I express freely . . . which do I hold back?”, and “Are there situations in which I pull back my power in order to keep the peace but at my own expense?”

Venus, which is the ruler of Libra, is currently in Scorpio.  This placement will prompt us to feel deeply and passionately about whatever we desire, including finding that balance discussed above.  Also, we are not satisfied with superficial conversations or connections.  We long for intimacy, whether that is with others or with ourselves.  Venus also brings finances into the picture, and efforts to find equilibrium may be needed in that arena, too.

A series of aspects within a few hours after this Libra New Moon will influence its expression.  Pluto is squaring (90°) both the Sun and Moon, which could cause us to use our power in unhealthy ways, possibly even as an unconscious need for attention.  Luckily, a harmonious trine (120°) between Venus and Neptune can help us bring harmony and reconciliation to the table, if we consciously make this choice.  However, Mercury will oppose (180°) Chiron, which may bring up old wounds.  And with the Moon in opposition (180°) to Uranus, it may be hard for us to find our emotional center when faced with the reality of our wounded inner self.  Given all this planetary activity so close to the New Moon, it is best to not make any decisions until at least the early part of the week.  With Chiron involved, it will be best to use all this energy to focus inward to find ways to heal those wounds in a way that brings more harmony and balance into our lives.

On Tuesday, October 4, Uranus and Pluto move close enough to reactivate some of the Uranus-Pluto square (90°) issues that were present between 2012 and 2015.  The square isn’t a strong square, but it will likely promote a time when many of us will be revisiting the many powerful changes that occurred during our lives since 2012.  It is important to take time now to process all of these transformations and find the important gems that can be extracted from the rubble.  This may best be framed as a time of integration, when we look back at where we started and try to put it all into perspective.  And given that we have recently completed the series of Saturn-Neptune squares (90°) between November 2015 and September 2016, our focus will likely be on integrating more stability and increased spirituality into our lives.

The same day (October 4), the Sun forms a sweet sextile (60°) to Saturn.  Our light can shine bright now, especially in areas where we are responsible or where we are a leader.  But this doesn’t tend to be a glamorous time.  It’s a time for hard work that reaps benefits.  We will likely feel stable and grounded.  Productivity is the goal, but it will entail slow and steady progress.  We could even start a long-term project now, and our realistic outlook ensures that success is possible.  But overall, this aspect brings patience, perseverance, and a strong work ethic, which will help us move toward our goals.

The next day (Wednesday, October 5) brings a square (90°) between Mars and Jupiter.  Overreactions or even overestimations of our own capabilities are possible, especially with our relationships and/or finances.  We will feel energized, but we need to be sure to channel this energy constructively.  It’s important not to overlook important details and to keep our plans realistic.  And luckily if we choose to use it, a supportive sextile (60°) between Venus and Pluto can bring both imagination, power, and progress, but only if we think before we act and don’t get lured into using force rather than power.

On Friday, October 7, Mercury moves out of Virgo and joins the Sun in diplomatic Libra, where it will remain until October 25.  Given the current political climate, this is an excellent time to have the planet of communication and mental ability in a sign known for calming rough waters, being able to negotiate, and priding itself on seeing all sides of a situation.  However, a square (90°) between the Sun and Pluto the same day could make Friday a stormy day; with its influence lasting a few days before and after the actual event.  We may feel a strong desire to regain control over something in our lives, and we could consciously or unconsciously use whatever means we feel are necessary to gain or maintain that control.  Abuse of power is common under this aspect.  However, the best use of this energy is to be focused on honesty and trust within our relationships.  And due to other aspects over the weekend, we will be best served if we loosen the reins and allow needed change to occur.  The result will likely be more balance, harmony, structure, and even freedom in our lives.  But overall, be patient over the weekend with any disrupted plans.  They may actually take us in unexpected but productive directions.

A series of aspects on Tuesday, October 11 make for an astrologically active day.

  • Mars will sextile (60°) Neptune, and this is a nice aspect because Neptune will likely soften the warrior nature of Mars. Some astrologers describe the energy of this aspect as “the peaceful warrior.”  If we are open to its influence, we may have the courage to take steps toward our dreams or we might intuitively discover amicable solutions where none seemed to exist before.  Charitable acts, compassion, and forgiveness are also indicated.
  • A conjunction (0°) between Mercury and Jupiter will likely have us feeling optimistic and allow us to “see the big picture.” We may feel a strong need to verbalize our beliefs and ideals, and our powers of persuasion can be stronger than usual.
  • Venus trines (120°) Chiron, which will bring wonderful, supportive energy to our relationships and finances. We have a chance to heal now in any area of our life, and we are open to making a commitment to someone or something.  A good use of this energy is to see the potential and yet build trust for long-term success.

Overall, the energy of this New Moon in Libra will likely feel much lighter than the heaviness we experienced during the previous two eclipses.  Due to Jupiter’s presence, many of us will feel more optimistic and jovial than usual.  We may even feel like we are emerging from a dark period of fear and anxiety; and for some of us, it could feel like a major turning point in our lives . . . a time when we can more clearly see a happier and more fulfilling future.  However, there’s a lot of extra energy swirling around right now, so it’s likely that some projects will be started but not all projects will be successful.  Actually, this may not be the best time for making decisions or taking actions.  But that time will come.  Most of us are still trying to sort out all the profound changes that have occurred due to the Uranus-Pluto squares (2012-2015) and the Saturn-Neptune squares (2015-2016).  This will take some time, but we are beginning to see light shining at the end of a long tunnel.  Those lights may not be bright or even fully in focus yet, but we are beginning to feel safer and more secure in our present, which bodes well for our future.  So for now, focus on increasing balance and peace in your life, and remember, “Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” (Unknown)

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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY

  • Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
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SOME 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 9° of Libra

  • Friday, September 30, 5:11 p.m. PDT
  • Friday, September 30, 8:11 p.m. EDT
  • Saturday, October 1, 12:11 a.m. GMT

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