This month’s New Moon on Monday, October 15, finds both the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 23° of Libra. To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 23° of Libra in your birth/natal chart. The issues associated with that house are going to be most affected by this New Moon’s presence.
All New Moons offer us an opportunity for a new emotional start and a chance to set new intentions. This month, the New Moon is in Libra, which is a cardinal air sign. The astrological sign of Libra is about balance, partnership, peace, harmony, and cooperation. Cardinal energy is about new starts and taking action. Air signs are associated with mental activity. So this new moon in Libra is about an increase in intellectual, mental energy flowing into the realm of relationships.
The gifted astrologer Kathy Rose calls this New Moon in Libra the “Relationship New Moon.” This is a good time to ask yourself, “Where do I need to find a new balance in my life, especially in my relationships?” For those seeking new alliances, this is a good time to find the “right” person/people to support you on your path, both personally and professionally. For those already in personal or professional relationships, this is a good time to reassess mutual goals. We are all being asked to move to a new definition of fairness and equality in our relationships, and this may involve becoming aware of the imbalances and injustices in our personal lives and on a societal level.
However, before you begin cutting out relationships or social groups due to perceived imbalances and injustices, it’s important to understand that Venus (the ruler of Libra) is exactly sextile (60°) Mercury at the time of this New Moon in Libra. This can bring out idealism; and because it occurs with the New Moon in Libra, this means that that idealism will likely focus on our relationships. While being optimistic is a positive quality, being idealistic within our relationships can often lead to disappointment(s) when the behavior of the other person(s) doesn’t match our expectations. We all need to watch for this tendency and accept that not everyone is ready to step into the potential that we may see within that person. Or we may have to consider the possibility that our “idealistic view” of someone else is actually simply a projection of what we want or need that person to be and isn’t based in reality. Our goal, at this time, should be to accept where the other person is at without judgment.
Additionally, at the time of this New Moon in Libra, Venus is trine (120°) Jupiter, which will often broaden one’s circle of friends and associates. And on this very active day astrologically, fresh approaches to work and play may become apparent when productive Mars trines (120°) innovative Uranus.
On Monday, October 22, the Sun moves into Scorpio. This fixed water sign focuses on “digging deep” into the depths of our psyche for the purpose of healing and transforming. This can involve exploring our desires (and fears) and uncovering hidden resources. The lower expression of Scorpio’s energy can be resentment, secrecy, and jealousy. A much more productive use of this energy is to use any comparisons to others to inspire action. For the next month, transformation will be the name of the game, and we are being encouraged to descend into the darkest reaches of our psyche to discover a treasure of profound awareness that facilitates change.
And then on Thursday, October 25, the Sun will form a powerful conjunction (0°) with Saturn. This will likely provide many of us with a dose of reality. Because we always have free will, you can choose to either (a) let the deep probing of Scorpio dim the enthusiasm of the Sun or (b) let the Sun’s brightness illuminate Scorpio’s depths. The gift of this transit is purpose and commitment. It can support us in putting our life into order through the use of both patience and discipline.
Back on August 29, I briefly mentioned that the Lunar Nodes moved into new signs, where they will remain for about 18 months. A friend of mine, Tami Driver, shared information from Sonia Francis about this shift that I have been waiting for an opportunity to share with all of you. The skies have been so active lately that I haven’t had a moment to do so, until now. I think you’ll see why it feels Divinely Timed to cover this topic as the Sun moves into Scorpio on Monday, October 22.
As of August 29, the South Node is now located in the sign of Taurus. The South Node represents the skills and talents that we have developed over many lifetimes. In Taurus, it has to do with material safety, stability, and a desire to feel comfortable and peaceful. The North Node shifted into the sign of Scorpio. The North Node represents what we need to learn in order to move forward on our path as a spiritual being. In Scorpio, the North Node is supporting our passionate exploration of our shadow sides . . . those parts of ourselves that we tend to push away and determine to be “unacceptable.”
Our challenge during this 18 month period is to learn our lessons (North Node) and not retreat and hide out in our old, more comfortable behaviors or beliefs (South Node). With the North Node in Scorpio, our goal is to bring light and love to those parts of ourselves that need to be accepted and empowered. We need to move toward what Gestalt therapists refer to as “an integrated self” from which health and well-being spring forth.
If we avoid digging deeply to find these disowned parts of ourselves, then we will find ourselves becoming obsessed with the South Node issues . . . we will focus on our material security and seek peace and comfort. You may be able to do this for a while, but the North Node has a way of “forcing your hand.” In other words, you can acknowledge and deal with your shadow side consciously or be dragged kicking and screaming. It’s your choice! But always remember that balance is what’s important. You do need to seek inward for the shadow side, but you also need to acknowledge and address your needs for material security and peace. Both are equally important!
Overall, this New Moon in Libra is putting the spotlight on all manner of relationships . . . within our society, within our personal or spiritual community, and with our family and friends. Ask yourself, “What can I do to bring more balance, beauty, and harmony into my life and into the world?” It is also important to be aware of any tendencies toward idealizing within our relationships and, instead, to be realistic and approach everyone from a place of non-judgment and unconditional acceptance. And with the Sun moving into Scorpio on Monday, October 22, and the relatively new influence of the Nodes in Taurus and Scorpio, we are also being asked to look inward at our shadow side so we can find a new place of stability in the world. As Rumi has said, “Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
- New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.
- New Moon at 23° of Libra
- Monday, October 15, 2012 at 5:03 a.m. PDT
- Monday, October 15, 2012 at 8:03 a.m. EST
- Monday, October 15, 2012 at 12:03 p.m. GMT
INFORMATION TAKEN FROM
- The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
- Various online sources
- Anne’s interpretations