In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 5:05 p.m. on Monday, October 12. This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 20° of Libra. To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 20° 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 that occur in the sign of Libra always put the spotlight on new beginnings or setting new intentions within our relationships. Cooperation, diplomacy, and balance are important keywords now. And typically, a Libra New Moon is a pleasant time when our relationships are harmonious. However, this one has our relationships coming under fire in the forms of change and transformation.
At the time of the New Moon in Libra, Uranus is opposing (180°) the Sun and the Moon, which may cause us to want to change our roles, rules, or relationships if they are keeping us from expressing our true essence. We may receive sudden insights, revelations, or shifts in perspective that lead to radical changes in our lives. It is likely time to break free from any relationships that involve codependence or are one-sided. Healthy relationships allow both parties to freely express their feelings and to be provided with “a safe place to fall” (Marianne Williamson). It’s important to remember that Uranus is only disruptive if we resist that change, and change is likely now. But it is best to avoid sudden changes that could cause negative reactions. Therefore, recognize that change is needed and then go slow.
Additionally, a square (90°) between this New Moon in Libra and Pluto is making this a very powerful event. Pluto is all about transformation, and it can also cause emotions to run high. Those changes discussed in the previous paragraph could result in rebellious acts or extreme reactions that undermine our efforts to move toward harmonious, win-win solutions. But we may also gain new perspectives if we actively engage in all this change and transformative energy, rather than running away or denying it is happening.
It is important to remember that all of our relationships are meant to teach us things about ourselves. With the New Moon in Libra squaring Pluto, we are being asked to see more clearly how those around us are mirrors of our souls and what we often dislike in others is part of our “shadow self” . . . that part of us that we have put into the shadows because we believe it is “unacceptable.” We can also deny those parts of us that are good because we don’t feel we are good enough, worthy, or capable. By embracing and loving all of the fragmented parts of ourselves, we move toward wholeness. We do this by becoming more compassionate with ourselves and others.
Mercury and the North Node are also in relationship-oriented Libra at the time of this New Moon. This may help us find easier ways to communicate, using methods that are balanced and diplomatic. Again, this may require growing in our ability to be compassionate and accepting of differences. We need to listen and speak from the heart. With all of this radical transformative energy swirling around us, it’s important to let go of any need to “outsmart” someone and, instead, focus on opening up negotiations, respecting each other as equals, and seeking compromise. There is a potential now for brilliant insights, if the desire to fight can be avoided.
Venus is squaring (90°) Saturn during the time of the New Moon. This also emphasizes that many of us are very likely reassessing our values, beliefs, and boundaries in relationships. We may be feeling unappreciated and ready to “give up.” Saturn’s energy can feel harsh to Venus’s tendencies to want to love everyone. But squares often require a change in direction, and Saturn’s involvement is telling us to take full responsibility for our choices, especially within our relationships. If we really do want to things to be different, we are going to have to change.
Right before the New Moon:
- Just a reminder that a few days before the New Moon (Friday, October 9), Mercury stops moving in retrograde and begins moving direct again. Over the next few days, we will see communication becoming clearer. If we have been using the Mercury retrograde period wisely, we will be ready to take action on those ideas that we have been reviewing, refining, and revamping.
- On Sunday, October 11, the first of three harmonious trines (120°) occur between Jupiter and Pluto. (The next two will happen on March 16 & June 26, 2016.) This very positive aspect, which will be in effect for about the next two weeks, will help many of us discover a more positive attitude toward work and our health (Jupiter in Virgo). Some of us may even experience profound transformations and healing (Pluto) that will have long-term benefits. Jupiter asks us to focus on our belief systems, so it is an important time to recommit to living by our own inner compass and not base our decisions solely on what is best for others. This can help us convert seeming losses into gains by maximizing the use of our inner gifts and resources.
On Tuesday, October 13, a sweet sextile (60°) between Mercury and Saturn will help stabilize our thinking. Ideas will begin to crystallize. Given the tumultuous energy of the recent New Moon, this aspect may help us regain our focus and communicate more effectively. It’s a good day to get organized, do work that involves attention to detail, and get prepared for the future. Decisions made at this time will likely be practical, well thought out, and have a positive payoff in the future.
Thursday, October 15, sees Mars trining (120°) Pluto. This will give us energy(!!!), and we will definitely feel motivated to achieve our goals. We may be able to quickly find solutions and get a large number of tasks done in a seemingly short period of time. Given Mars is about to be conjunct (0°) Jupiter on Saturday, October 17, our energy surges during these few days could feel “over the top.” Many of us feel ready to take on any challenge, but we do need to be careful that you we don’t over estimate our abilities. Yes, we can get a lot done right now that will lead to a bigger, better future; however, we also need to realize that overconfidence can result in problems and regrets later on. Physical exercise is a good outlet for those who feel jittery or agitated due to excess energy. This is actually an excellent time to start a new fitness regime or any activity geared toward self-improvement. But we can also become overly competitive or take foolish risks; so keep an eye out for these ineffective uses of this energy. Instead, seek wise actions that will promote long-term changes.
On Friday, October 16, Venus will oppose (180°) Neptune. This can soften our hearts and decrease the instinct to be judgmental, and it can also increase creativity, empathy, and romance. However, just be a little cautious. This aspect can also cause us to have a hard time differentiating between fantasy and reality. Don’t sacrifice everything for the sake of a beautiful dream. Money can slip through our fingers easily today, and tomorrow we may regret what we did. Yes, the increased creativity and compassion that come with this aspect are wonderful, but be sensible and avoid any major decisions for a day or two, especially if they involve relationships or money.
Thursday, October 22, sees a square (90°) between Mercury and Pluto. Today could see an increase in negativity, secretiveness, and mistrust, either in the thoughts and words of others or in our own inner thinking. Try to avoid reading between the lines with a negative slant. However, don’t allow yourself to be bullied. Sometimes silence says more than a thousand words. And if we do end up using our words, we need to remember to be absolutely honest (with others and ourselves). This can actually add power to what we are saying.
Overall, this New Moon in Libra puts our focus on all of our relationships . . . romantic, family, friends, business, societal, etc. We are being asked to look at where we need to bring more equality and balance into our lives. This may require tinkering with existing relationships so the balance is more equitable between giving and taking. However, due to the opposition to Uranus and the square to Pluto, this New Moon will very likely result in changes and transformations. As humans, we often don’t like change, but we need to not resist it. It’s meant to take us to the next step on our soul’s evolution. And some relationships may need radical changes or even need to be left behind in order for us to become our true selves. Although the road leading up to these decisions can be painful, remember that, “One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change” (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)
- New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.
New Moon at 20° of Libra
- Monday, October 12, 5:05 p.m. PDT
- Monday, October 12, 8:05 p.m. EDT
- Tuesday, October 13, 12:05 a.m. GMT