In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 12:11 p.m. on Thursday, October 19. This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 27° of Libra. To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 27° 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 provide us with opportunities for new emotional starts in the areas associated with the sign involved. The higher expression of Libra’s energy is cooperation, diplomacy, and patience. The lower expression can be indecisiveness and dependency. Libra is very focused on relationships of all kinds (e.g., personal, business, societal), and a Libra New Moon is known to bring increased peace and harmony to our personal or social contacts.
However, this New Moon in Libra is exactly opposite (180°) Uranus, which is the planet most often associated with change and disruption. Therefore, in order to achieve the positive aspects of peace and harmony, we may need to make some adjustments in one or more of our relationships. This may involve stepping out of our habitual patterns in order to see things differently. Because Uranus is located in Aries, the changes may involve becoming more independent, especially if we have recently become a bit too dependent on someone else.
If we don’t consciously choose to make the adjustments brought into our lives by Uranus, the energy of this planet can act pretty radically. Its role is to bring something to our awareness. Libra is all about balance (i.e., it is represented by the scales of justice), and a re-balancing of some kind is needed. However, even Libra understands that when something is very out of balance, it may take a major swing of the pendulum before equilibrium is eventually achieved. Therefore, Uranus may need to destabilize a relationship that we have convinced ourselves is “fine.” Without shaking things up, we would continue to delude ourselves.
However, the presence of so much Libra energy will help us navigate any changes instigated by the Uranus energy. For example, Libra is an air (mental) sign. Therefore, if we feel emotionally triggered around the time of the New Moon, it will help to tap into Libra’s ability to be objective and relatively detached. Libra also brings with it compassion for both sides of a situation. This is the sign that is always looking for a win-win solution; therefore, if we can take a deep breath and objectively detach as much as possible, the Libra energy will help us see possible solutions that we previously didn’t see. And Libra is in the cardinal modality, which will give us the energy we need to take action on those solutions.
Luckily, other supportive influences are present. Uranus is part of a free-flowing grand trine (i.e., equilateral triangle) with Saturn and the North Node. This configuration will support us in recognizing that solutions may involve changing something (Uranus) by looking into the past in order to more effectively move forward into the future (the Nodal Axis). Given the involvement of Saturn, any changes should be taken seriously and may take some time, but any responsible actions will likely move us toward creating a more secure foundation. With all 3 corners of this grand trine in fire signs, this will also support us in taking any necessary action to move beyond conflict. And with the North Node located in Leo, we are being given one key to resolving relationships issues: Our hearts can serve as our guidance system.
At the time of the Libra New Moon, Mercury and Jupiter are in a very close conjunction (0°) in Scorpio. Although Scorpio’s energy can often be more withdrawn and secretive, the blended energies of these two planets means that we will have a plethora of thoughts going through our minds and communication will take center stage. Additionally, Mercury and Jupiter are in what is called an “out-of-sign” conjunction (0°) with the New Moon in Libra. Because they are located in different signs, this softens the impact of the conjunction. However, their presence will be felt because of the powerful planets and signs involved. The Sun and Moon in Libra put the focus on relationships (as explained above), and Jupiter in Scorpio supports us in deeply exploring any relationship issues that might need healing, especially if they involve the use (or misuse) of power. And Mercury in Scorpio will urge us to engage in those deep conversations that will lead to healing and greater intimacy. Libra loves anything that is focused on partnerships, so this energy could lead to some very important breakthrough conversations, if both parties are willing to be honest and cooperative.
Before and after the New Moon, three planets change signs, which also supports the climate of change over the next two weeks:
- Mercury moves out of Libra and into Scorpio right before the New Moon on Tuesday, October 17. It will remain in that sign until November 6. After the affable, social energy of Libra, having Mercury in Scorpio often means that idol chit-chat suddenly feels like torture. We want conversations to be deep, probing, passionate, and intense. Our ability to think through and talk about difficult topics increases during this time. We are seeking “the truth” and are willing to turn over any rocks that might be hiding that truth from ourselves or others. Our minds will be very sharp and analytical during this time, but we do need to avoid becoming overly focused or obsessive.
- After the New Moon on Sunday, October 22, the Sun moves into Scorpio and Mars moves into Libra. They will remain there until November 23 and December 10, respectively. The Sun in Scorpio ushers in a month-long period of intensity and passion. Whatever we choose to shine our light on (Sun) needs to be something that we are passionate about (Scorpio). It’s also a time when that light will illuminate things that have been hiding in the shadows. Secrets can be revealed now, especially those involving the misuse of power. Luckily, having Mars move in Libra is good timing. It increases our motivation to act harmoniously and graciously in our relationships, which may soften the often “the truth hurts” approach of the Sun in Scorpio. It also motivates us to form strategic alliances that meet the needs of both parties. Again, when combined, these two energies could be very positive. Scorpio will insist on honesty and the healthy use of power, and Libra’s cooperative, genial attitude means that any actions taken within our relationships will be softened. This could lead to the strengthening of any partnerships.
Tuesday, October 24, brings a trine (120°) between Mercury and Neptune. This would be a good day to engage in any creative activities that require accessing our imagination (e.g., writing, art), especially if words are involved in some way. This can also be a highly intuitive day when thoughts come to you “out of the blue.” Although you may not be able to explain to others how you reached certain conclusions, that doesn’t mean they aren’t valid.
Then on Thursday, October 26, the Sun will form an exact conjunction (0°) with Jupiter, and luckily, this aspect should impact us for several days before and after the actual event. This is a time when we should feel self-confident, energetic, optimistic, and happy. Whatever we have recently been striving for will seem within our grasp, or we will at least have increased faith and hope in a positive outcome. Given the Sun is in Scorpio, this would be a good time to shine light on any fears (which will diminish their power) and to take steps that lead to growth in whatever is important to us.
The next day (Friday, October 27), Venus will square (90°) Pluto, and this could bring to the surface issues that need to be faced in our relationships or finances. To good news is that we can use the Sun-Jupiter conjunction that is still influencing us (see above) to help recognize that our unhappiness (and happiness) is largely of our own making. Later in the day, a sweet sextile (60°) between Mercury and Pluto will help us mentally explore our feelings and even lead to open discussions with those involved.
Overall, this dynamic Libra New Moon puts our focus squarely on our partnerships. Change of some kind is being called for, and the involvement of Uranus means that those changes could be unpredictable and/or surprising. If we can flow with the changes that come up, this could be a time of unexpected breakthroughs. The only real question is whether we will allow these changes to occur the easy way (e.g., flowing, accepting) or the hard way (e.g., resisting, kicking, screaming). It may help us accept what is happening if we can look ahead to the future and see the reason that these adjustments are needed. With Saturn in a sweet sextile (60°) to the Moon, we have support to emotionally adjust to these changes; however, Saturn also tells us that we probably need to take our time to do so. So be patient and remember, “Don’t be afraid to change. You may lose something good, but you may gain something better.” (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 27° of Libra
- Thursday, October 19, 2017, 12:11 p.m. PDT
- Thursday, October 19, 2017, 3:11 p.m. EDT
- Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:11 p.m. GMT