This is the first New Moon following the autumnal equinox and is the doorway to the period leading up the winter solstice, which marks the end of one solar year and the beginning of the new one.
Any New Moon in Libra always draws attention to our one-on-one relationships, matters of equity and justice, making informed decisions, and focusing attention on the “other” rather than ourselves. Libra is the halfway point of the astrological year and a good time to look at what has happened since the New Moon in Aries six months ago. With five planets in air signs in this chart, the intellectual approach to problem-solving is favored.
Since Mercury in Libra is retrograde on the New Moon, reviewing old business is a far better option than attempting to start something new, even though Mars is still conjunct Mercury, encouraging us to take action. Perhaps a better use of this cardinal energy is to sit down with our partners and take a look at what works and what doesn’t. The trine from Mercury in Libra to Neptune in Aquarius is still in effect and very helpful for taking the high road and applying a generous dose of compassion and empathy.
Venus, Libra’s ruler, has recently moved into Scorpio and is closely semi-sextile the Sun-Moon conjunction, strengthening the bond between them. While Libra really does prefer to stay in the mental realms, Venus in Scorpio can be very insistent about the need to look deeper and examine our motives and the “whys” behind our obsessive behaviors. What do we need to do for emotional housecleaning? Do our relationships truly benefit both parties, or would separation be the best course? These are the type of questions to ask now.
In addition, an inconjunct from Uranus in Pisces to Mercury in Libra still is resonating in the atmosphere. Uranus can be very persistent in reminding us of the need to be true to our authentic selves, and this inconjunct to Mercury can be the mosquito in our gardens flying around our heads bugging us to pay attention to ensure our own needs are being met.
The sextile from Mars in Libra to Pluto in Sagittarius will be exact on October 1. We have a window of opportunity here supporting our efforts to clear out the debris in our lives generated by the T-square with Pluto on the last Full Moon. Of course, we can always ignore this and go on as we have, but keep in mind that sooner or later, Pluto will demand his due.
The grand trine with Jupiter in Capricorn, Saturn in Virgo, and Vesta in Taurus is once more in effect. This pattern was also in the sky during the eclipse on August 16, but Venus and Mercury were in Virgo conjoining Saturn then adding their bit. This is the bare bones version but the message of healing through taking a practical, grounded approach is still there. Because we are working with the flowing energy of the trine, to get the most out of this pattern, we must consciously choose to do so.
The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is 7 Libra: A woman feeding chickens and protecting them from the hawks, with the keyword GUARDIANSHIP. In 360 Degrees of Wisdom, Lynda Hill writes that there is the perception that one’s guard can’t be let down without someone, or something, taking advantage. This symbol is most closely tied to the slightly irritating semi-sextile between Venus in vigilant Scorpio and the New Moon in Libra, representing our nurturing side. The trick here is to avoid being overly protective and allowing others to make their own choices, facilitating the learning process.
Perhaps the best use of this lunation is to recognize where we are receiving genuine love and support and nurture those connections. It never hurts to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us and thank them for their help and being there for us. Oh yes, remember to practice moderation in all things including moderation . . . that’s Libra!
posted by Neith . . .
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That’s a Maxfield Parrish painting. :o) I know his style anywhere.
It is indeed, Joe! For some reason, the mouse roll over title I added works in some browsers but not others. I have both IE7 and Firefox and in IE7 when i run my mouse over the image, it says “New Moon by Maxfield Parrish”. But nothing happens in FireFox.
I love the wonderful illustrators from around the turn of the century into the 20’s & 30’s. They produced very high quality work day in and day out. That’s tough!
I still can’t decide what to make of this New Moon. It’s been very interesting from a Merc Rx perspective, that’s for sure. Let’s just say it’s about an important relationship and communication and agreements – when is that ever NOT the case????
For Libras, it seems we are ALWAYS dealing with relationships one way or another. Whether it’s our spouses, SO’s, business partners, best friends, etc. And with the Sun, Mercury, Mars and until recently Venus in Libra, Libra issues are dominant. Another factor may be the waxing opposition (always about bringing two elements into balance) between Saturn & Uranus.
We will feel a shift when Mars moves into Scorpio at the end of the week. Mars in Libra has just exacerbated all the bickering. Plus all of us with lots in Libra have had (or will have) Mars conjuncting those bodies by transit. I know this has made me testier than usual . . . :-)
It never ends! And with Mercury retrograding over all these Libra ‘issues’ (and also being the ruler of my Moon) you better believe the relationship drama and talks are never-ending! Good grief, I’m trying not to think about what the Saturn-Uranus opposition might mean to a Sun-Saturn and Sun-Uranus couple… :sigh: