The Libra New Moon happens on Friday, October 4th at 11 degrees Libra 56 minutes at 5:34 pm MST/PDT. Here’s the horoscope: LibraNewMoon2013. The symbolic glyph for Libra is the scales of justice, weighing and balancing hearts and deeds. But Libra is NOT inherently balanced. In reality, Libra is the sign of extremes. It is learning balance. Most commonly, Libra learns balance through its relationships with others.
Libra initiates a variety of relationships with a diversity of people and through the process of comparing and contrasting, comes to know itself as a uniquely different individual. Through its relationships with others, Libra learns to treat others equally and to be treated equally by others. You might think this is a simple task. It isn’t. Maintaining harmonious relationships requires a balance of power as this balance utterly dictates the reality of the relationship. For illustrative purposes, take just a moment and think about a few important relationships in your life. Now thinking about each of these people, answer the following questions as they relate to the balance of power in these relationships: Who has the upper hand most frequently? Who’s really in charge? Who most often gets their way and who most often gives in? How’s that workin’ for ya? Perhaps something has recently occurred that’s now demanding that some adjustment(s) be made?
Relationship crises will abound this month as these necessary adjustments are made between friends, lovers, adversaries, enemies, families, neighbors and even nations. Saturn in Scorpio will bring up deep and powerful emotions and feelings. Uranus in Aries will want to have its own way no matter what. Saturn’s trine to Chiron in Pisces will have some looking for a savior and some looking for a scapegoat. But Saturn also represents the need to grow up and to take complete responsibility for your own actions – including the choice to be in the relationship in the first place! Relationship crises have/are occurring and choices must now be made about how to change and move forward – together or alone.
With the fourth of seven square aspects (from June 2012 to March 2015) between revolutionary Uranus in Aries and evolutionary Pluto in Capricorn coming up on November 1st we are approaching the mid-point in the current window of opportunity for a quantum shift in human consciousness prophesied for this time. Reference the recent about face in the confrontation between the United States and Syria, as well as the new potential thaw in US/Iran relations as evidence of a quantum shift in human consciousness that’s well underway. As above, so below. As within, so without. Science now knows that consciousness creates reality. Our shifting collective human consciousness is indeed creating new realities that are different than our past realities of continuous warfare and dominance over others. How is your reality shifting? How is it changing the way you think and behave? This extraordinary time in human history is empowering radical changes in our world, one person at a time.
Libra is ruled by Venus which is currently in Scorpio and just completed a square aspect (90 degrees) with Mars in Leo. Venus and Mars are also associated with relationships as these two planets represent women and men respectively. The square that just occurred between them also symbolically represents the energy of crisis forcing choices and decisions about how to proceed or move forward with necessary changes to the relationship. Old relationship patterns are breaking down; new ways of relating are now required. Many relationships are currently renegotiating balance of power issues. We need look no further than the growing rift between the ‘establishment’ and the ‘Tea Party’ wings of the Republican party in the United States to see evidence of a relationship ‘adjustment’ relative to power sharing that’s currently unfolding.
Obviously, such relationship changes and adjustments require serious discussions between the parties involved. What’s important in these discussions is a recognition that EVERYONE involved has legitimate needs and desires that must be met in order for the relationship to be successful. How they are met and in what order is not so important as striving towards a final tally that ‘feels’ fair to all involved. Some relationships are just naturally equal. No one really ‘keeps score’ but things always seem to just feel even. Some relationships are inherently unequal like bosses and employees, or parents and children. But in the end, EVERYONE involved has legitimate needs that must be met! So its time to talk about what’s working and what’s not working and to find the intestinal fortitude to be forthright and honest in declaring and standing up for your own wants and needs.
It will also be equally necessary to sincerely listen (a key Libra lesson) and make an effort to truly hear what the other person is saying they need and want! When effective listening occurs in relationships, appropriate giving and receiving follows. Proper giving and receiving is a PRIMARY FACTOR in both establishing and maintaining a healthy balance of power within relationships. Inappropriate giving is often the unwitting result of a classic Libra attribute — the need to be needed! But too much giving creates a sense of duty, obligation and ultimately resentment when the receiving party begins to feel that they OWE the giver. The balance of power is disturbed and undermines the health of the relationship.
Mercury (information and communication) just entered Scorpio (deep emotions and trust issues) where its slowing down for it’s final retrograde of 2013 from October 21st to November 10th. This influence powerfully supports the process of digging up, revealing or otherwise exposing facts and truths that have been buried or hidden or just kept secret. It will help us confront and discuss our deepest needs and desires so healing can occur. Information shared in this way will prove to be crucially important to decisions being made now especially regarding important relationships.
And finally, eclipse season is upon us again! On October 18th a Lunar Eclipse occurs at 25 Aries and two weeks later on November 3rd a Solar Eclipse happens at 11 Scorpio. Eclipses always energize and accelerate the manifestation process so events associated with them typically turn out to be quite important in scope or consequence. These two eclipses herald an upcoming change in the focus of our collective human consciousness shifting our attention from the power of resources (the people in power) to the power of relationships (the power of the people). Can we finally transcend the need to dominate others in order to feel secure? Can we finally begin to see others as equals? The celestial patterns are encouraging such evolutionary progress but of course, as always, we must make the free will choice to do so…
Finally, this New Moon pattern also includes an exact inconjunt (150 degrees) angle between Saturn in Scorpio and retrograde Uranus in Aries. The inconjunct angle is yet another crisis indicator! This aspect represents crises that occur as a result of being blocked by outer circumstances or forces that powerfully and effectively oppose what you’re trying to accomplish. This pattern is designed to make overly willful or overly egotistical people think twice about HOW they are going about pursuing their goals. It will block any and all efforts by these people to move forward unless and until they learn to equally consider the needs of others.
So take time this month to reevaluate what you really need and what you really want. Find the courage to openly, honestly and effectively communicate these needs and wants to the important ‘others’ in your life. And finally, become a much better listener when it comes to hearing what others are saying they really need and want. Dig deep to find and face your own fears especially regarding relationships. And know that the most successful societies in human history have been characterized by a shared commitment to consistently considering and meeting EVERYONE’s needs, not just those of a chosen, privileged few!
This article is a brief summary of my live presentation/analysis of the New Moon chart in an approximate hour-long audio recording that includes dates/descriptions of significant upcoming astrological aspects for the month. The audio recording is available on CD or mp3 file formats for $15. Contact meif you wish to purchase the audio recording.
The next New Moon is at 11 degrees Scorpio and is a Solar Eclipse! It occurs on Monday, November 3rd at 5:50 am MST/PDT.
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