The Libra New Moon happens on Friday, September 30th, at 5:11 pm MST/PDT, at 8 degrees Libra 15 minutes. Here’s the chart: LibraNewMoon2016.
Libra is the sign of relationships. Libra initiates a diversity of relationships with a variety of different types of people. Through comparing and contrasting itself with others, Libra discovers who it is as a unique individual.
Thousands of years of Patriarchal conditioning, characterized by hierarchy, dominance, exclusion and self-interest, has distorted this natural relationship phenomenon. As a result, comparing and contrasting has become an instinctive process of ‘ranking’ ourselves and others to determine who’s better, richer, smarter, more attractive or more successful. In short, comparing and contrasting has devolved into determining who’s above us or below us on a social status scale.
The scales, Libra’s symbol, are universally associated with balance. However, most Libras are NOT inherently balanced. LIBRAS ARE LEARNING BALANCE. Nearly ALL the well-known attributes of Libra including peace, harmony, fairness and justice cannot be achieved unless and until there is equality – or balance – between genders, races, nations and species. Pope Paul VI spoke truth when he famously said, “If you want peace, work for justice.”
This Libra New Moon will challenge us all to reach for greater balance and equality in all of our relationships.
From time to time, most people experience imbalance to some degree or another in various areas of their lives. As scales weigh and balance, they too can become unbalanced, tipping to one side or the other, sometimes to an extreme degree. Symbolically, this reflects Libra’s association with EXTREMES. It will come as no surprise to most Libras that they, more than any other sign, experience extreme imbalances in their relationships with others. And it will also come as no surprise to any one who’s paying attention, that our world is reaching a tipping point relative to EXTREME IMBALANCES – environmentally, politically, economically and socially.
The underlying factor most often responsible for imbalances in relationships is unequal resources. Marriage counselors know all too well that money is the primary cause of conflict and arguments between partners that ultimately leads to divorce.
In recent years the phrase ‘income inequality’ has entered our social discourse and become a rallying cry for political campaigns the world over.
Political power exists almost exclusively in the hands of a very small number of wealthy elites in most countries. The special interests of the wealthy few are consistently catered to by their paid lobbyists and the government officials that they essentially ‘own’ through campaign contributions and the dark money that underpins most electoral processes.
However, extreme inequality and imbalance are not limited to human relationships and resources alone.
The natural world is also extremely out of balance due to environmental degradation. Climatologists have been sounding the alarm for decades about the increasing frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events as a result of pollution, deforestation and the acidification of the oceans.
Any extreme imbalance will inevitably reach a tipping point where re-balancing naturally occurs. This is graphically represented in the ancient symbol of the natural forces of YIN and YANG. In relationships, rebalancing often results in break-ups. In nature, natural disasters like disease outbreaks, earthquakes and landslides restore balance. In politics, wave elections sweep the opposing party into power. And in societies, extreme power imbalances between the wealthy and the poor lead to revolutions!
Venus rules Libra and is therefore the planetary ruler of this New Moon. Currently moving through Scorpio, Venus is diving into the emotional waters of intimacy, trust, shared resources, motivations, desires and power, to reflect upon experiences of loss, abandonment and betrayal that have created deep wounds and emotional scars. Feelings of powerlessness and an inability to trust others is often the result of such wounds. With the relationship theme of this New Moon focused through Scorpio, there’s a need to confront and heal these wounds. In the process, personal power is reclaimed. Health and wholeness are restored and as a result, we can relate to others as equals once again.
Venus rules both Taurus and Libra. Taurus is the ‘inner side’ of Venus and is associated with YIN energy or energy that moves inwards towards our center. Libra is the ‘outer side’ of Venus or YANG energy which is energy that moves outwards from our center. This dual rulership provides crucial understanding relative to healing our relationships. THIS IS BECAUSE THE QUALITY OF OUR INNER RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR SELF (Taurus) ALWAYS MANIFESTS IN THE QUALITY OF OUR OUTER RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS (Libra).
This truth reflects the natural law of correspondences. It’s what is meant by, “As Above, So Below” and “As Within, So Without.” If you love, honor, respect and care about yourself, you’ll attract others who love, honor, respect and care about you. If you judge, criticize and don’t value yourself, you’ll attract others who judge, criticize and don’t value you.
Evolution ALWAYS proceeds through the opposite sign. With Venus currently traversing Scorpio, to evolve we need to learn the lessons of Taurus which are self-reliance and self-empowerment. We must learn to meet our own needs ourselves which is, in and of itself, empowering. It builds personal confidence and trust and belief in ourselves. As Venus traverses Scorpio over the coming weeks, we’ll all have the opportunity to heal our relationships with others by healing our relationship with our self. To do so we must be willing to confront our personal wounds, reclaim our personal power and let go of co-dependent behaviors and victim consciousness rooted in a belief that we need, and therefore expect, others to take care of us and fulfill our needs.
Venus and Neptune are higher and lower ‘octaves’ of the same energy – the energy of love. Venus rules earthly, human love that is often conditional. Conditional love is given based on conditions or expectations of personal needs being met. Neptune rules divine love that is unconditional and given no matter what.
The South Node is always encouraging us to let go of the past and what we’ve outgrown so that evolution can proceed. In Pisces, letting go of negative emotions and victim consciousness will further facilitate forgiveness and compassion, of ourselves and others. Through Pisces, we can transcend the fears that have conditioned us for so long.
The trine aspect is quite favorable allowing energy to flow easily between Venus, Neptune and the South Node. This energy can manifest as rewards or benefits received due to prior and current efforts. Of course Neptune and Pisces are also associated with the sacred elements of life. They represent spiritual development and our connection to the Divine Source of Creation. Venus trine Neptune and the South Node can ease the letting go process and provide readily available spiritual guidance, comfort, inspiration, benevolence and unconditional love and support.
There are two difficult challenges inherent in the Libra New Moon chart pattern. The Sun and Moon in Libra are inconjunct (150 degrees) retrograde Neptune and the South Node in Pisces, and they’re square (90 degrees) stationary Pluto in Capricorn.
Pisces is often associated with delusion, deception, confusion and depression. It rules escapist tendencies like substance abuse. This sign is also associated with a victim consciousness. Stationary planets are quite powerful. Pluto just stationed direct on September 26th completing a five month retrograde period. So it’s essentially standing still in the heavens. While Pluto represents the evolutionary process itself, it also represents our deepest security needs which often result in resistance to necessary growth and change.
The inconjunct angle is always associated with crises. Crises alert us to the fact that something’s not rooted in reality and requires necessary changes and adjustments in order to be resolved or healed. The Sun and Moon in Libra inconjunct Neptune and the South Node in Pisces will likely reflect distortions in how we’re seeing others. They caution us to be aware of the risks and dangers inherent in the idealization of others. Placing others on a pedestal nearly always guarantees bitter and devastating disappointments and disillusionment when they inevitably fall of that pedestal. The adjustment that’s required is removal of the rose-colored glasses through which we choose to see only what we wish to see instead of the truth or reality. Human beings are, well, human, NOT perfect! Mere mortals can never provide the ultimate meaning in life; that can only come through a relationship with the Divine Source.
The square between the Sun and Moon in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn is a waning or 3rd quarter square. This square reflects equally difficult and challenging circumstances. This square will likely reflect significant differences in relationships with others, particularly with those in positions of power or authority. The energy of this square manifests through a crisis of consciousness. Often this translates to what to believe or what’s really true? At this juncture, evolution proceeds through realizing the limitations in consensus or ‘mainstream’ reality and its expectation to conform to its values, beliefs, customs and norms. Evolution now requires moving beyond these limitations to embrace timeless, universal values and principles like respect for life, honesty, tolerance, forgiveness, kindness and compassion.
The Sun and Pluto are both associated with leaders and with power. The recent death of Israeli ‘founding father’ Shimon Perez reflects the energy of endings often associated with the Sun square Pluto.
This challenging pattern advises patience and maturity in dealings with and by powerful people, and important and consequential events or situations where sharp differences or disagreements exist. Some relationships will no doubt come to an end. Others will choose to move forward and do the difficult but important work of collaboration and reconciliation.
On a macro level, this energy is also reflected in the diplomatic breakdown between the United States and Russia over military cooperation in the war in Syria. Of course its also quite evident in the current US Presidential campaign and election process.
And it’s clearly evident in the current struggle between the representatives of over 200 tribes and their supporters who call themselves ‘water protectors’ who have gathered in North Dakota at a make-shift tribal encampment, and local and state law enforcement officials and national guard, as well as security personnel hired by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, who want to construct a pipeline across sacred burial grounds and under Lake Oahe, a Missouri river reservoir which is the sole water source of local Native American tribes.
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose cause has drawn international attention and thousands from across the globe to join their protest, has challenged the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits for the $3.8 billion, 1,172 mile pipeline that would transfer North Dakota crude through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois. The federal government immediately stepped in following a judge’s decision against the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s legal challenge against the Corps. President Obama called for a halt to the final permitting process until a thorough review of all permitting procedures and meaningful consultation with the tribes occurs. He also just convened a conference of national tribal leaders and federal officials to discuss native sovereignty and treaty rights.
Libra’s lesson of learning to LISTEN to one another is crucial to achieving meaningful resolutions. Forcing your will to get your way or attempting to dominate others will only lead to power struggles that likely won’t end well for either party involved. Here again, Libra will teach us that while we are all special, unique and DIFFERENT, we are all also EQUALLY valuable and deserving of respectful consideration. Remember that Venus/Neptune will provide Divine assistance. Be willing to ask for and act upon higher, spiritual guidance and inspiration. Consciously choose to wield your power wisely, to creatively and fearlessly confront issues that need to be healed. Attempting to overpower, manipulate or control others or circumstances will likely result in destructive outcomes.
Globally, the powerful combination of Libra (equality in relationships) and Capricorn (Patriarchal conditioning based upon hierarchy and domination) will increase the pressure from grass roots movements, through protests and even legal actions, that demand greater accountability from social, political, business and religious leaders in countries all around the world. Nations too will feel pressured to make important choices relative to disputes and differences to avoid escalating conflicts.
On a more personal level, the Sun and Moon in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn will probably bring important turning points in many relationship matters. Some relationships will end while others will choose to do the work of healing wounds and conflicts. They’ll move forward in ways that recognize the equal value and importance of differing desires, values, beliefs and opinions between partners.
Saturn rules Capricorn and has been moving through Sagittarius since December 2014. Through Sagittarius, Saturn is compelling a review of personal and collective beliefs to determine if they are rooted in truths. Saturn will square the Moon’s Nodes on October 7th. This celestial event also reflects the need to make important choices.
Right choices will reflect healthy alternatives that support personal and collective well-being and bring improvements to crises or unresolved problems. ‘Walk your talk’ and stand in your personal truth while allowing others to do the same. Take complete responsibility for ALL your choices, both those made in the past, whose consequences are now evident, and those made presently that will create future realities. This planetary configuration may also manifest through landmark legal decisions that have far-reaching impacts, as well as significant choices that affect religious, educational and transportation matters that have wide-spread implications for many.
And finally, Mars also connects with Pluto this month. On October 19th, these two planets of will and desire will come together at 15 degrees Capricorn to begin a new two year cycle together. Their current cycle began in November 2014. Mars always instinctively acts upon our desires. Our desires emanate from the Soul, which for most of us operates at an unconscious level.
Reflecting Capricorn energy, these desires will likely have to do with leadership and authority, career paths and responsibilities associated with family, community or country. Since Capricorn also rules ambition, many people will be focused on pursuing goals and projects that will bring social recognition. Remember the wisdom of responsibility that Capricorn teaches. Consider the effects your actions and choices will have on relationships with others. And be sure to finish up all the loose ends from Mars/Pluto’s current cycle before rushing full speed ahead towards new goals and desires associated with the upcoming cycle.
This Libra New Moon points to the need to return to ways of living that are based upon Matriarchal values. Matriarchal values are LIBRA values! These include giving, sharing, inclusion and group interests. Matriarchal consciousness realizes we are all in this together! Matriarchal values are rooted in right relationships. We NEED this planet we call home to be healthy since our very survival depends upon it. And we benefit from working together and helping one another. Accordingly, we need a healthier relationship to the planet, and healthier relationships with one another. To restore health we must restore BALANCE. To restore balance we must recognize our common humanity. We must see one another as different but EQUAL. And we must do a much better job of sharing resources and power. In truth, we are indeed all EQUAL in the eyes of the Creator…
The Scorpio New Moon is on October 30th at 10:38 am MST.
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