The Libra New Moon – October 4, 2013
Libra is the ancient sign of marriage; this refined and peaceful sign in associated with love, beauty, and balance. On the surface this New Moon resembles an elegant garden party just like the one at the end of season two on Downton Abbey; women in long cream colored silk frocks and men in white suits sip tea and play croquet on a great expanse of a lush green lawn. Do you remember what happened next? Lord Grantham receives a telegram announcing that the United Kingdom is at war with Germany marking the beginning of World War 1 and everything changed.
Like the scene on Downton, this charming Libra New Moon lands in the middle of a war zone; that gate crasher Uranus (in Aries) is opposite the New Moon; deep, dark Pluto (in Capricorn) makes a square to it; plus giant Jupiter (in Cancer) has joined the party. Add the Libra New Moon and we have a stressful grand cross. Everything is changing. Or rather, like World War 1, whatever has been brewing below the surface is finally exposed.
“Love brings up anything unlike itself for the purpose of healing.”
– Sandra Ray (Loving Relationships Workshop)
Venus, the ruler of Libra, in obsessive Scorpio (Pluto’s sign) makes a demanding square to Mars in Leo. In mythology Aphrodite (Venus) had an affair with Ares (Mars). Venus was married to Hephaestus (the Roman Vulcan) the smithing god who crafted the magnificent equipment and weapons for the other gods on Mount Olympus. Hephaestus made a chain-link net to capture the lovers in the act. Take note: emotions are intensified, long-standing issues come to a head, and actions have consequences. Is there good news? Absolutely! You can’t change something unless you are aware of it; this New Moon reveals whatever is broken and in need of rebalancing.
“If I could give you one piece of advice, it would be – “To tell the truth.” Second piece of advice: “All the time.” – Randy Pausch (The Last Lecture)
Uranus, Pluto, and Jupiter are powerful and transformational so give them a big job, a higher purpose. Power struggles can break out and tempers can explode but don’t waste time fighting against something; fight for something; a relationship worth saving, a creative project, or your own self-worth and sanity. Dig deep, tell the truth, be willing to look at what’s not working and take responsibility. Be sure to take exquisite care of yourself. Practice loving kindness towards yourself and others. “Compassion is not compassion if you exclude yourself.” –Buddha Ultimately, this Libra New Moon initiates a new cycle of healing and hope.