LIBRA NEW MOON - 19 October 2017
Exact at 8.12pm BST, 3.12pm EDT
This Moon is an invitation to step outside of our comfort zone and try something new on for size. We are currently being given the opportunity to shed old patterns and habits that quite simply aren’t serving us anymore. The energy of the New Moon is quietly potent and whatever seeds we sow now, whether consciously or otherwise, have the power to blossom and grow over the course of the next month. The theme of this New Moon is relationships and balancing extremes, as the Sun and Moon are forming their monthly union in Libra, the sign of balance, equality and relating to others. Not only that, Libra’s ruler, Venus, is also in Libra which places further emphasis on finding balance and equality in our relationships with others. We have a chance to contemplate what we would like to change moving forward and what patterns of relating we would like to leave behind in the dark of the moon. We could be made all too aware of where we are stuck in certain patterns, and our relationships could give us the perfect opportunity to confront and embrace the parts of ourselves that are hidden in the shadows.
Libra helps us to become more aware of who and what we are through the mirror of our relationships. Those unowned or unrecognised aspects of ourselves often show up through the people that come into our life, and this can be either very uncomfortable and irritating or beautifully validating and comforting, depending on what part of ourselves are being mirroring back to us! Libra is known as the sign of balance, but in fact it represents the need in us to find balance between extremes, as the scales can so easily tip too far in one direction. As such, this New Moon could help us to face the discordant or extreme aspects of our nature and reconcile them somehow. It is quite likely that our relationships will provide the insight, opportunity and impetus needed to take a long hard look at ourselves and make the necessary changes. Libra also teaches us the art of really listening so that we can truly understand where the other person is coming from and what their needs are rather than simply hearing them through the lens of our own reality and needs. It is so easy to think we know what the other person needs rather than understanding what they actually need! In Libra we learn how to relate to one another as equals, finding the middle ground so that one person doesn’t dominate the relationship.
In the same token, it is so easy for us to project our unmet or unfulfilled childhood needs onto other people, unconsciously expecting or needing them to somehow make us feel safe and secure. However, this is not their job! One of the lessons of Libra is to learn self-reliance, learning to meet our own needs and nurture our individual path instead of depending of a relationship to somehow complete us. Our experiences with our parents in childhood can so easily be projected onto others, so that we play out old patterns of relating over and over again within our lifetime until we finally recognise them and make efforts to develop new, healthier patterns. We can easily attract our abandoning father or controlling mother, for example, in order to confront and heal the all too “familiar” theme or dynamic that we have been dealing with our whole lives. These people that come into our lives are a gift; an opportunity to work on unresolved material that is the major source of soul growth for us in this lifetime. This New Moon could give us the chance to make great strides in this area, as those close to us could provide us with a very clear mirror with which to see and break the patterns that hold us prisoner.
With Jupiter sitting right next to the Sun and Moon, having just moved into Scorpio on October 10, there is much impetus and benefit to be gained from facing ourselves bravely and honestly! Jupiter will be in Scorpio for the next thirteen months, bringing the potential for amazing growth and expansion through diving into the shadows and facing our fears, darkness, intimacy issues and anything that lurks beneath the surface of our consciousness. Jupiter has just left Libra and this has definitely exaggerated the imbalance and opposing extremes that exist within us, both personally and collectively. Jupiter, being the largest planet, now has the potential to exaggerate and magnify the energy of Scorpio for the next year, so we could experience more obsession, fanaticism, power struggles, death/rebirth, shadows becoming visible, manipulation, betrayal, loss, all of which are Scorpio themes. However, we could also gain tremendous benefit from diving into the darkness of our own psyches and being brave enough to own our shadows. There is amazing potential for deep soul transformation this year, as we transcend our limitations, purging old, outworn patterns that are preventing growth. This Moon kick starts Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio, as the mirror of our relationships brings opportunities to really face ourselves with true emotional honesty.
Uranus, the Great Awakener, is opposite The Sun and Moon, bringing the potential for some shocks or surprises to occur through other people, waking us up to our full potential and our true nature. Uranus is known for blasting through blocks and breaking down old habits or patterns by creating sudden events and experiences that give a bit of a shock to our system so that we can make necessary changes. We could experience sudden outbursts of anger or frustration from ourselves and others, or people acting erratically and seemingly out of character. However, the underlying purpose is to show us where we have fallen into unhealthy ruts within our relationships and to liberate us from any situations that are restricting freedom or preventing us from being ourselves. Uranus is in Aries, the sign opposite Libra, and is encouraging us to be true to ourselves and our own needs, standing up for our rights and being utterly authentic. It is quite possible that what other people show us in the mirror could give us a bit of a jolt, awakening us to aspects of ourselves; our blind spots that are usually hidden from view. We could experience a very valuable eye opener or epiphany that makes us more consciously aware of some old habit that is sabotaging our relationships and going against our true self.
Uranus and Saturn are currently part of a Grand Trine with the North Node of the Moon, helping us to break down old behavioural patterns and find new ways of being that are more in line with who we really, truly are rather than who we have been conditioned to think we “should” be. We will probably be able to see our old conditioning much more clearly in the coming month so that we actually have a chance to start to create new patterns and ways of relating that are healthier and more in line with who we are becoming. The North Node of the Moon, which represents where our greatest growth currently lies, is in Leo at the moment, so we are being encouraged to reclaim the parts of ourselves that we may have left behind and to fully participate in life, allowing ourselves to truly shine. Leo reminds us that we are the co-creator of our reality; the director of our own play and invites us to have some fun deciding what that reality might be! There is a playful, spontaneous aspect to Leo that we are all being asked to tap into at the moment, and with Saturn and Uranus in on the act we have the potential to make our visions of our future (Uranus) more concrete and real (Saturn). Uranus and Saturn will complete their trine on 11 November, so the energy will be building until then.
All in all, the energy of this time points towards making a break with the past and finding new ways of being and of relating to others. We are in a new paradigm now and the old way quite simply isn’t working anymore. We are somewhere that we have never been before, forging a new path that leads us into unfamiliar territory. With the Saturn Chiron square building there is a sense that enough is enough, and as painful as it might be it is time to break these old patterns, facing our selves honestly and with integrity so that we can allow our higher selves to run the show instead of our old fears, habits and beliefs. So often what people seem to be “doing to us” is merely them validating a belief that we have been carrying with us our whole lives, such as “I’m not good enough”, or “Daddy doesn’t love me”, or “I have to be a good girl and achieve or mummy won’t love me”. We attract people into our lives that reinforce this belief over and over again until we finally recognise that the belief itself is what needs to change before our relationships can shift. This is that time. We have the potential for healing to occur, but not before we really become painfully aware of and accountable for whatever is keeping us stuck in a holding pattern and preventing growth.
The Sabian symbol for the New Moon, at 27° Libra, is: “An airplane sails, high in the clear sky”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “A consciousness able to transcend the conflicts and pressures of the personal life… This picture symbolises the capacity, latent in every individual, to contemplate the stress of existence in our world of duality from a higher level.” We are being offered an opportunity to see ourselves objectively, from a more detached place. Looking at things from the bird’s eye perspective allows greater clarity and awareness of things that we somehow couldn’t see before, bringing “transcendent realisation”. Uranus’s involvement in this Moon could help jolt us into this state of detached, objective awareness of where we are stuck and what needs to change in our lives. Our blind spots could well become more visible and our patterns more obvious. With this clarity we can make good use of this New Moon by consciously letting go of anything that is holding us back from healthy, fulfilling lives and relationships and by setting positive intentions to move forward and grow. This Moon holds such amazing potential for clear understanding and change, but it is up to us what we do with it!