Happy Autumn!! I have just returned from Peru during the Blood Moon eclipse, and now making ready to embark on the Goddess Tour of Egypt for this month’s October Full Moon. It seems the Goddess is really using the energy of the Full Moons to connect these “star gates” and enhance humanity’s acceptance of the New Earth Heart energy. (My November trip is now closed, but Egypt: March 2016 early registration discount is in effect until Dec 15.) In the meantime, if you have been wondering how the planets will be lining up in your chart for 2016, I am offering a “New Year’s Special” beginning Dec 1st. It also makes a great gift!
New Moon in Libra October 12, 2015
This is the first New Moon following the Autumn Equinox (signifying the karmic balance between the light and the dark) and also completing the lessons of the Full Moon Blood eclipse. Libra teaches us that as we balance our own “shadow”, we learn more about ourselves and all our relations. Every New Moon is a “birthing” of light, which gives us the opportunity to plant new seeds; to begin anew; to shine the light of consciousness into the void. This New Moon in the sign of Libra will allow us to see our relationships in a new light. Balance, partnership, and co-operation are the Libran code. The sign of Libra teaches us that we are never alone in the universe; we are in a constant dance of co-creation with Spirit. Libra is ruled by the planet Venus, the planet also associated with love, beauty and partnership. In Western astrology, the symbol for Libra is the scale; it is the only glyph that is an inanimate object showing that, in its ideal state, the air sign, Libra, “balances” mental discernment with love. It is the sign that follows Virgo’s sense of perfection and precedes Scorpio’s intensity and passion. Libra excels in diplomacy, social graces, the arts and aesthetics. The “shadow” side of Libra can be eternal procrastination, fear of commitment and the blame game. It is time to “own” the shadow projections. Everyone wants to be loved, but where are we out of balance? How have we allowed fear to dictate our decisions? Are we addicted to dysfunctional relationships? Are we capable of loving ourselves? Following last month’s eclipses, these are important questions to ask ourselves.
Because Libra is ruled by Venus, we find many writers, musicians, dancers, designers, artists and models born under this sign. Since they have such well-developed “people skills”, Librans also make excellent diplomats, negotiators and counselors. Individuals with strong Libran planets can be very charming; they are the “people pleasers” of the zodiac.
When Librans are out of balance, they often become overly dependent on others and may have difficulty making their own decisions. Although they have many friends, they have difficulty with dealing with their own emotions. Psychologically, this may result in passive/aggressive behavior with close partners, as they are not comfortable with personal confrontation. (Aries, the god of war is their opposite sign; and therefore, Librans can project their anger outside themselves, but have trouble owning it. They function best when they can channel this energy into an artistic or intellectual pursuit (many writers and poets are Librans).
The part of the body ruled by Libra is the kidneys. It is important for Librans to drink lots of water to flush out toxins. Sugar and excessive amounts of caffeine should be avoided whenever possible. Also learning how to channel anger and repressed emotions is important for their physical (as well as mental) well-being. Acupuncture, yoga, Chinese medicine and herbs can help support a sluggish adrenal system. Librans do have a strong sense of “fair play” and a social conscience to match. Some famous Librans are John Lennon, Gandhi, Bill Clinton, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Michelangelo, Eleanor Roosevelt, Donna Karan, and Emily Post. Where you find the sign of Libra in your horoscope (by house placement, as well as any planets in the sign) is where you find your “heart”. This is where you find what you love; what makes you happy; your personal sense of style and aesthetics; and how you “play” with others.
Mercury, the planet of communication is conjunct the Sun and Moon now in the sign of Libra signifying the need for balance and cooperation in our thinking patterns. It is necessary to create balance and harmony with our words. Diplomacy, cooperation and partnership can make inroads where brute force cannot. Mercury is also very close to the North Node emphasizing the importance of karmic relationships in our lives right now, especially after last month’s eclipses. Be very aware of who comes into and/or leaves your life at this point. We now have the power to attract positive relationships, once we process our own “shadow” (the work of last month’s eclipses). Since Mercury is now direct, it is important to move on and not cling to our old dysfunctional patterns of relating.
Uranus in Aries opposite the Sun and New Moon in Libra: Uranus tends towards impatient and rebellious actions, as well as hasty words and decisions. It is important to really listen now before taking any rash actions. Insights and perceptual shifts can also occur. As volatile as this aspect seems, it can really speed things up in terms of letting go of old patterns. The operative rule of Libra is: “all things in balance”.
In the ancient Egypt of 5,000 years ago, the original symbol for the sign of Libra was the sun rising over the hilltops. However, Libra has come down to us through the ages as being represented by the glyph of the scales. In ancient Egypt, the Goddess Maat is the Goddess of Truth, Justice, and Right Balance (Karma). She is the Goddess who oversees the “weighing of the heart” of the deceased on the karmic scales. The heart is weighed against her white feather of truth, and the heart must be found lighter than the feather, in order for the individual to pass on to paradise. Maat was not born from another god or goddess. She has been around since the beginning of creation as the principal of cosmic order; she is consciousness itself. Even the Sun God, Ra, lives by the cosmic order of Maat. From Maat, we learn the concept of inner balance (male/female, yin/yang), which becomes the hallmark of Libra.
**Editor’s Note: Mary was just on Goddess Alive Radio with a Fall Astrology Update – listen to the archive here