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NEW MOON IN LIBRA SEPT 30, 2016
This is the first New Moon following the Autumn Equinox (signifying the karmic balance between the light and the dark; yin and yang), and this is also the first New Moon following the two powerful eclipses of September. This New Moon in Libra is also known as a “Dark Moon”, since it is the second New Moon occurring in one month. The Dark Moon emphasizes the major changes brought to light by the eclipses; it pushes us in new directions, new relationships. Traditionally, Dark Moons enhance the “hidden” side of the feminine, our subconscious memories, dreams, and reflections.
Libra also teaches us that as we balance our own “shadow”, we learn more about ourselves and all our relationships. 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, and Michelangelo.
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 identify your passion; what makes you happy; your personal sense of style and aesthetics.
Jupiter Conjunct the New Moon: Jupiter has now moved into the sign of Libra with the New Moon. Jupiter teaches us to be more optimistic and to open our eyes and hearts to new ways of relating to others. Peace talks; legal issues around women, marriage; and food are all in the news when Jupiter joins the Moon. Balancing the scales of justice with compassion and equality are the new order. ALL lives matter on planet Earth.
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.