We are still, as always, a part of the great becoming. We are not settled beings. We are not dusty nouns. We are best suited as undefined, unpredictable adjectives and verbs, moving, shaking, dancing, and crying through the days and nights. Who am I? Who are we? Where are we going? The dark of the moon may spark many questions such as these as well as the energy to receive the answers. Remembering that the right questions may always be better than any answers we may deduce, attempt to remain open and curious to whatever experiences come your way, and at peace with the uncertainty of you.
The New Moon in Libra,aligns into being on Thursday, preparing a backdrop of intensification and potential change. The New Moon aligns at 26 degrees of Libra, exactly opposite Uranus, the planet of sudden, shocking, unexpected change which, along with Jupiter and Mercury in Scorpio, provides a climate of focused change and emotional attunement. This is a very dynamic alignment. The many different ways that we come together to get things done: in love, learning, and enterprise are ripe for immediate, sudden shifts. Expect the unexpected. Saturn continues to burn in Sagittarius and sits on the ascendant of the chart set for San Francisco, suggesting that this is serious business. This is a full accountability chart and regardless of how off guard an event or circumstances may catch you, you will be responsible, as Saturn always teaches, for how it is handled. Your response-ability may be worked
There is a great contradiction in this chart, in this energy. Libra personifies collaboration, harmony, understanding, reflection, working together, and partnerships. The New Moon here suggests all of those dynamics of working together. Yet it is directly opposed to Uranus, the planet of freedom and autonomy, the planet of de-conditioning. It seems that there is something powerful to be considered about the way that we do this, the way that we partner with one another. One of the questions to ask may be: what are the conditioning patterns that I bring into my partnerships? What do I assume are the rules of being in union with another? What people, ideas, and institutions instilled these ideas in me and are they still mine? If they’re not really mine, what are my ideals regarding the guidelines of coupling? Maybe even more importantly, how do I communicate these questions, this discourse, openly, honestly and sincerely with the individuals that I am relating with?
Ideally, the freedom and autonomy to act, grow, think and operate within our various relationships would be inherent, but this is not always so. There was something said above about having the right questions...here’s more: How much are we giving and/or taking from our partners? What are the assumptions in place in our relationships? How much room does each individual have to their becoming? An alignment like this will bring these dynamics to the forefront and, depending on how one is situated within a partnership, may produce shocks that make it unavoidable to address.
As fortune would have things, there’s an aspect of the chart that provides a path of accomplishment, if you are confronted (or presented :) ) with these questions and dynamics (it’s entirely possible that this occurs subtly, or nothing happens at all). That path lies in the midpoint structure. Midpoints are a valuable tool that helps parse more subtle aspects of a chart. In short, any 2 planets or points (the midheaven for example is a point-an orientation-that although does not exist in and of itself, has powerful manifestations) can be understood as connected by finding the point that exists between the 2. Generally, when 2 planets or points are connected through and aspect (degree of separation, i.e. conjunct, sextile, square, trine, opposition are the main ones) they’re energy works together. Utilizing midpoints we are able to highlight more subtle and effective connections that are not as visible or consciously present. The path of fulfillment in this chart has Venus at the midpoint of Mars and the midheaven.
This midpoint, Mars and the midheaven, suggests aspects of an individual's will to accomplish (Mars) with their calling in life (midheaven). These points combined, or where they meet, reflects one’s thoughtful pursuit of accomplishment, their will to action, their vision and path to success in career, one who is direct in their goals and prepared to do what it takes to accomplish them. Adding Venus to this, where the New Moon finds outlet (Venus as the ruler of Libra), brings that energy to the relating aspects and all the questions presented by the chart alignment. Imagine the force of will and accomplishment combined with the grace and purpose of Venus and this could translate into visionary manifestations of love. Could there be anything better than visionary love? What would be your vision? How would that love manifest? How would you accomplish that? Perhaps those are the best question to ask.
How will this New Moon affect you personally? Check in with me and we can talk about just that. It will depend on several factors, but most simply, it depends on the shape and orientation of you chart. If you haven't seen your chart, check in with me and I'll happy draw one up and send it to you. If you want to dig down deeper and find more of the mystery of yourself, call or email and we'll set up a meeting.
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Libra is the beginning of the social movement of consciousness from the Northern hemisphere’s personal expense and out into the world of other’s. Libra energy is concerned with relationships and understanding one’s self through the reflection of other’s experience. This is where the self-propulsion (Aries), values(Taurus), modes of thinking and communicating(Gemini), ancestry and emotional response (Cancer), creative expression (Leo), and style of service (Virgo) are met with, understood, and objectified through interaction with others. This makes Libra energy extremely social, necessarily so, in order to have a multitude of examples to compare and contrast with their own. This also makes Libra a great understander of personal motivations, to understand what their partner, friend, student, or teacher needs, and what kind of reactions to expect from another’s experience. Therefore, Libra has the ability to make things happen in harmonious ways and very often seeks to wield power in this way. Libra is the great articulator of what is just, the great peacemaker, a warrior in the service of harmony.
Libra is a cardinal sign. Cardinal energy moves things and in this case it will be moving people and the energies and events that surround making people feel right (or maybe the way they want to feel). Harmony is a delicate thing, very easily disturbed, and maintaining this can be cumbersome. The strong desire (cardinal energy) to maintain this delicate peace, can be an energetic drain on folks with high Libra energy. This energy exists to help the seeker learn about haste, and pacing, and of course their place. There are times and places to intercede and times and places to let go, and learning that, observing that, engaging with that for the purpose of harmony and relating, the seeker finds the right allies, and understands their enemies.
The delicate nature of harmony is expressed beautifully in ibra’s glyph: two parallel lines with a bulge in the top line. It’s reflective of the Sun in perfect balance on the horizon, and when the Sun ingresses Libra it is the Fall Equinox, equal parts day and night. This happens at the Spring Equinox as well when the Sun enters Libra’s polarity point in Aries. The balance does not last and so the work continues to strike or make up for the lack of harmony. So Libra is the start of a new season, the Fall, when things start to change, the light begins to fade, the crops need to be harvested, and preparations made for the long winter. With her energy it can be considered safe that the work will get done in as equitable fashion as possible.
Libra is an air sign. The mental sphere is highlighted and Libra energy is tuned into the social, perceptual arena’s. With Libra energy communication, clear, well thought out strategies to reach others, and ensuring that the rationale and motivations for decisions that affect others is vital. The symbol for Libra is the scales of justice. She is constantly weighing in with the balance of situations and attempting objective calculations of justice. This speaks to the importance of a large social circle to engage with and learn the varieties of ethics, morals, and temperaments of those who she may come to judge. and at her best, she is earnestly considering every side.
The dark side of Libra is manipulation, selfishness, domination, dependency, exasperation, and/or anxiety. That is not an exhaustive consideration of the challenges or shadow side of Libra energy, but some of the more common and important ones. With Libra being so assertively out in the social world, engaging in relationships, learning so much about the relativity of values, ethics, and moral systems, the dark sides may appear. It can be easy to forget one’s individuality in these situations and become domineered by another; it can become exhausting to meet the needs of others when so activly and insticklty enaged with a variety of relationships; and it can become a maker of anxiety to feel the pressure of meeting other’s needs. There is certainly also the possibility of one with strong Libra energy to become manipulative. Knowing how other’s work so well, being a student of relationships and so well practiced at the art, Libra energy knows how to motivate others, how to get them to do what they want, without regard for the justice of the situation. All of these must be considered when dealing with or engaging with Libra energy.
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