New Moon in Libra, Oct 12, 2015 at 5:05 pm PDT
In Ancient Egypt when a person died it was believed that to be allowed into the Afterworld one’s heart must be weighed on the Scales of Ma’at, the Goddess of Truth and Justice and be as light as Her feather. The teaching and challenge of Libra is to be in balance within ourselves and our world. We experience inner harmony when our hearts are light and aligned with our inner truth. There are many challenges to attaining this balance and harmony; some say that place of balance is as small as the head of a needle. With this New Moon in Libra it is a time to show us where we are out of balance and the way to attain it. For when we are in balance within ourselves we bring balance to our world.
At this New Moon, the Sun and Moon at 20 degrees of Libra face two formidable foes to that inner harmony, a square to Pluto in Capricorn and an opposition to Uranus in Aries. These aspects can bring up where we are carrying the shadow of Libra, such as being co-dependent, over compromising and avoiding necessary conflict. Libra wants to be liked and is often called the “the cult of the nice.” Uranus asks, “How much of our lives have we spent seeking the approval of others?” Pluto calls for courage to stand our ground to align with our inner truth even if it displeases those we love. When we are in inner harmony, the only approval we really need comes from within. Those who love us may not like or understand our choices but will come to respect them when we are following our own destiny and inner truth.
Libra is also the sign of connections with others, how we make relations. Uranus in opposition to this New Moon can bring synchronistic connections to those with whom we have a prearranged and shared purpose, a shared spiritual destiny. Uranus acts like lightening, it strikes suddenly and fast with an awakening of soul memories. Connections that show up now may not last a long period of time but could be life changing.
Venus, the ruler of Libra, is also very active at this New Moon. She opposes Neptune which brings in Divine Love. This aspect reminds us that we are all ultimately interconnected, each wearing a face of the Creator from whom we came. As we remember this, it allows us to feel love for all beings and feel their suffering, to have compassion. Some say compassion is the highest form of love. Saturn squares both Venus and Neptune, which brings in the challenge of judgment. Judgment of self and others is what keeps us from feeling compassion. The Kogi, an ancient native tribe of Columbia, say judgment is the single most destructive aspect of human nature. When we can release judgment, we can feel love and compassion towards all of creation.
Mars and Jupiter conjunct in Virgo is also a powerful aspect at this New Moon. Jupiter in astrology is a beneficent force bringing opportunity. Mars is the planet of action and gives us direction. Doors may open and show us our direction more clearly, especially in the area of our sacred work and healing opportunities. These two planets together can also bring a stronger sense of self-confidence and the energy to accomplish a great deal as it is a high energy aspect.
The New Moon sets the energy for the next month; it plants the seed of what will grow in the next thirty days. Libra seeks harmony and balance in all things, especially within ourselves. Finding that harmony is the challenge. We must learn how to harmonize with different energies, people, thoughts and ideas while being true to ourselves. Sometimes however, we have to walk away from people and situations that create disharmony. It does not mean there is not love or compassion for the person, just not engagement. Inner harmony brings peace in our hearts, that which we are all seeking.
“When we live in harmony with ourselves, we live in harmony with the Universe.” Marcus Aurelius