Happy New Moon in Libra! This New Moon in 13 degrees and 24 minutes of Libra becomes exact on Wednesday, October 6 at 7:05 AM New York time (11:05 GMT).
Libra is a cardinal air sign. A cardinal sign is a sign that signals the beginning of a season. Libra is in charge of welcoming in autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere. As tropical astrology was created to align the signs with the Northern Hemisphere seasons, it makes sense that fall is ruled by an air sign, with the leaves flying through the air and the wind blowing, foretelling the return of winter.
Air signs are intelligent, cerebral, and able to be everywhere at once. Air signs are the communicators of the Zodiac. Air signs are able to see things from a higher perspective, just like if you were to view life from an airplane window.
With so many planets in Libra, achieving balance in relationships is the main theme for this New Moon. The sun, moon, Mercury and Mars are all in this sign represented by the scales of Lady Justice. In fact, in Greek mythology, the scales of Libra are rooted in Themis, who personified “divine law and custom.”
The scales are of course referring to the natural inclination of this sign to seek balance in all things. Libra is ruled by Venus, which governs relationships, money, romance and beauty. Libra rules the 7th house in astrology, which is the house of partnerships. We have an opportunity right now to make choices that will put things into motion for us to create greater balance in these areas.
With Mercury now Retrograde in Libra, we have an opportunity to go back into our past and correct mistakes and imbalances. This is a good time to make amends, to problem-solve, and to bring balance to your physical body.
We are now in the first week of Mercury Retrograde, which is the most potent time. Mercury causes the most trouble in the week before and after the two Mercury Stations. I encourage you to watch the video I did on the Mercury Retrograde in Gemini earlier this year.
This current Mercury Retrograde ends with the Direct Station on October 18, however Mercury will remain in its shadow until about November 1. Here are some general tips for navigating Mercury Retrograde in Libra:
Make sure that all the 'I's & T's' are dotted when signing any contracts. Consider holding off on signing contracts until November, if it's something that isn't time-sensitive.
Be extra clear in your communication with others. Give others more leeway than usual. Inquire to clarify what someone means by something if you're unsure, especially if it's via text message or e-mail.
Avoid purchasing big-ticket items (e.g. a new car) until November, if possible
Back up all of your computer files and your smartphone!
Triple-check travel plans and appointment times. Verify times with others.
Release expectations of others, especially when it comes to people responding in a timely fashion. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Expectations of others may go unfulfilled.
As always, use Mercury Retrograde as a time to refine your communication, rather than to be afraid of miscommunications, or electronics breaking down, or travel plans getting interrupted.
If you were born under Mercury Retrograde, it's not going to affect you as strongly
During Mercury Retrograde, we have the opportunity to readdress relationships—including those from the past—in order to come to a place of greater balance and equanimity in those relationships. There's some aggressive aspects to this chart involving Mars, Uranus and Pluto (as well as unagressive but transformational Chiron) which I'll get to later on in this article. I'll explain how this time could be a turning point for many relationships.
We are still under the influence of Mercury trining Jupiter in the most recent Pisces Full Moon chart, though, putting a much more positive spin on this Mercury Retrograde than usual. Despite the possibility for communication difficulties and deep stuff coming up from the past, the next two weeks are still a lucky time for business deals, relationships and friendships. Use your intuition and run with opportunities presented to you when they feel right. Anything you do that involves teamwork will be likely to work out very well over the next two weeks.
Let's talk more about how we can renegotiate and heal past relationships during this Libra Mercury Retrograde.
HEALING FAMILY & ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
One of the great things about Mercury Retrograde in Libra is that it gives us the opportunity to renegotiate and heal difficult familial and romantic relationships.
One of the most fascinating parts of my spiritual skills/Service Work is that I have the special ability to read the karmic ties between two people. You can be assured that nearly always, those people in your life with whom you have had the most complicated relationships with (think family members, close friends and romantic lovers) are people that you've known before in past lives.
You see, souls like to 'dress up' and play different characters in each others' plays. Your mother may have been your brother in another lifetime. Your husband may have been your daughter in another lifetime. Souls who know each other well often incarnate with each other over and over. These souls who you know well may be fellow souls in your Soul Group of twelve—or if not, then they likely are in your Monadic Group of 144 souls.
When two souls that know each other quite well dress up as different characters and have different relationships between each other in a series of lifetimes, karma is accumulated between the two souls. In this context, think of karma as a log of every word spoken and experience shared between two souls when they are incarnated at the same time on the Earth. Your history with your current boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, or dad likely goes much deeper than just what you can remember from your current lifetime.
The natural trajectory of all things is balance and resolution—and it is no different in this case. Each soul desires to resolve any past negative karma with other souls. Sometimes, it is planned for the resolution to happen in this lifetime, but sometimes not. Sometimes the resolution may be planned for a subsequent lifetime or for after one or both of the souls has left their physical body and is now existing in an afterlife realm.
As Lightworkers, we naturally want to resolve everything. We generally carry a deep-down aversion to people being mad at us or disappointed in us. Lightworkers tend to be martyrs and people pleasers rather than narcissists. However, although the natural trajectory of all karmic relationships is complete resolution, it may not always be the right time for that to happen. One of the most difficult lessons for many Lightworkers could be to learn when to walk away or cut someone out of their life.
Please receive these words clearly and with compassion: you are under no obligation to continue to receive someone's abuse or negative energy simply because they are your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, son, daughter, mother, father, friend, or co-worker. You have complete free will to cut anyone out of your life if you feel so inclined.
I know this is not an easy thing to talk about, but you are likewise under no obligation to continue to be emotionally and energetically drained by someone, no matter your history with them. I realize that sometimes it is not practical or possible to completely cut someone out of your life—or you may not want to or be ready to--but in many instances the solution may be to keep some geographical distance between you and that person or to just interact with that person less often.
You don't have to pick up the phone every time someone calls. You don't have to respond to every text. You don't have to hang out with a person every time they are feeling sad or want to complain about their boyfriend. You don't have to tolerate being drained.
But there are of course relationships that you do want to keep. You don't want to avoid the other person, but there are some difficulties that need to be worked through. For these kinds of relationships, we can harness all the Libra energy in the stars right now to harmonize.
With Mercury in Libra, the most important factor that will give us the opportunity to harmonize our relationships is effective communication. Now and over the next week-plus is the perfect time to broach uncomfortable subjects with others whom we care about. With Chiron the wounded healer opposing the sun, moon and Mars, the energy is ripe for the stuff from the past to come up to be renegotiated, healed and cleared.
When you do go ahead and address what needs to be addressed, it's important that you are firm about your needs in the relationship, but also make sure you are listening to what the other person is saying. The Libra energies support a healthy back-and-forth dialogue—just avoid getting too emotionally wrapped up in things, as with the Uranus-Mars quincunx (more on this later), people may be easily triggered and have unexpected outbursts of anger during this time.
As Libra rules the house of partnerships, it also very much has to do with romantic relationships. Unquestionably, the one factor that differentiates successful, harmonious, long-lasting romantic relationships from those that come and go with frustration, is effective communication. When things are left unsaid between lovers—or when what is said is vague and unclear--it builds up tension in both parties. Even the most unintuitive person can sense that something is amiss when a lover isn't telling them something important.
There are cases where people stay married for decades while still holding back from telling their partner their true feelings. Oftentimes, people get into a long-term relationship and things become familiar. They end up literally becoming afraid of what life would be like without their partner. They may wish their partner would radically change, or deep down they may wish that they had the courage to walk away, but they believe these endeavors would be futile.
Afraid to leave the marriage, they just bottle up the resentment inside. This type of resentment can even manifest itself as cancer years down the line if the feelings are not dealt with and the necessary difficult conversations are not had.
If we want to build fifth-dimensional partnerships, the most important facet is open communication. When the communication is open from the start, it is a lot less likely that one partner will feel afraid to bring something up to the other later in the relationship.
If you've been in a relationship for awhile where the energy feels stagnant and you feel like there is a lot that has been left unsaid, one helpful tip is to plan an excursion out in public and plan to have a difficult conversation there (or alternatively just go on a walk with your partner).
Getting outside of your home (if you live together)--in which the energy has become stagnant--and into a fresh environment with fresh energy can also bring fresh energy to the way that you and your partner have become accustomed to communicating with one another.
Of course, the truth is sometimes relationships—whether romantic or familial—are irreparable, at least for the time being. Sometimes a relationship requires a period of separation before two people can really come back and repair what had been damaged.
Or sometimes a relationship needs to reach its conclusion, and the karmic issues will need to be worked out later when the two people are in a different stage in their life, or even in future lifetimes, the dreamspace, or afterlife realms. If you'd like to learn more about parallel and alternate timelines, the dreamspace and afterlife realms, I highly encourage you to check out the show I did with Alara Canfield on this topic.
LIBRA SEEKS HARMONY AND BALANCE WITHIN
Libra is the sign of harmony and balance. So let's explore how that applies to your life. What is disharmonious in your life right now? What is out of balance? Life tends to give us different parts of our overall curriculum (our Life Plan) at different stages of the linear timeline. Perhaps you can think back to a time in your life when maybe you had a harmonious romantic relationship but perhaps some other parts of your life were out of balance, like work or health. Or maybe at one point your finances were harmonious, but you were spending too much time working and not enough time having social interactions, so your relationships and maybe even your health suffered. We can check in with the disharmonious parts of self to look for where the lessons are in our life curriculum right now.
For example, if your physical health is out of balance, then that's where your number one priority needs to be. If you are feeling healthy and strong but your finances are out of whack, perhaps then the focus needs to be on putting in the extra effort into creating your perfect business or climbing the ladder at your place of employment.
One exercise I would encourage you to try is to make a list of each of the five categories in order of most challenging to least challenging for you right now: job/career, relationships, health, money, home.
The least challenging category is the one that you can lean on to gain confidence in the other areas of your life that aren't so easy. The ones that are most challenging, however, are the categories that you need to put more conscious attention into improving if you want to become a more balanced and optimized version of yourself.
For those categories that are at the top of the list as most challenging, here are some journal prompts to assist you in improving those areas of your life:
What frustrates me most about this area of my life? Could I bring just a little bit more acceptance to where I'm at right now? Could I love, honor, and accept myself for where I'm at?
What are two new daily routines that if I were to implement them and do them for at least five days per week, they would likely improve this area of my life? Would this be a reasonable commitment to make? What might stop me from making this commitment? How could I overcome the obstacles to keeping this commitment? How could I keep myself motivated and accountable to this new commitment?
Also, any type of meditation is helpful to create more balance in your energy field and your life. A basic deep breathing meditation, where you focus on your breath with the intention of emptying your mind, can help you to establish greater balance in your body and energy field—and ultimately in your life.
mmend the Cortices technique to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain, which by extension may help to balance the yin and yang energies within. You can find the link to the Cortices technique demo in the 'Helpful Links' section of my website.
MARS CONJUNCTS THE SUN & MOON, QUINCUNXES URANUS
This New Moon forms an alignment with action-oriented Mars, which is in its detriment in Libra. A planet is in its detriment when it is in the sign directly across the Zodiac Wheel from its domicile (in Mars's case, that's Aries). Mars feels a bit uncomfortable in Libra; Libra is a sign of balance and harmony and doesn't like confrontation or action—this is why people with a lot of Libra aspects tend to be more passive in their personalities.
However, with Mars conjuncting the sun (in its fall in Libra) and the moon, it adds some masculine energy, courage, go-gettiveness and even friction to this normally more passive New Moon chart. We may feel the need to take action in order to keep order and peace. The potential pitfall of this aspect is that there is the potential to take unnecessary action, especially if one is feeling uneasy or anxious.
With unpredictable Uranus forming a nearly exact quincunx (an uncomfortable 150-degree aspect between planets) to fiery Mars, as well as a very close quincunx to both the sun and moon, there is certainly the possibility for protests to erupt around the world over the next 28 days over vaccine mandates. It is possible with this aspect that police could violently put out the fires of these protests, potentially causing even more issues. This could be more of an issue in Europe than anywhere else.
(It's important to remember that astrology is not predictive, but rather it shows tendencies and potentialities; it's ultimately up to the Free Will of the collective as to what actually manifests in physical reality.)
As an aside, for those that have been worried or forecasting that there will be some sort of worldwide economic crash this month: I don't foresee that happening. Much of these fears and predictions have been created around the prospect of the United States Treasury running out of money sometime late this month or in early November if Congress doesn't suspend or raise the debt ceiling.
Right now, Democrat and Republican Congresspeople are playing a cat-and-mouse political game with one another, but ultimately it's pretty clear that they'll do what is necessary to stop the U.S. from defaulting on its debt for the first time ever. We're in Mercury Retrograde so it should be no surprise to anyone that Congress is being dysfunctional (I mean, it's perpetually dysfunctional, but Mercury Retrograde throws another wrench into the process of trying to get this crucial issue figured out).
Now, I'm not saying that an economic downturn isn't potentially around the corner, because it certainly may be. And the stock market certainly could have a tough month with all the uncertainty around the debt ceiling. I just don't see anything like a flash economic crash coming this month, because ultimately I believe Congress will end up coming to some sort of agreement to avert economic disaster.
U.S. inflation is at a 13-year high, though, and the stock market appears to be in a bubble. In 2022, the U.S. experiences its Pluto Return. I would anticipate next year being a very difficult year economically. And of course whatever happens in the U.S. economically will have a ripple effect throughout the world.
PLUTO STATION MEANS SCANDALS AND BREAKING FREE FROM ADDICTIONS
Tiny but mighty Pluto is stationed on this New Moon, ending its annual 5-month Retrograde phase. A planet is considered stationary when it appears to stop its motion as it prepares to change directions astrologically-speaking. When a planet is stationary, its influence is exalted. This exaltation lasts until about October 21, when Pluto will have resumed its normal Direct motion.
Over this New Moon and the weeks following it, the Plutonian themes of power, destruction, transformation, regeneration/rebirth and sex will be at the forefront of both the conscious and unconscious minds of the collective and individuals (though outer planets tend to affect the collective more than the individual). The energy of Pluto is displayed in the Death Card in the tarot.
With the stationing Pluto squaring the Retrograde Mercury, scandals are likely to unfold during the next 28 days. Interesting secrets and information formerly withheld from the public could become mainstream news.
People's 'bullshit monitors' will likely be more active during this time. Pluto, ruled by Scorpio, makes us want to investigate and get to the bottom of things—to discover the truth. With its square to the Retrograde Mercury, people may end up having deep conversations that could be a turning point in relationships. People will want to be brutally honest with one another. Emotions around relationships will be felt strongly.
Addictions may resurface or be exacerbated during this time. Anger may come out of nowhere with the Mars conjunct Uranus aspect that is active over the next 28 days. Be patient with yourself if stuff does come up. It's always an invitation for you to move to a new level of mastery.
If addiction is something you struggle with, then this is the perfect time to break free. Neptune sextiling Pluto brings the opportunity for addictions to be healed. One of the things that I have found from my years of experience working with clients from around the world one-on-one is that addictive tendencies often coincide with guilt and shame stored within. When someone finally makes the decision to go for therapy and work through the guilt and shame, they may find themselves naturally building up the strength to tackle their addiction.
It is important to also note that many addictions are chemical in nature and because of that it is important to also support the body biochemically through nutrition and supplements so that you give yourself the best chance at breaking through to the other side. If this is something you'd like assistance with, I'd be happy to recommend some supplements that you can run by your doctor in one of my Medical Intuitive Readings:
Black Moon Lilith makes a number of aspects in this New Moon chart, trining the sun, Mercury and Saturn; squaring the moon; and sextiling Chiron. Please watch my video on Black Moon Lilith to learn all about this rarely discussed, but very important, astrological aspect.
Wishing you a happy, healing and balanced New Moon in Libra :)