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Libra New Moon: Newfound Balance

To be in harmony

With nature

Is to be in harmony

With oneself.

St. Francis Assisi

Who lives in harmony

With themselves

Lives in harmony

With the universe.

Marcus Aurelius

The New Moon on September 25, 2022 at 3 Libra invites us

to contemplate questions that open pathways to greater satisfaction in the experience of our relationships.

  • Venus and Mercury Retrograde conjunct the New Moon

  • Jupiter oppose New Moon, Mercury, Venus

  • Pluto trine New Moon, Mercury, Venus

  • Mars trine Saturn Retrograde

  • Saturn square Uranus (culminating -September 15 - October 23­)

Relationship is the key word for the New Moon. Libra represents our experience of anything we identify as ‘other” than ourselves. During this time, many of us will give focus to ways of enhancing a given relationship with a person in our lives that is integral to our sense of well-being. There is potential for ground-breaking awarenesses about this relationship that can shift a dynamic or have us approach the relationship in a new way.

We are, however, invited to consider relationship in a larger context. There is a primary, enduring relationship that is with us our whole lives. It is our relationship to what continually nurtures, supports us and allows our life, albeit all life, to happen. It is our relationship to the earth, the air, the water, the animals and plant life of our terrestrial home.

How are the effects of our cultural conditioning in western society, and our acclimation to a culture that has a profound disregard for the living world, reflected in the root issues we experience in our relationships with each other? If we worked on healing this primary, everpresent relationship with the natural world, how might this ripple out and benefit all our relationships?

Feeding into the New Moon

The Fall Equinox, September 23

The fall Equinox, when the Sun arrived at 0 Libra, was 3 days before the New Moon. It is a pivotal moment of each year when there is a balance between light and dark. The hours of night are equal to the hours of daylight. For the northern hemisphere, it also marks the moment when the darkness, the yin will begin to increase, and the busy time of the year wanes. As the harvest season is nearing completion, we now enter the months where activity is quieter, more time is spent at home, and more and more we sit by the hearth to share stories, sing, and reflect.

The Fall Equinox is a moment where we can feel and contemplate the nature of balance. Consciously or not, we are attuned to the cycles of nature. We may find ourselves pondering what it is to live a balanced life – a balance of rest and activity, a balance of serving others and tending to self care. With balance there is harmony and peace. Balance. Harmony. Peace. These words are signature energies of Libra.

Six Planets Retrograde

There are twice as many planets, as not, moving in a retrograde motion. In the ebb and flow of life's tides, we are in the midst of an ebb. We are cued to pull in, reflect, and re-evaluate what we are doing and where we are heading. It is a natural time of slowing down and taking a step back to allow reflection. We re-examine information, decisions and perspectives so we can make adjustments to our thinking and plans. The Fall Equinox and the Libra New Moon invite a contemplation of Libran values as part of our sorting process so that when we move forward, we do it with an eye to fostering enhanced harmony, peace, fairness, and balance in our relationships.

To love is to recognize yourself in another.

Eckart Tolle

Sifting Through the Chaff to Find the Jewel

Mercury and Venus conjunct the New Moon, oppose Jupiter and trine Pluto

Venus rules the New Moon. One of her symbols is the Mirror. Aphrodite, a Venus archetype, is sometimes depicted holding and looking into a mirror. Her gaze can be misinterpreted as vanity. When we understand that everything we gaze upon is a mirror and whatever we gaze upon mirrors something back to us, then we understand Aphrodite's gaze in a different light. She loves everything she gazes upon. Because she is the personification of love, life always mirrors love.