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Libra New Moon: Waging Peace

Peacemaking doesn’t mean passivity. It is the act

of interrupting injustice without mirroring injustice, the act

of disarming evil without destroying the evildoer, the act

of finding a third way that is neither fight nor flight

but the careful, arduous pursuit of reconciliation and justice.

It is about a revolution of love that is big enough

to set both the oppressed and the oppressors free. Shane Claiborne

The New Moon on October 6, at 13 degrees Libra, inspires us to take initiative to address areas of imbalance in our relationships.

Libra is the sign relationship, the dynamic between us and an other. The scales of Libra show the degree of balance or imbalance when we put ourselves on one scale and the named other on the other scale.

Libra strives for peace and seeks justice, fairness and equality. Librans have a reputation for being people pleasers, but in their role as peacemakers, they can show great strength and fortitude in actions waged to balance the scales.

The Mirror is another symbol of Libra, conveying the illusory nature of polarity. What we see outside of us is simply a reflection of ourselves. Whether we want to address a relationship with someone we love, with an authority, or the world at large, we can ponder the symbol of the Mirror, and recognize that when we try to change something outside us, it is the disquiet we feel within that is wanting to be changed. We need to work with creating balance within ourselves before we can successfully address the imbalance we experience around us.

Warrior Mars conjoined with Peacemaking Libra

Mars, the planet of boldness, heroic action, and trusting one’s instincts, is masculine in nature. Libra, ruled by Venus, is the lover and is feminine in nature. As Mars rides with the New Moon, we are fired up to take action to restore the balance between the masculine and feminine within ourselves and in our world.

We are ready to fight – fight for the values we cherish, for the harmony we yearn for, and for what we want to see happen in our lives and world. At best we are inspired to be spiritual warriors, using diplomacy and consideration for all to address disempowerment and oppression. At worst, we are impatient with the lack of harmony we are experiencing, and may feel justified to express anger, rebel, or strike out with vehemence. Ultimately Mars conjoined the New Moon energizes us with the potential to create significant shifts and generative strides forward in our desire for peace and harmony.

Mars conjoined the Libran New Moon amplifies our primal sexual urges. Romance may spark. On the shadow side, if our anger is stirred, we may feel violent towards another. In addition to passionate lovemaking, energy can also be channeled through physical activities or exercise. This energy needs an outlet and it happens through engaging our body and in feeling the physicality of our beingness.

The Libran Energy Focus is on Relationships

The New Moon has us focus on how we show up in relationships. We are encouraged to seek resolution in the spirit of negotiation, collaboration and consideration of others along with ourselves. Especially when we feel passionate about the topic being discussed, we can remember the image of the mirror and consider how we can shift our approach, so resolution is achieved.

With Warrior Mars in the mix, we need to slow ourselves down if we are getting overheated. If we are not mindful of building anger or impatience, our words and actions may only undermine what we are wanting to achieve in partnership.

If we have no peace

It is because we have forgotten

We belong to each other.

Mother Theresa of Calcutta

Feeling Charged Up

Uranus Quincunx The Moon, Sun and Mars

Uranus adds an element of urgency and surprise to the big energy of the New Moon. Something may be introduced that is unexpected and seems to come out of left field. We may have to change course, change a plan or routine and roll with what has suddenly appeared.

Uranus seeks radical change and can inspire brilliant innovation or violent rebellion. We may feel anxious as Uranus fuels the restlessness and impatience of Mars. It may be difficult to relax with the buildup of electrical energy moving through us. It is beneficial to actively pace ourselves and not rush to combine the discussion, the decision, and the initiating action into one continuous movement.

Wanting to relieve the energy building within us, we may feel the drawn to downplay the Libran qualities of negotiation and diplomacy in favor of rash and impulsive action. There is a bit of Catch-22 in that we yearn to remove unhealthy restrictions and limitations from our lives, and yet to navigate circumstance and relationship we need to exercise self-restraint and self-control. It is beneficial to question the urgency we are feeling and not give in to a ‘it’s now or never’ attitude.

Healing Relationship Dynamics

Chiron opposes the New Moon

We are in a process of healing our ability to take initiative, trust our gut, and confidently speak to be heard (Chiron, the Wounded Healer is in Aries). In dynamic tension with the New Moon, Chiron’s presence helps us move deeper into relationship without losing ourselves or overly compromising in the name of keeping the peace. Old wounds may surface where feel an old injury that resulted from taking a risk, speaking out, or from trusting another. We can recognize how we were once hurt, affirm that we have moved passed this, and open to a new way of engaging relationship without the fear that we will be hurt again.

Moving through Fear, Longing and Compulsion

Venus in Scorpio

Venus, as ruler of the Libran Moon, plays a key role in understanding the invitation of the New Moon. She is at the last degree of Scorpio. When a planet is in the last degree of a sign, the qualities of that sign are amplified. Scorpio, as a deep-water sign, connects us with our feeling nature and the feelings that lie deep within us.