New Moon In Libra: Seeking Balance

We are having a New Moon in Libra on October 16th throughout most of the world and in the morning of the 17th in the East. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Taurus on October 31st/November 1st.

This New Moon occurs days after we have reached the halfway point of Mars’ retrograde in Aries which concludes mid-November. It is also days after Mercury began its retrograde which is currently in Scorpio and moving backwards into Libra before it moves forward again post November 3rd. Both of these planets being retrograde at the same time reflects a period of significant adjustments pertaining to how we express these planets, the signs they are in, and how they are configured to our individual astrological blueprints (natal chart).

Generally Mars retrogrades are a period in which the circumstances, developments, and our inner guidance is helping to facilitate a shift in how we apply ourselves and take action in specific areas of our lives. This is something that happens approximately every two years, which is less frequent and usually more significant than Mercury’s retrogrades. I wrote separate articles for each of them, you can read more about Mars Retrograde here and Mercury Retrograde here.

Libra season began on September 22nd/23rd, just over three weeks prior to this Lunation, and will end on October 22nd/23rd when Scorpio season begins. However, this New Moon (along with other planets) will still carry some of its Libra themes into the first week of Scorpio season prior to the Full Moon.

This is a good period of working with and co-creating with the energies of this sign. As an Air sign, Libra is socially and mentally oriented. Ruled by Venus, it is associated with relating, relationships, charm, harmony, compromising, art, creativity, and aesthetics. There is a big focus on others. Libra is also diplomatic as it seeks to find balance, equality, fairness, and common ground.

Negatively, Libra can be overly codependent, passive aggressive, superficial, insincere,  indecisive, vain, and judgemental. Although this sign is about politeness and harmony, retaliation can be triggered when imbalance and unfairness is perceived. Libra is also associated with people-pleasing which can have either positive or negative implications.

New Moon Aligned With Spica, In A Hard T-Square Pattern

This New Moon has an interesting mix of energies. It is tightly aligned with the fixed star Spica which is known to be the most benefic and fortunate star. However, it can be tricky to interpret how a star’s energy can manifest, especially in this case considering other astrological factors that are quite different.

Like Libra, Spica is connected to art and creativity, but also has spiritual, scientific, and inventive qualities. It is associated with harvest season and represents the ‘gifts of harvest’, both metaphorically and literally. However, it can also reflect unfruitfulness (depending on other variables) and injustice to innocence according to legendary astrologer Vivian Robson.

This New Moon is opposite Mars Retrograde in Aries which are both in a T-square with Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn in Capricorn. The Sun has been in an opposition with Mars in the week before this New Moon (peaking on the 13th/14th) which has been a significant part of the Mars retrograde process in influencing how we assert ourselves.

However, this energy is also configured into this New Moon and can play out as conflicts (internally or externally with others), impulsiveness, aggression, anger, competitiveness, or sexual tension. Mars in Aries wants to assert individuality, ego, personal needs, and self identity while the New Moon in Libra is looking for consideration, common ground, diplomacy, equality, and fairness.

This opposition in a square to Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn in Capricorn can reflect power struggles, obstacles, and issues pertaining to beliefs, opinions, and perspectives. Saturn has the most power as it is strongly placed in its home sign (ruling Jupiter and Pluto) as the Sun and Moon are also moving towards a square (strong on the 18th/19th) with it while separating from the aspects to the other planets in this configuration. This calls for a need to be realistic, cautious, practical, disciplined, structured, or orderly. The combination of this and all the retrograde energy can call for some sort of refinement.

Venus Opposing Neptune, Trine Planets In Capricorn, and Square The Lunar Nodes

The ruler of this New Moon, Venus, has been in Virgo in the previous two weeks and will be there until October 27th/28th. Venus ruled areas of values, love, relationships, friends, social life, pleasures, money, aesthetics, beauty, art, taste, sensuality, desires, and attractiveness can be expressed in ways that are practical, conscientious, discerning, picky, detailed, organized, analytical, health oriented, productive, efficient, adaptable, or fault finding/surfacing.

At the time of this New Moon, Venus is moving towards an opposition to Neptune and trine to Jupiter which have been in a sextile over the previous weeks. This energy is strong from October 18th-19th and can be good for creative or artistic efforts as well as social interactions that have spiritual, compassionate, broad, or philosophical themes. It can also reflect expansiveness, growth, morals, optimism, idealism, along with confusion, deception, escapism, and delusion affecting Venus areas of life (as mentioned in above paragraph).

Mars retrograde will also be in a square with Jupiter at that time which could also reflect conflicts around beliefs, opinions, and judgements. Excessiveness, overconfidence, and spreading ourselves out too much can also play out. Mercury retrograde will be moving towards an opposition to Uranus (peaks 19th/20th) which can make it harder to focus and can bring disruption, changes to plans, and perhaps communication problems.

Venus approaches a square to the Lunar Nodes on October 20th/21st. We may be reflecting on the past and future, or perhaps at a crossroads, when it comes to relationships and values. Venus is then in a trine with Pluto (October 21st/22nd) which can bring an empowering, deep, intense, or insightful energy to things associated with Venus. Following this, it moves to a trine with Saturn (October 24th/25th) which can have a committing, strengthening, supportive, responsible, practical, or stabilizing effect on these areas.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What can you do to improve how you relate with others? Is there a need to compromise, find common ground, or achieve fairness and equality? What has come up for you in the week leading up to this New Moon? Should you change the way you assert your needs or individuality? Are circumstances in your life pushing you to think differently about something? What can you learn from any obstacles that have been coming up in your life? Is there anything that needs to be restrained?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 7:31pm Universal Time on October 16th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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New Moon In Taurus: Shaking Things Up

We are having a New Moon in Taurus on April 22nd or 23rd, depending on where you are located in the world. This is initiating a 29.5-day Lunar cycle and a new wave of energy for the coming month, however, its themes will be strongest over the following 2 weeks. This cycle will peak at the Full Moon in Scorpio on May 7th.

Taurus season began on April 19th/20th, however, this New Moon helps to kickstart it even more so. Ruled by Venus, this sign is associated with values, sensuality, beauty, worth, money, possessions, and pleasures of life. As an Earth sign, it is practical, realistic, and very much invested in the physical world. Being a ‘Fixed’ Earth sign, it is like a rock; slow, steady, grounded, and thorough.

Taurus is also associated with nature and it is very fitting and reflective for Earth Day to occur during its season. It is the second sign of the zodiac and therefore is more self-oriented as is all the earlier signs. Negatively, Taurus can be too rigid, lazy, habitual, overly self-indulgent, greedy, possessive, stubborn, materialistic, and very slow.

New Moon Conjunct Uranus and Square Saturn

This New Moon is applying a conjunction to Uranus while separating from a square with Saturn in Aquarius. This configuration will strongly reflect the energies and themes of this Lunar cycle, more so than some of the Taurus qualities mentioned above.

The New Moon’s square with Saturn reflects a time of restrictions, boundaries, seriousness, caution, obstacles, negativity, and consolidation. This can especially apply in Aquarius areas such as friends, groups, collectives, and social media, yet can play out in other ways as well.  We may also be faced with a need to get disciplined, orderly, or realistic.

However, Uranus is also in the mix, more strongly, as the Sun and Moon are moving towards it. This can be a period of shake ups, restlessness, sudden changes, separations, awakening, or rebellion. This can also be a time for us to tap into more of our authenticity, take new approaches, or liberate ourselves from inhibiting habits or routines. Developments pertaining to technology, metaphysics, or science can also play out. This Uranus influence will be more apparent from April 25th-26th.

This configuration of these planets with the New Moon this month can give us a taste of what’s to come in 2021 when Saturn and Uranus will be making exact squares with each other. This can play out as limitations, traditions, denial, or the status quo in conflict with freedom, originality, progressiveness, and rebellion. Constructively, it can reflect innovation or implementation of new technological structures.

Taurus Ruler Venus In Post Retrograde Shadow, Square Neptune

Venus, the ruler of Taurus, is currently slowing down before going retrograde on May 13th in Gemini. It has already been in its post-retrograde shadow period since April 9th/10th. Some of the things that are occurring during this current period will contribute to how the retrograde plays out for us.

Venus developments around love, relationships, friends, values, attraction, aesthetics, art, creativity, money, pleasures, social life, and overall social connections may go through some shifts and a sorting out process now and in the coming months. The way we currently see or experience certain Venus ruled areas can change as this retrograde and post-retrograde process plays out. At this time, it can also be a good period to reconnect with old friends and loved ones. I will be covering this upcoming retrograde more in future content, you can join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

Venus is applying towards a square with Neptune in Pisces which will last until late May after the retrograde begins, and will begin to get strong from May 1st onward. At best this can be creatively stimulating or bring a spiritual/mystical dimension to our social lives. However, this can also reflect confusion, misunderstandings, disappointments, delusion, and issues around boundaries in our relationships, financially, or perhaps around other Venus areas mentioned above. Escapism with pleasures is also another way this can play out for many people.

Pluto Stationary Retrograde

At the time of this New Moon, Pluto in Capricorn is almost at a complete stop from our perspective on Earth. This is because it is transitioning to retrograde motion on April 25th which will last until early October. Like other ‘outer’ planets, Pluto is retrograde 40% of the time and doesn’t have the same significance as the retrogrades of Venus, Mars, or Mercury.

However, in the weeks when Pluto is stationary, (before and after retrograde begins) its overall energies become more apparent and we sometimes also experience a shift in areas ruled by that planet. This is especially so on April 24th-25th as Mercury forms a square with Pluto as it is changing motion. Communications or information may be intense or revealing during those days.

This will also be extending the already strong Pluto themes we have been experiencing over the last 6 weeks, and in January, due to other planetary conjunctions (Saturn, Jupiter) and the last Lunar Eclipse connected to it.

Pluto is deep, transformative, evolutionary, sexual, intense, and regenerating. It is associated with psychoanalysis and looking beneath the surface. Power, manipulation, secrets, subversion, abuse, jealousy, the underworld, conspiracies, shadows, and darkness are all under the domain of this sign. Pluto also rules viruses, and is likely that this retrograde (combined with other factors) can reflect going back and revisiting something pertaining to the covid-19 situation, or our perception of what is happening.

In a previous article from 2017, I wrote about Pluto’s passage in Capricorn from 2008-2024. This is a period of major changes around government, banking, and business structures in the world which is becoming more apparent now as Pluto has been triggered by other planets. You can read more about that here.

Mercury Superior Conjunction, Nodes Changing Signs

On May 4th/5th, Mercury will be in its ‘Superior Conjunction’. This is an important part of Mercury’s cycle with the Sun. At this point, some of the issues, themes, insights, perspectives, or ideas that have come up since late February or March (during and following the last Mercury retrograde), will reach a point in which we will have more clarity around them.

There can be a change or some sort of progress in relation to what has been playing for the last few months. It can even result in a beginning or ending due to increased certainty around certain circumstances. At this time, our minds can be more aligned with our true needs and self-expression from this period until late June. We can better implement whatever we have been thinking about with greater confidence and direction.

This Mercury cycle fits perfectly into the unfoldment of the global pandemic and shutdown. I would expect that there will be some important news or realizations about it which will come up. at that time which may or may not be publicized. Perhaps there can also be different versions of this for different people with different levels of understanding around what is going on.

Around this same time, on May 5th, the Lunar Nodes will be changing signs which will reflect a shift in energy coinciding with Mercury’s Superior Conjunction. After 18 months of being in the Cancer-Capricorn polarity, they will now be in Gemini-Sagittarius until January 2022. We will also transition into having eclipses in those signs because of this positioning of the nodes. The next eclipse season in June-July will have the final Cancer-Capricorn eclipses and the first Sagittarius eclipse.

Over the next few years, there is a push towards new expressions, or positive qualities, of Gemini while there will be changes around negative or outdated expressions of Sagittarius. There will be both collective and individual manifestations of this.

Gemini is associated with communication, facts, information, intellect, linguistics, the immediate/local environment, and is a social sign. Sagittarius is about beliefs, philosophies, media, higher education, international factors,  and can be an overly broadminded and preachy sign. These are examples of some areas that will be affected until early 2021 and I will be covering more about this in my future eclipse content. Join my mailing list here to ensure that you get notified when I publish new work.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What realizations or developments are coming up pertaining to your relationships and social network? Do you feel a need to express your authenticity more? What limitations or restrictions are getting in your way and what innovative approaches can you do as a solution? How can you use technology, innovations, science, or metaphysics to mitigate or overcome challenging circumstances?

Do you need to make changes around issues pertaining to money, resources, and possessions? Do you feel the need to shake things up or separate from something? What are your true values? What can you do to address fears, hidden matters, shadows, darkness, manipulation, or abuse of power? What do you need to purge or transform?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 2:26am Universal Time on April 23rd which is the night of the 22nd in the Americas. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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