libraDeep breath, everyone, and buckle up. We’re entering some of the most intense astrology of the year, which is saying A LOT, because the baseline intensity is already pretty freakin’ high.

Let’s start with Friday’s New Moon in Libra (5:34 pm Pacific), when the Sun and Moon – the cosmic father and mother – unite and give birth to a new lunar cycle. The New Moon is a potent time for setting intentions and planting seeds that will grow over the next month, and in Libra, we’re looking at themes of balance, peace, cooperation, justice, art and love.

The New Moon catalyzes the radically transformative Uranus-Pluto square – the ongoing cosmic headline from 2012-2015. As we continue to see very clear evidence of how the old patriarchal power structures just don’t work, and are in fact waging destruction on all Life in their death throes, we’re called to see ourselves as agents of creative rebirth. The Libra New Moon wants us to regenerate peace, justice and love from within, and then radiate that energy into the world, rather than stewing in resentment and blame because of the violence, injustice and hatred we see “out there.”

The New Moon’s opposition to Uranus in Aries wakes us up to where we’ve suppressed our authenticity, individuality and passion in order to “keep the peace” or please others. At the opposite extreme, we may also see how we’ve been overly selfish or self-involved, and neglected to really listen to and take into account another’s needs and desires. The New Moon presents an opportunity for creative action to restore equilibrium.

The New Moon’s square to Pluto, God/Goddess of the Underworld, stirs up our shadow material – the parts of ourselves we’ve disowned, suppressed, rejected and projected. While shadow Libra defaults into co-dependence, Pluto in Capricorn points to issues around authority and responsibility. Are you projecting your authority onto another person or entity? Are you making someone else responsible for your feelings or actions, or inability to take action? Are you taking responsibility for something that’s not actually yours?

hecateReinforcing Pluto’s Underwordly themes, Venus – the ruler of Libra and presiding deity of this New Moon – is in Scorpio, the sign co-ruled by Pluto. Venus in Scorpio is the Dark Goddess, Kali, Hecate, the Priestess of the Dark Mysteries who takes us on the Underworld journey of death and rebirth. As I wrote in a previous post:

Venus in Scorpio… brings us into the deepest layers of feeling, and has a special affinity with the dark side of love — jealousy, envy, control, suspicion, betrayal and abandonment. Venus in Scorpio takes us on this Underworld tour with the purpose of transmuting those aspects of self that are holding us back from the love, intimacy and pleasure we desire. (Renewing Passion and Intimacy)

Scorpio themes will continue to be a strong focus for the next few months, as Mercury, planet of perception and communication, will be Retrograde in Scorpio from October 21 to November 10. As of Tuesday, we’ve entered the Retrograde Shadow, meaning that we’re already starting to feel the Retro influence – the need to slow down, turn inward, back up and tend to the past. (Along with the mental confusion, scheduling mishaps, traveling delays and techno-glitches that are characteristic of this period!)

There’s a push-pull quality to this New Moon. On the one hand, we’ve got a lot of initiatory, “just do it” kind of energy, with all four Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) activated. On the other hand (Libra’s favorite expression), we’ve got that Mercury Retro slow-down as well as a whole lot of WATER still happening in the sky. Water is the element of feelings, intuition, dreamtime, healing and intimacy. As a feminine element, Water is more about process than product, more being than doing.

One of the key watery players at this New Moon is Chiron in Pisces, powerfully placed in a harmonious, supportive trine (120-degree angle) with Mercury, the North Node and Saturn in Scorpio, and also forming a challenging quincunx (150-degree angle) to the Sun and Moon. Chiron in Pisces represents both the pain of separation from Source, and the profound healing that’s available when we open ourselves to the infinite and ever-flowing grace of the Multiverse.

The quincunx from Libra to Pisces reminds us to, in Marianne Williamson‘s words, “make god your primary relationship.” When we project the divine onto another human, and make them the source of our happiness, we fall into co-dependence, and will inevitably be disillusioned and disappointed. If we can approach challenges in our human relationships as reflecting a separation from god/goddess/the Universe/true self, then we can get to the root of what wants to be healed, rather than spinning in the cycle of projection.

the singer of healingChiron’s prominence at the New Moon suggests that healing is a key focus right now, and that we can make a lot of progress in our healing work over the next month. Appropriately, when I drew a Faery Card for this New Moon (from Brian Froud’s Faeries’ Oracle deck), I picked The Singer of Healing:

The song of this Singer has the power of healing deep wounds of the spirit…. Faith betrayed, love dishonored, trust abandoned, and other injuries of the spirit all inflict serious wounds, which are reflected in the body’s illnesses and injuries. Through the song of healing, we may be restored and renewed, but only if the wounded one is prepared to forgive and let go, returning to love and compassion…. Healing can seem so complex as we dig our way through all our blocks and resistances and old stuff, but in the end it is simply letting go and opening up.

For more insight into what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 11 degrees Libra. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to:  take creative action to restore balance; reestablish an equal exchange of give and take; renew your spirit of cooperation; create more beauty and increase the flow of love; own your projections and heal within yourself what you see reflected back at you.

Word to the wise:  this New Moon ushers in Eclipse Season – a six-week high-pressure period of super-charged emotions, building up to the Aries Lunar Eclipse on October 18 and the Scorpio Solar Eclipse on November 3. Both personal and collective dramas get catalyzed into motion. Keep breathing, stay grounded, and remember the truth of who you are – an infinitely powerful being, a co-creator of this miraculous dream of Life.

– Emily Trinkaus

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