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New Moon in Libra 2014

Chart for the New Moon in Libra
Chart for the New Moon in Libra

Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.
~ Derek Walcott

Sep.24 – NEW MOON in LIBRA (01:07 of Libra)

NEW MOON in LIBRA

Ottawa, Canada and
Washington DC, USA:

Sep.24, 2014, 2:13 AM EDT

London, UK:

Sep.24, 2014, 7:13 AM BST

Sydney, AU:

Sep.24, 2014, 4:13 PM AEST

"What's a New Moon?"

Read more about the Sun-Moon cycles.

Read more about how you experience LIBRA energy in your life.

This is going to have to be short and sweet, since Saturn has seen fit to grace me with health woes and NO energy. No worries, I'm okay; I just can't manage to do my usual 26 chapters on the New Moon. ;-) So let's do the whirlwind tour around the chart this time.

This New Moon is in Libra, the sign of balance and harmony. However, the chart is anything but balanced!

Let me qualify that. It's not that the chart lacks balance; it's that it's asymmetrical. That means balance must be found in unusual, innovative, even sophisticated ways.

Thankfully, there's a lovely and close trine aspect (120°) between Jupiter and Uranus, which helps the adventurous originality flow.

Since Libra is also the sign of relationships and interaction, you might find you can gain valuable balance by seeking out others who can illuminate the skies with what life looks like "outside the stratosphere" (never mind the box).

Venus, planetary ruler of Libra, is somewhat unhappily placed in Virgo, the sign of her fall, meaning she's operating at a disadvantage. This lovely, easy-going, easy-flowing energy must pour herself through the fine sieve of Virgo's detailed perfectionism and practical focus.

Since she is also the ruler of Earthy Taurus, Venus understands the need for practicality, but with so much Libra energy abounding, it's her harmonious side that wants to come out and play, which isn't entirely on Virgo's agenda.

That suggests your ability to find peace and harmony may require a lot of fine-tuning and persnickety fiddling in order to get the balance just right.

Fortunately, Venus and Mercury are in mutual reception, meaning they're both in a sign that the other rules. Mercury rules Virgo, where Venus resides, and Mercury is in Libra, Venus' sign. This is likely to fortify Venus' predicament of having to behave against her ingrained easy-going nature. In addition, it will support Mercury in his search for "just the right words" to woo and persuade others to his way of thinking.

Venus is opposite Chiron (180°) suggesting that all that effort might bring out some old weariness or discouragement that life can't be more straightforward and convenient. However, this aspect was exact way back on Sep.17, so this could be more like, "Ya, I kinda figured this would happen. Oh well, suck it up..."

Thankfully, Venus has a friend in Saturn, being in creative, cooperative sextile aspect (60°). However, this too is past its prime, having been exact on Sep.21. So, rather than bringing in new possibilities and resources, it may be that you have these to draw on from events that happened about a week ago. This is a good thing, since Venus could use a break in not having to work tooth and nail for every advantage and success she gets.

There are no symmetrical aspect patterns, like T-squares, Grand Trines or Yods. Although not symmetrical, there is a harmonious Wedge pattern. Saturn is sextile (60°) to Venus and trine (120°) to Chiron, with Venus and Chiron in opposition (180°), but the aspects are mostly wide and separating, so it's not exactly a major influence. But hey, we'll take what we can get, right?

Nevertheless, this makes for a dynamic yet somewhat erratic energy – not exactly your easy flowing balancing act. This energy may be an acquired taste requiring that you find a sense of connection with others through unexpected or unusual encounters.

The result of it all is that relationships and interactions in general might need some extra patience and willingness to hang in there with the process, even if it gets a bit uncomfortable. The good news is that there's a fabulous Grand Trine about to form with Mars, Jupiter and Uranus. This should help to find some balance and an easier way to work with this somewhat wonky New Moon energy.

Life is about to get a lot more "interesting" though. The Full Moon to this New Moon is a Lunar Eclipse. Yes, it's eclipse season again! Oh joy, oh bliss. And even more exciting, it's at 0° Scorpio, so we will go from a somewhat inconsistent Libra harmony and balance to some very intense Scorpio concentration on transformation that challenges you to reach further than usual into yourself.

Mars, although contributing some zippy adventure through the Grand Trine, is also going Out of Bounds for a couple of months (think "loose cannon" – more about this below). And he will be at the peak of this when that Lunar Eclipse happens.

So now is the time to stretch your imagination to find fresh ways to find a sense of balance in your life. Although you'll need some serious practical solutions, this is also best treated as an adventure. Who knows, you might even discover a connection with someone who will give your life a spin in a whole new direction.

Real beauty isn't about symmetry or weight or makeup; it's about looking life right in the face and seeing all its magnificence reflected in your own.
~ Valerie Monroe

Sep.25 – Jupiter trine Uranus (14:37 of Leo/Aries)  (Sep.27 in AU)

Insight, ideas and inspiration characterise this transit. It is an excellent time to break free of old outmoded beliefs and judgments, which can make room for new perspectives, opinions and wisdom. Innovative ideas come together within an expanded context that gives them new meaning. You can breathe fresh air into your spiritual beliefs and opinions by taking an open-minded approach and trying on new ideas. Unexpected, unusual or "lucky" opportunities may arise that allow you to get out of old ruts and advance toward future possibilities. If you have been feeling stuck in your quest to gain truth, understanding, spirituality or meaning, this transit could bring a release that allows you to get past your resistance. However, even "good" aspects have their drawbacks and this is no exception. It can be tempting to sit back and allow the opportunities to come to you, but not follow through on them—being all ideas and no sustained action. Your behaviour could be somewhat erratic and unpredictable, as your direction may shift and change with every new possibility that presents itself. This transit's greater agenda is to open the door for you to stretch beyond your known horizons and touch the edge of the Universal Mind.

Sep.26-Oct.14 – Grand Trine (Kite) in Fire (Mars, Jupiter, Uranus)  ("What's a Grand Trine?")

We have a very lively combination of planets coming together in a Grand Trine of Fire signs. At its best: hang onto your hat, we're in for a wild ride! At its worst: hang onto your hat, we're in for a wild ride! Somewhere in between is where you'll probably experience it. And since easy-going trine energy can often be taken for granted and not put to much use in a proactive way, you might only notice that things flow a bit more easily than usual (for better or worse).

At best, this could see motivation, courage and action (Mars) combined with wisdom, morality and growth (Jupiter), serving a higher purpose that seeks to break free of outmoded constraints (Uranus). If you're looking for some wind beneath your wings that will help your plans get off the ground a little smoother and add some extra brilliance to light up the skies with your intentions, this Grand Trine could provide it. If you're looking for some extra illumination to see your way through a difficult time, to steer around a challenging obstacle, or to move yourself closer to a shining vision, it might to focus proactively on these things.

Grand Trine in Fire signs

Unfortunately, at worst, these energies could add fuel to over-reactive or destructive fires as well. That's the thing with trine aspects (120°) – they open the gates to let anything through more easily, but sometimes that includes things that are better left restrained. In this case, we might see reckless risk-taking in the name of rebellion and freedom. Off-the-scale judgment, blame, condemnation or contempt that is emotionally driven by fear, dogmatism or self-righteous hubris. Or expressions of anger that ignite into a firestorm of rage, anxiety or even depression; in this case, much depends on how you deal with anger.

The key to using this energy in its best way is keep moving but stay grounded. What does it mean to be grounded? It means being practical, realistic and reasonable – all those good Saturn qualities (yes, Saturn can be your friend). It means keeping the Fire contained enough that it doesn't burn down your life. And it means not losing yourself so much in the experience that you wander far off the grid of your wisdom and better judgment, doing things you'll later regret.

The Grand Trine is closest from Oct.05-09, as Mars makes the exact trine aspects to Jupiter and Uranus. The time when you might find you're tapping into this energy most directly is after Oct.03, as the Sun turns it into a Grand Trine Kite configuration. In fact, the Lunar Eclipse coming up on Oct.08 will feature this Kite prominently, with the opposition axis of the Sun, Moon, Uranus and Nodes forming the spine of the Kite. This can act like a lightning rod to the Grand Fire Trine that awakens, ignites and illuminates the potential and issues contained within it.

Sep.27 – Mercury enters Scorpio (until Oct.10)  (Sep.28 in AU)

Cunning communication and insight are at their peak, as Mercury skulks through Scorpio. It’s a time for unearthing secrets and delving deeply into the psychological Shadow (Carl Jung’s term for the unconscious parts of ourselves that we don't want to or know how to face). There is opportunity for healing and grounding now, but you may have to resist the temptation to manipulate others to control that process. Your awareness of the undercurrents around you could be increased...or you might stir up those undercurrents in others without intending to, by blurting things out in a blunt or harsh way. This transit presents an opportunity to learn new ways to wield words with the skill of a surgeon – to heal and remove what is toxic, not to wound or retaliate. Use it wisely. If you are not crystal clear with yourself about your motives and feelings when communicating with others, your unconscious or hidden agendas could seep through and cause hurt when that was not your intention.

Sep.29 – Venus enters Libra (until Oct.23)  (Sep.30 in AU)

Venus glides like a graceful model through her own sign of Libra, giving you the opportunity to expand your interactive style, cultivate diplomacy, beautify your surroundings, schmooze with social connections, and discover a new fashion statement. Find something beautiful, balanced or harmonious to appreciate or do during this time. You might consider visiting an art gallery, or watch a romantic movie, or listen to music that moves you into a peaceful place inside. You might feel drawn to going shopping for beautiful clothes or items to decorate your home. It can also be a good time to negotiate agreements with people, in a way that is fair and is focused on a win-win solution. Do something to celebrate, express and discover your inner and/or outer beauty. Find new ways to balance your own interests with those of others, which generates good will and harmony.

Sep.29-Nov.21 – Mars Declination is Out of Bounds  ("What does Out of Bounds mean?")

Mars goes "out of bounds" which means its alignment with our Earth's latitude (declination) is farther away from the equator than even the Sun can go (about 23°26' north or south). The Sun reaches its highest and lowest points (i.e. nearest to the North and South Poles) at the June and December Solstices, respectively. Mars goes Out of Bounds (OOB) about once a year, usually for between 1 and 7 months at a time. In this case Mars is OOB for about 2 months, at a Southern declination, while travelling from 9 Sagittarius to 19 Capricorn.

Out of Bounds

When a planet goes OOB, its energy tends to act beyond the limits of its usual range of activity. Normally, Mars energy involves how we deal with anger, taking action, sex drive and asserting ourselves. However, when Mars is OOB it could mean our personal anger is tapping into (or resonating with) anger within the Collective Unconscious, for example. Or the actions you take and the reactions you experience might have greater implications than usual. At its wildest, you could be seized by the impulse to go "off the grid" and do things completely out of character, which you normally wouldn't have the courage or audacity to do.

This could be a good thing, in that it can help you get un-stuck. You might discover a much greater context of experience or realization, which makes current problems or obstacles seem smaller and more manageable. Or you may be able to more easily shake off the lingering after-effects of past events and make a fresh start. You might feel a bit disoriented or out of your element for a while, but this can shake loose the old mindset, emotions, expectations or worries that have been hard to shed.

On the other hand, you might also find that it's much easier to behave and act in a way that leaves you facepalmed and wondering, "What the #@(! was I thinking!?" It will definitely help to be grounded during this time, but don't become so grounded that you remain stuck. This energy needs a certain amount of freedom, or you risk turning it in on yourself in the form of depression, anxiety or self-deprecation.

The best way to use this energy may be to explore possibilities, adventures and activities that you normally stay away from but are curious about. Do something that requires a bit of risk and courage. Step outside your comfort zone a little, but do it in a way that won't leave you wishing you had stayed home in bed. The idea is to give yourself an experience of feeling free of the shackles of everyday demands and restraints. Soar up into the stratosphere and fill your lungs with the fresh air up beyond the pollution of day-to-day living. Give your intentions, motivation, struggles and labours an adventurous vacation!

You are more likely to be affected by this if Mars makes strong aspects to your Natal chart (e.g. conjunction: 0°, opposition: 180° or square: 90°). Also remember that while Mars is OOB it is also forming a Grand Trine with Jupiter and Uranus (see Sep.26, above), so the effects of the Grand Trine could also be greatly intensified and amplified.

Mars also reaches its most extreme declination (24°56' South of the equator) on Oct.23-24. This happens to be when we will have a Solar Eclipse at 0° of Scorpio, and since Mars rules Scorpio (by traditional rulership), this will add to the already powerful intensity of that eclipse.

Sep.29-Oct.13 – Cardinal T-square (Uranus, Pluto, Sun, Venus)  (This is a Cardinal Cross aspect.)

Cardinal Cross T-square

The Cardinal Cross once again knocks on our door, this time with the Sun and Venus in tow. First the Sun and then Venus square Pluto and oppose Uranus, giving us a prolonged exposure to this stressful yet powerful and dynamic energy. In this case, you could experience a relationship, interaction or frame of mind where you feel controlled or shamed, or where you are challenged to face some uncomfortable or inconvenient truth about yourself or someone else.

As a result, you might be seized by the impulse to throw it all away, trying to break free of the constraints or difficult feelings. This might be a good thing, if you've been stuck for a while and just needed the courage or nerve to get out from under a bad or unproductive situation. On the other hand, it could also lead to reckless reaction that you might later regret, so it's wise to do a reality check with a trusted friend or advisor before making any major changes.

This configuration could also give you a push to take another step in your journey of evolution and transformation. This could manifest strongly in the area of relationships and how you interact with others, as well as how you maintain a sense of balance in a chaotic and stressful world. For example, it might feel like the right time to clear out your Facebook friends list, culling it down to only those people who you feel most comfortable with or who challenge you in a positive way. Or, it might be a good time to have that discussion with a Significant Other about difficult issues—but be aware that this energy could make it all too easy to say things in a caustic or abrupt way that might be better said in a more sensitive or tentative way.

This T-square is closest from Oct.04-07 (as the Sun moves through exact aspects to Uranus and Pluto) and from Oct.08-11 (as Venus does the same).

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Oct.04 – Sun square Pluto (11:01 of Libra/Capricorn)  (Oct.03 in HAST)

This can be a challenging time, when your sense of purpose, identity and direction may feel blocked, overpowered or regulated by forces beyond your control. You may find yourself confronted by difficult situations or people, requiring that you rally an unusually strong show of power to keep from feeling powerless or overwhelmed. The trick is to center yourself in empowerment rather than simple power – that means your power comes from within yourself rather than from controlling people and situations outside of yourself. You might find yourself involved in power struggles or abandonment, either in the present or stirred up from the past. You might be forced to let go of your attachment to something or someone due to circumstances beyond your control. However, this can also be a time when you reach inside yourself and find you have more strength than you thought you did. Adversity may inspire new assertiveness and purpose in you – empowerment born of conflict and struggle.

Oct.04 – Mars square Chiron (14:12 of Sagittarius/Pisces)  (Oct.05 in AU)

It may be time to confront issues in your life that involve how/why you get hurt by others, how you yourself hurt others, and how healing can take place in either of these situations. Your awareness of this may due to a conflict in your life, but this can be a valuable learning experience for you, more-so than usual. Part of the problem may be that you need to tread your own path but are avoiding this for whatever reasons – perhaps circumstances compel you to satisfy others' expectations, or perhaps you are still struggling to muster the courage to find and walk your own path. Whatever the reasons, this transit may give you a push that will help to steer you in a healing direction, possibly by showing you how and why the path you have been on does not lead to where you want to go. If you start to feel overwhelmed, take some time out from the stress to get re-centered and grounded.

Oct.05 – Australia: Daylight Saving Time begins (until Apr.05.2015)

In many parts of Australia (and a few other countries in the Southern Hemisphere), it's time to put your clocks forward one hour the night before. If you're not sure whether or when your area is changing to/from DST, you can check the invaluable table provided by the good folks at TimeAndDate.com.

Oct.04 – Mercury Stationary Retrograde (02:18 of Scorpio; until Oct.25)  (Oct.05 in AU)  ("What's a Station?"  "What does Retrograde mean?"  Read more about Mercury Retrograde.  Read more about Retrograde planets.)

Mercury now goes retrograde for the next 3+ weeks. For up to a week before and after today, Mercury is moving very slowly or stopped during the station. During this time, you may experience intensity, frustration, confusion, miscommunications, or feel like you're getting bogging down in your progress. Mercury retrograde is usually a time when it is best to rethink, rehash, reflect, and tie up old loose ends, rather than begin new ventures.

It is typical for new insights and information to emerge later in the retrograde cycle that you didn't anticipate, which can change the whole picture. Because of this, it is usually advised to avoid making final or permanent decisions (e.g., signing contracts or putting new projects into action), during the retrograde and even up to 2 weeks after Mercury goes direct. However, it is an excellent time to do fact-finding, research and investigation to prepare for major decisions, which are usually best put off until well after Mercury goes direct.

In the meantime, while Mercury is retrograde, expect the unexpected, and leave lots of extra time when planning your schedule (to minimize any disruptions from delays and complications). Stay flexible; for example, it's common to have to reschedule appointments. Do some things that use your intuitive, creative, non-rational mind for a while until Mercury goes direct again.

Aspects that Mercury makes during this cycle (using North American Eastern Time):

Aspect Direct Date/Position Retrograde Date/Position Direct Date/Position
Mercury shadow/stationsIn shadow: Sep.14 16LI45Retro station: Oct.04 02SC18 
Sun cnj Mercury Aug.08 16LE03Oct.16 23LI24Dec.08 16SG13
Mercury sxt Mars Aug.25 17VI23Oct.16 23LI08Nov.21 19SC40
Mercury enters LibraSep.02 00LI00Oct.10 29LI59
Mercury sxt Jupiter Sep.10 12LI08Oct.20 19LI01Nov.01 20LI28
Mercury cnj North Node Sep.16 19LI34Oct.20 19LI16Oct.30 19LI07
Mercury enters ScorpioSep.27 00SC00 Nov.08 00SC00
Mercury shadow/stations  Direct station: Oct.25 16LI45 Lv shadow: Nov.10 02SC18

Oct.05 – Mars trine Uranus (14:37 of Sagittarius/Aries)  (Oct.04 in HAST, AKT, PDT, MDT, CDT)

This is a very high energy time, although not necessarily predictable or reliable. Your energy may come in spurts or in response to situations that don't normally affect you very much. You may find an upsurge of daring and confidence that seem to come out of nowhere. Or your sexual desire might suddenly come alive. This transit can inspire motivation that is spontaneous, sudden or unexpected. It might make your physical or emotional energy fluctuate or feel a bit "wired." However, it can also give a burst of courage and drive that can propel you out of a rut or inspire you to break free of limitations. Freedom, liberation and asserting your individuality are key areas that can ignite this energy. You might also find yourself involved in group activities, possibly in a leadership role or in a way that your ideas have a greater effect than usual on others.

Oct.07 – Sun opposite Uranus (14:30 of Libra/Aries)  (Oct.08 in AU)

This transit brings an encounter with the Awakener! This could come in the form of another person or outside situation that shakes you out of your habitual routine and pushes you to try a new approach to your situation. Life may be very unpredictable right now, requiring you to be spontaneous, innovative or independent in the way you respond to it. This could be stressful or exciting! It is actually showing you a new path in the darkness, like a lightening flash in the night. If you feel startled or caught off guard, or confused about what to do next, find your internal centre and try to be open to what the situation is illuminating for you. You now have a chance to shed some old habits and ways that you are stuck, if you can stay centered in the middle of the whirlwind. You may experience revelations – that "ah-ha!!" feeling – which could open up new possibilities and opportunities for you. However, it might feel like you have little choice but to try these new things (rather than freely choosing them). You could find yourself reacting to others with a powerful impulse to throw off the shackles of anything that feels restrictive, to reclaim your independence – although this could also be motivated by a fear of commitment or responsibility too. It is wise to check your own inner motives, feelings and assumptions before automatically dismissing, rejecting or rebelling against other people.

Next Update:  LUNAR ECLIPSE ~ FULL MOON in ARIES, available by October 8, 2014.

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