Here’s the chart for the Libra New Moon:
New Moon in Libra
September 30, 2016
The sign of Libra, ruled by Venus, is associated with balance, harmony and beauty. Libra is an air sign with a focus on communication and aesthetics. There is an emphasis on peacefulness, sociability, cooperation, and fellowship.
Issues involving relationships, partners, contracts, romance, marriage, divorce, lovers, artists, beauticians, decorators, diplomats, judiciary, mediators, litigators, musicians, negotiators, pacifists, and politicians become accentuated during the Libra cycle.
This is an excellent cycle to develop your relationships and to see your doctor, lawyer, minister, or make other professional contacts you may have been postponing.
Libra symbol: Scales.
Libra is a cardinal sign, associated with social intelligence; it rules the lower back (lumbar region), kidneys and adrenal glands.
The key phrase for Libra is “I Balance”.
Diplomacy, cooperation, and shared values support success; communication and connection guarantee it.
Attune to the qualities of Libra with a 3-minute tarot meditation on Justice.
Justice is the figure of poise and grace. Ruled by Venus, she reminds us that peace radiates naturally from a center of harmony and order. She teaches us to do away with extremes, balance opposites and find stability within.
Confer with Justice to become centered or whenever you wish to invoke clarity, balance or simplicity.
Libra Sits in the West on the Medicine Wheel.
The direction West points to the path of spiritual intelligence. The sign Libra correlates to Experience, the first step on the Western pathway of Sun Bear’s Medicine Wheel. The Love developed during the Virgo cycle allows the active participation in life via interaction with others and observation of the shadow, both of which provide life experience and lead to knowledge. The key to balanced relationship lies in being able to appreciate the value of routine activities.
Sabian Symbol for 9º Libra:
“Three ‘Old Masters’ hanging on the wall of a special room in an art gallery.” This degree symbolizes the need to return to source during a confused search for new value in a chaotic society. In other words, the collective past becomes the inspiration for new beginnings.— from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases © 1973 Dane Rudhyar
Highlights of the New Moon at 8º Libra 15′:
This Libra lunation cycle begins amid feelings of disruption and upheaval (Sun & Moon quindicile Uranus). An almost compulsive drive for independence and reform leads to a disregard of practical reality and fuels the urge to rebel, causing a sense of instability and uncertainty about the future. Charm and humor are required in social situations despite the urge to express intense emotions (Sun & Moon semi-sextile Venus). An unusual degree of sensitivity, fed by idealistic and romantic fantasies, gives rise to an increased sense of vulnerability (Venus trine Neptune), which adds to the confusion of this time. Ambivalence, paranoia, and emotional overreaction increase uncertainty and escapist tendencies (Sun & Moon quincunx Neptune).
Our advice for this cycle:
The best way to navigate these chaotic times is to spend as much time as possible in the company of supportive friends and immerse yourself in the arts. The more exposure you have to both, the better you will be able to make informed decisions. We encourage you to set strong boundaries, as the tendency this cycle is to commit yourself out of a need for acceptance from others. Be certain you can and want to fulfill obligations before saying yes.
Without a doubt, the New Moon in Libra conjoined with the planet Jupiter puts the emphasis this month on relationships. It is an excellent time to renew or renegotiate partnerships. Look for what you have in common, especially of a spiritual or creative nature. Focus on connecting with others and communicating your needs.
Strong emotions can either emphasize feelings of insecurity or be used to express your values creatively, therefore we recommend doing everything you can to emphasize the aesthetics in your environment. Put your imagination to good use by becoming involved in creative projects.
Going to a concert, listening to symphonies, or playing a musical instrument will allow you to find peace during inharmonious times. Visiting art galleries or museums, taking an art history class, painting, or drawing will increase your sense of balance and serenity.
Question your relationship with others, with money, with your work, with yourself. Additional questions you might explore for personal insight include:
- How do you define beauty?
- What things do you find easiest and hardest to share?
- How do you regain your equilibrium when realizing you’re out of balance?
- Where and with whom would life be easier if you were to make compromises?
- When do you feel most social?
- What do you consider your most charming aspect?
- How well do you listen?
- What is your relationship with your shadow?
Affirm: My experience of life is balanced by my interaction with others.
The Zodiac Arts Moon Phase Journal posts at each phase with tips on working with the current cosmic and lunar energies.
Sandra shares her personal moon phase journal, Sunny’s Days. We invite you to join her walk through the year. Declare your intentions – start your own moon phase journal. Share your images, words, colors, and goals for this lunation cycle in the comments below the posts.
Quote for this cycle:
“The heart is a museum, filled with the exhibits of a lifetime’s loves.”
~ Diane Ackerman (1947 – ) American poet, essayist, and naturalist
A Mandala is a powerful meditation device for focusing sacred intentions. We encourage you to create your own mandala or print out and color the 2016 Libra New Moon Mandala to Color created by Sandra according to the geometric patterns prominent in the chart for the New Moon.
Please check out Lynn Keefer’s Mandala Journal, where Lynn shares the the mandala she colors every month, along with her meditative process. See her latest New Moon Mandala and read about her experience with the exercise. The energy flows in beautifully from one cycle into the next.
In addition to her 2016 Lifecycle Forecast on our site, artist, author, educator, and dear friend, Donna Iona Drozda uses solar, lunar and numerological cycles as a blueprint for living the life of a “Heartist.” Keep up with her Lifecycle offerings and updates on her Lifecycle Blog, and be sure to subscribe to her Luna See email newsletter.
Margaret Koolman’s New Moon insights can be found at her website, SoulAstrology.com. Margaret writes beautifully and offers excellent counsel.
Jessica Shepherd at Moonkissd.com has a great article titled Libra New Moon: Good Things Awaitl, where she suggests, “Observe how like begets like. How your doubt begets more doubt, struggle begets struggle… and peace begets more peace.”
April Elliott Kent at Big Sky Astrology is adept at putting the current cosmic conditions into personally identifiable terms. Read her post Libra New Moon: The Leap of Love.
Stephanie Gailing, another of our favorites, offers her insights and apothecary suggestions in her post on the Libra New Moon. Her book, Planetary Apothecary: An Astrological Approach to Health and Wellness, has tips on health-supporting foods, spa and wellness therapies, relaxation practices, yoga poses, aromatherapy, natural remedies, and flower essences customized for each Zodiac sign.
Lynda Hill takes a thorough look at the Sabian Symbols active this cycle.
Last but not least, Elaine Kalantarian writes about A Witches Brew: The Libra New Moon
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