"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Autumnal Equinox and Libra New Moon

   Why am I talking about the Fall Equinox when it already took place a week and a half ago? Because the Sun moving into Libra is the midpoint of the year astrologically and it marks a turning point in the cycle bringing our focus from self to others, reminding us that we are not alone, we do indeed need each other! The Sun returning to Libra each year allows us to tend to our partnerships, perhaps even to nurture new relationships. And the coming together of the Sun and Moon in Libra define a more concentrated focus for the next month.

   Today's New Moon in Libra, occurring at 8:34pm, is the best time for planting seeds of new beginnings in partnership, both with self and others. I like to think about things during the darkest days of the lunar cycle and make my "wishlist" sometime during the 24 hours surrounding the New Moon, just before or on the day of the new moon. Then, just as the thinnest edge of the crescent moon begins to show itself a day or two later, I am ready to bring awareness to those things I need to do to move towards fulfilling that list. Planting seeds in the dark can be scary because we don't know what will grow, but as the light increases we can see the shoots and really work hard to nurture that new growth.

  With the Sun in Libra, there are usually plenty of opportunities for socializing and getting outside of the self to mingle and get to know others' and their ideas and what they have to offer. If you're someone who likes to be alone but wants to be in a relationship, the seeds to plant need to include how you can change your routine or your habits to meet others halfway. Have you been asked by friends to attend an event or come to dinner but you turned it down because you're uncomfortable in situations where you will meet new people? That's exactly what you need to do - push yourself a bit and talk or listen and get to know who else is interested in similar things. If you're not meeting people where you are, you need to go out where they are and that might involve getting out of one's comfort zone!

    If you are feeling stagnant and always see the same people over and over, perhaps it's time to join a class, go to a community gathering or eat out at a new restaurant. Whatever you do, make sure you say hello to someone new and maybe engage in a bit of conversation, otherwise you're just keeping to yourself again. Listening is a great way to get to know a new person, then you can ask simple questions, like how long have you lived here?, or what interests you about this author? Be prepared to answer a few questions about yourself as well. Whatever interests you have, others have them too... and you can find ways to connect if you reach out during the next two weeks as the Moon cycle builds up.

      New beginnings need to be tended to in order to flourish and grow and Libra reminds us that it's all about give and take. Balance and harmony are Libra's keywords and while some couples and partnerships make it look easy, it usually isn't.  We don't just jump into relationships, we have to get to know the other person.  New starts in a stagnant relationship require both parties to come to the table and put in effort, just as finding inner peace requires honesty with the self to let go of those thoughts or memories of the past that keep us unbalanced. Creating harmony and beauty in our environment doesn't just happen - it has to begin with you, then go out to include others.

    Make some time this month to create random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty and notice the smiles popping up all around you! And while you're at it, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~

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