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Libra New Moon, October 7, 2010

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Saturn in Libra hovers next to the New Moon at 14°24″ Libra on October 7, 2010, 11:43 AM PDT, slowing forward momentum to a crawl and reminding us to mind our manners.

Sometimes the Sabian symbol is an excellent fit and the one for the New Moon of 15 Libra, “Circular paths” certainly is. Saturn is bound and determined we are going to repeat our particular lessons until we get them right. We can either waste a great deal of energy pitching a fit or we can swear a little then go back and do whatever we need to do ONE MORE TIME!

The New Moon usually provides renewed impetus to move forward, making Saturn’s road block more difficult to accept but believe me, the celestial taskmaster is very, very good at getting his point across.

Mercury is now in Libra after an extended stay in Virgo, reminding us to ask nicely, use our “indoor” voices and refrain from using explicative words. It will conjoin Saturn within about five hours after the New Moon . . . yeah, more Saturn. Rude, crude, uncouth behaviors and speech will go over with a thud. Public displays of such may lead to the perpetrator finding themselves all alone – permanently. Even if these behaviors have been overlooked and forgiven before, there is a strong possibility they won’t be under this influence. Libra types will put up with quite a lot for the sake of peace but when they are done, they are DONE!

Venus, Libra’s ruler, is in Scorpio and will station retrograde just twenty minutes after the New Moon, another factor contributing to the feeling of stasis. The close semi-sextile between Venus and the New Moon deepens the connection and intensifies the effect as does the conjunction with Mars, Scorpio’s co-ruler. Red hot romances and love affairs are likely to cool off very quickly.

A little known fact about sexy Scorpio is their willingness to choose celibacy for extended periods of time if conditions and partners aren’t right for one reason or another. Venus retrograde in Scorpio may trigger one of those times. Don’t freak out if this happens because after you or your Scorpio lover returns refreshed, your love life could be better than ever. [Venus will be retrograde from October 8 to November 18.]

Jupiter and Uranus are still conjoined in Pisces, still semi-sextile Neptune conjunct Chiron in Aquarius. They are sitting over in their own corner, not aspecting anyone else and only those of us with planets and Angles at 26-27 degrees will have to deal with them. There is a great deal of quiet innovation happening in the background, waiting to be revealed at a later date.

I posted more on Neptune-Chiron conjunction in my recent post, Assorted Flavors of Neptune Transits and found an excellent post by Mary Plumb from The Mountain Astrologer on Chiron and Neptune. Better yet is a comment she made in the comment section:

“Yes, I agree that Chiron signifies healing…in this case specifically opening the doors to Neptune’s grace and ability to perceive unity and interdependence…but perhaps some illusion or cherished belief (Neptune) is shattered for that to happen. Chiron also can suggest “the wound” that takes us through that gateway…Chiron is the bridge builder between Saturn (which we can see as ego defenses) and the outer planets…the guide, the teacher and mentor that shows us the way to the great beyond…”

Pluto in Capricorn is also sitting this lunation out and only pestering those people with planets and Angles at 2-3 degrees. That’s OK since he made his presence felt with a vengeance earlier this year. A little Pluto goes a looooong ways!

So muster up your patience, practice behaving in a mannerly fashion even if no one else does and apply liberal doses of kindness to all interactions whenever possible. This New Moon conjoins my natal Moon so I am planning on reminding myself frequently that Saturn rewards good behavior . . . eventually. :D

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Full Moon in Aries, October 3-4, 2009

Full Moon Over Mount Baker, Photo by James A. Weythman
The Full Moon in Aries on October 4 (late October 3 in western time zones) likely will have more of an effect on our personal lives rather than impacting the collective, as lunations over the past many months have done.

I, for one, am thankful for that.

The third exact opposition of Saturn and Uranus is behind us, and Mercury is now direct, picking up speed. Hopefully most of us will begin to see a lightening in the atmosphere and make better choices about where we need to go next. Just being able to get on with our daily lives with less drama would be very welcome.

At 11°10′ Libra and Aries, neither the Sun nor Moon forms close aspects to other planets. This will allow us to focus on the classic Venus-Mars relationship of Aries and Libra. It is much easier to see how the dynamic of “do it my own self” Mars-ruled Aries works with Libra, which is ruled by graceful Venus and focuses on the other.

I live with this every day, because I’m a Libra Sun-Moon woman married to an Aries Sun-Moon man. We have learned the fine art of compromise over the years – essential to any good relationship. The key is understanding what is important to us as individuals (Aries) while recognizing when to place the needs of the other first (Libra).

It is through their rulers, Mars and Venus, that the luminaries are connected to the outer planets and the big picture. Mars in Cancer forms an inconjunct (or quincunx) with Neptune in Aquarius, and Venus in Virgo is inconjunct Jupiter in Aquarius. Even though Jupiter is no longer close enough to be considered conjoined with Neptune, this is still a powerful point in the sky.

On one hand, Mars is just not a happy camper in watery, often insular Cancer, and being drawn into dialogue with Aquarius via the inconjunct makes him even unhappier. Cancer and Aquarius need a mediator to find common ground, because their immediate concerns are so different. Cancer is the sign most involved with home and family matters, while Aquarius represents the collective and what is best for the many. We may find ourselves wrangling over these very issues if either or both of these signs are prominent in our charts.

On the other hand, Venus is not all that comfortable in earthy Virgo, either, compromising her normal enthusiasm for getting together with Jupiter. Practical Virgos everywhere are going to be having long discussions with progressive Aquarians about the bottom line. Jupiter in Aquarius is often the author of the unfunded mandate, both personally and collectively. It can go like this: “Just how do you expect to pay for that??? Yes, I understand it will benefit the majority in the long run . . . but!”

Mercury in Virgo is opposing Uranus in Pisces on the Full Moon while gaining on Saturn for one last meeting before moving back into Libra on October 9. We may get another not-so-gentle reminder to take care of details we’ve been procrastinating about since the beginning of September. We’re not going to get away this time, so buckle down and do it!

Uranus in Pisces is tightly semi-sextile Neptune in Aquarius and for many people around the world, being connected to the Internet in one way or another is part of our daily lives – a clear demonstration of the mutual reception between Neptune and Uranus. Of course, the greatest challenge is often sorting fact from fiction, always an issue when Neptune is present.

Pallas just entered fair-minded Libra and promptly squares Pluto in Capricorn at the Full Moon. Take advantage of this moment of enforced clarity to look around for harbingers of what’s to come in the months and years ahead. The big eye-opener will come with Uranus moving into Aries at the end of May 2010.

I find it curious that the Sabian symbol for 12 Aries is “A flock of wild geese,” with the keyword COSMIC ORDER. I see this more as a reminder of the very Libran idea of everyone taking a turn being the leader. Aries can get so caught up in the notion that if they don’t take charge, nothing will get done. They can forget how different leadership styles can successfully motivate different individuals.

The image of “Miners emerging from a deep coal mine” for 12 Libra is equally powerful. We can use the meaning of the keyword, EXTRACTION, to understand the importance of bringing new realizations from the depths of our inner selves. This Sabian symbol can also mean we have earned a respite from striving.

Sitting down with our significant others, friends and partners of all kinds is a good way to take advantage of this particular Full Moon, because our differences as individuals are highlighted. Sometimes it takes recognition of those differences to see our commonalities in a new way and accept the idea we don’t always have to agree to get along. Here’s to gaining greater understanding of the importance of agreeing to disagree – a very Libra concept.

Libra seeks balanceposted by Neith . . .

Image: Full Moon over Mount Baker, October 2007. Photo by James A. Weythman, reprint by permission only.