The New Moon is at 23 Libra on 16 October at 3:30 PM EST.
Libra is a Venus-ruled cardinal air sign.
It is the first sign above the horizon of the chart. The first five signs of the zodiac are more self centered — building a way to be safe an operate at a baseline in the world. Virgo is a transitional
Archetype – preparing, refining, rearranging the self that has been built up to put on its “public face” for the first time.
In Libra we start to see what kind of self others have created and to observe our reactions to them. We compare ourselves to the other to see what we may or may not want to adopt as our own. That is why Libra is such a visual, as well as mental sign.
We look at others and may be struck by their beauty, the way they carry themselves, the way they dress.
It may seem superficial, but the colors, the flow, the smells, and sounds can all be deeply affecting. The initial attraction may indicate whether we feel safe enough to approach.
We learn, as we go out in the world, to see if people are as they appear. Perhaps what appears to be a sheep is really a wolf wearing a fleece who is looking for an easy meal.
Appearances and realities matter in nature and they matter to us humans.
Venus may or may not like what it sees, and we may make some adjustments to our own public face in response or reaction. If a person speaks in a rough or coarse way, we observe others joining the ruckus or turning away. We see the effects of appearances and behaviors.
The person who does not bathe may become repellent.
The person who wears high heels on a hike may struggle with the terrain. I give high relief examples here, but in Libra we learn to refine behavior and appearances in reaction to what we perceive to be working for others. We observe and adjust… or not.
We have, at this new Moon, Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, dipping back into Libra before forward motion is resumed on 2 November.
Mars is still retrograde in Aries until 13 November.
Mercury in Scorpio retrograde while the sun is in Libra will be looking beneath those outer appearances for the motivation behind the public façade, the pretty/not so pretty speeches - the result of actions of those observed on the world stage.
Many people are in varying degrees of isolation, observing through a variety of screens. We have time to see/feel how the appearances and actions of others affect our mood, our nerves and our own self perception.
Mars is the foot soldier of Pluto. Mars is retrograde in Aries opposing the Sun/Moon. We are seeing outward evidence of our internal power surges. Our energy field is being attracted to what is going on around us – at work, at home, politically.
Oppositions ask us to look at how events and emotions evoked by the outer are affecting how we feel and behave. That is why making healthy responses to life’s challenges an integrated part of our muscle memory is so key right now. Making a habit of helpful responses and reactions is not only possible it is necessary for our well being.
Mars is squaring Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn at the new Moon making what is happening on the outer feel very personal. The beasts that are roaming the world at large are very real in an instinctual level to Mars. This is important to note, because Mars retrograde in Aries will shoot that beast and drag it back to its lair. Mars retrograde in Aries will skin it, dry it, eat it, and make a coat out of it. So we had better be willing to get cozy with the ideas, the rules, the fears, the power struggles, and the actions that we are engaging with and bringing home with us just now.
Mercury is retrograde in Pluto-ruled Scorpio. The insight granted in Mercury retrograde can align with the revelation about how we have been spending our energy, our life force and our motivation with Mars retrograde.