In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 11:26 a.m. on Saturday, September 28. This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 6° of Libra. To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 6° of Libra in your birth/natal chart. The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.
New Moons always provide us with opportunities for new emotional starts and setting new intentions in the areas associated with the sign. This time, we are focused on the sign of Libra. This is a cardinal air sign, which means we are actively (cardinal) thinking (air). The higher expression of this sign includes being cooperative, diplomatic, gracious, and social. The lower expression can be indecisive or dependent.
Overall, Libra puts our focus on our relationships. Although that could be our relationship with ourselves, that isn’t usually the case because Libra is about our relationships with others. Because this Libra New Moon is in a very close opposition (180°) to Chiron, this likely means that there are one or more relationships in our lives that need some healing. But due to the opposition, we might be see-sawing between feeling peaceful, accommodating, and diplomatic (Libra New Moon) and feeling vulnerable, insecure, or even angry about past hurts (Chiron).
At the time of this New Moon, not only are the Sun and Moon in Libra, but so, too, are Venus (which is the ruler of Libra) and Mercury. We, therefore, have our hearts (Venus) and our words (Mercury) in a very gracious sign. This could be a good time to have a potentially difficult, heart-felt conversation, which could be the catalyst for healing and moving forward. However, it is also possible that we could gain a level of clarity that shows us it is time to move on and stop trying to fix what can’t be fixed. A good sign that it might be time to agree to disagree and go our separate ways is if we’ve been trying to force someone or something to change. Force rarely elicits long term or permanent change inside a relationship.
Luckily, Venus is in an exact sextile (60°) to Jupiter (orb of only 0°14’). Jupiter is often referred to as the major beneficent and Venus as the minor beneficent. They both bring in positive energy, such as optimism and luck (Jupiter) and love of whatever we desire or want (Venus). Unfortunately, Jupiter can sometimes go too far. We do need to be ready to pull in the reins if we start getting too exuberant, particularly when it comes to our relationships and making changes (e.g., too many changes all at once, changes that are too radical). However, Jupiter is also related to morals and ethics. When you combine that with all the Libra energy present at the time of this New Moon (remember, Libra is all about peace, balance, and fairness), I think it is unlikely we will do anything that would harm someone else (or ourselves), at least not intentionally. Also, if we have recently gone off track, we could find our “moral compass” again under this influence.
This Libra New Moon is in an exact inconjunct (150°) to Uranus (the orb is also 0°14’). The closer the aspect, the more powerful it is. An inconjunct often requires that we make often difficult adjustments, and the energy of Uranus could bring in sudden insights or unexpected events that require just that. As long as we are willing to make these changes, things will likely go smoothly. However, if we fight against needed changes or try to maintain the status quo, we could experience some problems. It probably will be helpful to remember that Uranus is always trying to increase our awareness so we can move forward into a better future. Overall, we always are advised to work Uranian energy and not fight against it. A final note: Given Uranus is in retrograde, it could be that we find ourselves reconsidering a course of action that we tried in the past, dismissed prematurely, and want to try again.
As has been the case in many of this year’s Moon Updates, the grouping of Saturn, Pluto, and the North Node in Capricorn is active right now. This time, there are several different aspects involved:
- Mars is in a trine (120°) to Pluto. This positive aspect will support us in courageously going after what we want, which may include taking decisive, powerful action. We probably will be open to new ideas, so this does support us in being willing to make any necessary adjustments due to the previously discussed influence of Uranus. But given Pluto is in retrograde, it may involve reworking something that already exists in order to make it workable. Both Mars and Pluto are powerhouses, so we will very likely have the energy to do whatever is needed!
- However, relationships may, again, be our focus and a challenge. Both Venus and Mercury are squaring (90°) Pluto. Additionally, Venus is also squaring (90°) Saturn and the South Node. Squares are challenging, and Venus means we are dealing with relationships (and also finances). A relationship (of any kind) could be brought into question and/or cause us to feel jealous. We may find ourselves more prone to negative or catastrophic thinking, or we could have a hard time expressing our thoughts. Another possible influence is having unrealistic expectations that are coming from the past. This set of aspects could also mean that secrets are revealed that clarify issues we have been struggled with.
- At the time of this Full Moon, Saturn will be exactly conjunct (0°) the South Node (orb of 0°6’), which also means that Saturn will be in an exact opposition (180°) to the North Node. Saturn and the Nodes have been dancing close together since April, so this energy will not feel new. I heard one astrologer describe this as, “reckoning with the past.” A more positive view of it might be “mining the past for the gems (South Node) that will help you move effectively into the future (North Node).” Either way, we are having to deal with the influence of the past on our present. Given this opposition is happening on the Cancer (North Node)/Capricorn (South Node) axis, it’s likely that we have spent the last 6 months reviewing our responsibilities and deciding whether we want to stay in an obligated relationship or role (Capricorn) or move into a loving space that brings more compassion into our lives and the lives of others (Cancer).
During the first week of October, we will see 1 planet changing direction and 3 planets changing signs. It should make for quite a week!
- On Wednesday, October 2, Pluto will end its annual retrograde phase and begin moving direct again. Pluto may be a tiny “dwarf planet,” but it packs a big punch. It has to do with power, healing, and transformation. It also has to do with secrets. As mentioned previously, we may see secrets emerging now, both our own, others, and society’s. This is more likely once Pluto goes direct on the 2nd. The goal of any “reveals” is to bring to the surface what needs to heal. As it turns direct, Pluto is also telling us that it is time to stop thinking about all those transformations that we want to make. It’s time to truly take action.
- On the same day (October 2), Mercury will move out of Libra and into Scorpio. To be honest, many of us will likely wish Mercury was either back in Libra or already in Sagittarius. However, we might as well get used to this placement. Rather than spending the typical 3-weeks in Scorpio, Mercury will begin its final retrograde phase of 2019 on Thursday, October 31 (ending on November 19). Because it will be moving in retrograde within the sign of Scorpio, it won’t leave Scorpio and move into Sagittarius until December 10. Therefore, rather than feel victimized by it, we would be well-advised to spend the next 2 months finding ways to appreciate and work with this energy. Mercury in Scorpio means our thoughts and words will be intense and probing. They could even become obsessive if we aren’t careful. We seek the “truth,” and we sometimes believe that it is hidden. We seek to discover what is hidden in the shadows of our psyches and the psyches of others. We also can be more inclined to think negatively under this influence, so we need to remember to take a break now and then and “lighten the mood” (and our thoughts). It’s a great time to seek support from a counselor.
- The next day (Thursday, October 3), Mars will leave Virgo behind and moves into Libra for a 6-week stay (until November 20). Libra will soften the sometimes overly direct energy of Mars, and relationships usually benefit from this placement because we can be assertive rather than aggressive. However, there is a possibility of passive-aggressive behaviors as we attempt to be seen as the “good guy” while still working to get what we want.
- Then on Tuesday, October 8, Venus will follow Mercury into Scorpio, where it will remain until November 2. During Venus’s annual foray into Scorpio, we find we are not satisfied with relationships that are superficial. We long for intensity, and we will passionately pursue what we want, be that a relationship, financial issues, or something else. Combine that with Mercury being in Scorpio (see description above), and this could be an intense time.
Overall, this Libra New Moon is helping us focus on our relationships, including what might need to heal within them. Given we have 4 planets in Libra, we are likely to be diplomatic and gracious in our interactions with others. However, several factors indicated that we might need to face some difficult truths and make some tough decisions. We do have help, though, in the form of alternative ideas coming to light. As long as we can remain open and flexible, there is the potential for this Libra New Moon to bring in balance, beauty, enjoyment, and even good fortune. It could be that a new relationship comes into your life that requires some adjustments, but it will add a level of excitement to our lives that makes it well worth it. Finally, with Pluto going direct on October 2, we will have the power to make any needed changes.
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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY
- Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM
- The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
- Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)
- New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.
New Moon at 6° of Libra
- Saturday, September 28, 2019, 11:26 a.m. PDT
- Saturday, September 28, 2019, 2:26 p.m. EDT
- Saturday, September 28, 2019, 6:26 p.m. GMT