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Today’s the New Moon 🌙 in Libra brings us into a new energy cycle, and this one packs quite a wallop! Tension with both Saturn (karmic lessons) and Pluto (power, control, destruction- reconstruction ) means some powerful emotional shifts are heading our way. And with the focus on both Venus and the sign of Libra – personal relationships are in the spotlight!
A key factor is the Pluto effect – we must either suffer or transform! This is not easy energy- you’ve got to lean into it! If you are reacting to or clinging onto the old rules of engagement (control dramas – power over- victim mentality) – eventually you may come face to face with your own shadow!
We all have it (shadow) i.e. the unloved or rejected parts of ourself. And we all have light. In fact – the one creates the other! Sun and Moon in Libra can bring us a balanced approach to integrating the two.
A New Moon is an alchemical moment, with the energies of the Sun and the Moon mix together in a sacred marriage (conjunctio). This creates a seed time – where our intentions create our future potential. Although New Moons usually set in motion a new cycle – this one begins by having us revisiting the past. Old friends or lovers may turn up in our dreams or in actuality. Venus is seeking repair of past injuries, disappointments or lost dreams. Its time to wipe the slate clean and begin again.
This New Moon in Libra occurs at the beginning of Venus retrograde journey through the sign of Scorpio. This can turn out to be a journey into our sexual selves as we explore some old demons. Over the next 40 days- the Libra energy can help us bring healing, harmony and balance to any difficult material that is coming up to be cleared. As Venus in Scorpio takes us deep into our psyches, she will show us is that these scary feelings are just pointing to parts that we haven’t faced or integrated yet – and those shadowy selves can become our allies once we befriend them!
Part of that process is giving them a voice. It might feel overwhelming- for both men and women- to hold a space for the female rage that is currently being triggered. It takes deep listening to stay present when someone is in pain. As Scorpio activates life or death struggles, power and control dramas and issues around sexual intimacy, Pluto in Capricorn puts pressure on the statusquo, which then boomerangs back onto dear Venus. Victim blaming is part of that energy.
Its time to claim our feminine power and let her stand free and tall. This applies to all of us – no matter how we identify. We may find ourself going through a purging process. Pluto is the transformer as well as destroyer- he strips us down to eventually make us whole. Sounds like an oxymoron – it is not easy when the lord of the underworld activates our issues. Like the phoenix rising from the ashes – she (we) will rise again. And again. And again. You cant keep a good person down!!!
In the meantime, wherever Pluto sits in our chart will show us where we may have issues with power and control- and Capricorn speaks to status and authority systems. The old (patriarchal) order is fighting hard to maintain the status quo. As the battle of the sexes (Venus square Mars) plays out in global consciousness, it can potentially mirror/trigger our own personal traumas. Please take care of yourself and get support if this is bringing up difficult memories.
Ultimately, Venus in Scorpio is about deep soul union. It’s about connection. The Venus retrograde will turn us back on ourself to help us remove whatever blockages have caused us to forget that our true nature is love. This New Moon will activate the process. As Venus leads us down and through areas that need healing/releasing – she will also help us move on from past issues that keep us stuck. Its about discovering and knowing our true value – which is love.
An excerpt from “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran
And with a great voice he said:
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest
branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them
in their clinging to the earth.
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant:
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire,
that you may become sacred bread for God`s sacred feast.
that you may know the secrets of your heart,
and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life`s heart.
love`s peace and love`s pleasure,
Then it is better for you
that you cover your nakedness and
pass out of love`s threshing floor,
Into the seasonless world where you
shall laugh, but not all of your laughter,
and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed:
For love is sufficient unto love.
“God is in my heart,” but rather,
“I am in the heart of God.”
And think not you can direct the course
of love, for love, if it finds you worthy,
directs your course.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
and give thanks for another day of loving:
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love`s ecstasy:
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in you heart
and a song of praise upon you lips.