New Moon Libra: Endings & Beginnings

New Moon 23 Libra

October 16, 2020 (20:31 GMT+1)

This week’s major astrology is leading up to the New Moon, the start of a new moon cycle on October 16th, one of the most pivotal New Moons of the year.

This month’s New Moon takes place in Libra, one of the air signs, symbolising balance and the search to find peace and harmony in life. Traditionally, a New Moon is a chance for new beginnings.

However, this week’s astrology has a different flavour to it as the Sun in Libra is in conflict with Jupiter, Mars, Pluto & Saturn – see aspects below. As Pluto & Saturn are pulled in tight to the New Moon, there’s a theme of endings, roadblocks or dead-ends.

Something new is beginning but it’s linked to restriction or limitation, events out of your control. During this New Moon, the balance of the scales is out. There is discord rather than agreement.

In Capricorn, Saturn represents the authorities and Pluto exposes the dark underbelly of power and corruption. Capricorn rules big business, the government and Pluto in Capricorn is the plutocrat, the power elite.

For many people, this currently feels like a world out of balance. If it helps at all, the cosmos seems to be in agreement.

Clashes With The Sun Libra

Here’s the run of aspects that the Sun in Libra makes throughout the week. The Moon in Libra will make the same aspects on the day of the New Moon, Friday 16th October. The New Moon is exact at 23 Libra 53.

  • Sun 18 Libra square Jupiter 18 Capricorn – Sunday 11 October
  • Sun 20 Libra opposite Mars R 20 Aries – Wednesday 14 October
  • Sun 22 Libra square Pluto 22 Capricorn – Thursday 15 October
  • Sun 25 Libra square Saturn 25 Capricorn – Sunday 18 October

As the Sun is in Libra, it’s important to note who you might be up against or in conflict with. It could be a tricky week for partnership or finding out who your enemies are. The Sun in Libra reminds us that kindness & tolerance are worthy goals.

There’s likely to be more opposition to what’s happening around the world with regard to governments & leadership. This is the theme of the Moon (the people) clashing with the planets in Capricorn – we can expect more discord & disagreement with the rules & regulations from the top.

Hold on to the thought that some things need to break down before they can be rebuilt. In your own life, focus more on what you love and less on what you hate.

Libra is the star sign that rules relating, your 1-to-1 relationships and partnerships. A New Moon in Libra is a reminder that each day is a new day and you can choose to be kind & caring, to help others, to reach out, to connect.

These are not easy times for many people – notice who’s struggling and be there for them. If that’s you, the New Moon is the ideal time to reach out and ask for help 🙂


When Christina & I talked about this month’s astrology on our popular podcast, we picked out this New Moon date as significant for the virus/lockdown. You can find the link to listen in here: Podcast.

Back in January, the Saturn/Pluto conjunction fell at 22 Capricorn 46 & Pluto is back at the same point in the zodiac (the release date is November 7, 2020 when it finally starts to move away).

The first New Moon of 2021 is also pulled in to the pattern as it falls at 23 Capricorn 13 on January 13, 2021 completing the cycle.

It’s important to play the long game now, to recognise what you can and can’t do within the limits, rules & regulations in place.

The end of 2020 brings a significant shift as the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction at 0 Aquarius takes place. New ideas, beliefs and values are being reborn as we recognise what’s not working and what needs to change within our societies.

Here are the areas of your life that Libra rules. For your personal guide, check out your Sun sign and your Ascendant sign:

  • Aries – love & relationships
  • Taurus – job & health
  • Gemini – new birth i.e. kids, love, creative project
  • Cancer – home & family
  • Leo – local community & ideas
  • Virgo – money & values
  • Libra – personal goals & self image
  • Scorpio – retreat & secrets
  • Sagittarius – friends & wider society
  • Capricorn – career & status
  • Aquarius – travel, study & deeper meaning
  • Pisces – shared finances & resources

Make a wish when you first see the crescent Moon at the weekend.

May it bring you guidance and clarity.

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