New Moon in Libra, September 25, 2022

It looks like we’ll be learning about how to bring balance back into our lives on the New Moon at 02° 49’ Libra on 25 September 2022, 02:55 PM PDT. There are two important oppositions on this lunation, one featuring the luminaries in Libra opposing Jupiter in Aries and the other is a Mercury-Venus conjunction in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces. The good thing about both these oppositions is they are in signs that are more inclined to work together than fight it out. These oppositions do give this New Moon a Full Moon feel too.

The opposition with the Libra luminaries opposing Jupiter in Aries benefits from Libra’s mediating skills and Jupiter’s generous spirit. We may need to set clear guidelines before getting into the serious stage of any negotiations in order to achieve an equitable outcome. Being straightforward and honest in our intentions is also critical. Since Jupiter in Aries does love to be seen as a knight in shining armor, it might work to appeal to this image during negotiations.

There is an interesting third party involved in the Virgo-Pisces opposition. Pluto in Capricorn is trine both Venus in Virgo and retrograde Mercury in Virgo. If our goal is to come up with a solution that favors the greater good of all concerned and we are scrupulously honest, Pluto is more likely to be supportive rather than disruptive. If nothing else, Pluto can help keep Neptune in Pisces on track. Those who seek to deceive in order to line their own pockets could find themselves being smacked down very firmly. The combination of Mercury, Venus and Neptune in Virgo and Pisces can sometimes be seduced by sob stories but with Pluto in Capricorn acting as their guardian that is not likely to happen.

Mars in Gemini is in a unique position. It is trine Saturn in Aquarius and semi-sextile Uranus in Taurus. In other words, Mars is in a position to impact the final almost exact square between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. A well thought out plan of action (Mars-Saturn trine in air) stands the best chance of riding out any weird, unexpected wrenches thrown in the works courtesy of Uranus. Mars in mutable Gemini is very good at making last minute adjustments, something the other two planets in fixed signs have a hard time with.

Don’t get in too big a hurry on this New Moon in Libra. Mercury is still retrograde and the Saturn in Aquarius-Uranus in Taurus square is weighing on us too. What this New Moon is very good for is brain storming to come up with new and better ideas. The Mercury-Venus conjunction in Virgo is excellent for carefully sorting through those ideas and verifying their potential. Venus encourages Mercury in Virgo to be more tactful when doing critiques too. We have time to work up clear, concise proposals for future projects, so there is no need to rush things. Remember to practice active listening because good partnerships are based on mutual respect and understanding, something which requires really hearing what your partner is saying. Needless to say, we’re going need plenty of patience in the days ahead along with continuing to practice kindness and tolerance. Peace and love to all.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: New Moon © Dodg-e

The New Moon in Libra 2022

September 23rd ~ 30th

“Drawing Room in Holland Park” by Anna Alma Tadema

I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. I think that art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction. ~ Saul Bellow

What a wild ride this retrograde has been! No sooner does Mercury station retrograde in Libra the sign of balance and equilibrium, or should I say disequilibrium in my case, and the bottom falls out of my world. Still a little dizzy, but nothing I can’t cope with at this time, and I’m soooo happy to be back home, and able to get back to what I love to do most. In the mean time I’ve learned so much about the world of neurology, vertigo and vestibular disorders! So interesting. And now looking forward to the New Moon in Libra to restore the vestiges of what’s left of my floundering equilibrium. Please forgive any typos or mistakes, Mercury is still retrograde after all.

This year, the New Moon in Libra falls on September 25th (or 26th, depending on where you are in the world) at 2º Libra 49’; at 5:55 pm EDT, 2:55 pm PDT and 10:55 pm British Daylight Time. It is conjunct retrograde Mercury and Venus now at the end of Virgo, and closely opposite retrograde Jupiter in Aries.

The New Moon also falls at the focal point of a configuration referred to in astrology as Thor’s Hammer. This is where 2 planets (in this case, Saturn and Uranus) are in a powerful square aspect to one other, and then each aspect a 3rd point: in this case, our New Moon in Libra, by a tense 135º angle.

Considering Thor’s Hammer: this is the sort of New Moon that will make you more aware of a conflict or unresolved chaos. Libra weighs the options: Should I take the safe route? Stay with what is familiar, tried and true? Or should I take a risk, go all out on a limb, and try something new? Sometimes it becomes apparent at these times, that when we keep trying to do things the same way, over and over, we are only going to keep getting the same results. Perhaps it is time for a new approach. Or at the very least, a new perspective.

Saturn and Uranus are at total odds with one another. The clash of these titans can feel like utter chaos, disruption and mayhem. And can exaggerate this feeling of ‘us vs. them’. What Saturn values feels so threatened by the uncertainty of Uranus, and the freedom that Uranus values feels trapped by Saturn’s need to control and stabilize.

Thor’s Hammer is a configuration of tension that has been building up over time. We may have been trying to ignore it, kick the can down the road, or hope it will go away. We may not have even known it was there. And then all of a sudden it makes itself known by crashing down on us. Now what had been a minor irritation can no longer be ignored, and has to be addressed. Note, that this New Moon is something of a preview for the Lunar Eclipse on November 8th, where things are likely to be brought to a climax. So weighing our options carefully at the Libra New Moon, is not only practical but wise. This is where we can make the accommodations. Or at the very least become aware of the issues that can no longer be ignored.

Libra is a sign of peace and equilibrium. When presented with any growing conflicts, and considering our options with the New Moon it will be hard to make hard and fast decisions. 6 planets are retrograde, including Mercury. Mars is also already slowing for its retrograde phase which begins at the end of October.  We are at the inferior conjunction of Mercury on the 23rd, the Equinox, when insights and useful information can become available. But there are all those retrogrades, and Libra is also a sign often riddled by indecision. When in Libra we weigh all our options very, very carefully, and this takes time. We cannot and must not be rushed. Even by Jupiter.

The opposition to Jupiter could feel overwhelming for some. Like a massive wave of information cascading over the horizon, it is all we can do to sort out the skeins and fragments of our lives. But one of the keys to working within the sign of Libra is moderation and balance, even when we are being pushed! Even when, and especially when, we are being inundated.

The Libra New Moon can help us to regain balance and equanimity in our lives. Even in the face of all that retrograde chaos, and even when accelerated and exaggerated by Jupiter and Thor’s Hammer. It’s like placing ourselves in the eye of the storm in order to regain our perspective.

What New Moon in Libra is really good for:

  • Having consideration for others: treating others as you would like to be treated. Showing respect to others through small gestures of politeness, and random acts of kindness can go a long way in this weather.

  • Practicing the art of diplomacy: so much more can be achieved with even just a little bit of honey, as opposed to a gallon of vinegar.

  • Open negotiations: When we are more likely to see the other’s point of view, we are more likely to arrive at an equitable resolution.

  • Consulting a professional, or getting advice from an expert.

  • Working on your image: How do you wish to be seen by others? And what can you do to improve your image?

  • Creating beauty and harmony, either with others or within your environment. Sometimes just spiffing up a corner of the room, or adding a throw pillow can make all the difference.

  • Surrounding yourself in art and beauty. Buy flowers, go to an art museum, get your hair or nails done. Paint that chair, hang those curtains, decorate the hall with pictures.

  • Practice balance, harmony, fairness, equality and moderation. All the more so when feeling inundated. Staying at the center of the storm is key for this Moon.

Libra has domain over: Partnerships, marriage, others. Counsel and getting advice including legal advice. Mentorship. Mediation and Diplomacy. Charm, Manners, Kindness and Public Relations. Peace and Harmony. Moderation and Balance. Decor, decorators and decorations. Anything sweet and with a touch of sugar. Aesthetics, Beauty and Art. Hair and Nail Salons and Spas. Makeovers. Creating an Image. Treaties, Agreements, Allies and Alliances. Open Enemies, Competitors and Rivals. Interviews, Debates. Justice and Equality, Fairness. Equilibrium. Leveling the playing field. Compromise and finding points of agreement. Seeing both sides. Understanding. Metabolic functions and balance.

New Moon in Libra homework: Looking at things from another person’s perspective. What does it feel like to be in someone else’s shoes? What might you do to restore moderation, balance and harmony in your life? What compromises can you make in order to achieve greater fairness? Which are the alliances in your life that complete you and allow you to grow? And which are those that are draining you? What are your  expectations of others and they of you? Ask: How can I improve my image?

Intentions or affirmations with the New Moon:

If you wish to make intentions or affirmations with this Moon a good time to do so is within the New Moon phase which begins with the New Moon on September 25th, 5:55 PM EDT (2:55 PM PDT; 10:55 PM Greenwich Time) through the Waxing Crescent Moon on September 29th.

  • I want to see myself creating more balance between the various obligations of my life.

  • Moderation is the center wherein all philosophies, both human and divine, meet. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

  • I am both an example for, and an instrument for peace, love and understanding.

  • Through compromise, and a willingness to yield, I succeed.

  • I aim to fill my life with grace and kindness and walk in beauty and harmony.

  • I can achieve more with a dollop of honey and charm, than I can with a gallon of vinegar.

  • Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.

  • May I trust that I am perfectly guided, so that no matter which direction I choose, it is the one I need.

  • When I place my trust in the greater good of all, we all benefit.

  • By finding points of agreement with others, I sow balance and harmony in the world.

  • May I remain in the center of the storm, exercising patience and equanimity in all things.

  • I want to see myself graciously giving and receiving in my relationships with others.

  • May I find the best style for me, that projects the image I wish most to convey to others.

AS the days get shorter and the nights are getting longer here in the Northern Hemisphere, the Libra New Moon stands at the balance between Light and Darkness. And with Mercury retrograde until October 2nd, there is opportunity to look back and gain a deeper understanding of what has brought us to this place where we are now. Once the planets are direct again, we don’t want to carry the regrets of the past into the future with us. Therefore the abundance of retrograde activity is the perfect time to release, let go, and achieve a healthy level of acceptance and even gratitude for our current situations. So may it be.

And So It Begins: Trump Indictment #1

On 21 September 2022, New York State Attorney General Letitia James won the race to be the first to charge Donald Trump with a crime.  The former US President faces legal jeopardy on a variety of fronts, and the civil suit brought against Trump, his adult children Don Jr, Eric and Ivanka, and the Trump Organization may be the least harrowing, though, if successful, would devastate his business.  A civil suit carries no threat of incarceration, but AG James stated in her press conference announcing the indictment that both state and federal laws were broken, and she will be making criminal referrals to both the US Attorney’s office at the Southern District of New York and the IRS.


In a 280-page indictment, James alleges more than 200 “false and misleading financial asset valuations” over a ten-year period, knowingly asserted to defraud financial and government institutions.  Trump “grossly and fraudulently misstated” the value of 23 assets, sometimes inflating them to obtain bank loans, and at others devaluing assets to reap tax benefits.  In her words, “This is not the Art of the Deal – it’s the art of the steal.”

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NY AG Letitia James (at the podium) and her team issues indictments of Trump, his adult children, and the Trump Organization; asteroid d’Arrest was conjoined asteroid Letitia, returning to its natal degree in Trump’s birth chart, and exactly squared his exact natal pairing of asteroids Nemesis (undoing) with Bilk (fraud)

As part of the lawsuit, James is seeking repayment of $250 million in allegedly ill-gotten gains; Trump and the children named in the lawsuit would be permanently barred from serving as the director of a business registered in New York state.  James is also seeking to cancel the Trump Organization’s corporate certificate, which could effectively force the company to cease operations in New York.

As stated by AG James at the press conference:  “This conduct cannot be brushed aside and dismissed as some sort of good-faith mistake.  The statements of financial condition were greatly exaggerated, grossly inflated, objectively false, and therefore fraudulent and illegal.  And as a result of that we are seeking relief, and Mr. Trump, the Trump Organization, his family – they should all be held accountable.”

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Digging their own graves? Trump and his three eldest children codefendants face indictment on civil charges that could devastate their business and livelihoods; asteroid Damocles in exact square to the Ascendant/Descendant axis (which itself mirrors Trump’s natal MC/IC axis) for the indictment depicts the precarious nature of the looming threat

This initial indictment comes as transit asteroid d’Arrest, noted for the filing of charges, detention and arrest, prepares to return to its natal degree in Donald Trump’s chart.  At 16 Libra, transit d’Arrest conjoins transit asteroid Laetitia, for Letitia James, at 20 Libra, uniting the prosecutor with the indictment, and squares transit asteroid Justitia at 13 Capricorn, named for the Roman goddess of justice, bringing the New York Department of Justice into play, as well as signaling that the indictment (d’Arrest) is a just one (Justitia).

Transit d’Arrest also conjoins Trump’s natal centaur Chiron (wounding) at 14 Libra and natal Jupiter (courts and legal matters) at 17 Libra; Jupiter here also represents the extreme exaggerations and self-aggrandizement that precipitated the indictment (AG James cites as example the inflation of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property’s value from an actual $75 million to $739 million, almost a tenfold increase, and the misrepresentation of his Trump Tower apartment, claiming 30,000 square feet when the actual size is closer to 11,000), while Chiron suggests the maverick behaviors Trump engaged in with his falsifications.

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Asteroid Bilk is named for an observatory in Dusseldorf, Germany, but acts in its English language usage as fraud; transit Bilk was conjunct the MC for the indictment, as well as Donald Trump’s Ascendant, putting his fraudulent ways on full display (transit MC), perhaps affecting how others see him (natal Ascendant)

Transit d’Arrest is also within orb of natal d’Arrest at 24 Libra.  This places Trump within the scope of his “d’Arrest Return”, a period when a reset of natal potentials for a point occurs, reactivating and reenergizing its inherent and latent possibilities.  The fact that d’Arrest is at station (it turned direct two days after his birth), making possible legal charges a major element of Trump’s biography, just reinforces its importance.  It’s a factor whose time has finally come.

More to the point, transit d’Arrest is exactly squared to an exact natal conjunction of asteroids Nemesis, representing a point of ruin or undoing, often self-created, and Bilk at 16 Cancer.  Bilk is named for an observatory in Dusseldorf, Germany, but acts in its English language capacity as fraud or deception, especially related to financial matters.  Having these two in exact conjunction at birth plants the seeds of downfall relating to financial misconduct, which so far Trump has managed to avoid, despite manifest and manifold infractions in this sphere throughout his life.  Having natal d’Arrest in square suggests legal jeopardy ensuing at some point from this combination; transit d’Arrest in exact square reiterates that now is the moment for that potential to unfold.

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Donald Trump is represented in the indictment chart by asteroid Troemper conjunct asteroid Karma on the Ascendant, and asteroid Donn squared it: time to pay the piper

Beginning at 11:38 AM EDT on 21 September 2022 in Manhattan, NY, the chart for AG James’ press conference shows 26 Scorpio rising, which closely conjoins Trump’s natal IC at 24 Scorpio, with the Descendant at 26 Taurus on his natal MC at 24 Taurus.  This axis has been hit by Lunar Eclipses twice in the past year, one at 27 Taurus on the MC last November, and one at 25 Scorpio on the IC in May, providing a one-two punch that affects Trump’s reputation (MC) and his internal sense of security (IC).

With the Ascendant are asteroids James at 23 Scorpio, Troemper at 27 Scorpio, Karma at 1 Sagittarius and Manhattan at 4 Sag.  James and Troemper (our celestial referent for The Donald) identify the chief combatants in this legal battle, while Karma shows accountability, being called to atone for prior misdeeds, and Manhattan pinpoints the locale for the indictment.  Interestingly, Karma exactly conjoins Trump’s natal asteroid Veritas, Latin for “truth”, and also conjoins natal Troemper at 2 Sagittarius – the truth about Trump is about to come out, and he’ll be paying the price.  Asteroid Donn, for Donald, appears at 22 Leo, in square to the Ascendant, James and Troemper, further tying Trump to the moment and his adversary.  Transit Damocles at 26 Aquarius completes a Grand Cross and represents the doom hanging overhead, about to descend at any moment.

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Asteroid Swindle is named for astronomer Timothy Swindle, but acts as a marker of fraud and deception; Trump’s natal Swindle was hit exactly by transit Venus (finances) at the indictment, with transit Swindle exactly conjunct natal asteroid Themis (justice), also conjunct his Sun

The specifics of the charges can be seen in points aligning with the Vertical Axis of the chart, with asteroid Bilk at 2 Virgo conjoined the 9 Virgo MC, while asteroid Lie at 11 Pisces opposes Bilk, on the 9 Pisces IC.  Fraud (Bilk) and deception (Lie) are the chief underlying components of the indictment, both foundational (IC) and on full display for all to see (MC); with Bilk conjoined Trump’s natal Ascendant at 29 Leo, the point governing how we are perceived by the public, others may now come to see him as the con artist he is.

The transit Sun at 28 Virgo opposes transit Neptune at 23 Pisces, with asteroids Nemesis at 23 Pisces and Themis at 19 Pisces.  Nemesis again underscores the likelihood of a self-created ruin or downfall, while Neptune is the planetary ruler of deception and Themis is named for the Greek goddess of justice.  This polarity forms a Grand Cross with Trump’s natal Sun at 22 Gemini and Moon at 21 Sagittarius, bringing home these energies very directly and personally to Trump.

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“Hey, don’t look at me – this is all on Dad!” Don Junior seems to disavow involvement, but asteroid Donn says otherwise, squared the Ascendant of the indictment and opposed Damocles, the looming threat

Also with the Sun is transit Venus at 20 Virgo, representing financial matters; Venus exactly conjoins Trump’s natal asteroid Swindle, yet another indicator of fraudulent fiscal dealings.  Natal Swindle squares an exact Uranus/Themis conjunction at 17 Gemini (both conjunct the natal Sun), which in itself suggests a controversy (Uranus) involving the law (Themis).  This conjunction is tightly squared by transit Themis at 19 Pisces, and more broadly by transit Lie at 11 Pisces, and is exactly conjoined by transit Swindle at 17 Gemini, as well as transit asteroid Achilles, a point noted for weakness or vulnerability, at 18 Gemini (not to mention transit Mars at 16 Gemini, prefiguring the legal (Themis) battle (Mars) to ensue).

The transit Moon at 9 Leo conjoins Trump’s natal asteroid Hybris at 8 Leo and Pluto at 10 Leo.  Hybris represents prideful arrogance, again leading to a fall, while Pluto indicates a devastating loss or transformation.  Trump’s hubris (Hybris) in so outrageously and egregiously manipulating (Pluto) his financial filings over decades has led directly to this pending implosion (Pluto).

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Ivanka Trump seems to muse over whether it was wise to sign off on those asset valuation statements daddy gave her; asteroid Ivanka for the indictment conjoins asteroids Swindle and Achilles, indicating her vulnerability (Achilles) to charges of fraud (Swindle)

Transit Saturn at 19 Aquarius is widely opposed the Moon but closely conjoined natal Justitia at 18 Aquarius; the combination represents penalties (Saturn) enacted by the New York Justice Department (Justitia, in the form of Letitia James).  Together, transit Saturn, Swindle/Achilles and d’Arrest/Laetitia form a Grand Trine depicting the AG’s (Laetitia) charges (d’Arrest) of fraud (Swindle) and the former president’s (Saturn, as Chief Executive) vulnerability (Achilles).

What of Trump’s codefendants, his children Don Jr, Eric and Ivanka?  They’re here, too, with asteroid Donn (suitable for both father and son) at 22 Leo squared Damocles at 26 Aquarius, imaging the threatened doom; asteroid Ivanka at 15 Gemini a part of the Mars/Swindle/Achilles stellium, tying her actively (Mars) to exposure (Achilles) for the fiscal shenanigans (Swindle); and asteroid Eric at 2 Libra exactly conjunct Mercury (a newsworthy event) and within orb of the Sun, throwing a spotlight on his involvement.

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Tightening the noose? Eric Trump’s involvement is imaged by asteroid Eric conjoined the spotlighting Sun and Mercury, indicating a newsworthy event and his role in planning the fraud

Natally, asteroid James at 1 Aries is semisquare Trump’s natal Lie at 17 Taurus, with natal asteroid Laetitia at 4 Taurus in square to natal Pluto at 10 Leo and semisquare Themis at 17 Gemini, theoretically making Letitia James (Laetitia, James) the ideal person to expose Trump’s lies and deception (Lie), someone powerful (Pluto) enough to finally bring him to justice (Themis).

Whatever the outcome, it won’t be the orange jumpsuit so many have hoped for, and which Donald Trump so richly deserves, but it’s a start, and there’s plenty of time, and opportunity, for that.

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Donald Trump rates his chances of emerging from this fiasco unscathed; natal asteroid d’Arrest will be ignited by two eclipses in 2023 – stay tuned for more to follow….

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