New Moon Libra: Under Pressure


New Moon [13 Libra 25]

– October 6, 2021 (12:05 GMT+1)

This week, there’s a New Moon in the sign of balance, Libra. Usually during a New Moon in Libra, there’s a striving for peace and calm and a New Moon is a chance for new beginnings. This New Moon feels different, however, because of what else is happening during the New Moon phase.

Pluto Power

Pluto turns direct [24 Capricorn 18]

– October 6, 2021 (19:29 GMT+1)

Firstly, on the same day as the New Moon, the planet of power, Pluto, turns direct at 24 Libra. One of Pluto’s symbols is death as in mythology Pluto was Hades, God of the Underworld. When the slower-moving planets change direction, you often feel the intensity of the planet’s symbolism. 

In astrology, Pluto represents loss and transformation and is a symbol of hidden riches, what can be excavated and unearthed. The depths of the earth reveal hidden treasures including jewels, diamonds, oil – valuable, even priceless items. (update: the Pandora Papers has broken with Pluto turning direct – perfect timing – Pluto rules power, wealth, big money – think plutocrats, it’s in the name! The best side of Pluto is exposing corruption).

On an inner level, through experiencing the dark side of life via sorrow, loss and struggle and other difficult challenges, we often feel most fully. Anyone who’s lost a loved one and come together with family to mourn them has probably experienced profound emotions that connect you both with love as well as loss.

Pluto’s change of direction may be intense. Or, there might be hidden nuggets of gold that have been shaped and perfected over the last five months that you can now bring forth from the dark and use them to guide you and illuminate the path ahead.

This New Moon’s new beginnings could spring out of an ending or something forced upon you with Pluto in tow. It’s a symbol for rising up against oppression, rage & control. There’s plenty going on around the world that is showing us the flip side of aggression & power which must be stopped if women in particular are to be safe & upheld.

Mars & Mercury

During the New Moon, the Sun & Moon aren’t on their own. They sit next to action planet Mars and communication planet Mercury, currently retrograde. Here’s the pattern of Sun, Mars & Mercury:

  • Sun conjunct Mars Libra – October 8, 2021 (05:01 GMT+1)
  • Sun conjunct Mercury retrograde Libra – October 9, 2021 (17:18 GMT+1)
  • Mercury retrograde conjunct Mars Libra – October 9, 2021 (23:48 GMT+1)

The line up of Sun-Mars-Mercury retrograde on Friday 8th & Saturday 9th is punchy & quick. It’s an intriguing combination. Traditionally, a Sun/Mars conjunction promises speed, anger & decisive moves.  

However, the Sun is in fall in Libra and Mars is in detriment, i.e. it’s not an easy star sign for either planetary body. Both the Sun & Mars are ego-oriented while Libra wants to take other people’s opinions into account. ​​​​​​​

There could be an opportunity to fight for your rights, take action swiftly, cut through to the heart of the matter, defend others. This may be a decisive turning point in a legal or financial matter. 

Also pulled into the mix is communication planet Mercury. The Sun/Mercury retrograde conjunction sprinkles a little magic on Saturday 9th as Mercury gains clarity from the Sun’s sage advice.  It’s called a cazimi moment in astrology when the Sun’s warmth, vitality & energy can bring insight or revelation sitting tightly next to another planet. 

It will be interesting to see how this fast-paced astrology during a retrograde phase plays out. My feeling is that there will be some wins if you act quickly and you’re strong in your actions. There’s no point beating around the bush, leap to it and take advantage of a new situation.

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.  

Hold on to the thought that some things need to break down before they can be rebuilt. In your life, focus more on what you love and less on what you hate. If you’re feeling under pressure this week, take each day one step at a time.

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 towards the end of the week.

May it bring you guidance & hope.

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