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Libra New Moon: Banishing Obstacles to Love

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This new moon is at 15.48 Libra on Monday, October 8th at 11:47 pm

Tonight’s new moon in Libra is square Pluto in Capricorn, symbolizing a need to re-balance power. This moon is ruled by Venus, currently retrograde in Scorpio. During this cycle in Scorpio, Venus wants us to re-acquaint ourselves with our own power. We give away our power when we decide that we don’t “deserve” love. This is a form of giving power away to others by allowing the larger culture to define who “deserves” love, by letting past partners define the type of love we “deserve”, and by leaving it up to someone else to find us and love us when we are not loving ourselves. In the spirit of helping you to reclaim some of your power, here’s a visualization from visionary activist astrologer Caroline Casey, shared through her book Making the Gods Work for You.

Venus likes for us to banish the past before invoking the future. Right now, close your eyes and rapidly summarize in your mind all of the miserable, wretched love affairs you have ever had. But do not spend too long on it. In your mind’s eye, put them all in a silver ball. Now move the silver ball way out into the horizon in front of you, until it completely disappears. Next, imagine a copper ball on the far horizon where the silver ball disappeared. It is the earned gift of appropriate equal love. The copper ball comes toward you and surrounds you with its warm light, which settles at the base of your spine. There it forms a beautiful copper serpent that curls and swirls up your spine and hovers over your head.
— Caroline Casey, Making the Gods Work for You

By banishing what was miserable about your past relationships, you remove some unconscious obstacles. Those old relationships and past partners no longer have the power to block the gift of love. Reclaim your personal power and make room for the love you want as we begin this Venus retrograde-ruled lunar cycle.

Partial Solar Eclipse in Cancer: at the Nexus of Power and Empathy

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This partial solar eclipse is at 20.41 Cancer on July 12 at 10:47 pm ET

 

It’s eclipse season again. We're currently in the middle of a Leo-Aquarius eclipse cycle that will continue with the July 27th total lunar eclipse on Mars retrograde in Aquarius. This week’s partial solar eclipse, though, begins the next cycle: Cancer-Capricorn.

The north node will move into Cancer on November 15th this year, accompanied by the south node’s move into Capricorn. The nodal cycle lasts for about 1.5 years and always coincides with eclipses in the same signs (because an eclipse always happens near the north or south node of the moon.) The cycles overlap. After our July 27th Aquarius eclipse, we will still have two more in Leo: August 11th and January 21, 2019. After that, it’s all about the Cancer-Capricorn cycle. Here’s a schedule of upcoming eclipses:

July 27, 2018: Aquarius Total Lunar Eclipse

August 11, 2018: Leo Partial Solar Eclipse

January 5, 2019: Capricorn Partial Solar Eclipse

January 21, 2019: Leo Total Lunar Eclipse

July 2, 2019: Cancer Total Solar Eclipse

July 16, 2019: Capricorn Partial Lunar Eclipse

December 26, 2019: Capricorn Annular Solar Eclipse

January 10, 2020: Cancer Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

June 5, 2020: Sagittarius Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

June 21, 2020: Cancer Annular Solar Eclipse

July 5, 2020: Capricorn Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

The Cancer-Capricorn axis is about integrating emotions with ambition, trust with control, love with power, sensitivity with difficult choices, creativity with sensibility, the mystical with the practical. The north node in Cancer is about letting go of a need for order and recognition, and focusing our attention on caring for others. People with this placement excel when they put their talent for leadership to use for the welfare of children. These themes will play out on a global scale when the nodes shift into Cancer and Capricorn on November 15th. For now, we get a taste of what’s ahead.

The July 12th partial eclipse is directly opposite Pluto in Capricorn, transit of crumbling power structures. Since 2008, Pluto has been destroying old orders and systems. This eclipse, then, has something to do with transformation, and along the Cancer-Capricorn axis, it’s the transformation of power. An emotional, intuitive Cancer new moon sits across from cold, ambitious Pluto in Cap. Where is the intersection of power and empathy? How can we transform to be more emotional, more nurturing, to let go of some control and adherence to older, more rigid structures, in the service of love? On a personal level, this is a powerful new moon for transformation, letting go of some control, and floating on the cosmic ocean of insight. Cancer operates in spirals of families, ancestors, generations. If you have a choice to make or an intention to set, think about what will matter in several generations’ time.

 

As always, more specific information about how this eclipse affects each sign is available in the horoscopes. Email info@rebelastrology.net to request a free trial.

 

Image credit: Susanna Majuri, Raven