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.

Venus Retrograde 2018

  Venus of Aries,  photograph by Marie-Lan Nguyen

Venus of Aries, photograph by Marie-Lan Nguyen

Venus will station retrograde at 10.50 Scorpio on October 5, 2018

Venus will station direct at 25.15 Libra on November 16, 2018

Venus stations retrograde every 18 months, prompting a review of our values and relationships. This particular retrograde, in Scorpio and Libra, will have us reviewing:

  • Partnership: marriage, romance, sex, friendship, business, enemies

  • Love, sex, other forms of intimacy (secrets and shared bank accounts)

  • Equality

  • Money

  • Beauty, art, creativity

To learn more about the upcoming Venus retrograde, check out the free webinar!

Until October 5th, I’m offering Venus retrograde mini-readings on Skype.

Come find out what this Venus Rx means for you.

 
 

Still in Shadow

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An Aries discovered this week that I’m an astrologer and wanted to know, as people usually do, what was going on with her. Mars had stationed retrograde on Monday, but things hadn’t gotten better yet. I understand where she was coming from, because this week wasn’t stellar for me either. If I didn’t know better, I could have sworn that both Mars and Mercury were still retrograde.

Astrology depends on accurate timing. A chart is a map of a moment, frozen in time. However, the cycles we track--aspects, retrogrades, lunar patterns--are moving, ever-evolving things. Most astrological patterns happen in a gradual way. Which means that while it would be nice to think that Mars retrograde frustration is all patched up instantly the moment Mars stations direct, it will take a little longer than that for you to recover. Charts are similar to photographs, frozen images, but when astrologers analyze charts we’re looking at something more akin to a video, with cycles moving forwards and backwards through time.

I don’t get into shadow periods a lot because I don’t want to make it seem like Mercury retrograde is six weeks longer than it actually is. It’s overhyped enough anyway. The shadow period is the period in which a planet moves (direct) through the degrees of the retrograde. This means that every planetary retrograde is effectively a three-part cycle. The pre-shadow period is a kind of preview of the themes that will come up. The retrograde itself is the main event. The post-shadow period is a time to integrate the lessons of the retrograde.

Think of a car slowing down from 80 miles per hour to a dead stop. That’s the pre-shadow period. The car slows gradually, not instantly. Once the planet stations retrograde, imagine for the sake of this example that the car has come to a full stop. Time to just sit, reflect and enjoy the scenery. When the planet stations direct, the car begins speeding up again. But it doesn’t go from 0 to 80 immediately. It happens gradually, over a short period of time. That’s your post-shadow period.

Your Mars car is revving up again, but you’ll have to give it a little time before it’s going full speed towards your desires. Mercury is out of shadow on September 2nd. Mars will officially be out of shadow on October 8th. In my experience, it’s the first few days after an inner planet stations direct that require your continued patience. The rest of the shadow period should be less intense. Don’t worry; your car will start moving faster!

As with everything in life, astrology has no silver bullets, and no instantaneous rewards. Astrology only allows us to see and work with continuous cycles. Expect that we will always be participating in a series of cycles, because the only constant here is change.