New Moon in Libra ♎ Sep 30, 2016

Friday, Sep 30 at 8.13pm EST

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Happy New Moon everyone! Let’s talk about the Last Quarter in Cancer to understand where we are now.

Cancer the Crab draws us back to what we know, what is comfortable, familiar. This is an important change point and a time to explore new options, and now at the New Moon in Libra we are free to choose. Which direction is better or best? You may very well be led away from one group/scene to another. In any case, our needs at this time revolve around interpersonal relationships. Retreat into the sweetness of partnership and understanding. Accept affection with an open heart.

The Libra cycle is all about meeting the needs of the Self and others simultaneously, but I think the real challenge is not in sacrifice, it’s in remaining true to our principles. Don’t back down and give up your power. You always have permission to speak your mind.

We cannot change anyone, only the way we think about them. The people in your life reflect who you are. What do they say about you? Do they reflect your maturity and understanding? Everyone we meet is here to teach us.

New moons are, of course, beginnings – is it time to move or quit your job? External change allows internal change to arise, following surely like a tail snapping in the wind. We seem to be crying out for communion, for romance, for peace. So walk humbly, shyly to your lover’s side and let’s see what we can create together.

You’ll know if you’re surrounded by the right people because the scales will be level, not swinging wildly, threatening to erase the floor beneath you. Libra comes from the Greek goddess Themis, whose name translates to “divine law.” Consider that our social webs are not immune to universal laws, that harmony is not some pleasant mistake but a careful mathematical construction derived from patience and intuition.

Themis was also capable of seeing the future and is said to have constructed the Oracle of Delphi, becoming one of its soothsayers in the process. Her prowess is not to be denied, nor her insights questioned. In many depictions she is blindfolded, holding a sword to cut delusion. Although Libra is a creature of balance, ironically there is no real middle ground. The weights on either side represent this and that, both of which are factual, real. The late scholar Moses Finley wrote of Themis:

Themis is untranslatable. A gift of the gods and a mark of civilized existence, sometimes it means right custom, proper procedure, social order, and sometimes merely the will of the gods (as revealed by an omen, for example) with little of the idea of right.”

In Greek mythology, disregarding Themis incurred the wrath of Nemesis, goddess of retribution. Nemesis’ arrival is also an indication that hubris has been committed – to disobey Libra is therefore an exhibition of arrogance, of the belief that your lower mind can somehow trump the wisdom of immortal celestial deities.

Libra season, when the days and nights are equal in length, sun tilted, steeped in gold, flirting with winter’s brambles. According to legend, the moon was in Libra when Rome was founded. Libra, Themis, daughter of Uranus (Father Sky) and Gaia (Mother Earth). Breathe deeply, for you, too, are a Titaness.

Celebrate the new moon with Libra Yoga. To ascertain your personal Moon sign, click here.

Mantra:  peace

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