New Moon in Libra

October 2018

Astrology Inspired + Bookishly Motivated New Moon Newsletter


I cannot help thinking about the image that comes to mind when we think of Libra—a woman (justice) wielding scales. It is almost pedestrian to conjure this image because we’ve seen it so many times. However on this New Moon in Libra it feels potent, real, non-metaphorical. The New Moon is in a direct square to Pluto in Capricorn, which looks at the deals we make with power both positively and negatively. Again, it feels potent. I’ve had a knot in my belly for days. We have all been part of a drama that has unfolded in this country around justice, the high court. We are wondering and balancing and measuring the right and wrong of this theater. And, we are aligning to the left, right and center. And, we are justified in our rage. We might indeed have to rage into the night.
It feels important to look first at the values we hold, to shore up, re-commit, rearrange if need be. We have to look at the dark and the light. We have to ask real questions about our values, what we believe, what constitutes darkness. Chris Stevens from the 90's series, Northern Exposure (yep, I am quoting him) steers us back to the middle of the aisle with this:  
There’s a dark side to each and every human soul. We wish we were Obi-Wan Kenobi, and for the most part we are, but there’s a little Darth Vader in all of us. Thing is, this ain’t no either-or proposition. We’re talking about dialectics, the good and the bad merging into us. You can run but you can’t hide. My experience? Face darkness. Stare it down. Own it. As brother Nietzsche said, being human is a complicated gig. So give that ol’ dark night of the soul a hug. Howl the eternal yes!
I am not saying that we need to agree with all that swirls around us but rather face our own fears, stare at the dark within us as a way of emanating, ironically, the light that wants to shine forth. Building bridges is Libra’s way. So is justice. What do we want to think about, understand, even own in light of this?

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Journal Questions

  1. What do you value?

  2. Who is important to you and why?

  3. What brings you peace, harmony, solace? 

  4. Do you build bridges or burn them down. Why? 

  5. What does, facing your own darkness mean to you?

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