On Monday, October 8, 2018 (8:47 PM PST and 11:47 PM EST) the Moon begins its new cycle in the airy and charming sign of Libra. The sign that loves relationship, appreciates beauty, craves harmony, is wired to see life from the others point of view, and isn't afraid of compromise. Of course we can’t forget her shadow and in the spirit of seeing every side as worthy, Libra refuses to take a stance. You see her aim is to please, because what makes her happy, is you happy. There’s just one problem, in her drive to please, she ends up having no idea about who or what she wants and so she becomes frozen by indecision.
So how does any of this relate to this New Moon? Well, it’s likely to emphasize our relationships, the things we value, and the things we desire most. But first we need to address Pluto making a challenging aspect to the Moon and then let’s add to the mix that Venus went retrograde in Scorpio on October 5th. In other words, this Libra Moon is carrying some intense Plutonian energy with it. Say what? Just imagine the dark depths of the unknown - That large abyss of what we can’t quite see, but we most certainly feel. You got it? Okay, now that you have a visual, I want you to picture yourself standing inside those depths with no flashlight, no match, and no spark. It’s just you and the unknown. Maybe this feels terrifying, or possibly a bit overwhelming, or even quite disorienting for you. If it does, here’s the thing: It’s supposed to.
The Plutonian energy is asking us to dive deep into our unconscious – to see what we have buried and hidden within. If you need a clue: look to your projections. What do you want someone else to take responsibility for? Where are you casting blame? Or where do you desperately want to change someone? In other words, what is it that you don’t want to hold, to see, or to feel? Once you recognize what this is - Pluto is asking you to claim it. Claim your wound. Claim your fears. Claim your truth. And in doing so, you will also claim your power. This doesn’t require force, but it certainly requires you to look deeply into the mirror of your Self. Try to remember that owning what you see in your reflection – IS your power.
Be prepared: the shadow side of Libra might try to tempt you to stay in the place of indecision or to possibly find ways to cover up and package those messy depths with a pretty little bow. There’s nothing wrong with beauty, just make sure that this type of beauty runs more than surface deep. You also might need to be weary of others attempting to coerce or manipulate you with their glittering charm and pay particular attention if you notice any of these behaviors reflected in yourself. And if you do, ask: What is it that I am afraid to feel? What would it take for me to face it? How can I move towards acceptance instead of avoidance?
Here’s the thing: Venus is Libra’s ruler and since she’s retrograde in Scorpio for the next few weeks, I would suggest making sure you treat this planet as your psychopompus, your guide into the underworld. Maybe she wants to show you those places where you have hid behind relationships. Or maybe she wants to show you how you have valued a relationship over your Self. Maybe she wants to show you some of your destructive behaviors that keep you repeating the same patterns. Or maybe she wants to reveal to you those places you’ve started to doubt yourself. Maybe she wants to remind you of the people and things you most value. Maybe she wants you to see those parts of yourself you discarded long ago. Or maybe she wants you to literally return to a relationship to resolve the things that need some tying up. Or maybe she’s leading you into the depths to help you say goodbye. Whatever it might be: let her be your guide. While some strong emotions might appear, I assure you, her goal is to help you transform and to find the deeper truth of what you long for.
Don’t be surprised if the next few weeks feel like a never ending game of hide and seek. While you might begin to feel weary in your search, trust that this New Moon is asking you to step into the darkness and to move beyond what you think you know or don’t know. So follow Venus into the depths, let her show you a mirror of you, and while you’re there do your best to see your reflection “as is.” There might be some painful insights that you’ll need to move through and if you’re unsure on how to do this just start by putting one foot in front of the other. If necessary, find a therapist, or a healer, or an astrologer, or a deeply trusted friend to help you navigate these watery depths. It might feel uncomfortable at times, but we must remember that the only way out is through. Bottom line: Pluto is calling us to move through the depths so that we might be transformed.
You’ve got this.
While we all might find ourselves in the depths of the underworld these next few weeks, we will each experience this lunar energy differently depending on where Libra is located in your chart or if you have a natal planet associated with it. If you would be interested in a more personalized reading, I’d love to set up a session with you.
[*Note* The ABOVE contains a personification of the sign Libra and the planet Venus. The sign is not gendered and the SHE could just as easily be used as HE.]