The New Moon is the darkest time of the lunar cycle – the time when there is no lunar light. The Sun and Moon are in exact alignment in the sky, at the same degree, and the lunar light is obscured by the Sun. For a brief moment, we are suspended in time, and life is full of unrealized potential.
New Moons are famously a time for a new beginning. A new lunar cycle – a new way of looking at the world. In Libra, that new beginning takes the form of a new way of seeing all of the different kinds of relationships in our world: relationships between people, polarities of ideas, the spectrum of beliefs. Under the influence of Libra, everything is weighed against another in the attempt to find balance and perfect harmony. Giving and receiving and the sharing of energy becomes more important, and integrating the two into a perfect flow becomes the goal.
This perfect harmony is difficult to achieve in today’s world which is full of accelerated intensity and chaos, and the achievement of equilibrium is made more difficult in this year’s Libra New Moon as a disruptive force applies pressure on both the Sun and Moon, demanding that we get out of our comfortable environments and find a new way that is more authentic and true. And yet Venus, the ruler of this New Moon, is also in the sign of Libra, reminding us that love and beauty are of paramount importance, and what will save this world and ourselves as well.
Still, there is a force of intensity and passion that continues knocking at the soul’s door, demanding to be let in. This force cares nothing for the balance and harmony that Libra seeks to teach; instead, it insists on nothing less than absolute truth. We find ourselves stepping ever deeper into the realm of darkness, and then emerging into the light and learning to balance the two. This process may bring up old wounds and emotions as we learn to clear the psychic debris of the past and emerge into the light with greater harmony and integration.
The New Moon is a perfect time to begin something new. It is an auspicious time for a new relationship or partnership, and a wonderful time to transform a current relationship into a more balanced connection. This New Moon asks that we allow the dark and inconvenient truths to emerge into the light, and integrate them into an awakened consciousness, and facilitates the process of moving forward into an enlightened destiny.
Geeky details: Jupiter is conjunct Mercury in Scorpio, Mars in Virgo is opposite Chiron, Venus is singleton in Libra. The New Moon trines the South Node and sextiles the North.