On Tuesday 13th October, we have the start of a brand spanking new lunar cycle with a New Moon in Libra – which sets the scene for the next two weeks. When we think Libra, we think relationship, co-operation, peace, love, beauty and harmony… “Imagine” by John Lennon says it best, being a Libran himself.
But …here’s the rub… this usually lovely sun/moon peace party is being directly opposed by radical, revolutionary, Uranus, who is residing in fiery, impulsive Aries. You might say it’s just a tad more complex and contradictory than normal. You may be feeling a little on the edgy side, irritated, angry or perhaps a bit stuck or sick and tired of playing it safe and trying to please everybody?
Lets have some fun and see if we can get to know the archetypal characters in this scene (which are mirrored in each of us) a bit better, so we can work out what to do with them.
Imagine if you will, a wrestling ring – Enter on the left, to the swell of orchestral music, the gorgeous, the honed, the immaculately turned out… Mr Libra – let’s call him Fancy Pants Phillipe … charming, graceful, smooth of skin, silken cape swirling around perfectly tailored shorts. More than happy to be in the limelight, he glides around the ring, waving and flashing his Hollywood smile for all to see. After all, you’ve paid for your ticket and he aims to please.
And then…Suddenly… the music shifts, there’s a rumble and a roar and a flash of lightening, as a blur of black and red silk explodes like a whirling dervish into the ring. Seemingly out of thin air, appears the Great, the mighty …Rebel the Ram, muscles pumped for action, presence looming, teeth bared, pure primal energy shooting from every pore, his body glistening with the sweat of unadulterated excitement and unbridled energy. Not a second is wasted as Rebel the Ram virtually flies across the ring and pounces on Fancy Pants, who doesn’t even see it coming, absorbed as he is in doing the pleaser strut. Pandemonium breaks out – I mean the match hasn’t event started yet. The refs manage to restrain the Rebel and he laughingly prances away, waving a dismissive hand at Fancy Pants, who is now lying in a daze on the floor, a little bloodied and very embarrassed indeed. The Ram moves swiftly around the ring, arms in the air, brimming with the unabashed confidence of a winner. His speciality is the rattling of cages and he has successfully unbalanced and psyched his opponent out. Had Fancy pants not been so obsessed with pleasing everybody, he may have seen it coming.
Uranus is the rebel, the awakener and he’s just doing his job, bringing us out of any slumber we might be in.
This new moon, as much as we want the beauty, balance, peace thing, we are being hoofed out of our comfort zones by unexpected and possibly surprising events or people. If you’ve been stuck in a rut, this lunation should be just the medicine you need, to bounce you out of it! Uranus is ready to leap into the ring of our lives and show us exactly where we’re being inauthentic or where our lives are out of balance.
Libra generally has little or no interest in rocking the boat, whereas Uranus in Aries says “burn the boat down if needs be”. Libra wants to co-operate, avoid confrontation and keep the peace at all costs, where Uranus demands that we be honest, assert ourselves, stand up for what’s right, change the way we do things and even maybe take a risk or two.
Obviously with the main theme still being balance, we’re being urged to find the middle ground, regardless of which side of the pendulum we happen to be hanging out on.
Here are some questions to ask this new moon:
- Where in my life, do I feel stuck?
- Where am I telling the same story and how can I change it?
- What part of my life needs the Rebel Ram treatment and what form could that take?.
- What can I do that is out of the norm and would get me out of the rut?
- Where in my life am I putting on a pleasing face and over co-operating, possibly to my detriment – a good clue here is to ask yourself what or who you resent and why.
- Or – where am I being blustery, imposing, tactless, confrontational and self obsessed?
- Am I pushing too hard or are taking the path of least resistance?
- Am I going to war with people, when peace would be the better option?.
- What are my judgements about others? They are what I need to address in myself.
Mercury has thankfully just turned direct and joined the Libran party, so he’s there to help us to find the balance within ourselves and in our communications with others.
“Be the change you want to see”. Ghandi