by Lynn Hayes Libra is the sign of relationships, including not only interpersonal relationships but the balance between one thing or idea and another. Libra strives for harmony and equilibrium, and this New Moon offers an abundance of sparkling wisdom to help us regain our balance and find innovative ways to take our lives in a different direction if that is required. The planet Mars is somewhat antithetical to Libra – it governs the aggressive force that inspires us to anger but also motivates us and helps to drive us towards our goals.
Mars is very active at the time of the New Moon, forming a challenging square to Chiron on the 14th that activates the healing force. Chiron’s healing doesn’t come through a magic wand like a fairy godmother – it necessitates walking into the fire of our wounds and emerging with new wisdom having released the past. This aspect lasts only a day or two, but it is embedded in the chart of the New Moon so it offers a way to clear the decks so that the fresh start of the New Moon can really occur.
Mars is also positioned in a harmonious trine to Uranus (rebellion, innovation) at the Libra New Moon on the 15th, triggering an explosion of fresh new energy and ideas. This can bring excitement and a sense of anticipation, but it can also bring a sense of restlessness and dissatisfaction if there are areas of our lives that aren’t functioning quite as they should be. Venus is the ruler of Libra, and Venus is also quite active during the New Moon helping to enhance the focus on relationships and values.
A harmonious sextile from Mercury to Venus on the 16th improves communication and aids in greater understanding, and a square from Venus to Jupiter suggests that we may become restless and uncomfortable if we are not given the freedom that we require during these few days around the New Moon. Venus represents the way we connect, attract and attach; Mars signifies independence and individuality.
The New Moon in Libra demands that we find balance in opposites and harmony in areas of disagreement, and the important presence of the planets representing the Self (Mars) and the Other (Venus) further encourages this harmony. This New Moon offers an opportunity to examine where we are out of balance all of our relationships. Our primary partnership, relationships with family members, with colleagues, and most importantly, with ourselves. If we are in a relationship, this New Moon can energize and promote healing and harmony. If we are single or alone, or even if we aren’t, we have an opportunity to activate the Inner Partner or the parts of ourselves that may be hidden or which have been out of reach. Reconnecting fully with lost aspects of our own psyche is essential for any healthy relationship.