October 8, 2018: Libra New Moon
New Moons are times of beginnings, opportunities to connect with all that is potential and plant seeds for the birth of that which we want to create. As this New Moon is in Libra, it’s a good time to survey our relationships and see how we may encourage them to flourish so that they can grace our lives even more. Using the image of the Scales—the symbol for Libra—as your guide, weigh and assess the value of your existing relationships, considering their strengths and weaknesses.
Some good questions to ask during the New Moon include: Can existing relationships—with a little shifting—better serve me? Are some of my unmet needs actually those that I can provide for myself? Where do I fall on the compromise spectrum—Do I do it too much, too little, or just enough?
If objectively seeing the ins and outs of your relationships seems especially challenging, consider finding a neutral “mediator.” This person is someone that you can talk to alone or together with your partner, someone who can help you more clearly negotiate a deeper understanding of a balanced and healthy relationship.
As much as we may be inclined towards finding order and harmony during the Libra New Moon, given that this year it squares Pluto, the path to peace—and what peace itself looks like—may appear quite different than we anticipate. Finding harmony may require digging deep and uncovering buried levels of feelings or information that was shrouded from view. New starts may require us to surrender something we’ve been holding on to, something that truly no longer serves us, so as to truly create anew. As usual, when Pluto is connected to a lunation, issues of power and control, as well as a sense of do-or-die urgency, may seem more prevalent.
This month’s New Moon falls at 16 degrees of Libra (Sun and Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of a New Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Libra or the other cardinal signs—Aries, Cancer, and Capricorn—it may impact you more intensely.
Libra New Moon Apothecary Suggestions
Libra is associated with the skin, lower back, and blood sugar balance. Pay attention to these parts of the body and areas of health around the time of this New Moon.
Scleranthus flower essence: During this very diplomatic of times, there’s often a stronger sense that we need to make the “right decision.” And yet that pursuit oftentimes leads to indecision with excess weighing and measuring of options oftentimes leading to wavering and a sense of stasis. If you need assistance fostering a sense of inner resolve that can have you confidently and consciously make choices that feel right to you, consider Scleranthus flower essence. (Flower essences are made from flower-infused water and work energetically to restore emotional and mental balance. You can find them in natural food stores or holistic pharmacies.)
Adorn your dining: Libra inspires a reverence for all things graceful, a desire for aesthetic fulfillment, with beauty nurturing a sense of peace within. Taking this into consideration as you create your mealtime can transform it into an occasion that is more soulfully nourishing. Make each meal a special event by easily dressing it up by using candles, placemats, and cloth napkins. If you have fine china and/or silverware you reserve for that every-now-and-then holiday, use it more frequently during this time. Adorning your dining can be a way of adorning your lifestyle, and in turn adorning your sense of well-being.
The New Moon is exact at 11:47 pm EDT