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New Moon in Libra ~ October 17/18, 2009

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New Moons signify rebirth, beginnings, a clean slate, the start of a new cycle. This new moon highlights Libra qualities (balance, objectivity, social graces, artfulness) and 7th house themes (relationships, partnerships, known enemies).

Libra is natively ruled by Venus, who is currently at home in Libra. In Libra, the Moon is accommodating, fair-minded, diplomatic, and charming. With the Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus all in Libra, this New Moon is saturated with Libra and puts a spotlight on our relationships, including our nemesis :-O

As the Moon and Sun (heart and soul) blend energies, they both form harmonious links to Neptune (insight) and Chiron (release), while also fatefully at odds with Uranus (awakening) and in conflict with the North Node (life path). Elsewhere in the sky, Saturn (obligations) also link up with the North Node (life path).

As our conscious will and inner drives unite (Sun and Moon), we become aware of how our relationships (Libra) influence the choices we make, which, in turn, affect the path/s taken in our individual journeys (North Node). Are we then closer, farther, or right where we should be when it comes to fulfilling our personal purpose? Saturn shows us our realities; Uranus awakens; Neptune enlightens; Chiron heals. What will be renewed for you during this New Moon phase?

This new moon occurs at 25 degrees of Libra on October 18 at 1:32 a.m. Eastern (October 17 at 10:32 p.m. Pacific). Those born within 3 days of October 18 or April 14; or have planets/house angles around 25 degrees of cardinal signs -- Libra, Aries, Capricorn, and Cancer -- may feel the effects of this new moon stronger than most.

For me, this New Moon falls in my solar 4th house (family/roots) and natal 1st house (self/potential); the new moon also blends energies with my natal 2nd house (personal/material value) and my Jupiter (expansiveness/ideals), while also linking to my Mercury (thinking/communication) and Midheaven (long term goals). My relationship and obligations to family and myself may not always be in sync. Historically, each take me in opposing directions. But I want to give 100% energy to both, to each ... and choosing to nurture one relationship over the other is unacceptable. Perhaps this Libra-Moon will illuminate the path to a more balance approach to satisfying both, with respect to the significance of each in my life.

How will this new moon influence your life? Look to the natal house/s this new moon will occupy in your birth chart. Match the sign and degree to the sign on the house cusp/s. Use the list below to identify the Libra zodiac sign then click here to read about the New Moon in Houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising signs below then click here for an explanation of New Moon illuminating those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries Rising ~ 7th House
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 6th House
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 5th House
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 4th House
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 3rd House
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 2nd House
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 1st House
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 12th House
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 11th House
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 10th House
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 9th House
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 8th House

Unsure if you have natal planets/house planets at 25 degrees? Cast your own birth chart for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required. Or request a quote for a personalized reading. Or cruise on over to the AstroCreeps and TarotFreaks Forum* to start a discussion. (all links open a new window)

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