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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

EcoAstrology: Libra New Moon

Guest Blogger: Stephanie Austin M.A. is a full time astrologer specializing in life purpose, career, and relationship readings since 1986. She also teaches astrology and writes the New and Full Moon column for the Mountain Astrologer Magazine. Her background includes a bachelor's degree in Psychology, a master's in Consciousness Studies, and a lifelong involvement with meditation, Nature, and healing. For more information on her astrology readings, eBooks, tutorials, and forecasts, visit www.EcoAstrology.com.

EcoAstrology: Libra New Moon

Important Dates:
October 1 - 4: Sun-Pluto-Uranus T-Square (9-11º Libra-Capricorn-Aries)
October 4: New Moon 5:34 PM PDT (12º Libra); Saturn quincunx Uranus (10º Scorpio-Aries)
October 8: Draconids Meteors
October 12: Sun square Jupiter (19º Libra-Cancer)
October 1, 2013
Dear Friends,
Intention is everything. Quantum physics tells us that mind and matter are not separate, that the observer affects the observed. By focusing our attention, light waves become particles; reality emerges from an infinite sea of possibilities. New moons are optimal times to set new intentions, and in Libra, the cosmic wave guides us toward how we could engender more balance in our life, more love in our relationships, and more peace in the world.
Libra’s symbol, the Scales, traces back to the beginning of recorded history. In ancient Egypt, it was believed that the heart of the deceased was weighed against the feather of truth; if the scales tipped, the soul had to reincarnate. Early Christians considered Libra an emblem of Archangel Michael, who wields the sword of Truth. Described as the Razor’s Edge Path in the Upanishads, and as the Middle Way in Buddhism, Libra’s spiritual quest is the reconciliation of opposites, which occurs in the heart, not the mind. When our hearts are open, we realize our connection and equality with all life. When our hearts are closed, we are imprisoned in the illusion of duality and separation. For a karmic shortcut to integrating opposites, visit: www.corelight.org/resources/marriage-of-spirit/chapters/chapter-eleven/, which details a powerful technique called 'Squares' from Leslie Temple Thurston's book The Marriage of Spirit.
Venus, the traditional ruler of Libra and named for the goddess of love and beauty, is associated with the heart chakra. Venus’s current transit through Scorpio — along with Mercury, the North Node, and Saturn — signals the need to let go of what keeps us in the dark. Scorpio leads us to embrace the shadow parts of ourselves; Venus in Scorpio requires us to reclaim the dark feminine, the principle of wholeness and interrelationship, of birth, life, and death. This archetype has been symbolized around the world as the Black Madonna, Crow Mother, Hecate, Inanna, Isis, Kali, Lilith, Mary Magdalene, Morrigan, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Oya, Pele, Persephone, Tara, Tiamat, and many others. The dark feminine calls us into our emotional depths, into the great mystery, into our diversity and divinity. Denial of the feminine cuts us off from our feelings, body, and connection with Nature — resulting in alienation, illness, and environmental suicide. For more on the dark feminine, read Demetra George’s book Mysteries of the Dark Moon and Fred Gustafson’s anthology The Moonlit Path.
This Libra new moon closely opposes Uranus and squares Pluto; it also widely squares Jupiter in Cancer to form an extremely dynamic grand cross, (in effect from October 1 - 12), forcing us to face long-standing issues of imbalance and injustice. Conjunctions initiate new cycles, squares mark major turnings points, and oppositions highlight where we must transcend polarization. Uranus and Pluto last met in 1965–66 and were close together for most of that decade, a period of tremendous social change; between 2012 and 2015, they form seven exact squares, impelling us to manifest the visions seeded in the 1960s. Uranus in Aries spurs us to be courageous and innovative. Pluto in Capricorn summons us to be truthful and responsible. Jupiter in Cancer expands our understanding and respect for the feminine, feelings, and family. In addition, Saturn quincunxes Uranus just a few hours after the peak of this new moon, spotlighting where we need to confront our fears and think out of the box. On October 12, the Sun squares Jupiter, illuminating new possibilities and solutions.
What is calling for more balance in your life? What is being mirrored to you in your relationships? Where are you being challenged to view things differently? Stay as centered as possible, and allow yourself to feel whatever is moving through you, even if it doesn't make sense in the moment. Feelings are like water; when blocked, stagnation and disease occur. The more we dissolve old beliefs, fears, and judgments, the more joy, light, and love we experience. As we balance and integrate opposites, we ascend from duality to unity, from conflict to co-creation, remaining in the eye of the hurricane, centered and protected from the storms around us. Know that you are never alone. Ask for help from your spiritual support team whenever you need it. Remember: "You hold the geometries of what is sacred. You hold the promises that you made before you incarnated into your original soul. Hold tight to who you truly are through these shifts and not lose yourself to the mayhem. You are a living vortex, you are a living light, and you are an emissary of the Heavens." (Gillian MacBeth-Louthan, http://www.thequantumawakening.com)
Namaste,
Stephanie Austin
www.EcoAstrology.com
360-379-3060

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