This New Moon is at 23 degrees and 54 minutes of Libra occurring at 2:31 PM Central Time on October 16, 2020. The root energy in the date of this Moon is 12/3–Create. This is similar to the root energy of last month’s New Moon in Virgo which was 21/3. The number 3 relates to creating and in the Tarot, “The Empress” card is the archetype associated with 3 energy. The Empress embodies Venus energy which is also the planet that rules this New Moon in Libra.
Libra is Cardinal Air energy– energy that initiates. In Libra, we are working with themes around equality and fairness in relationships, harmony, teamwork, negotiation skills, refinement and healing co-dependency. New Moons are ideal for planting seeds but this new moon is a little tricky.
It’s challenging in that it squares Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn and opposes retrograde Mars in Aries. While thinking in terms of seeking peace and harmony as reflected in Libra, it comes up against aggressive energy from Mars and also tension with Pluto and Saturn. Saturn might represent the old order and Pluto can bring up the stuff we’d just as soon keep buried and not deal with.
In addition, Venus the ruler of this new moon, is in opposition to Neptune which can tend to color things the way we’d like to see them. Neptune can bring illusion and deception–seeing things through rose colored glasses.
New Moons are ideal for planting seeds and with this one, it might be mindful to look at relationships in your life that are off balance and view them for what they really are and not what you ideally would like them to be or what you thought they should be. Work within the reality of the relationship in finding peace and harmony with what is–not as you would idealize or romanticize it to be.
Venus is also in the sign of Virgo at this time. Virgo brings us back to reality with discernment. Focus on the good and let go of the rest. This New Moon has the potential to bring relationships into perspective. You might not have everything you dreamed of but do you have what you need? Focus on the good. Venus is making a pleasing aspect with Jupiter highlighting what we value in relationship.
If you want to work consciously with this energy, this is the beginning of a new cycle, so now would be an ideal time to take part in this process. I like to keep a journal and track this cycle which takes about 27 months to complete.
Here are some practical tips to help work with this New Moon:
- Within 8 hours of the Libra New Moon on October 16, 2020 (again, the time is 2:31 PM if you’re in the Central Time Zone) jot down your New Moon Wishes in your journal. I like to keep a separate “Moon Journal” for the entire 27 month process.
- I usually write at least three wishes or intentions but no more than 10 which tends to dilute the energy. It’s also important to hand write your wishes.
- Find the area of your chart where Libra rules and tailor your thoughts around the themes of this house as well as the archetype of Libra. This allows you to work with this energy and makes it personal to you.
Let your intentions revolve around bringing peace into this area of your life. Think about what steps you can take to help this area be more harmonious. If this is in the area relating to your 5th House, you might think about your relationship with your children or how you express yourself creatively. If you know where Libra sits in your natal chart, think about the topics of this House as well as where your Venus resides. These themes can all tie in with the Libra archetype when thinking about what you want to achieve in this area over the next 27 months.
This is not a time of action but a time for planting. Think about what you want to create until we can better see what comes to light with the First Quarter Moon in Libra on July 17, 2021 at 25 degrees and 4 minutes.
In closing, the degree of this New Moon coincides with the Sabian Symbol, “A 3rd Wing On The Left Side of A Butterfly.” Libra loves balance and this imagery implies imbalance. Where are you overdoing or expecting more than is possible in a relationship? The “left side” in this symbol could be our intuitive or spiritual side so it could be a sign to focus more on that in working with this new moon.
Dane Rudhyar translates this symbol as “the ability to develop, for inner strengthening, new modes of response to basic life situations“. The Ancients spoke of the butterfly as a symbol of spiritual rebirth. A butterfly with three wings emphasizes the energy of today’s date and the creative energy of “The Empress” archetype mentioned earlier. Three is a symbol of fulfillment. Despite the conflict and tension surrounding this new moon, we might look to this moon as potential for developing a new way of viewing or bringing about peace and harmony within the reality of relationship.