An Awakening Light | Self, Relationships, and the New Moon in Libra

"One day the sun shall shine more brightly than ever he has done, shall perchance shine into our minds and hearts, and light up our whole lives with a great awakening light..."~Henry David Thoreau

When we understand the nature of relationship...

“So we saunter toward the Holy Land,
till one day the sun shall shine more brightly than ever he has done,
shall perchance shine into our minds and hearts,
and light up our whole lives with a great awakening light,
as warm and serene and golden as on a bank side in autumn.”
~Henry David Thoreau 

The journey is ongoing. We are tireless, mostly, treading every step of the way with a resolve often unrecognized. The tenacity to keep moving is steeped in mystery. Whether it be the best of times or the worst of times we participate with an edge of excitement because deep within we know that we really cannot know the outcome of our travails. We are moved by faith alone about which no more can be said for our words that attempt to describe these things are wholly inadequate. 

Every human being has a chance. We accept that chance whether it is to take a single breath before returning or living well into ones advanced years; whether it be to smell the roses or taste a less savory side of life, human beings follow their desires as individuals, as a collective. As the river flows to the sea so we too unite with the eternal rhythm and dance. 

“...Desire, a function central to all human experience, is the desire for nothing nameable. And at the same time this desire lies at the origin of every variety of animation.”
~Jacques Lacan 1901- 1981, Écrits ("Writings")

We join the dance from wherever we are, with whatever we have. We stand atop a dream, raise a finger to the wind, find our direction and leap into action. Initially enthusiasm and innocence are our guides. With age, we languish in the same breeze, appreciate its offering of distant fragrances, of the unknown and are satisfied to be there. With fewer desires, having been there done that we rest. The journey takes us within.

Wherever we are along the path we have opportunities to pluck the ripe fruit and eat to our hearts content. Whether we accept or resist does not matter. It is all part of our process. And, a part of the learning process that is facilitating and accelerating is relationship. Understanding the nature of relationship, which is everything in the phenomenal world, sets us free.

When we understand that we are conditioned to experience everything in relation to something else and know that this is not the truth of ‘who I am’ we are liberated from the continual cycle that is birth, death, rebirth, regeneration—the cycle that is humanity. ‘I’ am not that which can be defined in relation to anything as ‘that’ and ‘I’ are the same—energy. 

Astrological Insights for the New Moon in Libra

The New Moon on September 25th at 2 degrees Libra is a time to reflect upon relationship as Libra rules the 7th house of relationship, all types of relationship—partners in marriage, business, a close friend, the next door neighbor. As Libra is an air sign we consider how we communicate with another. 

By the time we reach the 7th house we have completed a level of self perfection (6th house) that warrants us stepping out into the world to include a partner. Libra does this in a way that is guided by this sign’s attributes. Libra is ruled by Venus and at this stage (Venus also rules Taurus and the 2nd house) we have a deeper sense of what our values are. Generally, in Libra our values include harmony, balance and peace. 

Everything for Libra is about relationship. Librans have a discriminating eye that can see or feel a lack of harmony or balance quickly when in any environment. Their desire (Venus) is to uncover the point of perfect balance so that ideally one rests in tranquility, stillness. No ripple on the pond. The mind at ease. As we know or are apt to discover, no matter how perfect our outer environment may seem it is not responsible for inner tranquility. 

During this New Moon it is beneficial to notice where am I on this path to greater discovery; noticing with a discriminating eye what it is I rely upon to instill the peace I seek. Noticing how I relate to others in my current quest from my place upon this life path; how I relate to all that is external, my outer world. As we become more aware of interactions with the external it deepens our wisdom and focuses intention upon that which cannot be seen.

From The Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans

In the Tarot, the Judgment card XX is an indication of being called to a new level of experience; to wake up to greater awareness. X is the number of completion. The only way to go is up. Once one hears the call it cannot be ignored. In other words, everything is always moving and we too are part of that movement. The nature of reality is ever present and organic, requires nothing from us except willingness. 

In this New Moon chart the Sun. Moon, Mercury and Venus reside within 7 degrees of each other, are trine to Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus and in opposition to Neptune. This creates what is called a kite whereby the planet in opposition becomes the focal point in the geometry. As the focal point, Neptune in Pisces represents an intuitive element in an other wise highly rational chart. Sun and Moon in Libra the second of the air signs is highly rational. Mercury and Venus in Virgo ruled by Mercury is also rational and mentally oriented. 

“Einstein says that we've been given two gifts: rationality and intuition. He said “The first should serve the second, because only in intuition, do we get our values. You don't get values from rationality. You get method, but not values.”
~Matthew Fox, Daily Good 9.08.22

Neptune in Pisces however takes us out of the mind and into experiencing without boundaries, without judgment, with compassion and consideration. And the sextiles from Neptune to Pluto and Uranus only aid in raising awareness from focusing on our personal relationships to relationship with greater good, community, the collective. Our journey here is a continuous reaching out, exploration and diving in, contemplation, until we no longer see any distinction between the two. 

The beauty of Libra now is to realize how it is that we embrace another. Is it from a place of need or is it from a place of loving compassion? We are merely asked to observe.  There are no judgments as wherever we reflect from is exactly where we reflect from. It could not be otherwise. Mostly what we ask of our selves is to be willing to. Willingness, openness, emptiness. The empty vessel ready to receive. The empty vessel without judgment. 

Another feature of this chart is a square from Mars to Neptune. The active nature, the outgoing nature, Mars, aspecting the limitless nature of spirit, Neptune. Aspects between these two planets I have noticed in the charts of several highly evolved teachers and others who are very much dedicated to a spiritual path. This connection contributes to the overall expediated, evolutionary experience that we are all a part of—naturally, it could not be otherwise as we are that evolutionary energy. 

“What does it matter how many lovers you have if none of them gives you the universe?”
~Jacques Lacan 1901-1981
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