It’s compelling to me that “Balance” is an answer to so many of the questions we have. Balance textures our conversations, our strategies, relationships, and end points. It’s an Astrological topic that feels everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Despite its ubiquity in conversation, the polarised state of the world tells me - balance is not as common as we’d like to believe in praxis.
I think it’s because most of us are unsure what we’re attempting to balance and that topic is what the New Moon in Libra wants to help us with. What that requires from us is the self-acceptance that we all have contradicting and competing desires, values, and hopes internally. Astrology (and poet Walt Whitman) teaches us that we “contain multitudes” and so we can and often will contradict ourselves in pursuit of the Truth we’re trying to understand. Communication scholars Leslie Baxter and Barbara Montgomery put forward their Relational Dialectics Theory in 1996 which parses through contradiction as the fundamental form of relating, too. So in effect, we are contradictions individually and our relationships are a knot of contradictions too. We work from this premise as we understand what contradiction is being balanced under the New Moon in Libra.
Each and every one of us straddle the paradox and experience the tension between a desire for predictability and safety side by side with a desire for adventure and surprise. No one just wants familiarity. No one just wants spontaneity. We are all on a continuum of both. The same is true for the dialectic tensions between autonomy and connection. We all want to feel connected and in relationship with others and we all want to feel a sense of autonomy and individuation too. Most of us were trained to look at contradictions through a monologic lens of either/or but since we contain multitudes; we are balancing both/and. The New Moon in Libra helps us hold the contradictions of autonomy and connection, predictability and novelty, love and desire while not seeing these contradictions as a problem that needs a solution but simply a paradox that needs to be leveraged.
At the time of the New Moon in Libra, both Mercury - which is currently retrograde - and Mars transit Libra. So both lunations and two personal planets join together in Libra helping us sort through where we can move from polarity to complementarity. Where we can leverage the paradox. And see communication and our open-forms of communication as the only bridge which can help us find the win/win among competing ideas and our path back to each other.
May the New Moon in Libra give you the permission to be multitudes, the grace to witness other people’s multitudes, and the balance in conversation which seeks understanding and peace.
Romance, Love, Partnerships & Trust
You can have two things at once, Aries! I know “one” is your favourite number as the first zodiac sign but the New Moon in Libra on wants you to hold the balance of two, “the both” and maybe even “the third” strategy for negotiation’s sake. This New Moon helps you seek understanding while being understood and comprise while getting your needs met, too.
Humility, Health, Wellness & Routine
Let others help you, Taurus! The New Moon in Libra helps you see other people as helping you on your personal development goals. You’re not just focusing on how routine optimises your mental, emotional, and psychological wellbeing but you’re also paying attention to the people who inspire you, who hold you accountable too, and who will point the way to your growth.
Courage, Worthiness, Charisma & Lovability
It is safe to self-disclose, Gemini. The New Moon in Libra helps you share what needs to be shared to someone who genuinely has to hear it. It’ll be vulnerable; maybe even messy but like Anaïs Nin says, “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” so lets have you expand courageously and tell the story that’s longing to be expressed in your heart!
Vulnerability, Home, Family & Emotionality
“Home” is a feeling, Cancer. And its most felt with other people. The New Moon in Libra helps you connect meaningfully to the feelings, the people, and the places too that give you emotional safety. Get clear and specific about what you want those feelings to look like so the Universe can work towards bringing you closer to your chosen family and soul chosen homes.
Curiosity, Observation, Language & Active Listening
Let’s think about thinking and speak about speaking, Leo! The New Moon in Libra is a meta-one which helps you perceive perception differently and communicate more effectively. Your cognition and communication skills are crucial now. So you’ll be experimenting with new ways of thinking, speaking, and accurately listening to feel more connected with loved ones.
Finances, Security, Clarity of Values & Pleasure
What’s the space between having what you want with a grateful heart and yearning for another desire too, Virgo? It’s a big question that the New Moon in Libra wants you to answer. You’re allowed to be in both gratitude for what you have and desire for another context. That way, you’ll have a lens of both grounded sufficiency and the excitement that comes with wanting.
Identity, Desire, Charisma & Authenticity
Happy Birthday, Libra! Your birthday wishes are all the Universe wants to manifest. So write down your intentions with fearlessness, specificity, and worthiness. When you claim worthiness as your birthright this birthday, you’ll have an exceptional foundation that helps you understand who you want to be, what you want to do, and the level of results you’ll want to have.
Completion, Surrender, Healing & Spiritual Support
It’s time to let go, Scorpio. The New Moon in Libra helps you find all the contexts you need for closure. From the thinking-traps, emotional-habits, behavioural patterns and even the people too. This is lunation that wants you to let go first; so that in the space you proactively clear, the Universe can provide you with all that you’re more frequency specific to to match your integrity.
Friendship, Activism, Convictions & Shared Humanity
Let’s talk reciprocity, Sag. The New Moon in Libra wants you to measure the level of reciprocity in your friendships. Are you receiving as much as you’re giving? Are you giving what you hope to receive? Pay close attention to the form of people’s generosity; which might be different than yours but equal in content. You deserve the most mutually supportive relationships.
Career, Purpose, Integrity & Responsibility
Relationships are the new bottom line, Capricorn. The New Moon in Libra wants you to complement your competence with connection(s). Everyone knows you have what it takes to professionally succeed; now the Universe just wants you to bring the best of your relational intelligence and relational skills to the workplace so that you and everyone else succeeds too.
Wisdom, Publishing, Vision & Higher Education
Apply the learning, Aquarius! The New Moon in Libra wants you to identify the key-findings of this last year’s immense education and get clear on what helps you live from that learning. How do you move from strategy and idea to execution and impact? Which behaviours operationalise your vision? Your newfound understanding is begging to be applied for even bigger growth.
Intimacy, Eros, Sexuality & Transformation
What’s your big “Truth” Pisces? The New Moon in Libra wants you to accept and even communicate a new understanding in the realm of intimacy. You know who you want to be, what you want to do, and who who you want to engage in meaningful intimacy with. So this is the moment to reveal, not conceal. To share, not withhold. Your self-disclosure will bring healing self-revelation.