“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree”. Lovely words of appreciation from Emily Bronte as onward we move through Libra Season, the sign of appreciation itself.
But what if all those tree leaf hues where all the same ‘gainst that sky of blue? Would the scenery speak such bliss? What’s that element that we’d miss?
Not only the lover, Libra also represents the other. The one who is different from you, of whom you do not share a point of view.
As our Libra Sun moves into deeper degrees, she finds herself in quite a bit of tension. Her lover Mars baits her from the opposite end, stirring up conflict, and reveling in the spirit of disagreement. Saturn and Pluto now in a tight conjunction in Capricorn putting a squeeze on her as well, battering her appreciative instinct down with hard-knocks reality, with struggle, and the depths of despair.
Good things these energies are designed to interact. In the spirit of conflict, Libra’s treasured perspective is widened. As Carl Jung said “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” In the spirit of struggle, when all control seems to be lost, the one place that it always has the chance to be regained is in perspective, Libra’s gift of distance.
Above all else, what Libra abhors is narrowness. She beckons us from outside the swampy marshes of narrow-mindedness into an open channel, with plenty of space and fresh air. Plenty of opportunity to appreciate other viewpoints. In the words of American activist Pauli Murray, “When my brothers try to draw a circle to exclude me, I shall draw a larger circle to include them. Where they speak out for the privileges of a puny group, I shall shout for the rights of all mankind.”
Mercury the planet of perception moving through the mysterious waters of Scorpio- Aldous Huxley’s doors of perception between things known and unknown. Question your assumptions, like a good gumshoe.
Venus the Seasonal planet moves through Virgo, in grace and humility. With humility we discover, the viewpoint of another, with grace we put our eyes on, a glorious shared horizon.
Jupiter, the planet of morality marching forth in Capricorn, the sign of striving. A striving for a better summit of moral reasoning and understanding. An elevated place, where minds actually meet. And conflicts birth fresh new dawns. Conflict, which comes from the latin roots “struck together”, can clue us in on its importance. Fists can strike, but so can emotional chords, ideas, and realizations. Like lightning, like love!
Uranus in Taurus- lightning in the body
Neptune in Pisces- ever widening circles of understanding
The Moon begins in Leo, waning crescent in its final quarter. Though the moonlight be slight, the Lionbeams pack a lot of might. Lend yourself not only to an open mind but also to an affirmative mood. Alive with the fire of presence and action. As William James said “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
Tuesday and Wednesday host a Virgo Moon, slimmer and slimmer. Gentle Earthlight of tolerance and leisure. A thinking mood of mind that has no other place it would rather be.
By Thursday she is in Libra and by Friday she has vanished, into the essence of Libra, as Sun and Moon come together and the tides rise in their honor. Where are these lessons of tolerance and open-mindedness finding you? How can you widen your own circle of understanding, and see the moral strengths of others who’s opinions differ from your own? There’s no Moon tonight, but there is open air. Plenty of space. Plenty of chords that haven’t been struck, plenty of ways to become unstuck.
By the weekend, a Scorpio Moon peaks out from the darkness. Rebirth of Moonlight in the sign of rebirth. Emerging out from the marshes and into a fresh atmosphere of better understanding. An atmosphere that hints at a world we can truly breathe in.
As always, happy astro pondering!