September 2010 Libra Edition
OWA MEMBER Mary Jo Wevers, PhD
Libra, Sign of Balance and Harmony
“Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.”
– Deepak Chopra
On Wednesday evening the Sun will move out of the pragmatic and productive earth sign of Virgo and into the social air sign of Libra. Each succeeding sign of the zodiac provides the means to rectify or redirect the energy of the previous sign. Libra uses the practical and improving energy of Virgo to create beauty and harmony and to cultivate relationships.
The positive, outgoing polarity of Libra is expressed in its desire to connect with others. Libra believes that personal interaction is the basis for all major insight and advances in humanity. Libra desires a civilized, cooperative meeting of the minds in an atmosphere of reasonableness, refinement and harmony.
The symbol of Libra is the Scales, a mechanical instrument used to measure or weigh. The key phrase for Libra is “I Balance.” Libra uses its intellect striving to understand opposing perspectives and to extend fairness to all. Libra is a diplomatic mediator, a just peacemaker. Keenly aware of other people’s preferences and desires, Libra tries to please others.
Libra touts honesty, but may be indecisive, passive, flattering and phony out of fear of conflict or displeasing others. Poised, gracious and charming, Libra can appear superficial and frivolous when avoiding issues that may provoke disagreement or anger.
Libra can become out of balance by putting other people’s needs and desires ahead of its own. When it avoids confrontations out of its desire for peace at any price it gives up its own identity. As it compromises its self, its personal identity fades into the “we” of partnership. Libra can then become miserable dwelling on the lack of fairness and justice for itself.
Areas of our life ruled by Libra include all face-to-face relationships including business and marriage partnerships, peers and open enemies. Libra governs our interpersonal skills, cooperation, and working with the public. It rules our inner attitudes about compromise, harmony and agreement. Contracts, agreements, and joint endeavors fall under its domain.
Libra represents the search for greater self-awareness and understanding through relationships. We project onto others the parts of ourselves we have difficulty accepting. In face-to-face relationships the other mirrors back to us elements of our self we are not aware of, or do not wish to acknowledge.
We have opportunities to learn more about our self through family relationships and business and marriage partnerships. Problematic issues arise and we must find ways to resolve and reconcile them. We learn how to balance our needs with the needs of others. We discover ways to share power, how to give and take. In the crucible of relationships we are subjected to forces that result in our growth and transformation.
Colors for Libra are deep rose pink and magenta. The gem for Libra is opal. White roses, cosmos, hydrangeas and poppies are Libra flowers. Lizards are Libran animals. Parts of the body ruled by Libra are the lower back and kidneys.
Persephone as Ruler of Libra
The planet Venus is the traditional ruler of both LIbra and Taurus. Astrologer and mythologist Valerie Vaughan makes a compelling argument for assigning modern rulership of Libra to the as yet undiscovered transplutonian planet she names Persephone.
In Greek mythology Persephone is the daughter of Demeter, who is known to the Romans as Ceres, goddess of grain fields and crops. Persephone enjoyed an idyllic childhood, raised by her nurturing and loving mother.
One day as the maiden Persephone played in a meadow, she became captivated by a narcissus flower. Perhaps in wanting to know herself better and to claim her own identity, she plucked the flower. With this action she unleashed the forces of the underworld. Through a gaping crack in the earth came Pluto in his chariot, who carried her off to the underworld.
Her mother Ceres was stricken with grief and mourned her loss, causing the crops to wither and die. Famine threatened humankind. Through negotiations with the gods on Mount Olympus, a compromise was brokered to save humanity. It was decided that Persephone could return to her mother so long as she had not eaten any food during her time with Pluto in Hades.
Not wanting to lose his wife, Pluto offered Persephone a pomegranate as she was preparing to leave, and she ate some it its seeds. Her action prevented her from returning to her mother and resuming her role as daughter and maiden. Again, another compromise was reached between the gods resulting in Persephone spending part of the year above ground with her mother, and part of the year in the underworld with her husband Pluto.
Persephone is a goddess of duality. She is “the Goddess of the twofold name”, both Maiden and Queen of the Underworld. She divides her time between the upper world and the underworld, fulfilling both roles of daughter and wife. Through her relationships she balances and mediates the needs of others. In crossing the border between worlds, experiencing separation and reunion in a yearly cycle, she unifies the two worlds and creates wholeness in herself.
Persephone also represents the potential in each of us for growth and maturation, death and rebirth. She symbolizes transitions from one kind of relationship into another, and the inherent self-transformational power they contain. When we move from childhood into adulthood, from being single into marriage, from motherhood into menopause, from marriage into loss of a partner, we experience emotional struggles. When we step back, separate from others and do our own inner work, we can reconnect with greater understanding and gain insight. Then we can raise our relationships to a higher level, from co-dependence to co-independence.
Perhaps once this planet beyond Pluto is discovered we will become more conscious of our own powers of renewal and the cycles of birth, death and regeneration in our life. We will value relationships as vehicles for greater self-discovery and growth. We will embrace opportunities to descend into our unconscious to do the work that is needed, so we can gain understanding and emerge once again with greater self-awareness.
The cardinal signs correspond to seasonal transitions. In the northern hemisphere Libra marks the beginning of fall, when day and night are equally balanced. We leave the long, languid days of summer behind and prepare for the colder, harsher winter ahead. This is the time of year when Persephone leaves her mother’s world where she has been helping tend the crops and harvest the grain, and prepares to return to the underworld to fulfill her role as wife and Queen of Hades.
Like Persephone, it is fitting that we use this time to prepare to make a transition ourselves, from our outer conscious awareness of the world to a deeper, darker, internal place. Just as Persephone, in the spring we will emerge from our time spent in the depths with greater self-awareness and the seeds of renewal for rejuvenating our life.
The Month Ahead
As the Sun moves into Libra Wednesday it conjoins Saturn, opposes the Moon, Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces, and squares Pluto in Capricorn. Our personal energy and vitality, will, sense of honor and duty will be focused on balance, compromise, and meeting the needs of others. Being sensitive, empathetic and having a spiritually driven urge to be forgiving and charitable to others will prove to be challenging if we do not first free ourselves from tendencies to become sacrificial and martyristic in the process. We will feel pressured to make realistic, practical decisions, to be held accountable, and to eliminate anything superfluous as we lay foundations for justice and fairness.
The Sun and Saturn in Libra are inconjunct Neptune and Chiron in Aquarius. Neptune gives us spiritual incentive to work collaboratively towards humanitarian goals while Chiron reveals our fear of being victimized by being unique and different, outside of the mainstream. An attitude adjustment is needed for us to be realistic about perceived fears before we can consciously and effectively work for equality, peace and justice in our individual ways.
Saturn in LIbra
Saturn re-entered the sign of Libra on July 21st and will remain in it until October 2012. This two year cycle is a time to organize and structure our lives in more balanced ways. We are also asked to take responsibility for creating fairness and harmony in our personal relationships.
As the Sun moves through the early degrees of Libra in the next week or two it will illuminate ways we can take more responsibility for improving our relationships. Respect yourself and be mature. Have integrity and do the right thing. Be diplomatic and cooperate with others.
New Moon in Libra
A New Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon conjoin overhead from our perspective on Earth. This represents the fusion of our outer consciousness and awareness, symbolized by the Sun, with our inner emotional and unconscious self, symbolized by the Moon. This is a fertile time for new beginnings, for sowing the seeds of your new projects and endeavors.
The next New Moon will occur on Thursday October 7 at 11:44 a.m. (PDT). This New Moon will be at 14 degrees Libra, conjoining Mercury and Saturn in LIbra. This is a new opportunity to communicate harmoniously and share thoughts and ideas with others with wisdom and maturity. Listen to the needs and concerns of others with consideration. Use compromise to balance your needs and desires with those of others.
The area of your astrological chart where 14 degrees Libra falls represents the area of your life where you can consciously create new beginnings that are relational, balanced and harmonious. Set aside time to reflect on how you can create new ways to relate to others, balance seemingly conflicting needs, and experience self-transformation. What do your relationships tell you about yourself? How can you better understand the reflections others show you? Where can you cooperate with others? How can you inspire and aid others in their self growth?
You may wish to set some new goals or create some Libra affirmations on October 7th. Examples are: “I balance my needs with the needs of others in cooperation and fairness.” “I honor and respect my soul contracts with others.” “I create beauty and harmony in my interactions with others.” “I transform myself through my relationships.”
You will begin to see evidence of the seeds you sow on this New Moon as they come to fruition on the following Full Moon in Aries on October 22nd. This Full Moon will reward you with more self-awareness, courage and confidence.
“The greatest relationship that we can have is the one we have with ourselves, for it will determine the quality of the relationships that we will have with others.”
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