“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again , come , come.”
What this means to me is that it’s never too late to begin again and so with this Libra New Moon, I am returning to my practice.
It’s appropriate to call on Rumi since he was born on September 30 and therefore, was a Libra. When I went to visit his tomb in Konya, Turkey in December 2005 the place was packed with sobbing women who sat in a kind of vigil throughout several days. There were more women than men, which surprised and pleased me. Many came on tours from Iran and other surrounding countries to celebrate his Urs also known as his reunion with the Beloved (God). Sufis celebrate one’s death rather than one’s birth. I read the epitaph on his tomb and saw its truth all around me: ‘When we are dead, seek not our tomb in the earth, but find it in the hearts of men.' (Read women) I saw how he had touched the hearts of all these women who, although from Islamic cultures and therefore supposedly repressed (not) had come on buses from hundreds of miles around to sit in his tomb and honor his memory. He died December 17, 1273 yet he could still be honored and mourned this many years later.
People usually associate Libra with balance since it is represented by the scales. However, Libra is actually learning the lesson of balance. In relationships balance is very hard to achieve as we all know. The act of falling in love itself implies a kind of losing of balance. Libra is the first ‘relationship’ sign and the first outer sign of the zodiac. The first six, below the horizon represent inner processes and development. With Libra, we look for our partners, both romantic and other, such as business partners.
This New Moon finds us with Pluto still square Uranus and everywhere we feel the effects of revolution and transformation. We also find Saturn only 2° into Sagittarius square Neptune. What happens when you combine form (Saturn) and formlessness (Neptune)? Since Saturn is part of traditional astrology and the structure of consciousness and Neptune part of the transpersonal and ‘psychological’ triad of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto…in a sense they are part of different paradigms and thus operating at totally different levels. It’s like saying what do you get when you cross a dog with an orange? Huh? But, as we have seen with genetic engineering, now we can mix things up in new ways. Didn’t they put a fish gene in a tomato or something like that in the last few years?
So, Neptune square Saturn. I would say that Neptune challenges Saturn to come up with new ways to create structures that allow for permeability, flexibility and resilience because that’s what’s needed now. Like those new sidewalks and driveways that allow water to soak through into the soil beneath yet are strong enough to be used in roads. It’s called pervious pavement or pervious concrete. How Neptune square Saturn can you get?
Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius also have something in common….Jupiter, the traditional ruler of Pisces and Sagittarius. Currently Jupiter is in Virgo. Virgo, Pisces and Sagittarius are all mutable signs with Gemini completing the quadrad. The mutable signs rule the cadent houses in astrology and are all places where a type of gestation occurs before the ‘new’ is born in the angular houses. The cadent houses all deal with ending, processing, synthesizing, analyzing, and preparing for change and something new to be born.
Many people report feeling at a cusp in their lives. They sense endings, but are not sure exactly what they are. They also sense something waiting to be born although, again, having no idea what it is. We are all being called to take leaps of faith regarding the future.
Steven Forrest says that where ever Saturn is in your chart, you will either feel exhaustion or depression. If you take up the gauntlet that Saturn throws down, you will become exhausted by the work that it entails. However, if you don’t take up the challenge, you will feel depressed at the stagnation that accumulates around you.
Therefore, this New Moon, which as all new moons do, represents new beginnings….go for it! Just do it! What do you have to lose! Take a chance, try something totally new.
If you have no idea what this all means for you, why not get a reading? I do them over the phone then send you the sound file. Contact me via email for a reading today.