New Moon September 24th - October 8th, 2014-Preparing for Metamorphosis
The New Moon of September 24th, 2014 at 1 degree of Libra augurs a new beginning for us all, with a bit of dark drama and potentially powerful plans to be made. This is a secretly powerful new moon as it‘s lunar energy soaks up all
of the power of Pluto going direct, while teaming up with the seductive asteroid Lilith (#1181), not to be confused with Black-Moon Lilith). I do not often include fixed stars or asteroids in my articles, yet, the importance of the dynamic at play here, really requires the explanation of the “flavor” of this New Moon which sits quite alone in the chart. Lilith represents an energy that is akin to the seductive, addictive female who cunningly plans to meet her secret lover provocatively engaging him under her spell. It is a magical energy that calls out our inner dark goddess, to orchestrate our deepest desires. Lilith is often acquainted with a dark, rebellious nature and is associated by some with the Zohar in which Lilith is the serpent tempter of Adam and Eve. With Lilith conjunct this moon, it would seem that Lilith has cast her spell over us all.
Without the influence of Lilith, the New Moon is at 1 degree of Libra, which means that it is already quite powerful with much to initiate. Libra is a cardinal sign and the first degrees of cardinal signs are noted by astrologers to prepare a brand new situation that will unfold over time. The essence of this reality as described, is really magnified by the current opening window of the lunar eclipse due to us October 8th at 14 degrees of Aries, which is square to Pluto and conjunct Uranus. ( Read more about that eclipse in the article below) So, as the New Moon opens the window, the eclipse becomes active and will finish the discussion began on the New Moon. These new initiations, endings and activities that take place between September 24th and mid-October will eventually color the next six months. So, with all of the conflicting, secretive power players of this New Moon and the finale fireworks of the coming lunar eclipse, the beginning that we experience may take us towards a passionate firestorm that exploits and propels us towards a climatic ending that will bolster our future successes. New lines are to be drawn from what occurs in these two weeks, when finally we awaken from our foggy sleep of August/September.
The Sabian symbol for 1 degree of Libra is: " A butterfly made perfect by a fine dart." From this we gain the perspective that in trying to preserve something so beautiful, we have trapped it. While its wings are beautifully decorated, it has lost its life, its movement and freedom. Butterflies have always been a special symbol to me. Often they represent those who have crossed over, guiding and directing while turning our attention through signs such as the butterfly. Butterflies represent metamorphosis, a process that does not fit in the theory of evolution. No, butterflies represent transformation, a complete and complex change so that what they were before is no longer recognized. During the two weeks from the New Moon, we may feel this entrapment of the dart through the butterfly; a feeling that we cannot spread our wings to fly towards our dreams. Who or what is pinning you down?
Now, let us step back and look from a larger perspective. When considering the larger picture of a New Moon, we look to the whole picture of the chart. In this particular chart, Jupiter in Leo and Uranus in Aries are in a trine aspect to one another. This is exciting and offers a bold and daring move in the next two weeks, with passions that will push past indecision despite any un-pleasantries that can present at this moon. This trine says that despite the hard work and uncertainties ahead, utilizing a brave and pioneering focus will push us forward. The third leg of this trine will appear shortly in October, as Mars in Sagittarius will align to form a grand trine. So, despite any mind games and ninja attacks, we will find our sword of hope.
The intuitive reasoning that I gain from all of the factors of this New Moon period forms a vision of a masquerade ball. There is an element of surprise. While our focus is on other situations, an event begins to unfold that tests our skills of calculation. A seductive encounter perhaps, that will eventually ask us if we can afford to remain stagnant. What makes us feel trapped? By eclipse time, we will experience a new directive, which is founded on the reconcilement of our true passions. The best defense to this New Moon is to take the position of the observer, and raise every situation to the highest vibration of positivity in your mind. I do believe that this New Moon period will open our eyes to the constitution of a situation previously unrealized.
The New Moon and the Solar USA Chart
The subject matter presented by this New Moon focuses on Libran activities: government agencies, legalities, relationships, foreign affairs, beauty, and finances to name a few. Libra is an air sign concerned with movement and travel. It is in the 9th house of the people, described by Aquarius, and the solar 4th house of the Cancer- ruled United States. In our country, matters pertaining to the security of our homes and families, travel, flights, foundational belief
systems, legal matters pertaining to real estate, and foreign affairs (which seem to be all the headlines lately), will all be subjects associated with this new situation, action or endeavor brought forward between September 24th and October
8th, 2014. The force of Pluto going direct in the US solar chart’s 7th house of partners and open enemies will make relationship dynamics a continued battle for change that will be present on both personal and mundane levels. The 7th also represents open enemies, and when combined with the influence of Lilith, cunning actions will abound. The influence of Pluto promotes fear but Saturn’s influence can temper radical thought. Vigilance in defining boundaries from leadership (Saturn in Scorpio) combined with intuitive thought and undercover operations (Neptune in Pisces)
are the best supporters of the USA’s solar chart at the moment. These deductions may seem like simple astrology, but astrology is like math in that two plus two equals four and yet so does one plus three and so on. I am using the solar
chart here in this forecast as I find that lunar and solar events are best clarified directly by the solar chart. Call me
Summary: As we move forward in new beginnings with September 24th New Moon at 1 degree of Libra, a two
week window is opened in which we can put our best foot forward in the area that Libra rules for us. Still, with Lilith conjunct the New Moon, we may find ourselves projecting our shadow side, or on the receiving end of someone else’s. Pluto’s direct influence will bring back old baggage to conflict with new and exciting opportunities that we seek for a better future. Can we cross the barrier of emotional baggage to the other side? By the lunar eclipse on October 8th, we may suddenly decide to change direction, having learned a lot from the information that arose during the previous two weeks.
New Moon Influences by Sign:
Aries- A relationship may tempt you, yet you must
temper it with caution. Don’t sell your soul. This may take place around a party
or event with a child. Alternatively, a partner or parents involvement with the
dark side pushes you to regain your
Taurus-Keep an eye on any health issues that
arise now. Stay away from all toxins and allergens. If work issues linger, you
may find solace at home. Family will strongly support your health and
Gemini- A seductive romance or calculated
pregnancy may be your new topic. A creative project involving a dose of sexual
enigma may envelop you. Communication with others is
Cancer- Matters involving home and family have a
covert feeling. Perhaps someone is manipulating you within your family.
Surprises involving money and your career will be the silver
Leo-You may enjoy some sexy conversations and
secret rendezvous. Finding a few loopholes may be allowed. These conversations
may flow well especially if they are based abroad, with foreigners, or related
to the internet or publishing. Educators will fare well, just be
Virgo-There are some underhanded maneuvers
possible in relation to your finances. Meanwhile health matters are on the
Libra-This new moon will affect you personally.
You may use your shadow to get away with____? You fill in the blank. However, we
always deal with karma, so curb your “devilish” ways if they should arise.
Friends and partners will bring the excitement
Scorpio- Your secrets just got more secretive. Do
not lean towards addictions if you are feeling depressed, as this will be the
darkest of places to go right now. Career and work may offer a diversion or an
Sagittarius- Friendships may seem a little
suspicious or perhaps a friend finds themselves entangled in a hard place.
Alternatively, groups of people or organizations may experience activities that
seem a little dark. Your position on these matters may be important in the next
couple of weeks.
Capricorn- Keep an eye on matters in your career
or place in society. There may be jealousy lingering close by. Finances may gain
a boost in real estate or home related
Aquarius- Travel, legal, education, foreign
affairs, writing or the internet has a seductive or manipulative feel. A long
term relationship or contractual partnership may open up a new door of