Updated: Sep 23, 2020
With Sol’s entrance into Libra, we now celebrate the Autumnal equinox and the gradual predominance of the dark. The sign of Libra is the counterpart of Aries, the sign of the Ram and the vernal equinox. Both are cardinal signs and both promise new beginnings. In bold and dynamic Aries we are encouraged to look outside ourselves and to leap towards the light but in Libra where Sol is said to be debilitated we are asked to look at the light that shines within.
As the sign of the scales, Libra is the sign associated with balance, fairness and harmony. An air sign, Libra mentally ponders and weighs. If you are a Libran or live with one, like I do, you will know they have to consider everything. There is no such thing as a hastily made decision; no shoot-from-the-hip “yes” or “no”. Everything is deliberated upon.
Here Venus - the sign’s ruler - is concerned with reconciliation, harmonious relationships and the creative expression of thoughts and ideas. If your natal Venus is in Libra, for example, you are graceful and are deeply moved by beauty.
The image of the scales brings to mind the Egyptian judgement of the dead. To reach the eternal paradise the soul had to pass through the trial by Osiris in the Hall of Truth and this trial involved weighing the deceased’s heart against the feather of truth. The heart had to be found neither too light or too heavy. The ancient Egyptians believed that the soul must be in balance with its inner truth.
The house in which Libra resides in your birth chart is the area of your life that demands structured balance between the outer and inner world. Librans suffers when all their pondering doesn’t lead to daring.
Are the themes associated with that house in which Libra resides in your chart, the very things you struggle to decide on or hesitate to act upon?
In the body Libra rules the kidneys which filter and remove waste and extra fluids and the adrenal glands. The theme of both these parts is balance as the kidneys and adrenals function to maintain equilibrium. This operating function reminds us to make timely decisions so that balance is maintained because when we withhold we harm ourselves.
Libra season’s astrology is a Wild West movie with plenty of potential dust-ups and gunfights. It asks for caution and inventiveness. Mars retrograde squaring off against Pluto and Saturn is a warning not to push boundaries or instigate drama. Mercury opposite Uranus for most of October (7TH-20TH) is an indication of probable disruption around technology, transportation and communication. This is an anxiety-inducing opposition because Uranus is the planet of unexpected events. Plan for delays if you are travelling and social media service disruptions during that time. Mercury then stations retrograde October 13th and because he is challenging the heavyweights Pluto and Saturn, we have to be extra vigilant with our words. While this is sobering astrology, do make time to enjoy the season's fruits and to listen more closely to your inner guidance. Now is the time to plant the seeds that will bear fruit in the Spring (vernal equinox).