The New Moon is the perfect time for new beginnings, because it happens when both the Sun and the Moon are aligned in the same zodiac sign, so that the concentrated energies of the sign help us to initiate projects, to make resolutions, to bring changes into our life.
On October, 19th, 2017, there is New Moon in Libra. The air sign of Libra, ruled by Venus, goddess and planet of love and beauty, is associated in astrology with justice, beauty and harmony – both inner harmony and harmonious relationships.
Each year, the Sun starts transiting at the autumnal equinox, considered in the Roman Antiquity a day „in which the seasons are balanced“ and when both the hours of the day and the hours of the night match each other. This is why this sign was symbolized by the Scales of Justice held by Themis, the Greek personification of divine law and custom.
So, with the New Moon in Libra, our main task is to equilibrate ourselves and to bring more harmony in our lives and in our relationships. In order to obtain relationship harmony, each of us needs first to have inner harmony. This essential true for the meaning of New Moon in Libra is perfect illustrated by this Zen story:
Zen Story for New Moon in Libra: What Harmony Is
This is the story of a young martial arts student who was under the tutelage of a famous master.
One day, the master was watching a practice session in the courtyard. He realized that the presence of the other students was interfering with the young man’s attempts to perfect his technique.
The master could sense the young man’s frustration. He went up to the young man and tapped him on his shoulder.
„What’s the problem?” he inquired.
„I don’t know”, said the youth, with a strained expression.
„No matter how much I try, I am unable to execute the moves properly”.
„Before you can master technique, you must understand harmony. Come with me, I will explain”, replied the master.
The teacher and student left the building and walked some distance into the woods until they came upon a stream. The master stood silently on the bank for several moments. Then he spoke.
„Look at the stream,” he said. “There are rocks in its way. Does it slam into them out of frustration? It simply flows over and around them and moves on! Be like the water and you will know what harmony is.”
The young man took the master’s advice to heart. Soon, he was barely noticing the other students around him. Nothing could come in his way of executing the most perfect moves.
The next New Moon will be on November, 18th – a New Moon in Scorpio (Sun conjunct Moon in Scorpio).
Until then, on November 4th, it will be a Full Moon in Taurus (Sun in Scorpio opposite Moon in Taurus).