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Libra, the Scale and Zodiac Mythology

Well we have finally caught up in our zodiac mythology. I am writing about Libra during Libra season! Although, I have some unfortunate news. The sign of Libra does not have a designated story for us to analyze. However, by observing the story of where Libra comes from, I believe there is symbolism that is perhaps hidden from the mainstream narrative.

Libra and Themis

The Libra constellation is represented by a Scale. This alone is significant as the zodiac sign is all about finding balance. In actuality, a lot of people see this as being indecisive, yet symbolically, the “indecisiveness” is about weighing the pros and cons of everything Libra observes in life.

Libra has been tied to the mother of Astraea, Themis (read the Virgo myth for a reminder). Themis is a titan goddess and rules over things like Justice, Law and Fairness. Although, Themis is mentioned very little, she played a significant role in the battle between Olympus and the Titans.

She turned the tides of battle by siding with the Olympian gods against the Titans enabling them to win. Later on, in fact it was a while after the battle, Themis became Zeus’ second wife after Hera. This also plays into the symbolism of Libra which we will discuss last.

It’s interesting to note how Themis (and Libra) rule over the conception of equality. Except her actions in the story specifically created an imbalance in the power dynamic. When she was on the side of the Titans, they were winning. Then by switching sides, the Olympians were winning. I believe this represents two major themes for the sign of Libra. 

Tipping the Scales

First, something must always be favored for any progress to be made. A total balance between two opposing forces creates stagnation. Whenever we make a decision in life, we have two opposing forces. If they are weighted equally in our minds then the decision becomes a barrier to progress. The symbology here is that while balance is something to be valued, like everything else, it has its own pros and cons.

Libra is the sign of balance and with all of the zodiac signs, the symbolism is referring to our internal states of being. Having balance within ourselves through daily routines, controlling our emotions and moderation of our actions. This is where balance is valuable.

However, the more removed from ourselves the balance is, the less practical it becomes. Think about nature, is there any balance between a predator and its prey? Certainly not. If there was then there would be no power dynamic between the two. On a greater scale the ecosystem would be entirely horizontal and ultimately no evolution. 

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Decider of Fate

The second thing this represents is the symbolic battle of good and evil. The Titan gods came from a very very old time in Greek mythology when the universe was chaotic and unorganized. They created something from nothing and this was very valuable, however, their continued existence in the now organized world did not function as well.

If the Titans had won against Olympus, it likely would have thrown the world back into chaos because this is what the Titans represent. They are the creators of entirely unbiased structures in nature such as Time, the Sun, the Moon, the Oceans, even the Earth!

Now how does this relate to good and evil if we just mentioned they were unbiased? Well, my dear reader, ‘good and evil’ is largely dependent on what we believe to be of harm to us. For the Olympians, the “unbiased” Titan gods were a serious threat because they wanted to kill them. To a third party they may have not been evil in their totality, but for the subjective Olympians they certainly were. Furthermore, for the progress of humanity they would have been a serious impediment. As previously mentioned, total balance creates stagnation. 

Now whether we want to say this is truly a battle between ‘good and evil’ or just a battle of perspective, I would happily have that conversation in the comments. However, as the author of the article, I do believe Themis’ choice to change sides is representative of her own subjective view of the situation. She certainly believed the Olympians to be the better victor from the war, and being the Goddess of Justice and what not, I think her decision probably held some very valid points. 

Libra & Partnership

Finally, to address Themis becoming Zeus’ second wife and how this relates to Libra. Libra is ruler of the seventh house, which is the house of patronage and marriage. Libra is also sometimes called the Sign of Partnership because it’s opposite sign, Aries, is the Sign of The Self. Themis becoming the wife of Zeus not only alludes to this function of Libra but also perhaps a signifier of how Libra is thrown out of balance.

As a professional astrologer, I have observed the most common thing to throw a Libran out of balance is their relationship with someone else. It doesn’t even need to be a romantic relationship! In my experience, it is all too common for someone to compromise their own well being because of the actions of someone else.

The same argument could perhaps be made for Themis. The Titans were her original ‘team members’ and she betrayed them to help the Olympians. Now perhaps this is because of all the things I mentioned above, or maybe this is because of her love for Zeus. It is likely we will never know without a much deeper dive into the entire Greek pantheon, but I do believe this raises an interesting question.

So there you have it, the not-so-official mythology of Libra. Much of the story of Themis relates to the qualities manifested in the Libra Zodiac sign. While there is no official story tied to the constellation, I think Themis does a pretty damn good job at. With that, if you or a friend has been out of balance lately, perhaps booking an astrology reading will help them get back in balance! You can check out my services tab for all of my offers. 

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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Astrology Forecast for October 2021

What better way to prepare for the coming month than with an astrology forecast? Fortunately, the day I release articles also happens to be a few days before the start of the month so you have plenty of time to plan how you see fit.

Starting off the Astrology Forecast

The first major event of the month is the New Moon in Libra taking place on the 5th of October. With a Libra moon we can expect to be more understanding of people and ideas which differ from our own. It is a great time to clear out any misunderstandings with people in your life. The new moon is the start of a cycle. With it in the sign of Libra, clearing away old energy with friends to make room for a new understanding will bring about a greater level of connection and intimacy. 

Focus on the house in your chart which is ruled by Libra. This will be the area of your life most impacted by the new moon energy. If you have something you are wanting to manifest, use this time to get crystal clear on what it looks like.

The sign of Libra is about balance. Think about how this new manifestation will bring balance to your life. A higher income could mean you have more free time and less stress. A new relationship could mean a greater focus on others and less selfish behavior. The theme of this new moon (and the month in general) will be balance.

On the Same Day…

There is also a stellium (three or more planets) in the sign of Libra. The planets are Mars, Mercury and the Sun. This means we have a huge focus on Libra energy. You’re likely not going to feel as motivated, more pleasure seeking, and have some indecisiveness.

This is only going to be agitated by the Mercury retrograde back from September 28. The way I like to handle these complicated situations is with flow. Do what you can to work towards your goals but don’t over work yourself. If you have a burst of energy to do something, seize the opportunity. However, if you are really feeling a push to do something else, use that time to recharge your batteries and relax.

Venus Enters Sagittarius

On October 7th, Venus will move into Sagittarius. This will be a welcomed relief from the current Venus Scorpio energy. When Venus is in Sagittarius there is a love for travel, novelty and culture. We become excited by learning new things and the fire stimulates passions. This will be a time to venture outside your comfort zone and try something new. 

Also on October 7th, the Sun in Libra will trine Jupiter in Aquarius.This is powerful because it means we will be more aware of any shifts in our perspective. Jupiter signifies how we internalize the external world and grow as a result of it. When it is interacting with the Sun, not only do things seem to be more favorable for us, we are also more conscious of the growth we are experiencing.

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Even More Changes…

A few days later on October 10th, we have a lot happening. Pluto in Capricorn squares the Sun in Libra. This makes us more prone to conflict as we perceive the power dynamics in relationships more clearly. You may find yourself arguing more and when you’re alone have “darker” fantasies about people. 

Same day, Saturn in Aquarius will sextile Venus in Sagittarius. This is good for our relationships even though it can make them feel more like a burden. We will not feel as free as we would like to because of our responsibilities to others. However, in the long run this makes our relationships more stable and fulfilling.

Then on October 13th, Mars and Pluto square off in the previously mentioned signs. This can be dangerous as Pluto and Mars interactions can result in violence. With that, Mars in Libra is very amicable and might hesitate in a dangerous situation. Make sure to pay more attention to your surroundings during this time. 

Fast forward a Week

A little bit later on in the month we have a Full moon in Aries. This takes place on October 20th. This is an interesting energy for a Full Moon because Aries is the sign of new beginnings while Full Moons represent completion. With this we will experience a duality of energy. Part of us will feel rushed to start something new while another part will feel what it previously started hasn’t been finished. 

The way to resolve this is understanding the “rushed” energy is fake. You will want to move on to something new but you haven’t actually completed your previous manifestation. If you decide to jump ahead there is a high likelihood your current manifestation will fall through.

The day after on October 21st, Venus in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces. This is going to make us more gullible. We will only see the side of people we want to see and we could be fooled when we find out they’re not as holy as we thought. Make sure to pay attention to the facts, even if they aren’t pleasant. This will save you pain and trouble down the road.

On October 23rd the Sun moves into Scorpio. The winter is upon us and we will be drawn into the darker side of the human psyche. Conspiracies and true crime podcasts are in full swing. It’s a truly fitting zodiac sign for the upcoming Halloween.

With that shift, the Sun will also square Saturn. This is going to make us more reserved and on the extreme end, isolate ourselves. We may not feel like going outside, especially if the temperature is dropping in your area, but it will be good to get out of ourselves and socialize. This will help prop up our positivity while this transit passes.

Finishing Out the Astrology Forecast…

Towards the end of the month we have Saturn square Uranus in Taurus on October 26th. This is going to dampen some of the spontaneity of life. Anything pre-planned is likely to go off without a hitch, but it may not be as exciting as you thought it would be. This can be a bittersweet moment for many of us. It’s good our plans worked out, but I believe even the most rigid of us enjoy a small surprise.

The day after on October 27th, Uranus will oppose the Sun. This will create confusion for people as what they previously thought may change radically with the introduction of new information. A blessing here would be Saturn constricting some of these extreme changes to be a more “middle-road” type change. Depending on how flexible you are normally, it may not be as big of a shock, but for my friends who are Fixed Strong, it may still be an unwelcome change in perspective.

Retrogrades End!

I am giving this section it’s own timeline as I feel retrogrades are a bigger concern for many people. Several planets which have been in retrograde for a while now will go direct. Thank goodness! The first of these is Pluto. It will go stationary on October 6th and move direct on the 8th. With this, the butterfly will spread its wings! Pluto symbolizes transformations. The changes can be pretty rough, and when it is retrograde, many people feel these changes internally more than externally. Things like depression and anxiety are much more common with retrograde transits. This will feel like a morning sunrise after a long, dark night of the soul.

Next is Saturn! On October 10th it will go stationary then direct on October 12th. We can finally breathe again! The constricting energy of Saturn can make people feel like they’re walking on eggshells. With the planet going direct we will feel less constraints in our expression. It’s been going on so long at this point you probably don’t even notice it, but once it is direct you will act more spontaneous.

With the ending of these two retrogrades, I suggest taking some time to review all that has happened over the past several months. Whether its writing in your journal, meditating on past events, or simply reflecting on the major events that happened. Any of these things will be good for integrating the experience. After all, the whole purpose of retrogrades are to give us a chance to slow down and take inventory of our reality.

Third and Fourth in Line…

Jupiter and Mercury! Both of them station on October 17th and move direct on the 19th. Jupiter has been in retrograde much longer than Mercury has, so I’ll address that one first. With the retrograde, we have been internalizing our environment at a much greater rate. It’s probably happened so quickly we aren’t even aware of all the shifts that have been made. With the planet going direct we will become more conscious of our progress. We will have moments where we recognize our behaviors, habits and thoughts have all changed. Whether this is good or bad will depend on how you have been spending the past several months.

Lastly we have Mercury. People are quite familiar with the troubles of Mercury retrograde. Your computer stops working correctly. Things sound better in your head than when you speak out loud. A whole mess of trouble happens during Mercury retrograde. With this ending we will feel like things are back to normal. The white noise in our conversations will fade and we might look back at our journal and say “what the hell was I thinking!?” I personally enjoy Mercury retrogrades because it spices life up. That being said, it’s always good when it ends.

Good Luck!

With that, this is your astrological forecast for the month of October. There was a lot to include and to be honest, I left out some of the less important aspects. There is simply so much! I have to be discerning about what to write about. However, you can catch the smaller planetary shifts by signing up for my email list! Every week I send out forecasts which are more specific and address the day to day shifts.

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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Astrology Report, September 2021

It’s that time of the month again, where I give you a forecast on the most important transits I see coming for this month. Air signs will be enjoying some quality energy during the month of September and it doesn’t look too shabby for earth placements either. Let’s hop right into it!

First Day of September

Taking place on the very first day of September, Venus in Libra will form a trine aspect with Jupiter in Aquarius. Now Jupiter is in retrograde, so this isn’t as beneficial as it would be if stationary, but it is still quite potent for good luck. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and Venus is the planet of ‘love & money’. With this, we can expect the start of the month to be good for any romantic or financial ventures. People with strong air placements will feel a desire to talk to that special someone or try a new business idea they have been sitting on, however, everyone can benefit from this energy by taking a leap of faith on what they desire!

At the same time, Saturn, the North Node and Mercury are forming a Grand Trine in the Air element. This is incredibly potent for mental stimulation. Any inspiration you have at this time will likely bring you a positive result if you act on it. More energetically sensitive individuals might be overwhelmed by this but, thanks to Saturn’s involvement, nervous energy should be decreased, allowing everyone to enjoy this mentally stimulating energetic environment.

It’s a very active month…

Immediately following all this goodness on September 2nd is an unfortunate moon opposition pluto. You may face some power struggles in your career in home life, as the moon is in Cancer and Pluto is in Capricorn. The positive side being that moon transits never last too long. By the time the weekend starts things will have gotten back to normal. 

It will be a good weekend to rest up as Saturn will be making an opposition to the moon on September 3rd. People will be feeling a little melancholy. Do whatever you need to do to recharge your batteries. For many people, the Venus/Jupiter trine will be lifting their spirits so a good portion of the population (primarily air strong people) probably won’t even notice some of these lunar aspects.

September New Moon

The new moon of September happens pretty early on in the month, taking place on September 6th. This is happening in the sign of Virgo, making it more stable and practical compared to our recent new moons in Leo and Cancer. The quality of energy will be more grounded and many people will feel a drive to tidy up their surroundings. 

To understand how you will personally be impacted by the new moon, look for the house cusp Virgo rules in your chart. This will be the best area to focus your intentions for the month. Virgo brings a detailed oriented approach to life. Work on fine tuning whatever problems are manifesting in that area of life. If you feel overwhelmed by a need for perfectionism, that is a very common Virgo trait. The best way to handle it is to push through the emotions and understand nothing is perfect. Taking action and risking failure is the only way you will improve. Trust in your higher power that things will turn out okay! When the full moon comes around later in the month you will be glad you did!

Moving Forward in the Month

On September 7th we will see an interesting formation. The planet Mars will conjunct with the sun and the moon in the sign of Virgo, but the moon and sun will be too far apart from each other to conjunct, making Mars the focal point of this formation. This will create a lot of masculine energy in the planetary environment, pushing us to take action and create the life we desire. It will also make us more standoffish in our dealings with people as the feminine moon will be overrun by the masculine Mars and sun. The hope here is Virgo will channel the energy into a positive outlet. When Mars is in Virgo, it is very particular about how it expends energy. Virgo doesn’t like to waste energy on fruitless ego battles or activities that won’t bring it closer to its goals. The more people keep this in mind, the more enriching an effect this formation will have on everyone.

If this wasn’t already enough, these planets are all in opposition to Neptune in Pisces. This will be a rude awakening for some people as Neptune is the planet of illusion. The energy of the sun will unveil the truth for many and Mars could be quite angry at finding out the truth. Those with a more Piscean nature may opt to stay asleep, but with how many oppositions to Neptune there are, I believe this will be quite difficult to ignore.

On the same day, Saturn, North Node and Mercury will reform their grand trine in the air element. This will renew the stimulating mental energy people are experiencing for another go around at the karmic rewards tide to positive North Node aspects.

Venus changes Signs

September 10th, Venus will enter the sign of Scorpio bringing a level of intensity to both romantic and business affairs. Venus is in a sign of its detriment when it is in Scorpio. Venus will express its love in a possessive and controlling way. There will be intense highs in relationships but also brutal and devastating lows. If you find a new lover during this transit, it will feel like something out of a fairy tale. Although, if your heart is broken then it will feel like a part of you was ripped out of your chest and you will never be able to love again. It sounds dramatic, but this is the nature of a Venus Scorpio.

With business and money, people may act more controlling than usual. Scorpio does not like to share and you will likely see this reflected in the attitudes and behaviors of the people in your workplace. Your boss may micromanage you a little more and the breakroom may come off as a more intense. On the positive side, Venus and Jupiter are still forming a trine, albeit a wide orb, but this will help to keep people’s spirits high and bring out their good nature.

Then Mars changes Signs!

On September 14th Mars will enter Libra. This is another determinant sign as Aries is the ruler of Mars. We will feel more compromising and willing to work things out with one another. In many ways this can be a positive placement for our relationships with others. On the down side it will make us more lazy and pleasure seeking. As a result, it could damage our progress towards completing our goals. There are many ways to overcome this. One of them would be to try and make a little bit of progress each day. Even if we lack the large bursts of energy, consistent application will move us towards our goals nonetheless.

A few more aspects to add

Shortly after on September 15th, Mercury in Libra will form a square with the moon in Capricorn. We will likely need to take a step back to understand what we are feeling during this time. Whenever the moon negatively aspects Mercury, it is a lot harder to put our emotions into words. Any fights that come up during this time should be tabled for a few days later. At this point, both people will be able to articulate what they actually experienced. The day after on the 16th, the moon will square Venus. Don’t be surprised if you and your loved ones get into a minor conflict. This is exactly where “tabling the discussion” is handy. It will be too soon for the Mercury/Moon square to have fully passed.

A little later on the 17th, Uranus in Taurus will form an opposition to Venus in Scorpio. This will make our relationships more unpredictable. You may find people get emotional for no reason and lash out at you. It’s also possible you get an unexpected bonus at work! With the nature of  Uranus, we know it will be a roll of the dice. Whatever you can do to prepare yourself and to hold steady for the coming weeks will be a smart move.

September Full Moon

On September 20th, the moon switches teams and will be in conjunction with Neptune in Pisces while forming an opposition to Mars and the Sun. Empaths will be feeling this energy a lot as there is a large amount of emotional energy. Pisces is a potent, although unstable placement for the moon and Neptune feels the most at home in the sign of the bound fish. This full moon will be quite intense one because not only are the Sun and Moon in opposition, but Neptune and Mars are both involved.

This doesn’t mean we can’t use the energy to our advantage though! The house in your chart that is ruled by Pisces will be the key to unlocking all this energy. Earlier in the month, the new moon taught us to fine tune our methodology to solve our problems, now it will be about following your intuition to complete your goals! If you have been working steadily throughout the month, many of us will see rewards come around the full moon. If your goals are a little bigger than being fulfilled in two weeks, then you will want to shift gears and follow your intuition on where to improve things. Maybe you are feeling tired and uncreative. Trust your gut and rest! Or maybe, you feel you should change gears and try something slightly different. Once again, trust your gut! 

The energy during this full moon will feel very chaotic with all the planets involved, but it will be a very favorable full moon if we act accordingly. Regardless of the action you take, dreams will be more vivid and some people will have a psychic experience. It is gonna be a good one!

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The Start of Libra Season!

During the middle of the day on the 22nd, the Sun will officially enter the sign of Libra! Love is in the air with this Venusian, 7th house ruler and it will be a good time to focus on our relationships with others. There will be a great desire to hangout with friends and keep the peace during arguments. For the next 30 days or so, take time to tell the people you love how much they mean to you!

On the 23rd of the month, the moon opposes Mercury, jumbling our ability to communicate emotions. This will be similar to the Mercury/moon square earlier in the month but much more intense. Be aware, any arguments you try and sort out may get even worse. If you’re able to, postpone any decision making for a few days. You are likely going to feel restless during this time, so channel any excess energy into your hobbies or work.

  September the 24th, we will see the moon conjunct Uranus in the sign of Taurus, which means more unpredictable emotions. The moon will also be square Saturn at this time. Luckily, this will dampen some of the extremes and while you may feel a little more sober during this transit, it’s unlikely there will be any rash actions taken due to intense highs and lows.

Wrapping Up September

Towards the end of the month on the 26th we will see several grand trines in the air element! The first grand trine will be the moon, the sun and Saturn. The second will be the moon, Mars and Saturn. With the North Node involved, we can also make out a trine between the NN, Saturn and the Sun, as well as NN, Saturn and Mars!

The aspects here will cause the end of the month to be chaotic for a lot of people. Air strong individuals may feel like they don’t know which way is up and which way is down. Brainstorming and socializing will be the nature of this air heavy formation. It won’t be the best time to take action, but it will be a great time to prepare! This is an incredible way to start off Libra season. 

The only other event I will comment on during the month of September is on the 27th, Jupiter will form an aspect with almost every other personal planet! Some of these are major aspects like the trine to the moon but others are not so major like the sesquiquadrate to Mars. Every planet but Saturn will be forming an aspect to Jupiter. This means depending on your personal energetic qualities, you will see either fortune or struggle. Jupiter is a beneficent planet so whatever comes up for you will have a positive spin on it. Because of all the different aspects, this event will be very personal for each person, just be on the lookout for the end of the month!

In closing,

This is going to be an interesting month for sure. A lot of planets are forming unique transits and with the way the world is acting, we can expect some crazy stuff to happen. If you are interested in finding out how you personally can take advantage of the planetary environment, make sure to book a One-Year Forecast reading. Happy birthday to the Virgos out there and good luck to all the Air signs! This month is going to be a fun one.

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!