Athena's Web Weekly Column

Week of Oct 7th - Oct 13th, 2005

The Libra New Moon

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  Even though we have already crossed the threshold of the Fall Equinox with the Sun moving into the sign Libra, the real start to the season is not until the New Moon, which occurred this past Monday.

Angel of Peace

Angel of Peace

  Libra is the sign of balance, partnership and relationships. It is not so much individual, and where they stand within the relationship, but the larger context of two together. It is war and peace, marriage and divorce, yin and yang as one. It is the choreography of the dance, of two people in tune with one another. Because it is balance, it is also symmetry, rhythm and style expressed in both the obvious and the subtle.

      Those with Libra strong in their chart love justice, neatness and order. They like music playing lightly in the background. They have an unwritten code of balance which they honor instinctively. Although they will often go out of their way to make things amicable, they actively take on a fight if it means righting a wrong, correcting a transgression, or establishing justice for the land. In general, they are courteous, pleasant and agreeable. Taken to an extreme, this can be one of their faults; as they can allow more deeply rooted situations to perpetuate, avoiding doing the oftimes nasty work of really ferreting in and rooting out particularly difficult situations. It's as though they don't want to open the pretty present because it's all nicely wrapped, sometimes missing the point of the gift inside.

God of War

God of War

  Libras are fond of beauty and have the opportunity to work with it in many ways, whether through nature, art, music or literature. As counselors they can help to restore the balance in either personal or professional partnerships, working to find the path of equilibrium through the cluttered maze ahead, of coming to a verdict in legal matters so that life can go on, or of catching subtle shades of light which beautifully accentuate a landscape, gesture or moment in a painting or photograph. Naturally, these moments need to be sharing with a favorite partner. Libras are affectionate, sympathetic, kind, generous and compassionate. They like modesty and refinement, but dislike chaos, whether that be in a lack of organization in a presentation style or a social glitch. Etiquette is important, and is one of highest of social graces. Any concern which involves good taste, artistic touch and cultured choices will draw these people out and fan the flames of their interest.

      If your planets in Libra are adversely aspected, then we find that we have difficulty in proportions or maintaining balance with others. We can go out of our way to be nice to others, or to make things beautiful, pleasant and enjoyable for them. The problem is that the Libra can give themselves away in the process. Too much stock can be placed on having a good time, being socially correct, or of being seen with the 'right people.' The Libran can become extravagant, overly fond of pleasure and luxury, and willing to follow the path of the latest pretty, pleasant, or affectionate. If Libra or its ruler Venus are adversely aspected, working with conditions of a life of ease can be the case, indulging in overly rich foods, company and personal hygiene.

      And this balance in their personalities is also reflected each Equinox, as the egg is able to mysteriously stand on its end.

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