As the Moon goes dark in practical, no-nonsense Virgo today, ahead of this "relationship changer" New Moon, pay attention to people's real, actual track records, what they do on a day-to-day basis, rather than to their charms, their glowing plans, or their stated intentions.
There are some subtle details we need to feel out here in the dark, ahead of the New Moon, and these details shape our orientation as we move through the New Moon portal.
We're at the end of the line as far as hoping and wishing and praying for things to get better. With all four cardinal (action, initiation, leadership, new direction) signs activated at the time of the New Moon, it's time to take action in relationships of all kinds - personal and professional. It's time to make things better. And that very well might involve leaving relationships that are no longer viable, healthy, or offering any true reciprocity.
Venus in Scorpio is the dispositor of this New Moon, the love and relationship planet in the sign of its detriment, and this is the primary influence over the energy and themes.
From a previous post:
"Venus is the planet that rules relationships. Scorpio is a sign that involves patterns ending. Hence, transiting Venus in Scorpio (September 11 - October 7) is a great time to end detrimental patterns in relationships of all kinds.
Venus in Scorpio will suck the poison out of your relationship. It will reformulate things from the guts out. But your relationship has to be strong enough to withstand that process first. If it isn't, it will end, die, come to a point of completion. All Scorpio themes.
This is one of the reasons Venus is so uncomfortable in the sign of the scorpion. Venus is about love, beauty, relationship, mutuality, shared enjoyment. Who ever wants to see a love relationship die? Who ever wants to dig up issues that could bring about your relationship's demise?
With Venus in Scorpio, however, there are some underlying issues, some imbalanced energy exchanges, some true feelings being swept under rugs, and if these are ignored or denied for long enough, they start to undermine the entire foundation of the relationship.
This is what Venus in Scorpio knows, and this is why Venus is so intent on getting to the roots of the matter during its time in the sign of the investigator.
There's more to our relationships than meets the eye when Venus is transiting Scorpio, as it is now, and we have to penetrate these hidden layers, releasing pent-up energy, suppressed emotions, and convoluted relating patterns - or deal with a slow, potentially-painful relationship death.
These are life-saving efforts being applied by Venus in Scorpio in relationship now, but these efforts could also kill our relationships. This is the razor's edge we walk between life and death, sustainability and collapse, when planets are transiting Scorpio."
This is a true "cutting the crap, cut to the chase" New Moon, and it falls in a sign that generally needs help cutting the crap - charming, congenial, smooth-it-over Libra!
A square to Pluto, an opposition to Uranus, and a Scorpio stellium should be just the ticket for getting down to brass tacks, however.
In addition to dispositor Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and the North Node are transiting Scorpio, creating a concentration of energy in the sign of deep, dark, underlying power dynamics.
Wherever you're fed up, over it, or tired of the crap in relationship, that's where this New Moon in Libra opens a door. Use it.
"If you're giving way more than you're receiving in your relationships, it's time to either a) reformulate or b) make a clean relationship sweep, withdrawing your energy, talents, and skills from unsatisfying relationships that lack true reciprocity."
The square between the Libra Sun and Moon to Pluto in Capricorn forces our hand. To continue in these same dynamics would be death. It would be insanity.
The opposition to shaking-things-up Uranus in the sign of self, Aries, provides a shot in the arm for relationship-oriented Libra, a sign often afraid to be on its own. A sign often pathologically afraid to be on its own.
With so much Scorpio influence, we're digging down to the emotional attachments and psychological patterns the keep us stuck, stifled, and unfulfilled in relationship. This is potentially fearful territory. We're required to address some very hot button issues here, issues that, yes, could bring certain relationships to an end, rather than just the relationship dynamics.
But the Uranian writing is on the wall: it's a thousand times better to be on your own, standing alone, independent now than to remain in an untenable, crap sandwich relationship.
The Piscean-era relationship ideal of constant and perfect union-communion is giving way to something more realistic, something more aligned with the times.
Recall that aggressive malefic planet Mars will soon transit Libra for almost eight months (December 2013 to July 2014). Libra is a sign that Mars does not like to be in all that much, and this transit will be bringing the angst to our relationships if we've chosen to look the other way and keep things lovey dovey, sweet-as-pie.
Anything glossed over and any anger left unaddressed at the time of this New Moon will be coming up again during that Mars in Libra transit, which activates cardinal Grand Crosses over the course of the transit and retrograde, including the exact one at 13 degrees of the cardinal signs in April 2014.
With Mars in Libra for eight months within Grand Cross, we're going to have to fight for the types of relationships we want - personally and professionally. We're going to have to fight for more fairness, kindness, reciprocity, and balance in our relationships. And this battle is much easier if we're proactive every step of the way, including at this potent, potent Libra New Moon.
The Moon enters lovely Libra tonight at 10:00 p.m. CST.
The New Moon falls at 11 degrees Libra at 7:35 p.m. tomorrow, October 4.
The Moon enters Scorpio at 3:33 a.m. on October 6 and conjuncts Mercury, the North Node, and Saturn that day.
Venus enters more buoyant and optimistic Sagittarius around noon on Monday, October 7, providing a little breather from the intensity of the transit through Scorpio.
The Moon will enter Sagittarius at 7:21 a.m. on October 8 and conjuncts Venus in Sagittarius at 8:56 a.m., giving us a moment to digest the ultimate relational truths coming out of the Libra New Moon.