Pause, reflect, rebalance: The Black Moon in Libra will rise in the skies on Friday, September 30, 2016, marking the second new moon to fall within the same month.
This potent Libra new moon is also a Black Moon: similar to a Blue Moon, which happens when a second consecutive full moon occurs within the same calendar month. The Black Moon is indeed a rare cosmic occurrence—making September an extra dark month since new moons are invisible—and we won’t “see” another one until 2019. Contrary to what some may believe, the Black Moon does not signify the “end of days” but rather, a powerful, second chance to plant seeds of intention for what we’d like to harvest over the next six months at the corresponding Libra full moon on April 11.
The Libra new moon (Black Moon) marks the halfway point of the annual horoscope cycle, since Libra, the star sign of beauty and balance, is also the zodiac’s midpoint sign. It’s a time for looking back at what has recently come to pass, but also to look ahead. As the seventh sign symbolized by the Scales, we ought to measure our progress using the Libran gift of judgment to craft a thoughtful and balanced plan going forward.
Libra is more than just balancing two opposing forces: It’s taking the time to weigh options, to step back from “doing” mode, and observe the whole vista ahead before making a move. Libras get a bad rap as procrastinators, yet the refusal to rush lets Libra savor the moment—a skill we’ve largely forgotten in today’s fast-paced world that’s always on the go.
1. Take stock of your “crops.”
2. Just say…“maybe?”
3. Discover your go-to look.
4. Channel your inner diplomat.
5. Refresh your relationships.
The Libra new moon brings a cosmic reboot to the realm of relationships. Even the single-and-loving-it types may feel a sudden urge to merge, or at least to find a little more companionship in their lives. Couples: Lay down your swords and put a stop to the lovers’ quarrels. This new moon helps us compromise, cooperate and co-create. This may require some outside support like a mediator, coach or couple’s therapist, but finding that middle ground is the name of the game. Are we effectively sending out signals when we want our partners to pay attention to us?
John Gottman, author of The Relationship Cure, did extensive research on what he calls “bids for connection,” the verbal and non-verbal cues we send out to our partners in a desire to connect and keep the relationship flowing along. Our ability to communicate our desires and needs in a loving way is essential to a healthy relationship. According to Gottman, happy couples will place their “bids” up to 100 times in a ten-minute span. Take his quiz to find out where you lie on the bidding spectrum and where you might need to make some adjustments.