Pause, reflect, rebalance—and prepare for liftoff! On Monday, October 8, 2018, at 11:46PM EST, the year’s only new moon in harmonious, commitment-focused Libra will provide a universal launch pad for our relationships to take flight.
As the star sign associated with commitment and partnership, alluring Libra’s softer vibe is gentle, yet diplomatic. We could all find ourselves seeking a little extra harmony in our relationships during Libra season. Make it your personal mission to compromise, since the Libra new moon could initiate pleasant negotiations or sweet heart-to-hearts. These amicable moonbeams will help keep discussions neutral for all.
This year’s Libra new moon will be challenged, however, because Venus (the planet that rules Libra) is retrograde from October 5 to November 16. From relationship rifts to exes returning (if not in person, then through dreams or hearsay) to people being rude and un-compassionate, the celestial goddess of grace and goodwill is MIA for her lunar debutante ball—and we’ll all be feeling it.
Despite these odds, the new moon in Libra could still mark one of 2018’s best days for rebalancing our relationships. If you thought you were better off alone…think again! The urge to merge is strong all week long—for business or creative coupling, and of course romantic affairs. Let the negotiations begin! Remember that new moons are starting blocks, so there’s no need to rush to the signing table or straight to the altar or contract signing. Take time to choose your other half wisely! The seeds that get planted this week will be harvested under the corresponding full moon in six month’s time.
The Libra new moon also 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 often 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. Reap what you’ve sown.
2. Just say…“maybe!”
3. Choose a fresh go-to look.
4. Embrace the art of diplomacy.
5. Revamp 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 to 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, the 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. Also helpful: Read up on attachment theory and discover your attachment style. Do you tend to be anxious, secure or avoidant? How about the people you gravitate toward?
6. Beautify your surroundings.
7. Strike mind-body balance.
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