Welcome to Libra season: The Sun is in this fair-minded, harmonious and aesthetic sign from September 22-October 23, 2018, putting our collective focus on balance, relationships and beauty.
Every 30 days or so, the Sun visits a new zodiac sign. During this “season” everyone feels the energy of this prevailing astrological vibe, no matter what your Sun sign. Each year, the start of Libra season coincides with the Autumnal Equinox, when a day of more or less equal light and dark is honored as the Northern Hemisphere continues to tilt away from the Sun.
Peaceful, harmonizing Libra is the second of the zodiac’s three air signs and part of the “cardinal” quality (or triplicity). Cardinal signs (the others are Aries, Cancer and Capricorn) are leadership-driven, discerning, and can even bit a bit entitled at times. Cardinal signs begin every season, so they are known as initiators and pioneers—but this can also give them an alpha-male or queen-bee air when taken too far.
As we bid adieu to the efficiency and detailed focus of Virgo season, it’s time to welcome more pleasure and communal approaches into our worlds. Virgo helped us spot the flaws; now Libra season invites us to join forces and patch up the cracks, working in synergy and tuning in to what each other needs.
Below are five ways you can harmonize during Libra season and invite balance back into your life by October 23.
1. Stay present.
Libra is the sign of interpersonal relationships, and this alluring solar spell puts your closest ties front and center. When was the last time you were truly “as one” with another human being, engaged in a back-and-forth energetic dance? Sounds lovely, sure. But this is no simple feat in our era of smartphones and constant connectivity—it is as though relationship-building is widely regarded as an inefficient task in our productivity-obsessed world. It’s easier to Swipe Right, Friend, Like or Follow than it is to do the awkward IRL getting-to-know-you routine, or deal with people’s real-world idiosyncrasies. Yet, our screen-to-screen approach removes the soul and beauty of a true Libra-inspired union.
In a still-relevant New York magazine article “I Used To Be A Human Being” author Andrew Sullivan details his addiction to life-on-the-web and his radical attempt to unplug. He found it nearly impossible to put down a phone without being awash in FOMO or twitching with anxiety. And with progress-driven Uranus in traditional Taurus until 2026, our tech-addicted culture is being called to reclaim a more balanced life, one where we can actually relax and enjoy ourselves without a screen in easy reach.
2. Slow down.
Elegant Libra is ruled by Venus, the goddess of beauty, art and social grace. This sign is truly the fairest of them all! During Libra season, we can all (regardless of gender identification) use a dose of metaphysical, matriarchal mojo and embrace the divine feminine energy, both within ourselves and around us. One easy way to start? Simply slow down. Take time putting together your meals, your outfits, or even your workspace for the day. Make a ritual of getting ready for bed, waking up or savoring a morning routine. Even a tiny adjustment to the usual, often mindless rushing can make a huge difference during the decadent phase of Libra time.
Our culture is all about rushing and achieving maximum results in the minimum time. But Libra season is NOT about efficiency—and that’s okay. It’s about maximizing the amount of pleasure you take in with every experience.
3. Set your mood to “happy.”
This may sound oversimplified, but putting ourselves into a happy, love-filled state of mind can actually attract more of the same. Researchers are studying the power of the heart’s electromagnetic field which can be felt several feet outside the body. By radiating love and positivity, you can have a healing influence on the people in your immediate field. Check out these tools from the Heartmath Institute. Breathing, focus and invoking feelings of appreciation can actually change your heart-rhythm pattern.
4. Channel the healing powers of art and beauty.
Libra season is a time to take in sights and sounds that fill your heart. Create a playlist that lifts your spirits. Go look at paintings, sculptures, or a gorgeous scene somewhere out in nature. Tap into your creative energy by making something with your hands. Surround yourself with beauty: hang some art, fill some vases with fresh flowers, put mementos that make you feel good on display.
Can’t get out of a funk? Turn on Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” which is apparently officially the “happiest song on earth” according to science!
5. Choose love over fear.
Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love, (Libra season recommended reading!) put it so perfectly: “The biggest problem today isn’t just that hate is speaking so loudly; it’s that love is speaking too softly.” Because when we let fear take over, that’s when we lose. For love to win in the end, perhaps Williamson’s definition can guide us: “Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn.” It’s time for some un-learning like never before.
Artwork created for The AstroTwins by Grande Dame
Grande Dame (Tiff McGinnis) is a UK based multimedia artist. Apple, Facebook, MTV Networks and more have all commissioned her colourful visuals. She is a featured artist on Giphy. Many of her GIFS have gone viral reaching over 100 million views. Her style is heavily influenced by psychedelic cartoons, pinball, Art Nouveau, and more. She has shown her work at galleries around the Globe, including 111 Minna, San Francisco. She collaborated with couture footwear designer Terry de Havilland, her designs appeared in Italian Vogue and even caused a viral sensation appearing in The Daily Mail. Recent projects include an animated short of the life and work of famed Southern Gothic Author Carson McCullers. She is a dedicated, creative maverick, with a keen eye for detail, and a color palette all her own. Watch this space!