The 2023 Libra new moon appears October 14 (at 1:55 PM Eastern) It’s also a “ring of fire” annular solar eclipse, the first one to land in this zodiac sign since 2016! Choose one (or more!) of these rituals to embrace the energy of the Libra new moon.
Libra New Moon Rituals
1. Gather what you’ve grown
As the first autumn zodiac sign in the Northern hemisphere, Libra marks the start of fall and harvest season. Where was your energy planted in the spring? What have you been cultivating since then? Do you like what’s growing in your metaphorical garden? If not, now’s the perfect time to sort the crops and, if necessary, plant some “bulbs” that will bloom in the spring.
Were you hoping for tomatoes and got apples? Retrace your steps. There’s a good chance it was you who planted those heirloom seeds. Or maybe you just weren’t on top of what was being planted at all. Don’t beat yourself up or deflect responsibility. Identify where the U-turn happened, forgive yourself and then course-correct. If you’ve kept a calendar or journal, review it to see where you’ve been leaking time and energy. That can be incredibly telling!
It can also help to look at where you’ve been directing your attention. Untangle yourself from anything that doesn’t bear the fruit you hope to harvest. Then be super-intentional about what you take on as you move forward.
2. Just say…maybe!
Feeling pressured to make a decision? Refuse to cave. At the Libra new moon, it’s okay to wait and see. And if you’re applying the heat to someone else? Take a nice, deep breath and give things a rest.
After all, that “no” might simply mean “not now.” When a “no” is heard and honored, it may turn into a “yes” down the line. So let go of your agendas and need to control results. Be open to change, course corrections, and unexpected outcomes. As Libra Oscar Wilde once said, “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”
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3. Freshen up
While Libra is the zodiac’s fashionista, dressing up can feel like a part-time job. That extra hour of assembling your OOTD, accessorizing, makeup application and blow-drying can be a real weight on an already overloaded schedule.
Fortunately, Libra is ruled by Venus. Under its influence, art, beauty and sensuality are as natural to drink in as the air you breathe. At the Libra new moon, taking time to adorn yourself can be a pleasurable, ritual escape from the intense, achievement-focused energy of your day.
For this Libra new moon ritual, check out our Style Horoscopes for some wardrobe inspo!
Anything beyond a messy ponytail may seem frivolous when you’re driving kids to practice, cramming for finals or hammering away at a massive deadline. (And let’s be real, it kind of is.) But here’s a Libra lifehack: Create a uniform! This should be a simple, go-to combo that cuts down stress when you face your closet. Structured top, jeans, boots…GO! Flowy tunic, leggings, ballet flats, colorful bag…DONE.
And since this new moon favors partnership, why not enlist a fashion-savvy pal to help? You may not have a bestie with the effortless style of Libras Gwyneth Paltrow, Bella Hadid, Serena Williamsi (the list goes on!) but just about any Libra friend (or friend with a Libra moon or Venus in their natal chart) will offer valuable, kindly delivered advice.
Libra knows best: When you look good, you feel good and you can communicate your personality to the world through your individual style. Carry yourself with more confidence and your energy will always attract opportunity.
4. Embrace the art of diplomacy
Libra is all about perfecting the balance between me and we, and finding terms that work for everyone. This doesn’t just apply to individuals. Many important international agreements were signed in September and came into effect during Libra new moons—including the treaty between Britain and the U.S. that ended the Revolutionary War, and the treaty that restored Japan’s independence after WWII.
Count on the Libra new moon to gift you with diplomacy so you can truly step into another person’s shoes to understand their needs. During these polarizing political times, that can seem nearly impossible, especially when headlines leave you feeling upset, angry and helpless. How can you move through grief and outrage with grace? It’s possible the Libra new moon can give you more insight—or at least greater determination to put energy into the world to make it a better place for everyone.
One Libra new moon ritual that can help you navigate tough negotiations is nonviolent communication, created by Libra Marshall Rosenberg. It’s a powerful, time-tested method of communication used by everyone from top international diplomats to titans of business to friends and lovers to smooth the path to understanding—in even the most challenging situations.
In less-charged scenarios, the Libra new moon can help you hash things out, be a great listener, and create a win-win wherever you focus your energy. There are your needs, the other person’s needs, and the greater needs of the relationship, which is like a third entity. Lay them all out on the table and assess. Just remember your limits and boundaries. Sometimes, trying to please everyone can mean pleasing no one in the end.
5. How to revamp your relationships
The Libra new moon offers a cosmic reboot to your relationships. Even single-and-loving-it types may feel a sudden desire for companionship. For couples, this new moon supports co-creation. Do you need to heal a rift? The peace-loving new moon in Libra can guide you to find outside support like a mediator, coach, or couple’s therapist.
Are you effectively sending out signals when you want your partner to pay you some attention? John Gottman, author of The Relationship Cure, did extensive research on what he calls “bids for connection.” These are the verbal and nonverbal cues you send out to your partner to acknowledge you or interact with you. Gottman’s research showed that happy couples will place their “bids” up to 100 times in a 10-minute span. According to Gottman, your ability to communicate your desires and needs in a loving way is essential to a healthy relationship. His practices are worth reading about!
You may not end up with a series of headline-grabbing relationships like Libra Kim Kardashian—and that’s probably a blessing. Still, the Libra new moon assures you’ll have the easiest, most pleasant opportunity of the year to make things just a little bit better.
6. Beautify your surroundings
Libra, the ultimate love goddess and aesthete, prompts you to beautify something now—and even your tiniest, most delicate touch will be seen and appreciated. Cut flowers for your dining room table and bedroom. Invest in a nicer bottle of wine. Buy that amethyst ring from a street vendor. Paint an accent wall in your home. Arrange an eye-pleasing tablescape on your desk.
The Libra new moon is an optimal time to give your space a thoughtful style overhaul. What can you toss or donate? Why not declutter your closet and hold a clothing/decor/art swap with friends? Need inspiration? Legendary Libra organizing guru Marie Kondo is worth a re-binge (or re-read) for ideas to achieve a less cluttered life. You can also check out our Home Decor Horoscopes for style ideas by zodiac sign for this Libra new moon ritual.
7. Strike mind-body balance
Is your mind all over the map? Why not use your body to bring back the balance? Mindfulness practices can really hit the spot anytime you’re seeking a healthy dose of that trademark Libra calm.
Do a few sun salutations or head to a class where you can work it out on the mat. Try a few partner yoga poses for Libra season to help you bring balance back to your body—and become a little bit closer to your partner, too. Up for something more active? Get in the flow with a partner and try the Brazilian dance-inspired martial art Capoeira. Or go all out and really dance under the invisible but powerful Libra new moon with your own moves.
8. Attract love with a “Cupid’s Candle” (step-by-step instructions!)
Make it a doppia! It’s twosome time with our Libra new moon ritual for the arrival of the moonbeams in this sign. This Libra new moon ritual ignites the spirit of partnership and cooperation. The intention of this particular ritual is to attract love or to improve a relationship you are in.
First, be sure you are attracting an available partner into your life. In other words, don’t devote this candle to someone already in a relationship. If you are in love with someone who is taken (we realize that happens), you could devote the candle to divine timing. Ask the universe to reveal to you the right moment for a sacred union to manifest and to release you from attachment until that time arrives. Another option? Ask Cupid to send you someone to love even more than that unavailable paramour.
What you’ll need for this Libra new moon ritual
- a pink candle (pink is the color that represents romantic love, reconciliation, and a heart-centered connection)
- a carving tool, like a small knife or just a safety pin
- a candle or votive (be sure the candle is free of glass or container)
With your tool, carve your name into the candle wax and then carve the name of your beloved or simply “my future love.” Don’t fuss with how you carve the letters, so long as you can read them! If you feel like etching a heart into the wax, go for it! Our friend Gala Darling likes to roll her candles in glitter (bling is very much in alignment with the sparkle of a Libra new moon!)
Create a lovely space to burn your candle. We like to collect vintage metal trays on which there is often space for other objects like crystals, love notes or wish lists of your romantic desires. Set a small piece of aluminum foil under the candle to collect melted wax. Let the candle burn down fully while you are present or light it during the course of a week while visualizing yourself receiving the love you desire.
Other, simple Libra new moon ritual ideas to try
- Do a Tarot reading. Try our Tarot spread for new moons.
- Celebrate peace. Watch a documentary about an activist bringing harmony and love to the world. Invite friends to join you on Netflix Party and have a salon-style discussion.
- Libra loves to get fancy. Throw a cocktail (or mocktail) party to give your friends an excuse to dress up!
- Take a painting or ceramics class, a crafting workshop, or a guitar or singing lesson.
- Frame photos of the people you adore to surround yourself with reminders of love and community.
- Write a pros and cons list about anything that’s left you feeling indecisive (Libra needs to see both sides before making a decision).