SEP 30/OCT 1 NEW MOON AT 8 LIBRA: CHALLENGING THE GODS, WALKING AWAY FROM THE KARMIC HAMSTER WHEEL – THE LESSONS OF PROMETHEUS AND ARACHNE
Blessings. At 0:11 UTC, October 1st 2016, the Moon will conjunct the Sun at 8 degrees Libra ´15. This will be a Black Moon, i.e. second new moon in a single calendar month for those of you in the Americas. Parts of Asia and Australasia will experience their own Black Moon on 31st October (Halloween/Samhain) – as it will be the 2nd New Moon in October for them. Either way, there´s Black Moon Magic in the Skies.
New Moons are time for setting intentions as part of our yearly cycles. The seeds we sow now we will revisit in some form during the upcoming Libra Full Moon on April 10-11, 2017, six months down the line.
So – the question is – what we set now, how and why?
I´m going to start with the personal …. and then it gets wild…
Libra´s energy is … conventionally speaking … understood as the aspiration towards harmony, balance, peace, grace, beauty, fairness, diplomacy and so on. It is represented by the Scales of Justice. We associate it with collaborative partnerships (interpersonal and professional), legal or contractual matters, social graces, aesthetics and the arts.
I would say that´s one half of the story.
Because … if that was all Libra was about – it wouldn´t really be balanced, would it? Where else does the rest of the human story, or different modalities of connecting with others enter the picture?
In other words …
There are multiple ways to balance the Scales.
A gradual, gentle levelling out of opposing or antagonizing perspectives. Or by slamming down one end and watching the other jump wildly out of control. You could call this shadow qualities of Libra, expressed by Aries (and vice versa). For in each archetype lies the potential for, or a reaction to, its opposite.
And on a less dire note – remember that Lady Justice wields a sword. She will cut away things that do not fulfill or honor that basic principle of fairness. She wears a blindfold to signify her impartiality in coming to her decision.
So, with the Libra New Moon – what we are asked to focus our energies, intentions and evaluations on are our relationships. How we connect with other people.
Some questions for reflection:
- Am I in an energetic contract / connection with another person/s?
- Is this is a fair or just connection?
- Am I meeting their needs and respecting their contributions and are they doing the same?
- How much space do I or my partner/s occupy in decision-making? Is it a fair distribution?
- If not – do I find a way to mend it, or is time to tear up the bill and leave?
Now, if we were all hyper-logical, that would be enough to make solid life-choices, and we could all just move on. But more often than not people remain in connections that do not serve them through habit, karmic entanglement, or simply not knowing how they can connect to another differently.
It´s not the detached mind that tends to have the deciding say in these matters, but more so the wild and sometimes messy, murky waters of ancestry and emotion. They have their merits, but at times, they blur our capacity for analysis.
And at this time, as the astrology indicates, we are being asked to become even more aware of our choices and the larger impact or consequences that our decisions have over our lives.
And how the capacity to make those decisions for ourselves is our sovereign birthright.
The Sun and Moon conjunct Arachne (7 Libra). Arachne´s story is essentially of a talented woman who boasts of her skill to the Goddess Athena. Athena´s story and her patriarchal co-optation is a matter for elsewhere, but let´s just say she tends to judge her sisters in a very harsh manner. In a weaving contest, Arachne boasts of her skills and surpasses the Goddess. Athena turns around and (essentially) says: Alright. You wanna weave, so weave! And turns her into a Spider.
There are two ways you can interpret this. As a warning to mortal woman to never question or surpass her celestial superiors. As a moral parable that warns us of hubris, or more broadly, that we weave our own Fates through the choices we make.
In that sense you could call this the Weaver´s New Moon, tying one strand of Fate to the next.
Interestingly, the Sun/Moon are also conjunct Dionysus (8 Libra). This indicates that one of the many things that can come up now is the question of excess. Who indulges in what too often in the relationship/connection/partnership? Where would things be better restrained or regulated, and so on. It´s interesting to consider the Dionysus-Arachne combination. Are we warned against an excess of skill, impudence, sensual-carnal ´vices´ and so on? (One narrative is that Athena was outraged at the lewdness of Arachne´s tapestry).
The Sun/Moon/Dionysus/Arachne (I´ll just call it the Weaver´s New Moon hereafter) combination squares the following bodies:
Hades (6 Cancer), Atropos (7 Cancer), Persephone (8 Cancer), Prometheus (9 Cancer), Kronos (10 Cancer)
Requiem (8 Capricorn)
There´s other bodies nearby, but I´m just going to focus on what I feel are the main themes.
Prometheus was the hero who challenged the Gods and obeyed their edicts, bringing Fire to Humanity. He was not rewarded for his efforts at raising the consciousness / cognizance of the fact that humanity could be free of the tyranny of the Greco-Roman gods, should they choose. In this sense, his story draws parallels to Arachne. It´s a very, very, rich narrative. Prometheus and Athena both create humanity. Having run out of good qualities (given to the animals by his brother Epimetheus),
Prometheus makes human kind stand upright and introduces to them fire – literally – the first spark of innovation for the species. Without it, we would probably been wiped out ages ago. Prometheus also has fore knowledge (which is what his name means) of which child of Zeus shall dethrone him. He refuses to spill the beans. As punishment, Prometheus is chained to a rock with his ever-regenerating liver pecked out by a eagle. (Oh yes, and Pandora is created to seduce Epimetheus and .. the whole Box and horrors of humanity thing gets underway). Eventually Chiron (the wounded-healer) chooses to die for him and Hercules slays the eagle, leading to his freedom.
There´s enough mythological richness to squeeze out of that one paragraph. But essentially, it was Prometheus who loved humanity to make it what it became.
Prometheus asks us whether we would go out on a limb for the upliftment or the end of enslavement for others. It´s a self-sacrificing energy without the halo of the martyr or the cult of the believer behind it. It takes the hit, Batman-style, for what the collective requires in its evolution.
Hades & Persephone
Hades and Persephone, the Lord and Lady of the Underworld square this Weaver´s New Moon. In themselves, they speak to us of (depending on which side of the story you sit on), a tale of abuse, disrespect, violation, healing, reclamation, the sexy side of darkness, and so on. To me that just spells Relationship Drama, often in ways that seem dangerous, exciting and oh-so-taboo. One version of the story shows a Persephone fleeing from an overly-clingy Ceres. Persephone´s eating of the pomegranate can be read as an act of rebellion against her mother-captor. There´s a lot that can be teased out.
Either way, relationship drama that connects back with the emotional lessons, baggage and hooks we inherited from our family, especially through our mothers/maternal lineage. It might be difficult to walk away from something dysfunctional as it may seem familiar (i.e. like home) or if one is too caught up in the drama and intensity of the highs and lows that follow, or simply habituated to it all. Related topics: Stockholm Syndrome.
Hades & Kronos
Zeus overthrew and imprisoned his father Kronos (10 Cancer). Kronos wasn´t exactly father of the year material as he ATE Hades and his other siblings (except Zeus, who was whisked away to safety). Zeus saves Hades, Hades and Zeus and Poseidon later draw lots to see who rules which realm – and Zeus initiates the whole Hades-Persephone thing. He offers/suggests her to his brother, knowing full well that Demeter/Ceres/Her Mother will not consent. After the Earth-Goddess holds the world to ransom to rescue her daughter, Zeus is forced to relent.
In other words, mythologically speaking – this Weaver´s New Moon is one of the worst family reunions ever. And it all comes down to the distorted masculine – the Patriarch and the ripples and currents of pain and karma that His actions have brought about.
Nope, I´m not a man-hater, but mythology and the history of human civilization in the past couple of thousand years has (putting it mildly) led to the repression of the Feminine and the progressive enslavement of humanity to belief systems that would put their lives on the whims of the Dice of Fate and the Gods that cast them.
So… energetically speaking – this goes a lot deeper than what we see in our families, our relationships, our understanding of how we co-exist with fellow humans. It´s about making decisions that take us off the karmic hamster-wheel.
That is supported by the roles of Atropos and Requiem in this alignment:
Atropos and Requiem
Atropos is the eldest Sister of the Three Greek Fates. It is she who cuts the cord of life and initiates death. Similarly, Requiem is the Faciliator of Death. S/he moves us through the various life-cycles of birth-death-and-rebirth.
So clearly, something about this Moon asks us to set into motion decisions that will bring to an end dynamics carried through karmic, familial and ancestral ties. We are called to make new beginnings that no longer revisit the familiar haunts of the past.
In other words, depending on how deeply you choose to work with interpersonal, intrapersonal, transpersonal and/or collective energy – this New Moon can be a profound game-changer for us all.
How does this all go back to Libra you might ask?
Well… the most powerful connection we have is with the Universe, Cosmos – what we call Spirit. And our reality as we experience it is made up of that co-collaborative relationship. The partners and people we draw into our lives are those with whom we have made prior karmic contracts to experience that reality.
But what happens when you tear the contract up?
When you give yourself permission to step off the wheel?
When you decide to have a different relationship with the Divine?
When you choose … differently?
When you move away from the comfortable into untested waters?
That´s when you take back your Fire.
Gemstone Recommendations (fantastic links – and yeah, she uses the same ´hamster wheel´ concept – just found out) : http://www.judyhall.co.uk/…/the-top-5-crystals-for-a-karmic… ; http://www.judyhall.co.uk/…/time-to-let-go-ancestral-and-ka…
Ritual Practices: A fantastic time to do any spiritual practice that lets you LET GO and choose to be who you are. Not what your parents, gods, pre-conditioned ideas of fate/destiny, society, or anyone or anything else tells you. To go forth and Weave your Own Destiny.
Viva la Prometheus! Viva la Arachne!
(If Prometheus had a theme song and was of the 80´s generation … that would be it)
Lyrics (from http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/thetransformers/dare.htm ):
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