September Astromusings -Happy Birthday Librans, Full Moon Eclipse, Spring/Autumn Equinox, Mercury & Pluto turn direct

LIBRA

I am the Goddess Maat
who weighs the hearts
of all mortals
on the scales of justice
as they pass through
the Hall of Judgment
where the gods decide
the fate of their souls

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

The illustration in the card for Libra depicts Maat, Egyptian Goddess of law, truth and justice, with the god Thoth, in form of a baboon who both played an important part in the judgement of the dead.

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Libra
The Personality calls out: Let choice be made.
The Soul proclaims: I choose the way which leads between the two great lines of force.

Happy birthday to all the Librans who celebrate their birthdays from next week between September 23 and October 22. Libra is one of the four cardinal signs, the others being Capricorn, Aries and Cancer. It forms the triplicity of air signs along with Aquarius and Gemini. In the Northern hemisphere Libra represents the period of the autumnal equinox, and the vernal equinox in the Southern hemisphere, where the days and nights are equal. Thus Libra stands for equality.

In his book, Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology, Alan Oken explains the symbolism of the glyph. “ We can see from the glyph that it is the Sun sinking under the horizon, showing that night will dominate in the Northern hemisphere. The two lines of the glyph represent the duality of Libra. The top line represents the higher nature of Libra which is primarily governed by the higher powers of the mind: the completely objective state. This is the aspect of the Libran character which is impartial and not attached to matter. It is solely involved with the harmony of the ideas. The bottom line of the Libran glyph stands for matter and personal desire. Libra represents the struggle and the dualism of each human being; on the one hand he is striving toward the bliss of conscious reunion with Divinity, and the other hand he is working for mastery and power over the material sphere of personal desire. The essence of Libra is teaching man how to balance the two urges within himself with the condition of his earthly situation. Libra has rulership over the diaphragm, the portion of the human organism which divides the lower and upper halves of the body. In the glyph the lower line represents the waist proper while the upper line is the diaphragm and the navel.

Being the sign of marriage and the dominion of Venus, Libra also has some influence upon the sexual organs, specifically in the connection of that area with the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract.

The Constellation of Libra

In his book Alan Oken’s CompleteAstrology Alan Oken states that Libra is the smallest of the constellations, measuring only 21 degrees in longitude along the ecliptic. The Scales consist basically of a trapezoid of four stars which includes the two best known of Libra’s stars: Zubenelgenubi (the Southern Scale) and Zubeneschmali (the Northern Scale). The first ‘Zuben’ is a yellow and light grey double star and the second has a pale green hue.

In her book, The Labours of Hercules, Alice Bailey reveals the esoteric symbolism behind the constellation. She refers to three constellations in Libra which she claims are all of special interest. First there is the Southern Cross that has never been seen in the Occident since the time of the Crucifixion, when it was seen at Jerusalem. She notes that the cross is now receding. Four bright stars make up this cross; four the number of matter aspect of man, the quarternary. The cross is receding, and this promise is in Libra, called the open door to Shamballa, the sign in which there is found “the narrow, razor-edged path” which leads man into the kingdom of the soul. The second constellation that Bailey mentions in relation to Libra is that of Lupus, the wolf. Down the ages the wolf’s head has been the symbol of the initiate. However, it is a dying wolf, and the wolf-nature that has devoured the soul nature until now is symbolised as dying out, for as man achieves balance, the activity and power of the wolf dies out. The third is the Corona, the crown which is the symbol based on the story of Ariadne, the mother aspect. Ariadne was given a crown of seven stars by Bacchus, symbol of the second aspect of divinity which glorifies matter by making it the expression of the divine mind.

 The Libran Hall of Fame
Librans, being ruled by Venus, the goddess of love, beauty, peace, harmony, justice and the arts are attracted to careers in beauty, fashion, interior design, the arts, entertainment, law, writing and public speaking. Their of love of balance and harmony draws them towards careers in diplomacy and peacemaking.

It was the Libran John Lennon who wrote the famous words “Give peace a chance.” It was the Libran Mohandas Gandhi who campaigned tirelessly against injustice and inequality through peaceful means. Their fair-mindedness makes them natural counsellors. Bob Geldof has demonstrated his Libran desire for justice in the causes he has espoused for Amnesty International and famine relief through Bandaid and Live Aid. Librans can also possess good entrepreneurial skills such as Anita Roddick who expanded her single shop into a global enterprise with hundreds of stores worldwide. Another Libran who has put her trademark Libran name on different commodities from optical glasses to beeswax candles and mineral water is Donna Karan.  Another Libran, Brigitte Bardot formerly known as the sex goddess of the sixties, now champions the cause of animals whom she sees as being treated cruelly by humans. The former British Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, displayed both the ladylike qualities of Libra but could also be a formidable opponent with her martial Scorpio ascendant.

Susan Sarandon protests against the War in Iraq

Susan Sarandon is another very charming Libran who  also campaigned against the Iraq War and other controversial causes. Olivia Newton John, another Libran who displays the Libran charm and beauty has run a successful enterprise, Koala Blue, and has supported causes such as of breast cancer prevention. The former Prime Minister Julia Gillard was often heard claiming the laws she passes must be ‘fair and balanced’ and is known for her Libran qualities as a skillful negotiator. Other Librans of note include Franz Liszt, Nietzsche, Graham Greene, George Gershwin, Julie Andrews, Oscar Wilde, Cliff Richard, Arthur Miller, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Ronnie Barker, Catherine Deneuve, Dawn French, Luciano Pavarotti, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Libran Health and Anatomy
When the Sun enters Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac, it has completed half its cyclic journey through the twelve signs, and in Libra the half-way of balancing point is reached. This is very significant because the symbol of this sign is the scales or balance Vanda Sawtell in her book, Astrology and Biochemistry, says that the biochemic salt allocated to this sign is Natrum phos. or Sodium phosphate, and its function is to preserve the balance between acids and the normal fluids of the body.

The parts of the body governed by Libra are the loins, the lumbar region in general, particularly the kidneys. The Greek word for the kidneys is ‘nephros’, which was derived from a Hebrew word meaning to shake out or distil and filter it into the bladder ready for elimination. The word nephritis meaning inflammation of the kidneys is derived from this word. The alkalinity of the blood must be kept at a certain level to ensure health, thus acid in excess of the body’s requirements has to be eliminated by the kidneys. Therefore, the kidneys are continually balancing the acid/alkaline account of the human body. Conditions arising from an apparent excess of acid are nearly always due to a deficiency of this alkaline salt. Natrum phos. is indicated in all rheumatic disorders, gout, worms, flatulence, diabetes, kidney and bladder weaknesses, eczema, jaundice, and gall stones. A lack of proper balance of this alkaline cell salt in the gastric juices will cause ferments to rise which retard digestion so that the lining of the whole digestive tract becomes involved. This may cause gastric ulceration, dyspepsia, sour taste in the mouth, bilious disorders, diarrhoea, etc.

2016 Overview for Libra
The good news for Librans is that lucky Jupiter entered your sign on 9 September which should bring positive opportunities for Librans. It will remain in your sign until 11 October 2017.

Career
 Cosmic visitors activating your career sector are  Mercury and Venus. Venus, your ruling planet, will grace your career sector from 31 August to 23 September bringing harmony and cooperation in the workplace. Mercury will visit your career sector from 8-24 October giving opportunities for networking and communicating with your colleagues. There is also planetary activity in your 6th house of work and health with Neptune, the karmic south node and Chiron all present here. There is also a solar eclipse here on 9 March highlighting issues concerned with work and health.

Finances
Serious Saturn recently moved out of your finance and values sector giving you an opportunity to to consolidate your finances. Venus the planet ruling finances will grace your finance sector with her presence from 24 September to 18 October enhancing your finances. Mercury the planet of communication and commerce will visit your finance sector from 25 10 October until 12 November stimulating communication, networking and financial transactions.

Home and Family
Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues its extended stay in your domestic centre bringing changes to this area of your life. It gives you an opportunity to delve deeply into your psyche and hidden facts about your family may come to light. You may be challenged to your very core but from this experience you will become empowered and shed a lot of excess baggage.  The challenges that this brings may  cause you  to be pushed out of your comfort zone but it will provide you with an opportunity to transform yourself. Venus, your ruler, also graces your domestic sector with her presence on two occasions – the first visit is from 24 January to 17 February and the second visit occurs from 13 November until 7 December. This will promote family harmony and inspire you to beautify your surroundings.

Creativity & Children
Curious Mercury and gentle Venus pay a visit to your creativity  and children sector  inspiring your creative expression and  affording opportunities for discussion about children while liberating your inner child in the process. Mercury pays two visits first from 3-8 January and then again from 14 February to 5 March. This area will be highlighted with a full Moon eclipse on 18 August.

Travel
Quicksilver Mercury pays two visits to your travel sector first from 8-29 May and then again from 13-29 June.  Gentle Venus graces your travel sector with her presence from 25 May to 17 June making it an ideal time to have that romantic getaway at some exotic location.

Relationships
Uranus, the planet of sudden change and upheaval, is continuing its journey through your relationship and marriage sector so you can expect upheavals in this area. It could also indicate an exciting new relationship with the keywords ‘Expect the Unexpected!’

Friendships
Sweet Venus will grace your social sector with her presence from 13 July to 5 August bringing harmony to your friendships and group affiliations. Quicksilver Mercury follows closely on the heels of Venus remaining in your social sector from 15-30 July facilitating communication and networking.

Spirituality
The karmic north node and a solar eclipse highlight your spirituality sector. The solar eclipse occurs 1 September bringing issues to head to be resolved. Planetary visitors to your spirituality and karma sector include Venus and Mercury. Venus makes her presence felt here from 6 – 30 August causing you to focus on union with a higher force. Mercury spends an extended period here from 31 July to 7 October giving you the inspiration to explore the mysteries of life whether through books or courses. Part of Mercury’s time here will be in retrograde motion from 30 August to 21 September. It will be an ideal time to spend some time in seclusion perhaps spending time in a retreat taking up yoga or meditation or even exploring your past lives.

Full Moon Eclipse in Pisces
There will be a full Moon eclipse in Pisces on 17 September 6.05.02 am Sydney time. The eclipse will be conjunct Chiron, the rainbow bridge which straddles the old and the new, chaos and order and also forms a T square with feisty Mars.

Mercury and Pluto turn direct in September
Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce, turns direct on 21 September  facilitating communication while Pluto, the planet of transformation, follows suit turning direct on 26 September.

Spring Equinox
September 23 marks the Spring Equinox in the Southern hemisphere and the Autumn Equinox in the Northern hemisphere and on September 23 the Sun enters the sign of Libra. Spring is a time of renewal and in the northern hemisphere they celebrate the onset of spring by burning the witch represents exorcising the cold dark months of winter.

Sources
Libra Greeting Card illustrated by Sue Robertson
Libra Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell

 

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