September Astromusings – Blessings for the Spring/Autumn Equinox! Happy Birthday Librans! Joshua Wong – a Libran Warrior for Democracy and Self Determination in Hong Kong, Full Moon in Pisces, New Moon Supermoon in Libra

7 Libra Card

The Egyptian Goddess Maat

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 by Sue Robertson 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 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.

Botticelli’s Venus

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.

The Labours of Hercules
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 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.

Joshua WongJoshua Wong Time Magazine 2

Joshua Wong – A Warrior for Democracy and Freedom in Hong Kong
One Libran who was propelled onto the global stage is Joshua Wong during the Umbrella Movement and in the more recent democracy protests in Hong Kong. Joshua Wong, aged 22, born on 13 Oct 1996 in Hong Kong (time unknown) has been since his early teens a most outspoken advocate for democracy in Hong Kong. He has been arrested several times after demonstrations and was listed by Fortune as one of the world’s greatest leaders in 2015 at the ripe age 19. Netflix has also made a documentary about him – Joshua:Teenager vs Superpower which traces his development from a young teenager to political activist with commentators praising his courage saying that his standing up to Beijing is analagous to the battle between David and Goliath.

Born with dyslexia, he was raised as a Protestant Christian. He became active in church and student protest groups and at age 14 formed the student alliance, Scholarism, to fight against the Hong Kong government’s plan to introduce National Education at the behest of Beijing. His successful mobilisation of students and other concerned citizens who feared Beijing’s further encroachment on Hong Kong’s autonomy resulted in a backdown by the chief executive, Cy Leung, who declared that National Education would no longer be mandatory. In 2015 he launched Demosisto party which successfully contested the elections for the Legislative Council.

He has the Sun, and most likely Moon in Libra, squaring Neptune in Capricorn, and sextiling Mars in Leo – promoting his idealism, a strong sense of justice, and good at publicising his cause even going on a hunger strike to keep his cause alive in the public domain. With Mercury and the North Node also in Libra opposing Saturn in self-reliant Aries square Jupiter in Capricorn – Jupiter has a socially aware drive which can produce enlightened spokesmen. His Mercury is also heavily aspected being trine Uranus, sextile Pluto as well as in the T Square to Jupiter and Saturn making him a very good spokesman for his cause of justice and self determination for Hong Kong.

Joshua Wong at US Congress

Joshua Wong at US Congress

His chart does collide with China’s with his influential Pluto falling in China’s 10th house  and his Mars in their 7th house conjunct their Mars Pluto making it a volatile mix. China’s Sun in Libra is conjunct his Mercury, North Node and opposition his Saturn –  not an easy fit with the Beijing government. He has recently ruffled Beijing’s feathers even more by leading a delegation to a hearing at the US  Congress to plead their cause.

Biwheel China & Joshua WongHis prominent Jupiter falls in the 10th house of Hong Kong’s chart – 1 July 1997 12.00 am Hong Kong chart, making him an important beacon of hope for the country. He has displayed incredible courage in facing down the might of China is no small undertaking hence the title of the Netflix documentary, Joshua: Teenager vs Superpower.

 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, diarrhea, etc.

2019 Overview for Libra
The karmic North Node and an eclipse fall in your career sector highlighting this area of your life. Your domestic sector is highlighted Pluto Saturn and the karmic South Node as well as two eclipses. in your domestic sector brings a serious note to these areas of your life. Erratic Uranus sector continues its sojourn through your debt and taxes sector bringing a certain unpredictability here. Neptune is still moving through your work and health sector so there may be sacrifices and adjustments required in this area.

Career
The karmic north node and a solar total eclipse in your career sector highlighting this area of your life. Cosmic visitors activating your career sector are Mercury and Venus. Mercury pays a visit to your career sector from 5 – 27 June bringing opportunities for networking and communicating with your colleagues.Venus, your ruling planet, will grace your career sector from 4 – 28 July bringing harmony and cooperation in the workplace. There is also planetary activity in your 6th house of work and health with Neptune present here.

Finances
There are three planetary visitors to your finance sector  – Venus, Mercury and Mars. Venus graces your finance sector with her presence from 9 October until 1 November 2019. Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce, pays an extended visit to your finance sector from 4 October to 9 December stimulating communication, networking and financial transactions. Part of Mercury’s passage here will be in retrograde phase from 31 October to 19 November making it an ideal time to review your finances. This would be a good move, especially with erratic Uranus having moved into your debt and taxes sector which could cause upheavals in your finances. Feisty Mars pays a visit here from 20 November 2019 to 3 January 2020 giving you the impetus to deal with your financial issues.

Home and Family
Your domestic sector is being activated by transformative Pluto, Saturn, the karmic South Node as well as two eclipses. the planet of transformation. The first eclipse, a solar partial eclipse occurs on 6 January and the second is a lunar partial eclipse which occurs on 16 July. This potent combination will bring challenges to your family and domestic life impelling you to deconstruct your family structures. 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. Saturn’s presence here causes you to take your family responsibilities seriously.

Creativity & Children
Mercury and Venus are two planetary visitors to your creativity and children sector. Curious Mercury pays a visit here from 25 January to 10 February  inspiring your creative expression and  affording opportunities for discussion about children while liberating your inner child in the process. Venus graces your creativity sector with her presence from 2 – 26 March.

Travel
Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit to your travel sector first from 22 May to 4 June. Gentle Venus graces your travel sector with her presence from 10 June to 3 July making it an ideal time to have that romantic getaway at some exotic location.

Relationships
The planetoid, Chiron, the wounded healer, continues its sojourn through your relationship and marriage sector bringing the potential to heal wounds in your relationships.

Friendships
A solar total eclipse occurs on 21 January highlighting your social sector bringing issues to a head to be resolved. Sweet Venus will grace your social sector with her presence from 29 July to 21 August bringing harmony to your friendships and group affiliations. Quicksilver Mercury pays two visits to your social sector the first from 28 June to 19 July and the second from 12 – 29 August facilitating communication and networking.

Spirituality
Planetary visitors to your spirituality and karma sector include Venus and Mercury. Venus makes her presence felt here from 22 August to 14 September to causing you to focus on union with a higher force. Mercury pays a visit here from 30 August to 14 September giving you the inspiration to explore the mysteries of life whether through books or courses. 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.

Spring Equinox 2019Spring/Autumn Equinox 22/23 September, Venus – Morning Star to Evening Star
September 23 marks the Spring Equinox in the Southern hemisphere and 22 September the Autumn Equinox in the Northern hemisphere.  On September 23 the Sun also enters the sign of Libra. When the Sun moves into Libra each September, it’s time to assess our commitments and the personal values that underpin them. This is especially true this Equinox as Venus, Libra’s ruling planet emerges from the dark to take up her place as the evening star. This transformation from morning star, to invisible star, to evening star takes us away from our personal needs and desires and helps us link with others. This is a giving and sharing phase of Venus; a time to engage with loved ones and community. The Equinox draws our attention to the passage of time and seasonal change. Spring is a time of renewal and in the northern hemisphere they celebrate the onset of spring by burning the witch which represents exorcising the cold dark months of winter. The equinox is a time of heightened vibration marking a powerful portal gateway into a higher consciousness.

Importantly, Jupiter squares Neptune for the final time this year on the 22 September. (First two hits were in January and June). This will prompt us to ask ourselves, “What do we believe in and what dreams should we follow now?” Some important decisions need to be made this quarter, with Saturn’s stationing direct on the 18th September tied to the South Node, and the Moon and North Node aligning in opposition to Saturn. Our personal preferences and commitments may need to change as we move into this quarter. Any imbalance between our personal and public priorities will be highlighted and adjustments may be needed going forward. Major decisions are often involved under the Libran umbrella, where fairness and equality are paramount. It’s time to hold our lives in the balance and weigh up the value of what we do. There’s always a significant shift in personal and collective values at this Equinox. Significantly, Vesta, goddess of the hearth, is within hours of her exact station. Being in Taurus, and trine the Sun, her ability to focus will help us to hone in on our chief priorities, facilitating the decision process.

Full Moon in Pisces
The Full Moon occurs at 21 degrees Pisces 05 at 2.32 pm on 14 September. The Piscean Moon merges with dreamy Neptune which enhances our creativity, intuition and compassion. It promotes understanding and the ability to communicate one–on-one which is enhanced by the sextile to Saturn, Pluto and the South Node. This combination also stimulates the creative imagination and stirs the unconscious providing insights into the deeper meaning and the motives behind our actions. This Full Moon also forms a T square with Mars in Virgo and Jupiter in Sagittarius. Being in mutable signs there is room for flexibility. There is a stellium in Virgo – Mercury, Venus, Sun and Mars making it a balancing act between the Piscean energy of imagination and compassion with the Virgoan characteristics of diligence, precision and perfection.

New Moon In Libra 29 Sep 2019New Moon Supermoon in Libra
There will be a New Moon Supermoon at 5 degrees Libra 20 at 4.26 am on 29 September. There is a stellium in Libra – Sun, Moon, Venus and Mercury focussing on the Libran qualities of balance, cooperation, fairness and relationships. Air signs prevail at this New
Moon, ushering in a more social agenda. Sun and Moon oppose Chiron so this is also an ideal time to focus on your health and wellbeing. Saturn and the South Node are very close now, requiring an adjustment to our fundamental urges and the way we do things.
Forging new pathways on a personal and collective level, will form part of this process. Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter are converging towards alignment in a few months’ time.

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
Insight Newsletter by Michele Finey
Joshua:Teenager vs Superpower – Netflix

 

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