Paths, Labyrinths And Mazes - The Way Forward?: October's Libra New Moon

History is simply one damned thing after another. Winston Churchill

The air is full of our cries. But habit is a great deadener. Samuel Beckett

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

Search for meaning, eat, sleep. Search for meaning, eat, sleep. Die, search for meaning, search for meaning, search for meaning. Doug Horton

As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears. Lu Xun

Men have become the tool of their tools. Henry David Thoreau

Speaking of which, this newsletter is late as I had a computer failure halfway through writing it. Taking a week to repair, we thought it was the mother board, but it was the processor. The processor certainly reflects the Sabian Symbol for this new Moon: Circular Paths.

Something to bear in mind as you're reading this is that the new Moon has an influence over the coming month and things that happen in the course of the Moon can signify new beginnings that are reflected for some time to come. We process the energies, events and issues that come up and learn from them. I mention this because I've heard some say that they think the influence is only happening close to the new Moon. 

When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout. Bumper sticker

Happening on October 8 in Australia and October 7 in the United States, the Libran new Moon is one that centers on issues to do with relationships, friendships, associations with others, justice, balance and fairness. That Mercury, Saturn and the Sun and Moon are in Libra, along with Venus being now retrograde and Venus conjunct Mars in Scorpio brings a very strong emphasis to these themes. Libra is ruled by the planet Venus and Venus has just gone retrograde (appearing to go backwards), so this is a very Venusian lunation. 

The Sabian Symbol for the new Moon is Libra 15: Circular Paths. The following is from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom

‘Circular Paths’ symbolize a situation where there is a continual coming round back to the same place. It can picture a pattern of going round and round, with no real outcome and no sense of a final destination. In some instances, this can be good, as it can be rather meditative but it can also prove to be a very real waste of time.

You may feel as though you are back where you started, like you’ve been through this whole thing before. However, it’s best to consolidate, remember and appreciate the experience and learn what you have gained on your way to where you are now. When you are returning to what appears to be where you started, you always have some level of new experience and new skills. Sometimes life seems to be a continuously repetitive journey and there can be the need to break the chains that bind you. It can feel like a karmic wheel. This theme of ‘Circular Paths’ may be experienced in school, at work or at home where routines can become boring, repetitive and never-ending. Indeed, it can feel like there’s no possibility of escape. But every experience is an opportunity and every opportunity is an experience—no matter how many times it has been done before. That is, unless you’re really losing ground or time is slipping away to complete something. Procrastination can be like treading water or being stuck on these ‘Circular Paths’. Do you keep telling yourself that you’re going to stop one day? Take heart and realize that everything is always in motion and there’s the possibility of stepping off this treadmill when the time is right. If you take the trouble to look at the real details of your experience rather than just experiencing dull repetition, something new and inspiring can always be found.

Keywords: Going round and round. The orbits of the planets. Cosmic rhythms and cycles. The cycles of life. Things we feel we can trust. The secure path that never really leads anywhere. Crop circles. Realizing mistakes and learning from them. The wheels of progress. Merry-go-rounds. Circular machinery. Mazes and labyrinths. Chaos theory. Learning through repetition. Looking for somewhere to park.

The Caution: Being lost in abstractions or small details. Losing perspective from going round and round. Addictive cycles that are hard to get rid of. Boredom. Episodes that repeat themselves. Repeating the same actions or mistakes. Treadmills. Habits that are self-defeating. 

 The Sabian Symbol for Mercury is Libra 8: A Blazing Fireplace In A Deserted Home. From my book:

Keywords: Security and comfort left behind. A fire left blazing inside to reassure. Wood for burning. Gas, electricity connections. Holiday homes, or homes that are rarely visited. Homes filled with love, if not people or possessions. The warmth of the heart. Holding a candle for someone who’s gone. Fertility issues. Heart and hearth. Fireplaces. The place to which one returns.

The Caution: A sense of isolation, separation, abandonment, and bitterness. Sabotage by, or of, loved ones and family. Being forced out of the home, possibly for social reasons. Desertion and decay of love. Never being at home because of work concerns and commitments. Separation. Divorce. Latch-key children. Feeling alone and out in the cold. The light being on, but no one at home. Lack of domestic supplies. 

The trick with this degree is to invite love, light and warmth into your life. Whether it's by lighting a fire, a candle or leaving some lights on, this degree can lighten things if you hold that energy in your heart. If you are alone a lot of the time, or feel lonely, this degree shows an alchemy you can perform by inviting that warmth in. 

Saturn is conjunct Mercury, which can add a serious, grounded, conservative, depressing or karmic energy to communications. Saturn is on Libra 9: Three Old Masters Hanging In A Special Room In An Art Gallery - Sometimes They Seem To Speak To Each Other.  From my book:

‘Three Old Masters’ are ‘Hanging in a Special Room in an Art Gallery’. Being ‘Masters’, they are very valuable, especially as they are ‘In a Special Room’. The paintings are timeless, and can be so lifelike that ‘Sometimes They Seem to Speak to Each Other’. Time often doesn’t seem to exist in this realm. ‘Rooms’ that are empty, except for art works on the walls, can feel like something is going on at another level. Even when there’s nobody actually there, it can seem as though conversations are being held. The eyes of the paintings can appear to be watching what goes on around them. It can even feel like the eyes actually follow you around the room.

Keywords: Truth in the image. Intuitive vision. Reverence for art, form and tradition. Images bringing messages. Art collections and collecting art. Photographs. Capturing life in a work of art. Furniture of a period. The art of placement. Beautiful images. Wisdom speaking. Crowded galleries or empty rooms. Images that speak volumes. The Sabian Symbols as images. Minds that don’t shut down. Animations.

The Caution: Undue reliance on conservative values. Too much importance placed on appearance instead of substance. Snobbery caused by elevated feelings of importance. Art’s rarefied atmosphere that excludes others as unworthy or uneducated. Serious faces.

My blog on Venus retrograde contains more messages for this new Moon as the retrograde occurred smack on the new Moon. 

The major message here is to analyse where life is rewarding and where it is not in the ever repeating circles of activity that make up our lives, thoughts, emotions and relationships. For many, it will be time to step off some of these into a new sense of reality.


COBALT 16th October 2010 12:06 pm

:smitten: Well said!

kay 16th October 2010 12:14 pm

This article is an amazing look at what for some of us can be too technical, astrologically speaking. Thank you, Lynda, for your very grounded insight.


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Lynda Hill, FAA Pract. Cert. has been a professional astrologer for more than 18 years. 2008 marked her 24th lecture tour of the States, in addition to the many lectures she has conducted for astrologers and the public throughout Australia, England, Scotland,  Wales, Ireland, Russia, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada.

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