Libra Trends – Looking Ahead

Relationships, life, and planets on the move

The Sun was in the 17th degree of Virgo when I began writing the month-ahead trends for Libra. It’s been in the company of Mercury, Venus, and Mars as those planets travel together through Mercury-ruled Virgo. Both of the Sun’s guards, Jupiter in Sagittarius and Saturn in Capricorn, are fully in charge and with unencumbered authority are tending to their responsibilities.

When this post is published, the Sun will be at 25 degrees in Virgo. Mercury and Venus will be in Libra. In paying attention to the movement of planets, we are reminded that change is continuous and inevitable, and we can gain access to and benefit from clear thinking and clear communication. We also need to gather relationships and resources that can sustain us now and in the future, and be mindful of overextending and overdoing in preparation for the seasons to come.

The Virgo season (August 22 – September 22) is noted for being seasonably warm (to hot) and a good time for drying. During this time is when many food crops are harvested, counted, and stored so they can be sold, traded, or used in the seasons ahead. It also marks the end of summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) and the return to school (continuous learning) for many people.

The Sun is at home in Leo (July 22 – August 22).  When it’s in Virgo, its energy and focus shifts from stable to changeable. The Sun’s steady heat gives way to patterns that encourage and support change. The Sun’s entourage (Mercury, Venus, and Mars) lend their energy to change as well.

Mercury handily enables connections (messages, thoughts, travel and transport). It manages Virgo and attends to business well when it’s in this sign.

Venus always attracts relationships and personal resources and those things manifest according to the sign Venus is in. When its in Virgo, too much thinking can go on and idealism can get in the way of getting to what is truly wanted. In addition, the natural desire to share what is abundant can be either overdone or hindered, depending on personal attitudes. Attitudes toward service to others, for example, can enable others to take advantage in response to generosity.

In the ancient world, when action and energy were expended to put food on the table, Mars was the god of farming and agriculture. He has become the god of war and is associated with risk taking, strong assertive/aggressive behavior, and physical activity. In Virgo, Mars energy is restless. It’s associated with negative responses to outside stimuli that can range from compulsive to explosive.

With these thoughts in mind, I offer an overview of the month ahead.

Sun in Libra (September 23 – October 22)

When the Sun moves into Libra on September 23, it still has strong alliances with Jupiter in Sagittarius and Saturn in Capricorn, but their energies are altered.

The tendency and energy to overdo in so many ways that was present during the Sun-Jupiter square has transformed into a sextile, an indication of strong beneficial energy. The Sun-Jupiter sextile lacks the drive (overdrive) associated with the square, making the month ahead a good time to review your goals. You can benefit from review and planning while in a good-feeling and positive mindset.

The focus and energy that supported self-discipline and the self-control to do what needed to be done and to feel accomplished during the Sun-Saturn trine has been replaced by a new awareness of external restrictions under the Sun-Saturn square. Whether real or imagined, any restriction is what it’s perceived to be. The month ahead will bring opportunities to challenge your own perceptions about what limits you.

While the Sun in Virgo period emphasized change, which is necessary before anything new can come into being, the Sun in Venus-ruled Libra is associated with the energy to initiate new things. Specifically, new relationships, partnerships, contracts, litigation, strategies, or anything that requires balance. These new things can involve other people and they can also be something new that you want from yourself for yourself.  Whether the agreements you reach now are between you and you or you and another, they will be based on a desire for balance and cooperation.

As mentioned above, Venus attracts what is desired–people, resources, etc. Expect to see new beginnings with positive outcomes favored (meaning that what is desired is more apt to manifest), because Venus is able to put all its focus on attracting what is wanted when it’s in its own sign. There is a caveat here. The Universe doesn’t discriminate between good and bad, right or wrong. Those are judgments people make. The Universe responds only to strong desire and what is focused on is what will be realized/received. There’s a challenge at the end of this post that I encourage you to do.

In the Libra season, the Universe will remind us to look for balance. There will be challenges to manage with diplomacy, negotiation, and cooperation. Seek win-win solutions rather than compromise that leaves one person with less than the other. This applies to you negotiating with yourself for new outcomes, as well.

Efforts to reach equilibrium will be easier before October 3, when Mercury moves from Libra to Scorpio, where it’ll stay until December 9. Normally, Mercury spends up to 30 days in a sign, but this year it turns retrograde while in Scorpio, which extends its time there. When Mercury is in Scorpio, other people and information may be more difficult to access. Secrecy and stubborn determination may stymie efforts. On the other hand, decisions made during the Mercury in Scorpio period are usually final and it’s somewhat easier to focus on goals. Retrograde Mercury may present its own challenges. I’ll write more about that later in October.

Now, the Challenge

The objective: Prove to yourself that what you think about is what you receive/realize. For the 30 days that the Sun is in Libra (September 23 – October 22), pay attention to what you think about and how you think about what you’re thinking about.

What you’ll need: Pen and paper. It can be a notebook, journal, calendar, etc. Or if you prefer, use a computer and OneNote (Microsoft) or similar program or app that lets you make notes.

What to do: Pay attention to what you’re thinking about. What do you want for yourself? Pay attention to the quality and nature of your thoughts. Are your thoughts mostly positive or mostly negative? Or are your thoughts a balance of positive and negative? A balance of positive and negative can have a different outcome than you might expect. Write something short (or long if that works better for you) every day for 30 days that will serve as a reminder to you about what you’ve been thinking.  This is how you’ll prove to yourself that what you think about is what becomes your reality.

Get Ready to Receive What You Want in the Weeks Ahead

The Astrology

  • The Sun is at 24 and Mars is at 18 degrees in Virgo.
  • Both Venus and Mercury have moved from Virgo into Libra, where Venus is in its best condition.
  • Saturn will end its retrograde motion on Wednesday and very, very slowly begin direct motion late in the week.

It may be useful to remember when you read and think about these segments on astrology that everything has and is part of a cycle. Otherwise the information can seem like a fragment of something random. The cycles of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, etc. are always unfolding in a natural sequence that reveals a process of continuous development. For example, thinking, organizing, evaluating, planning, discerning are activities that need to go on before negotiations can occur, before contracts are drawn up, before relationships are formed. Virgo, the sign before Libra, is associated with those things just mentioned. Looking ahead, as the planets enter and move through Libra, the next phase of things will be emphasized and development will occur in its time.

The Dominant Vibe is GET READY TO RECEIVE

Over the weekend Venus moved from Mercury-managed Virgo into Libra. Libra is associated with partners, relationships, contracts, and litigation, as well as balance and fairness that are achieved through diplomacy, mediation, cooperation and harmony. Libra is also associated with indecision. Indecision happens when only a perfect solution will do (perfection is impossible to achieve in human interactions), or when pleasing people is a high priority, or when there are too many options.

Where Venus is located (by sign) and what planet(s) it has a relationship to, at any given time, provide insight into what is being attracted into your life and also the type of interactions that are going on. Another way to say that is: Venus indicates what you attract and the state of your one-on-one relationships/partnerships.

You may notice that you feel and/or think that you want more commitment from someone or that you want to be more committed to something in the weeks and months ahead. Some commitments may be large, others may be small.

Mercury and Venus (already in Libra) are like scouts for the Sun. They’re out ahead a little bit. Mercury is listening and seeking information. Venus is attracting the necessary components and people. When the Sun reaches Libra on September 23, it brings with it the energy to focus more intently on what is wanted and developing. Some new potential commitments (negotiations, contracts, etc.) may be underway now and it may take several weeks to complete this phase of the cycle, When Mars reaches Libra on October 4, it will charge up new and ongoing social interactions and nudge things along–gently, but strategically. Mars has to play by Venus’s rules when its in Libra, so you may not get fireworks, but you can look forward to some zing and/or feeling a little sparkly. Mars will linger in Libra until November 18. Everything, and every part of everything that is going on now, will develop, expand, and conclude in its own right time.

I want to briefly mention Saturn’s return to direct motion. If Saturn is interacting with a planet in your natal chart, its forward motion will coincide with changes in how you experience your life as you’ve created and structured it. Depending on the type of relationship (easy or stressful) it has with a natal planet, Saturn’s transit can indicate a time when what you’ve created can become stronger and more positive, or it can indicate a time when you will eliminate what isn’t working in your best interests. It’s a slow-moving planet and changes and progress that are associated with Saturn will occur over time.