Pause, reflect, rebalance: The Black Moon in Libra will rise in the skies on Friday, September 30, 2016, marking the second new moon to fall within the same month.
This potent Libra new moon is also a Black Moon: like a Blue Moon, which happens when a second consecutive full moon occurs within the same calendar month. The Black Moon is indeed a rare cosmic occurrence—making September an extra-dark month since new moons are invisible—and we won't "see" another one until 2019.
Contrary to what some may believe, the Black Moon does not signify the "end of days" but rather, a powerful, second chance to plant seeds of intention for what we'd like to harvest over the next six months at the corresponding Libra full moon on April 11.
The Libra new moon (Black Moon) marks the halfway point of the annual horoscope cycle, since Libra, the star sign of beauty and balance, is also the zodiac's midpoint sign. It's a time for looking back at what has recently come to pass but also to look ahead. As the seventh sign symbolized by the Scales, we ought to measure our progress using the Libran gift of judgment to craft a thoughtful and balanced plan going forward.
Libra is more than just balancing two opposing forces: It's taking the time to weigh options, to step back from "doing" mode, and observe the whole vista ahead before making a move. Libras get a bad rap as procrastinators, yet the refusal to rush lets Libra savor the moment—a skill we've largely forgotten in today's fast-paced world that's always on the go.
The new moon (Black Moon) in Libra this week picks up the rose-colored baton from the Sun-Jupiter trine that occurred in Libra on Monday, September 26, which marked one of 2016's best days for harmony in our relationships. If you thought you were better off alone, think again! The urge to merge is strong all week long—for business, creative coupling, and romantic affairs. Let the negotiations begin!
Even better: With Mercury officially out of retrograde since September 22, we are in the clear to discuss deal points, draft contracts, or even put a ring on it. Remember: New moons are starting blocks, so there's no need to rush to the signing table or the altar. In fact, this Black Moon comes with a warning label: Choose your "other half" wisely!
The Libra new moon (Black Moon) sounds a cosmic wake-up call to take a more considerate approach—to strive for greater mutuality with the people in your life (think: interdependence, not codependence). So spread a little of that good old-fashioned Libra peace, love, and harmony, sprinkling more beauty to every facet of your life.
Here are seven practical rituals to bring more balance and beauty to your life at the Libra new moon/Black moon: