Astrology for October 2013 – and out every month!
Happy Birthday… Libra September 23rd – October 23rd
Here’s the monthly Newsletter from Michael Conneely.
My start of the month Newsletter focusses on Astrology.
My mid-month Newsletter focusses on Munay Ki, Ogham, Druidry, Runes, Shamanism and Earth Spirituality. Look out for my mid-October Newsletter because it will bring absolutely fascinating news of my research just completed on Croagh Patrick in Ireland in connection with my forthcoming novel: Druid. And I’ll also start to review the three books I read in Ireland: Druid Isle by Ellen E Hopman and ‘Apple and Thorne’ and ‘The Wakeful World’ – both by ‘Emma Restall Orr.
Before turning to my monthly astrology below, please do read these three stop press items:
STOP PRESS 1: We are holding Sacred Sweat Lodge Ceremony on Saturday 19th October from 11am to 7pm in Boston Spa near Harrogate and York. See: http://wp.me/p179Ad-gS . Please contact me if you want details.
STOP PRESS 2: There is an exceptional special Good Fortune period predicted for some of you by Vedic Astrology: 17th October to 16th November. See: http://wp.me/p179Ad-h9
STOP PRESS 3: If you have Sun in Libra, you could well be rated to have a ‘weak sun’. To find out the effects of this in your life, see; http://wp.me/p179Ad-4d
STOP PRESS 4: If you want to read really accurate description of the Libra Sun in your birth chart, please see the Vedic Lunar Signs that lie behind the western sign of Libra. See: http://wp.me/p179Ad-h5
Back to Libra: Libran Man is really nice!
THE LIBRA MYTH !!! – Prince Paris of Troy is a Libran hero. He was prince of Bronze-Age Troy of the Homeric Greek Epic poem, The Iliad (Ilium was the Greek name for Troy). What happened was this:
Eris, the really nasty Goddess of strife threw a golden apple inscribed ‘For the Fairest’ at the feet of the assembled Goddesses Hera, Athene and Aphrodite. (Hera was the Queen of Olympia, the correctly dutiful and bitterly unhappy wife of philandering Sky-Father Zeus; Athene was the Goddess of Wisdom and of War, and Aphrodite was the Goddess of Love). You will be surprised to hear that the three Goddesses immediately fell into deadly bitter quarrel as to which of them was the Fairest and deserved to have the golden apple. They involved the other Olympians (you’ll be surprised to hear this) – and soon the whole Olympian Pantheon was dragged into the conflict. As the dispute dragged on, the three contestants happened to see Paris, son of Priam, King of Troy. Paris was tending his father’s flocks on the slope of Mount Ida. He was a beautiful young man. He was Libran and had a lovely personality and he was married to OEnone, a sylph-like woman, a creature of the mountains.
The Goddesses threw him the apple and forced him to choose between them. They offered him bribes! Clad in regal robes and crowned as Queen of Heaven, Hera offered him vastness of wealth beyond all measure and power beyond the dreams of man, if he named her as the Fairest. Severe in her armour, Athene offered him supreme wisdom, if he named her as the Fairest. But Athene drew near, her eyes blue as sea water, her hair like spun gold, with flesh soft and honey-sweet – and Athene offered him the love of the most beautiful woman on Earth … so, which do you think Paris would choose?
He chose love of course, because he was a Libran.
Paris, being a Libran (and despite the fact that he was married to OEnone) chose the love of the most beautiful woman and he judged the contest and named Aphrodite as the most beautiful of all the Olympian Goddesses.
There were problems with this though: the other two Goddesses withdrew towering with rage and vowed to destroy Paris, totally ruin his life and waste his children utterly!
But Paris didn’t stop to wonder about this. He allowed Aphrodite to carry him off to far-off Sparta (leaving his tragic wife, OEnone, to wander the slopes of Ida forever, wrecked by grief and longing only for death. At Sparta, Paris found Helen. And she was indeed the most beautiful of mortal women. He was entranced! And she took one look at him and, under the enchantment of Aphrodite, she fell hopelessly in love with him. She immediately left her husband, Menelaus, and eloped to Troy with the lovely Paris.
But there was a problem! Well, more than one problem, actually, in fact there were a lot more than one problem! Menelaus, Helen’s husband, was King of Sparta. And he was enraged at the abduction. He called together all the kingdoms of the Hellenes, and he vowed to recover his wife and he swore to burn Troy to the ground and kill every Trojan and get his wife back. A vast army was gathered to do this under the leadership of High King Agamemnon, and a huge fleet set to sea in the direction of Troy to encompass revenge.
Of Helen’s beauty it was thus asked: “Is this the face that launched a thousand ships and burned the topless towers of Ilium?”
The Hellenes laid siege to Troy for ten years, but the city was eventually captured by the ruse of the Wooden Horse. Troy was burned to the ground and all her men were slaughtered. Her women were raped and dragged away to be the slaves of the conquering Hellenes.
Paris and all his children by Helen lay dead.
Helen was found in the ruins by Menelaus’ troops. She told her husband it was all a mistake and she went back to live with him in Sparta as his Queen.
(Some say Librans can create enemies, but that’s not really fair of course!)
Facts about Libra:
The Sun is in detriment in Libra. Sun is most deeply Fallen in part of Libra. Some Librans have a weak Sun. See my Blog about what ‘having a weak Sun’ means: http://starwheel.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/do-you-have-a-weak-sun-if-so-there%E2%80%99s-a-real-risk-you-could-undermine-your-relationship-or-lose-your-child-and-feel-for-ever-unnoticed-and-unvalued/
Libra rules the 7th House
Glyph: The Scales – Libra is the sign of Balance.
Libra is associated with the kidneys and the soft organs of the stomach. Typical illnesses are diabetes and gastro-esophageal reflux disease.
The Vedic Signs. As so often happens, you need to look at the Vedic Moon Signs (The Nakshatras) contained in the western sign of Libra to find the really true and sure astrology of the Sign! The three Vedic lunar signs in question are: Uttara Phalguni (13 September- 26 September), Hasta (26 September – 10 October) and Chitra (10 October -23 October). See: http://wp.me/p179Ad-h5
The Libra glyph, the scales, are far-removed from the instinctual kingdom. Libra is seen as a point of balance: the Equinox sign – tipping away from the more ‘me first’ first six signs of the zodiac, more towards the collective. Libran judgement rests on careful assessment and reflection. It harvests the precision work and health and healing of Virgo, the preceding sign, but it is followed by the ‘let’s tear down all the pretenses’ Scorpionic ‘Eye for an eye’ vindictiveness. Archetypically, the Libra principle is embodied in the Egyptian Goddess Maat and the Greek Goddess Athene. Judgement is forced upon a Libran.
Ruled by Venus: Libra is Ruled by Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, yet this is in the mentalistic air sign. Librans seek order, balance and harmony. They try to be agreeable and will be the glove that fits the other’s hand in relationship – but in so doing, they very often lose themselves. The other sign that Venus rules is Taurus: quite a different energy of the Venus principle.
They are also insincere (I mean diplomatic) and Cardinal: so they try to push others to do things by using the little bit devious formula ‘wouldn’t it be a good idea if we did … such and such!’ And they get very angry if you don’t fall in with their plans (are they plans or are they manipulations?).
Librans try to please everyone through diplomacy, so they can shift ground a lot and lie and be indecisive.
Love triangles are the curse of ‘well meaning’ – ‘I only wanted to love you’ Librans.
There is a big risk that their indecisiveness will shade into simply waiting for things to happen or lose themselves or lose their life-path.
Libran’s big problem is always trying to see the other side of any issue, so they drive everyone else mad by this. It means they can lose themselves terribly. It means they can make indecisiveness and co-dependency life-threatening art forms! In trying to be fair and balanced, they never get to the point and leave everyone around them gasping by the preambles and qualifying clauses. Then they wonder why the people around them have collapsed to the ground in frothing confusion when all they were trying to do was to be fair!
Librans enjoy socializing. They bring grace, charm and congeniality to every situation; they love to create a contrived dramatic presence; many of their entertainment initiatives are ruined by being too ‘set piece’. Their efforts to create ‘social beauty’ or harmony can veer into the insincere and they end up grieving because everyone is pleased and loved except for them. And because the Libran has lost himself – well: who can love someone whose identity is unknown?
They love beauty in nature, art, music and literature. They like elegance and money – and will even sell themselves in relationship to have these. They are ambitious, and will move forcefully to create a life situation where they can enjoy Libran qualities and things. They require domestic security and a home they can be proud of. They like to keep their lives orderly, controlled and efficient – though this in itself can be contrary to their ethic of Love. They are patient and tolerant unless pushed too far!
They are sympathetic to the needs of children. They have an interest in Tradition: and this will be reflected in their home.
They are mentally very adaptable: they give the benefit of the doubt and seek to see the rationale of every personality, situation or culture – even to the point of losing what they themselves really feel about these, and becoming ungrounded. This leaves them very changeable. They have a very intuitive perceptiveness, and can weigh up people and situations in a flash, as they develop a repertoire of mentalistic paradigms about personal or social situations. They are very impressionable and sensitive and easily wounded. – and can feel very misunderstood – after all, all they were trying to do was to please! Why can’t people see that?!? They view reality with distaste and insist that the rest of the world adapt to their beautiful romantic fantasizing
They are humanitarian and sympathetic, but their self-preoccupation and mentalism precludes deep empathetic connection. It is vital for Librans to understand that they have periodical need to be reclusive: and their nearest and dearest must understand this too. They need to be alone (occasionally) to restore their energy and re-assemble their ‘social mask’. This need is often reflected in periodical changes of appearance.
Librans tend to develop a philosophy of life as they mature: which they then seek to apply to their situations and to others. They are able to translate intellectual ideas into accessible forms for others. Physical or mundane work does NOT appeal to Libra. Librans have a passionate belief in fairness – in relationships, in money transactions, in social issues, &c.
A Libran will manipulate people by trying to use his or her charm: At its ‘best’, it amounts to a sort of ‘ethical blackmail’: “If I am beautiful and fair and just, I expect the rest of the world to be the same.” At its worst it is the parent charmingly manipulating her child to conform to the parental concept of balance and harmony. It’s presented, f course, as being about ‘wanting to make the world a better place’! The risk from all this is that the Libran may be misunderstood and seen as unworthy of trust or a hypocrite, whereas what he is trying to do is stand up for Balance and harmony while wanting to be liked (and manipulate the other towards his ideal of beauty and love, of course!).
As a result, Librans make very diplomatic counsellors. But a Libran can be two-faced, and flatter those he hates or finds too direct, seeking to ‘agree’ for the sake of harmony and peace, hating quarrels and wanting to use his considerable power to win the other over. He does care and he is interested in the other’s ideas. Like Capricorn, Aries and Cancer, Libra is a Cardinal sign: so Libra must have a goal to be working towards, otherwise he can feel lost. A shadow response to this is to create and live by artificial goals, for an illusory sense of meaning (Libra is desperately afraid that underneath, there’s nothing and no one there).
Librans suffer seriously through not being able to express their emotions honestly (because this would contradict their notions of ‘the Good, the True and the Beautiful’ of course). This creates repression and serious health problems. It also creates conflicts of sensitivity. It leaves the Libran with unforgivable guilt.
Sometimes the Libran will feel driven to making secret snipes to the people who he is trying to be pleasant to (but he’s never actually bitchy of course, is he?!?). There can be serious problems from pent-up, unacknowledged anger. The irony is that Libra, the lover of Truth is emotionally dishonest: it takes years (if ever) for him to adjust to the rougher side of life. Libra has a great problem in being, or doing, what he sees as ‘selfish’. And so he can die in the wreckage of a lost life!
Libra consults everybody first, adjusting his decision-making to get everybody else’s co-operation (and probably losing himself in the process). Librans often work through issues by talking to others: thinking through crystallizes issues in conversation. Often he will work out what he really thinks afterwards! Libra’s great goal is to heal (balance) the conflicts in his life, mirroring the ideal that exists in his mind.
LIBRANS AND LOVE
Male Librans tend to be yin; women Librans tend to be yang – this is because Libra is the sign of Balance.
Guided by head rather than heart, as Libra lacks total trust in his ability to be emotionally realistic, he is a theorist about love. The power of your own feelings can shock Libra, so you can be bad at intimacy. You lose emotional control in your love affairs – so these often dramatically transform you for better or ill! Romance can become stormy, because of your conflict between wanting to make the other happy, and your own emotional needs. You are probably more able to apply harmony to others, than in your own passionate relationships. Following your idiosyncratic needs/desires can make your partner feel either ignored or dominated (or both, alternately!). You tend to an idealistic/unrealistic vision of the perfect relationship. This can lead you to compare your partner unfavourably.
Disharmonious relationships conflict with your deepest needs: Librans hate scenes.
Libra’s choice in love can lead to considerable difficulties and confusion: Love Triangles. These can lead to catastrophic emotional and financial dilemmas.
Libra can be characterized by:-
Loss of contact with the instinctual
Loss of manhood
Distaste for aspects of the bodily
A Libran can be the enemy of his own sexuality
A Libran is a perfectionist in forms and theories of love
Libran’s rarely remain unmarried for long out of a natural delicate quality of stylization of partnership – and, anyway, Librans absolutely can’t bear to be alone.
Librans can move from relationship to relationship in an endless search for perfection (or from job to job).
Libra needs a partner s/he can feel confident in working towards his goal. It’s the ‘Royal We”.
Libra needs to learn to discuss his love problems: not just emote them.
Libra loathes being driven into a fight or a scene, therefore becomes more and more diplomatic and dishonest to avoid harrowing repetition of arguments.
Libra can spend ages discussing how a relationship can be adjusted – but he actually has small capacity to act on this!
A Libran must feel you are being fair to him.
He is child-like, with powerful emotions which are usually repressed, therefore s/he must be coaxed into trusting his emotions.
Even introverted Librans need someone to share dreams with.
Librans are very companionable, so they may not suit the independent type of partner.
Librans enjoy group involvements, and need them if they are not to die. These groups will especially be of a socially beneficial aspect, or perhaps fighting for other’s rights, or to do with love or beauty. Librans rejuvenate in company. They must have it. But they will probably lose their self in the group and then rebel with a scene!
THE SHADOW LIBRAN
Getting everyone to fall in love with you (M. Bovary, Scarlett O’Hara, Casanova).
The deceitful charmer
The ‘coy maiden’, playing ‘hard to get’.
The feelingless lover.
Playing people off against each other.
Fuelled by insecurity and craving for approval, they play these games with everyone – and not just for sex.
A Libran must experience and transcend his shadow.
Questioning his/her own sexuality, often due to identifying sympathetically with the opposite sex.
Can feel dissociated from his/her own sexuality
Librans very often are not comfortable with their own bodies: they need to be made to be felt to be loveable.
They can be more comfortable discussing love than showing it.
Their egoic core self is so weak the different parts of them can lurch in and out of dominant expression over and over again, confusing themselves and others terribly!
Libran men have taste, vanity, appreciation for beauty, culture and the arts: a lover of harmony and addicted to relationship. They like ornamentation and beautification. His house will be tasteful, even luxurious and comfortable. They can be very extravagant for style or beauty. He is generous.
Libran men are totally romantic. They appreciate the feminine psyche, often in a trans-sexual way. They get on better with women than with men. There can be estrangement from their own biology or bi-sexuality or doubts about the focus of their sexuality.
Libran men are a sucker for a pretty face or – yes, totally – for a woman who is suffering. They can thus easily be fooled or hurt. He hates to be alone – and will rarely be out of partnership for long. His need for relationship can be valuable as it potentially grounds him. Libran males mature physically very young, and can thus be thrust into issues of sexual power well before they are mature enough to cope. They can’t bear an unromantic partner. His dreams must never be crushed. He likes intellectual companionship. He can retreat into his head and get too abstract. He can reject bodily defects.
Shadow Libran can ‘play hard to get’, can be Don Juan.
Libran women are quite different from Libran men in the issue of gender-stereotyping. This is because Libra is the sign of balance. So Libra men are more ‘yin’; Libra women are more ‘yang’.
Libran women can be quite male, due to the issue of balance within the sign. Like Maggie Thatcher, the Libran woman may be clearly the ‘only man in the Cabinet’. Libra men often can’t stand them for their bossiness.
Libran women usually have a strong intellectual drive, but with ‘tact’ (well, they call it tact! They often have the gift of clear sight, logic, fine intellect, the gift of strategy, statesmanship and organisation. They get on better with men than with women as friends. They are good at groups and organisations.
Libra woman is also a lover of beauty, style, elegance, this is sometimes projected into the world of career and ideas. She will tend to repress her emotions and can’t spontaneously deal with emotions. Romance makes her feel safer.
Some Libran women are unashamedly a bundle of contradictions – others retreat into the intellect. She must be accepted for both.
PREDICTIVE NOTE 2013 – 2014: for those with a Libra Sun in their birth chart: The Planet Uranus transits opposite Libra in the year ahead from 10 deg Aries to 14 Aries. So if you have Sun in your birth chart around 9 Libra to 16 Libra, you will experience the transit of ‘Uranus opposition your Sun’. This is like the ‘Tower’ card in Tarot: revolutionary change, often experienced through another person because the aspect here is an Opposition.
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