In astrology, the Moon symbolizes our emotional self; the way we feel and express everything from anger to joy. Interestingly, among the planets, only the Sun and the Moon never go retrograde. A New Moon in the sky is generally seen as a cosmic seed point that activates the area of our chart where it falls. The New Moon symbolizes a fresh start, when we release the old to make space for expansion and opportunity. A Full Moon is a time for completion and manifestation of ideas.
We may not be fully aware of what is coming into our lives, so we operate mainly from instinct and our ability to trust in the Universe. The New Moon in the zodiac sign of Libra, in particular, opens up possibilities in our relationships; we may find ourselves in the first stages of a new relationship or moving an existing partnership to the next level.
We’re also developing fresh ways to understand the balance between self and other – the way we relate to the world and what the world and the people around us reflect back. We might be face-to-face with our shadow self or those parts of ourselves we project onto others. This means that though this Libra New Moon highlights our relationships, we’re just as likely to learn something about ourselves!
With this Moon, we may be getting out and about, meeting new people and learning from our connections with them. We may also experience a new beginning in other Libran areas like peace, art or social justice. Our eyes may be opened to a lack of balance in ourselves, our lives, and the wider world. We should take this chance to sow the seeds of equilibrium. Ideally, the planetary energy of the New Moon in Libra can be the start of a new sense of peace and harmony, within ourselves and the world around us.
Libra Traits and Characteristics
As mentioned above, Libra energy is strongly focused on relationships and the way that other people reflect our individual selves back to us. When this energy is powerful, it activates the heart chakra, and we may find ourselves feeling romantic and idealistic, as well as enjoying the arts, appreciating others’ creativity and working with our own imaginative side.
Libra is able to see the best in everyone, which makes those with lots of this energy popular and good at getting along with all sorts of people. Libra has a love of peace, harmony and balance, which means that sometimes we may avoid conflict and, because of that, struggle to assert our own needs directly.
As an air sign in astrology ruled by the planet Venus, Libra is the diplomat of the zodiac and has a love of truth and beauty that informs our values and choices in life. At times, high ideals may not match reality, especially around relationships. Symbolized by the scales, Libra is the sign of cosmic balance and those with strong Libra energy will always seek equilibrium. Fairness and honesty, as well as cooperation, are very important under Libra transits.
Aries Horoscope (Aries dates: March 20 – April 19)
The New Moon in your opposite zodiac sign of Libra has the potential to bring a new cycle in the way you relate to others and to the wider world around you, Aries. If your natural tendency is to focus on your own needs and even to put them first, under a Libra New Moon, you may find that you need to reverse your priorities. Consider different points of view, and act with empathy toward those you love, making mutual support and growth possible.
Taurus Horoscope (Taurus dates: April 20 – May 20)
The New Moon in Libra may find you questioning what keeps you in balance, along with where or how you might be out of alignment. As a sign, Taurus is not always good at letting go, but the Libra Moon calls for some adjustment. Releasing old habits and modifying how you nourish your body are good places to start. You might also find yourself altering your daily rhythm to make space for more creativity or more time with loved ones.
Gemini Horoscope (Gemini dates: May 21 – June 20)
The sociable qualities of the Libra New Moon are emphasized for you and you’re likely to enjoy the emotional connections you make with other people. You’re just as happy with a short-lived hookup as with a lasting friendship and making these contacts is likely to flow naturally for you. Your inner self is reflected back by those around you, and this dynamic process and energy exchange is likely to bring you insights and understanding.
Cancer Horoscope (Cancer dates: June 21 – July 21)
The New Moon in Libra falls in the area of your chart concerned with home and family, which makes this is a good time to simply enjoy being with your loved ones. Any issues that arise could have their roots in a need to set or shift boundaries – which means expressing your needs clearly as well as responding properly to the needs of others. This celestial happening also means that those you're in close relationships with may raise issues from your past or old emotional habits; the New Moon in Libra brings an opportunity to heal.
Leo Horoscope (Leo dates: July 22 – August 22)
Communication and ideas are activated by the Libra New Moon, so this is a good time to review the way you forge connections with others. If you tend to speak the loudest or communicate the most decisively, Leo, it may be time to try the opposite approach. This Moon brings the opportunity to learn to listen as well as you speak, so that others have a chance to shine – active listening should be your mantra. Communication is about reciprocity, so focus on the give and take of ideas and emotion.
Virgo Horoscope (Virgo dates: August 23 – September 22)
You probably appreciate the calm and clarity of emotion provided by the New Moon in Libra, which provides a good opportunity to take a step back and review your progress. If you’re usually quite hard on yourself, Virgo, ask others to help you with the evaluation process – you may find that their perception of your work is quite different from your own. Astrology says this is a perfect time value yourself and your skills; perhaps practice a talent or move on to the next level at work or with a hobby.
Libra Horoscope (Libra dates: September 23 – October 22)
The New Moon in your own sign is a good time to focus on your closest relationships. You’re likely to be in your comfort zone, caring for your loved ones and hopefully accepting support in return. Your individual journey and personal growth is likely to be focused on your closest connections, which makes astrology marks as a good time to learn about yourself from what those you care for are reflecting back. Just make sure you don't give away too much of yourself, Libra!
Scorpio Horoscope (Scorpio dates: October 23 – November 21)
The energy of the Libra New Moon may not feel obvious to you, because it triggers the area of your astrology chart concerned with the unconscious and what’s outside of your daily routines, Scorpio. You may want to retreat now to make the most of this New Moon energy for a spiritual practice or inner work to manifest at the Full Moon. Pull out the Tarot cards and pull in the energy of the cosmos and try some divination. Let the Sun shine on all that's hidden. This is also a time to let go of what no longer serves you to make space for a new beginning in the coming weeks.
Sagittarius Horoscope (Sagittarius dates: November 22 – December 20)
The New Moon in Libra is likely to bring a boost to your social life and you may find yourself connecting with like-minded souls. Collaboration and cooperation are especially favored at this New Moon. Now is a good time to start on joint projects or move them to the next phase, Sagittarius. You may also find yourself considering your ideals and sense of purpose with this New Moon, and making adjustments so you can achieve your higher goals.
Capricorn Horoscope (Capricorn dates: December 21 – January 19)
The Libra New Moon highlights the area of your astrology chart associated with your work and career, Capricorn. If you’re a workaholic who doesn’t make time for play, you may feel compelled to bring your life into balance. You can't work at your full capacity if you don't relax every once in a while! Make time to catch up with friends or to do something you enjoy. You may need to relax your boundaries a little to let people into your life.
Aquarius Horoscope (Aquarius dates: January 20 – February 17)
The airy New Moon in Libra is likely to feel like a comfortable energy for you and can be a starting point for mental, as well as physical, explorations. It's a good time to start a course of higher learning or simply begin investigating a subject that fascinates you. You share idealism and a love of philosophy with Libra and this New Moon is a good time to challenge your brain and broaden your mental horizons. Travel is also favored now.
Pisces Horoscope (Pisces dates: February 18 – March 19)
The Libra New Moon brings plenty of emotional energy and highlights the area of your astrology chart associated with close relationships and inner security. If you tend to give a lot of yourself away supporting others, you may need to set some flexible boundaries so you can do this without losing yourself completely. Make use of this Moon’s Libran objectivity to help you keep a sense of perspective and balance your conscious and unconscious minds.