by Robert Wilkinson
When the Sun transits Libra, we are shown the light of new relationships, ideals, and other pleasing social forms. It's the beginning of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, with its focus on harvesting that which is agreeable to us, socializing and connecting with a greater "perfect vision" while seeing the endings in the old forms of our lives.
As I mentioned in the Virgo celebration last month, that sign marked the end of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and the end of Winter in the Southern. In the Northern Hemisphere, the distributive practicality of Virgo sorts the fruits of the labor resulting from Summer, and begins our preparation for Autumn. In the Southern Hemisphere, Virgo helps you do practical adjustments to the emerging rhythm of Nature after stabilizing the heart Fire that preserves the life force following the Cancer energy that represents your entry into Winter.
Up here, the Solar force is waning, while “down under” the Solar force is waxing. Virgo helps the North prepare for Autumn, and the South for Spring. This year the recent Equinox happened at Sept 22, 2013, at 1:44 pm PDT, 4:44 pm EDT, 9:44 pm Greenwich daylight time, when the Sun entered Libra, our birthday sign!
I opened the door to a new way of viewing the signs relative to the season for the two hemispheres in the article The Mirroring of the Northern and Southern Hemisphere Year Cycles in Astrology. If you're down under, please reference the concepts put forth there, since Virgo in the Southern Hemisphere helps you get ready for a new Spring following the consolidation in Leo of the decisions of Cancer (the beginning of Winter). Leo began the "warming up" of your Winter, which then led to the practical adjustments and preparations in Virgo for your Spring.
In this phase of the twelve-step evolutionary process, that which began in Aries, stabilized in Taurus, expanded in Gemini, consolidated in Cancer, creatively projected in Leo and refined in Virgo is shaped into a new collective form or ideal. Libra is symbolically associated with the Scales, showing the weighing and judging function of this sign which always strives for fairness and perfect equilibrium.
In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the apportioning of the harvest, while in the Southern, Virgo marks a time of “preparing the ground” for what we want to see take shape in Libra’s beautiful Spring. For all of us, Libra marks the incorporation of the adjustments of Virgo into a more ideal and beautiful social forms. The power of Leo organized usefully by the discrimination and education of Virgo are balanced and harmonized in more perfect grace of expression in Libra.
We decide some things in Cancer that allow us to re-integrate our personalities toward self-gathering of what we need to ensure us our supply. These all show as new ways of life, self-expression, and enjoyment of how we are connected to doing our being naturally in Leo.Virgo then shows us how to use the energy of Leo in practical ways that involve discrimination and being educated in precise expressions, preparing us for the archetypal energies to come in Libra. So now, both hemispheres have now made adjustments required by Virgo, and in October experience the balanced initiatives and renewed ideals of Libra.
Libra is self-initiating, interactive, and tries to see all the different points of view in any situation. Whether in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, the Sun in Libra shines the light of wisdom on how we must be fair, balanced, and well-rounded in our ideal of justice, opening us to living a greater image of truth, goodness, and beauty.
This sign's keywords are "I balance." This is the sign of romance, refinement, and appreciation. Libra explores the archetypes of transfiguration and reconstruction through actions and interactions, adjusting the balance of things.
The new initiatives and possibilities offered in 2005 by Jupiter in Libra were deepened and transformed into social power and magnetism by Jupiter in Scorpio in 2006 and expanded into a vision or adventure in 2007. The adventure, opening, or ideals we glimpsed in 2005 were organized during Jupiter in Capricorn (2008) into forms of personal power and responsibility that expressed a new vision of ideals and relationships during 2009 with Jupiter in Aquarius.
The important conjunctions between Mars and Saturn (1 Libra, July 2010, 25 Libra August 2012) profoundly impacted us by the emergence of new archetypes of living in Summer 2010 through Summer 2012. We are still within the cycle of influence of the recent conjunction, which is teaching us all how to see through material forms and understand the “life and death process” surrounding those forms that call our attention.
In 2012, we came to “philosophical completions” promised by Saturn’s station January 2012. Mars activated all the Saturn in Libra lessons anew when it transited Libra between early July and Late August 2012. Venus already transited Libra in late August and early September 2013, giving us a first “new look” of the Saturn in Libra lessons we learned from November 2009 through October 2012.
When Mercury was in Libra in September, it gave us new ways to understand and coordinate those Saturn lessons in our lives, and now that the Sun is again in Libra, we can find power and illumination by seeing those Saturn lessons “in a new light.”
This year, Venus (ruler of Libra) was in Scorpio at the Equinox, strengthening the Scorpio influence through being the dispositor of the Sun. Now that Venus has entered Sagittarius, the Sun in Libra will have more of a Sagittarius quality. And this will help the Sun anticipate the Sagittarius experiences to come when it moves through that sign several weeks from now.
Back to the celebration of Libra! As I’m posting this early in the month, some of the links below are from last year’s celebration. I’ll replace them in the future as the birthdays come up this year.
Mythologically, Libra is in the axis of the Relator, or Lover. This sign (along with its polar opposite, Aries) repotentializes the dance of relationship between self and others begun in Aries. Libra shows us how to be refined and gracious as we interact with others.
It is the part of us willing to dance with others' points of view, seeing other perspectives, and basically just being diplomatic and pleasant. Libra's reasonableness and moderation are healthy antidotes for the stubborn selfish extremism that seems so prevalent today.
Libra, when freed of the traps of superficiality, vanity, extravagance, timidity, indecisiveness, vacillation, impatience, and getting too theoretical, demonstrate a harmonious, cooperative, agreeable impartial consideration for others that brings a greater sense of belonging to everyone involved.
They are born peacemakers and mediators, and see the ten thousand ways we can all get along if everyone just gives a little bit. They are expressive, modest, inspirational, creative, appreciative, romantic and artistic. The sign of Libra has given us some of the greatest icons of history.
Think Mohandas K. Gandhi, master politician, revolutionary, statesman and "mahatma," or Great Spirit. He led his country to independence from Great Britain through demonstrating the practical efficacy of the doctrine of "non-violence," or ahimsa, applied through the power of satyagraha, or "Soul-force."
Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds humanity has produced, once said of Gandhi that "Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this walked the earth in flesh and blood." One of the most effective politicians in history, he demonstrated the practical truth that the way of applied Soul force using non-violent techniques is the most powerful political tool we have.
A Libra icon for the ages is John Lennon the Beatle, global lightning rod of the Vietnam anti-war movement who gave us "All You Need Is Love" and "Give Peace A Chance" along with about a hundred other songs for all time. Gandhi and Lennon's shared politics of non-violence is the only sane way for our world to come out of the fear, hatred, and barbarism that we're subjected to. Paul Simon, another Libra, helped to break down the barriers of apartheid in South Africa while bringing their ancient and beautiful music out for all the world to hear. Libra strives to make a better world, more fair, just, and beautiful for all.
Libra's archetypal nature is easily seen in Lenny Bruce, the standup comedian and social critic beloved by millions for exposing society's hypocrisies while making us laugh. He busted racism, sexism, prisons, movies, social pomposities and even the Lone Ranger. And speaking of Libras who made us laugh, let us honor the icon himself, Groucho Marx, deflater of egos and pretentiousness while making double entendres and raising his bushy eyebrows. Some of the most brilliant satires ever to hit the silver screen were courtesy of this master of the one-line zinger, beloved to this day.
Political Libras who made their mark on the world stage include President, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Habitat for Humanity Jimmy Carter, along with Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester A. Arthur, and Dwight Eisenhower. In this group we also include political powerhouses William Penn (who gave us Pennsylvania), First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Pope Paul VI, David Ben-Gurion, Lech Walesa, Vladimir Putin, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Juan Peron, and Jesse Jackson.
Among actors and actresses we have some of the brightest stars of all time. We start with many of the most magnificent, beautiful, and talented leading ladies in history: Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Helen Hayes, Lillian Gish, Spring Byington, Jean Arthur, Greer Garson, Joan Fontaine, Carole Lombard, Rita Hayworth, Anita Eckberg, Britt Ecklund, Julie Andrews, Deborah Kerr, Stella Stevens, Jayne Meadows, Joyce Randolph, Juliet Prowse, Angie Dickinson, Melina Mercouri, Angela Lansbury, Lotte Lenya, Annette Funicello, Sheila MacRae, Glynis Johns, and June Allyson.
Legendary leading men include some archetypal figures: Gene Autry, Bela Lugosi, Fayard Nicholas, Buster Keaton, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Andy Divine, Spanky McFarland, Bud Abbott, Mickey Rooney, Cornel Wilde, Montgomery Clift, Trevor Howard, Marcello Mastroianni, James Whitmore, George Peppard, Walter Matthau, Charlton Heston, Yves Montand, Edumnd Gwenn, Donald Pleasence, Richard Harris, William Conrad, Anthony Newley, Tom Bosley, Wilford Brimley, Roger Moore, Patrick O'Neal, Christopher Reeve, Rex Reed, Phil Hartman, Divine, Richard Jaeckel, Ed Wood, Nipsey Russell, Tom Poston, and George C. Scott.
Modern film and television stars include such talented ladies as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Carrie Fisher, Susan Sarandon, Penny Marshall, Signorney Weaver, Linda Hamilton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madeline Kahn, Stephanie Zimbalist, Heather Locklear, Hilary Duff, Mira Sorvino, Lorraine Bracco, Kate Winslet, Margot Kidder, Alicia Silverstone, Ashlee Simpson, Suzanne Somers, Pam Dawber, Dawn Wells, Sofia Milos, Dawn French, Karen Allen, Nia Vardalos, Mary Kay Place, Elizabeth Shue, Stephanie Zimbalist, Fran Drescher, Freida Pinto, Tanya Roberts, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Jenna Elfman, Rachael Leigh Cook, Emily Deschanel, Vanessa Marcil, Aida Turturro, Monica Bellucci, Naomi Watts, Joan Cusack, Erin Moran, Rachel McAdams, Janeane Garofalo, Sofia Vassilieva, Skye Bartusiak, Sharon Osbourne, Kim Kardashian, Carly Schroeder, Kelly Ripa, and legal eagles Nancy Grace and Her Honor Judge Judy Sheindlin.
Among contemporary male Libra stars of the large and small screens, we have Michael Douglas, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, Will Smith, Matt Damon, Hugh Jackman, Tony Shalhoub, Tim Robbins, Ian McShane, Chevy Chase, Jeff Goldblum, Luke Perry, Viggo Mortensen, Jerry Orbach, Sacha Baron Cohen, Greg Morris, Ben Vereen, Randy Quaid, Peter Boyle, Chris Carter, Charles Dance, Tony Roberts, Mackenzie Crook, Guy Pearce, Seann William Scott, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kent McCord, Paul Petersen, George Wendt, Norm MacDonald, Brandon Routh, Harry Anderson, Steve Burns, Eric Stoltz, Bernie Mac, John Krasinski, Josh Hutcherson, Jesse Eisenberg, Scott Bakula, Jonathan Lipnicki, Chris Kattan, Ty Pennington, and directors Stanley Kramer and Arthur Penn.
Musicial Libras include such historically important artists as Giuseppe Verdi, Franz Liszt, Sarah Bernhardt, George Gershwin, Dmitri Shostakovich, Vladimir Horowitz, Yo-Yo Ma, Glenn Gould, Charles Ives, Luciano Pavarotti, and Julio Iglesias. In jazz we have such greats as John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Cozy Cole, Art Blakey, Anita O'Day, Matt Schulman, and Wynton Marsalis, along with legendary bluesmen Mickey Baker, Albert Collins, Fenton Robinson, and "Queen of the Blues" Koko Taylor. A special nod goes out to Libra "Mystic Man" Peter Tosh of the original Wailers. Other greats in their day include Vaughn Monroe, Johnny Mathis, "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz, big sax of the Wrecking Crew Steve Douglas, Sir Cliff Richard, and the man who gave us the Twist, Chubby Checker.
Libras include some of the greatest rock legends in history: Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Sting, Jackson Browne, Bob Weir, Justin Hayward, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lindsey Buckingham, Bobby Fuller, Bob Geldof, John Mellencamp, John Entwistle, and Sammy Hagar.
Superstar musical ladies feature Julie London, Marilyn McCoo, Toni Braxton, India.Arie, Gwen Stefani, Natalie Maines, Martie Seidel, Linda McCartney, Laura Nyro, Olivia Newton-John, Avril Lavigne, Ayumi Hamasaki, and Brill Building hitmaker Cynthia Weil.
Other notable musical luminaries of recent history include Ziggy Marley, Trey Anastasio, Flea, Thom Yorke, Stephan Jenkins, John Mayer, Usher, Esperanza Spalding, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Meat Loaf, Richard Carpenter, Robby Takac, Christina Milian, Nana Mouskouri, Don McLean, Shaun Cassidy, David Lee Roth, Taylor Hicks, Ashanti, Dallas Green, Zac Hanson, Tiffany, Paul Thomas, Kaci, Dan Gillen, Chris Kirkpatrick, Mya, and the inimitable "Weird Al" Yankovic.
Poets represented by the sign of Libra include such archetypal figures as Virgil, Rumi, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Arthur Rimbaud, ee cummings, and T.S. Eliot.
The tribe of Libra features quite a few literary legends. Among the notables: Noah Webster, Miguel de Cervantes, Friedrich Nietzsche, Noah Webster, Jack London, Oscar Wilde, P.G. Wodehouse, William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Gore Vidal, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Truman Capote, Katherine Mansfield, Bruce Catton, Gunter Grass, John LeCarre, Mario Puzo, John Kenneth Galbraith, Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, Art Buchwald, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., James Herriot, R.L Stine, Alvin Toffler, and playwrites Eugene O'Neill, Damon Runyon, and Arthur Miller.
Metaphysical writers include such compelling figures as Cyril Scott, musical genius and author of "The Initiate" series, Theosophist and guiding light to the world Annie Besant, astrologers Charles Jayne and Shelley Ackerman, metaphysical Masters of Astrology and Kabbalah Marc Edmund Jones and Paul Foster Case, and the somewhat infamous Aleister Crowley.
Other Libras who excelled in their fields are journalists Walter Lippman, Jack Anderson, Chris Wallace, and Barbara Walters, Muppet creator Jim Henson, architect Christopher Wren, inventor and prize creator Alfred Nobel, impressario Ed Sullivan, parapsychological researcher J. B. Rhine, pioneer Addison Grace, progressive healer Deepak Chopra, and metaphysical researcher Timothy Leary.
In sports we have such archetypes as Mickey Mantle, Rod Carew, Mark McGwire, Jerry Rice, Brian Boitano, Mike Ditka, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martina Navratilova, and Serena Williams.
We continue this eclectic list with physicists Niels Bohr and Enrico Fermi, pioneer illustrator N.C. Wyeth, "Pop-art" creator Peter Max, tv cook Emeril Lagasse, photographer Annie Leibovitz, educator and political reformer John Dewey, supreme William Rehnquist, "Johnny Appleseed" John Chapman, Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov, activist and comedian Dick Gregory, Lee Iacocca, designer Ralph Lauren, supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, Addison Grace, George Westinghouse, and fall guy in the Kennedy assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald.
A special happy birthday goes out to my departed dear ones Gladys Knapp, Ruby Alves, and Arthur Wolfe, as well as the cities of Copenhagen and Vienna and the nations of China, Argentina, Austria, and Japan. Here in America, there are no states under Libra, but it's a happy birthday to the US cities of Riverside (CA), Rock Island (Il), Roswell, Eugene, Rapid City, Knoxville, Waco, and Alexandria.
© Copyright 2013 Robert Wilkinson