Libra LQ Moon at 24°38’—January 14

To be clear—allow me to clarify from yesterday’s post: when I mentioned ‘until after Monday’ I meant next Monday, as in January 23rd… apologies for any confusion. All next week is balsamic, and thereby not ideal to begin or initiate anything.

Not only balsamic, but also much stationary energy as well.

Now. As for today—it’s a last quarter moon. In Libra. And it’s exactly trine Saturn by degree, and very loosely square Pluto.

This moon is a moon shamanic astrologer Raven Kaldera considers the Judge’s Moon, a moon when we “consider what we really think about people and all the ways we judge them…”

Kaldera considers this to be a moon when we “think about what we believe to be fair and how much of that is influenced by our feelings…” and not to deny, but to be aware—which is somewhat challenging, as awareness isn’t always truly aware; what is necessary now is true objectivity, achieved through a higher awareness of something… but, it’s a Libra moon—and so objectivity isn’t the typical response, or preference.

This last quarter moon is occurring through a degree suggesting interpretation, and the need to, again, be objective.

Perhaps this will be the ultimate challenge to contend with within your personal reality—as last quarter moons typically emerge within one’s environment rather than within… and “can indicate an insight into something that can change the course of [your] life…”

Objectivity and inner vision—these are imperative now. Without true objectivity—without something of a personal detachment from something—you’ll be unable to connect with it naturally… as well as an ability to be patient enough to slow down to a snail’s pace and really see something for what it is, or someone, for who they are. Like in the Avatar movies: I see you.

It’s likely that something within your reality has unintentionally become overlooked… now is your time to see.

To pay mind.

To acknowledge.

To adjust the lens.

To take whatever this is personally, in whatever way, for whatever reason, would be to miss the point of it entirely.

Whatever the circumstances is, for you, has absolutely nothing to do with you… and perhaps this is part of the challenge?

Allow me to share an excerpt here, written by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, which I consider to be quite apropos for these lunarly Libran energies:

The main condition for the achievement of love is the overcoming of one’s narcissism. The narcissistic orientation is one in which one experiences as real only that which exists within oneself, while the phenomena in the outside world have no reality in themselves, but are experienced only from the viewpoint of their being useful or dangerous to one. The opposite pole to narcissism is objectivity; it is the faculty to see other people and things as they are, objectively, and to be able to separate this objective picture from a picture which is formed by one’s desires and fears.

—Erich Fromm

This last quarter moon occurs within the third decan of Libra, a decan associated with the 4 of swords…

Astrologer Austin Coppock describes this decan as one enjoying ‘rest from sorrow; yet after and through it—peace from and after the war—relaxation from anxiety…’

Coppock describes the need for balance, despite much contradiction, that “the center of balance is not a permanent thing…” and here, in this face, balance is “refined and tested.”

It is important to understand that Mercury governs this decan, and Mercury is currently retrograde, and so much of the contradictions and challenges to be navigated, observed, truly seen, and objectively acknowledged are likely understandably… miscounted, miscommunicated, misleading, or misunderstood.

Also, the moon, inherently, is not exactly comfortable in Libra. The moon is naturally wholly and intrinsically subjective—and the zodiacal pull to be objective in Libra is simply exhausting, and unnatural.

These two zodiacal objectives, if you will, are but another reason to continue in this state of yield, or pause, or hesitated hover… not energetically ideal to take first steps or rush yet.

Further, the 4 of swords is a card is infamously a card associated with rest and healing—contemplative realigning.

It is a card of planning and preparing…

Not action. Too much inner action is occurring now.

It can also mean that something is over, or come to its end.

It can suggest sleep, meditation, or practicing ‘active imagination’, such as visualization—talk about really seeing.

Or, maybe, for you—it’ll be a day when you simply want to sleep… and this could be your body’s way of asking you to dream.

All in all, today will likely be one of those days when you need a break, or to thoroughly embrace this extended pause we’re all navigating. And a good use of your time, beyond resting, dreaming, or visualizing, would be (re)examining your thoughts and feelings toward something, or someone, through as an objective lens as you are able—taking yourself and your ego entirely out of the equation…

Seeing whatever it is or whomever it is—entirely as it is—without any personal pollutions of preference or pride.

And to review all the corners and crevices of your reality, in search of anything you’ve let fall from focus—there may be something you need to be aware of, or someone who may be feeling a bit forgotten or forsaken.

There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.

—Alfred North Whitehead

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