Do you see Jupiter above and slightly to the right of the moon, our gorgeous Selene? In astrological terms, it’s conjunct. A few days ago we were graced with a glorious full moon in Libra and Jupiter rising close by, with focus on balance, passion, compassion, partnerships, and soul deep beauty. I drove all around town taking moon pictures with my phone. The fast moving moon is already on her way out of Scorpio and soon into Sagittarius, with ultra slow moving Jupiter, of course, still in Libra, and retrograde. Other longer term astrological aspects layer in tension, self worth, and nervous energy.
Look at the full moon picture and let your eyes relax. Do you see a face blowing fairy kisses to us? My friend Loretta saw it, too. The moon is the mouth, the clouds are the eyebrows and eyes. The trees look like hands curving around the moon lips while they blow.
Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance
By Johannes Hevelius [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
As the Wheel of the Year swirled into full autumn, the energy of Libra rose to the forefront.The thematic energy morphed into awe in the face of dramatic change and the increased serenity that comes from a cooling earth and slowing activity. One day the leaves are green and barely tinged with color, and the next they splash out their wild abandon with vibrant scarlet, orange, and gold. The time is ripe for turning your thoughts inward to examination of values, goals, and any mental adjustments that may be needed. It is a chance to take stock during this passage toward stillness. The beauty of maturing nature mirrors the fullness of your inner self as it readies for a calmer season. For many people autumn is an opening of bejeweled inspiration and artistic expression. We feel uplifted and renewed. Allow the universal creativity to flow through you in expressions of love, caring, and beauty. Libra thrives on symmetry, balance, and divine justice. Seek internal equilibrium and a quiet grace. Libra is mellow while experiencing ascendency. Allow yourself to be calmed and soothed by Libra’s nurturing spirit. I honor the goddess Astraea as the 2015 patron goddess of Libra.
The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets by Barbara G. Walker traces the birth of Astraea to Libya. I suspect the origins come from the Phoenician era of the Libyan region, during the cultural apex of the great city of Carthage. Astraea, the goddess we recognize as holding the scales of justice in balance, went on to influence the Greek and Roman eras. The latter deemed her “the Starry One.” As divine virgin she is affiliated with both Virgo and Libra. The most wonderful story pertaining to Astraea illustrates her compassionate capacity. The ancient Greeks spoke of five ages of man, starting with the Golden Age, and with each subsequent age further deteriorating. Disgusted by the growing degeneration and evil of humans, one by one the gods left the earth. Astraea was the last of the immortals to leave, doing so during the Iron Age. She stayed here longer than the other gods because of her compassion and belief in the ultimate goodness of mankind. Finally, even she could no longer withstand the deception, brutality, and mighty self-interest. With sadness, Astraea reclaimed her birthplace among the stars.
May we all be blessed by the beauty, grace and genuine solicitude bestowed by Astraea.
Cheers & Happy Reading! Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance
Sidney Hall [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Libra is the only constellation in the zodiac that symbolizes an object rather than a person. Libra depicts the scales of Astraea, the goddess associated with Virgo in ancient Greece. In her hands is the opportunity for justice and fairness. In her realm individuals are tried on their own merit, by their deeds, thoughts, and actions. It is her job to maintain a certain detachment during the process, and yet her servant’s heart proved to be large. When all the other gods would leave earth, deserting erratic humanity in its infancy, Astraea vowed to stay until not one human remained. The scales represented by Libra are her conception of truth and justice. Modern astrologers consider Aphrodite or Venus to be the ruler of Libra.
The ancient Babylonians did not recognize Libra as a distinct constellation, viewing it as part of Scorpio. However, the Egyptians saw the scales as Chonsu, the divine child representing death and rebirth. Chonsu reminds me of our Baby New Year. When an individual died, the soul was weighed against the feather of Maat, divine justice. If the soul was slightly heavier than the feather, the soul went on to another cycle of reincarnation. If the scale tipped dramatically, however, weighed down by an individual’s evil, the soul was tossed to a demon to munch on. The scales were also used to measure the heart. The abbreviation of pound, lb, comes from the word libra.
In the zodiac Libra is the seventh sign of marriage, partnerships, and relationships. A more elegant, old fashioned term for scales is balance. It is fitting description for Libra, which seeks balance and harmony in all things and can be overwrought when situations are too far off kilter. Libra has a sparkling personality. They appreciate beauty and can usually find it, even in hidden places. Art, music, and poetry soothe their souls. They are romantic, charming, and innately beneficent. They know how to get things done but in a gracious way. They don’t manipulate. They have a talent for seeing both sides of any given situation. On the negative side, they have to watch out for indecision and an overly lackadaisical attitude at times.
What about it? Do you have any sparkling Libras in your life?
Cheers & Happy Reading! Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance