With Sunday’s equinox, the Sun entered Libra: an air sign, but an air sign with a mission. Libra is a cardinal sign, initiating a season, and when the is Sun there, we’re all a lot more aware of the issues, decisions and challenges that we’re ready to take on in a new way. In true Libra style, those things may carry themes of balance, fairness, justice and relationship.
I think ‘justice’ in particular can be one of the more challenging of Libra’s themes to take on. The word calls to mind the court system and the many grave miscarriages of justice that can and do occur. ‘Justice’ relates to global human rights issues of all sorts. For some, the word has taken on a meaning that is actually closer to ‘revenge’ or ‘punishment’, completely devoid of any sense of healing, growth or deeper spiritual process and meaning.
Especially with the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square uprooting social paradigms all over for several years, we are faced more than ever with a question routinely asked every year when the Sun enters Libra: What are you going to do about the injustice you see in the world?
The question comes up because every year at this time the Sun is contacting the Aries Point (by way of opposing it). The Aries Point asks you to consider what is personal to you that you see playing out on the world stage, and what world events are having a personal impact on you. But you can’t take it all on, so where do you start?
Can you start in your own relationships? Can you begin modeling better balance, fairness and communication with everyone you’re involved with, whether intimately or professionally?
Consider also that right now the Libra Sun is making a trine to the asteroid Juno in Aquarius (exact Sept. 26 at 3:30 pm EDT), and Juno itself stations direct today at 3:16 am EDT.
Juno works on several levels. One one, it’s about whether one is able to express emotional needs to relationship partners. This may be at the heart of its tendency to jealousy and resentment. But according to some astrologers, Juno also carries a theme of social justice. And social justice is, ultimately, relational justice — just on a wider scale (pun not intended). In other words, think globally, act locally; the trine from the Sun is easing the way.
Speaking of scales, what is that point of balance in the middle, which is neither ‘this’ nor ‘that’? Can it be embodied? We tend to think of balance as being all about a pair of ideas, items or states of being that we’re trying to make ‘equal’. But is that sort of thinking a red herring?
Dichotomies like either/or, inner/outer, ‘me’/’other’ can be messy and often unjust, but Libra is ruled by Venus. What is the more elegant solution? Is there a third way, represented by the point of balance between the scales, rather than the things hanging on either side?
Isn’t that actually the state of existence represented by the equinox: a moment when night and day are equal for all, when we all share some facet of experience together all at once? That may be the thing to remember, to carry with you as the balance of night and day swings to an extreme and the astrology of the next season shifts into a higher gear: that point in the middle where balance is embodied, and from which you can extend yourself into your relationships and into the world in a way that allows room for the elegant solution, the third way. In any case, Libra says it’s time to start.