With the Moon in the sign of her detriment today, and the Sun in the sign of his fall, this 1st quarter Moon looks somewhat daunting. Let’s look at essential dignities of the lights today with an eye for what these debilities might signify and what we can learn from them.
When the Sun is in Libra two challenges tend to appear. One is the tendency toward vanity, superficiality, or the lack of substantive personal identity or volition, and two is the tendency to become overly passive, pleasing, or deferential. One tends toward falseness and the other to indecision, ambivalence, or victimization. Though there is an entire archetypal world we could discuss related to Libra, these archetypal challenges might be the ones most intimately related to the classic debility of the Sun in the sign of the scales. At least, this has been my observation with regard to the archetypal meaning of the Sun’s fall in Libra.
Similarly, when the Moon is in Capricorn certain challenges appear. One is the tendency toward hardness, coldness, or emotional and environmental rigidity, and the second is the tendency to starve or be starved, to exhaust or be exhausted, or to operate from a place of ruthless necessity or deprivation without knowing when to stop, rest, or relax.
When we put these two debilities together right now we might get something like superficiality, vanity, and lack of substance within cold/hard and rigid environments, work places, or within the home or family. We might get the overall feeling that something about where we come from, or where we live or call home, is unpleasing or lacking in substance. Alternatively, we might feel superficially judged, misunderstood, or placated by people in the work place or some common or familiar environment.
On the other hand there might be a temptation right now to defer to someone else for the fear of losing an important position or place in the pecking order. We might fear that having our own moral or ethical standpoints will get us kicked out or exiled, or we might feel the desire to say anything or be anyone in order to make it through some challenging situation.
The tendency toward selfish or Machiavellian political/social moves right now is strong…so we should be careful to examine our motivations and think carefully through each of our decisions. A compromise in our personal ethics could easily create big problems right now, and it might be easy to feel strong armed into a position that simply represents “what the other wants to hear.”
Meanwhile, the potential to work through various difficulties by means of intelligent diplomacy and simple reality checks is the upside of this transit, and it should be considered alongside these traditional debilitation signatures.
Prayer: Help us to examine our falseness and our fears, and return us to the images of God that live in our souls.