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by Lynn Hayes

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Silver Winter, New Moon by Gary Milek.  Though the actual lunation (lunar event) occurred in the wee hours of the morning, the effect of the New Moon and her ability to facilitate new beginnings and change lasts for three days so there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of it!
The New Moon in Libra took place at 1:33 am Eastern time on October 18, beginning the new lunar cycle seeking the balance and beauty that Libra desires. At its best, Libra would like the world to be filled with beauty and happy people loving each other with perfect balance and harmony. And this New Moon forms a trine to the Chiron/Neptune conjunction, so there is the potential for a cascade of beautiful and soulful healing energy (Chiron/Neptune) that clears the way for the new beginning of the New Moon.  This is a beautiful time to begin new relationships or refresh the ones you have. 
That said, the New Moon (which is the conjunction of the Sun and Moon) forms a square to the lunar nodes, suggesting that we will be tested. How much are you giving up to have peace in your life, and where is better balance needed?  The nodes of the Moon are signposts that point the way towards our future, and there is some temptation in this New Moon to revert to old behaviors that perhaps worked for us in the past, but will no longer work for us as we head into a more conscious and evolved future.  Better to leave those old and comfortable patterns in the past and create new ways of looking at relationships that are more healthy and empowering.
We also see Mars forming a square to Ceres in the lunar chart, pitting the self-oriented aggression of Mars against the urge for nurture and comfort. There is tremendous potential here for healing the past and healing relationships with others, but it is clear that attention must be paid to the Self here as well. Then the power of the New Moon can operate fully and unenumbered to empower and protect.
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