The New Moon in Libra takes place just as its ruler, Venus, goes retrograde. Venus is about values and love; Libra, relationships. The backward motion of retrograde gives us a chance to redo patterns of interaction. The fun doesn’t stop there: the planet of love is in Scorpio, sign of transformation that goes deep and brings to light that which has been tucked under the rug of our relationships: abuse, sex issues, power struggles and all things toxic.
For the Mayans, Venus was considered the planet of illumination, the most important member of the solar system next to the Sun. During its retrograde periods, special meditations were used to reprogram and rejuvenate the mind, dissolving discordant connections. As for the first New Moon after Fall Equinox, the Mexica wise ones use this portal to begin a cycle of autumnal regeneration: as the earth does away with dead vegetation, we can eliminate obsolete habits and behaviors.
The image of habits emerges with the Sabian symbol for 15 Libra, which describes “circular pathways”. The hour of this lunation, 11:44 Pacific time, suggests numerological significance. Number 11 and its multiples are sacred in both western and Mayan numerology. For the former, they are considered Master Numbers, connecting with mystical realms and allowing individuals to affect the masses. For the Mayans, 11 is a number of high vibration, helping us free and dissolve what’s necessary for positive change. A special blessing seems to be conferred by the date of October 7, which is St. Victoria’s Day, originally devoted to Pallas Athena, the goddess of success. The meditation below integrates Mayan and western traditions to optimize the alchemy of this portal for successful relationship.
- Pink, purple and/or white candles
- Pumpkins, sweet potatoes, dried grain and other fruits and/or symbols of autumn
- A picture of Zadquiel, Archangel of Transmutation and Freedom, Mary, and/or Chamuel, Archangel of Love, and /or Michael, Archangel of Banishing
- An amethyst or rose quartz crystal
- Rose incense
- Essential rose oil
- Journal or page and pen for each person
Relationship Renewal Ceremony
1) Light your incense saying,
The smoke that floats into invisibility represents the offering of my (our) intent that floats into the infinite plane of Spirit, as an offering to the Angels of Elimination, Regeneration and Love, to collaborate with their purpose in our own relationships and relationships throughout the cosmos.
2) Light your candle or candles, saying,
My relationship patterns now come to light, so that which obsolete can be released. I give thanks for the energy of divine regeneration that assists this process, and moves me to a higher, freer way of connecting now.
3) Repeat the following affirmation during 10 minutes:
Angels of Alchemy and of Love, I ask you to work with my guardian angel and the guardian angels of everyone in my life at this time or in the future, renewing my connections and ways of interacting so that they align with the Highest and the Best. Spirit knows who and what needs to be released from my mind and life, and who and what needs to be drawn to me to achieve regeneration; Spirit also knows how to make these movements and is doing so through Its infinite channels in response to my request for Divine Renewal now.
4) Write the following affirmation at the top of a page: Grace moves through my life and sweeps away any situations that are no longer for my best and highest good. I praise divine love that I am being freed of all these patterns: (list the behaviors and situations you know you wish to release).
5) At the bottom of the page write: Room has been made for relationships to flourish in accordance with the Divine Idea for my existence.
Follow up with this regeneration ceremony by repeating the affirmation in step 3 ten minutes daily throughout the current Moon cycle. Look at your elimination list and repeat the affirmation in step 4 three times, and then the one in step 5 during three minutes.
For followers of the Mayan and Mexica traditions, this is a powerful portal for regeneration. Western interpretation leads us to apply its force to our ways of relating. During Venus retrograde, this is best done not by pressuring others or outer circumstances, but by delving into our awareness. Intentionality vehicles like those suggested above, will open us to Grace, triggering changes within and without and leading to other, different kinds of work. Watch for synchronicities and remember: your own mind, heart and actions are the portals through which Love can renew your connections at this strangely sacred season.