Today is the New Moon in Libra, the cardinal air sign, associated with balance and harmony, the capacity to connect to different perspectives, needs, and desires and to hold them together in union and solidarity. The New Moon is a time of endings and beginnings, completing cycles and planting the seeds for that which is yet to come. In Libra, this New Moon has particular support because it has reception from Venus—the ruler of Libra—with whom it is co-present. Venus—the planet of love, relationships, beauty, and pleasure—is at home in its domicile of Libra. With even more support from a sextile to Jupiter in Sagittarius, Venus gives this New Moon an expansive scope, the potential to cultivate collaborations, coalitions, collectives, alliances, and great loves within the cauldron of our differences. With the support of Venus and Jupiter, this New Moon offers fertile soil for justice that grows not from singularity but irreducible multiplicity.
This New Moon reminds me of Audre Lorde’s writing about difference. She describes difference as “that raw and powerful connection from which our personal power is forged.” Difference then is not separation; it connects and holds us together. Whatever we might think of as our personal power is forged through the connection across our differences. Lorde writes: “Difference must not merely be tolerated, but seen as a fund of necessary polarities between which our creativity can spark like a dialectic. Only then does the necessity for interdependency become unthreatening. Only within that interdependency of different strengths, acknowledged and equal, can the power to seek new ways of being in the world generate, as well as the courage and sustenance to act where there are no charters.” As we pass into this new lunation cycle, may we recognize our differences as that which binds us to one another in a world that we are not only sharing but bringing into being together—always together—not in spite of our differences, but rooting into the deep creative potential that sparks within them. May we seek new ways of being in this world we are making, and feel into the courage to proceed into uncharted territories.