October 2020: Tarot spread for the new moon in Libra

Tarot spread for the October 2020 new moon in Libra

The October 2020 new moon falls in the sign of Libra. The Libra archetype is closely associated with justice and maintaining balance in social interactions and within the self. They are the true diplomats among the zodiac archetypes, and focus on fair dealings in all their relationships.

Spiritually, the Libra archetype teaches the principle of intimate balance, of the ability to remain centered and true to yourself no matter what may be going on around you. This is a skill that can be particularly helpful for those of us who turn up our noses to societal expectations as we dance to the tune of our own drum beat. Being able to remain centered is also an important skill to have if you’re surrounded by toxic people – and in these times, even toxic politics! One of the best ways to remain centered is through the breath, and through being able to distinguish between the things that are in your control, and those that aren’t.

This new moon also brings into focus the ways in which we communicate – be that with our loved ones or with our wider communities. With the rising focus on human rights, and race and caste related privilege, our conversations have been getting polarised since quite some time.

This new moon asks us to take a time out and look at how we can build bridges with one another. With the divide between the left and right becoming starker, both sides are more firmly rooting into their stand. What is needed is a way to find a common middle ground, a place where dialogue is possible – not agreement per se, but understanding where those with different political and racial views are coming from. We need to come to a meeting point, which is becoming increasingly difficult with social media, the rise in fake news, and government-controlled media houses trying to rip open the fault lines between us.

This is playing out against the age-defining astrology of 2020, as the we close one astrological era and begin another. The ever wise Chani Nicholas, at the start of the year had said that technology is likely to proliferate, communications could take new forms, and information can become new currency. And this moon gives us a chance to pause, reflect, and see how we can use technology and data in ways that build bridges rather than poison societies and cultures and minds.

This is also a good time to examine the conversations we have with ourselves. Our mental chatter can hold us back, pull us down, and keep us stuck. It is when we become aware of our internal dialogue and start to question the stories we play on loop in our minds that we can begin to set ourselves free of old patterns and craft better outcomes for ourselves.  

Astro-tarot influences for the October 2020 new moon

To throw some more light on the astrology of the new moon in Libra, let’s take a look at the astro-tarot influences of this lunation. The new moon falls in decan 3, which is represented by the 4 of Swords. This is to be interpreted in conjunction with Justice, which is associated with Libra.

The Daily Pause Oracle Deck

I designed this beautiful, 40-card oracle deck to bring in some stillness, to give us a word or an idea to reflect on as we go about our day.

Supported by the four elements – earth, air, fire, water – and a carefully thought-out structure that connects the cards, The Daily Pause oracle will help you to listen to and trust your own inner knowing.

There’s no learning curve involved with using this deck. Just get quiet, shuffle the cards, pull one out, and reflect on the word you’re presented with.

The 4 of Swords represents mental exhaustion and points to the need to rest. It indicates an inability to think clearly due to mental overwhelm, and warns, too, of the negative consequences of ignoring our mental health, especially during stressful times. Justice is about the balancing of the scales. About weighing our decisions and the pros and cons of our actions, while ensuring that we are fair in our dealings. It also indicates the need for us to think over the things we have said and done, and to account for our words and actions.

This, then, speaks to the need for a time out, which can feel difficult, given the times we are in. And yet, it is in times like these that we most need to tend to ourselves and fill our cups.

Looking at this Libra moon’s focus on communication and finding ways to build bridges, what this also indicates is the need to unplug from the noise and the drama around us, at least for a little while. Because given the times we are in, burying our head in the sand like an ostrich isn’t going to help. We need to be aware of what is happening and make informed choices. AND we need to tend to our own nervous system. Which means ODing on the news isn’t going to help.

The other thing these cards highlight with regards to conversations with loved ones, our wider communities, and ourselves is the need for kindness. Sometimes, breaking ties with people whose values do not – and probably never will – align with ours is an act of radical kindness. These decisions can weigh heavy on us too, because we may have had close relationships before the politics of the day polarised our conversations. But learning to wield the sword of Justice in a way that is fair and balanced is something that this Libra new moon is highlighting for us.

This kindness and balance needs to extend to ourselves too – to our mental conversations. Our self-talk influences our choices, our mental health, and our stress levels – perhaps at levels that we don’t even realize. Spending some time immersed in a hobby, practicing mindfulness or meditation, or a daily contemplative writing practice would be particularly supportive at this time.

One of the ways I like to approach a contemplative writing practice is by using oracle cards. The words or images on the card help me to connect in with my inner wise self and come away with some rich insights that I may not have had access to before. My current favorite deck is The Daily Pause, an oracle deck that I designed to bring in some stillness, to give myself a word or an idea to reflect on as I go about my day. Take a look at the deck and snag a copy for yourself, if you’d like.

Sabian Symbol for the October 2020 Libra new moon

The Sabian Symbol for Libra 23 degrees is A Third Wing On The Left Side Of A Butterfly.

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If you’ve ever studied the wing design of birds or insects, you’d know just how aerodynamically balanced they are. A wing bent even slightly out of shape can impact a bird’s flight and seriously injure an insect. An extra wing – that’s pretty imbalanced, right?

And that’s what this symbol points to – imbalances of any kind, be they physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional. And a reminder to try and come back to centre.

This symbol also points to embracing your peculiarities. Because it is the quirks of character that makes people so unique, and it is by embracing our uniqueness that we can bring something unique into the world.  

Tarot spread for the October 2020 new moon in Libra

Here’s a tarot spread to tap into the energy of this new moon.

Astrology and tarot forecast for the October 2020 Libra new moon, plus a tarot spread and journaling questions for the new moon in Libra.

First, divide the cards into 3 piles – major arcana, minor arcana, court cards. Then shuffle and pull as below:

1. Voices in my head: From the minor arcana, draw 2 cards that represent the ways/areas in which you’re excessively hard on yourself

2. Friendly advice: From the court cards, draw one card that represents a personality – imagine this court card advising your how to be gentler on yourself.

3. Sage advice: From the major arcana, draw one card that represents a message from your inner mentor. What advice does this card bring on fostering more self-kindness?

4. Taking action: Combine the piles and draw one or two cards for some ideas on self-care/self-kindness actions you can take during this moon cycle.

5. Mama moon says: This is always a message of love and hope

Journaling questions for the October 2020 Libra new moon

Not a cardslinger? No problem! These questions should help you refine your focus for this moon cycle. Cardslingers will also benefit from reflecting on these questions!

  1. In what ways am I being too hard on myself?

2. In what areas do I have unreasonable demands or expectations from myself?

3. What about the news/political cycle is getting my hackles up, and how can I extend some compassion towards family/friends or myself in this situation?

If you need some more support during these times, why not join me for a 16-day mindfulness un-challenge on Instagram? It started on 15 October, but you can jump in at any time. Details are here; if it looks like something that would interest you/help you at this time, I welcome you to jump right in!

Some self-care resources for you

Creating a personal retreat: A field guide: Sometimes we just need to get away from it all! But instead of just imploding or wasting away your alone time, why not make it beautifully nourishing? A personal retreat has many purposes and there are many ways to create a sanctuary for yourself. This post will give you a low-down on how.

A one-hour at-home retreat: Here’s a retreat plan for you to make the most of your me-time.

If you share your tarot readings using this spread on social media, please use the hashtag #moontarotstories so we can connect with each other.

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