Your Love Life Will Be In The Spotlight During October's New Moon

A solar eclipse is coming, too — so expect some curveballs.

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Your love life will be in the spotlight during October's new moon.
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Let your healing era commence, star angels. A new moon arrives on Oct. 14, 2023 at 1:55 p.m. ET (11:55 a.m. PT) in diplomatic Libra, giving us all a chance to get things off our chest and welcome new ways to love in our relationships. This lunation is also a solar eclipse.

Typically, new moons are about rest and turning over a new leaf. But eclipses tend to kick up drama, so don’t let your guard down just yet — especially when it comes to romance, friendship, and other kinds of connections.

Libra rules our partnerships and our ability to compromise. Since eclipses tend to throw curveballs at whatever sign they fall under, this lunation pushes us to strike a balance between logic and desire.

“As an air sign, Libra tends to intellectualize emotions. However, emotions should be approached with the heart, and not the mind,” says astrologer Narayana Montufar. “The energy of this eclipse is strongly trying to teach us this through the presence of asteroid Pallas Athene.”

This asteroid is named after Athena, the Greek goddess of war and wisdom. The ancient knowledge she brings can bridge the left and right sides of our brain together. “On a spiritual level, we are being asked to find a balance between our masculine and feminine sides,” Montufar says.

What Is The Spiritual Meaning Of The October New Moon?

Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of romance, art, and beauty. This eclipse emphasizes the need for us to appreciate simple joys and anything that brings vibrancy to our world.

“Libra is the sign of the scales that seeks to find balance between two opposite forces — whether that is good or bad or black and white,” Montufar says. “Libra teaches how important it is to find a middle ground and hear both sides of the story.” During this time, it’s necessary to be fair and diplomatic.

Plus, asteroid Chiron, aka the “wounded healer,” sits opposite of this lunation in Aries, fusing some of that therapeutic energy into our lives. This is our moment to air our grievances, then move on.

“By doing this, we can heal all people-pleasing tendencies, which is actually the shadow side of Libra,” she says. “A profound healing takes place when we ask for the space to be ourselves, regardless of how [strange] and uncomfortable that can be for those around us.”

How To Work With The October New Moon’s Energy

Remember how Chiron is in Libra’s sister sign, Aries? That’s the sign of the self. “Now, more than ever, we are in the process of remembering that our uniqueness is what makes us special,” Montufar says. Ultimately, this lunation is about fully embodying your authenticity, whether that’s embracing your niche hobby or experimenting with your hair (bobs and midi bangs are having a moment, FYI).

As the eclipse throws a few plot twists your way, pay attention to your gut instincts. “This is paving the way for us to unplug from any situation that doesn’t feel right for us,” she says. Letting go is typically the job of a full moon, but the healing element to this lunation reminds us that if you’ve outgrown something or someone, it’s never too late to call it quits.


Narayana Montufar, astrologer and author of Moon Signs: Unlock Your Luminary Power

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