New Moon in Libra: It Isn’t Fair

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The Balance – by DISENT

Libra has a reputation for being nice and for putting other people first. But Libra also symbolizes comparison; to some extent, most of us gauge our relative success by looking at what others have accomplished. Even when we’re smiling on the outside, our inner Librans are keeping score and making sure the scales balance. When they don’t… no more Mr. Libra nice guy.

Some of our earliest shocking realizations about the world are about fairness. “It’s not fair!” squeals the 5-year-old whose older brother gets a later bedtime. “It’s not fair!” objects the teenager who is denied her own car, even though all her friends have one. “It’s not fair!” shouts the employee who has been let go in his company’s latest round of firings, even though his laziest coworker gets to keep his job.

Life isn’t fair, at least not according to our (probably limited) understanding of fairness. And it’s especially galling when you’ve played by the rules and done everything you were supposed to do, and have not been rewarded for it but in fact punished. Like young people who were pushed to attend college, sometimes incurring massive debt in the process, only to graduate and find there are no jobs for them. Or workers near retirement age who find their guaranteed pension has vanished into thin air. And while I’m personally grateful for the Affordable Care Act, I do understand why some feel that it’s unfair to be compelled to buy health insurance.

For many of us keeping score at home, the scales don’t seem to balance. When our internal accounting system triggers a fairness audit, we have a range of options. We can attempt to steer the world toward greater fairness through activism and education. We can surrender to cynicism, anger, and laziness. We can turn to faith; Venus, Libra’s ruling planet, is after all exalted in Pisces, the sign of spiritual awareness. Maybe the currently popular adage is true, and “Things always turn out right in the end. If things aren’t right, it’s not the end.” Or we can simply ignore everything that makes us unhappy.

The chart for this New Moon (October 4, 2013, 5:34 pm Pacific), with the Sun and Moon opposed radical Uranus in Aries and square transformational Pluto, demands that we exercise the first option. Aspects like those fairly scream, “State of emergency! Threat level orange! All hands on deck!” But after a couple of decades of fighting hard for a better world, I’ll admit that these days I’ve retreated into the second, and possibly the fourth options. I’m dimly aware of the catastrophes running rampant in the world at the moment, but I’m doing my level best to ignore them. I’ve had a few health problems this year, and I find I’m not willing to risk more by fretting over politicians behaving like the craven idiots we always knew they were.

I feel for the Pluto in Libra generation, now reaching key astrological ages – the youngest are 29 and reaching their Saturn returns, the oldest have hit 42 and their “mid-life crisis” aspects (Uranus opposition, Saturn square, Pluto square). They’re gotten kind of a raw deal, and they know it. But along with the Saturn/Uranus/Neptune in Capricorn generation born in the 1980s, the eldest of whom are now within a few years of their own Saturn returns, Team Pluto in Libra is probably our best hope for sorting out the messes now facing us.

It’s always been the young people who have had to fight for justice, for more or less the same reason we send young people to fight battles on foreign soil: they’re young enough to believe they’re immortal and can’t fail. Besides, each generation defines itself by working out its own outer-planet astrological signatures at the macro-level, through railing at the government, wars, and economy that they inherited from previous generations. The Saturn/Pluto in Leo Baby Boomers dealt with the Uranus/Pluto conjunction in the 60s, mostly by blowing up society as we knew it (not necessarily a bad thing); my generation (Pluto in Virgo) dealt with the collapse of the bubble and with the horrifying rise of the Bush idiocracy while Pluto was in Sagittarius.

And now we’re facing the ongoing square between transiting Uranus and Pluto, and problems that are far beyond the sincerest gestures of well-meaning individuals. Selfishness and isolation and the very worst, most childish shadow side of the Pluto in Leo era are in their death throes; Pluto in Virgo can offer triage to stem the bleeding, and perhaps build some much-needed infrastructure. But these are times that call for collective action, and we’re fortunate that the generation born with Pluto in Libra has a gift for collaboration that surpasses anything we’ve seen in my lifetime. It’s going to be up to them to help us remember the power, responsibility, and redemption of living as a society.

And no, that isn’t fair to them. But as much as we yearn for fairness, the best we can probably hope for is a kind of logic to the way things work out. As individuals, human beings are wildcards, but as a species we seem to move in a fairly linear way toward more or less logical conclusions. Each moment of epic societal fail has a pedigree, a family tree that you can trace to understand its origins and to identify the point at which its DNA became corrupted. But the tree also has new branches and leaves that represent new generations with fresh energy… and that is a source of hope, a promise that wounds can heal and that day will inevitably follow night. It’s not fairness, exactly, but there is a kind of symmetry to it, and balance. And for a New Moon in Libra, that’s not such a bad consolation prize.

© 2013 by April Elliott Kent

15 Responses to “New Moon in Libra: It Isn’t Fair”

  1. Leah

    I like your analysis. Nice overview of succeeding generational approaches to societal situations.
    Best wishes to you!

  2. Rachel

    Great thanks April! :) my progressed Sun going into Libra soon – starting to take note…

  3. Tanene K.

    Brilliant….as ever April. Such clarity of explanation of the role of the generations. Sorry you are under the weather. Heck, just stay on the couch and keep writing these masterpieces. Tell hubby to bring home take-out from the neighborhood local hang out.

  4. Sara M

    I fall into that category of the Saturn/Uranus/Neptune in Capricorn and Pluto in Libra generation. Just finished my first Saturn return last October- a particularly rough Saturn return with a cardinal cross. I do feel like life is harder for us in different ways. I do remain hopeful that something will come of this and I can’t help but think there is a reason. While I don’t make much money I am blessed to be working in my field unlike so many of my compatriots. I do feel like graduating college in 2008 was a splash of cold water but I feel like I’m getting the hang of it. Great write up!

    • Sara M

      Scratch that, I don’t fall in the category of Saturn/Uranus/Neptune in Capricorn generation.

  5. Gia

    Once again, thank you April! Let’s hear it for the Pluto in Libra generation! This article really resonated with me, being born in 1974. I do feel like our generation is being forced to pick up the pieces or create some kind of harmony out of the ashes of our parents’ generation, the Pluto in Leos. They boldy (Leo) pioneered a new road for our generation back in the the 60s. We’re so thankful for the changes they fought for and we really wanted to uphold and believe in their values but the Uranus/Pluto square seems to be telling us that maybe it wasn’t as perfect as they thought it was. Time for more change! I love how hopeful your article is, tough for the Pluto in Libras but encouraging because I think on some level we all believe that true balance will be our reward at the end of this trying cycle.

  6. Steve

    Great post, April! I’m a Pluto in Libra (1975), totally Generation X, and somewhat dreading the return of 90s fashion, but at least I can sneer at kids in Nirvana t-shirts and claim, like James Murphy (who?) in LCD Soundsystem’s (who?!) “Losing My Edge” that I WAS THERE!

    Anyway! None of this had occurred to me, but reading your post I see your point. If that is the case, and anyone will listen (this has not always happened) then the news is good because a lot of us went through a fair bit of horribleness in our youth, somewhat in isolation, while living in a largely unsympathetic world. Stuff like a terrible job market when you graduate (if you bothered — you’d often be turned down for jobs if you were “overqualified”, now all the kids have degrees, even if it is in Goldfish Management), or trying to get a mortgage with — heaven forbid — an actual deposit and astronomical interest rates. We watched with horror as the 6x salary, 120% mortgages were handed out like candy, or the kids blowing tens of thousands on student fees to qualify in something that would probably have been better served with an apprenticeship (so passe), and feel all entitled because their parents told them they’re special.

    (Not that I would ever be bitter!)

    And so we know what it’s like to live on the breadline, to have all our efforts come to nought, or our opinions dismissed, but because we got through it and came out the other side, we probably also know what needs to be done. And IMO, it hasn’t really been done yet. There’s been a lot of papering over the cracks, and sweeping under the rug, but there needs to be (appropriately enough for a post about Pluto) some real purging, and that’s not going to be pretty.

    Anyway, thanks for making me think yet again!

  7. KaD

    I’m a Pluto in Virgo. I’ve been taking a beating since 1998 when Saturn began transiting my first house and I’ve reached stage 4. There’s just nothing left to fight with anymore. No job, no income, no money, most days I’m even out of tears.

  8. Tisha

    @KaD im so sorry to read heart goes out to you. I have Saturn & Pluto in Scorpio…going through my 1st Saturn return…not much education, no job, no income, no money, & im all cried out also..:-( Feel there is just no more hope for me anymore. Saturn & Pluto are natal in my 7th…Sun in cardinal Cancer & i have cardinal Aries screwed :-/

  9. Kat Bula

    Oh, thank you thank you for writing this.

    The whole duration of my 1st Saturn return (which, since I have Saturn/Pluto conjunct in Libra, also meant Saturn was transiting my Pluto), I was watching world events–Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring–thinking, “this has to relate.” Right? People (many of them right around my age) collaborating to try to transform the deeply f’ed-up structures based on individual gratification at the expense of others. It just so perfectly echoed the themes of the Saturn/Pluto/Libra transit I was also experiencing on a personal level.

    So I did a lot of digging trying to find ANYONE writing about this, and found nearly nothing. Maybe I wasn’t looking in the right places.

    In any case, it’s gratifying to read a sensitive astrological analysis of my generation’s situation–what we’re inheriting and the work that’s cut out for us. So many of the mainstream, non-astrology articles about Gen Y are so NOT sympathetic, talking about our “sense of entitlement” and how dumb we were to get degrees in (oh, I don’t know, let’s use mine:) Music and Cultural Studies, rather than something practical. (Investment banking? Hospital administration? You know, fitting into these systems that really work well to build up society?) We do have a lot to figure out, and a lot of us are flailing to do so. Maybe it looks selfish and immature at this stage, while we’re trying to sort out how to even feed ourselves in the system we’ve inherited with these Libran social and artistic skills we’ve cultivated at great expense. But, as you point out, our work is cut out for us, and it isn’t self-absorbed work.

    • April

      Thanks, Kat. I’m fortunate to have a number of friends in your age group, and I’m nothing but impressed. Such a lot on your collective plates, but I have a very strong feeling that you all are up to the challenge. Just know that not everyone is judging you and finding you wanting! Every generation has people we can point to as exemplars and probably an equal number we can point to as cautionary tales.


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