As we move into a new season of Autumn, we are graced by the presence of a New Moon in Libra on Sept. 30th. When the Moon is in Libra, we are given a push towards balance and comfort. This is what we long for and what brings us peace. Since we are moving into the Waning phase of the year, we’ll notice our energy start to drop as we begin to draw within ourselves. This happens for most of us, whether we are interested in the Moon or not; we naturally start to become more reclusive as the days get shorter and the air becomes cooler. We are moving into a Yin season.
When we think about this Yin energy we can relate it to being more Feminine; so we are more receptive and less controlling about things. Yin is cooling, dark and watery and as we move into this almost “over drive” of Yin energy (winter), we can balanced it with just the opposite; Yang. This is more heated and external with an air or fire like energy. Many of us think of winter as the ultimate time for self-care, we start to move slower, not being as social, and really practicing calming activities like cozying up with a good book and hot tea. However, this can cause us to have an imbalance with too much Yin and not enough Yang and this invites dis-eases in the body such as colds and infections.
So I invite you on this Libra Moon to get the scales out and see where you can balance your self-care practices.
A great way to think about this, as we move deeper into Autumn and then into Winter, is to think of creating more heat around yourself. This can be done in a few different ways:
Incorporate more warm spices into your foods such as ginger, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and turmeric. A warming cleanse can be done by making a big pot of Kitchari - this a great way to detoxify the body and create space and “air”/heat in your energy centers.
As the temperature cools down and we start to have an increase of Yin energy, we’ve got this perfect situation where we can increase our Yang energy without overheating. Practicing Vinyasa yoga (click the link to see my video!) is a great way to move energy through and around your body as well as start to tone muscles.
Yang energy is more focused on the external and the masculine. A great way to balance your Yin with Yang, is to use this time to focus on more external and collaborative endeavors. This could mean collaborating with folks on a work project, taking part in a social activity that builds creativity or just being more social, in general. Reach out to friends and make it happen!
At the same time that we are wanting to naturally draw within, we can learn to be gentle on ourselves. A Libra New Moon not only calls for balance but also for gentle grace and comfort. I am experiencing first hand that when I try to control life too much, I begin experiencing less… life!
Life is messy and real and raw. We can plan and control and try to carve our life into the exact shape we want it; but often the Universe throws the unexpected our way. How do we react to the unanticipated changes that we’re faced with? Do we try to ignore them, push them away, or create resentment in ourselves? Or do we gracefully accept that something greater than ourselves is pulling us along on our journey?
I invite you, on this Autumn New Moon, to take the good with the bad; and embrace it all.