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There’s a New Moon Coming This Monday *and* Venus Is Retrograde—Here’s What It Means
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We’ve got a lovely new moon in Libra coming up on October 8—not bad for a Monday. But what does this really mean for us, and how should we handle it? I’ll explain…

What is it?
The new moon initiates the lunar cycle. It’s the “birth” of the month, astrologically speaking. It occurs when the sun and the moon are aligned, thus signaling perfect harmony between our emotions and our wills. That’s why they carry with them the promise of new beginnings and fresh starts.

This month, the new moon is rising in Libra, the sign of relationships, balance and justice. That will set the theme for this lunar event, which will focus on relationships, art, love and wealth. Most people have some pretty big hopes and dreams around those topics, so this new moon might feel especially welcome.

About that Venus retrograde, though...
There’s a caveat to all the sweetness of this moon. Venus went retrograde on the 5th), and its impact will be as such:

In general, all matters of love, money and possessions become stalled. But in this case, Venus is the ruler of Libra, the sign under which this new moon is rising. That means that instead of pure hope for the future, we’ll be focused on relationships from our past (exes will be rearing their heads, I guarantee) and reevaluations of what we find beautiful and worthy. If we’ve been spending outside our means, that will catch up with us. Basically, we’re confronting the dark side of Venus, which is necessary, but sometimes uncomfortable.

What should I do?
Because new moons offer a powerful opportunity to set intentions and goals, I always recommend writing down ten wishes right after this one peaks at 11:47 p.m. Eastern Time. It’s worth staying up for, because the moon is strongest at that time, and you’ll be harnessing the most potent energy.

Since we’re under Venus retrograde, you might want to make your wish list a bit more modest. Instead of hoping for a lottery win (which, statistically speaking pretty much won’t happen anyway), maybe commit to spending less on cappuccinos during the workday or to calling your parents twice a week. 

But it’s still a hopeful occurrence, so if you really want to win the lottery, you can budget for one ticket…

Kiki O’Keeffe is an astrology writer in Brooklyn, New York. You can sign up for her newsletter, I don't believe in astrology, or follow her Twitter @alexkiki.

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