Tipping the Scales for Balance – New Moon in Libra October 2016


I love these New Moons that begin on the 1st of the Month.

They feel like a New New Moon.

New Moons bring us the opportunity for a new beginning and it’s a good idea to set an intention that you can focus on at or close to the time that the New Moon falls.

Writing intentions can be particularly powerful.

With this New Moon falling in Libra, relationships may be the focus for your intention this time around; be it your relationship with a significant other, your relationship with yourself or your relationship with the environment around you.


What is Within is Without

… so note what is being reflected back at you.

Self Awareness is the key to transformation.

Remember that some of our greatest growth comes from relationships, so if you’re meeting with challenge ask yourself honestly what you need to do to move through it.

Libra is a sign also associated with fairness and balance (as indicated by the scales) and with Jupiter shining right alongside this New Moon waving the flag for justice (and that relationship growth),ย  you may notice that you are being called upon to right the karmic balance within your life in some way this month.

If you’ve been mostly giving then you may find that the Universe wants you to receive a little more and, if you’ve been on the receiving end just lately, you may find that others call on you for help.

Balance can apply to anything including lopsided views and judgements and remember that your inner balance is vitally important, so make sure that you’re making the time for self care.

As well as being a significator for relationships, Venus-ruled Libra also represents beauty, harmony and peace, so contemplate how you can make more time for what you find beautiful and harmonious, as well as to cultivate your own beauty and inner peace.

Don’t you just feel like being more diplomatic, loving and elegant at the moment?

The Moon’s square to Pluto is pushing for you to transform something and her inconjunct with Neptune could mean letting go and surrendering to that process.

Saturn in Jupiter’s sign (Sagittarius) is harmoniously aspecting this New Moon and dispositing that strong Mars in Capricorn energy, so remaining grounded is likely to be the key to moving forward with your ambitions and growth.

A morning meditation ritual could be empowering and give that distracting Neptune energy something to do.

Neptune could also find you in a whimsical mood, perhaps wanting more romance, and if you’ve not been taking great care of your sleep needs, Neptune indicates that you may feel more tired than is usual at this New Moon.

Beware of Neptune’s tendency to have us playing the victim or to put people and things on pedestals. Letting go of ideals could be a feature.

Remember to look which house that 08degrees and 15 seconds falls at within your personal chart, as this is the hot spot. What are the themes for that house and do you have planets around those degrees that are also being activated by this New Moon?

If you would like further help with working this out you can sign up for my Newsletter and receive your free copy of my E-Book ‘Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness’.

You also have the option to request a copy of your chart to use with it.

The New Moon will exact at 10:11am on Saturday 1st October here in Brisbane (AEST).

The appearance of the three 1s in that time are also a reminder to watch your words – what are you putting out there to be returned to you?


Ask and You Shall Receive.




Happy Equinox & Sun into Libra – Time for Balance, Peace and Harmonyย 

๐Ÿ’ Happy Equinox ๐Ÿ’

Just after midnight today here in Brisbane (AEST) the Sun โ˜€๏ธ moved into Libra โ™Ž๏ธ; sign of harmony and balance.

Don’t we all need a little of that after such an intense September ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜‡

Libra is also associated with beauty and relationships ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s video 6 in the Sun Sign Self Awareness Series in which I discuss all of the above and more ๐Ÿ’ž Toria xoโ€‹


Mercury is now direct – moving into the ‘Action’ phaseย 

Mercury has just turned direct; meaning that we now move to the ‘Action’ phase of this particular Mercury Retrograde Cycle.So, go do all those things that that have been percolating and work those goals ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโ˜บ๏ธ
Related Posts:

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo – Timeline

Mercury retrograde in Virgo 2016

**Please note if you’re experiencing dรฉjร  vu- This post was accidentally scheduled for 3:30 AM and not 3:30 PM as it should have been, so it was deleted and re-issued at the correct time – sorry for any inconvenience**

Honouring the Uncertainty as we Traverse from the Old to the New – The Process of Awakening and the Fall Out from The Saturn/Neptune Square


Last night, I listened to a webinar that was run by a life coach.

In it, she said that one of the keys to a successful business (and life) was to understand your personal values and to set achievable goals around what you want in your life.

So, I sat down with pen and paper in hand all set to start.

But, I couldn’t write anything!!

And, that’s when it hit me – just how lost I’ve been feeling of late!!

“I don’t know who I am any more” I said to myself in the mirror.

In fact, it suddenly dawned on me that perhaps I’ve never really known who I am.

Blimey! That’s a tad unsettling, isn’t it!!

Probably not totally surprising, however, given that even my hospital birth tags read ‘Emma Coulson’ – a temporary first name and a surname that would soon be replaced by a different father.

Probably not a great start for a solid identity!

Have you ever tried to define yourself?

Not easy, is it? … or is that just my experience?

And just when I think I’ve got me all worked out I go and awaken to another level and there I am – lost again!

the-process-of-awakening-swimming-between-two-worlds-paid1So, last night I chose to honour my sense of disorientation and I let myself swim between the worlds of ‘the disappearing me’ and ‘the emerging me’.

I came to understand that I’m in the mush stage of the chrysalis – yet again.

The place that we return to time and time again on this journey of life.

I felt into some resistance and some sadness (around the parts of me that I don’t want to yet say goodbye to).

I realised that my six year old’s recent fear that mummy is going to die may be in some way true – but not in the way that he is fearing.

I took time to feel into the new me that is beckoning and from the little that I could sense I believe that she’s going to be good for me.

I’m still not really sure about who she is or where she’s going…

but, that’s okay too.

We’re in the fallout stage of the Saturn/Neptune square after all.

A transit that dissolves our sense of reality and last weekend’s eclipse, capturing the final hit of these planets, was powerful to say the least.

It’s a time for keeping the faith, honouring the process and taking every day step by step.

The clarity will come and until it does be gentle with yourself, be kind to yourself, be patient and keep the faith.

The Next Phase of Mercury Retrograde

We have now entered the next phase of this Mercury Retrograde in Virgo.

Are you starting to intuit a few ideas? 

Can you now see a glimmer of hope around the way forward?

Is light starting to break through at the end of all the frustration? 

Between now and September 22nd be prepared to take an area of your life out for a road test.

Think research, refinement, testing the waters…

Remain flexible and open and be patient.

Honour the process and do the groundwork.

Great preparation now will equal an easier forward momentum once Mercury turns direct on September 22nd.

Related Posts:

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo 2016 – Timeline

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo – Time to Revisit the Details

Full Moon in Pisces and Lunar Eclipse September 2016


This weekend brings with it our Full Moon in Pisces, which is also our final Eclipse of 2016.

Full Moons (when the Sun and Moon oppose one another in the sky) tend to illuminate our unconscious behaviours and this can be especially strong when the Full Moon is also an eclipse (like this one).

What’s coming up for you this week?

The Need for Compassion and Release

Pisces is a sign associated with letting go and surrender and this message is amplified with this eclipse being a South Node eclipse – what do you need to relinquish?

The build up to any Full Moon can see an increase in energy, but with sensitive Pisces; sign of compassion, finality and oneness in the hot seat and with this being a lunar eclipse, which can intensify our emotions, don’t be surprised if you’re feeling tired, overwhelmed or even exhausted.

Sleep can bring healing so honour its need if you’re feeling this way and rest as much as you need.

Ocean swims or warm salt baths may alleviate any tension and help to put you back at ease once more.

Take the time to ponder and to check in with your feelings.

Writing them out may help.

Honour Your Feelings and Face Your Fears

Chiron in Pisces conjunct the Moon is further turning up our sensitivity right now and Saturn is also squaring the nodes pushing us to acknowledge any tendencies to depression or melancholy as well as giving us the impetus to further acheive our ambitions.

Our own fear can be the issue with keeping us stuck so if you’re being pushed in this way it may initially appear difficult or hard.

Remember that growth tends to come from meeting our fears head on and rising to challenges so keep the faith, take a deep breath and go for it.

We’re all in this together and I know that if I can do it – so can you!!

Is it Time to “Let Go and Let God”?

With this Full Moon forming a T Square with Mars, you may be getting the message that a tendency to want to control situations is getting you nowhere.

Is it time to let go a little?

With Mars also trine to Uranus, opening to faith and trust and the process of ‘letting go and letting God’ may bring surprising results this week.

Focus on Service Rather than Fear

Pisces can highlight feelings of victimisation, but with Mars disposited by Jupiter in Libraย  perhaps frustrating personal situations can be alleviated by focussing your energy on what you can do for others instead.

This approach can also help to dissipate fear, as we take the focus off of our own performance and onto the service of others.

Watch your Words

With Mercury (still retrograde) making strong contact with this Full Moon along with Jupiter in Libra there may be lessons to be learnt around communication in relationships.

Perhaps you’re being shown a critical or harsh side of yourself that you haven’t noticed before or perhaps that contact to Mars is bringing up some anger that was previously suppressed?

Are you chasing perfectionism and holding back until things are just right?

Are you defeating yourself with negative self talk?

Really think about how you use your words this week.

Are they positive or are you keeping yourself locked in negative patterns by going into drama or using fear-based words?

Better to acknowledge such energy rather than to push it away, as suppressed energy tends to grow rampant.

Energy that we accept and own, however, tends to shrink in the light of acknowledgement.

What Opportunities/Possibilities are Arising – “As One Door Closes…”?

The Sabian Symbols are interesting for this Sun and Moon. The Moon is on Pisces 25: “The Purging Of The Priesthood” and The Sun is on Virgo 25: “A Flag at Half-Mast In Front Of A Public Building”.

Maybe something is passing away or coming to a close this week.

There may be the need to acknowledge what is passing from your life; a phase, a person or a group.

Perhaps it’s time to let go of an old way of being and to surrender to the moment – to the infinite possibilities that you can now create instead of remaining stuck in that fearful space.

The Moon’s opposition to Jupiter in Libra (also ruler of this Moon) is pushing us to consider how we may bring more balance and beauty into our lives and our relationships.

This connection may find some of us striving for greater freedom and we may be presented with opportunities that afford us greater growth so keep your eyes open and look for doors that close and doors that open.

Further Help

Remember to look at the houses that the Full Moon is highlighting within your personal chart for an indication of where this energy will be felt most strongly.

Also look for planets around 24 degrees to see if these are being triggered by this Lunar Eclipse.

You can obtain a free copy of your chart and a free copy of my E-Book “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness” here if you’d like further help with understanding the meaning of that house placement.

Eclipse energy tends to stay with us for 6 months depending on how strongly that it affects your personal chart.

If you’d like help with exploring and healing your emotions or with shifting a pattern that keeps appearing within your life you may wish to book in for a Bush Flower Essence Consultation with me.

Amp up the Beauty

With Venus in Libra being the final dispositor of this Full Moon you may like to purchase yourself some flowers this week or look at other ways that you can invite more beauty into your life.