Each month, the moon resets itself as a new moon. New moons occur whenever the moon moves in direct conjunction with the sun, giving the appearance of an invisible moon from our vantage point. Astrologically, new moons are the opening act of the lunar cycle, and a metaphorical new chapter — think new relationships, ideas, and perspectives.
September's new moon takes place on 25 Sept., at 22:54 p.m. BST in peacekeeper Libra. The socialite of the zodiac is bringing all the free-spirited, airy vibes, from following their intuitive curiosity to getting the crew together for an impromptu social mixer. But this new moon isn't all go, go. go.
"The Libra new moon's low energetic tempo reminds us of the areas in our life that require balance by way of incorporating new routines to increase our inner peace and rituals to calm a disorganised mind," says Stephanie Whaley, astrologer and creator of the astrology dating app Oromoon. Keep reading for more about the astrological meaning of the September new moon in Libra and how it affects each zodiac sign.
The Spiritual Meaning of the 25 September New Moon in Libra
Libra season falls approximately between 23 Sept. and 23 Oct., when the sun moves into the constellation. Libra is symbolised by the scales of justice, and likewise, is about restoring balance in all facets of life. As the sign that rules partnerships, the air sign's energy is all about bringing our one-on-one relationships to the forefront and indulging in much-deserved romance.
Where the full moon is about taking charge, the new moon is a moment to reflect and set intentions. The Libra new moon is also accompanied by the fall equinox on 22 Sept., which spiritually, is a time for self-reflection and preparation for the new beginnings that come with the seasonal shift.
"Amplify this lunation by calling in the areas of your life that feel imbalanced and meditate on how to better understand and approach them with a fair and peaceful lens," explains Whaley. "Libra helps us see through the biases while inspiring fairness and balance in all aspects of our lives. Advocating for harmony, the archetype of the scales helps us refine and reflect upon our choices and consequences."
We may be welcoming a new season, but even the new moon's fresh new vibes aren't always what they seem. Mercury retrograde is in full swing, after all. That means the collective is in the process of revisiting karmic lessons and past relationships. So basically, be cautious of starting anything new right now.
"With Mercury retrograde in full effect, we're encouraged to practice patience and moderation, particularly within the realm of our love affairs, business partnerships, and contractual agreements," explains Whaley. In other words, it's a good idea to spend the new moon reflecting on your relationships, understanding your needs in terms of love, and working toward restoring equilibrium in your life.
How the 25 Sept. New Moon in Libra May Affect the Zodiac Signs
Aries (20 March–19 April)
Your relationship vulnerabilities are on full display, Aries, so it's a good time to investigate what you really need in relationships with others and yourself. Take time to fully immerse yourself in romance and don't skimp out on self-love. This time is all about bringing external care to the inside.
"Protect your energy and trust that the future will reward your commitment and devotion to self," says Whaley. "This lunation you're reminded that the best people meant for you, come unexpectedly. Trust the divine process, what and who awaits is pure magic and well worth the wait."
Taurus (20 April–20 May)
With Libra hitting your house of routine and shining a spotlight on the karmic cycles, now is the time to address your day-to-day habits and health practices. How are your relationships impacting your overall well-being? The things you've been avoiding this year will come full circle, so be cautious of repeating the same mistakes with the expectation of a different outcome.
"This Libra New Moon encourages you to attract what you want by being what you want — taking care of yourself is your north star," explains Whaley. "As new rituals often come to us at the best time, this lunation recommends taking dominion over your wellness practices through rest, recovery, and reflection; a ritualistic reminder to seek new rhythms that bring you the most balance."
Gemini (21 May–20 June)
Are you making time for the simple pleasures, Gemini? The Libra new moon is restating the importance of indulgence, so don't be afraid to take a day off to mingle with your side hustle or hobby. Just remember the virtue of balance, as fellow air sign Libra is helping you respect the need for moderation.
"This lunation, you're reminded of your potential to make beautiful things, and you're encouraged to do things that make you inconceivably happy," Whaley explains. "The same applies to your romantic endeavours — shoot your shot without holding back."
Cancer (21 June–22 July)
You've been passionate and devoted to the projects you've started this year, Cancer. Now, it's time to step back and return to your roots. With the new moon orbiting your house of family and origins, you may notice major shifts at home.
"This Libra new moon reminds us that old keys won't open new doors," Whaley says. "Take care of what you love, maintain your boundaries, and be proud of who you are and where you are in your healing journey, in the safety and comfort of the sacred temple you call home."
Leo (23 July–22 Aug.)
All talk and no bite, Leo? There's a reason why you've had foot-in-mouth encounters lately, and the Libra new moon is prompting you to face those hiccups head-on. Shifts in mindset and new skills may find their way to you — be open-minded.
"The Libra new moon highlights that the messages you have with yourself are just as important as the communication you have with others," explains Whaley. "When we stop carrying past feelings into new experiences, we begin to feel the intimacy of being understood."
Virgo (23 Aug.–22 Sept.)
Gear up for some serious introspection, Virgo. The new moon in Libra is pressing you to get down to the nitty-gritty and unearth the values that mean the most to you. Have you been playing the sacrificial saviour lately? This is a good time to revisit your self-worth and move in alignment with how you value yourself.
"This lunation, practice reciting: different eyes see different things," says Whaley. "As it concerns your financial endeavours, remind yourself that old energy is clearing, new energy is entering, and great things are coming."
Libra (23 Sept.-22 Oct.)
To say that you're changing is a huge understatement, Libra. This lunation is a recap of the hard-hitting lessons you've endured this year, and practice in finally applying them towards your best self. This is a great moment to celebrate the victories and shortcomings alike that have helped you gain the balance you are constantly seeking.
"It's more than ok to feel lost. The secret to having it all is realising what you already have," says Whaley. "Let yourself thrive in the uncertainty of your constantly evolving identity and embrace the notion that peace thrives in growth the same way it exists in stillness."
Scorpio (23 Oct.–21 Nov.)
The new moon in Libra is prompting you to retreat back to your inner sanctuary, Scorpio. Put your spiritual growth first right now, and try not to get caught up in the material world. This is a moment of solitude and working from the inside out.
"Your body holds great wisdom. During this lunation, listen to your intuition and find the energy to change your own narrative," says Whaley. "Allow the emotions to visit and teach you, just remember to not let them consume you."
Sagittarius (22 Nov.-21 Dec.)
This lunation is reminding you to lean on the company of others, Sagittarius. Lean into your community and accept the help that your ego so desperately tries to suppress. Be cautious of inviting old friendships back into your life — you can't fully understand their intentions.
"During the new moon, remember that finding happiness within yourself is the best way to define your freedom," Whaley explains. " Allow yourself the opportunity to share your hopes and dreams with the collective and watch everything come to fruition with their encouragement."
Capricorn (22 Dec.–19 Jan.)
The career strife you've been facing this year is coming full circle, Capricorn. Air sign Libra is pushing you to realise the importance of balancing your work, social, and home life. This lunation is all about advocating for your right to have fun.
"Your rest is just as important as your work. This Libra new moon, remember why you started and keep making progress toward achieving your goals," Whaley says. "Remember that life is made of beautiful moments — practice finding joy in the simple things and life will remain fulfilling in all of your endeavours."
Aquarius (20 Jan.-18 Feb.)
Changing your entire philosophy sounds dramatic, but this lunation is all about expanding on the code of ethics you already have in place. It's a good time to explore new ideas, share your heart with others, and lean into your need to balance your heart and mind.
"During this lunation, your new journey starts within, with opportunities abound if you're willing to cultivate a growth mindset," Whaley says. "Remember that some mistakes bring us to the best adventures if we're able to implore new perspectives."
Pisces (19 Feb.–20 March)
Have you been holding onto false hope lately, Pisces? This lunation is a blaring reminder that fully depending on others to lead you to where you need to go will only take you in circles. This is a moment of releasing that which binds you to harmful cycles.
"The past is behind you now, time to look forward to new experiences that will influence your new way of living," explains Whaley. "During this amorous lunation, remember you give life to what you give energy to, but the best lesson to learn in life is to let go. You're in a transformative state; make room for new energy."