Soho horoscopes: welcome balance and beauty this Libra season

Soho horoscopes: welcome balance and beauty this Libra season | Soho House

This month, astrologer and member Clarisse Monahan explores the justice-seeking nature of this aesthetic-driven air sign

Saturday 23 September 2023 By Clarisse Monahan Illustration by Rosa Viktoria Ahlers

This month, we leave behind practical Virgo for deliberative (some would say indecisive) Libra, whose symbol is the scales (balance, justice, fairness). As such, Libras are known for always weighing options, looking at the world from multiple viewpoints, trying to balance the needs of others. Where Aries moves forward without listening to anyone, Libra tends to listen to everyone. Accordingly, we may feel less headstrong over the next few weeks, preferring instead to build consensus. Not a bad thing. 

We may also find ourselves a bit more co-dependent than usual. Like the scales, Libra needs a counterweight to balance itself out. Wanting to be near friends more, or a beloved, or even random colleagues: all very Libra. A different way of putting it: Libra season is a social season. Makes sense: it is ruled by Venus (love and desire). ‘Planet love’ is about bringing people together, bonding. Get your socialising in now, because we move to Scorpio season and its more antisocial energy at the end of October. 

It’s your birthday season with the sun activating your selfhood zone, and bringing with it increased confidence. This month, however, you have a slightly troublesome guest in this part of your chart, namely gruff Mars. Every two years, ‘planet war’ shows up to your season to cause some drama. Indeed, Mars is known for confrontation and chaos. But we mustn’t look only at its negative associations. It’s also about fighting for yourself or others. With Mars in your selfhood zone until 12 October, then, think about working slightly against your Libra nature (diplomatic, consensus-building) in order to speak, act or work more for your desires. This is how we use a planetary transit that looks problematic to our cosmic advantage. 

Your ruling planet, fiery Mars, is somewhat debilitated in deliberative Libra until 12 October. Why somewhat debilitated? Your ruler tends toward confrontation, where Libra seeks consensus. Accordingly, when Mars is positioned in this sign it loses its power. Mars wants to act, not deliberate. For you, the impact of Mars in Libra could be increased indecisiveness about work or romance. If possible, try to wait on decisions until (or after) 12 October. That’s when Mars enters your sign, where it feels at home. Mars in Scorpio betokens a supercharged transit for you: clarity where there was confusion; direction where there was delay.

Some seasons are more solitary, some more social. For you, the stars portend quite a social month. The sun in Libra activates your friendship and networking zone, while until 4 October, chatty Mercury darts through the career part of your chart. Clearly, the next few weeks indicate a time to be out schmoozing and spending evenings with friends. Two particularly advantageous dates are 29 September and 14 October. There’s a full moon on 29 September in your house of romance, so celebrate with a loved one. Then, a new moon on 14 October in your friendship and networking sector. New moons are for doing new things: take a business contact to that cool new place that just opened for dinner to discuss e-commerce trends. 

There’s a lot of cosmic energy in your career zone this season, as the diplomatic Libra sun activates this part of your chart. At the same time, war-like Mars will be energising your career until 12 October, too. Where the Libra sun is great for negotiating, Mars is a glory-seeker. In the office, the latter’s energy translates into something like increased ambition, drive for completing assignments, and desire for recognition. So, until 12 October, mobilise this Mars influence to push your career along. Be careful not to get too Mars-like, though. It can also make us more heated and short-fused with others or ourselves. A new moon in Libra on 14 October indicates a strong day to show a boss initiative by seeking out a fresh work project.

The Libra sun lights up your travel zone this season. This part of your chart deals with physical journeys, but also spiritual ones. As such, in addition to travel, you may feel a pull towards reading, writing or practices such as yoga and meditation. At its root, this is a more introspective time. Your Aquarian nature – cerebral, somewhat aloof – does well with these kinds of transits. A full moon in solo-going Aries on 29 September is a time when you may be especially drawn to being alone on a hike or meditating to find higher truths. A new moon in the travel zone on 14 October signifies a good moment to set travel-related intentions. 

Until 4 October, chatty Mercury transits practical Virgo, where it will be activating your relationship zone. Mercury in Virgo seeks to solve problems through communication. This isn’t a transit for poetry or love notes, but rather for sitting down with a significant other (whether that be a spouse or a business partner) and working through issues that may be making you feel frustrated. Your nature is to be somewhat more passive, but until 4 October, the stars are inviting more active engagement around relationships. With the sun in Libra lighting up your zone of intimacy (which also relates to shared finances), perhaps it’s time to talk about spending, saving, and other budget-related matters in particular. 

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The Libra sun energises your partnership zone this season. This part of the chart pertains to romantic relationships, but also close business ties. Your cosmic lesson over the next few weeks, then, is to be more open to Libra’s deliberate energy when it comes to significant others. Why? You tend to want things done your way. That’s the classic nature of Aries, but it can be alienating. The Libra sun better allows us to stop, look and listen. While this might be a challenge for you, there will be some cosmic assistance at play to help you out. How so? Your hard-charging ruling planet, aggro Mars, will also be in Libra until 12 October. The deliberative influence of the scales could neutralise confrontational Mars energy, making life with partners and friends more harmonious. 

Your ruling planet, lovely Venus, is very well-placed this season. Until 8 October, it will be highlighting the home zone of your chart. Think about bringing Venusian energy to your home – painting the living room, searching for the perfect accessory for your desk. Little or big things that add comfort and look good will align well with Venus. On 8 October, ‘planet love’ next moves into your fun and romance zone. Venus has its ‘joy’ in this part of the chart. Plan a romantic weekend along a rugged coastline with someone special. The romance zone also relates to nightlife: see and be seen out. 

This could be a very strong dating month for a couple of reasons. First, the sun in Libra will be camped in the fun and romance sector of your chart all season. This zone deals with nightlife and recreation – both of which signal the increased chance for romantic adventurism. Second, on 4 October, Mercury (your ruling planet) will be joining the sun in the romance sector. Mercury deals, in part, with communication, so expect even more sass, wit and verbal playfulness with a partner or in your dating game starting early October. An Aries full moon in your friendship zone on 29 September is a good time to celebrate with one of your nearest and dearest.

The balanced Libra sun activates the home zone of your chart. With this in mind, your theme for the month has something to do with bringing order and harmony to your place. Maybe it’s time to rearrange your furniture to shift the energy of the living room from cluttered to chic. The equinox on 21 September is always a potent day to enact changes around the house. But the home zone is also related to family and fathers – reconnecting with them is another indication of this transit. Bringing order to family dynamics is more difficult than rearranging a living room, but if you want to rise to that challenge, the stars are game. A new moon eclipse on 14 October is a particularly strong day to reorganise, improve and beautify the home. 

Your big theme this season: communication. The Libra sun is camped out in your third house all season. This part of the chart deals with writing, expressing and speech. What’s more, chatty Mercury will be in your communication zone from 4 October onwards, too. Whenever we have multiple planets activating a certain part of our chart, it does us well to focus there. The next few weeks will be particularly rich for clarity around personal statements for school or, say, social media presence – but you may be somewhat in social justice mode online. In part, Libra has to do with fairness and equality. Accordingly, you may find your communication style tinctured with these themes more than usual: workers of the world unite (that kind of stuff).

Until 4 October, your ruling planet, Mercury, is supremely placed in Virgo. Mercury is associated with communication. So, for the next few weeks, words are your best friend. Use them to get what you need. Analyse, edit, mend, pitch, and ask for things. Ultimately, you’ll be better able to make yourself understood (which will be in direct contrast to the Mercury retrograde we just emerged from mid-month). On 4 October, Mercury joins the sun in Libra, where it will be energising your money zone. While Mercury deals primarily with communication, it’s also associated with trade, commerce and exchange. Spending rather than saving money could be a temptation with this transit. 

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