Temple Astrolog: Being Perfect

The Sun has just entered into the sign of Libra and it is time for Mabon and fall celebrations. Libra is often pictured as scales balancing right from wrong and determining justice. Right now we do not only have the Sun in Libra, but also Venus (romance, relationships) and Mercury (communication). Venus likes to be in Libra, as it is also the ruler of the sign. Some of the gifts of Venus in Libra are love, romance, poetry, and wonderful texts on the mobile. Did you know many Libras are sensitive to words whispered into their ears? But as always, there are some challenges as well.

Sometimes (not always) people born in the sign of Libra, and especially Venus in Libra, can have difficulty accepting what falls outside of their view of beauty and balance. Shoes not lined up in the hallway, dirty and messy towels in the bathroom, a partner not dressed for the occasion, the wrong use of words and simply not being civilized enough! In the world of Libra, you can tell someone they are an idiot, you just have to do it with wit and style. If you have a good hairstyle, a nice dress, and perfect nails while doing it, that doesn’t hurt.

I’m not making excuses for Venus in Libra, but they are probably the ones most disturbed by this behavior, because it takes a lot of energy to be perfect all the time, keeping things under constant control. If they do not understand the underlying energy causing this, it can become a real problem, especially in these Instagram times when everything is supposed to be so polished and picture perfect.

So let’s get back to it. Part of the sign Libra is about love, balance, and beauty—nothing wrong with that. The challenge is if you believe that can only be loved by being or behaving perfectly or, on a higher level, if you believe it is your duty to keep the whole universe in balance. That can translate to keeping balance in the family, at work, with friends and also keeping your makeup on and a perfect smile. Because, if that falls apart, then heaven knows, anything might happen.

We can help Libras by telling them that they are loved because of who they are, not what they do, or how they look. That it’s not up to them alone to keep things in balance, and that at times chaos (the opposite sign of rebellious Aries) is necessary to create order in a new way.

We can also assist them and everyone else being caught up in the “perfect-trap” by not being perfect all the time (I know, that’s a hard one, isn’t it?), messing up the order of the towels in the bathroom, saying no to rules that seem to originate from a need for unhealthy control, and wearing two different socks to work. The world will not end, and perhaps it may even make everyone more relaxed. Because the truth is that if we don’t, we risk becoming co-dependent, tipping on toes so as not to disturb the imagined balance, and that is not helping anyone in the long run.

As Mercury and Venus are joined together in Libra we will all get a chance to exercise being on both sides of this. They are making challenging aspects in a square to the north node in Cancer and south node in Capricorn together with Saturn and Pluto. This brings up old wounds of communication and control, especially in close relationships (Cancer) and with authorities (Capricorn) and they may even have their roots in past lives (south node, Saturn, Capricorn).

Questions to consider: How do I communicate with others? What are my expectations of perfect? In which areas do I expect perfect behaviour from myself and others? What is my limit for being civilized? And what happens if someone challenges me in this area?

Venus and Mercury are joined in Libra until the beginning of October, when Mercury enters into Scorpio. Venus stays a bit longer, but leaves Libra and moves into Scorpio around the 9th of October.

Words as Triggers

I guess we all have words that trigger us more than others. If we were teased in school for our clothes, any comment on how we dress as adults can make us nervous. If we always felt that we were not allowed to play with the bigger kids we can be sensitive on how exactly we are invited to a party, and so on.

With the transits mentioned, words will be extra-sensitive triggers. We will all be a bit more sensitive to communications and how we perceive things. What we can do, is breath an extra time before we respond. Do you have to answer right away? Perhaps you don’t even have to answer at all? And if we get upset with someone else’s way of speaking or writing, it can be a good thing to look within for a minute or two and think about why we are getting upset, and what it is inside of us that is triggered? Chances are that it is linked to something else in the past. If we dare to look within, we will find some interesting parts of ourselves wanting our attention so they can be healed.

This transit with words-as-triggers is until around the beginning of October.

A libra experiment: Where is your limit?

If you are up for a challenge, perhaps you would like to do a Libra experiment? Pick an area or situation where you usually step in to create order. It can be anything from the dinner table, where you correct you children (or partner) on how to sit and eat, to the laundry room, or the car, the coffee table at work, or a group of people. Perhaps you are the one in the coven who always sorts out differences and makes sure people make up again? Pick a situation or place where you rather fix it yourself than live with the mess.

Now the experiment is that for one week you do nothing to correct, fix or balance out what other people are doing or saying. You eat your food and make no comments on how others are behaving. You take your coffee cup away and leave the room like everybody else, and so on. You don’t argue or explain anyone else’s behavior. No balancing out any discomfort or tense situation. Leave it be.

In this experiment you may find out exactly how much energy you spend on creating and maintaining balance and order, and perhaps the people beside you will as well. You may also find out that some of the things you have been doing are not necessary at all. Perhaps someone else will step in and do them instead? Experience has showed that this experiment works best when no one get’s a warning before you start. You just pick your thing and do it (or, technically, stop doing it).

I can almost guarantee that there will be moments when you have to breathe deep not to intervene, or even sit on your hands. But if you go through with it, I can assure that you will have an interesting week with many insights.

Brightest blessings and best of luck!

Karin Ugander is a spiritual channeler living in the south of Sweden. In Scandinavia she is known for the AstroNumerology and Psychic readings she’s been doing for over 20 years. Together with her husband Niklas, she runs KaniSkolan, a school of astrology, numerology, tarot, StarCode Healing, and natural medicine. They are also the founders of Alven Inner Ring tradition, a Scandinavian mystery school with roots in shamanism and magick. Karin loves to create magickal oils, flower essences and sigils she combines in her “Karin Victoria” sigil candles and flower sprays. In her spare time she likes to travel, walk in the forest with her dog, and spend time by the ocean. Karin is a high priestess and graduate of the Temple of Witchcraft’s seminary program.

You can find Karin Ugander at Instagram @flowerpowerwitch and @karinuganderofficial

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