The Moon just entered the sign of Libra (11/9/15) and will be exactly conjunct the Sun on 11/11/15 at 12:45 PM Eastern Time. Mars will be exactly conjunct Rahu at the same time.

The New Moon is considered the end and the beginning of the monthly Lunar cycle. It is time to leave behind the emotions of the old and embrace a new beginning. The days immediately before and after the exact New Moon can be low in energy and is a good time for rest and reflection. Of course, with the fiery Mars conjunct the eclipse point, the world is not in a relaxed state and our own minds and emotions may be is a bit of turmoil.

Libra is the sign of relationships and indicates the need for harmony in relationship and balance within ourselves. The preceding sign of Virgo can bring about stress and tension in our body and mind as well as within our relationships. The New Moon in Libra is our opportunity to begin to restore inner balance and more harmony with others.

It can be helpful during this time to tune out the chatter of the media and negative people. The New Moon day is the day when we can use the cosmic energy to set our goals and intentions for the new Lunar cycle. The past few months have been more challenging than usual and often those challenges reflect in our relationships and in our own bodies and minds. Take advantage of this time period to meditate and breathe with conscious attention and determination to bring peacefulness into ourselves as well as our relationships with others. The best way to prepare for the lessening of the planetary challenges coming our way during the month of December is to find it within our selves.

One of the quickest ways to bring about balance is by taking a few moments to do alternative nostril breathing. Find a quiet place and sit in the classic meditation pose or on a chair making sure the spine is straight and the head is centered. Use the right thumb to close off the right nostril and breathe through the left nostril for a count of four seconds then close the left nostril with the pinky and hold the breath for two seconds then release the thumb from the right nostril as you exhale for four seconds. Begin over again by inhaling through the “right” nostril for four seconds, hold for two seconds and then exhale from the “left” nostril again (one full cycle). Doing the complete cycle twenty-six times is recommended.