The Libra Full Moon occurs at 8.02pm (AWST) on Wednesday the 23rd of March and brings our awareness to relations with those near and dear to us, as well as those not-so-much. Libra is the sign of harmony and diplomacy; neither of which exist without an other. Libra represents the archetypal other, and the development of our personal objectivity as we create, build and maintain relationships.
Libra teaches us empathy, as we come into contact with other human beings and hear their stories we develop an ability to see things from their perspective. As this objectivity evolves we become attuned to the reality that we are all connected, and we can understand people in more abstract situations: that is, we are able to imagine how it might feel to face a difficult life in a war torn country, or to struggle with four hungry children in the supermarket! We learn compassion.
If a relationship is to grow, we must draw on our social skills. For example, courtesy is the oft-neglected old school virtue that means we adapt to the needs of others, making adjustments to our language, behaviour and affect. Courtesy allows the other to become comfortable in our presence, and so rapport builds. From here we inspire trust and perhaps even intimacy, in our deepest relationships. This is Libran high country, and we navigate it well when we nurture our ability to relate to others in an authentic and warm manner.
We also receive feedback in our relationships, and so learn more about who we are as individuals. We discern the similarities and differences that exist between ourselves and others. So much of what we see in others is a reflection of that which lives inside us. There is much in each human psyche that remains unconscious, and allowing others to be the mirror we need can be enlightening.
This (Libra~Aries axis) Full Moon provides an important opportunity for these kinds of interactions to occur. As we encounter people in all their humanness we might find it easy and sometimes satisfying to judge, blame and project. But where we approach each moment as a chance to learn something, life is generous. We become increasingly aware of our human frailties and flaws, and so more forgiving of others for theirs.
When the Moon is full it is always exactly opposite the Sun, and hence illuminated. The Sun has now moved into Aries, vying for our increased attention to self. Riding shotgun with the Sun now is Mercury: the two are in easy aspect to feisty Mars in straight-shootin’ Sagittarius, so the urge to communicate one’s own needs is strong. As Mars squares Venus, there is potential for sparks to fly, especially in our close relationships! If we can, it helps to listen more than we speak.
Venus is the ruler of this lunation, and currently coupled with Neptune in Pisces. These two planets vibe well together: a shared understanding of the innate human need for connection ~ to become larger than we are alone. We are again reminded of this spiritual side of life. Where we invite an element of reverence into our lives, gratitude grows and leads to more fulfilment ~ a richer human experience.
Jovial Jupiter in Virgo is exactly square to serious Saturn in Sagittarius, and as they agitate one another, they can also act to temper: optimism versus realism ~ buoyancy versus groundedness ~ faith versus effort ~ ideally we channel the best of each planet’s gifts, and do not allow ourselves to be swept up in Jupiter’s over-confidence or foolhardiness, or unnecessarily limited by Saturn’s gloomy pessimism.
The astro-scape presents us now with potential conflicts, misunderstandings, and communication breakdowns, and so with opportunities aplenty to become aware of our patterns and karma, and to (channel our inner Lennon~McCartney) make a conscious choice to work it out, or let it be.
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