This weekend’s Aries Full Moon is edgy, with potential for genius insights, unsettling awakenings and anything in between. The nearby presence of Uranus and Eris suggest that we ought to expect the unexpected and, in preparation for the dark overtones, cultivate impulse control.
Uranus’ mutinous urge to individuate is not always fit for public consumption. And Eris’ poor social skills of mythic proportions see her eternally exiled. Other planetary heavy hitters throwing their weight around this weekend include power trippers Mars and Pluto scaling the peaks of (Mt.) Capricorn; Black Moon Lilith treading the dark waters of Scorpio, Saturn relentlessly driving home his Sagittarian point du jour in attempts to keep us North (Node) bound…
But where is the light of this lovely Moon?
We look to (not directly at) the source of life ~ the Sun ~ to find our middle road that leads us to Libra high country! Pursued by Mercury and Jupiter, recall that clear communication, optimism and courtesy take us a long way this weekend… we catch more flies with honey. Although I don’t know why we want to catch flies?
The Full Moon Eclipse in Pisces conjunct Chiron occurs on Saturday the 17th of September at 3.06am (AWST). Pisces ~ the Fishes ~ submerged beneath the waves of a sea of consciousness~god~source ~spirit~anima mundi or, as Jung put it, the collective unconscious ~ that which eludes our rationalist scientific modern-world perception. A potentially healing Full Moon, adorned with opportunity and fraught with dangers ranging from penetrating clarity and fearless moments of awakening and release to violent rage and damaging loss of self.
Neptune is the planetary ruler of this Full Moon, and too in the sign of Pisces. Within us all exists the Pisces~Neptune archetype, and so there is a part of each one of us that yearns to return to Source, to become One With All That Is, to escape the limiting concrete reality in all its Saturnian rigidity, connecting to something bigger than ourselves. So often, in this secular society, we find our Oneness in escapism. To dull the separation anxiety suffered as a result of our disconnection from spirit, we anaesthetise ourselves with various substances, distractions and indulgences.
Neptune is a prominent energy throughout 2016, and this Full Moon Eclipse highlights the pertinent manifestations for our consideration and integration. Importantly, Neptune is conjunct the Lunar South Node in Pisces, lending an ethereal vibe to our retrospective view of the past. As we look back we might be tempted to don rose-tinted glasses, perceiving times gone by as something they were not. Fundamentally, with the South Node we consider the low-road options in depth as they represent our unconscious~default tendencies. With Neptune, we know these are slippery and tempting, as they offer escape from the pain of our reality, but at such great cost.
Cue the eternal realist Saturn (square Neptune and the Lunar Nodes) persistently pushing us to see things clearly. To look back with less nostalgia and more equanimity, less delusion and more compassion, less blame and more forgiveness ~ allows us to go forward with more purpose, clarity, courage, power, maturity, wisdom, strength…
Chiron, the Wounded Healer, and his presence in (conjunction with the Full Moon in) Pisces invites us to heal our spiritual wounds. This process is painful. The challenges are many. The more we uncover, the more there is to uncover. But far from it being licence to moan, resigned to our lot in life, it is this work that will lead us to our healing, our truth, our bright future, and our own personal god experience.
Chiron’s movement through the zodiac explicates our best medicine for the moment, lest we become embroiled in our own tragedy. Pisces medicine unequivocally equates to spirituality. In true homeopathic style, the source of our pain contains the remedy to our ills. Our collective road to healing is one that leads us closer to the divine dance, wherein we are simultaneously honoured + honouring ~ creation + creator. Our source of spiritual nourishment needn’t be religious in nature, but certainly requires us to find the sacred in life, and humility enough to show reverence for it.
At the apex of a T-square between the Sun~Mercury in Virgo and the Moon~Chiron in Pisces is Mars in Sagittarius. Having moved on from the post-retrograde conjunction with Saturn ~ courage of our convictions ~ Mars now picks up the pace heading for Capricorn. First though, his augmentation of this Eclipse adds an aggressive dimension to this somewhat yin~centripetal lunation. Its a juggle! As we inwardly try to manage the strong mutable energies we feel confused, perplexed, bewildered. With Mars in such a position of power, we can shoot off at the mouth ~ shoot from the hip as our anxiety gets the better of us. Rather, defuse Martial agitation with benign physicality ~ adventure ~ new horizons ~ fresh perspective in the fresh air ~ nature
Adding further unpredictability to the mix is Uranus+Eris in Aries trine Mars. Eris is the “newest” trans-Neptunian dwarf planet, named after the goddess of discord. Displeased at having been excluded from an Olympic wedding, shit-stirrer Eris cast an apple scribed with “to the fairest” at the feet of three chatting party guests ~ Pallas Athene, Aphrodite and Hera ~ invoking discord as each goddess naturally believed herself to be the fairest. Zeus delegated the responsibility of settling the quarrel to Prince Paris of Troy, who eventually (having secured the rights to Helen the most beautiful woman in the world) chose the corrupt Aphrodite.
The addition of Uranus and Eris to Mars’ already belligerent influence leads one to believe we might expect a certain amount of unpredictable discord in our lives presently. But Eris’ influence is one that, despite her reputation, belies some benefits when we do it right. While she is renowned for revelling in the suffering of others she aint all bad. And as always, we cannot merely reject these troublesome parts of ourselves, we must work to find a way to consciously express them. Discord isn’t always unwarranted. And competition isn’t inherently bad. At its best it inspires greatness, diversity and creativity.
So, at the culmination of this eclipse season, may we each find our high-road leading us to a future that nurtures our soul’s evolutionary intent. Keep the faith, if we build it, well you know 🙂 Once more, I borrow from Michael Leunig…
“God bless the lost, the confused, the unsure, the bewildered, the puzzled, the mystified, the baffled, and the perplexed. Amen.”
Thursday the 18th of August 2016 (5.30pm AWST) sees our annual Aquarius Full Moon reach its peak. Aquarius is the archetypal genius~rebel~ outlaw ~revolutionary~ exile ~mad scientist with a high road that leads to innovative reform for the collective good, guided by altruistic concepts supportive of communities into the future.
Aquarius is the idealistic visionary, without which our humankind would perhaps die of boredom and predictability. Aquarius however is a fixed sign, so despite its urge to break rules and push boundaries there can be a deep-seated and sometimes unconscious adherence to it’s own agenda. In other words, Aquarius can be as dogmatic as it’s traditional ruler Saturn, stuck fast to rigid opinions and abstract perspectives that may be accurate but lack flexibility, empathy and feeling.
Aquarius says “I know”
We can see this Full Moon manifesting in the Rio Olympics: Bolt the Leo Hero vs Gatlin the Aquarian Outlaw. First, my disclaimer: I know nothing of sport or doping in sport and my comments come from a purely emotional and intuitive place within me.
Usain Bolt: Hero of the People versus Justin Gatlin: Villain.
I was stunned by the crowd’s booing this competitor. Granted, I know nothing of his record, prior convictions and past behaviours except what commentators said in the lead up to the Olympic 100m sprint final. My emotive defence of the underdog probably won’t hold up to scrutiny in terms of logic and facts, I concede this.
But I presume that Gatlin must’ve been tested rigorously in order to qualify? And given this, he must surely be afforded the right to redeem himself.
We all make mistakes.
Especially when we are young.
I feel such compassion for those who endure the consequences of their actions in the full view of the unforgiving public. This egoic urge to condemn others for their mistakes, follies and human foibles speaks volumes about the nature of our current planetary predicament. Can we not recall the simple biblical teachings… let he who hath not sinned cast the first stone…
So, despite my bored and dismissive response to sport in general, I felt joy in the result of the race. And this morning I happened to catch the medal ceremony and I was filled with pride and brimming with tears as these two young men took to the podium. Their determination lights the way for troubled young men people who might witness these feats and so aspire to great things.
And while I wish not to detract anything from Usain Bolt, for he is truly a hero (and my brief perusal of his natal chart indicates to me that he is blazing a bright and courageous trail towards his Aries North Node with total Leonine grace and natural performance) and deserves to be celebrated, I’d like also to honour Justin Gatlin for his bravery in returning to the arena despite the boos and hisses of fools who’ve not understood their own human frailty.
His willingness to show up, push boundaries and prove himself demonstrates courage for its vulnerability and I hope that he receives much support and celebration too. He teaches that even though we make mistakes there is room to hope, for redemption, dignity, forgiveness and even pride.
The Aquarius Full Moon is in close harmonious aspect to planetary ruler Uranus the Awakener. This is a restless and excitable moon with potential for unexpected and radical developments. We stand to gain from sudden flashes of insight and the emergence of surprising and inspiring new ideas. As always, we are better off allowing the energy to flow and to work with that dynamic, than to resist and attempt to control.
The Full Moon in Capricorn occurs at 6.57am (AWST) on Wednesday the 20th of July. Capricorn the Sea~Goat symbolises responsibility, duty, maturity, discipline, wisdom and limitations. A cardinal earth sign, Capricorn initiates efforts towards the creation of material security.
At the opposing end of this axis is Cancer ~ the archetypal Mother; Capricorn is the archetypal Father ~ paternal reliable consistent firm sometimes a little rigid but seeking to guide us towards success status stability. Capricorn’s orderly approach supports us in the establishment of solid foundations upon which we may build a future that aligns with our high ideals.
The planetary ruler of this Capricorn lunation is Saturn, which remains in square aspect to Neptune, the Lunar Nodes and Jupiter. As we aspire and work towards our dreams, or process moments~times~events passed, Saturn patiently, persistently reminds us of our boundaries. Regardless of our attitude towards them, we must work within these limits. And for so long as we shirk our responsibilities we will not get far. Saturn insists upon integrity and accountability.
As this Full Moon light is reflected upon us all we find illuminated the duties we had overlooked. Are we stubbornly resisting lessons that implore us to bow in humility? Are we getting in our own way? On closer inspection can we accept more personal responsibility for the roles we play in life’s challenges and dysfunction?
In so doing, we are empowered, as we can truly change none other than ourselves. And as we recognise ways in which we have contributed to our own defeats, we find ways that we can do-over, more effective than before.
Sometimes life slows us down, and we feel stifled and frustrated, wondering whether we’ve chosen the wrong path or kidded ourselves in some way. The intensity of the Mars retrograde (coincident with five other planets in their retrograde phases also ~ AKA retrograde season) has left many of us feeling defeated and doubtful but as Mars’ direct motion picks up speed this Full Moon will assist us to see things that were invisible before this slowing down phase.
The delays that appeared to be mere inconvenient setbacks and impediments later prove to serve us well. When we take what we’ve learned in reflection we improve our attitude and our perspective is renewed, with more wisdom and confidence we now go forth.
This Full Moon also aspects Uranus the Awakener. Known for its disruptive and unpredictable influence (so different to Saturn), we can expect the unexpected. Uranus in turn aspects Mars in an uncomfortable but potentially rewarding interaction. For best results, we might channel this volatility into movement and creativity, lest we allow the energy to manifest unconsciously and impel us into circumstances less positive.
Life rarely unfolds as we expect it to, but always leads us to where we can, if we so choose, benefit in ways we could not have foreseen.
“Instead of what our imagination makes us suppose and which we worthless try to discover, life gives us something that we could hardly imagine” Marcel Proust.
Twenty-sixteen’s second Sagittarius Full Moon (AKA Blue Moon) on Monday the 20th of June is again lorded over by Jupiter ~ jovial King of the Gods ~ merging with the Lunar North Node at 15° Virgo.
Jupiter enhances and expands all it comes into contact with, and has a reputation as a harbinger of glad tidings. The North Node reveals our path towards evolution, both personally and collectively. As Jupiter and the North Node fuse energies we are bestowed with a special kind of Full Moon blessing: if we are open, receptive and awake we glimpse our potentiality and plant a seed of optimism, faith and audacity.
Virgo is often associated with the pursuit of perfection ~ perfectionism. Research professor and self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist Brene Brown describes perfectionism as “a hustle… a never-ending performance… an addictive and self-destructive form of shame” (2012). Virgo also teaches us discernment, in this case between perfectionism and striving for excellence ~ we re-learn the lessons we try to teach our children about aspiration, application, effort until at some point we arrive at good enough ~ not resignation but acceptance that we have done our best, and that is enough.
perfection is in the realm of the divine ~ gods&goddesses
The masculine goal-oriented patriarchy in which we live has us convinced that if only we try harder we can attain elusive perfection, but this belief is deluded and illusory, driving us ever-closer to exhaustion and despair. To re-connect with our feminine receptivity restores the balance (and our sanity) with acceptance and surrender.
The best we human beings can aim for is wholeness
To make efforts to live with integrity and in alignment with simple virtues (kindness compassion forgiveness humility) is noble and wise. Sagittarius urges us to abide by a higher power that guides us with morals and ethics, so we accept our fallibility, aim to improve, learn from our mistakes. But we cannot be perfect. We are fundamentally flawed. We are wounded. We are broken.
“there’s a crack in everything ~ that’s how the light gets in” Leonard Cohen
We aspire to evolve but not to the detriment of our wholeness. We must respect and honour both our light and our darkness, because attempts to deny and ignore do not make them go away. Our fragmented aspects lay in wait in the shadows of our psyche, stewing in rejection, until an opportunity presents for them to manifest. Perhaps as road rage, or drunken debauchery, or acts of violence, or sickness and suffering. Like a misbehaving child, the unconscious seeks our attention and usually demands it at inconvenient times and in embarrassing ways. To actively engage in a process of individuation feels to me to be a liberating and rewarding alternative. Preferable to unleashing one’s demons on a joyfully unsuspecting crowd in a nightclub; preferable to scapegoating others with our own projected shadows.
With the Sun (opposite the Moon) in the critical degree of Gemini, Mercury’s role in the still active Grand Mutable Cross is significant. At home in Gemini, Mercury can be functioning well as a curious data hunter/gatherer, or poorly as one who is overloaded with information and refusing to hear new perspectives. Beyond Gemini’s accumulation of apparently random and unassimilated intelligence, Sagittarius brings all the pertinent information together and says
Instead of perceiving life as impossibly absurd and cruelly capricious there is meaning behind any and all of our human experience ~ a light in the darkness. Rather than allow ourselves to be swept up in enmity against the “enemy”, we need only make space for love and change.
We simply abide ~ in joy, reverence, respect, wonder and awe, trusting that, despite the atrocities, we have reason to hope.
Brown, B. (2012) Daring Greatly: how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead. Penguin, London.
Today, wild weather transformed the ocean here into a washing machine of turbulence… white caps atop heaving mountains of water that churned and seethed from beyond the horizon to the shore where they exploded upon the exposed rocks where sand had been mere hours earlier. The synchronicity was irresistible for me, I had to write some thoughts about the Sabian Symbol for tomorrow’s Full Moon… the ocean covered with whitecaps.
We ventured out into the elements around midday, with our small children in tow. They braved the blustery winds with their faces buried in our necks as we revelled in the roughness, so restorative. The magical and violent caress of bizillions of oceanic negative ions, invigorating our beingness’.
According to Diana E. Roche (1998), the Sabian Symbol for 2° Sagittarius is interpreted thusly:
“This symbol speaks to the bountiful response of the universe… giving him whatever he needs in life. The image of the ocean covered with whitecaps captures the idea of spirit-stirred consciousness. The emphasis in this symbol is on the necessity for channelling or directing the energy of this restlessness toward the accomplishment of worthwhile goals. The insight to be gained here is that the individual flourishes and becomes successful as he is inspired from within himself to fulfil his own higher potential” (p.276).
Relinquishing control of our lives can be a conscious decision involving processes (reflection~receptivity~acceptance~surrender) that nourish our inner and outer lives. Many of us however, have unknowingly abdicated our freedom by following blindly in the footsteps of the masses: cogs in a machine, rats in a race, bricks in a wall, cannon fodder, consumers handing over fistfuls of money to indulge our egoic perceptions of success.
There is nothing inherently wrong with living in the world as we know it, paying our dues and contributing to society, taking a steady job, getting a mortgage, towing the line. We do what we must. These boundaries are very Saturnian in nature and we do well to accept reality and the limitations that inevitably exist at various times and in certain circumstances.
…life is truly a gift, the most precious gift. We owe it to ourselves and to our creator to honour and revere it,
in thought word & deed
Somewhere inside each of us is a dream ~ a daimon ~ that knows our purpose and destiny. The Jupiterian gift of faith can serve us in pursuit of this deep inner knowing. We do not (necessarily) need to abandon all the spoils of modern living that we have come to rely upon, or enjoy. If need be, we might find ways to nourish our aspirations in small ways ~ allowing providence to empower our self-actualisation. We cannot abandon our Selves to the lies we are fed by the powers that be.
Life is short, and our mortality magnifies the majesty. And when we are old and grey, or nearing our end in whatever form that may come, we are surely more likely to regret the things we did not do, than those we did.
make like N.W.A and express yourself
Roche, D.E. (1998) The Sabian Symbols: a screen of prophecy. Astrology Classics; Maryland.
Sunday 22nd of May sees the first of two consecutive Full Moons in Sagittarius for 2016. Sagittarius symbolises Jupiterian expansiveness ~ experiencing life in all its diversity~ questing after truth.
Sagittarius is faithful and philosophical, but can tend towards zealotry in pursuit of truth. There are two kinds of truth: absolute and relative. We must foster enough wisdom to recognise the difference, and in so doing avoid acting in righteous indignation or self-proclaimed rectitude. The more sure we become that our perspective is the right one (or absolute truth) the more we become embroiled in an ego-driven morality war. We lose sight of the relativism of our truth and our blood pressure climbs and we raise our voices and begin to advance and attack and…
Words are spoken ~ actions are taken ~
and cannot be undone
The low-road expression of Sagittarius can involve judgement, of self, of others, of life. Buddhists talk of equanimity ~ the belief that no experience is innately good or bad, just is. We cultivate acceptance, embracing our reality, knowing that “this too shall pass”…
“If you can meet with triumph and disaster And treat those two impostors just the same”
This Full Moon aligns with Mars, the God of War urging us on in pursuit of our desires and defence of our territory… Poorly channeled Mars energy manifests as aversion ~ we dissociate from people, groups, ideas, organisations that displease us. So often this is a dissociation from an unconscious part of our own psyche that we project upon others ~ a scapegoat…
in lak’ech ~ ala k’in
Speaking of scapegoats, Black Moon Lilith too contributes strong energies to this Full Moon as she moves from Libra into Scorpio. The feistiness of Lilith can urge us to act hastily, “on principle” as driven by Sagittarian ethics. We may suddenly feel compelled to right a wrong, correct some imbalance, apply justice vigilante-styles! This archaic feminine energy can also be unconscious; we shoot first, ask questions later.
There is potential for things to become volatile with this Full Moon. We do well to consider our words and deeds carefully before we open our mouths or unsheathe our swords. Wise warriors know when to retreat, when to exercise restraint. With Mars continuing his retrograde trip, this Full Moon is not the time to advance upon others in combat mode. Instead, use the Martial physical energy to expand horizons ~ adventure! Tap into Lilith’s power too, but release any angst in ways that harm none ~ paint, dance, create…
Sagittarius Full Moons illuminate truth. We can get so caught up in our own versions of truth, sharing our points of view, we forget that there may be other, equally meaningful perspectives out there. Instead of believing that we already know the truth, perhaps we can open ourselves to further expansion… invite new truth in… welcome new experiences… be curious and receptive to the cosmos’ offerings that are providing bountiful opportunities for us to
expand our understanding, in the spirit of inclusion, embracing differences and seeking humanness
Friday the 22nd brings us April’s Full Moon at 3° Scorpio. The Sabian Symbol ~ a house raising ~ evokes community, cooperation, support, helpfulness, teamwork. The shared experience that, despite our active social media life, is increasingly lacking in modern times. Can we allow the quiet voice of our unconscious to be heard over the relentless tweets, status updates, podcasts and soundclouds? Its gentle reminder that despite feelings of isolation and loneliness, we are all connected. We are reliant upon one another in so many ways that we often take for granted. Life as we know it, globalisation~consumption~complication in excess can dull our sensitivity to one another and to the majesty of life itself, but observing the rhythms of the natural world (such as the Lunar cycle) allows us moments in time to recognise and appreciate our miraculous existence.
Scorpio is co-ruled by Pluto and Mars, both planets having turned retrograde just this week. This Scorpio Full Moon guides us towards the intended focus of the retrograde phases of the two power planets. Pluto harbours our soul’s deepest needs, and Mars drives us in pursuit of them.
Scorpio also corresponds archetypally to the eighth house of the natural zodiac. The eighth house traditionally represents taboo matters of instinct and security: sex, death and other people’s money. Contemporary astrology broadens its meaning to envelope also our darkness, secrets, power, and complexity. It follows on from the themes of the seventh house (relationships) and is thus symbolic of a deepening of partnership ~ intimacy ~ the consummation of a marriage ~ exposure of shadows ~ the blending of assets ~ beyond what is rightly shared by dear friends and valued business associates.
This Full Moon encourages us to consider our deepest relationships, and how we contribute to the health and wellbeing of the sacred unions we have chosen. The intention behind our alliance (whether its been vowed aloud before a delighted tearful audience or whispered privately in the dark after lights out) calls for respect, humility, sincerity, consideration, openness and love. Do we recognise the profound truth of it having been a choice? And now that we have made our choice can we take responsibility for its success? Now that we’ve made our marital bed, can we lay in it?
As explained by Robert A. Johnson in the illuminating work The Psychology of Romantic Love, can we sacrifice romance and thus make sacred life’s ordinariness?
There is much joy
to be found in the
minutiae of life
Equally, the secrets of our inner Scorpio stir now, urging us to go deeper… explore our personal power. Scorpio’s counter point is Taurus and the two archetypes aim to balance one another: the Bull’s peaceful simplicity with the Scorpion’s chthonic complexity. If we’ve been hiding, or indeed hiding from, parts of ourselves, the retrograde phase supports our work in re-discovering more of who we are. Feeling our strength. Knowing our truth. Living authentically.
With the Sun now in Taurus opposing the Full Moon this lunation may remind us of our inherent human form limitation ~ mortality. To quote the Grim Reaper as depicted by Saturn Award winner William Sadler in the underrated 1991 teen flick Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey “you may be a king or a little street sweeper but sooner or later you’ll dance with the reaper”.
Finally, as this Full Moon glow bathes our planetary home this Earth Day we might also allow it to remind us of our connection to this blessed ball of rock on which we ride through space~time. Our human existence relies on the survival of Gaia. We are all inter-connected to each other, to our magical Earthly home and to the source of all that is. Simultaneously tiny insignificant profoundly foolish and ridiculous, yet instrumental and powerful unique expressions of God. Animal instincts combined with gifts of consciousness and free will.
The atrocity in Brussels yesterday occurred under interesting planetary stimulus. All energy requires a channel through which to flow; when we allow energy to become destructive instead of creative bad things happen. As human beings we are blessed with the freedom to choose, and as unique contributors to the whole we have an opportunity in each moment to take the high road, thus evolving the collective consciousness. Whether it be in thought or action, we are creating reality, so let’s aim high and choose love.
As the Libra Full Moon looms, the energy continues to build. Of particular note is the square between Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius. These two players are facing off in a battle of belief systems. Where this energy remains conscious, we are supported in our own personal and collective rethink on philosophies to live by. We can access Virgoan critique, and Saturn’s wise pragmatism = change is possible. But when we allow the arrogance of low-road Jupiter and the fundamentalism of low-road Sagittarius to hijack these higher intentions, judgemental attitudes prevail. Add to this the crisis inherent in the Virgo archetype and the duty-bound dogma of low-road Saturn and there is potential for things to get messy.
Especially when Mars is in on it. High-road Mars in Sagittarius is the ultimate spiritual warrior, exercising restraint while fighting the good fight; advocating for freedom and our collective highest good. But when the low-road God of War saddles up his high horse there are no holds barred. The righteous indignation is palpable, polarising and on some level, justified.
Herein lies the danger: we become engaged with this (or any of the many other) hideous event and we get mad. We feel angry that this can happen. We confabulate and incite one another in work lunch-room discussions. With the headlines snaking across television screens worldwide, the fear-fuelled retelling of the tragedy is relentless. Personal accounts of victims’ pain and suffering cause us to become emotionally embroiled and our anxiety inevitably builds. With thoughts of a terror attack on home soil we feel impelled to blame and point our finger, and defend ourselves with vitriolic racism and more bombs. Us versus them.
Adding to the cosmic energy mix at play, despite their separating status, revolutionary Uranus and transformational Pluto continue to square each other. This long-haul aspect is one that effects serious change: its slow speed coupled with the planetary combination (Uranus = awakening via trauma and Pluto = profound paradoxical truth) have allowed it to reshape our individual and collective consciousness in recent years. It has been in effect since 2012 and while most astrologers seem to have moved onto more contemporary planetary aspects, perhaps we turned our backs too soon on this doozy of a transit!
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun in Aries at the time of the attacks is a cameo profile of a man in the outline of his country thus “the man is perceived by others not as a unique individual but in terms of his collective identity and the cultural traditions that he represents” (Roche, 1998, p.33). This description takes on a sinister tone in the wake of these recent acts against humanity.
The keyword for this Sabian Symbol is exploitation. Diana E. Roche describes the negative implications: “Infamy as the result of portraying and perpetuating the worst stereotypes of a culture” (1998, p34). We can see how suicide bombers have been exploited by groups hell bent on an agenda that breeds fear, hatred and segregation. These people have been misled by false promises of celebrated martyrdom and eternal glory, and appallingly they have been convinced that god wants them to harm their fellows. The response of “our side” is no different, though we have better marketing.
War is not the answer. Violence begets violence. We must pray for victims on both sides of this gaping global wound, for the division is merely an illusion. We are all one, and these despicable deeds are not acts against enemies, but self harm. Our collective consciousness, for which we are all personally responsible, is surely at a tipping point? We must choose love, before it is too late.
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.