The Libra Full Moon occurs on March
27, 2013 at 2:28 am PDT/ 5:28 am EDT/ 9:28 am GMT.
The Sun is in Aries, the first sign of the zodiac and of Spring Equinox. Like the season of Spring, the Sun in Aries heralds the arrival of the Dawn, the beginning of a new cycle of life. Bold, courageous, inquisitive, Aries' energy wants to ignite our creativity. It's primal fire after all! The Full Moon is in the opposite sign of Libra, the sign of the harvest at Autumn Equinox. This Libra Moon takes in Aries' youthful fire and desire for life and reflects back the awareness that the fire must be shared with others, that it be used responsibly. The cosmic dance of Self and Other gets played out in this first, sacred Full Moon of the year.
The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 7* Aries is: A man succeeds in expressing himself simultaneously in two realms. This symbol implies that the cosmic duality we live in can be bridged and worked with. Within each woman lies an inner man, just as within each man lies an inner woman. Our work is to help them partner their perceptions so we can access our Wisdom. While we have been trained to depend primarily on our left-brain, rational mind, we have the ability to also work with our right-brain, imaginative mind. Their union creates the mystic brain of Wisdom. When we unite the dualities of life, we connect to Lady Wisdom.
The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 7* Libra is: A woman feeding chickens and protecting them from the hawks. It is in the nature of feminine consciousness to protect life and fertility. Chickens were one of the first birds domesticated by humans, and their egg-laying makes them a perfect symbol of the fertility and nourishment of Life. Hawks are fierce, beautiful and deadly in reality, especially for smaller fowl. While symbolically they are often seen as divine messengers, I think these hawks symbolize the rapture's hunting ability. Death constantly stalks life, but our feeling connection with all of life compels us to do our best to protect the continuation of life. That's our collective work now--to make sure our children, to at least the 7th generation, will have a viable world to live in.
Other Astrological Influences
This week sees powerful energies mixing and merging, challenging us to find new standpoints, both within and without. As I mentioned earlier, we can be upset and stressed by these energies or we can ride them into a new life.
At this Full Moon, Venus, Uranus and Mars join the Aries Sun in opposing the Libra Moon. The Moon reflects back to each of them their essence, what their needs and desires are. The Sun, Mars and Venus have just emerged out of the Piscean collective unconscious ready for renewal and action. Our sense of identity (the Sun), our desires (Mars) and our heart wisdom (Venus) have been dissolved and renewed. At this moment of rebirth, they can become one. Our Ostara meditation encouraged us to wake up and "become what we love'. That's a perfect way to express the combined Venus, Sun, Uranus and Mars energy in Aries. Aries shapes our identity through how we use its primal fire, so shape yourself for your most soulful future. When these four archetypal energies combine, they can awaken us to our freedom to do just that--become what we love.
But first comes the sacrifice I mentioned earlier! We have to sacrifice our old paradigm. That's where Pluto in Capricorn comes in. Pluto's wrecking ball continues to tear down decaying collective institutions, exposing an unviable, world-threatening paradigm. Uranus in Aries awakens us to a new paradigm and a new identity. In about 2 months, Pluto and Uranus will once again square up with each other. Evolution and revolution are in the air. The work continues.
But when the faster, inner planets aspect these mighty outer planetary forces, they pick up the new energies and infuse it into our everyday lives. Mars very tightly squares Pluto just before this full Moon and after its conjunction with Uranus on March 22nd. That conjunction hopefully gave us a wake-up call about who we want to be. Mars and our old desires are the sacrifice we make for this new life. We can no longer engage in desires that patriarchy has offered us--false desires that become addictions because they don't feed our real desires. The Sun and Venus also square Pluto a few days later, affecting our identity and our ability to connect to life. All these energies are being renewed for a purpose, to help us step into our soul's story of who we are and what we're here to do.
When we sacrifice our old Mars/desire nature, we let go of what we think we need and discover the burning flame of our soul's desire. We need to dig deep down into the depths of our souls (Pluto) to find out what our real desires (Mars) are. We use the astrological symbol of Mars to represent men. Perhaps this combination of energies will renew the Sacred Masculine within and without; renew as well men's determination to listen to love (Venus) and base their new identity (Sun) on what and who they love.
The lineup of the important aspects this week will effect anyone with planets from 6* to 12*, especially those in the cardinal signs.
- March 20: Sun moves into Aries on Spring Equinox at 1* Aries
- March 22: Mars joins Uranus at 9* Aries (see Astrology Blog)
- March 26: Mars in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn at 12* cardinal signs