Aries/Libra Full Moon, October 22, 2010
"What would opposite be, if it were not true opposition? He who wants to accept himself must also really accept his other." Carl Jung, The Red Book
A full Moon occurs when the Sun is exactly 180* away from the Moon. They stand opposite each other in the sky and the Moon receives full on the light of the Sun. Since the Moon is receptive to the Sun's light, it shines it back, transformed through its lunar nature, into something totally the Sun's opposite: where the Sun is hot and fiery and seemingly stationary, the Moon is cold and dry and seemingly in constant motion.
The fact is our lunar nature is capable of taking in something completely foreign to us and making something beautiful and true of it. Your moon sign will show how you open up to another person, idea or place and reflect on them.
Our job at full Moon is to become aware of these two opposite but complimentary energies and find a way to integrate them. It is your unconscious, feminine receptive side that allows for this. So polish up on your intuitive, feeling nature and learn to say "this and that' rather than "this or that'. Libra wants us to learn weighing and considering, compromise and sharing.
This is very much like Shadow work, in that we usually reject that part of our nature which is "other' then our ego ideal, and so repress it. Full Moon awareness helps us integrate those shadowy aspects of our psyche. You can learn to experience the shadow as part of yourself or you can keep projecting it onto another person.
The trick to a fair and balanced relationship is to take the moot out of your own eye before you reach to take the speck of dust out of your neighbor's eye. This 2nd (Blue) Aries full Moon can be the beginning of a new self-identity (Aries) which acknowledges and honors the Other (Libra), both within and without. Our choice this full Moon is to choose between Love (Libra/Venus) and War (Aries/Mars).
It's hard to not retaliate when someone is attacking you or your beliefs. The other day on The View (yes, sometimes I watch it) Whoopi and Joy walked off the show when Bill O'Reilly got obnoxious I think he said something like "shut up and listen and learn something"!!! I would have walked off too. But Barbara Walters made a great point: we need to engage in civilized discussions about our differences and walking away isn't The Way! If I could re-write what happened, I would have Joy get up and sit down away from him, while Whoopi tells him how arrogant and disrespectful he is. Then she walks into the audience and lets them tell Bill how condescending and ignorant he is.
It isn't that we have to put up with hatred, bigotry and just plain nastiness and stupidity. We have to meet it appropriately, and humorous shaming as well as explaining are good ways to go about it. If oppositions offer us a mirror of ourselves, then how do we deal with this kind of idiocy in ourselves? Kindly but firmly, rationally and with feeling, but most of all, humorously. We have to acknowledge our own darkness before it can be transformed outside.
This Aries full Moon will energize us to look deeper into our relationships in order to learn how to take in another person's point of view and grow beyond our own. Even if we have achieved a balanced viewpoint within ourselves, we can still grow into a new balance when we relate to an Other whose values are so opposed to ours. Going to the audience to respond to Bill would have empowered not only Whoopie but also the audience. Even if Bill never gets it (which says he's out of balance and not fair at all!).
That's the Libra balancing act - to provide a counter-balance to the Other. We just have to get this Aries Moon to go along with working in partnership rather than walking out or attacking back. And since it's the 2nd Aries full Moon this lunar month and occurs at 30* Aries/Libra, there's an excellent chance that we've learned some important relationship lessons since the 1st Aries Full Moon at 1* on September 23rd.
Let's look at the Moon and Sun signs, Aries and Libra. They are the first opposition in our zodiac, and it makes sense that they are concerned with self and other. If we don't know who we are, how can we relate to another person truthfully and therefore confidently? Whether to parents, friends, mates, bosses, co-workers, many of us are afraid to express our true nature or feelings and ideas.
And that's been the problem, hasn't it? We haven't been relating very well lately: men and women feel misunderstood or rejected, different political/religious viewpoints point the finger at each other, while the gulf between rich and poor grows. An economy built on greed cannot survive it's one-sided. Can we come up with a better model of life, one that entails a totally different focus and lifestyle? Can we get beyond self-satisfaction(Aries) to cooperate and work with(Libra) Mother Earth's agenda(Saturn)?
It's not hard to see we are in the midst of a big lesson concerning relationships. We're having a relationship disconnect, not very different from what went on in the 60s, when our parents didn't understand what we were trying to accomplish with our visionary dreams of peace and love. Now our compatriots and fellow world citizens are splitting apart rather than coming together to solve the world's problems. Perhaps this is because patriarchy operates in the "divide and conquer' paradigm, which values domination and power.
Perhaps we each need to discover within ourselves - and then bring to the world - a model of relationship that is based on bright values of equality and compassionate "brotherly' love. Having 3 sons gave me a view of how brothers relate they like to tease and poke but they do love each other. So being in balance doesn't have to be boring if you can see the humor in the situation.