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Aries Full Moon 2009: The Harvest Moon

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"Ikani, the Lord of Time and Mara, the Mother of Life, looked out over the harvest and saw that it was bountiful. Their hearts rejoiced, for in the silence of the Balance of the Light and the Dark, the seeds of the future were singing their names."

Fall Equinox: The Balance of Light and Dark

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With the Fall Equinox, we move from the energy of self to the energy of community, the time for bringing in the harvest to make sure life survives the winter. It is the time of the seed, the potential we have to save for the new life to come in the spring, when that seed germinates. What have you harvested this year? What new seeds have been born in you that will take time to nurture and develop?

We move from the harvest season of Virgo to the Libra energy of weighing something's worth. We associate Libra with balance (the Fall Equinox is when light and dark are balanced), and fairness (since we also associate the scales with Law, Order and Justice) and partnership (symbolizing the sign of marriage and partnership). But there is more.

The scales were originally used to weigh something's worth: in the Egyptian underworld, the scales of Maat were used to weigh the soul's worth, while on a more mundane level, scales were used to set up a standard measurement so that all people and countries could have a standard measure of exchange, whether it was to measure the weight of grain, gold or silver.

The archetype of the Scales is ancient. Believed to originate in Egypt, it represented the balance of the sun at the horizon between the upper and under world (at the Fall Equinox, the Sun rests on the equator and then begins its journey South). The ancient Babylonians thought the constellation represented an altar towering in the sky. The name Libra comes from the Roman word meaning 'the balance'. Leave it to the Romans to standardize our mediums of exchange.

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Libra is considered a masculine, outgoing energy; it is a cardinal air sign, meaning Libra wants to see its ideas take form and make a difference. Venus is Libra's ruler, and as the Greek Aphrodite, this seemingly feminine energy combines feminine and masculine in a wholeness that is greater than the sum of her parts. Aphrodite, goddess of Love and Sexuality and Beauty, is intrinsically Whole, for she is born from her father Uranus' phallus and her mother, the Ocean. It is the intrinsically feminine belief that we are all one, that we need to care for our communities, which activates Libra's insistence on fairness and justice. It is the wisdom of Love which lets us see the Truth. Love belongs to all of us, and is the one Truth that makes us whole.

So the archetypal energy of Libra is balanced, and we are called upon to balance the masculine and feminine energies within ourselves when we offer our intrinsic worth to the world. In partnerships, if we are not whole in ourselves, we tend to look to the Other for completion. And that's where things begin to go wrong. A partnership of equals means that each person is whole. When we haven't completed the Virgo mission of knowing ourselves, we project our missing parts and needs onto our partners. And as we all know, no one can save us except ourselves. Those of you born during the years Pluto was in Libra (1971 to 1984) are here to learn this lesson about relationships. And with Saturn going through Libra in the next few years, you'll get to see how well you've learned it.

That's where this full Moon can help us. The Moon in Aries encourages us to have the courage to be ourselves, to trust our own intuitions and be bold enough to try something new, to figure out what we need in a situation. Aries' inherent self-interest or selfishness is offset by the Sun in Libra, which teaches us how to balance Self and Other. The peace and harmony that Libra loves isn't achieved by denying your real needs, but by negotiating a real balance of needs between partners. Aries can show us new ways of getting what we want, while Libra keeps us on track with diplomacy and fairness.

For this Full Moon, Saturn, Mercury and Venus (Libra's ruler) are all in Virgo. We are still trying to figure out who we really are and how we can be of service to the world. Mercury turns to direct motion on September 29, a few days before the full Moon. The messenger god now has to integrate what he's learned during the past three weeks, and we won't have the message clear until Mercury returns to where it began its journey on October 14.

But just after the Full Moon on October 4, Mercury sextiles Mars in Cancer, Mars trines Uranus in Pisces, and Mercury opposes Uranus. Mercury, the mind, needs to listen to what Uranus, inspiration, tells him about new options that will help us get our needs met (Mars). So ask for a dream, vision or insight on the Full Moon that will quicken that integration. If you felt the new birth at the Cancer solar eclipse on July 21, then this weekend could bring you the information you need to nurture that new life.

Venus in Virgo urges us to stay virginal, the state of belonging to oneself, the state of wholeness. In Virgo, Venus represents Isis, the great goddess of magic, healing, fertility and integration. She separates the wheat from the chaff. She knows what is needed to sustain life. Venus aspects all the outer planets soon after this full Moon, using her ability to connect to open us to the big energies that signal the changes taking place in our civilization.

On October 4, Venus and Jupiter meet up in a quirky quincunx, offering us the opportunity to gain perspective on society, self-worth and our ability to give and receive love. On October 9, Venus opposes Uranus and makes a quirky quincunx to Neptune. The opposition can bring relationship surprises as well as helping us integrate the new Uranian vision that's breaking through our old limited perspective. The Venus-Neptune quincunx urges us to bring our ideals into reality instead of deluding ourselves with our old fantasies. As Baba Ram Dass said, Be Here Now. Venus joins Saturn on October 13, forcing us to see the reality of our situation, and she squares Pluto again on October 15 for the 4th time this year once she's back in Libra, shedding old relationship neediness.

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As you can see, Venus is quite a busy Lady this month, but since she belongs to herself, her lovers end up giving her what she needs. And what she gives to us is a sure sense of self-worth, a clear picture of what our society needs to transform itself, and the power to do it, especially through the arts and through personal relationships.

Ladies, this is your chance to show your wisdom to the world. Men, this is your chance to stop being afraid of your feelings and intuitions -- and women's power -- and trust the wisdom of Love and transformation.

Jupiter turns direct on October 12-13, opening the way for any personal and community projects and visions to take their next step. The Jupiter, Neptune, Chiron conjunction in Aquarius is still offering us inspiration and a new vision for the world. The U.N. finally agreed that it's time to get rid of nuclear weapons, which is a good start.

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Cathy Pagano is the author of a new book, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, then got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and along the way became a certified Life Coach. As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars and from The Bard's Grove, comments on emerging archetypal themes in movies. Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.

I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.

Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.

Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.

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