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Aries Full Moon October 14, 2008

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There is a tremendous opportunity for each of us to go out and ground the wild energies of our times for our people. If you have worked on your own issues and are feeling balanced and centered (which is the goal of Libra) then go relate to other people, because the more centered you are, the more you can help center people who are panicked, afraid, and angry. This is the gift of this Libra-Aries full Moon: if you know who you are and what you believe about your life and values, you can stand as a light for other people who are in the dark. This is the most precious form of relationship, where you get to be yourself and help others feel better about themselves. Just a smile and a bit of humor can turn around a bad situation if done in the spirit of truth.

Aries and Libra both have a lot to do with this balance of light and dark. When Aries begins in March at the Spring Equinox, we reach the balance point when now there begins to be more light in our day than darkness. When Libra begins at the Fall Equinox, we reach the balance point when darkness begins to grow greater than the light. Right now, we get to choose if we want to be balanced: do we become a light to others or do we live in the dark? And living in the Light means all we have to do is be our best selves, chose our highest values, and then really live it. It's time to walk our talk.

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If any of you know the Arthurian legends, you'll remember the story of Lancelot having to walk across the sword bridge. Getting across this sword bridge symbolizes the ego's ability to keep our word, stand for what is just and fair, do what is right. The journey across it stands for the growth of consciousness. At Libra's harvest time, it's important for us to understand this, because our country and our world are changing, and the best way to deal with the change is to remember our highest values, our deepest stories, our truest Selves and then go do the best we can.

I've always thought that being conscious is much more interesting than being unconscious, just like being truly good and noble is much more sexy than being a bit bad and cruel. With consciousness comes freedom. We get to make our own way and grow according to our own nature. We're here on Earth to learn the lessons of finding spirit in our humanness. And spirit manifests as consciousness. Spirit lights up our souls and makes our personalities, our desires, our goals deeply fulfilling. And in times of need, our soul's light helps not only us, but those we come in contact with.

Venus and Mars play a role here, since Mars is the ruling planet of the Aries Full Moon and Venus rules the Libra Sun. Love and war. Connection and defending. Women and men. As Venus and Mars orbit around the Sun, they come together in the same part of the sky every few years. They once again came together on September 11th at 15 Libra: Circular Paths. “It is only when the individual has become fully attuned to, and in a sense identified with the vast planetary and cosmic rhythms of the universe, and thus free from emotional and group tensions, that he can act serenely and at peace along 'circular paths'.”(Dane Rudhyar) This conjunction offers us an opportunity to look at what happened on 9/11 and our reaction to it with new eyes. Do we continue to focus on war or do we begin to heal our nation and the world?

Of course, it also refers to the Wheel of the Year and the sure knowledge of repeating patterns. (so we can say, We won't be fooled again!) Another definition of this degree of Libra has to do with 'finding points of contact with others without making compromises; the individual as a microcosm of his society; a sure sense of direction.' Venus and Mars want to balance each other in Libra, with an equal amount of self-interest and openness to others' needs. Right now, both Venus and Mars have moved into Scorpio, and so their energies are undergoing a transformation, hopefully helping us recognize both our personal shadow and our collective shadow. Now is the time to learn from our mistakes in personal and social relationships.

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Don't be afraid to take a stand/Mars. Just make sure you do it with love/Venus in your heart.

Now the other side of love is hate, and of course since humanity operates in duality, we can't have one without the other. It's always a choice. Venus and Mars in Scorpio can also make us passionate and vicious, especially if we don't want to let go of our darker, fear-based feelings. Have you noticed how nasty the political dialog has become? People are rightly angry, but if the tone goes overboard into rage, the collective unconscious energies can take over and create a mob mentality. Because of the fear of the future, the possibility of mass psychic contamination is enormous – this happened in Germany when Hitler rose to power.

Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: the Rise of Disaster Capitalism points out that these shocks to the financial system are being used to manipulate us, as big corporations and governments have done in the past. We have to make sure that we know ourselves well enough to not to be fooled or manipulated by any person or idea – it takes away our freedom of choice. This most basic right of freedom is what America really stands for. Freedom to think for ourselves, to make our own choices and even our own mistakes. It is the same gift we receive from Spirit – free will. Don't you think this is the time and place to bring it all together? Grow into full human beings and live out the founding principles of America.

The Cosmic story going on in the heavens mirrors what is going on here below – as above, so below. Saturn, the energy of conservation, of conservatism, of the status quo, of rigidity and the Old is coming into range of its opposition to Uranus, the energy of awakening, of revolution, of sudden change and the New. They will be exactly opposite each other on Election morning. The Old vs. the New. Does it sound familiar?

The opposition of two planets is always an energetic gateway for awareness of the issues they both symbolize. On one hand, we are being given the opportunity to wake up to what we really believe in – our values, our dreams for our life, our dreams for the world and for our loved ones. This is not about asking for more for ourselves. This is about asking for the courage to grow up and take responsibility for our life and the world's.

On the other hand, we get to look at how we let our unconscious habits, our control issues, our negative self-image, our need for an illusionary perfection, stop us from being of service to others and to our ideals. We let the pace and the heavy financial and ecological burdens of our modern culture overwhelm our need to live in a healthy, balanced, secure way. But these next few years will demand that we take ourselves and our lives seriously and pay attention to the world we live in. We are all in this together.

This Full Moon is especially potent because it is connected to three grand trines (flowing ease and creativity): one each in air, fire and earth. There is a single trine in water. This basically means that there is a planet or a major asteroid in every sign of the zodiac, except Cancer.

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The 3 grand trines supporting this full Moon are:

AIR: Pallas in Gemini, Sun/Mercury in Libra, Chiron/North Node/Neptune in Aquarius.

We must use our information strategically and diplomatically to make sure that the solutions to our problems are wise and fair to everyone.

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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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