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Libra Full Moon, April 9, 2009

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Aries and Libra.  Mars and Venus.

Spring and Fall.  Planting and reaping.

Light and Darkness.  Life and Death.

Self and Other.

All the oppositions we find in life are symbolized by the interplay between these two energies.  Oppositions create energy.   The question always is: what will we do with it?  Choose wisely this year. 

This Libra Full Moon comes while the Sun is in Aries – Mars the warrior god and Venus, Goddess of Beauty, Sexuality and Love rule these two signs.  

Sun in Aries like Mars’ energy is aggressive and playful, inquisitive and impetuous.  But there’s also assertive leadership and courage under the bad boy image.  The Moon reflects Venus in Libra, and can be seductive, social, intelligent and talented.  Just as the Sun and Moon are often mythically paired as lovers, so are Venus and Mars.  Venus is the one who tames the wild warrior spirit, the one who can take the war out of the warrior.  Mars gives Venus strength and courage and a renewed sense of herself.  When combined, the power of love can’t be beat.

When we use Venus’ ability to connect to Mars in a loving and enchanting way, we can bring out his best qualities. He will protect and defend the land and those people he loves.  It’s not false patriotism, fueled by hatred or rhetoric. It’s will and desire at the service of life.   It’s Aragon and Arthur.  It’s Cleopatra and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

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The Full Moon is supported by the Aquarian planets we’ve been discussing for the past year (, adding their vision of unity and cooperation to the balance between self and other.  Ideals need to come back into vogue. 

The continuing energetic shift happening through the Uranus/Saturn opposition – the opening mantra for the Cosmic Story of change – gets kicked into high gear by this full Moon.  Mars in Pisces just opposed Saturn in Virgo and will be uniting with Uranus in Pisces in a few days.  More on that below. 

The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 20 Aries is: A young girl feeding birds in winter.  A new feminine attitude of nurturing and caring for life’s spiritual insights during times of death and lack will enhance life.  Nurture your intuitive wisdom.

The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 20 Libra is: A Jewish rabbi in a tiny room full of manuscripts and books, performing his Duty.  This concerns the power of the Word to transform consciousness.  Through the lens of our spiritual paths, which includes ancient wisdom as well as inner experience, we know what we have to do. 

If our purpose is to feed the birds (spiritual messengers or intuitions) in our lives, make sure you have a firm understanding of the power of words to enlighten, to enthrall, to heal or to hurt.  What truths have finally hit home for you?  How will that change your life?   

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This Libra Full Moon has its ruler, Venus, still retrograde in Aries.  She’s being purified in new fire, truly reborn.  The Cosmic story says we need to understand love and connection differently.  We need to have a strong love of Self as well as a strong love of the Other to help us in this transformative time of change in the world.  We have problems that need solving, as well as the wisdom to solve them.  But will we do it?

Mars is traveling through Pisces, and coming into range of his April 15 conjunction with Uranus.  He already had his meetup with Saturn on April 4.  What did you do on 4/4/2009? When Mars is in Pisces, he dissolves back into the ocean of the collective unconscious, and resurrected when he re-emerges in Aries on April 22.  The last time Venus/Mars conjoined was at 16 Libra in late 2008.  What have we learned about our relationships since last September?  How do we measure up when we relate to others?   What habits and stuck feelings need to be released?  Especially anger, resentment and fear. 

The old Venus/Mars cycle will end when Venus and Mars unite again on April 21, just after Venus goes direct at 30 Pisces.  At the very last degree of the zodiac.  This is a marker for change.  This conjunction of Venus and Mars will work its magic in the waters of the collective unconscious.  Watch for what develops in your life!

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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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