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Libra Full Moon March 29-30, 2010

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The Moon's cycle begins with the new Moon, which grows through the first quarter Moon until it reaches the full Moon phase. After that, the Moon begins to wan through the last quarter Moon phase to the new Moon once again. Since we live under a solar calendar instead of a lunar one, every year or so the Moon cycle flips and we end up having a full Moon in a sign coming before its new Moon.

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We are in that part of the cycle now. Symbolically, it means that we have to bare the tension of opposites (opposite signs comprise the full Moon), then try to integrate their meaning before we can plant the new seed. This is especially important for this Libra Full Moon, because the upcoming new Moon in Aries is the real beginning of the astrological year.

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The Libra Full Moon comes within a week of Spring Equinox, so I'd like to mention this important point in the Sun's journey. In astrology, the 0*point of the zodiac is the beginning of Aries. The whole zodiac begins again. We get to start afresh each year.

The Spring Equinox marks the day on which the hours of day and night are equal. The darkness and the light are balanced. As with the Earth, so goes it with us. Since we are affected by the cycles of the Earth, this time of year can become a time of psychic balance for us.

This Spring Equinox is especially important, because when the Sun moves into the sign of Aries, it will connect to the three planetary energies that helped shaped the 60s and which are shaping our times as well in this next phase of their evolutionary cycle.

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Pluto, Saturn and Uranus are all dancing around 0* of the cardinal signs Capricorn, Libra and Aries. Cardinal signs move things forward, and they are the zodiac signs that rule the change of seasons. These three planets are in tense, challenging relationships to each other, forcing us to redefine ourselves and our culture. These planetary aspects announce that we are all at a crossroads, and through this tension, they will work on us to make radical changes in our personal lives as well as our collective lives.

It is time for "teen-age' Aries to grow up and take some responsibility for our cultural dilemma. It's time to make changing our culture a personal matter.

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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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