FULL MOON IN LIBRA & LUNAR ECLIPSE – There’s a burr under our saddle (April 4, 2015)
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In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 5:05 a.m. on Saturday, April 4. With this Full Moon, the Sun in Aries will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Libra. To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 15° of Aries and 15° of Libra in your birth/natal chart. The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.
This is the beginning of a very astrologically active 2-week period! A Full Moon in Libra is typically a time when the peace-loving, diplomatic nature of Libra will soften the sometimes aggressive and always active energy of Aries. However, this Full Moon in Libra is anything but typical! Happening right on the heels of the final of seven Uranus-Pluto squares (90°), many of us may still be feeling the final waves of change and transformation that will take months (and even years) to begin to settle into our lives.
Additionally, this Full Moon in Libra is also a full Lunar Eclipse, which will be seen in its entirety across Asia, western Australia, North and South America, and the Pacific Ocean. As was discussed in last month’s Moon Update, an eclipse makes for an extra powerful New or Full Moon. With a Lunar Eclipse, the Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth, and this can impact everything from our pineal gland to the electromagnetic fields around the Earth. Eclipses happen every six months, and they provide us with downloads of new information and opportunities to “reboot” our consciousness. It is not uncommon to experience life-changing events or insights because they give great power to the New or Full Moon. However, keep in mind that the impact of the eclipse may take up to six months to manifest. Eclipses also happen in 19-year cycles, with the last Libra-Aries lunar eclipse occurring on April 3, 1996. It might be helpful to look back at what was important to you at that time and then ask yourself where you are being called to make changes now.
As is true of all Full Moons, we are being asked to find a balance between the two signs involved. Aries is about independence, adventure, and being active. Libra is about interdependence, diplomacy, and seeking peace. Where Aries wants to be active and think later, Libra is all about careful deliberation before any action is taken. Although these signs seem to be total opposites, both approaches are important to life and need to be valued at this time. One way to integrate these two energies would be to take action (Aries) to bring more balance into our lives (Libra). Or we may need to become more assertive (Aries) about our need for harmony in our relationships (Libra). As with all oppositions, balance is key!
But in addition to the Lunar Eclipse, several planetary configurations are adding “juice” to this Full Moon in Libra:
- Right before the Full Moon on Thursday, April 2, two aspects lay a solid foundation that will better equip us to deal with the energies of this Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse. A wonderful trine (120°) between Mercury and Saturn will provide us with the ability to think and speak clearly, and we will be more willing to take responsibility for our words than at other times during the year. Then another trine (120°) between the Sun and Jupiter provides us with optimism, enthusiasm, confidence, a focus on ethics and morals, and a desire to learn and improve. Put these two trines together, and it’s a time when we could more easily see the specific steps that are needed in order to put a big idea into motion, and we will want to do this in a responsible way. It can also promote beliefs that are supported by a perfect mix of faith and facts.
- The Moon is in opposition (180°) to not only the Sun but also Mercury, Uranus and the South Node (all in Aries). And Pluto is squaring (90°) all of them. This forms a t-square (right triangle) in the skies above us. Pluto requires that we find ways to express the sometimes explosive and intense drive toward transformation. Suppressing this energy could be disastrous. Plus, given so much Aries energy and the involvement of Pluto, we must look for ways to heal the shadow side of Aries, which can, at times, be self-absorbed and aggressive. But with so much energy in potentially volatile Aries, emotions (Moon) will likely heat up due to the forceful power of the t-square, which often requires (demands!) change. I always think of t-squares as a burr under the saddle on a horse; unless dealt with, that horse will buck! And given Uranus is involved, these changes could be sudden and may come from unexpected and surprising sources. Breathing and keeping our emotions in check will be essential for the days around this Full Moon. And always remember that when Uranus is in the picture, problems only arise if we resist the changes being presented to us by the Universe for our further spiritual development.
- At the same time that the Sun and Moon are in opposition (180°), there is the trine (120°) between the Sun and Jupiter (see first bullet above) and there is a sextile (60°) between Jupiter and the Moon. This “wedge” configuration could work to our advantage or disadvantage. If we choose to use this energy in a positive way, we could have the capacity to step back and see the “big picture” regarding any changes occurring now, which may help soften any reactions we have to our plans going awry. But we will need to deliberately tap into Jupiter’s ability in order to be open-minded and generous. However, if we are not conscious of our choices, the lower expression of this energy is also possible. Jupiter can get up on a moral high horse. And given the wedge energy, this could make us feel justified (Sun) to express our self-righteous beliefs (Jupiter) in explosive (Aries) and emotional (Moon) ways. We all need to “check our ego at the door” during the time of this Full Moon and understand that we each have a right to our own perception of the world around us. Luckily, having the North Node conjunct (0°) the Moon in Libra can help us find ways to compromise or at least accommodate others during this potentially volatile time.
The square (90°) between the Sun and Pluto becomes exact on Sunday, April 5. This aspect will influence us for several days before and after this date, and there are several things to avoid during this potentially explosive aspect. Pluto represents power, and the abusive use of power is possible. We also could become impatient with rules or act compulsively. We need to avoid “stuffing” our emotions because this could lead to suppressed anger or passive-aggressive behavior. It’s also important to watch for ways in which we might be projecting outward our personal struggles regarding power. Blaming others may feel good in the short run, but recognizing that everyone is simply providing a mirror of our inner worlds could lead to important leaps in self-transformation. During these few days, we may clearly see things that need to be changed in our lives in order to further our psychological development, and we will likely feel a strong desire to get to the bottom of matters that are important to us. However, don’t try to push things; instead, trust in Diving Order and in Divine Timing.
Then on Monday, April 6, the Sun conjoins (0°) Uranus. For a few days before and after this meeting, we may be feeling nervous and agitated. We also may feel a strong need to break away (Uranus) from anything that is suppressing the expression of our “true self” (Sun). Independence, spontaneity, and originality are all higher expressions of this pairing. Rebelliousness can be the lower expression. Luckily, a trine (120°) between Mercury and Jupiter that same day will provide a flexible mental framework in which to express new ideas. Our thinking is optimistic and positive, and others may seek out our advice. It’s a good day for short trips, studying, observing things accurately, and all forms of communication (e.g., writing, teaching, speaking).
The next day (Tuesday, April 7), Mercury squares (90°) Pluto. Our thoughts could be intense today. Issues of trust may come up, and we may feel a need for secrecy. All of this is occurring under the nervousness that came with yesterday’s exact conjunction between the Sun and Uranus (see above). Feeling agitated is also common with Mercury’s upcoming conjunct with Uranus tomorrow. Given all this nervous energy, it is best to carefully choose our words when speaking or communicating with others so we act rather than react. And if we can calm our minds, we may actually be able to cut through distractions and come up with some brilliant ideas.
On Wednesday, April 8, Mercury conjoins (0°) Uranus. Although our minds may feel “on edge” due to Uranus’s erratic energy, yesterday’s potential for brilliant ideas is reinforced today. We are more able than usual to grasp intellectually challenging ideas and concepts, and our intuition may provide us with inventive and original solutions. The same day, Jupiter turns direct, ending its 4-month retrograde cycle. Many of us have used the retrograde period to let go of limiting beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. We needed this internally-focused time to find our own individual “truth.” Now, with Jupiter moving direct again, we will begin sharing these new ways of thinking with others. The impact of this turn in direction will take a little while to pick up speed, but it’s likely that we will all feel lighter and more ready to live according to our unique beliefs and ideals. Although everyone will feel the impact of Jupiter’s direct motion, those born between 1937-58 (Pluto in Leo), those born between 1955-62 (Uranus in Leo) , and/or those with planets in Leo are most likely to feel inspired and emboldened to take a leap of faith and manifest their life mission.
Thursday, April 9, sees an exact conjunction (0°) between the Sun and Mercury, both in Aries. We will probably be able to express ourselves clearly, because our wants (Sun) are aligned with our thoughts (Mercury). Others may feel like we are more of an “open book” than we normally are. This is a great day for problem solving and skill development. However, it is important to keep in mind that our thinking and communication may be personal and subjective today, and we need to keep our subjectivity in check. What you say or write can carry more weight than usual, and we need to be sure to listen carefully to others.
Communication within our relationships becomes easier when Venus enters Gemini on Saturday, April 11. This brings a playfulness to any activities that we enjoy, and all social interactions tend to be positively influenced by this placement. We may be more curious than usual regarding new social experiences, and exploring anything that we enjoy will likely be fun, fun, fun! Gemini is an air sign, so connecting with others will happen on a mental level rather than an emotional one until Venus moves into Cancer on May 8.
Our relationships also benefit from a sextile (60°) between Mars and Neptune on Sunday, April 12. Even though Mars in Taurus can be stubborn and unyielding, the Neptunian energy provides a softer energy that can lead toward compassion and forgiveness. We probably will want to take the day off and explore creative activities or entertainment. Our intuition is enhanced.
Tuesday, April 14, is an astrologically active day. Venus opposes (180°) Saturn, which will likely bring a dose of reality to our relationships and finances. These insights are meant to strengthen foundations rather than undermine them, so we need to use the farsightedness of Saturn in Sagittarius to our advantage. Also, today sees Mercury moving out of sometimes hot-headed Aries and into grounded Taurus, where it remains until May 2. Although our thought processes may suddenly feel weighed down and slower, the Taurean energy will make it easier to choose words that will be effective and not inciting. In order to benefit most from Mercury’s 3-week stay in Taurus, we need to keep our focus on what is realistic while not losing sight of our “ideal” outcome. If we can do this, then Mercury in Taurus is an excellent time to clearly see what is needed in order to support our hopes and dreams.
Finally, a subtle but powerful shift occurs on Thursday, April 16, when Pluto beings its annual retrograde cycle. We will likely be spending the next 5 months reevaluating our resources and doing some deep healing work. This will be a time when internal processing precedes any external expression, and we will feel a strong urge to release anything that is obsolete or outdated in our lives, including attitudes, ways of thinking, or emotional patterns. One way to view Pluto retrograde is our annual “spring cleaning” within our psyches. Our powers of regeneration are far greater now, and we may be able to gain insight into the cause of major illnesses or problems. However, during this time, the solutions will not come through seeking external cures or changes but by facing inner psychological issues that are compromising our health and well-being. Yes, these insights may lead to external changes (e.g., diet, exercise, life circumstances); however, even if actions are taken, they will put us in touch with our subconscious and unconscious patterns.
Overall, this Full Moon in Libra and Lunar Eclipse and the 2 weeks following it are filled with astrological activity. We are being called to take the next big step on our spiritual path; and at the time of the Full Moon, we need to find a balance between our relationships with ourselves (Aries) and our relationships with others (Libra). This is a time period when relationships, communication, and ethics are all highlighted, and we need to keep our emotions and words “in check” in order to successfully navigate some days with potentially volatile energy. Just remember that, “Healing comes from taking responsibility: To realize that it is you – and no one else – that creates your thoughts, your feelings, and your actions.” (Peter Shepherd)
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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY
- Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM
- The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
- Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)
- New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.
- Full Moon at 15° of Libra
- Saturday, April 4, 5:05 a.m. PDT
- Saturday, April 4, 8:05 a.m. EDT
- Saturday, April 4, 12:05 p.m. GMT