The Daily Astro for March 27, 2013
Full Moon at 7 Degrees Libra
by Valerie Sylvester
So here we are–another Full Moon. I see some people have been giving it dramatic names and pumping up the hysteria meter about this Full Moon. My feeling is that yes, this Full Moon is intense, but we’ve had intense Full Moons before and yet, somehow, the world still spins on its axis.
This Full Moon, at 7 degrees Libra with the Sun at 7 degrees Aries, activates all the cardinal signs, lighting up any planets or chart angles you may have at around 3-8 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn). Since cardinal signs initiate, you may feel a sense of urgency to get things started related to whatever’s being targeted in your chart. It also highlights areas where you’re finishing up the old to make room for new energies that are knocking frantically at the door. This is accentuated since we’re dealing with early degrees of the Cardinal signs. We’re just learning how to negotiate these areas, it’s all new to us, so we’re taking baby steps,hoping for “beginner’s luck” to see us through. It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time.
A Moon in Libra/Sun in Aries Full Moon always means we’re dealing with issues related to I-me and you-we; we’re doing the relationship tango! Since the Moon is Full, we’re reaching the culmination point and getting hit head-on by the Awareness Train. Whatever’s not working in relationships will become painfully obvious. The Moon’s in Libra, so our emotional reactions are filtered through a cool, airy screen. Saturn is exalted in Libra, so key concepts here are having long-term strategy, establishing borders and boundaries, and knowing when to “hold the line” and when to move forward. It’s all about balance. Libra energy makes for natural diplomats who are expert at assessing what others are inclined to do even before they do it. They know how to read the signals–their emotional intelligence quotient is high.
In the tarot, the 7 of Swords operating optimally can indicate someone who doesn’t reveal all their cards, but watches for cues from others to determine the right move. It can mean diplomacy is called for–don’t reveal too much until you assess the situation. You’ll often find Libra types mediating between people, groups or organizations, or they’re the ones that get things going, then vanish and let other people fight it out. Libra IS a cardinal sign, so it’s not inert. Grace under fire, plus the ability to compromise and see things from another point of view are attributes that move things forward.
So here we have this Cool Hand Luke Libra Full Moon opposite not only the Sun in Aries (that’s the normal pattern), but also opposite Venus, the Sun, Uranus and Mars, all in feisty Aries. Since the Sun and Venus are very close together, and Venus is the ruler of Libra, this places a double emphasis on “right relationship” and figuring out how to balance our own needs and desires with those of other people on the planet. The Sun also aligns with Uranus and Mars in Aries. Uranus and Mars aren’t noted for being boring, and in Aries (Mars is the ruler of Aries) they’re bouncing off the walls! AND this Full Moon squares Pluto in Capricorn, so we have a big ol’ T-square going on, as all those Aries planets also square Pluto. With this T-square, the “emptying out” point is opposite that Pluto, at about 12 degrees Cancer. So those of you with planets or chart points near 12 Cancer may really feel this one! Remember not to stomp on other people’s feelings in the stampede towards self-assertion/getting what we want. Don’t forget we’re all in this together.
We’re operating under the Uranus/Pluto square which is causing huge changes in what we thought were the foundations and supporting structures of our lives. On top of this, Jupiter is square Chiron, so feelings may be “big” –and raw. All that Aries “directness” may be unintentionally wounding to more sensitive souls. The Moon in Libra (politely) asks us to think before we act or speak, so even though it might be tempting to blow your top, make sure you’re not just reacting or behaving like a spoiled brat.
However, for those who have put up with lousy situations for a very long time, this Full Moon, with its cardinal nature, all that amped-up Aries energy and the outer planet backdrop of fundamental change, is a good time to finally assert yourself. Those who’ve been doormats, martyrs or felt trapped and stuck may find the courage to make life-altering changes now.
I saw a movie the other night that captures the spirit of this aspect of today’s Full Moon. It’s a cute romantic comedy, nothing more or less, and it’s certainly not going to win any awards. Its themes dovetail nicely with the current astrological patterns, though, which is why I’m mentioning it. It’s called “Dorfman in Love” and the protagonist, one Deb Dorfman, is a classic people-pleasing martyr-ific caretaker (a la today’s Moon in Libra, plus that Neptune and Chiron in Pisces). The beleaguered Deb spends most of her day handing other people’s problems, which they dump on her with alacrity. Her mother died a year ago and it’s fallen to her to wait on her widowed father. He relies on her for everything; he’s making no attempt to move forward in life and sits around watching The Home Shopping Network on TV all day. She works for her brother, a user-type who leaves the hard work to her while he runs out to play golf. He also relies on her to solve all his problems in both business and personal matters. He won’t give her a raise or make her a partner even though she’s clearly earned both. Deb has a crush on a globe-trotting journalist type who relies on her for feedback and emotional support but gives nothing back. She volunteers to catsit/watch the Brad Pitt wannabe’s brand-new apartment (he hasn’t even unpacked) while he’s off in Afghanistan. She moves into the apartment, tells her father he’s on his own for a week and lets her brother know he has to help out with the old man.
By making this move (bold for her), she sets in motion a series of unexpected events (here’s where that pileup of Aries planets comes in) which help her take her own life back. She has to make a break from what’s been established and solidified (Uranus in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn, so we’re talking long-term change). She talks back to her brother (here’s where Sun and Mars in Aries energy really comes in handy), quits her job, makes her father reassess his patronizing judgment of her, and even realizes that she’s wasted a lot of time hero-worshipping a guy whos’s an insensitive schmuck. She adopts a new style and wardrobe (Libra Libra Libra!), gets a haircut (Aries rules the head) and finds a more rewarding romantic relationship (Moon in Libra) with an artist (the Sun’s conjunct Venus, a very creative combination) who really sees and appreciates all her good qualities. She still maintains her ties to her family and friends, but she’s renegotiated (Moon in Libra) the terms and asserted herself (all the Aries planets) and establishes well- fortified boundaries by kicking ass (don’t forget that Saturn’s in Scorpio–this is the “ring pass not” zone).
The day begins with a Sun/Uranus aspect at 4:27 AM EDT, ringing those liberty bells. It’s a call to express your authentic, unique self, and triggers today’s trip wire rollercoaster. At 4:49 AM EDT, the Moon/Venus opposition is exact, establishing another of today’s themes: what we want vs. what other people want (or want us to think we want because it’s convenient for them) and how we can best “synchronize our clocks” with others.
The Full Moon occurs at 5:27 AM EDT. After that, a Moon/Uranus opposition can make us a bit stubborn; we don’t want to be tied down or told what to do. The Moon/Mercury and Moon/Saturn aspects that follow try to bring on the attitude adjustment, but can’t compete with the “I gotta be ME” stuff that’s running rampant. At 12:50 PM a Moon/Jupiter trine lifts our spirits with a fresh, hopeful breeze of expansive sentiment, but then we’re back on that emotional rollercoaster when the Moon squares Pluto at 1:27 PM EDT, followed by a Moon/Mars opposition at 2:14 PM. This would, however, be the time to institute The Great Purge. What needs to be eliminated from your life? Is there something or someone you’re hanging on to because of outdated beliefs, guilt, or expectations? We’re still in the middle of our double Yod (as discussed briefly yesterday), so adjustment is a keyword here. It’s time to pull the ripcord on that parachute!
Since this Full Moon is about balance, be aware that it may trigger others who are struggling to maintain equilibrium in their lives. Don’t engage with those who are looking for a fight or who try to involve you in their own turf wars or power struggles. There’s an element of irrationality here, so you’re not going to be able to reason with those who are looking for a fight. You may just find yourself becoming the recipient of their bottled-up rage or frustration, which they randomly project onto others who cross their path. This influence can cause meltdowns in those who are unstable, and I’m afraid we may see more “lone shooters” (all that Aries, especially the Uranus in Aries, square Pluto in Capricorn–they have some kind of beef that they blame others or society for) out on the streets, armed with guns (Mars is in Aries close to “unstable isotope” Uranus, and huge supplies of ammunition.
Since there was so much to talk about with just the Full Moon information, I’m going to try to get to the Sabian and Kozminsky Symbols for this Full Moon later today. I’ll post those as a Part II when I get a chance!!
—-March 27, 2013
Sabian Symbol for today’s Sun: “”
Kozminsky Symbol for today’s Sun: “A man saving himself from falling into a deep cavern by clutching a wild rose-tree. The thorns cut into his flesh, but the plant supports him.”
The Keyword for the Sabian Symbol is: “PROFICIENCY”.
The Keyword for the Kozminsky Symbol is: “WEAKNESS”.
Sabian Symbol for today’s Moon: “
Kozminsky Symbol for today’s Moon:
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The Keyword for the Kozminsky Symbol is: “
Both the Sabian Symbol and the Kozminsky Symbol relate to opposition, something to keep in mind as we head towards the Full Moon tomorrow. This Full Moon activates the Aries-Libra polarity, an opposition. The man in the Sabian Symbol is working with the Mars (ruler of Aries) sextile Jupiter in Gemini (twins, things in 2s, doing 2 things at once) aspect in the proper way. He’s being flexible and is comfortable with the idea of duality. This Symbol relates to being to see both sides of an issue and learning how to cooperate and communicate with others who may come from different backgrounds. Challenges include learning how to find balance and not upset the equilibrium (Moon in Libra ), or becoming distracted because too much is going on (Jupiter in Gemini, plus Mars in Aries can be “short attention span theater”). The down side is learning when to say “no” to avoid overwhelm and to sidestep being caught in the middle of other people’s arguments, or being “two-faced” and trying so hard to keep everyone happy that you lose yourself.
The Kozminsky Symbol takes us into the realm of this afternoon’s Mars/Pluto square and also the Jupiter/Chiron square. The man is alert to danger (he avoids falling into the cave), but winds up in a thorny situation anyway. He has to accept being hurt in order to avoid the Big Hurt–almost like a homeopathic dose! All things prickly and thorny relate to Mars, caves ad caverns are the realm of Pluto and Chiron, and the lucky break of finding a shrub to grab relates to Jupiter. This Symbol warns against getting too enmeshed with weaker things (addictions, obsessions, luxuries) because they may bring us to serious harm (cavern). There’s also a warning here that giving in to impulse sets you up for the slippery slope down to the depths of the cavern. If you’ve been lucky so far (the shrub shelters him), appreciate this and resolve to clean up your act so it doesn’t happen again. Next time the support may not be there. The emphasis on flesh-cutting (which sheds blood) and the cavern means it’s time to make a sacrifice and go deeper to determine subconscious reasons for your behavior in order to change it. Where’s your weak spot? What do you feel it’s protecting, if at the same time it’s also hurting you?
THE DAILY DRAW:
–March 27, 2013