Balance – finding, keeping it and losing it – is the central theme of this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 25° 16′ Libra on 15 April 2014, 12:42 AM PDT. There is a very good reason Libra is represented by the scales. It is dedicated to being equitable, playing fair and seeing that all people have a say if possible but those scales can easily be stepped on, throwing them off balance.
All Full Moons are oppositions with the Sun opposing the Moon but Libra Full Moons seem to bring out the fact these two elements balance each other as well as oppose. This time the rulers of Aries and Libra, Mars and Venus respectively, are very important players in the lunation chart. Venus is currently well positioned in Pisces where it is exalted whilst Mars is in Libra, the sign of its detriment, and is further subdued by being retrograde.
On one hand Venus is supported by a conjunction with Neptune in Pisces, a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn and a trine to Jupiter in Cancer. In Pisces Venus can express unconditional love and compassion with ease. In this instance she acts as a loving filter between the three outer planets and us puny humans, promoting the idea of embracing all living beings and surrounding them with warmth and caring. Rather than point out our differences, we might be better served by pursuing our commonalities.
On the other hand, Mars in Libra is gradually being drawn into the cardinal Grand Cross, much to its dismay. This Mars far prefers to get along with others and being opposed by feisty Uranus in Aries as well as squared by Jupiter in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn, makes it very unhappy. It knows it is totally out of its weight class. This being the case, it may be wiser to follow Ralfee Finn’s recommendations about taking no unnecessary actions:
“The best way to handle this astral tightening is to refuse to take any unnecessary action. No unnecessary action is also the best way to handle the release of the intensity after April 21. Wu wei is the Taoist notion of action without effort or control. Its action that exemplifies the way of water, which yields naturally to obstacles, and neither argues, pushes, nor opposes, but rather adapts its course around obstacles or simply wears them away. There is nothing passive about water; for the Taoist, it is the strongest substance—all one has to do is look at the Colorado River and the path it cuts through the Grand Canyon to get the point. Wu wei is not motivated by ego and its array of negative behavior—greed, fear, anger, and so forth, all of which can be seen as unnecessary action; wu wei, through its effortless action, simply exemplifies the Tao, the ineffable, primordial essence of the universe.”
Our relationships will be under scrutiny now and with Mercury in Aries conjunct Uranus opposing Mars in Libra, minor squabbles can easily escalate into major confrontations. The Mercury-Uranus conjunction will have no hesitation whatsoever about revealing any unpleasant truths Pluto in Capricorn may have unearthed. Solid relationships with a good track record for honest communications should weather this fine. Those already on shaky ground could breakup permanently. Another factor could be pointed comments from family members (Jupiter in Cancer’s contribution) adding to an already stressful situation. We’re talking cardinal signs here so there is far less middle ground than usual, making it easier for people to take sides and shout at each other.
Saturn in Scorpio has an important role to play on this lunation as it is semi-sextile the Libra Moon and inconjunct the Aries Sun. Depending on how you feel about Saturn, it may be the voice of reason and accountability or someone who has no business telling us how to live our lives. It can depend on how mature people are behaving in the first place.
Even though it might not seem like it in the heat of the moment, we usually have more options than we realize. Aries tends to get a bad case of tunnel vision when they push ahead too quickly, and they forget to use their peripheral vision, thus missing those other paths. Libra can see too many paths and may not be able to settle on one. Finding a point in between these two extremes is the ideal, and one worth pursuing. Practicing wu wei is an excellent way to achieve that. Peace is a beautiful thing and if we follow Venus’s lead on the Full Moon in Libra, we may achieve it yet.
On a personal note: On the plus side Saturn in Scorpio has finally moved off my Mercury! Yay! However it is now about to conjoin my Mars again. Boo! One way or another, Saturn in Scorpio is bound and determined to restrain my words and actions for the time being.
The Libra Moon is within a couple of degrees of my Chiron and the North Node in Libra conjoins my Sun ensuring I will continue to promote the Libra ideals of peace and harmony. Having Mars in Libra about to conjoin my Moon is probably going to stir things up on the home front one way or another. I know there are plenty of others out there in similar situations . . . not comfortable.