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.
From the time the Sun dashes into Aries on March 20, 2014, the energy will be running high and erratic due to Jupiter in Cancer squaring Uranus in Aries for its entire stay in Aries. Jupiter is the handle of a Bucket Pattern on the Spring Equinox, setting the dial to over the top in most activities. By the time all is said and done, we will very grateful to the calming influence of Mercury conjunct Neptune in Pisces in the equinox chart . . . that and the emotional grounding of the Moon conjunct Saturn in Scorpio.
The critical degrees for Aries Season are from 10° to 13° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) which is how far Jupiter will travel between March 20 and April 20 when the Sun enters stolid Taurus. Those of us who have an Ascendant, Midheaven or personal planets in the cardinal signs from about 9° to 15° may find their lives are increasingly subject to change without notice.Some of you may have already noticed this beginning to happen. Living with an Aries who has four planets in Aries going from 5° to 22° I am almost inured to having my daily routine routinely disrupted, and I like it as much now as when it first started in 2010 . . . NOT! Thankfully there have been plenty of extended periods of calm in between flurries of interruptions.
The week following the Aries New Moon on March 30 is hopping! The Sun triggers the cardinal T-Square by first squaring Jupiter, then conjoining Uranus and finally squaring Pluto in Capricorn over a period of three days. There is a brief lull before Mercury enters Aries on April 7. The following day the Sun will oppose retrograde Mars in Libra which can result in people losing their tempers over the slightest little thing. During the final week of Aries Season it is Mercury in Aries’ turn to be quarrelsome. Only by this time Mars in Libra is finally beginning to complete the Grand Cross when Mercury hits all four planets in the Grand Cross from April 14 to 16. Lively times!
Just so you know it will after the Sun enters Taurus before the Grand Cross is as tight as it’s going to get. Taurus is far less excitable than Aries and a Grand Cross is an exceedingly stable pattern, therefore my guess is Aries Season will feature the greatest amount of drama, largely due to a very high level of frustration and the need to vent those frustrations. Aries’ ruler Mars is retrograde in Libra which means it is even more indecisive than usual, guaranteed to send the movers and shakers of this world right around the bend!
Aries Season is bound to get very loud at times and maybe a little scary. However, most of us will probably still be here when the dust settles so please remember to breathe!
There is little peace to be found on the Full Moon at 26° 02′ Virgo on March 16, 2014 10:08 AM PDT though it is unlikely there will be outright war either. That might come on the Aries New Moon on March 30 when planets in cardinal signs predominate. Mutable Pisces and Virgo prefer to keep some kind of dialogue going even if it goes nowhere.
The luminaries are part of a trapezoid pattern with Mercury in Aquarius trine Mars in Libra. It is an awkward arrangement since the two planets in air signs are semi-sextile and inconjunct the Pisces Sun and Virgo Moon. As much as they would like to talk to one another there appears to be little common ground or a common language. Libra and Aquarius can come up with brilliant theories that Pisces may feel lack heart and Virgo might feel have any basis in reality. The best that can be said about this situation is they will all probably be very polite and civil in their disagreements . . . confused but polite.
Saturn in Scorpio chimes in on the side of the luminaries via a sextile to the Moon and a trine to the Pisces Sun. Both Virgo and Pisces are dedicated to serving the needs of others and offering help to those who cannot help themselves. Saturn in Scorpio is there to make sure this happens with no precious resources being diverted by the unscrupulous or the overly idealistic.
By this time most of us know there will be a cardinal Grand Cross in late April and as an introduction to that the T-Square between Jupiter in Cancer, Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn on this Full Moon begins to offer hints as to what is at stake. Jupiter in Cancer is the handle of a Bucket Pattern in this chart. This could all boil down to who is the boss of me? Is it myself (Uranus in Aries)? Is it my family (Jupiter in Cancer) or something larger like government or corporations (Pluto in Capricorn)? Ideally all parties have equal say over the course of our lives. Most of us acknowledge the need for some kind of rules or traditions to serve as guidelines, so perhaps the main point of contention at this time revolves around who has the biggest say. I can only suggest it is important to listen to all sides with great care while being as kind and tactful as possible when disagreeing. Yelling obscenities and calling each other nasty names would be seriously counterproductive, you know?
Gentle, detached Venus in Aquarius happens to be making a waxing sextile to Uranus in Aries. Starting a love affair under this influence could mean there will be an experimental edge and openness to playing with new and different ways to love one another. Be aware those with more traditional beliefs (Jupiter in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn) may disapprove more strongly than usual now of behaviors not in line with those beliefs. Discretion would be a kindness.
Rather than focusing on how we are different on this Full Moon, draw on Virgo’s finely honed discernment to determine what we have in common. Please make use of Pisces’s capacity for inclusion and compassion as well. It makes more sense to approach life with an open heart and an open mind, doesn’t it. Be well.
On a personal note: Despite Saturn still sitting on my Mercury in Scorpio, I get off pretty easy on this Full Moon. The lunar axis harmoniously aspects my natal ASC-DES axis, Mercury in Aquarius is trine my Sun-Chiron, Venus in Aquarius is exactly trine my natal Neptune and Mars in Libra is less of a pain than it was. This means fewer distractions hopefully allowing me to set priorities and follow through.
On March 1, Mars in Libra stations retrograde at 27°, the state it will remain in until May 19 when it stations direct at 9°. While there are some bright spots on this journey in reverse, there are far more obstacles which are very likely to make us more cranky and unwilling to cooperate.
Libra is usually described as peace loving and polite. However when they feel they have been pushed too far, they are capable of striking back with great effectiveness. Over the next three months when Mars in Libra is traveling in reverse, the intense pressure Mars will be under at times may cause it to lash out in anger, reminding everyone Libra is a cardinal sign. Normally mild mannered types who feel they have been treated unjustly or have not been given opportunities to present their side could march right up and let loose with both barrels.
The retrograde phase begins with Mars square to Venus in Capricorn and ends with a trine to the Moon in Aquarius. Anytime Venus square Mars it highlights the need to treat one another with respect and civility in our personal relationships. Make it a habit during this retrograde period to really listen to what your partner is saying instead of preparing your comeback.
During March Mars will go from 27° Libra to 21° Libra and will be trine Mercury in Aquarius on March 14 and Venus in Aquarius on March 29. This month could be considered the calm before the storm when people might still be willing to sit down and talk. Do so if you can because once April arrives all bets are off.
Tempers start to fray due to miscommunications on April 2 when Mars is inconjunct Mercury in Pisces at 21°. By April 8 when Mars opposes the Aries Sun at 18°, people may start to take sides though there is still hope for compromise. It is the last two weeks of April that are the worst, beginning with an inconjunct between Mars and Venus in Pisces on April 19 at 14°. An apology for being an insensitive jerk might be of some help but don’t count on it.
The much heralded Cardinal Grand Cross takes place on April 22-23 with Mars in Libra squaring Jupiter in Cancer first, then opposing Uranus in Aries and squaring Pluto in Capricorn. This takes place at 13° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), so check your natal charts to see if you have anything between 12° to 14° in those signs. Mars acts as the trigger or ignition point because it is the most active planet of the four. What might occur is an outpouring of deep seated feelings of rage due to years of feeling resentment over being treated unfairly (Pluto). The abruptness and intensity of this expression stems from Jupiter square Uranus. Those most likely to explode are people who have been in a state of denial for quite some time. Cancers, Libras and Capricorns are far more likely than Aries to be guilty of stuffing their unacceptable feelings, and as a consequence more likely to blow up. It could get very messy in some households in late April.
April ends with an uneasy inconjunct between Mercury in stubborn Taurus and Mars in Libra on April 28. Even though there may be many apologies in order by then, it probably isn’t going to happen too quickly.
Before Mars goes direct on May 19, Mars makes one last challenging aspect, an opposition to Venus in Aries on May 11 at 9°. Venus in Aries can handle the direct approach, she isn’t shy after all. So step up and speak your piece. There is a very good chance you will be heard and your relationship issues can begin to be resolved.
I’ll cover the final segment in the story of Mars in Libra at a later date. This is plenty to think about for now. After writing this post, I decided to suggest making it a priority to treat others as fairly as possible and to remain open to compromise during the next three months. Take your anger issues seriously and do your best to let others know when they have overstepped . . . tactfully.
We have a dance happening with Mercury, Venus and Mars the first half of 2014. On January 31, Venus in Capricorn stations direct and Mercury leaves Aquarius for the fluid waters of Pisces. A few days later Mercury will station retrograde on February 6 and begin to dancing backwards into Aquarius. Mars in Libra is currently waiting patiently in the sidelines before he takes his turn stationing retrograde on March 1 . . . the day after Mercury stations direct. Whew!
Venus will station direct at 12° Capricorn within a degree of Pluto in Capricorn whilst Mercury will be cozying up to Neptune in Pisces when it stations retrograde at 3° Pisces. This means both faster moving planets will spend several days in the vicinity of Pluto and Neptune, much longer than usual.
The Venus-Pluto conjunction could seriously curtail spending, especially on what Pluto deems unessential items. This may have been a theme for many during the past month or so of the Venus retrograde and we are getting one last firm reminder of the importance of sensible spending habits.
The feeling I have about the Mercury-Neptune conjunction in Pisces is it will temporarily suspend our preoccupation with all the bad things happening around the world. Aquarius is big on letting everyone know what will happen if we continue on our present course of action, for better or worse. Annoying enough, they are often right. Pisces comes along and reminds us to have faith because someone out there loves us, so relax already.
Now Mars will station retrograde at 27° Libra square Venus in Capricorn . . . putting stress on our relationships with loved ones. In this instance Venus is moving at her usual speed so this will likely be a mere speed bump on the road to True Love. Though it kind of depends on whether or not Saturn stationing retrograde at 23° Scorpio on March 2 is affecting your natal personal planets. Interesting times!!
These back to back retrogrades could be the Universe reminding everyone to slow down and think about what we’re doing instead of dashing from one emergency to the next. Venus retrogrades usually remind us there are more important things in life than money, Mercury retrogrades teach us why we need listen carefully whilst Mars retrogrades offer lessons in pacing as in slow down and live longer! The headlong pace so many embrace is not always healthy, OK?