The New Moon in Aries today seems to have swept in on a wave of aggression. The other day I posted a roundup of Marsy bloggers, and many of us have been feeling this unrest over the past few days. This New Moon makes an exact trine to Pluto, which frees up the Arian energy and makes it more available.
But there are some larger influences at play here as well: Saturn in Leo is “stationing direct,” meaning it has been traveling retrograde and it’s motion has come to a virtual standstill as it prepares to turn direct on the 19th. When a planet is stationary it’s influence becomes pronounced and “in your face.” I like to compare it to a car with a loud boombox that is parked right outside your house and battering your windows. For someone who is personally affected by a transit of Saturn right now at 18 degrees its effect is particularly powerful as Saturn’s pressure and restrictions force a confrontation for change. Sometimes the combination of a high pressure Saturn with the freed up energy of Mars such as we have with the Aries New Moon trine Pluto can bring about an explosion of aggression. And because Mars is in Pisces where it tends to be more obscure, it is especially important to release all of this energy in a positive way where it can be beneficial rather than destructive.
In addition, Pluto is virtually stationary as it retrogrades back just two degrees before turning direct again this summer. Pluto will travel back and forth over the same two degrees throughout the end of the year before leaving Sagittarius for Capricorn. Again, those of us who […]
You may remember that the Full Moon in Libra on April first included a trine to Pluto, the god of transformation, and I noted in an earlier post that this seemed to have stimulated a new sense of political diplomacy. We also have been seeing a rash of apologies over the past two weeks:
- Here in North Carolina, the House of Representatives passed a resolution formally apologizing for slavery and Jim Crow laws.
- Also here in North Carolina, the “rogue prosecutor” Mike Nifong apologized to the three Duke Lacrosse players for robbing them of a year of their lives with a baseless criminal prosecution.
- Don Imus apologized for being his usual ass*&%$ self.
- Paul Wolfowitz has apologized for giving his girlfriend huge raises as part of his employment at the World Bank.
- Republican Mike Huckabee suggested that prominent Republican presidential candidates with a history of infidelity should apologize for their treatment of Bill Clinton.
- Seven states are considering bills that would permit a physician to apologize to patients without fear of liability.
Apologizing is a Libran trait – it helps to smooth the waters and bring a return of the harmony that Libra so longs for, and the compulsive influence during the Full Moon of Pluto to effect changes is creating dialogue across the country about what kind of apology is sufficient to heal the damage.
I can’t help but look at Nancy Pelosi’s renegade trip to Syria in light of the recent Full Moon in Libra. Libra is the sign of diplomacy and relationship building, and the Full Moon, of which we are still basking in its shadow, made a trine to Pluto which generates transformation and powerful change.
The foreign policy of George Bush consists of ignoring nations that you don’t agree with and bullying those that you do agree with, and most thinking people agree that this has not been an effective strategy. The contrast between Nancy Pelosi’s trips to the Middle East, where she encouraged a dialogue between nations, and that of Condoleeza Rice which consisted more of bullying and criticism, was striking.
Also under the Full Moon, the British government quietly handed back to Iran a political prisoner in exchange for the release of British Sailors by the government of Iran. In my view, this was a lovely example of how a little give and take can solve an immediate issue and make everyone look like heroes.
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The Full Moon in Libra today has a decidedly airy quality, making this an excellent time for visualization and the birthing of new ideas. Libra is the sign of relationships, but it is an air sign so it tends to focus more on the idea of relationships than the actual experience of bonding. The Libra Moon is opposed by the Aries Sun, so there is a duality present in this Full Moon between our partnerships (Libra) and the need for us to express our own needs (Aries). In the Full Moon period the Sun illuminates the Moon, offering an opportunity to balance the polarity and achieve greater wisdom.
Adding to the focus in air (the element of communication and ideas) of this lunation is a conjunction of Mercury (planet of communication and ideas) to Uranus (planet of radically new communication and ideas). You are probably beginning to see a theme here! Uranus is said to be the “higher octave” of Mercury, meaning that the processing of information occurs at a higher level and with more potential for transformation. We can be incredibly creative now, with uniquely individual (Uranus) ideas (Mercury). The need for independence is amplified by a square of Mercury to Jupiter which craves freedom to explore and develop one’s own theology. There is a great deal of potential for arguments under this comination and the surety that one’s position is the correct one.
Uranus tends to prefer to operate solo and independently, so our partnerships as illuminated by this Full Moon are more of a conceptual nature. While the focus of the Libra Moon is on achieving balance and harmony in relationships, this is accomplished by breathing fresh air into all of our partnerships and […]