Love, Will, & The Libra Full Moon Eclipse
As the Moon waxed toward full, less than 24 hours before the horrific terrorist events in Brussels, Belgium yesterday that left 31 dead and 270 injured, Mercury the messenger sped into the sign of Aries and brought his urgent message to the Sun.
When the ancients looked up at the sky and recognized “as above, so below,” they noted the correlation between celestial meetings and events on Earth. And, based on whether planetary “meetings” were deemed frictional or harmonious by sign and/or aspect, predictions were made. That’s how it was done back in the day…
So, in olden days, Mercury’s haste to catch up with the Sun (a.k.a., the KING) in Aries, the sign of action, especially on the eve of the Libra Full Moon eclipse, would have gotten greater notice by court astrologers as a potential declaration of some kind. In Aries, it’s always possible the message is one of war…
Am I One Of Many Or Many Of One?
It’s clear that war has been brewing in many places around the world in recent times. From large U.S. cities to nations in the Middle East, one does not have to travel far to find those who feel disenfranchised, outcast, ignored, and disrespected these days.
In the wake of the Pluto/Uranus square of recent years—who’s revolutionary energy is clearly still in play–the message is clear: Ignore us at your peril…
When individuals feel dis-empowered, unheard, and demeaned, their helplessness can turn to hopelessness. And in that hopelessness, one individual may find comfort in banding together with others who share the same emotional despair.
The result? The kind of mind-numbing violence witnessed yesterday, witnessed in Paris last November, witnessed in New York City on 9/11, and witnessed in many places around the world many times over the past few years…and let’s not forget that those who perpetrate these crimes often violently end their own lives as well.
“The individual…forced to turn inward…becomes obsessed with the new form of identity, namely Even-if-I-Know-Who-I-am, I-have-no-significance. I am unable to influence others. For no human being can stand the perpetually numbing experience of his own powerlessness.” ~ Rollo May, Love & Will
Partnership Vs. Going It Alone
“We must unite in the face of terrorism,” declared U.S. President Barack Obama yesterday on the eve of the Libra Full Moon Eclipse after terrorists struck Belgium’s Brussels Airport and a downtown metro station yesterday.
“We can and will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world,” he added.
Libra = Partnership
Aries = Independent Action
The Sun moved into Aries at the Spring Equinox on March 20, heralding spring in the northern hemisphere and changing up the more languid energy of the planetary pile up in Pisces from late February to late March.
Action is now the word of the month, as Aries energy–ruled by the planet Mars–is about doing and not so much about compromise…learn more about the Sun in Aries here…
One day later, on March 21, Mercury flew into Aries and it became clear by March 22 that shared violent thoughts can indeed manifest as violent actions carried out by individuals.
Of course, much higher vibrational manifestations of Mercury in Aries are possible–find out more about Mercury in Aries’ positive energies here…
Libra Full Moon Eclipse Between 3-4 Degrees Of Libra
Chiron was, and is still, conjoined in the sky with the transiting South Node at this Libra Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, which occurred at 8:01 a.m. ET. The presence here of Chiron, the Wounded Healer in Greek mythology, indicates that both individuals’ wounds AND the wounds of those who make up the collective–in this lifetime and the karmic past–must be acknowledged and brought out into the light to be healed.
That’s a tall order, no? How do we each do our part?
We can start by recognizing the humanity in every individual; the similarities between others and their situations and ours, and the capacity for compassion.
When our own wounds are revealed and we’re able to experience and express self-compassion (rather than criticism or judgment) then we may extend such thinking to others.
When we judge and condemn others whose circumstances are beyond our scope of recognition, how can we become anything but an instrument onto which those judged and condemned will focus their hate?
“It is funny that men who are supposed to be scientific cannot get themselves to realize the basic principle of physics, that action and reaction are equal and opposite, that when you persecute people you always rouse them to be strong and stronger.” ~ Gertrude Stein
War & Peace
For whatever reason, it made sense to me to post the lyrics and link to Pete Townsend’s song “See Me,” by The Who, as–on some level at least–it feels like the battle cry of the disenfranchised pleading to be taken seriously…
“See me…feel me…touch me…heal me…”
And, if and when that should occur, the result can be the possibility of reconciliation and understanding of others’ perspectives and ideas.
Don’t get me wrong–terrorists are not people who need to be forgiven for acts of violence committed against innocents.
Rather, such deeds stand as our opportunity to bridge the gap between “us and them” through introducing new ideas and potential solutions that excite, challenge, and make feel included, rather than excluded, empowered rather than dis-empowered, the disenfranchised…MORE than their unoriginal idea of more killing stands as their opportunity to prove their own insignificance…
The Sun and Mercury in Aries, along with Chiron and this Libra Full Moon Eclipse, ask us to release the wounds that cause us to judge and want to fight fire with fire, and instead to motivate ourselves to come up with ways in which those who want to make war can be lead down the path to peace…
“Listening to you, I get the music
Gazing at you, I get the heat
Following you, I climb the mountain
I get excitement at your feet…
Right behind you, I see the millions
On you, I see the glory
From you, I get opinions
From you, I get the story…”
Here’s to those who will be paving that path to peace…
Straight outta Woodstock 1969: SEE ME by The Who