Libra Full Moon, Monday, April 5, 2004, 4:03 AM PST

Libra Full Moon, Monday, April 5, 2004, 4:03 AM PST

Spring come too soon? Sometimes Aries energy fakes you out, with it’s bravado of entrance, not knowing what it yet wants. The New Moon 2 weeks ago was similar. The urge to begin, but begin what? New Moon energy is like that. By the time of the new moon we are ready for the new. Yes, the saying goes ‘readiness is all’. But it takes a certain amount of process time for the mind/body to digest the changes that have just begun. If our potential is contained in the seed of the new, how to make sure we’re following the right path? Again, but worth repeating here, Full & New Moon day planetary signs and aspects set the stage for the next two weeks. The heady warrior of the Aries New Moon was not a thinking one, and is so balanced by the cool rationality of the Full Moon of Venus, Libra’s lady. Taking Venus’ cue, let’s make the next couple of weeks deliberate ones.

Week 3-4 of the lunar cycle: Full Moon in Libra. A painting that has taken form. Time to register the nuance of color, the way light falls on your favorite part. Make conscious intent to receive signs. They’re sure to come if you actively open to receive.

Full Moon in Libra takes us back 2 weeks ago to what we started, and mirrors the missing pieces. Imagine a beautiful painting as a looking glass, the negative space takes up as much form and meaning as the positive. As Venus stares into the mirror, no matter how lovely the vision, she has the capacity to see what is not there as easily as what is. This is Venus’ way. By identifying what’s missing, she gets closer to what she wants. Her agility is striking. She travels between the light and dark, the eternal opposites with a grace that makes the rest of us look like heathens with our lumbering concepts. This is a mental skill, one resting on proportion. Venus out of balance is a ‘value’ taken to extreme, ‘on principle’. As she sees the distance between what she wants and what she has, the dark side of Venus has the capacity to coldly, intellectually eliminate anything less than ideal out of the picture. But, you see, she says, why should I settle for anything less than My Ideal? Therein lies the trap. When an untrained Venusian eye looks at a painting, she sees the beauty of the immediately obvious. Oh, it’s a wonderful pink flower, my favorite! When a trained eye looks, she sees the juxtaposition of color, of other less attractive colors, that make up that ideal. If you know color, yellow ochre is kind of flat and dull. Yellow ochre though is wonderfully versatile; enhancing other more obviously brilliant colors so subtly that you don’t even realize it is there. But there it is.

This Full Moon day 4/05, Neptune trines Moon, sextiles Sun. Neptune is the planet of ‘visions’ and higher octave, transcendent version of Venus, planet of love. If Venus has a vision, here is the potential for it to come to her, in the form of an inspirational vision or synchronistic event. Moon sextiling Pluto, this feels powerful.

The Full Moon as translator of the Sun’s light, and her ruler gives each moon a particular flavor. Venus is one of the easier planetary energies for people to identify—we are usually quite conscious of wanting to attain relationship. Venus enters exploration Gemini on April 3. Gemini is a mental air sign indicating that we will be enjoying her pleasures through revelry of facts, friends, new ideas and opportunities for education, information. She semisextiles Mercury, is semisquared by the Sun and is sesquiquadrate to the Moon. These are the little snafus, the hindrances, the getting caught in our own or other’s maligned perceptions. Expect adjustments on your social/relationship calendar around this day of the Full Moon. This reflects the necessity of change in your relationships. Something’s gotta give, whether it’s your inflexibility or someone else’s, the message is that in order to move forward you must take a broader vision to make it last. Venus holds your gaze in her mirror. Accompanying close by is her lover, Mars, the planet of self-assertion. He can both help and hinder her. The hot sauce label for this duo reads: use sparingly. However, if you’re an Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) or Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) sign, this month romance is more tangible than ever. When Mars and Venus co-mingle, sexy meets sweet in an affair to remember. That good-looking hottie on the street looks tantalizingly back. Can you say sizzle?

Jumping into the fire, Venus is squared by Uranus on 4/09. This may bring a taste of the unusual into your current category of likes/dislikes. If you’re going on a blind date this day, expect to fly totally blind. Don’t like surprises? Well, no excuse not to be gracious. Expand your relationship identity to include the shockingly different. On 4/14, another run to Venus, this time Jupiter. Jup won’t let her go without making sure she’s taking others into account, discriminating between the waste and the right, and encouraging perspective. Do this and you receive Venus’ Beauty School diploma.

We learn that other’s plans are not exactly meshing up with ours, as Mercury goes retrograde on 4/06. With Mars in Gemini, flexibility is appropriate. Retrograde, again re-member the ‘Re-‘ rule. Do anything with a ‘re-‘ in front of it but don’t count on any new plans turning out the way you expect. It may be especially hard this month, but try not to get irritated, go with the flow. Mercury is Gemini’s ruler– & loves to be light on his feet. His nickname was Quicksilver. Work with the energy in it’s own way, be light and adaptable and you’re sure to manage just fine.

Mercury retrograde gives us opportunity to look at the holes in our plan. This is good, because this year everyone’s on the verge of a new big something. Overall, we have several themes at work: expansion into the new and sustainability. This Full Moon day, trailblazer Mars is squared by Jupiter. We may push ahead and again need to adjust to take in more possibility. We see possibility and the options seem tense with choices. Jupiter in Virgo though won’t go for the usual hare-brained schemes but is looking for conscientious growth. Uranus peppers Jupiter with spurts of sudden insight and revelation. Jupiter opposite Uranus through mid-June keeps our lives spicy with with periodic swings of temperance and exciting upheaval, a wonderful act if you’re a tightrope walker.

The Moon having just passed a square to Saturn over the first quarter, asked ‘can the bucket hold water?’ The vision has met its test, appropriate adjustments made, this Full Moon shows us where we need to square up. Ceres in a tight square to the Full Moon is interesting. Ceres is the asteroid Goddess representing the earth based cycle of birth/death. Asteroids are goddess/feminine messengers who run between the personal and transpersonal realms. Ceres in square to Sun wants everyone’s survival needs to be met, at the expense of no one, including herself. Ceres’ female energy tends to over give at the risk of losing herself rather than accept what she needs. If you’re a woman or have a woman in your life, this may be a background question right now. Mother Earth, the Mother Ceres, is asking us collectively if we can learn to consciously sacrifice for the good of the whole. What must we have to go on, what must we give away? As we look around us, it is apparent that we don’t know how to do this. We hold Her against Her will in an underworld enactment of separation and destruction. Psychically, if you chose to hold yourself in places of sacrifice that are out of balance, you inhibit future growth. Sustainability will not be possible.

4/11 Last Quarter Moon in Capricorn trines Pluto with the intent of cutting out the fat. Last Quarter Moon energy always brings a shift in consciousness, another chance to correct the course. This I find it useful to give something away during the final week of the moon cycle. As I rid myself of a posession, habit or attitude at this time I am freed up to receive the divine correction coming my way. Today, affirm: ‘I lovingly release this thought, feeling, person or attitude to its highest purpose. By so doing, I expect and receive only the best.

On the ‘heals’ of our release, Mars trines Neptune on 4/13 giving our actions an altruistic, loving flavor. This day has the makings of a beautiful friendship, as deed meets compassion for a secret rendezvous. Use your natural clairvoyance this day to know the prescription for a pressing situation. Need a therapist or ready to heal a wound long overdue? Make that phone call this day.

How to prepare for the next cycle? Sun gives us a clue as he sinks up with Mercury on 4/16, a couple of days before the 2nd New Moon of Aries 4/19, also a Solar Eclipse. How are you faring through the retrograde travails? Today is a good check in point. Now in the dark moon period, let yourself release all that seems unfinished or distracting–calm your busy mind with a meditation. Go inward today without expectation for answers, just to settle and let go.

This month of April, the trials of change vs. the material world continue on seemingly parallel paths, yet make obvious inroads at other times. Despite, or perhaps due in part to Mercury retrograde’s call for re-evaluation, we have a remarkable opportunity to manifest our visions throughout April as Saturn and Jupiter join hands near month’s end. Meanwhile, solar eclipses are about big changes, and the next New Moon on 4/19 may shake a leg or two, especially legs of later month Sun signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn (days 17-23 of the last week of the sun sign). I don’t want to jump ahead, but if there’s something in your life ready to both move on out and in, here it comes. Solar Eclipses are spunky! All Sun signs experience this to some degree now. Changes in a very specific area of your life absolutely gain motion, often triggered by an outward event. Think back to the New Moon Aries, March 20 for a clue as to what part of your life this eclipse will affect. More later, but let’s just say that this month is full of surprises with plenty of potential for lasting change!

BONUS: Mercury Rx

Mercury Retrogrades Re-Do List Mercury Retrogrades Self Un-Doing List
Re-organize Absentmindedness

Re-evaluate Wild scheme hatching

Re-mind Doing too much at once

Re-member Starting brand new anything

Re-lax Criticism & perfectionism

Re-pair Old habits (re-run their script)

Re-do Written contracts, legal documents

Mercury’s rule of thumb during an Rx period: anything that begins during ‘re’, shall end with a ‘re-‘!

New Moon Aries, Saturday, March 20, 2004 2:41 PM PST

New Moon Aries, Saturday, March 20, 2004, 2:41 PM PST

Today on my carpool into the city I tuned in and out to the radio playing in the background of my morning prayers. President Bush came on with an address comemmorating the one year anniversary of the war. I was struck by his choice of words– they were bloodthirsty & punitive, much like the shadow quality of Ares, the Roman God of War. I looked up to see 4 helicopters hovering over the Bay Bridge. I had heard that the peace loving people of San Francisco were gathering to protest this war, so this was most likely the source. As our president shares his words of war, the troops are launched to start the war amongst ourselves.

I recall to myself the power of our thoughts, actions and words to create a reality. Because of his level of influence, this one man can virtually dream up a war. Collectively, we can use our thoughts, actions and words to counteract this negativity.

Use Ares’ ambition wisely this new Spring season. The God of War can create violence as easily as he can tear down the barriers to new love and joy. Intention governs what form you will manifest. This is a law which you now have the opportunity to co-create at this time of beginnings.

The cycle of renewal begins again as the sun’s annual entry into Aries begins today. The zodiacal/tropical calendar marks Aries as the starting point for all things beginning. In Rome, the festivals of Mars and Minerva were celebrated with games, competition and revelry. The warrior and warrioress flex their muscles and begin to feel the physical strength and power of the year to come. In Egypt, the Spring Harvest Festival of Isis took place with statues of Isis carried around the fields as blessing to secure the harvest to come. Anglo-Saxon culture celebrated the goddess Eostre, canonized as Easter. We may celebrate this with the foraging for eggs, symbols for new life.

The New Moon in Aries marks a potent time for beginnings. The spring equinox today marks a day of equal balance in light and dark, now the Sun will increase in light until the fall equinox. It’s as though on this day, the universe has balanced her scales and given us a fresh start. Not to say we don’t still carry our personal karma with us but we are graced with the marvelous new energy that mother earth has endowed all life forms. As Human beings, her seeds in the continual promise of becoming, we are warmed by the new Sun and whispered sweet and urgent messages of encouragement. But wait, here is another figure on the planetary stage, not whispering, no perhaps shouting to us. Ready to begin again, ‘I AM’ says the planet Mars. ‘HERE I AM!’.

Mars is the force of life. In Roman legend, the raw and heady power of the Roman war god was really not so popular to bring to battle. Ares did not pay attention to the details or strategy but rushed blindly ahead like a bloody fool. So impulsive, he was often injured and bloodied from the get go. Possibly a strategic Capricorn or Virgo a better choice. But Ares was so enthusiastic, eager and ready. He would show up. Unlike the other two who either delegate or think about it. Who better to pull us out of the dark days of winter than Ares? Ares is the perfect man for the job. A take no prisoners kind of guy. Right when it seems as though things will never begin here is Ares, born ready. Speaking of, he was the perfect consort for Venus. Who says a fighter can’t also be a lover? Aphrodite had a long list of lovers, but produced a child by only one god—Ares.

The theme by now is obvious (although with Aries even the obvious must be restated). It’s time for a new beginning. Read again: it’s time. A little force is necessary to take us out of the inertia of the past, propelling into the future. Aries’ ruler Mars has been in Taurus for the past month and a half. Mars in Taurus would rather rest on his laurels before he begins. But now Mars enters Gemini on the same day as both the Sun and Moon enter Aries. This shift means movement. Now add Mercury, still gliding unhindered in Aries, creating a mutual reception with Mars in Gemini. A mutual reception occurs when two planets simultaneously occupy the other’s sign. Suddenly Mercury and Mars become close friends, each helping the other accomplish their goals. Can you say speed? This energy absolutely pushes us into busy-ness. Be ready to field new information, challenges, learning experiences and heightened motion. There’s suddenly a lot going on and Ares knows you’re up for the challenge.

Mars forms a happy sextile to this New Moon, restating that whatever you begin will be energetically supported. An extra push, as though you needed one! As Mars hedges in on a longer-term aspect, a square to Uranus, the changes won’t be too disruptive now but caution will need to be exercised down the road. Saturn, provides the first cautionary sign as the planet of prudence will square the Sun next Wednesday, 3/24. This square speaks of limitation and overstepping the laws of matter. Maybe your brakes need fixing and today this shows up. This day you’ll get an idea of where you should pull back and get practical about your plans. Or at least make a plan where there was previously just the raw, inspired force of the new. On that same day, Mercury trines Pluto. This is the day to ask for help for your new endeavor. You’re sure to receive it as Pluto, the hidden boon of strength, opens his arms. Pluto goes retrograde again, today. Pluto is such a slow mover, pacing back and forth, rubbing his stubbly beard he will go over the same territory more than once. If this assistance has a repeating quality to it, Pluto is just making sure he’s got the details straight.

Back to Saturday–Mercury inconjuncts Venus on the day of the New Moon. It’s relatively minor, if anything bringing communication bungles among your intimates, but also providing opportunity for smoothing this over with words of amour. Inspired and conciliatory words of sweetness are further emphasized by a lovely Neptune/Mercury trine. This could be the perfect antidote for Friday’s Venus Neptune square. Venus & Neptune together, tend to create romantic fantasies galore. You might’ve met someone during this past week of 3/14-3/20 (sorry love, but don’t expect it to last) either too vague or too good to be true. Or maybe either yourself or your mate did a virtual ‘check out’ and when the reality train arrives at the station someone has misplaced their ticket. Hopefully no one lost anything of real importance and it’s cleared up this Saturday.

After we square up corners with Wednesday’s Saturn and Pluto aspects, we head into the First Quarter of the lunar cycle. The First Quarter falls on Sunday, 3/28 in the sign of Cancer. Cancer, the nurturer of the zodiac wants to make sure your new seeds have plenty of water and miracle-grow. Is your new plan feasible? If so, now you’ll take the necessary steps to make it a physical reality.

Complimenting this back to earth theme, Mercury heads into Taurus on 3/31 as our thoughts slow down to examine the world on a practical level. Thoughts turn to money, security and values. Not for long, as Mercury retrogrades back into Aries on 4/06, to slow down and examine the energy of Mr. Ares the fast and furious. Mercury retrograde will be discussed at the Full Moon of 4/05. However, it is important to note that there is a ‘shadow period’ beginning approximately a week prior to the day it goes retrograde. A shadow period means we can begin to feel the affects before it happens, we have essentially been caught in Mercury’s shadow. Personally, by 3/31 I plan on having anything I anticipate that could possibly break or go wrong, buttoned up and straight for the next month. I know not to start any new projects, and that inevitably there will be opportunities galore to do anything that can be prefaced with ‘re-‘. Re-do, re-model, re-evaluate, re-organize, re-member, re-marry—just kidding, have to do that one the first time! Use the ‘re-‘ method from 4/06-4/30 and you’ll see what I mean. It’s a great way to use retrogrades to your advantage.

New Moon through the Sun Signs

The New Moon will affect each sign differently because for your sign, each lunation falls in only one of the 12 zodiacal houses. Read below according to your Sun Sign and if you know it, your rising sign.

Aries: New beginnings all around for you –in your house of self-expression, self-image. Me. Me. Me. Glorious Me. Your chart ruler gabs it’s way through Gemini creating a lot to explore and experience. Consider your many options to determine the person you want to be for your new solar year. You may need to play both good witch and bad.

Taurus: Springtime with Taurus, in like a lamb. You’ll feel quiet and reflective as your roar comes next month. Sit back and enjoy the beauty around you, you’re a crocus in the last push to the surface. Don’t let Aries stomp on your garden.

Gemini: It’s all about your dreams this New Moon. Just when you thought it was all work and no play. Where do you see yourself headed? Chances are there are people around to assist. Your chart ruler indicates help from others, almost magically. Look to the people you least expect…the unusual suspects.

Cancer: Work, work and more work. But wait, something new on the horizon. This is the year you learn to do two jobs at once and now’s the time to get going. Wondering if you’ll get it all done? A second New Moon in your career house ensures you nail it.

Leo: Open your eyes to new opportunity. Travel, foreign strangers, new lands and languages appear. No they’re not mirages, they’re friends bearing gifts. All they ask is that you to open your eyes and mind.

Virgo: What have you there? No, down there, buried far from the light. A nasty little habit, an errant desire. Someone may just call you out this month. Are you ready to take a look, not once but twice? You have two chances so if you can’t come clean now, mid-April may spring a pop quiz.

Libra: Relationships are on your mind. You’re busy trying to place yourself in the scheme of things. That’s good. This one is about defining who you need to be for yourself, first. Take the pioneering, independent spirit of Aries to heart so he doesn’t take you to task.

Scorpio: Time to clean up your routines, health & lifestyle. First priority: clean the skeletons out of your closet. It’s gotten really icky in there. Next, look to others for advice on how to help you out of your current predicament. You’re actually in a nice place if only you could get out of the ‘can’t see the forest for the trees’ mentality.

Sagittarius: Like Nina Simone ‘I’m Feeeeeeling Fine!’ this New Moon. You’re chipper and ready for fun. The house of lovers, children and creativity all show signs of life. Every unexpected change that comes along lately catapults you into Jupiter’s generous embrace. Life is good. Welcome all things new.

Capricorn: Spotlight on the home front. There’s something new a brewing in the roots department. Whatever it is, it affects both your home/family life and career and is specially designed to give you new options and methodologies for both. By this time next month, look at all the new tools in your toolbox.

Aquarius: New friends and a switch up in your environment. New things, beings, information springs up all around you. Mostly looking to bring you fun, invigorated experiences of joy. Walk around the neighborhood with new eyes. Remain open to feedback & you’ll find that your immediate environment yields portentous information for your future.

Pisces: Shake your moneymaker this month in the house of the Bull. Potential for new capital comes through work you do on the down low. Not illegally, mind you, but by way of your inner wealth, the resources waiting to be tapped from the inside. Dig around down there, fish nuggets. Add value to yourself with your own innate creativity.