Read below for ruminations on tonight’s Libra Eclipse from some of the greatest astrologers around (in my humble estimation).
Tonight, like every Full Moon, I’ll be working with a group of brave souls letting go of whatever no longer serves us. Full Moons, especially eclipses, are a great opportunity to shed a layer or two of psychic scrap.
Wishing you all the best. ♥
This is the last eclipse in Libra for some time and the close of a 2 year eclipse cycle in Libra. That means that wherever this eclipse lands in your chart (check your horoscopes for more info), it is wrapping up an intense period of growth here. Look for ways in which you have healed, learned and come more into balance with this part of your life.
The eclipse falls on the same day as the second of three recent squares between Jupiter, retrograde in Virgo, and Saturn, about to station retrograde in Sagittarius. Saturn is also in and out of a square formation with Neptune in Pisces. Venus has just crossed over Neptune picking up the baton and will line up to square Saturn and oppose Jupiter on March 25th. This gives us a loose, but very significant, T-square in mutable signs.
During highly mutable moments such as this, anything goes. Astrologically, this is a time that brings a crisis in consciousness, a dissolution of former structures and possible mass confusion. It’s not a good time to fall for “shock doctrine” that the media, the government or extremist groups are trying to create. Jupiter square Saturn asks us about what we believe in and what philosophy we want to live under.
Venus is the ruler of this eclipse and therefore her opposition to Jupiter and Saturn’s square to them both is an important one. Venus in Pisces is in the sign of her exaltation, meaning that there is a strong need to connect and experience pleasure and abundance with this moon.
But Saturn has other plans.
Saturn brings consequence. Saturn brings boundary. Saturn reminds us of the rules that we must abide by if we are to actualize our potential in a real and concrete way. Saturn squaring Jupiter and Venus, the ruler of this eclipse is a reality check for our fantasies, idealism and gullibility. It checks the path we are trying to grow along. It is the contrast that we need in order to see the seriousness of the situation and the depth of the moment. Use this astrology, this eclipse, this moment to help anchor, shape and bring into being the love, justice and equality you seek for yourself and the world.
Eclipses come with moments of what used to be called quickening (in older New Age parlance), where the energy speeds up, the molecules of existence have a little more room between them, and there is the potential to mix, blend and balance the flavors of your life.
If you’ve been feeling stuck or as if you need to groove on something new, now is the moment to get your energy moving. We have been repeating the refrain “act on your intentions” — this is the time to vote for yourself with what you do rather than what you think. I’m saying that the inherent difference between thought and action is more meaningful right now, and I’m also suggesting we’ve done plenty of thinking and it’s time to shake it up. Full Moons of any variety are great tools for resolving situations that have come to an impasse, and we have an excellent one on its way.
Let’s consider the symbolism of a lunar eclipse a little more closely. The Moon can represent an inner environment, and it can also serve as a veil over something else. You might think of the Moon as a projection screen (it shows us reflected light), or as a cover that makes a thin partition between two aspects of psychic reality.[…]
When an eclipse of the Moon happens, that veil is drawn back. The bright light of the Full Moon is dimmed, and we can see something extra in the darkness. That something is aided by lower-contrast vision, or what you might think of as psychic night vision.
The Moon can represent feelings; and when the veil is drawn back, this calls attention to two slow-moving minor planets (in our solar system) that are right there: Logos and Makemake.
These planets would make the topic of an excellent book, though I can offer a few ideas here. Logos is the root of the word logic, closely associated with language. Yet when you look it up, you find yourself mired in one of the most controversial terms in all of philosophy. Nobody seems to know what it really means. I think of it as representing the dark and mysterious origins of reason and language. In the beginning there was the word.
‘Logos’ became a technical term in philosophy beginning with Heraclitus (ca. 535–475 BC), who used the term for a principle of order and knowledge. You might seek the origins of this principle in your own growth process. You might ask what knowledge means to you, and how far back you’re willing to go in order to get to some useful version of the truth.
23rd March 2016: Lunar Eclipse in Libra: On Meeting Intensity With Gentleness
The lunar eclipse occurs in the 4th degree of Libra at 11:48 a.m. UT and augurs a time of high emotion and short tempers if we fail to remember that the urgency we currently feel is not to be trusted! With Saturn stationing retrograde in a few days’ time, we may already be feeling the burden of trying to remain positive when much around us seems to be spiralling into negativity. Previously buoyant attitudes may be waning, fears bubbling up and anxieties taking centre stage. If so, it’s time to cut ourselves and each other some slack; to accept that waves of energy come and go. Activity is followed by exhaustion, progress by inertia, excitement by quiet repose. If we try to push too hard against prevailing conditions now, desperate to maintain ‘progress’ no matter what, we may end up burning out and creating more stress rather than less. We cannot, at this point, extricate ourselves into ‘better times’ simply by sheer force of will. It is time to rest, stop and reflect. To allow to arise thoughts and feelings we may have been avoiding, for in doing so our inner world can begin a return to balance, rather than forcing it to run on empty because we’ve failed to refuel when necessary.
As eclipses go, and despite being far from total, this is a fairly intense one. But we can ease the load for ourselves and each other by choosing acceptance over judgement, love over fear, communication over withdrawal and hope over despair. We may be tempted to retreat into highly subjective positions now, assuming truth without putting assumptions to the test, forgetting that life from another person’s perspective can make equal sense even when their perspective is diametrically opposed to our own! Battles over who’s right and who’s wrong, who has the upper hand or moral high-ground, who did what to whom – none of these will help right now! It’s far more important to focus on what we share not what divides: the common ground that being human provides. The polarisation of individuals, systems of thought and belief, lifestyles and priorities, is becoming especially stark these days. This eclipse alerts us to the eventual destination if we continue further down that road – a place of conflict and hatred, power struggles and oppression. It urges us to let go the need to be right and embrace the possibilities inherent in deep listening and deep seeing: looking into our ‘enemy’ and recognising even the tiniest smidgen of shared humanity upon which can be built foundations for a new world.
The world as it stands is challenged by many opposing forces now. We feel them both personally and collectively, pushing against our own will, raising difficult questions, triggering issues we would rather avoid. How we manage our own inner conflicts largely dictates how we manage external ones. If we struggle with our own anger or hatred, telling ourselves we shouldn’t feel this way, we will struggle to respond effectively to the anger of others. If we fear our own power – preferring to see ourselves as victim rather than creator – we may too readily succumb to the power wielded by others, adopting their thoughts and priorities, behaviours and lifestyles without discerning the right path for us. If we refuse to acknowledge our own inner tyrant who demands its own way no matter what, we may project it onto the world around us, pointing the finger at those bullies out there without recognising their reflection within ourselves.
There is much to be seen and understood at this time. The floodgates holding back the unconscious are opened by this eclipse and we may feel overwhelmed by what comes pouring through. But remember, whatever it is, it is only ourselves. You and me in our fullness: good and bad, positive and negative, loving and hateful, accepting and impatient. We identify with those parts of ourselves we can live with and avoid the bits we can’t, when in fact we can live with all of it when wise discernment, gentle acceptance, compassion and understanding inform our attitude and shape our inner and outer relationships.
We are all in the same boat, we human beings, battered by the winds and torrential rain of emotion, warmed by the sunshine and life-giving showers of spirit. Uniquely separate at one level and united at another, this eclipse encourages us to reflect upon what divides us, what unites us and how we can move forward together in a life-affirming and positive way. It is time to encourage each other and ourselves. To hold up to others a mirror in which they can see their potential, not their failings: a child of god not an orphan of circumstance. If we each use this eclipse to do three things – allow ourselves to rest, forgive ourselves at least one ‘failing’ and encourage one other person to love who they are – we will have done it, and ourselves, very proud.
THE ASTRO TWINS
Eclipse season rounds out with Wednesday’s full moon, a lunar eclipse in harmonious, romantic Libra. Flip back to October 12, 2015 because an initiative you began then could really come to fruition now—and in surprising ways, since eclipses always bring the X factor. This eclipse is the grand finale of a trio of annual Libra eclipses that began on April 15, 2014 with a sequel on April 4, 2015. Relationships—for business and pleasure—have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for many people since then. From wakeups to shakeups, lunar eclipses reveal what’s hidden in the shadows, like secret crushes, hidden issues, buried desires, covert agendas. Eclipses may bring sudden change, but they can also speed up progress. Unlike a solar eclipse, which casts a shadow on the Earth, a lunar eclipse allows us to see the shadow. So metaphorically, eclipses like this week’s can bring revelations…IF we are willing to look!
Getting real about issues is step one in dealing and healing, after all. And that’s been a lesson of this Libra lunar eclipse series: When it comes to relationships, are we willing to embrace the “for better” AND the “for worse”? Couples have no doubt dealt with major issues since April 2014—but what doesn’t kill a relationship can make it stronger. Still, wouldn’t it be nice to have a smoother ride on the Sea of Love? Calmer waters are in sight and we’re just about there. Since eclipses start at a later degree (in this case, 25-degree Libra—then 14-degree and now 3-degree Libra), the first cut is the deepest. While Wednesday’s eclipse may bring one last test, it could also bring cause for a “look’s like we made it” celebration! There could be a flurry of engagements or “we’ve eloped” announcements or that magic moment where a long-simmering attraction finally manifests into a kiss, or a killer business deal.