This Full Moon is a powerful one indeed, falling in the very last degree of Libra and on Good Friday, a powerfully symbolic day in the Christian calendar. It is also the second Full Moon in Libra as the previous Full Moon was in the very first degree of Libra, which is unusual because we usually only have one Full Moon per sign during the year. Libra is the sign of balance, which of course means that there is the potential for us to experience imbalance, opposing sides or seesawing between extremes. Libra may seek balance, but can also find it quite hard to achieve! The Full Moon occurring in the last degree of a sign brings a feeling of completion and dissolution; a sense of things coming to a peak, of finishing and tying up loose ends before moving into the next sign. This Moon feels very significant as it marks the end of a cycle, with the Moon moving into Scorpio an hour or so later and the Sun moving into Taurus the following day.
The planetary rulers of this Full Moon are Mars and Venus, the cosmic lovers, representing the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine. Ultimately this is the balance we seek, between our inner masculine and inner feminine. Relationships are highlighted whenever Aries and Libra are involved. Aries represents self-love, assertion, independence and freedom to follow our own instincts while Libra represents relationship to other, harmony, equality and compromise. They involve a delicate balancing act, relationships, as we are asked to tend to the relationship itself while at the same time not losing sight of our own needs. Aries helps us to stay true to our own path and to say no when we need to, while Libra helps us to truly listen to others so that we can truly understand their needs. A mixture of both approaches is helpful! This Full Moon could bring to a head whatever has been bubbling away beneath the surface within our relationships, bringing it out into the open so it can find full expression.
During this Moon we have both of the harbingers of change, Pluto and Uranus, forming a hard aspect to the Sun and Moon. Pluto represents death and rebirth, while Uranus brings sudden events that can bring radical change, wake-up calls and revelations. There is a strong sense of things ending and beginning during this Moon. Mercury, the planet that represents our thought processes and communication, has finally left confusing, unclear and illusory Pisces and moved into honest, forthright and assertive Aries, marking quite a shift in the way we think and communicate and make decisions. Mercury is not entirely at home in Pisces, as it can foggy our thinking and cause our minds to feel overwhelmed, so he’ll be happier and more decisive in Aries! Venus, the ruler of this Moon, is also getting ready to change signs, moving from compassionate, empathetic and sensitive Pisces into independent, brave and forthright Aries. If we have been dithering about making a decision then Aries will help us out! It’s time to be brave and take action!
With Mercury and Venus both moving into Aries there is a sense of a shift in the way we relate and communicate. Aries energy is very direct and doesn’t hide anything, so this could be a good time to lay the cards out on the table! Mercury is sitting right next to Chiron the Wounded Healer during this Moon, so we could have some very honest, open conversations that have the capacity to either hurt or heal, or both! This combination could really help us to say things that we may have been reluctant to say before, and could also involve being more honest with ourselves than we have been in recent times. Venus moves into Aries on Saturday and joins Chiron on Tuesday 23 April, which could bring some uncomfortable material out in the realm of our relationships. Honesty, assertiveness and openness can really help us to get our feelings out into the open, which is a beautiful thing, although sometimes the truth can hurt! Better out than in, however. Aries energy is very impulsive and spontaneous and doesn’t have an agenda, but it also doesn’t have a filter, so it does bring the potential for things being said or done that can’t be taken back.
This next week involves Saturn and the South Node of the Moon getting closer and closer together in Capricorn, with Pluto not far away either. Saturn and the South Node will join forces on 30 April, but the energy is building now. This energy is very powerful indeed and very appropriate for a Full Moon on Good Friday, as the themes of death and rebirth are rife with this combination. We are being shown the starkest, darkest aspects of power, control and authority at the moment as Saturn shines the harsh light of reality on all things Capricorn, such as government, the power structures of our society, our parental and societal conditioning and the patriarchal system.
This is a very karmic time, when it is becoming all too clear how the past keeps repeating itself and the toxicity of our current system is all too apparent. The old way is simply not working anymore and it is time for a restructuring to occur, both personally and collectively. The more we resist the necessary change, the harder it will be. It is very interesting and symbolic, what happened to Notre Dame this week, in terms of the death by fire and the “falling” of the old system and the upsurge of love, compassion, unity and togetherness that has risen from the ashes. “Our Lady”, or the Divine Feminine, will be resurrected, and with it a new way, one based on mutual values, faith and the idea of working together in the spirit of love, unity and compassion.
This is such an important year for us, with Pluto and Saturn dancing around each other and the South Node of the Moon. It is time to step up to the plate. We cannot ignore what needs to change anymore. This is showing itself both personally and collectively. There is a sense that the darker side of power, authority and control will continue to be revealed and exposed so that we literally can’t hide from it anymore. Pluto exposes the rot, revealing the flaws in the system, and then tears the whole system down so that something new can rise out of the ashes. Saturn can help with creating a new structure to take the place of the old, failing system. And this process will be occurring both internally and externally; both within our own personal lives and within the global arena. As within, so without. As above, so below. What is happening outside of ourselves is merely a reflection of our inner reality.
The pressure is on to move from Capricorn to Cancer: from hard control to softness and caring, from holding it all together to admitting we don’t have all the answers, from suppressing our emotions to allowing them to flow freely, from needing to “succeed” to focusing on home and family values, from putting up the walls to allowing ourselves to be vulnerable. What happens if we let go of the need to be on top of everything and “in control”? What happens if we let our proverbial walls down? We allow others to help and offer their input. We work together.
The Sabian symbol for the South Node, at 22° Capricorn, feels very appropriate: “By accepting defeat gracefully, a general reveals nobility of character” which Dane Rudyar describes as: “The realisation that one may grow through defeat as well as, and perhaps more than, through success”. This symbol “presents us with the possibility of turning apparent external defeat into an inner spiritual achievement. We have recently seen how totally vanquished nations (Germany and Japan) have leaped forward and achieved great economic success. Much depends on the quality of the will and the inner integrity of the person.” It is interesting that the South Node, which represents the past, is on such a symbol right now. Sometimes it seems as if everything is lost, when in fact more is gained on a spiritual level than we think. All is not necessarily as it seems. A seeming disaster can be our greatest gift. Integrity is essential.
Jupiter is also retrograde in Sagittarius at the moment. It went retrograde on 11 April and will remain so until 11 August. This gives us a chance to go back over the ground we have covered since January and possibly discover a deeper truth around what has happened since then. In June and September Jupiter will revisit the square to Neptune that occurred in January, which could signify a crisis in faith that forces us to examine our beliefs and what we put our faith in. Neptune represents oneness, unity and spirituality, while Jupiter represents our beliefs and philosophies. This combination could force us to examine what we truly believe and could also show the disparity between certain religions and true spirituality. Indeed, Jupiter retrograde could cause us to reassess and re-examine our beliefs, both about ourselves and life itself. Once again, Notre Dame seems significant, as it is a place of faith. Do our faith and beliefs need to be burned down in order to be reborn again? Where might we have lost our faith and what might reignite it? Are we able to see the bigger picture? How can we rediscover a sense of hope and optimism?
This does feel like a powerful Moon indeed and it feels like a new chapter. There is a sense of things falling away in order to make way for new energy to come in. Old beliefs, patterns, conditioning, systems and habits are all under scrutiny at the moment; an old order is passing away and it’s important not to hold onto it but rather to let go with grace. We’ve never been here before, and so it would be easy to fall into fear and to cling to the “familiar” and the known, but there is actually nothing to hold onto because it is crumbling. All we can do is look forward and take one step at a time into this unknown territory. It’s important to keep our eye on the bigger picture and have faith that all is unfolding exactly as it should and is part of a larger plan that will reveal itself in the fullness of time. Sometimes things have to get so extreme, and start to crumble and crack, and that is when the light has a chance to shine through.