Lunar Eclipse in Libra 3-23-16

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”
― Rumi

A penumbral Full Moon Eclipse on March 23rd takes place at 3 degrees of Libra, visible from Asia, Austrailia and North America. This lunar eclipse is conjunct the Super Galactic Center, which has come to represent a channel through which we may connect more consciously with the “Mind of God”. The Eclipse is exactly opposite of Mercury, further heightening mental processes combined with emotional responses. In seeing the bigger picture, our accumulated thoughts, patterns, emotions are magnified to such a degree that we cannot bear to continue with those that are unhealthy for us.

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The sign of Libra is about more than charm, beauty, and romance. It’s about the search for balance, truth, and justice. It’s about cooperation, but also competition and overcoming obstacles. It highlights the sacrifices we must sometimes make in order to live with honor, whatever we consider to be honorable. Libra, and the Super Galactic Center in Libra is like the “Point Break” of relating (for those who have seen the movie). It’s about the struggle to relate fairly and honestly to another or others while maintaining self autonomy and integrity, which is far easier said than done.

Crazy, unpredictable things tend happen under Full Moons, especially with the added intensity of an eclipse. The Brussels airport attack is yet another terrorist act out of hundreds that have occurred since the Paris attack in November of 2015. Many of the attacks have gone unnoticed or unmentioned in mainstream media – particularly regarding the Middle East and Asia, but apparently this is one of the most violent attacks since the killings in Paris. One sharp observation, or one could say opinion of the matter that must eventually be faced is that all of these acts of violence are equally appalling in nature. These are attacks on all of humanity and the habitats and consciousness of all sentient beings dwelling on this planet. It is not more devastating to lose European blood than Syrian, or African blood. It is all a terrible disgrace. The threat of a vile creature like Trump in the elections along with extreme, consensus acts of racism, sexism, and classism we are faced with today can summarize all that Libra, in its most animated demeanor abhors most and will fight tooth and nail against, occasionally at the risk of its own precious life. 

The consensus shows us just how many have completely lost themselves to mass hypnosis. Wherever we as individuals have gone wrong, we can only approach as individuals to make right. One by one, by one by one…is how we become “one” in any fashion.

If we pause to reflect upon the current status of our homes, our relationships, our careers, our spiritual paths, and any number of other areas significant to us we would probably realize that we have recently undergone an enormous change of some kind, particularly in our relationships to others – be they centered around romance, business, friendships, family, or anything else. In some cases these changes are for the better! We have left some aspect of the past behind us forever. We may not even recognize ourselves in the mirror anymore. Whether newborns on the earth plane or about ready to check out or somewhere in between, we have come a long way from where we started. At this juncture we are observing one or many cycles of expansion and contraction in our lives with an opportunity to adjust ourselves according to necessity as well as our hearts desires.

Ceres, Chiron, and the South Node in Pisces continue to expose our wounds either for further injury or deep healing. This is a time to let go of what has already left or is on its way out, to seek or offer solace in a time of crisis, and to find a pathway… somewhere deep inside that is willing and ready to embrace the new with expectant gratitude. This could also be a time highlighting the need to let someone in particular know that we care. Sometimes we wait until it’s too late. There is always a way to lighten the karmic loads that we carry in our hearts and minds, some heavier than others. Why wait until our last few breaths to make each moment count?

Blood Moon, Holy Days, and Purification

There is a lot of hype about tonight’s Lunar Eclipse in Libra just after midnight Pacific Time on April 15th, many believing it to signal the “End of Times”. I’d like to propose a slightly different perspective…

Yes, there is much that is coming to an end, but this is not altogether a bad thing. Pluto turns Retrograde today, right before the Eclipse occurs, which indeed hints at some major situations that have reached their culmination. Some endings have come through suffering and others through relief. The current Libran theme is relationship to other beings, and under the influence of such an eclipse no doubt that a combination of relationships have collectively been undergoing upheaval, purification, and in some cases refinement.

In ancient times Eclipses were believed to bring up a surge of powerful energies within the earth, which could either be of an evil or benevolent nature. All thoughts, energies, and words take on greater impact during eclipses, which tend to occur in pairs (a Solar Eclipse in Taurus occurs this month on April 28th). Many portals open, and the veils between the worlds become thin, allowing energies to pass through more easily, either for  better or worse. Therefore, it makes sense to the majority of spiritual seekers and practitioners that this should be a time of greater spiritual dedication, prayer, and purification.

total eclipseThis so called Blood Moon, red in color due to reddish color it takes on as the moon passes completely into the Earth’s shadow is the first of a Tetrad series of Total Eclipses, that curiously coincide with Jewish holy days. The red tint of the Blood Moon occurs due to filtered sunlight shining through the earth’s atmosphere as it passes through the sun and moon. Space Weather is a great resource for latest cosmic happenings from the scientific point of view.

The following Total Eclipses are due October 8th of 2014, April 4th 2015, and Sep 28th 2015, with the following Jewish connections:

Passover begins with the current Eclipse of April 15th, to continue for seven days until Monday the 21st – exactly when the Cosmic Cardinal Cross between Pluto, Jupiter, Uranus and Mars becomes activated.

Passover in 2015 will begin on the April 4th and will continue for seven days until Friday, the 10th of April.

Sukkot in 2014 will start October 8th, during the Feast of Tabernacle Lunar Eclipse and will continue for seven days until 15th of October.

Sukkot in 2015 will start September 28th during another Feast of Tabernacle Lunar Eclipse and will continue for seven days until the October 4th.

This “coincidental” alignment of the Eclipses with Jewish holy days has already occurred twice in the 20th century. The first set occurred in 1948 – 1950, the year after Israel had become a state. The second between 1967 – 1968, the year Israel liberated Jerusalem. Going further back, in 1493 this occurred the year after Columbus sailed the seas and Spain had destroyed the Jews.

It is said that the current eclipse of April 15th Jewish Passover and Sukot Lunar Eclipse to occur October 8th are taking place on the exact same dates as did the Jewish Passover and Sukot celebrations of 70 AD – the Feast of Tabernacles Lunar Eclipses (although those were Partial, not Total Eclipses). They occurred when the Roman Army destroyed the 2nd Jewish Temple and Masada Military Fortress, ending over 1,000 yeas of Jewish rule in Israel.

The Bible is brimming with references to celestial shifts, and this one describes such an occurrence as we are experiencing in symbolic terms:

“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.”  – Joel 2:31, KJV

So what does any of this mean to us today? Not to be irreverent, but I think of a comical pagan bumper sticker I saw several years ago that read “GOD is coming, and She is Pissed.” God is not really necessarily pissed, but in our ordinary human attempts to understand deity and nature we often project our own shortcomings onto God and the Cosmos, as we are but microcosms of the macrocosm.

When we experience the wrath of God, it is because we have long ignored the signs that have been given to us in nature and within our own bodies and psyches. For this reason, at the end of the day or this seemingly endless topic, the simpler approaches to these rather complicated cosmic matters appeal to me most. These simple approaches include gratitude, reverence, and kindness. Without them, we are bound to face our doom.

Purification of body, mind, and spirit, and making offerings to those beings who are in need or those beings in nature and the cosmos that make life sweeter is a wonderful way to spend the duration of an Eclipse period. This is a day when many Tibetan Buddhists will adhere to a practice dedicated to White Tara, goddess of Compassion.

 

Rise of the Asteroid Goddesses

All four of the major asteroids named after goddesses feature prominently in this month’s Lunar Eclipse in Libra on April 15th, with particular emphasis on Ceres the Earth mother. This is appropriate in the month that always celebrates Earth Day on the 22nd. Each of the four goddesses can be viewed as helping us to drop nasty habits, adjust our health regimens, follow our bliss, and improve the way we relate to each other and ourselves.

Demeter, goddess of harvest by David Howard Johnson

Demeter, goddess of harvest by David Howard Johnson

The archetype of the Earth mother also known as Demeter is bittersweet, as she reflects both the pathologies of loss and grief that we all experience when someone or something is taken away from us, the way her daughter Persephone was snatched away from her by the hands of Pluto, into the Underworld. In her glory when she is able to again see and touch the face of her daughter in the Summer, she reflects the nurturing principle and inherent connection with nature and its bounty. Ceres, like Pluto nudges us to let go of our old stories, you know the ones that were so traumatic that they caused us to shut down and vow to never love again or “never let that happen again”. Like the Moon she simultaneously seduces us into reconnecting with the very thing we fear losing, but this time with less attachment and more wisdom, perhaps to see how far we have come and have grown. Sometimes, rather than a person or a thing she connects us with long lost hopes and dreams. In Libra where Ceres currently transits and will conjunct the Lunar Eclipse, there is a need to feel a part of something. Whether we are the ones leading, following, or partaking in this instance is beside the point, in that what matters is there is a coming together of ofttimes disparate parts to create harmony and unity.

Whether male, female, young, old or somewhere in between either of those forms of earthly identity, no doubt people are sensing the immensity of this month’s energy arising from both within and without. Those who are paying close attention are noticing a profound sacredness making itself known amidst the profanity and chaos, in a way similar to a beautiful lotus rising up from the depths of murkiness. This sense of the sacred, gracefully containing the luminescence of our souls, the Eternal Flame is represented by Vesta – goddess of the hearth and fire. This goddess asteroid begins making an opposition to the Sun on the 13th as the Eclipse draws near. The stress of having been separated not only from someone we love (Eclipse’s conjunction with Ceres), but any separation from our own true selves or whatever we deem as holy has become unbearable. We must find our way back Home, and Vesta points us in that direction. In some people this could mean taking better care of themselves physically and committing to an exercise program or a special diet. Yet in others there could be a realization that they have cut themselves off from others to an extreme and it is time to come back out into the world. Vesta also relates to sacred sexuality, so if there are conflicts within ones sexuality now it is possible they are coming up strongly now for resolve and release. Basically this goddess gets us in touch with whatever we are passionate about.

The goddess asteroid Juno is close up to the Sun in Aries while in exact opposition with Vesta the day before and during the Eclipse. As the Divine Consort, Juno reflects to us a need for commitment in our lives and relationships. This may not come easy when she’s in Aries and wants to do everything her way. Freedom of choice and expression is important, but random emotional outbursts should be monitored. Anger springs up in Juno when she feels she has been cheated in some way, and this is the kind of anger that we will want to be careful of unleashing of now, so that conditions don’t escalate. On one hand it may seem like we’re experiencing a competition between doing what we love to do and what we feel forced to do because we’re bound by our commitments. On the other hand, we could choose to see these two faces of One Original Goddess as helping to bring cohesiveness to our lives where they’ve gotten too sloppy, overly complicated or trampled over by others. When we realize that we can keep our commitments and only commit to what we see fit, then we will also be able to do what we love and love what we do. As we do, we help heal the rift that has occurred in collective consciousness around our divinity, and as women – around our femininity.

While Pallas Athene may not be as actively involved in the Eclipse as the other three Goddess asteroids, she plays a supportive role for each of them. Athene forms a trine to the Sun and Juno from Leo, and a sextile to Vesta, Ceres, and the Eclipse. This is the goddess who was said to have sprung from the head of Jupiter (Juno’s consort), and therefore became known as an androgynous goddess representing wisdom, justice, and creativity. Pallas Athene is the most armed and prepared for the world of men. She is skilled in combat, as well as fine arts that are one of the few links to her femininity. She can hold her own, and she can help show us how to do the same. Athene is comfortable with politics and speaking her mind, especially in the proud sign of Leo. Her creativity is greatly enhanced here, as are her perceptual abilities. It could be that Pallas Athene serves as the balm on our wounds, and the wind in our sails “when all else fails” during this period of uncertainty. She would achieve this by reminding us of what we really want and what we’re willing to do to attain it. If we have health goals she will step out of her armor and be our cheerleader for a minute – yeah a minute to savor. If we have creative endeavors she will egg us on. If we hear the children of Earth cry for help she will lend a hand in aiding them and tending our own gardens.

The rise of the Goddess is deeply felt throughout the challenges and breakthroughs that are occurring on so many levels. It’s not too often that these goddesses all come together in this way, which indicates that we too are ready to increase the functionality of our working parts so that they work together and not against one another. Ceres and Vesta are helping us with the cleaning out and letting go aspects of this, so we can make way for better things that have yet to show up in our lives because there has not been the appropriate space. In short, the summary of the archetypal goddess energies that we may be working strongly with this month are:

Ceres – Earth Mother, nurturing, mother’s shadow, food, sustainable living, natural resources, agriculture, letting go, connection to Nature, small animals and those that need nurturance.

Vesta – Home & hearth, purification, sanctity and sacred space, focus – in health, self-improvement, spiritual development, sexuality (especially sacred sexuality), religious or devotional activities.

Juno – Commitment, partnership versus autonomy, equality within relationship, beauty, personal sacrifice for loved ones, facing/transforming insecurities and jealousy.

Pallas Athene – Creativity, wisdom, autonomy, human rights, sexual sublimation (into creative, scientific, or mental pursuits), creative visualization, perception and clairvoyance.

The Goddess is alive and magic is afoot! Let us use this precious influx of energy to create the lives we have so far only dreamed of living!

Lunar Eclipse in Libra 4-15-14

 April Full Moon Eclipse in Libra 25 degrees 4-15-14

The coming Lunar Eclipse in Libra may agitate things, people and the Earth to the pinnacles of polarity as opposites alternate between major attraction and aversion. Clashes like the ones we may be experiencing now are ironically rare and hard to come by, in that they are so compelling and intense they actually may draw us into greater awareness of our flaws in objective ways – that we may improve. This could assist us in seeing more clearly than ever before what we’ve previously missed in our misguided attempts to either control or avoid our fate. Like loud gongs sounding the beginning, the end, or the acknowledgment of a sacred ceremony, we hear the thunder rolling in our minds or from those around us who will no longer be contained. We must act. Not doing so would mean stasis and death in the current mode of existence. Fortunately many conflicts and events come to conclusions during Lunar Eclipses, so there are many instances where we are going to breathe a big sigh of relief.

The infrequent stellar alignment of Mars, Earth, and the Sun on April 8th will have primed us for this wave of even more intensified energy, which is actually similar to what happens every time a month contains a set of eclipses. Foundations are tested; those tried and true remain and possibly strengthen while those outworn or have lived their purpose are often kicked mercilessly to the curb.

Libra by KagayaThe beauty and potency of this Mars Retrograde activated Lunar Eclipse in Libra is that we get to choose. Whether we like it or not, we must choose. Default button here would not be fun. We get to choose our words, allies, opponents, positions, and our tools. Essentially we get to choose our battles. Later in the month we also get to choose a new set of values or redefine and polish our old ones, highlighted by the Solar Eclipse in Taurus on the 28th. Some may wonder how is it that two eclipses in signs ruled by Venus the goddess of Love could stir up so much hate and aggression in people…quite simply the extra long Mars in Libra transit is not one to inspire anybody to turn the other cheek on what rubs the wrong way. While Libra is the sign of marriage it is equally (in relationship the scales come into play) the sign of divorce. The greatest challenge here is really a conquering of the ego, which Mars tends to arouse. From December 7th of 2013 to July 25th 2014 we have been facing our dragons, or whatever roadblocks have been in the way of our progress in life coming both from inside and outer events and adversaries.

CeresCeres, the asteroid goddess connected with nurturing, food, and the Mother archetype’s shadow is in exact conjunction to the Lunar Eclipse in Libra. The need for deep and meaningful exchange with others and the Earth herself here override pride, aloofness, and in some cases prejudice. This includes a reorientation in our relationship to terra firma, whether this occurs through nature’s disruptions to our plans or our ability to ride the waves of change with grace. Positively, we may find or come across someone with whom we have a lot more in common than we previously thought or would have imagined based on their appearance. We may find new uses for what we once considered weeds while certain pests become precious. Vesta close behind enhances our ability to respond with emotional warmth in situations where we may otherwise have held back. The energy of Juno conjunct the Sun opposite of this cluster is further reflecting back to us a profound sense of oneness with those we share a connection to.

The fixed star Arcturus is conjunct this eclipse, believed astrologically to bestow riches and honor. Combined with the moon it is said to bring new friends, business success, and domestic harmony. It may be worth mentioning that Spica joins in with an even sweeter known benevolence which not only potentially brings or enhances fame and fortune but raises spiritual awareness, inspiration, or virtues. However, with Arcturus in the tighter conjunction having been in opposition with Mars we shouldn’t push our luck. Anything is possible now if we remain open and grateful for what we have going right.

The building energy of seven exact squares to Uranus and Pluto between 2012 – 2015 make this Eclipse even more incredible and far-reaching as the fifth square and cardinal Grand Cross between Uranus, Pluto, Jupiter and Mars rounds off between April 21st through the 23rd. Many wonder if they are coming or going and the answer is both. Old particles of energy that we once claimed as the sum total our identity are dissolving or showing us where we need to revise and restructure with areas such as work, career, health, relationships and creative endeavors. Our political and justice system goes without saying, but with Uranus involved rebellion is reaching a peak. Breakdowns are showing us what we can no longer ignore or accept as truth. New opportunities being presented to us may be long ago prayers finally being answered and long time efforts now bearing fruits.

The North Node is closely aligned with the Lunar Eclipse, attuning us to subtle and not-so-subtle currents within our environment, heightening intuitive faculties particularly in response to the moods and nuances of those we are in close relationship or proximity to. Whatever we ourselves are processing or putting out to others, we need to “own it” and not be afraid of emotions which otherwise remain stuck and toxic to us. This doesn’t mean to indulge in projection but simply to allow feelings to be what they are and pass through, rather than trying to resist them.

Last but not least the Sabian symbol for this Eclipse is quite beautiful…

“An Eagle and a Large White Dove Change Into Each Other; the Interaction of the Love Principle When Critical Needs Arise”

(Libra scales by Kagaya, Ceres artist unknown)