Assessing Asserting Assuming and Aligning: April's Libra Full Moon

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Plato

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength. August Wilson

As soon as your consciousness is right, God is there. He is not hiding from you, you are hiding from Him. Paramahamsa Yogananda

In times like these, it helps to recall that there have ALWAYS been times like these. Paul Harvey

If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex? Art Hoppe

Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you… Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs. Saint Francois de Sales

These sure are interesting times and many people are reporting that they're not particularly enjoying the very intense energies that have been around. Of course, as is natural in the scheme of things, some are doing fine, rowing their boat and getting on with their lives. However, they will most likely have quite a few people around them that are finding it difficult to find the direction, the vehicle, the impetus, the approval or the oars that they need. What a handful of energies we're confronted with with this full Moon in Libra. It's a major Aries event with Mars and Saturn facing off across the relationship axis of Libra and Aries. 

Occurring on April 17 in the United States and April 18 in Australia, this full Moon is another in a series of super moons. With so much happening these last several months (particularly this last month around the time of the very powerful Virgo full Moon), many are feeling spaced out, concerned with difficult situations, wondering what might happen next and generally feeling a little pushed to the edge. This is another very Aries lunation, with Uranus, the Black Moon Lilith, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and the Sun all in Aries. Add to the mix the fact that Mars is on a 'bomb' degree and it's smack opposite Saturn, and this is another rather incendiary lunar event. 

People are looking for hope, inspiration and illumination and the Sabian Symbol of this full Moon can provide some. The Symbol is Libra 28: A Man Alone In Deep Gloom. Unnoticed, Angels Are Coming To His Aid. This Symbol, like most, has changed over the years since 1925 when they were given birth by the spiritualist medium Elsie Wheeler. Elsie's original reading of it is A Man In The Midst Of Brightening Influences, Marc Edmund Jones in his 1931 Mimeograph edition wrote the Symbol as A Man Stands Alone In Surrounding Gloom; Were His Eyes Open To Spirit Things He Would See Helping Angels Arriving. Dane Rudhyar, in his 1973 book had it as A Man Becoming Aware Of Spiritual Forces Surrounding And Assisting Him. This is an extremely evocative degree. The following are my keywords from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees of Wisdom:

Keywords: Feelings of not being alone. Awareness of spiritual help in times of need. Salvation versus depression. Feeling like one’s luck is about to change. Improvements in the pipeline. Changes in the “weather”. Helpers arriving just when they’re needed. Brightening influences. Angels and spiritual forces for good. Guardian angels.

The Caution: Unrealistic reliance on spiritual agencies or help from others. Feeling like no one cares or that no one is listening. Being alone and forgotten. Losing faith in things getting better. Refusing help. Misery and gloom and doom.

This is very much about letting go and trusting. Just when someone needs rescue and salvation the most, it will often appear as if from out of nowhere. So often ‘Gloom’ is brought about by depression, not knowing what is going to happen, or assuming that something bad is about to happen. It may be that ‘Gloom’ is disabling any ability to see one's ‘Angels’ or accept any support that is being offered. It is not always necessary to ‘Notice’ your ‘Angels’, but this Symbol is asking you to open up the them and to allow them to help in some way - things are somehow going to improve. Although it’s been a difficult time, it is just beginning to dawn on you that you are being “helped” as the ‘Angels Come’ to ‘Aid’ in some way. There will be a slow, but sure, realization that things are getting better. If you continue to see the ‘Gloom’, you will put up a subconscious, or conscious, resistance to help and may continue on a downward spiral.

Adding to the mix is the degree of the Sun (the Moon is always opposite the Sun at the time of a full Moon) at Aries 28: A Large Disappointed Audience. This 28 degree axis of Aries and Libra is a very difficult one and one that asks (perhaps demands) that we change our perspective, that we analyse our behaviors, words, attitude, responses, etc, to ones that will work for us. The 'disappointment' can be what you're seeing in the world around you, in the political, economic and earthly landscape, and, it can be about how you're seeing your own life, your performance, your responses. It can have you looking back on things that have happened, like having a 'review' of your life. 

Keywords: Adjustments of expectations bringing realizations about what is really possible. Expecting the response of others. Walking out during a performance. Not listening to something through a lack of interest. Anticipating a different result from what is delivered. Relying on feedback. Lines and queues of people. Criticism. The need to inspire and enthuse.

The Caution: Feeling sad, sorry or letdown because of defeat and frustration. A lot of people left feeling emotionally “wiped-out”. Shattering of illusions. Fickleness. The attitude that one can’t do anything. Everything being out of one’s control. Watching what’s going on and not participating. Being at the mercy of the whims and fancies of others. Judging and analyzing oneself or others. Too many people crammed into one spot. Not getting a seat. Refusal of entry. Booing and hissing.

Uranus and Lilith (Lilith the one who was kicked out of paradise), are on Aries 3: A Cameo Shows The Profile Of A Man That Suggests The Outline Of His Country. This speaks of analysing your place in the scheme of things. Where do you belong? How do you picture yourself? What is your 'profile'? How would you describe yourself? How do you rate your progress in terms of your goals and ambitions? Uranus and Lilith here may be asking that you make some bold statements or moves. 

Mars, as mentioned above, is on a rather incendiary degree - it's Aries 13: A Bomb Which Failed To Explode Is Now Safely Hidden From Discovery. This is very much about the  pressure valve that society is nowadays; it can be tantrums and explosive behavior, tempers that simmer, bombs, explosions, sudden and forceful events, valuable lessons of self restraint, discharging nervous energy, security checks, last minute escapes. It can be that something that was going to explode into consciousness is now put on the back burner (unintended pun there!) and 'safely hidden'. However, it can be that there was something you've needed to do or say and you could be feeling frustrated, especially if others may not welcome what's been on your mind or what your intentions are. This is the Karmic Condition of (the degree before) the last new Moon and recently Jupiter, Mercury and the Sun have traversed this degree = there's been lots of this energy around over the last month or so. (This degree being emphasized is interesting in the light of the situation of the nuclear energy plant in Japan). Further, Mercury is retrograding back over this degree and will sit on it for days as it turns direct on it). Mercury will also be sitting smack opposite Saturn for several days, which is not likely to be particularly easy. Getting things organised and problems and issues squared away seems to be the best bet here. Stuck feelings may be the outcome for many, though. 

Mars is going to be feeling the heat of repression and frustration as Saturn (which is not particularly friendly to Mars) is sitting smack opposite Mars. Saturn is on Libra 13: Children Blowing Soap Bubbles. This degree is very much about play, being allowed to enjoy life and gather together, to take time off and relax, but it's also about the things that are said. 'Soap Bubbles' are like cartoon captions and with Saturn here opposing Mars on the bomb degree it seems that there may need to be a serious caution around what's said and what's thought. You may feel like your thoughts and words are just momentary, but Saturn's message may be saying that caution and restraint need to be imposed. It could be, of course, that there's been too much restraint and that holding back is just not working. Only you will know what the situation is for you. 

Jupiter could be offering a solution in some ways. It's on Aries 20: A Young Girl Feeding Birds In Winter. This can show looking after others, or, the need to be looked after (or considered). 

Keywords: Nurturing innocence. Feeding energy to situations that feel cold, hopeless and lost. Small efforts bringing their rewards. Co-dependent relationships. Nurturing. Helping those less fortunate or smaller. Taking time out for others. Doing things without thought of reward. Enjoying nature. Trying to find friends or company. Bread and water. Soup kitchens. Counseling. Hot vs. cold weather.

The Caution: Wanting to win approval. Creating a dependence with others that has to be maintained. Feeling bleak, lost and alone. The need to continually rescue others. Doing anything in order to be liked. Finding it difficult to stop giving. Not being able to say “no”. Feeling used and unrewarded.

The karmic Moon's north node is on Sagittarius 26: A Flag-Bearer In A Battle, which is interesting in the light of the Bomb Which Failed To Explode being so prominent. Questions could include; what hill are you willing to die on and why? Who's waving the flag and why? What flag is being waved? Is anybody saluting? Is anyone noticing? Is your, or others, cause just? I can see a lot of what's going on politically around the world at present in this degree. Often the 'flag-bearer' is out front, waving his flag and trumpeting his cause, but without a weapon. The flag-bearer can end up taking the heat for others, especially if they're not willing to step forward and stand up for their ideals.

Further, the Moon's node is currently traversing that part of the zodiac that's called The Galactic Center - it's said to be where 'the mind of God' resides. The Law of Attraction is big at the moment and in amongst all the frustration and desire to get ahead it can help to remember it. 

A message from Pluto could be coming through its placement on Capricorn 8: Birds In The House Singing Happily. This is a test, repeat: this is a test... one has to remember to be happy, to spread joy, to hear the birds, to think happy thoughts (even as the thumb screws are being applied). This degree seems to back up the idea of watching your thoughts and words (as we saw with Saturn's placement). 

 Perhaps the happiest placement is Venus, the ruler of this full Moon, in Pisces on Pisces 27: A Harvest Moon Illuminates The Sky. This is quite a 'full Moon' degree and adds to the feeling of it being a supermoon. What are your blessings? What do you 'harvest'? Are you eating well and nurturing yourself? It's a curious run of Moon degrees that inhabit the end of Pisces as the day after the full Moon, Venus moves onto Pisces 28: A Fertile Garden Under The Full Moon, which speaks, also, of fullness and fertility and having one's needs met (or the issue of it).

There's likely to be challenges to alliances and relationships, though, as Venus is squaring the Moon's nodes, and, the day before the full Moon, Venus passes over Pisces 26: A New Moon Reveals That It's Time For People To Go Ahead With Their Different Projects. Could be time to let go of someone or something in order to move into a new life. Adjusted expectations could be part of the big picture on this full Moon. 

Last, but not least, is Neptune on Pisces 1: A Large Public Market. This is shown very clearly through what's going on in the world economically (particularly in the US with the threat of the withdrawal of monies to keep the government going). How's 'the market' working for you? Do you need to be in the game? Do you promote yourself? What value do you place on yourself?

We've been trummelled by the last several new and full Moons. I do hope that we all can feel safe and loved and any explosions are safety discharged or defused!

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Lynda Hill

Lynda Hill, FAA Pract. Cert. has been a professional astrologer for more than 18 years. 2008 marked her 24th lecture tour of the States, in addition to the many lectures she has conducted for astrologers and the public throughout Australia, England, Scotland,  Wales, Ireland, Russia, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada.

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