Libra Full Moon: Peace, Love, Intuition
Dear Friend and Reader:
It seems like only yesterday that we had the tipping point/turning point Aries New Moon
, and last week I was looking forward to the Minor League Baseball season beginning.
We're now at the full phase of the lunar cycle, which is exact Tuesday, April 7 at 10:35 pm EDT. Basically this happens overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday where most of our readers are. In Perth, the Full Moon is 10:35 am Wednesday, April 8, AWST, and in Sydney, the Full Moon is 12:35 pm Wednesday AEST.
The 'tipping point' quality of the New Moon was that it occurred at a right angle to the lunar nodes. This corresponding Full Moon occurs at a right angle to the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction. It's a bit slow-acting, and will build over the next five to six days as the Sun moves into a square to Pluto, exact on the 14th. So after the first peak with the Full Moon, we enter a short phase of gradually building to another crest.
Said another way, the net effect is a Full Moon peak, in the midst of a lot of energy moving, followed by a gradual confrontation between the Sun and Pluto.
As the 14th approaches, the Sun aligns with Jupiter, Pluto and Eris all at once (those are holding a long, stable pattern). This is the perfect setup for a touch of extra chaos (would anyone notice?), particularly at the top levels of government (as the Sun is involved, who usually personifies the king or the president).
Here in New York, Gov. Cuomo is constantly referring to the "apex," and this certainly fits the description. (Aside, we need to watch New York carefully this week to see whether the issue here is reaching its peak.)
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Libra Wants Balance
The core need of the Libra Moon is balance, which means harmony. There's not a lot of that to go around, though the Full Moon suggests it'll be found most easily by taking time alone. This may not be easy to get, in a time of compounding problems, but do your best. For others, it's all they have. Libra is relational; being alone may confront you with your fears (the square to Pluto).
My main concern is that as this complicated situation persists — the combination of social distancing, lack of activity and movement, and economic stress — some people are going to come unraveled.
Many were barely holding it together before this happened. Others were in the groove and could hold that pattern, as long as it stayed stable. Granted, some psychic pressure has now been taken off: all the movement, activity and agitation were themselves pushing many people to the edge. We're getting to reconsider that.
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The Intuitive Piece
We are firmly in territory where we must connect with inner guidance. This has been the subject of enough books to slaughter the entire Amazon rainforest for paper. It's probably occupied a millennium of person-hours at Esalen and Omega institutes. Yet it's learned through practice and experience.
The problem is that most people have not learned how to distinguish the teaching of their inner voice from their fears. Said in Course in Miracles terms, they have not learned to tell the difference between the voice of the ego and the voice of the holy spirit. It's fairly easy but it takes the cultivation of trust. The ego is constantly blaring about disaster and guilt. The holy spirit or inner teacher is whispering calm, centered guidance.
Now is a good time to start sorting that out. This is the pattern in the chart that looks the most productive, and grounded in sanity: Mercury in Pisces, sextile Jupiter, Pallas and Pluto. This is a fast-moving aspect, though it's consecrated by the Full Moon.
Amidst all of this apex chaos, there is a moment of reflection available. For much of the year, the combination of Pallas-Jupiter-Pluto in Capricorn is the main event. It was exact Saturday and will be exact again in June and December. After that, the astrology leans more fully into Aquarius. So we're going to see a big Capricorn performance for a while. Most of it will come over television and social media.
Unless you're a journalist responsible for knowing what is said at a press conference, I suggest skipping cable television. It's the main vector of negativity. Social media comes in a close second. If you can follow threads of reputable homeopaths, naturopaths or herbalists, they are focused entirely on solutions so the vibe is positive. IMO the more you know about these specialties the better.
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One Last Comment: The Psychogenic Pandemic
There are two pandemics going on now. One would seem to involve a pathogen, the novel coronavirus. Based on much reading and knowledge of history, this seems to be exacerbated by EMF radiation and immune suppression.
This is not a "conspiracy theory." With every viral infection scenario, there are cofactors involved. And with every new generation of technology, its purveyors proceed as if there are no risks, no effects, no consequences. Not only is there little to no resistance, people usually line up to buy the new thing and get a subscription.
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So let's sum up Pandemic #1 as the health situation we are witnessing, whatever its various causes and vectors may be.
The other is a psychogenic pandemic of fear, mental chaos, stress, economic panic, and the resulting immune suppression. This is spreading through the instantaneous communication vector of the internet.
We like to think of the internet as "providing us with information." Yes, that may be true if you have five people reading articles and scientific papers and comparing notes. Information by definition is something you can do something with. It should not take a whole reporting team.
The internet, more accurately, is a vector of disembodying influence. It is pushing us further and further out of body. It is driving the insanity, and the insanity is a much more serious problem than a virus. It's a very serious problem to think that someone can kill you by breathing. We need to be considering how we're going to get out of that one.
I realize it's difficult to stay away from "news sources." For me, I get to play with them like a game of intellectual hardball — and I could not do it without a team. I dread to think what it would be like to be confronted by this overload of disinformation otherwise.
Do what you can to stay in the physical world — of music, books, conversation, keeping company with your critters (whomever you’re with, including as much physical contact as possible), plants, plants, plants, getting outside when you can and when you make a point of it, and some form of sex. (That would include masturbation, and being open with yourself, and honest discussion with intimate partners. Only the truth is erotic, and you would be surprised just how erotic that can be. Venus and Vesta in Gemini are an invitation.)
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Monday Morning Horoscope #223 for April 6, 2020 | By Eric Francis Coppolino
(March 20-April 19) — In order to resolve this thing known as authority issues, it's necessary to become granular about what happened to you as a child. I do not mean claiming victim status. I mean understanding the way that you were treated, how you felt being treated that way, and what it means to you today. In therapy process, one thing that often has to be dismantled is loyalty to one's parents and one's family, which can obscure the view of what happened. And it can take years to unravel. The idea here is not to declare your parents or caregivers "bad people" but rather to recognize what occurred in some truly basic human exchanges. If you're sensitive to your feelings, you will learn a lot over the next few days about what you may be carrying around from the past. This is not new subject matter in this stage of your life. Many different circumstances have been trying to get your attention. The most efficient way to work through this material is to be honest with yourself, mostly about what you already know. Get your full Aries reading by Eric here.
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(April 19-May 20) — Uranus transiting your sign, a long-term event that's been developing for two years, has brought out some of the deeper qualities of your personality. They're the ones you usually keep off to the side, or are sly about revealing to yourself. These include the ability to make sweeping decisions, and to challenge your personal longstanding status quo. It's good you had an extended warmup to all this spontaneity, which seems to have taken over the world in rather short order. Be aware that at the moment, Mars is about to make a square aspect to Uranus in your sign. Square means something that provokes action, or some kind of a response. It may come from someone you're close to, such as a colleague, or other intimate partner. At this stage, the thing you don't want to do is react, which would be to take action you don't think through and cannot easily reverse. Given the prevailing tension on the planet at the moment, you're likely to over-react, misread the situation, or connect something from the past that has no relevance now. Put the discussion on hold till you cool down. Get your full Taurus reading by Eric here.
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for just $33. In this reading, Eric will guide you through the next phase of Uranus in your sign, now joined by Saturn in your house of career and aspiration.
(May 20-June 21) — You seem divided between a reserved and inwardly focused spiritual path, and embarking on a quest for the Holy Grail. Both are true. And they don't contradict. Now that nearly everyone is on stay-at-home, I suggest you read a book that covers both sides of the equation. Perhaps you've read it a long time ago. In my experience, it never gets old: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
. It combines the deep inner search with the outer quest for adventure and experience. If you have not read it, this is a book that has changed the lives of many — back when people were more open to growth and change, and changing in a way only a book can precipitate. The truth is that no matter where you may go to witness the Full Moon rising over a temple, or what faraway land you may visit, the journey is always an inward one. Remember this, as the forthcoming Full Moon stretches across one of the most exciting angles of your chart, where you are the most visible. Don't be distracted from the real work. Get your full Gemini reading by Eric here.
(June 21-July 22) — The Sun is currently arcing across the Aries, career and credibility angle of your chart, which reaches a peak with Tuesday's Full Moon. Mars is making its way through the contracts and commitments angle of your chart, Aquarius. This is a situation calling for careful handling of the territory where your business relationships intersect with your professional reputation. You would be wise to keep them separate. Keep everything in its compartment. This setup calls for nothing other than top-level professional handling of your affairs. That means keeping private matters private, and discussing things with people only on a need-to-know basis. Make a policy of saying less to fewer people, which means keeping more to yourself than you usually do. Your most sensitive affairs are in fact contained within a strong boundary. You control the flow of information, and you control your image. If you remember that, you will be able to accomplish anything you sincerely set out to achieve. Make it worthwhile. Get your full Cancer reading by Eric here.
(July 22-Aug. 23) — Keep your interactions with others as low-key and as cordial as you can. Slow down any engagements or transactions. Speed favors other people, particularly anyone you consider a competitor or antagonist. Going more slowly favors you. Therefore, take it slow, and keep control over the timing of events to the greatest degree that you can. Give yourself time to think. There's very little that cannot be on a one- or two-day delay right now; and what is not, you have time to prepare for. As part of your speed control plan, strategy is your best friend. You are the one who can have plans A, B and C ready when you need them. Share them only on a need-to-know basis with others. This is not about playing spy but rather conserving and containing your energy. Do not dissipate your ideas; keep them, and develop and refine them until you need them. Make sure you solve on the spot any logistical problems you encounter, such as a device not working. In all matters, stay ahead. Get your full Leo reading by Eric here.
(Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — One of the challenges of your sign is the way you tend to experience relationships as a means of finding out who you are. We all do this to some extent, though you specialize in it. Yet with Chiron in Aries, that has changed, and you're being provoked to make your personal discoveries exclusively on your own terms, outside the context of a conjugal partner. That's another way of saying that whatever your relationship status, you're learning to be more self-defined than partnership-defined. The exciting and the daunting thing about this is you cannot go back, once you've gone past a certain point. That's the point where you discover independence equals integrity: for example, taking the prerogative to make your own decisions on your own terms, or the desire to be financially independent. This is blazing strongly now, and if your instincts are urging you to be your own person — whatever that might mean — then you must do so as part of a well-lived life. Get your full Virgo reading by Eric here.
(Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — Once a year, the Full Moon happens in your sign, and this is the week. The challenge is to leave behind the struggles of the past, and those of the people you knew, and reach for something magnificent. You have the talent, and you are acquiring the finesse. As you aspire, and grasp at opportunities, and create them, there will be openings. They may be less immediate than you would prefer, though time moves quickly, and you want your cadence to be correct. Therefore, focus on doing what you do well, which is doing things well. Live your life on the "clean as you go" method of cooking. Tie up the loose ends as you encounter them. Mars moving through Aquarius, your solar 5th house, is encouraging you to be a little more brash than you usually are. You have a reserved or even conservative streak to you, and you're now encouraged to push things a little. Pitch ideas and take a little thrill in wondering whether you're accepted or rejected. Get your full Libra reading by Eric here.
(Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — Be cautious about getting on the nerves of the people you live with. I say this knowing that you're most likely a gracious, sensitive person. Still, your ruling planet Mars making its way through the angle of your chart associated with family and housemates describes the potential for some antagonism, even if inadvertent. We're all under a lot of pressure right now. The wisest way to proceed would be to keep to yourself most of the time, making sure you have healthy vents for your feelings. You definitely need to get outside during this whole cultural experiment, more so than most people. You also need some form of group interaction. Keep it light, and focused on the social element, though with a purpose. Notice the dynamics over the next few weeks. I would propose that anywhere things get itchy and scratchy, try the warm, fuzzy approach and you will get a much better result. Get your full Scorpio reading by Eric here.
(Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — The times we're living through are daring you to dive deep into your creative being: to challenge yourself, to take risks, for the purpose of self-discovery. Your soul is craving experience, in the form of some experiment that pushes you into a new depth of self-expression. That implies having something to express, and when you do, you will know how to proceed. Though this is daring for some, you explore until you arrive at the point where your creative experience takes on a life of its own. Then it starts to live through you and have its way with you, and you're up all night, which you figure out because you see the Sun coming up. Maybe you now have the extra bandwidth to pursue some deep desire you've wanted to fulfill. Just having the time is not enough, though: you must be willing to try and "fail," and to keep taking different approaches, until you thread the needle. This is worth allocating some resources to as well. You have heard your soul's calling many times. You're free to answer. Get your full Sagittarius reading by Eric here.
(Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Do the right thing, rather than tell people you're doing the right thing. Ethics and morals speak for themselves, and do not need to be advertised. Neither are they something to be proud of. Leadership is by example. Sometimes that example comes in words, though these always must be backed up by deeds, and by something more important, which is adherence to one's values. Beware the possible tendency to do this in an overly assertive way. And be cautious of any self-serving agenda that you have not analyzed carefully. Your thinking is likely to proceed on two tracks at once: a true understanding of, and desire to support, the common good; and an "every man for himself" mentality. The two do not comport, and if you're in any conflict, on any topic, you might sort it out using these ideas as a basis of your analysis. There are no easy answers at the moment, so proceed gently. Get your full Capricorn reading by Eric here.
(Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — When Mars is present in one's life, there may be a theme of free-floating anger. When Saturn is present, there may be a sensation of oppression or limitation. You have both planets in your sign now, and (for this and other reasons) you may be experiencing a tense mix of emotions. The best advice a competent astrologer will give where Mars is concerned is to find an outlet for it. That could mean a physical outlet (something with impact, like martial arts, or playing squash). It will include an emotional outlet (someone to confide in, rather than take it out on). And most importantly, you must not turn it inwardly on yourself. You will know you're doing this when you feel resentment, guilt, any or aggression toward yourself. You will need to find the opening between bottling up and then erupting. Express yourself in tangible ways, on a regular basis. Get your full Aquarius reading by Eric here.
(Feb. 19-March 20) — Mercury in your sign aligns with Jupiter and Pluto this week, which is the astrological way to say your perceptions are keen, and you will have excellent ideas. Make sure you proceed slowly enough to observe your own thoughts. Be aware of what problems you need to solve, and be on the lookout for solutions. Usually when a problem is correctly described, the solution is available if you align your mind with it. Given that Tuesday's Full Moon crosses the financial axis of your chart, it's likely that your thoughts will be preoccupied with matters related to money. That is understandable enough, however, it will limit your view of what is possible. Now, to grasp the possibilities, you might feel like you're lying to yourself; for example, about accomplishing something that you believe is outside of your capabilities. Yet you have in the past done many things that required just a slight stretch. So you're not deceiving yourself if you consider doing what you once thought "impossible." Get your full Pisces reading by Eric here.
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