Today is Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. The Moon is full in Aries Tuesday at 10:05 pm EDT. The Full Moon is an opposition between the Moon and the Sun; Full Moon means the Sun and Moon are in opposite signs, which reminds us that the Sun is currently in Libra. The two create a polarity with the Earth in the center. This polarity will build in tension until the aspect is exact, then the tension will begin to dissipate, sometimes suddenly. If you’re up reading this in the middle of the night when you’re usually early to bed, that’s a Full Moon kind of effect.
So too is enhanced intuition, or having a long conversation with your cat. Take your dog out and howl up at the sky. Soak your crystals in moonlight — they will jump up and kiss you. Remember that people might be acting a little wiggy for the next day or two, responding to the polarity. If you’re in a customer service job, be ready for this, and just take it nice and mellow. The Aries Moon can be a bit self-centered, dauntless and even aggressive. Just figure that the people who are responding this way unconsciously cannot help themselves when nature acts up, even though it happens once a month. And remember — a human lifetime consists of about 1,000 Full Moons — merely so.
What’s unusual about this Full Moon is that both of the luminaries are conjunct multiple planets: the Sun is conjunct Saturn and a small critter named Haumea; the Moon is conjunct Eris, Bienor (a centaur planet about brute strength) and a lunar point called the osculating apogee or Black Moon Lilith. So mixed in with that polarity, we get a number of themes, which — as we’ve been suggesting — involve working out this tendency that people have to ‘find themselves’ in relationships. This is an old paradox. Is one ever really ready for a relationship, or do they happen when we’re ready? This aspect seems to be commenting on intent: Why do we think we have relationships? What do we want them for? Why do we always think we will feel so much better with a relationship than without one? What happens in reality?
Commenting on just one of the aspects involved, Moon conjunct the new planet Eris: both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have this aspect in their charts. It’s a challenging one to work with, and it seems to be involved with seeing complex patterns (such as the potential for technology and it’s relationship to both individuals and society). Moon-Eris has a streak of genius to it, or a touch of madness. This is a Full Moon when you could learn a few new things about yourself. Not only that, but you could learn something about how and why you project yourself in to relationships.
What does it mean to be your own lover, and how does that feel to others?
Meanwhile, there is another opposition brewing in the sky — two of them, actually. Mercury and Venus are opposite Jupiter. Venus will make the first opposition, followed by Mercury. When planets aspect Jupiter, the sensation can be one of excess — especially an opposition, and especially Venus. However, we live in a world where there is very little value on moderation. Indeed, we currently occupy a world rife with extremes. Take, for example, the modern Western diet (American, though it is spreading). People are eating food with minimal nutritional value, yet they eat until overstuffed. We have a population that is overweight and malnourished at the same time. No wonder we’re so confused about this idea of ‘enough’. The astrology this week is suggesting we pay particular attention to when we feel pulled in the direction excess.
Venus, newly in Scorpio, is moving into an opposition to Jupiter in Taurus. This is the planet of values in a sign associated with inner depths, opposite an expansive planet in the sign of values. Both planets tend toward excess, sometimes in the material or sensory realm, sometimes in an emotional/sexual sense. But if we take a look elsewhere on the fixed-sign cross, we see Vesta squaring both planets. And her message is: ‘less’. So while we’re going for more, there’s an influence saying: you might want to consider your definition of enough.
Let this percolate a little: the planet of devotion and tending the inner creative/sexual flame is not getting evangelical about it. Rather, Vesta advocates strength in simplicity or singularity. Given the square aspect it makes to both Venus and Jupiter, the idea seems to be that we can often do more with less. Vesta provides a principle to lean against as we orient between two poles of potential excess; it’s the fulcrum against which we work the lever into some kind of balance.
Meanwhile Mars is involved in another planetary three-way asking similar questions about desire. What do you do with your desires? When is simply noticing and appreciating them enough? How do you know when it’s time to speak them or act on them? When does launching fully into expressing your desire result in less than you had before?
Chances are we’ve all been in situations fitting many points on the spectrum. We have been fully satisfied by appreciating the object of a crush from afar. We have used tact to great effect and bold moves with the same result. We’ve suffered great uncertainty over how and whether to make our desires known.
Venus may be a bit horny right now, but Mars is making rather awkward angles to Saturn and Uranus that equals a hair-trigger situation. This could find you on the verge of wanting to jump the bones of someone you’re not sure you want (just because you can), or maybe it’s an urge to whack someone who has been a constant irritant. But there’s also a signal to get a little perspective on your desires (or aggression) before you thrust them upon the unsuspecting.
Sometimes less really is more. Sometimes none at all is exactly enough. This is not to say ‘stuff your desires’. It’s more like, know when very intentional eye contact will get the point across as effectively as shoving your tongue down someone’s throat. Discern the difference between assertive sexuality and excessive sexuality; they tend not to be equally effective or equally well received. That said, you may be feeling actual, authentic attraction, and that could be a lot of fun to play with.
Yet it’s worth pausing to ask: What will be the most nourishing for all involved? It might be a little hard for some of us to tell right now. Ceres in Pisces – one sign associated with excess – is making a quincunx to the Sun. Ceres is about food. In Pisces it might be about chocolate. Ceres is also about to station direct and it’s square the lunar nodes. In other words, the goddess of nourishment is making up her mind about something, or trying to get something into balance.
Is that possible in a culture that stuffs the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar into a small can of soda? That isn’t a paradox so much as plain insanity. And it’s not necessary. Our tongues were designed to notice this thing we describe as sweet, and a little goes a long way.
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