April 5 to 12, 2012 Visible Planets: Morning: Saturn Evening: Venus, Mars and Jupiter
Full Moons bring light to darkness, illuminating what we need to see, what may lie hidden and, at other times, is simply out of sight. The celestial opposition of the Sun and Moon and the location of the polarity point in the Tropical Zodiac at the time of the opposition provide clues and information necessary for understanding just what it is we are supposed to see. It’s like a cosmic river, carrying us toward the energies and issues that are most beneficial and imperative to our ongoing awakening and enlightenment.
For many years now, I have been awed and inspired by the subtle, yet profound, seasonal messages and insights available at the time of each new and full Moon. And this week on the Good Friday of April 6th @ 1:19 p.m. MDT, the first lunar cycle of our natural tropical year comes to fruition @ 17º 23’ Aries/Libra, shining light on self and other, me and you, I and we, us and them.
Aries, the sign in which the Sun is transiting, symbolizes the individual “I am”, while Libra, the sign in which the Moon is transiting, represents the paired together “we are” partnership, the place of joint collaboration and negotiation, where the individual joins force with another and works in harmony and with equanimity for a shared purpose, goal or desire. As astrological archetypes Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and initiates spring, a time of new beginnings and fresh starts, when life is reborn and seeking survival. Libra is the 7th sign of the zodiac and takes place at the time of harvest, when the seeds of Aries have been nurtured and blossomed, ripened and born fruit. Life is full and rich.
As opposite signs Aries and Libra are mirrors of development, two halves of a shimmering whole. They are not mutually exclusive, but interdependent, each one seeking out and needing the other. The courageous, impetuous Aries warrior seeks out the strategy of the calm, peaceful Libra enchantress in a dance of balance and grace, will and sweet surrender, in which each contributes to and cooperates with the other, sharing the burdens, battles, responsibilities, joys and sorrows, victories and defeats – equally – come what may. It’s a natural, eternal attraction, an idealistic fairy tale masculine, feminine, evolution and resolution.
And so, here we are. It’s Easter weekend; the sun will rise, the day will come, and night will follow. May your journey be holy and your chocolate be sweet. May the lunar Aries/Libra moonlight of courage, love and peace shine meaning and magic upon the “I’s” and “we’s” of your oh-so-precious life. Blessings of god and goddess…
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) Three planets changing direction within days of the April 6th Full Moon emphasizes the need to shift how you see and do things. Pluto retrograde in Capricorn exposes where it’s imperative to make fundamental changes in your economic, social and political beliefs and behaviors. This is an extremely powerful time when it comes to personal resurrection. Do it!
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Benevolent good luck planet Jupiter in mid-Taurus reaches a type of zenith as the Moon comes to fruition, illuminating what needs to be seen and what needs to change – for the better. Embrace your many blessings, feel the joy of gratitude and take a deep look at how you got from there to here. Humility, truth and honesty are allies. Do the next right thing.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) Love planet Venus has recently moved into Gemini and, due to a long period of retrograde this summer, will remain there until Aug. 8, 2012. This heralds an important phase of self-enhancement and self-betterment as well as a time of personal re-evaluation and attunement. Nurture body, mind and spirit in a dance of creativity, beauty and art. Choose joy.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) The April 6th Good Friday Full Moon shines light on feelings and emotions, especially in relation to childhood memories and family relationships. Who you are in the world today may contrast sharply with where you came from. Examine parental modeling and social values as you balance courage with compassion and ambition with humility.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22) The Aries/Libra full Moon asks us to move from duality to unity, step out of polarizing behaviors and view life from a more accepting, less rigid, self-righteous point of view. This can be difficult, especially when we’re living by lessons learned in hard-won battles of morality and justice. Just for today, let go of fear and judgment, get off the high horse and smell the roses.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) Balancing the masculine with the feminine and the assertive with the passive is a challenge and exercise this week. It’s important to stand up for what you value, but it’s not appropriate to wield power over those who have difficulty standing up for themselves. Erase the old tapes of anger, doubt and resentment. Replace them with courage and confidence.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) This week’s full Moon light illuminates issues of self vs. other, masculine vs. feminine, dark vs. light and good vs. bad. Rather than see it all as a battle of justice and right, accept it all as necessary. The shadow side of Aries is aggression, war and anarchy; the dark side of Libra is peace at any price. Balance, as always, is the key. Maintain inner calm and go forth.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) Take a second and third look at the people, places, situations and circumstances entering your life these days. Jupiter and Venus in the relationship sectors of your solar chart portend a time of great opportunity regarding the world outside your door. Explore, experience and discover. Treasures await those who journey. Seek and you shall find!
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) Asteroid Juno – ancient Roman goddess of marriage – conjunct the transiting north node in Sagittarius mandates equality in male/female relationships and a balance of the archetypal masculine and feminine. While the cosmos favors the Archer’s positive, pro-active approach to life now, remember that it’s all relative. Cultivate respect and be fair.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) As powerful, demanding Pluto prepares for an extended period of retrograde in your sign, so also prepare for a time of courageous self-empowerment. Soul and psyche unite in a dance of metamorphic awakening as you travel through the mists of illusion to the pathways of transformation. Breathe deep, embrace the journey and follow the light.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) The Easter weekend and full Moon light shimmer rays of encouragement, hope and enlightenment upon those who walk their talk and follow their heart. As one who is here to proclaim truth, explore options and invent solutions, this portends a time when you must lead by example. Others can’t hear what say but they can see the value in what you do. Just do it.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) With several planets and asteroids transiting Pisces as the Moon grows full, you may feel the fullness of life’s many trials and tribulations, joys and jubilations. Qualify dreams and identify illusions as you dance with compassion and move toward enlightenment. Balancing your internal masculine and feminine is a continual artistic process. Express the art.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.