On March 28th 2021, the Moon becomes full in the sign of Libra, the culmination of a cycle that had its seed point of this current cycle occurred six months ago, at the New Moon in Libra, which fell in the last decan, on 2020. Focussed on the need to restore balance and to recuperate, for many of us, the last six months have been spent, true to the traditional image associated with this decan, in a place of withdrawal, hibernating, and taking refuge from the mayhem that is occurring in the world.
The image shown from The Alchemical Tarot by Robert Place, on the left, clearlyshows the need for rest and recuperation, the need to withdraw from the world and seek “inner balance” and “healing” that is traditionally associated with The Four of Swords. Beyond this idea however, seems to be the requirement for a balancing of energies between the emotional, the spiritual, the mental and the practical, Water, Fire, Air & Earth, in order to discover the equilibrium necessary for this process of inner balance.
The coming Full Moon falls in the first decan of Libra, associated with the card of The Two of Swords, and I have posted the relevant images from the same decks below.
As we reach this Full Moon, the culmination of this six month cycle, it is perhaps time to open our eyes to what is happening around us, to see where we may have been “asleep” or “not paying attention”. Safe in our secluded worlds, knowing that we needed rest and respite, it may have been too easy to follow blindly into a state of torpor rather than to achieve the equilibrium that we desired. Two in the suit of Air challenges us to wake from those dreams, and to face the “sleeping issues” that lie in plain sight. The center of balance is not a permanent thing, but is instead to be found in the roving eye of the storm. Being afraid to “cross swords” with others, or to “let sleeping dogs lie” may have resulted in us becoming unwilling to wake up to what has been happening around us, so that we have sought to escape the storm rather than becoming still within it’s center.
The call this Full Moon is the challenge to recognise where inequality and injustice have been allowed to creep in, where imbalance has gained the upper hand, and to re-balance and re-store what has been lost over the last six months. It may not be a comfortable process, recognising what we may have handed over, in our desire that harmony be achieved. We may feel as if we would prefer to stay “asleep”, rather than look at “uncomfortable truths” that have crept in whilst we have been looking the other way. Maat, the Egyptian goddess of justice is often shown with scales in hand, for the weighing of the relationship between one thing and another forms the foundation of all life, and determines the very fabric of our society.
This Full Moon reflects the opportunity to to bring what is troublesome into the light, to consciously recognise where matters have gone astray, and to see that the core principles of ethical interaction in the outer world as well as our inner world, lie at the foundation of personal, social and indeed global harmony.
The Astrologers Diary
The Full Moon every month offers an opportunity to find closure, and to let go of patterns that have outlived their purpose in your life. As an Astrologer, I find it to be a useful exercise for myself and in working with others, to use the energy of each particular Full Moon to clarify the energy of the last six months according to the Sabian Symbol that it falls on, together with the position in which it falls in the Natal Chart. Such considerations can be invaluable in steering through ups and downs, and in becoming “easy” with the ebb and flow of what life brings.
This particular Full Moon falls in the 9th degree of Libra, and Astrologer Dane Rudhyar writes:
PHASE 189 (LIBRA 9°): THREE “OLD MASTERS” HANGING ON THE WALL OF A SPECIAL ROOM IN AN ART GALLERY.
KEYNOTE: The need to return to source during a confused search for new value in a chaotic society.
Falling in my own natal 5th house, This Lunar cycle has drawn me to examine quite minutely, what actually does give me pleasure. Having endured six months of practically unbroken lockdown in Ireland, it has been a challenging experiment in self discipline, giving me the opportunity to really examine what I do, and why I even do it. I have discovered that some things that I do because I thought I enjoyed them, I don’t even like at all, whilst other things that I found difficulty in achieving before, now seem to be what actually keeps me going. Given the seclusion and privacy to indulge my hearts desire in anything that I can achieve alone and confined to within 5km of the house has given me free licence to over indulge and also now, at the Full Moon, to remember all the things that I now miss, like dancing to live music, going to the cinema, travelling to all the beautiful places that are further than 5km, and even having my hair cut and styled so that for a few days anyway it looks “as it should”. Some of the simplest things that I have taken for granted all my life, are now supposed to be on hold….. and it is starting to feel tedious to say the least. The so called “treats” that were few and far between, now seem to have been used to excess, whilst the more “obligatory” habits that have fallen by the wayside due to the new “social distance rules” now seem to be desired intensely. Always quite a reclusive person, I never thought that I would miss the company of others quite so much, and my weekly pilates class… I crave it for its sense of community, the laughs and the sense of a shared achievement.
It seems to me that at this Full Moon, it is time to look intently at what it means for us personally to be in harmony with ourselves and with the world around us. We may feel drawn to examine what justice really means for us, and how far we are prepared to stand for what we truly believe, rather than blindly following the orders of those who are in “authority”. From what I can see, much of our direction as a society has not changed from what it has always been, one that is led primarily by the “big businesses” that govern the world we live in, and the spiralling machinations of the politicians who seek to steer us through a world where money often seems to be the only belief system that counts.
For a quick look at what the “Aries Ingress” threw up, a forecast for world situations over the next months click HERE.
A Blessed Full Moon to You All & May The Goddess Watch Over You
Joanna Grant is an astrologer of some 30 years and was awarded the Diploma at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in 2012. Weaving her knowledge of the stars together with intuitive tarot techniques, she crafts highly personalised guidance for clients who are often navigating difficult life transitions. She has lately been very excited to breathe new life into her astrological practice through her study of Horary.
Joanna holds the STA’s Practitioners Level Certification in Horary and is currently completing the STA’s Advanced Level Horary Diploma. You can read more about her here.