So, this Full Moon is in Libra, the sign of Marriage and Partnership and is ruled by the Planet Venus.
Venus is the Goddess of Love! Venus is currently in the hot fire sign of Aries, along with the Sun, Mars and Uranus. Hence my title "Hot Times For Lovers!"
Libra's Statement is "WE ARE" or "I Balance" and Aries Statement is "I AM".
So this Full Moon in Libra is about the "I AM" versus "WE ARE".
This time of year is particularly related to "Spring Fever" - or falling in love, just as all trees, birds and animals seem to explode with love and life.
It is also a time for finding the balance between work and play, being together and being alone, being in the city versus going for a drive in the country, surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Symbol for Libra
Richland Greenway in West Nashville, TN
PLUS - We are just leaving the most recent Mercury Retrograde -- The backwards motion officially ended on St Patrick's Day, March 17th But the effects of the Mercury Storm were experienced until March 26th.
So, IF you are having difficulties communicating in your relationships, this would be the time to watch your words, hold your tongue, and just listen.
So, enjoy this beautiful Libra Full Moon, go for a walk in nature, and pay attention to the moment!
Also, Happy Easter, and Happy Passover!
As always, to learn more about Astrology, you can enjoy my Radio Show Live on Sundays, 5 PM CST / 6 PM EST, or you can listen to the archives.
On Monday, March 11th, at 3:51 PM EST, the Moon and the Sun will come together for a New Moon in the sign of Pisces.
For the first time in a long time, we actually will have 6 planets in Pisces for one day - The Sun, Moon, Mercury (which is still Retrograde), Venus, Mars, and Neptune!
Later on Monday, Mars goes ahead into Aries, which will shift the 6 planet collection in Pisces out of that Spaced out feeling. And of course, on Tuesday, then the Moon moves into Aries as well.
Pisces Statement is "I Believe". Pisces is a Feminine, YIN, Water Sign that is associated with the Ocean, whether it is the Ocean of Emotion, or the Ocean of Consciousness.
Pisces is represented by two fish going in opposite directions. One is swimming upstream, one is swimming downstream.
Below is the Glyph for Pisces. It looks like two mirrors being held together by a string.
Sometimes, it can feel like we are being split in two by our emotions.
At this time of year, I hear a great "AAAAAAhhhh" in the Universe, like we are all taking a collective deep breath, and releasing it like a huge sigh.
This could be a sigh of relief, or with the Retrograde Mercury causing a lot of confusion, traffic jams, and mix-ups, it could be a sigh of fear -
"AAGGGGHHH! - I can't take it anymore!"
So, Take a deep breath and let it out.... Let Go and Let God!
Pisces is a Yin, Feminine, Mutable, Water Sign and rules the Oceans - it can sometimes bring up Oceans of Emotions.
It's statement is "I Believe" and it is connected with Spiritual Groups, Ashrams, Retreats, and Monasteries.
In the Body, Pisces rules the Feet and the Blood, the Ocean in our Bodies.
Being the final sign of the Zodiac, and ruling the 12th house of the subconscious mind, and dreams, Pisces represents the end of the Sun's yearly cycle through the signs.
This is a time of going inside, just before the burst of new life in the sign of Aries, which starts the Spring, and the cycle of life starts all over again.
This is a great time to get in touch with the SILENCE -- to truly "BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD."
Being a mutable sign, Pisces has no boundaries, so you can either lose yourself in God, or lose yourself in some kind of addiction, such as Alcohol and Drugs. Be careful with what you put into your blood at this time.
Also on Sunday, March 10th just before the New Moon, is also the celebration of MAHASHIVARATRI, the "Night of Shiva" -- a sacred time honoring SHIVA.
He is often seen with a tiny, crescent waxing or waning moon in his hair.
Shiva Nataraj, The Lord of the Dance
Shiva Nataraj (Dancing Shiva) expresses the 5 powers of God:
Creation, Sustenance, Dissolution, Concealment and Grace.
Every thought we have, every manifestation of life goes through this cycle:
It is created, sustained, dissolved, then hidden, and finally re-emerges as the Grace of enlightenment.
I have been using the OM NAMAH SHIVAYA mantra for many years.
OM NA-MAH SHI-VA-YA - is Sanskrit for "I Honor The Divinity Within All"
It is called the great 5 syllable mantra - OM plus NA MA SHI VA YA
Here is what Om Namah Shivaya looks like in Sanskrit :
This Mantra is amazing - It encompasses all the elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space (Ethers).
OM = The Universal Sound which all sounds emanate from.
NA = Earth
MAH = Water
SHI = Fire
VA = Air
YA = Space - the Ethers
This Mantra truly helps still the Mind.
So, with so many planets in Pisces - this is a great time for meditation!
The Sign of Pisces relates to Oceans, whether they be the Oceans of the Earth, or the Ocean of Consciousness, or GOD.
So, this is a great time to connect with the GOD of your understanding.
The next two weeks will be great for MEDITATION and doing VISION WORK.
Being in Nature helps you to connect deeply with your Inner Self.
Pisces is connected with the subconscious mind, the Dream World, Visions, Intuition, and Spiritual Communities such as Monasteries and Ashrams.
Pisces also has to do with imagination. Pisces and the 12th House are also related to our Deepest Fears, Addictions, Illusions and Deceptions of Human Consciousness.
Pisces and the 12th House ALSO reveals the Cures for these Dis-Eases - Through 12-Step programs, Therapy and Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers.
If you cannot get to a waterfall, a lake, or the ocean, then take a hot bath, drink hot tea, and lose yourself in a good movie. Pisces also relates to losing one's EGO self.
Clear out some clutter and do some Spring Cleaning!
Do rituals that bring you joy - Chant, Burn Incense, Meditate.
If you wish to hear my radio show last Sunday on the New Moon in Pisces you can listen to the archive.
The Song I wish to offer for this Blog is based on St Theresa of Avila's Prayer - "Let Nothing Afright Me" -- from an album my sister Rama and I did many years ago while living in a meditation ashram, called "Lord, Show Me Your Face".
This Monday, February 25th, 2013, at 3:26 PM EST, a Full Moon will take place in the Sign of Virgo, which is 180 degreee opposite of the Sun in Pisces.
Since the Moon rules the tides of the earth, the fluids of our body, the breasts, the stomach, and our emotional natures, this Full Moon might FEEL very big, but since it is in the Mutable, Earth, Feminine, YIN sign of Virgo, these feelings might be internalized.
Virgo's Statement is "I Analyze," so be careful not to be too analytical and self critical during this time.
Virgo is Feminine, Yin Energy, Internal, Self-Sacrificing
The Pisces / Virgo opposition is sometimes known as the "Serve or Suffer" Axis.
Being both Mutable signs, Pisces and Virgo sometimes have a hard time with boundaries.
Pisces deals with deep hidden psychological fears, addiction, alcoholism, as well as therapy, treatment centers, 12 step programs, spiritual groups, monasteries, and charities, while Virgo is concerned with healing, cleaning, service and menial tasks.
Virgo is generally related to the professions of Nursing, Housekeeping and Office Work.
Virgo really prefers working behind the scenes and helping the underdog.
Virgo Is Happy To Serve!
I believe it is important to do Service, and get out of yourself, but I also recommend taking care of yourself, and resting, and watching your health, especially what you are eating, since Virgo rules Health and the Colon.
Lastly, Virgo is ruled by Mercury, which is related to the mind and communication.
This past Tuesday, February 19th, Mercury started to slow down to go retrograde, (or backwards from our perspective here on Earth.)
This is called the "Mercury Storm." At my work, all the computers and email, as well as phone systems went down.
Then, on Saturday, February 23rd, we began 3 weeks of Mercury Retrograde! Oh, joy.
So, Since Mercury rules the mind, and communication, as well as electronic gadgets, Be sure to back up your computers and cell phones this week, and perhaps get your car checked out.
Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods
If you wish to hear my radio show this past Saturdayday about recent Astrological events, here is the link:
Early on Sunday Morning, February 10th, at 2:20 EST, the Sun and Moon came together at the same degree in the sign of Aquarius, thus forming a New Moon.
New Moons are good for New Beginnings in whatever sign they fall in.
Aquarius rules groups of people and utopian societies, so this is a time to connect with positive people of like minds.
New Moon and Midnight Sun at the North Pole Photo from Our Beautiful World and Universe
The Statement for Aquarius is "I Know."
Since the cold winter months of the Northern Hemisphere forces people to live by their wits, and develop greater survival skills, and greater intellect, Aquarius is known as the sign of mental brilliance.
It also rules Crystals, Snow and Ice.
We have just recently had a bunch of windy and snowy storms blow through the United States, especially in the Northeast and Mississippi!
The sign of Aquarius, which falls during the COLDEST time of the year. is a Fixed, Yang, Air, Sign.
Of course, many people think that Aquarius is a Water Sign because it is called the "Water Bearer."
Actually, he is pouring knowledge into the ethers.
Hence, AIR is related to the Intellect, not watery emotions.
T Symbol for Aquarius by Suzanne While
And, even though it's symbol sometimes looks like waves, the sign for Aquarius is related to Lightning Bolts, so it sometimes brings brilliant flashes of inspiration!
It is also associated with electronics, electricity, computers, the Internet, Utopian societies and groups of people, and anything that is Way Out There, like Star Trek!!
And, -- sticking with what is way out there, Aquarius also Rules Astrology!
In the Body, Aquarius is connected with the Ankles and the Nervous System, which is our own Electrical System.
Now, since Venus is also currently in Aquarius, Women in general are getting more technically savvy!
I myself finally invested in an Android Tablet, after years of having an 8 year old Desk Top and Laptop. Since I am a triple fixed sign - Leo, Scorpio Rising, Taurus Moon, I often hold on to things for years before I change with the times. I still have a cassette player and VCR, along with my CD player and DVD player.
Here is a video of the Pantech Element Tablet I got:
This Full Moon takes place when the Sun in Aquarius is exactly opposite the Moon in Leo, at 11:38 PM EST today, Saturday, January 26th, 2013.
OK, OK, -- Maybe it is because I myself am a LEO, I consider this a special Full moon!
Leo is associated with the 5th House in one's natal chart, and relates to Risk Taking, Children, Drama, Theatre, and Romance. In the body, it relates to the Heart and Lower Back.
-- so these are topics that most people will be emotional about, or focused on during the next two weeks.
The sign of Leo is ruled by The SUN, and The Sun and Leo both Rule the Heart, so this is a time to be Lion-Hearted and courageous.
LEO is a Fixed, Masculine, Yang, FIRE sign. It's statement is "I WILL."
So, LEO likes to SHINE, whether on a world stage, or in a concert in a stadium, or in their own private little Kingdom at home.
And like the title of this blog, this week, It feels like we have all been "Livin' in Drama City" --
I am so tired of all the Drama!
This week, we had the Inauguration on Monday, January 21st, and President Obama, who is ALSO a Leo, was asking everyone, "Come on, you guys! Can we please just get along and work together towards the greater good?"
Honestly, I'm so tired of all the fighting, I feel like taking a giant cat nap!
Then, my ATT U-Verse (Internet service) went down during the Inauguration. Apparently, this occurred in 14 states!
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On - Inside and Out!
Well, it did not come back on until FRIDAY - and the first thing I noticed on a Yahoo News site was "Homeland Security Warns of Cyber attack!"
Then Yahoo's Web Site went down! I could not get it back, so I had to put off writing my blog yesterday.
I spent hours on Friday doing a "deep clean" of my computer, doing sweep after sweep of various anti-virus, anti-spy, and malware programs, -- using Avast Anti Virus, Malware Bytes, Super Spy Sweeper, and CCleaner - which are all free downloads.
My computer is all cleaned up now - WHEW!
So, on another dramatic note, here are some other famous Leos -
President Bill Clinton, Karl Jung (A famous psychologist who used dreams and Astrology), Amelia Earhart (Famous Aviatrix), George Bernard Shaw (Famous Author), Mick Jagger and Madonna (Famous Performers), Martin Sheen (Actor - Apocalypse Now, The West Wing), Actors Patrick Swayze, Robert Redford, Robert De Niro, and Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy), Coco Chanel (French Fashion Designer), Madonna (Singer) and Garrison Keilor (Prairie Home Companion).
Enjoy your Inner LEO - Stand in Your Own Sunlight!
Here is a spiritual devotional song to go with Leo Full Moon.
Today, Friday, December 28th, 2012, at approximately 6:21 AM EST, the Full Moon was in the sign of Cancer, 180 degrees opposite of the Sun in Capricorn.
Cancer is known as the Mother of our natal Chart, and rules the Home, as well as our past, our foundation, traditions, and where we come from.
Sign of Cancer
Many people have a very idealized view of family and home, as shown in the painting below.
Freedom from Want by Norman Rockwell
In the Body, Cancer is related to the Breasts, and Nurturing, as well as the Stomach.
So Food is a big deal at this time of year, especially when we are filling up our bodies to stock up on our physical fuel for the winter!
Cancer is a Yin, Cardinal, Water Sign related to Clear Water, such as lakes, rivers, streams, and waterfalls.
Jackson Falls Waterfall at Natchez Trace, TN
Crystal Clear Lake During the Fall
Cancer rules all forms of clear water, including the water you drink, the water you bathe and shower in, and the water you clean your clothes in. We are so blessed with clear water! Give water prayers of thanks for all the Clear, Clean Water in your life.
Richland Greenway in Nashville, TN
Cancer's Statement is "I Feel". This time of year is especially emotional, as we examine our past, and think about the future New Year.
The Full Moon in Cancer is opposite The Sun, which just went into Capricorn, on December 21st, for the Winter Solstice.
Sign of Capricorn
Capricorn is known as the Father of our natal chart, and rules Business, Career, Authority Figures, and Government, as well as Buildings, Borders and Boundaries.
In the Body, Capricorn is related to the Knees, Bones, Teeth and Skin - the Structure as well as the Boundaries of the Body.
Capricorn is a Yin, Cardinal, Earth Sign related to Mountains.
Capricorn's Statement is "I Build".
So, this Full Moon falls into what is called the "Mother / Father Axis".
The question that will come up during this time is:
"Are you still stuck in the Past with issues around Mom and Pop?"
This Full Moon is the time to clear it out, let it go, forgive and move on.
We related to our mother and father as our original image of God, since they were truly our original Higher Power, upon whom we depended completely for our survival, when we first arrived on this planet.
AND, we certainly needed our Mother and Father to get us here, into these physical bodies in the first place!
So, you can at least be grateful to them for that!
We needed Mom and Dad to get here - Get it?
Next, depending on what your original Home life was like, your Mom and Dad gave you the values, ideas, imprints, and downloads which then fed you spiritually.
Simply put, your relationship with your Mother and Father lead to your belief in, and ultimately, your relationship with -- GOD.
Just think of all the millions of Christians, Muslim, and Jews who are so fundamentally wired, programmed and conditioned with very fixed forms of who they believe GOD is. They got this from their Mother and Father, right?
And while these millions of people make up the belief systems of the three main religions, their followers are constantly at war over who has the Right Religion!
--- Sort of sounds like a typical family feud, right?
And, very rarely do we see God as our own Self.
Yet, God is the very essence of who we are.
We always think God is somewhere Outside, in the Sky or in some Human Form.
What if, for a moment, you could see that your own very consciousness, the very light of your BE-ing, is truly the essence of GOD?
All you have to do is BE your own wonderful Light filled Self.
As the Joni Mitchell song "Woodstock" used to say:
"We are Stardust, We are Golden, And We've Got To Get Ourselves Back to the Garden."
Star Nebula - photo by NASA
This Full Moon is also a good time to feel connected to the Divine Mother aspect of Cancer, loving us again as depicted below.
During this time, especially, we need to send our Mother Earth lots of love!
My song for this week is from
my album, "Travelin' Light" and is
called "She Wants to Be Seen." (Track #7)