Sun in Aries / Lunar Eclipse in Libra 23rd March
What are your intentions for this astrological year?
Did any of you feel the energy shift a little yesterday, as Mercury and then the Sun moved from Pisces into Aries? A glimmer of light perhaps … shining through the water? With all the Piscean energy that’s been around of late, there’s been much wading through deep waters for many, with old wounds, fears, entanglements and ancient issues drifting up to the surface from the musty corners of our individual and collective psyches. This is true too of our beloved country South Africa, as skeletons have been virtually leaping out of every conceivable political closet… exposing dem bones, for all to see.
For me personally, I’ve been feeling as if I’ve been submerged beneath the water without so much as a headlamp, rather than simply wading through the shallows in my trusty gumboots. Over the past weeks, the more I’ve tried to push things to happen, the more things have s l o w e d d o w n. Technical equipment has giving up the ghost; data has disappeared into the ethers; I’ve been dogged by fogginess, confusion, weariness, and sadness at times. Things have been basically…. as clear as mud!. The only time I have found any relief or clarity is when I’ve stopped, stepped away from the noise, tuned inwards and connected with my soul through imagery, art, music, meditation and when all else fails… sleep –( all Piscean themes by the way)
And then… yesterday… the fog started to clear a little. I began to see glimmers of light and even experienced moments of sharp clarity. Ideas that have been incubating for months, started to come more into focus. I started to see how the emotions I’ve been processing over the past few weeks have been showing me where my life is out of balance and giving me clues as to how to move forward. The fog hasn’t entirely cleared (there’s still Pisces energy around), but I’ve realised (once again) that it is in the place of surrender and un-knowing, that the seeds of new intentions are formed and that we need to allow them to, , without forcing them to sprout before they’re ready.
We as a human race find it hard though, to surrender and so we rail against those moments or weeks or months where nothing seems to be “working” out there …but it is….it’s just working beneath the surface and we can’t see it yet!
This has all been another huge reminder for me to tune into the cycles, rather than fighting them. I mean, imagine if the sea said “No I’m done with all this ebbing….I just want to flow… all the time” Or… what if the moon said “ I’m really not into the waning thing…. Let me just wax and wax. Get bigger and bigger!.” Or the worm said “ I’m sick of this cocoon… think I’ll bust outta here now?” Or what if we decided to just stop sleeping…. I mean, who wants to “waste” 8 hours of precious time?
I know this all sounds crazy, but really, if you think about it… we do this all the time, when we fight the rhythms and cycles of nature.
So now, we have finally started a new cycle. A new year. The sun has entered Aries and on the 23rd March, he will oppose the moon in Libra to form a full moon, which is also a lunar eclipse. This is the last in a series of eclipses on the Aries/ Libra axis, which began in October 2013. It’s a good idea to take a few moments and reflect on what was happening then. Whatever’s coming up for you now will probably be connected to that.
Fiery, pioneering Aries is all about setting new intentions, starting new projects, wanting to impulsively, passionately move forward towards the goals we have for ourselves, towards our true potential. Sometimes this energy can be impetuous, impatient and even aggressive. This is where the moon in Libra comes in to the picture. She is strong too, but is more concerned with relationship, co-operation, balance, beauty and harmony. This is a great full moon to look at your life and connect with how you can introduce more balance and temperance and where you can co-operate more with yourself and others. (this can be found at 3 degrees of Libra and Aries in your chart, if you have one)
The sun is sitting right next to Mercury (which rules communication) right now, so be sure to take some deep breaths before you retaliate verbally in the next few days. Tempers are likely to be aroused, so… breathe and count to ten.
Full moons (and lunar eclipses) always expose the polarities that reside in our lives and in our psyches. When we study astrology, we learn key words associated with each sign. I’ve listed some below for Aries (first) and Libra (second)
Pushing forward; Drive; Decisiveness Paralysis; Indecisiveness; fence sitting
Assertiveness / confrontation/ aggression Pleasing others/ co-operation
Temper/ Impatience Temperance / Patience
Independence Interdependence/ co-dependance
Aloneness Partnership/ relationship
Questions to ask this full moon:
- Which of these polarities can you relate to and do they connect to October 2013?
- What emotions or issues have washed up on the beach of your soul/ been exposed over the few weeks and the past year?
- Do these show you where your life might be out of balance?
- What new ideas have been incubating/ formulating in your unconscious?
- How can you move forward with them?
- Where can you co-operate more with yourself and others?
- Based on these learnings, what new intentions would you like to set for the new year?
Probably the best way we can deal with polarities is to find the centre point, which helps us to hold a space for both sides of the scale. In meditation, when we notice the monkey mind, we are advised to compassionately bring it back to the breath or the mantra. We are not supposed to chase the poor thing down and beat it to death. And so it is with polarities. We notice them… aahhh yes… there’s that old story/ pattern of sadness or aloneness or victimhood, or fear or hopelessness. And then gently as we would guide a small child away from danger, we take it by the hand and bring it to safety. Back to the centre, which is the point where we find balance, peace and harmony – the theme for this full moon. It’s from that place that we are able to set heart-felt inspired intentions.
Please see below or click here to find out about my Inspired Intention Workshops in April. Even if you’ve done this workshop before, it is worth doing again, because as we know, all things are in a constant state of flux, so it won’t be the same as last time. Also see below for info on my Autumn retreat in May – an opportunity for you to slow down and connect in the exquisite Natal Midlands.
If you’re unsure of your intentions for the New Year or where you’re headed, consider booking a coaching session with me and we’ll fish it out of the depths.
I found this image at the top of this blog a few weeks ago. What does it mean to you? Please comment if anything comes up for you! I’d love to hear!
Here’s to a New Year filled with Inspired Intention!