This is a potentially emotional mine-field, so if you can control who you spend time with, choose people with whom you relate well. Work environments and life situations don’t always give us that luxury, however, so keep in mind that people may not be at their most diplomatic (including yourself).
Since you are the person you have most control over, monitor your temper and BREATHE! Libra is an air sign, reminding us of the importance of breath. Air signs thrive on verbal communication and mental gymnastics, but at the time of this full moon we are walking a tightrope of opposing forces. The right step is in integration of opposites.
The Sabian Symbols** for this Full Moon are “A man successfully expressing himself in two realms at once” for the Sun and “A woman feeding chickens and protecting them from hawks” for the Moon.
What I find beautiful and amazing about these phrases is how well they work for the tension of this particular time. The Aries Sun creates the picture of the man who is successful in two endeavors, which suggests the promise of integration. Male energy is linked to Yang/assertive expression. It is the part of you that drives and pushes forward. We all want to feel comfortable with this energy, regardless of our gender identification.
Yet the caution comes from the Moon’s symbol of a woman nurturing and protecting. This is the Yin/passive expression and do not think of passivity as weakness in this context.
There is nothing weak about the impulse to nurture and protect. Whatever you want to create and express must balance with the parts of you that nurture and sustain you. The woman is protecting and feeding the chickens because they also sustain her family.
Success without the piece that nurtures you is not enough to sustain you; this is the balance of the Aries/Libra. We need relationships of all kinds to make us whole. It starts with the mirror and frank acceptance of what feeds you and what you need to protect. It also lets you know when it’s time to stick your neck out and take that risk, because it takes true courage to be an individual within a relationship.
Here’s the setup: the Libra Moon is lit by the Aries Sun. So the impulse to relate to the other is affected by the force of individual expression. The Aries/Libra axis is fraught with tension: Aries wants what it wants without compromise, but in order to be in relationship with the Libra energy, it must give up the desire to have everything its way.
We are not in relationship without give and take. The Libra cannot hold a relationship without having individual opinions and needs because a relationship requires two wills, two entities who choose to dance as one. Within the one they are still unique individuals but they move in graceful steps through accommodating one another.
Anyone who has ever learned to ballroom dance knows that one leads and the other follows, yet without the cooperation of the two forces the partnership cannot hold. The leader must adjust to the weight and height and timing of the partner and the follower must trust and allow him/herself to be led.
Think of these dancers within your psyche; you are continually deciding which parts of you lead and which parts follow. You cannot bully a part of you into submission and create a lovely dance.
The Libra Full Moon invites you to consider what parts of you are plowing ahead and what parts are bowing out of the way. Is there a way to create a peaceful co-existance? If you have ambivalence within you, it also will affect your outer life.
And yes, the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court discusses the legality of denying marriage equality is charged with the integration invitation of the Libra Full Moon. This is not an easy process, because it began with the planetary picture of Mars (the warrior god) with Pluto, god of death and transformation.
One can move mountains at this time but only if willing to sacrifice whatever is necessary to achieve the new landscape.
The moon is void-of-course/voc* at 2:14 p.m.
*Moon VOC/Void-of-Course… in Libra, enjoy a museum, music, dance. It may be lovely to be with someone you love as long as you don’t initiate any major discussions.
** We are still in the process of understanding the Sabian symbols, which were channeled in 1925. The spiritualist astrologer Marc Edmund Jones, took Elsie Wheeler, a clairvoyant confined to a wheelchair to a San Diego park with a project. He put a symbol for each of the 360∞ of the zodiacal wheel on 360 cards. She proceeded to come up with visual phrases for each one of them. They were done in random order and they have a magic that is hard to decipher, yet feels totally right.