Everyone by now must be aware that this Full Moon is being called a Blood Moon, in part because it was eclipsed early this morning. I offer these insights about it, starting with the blog post today from my friend and world-renowned astrologer, Lynn Hayes:
Blood Moon, Full Moon, Eclipse! April 4, 2015
This eclipse is being called the “shortest lunar eclipse in a century,” but it is quite powerful astrologically since it triggers both Uranus (radical behavior) and Pluto (destruction and regeneration) in a very tight aspect from both the Sun and Moon.
The Sun aligns with Uranus, fostering rebellion and a desire to separate from anything which holds us back, and Uranus opposes the Moon which creates a restless need for something to change.
(This eclipse falls on Passover and is called a Blood Moon which as a lunar tetrad is connected to Biblical prophecies about the fate of Israel. You can read more about that here in an earlier article. For the astronomers, view see this article on the Universe Today site.)
Eclipses occur when the lunar nodes align with the Sun and Moon, and because the lunar nodes are connected to the journey of our destiny from past to future there is a fated quality to eclipses in which something which has been hidden is revealed.
This is a Full Moon in Libra, and the Libra Moon opposes the Aries Sun setting off a polarity between Self (Aries) and Other (Libra). The Libra Moon craves connection and the Aries Sun desires self-actualization so in the Full Moon we must strike a balance between these two opposites.
Pluto makes this balance difficult since it forms a T-square as it squares (90 degrees) both the Sun and the Moon, challenging both sides to seek the extremes of their expression. Our conscious Self (Sun) wants to be MORE Arian – more assertive, more individualistic. Our lunar emotional instincts attempt to flee from conflict and desire nothing but peace and harmony. This is an eclipse, so in the effort to strike the necessary balance something in the psyche is likely to be unmasked.
Fortunately Mercury (conscious thought) makes beneficial aspects to Jupiter which helps us to remain aware of the bigger picture, but just after the eclipse Mercury begins to set off first Pluto (square formation) which intensifies our processing of all of the details in our lives, and then Uranus (conjunction) which activates the mind and opens up pathways to the higher mind and increased intuition.
This is a time when the mind must be open in order to take in the higher vibration information that is available to us now. This eclipse offers an opportunity to complete the shift of the past seven years and close the door on the past while building a strong and powerfully creative future.
And another view, from the always brilliant Elisabeth Grace:
Astro-logical Forecast for Saturday 4/4/2015: Full Moon in Libra & Lunar Eclipse
Wake up early and you’ll be able to catch the third of the four consecutive total lunar eclipses happening between last April and this September. Did you know that this series is called a “tetrad”? You learn something everyday. Here’s a nifty video I found on website of The Washington Post which explains it all for you.
Yea verily, I am digging WaPo lately because of its stories outside the usual box. For a couple of years now, it has been hosting live chats with a well-known astrologer — yes, in a serious newspaper like The Washington Post. How cool is that?
Totally, though if you ever see me participate in such a forum and I tell a querent that her “love stars will be twinkling perfectly by December,” take that glass of Scotch out of my hand. Astrology is a complex language, to be expressed with eloquence and gravitas. Sheesh.
Saturday’s eclipse is exact at 8:05AM ET, as the Libra Moon is opposed by the Aries Sun. Aries-Libra suggests a push-pull between me vs. we in relationship, with the Libra Moon pulling for the latter and the Aries Sun pushing back. Uranus and Pluto are in close contact with the Sun and Moon, suggesting exceptional intensity, revelations, upsets and transformations accompanying whatever is illuminated and released.
If you were born halfway through Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn, or if you have a planet or angle at around 15 degrees of those signs, this eclipse may recall whatever you experienced in the aftermath of the one that happened on October 8th. That eclipse happened at 15 degrees of Aries-Libra; this one happens at 14 degrees. FYI: the horoscope of the United has Saturn at 14 Libra; its Sun is at 13 Cancer.
The Sabian Symbols for this eclipse are — for the Sun: “an Indian weaving a blanket,” and for the Moon: “circular paths.” Right. Let’s see how Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee can help us make sense of these images.
OK. I just read three paragraphs of Bovee’s marvelous prose, and the bottom line is this: we are all connected and we have all been here before. Life is cyclical. Every action taken impacts everyone else. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
Bovee suggests we apply these symbols with a eye for “the genius of connecting a single thread to the whole of life….an appreciation of waving the differing dimension of existence into a whole; a deep understanding that human failure is ultimately an illusion.” That last one was deep. Cue Joni Mitchell with The Circle Game now, please.
That being said, the immediate fallout from this eclipse — as in upsets and power plays — may be apparent before noon, as the Moon makes contact with Uranus and Pluto and then immediately goes void until 3:04PM ET on SUNDAY. This suggests a long period of time to chill, absorb and go with the circular flow.
Avoid the malls and do not make a mountain of a molehill of crisis…for surely it will turn out to be much ado about nothing…
… (lots more for Sunday, too, by going here).
Hungry for more? You won’t want to miss the two outstanding articles on the wonderful Mooncircles site.
First a thought-provoking piece focusing on how this Moon may impact our relationships, by Jessica Shepherd — Libra Full Moon Eclipse: Force Majeure. And then there is the April Elliott Kent essay: Libra Lunar Eclipse: What Are You Hiding?
Last but certainly not least, as usual I recommend the Mooncircles suggestions for a 3-minute Full Moon ritual. This one, drawing down the Moon’s Aries-Libra combination, is especially poignant.
May our rites, woven together in perfect love and perfect trust, bless all the worlds.