This is the first Wishing Moon of the year. According to author Victoria David Danann in her Seasons of the Witch Primer, a Wishing Moon occurs on the Full Moon closest to the seasonal Quarter Days (as opposed to the cross-quarter Sabbats). They are an ideal time for setting our intentions for the coming quarter and assessing the results of the quarter just past. And the Full Moon is always in the sign opposite of the sign that the Sun is in. So with the Sun now in Aries, we welcome the Libra Full Moon. Today, I share an article by astrologer Julia Bondi regarding this year’s Libra/Aries dynamic.
by Julia Bondi
This is the season of renewal and salvation – the time of spring, Passover, Easter. We are saved from the harshness and darkness of winter as the warmth and light of spring dawns, promising flowers, summer and a new harvest. Religious rituals celebrate the cyclical promise of salvation, escaping darkness and arising from death. The spring equinox turns the corner from winter, bringing a brighter day.
A brighter day, salvation and promise can be seen as the basis for the passage of the [U.S.] health care law. Those who supported the law saw its success as the fulfillment of a promise to save the thousands of people who die each year in the darkness and despair of disease lacking the funds for the care that could save or ease their life. Saving lives, promising care, and bringing a brighter day to all who need help will be an end to the darkness for so many.
Those who did not support the law’s passage saw a coming darkness resulting from a government takeover, a financial debacle, and a potential loss of their health care, their doctor or their liberty. From darkness to light or from light to darkness, each group saw this spring differently, each felt the power of this season of delivery.
Aries/Libra each set the tone for their half of the zodiac, the passage from I to We, from self to community, as spring is the harbinger for summer, and fall is the passage to winter. Each archetype is essential to our human and soul development. Aries teaches us to become a self, to value that self and to develop the fullness of the self we can become. Libra teaches us to see that beyond the self we have become, is a whole world full of other selves who have an equal value and an equal need to develop.
Each group in society has a right to their beliefs, their values and the politics that are derived from those values and beliefs. Groups are composed of many individual, Aries selves who see life through their own eyes and experiences; while the final goal of policy and significant legislation is to serve the community of a society of all the people of our Libran community.
Aries and Libra are equally the signs of the warriors fighting for what they want and the ideal they seek. Having spent the year from spring to spring battling over policy and politics, it is now time to accept the Libran compromise arrived at through a year of Arian war — before violence seriously harms the always-fragile bonds of society.
In the zodiac, the warrior signs of Aries/Libra are cardinal and dynamic, followed by the fixed signs of Taurus/Scorpio whose purpose is to digest and solidify experience.
At this full moon, let us each digest the year behind us as we move into the time of renewal, celebrating the coming fruits of society; that we can help bind its wounds before it is time to return to the ongoing evolution of who we are individually and together.