The Moon fully lit by the Sun will be obscured by the Earth’s shadow and turn reddish at 14° of Libra. The Moon is in conjunction with the North Node at 10° of Libra, which sets the tone for this total eclipse. They oppose Mercury, the South Node, the Sun, and Uranus in Aries. Both Sun and Moon square Pluto, reinforcing the last Uranus-Pluto square, keeping social and political reforms in the spotlight whereas providing a fresh perspective and pointing to possible solutions.
The North-South Nodes polarization gives a karmic and spiritual evolution flavor to the eclipse. The Aries-Libra axis is about the self versus others, that is, the dilemma that everyone faces as an individual who is also a part of a social system. This is represented on a personal level by the opposition between the Sun and the Moon near the Nodes, and on the collective level, by their connection with the Uranus-Pluto square. There is a need to find a common ground that provides balance between self-centeredness, assertiveness, decisiveness, impulsiveness, aggressiveness, on one side; and impartiality, caring about others, putting others first, establishing partnerships, seeing both sides, and commitment to fairness, on the other. This is a true exercise of individual interests coexisting within a social frame and searching for paths to win-win situations. This basic dichotomy finds resolution as they are blended in an ideal and universal Truth that professes that whatever benefits the individual must benefit the whole, and vice-versa. This is a lesson for humanity which requires high levels of understanding and maturity. It will take many individuals becoming adept to this vision and sharing it with others.
As we explore the degrees of the Moon Nodes – around 10° of Aries and Libra – through the perspective of the Sabian Symbols, we come across some interesting and illuminating imagery and symbology. The South Node represents what we have already accomplished and learned, and the North Node where we are headed or the outcome. In a sense, one is the departure point and the other is the goal, and the transition from one to the other is the lesson to be learned. As we look at the South Node, we find the Sabian symbol for Aries 9°: “A crystal gazer who is able to see things through the crystal”. With the help of a crystal ball, someone reaches a higher vision that could be a psychic, out of the ordinary, or a broader view of the whole. The sphere shape is symbolic of the whole and it connects to the Full Moon as a sphere that is completely revealed by the Sun, meaning that this is a time when one can attain higher perspectives. Then we move towards Aries 10°: “A teacher gives new symbolic forms to traditional images”. He finds a new interpretation to his vision, rendering it a new meaning and importance. The vision is not new, neither is the wisdom hidden in it, but its interpretation and how it can be applied to this moment is. He is now ready to pass it on to others.
On the other end of the spectrum, we notice Libra 11°: “A Professor Peering Over His Glasses At His Students”. He has incorporated the higher vision and does not need the crystal nor the help of his glasses. He is looking over the glasses and sharing higher knowledge with his students, in a down-to-earth manner, putting it into a language that can reach and be absorbed by the pupils. In a sense, he is looking over his professorial glasses, indicating others forms of teaching than traditional ones. We finally arrive at Libra 10°: “Having passed safely through narrow rapids, a canoe reaches calm waters”. The dynamics between these degrees shows us a way out of personal and social chaos. The North Node indicates where we are headed: a feminine blend of intellect and compassion for self and others in pursue of Justice as we arrive at the haven of the Full Libra Moon. An elevated vision will allow us to pass through turmoil, personally and in regards to the political and social panorama. We can then move on to calm waters as we rediscover some Libran attributes, such as fairness and inclusiveness, and are able to share them with others in practical ways.
The aspects formed by the planets are also in accord and reinforcing the dynamics presented by the Sabian symbols. Both the Moon and the Sun, as well as Mercury and Uranus are forming beneficial aspects with Jupiter, the higher teacher of Wisdom. Being retrograde, Jupiter brings back ancient wisdom to be expressed by the self-assured and confident Sun in Aries, which is given eloquence by Mercury, and able to find new ways of presenting that wisdom and reinventing it with innovative ideas provided by Uranus, combining traditional and modern values and forms of teaching that will benefit all, as demanded by the Moon in Libra. Perhaps looking into ancient ways of passing on knowledge will bring up some ideas that can be incorporated with technology. Also let’s not forget the value of teaching by example.
This is the theme of the Total Lunar Eclipse from an Astrological perspective. Check also the Tarot and Color Oracle reading and the Pantone Color of the Day for 4/4/15.