Sunday at 10:47PM Eastern time, there will be a full Lunar Eclipse visible in the sky. The moon will be at 5 degrees Aries and the Sun at 5 degrees Libra. This Lunar Eclipse is revealing the outcome of the Solar Eclipse we experienced two weeks ago. However while the new moon began in Virgo, this full moon takes place in Libra/Aries. The extent to which we allow ourselves to examine our flaws and discover the divinity within the cracks of imperfection, has a part to play in the influence of this Lunar Eclipse. Simply put, this axis is about self versus other, the extent we act for self preservation and caring for our own needs, and highlighting our ability to meet another person and see in their desires, our own forgotten ones. The sun in Libra is illuminating the importance of developing fairness in relationship, the compromise of give and take, even the inner struggle of contradictions. Finding a place for opposites to co-exist in balanced harmony.
A time the moon has the most light, it will become dark, the earth will be between these luminaries and we will be in the center of this opposition, momentarily cutting the light of the sun off from the moon. Our habitual ways of letting our life force make its thrust outward, will be examined in the light of the ways that can stifle someone else’s self expression. To allow frustration of feeling impeded, allow us to not see that conflict arises when both parties are not getting what they need. To find a way of fighting for your own needs that doesn’t trample others needs, but includes them. A more encompassing development of selfhood that includes our opposites, be it people or bits of ourselves that we deem flawed and unacceptable for society.
Each degree of the Zodiac has a Sabian Symbol, an image that describes the quality of that degree. The moon is at 5 degrees Aries and the symbol is “A triangle with wings”. Quite a fitting image for a Lunar Eclipse. This image is revealing an added complexity to the normal contradictions and unification of opposites. By revealing a third element that transcends contradictions, allows us to witness the duality of self/other, from outside of our immediate experience of it. In this eclipse, the earth is standing in-between the sun and the moon, becoming the third element, point on the triangle, so to speak, that shows our very human capacity to find improbable solutions to seemingly impossible problems, to come to the irrational discovery of truly asserting “ourselves” back into the equation of human interactions, in order to lift us up into more fully developed beautiful relationships. We are getting a glimpse of how the opposition of self and other, within and without, are really reflections of one another. The harmony will come when we are able to glimpse the ways in which we deny others anger in fear of our own, discovering that balance ultimately comes, not from depending on people to fulfill our every desire, but from allowing ourselves to witness and accept our own self contradictions, thus awakening our inner unity. Higher self does not mean better self, but a self that realizes how we relate to people is truly a mirror of our own inner dynamics and owning all the parts of ourselves is what will allow us to truly fly.