After the New Moon, which was also a Total Eclipse of Sun, in the last degrees of PISCES, on March 20th, comes the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, in the sign of Libra.
This eclipse will be the third of four eclipses in a Tetrad of lunar eclipses. The first occurred in April 2014. the second in September 2014, the current one on April 4 is the third and the last will be on 28 September of this year. The last Tetrad of lunar eclipses occurred in 2003-4, and the next will be 2032-33.
Lunar eclipses occur when a full moon forms in line or in conjunction with the Lunar Nodes, when the Moon gets into the shadow of the Earth, which in turn is between the Sun and the Moon. During the eclipse, we see this almost reddish Moon and the shadow you see in it, is the the shadow of the Earth on it. The reddish color is due to the Sun‘s rays passing through the Earth’s atmosphere, filtering the typical blue light. It’s normally called “blood moon”.
Unlike the Solar Eclipse that can only be seen in certain areas of the Earth, the eclipse of the moon can be seen by all of us who have a vision of the Moon at the moment that occurs. This eclipse will occur exactly between 9 am( GMT), 11 am Spanish time, and will end at 3pm GMT, 5 pm in Spain. It will pass exactly through the shadow of the Earth between 10:15–13:45 GMT, or 12:15-15:45 in Barcelona. I hope we can see some of it!!.
This eclipse occurs at 14 ° 24′ of Aries (Sun) – Libra (the Moon) angle, thus coinciding with Uranus at 16 ° 20′ of Aries and forming a T-square to Pluto at 15 ° 30′ of Capricorn. The next day the Sun will link exactly with this small, far away and yet so powerful planet. Everyone who has gone through a Pluto transit knows what I’m talking about. And so?… you may be asking yourself. Well, the issues that we’ve had on the table for several years and especially this last month, will have another opportunity to be seen, this time with more consciousness. If they are not, then it is possible that we may react without control, and we may find ourselves asking once more, how is it possible that we cannot control some part of our psyche, never mind how hard we try.
The angle Aries-Libra, talks about Me and You. What do I need to express in this lifetime and why do i keep living it through another?. These are the oppositions (180 °) in the birth chart. They show us which part of our psyche is projected on the other, to be able in this way, to experience these two sides it in real time . It is when we fall in love and we are still under the influence of the “magic potion”, which is what falling in love really feels like, as Tristan and Isolde did, when we see in the other, that part of us that we have difficulty in finding balance with. The fights with the other, is the struggle within our own psyche. Although we argue with the other, in fact, we are only arguing with ourselves. Most of our experience of life is not at a physical level, but rather within our psyche. Contrary to what we normally think, the greater part of our psyche is unconscious.
When we fall in love, the divine image of our psyche, flies out of us and is placed (projected) on the other to experience a sense of unity, totality, which seems to elude us in our daily lives.
Romantic love always consists of the projection of the image of the personal soul, on the other. In this Aries-Libra full moon and in contact with the Urano-Pluto square, one of the parties does Uranus and “needs space” “something new” and the other, does Pluto and wants desperately to hold on to it. Which side are you on, in your relationship? You should know that whichever side you put yourself in, you will encounter the other. That’s what happens with squares in the birth chart. Although it seems that it is the ‘other’ that causes the conflict, the reality is that the conflict is in our psyche and the struggle simply shows us these two so different parts of ourselves.
Saturn and Neptune are also in square from now until the end of 2016, which speaks of the need to give form and expression to our desires, to our need to live our dreams and everything that we can imagine. A part of us wants to return to the union with the Whole, that place where we came from and where we will return to. Some call it ‘Heaven’, and the other part wants to live here, in this incarnation, in this land, and be everything that we can be. The Saturnian longing implies hard work and dedication, the Ethereal does not. The ineffable lives within us irremediably, making us hate our humanity, so full of limitations.
But these two, Saturn and Neptune, remind us that the road is long and that our actions (Aries) seem to emanate from a great plan, a plan we do not know is there, consciously, but it seems to want to take us to a certain balance, (Libra)
Our vision will not be fully clear until this square starts fading, therefore, this is a time to ask questions and go in search of the truth (Saturn in Sagittarius), and learn to live with what Is, rather than with what we want it to be. Saturn forms a trine to Jupiter, so the need for adventure is powerful. But the “Lord of the Rings” (Saturn) dips back into Scorpio between June 15 and September 17 when it will return to Sagittarius, where it will be until December 20, 2017.
April 8 Jupiter finally ends its retrograde motion, which began on 8 December and again on its way to the last degrees of Leo, to enter Virgo on August 11. Jupiter and Saturn will be in square from July and in those moments, our adventure plans might have to wait, when more urgent issues will remind us of what responsibility feels like.
Enjoy the eclipse, and don’t forget to ask the appropriate questions. If the questions are good, the answers will be, too.