There has been so much intense astrological activity of late; I hardly know where to begin. However, I’ll stick to something simple and immediate. Our next full moon is tomorrow on March 19th. For those of us in the United States, it reaches its partile (moment of exactness) in the middle of the day, so we will be treated to beautiful risings tonight (the 18th) and tomorrow (the 19th). For my many UK readers, the moon will be full just before it rises tomorrow and you get the benefit of a spectacular show of the moon in all her glory in the early evening hours.
The reason for this magnificent presentation is because of what is known as the “lunar perigee.” Because of the natural fluctuations of the moon’s orbit around the earth, it gradually moves closer to the earth and then further away in a regular cycle, about every nineteen years. This can cause the moon to appear about 14% larger and about 30% brighter in the night sky. This phenomenon is most apparent just as it is rising.
As I indicated above, there is big news afoot in the astrological world. Last year was powerful indeed and much of what people went through was transformational. Yet the landscape may have looked more like destruction than creation. That was because last year was very much about changing the internal landscape. This year is definitely about manifestation on the outside and what is changing the most is the world in which we move and live. This indicates that the inner changes of last year will be put to the test in terms of how you are showing up to the outer changes that are prominent this year.
Astrology takes the science of Astronomy (the tracking of the planetary movement through our solar system) and applies archetypal interpretations of the meaning of both the planets themselves and the geometrical angles they create as they move through space. Our solar system is divided into the inner planets and the outer planets. The inner planets are believed to represent the personality and the inner experience of the individual (the Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury), while the outer planets reflect the outside world, social experiences and global events.
In the past few months, there have been several very significant astrological events that I think can be understood pretty easily, despite the complexity of astrology and the tendency for those who write about astrology to get so verbose they leave their readers in the dust. There are four outer planets that have been VERY busy over the last year, interacting in very powerful ways that have a great deal of geometrical force behind them.
I don’t want to bog my readers down with endless details and hooey-hooey interpretations about them. My intention is to inspire some of you to look up at this next full moon and feel deeply connected to our enormous and wondrous world and have maybe just a slightly greater sense of that power that runs everything that is clearly greater than us. So, I decided to illustrate the power of planetary movement with two examples, both involving the planet Uranus.
Before we get to the Uranus story, I want to introduce you to the concept of what is called the “world axis.” The Earth is a sphere with four points on which is hangs. If the Earth were still, you could easily envision this as the North Pole, the South Pole, the Eastern Horizon and the Western Horizon. But our world spins and moves through space in an orbit. The concept remains the same, but the points are in constant motion. We have four seasons and when the Sun’s position relative to the Earth is at the moment when each season begins, it is hitting what is known as a “world axis.” The first day of spring, the Sun is at zero degrees of the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries. When that point is activated by planetary movement, it often signals a world event of great significance.
In the world of archetypal interpretation, Uranus represents sudden shifts and changes, bursts of enlightenment and events that have the capacity to knock the world off its feet. Last spring, when Uranus hit the point I talked about above (the first degree of Aries), the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded. Then, by retrograde motion, Uranus appeared to move backward for the next few months and recently began its forward movement once again. Just last week, it hit the world axis point once again. It did so on the very same day of the earthquake in Japan.
Say what you will about astrology; I can not personally disengage the cycles that planetary movement set into motion and these rather significant events that have occurred at precisely these moments where the event and the interpretation of the geometry of astrology seem so intrinsically bound.
Please also keep in mind that while the examples I used are tragic, not everything that these moments in time bring forth are negative. Take, for example, the events in Egypt as just one case in point. Also, there are three other outer planets that changed signs in very close proximity. Jupiter (good fortune), Neptune (spirituality) and Chiron (mastery and healing) all moved into new signs and all within a few weeks of each other. Simply put, our entire worldly experience is shifting into new territory and the struggles of the past have the opportunity to allow our experience in the world become different; very different.
So where does this full moon fit into this scenario? That story begins back in October 2010. There were five full moons in a row, all occurring at the 30th degree of their respective signs. The last degree of a sign signifies an ending, closing out an old chapter. Five full moons in a row at this final degree indicate that an enormous moment of closure has been upon us. Since so many people experienced 2010 as a very challenging year, let us happily imbue the endings that these full moons pointed to is the end of the difficulty of what was a dark time for many of us.
This next full moon, the one that promises to be huge and beautiful is the first full moon that occurs after these five doorway closings that we have been experienced recently and the first full moon to occur after the four outer planets move into their new homes for the next lengthy period of time. I encourage all of us to focus on what is possible, what we are creating, what is new and exciting and that which our heart desires most and bring it closer to our day to day reality.
Happy Full Moon!