TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – A feast for the eyes and soul….Chora, Mykonos Island
# 2- A great dog story with a lot of heart and, fortunately, a happy ending…
# 3 – A great article, at least in my humble opinion, about the Libra full moon from April Elliott Kent at mooncircles.com. I especially love the last paragraph…
Libra Full Moon: Befriending the Enemy
Astrologers are fond of observing that a Libra is nothing more than an Aries who’s been to charm school. Libra is every bit as determined as his fellow cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, and Capricorn) to get what he wants. But unlike those signs, Libra has the ability to make it look as though serving his own needs is the furthest thing from his mind.
That isn’t meant as a criticism, by the way. I admire the strategy. My mother was born with Libra rising, and she had the iron fist in the velvet glove routine down pat. For years, I watched her put this skill to use securing contributions for fundraising events on behalf of her favorite charity. She overcame any resistance with sunny charm, pretending not to notice reluctance or impatience coming from the other end of the telephone, and refusing to be intimidated. By pretending that others wanted to be helpful, she persuaded them to be so. In the end, she always got what she was after – and nearly always, earned another fan in the process.
With this Libra Full Moon facing off against a Mongol horde of planets (the Sun, Venus, Mars, and Uranus) in ferocious Aries – and all of them square unyielding Pluto in Capricorn – conflict resolution is the order of the day. I’ve been thinking about the best way to deal with people who make me angry, as well as those whose interests are diametrically opposed to my own. One hesitates to call them “enemies;” it sounds so dramatic. But let’s face it, that’s what an enemy is: one whose interests conflict with yours.
As mom was fond of saying, “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Andas every Libran knows, there’s more than one way to defeat an opponent. The 15th century Roman Emperor Sigismund was admonished by his Prime Minister when instead of destroying his captured enemies, he brought them into his court. It’s said that he replied, “Do I not most effectually destroy my enemies, in making them my friends?” It’s a quotation often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, and though I couldn’t find a source for it, it does sound like the kind of thing he would have said, famous as he was for forging unlikely political alliances.
But when I think about befriending people whose opinions, lifestyles, or politics are abhorrent to me, some flinty part of me digs in its heels and refuses to give in, loathe to give the impression of surrender. Why do most of us find it so difficult to befriend our enemies – and why is that those with Libra prominent in their birth charts often succeed where we fail?
In traditional astrology, Libra is said to be the sign of the Sun’s “fall” – meaning, it’s one of the signs in which the Sun’s innate qualities of pride and ego are least able to express themselves. Unlike prideful Leo (the sign of the Sun’s rulership) and headstrong, impulsive Aries (sign of the Sun’s exaltation), Libra has the ability to strategically suppress his ego in order to get what he wants.
With lots of impatient Aries planets on a collision course with Pluto, the potential for animosity and frustration over the next couple of weeks is enormous. It’s the kind of celestial atmosphere that suggests full-scale emotional meltdown. Picture four planets in Aries, like frustrated toddlers, falling down on their fannies, kicking their feet in the air, and screaming until they turn purple.
How to soothe four irate toddlers at once – or even one screaming customer, road-rageous fellow motorist, or internet flamethrower? By first making a friend of the enemy inside you – the stubborn, prideful, impulsive, and ego-driven part of you that stands in opposition to your best interests. Befriend that part of yourself, and you’ll have transformed your worst enemy into a strong, passionate ally. Once you’re fully at peace with yourself, you can respond to the rage, frustration, and stubbornness of others with kindness, even charm—fully expecting them to behave better, to be better. Not everyone will rise to meet your expectations —but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you did.
© 2011, 2013 April Elliott Kent
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And a quick astrological update from Chris Flisher at http://www.chrisflisher.com…
Week of March 25, 2013
How does this work for you?……see video for extended forecast for planet.
And finally, because this full moon period has so much going on, here’s more from astrograph.com…
Wednesday’s Full Moon is yet another in the series of potent Full Moonconfigurations that have been happening around the end of every month. They have been taking place in the first ten degrees of their respective signs, bringing those signs into prominence and aspecting also the outer planets at similar degrees of Aries (Uranus); Scorpio (Saturn); Capricorn(Pluto); and Pisces (Neptune and Chiron). It is these signs that have also been hardest hit lately with the powerful currents of outer planet archetypes, although all signs, and all individuals, are vitally affected.
The Full Moon phase in any case represents a reaching out for balance, and for relationship, and in the case of this Libra Full Moon, this is especially so. Also the Sun exactly conjuncts Venus, again symbolizing issues predominate of self and other. The Sun is also in close conjunction with Uranus, with Marsnearby, so that surprises are more than likely, as well as the potential for startling news, perhaps even accidents. Involuntary actions or reactivity might well have unintended consequences. We are also currently more sensitive to feeling hurt by our closest associations, since Jupiter is in perfect square right now with Chiron, the Wounded Healer, while Saturn remains in aspect to both and Pluto sextiles Saturn and Chiron, creating a close Yod formation focused on Jupiter. Finally, this Full Moon makes a T-square to Pluto, bringing into highlight the radically revolutionary Uranus–Pluto square, indicating personal and societal transformation, ever present now and reaching out for another crescendo by mid-May.
In terms of relationship, with Venus as well as Sun and Moon in square with transformative Pluto, we are looking ahead to a better take on our interpersonal connections with each other, attempting to find a more productive relational future ahead of us than we have managed thus far, both individually and culturally. The details will obviously vary greatly for each person, but in general we are intent on discovering the deeper meaning of what we say and do to each other as we go through the pangs of connection, attempted connection in the face of our fears of rejection, and moves toward isolation in response to these same fears, or in reaction to perceived rebuff. It is vital now to try to be as clear as we can possibly be with each other, whether in friendship or in the context of intimacy. The unintended insult can be extremely painful and difficult to make right, so that our words assume even more importance, and it pays to choose them carefully. On the other side of the hurt, we might also want to engage in a reality check before reacting — “did you really mean this by what you said, because that is the way that I heard it.”
It helps to recognize as well, that we are never angry with someone for the reason that we think we are. If we can catch ourselves, take a deep breath or a personally imposed time-out, and reflect on our own inner wounding that might be the ultimate causal factor in our upset, we will be better off. And if the time-out involves leaving the scene it is also more than helpful to indicate when you intend on coming back. These are some of the techniques and strategies that can make it easier to get through these times of great intensity in which we are now engaged. The good news is that, as the prominence of Saturn demonstrates, we are all learning.
The concept of learning and growth in awareness brings us back to the real purpose of what we are going through, that we might become better human beings as a result of our choices during these intense times and move forward with the personal evolution that we can tune into intuitionally within our innermost hearts. Rather than fleeing or ducking our issues, we win when we face them head-on with as much courage as we can muster. Then, although we cannot avoid some painful experiences, we can make the most of them.
# 4 – Healthy recipes for blueberry pecan pancakes, blueberry cobbler and a smoothie…
# 5 – Yea! More news of innovative processes for making us more energy efficient and cleaning up the atmosphere….
# 6 – Something to consider, from Access Consciousness founder Gary Douglas…
“When things aren’t ease for you , that’s life facilitating you to look at another possibility, another question.” ~ Gary Douglas
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