Balance is stronger than strength. Libra.

I like to think that the scales were handed over to Libra by Virgo. My grandmother used them to measure right amounts of flour, butter or other ingredients for cooking. Airy Libra uses them as a symbol.

Libra’s life lesson goes like this:

Not enough,  let’s add a little bit… Still not enough, let’s add a little bit more… Not enough… It’s too much now!!! …A little bit less… Too much less! A little bit more again, but not as much as before…. Yes that’s it!

The two pans seem to be gently floating in the air as the handle in the middle slowly settles to a perfectly vertical position, as vertical as the sword in the hand of a beautiful woman; she is as beautiful as the Virgo virgin, she looks more serious though, standing straight above the portal of a court…



Who sees the scales sees the sword.  Libra is opposing Aries. They are the two sides of the same coin. The sword is action, the scales are decision making. Weighing pros and cons, accusation and defence, desires and fears, merchandise and value, rights and duties, debit and credit, karma and gifts…

The scales are in Osiris’ hand. On one side, a human heart. One the other side, a feather. Lightness is our ideal.


Libra is a Latin word meaning “balance” and also “pound”, a unit of weight. In French, the word “balance” (same spelling, charmingly different pronunciation) means “the scales”.

The English word “balance” translates in French as “équilibre” a word made of “equi-” meaning “equal” and “libre” which of course comes from “libra”: balance is same weight.

The English sterling pound is called “livre sterling” in French. .

In the British system “sterling” is the official standard of fineness of silver or gold found in coins. The world also means “high quality”.

With the sterling Libra, you measure quantities with quality. Venus rules. It’s official.


Look at the good old scales. See the handle in the middle turning into a spine and the pans into hips.  When walking  all the weight goes on one leg whilst the other moves forward, and then the law of justice says that it’s the other leg’s turn to bear the weight whilst the one moves forward. Libra rules the lower back and the kidneys. The centre of gravity is surrounded by Aphrodite’s magic belt. Walking becomes dancing. Lightness is our ideal. It’s very very sexy.


First of the second half…

In astrology, we’re working with the principle that what comes first defines the totality of what is coming. That’s why we keep looking at birth charts. Libra is the first sign of the second half of the zodiac.

The whole zodiac is an Aries story, an adventure called individuation. In Virgo, the sign of the maiden that belongs to no man, independent existence reaches a peak.

After Virgo, we will experience the throes and delights of union, from one to one relation-ships to sinking in the ocean of Piscean ecstasy… From now on, every sign we’ll meet will be the polar opposite of a sign we already know. Every “I” will turn into a “We”.

Libra is also the second Air sign on the wheel. Gemini came first to create links with no strings attached, only little wings at Mercury’s feet.  Libra bounds. Venus dances with you. On one pan of the scales you get more company, on the other less freedom…



Libra is also the second Venus ruled sign in the zodiac. Venus Taurus is glue. When lovers almost literally eat each other, when two become only one sensual flesh soaked in oxytocin, when they whisper or shout “I am yours!” or “you are mine!”, we are on the Taurus-Scorpio axis. Venus Taurus is a mouth or a vagina. She is Earth, she is Yin, she takes in.

Venus Libra is a magnetic field. She operates in the Air. Her law is attraction.  She binds from a distance, she cast spells, she enchants, she charms. When a beautiful princess appears, admirers become satellites. As much as she dreams of the ideal relationship, she may love the status quo, keep as many of them in her orbit and never commit. She is not in a hurry to become old.

Once upon a time, a princess declared that she would marry only the man who would bring her hundred dragon heads still steaming… In many tales various impossible tasks have to be carried out for a guy to deserve her hand, and they all fail. One day however, a hero hears of the princess… The impossible guy will put an end to her indecision.  

One upon another time, there was a satellite that was so attractive that the princess lost her balance and became a satellite of her satellite. No one was at the centre but relationship, that thing that happens in between. Mars is in exile and the Sun in fall in Libra. Hiya Barbie! Hi Ken! 


Marriage is the archetype of all associations, be they formed with or without official proceedings and ceremonies. There are always contracts however: even when nothing is talked about, things go as if you had signed for a whole set of rules.

When we don’t discuss the terms and conditions of our relationships consciously, we do set the rules unconsciously. A good deal simply consists of conforming to social customs. Gender roles, society’s expectations, the way things are done… It’s the simplest way. Libra is one of the most conformist signs, along with Capricorn. I feel tempted to say that all couples are the same. I may be biased, but do you know many eccentric couples? I mean eccentric in the way they relate to each other. You can dress up in very special ways but still the woman cooks and the man put up shelves…

Let’s be nuanced. There is still room for specific rules to each couple. Who decides of what? Who is the boss, who opposes resistance, who just does what the other wants to keep the peace? Who suggests new ideas, who bothers about logistics, who listens more? How long is it OK to do something on your own without giving a call? Why is it fine to invite a friend to eat without warning when it’s your friend, but not when it’s mine? Who initiates sex, what is the rhythm of things? What’s the balance of power? What is fair?

When they get into Scorpio, the partners may realise they just assumed that they were on the same wavelength… If they were not, they may divorce, those who once loved each other become enemies; they go to court to sort out who keeps the house, what’s going on with the children and who pays how much to the other.

Above the portal, Lady Justice, scales in one hand and sword in the other whistles in Libra Rising style… Oops I did it again!

Marriage is the archetype or all one to one associations. Business can get married, best friends are couples, countries sign alliances and trade deals, atoms lose their freedom and form molecules…

There is always one side and another side, always a bound between the two and the eternal question of finding balance…


A bit of mathematics

I like to say that symbols are magical doors. Each time you pass through one you may enter a new landscape. The scales can show us hips engaged in the activity of walking, limping or dancing, or a man and a woman falling in love, a court of justice, two business men signing a contract… we really need to know the context, or be very intuitive!

Let’s open the Libra door again. On one pan, something. We don’t know what it is. On the other pan, something else. We don’t know what on earth it might be either. However, what we  know for sure is that there is a particular relationship between these two unknown things: their weights – symbols of all measures – are whether equal, or one is superior to the other. To keep it short, I’ll call the weight of the unknown thing on one side “x”, the weight of the other unknown thing “y”, if they are equal I’ll just write x = y, if they are not it may be that x < y or x > y.  All the universe of mathematics is opening in front of us: we are now talking relationships in the abstract. It’s so beautiful it makes me cry!

Dane Rudyar says that astrology is the algebra of life…

By the way, two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities, expressed by the formula:  a + b /a = a /b.

Venus rules. Beauty is a question of proportions.


Art and justice

In the Air we imagine ideals, perfect forms, harmonies of colours and shapes, nuances of tones, elegance and movements. The beauty and harmony we enjoy with our good taste or create as artists is the result of an inner sense of measure, the ability to sense the right amount of everything. We feel a little bit disgusted at how gross everyday reality is by comparison with art and how could we not compare when under the influence of the scales? Libras folks are appalled when Fire signs fart and laugh at their  face…


On the material plane weights are objective measures but enter the psychological realm and they become subjective values. It’s complicated. What is the weight of an argument, how light or heavy is a feeling?

If a man works hard and earns good money to pay the bills, does that weight the same as cooking, cleaning, watching the kids and making sure there is always cold beer in the fridge? What is fair and what is not, when everyone measures according to standards that vary according to personal tastes and subjective feelings, even though influenced by social norms? Everyone carry their own scales within, and you can be only God knows what’s the absolute weight of our soul things…


A nice little conclusion

I hope I managed to get the message across: with symbols, it’s not possible to have a simple and clear definition. When it comes to character traits, Libra people have a reputation of struggling with decision making and be prone to hesitate indefinitely… It is often true. This goes with understanding other people’s point of view so well they forget to have a personal one. There are other ways to dysfunction though. Another one is to systematically play Devil’s advocate: Libra feels the need to balance one sided views with opposite opinions.

Sometimes Libra have strong views and fight for justice with determination. Sometimes they are desperately seeking to solve inner conflicts  and sometimes they have a knack for balance, great taste and wonderful social skills.

A chart is an architecture of metaphors. Ask the context for clues and be nice.


Jean-Marc, Libra Moon, Venus and Mercury.


Virgo Full Moon – Feb 27


Dory from Nemo.


Virgo Full Moon

Feb 27,2021

12:17am PST

8 Virgo 57

In general, the full moons in Virgo are wonky three-day windows.  It is not that they are problematic or full of drama, but more that Virgo Full Moons can stoke our insecurity.    We look at others and situations and see all the problems.   Or we look at ourselves and feel ‘less than’.   Virgo who is always in search of perfect can bring our most critical eye.  It is a great moon to tackle tasks and fix stuff.  But we have to be careful that critical eye does not cloud our judgement.   As the expression goes, “Don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good.”

So, what is the solution?   Like all full moons we turn to the opposite side of the teeter totter which on Virgo Full Moons means we turn to the  Pisces Sun for guidance.     The Sun in Pisces helps us tap into something bigger than our flaws.  When we are really rattled and super critical and anxious, we should find our intuition.  Or creativity. Or find humanity.  Or find prayer.    In short, on Virgo full moon we are reminded that there is something bigger out there than our to-do list.

The chart for this Full Moon has the tightest aspect between the Sun & Moon with Saturn (semi sextile and inconjunct) followed by the aspect of Sun & Moon with Uranus (sextile and Trine) at less than two degrees.    This is most curious since Saturn and Uranus just wrapped up their tense square aspect last week.  The Saturn square Uranus aspects will occur two more times this year and it is the signature aspect of the year.    The first-round last week was a bit of an assault on the senses.   Ask anyone in Texas about their electrical grid (Saturn in Aquarius- which rules electricity).     On the personal level take a look at where you felt your inner grid collapse?   Where did you feel your energy leave you or short out?   What hurdles showed up?  Do you have more insight on your responsibilities?  Or do you know more about what is not your responsibility?    What I find to be quite remarkable is that this powerful Saturn square Uranus aspect for 2021 is followed so quickly by a full moon where both Sun and Moon are making tight aspects with…drum roll… Saturn and Uranus.   What are the odds?   Evidently, the universe seems to think we need to find our way with both Saturn and Uranus on this full moon.

When I was a kid, my friends and I would go to a public Olympic size pool and try to swim to the deepest part with the only goal to touch the bottom with our hands.   I believe I was successful once and felt challenged since my friends were better swimmers than me, but it didn’t stop me from trying every time I went swimming in that huge pool.   I think of that act when I consider Sun in Pisces, Moon in Virgo full moon.  The desire to want something concrete, an easy identified task to do, insecurity if it can be done while being in an opposite of a concrete environment.     And of course, Pisces is a water sign which speaks to swimming.

Where will we be swimming on this full moon?    What are our tasks?   It could be anywhere and anything, but Saturn speaks to responsibility.  Some things demand we step up or since Saturn also cuts down, some things are not our responsibility.   The Aquarius  suggests we may need the help of our community.    Or perhaps we will have a task that will help the community.   We could seek like- minded ideal help or  brainstorming solutions with friends.  Uranus in Taurus could provide unique assistance that is practical but could come from out of the blue.   This full moon could find you bumping into something weird that is helpful and may provide useful later in 2021.      The challenge on this three-day cycle is that there is also a thread of impulsivity  (moon quincunx Uranus) which could amplify provocative behaviors.   Take note of  someone acting ‘crazy’.   Be mindful of the narrator’s state of mind and as always, get silent and meditate if things seem too confusing.

One gift to the whole full moon chart is Venus on the Sun opposing moon.  There is a patina of gentleness and kindness that should soften the harsher criticalness of Virgo.   We may connect with others through love, beauty and shared values.

Finally, if things get tense, one thing that will also help is put on music and dance or get lost in a good movie as these are Pisces’ long suits.  Replenish the psyche and soul when the task seems daunting.    And remember, just keep on swimming.

Full Moon Virgo: Finding Flow

Full Moon [8 Virgo 57]

– February 27 2021 (08:17 GMT)

This is a Full Moon weekend when the Sun in Pisces opposes the Moon in Virgo. The King & Queen of the planetary line-up gaze at one another from different sides of the zodiac.

Virgo v. Pisces

During the Virgo Full Moon, there’s often a sense of busy-ness, when you want or need to be productive and get things done – Virgo’s realm. Yet, at this Full Moon, the Sun is joined by Venus in Pisces, the planet of love, art & beauty.

You can imagine the Sun & Venus whispering to the Moon in Virgo across the zodiac – give in, surrender, let go.

What will bring you fulfilment now? You may choose to devote yourself to a creative, romantic, spiritual or caring activity this weekend. You may choose to let go and rest deeply and find a spa bath, a warm sea or a fantasy world to lose yourself in.

Whereas Virgo’s ruling planet Mercury enjoys the busyness of the mind, Pisces’ modern ruler Neptune wants to go with the flow, be intuitive and tap into the sensitivity of nature through dreams and imagination, not words.

Both points of the Virgo/Pisces axis are highlighted now. Through the confusion of ideas, thoughts and feelings which emerge, your goal is to find a route to clarity, efficiency, order.

Yet, there might be another way, one that’s connected to not knowing, being willing to go wherever life leads, to surrender to life rather than try to direct it the way you choose.

The Law of Opposites

Opposite signs in the zodiac have opposite natures and they can learn from each other. Virgo is the sign of analysis, excellent at paying attention to detail. At its best, a perfectionist, orderly & precise; at its worst, a worrier, overly critical & demanding.

At this Full Moon of order (Virgo) v. confusion (Pisces), perfectionism (Virgo) v. go with the flow (Pisces), the first step is to consider what you could let go of, which decisions you can postpone for a while, what’s urgent, what’s not.

There are times when you need to actively download your mind, to stop, to empty out. How can you slow down, relax, chill out? Any activity where you can stop the chatter in your head and tap into your intuitive instinctive nature could be of huge benefit.

While the Full Moon is in Virgo, do get your life in order, attend to your diet, tweak your daily habits, stick to your deadline but don’t try and order your life so meticulously that there’s no room for flow and ease.

If you’re trying to ‘do it all’, this is the ideal weekend to look at ways of doing things differently. Find your flow.

Here are the areas in your own life which are highlighted by this Full Moon. Read both your Sun sign & Ascendant sign:

  • Aries: Retreat & recuperation v. work, service, health & fitness
  • Taurus: Friends, groups & networks v. self-expression, creativity, children & love affairs
  • Gemini: Career & vocation v. home & family
  • Cancer: Travel & exploration v. busyness close to home, neighbours & siblings
  • Leo: Other peoples’ money & joint resources v. personal possessions & values
  • Virgo: Relationships & one-on-one partnership v. personal goals & self care
  • Libra: Work, service, health & fitness v. retreat & recuperation
  • Scorpio: Self-expression, creativity, children & love affairs v. friends, groups & networks
  • Sagittarius: Home & family v. career & vocation
  • Capricorn: Busyness close to home, neighbours & siblings v. travel & exploration
  • Aquarius: Personal possessions & values v. other peoples’ money & joint resources
  • Pisces: Personal goals & self care v. relationships & one-on-one partnership

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Scorpio. Holding in and letting go.

 Scorpio is the other side of Taurus.

Taurus rules over the throat, vocal chords and neck. In this Venus ruled sign, we add substance to the initial  impulse born in Aries.

When our body does Taurus, adding substance is eating. When our wallet does Taurus, adding substance is earning money. When our sense of self worth does Taurus, we take in compliments…  There is always guaranteed substantial growth for your capital with bull energy.

The opposite of input is output. We are tubes. On one end we eat and drink, on the other we piss and shit. This reality is hilarious. (How old is your inner child?)  Even if we think we have outgrown pee and poo times, we have strong emotional roots in this mud…


It’s worth noticing that following the feminine signs is a journey through the digestive track:

After Taurus, the next Yin sign, Cancer, rules over the stomach, then comes Virgo and the intestines…  The glyph of Virgo looks like meandering bowels.

Then Scorpio happens. It is ruled by Mars and we push things out. The glyph looks like Virgo’s with a different ending.

If you’re an ecologist and very fond of the wonderful recycling cycles of mother nature, you won’t be shocked if I tell you that our corpse is somehow the last of our excrements. It is substance that no longer serves us. We leave it  behind as a gift to earth, it will become humus, feed plants… one day the nutrients will find their way back into other people’s plates with renewed vitality. However, for the dying ones and their loved ones, it feels like a big loss.


As for ourselves, we will find our way to the other side of the famous veil… Death is a fascinating reality for those born with Scorpio emphasis.

On our journey through the feminine signs, after Scorpio, only the bones, ruled by Capricorn, will defiantly resist decomposition. Archaeologists in a distant future may unearth them and call us Lucy.

Ultimate dissolution and return to spiritual unity are symbolized by the two fish swimming in opposite directions and next, we will be re-incarnating in Taurus.

So Scorpio rules over death.  There are many deaths, the physical one being a symbol for many other deaths which all consist of “leaving behind”.

It’s not always easy. We often have to grieve, like this little girl I knew. She wanted a new haircut.  She really wanted it. It would make her so pretty! This little princess had beautiful long hair. After it was cut, she looked into the mirror and burst out in tears…

There is no change without loss, loss is inevitable, nothing is permanent. However the tears of a little  girl in front of the mirror are infinitely respectable, and ours are futile on the way to the graveyard….

Taurus is gain, Scorpio is loss. It is not possible to refrain from dying. Life passes through us like a river. We assimilate lessons, digest experiences and release what needs to be, spontaneously or at times with the help of a good shaman-therapist-exorcist. We need to get things out. However, we can’t do it anyhow.

As children we learned to control these things getting out of our bodies. When we were two year old, we found out how to keep the stuff inside, under our control, for a certain amount of time, and to  let it out only at the right place, that is on the pot.

Meanwhile we also learned to say “no”. We were terrible twos. That’s what being anal is about: we were experimenting with power. No I won’t let my poo escape now. No I won’t eat my soup. No I won’t submit to your law. No I won’t tell you where the rebels are hiding. My power. Fuck off.



Scorpio is ruled by Mars, the warrior, and it’s a feminine sign. In Masculine Aries, Mars is projecting its aggressive and assertive fire from inside out. In Feminine Watery Scorpio, the warrior is on the sensitive receiving end, enduring and keeping it all inside: the fear, the pain, the desire to fall onto the ground and cry like a baby, the terror and the rage, the urge to shit one’s pants…

The warrior is keeping all his feelings inside. He looks impassible like Clint Eastwood chewing a cigar under the sun of a spaghetti.

In a more peace and love fashion Scorpio energy pushed to the extreme becomes Jesus Christ on the cross, tortured to death and still speaking with fixed determination the same words of love and forgiveness he did when he could breathe freely.

Less glorious but essentially similar experiences are our lot. We are nailed on the cross of matter. Fears, passions, desires and frustrations, shame, guilt, rage, dark feelings test our souls. Holding in or letting go? We are a battlefield. Demons and angels fight for the throne. (t’s symbolic language).

Demons are instant gratification monkeys. If they are hurt they want to hurt. If they are scared they want to kill. If they feel frustrated they want revenge. If they feel ashamed or guilty, they want scapegoats to make them feel how they feel. Expect bullies, inquisitions and holocausts.

Wise angels don’t deny the need for releasing, as the suffering is real, but it has to happen with consciousness, at the right place and time, without causing harm. Becoming able to cry is a way.

Scorpio is this inner battle. When demons win, the outcome is dirty. When angels surround the throne, peace reigns and it smells like heaven.

There is no victory without deep transformation. There is death and rebirth in the process.

Male sexuality also has to develop the strength of holding in  and the power to letting go at the right moment. Premature ejaculation is a failure in controlling excitation. Erectile dysfunction is the counterpart: an erection, paradoxically, happens when some muscles relax. If they don’t, the thing remains a bit too soft to please. The causes may be physical but they are often emotional, and have, without the shadow of a doubt, great emotional impact. Feelings about self worth are at stake.

I may have had direct experience of female sexuality in other incarnations but I won’t go into details about how it feels intimately here.

However I can say that between men and women the whole game of holding in or letting go is re enacted. Attraction and desire are powers, opportunities to play games. If one can’t help running… the other will make them run. If one can’t let go and become vulnerable, the other won’t open up.


Sexuality is emotional intimacy. If we were all innocent, free from anything we would rather hide, being partners would be the simplest and happiest thing in the world. But once Venus attracted and glued two humans to each other, a man and a woman (in most cases) join, not only their very valued sides, but the whole of themselves… How will they deal with the complicity of their shadows? Egos may have to die…


From birth to death we need to find just the right balance of holding in and letting go, of controlling and going with the flow. It’s important like life and death, like a night of love worth remembering forever, like living proudly with all our shit together.

And of course, we don’t have it all together, hence all the drama.



Pisces Horoscope March 2021

Be More Pisces

It’s all about you as March begins with the Sun in your star sign Pisces until the 20th and popular Venus here until the 21st. Ensure the focus is on your personal goals, make the most of your birthday time of year and have fun and celebrate in style.

When planets are in your star sign, it’s an excellent time to focus on your image and profile and consider how other people see you and how you come across in the world.

For some of you, the strong emphasis on your star sign Pisces will tap you in to your creative or spiritual source. You might be having profound thoughts or find that your imagination is unusually fertile. Go with the flow, listen out for signs and trust in life.

This is an ideal time to tap in to the best side of your Pisces star sign, the world of fantasy and dreams, your compassionate and giving nature.

This month’s New Moon takes place in Pisces on the 13th, a symbol of new beginnings. This could be an outstanding date for you whether you see yourself in a new light or have a major insight into your personal life.

Plus, this New Moon pulls in a stunning Venus-Neptune conjunction on the 14th and this feels especially beautiful and magic.

Venus and Neptune in Pisces are boundless and represent unconditional love. You may channel this love into a close relationship or have a keen desire to care for and help others. See where love leads you. Be open-hearted, generous and inclusive.

Your co-ruler Neptune is active on the 11th and 30th too, emphasising the importance of your star sign. It’s an ideal month to be more Pisces.

Money Moves

There’s major planetary activity later in the month in the fire sign Aries ruling your personal money and what you value highly in life. Hopefully, this turn of direction and fresh energy brings something new your way which boosts your finances.

The Sun enters Aries on the 20th, the day of the Equinox, a symbol of fresh starts. This is the beginning of the zodiac year.

Plus, lovely Venus enters Aries on the 21st. Venus represents the sweet things in life, gifts, treats, all that’s beautiful. This can go two ways. You might receive something special or want to treat yourself and the ones you love. What you give, you receive in return is Venus’ message.

This is confirmed because of a Sun-Venus conjunction in Aries on the 26th and the Full Moon in Libra on the 28th. Libra is the star sign that rules joint finances and shared resources in your horoscope.

Think of this as the natural flow of money and abundance. When the Sun and Moon oppose each other across the heavens on the 28th, this can manifest something special – money and emotions are linked.

Home Dynamics

Also this month, it’s important to consider your home and family life and how that impacts on what you want to do in the world.

This is because action planet Mars moves into Gemini, the star sign at the base of your horoscope on the 4th. Be ambitious about home and family plans.

Yet, Mars in your home and family sector can be argumentative. Perhaps, you have to confront what’s difficult in order to bring things out into the open. Ask for what you want and need and challenge anyone close who’s being difficult or holding you back.

At times, this month’s planetary activity could leave you feeling breathless or out of control. It’s a month when life is likely to speed up as the focus turns towards you.

A Lucky Note

Finally, your traditional planet Jupiter teams up with talk planet Mercury in Aquarius on the 5th. This may coincide with divine intervention, good news or a solution to a personal issue. This could resolve an issue that’s been dragging on since the start of the year.

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