April 15th ~ 22nd
True transformation occurs only when we can look at ourselves squarely and face our attachments and inner demons, free from the buzz of commercial distraction and false social realities. We have to retreat into our own cocoons and come face-to-face with who we are. We have to turn toward our own inner darkness. For only by abandoning its attachments and facing the darkness does the caterpillar’s body begin to spread out and find its light, and then beautiful wings begin to form. ~ Julia Butterfly Hill
The Full Moon on Saturday, April 16th, at 26º Libra 46’ is square Pluto and opposite the fierce little dwarf planet Eris. Full Moons can be revelatory. They can bring things in our lives to some sort of crisis point that can no longer be contained. Our Hearts, our Emotions, our deepest Wounds are laid bare with this Moon, so that they can no longer be denied. An event, a comment, a passing gesture can be sufficient in such times to open up an entire basket of wounds, doubts, shame, traumas from some earlier time. Revisited, revealed, unfolding itself in all its putrid despair; we are being given choices. We can ignore the fact that the wound exists, and with prayers and wishes hope that it will all just go away. Or we can courageously confront our wounds, our problems, our traumas, with the heartfelt determination to heal them once and for all.
Libra is a sign of relating, of compromise and peace. It is a sign of detente. It is where we come to make negotiations, and debate. But the Full Moon is also shining a light, from this place of Libra, on to the Aries Sun, which with Eris is in full battle gear. The Libra Full Moon in this guise can therefore also be about open warfare and confrontation. All the more so with Pluto caught in the cross hairs of the full Moon. All relationships, all alliances are going to be under scrutiny in this weather, as both the war goddess Eris and the lord of the Underworld are galvanized and ready to spew their wrath upon the earth.
Whatever is being illuminated by the Full Moon, whatever is standing in the way of us being able to make heartfelt connections with others, can be healed. It isn’t easy with Pluto. We cannot change the past. But we can begin by nurturing ourselves and others through forgiveness and acceptance. And we can then make a better beginning by making the commitment that This Will No Longer Be.
Pluto has to do with the overwhelming need for some sort of evolutionary growth. Pluto is the power of transformation, regeneration and rebirth. But in order to accomplish this rebirth, we need to weed out and exorcize the diseased and putrid wounds that are holding us back and preventing us from growing and evolving, both individually and as a society. Facing Pluto takes a tremendous amount of humility, courage and self-honesty. And it’s usually the things we would prefer to ignore, don’t want to deal with, and want to avoid. But there comes a time when the wounds fester to such a point that they can no longer be ignored. The wound will not heal unless it is scraped out at its very root in order to allow a full healing to begin.
When we are willing to look at our wounds, without shame and blame and disgust. Then we can heal them. And as a consequence open the way for our own evolutionary growth. And because we no longer have cause to fight and defend, we can then lay down our arms, and even move forward towards establishing deeper trust. Even with those we once considered to be our adversaries. Even with those we once thought unreachable. The past is what it is. We cannot change it. But we can begin to heal the wounds of the past by making a commitment to say No More. And we can create a new and better future through the choices and decisions we make today. So may it be.