FULL MOON IN LIBRA
March 21, 2008
1:40 p.m. E.D.T.
CARDINAL GRAND SQUARE
Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn
FEASTS: GOOD FRIDAY-NOWRUZ-PURIM-OSTARA-ALBAN EILER-SHUNBUN NO HI
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
Today's Libra Full Moon is opposing or reflecting the light from the self-interested Aries Sun. In addition to this a square that is formed by Mars in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn, which as a whole creates a cardinal grand square. (Grand squares are formed when four planets are placed 90 degrees apart across the zodiac). Squares are referred to as "hard aspects" - and usually bring tension and frustration but can often give the impetus to achieve great things.
This particular grand square in cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn (considered dynamic, initiating and leadership oriented signs), can be interpreted as "learning (Pluto in Capricorn) to set personal limits and boundaries (Sun in Aries) during relational interactions (Moon in Libra) while maintaining an attitude of care and compassion (Mars in Cancer) for all involved." (From Lisa Dale Miller http://www.astrowisdom.com/thisfullmoon.htm) So we're being asked to look at the relationships we have with ourselves and others. It may be that you are encouraged to "reach for the stars" during the Sun in Aries, and with the full moon in Libra, you will be enlightened regarding any imbalances you may have in your life, (especially around relationships.)
There are so many feastdays/celebrations of Springtime and "New Years" around the world during this auspicious weekend. Here is a list of a few that our brothers and sisters around the world are joining together to share:
Good Friday: In the Christian Tradition, this is the day that Jesus the Christ "took up his cross" in Jerusalem and traveled to the hill of Golgatha, where he was crucified. In ancient scriptures it is written that he spent three days in a tomb, but arose from the dead on Easter Sunday. (Celebrated this coming Sunday, March 23).
Nowruz: Celebrated as early as 247 BC - 224 AD, Nowruz is an ancient feast day of the Persians/Iranians. The word Nowruz is a compound word meaning "Now" or new and "ruz" which means time/day. This festival begins on the first day of spring and recalls the cosomological and mythological times of Persia/Iran. As well as being a celebration of spring, it is also a celebration of the love between the Supreme Creator and His Creation, Man and the material world. "Although colored with vestiges of Iran's Mazdian and Zoroastrian past, the Nowruz celebration is neither religious nor national in nature, nor is it an ethnic celebration. Jewish, Zoroastrian, Armenian and Turkish Iranians and Central Asians celebrate the Nowruz with the same enthusiasm and sense of belonging. Perhaps it is this very universal nature of the message of Nowruz that speaks to its wealth of rites and customs as well as to its being identified as the unique fount of continuity of the Iranian culture." (my thanks to Iraj Bashiri: http://www.angelfire.com/rnb/bashiri/Nowruz/NowRuz.html)
Purim: Keeping with the Persian theme from above, Purim is a joyful Jewish festival commemorating a time with the Jewish people that lived in Persia were saved from death. During these celebrations, the Jewish people read from the book of Esther (where the full story of Esther's role in delivering the Jews from an evil decree against them is told) and gifts are given to loved ones, to the poor and celebratory meals are enjoyed by all.
Ostara: In Pagan practices, the festival of Ostara (which the Christian tradition took and changed to create the word "Easter"), marks the Spring Equinox. It originally took it's name from the German goddess of the spring and the dawn - Ostara. These celebrations encompass the joining together and awakening of the Mother Goddess (Earth) from her slumber (winter). One of the traditions of Ostara involves the colouring and giving of eggs (a tradition which the Christians took to in their Easter festitivies). As eggs represent fertility and spring is the season when animals, flowers and trees pollinate and reproduce, these aspects of nature and the "awakening" of a new year at spring.
Alban Eiler: The Druidic festival of Alban Elued dates back to Neolithic times, and each festival of the year are agricultural markers. "Alban" means light and "eiler" means "Earth" - literally means the Festival of the Light of the Earth. The significance of the rituals done at this time supported the return of life/light to the Earth and the return of fresh food. Druids also practice well as "spring" cleaning of their surroundings and their psyche at this time, examining their lives and their relationship to God/Goddess, themselves, each other and nature. Festivities include the painting and giving of eggs (fertility), visiting sacred waters, planting seeds.
Shunbun no Hi and Higan no Chu-nichi: or Vernal Equinox Day, is one of the most traditional of all Japanese holidays. Like the Pagan/Druids, one of these festivals recognizes the seasonal change noticed in most agricultural societies, while the other is a recognition of the day when the night and day are of equal length. Celebrations of these festivals include the visitation to family tombs to pay respects and leave gifts of food to the anscestors.
However you choose to celebrate this weekend, you can see that many of our brothers and sisters around the world are joining you!
Posting this right at the Full Moon in the Northern Hemisphere...