Important Full Moon, the Paschal Moon, first of  the new astrological year that began at the Aries Equinox, on March 21. This is the Full Moon which decided the date of Easter this year. If the Full Moon is a sort of realization, culmination, emotional harvest, this is the first for the new year; always important, always showing the way; a peak experience that we will slowly absorb and make sense of during the waning period. This begins really the very moment the Moon separates from her opposition to the Sun and continues throughout the waning fortnight. A Full Moon in fact is as much a beginning point as a New Moon. The difference is that what we begin at the New Moon is motivated by the desire to have an impact on our external environment, being strongly projected toward the fulfilment of this desire that hopefully will happen at the Full Moon. What we begin at the Full Moon instead has more the character of an inner journey, whose fulfilment demands that we go through the whole cycle, completing both its outer and inner requirements (waxing and waning periods). This is required before we can begin a brand new cycle, at the next New Moon, that will be in a new Sign and Element, and therefore generating a different dynamic in our Birth Charts.

The Earth is placed in the middle of the phenomenon we call the Full Moon, receiving the warmth of the Sun rays on one side, while on the other is illumined by the same rays fully reflected in the cold and old face of the Moon. This is a bath of consciousness, when what was hidden can become manifest.

Sun and Moon represent the two halves of consciousness: conscious and unconscious. Their interaction at the Full Moon make us more aware of a duality within the psyche, because what was before dark and unconscious has come up into the light and cam be now perceived.

This is the Libra Full Moon, every year manifesting the collective longing for balance, harmony, equality, fairness, gentleness, cooperation in our relationship with others and the world as an intelligent being. Great Full Moon for a gathering of beautiful people, beautifully dressed, flowers, songs and music, romance and enchantment. We seek companionship, mutual understanding, grace, beauty.

Art exhibitions could do well this month (the Nimbin Extravaganza comes to mind) and cultured encounters of artists, writers, musos, dancers, lovers, and those longing for love.

The idealistic and romantic tone of this Full Moon this year is sobered somehow by the aspects the Sun and Moon are forming during the phase with other members of the solar family. They are both in fact separating from, respectively, a conjunction (Moon) and an opposition (Sun) to Saturn, very slowly retrograding on the cusp Libra/Virgo. Saturn will re-enter Virgo on April 8, bringing back for a while some of the practical difficulties we all experienced in 2008-2009. Saturn always check our expansion, creating necessary boundaries, within and without. In this case the ringed planet is adding a great degree of realism to this idealistic Full Moon, ensuring a more down to earth approach to relationships of all kinds. Any diplomatic mission and attempt we make now to find a middle ground with others’ point of views will need a strong basis on facts, not just aspirations.

To confirm the serious slant of this phase, both Sun and Moon are also separating from a 90 degrees angle to Pluto in Capricorn, an aspect that demands great honesty and courage. This transit, happening as it does during this important phase, will tinge the Libran desire for harmony and peace with the necessity to look into core issues that could very well disturb the very harmony we are seeking. In the end it will prove salutary, ensuring our relationships are more open, honest and profound.

On the Full Moon day and the day after (March 31) Venus, very close to leaving Aries, will form a harmonious aspect (Sextile = 60 degrees angle) with first Neptune and then Chiron in Aquarius. This aspect is lifting the whole tone of this Full Moon, making us collectively more aware of the need for healing our personal relationships and finding a more spiritual, less self-centred dimension of our love life and of the values we live by. Venus will enter Taurus on April 1.

MARCH 30, 2010, 01.25 pm