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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Full Moon on Oct 18 -- Unanswerable questions

The October Full Moon is on October 18, 2013 at 5:37 PM MST.
The Sun-Moon axis is at 25 degrees and 45 minutes of Libra and Aries.      

  Unanswerable questions...

A stand-out, central quality of the Full Moon horoscope is the Saturn-North Node-Mercury conjunction, and the aspects that moderate it. The Saturn-North Node conjunction has extended from August through October, and ends during the first week of November 2013. During this time we've been learning lessons about taking responsibility, about being serious about learning, facing fears and failings, seeking deeper knowledge, and being called to witness the qualities of the current time from an emotional feeling-sense perspective. This has not been a happy aspect, yet it has been a major growth aspect. This also encompasses learning about limitations and boundaries, about working through sadness and failure and loss, about learning lessons concerning responsibility and accountability. These are lessons that continually presented themselves to us during this time, a part of our awareness has always been on them. What difficult responsibilities have you been focused on during the past three months? The responsibilities that we have been focused on and learning about have been shaping our destinies, meaning they have been shaping what our future looks like.

This full moon represents the culmination of this 3 month effort. The Saturn-North Node theme is accented by a conjunction to a Mercury-Jupiter trine, indicating a favorable inclination towards the caring of the needs of country, home, and family, and of feeling cared for, to some degree. This is a biased sentiment that may not fully address all of the issues that were dealt with during the past three months, and that may still need attention.

Neptune and natural flow.

A quality that may have acted to muddy issues and drive one to distraction is the ongoing trine from Neptune and Chiron, to the North Node - Saturn conjunction. (The Pluto-Uranus square is very much a part of this aspect.) This quality has existed in varying degrees and emphases since June of 2013, and it gradually devolves into a sense of loss and deceptions and a lack of clarity about our ultimate purpose and destiny between now and February 2014, when this quality dissipates. Here is the sense of the painful, unanswerable questions and of the difficult internal tensions that go with it. Here is the tendency to avidly waltz down the rosy path of idealism until we realize we've been cutting ourselves on the thorns and that we need to take better care of ourselves by slowing down, watching and waiting, looking and feeling, and breathing. Here is the sense of loss that we really don't know what we're doing or what we're about. Imagine allowing our bodies to sway with minimal resistance while standing in a pool of waving water. Sometimes it helps to just breath into our emotions and into those parts of our bodies that the questions seem to emanate or reflect from. Breathing in this way allows the resistances arising from our needing things to be a certain way to melt within us. This brings us peace and the sense that all can be right with the world, that we just need to wait and allow ourselves to see the various perspectives that present themselves, like gazing at an underwater landscape.

Another way that Neptune could have presented its influence recently is through our embracing of artistic pursuits, either as a spectator or as a participant, and usually both. We have been learning, playing, and achieving enhanced levels of ability with these artistic activities that attract us.

The aspect pattern that this interpretation is derived from is fairly complex. I've drawn a pictorial diagram of it for those of us who can interpret the symbols, so that we may contemplate it further and draw even more understanding from it. In addition, the chart of the Full Moon is also provided. I've presented the diagram and horoscope chart on my website front page within the Full Moon discussion there.

One thing to be aware of when reading an interpretation of a current horoscope is that the interpretation tends to be meaningful in a person's life when the horoscope directly aspects planets in a person's own natal or progressed horoscope. People without these horoscope aspects tend to relate less with the interpretations.

A stand-alone aspect pattern in the current horoscope is the Sun Moon opposition and the Sun-Moon semi-square aspect to Venus (45 and 135 degrees, respectively). This represents an inner pull within all parties to draw back from some of the pushing and pulling in their relationships in order to relate from different perspectives than the ones currently espoused. Not that the parties are quite capable of this, just that there is a significant desire to do so. This influence can either be harnessed to bring the relationship to new levels, or it can be pushed against like the attempt to keep a ship on course during a strong wind coming obliquely from one side. In any case, the Full Moon itself is about expending the energy to manage all of the competing priorities, the various passions, and the narrow-minded urges to action. It's about taking a good look at what's important in our relationships and guiding each quality and each participant to only have their appropriate places in our lives.

Remember to not let difficulties keep you sad and depressed for long. Life is full of difficulties, but there's lots of sweetness, too. We need all of the flavors to create a good experience, like enjoying a good soup!

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