The big cosmic event this week is a total lunar eclipse in Libra, also known as a Blood Moon, on Saturday 4th April 2015. This beautiful oddity, one of four in a series of total lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015, activates the waning energy of the Pluto Uranus square one last time before it completes its transformative work in mid May.
The Sun conjunct Uranus in Aries is a fiery, rebellious, free loving adventurer and squaring this we have the controlled, almost tyrannical energy of Pluto in Capricorn. The Moon in Libra, our emotional nature, begs for everyone to get along! At the same time, Jupiter is still trine with Uranus, though separating, and forms a lovely sextile to the Moon, helping to harmonise these conflicting energies.
With the Sun in independent, self-orientated Aries and the Moon in cooperative, relational Libra this eclipse highlights the compromises that must be made between our own needs and those of others in order to live happily and productively.
Eclipses are traditionally said to portend unpleasant events such as wars, famine, disease and other nasties, with a lunar eclipse in Libra said to bring bad weather, high winds and religious controversy, among other unfortunate events! Modern astrology looks at things a little less literally, observing the way various cosmic events catalyse the evolutionary process on both the personal and societal levels. In this paradigm a lunar eclipse is seen as a potent ending, as well as a new beginning.
Lunar eclipses can be highly emotional times and this one is unlikely to be the exception. With the Moon in opposition to Uranus emotions are likely to be very volatile – don’t be surprised if you find yourself in tears or in conflict with a person you love. With the Moon squaring Pluto this will be especially likely where you feel someone is trying to control or dominate you.
However a little self assertion may not be a bad thing. This lunar eclipse in Libra is an opportunity to bring into the light any resentment or unspoken hurt that has been undermining our primary relationships. It is a chance to start over and to find the balance between our personal needs and the needs of others.
So what does the Lunar Eclipse in Libra mean for you?
For many this lunar eclipse will have no more impact than a feeling of awe as you watch the jaguar eat the Moon, as traditional Inca people believed. But if you have planets or points (e.g. Ascendent or Mid Heaven) at 12 to 16 degrees of any sign you may find this eclipse packs more of a punch. This will be particularly likely where the planets in question are in cardinal signs, that is Capricorn, Aries, Libra or Cancer.
If you’re one of the few who will be heavily affected by the lunar eclipse in Libra you should also take a look at your chart to see which house the eclipse will fall in. You will probably find it’s in this area of your life that you will experience a brief darkness, followed closely by renewed energy and clarity. Check out this brief mini lesson for an outline of each house and what it stands for.
The lunar eclipse in Libra will be visible from most parts of North and South America, Asia, Eastern Australia and New Zealand. It will last for about 3 1/2 hours with the Moon totally eclipsed for about 5 minutes. If you’re keen to watch here’s a handy chart showing the times for all countries where the lunar eclipse in Libra will be visible.
This lunar eclipse in Libra is the third in a series of four total lunar eclipses that occur in 2014 and 2015. This is a fairly rare phenomena. The final total lunar eclipse will occur on 28th September 2015. Have you noticed any interesting shifts in your life during these lunar eclipses? Please share your thoughts below.
The beautiful painting of a Lunar Eclipse is by artist Robin Samiljan.