StarGarden MoonWatch for the Full Moon, October 6th, 2006

Hello Everyone,

II’m Maria Theresa Maggi, intuitive astrologer on KRFP in Moscow, Idaho and you’re listening to the StarGarden MoonWatch for the full moon of October 6, 2006.

The full moon this month is in the sign of Aries, the ram. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and marks the beginning of the seasonal year at the Spring Equinox. So when the moon is full in Aries during the Fall, we get to initiate a ripening of our partnerships, by acting on feelings that move us in the direction of finding better balance in all our relationships. Since Mars, the planet of affinity with Aries, joins the sun in its opposition to the moon, we may also find our partners speaking up in rather strident or assertive ways to express what they want. Or there may be a general feel of impatience in the air. Yet Venus, the planet of affinity with Libra, flanks the sun as well, and also opposes this full moon. So we will also be graced with the energy to approach partners in ways that please them, and bring a full balance to our intimate relationships. We may also be facing the ways in which we have hurt others with our selfishness, in particular by not acknowledging their own uniqueness or individual needs. Yet there will also be plenty of will and energy to reconcile those differences and imbalances if we are willing to face them.

Aries, as beginning point in the zodiac, represents the energy of youth  and the strength and initiative of the warrior. But with so many planets in Libra, the sign of balance, sitting opposite this full moon, there is great potential for the warrior in each of us to walk the path of peace, and to use his or her strength on behalf of a larger, less selfish social contract. So the next two weeks of this lunar cycle may bring us energy to work for our ideals with a new sense of cooperation, compassion and hope.  We can be inspired by the brave young service men and women who have refused to fight and are risking years of imprisonment to speak out against a war they believe is morally and spiritually wrong, as their bravery continues to take the form of laying down arms rather than taking them up. 1st Lieutenant Ehren Watada, the first officer to publicly refuse to serve in Iraq, was interviewed by Amy Goodman September 19 on Democracy Now.  The following excepts from this conversation, form part of his response to the latest charge against him,  “conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.” They are a shining example of the integrity an Aries moon can bring us when we put feeling into action that serves a greater good:

“The most important thing for me is that in our democracy, according to our constitution, one person, one man, cannot hold absolute power, hold himself above the law, including in actions in declaring war or waging war on another country. And it is my belief that in deceiving the American people, through which a majority of us now know to be true, the leaders of our country were violating their oath to this country and violating constitutional law. . .  I’m eternally grateful. . .there has been so much warm, encouraging. . . support from all over the country, all over the world and even within the military itself. . . that strengthens me, and it gives me more courage to do what I’m doing. Certainly I don't think anybody is ready for prison, but I feel it's a necessary sacrifice, if that's what it comes down to, and one that I’m willing to make . .  .to do whatever I can to bring democracy back to this country.”

Here are some suggestions for each of the sun signs for how to put unselfish feeling into personal action at this full moon:

Aries: You may be compelled to act on the feelings of a partner in a new and surprising way. The sudden airing of something you haven’t been able to explain may prompt you to new balance in your relationships.

Taurus: A partner may take an action toward self-transformation that has you rebalancing your own habits or compulsions in relationship. Or you could feel less cared for at home. Try to trust the new vision you are offered.

Gemini: A relationship at a distance or regarding a spiritual or legal principle could have you rebalancing the way you express yourself as you act on behalf of a group, a friend, or a child. Let unselfish ideals guide you.

Cancer: A feeling of independence in your work helps you balance your relationships at home. There is also a profound connection between your responsibility for a child or a project and the freedom to live your truth.

Leo: You could begin a new emotional journey educationally, legally or spiritually that makes you more aware of the purpose of balance in all your communications with others. Equality in partnership is the ideal goal.

Virgo:  You may be initiating a process of how to balance resources or finances and also help a group, friend or partner who needs it. Your own idea of partnership could shift toward greater detachment in the process.

Libra: You think it’s possible to create a win/win situation in a partnership and may be on fire to make that happen. Yet using the measured discipline of a structured plan or format could help this ideal change come to fruition.

Scorpio: The dissolution of something at home or a limiting situation out in the world can actually bring an opportunity to act from a place of opportunity and growth within yourself. Past attachments can be rebalanced.

Sagittarius: You may suddenly know a completely new way to express yourself with friends or in a group. Acting on this new knowledge could also help you talk about plans for the future with a partner or spouse.

Capricorn: You may feel a new emotional independence that rebalances your relationships in a very public way. Your detachment could dissolve, but that’s okay. Friends who understand support you.

Aquarius:  You may be impatient or headstrong about an educational or cooperative project with others. The tension between what you expect and what your own responsibility is forms a necessary learning curve.

Pisces:  You may want a partner to let you hold the reins where resources or values are concerned. You want the responsibility to learn to make decisions that benefit and strengthen the partnership for the future.

As we move along the broader arc of the eclipse cycles we just experienced in September, the theme of reversal continues. We continue to learn how our beliefs can shift our habitual behavior if we find the courage to take a step toward acting on what we believe is good for all of us. Army reservist Marshall Thompson, who spent a year in Iraq as a military journalist, joins the ranks of heroes like Lieutenant Watata, by planning a 500 mile walk across his home state Utah to protest the war and call for the immediate withdrawal of troops. His effort to stop the war, literally one step at a time, is called “A Solder’s Peace.” Thompson invites anyone to walk with him “one step at a time, about 20 miles a day,” “one day for every 100 soldiers that have died.” As he asserts in an interview with Amy Goodman on September 27, “. . this war is unjust. . the decision to go to war with Iraq was based on fear of something that hadn’t happened yet. And those are never good decisions. . .I would walk 500 miles for that. . I would walk 1,000 miles for that.” Similarly, Lieutenant Watada says that what gives him his strength is the opportunity to make a difference, and so “anything [he] can do to put a stop to this, to make things right,” [he’ll] do.” As the moon wanes in the next two weeks, let’s take courage from the example of these peaceful warriors that it is possible, even in the most seemingly intractable situations, to move toward a new beginning, even one step at a time, if we shine our lights, shed some light, and keep it light!

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