Autumn Equinox and a New Sense of Self at the Libran Full Moon

Mercury’s move into Pisces on the 16th of March means that verbal energy tends to be inspired by flexibility and the power of synthesis. Even so, reason and the power of discrimination can be clouded by confusion. Compassion is highlighted and communication can be perceived on more than one level. Fire and air are on the ascent, change is in the air and with all the planets moving direct its full steam ahead with change and a new energy.

The Astrological New Year, also known in Australia as the Autumn Equinox, is the point in the year when day and night are equal in length. It is said that the veil between the worlds is thin at this important balance point between the dark and the light. It occurs with the entry of the Sun into the first degree of Aries at 8:37pm on Saturday the 20th of March. The starting point of the zodiac is associated with action and initiation and sets the tone for the year. Venus is very close to the Sun at this equinox. It will move into Aries on the 22nd of March, bringing impulsivity and enthusiasm into our affections. Shortly afterwards, on the 26th of March, Venus and the Sun join forces creating a Venus star point and marking the beginning of a new Venus cycle.

The Full Moon occurs at 4:48am on Monday the 29th of March at the 9th degree of Libra, which is characterised as Three Old Masters Hanging in a Special Room in an Art Gallery Sometimes They Seem to Speak to Each Other. This references the need to return to source during a confused search for new values in a chaotic society. The great moments of the collective past become an inspiration for new, yet sound beginnings. This is a time of putting things back in balance. Full Moons which position the Sun and the Moon as opposite energies are always about relationship, and this one opposes the Sun in Aries connected with pioneering self-assertion, to the Moon in Libra concerned with harmony in relationship. Venus the ruler of Libra is exactly opposite the Libran Full Moon and sharing the ninth degree of Libra with both the Sun and Chiron. This can be profoundly healing time for relationships with the self and can unearth for transformation negative patterns in how we relate to others. 2020 will have taught us something important about ourselves and now is the time to step into a new sense of self.

There’s a lot of energy at this Full Moon which is supported by a Grand Trine also involving Saturn in Aquarius and Mars in close proximity to the North Node in Gemini. With communication central to the agenda, it will be important to also translate words into action. This is a very personal energy and could be a turning point in getting to what you need in a relationship, both in your relationship to self and with others. It may include revelations about independence, with our need for conflict resolution also among the menu choices.

Gillian Dwyer is a Melbourne astrologer Agent 25 of the C*I*A and frequent participant at Kundalini House