Moonletter March – April 2021
By Ben Belinsky
Welcome to the Moonletter for the forthcoming mooncycle beginning on 13th March 2021 with the new moon in Pisces, and spanning the full moon in Libra on 28th March 2021.
New Moon in Pisces 13 March
Pisces is a water sign and water is all about feeling. Since the beginning of the year we’ve gone through the structural and procedural concerns of Capricorn, the experimental ideas of Aquarius with the Lunar new year, now it’s time for the sun to go through the last sign of the zodiac before the renewal of the spring equinox (in the northern hemisphere).
As the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces sums up all that has gone before. In fact, it contains all the characteristics of the other signs, with its ability to morph, to change role, and to tune in and empathise with anyone whatever their situation. This ability is like a superpower that can emulate any other sign.
The new moon in Pisces on 13th March is backed up by Neptune, the ruler of Pisces and Venus, traditionally exalted in this sign. Neptune reminds us that we are all connected through spirit: humans, animals, plants and planet. Venus is more personal, concerned with harmony and balance in relationships.
To be connected, to feel everyone’s joys and pains. That could be overwhelming at any time but in these times with so many challenges… There are those of us of course who need to become more sensitive and aware of others. There are those of us who are too wide open and just cannot involve in what is going on in the world. There are others of us who transform all this into positive action with whatever strength and skills we have. And there are those of us who need to be discriminating, to handle what we can and to tune out from what is too painful. And there are those of us who just need to look after our own wellbeing, physically, emotionally, spiritually.
Full Moon in Libra – 28 March
Powerful healing energies around this full moon with Chiron and Venus exactly conjunct the sun in Aries – and I mean exactly to the degree – and because it’s a full moon, exactly opposite the moon in Libra.
According to some astrologers that I’ve been reading, Chiron’s transits through the sign of Aries (every 50 years or so) seem to be associated with waves of feminism or to put it another way, a time of rebalancing of energies between female and male. That’s interesting from the point of view that the Aries – Libra axis is a polarity between the male planet Mars, ruler of Aries and the female planet Venus ruler of Libra – an ongoing process of dynamic rebalancing rather than a zero-sum game of winners and losers.
At the full moon, Venus, the planet of love, relationships and beauty is in Aries conjunct Chiron, the wounded healer. This concerns our relationships, our sense of what it means to be female or male, bearing in mind that women also have the so-called male planet Mars in their charts just as men have Venus the so-called female planet in theirs.
Also, at the time of the full moon, the moon in Libra is part of a glorious grand trine (equilateral triangle of planets) in air signs – moon in Libra, Mars in Gemini, Saturn in Aquarius. Ideas and discussions abound.
However, the Mercury Neptune conjunction in Pisces suggests that very sensitive listening is required, and the unaspected Pluto is a reminder that this is not about ‘who has the power’ but rather mutual empowerment.
There are lots of festivals at this time of year. The Spring Equinox on March 21st this year is Nowruz, the Persian new year, also celebrated by Kurds, Zoroastrians and Baha’is in many countries from Kosovo to Kazakhstan – an estimated 300 million people! As well as the flowers (tulips and hyacinths) and the food, the centrepiece of the celebration is a bowl of wheat grass symbolising the new growth.
Then at the full moon, the Jewish festival of Passover (aka Pesach) begins. This is a week-long festival that celebrates the story of the exodus when the prophet Moses led the Children of Israel out of Egypt and the ending of their slavery. The word Passover refers to the time when the angel of death passed over the houses of the Jews. The festival begins with a special ceremonial meal with songs and prayers. This year of course it will, like last year have to be virtual.
The picture on the left is from a Haggadah, the book used at the meal that tells the story of the exodus. This Haggadah was illustrated by Arthur Szyk in Poland in 1934-36. It shows a family at a traditional Passover meal.
The Passover meal was also the last supper, the last time that Jesus and his disciples got together before the betrayal, trial, crucifixion, entombment and resurrection that are commemorated in the festival of Easter. Orthodox Christians (for example in Greece, Armenia and Russia) celebrate Easter a month later.
The painting on the right is by Pietro Lorenzetti from 1320. It shows Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem on a donkey. As a man of peace, he rides a donkey while a king would have ridden a horse. This day is celebrated as Palm Sunday marking the beginning of Holy Week.
Then in India on 29th March, there is the 2-day Hindu festival of Holi. The first day is for bonfires, the second is a joyful celebration of the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil. Everyone, old and young gets involved in the street festivals throwing coloured powders.
Go well and stay well
Key Dates this month:
|New Moon in Pisces
|Daylight savings time begins in USA and Canada
|Irish celebrate St Patricks Day
|Sun enters Aries Spring equinox
|Nowruz, New Year for Iranians, Zoroastrians, Bahais and Kurds
|Full moon in Libra
|Daylight Savings time begins in UK and Europe
|Jews begin week-long celebration of Pesach (Passover)
|Christians celebrate Palm Sunday beginning of Holy Week
|Hindus celebrate Holi
|Christians celebrate Good Friday
|Christians celebrate Easter Sunday
|New moon in Aries
|Moslems begin Fast of Ramadan