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Full Moon of Deception & Pluto Turns

Posted by Lauren on April 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Due to an obscure configuration (with Venus and Neptune) known as Thor’s Hammer, this Full Moon on the 6th brings our innermost fantasies and delusion out into the light of day.  People are not who or what you thought they were; the image that you are trying to promote to the world proves to be unsustainable and unrealistic.  This is a mummer’s play, and it’s time to take off the mask, and stop the role playing, whether it’s as Don Juan, the seductress, the con artist or the victim... look at where you have not been fully honest with yourself or others, or where you have allowed yourself to be seduced into complacency.


If you’ve been tolerating a fairy tale, or promoting some sort of fantasy of your own, you will no longer be able to ignore the deception, or keep up the farce, as the masks fall away.  If you feel deceived, perhaps your expectations were just a little too unrealistic and off base.  Or it was something that you simply preferred not to look at.  A comfortable lie is easier than an uncomfortable truth.  Now it’s time to remove the rose colored lenses, and wake up to the reality of the situation.  And it may not be what you thought it was.


Delusions of grandeur make me feel a lot better about myself. ~ Jane Wagner


If you’ve been the one trying to create an illusion based on smoke and mirrors, then you will no longer be able to keep up the pretense.  Even if you think that you’ve been doing so for a good reason, or for the good of all concerned, it will be difficult to maintain the subterfuge under the rays of the Full Moon in Libra.  


This Libra (partnership, Harmonia) Full Moon falls in the wake of a Venus/Neptune square, within the signs of Gemini (communications, agreements, gossip, news) and Pisces (delusion, masks, illusion, deception, disappointment, disillusion and loss).   It’s easy to want to believe the fantasy under Venus/Neptune, because this is the weather of glamour, romance, fairy tales, and the over-willingness to sacrifice what you wish to be true, for something that you really really want to be true, even at the expense of common sense, and perhaps your wallet as well.  


Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes. ~ Don Marquis

The artist's concept above shows the Pluto system from the surface of one of the candidate moons. The other members of the Pluto system are just above the moon's surface. Pluto is the large disk at center, right. Charon, the system's only confirmed moon, is the smaller disk to the right of Pluto. The other candidate moon is the bright dot on Pluto's far left.~

Next Tuesday, Pluto will station retrograde in Capricorn, readdressing our need to face our inner doubts, fears, weaknesses, old festering wounds... those things that are undermining our strength and stability.  It will become evident that some things may need to be fixed, or rehabilitated, in the area of your chart that Pluto is turning.  Doing this important work, will allow you to grow and become more powerful.  More stable.  This needs watching this year, for shortly after Pluto will station direct again next September, Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, enters Pluto’s sign of Scorpio, creating a mutual reception (traveling in each other’s signs).  This will just fortify, make it more possible, create the circumstances that will lead to rehabilitation, rebuilding and rebirthing.  There is a lot of work ahead of us over the next few years.  But first we need to identify what those weaknesses are, and see what we can do about them.  


For the week of April 6th thru April 13th, be sure to read your Rising Sign as well:



The Full Moon can bring to light some old injury, an illness, weakness that distracts you and keeps you from being able to fully enjoy the pleasure of Venus’ recent transit into Gemini... at least at first.  It’s kind of hard to dance with gout, or enjoy luncheon with friends when the ‘gastric intolerances‘ rear their heads.  Thank goodness Mars stations direct on the 14th!  In the mean time, next week could bring a change in the routine or schedule that proves to be quite fun.  Say yes, even if your knees are acting up.   As Pluto turns, and over the next several months, you are being given the opportunity to explore and pursue what it is, who it is, that you truly wish to be, and what role you want to play... and also what it is that is standing in the way of your being able to accomplish all that.



As Venus moved into Gemini, your first reaction is that all is doom and gloom in the financial department, or that someone is trying to take advantage of you, as you try to figure out how the hell you’re going to make ends meet.  This very well could be, but it might also be that you are not fully grasping the whole situation.  A sudden shift in circumstances could change your whole outlook by next week, so don’t dwell too long on what you have lost... look for creative solutions  and possibility instead.  As for Pluto, look for ways in which your beliefs, or your world view, prevent you from being open to other possibilities.  You may not think of yourself as being overly conventional, or prejudiced in any way, but circumstances may arise to reflect how your fixed view of people or the world, is limiting you in some way. Pay attention.  You may have some revising to do.



Venus being in your sign is truly going to be awesome.  Especially now that Mercury is finally direct again.  Phew!  However, you are going to have to get past the initial ‘disappointment’, or dread that comes to light with the Full Moon.  The Mars/Neptune energy which is being triggered at the Full Moon can be like the art of T’ai chi, which is defined as an internal martial arts.  It’s about finding ways to master yourself internally, so that when things do occur, you have the deftness and ability to move and go with the flow, instead of succumbing to circumstances.  Pluto is a symbol of death, and as such has a strong association with the idea of impermanence.  This is something for Gemini to meditate on over the next several months.  As Christmas Humphries said: “Life is a bridge, therefore build no house on it.”  It is also the planet of rebirth.  As such, you are going to come to terms with what needs to be let go of, what needs to be purged, in order to be reborn anew.



Letting go of the past is not an easy thing for Cancer to do.  But clinging to the past, or dwelling on what could have or should have been are just so many pipe dreams.  Lovely as they may have been.  It will be hard for you to fully take advantage of the wonderful creative opportunities that are presenting themselves to you now, if you are still living in your last great hey day.  It’s time to look forward, not back!  Take those talents, what you have learned, and apply them to your present circumstances.  In a new light.  And if this means change... embrace it.  The interesting thing about Pluto stationing in Capricorn, for Cancer, has to do with your relationship with power and powerful people and how much influence they have in your life.  Sometimes the easiest way to take the fangs out of others is by taking the focus off of them and back on to yourself.   As J. K. Rowling said, “When you have seen as much of life as I have, you will not underestimate the power of obsessive love.”  Or obsessive anything for that matter.



When you fall in love with a person from another culture, place, or belief system, you have to ask yourself what it is that you are falling in love with?  Is it the individual, or the mysterious exotic nature of their language, culture and viewpoint?  One morning you wake up, and you realize that Didier is just Bob in nicely tailored wrappings.  We can be just as infatuated with ideas as we are with people. And then we wake up to the bad breath, bed hair and pillow creases in our cheeks, of the illusion that once was.  Looking ahead in the Pluto scheme of things, look at ways that you can rebuild or rehabilitate your health over the year ahead.  Whether that means changing your diet, addressing debilitating habits, facing the ways that you psychologically undermine yourself, or embarking on an exercise regimen, it’s about literally facing what needs to be fixed, and fixing it.



This Full Moon is really about acceptance.  It’s about knowing those things that you do have control over, and accepting those things that you simply don’t, and letting them go.  This is about the serenity prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.  If this were a perfect world then wishes could come true, and fairies would tell you their secrets.  But alas...  the only one or thing you can actually control is yourself, your own thoughts and your own motives.  As Pluto stations retrograde in Capricorn it’s time to honestly face old wounds and obsessions, and where you are creating frustrating blocks, by an inability to simply let go.  It’s time to knead out the scar tissue, in order to allow the creative juices to flow again.  A painful process, but well worth it in the end.  



For those Librans who are traveling this weekend, don’t drink the water, and pay attention to what you are eating... then go out and enjoy yourself!  Venus in Gemini weather is a time for Libra to shine, despite feeling a little miffed over the Full Moon. This will soon pass.  As for Pluto’s work?  There is an old saying: “It is easier to build up a child than it is to repair an adult.”  Don’t you wish someone told that to your parents when you were born?  Well, the ball is in your court now, and whatever inhibitions, whatever wounds inflicted on you in your youth need to be honestly explored.  Look to see what doubts and fears are undermining your effectiveness in the world and see what you can do to heal those old wounds.  It really comes down to believing in yourself.  Think of this as your new mantra for the next several months: “I can do this!”



If things are not working out as well as you had hoped, perhaps you had raised the bar just a little too high.  Pay attention at this Full Moon tide as to where you had mis-judged, or allowed yourself to be misled by your own fantasies and hopes.  Your ruler Mars will be dancing with illusory Neptune all month, and perhaps the best way to manage this weather is found through the discipline of T’ai Chi, the art of internal martial arts.  Focusing the mind on the movements of the T’ai chi forms helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity, and opens the various circulatory channels.  So you can achieve a similar result through skillful, focused movement.  Your co-ruler, Pluto, stations in Capricorn this week, showing you where you need to go deeper mentally and psychologically.  Healing, revelation, and a whole new perspective arises through deep, concentrated mental work, that addresses even the most taboo and/or occult subjects.  Leave no stone unturned in your quest.



Partnerships really will improve and grow with Venus now in Gemini, although at first it certainly won’t feel like it.  Especially if the Full Moon does its work.  If you are feeling disappointed in others, perhaps even betrayed or confused... the key is to realize that your partner, your loved ones, simply want to be happy.  And though at first it may seem that their happiness is canceling yours out, or is based on some fantasy... take a moment just to walk in the other person’s shoes... and let things be.  Don’t dwell there.  Gears are shifting this week.  A change of scene will bring excitement and fun.  Therefore, look forward to the week ahead and focus on that!  As for Pluto, the next several months are an opportunity to honestly explore your financial circumstances, and coming to terms with the fact that things are not what they used to be.  There’s a new paradigm emerging, with a whole new set of rules.  See what you need to do to accept that and/or adjust.



If anyone is going to be feeling Pluto rolling around in his lair this week, it will be Capricorn.  Especially those Capricorns born between December 27th and January 2nd, (approx. 7-11° of Capricorn rising), although I dare say you will all be feeling the shift.  Capricorn is very resistant to change, however Pluto is about necessity.  It’s an evolutionary process that unfolds from within, and can’t be avoided.  Like puberty.  And at some point Capricorn comes to realize that they have outgrown their current circumstances in some way.  They have outgrown their shell, and need to find a better fit, a better healthier body, lifestyle, environment, life.  But in order to do so, you first have to be willing to let go of the old shell, the old habits, those things that you have become accustomed to, and are familiar with, but no longer fit, and like too-small, or worn out shoes are causing a hell of a lot of blisters.  



What at first comes as a profound sense of confusion and disillusionment in the wake of the Full Moon, evolves into a week of unexpected fun, and dare I say, laughter?  So don’t dwell on the negative news, whatever deceptions may be revealed, or disappointments... these will soon be so negligible in the general scheme of things this week.  You are going to be reminded of what is truly important in life, what makes your heart sing... the key to joy and happiness.  And that just trumps everything.  Could even be some good news this coming week.  As for the Pluto work to come, with Pluto in the previous sign to Aquarius, this is like the weakest place to have any transiting planet.. because it’s where we seem to have the least control, in the subconscious mind.  What this is about is being willing to face those tendencies, habits and aspects of your inner makeup that are holding you back, undermining you, and preventing you from growing.  Secrets, wounds, pain, compulsions, all have to be faced within the labyrinth, a difficult process, but an important one, in order to unburden yourself of unwanted and crippling psychic baggage.  



It may feel like you are losing control, or that the fabric of your life is becoming loosely undone.  You cannot blame yourself entirely for not seeing that one coming, whatever that thing is... perhaps you weren’t as vigilant as you should have been, but things are not quite as bad as they initially seem.  And the world not quite as harsh.  As the month ensues, you will come to appreciate the concept of T’ai chi, or the art of internal martial artistry.  Like dance movements, this is about finding healing and serenity through the skillful focus and concentration on the T’ai chi forms.  If you can achieve this inner calm, even the most earth shattering of events can be negotiated.  As for Pluto, look in the area of your friendships and associations over the next year... which are working and helping you to grow, and which are undermining you in some way through power plays or jealousy.... and how you can grow your network, your influence, without having to compromise your integrity.  






Categories: Lunations, Thor's Hammer, Pluto

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