Monday, 17 March 2014

17 March

At 0:46 on 17 March 2014, the Moon enters Libra. This is the final stage of the Full Moon leading to the next phase, the Disseminating Moon. The Full Moon is an active and highly charged moment. It represents the apex of the lunar cycle. Its function is to bring balance. The aim of the final part of the Full Moon as it moves in Libra, is to allow this balance to take place through release and forgiveness. With the Sun in Pisces and the Moon in Libra energy may involve the sphere of relationships, triggering the imagination with romantic and exotic fantasies. The risk is to fall in love with the fantasies, losing sight of the reality of our relationships. The test here is to see the difference between fantasy and reality. If you say "I love you", or even "I will love you forever" to someone, are you referring to someone or to your fantasy about someone? The answer may come later, yet much earlier than eternity. Hence before making lofty promises, it would perhaps be better to wait a bit, at least one lunar cycle...

"If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only.
Do not say, "I love her for her smile—her look—her way
Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day"—
For these things in themselves, Belovèd, may
Be changed, or change for thee—and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry:
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love's sake, that evermore
Thou mayst love on, through love's eternity."

(Elizabeth Barrett Browning, born with Sun in Pisces and Moon in Libra)

Image: "Passionate encounter" by Frederick Goodall, born on 17 March 1822, British painter.
© Franco Santoro, 
17 March is St Patrick's Day.
Here are some prayers of protection attributed to St Patrick.
"I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun
Brilliance of moon
Splendor of fire
Speed of lightning
Swiftness of wind
Depth of sea
Stability of earth
Firmness of rock."
"I arise today, through
God's strength to pilot me,
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's host to save me."

"Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me."

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