As Aphrodite, she tips the scales toward riot and wild revelry, as a lusty and ... As the serene beauty Venus, she tips the balance in the other direction, toward ...
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Slide 1:Libra Full Moon
For those of you who are not familiar with esoteric philosophy – or do not know it well – I will remind you that all is energy. Thus you should simply relax and try to feel the energy rather then concern yourself with knowing all of the words. During the lecture you can ask questions if you wish. After the meditation we will gather for coffee/tea and you may also ask questions.
Slide 3:Why are we here?
The time of the full moon is a time of celebration. We celebrate the energy of the SUN. The reason is that when the Moon is full it is the furthest from the Sun, thus the Sun’s energy is the strongest. Thus we celebrate the energy of the Sun through meditation and reflection.
Slide 4:Why are we here?
The time of the full moon there is a direct alignment between the energy of the sign the sun is in and the affairs of the sign the moon is in. Sun - Libra - the pause to weigh, choose, decide Moon - Aries - benefits the next beginning
Slide 5:Libra Presentation
The Sign of Libra The Labours of Hercules The Full Moon Chart - Short Break - Meditation - Short Break - Coffee/Tea - discussion
Slide 6:The Sign of Libra
Slide 7:Which sign is the Sun in?
The Sun is in Libra. And which sign is the Moon in? The Moon is in Aries. The exact full moon is Wednesday, September 26th at 3:45 PM EDT
Slide 8:Who’s a Libra?
Slide 9:But I’m not a Libra!
I expect some in the room do not have their Sun in Libra. Still, you may have another planet - or the Moon - in Libra. And even if you do not the Libra energy will still affect you - and, perhaps, as importantly those around you.
Slide 10:But I’m not a Libra! For example:
From October 3, 1942 to December 24, 1955 Neptune was in Libra From September 28, 1968 to November 21, 1974 Uranus was in Libra From October 5, 1971 to November 5, 1983 Pluto was in Libra
Slide 11:The Astrological Symbol for Libra
Libra is represented by a pair of scales - the only sign to be represented by an inanimate object. All of the others are either humans or animals. This says something about the Libra objective - to be fair and balanced in everything in a detached way - it is an air sign and therefore seeks an ideal.
Slide 12:The Astrological Glyph for Libra
An interesting combination of the circle of spirit with the crescent to almost close the circle. And this above parallel horizontal lines, representing almost a separation from matter, above and below.
Slide 13:Libra Constellation
Slide 14:Libra Constellation
Slide 15: Mythology of Libra
The mythology of Libra revolves around the golden scales under the control of Venus Aphrodite. This goddess has a dual personality, noted in her two names. As Aphrodite, she tips the scales toward riot and wild revelry, as a lusty and sensual seductress of both gods and men. As the serene beauty Venus, she tips the balance in the other direction, toward peace and happiness.
Slide 16:Libra More …
Libra is also associated with the fall equinox where day and night are the same. And it is associated with the final harvest of the season. From Aries to Virgo we work on our inner self. We grow. Then in Libra we reap what we have sown by going out into the world.
Slide 17:Energy - Preface
The difficulty in mentioning the energy of any particular sign is that each of us has many energies influencing us. One energy is certainly the sun sign we are born in, but there are many other energies. Some of these would be the other astrological elements, our karmic history, our rays, our heritage, etc. And then to confuse the issue more there is the energies of the transiting and progressed planets.
Slide 18:Energy - Preface
Additionally there is no “best” or “worst” energy. There is no “good” or “bad” energy - as there are no “good” or “bad” tools - or as, for example, electricity is not “good” or “bad”. In astrology we refer to the energies associated with the planets, houses, signs, and relationships between them as “non-challenging” or “challenging”.
Slide 19:Libra Energy
Librans are doers. In spite of their need to be liked, and reluctance to face confrontations, they are surprisingly strong-willed. They set out to accomplish their goals and will find ways to succeed one way or another, usually by using their wit and charm. The “iron fist in a velvet glove” approach is one key to their success.
Slide 20:Libra Energy
Librans react to everything they experience in life with an intellectual orientation. Before they take physical action, before they assess the practical worth of something, and before they sort out their true emotions, they try to visualize it objectively as a kind of mental exercise. It would be a mistake to believe they lack passion. They can be outrageous flirts and true romantics. Their passion is not apt to be sustained however, if their interest in someone does not include intellectual rapport as well as physical attraction.
Slide 21:What do we know about Libra?
Libra is the 7th sign of the zodiac. The first six signs represent man's attention turned inward to understand and develop his individuality and position in the cosmos. The rest of the signs represent his attention turned outward to humanity as a whole.
Slide 22:What do we know about Libra?
Libra is not merely the sign of partnership, it is the sign of other people in general. To attain the understanding man seeks in Libra, there must be a compromise between the passion and the intellect. The physical world must come to terms with the nonphysical world. The objectivity of judgment needed for these tasks is characteristic of the Libran temperament. Libra is the balance between the individual and society.
Slide 23:Libra Non-Challenging Energies
Idealistic Easy-going Affectionate Sincere Expressive Stylish Well-balanced Good Mediator Sociable Romantic Artistic Creative Charming Diplomatic Communicative Absolutely Fabulous
Slide 24:Libra Challenging Energies
Escapist Flirtatious Easily influenced Gossipy Style Slave Flighty Self-indulgent Over-bearing Extravagant Gullible Always undecided Narcissistic Impatient Intolerant of criticism Manipulative
Slide 25:Main Challenge
The main challenge, as with each of the astrology energies, is to use the energies in a positive way. To think above the belt. To be the enlightened being. To turn the challenging aspects into non-challenging ones.
Slide 26:The Exoteric Ruler is Venus
Libra appreciates the beauty of life with all its cultural advantages. Librans love to share their interests with someone close. Associated with the 5th Ray of Mind. God the Son. The Son of Mind. He who includes. Egoic consciousness. Intellect to Intuition.
Slide 27:The Esoteric Ruler is Uranus
In Libra the pacesetter is progressive in his decisions. What must be dealt with is done justly with progress in mind. Here is the awakening of the other self to beauty, to idealism, and to intuition. Associated with the 7th Ray of Ceremonial magic. God the Father. He who relates. The Source of Duality. He who perceives the end from the beginning. Spiritual consciousness.
Slide 28:The Hierarchical Ruler is Saturn
It brings to the manifestation of mankind and to the various hierarchies involved, a point of crisis to which the clue and the outcome lies in the recognition of balance. Associated with the 3rd Ray of Active Intelligence. God the Holy Spirit. He who knows. Mind. Human Consciousness.
Slide 29:Ray Rulers for Libra
We thus have: Saturn - Ray 3 - Instinct to Intellect Venus - Ray 5 - Intellect to Intuition Uranus - Ray 7 - Intuition to Inspiration For this reason - founded on the above triple relationship - Libra is the “point of balance” in the zodiac and without a “point of crisis”.
Slide 30:Who are some Libras?
F. Scott Fitsgerald Barbara Walters Bridgette Bardot Enrico Fermi Annie Besant Julie Andrews, Groucho Marx, Mahatma Gandhi, Rutherford Hayes, Richard Gordon, Neils Bohr, Heinrich Himmler, R. D. Laing, Desmond Tutu, Charles Jayne, Eleanor Roosevelt, Aleister Crowley, Dwight Eisenhower, E. E. Cummings, C. Everett Koop, Arthur Schlesinger, Friedrich Nietzsce, Evel Knievel, Jess Helms, George C. Scott, etc.
Slide 31:The Labours of Hercules
Slide 32:The Labours of Hercules
The Labours of Hercules is a book by Alice Bailey written in 1936 wherein Hercules needs to complete 12 tasks – one in each sign. Each sign represents a different aspect of man’s development. This the story of the individual Christ, crucified upon the cross of matter, and incarnated in each human being, God, incarnate in matter.
Slide 33:The Labour in Libra
The Labour of Hercules in Libra is both a sad and a funny story. His challenge in this sign is to capture a wild boar. Before he begins he is told to take time to eat. In Libra we must learn to balance activity with rest, to feed our physical, emotional and mental bodies so that they will carry us through our tasks in life. Hercules is given a new bow and arrow to use in this Labour, but he refuses it, remembering the sad end of the Labour in the previous sign Virgo in which he wrongly killed the Queen of the Amazons. So in Libra he is unarmed and must rely upon his wit.
Slide 34:Hercules completes his task
On his way up the mountain hunting the boar, Hercules meets two centaur friends. They invite him to drink wine with them, from a cask which actually belongs to the whole group of centaurs. (Librans are party animals!) While Hercules and his friends are drinking and enjoying themselves, the rest of the centaurs discover them and a fierce battle ensues. During the fight Hercules kills his two friends. He escapes to the mountains in dismay, and continues his quest for the boar. Finally Hercules sets a snare for it, and at dawn when the boar comes out to find food, it falls into the trap. Although unarmed, Hercules finds an ingenious way to subdue the boar: He picks it up by its hind legs and ‘wheelbarrows’ it down the mountain, laughing as he goes!
Slide 35:Where’s the balance?
Libra is the sign of balance, of finding the mid-point between extremes. The key phrase for Libra is “I choose the way which leads between the two great lines of force.” Carousing with the centaurs, Hercules goes to extremes: First he fully indulges his animal nature drinking the wine. Then he kills his friends in a complete ‘mortification’ or rejection of his animal instincts. Finally in this Labour Hercules discovers the ‘middle way’, using his knowledge and experience of the animal nature to trap the boar when it comes out for food, and then by manoeuvring the animal before him on its own legs to get it down the mountain. This quirky, inventive solution shows the power of Uranus in action. Uranus (esoteric ruler of Libra) is the spark of intuition or inspiration that grounds the creative new idea.
Slide 36:Hercules Comments
In Libra we swing between the opposites and make relationship between the two. Libra rules sex and money. Money is a medium of exchange. Sex is the at-one-ment of the two opposites male and female. Venus (the exoteric ruler of Libra) is the planet of relationship and also rules money and resources. Libra is about justice and the law. The scales of justice balance all sides of a case with wise determination before pronouncing judgment. Saturn represents Earthly law. On a planetary level this is a time when changes to the justice system could take place to align human or Earthly law with heavenly law. In our own lives we might take a close look at the laws we live by. Are we following the Spirit of the Law in our everyday lives? Libra is also the sign of Decision – despite the fact that Librans are often known for their indecisiveness! In your life are you at a ‘crossroads’ where you must decide your next step; the future direction of your path? The Grand Cross symbolises a ‘crossroads’. Use your best judgement of head and heart, and then take the leap!
Slide 37:Hercules Comments
Humanity itself is the ‘crossroads point’ between heaven and earth. It is always a juggling act keeping the two in balance. In a way we are that which keeps heaven and earth separate, and in a way we are that which keeps them together.
Slide 38:Virgo Full Moon
Full Moon Wednesday, September 26, 2007 3:45 PM EDT Scorpio Full Moon Friday, October 26, 2007 12:53 AM EDT Scorpio Full Moon Meditation Thursday, October 25, 2007 7:00 PM EDTSun - Moon Mars - Pluto Oppositions Sun opposite Moon indicates times when we have a hard time separating their egos from our emotions - but we have this every full moon and is thus the state for everyone. Mars opposite Pluto indicates times when we are often confronted with renewal or renovation in some form. These are times mankinds’ needs to develop inner resourcefulness and whatever intellectual or physical skills we possess in order to meet the challenges in life. A constant frustration may be in having to always deal with what is irrelevant in order to be allowed to deal with what is relevant. Sun - Mars - Moon - Pluto Grand Square Sun square Mars indicates times of confrontation and aggression. Unnecessary competitiveness and impatience are often the reasons for disasters. Moon square Mars indicates times of success because of energetic and tireless perseverance. If we try ten things, maybe only one will work, but in the end that one thing will be what matters. Sun - Mars - Moon - Pluto Grand Square Sun square Pluto indicates those who are constantly running into situations which call for the use of all their resources. Sometimes they are unwilling to give up one thing to gain another and, in these situations, they lose more often than they win. Moon square Pluto indicates those who may have the unfortunate habit of outsmarting themselves. They are apt to have analytical ability and keen perceptiveness but those traits can sometimes get in the way. Mercury - Mars Trine Mercury - Pluto Sextile Mercury trine Mars indicates intellectual and com-municative energy and enthusiasm. This could see the breaking of new ground. - either in an aspect of Libra (balance, writing, law) or Gemini (organizing, disseminating, creation of ideas). Mercury sextile Pluto would suggest keen perceptions and analytical abilities - again either in an aspect of Libra or Sagittarius. The last time Pluto was in Sagittarius (1749-1762) we had the Enlightenment with great advances in scientific and political thought.
Slide 44:In our meditation this evening, let us visualise a common goal for humanity. Groups of men and women of goodwill bonding together to support right-human values. Let us use our magical powers of manifestation, and see this happen. Leaders and ordinary people alike, afire with goodwill and humanitarian vision, acting in concert for the good of mankind as a whole.
Slide 45:Seed Thought for Libra
I choose the Way that leads between the two great lines of force.