Beauty Will Save the World: Full Moon in Libra 16 April 2022, with forecasts for each sign of the zodiac

Walter Crane, The Renaissance of Venus, 1877 at Tate Museum (not on display)

“Is it true, Prince, that you once said ‘beauty’ would save the world?  Gentlemen,” he cried loudly to them all, “the prince insists that beauty will save the world!”

Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot, Part III, Chapter V

The Moon enters Libra on Thursday April 14 at 21:46 UT/16:46 EDT, and the Full Moon in Libra will be exact at 26º45’ on April 16 2022 at 18:55 UT/14:55 EDT.  After it reaches fullness, the Moon only remains in Libra for approximately six hours before scurrying off into Scorpio, and the last aspect it makes is a square to Pluto at 22:57 UT/17:57 EDT.  This is the first Full Moon of the astrological year, fleetingly short, a tight blend of tension and inspiration.

Libra is a sign known for its diplomacy and desire to maintain harmony. This Full Moon, in its opposition to the Sun in Aries, is captured in a tight T-square with Pluto, putting at odds the harmonious will to personal power, the importance of relationship and the need for catharsis and renewal.  This T-square is a portrait of interpersonal tension, as people feel under pressure to determine what is theirs and what belongs to others – psychologically, spiritually, practically and emotionally. Pluto, lord of the underworld, is a difficult energy at the best of times, and here, embroiled with the forces of emotion and ego, its cathartic influence creates a profound urge for upheaval and renovation of the existing state of affairs.  Add to this the sense of compulsion that is natural to Pluto, and we have a yearning for deep transformation, an itch that needs to be scratched even if we leave ourselves raw in the doing.  The accommodating Moon in Libra feels oppressed by the heavy-handed energy of Pluto in Capricorn, and it needs help from the Sun in Aries to find its way free.

The energy of Aries versus Libra can be seen like this.  Imagine getting up in the morning, not picking up your phone, not looking at your computer, or the television, not switching on the radio – not connecting with the outside world at all.  You only check in with yourself.  You sit down and write a few notes in a journal – consider how you are feeling, what you want or need to do with your day as you focus on yourself only.  That’s Aries energy, all “Me”.  In contrast, you can immediately look to the outside world for information, direction, inspiration, entertainment, all of which modifies how and who you are in any given moment – that’s Libra – all “We.” When we add a square from Pluto in Capricorn, we are challenged by forces outside of our control.  It’s like sky debris hurtling from space, landing on our front doorstep, energy that comes from the world beyond our personal lives, and impacts everything across this spectrum of “Me” and “We.” Collectively, Pluto indicates that our very foundations are being remade, and this impinges on how we understand everything about “Me” and “We” – who we are as individuals, and our relationships with others.

The current Jupiter/Neptune conjunction in Pisces sees the two rulers of that sign united, and that could be a glorious thing, but it adds a sense of deception to this time by creating the illusion that nothing is real, nothing is important, and that pleasure and idealism are all that matters. These two planets travelling together must be handled with great care, lest we get loss in the swirling mass of mythic powers. As a culture, we have been anesthetized with time-wasting habits, and it is so easy to just disconnect from the real world – click, surf, move on. What a luxury it is to be able to deny reality!  Just remember to consider the following concepts:  how do we fall prey to illusion, in self-concept, and in relationships with those closest to us, and the world at large?  What does “reality” mean? What do we hide from ourselves and others? What is being hidden from us? While the possibility of delusion is high with this Jupiter/Neptune conjunction, there is also so much inspiration available which we can use to build a better world for ourselves and others.  As such, we cannot give up and fall into despair or delusion. There is too much work to do people! We must continue to shine light into the darkest places of our collective experience, even if all you can muster is the smallest gesture of peace and consideration, a prayer in the dark.  This is an intense time, and frightening for so many who are in the midst of conflict. Remember the ideals which lead us to strive, and hold them close. Consider this as a period of renovation; we are going through the ugly, messy, seemingly hopeless stage of tearing down what is old and useless, and things don’t look good right now. We have to keep in mind our highest ideals and what we want to see emerge from all this mess. 

The quote at the beginning of this article is from the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, from his book The Idiot, written in 1869, a time of much turmoil for the author, as well as the world. Sadly, we see how recently the actions of one particular Russian have resulted in the misery and horror of millions of people.  As a result, world opinion of all things Russian has plummeted to a state of hatred and revulsion, and even Russian contributions to literature, art, philosophy, and science are being removed from education curricula the world over. I hesitated to use this quote, given what is happening, but we cannot deny the impact that writers like Dostoevsky and Tolstoy have made to the body of literature. Some of the most profound creativity the world has ever seen comes from Russia, and we must give credit where it is due.  This small five word sentiment is one which is particularly valid at this time:  beauty will save the world.   Beauty, art, aesthetics – these are universal pursuits which elevate humanity and give us hope and the will to survive.  This is a fitting remembrance for a Full Moon in Libra, Venus-ruled sign of all things beautiful, erudite and refined.

In the spirit of Venus-ruled Libra, be a warrior for beauty.  Do something beautiful in your life – whether it’s dressing up in your best clothing, using color that pleases you in your fashion or environment, buying some flowers or delicacies, visit an art gallery, listen to some exquisite music – do something to honor the spirit of beauty, and share it with those you love.  Do your part, be a torch-bearer and shine the light of beauty into the world now, as it’s needed most.  Remember that the only way to shut down negativity is by being positive, and you don’t have to entertain negativity in your life, even if it’s the devil you know best.  Be open to inspiration and wonder.  Look for beauty in this world and it will find you. Embrace beauty, and let it inspire you as you let the delicate light of this Full Moon in Libra fill your heart with the gentle grace of Venus.


Aries:  Even warriors need time to heal and rest, Aries, and that is perfectly fine.  You are feeling full of spit and vinegar, and ideas for expansion of what you hold most valuable are flying faster than you can catch them.  Take the time to record all this good stuff, you’ll be surprised to review it all later.  This Full Moon is a good time to take a long hard look at your relationships and consider how they are affecting who you think you are.  You want the world to see a different you – alright, it’s going to take some serious soul-searching, a solidifying of your act, and courting some more mature playmates.  The inspiration is there, and your dreams are beautiful.  Let go of the reins, and let them come to life they way they want to, once and for all.

Taurus:  Your persona is crackling with innovation, and hell, maybe just a little bit of genius, but you need to stabilize that good stuff.  You like stability, remember Taurus?  It’s time to get serious – really serious about how you want the world to see you, and that is going to take work, work and more work, but in a new way that reflects this emerging worldview. Are you up for it?  The spotlight is on your habits, your daily routines, and your health.  How could subconscious material be tripping you up?  What are you hiding from yourself, what needs to be uprooted to free up the energy you can put to better use elsewhere? Old stuff impacts how the world is seeing you; that’s not necessarily bad, but structure could be useful.

Gemini:  The spotlight is on your creativity Gemini.  Embrace the beauty in your world and let yourself be a channel this Full Moon.  Share something that makes your heart sing, and let your sense of beauty inspire how the world sees you.  Much energy is available for you to capture your inspiration – look to your dreams, flashes of vision, and let the creative juices flow.  Zingers from your subconscious mind will surprise, but could very well lead to new directions as you work on solidifying your personal philosophy.  Control issues could prove discomforting, as you work through what’s mine and what’s yours.  Stand your ground, but don’t be a bully either.

Cancer:  This Full Moon, the spotlight is on your home/career axis, Cancer.  What does home mean to you?  Partnerships compel change, and you look to your worldview, philosophies, higher learning and your sense of justice to inform the decisions you make about how your power and that of those around you impact your sense of personal mission.  Expect surprises from your social scene, you may meet new people who shake you up with their innovative ways.  On the career front, your ego is in the game, even though you feel a bit put upon by the past, expectations that just won’t seem to leave you alone.  Some things cannot be changed, and it is wise to acknowledge what that means to you, and make peace.  Seek the solace of your inner sanctum, and make it beautiful.

Leo:  The spotlight is on your closest confidants, your buddies, your immediate environment and how you communicate on a daily basis.  You have ideas brewing about the world, and you want to share them, though issues of power, sexuality and control add spice to the mix.  Partnerships are either solid, stodgy or downright withholding right now – take your pick and work with it, even if it’s no fun. Go for what suits you, but don’t shy away from structure.  Remember, not everyone can keep up with your shining ways.  Work, routine and health provide an arena for change – what can you do to eliminate bad habits and start on a new path? Expect surprises in career, perhaps an announcement about a sudden change in direction.  It could even come from you.

Virgo: What do you hold dear, Virgo, and how does that measure up with what those closest to you value most? This Full Moon, allow your closest relationships to inspire you as your passion principle gets an overhaul. Partnerships and intimacy show you where your dreams lie, and beauty is found in higher thinking, learning, art, law and foreign travel and influences. Inspiration comes in surprising flashes as ideas you’ve been chasing suddenly become available for review. This is an excellent time to tighten up on any bad habits, do an overhaul of your health and domestic routines. If you want to start a new path and clean up your act, now’s the time to do so as you will be able to clearly see what needs work.

Libra:  The spotlight is on your persona this Full Moon, Libra, as you stand face to face with issues of how others influence the way you put yourself out into the world.  You are going through deep inner changes, revamping what security means on the deepest level of home and body; old traditions are sometimes the best, but if you want to put a spin on things, now would be the time to materialize your visions and kick up the old ways a bit.  Creativity feels hard to come by, but when it does come, it sticks and what you make is solid.  Don’t let yourself overindulge in workaholic tendencies; you need to rest and recuperate, and remember, lots of work happens in downtime too.  In fact, that’s often when the best inspirations strike.

Scorpio: This Full Moon, connect with your dreams, Scorpio. It’s like there’s a light shining into your subconscious mind, and you have the opportunity to feel wonderful inspiration in your creative self expression, and in your experience of beauty and pleasure. Sounds great, but materializing your inspirations will take looking at your daily habits, your routines and your approach to work to unlock that good stuff. Home life could pose some restrictions, or on the other hand, allow you to feel the support you need to let that inspiration unfurl. Career is out there for all to see, though how (and what) you talk about it is in a state of transformation. Expect surprises in relationships and partnerships, or even an appearance from an old flame or enemy.

Sagittarius:  The spotlight is on your society, Sagittarius.  Who do you rub shoulders with?  Who inspires you?  What do you wish for most dearly?  How do the people in your social scene affect your ideas of pleasure, joy and creativity?  Do they help, or hinder?  Communicating about this stuff feels tough, but if you have something important you’ve been wanting to say, now’s the time, because the message will be perceived as important and will be respected.  Home life is dreamy, and you feel inspired by your inner sanctum.  How you access the resources you need to keep those dreams alive needs some renovation.  Don’t be afraid, your value structure is changing.  Look for surprises in domestic, work and health routines as a new approach becomes apparent; pay attention, it could be a stroke of genius.

Capricorn:  The spotlight is on career, Capricorn, and how your very roots affect what you put out into the world.  Home offers you the foundation you need, but it can feel like an eternal compromise.  Your persona is in the midst of total renovation, and your value structure is solidifying; you want to see the money, long-term and you are willing to do the serious, long-term work. Make peace with what you can’t change, and seek beauty in your daily world.  Communications with those closest to you are inspired and you have much that is wonderful to consider.  Joy, pleasure and creative output are supercharged; pay close attention to any brainwaves that come through over the course of this Full Moon.  You are plumbing the depths; keep a record of this stuff, you will find it valuable in the future.

Aquarius:  The spotlight is on your philosophies, Aquarius, and how foreign ideas, teachings and people from other places impact how you communicate.  Your daily routines, interactions with those closest to you, and short-distance travel become amplified and you could find yourself quite busy as you seek to ground what you value in closer alignment with your outward persona.  This is a good time for manifesting your dreams, though do be careful if you are taking out a loan that you don’t overextend yourself now.  Home life and ancestry pose surprises; information comes to light which could change a lot about what you thought you knew, and material you’ve been carrying with you for some time.  Keep a close record, you will want to review later.

Pisces:  The spotlight is on power, power plays, how people hold things over you, and how you in turn like to control others, Pisces.  Your value structure is what it is, for better or for worse, and you know it – but now’s a good time to look at how your values mesh or not with those most important to you.  Expect surprising communication from relatives, siblings, neighbors and a lot of zooming around over the next few weeks.  Old material that’s been buried in your subconscious mind feels like work as it maintains a heavy presence just below the threshold of consciousness.  Your persona is inspired and you want to express your sense of blissfulness to the world.  Let it unfurl, share what you know to be beautiful, and expect your social scene to respond in kind.  Changes in your hopes and dreams are brewing.  Take care of the daily stuff first, the rest will follow.

Beauty in action, standing against oppression. In the streets of Kharkiv, Ukraine-22 March 2022 – Bach Cello Suite no 5 in C minor BWV 1011, Prelude.
“My name is Denys Karachevtsev, I am a cellist and a citizen of Kharkiv. I love my heroic city which is now struggling to survive the war. I deeply believe that we can help. I believe we can restore and rebuild our city and our country when the war is over. I am launching my project in the streets of Kharkiv to raise funds for humanitarian aid and for restoration of the city’s architecture. Let’s unite to revive our city together!”

March 2022 Full Moon in Virgo with Forecasts for Each Sign of the Zodiac

Vasily Vereshchagin, Apotheosis of War, Turkestan Series, oil on canvas, Russia, 1872. Tretyakov Gallery

Note:  I discuss current planetary activities at length here, so if you are looking only for your astrological forecast, please scroll down. Thank you.

Since the last Full Moon on 16 February 2022, war has erupted in Europe, the likes of which has not been seen since World War Two. At this writing, 2.5 million people have fled Ukraine after Russia’s full scale invasion of February 24, 2022, and the world watches as Vladimir Putin wages a war which will surely go down in history as a crime against humanity. This month’s Full Moon is exact on Friday 18 March at 7:19 UT (3:19 EDT), and as we have seen so far this year, intensity is not abating.

Full Moon 27º40′ Virgo 18 March 2022, exact at 7:19 UT/3:19 EDT.
Chart courtesy of Astrodienst

Should this astrologer address war as it plays out on the eastern edge of Europe? Is it even ethical to discuss war astrologically? Is this not the purpose of astrological forecasting, to glean insight which is otherwise obscured by superficial events, or is that approach an archaism? I am not an entertainment-based astrologer, and I know that perhaps some readers find my posts too serious, but I offer no apologies. Whether or not my readers appreciate this proclivity in my thinking, I find it difficult to ignore the mass influence of the planets as they effect us universally. I will leave the reader to make up their own mind on these questions of ethics and entertainment, and offer my usual assessment of the sky as it happens, in the world as it happens. Otherwise, I run the risk of glossing over what I see occurring globally by just giving an account of what each individual sign should expect.  We are a global society, and I believe we cannot ignore the call of the trans-generational planets and their effects on the collective. 

For decades people have been talking about the Age of Aquarius, and unfortunately much of what has been bandied about on this topic has been overly idealistic.  Aquarius, ruled by Saturn traditionally, and by Uranus in modern astrology, while the sign of brotherly love, is also the sign of erratic and unpredictable events (like Putin’s invasion of Russia after promises otherwise), revolution, shock, tyranny, socialism, refugees, fanaticism, explosions, radiation and nuclear science, armaments, and incidentally, Uranus also rules Russia.  These are not light-hearted concepts, but rather some of the most serious things that any society can encounter.  While Saturn’s transit through Capricorn saw a tightening of governmental restrictions, and the imposition of higher-level rules for society, Saturn in Aquarius now butting up against Uranus in Taurus is testing the strength of the established order in ways not seen since the last time these two giants squared off in the late 1980s, a time marked by the Palestinian Uprising, the Soviet-Afghan War, the bombing of Libya, and the rise of Al Qaeda.   

Currently, the most visible venue of change is Ukraine, a country which gained independence on 24 August 1991, when the Sun was at 0º 42’ Virgo. A country historically subject to the winds of war, Ukraine embodies the phrase “salt of the earth.”  It is known as the breadbasket of Europe, and holds many valuable resources in its broad lands.  This Full Moon in Virgo conjoins Ukraine’s natal Mars, pushing people to violence as they need to fight for what they love most.  Saturn in Aquarius is conjoined with Ukraine’s natal Moon, which intensifies the natal opposition to the stellium in Leo, all of which is further widely squared by transiting Uranus in Taurus, signifying a heartbreaking period of loss, upheaval, challenges to idealism, emotional pain and insecurity.  The passionate conjunction of Mars and Venus in Aquarius seeks material acquisition of progress, and is moving into full conjunction with Saturn, confounding the satisfaction of personal desire as it combines with the will to aggression.   The conjunction will be at its closest by the end of March, and will result in deep frustration as people seek to enact their personal desires but are thwarted by powers beyond their reckoning.  Mars and Saturn will travel together in Aquarius until the third week of April. Saturn stands as gatekeeper, the god of time pressing down on Mars as it struggles for its will to power.  Passion, nurturance and depth of emotion are dampened by harsh reality in this overall combination, and people are tired of suffering, tired of being oppressed and repeatedly told “No”. 

18 March 2022 transits to chart of independent Ukraine. Courtesy of Astrodienst

We must also recognize the continuing influence of Pluto in Capricorn, the most cathartic force impinging upon the established order with insurmountable tensions that are boiling over in a cataclysm of collapse. Pluto has a few years left before it moves into Aquarius, and will continue to undermine established structures, sometimes painfully so.  As a rule, people do not like change, and Pluto’s approach to transformation can be extremely powerful as it eliminates what does not serve evolution’s requirements.  What may or may not be useful in the arena of Ukraine/Russia politics is beyond the scope of this article, but at the very least, we can expect that the popular, romanticized global image of Russia will once and for all be shattered in the wake of a tyrannical dictator’s destructive quest for power. Russia has long been a complicated presence on the world scene, a nation that created some of the world’s most elevated art and literature, as well being responsible for perpetrating some of the most barbaric atrocities ever known. Whenever this war is over, the reputation of Russia will be irrevocably changed, and we can only pray that lessons will be learned which allow that country to grow into a more compassionate and humane nation.

Also at play is the tremendous power of the current Neptune/Jupiter conjunction in Pisces, and the delusion inherent in that aspect, the combination of idealism with illusory desires for sublimation and loss of consciousness, indicating a deep collective need for escapism in the face of unrelenting terror.  This conjunction in Pisces is exemplified in the opiate of mass media that has plunged the world into a state of insurmountable addiction, as social media, streaming, binge watching, the gobbling down of political punditry brimming over with opinion editorials, the sheer spectacle of it all keeping people placated and numb as they flip from screen to screen in the quest for just the right sort of balm that will get them through the night unscathed.  This addiction pales with the epidemic of drug dependency which has swept across the planet, fueled by the greed of big pharma.  The Jupiter/Neptune conjunction in Pisces is also embodied in the reality of the global COVID-19 pandemic, as the rapidly spreading, highly infectious disease has brought the world to its knees, necessitating global lock-downs, restrictions on movement, and freedom to enjoy normal life. How we perceive reality, historically defined as the material here and now, is being challenged as much of the world now perceives reality virtually. Our increasing connection with the nebulous world of living “online” defies what we once considered the bulk of our daily lives. We can reach out to people around the globe, share ideas and images which shape who we believe we are. This development in human consciousness is unprecedented and has created new definitions of what it means to be human. The concentration of Neptune and Jupiter in Pisces is blowing open collective consciousness, and everywhere, people are swimming in deep waters as they try to ascertain what is real and what is manufactured disinformation spun for the purposes of confusion, profit, propaganda and chaos-making.

Despite this grim constellation of planets, I truly believe in the interconnectivity of life on Earth and that despite the problems of the world today, we are growing as a species.   I believe that while we are multitudes, we are One humanity, regardless of any distinguishing factors which individuals may use to mark out their place in the world – nationality, color, creed, sexual or political orientation.  While we are all immured in the vicissitudes of our daily worlds, on a greater level, we all exist here on this planet at the same time as 8 billion other people, and whether we are conscious of it or not, we share in a fundamental collective mind.  Aside from the high-profile war in Ukraine, violence still rages in places like Pakistan, Myanmar, Syria, Afghanistan, East Africa, Yemen, Iraq, Mexico…and the list goes on, all with considerable loss of life, terror and pain. It is easy to forget the rest of the world’s suffering as we are inundated with media’s immediate attention on Ukraine, but if we could each say a prayer for all those who suffer, for the men, women and children who spend their days and nights in fear and uncertainty, then surely that energy will be of benefit, somehow.  Use the increased light of this Full Moon in Virgo to look at the details of the world around you, and in true Virgo fashion, find some way to offer service to the greater good, even if that begins with taking a crack at cleaning up your own personal reality.

The March Equinox occurs on Sunday 20 March at 15:33 UT (11:33 EST) and the Sun moves into Mars-ruled Aries.  Let use the heightened energies available now to be peaceful warriors – do what you can in your individual world to spread some love. No effort at peace is ever wasted.


Forecasts for each sign of the zodiac:

Aries:  You feel pressure to revolutionize your value system and how the world sees you, Aries.  No longer satisfied with what you have been, you look ahead to materialize your dreams, and there is considerable power available if you allow yourself to listen to the stirrings of your subconscious mind.  You will feel discomfort as you stretch into your new persona, but that will pass with practice.  There is considerable activity going on below the surface – take the time to listen to those quiet stirrings in the fringe moments of the day and night.  Let your imagination flow, for you have the power available to manifest the changes you wish to see – use that Aries courage and grab the future by the horns.  Beware seeking comfort in workaholic tendencies.  That’s old hat for you – try self-nurturing instead and see what a difference it makes in opening up your heart and life.

Taurus:  You are revolutionizing how you come across to the world, Taurus, and while old, hidden material in your deepest heart still feels tender, and there are secrets you want to bury, know that the tough stuff also gives you strength and fuels the energy now available to actualize your new persona.  Your philosophy and what you dream of achieving are in the midst of transformation, and it’s time to take to the open field.  Build it and they will come.  Support comes from your peeps – you have a lot of idealistic energy behind you, as you work on vocalizing the dreams of many.  Allow creativity to flow, and let yourself emote in tangible ways, you will soon have the specifics down pat.  Just let the energy flow, get it out and amaze yourself. Others will catch up with your changes eventually. Don’t take this energy for granted. Carpe diem, Taurus, carpe diem.

Gemini:  What you dream, you can achieve, Gemini, and you have the power to actualize some of your ideals, though perhaps not as fast as you’d like.  Don’t worry about delays, they will prove valuable later.  Inklings of new world views that have been playing at the edges of your mind over the past few months are starting to finally concretize, and you come across as inspired on the career front.  Home matters are key, as it is finally sinking in that you need some stability in your foundations.  Philosophizing is great, but the need to be grounded presses, as you understand that what you put out to the world has to come from a stable place deep inside first. Jolts of inspiration and the disclosure of secrets surprise, but they might just point you in the right direction, so pay attention.  Trusting others feels tender, and power struggles may come to a head once and for all.

Cancer:  The spotlight is on communication with those in your immediate environment as you seek to share your ideals and aspirations with those closest to you.  Your world view is inspired as surprising influences inform the development of a new system of philosophy, and you are hard-pressed to separate dream from reality.  Beware of inundation.  Partnerships are up for renewal, and interpersonal power plays feel like very high stakes, as you seek to actualize a new system of give and take.  You are flooded with ideals, but grounding has to happen somewhere.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help, though beware the strings attached with any offers.  Any loans you take on now are going to be long-term commitments.  Mind the details and don’t get carried away. Assess what you really need carefully.

Leo:  You see the brass ring and want to grab it, and you are ready to commit to your ideals, as you finally feel that you can manifest what you actually want, not what others want of you.  Power plays feel energizing, and you may feel like you are winning, and you will if you stick to your guns, but take a good long look at what you really value before taking the fight to that hill.  If it glitters, it may not be gold, so double check before you commit.  Transformation in routine can bring up health care matters that need attention, and it’s a great time to start fresh approach on the work front.  Existing personal philosophies require maintenance and acceptance as you find some of your ideas fall short when put to the test.  If you put in the effort at work, you’ll find your attention shifts away from those tender spots, just beware of burying your head in the sand.

Virgo:  The spotlight is on your persona this month, Virgo, and you feel keenly the impact of others on how you put yourself out into the world.  Wearing your heart on your sleeve feels good right now,  and relationships of all sorts are energized, though you may get a bit confused as you can’t see straight what’s yours and what’s theirs.  This applies to friends, partners, lovers, and even people you consider enemies, so take note.  Look to exploring new influences in your world view as fresh impressions make themselves felt in how you find creative pleasure.  If there’s something you really want in your routine life – work, health, day-to-day – now’s the time to manifest changes, as energy is high and you are able to concretize inspirations.  Intimacy feels tender; don’t be afraid to transform what turns you on.

Libra:  Health, work, daily routine and how they affect you on a deep subconscious level are highlighted this month, Libra.  Subconscious material and obsessions can be seen more clearly, especially how they impact your work life.  There’s a lot of idealization happening, and you see that you can bring your dreams to life in your day-to-day setting, but beware of compulsions taking over and leading you down the garden path.  Home life is due for a shake up, be careful of any maintenance issues that may require attention before a serious breakdown occurs.  Much energy is available to help manifest your creative projects.  Don’t get frustrated by delays, but use the time to delve into details that may otherwise evade attention.  Shared resources can surprise, and partnerships feels tender.  This too shall pass.

Scorpio:  Personal values are up for transformation, Scorpio, and you may feel compelled to transform how and who you communicate with, especially on a daily basis.  Friends, fondest wishes and your regular social scene are highlighted, allowing you to see what’s what more clearly, particularly how these impact your creative output and pleasure principle. Desires for acquisition and dominance are compelling, but feel thwarted – a push/pull effect occurs as you see what you want but obstacles arise.  Work with the slow-down as you are now able to clarify details.  Things that look really good now in light of today’s idealism might trip you up later when everything calms down and the haze has lifted. Surprises pop up with partnerships, but new directions might be just the thing you need.

Sagittarius:  Your career is in the spotlight, as who you are and what you stand for shifts with powerful undercurrents of evolutionary transformation.  You are working hard at being the best that you can be, Sagittarius – roll with it and don’t be afraid to embrace change.  You are passionate about letting everyone know where you stand, particularly on the home front.  While you feel idealistic about your inner sanctum and what you need to feel inspired, you may also find yourself stymied as people around you want to be serious when you want to play.  Be careful of snags in short-distance transportation, car repair issues and getting caught in delays.  Attend to the details now to avoid hassles later.  Changes in daily routine, new co-workers and methods will crop up, but don’t worry, it’s what’s best in the long run.  

Capricorn:  The spotlight is on your personal philosophies, Capricorn, and you have the opportunity this Full Moon to see clearly what has been guiding you, what moves you, motivates and inspires you.  You come across as intense, as you want to discuss and share your ideas with the world, and you will certainly have a lot to say.  Your value structure is highly energized and if you want to manifest any changes in where you put your efforts, now is the time to build new foundations.  Think carefully as what you set in motion now will tend to stick.  Creativity surprises and new directions in how you find joy call you forward to your best new self. Discuss, share, open up and allow yourself to be all that you have ever wished for.  Not everyone gets such an opportunity – make the most of it while you can.

Aquarius:  Saturn’s rulership of your sign makes itself evident as you come across as no-nonsense and empowered, Aquarius.  Your dreams are what you value most, and your active value system is finally embodying your dreams, though how you communicate all of this may still feel a bit stifled and insecure. Let that develop on its own time, there’s no rush. Your voice will be heard.  Surprises on the home front can be inspiring, as new directions are hashed out in what you want to see actualized in your inner sanctum. Be careful of accidents around the home, as well as power plays with loved ones, as the interconnection between what you want and what others want of you is fully illuminated.  Depths that normally remain unseen spew forth transformative material which informs who you are becoming.  Let the purge happen now with the light of this critical and insightful Full Moon.

Pisces:  Your persona and how it impacts your closest relationships is front and center in your mind now, Pisces, and you seek to embody all the idealism that you hold inside you.  Normally shy about your dreams, you may come out with a few zingers that surprise those closest to you this Full Moon, as you are actively seeking to transform your social scene.  New wishes emerge from the depths, and you have the capacity to do deep and serious psychological work at this time.  Allow what is happening around you to pull forth from your core what has remained hidden for so long.  While your values are shifting, and it may seem you will never get what you really want, don’t fret.  You will, but do the foundational work first.  Avoidance tactics will only backfire and leave you (and those around you) surly. Let your dreams guide you, and shine.

Ukrainian Artist Ilya Repin, the Narodnik Movement, and the Power of Propaganda

Ilya Repin, Ukrainian Woman, 1876


Artist Ilya Repin was born in 1844 in Chuhuiv, Russian Empire, in an area which, after the February Revolution of 1917, was declared the Ukrainian People’s Republic, and then in 1991 became independently known as Ukraine.  Most recently, Chuhuiv was bombed on February 24, 2022, as a result of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine which began on the same date, but which has been an ongoing threat since February 2014. Presumably, Russia is seeking to regain territory it lost with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, and so the world watches as it invades Ukraine with impunity, destroying the peace and lives of families throughout that nation. This area of the world has a long and rich history, but has suffered from the terror of war for centuries.  At one point, during the 10th and 11th centuries, Ukraine was the most powerful state in Europe, and its capital, Kyiv, was the center of Kievan Rus, until Kyiv was destroyed by the Mongols in 1240.   With centuries of shifting nationalities, borders and political alliances all based on the productivity of one of the richest caches of natural resources in the world, Ukraine’s position in European history cannot be understated.

Ilya Repin was highly influential and prolific, and remains one of the leading artists associated with his day.  Due to the inflammatory nature of some of his art, as well as his ideological differences with the Russian government, Ilya Repin lived much of his life in exile, in an area of Finland which was later allocated to Russian Saint Petersburg.   His paintings depicted the some of the most important political moments of Russian history, ranging from the murder of Tsarevich Ivan Ivanovich by his father, Ivan IV Vasilyevich, known as Ivan the Terrible and the first declared Tsar of Russia, to the documentation  of the Narodnik Movement, which was active in Russia after the abolition of serfdom in 1861.

Ilya Repin, Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16th, 1581, oil on canvas, 1885, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

The painting below, Arrest of a Propagandist, depicts the betrayal by an informant and subsequent arrest of a propagandist in the Narodnik movement which grew among Russian intelligentsia and focused on redistribution of capital, and social revolution. After the overthrow of serfdom in 1861, agrarian-based socialist sentiment became widespread among middle and upper-class Narodniks, with the belief that if the peasantry, newly released from serfdom, could be organized, then the aristocracy could be overthrown, paving the way for a new form of socialist egalitarianism.  

Ilya Repin, Arrest of a Propagandist, oil on canvas, 1892. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. A Narodnik propagandist is betrayed by an informant, and arrested by authorities.

The fervor and idealism of these sentiments developed into a movement known as  Going to the People. Organized by the intelligentsia, notably Mikhail Bakunin and Pyotr Lavrov, and focused on educating and uplifting the peasants to overthrow the aristocracy, Going to the People was a mass phenomenon of social unrest.  While having no centralized leadership, intelligentsia encouraged idealistic students to leave their university posts, abandon their studies and go live among the peasantry, inspiring them to rebellion and eventual overthrow of the ruling classes.  Students were to guide the peasants in ideological education and development of propaganda networks, promising that participation would lift up their station in life, allowing the development of greater equality. At its height in 1874, between 4,000 and 6,000 impressionable students from the upper classes quit their studies and flocked to the countryside, brimming with idealistic, revolutionary sentiment meant to see through an economic and political transformation of Russian society. Differences within the Going to the People movement arose as to whether it should remain peaceful and idealistic, or more overtly revolutionary, and adoption of the peasant lifestyle proved too onerous for many used to the comforts of upper class urban life. 

Ilya Repin, They Did Not Expect Him, oil on canvas, 1884-88, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. This painting depicts the return of a Narodnik revolutionary to his home after imprisonment and exile.

Nevertheless, the Narodnik movement ultimately resulted in the successful assassination of Russian Tsar Alexander II in 1881, after four previous attempts by radicalized Narodnik agitators failed in 1866, 1867, 1879 and 1880.  The movement, while achieving its goal of destroying Tsar Alexander II, was ultimately not effective because of the disconnect between the ideologies of learned intelligentsia and illiterate peasants. The upper classes overly idealized the peasant lifestyle, as well as the willingness of the peasantry to participate in revolutionary activity.  Many former serfs were suspicious of the interference of the urban agitators, and actually supported those in power as their rightful overseers, believing that the aristocracy acted on Earth acted as representatives of God, not to be opposed or aggravated in any way. The ideals behind Narodnichestvo, however, had taken hold strongly enough to influence the later Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917, and it is speculated that the ideology influenced the Bolshevik Revolution that resulted in the destruction of the Russian Royal Family. 

Ilya Repin, Bolsheviks, oil on canvas, 1918, Constantine Palace, Saint Petersburg. A depiction of a Bolshevik soldier stealing bread from a child.

Ilya Repin was a close friend of Leo Tolstoy, whose books strongly focused on their depictions of the lives of both peasants and aristocracy.  Tolstoy was strongly influenced by Narodnik ideology, as can be seen in his masterpiece, Anna Karenina, in the rendition of an idealized rural lifestyle taken up by the discontented but idealistic protagonist Konstantin “Kostya” Dmitrievich Levin, as he struggles to leave behind the aristocracy and embrace a more natural, wholesome and spiritual lifestyle as exemplified by the simple yet happy peasantry.

Ilya Repin, Tolstoy Writing at Yasnaya Polyana, oil on canvas, 1891, Pushkin House Collection.

While the Narodnik movement may have begun as a truly idealistic outgrowth of the release of people from centuries of serfdom, with an urge to equalize classes and seek reform for the benefit of all, unfortunately, the romantic idealization of the peasant lifestyle, and the flattering glorification of good, honest hardworking family folk living close to the land still continues to this day. Note the recent “Freedom Convoy” movement, with many adherents coming from the North American heartland – centers of industry based on agriculture, oil and associated resource extraction and transportation. While we no longer openly acknowledge class divisions in the Western world, implicit class distinctions based on education, income and heritage still remain, and people all along the spectrum are easily manipulated by the propagation of increasingly sophisticated, emotionally charged propaganda and disinformation.

Whether in 19th century Russia, or 21st century Europe and North America, power protects itself. Those holding it are isolated from the harsh realities of life, easily deploying common people to spread propaganda which further its interests.  It is sad to see this at play in the world today, spreading throughout the world via social media venues. Peace is an elusive thing, easily fractured and rarely found, but we must strive to achieve it at all costs – except through the horrors of war.  While many changes are needed in our world to effect greater economic equality and improved living conditions, particularly for the most vulnerable, incitement to violence and war should be the very last avenue of approach.  However, when attacked by the power hungry, grabbing for additional resources and terrorizing innocent citizens, unfortunately, there must be a call to stand and fight for the basic right to live peacefully and unobstructed.   It is a travesty that even after the terrible lessons of two world wars, with 40 million dead in World War I and almost 85 million dead in World War II, we are still facing the brutal, horrible realities of war today. 

We must support peace in Ukraine, peace for all people everywhere, and work for an end to war once and for all.

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