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Full Moon in Libra: Balance and Release

Full Moon in Libra: Balance and Release

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This month’s full moon in Libra arrives on Friday, April 19th at 4:12am PST. You may have heard that this full moon is a little unique, as it is the second full moon in Libra in this year’s Aries season.* 

The first full moon in Libra occurred on March 20th. That full moon rang in at 0° Libra. Now, the second full moon appears on Friday at 29° Libra.The 0 and 29th degree are known as critical degrees in astrology. When planets sit at the first (0°) or last degree (29°) of a sign, they carry a more transitional weight, an energy either of the fullness of beginning, or the desire to release, and to move on. The 29th degree is also known as the anaretic degree, which when found in our natal charts can indicate that there are issues with indecisiveness, with knowing how to move forward. 

The sign Libra is already one that can spend hours weighing all options—after all, they are the scales of balance. In addition to indecisiveness, the 29th degree can also indicate the feeling of being rushed, or needing to hastily move forward. This energy seems like it has the potential to overwhelm us a bit, as we are caught between the push-pull of Libran balance and the anaretic’s culminating vision. I would advise us all to take these energies into consideration, as the sign Libra instructs us to, and to see where we land between the indecision and the rush to finish. Where are you, actually, right now? Once you discern your position, you can move from there with awareness and harmony.

See if you can hold space for yourself, especially in relationships with others, to learn more about what you can release this full moon. With two Libra full moons this Aries season, the areas of our charts that are ruled by Libra receive extra emphasis, a twice offered opportunity to release, to deconstruct, to untangle ourselves from the unhelpful or complicated dynamics of our lives. You can learn more about how this impacts you directly by observing what part of your chart is ruled by the sign Libra. 

Libra is the archetype of balance. The golden scales of justice remind us that as much as our individual goals are indeed important, so too is the need to find energetic equality between ourselves and other people. With the moon full in Libra and the sun in Aries, there is a binary struck here between “me” (Aries) and “we,” (Libra). Finding common ground between those two opposites can often be challenging. But of all the signs, Libra reminds us of the reward of doing this work, and doing it with a genuine, open heart. 

Libra is a cardinal air sign ruled by Venus, goddess of luxury, glamour, art, aesthetics, and resources. She is the goddess of surfaces, of comfort, and of intimate connectivity. Though there is often discomfort in compromise, as we learn to cede parts of our expectations or ego attachments over to the “other,” Libra’s Venusian energy reminds us of the power and the harmonic beauty that shines forth when we learn to meet our partners in the middle. Cardinal signs start conversations, and know how to take initiative. Libra reminds us that pursuing compromise is in fact a great strength, and not a weakness.

The astrological year has only just begun. The start of the year opens up with Aries, the sign of the beginner, the visionary, the Fool who strikes out innocently on a path entirely of their own choosing. The Full Moon in Libra is here to remind us that though we do need to carve our own individual path, we cannot do it alone, and must remember the power of Libran balance. 

Within each of us lies a delicate system attuned to discerning right from wrong, just from unjust. Consider the 11th card of the tarot’s major arcana, Justice. She sits, eyes focused forward, golden scale in hand. There is a connection between the balance of Libra and our sense of justice. In our contemporary world where all seems to be running amok, it is important to check in with our own personal and interpersonal senses of justice. 

Is what you give equal to what you receive? Have you initiated relationships that are not balanced in terms of their power dynamics? How can you relinquish your grip on the bottom line for the sake of letting others in? How can you protect yourself better from other’s harmful interference? Setting yourself up with questions like these, about the balance between yourself and others, shows you that even if you’re not working within the system of justice on a grand scale, you are still individually engaged with your own personal sense of justice on a day to day basis. The full moon in Libra gives you a gentle push to release from attachments that compound your sense of imbalance, and injustice therefore. 

This full moon opposes the sun, as always, indicating space and expansion between the ego and the emotions. We might feel pulled in two different directions as we are pushed to release from old ways of being. Full moons are about release, like a flower in her fullness disseminating pollen. Let yourself fall apart a little, the things that fall away you likely no longer need. 

The full moon strikes at 4:12am and soonafter, at 5:40am she enters Scorpio, where she strikes a sparkling opposition to Uranus, currently in Taurus. For this reason, it is best to do your manifestation and release work tonight, as the moon approaches her fullness while we are all (hopefully) sleeping. With the moon opposite Uranus, the 19th will be a day where we are surprised by the comings and goings of our emotional state. Uranus is the planet of shock, innovation, and sudden change. Like lightning, this planet’s energy strikes at a moment’s notice, often bringing a bit of discomfort with him. But leaning in to his chaos can oftentimes reward us with a shift in perspective, a new way of seeing. 

Tomorrow kicks off Taurus season! And our solar perspective will shift from matters of the individual to matters of resources, values, and all that pertains to the senses. We are moving together into the second season of the astrological year. Focus will move from the uniqueness of our vision to considerations of what can be built through diligent and dedicated work, as Taurus is a focused craftsman. Taurus is ruled by Venus, and thus her season is Venusian in nature. Connecting with the body, with the earth, and with art will all be of importance for the next few weeks, as the sun strides through fixed earth sign Taurus. 

Till next time, dear readers. 

Striving for balance,

Celestial Hermit

 

 

*Just a note about the dual full moons in Libra this Aries season: March’s full moon in Libra occurred at 0° Libra. There are 30° in each sign, from 0 – 29. The Moon moves approximately 13° per day, meaning it takes approximately 30 days to complete a full pass through the signs, from start to finish. As the full moon in March occurred at the exact beginning of the sign Libra, 0°, now 30 days later, it is not surprising that the moon is again found in the sign Libra. The moon will be just about to leave Libra and enter Scorpio when the full moon arrives. This is all just to say that though this occurrence is unusual, it is not entirely unheard of or impossible. Just a little astro-math to chew on 🙂

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Cristina is an astrologer and writer, and is the founder of Eighth House Astrology, her astrological consulting practice. She is the contributing astrologer and co-author of the Celestial Bodies Oracle, a new oracle deck from Serpentfire, due out in 2020. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. She hangs myrtle above her bed.
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Cristina is an astrologer and writer, and is the founder of Eighth House Astrology, her astrological consulting practice. She is the contributing astrologer and co-author of the Celestial Bodies Oracle, a new oracle deck from Serpentfire, due out in 2020. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. She hangs myrtle above her bed.

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