Perhaps you’re feeling the swing already? The Libra Full Moon on April 10/11 brings one final note to the ongoing revolutionary — and revolutionizing — shocks of the last few years. Time to debrief. So, what exactly did you learn?
Let’s let a few astrologers summarize the Libra Full Moon to give you a clue where to start looking:
“Watch for reactions and outpourings to be aggrandized and over-the-top, with a dash of the unexpected. Tensions may mushroom between the pull of a particular relationship or person and your own urge for free agency, dominance or simply being taken into account. …
“Adding to the fun and games is the input pouring in from all over the time/space continuum. Relationships are always a carousel of baggage, to be sure, but what we’ve been experiencing lately transcends button pushing.”
“This Full Moon offers us the chance to release the weight of our burdens, grudges, tensions, restoring harmony and fairness. However, without reciprocity, without giving and taking, there can be no balance. Let’s not forget to look within, hold ourselves accountable for our shortcomings, acknowledge our responsibilities.”
And now, on to the details…
Keeping the Balance
Libra’s a complex realm for the Moon to navigate — complex because it always brings up our encounters with “the Other.” The realm of relationships is rarely simple, but challenges here can bring us to understand the deepest parts of ourselves. This is doubly true when the Full Moon illuminates the sign of the Scales.
Christina of Zodiac Poetry (formerly known as Aeterna of Aeternalight Astrology), dives deep in her exploration of Libra:
“There’s one thing for sure that can be said about the upcoming Full Moon in Libra – it’s heavy. Heavy as in momentous, intense, pivotal, defining — in a way that defies all expectations about Libra’s gracefulness and lightweight clemency. Heavy in the same way the encounter with the Other can be, with its brutally honest way of bringing out the Other in us — the Shadow, the obsession, the self-sabotage.
“Traditionally, ‘I balance’ is Libra’s motto. However, it’s also not unusual to stumble upon descriptions of Libra as the sign with the “iron fist in a velvet glove,” and many find it incredible to associate such statement to the pop-culture depiction of Libra as the shallow, appearance-oriented peacemaker of the Zodiac.
“The metaphor starts to make sense once we cast the popular stereotypes aside, to focus on the true purpose and lesson that lies at the core of Libra; ‘I balance’ suggests that Libran energy is a direct emissary of the Universe’s Law of Compensation. The Universe is a constantly balancing act between interlocking opposites, and yet, balance can’t be completely removed from strife, contrast, unfairness.
“Balance is processual, and Libra knows that — the very notion implies that there must be something to be harmonized, rectified, integrated. Libra’s tightrope walk between darkness and light can still be gracious and infused with aesthetic sense, but the determination, skills and strength behind such acrobatic performance are not to be underestimated. …In short, balance is almost never effortless.”
Love is the Law
Libra’s ruling planet Venus finds herself in an uncomfortable position at the Full Moon. Squared by dour Saturn, and already slowing to end her retrograde in a few days, she may evoke the sadness of finding few good options.
Venus will “receive a strict, rigid square from Retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius, which also sextiles the Moon; at the very least, there will be limitations to acknowledge. Practicing self-discipline is not an easy feat when our sensitivity is being bruised, but failing at moderating ourselves might only result in making someone else feel forced to turn their boundaries to walls.
“Saturn tends to be inflexible, and to deliver instant payback; honoring his authority, and, most importantly, our own integrity, is our best option, and might even help us ground and solidify the positive outcomes. As said before, there’s a reason why Saturn is exalted in Libra.”
When planets near their station points — the degrees at which they transition to or from retrograde or direct motion — they may be felt as palpable forces demanding attention. Kathy Biehl of Empowerment Unlimited advises:
“Venus is only days from stationing direct, on Apr. 15. That date is between this month’s two Moons, both of which she rules: not just the Libra Full Moon, but also the Taurus New Moon coming on Apr. 26. Venus is, in effect, the cosmic hostess for April, with an influence that pervades the entire month.
“Think of the existing relationships and agreements you’ve seen in a different light and reconsidered lately. The old friends and flames who’ve popped up in memory and actual contact. Talents, activities and projects from the past that have reared their heads. Unfinished business you’ve encountered and dealt with (tax prep, anyone?) in the past month. …
“Everything you’ve discovered and explored during the Venus retrograde plays into the Libra Full Moon’s developments. Your retrograde journey affects how you experience, process and move on from whatever happens now.
“That journey will be with you as you find yourself on one seesaw or another. Just ride. Let the seesaws careen back and forth, however the energy is taking them. Notice your reaction, especially to ones you’ve been riding a lot, and especially after the last month.
“If a seesaw feels good or fun, hang on and enjoy. If it doesn’t… get off. Sure, dealing with other people comes with living on this planet. They don’t have to rule your existence, though. Because your most important relationship is with yourself.”
Uranus-Pluto Swan Song
The Libra Full Moon represents the last hurrah of the ongoing square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn that forged the “atmosphere of change” over the past few years.
And so, it’s not surprising that it’s the hot topic for reflection and retrospection among astrologers around the web. Let’s look at it in their own words.
“It’s the final lunation involving the square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. These squares were exact seven times between 2012-2015 but have been still in orb of each other on and off since then. …The Uranus-Pluto squares have changed the world; time pre-2012 may as well be ancient history.
“Well, it’s officially over once and for all. …The Full Moon in Libra taps into this power one last time. One last hurrah for exciting, exhilarating, unnerving, scary transformative power. …
“At this point, I don’t think there’s too many decisions left to be made, to be honest. Most have been made by us or for us already. So, for some of you this Full Moon in Libra might bring signs that you’ve made the right decisions, rather than the need to make new ones.”
“The Moon conjoins retrograde Jupiter in Libra, triggering the current Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto T-square. This might translate as a collision of audacity (Jupiter), obstinate contrariness (Uranus), and morbid compulsion (Pluto); however, it may also manifest as a liberating, cathartic release of pent-up tension that allows for a transparent settlement of conflicts. Connections might expand their range of possibilities (Jupiter) through the deconstruction of outdated, limiting roles/labels (Uranus/Pluto), and radical (Pluto) renewal (Uranus).
“The level of equanimity, tactfulness and common sense held by both parties involved will be a major factor in determining which one of these possible outcomes will actually come true.”
“When Libra is unbalanced, events swing wildly between extremes. Finding the middle ground will be very difficult, especially with Pluto unearthing compulsive feelings. Projection could be a problem — what you're dealing with may be a reflection of the real issue. Jupiter close to the Moon does suggest a hopeful outcome — even if things take off in an unexpected direction, there may be a last minute gift. But there's no guarantee.
“Any opposition is about you versus externals, and when Libra is involved, your relationship with another is key. As you struggle to maintain balance, it will help to own your issues, even if someone is projecting onto you. Try to avoid the Pluto-compulsion trap (X must happen, no matter what). Consider where the other person is coming from. What you're hoping for (Jupiter) may or may not be aligned with what they've got. Hopes are sure to be inflated, and the severity of a potential disruption (Uranus/Pluto) will be in direction proportion. You may receive something very, very good, but it can't hurt to manage your expectations. Maybe what happens is the exact opposite of what you hoped for. And yet, it turns out wonderfully.”
Astrology King’s Jamie Partridge also looks for the silver lining in the arrangement:
“Sun conjunct Uranus does have positive attributes. Apart from being exciting, it opens up your consciousness to higher vibrations. Higher self-awareness and psychic perception will enhance these same properties found with the full moon between Jupiter and Spica.
“You must try, however, not to let restlessness and nervous tension lead to impulsive actions and unnecessary risk taking. Otherwise, unexpected changes and upsetting disruptions would jeopardize your chances of full moon happiness and success.
“Moon opposite Uranus can cause emotional upsets and relationship turmoil. Change is just a part of full moon April 2017. The manner in which you react to change is critical. Impulsive reactions and emotionally based decisions could turn a minor drama into total chaos.
“Try to remain aware of subconscious urges to break free, rebel, or tease just for attention and excitement. Unexpected events, mood swings or emotional detachment can put a lot of strain on an existing relationship.”
There’s always more to learn and explore in astrology. Asteroids, fixed stars, degree symbols and more can add nuance to our astrological understandings.
Chiron, the Wounded Healer
At the moment of the Libra Full Moon, Libra’s ruling planet Venus will be retrograde at 27 degrees Pisces conjunct wounded healer Chiron.
“This is an ‘ouch' influence. … Venus is exalted in Pisces, meaning it expresses its talents quite strongly here. However, the retrograde motion turns the focus internal rather than external, meaning we are working on ourselves here more than we are on others. (Or, at least we should be!)
“The lessons of Venus retrograde in Pisces comes from rediscovering our inner beauty and value, cliché as that sounds. However, the conjunction to Chiron makes this awkward and painful, as if we must first be reminded of how much we feel unloved, unloving and unlovable before we find the redeeming lesson.”
“Full Moon ruler Venus, currently in her Retrograde phase, conjoining Wounded Healer Chiron gives at least two certainties: the major déjà-vu vibes (all retrogrades are about revisiting issues and situations, and Venus’ retrograde cycle makes no exception), and the uncomfortable feeling of having our vulnerable spots exposed. The issues culminating under this Full Moon might touch us right where it hurts, but this will allow us to accept and release the pain we’ve been clinging on to for a long, long time.”
“Venus is temporarily back in the late degrees of all-connected Pisces alongside Chiron, the wounded healer who embodies fully sinking into and mastering physical existence. Their teamwork has the power to dissolve and transmute the emotional harvest of this Full Moon, and the retrograde aftermath as well.”
Spica: The Loveliest Star
The Libra Full Moon also aligns with the fixed star Spica, one of the brightest stars of the ecliptic. Historically, a connection to Spica bodes well for one’s ability to tap into the Zeitgeist, and flow harmoniously with cosmic tides.
“Moon conjunct fixed star Spica gives success, honor, wealth and love. Comfortable and secure living conditions always seem to be provided for. It also gives psychic awareness, androgynous qualities and interest in spirituality and religion. [It can help] transmute above average sexual energy into artistic, creative and spiritual work. This favors scientists, occultists, writers, artist-painters, sculptors and musicians.”
“Spica is the famous star in the wheat sheaf held by Virgo. ‘It gives success, renown, riches, a sweet disposition, love of art and science, unscrupulousness.’ Many elected charts for businesses or marriage will aim to have Spica rising for Robson says it gives ‘Unbounded good fortune, happiness, ecclesiastical preferment, unexpected honor or advancement beyond native’s hopes or capacity.’ Spica also ‘in early astrology was, like all of Virgo, a sign of unfruitfulness and a portent of injustice to innocence; but later on, of eminence, renown, and riches.’
“This paradox makes sense if you think that the fertility can be associated with ideas and creativity that isn’t necessarily biological. If one is not distracted by raising children one can devote more time to other projects. Spica’s fortune also comes from good timing. Successful people know how to align themselves with cycles, when to sow and when to reap, when to buy and when to sell.”
The Sabian Symbols were a popular 20th century system for linking evocative images to individual degrees of the Zodiac. The Sabian Symbol for 22 degrees Libra is: “A child giving birds a drink at a fountain”
In his Sabian Symbol commentary, astrologer Dane Rudhyar wrote: “What you receive from the Infinite, you can give to the finite beings that thirst for it. We do not need to destroy nature’s wilderness through greed and carelessness, we can transform the wilderness into a garden who’s singing fountains will attract birds.”
Though unfamiliar to Western astrologers, the Moon has her own 28-sign Zodiac known as the Lunar Mansions, or Mansions of the Moon. These govern the mood of the day; astrologers consulted them to help choose auspicious times for human activities.
The Libra Full Moon falls in Lunar Mansion 16, Al Jubana, which I nicknamed “The Scales.” It’s a perfect time for gaining wealth and other benefits through astute negotiation.
Last Moon Phase: New Moon Aries
Next Moon Phase: New Moon Taurus
Libra Full Moon Around the World
Full Moon Dates and Times
San Francisco: Monday, Apr. 10, 11:08 p.m. PDT
New York: Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2:08 a.m. EST
São Paulo: Tuesday, Apr. 11, 3:08 a.m. BRDT
London: Tuesday, Apr. 11, 7:08 a.m. GMT
Istanbul: Tuesday, Apr. 11, 9:08 a.m. EEST
Mumbai: Tuesday, Apr. 11, 11:38 a.m. IST
Tokyo: Tuesday, Apr. 11, 3:08 p.m. JST
Sydney: Tuesday, Apr. 11, 4:08 p.m. AEDT