Libra Full Moon

Venus in ascendance: Libra Full Moon and Venus at a standstill

“Moon Mates” by Goldenwolfen

The Full Moon in Libra takes place the evening of April 10th or morning of April 11th, depending on your time zone (6:08 am GMT on April 11th).  This Full Moon is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, harmony, beauty, romance, attraction, and wealth.  Known as the “lesser benefic,” Venus generally bestows blessings of harmonious energies and opens the heart if well aspected.

Venus has been retrograde since March 4th, turning our attention to the past and bringing us in contact with people, events and issues which we may have thought were long past.  Retrograde Venus is important for helping us to realign our relationships with our current selves, but it is not always an easy path.  Venus is stationary in the sky right now as it prepares to turn direct in a few days and we may feel somewhat stuck, unable to move forwards but also not able to let go of the past.

To complicate matters further, Venus is locked in a tight conjunction to Chiron, the planet of wounding and healing.  This combination of planets is superb for growing through circumstances which may have prevented us from opening our hearts in the past – IF we face the demons that are presented to us at this time.  The heart cannot open if it is full of resentment and blame, and Venus/Chiron combinations will bring these to the forefront so that they may be resolved.

At the time of the lunation, the Libra Moon aligns with Jupiter, also in Libra, further amplifying the Libran urge to find balance and harmony through justice and common ground. All Full Moons incorporate a need to find  balance between two polarities, the Sun in one and the Moon in another and this is no exception.  The polarity here is a balance between our own personal needs (Aries) and finding our own equilibrium and inner balance (Libra).

This Full Moon interacts with Uranus, Pluto AND Jupiter, setting off the big Uranus/Pluto cycle once again and fomenting an irrepressible urge to break through barriers (Pluto), throw off any shackles that may bind you (Uranus) and find your own way (Jupiter).  Libra dislikes conflict, but under this influence conflict will be difficult to avoid.  The ideal path is not around any conflict that should come up, but directly through it, maintaining the Aries focus on self-preservation while using the Libran awareness of both sides of every issue to find resolution and healing.

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By | 2017-04-10T15:06:00+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Moon|3 Comments

Libra Full Moon, March 27 2013: Finding balance in chaos

Full Moons are all about balancing polar opposites since during the Full Moon the Sun is in the sign opposing the sign the Moon is in.  The polarities of the zodiac are oppositional in nature but some of the polarities are more oppositional than others.  Taurus and Scorpio both are sensual and stubborn.  Gemini and Sagittarius both hunger for knowledge.

In the Libra Full Moon the Sun is in Aries, and this time around the Sun has a lot of company in a tight Aries stellium which includes Venus, Sun, Uranus and Mars.  Aries is ruled by Mars, so the fact that Mars is in Aries is itself a “double whammy” which exponentially increases the aggressive fire and force of the Aries influence.  Mars and Aries are self-initiatory – at their best they inspire, motivate and create a force that is unstoppable.  If thwarted, diminished or blocked they evoke rage and a rebellious fervor that is particularly strong now since Mars itself is conjunct Uranus, the very planet of revolution.

And yet the Full Moon is in Libra and our hearts are longing for peace and harmonious connection with others.  The Libra Moon, which is much more polite and tends to withdraw from conflict. Libra is the sign of balance in any case – striving for balance in a polarized world. In this lunation, where the force of Libra’s opposite polarity, Aries, is so powerful, that balance will be much harder to achieve. But achieve balance we must – that is the lesson of the Libra Full Moon.

At its core, the Aries/Libra polarity teaches us to integrate our need for individuality (Aries) with our need for beautiful connections that inspire noble truths (Libra).  This polarity is made even more difficult by the fact that Libra’s ruler Venus is in its opposite sign of Aries – yet another symbol of the need to balance the personal (Mars/Aries) with the social (Venus/Libra), the self (Mars/Aries) with the couple or friendship (Venus/Libra).  Yin and Yang – darkness and light.  Each can’t exist in the presence of the other – yet they must.

Mars and Aries work with the personal Will, and at this Full Moon we have even greater potential to create magic through focusing the Will and desires. This means that it is incredibly important to use conscious awareness of what you desire at this time, because it is likely to be fulfilled.

Mars is exactly square Pluto at the Full Moon, challenging the personal Will against the Will of the higher self and beginning to tighten the Uranus/Pluto square with its powerful revolutionary force. There is an awkward aspect (quincunx) between Saturn and Mars that suggests some frustration during this time but the harmonious sextile from Saturn to Pluto helps to provide some grounding into the realm of the practical.

Surprises are likely with the strong presence of Uranus linking the Sun to Mars.  Uranus brings about new ideas and a fresh approach to moving through life that shatters old paradigms.  But this Full Moon also includes a Yod (Finger of Fate) aspect with Saturn at its apex, and with Saturn (the taskmaster which offers rewards for hard work and discipline) attention will be required in order to make the giant leap that is possible now.

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By | 2013-03-27T08:53:32+00:00 March 27th, 2013|Moon|0 Comments

Libra Full Moon, April 17 2011: A time for balance

Libra Full Moon The time of the Full Moon, when the Sun in the sky is exactly opposite the Moon from our vantage point on earth, is always a time for balance.  The Sun is our conscious Self – our goals, our visions, our ideas that combine to create our lives.  The Moon illustrates our instincts and our subconscious needs and desires – the emotions that can be murky but always real and true.

The lunar cycle is symbolic of the dance between our conscious awareness and the inner world of the emotions, a polarity which requires balance and integration just as all polarities in astrology do.  The entire wheel of the zodiac is a system of polarities, in which each pair of signs represent oppositional forces that require balance and integration.  The nodes of the Moon, which we look to for signals about the direction of our personal revolution, are in opposite signs and opposite houses and demonstrate the need, throughout our life, to balance these opposing forces.

Libra is the sign that embodies this principle.  Under Libra, the principle of balance and integration is at its strongest because Libra itself urges the understanding of elements that are in relationship to each other and the need to find balance between them.  We see this most easily in our own personal relationships, in which my needs (symbolized by Aries) may conflict with your needs.  The needs of the “I” and the “Other” must be balanced and integrated if healthy relationships are to occur.

When the Moon is full in Libra, it opposes the Aries Sun.  Under Libra we desire to connect with others, and Aries prefers independent action so this Full Moon requires that we find a balance between our more self-directed motivations from the powerful Aries influence this month, and our need for peace and harmony and connection, which is highlighted not only in this Libra Full Moon but also by Venus, Libra’s ruler, which is still in Pisces (the sign that longs to merge and dissolve boundaries).  Venus in Pisces is romantic and kind, but dislikes any separation yet this Full Moon requires that we be able to connect and separate, and then connect again.

An opposition of Mars (planet of action) to Saturn (planet of restriction), which culminates on the 18th, is embedded in the chart of the Full Moon which suggests  that our urges and desires (Mars) will not be able to operate unfettered by responsibility and a sense of self-discipline (Saturn).  This element could create a sense of frustration during the Full Moon period, which lasts for about three days after the exact lunar alignment.

Any Full Moon is a good time for emotional work, since the emotions are in the ascendancy with the bright Moon.  During this Full Moon you may want to examine where your own relationship life is out of balance.  Where are you letting your own needs take precedence over the needs of your loved ones?  Where do you give too much and neglect your own self?  The Libra Full Moon will help us to find that balance.

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By | 2011-04-16T07:06:02+00:00 April 16th, 2011|Moon|2 Comments

Libra Full Moon today, March 29

Full Moon in LibraVenus rules today under the Libra Full Moon which culminates at 10:25 pm Eastern time.  When the Moon is full, the light of our emotional interior as described by the Moon is more powerful than the light of the conscious mind as represented by the Sun, and there is a culmination of our hopes, dreams and desires.  In Libra the Moon craves partnership, balance and harmony.  There is a longing here for integration and a need for connection and peace.

The Libra Full Moon is opposite the Aries Sun, which is primarily driven by a need for self-assertion.  The Aries Sun seeks leadership and adventure and a positive expression of the aggressive instinct.  Under the influence of the Full Moon, this brash individuality must be balanced with the Libra desire for peace and harmony.

Pluto forms a challenging square to both the Sun and Moon in the chart of the lunation, suggesting that something must be surrendered in order for transformation to take place.  Whenever Pluto is involved there is a call to strip away the fluff and emerge naked in a state of Truth.

At its core, the tension between Libra and Aries is the need to achieve a balance between the Self and the Other.  This is one of the major defining principles of life on Earth, and any imbalance in this area of our lives at this time will be revealed now as something to work through and master.  Pluto’s goal is to bring us into our full empowerment, and in this lunation (lunar event) any power imbalance in relationships of any kind will be revealed.

Venus is in a nearly exact harmonious sextile to Neptune during the lunation, and very tightly sextile to Chiron as well, strengthening its influence now.  Venus and Neptune are closely related; in fact Neptune is often called the “higher octave” of Venus.  Where Venus represents love and affection, Neptune’s domain includes what could be called “higher love” – divine compassion and transcendence of the human limitations of love and relating.  There is a flowing creativity present in this lunar event that will be very useful for dreamwork or spiritual experience through conscious intent.

Venus is also exactly, to the minute, in a semi-sextile (or 30 degree) aspect to Uranus which suggests the need for adjustment as something new and different (Uranus) enters the picture and begins to create change.

This Full Moon is the culmination of a cycle that began with the New Moon in Pisces two weeks ago.  We began with a focus on an inner flow that transcends personal experience, and now we find ourselves in a balance that is very strongly personal – the balance between the Self and the Other.  Any kind of spiritual balance requires conscious attention and presence, and today’s Full Moon is a particularly beautiful opportunity to find that balance.

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By | 2010-03-29T08:07:07+00:00 March 29th, 2010|Moon|3 Comments

Pluto trine the Libra Full Moon – a new kind of diplomacy?:


I can’t help but look at Nancy Pelosi’s renegade trip to Syria in light of the recent Full Moon in Libra. Libra is the sign of diplomacy and relationship building, and the Full Moon, of which we are still basking in its shadow, made a trine to Pluto which generates transformation and powerful change.

The foreign policy of George Bush consists of ignoring nations that you don’t agree with and bullying those that you do agree with, and most thinking people agree that this has not been an effective strategy. The contrast between Nancy Pelosi’s trips to the Middle East, where she encouraged a dialogue between nations, and that of Condoleeza Rice which consisted more of bullying and criticism, was striking.

Also under the Full Moon, the British government quietly handed back to Iran a political prisoner in exchange for the release of British Sailors by the government of Iran. In my view, this was a lovely example of how a little give and take can solve an immediate issue and make everyone look like heroes.

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By | 2007-04-05T18:50:00+00:00 April 5th, 2007|Moon|Comments Off on Pluto trine the Libra Full Moon – a new kind of diplomacy?:
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