Full Moon in Libra ♎ Apr 11, 2017

Tuesday, Apr 11 at 2.09am EST

This phase is called the Full Pink Moon because, according to The Farmer’s Almanac, it “heralds the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.” The moon will rise at sunset, peak at midnight and set at sunrise.

At this full moon, the Sun and Moon face off in Aries and Libra: one vs. many. The Aries-Libra dichotomy is the relationship axis. The ruling planets of each constellation are Mars and Venus respectively. Venus/Libra the peace-keeper dances with Mars/Aries the egoistic warrior.

As this phase falls in Libra, it suggests conflict with women. Though the conflict may seem to lie outside you, it is really a reflection of inner conflict. Venus/Libra asks whether you are meeting your own needs, and whether your relationships are mutually respectful. Meditate on the health of these relationships and see how this is also a reflection of your own health. Immediately disengage from anything or anyone dragging you down – if you don’t do it, Luna will do it for you, and she can be quite forceful!

Libra comes from the Greek goddess Themis, who was a soothsayer and original founder of the Oracle of Delphi. Her prowess is therefore not to be denied, nor her insights questioned. In Greek mythology, disregarding Themis incurred the wrath of Nemesis, goddess of retribution. Nemesis’ arrival is an indication that hubris has been committed – to disobey Libra is an exhibition of arrogance, or the belief that your lower mind can somehow trump the wisdom of immortal celestial deities. In English we use the word nemesis to describe someone who is an enemy. How interesting that those we consider problematic are, in theory, sent to us because we have not heeded the advice of demiurges such as Libra/Themis.

Even if we ignore our intuition, conflict will direct us where we need to go. Flashbacks and revisitation of old traumas are possible. I hope you have all found beautiful friends to walk beside you through these gates of hell.

This full moon will be conjunct Jupiter Retrograde in Libra, which is noteworthy and certainly suggests “good things,” but it may not be enough to counteract the other aspect at play: full moon opposite Uranus. Here we are restless, feverish, unstable, ready to abandon ourselves to anything at all. We crave stimulation and excitement so much that we are cranky, stubborn, nervous, unable to concentrate and impossible to please, even if we do find whatever it is we are looking for. Although we crave closeness (Libra), we will escape immediately if intimacy does arise. We want two things at once, two irreconcilable modes: to be wrapped tightly in the arms of another, and to be free, perfectly and incandescently free. To say the least, this aspect is incredibly difficult to work with.

No event here is quiet or ordinary, but rather quite powerful. Our karma depends on whether we have accepted our lessons. Our karma depends on our Self-love. If you’re not at the right gig, prepare for a change in direction. Like a new star, like a butterfly unfurling, soar as though you have just discovered your body. The real magic is the rebirth, fire-licked flesh, bone-white glare, muscles bursting as we lurch from the rubble to the highest peak!

Celebrate the full moon with Libra Yoga. To ascertain your personal moon sign, click here.

Mantra:  Truth

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