Full Moon in Libra: Both Sides Now
When Earth is situated directly between the moon and the sun, the surface of our moon appears fully illuminated. We see in the dark and what the moon is specifically showing us depends upon the placement. This is the second full moon in Libra, the sign of the scales. (The first was March 20th). Our sun is in Libra’s opposite sign of Aries (at the final degree: 29) and these two archetypes sit across from each other on the zodiacal wheel. For every sign, there is a polarity and you should not and will not have one without the other.
The Aries-Libra polarity is all about negotiating balance between the self and the other. Whereas Aries asserts itself in the I AM voice, Libra is all about the other. When out of balance, Aries can be too self-obsessed and Libra so fixated on others that they forget the self. Aries, ruled by Mars, is the active or masculine force to Libra’s Venusian receptivity. This full moon sheds literal light on us and urges us to focus on ways in which we’re asserting ourselves in relationship with others. It’s all about finding the self so that we can accept that self and then bring it into relationships.
Aries likes authenticity, speaking truth, making decisions, and forward momentum whereas Libra can get caught in the balancing act of its image: the scales of justice. The magic of Libra is that it sees things from everyone’s point of view, so much so that it can get caught in the middle, unable to decide. Aries makes a decision based on the self, whereas Libra takes its time, weighing options and being ultra diplomatic and too slow for fiery Aries. The full moon illuminates the path from self to other and back again which is, at its best, an ever-generating feedback loop of love, insight, and clarity, and at its worst, codependent, depleting, and without healthy boundaries.
Have you ever had your pupils dilated at the eye doctors’ office? The world appears too bright. Too much. You have to get out your ultra hip (and Libra does insist upon this) sunglasses. You’ll get a hit of that luminescence (as this full moon is at 29 degrees). if you were born in the last days of a cardinal sign (Aries, Libra, Cancer, Capricorn) or if you have personal planets or your ascendant at or near 27-29 degrees of the Cardinal Cross.
Libra is a cardinal air sign and as such, is an initiator. They get the thing started and Libra gets it started in a conceptual way, as air is the headiest of elements. Libra isn’t the workhorse of the zodiac. Libra will draw up the plan and have a team of people enact it, and yes, Libra is conceptualizing his plan from a super modern lux hotel suite if he has anything to say about it. Libra takes the initial energetic fiery impulses of Aries and adds fuel i.e. air to the fire. Libra figures out how to use the energy for the greater good but can oft be so concerned with the collective that he loses himself. One remedy is to look across the zodiac to his opposite sign and get a few hits of the Aries identity-centric vibe.
This full moon is the pinnacle, the peak moment, the biggest and brightest. The energy of the last few weeks (since the new moon in Aries) comes to a head, and we look back at whatever we’ve built. Uranus, the great disruptor, is conjunct our sun and infuses this full moon with a push towards self-realization and acceptance of our uniqueness, our weirder qualities. See, accept, integrate. And do it with style.
I’ll say it again: The time to hesitate is through. Well, rest on the full moon (April 19) and then act (Aries) because Libra can get so caught up in indecision that he pisses off the very people he’s trying not to hurt. Better to act than be paralyzed by indecision, but better to compromise than to say “me, me, me.” Libra throws up his arms and says “It’s all bullshit.” After you look at it from both sides, ask: Where are the action points?
Where are you being overly diplomatic? Overly selfish? The Libra-Aries polarity asks you to get into the details of the self-other dilemma and with the moon at its brightest, we can see more clearly our relationship to relationships.