FULL MOON IN LIBRA – Balancing the needs of self and others while ushering in new growth (March 20, 2019)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 6:42 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Aries will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Libra.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 1° of Aries and 1° of Libra in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

It is important to start by saying that this Libra Full Moon also occurs on the same day that the Sun moves into fiery Aries.  This marks the Equinox and is traditionally considered the beginning of a new astrological year.  The chart on that day is often compared to a solar return chart (i.e., influences for the next year) for each of us individually and also for humanity.  Having the Equinox and the Full Moon occur on the same day is rare and adds a very special significance.

Additionally, because this Full Moon is happening within the first degree of both Aries and Libra (i.e., 0° 09’ to be exact), this means it is occurring at what is called the Aries Point.  This means that the chances are greater that there will be increased visibility and clarity.  Whatever occurs during this time is going to be very apparent and even public.  This could mean that we cannot hide what is going on, or something that has been covered up will suddenly become very apparent.  (Although the story broke before this Full Moon, I can’t help but think of the college admission scandals as a good example.)  However, it could also manifest differently.  We may suddenly see things more clearly than we have in the past.  This could relate to external events or inner musings.  Again, this could be either individually or as a society . . . and likely both!

All Full Moons ask us to explore whether it is possible for us to attain a better balance between the two signs involved.  With this Libra New Moon, balance is even more important because Libra is all about balance.  The two signs involved are Aries, which focuses on independence, and Libra, which focuses on interdependence.  Neither end of this teeter-totter can be ignored, and it’s likely there are areas of our lives where we need some adjustments.

With the Sun conjunct (0°) Chiron, the chances are good that we each need to pull back and heal some inner wounds (Chiron) before we can be an effective partner (Libra).  The Sun shines its light on our woundedness, and this makes healing more likely.  But the extra illumination also may leave us feeling vulnerable and exposed, especially given the Aries Point issues discussed above and the Moon (emotions) pulling on Chiron from the opposite side of the sky.  However, it is only when we can see something clearly that can we fix it.  And with the Moon in Libra, this means that our healing work will likely involve emotional issues (Moon) and the changes will influence our relationships (Libra).  Luckily, having Libra involved should help balance out our emotions.

However, the Libra Moon and the Sun/Chiron in Aries are squaring (90°) Jupiter.  Squares often indicate turning points, so we may need to make some important decisions or changes related to our beliefs, our educational goals, or even legal issues (Jupiter).  Whatever is being considered needs to take into consideration your individual needs (Aries) and the needs of others (Libra).  But Jupiter often brings a sense of optimism and hope, and we all may have an inner feeling that growth and new beginnings are either happening or are right around the corner.

Venus in Aquarius is in an exact square (90°) to Mars in Taurus at the time of the Full Moon.  Aquarius and Taurus are fixed signs, and aspects between Venus and Mars are often associated with relationships.  Given any square can cause friction, the fixed signs can indicate that if an argument starts, it may be hard for either side to back down.  It will be important to pick our battles and recognize that sometimes a relationship will move forward only when we agree to disagree about certain issues.  Luckily, optimistic Jupiter is in a trine (120°) to Mars and a sextile (60°) to Venus.  We can use these supportive aspects to help us move toward resolution by focusing on shared beliefs and values (Jupiter) that draw us together rather than getting lost in details that drive us apart.

Also, at the time of the Full Moon, Mars is also in a wonderful trine (120°) to Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node, all of which are conjunct (0°) in Capricorn.  Courageous actions taken now (Mars) may have long-term effects that lead to a strong foundation (Saturn) as we move forward.  If we’ve recently been feeling listless, Pluto’s presence provides us with a boost of energy and power that will help us take those actions.  And finally, the South Node can support us in tapping into knowledge we’ve gained from past (and even past life) experiences.

However, with retrograde Mercury conjunct (0°) Neptune in Pisces, we need to remember that sometimes our thoughts and communication can be a little foggy at times.  The good news is that this aspect means that thoughts and conversations will be very spiritually-focused, and we will likely find that our creativity (especially with words) is enhanced.  We would be well-advised to cross-check our facts and make sure that whatever we are contemplating is actually viable.  If we can do that, then the creativity provided by this Piscean influence could provide some ideas with long-lasting and positive effects on both ourselves and those around us.  And luckily, Mercury is in a sweet sextile (60°) to Saturn, which will help us slow down, be reasonable, and think rationally.

Venus enters Pisces on Tuesday, March 26, where it will remain until April 21.  We can get “lost in love” when Venus travels through watery Pisces, and there is the potential to slip into martyrdom or victimization within our relationships or even our financial situation.  But this placement does enhance our capacity for compassion, tenderness, affection, and forgiveness.  It may feel, though, as if we are longing for something that is nebulous and cannot be defined.  If things start to feel a bit unstable, Venus’s transit through Pisces may be the reason.  Everything is often seen in alternating shades of black, white, and shades of gray.

On Thursday, March 28, Mercury will move out of retrograde and move direct again in Pisces.  It usually takes a few days for Mercury to pick up speed, but we all should find that snafus become less common in all arenas as we move into April.  Any spiritual discoveries we’ve made while Mercury was moving through Pisces will be easier to express now.  However, Mercury is still in Pisces until April 18, which means our thoughts and communication may be more intuitive and emotional until Merc moves out of Pisces and into Aries.

Then on Saturday, March 30, Mars will move out of Taurus and into Gemini, where it will remain until mid-May.  Compared to the slower, methodical energy of Taurus, Gemini is like a green light for Mars.  Although the Gemini energy means that our thoughts and actions could be scattered, it also provides our words with more power.  This means that debates could become heated.  It would be helpful if we instead tapped into the lighter energy of Gemini that loves to have fun.  Mars in Gemini means we have the ability to connect with activities and people that we enjoy, especially if we can “use our words” and even learn something in the process.

Overall, we need to constantly be checking in with our inner values and core “self” during the Libra Full Moon.  By doing so, our relationships with others will be stronger and more rewarding.  If we have recently been either too focused on our own needs or too focused on the needs of others, now is a good time to do some inner healing work and make needed adjustments.  However, if you are starting to feel a sense of optimism and hopefulness, you probably aren’t alone!  Spring has sprung (in the Northern Hemisphere), and growth is palpable . . . in fact, it feels almost inevitable for many of us.  We don’t have everything sorted out yet, but it’s like an intuitive feeling of something about to burst forth in our lives.  Libra and Venus-related issues (e.g., relationships, finances) are highlighted, but any area of our live can be positively impacted.  Enjoy!


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Full Moon at 1° of Libra

  • Wednesday, March 20, 6:42 p.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, March 20, 9:42 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, March 21, 1:42 a.m. GMT

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