Happy Full Moon in Libra! This Full Moon at nearly 27 degrees of Libra became exact at 2:54 PM New York time (18:54 GMT) on Saturday, April 16, 2022.
This Libra Full Moon is the final lunation before the beginning of the first Eclipse Season of 2022, which also coincides with a Mercury Retrograde period. This Full Moon forms a difficult, potentially destructive square with Pluto in Capricorn—however, this Full Moon coincides with a very benevolent, rare Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in Neptune’s modern home sign of Pisces—which also happens to be Jupiter’s ancient home sign. Jupiter and Neptune sextile Pluto, softening the effect of the moon’s square to Pluto, and emphasizing the benevolent energies available around creative endeavors.
The sun and moon also form supportive, benevolent aspects with Saturn in Aquarius, meaning that whatever positive things come out of this important lunation, they should have staying power, especially if they are geared toward assisting the collective at large or connected to technology.
Libra is a cardinal air sign that is represented by the glyph of scales, demonstrating the need for balance and harmony as one of the irreplaceable parts of a healthy life. Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and relationships. Libra very much has to do with relationships—including romantic and familial—and diplomacy, fairness and balance. It is the ruler of the 7th house, which is the House of Partnerships, governing—as you might guess—relationships and partnerships.
I’ll spend some time later in this article discussing familial relationship dynamics from a soul level—very much a Libra topic.
This Libra Full Moon also reminds us of the essential need in life to balance everything--including balance between the feminine and masculine energies (the yin and the yang), the inner and outer experiences of life, as well as the right and left brain hemispheres.
Ask yourself how balance fits into your life at the current moment and what you need to do to become more balanced in all ways. Ask yourself or, better yet, journal on these questions:
In what areas of my life am I underfocused? What do I need more of?
In what areas of my life am I overfocused? What do I need less of?
In what ways do I need to express more Divine Masculine energy (e.g. logic, grounding, pragmatism, physical exertion) in my life?
In what ways do I need to express more Divine Feminine energy (e.g. creativity, softness, intuition, artistic expression, 'go-with-the-flow attitude') in my life?
What aspects of the Shadow Masculine do I need to release from my expression of life (e.g. trying to control too much; stubbornness; suppressing/numbing emotions; being overreactive/having angry outbursts)?
What aspects of the Shadow Feminine do I need to release from my expression of life (e.g. codependency; martyrdom; being 'lost in the clouds'; fears of being seen/heard)?
In which moments of my life do I feel the most balanced and centered? What activities or rituals bring me into balance and centeredness? How could I apply that feeling of balance and centeredness to the other aspects of my life that tend to feel more off-kilter?
Which aspects of my 'outer' reality need more tender loving care at this time? What parts of my ‘outer’ garden need watering?
Which aspects of my inner world need more tender loving care at this time? What parts of my ‘inner’ garden need watering?
What moves/decisions would the most balanced version of myself make over the next few months?
JUPITER AND NEPTUNE MEET IN PISCES: SIGNIFICANT HISTORICAL EVENTS & INNOVATIONS
Expansive, opportunistic Jupiter meets with dreamy, ethereal Neptune in the sign of Pisces. This exact conjunction occurred on April 12 in the U.S.A.
Jupiter-Neptune meetings have tended to coincide with interesting innovations and nationalist movements or beginnings or endings of international conflicts. For example, the last Jupiter-Neptune meeting was in 2009, and it was around the time when Bitcoin began and Avatar was released—still the highest-grossing film of all time and quite renowned as an artistic and creative masterpiece. It was also the peak of the global financial crisis and when Bernie Madoff was sentenced to prison.
Some other significant events around Jupiter-Neptune conjunctions:
In 1997, the United Kingdom returned Hong Kong to China
In 1984, Apple launched the Macintosh personal computer
In 1971, it was the peak of The Troubles—the ethno-nationalist movement in Northern Ireland
In 1958, President Eisenhower was the voice of the first radio broadcast from space
In 1945, World War II ended and the U.S.S.R. created a communist government in North Korea
In 1920 it marked the end of the Spanish Flu pandemic, the second deadliest plague in recorded history
In 1881 Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell formed the Oriental Telephone Company
This Jupiter-Neptune conjunction is already coinciding with the most significant international conflict since World War II. How will the exact conjunction affect the war? Will it bring an end to the war or worsen it?
Although I, like everyone else, want it to be the former, I fully expect the latter. Many experts believe Putin won’t stop at attempting to conquer the Ukraine—that other former Soviet Bloc nations could be at risk, too.
With Jupiter and Neptune forming a confusing, inharmonious quincunx/inconjunct to the moon in diplomacy-concerned Libra, any diplomatic attempts on the international geopolitical stage may be exceptionally difficult at this time. It’s more likely that the relevant actors will be more likely to dig in their heels—as historically, radical nationalism has been a seeming side effect of the Jupiter-Neptune conjunctions. With Saturn squaring the North Node of the moon in Taurus, there is a sense of stubbornness about—again digging in one’s heels on the world stage, in spite of the potential long-term consequences. (However, with the North Node trining Pluto, it could perhaps be said that the stubbornness and stupidity of the world geopolitical actors could all be a part of a larger breakdown of the legacy structures that are a necessary part of the human race’s evolutionary process through this Age of Aquarius. I suppose that remains to be seen.)
What innovations will be birthed from this conjunction? Elon Musk is currently attempting to buy Twitter outright and innovate the crucial social networking platform. What other interesting innovations or inventions will become public knowledge over the next month? With Jupiter and Neptune sextiling both Pluto (in Capricorn) and the North Node of the moon (in Taurus)—and Saturn (in Aquarius) trining the moon and sextiling the sun—any technological innovations or advancements that come out at this time will likely have staying power.
However, with the Jupiter-Neptune v. moon inconjunct, others may not really understand innovations that come out at this time—but if you’re an innovator, don’t let that stop you! People didn’t understand Bitcoin at first, now everyone wishes they had bought some 10+ years ago.
On an individual level, take hold of the prosperous and innovative aspect of the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction and dream big. What have you been dreaming of that you haven’t really made any movement on? Now would be the time to take a new job; launch a new project, course or website; or to ask your crush out.
Take notes in your journal or phone with any good ideas, innovations, and life dreams that come into your mind at this time. It’s as if we have a window during this time into the highest possibilities for us in this earthly incarnation.
Also, this is a great time to really delve into the dream world, with this important conjunction occurring in dreamy Pisces—the ruler of the dream world.
I’m a huge fan of the dream world. I’m genuinely excited to go to sleep at night, to see where the dream world will take me. I have so much adventure in my dream state that I don’t have the opportunity to partake in in my waking reality.
Sometimes I find meanings in my dreams, while oftentimes I just see my dream world adventures as fun/interesting experiences. If you really want to get serious about interpreting your dreams, then keep a dream journal; and don't take anything from a dream book or a YouTube video or web page about dream symbols at face value.
Dream interpretation is extremely complex and personal. Sometimes just one or two symbols in a dream are the really relevant parts when it comes to interpretation. But the theme and feeling of the dream must be taken into account, as well as—most importantly—how you felt about the symbols during the dream.
This would also be an auspicious time to (safely and legally) explore the astral realms with psychedelics or plant medicines, if you feel so inclined. However, since Jupiter grows/expands things but doesn’t really stop, one needs to be careful right now not to overdo it with psychedelics or plant medicines, as overdoing it (or doing it in the wrong setting) could lead to being ungrounded, living in illusion, or suffering from mental illness.
Let’s transition to discussing some of the more difficult aspects of the abundant Libra energy at this time, like codependence vs. independence, digging up deep wounds, and soul-level family dynamics.
CODEPENDENCE VS. INDEPENDENCE
With the Libra moon opposing the sun in Aries, we see an interaction between the polarities of codependency and independence. Though the higher aspect of Libra is balance and harmony, one of the lower aspects is codependency. Those people with a lot of Libra in their natal charts, or with Libra as their South Lunar Node, may tend to fall into patterns of codependency and have trouble asserting themselves. Aries, on the other hand, is the most fiercely independent sign in the Zodiac. Aries is a leader, while Libra is usually more of a follower.
Here are some good questions to ponder or journal on:
In what ways do I tend to be unhealthily codependent with others?
Is there a part of me that feels incapable? What does that part of me feel incapable of?
In what ways do I knowI need to become more independent?
In what ways am I stubborn? What might allowing a little bit more help from others do for me?
Who am I if I no longer have anything to prove to the world?
DIGGING UP DEEP WOUNDS
Destructive, upheaving, transformative, Scorpio-ruled Pluto in the sign of stubborn, hardened, unforgiving, Saturn-ruled Capricorn squaring this Full Moon is the most difficult aspect featured in this Full Moon chart.
In the outer world, we could unfortunately see the Russia-Ukraine War get even more violent over the next 28 days due to Pluto’s destructive influence. (As a reminder, though, astrology is never predictive; it is merely a template of energies, and world events may or may not fit well into that template.)
On the micro level, this Pluto square may bring out our deepest wounds so that we can address them. Pluto is of the Scorpio nature, which rules over death/rebirth, transformation, power and sexuality. The energy of this Full Moon may bring up difficult feelings within that have to especially do with feeling powerless in our lives. If these feelings arise from difficult, codependent romantic or relationship issues, these issues could arise around this time to be renegotiated during this 28-day Full Moon cycle or later on during the upcoming Eclipse Season.
Libra is associated with family dynamics, so now would be a good time to discuss family dynamics from a soul level.
SOUL-LEVEL FAMILY DYNAMICS
Have you already heard of a thing called the Life Plan? Have you heard that you choose your parents, siblings, place of birth and even your future partners before you are born? This is all completely true! Before you come into the body, you are the soul. As the soul, you work with Spirit Guides, angels, Ascended Masters, and other souls to intricately create your Life Plan. Where you are born, the parents you are born to, the gists of your relationships with those parents and any siblings, and your romantic partners are just a few of the things that are planned out pre-birth.
The intention of the Life Plan is to create the necessary situations that will give you the opportunity to negotiate the lessons your soul desires for you to work through. As you complete (or partially complete) each lesson, that experience gained contributes to the evolution of your soul and contributes to balancing/expanding your toroidal field.
The particular lessons your soul chooses to partake in in a given lifetime are directly related to karma accumulated by the soul in previous lifetimes.
Negative karmic experiences create imbalances/deficiencies in the toroidal field that need to be balanced in that or another lifetime. The soul almost always wishes to directly experience the positive and negative aspects of all possible themes experienced. Sometimes this will create negative karma, and like a boomerang, the opportunity to balance that karma will come to you in a different lifetime, providing the opportunity for healing, balance, gain of wisdom, and eventually to teach or model that wisdom to others in some way. On top of general karma from past lives that the soul wishes to balance in a particular lifetime, there is also specific karma that exists between particular souls. For example, you and your mother may have incarnated together many times, perhaps being sisters in one lifetime; friends in another; and husband and wife in yet another. To create a general example here for teaching purposes, let's say that there is a lot of karma carried over from the most recent incarnation where you and your mother incarnated together.
Let's say that in the most recent lifetime with your mother you actually played the role of husband and wife. Perhaps the character your soul was playing had left the character your mother's soul was playing and ran off with another woman. Perhaps your mother's soul's character felt betrayed. In this example, the memories of that relationship from that most recent lifetime would be stored in the backs of your chakras in this lifetime (all memories from other lifetimes are stored in the backs of your chakras). Due to this karmic memory, perhaps in this lifetime your mom would be overbearing and overprotective of you because she would have a deep-seated fear of you betraying her. Perhaps she would get jealous of your partners. Perhaps she would act passive-aggressively or even manifest illnesses to see if you truly loved her and cared about her or if you would leave her like you did in the last lifetime. This is just one general example of karma that could be carried over from another lifetime and play out between souls; the possibilities are endless when it comes to situations that may be played out between souls in other lifetimes that get karmically carried over into the current lifetime. One of my favorite parts of the work that I do is seeing what happened in past lives between souls and getting a sense of what's in the Soul Contract. I do this in my Soul Plan Readings. You will know when there is significant past-life karma between yourself and a family member when you often have irrational emotional reactions to things that shouldn't logically cause such reactions (or they have those irrational reactions). You might intuitively feel that there is a deeper issue with a particular family member than just what has happened in this lifetime.
Oftentimes there is significant past-life karma with those family members with whom we have had the most difficult relationships in this lifetime. (And ironically enough, those family members with whom we have had the most difficult relationships in this lifetime are usually the souls that we are closest to in the astral plan—likely a part of our Soul Group of twelve or our Monadic Group of 144 souls.) The natural evolution of all relationships is toward resolution, whether it seems like it or not. Each soul desires not only to balance its 'personal' accumulated karma, but also the specific karma it carries with another soul. This karma can be worked out in the afterlife or other lifetimes if need be, but there is often the possibility for some sort of resolution to occur in the current lifetime. So even for those really difficult family relationships that seem like it will be impossible to resolve the relationship in this lifetime, there still is a chance that the opportunity will arrive in the future for some resolution to occur. Sometimes, it requires one of the persons involved going through a 'Dark Night of the Soul' for there to be a strong enough desire to change the relationship and to make amends. In other situations, there may not be resolution until one or both of the people involved are nearing the ends of their earthly incarnations. And sometimes, there just isn't any resolution that occurs while in the physical, and the resolution needs to be worked in the afterlife and/or other lifetimes. Each relationship is entirely unique, and thus there isn't any one-size-fits-all approach that will heal every relationship. Sometimes, giving someone the benefit of the doubt and being willing to forgive and let go of what happened in the past leads to a renewed relationship that is supportive to both parties. Sometimes, however, a relationship isn't ready to move into a healthier stage of its evolution, and the best option for the well-being of both parties is for the relationship to at least temporarily end—and this includes family relationships. Sometimes, it will take a years of silence between parties before the resolution can occur. Sometimes, a bit of separation is all a relationship needs to rebalance itself. You might argue constantly with your mom while you live with her, but when your job takes you out-of-state and you see her only once a year, all of a sudden you both might realize that your time together is precious and you both naturally let go of grievances against one another. We learn most from the most difficult relationships. Those family members, partners, ex-partners, friends, bosses and co-workers that trigger us the most are inevitably helping us to negotiate our pre-planned Life Lessons. In the highest sense, these people playing frustrating roles in our lives are truly serving us. These most difficult relationships are giving you an opportunity to grow spiritually and to do exactly what you had planned to do before you put on your 'bodysuit' as a human being. The most difficult part often is figuring out what you are meant to learn. Sometimes a relationship is trying to teach you how to respect yourself; sometimes it is trying to teach you how to let go; sometimes it is trying to teach you how to become your truest self; and sometimes it is trying to teach you how to be vulnerable. Here are some questions to consider when ruminating on your familial relationships (or any troubling/frustrating relationships) and how you can best navigate them. Journaling on these questions may give you valuable insight:
Ideally, what would I like to experience from the relationship with this person?
If I had to guess, what does the other person want to experience out of the relationship with me?
What irritates or frustrates me most about this person?
Do I tend to do the same thing that that person does that annoys me, but in a smaller dose or in a different way? If so, could I acknowledge that fact and make that part of me that does that feel a little bit more welcome?
What are the aspects of this person that I find the most palatable or endearing?
If I were to truly honor myself, is there something I would tell this person, even if it were to be uncomfortable or difficult? Does it feel like it needs to be said, or not? What would be the kindest and most authentic way of saying it?
Does this person remind me of anyone else from my past? Am I truly seeing this person as they are or am I projecting someone from my past onto them?
How might it shift my relationship with this person if I were to consciously make an effort to appreciate their positive qualities more? (Note: this doesn't mean it's OK to stay in any sort of abusive relationship).
How might loving myself a bit and appreciating my own positive qualities more lead to a better relationship with this person?
Might some distance between myself and this person improve our relationship?
Do I want this relationship in my life at all? If not, do I feel like I have the right to not have this person in my life? (If it is a family member, an ex-partner where there are kids involved, or a boss or co-worker, this can be a difficult question. Sometimes, it's not really possible to cut someone out of your life, and maintaining physical and emotional distance while increasing tolerance and understanding could be the answer.)
If I had to guess, what would be the highest possibility for this relationship in this lifetime?
If I had to guess, what sort of wisdom am I meant to be learning from this relationship? In what ways have I already begun to apply that wisdom?
How would letting go of trying to control the relationship just a bit improve the way that I feel about the relationship? Would it bring me more peace?
Utilize this Full Moon energy to do a releasing ceremony. My favorite ritual for this is to make a campfire on the Full Moon (if you are lucky enough to be somewhere relatively warm!) and write down everything you'd like to release on separate slips of paper. As you toss each slip of paper into the fire, speak your intention and visualize releasing that thing. You can release situations, people, places, things, perspectives, beliefs, addictions, bad habits, negative thought patterns, etc.
ROMANTIC POTENTIALS & BEDROOM FANTASIES
This Full Moon carries an exciting potential for new romantic prospects, with Venus--the ruler of Libra--in Pisces, sextiling Mercury and Uranus, who are together in Venus-ruled Taurus. Uranus—ruled by Aquarius—is the planet of creativity, spontaneity, and all things unexpected and unconventional. In this aspect, Uranus enhances the possibility for unexpected, spontaneous, exciting romance! The energy here is of ‘getting swept off your feet’.
If you do find yourself meeting someone new and falling for them right off the bat, be careful that you’re not falling into the illusion of naïvely or dreamily seeing the object of your affection with rose-colored glasses, because with Venus in Pisces and the intensity of the Neptune-Pisces influence in this Full Moon cycle, falling into illusion is certainly a strong possibility.
If you are currently in a romantic relationship, then harness the prevalent Uranus and Neptune energies and inject some spontaneity and fantasy into your relationship. With sexual Mars being one of the planets in the four-planet Pisces stellium, enhancing sex through exploring fantasies will be on the minds of many couples at this time.
Wishing you a wonderful Full Moon in Libra!