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Updated: Mar 27

Happy Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Libra! The Full Moon at 5 degrees of Libra became exact this morning at 3:00 AM New York Time (07:00 GMT). The South Node Lunar Eclipse peaked slightly after that, at 3:12 AM New York Time (07:12 GMT).

Lunar Eclipses always coincide with Full Moons. A Lunar Eclipse is like a supercharged Full Moon—it sets the stage for the next 6 months. It’s a good idea to set intentions for the next 6 months, a few days after the Eclipse has passed. This is an especially powerful time for intention-setting, as we have just surpassed the Astrological New Year (March 19/20, during the Equinox).

During Eclipse Season, we receive energetic downloads (we could call these codes) that serve to unravel what we no longer need to carry with us, while also redirecting us in the direction of our Highest Destiny in this life.

Eclipse Season is an unsettled time when everything is undergoing recalibration. It is an uncertain time and it is certainly a time to expect the unexpected.

This is a South Node Eclipse, occurring on the South Lunar Node. South Node Eclipses have to do with alchemizing the karma and energetic baggage that we are carrying, so that we can move forward freely into our Highest Destiny here on Earth.

Often, the codes that are downloaded to us during a South Node Eclipse end up initiating the necessary changes that we need in order to be energetically free to move into that Highest Destiny.

Since Libra, being the ruler of the 7th House, has to do with relationships—including partnerships—the codes downloaded now can end up initiating changes in how our most important relationships fit into our lives .

Libra is the cardinal air sign. A cardinal sign signals the beginning of a season! Libra is in charge of welcoming in autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere. As tropical astrology was created to align the signs with the Northern Hemisphere seasons, it makes sense that fall is ruled by an air sign, with the leaves flying through the air and the wind blowing, foretelling the return of winter.

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 facets of a healthy life. Libra is also the sign of justice, ruling over all things related to justice, fairness, and the law. Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and relationships.

We are feeling a very harmonious energy now, with this Libra Eclipse plus a four-planet stellium in soft, creative, artistic, intuitive, and kind Pisces (Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Neptune).

It is also a highly intuitive time due to it being an Eclipse Season and the Pisces stellium. Listen to your dreams and intuition at this time.

Pisces causes us to feel our emotions intensely, and with Mercury having entered its Pre-Retrograde Shadow Phase in Aries (more on this later), we are feeling the need to express ourselves authentically. There may be a lot of arguments over the next two weeks, especially within romantic and familial relationships (more on this in the next section).

Over the next two weeks, we have the opportunity to find the balance (middle ground) between the two polar opposites of Libra and Aries. Libra is the 7th House, the Descendant/sunset (DC), while Aries is the 1st House, the Ascendant/sunrise (AC). Libra says how can I help you? while Aries says my way or the highway.

With the moon trining (and the sun sextiling) Pluto in group-oriented Aquarius, we are leaning toward wanting to do what’s best for others rather than be selfish—however with Mercury having entered its pre-Retrograde Shadow Phase in Aries, we also are feeling the need to assert ourselves (more on the upcoming Mercury Retrograde later in this article).

Here are some good journal questions to help you negotiate this delicate balance between Libra and Aries:

  • What can I do that would help harmonize the relationships I care most about, without unnecessarily sacrificing myself?

  • How does the support of my loved ones carry me forward in really important ways?

  • In what ways am I codependent with my loved ones? How does it hold me back?

  • What am I lacking that causes the codependency? Is it courage? Is it trust in myself?

  • If being my true, authentic self was the most important thing I could do for myself, who would stick with me? Who would fall by the wayside? Is it OK to let relationships melt away if they are no longer aligned with my Highest Good?

  • How can I be a better leader of others, when the time and place is for that?

  • What is holding me back from fully believing in myself?

  • How would letting go of fear help me in being a leader of my own life--and of others, when it’s the time and place?


This is a make-or-break type of energy for relationships—especially romantic ones. Those relationships that are in a good place will get much closer during this time; those relationships that are on rocky ground will start heading (or accelerate their heading) toward a separation due to these intense energies (for those relationships that may be reaching their expiration date, the separation could occur between now and the upcoming October Libra Solar Eclipse).

One of the most fascinating parts of my spiritual skills/Service Work is that I have the special ability to read the karmic ties between two people. You can be assured that almost always, those people in your life with whom you have had the most complicated relationships with (think family members, close friends and romantic lovers) are people that you've known before in past lives.

You see, souls like to 'dress up' and play different characters in each others' plays. Your mother may have been your brother in another lifetime. Your husband may have been your daughter in another lifetime. Souls who know each other well often incarnate with each other over and over. These souls who you know well may be fellow souls in your Soul Group of twelve—or if not, then they likely are in your Monadic Group of 144 souls.

When two souls that know each other quite well dress up as different characters and have different relationships between each other in a series of lifetimes, karma is accumulated between the two souls.

In this context, think of karma as a log of every word spoken and experience shared between two souls when they are incarnated at the same time on the Earth. Your history with your current boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, or dad likely goes much deeper than just what you can remember from your current lifetime.

The natural trajectory of all things is balance and resolution (this is what Libra teaches)—and it is no different in this case. Each soul desires to resolve any past negative karma with other souls. Sometimes, it is planned for the resolution to happen in this lifetime, but sometimes not. Sometimes the resolution may be planned for a subsequent lifetime or for after one or both of the souls has left their physical body and is now existing in an afterlife realm.

As Lightworkers, we naturally want to resolve everything. We generally carry a deep-down aversion to people being mad at us or disappointed in us. Lightworkers tend to be martyrs and people pleasers rather than narcissists. However, although the natural trajectory of all karmic relationships is complete resolution, it may not always be the right time for that to happen. One of the most difficult lessons for many Lightworkers is to learn when to walk away, or to cut someone out of their lives.

Please receive these words clearly and with compassion: you are under no obligation to continue to receive someone's abuse or negative energy simply because they are your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, son, daughter, mother, father, friend, or co-worker. You have complete free will to cut anyone out of your life if you feel so inclined.

I know this is not an easy thing to talk about, but you are likewise under no obligation to continue to be emotionally and energetically drained by someone, no matter your history with them. I realize that sometimes it is not practical or possible to completely cut someone out of your life—or you may not want to or be ready to--but in many instances the solution may be to keep some geographical distance between you and that person, or to just interact with that person less often.

You don't have to pick up the phone every time someone calls. You don't have to respond to every text. You don't have to hang out with a person every time they are feeling sad or want to complain about their boyfriend. You don't have to tolerate being drained.

But there are of course relationships that you do want to keep. You don't want to avoid the other person, but there are some difficulties that need to be worked through. With Venus in soft Pisces sextiling Jupiter in Taurus, it is a very supportive energy for harmony in relationships (especially romantic).

Listening to someone else deeply and fully is one of the best gifts that you can give somebody. Practice listening without immediately inputting your opinion—try letting someone just let out everything they need to say, so they feel fully heard--and then speak your mind. Usually when people feel listened to, they’ll be more apt to listen better to what you have to say.

The Libra energies support a healthy back-and-forth dialogue. With Pluto’s benevolent influence, it’s a wonderful time to heal perceived issues of misuse of power between people (especially in families and partnerships); and to establish a more commensurate balance of power between you and others, that can cultivate a healthier relationship for both you and the other into the future.

As Libra rules the House of Partnerships (the 7th), it also very much has to do with romantic relationships. Unquestionably, the one factor that differentiates successful, harmonious, long-lasting romantic relationships from those that come and go with frustration, is effective communication.

When things are left unsaid between lovers—or when what is said is vague and unclear--it builds up tension in both parties. Even the most unintuitive person can sense that something is amiss when a lover isn't telling them something important.

There are cases where people stay married for decades while still holding back from telling their partner their true feelings.

Oftentimes, people get into a long-term relationship and things become familiar. They end up literally becoming afraid of what life would be like without their partner. They may wish their partner would radically change, or deep down they may wish that they had the courage to walk away, but they believe these endeavors would be futile.

Afraid to leave the marriage, they just bottle up the resentment inside. This type of resentment can even manifest itself as cancer years down the line if the feelings are not dealt with and the necessary difficult conversations are not had.

If we want to build 5th-Dimensional partnerships, the most important facet is open communication. When the communication is open from the start, it is a lot less likely that one partner will feel afraid to bring something up to the other later in the relationship.

If you've been in a relationship for awhile where the energy feels stagnant and you feel like there is a lot that has been left unsaid, one helpful tip is to plan an excursion out in public and plan to have a difficult conversation there (or alternatively just go on a walk with your partner).

Getting outside of your home (if you live together)--in which the energy has become stagnant--and into a fresh environment with fresh energy can also bring fresh energy to the way that you and your partner have become accustomed to communicating with one another.

Of course, the truth is sometimes relationships—whether romantic or familial—are irreparable, at least for the time being. Sometimes a relationship requires a period of separation before two people can really come back and repair what had been damaged.

Or sometimes a relationship needs to reach its conclusion, and the karmic issues will need to be worked out later when the two people are in a different stage in their life, or even in future lifetimes, the dream space, or afterlife realms.

I’d like to offer you the opportunity to really dig deep into this crucial work of healing and alchemizing relationships. E-mail me at for a copy of my Healing Your Relationships Ascending as One class for just $33 USD.


Mercury has entered its pre-Retrograde Shadow Phase in fiery Aries. We are speaking our truths passionately at this time! After the first quarter of 2024 featured all planets (and Chiron) in Direct motion, we finally have a Retrograde occurring. We will be naturally checking in with and catching up with people from our past, and having honest and impassioned conversations.

As I said before, arguments can happen easily around this time due to the Aries energy, so practice being a great listener, and remember that there is a time and place for getting emotional. That being said, some relationships will need honest discourse, as I discussed earlier.

This Mercury Retrograde in Aries is a great opportunity to readdress projects and to-do lists from the past. What are some things that you put on the back burner that you can give some time and attention to now?

As with any Mercury Retrograde phase, communication issues will abound. Travel schedules will likely go awry. Expect a lot of reschedulings in general.

By the way, if you were born under a Mercury Retrograde, it's not going to affect you as strongly--and in fact you might even feel more ‘at home’ during this time.

Here is some general advice for navigating a Mercury Retrograde period:

  • Make sure that all the 'I's are dotted' and 'all the T's are crossed' when signing any contracts. Consider Murphy's Law during Mercury Retrograde: what can go wrong, will go wrong. Consider holding off on signing contracts until May, if it's something that isn't time-sensitive.

  • Be extra clear in your communication with others. Give others more leeway than usual. Inquire to clarify what someone means by something if you're unsure, especially if it's via text message or e-mail.

  • Avoid purchasing big-ticket items (e.g. a new car) until May, if possible

  • Back up all of your computer files and your smartphone!

  • Triple-check travel plans and appointment times. Verify times with others.

  • Release expectations of others, especially when it comes to people responding in a timely fashion. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Expectations of others may go unfulfilled.

  • As always, use Mercury Retrograde as a time to refine your communication--rather than to be afraid of miscommunications, or electronics breaking down, or travel plans getting interrupted.

This Mercury Retrograde phase officially begins on April 1 when Mercury stations Retrograde. It officially concludes on April 25. The most potent effects are felt in the seven days before and after the Station Phases—so March 25-April 8 and April 18-May 2.

Wishing you a Happy Eclipse and Full Moon in Libra!

With Love,

Matthew John

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