The Full Moon in Libra, also known as the Pink Moon, falls on Wednesday the eighth of April 04.35 am Amsterdam time / CEST. Full Moons are about culmination. When the Moon is full she is in complete power. This Full Moon wants to remind us to take care of the group. Libra is the cardinal air sign that is ruled by Venus. Libra is focused on connection, care, justice and equality. Libra wants everyone to be able to receive health care, no matter what age, gender or cultural background. Libra wants everyone to feel save, seen and acknowledged. This Full Moon reminds us that every single human soul is beautiful and that everyone has human rights.
This Full Moon is strong. It’s close to the earth, making her more powerful. The Moon will look big and bright. The Moon won’t look pink though, that’s just the name for the Libra Full Moon. Libra, also known as or for ‘the scales’, strives for balance and harmony. Libra wants justice and equality in the collective. Libra also wants for you to feel harmonious in relationship with others, to feel like there is balance.
This Full Moon in Libra shines her light on our world remembering us we can not and never forget that every single person is part of the group. We need to take care of each other. All of us are worthy. This Full Moon squares Pallas Athene and Jupiter in Capricorn; she’s basically pushing these two wise archetypes, who are actually known to fight for justice and equality, to work with the resources and structures that are available and serve the collective. It’s not a gentle nod; it’s a kick under the butt. This Full Moon receives some support from Venus (receiving a trine by house, not degree). Which means that this Full Moon in the sign of connection, care and equality (Libra, ruled by Venus) receives support from Venus the Goddess of Love. It’s like a nice little boost. We can use every little boost of love that’s out there in the world right now. We take it! Thank you Venus. Lastly, the Full Moon trines Mars and Saturn (by house, not degree). This means she has a mild softening effect on those two malefic planets. Something we can also use.
Below I want to share a ritual for the Full Moon in Libra. But first, let’s take a look at the astrology between now and the New Moon in Taurus.
Upcoming astrology – Mercury in Aries and Sun in Taurus
There is some big astrology coming up in May. From now until the New Moon, which is in Taurus on April 23th, there are no major transits except that Mercury moves into Aries on April eleventh and the Sun moves into Taurus on April nineteenth. Mercury in Aries is all about fast and heated communication. It’s the mail guy with peppers in his ass; which means the mail gets delivered early today. When I think of Mercury in Aries, or acually when I think of people I know with the natal placement of Mercury in Aries: they sometimes have a tendency to speak before thinking and they can be bluntly honest. I think there is a certain charm to Mercury in Aries; I like fast no nonsense and honest communication. But Aries can also bring some heat. Being honest is a virtue, but sometimes keeping our mouth shut serves the greater good. Mercury moving from Pisces into Aries can go good and bad for our global pandemic crisis situation. It can bring faster and clearer communication (Mercury in Pisces is anything but fast and clear…). In our fight against the virus we need soldiers. Aries is certainly a soldier. Fast and honest communication can help us tremendously. Mercury in Pisces is caring and a little whimsical. Nice for poetry, but that is not what we need in the fight against Covid-19 (though we also need art like poetry to care for our souls in these dark times). However, Mercury in Aries can also bring heated conversations. The first thing that popped into my mind thinking about this transit and what it might bring about globally: Mercury in Aries might support certain presidents to write even more stupid, impulsive and egocentric twitter posts. Let’s see what happens…
On the ninteenth the Sun moves from Aries into Taurus. Happy birthday to all Taurus starsigns! The Sun in Taurus shines by using the energy and resources that are available and molding these into something sustainable and beautiful. Taurus can make art out of anything. But give her time, she doesn’t like to be pushed or forced. Strong willed, just like Aries, but going stable and steady instead of on impulse and fast. Taurus, ruled by Venus, is known to be fertile, generous and sensual. The Sun in Taurus shines by being resourceful, abundant, and generative. When the Sun in Taurus has trouble shining, the Sun becomes stubborn and controlling. When the Sun moves through Taurus we are supported in enjoying life. We are supported to seek pleasure. We are also supported to be generative, to plant seeds and to nurture these. Yes, we are living in strange and difficult times. That, however, doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to enjoy ourselves. For those of us that are privileged enough to live safe lives and have food in the fridge, you are allowed to experience pleasure even though there is a big crisis. In fact, there is always crisis. Worldwide or in individual lives. Buddha taught us a long time ago that life is suffering. So, when we catch breaks in between moment or periods of suffering, make the most out of those! You are allowed to experience pleasure. Don’t feel guilty for having fun in these times! Enjoy the sunlight on your balcony. Cook a three course meal for yourself. Talk to your plants. Dance on music. Have multiple orgasms. Eat three bars of chocolate; no one freaking cares! Buy a coloring book. Update your Spotify playlist. Put on your finest clothes, even if you are just alone at home. Do all these Venusian things. The Sun in Taurus teaches us that self-care, pleasure and love support you in shining your brightest light. Again, you are allowed and don’t need to feel guilty. Thank the Mother that you are blessed and privileged enough to be healthy and safe. Sometimes the most beautiful way to honor life, is by celebrating it Taurus style.
Ritual for the Full Moon in Libra
Rituals are Venusian practices. In rituals we are resourceful, we make use of the different elements. In rituals we often like to please the senses, with smells, sounds, visuals, taste.
Rituals are yoga practices. In ritualistic work we focus our mind, as we do in yoga. Rituals are used to focus our energy. If water is our energy; rituals are the pipelines. We either use rituals for the purpose of practicing focus, for the purpose of marking a moment in life or for the purpose of bringing something about in our life (and more reasons, but these three are common).
When the Moon is full she’s strong and when the Moon is full she brings energy and completion in our lives (usually; there are exceptions, like with eclipses). Full Moons serve rituals that focus on celebration, culmination and focusing energy. The Moon will serve us best when we first serve and acknowledge her.
The Full Moon is in Libra and ruled by Venus. In this ritual we will make use of materials that invoke the element air and Venus. We want to focus our energy on bringing about something in our lives that Libra would like to bring about in our lives.
Rituals can be made as simple or as complicated as we want. Here I will share something very simple, that doesn’t take much time, effort or money. It also doesn’t take knowledge of any religion or tradition. I also offer a few altar suggestions, but still nothing complicated.
For this ritual you will need:
- A candle (Preferably green or white. White is always good and neutral. Green is just nice because it connects to Venus. A simple tea light is also ok.)
- Incense (not 100% necessary, but if you have it: great)
- Pen and piece of paper
- A quiet moment alone on the day of the Full Moon
Optional, to place on your altar:
- If you have a Tarot deck you can place the Justice card on your altar (this card is related to the sign Libra)
- To invoke Venus you can place flowers on your altar
- If you want to have all elements present on your altar you can also place a bowl of water and a bowl of salt on your altar
- Extra candles, in my experience fire is the most powerful element in ritualistic work because of its transformative powers
Ritual for harmony, balance, love and connection
Make sure you are in a quiet space and will be left alone for a while.
If you have an altar, prepare it (place flowers, light candles, etc.; but don’t light the candle for the ritual and incense yet), you can do the ritual at your altar. But no need for an altar. You can do this anywhere.
Sit down, comfortably.
Take a few deep breaths. Try to calm your mind. Meditate for a few minutes. You can do a silent meditation or a guided meditation that you like. Come in the here and now, in the present.
When your mind is calm, reflect upon the following questions. You can write down the answers. Where am I seeking for harmony or balance? What capabilities or resources do I have within me, or am I capable to connect to, to bring this about? How can I bring about connection and love in my life? Where is love, harmony and balance already present in my life? Where am I lacking energy, courage or resources to bring harmony, connection or love in my life? (Be honest and realistic with yourself and also, at the same time, don’t be harsh on yourself and try to be loving and connect with your inner powers and knowledge.)
Light the incense. The incense is not only an offering or something for us to enjoy. By lighting incense we are invoking the element air and sign Libra.
Now call upon the Moon. You can do this quietly in your mind or speaking out loud, whatever feels comfortable for you. You can call upon the Moon by naming her the Moon or the Goddess. If you are familiar with mythology you can call upon Artemis, Diana or Selene. Connect with the Moon by speaking to her, out loud or in your mind. If you have no words, that’s also okay. Just connect by feeling; think of her presence in the heavens above (maybe you can see her in your mind, or through a window).
Now you want to call upon Venus and connect with the Goddess of Love. The same goes as for connecting with the Moon. You can speak to her out loud or in your mind. You can name her Venus or refer to a similar Goddess like Aphrodite.
Hold your candle and look back at what you have written down on your paper. Infuse the candle with your wishes and efforts for harmony in life. Ask upon the Goddesses to support you in your efforts to bring about harmony, connection, balance and love. Ask upon the Goddesses to support you in finding those things you need for bringing about balance in your life where you are looking for it. Ask for the Moon and Venus to support you in connecting with your inner resources; your own capabilities of creating that what you need. Also, say thanks to the Moon and Venus for where there is already love, harmony and balance in yourself and your life. Express your gratitude to the Goddesses. Now light the candle.
Take a moment to meditate on the intentions and wishes you just set. If there are any worries, ask the fire to burn them away.
Say thanks to the Moon and Venus.
Go on with your day.
(You can keep the candle burning. But if you are leaving the house before it burns out, just put it out and light it again later. You do want to fully burn it though, in the next couple of days. You can keep your paper with your written thoughts and intentions on your altar, with you, on your mirror or fridge; if you like to remind yourself of and refocus yourself on this topic every now and then in the coming days.)