Full Moon in Libra: Balance in All Things
The moon is on her way to being full, Friday, April 19, at 6:12 am CST. Full moons occur when the sun and moon are at the exact same degree in opposite signs, causing a sense of tension. Full moons bring about completions and illuminate what is hidden, while the airy sign of Libra is linked to balance and harmony. Air signs place the thinking mind over the emotions. So think about an area or areas of your life that are out of balance, think about the decisions or actions you would need to take to restore some harmony in those areas.
Relationships is another keyword and central theme for this full moon. With the sun in Aries (me), and the Moon in Libra (we), you’re trying to balance your needs with the needs of others. How can I be me in the company of others? Am I afraid to speak up for myself because I dread conflict? Am I sacrificing my needs just to keep the peace? Avoiding conflict, fear you won’t make the perfect decision, people-pleasing, and overwhelming yourself with too many options are the shadow side of Libra energy.
When making a decision, Libra wants to weigh all options and consider all sides of a situation. They are looking to make a perfect decision where no one gets their feelings hurt and everyone gets what they want. A full moon in Libra reminds us this is not always possible. When we ask or go for what we want, there’s a good chance someone isn’t going to like it. A friend of mine once asked, “When was the last time someone cheered and did a back flip because you set a boundary with them?” Never.
The tarot card associated with this full moon is the Four of Swords. The image on this card in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck is a person lying down, resting, with four swords hanging over their head. This card follows the infamous Three of Swords, the card of heartbreak and separation. The Four of Swords says you’re in a rest, recovery, and recuperation stage after a struggle and difficult decision. You accept a period of solitude and introversion so you can build your strength for further efforts.
Jupiter retrograde in Sagittarius: Risk Much to Gain Much
Jupiter is the planet of good luck, abundance, and miracles. On Wednesday, April 10, Jupiter will begin retrograde motion until August 11. When Jupiter goes retrograde, he appears to be moving backward, but this is only an optical illusion from our perspective on Earth. Jupiter doesn’t stop bestowing his gifts and blessings of abundance during retrograde. Instead, he slows us down and brings to our attention the ways we may be sabotaging our blessings. Being in the fiery and enthusiastic sign of Sagittarius, we can block our good fortune by complaining about our lot in life, worrying, blaming others, avoiding risks, and believing the naysayers around us. Jupiter is also associated with faith, and he will not bless us with his goodies if we play it safe. The Cosmic Santa Claus wants us to play big and really take a risk—a risk that requires growing in our faith. You don’t have to completely change everything at once. Think of just one action, one step you can take today.