We are having a Full Moon in Libra on March 31st which will be exact at 12:37 pm Universal Time, however, the Moon will appear fullest on the night of March 30th in the Americas. This being the second Full Moon of the calendar month of March, makes it the second ‘Blue Moon’ of this year which is a rare occurrence.
The themes of any Full Moon develop during the week leading up to it and are strongest in the days before and after. The Full Moon initiates the second half of the Lunar cycle, and the astrological configurations that are active when the Moon is Full continue to have an impact on us until the next New Moon, two weeks later.
We have been in the Aries season since March 20th, and Mercury also went retrograde in the same sign a few days later. (Read more about it here). This is a period of adjustments, shifts, and reflection on how we incorporate the themes of this sign. Aries is about independence, self-interests, action, leadership, and individuality. It is bold and brave.
This sign can also be impatient, inconsiderate, aggressive, and overly anxious. As a very direct, quick, assertive, and forward sign, it can lack thoroughness. This particular Full Moon highlights the opposite sign Libra into the equation which can help create circumstances and awareness that helps us to see how we may have been expressing the more negative qualities of Aries.
Libra is about balance, relationships, consideration, fairness, equality, partnerships, and aesthetics. It is diplomatic, social, and looks at different sides of things and tries to find common ground. However, Libra can also be overly considerate, indecisive, contemplative, and too invested in relationship interests. As a result it could lack action and could refrain from pursuing things independently and in the interests of oneself.
The Libra Full Moon brings up this polarity and we could experience challenges or a push-pull effect of these signs. Ultimately, we should seek and apply some sort of integration and balance of these energies, bringing in more of the positive qualities to work harmoniously with each other.
Sun Conjunct Mercury Retrograde
At the time of this Full Moon, the Sun is aligned with Mercury Retrograde which will be exact the following day. This is known as the ‘inferior conjunction,’ a period in which many of the themes of this retrograde may be highlighted. This can be a time of heightened realizations and insights, however, the usual problematic effects of the retrograde may be more apparent because of this, in some cases.
Traditionally, the ‘inferior conjunction’ is seen as a period of purification and renewal for Mercury. It is sort of like a ‘seeding’ period in which any of the developments or realizations we receive can affect the way we apply our minds over the coming months. Pay attention to what is happening in your life on April 1st and reflect on what you need to integrate or change based on what has transpired.
Full Moon And Mercury In Aspect With The Lunar Nodes
The Sun/Mercury in Aries, and Moon in Libra, are in aspect with the Nodes of the Moon which sort of echo similar themes. The North Node is in Leo, which similarly to Aries, is more self-oriented and has leadership qualities. As a Fire sign, both are about passion, inspiration, courage, and confidence. The South Node in Aquarius is relationship oriented, like Libra, and as an Air sign it is intellectual and social.
Considering Mercury is Retrograde in Aries, combined with the North Node being in Leo, we are in a time of evolutionary growth in how we incorporate the Fire element and self-interests. If we are overly considerate of our relationships and social dynamics, this can be getting in the way of our individual needs. If we overthink things instead of taking the lead and being bold with what inspires us, this can also hold us back. However, ultimately this is about reconfiguring a new balance in terms of how we incorporate these two sides.
Mars Conjunct Saturn In The Mix With Mercury And The Full Moon
This Full Moon is in a separating T-square aspect with a Mars-Saturn conjunction which will be strongest on April 2nd, yet its energy will continue to play out over the following days with Mercury triggering it in a square of its own. This Moon cycle was also initiated by a New Moon aligned with Chiron in a square with Mars which is the ruler of Aries.
Ultimately all of this combined with Mercury Retrograde in Aries points to issues related to how we express Aries and Mars energy negatively. This could look different for everybody. We may have to address anger or aggression issues, or challenges in how we assert ourselves individually and in our relationships. Other themes solely associated with Mars could be about wounds around masculine energy, sexuality, and our desires.
Mars conjunct Saturn in Capricorn on its own can be a great time for any sort of disciplined, committed, or concentrated effort towards responsibilities, ambitions, career, or applying structure in some area of our lives. However this, or lack of it, may be the source of any problems that come up at this time.
It may also be a period of initiating a commitment related to the Mars/Aries themes mentioned above. However, we may also need to get real about the way we assert ourselves, or don’t assert ourselves enough, and therefore could potentially face struggles and obstacles.
Mercury retrograde will be squaring both Mars and Saturn from April 3rd-5th during which time our reflections or circumstances may express the potentials mentioned above. In some cases, we may revisit issues from the past associated with these themes. At worst, this can manifest as verbal conflicts as well as challenges, limitations, and restrictions to our thinking or communicative efforts.
Venus Entering Taurus And Moving Towards A Trine With Saturn
The ruler of this Full Moon, Venus, will be entering Taurus which is the other sign that it rules and is very comfortable in. Generally speaking, Venus in this sign is a time in which we approach relationships, love, and our overall social lives in a practical manner and potentially somehow based on what it is that we value. It is also a period in which we seek out quality in what brings us pleasure in our lives.
Venus will also be moving towards a trine with Saturn which will be exact a week later on April 6th-7th. After all of the potentially troubling and challenging potentials of the Mars and Saturn aspects mentioned, this helps to bring stabilization to Venus ruled areas of relationships, values, money, or even anything to do with aesthetics.
Things To Consider At This Time
In what ways do you need to strike a balance between consideration and action? How can you approach your relationships and partnerships in a way in which your own needs are met as well? In what ways do you need to get real about where you stand with your relations? What are your limitations in these areas and how can you put more effort into improving them? Perhaps you make may need to end or make major changes in a relationship or partnership?
How can you be more responsible in the way you assert yourself with others and/or vice versa? Do you or someone else in your life have issues around expressing anger or aggression? If so, maybe you should consider the root of these issues and look into ways to help release the tension, stress, and wounds that is causing this.
These are just some examples of what can be coming up for you at this time. If you wish to do any sort of intentional release from something in your life, it is best to do so anytime after the Moon starts to wane following the exact moment of the Full Moon. The waning Moon lasts for two weeks following this period until the next New Moon.
However, keep in mind that Mercury is retrograde and that it is not always the best time to make big decisions unless it is something that you have been revisiting from the past or if you truly feel that you need to. As mentioned, you may get more clarity around certain areas in your life on April 1st which could be helpful in how you proceed over the coming weeks. The exact moment of this Full Moon is at 12:37pm Universal Time, you can click here to see what that is in your time zone.
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