Full Moon in Libra lights up the sky on April 11th (exact at 2:08 am in NYC, 9:08 am in Estonia). Libra’s symbol is the scales – balance, a rather tricky and often misunderstood concept. Feeling into the energy of this Moon, it occurred to me that true balance is far from the static, blissfully calm and satiated state often aspired to but seldom, if ever, achieved. In our ever-evolving universe, balance is the ability to ride the topsy-turvy waves of change with flexibility, responsiveness and intense awareness – always moving, always adjusting from one side of the scales to the other. This Moon shines a bright spotlight on our balancing ability, amplifying thoughts and emotions (Jupiter, the planet of expansion right next to this Moon magnifies everything!) to show where we’ve swung too far, pointing the way to a graceful counter-move that can save us from a fumbling tumble:)
I have just returned from my first-ever 6-day juice cleanse retreat, where a small group of us submitted to a rather rigorous routine in order to re-balance our liver and digestive systems. As days went by, feeling hungrier and hungrier, it occurred to me that this feels far from my blissfully (ignorant:) notion of what a health-retreat in the luscious Mexican jungle should be like. My body was led to a temporary state of quite serious imbalance in order to bring about a refreshing restart, hopefully leading to a greater, more sustainable equilibrium. Trusting the guidance of our very caring and knowledgeable resident healer and staff, I wasn’t worried. Something deep in my somewhat grumbling gut told me this is just the right swing far out to the edge in order to bring me back towards the center. Along the way, I received a very lovely Libran bonus – the silly sense of humor and sweet support of my husband who (quite reluctantly:) stuck it out the whole retreat with me, and the beginnings of a beautiful friendship with a couple from Mexico City who were also doing the cleanse with us. We all agreed how much easier (and more fun:) it was to get through it together.
The planetary patterns surrounding this Libra Moon – conjunction with Jupiter (expansion and amplification), opposition with Uranus (sudden rapid change) and square with Pluto (potential for deep transformation) are pretty darn intense. The pendulum swings can feel quite wild and wanton. Our saving grace is to remain flexible and awake, trusting the deeper, perhaps presently unfathomable purpose of this dynamic tightrope act. Venus, the ruler of this Moon is on a retrograde journey through compassionate Pisces, about to embrace Chiron, the ancient archetype of the wounded healer – indeed, there is a silver lining, a beautiful healing potential. Heart-to-heart connection with yourself and those around you is the glimmering moonlit path.
FULL MOON MAGICK to play with: stand on one leg with your eyes closed…observe what happens, how your body adjusts, twists and wobbles to keep the balance. Switch legs and repeat. Is it easier on one side or the other? And what does your intuition say about that difference…what can you adjust in your life to feel more flexible and balanced? Now, grab a friend and try the same trick again, this time standing side-by-side, holding hands. Is it easier together? (hopefully, at least, more FUN:) Can you offer support and receive the steadying hand of your buddy…in this game…and in life?
Enjoy the wild swings and even the occasional tumbles of this Libra Moon! And share how these topsy-turvy times are treating you! XOXO
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