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Full Moon in Libra ~ April 6, 2012

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Full moons signify the completion, culmination of what may have been initiated during the previous new moon in Aries which encouraged us to not only make a change, but also to have a plan and be smart about the actions we take. This full moon illuminates upon the balance between the identity of the individual self with the shared self (who I am and who I am with another) -- being in relationships without losing our identity and/or being brave enough to be in relationships without compromising our own core values.

The Full Moon in Libra occurs at 18° on April 6th at 12:19 p.m. Pacific / 3:19 p.m. Eastern. Those born within 3 days of April 6 or October 10 or with natal planets and/or house angles on or around 18° of cardinal signs may feel the effects of this full moon stronger than others.

Elsewhere in the sky, retrograde-Mars (motivation/action), Venus (relationships/finances), Neptune (dreams/sacrifice) and the North Node (life path) are all locked in an intense mutable grand cross. In previous posts, I explained a grand cross as the combination of (at least) four squares and (at least) two oppositions. A square is the most difficult and challenging relationship between two planets. It is an impatient energy that requires action. It is conflict, war between two (or more) celestial bodies. There is a need to create something birthed from inside us and to manifest that creation out into the world -- may it be in your own personal world, your immediate environment or something that influences many. An opposition is a tense relationship between planets that require balance. Unlike a square where agreeing to disagree is sometimes the best solution that can be hoped for, an opposition can be satisfied by finding the harmony/balance between the two polarizing energies. This full moon phase can be one filled with insight (Neptune) about the true state of our relationships or finances (Venus) which may trigger aggression/determination/action (Mars) that help ultimately result in a change in our life direction (North Node). However, with Neptune, there is a thin line between insight and illusion; recognizing truth and escapism; vision and delusion; intuition and denial. Whether this Libra-full moon proves to be a help or a fruitless difficult experience is really quite up to you.

For me, this Full Moon opposes my natal Moon (heart/emotional core) and squares my natal Mars, triggering the mutual reception (give and take energy) and square (tense/aggressive energy) between my natal Cancer-Mars and Aries-Moon; and falls in my natal 1st house of the self/will (as a Virgo-rising) and solar 4th house of family/feelings (as a Cancer-Sun). Transiting Uranus continues to square my natal Sun while opposing my natal Uranus, forming a cardinal square which shoves my natal Sun up against a wall that aid in causing a very trying day to day for me!

How might this full moon manifest in your world? Match the sign and degree to determine what house this full moon falls in. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the sign Aries on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation on the Full Moon transit in that house.

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If you don't have your birth chart, you may use your Sun sign and/or your Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising Signs below then click here for a brief explanation of the Full Moon transit in those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries Rising ~ 7th House
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 6th House
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 5th House
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 4th House
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 3rd House
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 2nd House
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 1st House
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 12th House
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 11th House
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 10th House
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 9th House
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 8th House

Unsure if you have natal planets/house planets on or around 18° of cardinal signs? Cast your own birth chart at for use as reference -- birth date, time and place required.

Related article ~ The Full Moon in Natal Houses

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