The phases of the moon are one of the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and a deeply rich source of thought and interpretation for Astrology. Among the 8 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, and Waning Crescent – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention. This article will look at the current Full Moon and talk about the kind of “harvest” you should bring in emotionally during this full moon.
Full Moon – Reap What You Have Sown!
The Full Moon for April will occur on the 19th of this month at 29 degrees and 07 minutes in the sign of Aries; in my Eastern Standard Time zone it will happen at 7:13 am. It takes 29.5 days from one Full Moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. The day before and the day after comprise what would be the peak time of the Full Moon energy. The Full Moon is the time of “the harvest” when what began with the New Moon reaches full potential before waning and fading and preparing for a new cycle.
Each month has a certain type of Moon; April’s Moon is the Pink Moon. The name derives from the emerging wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest wildflowers. This Moon has several other names including Egg, Fish, Sprouting Grass, and Paschal. It is the first Full Moon of the spring and precedes Easter Sunday, which will fall on 4/21/2019. There are also several special types of Full Moons: the Blood Moon, which happens during a total lunar eclipse; a Supermoon, which happens when the Moon is full and closest to the Earth; and the Blue Moon (“once in a blue moon”), which is a second Full Moon in a calendar month (occurring once every 2 and ½ years). The previous Blue Moon was March 31, 2018, and the next one will be October 31, 2020.
The final type of Full Moon that really defines the general energy of the Full Moon event is the Harvest Moon, which is the name of the Full Moon for September/October, when, before electricity, farmers used the light of this Full Moon to harvest their crops when the harvest was generally the largest. So, each time a Full Moon occurs in the calendar month, we are to consider what we are supposed to harvest.
Full Moon in Libra – Harvesting Relationships and Legal Matters
This Full Moon will take place near the ingress of the Moon from Libra to Scorpio. Actually, using the day before, the day of, and the day after as the Full Moon total event, this Full Moon will complete the ingress, which is when a point moves from one sign to another. In fact, the Sun will also ingress from Aries to Taurus under this Full Moon period. Ingress means that the influence of one sign is giving way to the influence of another. In this case, the influence of Libra, which has to do with relationships and legal matters will give way to Scorpio, which has to do with sexuality, power, and death/rebirth.
This Full Moon energizes us to look at our relationships, from the most intimate to the most casual, as well as any matters involving legal decisions, such as personal legal documents like wills or public legal issues involving governments or businesses. With the energy occurring so deep (29 degrees) into Libra and touching on the first degrees of Scorpio soon after (less than 2 hours later), we can anticipate or need to force (Scorpio) significant changes in those areas of our personal life and we may observe significant change is the world around us. We may realize it is time for an important relationship to go through a significant change, up or down. If you are aware of such a situation and you are wondering when to take action, or maybe have a difficult conversation; this Full Moon will amplify the energy and help you “harvest” the results if you take action during this time (4/18/2019 to 4/20/2019).
Even if you do not have a circumstance you want to resolve, you may find yourself on the receiving end of such a situation. In other words, you might not do the breaking up, but rather you are the one being told the relationship is over. This energy is dependent on your circumstances, so it might not be about an ending, but “harvesting” the courage to ask someone out or getting asked out, which if done under this Full Moon, could represent a profound moment with lots of abundance. In other words, not meeting a new person via the New Moon, but rather a long-standing friendship that evolves into a romance. While the New Moon is designed to start something, the Full Moon is designed to bring things already started into fruition.
The Full Moon in Your Chart
The Full Moon will occur in a specific location of your chart and in special relationship with various points in your chart if you have points near the same degree in the same sign, at the opposing degree (180 degrees away from a point in your chart), three signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (90 degrees away), or five signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (150 degrees away). Respectively these would be a conjunction (the Full Moon merging with a point in your chart), an opposition (the Full Moon seeking balance with a point in your chart), a square (the Full Moon challenging a point in your chart), and an inconjunct/quincunx (a point disquieting a point in your chart). It is possible that the degree and sign of the Full Moon may not form any of these relationships and its effect, for this or another time, would be minimal or difficult to observe.
In my case, there are two impacts. One is consistent with all Full Moons because I was born during a Full Moon. So, I feel pretty much every Full Moon in some significant way. If you learn your birth Moon phase you will likely discover that same phase each month has a strong impact on your emotional state. With this Full Moon, I get to experience the disquieting effect on my Ascendant, which happens to be at 29 degrees of Scorpio, 7 signs away from the 29-degree Full Moon in Aries. The Ascendant reflects our identity and how we are perceived in the world. This week I made a decision that is changing how I am seen by my daughter and it has been necessary, but disquieting for me. Astrology helps me navigate these difficult periods with an understanding of the timing and intensity of the transit, and where it is likely to most impact my life.
As this Full Moon approaches, think about what you want to “harvest” from your relationships, your business dealings, and your decision making; all the areas of life under the rulership of the sign of Libra.