libraFriday’s Full Moon in Libra (12:19 pm PDT) asks: Where in your life do you feel out of balance, and what steps can you take to restore equilibrium? Is there an old relationship pattern that’s ready to shift? How can you cultivate more beauty, peace and harmony in your environment and emotional life, and extend that vibration out into the world?

Venus, Libra’s ruling planet, is in Gemini — intellect, information, curiosity, communication and multiplicity. Venus in Gemini invites you to broaden your perspective and explore your options. An open mind, skillful communication, and the willingness to listen to and learn from others are keys to successful navigation. Due to her upcoming Retrograde (see below), Venus will be in Gemini an extra-long time, from April 3 to August 7.

This Full Moon features a strong emphasis on the Air element (Gemini and Libra) energizing mental activity. Brilliant insights that open your mind to liberating new possibilities, especially in the Venus-ruled realms of love and money, are one possibility. On the less optimal side, there could be increased worry and anxiety, triggering that hamster-wheel-in-the-head thing that can keep you awake in the wee hours.

And then there’s confusion — a widely available frequency these past few months. I’ve felt pretty confused since Neptune entered Pisces on February 3, and then REALLY confused once Mercury reversed back into Pisces on March 23. We’ve just emerged from Mercury Retrograde as of Wednesday morning (can I get an amen?), but Mercury — planet of the mind and ruler of Gemini — continues swimming through the hazy waters of Pisces until April 16.

venusAt the Full Moon, Venus forms a tight square to Neptune, amplifying the potential for confusion while increasing access to the invisible realm of dreams, imagination, intuition and magic. Neptune signifies that which is ultimately unknowable, existing beyond the perception of our five senses and analytical mind. Venus-Neptune calls attention to our relationship with the Mystery — a relationship that requires trust and surrender, as we encounter forces much vaster than our tiny human brains can comprehend.

Rather than attempting to rely exclusively on logic and rationality (which will likely lead to more confusion and delusion), a wiser course of action would be to find ways to intentionally engage with the Mystery — art, meditation, dreamwork.

Venus is also approaching the South Node in Gemini, highlighting patterns of relating that no longer serve us — specifically having to do with compromising our truth, our principles, our integrity in order to be accepted by others and maintain (the illusion of) harmony.

Venus and the Nodes, along with Mars in Virgo and Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, are forming a Mutable Grand Cross, stirring up feelings of restlessness and suggesting the need for some major adjustments. The North Node in Sagittarius — which reveals the best way forward — advises us to speak and stand in our truth, without having to “be right” or make anyone else “wrong.” Out of all the options swirling around in the field of potential, what is the direction that aligns with your deep wisdom and inner guidance?

full moonFor more insight into what this Full Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 17 degrees Libra. The areas of life represented by that house are where you are being invited to: return to a state of balance and harmony; recognize and release old patterns of relating and restore feelings of connection; and call in more love, beauty, art and pleasure.

– Emily Trinkaus

Dear friends, If you’re in Portland, please join me at New Renaissance on Saturday, April 14 to explore the upcoming Venus Retrograde and Venus’s rare transit to the Sun! We’ll discuss how to effectively work with Venus Retro, how to make the most of the Venus-Sun transit, and how all of this will influence your individual birth chart!

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by Iranian artist Mana Neyestani