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Libra Full Moon Lunar Eclipse 2024: Insights & Ritual


Background: metallic woman holding scales. Titles reads: Libra New Moon / Moon 101, Astral Insights, Eco-Somatic Ritual

The Libra Full Moon + Lunar Eclipse will grace the sky on March 25th reaching peak illumination at 3am EST.


This blog post covers everything you need to know about the Libra Full Moon + Lunar Eclipse 2024 along with a simple eco-somatic ritual for you to explore and embody.


In this blog post you will find:


Introduction: Moon 101


The sun and moon are in a cyclical relationship as they weave through the seasons of the zodiac. This celestial dance provides us with an intuitive road map to explore our own inner/outer journey as we too make our way through the ebb and flow of nature's seasons and come into new and ever-changing dimensions of our lives.


While the sun is ruler of the day and influences our "outer" expression in the world, it is to no surprise that as ruler of the tides and queen of the night the moon is also ruler of our emotions and "inner" felt experience. Our emotions have long been associated with representations of water and the sea: fluid, ever-changing, ebbing and flowing. As the moon pulls at the tides, we also experience this influencing force on our emotions, desires, shadow realms, fears/worries, psyche, and dreams.


Self-knowledge arises through a process of uncovering hidden layers of self through revelation and integration. This process is mirrored in the ebb and flow of the moon which is why it's something we learn to observe and track. As the light of the moon waxes, more of what lies hidden becomes revealed - our deeper motivations, mechanisms, and feelings. As the light of the moon wanes, we are given time to integrate these new learnings and discoveries.


This Full Moon falls within the sign of Libra, just a few days after the Spring Equinox and the Sun's transition into Aries. Keep reading to learn how you can use this moon portal to explore new dimensions of self seeking expression in the world.


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Full Moon Energy


Since the moon is the closest "planet" to Earth, this satellite zips around the zodiac very quickly, completing its round in less than a month. Actually, the entire trip takes 29.53 days, to be exact, and is measured from one new Moon to the next. We call this a lunation or lunar cycle. The peak or mid-point of every lunation happens on a full Moon. This Full Moon in Virgo marks the mid-point of the current Aquarius lunar cycle which began on the Aquarius New Moon on February 9th.


During a Full Moon, the Earth is sitting between the Moon and Sun. The Sun's light illuminates the face of the Moon for all to see. From the vantage point of Earth, the Moon and Sun are dwelling in opposite constellations, thus forming an opposition. This can make for a challenging or intense aspect of energy but also full of potential since the polarities (yin & yang) are in natural harmonic balance. In this case, the influencing energies of Sun (Pisces) and Moon (Virgo) are in a dynamic conversation that we will explore.


You can think of the Full Moon phase as a culmination moment in a particular energetic cycle, where some inner change, new awareness, or intention that was revealed six months ago is reaching maturation, coming into full form, or manifesting in some way. The bright light of the full moon illuminates or brings to the surface something that is ready to be seen, integrated or incorporated more deeply into who you are becoming. Full Moon energy is a time for honoring the journey, celebrating your growth, offering gratitude and being with any grief.



Eclipse Energy


Lunar eclipses occur at the Full Moon phase. When Earth is positioned precisely between the Moon and Sun, Earth's shadow falls upon the surface of the Moon, dimming it and sometimes turning the lunar surface a striking red over the course of a few hours.


More broadly, eclipses are an alignment of the Sun, Moon, Earth and lunar nodes that occur periodically as these celestial bodies dance around each other in orbit. Four to six eclipses take place every year and each one takes place during a new and full Moon phase.


Eclipses occur when the Moon reaches its upper and lower thresholds of its tilted elliptical orbit. These boundaries are the lunar nodes. The lunar nodes are not tangible objects but mathematical points in space where the Moon’s orbit intersects the Sun’s apparent path. When the Moon reaches these thresholds, it forms a perfect alignment with the Sun and Earth. It is here that a new Moon becomes a solar eclipse and a full Moon a lunar eclipse.

Despite the quality, this video does a good job of describing how Eclipses are related to the North and South Nodes.



Eclipse season supports us through any final shedding that needs to happen. The power of lunar energy is supercharged by eclipses and this is a time to embrace endings. If there are changes that need to be made in your life, eclipse season will set those in motion. Eclipses bring things to the surface and clear them away to make room for something new to emerge.



Libra Full Moon + Lunar Eclipse Insights


  • SYMBOL | SCALES: symbolizes balance, the art of reciprocity and the dance of opposites.

  • PLANETARY RULER | VENUS: planet of balance, harmony, justice and beauty.

  • ELEMENT | AIR: element of mind and thought.

  • HOUSE | 7TH HOUSE: The House of Partnership rules the sacred space between two people, long-term commitments, companionship, friendship, business partners and more.

  • MODALITY | CARDINAL: represents initiation, taking action, and translating formless (thoughts, longings, intuitions) into form (embodiment, service, contribution).

The Libra Full Moon occurs once a year when the Sun is in Aries forming an opposition with the Moon in Libra between March 19th and April 20th. This lunar eclipse portal begins on March 25th (full moon lunar eclipse) and ends on April 8th (new moon solar eclipse).


Two weeks ago the Pisces New Moon set the stage for a new lunar cycle and carried us through the gate of Spring Equinox. As the water sign associated with mother ocean and oneness, Pisces is one of the most counter-cultural signs of the zodiac because she fills in the cracks of separation and spans across time carrying all that has come before. Lifetimes and epochs of memory live in her waters. Pisces helps us to connect to collective wisdom housed in our ancestral memory. 


Pisces prepares us for the relational initiations that this eclipse season will evoke. We carry the memory of what it means to thrive collectively, of who WE ARE, and who we need to be for one another so that we can show up rooted in a shared cause for collective liberation. We are remembering that bonds of kinship are forged through shared struggle and that relationship building IS the work of liberation; that being with each other, helping each other survive and make meaning of our lives is the HEART of world-making. 


So this eclipse season along the Aries-Libra axis is all about relationships: with ourselves and with others. Libra specifically concerns our relationships to others, especially close friendships, family and intimates. The lunar eclipse invites you to tune your gaze inward, to pay attention to what gets stirred up when you're engaging with people you have (or are forming) attachments with, and to bring compassionate curiosity to any pattern of thought and behavior that wants your attention. 


Libra corresponds to the symbol of scales which speaks of sacred balance, dynamic equilibrium and the dance of giving and receiving, leaning forward and leaning back, perceiving and being perceived. It is also ruled by Venus, Goddess of love and beauty. Only through others can you learn about the depths of yourself. Your relationships are an opportunity for you to experience yourself—your own consciousness. They are a perfect reflection of your self-concept and the beliefs you have assumed to be true about life, love, relationships and other people.

 

This Libra Full Moon invites you to think about relationship as a co-creative process, a place to express your unique artistry, to immerse yourself in an ongoing act of beautifying the space between, aesthetically readjusting creative self-expression in harmony with the creative expression of others.



More On Libra


THE CARDINAL CROSS

Illustration of the zodiac highlighting Libra on the cardinal cross

LIBRA - ARIES AXIS

CAPRICORN - CANCER AXIS


Initiatory energy, pushing forward, beginnings, equinoxes and solstices


Cardinal signs align with the seasonal cross points of light and dark. Aries aligning with Spring Equinox, Cancer with Summer Solstice, Libra with Fall Equinox and Capricorn with Winter solstice. The Cardinal Cross is considered a most important set of axis lines. It's the first sign of each element where things start off and begin.



"Cardinal signs are the initiating aspects of whichever element they represent. Like fire, they reach out and make direct contact with reality. They know where they are going. Geometrically, they correspond to straight line." - Vicki Noble, Motherpeace


Libra is the cardinal air sign (circled in the diagram), opposing it is the cardinal fire sign of Aries which creates one axis of the Cardinal Cross. The two feminine elements (Water and Earth) always create an axis and the two masculine elements (Air and Fire) create the other axis. Each cross contains each of the four elements. In this case the cardinal signs are represented by: Capricorn (Earth), Cancer (Water), Aries (Fire), Libra (Air).



ELEMENT: AIR


AIR: MIND

LIBRA, AQUARIUS, GEMINI


Air is the element of the mind. It is related to perception, the intellect, study, communication, music, harmony, inspiration and sound.


"Ideas come from somewhere unseen, and drift in and out of our minds like the wind. Air is also the breath of life. Each day we wake with new breath within us, we have the ability to experience the wonders of life. When someone is a 'breath of fresh air' they bring new perspectives and a renewed sense of life to our reality, not unlike the qualities of air." - Kayla White


Air signs feel at home in the imaginal realms of thought, poetry, philosophy and the arts like music and song. They thrive in the pursuit of humanitarian efforts and hold big visions for the collective. They are often called to contributing their voice to change as communication is often a strength and find enjoyment in articulating concepts and new ideas.



RULING PLANET: VENUS


Qualities: beauty, relationship, harmony, art, love, attraction


Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of love. She is the Goddess of sensuality, romance and pleasure and is the planet who embodies the feminine aspect. Venus helps us to understand our relationships; how we approach them and how best to express and communicate our love. Venus is the ruling planet of two signs: Cardinal Air of Libra and Fixed Earth of Taurus. These two planets share the same celestial body so they are both sensuous, love-making, pleasure-driven and beauty crafting souls. Libra’s essence is more about harmonization, ensuring reciprocity and balance within relationships. The air of Libra enjoys expressing its love through gifts, crafts, art and music.



CONSTELLATION


In the northern hemisphere, Libra appears high above the southern horizon on May evenings and is most visible in the evening sky from mid-March to late June. This is the best time of year to view this constellation, which is the largest of the zodiac. In the southern hemisphere, it can be seen in autumn and winter.


Illustration of the constellation Libra

According to EarthSky, you can find this constellation in the northern hemisphere on summer evenings (and during the winter evenings in the southern hemisphere) along the sun’s path. This path is known as the ecliptic.


LIBRA MYTH


This is an excerpt from Constellation Guide:


"The constellation Virgo is usually associated with the Greek goddess of justice, Dike. Dike was the daughter of Zeus and Greek Titaness Themis. Virgo is usually depicted with angel-like wings, with an ear of wheat in her left hand, marked by the bright star Spica. She is located next to Libra, the constellation representing the scales of justice. Dike was also sometimes known as Astraeia, daughter of Astraeus, considered father of the stars, and Eos, goddess of the dawn.


In Greek mythology, Dike lived in the Golden Age of mankind. She was born a mortal and placed on Earth to rule over human justice. The Golden Age was marked by prosperity and peace, everlasting spring, and humans never knowing old age. When Zeus fulfilled the old prophecy and overthrew his father, this marked the beginning of the Silver Age, which was not as prosperous. Zeus introduced the four seasons and humans no longer honoured the gods as they had used to. Dike gave a speech to the entire race, warning them about the dangers of leaving behind the ideals of their predecessors and saying worse was yet to come. Then she flew to the mountains, turning her back on humans. When the Bronze and Iron Ages came and humans started warring among themselves, Dike left the Earth altogether, and flew to the heavens."



Libra Ritual Elements

Chart of Libra Ritual Elements


Libra Full Moon Ritual


What You'll Need


1. Elements for your altar. Drawing on the Libra Ritual Elements above, consider what you might want to bring to your altar. Start simple. There is absolutely no need to go out and "buy" altar items. This is something that we encourage you to unlearn. Everything we need is within us and can be found around us. A simple candle will do, or a yellow flower for example.


2. Candle & lighter for the eco-somatic practice


3. Journal & something to write with for the journaling portion.



Important Considerations & Prep


1. RIGHT RELATIONSHIP: being in right relationship with your spiritual practice means approaching each aspect with humility, curiosity and reverence. This includes checking yourself on the nature of how you relate to "objects" as things and the process itself.

  • For example, if you feel called to stones as part of your ritual, consider WHY first. Then contemplate the impact of whatever action comes next. For example, instead of mindlessly purchasing cheap precious stones from somewhere like amazon (which have more than likely been harmfully mined/extracted and then shipped across the world as part of the consumer machine that's destroying our planet), perhaps part of your spiritual practice is to resist such a prompting and instead take the time to go for a mindful walk in your backyard, or a nearby stream and see if the right stone presents itself to you.


2. CLEANSE & PURIFY YOUR SPACE: Cleansing, also known as purification, is the practice of clearing out and releasing negative energy from your space, as well as energy that’s just old, stale, stagnant, or no longer serving you. Here are a few different methods:

  • Physical cleaning: dusting, vacuuming, opening windows for fresh air

  • Salt: a common element used for purification and protection in many different cultures. To use, simply sprinkle salt along doorways and windowsills to protect them from negative energy entering or just keep a small bowl of salt on your altar or nearby surface.

  • Smoke cleansing: light incense or burn a bundle of dried herbs such as rosemary, cedar, or mugwort. Choose plants that you have grown yourself or that grow abundantly wild nearby, plants that you have ancestral tied to or just those that have been grown and harvested ethically.

NOTE: If you do not have meaningful/authentic relationships to Indigenous culture and customs, "smudging" with white sage cultural appropriation and is dishonoring to Indigenous nations across Turtle island. It is important to understand that smudging is not just about burning sage to purify the negative energy from your space but is a sacred ritual that is culturally specific to tribes such as the Lakota Sioux, Comanche, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Navajo. If you have been gifted sage by an Indigenous friend, use to your discretion in how to engage with this medicine. This sacred plant is being abused, exploited and mass-harvested for commercial and consumer use which perpetuates the violence of white supremacy and settler colonialism. Take some time to locate yourself within a settler-colonial context interwoven with the land you currently occupy. Check out Native Land to learn the name and more about the territories you occupy.


3. CLEANSE & PURIFY YOUR BODYMIND

  • Take a shower our bath; visualize any negative energy that has accumulated in your auric field to be washed away as the water goes down the drain.

  • Meditate, center and take some time to ground in stillness and embodied presence.

  • Write or speak your intentions for your ritual out loud


4. BE MINDFUL & STRIVE FOR INTEGRITY ALWAYS.



Altar Creation


Creating an altar is optional. Altar tending is a beautiful practice, especially if you have a designated area in your home that you can tend to over the course of each moon and seasonal cycle.


Tending to an altar is an intentional practice that supports your exploration of nature spirituality and carries the potential to deepen your relationship to the energetic archetypes of each moon cycle.


To set up your altar, simply play with any number of the ritual elements offered above in the chart by using symbols, colors, precious gemstones, symbolism, etc.


There is no right or wrong way to go about creating, tending or being with your altar, however we do not condone cultural appropriation or theft of any kind.



Eco-Somatic Practice: Breath & Gestures of Balance


For this eco-somatic we will be drawing upon the qualities of AIR since Libra is an air sign. To amplify your connection to the element of air, perform this part of the ritual outside or next to an open window. If being outside is not accessible to you, no worries! Remember, YOU are the embodiment of the elements and that is enough.


If you would like to take it a step further, read through the following instructions and draw upon the image of scales, where light and dark are in perfect balance. Draw upon this imagery as you perform the following movements.


STEPS:

  • Begin by finding a comfortable standing posture with your feet in a stance that is wider than usual. Sense the stability of the ground beneath you and take a few minutes to come into stillness. Allow earth's gravity to receive you. Notice the quality of your breath as you inhale and exhale. Allow your face muscles to soften as you close your eyes.

  • Bring your awareness to the left side of your body. Scan the left side of your body from head to. Notice any sensations or feeling tones on this side of your body. Next, gently lean your weight onto your left foot. Come back to center, standing still. Repeat this a couple more times, leaning into the left foot and bringing your awareness to the left side of your body. Come back to center, standing still.

  • Repeat on the other side. Bring your awareness to the right side of your body. Scan the right side of your body from head to. Notice any sensations or feeling tones on this side of your body. Next, gently lean your weight onto your right foot. Come back to center, standing still. Repeat this a couple more times, leaning onto the right foot and bringing your awareness to the right side of your body. Come back to center, standing still.

  • Now bring your awareness to the sensations in both of your hands as you slowly and gently begin to rise your arms out wide to both sides of your body. Sense the balance you are creating in your posture as you do this. With as much softness and unity as possible, slowly rise your arms above your head until your hands meet in prayer position. Slowly bring your hands down, following the center line of your body until your hands meet at the heart.

  • Next, begin to breathe in a way that creates balance between the in and out-breath. Inhaling for 4 counts, exhaling for 4 counts. Do this for 10 rounds. If you'd like to add a gesture, hold your hands out in front of you, turning your palms to the sky. As you inhale, gently lift your palms in front of you following the movement of the breath. As you exhale, turn the palms toward the ground and bring them down, following the movement of the breath. Repeat for every round of breaths.

  • Notice how you feel. At this point you might want to lie down on the ground for a few minutes of intentional breathing and integration


Journaling

  • What came up for you in the eco-somatic practice? Take some time to reflect on anything you'd like to hold onto.


Further self-reflection:

  • Where do I need to create more balance in my life?

  • What am I making more space for in my life?

  • What must I release>


Finish the following sentences:

  • A habits of thought or behavior that I am releasing is....

  • A new practice that I would like to incorporate into my routine is...

  • Something that I am letting go of is...

  • Something I am welcoming in is...


Reading


I am her.

"Guided by the element air, she is both the push + the pull, a fluid dance between dark and light, her effort and ease.


Soft, but not delicate. She is a peacekeeper, though unafraid to declare her truth for what she believes in.


A polished vase. Vintage wine. The pages of her favorite book. She is a loving gaze, the pause between dusk and day, Where the past lets go and steps into tomorrow.


Her power lives in her ability to love and be loved in return. Her heart is ready. And willing. Able to give freely. And open to receiving.


Expansive, still, grounded. Passionate, but gentle. She views life through the lens of harmony and balance. Her spirit is something we all carry inside of ourselves. The desire to let our hearts fall, yet still fly."

- Danielle Doby




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