Full Moon in Libra: Rumination Nation

Full Moon in Libra: Rumination Nation

The Full Moon in Libra occurs the 11th of April 2017 at 21°32’ of Libra.

Try checking what area of your birth chart is ruled by Libra or the house where your natal Venus is found for more insight.

If you are new or new-ish to astrology, this post is a good place to start for generating your birth chart and checking out which part of your chart is being touched by this lunation.

You can also find out more about how to work with full moons here.


“I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.” 

 Sylvia PlathThe Bell Jar


Rumination Nation

Life is a series of choices.

Some choices are small, and some are big; most are of the everyday garden-variety (still or sparkling?), but a few have the power to alter our lives completely (is this relationship enough?).

All of our choices matter though, because the choices we make, make us: what eventually becomes our ‘story’ is built off the back of our decisions.

There are, of course, many ways of making decisions. Aries leaps without looking, Sagittarius chooses to not choose by doing it all, Cancer trusts their famous gut instinct, and Libra…avoids making decisions at all if they can manage it. All the better if Libra can foist the decision-making onto someone else and absolve themselves of the responsibility.

To be clear, Libra’s indecisive nature doesn’t mean they can’t make decisions, but rather that they fear the consequences of those decisions. Though their peculiar brand of dithering may be frustrating, their hesitation makes sense. You cannot easily choose something, without inherently choosing against something (or someone) else.

Built into every choice we make is this niggling feeling that no matter what we’ve gained, we’ve also lost something, too; interestingly, the Latin root of ‘decide’ means ‘to cut off.’

‘FOMO’ may not be a modern invention, after all.

No matter how ready you may feel to make a definitive call one way or another, now is not the most auspicious moment for a final decision. The Full Moon in Libra is more parts rumination than resolution.

Mercury, the planet of communication and the mind, and the archetype of both the psychopomp and the trickster, likely has more in store for you over the coming weeks as he moves retrograde; what you may grasp as solid fact now may get a significant re-work over the next 30 days. The lunation’s ruler Venus has not yet finished her own retrograde tour and sits in hard angle to Saturn, the planetary taskmaster. There could be a review of limits and blocks in love, money, and pleasure.

The good news is that what’s being examined here is not new material. Though Jupiter and Uranus’ shock-producing combo features heavily in this lunation, the only shock you may feel is that you’re ‘still’ here, sitting in front of the same set of scales, weighing up the same set of pro’s and con’s.

Otherwise, the Full Moon in Libra may manifest for some as a brightly lit battle of wills, exploding in one corner with the Sun conjunct Uranus (the ego’s desire to break out), and in another with the Moon loosely conjunct Jupiter (so much unexpected feeling!).

Both the Sun and Moon square Vesta on one side (directionless anxiety, emotional alienation) and Pluto on the other (manipulation, emotional blackmail). Jupiter square Juno, goddess of marriage, may generate gaps to negotiate between expectations and ideals, particularly in relationships.

The quickest way I can sum up this Full Moon is this: if you don’t know, don’t decide. And inversely, only decide when you know.

Dither on, dear friends. Continue weighing things up and spelunking around in the mineshafts of your discontent.

At some point, a sense of knowing will collide with your ambivalence and surmount it.

When that happens, you’ll feel it, and you’ll be ready.

Asteroids + Other Bits

Every lunation in Taurus or Libra is ruled by it’s planetary partner, Venus. Robert Graves had this to say about Venus’ relationship to working:

“The Fates assigned to Aphrodite [Venus] one divine duty only, namely to make love; but one day, Athene catching her surreptitiously at work on a loom, complained that her own prerogatives had been infringed upon and threatened to abandon them altogether. Aphrodite apologized profusely, and has never done a hand’s turn of work since.” (From Hesiod’s Theogony)

So, there you have it – there will be no 9 to 5 for Venus. This is precisely why she and Saturn are such an unlikely combo. I’ve written elsewhere about their rather contrary dispositions: she appreciates and he denigrates; she luxuriates and he works; she is wet and warm, he is cool and dry; and most importantly, Venus connects while Saturn withdraws.

All of these things being true, the doom and gloom depictions of Venus and Saturn in harsh aspect to one another overlook a mightily important detail, however: real love takes a lot of fucking work.

Past the moon-eyed, dreamy days of the honeymoon period, reality (Saturn!) has a rather unappealing manner of impressing itself upon on a romantic relationship (Venus!).

If we were to rely solely on Venus’ pool of talents, seductive though they may be, we too might end up like a Greek God, endlessly shagging and procreating, but never managing monogamy.

Past a certain point, love is work, and working on love is – quelle surprise – a choice. Having Saturn around ensures a realistic, adult (rather sadly not in the XXX way – sigh), relationship.

I write all of this simply to convey that Venus square Saturn is not terminal. If this aspect is plucking around your birth chart or showing up in your Solar Return (i.e., this aspect was ‘live’ on or around your birthday), that just means there’s work to do. As long as you aren’t afraid to roll up your sleeves, you’ll be fine.

And most importantly, though it may not currently appear to be true: if you’ve got something to work on, there’s still something there that’s ostensibly worth the work.


April 11th, 2017, Libra 21°32′

full moon in libra chart april 11 2017

*I am now very fancy and produce my charts using Solar Fire. At each lunation, the luminaries (Sun & Moon) will be in yellow, while the lunation ruler and the planets in aspect to it will be in green (in this case: Venus, which is conjunct Chiron, squares Saturn, and trines Vesta).