April 03, 2023
Insights by Kerstin Hern of The Mirrored Lantern / Original art for J. Southern Studio by Spirited Animals
Welcome to the first chapter of eclipse season! The upcoming solar eclipse opens up a gateway for meaningful change, especially around the Self, ego, and how you move in the world (solar = yang/divine masculine energy). This solar power can supercharge your intentions and introspections at the dark new moon and into its waxing phase… More on that below.
The astrological new year and ingress into Aries season occurred at the end of last month, but we are now in the FULL swing of Aries rebirth energy. This is due, in part, to having a second new moon in Aries on the 19th/20th, which falls in one of the final degrees of the sign and is also a total solar eclipse. This new moon peaks right before the sun shifts into Taurus just a few hours later, offering second chances connected to releases and simultaneous new opportunities, along with new/evolved awareness around identity. Intra-personally, this is a portal of second chance opportunity for energetic death and rebirth, especially connected to identity and how you define and express your Self.
The full moon in Libra (the Pink Moon) on the 5th/6th will likely bring to light and culmination feelings (moon = feelings) and thoughts (Libra = air sign) around wants and needs in relationships. The Mercury/Mars sextile encourages speaking up and processing any friction between what you want (Aries sun) and what others want (Libra moon), which may be productive/less fawning with Mars giving the people-pleasing shadow part of Libra more oomph. Chiron is also hugging the Sun at this time, so how and from whom you’ve been hurt or hurt others, with a major opportunity for healing, is very present. Try to allow truth and acceptance to prevail over ego defenses, otherwise, this pattern will show up again in another form or relationship.
There are a handful of notable Venus and Taurus transits, too, which sets April up for bringing grounded awareness to themes of self-worth, personal value, our relationships to money as energy, and our relationships to relationships. Also, a numerology note for my soon-to-be fellow east coasters: The lunations’ peak times are power numbers: 1234 (12:34 am)/growth, progression and 1212 (12:12 am)/balance, prosperity, so East coast fam are really in a powerful energy field around these lunations!
Make note of the specific full and new moon energy and some of this month’s significant transits below to prepare for and work with the cosmic flow. Use the full and new moons’ symbols, themes, each lunations’ tarot card partner, herbs for candle magick, crystals, affirmations, and more to personalize your own rituals around invocations and releases during those energetic portals.
There is a culmination around how your identity is expressed in relationship with others at this lunation, especially referencing your intentions and personal themes at the recent new moon. The balance of “I/we” is highlighted, as Libra rules the 7th house of relationships. Think about how you embodied your “healthy selfish” and “me first” energy to ground into your authentic identity. Because energy is constantly flowing and shifting, this moon invites you to avoid stagnancy in the “I” space and explore what can be compromised and with whom you want to make compromises. Exploring, identifying, and expressing needs and boundaries in relationships will be opportune at this time, as Luna sheds light in all directions, expanding our awareness.
The Mercury and Mars sextile encourages speaking up around friction between what you want (Aries sun) and what others want (Libra moon), which may feel more productive than usual on a Libra moon with Mars giving the people-pleasing/fawning shadow part of Libra more oomph and assertion (also an Aries sun trait). Chiron is also hugging the Sun at this time, so how and from whom you’ve been hurt or hurt others, with a major opportunity for healing, is very present. Try to allow truth and acceptance to prevail over ego defenses, otherwise, this pattern will show up again in another form or relationship.
THEMES & SYMBOLS:
Balance between “I” and “we”, identifying and expressing needs, receiving the needs of others, healing conversations, releasing toxic relationships, giving gratitude for healthy relationships, Pink Moon, relationships, romance, seeking harmony, balance, diplomacy, social justice, personal justice, activism, beauty, luxury, art, balance scales, claw, wolf, crow, bronze sword, rose, sapphire, Venus, aster, bluebells, copper, pastel green, pastel pink, indigo
YOUR FULL MOON LUNATION HOUSE:
Find your sun or rising sign below to see what area of your life will be most impacted by this full moon:
RITUAL + ALTAR INSPIRATIONS
FULL MOON PETITION
For this air moon, write out your full moon releases, anyone you send forgiveness to, and speak them all aloud facing east (air element direction), light it on fire and place in cauldron to safely burn, and finally blow the ashes into the wind away from your home.
SUGGESTED MANTRA or AFFIRMATION
“Under the light of this full moon, I bring awareness and gratitude to all the abundance in my life. I allow this gratitude to make space for further exploration and gentle guidance to where there is any lack of truth, honesty, or unmet needs in my relationships with others and myself. I move through any stagnant or dense energy in my identity and authenticity by leaning into curiosity and healthy compromise with others. I ask Spirit to help me identify my needs in my relationships, as well as compassionately acknowledge the needs of others. I use the energy of Mars and Mercury to find the courage to express my needs, wants, and hurts, as well as receive what others share with me. I participate and claim sacred balance by bringing awareness to and shifting from people-pleasing and denial of needs to alchemize my own relational healing and close that karmic cycle for myself. So mote it be."
FULL MOON MEDICINE
Libra rules the skin, kidneys, endocrine system, veins, and lower back/bum. Drink lots of water and green tea to flush kidneys and be mindful of booze and sugar. Stretch your back by doing the legs-up-the-wall pose, cat-cow, sphinx or cobra, or other lower back yoga poses. Do a cleansing bath or shower with salts and herbs to cleanse your auric field and skin while improving your circulation with a scrub.
The black moon cycle we are in is embraced by Aries energy… This cycle means there are 2 back-to-back new moons in Aries. The last new moon fell at the 0 degree, indicating rebirth and fresh energy, and this black moon falls at 29 degrees (a “critical degree”) indicating wrapping up of chapters/karmic cycles/closures that are likely around major and/or long-term themes. However, being a new moon and in Aries, there is a closing of one door and an unlocking and opening of a new door almost simultaneously.
This may feel like jumping timelines and entering into whole new realities, like you took off foggy goggles you’ve been wearing for a while and now see a fresh new reality, regardless of physical environment. For others, actually moving environments (home, work, social groups, etc.) are very possible, because as the vibration of the earth is rising, so is everyone’s consciousness, so serendipity and anchoring to higher frequencies are creating more flow and synchronicity.
The new moon also makes a square to Pluto, who loves excavation and transformation. Pluto is currently in Aquarius, bringing up themes around collective power and collective trauma. Aries can be a “confident child” archetype that breaks transgenerational trauma cycles and forges ahead to the beat of their own drum, creating a new identity based on soul alignment. The gusto and confidence of Aries is available to all at this time, and with the empowering and transformative Pluto energy, busting out of old identities, changing looks, and for some, changing names/putting dead names to rest, are very blessed right now, especially in this solar (self/ego) eclipse portal that is open.
THEMES & SYMBOLS:
jumping timelines, personal death/rebirth, reset energy, second chances, detoxing the Shadow, claiming authentic identity, releases, new ways of expressing yourself aesthetically, childhood healing, speaking your needs, second chances, updated intentions/goals, physical stamina, heightened energy, creativity, assertiveness, independence, initiation, Phoenix, Mars, Chiron, Mercury, fire, iron, spear, torch, horn, Ram, hawk, falcon, thistle, honeysuckle, daisies, Tiger lily, diamond, ruby gem, red, scarlet, yellow, purple
YOUR NEW MOON LUNATION HOUSE
Find your sun or rising sign below to see what area of your life will be most impacted by this new moon:
Deities: goddesses Biarg or Berkana, Ares, Eris, Shiva, Mars, Athena
Write your intentions as specifically as possible on a small piece of paper, in the present tense, as if they are already happening or already happened. Fold it 3 times toward you, symbolizing bringing energy to you, and place on your altar under your crystals. You may also place your petition under your Fire Element Candle or chime candle before you light it. This is a fire moon, so safely ignite your petition and burn it down in your cauldron or other fire-safe dish.
“On this second new moon in Aries and solar eclipse, I simultaneously exist in two timelines during this sacred transition in my life. If it is for my highest good, I release old narratives, identities, and symbols connected to my “old” self with gratitude and grace. I boldly step into my “new skin” with confidence, vigor, and excitement, as I know that because I am here, right now, I am healing and growing in many ways. I call on the solar deities and ancestors of the light to guide me through this eclipse portal to embrace all the change that is coming. May all changes be aligned with the highest vibrations. May all transitions happen with ease and grace. May all inauthentic parts of my life make themselves visible to me so I may accept and gently transform them. May all abundant new opportunities and second chances on this new moon find me. So mote it be!”
NEW MOON MEDICINE
Aries rules the head, teeth, tongue, arteries. Use tea tree oil in your shampoo to stimulate your scalp and clear your crown chakra. Do mantra meditations where you get your tongue moving through words, move your body, make art, sing, dance—get your vitality activated! These activities are also part of narrative therapy because they help you connect to and express yourself.
Wishing you all empowering full and new moons this month!
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