Astrology

April 2017: Pink FULL MOON in Libra and 5 Planet Retrograde

April 11th, 2017 (06:08 UTC) brings us the pink Full Moon, which is in the sign of Libra. A time for beauty and balance, amidst a chaotic (yet meaningful) five planet retrograde.

The pink moon is a metaphor for the blossoming of new life, an invigoration of spring’s floral landscapes which grace the earth with new colors (including pink) and beauty. This powerful time signifies the birth of new opportunity, and reconnection to the beauty in your experience.


The lunar astrological significance of the moon being in Libra calls forth the wisdom of balance and harmony. As an astrological archetype Libra is naturally peaceful, and seeks balance in all areas of life. Apt to cooperate while remaining diplomatic, this sign has an attractive aura and because of this, Libra is a powerful manifestor. In looking at the scales of Libra, from an esoteric point of view, let us be reminded of the ancient Egyptians who believed that the heart was the center of intelligence – and reigned supreme above all other faculties of the body.

According to the Egyptian Book of the Dead, after death, Anubis would weigh your heart on a scale next to the feather of Ma’at, and if your heart was as light as the feather – you could pass through to the next life, but if you carried a heavy heart, you would be eaten by alligators – doomed to the underworld. A powerful metaphor for our waking life, and a reminder to carry the energies of balance in all areas of your life with a “feather heart”.

In looking at the heart as your center of intelligence, clearing clutter and finding love for all of your past memories and future plans for manifestation is of the utmost importance.

The pink Libra Full Moon is also conjoined with Jupiter, which adds extra emphasis on power – this planet is known as the “planet of plenty. It is tolerant and expansive. The first of the social planets, Jupiter seeks insight through knowledge.”

This powerful time is simultaneously happening with a 5 planet retrograde as Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury and Pluto are all in a “retrograde brigade”, but there’s no need to fear or fret. With knowledge comes power, and awareness helps us navigate the cosmic seas with clarity.

According to the Astro Twins:

As April begins, two planets are already retrograde: expansive Jupiter (from February 6 to June 9) and harmonious Venus (from March 4 to April 15). In astrology, Venus and Jupiter are known as “the great benefits” for their positive and helpful powers. So to have both of them dimming their shine at the same time can test our goodwill. Jupiter is retrograde in Libra, the sign of harmony and balanced partnerships, while Venus will back from Aries into compassionate Pisces.

Retrogrades occur when the Earth outpaces another planet in its journey around the Sun, creating the illusion that the planet is moving backward. As a result, everything that planet astrologically governs can go haywire. But it’s also a time to reconnect with the past, making sure we haven’t cut crucial corners or thrown out the metaphorical baby with the bathwater. Yes, change and progress are good—but retrogrades remind us to value those things that stand the test of time. (To learn more, read our in-depth post onretrogrades and what they mean for each planet.)

Joining the retrograde brigade this month are Saturn, Mercury, and Pluto. We start with structured Saturn, which reverses in worldly Sagittarius from April 5 to August 25. Is something in your life built on a shaky setup? You’ll find out when inspector Saturn goes backward. Sagittarius rules global politics, cross-cultural affairs, travel, and education. These areas could get even more strained as boundary-enforcing Saturn tightens its grip.

Here’s hoping this retrograde will actually remind us that this world needs to be safe for people of all cultures, identities, and religions. During Saturn retrograde, anything built on a flimsy foundation will crumble. Here’s hoping Saturn retrograde topples any shoddy and destructive attempts to take away environmental protection, educational programs, religious freedom, and so forth.

On the eve of the Full Moon, you may wish to create a sigil to imbue your intentions during this “lunar bath” of beauty, balance, awareness, and power. If you feel called to practice a ritual as well, we recommend working with your sigil by inscribing it on a candle in the color of yellow (realizing and manifesting thoughts, confidence, bringing plans into action, creativity, intelligence, mental clarity, clairvoyance) and using the oil of High John the Conqueror.

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