Full Moon is in Libra and Swati nakshatra at 23:23 MDT on Thursday, April 21st. Swati nakshatra is ruled by Vayu and his powerful movement and strength. The April full Moon is also the celebrated birth day of Lord Hanuman, the beloved monkey god that saved Sita from the wrath of the demon Ravana and brought her home safely to Ayodhya and Lord Raam. Hanuman is a Rudra, meaning he has immense strength, power and sheer force available to him. This strength was given to him by Vayu, the wind god, and father of both Bhima and Hanuman. Hanuman reminds us of righteous action, using our power and strength for conquering evil and restoring balance, while always upholding dharma.
Moon is reflecting the energy of its enemy sign, Libra at the time of the full Moon. Libra's constant quest for balance is too unstable for the Moon, which prefers equanimity. The constant fluctuations with Libra are overwhelming for the emotional body and at times this induces a sense of "crazy making". The root of the Libra nature is to explore all sides, all territory- in order to draw a conclusion, a resounding yes, and to find its own truth. Until all paths are explored, all possibilities acknowledged, there is can not be certainty.
This full Moon, offers great possibility, though it may increase ambiguity in the process. If you can harness this "unknown" territory and use it as a resource for trusting the process, for being nourished by potential, then you have a recipe for success. Far too often, the lack of certainty pushes people into resistance, avoidance, delusion, rather than confronting the unknown head on. The cycle ahead will force this need. The need to stay in the gray, the back and forth. Harvest your inner knowing by moving in between the range of options. Stay in the realm of all possibilities. Stay open to the yes and the no.
Swati nakshatra provides great movement, powerful change and forceful tranformations. Vayu, the wind god, rules this lunar constellation. Inner winds and outer winds are his domain. The imbalances of Libra can find harmony, through the pranic winds. Unify and harmonize through the breath, the ultimate balancing factor. The physical body is your channel, your container, for deep alignment. It holds the wisdom of all four bodies simultaneously. It can support and integrate them, or disrupt and cause disharmony. It is said in Ayurveda that when Vata dosha, or air/wind, is in balance, the other doshas fall into place. Use the physical body to support right-relationship with all four bodies. Saturn is considered exalted in Libra and his current retrograde motion will force you to re-evaluate missing pieces, missing links in your self care during the coming cycle. What is working? What is not?
Venus rules Libra and the relationship planet will be causing the mirror of "the other" to be addressed in potent ways. Once Venus shifts to Aries on the 24th, joining its enemy, the Sun here, challenges may increase with relationships, finances, health, vitality, comfort and those things that Venus represents. As the planet of harmony, Venus feels too heated with the flame of the Sun. This is a powerful time to seek alignment within. The mirror of conflict, challenge and uncertainty will force you to look at parts of yourself that need resolution. Most people disregard conflicts with others, with money, or with health- and don't use them as a resource for awakening. The mirror you don't want to look at is the most perfect reflection of your inner terrain, the pieces within you that need harmony and integration. Rather than avoiding or neglecting these messages, use them. Conflict, challenge, difficulty- it is the ultimate resource for your enlightenment.
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The need for openness will become extra important (and thus extra challenging) in the cycle to come because of the nature of the current transits. Exalted Sun can force conclusions and stubbornness that do not leave you open to receive. Three retrograde planets (four once Mercury goes retro on the 28th) will increase the challenges with receptivity. Polarities are increasing. Do you resist their invitation to address inner conflicts? Or do you invite in the ambiguity that they force upon you? Lean into the uncertainty. There is great wisdom here in the unknown. The emotional body will lead the way, showing you with discomfort or ease, where to look more deeply. Unify mind and body, breath and body, masculine and feminine. Integrate, align, connect, co-create. Move towards harmony- on all four levels of your being.
April Full Moon Creative Ritual + Free Class
Inner conflict is the root of all disharmony and disease. These inner conflicts are often disguised as confusion, uncertainty or chaos. Or they can show up as resistance, avoidance and neglect.
Humans react to their inner conflicts in some interesting ways.
Often there is blame toward others. The irony of this blame is that every mirror shown to us, is actually a part of our own being that we are in conflict with on some level.
The coming Waning Moon Cycle will test your ability to work with your inner conflicts. Some people will be presented with more external challenges, others will experience more inner conflicts. Most people will have a bit of both. However these challenges present themselves, you can use this Creative Ritual
to support your awakening process.
1) Identify the challenge. What is not working? Where are you stuck or feeling the obstacles within?
What challenges are you facing externally?
2) Create an image of your challenge. What does it feel like? Use pastels or paints, collage or clay to create an image of your challenge. What colors arrive? What textures? Allow this creative process to deepen your relationship with the challenge.
3) On the back of your image, give it a title. Then ask your image to speak to you. If it had a message for you, what would it say? Then ask your challenge to tell you what it needs from you. What does this challenge need? What is it asking of you?
4) Get embodied. Use your image to invoke a movement exploration. Move in response to your image. Let your body express and speak the message of your image. Move for 5 to 10 minutes. In your final moments of movement, let a statement arrive as you answer this question: I need
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- Soothe and resource from inner conflicts and challenges.
- Gather resources to balance your inner realms.
- Deepen your relationship with yoga, union, on all four levels of your being.
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