The Challenge: Avoidance of decision-making for fear of what others may think, complacency, people-pleasing to one’s own detriment, ignoring reason or reality in favor of wishful thinking, holding-out for a desired-outcome ending in loss of control
The Breakthrough/Potential Wisdom: Complete resolution of an issue in order to bring peace and balance, the courage to make difficult decisions that has long-lasting benefits, healthy adjustment, justice served, restoring balance, peaceful agreements that ultimately lead to progress for key issues
Considering the last Full Moon in Libra we experienced in March with the Equinox was associated with the 2 of Swords, this one really draws on this theme of Doubling Down with the 4 of Swords (2 doubled). Adding to this theme, Mars will be in the double-take, twinning sign of Gemini, encouraging us to speak up and get the job done.
What I find fascinating with this particular card at this particular point in time, though, is the significance of Uranus. At the time of this Double Full Moon, the Sun will be closing in on Uranus. This will be their first meet-up of this kind (since progressive Uranus has moved into Taurus ground) since 1942. Social justice is a Uranian stronghold, and there’s an element of instilling social peace, a kind of compromise that suits all sides of an issue, at play with this 4 of Swords. The swords come together, and meet in the Center. A clearly impending crisis begets an intellectual understanding that something must be done to adjudicate a resolution. It may not be pretty, and not everyone will get what they want right this hot minute, but it will bring peace to a situation that’s getting out of hand and provide a more level playing field in the future.
Do you see this in the image on the card? The clear-cut swords define a space, shielding the rose in the center from the threatening live wires (abstract yellow web of lines) on the outside.
In the Book of Thoth, Crowley describes the 4 of Swords as “the strong man armed, keeping his house in peace”.
Feeling It Still. . .
What is it that still feels off, not right, unjust or like it’s getting out of control? We’ve all got our issues. At this time, there may be lots of unresolved situations that are vying for your attention, so it’s worth narrowing down what most requires your attention.
Hint: It’s that thing that feels worrisome, makes you squirm a bit at the thought of it. It’s probably keeping you up at night and could likely cause a disruption in your relationships if you were to actually face it head-on. That’s the place to turn and make an effort toward resolution.
“It” is not new. You’ve been feeling this for a while, although, you may not have had the complete awareness of it to pinpoint what needs to really be done about it. But, now you’ll have a better grasp on it. It may have started to come to light around the time of that last Full Moon in Libra (March 20th - Mercury was still retrograde in Pisces then) and remained in the background, like a low-vibe hum that threatens your sanity because you just cannot tune it out.
This doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a “bad thing” or something that needs to go. It could be something that you desperately want to do, something that excites and terrifies you at the same time. If you only had the courage to act on it, speak up or make that damn decision to end the war within that causes you so much anxiety, privately.
Still — This energy is best utilized when we get still and listen. Not only to what our heart tells us, but to what others are really saying. Perhaps there’s a side of the story you haven’t considered or a new piece of information you need in order to make a wise decision. In the stillness we can truly feel into what it is we need, and open up to considering what could be best for everyone in the future. Get still to consider what is in your best interest AND the best interest of others. It’s difficult to do that when there’s so much noise.
I come from a family of lawyers, so I’m very familiar with the term settlement when it comes to court cases. The 4 of Swords elicits a settlement of sorts; a truce. Coming to an agreement to end a dispute. After you’ve seen the evidence, made your case, and all sides have been heard, there’s an opportunity to settle out of court or get a settlement; settle for whatever the judge or jury decides will be just.
While it may or may not be a legal settlement for you, there’s an air of reaching an agreement or coming to terms with an issue. We get an opportunity to put something to rest and truly move on. There is a definite ending with this Full Moon at the final degree of Libra, and we can choose to settle out of court, so to speak, or let some external authority settle it for us.
With the planetary ruler of this Full Moon in Libra, Lady Venus, making an awkwardly challenging aspect to this lunar climax, we may have trouble letting go of our desire for an ideal outcome.
We may want to hold-on; devoted to a dream or belief in a perfect world where no one ever loses and all is forgiven. A sudden realization could help us recognize that peace in this moment, a settling of some kind, will bring about more harmony than dragging something out for longer than necessary.
Chances are good we’ll have to accept a little less than what we had hoped for in order to bring some issue to a close, so we can make actual progress toward what we ultimately desire and what matters most. It could become (suddenly) crystal clear that something cannot continue in the way that it has and a choice must be made.
Double-Down For What?
Revelations and realizations rule the day. Something came to light before, but now it’s in your face. It gets clear and demands action. The 4 of Swords can indicate a military-like forcefulness that tamps down civil unrest, like sending the troops in to calm rioting mobs. Not to be confused with war, this energy is all about doing whatever is necessary to resolve a situation that may be reaching a breaking point (that could potentially lead to war). It preserves life, brings peace and restores balance.
There is a central focus. A clear response. This Moon triggers decisive action.
With this being a Double Full Moon, there is this commanding presence that is like doubling-down. Any resistance is simply met with more force to balance the scales. While all that doesn’t seem pretty at the moment, it is necessary in order allow beauty and balance and all the poetic Libran qualities to flourish in the future.
If you had an inkling or a nudge in a new direction with the last Full Moon, this time around that feeling could become a compelling force that spurs you (or someone else) into action. I’ll be honest, it’s a more serious vibe with this one. There may be temporary disruption or fall-out, but decisions made now can lead to more of what you want in the future when you keep in mind what matters to you above all else. Remember this year we can consciously upgrade our lives.
This is the 4 of Swords and the final degree of Libra. The next Full Moon is in Scorpio, where we’ll investigate and get to the bottom of things. This moment in time is an opportunity to clear out what’s not working so we can have the energy for the deeper healing that’s coming next.
Feel It Coming. . .
In the stars at the time of this Full Moon, we’ve got a Cardinal Cross. We may feel stretched. There could be an uprising that needs to be settled to lay the groundwork for what’s ahead… But the Moon reigns supreme with the North Node of the Moon in Cancer. The Moon — fully lit — guides us back to our center, to inner-security. It’s also our feminine, intuitive guiding light.
Especially with the Sun in close proximity to Uranus now, we could feel and psychically see what’s coming when we are able take decisive action that frees our energy up to receive more insight.
So make the call. Put your foot down. Choose.
There’s more, right around the corner. You can feel it coming…
This Full Moon event occurs at the 0 degree mark in the sign of Libra, so it brings with it a vibration of renewal — an aspect that is amplified by the Divine Timing of this one, too. It’s happening with the Equinox, marking the dawn of the new season. (Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern.) Adding to the significance of this lunation, is the intensity of this current Mercury Retrograde. And next month (on Apirl 19th) we’ll have another Full Moon in Libra; only that time, it will be at the final degree mark of the respective sign. This is a new beginning in the middle of an end, that will offer some significant closure during this 28 day cycle.
This FULL MOON & NEW SEASON Soundtrack: Rewrite The Stars by Zendaya [Music Video]
The Challenge: conflicting ideas, conformity that leads to resentment, stand-off, stalemate, resistance or unwillingness to see the truth of what is in the moment, ambivalence, reluctance to commit or sitting-on-the-fence, indecisiveness, low self-esteem, feeling incompetent, abandonment of self or individual ideas for the sake of compromise
The Breakthrough/Potential Wisdom: equilibrium, diplomacy, non-partisan stance that results in benefits for both sides, objective communication, comfortable balance, amicable resolutions, honor and respect within relationships, deeply spiritual inner-peace, empowered decision-making abilities, manifestation through intellectual debates that lead to progress and justice, revelations of higher Truth (whole Truth), union with another while standing firm in individual identify, healthy compromise that provides healing from old wounds
The Sun enters the Sign of Aries, ending the astrological year and beginning a new season every year at the time of the March Equinox. This time, the Moon (in Libra) will be opposing it, illuminating this newness with Full Moonlight at the degree of new beginnings - zero. Adding to this influence of new beginnings is the 2 of Swords. The astrological symbols on this Tarot card are the Moon and the sign of Libra, further amplifying these Libran vibes. (This Full Moon corresponds with last October’s New Moon in Libra.)
In the Book of Thoth, Aleister Crowley describes the 2 of Swords as energy that “abides above the onslaught of disruption”. We come to terms with what is; the ever-changing, yet consistent, energy of Nature. The Nature of our environment, our material world, and also the nature of who we are. There is beauty in that realization that provides a necessary equilibrium, from which we can move beyond present challenges and open up to new possibilities. This is could be a calming effect that acts a conduit for deeper healing, as we may come to be more at peace with the very essence of Life itself.
God and Goddess At War
The planetary rulers of this Full Moon (Mars and Venus) square off in a way that could reveal hidden tension within relationships.
What we want (to release or to start) may be in conflict with what we think or feel we can actually have. What we want may be very different than what the other person wants, or believes is even possible. We are susceptible to far-reaching and unrealistic expectations now (and really, this influence sticks with us all year long). But, when we meet each other in the space of acceptance of what is right in front of us and communicate from a calm place within, we create a new way forward. Together.
There’s a focus on what will sustain us and help us feel safe in the long-run, while also (maybe) feeling the desire to split or be more free to explore beyond what we’ve known. (Especially if situations in relationships have been difficult for a while.) It’s hard to tell where things will end up and tensions may be high.
Truth and Justice…. OR Righteous Justification?
Amid a mind-numbing Mercury Retrograde phase, this Full Moon seems to provide a strange sense of deep direction. But, taking some time for healthy inner-reflection would be a wise move before jumping into the mud…. You can’t see what’s down there. Make sure you’re aligned with what is true and an absolute non-negotiable value for you before making a statement.
It’s essential to sift through the illusions that are so pervasive at this time. What pops up first to get your attention deserves to be examined. We don’t have all of the information yet.
The trick is to not get too comfortable with doubt and sitting on the fence. What is revealed with this moonlight glow is something asking to be released and immediately paving a new path forward. It feels as though there will come a need to defend the position you take, so it must be anchored in Truth, not self-defensiveness.
Relationships of all kinds may get a bit of a tune-up now…. Notice when you may be operating on a need to be right and simply defending your position or desires without truly listening to the other. But also notice where you may have been right all along, and you’ve been self-sacrificing in ways that simply are not good for you. Self-righteousness can show up in that way, too…. when we believe we’re doing it all for another person and we secretly feel we deserve some kind of medal for that.
Truth and justice is not something that feels like a blow to the ego. It’s not deflating or cumbersome. It’s like putting down a heavy load and feeling like you can stand up straighter Holding your head high but not looking down on another, meeting them eye to eye. A true win-win. — To be clear, this doesn’t always mean there is happy ending or just agreement. There may be those we encounter that simply show us a piece of ourselves we hadn’t faced before. We can choose to hold our head high and make a choice that honors both parties in the situation, and sometimes that means parting ways. A win-win is possible when we, individually, choose to act from a higher place within us, so no one walks away a loser.
It feels like reclaiming a lost part of yourself. The beautiful thing is that our people, the relationships in our lives, are great facilitators of this kind of enlightenment.
A New Chapter
Even when the odds seem to be stacked against you (or your love), there’s gentle opening — a sort of part in the clouds.
With the 2 of Swords, the pair of swords intersect inside the blue rose that is shaped like a cup. This is not a mushy, self-abandoning, “You complete me” terms of endearment kind of vibe. It IS an honoring of the individual and the whole. It’s the beginning, a glimpse of a higher potential within a partnership that is grounded in honesty and transparency. It’s sobering. And mystical.
This is the beginning of a new kind of relationship — with another, within ourselves or with our worldview. We come to terms and then leap forward in some way.
There’s a reason I selected this song for this Full Moon’s soundtrack. We get to begin a whole chapter now when we get real about what actually is in front of us, know what we want and then are brave enough to face it. There’s a fated, even sparkly quality here…… an opening to new possibilities we haven’t been able to get a glimpse of before. We get to embrace a new reality together with someone. And that makes even feel even more possible.