As with so many English phrases, we can thank Shakespeare for coining the term “blue moon” to describe something rare. A blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. This is a relatively rare occurrence, but in 2018 we have had two, and this is the second.
Typically, a blue moon has the same magical significance of all full moons–a time to harvest what was planted at the new moon, issues bubbling to the surface to be dealt with, heightened power and energy overall.
Astrologically speaking, this moon has a lot going on. The full moon is 10 degrees in Libra. Represented by the scales, Libra seeks balance, and this sign is all about peace, harmony and relationships. At the same time, the moon is square Saturn (ruler of limitations and fears) and Mars (ruler of base drive). When two planets are square, there’s a big tug of war going on. So all the balance of Libra is being challenged by the forces of Saturn and Mars.
Not to mention, we are currently in Mercury retrograde. So, if you’re feeling ridiculously out of sorts, that’s okay! You can work with this energy in a positive way.
Relationships are super in focus right now, whether with others or with ourselves. The full moon in Libra, which is also the Ostara moon, is calling us to take the actions necessary to bring balance to our relationships and our lives.
Ostara is the spring equinox, when dark gives way to light, which happened on March 20. At that time, it’s likely that something was brought to light in your life that can no longer be kept in darkness, no matter how much you’ve done to suppress it or put it off. This full moon possesses the energy to help you achieve the balance that you need to establish in whatever area of your life has been keeping you out of whack. If there’s an action that needs to be taken, or an obsession that needs to be relinquished, now is the time!
Especially is this is an issue from your past, Mercury retrograde can help you rather than hinder you here. If Saturn and Mars are stirring up your fears and/or anger, that’s all the more reason to free yourself from whatever it is once and for all.
This moon offers potential for real growth. Let’s begin this spring with a step into the light!