Full Moon in Libra: What It Means in Astrology and What You Can Expect

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As they light up the sky, full moons tend to illuminate matters in a new way or reveal to us something that was previously obscured, bringing the end to a cycle. When a full moon occurs in the diplomatic sign of Libra, it can shed new light on how we feel in our closest one-on-one relationships, revealing our deepest sensitivities and surfacing themes of balance, justice, and personal values.

Ruled by Venus—the planet of relationships, resources, and justice—Libra is known for its social charm and desire to connect with others. Libra is also represented by the scales, a mark of its never-ending battle to establish harmony in its life, sometimes even at the expense of its own best interests. As a result, a full moon in Libra can show us where there may be an imbalance in our closest partnerships: Are you putting in too much effort… or perhaps not enough? Are your actions being reciprocated?

A full moon in Libra can show us where there may be an imbalance in our closest partnerships.

Because Libra is also a cerebral air sign, you could find that during a Libra full moon, you're prone to intellectualizing on topics within the sign's purview, perhaps reflecting on what is ultimately just and fair (and for whom), and how you might use your voice, tact, and charm to help rebalance the scales—whether in your personal life or for an issue in the broader collective.

On a personal level, you may find during a full Libra moon that you need to let go of certain relationship dynamics that are no longer supportive, or otherwise change how you show up in your partnerships.

When is the next full moon in Libra?

The next full moon in Libra is on March 25, 2024, at 3:00 a.m. EDT, and it will be a penumbral lunar eclipse, meaning the moon isn't just on the opposite side of the Earth as the sun, but it's aligned horizontally with the Earth, falling into its shadow. (With a penumbral lunar eclipse, though, the moon moves just through the outer part of the Earth's shadow, called the penumbra—so it only appears slightly darker than usual, rather than taking on the signature blood-red hue of a total lunar eclipse.)

The following Libra full moon will be on April 13, 2025. (A full moon in any given zodiac sign typically occurs once a year, with the new moon in that same sign happening roughly six months later.)

What is a full moon, and what does it mean in astrology?

full moon happens when the sun and moon fall on opposite sides of the Earth, such that the full surface of the moon that's facing us is illuminated, reflecting the light of the sun. It happens once a month and marks the halfway point of the lunar cycle, which gives the full moon its symbolism in astrology as a turning point or period of culmination—that is, a time when intentions set under the last new moon in the same zodiac sign come to fruition (or experience a transition).

Because a full moon is when the moon appears brightest in the night sky, it is also thought to coincide, in astrology, with secrets or previously hidden truths coming to light. You could become aware of information under a full moon that completely changes your perspective on or approach to a goal, or even brings something in your life to the end of its current phase or cycle.

Given that a full moon occurs when the moon and the sun are on opposite sides of the Earth, these two celestial bodies are also in opposite zodiac signs during this lunar phase. Astrologically, this can create some tension between the opposing energies of the signs in play (for example, Libra's partnership-oriented vibe versus its opposite sign of Aries's self-oriented energy).

During a full moon, we're essentially tasked with exploring the dichotomy of the two signs in question and finding a middle ground, which can feel difficult and draining. To best handle that wonky full-moon energy, astrologers often recommend slowing down and making space for self care and reflection.

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