Libra Full Moon on Wednesday March 23, 2016 @ 5:01 am Pacific (partial Lunar Eclipse on same day)
“With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.”
This is the line that echoed in my head this morning as I sat outside with my son. We have been home resting for a few days, under the weather yet again. I was moodily musing that we have spent more time down than up since winter solstice and how eagerly I am awaiting the official awakening of spring for hopefully a healthier season.
As I grouched on to myself, I suddenly became present to the comfort of the warm afternoon sun and coolness of the grass. A hummingbird dipped down to greet me and a butterfly passed overhead. That was when I heard the line from an old favorite poem, inviting me to cross the threshold from childish grief to womanly grace.
Please don’t think I am saying grief is bad. In fact, we need our grief and it is precisely because we are not allowed it, especially as children, that as adults we are unable to deal and instead tend to repress or project it. The fascinating thing about a quality like grace, something I know I have written about before, is it only comes by being fully present and in acceptance of what is, including our grief and pain. Truthfully, kids tend to do that better, if we let them, and then they let it go. There is a strong pull in this full moon cycle to keep up this kind of letting go.
Spring Equinox falls on Saturday March 19/20th this year, just as la luna enters her waxing gibbous face. Mama Gaia has her moment of alignment in space, pausing in equanimity before again turning one side of her form to light, leaving the other dark. Oh, the magic of being alive for the planetary dance! We have such potent opportunity to experience expansion, contraction and every movement in between. And we do. All of us. But the difference between a graceful flow and just being thrown around comes in our capacity for awareness, reflection and compassion.
Spring, ultimately, is ruled by Aries. It is the youthful, inspired, initiator of fire that stirs our bellies and buds to blossom. But this full moon, ruled by Libra, so close to equinox and carrying a partial eclipse, invokes a great exhale.
Libra is the opposite energy of Aries. She rules the autumnal equinox and harvest. She represents the planet and deity of Venus. Libra is the Goddess in the dress of Lakshmi, Aphrodite or Athena. She holds scales of justice and counters Aries mission of “me,” with the reality of, “we.”
Libra seeks clarity, harmony and aligning the mind and heart. Her Spring spotlight encourage us to take pause before our fiery leap forward. Libra carries the capacity to experience the fullness of our emotional and mental spectrum, to seek acceptance in the moment, and authentically choose our direction, before just running off into the future.
Winter is synonymous with grief and loss. It is nature in contraction. Who bears more grief than mother earth? Who has lost more than she? and yet, spring still comes. Life expands. Beauty abounds. But with Libra energy, she takes the space to linger in-between death and life, winter and spring. She finds her center, stops in neutral.
With pure grace, she holds her scales, sees and feels their weight with clarity and honesty, and then she chooses to continue on, giving birth to another round on this sacred wheel.
The partial lunar eclipse whispers to us, as well. We know what got stirred up with the new moon solar eclipse a couple weeks ago. We know what’s been hanging on all winter long.
With grace, acknowledge your grief and with head held high, walk in beauty as you say good-bye to what is passing away as the scales tip. It is not meant to be easy but it is not a fight, either. It’s the natural pause between contraction and expansion.
Ask for help, if you need it, and most of us do. Teachers, allies, friends and guides are everywhere if we pay attention. Libra encourages an “us” mentality and we are never alone on this earthwalk even if no other human is around.
I have some things that are weighing me down and it’s tough to find the strength to hold them up before letting them go. But it is in that very act of looking that I know Grace will be found and that ultimately I will be lighter, and renewed for Spring.
The truth is, I am no longer a child. I am not even a maiden anymore. It doesn’t serve me — or anyone else — to be cranky and scared so often. If I close my eyes and absorb all the life force around me, I know my place in it all. I know who I am… until I forget and get grouchy again.
Still, we can all take the pause, and let Grace enter. May the full moon bless you as she shines her celestial mirror on your heart. It’s been a long winter. We are ready for Spring.
About Bekah Finch Turner
Bekah Finch Turner is a regular contributor to chakraboosters.com, home of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™. She is a yoga teacher, shamanic practitioner and moon devotee. For more information on her work and writing please visit www.sacredwayyoga.com.