Many of the Full and New Moon dates for 2017 are tricky this year, with a lot of them occurring very late at night, and switching signs by the following evening. April’s Full Moon is one of those. While a lot of people will surely report that it’s on the 11th, which it technically is, by the evening of the 11th it’s in another sign.
I highly recommend doing your Full Moon ritual on the night of Monday the 10th while the Moon is in Libra, the correct sign to end this six month cycle that started with the New Moon in Libra on October 1st 2016. The Full Moon is technically at 2:08 AM EST on the 11th, but I’ll be in bed by then. Are you a night owl? Go for it. The Moon then goes void-of-course at 2:19 PM EST on the 11th and stays void until 6:42 PM EST when it moves into Scorpio. Different energy alert! If you wait until the evening of the 11th to charge your items and/or perform your ritual you will have Scorpio energy and miss out on the balanced energy of Libra, which is so important during Ostara’s season.
My guide, Witch’s Guide to Full Moon Magick, can be found on the site here; this post is a companion to that guide. If you’re new to Moon magick that’s a great place to begin.
About April’s Full Moon
There are many names for April’s Full Moon, but the two most common are the Pink Moon and the Fish Moon. Other names are the Wind Moon, Sprouting Glass Moon, and Egg Moon. Pink Moon is in honor of the first pink flowers, specifically herb moss pink, that are beginning to bloom, and it’s the name that is used most often. The name Sprouting Grass Moon comes from the explosion of life in the springtime, with Egg Moon bringing the same fertile feeling combined with Ostara imagery. Coastal Native American tribes use Fish Moon because it’s the time that fish start to swim upstream and, again, life begins anew. The message of this Full Moon is that the time has come to start life again.
Full Moon in Libra
Libra is the sign of balance and a Cardinal, Air sign. Appropriately, Libra’s ruling planet, Venus, will end its current Retrograde and turn direct on the morning of the 15th. A Libra focuses on others and works well when paired up. They are objective and fair, but on the downside, they avoid conflict. There’s such a thing as paying too high a cost for peace and harmony, so beware that negative aspect of the sign. Libras are good at communicating, which is great during this Mercury Retrograde phase. However, Libras can turn from chatty to gossiping quickly. Balance is that this sign is all about, and while they believe in fairness and justice, they need to be balanced just as much as everyone else. As a Cardinal Sign, Libra can get things moving, all of which I see as a good thing right now.
For a Libra Full Moon I suggest charging and working with Kyanite, a wonderful crystal for communication, and one of the only crystals that is reported to not need cleansing as it does not accumulate negative energy. Other suggested crystals for a Libra Full Moon include Bloodstone, Citrine, Jasper, Malachite, Smoky Quartz, and Tourmaline.
If you did not perform a Ritual to Restore Balance on Ostara, I highly recommend doing one on this Full Moon. The Ostara book from Llewellyn’s Sabbat Essentials Series has a wonderful ritual that you can do adapted to solitary, pair, and groups.
I hope you all found this guide helpful, I’ll be back at the next Full Moon and we can go on our journey together again. I would love to know how you commemorate the Full Moon and if you have any ideas for magickal workings. Please feel to share any (positive/constructive) thoughts that you have in the comments. Have a beautiful lunar cycle my friends!
“Balance” in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences
“Full Moon Names” on The Farmer’s Almanac
“Libra” on Astrology.com
“Libra” in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences
“Libra Astrology” on Astrograph
“Libra” Illustration by Kayaga
“Pink Full Moon” by Cherokee Billie