2024 Libra Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse

Mar 20, 2024
2024 Libra Full Moon

The Libra Full Moon is the cooling oasis in fiery Aries season. It's a reminder that, in all our drive and doings, to consider the other people who give our lives meaning. 

And the 2024 Libra Full Moon would be considered one of the best of the year if not for one little detail: 

It's an Eclipse. (Cue spooky music.)

Still, I wouldn't let all the shadow talk ruin your lunar celebrations. Read on an learn more about why the 2024 Libra Full Moon Penumbral Lunar Eclipse may not be as dire as some reports suggest.

About the Full Moon in Libra

We encounter the annual Libra Full Moon each year between March 19 and April 20. In the northern hemisphere, it’s known as the Pink Moon, or the first full Moon of Spring. Flowers bloom, the trees are crowned with leaves, and animals seek to find their mates.

All Full Moons are energy-charged moments, and the Libra Full Moon is no exception. It contains all the promises of a Spring fertility festival: romance, desire and union with one’s beloved.

Still, there’s an essential paradox lurking within the heart of the Libra full Moon. The Sun remains exalted in bold Aries, there’s a drive to achieve and to find one’s destiny. And yet the Libra Moon whispers “but what of love?” Fulfilling one’s own calling, yet being in relationships with others, is the eternal balancing act in the spotlight under the Libra Full Moon.

How do you make the best of the Libra Full Moon? First, know thyself! Until you do, the partners you feel drawn to will always reflect the parts of yourself you do not want to accept are your own. Yet, sometimes, it is difficult to know who you are without the mirror a significant other can provide. But ultimately you will attract those who complement who you are at the moment; be your best self and have faith in the rest.

If you want to learn more about the Zodiac sign Libra, check out my post on how to Make the Most of Libra Season.

Now let’s get into what sets this Libra Full Moon apart from those in other years...

2024 Libra Full Moon Astrological Data

  • Time: Mar. 25, 2024, 3:00 a.m. Eastern U.S.
    **Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
    Zodiac Sign: Libra
    Speed: Slow
    Declination: In bounds
    Lunar Mansion: 15 Al Ghafr (Nickname: The Scribe)
    Aspects to the Moon: Moon trine Pluto; Sun sextile Pluto
    Moon’s Ruler: Venus in Pisces (exalted)
    Moon Ruler Venus sextile Jupiter in Taurus (mutual reception); Venus conjunct Saturn
    Other Considerations: Jupiter approaching Uranus

2024 Libra Full Moon Horoscope

First off, the 2024 Libra Full Moon is an eclipse. But consider the first eclipse of 2024 a warm-up act for the rest of them. It’s a penumbral eclipse, which means the Moon passes through the outermost edge of the Earth’s shadow. Though the eclipse is technically visible from North and South America, most people will not notice the subtle greying of the Moon’s surface. This begs the question: if a lunar eclipse happens and no one can see it, why get all excited about it? It’s not that different from an ordinary Full Moon.

Also, you might as well take your time. The Full Moon in Libra is moving slower than normal since it occurs near the furthest point from Earth in its orbit. (It’s sometimes called a “Mircomoon,” since it appears smaller in the skies). This helps us to slow down. Be deliberate and reflective in your decisions and actions. It may also feel like things take longer to come to fruition; patience is your ally.

Libra’s ruler Venus serves as the Lady of the Eclipse. She’s enjoying her luxury vacation in Pisces, the sign of her exaltation. While Venus is in Pisces, we crave beauty, pleasure and harmony in all things. She’s in such a good mood, she’s likely bringing a smile even to dour Saturn and feisty Mars, both also in Pisces. That means that we may be less likely to overlook things that displease us, for good or ill.

Venus is also in an easy-going sextile with Jupiter in Taurus. The two planets make what astrologers call a mutual reception. In essence, they are helping each other make the best of their circumstances. In other words, Venus is learning how to take pleasure in faith, and Jupiter is learning how to find faith from pleasure. In other words, it’s a feel-good alignment that brings smiles and warms hearts.

What about the Moon’s lunar zodiac sign? This Libra Full Moon is in the 15th Lunar mansion Al Ghafr. I nicknamed it the Scribe. The traditional magical image for Al Ghafr is an awning covering a booth in a marketplace. It’s the perfect time for the hustle and bustle of trading. Running errands, clearing out inboxes and other negotiations are auspicious in this mansion.

Finally, optimistic Jupiter is creeping up on its once-every-13-years meetup with iconoclastic Uranus. It’s not exact until Apr. 20, but between now and then its influence will be slowly increasing. What might it herald? Jupiter’s exuberance can infuse any planet it comes in contact with. In Uranus’ case, Jupiter could intensify its innovative or rebellious tendencies. But it’s always hard to tell which way things will break with Uranus, because it governs all that’s outside of The Usual. All we can do is expect the very unexpected. (Last time they met up was in 2010-2011 at the end of Pisces, in case you want to check your calendar) 

Make the Most of the 2024 Libra Full Moon

So, what’s the short version of all this? Well, if it weren’t for the eclipse, the 2024 Libra Full Moon would probably be considered one of the best Full Moon’s of the year. It’s got all the hallmarks of a good time. Question is, how much do you think the slight greying of the Moon’s surface will impact its ability to deliver on its potential? My guess is not too much. It’s like if you were feeling 85% of your best. You can still get stuff done. It may not be as spectacular as you are capable of, but no one is complaining.

So, there you go. It’s a beautiful Moon, with the sniffles.

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain."

Vivian Greene