April is showing signs of change, better weather, and with a Full Moon on the 19th, illumination towards necessary alignment adjustments — especially around relationships, according to queer non-binary Boricua & Astro-bruja Ari Felix of Salt, Water & Stars.
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between here & the next New Moon (April 5th) is a great time for a Deep Cleaning. moving from the last (hellish) quarter into the next with a fresh heart & mind doesn’t just happen magically, so we’ll look at how can you use the opportunities available now & the skills in your chart to transform/gather the threads. 🕸 . . . your natal chart plus the current sky hold clarity & affirmation for navigating transitions. this can provide support for tough situations, interrupting tiring patterns, working through deep shit, and accessing resonance in times of confusion. . . . also useful when: releasing the past, creating new beliefs, navigating fear or healing, undergoing transformation, feeling the truth, being accountable to who you are becoming, in need of recalibration. . . . not what you’re looking for? try a Natal Chart Session to get to know yourself better or a Space Making Session to look into the future.🔮
“This full moon is remarkable because it is the second Libra full moon we have this year, the first being in March. It is also at 29 degrees of Libra (each sign has 0-29 degrees), making it extra potent and a particularly strong release/climactic point because it is at the final degree,” Felix says.
Keep in mind that every individual’s experience of lunations is dependent on how the moon is interacting with their own natal chart. But with Libra around the way, here are some aspects of it that we can expect.
“Libra lends to [be] a harmonious atmosphere but is also very justice oriented. We may be feeling the ways people/places/things are out of alignment with our values and be brought to decision making moments,” Felix says. “Pluto is also involved, bringing tension to the places we need to transform through relationships or how we need to transform our values. It may feel intense but liberating; we want to love and be loved yet there are patterns we perpetuate that get in the way of that. This is what the full moon may reveal.”
In other words, “personal response-ability”, Felix adds, which may make more sense as the Full Moon gets closer to date.
With the Full Moon just days away this is just the right time to work with the moon, especially since Libra is related to aesthetics, being ruled by the planet Venus.
“Beautify the spaces you spend the most time in, even just a case of flowers or a candle, or spending time with people that make you feel like life is beautiful. Beautifying yourself is also something you can do specifically as a ritual with this full moon,” suggests Felix.
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sun square saturn today: know your bounds. no, you can’t have everything the way you want it, how you want it, & as much as you want of it. no, you can’t overextend without consequences. no, you can’t hold yourself back for some performative reality. know your no [saturn] so you can be your yes [sun]. . . . this brings us into the questions of Jupiter beginning their retrograde today. what is enough? how much is enough? where is the satisfaction amidst the rubble of what expansion has required you to break out of? we want truth & direction & clarity & blessing—what about while we’re waiting? waiting is work. waiting is where the blessing of truth, direction, & clarity happen. because we pause, to gather up the wisdom from our experiences & experimenting. we pause, to ask deeper questions that come from wanting joy right now. not later when things are “right”. not when we’ve “arrived”. this is inside out work. because what we don’t want to admit is that sometimes even getting what we wanted isn’t enough because what we really need is to be able to be content regardless. what we really want is trust: in ourselves, in the multiverse. what we really want is to be freed from our self-imposed limitations & feelings of insufficiency into the magnificence of our most generative & abundant beingness. what we have capacity for in this moment doesn’t determine what we’re capable of. be here now because you won’t be here forever even tho you might return. we think linear time [Saturn] means we automatically have shit figured out. you can be whatever age and full of experience but if you don’t create wisdom [Jupiter] out of it that transforms you & your life, your age & experience means shit. the creation of that wisdom is a process not a product tho. be in process. this is the invitation of Jupiter retrograde in sagittarius. the practice of believing what is possible for our growth. believing is a visionary practice. belief is practice. so what can you believe is enough right here? . . . (to work with me 1:1 on what Jupiter retrograde until August means for you, book a Space Making session)
Ritual is all about intention, she adds, so infuse whatever you resonate with the intention of aligning yourself with what’s more important and transforming the fears or toxicity that keeps you from doing so.
“Affirmations, meditations, and visualizations are also great ways to work with the Libra as an air sign. Libra is about a return to and practice of love (inside out) and much more interested in being something than doing something, so make time for the activities that allow you to just be, with pleasure,” Felix says. These are all steps you can take to honor yourself and the space you’re in.
Every month, Felix writes New and Full Moon horoscopes, among other musings, on different moon phases through her astrological work.
She tracks the movement of the moon through her own houses (the 12 sections of the natal chart) to understand where the emotional attention is being directed and has often used it to align brujeria with the themes of certain phases, such as the release of the waning moon or the initiation of the first quarter phase. Felix recalls of a time the moon’s energy was all too real but took a step back and made her way back to self-love.
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"because it’s planetary ruler Jupiter is also in sagittarius, this is a new Moon like we haven’t had in 12 years. you can plant seeds for the full Moon in sag six months from now and reinforce your dreams & schemes for the short but sweet era of Jupiter in sagittarius. a year is short for a planet with so much to give. “don’t booty-call the universe” tho, as @priestessofliberation says. magic, wisdom, intentions- they only work when you take the time to embody & integrate so your alignment can be the real deal. design your plans around that work. inflated fire energy- such as a new Moon + Jupiter in sag- can make for big talk, little praxis. fortunately, we have free-will…and Saturn in capricorn on our assess about integrity & practical application (more on this in cappy season soon)." horoscopes in progress for Fridays new Moon in sagittarius! get your access with the link in bio.✨
“I was recently experiencing discomfort in a relationship and finally realized it was because I was going against who I was and what I needed. I was overextending myself to try to be someone I’m not so that I could love and be loved,” she shares.
But she says this is a common pitfall for Libra energy. In her particular case, she has planets there that want to please everyone and make life easier for those she loves but has learned that isn’t a long term solution to self-love. You cannot pour from an empty cup.
Felix graciously admits that it was a powerful moment for her to realize that she could end her suffering by loving herself enough to be and accept herself, even if it meant losing something or being uncomfortably honest. This is also where firm boundaries and grace towards self and others come into play, an essential part of outgrowing old ways of being.
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good morning. here’s a sunshine prayer for this weekend, written this time last year for different reasons that seem the same but never could be because everything changed: that when you are vulnerable and there are power dynamics you can trust that love and resources will not be withheld. that you will be loved even when love is not enough. that what is enough will find you. that you will be human and not deify or demonize yourself or others to make sense of pain. that you will not be abandoned but that what doesn’t love you will leave so you can be free. that you will validate your own feelings rather than waiting to be seen by people who rather those feelings didn’t exist. that you will not need to demand respect or have love demanded of you but instead operate in agency and your own capacity. that you will not feel hard to love or like you are easy to leave. because you are easy to love and hard to leave or else it’s not love. that you will be free and be loved at the same time & not have to choose between. 💋☀️💋☀️💋
This just goes to show the power of the moon’s phases and how anyone in any phase of their life can learn about the moon and connect with her in order to evolve as the women they are meant to be.
Ari Felix is a queer nonbinary Boricua & Astro-bruja from Brooklyn, NY. They translate astrology so that those who don’t know the language don’t need to learn it to use it. You can join them for their upcoming live virtual workshop HOUSES on April 24th to learn more about lunations, houses, and natal charts.