Vernal Equinox + Full Moon in Libra: notes and recommendations

possibly Tabriz, Wine Drinking in a Spring Garden, ca. 1430. Image courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art.

possibly Tabriz, Wine Drinking in a Spring Garden, ca. 1430. Image courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Spring is here, HURRAH! After a harshly cold and snowy winter in the Pacific Northwest, I am ready for the higher temps. I am also ready for spring art events, spring cooking and eating, and ongoing healing leveraging the properties of my favorite spring herbs. But what does any of it mean?

Vernal Equinox: What is it and what does it look like?

In the Northern hemisphere we are entering a period of increasingly longer days, more sunshine, and warmer temperatures. It is one of two days per year where day and night are more or less the same duration. In the world, plants, trees, animals and humans are awakening from the slumber of winter. Rain begins (or continues in Seattle’s case), Leaves and flowers begin to grow, the soil is warmer and ready to receive new seeds to cultivate.

Full Moon in Libra, entering into Aries season, while Mercury is retrograde: What does the Tarot say?


Anchored by Justice, the major arcana in the Tarot that  represents Libra, the energy of the current moment is urging us to practice fairness, truth, accountability, and transparency with others but most importantly, with ourselves. In this practice lies the balance that will allow us to advance.

Life is about more than just us. While we must occasionally seek refuge to contemplate our lives alone, a life without other people and new experiences is stagnant. Go inward if you must, but coming back out is the only way forward.  

The conflicts that encourages you to be like the Herit, emerges from an internal struggle between your exuberant naïveté and wistfulness, like the Fool, and your very real desire to reap an abundant yield from the ideas and projects you want to initiate, as exemplified by the 7 of diamonds (7 of Pentacles). You can’t have it both ways. Eventually the yellow brick road ends and one must be decisive. 

A lack of resolution means that you eventually, like the Tower, it will all come tumbling down. And you, my dear,  will fall to pieces with it. That is the price to pay for vascillation and indecision. The upside is that you can build anew but of course the questions are what and in this case, more importantly, how.

The Devil shows up to inform us about what’s lies in the shadows - the stuff we want to avoid; the same stuff that probably drove us into Hermit land. You’ve got to first acknowledge that it exists, excavate it, look at it, and then handle it.  Be just and accountable with yourself, and see what unfolds and generates as a result. 

A Palera’s Perspective

We are baring witness to all of these planetary events and noticing the increase in energies of all living things. As my elders say, the lembe is rising: in us too, in the dead still. We look forward specifically to the May rains for the collection of particularly potent waters to be incorporated in the building of and relating with the things we build and relate to.

See below my recommendations. Any questions? Contact me here.

Art World Events: Sharjah Biennial, Art Dubai, TEFAF (Maastricht and NYC), Frieze (NYC), 1-54 (NYC), Whitney Biennial, Venice Biennial, Art Basel (Basel)

Crystals: Bloodstone, Bustamite, Citrine, Moonstone, Opal, Prehnite, Rose Quartz, Sunstone, Tourmaline, Zincite

Herbs: Lemongrass, Lime Leaf, Mint, Rosemary, Thyme, Calendula, Dandelion, Nettle Leaf, Holy Basil, Sage, Lavender

Things you can do:

  • Make yourself a bath using bitter herbs and your prayers to cut and remove stagnant and/or negative energy from your home and person. Follow it up with sweet herbs like mint and holy basil to usher in an abundant high vibrational energy;
  • Schedule a divination session with your preferred provider to get insights into this spring transition, and direction on short to medium term goals;
  • If you suffer from seasonal allergies , make a tincture of nettle leaf, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, and calendula;
  • Visit your local art museums and galleries  and take in their exhibitions and public programs - especially if it offers a meditation session or studio classes;
  • Procure cleansing crystals such as amber, tourmaline, citrine, or peridot and situate them in your home or office to keep your space free of toxins.

Negarra A. Kudumu

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