Thanks to guest appearances from commitment-oriented Saturn and transformative Pluto, this is bound to be a memorable moment for you and your gym partner.
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If you've been feeling particularly assertive, aggressive, or simply goal-oriented lately, you can thank Aries season. After all, the first sign of the zodiac and the cardinal fire sign is known for its dynamic, take-charge energy. But once — occasionally twice — a month, the sun faces off against the moon in its sister sign, and, this month, all that me-first Aries energy will be counterbalanced by a full moon in partnership-oriented Libra.

Although full moons can usually be felt for several days before and after they occur, the Libra full moon will fall exactly on Saturday, April 16 at 2:56 p.m. ET/11:56 a.m. PT, inspiring you to commit to doing the work to hit your loftiest goals — ideally alongside a workout buddy, bestie, biz partner, or significant other.

Here are all the details and how you can make the most of April 2022's balance-boosting full moon in Libra.

What Full Moons Mean

First, some basics on the astrological significance of a full moon. Because the moon acts as your emotional compass, ruling over your intuition and sense of security, it tends to amplify all of those themes when it's at its most full and luminous.

Whether you're encountering a passive-aggressive boss or irritating mansplainer at the gym, or you're simply finding yourself in the middle of a surprisingly drama-filled moment, full moon energy can intensify the situation. Full moons amplify your emotions, especially the kind that have been neglected and require addressing, stat. For that reason, these lunar events often play host to people projecting — or, more healthfully, opening up about — their pent-up pain, stress, or trauma.

It also bears noting that full moons serve as culmination points of regular astrological cycles. Just like your fave Netflix series, you have various "plots" going on in your life at any given moment. Whichever plot began around the corresponding new moon (the opposite of a full moon, when the celestial body isn't illuminated by the sun from our vantage point and appears completely dark) in the same sign might reach its organic conclusion when the full moon occurs. In this case, the April 16 full moon is linked to the new moon on October 6, 2021.

Mindful Themes of the April 2022 Libra Full Moon

Cardinal air sign Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of value, beauty, and relationships. Symbolized by the Scales, Libra is also the ruler of the seventh house of partnership (re: all types of one-on-one connections, including romantic, platonic, and professional kinds). If you were born with your sun or any other personal placements in Libra, it's likely important for you to be (or be perceived as) a charming social butterfly who goes out of their way to be diplomatic and to bring balance, peacefulness, and prettiness into the world. Libras are often people who would prefer to devote their time and energy to creating moments, events, and art for their inner circle — or social media as a whole.

For example, they'll be the first to plan the ultimate full moon event, featuring wellness activities such as yin yoga or sound bathing, for their friends. And while these folks tend to be big on group affairs, their ideal hang or collaboration is one-on-one, given their penchant for partnership. As such, they're natural-born mediators who perpetually seek mental, emotional, and physical balance. 

That said, full moons that occur under the influence of Libra tend to be about reaching the end of a chapter with a partner, such as a dear friend, a significant other, a colleague, a favorite fitness instructor, or a workout buddy. Since the new moon six months ago, you've likely worked toward a particular endgame together, and now, under this luminous, harmony-seeking full moon, it's time to reap the rewards of your joint industriousness. 

While you can count on a Libra full moon annually, the planetary aspects — or weather, if you will — shift from year to year. And in 2022, the moon is forming a sweet trine to Saturn (the planet of commitment) in Aquarius, a fellow air sign. Serious Saturn generally means business and serves up reality checks, but because it's syncing harmoniously with the emotional, intuitive moon in this case, it'll have a steadying effect. If you've been unsure about how to handle a particularly stressful work situation or are nervous about trying a more advanced workout class, this lovely connection to Saturn will keep your sights set on the big picture and remind you that you're capable of stepping up in any way required.

At the same time, Pluto (the planet of rebirth and transformation) will form an activating square to the moon, potentially fueling power struggles or inspiring connection with your own inner power. After all, just about every full moon — even one in social Libra — encourages you to go inward to some extent, and Pluto's influence can promote more comfort with your shadow side and make you feel more empowered.

And on the full moon day, Jupiter (the planet of abundance) and Neptune (the planet of spirituality) will also be separating from their major conjunction, which is exact on April 12 and serves as one of the biggest astrological highlights of the year. So this full moon could seem as though it has an especially mystical, imaginative, idealistic quality that almost makes you feel like you're wearing rose-colored glasses.

How to Make the Most of the Libra Full Moon

With balance-seeking Libra at the helm and its trine to task-master Saturn inspiring you to put your nose to the grindstone, this full moon can be a truly productive moment for making progress on your health and fitness goals. No matter your sign, here are a few ways you make the most of this lunar event.

Try Partner Workouts

Whether you've been testing buddy workouts and acroyoga or you've been meeting with a personal trainer for a few months now, this April full moon is bringing a power couple-vibe that could help you cross the finish line on a shared aspiration. Work together as a team to make your dream a reality.

Strive for Mental Balance

Peace-loving Libra is all about smoothing over life's rough patches and, at times, avoiding them completely. But the April full moon's square to Pluto will make this tougher than usual and could drudge up intense, difficult emotions. Holding your emotions in could be particularly toxic, so consider working them out one-on-one with a mental health expert — another way to use the moon's partnership focus — or by engaging in your favorite cathartic mind-body practice or trying one that's new to you, such as Headspace or The Class.

Recommit to Wellness Goals

While new moons are typically your monthly opportunity to set powerful intentions, the April full moon's trine to taskmaster Saturn makes it one in which you can double down on any wellness goal you've merely been musing about or flirting with lately. Whether you opt for a long-term membership at a local fitness studio or come up with a concrete way to declutter your space (think: hiring a personal organizer) and make your home life even more tranquil, this full moon can fuel productivity that benefits you mentally and physically.

Zodiac Signs That the Libra Full Moon Will Affect Most

If you were born under the sign of the Scales — approximately September 22 to October 22 — or with your personal planets (the sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, or Mars) in Libra, you'll feel this new moon more than most. More specifically, if you have a personal planet that falls within five degrees of the new moon (26 degrees Libra), you could feel inspired to infuse a significant partnership with even more collaborative magic. (BTW, your natal chart will clue you in on your planetary placements.)

Similarly, if you were born in a fellow cardinal sign — Aries (cardinal fire), Capricorn (cardinal earth), or Cancer (cardinal water) — you'll be especially tuned into the initiative-spurring vibes of this lunar event.

The April Full Moon Takeaway

Full moons tend to be the match that sparks emotional outbursts and plenty of drama, but when the transit occurs in a diplomatic, conflict-hating sign like Libra, it's likely going to be more about hitting an important benchmark within a one-on-one bond. It's important to remember that, even though they're all about making peace, Libras are one of the initiative-taking cardinal signs. That said, you can make the most of this full moon by tapping into your inner charm, nurturing your closest partnerships, then moving toward the sweetest next step you can possibly envision.