This year, the Full Moon in Libra is a Blue Moon and occurs on March 31st. Maybe you know the expression „once in a blue moon“, referring to something that happens very rarely, once in a very long time. It is curious that, in 2018, this expression lost his meaning, because we have two blue moons in just three months.

The Blue moon is an extra full moon in a calendar month. We had two full moons in January: Full Moon in Cancer, on January 2nd, and Full Moon in Leo, on January 31st, the second one being also a Blue Moon (you can read here more about this full moon, blue moon and lunar eclipse).

In March, the history repeats. We had a first full moon on March 2nd (Full Moon in Virgo, described here), and there is a second full moon on March 31st (Full Moon in Libra).

How it will affect us? A full moon is an opposition between the Sun and the Moon. On March 31st, Sun in Aries opposites Moon in Libra. The fiery sign of Aries, ruled by Mars, is about passion, while the airy sign of Libra, ruled by Venus, is about compassion. While Aries is one of the most passionate and energetic signs of the zodiac, Libras can have a great deal of compassion for others. When the Full Moon occurs, these two tendencies manifest with the same force and we need to harmonize them, in order to feel fulfilled I our relationships.

Bellow, you can read a Zen story speaking about the importance of compassion, even for a solitary man or for a monk.

blue moon and full moon march 2018

A Zen Story for the Full Moon in Libra: Passion and Compassion

There was an old woman in China who had supported a monk for over twenty years. She had built a little hut for him and fed him while he was meditating. Finally she wondered just what progress he had made in all this time.

To find out, she obtained the help of a girl rich in desire. „Go and embrace him,“ she told her, „and then ask him suddenly: «What now?»“

The girl called upon the monk and without much ado caressed him, asking him what he was going to do about it.

„An old tree grows on a cold rock in winter,“ replied the monk somewhat poetically. „Nowhere is there any warmth.“

The girl returned and related what he had said.

„To think I fed that fellow for twenty years!“ exclaimed the old woman in anger. „He showed no consideration for your need, no disposition to explain your condition. He need not have responded to passion, but at least he could have evidenced some compassion.“

She at once went to the hut of the monk and burned it down.

Indeed, compassion is an expression of a real self-realization. As all the religious teachers showed us, self-realization also brings compassion and there are many benefits of being compassionate: compassion opens your heart, enables you to become better connected, increases your happiness, enlarges your perspective and reduces suffering, making the world a better place.

The next Full Moon is the Full Moon in Scorpio (Sun in Taurus opposite Moon in Scorpio), on April, 30th, 2018.

Until then, there is a New Moon in Aries (Sun conjunct Moon in Aries), on April 16th.

Moon Phases in 2018: Full Moon Calendar