April 2022: Tarot spread for the full moon in Libra

Plus some journaling questions, an astro-tarot forecast, exploration of the the Sabian symbol, and additional resources for the April 2022 full moon in Libra.

Tarot spread for the April 2022 full moon in Libra

The April 2022 full moon falls in the sign of Libra. The Libra archetype is closely associated with justice and maintaining balance in social interactions and within the self. They are the true diplomats among the zodiac archetypes, and focus on fair dealings in all their relationships.

Spiritually, the Libra archetype teaches the principle of intimate balance, of the ability to remain centered and true to yourself no matter what may be going on around you. This is a skill that can be particularly helpful for those of us who turn up our noses at societal expectations as we dance to the tune of our own drum beat. Being able to remain centered is also an important skill to have if you’re surrounded by toxic people – and in these times, even toxic politics! One of the easiest ways to remain centered is through the breath, and by being able to distinguish between the things that are in your control, and those that aren’t.

This full moon also highlights our search for meaning and our quest to gain deeper clarity on own personal truth. This is something that’s come into ever sharper focus since 2020. While the pandemic forced many of us to reevaluate the people and things we give our attention to, the recalibration process is often slow and incremental.

This is also the last of the moon cycles before eclipse season hits, making it an opportune time to spend some time in reflection, fine tuning anything you wish to call in, any patterns you wish to break, and anything you wish to release in preparation for eclipse season, beginning with the solar eclipse at the end of the month.


Astro-Tarot influences for the April 2022 Libra moon

To throw some more light on the astrology of the full moon in Libra, let’s take a look at the astro-tarot influences of this lunation. The full moon falls in decan 3, which is represented by the 4 of Swords. This is to be interpreted in conjunction with Justice, which is associated with Libra.

The Daily Pause Oracle Deck

I designed this beautiful, 40-card oracle deck to bring in some stillness, to give us a word or an idea to reflect on as we go about our day.

Supported by the four elements – earth, air, fire, water – and a carefully thought-out structure that connects the cards, The Daily Pause oracle will help you to listen to and trust your own inner knowing.

There’s no learning curve involved with using this deck. Just get quiet, shuffle the cards, pull one out, and reflect on the word you’re presented with.

As I gaze at the 4 of Swords, my mind flashes back to five or six years ago, when I went through a dark night of the soul. The pain and confusion of that time comes flashing back, as does the role that this card played in my healing.

When my life, especially my spiritual life, shattered and burned, when I was not just questioning everything I believed in but also losing trust in my own judgement, the 4 of Swords was my stalker card. It had one very clear — and very difficult — message for me: Rest.

Not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, spiritually. In every way. To just rest.

Rest the litany of blame and shame playing in my head; give all of the spiritual practices I was engaged in a rest; set aside all spiritual, psychological, somatic, overly healing work. Even give the shadow work a rest. Do something completely different, completely unrelated to the events that caused my dark night of the soul in the first place. That was the message of the 4 of Swords.

For me, that completely different thing was art. It was the one thing that wasn’t in any way marked by any of the experiences that had led to my dark night of the soul. So every time I found that familiar tape playing in my head, every time I was mired in doubt and confusion and self-derision, I took myself to the art journal page. Through paint and marks and symbols and imagery I found my way, eventually, to silence, to acceptance, and finally, to healing.


That is the true medicine of the 4 of Swords: an opportunity to clear away confusion, doubts, thoughts that play on loop in our minds, through the {not so} simple act of rest.

Where in your life do you feel like a dog with a bone, constantly worrying over something, trying to get to the marrow of it and failing? What if you just left it and came back to it another day? I’m willing to bet you’d have a different perspective. But leaving a problem alone isn’t easy, which is why you need to find something else to occupy your mind. For me, it was art. For you, it could be a hike in the woods, baking, gardening, knitting, or simply losing yourself between the pages of a book. {If you need recommendations, check out these 4 binge-worthy weekend reads or take a look at my bookshelf, which from this year is on Goodreads}

Once you have your fresh perspective, then comes the more difficult part of accounting for your actions. Of seeing clearly all the ways in which you were in the wrong or were wronged, over-reacted or under-reacted — not from a place of self-recrimination, but in order to gather data so that you can do better next time.

This meaning of the Justice card from the Thoth Journey Tarot, which I found just the other day by way of Benebell Wen’s blog, sums up what feels like, to me, the energy of this Libra full moon: “This card comes at a time when your outer world needs to change to reflect the change that has occurred within.”

What has changed within you? In your world view? In what you hold dear? What outer changes need to happen as a result? Think over those under the light of this full moon. Make some notes. Write some of your dreams and wishes. And know that if tension arises, it’s pointing to something that needs to be released. Remember the medicine of this lunation: rest. Easy, right?

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Sabian Symbol for the April 2022 full moon

The Sabian Symbol for Libra 26 degrees is An Airplane Sails High In The Bright Clear Sky.

There’s something about flight — about flying — that’s almost magical. We were never meant to take to the sky. It’s our human ingenuity and our willingness to try even our most outlandish ideas that helped us to conquer the airways.

There’s something here, in this symbol, about being able to rise above almost any odds. It takes a can-do attitude, a willingness to experiment, and the ability to fail and rise again. Not so hard then, yeah?

Tarot spread for the Libra full moon

Here’s a simple tarot spread to tap into the energy of this lunation.

Tarot spread and journaling questions for the April 2022 full moon in Libra

What has changed on the inside

What needs to change on the outside

Mamma moon says (This is always an encouraging message)

If you share your spreads on Instagram, please use the hashtag #moontarotstories or tag me @moderngypsy.in so we can connect with each other.

Journaling questions for this full moon


There are no journaling questions this time. Please see the questions in the write-up above and take them to your journal. There’s lots to think about and noodle on there.

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