Time to step forward in full color. The full moon of March 12, 2017 (7:64 am PT) ignites a fire that will melt away the stagnate ice of the past.
Followed closely by the Spring Equinox (March 20), this full moon marks the end of long winter nights in the northern hemisphere. In India this full moon is celebrated as the festival of colors – Holi, in which participants douse each other with brightly colored powder and paint.
According to Vedic astrology the full moon falls in the area of the sky (nakshatara), known as Uttara Phalguni. Symbolized by the marriage bed, it is celebrated as the nuptial star of Shiva and Shakti. It has a fertile, sensual energy that sparks creativity and can inspire us to want to deepen our connection to others.
On the eve of Holi, bonfires are lit in the streets and burn throughout the night until morning. The purifying fires of Holi symbolize the collective burning of ill-will and resentments that have accumulated in relationships, families, and communities over the year.
On this full moon, we might do well by lighting our own Holi fires and throwing any past grievances into the flames. This is a prime time to take stock of our personal, family and work relationships, and consider whether we’ve been holding on to past resentments.
Venus’s current retrograde cycle (March 4 – April 15) sharpens the focus on love and creativity and could break through the ice of long-estranged relationships. Conversely, Venus may also expose cracks in marriages, legal contracts, or any sort of binding agreements around this time. This is a good time to ask ourselves if we are giving too much of our time and energy to people and things that fail to meet our expectations. Read more about Venus’s retrograde cycle here.
This full moon, celebrated in India as the wild and spirited holiday of Holi, is packed with fertile and creative energy. Furthermore, Mars has stepped into the invigorating sign of Aries, pushing us to advance forward and supporting the rejuvenating growth of spring.
The colors of Holi represent the flowering blossoms of spring and the vitality of life’s renewal. Seize the moment to connect with your passion and allow yourself to play with the colors of creativity, while exploring what truly makes you happy.