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Wellness
Published Monday Apr 01, 2019 by Ashley Tracey

What the Full Moon in Libra Means for Your Wellness—And Your Zodiac Sign

Expert Advice
Personal Growth

Every month we have a full moon in one of the 12 zodiac signs (Aries through Pisces). A full moon carries a specific energy and theme based on the planetary arrangement in the sky at the exact moment it is fully illuminated. Did you know it's the perfect time to focus on your wellness?

The moon represents your emotional body and subconscious. The part of yourself that you typically keep hidden or buried under your social personality. During the time of a full moon, all of that comes to the surface, asking to be seen. This is why many of you feel extra emotional, or as some say, the crazy comes out. It’s not that you are crazy, but it can be uncomfortable to feel all the feels. 

On April 19th, we have a full moon at the last degree (29°) of Libra. Having a full moon at the last degree of a sign means that you will feel a strong urge to finish something, to release the old, and illuminate a new path forward. The sign of Libra, ruled by the planet Venus, is all about creating balance, harmony, and keeping the peace. Whatever is asking to be released is the thing that creates disharmony in your life and makes you feel off-balance. 

When you feel off-balance, your wellness suffers. Your ability to make self-care a priority diminishes and your mind and body become disconnected. So, how can you bring harmony back into your life? Below is a guide for each sign on how to best use the energy of this full moon in Libra. 

*If you know your exact birth time, please read for both your Sun and Rising sign. Take what resonates with you and applies to your current life situation. If you don’t know your Rising sign, here is a blog post to help you find it for free online. 

 

aries zodiac sign astrology

Aries & Aries Rising 

This full moon illuminates your 7th house of partnership and will focus on how you balance yourself with others. Your business or personal relationships may be feeling a little off-balance or restricting your ability to focus on your wellness. How can you make peace with what is and focus on accepting, not only yourself but others as well? Then get out of the house and release some of that fiery energy you’ve got building up inside with a HIIT workout. 

 

Taurus zodiac sign astrology

Taurus & Taurus Rising

This full moon illuminates your 6th house of health and daily routines. This house has wellness written all over it! Your daily life may feel a little unsettled, and as a Taurus, that is not your comfort zone. You like consistency and surrounding yourself with a beautiful environment. Being out of your comfort zone can really affect your self-care. So, your focus will be on creating daily routines and rituals that bring balance back into your life, regardless of where you are. Release the thought pattern of needing to be home to feel at peace. Find it within yourself. Think nature hikes/walks, impromptu hotel room yoga sesh, or creating on-the-go meditation spaces. 

 

gemini zodiac sign astrology

Gemini & Gemini Rising 

This full moon illuminates your 5th house of creative self-expression and pleasure. As the communicators of the zodiac, you have the talent to speak your mind. Where you may get uncomfortable is speaking from the creative power of your inner child. Connect with what brings you joy and share that with others. Don’t overthink; just find pleasure in your ability to be you. Your focus will be to balance your mind and body through creativity, through play, and through movement. Try a workout that focuses on having fun with your body, like a 90’s hip-hop dance class. 

 

cancer zodiac sign astrology

Cancer & Cancer Rising 

This full moon illuminates your 4th house of childhood memories and your emotional foundation. This is the house that is ruled by your sign and your ruler, the moon. You will feel deeply connected to your emotions at this time (even more so than normal). The focus of this full moon will be on finding balance between feeling and being. How can you create peace with the past in order to build your future? Try a yoga class that focuses on deeply rooting into the postures with long holds and slow flow. 

 

leo zodiac sign astrology

Leo & Leo Rising 

This full moon illuminates your 3rd house of learning and communication. Your fiery nature often has you focus your passion on a single activity, giving it your all with unwavering devotion. The full moon is asking you to open your mind to something new so that you may share your experience with others. Is there something you have always wanted to learn more about? This would be the time to take a class and expand your passions. Try a public speaking or writing course to flex those self-expression muscles you’ve got! 

 

Virgo zodiac sign MINDBODY

Virgo & Virgo Rising 

This full moon illuminates your 2nd house of values and physical possessions. This house is deeply connected to your environment and physical body as it is ruled by your fellow earth sign, Taurus. The full moon will put the focus on how you nourish your body and your surroundings. Where do you seek security and comfort? Are there possessions or habits that you are holding onto that may need to be released in order to feel balanced? This would be a great time to Marie Kondo your home or office. 

 

libra zodiac sign astrology

Libra & Libra Rising 

This full moon illuminates your 1st house of self-identity and appearance. As the perpetual people pleasers of the zodiac, you often do not take the time to pamper yourself. This full moon is all about you! You are being called to focus on some self-love. Devote time to what makes you feel beautiful and full of life. Schedule a massage, facial, or maybe a hair appointment to change things up a bit. 

 

scorpio zodiac sign astrology

Scorpio & Scorpio Rising 

This full moon illuminates your 12th house of intuition and spirituality. As a water sign, you are naturally connected to your inner world, but often it can be so intense that you choose to distract from it. This full moon is calling for you to explore your subconscious programming and surrender to what comes up for you. To release your fears, you must connect with them. Use this time to dive deeper into your spirituality and learn to trust your intuition. Meditation practice or energy healing would be a great way to start. 

 

sagittarius zodiac sign astrology

Sagittarius & Sagittarius Rising

This full moon illuminates your 11th house of community and friendship. As a sign that often goes with the flow, this full moon is asking you to find a community or tribe that you want to stick with. Focus on quality, not quantity. Reassess your friendship style so you can attract those connections that you share common hopes and dreams with. This would be a great time to attend more social activities that align with your interests. Let go of those that no longer bring you joy so you can open up to authentic connections. 

 

capricorn zodiac sign astrology

Capricorn & Capricorn Rising

This full moon illuminates your 10th house of reputation and career. This is the house ruled by your sign and your ruler, Saturn. The focus for you during this full moon will be on how you share your knowledge with the world. As a strong Earth sign, you often take the lead and create highly structured means of accomplishing tasks. This Libra energy will be asking you to step out of your comfort zone and see what it feels like to collaborate. Try something different in your work life so that you can alleviate the stress of doing it all. This would be a good time to collaborate on an event or social media campaign. 

 

aquarius zodiac sign astrology

Aquarius & Aquarius Rising   

This full moon illuminates your 9th house of expansion and growth. The focus will be to seek out impactful experiences. Often times this house is related to long-distance travel and cultural experiences, but I am not saying you need to pull an Elizabeth Gilbert move. Instead, maybe just read her book "Eat. Pray. Love" or any other book that encourages you to expand your horizons. This would also be a good time to try a new restaurant that offers food you have never been exposed to before or start learning a new language. 

 

pisces zodiac sign astrology

Pisces & Pisces Rising 

This full moon illuminates your 8th house of transformation. Ruled by your fellow water sign, Scorpio, this house is emotionally intense. You will feel the desire to transform different aspects of your life, from your resources, to your emotional habits, and even your intimate relationships. Your focus will be on strengthening the bonds you have by connecting on a deeper level. This would be a great time to explore tantric practices or kundalini yoga


Happy Full Moon vibes everyone! 

Ashley Tracey
Written by
Ashley Tracey
Astrologer | Empowerment Coach
About the author
An all-around spiritual badass based in Denver, Colorado, Ashley Tracey is a passionate and empathetic soul whose life purpose is to help others live at their highest potential. Working with clients around the world to empower wholistic well-being, she helps to expand their consciousness and activate soul-centered living.
intuitive eating tips
Wellness
Published Tuesday Oct 22, 2019 by Connie Weissmuller

5 Things You Might Not Know About Intuitive Eating

Nutrition
Food
Expert Advice

Intuitive eating is an approach to eating that has nothing to do with diets, “lifestyle changes,” cleanses, or anything of the sort. It is a powerful way of giving trust and peace back to your body and mind, likely after a time of giving that trust up to external means of control such as using apps to count calories and steps, or intentionally trying to manipulate your body size. 

Intuitive eating, in its truest sense, is supportive of one’s mental, emotional, and physical health. However, as diet and wellness culture have co-opted the term, there has been some misinformation that actually isn’t in line with intuitive eating at all. As a Registered Dietitian and nutrition expert, I’m here to hopefully clear up some blurry lines and share with you some ways to get accurate information about intuitive eating.

If you see someone promoting intuitive eating as a means for intentional weight loss—run!

Here’s the thing; intuitive eating isn’t used for weight loss. Weight change may be an outcome of intuitive eating, but we have no idea whether that means an increase, decrease, or no change in weight. If someone is promoting intuitive eating as an explicit weight loss, slim down, or detox strategythat’s a red flag.

This is why many intuitive eating informed dietitians, counselors, and therapists suggest ditching the scale. The scale doesn’t tell you how well you are eating intuitively, and it certainly doesn’t give you helpful information regarding your health. At the end of the day, intuitive eating helps you move towards a healthy weight that is right for you. That’s also called your set point weight. It’s different for everyone. Intuitive eating is the nutrition paradigm supported by the larger paradigm of Health At Every Size, which respects body diversity, challenges scientific and cultural assumptions related to body size, and encourages finding joy in moving one’s body. There’s so much nuance, which is why there is value in working with a professional well-versed in intuitive eating and Health At Every Size

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If you see someone promoting intuitive eating as a means for intentional weight loss—run!

Here’s the thing; intuitive eating isn’t used for weight loss. Weight change may be an outcome of intuitive eating, but we have no idea whether that means an increase, decrease, or no change in weight. If someone is promoting intuitive eating as an explicit weight loss, slim down, or detox strategythat’s a red flag.

This is why many intuitive eating informed dietitians, counselors, and therapists suggest ditching the scale. The scale doesn’t tell you how well you are eating intuitively, and it certainly doesn’t give you helpful information regarding your health. At the end of the day, intuitive eating helps you move towards a healthy weight that is right for you. That’s also called your set point weight. It’s different for everyone. Intuitive eating is the nutrition paradigm supported by the larger paradigm of Health At Every Size, which respects body diversity, challenges scientific and cultural assumptions related to body size, and encourages finding joy in moving one’s body. There’s so much nuance, which is why there is value in working with a professional well-versed in intuitive eating and Health At Every Size

It’s not just the hunger and fullness diet; there is so much nuance!

Often times, intuitive eating gets the most attention from “honoring hunger and fullness,” which is a huge part of intuitive eating, however; it’s not that simple. There are plenty of instances I can think of within myself, or with my clients in eating disorder and chronic dieting recovery, where you simply don’t get appropriate hunger and fullness cues.

Your body sends amazing signals when it needs nourishment, yet the culture we live in tells us that those innate signals can't be trusted. This can lead to diminished hunger and fullness cues from dieting, skipping meals, or following the bogus rule of no eating after 7 pm. This is where working with a professional to gain back appropriate cues is helpful. 

Sometimes we have to eat when we aren't hungry just for the simple reason that we need energy and nourishment. This can be uncomfortable. For example, before exams and presentations, while I was in school, I had no appetite, but I knew that my brain needed fuel. I practiced the gentle nutrition piece of intuitive eating and ate anyways to perform my best academically. This is just one example where it’s not merely honoring hunger and fullness. 

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It’s not just the hunger and fullness diet; there is so much nuance!

Often times, intuitive eating gets the most attention from “honoring hunger and fullness,” which is a huge part of intuitive eating, however; it’s not that simple. There are plenty of instances I can think of within myself, or with my clients in eating disorder and chronic dieting recovery, where you simply don’t get appropriate hunger and fullness cues.

Your body sends amazing signals when it needs nourishment, yet the culture we live in tells us that those innate signals can't be trusted. This can lead to diminished hunger and fullness cues from dieting, skipping meals, or following the bogus rule of no eating after 7 pm. This is where working with a professional to gain back appropriate cues is helpful. 

Sometimes we have to eat when we aren't hungry just for the simple reason that we need energy and nourishment. This can be uncomfortable. For example, before exams and presentations, while I was in school, I had no appetite, but I knew that my brain needed fuel. I practiced the gentle nutrition piece of intuitive eating and ate anyways to perform my best academically. This is just one example where it’s not merely honoring hunger and fullness. 

It’s not just about eating donuts all day.

Another common misconception is that intuitive eating is all about fun food all the time. The truth is that yes, in order to make peace with all foods, there’s often a “honeymoon” phase, if you will, with certain foods that have been off-limits. Those foods are typically deemed “bad” in our culture, so that’s why you might see more photos of those on Instagram to normalize them. After that honeymoon phase, all foods are fair game, and there’s eventually a great balance in the diet of fuel food and fun foods. Fun foods, like donuts, get old after a while when there are no restrictions (mental or physical) around them, so that’s why intuitive eaters have no moral dilemma when presented with a donut. They eat it, or they don’t because they know that donuts are fair game whenever the craving hits. 

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It’s not just about eating donuts all day.

Another common misconception is that intuitive eating is all about fun food all the time. The truth is that yes, in order to make peace with all foods, there’s often a “honeymoon” phase, if you will, with certain foods that have been off-limits. Those foods are typically deemed “bad” in our culture, so that’s why you might see more photos of those on Instagram to normalize them. After that honeymoon phase, all foods are fair game, and there’s eventually a great balance in the diet of fuel food and fun foods. Fun foods, like donuts, get old after a while when there are no restrictions (mental or physical) around them, so that’s why intuitive eaters have no moral dilemma when presented with a donut. They eat it, or they don’t because they know that donuts are fair game whenever the craving hits. 

It’s a process, and it takes time.

The last big misconception is the notion that you can become an intuitive eater overnight. Tapping back into your body’s innate intuitive nature takes time. Just learning to re-trust my fullness cues took me what I think was about half a year. Finding joy and peace in moving my body took so much longer after years of using exercise as punishment or to manipulate my body shape and size. It takes time to release the mental rules and rigidity around eating. It takes time for your body shape and size to fall at the range that’s right for you. It takes time to appreciate size diversity and maybe even grieve the loss of the body you had when dieting or restricting. This process can take years, and it’s imperative to give yourself a whole lot of self-compassion and grace, because you are surrounded by a culture that tells you dieting is the norm. It’s hard to swim upstream, but I promise you, it’s a lot more peaceful than living in diet culture. 

Feel free to follow and reach out to me on Instagram at @constancelyeating or if you would like to work with me in-person in Denver, or virtually, check out Nourished With Hannah to learn more about Hannah and me! 
 

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It’s a process, and it takes time.

The last big misconception is the notion that you can become an intuitive eater overnight. Tapping back into your body’s innate intuitive nature takes time. Just learning to re-trust my fullness cues took me what I think was about half a year. Finding joy and peace in moving my body took so much longer after years of using exercise as punishment or to manipulate my body shape and size. It takes time to release the mental rules and rigidity around eating. It takes time for your body shape and size to fall at the range that’s right for you. It takes time to appreciate size diversity and maybe even grieve the loss of the body you had when dieting or restricting. This process can take years, and it’s imperative to give yourself a whole lot of self-compassion and grace, because you are surrounded by a culture that tells you dieting is the norm. It’s hard to swim upstream, but I promise you, it’s a lot more peaceful than living in diet culture. 

Feel free to follow and reach out to me on Instagram at @constancelyeating or if you would like to work with me in-person in Denver, or virtually, check out Nourished With Hannah to learn more about Hannah and me! 
 

Connie Weissmuller MINDBODY
Written by
Connie Weissmuller
Registered Dietitian
About the author
A registered dietitian who loves helping people achieve food and body freedom, Connie specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, intuitive eating, and body image from a Health At Every Size lens. Working with clients to overcome food and body struggles, she is all about giving you the tools you need to find what healthy means to you.