On Monday, September 24, 2018 (7:52 PM PST and 10:52 PM EST) the Full Moon shines in the fiery and passionate sign of Aries. The sign that thirsts for life, is full of energy, and has the heart of the warrior. Her greatest strength is her determination. When she’s told “no,” she only hears “find another way.” Aries knows what it means to push through and she certainly knows how to keep moving. She is wired for battle and rightly so, because instinctually she knows, she’s either going to be the hunter or the prey. And so what she’s really here to develop is a large dose of courage. Now since she’s always armed for battle her shadow can creep in if her energy isn’t dispersed in a constructive and helpful way. You’ll immediately know because she’ll appear like a loose cannon. In other words, she’s always on the attack and anyone who comes along her path will need to feel ready to defend his or herself. Does that sound a bit intense? Well, newsflash: she is.
So what does this mean? As you know, the Full Moon occurs when the Earth is directly between the Moon and the Sun. Right now the Sun falls in Libra, the sign that wants peace and balance, and is wired for relationship while the Moon as we already discussed is set ablaze in the bold and daring sign of Aries. So on the one hand we can feel Libra calling for fairness and compromise while Aries is ready to claim what she wants for herself. Can you feel the tension?
All of this Aries energy is going to be pushing you to move, to create something new, to take that leap of faith, to go for what you want, and to take that necessary action in your life. However, I need to mention that both the Sun and the Moon are making a harsh aspect to Saturn, the planet known for its limits, restrictions, and boundaries. So it might feel like someone has put a lid on all of this charged energy. In other words, this Full Moon offers us quite a serious and somber vibe. We must remember that serious isn’t bad. Sometimes it just requires more from us and so the key is to work hard inside the structures you find yourself in at this time. This might mean added responsibilities, some necessary limits or obstacles placed in your path, or even being told “no” when all you want to hear is “yes.” Just keep in mind that what appears to be a set back in the moment, might actually be something that helps strengthen who you are and what you really need in the long run.
Here are a few questions you might like to reflect on: What blocks are surfacing at this time? What are these blocks/limits revealing about your life right now? What needs to change? What are some aspects or qualities about yourself that you feel need to be strengthened at this time? What is life asking of you right now? Where are you not listening? What’s another side to your story?
Here’s the thing: Aries loves a challenge. And it’s likely that what you’re faced with right now might feel like an uphill battle, but the good news is that you have all the passion, drive, and fight inside you to get to the other side. Any resistance that you feel in the meantime is all part of it. While you might want to bulldoze through it maybe you could also stop and see what the resistance is all about. Maybe the “block” or the “obstacle” has something it would like to reveal to you. While you might be feeling that all you want to do is move ahead, the best thing you can actually do right now is to slow down and see what needs your attention. This is hard for Aries, but right now, I assure you, it’s necessary.
We also need to acknowledge Chiron’s placement as it joins the Moon and makes a square with Saturn. Chiron is associated with the archetype of the wounded healer. This suggests that we are likely to feel some wounds surface, but don't worry, they are present so that we might have the opportunity to heal them. We can either stay stuck in the suffering or do the hard work that requires us to take responsibility for our own pain even when we would prefer to throw it onto someone or something else. If you’re going to involve other people then it might be a good idea to ask for their perspective on what you’re struggling with at this time. Just make sure you are open to hearing the “other” side instead of only seeing life through your own eyes. Maybe connecting with others will help you feel less alone and isolated and maybe it will also help you see that there is more than one side to your story. But before you can see, you have to be willing to listen.
While we all might feel the tension during this Full Moon between what we want and what we need another to help us see, we will each experience this lunar energy differently depending on where Aries is located in our chart or if we have a natal planet associated with it. If you would be interested in a more personalized reading, I’d love to set up a session with you.
[*Note* The ABOVE contains a personification of the sign Aries. The sign is not gendered and the SHE could just as easily be used as HE.]