Full Moon In Aries: Change & Renewal

We are having a Full Moon in Aries which will be exact on October 13th at 9:08pm Universal Time. It will appear the fullest that night for the majority of the world, and on the night of the 12th for those in Hawaii.

This is the peak of the Lunar cycle which began two weeks prior with a New Moon in Libra. The energies of it build up as the Moon increases its light and are strongest in the days before and after. However, it will still be a part of the backdrop over the following two weeks.

Full Moon’s are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Aries and Sun in Libra. It can reflect either a conflict or integration of both signs.

We can feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Libra side and others expressing the Aries side. In some cases, Full Moon’s can also reflect/trigger some sort of release or change.

Aries is a fire sign ruled by Mars. It is about individual needs, action, moving forward, pioneering, independence, self-identity, self-orientation, and leadership. It is bold, courageous, and instinctual, yet it can also be aggressive, impulsive, impatient, selfish, and hot-tempered.

Libra is an Air sign ruled by Venus. It is about relating, relationships, partnerships, codependency, consideration, harmony, balance, fairness, art, creativity, and beauty. It is sociable, diplomatic, and intellectual, yet it can also be indecisive, passive aggressive, vain, and even judgemental.

Full Moon Square Pluto and Trine Jupiter

The Full Moon is in a tight square with Pluto which is near Saturn and the South Node in Capricorn. This can trigger the energy of the previous Lunar Eclipse which had strong themes of purging, letting go, as well as the potential for rebirth and transformation. It may reflect things from the past that need to be resolved or concluded.

The area of life in which this may occur depends on how it was interacting with your natal chart. It could be connected to Capricorn themes such as ambitions, career, control, management, social status, financial areas or potential structures in our lives.

This can also reflect issues pertaining to fears, obsessions, compulsive behavior, shadows, dark drives, manipulation, desires, deeply repressed feelings, jealousy, the underworld, and destruction. Conflicts around power and power struggles may also play out which may be connected to Aries-Libra themes mentioned above. Pluto may increase the potential of intensity and Saturn can reflect obstacles.

Although this configuration can be challenging, this Full Moon is also in a trine with Jupiter in Sagittarius which brings some positive and hopeful energy to it as well. This aspect can be good for expansiveness, exploration, and learning. Themes around morals, faith, beliefs, and perspectives may be a part of the equation. It can be good for addressing issues by looking at the big picture and incorporating a higher understanding.

Mercury In Pre-Retrograde Shadow Period, Sextile Saturn, Pluto and Trine Neptune

Mercury in Scorpio will be going retrograde on October 31st and has begun its pre-retrograde shadow period on October 11th/12th. Some of the developments or thoughts that are occurring now and over the coming weeks will go through a process in November in which there could be adjustments, new realizations, and overall some sort of re-calibration to set things up for the following months or even beyond that. I will be writing a separate article on this retrograde, you can join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

Mercury is in a sextile with Saturn in Capricorn which is strongest during the Full Moon and the following day. This is good for any type of mental effort and using our mind in a realistic, practical, tangible, or essential way. Communications with others can feel solidifying, productive, or have themes around responsibility and commitment.

Mercury is also in a trine with Neptune in Pisces which peaks on October 15th/16th. Our thoughts, communications, or activities can be idealistic, imaginative, inspired, spiritual, creative, compassionate, or sensitive. This can heighten intuition and we can be more tuned in to symbolism. It can also be good for doing anything involving visual media.

Mercury is in a sextile with Pluto in Capricorn which is strongest October 19th/20th. This can reflect wanting to understand or communicate things on a deeper level. We can be more focused, penetrating, strategic, persuasive, and compulsive. In some cases it can also be good for getting a point across to facilitate some sort of change,

Venus and Mars In Each Other’s Signs at the Midpoint of the Sun and Moon

Mars (the ruler of the Aries Full Moon) is in Libra which is ruled by Venus while Venus is in Scorpio which is traditionally ruled Mars. Generally these planets are considered to be challenged when in these signs on their own, however, in this case they are assisting each other in what is referred to as a ‘mutual reception’.

The midpoint of both Venus and Mars are aligned with the Sun/Moon opposition, as well as in aspect with Pluto. Considering all of this, it helps to alleviate any of the potential conflict between the Aries-Libra opposition and can also help to unify both sides of the polarity.

In the day prior to this Full Moon, Venus was in an opposition to Uranus which could have reflected some changes, insights, disruptions, or surprises around Venus ruled areas such as relationships, money, pleasures, or values. Following this, it is than moving towards a sextile to Saturn which peaks from October 19th-20th. This can bring a more stabilizing, mature, realistic, and supportive energy around relations or finances.

Things To Consider During This Period

How can you approach individual needs while also being considerate of others? What changes do you need to make to help you grow and expand? What is going on beneath the surface? Are any of the potential challenges happening in your life connected to something that you need to release or transform? How do you feel about everything when you take a step back and look at it from a higher perspective? What is the big picture and how can you incorporate your understandings to help you proceed or resolve any difficulties?

These are just some examples of what could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out. If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime after the peak when as wanes over the following two weeks. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on October 13th at 9:08pm Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Full Moon In Aries: Self-Interests Versus Considerations

There will be a Full Moon in Aries on October 5 at 6:40pm Universal Time. This marks the peak of the current lunar cycle, which started on September 20. During Full Moons, we experience a push-pull between two opposite signs, in this case the Moon in Aries and the Sun in Libra.

The Aries-Libra polarity has been somewhat of a theme since late last year, when Jupiter and Uranus began their opposition in those signs, which is currently concluding during the week of this Full Moon. We can look at this period as a sort of a finalization of this energy, which has been playing out throughout much of the year and especially in recent months.

Aries is about our self-interests, independence, pioneering, and leading. It can be impulsive and take bold action without much consideration. Libra, on the other hand, is about balance, fairness, relating, and overall relationship interests. Consideration of others interests, needs, and perspectives is what Libra does but it can also be indecisive and lack action.

This Full Moon is bringing these two sides to the forefront, and with Uranus and Jupiter’s opposition finishing up in the backdrop, the developments of this polarity playing out carry extra significance. Uranus’ influence in Aries brings themes of freedom, authenticity, innovation, revolution, and even rebellion to the table and also really emphasizes the independent side of Aries. While Jupiter can represent freedom as well, it is also wanting to expand and grow in relationships, partnerships, and bringing in balance. We may feel these sides at odds with each other, but we may also find a way to bring cooperation.

Venus Joining Mars While in a Square With Saturn, Full Moon Square Pluto

Interestingly, Mars and Venus, the rulers of Aries and Libra, are joining together in a conjunction in Virgo within a few hours of the peak of this Full Moon. This could signify and foster a ‘coming together’ of both sides, either related to our relationships or in other aspects of our lives. With Mercury also in Libra joining the Sun, communication and diplomacy is key as well as thinking in a way that is balanced, considerate, and with the details in mind.

However, we need to also consider that Saturn is in a square with Venus and Mars while Pluto is in a t-square with this Full Moon. In some cases a coming together and finding middle ground could work and really serve our evolution with its challenges and responsibilities, but in other cases it may not work due to restrictions or limitations.

Pluto in the equation can also bring power struggles, or there may be hidden matters involved in as well. However, considering that Pluto is in Capricorn and Saturn is involved too, this can be good for business matters. A lot of this energy will play out from late October 7 until October 12, especially on the 8th and 9th.

Jupiter Going Into Scorpio Until November 2018

Jupiter stays in a sign for about 13 months and has been in Libra since last September. On October 10 it will enter Scorpio, which last occurred in late October 2005 until late November 2006. It would be good to see what was going on in your life then related to Jupiter themes to give you an idea of how it can play out. However, keep in mind that the astrological energies are still different overall, but similar themes and areas of development could occur, as they will be touching the same area of your specific birth chart.

Jupiter is the planet of expansion, growth, the search for truth, exploration, travel, experience, and luck, but can also be about ‘overdoing’ as well. It brings this to Scorpio, the sign of depth, transformation, power, deep bonding, shared resources, and sex. Scorpio is associated with things that are hidden and therefore topics like astrology or the occult fall under this realm, as do secrets. Negative associations of this sign include the underworld, death, destruction, darkness, and manipulation.

Things to Consider During This Period

Which of your interests are important to you and is it possible to work on them while still considering the needs and/or responsibilities of your relationships? What details need to be considered? What needs to be communicated? What new approach do you need to take in your relationships or partnerships? What has come up in your life over the last few months and how should you take that into consideration?

If you decide to use this energy to intentionally release something from your life, it is best to start that when the Moon starts to wane after the peak of the Full Moon, or even over the following two weeks. The exact moment of the peak will be at 6:40pm Universal Time on October 5. You can click here to see what that is for your time zone.

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