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Fiery Aries Full Moon

Today, Sunday, October 9th we have a Full Moon in Aries while the Sun, of course, is in the opposite sign of Libra. The Aries vs. Libra polarity is that of the Self vs. the Other, individuality vs. partnership, independence vs. interdependence.

Aries Full Moon magic calls for action, honesty, and courage. In the midst of the beautiful, cooperative, and sometimes lackadaisical Libra season, we are asked to remember our sovereignty, our selfhood, and our strength. Every Fire-ruled full moon asks, “Am I living my passion?” and Aries, perhaps, asks this the loudest.

This particular Full Moon is also met by some significant astrological occurrences. For one, Pluto stations direct on Saturday, transiting through the last few degrees of Capricorn for the remainder of 2022 and the first few months of 2023, officially entering Aquarius at the end of March.

While we aren’t going to feel this as acutely as Mercury finally turning direct earlier this week, we are likely to see a theme emerging over the coming months - one where corruption, abuses of power, and structural failings are brought to light in a public way. We’ve been living in this cauldron since 2008 so these last few lessons are truly meant to bring light to the shadow.

This is the time to confront our own outdated patriarchal abuses of power, for example, ensuring that we are compassionate with ourselves and no longer subscribe to the idea that we are unworthy unless we are working, producing, earning our keep.

Aries intensity runs the risk of unconsciously activating some of these fallacies, where we feel like we have to rush in and take bold, decisive action. While this is certainly part of Aries Full Moon magic, I encourage all of us to consider that Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and therefore childlike, innocent, and pure. Let this Full Moon soften our approach, where we align not with the “should” of Pluto-in-Capricorn but the uninhibited action, joy, and passion of Moon-in-Aries.

This is an ideal Full Moon to write out our intentions and burn them. Candle-gazing, bonfires, burning palo santo and other ceremonial substances are also wonderful practices this weekend. Expect to confront some intensity, competition, even anger. Remember - anger is a valid emotion. Before we stuff it down, ask, “What have you come to teach me?”


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