FULL MOON IN ARIES & LUNAR ECLIPSE-Trust that what is falling away is making room for something better (October 18, 2013)

Astrology New Moon Full MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone (PST), the Moon will be full at 4:37 p.m. on Friday, October 18.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Libra will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Aries.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 26° of Libra and 26° of Aries in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

This Full Moon in Aries is very likely going to “rock our worlds.”  As we discussed in the New Moon update two weeks ago, if you are sensitive to energy, you may have been feeling this coming.  The winds of change are now upon us, and we will likely feel them for at least 4-6 weeks.

Several factors make this Full Moon in Aries powerful, including the fact that it is a Lunar Eclipse.  Every six months, the Sun, Moon, and Earth line up in such a way as to block the usual flow of cosmic light that is shining on those of us on the Earth plane.  Even partial eclipses always make for extra powerful New and Full Moons.  These special times are opportunities for us to reboot our reality and experience great shifts in consciousness, both individually and as a species. 

During eclipses, old patterns and understandings can more easily be released and new ones can be uploaded.  For hints about what issues might be in the spotlight now, look back six months ago (April 10, 2013).  Major endings, beginnings, crossroads, tipping points, and opportunities to move forward on our spiritual journey are all possibilities.  It is important to trust that whatever is falling apart is making way for something better.  The more we avoid addressing the “real issues,” the greater the stress and upheaval.  And the more willing we are to change, the easier it is to move to the next level with relative ease and grace. 

While next month’s New Moon is a Solar Eclipse, this month’s Full Moon is a Lunar Eclipse.  Lunar Eclipses call us to look inward at our emotional and unconscious worlds, and they are known for stirring up whatever may have been suppressed.  It increases our awareness of hidden motivations and repressed fears. 

As is true with any astrological event, we must each choose, through our free will, whether we want to express the higher or lower energies of the signs involved.  This Full Moon involves the signs Aries (“I am”) and Libra (“I relate”).  The higher expression of Aries is assertive, adventurous, and self-sufficient; the lower expression is aggressive, impulsive, and selfish.  With Libra, the higher expression is sociable, cooperative, and considerate; the lower expression is indecisive, pretentious, and codependent.  Good questions to ask yourself during this Aries Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse would be:  Where do I need to be more assertive or self-sufficient?  Where do I need to be more cooperative or accommodating?  Are there any roles that might need to be redefined or released? 

Jupiter in Cancer is squaring (90°) both the Sun and Moon, which creates a cardinal t-square configuration and adds further weight to this Full Moon in Aries and Lunar Eclipse.  The lower expression of Jupiter’s involvement could be the inflation of differences that result in a widening divide between people and even within ourselves.  Cancer is often a sign that looks at the past more than the present, and so we need to be careful not be stuck looking backwards.  The higher expression of Jupiter in Cancer can provide us with the emotional wisdom that will help us overcome any feelings of separation.  This may involve increasing our awareness of how to give and receive from others. 

On Saturday, October 19, Mars in efficient and practical Virgo opposes (180°) Neptune in idealistic and dreamy Pisces.  With this pairing, we need to monitor any tendencies (a) to be passive-aggressive or (b) to become stuck in persistent illusions, self-pity, or martyrdom.  When used effectively, this opposition can help us to remain sensitive to others (Neptune) when we are ready to move ahead (Mars).

On Monday, October 21, Mercury begins its final retrograde period of 2013, turning direct again on Sunday, November 10.  Mercury retrograde periods often receive a bad “rap” because they can (and often do) interfere with clear communication, electronic equipment, the accurate tracking of data, and travel plans.  However, when the Messenger Planet appears to move backwards in the sky, it is an excellent time for any of the “re” words.  For example, this is a good time to rethink issues, repair misunderstandings, reassess business plans, refine details, reconnect with people, and/or revisit ideas from the past.   

Because Mercury is turning retrograde in the sign of Scorpio, this means that it extends its usual time in this sign (September 29-December 4).  When Mercury is in Scorpio, we are being encouraged to be completely honest with ourselves and resolve any unfinished business.  The areas to be addressed are often emotional or financial, particularly when others are involved.  And because our unconscious is usually very active in Scorpio, it may seem like things can “pop out of our mouths out of nowhere.”  Therefore, it will be very important to think carefully before speaking.  This can also be a time when if we listen carefully, we can unearth valuable pieces of information that lead to important self-awareness. 

The next day (Tuesday, October 22), the Sun moves into the sign of Scorpio, which reinforces our need to perceive more deeply than usual and pay attention to hidden messages.  This marks a shift into the depth and power of this fixed water sign.  It is not uncommon now to purge principles and relationships that have outlived their usefulness, which will make way for individuals and activities that offer greater long-term returns.  We may also feel a need to carefully evaluate our finances to make sure all our “ducks are in a row.” 

On Friday, October 25, we will enter an approximately 72-hour oasis of tenderness (beginning the day before and lingering the day after).  This will be provided by a sweet trine (120°) between the Sun and Neptune.  This highly imaginative connection is excellent for exploring new concepts and expressing them in appealing ways.  You may also find that you are in the right place at the right time, which is likely due to very accurate intuitive insights.  This is a good time to start a self-improvement program (but only if your heightened intuition says it’s the right time). 

Then on Tuesday, October 29, retrograde Mercury conjoins (0°) Saturn.  The lower expression of this meeting could be negative thinking, depression, doubt, and delay.  The higher expression is sharper thinking that helps to clarify muddy issues.  Take time now to study deeply and reflect carefully because we may find clarity that helps us focus on key issues.  At this time, it is important to make sure that everything you share with others is coming from a place of truth and integrity.  If you cannot do this, then remaining silent is probably your best choice. 

This Aries Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse is asking all of us to deliberately move to new levels of consciousness.  Given this Full Moon involves Aries and Libra, the focus will very likely be on relationships issues.  Specifically, we each need to become aware of where we need to be more independent and where we need to be more interdependent.  This examination in all types of partnerships is meant to create a healthier balance between pleasing ourselves and pleasing others.  As stated by Neale Donald Walsch, “The purpose of relationship is not to have another who might complete you, but to have another with whom you might share your completeness.” 


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  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event. 


  • Full Moon at 26° of Aries
  • Friday, October 18, 2013, at 4:37 p.m. PDT
  • Friday, October 18, 2013, at 7:37 p.m. EST
  • Friday, October 18, 2013, at 11:37 p.m. GMT


  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources
  • Anne’s interpretations