FULL MOON IN ARIES-Going where no human has gone before (October 11, 2011)

This Full Moon finds the Sun in Libra in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Aries.  To further clarify how this Full Moon in Aries will impact you on a personal level, locate 19° of Aries and 19° of Libra in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most affected by this Full Moon’s presence.

All Full Moons challenge us to integrate two seemingly polarized archetypes.  In order to do so, we need to transcend our “either/or” thinking by seeing the value in and then connecting our heads and our hearts.  Aries is all about individualism, innocence, initiating, and independence.  Libra is all about cooperation, harmony, diplomacy, and social relationships.  Aries asks, “Who am I?”  Libra asks, “Who are we?”  The Moon in Aries highlights where we need to be courageous and willing to break new ground.  The Sun in Libra illuminates the importance of truth and beauty, partnership and peace.

This Full Moon contrasts Libran diplomacy and temperance with the rambunctious impatience of the Aries Moon.  But finding a balance between these two ends of a continuum is helped by the presence of the Sun’s upcoming conjunction (0°) with the Saturn in Libra.  This conjunction will influence us for several days before and after its exact joining on Thursday, October 13.  It will bring to the forefront issues of integrity, accountability, fairness, and boundaries.  It will require restraint and respect for others.

The presence of Saturn in Libra adds importance to the Libra Sun, but the energy of the Aries Moon isn’t to be ignored.  In fact, a perfect blending of these two energies would see the fiery initiative of Aries Moon blended with the cool calmness of the Libra Sun.  And the presence of Saturn in Libra demands that we use our power and authority in responsible ways that focus on creating harmony and balance in our relationships.  Those who will benefit most from Saturn’s presence will be those willing to work patiently in order to allow alliances to build slowly.

But this Aries Full Moon is a bit unique.  For those interested in the Mayan Calendar, this Full Moon marks the beginning of the final phase of the Mayan Calendar, which is the period of October 11-28, 2011. For those new to this cosmology, it maps the evolution of consciousness over a period of 16.4 billion years, which coincides with the modern scientific estimates of the age of our universe.

But just like December 31 marks the end of one year, the end of the Mayan calendar does not signify the end of the world.  It simply marks the completion of one great cycle and the beginning of another.  In this case, it indicates the final days of duality.  It marks the transition to unity consciousness and a universal consciousness.  So this Full Moon in Aries-Libra reminds us that we are always in relationships and that no one is truly separate.  On the surface, reality may appear to say that everything is composed of discrete objects and events.  However, subatomic physics is now proving that everything is in constant motion, and everything is communicating and connecting with everything else.

The Mayan calendar also states that as we move toward the end of this phase in humanity’s evolution, everything has been moving faster and faster.  Many of us have been talking about how everything appears to be going at warp speed.  This is because many of us are settling karmic debts that require our inner and outer lives worlds to change in order for unity consciousness to exist.

On Saturday, October 8, Venus moves into Scorpio, where it will remain until the end of November.  Venus isn’t very comfortable in the sign of Scorpio, because Venus prefers to work based on trust and cooperation, whereas Scorpio is more associated with deep transformation and even secrets.  While Venus is in Scorpio, any financial matters or emotional issues will need to be explored deeply to determine who has the power.  The more traditional interpretation of Venus in Scorpio includes jealousy, resentment, and manipulation.  However, conscious, mature individuals can use this energy to learn more about their needs and more about their relationships.

On Wednesday, October 12, a beautiful trine (120°) will be present between communicative Mercury and metaphysical Neptune.  For several days, imagination and intuition will flow freely with this favorable alignment.  We will be able to grasp new ideas and express them easily.  This pair of planets is excellent for the presence of soothing conversations that alleviate wounds arising from divergent points of view.

Then on Thursday, October 13, a sweet sextile (60°) between Venus and Pluto will create a bridge between love and transformation, acceptance and scrutiny, and contentment and desire.  But that same day, Mercury joins Venus in Scorpio.  Mercury’s 3-week stay in Scorpio will help us find weak spots in unfounded arguments and simplistic ideas.  We will find ourselves drawn to looking below the surface to ferret out secrets that are hidden from common view.

Venus is again our focus on Friday, October 14, when it forms an opposition (180°) to Jupiter.  This aspect opens hearts and wallets with a willingness to plunge headfirst into romance or major investments.  It is important, though, to remember that the primary directive of Jupiter is to stretch – but not too far.  The presence of Mercury in Scorpio at this time will help provide us with a discerning mind to avoid excess.

Overall, this Full Moon coinciding with an important point in the Mayan calendar is asking us to “go where no human has gone before.”  Our relationship with ourselves and with others is the focus now, and we are being urged to use our intuition and ingenuity to make real changes, rather than fall back into the roles of victim, rebel, or martyr.  This Full Moon requires that we do more – be more present, more in our hearts, more in love and gratitude than in fear and judgment.  And as stated by Mohandas Gandhi, “A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”


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


  • Full Moon at 19° of Aries
  • Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 7:06 p.m. PDT
  • Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 10:06 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 2:06 a.m. GMT


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