FULL MOON IN ARIES – Feel your feelings and do it anyway (October 13, 2019)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 2:07 p.m. on Sunday, October 13.  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 21° of Libra and 21° 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.

As I occasionally do, I’m going to break with my usual format on this Moon Update.  If you have been online recently, you may have encountered one or more astrologers who are painting a pretty fearful picture when it comes this Aries Full Moon.  Although I respect my colleagues, I always tend to take a more proactive, empowered approach to the application of astrology in our lives.  Periodically, humanity will encounter challenging aspects.  We are not meant to feel victimized by astrological happenings or hide out until they pass.  The beauty of astrology is that we are forewarned and can use our free will to choose to “mine” these events for the precious gemstones that are hidden within them.  And there are definitely gems to be extracted from the current astrological time period!

Additionally, I am writing this Moon Update on the same day that I’ll be teaching my annual Law of Attraction class.  I cannot help but to remind everyone that whatever we put our focus on will very likely draw similar events and experiences to us.  So, for example, if we feel fearful, then it’s likely that more frightening events will be drawn into our experience.  Like attracts like.  It doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll experience exactly the same event, but the energy of fear will be consistent.  Continuing with the analogy of gemstones presented in the previous paragraph, we will all be well advised to focus on the gems and not our fears of what could happen in the mines while extracting the potential treasures.  And luckily, we don’t have to eradicate fear from our experience.  All we have to do is find the “tipping point” where we are having more positive thoughts than negative ones. 

So, what is this Aries Full Moon about?  In a nutshell, it’s time to make some powerful changes, and we need to courageously move forward on our path, even though we may be feeling insecure or frightened.  Feeling “negative” emotions doesn’t always mean that we are moving in the wrong direction.  Sometimes, it means that we are just moving beyond our comfort zone.  We have to walk through these emotions in order to get to those gems.  In other words, feel the feelings but do it anyway. 

As is true with all Full Moons, this one is asking us to explore whether we have a good balance between the two signs involved.  Libra is about being diplomatic, harmonious, and cooperative.  Aries is about being assertive, courageous, and confident.  Whereas Libra wants to make everyone happy, Aries wants to do its own things and not worry about others.  Neither end of this continuum is “wrong,” and each is appropriate at certain times.  But I think we all know it’s achieving a balance between these two approaches that leads to long-term solutions in our lives.  Now is the time to explore whether one end of the continuum has been receiving more of your energy and the other is in need of some attention. 

Why are some astrologers saying negative things about this Full Moon?  The Aries Moon and Libra Sun are both squaring (90°) the Saturn/Pluto/South Node grouping in Capricorn, which we have been talking about for several months.  Given that both ends of this Full Moon opposition (180°) are squaring (90°) the Saturn/Pluto/South Node group, we now have a t-square (right triangle).  Squares represent turning points, and t-squares demand change. 

In a t-square, the planet being squared (also known as the “focal planet”) often indicates what action will be required.  But in this case, it’s not just one planet, it’s Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node.  Saturn represents leadership, structure, discipline, and life lessons.  Pluto is all about transformation, healing, rebirth, and how we use power.  The South Node has to do with the lessons we have learned (or should have learned) in our past. 

What does this all mean?  Change will be needed.  With the focal point of the t-square pointing to Capricorn, these changes will need to be practical ones.  The good news is that the Aries Moon will provide the courage to move forward, while the Libra Sun will help us maintain our balance during the process.  The not-so-easy-to-hear news is that with Saturn/Pluto/South Node in the mix, we may need to deal with lessons (Saturn) in how we have used power (Pluto) in the past (South Node).  A more positive outcome could be making transformative changes (Pluto) to structures within our lives (Saturn) that might tap into the lessons we’ve learned in the past (South Node).  Additionally, given the fact that Pluto just recently turned direct, secrets may be revealed about how power has been misused.  Keep in mind that all of this is influencing us on both an individual or societal level.

Because the South Node is always in opposition to the North Node, that means that Saturn and Pluto are also in opposition (180°) to the North Node in Cancer.  The involvement of this Nodal axis tells us that we can use the lessons we learned from the past (Capricorn) to lead us to a more compassionate approach (Cancer). 

Luckily, there are some aspects that will support us in dealing with all of this energy around the time of the Full Moon: 

  • The Moon is in an exact trine (120°) to Jupiter (difference of only 0°6’). This means Jupiter also in an exact sextile (60°) to the Sun.  Jupiter is the planet associated with law and ethics.  Having the Moon and Sun in harmonious aspects to the Jupiter could help soften whatever “truth” needs to come to light.  Although Jupiter can take things too far sometimes, it is the “happy-happy planet.”  It brings with it optimism and hope for the future . . . and sometimes just a little bit of luck! 
  • Mercury is in a trine (120°) to Neptune, and both Mercury and Neptune are sextile (60°) the Saturn/Pluto/South Node grouping. This grouping of positive aspects forms what is referred to as a minor triangle.  It’s not as strong as a grand trine, but it is always beneficial.  For example, with Mercury currently in Scorpio, we may find it helpful to talk with someone who shares our passion during the process of change.  And although Neptune can sometimes cause things to become foggy, having it in a trine to Mercury will hopefully help us see things more clearly.  Neptune also brings with it compassion and the understanding that we are all One here on this third rock from the Sun. 
  • Mars is located in harmony-seeking Libra, and it is squaring (90°) both Nodes. This will likely give us the strength and courage to make necessary changes.  It will also support us in making difficult decisions regarding which battles are worth fighting and when it would be best to “agree to disagree.” 

Overall, this Aries Full Moon is telling us that a fresh start is needed.  I encourage all of us to use the Law of Attraction to draw to us what we want.  Any fears or insecurities should be recognized because we do need to acknowledge our feelings.  But if we are going after our desire and passion, then we need to be brave and move through any negative feelings.  There are several very beneficial aspects that could help us weather any storms, if we choose to use them. If we do make this choice, it will include listening compassionately, seeking harmonious resolutions whenever possible, keeping the big picture in mind, and supporting each person’s right to make independent choices, even when we don’t always agree. 


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Full Moon at 21° of Aries

  • Sunday, October 13, 2019, 2:07 p.m. PDT
  • Sunday, October 13, 2019, 5:07 p.m. EDT
  • Sunday, October 13, 2019, 9:07 p.m. GMT

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