Full Moon in Aries – A Time to Re-prioritize and Find a Better Balance Between Self and Other (September 29, 2023) 

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.
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In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 2:57 a.m. on Friday, September 29.  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 6°00’ of Libra and 6°00’ 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.  (NOTE:  Click here to learn how to find the transiting Moon in your chart.)

All Full Moons invite us to find a better balance between the qualities of the 2 signs involved.  This time, those signs are Libra and Aries:

  • Libra:  The best qualities include being cooperative, harmonious, diplomatic, social, gracious, and patient.  The lower expression can involve being indecisive and overly dependent. 
  • Aries:  The higher expression of this sign includes being assertive, independent, initiating, enthusiastic, direct, energetic, confident, courageous, and fun-loving.  The lower expression could mean being overly innocent or naïve, competitive, impulsive, and even aggressive. 

Finding a healthy balance between these 2 signs involves addressing the needs of 2 seemingly opposite sides of our lives.  The Aries-Libra axis is often described as self versus others.  However, when dealing with any opposition, it is not to our advantage to pit one side against the other.  Our goal, instead, is to find balance and compromise.  If managed artfully, each side can support the other in powerful ways. 

For example, Libra tends to want to make everyone happy, but Aries can help us courageously face the reality that we can’t please everyone all the time.  Or it may be that lately we’ve been over-emphasizing Aries by “doing our own thing.”  Libra can remind us that maintaining healthy relationships requires our time and attention. 

Aries Full Moons tend to be times when things speed up, and we may even feel impatient.  The Libra side of the equation will help us consider all options, but Aries will make sure we cut through any mental fog, re-set our priorities, and get started!  In fact, we may feel ready to put on our big girl panties or our big boy pants and bravely begin a new endeavor or have a fresh start with a pre-existing project.  Libra’s influence will likely keep us from going “hog wild” (i.e., help us keep things in balance).  This social sign will also remind us that our best chance of success may involve working cooperatively as part of a team. 

At the time of the Full Moon, Venus will be in an exact square (90°) to Uranus (orb = 0°14’), which means this aspect will be very powerful and influential.  Due to Venus moving in retrograde over the summer, this will be the 3rd (and final) time that this Venus-Uranus square happens.  If we haven’t done so already, now is the time to face any tendency to change ourselves in order to please others, which is something that the Moon in Aries is also reinforcing big time.  It’s time for us to step into our own light and our own power.  We need to be free to be ourselves! 

Yes, for some people, this may conflict with the needs of others.  However, it is entirely possible to assert our individuality in a gracious and diplomatic way, especially under the influence of the current Sun in Libra.  Our chances of successfully doing so are increased by a close (1°00’ orb) sextile (60°) between Venus and Mars, which provide support for our relationships, as well as our finances.   

Luckily, a trine (120°) between Mercury and Jupiter will increase positive thinking and optimism.  If we need to have a serious conversation, this Mercury-Jupiter trine will help lighten the mood enough so that both parties have the potential to graciously exchange ideas.  Additionally, Mercury is in a trine (120°) to Pluto, which will help us be mentally focused and provide any needed psychological insights.  It may also assist us in uncovering the “truth” in a situation that leads to greater understanding. 

These supportive trines described above will hopefully help counter the influence of the challenging inconjunct (150°) between Mercury and Chiron.  This aspect can cause us to interpret the world around us through the lens or filter of our inner wounded child.  We need to be careful that we don’t become overly oversensitive or fall into finding fault or blame (either in ourselves or others). 

Solutions to any problem may come through our intuition thanks to the influence of a trine (120°) between Mercury and Uranus.  This aspect can open our minds to trying new things or exploring innovative approaches.  The flipside of this Mercury-Uranus aspect is that we may make sudden, unexpected decisions (or those around us might do this).  Sometimes these insights that come “out of the blue” can be helpful.  However, around the time of the Full Moon, we are advised to be careful about being impulsive or taking action if something seems “too good to be true.”  This is because an opposition (180°) between Mercury and Neptune could cause us to be overly idealistic or even naïve in our assessment of “reality.” 

Finally, it’s important to mention that around the time of the Full Moon, Mars will be in a square (90°) to Pluto, and this aspect will influence us for about 2 weeks.  When these two powerhouse planets are in a challenging aspect like a square, fireworks and drama are possible.  We should watch for tendencies in ourselves and in others to become domineering or competitive.  Emotions could be running high, and power struggles are possible, especially if one or both sides dig in their heels and want to be “right.”  If we begin to feel strong emotions (or we encounter them in others), we need to remember to breathe, take breaks, and tap into the energy of the Libra Sun which can help us be flexible, cooperative, and diplomatic.  We are much more likely to make progress if we can find ways to compromise, or to at least agree to disagree.  (NOTE:  Heeding this warning may be particularly important around Sunday, October 8 when this square becomes exact.)

On Wednesday, October 4, Mercury will move out of Virgo and into Libra, where it will remain until October 23.  For a little over 2 weeks, this means the Sun and Mercury will both be in gracious Libra.  Everyone will likely be feeling friendly and outgoing.  Our negotiating skills will be more honed than usual, and we will bring a logical approach to interpersonal situations.  However, the downside is that Mercury in Virgo can lead to the “analysis paralysis.”  It increases the chance that indecision could stop us in our tracks because we can see all sides of any situation.  We can also lean toward being too accommodating in order to “keep the peace.” 

Then on Sunday, October 8, Venus leaves Leo and spends a month traveling through Virgo.  As you probably remember, Venus was in retrograde over the summer and, consequently, spent over 4 months in often dramatic Leo.  As it moves into earthy Virgo, many of us will notice a pretty big shift.  Whatever we desire will need to be practical, whether that is things, money, relationships, or experiences.  This is usually not a self-indulgent time.  In fact, humbly serving others is often very rewarding.  However, we do need to avoid the lower expression of Venus in Virgo, which includes having overly high expectations that lead to being critical of others or ourselves.  

Overall, this is a very powerful Aries Full Moon.  It is definitely not a gentle lunar event, and the energy needs to be managed in order to be used effectively.  It will require finding ways to assert our needs in a respectful manner.  If done carefully, this could result in being a role model or catalyst for others to do the same.  It may be best to have a goal of maintaining the peace with others while still moving forward in the direction that feeds our hearts and souls.  This is definitely a time of reassessing our priorities, which may lead to a positive new start, which may require that we release something in order to move forward.  But, the Aries Moon will help us bravely cut away anything that is no longer serving us.  We should all use the fiery determination provided to assert ourselves in the world in a positive way.  

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  • Anne Reith, Ph.D.©


Full Moon at 6°00’ of Aries

  • Friday, September 29, 2023, 2:57 a.m. PDT
  • Friday, September 29, 2023, 5:57 a.m. EDT
  • Friday, September 29, 2023, 9:57 a.m. GMT


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