Full Moon in Aries | Begin Again

Royal power. A book on alchemy. Techniques of writing with gold ink on parchment. The sea reflecting the Sun. Zeus. A form of sea-silk. Voyages from Greece. Fields of golden grain; bounty of the harvest season. Solar-Hero. Purple fleece shot with gold thread. These are all possible interpretations of the mythological golden fleece sought after by Jason and the Argonauts in the Greco-Roman stories of long ago. The golden fleece comes from the ram, the symbol of the first sign of the zodiac, Aries, the sign in which the Moon will be full on September 24th.

Aries is a fire-starter. He knows how to succeed because he is not afraid to try. To rush forward head-first and crash into whatever obstacles or enemies stand in his way over and over again until something new is obtained, new information learned, new riches unearthed. Ruled by Mars, this cardinal fire sign is an initiator, a fearless member of the avant-garde, an active warrior. 

Autumnal feasts are often depicted by tables laden with rams horns, stuffed to the brim with fruits, flowers, and grains of the harvest, indicating the bounty of the season. This is yet another manifestation of the power of Aries—their horns are associated with images of plenty, and so this sign is one where possibilities are manifold.

With September 24th’s Full Moon in Aries, an opposition is formed between the Sun in Libra and Moon in Aries. A binary energy opens up between House 1, the house of the ego and individuality, and House 7, the house of relationships, partnerships, couplings, and people outside of ourselves. Who are you? Who are you really? Does your heart know? Does your mind? Where do you stand in relation to your own sense of self? What do you do to nurture this self? To set it free? To let it crash unfettered into the wilds of this life? How do you act in relation to others, and how do others support you? Do you get what you really need from your partnerships? Your friends? This Full Moon wants us to ask all these questions, to open ourselves and look critically at the energetic balance between ourselves and others. It’s hard to maintain healthy boundaries in this life. It’s hard to make sure your needs are met before the needs of others, in any relationship. Full Moon in Aries’s opposition to the Sun in Libra is a perfect time to check in with yourself and make sure you actually know the stakes of your relationships to others as well as your relationship to yourself.

It is now Libra season. Virgo season has come and gone, and hopefully you have taken some time to nurture your inner self in the introspective month of September. With the Sun now in cardinal air sign Libra, this is a time of year that celebrates relationships, balance, beauty, luxury–themes of Venus, ruler of Libra’s golden scales, abound. It is a social time, the start of the autumn, initiated by the equinox on September 22nd. After the equinox’s day of balance between dark and light, we now tip a little more each day toward the long nights of fall and winter, and the new opportunities to connect to our shadow selves that come with these seasons.

All Full Moons are indicative of heightened energy, fertility, activity, explosion. But this particular Full Moon in Aries carries extra potentiality; there is extra opportunity for revisiting old pain, as well as finding new pathways to healing.

The Full Moon occurs at 7:52 p.m. (PST), and forms a conjunction to Chiron, the comet of karmic wounds and healing. In Greco-Roman myth, Chiron was a centaur herbalist, and was famed for his ability to heal any affliction. He taught all the great healers of the ancient world. But as talented as he was at healing the pain of others, he could not heal his own injuries. Thus, astrological Chiron indicates our karmic wound, the pain we feel in our own bodies that we always try to heal in other people, instead of healing our own selves.

With the Moon in Aries conjunct Chiron, there is a conduit formed between our unconscious minds and our deeply rooted traumas. Though it is a difficult burden to bear, I want to encourage you to try to root into it, to move through it, to try to change your perspective by embracing it, and by absolving yourself of guilt, of pain. Your suffering is valid, and your wounds are real. You deserve to love yourself as much as you love other people. Moon conjunct Chiron welcomes the monsters out from under the bed. Try to have a conversation with them, and their fangs may turn to flowers.

A serious set of aspects creates a T-Square in the sky, comprised of an opposition between the Sun and Moon/Chiron, a square angle between Moon/Chiron and Saturn, and a square angle between the Sun and Saturn. T-Squares bring pressure. They bring things to a head. With Saturn involved, there is likely to be a heavy energy in the air, as Saturn is the ruler of time, of boundaries, of foundations of power. With this T-Square our emotions (Moon/Chiron) are forced to face off with bureaucratic power, with a rigid, fact-oriented energy (Saturn). Moon square Saturn wants us to take responsibility for our emotional mess, and figure out how to shape it into something productive. The two energies are a bit antithetical to one another, and so this aspect is tough to endure. 

And again, with the Sun square Saturn, our ego is inhibited by doubts, questions of self-worth. Saturn slows things down and puts pressure on what wants to be buoyant and carefree. This is because Saturn is the planet of self-mastery. He wants us to take our time, to learn deeply, so that we can reach our most exalted versions of ourselves after we accumulate experience and knowledge. If you are feeling like you suddenly have no confidence in your position in this world, breathe. You are here for a reason. Don’t let this energy trip you up. If you feel discouraged, making a to-do list can help organize your frenzy and let you be active when this transit passes. Saturn wants us to be fully engaged in our own becoming. So show him you can bloom.

On a positive note, we will get some stabilizing courage from Mars, as it forms a supportive trine angle to the Sun. Mars gives energy and promotes action. Since the Sun represents the ego, we can expect to feel bolstered and emboldened by this aspect. Jupiter and Neptune also form exciting, active, sextile angles to Pluto, planet of revolution. Jupiter symbolizes fertility and expansion, and Neptune symbolizes dreams, fog, and inspiration. With both of these planets engaging actively with Pluto, we might be struck with some brilliant ideas pertaining to themes of transformation, of letting go, and moving on.

Venus, currently in Scorpio, goes retrograde on October 5th, initiating a cycle of reflection around themes of love, abundance, aesthetics, and resources.  With Venus in Scorpio, our feelings around love relationships have gotten a bit deeper than they were before. Scorpio knows how to get to the heart of the matter, she is always searching for truth. For honesty. For integrity. As is the case with planetary retrogrades, Venus retrograde shows us that our love lives might not transform with leaps and bounds forward, but rather might transform on an internal, subterranean level. Scorpio loathes the superficial, and Venus retrograde encourages us to cut away what inhibits genuine connectivity with our lovers and with ourselves. 

That’s all for now, my dears. I’m wishing you a beautiful Autumnal Equinox, and a productive Full Moon. 

with love,

Celestial Hermit 

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Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. Christina Farella operates Eighth House Astrology, where she creates astrological portraits for Seekers. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. She hangs myrtle above her bed.
Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. Christina Farella operates Eighth House Astrology, where she creates astrological portraits for Seekers. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. She hangs myrtle above her bed.


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