Full Moons are times of release, and this Aries Full Moon is no exception. A Full Moon occurs when the faster moving Moon opposes the Sun in the sky by 180 degrees, and reflects back to the Sun its own light and its current sign’s polar opposite archetypal energy.
In short, Full Moons can help us become conscious, or to see, the hidden unconscious shadow side of the Sun’s more ego-oriented energy. Full Moons not only grant us this opportunity every month, but also remind us there is a full archetypal range of energies inherent in these polarities that we may express however we choose.
Likewise, all Full Moons highlight a pair of archetypal polar energies joined together through opposition, in order to give us the chance to release that which no longer serves our highest and best good.
Oppositions always represent relationship in astrology, and this theme is deepened on this Aries Full Moon because Libra is the archetypal sign of partnership, while Aries represents freedom of choice, the exercising of one’s personal will, and independence.
THE LIBRAN LABYRINTH
A metaphorical Libran labyrinth may present itself when we compromise too much for the sake of peace within partnership and/or remain paralyzed by indecision.
In turn, this may cause unhappiness in the long run—an inkling of which is glimpsed through the kind of passive/aggressive behavior where we smile through gritted teeth and answer questions by saying “No, I’m fine. Really, I’m FINE.”
This Libran tendency to avoid conflict at all costs, often coupled with an exasperating indecisiveness, can be only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the dilemma we may all experience right now vis-à-vis decision making…
We’re called by this Aries Full Moon to recognize that there’s another side to Libran energy which can, in turn, guide us out of any Libran labyrinths into which we may have wandered…
YOUR OWN PERSONAL TROJAN WAR
This Aries Full Moon conjoins with Uranus, the planet of unexpected change, and Eris, the dwarf planet named for the goddess of discord. Eris is the goddess who turns up uninvited at the banquet of the gods and disrupts the jovial gathering out of spite and jealousy for having been left off the guest list.
While Uranus energy is unpredictable and often shocking, Eris manifests as an energy that instigates. In Greek mythology, it’s Eris who tosses a golden apple down the banquet table marked “for the fairest of them all,” an action that ultimately provides the spark for the Trojan War.
As this potentially explosive pair meet up with the Aries Moon and oppose the peace loving Libra Sun, it’s hardly likely to produce an outcome—whatever that may be—that’s devoid of change of some kind.
The energy of Uranus is always about forcing us to break out of any complacent rut we may be in, and to shake ourselves loose of any ingrained patterns that have made us just a tad too secure, a.k.a., stuck
Combined with Eris, however, we have an energy that’s unlikely to be pleasant. So, since the Aries Full Moon highlights the themes of partnership vs. independence, the Uranus/Eris duo may well be trying to tell us it’s seriously time for something to change, and that this change may not at first be at all welcome.
The common assumption amongst psychological astrologers is that change comes when life has become too stagnant. Uranus—often likened to the Greek figure Prometheus, known as the “great awakener”—exists to remind us that the only constant is change and that to remain the same always is to defy universal energetic law.
In combination with this Aries Full Moon energy, we find transiting Mars moving to meet up in the sky with Pluto, while Mercury squares them both. Like Uranus/Eris next to the Aries Moon and opposite the Libra Sun, a Mars/Pluto combo can be quite explosive.
Tensions are bound to exist between ourselves and others that may result in harsh words or a kind of obsessive intransigence in terms of our thoughts and ideas.
Since Full Moons provide the opportunity for release, this one may shock us into discovering how our own ideology may mirror back to us through the opposite opinions of others who smash us in the face (metaphorically) with an opposite but just as ideological way of thinking.
Uranus/Eris opposite the Sun can manifest outside ourselves through the actions of others in sudden unpredictable events. In the end, this amounts to nothing more than projected unconscious inner energy.
When the soul is crying out for change, but the conscious ego is unaware of the soul’s true desires and attempts to cling to the status quo, change will nonetheless ultimately come.
What we often don’t recognize is that our need for change originates internally and subconsciously but that we project this need out to others who actually take the actions that cause the desired change.
Operating on an unconscious level the Mercury square to Mars/Pluto may well create further resistance to the kind of change our soul truly desires. Our conscious ego—which likes to deal only with that which it can see, hear, feel, and touch–may seek to protect our psyches at all costs from such an unwanted intrusion by the subconscious…
And the greater our suppression of our soul’s need for change, the more shocking the change will be…
MY SIGN IS NO!
The combination of all of these energies at this Aries Full Moon may result in our having to take independent action of some kind, and that action is likely to manifest through voicing our own opinions and/or making clear our individuality, on some level at least.
In other words, sometimes one simply has to take a stand.
When you boil it all down, the classic Libra indecisiveness stems from fear. Fear that by making a decision we will have made the wrong choice. Fear that we aren’t whole and always need a “better half” to complete us–whether that other half be comprised of a significant other, family member, child, friend, colleague, boss, etc.
As the Libra Sun’s light is cast in stark relief upon this Aries Full Moon, it reminds us all that taking independent action doesn’t have to come at the cost of losing the love or support of others.
Rather, it implies that–by exercising our independence—we become free…
A LITTLE BIT OF POLITICS
This energy is nowhere more apparent than the dilemma many Americans face in the upcoming November 8 U.S. presidential election.
Astrologers are all over the internet with their predictions. I am not going to predict how the race will end, I’m only going to point out how this Aries Full Moon is throwing yet another high speed curve ball at us.
We are called to remember: “As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul.” Events on the world stage are reflections of the collective unconscious. You can’t have a collective unconscious without having individual psyches involved.
This is an argument for every vote counts and everyone can make a difference.
Though there may be many who disagree with me–and I respect everyone’s right to agree to disagree peacefully and without vitriol–I also believe with all my heart that this Aries Full Moon is sending us all a message which revolves around not clinging to “don’t make waves” energy that often becomes the embodiment of the Libra archetype.
High side Libra energy actually illustrates for us the true meaning of discourse and debate, an art sadly lost amongst our current day politicians and many members of the media and which respects the right of ALL of us to both speak and choose freely.
This Aries Full Moon says: “don’t forget to take the action of weighing your choices side by side, in a pro and con objective way, regardless of any potential shocks or conspiracy theories, and devoid of fear.
It reminds us, too, that we all have the right to hold fast to our intention to move forward independently toward peace, harmony, and love for all of our brothers and sisters regardless of color, religion, race, gender, etc.
Here’s a little reminder from Meghan Trainor’s song/video No! that it’s ok to do your own thing without always being in partnership…