Wednesday, October 20, 2021
7:56 a.m. pacific time
The central question of a warrior’s training is not how we
avoid uncertainty and fear but how we relate to discomfort.
How do we practice with difficulty, with our emotions, with the
unpredictable encounters of an ordinary day? ― Pema Chödrön
The October Full Moon is highlighting the Aries-warrior archetype. A Full Moon in Aries only occurs once a year and this one marks an optimal time to fortify our spiritual-warrior nature and courageously face one of the ugliest and most destructive themes of our current era: divisiveness.
Full Moons occur when the Moon moves into an opposition to the Sun and reflects its light. In this case, the Full Moon in Aries is reflecting the light of the Sun in Libra — the sign that strives for harmony and equality within all our relationships. Aries is the sign associated with the self and our deep instinctual need to express our individual uniqueness. This energetic dance between these two signs calls our attention to our personal landscape (Aries), while simultaneously illuminating any interpersonal imbalances (Libra).
Furthermore, as the first sign of the zodiac, Aries is known for its independent, impulsive, and strategizing-warrior nature. Aries thrives when it’s initiating brand new cycles of adventure and self-discovery and can become easily enraged when unfulfilled desires or its innate need for freedom are thwarted. Interestingly, during this Full Moon, the ruling planet associated with Aries (the warrior god, Mars) is in the sign of Libra and closely aligned with the Sun. Also, in the sign of Libra is Mercury, who just two days ago, began moving direct again. Therefore, this Full Moon is encouraging us to look at where we need to initiate more balance, peace, and harmony in our relationships and create the freedom we need to pursue our goals and fortify our inner warrior.
Our spiritual teachers remind us that the outer world is but a reflection of our inner world — both individually and collectively. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung coined this phenomenon “the shadow.” Our personal shadow (the projection onto an outer situation or person) is the battle that the spiritual warrior is called to master. When we meditate and/or look deeply within ourselves for solutions we learn to strengthen our inner warrior’s admirable traits of compassion, loyalty, integrity, courage, accomplishment, and honor. These are each positive Aries traits that uplift and remind us that we are more similar than we are different and they empower us to generate cohesive unity vs. fragmented separation and division.
Pluto — God of the Underworld, is also in close aspect to this Full Moon, representing the possibility for transformative emotional revelations. Pluto can highlight deeply buried emotions and like a volcano they can suddenly erupt with a fierce force that takes us totally by surprise. Consequently, this Full Moon may find us feeling more sensitive than usual, and easily triggered. Under Pluto’s influence, it’s important to consciously observe our emotions and in so doing, we can better control our responses and empower ourselves to respond harmoniously and avoid overreacting.
The study of Astrology and the planetary cycles offers an amazing opportunity to realize the evolutionary purpose and spiritual destiny of our lives. Astrology promotes an ability to see beyond the veil and allows us to release judgments, opinions, and criticisms of others as we learn to understand — at the deepest level of our being — that everyone around us is on a unique and individual evolutionary journey that is distinctively intertwined with our own. The integration of this knowledge frees us to turn the lens inward and focus on our own personal destiny for the betterment of ourselves and therefore, the whole.
Aries Full Moon Key Words: Initiation, Warrior, Self-Discovery, Independence, Freedom, Exploration and Adventure, Instinctual Desires, Brand New Cycles, Harmonious Relationships.
© 2021 by Linda Kaye
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