October 1, 2020
2:05 PM PDT / 5:05 PM EDT / 9:05 PM GMT
9 Aries 8 / 9 Libra 8
Feel the burn? Fires are raging within and all around us under the Aries Full Moon. They are threatening to roar out of control (assuming they haven’t already hit that point). Yet as they do, they’re motivating, cathartic and potentially profoundly healing.
A Full Moon always brings emotions to a head. A fire moon, like this one, takes them to a fevered pitch. This one is hardly a controlled burn. It comes with a streak of impulsivity and the power of a massive dose of flame accelerant.
Even though the underlying feelings and situations have been around for a while, they’re suddenly affecting us differently. One factor, one word, one action that we might have brushed off before is suddenly too much. No more coping. No more understanding. No more soldiering on. Instead, we’re combusting, screaming and going on the assault, without warning.
The energies bring to mind the scene in the movie Network, when fed up viewers followed the lead of fed up newscaster Howard Beale, opened their windows and yelled, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore.” This is more than a battle cry, though. This Full Moon is galvanizing, triggering and catalyzing powerful, powerful life force and powerful, powerful action.
It’s not all running amok screaming and shooting. The event might work as a trial by fire, testing and purifying and ultimately strengthening. It carries the energy of the little guy rising up and going after the system, or David staring down and besting Goliath, or a petite mother somehow turning a car over to free a child trapped beneath it.
In some way, each of us is no longer putting up with something – or anything. We may welcome the surges and opportunities to strike back or strike out. We may fire bomb bridges with abandon. We may find the dramas carthartic and fun.
It’s been a long time coming. Mars, the ruler of Aries, our drive and the archetypal masculine, has been pounding away since August at Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto, the forces in Capricorn that have been restructuring foundations and institutions since the year started.
Now retrograde, Mars is coming at them for a second assault. He’s got a formidable companion in this campaign: Eris, goddess of discord. The status quo, authority, rules and order figure in the skirmishes, as the two of them tightly challenge Saturn at this Full Moon.
The combination is not in keeping with the outta my way! drive of Mars in Aries, retrograde or not. His square to Saturn comes with the frustration of hitting the brakes, or hitting a wall (either of which could fuel this Full Moon’s hair-trigger properties.) It carries the potential for controlled action and demands responsibility and accountability for ploughing ahead recklessly. And it’s likely to be loud and contentious, with Eris in the thick of the fighting.
Rising to the challenge directs us toward a greater future. Mars and Eris are in the opportunity aspect of a sextile to the North Node, which represents moving from old ways to updated ones.
The upshot? Blowing your top may be exactly the thing to do. Some situations can no longer be tolerated. Some bridges are meant to be torched. And some screaming troublemaking influences are overdue for blocking and containment.
The result is healing and uncomfortably freeing.
The healing potential comes from the Moon’s proximity to Chiron, the asteroid that represents abiding wounds and the challenge of mastering the physicality of existence. Chiron in Aries embodies go-it-aloneism – acting as an individual without regard to others or the collective (perhaps from being a hothead, perhaps from assuming you can’t rely on others, so you may as well handle everything yourself). Chiron’s presence could inflame frustration and feeling like, once again, you have to take care of something.
Perceiving a man’s behavior as unhealthy could be part of the trigger, too. The Chiron in Aries transit has certainly been stirring the notion of toxic masculinity in the collective. This Full Moon could mark a breaking point – or a turning point – in how some people deal with it.
Some of the action is as uncomfortable and unexpected as it is sudden. The Moon is in an uneasy semi-square with quick change artist Uranus, the agent of unforeseeable change, awakening, liberating and often shocking. This aspect has all the comfort of sand irritating an oyster. The oyster’s response is a metaphor for us now: The oyster encases the intruder with a substance that gradually, eventually creates a pearl. Our instinctive reactions now could evolve into something of value as well – or demonstrate in a flash how far we have already come.
This Full Moon will mark the end of situations that have been tolerated with increasing irritation. It will fuel impulses that have been building to burn something down. It will also inspire many a bold and surprising leap and act of courage.
Word to the wise: Plan ahead. Know that circumstances, and your inner workings, are going to flare without notice. Keep your focus on the direction that you want to head. Pack a symbolic go bag, that you can grab in an instant.
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