Full Moon [12 Aries 43]
Thursday 5th October 2017 (18:40 GMT)
Today is the Full Moon, the time of the month when emotions are heightened and sleep patterns are disrupted. The Moon’s pull affects the tides and women’s menstrual cycle is in sync with the monthly phase of the Moon. Menses, another term for the menstrual cycle is derived from the word ‘month’ which in turn is derived from the word ‘moon’. The lunar deity is as prevalent in our world today as she ever was.
Moon Goddesses were honoured in ancient times, before the dominance of the more masculine Sun Gods took hold. The astrological qualities associated with the Moon are kind, caring, protective, feminine energies, nurturing the people and the earth. These are excellent qualities for leadership, although not always admired in our current climate.
Moon Goddesses were often huntresses, at home and active in the dark of night. This was their world, witchy and intuitive. You hear more in the silence of the night than the noise of the day.
In the northern hemisphere, the dark of the night world is starting to take precedence over the day. The early morning walks begin in the gloom, the shapes of the trees eerie and life-like. Dusk falls earlier, enveloping us in its protective, yet spooky embrace.
Soon we will be in Scorpio season, a time that incorporates Halloween and Day of the Dead. Big planet Jupiter will also be diving deep into Scorpio’s waters in only five days time, expanding Scorpio’s world.
For now, it’s the Moon’s show and this is the mid-autumn festival in the Chinese Year. They celebrate by eating moon cakes, honouring the Moon as she grows more powerful during this Full Moon phase and heading into the dark of winter.
Today’s Full Moon is in the sign of individuality, Aries. Aries is the first sign in the zodiac and represents the awakening of spring after hibernation. Aries can be both an explosive and passionate energy, strident and brave. It’s tempting to slumber at this time of year, and yet Aries shouts out loud ‘be alive’.
The role of the individual grows more important and today’s Full Moon in Aries takes you back to you. Full Moons are traditionally about completion, events culminating but the Aries spark flicks the switch and wants action, something new.
When the world feels as if it’s out of control, this is when it’s important to take responsibility for your own actions, to return to you.
The Moon in Aries opposes the Sun in Libra, the sign of relationships, during this Full Moon. Plus, Venus and Mars, the lovers of the heavens, come together today for the only time this year. This is a rare event that takes place at 19 degrees Virgo. People matter, people count.
How you are in the world affects the people around you. Other people’s actions directly impact on you but you can still choose how to respond, how to be. We’re in this together, side by side, and each one of us can make a choice every day on how we want to be around other people, in the world, but most importantly, with ourself.
During today’s Aries Full Moon, it’s a good time to ask yourself what you will stand up for in life and to take personal responsibility for how you want to be. Wishing you an assertive, yet caring and protective Full Moon.