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Full “Harvest” Moon in Aries

Full “Harvest” Moon in Aries

The Moon will be full this Monday, September 24 at 9:52 pm CST. This coming full moon is known as a Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the full moon nearest the start of the fall equinox. The reason it’s called a Harvest Moon is because there is an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening which helps farmers harvest their summer crops. This light is a result of the Moon rising very soon after sunset.

A full moon occurs when the sun and moon are in opposite signs at the exact same degree and creates a sense of tension; in this case the sun is in Libra, so the full moon occurs in Libra’s opposite sign of Aries. Libra is the natural ruler of the 7th House of relationships, marriage, and others, while Aries is the natural ruler of the 1st House of self and identity. So, the tension revolves around other people in your life (Libra), and how you (Aries) are showing up in those relationships.

Have I lost myself in a relationship? Do I need better boundaries? Am I asking for what I need in my relationships? Am I shutting down as a way to avoid conflict? These are the questions you may end up asking during this full moon. If you’re single and looking for love, the full moon could cast it’s light on your fears of being alone.

Aries is the ultimate go-getter, and you need enthusiasm and courage to be a go-getter.  So, Monday’s full moon in Aries gives you a shot of courage. Instead of avoiding and putting off that difficult conversation, you decide to speak up. That anger you’ve been denying? It comes to the surface and acts as a catalyst for change. Constricting situations become suffocating, and you find you can’t keep a lid on it any longer.

Those parts of your life where you feel like you’re spinning your wheels and hitting your head against the same brick wall are actually situations that have become too small for you, and they aren’t serving you anymore. You’ve known for quite some time change is needed, but you just couldn’t bring yourself to take that leap into the unknown. Being a fire sign, the Aries full moon may not dilly-dally around opening doors—it may blast them open.

Saturn square the sun and moon

Saturn, the planet of fear, restriction, insecurity, and karma, makes a difficult aspect to the sun and moon.  The sun is your will, your individuality, that unique mark you place on the world. So, with Saturn making a challenging aspect to the sun, releasing that potential you have inside may take some work; it won’t just be handed to you. Saturn isn’t really out to punish you, but the Cosmic Taskmaster (Saturn) won’t just let you off the hook; he wants to make sure you get your lesson.

The moon deals with our emotions, and when Saturn squares the moon, feelings around insecurity and nurturing move to the forefront. Clingy, smothering relationships become too much to deal with now, and you’re faced with the decision to stay with the familiar and known, or break out and take a leap of faith into the unknown. There’s an opportunity to let go of those relationships that drain your energy and leave you feeling depleted. It is important to slow down and spend some time alone to recharge your battery.

Chiron conjunct moon + Chiron opposite the sun

Chiron is associated with healing, and is known in astrology as the Wounded Healer. In mythology, Chiron was a centaur that had a deep physical wound that never completely healed, but that didn’t stop him from being a master healer. With Chiron making difficult aspects to both the sun and the moon, our past can come back to haunt us. You may see where you strayed from the path and where you made less-than-stellar choices when it came to relationships. Now, you get a chance to re-route yourself and get back on track.  You’re ready and willing to let go of guilt, shame, and resentment. You get a new perspective on life; you start putting the pieces of the puzzle together and get a deeper understanding of yourself and your life. This is the time to think about your current relationship dilemmas and see how they relate to your past choices and experiences. Is this the same pattern you keep playing out over and over?

Chiron reminds us that we don’t have to be completely healed and whole, have it all together, or be licensed to help another. Some of the most healing moments in my life happened when I got together with someone for coffee and got real about the good, the bad, and the ugly in our lives.