The moon is on her way to being full this Thursday, October 1 in the fiery sign of Aries at 4:05 pm CST. Full moons occur when the sun and moon are in opposite signs at the same degree; for this particular lunation the sun is in Libra meaning the moon is in the opposite sign of Aries.
Full moons can manifest in several different ways. The opposition creates a sense of tension in our lives; we can feel like we’re being pulled in two different directions. Our goal is to try and find some balance which can be tricky and at times down-right messy. During a full moon a light is being cast on a hidden aspect of our lives, something we’ve pushed to the side because we’d rather not deal with it. In popular psychology this darker aspect of ourselves is known as “the shadow”. Dealing with this hidden aspect of ourselves is not a one-time event but a process and a full moon can trigger the beginning of that process.
Full moons also bring situations to a head, to completion. So, if you started something during the Aries new moon in March of this year; it’s during this Aries full moon that you could start to see the results of those efforts.
Libra is the natural ruler of the 7th House in astrology, the part of our chart that deals with others, marriage, and relationships. Aries, on the other hand, is the natural ruler of the 1st House, the part of our chart that deals with self-identity. So, it’s during an Aries full moon that we can find ourselves in a “me” vs “we” mentality. Aries energy is more self-focused and doesn’t necessarily need others to define or understand itself while Libra energy is just the opposite; Libra instinctively feels that two heads are better than one.
The ruling planets of Aries and Libra are quite different while at the same time being complimentary to one another. Mars, the ruler of Aries, is the warrior and exudes a confrontational energy while Venus the ruler of Libra has a softer, more cooperative spirit.
The spiritual perspective behind this opposition is a balance game; both need each other. Aries teaches us about courage and the need to be self-focused at times while Libra energy teaches us the value of relationships, cooperation, and sharing.
It’s during this full moon that some of us may need to learn the Aries/Mars lesson of self-focus and good boundaries while others of us may need to learn the Libra/Venus lesson of opposing energies working together; complementing each other instead of competing against one another.
Mars the planet of action and courage, ruler of Aries, is currently retrograde until November 13. Try not to get too frustrated if plans don’t move along as quickly as you would like. In fact, the two tarot cards associated with this full moon are the Two of Wands (Aries) and the Two of Swords (Libra). The Two of Wands says you need time to devise a clear plan; it’s not quite time to act, wait until November 13 when Mars goes direct. The Two of Swords is a card about confusion and mental agitation and the need to get quiet and calm your mind so you can begin to see a solution. Use this Mars retrograde as a time to gather your resources and your strength.