Full Moon in Aries, 20/21 October 2021
For the past couple of years we have been healing our sense of self and working out how this new ‘me’ interacts with others, the ‘we’. Lockdowns and restrictions have given us more time alone and thrown you closer to some people and created distance with others.
A Full Moon is always shining the light on our relationship with something. The Sun and Moon are in opposite signs and the sky is bright, which allows us to gain perspective on our relationship with a person, place, thing—even our relationship with parts of ourselves.
This is especially pronounced with the Aries and Libra axis, which are signs that represent the self and others. It is through others that we learn more about ourselves, and when we go through a change we see a shift in those around us.
Since April the social and outer planets started to turn retrograde giving us a chunk of time where we had six planets (Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury) plus Chiron in retrograde. No wonder things felt like they were dragging. When planets are in retrograde their focus is more inwardly focused. We are thinking and revising and working out all the things we want to do and how. When they move forward again there is a cosmic jolt. It’s a bit like driving along the highway and coming to a block of traffic that is moving slowly (that’s your retrograde). Then, there is a certain point where the traffic starts moving quickly again and you can get back up to normal speed and continue to your destination (that’s turning direct).
The feeling for me has been like an arrow that has been drawn. There is tension in the bow and the anticipation of being released. But there has needed to be some time to make sure the aim is proper and true.
So anyway. On October 6 Pluto went direct, Saturn joined it on October 11 followed by Mercury and Jupiter on the 17/18. That’s a lot of movement in a short period of time (not to mention that the Sun will move into Scorpio at the end of the week). As we head towards the end of the calendar year we will begin to make some progress with our plans.
At the Aries Full Moon it’s time to look back at the intentions you set at the Aries New Moon in April. What did you want to achieve? What goals did you set for yourself? With the value of time and reflection, which of those is working for you? What do you need to let go of or redirect? Where are you going to aim your arrow?
Aries is a sign of action and assertion. It is fire. Boldness. Passion. Courage. Aries says ‘here I am and this is what I’m going to do’. During this Full Moon we are invited to release the parts of ourselves that whisper we can’t do something, that say it can’t be done. We can and we will.
This Full Moon has a lot of fire and air. The air helps fan the flames, giving life and energy. Ergo, our ideas are fuel for our actions. But a warning: this may see more hot-headedness in people. Tempers can flare, words can be said in the heat of the heat of the moment.
Right now Mars, the ruler of Aries, is in Libra. He’s not overly comfortable being in the sign of partnerships and having to think of others. He was conjunct the Libra New Moon two weeks ago, marking a new Mars cycle of working toward creating harmonious relationships, equality and social justice in the wider community. Now still close to the Sun and also square Pluto in Capricorn we have a sense still that our actions need to be for the greater good, not simply ego-boosting. Cooperation is key, as is stepping up to do what we must do. Part of what we are releasing at this Full Moon are egoic thoughts and actions that keep us separate from others.
This is enhanced by the yod (finger of God) with Uranus in Taurus, Mercury in Libra and Venus in Sagittarius. Our ideas and values are creating needed change in the world economy. Seek out that new information, sift through it and take in both sides, then make the change that brings the greatest freedom.
The simple thing is, our actions affect others. Here in Melbourne I have experienced how the choices that individuals make alter the restrictions placed on others. Do you want your actions to harm or create harmony?
Remember that sometimes a compromise on what you deem as your personal freedom can actually result in greater freedoms for more people. That sentence may feel uncomfortable, your inner Mars may be yelling ‘nooooo, I want to do the thing I want’. But the influence of cooperative Libra is here to get us to see things from another point of view.
Freshly-direct Jupiter is trine the Sun and Mars in Libra. This should help pop a bit of positivity and expansion into proceedings. Jupiter is in Aquarius, the sign of the collective and innovative ideas, which will also aid in propelling us forward.
We only have a few more months of Jupiter in Aquarius. For most of next year it will shift into Pisces, bringing more cooperation, love and harmony. We had a preview of this transit in May/June/July this year. Learn more here. But don’t wish the next few months away—use them to finish off the growth in the part of your chart that Aquarius rules so you are ready for the switch.
The world is turning into a new frontier and we are all pioneers. Together we need to create a world that we all want to live in. The relationships we have are our greatest commodity. How can you hold onto your individuality while cooperating with others?
You are here for a particular purpose and what you do will help raise everyone up. Now step up and do what you need to do.
The exact time of the Full Moon is:
AEDT: Thursday 21 October @ 1.56am
United Kingdom: Wednesday 20 October @ 3.56pm
US Eastern: Wednesday 20 October @ 10.56am
US Pacific: Wednesday 20 October @ 7.56am