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Full Moon in Aries, October 14, 2008

Full Moon in AriesFire sign inspiration and dynamic energy has been in short supply for quite awhile now, so the Full Moon at 21° 51′ Aries  on October 14 will inject some much-needed leavening into the atmosphere, if only temporarily.

To help us understand the tone this Full Moon will bring, I am going to lead off with the Sabian symbols for both the Moon and Sun, because they hold the key to how best to position ourselves during this lunation.

For the Full Moon it is, the gate to the garden of all fulfilled desires, with the keyword COSMIC OPTIMISM. Both luminaries are harmoniously aspected by Neptune in Aquarius, bringing a message of cooperation and inspiring the collective with a sense of community. With economic unrest making headlines around the globe, this is the best time to reach out to our fellow travelers with the recognition that we are all in this together and that it is through cooperation and understanding we can reduce the stress in our lives.

The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 21° 51′ Libra 51′ is, a child giving birds a drink at a fountain, with the keyword SOLICITUDE. The theme of finding anew a sense of childlike wonder or beginner’s mind is common in many cultures and belief systems as a key component for resolving difficulties from a fresh perspective. Often the secret is letting go of preconceived notions and ideas and cultivating a sense of innocent joy. Here again we can draw on Neptune’s gift of understanding that we are all part of the greater whole to ignite Libra’s desire for compromise and elegant equitable solutions.

On the Full Moon, Mercury in Libra is virtually at a standstill, preparing to go direct almost exactly 24 hours after the Full Moon. We gradually will see the unleashing of all that has been on hold for the past three weeks while Mercury was retrograde. Mercury is closely semi-sextile Mars in Scorpio, and this rather irritating aspect asks us to think before we speak to avoid causing hurt feelings when remaining silent will better serve us in the long run.

Another fly in the ointment is a square between Venus in Scorpio, Libra’s ruling planet, and Neptune in Aquarius. Here we can get caught up in unrealistic expectations, especially where our loved ones are concerned. Scorpio’s need to rehash all the details, important or not, could really spoil the mood too. Venus will move into Sagittarius on October 18, just four days after the Full Moon, and lighten things up considerably. Keep in mind the Libra principal of catching more flies with honey instead of vinegar to avoid sabotaging your relationships inadvertently.

There are two grand trines with asteroids in play:  one in air with the Sun, Neptune, and Pallas; and one in fire with the Moon, Juno, and Ceres. Pallas/Athena brings a clear sighted organizational ability to the table, and in Gemini she shines brightly. Pallas will happily discuss options for conflict resolution with wise Neptune and equitable Libra, and we could all use a dose of this in our lives. The fire sign trio brings together the enthusiastic innocence of the Aries Moon and the desire of Juno in Sagittarius to find a common belief system, while Ceres in Leo adds nurturance through creativity and joy. Both of these grand trines contribute to the dynamic of complements represented by the Full Moon, and if we consciously draw on the energies they represent, we can go far toward improving our relationships with others.

Yes, Saturn in Virgo is still trine Jupiter in Capricorn and moving to exactly oppose Uranus in Pisces on November 4. These two very different aspects present challenges to all of us, but if we keep in mind that earth and water are compatible elements, the path to resolution is possible. An attitude of acceptance and a willingness to do the work are needed here.

This Full Moon provides us with tools and concepts we can draw on in the days and weeks ahead to work with the challenges the Saturn-Uranus opposition heralds. We are definitely experiencing the final throes of Pluto’s march through Sagittarius now and getting some idea what his move into Capricorn will bring. As the Sabian symbols suggest, we can find our way to abundance through togetherness and cooperation while holding within ourselves the joy of solicitude for others. As always, practice kindness and forgiveness, starting with yourself and then extending it to others.

Libra is about balanceposted by Neith . . .

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7 comments to Full Moon in Aries, October 14, 2008

  • Jessica_

    This is very timely advice: “Keep in mind the Libra principal of catching more flies with honey instead of vinegar to avoid sabotaging your relationships inadvertently.” I’m in the process of rehashing some details in a relationship and I guess I’m being very Scorpio about it (Mercury-Pluto, eek!) so I will definitely remember to keep a Libra face on it.

    The Sabian Symbol for the moon is one of the prettiest ones I’ve ever heard. Cosmic optimism, I love it! In my life, the relationship cycle that seems to be gaining clarity and completion started at the Aries New Moon, and when Mercury station retrograde in Gemini, so it’s with awe but not surprise that I see those issues coming full circle at the Aries Full Moon and when Mercury stations direct just about trine that degree. These planetary cycles are just amazing to witness! Last night I had this flash of insight about my own chart and the tight interrelationship of Moon, Venus, and Mercury. Mercury rules both my Moon and Venus, Venus rules my Mercury, and the Moon rules my chart. It is no wonder that my relationships seem so affected by lunations that connect to Venus and/or Mercury – that seems like an obvious statement that could be true for just about anyone given the nature of those planets, but feels especially true for me.

  • Interesting. This one hits my nodal axis exactly! Moon on my South Node, Sun on the North (in the 3rd). (Maybe a welcome relief from Saturn-Uranus on/opposing my Sun and squaring my Saturn. Sheesh.)

  • mm

    With economic unrest making headlines around the globe, this is the best time to reach out to our fellow travelers with the recognition that we are all in this together and that it is through cooperation and understanding we can reduce the stress in our lives.

    …As always, practice kindness and forgiveness, starting with yourself and then extending it to others.

    What a lovely photograph! Calming and soothing.

    The Full Moon is in a wide conjunction to my natal moon and North Node. It is in my 8th house and I have had one of the bumpiest and nervous weeks that I can remember with an outside body (a bank) freezing my bank account (and those of thousands of other people) and one day later another outside body (our government) telling me they will refund it, I await with interest some kind of culmination next week!! I dont have that much cash to play around with and this has brought so much deep rooted insecurity to the surface even though I have the belief that in the long run everything works out for the best.

    I opened the account in question 18 months ago at the time when the new moon in Aries was close to where the Full Moon will be next week. I believe that this is significant.

    Much reaching out this week. It has helped.

  • Hey Jessica,

    Isn’t amazing when the patterns start to click into place? :-) If we consider the effect the Moon has on the tides it only makes sense if the Moon is prominent you will feel a continual ebb and flow in your thoughts and feelings.

    I was very heartened by the Sabian symbols for this Full Moon too. I know I can use some “Cosmic Optimism” too with the volatility in the news!

  • Hi leslee!

    This one hits my nodal axis exactly! Moon on my South Node, Sun on the North (in the 3rd). (Maybe a welcome relief from Saturn-Uranus on/opposing my Sun and squaring my Saturn. Sheesh.)

    Yeah, time to settle for whatever bright spots we can find! Sounds like you may make a leap in understanding about your Nodes and the whole nature of oppositions/complements.

  • {{{{{{{mm}}}}}}}

    Yikes! This is definitely a time for reaching out to others and realizing you share a common pain. From the sounds of things there are many others in the same boat.

    I have to say I keep getting this feeling of a HUGE groundswell around the world of ordinary people’s unhappiness with those who who played fast and loose with their money. We are bound to see more of this in the weeks and months ahead. Many of the top mundane and financial astrologers have been talking about various possibilities for some time . . . but that is nothing like experiencing the reality.

  • mm

    Thanks Neith. Yes indeed – this has to be experienced to be believed! A first for me, definitely.

    Waiting right now for the banks/government to get in touch re the refund. Hopefully Mercury direct will help move things along. I am lucky in that I do not need the cash straightaway, but I know that there are many others who do …..