On October 20, 10:56 AM ET, the Full Blood Moon in Aries opposes the Sun in Libra. We experience an intense Full Moon, taking place at 27°25’ Aries, square Pluto, and opposite Mars.
Full Moons correspond to a moment of maturation, culmination, and release. We are at the peak phase of the lunar cycle: the Moon receives the maximum amount of sunlight and the light of our awareness illuminates our subconscious and emotional world.
Revelations, clarity, and new understandings are possible at this time of the month. The Sun and the Moon traveling in opposite signs invite us to gain new awareness of specific archetypal conflicts and of dynamics of polarity and complementarity.
To celebrate the arrival of Full Blood Moon in Aries, on October 20th at 9:45 PM ET, we are hosting Global Live Full Blood Moon in Aries Meditation on our YouTube channel. We invite you to join us, and invite others to meditate together with us. Tap here to find our scheduled live meditation.
October Full Moon: the Hunter’s Moon
The Full Moon coming up in October is also popularly known as the Hunter’s Moon or the Blood Moon, and it is the lunation immediately following the Harvest Moon. In the Northern Hemisphere, at this time of the year, we are entering Fall.
Traditionally, as the crops had been reaped, this was a time to focus on hunting, to then process and store meat in preparation for the winter months. The days are getting shorter in the Northern part of the globe, and the October Full Moon blessed hunters with a prolonged period of light to work. They could also see animals easier, as the fields were harvested just a few weeks before.
The archetype of the hunter has an interesting correlation with the archetype of Aries, as Aries and Mars rule both blood and sharp objects, such as those used to process the animals that had been hunted.
Full Blood Moon in Aries: the Courage to Dare
Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac: it represents the spark, the impulse, the desire that sets in motion our entire evolutionary journey. Through Aries, we separate from the cosmic womb, from the conditions of unity and oneness we experience through Pisces, and we go our own way, affirming our individuality and our existence as separate beings.
Aries is a pioneer, teaching us about the importance of taking new directions, trusting our instinct, and claiming our space with confidence. We learn about life as we go, from a process of trial and error, from the experiences we make. Aries inspires us to follow our passion, to do what makes us feel alive, to dare, to be brave, to be bold, and take risks.
The Moon in Aries corresponds to an ongoing need for stimulation and excitement and often reflects immediate and impulsive emotional reactions. Emotions are fast to arise and fast to go, they are usually intense, but they are also quick to fade away.
The Full Hunter Moon is opposing Mars, the ruler of Aries, an aspect increasing the general reactivity. If possible, it is advised to release emotional energy through movement and exercise. During these days, any kind of physical activity is recommended: it is advised to take care not to overreact, and to make sure to assert ourselves without being aggressive.
Full Blood Moon in Aries: an Archetypal Dilemma
The Aries-Libra opposition is about understanding how to balance the pursuit of our passions and desires with the awareness of others, and how to find compromises that are enhancing everyone’s reality. When the Aries-Libra axis is emphasized, as it is now, we experience the archetypal dilemma of finding ways to balance our need for freedom and independent self-actualization with our need for connection and relationships.
As we are reaching the culmination point of a cycle, if our needs and desires are incompatible with another’s and reaching a win-win solution isn’t possible, we may now decide to part ways: some relationships may end and create space for new ones.
Sun, Mars, & Moon are in a T-square pattern to Pluto
The Sun in Libra and the Moon in Aries are forming a T-square configuration with Pluto in Capricorn. The T-square represents a pattern created by two opposing planets squaring a third one, all belonging to the same modality, in this case, Cardinal.
To harmonize the imbalance and the friction reflected by this alignment, we need to move towards the only Cardinal archetype missing in the picture, which, in this instance, is Cancer. As the resolution point of the T-square, Cancer reminds us of the importance of self-care, of honoring our emotions, and of generating feelings of inner safety and security before expecting others to meet our emotional needs.
Mars, the ruler of the Full Moon, is in Libra, conjunct the Sun and opposite the Moon, and approaching an exact square to Pluto. This configuration is tense and explosive. It has the potential to abruptly force changes that need to be made for the sake of our growth. When there are hard aspects between planets and Pluto, the less resistance we have to change, the smoother our experience will be.
Sun, Moon, & Mars square Pluto offer Chances for Deep Transformation
The Moon in Aries squaring Pluto in Capricorn reflects friction and tension between our instinctual emotional expression and our social commitments and responsibilities. Reacting impulsively may generate problems with authority figures or in our profession. When the Moon is squaring Pluto, the strength of our emotional attachments and needs may lead us to manipulate other people or a situation in order to ensure that our needs are being met. This aspect is meant to teach us to find safety and security within ourselves rather than trying to get it from others.
Sun square Pluto reflects a need and a desire to shed skin and undergo a complete metamorphosis, but also a tendency to hide a part of ourselves and a drive to destroy what we have created. A conflict to fully express our sense of self may tempt us to indulge in self-destructive behaviors. By accessing a deeper sense of personal power, we have a possibility of experiencing a dramatic transformation of our sense of self and our sense of purpose. Releasing control is required to set this process in motion.
To help you harness this energy Full Blood Moon in Aries brings we have created Full Moon printable channeled “Archetypal Dilemma” journal and guided meditation audio. We invite you to use these Full Moon Ritual tools: journal and meditate together with Moon Omens Soul Family. Tap here to learn more and gain access to ritual tools.
Mars square Pluto is an aspect reflecting conflicting cravings and a sense of not knowing which desires to prioritize, which ones to trust, and which ones to let go of. In this case, we may feel that some relationships are holding us back from growing out of our conditioning. This alignment corresponds to a sense of crisis: as we begin to detach from past intentions and desires, we know that the old ways don’t work anymore and we want to break free from them, but we do not know yet any other solution.
Mercury & Jupiter are Supporting our Journey
The Sun, the Moon, and Mars are harmonically aligned with Jupiter, which recently stationed direct in Aquarius. The influence of Jupiter lightens the general mood and helps us find the deeper philosophical and spiritual lesson behind the experiences we have.
Jupiter expands everything it touches, for good or bad: its connection to Sun and Mars will improve our vitality and self-confidence, increase our drive to take action on our feelings and make progress happen quickly. Jupiter sextile Moon supports the development of emotional intelligence and helps us connect to our inner guidance system.
Mercury is in Libra too, and it has recently stationed direct while separating from an opposition to Chiron in Aries. This aspect suggests the possibility of feeling misunderstood by others when we express ourselves and it may correspond to a tendency to hold back our opinions and thoughts to avoid triggering somebody.
The harmonic Mercury-Saturn trine helps us structure our thoughts while supporting our capacity to deal with practical tasks that require focus and open-mindedness. Mercury approaching a sextile to Venus in Sagittarius will aid conflict resolution during the upcoming days, promoting peaceful and productive exchanges of opinion.
Full Blood Moon in Aries: Alchemizing Anger & Learning about Desire
This Aries Full Moon is conjunct dwarf planet Eris, named after the Goddess of discord, a combination that will inspire us to fight for our rights and for what’s meaningful for us, but also to rebel and break free from what we perceive as oppressive.
The current cosmic alignments increase the possibilities of experiencing magnetic and irresistible sexual attractions, possibly marked by some jealousy, possessiveness, and strong emotionality. The spotlight goes on our relationship with our instinct, with our anger, with our willpower, and with our desires. We may feel the urge to transform the way we deal with anger, frustration, and strong emotions to be able to show up in relationships as the best version of ourselves.
The planetary configuration of the moment invites us to reflect on how we go after what we want, how we express our anger and frustration, how we pursue what we are passionate about. This lunation is an opportunity to change behavior patterns that we are ready to outgrow and cut ties with the past if needed.
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