Aries Full Moon, October 20, 2021

Wendy Cicchetti

Aries Full Moon

The Full Moon in Aries injects a surge of energy into situations that have come to feel a little stale. A sense of greater emotional invigoration is sure to stir up something, but we have the courage and drive to deal with it. If our resolve seems to fail us, the Moon–Mars opposition suggests we could see it modeled by others — and can draw inspiration from them.

Mars is traditionally linked with the male archetype and associated with masculine behavior — but not necessarily burly, physical strength or aggression. With Mars in Libra, we may see strong leadership by someone with an incisive ability to bring out the best in others. Sometimes true strength emerges when letting someone else shine — like a mentoring relationship when there is no need to prove ego dominance, and power arises through team effort.

Also signicant is a pairing of the Moon with dwarf planet Eris — named after the goddess of chaos and discord in Greek mythology. Themes associated with Eris and Moon in aspect — according to Henry Seltzer in The Tenth Planet (Wessex Astrologer, 2015) — include a sense of connection with all of mankind and a desire to foster peace and harmony, without sacrificing principles. The overriding idea with this pairing is that you are happy and content within yourself, trust in life, don’t fear other people, and seek to know how you can be of service to others.

I have to admit that on a bad day some of this could sound almost idealistic and too good to be true, but I do know a lot of people who aim to operate in exactly such a way — and do so successfully. Some of them are good friends, and many of them are my heroes. The Moon and Eris open this opportunity to each of us at this time, offering a chance to see beyond the veil of the ego’s needs so often linked to individual survival.

One of the great upshots of this period could be a chance to dispense with ongoing anxiety around a situation that has dogged us for a long time. If there is really nothing to fear but fear itself, then we can pierce through the veil of illusion and realize that only negative thoughts — perhaps through accumulated, rough experiences — are creating perceived problems.

The fire energy of Aries lends the Moon power to surpass its regular pattern and express in a less constrained way, reminding us of what is real and vital. There is a blaze of glory with our emotions, and we have a chance to feel something in a pure and undiluted way.

If there is a potential spanner in the works, it shows in a t-square of the Full Moon to Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet around the time Eris was promoted to that very status, becoming the new “tenth planet.” As many astrologers have expressed, just because scientists decide to reclassify planets due to the discovery of new bodies, it doesn’t mean we have stopped knowing what Plutonic energy feels like when embodied in a person or situation!

So, whilst Eris may be busily attempting to plant seeds of love and acceptance to blot out a degree of discord, Pluto could be in the background mashing up a potent, poisonous potion! We may have some sympathy for certain Plutonic expressions, especially since they are so often linked with people feeling powerless and inadequate. But when they can find a more peaceful plateau of love and respect, the poison may seemingly just evaporate.

Also, there could be the need for some to manage toxic buildup so that it does not become destructive — such that might manifest as physical toxicity within the body, but could equally relate to thought processes and feelings which lead to extreme actions. A sextile from the Moon to Jupiter in Aquarius reminds us that if we catch ourselves entangled in difcult dynamics, we still have the freedom of choice — for example, finding ways to draw back and release ourselves from these forces. This might require letting go of typical Mars energy — deciding to not let anger rule the day, for instance. Or, opening one hand and cupping it kindly with the other, instead of clenching fists. Whilst it may seem counter-intuitive at first, it may also mean we ultimately come out true winners.

This article is from the Mountain Astrologer, written by Diana Collis.

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