The Aries Full Moon is the first of two Full Moons this month, a phenomenon that tends to happen only every two to three years. It is also unusual in that it is the year’s Harvest Moon, which usually falls in September. The Harvest Moon is always the Full Moon nearest the autumn equinox, so it occurs in October this year — again, something that tends to only be the case every three years. These timing and Moon-naming anomalies are partly related to Indigenous tribes who established the names, working with nature itself rather than a computed calendar system. It reminds us that those Julian and Gregorian calendar systems are slightly out of synch with the true rhythms of nature’s cycles.
This may be reflective of a hidden tension between nature’s own ways and the human desire to use our intelligence and systems to control life. Either way, the anomalies around this Full Moon truly emphasize Aries singularity, as well as the theme of a ripe harvest delivering a gift of plenty. Or at least that is what is most hoped for with a good harvest! Given the struggles the world has seen this year, however, nothing seems especially normal. Therefore, we can take something from the symbolism of the Harvest Moon coming a little later. It may represent our rewards also arriving later or the harvest being a little leaner, even.
If there is something that Aries tends to like, it is being able to lead the way. Yet the challenges of nature itself require us to be followers; people catching up with something else leading. Even so, new situations can challenge us to produce fresh ideas, and that is the hidden gift of this special Aries Harvest Full Moon. For all the struggles and losses that we may have endured, new energy has also been generated. Our life force finds its own way forward, wherever it can — and, if we are lucky, we find that we can run with these challenges and still somehow manage to come up smelling of roses.
The Sun and Moon are not closely aspected by any major planets, which makes their opposition feel a bit oppressive and oddly lonely. This aptly reflects the impact of government legislation on social distancing in many situations where the COVID-19 pandemic has especially threatened life expectancy. Many of us have been restricted to our own company, just mixing with family in the same household or a few others externally. Such isolation can have a long-term impact for some people, but it doesn’t have to be all negative. While this concentration of energy has proved too intense for some, it will have opened up greater connection and deeper intimacy for others.
There is a wide square, almost a 9° orb, from the Aries Full Moon–Libra Sun opposition to Jupiter in Capricorn, echoing limitation and restrictions. Yet Jupiter is a symbol of a broader, wider expanse. It is as though we want and need to stretch our arms, legs, and hearts — not to mention needing stimulation for the intellect. These physical, mental, and emotional states of being and doing may well be connected. Potentially, the Harvest Moon gives us a stronger sense of this — and if we understand the challenges we face, we can then seek solutions.
So that no situation becomes overwhelming, deal with challenges one stage at a time. We can begin by pinning down any problems on our lists, and then, one at a time, take as much action as possible. If we’re dealing with difficult people, the Aries message is to pick our battles carefully. Heeding a hint from the planets in Capricorn, we can take time to work out where we need to react promptly and where it benefits us to wait until a sober, well-thought through strategy emerges.
This article is from the Mountain Astrologer, written by Diana Collis.