Dear ones, this week on Thursday 1st October we welcome in the Full Moon in Aries. This being the closest full moon to the Autumn Equinox makes it the Harvest Moon. We will have the sun in Libra, the sign of relationships and balance, and the moon in Aries, the sign of the self. At first it might seem that these signs contradict each other but when we look closer they actually help us to navigate our Autumn theme of finding balance. Libra is a sign that is always wanting to make peace and harmony, their focus on relationships and partnerships can sometimes mean their own needs and boundaries get overlooked. Aries is a self reliant, head strong fire sign with clear boundaries and an often devil may care attitude. Somewhere between these two signs is a wonderful balance of taking care of our relationships and community and taking care of ourselves.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and when the moon is in Aries it asks us to take a step back and ask ourselves ‘who am I?’, ‘What do I want?’, ‘What are my goals?’. If we feel we’ve been getting lost in other people’s dramas and problems now is a wonderful time to come home to yourself in order to establish balance. This means you can also spend some time asking yourself if you feel your needs are being met, your voice is being heard and if you’re being true to yourself. How could we add some of that powerful self reliant Aries energy into our life at the moment? Moon in Aries is a wonderful time to concentrate on our relationship to self, to check-in with our self love and self care knowing that these have a huge impact on our relationships.
Aries can sometimes get a bad rep for being selfish, and though this may be an aspect of Aries’ shadow side it’s actually a part of their archetype that can be really helpful to work with. Instead of viewing them as selfish, view them instead of just having the level of self love and self respect that means they take good care of themselves whilst at the same time taking care of others. Aries helps us to make time for our own needs and wishes which means we end up with more to offer the world around us. How is your relationship with yourself? Do listen to your needs? Do you feel nourished?
The Warrior Within
Aries is ruled by the planet Mars, the planet of strength, passion and the archetype of the warrior. This Full Moon we have the opportunity to look to Aries for help building resilience in the face of adversity and tune into our inner warrioress. This global crisis is forcing us all to dig deep, face our fears and do some real spiritual work – we can use this time to create deep transformation. Fire has both the power to create and destroy and we are in a situation where we can see these dualities playing out in both human nature and mother nature herself. As the old way of being begins to crumble around us, we have the chance to ask ourselves what new world we wish to create together, like the phoenix rising from the ashes.
Aries rules the head, sinuses and eyes so whilst the moon is in Aries it’s really important to look after these areas of the body. We’ll be more susceptible to picking up colds during moon in Aries days, especially if we’re already run down so wrap up warm, rest and take care of yourself. Aries can often suffer from being too much in their head and because they are a fire sign are often called hot headed. If you resonate with this and have been dealing with thoughts of overwhelm, it would be really helpful to dedicate some time for meditation to help soothe your mind and calm your thoughts. Journaling about what’s overwhelming you could also be really helpful, especially in relation to the people pleasing and over committing that we just spoke about. Maybe it’s time to scale back and admit we can’t do everything? Full moons are a great time to take an honest look at what isn’t working and let it go, we may have just started a new project or venture and for whatever reason it’s just not in flow, sometimes we need to push through and sometimes we need to let go and accept that perhaps it’s not the right time. How much are we clinging on to this particular thing out of fear of what others might think?
“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
Now is a great time to call upon fire Goddesses and Goddesses of transformation such as Kali, Durga, Lilith, Brigid, Pele, Eos, Bast and the Morrigan. Set up an altar or a place on your altar for one or a few Goddesses, just seeing them there each day will help you to draw strength, guidance and power from them. You may even like to do a daily meditation with them or even a mantra practice. Durga’s mantra is incredibly powerful for protection: OM DUM DURGAYEI NAMAHA
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