STOKING THE FIRE
Andrew Ifandis, Cosmos of Astrology, lays out the challenge:
“Should we be competitive or compromising?… Should we boldly express our needs or should we find delicate ways to make others understand what it is that we want of them?”
Let’s look at how astrologers across the Internet are sizing up this September Full Moon in Aries occurring on September 24/25th.
September Full Moon in Aries
A Full Moon occurs while the Moon moves to the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun. The stand-off brings situations and emotions to a head, which may escalate even more when the Moon is in a fire sign like Aries.
“Aries is the hero, the fool that leaps into the unknown with curiosity, connected to his intuition and allows himself to be led by the great divine.”
Nichole O’Byrne, Inner Doorways
But Aries is also impulsive and impassioned, throwing caution — and sometimes social niceties — to the wind. So naturally relationship issues come to the fore, when following one’s bliss clashes with other’s hopes and expectations for our behavior.
The first Full Moon after Sept. 22’s Equinox is also known as the Harvest Moon. At this time of year in the northern hemisphere, as the Moon rises, it skirts lower on the horizon, creating several nights of increased brightness, which was always helpful as farmers brought in the annual harvest. (In the southern hemisphere, the Harvest Moon effect occurs at the year’s other equinox.)
The Moon’s teaming up with action-oriented Mars in Aquarius, the lord of the lunation. Mars represents how we push ourselves forward, some would even say the motivation as well as the method.
Andrew Ifandis, Cosmos of Astrology, sees conciliatory benefits in the pairing, which are making an aspect astrologers call a sextile. He says “it's easing the tension and aiding discussion and finding a common ground. It demands co-operative spirit, healthy ego and the rationalization of the pent-up emotions in true Aquarian spirit.”
To Nicole O’Byrne, Inner Doorways, “the sextile will give us the strength, passion and creativity to heal our emotional storms. Mars is the divine masculine and will make sure to overcome any obstacles on his path back to his goddess.”
Fiery potentials capture the attention of Marina Macario, Darkstar Astrology:
“Moon sextile Mars (conjunct the South Node) is as you would expect, an extremely passionate aspect, but it really does need to express this energy physically or sexually otherwise anger-management can become a big problem. Mood can change very quickly, but the frantic tide can be very creative. Moon sextile Mars will be passionate about artistic products and be very driven to project them into the world. Because this aspect is also connected to the South Node it could also purge out old grievances with karmic ties.”
Jamie Partridge, Astrology King, also counts motivating blessings:
“Moon sextile Mars gives the passion and enthusiasm needed to overcome restraint and inhibition …. It gives the warmth and sexual attraction to overcome fears of intimacy or rejection. The competitive yet cooperative nature to this aspect will also help avoid … misunderstandings and arguments. It means you can express yourself with more confidence. Most of all though, it gives the drive, initiative and courage to overcome whatever tests and challenges this Full Moon represents for you.”
Mars also squares off with radical, volatile Uranus, agent of unpredictable change. My forecast explores the configuration’s complexities and impact:
“Something’s gotta give’ is a palpable, multi-faceted vibe, pulsing through us, our relationships and life in general. It’s forcing action on possibilities and considerations that swirled throughout the summer. The force works like a clean-up batter with runners on all bases, bringing home component after component that was set up by the summer’s major astrological influences…
“Pressure to break out of old ways and situations underscored the eclipses …That pressure is back, doubled. … Anger – or angry men – may rise up from the past. (Yes, it could be that simple.) And the dichotomy between the old and the future could cause something to snap.”
Adding to the owie factor is the challenging square between the September Full Moon in Aries and stern Saturn, lord of order, responsibilities and constraints. Aries doesn’t like to be told “no.” Saturn’s not big on rushing anything through.
Nicole O’Byrne, Inner Doorways, explores the inherent conflict:
“We will feel the weight of our responsibilities and will experience obstacles during this transit. As Saturn squares the Moon, it will bring up lack of confidence and trust in our intuition giving us feelings of hopelessness and our needs to belong. Our thoughts may be heavy with self-doubt, or can experience a loud inner critic.”
Marina Macario, Darkstar Astrology, casts an appropriately calculating eye at the downsides:
“Moon square Saturn is an aspect that grows up quickly, therefore deep inside Saturn’s armor is a very soft-centered, needy child. This archetype is loath to show this very fragile side of their character, so most of the time they appear very strong, capable and … independent. At this time those touched by this Full Moon might feel their suppressed needs will come out as incapacitating illness or depression, that way they get the care they feel they don’t deserve to ask for.”
Jamie Partridge, Astrology King, continues the sobering theme:
“It will have a restricting and depressing influence on your feelings and relationships. As a result, connecting to other people in any meaningful way will likely be more difficult. Sadness, loneliness, guilt and shame are possible as you remember past relationship failures, loss and grief. Bitterness or low self-esteem may hold you back from sharing your emotions. Other people or circumstances can also cause distance in relationships or feelings of isolation.”
We Need to Talk
The Moon is also opposite Mercury, messenger of the gods and ruler of what goes in and out of our minds and mouths. The impasse affects communication. We may talk, but will we listen?
My forecast predicts a lot of noise:
“Whatever is rising up, it’s hardly quiet.The lunation bustles with jabber, negotiating, collaborating, texts, greeting cards and connecting (Cue Bing Crosby’s song, “Can’t We Talk It Over?”) that’s flying off the Sun’s conjunction with messenger god Mercury, giving minds and conversations a good hard look at the emotional flow.”
Conscious communicating is both possible and necessary, counsels Andrew Ifandis, Cosmos of Astrology:
“Common sense and logic require discussions and a climate of co-operation in order to avoid conflicts.
“We have to communicate. But at the same time we must be careful of what we are saying and how we are saying it, because Mercury in opposition with the Moon brings difficulties in expression and can make us communicate what we feel in a totally erroneous manner.”
“Moon opposite Mercury can scramble your thinking and make you very opinionated. One moment you may be overly analytic, then overly emotional and irrational the next. You may have difficulty making sense of everyday problems. Emotional bias or a lack of understanding may lead to arguments.”
Despair not! There are positives. Says Marina Marcario, Darkstar Astrology:
“Moon opposite Mercury can manifest as a magic wand once it has found peace and tamed the mind to work with its intuition. At this time the collective is highly strung, so they need to put their energies into something physical or creative through which they can channel their restlessness.”
Forcing the Issue
Complicating clear communication is a square between Mercury and Saturn.
“Mercury square Saturn increases the likelihood of negative thinking and misunderstandings. Communicating your thoughts and making plans will be more difficult. A lack of clarity and attention to detail means you should take extra care with important negotiations, business and legal matters. Distance or separation in close relationships are other possible issues. Furthermore, gloomy thoughts, bad news or loneliness may have a negative effect on your mental well-being.”
Jamie Partridge, Astrology King
The heavens are vast, and so are the techniques astrologers have used to explore them. Let’s look at how some of these add meaning, nuance and depth to the Septemeber Full Moon in Aries.
The Moon is conjunct the fixed star Deneb Kaitos, in the tail of Cetus the Sea Monster.
“This star gives a pioneering spirit but can make you reckless and headstrong. This may result in disagreements, arguments and conflict.”
Jamie Partridge, Astrology King
“Aries rules the head, so mental disturbance and hot-headedness go with the territory. Deneb Kaitos is probably the very star that gives the Rams their selfish and quite frankly, spoilt-brat reputation… This star situated in the tail can make them lash out without thinking at times. They can deeply wound (lacerate.) without meaning to. Interestingly the constellation of Lacerta the lizard makes up quite a large section of this decan.”
Marina Marcario, Darkstar Astrology
Asteroids & Minor Planets
The September Full Moon in Aries falls near the asteroid Chiron, which some astrologers associate with a wound which is only healed by accepting one’s brokenness.
“Chiron conjunct the Full Moon links your fears to a deep wound in your soul related to your childhood memories….
“You will probably feel more vulnerable and sensitive as you remember mistreatment by parents or grandparents. Moon conjunct Chiron suggests a deep wound in your soul associated with maternal issues. However, Chiron opposite Sun and square Saturn suggest father issues as well. How childhood trauma affects your current intimate relationships will become clearer.”
Jamie Partridge, Astrology King
“Something bigger than this moment in time is stirring the pot. The Moon is tightly conjunct Chiron, which ignites issues of pain and healing associated with risking, leading, taking charge or (here’s a solution) delegating. All of it feels larger than life, or at least larger than your individual life. Chiron is at the Aries point, the first degree of the zodiac, and linking our current emotional harvest to the world at large – and perhaps pulling in the isolationist wounding of all humanity.”
Mars makes a 30-degree semi-sextile to Saturn, which my forecast calls “a minor aspect that encourages suiting up and showing up in a new expression of maturity.”
The Sun also makes a minor aspect – a 150-degree inconjunct to Uranus. Jamie Partridge, Astrology King, sees this encouraging nervousness, tension and anxiety:
“You will find it hard to settle and relax as your intuition sensing impending change. A buildup of energy in your system can feel exciting but also a little scary. However, it is this buildup of nervous energy that will force you to seek more freedom and creative self-expression. Someone or something may force you to change your routine, behavior or plans.”
Each astrological sign can be divided into three sections, known as decans (10-degree divisions of the Zodiac). This September 28th Full Moon in Aries is in decan 1, which is ruled by Mars.
Marina Macario, Darkstar Astrology, says of this decan:
“The gutsy stars found here ensure that this Full Moon will be incredibly productive all the same. This period is great for the lone entrepreneur who works tactically. Here the Moon does not lean on others emotionally and is not afraid of working solo.”
Over the years, astrologers have devised systems to assign meaning to each degree of the Zodiac. The most popular of the past century has been the Sabian Symbols, proposed by Marc Edmund Jones.
The Sabian Symbol for the 2nd degree of Aries is: “A Comedian Reveals Human Nature.”
In his commentary on the Symbol, astrologer Dane Rudhyar gave its keynote as “The capacity to look objectively at oneself and others.”
In addition to the familiar 12-sign Solar Zodiac, there’s a far older Lunar Zodiac, based on the nightly motion of the Moon. To the medieval Arab Astrologers, these Moon signs were known as the Mansions of the Moon.
This lunation, the Moon falls in Lunar Mansion 1, called Al Sharatain (the Two Signs). Donna Woodwell of Donna Philosophica nicknamed it “The Lance.”
Donna says the mansion’s purpose is “to passionately pursue a course of action.” She advises: “Make a change, take a stand, travel. But don’t begin a partnership, marriage, or other actions that require compromise.”
Summing It Up
The September 2018 Full Moon in Aries has the power of breakthroughs and movement. My forecast wraps it up:
“This Full Moon pushes you to be the hero of your story. Watch for the incentive and the gumption to act on the fires that have been burning within you. Speak your heart. Make connections. Clean up the past. (Again? Yes.) Break out of unsupportive arrangements, particularly on the home front. And commit to the stable, supportive, innovative situations that are blossoming before your eyes.”
Last Moon Phase: September New Moon in Virgo
Next Moon Phase: October New Moon in Libra
September 2018 Full Moon in Aries Times and Dates:
San Francisco: Monday, September 24, 7:52 p.m. PDT
New York: Monday, September 24, 10:52 p.m. EDT
São Paulo: Monday, September 24, 11:52 p.m. BRST
London: Tuesday, September 25, 3:52 a.m. BST
Istanbul: Tuesday, September 25, 5:52 a.m. TRT
Mumbai: Tuesday, September 25, 8:22 a.m. IST
Tokyo: Tuesday, September 25, 11:52 a.m. JST
Sydney: Tuesday, September 25, 12:52 p.m. AEST
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