The Full Moon in Aries arrives October 20 7:56am PST.
A cardinal fire sign, Aries is the first sign in the zodiac and it intends to stay in the lead at all costs.
This moon/house combo helps us burn through any stagnant energy holding us back from our deepest magic.
Like all signs, Aries has two sides. The empowered expression and the shadow expression. On the empowered side, the Aries archetype is all about being a warrior, leadership, pioneering and going forth with confidence.
On the shadow side, Aries energy is known to bring agitation, fights, aggression, frustration and lashing out in anger. Be mindful of this energy and allow yourself to shift if need be.
Aries is ruled by the planet Mars – also known as the “Planet of War”. We can expect this energy to be particularly strong this week.
This full moon also occurs almost immediately after Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury go direct. What? Did you think Mercury was the only planet in retrograde?! This is great news for igniting a period of growth as retrogrades usually work on teaching us valuable lessons.
Transformation is key at this time, both physically and mentally. Physically, here in the Northern Hemisphere, daylight is getting shorter; plants begin to wither, returning gracefully back to the earth for winter. In the Southern Hemisphere there is also transformation taking place, but with new growth! Mentally speaking, our egos begin to recede, attempting to make room for others, often by first deepening our understanding of the important relationships in our lives currently.
There is much to learn from the assertive energy of Aries, but we must balance that assertion with consideration — not only for our actions and their consequences, but also for those they affect. Because this full moon is squaring off with Pluto — the celestial body powered by sex, taboos and regeneration through ruin — you may feel called to destructive or downright egregious behavior.
My suggestion, resist the urge to act recklessly. Lean away! Take this time instead to shine a light on the roots of these feelings and allow them a creative place to bloom.
Full moons are a time for release of what is no longer serving you, and you can do just that in a respectful and healthy manner. Above all else, the Full Moon in Aries asks us where we need to find balance between our personal, ego-centric desires and the desires of those around us. Compromise is needed to create room for true collaboration and evolution.