Aries Full Moon at 16°33’—October 9

Today’s full moon in Aries is conjunct Chiron, and simultaneously opposite Venus—which is to say that whatever wound, weakness, or vulnerability our ‘inner warrior’ illuminates, or frustrates rather—our inner, higher frequency egoic motivations will be swiftly frustrated in turn…

This moon is a moon that shamanic astrologer Raven Kaldera refers to as the Warrior’s Moon… a moon through which, first and foremost—real training is necessary; “fighting effectively is more than just running into battle in blind wrath… the first demons that need to be subdued are the ones inside, and this is the lesson that the Warrior must learn before he can [ever] pick up a sword…”

Kaldera lists these demons out charmingly, including the demons of Laziness, Pettiness, Impatience, and Wrath—Wrath being the greatest weakness… “any Warrior who can be goaded into rage can be herded blindly into a fatal trap…”

One of Aries greatest strengths, however, is Courage, especially when ‘based in its ideals… the Warrior must choose his cause carefully, because he needs to be able to believe in it no matter how badly things go…’

And then there’s Faith, which is also a crucial lesson within the Warrior’s lessons… “if he can’t believe that [the battle] is a worthy goal [or ideal], the battle is lost before it is begun… after his first battle, the Warrior learns a potent truth: that if you have utter faith in the goal, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have complete faith in yourself to be the one to achieve it… Faith in the goal will pull you past your self-doubt.”

And so it is on the Warrior’s moon, upon this Aries full moon, that “we fight for what we believe in… and grapple with our demons, and learn patience…” which, let’s be honest—can feel like their own actual battle.

The degree through which our inner battles will be grappled with describes ‘the need to loosen up emotional blockages; the struggle to hold onto one’s identity; compromising because of social expectations; and inner withdrawal…’

Further, this degree can attribute something of a socially isolated feel—intentionally or not—however, you may appreciate the detachment or distancing for the time being, at least until you’ve conjured the necessary Faith to carry on with much more confidence.

Further still, “unresolved issues may be too difficult to discuss, they can lie beneath the surface causing fear, isolation and loneliness… silence or quietness can conceal frustration or feelings of sacrifice and loss—and so looking for opportunities to open up [either yourself or with an/Other] to deeper and further levels of communication are essential now.

Other ways of navigating this degree include ‘pausing to think things through before setting out on a new course in life versus acting out of boredom, passion, or anger… learning to establish communication between the ‘parental voice’ and ‘adolescent voice’ within one’s mind; giving others slack because one has been there; renewing ties by letting go of anger or suspicion; and taking what one wants from life without waiting for permission…’

This full moon even occurs within the second decan of Aries, where the moon here definitely struggles… and the sun is considered ruler thereof, and exalted—which would, however softly, suggest that our inner motivations toward courage, faith, and creating the vibrancy of necessary change will pull through… in time.

Astrologer Austin Coppock writes of this decan, that “here the individual struggles with their potential—what is truly royal inside them…”

The 3 of wands within the tarot is associated with this lunarly event, a card that represents looking ahead…

This card is a card of boldness, (inner) exploration, quest, and conquest…

Tarot writer Theresa Reed says “this card says: expand—there’s more out there for you.”

Here is where the archetypal Aries narrative are animated in all the very best ways—very much in parallel to Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey—true Aries grit goes out alone, a loner in heart, to pioneer a new way… to explore a path untouched, untamed—in an effort to open a pathway for others; to hold courage toward the battle of the Unknown and Unknowable, despite all of the seemingly endless unknowns… believing so fiercely in the Faith that what lies beyond will be valuable, and necessary, and worth it all.

It was James Campbell who said, of his hero’s journey myth—that “you’ve got to work out your life for yourself…”

And in the end—as it is an Aries inner call, whether you’re natively Aries or not there is a sector of your life being governed by it—this is where we are reminded that it is the nature of Aries to go out alone, willingly or called, precisely to figure something out, to ‘unstick’ a stuck-ness, to see if it can…

Tarot writer Jessica Dore writes of this card, “to clarify that stuckness—the fear of change that creates the scenarios worthy of therapeutic work—has to be frustrated; it need to be seen, seized, and held under the light… it has to be challenged and confronted.”

And this is what Aries does. Endlessly. Without authentic apology.

So if you’re feeling frustrated or angry, or battling within between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ or ‘good’ and ‘bad’—good: you’re on time.

Tarot writer T Susan Chang suggests “cultivating hopeful expectation; to have faith in the good efforts you have already made and invest in well-thought-through acts of benevolence, as your generosity will be reciprocated in the long term…”

Further and finally, and perhaps most deliciously—Chang advises you to “make your own rules, and live by them.”

❝To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other and to feel…❞

—Life magazine motto; the Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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