The Full Moon occurs on September 23rd at 5:17 am Eastern time in the sign of Aries, balancing the Sun which has just entered Libra. Full Moons occur when the Moon is in opposition to the Sun, and oppositions require that we learn to balance opposite forces.The Aries/Libra polarity is itself concerned with finding balance and harmony (Libra) while staying firmly rooted in our own individuality (Aries). Me and you, this and that, here and there – all are differences that need to be brought into balance under the Aries Full Moon, but the Aries emphasis is on the need to maintain our sense of individual purpose.
This is the Harvest Moon that occurs very close to the Equinox (in this case, just one day later). The chart for the Full Moon brings together the separating cardinal planets for one more dramatic moment, although this will not in any way approach the intensity of the summer. Still, with the Moon at zero degrees Aries where it is at the very beginning of the zodiac, there is an initiation here that must be attended to. Both the Sun and the Moon are in a close square to Pluto, and Pluto demands that we surrender and shed the old skins we are hauling around with us that no longer fit the persons we have become. The Aries Moon, especially at zero degrees, is very ready to begin something completely new and let go of any hesitation or fears that may have taken over our lives.
The Full Moon chart has an unaspected Mercury in its own sign of Virgo, reminding us that we are adaptable creatures with the ability to use the mind (Mercury) to come up with solutions to any problem. But the chart also includes a challenging square of Saturn to the Nodes of the Moon, which suggest that this is also a time of testing and that hard work (Saturn) will be necessary in order to fulfill our real destiny (Nodes).
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