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Aries Full Moon: Passage through the Storm

Updated: Oct 1, 2020

Not all storms

come to disrupt your life,

some come to clear the path


The Aries Full Moon October 1st lights a fire in us and infuses us with the courage and impetus to take bold, decisive action. A Grand Trine in Fire (Venus, Mars and South Node) encourages us to trust our impulse and the enthusiasm for engaging life in the way we feel called to do. But other forces are making this difficult and caution us to take it slow.

The problem is that we are already heated up (Mars in Retrograde in Aries).

We may feel like we are at a traffic light revving the engine waiting for the light to turn green. Our passion for taking action is bottled up with no easy outlet, which can have us feeling frustrated, angry, or impotent.

Mars, in its orbit, has come as close to the earth as it can. It will not be this close to the earth again for another 15 years. So, its presence is making itself known. The planet of action, it will take charge and wage war in order to get its way. It is not well-suited for negotiation or contemplation. Mars is a fighter. Safe passage is found if we can identify day to day what we are fighting for and to choose the good fight. Fighting to put food on the table or the fight to maintain peace of mind, these are examples of the good fight. It is best if we can make our fight a small and manageable one and not something that has us fighting to save the world or some such thing. Even if we want to save the world, chances are there are small definable steps and ways in which we can take concrete and easily realizable actions each day.

This year’s story that is unfolding as Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn travel together is gathering steam as these three giants are each in the midst of turning direct after being retrograde since early summer, and thus moving closer and closer to each other. This means we are readying for the next stage of the project to deconstruct the shared agreements that make up reality and society to pave a way for something new. Momentum is building and will culminate in what promises to be a dramatic climax in October and November.

There is added tension and heat to this already intense dynamic as Mars has moved to square off with the planetary trio. Mars, representing the rights of the individual, is coming up against the wall of authority, Saturn. Life at home and in the world is not exactly going in the direction we hoped, and probably not doing moving forward at the pace we had hoped. We are feeling thwarted in some existential and profound way from moving in the way we want and at the pace we want.

Our revolutionary spirit is stirred

(Uranus quincunx Sun in Taurus and oppose Mercury in Libra)

The impulse for rebellion is fueled by the feeling that our freedom to act as we want has been obstructed. We feel the urge to release what has been repressed. We are looking for fairness and justice (Libra). Within this, our thinking can be erratic and unstable. Mercury turning Retrograde on October 13 will only serve to bring mischief to communications or have the outcome of decisions be unexpected. We can have insights of deep truth and innovative ideas, but it is difficult to stabilize or have them gain any traction. On the world stage we expect more disclosures, more information being released about what has been kept from the public, and increased volatility. But rather than be caught in the storm surging around, we can stay focused on the area of life we can effect.

The fire is building within us and within the collective, but the passion and desire for bold action is not given an easy path for release and resolution. We are in a big stew. it is up to each of us to keep the stew simmering and not reaching a boiling point. If the pressure is released through rash action or outburst, we lose what is cooking. The stew is necessary to produce a new beginning that is a departure from the habitual and former ways of doing things. It takes time. And patience.

If we hold the perspective that human society has entered an alchemical process that will change the very nature of how humanity organizes itself, we can better move with the increasing intensity. In the alchemical process, coal becomes a diamond through a intense process that requires the crucible, the container for the transformation, to reach a maximum point of heat where the crucible is at risk for cracking. Another way to look at it is to think of ourselves in a chrysalis experiencing the dying of the caterpillar so that we can grow wings. It is uncomfortable and requires deep trust. It is a time of surrender and requires lots of heat, intention and focus to bring to the transformative stew to fruition.

“There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift

that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on

to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart

and will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination.

The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into

the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads

above the water. And I say, see who is in there with you

and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing

personally, least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do,

our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!

Banish the word ’struggle’ from your attitude

and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done

in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

--Hopi Elders' Prophecy

We can meet the fire rising within and find safe passage through this stormy time by first slowing down. And, when we can recognize that the heat, the pressure, and the passion we are feeling is beneficial and necessary, then we discover patience for the turbulent process. We can look to taking small, definitive steps. We may not be able to change how our leaders govern, but we can cast our vote on election day. We may not be able to land the big project we are dreaming will happen, but we can write an email. We may not able to shed that extra weight this week, but we can make a healthy meal. Small sure steps is the way through. Drastic action, big decisions or huge risks may only serve to intensify the fire and frustration.

“The doors to the world