The Full Moon peaks on October 9th at 1:54 pm PDT with the Sun at 16° Libra opposing the Moon at 16° Aries. This annual alignment highlights issues we may have in finding balance between the needs of self and other. The Sun in Libra is archetypally concerned with partnerships of all kinds. Through our interactions, we can learn much about ourselves, and in collaborating with others we can contribute much to society in ways we simply could not do alone. The Moon in Aries reflects our need for independence to establish ourselves in the world. It asks us to summon the courage and strength required to actively create our life in every moment through the process of self-determination. To integrate these two seemingly divergent directives, the Aries in us must learn from Libra the art of adapting to the needs of the whole and preserving our creations for the benefit of all. The Libra in us must then learn from Aries the need to stand alone and not collapse ourselves into any union, which would result in losing all sense of who we are. Being able to maintain our unique individuality even as we unite in purpose and love is a sign of true partnership.
The Sun and Full Moon are in close alignment with Saturn at 18° Aquarius, which suggests we may be dealing with themes of limitation and the need to accept and even embrace them. The supportive trine between the Sun and Saturn may help us to see limitations from a new perspective and discover ways to manage them. The Moon sextile Saturn adds a stimulating quality that may increase our motivation to creatively do what needs to be done using our existing resources.
Full Moons are often a time of fulfillment and fruition, which may lead to a significant need for relief or release, especially if we have not integrated the potentially polarizing qualities between the opposing signs. As lunar impulses are a microcosm of larger cosmic cycles, paying attention to how we feel during these peak moments can reveal valuable insights on how to handle more long-term challenging situations. Currently, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are retrograde. Mars is also in the shadow, only 3 degrees away from where it will turn retrograde on October 30. This suggests we still have a great deal of work to gather ourselves, explore our inner world, and consider the meaning of our experiences and thoughts. Even if one is eager to start something new, it might not be the right time.
As discussed in our last article, Mercury at 28° Virgo is still in a tight trine to Pluto in Capricorn, making it a great time to go deeper into our most pressing issues. Both planets are fresh off their retrogrades with Pluto still laser focused at 26° Capricorn, the degree it stationed direct on October 8. Pluto’s powerful, penetrating nature working in harmony with Mercury’s focus on how we perceive and process our world could lead to new discoveries. Yet rather than merely exploring mentally, Pluto wants us to probe deeply into the depths of our own consciousness. As Pluto pushes our unconscious into consciousness, being brutally honest with ourselves about our true motivations and needs allows us to purge unwanted behavior and align with our true nature. Pluto’s transpersonal purpose is to transform one’s consciousness by uncovering the deepest roots of who we are, beyond our mind and body.
This week ask yourself: How can I approach my inner world with a realistic and honest perspective?