The phases of the moon are one of the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and a deeply rich source of thought and interpretation for Astrology. Among the 8 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, and Waning Crescent – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention. This article will look at the current Full Moon and talk about the kind of “harvest” you should bring in emotionally during this full moon.
Full Moon – Reap What You Have Sown!
The Full Moon for October will occur on the 13th at 20 degrees and 13 minutes in the sign of Aries; in my Eastern Standard Time zone, it will happen at 5:06 pm. It takes 29.5 days from one Full Moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. The day before and the day after comprising what would be the peak time of the Full Moon energy. The Full Moon is the time of “the harvest” when what began with the New Moon reaches full potential before waning, fading, and preparing for a new cycle.
Each month has a certain type of Full Moon; October’s Moon is the Hunter’s Moon (as it is named in September). In the northern hemisphere, this name reflects the time when farmers would use the light of the full moon as additional time to bring in crops. This Moon has other names: The Harvest, Dying Grass, and Blood Moon. This moon name is determined by its proximity to the Fall Equinox.
There are also several special types of Full Moons: the Blood Moon, which happens during a total lunar eclipse; a Supermoon, which happens when the Moon is full and closest to the Earth; and the Blue Moon (“once in a blue moon”), which is a second Full Moon in a calendar month (occurring once every 2 and ½ years). The previous Blue Moon was March 31, 2018, and the next one will be October 31, 2020.
Full Moon in Aries – Harvesting Identity
This Full Moon will take place in the 3rd Decan (last 10 degrees) of Aries and will ingress into Taurus on the 14th. Using the day before, day of, and the day after as the Full Moon total event, this Full Moon will complete the ingress, which is when a point moves from one sign to another. Ingress means that the influence of one sign is giving way to the influence of another. In this case, the influence of Aries, which has to do with individuality, maverick action, and independence, will give way to Taurus, which has to do with security, the physical body, and personal resources.
This Full Moon energizes us to look at our goals and where we find purpose in our hearts. With the energy occurring so deep (20 degrees) into Aries and touching on the first degrees of Taurus soon after, we can feel the need to find our stability (Taurus) by embracing our authentic self (Aries) while we try to chart our individual path through life (Aries). We have to discover our healthy self. Depending on your age and situation in life, it can be an excellent time (10/12 to 10/14) to do something that excites us, challenges us in a fun way, and helps us reconnect with our inner child.
With this Full Moon at 20d13m, the Sabian Symbol is 21 Aries, “a pugilist [boxer] entering the ring”. Jones says, “This is a symbol of a complete lack of personal sensitiveness. There are here the raw elements of experience, primarily on the side of self-realization as man exhibits full confidence in his own powers and seeks the support of that audience the world will provide for the spectacle when anyone is willing to risk his major fruits of achievement” (The Sabian Symbols, 170). The keyword is EXERTION.
This can be an excellent Full Moon to play, have a new experience, and do something surprising. The activities you might choose are dependent on your level of status in society; some of you reading might be students in college while others well into your retirement. In other words, some of you may just be discovering your independence while some of you may be fighting to regain lost independence through life commitments.
The Full Moon in Your Chart
The Full Moon will occur in a specific location of your chart and in special relationship with various points in your chart if you have points near the same degree in the same sign, at the opposing degree (180 degrees away from a point in your chart), three signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (90 degrees away), or five signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (150 degrees away).
Respectively these would be a conjunction (the Full Moon merging with a point in your chart), an opposition (the Full Moon seeking balance with a point in your chart), a square (the Full Moon challenging a point in your chart), and an inconjunct/quincunx (a point disquieting a point in your chart). It is possible that the degree and sign of the Full Moon may not form any of these relationships and its effect, for this time, would be minimal or difficult to observe.
In my case, there are two significant impacts. One is consistent with all Full Moons because I was born during a Full Moon. So, I feel pretty much every Full Moon in some significant way. If you learn your birth Moon phase you will likely discover that same phase each month has a strong impact on your emotional state.
With this Full Moon, I will experience it passing over my Chiron, Mercury, Venus, Eris, Saturn, North Node, and my Sun in my 6th House of Service. The 6th House also rules health, and the skills we need to succeed in our work. This full moon will have me looking at the skills and work I have chosen to seek my prosperity and how well it is working (or where it might not be working). The Aries Full Moon reminds me that my path in work is solitary.
With so many points getting “hit”, including my Sun, I can expect this Full Moon to be quite powerful, as it is for me each year. Usually, the season where I live (east coast of the United States) changes from Summer to Fall and it has always been my favorite time of year. Oftentimes this period of the year is one of renewal, with energy surging thanks to the Full Moon hitting all my Aries points.