Full Moon in Aries – You Can(t) Do This

On October 20th, 2021 we have a Full Moon in Aries. Continuing the “action” theme initiated by the Mars-flavored New Moon in Libra on October 6th, this month’s Full Moon in Aries is as fiery and as cardinal as it can be.

Whatever has been brewing in the first 2 weeks of the lunar cycle will now reach a climax.

The Full Moon is at 27° Aries and it is opposite the Sun and its own ruler, Mars in the sign of Libra. And as if this was not enough cardinal energy, the Full Moon is also cornered by Pluto in Capricorn, forming an explosive Cardinal T-square.

Aries, the first sign of the zodiac is all about me, the individual. Aries is the primordial big bang, the birth, the process of exploding into existence. There is an inevitability about Aries’ birthing process. We do what we have to do.

However, the ruler of this Full Moon, Mars, is in Libra, opposing this Full Moon. Mars is at odds with its own sign, telling Aries “No, you can’t really get your way, at least not until you figure out the Libra stuff first”.

And just when we think we have some idea about what needs to be done, Pluto, who is squaring both the Moon in Aries AND the Sun/Mars conjunction in Libra, laughs at our futile efforts to get things ‘right’.

No matter how hard we try to do the ‘right thing’ Pluto comes to tell us that there’s no such thing as the right thing, and that the more we try to control the process, the harder we make it for ourselves.

This Full Moon in Aries will take us from the highs of “I’m going to do this no matter what” to the lows of “but I can’t because of(fill in the blanks)… law/travel restrictions/etc.” whatever greater forces are at play and influence our situation. At the same time, the cardinal intensity is too strong to ignore. We have no choice but to act.

But what should we do? Should we listen to the Moon in Aries and do what feels right? Should we perhaps take some time to consider the Oher’s (Sun/Mars in Libra) perspective? Or Me and We doesn’t matter anyway, because Pluto has the final say – as he always does?

The ruler of the Full Moon, Mars, is in an almost perfect square orb with Pluto. Mars and Pluto have a similar energy since Pluto is the higher octave of Mars. Mars is brave – he goes for what he wants, for what it ‘feels’ right at a gut, DNA level, even if he lacks experience – much like the Fool in the Tarot Card.

Pluto shares Mars’ drive and energy, but, as a generational planet, he also has the experience that Mars lacks. Pluto is a Mars that has been through a lot and understands how the world works.

When these two planets speak to each other – like they do now, at the time of the Full Moon – there is an overwhelming amount of energy that screams to be unleashed. We may feel that there’s no way we can stop this incredible life force from emerging, and that we need to take action – any action.

What’s the next best action? What can we do to honor our personal truth, as the Full Moon in Aries wants us to?

Again, anytime we have Pluto in the mix (especially when we talk about a tense aspect like the square), getting our way – with ease – is simply not an option. Pluto wants us to fight, to try hard, and eventually surrender to the greater forces at play.

Since we talk about an Aries Full Moon and a Full-Moon-activated-Mars, again, standing still is not an option. Indeed, Pluto will push us to take action – action that may or may not be in line with our plans or with what we thought we wanted, but that will eventually make perfect sense in the grand scheme of things.

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