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In the midst of a peaceful Libra season, we are met by the full Moon in Aries. Ruled by fire, Aries brings us the opportunity to burn away anything blocking our path forward. This full Moon on Sunday, October 9, 2022, is a time to align with your inner power and feel your courage to overcome any obstacle.
It’s also a time to align with your passions. Aries guides us on the mission to find our soul’s purpose. Finding this path takes commitment, motivation, and fearlessness. Our life path is not always an easy journey. This full Moon is here to help you walk a little farther on it with more confidence than you’ve ever felt before.
What the full Moon in Aries means for you
The first step in understanding this full Moon is to know that it can bring up feelings of restlessness, impatience, and frustration. Aries quickly points out where you are not aligning with your life’s purpose. This energy can feel intense and cause self-doubt in your decisions. It is here to inspire you to break through anything holding you back.
When our energy stagnates or does not move forward, we tend to feel restless and impatient. We also tend to feel these things when we are not making the choices needed to align with our journey. We may not know what choices need to be made, which can also be frustrating.
What to consider during this full Moon
If you are not currently aligned with your soul, this full Moon can feel very challenging. It may even cause energetic breakdowns in your system, including internal tantrums, tears, and even bursts of anger toward those around you.
Anger can be powerful, and it can help you take action where you need to in your life. It’s also important to note that when anger comes up, it can be a signal that your boundaries are being, or have been, infringed upon. When we feel that our energy is being invaded or that we are not being seen or respected, we become angry. This is a natural part of being human and a clue that you need to state your needs more firmly.
This does not mean stating them more aggressively or with force, but simply with firmness and power. It can be challenging to ask for what you need, especially from the people closest to you. This full Moon in Aries, though, is the time to look at how the boundaries in your relationships may be weak. If anger often arises in your relationships, ask yourself if there are things you need to say that you may be avoiding. Ask yourself why you are avoiding them. Then think of how you can calmly and constructively state your needs in a manner that reinforces your boundaries and dissipates your frustration. This may not be the exact time to have a needed conversation, but it is still a good time to think about which words need to be said.
If you find yourself in any of these situations, take a moment to settle your energy. There is a fine line in the brain between anger and motivation. If you find yourself feeling angry or frustrated this full Moon, ask yourself what you can do with the energy. Align with your breath and move your body. Exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself on an Aries full Moon. Break a sweat, move your energy, and notice where you are attacking yourself or others.
It’s all a matter of directing your emotions. Instead of getting lost in a sea of anger on this full Moon, know that you can direct this internal fire. Use it to break through your fears, confusion, doubt, or misdirection.
This is also a Moon of forgiveness. Every full Moon brings us an opportunity to forgive ourselves and others. With Aries theming this full Moon, it’s an important time to look at how you may be holding anger toward yourself or another. Then ask yourself if you are ready to forgive. We do not forgive other people for them. We forgive them for ourselves.
Staying angry takes up much energy. Holding resentment toward somebody consumes our valuable resources. It also prevents us from raising our vibration to love and compassion. It is very difficult to exist in higher frequencies if we are angry at either ourselves or someone else.
It’s important to know that when you forgive someone, it does not mean you are condoning or approving of their behavior. It simply means that you are releasing the energy that attaches you to them. Through this release, you take back your energy and your power. When you remain angry at someone, you give them a bit of your power because you are holding space in your energetic field for them. Remaining angry at someone means you need to think about them. It means they are taking up some of your mental space and consuming your energy. This Moon can be a powerful time to break through self-imposed limitations that are causing stagnation in your life.
On this full Moon, ask yourself if you need to forgive anyone. Also, ask if you need to forgive yourself. Staying angry with yourself is energetically draining and can prohibit you from moving forward on your path. You may even be self-sabotaging out of anger or frustration. It can be challenging to forgive yourself. Remember that you are only human and allowed to make mistakes. Nothing positive can come out of you being at war with yourself.
Allow this full Moon to open your heart and help you enter a compassionate frequency. Have compassion for yourself and others. Then, from a place of compassion and courage, forgive yourself and anyone else. Not because they necessarily deserve it, but because you do.
Full Moon in Aries with the Sun in Libra
While the Moon lands in Aries, the Sun remains in Libra, allowing us to work with both of these vibrations in our energetic bodies. On full Moons, the Sun opposes the Moon, revealing a spectrum of energies both high and low. We have the opportunity to release any lower frequencies we may be aligning with and transform them into higher ones.
It starts, though, by being aware of what frequencies are available to us to work on during a full Moon, then becoming aware of which ones we are aligning with in our behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. Aries and Libra sit opposite each other in the sky and on the zodiac wheel. Aries is home to the first house of the self and ruled by Mars, while Libra is home to the seventh house of relationships and ruled by Venus.
On the surface, these two energies are as different as can be. When we look a little closer, they can teach us valuable lessons about staying aligned with our soul’s journey while sharing the experience of living it with another. Aries reminds us this full Moon that we have a purpose in this life, and when we find it, we feel content. Libra encourages us to feel at peace no matter the situation, which is more easily achieved when aligned with our soul’s path. We also have a better chance of forming healthy relationships and partnerships when we have a purpose and feel fulfilled on our own.
This full Moon in Aries reminds us that we are already whole. People in our lives do not complete us. Instead, they make life that much sweeter. The real relationship to observe during this season is the one with yourself. Aries and Libra both carry the warrior spirit. Aries is more aggressive, depicting the typical warrior ready to fight through adversity to rise to the next level. Libra is more of a peaceful warrior, who battles only when balance has been disturbed.
Aries gives us the energy to conquer some of our toughest demons, while Libra helps us right the wrongs done to us or those we’ve done to others. Aries fights with fire and force, while Libra uses air composed of words and balanced communications.
Aries is direct and often unstoppable. When we invoke the energy of Aries, change happens. We send the message, and there is no misinterpreting the meaning. Libra, on the other hand, is softer and often can be swayed to another side. Libra tends to see all sides equally, which can be beneficial. But it can also make this energy less effective in creating change quickly. The vibration of Libra asks that we first understand the issue from all sides before making a decision. This understanding can take time and may lose momentum.
When we look at Aries’s higher vibrations, we see courage, determination, stamina and drive. This energy helps us make decisions quickly and confidently. It also helps us dissolve obstacles with determination and sheer willpower. This is the energy of the ram, ready to act when needed and not allowing anything to stop it.
We need this energy in our lives when we are facing adversities, starting something new, or choosing to focus on ourselves. It allows us to make challenging choices that demand we put ourselves first. It also helps us understand when being selfish can be beneficial for our evolution and the overall vibration of the world.
Aries teaches us that when we put ourselves and our missions first, everyone benefits. Our path may require us to choose it over and over again. Aries gives us the energy needed to choose our soul’s journey even when it’s not the easy one.
Aries in its low, or shadow, frequencies does become negatively selfish. When we align with this side, we forget that we live in a world full of other people. We lose our ability to compromise or make choices for the sake of peace. We stand our ground even when it’s not worth the battle. We may even start battles just for the sake of proving a point with no real intention behind the energy. Aries’s lower frequencies cause us to make ourselves the only priority. It also causes us to focus on only our perspective, giving us a one-sided vision, as we forget to see things from another’s point of view. Selfishness is a fine line. We need enough of it to stay true to our journey and not give into other people’s demands when they challenge our commitment to ourselves.
Too much selfishness, though, causes us to live a life of solitude or unbalanced relationships. When we take too much energy, it doesn’t feel good. We intuitively know when relationships are unbalanced. We may not know how to correct it, but we know that something if off. This feeling of imbalance causes frustration and anger, which are other low sides of Aries.
As you work with the full Moon, ask yourself where you may have crossed the line of selfishness. Where do you need to be more selfish for the sake of your soul? And where do you need to be less selfish for the sake of your partnerships? Make yourself a priority, but also know where and how you can compromise. There are things in this life that are non-negotiable, and there are things that we can loosen our grip on. Decide on this full Moon what you are willing to fight for, what you are willing to stand your ground on, and what you are willing to negotiate over for another person’s happiness. Helping others be happy can sometimes be more important than proving a point.
This full Moon in Aries also helps us shed the lower vibrations of Libra, which can work against the search for our purpose. The low, or shadow, side of the scales is passive-aggressiveness and indecision. When we align with this side, we vacillate between choices and often become frustrated. We cannot decide on a path, and we question our instinctual knowledge. We lose trust in ourselves and can run around in circles, never finding our way.
Being indecisive is another way we battle with ourselves, and this war can spill onto others. This constant wavering can pressure our relationships as we look to others for answers, not understanding that we already hold the answers we seek. We also tend to lean on others’ support instead of our own inner strength to help us on our journeys. This behavior can lead to codependency and a sense of losing ourselves in another.
If you find yourself aligning with the lower vibrations of Libra, it’s best to spend some time in meditation, learning to trust yourself without outside influence. Ask yourself some questions and notice the first answers that appear. Do not overanalyze them, but allow them to come from your intuition.
Take action and know that if things don’t go the way you want them to, there will always be a lesson to learn and room to grow. Give yourself the grace to make missteps on your path. This allowance will encourage you to pick a road and walk it.
As we step away from the lower vibrations of Aries and Libra, we allow ourselves to align with our soul’s purpose. We understand that when we feel content and fulfilled, everyone in our life benefits. We can balance the priority and responsibility to ourselves with our responsibilities to others. We know when to compromise, when to fight for what we love, and how to make peace with our soul’s journey.
This full Moon has the power to teach us about our soul’s purpose and how to pursue it while living in the world with other people. When we integrate the higher vibrations of Libra and Aries, we know how to support both ourselves and others. We also know when to ask for support and even choose partners who help evolve us to the next level of our personal journey.
This full Moon can help you understand your journey more deeply and, in turn, help you develop more fulfilling relationships. Ideally, you want partners who also understand how to balance their life’s mission with yours so that each person feels fulfilled and without resentment. Align with this full Moon to create a life full of purpose, passion, and enjoyment. Then learn how to make it a priority while still sharing the experience and joy of life with others.
Learn more about the full Moon in Aries, including additional astrological insights and journaling prompts, in the Aries Full Moon Workbook, from which the above is excerpted.
About our contributor
Jill Wintersteen is the founder of Spirit Daughter, a lifestyle brand devoted to helping you live your best life through understanding the energy of the Universe. She also writes workbooks on each full Moon as well as other astrological events. Follow her on Instagram @spiritdaughter.