September 24th Aries Full Moon
Monday, September 24th's Full Moon is in Aries whose fiery radiance warms us in preparation for the coming autumnal season.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling the dying summer’s heat lately here in the South. Whether it’s climate change, the new atmospheric ‘normal,’ or just an expression of the Moon’s cycle through this fire sign, the heat has been on!
But Aries brings us more than just fire. His influence can be felt in our initiation of new projects and ideas. And his temperament can be felt in the sparring of big personalities I’m sure you’ve noticed too over the last few days. This Moon gives us the confidence to speak our minds and stand our ground, although it’s up to us to keep these boons centered from the heart (or to live with the consequences should we choose not to).
With the Sun leaving Virgo for Libra, this Moon is itching for what will come next. Libra, however, may not be so keen about immediately selecting a new direction, so spend this Moon counting your blessings and bottling whatever strong vibes you feel to keep you on course for the season to come.
Days before the end of this Moon cycle on October 5th Venus will also begin her retrograde. Treat this season as a love affair between two gods, because in some senses it is. In Roman myth, Venus is the lover of Mars (the ruling planet of Aries), and for the duration of her retrograde, celestial power passes between them. For now, Mars the god is expressed by the Moon, and Venus the goddess is expressed by the Sun in Libra (a zodiac sign she rules). Cosmically speaking, this is to say that the solar light of Venus is radiating outward and illuminating the power of Mars. When Venus retrogrades, she begins in Mars’ sign of Scorpio before returning to her own sign of Libra, while the Sun does the exact opposite, beginning in Libra (a Venusian sign) and ending in Scorpio (a Martian sign).
As above, so within us each and all. This season is cosmic alchemy in the heavens and in our own life paths. And this Full Moon is the foreplay for the cosmic union of Venus and Mars to occur when Venus retrogrades in Scorpio on October 5th. Make the most of this planetary liaison by powering up as the Mars tenderly loved by Venus this weekend, then turning your attention to defending and impressing her through the areas of your life she highlights in the coming weeks.
May these questions guide you as we journey these cycles together:
What is my natural habitat?
When am I in my element?
What positively melts the defenses of my soul?
How do I express my love in the world?
Who am I?
You may also use this affirmation to tap into Aries energy for your soul's development:
"I embrace my cosmic role with confidence built on experience and wisdom learned in my soul."
Have a safe and blessed Full Moon, readers!
Pat Mosley (NC LMBT #16882) is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist in the Winston-Salem area. His work is rooted in compassionate touch, permaculture, and deep ecology with the resilience of all Earth's children in mind. Connect with him via email to firstname.lastname@example.org