Fruition, Frustration and Focus – Aries Full Moon, Sun conjunct Saturn

full moonThe Libra New Moon on September 27 set into motion a new cycle of growth. Now, at the Aries Full Moon, exact tonight at 7:06 PDT, the seeds planted then are coming to fruition. The growth and flowering of the Occupation movement over the past few weeks — exemplifying Libra themes of justice, collaboration, peace and politics — is a brilliant expression of this energy on the collective level.

As you may remember, the New Moon was particularly intense (see Darkness, Regeneration and Liberation). The Sun and Moon squared Pluto and opposed Uranus — to successfully nurture seeds these past few weeks has required deep self-honesty and a willingness to release old beliefs, perceptions and emotional attachments.

Full Moons always offer opportunities for revelation, and this one highlights the Aries-Libra polarity — the balance between self and other, instinct and reason, passion and detachment, independence and collaboration, conflict and harmony, selfishness and selflessness.

Aries is the sign of desire, action, initiation and vitality — pure Eros, the raw energy from which we create, and the fiery spark that catalyzes new beginnings. The Aries Full Moon asks, What do you really want? What brings you alive? How can you express more of your passion, authenticity, creativity?

saturnThe Full Moon opposes Saturn, and feelings of frustration, impatience and irritation are possible. Aries wants action and wants it now, but Saturn rules discipline, restraint, responsibility, and the limitations of the time and space.

Saturn’s gift at this Full Moon is to bring definition, clarity and focus to our desires, and to help us discern what we are truly committed to. Ideally, we can get a new perspective on the systems, structures and boundaries we need to pursue our desires and nurture our vitality.

The Sun is moving toward its annual conjunction with Saturn, which will be exact on Thursday, so this Saturnian energy is strong all week. Saturn is traditionally the Lord of Karma, and the Sun-Saturn conjunction manifests results of past actions, offering clear feedback as to what’s working, what’s not, and how we might move forward more effectively.

Saturn in Libra particularly focuses attention on the realm of relationship. Lovers, friends and partners from the past may reappear, whether in your mind or physical form, to heal unfinished business. Pulling back your energy, taking time for solitude and reflection, and making a strategic plan for realizing your long-term goals are some helpful ways to work with Saturn. Not so helpful — beating yourself up for what you “should have” done and wallowing in regret.

If you want to get more specific about what this Full Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 18 degrees Aries. The areas of life represented by that house are where something is coming to fruition or completion — and where you may be longing to express yourself in a new way. The opposite house, where the Sun and Saturn are uniting, reveals areas that are calling for discipline, focus, pragmatism and strategic planning.

- Emily Trinkaus

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