“ he who does not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose“–Anne Bronte
Every month the Full Moon reflects the strength of the Sun back to us and as the Sun sets, the Moon rises in the opposite zodiac sign. Reigning through the night, the Moon holds the throne of the dark skies; under her gaze nothing remains hidden, all becomes revealed. Illuminating the duality of both zodiac signs involved, the Full Moon sheds light on hidden secrets and covert agendas, the energetic polarisation draws out the extremes necessary for the culmination of events.
The cardinal fire sign of Aries is the first sign in the cycle of the zodiac, symbolised by the ram and associated with spontaneous energy, enthusiasm and trail blazing. Also known for having a low boredom threshold and an inability to follow through, the arian gifts of leadership and creative thinking rely on the stable support of other team members in order for the realisation of their goals, and while it excels at leading from the front, Aries has little time for handling the baggage and bringing up the rear. Aries ruler, Mars, is concerned with action, conflict, assertion, battle, rage and all things connected with them, so wherever Aries appears, this combative energy demands expression.
This month the Full Moon falls in the 2nd decan of Aries which is associated with the Sun and a potent time to cleanse your life of that which no longer fits your goals, particularly in regards to your personal relationships. Look at it like a kind of Feng Shui: if a situation does not bring you joy and meaning then it may well be time to let it go. It is important too to remember that as we are, so we attract, and that it may be important to examine the habits that could be attracting undesirable situations into your life in the first place. In the tarot, this decan is associated with the Three of Wands, named Virtue, and of course where virtue is found, vice is often present and it may be valuable to ascertain how you may be responsible for any difficulties that you are currently experiencing; how do these situations match your inner expectations and is it time to review these? It is time to generate a world of your own choosing and to release all that does not belong in your new kingdom.
This particular full Moon in Aries highlights a tight Venus Chiron opposition which is likely to operate as an emotional release valve for any pent up grievances, particularly in regards to personal relationships. Any natural desire to keep up appearances and to maintain diplomacy could well crumble, as Venus, although strong in Libra, approaches combustion under a fallen Sun. The Moon’s conjunction with Chiron in Aries highlights the Chiron Return process of all those who are born between 31st March 1968 and the 29th March 1977, a rite of passage that we all encounter at fifty years of age. Taking Fifty years to complete a full cycle of the horoscope, Chiron, maverick wanderer of our solar system, has been identified since his discovery with the archetype of the wounded healer. His natal placement and cycle through the horoscope, weaves a poignant story of both wounding and healing in our lives, as we encounter our “differentness” our “distance from the herd” and our “expulsion from the garden” according to the sign, house and aspect of our natal Chiron. The following excerpts can be applied to the natal position of your own Chiron in Aries and may also be applied to his transiting position now, which will be forcefully highlighted by this Full Moon in Aries. For example, if you have Aries rising, transiting Chiron will probably be in your first house, so the Full Moon will be highlighting the 1st & 7th houses, read those sections for a deeper meaning of this current lunation.
CHIRON IN THE FIRST HOUSE: The pain that you have felt purely by being born into this world may have defined your whole approach to life. Feelings in regards to the unacceptability and imperfection of your own, or others physical body, may determine the way in which you meet the world, and you may define yourself through some sort of emotional, mental or physical disability. The understanding that you have gained through accepting yourself, warts and all, gives you a compassion and empathy in relationships that is second to none. Even your very presence may be a healing balm for those who are afflicted or in pain.
CHIRON IN THE SECOND HOUSE: The pain that you have felt in regards to your value, talents and self worth has challenged you to develop a sense of personal wealth through avenues that others may have scorned. Unsure of your earning potential, your skills, or your intrinsic value, your task has been to recognise that you have been blessed with the very fact of your life here on earth. You understand in ways that others may not, the longer time-spans in operation, which gives you a deeply compassionate approach to the shortcomings of others. Your healing skills may well lie in working with people who are dying, or who are suffering in ways which frightens and overwhelms them.
CHIRON IN THE THIRD HOUSE: The pain that you have experienced in your attempts at learning, communicating, and making yourself heard may have had its roots in the relationships that were formed between you and your siblings. School may have been a difficult experience, and even now you may feel unsure of expressing yourself clearly or learning with confidence. The tasks that you have been faced with in this realm have led you to achieve a deep understanding of the power of communication to heal others, a gift which will help you to give and receive at a profound level as you seek to expand mutual boundaries through education, exploration and communication. Helping others to share their experiences will strengthen your own ability to see yourself as an effective communicator, teacher and learner.
CHIRON IN THE FOURTH HOUSE: The pain that you have felt is likely to have had its roots deep within the family of origin, your ancestral line. The challenges of developing a secure foundation are likely to have been difficult, your sense of self built on your own resources, rather than those handed down to you through your family line. This power to build upon the ruins of the past, gives you the gift of helping others to overcome their own difficulties. Your gift to others is the ability to shine a light for them into their own uncertain futures, so that they can see that they have a deserved place in the world that waits for them.
CHIRON IN THE FIFTH HOUSE: The suffering that you have encountered within the realm of your own creative ability is a cross that only you can bear. The profound pain of your deeply wounded sense of fun and creativity can often bring you the sense that whatever you create is flawed and unacceptable. Forced to seek approval in ways that others are not, you find your throne in the most far flung of kingdoms together with the ability to recognise your people amongst crowds that others would ignore. Your gift is to teach others to find their niche, and to follow their dreams, as you have the ability to see the song that sings within their hearts.
CHIRON IN THE SIXTH HOUSE: The pain that you have encountered through service to others and through the sacrifices that you have had to make on a physical level, gives you a profound understanding of the nature of pain. Yours is very much the position of the wounded healer. Through your deep understanding of the nature of personal pain, you are able to help those who have lost all hope. Your gift is to be able to guide others in discovering spiritual healing in the well waters of their own souls. By helping others to connect with their part in all of creation, you resolve your own wound of the need to heal the world.
CHIRON IN THE SEVENTH HOUSE: After the wars for independence and autonomy that you have fought in the realm of relationships, your pain and suffering leads you into a place where you no longer struggle to heal yourself through others, and where you are free to see your partner as they are, unencumbered by the reflection of yourself that you see in their face. In this way, you learn to stand side by side in love, equal partners, where none is the healer or the wounded, and where your greatest gift is the ability to relate, free of your projections, and to see at last that all that you are attracted to in others, is merely a reflection of your own power and beauty.
CHIRON IN THE EIGHT HOUSE: After the challenges of learning to reveal your deepest feelings, your darkest passions and surrendering all that it means to you to be human, your pain and suffering leads you to an understanding of the true beauty of your soul. Your experiences may force you into the darkest of places to instruct you on the intrinsic value and worth of your physical incarnation, but it will be a place where you will learn about the power of your own soul. Your gift will allow you to surrender to those closest to you in a profound and intense way and to share the most passionate and sacred aspects of yourself, allowing you the intense and intimate unions that you have always dreamed of.
CHIRON IN THE NINTH HOUSE: After searching high and low and far and wide for the answers to your questions, be it ancient texts, distant lands or every sparkling jewel of hidden information that beckons to you, your pain and suffering leads you to an unshakeable belief in your own self. You learn that the storehouse of knowledge that you have accumulated in your travels allows you to disseminate your understanding through your skills at teaching. Your gift is to recognise that your own experiences are a valuable resource for others to tap into, and that it is now time to teach others, for to be miserly with your knowledge would render all your effort useless.
CHIRON IN THE TENTH HOUSE: After the difficulties that you have experienced in finding your place in the world, feeling comfortable with your position in society, and fighting the discomfort of a gnawing sense of unacceptability, you discover that your greatest suffering has led you to a place of great power. Your experiences have challenged you to take up your position as a healer in society, and to share the gift of your journey to assist others in their search. In this way you give meaning to your own existence, and you seal the connection between your ancestors and your future; you become a beacon for those who follow behind you.
CHIRON IN THE ELEVENTH HOUSE: The painful challenge of finding a safe place to share your dreams and aspirations and to associate with like minded individuals may have led you into experiences of being scape-goated or ostracised for your views or beliefs. Through your pain and suffering, you discover the healing that lies in your ability to accept your own, and others limitations. Recognising the painful reality of your own imperfections brings the gift of acceptance, so that you can help others to manifest their dreams into the world and to reveal their own special and creative gifts.
CHIRON IN THE TWELFTH HOUSE: The pain and suffering that you may have encountered in the challenge to confront and release your own inner sense of impotence and hopelessness in the face of all the difficulty in the world, has led you to accepting that you are first and foremost, a part of the greater whole. Within this understanding, you are able to give your humble gift of healing in your day to day life, showing others the futility of trying to escape, and the beautiful perfection of finding the spiritual truths in everyday life.
Full Moon Blessing
In the glory of my fullness, I speak to you, revealing the truth as I see it at this moment. There are no secrets here, for if you are brave enough to look, all will be declared. Now it is time to turn away from all that is no longer fulfilling for you. I empower you to live your authentic self, to be unashamed of your fullness, to embrace your own power, to proclaim your true self, without fear. In Aries-I Am: The fire starter, the energy of spring, the bursting forth of life. Let me rush in, filled with excitement, childlike, exploring a brand new world, eager to conquer, brash and brave. I am the vanquishing soldier, God of War, cloaked in dreams of valorous deeds; but do not for a moment try to tame me, or hold me close, for I would die rather than be suffocated by a mundane life. ©JKG
First published on the Cosmic Intelligence Agency Website
Joanna Grant is an astrologer of some 30 years and gained her Diploma at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in 2012. Weaving her knowledge of the stars together with intuitive tarot techniques, she crafts highly personalised guidance for clients who are often navigating difficult life transitions. Lately, she has been very excited to breathe new life into her astrological practice through her study of Horary, where the traditional techniques of the ancients have helped her to interpret her knowledge in a whole new way. Having recently completed the STA Advanced Level Horary Diploma, she feels that in an uncertain world, the integrity of this tradition is an essential tool in giving clients the guidance they seek.
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