Fire it Up! This Full Moon in Aries is Almost in Eclipse Season!
The first Full Moon of Fall arrives in Aries on September 29, 2023, at 5:57 a.m. EDT. While this Full Moon is not an eclipse, it does relate to the first eclipse we had in Aries on April 20, 2023, and speaks to the next eclipse we’ll have in this sign on April 8, 2024. There is also an additional foreshadowing event as the ruler of this Full Moon, Mars, sits in Libra at 21°, the same degree as where the next eclipse will occur on October 14.
Insights into the Current Astrological Influences
It can be frustrating because North Node eclipses like the one in April this past spring generally bring about major beginnings or goals we wish to expand upon. However, with Mars sitting in Libra, a sign that forces him to slow down and “play the social game,” we may notice those goals or dreams are not moving at the pace we wish them to. This lunation can highlight the challenges we’re experiencing and increase the tension of feeling more limited or contained with our work.
It may be a time for reevaluation or revisiting our previous goals in this area of our chart and celebrating our progress while expanding our visions and strategies to continue moving forward. Please take note of any difficulties and allow them to sit. Even if something isn’t moving forward now, it will still be in two weeks when the next set of eclipses takes off.
Unlocking the Potential of Mercury’s Trine to Uranus
On the same day of the Full Moon, Venus in Leo makes her final square to Uranus in Taurus. It is the finale of the Venus retrograde cycle coming under completion. The first aspects occurred in the summer, around July 2 and August 9. In what ways have you disrupted your growth and sense of self? How have the things you’ve wished to attract been challenged or reviewed? Where have you learned where it’s okay to change your mind and how that allows you to feel freer?
On September 30, Mercury in Virgo makes a quick trine to Uranus, playing off Venus’ previous aspect to this planet. This day is excellent for on-your-feet quick-thinking and problem-solving and should be used to generate new ideas about roadblocks or anything that feels like an unnecessary restraint to your life. These are the last few days with Mercury in Virgo, so it is the ideal time to work through any challenging problems or set new goals that require planning and details.
What Happens in October?
Mercury will then move into opposition with Neptune on October 2, where Neptune’s fog and confusion will mask Mercury’s logic and reasoning ability. Utilize this aspect for idealistic daydreaming and allowing your imagination to take the reins. It is a challenging day for trying to solve major detail-oriented problems or for being able to look at scenarios. Give it some time because Mercury will move into a trine with Pluto on October 3, which helps us regain power and agency over life and allows us to make big decisions with clarity and confidence.
Mercury’s shift into Libra occurs on October 4, the same day Mars conjoins the South Node in Libra. The South Node (Ketu) can weaken Mars and create an energy drain. We may have much to do and need more time or motivation to complete the tasks. It can be a frustrating time when we allow the opinions of other people and their needs to color the actions we take. Appreciate the slowness as a time to redirect and regroup. Be aware of increased tensions or anger when events aren’t moving as you planned.
Tensions may continue on October 8 as Mars enters a square with Pluto in Capricorn and Venus shifts into Virgo, where her ability to serve Mars and the Sun in Libra is limited. Mars and Pluto are intense combinations that play into power games, frustrating points of catch-and-release, passive aggression, and manipulating people or social dynamics to get what you want. See through these tactics as they arrive, and keep yourself from being too caught up in the flair.
Fresh in Virgo, Venus will hit a frustrating opposition with Saturn in Pisces on October 10. This aspect will temporarily limit the ease and gifts Venus is trying to articulate in Virgo. Saturn will present a roadblock or responsibilities you must work through first. This aspect can be significant for lasting commitments and promises to one another, as well as ensuring these long-lasting relationships will be beneficial as long as both parties are willing to do the work necessary.
We end the lunation cycle with Mars entering Scorpio on October 12 and completing a helpful aspect to Saturn on October 13. Mars in Scorpio provides more power and direction back to Mars, allowing him the space and energy to get focused and back to the tasks. Mars’s helpful trine to Saturn makes these actions worthwhile, creating more motivation to tackle the challenges and frustrations of the work t. Whatever needs a little more attention can receive it.
Let’s look at where this Full Moon astrology is happening for you specifically.
ARIES & ARIES RISING
Happy Full Moon in your sign, Aries! This lunation lights up the part of the chart that rules you and is all about who you are, how you present yourself, and your internal beliefs around your overall journey of personal transformation. Since the eclipse here in late April, your character may’ve experienced a shift – shedding old beliefs that no longer fit or taking on a new way of showing up in the world.
Lately, this may have felt more stalled in progress, especially as the ruler Mars is in Libra, putting more consideration and challenges within your relationships. It can be a moment where more attention is needed on adjusting yourself to the duties of being a partner and within a relationship. Even if your sense of self feels a little more constrained during this period, it’s a point of maturation upon which the upcoming eclipses in the spring will only continue to build.
Venus is finishing her retrograde cycle from the summer, completing her last square to Uranus, which for you has been all about your creative projects, inspired self-expression, children, and how you design more fun and light-heartedness into your life. What have you learned about your passions and creative outlets this summer? How have you found self-expression through art or pleasure?
TAURUS & TAURUS RISING
Your internal world, intrinsic battles, mental health, and affinity to spirituality or the universe are where the Full Moon in Aries immerses you. Since late April, you have been connecting more deeply to the more challenging parts of the life cycle, including past pain, traumas, wounds, and the pieces that match it – healing, regeneration, and internal transformation. This lunation highlights the profound growth you have experienced since spring; even if it doesn’t feel monumental, it deserves to be appreciated.
Tension and frustration with being able to nourish your inner world are distracted by the responsibilities and obligations of your daily work routine and body health. You may need to handle the more practical and tasking parts of maintaining your physical life, but this lunation will encourage you to pause and reconnect to what has started it all for you. Find those moments of deep retreat when they are available.
Venus wraps up her last square to Uranus, essentially mile-marking the end of the summer-long Venus retrograde occurring in your home life, living space, and relationship with family. What has this summer taught you about reconnecting to your family or living environment? What does it mean for you to love your home life and space there? How are you feeling more affiliated with your roots and foundation lately?
GEMINI & GEMINI RISING
Community, friend groups, and how you have fun with other people out in the world are the focus of attention and celebration from this Full Moon in Aries. The previous eclipse in late April has impelled a new beginning here, increasing the energy and inspiring you to nourish your friendships and community that promotes excitement and adventure. This domain may feel more stagnant as your attention has shifted to your personal needs of creativity, fun, and children and your responsibilities to them. You might be turning down rendezvous to care for more personal needs, but avoid falling into a habit. Sustaining the fun in your life is as important as showing up for your projects or children, so don’t feel guilty for needing a little more time away from any excess stress.
Venus completes her final square to Uranus, finishing up the touches of the Venus retrograde of this summer. For you, this has been heavily related to your daily life, neighborhood, siblings, and close friends who feel like family. How have you reconnected with your regular rituals and nourished the relationships essential to your well-being? What does it mean for you to appreciate and enjoy your daily life and “sweet nothings” now?
CANCER & CANCER RISING
This Full Moon in Aries highlights your career and public visibility, how you are seen and recognized for your work, and how you expand and amplify your impact. Your career role overall may’ve experienced some significant transitions this year, especially from the New Moon eclipse in this sign in late April. This growth may have felt more stalled, or the inspiration needs to flow into your work more quickly. Home and family obligations may take up much of your time, asking you to split your energy and attention into two important yet opposing dominions of life. Utilize this lunation to honor and appreciate your work in that space. Allow the challenges or separate motivations in your home life to help you envision what you need externally. You’re encouraged to be a leader and trendsetter in your work roles, so utilize this Full Moon to reflect on what that means.
Venus completes her last and final square to Uranus, marking the wrap-up of her retrograde in Leo this summer. For you, this has been heavily on your money, income, and resources. What does it mean for you to honor and attract revenue and share it with those deserving? How has money changed for you this summer? What does it mean for you to support yourself and your desires comfortably?
LEO & LEO RISING
Your long-term plans, future direction, higher education, teaching roles, philosophy, beliefs, astrology, and anything that is expanding your mind and pushing your sense of self to new limits are highlighted by this Full Moon in Aries. Since the last eclipse here in late April, this part of your life has undergone a great beginning and transformation, asking you to lean into the long-term vision of how life plays out for you and what you wish to learn and expand on over time.
Lately, this may’ve shifted more narrowly, as the greater focus has been on the daily routines, handling responsibilities, and getting out and showing up in your community. With this lunation, you’ve been asked to take what you’ve learned and developed since April and implement it in your everyday life. The next round of rapid growth with the mind and future begins next spring.
Venus is also completing her retrograde cycle in Leo, wrapping up the last square to Uranus, which has been a tremendous review of your sense of self, what it means for you to come into your identity, your self-expression, how you see yourself, and how you show up in the world. You are finally unlocking the final pieces to your last bit of personal growth. What have you learned about yourself since June? What old layers of self are you now shedding?
VIRGO & VIRGO RISING
Finances, money, loans, debt, inheritances, and your partner’s income and stability are the focus of this Full Moon in Aries. It is a more private and personal designation of your life, hidden from public focus and attention. Since late April, this more covert piece of you has been under significant change and growth, perhaps with you acquiring more financing or your partners (both business and personal) obtaining additional income or work that impacts you in some fashion.
Lately, this may feel more frustrating or moving slower, asking you to shift most of your current focus onto your own money and how you generate income. It can feel like you are pulling the weight now or struggling to balance debt and recovery. However slow it may feel, future eclipses in the spring will push this forward again, so the most essential task is to recognize the current growth and create space for more.
Venus is also wrapping up her summer-long retrograde, completing her final square to Uranus on the day of the Full Moon. For you, this has been around your mental health, personal healing, and understanding of pain and loss. In what way have you been able to recover or nourish your internal world? How are you feeling more comfortable alone or beginning to understand your past in a way that is healing?
LIBRA & LIBRA RISING
Illuminated by this Full Moon in Aries are one-on-one relationships, individual partnerships, and commitments to the other important people in your life. Since late April, this has been a section of increased awareness and attention, not only on the relationship as a unit but also on your partner(s) and the growth they are experiencing or their journey. They may need more consideration or recognition from you now. You focus so much time and energy on your journey and self-development. You have been going through your battle and reorganization, which has pulled the necessary time and energy away from relationships. This lunation encourages you to appreciate the support you have in your life when offered and to recognize how some of your growth comes with sharing passions with another.
Venus completes her final and last square to Uranus, finishing her latest retrograde this summer. It reviews friendships, community, and how you experience more fun and joy with others. How has fun and pleasure been redefined for you? In what ways have you reviewed your relationships to connect deeper with friends and community?
SCORPIO & SCORPIO RISING
Highlighted under this bold and heated Full Moon in Aries are daily work life, work routine, responsibilities, and necessary self-care. This year’s late April eclipse may’ve ushered forth more energy and time into your daily work tasks and requirements, filling up your schedule and calendar book while also asking you to make moving your body a priority and a method of releasing tension. Six months later, you may feel the same urgency but slow down in a way to pull back and create more quiet time in your life. I can feel frustrated as you’re requested to confront your internal wounds and areas of pain and hurt from the past. This lunation reminds you of everything you have and is still accomplishing in the external world and appreciates your efforts to build up a work and daily life that inspires you.
Venus is finally wrapping up the last little review of her retrograde in Leo, making the final square to Uranus, which has been all about your career, public visibility, and how you show up at work. How has your relationship to your work and career changed from this summer? What attracts you to your work, and how have you grown or nourished that? In what way are you disrupting your industry and the way you show up publicly?
SAGITTARIUS & SAGITTARIUS RISING
The Full Moon in Aries illuminates your creative side – any projects or inspiration you have around designing art, hobbies, or new outlets for self-expression. This part of life also rules physical creation, like children. Since the late April eclipse, your inventive mind has been in overdrive, beginning a long cycle of you seeking reinvigorated ways to convey your identity and have some fun and pleasure.
Lately, this may have felt a little more distracted by your overarching community and friend groups, demanding more attention or having a say in your visionary projects. Utilize this Full Moon to celebrate your expansion still here, even if it feels a little more out of reach or you still haven’t found that point of culmination you’ve dreamed of. Having fun and taking risks are all part of life’s journey; through those experiences, we can find inspiration.
Venus makes her last square to Uranus, a signature aspect that wraps up the summer-long retrograde cycle, occurring in life around long-term plans, future goals, higher education, traveling, and expanding the mind through new cultures or learning new beliefs. What have you uncovered as a foundational belief or knowledge point for yourself? How has your long-term direction changed from June?
CAPRICORN & CAPRICORN RISING
Home life, living spaces, and family relationships are where the spotlight shines for this Full Moon in Aries. The late April eclipse began the process of significant changes, perhaps inspiring you to take the initiative and make transformations within your personal and innermost areas of life. Six months later, the headway may feel thwarted, stalled, or distracted by external responsibilities and obligations around your work or how you must show up for your public duties. Putting aside your desires for a home or living space independently yours, or any need to restart a relationship with your family, can feel frustrating, but recognize it’s only temporary. Be able to celebrate the growth that’s occurred this year, and in six months, when there is another red-hot Aries eclipse, you will be more than ready to push forward home life with new enthusiasm.
Venus completes her square to Uranus, wrapping up the long Venus retrograde cycle in your house relating to money, specifically contracts, loans, inheritances, and your partner’s income or any financial support they provide in a relationship. In what way have these arrangements or collaborations been disrupted or reshaped this summer? What does it mean to be able to depend on something or someone else financially, and is that even an option to begin with?
AQUARIUS & AQUARIUS RISING
Your daily life, rituals, routines, siblings, and friendships that feel like family are the recognition and awareness established by this Full Moon in Aries. Since late April, you have been focusing on the daily flow of life and what it means to appreciate each minute of living, from the morning coffee to the evening wind-down.
Lately, it may feel harder to relish this space as your attention, energy, and frustration have been with your long-term plans, future goals, travel plans, beliefs, or higher education. You may’ve been feeling zoomed out and unable to return to the present moment due to stress, planning, or feeling stretched thin. Utilize this lunation to remind yourself it’s okay to slow down and enjoy the softer moments of life. Stepping back and appreciating what is already there is ultimately the first step to looking ahead.
Venus is completing her retrograde review and retracing the last few degrees of Leo, coming into her final square with Uranus. This summer focused on your relationships and your partner’s evolution and development. What have you learned about commitment this summer? In what ways have you redefined what you need the most out of relationships? How have your partner(s) grown?
PISCES & PISCES RISING
Your income, money, and how you spend your resources are the focus of attention under this Full Moon in Aries. Since late April, this area of acquiring funds and distributing wealth has been under significant change and transformation from the prior set of eclipses. Now that the transition reaches a point of culmination and celebration, please reflect on what has expanded and still needs extra reinforcement. If the prosperity feels minimal or slow, know it’s part of the process. Much of your current focus has been on money owed to others or your partner’s income and finances. Red tape is frequently blocking your drive or slowing down your advancement. Stay caught up in the social games and spin your wheels. The upcoming eclipses in the spring will reignite the fire for supporting yourself and move things along financially.
Venus wraps up her retrograde shadow in Leo, completing her final square to Uranus. This summer has asked you to evaluate your relationship to work life, daily work routines, responsibilities, and body health. How has your daily schedule changed in a way that feels fulfilling to you? In what ways are you reconnecting to movement or your body that feels necessary and healing? Who in your regular work life makes this endeavor more enjoyable?