Listen to the Wound: Full Moon in Aries 2018

By Moyan Brenn from Anzio, Italy (Meditation) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Moyan Brenn from Anzio, Italy (Meditation) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

September 24, 2018

2 degrees tropical Aries 00’

7:52 PM Los Angeles

10:52 PM New York

September 25, 2018

3:52 AM London

10:52 AM Beijing

12:52 PM Sydney

September's Full Moon in tropical Aries occurs shortly after the equinox and conjoins Chiron. A Full Moon in Aries represents a temporary rise in courage, assertiveness, and adventurousness. Aries, the trailblazer/warrior archetype, ruled by the planet Mars, doesn't initially think before leaping. Aries is great at getting something started but often struggles with consistency or commitment, which the Sun/Mercury in Libra emphasizes.

With Mars in Aquarius still in square aspect with Uranus, that freedom loving, impulsive, and erratic energy is a dominant force with this Full Moon. However, with the Full Moon receiving a square from Saturn, an opposition from Sun/Mercury in Libra, and with Mars conjunct the lunar South Node, there is considerable restraint imposed upon the willful and impetuous Mars/Aries dynamic. Chiron, too, adds another layer of challenge and complexity.

Chiron's conjunction with this Full Moon and square with Saturn makes it difficult to ignore a source of pain in some specific area. A Full Moon is a breaking point, crisis, or state of completion, so it's time to acknowledge the source of that pain and bring awareness and healing. Saturn's square is a catalyst for taking the initiative and responsibility for our suffering. Chiron also works like a key, helping to unlock a door that was previously obstructed or concealed.

Interestingly, Chiron will move back into Pisces the day following this Full Moon. It will re-enter Aries in Feb. 2019 and transit here until 2026/2027. Reflect on the house where the Full Moon and Chiron fall in your chart; this will reveal what your specific pain, wound, or defect relates to. Chiron's transit through this house/sign the next eight years will assist in unlocking and eventually transmuting self-defeating attitudes or beliefs blocking a healthy flow and expression of energy here.

Aries/Mars energy is about taking the initiative and action. What is preventing you from being proactive here? This Full Moon can help illuminate your blocks and can also symbolize a breakthrough or a threshold reached with changes you may already have initiated. Witnessing the results of hard work, dedication, and commitment can rapidly transmute some area of your life and inspire you to continue in your efforts.

Yes, Saturn's square can also amplify the woundedness so characteristic of Chiron. Feeling the weight or enormity of hardship or challenge is possible with this Full Moon. But a Full Moon is about the integration of two ends of a spectrum. This Full Moon can additionally help to balance or diversify a limiting or self-focused perspective via the Sun and Mercury in Libra. Listening to alternative points of view, receiving helpful feedback, or reaching out for support can help shift excessive or obsessive focus on a problem.

There are obvious limitations to anyone's personal and subjective viewpoint. Getting your way can only take you so far in life. For some, it might work out circumstantially. If you have enough wealth, power, or privilege, it's easier to bulldoze your way through any environment without considering your impact. But this Full Moon can put the brakes on any selfish or destructive pattern.

Chiron in opposition to the Sun and Mercury can impulse more profound thought and consideration of the consequences of one's actions, attitudes, or choices. Saturn's square to the Full Moon axis can bring forth the knowledge that absolute freedom is impossible. Ultimately, we need the help and support of others to survive. This lunation can also work as a breakthrough in realizing that teamwork and cooperation can more effectively solve a problem than going it alone.

Chiron's transit through Aries will continue next year, but with this Full Moon, remain receptive to any insights or suggestions you receive in regards to healing and transmuting your woundedness. Don’t forget the power of your body and mind to change. Mars' last conjunction with the south node can limit or dampen the energy of Mars, which lessens one's ability to effectively make those impulsive leaps or respond to this Full Moon with full strength hostility or aggression. As counterintuitive as it may sound with an Aries Full Moon, it might be best to put down your sword and fully assess both sides of a situation before charging into a battle. An alternate perspective can sometimes change everything. A willingness to listen will be vital.