Tonight we welcome in the Full Moon in Aries, also known as the Hunter's moon or the Blood Moon. We have the sun in Libra, the sign of relationships and balance, and the moon in Aries, the sign of the self. At first it might seem that these signs contradict each other but when we look closer they actually help us to navigate our Autumn theme of finding balance. Libra is a sign that is always wanting to make peace and harmony, their focus on relationships and partnerships can sometimes mean their own needs and boundaries get overlooked. Aries is a self reliant, head strong fire sign with clear boundaries and an often devil may care attitude. Somewhere between these two signs is a wonderful balance of taking care of our relationships and community and taking care of ourselves.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and when the moon is in Aries it asks us to take a step back and ask ourselves 'who am I?', 'What do I want?', 'What are my goals?'. If we feel we've been getting lost in other people's dramas and problems now is a wonderful time to come home to yourself in order to establish balance. This means you can also spend some time asking yourself if you feel your needs are being met, your voice is being heard and if you're being true to yourself. How could we add some of that powerful self reliant Aries energy into our life at the moment? Moon in Aries is a wonderful time to concentrate on our relationship to self, to check-in with our self love and self care knowing that these have a huge impact on our relationships.
A major theme that runs through Autumn due to the seasonal energy but also the astrological energies at play during these months is COMING HOME. We do this by getting our homes nice and cosy for the colder months after spending so much time away from our base over the summer. But it's really important to have this same sense of coming home to ourself at this time of year to make sure that we are rested, nourished and balanced for the coming dark months. Once again, as we looked at with the New Moon in Libra, it's time to focus in on our boundaries. It's important to start asking ourselves how much bandwidth we are likely to have over the winter months so that we don't run the risk of saying yes to everything and end up burning out. The end of the year brings with it lots of pressures to socialise and be constantly festive whilst holding down our usual commitments and responsibilities during cold, dark days and of course all the seasonal colds and bugs that do the rounds. As an act of self love and care and to establish healthy boundaries, dedicate a page in your journal to what your seasonal needs are for winter. It might be earlier bedtimes, a few weekends where you can just be at home without needing to socialise or be anything for anybody else. Once you've worked out your winter bandwidth, you're then going to need to learn to own the word 'No'. Aries are very good at saying no, they have a clear idea of what they want and don't want and aren't afraid to say it. Do you struggle with the word no? The shadow side of Libra is people pleasing to the detriment of the self, does that sound familiar to you? Do you find yourself saying yes to things and then immediately wishing you hadn't? We then have to dedicate so much time and effort into thinking about how to get out of certain commitments, wouldn't it be easier to just be honest and say no in the beginning? People pleasing and worrying what other people will think of us is a huge source of anxiety and stress and a massive energy drain. Think of how much more energy and time you'd have for your goals if we let go of this need to be liked.
Aries rules the head, sinuses and eyes so whilst the moon is in Aries it's really important to look after these areas of the body. We'll be more susceptible to picking up colds during moon in Aries days, especially if we're already run down so wrap up warm, rest and take care of yourself. Aries can often suffer from being too much in their head and because they are a fire sign are often called hot headed. If you resonate with this and have been dealing with thoughts of overwhelm, it would be really helpful to dedicate some time for meditation to help soothe your mind and calm your thoughts. Journaling about what's overwhelming you could also be really helpful, especially in relation to the people pleasing and over committing that we just spoke about. Maybe it's time to scale back and admit we can't do everything? Full moons are a great time to take an honest look at what isn't working and let it go, we may have just started a new project or venture and for whatever reason it's just not in flow, sometimes we need to push through and sometimes we need to let go and accept that perhaps it's not the right time. How much are we clinging on to this particular thing out of fear of what others might think?
“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
Full Moon Releasing Fire Ritual
Using a black or red coloured candle would be really nice for this ritual if you have access to one, if not use any candle. Light the candle and place it on your altar, spend some time sat in front of the candle watching the flame as it flickers and dances and begin to connect with the element on Fire. Then close your eyes and begin to focus on your breathing. As you breathe in and out, connect to the Air element of Libra and this season of change. Bring to mind the image of autumn leaves dancing on the wind. Then start to take your breath down into your low belly, feeling like you're breathing into the bowl of your pelvis. Then imagine fire embers in your low belly, as you continue to guide your breath down into your belly, these fire embers begin to transform into flames. Feel this fire in your low belly warming you from the inside, and concentrate on this connection between the air element of Libra and the fire element of Aries. Your wish for balance is represented by the Air you're breathing in, this air is stoking the Aries fire of transformation and power. Imagine this fire at your belly is burning away all that no longer serves you, old stories, old habits and patterns and any fears. Once you have focused on this for a while, write on a piece of paper a list of all the things that you want to release. If it feels safe to do this, you could then burn this paper on the candle and feel strongly that all these things have been released - if you don't want to do this with fire, just imagine it taking place. Then come back into your meditation. Once again focus on this fire at your low belly and now imagine the flames travel up through your central channel and rest at your heart centre. Concentrate on a feeling of warmth at your heart space and this feeling of an open and yet empowered heart space. Stay a while in this warmth at your heart and then imagine that the light from the fire begins to encompass your entire body from your head down to your feet. The light from the fire at your heart has created a force field around you, imagine that this force field represents all of your new boundaries that you are establishing this full moon. As you breathe in and out, imagine that this light glows more and more vibrant. Stay as long as you like with this visualisation and then come out of the meditation when you are ready.
Warming body oil
This aromatherapy body oil will help you connect to the fire of Aries whilst at the same time help with the stiff joints, sore muscles and will help to boost your immune system:
25ml Base oil of you choice
1 drop Black Pepper essential oil
2 drops Ginger essential oil
3 drops Orange essential oil
2 drops Marjoram essential oil
Essential Oils for Sinuses
If you feel your sinuses are blocked, these essential oils can help to clear them. Use just a drop or two of one of these oils in a bowl of hot water, place a towel over your head and breathe the steam in:
If you feel like you need some help from Goddess to help you let go of the past and establish new boundaries here are a few fire Goddesses to connect with at this full moon:
Brigid, Durga, Hestia, Isis, Kali, Lilith, Hestia, Hekate, Brigid.
We hope you enjoyed our blog post and we wish you a blessed full moon. We will be back soon to bring you a self care survival guide for Mercury Retrograde which is coming up on October 31st, we will also be posting a blog dedicated to the magic of samhain and of course the upcoming new moon in Scorpio.
See you soon dearest moonbeams x