October 20 presents a full Moon in the sign of Aries. Because full Moons occur when the Sun opposes the Moon, it is often helpful to consider the polarity of the signs in which the planets are found. Libra coexists on the same axis as Aries, the former being more concerned with others and the latter with the self. It is a relationship axis with compromise at one end and self-assertion at the other.
The Libra Sun awakens us to the foundations of maintaining relationships, which include compromise, negotiation, grace, and balance. Libra is a fair-minded sign and dedicated to diplomacy. The Aries Moon, however, is more independent, assertive, and autonomous. Aries cares little for tact and more for authenticity.
This full Moon urges us to find and maintain that balance between meeting our personal needs and attending to the needs of others, especially those with whom we are closest. Companionship need not be codependent, and one’s independence need not exclude others to the point of isolation.
Full Moons are about letting go of energy that has been building within us over both the past month and the past six months since the new Moon in Aries. Consider deeply what needs expression and keep the pressure off both yourself and your companions. Compromise is key.
ARIES / ARIES RISING
March 21 – April 19
The full Moon in your sign may have you out for blood. While it is correct to be assertive, do not use this energy to tear anything — or anyone — down.
TAURUS / TAURUS RISING
April 20 – May 20
This full Moon might challenge you to release some of your codependency. It’s not about issues, it’s about validation.
GEMINI / GEMINI RISING
May 21 – June 20
Communicate tactfully under this full Moon. Honesty is the best policy but there’s no need to draw blood with your words.
CANCER / CANCER RISING
June 21 – July 22
The full Moon in Aries may be a good time to drain your wishy-washy heart of all its tears and to learn to be more autonomous.
LEO / LEO RISING
July 23 – Aug. 22
You may be seeking the exact balance demanded by this full Moon in terms of your relationships. When it comes to love, make room for yourself while holding space for others.
VIRGO / VIRGO RISING
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
While you may think that you’re “just being honest,” your words can cut deeply. Be more compromising and less exacting.
LIBRA / LIBRA RISING
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
You’re one of the more codependent signs and this full Moon encourages you to feel more secure in your attachments. Nobody’s leaving you.
SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
This full Moon encourages you to tap into your natural grace and to be fair-minded when dealing with your closest companions.
SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
You love your independence but don’t neglect those who depend on you. This full Moon asks you to find this balance.
CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
This full Moon encourages you to maintain your autonomy while also actively cherishing your dearest relationships.
AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
Though your mind works autonomously, this full Moon asks you to keep in mind the creative spirit of depending on others for inspiration and love.
PISCES / PISCES RISING
Feb. 19 – March 20
This full Moon reminds you that authenticity need not be a one-man show. Be you, but also be part of the troupe.