This week’s full Moon in Aries on Oct. 9 (this astrologer’s birthday!) comes with a couple of cosmic caveats (wouldn’t you know?).
Libra exists on the same axis as Aries; the former is more concerned with others, and the latter with the self. It is a relationship axis with outward compromise at one end and self-assertion at the other.
Venus, Libra’s ruler, in close proximity to the Sun, permits the fullest expression of our love. Or we could get sidetracked — because meanwhile, the Moon’s proximity to Chiron will bring new light to old wounds.
This full Moon and its energetic counterparts urge us to find and maintain that balance between meeting our personal needs and attending the needs of others. We can find deep healing in the intimate company of others — as long as we can lovingly leave our baggage at the door.
Since full Moons are also about letting go of energy that has been building within us, consider deeply what really needs expressing and try to keep the pressure off yourself and your companions: compromise is key.
When reading personal horoscopes, read your Sun sign for the “big picture” and your rising sign for “where the work is.”
ARIES / ARIES RISING
March 21 – April 19
Mars square Neptune: Doldrums are an easy distraction, but don’t you dwell on those. Dare to dream!
TAURUS / TAURUS RISING
April 20 – May 20
Venus opposite Chiron: The tension between your relationships and your wounds is there to motivate you. Be not stymied!
GEMINI / GEMINI RISING
May 21 – June 20
Mercury trine Pluto: Your mindreading skills are more powerful than ever this week. Make things happen in your favor.
CANCER / CANCER RISING
June 21 – July 22
Moon in Aries: Liberally assert your right to emote, babe. Being punchy is fine as long as you don’t punch.
LEO / LEO RISING
July 23 – Aug. 22
Sun opposite Chiron: Bring whatever is dark within you out into the light for some real good healing.
VIRGO / VIRGO RISING
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
Mercury trine Pluto: You know you can be a fast talker. Those powers will be potent this week. Go ahead and use them. Preferably to the good.
LIBRA / LIBRA RISING
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
Venus opposite Chiron: Relationships bound by old wounds motivate your eventual liberation. Know thyself to heal thyself!
SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Mars square Neptune: Don’t give in to sad thoughts that keep you tied down. Cover yourself in fairy dust and happy thoughts instead!
SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
Mercury opposite Jupiter: Your inner idealist is proud of all those times you’ve persuaded someone to relinquish a long-held opinion. Just make sure you’re defending the real deal.
CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
Sun trine Saturn: Hard work and detail orientation move you ahead this week. Let the rewards be reaped, but not so rapturously that you slack.
AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
Sun trine Saturn: Your labors finally bear fruit this week. Let yourself enjoy being noticed and rewarded for it — if you can stand it.
PISCES / PISCES RISING
Feb. 19 – March 20
Jupiter opposite Mercury: You know this already, but sometimes things just don’t work out. Let the struggle refine your point of view.