October’s Full Harvest Moon Is all about being Assertive
Words by Gabrielle Bonneville
Artwork by Momentom’s in-house designer, @aephiclesjourney
The tenth full moon of 2020 is fast approaching and will arrive Thursday afternoon, October 1st 2020. Appearing in the sky at 5:05 pm +EDT the moon will appear full for about three days, from Wednesday morning through Saturday morning.
As one of 13 full moons to admire in 2020, this is the name given to the full moon that falls closest to the Autumn Equinox (the end of summer and start of fall). October’s first full moon is known as the Harvest Moon.
A Full Moon occurs every 29.5 days and is when the moon is completely illuminated by the suns rays. It occurs when the Earth is directly aligned between the sun and the moon.
While most years see 12 full moons, some years have 13. This means that some months will see two full moons, with the second known as a Blue Moon. In 2020, October boasts two incredible full moons. The first, known as the Harvest Moon. The second, known as Hunters Moon, will occur on Halloween October 31st. The Hunters Moon is known as a Blue Moon because it is the second of two full moons to occur in a single month. A full moon on Halloween is something pretty uncommon as it happens roughly once every 19 years, a pattern known as the Metonic cycle.
The Aries full moon on October 1st is here to break us out of a collective stagnation. This Aries full moon conjunct Chiron in Aries promises to put a spotlight on all the things that make you feel uncomfortable, things that make you feel vulnerable so that you can be aware of what you can work on.
Aries is an assertive sign. It is the sign known to be the fighter of the zodiac, a fearless pioneer. All of us are feeling a bit more like Aries right now. It’s time to face your fears, push forward and through any obstacles in your way! Are you ignoring your true hearts desire? Aries is a self-starter and not afraid to make a go of it.
The moon in Aries. The warrior of the zodiac is urging you to assert yourself, go for the things you want and have courage in your pursuits. In contrast, the Sun is Libra known for its diplomacy, it offers a counterpoint asking you to think of others and honor your contracts and agreements.
Here are 4 tips to help us declare our intentions and make a game-changing move in these times.
1. Find a way to get out of your head.
Aries rules the head, home of the brain. Most years, this full moon would be an optimal time to “feed your head” with all kinds of mental stimulation. But with 2020’s mind-boggling shifts, worry and anxiety have most of us preoccupied. Instead of trying to figure it all out, how about taking a mental vacation?
If your brain keeps fixating on things beyond your control, distractions can be healthy. Try a new learning experience to stimulate new neural pathways or start a new podcast series to expand your mind.
2. Revolutionize your world.
As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries is never afraid to rip up the old model in order to draft a brand-new blueprint. Is there an area of your life that’s asking for an update? For love? What do you want to bring more into your life? What can you take action on? Write these down and put them forward this week.
3. Burn off stress.
The headstrong Ram can serve up a strong brew of confidence that might verge on swagger. Go for a run. Do a Wim Hof session. Go to a silks class. Dance until your legs hurt.
4. Burn off what does not serve you.
Looking to be done with something no longer serving you? The full moon in Aries—the first fire sign of the zodiac—wants you to set it ablaze. Cultures around the globe have used fire ceremonies to purge negative energy for thousands of years. This can be as simple as writing down what you’d like to release, then striking a match under the paper.
Thank you for honoring the moon and yourself.
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