We humans can be quite hard on ourselves a lot of the time. It’s very easy to spend time dwelling on what we’ve failed at, where we’ve been found wanting, what we lack, what we should have done differently.
Fortunately, once in a while an astrological influence comes along which reminds us to celebrate our successes–and one such influence is a Full Moon in Aries.
The astrological Full Moon occurs when the earth is located in between the Sun and the Moon, allowing the Sun’s rays to illuminate the whole of the earth-facing side of the Moon. This is what creates the beautiful circular Full Moon we see from earth.
Unlike a New Moon, which is the symbol for new beginnings in astrology, the Full Moon is symbolic of a time of completion, as symbolized by the complete circular disc.
They are also a time of reflection, as symbolized by the reflection of the Sun’s light on a bright Full Moon night.
When the Full Moon is in Aries on October 20th, 2021, it is our individual victories which feel complete, and our successes upon which we can reflect, making this generally a very uplifting moment in astrology.
Aries is a cardinal fire sign, a sign which always needs to lead and be first, always taking action, always following its passion and drive. The Full Moon in Aries is a beautiful example of Arian courage and bravery at its best.
Because the Moon is involved here, the Aries Full Moon is also an emotional time, and the anger for which Aries is famous is often ready to spill over too–but many of the tears shed during an Aries Full Moon will be tears of relief or tears of happiness as something difficult draws to a close.
Of course, your own individual victory does not have to be on a world-changing scale. You may be celebrating winning an internal battle with yourself, or perhaps you’re just taking satisfaction in a job well done.
The key is that you take time out during the Aries Full Moon to recognize how far you have come and to give yourself credit for the things you have done well, especially those things you have achieved against the odds.
In astrology, Full Moons also challenge us to deal with the shadow aspects of the sign opposite to the Full Moon. In this case, the Aries Full Moon brings out the shadow elements of Libra–a zodiac sign which can suffer from indecisiveness, people pleasing and insincerity.
During this Full Moon, look at your own recent behavior.
Have you missed an opportunity because you stayed on the fence? Are you kicking yourself for having said yes to someone when you wanted to say no? Are you perhaps guilty of using someone or feigning emotions in order to get what you wanted?
These are all areas the Aries Full Moon invites you to work on.
This Full Moon in Aries brings difficult hard angles to Mars and Pluto. This means lots of unconscious power and rage issues are brought to the surface, like a big boil waiting to burst. And just like that tender flesh, we are hypersensitive. Hurt feelings quickly give way to rage. We have to develop a better way to deal with these emotions or they’ll become dangerous as we lash out at others or try to control them through use of force.
The fact is, we can't conceal our hidden aggression forever. If we don't give it voice, it will pop out most unpleasantly. Unconscious ego drives can produce terrible behavior, including manipulation, covert actions or outright power grabs. We use a sledgehammer when a screwdriver would do. We’re willing to fight to the death over -- what? Strange sexual urges can manifest now, too, because anger and passion are easily confused. And authority issues? Don’t even go there. Don’t mess with the powers-that-be right now. Just do what they say and remember, it will all be over soon.
Horoscopes: How the Aries Full Moon Affects Each Zodiac Sign
Each sign of the zodiac will feel the effects of the Aries Full Moon slightly differently. Astrologers say that all signs will be experiencing a sense of completion or ending in some way, but the specifics will vary according to which solar house the Full Moon falls in for each zodiac sign.
Aries Full Moon for an Aries (Aries dates: March 20 – April 19)
With the Full Moon in your own sun sign, the victory you should be celebrating is the assertion of your own identity, Aries. You’ve done well recently to stand up for yourself and to not be pigeon-holed.
Continue that work now and look for how you can help others to assert their identities too. Stand tall and be the light.
Aries Full Moon for a Taurus (Taurus dates: April 20 – May 20)
Recent developments in your spiritual understanding have led you to a victory of sorts, Taurus – perhaps in the way you’ve started to accept your spiritual experiences now instead of doubting them or trying to rationalize them away.
It's a good time to develop this moving forward, especially through dream work or meditation.
Aries Full Moon for a Gemini (Gemini dates: May 21 – June 20)
Taking the lead within your community or among a group of friends has led to some promising results, and that’s certainly something you should be pleased with.
Moving ahead, figure out where you want to go with this project, because there are many different options. Choose a direction and stick with it; don’t get side-tracked.
Aries Full Moon for a Cancer (Cancer dates: June 21 – July 21)
Celebrate your achievements at work, Cancer. Even if you haven’t recently been promoted or otherwise recognized, you know in your own heart that you’re doing a good job, so honor that.
Don’t dismiss the value of what you do, and don’t allow others to define you by your career position. Your latent talents are waiting to burst free.
Aries Full Moon for a Leo (Leo dates: July 22 – August 21)
A mindset shift is certainly something to celebrate, Leo, and recently you have recognized where an opinion or prejudice of yours was outdated or harmful. Being big enough to change your mind is a very laudable thing.
Keep your mind open now because you are likely to be confronted with further such challenges in the weeks ahead.
Aries Full Moon for a Virgo (Virgo dates: August 22 – September 21)
Offering forgiveness or compassion to someone who has wronged you is hard to do, Virgo – but it will do you good. If you’ve done this, celebrate the sense of freedom it has brought.
If you haven’t done it yet, do it now. By freeing yourself emotionally from this trauma you will regain your own emotional power.
Aries Full Moon for a Libra (Libra dates: September 22 – October 22)
The Full Moon shines from your love zone, Libra, so it’s likely to be a personal relationship or romance victory of some kind which makes you smile.
Keep doing the emotional work to ensure that you are the kind of partner you should be. If you’re single, adjust your way of thinking – look for a friend first, rather than a life partner. Slow down.
Aries Full Moon for a Scorpio (Scorpio dates: October 23 – November 21)
Health victories come in all shapes and sizes, Scorpio, from major fitness improvements to simple habit adjustments. Whatever self-care you’ve done for your health recently, keep at it and be proud of how far you’ve come.
Don’t forget your mental health – pay attention now to your emotional psychology and how it affects your daily quality of life.
Aries Full Moon for a Sagittarius (Sagittarius dates: November 22 – December 20)
This lunation highlights creative success, or situations where you took a risk and it has paid off. This should encourage you to keep stretching the boundaries of what you think is possible, Sagittarius.
You are far more talented and capable than you give yourself credit for, so use this energy to plan some big and exciting soul projects.
Aries Full Moon for a Capricorn (Capricorn dates: December 21 – January 18)
Achievements within the home could involve a house move or successful DIY project, Capricorn, or perhaps a healthy shift in the direction of your family relationships.
Stay close to your loved ones during this influence and use the Aries Full Moon to show gratitude for your many tangible and intangible blessings.
Aries Full Moon for an Aquarius (Aquarius dates: January 19 – February 17)
It’s not what you say, but how you say it, Aquarius – and this Full Moon suggests that your way with words has brought you some success recently.
Think carefully now about speaking out on issues close to your heart. You can make a real difference here in persuading people to back something which matters to you.
Aries Full Moon for a Pisces (Pisces dates: February 18 – March 19)
The Full Moon shines from your money zone, so you may be celebrating a successful shift in your income – or your ability to survive and thrive on less than you thought you needed.
Look inwards now to discover resources which don’t depend on money. Make good use of your compassion, your sensitivity and your imagination.