October 2020 New & Full Moons: Full Moon in Aries, New Moon in Libra, & Full Moon in Taurus
On to October! This month comes with 2 full moons, so it's a blue moon kind of month. And that's with Mars and Mercury retrograde, so it's a big month for energy!
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What is a new moon?
A new moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact same position in the Zodiac (called a conjunction). New moons are related to beginnings, have high energy, and are enthusiastic.
What is a full moon?
A full moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact opposite positions in the Zodiac (called an opposition). Full moons are related to endings, culminations, and are emotional energy.
Full Moon in Aries: October 1st 2020 (5:06PM ET/2:06PM PT)
The full moon in Aries is generally a time when we have extra energy and are driven to take action by what we feel. We may see the end of the beginning with something, or the beginning of the end with something, since Aries is the start and full moons are endings. We may need healthy outlets for energy so we're not giving in to impulse and becoming reckless with our actions.
We may focus more on what we want for ourselves, which can be a good thing if we've neglected ourselves, or a bad thing is we become too selfish. We need to make sure we're considering all parties involved, and not just ourselves, otherwise we can create bigger problems we don't need.
This full moon does come with Mars retrograde (appearing to move backward) in Aries, though it's not conjunct (aligned with) Mars. But, this can increase the energy even more, and we can be quick to fight, to act of frustrations, and can be extra impatient. We need to better control our energy and be [roductive with it, but that's sure to be a challenge!
This full moon does conjunct Chiron though, the "wounded healer" who governs our wounds, our pain, but also our healing ability. The wounds we have and pain we feel, we may identify with them so strong with this full moon. This can be a good thing if we use it as fuel to help us make positive change and grow in healthy ways. But it can be a bad thing if we use it as an excuse to give in to rage and violence. Be mindful! Also, Chiron tends to be linked to physical illness, so we may be more focused on that (a blowup of COVID? or maybe some other illness - who knows with the way this year has gone!).
The full moon occurs at 9 degrees 8 minutes Aries. Aspects to the full moon are:
Conjunction: 7 degrees 8 minutes - 11 degrees 8 minutes Aries
Sextile: 7 degrees 8 minutes - 11 degrees 8 minutes Gemini or Aquarius
Square: 7 degrees 8 minutes - 11 degrees 8 minutes Cancer or Capricorn
Trine: 7 degrees 8 minutes - 11 degrees 8 minutes Leo or Sagittarius
Opposition: 7 degrees 8 minutes - 11 degrees 8 minutes Libra
New Moon in Libra: October 16th 2020 (3:31PM ET/12:31PM PT)
New moons in Libra usually want us to come together, to work together, to find some middle ground, and to move forward together. We can focus on our relationships and partnerships, the way we connect and relate to one another. We may do more with a partner than we can alone, and we may want to be more diplomatic and charming.
Balance can be helpful for us with this new moon, and we can have an easier time navigating some of the energy we're dealing with when we feel balanced. So try to focus on the areas of life that you've neglected lately, and give them more of your attention; or focus on the relationships you've neglected lately, and tend to them.
The new moon is square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) transit (moving) Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, and widely opposing Mars retrograde in Aries. Ouch! So the peace-and-harmony feeling of Libra may be sorely lacking with this new moon. We can feel restricted, limited, and overwhelmed thanks to Saturn, struggle over power and control thanks to Pluto, and have some out-of-control anger thanks to Mars retrograde. The new moon is triggering the cardinal t-square that's cooking, occupying the Libra leg. We need more Cancer, which is missing: emotional connection, nurturing and support, and to get to the roots of matters.
The new moon occurs at 23 degrees 53 minutes Libra. Aspects to the new moon are:
Conjunction: 21 degrees 53 minutes - 25 degrees 53 minutes Libra
Sextile: 21 degrees 53 minutes - 25 degrees 53 minutes Leo or Sagittarius
Square: 21 degrees 53 minutes - 25 degrees 53 minutes Cancer or Capricorn
Trine: 21 degrees 53 minutes - 25 degrees 53 minutes Gemini or Aquarius
Opposition: 21 degrees 53 minutes - 25 degrees 53 minutes Aries
Full Moon in Taurus: October 31st 2020 (10:50AM ET/7:50AM PT)
Our second full moon for October! And on Halloween, oh boy. The Taurus full moon wants us to slow things down, take a beat, and press pause on everything. That might be a good idea with the wonky energy that most of October brings, so long as we don't get stuck and become stubborn about it. Being more present can help us to get grounded and see what we're missing, so this can be helpful. Take advantage of that.
We may be more sensitive to what others have to say and think about us, and we need to have better opinions of ourselves so we're not listening to others as much. We can identify more strongly with our values, and can work to live according to them. We just need to make sure we're finding value in ourselves too.
And Taurus full moons usually do = indulgence, fyi!
The full moon is conjunct (aligned with) transit Uranus in Taurus. This brings extra focus on the future, on change, and on our hopes and dreams, and might make this full moon less stable (since Uranus is unstable). We can make progress with future dreams and come together for a common cause, but we have to do so in a way that is practical and where we're okay with slow and steady progress (Taurus). Less impulse and impatience, more grounding and calm . . .
The full moon occurs at 8 degrees 38 minutes Taurus. Aspects to the full moon are:
Conjunction: 6 degrees 38 minutes - 10 degrees 38 minutes Taurus
Sextile: 6 degrees 38 minutes - 10 degrees 38 minutes Cancer or Pisces
Square: 6 degrees 38 minutes - 10 degrees 38 minutes Leo or Aquarius
Trine: 6 degrees 38 minutes - 10 degrees 38 minutes Virgo or Capricorn
Opposition: 6 degrees 38 minutes - 10 degrees 38 minutes Scorpio
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for interpretations for the new and full moons in the houses and aspects
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