This moon is full at 1.59 Aries on Monday, September 24 at 10:52 pm (EST)
I went apple picking last weekend with my husband and our friends to celebrate the Fall Equinox. It’s my favorite season and one of my favorite activities. The sun was out, but the air was just cool and crisp enough to make it a perfect apple picking day. We walked through the rows of trees, eating juicy apples and talking about what we would make with them.
The Fall Equinox is a time of harvest, so apple picking (the apple harvest) is a traditional activity. If my food sources were more dependent on the elements, apples would get me through the winter. They last a long time, in basements and pantries. They can be made into applesauce, baked into breads, and dried. In times of resource shortages, a store of apples could save someone’s life. Symbolically, apples are complicated, representing knowledge (often forbidden), sex (hence the sin), fertility, love, happiness, magic, and immortality (big no-no for mortals). The Norse gods sustained their health by eating apples from the gardens of Asgard. Apples show up to play roles both good and evil in the mythologies of many different cultures. Both light and dark, the symbolism of apples is a symbolism of polarity.
This full moon falls within three days of the Equinox, a time of balance. People live lives of such imbalance now that we hardly recognize what equilibrium looks like. Most of us are overworked, don’t sleep enough, and deprive ourselves of healthy food and exercise. Then, when we seek rest and self-care, we end up spending that time checking social media or binge-watching shows. I can easily fall into these traps — for the past few months, I’ve been working on the weekends, giving myself a six-day week. Of course, when you like your work and your business is a part of your creative output, the idea of balance between work and play gets a little muddier. That’s why it was healing for me to spend a Saturday in the orchard instead of staying home. If I’m not working, it’s still easy for me to get sucked into never-ending television shows when I could be outside, re-energizing myself with some real rest and time in nature.
But I am lucky in that I work for myself. My efforts to reclaim balance in my life have led me to sleep more, commute less, eat better, take longer walks, and re-evaluate projects when they get out of hand. This is a huge leap. It’s a radical shift: from working full-time in a Manhattan office to self-employment as an astrologer and writer. And, even though I wobble sometimes, it’s brought a lot more balance into my life. The idea of creating “balance” is a constant process that involves teeter-tottering as you move back and forth between polarities. Ultimately, the process has been healing.
This full moon is right on Chiron in Aries and square Saturn in Capricorn. It’s also ruled by Mars in Aquarius, which is still going back over that shadow zone from the summer’s retrograde. That means this lunation is all about facing the wounds of Chiron in Aries: our anger, the culture’s toxic masculinity (which leads to imbalance), and authenticity. These things go together. It’s hard to be vulnerable and true to yourself if you’re working 24/7 and feeling like you need to take on toxic, hypermasculine attitudes to get ahead. If you feel you can’t be authentically yourself, wearing a mask inevitably leads you to feel angry. These are the kinds of thorny, painful wounds that Chiron brings up at the full moon. Saturn in Capricorn presents a challenge to test us, pushing us to fight for ourselves. This full moon coincides with a fight for the survival of your truth. It’s a time to heal a wound with medicine that may have been forbidden (like the apple of knowledge) by authorities who would prefer you to stay ignorant.
My business is called Rebel Astrology for a reason. I’m all about the healing process of developing our authentic selves, dropping toxic cultural attitudes, respecting other ways of knowing, and creating a more peaceful world. Apples are a literally healing food—good for your teeth, heart, bones, lungs, gut, brain, skin, and eyes. It’s also a symbolically healing food, good for revealing hidden knowledge, initiating you into magic, and experiencing the forbidden realms of sex and power. At this Harvest Moon, we rebels are called to harvest our own medicine. Look honestly at the wound and harvest what you need to heal it. And remember that the fruits you’re looking for may be the exact same ones you were told not to take.
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