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Aries Full Moon: Harvesting Healing

This moon is full at 1.59 Aries on Monday, September 24 at 10:52 pm (EST)

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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.

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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.

Image Credit: Instagram @bad.galaxy

Forest Bathing at the Pisces Full Moon

This moon is full at 3.12 Pisces on August 26th at 7:56 am

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This Sunday's full moon is part of a kite formation with Uranus in Taurus, Saturn in Capricorn, and the Sun in Virgo. At the same time, both rulers of Pisces, Jupiter and Neptune, are trine each other. These are beautiful aspects for a lunation that marks the very end of Mars retrograde, and the end of a very hot, sometimes frustrating, summer.

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Water, the element of Pisces, is the element of renewal and healing. After the cuts and scrapes you may have sustained from a summer full of eclipses, plus Mars retrograde with Mercury retrograde at the same time, we could use the healing waters of a Pisces moon to wash away some of the pain. This full moon also features a grand earth trine, so it's not just water. As I head up to the green state of Vermont for the weekend, this moon has me thinking about forest bathing. Shinrin-yoku is the Japanese idea of taking a "bath" in the forest atmosphere. Restoring oneself with a visit to the woods is not a new idea but in Japan it's been A Thing since at least the 1980's. And it's becoming more popular as a method of healthcare in the U.S. too. Benefits include increased vigor and reduced depression, anxiety, and fatigue. But I didn't have to tell you that. Uranus in Taurus is going to be the era of "innovations" that represent a return to basics. Spending time in nature feels good.

Whether or not you have access to a forest this weekend, it's a full moon for bathing in some form. Create a ritual to renew your soul under the healing Piscean light.