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This Friday, October 13, the Moon waxes full in Aries at 1:53 am (PDT). This is the first Full Moon of the fall in the Northern Hemisphere. Friday the thirteenth conjures up many scary images for some people. The number thirteen has been an unlucky number for some since biblical times. However, if we observe carefully, we notice that there are about thirteen lunar cycles in a year. Thirteen then becomes a number we associate with the lunations and can be a good luck number instead of one to fear.

“Become Like Children...”

Try to look back at your life to the time you were a child. Perhaps you played hide and seek with neighborhood friends, or played dress-up with your parent’s old clothes, or made up imaginary games with your best friend. These spontaneous and uninhibited moments are what the sign of Aries is all about. The desire to freely express and be creative in life is the fiery spark that charges the sign of the ram. With the Full Moon transiting through Aries, this is a time for all of us to regain a little bit of our childlike nature and to express ourselves without worry or hindrance.

As we grow older, we are more inclined to try to fit into society’s rules and expectations. We are asked to hold steady jobs, pay our taxes and dress and act “appropriately” at work and in our community. Over the years, we can feel bogged down and burdened by the responsibilities of everyday living. If we have not given room or time for the kid in us, we can feel frozen, rigid and lifeless.

Rules and Fools

Some of the best ways to regain our “inner child” is to let go of some of the rules we have made for ourselves. Rules like “I have to work long hours to get ahead,” “I need lots of money before I can be happy” and “I need to lose twenty pounds before I can feel good inside” all work to defeat us in the long run. Instead, try to imagine each day in your life like a kid imagines it. There is little thought to the distant future, and the past is too short to draw on. Rules are meant to be broken, and nothing is too serious. Each moment becomes an opportunity for play, a chance for fun, something new, a game, a possibility.

The Aries Full Moon points us to the direct spontaneous expression of self. In the tarot deck, this concept is summed up in the fool card. The fool merrily skips along, unhampered by the world’s confusions and problems. This is not a time to deny more intense feelings and underlying issues. It’s simply a time to balance them out by invoking the fool as well. If you’re spending too much of your time focusing on what is difficult and troubling, this is a good time to tip the scales the other way and remember the simple joys found in everyday life.

The Red Planet

With the Full Moon in Aries this month, it is interesting to look at Mars, the ruling planet of Aries. Mars, Jupiter and Pluto are in a configuration called a t-square. T-squares usually point to adversity and challenges in certain areas of life. The fiery planet Mars is connected to our warrior nature, the side of us that likes to be bold, fight and be strong. It is also connected to the emotion of anger. Anger can be a positive force if it is used to express repressed feelings that need to come out.

Working with Anger

All of us experience stress to some degree or another. How each one of us deals with stress varies from person to person. Some people become anxious and nervous, some become depressed and withdrawn and others become angry. When we feel anger, it is often not appropriate to express it in a public setting. Because of this, we try to hide the anger and take in the negative feelings without processing them. When this practice continues over a period of time, we build up a wellspring of bottled rage and frustration. Often this anger comes out in misguided ways, through mean comments to family members, impatience and emotional distance with friends. Ultimately this anger can eat at our own peace and serenity and harm our health and well-being. Perhaps our liver malfunctions or our digestion gets clogged up as we start to feel the physical effects of unexpressed frustration. 

This Full Moon presents a perfect opportunity to channel any latent anger from past experiences in a positive and cathartic manner. One way for releasing anger is through ritual. During this time, take a few hours of quiet time to meditate on your life. Sink into a reflective space with the aid of gentle music, incense and ritual objects.

Allow any thoughts and feelings to come up. If you begin to feel any anger or frustration from remembering past hurts, do not deny them. Now is the time to hear these feelings and speak their names out loud or through writing. If you need to, scream or cry and vent these intense emotions out in this ritual space. This process does not eliminate the anger, but it allows it to be present at a conscious level so that you can see it and understand it. Perhaps the anger will shift into grief and sadness, or perhaps it will ask you to change your life in some way. Rituals like these offer the possibility of transformation. Good health to you!  



Jonathan Keyes, B.S., is an astrologer, herbalist and plant spirit medicine practitioner. His writing has appeared in The Mountain Astrologer and in numerous Llewellyn almanacs. Jon has written a book entitled 'Guide to Natural Health, The Horoscope as a key to Ancient Healing Practices'. Jon is available for readings and can be contacted at Go to Jon's web site at

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Other StarIQ articles by Jonathan Keyes:

  • Your Health and Neptune: Part 1   12/12/2002
  • Lunar Health Cycles   3/13/2002
  • Lunar Health Cycles   2/27/2002
  • Lunar Health Cycles   1/26/2002
  • Lunar Health Cycles   11/14/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/31/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/15/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/1/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   9/14/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/31/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/16/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/2/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   7/18/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   7/4/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   6/17/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   6/4/2001
  • Pluto, Your Health and Herbs   4/30/2001
  • Pluto and Your Psyche   4/16/2001
  • Your Health and Neptune Part 2   3/12/2001
  • Your Health and Saturn Part 2   11/13/2000
  • Your Health and Saturn   10/30/2000
  • Michael Stipe Shuns the Spotlight   9/16/2000
  • Michael J. Fox   8/21/2000
  • Animals and Astrology Part Two   7/3/2000
  • Animals and Astrology   6/12/2000
  • The Astrology of Stones Part 2   5/15/2000
  • Astrology and Stones   5/1/2000

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