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Aries Full Moon: 7 Ways to Cultivate Independence At the Harvest Moon

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Art by Aramis O. Hamer

Wild hearts can’t be broken—and under the light of the Aries full moon, neither can their spirits! On Monday, September 24, 2018, at 10:52PM EST, the first full moon of the fall season arrives in the zodiac’s most courageous and leadership-driven sign. The full Harvest Moon in self-actualized Aries supports bold declarations of independence, and invites us to reap the rewards of our laborious undertakings.

Are you craving a little more autonomy or space? Dive into a passion project at the fiery full Harvest Moon in Aries, or debut the one you’ve been working on since the corresponding Aries new moon this past April 15. “To thine own self be true,” is this full moon’s mantra. Bow out of activities that don’t speak to your soul and say a resounding “YES!” to the ones that truly light your fire. Got something fabulous to promote? Save the humblebrags, go big…and bold! The Aries full moon is an opportunity to acknowledge your inner badass. Competition could get fierce though, as Aries energy plays to win—which is only intensified under these powerful moonbeams. Warning: Be cautious not to cross the line into “cutthroat” terrain.

The forthright cosmic energy of assertive, me-first Aries will draw out our freedom of self-expression and our deepest, most fiery passions. Pro tip: Just go easy on the “my way or the highway” bluster. Power struggles could easily erupt at this ego-driven lunation. Instead of fighting for world domination, divert your attention to your wildest dreams.

September’s full moon in Aries is also known as the Harvest Moon, since it falls just two days after the autumnal equinox and the start of Libra season and signifies the completion of the harvest. This powerful reap-what-you-sow lunation invites us to look within and cultivate balance and harmony in our outer and inner worlds, as we simultaneously rekindle the flame of our passions.

Below are a few tips for manifesting your wild dreams during the super-charged full Harvest Moon in Aries:

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1. Go big…or go home!

Shameless self-promotion is fully sanctioned by the Aries full moon, provided you execute it with both sass and class. The zodiac’s Ram is not one to wait for others to sign its permission slip. Instead, Aries energy is about charging ahead and putting your ideas into the cultural mix. Got something to contribute to the world? (Um, of course you do!) Tweet about it, post an inspiring image or video for your followers, and then throw a party to share it with your friends IRL. At work, you might harness this Aries full moon firepower to get your ideas in front of the higher ups, or you could take the initiative and write someone you really want to work with a “let’s do lunch or coffee” invitation. On the romance front, stop suffering silently through your love joneses. Let your feelings be known in a seductively direct manner. And with the Sun in relationship-oriented Libra until October 23, the Aries full moon marks a moment where big risks yield even bigger rewards in love and partnerships.

2. Channel the warrior within.

The fiery warrior energy of Aries will be flaring with extra intensity under the light of this full moon. Instead of getting into fisticuffs with your aggro neighbor or trying to suppress the natural emotion of anger, find a healthy outlet for release. Kickboxing, sparring, Krav Maga, mixed martial arts—this full moon is all about the fighting sports! You might even sign up for that self-defense class you’ve been meaning to take. Learning how to fight back and stand up for yourself is something the Aries full moon is here to teach us. No more taking it lying down! No, we are not recommending that you start any fights, but if push ever comes to shove, it will be good to know that you can finish them.

The world is crying out for more “peaceful warriors”—and there’s no better time to channel outrage into action. From the recent hurricane that left widespread flooding in North Carolina, the massive Super Typhoon that tore through the Philippines, and yet another tragic shooting, this time at a RiteAid in Maryland, we need to use this Aries fire to promote love instead of fear.

3. Adorn your crown.

Aries rules the head, which will come into focus under this full moon. With the radical energies afoot, you might get the urge to make a bold statement and do something edgy with your hair. Shaving your head—if you feel called to do something so gutsy—can feel like a tribal ritual of sorts. You might just buzz a band of hair or, if you’re not feeling quite so fearless about your tresses, you could also try a piercing, or treat yourself to a symbolically significant pair of earrings, headband, or even a funky hat. You might try earrings with balancing stones in them. Jasper is stabilizing and can help keep you cool in a conflict. Adventurine stabilizes blood pressure and relieves headaches—something the Aries full moon can boldly intensify.

4. Ask for what you deserve.

Aries is the zodiac’s most entitled sign, and while too much of this energy can sometimes seem obnoxious, there’s something to the whole “squeaky wheel gets the oil” theory. What do you really, really need support with in your life? What have you been too timid to ask for, fearing that people won’t like you? The Aries full moon urges you to summon some chutzpah speak up! Courage is this zodiac sign’s specialty, so be a gallant hero for yourself, a loved one, or a cause. What could you ask for today, even in the face of your own fear?

5. Know thyself…and own it!

Aries is the sign of the self, the star, the solopreneur. It’s time to go forth and bravely do your own thang, flaunting your own independence. If you’ve been sticking around in a bad situation, you might want to cut your losses and move on. This is your day to evaluate: do your efforts since the spring justify pouring any more energy into this?

Caution: We’re not suggesting you rashly cut people out of your life, or text your resignation to your boss at 3:00 a.m. Thoughtful consideration is a must before you act! Aries is one of the zodiac’s most headstrong signs. Look deep: Is this hotheadedness…or is there truly some merit? Anger is definitely on the rise at this full moon, but the key, however, is not to react, but to make a self-affirming and soul-affirming move…to act FOR what you want, rather than against what you don’t.

6. Return to innocence.

Aries is the zodiac’s “baby,” since it is the first sign. It’s never touched a hot stove, had an idea shot down, or second-guessed itself. Much like The Fool card in a Tarot deck, which depicts a merry traveler walking off a cliff, there’s an air of blissful ignorance that has its merits. Go into your bubble for a day. Write down whatever you’ve become jaded, hardened and skeptical about. Let go of your past, even if you can just suspend it for an hour. What becomes possible for you now?

7. Burn after reading?

Aries is the first fire sign of the zodiac, and at the full Harvest Moon, playing with matches can be healing if your burn things that no longer serve you. How about an angry letter filled with things that you need to get off your chest? Write it and light it. How about that picture of a torturous ex? Send it up in flames, just like the relationship! While fire destroys, it also cleanses. So get whatever it is that you’re raging about onto paper, or into a heap, and let the inferno purify the energy that’s still hanging around. Better yet, get a group together and burn your intentions with friends!

Want to try a moon circle or learn more about how to connect with this powerful fiery energy? Try our Aries full moon ritual, or read our post on how to create your own new and full moon rituals.

Artwork “Weight Of The World” by Aramis O. Hamer
Aramis O. Hamer is a splash painter and muralist whose artwork is greatly influenced by divine femininity, nature, energy, and the cosmos. Through her work, Aramis highlights the beauty of life, love, and liberation in a world where these three have become less important to our society. “My hope in my artistic practice is to remind people of the magic that’s still present in this world and others beyond.”
Instagram: @mis_liberation  * 
Facebook: A.O. Hamer
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