A total lunar eclipse, a blood moon AND a supermoon—all at once.
The annual full moon in Aries arrives with extra oomph this year. Along with being its fiery, badass self, this year’s “blood moon” is a paradigm-shifting total lunar eclipse. It’s called a blood moon because la luna will regale herself in the trademark reddish hues of Aries, as all of the Earth’s sunsets and sunrises will reflect on her.
Even more unusual: this eclipsing full moon is also a supermoon—meaning it’s at its closest possible point to earth, causing it to appear 30% brighter. This is only the fifth super blood moon in recorded history: the last was in 1982 and the next will be in 2033.
What have you been striving toward since the spring? This is the week to cash in and collect your comeuppance. New moons take six months to reach their corresponding full moon, and Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. La luna brings you full circle, baby—a time to see the results of your brave actions.
Here are a few tips for harnessing the heat of this super-charged Aries full moon:
1. Make a big, bold move on your own behalf.
Shameless self-promotion is fully sanctioned by the Aries full moon, provided you do 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 boldly putting your ideas into the cultural mix. Got something to contribute to the world? (Um, of course you do.) Tweet about it, post a status update, throw a party to share it with friends. 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!” invitation. On the romance front, stop suffering silently through your love jones. Let your feelings be known in a seductively direct manner. This is a day where big risks bring bigger rewards.
2. Try a fighting sport.
The 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. No more taking it lying down! No, we are not recommending that you start any fights, but when push comes to shove, it will be good to know that you can finish them.
3. Check your head.
Aries rules the noggin, so the head area 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 ballsy—can feel like a tribal ritual of sorts. You might just buzz a band of hair a la Rihanna, Pink, and the haute hipster set. 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 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 intensify.
4. Make a demand.
Aries is the zodiac’s most entitled sign, and while too much of this energy can be 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. Declare your independence.
Aries is the sign of the self, the star, the solopreneur. It’s time to go forth and bravely do your own thang. 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 march into your job and flip your boss the bird. Thoughtful consideration is a must before you act this week. The Aries full moon also makes loose contact with radical Uranus, the planet of individuality and sudden changes. Aries is one of the zodiac’s most headstrong signs. Look deep: is this hotheadedness, or is there truly a point? Anger is definitely on the rise at this full moon. The key 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, as its first sign. It’s never touched a hot stove, had an idea shot down, or second-guessed itself. Much like The Fool card in the 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 just suspend it for an hour. What becomes possible now?
7. Burn something.
Arson charges? Oh hell no. But an angry letter that you need to get off your chest? That picture of a hateful ex? A rant about how unfair something is that you just can’t get over, no matter how much yoga you do? Light the matches and burn, baby, burn. Aries is a fire sign. 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.
How to Manifest at the Full Moon:
Want to try a moon circle with friends, or to connect with this powerful energy? Read our post on how to create your own new and full moon rituals.
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