Full Moon in Aries September 24, 2018: True Grit

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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, grit in the context of behavior is defined as “firmness of character; indomitable spirit.” Duckworth, based on her studies, tweaked this definition to be “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.”

The Full Moon in Aries is completing a cycle that began on April 16, 2018 when we had our New Moon in Aries. That New Moon which was the snapshot of energies we would be dealing with this year, happened to be conjunct Uranus. So this Full Moon begs the question “how has the instability of your life affected you this year?”

The Aspects

Moon conjunct Chiron- feeling extremely vulnerable

Moon square Capricorn- fears that are holding you back

Sun conjunct Mercury- self critical thoughts

Moon opposite Mercury- hard things to think and talk about

Moon sextile Mars- this too shall pass

Mars conjunct South Node- saying goodbye to the comparison trap

Moon trine North Node- be proud of your wounds

 

This is the heaviest moon of 2018. The major theme of this year has been about getting honest and real with ourselves which is the true grittiness of being authentic. This requires us looking into the stories we tell ourselves, the self-talk, & the hurts around our identity. Aries deals with our individuality, yet during the unexpected and abrupt experiences we’ve dealt with this year, we have been struggling with bridging the gap between our individualistic values and our needs. It’s only when we form solid values that we are our true selves.

At the same time, all of the major planetary cycles of this year- Saturn in Capricorn, Uranus in Taurus, Mars conjunct the South Node, Chiron in Aries, Mars square Uranus, the summer eclipses share all one thing in common: restructuring. So there is a push and a pull for us to create new values, yet that first requires us learning new things about ourselves. We are in the midst of an identity crisis and the only way to get through it, is to cultivate some self-acceptance. You can accept who you are by owning up to your feelings and by channeling your pain towards the North Node in Leo which our Moon and Chiron is supporting right now. Look to see which house the North Node is transiting and focus your energies there.

I don’t know exactly what the future holds, but I’m stepping forward with grit anchored in grace. -Julie Graham

The day after this Full Moon (September 25th), Chiron will be retrograding back into Pisces where we will have the chance to retrieve those forgotten spiritual lessons that we should be applying to our identity wounds. Pearls of wisdom await us but they require a gritty perseverance if we expect to retrieve them.

Can you rework your past? That grit that rubs in you, until it is shiny and smooth as a pearl?- Anne Funder

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Summer Solstice: Ensoulment

We continue on our spiritual journey of the Wheel of the Year with Litha, the Summer Solstice. The Summer Solstice marks the point in the year when we have the longest day and the shortest night.

Sol

The last major point on the Wheel of the Year was Beltane, the moment when we felt the first heartbeat of our solar initiate who will be given birth to at the Winter Solstice. We have now reached the solstice when the Sun stands still from which it will continue to wane. It is at this moment that the Sun penetrates the cosmic womb, gifting the frequency with a soul. It is a combining of the divine light with the divine within. It is an ascension of spiritual growth.

Ensoulment is when a fetus has a soul.  Different Religions have varying views on this, but it was Aristotle who believed that the fetus receives a soul approximately 90 days into the pregnancy. From the moment the gestation period began at the Spring Equinox (Ostara) to the Summer Solstice, we have reached approximately 90 days. So we can assume that our frequency of the year receives its divine consciousness at the Summer Solstice. Remember, the latin word for Sun is Sol which becomes the word Soul.

Sun & Moon

The Sun beats down on the Northern Hemisphere on June 21st, soaking us in its spiritual rays. They are encoded with receptors that are used to recognize the divinity within all things sort of like stamping life with their divine statuses.

The Sun enters the Tropical sign of Cancer on June 21st who is the highest octave of motherly love. Imagine the Solstice as a great big hug from the divine feminine. On this day when we celebrate the peak of solar energy, we are also honouring the ruler of Cancer the Moon. After the Solstice the Sun begins turning back and the lunar energies emerge. We say goodbye to untamed individuality and welcome the new identity the soul signature of each individual…even if they are in the womb. One month later the Sun enters Leo which is the time to honour our inner radiant glory.

To Conclude…

Celebrate the Summer Solstice by bathing yourself in the Sun’s light which can reactivate your soul signature. Know that the solar frequency that was released at the Winter Solstice is receiving its divine task on this day of Litha. Ensoulment begins.