Full Moon in Aries & Self-Gnosis: Astrology of 9/30 – 10/6

We have a full moon in Aries this week, followed by Venus entering Virgo and Pluto stationing direct in Capricorn. Aries and Virgo are both highly independent energies – Aries is capable of confronting challenges or setting off on the hero’s journey alone (and though one may make friends and encounter guides, Aries does not need company to say yes to the adventure). Virgo is a “one in herself” archetype – she is meticulous and discerning, and she chooses her interactions carefully.

But it is not just a full moon in Aries, but a full moon conjunct Chiron in Aries – signifying that the full brightness of self (“I Am” Aries energy) is also shedding light on a core wound around selfhood, as well as the medicine within that wound. Take for example, any sense of inferiority (a common Aries pain point) or not feeling good enough. Is it not a richer sense of confidence that is wanting to be birthed?

Watch this week’s forecast on YouTube, or keep reading below.

Aries is where we delight in having a personal self, in feeling alive in our own essence. It also represents the tenderness of what is new in us – what is so fresh about our identity that we lack reflection on it from others, or we have not yet internalized the reflections we receive, or how we take actions while being largely unaware of what responses they might illicit from the world around us because we simply don’t have the experience to inform us.

There can be a burgeoning or perhaps bursting desire this week to feel a way about ourselves – whether it’s self-esteem, or confidence, or feeling pleasure in our existence in some way that we currently feel disconnected from. There is that phrase, “Wherever you go, there you are.” So we might be chasing a variety of different experiences or material possessions hoping that once we achieve or have the thing, we will feel what we want to feel – sometimes we even succeed, but the feeling doesn’t linger. The self is not a static object, nor a static object that can be predicted. Discovering and being with ourselves is a moment-to-moment process, and the satisfaction comes from that unification (of self with self, as opposed to being a self-divided, or having abandoned oneself). Having ambition can be true, and we can feel good about ourselves for going for what we really want in life. And, how can we relate to where we are NOW that brings fulfillment into our inner world?

Tune into the movements in your inner world for clues this week as to how your self is essentially wanting to be seen and engaged with. The Moon also represents nostalgia, so it is possible that we will be drawn to thinking of past peak experiences, or times in the past that we felt especially self-connected. Look behind these memories’ appearances though. It’s not what you were doing – it’s that you were in deeper gnosis with your impulses and your own cutting edge, that you were involved thoroughly with the moment. The same can happen now, but the entrance to that realm is different now and must be discovered.

Welcome back! Or in case this is your first time here, I’m Sabrina Monarch and I’m a soul-centered astrologer. I love providing perspectives on the opportunities of transits and putting into words what the vibe feels like at this moment in time, to support you on your path & open a dialogue between us and the cosmos. If you would like to receive these weekly forecasts to your inbox and be notified of upcoming educational opportunities, sign up for my mailing list here.

Here’s our week after a few announcements!

New episode of Magic of the Spheres!

In these very Martian skies currently (Mars retrograde square Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto), this episode’s message about non-anxious presence is a helpful quality to consider. Non-anxious presence can and does address conflict situations (but not limited to just conflict). With non-anxious presence, instead of fanning the flames or reacting to triggers, the situation is transformed by one’s depth of containment, compassion and acceptance.⁣

Julie took my Evolutionary Astrology intensive in January 2019, and I wanted to have her on to discuss her story of working in a hospital as a chaplain and bringing reiki into the hospital. ⁣

Doing this work, Julie cultivated a quality of presence – how to hold a calm or non-anxious presence in otherwise high-stress or emergency situations. Not only does this relate to being able to de-escalate a situation, but it can shift the trajectory of events for the better.⁣

Throughout this episode, beauty was also a theme. 🌹 All things balance in this very Libran episode. ⚖️ Tune in where you listen to podcasts! Or on your browser here.

Astrology Reading Bookings FULL: I am booked out for a little bit, but still taking new clients for ongoing mentorship/coaching (6 month – 1 year commitment). If you’re interested in working with me in that capacity, send me an email at sabrina@monarchastrology.com. And make sure you’re on my mailing list if you’d like to be informed of when my books open again!


We’re partway through the current intensive, but I’m going to announce the dates for the upcoming one sooner than I normally do, so you have time to plan. I’m also going to make the next one friendlier to European time zones. Stay tuned, and make sure you’re on my mailing list to be informed. View the course page here for more information on this amazing learning opportunity.

Here’s our week:

October 1, 2020

Full Moon in 9 Aries: 2:05 PM

(Image: Juan Ruiz)

“Personal style, as I understand it, means ‘coming to grips with who you really are,’ not creating a convincing veneer.” – Ariel Siegel

The Moon is conjunct Chiron in Aries, and the two are opposite Sun in Libra (full moons are always the Sun and Moon in opposite signs). One way we spoke of this lunation was confrontation with jealousy, last week when the Sun and Chiron were exactly opposite. Read that delineation here.

“The broader and deeper the self-image, the better choices you make because you know who you are in your entirety. 

How to begin to observe? Moshe Feldenkrais, a specialist in integrating body and self, observed, ‘Our self-image consists of four components involved in every action: movement, sensation, feeling, and thought.’ This statement could use some unpacking. In order to know ourselves, we need to be aware of our body in motion and the range of possible movements, what suits us in moving, and what does not. With regard to sensation, we might begin rot explore what we enjoy feeling and what we do not (touch, smell, sight, sound, gravity, and muscular resistance); we might begin to experiment with sensations we haven’t felt before. Feel your body move through space as you walk and rest, touch different fabrics, smell flowers, see art, seek out any pleasure you normally avoid. Enjoyment is perhaps the most important sensation to explore; because our peculiarly Puritan-rooted society places such suspicion on freedom of joy, we often have less range there than we do with, say, anger. It is useful to ask, again and again, ‘What does pleasure mean to me?’ And listen for the answer, looking to develop a kind of virtuoso flexibility with sensation.

‘Feeling’ might be meant here as emotion, the range of emotional possibilities. It is especially useful to explore happiness, contentment, equanimity, balance, calm: How do you feel these things? How do you sustain these feelings? How can you reconnect to these states once the connection has been broken? How fast can you reconnect? ‘Thought’ is also a world unto itself. As you move through space, tracking movement, sensation, and feeling, how do you use your mind? How do you direct your thoughts? When do your thoughts ramble off on their own? What do you enjoy thinking about?” – Ariel Siegel, in Open and Clothed: For the Passionate Clothes Lover

  • At a basic level, this lunation emphasizes painful or negative feeling that comes with comparing oneself to others, as well as the brightness of esteem that comes from fully accepting who we are. A pain point of Aries (as highlighted by the conjunction of Chiron and the Moon in Aries) is wanting to be “number one” but a person feeling that they fall short of the status, at least in some area of life, sparking feelings of inferiority.
  • Not being number one implies placing oneself in some hierarchical order, according to the talents and qualities of other people. From the individual perspective of simply being oneself, one is already number one. But the standards are self-oriented, and these standards can only be known by knowing the self.
  • In Libra Season, our attention is often on the other – our interactions and our relationships. Libran experiences most always invite a new self-image – we discover a new version of ourselves through all experiences and people who we meet.

(Image: Rafal Olbinski)

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” – Anais Nin

  • There are healing potentials in finding where we identify with our experience, how we identify with the people around us and with our environment – how our experiences and interactions land in our body and psyche, personally. When registered as self-awareness, it becomes like art or a personal theater. It is not just an experience that is happening, but a clue as to the mystery of who we are or who we are becoming.
  • In experiences of comparison, the personal richness of self-experience is distorted through a lens of competition, which is actually unnecessary.
  • If we can hold the listening and experiencing of another (Libra) with our own self-awareness (Aries), it is as Anais Nin expresses, a birth of a new world.

October 2, 2020

Venus enters Virgo: 1:48 PM PDT

(Image: Rafal Olbinski)

Venus will stay in Virgo until October 27.

  • These are some Venus in Virgo related pleasures I’ve noticed (from Venus in Virgo transits past, and people who have this natally): finding beauty through organization, functional art, herbalism, learning how to make more complex cuisine and enjoying finer cuisine, connoisseurship, craft, art theory and analysis, engaging the process of refining one’s taste.
  • This is a cooler/chillier Venus placement. She is capable of being impressed, but it is more difficult to impress her. She is also quite independent and enjoys her own company, which at times can make her not want for much in terms of relationship with others. She does connect – but she is more particular and selective.
  • If we look outward to others while avoiding cultivating our own lives, we may feel ourselves wanting. Venus in Virgo may be a reminder to check in with ourselves about the space and time we are allocating to personal development, the maintenance of daily life, and the creation of pleasure and esteem in daily life.
  • Venus in Virgo is a pretty conscientious Venus placement – others’ preferences and needs are more intricately taken into account – Venus in Virgo remembers the little things. This placement also emphasizes apologizing. We might consider our relationship to apology at this time and our most humble approaches to it. The refusal to apologize or excessive self-deprecation are both extremes that come from a sense of blame or wrongness. What is an apology that is more like aloe to a burn, an apology that is a restoration of harmony? What is an apology that is based in mutual respect?

October 4, 2020

Pluto stations direct in 22 Capricorn: 6:32 AM PDT

(Image: A Dangerous Method)

  • Pluto stations can relate to a kind of viscous/thick, stormy energy. The images or moods that life presents may be more provocative than usual, or we may feel more affected than usual. These are powerful times to be more contemplative and alchemical in presence than we are reactive. 
  • There are many ways to *be* alchemical. Some examples: creativity that works with what is up for us, regardless of whether we think it is good or beautiful; intuitive movement; acts of catharsis in a supportive container; creating and performing a private ritual; singing; visualization; or fully accepting where we are at instead of resisting it.

Thank you for meditating on the planets with me this week! If you would like further guidance, I have been increasingly focused on longer-term 1:1 work with my students and clients, in the form of mentorship – helping people form a depth relationship to their natal chart and personal transits over time, to develop themselves, to heal, and to reach their goals, all through the soul-making lens of evolutionary astrology. If you’re interested in working together in that capacity, I am currently accepting new clients. Send me an email at sabrina@monarchastrology.com to start a conversation and set up a free consultation call.

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With love,

Sabrina Monarch

(Top Image: Anok Yai photographed by Harley Weir)

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