The annual full moon in Aries arrives with extra oomph this year.
In addition to being its fiery, badass self, the September 27, 2015 "blood moon" is also a paradigm-shifting total lunar eclipse. La luna will regale herself in the trademark reddish hues of Aries (hence, blood moon), as all of the Earth's sunsets and sunrises reflect on her.
Even more unusual: tonight's eclipsing full moon is also a supermoon — meaning it's at its closest possible point to earth and will 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 and 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, or throw a party to share it with friends.
At work, you might harness this Aries firepower to get your ideas in front of higher-ups or 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 an aggressive 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. 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. 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, while Aventurine calms blood pressure and relieves headaches that the Aries full moon has 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? The Aries full moon urges you to summon some chutzpah and speak up! Courage is this zodiac sign’s specialty, so be a gallant hero for yourself, a loved one, or a cause.
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. 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 before you act this week is a must.
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. Anger is definitely on the rise during this full moon. The key is not to REACT, but to make the more soul-affirming move… to act FOR what you want, rather than against what you don’t.
6. Return to innocence.
As its first sign, Aries is the zodiac’s baby. Much like The Fool card in the Tarot deck — which depicts a merry traveler walking off a cliff — it has an air of blissful, refreshing ignorance. 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? 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.
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Illustration by Chloé Bulpin for mbg