The Harvest Moon is the Full Moon closest to the Autumn Equinox. Like all Full Moons, it rises as the sun sets. But at the harvest time, this was especially helpful, allowing farmers to continue to work in the fields by the light of the Moon.
The Full Moon is always in the sign opposite of where the Sun is, so now, as the Sun is in the sign of Libra, the Moon is in Aries.
— Anais Nin
Ron Archer of Miami Astrology writes of this Full Moon:
The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved movies of all time. I won’t summarize the whole plot (who hasn’t seen it?) as I’m sure you’ll remember from the movie that Dorothy has three companions — the scarecrow, the tin man, and the cowardly lion. The four of them make their way along the yellow brick road, defeat the wicked witch, and are rewarded by the great and mighty wizard.
It’s a wonderful tale, a great example of the hero’s journey, and can be analyzed from many different angles. We could say that Dorothy’s three companions represent the pieces of her own psyche (or the collective psyche, i.e. Dorothy as everyman) that need to be healed – ignorance, apathy, and fear.
This month the Full Moon is in Aries — the sign of courage, taking risks, and proving oneself. It sounds a lot like what the cowardly lion was searching for. The cowardly lion believed his fear made him inadequate. He was always whimpering and imagining himself as king of the beasts, but felt he missed the mark somehow.
When the lion finally meets the wizard, he is presented with a medal to prove his courage. The medal is just a talisman –- an object that seemingly possesses some magical power– that helps the lion believe he has gained the courage he (thought he) previously lacked.
Courage doesn’t mean “fearless.” Courage means acting in the face of fear, or in spite of it.
The Astrology of this Full Moon
The New Moon beginning this cycle was in Virgo and [was] about taking the time to be prepared for upcoming opportunities. Now that we’re prepared and we have our own medal or talisman — perhaps in the form of a plan, a skill, or new attitude — we’re ready to face our fears and reach for the opportunities that await us.
The Full Moon occurs at 11 degrees of Aries on Saturday October 4, 2009. The Moon is a symbol for how we react to life, how we feel inside, and our response to external circumstances. With the Full Moon in Aries it’s time we act directly, courageously, and enthusiastically.
Like Dorothy and her friends, we still have some challenges to overcome. With Saturn and Pluto at odds, we may feel that we lack the resources (both internal and external) to move forward. And that may be true. But we’re courageous now, and we know we can reach the wizard in spite of not having enough (time, money, support, etc.).
Mercury, the planet of the mind, and Uranus, planet of surprises, are in aspect now. Actively seek new and different ways to cope with any obstacles in your path. Glenda made it snow in Oz to counteract the effects of the poppies. What unexpected solutions can you find?
And with action-oriented Mars also harmonizing with both Mercury and Uranus, we’ll have no problems mustering the energy to act. Why? Because if we were smart, we’ve created plans and procedures at the New Moon in Virgo, so we’re now prepared to seize the opportunities that come knocking.
And they will.
Mercury was retrograde most of September and turned direct on Sept. 26. Any negotiations, agreements, or plans that seemed to stall over the past few weeks will now gain momentum again. October also sees Jupiter, planet of luck and opportunity [which has also been] retrograde since mid-June, turn direct on October 13. So the energy this month will be considerably better than September!