Full Moon in Aries — October 14, 2008, 20:02 UT

Last week I was visiting Vellamo, the brand new maritime museum in my hometown. Quite unexpectedly, I ran across a piece of my roots there, a wooden Madonna figure from destroyed church of Lavansaari. Lavansaari is a distant island in the middle of the Gulf of Finland, a place I’ve never been able to visit. The sculpture was brought to the mainland during the Second World War.

While I was looking at the old statue from the 15th century, I could see women with their heads covered with a scarf sitting in the church, looking at the same figure that I was looking at now. I felt deep connectedness with my ancestors. The rough beauty of the wooden Madonna represents something genuine for me. On this Full Moon we should seek this kind of truth and genuineness.

The Full Moon takes place in the midst of the Mercury storm. Mercury is slow and ready to station direct the next day. The chart is an image of the feminine shadow, of women suppressed or excluded from their community, getting a warrior-like manifestation in Aries. Water is a symbol of unconscious, and there are several watery planets prominent. Many of the planets involved are dealing with speaking of truth.

There is a six-pointed star in the chart, formed by the Moon, Pallas Athene, Ceres, the Sun, Juno and Neptune.

The Aries Full Moon glows in exact conjunction with Eris. In the same conjunction with the Sun, Moon and Eris we find asteroid Lilith and a cubewano called 1992 QB1. The energies have to do with the feminine shadow.

In mythology, Eris is the goddess of discord. In astrology she can be seen as the messenger of postmodern consciousness. According to Eric Francis, a fragmentation of the self-concept that has occurred in our time in history is one of her themes. She represents an excluded woman. A theme of female equality can be attached to both Eris and Lilith as well.

In the Old Testament and the Midrash: the commentary that accompanies the Old Testament in Judaism, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. She demanded equality with Adam, but failed to achieve it. Then she was banished from the Garden of Eden and made into a demon figure. In astrology asteroid Lilith tells you about the original woman inside the woman. It is a woman’s deeper idea of herself and, in the chart of a man, his deeper idea of what a woman is.

1992 QB1 is the trans-Neptunian object that pointed to the existence of the Kuiper Belt. It was the first planet discovered beyond Pluto (in 1992), and as such symbolizes an edge and a bridge that took us into the next phase of existence.

Opposite the Moon in the same degree with the Sun is asteroid Eros. Eros is what turns you on, but it represents more than just sexual interest. According to Martha Lang-Wescott, Eros is the passion “for life, the thirst for survival and ‘living to the fullest’.”

The Full Moon and the minor planets in conjunction with it are in sextile to Neptune, the planet associated with denial, deception and lies, among other things. A sextile aspect is a soft aspect, which allows the planets involved to work together harmoniously. The Sun and Eros form a flowing trine to Neptune.

Another watery planet in Cancer, Varuna, is in square to the Sun-Moon opposition, forming a t-square with them. The empty leg in a t-square pattern (in this case in Capricorn) offers the challenge in handling the energies involved. Uranus is trine Varuna.

Varuna is a trans-Neptunian minor planet, named after a Vedic sky god watching every movement of men, and punishing liars and those who violate contracts. Varuna has been depicted in art as a lunar deity, as a yellow man wearing golden armor and holding a noose or lasso made from a snake. He rides the sea monster Makara. Eric’s keywords for Varuna are “the great equalizer”, and in this chart it is in exact midpoint of the Sun and Moon, a pair of masculine and feminine symbols.

Sedna, yet another water planet, is in Taurus in a tight semisextile to the Moon and in quincunx to the Sun. Neptune squares Sedna. The myth of Sedna, the goddess of the frozen waters, tells us a story of an Inuit girl who becomes betrayed by her suitor and also by her own father.

Mercury in Libra is getting ready for the direct station in 24 hours after the Full Moon. Mercury forms a quincunx to two interesting minor planets in Pisces, Borasisi and Sphinx.

Borasisi is a binary planet in the Kuiper Belt region. The name comes from Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Cat’s Cradle, meaning the Sun in a fictional cosmogony of Bokononism. In Vonnegut’s novel, the foundation of the fictional religion of Bokononism is based on living by the untruths that make one happy. The companion is the counterpart of the Moon and her name is Pabu. The story of Borasisi and Pabu is describing family patterns and the outcast of Pabu.

Asteroid Sphinx can represent great mysteries, but also missing information.

In Gemini, asteroid Kassandra is opposing the Great Attractor. Kassandra is an asteroid named after Cassandra, the prophetess who was able to predict the future, but nobody believed her. Astrologically she is dealing with the truth and whether to believe what others say. She also addresses the ability to follow advice.

The Great Attractor is a powerful point in Sagittarius, a mass of dark matter pulling everything, including our galaxy, toward it. The point has a polarizing effect, sometimes pushing emotions and ideas to extremes.

Venus in Scorpio is sharing her degree with Astraea, the fifth asteroid. In mythology, Astraea was a personification of justice. “During the Golden Age she dwelt upon the earth with mankind, but was driven away by the lawlessness of the later Bronze Age,” tells the Theoi Project site. Zeus then placed her amongst the stars as the constellation Virgo. The scales of justice she carried became the constellation of Libra.

Venus is sextiling Makemake, the newly named dwarf planet, which may have an association with memory, especially the collective memory of a tribe or a nation. This aspect together with Mercury, which is about to turn direct, may show a moment of an easy access to something that has been forgotten long ago.

Every generation — including our parents and us — makes their own mistakes. However, the wisdom of our ancestors can benefit us greatly, if we allow it.


Mercury is Always Retrograde by Eric Francis

Eris Notebook: Dancing with Discord by Eric Francis

Encyclopedia Mythica, Lilith

Planet Waves Weekly, For Friday, June 27th, 2003, A Few Asteroids for Good Measure

Aries New Moon, and the Radha-Eris Conjunction by Eric Francis

Treehouse Mountain

Mechanics of the Future: Asteroids, Martha Lang-Wescott, 1996, Treehouse Mountain

The Theoi Project

Lavansaaren kirkko

One Response to “Full Moon in Aries — October 14, 2008, 20:02 UT”

  1. Eileen Says:

    Hi Kirsti
    I really liked your full moon in Aries report. I found it personally meaningful and it helped me understand life a bit better. Thank you very much for the knowledge you bring to us humble folk. Keep up the good work. And, to all you other readers, please leave a comment so that Kirsti can understand that her words and interpretations are of influence to us. Thank you
    Best wishes
    Catherine Eileen McCaul

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