Have you ever wondered why people seem to go crazy at the Full Moon? Why are hospitals and the police on heightened alert every twenty-eight days? What makes this astrological event so powerful and potentially disruptive?
Full Moons are a time of opposition, of extremes, of clashes between who we want to be and what makes us feel safe, of venting what was brewing in the shadow and unleashing our emotional drama onto the world around us. When the Sun opposes the Moon, which happens at Full Moon, our inner world comes under the spotlight — raw, instinctual, and full of feeling. Secrets, obsessions, unformed thoughts, unfathomable needs surge from the deep and hit us with the power of a tsunami. It’s a paroxysm, a culmination, a release, and an ending. Often it’s a realization, a light-bulb moment, and sometimes it’s an actual event. What it always does, however, is highlight an imbalance in your life.
Let us be clear, not all Full Moons will have you shrieking and screaming and kicking like a two-year-old. Each Full Moon is different, and will affect you differently, or not at all, depending on where it falls, and what it touches in your chart and in the sky above. If the Full Moon touches a busy part of your chart, you’re bound to experience it strongly. One of the key factors in understanding a Full Moon is the astrological house it falls into in your natal chart. If you are not familiar with the concept, below is a quick run through the meaning of astrological houses, and here you can find out how your chart is divided into the twelve sectors of the zodiac.
Starting from the Ascendant, your natal chart is divided into twelve parts, each carrying a different meaning, ranging from the self, resources, family, and all the way to reputation and the collective (click on image to expand). Astrological events like a Full Moon or a planet’s temporary motion through a house indicate a time of increased activity in the particular sector signified by the astrological house.
The Full Moon through the houses
With the Moon in one house, and the Sun in the opposite one, the effects of a Full Moon are felt in two houses, not just one. Below is a breakdown by house polarity.
First/Seventh House Axis
If the Full Moon falls in your first or seventh house, it marks a culmination of experiences, feelings, or events that affect you on a very personal level. It’s the battle of the ego versus relationships, of autonomy versus dependency. You now feel the need to focus on yourself, whether in terms of looks, how you present yourself, the impact you make on others, or your general direction in life. Have you neglected your needs in favour of those of others recently? Have your priorities changed? Has a relationship or partnership come to a natural conclusion? What or who are you ready to let go of? How can your needs be met without clashing with those of somebody close to you? A major negotiation may be coming up. Or perhaps you or your relationship will get under the spotlight over the next few weeks. The challenge is finding a harmonious approach while still taking optimal care of yourself.
Second/Eighth House Axis
If the Full Moon falls in your second or eighth house, you have strong feelings about intimacy, finances, and your sense of self-worth. A financial project or your earnings may have changed or fluctuated wildly, or you’ve just finished repaying a loan, your taxes, or made a big investment that matters to you. Maybe you’ve been re-assessing how secure you feel financially or in terms of inner resources. Does sharing with somebody else make you uncomfortable? Or perhaps what you value or what you own has come under the spotlight, and a deep transformation is now on the cards. In your search for the absolute truth, you’ve been asking yourself all the hard questions. Is the balance of give and take at an intimate level what you truly need? Somebody may be leaning on you for support, financial or otherwise. The challenge is taking care of your finances and those of your loved ones without turning them into an issue of power and control.
Third/Ninth House Axis
If the Full Moon falls in your third or ninth house, the spotlight is on siblings, cousins, neighbours, as well as learning, beliefs, and travel. Perhaps you’ve had an argument, or you’re just fed up with all the calls and emails you’ve been getting from them. You’ve been pulled into too many directions at once, and everybody wants something of you. An important document could arrive, or you could be asked to run an unexpected errand or go on a trip. If you have legal dealings under way, there could be a complication, or a breakthrough. Your personal horizons may be tested now. Or you might be finishing a course of studies or a writing project. In any case, this is a good time to give voice to your feelings, beliefs, and philosophy of life. All of the attention you’ve had to give to mundane affairs has you hungering for meaning, purpose, and adventure.
Fourth/Tenth House Axis
If the Full Moon falls in your fourth or tenth house, the spotlight is on the home, family, career, and reputation. Perhaps there is an imbalance between your work and your home life, between your private and public persona, or your family or work is taking up excessive mental energy. A major family rift might be healed, or perhaps work on your house is now complete. This sector also rules your roots, whether emotional, physical or psychological. You might have an important realization of what you truly need to feel safe and comfortable. There might be a breakthrough that gives you a strong sense of belonging, or that connects you with your family or ancestors. Or you might find yourself thrown into the limelight, with nowhere to hide. Career matters come to a head, with sudden changes of direction possible, culminations, or clashes with people in authority. You may be asked to take charge of an important situation.
Fifth/Eleventh House Axis
This is the axis of creativity, friends, groups, children, romance, and fun. Have you neglected these aspects of your life recently? Is it time to end a personal project, hobby or a fling? Or perhaps your relationship or personal project has reached new heights. Or it’s time for that special party or play that you’ve been planning for a while. The need for self-expression is strong, and you will not take no for an answer. The focus is on playing hard and having fun. Yet, your children or friends might be especially demanding at this time, and ‘me’-time might be non-existent, with repercussions on your sense of well-being. You might decide it’s time to move on from a friend or group, or join a new one that is more in synch with your intellectual, humanitarian or social aspirations. Your friendships might come under the spotlight, or you might have a great heart-to-heart with them that brings you closer together. Visions for your future might take centre stage now.
Sixth/Twelfth House Axis
The Full Moon in the sixth or twelfth house highlights daily routine, health, work, and the mind-body connection. Your exercise routine and diet reach a new peak. Your dissatisfaction with your work conditions spills over. You might feel under the weather due to overwork at this time. You might get closure on a health problem or habit that you’ve been trying to break for a while. Or a work project might come to fruition. The sixth house also rules your pets, so something could come up with them. Your needs oscillate between order and chaos, cleanliness and contamination, detail and generalizations. You have an overwhelming need to be alone, and focus on your inner life. The time is ripe for some therapy, or to deal with suppressed emotions. Not a time for high energy and action, but one for dreams, inspiration, diving into the subconscious, and recharging.
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