The Full Moon on 5 October 2017 falls at 12º Aries decan 2. This is only one aspect to Mercury and an adjustment quincunx to Neptune from the Sun. The Full Moon falls on the fixed star Alderamin in Cepheus the King. This Full Moon in Aries decan 2 has no special dignity and will generally run counter to popular culture since the Moon usually rules what is popular. Full Moon in Aries 2 is a protector and warrior, rather than a conventional nurturer.

This spartan Full Moon teaches us then to be strong and independent, and we will reject people or projects that appear too ‘needy’. At this Full Moon, the family may be seen as as a shackle, especially for those who like to keep active and travel light. We may find it very hard to put down roots, as this energy makes us the proverbial rolling stones who gather no moss. The Moon in Cepheus the King.

Full Moon October Astrology

Manilus says of Cepheus; “Offspring of Cepheus will also furnish words for the buskin of tragedy [Cepheus is depicted in the garb of a tragic actor] whose pen, if only on paper, is drenched in blood; and the paper [the audience at a performance], no less will revel in the spectacle of crime and catastrophe in human affairs.”] This Moon brings popularity to writers of tragedy, horror, thrillers and murder mystery into the collective. Aries decan 2 is ruled by the Sun which means it is also the Leo decan of Aries, it will raise issues of sovereignty. Who is fit to be our leader? Someone who has the characteristics of Alderamin perhaps?

Full Moon October on Alderamin

Fixed star Alderamin is in the right shoulder of the king. Most of constellation Cepheus (The King) aligns with Aries decan 2 (Six of the fourteen stars) which suits this very regal decan just fine. Alderamin is the largest star in Cepheus but it doesn’t get a specific write up. Robson says of “Cepheus in general “It gives authority and a sober mind, sometimes making its natives judges or arbitrators, but exposes to cruel and severe trials.”

Bernadette Brady on the other hand writes that “Alderamin symbolizes balanced male energy, in harmony with the feminine and the earth with the context of the focus, concentrated energy of the masculine, rather than the more passive, intuitive energy of the feminine. It is the version of kingship represented in Celtic myths of the King who willingly returns his body to the soil in order to fertilize his culture. Strong, but in harmony with life. The star is associated with gentle power, focused and forceful but not aggressive” [1] We see an element of melancholy and resigned sacrifice for the good of the whole. This is not a King who is about service to his own egoistical ambitions, despite the burning solar energy of this decan as a whole.

Full Moon October 2017

Full Moon October Aspects

Moon opposite Mercury creates a synergy or conflict  between  the rational mind and gut instincts. The restlessness creates great drive and a state of flux like the tides washing in  and out. This can make for a very creative, self-purifying energy with a huge need to communicate the fluctuating moods to a wider audience. Artistically this aspect shows itself as paying close attention to the small details, whether it be clothing, architecture, visual appearance or behavior. The tension of the opposition manifests as a magic wand once we have tamed the mind to work with intuition. This highly strung energy needs plugging into something creative in order to channel its nervous, restlessness.


Sun quincunx Neptune makes us prone to dissolving! So those touched by this Full Moon may have great difficulty holding onto their ego. Boundaries between ourselves and others are blurry and some are able to absorb the collective unconsciousness like a  sponge. The is a proclivity to escapism and all forms of addictions. This is because physical sensitivity to the pain in the real world is so great. Some people could suffer health problems due to their lack of ‘armour’ from external penetration, psychically or physically. Others can be too self-sacrificial, devoting themselves entirely to a person or cause.

Full Moon October 2017 ~ Summary

This Full Moon in Aries 2 teaches us that we get the leaders we deserve. If we are too dependent on authorities then of course we lay ourselves open to abuse by them. The more power we give these ‘Kings’ over our lives, the more danger there is of them abusing it. This is a spartan Full Moon which means we have to let go of our dependency on collectivism and group-think. There is a call now for individualism. Many dispersant individual thinkers and divergent thoughts are far less easy to put into boxes and control.

The aspects of this October Full Moon are about making adjustment and the ability to be fluid. As soon as someone thinks they have you nailed, you need to be chameleon-like and able to change your colours. Don’t make it easy for them! There is positive self-sacrifice and negative self sacrifice. One who “willingly returns his body to the soil in order to fertilize his culture.” would be a positive way to give yourself up for the greater good. But becoming human bait for vampiric entities to manipulate their own agendas, would be a negative way.

1. Stars & Planet Combinations. Bernadette Brady. Pg 116.
Image ref: Still from Game Of Thrones. 2015

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