For the Full Moon in Aries: Why I Run

This weekend we have a Full Moon, peaking Sunday at 4:08 pm CST, when the Moon in Aries is directly across from the Sun in Libra at 20 degrees each. 

The assignment is this: in a season when we're holding the essence of Libra in our consciousness - holding balance, beauty, and fairness with others - we can tune into the part of us that is self-sufficient, assertive, and independent. This is the dynamic of sign polarity.

What of you is Aries?
It is the part of you that is... 

The Warrior 
The Salsa Dancer 
The Pioneer
The Swashbuckling Hero
The Dynamic Leader

Aries is the the spark of first fire at the start of things. This is why we associate it with the initiation of the spring season in the northern hemisphere. The bravery, the audacity, the gaul!, of those first shoots of spring that burst through the earth and reach to the sun despite all of the odds against them. Such hope in this act! I love it!

Aries is the part of us that raises the hand and says, "I'll go. I'll do it. I'll lead. Follow me." 

We need the Aries inside of us. As Brene Brown says, "Every time we are brave with our lives, we make the people around us a little braver and our organizations bolder and stronger.” And how can we be brave with our lives, Brene? She declares: “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”

Can you feel into this? Do you know this part of you? How do you know you're in your Aries? We ALL have Aries in our charts, just as we all have Aries in us. It's about stirring the energy awake and embodying it in a non-violent and thoughtful way. 

Aries is important to me because I'm an Aries Rising. This means it's the energy that I lead with when I start new things, meet new situations, and approach something I'm starting. Because our Rising Sign is our "out front" vibe, so to speak, we want to be channeling it in an inspiring way. (If you've had a reading with me, you know how I talk about it.)

According to my language then, I'm here (like all Aries Rising folks) to inspire you to be BRAVE. To do brave things. To say brave things. Is this how you see me? Do I strike you as a "go getter?" Am I living bravely? 

I hope I'm embodying Aries with grace. If not, I will appear combative, competitive, impulsive, domineering, feisty, bossy, abrasive... And it's always possible to express both the light and shadow of a sign at once!

If you've worked with me, you know I talk about how the shadow parts of us can be integrated when we ask them what they wanted to be.

Me: "Hey B, when you made all of those unilateral decisions, and got mad when you couldn't ram your will through the situation, what were you wanting to be, girl? What was the sincere intention that wasn't getting to be expressed? 

Also me: "I wanted to feel like a leader. I wanted to know I have agency in my life. I wanted to connect with my courage and my capacity to make things happen."


Me: "Well, then let's do this."

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This Full Moon, I'm doing the most Aries thing possible and running my third marathon. Above, that's Dallas (my first - where I'm from and live today) and Bemidji, MN (my second - a small town I adore in a state with my maternal family). The former shows the end of a race, the latter depicts the beginning.

I head to Chicago this time. Chicago is where I went to college (Northwestern). It’s a city that always felt like a friend to me.

Tapping into my Aries Rising has changed my life. A few years ago, I literally never exercised, and I had lost the sense that I had any agency. Agency is a guiding key word in my life now. This is an important way that Astrology has helped shape my self-concept in powerful ways that changed the course of my path.

I think it had felt hard for me to really dig into my Aries, because as an empath who struggled with boundaries for so long (Pisces Sun / Libra North Node), I was aware that a lot of people don’t like women to be Aries. I know that the response can be: “who does she think she is?” I FEEL it from people. But I can no longer let that keep my Aries small. Nor should anyone, frankly.

Channeling your Rising Sign is the key to bringing momentum to your life. It is the point of embodiment in the chart. It is both the hull (direction) and the rudder (force) of your ship (purpose). I'm very passionate about discussing one's Rising Sign because knowing it can be a real game changer for people. It was for me.

If you've never had an astrological reading, and you'd like to learn about the relationship between your purpose (Sun) and your momentum (Rising Sign), the offering you'd want to pick on my website is Astral Awakening.

In the remainder of this email, I speak more about my personal journey with running and all it's taught me about myself. If you took my class Soft Strength or my webinar Something's Got to Change, then you know that I talk a lot about the importance of rebuilding strength if there have been years of self-betrayal or self-abandonment or stagnation.

Running was central for me because it became actual, undeniable proofof my strength in a period when I really needed it be indisputable.

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These are the notes I created for myself after my first marathon. As I ran, I had let my mind wander and through all of the teachings of the process of preparation, and I corralled them here. I'm sharing because they have been very popular when I've posted them before. Click here to read my IG post about it.

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On Instagram, I also posted a piece on "Why I Run."

Psst: it's for her. You can read it HERE.

Wishing everyone a beautiful Full Moon weekend. Watch your words. The astrology is a little feisty on this Hunter's Moon. Pause before reacting to let the hot feelings pass. Apologize if you say something you wish you hadn't. These too are the teachings of Aries.

XO,
Britten

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