Tonight’s Full Moon In Aries Means It’s Time To Set Some Fires


Speak your mind and burn it down

A full moon has a reputation. Emotional, influential, summoner of tides—a full moon has a presence that precedes its arrival. People glance up at the night sky when the time is near and say, “The moon is so big, could it be full yet?” A full moon waits to fill out, gets fatter and richer night by night. This month, the moon is full in Aries, and if you thought the moon only cast a cool light, you’re in for a surprise. An Aries moon is a hot moon, a fiery moon, a “lose-your-cool 'cuz things just don’t add up” kind of moon. An Aries moon has a young heart and an ancient right to the throne. She was born to pull swords out of stone and light the effigies of the old guard on fire. An Aries moon doesn’t know who she is yet, but she knows who she’s not. She is always becoming, always turning away from what limits her.

Also, this month’s full moon is conjunct Chiron in Aries, and while Chiron is but an asteroid, his influence is no small matter. The wounded healer, Chiron challenges us to face the first cut and find out just how deep it goes. Chiron knows that the places where we store shame are the places we store our compassion, that private fears and psychic ability pull water from the same well. The old wisdom holds true, despite climate change and the changing terrain, the poison still grows near the cure. Chiron aims to teach us how to tend to our wounds with grace so that we might recognize these wounds in others and forgive what we recognize—making each of us healers. 

Lilith, too, is not far from the scene, conjunct Aries’ ruling planet Mars in Aquarius, and what rises from the deep well is a potent mix of old betrayals, broken vows, fears of abandonment, and karmic cycles of desire and despair so deeply entrenched in our bones, they cast shadows of old Babylonian sculptures; and Lilith was a goddess who took up snakes, symbols of sex and transformation. 

And, perhaps it’s here that I can write: I believe Christine Blasey Ford like I believed Anita Hill. Jupiter and Venus are still in Scorpio, after all, blessing the survivors. And, isn’t every woman coming forward with a truth that could have killed her a kind of phoenix? This full moon, cardinal fire, sextile to black moon Lilith, asks us what power looks like in the hands of those who were once denied it. 

An Aries full moon is an invitation to a pyre, a purging of what refuses to make good on its word, a release of what won’t serve us now or ever. Like always, the full moon is opposite the Sun (in Libra), but this time the Sun is conjunct Mercury in Libra, an aspect that asks us whether we’re willing to take up the space we need rather than the space we’ve been allotted. What’s come up and coming up might be hard to talk about (especially if you’re the avoidant type, especially if you’d in a purging mood), but not talking about it is worse, believe me. It’s good to remember that while the full moon might inspire you to set the whole thing on fire and walk off the scene feeling wild and free, à la Angela Bassett in Waiting to Exhale, our lives are infinitely more interconnected and complex than one scene in a movie.

This full moon, remember that you can exhale at any time. That you can reclaim your time and bet on yourself, that you’re allowed to feel betrayed and burning desire for what will ultimately break your heart, that none of those things are irreconcilable with your generous spirit and your ability to care for others. This is the moon when your tongue will beg to unfurl, when setting yourself free will feel like dousing a bridge in gasoline. Listen, the universe is inside you and on your side, so act with integrity. Whatever the truth burns, it was meant to burn, on the other side of that fire—you will rise again, wiser. 

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.