by Robert Wilkinson
Any New Moon kicks off a 4 week period of activity lasting through the next New Moon. Since December 2008, we've had a series of New Moons within the larger cluster of planets between Capricorn and Aries. This span will continue through the New Moon of late April affecting May. This week we are at the midpoint of 4 months of this cluster dominating everything. After that the New Moons will be outside the cluster, and allow for broader perspectives and experiences.
The cluster implies that things are fairly squeezed at present, with a lot of activity going on within a narrow frame of reference. Wherever we have Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, and early Aries in our charts is where we have this "crowded house." Whether in our inner world, or our outer activities, this span is heavily activated at this time.
Any large scale cluster of planets provides an extraordinary overweighting in that area of our charts. In this case, everything is contained and defined within the on-going major transformational energies of Pluto in Capricorn biseptiled at the other end by Venus in Aries slowing to its coming stationary retrograde point. Pluto opens the occupied span while Venus closes it.
I've explored elements of this huge cluster in recent Eclipse posts. Pluto beginning the span indicates broad-based upheaval and/or purifications, leading to the sprouting of Spiritual Seeds. Then comes the present Aquarius cluster of North Node, Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, Chiron, and Neptune. Recently the Sun and Moon were also there. This is a gathering of Aquarian energies of major proportions, and may even portend the gathering and forming of significant elements boosting the energies of the coming Age of Aquarius, as discussed in other articles.
The cluster ended with Uranus in Pisces until Venus extended the sign influence into Aries Feb 2-3, foreshadowing the coming transits through that sign beginning late March lasting through late May. This span involves the rulers of 10 of the 12 signs, thus influencing our charts in every way possible on inner and outer levels. The entire cluster is focused through Saturn's nozzle at 20 Virgo, showing us ground we covered in November 2008 from a different perspective.
Right now, Venus will biseptile Pluto, septile Neptune and Chiron, and triseptile Saturn for three weeks from its stationary retrograde point in mid-Aries. As I noted in yesterday's article, this is a very intense time for choices and changes due to constant pressure in 4 zones of the Grand Irrationality. When the Moon, Ascendant, and Midheaven move through any of the 7 zones they activate the entire pattern.
Since all the planets are disposited by the Mercury-Saturn mutual reception, it absolutely influences every sign in every chart. Obviously the parts of our lives where we have Aries, Taurus, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn and Aquarius will be most impacted, since the planets that occupy or rule these signs are making the Grand Irrationality pattern active.
However, all the signs will feel major impact, since so many planets are still activating sensitive points from recent events, such as the eclipses and the Mars-Jupiter conjunction set long wave patterns of change into motion. These, plus others already triggered as well as those yet to be set into motion are making the Winter and Spring of 2009 a very important time for choosing our futures.
The Winter Solstice of 2008 with the New Moon in Capricorn initiated a new Pluto influence, which as you know from many other posts involves the Galactic Center influences set into motion by anything transiting late Sagittarius and early Capricorn. Large scale purifications were activated which will put pressure on everyone to reorganize their lives for years to come.
The recent New Moon in Aquarius was a Solar Eclipse that will bring in major new manifestations unrelated to past events and actions. We will all be able to open to a new potential arising from Cosmos even as many things end over the next 3+ years preparing the way for more Age of Aquarius manifestations.
The current New Moon in Pisces continues this activation, extending the Lunation influence into Pisces. This boosts the endings natural for this time of year and blesses us to clarify to a greater degree the standards we venerate, as well as what we're willing to preserve into the future through important life choices happening the next few weeks.
Next month's New Moon in Aries conjunct Venus RX will extend the influence into the new initiatives, visions, and laws governing what manifests in our lives beginning in April. These new forms and activities will push well into May when Mars and Venus both move through the Aries zone of the Grand Irrationality and trigger the point where Venus is about to go stationary retrograde.
All of this adds up to the first half of 2009 being an extraordinarily important time of choices affecting the future for all of us, individually and collectively. I'll continue to explore the various elements of decision making as planets activate the trigger points of the Grand Irrationality these next 3 months, and will definitely give you the latest on this larger pattern pervading our times in the next Spiritual Astrology series of articles coming soon.
Copyright © 2009 Robert Wilkinson