by Robert Wilkinson
The New Moon falls at 2 Cancer on June 22, 2009, 12:35 pm PDT, 8:11 pm Greenwich, 5:11 am July 23 in Melbourne, Australia. This New Moon in close opposition to Pluto marks a clear definition of the Bucket pattern shooting a massive amount of energy through Saturn's practical and discriminating focus. This begins Summer and the season of working to nurture what must be nurtured, while eliminating the weeds in the garden of personality. Many decisions and actions will be initiated that stabilize our well being for purely practical purposes.
The Grand Irrationality is not dominant in this Lunation, since the primary players are not within significant orb. Thank Heaven for the slack once in a while!! Enjoy the brief respite, since Saturn will again make that pattern significant for many weeks beginning the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 16 degrees of Cancer-Capricorn coming July 7 at 2:21 am PDT, 10:21 am Greenwich. Briefly, I expect that to be a spectacularly great Lunar Eclipse, given it drives a double sextile Grand Earth Trine "Peace Sign" pattern. I'll compose more on that in about a week.
Because Saturn is still the focus for everything, being the "handle" for the Bucket Jones pattern, the next few weeks continues to be a time to be practical, and finish lessons of discernment and ordering. We are finalizing the needed lessons, adjustments, and disciplines in order to know what long range venerable standards we'll be living in the near future.
Our search for those standards began Nov-Dec 2008, In the process we learned about cultivating cooperative skills while seeing possible new adventures where we can link with others, learned about inner guidance, some things erupted so that we could become whole, and we've had karmic confrontations so we could reclaim unused energies or caged-up inner powers. This lunation begins the final blowout of old complexes, so be prepared to allow the release of some powerful inner pressures.
Wherever transiting Saturn is in our charts is where we are learning a joyous rigor of learning and practicing a skill or two. It's THE dominant factor in how the planets express themselves throughout this Summer season, just like it was in the Spring. You can find more about this past season by going to this link on the Vernal Equinox.
Saturn is now direct and making its transit through the last half of Virgo between now and late October, when it will enter Libra. Until then, we are moving through a new experience of the lessons and trials of doing "the Great Work" since we're retracing steps for the third and last time. So our experience of "bottom line" issues are moving forward anew, but because we've already experienced this stuff twice in the past 7 months, we are now familiar with some of it and therefore have some degree of wisdom as a result of our education.
A reminder: For a long time to come, everything connected to the Saturn lessons in our lives is challenging our ability to deal with the long wave ongoing Saturn opposition Uranus. Though still 10+ degrees apart, it's now beginning to come closer, becoming exact in September.
This very powerful pattern is revolutionizing our lives and forcing us to adjust, learn, practice, and be very realistic in training for something that is to come. We can build a new interactive yet protected existence if we can do needed adjustments, conform to a plan, and do whatever it takes to live the higher standard we believe is worthy.
Back to the overall pattern. The Bucket occupied half begins with Pluto, and ends with the New Moon, just like the 2009 Summer Solstice 36 hours ago. I explained some of what is happening with the configurations in that article, so when you're done here, if you want to know more, enjoy revisiting that post.
As the Moon, Mercury, and Venus all occupy the signs they "rule," the life affairs symbolized by these planets will be more clearly evident in their natural function. The Moon rules the Sun and therefore the Lunation, but overall Mercury is the clear chart ruler, as it is the final dispositor for ALL the major outer planets, including the all-important Saturn.
As it is on a degree of a "new vista of concrete, conscious, development," that promises "renewed and enlarged opportunities," then we may as well open our hearts and minds to whatever new information, perceptions, or ideas we discover during this coming 4 weeks. It will show as flashed of uniqueness and/or brilliance because it's quintile Uranus, or perhaps bring specialized opportunities, which may be unexpected in some peculiar way.
Mercury ruled planets and houses will also see irrational actions, events, or critical choices and changes. In fact, all Mutable areas of our charts as well as wherever the Aquarius stellium falls due to Mercury finishing its biseptile to Jupiter, Chiron, and Neptune from the Gemini zone of the Grand Irrationality will be under pressure.
The aspects to this Lunation are few, but powerful. The opposition to Pluto brings that axis into acute focus, where the Moon nurtures the Sun's ability to stand firm and illuminate the purifier that destroys to transform. As Pluto is again on a degree teaching us about the correct v incorrect use of force, this Lunation will show a clear polarization between the corrosive factors and the nurturing factors in existence.
As with the 2009 Summer Solstice chart, Venus and Mars in Taurus cuts the Cancer-Capricorn opposition with a semi-square and sesquisquare. This creates an "Octile" aspect configuration, these being very frictional. In this case, with these planets involved, expect some crises of confrontation and purification to end some things and regenerate some others.
The need will be for some form of Appreciation and Faith in action, where we demonstrate a deeper, more powerful Self-reliance and sense of purpose. There will be tremendous (and tense!) cooperation between the Spiritual and the material, with the possibility of a pure Self-revelation. Concentrate, surrender whatever ego material that must be surrendered to a higher quality of Being, and move toward whatever transpersonal way of existence is opening for you. This is the ability to mutate through frictional (or at least uncomfortable) circumstances.
The only other aspect the Lunation forms is the quintile to Saturn. To reiterate, this will provide unique circumstances and gifts that can help us let some things come up and out to break up old complexes, or release old pent-up ego pressures for purifying our personalities. This will be very easy to do because of Venus and Mars trine Saturn, offering practical stabilization if we're willing to stop contemplating and get it in gear!
These Earth trines are very good for planning and executing actions that will bring wealth, stability, work, and a sense of clear purpose with the inner authority to achieve what we will. We just have to be willing to do the detail work and not fall into a comfortable rut, or continue a rut we've been in. This is a training period, so be robust in embracing what you need to with enthusiasm, remember that this is about the eternal battle between light and darkness, and keep moving toward those venerable standards you've been seeking.
A New Moon sets the seed forms for what the following 4 weeks will demonstrate. This is the first New Moon of the Solar year that gives substantial form to the lessons of the "3 High Moons" preceding it. The Life Force, grounded by the "Eternal Buddha Nature," and given form as a set of instructions and lessons for the year to come through The World Teacher, are now able to be felt and shaped appropriately according to individual needs.
This New Moon in Cancer falls at 2 degrees, a point of getting beyond two-dimensional searching and gaining elevation in the 3rd and/or 4th dimensions of Consciousness. This shows a way beyond mere intellect, and raising the point of view to see "reality" in a "truer perspective" and a wider view of the interrelationships of things, people, and events. We are told we can broaden our perspective, and use our intelligence and "objective self-control" to overcome circumstances.
According to Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, we find this symbol is one of "an illimitable overview" of experience we can use to take care of details, and a poise of free choice through which we can "escape the bondage of any random compulsions." The keyword is CONTEMPLATION, and we are told this degree is "an exceptional spread of comprehension and a continual self-orientation of understanding."
Regarding the other aspects in the Lunation chart, we still have the Aquarius stellium exerting many influences as described in other recent. While Mercury is biseptile the Aquarius stellium, Venus and Mars binovile the stellium, setting up many Spiritual realizations as a result of things coming out of gestation. Again, the seeker will turn Warrior fighting anew "the Great Battle." This will be most powerful for anyone with planets at 7 Aries, Leo, or Sag, 17 Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn, and 27 Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius. If you have planets within 2 degrees of these points, the effects should be very dramatic, and you'll definitely find multiple major spiritual realizations!
Find the self confidence you need to stay centered as chaotic conditions continue to show as a result of the oppositions to Pluto. Practice concentration and self-discipline, see what's happening as the pioneering efforts at illuminating a new life and set of habits, and try not to be unnerved by the extreme oppositions and polarizations going on.
Whatever is coming up must be let loose and released, so that further refinements of our feeling natures can occur. It's not about braking action so much as full-on realizations to the core! We're finding new ways of managing our individuality, with many opportunities to heal into our Higher Self by practicing ways to pick up and deliver some "higher power" that is our duty to master.
We are still learning ways to find genuine dispassion so we can prove our ability while deepening and broadening our experience of subtle feelings that link us across generations with other seekers of the highest. Release your inhibitions by getting a new view of how you have been repressing something before now.
To sum up, be efficient, adapt your understanding based in what's coming up out of subconsciousness that was forced down before now, and find the ideal that will help you heal into your Higher Self. We can find totems of enduring worth and stability, where we embrace a continuity of meaning and an anchor for the identity of the Higher Self.
This time continues to teach us about meaningful traditions, and can bring a very high realization of values as well as the ability to use them skillfully. We are opening new doors of feeling-perception and activity through using the techniques shown to us during these weeks. As noted earlier, these are the seeds that will be released globally at the coming July 2009 Full Moon Eclipse, so take note.
You can bet I'll be composing more on that very important celestial event in the near future. After all, that Eclipse will express in very favorable ways the World Teaching for the coming year that was just released for the Spiritual benefit of all sentient beings on Earth. We have a major protective integration coming that will open the hearts of everyone on Earth. Now is the time to reorient toward that wider view, accepting a newer, broader allegiance.
© Copyright 2009 Robert Wilkinson