by Robert Wilkinson
This Full Moon falls at 2 degrees Pisces-Virgo, fulfilling the seed of the past New Moon in Leo. This period will help us cut to the chase and find forms of protection against aggressive elements while we move into tests that may seem an ordeal, but necessary given our new archetypal role we've begun to live.
This practical and protective Full Moon falls on 24 August at 10:05 am PDT, 1:05 pm EDT, 6:05 pm Greenwich (25 August in Bangkok and points east). The Lunation finds 18 Libra rising in Santa Monica, 12 Libra rising in Vancouver, 20 Scorpio in Washington DC, 23 Scorpio in Miami, 15 Capricorn in Rio, 17 Capricorn in London, 22 Capricorn in Amsterdam, 3 Aquarius in Berlin, 7 Aquarius in Tallinn, 30 Aquarius in Sofia, 10 Pisces in Istanbul, and 19 Pisces in Johannesburg.
Moving into Asia and Oceana, we find the Ascendants to be 19 Taurus in New Delhi, 11 Taurus in Trivandrum, 7 Gemini in Bangkok, 24 Gemini in Hong Kong, 24 Cancer in Tokyo, 4 Gemini in Perth, 25 Gemini in Melbourne, 9 Cancer in Brisbane, 22 Cancer in Wellington, and 14 Virgo rising on Maui.
Because the New Moon preceding the Full Moon always represents the seed forms that are brought to surface at and after the Full Moon, please check out The New Moon in Leo - What's Happening August and September 2010. As we are still under the influence of the late June and mid-July Eclipses, you may also want to review the numerous articles in the archives concerning those long term influences.
This is the next to the last Full Moon that falls in a different sign than the previous New Moon. This indicates that this 2 week period of fruition of the seeds of the previous Lunation in many ways anticipates what is to come. That is because the Sun sign of this Full Moon will also be the sign of the coming New Moon on September 8, 2010, at 16 Virgo.
This phenomenon of the Full Moon being in a subsequent sign than the previous New Moon indicates that what is released as realizations in the Full Moon period actually "prepare the ground" for the coming New Moon seed. Strange reversal of function, since you would think the New Moon provides the seed for the next Full Moon. But this set of Lunations works the opposite way.
For astrologers who may be interested, we last had New Moons in the same sign axis as the subsequent Full Moon May 2008 through June 2009. Beginning July 2009 and lasting through September 2010, we have the Sun of the Full Moon in the sign following the Sun of the New Moon.
Another way to look at this is the Sun sign of the Full Moon is the same as and precedes the Sun sign of the next New Moon, reversing the usual way Lunations work. So the fulfillment of the Full Moon sets up the next "seed" to be revealed at the next New Moon. We will again have the Sun of the New Moon in the same sign as the Sun in the following Full Moon from October 2010 through May 2012, after which it again reverses function.
This Full Moon falls at 2 degrees Virgo and Pisces. It is said that the first third of any sign deals with the actional-physical levels of life, and being the first decan of those signs, invokes a sub-influence of Virgo and Pisces. Since the Moon always focuses the light of the Sun in specific forms, the degree symbols for both are important. The Sun degree is the illumination or enlightenment of the Lunation, whereas the Moon shows us the potential forms that enlightenment will take.
The Solar degree Sabian Symbol is "A Large White Cross Upraised." This is a degree of confidence, assurance, and triumph "at the cost of struggle. " We are told by Rudhyar that this symbolizes "dominance of environment through individualistic self-realization."
He also says this degree is one of "the wisdom and compassion which only the experience of suffering and isolation can bring," where we transcend "ego-subjectivity" in order to learn discrimination and detachment. We are told this symbolizes a point of "crucifixion of the ego-centered emotional life," where the mind is left behind "in order that compassion and understanding may rise from the depth of the innermost being" in "a Liberating Ordeal."
Dr. Jones says the keyword is GLORIFICATION and when positive it's said to be a degree of "an utterly selfless enlistment in some dramatic service for the ultimate welfare of humankind." So this Full Moon will demonstrate the light of leaving behind elements of our ego-self so that we can become our Higher Self, using times of solitude to practice detachment, discrimination, compassion and understanding.
We are told this degree is one of "conscious stewardship" where we sustain our "enduring values" in "an uncompromising testimony to (our) deeper allegiances. Here "moral courage is a dynamic for all transcendental achievement," where "fearlessness is a corrective for the maladjustments of both individual and society."
The formula is Sustaining, Practical, Efficient, Specializing, Physical, and Sensitive. Rudhyar states the degree is in the Span of Idealization, in the Actional level of Characterization.
The Lunar degree symbol is "A squirrel hiding from hunters." Rudhyar states this is a degree where we use our "instinct of self-preservation as a basis for greater realization" and lift ourselves to "surer foundations."
He continues with this phase being where we "need both to ensure (our) future subsistence" and protect ourselves "from aggressive social elements." This is a degree where we must store what we need for future well-being, as well as be on the alert to forces of "competition, social aggressivity and greed" to find the "self protection" we need.
Dr. Jones says the keyword is CAUTION and when positive it's said to be a degree of "an intelligent independence of spirit and a consequent real gift for setting the conditions for all personal participation in events." It is a degree of "conscious conservatism" where we preserve our "enduring values" through "an uncompromising loyalty" to our self-interest. Here we can find "high courage in refusing to enter any phase of experience where the risks are out of proportion to probable rewards," and where our "illimitable self-adequacy is contingent on good judgment as the highest of human potentialities."
The formula is Sustaining, Practical, Universal, Specializing, Physical, and Sensitive. Rudhyar states the degree is in the Span of Innocence, and the actional level of Federation.
From these symbols it seems we can see the light of our crucified ego showing us our Higher Self will express itself in a form of caution and loyalty to our values and self-interests. We will see a greater vision of how to be courageous and fearless in the face of those who are maladjusted, and demonstrate these by showing independence of Spirit and good judgment in not taking unnecessary risks.
Here we illuminate and integrate through not compromising when it comes to our dedication to our Spiritual Path, demonstrating this in a way that ends some things while protecting ourselves from overly aggressive people. We can see the light of our Discipleship, which can bring forth deeper and more compassionate forms of feeling, whether directed toward self or others. This period will begin to distribute the alchemy of the recent Leo New Moon.
This will be a very important Full Moon due to Mercury still triggering the Grand Irrationality close to its stationary retrograde point. You can find more about the Grand Irrationality zones of influence by going to yesterday's article on Mercury retrograde, as well as how this may manifest.
Since the aspect is separating, it shows a turning point that is already behind us. However, due to the retrograde nature of the aspect, it will be triggered again in September when the Sun biseptiles Pluto from Mercury's SRX point, and again in late September when Mercury again biseptiles Pluto. So while the turning point may be behind us, there will be reverberations in September.
Other major aspects of importance include the separating Cardinal T-square between Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto, Saturn opposition Uranus, Saturn biquintile Neptune, and Sun semisquare Mars. These all indicate things already past. The only forming aspects involve Jupiter in an out-of-sign conjunction to Uranus, Sun quincunx Jupiter, trine Pluto, and widely triseptile Uranus, Moon quincunx Saturn and sextile Pluto, and Venus and Mars both quintile Pluto while they stay in a fairly steady conjunction through early October.
While I can't comment on all the possible ways these can manifest in general or in our charts, I can say that it will be good to use humor to stay focused on visualizing an ideal we want to see made manifest between now and April 2011. The quintiles will help us find well balanced gifts and unique qualities arising as a result of retiring from old dramas with an awareness of the consequences of recklessness. Some of these will have implications beginning in January 2011 when Saturn crosses the Venus degree of this Lunation.
The quincunxes show many adjustments to be made in our Jupiter and Saturn functions. Here we grow in getting free from oppressive conditions through being galvanized into action and surrendering to a new quality of feeling. Some will need to accept that sometimes quarantine is the best thing when epidemics rage, playing the best they can despite outer harsh conditions. All will experience a form of some "cosmic visitation" that points us to "the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow" (remembering that rainbows only form after a storm!)
The Lunation sextile and trine Pluto will be good for making progress in opening to new experiences that give us a wider perspective through an elevation of view beyond the usual 3 dimensions. We may experience a bit of an ordeal by moving into unknown realms, but it is inevitable if we are to move beyond the traps of the lower self. Just remember to use caution in any risky situation, and be fearless in demonstrating moral courage in the face of maladjusted beings and situations.
Mercury rules the Sun in the Lunation, while Jupiter rules the Moon. These two are not in aspect, so each of the Lights will operate on their own terms without backdrop aspects in force. Still, with Mercury retrograde, the Light will work in indirect or subconscious ways revealing how to use friendly competition to create group consciousness.
The Moon, indicating the form the Light of the Sun will take, will show elements of humor to achieve objectivity and forms of "joy of life's discovery." So the Sun is a completely Virgo influence (even if retrograde in some ways) while the Moon in Pisces has a sub-influence of Aries. Perhaps the protective forms of caution the Moon will reveal will be of some importance next February when Jupiter again transits 2 Aries.
Since this Lunation, like many others at this time, is a See Saw pattern, stay centered, and try not to get lost in the margins even while exploring the outer limits of the field. If you find yourself seesawing between views or energies, try to find the way to mediate between opposing views by finding the third or fourth points that harmonize the opposites.
This time stabilizes a clear understanding of structural strengths and flaws in situations, and offers productivity in capturing needs or new forms of our "shell of personality." We will have to prove ourselves in some way, but the Lunation will offer the ability to get to the heart or truth of any matter.
We find that the line of greatest development is in using opportunities to refine that which is uncultivated to demonstrate some "latent richness" of resources. Go for whatever opens you to a sense of limitless possibilities, and pursue your aspiration in an organized manner.
This should demonstrate through a sense of humor, irony, or satire. Perhaps a sense of the ridiculous will help us move through the powerful changes already set into motion as shown by the separating aspects in the Lunation chart?
In any case, be thoughtful in how and what you expose yourself to as you move through a period of liberation. This shows us the way to the core truth of something, expressed in our ability to take care of our present and future needs. Something's already been dislodged in a big way. Now it's the aftermath, so move slowly and cautiously as you gather what you need while saying goodbye with humor and elegance.
© Copyright 2010 Robert Wilkinson