by Robert Wilkinson
This Full Moon falls at the 30th degree of Leo-Aquarius. It will show us a much greater view of our interconnectedness and how to express our love. This period will reveal how to manage our perspective as we learn more creativity or natural self-expression. The next two weeks will show us what we need to share with others as we move into a greater "unified field."
This activating and grounding Full Moon occurs 18 February at 0:34 am PST, 3:34 am EST, and 8:34 am Greenwich (late January 17 in Maui). The Lunation finds 27 Scorpio rising in Santa Monica, 16 Scorpio rising in Vancouver, 30 Sagittarius in Washington DC (recent Lunar Eclipse alert!), 4 Capricorn in Miami, 27 Aquarius in Rio, 15 Aries in London, 28 Aries in Amsterdam, 15 Taurus in Berlin, 1 Taurus in Johannesburg, 18 Gemini in Tallinn, 20 Taurus in Sofia, 26 Taurus in Istanbul, and 21 Taurus in Cairo.
Moving into Asia and Oceana, we find the Ascendants to be 7 Cancer in New Delhi, 28 Gemini in Trivandrum, 21 Cancer in Bangkok, 7 Leo in Hong Kong, 3 Virgo in Tokyo, 16 Cancer in Perth, 17 Leo in Melbourne, 1 Virgo in Brisbane, 3 Libra in Wellington, and 28 Libra 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 New Moon in Aquarius Pt. 1 - What's Happening in February 2011 as well as New Moon in Aquarius 2011 Pt. 2 - Welcome to Accelerated Accomplishment and Angelic Energies. Of some note is this Full Moon forms sextiles and trines to the powerful December 2010 Lunar Eclipse at 30 Sagittarius-Gemini still in effect. (The link takes you to part 3, which has links to parts 1 and 2).
Those around the world who will definitely feel effects of this Full Moon are the places where it falls near the angles of the chart. Thus we will see major effects along the East Coast of South America, Eastern Europe, East and South Africa, East Asia and Eastern Australia.
As we are still under the influence of both the July 2010 Solar Eclipse in Cancer and January 2011 Solar Eclipse in Capricorn, you may also want to review the numerous articles in the archives concerning those long term influences. As noted above, the Ascendant for this Full Moon in Washington DC is the same degree as the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse Sun, so something set into motion then will surface in our nation's affairs over the next two weeks.
So far, many have reported this to be a difficult Full Moon for them. I'll discuss the aspects happening right now down the page a bit, but will note that a Full Moon heightens feelings, and this one has an exact Venus square Saturn going on, with Saturn exactly sesquisquare the Sun and semisquare the Moon. This would create some gear grinding whether the Moon is full or not! And of course, the Grand Irrationality is in dynamic form right now, revolution and protests are going on all over the world in one form or another, and so is it any wonder the waters of life are highly agitated?
This is the fifth Full Moon Sun that falls in the same sign as the previous New Moon, continuing to offer us a consistent (and "natural") way of experiencing the New Moon-Full Moon sequence. We had Full Moon Suns in different signs than the previous New Moon from July 2009 through September 2010. We'll have the current sequences of the New Moon Sun being in the same sign as the next Full Moon Sun through May 2012, after which it will again reverse function and the Full Moon Sun will be the same as the following New Moon Sun.
As I've explained in previous Full Moon articles,
... 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....
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....
So now the New Moon-Full Moon cycle is "back to normal," in the sense that now we have the illuminated form shown to us at the New Moon which is fulfilled by the light of the same sign at the subsequent Full Moon. The New Moons will all fall in the first half of their signs and the Full Moons will all fall in the last half of their signs from now through May 2012. Seeds shown in the first half, fulfillment in the second half makes some kind of sense.
This Full Moon falls at the last degree of Aquarius and Leo. It is said that the last third (decan) of any sign deals with the individual, mental, and spiritual levels of life, and being the third decan of those signs, invokes a sub-influence of Libra and Aries.
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 symbol for the 30th degree of Aquarius is "The field of Ardath in bloom." (Students of "The Magic of Space" take note!) Rudhyar says this is a degree of "Soul refreshing inner poetry of being," and "Spiritually nurtured sentiment which illumines the heart." We are told this degree can bring Spiritual memories, and one where we find "the ability for the person with an open mind and a deep feeling for self-transcendence to come in contact with higher forms of existence."
He goes on to say this is a degree fulfilling Aquarius energies where we may find a profound contact and identification with elements of ancient Babylonian wisdom, or even members of a true Spiritual Brotherhood. Here we can directly experience states of "multi-unity," where many come together within a vast field of Light-Life. We are particles within vast waves of Light, and can find fulfillment in spiritual group awareness and what he terms "Conscious Totality of Being."
He says this degree falls in the Span of Perspective, Act of Capitalization, and Scene of Management on the Individual-Mental level. As this degree falls in the zone of transition from the end of the Age of Pisces to the entry into the Age of Aquarius, it will illuminated the "Cusp of the Age." Perhaps over the next two weeks we can catch glimpses of what our collective future could look like over the next 100 years!
Dr. Jones says this is a degree of "the spiritual integrity of nature herself, a "mystic meadow" showing us "an ageless... challenge to modern life." He speaks of "the inherent friendliness of the universe," and "the capacity of (our) destiny to endow (us) with fruits of (our) good rather than (our) bad works." He offers the keyword CONTINUITY, and states that when positive, the degree is "self-illumination through exceptional service to others."
So this is a degree of individual-mental activity in a group setup helping us manage our energies within a larger field of interconnected light-life. Here we see the power of non-separateness bringing us "the benefits and merits of our altruistic behavior," so that we can find healthy interdependence within an enlightened field leading us to a higher awareness of "the I and I" and "conscious totality of Being."
The Lunar degree symbol for the 30th degree of Leo is "An unsealed letter." Rudhyar states this is a degree of "Basic faith in the goodness of life," "confidence," and "...trust in, or desire to see to the bottom of all things. This is a degree of "the realization by the individual that all thoughts and all messages are inevitably to be shared with all (beings."
He continues with this phase being where we understand the futility of believing that our ideas and feelings are exclusively ours, and that we must learn to share what we know with others to release the best potential of the individual. Here we can see that we are "a participant in the One Mind of humanity," and that "nothing can really be hidden, except superficially and for a brief time."
This is a degree finalizing Leo energies, where we see we are all part of the "global brain," and that when Spirit speaks to one, others will also hear the call. It falls in the Span of Interpretation, Act of Stabilization, and Scene of Release on the Individual-Mental level.
Dr. Jones says this is a degree of "the spiritual integrity of all things in and of themselves," where we learn the value of discretion. Here we find that "suspicion is a poison to the mind whenever it becomes a set of temperament rather than a normal competency in applying the lessons of experience." Here we learn about trusting others regardless of past disappointments so we can discover how much we should or should not do so in our individual interactions.
He offers the keyword CONFIDENCE. When positive it's said to be a degree of "exceptional skill in winning and holding the respect of everybody."
So this is a degree of learning nonpossessiveness regarding knowledge, and how to share what knowledge and insights we've acquired and value so that others may be benefited thereby. Here we also learn about who we can and cannot trust through sharing "vital and confidential news." It offers us the promise of inspired ideas that we should share with others in our world.
From these symbols it seems we can see the light of a fulfilled group awareness showing us how we belong to a larger field of light-life expressing itself in forms that are dramatic, loving, heartfelt, and generous. We can find illumination in being aware of our larger field of consciousness we share with others in our "light family," and in managing group energies. This will take shape as we see and express the generosity of the Cosmos which helps us find those with whom we can nonpossessively share knowledge and experience.
How we focus the next two weeks will show us our "point of Light within the Mind of God," and what we need to manage within that larger field of awareness. We can find opportunities to learn non-separateness and non-possessiveness, and glimpse our larger field of relatedness wherein we can express our integrity while learning who we can and cannot trust, and to what degree. Here the light of our seeing our light and the light of others can be released in expressions of shared love and knowledge.
As this Lunation falls on the culminating degrees of Leo and Aquarius, it shows the natural fulfillment of the archetypal roles the signs indicate. What is coming forth from this Full Moon will show us how our transformational process can be seen and experienced within a vast perspective of light that takes playful, creative, spontaneous, and dramatic forms.
The past several Full Moons have technically been what is called "Void of Course" since they fell on the last degree of the sign and made no forming aspects before leaving the sign. This one is different, which I'll discuss shortly. For now, I want to clarify some things about a Void of Course Moon.
Supposedly a "Void of Course" Moon shows that nothing significant will happen concerning events at that time. That is a very limited and erroneous view of an astrological phenomenon. Life is infinite and ever-changing demonstrating its robustness through "the 10,000 things" that eternally come and go in the course of an eternal stream of interrelated events. Since all that arises are part of our magnetic field within the larger Unified Field of Consciousness, how could there ever be a time "when nothing significant happens?"
So regardless of the supposedly VOC Full Moons at this time in history, we must search for the meaning of the configurations since they reveal the evolving Divine Patterns in the NOW. Remember that we have the power to act or react from our center of Higher Awareness, and are not victims of astrological patterns.
As an aside, besides the objections I raised in my articles on the Void of Course Moon, historically the VOC Moon was used ONLY in Horary Astrology before the latter part of the 20th century. That would seemingly limit the validity in applying it in the other branches of Astrology, including any evaluation of a Lunation where the Moon falls in the final degree(s) of a sign.
This Lunation finds the Moon in the last degree of Leo. Apart from what I've just stated, this Lunation is not VOC as the Moon makes a very tight biquintile to Jupiter before it leaves Leo and the Sun is forming a decile (semi-quintile) to Jupiter. This offers us interactive gifts and opportunities to share these with our world wherever early Aries, late Leo, and late Aquarius fall in our charts.
The Lunation also makes numerous "out of sign" forming aspects, showing a change in conditions must occur before they come into play. Among the more important aspects are Moon sesquisquare Venus and semisquare Saturn, heightening the influence of the exact Venus square Saturn at work over the next two weeks. This shows some tough choices in our values and relationships, where we turn corners and/or put the brakes on things ruled by Venus and Saturn.
As I mentioned in the previous article, in this Lunation we have the Sun at 30 Aquarius, vitalizing The Grand Irrationality. Even though it's separating from the conjunction to Neptune and septile to Pluto, it's within the Aquarius zone, bringing light and power to that "destiny producing configuration" wherever it falls in our natal charts. This is a crucial moment of decision all over the world for more of us than we may suspect!
This is one of those times when the entire pattern is intensified due to the conjunction of the Sun with Neptune. Add that Mars is now also activating the pattern through a forming septile to Pluto and conjunction with Neptune, and Mercury will join the party within a very few days, and you can see how we all are at major turning points. The wide-spread protests certainly show this to be the case with millions around the world!
To remind you, Neptune and Pluto anchor the pattern, so by checking out their positions we can figure what's happening to who and when. The current hot zones of the Grand Irrationality are 6-8 Capricorn, 28-30 Aquarius, 19-21 Aries, 11-13 Gemini, 2-4 Leo, 24-26 Virgo, and 15-17 Scorpio. If you have a planet or point a degree or two to either side of these zones, you can bet that part of your life is at a crucial turning point!
As Mercury and Mars add their energies to the pattern over the next few days, and Mars is very much triggering these energies now and over the next two weeks, these zones of influence should be wider about 3-4 degrees earlier than what I gave you above. That means even more of our planets and points are subject to being put under pressure of choices and decisions affecting our future for a long time to come!
Obviously, the times when the Moon moves through these zones are very important, both now and over the next two weeks. During the next two weeks the Moon moves through the zones of the Grand Irrationality on February 19-20 (Moon in Virgo biseptile Pluto and triseptile Mars, Neptune, and Sun), February 23-24 (Moon in Scorpio septile Pluto and biseptile the Aquarius Stellium), and February 26-27 (Moon conjunct Pluto septile the Aquarius stellium.)
When the Moon (or Mercury!) transit their zones, we can expect significant events related to the Solar, Neptunian, and Martian Sabian symbols. Neptune is still helping us individually and collectively break out of our "cocoon," finding new ways to live and new ways to relate, while Mars is either a) showing us something additional we need to commit to, or b) showing us the need to act on something of value we committed to during the times when Neptune or Jupiter transited 27 Aquarius.
While the Sun is separating from its conjunctions with Mars and Neptune, these still will impact the Light and Illumination this Lunation promises, as will the only other important forming aspect involving the Sun, an "out of sign" conjunction with Chiron at 1 Pisces, showing a future shift before it manifests.
Because the conjunction falls at 1 Pisces, the degree of "The Cusp of the Age" where our world is at right now, it should offer us major healing light, love, and power arising from the grace we've attracted and/or demonstrated the past two weeks since the New Moon. So even though there are some "difficult" aspects in this Full Moon, we can still find tremendous healing arising from grace.
Apart from the constant stream of things that will make little or no sense, or the compulsive non-rational events that come up, there are other aspects that indicate some of the gestalt of the next two weeks. Among the important forming aspects make by the other planets, we see Mercury conjunct Mars, Neptune, Sun and novile Jupiter, Venus novile Mars then making an exact square to Saturn and quintile to Uranus, Mars conjunct Neptune and septile Pluto, and Jupiter square Pluto.
I can't go extensively into what each of these means, as there are too many possibilities. However, taken together they indicate a highly active time, when there may be intuitive flashes of Oneness or group ideals. There will be many things that reveal themselves that have been cooking for quite a while, as well as special gifts and unique circumstances showing us a higher law of Being as things fall apart all around us.
Release yourself from old inhibitions and find a more balanced way to view the past experiences and dramas of your life. Withdraw to preserve your dignity when you cannot act on your highest purposes, and find what can feed the growth of your Soul's ability to manifest in concrete ways. It is a time when our dreams of greater service can be acted on with vision and detached higher intention despite some very difficult breaks and blocks forcing us to turn corners or stop certain patterns while transmuting negative planetary manifestations.
Even the tough changes and shifts in direction won't be that tough if we find ourselves in highly specialized circumstances that balance or heal and restore the natural integrity to some area of life. The main challenges will be to get rid of old "rules" or subconscious expectations that make our relationships more difficult than they need to be, and find a place of greater service with others who are organized, mature, responsible, and balanced.
Other important lessons are to refuse all underhanded, secret, or counterproductive risks, gambles, and opportunities that will not yield results that are in your best interests. Learn to keep everything open and above board while dedicating yourself to more appropriate patterns in relationships. This is a time when we will see the results of previously held ideals, or need to clearly formulate what we want to see made manifest.
See what needs protecting, what needs strengthening, and allow the past to give way to the NOW. Let the lesser give its energies to the greater, and allow the magic of the "invisible world" to cooperate in bringing you what you need.
Those who will be most dramatically impacted by the very powerful Venus square Saturn are those with planets or points around 14-20 Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. Figure out what your duty or responsibility really is, reflect on the past to cut loose from some things, and try not to expect the worst. Especially if you're around 29, 35, 43, 49, 57, or 63, expect major changes showing you what you can and cannot live with, as doors are closing while others are opening.
The good news is that there are gifts and unique possibilities to be found despite these tensions. Those with planets around 15-19 degrees of Capricorn, 27-30 Pisces and 1 Aries, 9-13 Gemini, 21-25 Leo, and 3-7 Scorpio will be able to refine their special or unique qualities, or see some very peculiar and beneficial events unfold through the releases happening at the end of a major life chapter.
Those most dramatically impacted by the equally powerful Jupiter square Pluto (echoing or related to the beginnings, tensions, shifts, and feeling awarenesses that began June, July, and August 2010) are those with planets or points around 4-9 Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. Be alert to dishonest or corrosive people, opportunities that could take more than they give, and try to see distinct elements of you that can respond to a new Divine Law or order in seed form.
The Sun rules the Moon in the Lunation, while Saturn and Uranus rule the Sun. The Sun and Moon are in opposition, with the Sun the strongest of the two. So the Sun is the backdrop for how the Moon will manifest. The Sun makes no aspects to either Saturn or Uranus, indicating it is somewhat indirectly influenced by these Solar backdrop planets.
We've already discussed the Solar degree, important since it is the backdrop to how the Moon will manifest. Saturn, worldly ruler of the Sun, is on a degree of reviewing past activities to retire and find peace through contemplating what we've been through that prepares us for further adventures. Dr. Jones says that here we look at the past, and can find enjoyment and "completeness of self-consummation" in our experiences.
We can also find true relaxation, and "fidelity to the lessons learned from experience" and "an unshakable poise in embarking on any new enterprise." Uranus, spiritual ruler of the Sun, is on a degree of "enlargement of perception" and "subtle analysis," where we see the relationship of the parts to the whole, the dying outer forms and the seed of future renewal.
Dr. Jones tells us here we can understand life as prism, and by seeing the "reliability of normal processes and the consistence of true intelligence," we can understand a more universal knowledge and approach through which we gain a form of control over our environment. This Uranus point shows us how to find validation through unusually accurate judgments that lead us to "exceptional accomplishment."
This Lunation is a See Saw pattern. That shows that our entire experience of the larger ongoing conditions puts the focus on staying centered and not getting 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. We had many See Saw Full Moons in 2010, so this energy should be somewhat familiar, even if it does force us to stay balanced!
The Moon and Saturn are the planets outside the occupied span. Since the occupied span leads with Pluto in Capricorn and ends with Jupiter, approach experience using economy of energy to sprout the seeds of a new law or new way of life, and close experience with defining who you are and who you're not while "brightly illuminating" one or more facets of your personality.
To sum up, this Lunation will help us see the larger life field we're in, where we can share our special abilities and knowledge with others. This helps us sprout the seeds of power and authority where we can share our higher awarenesses through past experiences that taught us compassion. Here we act on our commitments to something greater as we approach breaking out of our "chrysalis" into a new way of Being, new relationships, and new ways of living our everyday lives.
Be as noble, inspired, loving, creative, and naturally expressive as you can be, as long as it leads to strength and a feeling of union with others in a larger field of light/life. As with all Lunations at the final degree of their signs, this one is both fulfilling, completing, and shows us a gateway to new sign experiences. Despite the hard turns and clear choices that can at times be difficult, this period will help us all heal into our Higher Selves. Do needed trade-offs, show fairness and balance in "the marketplace" of life, and be joyous in rising to some occasion at the end of a long cycle.
Harvest what need harvesting, see the seeds of future potential, reflect on past experiences to find wisdom you can share with others, choose which seeds to sprout that can bring you the light of a greater personal effectiveness and authorship, and see a larger ideal within a group context. As with the past several months, we now stand at a cosmic point of fulfillment.
The next two weeks offer us opportunities to see a greater Truth, Life, and Light in self and others that can anchor a new set of friendships and group work. Divine Mother energy will be needed to focus the power of the Moon, or perhaps the focus of the next two weeks will reveal how Divine Mother energy shares itself eternally and abundantly with those who demonstrate their natural child-like innocence. Break free of old rules, limitations, fears, "shoulds," and seeing false opportunities that would only divert you from the ideals you really care about. These weeks are about healing and grace, so play, create, and by all means, enjoy! Life is in dynamic motion!!
© Copyright 2011 Robert Wilkinson