by Robert Wilkinson
Over the next 4 weeks, the New Moon in Virgo indicates we need to show skill in some periodic effort as we ride the merry-go-round and go through ups and downs expressing our unique skills. Use whatever ritual form you value to get connected with the Earth to regenerate.
The New Moon occurs at 6 Virgo on August 28, 2011, 8:04 pm PDT, 11:04 pm EDT, 4:04 am August 28 Greenwich (Atlantic Daylight Time and points east.) When a Lunation is on one of the angles of a chart, it is said to be particularly powerful. This month the Lunation is culminating on the Midheaven across most of far east Asia and Australia, setting in Hawaii, on the nadir in Rio and Washington DC up to eastern Canada, and rising in the UK, Europe, and Africa.
The Lunation finds 22 Pisces rising in Santa Monica, 11 Aries in Vancouver, 25 Taurus in Washington DC, 3 Gemini in Rio, 13 Leo in London, 17 Leo in Amsterdam, 23 Leo in Berlin, 10 Leo in Johannesburg, 4 Virgo in Tallinn, 27 Leo in Sofia, 1 Virgo in Istanbul, and 30 Leo rising in Cairo.
Moving into Asia and Oceana, we find Ascendants at 6 Libra in Abbottabad, 9 Libra in New Delhi, 11 Libra in Trivandrum, 3 Scorpio in Bangkok, 13 Scorpio in Hong Kong, 30 Scorpio in Tokyo, 5 Sagittarius in Perth, 7 Capricorn in Melbourne, 9 Capricorn in Brisbane, 4 Aquarius in Wellington, and 7 Aquarius rising on Maui (August 28).
This is the twelfth in a sequence of New Moons that fall in the same sign as the following Full Moon. It is the next in the 12 phases of how things come to be each year. The cycle could be described as follows: Life energy is initiated in Aries, substantiated in Taurus, explored in Gemini, grounded in Cancer, renewed and creatively expressed in Leo, refined and ordered in Virgo, balanced in Libra, purified in Scorpio, expanded in Sagittarius, organized in Capricorn, solidified into a vision in Aquarius, and ended/perpetuated in Pisces.
This New Moon at 6 Virgo stabilizes the focus on emergent developments related to Jupiter's transit of Taurus even as that planet continues to expand and offer opportunities of growth related to the time Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars transited Taurus. Here we adjust, refine, and order what we need to so that our practical affairs move more smoothly.
This Lunation jumpstarts Virgo energy wherever it falls in our chart. This period involves refining and demonstrating specific skills so that we can be objective in how we use the practical energies at our disposal. This Lunation will harmonize a lot in our lives.
Jupiter entered Aries in January, ending an old vision and quest forever while setting the tone for the new initiatives since then. In April and May we mobilized and acquired some of what we need to further those initiatives over the next year, and in June sorted out what we need to leave behind while asserting our rights in order to grow through new experiences, new situations, and new understanding.
We had opportunities to become more perfect in some way in July, and the eclipses of June and July have already shut some things down forever. These changes, along with the introduction of new ideas, values, and ways of doing our Being assisted the past to give way to the present which is rapidly blossoming into radical new futures.
This New Moon has a social, emotional, and cultural focus. As it falls in Virgo, Mercury is the ruler of this New Moon, and finds itself in mutual reception with the Sun making them final dispositors to all the other planetary energies. Forming aspects to the Lunation and the other planets show the backdrop to what's coming over these next 4 weeks.
This is the first of 6 New Moons with Neptune back at the end of Aquarius. The last 4 New Moons had Neptune in Pisces, and gave us a front end look at how Neptune will function through 2025, so take a look back at the intuitions and sense of belonging to a vaster interrelated whole you were shown over the past 4 months. It may help to give a sense of our collective lessons dissolving our separateness as we finish this transition through "the Winter of the 21st Century" on our way to Spring, beginning in 2025!
Neptune and Chiron both in early Pisces offered us chances to learn about bargaining and trade-offs, with the ultimate payoff a deeper and larger feeling of being connected to others. Though Chiron is now past "The Cusp of the Age," (the span where the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius meet), Neptune is still there, and will be for many months to come.
Over the past year both of these planets have shown us our unique part to play within a larger light/life field. These planets, being on "the cusp of the Age," have shown us global lessons we all must embrace, and help us to graduate into a new view of how we are an essential part of a greater whole. I'll give you links to articles explaining more about "the cusp of the Age" at the end of this article.
Though not as prominent as when it was the nozzle for all the other planetary energies, we'll continue to put a spotlight on Saturn in Libra, the cosmic timekeeper. Saturn shows us the ongoing lessons and limitations within the larger field of existence. Saturn will continue to be in Libra through late 2012.
Saturn, though no longer the nozzle of prior Lunation Bucket Jones patterns, continues to be a very powerful influence since it is in its sign of "exaltation." That means Saturn's discipline and personal power focus is able to become very effective as it shows balance, rhythm, moderation, and reasonableness in how we demonstrate it.
What we learned from Saturn in Virgo in 2007-2009 got refined by Saturn in Libra between November 2009 and April 2010, which was a front end look at what we've been dealing with since August 2010 when our Libra archetypes got into gear at the Mars conjunct Saturn at 1 Libra. These early Libra lessons have continued to be prominent through Summer 2011.
It got to 18 Libra in January before it went retrograde. It retraced its path between 18 and 11 Libra from January through June, when it went direct, preparing to re-trace its path between 11 and 18 Libra for the third time. It is now at 15 Libra.
Saturn in this Lunation chart indicates we need to find a greater peace with the repetitive patterns in our lives, since they can show us how we can be more "perfect and effortless" as we participate within our corner of the universal order. It is on a degree of "smooth approach to self-expression."
Saturn direct now begins to finish the lessons based in the duties, responsibilities, and sense of limits set into motion in January. These are related to understanding consequences from past actions and inactions, as well as the need to be aware of future consequences for our actions or the actions of another. Links to this at the bottom of this article.
Also important is that we first got these lessons related to this part of Libra back in November 2010. Now we are getting a final concentration of experience related to those Saturn issues. Saturn is now moving forward from the degree where it went stationary direct on June 12-13, so we're now done with our review (set into motion January 2011), and for the next few weeks still have to consider current consequences are related to past actions and inactions, and how current actions and inactions could manifest in present or future consequences.
When confronted with the need to deal with something or someone in a firm but fair manner, reference Saturn in Libra and the lessons of balance, justice, proportion, and moderation in judgment you've been learning. Naturally, the usual Saturn keywords will be crucial to effective behavior - patience, discipline, organization, patience, maturity, wisdom, patience, authority, responsibility, and of course, patience.
The recent Gemini Solar Eclipse triggered the Grand Irrationality, which is why there have been hectic intense bursts that often made no sense during the past 13 weeks. Since that Eclipse lasts for many months, keep finding ways to liberate yourself from unhelpful views and attitudes while staying on track with the new elements that have presented themselves over the past 4 months. Find the right angle on karmic consequences, and keep learning the rules of whatever system you're dealing with, or acting within, showing as much balance, grace, and equipoise as you can, given Saturn's penchant for heaviness.
We are all learning a lot about Dharma during Saturn's stay in Libra, as well as what we should not be trying to prop up through a misplaced sense of responsibility or obligation. If we run into roadblocks or delays, it should tell us a lot about patience, as well as what limitations and burdens we can live with and what we cannot.
As noted in previous articles, Saturn continues to usher in allies, friends, fellow truth-seekers, more balanced views, and corrective actions as techniques for community building or group awareness. Since January 2010, "greatness calling itself to itself" has been in the air, and we completed major lessons around that theme between January and September 2010.
All the transfigurations in our actions and relationships we've done since January 2011 have led us to do some "repair work," where we confronted the consequences of past actions, whether our own or another's. The repair work could as easily be in the realm of our inner self as in outer affairs.
We've had opportunities to retire from old dramas to free energy to reconstruct elements of our life that bring us joy. Now is the time to see how we've been instructed in a form of kindness, or must demonstrate kindness as we explain something to others in our world. This has helped us survey more pleasing possibilities of living, and we've been offered a technique to adjust to the rhythm of nature, or the natural pace in some field of activity.
Though not specifically related to this New Moon, as with recent New Moon articles, here's some backstory to what we've all been learning via Saturn these past 23 months.
Starting October 2009 Saturn began to show us new archetypes, perspectives, or roles, as well as larger cycles, larger possibilities, and the dawning of a new day in our lives. Between January and early April 2010, due to Saturn retrograde, we re-traced the ground of the "first run" of manifesting a new ideal, a new archetype, and a new sense of self within interpersonal and collective circumstances.
We revisited and finished up our Saturn in Virgo lessons between April and July 2010, at which time Saturn re-entered Libra and began to firm up our new archetypal expressions. This was activated in a powerful way in late July when Mars entered Libra and conjuncted Saturn at the critical first degree. Since then we've experienced a new set of life expressions. Once Mars conjuncted Uranus at 1 Aries in early April, those energies began to surface in new and individualized ways.
Last year's October 2010 New Moon in Libra continues to be important since that Lunation lit up the Libra area near where Saturn has occupied during the past several and future New Moons. That means the Libra seeds that came forth in October and early November 2010 will continue to acquire more solid form and structure through August 2011.
Taken together, we're all living a new archetype, and at the same time have been letting go of parts of our past that have no more place in our lives, freeing ourselves from old pressures and burdens we no longer need to bear, and slowly but surely stabilizing our understanding of our inner balance, or balanced perspectives.
Overall, due to the mix of Capricorn, Aquarius, Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, and Libra energies, this will be a very naturally creative-expressive New Moon period, where revolution is in the air. This time is an overlap of past, present, and future, where we can find a healthy (and maybe even functional) way of adjusting, letting go, mobilizing in a balanced way, and seeing what "plants in our garden of personality and life" we really should be cultivating.
We're reviewing and absorbing through indirect means the larger spiritual lessons we've been learning since the beginning of 2011. We've now finished our "liberating ordeal" and will understand more by mid-September. We now can be freed from old social rigidities and find new associates with whom we can work and play. By mid-November we'll know what skills we've learned in August that we'll have to use wisely between mid-November and mid-April 2012.
Overall it should be a very solid and practical time with equally solid and practical decisions regarding seeds of the future, given the very grounding and auspicious Grand Earth trine between Sun, Moon, and Venus in early Virgo all trine Jupiter at 11 Taurus with the Lunation in close separating trine to Pluto and Jupiter being in long term trine to Pluto since it's about to go retrograde.
Jupiter has been showing us how to find hope and/or happiness in the face of coldness or barrenness. Since the last New Moon we've been cultivating purity of heart and faith in a transformed future. We've now gotten exposed to Jupiterian themes that show us the way to "immortality through giving of self to the race." These will be further developed in late September and early October, with a final practice to be demonstrated in March 2012.
In this chart Jupiter is on 11 Taurus, the degree where it goes stationary retrograde on August 30. So it's on a threshold point, showing us the Jupiterian lessons we'll be dealing with through the coming Vernal Equinox on March 19, 2012.
Again, see how you can enter into a creative partnership with Nature Herself, and figure out where you can naturally "pour yourself out" into some way to manifest your Soul. Be generous of Spirit, show care, and the rewards will be great. Be a good steward, and build so that the good works will endure well into the future.
This time should be some slight relief amidst the recent meltdowns and current strange forks in the road of destiny. Recent pressures should now yield a practical stability, which I'll discuss tomorrow.
Due to Virgo's role in the 12 steps of Reality, we'll be shown the power of Divine discrimination over the next 4 weeks. Just be very clear about your choices, since the Moon in this Lunation translates the just separating Septile configuration back into play. Refer to yesterday's article to find out more about this very weird few day zone we're in!!!
We've just been through some major turning points in June and July and major meltdowns and "liberating ordeals" in August! The June and July Eclipses set the Grand Irrationality into motion as well as an offset Grand Cardinal Cross. These are both in full force and will be for many months to come, so view this larger time frame as one where our choices set destiny in motion, coupled with major fragmentation of old structures forcing all to turn corners, whether they want to or not.
So contemplate the wreckage of the past months as necessary to make space for the future growth of the new initiatives and expansions set into motion between March and May 2011. As noted in other articles, at the current time a sense of order, discipline, self-reliance, and a pioneering attitude are the antidotes for any heaviness, resistance, or sense of being bogged down by lesser things even as greater things beckon.
As I've mentioned over the past several weeks, we're all in a very weird dreamscape and will be for years to come due to Neptune occupying "the Cusp of the Age." Now we can apply our new strengths and understanding freed from the ghosts of the past, and by riding the waves of intense (but curiously steady) pulses of spiritual energies shaping our minds, we can find techniques where our efforts will lead us to forms of good fortune.
In the next part of the series we'll discuss the various aspects at play in the chart, as well as some important degree symbols and other interesting elements affecting all of us for the next few weeks.
Here are two articles related to "the cusp of the Age."
Neptune Retrograde Into Aquarius - A New Look At the New Age This one has links to articles related to this theme, so enjoy following the breadcrumbs through the woods of time!
Here are the Saturn articles I promised you earlier:
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