by Robert Wilkinson
Over the next 4 weeks, the New Moon in Libra indicates we need to unite with other members of our Soul group, conscious fellowship, and/or those who share our Heart Fire. Expect culminations and radical shifts in direction as you find self confidence, discipline, and deep insights.
The New Moon occurs at 4 Libra on September 27, 2011, 4:09 am PDT, 7:09 am EDT, 12:09 pm Greenwich. 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 Europe, setting in SE Asia, on the nadir in Hawaii, and rising from Montreal through eastern Canada and the entire eastern seaboard of the US.
The Lunation finds 1 Virgo rising in Santa Monica, 2 Virgo in Vancouver, 8 Libra in Montreal, 5 Libra in Washington DC, 21 Scorpio in Rio, 29 Scorpio in London, 2 Sagittarius in Amsterdam, 8 Sagittarius in Berlin, 8 Sagittarius in Tallinn, 24 Sagittarius in Sofia, 10 Capricorn in Cairo, and 30 Capricorn rising in Johannesburg.
Moving into Asia and Oceana, we find Ascendants at 25 Aquarius in Abbottabad, 3 Pisces in New Delhi, 7 Pisces in Trivandrum, 5 Aries in Bangkok, 23 Aries in Hong Kong, 1 Gemini in Tokyo, 17 Aries in Perth, 9 Taurus in Melbourne, 20 Taurus in Brisbane, 2 Gemini in Wellington, and 24 Cancer rising on Maui.
This is the thirteenth 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 4 Libra triggers the on-going Cardinal T-square in effect for the entire last half of September, and again forces us to examine our habits, how we want to feel as we move in our everyday lives, and what we do and do not care about. This involves the supply of future needs, and we are again at a point where we shall see wreckage of all that we cannot or should not bring with us into the new ideal that began late 2009, and took flight in new initiatives during the Spring of 2011.
This Lunation jumpstarts Libra energy wherever it falls in our chart. This period involves learning techniques of balancing perspectives in how to act, and whether we should be acting a certain way or not. Here we take a new look at our attainable ideals, and find new views of opportunities to fulfill them. While Libra is known for trying to find harmony and balance in situations, due to the Cardinal T-square this Lunation probably will be more dynamic and even frictional than harmonious.
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. As Libra is the sign through which Aries externalizes, this is the first surfacing of forms of those new initiative.
This New Moon has an actional, material, physical level focus. As it falls in Libra, Venus is the ruler of this New Moon, and it's the Final Dispositor for all the other planets. This makes it the most powerful and influential backdrop to what all the other planets indicate is coming over these next 4 weeks.
Venus is conjunct Saturn in its exaltation sign of Libra, so you can bet the coming month will be about maturing, taking responsibility, and generally finding the beauty in all experiences. Libra tends to see the beauty in people and situations, so during this time where Libra is heavily accented due to Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn all occupying that sign, take time to appreciate the beauty that's all around you!
This is the second of 6 New Moons with Neptune back at the end of Aquarius. We had Neptune in Pisces for the 3 New Moons for May, June, and July 2011 which 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 in those 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!
During those months, 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. Now Chiron has returned to 2 Pisces, approaching its station at "The Cusp of the Age," (the span where the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius meet), and Neptune is at 29 Aquarius, its stationary degree where humanity is emerging from its "chrysalis" as a new world is being born.
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 19 Libra, and therefore we have moved into a new phase of Saturn in Libra lessons for the next year.
Saturn in this Lunation chart indicates we need to pay attention to issues concerning unfairness, a lack of balance, or unjust conditions. We can now see how some have claimed privileges to which they have no right, or assume rights they would deny to others.
It's a time to be moved by those who would perpetuate unearned social privileges and repudiate bondage to old customs. Exercise your "freedom of Spirit and Soul" in unfamiliar potentials so that you may find "the mind's infinite capacity for an overview of experience" and see the panorama of your endowment.
Saturn has now finished 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.
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 5 months.
We've had to understand karmic consequences from a wider angle of view, while learning the rules of whatever system we've been 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.
This Lunation falls in the same span Saturn was in during late 2009, early 2010, and August 2010. That will put the light and focus squarely on the techniques of fellowship we initially practiced during those times. We should be able to find allies to help us further the archetypal functions and roles we've been moving into the past 23 months.
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 24 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.
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, Leo, and Libra energies, this will be a very naturally creative-expressive New Moon period. The T-square shows that revolution continues to be in the air, though with so many planets in Libra, it will also be a great month to connect with people in pleasant circumstances, and see how to balance our lives by appreciating the beauty all around us.
This time is still one of overlapping past, present, and future, so keep seeking a healthy (and functional) way of appreciating different value systems while identifying with a larger role or life in the world. We can find a greater self-dedication, and be about our "errand of mercy" in learning how to give our world what it needs through demonstrating our gifts. Keep seeing the "plants in our garden of personality and life" that need cultivating.
We're reviewing and absorbing through indirect means the larger spiritual lessons we've been learning since the beginning of 2011. W finished our "liberating ordeal" of August, and have had opportunities to 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 learned in August that we'll have to use wisely between mid-November and mid-April 2012.
While September was a very solid and practical time that helped us stabilize the seeds of our future due to the very grounding and auspicious Grand Earth trine, October will help us curb certain seeds and cultivate those that offer the most promise of us getting what we need. Jupiter is now retrograding back to a trine to Pluto, This aspect will hold through March 2012, so tend your garden!
Over the past two months Jupiter showed us how to find hope and/or happiness in the face of coldness or barrenness, cultivate purity of heart, and faith in a transformed future. We've now been shown through Jupiterian themes the way to "immortality through giving of self to the race." These are being further developed in late September and early October, with a final practice to be demonstrated in March 2012.
In this chart Jupiter is on 10 Taurus, back from its late August stationary retrograde degree of 11 Taurus. That marked a threshold point, showing us the Jupiterian lessons we'll be dealing with through the coming Vernal Equinox on March 19, 2012. Those involved seeing how we can enter into a creative partnership with Nature Herself, and figure out where we can naturally "pour ourselves out" into some way to manifest our 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 month we get new views on how we can naturally pour out our gifts in a form of service, and express compassionate understanding. Through the projects we accept that truly help others, we can lose all sense of separateness.
This time should be fairly productive, even if there is a lot of tension and separations from illusions. Keep your eye on how you're being a pioneer in some "art of human existence," and don't let others illusions distract you from your conception of the positive potentials you glimpse.
There are tons of gifts to come forth, both personal and interactive. Open to specialized possibilities to demonstrate your unique qualities and perspectives, and learn to admire the differences rather than get into angry confrontations. I'll elaborate on these concepts and more tomorrow.
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 originally 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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