by Robert Wilkinson
Part 1 covered many essential elements of this Libra New Moon. Today we'll discuss significant aspects, degree symbols, and other important factors in this month's Lunation chart which show us the need to unite with those who share our "heart fire," and move into a greater appreciation of others and the beauty that's all around us.
Since the Summer featured TWO New Moon Solar Eclipses, it's safe to say many things across the world have been and continue to shut down, especially those things connected to Gemini and Cancer energy forms. We've been challenged to a more authentic expression as we've shut down old limitations, roles, and duties. We were shown how some things had become "bankrupt," with old ideas, feelings, habits, and perspectives moving into our rear view mirror.
If we did our purifications as we went through our "liberating ordeal" in August, we were offered new vision, new creativity, new playfulness, a new sense of adventure, and hints of our immortal Self. September brought opportunities to demonstrate simple and practical skills within situations that are going up and down, around and around.
Now we've moving into more authentic relationships, with major creative productivity in the air. Many of the same configurations are in play as in the Autumnal Equinox, with a spotlight on the Cardinal T-square made from the Lunation in Libra via the opposition to Uranus and square to Pluto.
I wrote a lot about how the T-square works in that article, so please take a new look at it when you're done here. The focus continues to be on figuring out what we need, what we care about, and/or how to protect the new roles and initiatives we've embraced the past 22 months.
This Lunation, coupled with the inner planets, creates a 5 planet stellium in Libra that sextiles and quintiles Mars in Leo. These are opposed by the span stretching from Pluto in early Capricorn through Jupiter in early Taurus. This creates a "See Saw" Jones pattern, where all the of the inner planets and Saturn oppose 4 outer planets.
I also wrote about this See Saw energy in the Autumn Equinox article linked above, so again, check that post out after you're done here. This particular See Saw indicates that the practical/material understanding we're getting via the Jupiter trine Pluto in Earth signs is balanced and externalized by the productive and specialized Leo-Libra energies.
The Earth trine continues to reinforce the Grand Earth trine energies of last month's New Moon in Virgo. We've been through a month that offered us a very harmonized practical energy between our feelings, life, and relationships (Moon, Sun, Venus), higher mind (Jupiter), and the ongoing Transformative seed power of Pluto.
This trine should have helped us weave stability, harmony, and understanding wherever we have the early degrees of the Earth and Water signs in our charts, especially through seeing the seeds of long range stability in finances and values. We are now in a 7 month phase where we can see which seeds to nurture, and what parts of our "garden of personality and life" we want and need to tend.
Recent events should have shown us what characterizes people and situations by seeing their salient features, and now we know what is true and what isn't through the specific information we were shown. The coming month will show us a greater dedication and service that should open our imagination to an even greater role to play than we thought before now.
Now, and for many months into the future, we will have either a Splay, See-Saw, or Locomotive configuration, depending on the positions of the inner planets and the Moon. That means Saturn will no longer be the nozzle focusing all the other planetary energies until Spring 2013, when the spans will be wide enough again for Saturn to become the nozzle. However, since Saturn will then be in Scorpio, we are now done with Saturn in Libra being the energy focusing all the other planetary energies.
It is useful to think of this as a time when all our experience begins with a Pluto in Capricorn type of energy, proceeds through Neptune in Aquarius and Chiron in Pisces, awakening into a Uranus in Aries experience, and then solidifies and envisions through Jupiter in early Taurus. This pattern will hold until Jupiter moves into Gemini.
At this time, the inner planets in Leo and Libra show our experience can be focused through these houses in our chart, with major information, ideas, relationships, and opportunities indicated by the stellium of 5 planets in Libra. As long as we don't get too theoretical, idealistic, or act out of competitive pride, we should be able to find elegant, balanced, and graceful ways to express the metaphysical lessons of the outer planets balancing the pattern. Basically, the Venus conjunction with Saturn is helping us complete the Capricorn through Taurus span of understanding and stabilization.
So the houses where we have Capricorn, late Aquarius, early Aries and early Taurus are active, expressing themselves through the houses where we have early Leo and all of Libra. The general theme is that we have finished what needs finishing to adjust to entering a new power and efficiency. This has brought us clarity, stability, and/or understanding despite the gear grinds over the last 10 weeks.
Overall, we have been offered opportunities to live a more mature and structured peace in our lives, or being at peace, we could find a new spiritual authorship with profound depth knowledge of the seeds of future situations. We now can balance and move into new perspectives to stabilize this peace, spiritual authorship, and harmonized clarity about the seeds of what is, and what could be. Again, since there is so much Libra energy, go for the beauty in situations, people, and possibilities.
Remember that in reading a Lunation chart (as well as a horary, inceptional, electional, or any event chart) the forming aspects show things to come, while separating aspects show things already past. This New Moon and the inner planets in Leo and Libra make several very important forming aspects.
The Moon and Sun in this Lunation make forming conjunctions with Venus and Saturn, and very strong sextiles to Mars. This will show us the value and beauty in the responsibilities we've taken on the past 2 years, and give us insights into what is out of balance so we can find techniques of how to even some things out, or bring a fairer perspective to some interaction.
The New Moon also makes a tight biquintile to Neptune and square to Pluto. The biquintile should bring us highly specialized interactions that help us break out of our chrysalis that directly relate to the periods of December 2009, February-March 2010, and July-August 2010. The Sun square Pluto was discussed at length in the Equinox article, as well as how the oppositions and squares from Libra work out.
Generally, we've been challenged to find the inner values that life can recognize and reward, and rise to some urgency or emergency that shows us the way to success. Now it's just a question of finding the core philosophy or view that help us navigate all the partial stirring and often-chaotic developments that swirl around us. Identify with a larger life or cause, find self-confidence through deep insight and a strong self-discipline, and don't get distracted by the white noise and collective dread and uncertainty.
Other important forming aspects made by the inner planets include Mercury conjunct the Lunation, Venus, and Saturn, sextile Mars, biquiintile both Jupiter and Neptune, and square to Pluto. These will show us how a new day has dawned in our lives, and how to maintain our inner equilibrium while not getting distracted by others' pessimism. We're being led out beyond the known and familiar into a new dimension of Being and self-expression, once recklessness is curbed and that which could deflect us from our higher purpose encounters Pluto and is annihilated or transformed from its core out.
As for the rest of the planets, we see Venus forming a quintile to Mars as it conjuncts Saturn, Mars square Jupiter and quintile Saturn, and Jupiter quadranovile Saturn, decile Uranus, and trine Pluto. The Venus, Mars, and Saturn aspects promise some very unique circumstances and gifts, if we can cheerfully repair what needs repairing, and see ways to admire different value systems rather than get into angry, prideful, or stupid confrontations that go everywhere and nowhere.
Regard it as a productive time where we can do some specialized planning in the areas of resources, relationships, responsibilities, creativity, children, and natural self-expression. These can be demonstrated through a grand style that refuses all that is petty or petulant. Let go of getting involved in disputes of no real purpose or meaning to you personally, while opening to new adventures that tear you away from the known and familiar.
Be more focused in attracting relationships you could deepen with and through, and regard it as a "mystery ritual" you're presiding over that may involve conflict due to increasing the pressure, and an opportunity to pull back from old projections so you can plan anew. Here we confront issues of the ideal versus the reality, and move away from old unsustainable roles projected through the eyes of others.
There are three dynamic configurations at work in this Lunation. There is the strong Cardinal T-square, helping us integrate these energies and release through powerful reorientations. There is the equally strong opposition-sextile-trine made by Uranus, Mars, and Mercury, Moon, and Sun throwing powerful productive energy into early Aquarius.
Then there is the subtle, but very strong and specializing Mercury double biquintile Jupiter and Neptune, offering us glimpses and signals of what the Jupiter quintile Neptune unique gifts and circumstances of late August and early September promised all of us. Ultimately, we'll see these promises fulfilled when Jupiter exactly quintiles Neptune in late March through mid-April 2012.
The recent Jupiter quintile Neptune was never quite exact, but it did indicate a threshold state where we could cultivate unique qualities of imagination and intuition related to opportunities and ability to sense subtleties in collective consciousness. Most stimulated were/are those with points around 29 Aquarius-1 Pisces, 11-13 Taurus, 23-25 Cancer, 5-7 Libra, and 17-19 Sagittarius. Birthdays where the light of uniqueness may be seen include early May, mid-July, late September, and mid-December.
As I said, these impressions will bear huge rewards and important gifts in late March through mid-April 2012 when Jupiter makes an exact quintile to Neptune, fulfilling another promise of this Lunation. As both planets advance by that time, those most stimulated in unique ways or offered highly specialized circumstances in which to practice their gifts are those with planets or points near 2-4 Pisces, 14-16 Taurus, 26-28 Cancer, 8-10 Libra, 29 Sagittarius-1 Capricorn, and birthdays around late February, early May, mid July, early October, and late December.
Though separating until December 2011, Uranus square Pluto is still a major influence, but as Pluto is harmonized by the very favorable Jupiter trine, we are afforded clear insight into the what, why, and how of things. And it's entirely possible that as very harmonious Pluto spiritual transformational energies are set into motion, we can turn away from, or efficiently utilize, the very intense and volatile energies of the square.
Remember that a trine facilitates flow, for good or bad. A square releases energies, whether through putting the brakes on something or turning a corner. In this case the Jupiter trine Pluto shows us how to understand, build, and stabilize through Pluto, and release those Plutonic seeds through Uranus showing us the way to individuation, repotentialization, and a new Divine initiative in our lives.
Just consider if the risk is worth the reward, and if so, find your unique ways to do what you have to do using your Fiery or Scintillating Intelligence in Its creative aspect. Jupiter trine Pluto in this chart (and all year) shows a practical stability as we go deeper into unknown zones, core understanding, and profound insights into seed forms and structures.
It's also a great time for using our practical imagination to further the seeds of a more stable future, and for purification and regeneration practices that stabilize our inner and outer resources. The Jupiterian promise can be released and demonstrated through the square to Mars, showing a powerfully magnetic time where we must learn a larger view and a more genuinely friendly disposition.
Saturn is now direct and has moved far out of range to the opposition to Uranus and square to Pluto. Soon Saturn will be quadranovile Uranus and quintile Pluto, a much different energy than the T-square!! While I'm sure it's a great relief to all, we're still learning to navigate the years' long global upheaval indicated by Uranus square Pluto mentioned earlier.
The separating aspects show reality already experienced, or things already set into motion. The Lunation is separating biquintile to Jupiter and opposition to Uranus. Mercury is separating opposition to Uranus, Venus is separating triseptile to Jupiter, sesquisquare to Neptune, and binovile to Pluto. Mars separates from its trine to Uranus, triseptile to Neptune, and quincunx to Pluto.
Taken together, these indicate a recent period of simultaneous unique interactions with nonrational people and events, unexpected oppositions and hard adjustments breaking some thing down so we could search for new information, as well as ways to master discouragement as we saw a newer higher dedication. These produced a new truth, new futures, new philosophical views, and a new independence based in a renewed sense of youthfulness in some life area.
A New Moon sets the seed forms for what the following 4 weeks will demonstrate. This New Moon falls at 4 Libra, "A group around a campfire." While I've given you a sense of this degree up to now, this is where we go into depth.
According to Rudhyar this degree is one of "fellowship of higher ideals that sustains the individuals on their arduous path to Reality," and "Mellow participation in life." He goes on to state in the Mandala that the keynote for this degree is "the necessity to unite with kindred spirits as one enters unbeaten paths illumined by the still-insecure light of a dawning intuition of new values."
He goes on to say that this degree leads "the pioneer" in us to "the wilds" in any effort to "create a new society and respond to new values." Here we need to commune with other "around the fire of a common dedication" to form "a chalice... for the reception of creative inspiration." This is a technique to build new social forms and mechanisms when we can commune with those who share our "central fire," which can "in-spirit the group."
This is a degree where we are shown a technique that can help us in acting positively to embrace a new archetype of living, creating, and being with others who share our hopes and dreams. Rudhyar says it falls in the span of Expectation, the Process of Collectivization, Act of Group-Integration, and the Scene of Transfiguration on the Actional level.
According to Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, we find this degree symbolizes "an initial or uncritical consummation of group experience," where we find our "unconditioned capacity" to associate with "our kind" without feeling inhibited. He states that "any reality broader than a simple self-concern must have its origin in common functions where any responsibility becomes the expression of identity rather than a divergence in interest."
He states the keyword is AMIABILITY. He goes on to say that when positive, this degree is "special skill in building an everyday morale and in sustaining an effective structure for further and greater objectives in life."
So over the next 4 weeks this Lunation will help us find relationships where we can be ourselves, within which we can find common functions that express elements of our unique personal and interactive interests. As both Venus and Saturn exercise a powerful and overriding influence in this Lunation, joyously take responsibility for repairing things so that what what was/is out of balance is brought into a more fair and just perspective.
Over the past 18 weeks we've done our battles, showing us our independence and freedom from an old fate so we can participate in more important things. At best we cut our losses and let go of profitless efforts, people, and activities that just wasted our time. Many meltdowns so that new forms could present themselves, and as I noted last month, our Soul modified its self-expression through decisions where we mobilized our ambition according to our own standards.
Of the planets that rule signs, there are 6 in Air, 2 planets in Fire signs, 2 in Earth, and none in Water. This preponderance of Air (relational and interactive) shows it should be great for socializing, interacting, and finding more beautiful ideas, actions, relations, and duties.
Fire (inspiring and illuminating) and Earth (practical and material) are well balanced, showing we can find inspired ways of doing things and expressing our natural energies during this time. The insufficiency of Water indicates that feelings are both lacking and under pressure. Find ways to be as sympathetic and caring as possible as you use inspired new ideals and ideas to ground practical activity.
Pluto in Capricorn continues to teach us deep lessons about practical, organized economy of energy and efficiency in sprouting seed forms of the new "laws of our lives" we can relax into. Since Spring we've been learning about a new role we can enjoy playing, and now that Pluto has gone stationary direct, we get to follow through in an all out mobilization to assert that role on our own terms.
As discussed earlier, through the harmonious trine from Jupiter these next 6+ months keeping the Earth energies well stabilized, we can safely purify what needs purifying and be leaner and more solidly able to rely on our material and non-material resources. Pluto now allows us to release the potential and ride the waves of the new archetypal roles we began to live in 2009-2010, using gentle and balanced forms of will power, training, maturity, and sense of our new roles to play to move into new vistas, new worlds, new lives, and new ways of doing our Being.
The next 4 weeks is a time to adjust the balance and refine the ideal, working with what's left now that we've let go of the past in practical steady ways the past 17 weeks. Thanks to the recent Solar Eclipses, we are still being liberated from the ghosts of the past and letting go of burdens we no longer need to bear.
Having found at least some of what we've been looking for and opened to new ways of doing our Being, we can be more natural in our search for deeper insights into meaning and processes as we reach out to new and more complex and/or responsible vistas of potential interactions.
Due to the Jupiter in Taurus influence that will be with us for about a year, keep finding gentle, simple, and stable ways to move into your new life while becoming part of the "corrective force of Nature Herself." In practicing our unique individuality we can become the answer to some collective need, whether large or small. This is the time to define who you are apart from any inner or outer neutralizing factors that keep you from awakening to your uniqueness.
Due to recent larger influences, we continue to have chances to adjust our perspective and become more natural and joyous. Over the past several weeks we've all gotten at least one new look at old ideas and ways of coordinating our lives on our terms. We now can have more confidence in simply "being ourselves" as we allow the ageless Divine Wisdom to act through us, and can leave behind old ideas and memories that kept us split internally.
This period is showing us the baseline platform for the further extension into our emergent archetypes that demonstrate our authentic self. We saw the emergence of concrete forms of those images from August 2010 to January 2011, and now that we've done the review related to past and present actions creating present and future consequences, we're moving into the next phase of our quest. Here any destructive social patterns show us a need for initiative and a "more challenging perspective."
Here we continue to secure conditions, values, and resources while doing practical work that serves a greater purpose. Some major "forks in the road of destiny" are behind us, and we can now see what needs continued intense activation, as well as how a "new day has dawned" showing us the need for newer, more genuine relationships with those who share our heart, hope, or dedication.
As with last month, this is a time to think, gather and share information, and use a new vision to make practical decisions and do actions that demonstrate our artistry or balanced perspective, elegance, or values. After we think and envision, then decide and act, it's most important to go to our feelings about those decisions and actions.
What are we experiencing as a result of those decisions and actions? Knowing how and what we feel about recent actions will help us naturally flow into new ideas, new perspective, and a new vision of what we are to accomplish.
We have now had opportunities to clear the decks of nonproductive attitudes and marginal relationships while continuing to secure what we need to establish future potentials already in motion. There are sweet and elegant expressions and great opportunities to enjoy ourselves promised by this New Moon, all of which will show us how to concretize in functional forms the new beginnings of March through May 2011, and bring these to the surface of our lives.
All in all, despite the heavy Cardinal T-square helping us get clear about truths and falsehoods, it should be a very favorable Lunation for all of us with planets in the early degrees of Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius. Take a look back at how recent "liberating ordeals" have brought up a deeper compassion from within you so you could find more natural and joyous ways to release and demonstrate your heart strengths.
We now have a new freedom of expression and association, so enjoy the growth, navigate the occasional challenges, open to the beauty, and open to the special circumstances that will show you how to allow your natural harmony and ideals to express themselves. Embrace a greater dedication and service, and keep finding the self confidence you need to embrace the new individuality you've been moving into since Summer 2010.
© Copyright 2011 Robert Wilkinson