by Robert Wilkinson
This Full Moon at 13 Cancer-Capricorn is expansive, initiating, challenging, but not very conflicted. It will help us synthesize recent decisions and group involvements toward self-transcendence, and while some things will melt down, we can still achieve a lot through taking careful aim and having confidence in our training and ability to hit the target.
Today's article will cover rising signs around the globe, an overview of the Lunation, and the Sabian Symbols. Part 2 will cover the aspects, configurations and patterns, and which signs are most likely to be affected by where this falls in their charts.
A brief overview: the period ruled by this Full Moon will illuminate our feelings, sensitivities, and needs while showing us the way to strength of character and flexibility. This will lead us to transcend old ways, and open many to symbolic deaths that will be the gate to a living the spiritual archetypes we first encountered in 2010. This is a heavy launch point for new ways to ground our ideals in practical forms that allow us to take the initiative in whatever group work we want to do.
The primary focus is on self-transcendence as we greet the dawning of a new day, even if others don’t see it yet. We can find peace and poise in the indestructible elements of our Being, gain higher responsibilities based in our dedication, healing a call, and quickening our pace. Concentration is the key to taking control of processes and keeping the initiative in our own hands. Things will be really combustible, but very creative and productive in some fairly inspired ways!
Today’s article will cover rising signs around the world, an overview of the Lunation, and the Sabian Symbols. Part 2 will cover the aspects, configurations and patterns, and which signs are most likely to be affected by where this falls in their charts. This grounding and self-gathering activating Full Moon, helping us mobilize to take care of our needs and get outside ourselves by claiming a greater personal power and initiative, occurs July 3 at 11:52 am PDT, 2:52 pm EDT, and 7:52 pm Greenwich (July 4 in India and points east.)
Now on to the rising signs around the world. The Lunation finds 28 Virgo rising in Santa Monica, 25 Virgo rising in Vancouver, 2 Scorpio in Montreal, 1 Scorpio in Washington DC, 24 Sagittarius in Rio, 27 Sagittarius in Lisbon, 23 Sagittarius in London, 27 Sagittarius in Amsterdam, 4 Capricorn in Berlin, 3 Capricorn in Tallinn, 26 Capricorn in Sofia, 15 Aquarius in Cairo, and 28 Aquarius in Johannesburg.
Moving into Asia and Oceana, we find the Ascendants to be 13 Aries in Abbottabad, 18 Aries in New Delhi, 15 Aries in Trivandrum, 13 Taurus in Bangkok, 1 Gemini in Hong Kong, 3 Cancer in Tokyo, 14 Taurus in Perth, 5 Gemini in Melbourne, 17 Gemini in Brisbane, 28 Gemini in Wellington, and 22 Leo 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 Gemini Pt. 1 – What’s Happening in June-July 2012. There’s more at New Moon in Gemini Pt.2 – Signs, Sabian Symbols, and What it All Means.
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. Places where the Lunation is near the angles and activating energies powerfully are Vancouver (MC/IC), Rio to the UK through Western and Eastern Europe (Dsc/Asc), Pakistan and India (IC/MC), and Brisbane and New Zealand (Asc/Dsc).
Full Moons heighten feelings, due to the opposition of the Moon and the Sun. This particular Lunation has a lot of important aspects, mostly very productive or specializing with a couple of important septile series aspects to Mars, showing forks in the road of destiny wherever we have 1 Libra in our charts.
This is the first Full Moon where the Sun falls in the subsequent sign to the Sun at the previous New Moon. This begins many months of the reverse of what we’ve been experiencing the past 21 months. We last had Full Moon Suns in different signs than the previous New Moon from July 2009 through September 2010. Since then, we’ve had a sequence of the New Moon Sun being in the same sign as the next Full 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 "prepares 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 say goodbye to the old “normal” New Moon-Full Moon cycle, where we’ve experienced 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 all fell in the first half of their signs and the Full Moons all fell in the last half of their signs through May 2012. Seeds shown in the first half, fulfillment in the second half makes some kind of sense.
This Full Moon falls at 13 Capricorn-Cancer. It is said that the second third (decan) of any sign deals with the emotional, social, and cultural levels of life, and being the second decan of those signs, invokes a sub-influence of Taurus and Scorpio.
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 13th degree of Cancer is “One hand slightly flexed with a very prominent thumb.” Rudhyar ways this is a degree of “strong, active and self-certain will, or persistent yet blind plunging ahead into reality,” and “Freedom from soft illusions.”
In the Mandala he goes on to say this is a degree of "the power of the will in shaping character.” Here we see how personal characteristics reveal the psychological and spiritual qualities behind them, and how the will must be somewhat flexible, and therefore the character also has that quality. He states that “a strong will is required to face (some) issue at stake.”
So the illumination available via this Full Moon is through how flexible we can be when confronted with issues requiring strength of will or strength of character. We may be required to persistently plunge ahead into our lives in some way, and thereby be freed from “soft illusions.” He says this degree falls in the Span of Expansion, Act of Stabilization, and Scene of Decision on the Individual-Mental level.
Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, says this is a degree of our “belief in (our) inherent supremacy over all other orders of nature” through our “normal confidence in (our) ability to deal with every eventuality of day-by-day activity and relationship.” He states that “any individual must rule his environment or surrender his own potentialities forever.”
He states that this is a degree where “practicality (is) brought to the point of ruthlessness.” He offers the keyword DETERMINATION. He states that when operating positively, the degree is an “exceptional steadiness and a high sense of self-responsibility in every issue of the moment.”
The Lunar degree symbol for the 13th degree of Capricorn is “A fire worshiper.” Rudhyar says this is a degree of “Firm establishment upon immemorial principles,” “consciousness of absolute unity,” “Depth of Soul penetration,” and “Self conquest.”
In the Astrological Mandala, he goes on to say that this degree is about “the subjective quest for ultimates beyond the interplay of life and death processes,” where we confront an “adventure in consciousness.” This is where we explore the mysteries of life and transformation through meditational techniques that could help us “to a stage beyond life itself.”
He asks us “Are we ready to demonstrate (our) will to transcendence?” He says this degree falls in the Span of Illusiveness, Act of Capitalization, and Scene of Crystallization on the Individual-Mental level.
Dr. Jones says this is a degree of our “inner strength through (our) realization of an inviolable tie with the creative power of the universe itself, dramatized by (our) continual outreach to the divine in a spiritualizing of (our) aspiration and a dedication of (our) talents and possessions to the over-all reality.” Here we know we must “demonstrate (our) ultimate independence of (our) circumstances or else surrender (our) own potentialities forever.”
He states “Here is ideality brought to the point of miracle.” He offers us the keyword MAGIC. He states that when operating in a positive manner, this degree "extraordinary skill in enlisting every resource of the world for the exaltation fo self and the consummation of its ambitions.”
From these symbols it seems we can see the light of seeing the need to be strong yet flexible as we plunge into life’s possibilities, and synthesize our humor and objectivity to see the deeper meaning in life’s events and experiences. These can express as forms of self-transcendence through connecting with “the creative power of the universe” and how we dedicate our talents and possessions to a greater sense of potential that demonstrates our independence in achieving our ambitions through forms of magic and skill.
For now, enjoy seeing how to mobilize your will and skill to utilize your capacity for self-transcendence and embrace a greater potential. Here we can even transcend our old personality strengths and habits, and embrace a new day dawning even if others don’t yet see it.
This is a great time to explore different perspectives regarding things we’ve suppressed before now, and overall productivity will be sky high in many life areas. There are so many favorable sextiles, quintiles, and trines that this should be a very harmonious period with a lot of harmony and stability within productive changing conditions.
In Part 2 we'll cover the aspects, configurations, and which degree spans will be impacted by this Full Moon Christ Fest Lunar Eclipse. See you soon!
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