by Robert Wilkinson
This Full Moon at 8 Libra-Aries is initiating, ideal, and creative, with gifts in abundance and offering us the ability to see future forms in the present while finding protective forms to guard the treasures we’ve recently found. Efficiency and adaptability are on the move, and most of the friction is in the immediate past!
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 Harvest Full Moon will illuminate some form of a “rebeginning” in our life, where we renew an ideal, find hope for something that still warms our hearts, and transfigure some element of our emotional or social life. The focus of this light will express through our receptivity to individualizing forces that may have connections to an element of the Ageless Wisdom appropriate to whatever Ray Path we’re on at this time in our evolutionary process.
This will help us begin new ways of being, new ways of doing, new ways of relating, and new ways of using the wisdom we learned in 2009 and 2010 that has led us to new ways of life since then. The primary focus is on transfiguring some ideal we’ve had, some hope we’ve had, some image we’ve held on to, into direct action in the Now.
While there will be a lot of agitation due to the Moon in Aries, in this two week period we’ll fulfill some philosophical truth we’ve been searching for, find different ways of interpreting what we see and hear, and continue to find what we really care about in the aftermath of recent upheavals indicated by the separating Solar T-square at this Full Moon.
We all get to open to new things over the next two weeks, and the pace should quicken considerably. We’ve all been working with some element of honesty in our lives the past two weeks, and “getting back to the garden of our innocence.” We’ve also had to revise some ideas, some sense of how things can be done most effectively, and found new perspectives that have allowed us to follow our instincts into right action.
The focus the next two weeks in on the heart, and how we can begin to embrace the “great work” with joy, creativity, enthusiasm, and a balanced sense of how to get where we need to go with the patience and thoughtfulness required as we stand on the threshold of the Saturn in Scorpio era coming at us like an express train.
People, feelings, and direct experience will continue to be important, as will showing heart and love whenever there’s any doubt about anything. This Full Moon continues to fuse Divine Mother energies into the patterns of our lives and hearts, so follow your heart into feelings of renewal, hope, and the promise of unseen agencies working with you, whether you know it or not.
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 initiating and highly energetically active Harvest Full Moon at 8 degrees of Libra and Aries, helping us get clear about some renewal in our lives expressed through gestated wisdom forms, occurs September 29 at 8:19 pm PDT, 11:19 pm EDT, and 4:19 am Greenwich September 30.
Now on to the rising signs around the world. The Lunation finds 15 Taurus rising in Santa Monica, 21 Taurus in Vancouver, 11 Cancer in Montreal, and 3 Cancer in Washington DC, showing mid-Taurus to mid-Cancer as the rising signs across North America. We move east where we find 5 Cancer rising in Rio (Sep 30), 28 Leo in Lisbon, 9 Virgo in London, 18 Virgo in Berlin, 5 Libra in Moscow, 25 Virgo in Sofia, 1 Libra in Cairo, and 26 Virgo in Johannesburg.
Moving into Asia and Oceana, we find the Ascendants to be 6 Scorpio in Abbottabad, 11 Scorpio in New Delhi, 16 Scorpio in Trivandrum, 15 Sagittarius in Hong Kong, 1 Capricorn in Tokyo, 10 Capricorn in Perth, 7 Aquarius in Melbourne, 10 Aquarius in Brisbane, 2 Pisces in Wellington , and 21 Pisces rising on Maui (Sep 29).
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 Virgo Pt 1 – What’s Happening in September-October 2012. There’s more at New Moon in Vrigo 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 on our list where the Lunation is near the angles and activating energies powerfully are (Sun/Moon): Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Perth (MC/IC), Maui (Dsc/Asc), Montreal, Washington DC, and Rio (IC/MC), and south of the line from Berlin to Moscow down through Cairo to Johannesburg (Asc/Dsc).
Full Moons heighten feelings, due to the opposition of the Moon and the Sun. This particular Lunation makes one very important configuration, a Kite in a double sesquisquare with the close separating Venus square Mars.
This will release a LOT of energy through the Moon as the focus and form builder of what’s being released by the power of the Venus in Leo square Mars in Scorpio. I elaborated on the potential favorability of that aspect in the article Astrology Stress Zones in late September 2012 – Venus in Leo Square Mars in Scorpio, so please check it out as that will be the driver for the Lunar expression.
Venus rules Sun, Mercury, and Saturn in this chart, making it very powerful than usual, which in turn amplifies the Solar influence, since it rules Venus in Mutual Reception. I’ll discuss the planetary aspects and dispositors of the Sun and Moon in part 2, which will explain the complex mix of frictional and specializing energies pervading this chart. In any case, it will offer us a lot of stimulation without the crisis elements of the recent past, and so open the door to a new beginning.
This will bring about radical changes for all who have planets or an angle around 6-9 Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn, as well as 21-24 Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. Expect some significant shifts in the area represented by the planets or points you have there, with the need to let go of clinging to the emotions associated with recent challenges, and not allowing agitation or getting annoyed throw you off your game.
This “Kite” should mobilize many inner and outer things. The need will be to be receptive to protective forms as we are molded by transpersonal forces, and to be balanced, mature, and patient as we put together the events of the past 3 years into a coherent philosophical overview.
This Full Moon can put us in touch with a vaster reality, as well as a vaster view of what humanity as a whole is going through. There is much in this chart that could be described through the lyrics of the Sagittarian bard, “Made the scene, Week to week, Day to day, Hour to hour, The gate is straight, Deep and wide, Break on through to the other side, Break on through to the other side ...”
We now enter a period of a new Law, a new Revelation, and a new set of life responsibilities and responses. All who are open to a greater Way, Truth, and Life/Light have found a form of “transcendent security,” and need to keep in mind that we’ve already achieved a measure of it more comfortably than we thought we would.
Is the Sun Following the Moon, or the Moon Following the Sun?
This is the fourth Full Moon where the Sun falls in the subsequent sign to the Sun at the previous New Moon. This is the next step in a reversal of what we experienced between September 2010 and June 2011. We last had this sequence of 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 we’re no longer in the previous “normal” New Moon-Full Moon cycle, where we experienced the illuminated form shown to us at the New Moon 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 8 Aries-Libra It is said that the first third (decan) of any sign deals with the actional, physical, material levels of life, and being the first decan of those signs, invokes a sub-influence of those signs, Aries and Libra.
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 8th degree of Libra is “A blazing fireplace in a deserted home.” Rudhyar says this is a degree of “Constant presence of unseen, sustaining agencies in every worthwhile activity,” “Great depth of initial effort,” and “Providence.”
In the Mandala he goes on to say this is a degree of "the need to realize that even through the most empty hours a spiritual power is ever ready to welcome and warm up the wayward consciousness returning to center.” He states this degree holds “hope of recovery and rebeginning,” regardless of what we’ve abandoned in the past after an essential experience.
He speaks of the possibility of “finding our way back home,” where we link a vision with the reaction to that disruption in our psyche. He states “within the abandoned great dream, some intangible and warm ‘presence’ remains: the ever-renascent hope for a rebeginning.”
So the illumination available via this Full Moon is through the Light of a new beginning to something we abandoned, or “a way back” to an element of our “essential being” or “spiritual home.” Here we put together an old ideal with a new way to view it and experience it, and can find “unseen sustaining agencies” in our efforts. He says this degree falls in the Span of Expectation, Act of Group-Integration, and Scene of Transfiguration on the Emotional-Cultural level.
Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, says this is a degree of “naïve reality, or of the basic law of the cosmos whereby all things tend to continue steadily in their accustomed function.” He says “here is the burning desire or capacity for passion which establishes (our) loyalty to each object of (our) self-projection and instruments (our) more consistent self-orientation through each phase of personal responsibility to the world in which (we find ourselves.)
He offers the keyword GUARDIANSHIP. He states that when operating positively, the degree is “an exceptional gift for enlisting both men and the natural forces of life in the service of self and its dominating vision.”
The Lunar degree symbol for the 8th degree of Aries is “A large hat with streamers flying, facing east.” Rudhyar says this is a degree of “first real attempt at self-exteriorization and embodiment in consciousness,” where “Eastern individualizing forces are suggested.”
In the Astrological Mandala, he goes on to say that this degree is about “protection and spiritual guidance in the development of consciousness.” He speaks of the hat being a protection against the forces of Nature, and how at this level the mostly undeveloped mental processes need protection from too-great openness to elemental energies.
He says this image implies strong “spiritualizing and creative-transforming influences,” with the streamers indicating the source of these. So the image “symbolizes a stage of development of consciousness in which the nascent powers of the mind are both protected and influenced by energies of a spiritual origin. This suggests a probationary stage in the process of individualization.”
He states that here we deal with results of prior actions and need “protective forms… and sensitivity to spiritual energies.” He says this degree falls in the Span of Realization, Act of Differentiation, and Scene of Desire on the Emotional-Cultural level.
Dr. Jones says this is a degree of “naïve creativity,” and our stirrings as we are moved to respond to larger potentials of being. These are said to enable us “to realize and utilize the ever-emerging novelties and variations of human relationships.”
He states that this implies “an unconditioned and complete co-operation with every immediate trend of event, whether consciously or otherwise,” and offers us the keyword EXCITATION. He states that when operating in a positive manner, this degree “is continual self-orientation to the nascent potentialities of all life and experience.”
From these symbols it seems we can see the light of “coming home” and renewal of something that used to light up our lives expressed in ways that enable us to respond to both the immediate possibilities as well as seeing the source of this renewal. Here we see the light of Providence prodding us to a greater effort at a form of social or emotional transfiguration expressed in some direct action, some breakthrough, some new way opening for us, and/or some new form of self-expression.
Here we can remember something that renews us, some loyalty that calls our hearts, and take responsibility for a reorientation that puts us back on track to a greater service. These can express as forms of synthesis where we are protected in our receptivity to Wisdom forces and forms, and can cooperate with trends, events, and be more “excited” in our dedication to greater potentials.
A new creativity, a new heart strength, new feelings of connectedness with past and present, self and others, can come forth over the next two weeks. As with last month, free yourself to explore new forms of self-expression in new realms, and as you hear the call to self-renewal you’ll meet your Higher Self in a vast field of compassionate understanding about what’s done, how to let go, how to forgive, and how to move into unfamiliar but promising realms of life.
There are many important heart messages promised by this Full Moon, as well as new ways of looking at our expectations and how our understanding has become complete this year. Mercury will offer us insights into what concerns move us, while Venus will show us what’s valuable about the compassion and sense of vast redemptive field of “Divine Mother Energy,” the “Mother Force” we all experienced between 2002 and 2005 that took concrete shape Summer 2007.
We approach the end of the TransPluto (Percephone/Parvati) in Leo era that we’ve known since September 20, 1935. Since October, 2011, we’ve been a transition period where this planet will dance at the last degree of Leo and first degree of Virgo through July 5, 2014. After then we enter the TransPluto in Virgo era that will last through July, 2107, when it leaves Virgo for good and re-enters Libra for the last time, also after a few years of dancing on the cusp of Virgo and Libra.
Venus is in an out of sign conjunction with this outermost invisible Transpersonal Redemptive God-force in this chart. We should be able to get some fairly clear feelings and experiences from Divine Mother about the work that needs to be done at this “dawning of a new day,” and find a new sense of service or “divine discrimination” that shows us what’s important and why, as well as what’s no longer important.
There are a number of conjunctions in this Full Moon chart with the outermost Spiritual planets, showing that all of our experiences will have a transpersonal quality to them, and despite the agitation, we’re all being prodded toward a greater spiritual receptivity. It’s time to begin anew!!
In Part 2 we'll cover the aspects, configurations, and which degree spans will be impacted by this Full Moon in Libra-Aries. See you soon!
© Copyright 2012 Robert Wilkinson