by Robert Wilkinson
This article covers significant aspects, degree symbols, and other important factors in this month's Capricorn New Moon chart which will throw us into new forms of self-reorganization that can lead to personal power. We’ll continue to structure new magnetism and new long term patterns of growth through unique gifts turning defeats into victory. Keep shedding old “skins of personality” to come out tougher, clearer, more focused, and go inward to achieve outer success.
This Lunation, along with the inner planets, continues sign concentrations within the usual "anchoring" span occupied by slow moving planets. This slow, steady pulse runs from Saturn in Scorpio through Pluto in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces to Uranus in Aries. Due to the Jones Pattern, Jupiter in Gemini is outside the occupied span and serves as the nozzle for all the other planetary energies.
In the last New Moon, there was a concentration of inner planet activity in Scorpio and Sagittarius. In this New Moon, there is a huge cluster of planets in Capricorn with Mars heralding things to come in Aquarius. So the intensity now involves a lot of planets between early Capricorn and early Aries, with Jupiter and Saturn fairly far away from their nearest neighbors, indicating they operate as “independent agents,” so to speak. Saturn leads with Scorpio, but everything picks up in Capricorn through Aries, expressed through the Jupiter in Gemini.
This type of spread, with all the planets in about half the signs with one outside that span wide enough to be a handle, creates a “Bucket” Jones Pattern. The energies of the occupied half are focused through the “handle,” or “nozzle,” in this case Jupiter. Jupiter becomes what is called the “focal determinator,” and represents the way to greater effectiveness, the cause to be embraced, the lack to be filled, or the way to use the total energies of this time in a focused manner. Based on where Jupiter is relative to the other planets shows the pattern to be more impulsive, and “inclined to respond to an immediate rather than future promise.”
Dr. Jones states “the bucket type indicates a particular and rather uncompromising direction in the life effort.” This pattern gives “interest in a cause,” with executive tendencies that will adapt allegiances to maximize results of the effort. He says “the bucket type at its best reveals the real instructor and inspirer of others, and at its worst the agitator and malcontent.” This is the larger planetary pattern within which we’re all trying to do what we do.
Of the traditional 10 planets, there are 5 planets in Earth, 2 in Water, 2 in Air, and 1 in Fire. That shows a heavy emphasis on getting things done, being efficient and practical, and organizing things so they are in our “enlightened self-interest.” There is a balance between feelings and experiences with ideas, interactions, and communications, with not much in the way of inspiration.
That means we’ll have to continue to be inspired via our own uniqueness and the ongoing revolution in self-awareness that we’re all going through during this time of Uranus in Aries. As Mercury leads this Lunation, it makes the area in our charts where we have mid-Capricorn of extra importance, and indicates a time to be pragmatic in how we coordinate affairs so we can be “led to our Soul.”
Air and Earth are cool, Fire and Water are hot, so with more planets in Earth and Air, it will be a cool-headed, practical time. It should bring great interactions, ideas, and plans that can be executed with precision and determined group effort. This is the time to plan and execute the ideas, visions, and truths we’ve sifted through the past month.
So wherever we have Scorpio, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, and Aries is going to be highly active, due to the presence of 9 planets in that 144 degree span. The 40 degree span between Venus at 4 Capricorn and Mars at 14 Aquarius is particularly active. If you have a planet anywhere in that area of the zodiac, you’re going to go through major changes in the part of your psyche represented by the planet and the part of your external affairs symbolized by the house it’s in.
The general theme is that through our willingness to take responsibility, our willingness to organize or re-organize what we do and how we do it, and our willingness to penetrate to a deeper level of understanding within that assures us outer forms of success, that “willingness” will ensure forms of victory, even when it seems like defeat.
I figure a brief discussion over at a recent FB comment stream with a member of this community might help explain more. I stated this New Moon involves “An apparent defeat we must go through in order to find out there's a party going on in our honor around the corner. One of the primary symbols is ‘A train entering a tunnel’ - another is ‘a drowning person being rescued.’”
I made a crack about the light at the end of the tunnel might be daylight, and not another train coming right at us. Someone then commented that we might need to find a practical solution if a train’s coming right at us, and I replied “If everything is composed of light particles, then if we find the right point of view and adapt to that frequency, we become translucent. At that point even the densest train can run through us and we dance with the wind.”
Then someone brought up “doing the Saturn work,” and I responded “Shadows occur when light hits a dense object. The less dense we can be, the more translucent we are. We can always dance with the wind, even when/if we're dense. It's the train we need to look out for. Too much Saturn and we become leaden; too little and we have no "skin and bones" as a container to keep all our organs inside!”
Continuing the metaphor, Saturn in Scorpio is like bone regeneration, or the elimination of all in our skin and bones that would block our humanitarian instincts, whether toward ourselves or others. We’ve already turned the corner, and many have already done the hard elimination or reconstruction work that position indicates we’re all going though in our own ways and times.
On a final note about Jones Patterns, Saturn will be leading the occupied span for many months to come. By the Spring, it will again be the nozzle, or handle of the Bucket, as it was in Libra last year, but this time will be in Scorpio. In the Spring and Summer, the larger pattern will alternate between Bucket and Locomotive, but always Saturn will be a primary player as the focal determinator mentioned earlier.
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 makes only three major forming aspects, while the other planets make several important and specializing forming aspects.
The only forming aspects the Lunation makes are the close sesquisquare to Jupiter, and a pair of quintiles to Saturn and Uranus, knitting these very powerful energies into three points of a 5 pointed Star pattern called a Great Quintile. This promises numerous gifts, special situations, and interactive, unique opportunities to find or demonstrated “the quintessence” of a thing.
The sesquisquare shows an on-going agitation and drum beat to events that will hurry things along, never quite able to rest but also not crisis-inducing. It’s a phase of “shaking the tree” to see what goes up and what comes down, with the “shaking” coming from external sources or requiring us to deal with externally agitated situations.
Many will realize something has to give if the promise of the past 7 months is to be accomplished. And though something dramatic may or may not show itself these next 4 weeks, there will be a new tide in movement by February that will lead many to combining faith and works to find the sustenance they need.
The very power quintiles made by the Sun and Moon to both Saturn and Uranus indicates highly unique and specialized things, according to where they occupy our charts and what houses they rule. And to note, it pulls together the biquintile made between the worldly ruler of the Lunation and the spiritual ruler of the Lunation which should make for some very gifted conditions in our world and lives.
If you have a planet or sensitive point in any of the 5 zones of the Great Quintile set up by these three points, expect some very special things to occur, special conditions setting up unique gifts and circumstances, or some other unique thing to occur in your lives. The zones are a degree more or less from 10-12 Scorpio, 22-24 Capricorn, 4-6 Aries, 16-18 Gemini, and 28-30 Leo. The Moon transiting those zones in the next 4 weeks will bring forth specific forms of what this configuration is all about. Look to Jan 16-17, 22, 28, Feb 2-3 and 7-8 for those forms.
(Of note to astrologers is that the Gemini zone is exactly where Jupiter went stationary retrograde back in October, so some of what happens in the next 4 weeks is directly related to that Jupiter threshold and all we’ve been getting via the Jupiter retrograde function wherever it’s transiting in our charts.)
Besides the major aspects mentioned earlier, other forming aspects include Mercury making all the aspects that the Sun and Moon do, just wider; Venus square Jupiter and conjunct Pluto, Mars septile Uranus, Jupiter triseptile Saturn and sextile Uranus, Saturn biquintile Uranus, and now that the latter planet is again direct in motion, we’re back to a forming Uranus square Pluto!
As noted yesterday, two of these aspects are setting up some “fork in the road of destiny” events for many of us! First, Mars septile Uranus. I wrote:
Of further interest is that Mars in Aquarius and Uranus in Aries are also in mutual reception, showing a rare “double mutual reception” that will lock in some major effects in these planets’ interlocking aspects. Mars in this chart is in an exact forming septile with Uranus, showing it’s a major turning point wherever we have mid-Aquarius and early Aries in our natal charts.
This period will quicken, accelerate, and penetrate to the heart of our intention. Those most affected are planets or points near 13-15 Aquarius, 4-6 Aries, 26-28 Taurus, 18-20 Cancer, 9-11 Virgo, 1-3 Scorpio, and 22-24 Sagittarius. If you have a planet near these zones, expect dramatic forks in the road of your destiny that will throw you into a new vision, a new identity, and accelerate your evolution in the direction of the long wave growth you’ve embraced the past year and a half.
Second, the Jupiter triseptile Saturn:
This also happens to increase Jupiter’s influence in this Lunation, since Saturn is in a very powerful triseptile to Jupiter, adding another layer of irrational, “fork in the road of destiny” energy to the next 4 weeks. Last month Jupiter was the focus of the very powerful Yod, or “Finger of God” I wrote about extensively at the time.
That squeezed a lot out of our lives so we could refocus on whatever Jupiter in Gemini indicates in our charts. Those sacrifices that helped us expand in some way have now led us to a major turning point in the Sag, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces areas of our lives via the house affairs where we have Gemini and Scorpio.
This Lunation adds Venus in Capricorn to the equation, since even though it's separating, it's still part of the mix. That makes this a very powerful and “destiny producing” New Moon since it adds Taurus and Libra areas to those being affected in major ways. Most affected are 6-8 Gemini, 27-29 Cancer, 18-20 Virgo, 10-12 Scorpio, 2-4 Capricorn, 23-25 Aquarius, and 14-16 Aries.
The separating aspects show reality already experienced, or things already set into motion. Aspects of note are the Lunation novile Neptune and conjunct Pluto, Mercury semi-square Neptune and conjunct Pluto, Venus novile Mars, triseptile Jupiter, septile Saturn, and sextile Neptune, Mars trine Jupiter and square Saturn, and Saturn trine Neptune and closely sextile Pluto. Taken together it shows we’ve come out of recent flaws in reasoning or execution into a more stable way of viewing things, with some internal crises of perception or communication around ideals and some fairly important decisions related to values, relationships, and willingness to take responsibility.
A New Moon sets the seed forms for what the following 4 weeks will demonstrate. This Lunation falls at 22 Capricorn. While I've given you a sense of this degree up to now, this is where we go into depth.
The symbol is "A general accepting defeat gracefully.” According to Rudhyar this degree is one of “apparent defeat that spells real spiritual victory,” “Bowing to custom,” and “Conquest through conformity to established norm.”
In the Astrological Mandala, he says this degree involves "the realization that one may grow through defeat as well as, and perhaps more than, through success.” He states this degree is about our ability to turn “apparent external defeat into an inner spiritual achievement.”
So here we must find willingness to find our inner integrity that brings forth our inner strength. He says it falls in the span of Dependence, and it's the second degree of the emotional-cultural level of the scene of Group Performance in the Act of Capitalization. So for this month we’re being taught how to find strength despite apparent failures, and the ability to turn apparent defeat into victories.
According to Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, the degree is one of “the immediate opportunism by which the human will develops its real power, and of its underlying and uncompromising loyalty to the long-range ends in view.” This is about effective practicality expressing “grace of spirit,” and how we “exalt our destiny as (we) find its roots established in values” that we and others can accept.
He offers us the keyword of EXPEDIENCY. He states that when operating in a positive manner, this degree is "a genius for learning from experience and transforming setback into accomplishment.”
So we enter a time of winning others over, or being won over by others, through the grace and practicality required by circumstances. Here we bring strength and victory out of apparent defeat (past, present, or future). Because it’s in Capricorn, we’ll see the light of willingness, responsibility, duty, and organization in doing what must be done within a larger group setup.
Pluto, the Cosmic Purifier, will be in Capricorn for many years. It 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. Be organized in finding and demonstrating ways to get beyond fear and radiate harmlessness and mature fellowship with Nature, whether your own, another's, or Nature Herself.
The next 4 weeks continues to be a time to open to new ways of viewing how to claim our divine power and express it creatively and without fear. As Venus is conjunct Pluto on Pluto’s stationary retrograde degree of Spring 2012, this can help us capture what is valuable about what Pluto has been teaching us about harmlessness and getting beyond fear since then. This will solidify that fearlessness in some way related to moving outside of the known and familiar in “circumstances dictating a need for change.”
As noted yesterday, due to the effect of the very strong Gemini eclipse of June 2011 being activated by Jupiter in the recent past through the Spring of 2013, we are still being liberated from the ghosts of the past and letting go of burdens we no longer need to bear.
Having found 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 vistas of potential interactions. The Gemini Solar Eclipse of 2012 was also important in continuing the process of letting go of the ghosts of the past, along with opening us to newer, deeper insights even as it shut down even more of the Gemini areas of our lives. I’ve added links to those articles at the bottom of this one so you can check out how it continues the pattern of the 2011 Gemini Solar Eclipse, and adds a new dimension of understanding what’s ending and why in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Jupiter in Gemini continues to invite us to open to new ideas, new perspectives, and new ways of seeing what’s fair and what isn’t. We have been learning how to take the patience we cultivated while Jupiter was in Taurus between June 2011 and June 2012, and since then have had opportunities to open to alternative ways of understanding new discoveries and new interactions that will rapidly open between January and June 2013. This allows us to see various ways to discover and adapt to our expanding vision so we can become more versatile in 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 do, learn, or communicate something that arises through a recognition of some need of the inner Self. Expect some interesting things to assert themselves!
In this Lunation Jupiter is still retrograde, teaching us through reviewing recent truths and visions to see new ways of communicating with others and new ways of interpreting what we’ve been discovering since June 2012. As it is on its stationary direct degree, it’s the first point where this energy is set into motion, almost a “prequel” if you will, to when it begins to move forward in a couple of weeks and accelerates from there.
So this begins the remainder of our Jupiter in Gemini adventure that lasts through June. The stationary direct degree shows us the platform underneath all that we reach out toward during the next year. The degree is “An old fashioned well,” and we are told it’s a degree of “personal self-renewal and simple organic integrity.”It’s where we take in and give out the substance of who we are, and are compensated for our efforts. It promises self-reliance and “uncompromising faithfulness,” inner assurance, poise, and holds the promise that if we can sense what is hidden that will nourish us, and then do the simple effort to bring it up to the surface of our lives, then we will find “a fundamental trust in and cooperation with life.”
As noted yesterday, this Lunation is the fourth New Moon with Saturn in Scorpio. We have now cultivated a new strength over the past few months, come to a philosophical completion, and finished repairing or reconstructing something so that some final dues are now paid and old karmas left behind. We are growing into a new intensity, focus, emotional depth, and greater maturity relative to shared values, shared resources, deeper ability to commune with others as well as Nature and Spirit, and getting a more structured connection and a more powerful Spiritual linkage with others and ourselves.
As with the last New Moon, over the next 4 weeks we’ll lead with our feelings, then find ideas and information and new visions that can help us make decisions on the basis of those new ideas and understanding. We’ll be “feeling our way” into new experiences, then getting information and understanding before deciding and acting on the basis of those feelings and ideas. After a decision or action, then move into feeling the new experience, and get the vision you need to move everything forward one more step.
So feel what must be felt, experience what must be experienced (even if it seems that the past is still more powerful than we’d like!) and then get the information you need to get clear about what must be done and how. Then go back to your feelings, and let them move you into more information, communicate what must be communicated until you get a clear vision, and then into new decisions and actions which in turn lead to new feelings and experiences.
Due to the powerful septiles at work involving Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus, it’s safe to say this Lunation will set destiny into motion wherever we have Aries, Taurus, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces in our charts. That’s 2/3 of our existence that will hit a fork in the road in some way. Just play to your humanitarian instincts, be willing to move a little into the unfamiliar to see who’s with you and who isn’t, finish the next phase of overcoming fear, and move into highly unique, specialized, and gifted situations.
Those who find inner strength and can creatively reorganize the plan will find that when all is done, they’ve found a shortcut to success. Get a vision, find a plan, and execute it in the right time, and you’ll quicken your evolution in significant ways. Avoid overly aggressive or assertive social elements, see your life from a transcendent angle of emergent individuality, and have faith. Your X-ray vision will show you why things are the way they are.
Here's where you can find New Moon in Capricorn Pt. 1 - What’s Happening in January-February 2013
Here are the articles explaining the "Ring of Fire" 2012 Solar Eclipse in Gemini still playing out on the world stage and in our lives in major ways!
Here are the articles on the 2011 June Gemini Solar Eclipse so you can see some of the continuity between these two celestial events shutting down some things in the Gemini areas of our existence:
Since November and December 2012 brought inner planet transits very close to the degree of the November 2011 Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius (which is still in full force), and the Gemini Eclipses have opposed that Sagittarian Solar Eclipse, here are some links for you to compare and contrast how they are similar and different:
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