by Robert Wilkinson
This Full Moon at 7 Aries-Libra opens two weeks of dynamic initiatives, quick closures, and a sense of finality to many things. This one shows us how something we’ve mastered is cutting us loose for greater things. Show a lot of gratitude for the opportunity to do some form of service, and you'll meet the requirements of a higher law of life.
As noted in other articles, this is the first of the "Three High Moons" of Spring. This is where the life force pours itself into the natural world, and jumpstarts life in its infinite manifestations. This Full Moon prepares us for the next Full Moon, also known as the Wesak Festival. You can find more about these Three High Moons by going into the archives, though I'll be posting more on them over the next two months.
This period finalizes letting go of things we cannot bring with us into a new life. Many things are in motion right now, with major crosscurrents based in productivity that is squeezing out everything we no longer need. Many are finding the present swirl difficult, but it is overall a productive time despite the hard edges, hard adjustments, and hard turns. These are all for the best, whether we recognize it or not right now.
Like the last Full Moon in Virgo-Pisces, this one features a T-square. Last month Jupiter was the driver of the Mutable (distributive) energy into Sagittarius, while this one features Pluto in Capricorn as the drive of the Cardinal (initiating) energy into Cancer. T-squares are integrative, but are usually powerful and somewhat difficult to handle.
Jupiter releasing energy is expansive, protective, and blesses when it doesn’t spin out of control. Pluto releasing energy is purifying, transformative, and destructive of all that is not true at the core of a thing. Ultimately it is also the power of Economy of Energy that makes a seed replicate the entire plant in itself. So this T-square is taking us to the core so we may nurture the seeds of renewal after saying goodbye to old ghosts and memories that need to end.
As most of you already know, forming aspects show things to come, while separating aspects show things already in the past. This Full Moon has a wide variety of different aspects, both frictional and harmonizing, with Pluto focusing the widespread building energies through being the release point for the tensions and realizations generated by the Moon opposition Venus, Sun, Mars, and Uranus. This is about finding a balance or harmony in expressing some very dynamic and forceful energy.
Of note, we have very strong favorable forming aspects from planets between 7 and 12 degrees of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth signs, with Venus and the Sun triggering a “Translation of Light” that activates the series of aspects made by Mars over the past week. So this Lunation brings the Mars Yod back into full force, with Venusian and Solar energies adding to the mix. This also again activates the interlocking Yods, even though Jupiter is now past its quincunx to Saturn.
So please go back and re-read everything I’ve written about the Yods, since they’re definitely in full force for the next two weeks! We also have other complex interlocking aspect configurations besides the Yod.
For example, the Aries-Libra opposition makes a very favorable sextile and trine to Jupiter, opening a new “law of life” that is released through the Pluto into a search for the Mystery at 12 Cancer. Given we’ve been learning how to cooperate with our invisible helpers since the Spring of 2012, the next two weeks can bring fortunate releases if we see how best to cooperate with the Spirit world. These will lead us to major revelations.
In another example, this chart has a very powerful Mercury in Pisces square Jupiter in Gemini, which are in mutual reception, a feedback loop that creates more force in how this expresses. If things seem to be going in many directions but nowhere in particular, it’s that aspect. If there is a lack of clarity, an ambivalence, a demand for compassionate response by letting go, or anything that shows you what is ending, it’s that aspect.
However, both Mercury and Jupiter have strong favorable aspects that help resolve this tension through productivity and understanding. Mercury is trine to Saturn, showing that over time a more mature, sober view of things will prevail, leading us to a great harmony of understanding in the Cancer area of our life. So Mercury builds through Saturn, and releases through Jupiter. This requires a caring approach to a higher truth and duty. Be a good inspired practical disciple, and take care of your tender feelings.
On the other hand, as noted, Jupiter is trined by the Moon and sextiled by Venus and the Sun. This shows that an lack of balance can be resolved by remembering there are many ways to understand or approach letting go, and that there’s always another point of view that could open us to higher Truths. This will likely play out in the Sagittarius area of our charts. So Jupiter builds through the Moon and Aries stellium, and releases through Mercury.
So every bit of friction is resolved by an understanding, a stability, a productive action, and willingness to stay open to alternative, higher, broader philosophical and/or spiritual views. Every piece of the T-square is harmonized; the Moon, Sun, and Venus by Jupiter, and Pluto by Saturn and Mercury. Mercury square Jupiter is harmonized in the ways outlined above. So despite the hard edges, there is major growth going on in every sector of our lives.
These configurations include the vast majority of the forming aspects. Besides these, other forming aspects include the Jupiter quincunx Pluto and Saturn quincunx Uranus both contributing to the interlocking Yods about to become exact again during the end of March. We finish the list with Saturn trine Neptune, helping us master discouragement through radical compassion, and the every present Uranus square Pluto that is keeping the hard edge of our times front and center for the next 3 years.
In this Lunation the solutions to the larger tensions of Uranus and Pluto involve returning to source and allowing a subtle form of “good fortune” to come to you, as well as rededicating yourself to what brings “Light and warmth” to your life while searching for the Mystery that can bring you to Illumination. As with recent months, keep cooperating with your invisible helpers as you are thrown into a new law of your life, with a focus on what needs to be protected or uplifted while living on multiple levels simultaneously.
There is also a need for regarding this time as a long wave experiment, learning the natural laws behind what’s happening. Search for the mystery, find a way to dig deeper for knowledge while also being more natural in living a balanced existence, and remember you’re seeing Soul patterns that are yet to be “incarnated.”
It’s important to note that Full Moons heighten feelings, due to the opposition of the Moon and the Sun. This particular Lunation has the Moon opposed to the cluster of planets in Aries, setting multiple house rulers into polarization, opposition, realization, and awareness. This one really does require that we learn how to resolve “the tension of opposites” in our existence. Of course, those who succeed at that will find radical Illumination accordingly.
Venus leads the Sun in the Lunation, even though it’s cazimi and combust in the heart of the Sun. Venus leading the Sun that closely shows a fusion of those two principles will be in effect for the next two weeks, and indicates relationships and values will be in evidence before we “see the light” in a thing. It may soften the Sun somewhat, or it could fry Venus to a crisp! Again, concentrate and you should be able to live life on multiple levels simultaneously and find fulfillment and even happiness on all.
Separating aspects show things already past. This chart has a separating Moon triseptile Mercury and quincunx Neptune. Other separating aspects include Mercury conjunct Neptune, Mars sextile Jupiter, quincunx Saturn, conjunct Uranus, decile Neptune, and square Pluto, Jupiter quincunx Saturn and sextile Uranus, and Saturn sextile Pluto.
These all show us that we’ve been through a first major “push” in our life, with a lot of recent productivity, sacrifices, and adjustments. Of course, these continue through the forming aspects, so it’s not like these are in the past, given we’re in the thick of the storm of 8 major celestial events during this time.
The interesting thing is that there are no forming Mars aspects while all the others make them, and there are no separating Venusian or Solar aspects. So what Mars has set into motion is now being shaped and expressed through Venus and the Sun. In other words, the past is fully present, and the present IS the future.
Is The Grand Irrationality A Major Factor in this Full Moon?
The Grand Irrationality is not triggered in this Full Moon, but it’s just around the bend in the New Moon coming at 21 Aries on April 10. However, the biggest “forks in the road of destiny” will happen in the two weeks after the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 6 Taurus-Scorpio on April 25, 12:57 pm PDT, 8:57 pm Greenwich. Late April and early May will set many things into motion directly related to what we first initiated in August-September 2012 and reviewed, revisited, or got new information about in November.
To remind you, the Grand Irrationality is a long wave irrational atmospheric field generated at this time in history. It began around 1992-1995, and will last a few more years.
It’s why there’s such a hard edge to things, and a lot of obsessive-compulsive behavior dominates in society. Certainly there’s much that makes absolutely no sense right now.
At this time, the seven hot zones most impacted by the Grand Irrationality right now are 9-13 Capricorn, 1-5 Pisces, 23-27 Aries, 14-18 Gemini, 6-10 Leo, 27 Virgo- 1 Libra, and 18-22 Scorpio. Please check out recent articles on this long wave configuration to learn more.
In this chart, both Mars and Neptune are in the signs they rule. That makes Mars the final dispositor of all the planets except for those ruled by Mercury and Jupiter, which as noted are in mutual reception. You can find out more about this phenomenon that strengthens each of the two planets by going to the article Astrology Class – What Is A Dispositor and What Is Mutual Reception Between Two Planets?
So Just What Was the New Moon Theme for this Period?
Remember that the qualities of the Full Moon express whatever new directions we were shown at the previous New Moon. You will recall its theme was about finding illumination through rising to a new level of living while being clear about what you want to see coming in the next long cycle. This helped all of us “cut to the chase,” and see clearly to the core of something that was ending even as we took aim at a new life.
Mercury was retrograde at the New Moon as part of a 7 planet stellium in Pisces with the main configuration being the Jupiter-focused Yod discussed in other articles. We’ve now seen the end of something, been challenged to rise to a higher level of social interaction, and now can fulfill the energies of meeting a new life order.
From the New Moon articles:
This New Moon in Pisces is idealizing, generalizing, opens a vaster feeling field, and will show us how to visualize a future that we want to see made manifest. Relationships will take on an added importance as we close out the end of the end and prepare for a beginning just around the corner. Though there will some sense of emotional finality or even heaviness during the next month, it’s also stabilizing, and will help us say goodbye as we prepare to quicken into an entirely new life experience that has its roots in the new archetypes that came forth in between late 2009 and early 2011.
The next four weeks will throw everyone into a fluid new life order and focus wherever we have Pisces in our charts, while at the same time helping us show our skill in “hitting the mark.” This is one of the most highly specializing New Moons in a long time, with major gifts helping us good deeper into experience, cut to the chase, and put out whatever we value so we can overcome some duality by making a leap of faith, either stabilizing something or understanding something…..
… This New Moon at 22 Pisces, like other recent Lunations, puts the focus on learning, communicating, discovering, and perceiving new ideas and ways of relating to others due to Jupiter being one of the primary handles of the “Bucket” Jones pattern at 9 Gemini. Due to some strange positioning of the planets, Saturn is also a handle for the “Bucket,” with a different planetary mix offering different energies. More on this in part 3 of this New Moon series.
Much that we focus on during the next 4 weeks will help us to a new understanding, a new view, a new way of organizing all the information and potential opened in previous New Moons with Jupiter as the handle. Due to Saturn’s influence, we’re also eliminating and going deeper in all our relationships, getting rid of all that we don’t want nor need to take with us into the future that’s coming at us like an express train!
Because of Jupiter in Gemini now moving forward, we’re rapidly finishing the next phase of our liberation from ghosts of the past going on since the 2011 Gemini Solar Eclipse. When Jupiter retrograded over the degree of that eclipse in late November and early December, it accelerated the eclipse effect, so we’ve recently shed even more ghosts of the past.
A New Moon sets the seed forms for what the following 4 weeks will demonstrate. This Lunation falls at 22 Pisces. While I've given you a sense of this degree up to now, this is where we go into depth.
The symbol is “A man bringing down the new law from Sinai.” According to Rudhyar’s notes from the Marc Jones class, this degree is one of “Man’s success in meeting the challenge of a new order,” “Codification of new values,” and “holding oneself to highest standards.”
In the Astrological Mandala, he says this degree involves "the need to bring down to the level of everyday existence the clear realizations made manifest in a great “peak experience.” He states this degree shows us “the basic principles upon which …. A new ritual of living should be founded,” and “represents a descent of formative and structuring power, a divine Revelation.”
He continues that this symbol is revealed knowledge, where the point of this is “What do you do after you have a peak experience, an inner revelation? The keyword MANDATE is appropriate, but the basic problem is how to fulfill it in the right spirit.”
He says it falls in the span of Protection, and it's the second degree of the emotional-cultural level of the scene of Perpetuation in the Act of Capitalization. So for this month we’re being taught how to embrace a new way of living, new values, new standards, and “bring down to everyday life” some revelation we’ve had, or will have, over the next 4 weeks.
According to Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, the degree is one of “the eternal authority implicit in the very fact of (our) ideals, and of a spiritualization of experience through the religious insights of human society and the institutions it has created for the common welfare.” He states “the inspired prophets of each age have been custodians of an enduring morality,” where we each can find a higher law at our own “mountaintop.”
He continues “Right is dramatized as a personal responsibility for the course of events.” He offers us the keyword of MANDATE. He states that when operating in a positive manner, this degree is "self-sacrifice and a determination to further the ultimate upliftment of all.”
So we enter a spiritualizing time, where we find a mandate to fulfill a newer, higher law of our lives. This will show us a new way to live, and a new way to make a greater contribution to all. This will yield unique insights about the core of things, enabling us to cut to the chase as we close out old life chapters.
As with the New Moon, the overall planetary pattern is a “Bucket” Jones pattern. However, while the New Moon was very unusual in having two focal determinators in both Jupiter and Saturn, this one returns to the normal pattern of having only one focal determinator, which is the planet that acts as a handle or nozzle for the other planets. I’ll explain more below.
In this chart, Jupiter in Gemini resumes being the primary nozzle expressing the other planetary energies, since it’s been outside the occupied span. To note, this chart also has elements of a “Splay” Jones pattern, since it features planets at odd angles widely spread around the signs. The Splay shows widely diverse actions and interests, some of which are not compatible with each other. It requires being at “the hub of the wheel” holding the various “spokes of life” in harmonious tension.
So What is a “Bucket Pattern” and how does it work?
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, the “focal determinator.” The handle 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.
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.
We are also told this pattern is more about finding an effective release for energy within social settings, but also about the self imposing its pattern on society rather than adapting to what is there. It’s about focused intention. So given the handle builds through Aries and Libra and releases through the square to Mercury in Pisces, we can expect some sort of focused attention on the house where we have mid-Gemini that builds very productive energy in Sagittarius and releases power in that sign as well as around 10-12 Virgo.
With 4 planets in Fire, 3 in Water, 2 in Air and 1 in Earth, we have an emphasis on feelings and inspiration, with a good dose of ideas and relationships but not much practicality and worldly focus. There is a deficiency in Earth, showing that practicality must come from within rather than external events. Since Air and Earth are “cool” elements and Fire and Water are “hot” elements, things may be a bit hotter and more emotional over the next two weeks.
More on how Uranus Square Pluto Is Ramping Up Radical Energies!
As I’ve mentioned off and on over the past 2+ years, (and earlier in this article!), we’re all learning to manage the “out of control” energies of Uranus square Pluto. I’ve discussed this aspect at length over quite a few articles in the archives. Use the site google box to find out more about this years’ long disruptive revolutionary influence. Welcome to the 21st century of upheaval, transformation, and titanic collisions between a new world being born and an old age that’s digging in even as it’s dying.
That square represents the ongoing revolution of our times, with innovations and pioneering energies in conflict with restrictive and controlling power structures. We’ll be dealing with this for a few years, and it promises to make this year and next very “electric and eclectic,” moving the world through a revolution unlike any seen since the 1960s!!
Uranus is on a degree of learning a technique of “seeing whole” through concentration, taking “direction from within,” and through “taking advantage of all factors in a given situation, and knowing when to make decisions,” we can rise to a new level of spiritual knowing. Here we can allow things to revolutionize on multiple life levels simultaneously and become more focused on what to do and how to do it.
As I noted in past Lunation articles, we’re now moving into a different social orientation for many years, so continue to learn how to concentrate to see the whole picture, as this shows us how to externalize our higher Self in new individual ways. It’s going to be the major theme for 2013, and given the aspects in play in this chart, there will be a lot of freedom and spiritual awareness of a new way to live life in order to fulfill the New Moon symbol concerning our “success at meeting the requirements of a new life order.”
For the next 9 months, regard the deeper transformations going on in your life as a “science lesson” showing you the laws of Nature. This Full Moon continues to awaken us to techniques of concentration so that we can align with a deeper and higher power, and now we can enjoy playing a new role and living in new ways.
We are still being challenged to get beyond fear, see things from the past differently, and find relief through expressing the Higher Self that’s been “cut and polished” in past months. We can grow into a larger role when we’re confronted by old Pluto roles, coercions, and heavy-handed corrosive behavior. We can use this square in two big ways, both now and into the future.
We can exercise good Pluto function to put the brakes on negative Uranian manifestations, and good Uranus function to put the brakes on negative Pluto manifestations. Look to the harmonizing aspects to each to show which is building and which one is the release point for those energies. In this chart, Uranus is specializing many things in everyone’s lives, so go with the new rather than the established.
The Cusp of Where The Age of Pisces Gives Way to the Age of Aquarius
As I've mentioned in other Lunation articles, a major factor in recent years was Neptune transiting degrees in early Pisces that symbolize "the cusp of the Age." Beginning February 2011, it danced between its stationary direct transformational degree of 29 Aquarius when we began the end game of a collective transfiguration, and 1 Pisces, the cusp of where the Age of Pisces gives way to the Age of Aquarius. We’re collectively there as a human race, and Neptune has been showing us glimpses into the greater Way, Truth, and Life that we share together, expressed through the sign of compassion, forgiveness, and unity of feeling-awareness in the great “Ocean of Life.”
Neptune in very early Pisces has major implications for humanity as a whole. I’ve discussed this phenomenon of Neptune dancing back and forth between early Pisces and late Aquarius in many previous articles, opening the collective consciousness to the energies of this transitional period, this “time cusp” between the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius. This happened throughout 2011 and 2012. When Neptune finally went stationary direct at 1 Pisces in late 2012, it marked a platform from which humanity will confront many ghosts of the past centuries over the next couple of years.
In the larger precessional Age, our world is at 1 Pisces right now. Thanks to prior transits of both Neptune and Chiron to this degree, many of us have collectively awakened to a vast connectedness with all Life and all Time. This degree is one of joyously rallying as we begin the closing of a long cycle.
Dr. Marc Edmund Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, points out that the first degree of Pisces, "the cusp of the Age," is "a symbol of full maturity in (humanity's) social estate, with an emphasis on the group integrity" facilitating each to develop their special patterns. This degree is about a willingness for each of us to do our part in the larger "common ideals of a community life."
Here we refine our ambition through "a consistent generosity toward the aims of others with a real intensity of effort directed toward its own ends." The keyword is COMMERCE, and when positive, this degree "is an exceptional capacity for organizing the converging and conflicting interests of many people in practical arrangements of mutual benefit."
So this is where humanity as a whole is at right now. I believe we will finally enter the Age of Aquarius sometime between 2045-2070, when we all will see the concrete manifestations of Aquarian patterns that were awakened by Uranus and have been dreamed into collective consciousness by Neptune during these planets' movement through late Aquarius. (Please also check out part one of that series since it elaborates on the transition between the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius.)
This is a time to see a bigger picture, and be creative in moving through what’s breaking down and what’s coming into clear focus. Keep alert to others who share your various Ray and sub-Ray frequencies. With Saturn in Scorpio, this is a great time to get focused, eliminating all that is irrelevant to your long term growth patterns. Or perhaps you can use the energy to regenerate in some way so that you “take command of the Great Work” and perfect your various physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual “vehicles” to express exactly what you’re here to do.
What's the proper sequence at present of deciding, feeling, and thinking, and an Overview of the Lunation
This Full Moon continues the pattern of the past New Moon. As a process of moving through events, first get clear about your vision, your information, your understanding, and then get clear about how you feel about those thoughts and visions. After you have felt or experienced what you need to, then focus on a simple fact that allows you to make a clear decision and act accordingly.
This is a time not to worry about the ten thousand steps down the road, but it is a time to think, to communicate, to understand, and to see a clear picture and after feeling what you need to, then act decisively and take the step that’s right in front of you. This is a Lunation indicating that we’ll lead with thinking infused by feelings, and then feel our way to decisions and actions. Then we need to go find ideas, information, and new visions that can help us find a new way to experience our feelings.
So we’ll be seeking information and or a vision that may have echoes in the past, after which we’ll “feel our way” into new experiences, getting hunches about decisions and the need for action. After we come to the fundamental fact that allows us to decide and act on that decision, we’ll naturally find new information and views which lead us to new experiences. So lead with thinking, see how the vision or information is related to the past or is a new iteration of that view, then move through the feelings and experience of that vision into a new action.
To sum up, this Lunation will help us jump into new actions, relationships, values, and dynamic motion across many areas of our lives as we finish letting go of the ghosts of the past. We’ll know what we need to protect, what we need to defend, and be called to some form of transmutation through some kind of service. This is about letting go, saying goodbye, and proving our qualifications to enter a new realm of mastery that we’ve already declared our own.
This is a time to rise to some emergency, or some urgent situation or action that needs to be done. Do not allow drifting, or irresolute mental states, to create procrastination or ambivalence. We can get beyond mental and emotional heaviness during this time, and find a lot of very core realizations about life and experience. We’re still feeling some timeless human states of being, and so cultivate the compassionate mind as you forgive, say goodbye, and release it all to the vast ocean of Divine Consciousness.
This is a time to be innovative, individualize your thinking and feeling, and not get hassled by too much going on. All decisions will be infused by feelings, and all feelings will accompany decisions. Learn how to extricate yourself from those things that aggravate you, don’t waste time and energy battling the wrong problems, and assert the deep, subtle, and powerful parts of your Light/Life in your interactions with others.
To reinforce a critical point: while Jupiter is in Gemini we’ll continue to learn more and more, expanding the truths and new potential futures opened these past several years while now finishing up our liberation from ghosts of the past that were indicated in the 2011 Gemini Solar Eclipse. Jupiter in this chart shows we’re now at the end game of being liberated once and for all, free to embrace new ways of thinking, communicating, and externalizing what we know.
Despite the cross currents, embrace the adventure of a greater view of the whole of things, and get beyond perceptual frames and traps. This is the time to search, to explore, and to learn about the Natural laws governing outer events. Find a new sense of purpose, cut loose from old mental boxes and frames of reference, and do what you must to embrace a new life based in the call you’re hearing.
We all have the ability to live on multiple levels of life and enjoy ourselves in many different ways in many different relationships. See your larger Soul field, and open to illuminations showing you who you could be once you’re free of obsolete considerations. Eliminate to regenerate, do not clutch at old feelings, and look below the surface to get clear about how and what to reorganize.
This continues a new freedom and adventure that will fill the void created by the Eclipses of 2011. This powers up a life renewal, deeper wisdom and feelings, and new truths. This Lunation may be difficult for some, especially those with planets around 7-12 Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, as well as those with planets around 9-13 Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, and Sagittarius. Still, these heavy squares are breaking old stuff loose, helping us integrate or reintegrate, so that we can move into future life patterns.
Release old views and interpretations and go deeper. Embrace the spirit of exploration that allows you to see the adventure of discovery as leading you to depth understanding about the relationship of the material to the Spiritual, the form to the energy behind and within all forms.
Do not take the larger tensions, pressures, and friction personally. Though the larger atmosphere is tense and conflicted, it’s really only the play of invisible forces leading us all to new forms of individualization that will block old shadows of control mechanisms that are useless anyway.
As I’ve noted in previous Full Moon articles, since all shadows result from light hitting a dense object, it’s better to become as translucid as possible to dispel lurking shadows. And if you must look at the shadows, then refocus on the object being illuminated, since that’s the source of the shadow.
Find the correct 4 angles of illuminating whatever you want to focus on, and all shadows will be dispelled. Then you’re seeing things with an illuminated mind, and can act accordingly.
© Copyright 2013 Robert Wilkinson