by Robert Wilkinson
This Full Moon at 29 Leo-Aquarius is fixed, stabilizing, challenging, and will feel like “the end of the end before the beginning.” This one helps us see our past expectancies take shape as we emerge from our “chrysalis” and learn a whole new way to live.
This is the first article in a new way of how I explain the Full Moon. I cannot write the quantity and quality of pages I’ve been composing over the past years. Just too much writing each month, and I’m not sure how many actually care about some of the obscure, but important, astrological analytical tools I offer. So today will cover the various rising signs around the globe and an overview of the Lunation and some of its primary qualities, and part 2 will cover Sabian Symbols and some aspects and patterns.
This consolidating, transforming and visionary Full Moon that will pull us in many different (and sometimes conflicted) directions falls at the 29th degree of Leo and Aquarius. This Lunation, helping us cultivate or receive gifts occurs August 20 at 6:45 PDT, 9:45 pm EDT, and 2:45 am Greenwich (BST) August 21.
Now we take a look at the rising signs around the world. The Lunation finds 13 Aquarius rising in Santa Monica, 24 Capricorn in Vancouver, 12 Aries in Toronto, 24 Aries in Montreal, and 15 Aries in Washington DC, showing (from west to east) late Capricorn through late Aries as the rising signs across North America. We move east where we find 9 Taurus rising in Rio, 7 Cancer in Lisbon (Aug 21), 24 Cancer in London, 4 Leo in Berlin, 6 Leo in Sofia, 11 Cancer in Johannesburg, and 23 Leo in Moscow.
Moving into Asia and Oceana, we find the Ascendants to be 13 Virgo in Abbottabad, 16 Virgo in New Delhi, 13 Virgo in Trivandrum, 11 Libra in Phnom Penh,, 19 Libra in Hong Kong, 8 Scorpio in Tokyo, 2 Scorpio in Perth, 11 Sagittarius in Melbourne, 13 Sagittarius in Brisbane, 12 Capricorn in Wellington, and 10 Capricorn rising on Maui (Aug 20).
So you can construct a rough chart for where you are in the world, I’ll give you the rounded up degree for each planet. Use the Ascendants given above to get a rough sense of what’s on the eastern horizon where you are, and using an Equal House system, you can see what’s going on in your part of the world for the next 2 weeks.
In this Full Moon with the Sun at 29 Leo and the Moon at 29 Aquarius, Mercury is 25 Leo, Venus is 6 Libra, Mars is 26 Cancer, Jupiter is 12 Cancer, Saturn is 7 Scorpio, Uranus is 13 Aries RX, Neptune is 5 Pisces RX, Pluto is 10 Capricorn RX, TransPluto is 1 Virgo, Chiron is 13 Pisces RX, and the NN is 11 Scorpio.
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 the recent New Moon articles New Moon in Leo Pt. 1 - What’s Happening in August-September 2013. You'll find more at New Moon in Leo Pt. 2 - How Will This Cardinal T-Square Lunation Affect Us and The August 2013 New Moon in Leo Pt. 3 - 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): Tokyo and Perth (MC/IC), the west coast of North America (Dsc/Asc), Rio (IC/MC), and Berlin, Sofia, Moscow, New Delhi, and Trivandrum (Asc/Dsc).
An overview of this period ruled by this Full Moon shows it will illuminate our ability to be spontaneous and “combustive” in our expression, releasing a lot of individual, mental, and spiritual energy in an anticipation of what is to come. This will be given form through our ability to see a greater vision, a greater work, a greater group contribution, or a larger form of world service. Here we can use a feeling-intuition to graduate into a new realm of being, and go through a transfiguration in line with ideals we formed in 2010-2011 when Neptune was at 29 Aquarius.
This Lunation is extremely high on inspiration, offering us all gifts in the midst of ver challenging or extreme circumstances as indicated by the powerful Jupiter square Uranus coupled with Mercury as the focal point for the disruptive Uranus square Pluto again forming in this Lunation. This will be an aggravating and specializing Full Moon, with turning points in relationships, especially for those with planets between 6 and 13 Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.
The focus of the light shows a way for us to contribute in greater ways to enduring efforts that will outlive us. We can emerge from our cocoon and find ourselves in an entirely new way of living and relating to others. The Moon will focus the inspiration and spontaneity of the Sun and those who have prepared will find themselves totally transformed.
The Grand Irrationality is put into play in this Lunation by the Moon septile Pluto. Though wide, it will still prove powerful in being the precursor to major core shifts and revelations that show us how much we’ve gotten beyond fear or not.
Given that there is also a Saturn triseptile Uranus that’s been in effect for a while, it’s a period of major forks in the road of destiny wherever we have Aries, Scorpio, Capricorn, or Aquarius in our charts. You can find more by going to the recent article Astrology Now in August 2012! – In the Heart of Mars Biseptile Saturn and Uranus. This explains how the Saturn triseptile Uranus has been active for some weeks, and was recently triggered this past week leading up to this Lunation.
The triseptile is irrational, cooperative-collective, and has been producing forks in the road of destiny involving other people, or work/health related things. Hot zones connected with this aspect are 3-7 Scorpio, 25-29 Sagittarius, 16-20 Aquarius, 8-12 Aries, 30 Taurus-4 Gemini, 21-25 Cancer, and 12-16 Virgo. If you have a planet or angle in one or more of these zones, Saturn and Uranus have been moving you toward a more authentic individuality and a higher destiny.
As noted the Moon septile Pluto is triggering the Grand Irrationality. You can find more about this years-long influence by referencing articles in the archives. At the current time, those most affected by this irrational, compulsive, “fork in the road of destiny” type of energy have planets or angles in 7-12 Capricorn, 29 Aquarius-4 Pisces, 20-25 Aries, 12-17 Gemini, 4-9 Leo, 25-30 Virgo, or 16-21 Scorpio. As you can see, it’ll be in full swing when Saturn enters that part of Scorpio beginning November 2013!
In an interesting a somewhat brief situation, Neptune is not septile Pluto in this chart, which is the main aspect anchoring the Grand Irrationality. Right now Neptune is 54 degrees and 54 minutes away from Pluto, which is too wide for the septile.
As I explained in a recent article, that just means it’s a rolling influence at this time, since in this chart the Moon forms a septile to Pluto while being in an out of sign conjunction with Neptune. That means the aspect is weak, since there are three different energies being invoked rather than the focus of the usual two. And that the influence is stretched out over a period of time, since it takes the Moon about 12 hours to move 6 degrees, and takes the Sun 6 days to move 6 degrees.
This Full Moon generates enormous spontaneity and the power to release much, whether as a letting go or a demonstrating of natural creative enthusiasm. With the Moon at the end of Aquarius, search for a broader vision, a greater contribution to make to the future benefit of others.
With Venus quintile Mars and Mercury quintile Saturn, there will be specialization, gifts, and unique circumstances if you have a planet or angle in any of the zones that make conjunctions, quintiles, or biquintiles to any of these transiting planets. Venus and Mars open 22-28 Cancer, 4-10 Libra, 16-22 Sagittarius, 28 Aquarius-4 Pisces, and 10-16 Taurus. Mercury and Saturn open 23-27 Leo, 5-9 Scorpio, 17-21 Capricorn, 29 Pisces-3 Aries, and 11-15 Gemini. Because these planets represent elements of personality, it would seem some high specialization and unique qualities will be happening if you have a planet or angle in any of these zones.
This is one of the final Lunations accenting the theme of many months related to having a new sense of permanence as part of our process of rising to a more refined level of social interaction, or a higher, more sophisticated and refined way of relating to ours and others’ feelings as we move through social experiences. This is a very long term structuring power offered to humanity at this time.
We also have had numerous opportunities to learn the power of harmlessness, and those who have lessened their fear can now radiate a calm that transcends normal understanding. This begins the completion of the lessons around the overcoming of fear and receiving rewards for embracing that gentle way.
We all began to learn how to overcome fear in the Spring of 2012, and then entered an unknown space time sector where we began to learn to view much of what goes on at core through a sense of life being a “science experiment,” with our task to understand the laws that underlie what’s going on. And now that Saturn is again forming a sextile to Pluto, relax into the intensified feelings and experience the platform that is now set giving us the structure of a new life inertia or momentum.
I’ll write more about these things in part 2. The next two weeks will bring a dramatic appearance of new spiritual qualities and events, and those who go deep and understand the nature of the subconscious mind will find new power and answers to the Great Mystery we’ve all been exploring for several months. Since Jupiter is firmly in Cancer, we can use emotional intelligence as we explore and find truth in new cares, new feelings, and a new sense of stability.
As with last month’s Lunations, family and personal feelings will run strong, so be clear about what you’re feeling as a result of the facts you’re seeing or the actions you’ve taken or are taking. Some may experience impatience and frustration at the pace of the process, while others will glimpse a new identity suddenly revealed that revolutionizes the life.
A lot will be “jarred loose” by this Lunation. This is where we a) see the results of what we formulated up to now, or b) need to do some balanced thought form building so we can see that made manifest in the future. This period will be a time of radical shifts, changes, conflict in directions, or a sense of something fracturing due to the Grand Cardinal Cross set into motion by Venus in Libra.
This of course is the first “dress rehearsal” for the extremely powerful Cardinal Cross to come in the Spring of 2014 when Mars is RX in Libra in hard aspects with Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto. That’s why it’ll be extraordinarily important to monitor when these periods are set into motion by Libra transits, since these show us elements of what will be crucial in the Spring of 2014.
Venus will be exact Aug 23-27, Mercury will be exact Sep 13-16, Sun will be exact Sep 30-Oct 4, and Mars will make its first pass Dec 25-Jan 1. Pay attention, since a lot will be set into motion during those periods that will have major repercussions throughout 2014!
This Cardinal Cross includes the powerful Cardinal T-square made by Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto. As you will recall from other articles, this can help us integrate dynamic inharmonious energies and recreate powerful new balanced ways of self-expression. We can take what we learned in June and July about learning how to flow and not “push the river,” and keep releasing new energies in balanced ways that may be challenging, but help our personality to grow into a greater Soul awareness and strength.
Is the Sun Following the Moon, or the Moon Following the Sun?
This is the first Full Moon where the Sun falls in the same sign to the Sun at the previous New Moon. We’re now back to the “normal” pattern we last experienced between September 2010 and June 2011. We’re now done with the “reversed pattern” we’ve been dealing with since July 2011, where the Full Moon Sun was in a different sign than the previous New Moon.
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 Sept 2010 through June 2011 we had the New Moon Sun in the same sign as the subsequent Full Moon Sun every month. From July 2011 the pattern continued, but the New Moon began to fall at the end of the month, with the Full Moon in the middle of the next month. Even though the New Moon Sun was in the same sign as the Full Moon Sun, the seeds were set into motion at the end of a month, with Full Moon activity beginning the middle of the next month.
This shifted in May-June 2012, when we had a New Moon at 1 Gemini in late May, a Full Moon at 15 Gemini-Sag in early June, and another New Moon at 29 Gemini in late June. That began the sequence of the New Moon Sun at the end of one sign, with the following Full Moon Sun in the next sign.
So June 2012 began our current reversed experience from the “normal” New Moon-Full Moon cycle. We had an illuminated form shown to us at the Full Moon, followed by the Sun being in the same sign as the previous Full Moon. This is fulfillment followed by similar Solar seeds of potential while reversing the natural process.
So that’s now done for many months, and this is the first of a sequence where the Full Moon Sun is the same sign as the previous New Moon Sun. To illustrate, the January 11, 2013 New Moon Sun was at 22 Capricorn, while the next Full Moon Sun was at 8 Aquarius. The February 10, 2013 New Moon Sun was at 22 Aquarius, while the next Full Moon Sun was at 8 Pisces.
Continuing through the Spring, the March 11, 2013 New Moon Sun was at 22 Pisces, while the next Full Moon Sun was at 7 Aries. The April 10 New Moon Sun was at 21 Aries, while the next Full Moon Sun was at 6 Taurus. The May 9 New Moon Solar Eclipse was at 20 Taurus, while the next Full Moon Sun was at 5 Gemini. The June 8 New Moon was at 19 Gemini, while the next Full Moon Sun was at 3 Cancer.
This “reversed Sun sign” phenomenon has now ended. Earlier in August we had a New Moon at 15 Leo on August 6-7, and now have this Full Moon Sun at 29 Leo. This restores the “natural” order of Lunation Suns, offering us seeds shown in the first half, fulfillment in the second half.
In part two, we will explore the Sabian Symbols, aspects, and other important chart factors.
© Copyright 2013 Robert Wilkinson