by Robert Wilkinson
This stabilizing, inspired, and ennobling Full Moon that will flood us all with energy falls at the 29th degree of Leo and Aquarius on August 20 at 6:45 pm PDT, 9:45 pm EDT, and 2:45 am Greenwich (BST) on August 21. This is the spiritual power of love and creativity expressed in a visionary way. Here we take the delight offered since the New Moon and generate power through courage and nobility.
Full Moons heighten feelings, due to the opposition of the Moon and the Sun. This particular Lunation is one of several that extend from Cancer, Leo, and Libra opposing planets in Capricorn, Aquarius, and Aries. These include Jupiter opposed Pluto, the Full Moon, and Venus opposed Uranus. Lots of awareness and/or polarization coming the next two weeks!!
That also means that we have a Grand Cardinal Cross with Venus opposing Uranus and square Jupiter and Pluto, Jupiter separating opposition to Pluto and forming square to Uranus, and the ongoing tension of Uranus square Pluto. This will fracture a lot, so show courage in the face of radical change!
The only mitigating favorable aspects are Moon biquintile Mercury, Mercury quintile Saturn, Venus quintile Mars, Mars biquintile Neptune, and Saturn sextile Pluto. These show a lot of specialized interactive uniqueness, with a solid productivity from the favorable Saturn, which is unafflicted in the chart.
The Moon is ruled by Saturn and Uranus, while the Sun rules itself. Because of the sign positions of the planets, the Sun and Neptune are in their home signs. , but disposit no other planets. As with last month, besides the Sun and Neptune, the primary chain of final dispositors in this chart involves Mars, the Moon, and Saturn. You can find out more by going to Astrology Class – What Is A Dispositor and What Is Mutual Reception Between Two Planets?
As there are no forming aspects between the chain of final dispositors, they act as independent agents within a closed loop. Mars shows us we need to conform to what is expected of us, Saturn shows us how to go deeper to understand subconscious factors when they appear in our lives and interactions, and the Moon is giving us the ability to break free of a chrysalis and graduate into a new realm of Being.
Due to Saturn being a dispositor of Pluto, and Saturn being one of the Water anchors for the Splay configuration at work in this chart, it intensifies the prominence of Scorpio energies. We continue to be put in touch with a deeper reality, or a deeper feeling of connection with others as well as our own emotional depth.
As noted yesterday, any irrationality stems from the Moon septile Pluto and Saturn triseptile Uranus. I gave the hot zones that trigger these choices, changes, and events that mark forks in the road of destiny across many areas of our lives, given the planets and signs involved. Please reference yesterday’s section on the Grand Irrationality and Saturn triseptile Uranus to know more.
We’re now moving through a period of expanded feelings, and the experience in being in a current that is taking us somewhere. This is a time of quickened flow, emotional intelligence, and a new stability that will be with us for years. As in June and July, we will be experiencing our Soul promptings more acutely during this time of deep feelings and necessary structuring. This Full Moon will bring important understanding and vision that throw us into a clearer destiny, even though the process is pretty crazy and we’ll probably be experiencing more irrationality than normal, given the aspects named in the last paragraph.
The Sabian Symbols for the Full Moon
This Full Moon falls at 29 Aquarius-Leo. It is said that the last third (decan) of any sign deals with the mental-spiritual levels of life, and being the last decan of those signs, invokes a sub-influence of Libra and Aries.
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. Though I’ve given you a sense of what this is about up to now, here’s where we go into detail.
The Solar degree symbol for the 29th degree of Leo is “A mermaid.” In the original notes from the Marc Jones class on the symbols, Rudhyar ways this is a degree of “Pure longing for a new order of selfhood,” “critical point in emergent evolution,” and “Perspective; or a sense of incompetence.”
In the Mandala he goes on to say this is a degree of "a stage at which an intense feeling-intuition rising from the unconscious is about to take form as a conscious thought.” He says this symbols “suggests that the fire of desire of concrete and steady form burns at the root of all techniques of self-expression,” where “an unconscious energy archetype is reaching toward consciousness through the creator, as cosmic Love seeks tangible manifestation through human lovers.”
He states that this is “a great evolutionary urge,” and a “yearning for conscious form and solidity.” So the illumination available via this Full Moon is through the Light of going through some serious releases of love and/or creativity, where something involving heart Fire is seeking manifestation. He states this degree falls in the Span of Interpretation, Act of Stabilization, and Scene of Release on the Individual-Mental level.
Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, says this is a degree of “humanity’s insatiable appetite for experience (of)... self-assurance, and of the nascent eagerness of the soul for a ...personal participation in every possible facet of self-fulfillment.” This is about our “ineradicable purity” at core, and our need to repudiate compromise.
He goes on to state that this is about responding to our creative needs. He offers the keyword IMPORTUNITY, and states when operating positively, the degree is “a completeness of quickening to inner instincts of the being and a real willingness to trust them.”
The Lunar degree symbol for the 29th degree of Aquarius is “Butterfly emerging from chrysalis.” In the original Jones class notes, Rudhyar says this is a degree of “Immortality of the real self,” “graduation into a new realm of being,” and “confident projection of self; lack of self-confidence.”
In the Astrological Mandala, he goes on to say that this degree symbolizes “the capacity to utterly transform the character of one’s consciousness by radically altering the structural patterns of everyday living and the types of relationships one enters upon.” He goes on to state this is about “nothing short of a complete renewal of all the implications of being alive as a human individual will do.”
He says this symbol shows us the “potential ability of every human being to participate in a higher realm of evolution after his or her emergence from a critical state of transition.” He gives us the keyword Metamorphosis, as well as “Initiation” in a spiritual sense where we can enter a higher realm of conscious existence. He says this degree falls in the Span of Perspective, Act of Capitalization, and Scene of Management on the Individual-Mental level.
Dr. Jones says this is a degree of our “insatiable appetite for experience” of “intellectual self-assurance,” and of an eagerness “for a complete or effective grasp of all possible knowledge.” This will show us “a continually self-renewing purity” of our mind that shows us how “nature herself springs from her overall potential as spontaneously as (our) ideas come forth from the formless matrix of (our) inner being.”
He offers us the keyword EMANATION. He states that when operating in a positive manner, this degree “is uncompromising faith in the promise of existence itself and in the wonders of a continuing creation.”
From these symbols it seems we can see the light of a longing or expectancy about to take shape will be expressed in our ability to change the tone, quality, or experience of our life through radical transformation of some sort. Here the light of Solar Fire results in a freedom to fly, transformed from worm to butterfly! It's a time of spontaneity, creativity, courage, heart strength, and nobility. This is the light of individual creative expression taking form in some greater Spiritual ideal that reveals our true Spiritual Self.
As with the last Full Moon, important transformations and clarity are promised by this Full Moon, as well as helping us see a deeper Mystery, a more enduring stability, and the ability to get and stay clear about a larger Spiritual ideal that calls us. As with the past two months, we need to use the emotional understanding we’ve built up to now despite the crosscurrents and conflicting signals generated by the Grand Cardinal Cross. Just follow the flow, don’t try to push the river, and go deeper in your inner and outer feeling connections.
Learn to trust the process, and trust in your ability to navigate these currents as you embrace a new life. This feeling magnetism is showing us who are part of our Soul-group.
TransPluto, Divine Mother, Neptune, and the Polarization in the Collective Atmosphere
One important thing to note. In the Full Moon charts of 2009-2012, Neptune was in a very close opposition to TransPluto, the planet symbolizing Divine Mother Energy. That a factor in why things have been so polarized the past several years, teaching humanity compassion and the need for Viveka, or Divine Discrimination. This has offered all of us opportunities to join together in the Great Mother and realize our interrelatedness on a feeling level with All-That-Is.
The energies of Divine Mother will only grow stronger throughout this century, and these will be demonstrated each time the planets make significant aspects to TransPluto. In this chart TransPluto again occupies the first degree of Virgo, showing us the long term future of humanity. Again, the Divine Redeemer is showing us ways to show Viveka through understand the place and function of individual differences.
While Neptune has now moved on out of the exact opposition, they are again close between August and November 2013 now that TransPluto has re-entered Virgo and Neptune is at 5 Pisces retrograde. In this chart, it is conjunct the Sun and opposed the Moon. These show us where Divine “Redemptive-Compassion” lessons and expressions will be experienced.
Those who have cultivated interactive compassion and/or intuition have and will continue to find themselves attracted to situations of larger influence, which got a new boost via the transits in Aries in March and April. We are now fully in the Jupiter in Cancer experience! And you can bet that when Jupiter moves across the Solar degree of this chart in August 2015, these illumination lessons will be front and center!
A brief note on the larger Era. 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.
As it’s back at the final degree of Leo, enjoy this penultimate period before the transition to a different transitional Era. 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.
Important Chart Factors
As mentioned earlier, it’s the final point of Saturn triseptile Uranus, which we’ve been living with for many months. This is one factor in the larger collision between the progressive energy of Uranus and the regressive inertia of Saturn. This has shown as a larger collective “fork in the road of destiny” when the past meets the present-future, or the traditional meets the innovative. I’ve written about this aspect extensively in many other articles in the archives, so use the site google box if you want to know more.
Many are finding a new stability or new sense of permanence wherever they have early Scorpio in their chart. There will be “fated” meetings, interactions, with fellowships and groups formed and connections deepened. This will be a time of radical choices, changes, forks in the road in many areas of our lives, and intensification of everything leading us to a deeper personality integration.
Jupiter on the star Sirius will expand the influence of the recent Mercury station on that degree. It clearly indicates that however Mercury, the “Guide of Souls,” has been teaching, processing, or coordinating life affairs to lead us to our Soul, and so we should see a greater way via Jupiterian means.
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 the Light of putting on the show taking shape in ways that bring us happiness, and it promised that the Great Sextile Merkaba would provide productive means for us to understand what we needed in order to move forward.
In past Full Moon articles I included a page or more lifted from the articles on the previous New Moon. Since I am trying to shorten the articles for readability, I will no longer lift whole sections from those articles. Instead, please go back to part 2 of this Full Moon series where you will find links to those New Moon articles. They will help you understand the themes for this Full Moon period.
The planets fall in a Splay Jones pattern. This indicates a widely distributed planetary spread that shows a diverse but separated set of interests, with an emphasis on individuality putting itself into different situations that may not harmonize easily. So learn to triangulate when caught between conflicting energies that only come together because you are moving through those experiences.
The “Splay” Jones pattern features planets at odd angles widely spread around the signs. The Splay shows widely diverse actions that requires being at “the hub of the wheel” holding the various “spokes of life” in harmonious tension.
With 4 planets in Water, 2 in Air, 1 in Earth, and 3 in Fire we have an emphasis on feelings, with high inspiration, less interactivity, and not much practicality due to a shortage of Earth. There is a deficiency in Earth, showing that practicality and groundedness 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 unexpectedly awakening to a new identity, or a new way of dealing with the status quo. Beware of those who are impatient, since explosiveness is in the air due to this position. As it is the degree where Uranus went retrograde on July 17-18, this symbolizes the long term lessons associated with that which revolutionizes our lives, or helps us individuate. Here we can allow things to revolutionize in ways to “defuse the bomb” or alleviate some kind of pressure arising from impatience on some level.
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 dramatically express itself through Venus calling us to accept the grace, blessing, or power so that we can take the lead on some social function.
For the next 5 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 synthesize recent emergent changes that have reoriented our lives into the power to experience more deeply. Here we can fully embrace the feeling and experience of that emergent 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.
What's the proper sequence at present of deciding, feeling, and thinking, and an Overview of the Lunation
This Full Moon is intensely dynamic, and puts thinking and visioning front and center! As a process of moving through events, find the knowledge, information, interaction, or vision that enables you to make a decision you will act on. Then when you’ve gotten clear about what needs to be done, then go deep within and get clear about what you’re feeling. Once you know what you’re feeling, it will naturally lead to a new vision, new information, or new understanding, which will easily lead you to new decisions and actions.
So this is a Lunation indicating that we’ll lead with our vision, understanding, or need to communicate something, which will result in us making decisions and acting on those decisions. After we decide or act, then we need to go deep within and feel the experience of those actions that led to that feeling. Once we know what we’re feeling, new information or understanding, as well as a new vision, will naturally arise.
To sum up, this Lunation will help us jump into an expected future via graduating into a new way of living. We should be able to experience new power, new energy, new heart strength, new creativity, and new loves as a result of higher, broader, and more timeless truths that should help us all to a new fearlessness and courage in facing the unknown. This shows us a newer, broader vision of effective service on greater levels than we have thought up to now.
Despite the cross currents arising from the Cardinal Cross, 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.
Feeling the flow and seeing what past patterns are done will help us feel the flow of our process from darkness to light. Be strong as you move through the unknown, trust in your ability to navigate the flow, and remember you’ve already cut loose from old mental boxes and frames of reference, so do what you must to embrace a new life and a new dedication.
This continues a new freedom and adventure that has begun to fill the void created by the Eclipses of 2011. Despite the incredible amount of feeling energy during this time of planets moving through Cancer, try not to take the larger tensions, pressures, and friction personally. Even if this period puts us under pressure to make critical decisions, the flow will lead us exactly where we need to be.
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