by Robert Wilkinson
This New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio indicates that for the next 4 weeks, as well as the 40 months this Eclipse is in force, we will receive blessings and some highly specialized favorable losses showing us which way the winds of destiny are blowing.
This New Moon in Scorpio is stabilizing, structuring, and will unveil a lot that has been a mystery up to now. It will be excellent for raising our way of relating to others to a more refined level as we move through several years of losses related to this Eclipse.
We will continue to let go of old Scorpio things and people wherever it falls in our charts. The voids will strengthen our magnetism allowing us to attract circumstances and people that are perfect for our situations. While the Grand Irrationality is not a factor in this Eclipse, there is another non-rational configuration that is fully active, throwing everyone into major choices and changes!
This continues the “shedding of skins” we began at last year’s Solar Eclipse in Scorpio, but this one is in the second decan, which should help us let go of echoes of memories of perceptions by taking a new look at what we used to believe. This is another “gain through loss” Eclipse, so have faith, go deeper, and still your mind so you can receive impressions from higher planes.
Due to the trine from the Lunation in Scorpio to Jupiter in Cancer, feelings will run high and deep while stabilizing harmoniously. Scorpio is the sign of very heavy and intense feelings, and indicates losses that clear the way for us to experience and interact in more authentic ways.
Because of Saturn tredecile Neptune, we’ll have unique circumstances perfect for our situations assisting us to close out things that have hung on up to now. Though there will still be a sense of emotional finality or even heaviness during the months this eclipse is in play, the more we can forgive, bless, say goodbye, and flow onward into new fields of life the better it will feel. Sometimes we just have to move on, get it on, and stay in motion since to fight the flow would be impossible.
For all of 2013, Saturn has set up situations where we’ve been introduced into more complex, intense, and/or deep relationships. This Eclipse falls on the exact degree where Saturn went stationary retrograde last February. That means whatever voids were created this year by our meeting others at the highest possible level of social interaction rather than with an “everyday” type of attitude will be filled with more elegant, refined, and mature relationships over the next few years.
Due to Mercury retrograde, the next 4 weeks will be a time of looking back, or taking a new look at old losses, old depth-feelings with those we’ve lost along the way, and old ways of feeling connected, internally and externally. While all Eclipses promise us that the Cosmic Recycler is here to take away whatever is obsolete in our lives, this one also promises us a lot of gifts and unique situations that will be perfect for our evolution, as long as we keep the lines of communication open and use them the best we can.
I gave you the time of this Eclipse in the last article, along with where in the world it falls on the angles. I also gave you rising signs around the world, and where this Eclipse would be visible.
This is the fourth in a sequence of New Moons that fall in the same sign as the following Full Moon, This reverses many months of the New Moon falling in the sign preceding the Sun of the following Full Moon. In other words, this New Moon in Scorpio also has a Full Moon in Scorpio and Taurus. This is the reverse of what we’ve experienced between July 2011-June 2013, when we had a sequence of Lunations where the Full Moon Sun was in the sign after the New Moon Sun.
We shifted back to “normal” with the New and Full Moons of August. Since I explain this phenomenon and what it means in the Full Moon articles, you can find our more about this shift into the “normal order of things” by checking out prior Full Moon articles, and of course I’ll update this information in the next Full Moon articles coming in about two weeks.
The New Moons and Full Moons are “God’s footprints in time.” Each shows the next in the 12 phases of how things come to be each year. The cycle could be described as follows: Life energy is initiated in Aries, substantiated in Taurus, explored in Gemini, grounded in Cancer, renewed and creatively expressed in Leo, refined and ordered in Virgo, balanced in Libra, purified in Scorpio, expanded in Sagittarius, organized in Capricorn, solidified into a vision in Aquarius, and ended/perpetuated in Pisces.
An Overview of the New Moon
This New Moon is stabilizing, but through losses that help us focus our magnetism on what we want and what we don’t. It will be structuring, maturing, heavy, deep, and practical. Productivity will be sky high, as will any discontent we haven’t learned to manage over the past year. This will also stabilize and focus our emotional intelligence we’ve cultivated since June, and over the next 40 months shows an entirely different way of navigating deep feelings as various “skins of personality” are shed.This Solar Eclipse has a significant septile-series configuration, showing that the houses where these planets are transiting and rule in our charts will be subject to important choices that may involve dealing with our own or another’s compulsions or irrational people and circumstances. These may not be all that bad, given the other aspects in play, since there are almost no frictional aspects to any planet in this Eclipse chart. I’ll discuss these in the next article in this series. In any case, this should be a very productive and specializing Eclipse, despite the heaviness of the conjunction with Saturn in Scorpio.
Due to the Eclipse being in Scorpio, as well as Mercury, Saturn, and the North Node, this activates our Scorpio sector in huge ways! It will certainly help us be practical in expressing our “up close and personal” feeling-knowing, integrating what we’ve been learning into a more perfectly formed personality.
We’ve all developed an increased sensitivity to a greater feeling-flow and/or emotional intelligence via the Grand Water Trines active in June, July, and August, and are now experiencing a new set of Water trines further into the Water signs. This Eclipse helps us take a new look at how to use that feeling-energy to move into concrete decisions and actions!
Since Venus in late Sagittarius leads the cluster of inner planets between Virgo and Scorpio, it is the “herald” for all that is developing in December. While not strong in the chart, it is septiled by Mercury, which is a strong planet in the chart, indicating that serious choices determining our future in our Taurus and Libra sectors will be set into motion. I’ll discuss the zones affected in the next article in this series.
Due to Saturn’s major influence on this Lunation Eclipse, we continue to eliminate and get rid of all that we don’t want nor need to take with us into a future that rapidly unfolded in July and August. When in doubt, you might as well let go, since you cannot hold on to those things anyway.
This New Moon will jumpstart Scorpio energy wherever it falls in our chart. This helps us intensify our striving in structured ways so we can unveil a mystery we’ve been chasing for quite a while. This helps us get more focused in furthering a new life chapter we began in the Spring.
This will help us see a) how we have shifted our magnetism on relationships since then, and/or b) how we need to find a new view or way of understanding the losses and eliminations of the past we’ve been through. We’ve all passed through major choices and changes during past months when Saturn triseptiled Uranus. Now we’re flowing into a long wave period of finding the right focus to bring forth a higher way to be with other.
This New Moon has an individual, mental, and spiritual focus. Because it happens in Scorpio, Mars rules the Lunation. Due to Mars’ position, the backdrop to the message of this Eclipse puts the focus on a more individualized form of practical service and Divine Discernment, expressed in actions that further our sense of how to do what we need to do with humility and effectiveness.
So this Scorpio New Moon Eclipse is ruled by Mars in Virgo, which is ruled by Mercury in Scorpio. This is a ”mutual reception,” which is a very powerful self-reinforcing energy that dominates the backdrop for all the planetary energies except for Neptune, which occupies its “home” sign, making it a standalone force unto itself. (I’ll be posting an update to that article soon, since the positions mentioned as examples happened a while ago.)
The Grand Irrationality
The reason this section is a recurring feature in the Lunation articles is because it was set into long term play by the 2011 Solar Eclipse, which is triggered each time any transiting planet occupies any of the 7 zones of the Grand Irrationality. This Lunation doesn’t trigger the Grand Irrationality, but the aspects between Mercury and Venus, as well as Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus shows we all have major forks in the road of our destiny coming at us like an express train wherever we have Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces!!
For those who are new to the site, here’s a bit of explanation about this thing called “the Grand Irrationality” that may help new visitors understand why everything continues to be so weird. As I’ve explained many times before, the Grand Irrationality is a long wave non-rational influence that has put everyone on Earth on the unceasing edge of major choice and change.
Everyone has been confronting inner compulsions, continual choices that seem to have a major impact on our destiny, and occasionally irrational behaviors in others or external conditions. It is why things seem to have an unending hard edge, why so many choices are continually thrown in our faces that require immediate attention, and why reason seems to fail at critical moments of decision.
When the Grand Irrationality is in play, it’s a time when things don’t have to make sense. Get used to it, since we’ve been living with it for about 18 years, and will be in play for a few more years to come.
So while the Grand Irrationality is not in play for the next 4 weeks via the Lunation, it’s still a major influence at present due to Mercury going stationary retrograde at 19 Scorpio on October 21. Please refer to the articles I gave you about Mercury retrograde back then to learn more.
To note, the configuration will be in full force when the Sun transits the Scorpio zone of the Grand Irrationality during the second week of November, and we’ll get new insights into how this configuration has worked its magic in our lives when Mercury again transits that zone over the last 5 days of November. It is then activated again by Mars at the end of November and beginning of December. Pay attention to November 22-25, since transiting Mercury is septile transiting Mars just before each sets the Grand Irrationality into motion.
I’ve written extensively about the Grand Irrationality in past articles, most recently in The Grand Irrationality in May and June 2013 – Jupiter Leaving, Setting Up Triggers and Mars enters Leo Triggering Major Energy shifts and the Grand Irrationality. When you’re done here, please check out those articles to find the current seven “hot zone” spans and times when this larger configuration associated with non-rational behavior and conditions will be activated.
Neptune and Chiron at the Cusp of the Age:
I’ve given you this information in previous New Moon articles, but I figured it’s so important for all of us that it has borne repeating once a month. This has been a major collective factor for several years, though once Neptune goes stationary direct in a few days, after this time it will no longer retrograde back to the cusp of the Age. That’s why this is the last time I’ll include this information in the New Moon article
Remember that taking the long view, we stand on the threshold of an entirely new era that will not resemble the old Age in any way within just a few decades. In fact, we’re already solidly in the Dreamscape, and are already seeing long wave manifestations of the ending of the old and the emerging field we’re all learning how to maneuver through.
Other than the brief look we had in mid-2011, this is only the twenty-second New Moon with Neptune in Pisces for the next 150 years. We had Neptune in Pisces for the 3 New Moons for May, June, and July 2011 which gave us a front end look at how Neptune will function through 2025.
Between August 2011, when Neptune retrograded back into late Aquarius, and the January 2012 New Moon, we were given one last look back at a greater ideal, and the changes of the last half of 2011 helped many to break out of our "chrysalis" and transform how we live and all our relationships. That is now established in the collective consciousness, as well as a growing sense of the larger light field in which all sentient Beings live and love.
If you want to know what's coming for many years to come, take a look back at the intuitions and sense of belonging to a vaster interrelated whole you were shown in May, June, and July 2011. It may help to give a sense of our collective lesson in dissolving our separateness as we finish this transition through "the Winter of the 21st Century" on our way to Spring, beginning in 2025!
During those months that both Neptune and Chiron were in early Pisces, we were offered chances to learn about bargaining and trade-offs, with the ultimate payoff a deeper and larger feeling of being connected to others. During the last half of 2011, Neptune retrograded back to 29 Aquarius, the degree where humanity was forced to emerge from its "chrysalis" as a new world is being born.
Chiron retrograded back to 1 Pisces. So those two dancing together kept us attuned to elements of this transitional span of experience for all of 2011 as we prepared to cut loose into the Neptune in Pisces era for many years to come. During 2011 both Neptune and Chiron revealed our unique part to play within a larger light/life field.
During that time, these planets at the beginning of Pisces and end of Aquarius occupied degrees representing "the Cusp of the Age," the span where the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius meet. From one point of view, where we were collectively between February 2011 and March 2012 revealed what the period of (approximately) 1990-2140 is all about in the broader context of human evolution. I suspect that future generations will look back at 2011 and 2012 as being crucial in showing long range patterns of larger evolutionary necessities.
Neptune and Chiron dancing between signs on "the Cusp of the Age" had the effect of making it seem like we have all been occupying a very weird dreamscape which we'll be navigating for years to come. The trick for us is to apply our new strengths and understanding freed from the ghosts of the past, and by riding the waves of intense (but curiously steady) pulses of spiritual energies shaping our minds, we can find techniques where our efforts will lead us to forms of good fortune.
During the year they danced together in this critical degree span, they provided us a bridge to understanding the global lessons we all must embrace, and helped us graduate into a new view of how we are an essential part of a greater whole. I'll give you links to articles explaining more about "the cusp of the Age" at the end of this article.
As Neptune went stationary direct at 1 Pisces around the time of the last 2012 Solar Eclipse in Scorpio, Neptune was literally at the “Cusp of the Age” between April 2010 and January 2013. It was conjunct Chiron the entire time, showing that this era was about all of learning to heal into our Higher Selves through greater awareness and compassion, as well as feeling our place within the larger collective feeling-field.
In this chart, Chiron is retrograde at 10 Pisces. This will help us review and heal anew through our positioning within collective consciousness, where by seeing how we’ve mastered certain types of skills related to some new dedication we’ve embraced over the past year.
We have healed, and are healing, through standing for what we believe in, hearing a call to a life renewal, and letting go of every superfluous or unnecessary weight so that we may quicken the pace in achieving some social goal. We have now healed, and are ready to take on higher responsibilities.
In this chart Neptune is still retrograde at 3 Pisces, about to go direct in motion. We are again experiencing the collective feeling-field we all went through in April-May 2012, July-August 2012, and February 2013, as well as the past month. We now see the indestructible parts of our Self and life, and are free to embrace a more “immortal” form of self-expression. We can now be more conscious of how we handle our existence within a larger context, and participate in broader forms of service.
More on Saturn’s Universally Important Influence
Because of Saturn’s path these past several months, through past understanding and practice we have begun to demonstrate a higher level of social functioning. Now that we’ve learned what is permanent and stable in our life structures, this is the next step in powering up and illuminating those Saturn lessons, since this Eclipse is conjunct Saturn. This one will shut down some old relationships while showing us how to build lines of communication and use them wisely, and will help us link apparently separate realms.
As Saturn rules the bones, and Scorpio rules regenerative processes, you may want to regard the current Saturn in Scorpio transit as symbolizing a type of “bone regeneration,” or the elimination of all in our skin and bones that would block our ability to meet and greet others at a higher level of dignity, reserve, and “civilized” behavior. This shows us a long wave elimination and regeneration work each of us is doing in our own ways and times.
2012 finished our philosophical and ideological understanding in life areas related to Libra, Capricorn, and Aquarius in our charts, and since October 2012 we have entered a Scorpio experience of an intensification of magnetics to attract what we need and repel what is not needed. Saturn in Scorpio will continue to be a MUCH different manifestation of Saturn than we were used to between 2010-2012!
We have now finished the preliminary stage of a long wave process showing us how to conduct ourselves at a higher social level of interaction, which will confirm our “social status” and help us be part of a refined display of interactive class, style, and culture. This Eclipse puts the focus on showing us how well we’ve learned those lessons.
Where Saturn was in the February and March New Moons began the larger Saturn lessons of 2013 which are in the spotlight, both for this month as well as the next 40! And to note, since Saturn has moved beyond it’s 2013 SRX degree, we’re now confronting a new set of Saturn in Scorpio lessons through December 2014.
Because of Saturn’s influence in Scorpio, we continue to eliminate and regenerate, let go of that which no longer works, and find ways to meet people at the highest levels of interaction. Saturn continues to help us get focused and clear about what structures are worthwhile and which need eliminating or purifying.
Due to the 2012 Scorpio Solar Eclipse, we’ve been looking back to rehearse the future after eliminating elements of the past. This opened the doors that we walked through in late December 2012 that continued through January 2013. Whether we want to or not, we’ve all had to be willing to embrace a purification process, especially purifying the life of stuck feelings and desires, and open to a new game and a new way of playing that game.
As noted in other Lunation articles, with North Node still in Scorpio, our greatest development is through our ability to eliminate, regenerate, attract, and repel as part of a greater effectiveness. Consider this as a time of learning more from our losses than what we hold on to. How we’ve been growing since mid-2012 will pay major dividends now that Saturn is about to move into the second half of Scorpio.
North Node in Scorpio show we can grow through understanding magnetism in a more focused, active way. Where it is in this Lunation chart shows we can grow through stilling our minds so we can get a clear focus on a higher “reflected light,” finding peace through being illuminated by “transcendent wisdom.” We can touch our “cosmic strength” over the next few weeks in ways that will affect how we express the Mercury retrograde energies of this Lunation.
As Saturn moves forward, it will concretize all that we’ve been learning via the North Node while it’s been in middle and late Scorpio. Though the lessons will take a Saturnine form, by early 2014 we’ll have had many opportunities to contact our innermost “God force” and move beyond old forms. Especially this Autumn, we will continue to learn to go to our “center of reality” and see how Spirit and Soul are dancing with whatever in our personality is conflicted.
This Lunation features a number of very powerful favorable aspects between the planets, which I’ll speak about in the next article of this series. Among the most powerful, we have the New Moon trine Jupiter, conjunct Saturn, and tredecile Neptune, the Moon semisquare Venus, Mercury septile Venus and trine Neptune, Venus tredecile Mars and semisquare Saturn, Mars septile Jupiter, sextile Saturn, and triseptile Uranus, Jupiter biseptile Uranus, and Saturn biquintile Uranus and tredecile Neptune. As you can see, very few frictional aspects forming, with lots of specializing element that should turn out favorably as long as you stay reasonable, follow the flow, and remember what you’ve learned about a greater emotional intelligence and stability. And show patience.....
In the next part of the series we'll discuss the various aspects at play in the chart, as well as some important degree symbols and other interesting elements affecting all of us for 4 weeks (and 40 months) to come.
Here are the articles in this Eclipse series so far. One still to come!
Since it occurs so close to the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, here's an article outlining this specific influence that is a powerful factor in this Solar Eclipse.
Here for one last review, two articles related to "the cusp of the Age."
Neptune Retrograde Into Aquarius - A New Look At the New Age This one has links to articles related to this theme, so enjoy following the breadcrumbs through the woods of time!
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