by Robert Wilkinson
Over the next 4 weeks, the New Moon in Capricorn opens the door to new ways of “capitalizing on opportunity,” with a lot being blown apart via the intense T-square. This one puts us between old and new perspectives, and there may be a sense of chaos as we yield to our feelings and learn how to “create beauty from wilderness.” And of course, the Grand Irrationality is center stage in all our lives, as well as the world at large!!
This New Moon in Capricorn is earthy, intense, efficient, initiating, and self-transcending. Decisions will be made that affect our destiny, and the world at large will seem to be spinning off its axis! Many cross currents will be evident, showing us how to do our own thing in our own way based in a higher order we will glimpse and have to find a way to ground. Tear yourself away from “the known and familiar,” and those with courage could very well find new territory opening for them.
This initiating, organizing, pragmatic and grounded New Moon occurs at 11 Capricorn on January 1, 2014, at 3:14 am PST, 6:14 am EST, and 11:14 am Greenwich (UT). The Lunation finds 21 Scorpio rising in Santa Monica, 11 Scorpio in Vancouver, 18 Sagittarius in Toronto, 21 Sagittarius in Montreal, and 23 Sagittarius in Washington DC. That means the span of Ascendants across North America is between early Scorpio and late Sagittarius.
Continuing eastward, we find rising signs of 21 Aquarius in Rio, 15 Pisces in Lisbon, 29 Pisces in London, 1 Taurus in Berlin, 10 Taurus in Sofia, 25 Aries in Johannesburg, and 17 Gemini rising in Moscow. That means the span of Ascendants across Europe and Africa is between mid-Pisces through mid-Gemini.
Moving into Asia and Oceana, we find Ascendants at 30 Gemini in Abbottabad, 1 Cancer in New Delhi, 21 Gemini in Trivandrum, 13 Cancer in Jakarta, 1 Leo in Hong Kong, 27 Leo in Tokyo, 10 Cancer in Perth, 8 Leo in Melbourne, 23 Leo in Brisbane, 21 Virgo in Wellington, and 22 Libra rising on Maui.
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 4 weeks.
In this New Moon at 11 Capricorn, Mercury is 13 Capricorn, Venus is 27 Capricorn retrograde, Mars is 12 Libra, Jupiter is 17 Cancer retrograde, Saturn is 21 Scorpio, Uranus is 9 Aries, Neptune is 4 Pisces, Pluto is 12 Capricorn, TransPluto is 1 Virgo retrograde, Chiron is 10 Pisces, and the NN is 6 Scorpio.
When a Lunation is on one of the angles of a chart, it is said to be particularly powerful. Among the cities covered in this column, this month the Lunation is culminating in Lisbon, London, Berlin, and Johannesburg, and setting in Moscow, Pakistan, India, Jakarta, and Perth. The New Moon is on the nadir in NeZ and Maui, and rising in Toronto, Montreal, and Washington DC.
This is the sixth 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 Capricorn also has a Full Moon in Capricorn and Cancer. This is the reverse of what we 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, I’ll elaborate more on this shift into the “normal order of things,” and when the pattern will next be reversed, 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 in Capricorn marks a point of entrance into an even deeper transformational process. We will see to the core of things, so that we can reorganize along natural lines and do “self-transcendence” practices. This one takes us into unknown zones, and shows us the results of prior choices as well as multiple potential futures.
The next 4 weeks we continue to understand how we’re dealing with our Scorpio issues we’ve been dealing with for over a year. Here we face “chaos” so we can yield to our feelings, as well as embrace alternative futures. This one will help us go deeper into our dedication, or come up for fresh air.
The Capricorn seed indicated by this New Moon can help us see what needs refining or reorganizing to work more efficiently. There will some hard edges and radical choices and changes due to the Grand Irrationality in full play involving the Lunation, Mercury, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. While things may seem a bit crazy, maintain your equilibrium and find ways to exercise “soft power.”
This Lunation shows us our effectiveness in managing our emotions, while helping us get a reasonable perspective on things that threaten to explode into formlessness. We continue to learn how to manage fears that have led to stagnant emotions, even as we see concrete growth that is based in what began last Summer. We also continue to shed various “skins of personality.”
Since Venus in late Capricorn leads the cluster of inner planets between Libra and Capricorn, it is the “herald” for all that is developing in January and February. Though now retrograde, it has a couple of very fortunate aspects in this chart, showing productivity and unique gifts and developments. We’ll certainly know we’re “on the Path,” as well as see who is with us on the “pilgrimage.”
Due to Saturn’s continuing influence as a major player in this Lunation through anchoring the Scorpio zone of the Grand Irrationality, we will find ourselves at forks in the road of destiny, making choices about what to eliminate, what to regenerate, and how to let go of all that we don’t want nor need to take with us into a future that began to rapidly unfold in July and August around the time Mars conjuncted Jupiter. And as I’ve told you before, when in doubt, you might as well let go, since you cannot hold on to those things anyway.
This New Moon will jumpstart Capricorn energy wherever it falls in our chart. This helps us take responsibility for living the truths glimpsed in Sagittarius. We will learn to accept our duties, or transcend old ones, through an intensification of the purification process. This one helps us maneuver through the “traffic jams” in the collective consciousness.
Saturn, along with the North Node in Scorpio, continues to help us see a) how we have shifted our magnetism on relationships since Summer, 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 in the first half of 2013 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 others.
This New Moon has an individual, mental, and spiritual focus. Because it happens in Capricorn, Saturn is the worldly ruler of the Lunation, and Uranus is the spiritual ruler. Due to Saturn’s position, the backdrop to the message of this New Moon puts the focus on deep feelings, faith, and emotional challenges that show us new perspectives and possibilities, even as Uranus continues to help us concentrate to see the whole picture.
So this Capricorn New Moon is ruled (in worldly things) by Saturn in Scorpio, which is ruled by Mars in Libra, which is ruled by Venus in Capricorn. This Saturn-Mars-Venus “closed circuit” is the ”chain of final dispositors,” which is a very powerful self-reinforcing energy. That makes these 3 planets dominant as the background 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 puts the Grand Irrationality front and center, since the Sun and Moon are conjunct Pluto and septile Saturn and Neptune, with Saturn septile Pluto and biseptile Neptune. This highlights 3 points of the 7 pointed Star pattern, making this an extremely important month in terms of global events that will throw people and nations into hard edged choices and change.
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.
Much was promised when Mercury went stationary retrograde at 19 Scorpio on October 21. Saturn has just crossed that degree, and will again transit it in the Spring. Please refer to the articles I gave you about Mercury retrograde back then to learn more. I’ve written extensively about the Grand Irrationality in past articles, most recently in Astrology in November-December 2013 - The Grand Irrationality Affecting Everyone and Astrology in late November and Early December 2013 – In the Heart of 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.
To note, this configuration will be in full force during the time Saturn occupies the Scorpio zone through late January, giving us a taste of what will be happening when it retrogrades back through the zone in March and early April. This configuration is activated every day the Moon and Ascendant are in any of the 7 hot zones. The days the Moon focuses the energy are Jan 4, 7-8, 12-13, 16, 21, 25, and 28-29.
Neptune and Chiron at the Cusp of the Age:
Now that these two are further into Pisces, they are no longer at the Cusp of the Age. Since they first entered the zone back in 2011-2012, we’ve been navigating through the threshold of an entirely new era that will not resemble the old Age in any way within just a few decades. 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-fourth 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!
In 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.
In this chart, Chiron is direct in motion at 10 Pisces. We have now reviewed and healed something related to our positioning within collective consciousness, where we can take skills we’ve mastered into a more wholehearted embrace of some new dedication we awakened to over the past year.
We have healed through knowing what we stand for, hearing a call to a life renewal, and letting go of unnecessary baggage to 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 at 4 Pisces, a degree of psychic traffic jams where we’re learning how to maneuver through collisions in collective consciousness. Now that it’s move beyond its stationary direct degree, we’ve seen 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 11 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 practicing those Saturn lessons. This one will help us get past old feeling states, and help us eliminate what we need to in order to move into a new social or cultural power.
Saturn in Scorpio indicates a period of elimination and regeneration, as well as seeing what to let go of that which no longer works. We are finding ways to get focused and clear about what structures are worthwhile and which need eliminating or purifying, and have finished the preliminary stage of a long wave process showing us how to conduct ourselves at a higher social level of interaction.
This has “confirmed our social status” and helped us be part of a refined display of interactive class, style, and culture. We’ve now finished the primary Saturn lessons of 2013, and now that Saturn has moved beyond its 2013 SRX degree, we confront a new set of Saturn in Scorpio lessons through December 2014.
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!
Due to the 2012 and 2013 Scorpio Solar Eclipses, 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, and November’s Solar Eclipse renewed the pulse. 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 in 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 tearing ourselves away from the known and familiar, moving into a greater zeal, a more intense quest, and a more universal set of values that may be destructive of our “cultural ease of living,” where we leap to greet an opportunity that can help us leave the past behind.
As Saturn moves forward, it is concretizing 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. This past Autumn we have learned 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 square Mars, opposed Jupiter, septile Saturn and Neptune, and conjunct Pluto. We also find Mercury opposed Jupiter, Venus biseptile Mars, opposed Jupiter, sextile Saturn, and quintile Uranus, Mars square Jupiter, Jupiter oppsition Pluto, Saturn sesquisquare Uranus and biseptile Neptune, and the return of the ongoing Uranus square Pluto indicating the global collision between a new humanity and an old slave system. As you can see, there are a LOT of very frictional aspects forming, which will break a lot loose in life areas where these squares and oppositions fall. Just keep relying on the emotional intelligence and stability you’ve cultivated since last Summer, and as always, 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 to come.
Since November’s Solar Eclipse in Scorpio is still a powerful influence, here are the articles for your review.
Since that Solar Eclipse occurred so close to the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, here's the article outlining how that influence was a factor in what we experienced this past month, and will be dealing with for the next 39.
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