by Robert Wilkinson
This article covers significant aspects, degree symbols, and other important factors in the Aquarius New Moon chart. We’re learning to find and demonstrate a balanced approach to things, since the very heavy Cardinal T-square continues to fracture a lot for a few months to come! The best thing is that this is helping bust up some log jams big time! It is a time to examine the nature of Divine Grace, and consciously welcome it into your life.
As I noted in part one, November’s Scorpio Solar Eclipse is still in full effect. As I told you then, we’re now being shown new forms of finding delight as we shed old skins, finding ways to reverse magnetism, and take a new look at stuck situations as we find ourselves “sliding on the ice through the death zone.” This month’s Aquarian focus can help us get a bigger view, get a new inspiration, and find a way to renew our effective contribution in our greater reality.
This month continues last month’s incredibly strong Cardinal T-square that involved the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter. This time Venus, just off its retrograde period, shows us the final Capricorn lessons and challenges around integrating assertive forces working against each other. This month continues to pull in Uranus’ contribution to the T-square via the forming Jupiter square Uranus.
With Venus playing such a big part, expect to find a new form of gracious expression, or newer, more elegant and gracious interactions. Venus can show us how Divine Grace has operated in our past to free us from old forms and interpretations, and by allowing a depth self-transcendence we can find a purity of intention.
This Lunation, along with the inner planets, puts the spotlight back on the "anchoring" span occupied by slow moving outer planets from Saturn in Scorpio through Pluto in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces, to Uranus in Aries. Jupiter was the first to put the focus outside of the Scorpio to Aries span when it moved into Gemini and put some distance between it and Uranus.
With Jupiter now solidly in Cancer, it serves as a handle, or “focal determinator” and counterweight for the occupied span between Mars in late Libra and Uranus in early Aries, which I’ll speak about shortly. In this chart it makes some very strong oppositions to Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn, showing the line of awareness or opposing energy that will be released in April when Mars creates the Grand Cardinal Cross guaranteed to fracture more than we can imagine.
This is one more Lunation in the heart of the span where they make conjunctions with the invisible outer spiritual Triad. Last month the New Moon was conjunct Pluto. This is the next in the series of conjunctions made by the inner planets with the outer planets between Saturn in Scorpio and Uranus in Aries. They made their conjunctions with Saturn in September, October, and November, and have made their conjunctions with Pluto in December and January.
We’re now on track to make future conjunctions with Neptune and Uranus over the next 2 months. In other words, we’ve begun a whole new series of year cycles in terms of what the outer planets are teaching us, and how we’re affected in larger, “invisible” spiritual ways.
In this New Moon, the span occupied by the inner planets includes late Libra through late Aquarius, with several conjunctions but no stelliums. Still, it makes our Aquarius sector highly active. This month we find 6 planets in the 52+ degrees between the Pluto and Neptune.
So given that there are 9 planets between late Libra and early Aries, that span will be highly active. If you have a planet anywhere in that area of the zodiac, you are going through major changes in the part of your psyche represented by the planet and the part of your external affairs symbolized by the house it’s in.
We’ve now left the “Splay Pattern” we lived with for many months, and for the time being, we’re in what is termed a “Bucket” Jones pattern, even though there are still elements of the Splay Pattern active. So while in the past, the planets were widely spread out around the zodiac, they are now all in the 166 degrees occupied by Mars in late Libra through the planets in Scorpio, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, ending with Uranus in Aries.
While we still have one or more planets in 7 of the signs, all but one are in half the wheel, with Jupiter as the sole planet outside of that span, making it the handle, or focal determinator, of how the energies of the pattern are released. Of note is that we shall continue to have a Bucket for many months to come, since none of the inner planets will be back in Gemini until May 2014. Get used to using Jupiter energy wisely!!
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, termed the “focal determinator.”
The handle, or focal determinator, 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. We had this pattern dominant during the first half of 2013, but with Saturn as the handle, showing we were learning to focus energy through Saturn’s structure. Now with Jupiter in Cancer as the handle, we should have more expansive possibilities, along with more opportunities for productive nurture.
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 individual imposing their patterns on society rather than adapting to what is there. It’s about focused intention. So all of us can expect some sort of focused attention on the house where we have 13 Cancer.
Up to now, the water trines of the past 6 months have ensured a flowing, moving, stabilizing quality. Though the Grand Water Trine early in each sign is now past, we are still in a heavy water period, given the Jupiter trine Saturn now separating but was in effect through mid-January. Much will become clearer in March, when trines to both Jupiter and Saturn will tie together a lot of the mid-water sign lessons we’re learning now about protection, abundance, and caring.
As I’ve told you before, these Water trines show that if we have learned how to navigate the feeling-flow over past months, we’ll be able to practice our nearly-learned “emotional intelligence,” or “feeling-knowing,” as we learn to trust our deepest intuitions harmonized with a vast view of our needs, whether personal or collective. The numerous conjunctions, square, and oppositions will show us how to integrate frictional energies in dynamic ways and express the understandings and gifts we’ve learned since June.
Of the traditional 10 planets, there are 3 planets in Water signs, 1 in Fire, 2 in Earth, and 4 in Air. This indicates a very heavy emphasis on feelings and idealism, interacting and experiencing, with less emphasis on inspiration. As Venus is conjunct Pluto in Earth, there are very powerful subtle practical forces at work.
As this Lunation has only 1 planet in the Fire signs and 2 in Earth, it’s not particularly inspired, and better for practical purifications and seeds to be sewn in the future. Keep finding inspiration in your uniqueness while remembering that we will have the Air of Mars in Libra to stimulate the fire!
Air and Earth are cool, Fire and Water are hot. With the distribution, expect this to be slightly cooler than hotter, with a temporarily strong emphasis on relationships, ideals, and broader social goals. Be as inspired and practical as you can try to find a way to see the bigger picture, and use a balanced perspective to move into a greater effective connectedness.
As I explained yesterday, thanks to Venus, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto the Grand Irrationality continues to be front and center these next 4 weeks! The current hot zones are approximately 19-23 Scorpio, 10-14 Capricorn, 1-5 Pisces, 23-27 Aries, 15-19 Gemini, 6-10 Leo, and 28 Virgo-2 Libra. Those who have planets or angles in any of these zones are going through some major choices and changes that will alter their future destiny!
While they have temporarily receded, last year’s very powerful Grand Water Trines of June and July helped us all to experience a vaster time frame and a sense of finality as we turned various corners in our lives, with feelings of being connected on deep and vast levels. We’ve now flowed downstream, navigating the plunges of the subsequent powerful Cardinal T-squares forcing us to find balance, perspective, a sense of proportion, and new ideals to pursue.
With the Cardinal T-square active in this chart, practice good Libra skills. Be graceful in adapting and refining your responses to challenges. This will help us practice what we’ll all need this March and April during the Great Fracturing of Mars RX at 14 Libra, Pluto at 14 Capricorn (the current Venus SD degree!), Uranus at 14 Aries, and Jupiter at 14 degrees of Cancer, conjunct the star Sirius, the “Sun of our Sun” and the source of all the wisdom traditions on Earth.
We all became more emotionally intelligent in some way in 2013, and have set long range future patterns to be fulfilled over time. Stay practical as you navigate your now-established “feeling-knowing,” be humble and adaptable, and follow the growth path while not allowing things to get too blown out of proportion.
We now have all found ways to concentrate and see the whole picture while experiencing the end of a major life chapter opening the door to personal transfiguration. Given the major T-square and the Grand Irrationality so prominent, this is an incredibly important time of shifts in direction and forks in the road of destiny for those with planets in affected areas. This is a time of self-transcendence, so show courage as you tear yourself away from the known and familiar, “gambling everything on the dream.”
I include separate sections on Saturn in two articles in this Eclipse series since Saturn continues to wax in importance in all celestial events of these times. This is the seventeenth New Moon of the Saturn in Scorpio era, and for many months it was one of the legs of the “Splay” Jones pattern during the Grand Water Trines, stabilizing the Jupiter in Cancer and Neptune in Pisces energies while in productive mutual reception sextile to Pluto.
We have ended the first phase of Saturn in Scorpio set into motion when it went retrograde at 12 Scorpio in February 2013, as Saturn has now moved beyond that degree. However, the recent Solar Eclipse at 12 Scorpio has begun to shut down whatever is left of structures related to those lessons that we cannot take with us into the next phase of life.
Our emotional body will be cleared out for months to come, so get used to occasionally intense purifications that may leave us feeling vulnerable for a time, but cleaner and clearer over time. Slowly but surely we are being shown our integrity once we've been cleaned and scrubbed.
In 2012-2013, Saturn triseptile Uranus showed us how our individuality did or did not cooperate with our sense of purpose and breaking free of fear was put through numerous tests within irrational conditions, and which helped us define our expression for years to come. We’ve all been shown how our tradition can transmute and accept our individuality, and how our limitations can be renovated to express our unique qualities. Some had to confront fear of loss with a willingness to be a pioneer in some realm where they could express their genius or unique qualities.
Spirit has walked with us during the times this configuration was in play, as well as any other major septile series aspects between the planets. These are triggered dozens of times a year when The Grand Irrationality is in play, which is in full force in this chart affecting the next 4 weeks, along with Mars biseptile Jupiter, which I’ll speak of soon.
The choices we make as a result of these non-rational aspects show us our “direction of destiny,” and determines if the Spirit will grow stronger and closer with you, or if you will move in directions away from Spirit. Given that most of this community is intentionally trying to live in harmony with Life, Nature, and each other, chances are that whatever you – yes, YOU the reader – are confronting will show you a deeper, richer, more powerful Spiritual life. Which is a good thing.
Saturn taught us a lot about how to conduct ourselves at a higher, more elegant and/or formal way of relating to others in 2013. The Eclipse in Scorpio again put the light on those Saturn lessons, and we’re learning new ways of applying those truths of our direct experience that will be a part of our lives when Mars next enters Scorpio in late July 2014, with major focus on the third week of August when Mars crosses the Moon, Sun, and Saturn degrees of the Eclipse.
Generally, when Saturn was in Virgo we learned lessons of Divine Discernment, practical functioning, and attention to detail as we were educated through learning to see life as a series of experiments. In Libra, we all went through a transfiguration in our ideals and relationships, and many started living elements of their Divine Archetype. That required some ability to do forms of repair and reconstruction work in the last half of 2011 and most of 2012 to pay some karmic dues and come to a philosophical completion.
Now we’re experiencing deeper relationships, within and in external affairs. We’re cleaning out, letting go, purifying, focusing, dealing with death and loss, restructuring how we share with others, and all those other Scorpio keywords that usually terrify the lower ego.
As Saturn rules Pluto in this chart in worldly affairs, it shows that when we are confronted with the need to deal with something or someone in an organized, efficient manner, reference Saturn in Scorpio and the lessons of focusing intensity. Feel what needs to be eliminated to achieve emotional stability or movement, and being efficient and truthful in getting to the core of any matter.
Naturally, the usual Saturn keywords will be crucial to effective behavior - patience, discipline, organization, patience, structure, maturity, patience, understanding, wisdom, patience, authority, responsibility, and of course, patience.
Mars in Libra disposits Saturn in Scorpio. That is adding an element of moderation, refinement, and blunting Saturn in Scorpio extremes. Libra is also where we refine our expression to make it more graceful, elegant, and understanding of other views. As long as Mars is in Libra, Saturn will be made more graceful in its expression.
So as you open to the second New Moon of 2014, take a new look at what Saturn helped you let go of throughout 2013, as well as the long term regenerative self-discipline that’s also been there, if you saw limitations with a mature eye. We continue to let go and go even deeper in a connection with our regenerative life magnetism, or a deeper communion with some inner or outer element of our Being.
Remember that in reading a Lunation chart (as well as a horary, inceptional, electional, or any event chart) the forming aspects show things to come, while separating aspects show things already past. As noted, this New Moon makes some very powerful frictional aspects, showing a need for integrating competing energies, breaking up some log jams, turning away from some things, and pulling yet other things together. There are very few harmonious aspects, but there are a high number that promise many spiritual realizations after our time of gestation.
The prominent aspects in this Lunation include the Grand Irrationality and Cardinal T-square triggers discussed earlier activating choice and changes in destiny that will challenge us to stay balanced and keep a sense of proportion. Other primary lessons of the T-square involve staying alert to dishonest manipulators, any deal that is not above board, potentially dangerous “opportunities” that are not really honest or in your best interests, and any exaggerated sense of neediness. Be open and above board in asking for what is in your best interests, be willing to change directions and go your own way if needed, and refuse everything that is petty, petulant, unfair, or out of balance.
Cultivate a grander style of personal self-expression (without grandiosity!), get behind corrosive or inhibiting timidity, don’t get aggravated if too much is going on, and find a way to leash the powerful feelings lurking around every corner so that you can put the power to most effective and focused use. A new law, a new order, a new truth, and a great Mystery beckon over the next few weeks. Be willing to turn away from whatever you need to, immediately and without equivocation, and embrace the pioneer spirit!
As I told you in part 1, other aspects of note are the New Moon quincunx Jupiter and binovile Saturn, a Mars biseptile Jupiter, Saturn sesquisquare Uranus and biseptile Neptune, and the encroaching 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.
Mars biseptile Jupiter puts these two at a turning point in their cycle as well, and affects wherever we have Aries, Cancer, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Pisces. Since Mars is in Libra in its “shadow zone” where it will be retrograde in late March, we may get glimpses of what is coming down then, or how we use Mars these next 4 weeks may require some reworking around then. It primarily affects those with planets or angles near 23-27 Libra, 15-19 Sagittarius, 6-10 Aquarius, 27 Pisces-1 Aries, 19-23 Taurus, 11-15 Cancer, and 2-6 Virgo.
As you can see, this sequence is triggered in an alternating sequence with the Grand Irrationality. So the Moon will trigger this set of non-rational “turning point” energies in between the times the Grand Irrationality is triggered. This Mars-Jupiter configuration will be triggered on February 2-3, 6-7, 10-11, 15, 19-20, 23, and 26-27.
Again, this affects all areas ruled by Mars and Jupiter, and represents an emergent externalization of a critical turning point in how a process or thing expresses itself. Since Jupiter is in the T-square, you can expect some major events that mark a point of adjustment in the mid-Libra sector that will be revisited when Mars is back in that section of Libra in April.
The Sabian Symbols for the New Moon
A New Moon sets the seed forms for what the following month will demonstrate. This Lunation falls at 11 Aquarius. While I've given you a sense of this degree up to now, this is where we go into depth.
The symbol for 11 Aquarius is “Man tete-a-tete with his inspiration.” According to Rudhyar’s notes from the Marc Jones class, this degree is one of “Creative power in man: its relationship to social behavior” and “self-crystallization in a form of power, or self-exploitation.”
In the Astrological Mandala he states this degree is one of “the need to rely upon inner inspiration and guidance at the start of new developments,” where we need to say open to “the descent of spiritual our Soul forces, especially when a new period of individual activity is about to begin.” He says we should not depend on external or social incentives, but rather tap our inner creative power.
He continues by stating this symbol “refers to the overshadowing of the individual consciousness by an inner, yet transcendent power.” This symbol is said to be in the Span of Defensiveness, Act of Capitalization, and the first degree of the Individual-Mental level of the Scene of Contribution.
Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, says this degree is about ”satisfaction in the transcendental experiences of selfhood, and of a new realization that each individual lives in a consistent intimacy with spiritual verities of every sort and on every hand.” He states there is “the need to act continually in personal self-interest, and to translate every vision into practical consummation.”
He continues that as we accept “the overshadowing of a universal life and order,” we must demonstrate our “special capacities and rededicate” our achievements. He offers us the keyword of ECSTASY, and states that when this degree works positively, it is “an enthusiastic idealism and a tireless desire to serve others.” We are told it’s “manipulating, ideal, ingenious, specializing, and spiritual-experimental.”
So we enter a time of opening to new inspirations and new ways of allowing spirit to work through us. We can find a new creativity, and forms of power arising out of letting one part of our lives feed the power in another. This is a transmutational Lunation, where we raise natural energies into supernatural realms. Also, due to the presence of Pluto at 13 Capricorn, and Venus at 14 Capricorn, by our understanding of the scientific or natural principles at work the past year, we can transcend our lesser self and get a valid “historical perspective” that allows us to separate the superficial from the more important and enduring patterns.
Pluto, the Cosmic Purifier, will be in Capricorn for many years. It continues to teach us deep lessons about practical, organized economy of energy and efficiency in sprouting seed forms of the new "laws of our lives" we can relax into. 2012 and 2013 have been mainly about being organized in finding and demonstrating ways to get beyond fear and radiate harmlessness and mature fellowship with Nature, whether our own, another's, or Nature Herself.
Pluto is now in a zone in Capricorn it hasn’t been in for 250 years. Here we see immemorial principles as a foundation to a transcendent way of life. This is the time to do radical self-transformations by going deeper into Soul realms to become conscious of a greater unity in the energy field we live in. Take on a graceful self-discipline, and you will know Divine Grace in operation.
In 2013 and 2014 we are in a time of opening to new ways of viewing how to claim our divine power and express it creatively and without fear as we explore the natural laws underlying manifestations, and see Nature Herself as a laboratory where we learn about how our system is constructed. We can “pierce through appearances” to see the magic at the core of things, and through a “keen vision” can find or demonstrate a “universal living touch.”
This month we move into signs and signs of self-transcendence that will be a crucial issue from now through the end of February 2014, setting the stage for new perspectives that will lead to another phase of self-transcendence in June and the first half of July 2014, with the completion of the process achieved by February 2016.
Through Jupiter as the handle of the Bucket, we can now see opportunity and truth through the strength and flexibility we’ve cultivated since August 2013. This is helping us take one last look back before we set sail as Jupiter goes direct on March 6 at 11 Cancer.
Whether how to get a handle on things, or how to focus energy, or a cause to be embraced or a problem to be solved, Jupiter is teaching us a greater sensitivity and trust in our emotional intelligence. In this chart we take a new look at what Jupiter opened or expanded last Summer, and we should be able to find a new view on the emotional intelligence we began to develop back then.
Because Venus leads the Lunation, the Capricorn influence will be very strong, and so the duties and perspectives indicated by Venus leads the light. Please reference everything I’ve said about Venus earlier and in part 1 to get a more complete picture of the energies at work.
This Lunation is the sixteenth New Moon with Saturn in Scorpio. In 2012 we cultivated a new strength, came to a philosophical completion, and finished repairing or reconstructing something so that some final dues are now paid and old karmas left behind. We are growing into a new intensity, focus, emotional depth, and greater maturity relative to shared values, shared resources, deeper ability to commune with others as well as Nature and Spirit, and getting a more structured connection and a more powerful Spiritual linkage with others and ourselves.
As a process of moving through events, we’re all going to be inclined to feel our way into decisions and actions. After we decide and/or act, it will be important to get new information to come to a new vision or understanding. Once we get the right view or understanding, then a new feeling-experience will naturally arise that points the way to the next action.
Just be aware that with Venus RX, some feelings may come from subconsciousness rather than more normal ways of experiencing life. Make sure you’re operating off of some measure of feeling-knowing rather than repressed material, or mistrust or any other feeling that isolates or separates you from others, or even yourself.
So learn and teach through anecdotes, seeing how others handled things practically, or how you handed things practically in the past. Let your thinking and communicating and envisioning follow your actions, and let your feelings follow a new understanding, a new perception, or a new view.
We are now firmly launched into a great Life Mystery that beckons to each and all of us. Search for it. We are in the heart of the passage. Allow the revelation to present itself so your mind may be illuminated by the feeling-wisdom of your Soul.
We are offered new ways to take command of our ability to refine what needs refining. Because Pluto is such a major player, this will help us make our deepest core spiritual values real in our life and our world.
This one shows us ways to get a bigger view and a deeper inspiration as we stand on the threshold of a new life era. Continue to synthesize our “feeling-knowing” with our “mental-knowing” through opportunities to show courage, or learn to navigate the shifts as the old crystallized forms we’re breaking free from continue to fragment.
The more you understand how Life itself requires constant elimination of old forms and occasional major restructuring regarding duties, obligations, and ultimate loyalties, the more you make Saturn your friend through embracing its virtues of self-discipline, patience, persistence, understanding, and long range vision. Keep growing into a reflected, illuminated transcendent wisdom that allows your maturity and authority to come forth in potent, focused ways.
Stay focused on how to enjoy the close interactions as you eliminate the next layers of what you no longer need. Accept that some part of your life work is now done, and embrace the transfiguration of knowing you did it as well as you could!
I’ve given you these links the past several months, since Solar Eclipses are powerful influences that persist for years. Please peruse them if you want to know more about what’s been shut down and why over these past 3 years. Consider all I’ve written with an eye to these things occurring in the houses where these Eclipses fell. Briefly, we’ve all had major Taurus, Gemini, Scorpio, and Sagittarius energies shut down, and new forms of these have come forth.
As long time readers know, we all had to let go of the ghosts of the past as we experienced many months of Grand Irrationality “forks in the road of destiny” after the June 2011 Gemini Solar Eclipse. Though we’ve finished the effects of that very powerful Eclipse, the other Solar Eclipses since then continue to affect all of us. One thing is for sure - we'll be feeling the effects of the 2013 Solar Eclipse in Scorpio far more than we felt the 2012 Solar Eclipse in Scorpio!!
Here are the articles explaining the Solar Eclipses of late 2011, 2012 and 2013 still playing out on the world stage and in our lives in major ways! They are listed from newest to oldest.
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