by Robert Wilkinson
This article covers significant aspects, degree symbols, and other important factors in the Pisces 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 Piscean focus can help us get a vaster experience of our connectedness, a new way of “being under Grace,” flowing on down the timestream leaving behind old sorrows and ambivalencies, and “enter the sanctuary” with courage, resolve, determination, and emotional maturity.
This month continues the incredibly strong Cardinal T-square of past months involving all the inner planets conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, Jupiter in early to mid-Cancer, and Uranus in mid-Aries. Mars in early to mid-Libra in December and January showed us a preliminary way of dealing with the Grand Cross energies in play each time the Moon has been in early to mid-Libra the past 2+ months. This is of course giving us dress rehearsals for the Great Fracturing to come in mid to late April when Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto will all occupy different Cardinal signs, but each will be exactly 14 degrees of their signs.
In the last New Moon, Venus stationary direct at 14 Capricorn showed us the final Capricorn lessons and challenges around integrating assertive forces working against each other. This helped us via Venusian people and experiences to be able to anticipate the Pluto necessity of the Great Fracturing, since Pluto will be exactly on that degree. Last month Venus showed us how Divine Grace has operated in our past to free us from old forms and interpretations, and by deep self-transcendence we could 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 continues to make a very strong opposition to 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. Two months ago 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 made their conjunctions with Pluto in December and January.
We’ve now begun two New Moons that are conjunct Neptune and Uranus over the next month. 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 mid-Pisces, with a stellium in Pisces comprised of Neptune, Moon, Sun, and Chiron. This will make our Pisces sector highly active, even if it may take some time for us to figure things out since Mercury is still very slow on its stationary degree in Aquarius. This month we find 6 planets plus chiron in the 60+ degrees between the Pluto and Chiron.
So given that there are 9 planets plus Chiron between late Libra and early Aries, those houses in your charts 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. So while in the past, the planets were widely spread out around the zodiac, 9 of them are now all in the 163+ 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.
This implies Jupiter in Cancer represents how to “get a handle on things,” or how to focus our energy. We can use Jupiter in Cancer to deal with a problem or need in our lives, or the nature of what is needed in any given circumstance (since it’s impacting ALL charts.)
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 11 Cancer.
Up to now, the water trines of the past 8 months have ensured a flowing, moving, stabilizing quality. Though the Grand Water Trine in the early degrees of each Water sign is now past, we are still in a heavy water period, given the Jupiter trine Saturn in effect from last Summer pretty much through mid-January. Much will become clearer this month as transiting 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 5 planets in Water signs, 1 in Fire, 2 in Earth, and 2 in Air. This indicates a very heavy emphasis on feelings, with a balance between idealism, interacting and experiencing, with practical approaches. This month we’re short on inspiration.
As this Lunation has only 1 planet in the Fire signs and 2 in both Air and Earth, it’s not particularly inspired, and the Water (emotional) element is as occupied as all the other elements put together. Heavy and vast feelings are in the air this month! Keep finding inspiration in your uniqueness while remembering that we will have the Air of Mars in Libra and Mercury in Aquarius to stimulate the fire!
Air and Earth are cool, Fire and Water are hot. With the distribution, expect this to be slightly warmer than cooler, with a temporarily strong emphasis on relatedness and relationships as means to achieve broader ideals and 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.
Various Important Influences
As I explained in part 1, while the Grand Irrationality is not triggered by an inner planet in this chart, it’s still in full play due to off-again, on-again transits. As I’ve give you, right now the current hot zones are approximately 21-25 Scorpio, 12-16 Capricorn, 3-7 Pisces, 25-29 Aries, 17-21 Gemini, 8-12 Leo, and 30 Virgo-4 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 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 month and in April during the previously mentioned “Great Fracturing” involving Mars RX at 14 Libra, Pluto at 14 Capricorn (the just past 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 along with Venus square Mars so prominent, this is an incredibly important time to move in any direction that helps resolve the inner and outer tensions and frictions.
It’s also a time to rise to deal with something that seems out of control, so you can mobilize and show your skills. Have courage as your achieve self-transcendence through applying inspiring teachings to your everyday life.
I include separate sections on Saturn in two articles in this Lunation series since Saturn continues to wax in importance in all celestial events of these times. This is the eighteenth 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.
In 2012 Saturn helped us cultivate 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.
We ended the first phase of Saturn in Scorpio set into motion when it went retrograde at 12 Scorpio in February 2013 when Saturn moved beyond that degree last October. However, the Solar Eclipse at 12 Scorpio in early November 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 that configuration was in play, as well as any other major septile series aspects between the planets. 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 third 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 frictional aspects with Venus and Mars, 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 forming harmonious aspects, but they show major stability, ease of function, and unique gifts, interactions, and circumstances abound.
The prominent aspects in this Lunation the Cardinal T-square, challenging 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 walk away from those who are not honest in their communications, claim privileges they’re not entitled to, use extreme examples to create chaos rather than order, or who are simply unfair or out of balance.
Other aspects of note are the New Moon tredecile Saturn, sextile Pluto, and conjunct Chiron, Mercury trine Mars, square Saturn and septile Uranus, Venus square Mars and quintile Uranus, Mars tredecile Jupiter, Jupiter square Uranus with Saturn sesquisquare both (very frictional kite), and Jupiter trine Chiron. And as usual, the encroaching Uranus square Pluto indicates 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, semi-squares, sesquisquares, and oppositions fall.
Mercury septile Uranus puts these two at a turning point at the closing of their old year cycle as well, and affects wherever we have Aries, Gemini, Virgo, Capricorn, and Aquarius. As this puts the Mercury focus on a few weeks ago when Mercury and the Sun first septiled Uranus, this should help us weave some things together or get a new understanding or view of how to move forward at this turning point related to these two planetary functions.
This involves degree spans that are approximately 17-21 Aquarius, 9-13 Aries, 1-5 Gemini, 22-26 Cancer, 13-17 Virgo, 5-9 Scorpio, and 26-30 Sagittarius. If you have a planet or angle near these zones, it’s vision time! Close what you need to, since events beginning late March will begin to pre-empt the playing field!
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 Pisces. While I've given you a sense of this degree up to now, this is where we go into depth.
The symbol for 11 Pisces is “Men seeking illumination.” According to Rudhyar’s notes from the Marc Jones class, this degree is one of “Introduction of conscious mind to the intuitive soul-realms,” “Self-dedication,” “Self-awakening; or surrender to inner fears.”
In the Astrological Mandala he states this degree is one of “the capacity inherent in every individual to seek at whatever cost entrance to a transcendent realm of reality,” referring to “the ancient and eternal … Path of Discipleship.” He says that we all believe that if we fulfill “the necessary conditions” we can find Spiritual Teachers “who have already attained a higher level of consciousness” through whom we can find enlightenment if we are “pure in heart,” mentally aware, emotionally mature and able, and “spiritually self-mobilized.”
He continues by stating this symbol “opens a new level of consciousness.” This begins a time of self-reinvention, a reaching beyond the known and familiar, but we “have to take the first step.” While someone can always show us the Path, we alone “do the walking.”
He tells us this degree requires that we “walk on.” This symbol is said to be in the Span of Innocence, Act of Capitalization, and the first degree of the Individual-Mental level of the Scene of Federation.
Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, says this degree is about ”the immortality of man as dramatized in some form of an apostolic succession, or a living tradition of spiritual achievement.” He states “the divine spirit is fundamentally a matrix of itself, since its continuance depends on its unswerving maintenance of the purity in motion and expression which it has contributed to the humanity it has created in its own image.”
He continues that our experience is “a manifestation of the potentialities” to which we must devote ourselves in order truly to BE ourselves. He offers us the keyword of DEDICATION, and states that when this degree works positively, it is “high accomplishment in an effective alignment with ultimate reality.” We are told it’s “sustaining, practical, universal, specializing, and spiritual-experimental.”
So we enter a time of walking on into a new dedication, a new commitment, a new spiritual experience, and a new way of reclaiming our ability to walk toward whatever promises illumination. This will give us a new way of approaching whatever was awakened by Uranus in 2005 that became the foundation for a new way of expressing our individuality beginning late 2006, and a part of our perceptual makeup beginning February 2007.
These Uranian and Mercurial “pulses” became part of the Way of “healing into the Higher Self” with Chiron’s transit of 11 Pisces in March and September-October 2013, and again recently in January 2014. As I told you in part 1, this is a healing and spiritually transforming New Moon, where we can raise natural energies into the supernatural realm while getting a new perspective on what’s important and what isn’t!
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, on the same degree it will go stationary retrograde just before the Great Fracturing of late April 2014. 14 Capricorn is a technique for sorting out what’s valuable and what’s not in our past, so we can find a way to a greater assurance and “personal immortality” (as strange as that concept is!)
This is a threshold where we can see how the seeds of the future have been “gestating in the past,” or conversely, how the present transformational energy was set into motion in the past. Take on a graceful self-discipline, and you will know Divine Grace in operation.
Now that we’ve learned to attune to the invisible realms and to whatever degree gotten beyond fear, 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 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.”
Last month we moved into signs and signs of self-transcendence that was a crucial issue in February 2014. These set the stage for impending 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 sense of humor or irony we’ve cultivated since August 2013. This is the moment when Jupiter turns to forward motion and sets sail when it 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 Neptune leads the Lunation, the Pisces influence will be extraordinarily strong. This will show us what we dedicated ourselves to in the past, and how it’s led us to this threshold of “walking on” into new forms of illumination and wisdom.
Neptune represents what is “in fashion” in the collective. Different cultures and subcultures interpret this global pulse in different ways. The Sabian Symbol for 6 Pisces indicates we now renew the new dedication, the new glimpse of a more fulfilling connection with others, and/or some new service to be done that we felt last June.
Since then we’ve found “collective values” we want to uphold and defend, and many have perceived higher goals through a process of “self-testing.” We now flow deeper into that dedication.
Feeling, then Thinking, then Deciding
As a process of moving through events, we’re all going to be inclined to feel our way into ideas, visions, interactions, and understanding. Once we’ve felt our way to a vision or understanding, then it will be important to make a decision and act on it. Once we’ve moved everything forward that one step, then a new feeling-experience will naturally arise that points the way to the next view or information needed to again move it forward one step.
Just be aware that since Mars is retrograde in Libra, it may involve a bit of “back and forth” with the information or understanding so we get to a balanced or refined way of doing whatever single step we need to do to go forward. So feel, flow, experience, since these will lead you to information and understanding.
When your understanding leads to a clear vision, then see the fundamental fact, or act that must be done to move it all one step forward. Let your feeling and experience follow your actions, and let your mind follow your feelings into new views and understanding that can help you make decisions that you’ll act on.
We are now in the final phase of seeing and living a great Life Mystery that has beckoned to each and all of us since last Summer. Search for it. We are in the final phase of the passage. Allow the revelation to present itself so your mind may be illuminated by the feeling-wisdom of your Soul.
We all stand on the threshold of self-transcendence through incorporating inspiring truths into our everyday lives. Because Neptune and Chiron are such major players, this will help us feel our connectedness to very deep and vast timeless shared spiritual values real in our life and our world.
This one shows us ways to find a different response to things, “seed-ideas” and new ways of weaving our life experiences into our “song.” At this threshold of a new life era, continue to synthesize “feeling-knowing” with “mental-knowing” and join the pilgrimage in navigating the shifts as 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 feeling of deep connectedness with the life that’s all around you as you eliminate the next layers of what you no longer need and rise to some occasion to demonstrate your faith in yourself and facets of your “indomitability.” Accept that some part of your life work is now rapidly ending, and embrace the transfigurations as you do your “pilgrimage up the mountain” to a truth you share with many others!
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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