by Robert Wilkinson
This article covers significant aspects, degree symbols, and other important factors in the Aries New Moon chart. We’re continuing to learn a balanced approach to things, since the very heavy Cardinal T-square continues to fracture a lot for weeks to come! The best thing is that this is helping bust up some log jams big time! It is a time to embrace a greater compassion on the basis of the Divine Grace at work these past 9 weeks.
As I noted in part one, the November 2013 Scorpio Solar Eclipse is still in full effect. That one, along with the 2012 Scorpio Solar Eclipse, have been showing us how to experience 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 Aries focus can help us reorient to immediate necessities, and get it in gear via direct action.
Due to Mercury in Pisces, we’re still getting signs and signals of a vaster connection with others and “All-That-Is,” as well as how Divine Grace has operated. So this is the time to navigate flowing on down the timestream leaving behind old sorrows and ambivalencies, and finding that which nourishes us “at the end of the day of labor.”
This month continues the incredibly strong Cardinal T-square of past months involving the Lunation conjunct Uranus and square both Jupiter at 12 Cancer and Pluto at 14 Capricorn. Mars in early to mid-Libra in late December and early January gave us a dress rehearsal in finding balanced ways to deal with the Grand Cross energies in play each time the Moon has been in early to mid-Libra the past 3+ months and every day when the angles move through 9-15 Libra. This has giving us practice for dealing with 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 late January Aquarius 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.
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 June 2012 and put some distance between it and Uranus.
With Jupiter in Cancer, it serves as a handle, or “focal determinator” and counterweight for the occupied span between Mars in late Libra and Uranus in mid-Aries, which I’ll speak about shortly. In this chart Jupiter 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 anticipate.
This is one more Lunation in the the span between Capricorn and Aries where they make conjunctions with the invisible outer spiritual Triad. Three months ago the New Moon was conjunct Pluto. Last month the New Moon was conjunct Neptune.
This is the last 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’re now completing two New Moons that have conjuncted Neptune and Uranus. 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 early Aries, with stelliums in both Pisces and Aries. The Pisces cluster features Mercury, Neptune, and Chiron. The Aries cluster features the Moon, Sun, and Uranus. This will make both these sign sectors highly active! This month we find 6 planets plus Chiron in the 49 degrees between Venus and Uranus.
So given that there are 9 planets plus Chiron between late Libra and mid-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 170 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!!
It’s important that Mars in Libra retrograde leads the occupied half while conjunct the North Node. This position of Mars seems to be showing us all how to blunt aggression, moderate responses, find roundabout ways of smoothing things out, and see how time can be an ally in diminishing contention if we don’t do anything extreme. So while things won’t move as quickly as we would like with Mars retrograde, the Libra energy is exactly what is needed to deal with the hard edge of the Cardinal T-square!
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 12 Cancer.
Up to now, the water trines of the past 9 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 became clearer in March as transiting trines to both Jupiter and Saturn tied 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 4 planets in Water signs, 3 in Fire, 1 in Earth, and 2 in Air. This indicates a very heavy emphasis on feelings, with a lot of inspiration, idealism, and intense activity and interactivity. This month we’re short on practicality and groundedness.
As this Lunation has 7 planets in the Water and Fire signs and 3 in Air and Earth, heavy and vast feelings are in the air this month, along with a dose of flame on! With the Lunation conjunct Uranus, find inspiration in your uniqueness while remembering that we will have the Air of Mars in Libra and Venus in Aquarius to stimulate the fire!
Air and Earth are cool, Fire and Water are hot. With the distribution, expect this to be a lot warmer than cooler, with a temporarily strong emphasis on direct action within relationships, which may not be easy for a variety of reasons. Most interactions this month can help us to a new expression of compassion. Still, with Venus in Aquarius, keep managing interactions by focusing on the bigger picture, using balanced perspectives 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 given 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.
As noted earlier, with the Cardinal T-square highly active in this chart, practice good Libra skills. Be graceful in adapting and refining your responses to challenges. This will help us demonstrate the skills we need to as we enter the “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.
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 nineteenth 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 fourth 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 triggers the T-square big time and launches the entry into the Great Fragmenting.
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.
There are very few forming harmonious aspects, and more friction than we’ve had in a loooong time! Pretty much the only harmonizing aspect is Mercury trine Saturn. That should help us understand and/or get very clear about what’s going on and why, and how to flow out of some old feeling circumstances into something that will nourish us much more appropriately than anything being fractured in the Jupiter in Cancer area of our lives.
Other aspects of note are Venus semi-square the Lunation + Uranus and sesquisquare Jupiter, Mars opposed Uranus and in a tight sesquisquare to Neptune, Saturn septile Pluto, and Uranus decile Neptune. 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.
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 10 Aries. While I've given you a sense of this degree up to now, this is where we go into depth.
The symbol for 10 Aries is “A man teaching new forms for old symbols.” According to Rudhyar’s notes from the Marc Jones class, this degree is one of “Deep understanding, beyond normal means,” “abstract seership, integrating the inner and the outer,” and “interpretive gift.”
In the Astrological Mandala he states this degree is one of “revision of attitude at the beginning of a new cycle of experience,” involving “the problem of focusing one’s energies upon emotional drives and cultural values which exclude far more than they include.” This symbol is where we “reformulate at a new level much that had been taken for granted because it indeed originally had been an evolutionary necessity.”
He continues by stating “the very concrete emotional-arousing images of the past can now be reinterpreted as ‘symbols’ with a wider scope of meaning.” He says this is a stage where “a new dimension of consciousness is discovered, revealing higher possibilities of experience and mental development,” and is a stage of Abstraction. This symbol is said to be in the Span of Realization, Act of Differentiation, and the last degree of the Emotional-Cultural level of the Scene of Desire.
Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, says this degree is about ”the continuous and necessary rectification of understanding through direct and everyday experience,” where “every factor of inner realization” is brought into “immediate and personal significance.” He states “here the wisdom of the race is revivified and made available for all through its recurrent and continual validation in human affairs.”
He continues that here many are served by those who can dramatize “each special phase of a total reality.” He offers us the keyword of INTERPRETATION, and states that when this degree works positively, it is “an exceptional capacity for putting every part of an individual’s heritage to work.” We are told it’s “manipulating, critical, original, specializing, and social-inspired.”
So we enter a time of reinterpreting much of our past to give it new meaning through understanding it on a symbolic level. Give one offers us unique ways to interpret what was and is, so we can revise our attitude away from past experience and move into new allegiances and BE the Light of the new identity revealing itself since Spring 2013. This will give us a new way of approaching whatever was opened up by Jupiter in the Spring of 2011 and demonstrated as a higher Law by Uranus over the past year.
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 were 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.”
In February we moved into signs and signs of self-transcendence. These set the stage for current and future 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. It went direct in motion in early March at 11 Cancer, and this month opens the final chapter of the Great Mystery we’ve all been chasing since Summer 2013. Great illumination and revelations are promised by Jupiter over the next 4 weeks.
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 Mercury in Pisces leads the Lunation, the Pisces influence will be extraordinarily strong. This will show us how we need to put ourselves, our wisdom, or our skills in front of others in a form of “public self-dramatization.” This will lead to a “reinforcement of faith which can open up a new environment” as we “revise ideas back to source.”
On a related Pisces note, Neptune represents what is “in fashion” in the collective. Different cultures and subcultures interpret this global pulse in different ways. The Sabian Symbol for 7 Pisces indicates we must stand for what we believe in, be assertive in expressing deep truth as well as compassion, and listen to the inner voice while being true to ourselves.
Since Summer 2013, we’ve found a new dedication to “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. This will have an impact on the collective atmosphere in August 2014. Withdraw from an old experience so you can regrasp reality in another realm, especially when the situation attempts to repudiate your higher ideals.
Be active in defending and/or maintaining your allegiances “through which life has been made worth while,” and by listening to your inner voice, you’ll quicken your Soul’s expression. Follow your conscience into a great compassion for yourself and others, and be independent of spirit while courageously rejecting that which would compromise your highest spiritual principles.
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.
As I’ve hinted at earlier, Jupiter’s position indicates that 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 our reality fragmenting so that we can move on into more appropriate life vehicles. Whatever is ending, let it go while seeing which pieces can be used to build a new life expression. By June we’ll all be relieved that we’ve made it through the coming period.
This one shows us ways to find a moderate and harmonious emotional response to the outer chaos. This New Moon helps us to launch “seed-ideas” and new ways of expressing ourselves based in new interpretations of what has been before now. 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 experiencing feelings of deep connectedness with the life that’s all around you as you eliminate the next layers of what you no longer need and move into a new expression of your individuality and/or unique qualities. Accept that some part of your life work is now rapidly ending, and choose your responses with compassion and dispassion as you witness and herald the dawning of a new day!
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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