by Robert Wilkinson
Over the next 4 weeks, the New Moon in Aries introduces us to a non-stop fracturing of many parts of our lives. We can see things from the past differently as we are thrown into the future. This period will require a lot of balance and moderated assertiveness, with a huge Mystery awaiting those who have done their emotional homework since last June. This is a compassionate (if VERY exciting) New Moon!
This New Moon in Aries is fiery, initiating, focused, brilliant, and synthesizing. As with past months, the world at large will seem to be spinning off its axis due to the powerful Cardinal T-square made by Jupiter opposing Pluto with both square revolutionary Uranus now fired up by this New Moon.
We continue to be in a time where we’re all dealing with many cross currents. These challenge us to do our own thing in our own way based in the new individuality we’ve been experiencing the past couple of years. This one throws us into new views, new actions, and for many, it will feel like being shot out of a proverbial cannon! And we continue to let go of old perceptual separateness arising from an imbalanced view.
This activating, dynamic, impulsive, and individuating New Moon occurs at 10 Aries on March 30, 2014, at 11:45 am PDT, 2:45 pm EDT and 7:45 pm BST. The Lunation finds 8 Cancer rising in Santa Monica, 15 Cancer in Vancouver, 15 Leo in Toronto, 20 Leo in Montreal, and 14 Leo in Washington DC. That means the span of Ascendants across North America is between early Cancer and late Leo.
Continuing eastward, we find rising signs of 29 Leo in Rio, 9 Libra in Lisbon, 14 Libra in London, 23 Libra in Berlin, 4 Scorpio in Sofia, 30 Scorpio in Johannesburg, and 8 Scorpio rising in Moscow. That means the span of Ascendants across Europe and Africa is between early Libra through late Scorpio.
Moving into Asia and Oceana, we find Ascendants at 18 Sagittarius in Abbottabad, 24 Sagittarius in New Delhi (31 March), 3 Capricorn in Trivandrum, 6 Aquarius in Jakarta, 3 Aquarius in Hong Kong, 28 Aquarius in Tokyo, 22 Aquarius in Perth, 18 Pisces in Melbourne, 24 Pisces in Brisbane, 12 Aries in Wellington, and 23 Taurus rising on Maui (Mar 30).
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 10 Aries, Mercury is 18 Pisces, Venus is 24 Aquarius, Mars is 23 Libra retrograde, Jupiter is 12 Cancer, Saturn is 23 Scorpio retrograde, Uranus is 13 Aries, Neptune is 7 Pisces, Pluto is 14 Capricorn (also on its SRX degree), TransPluto is 30 Leo retrograde, Chiron is 16 Pisces, and the NN is 29 Libra.
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 (near the MC) on the west coast of North America, and setting in Lisbon, London, and Berlin. The New Moon is on the nadir (IC) in Abbottabad and India, and rising (near the Ascendant) in east Oz.
This is the ninth in a sequence of New Moons that fall in the same sign as the following Full Moon. This is assumed to be the “normal order of Lunation Suns,” whereas the other Lunation order is the opposite, where the New Moon Sun falls in the sign preceding the Sun of the following Full Moon.
In other words, this New Moon in Aries also has a Full Moon Sun in Aries. 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 last 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
I gave you a brief view of this New Moon in Aries in a recent article, where I explained this Lunation begins the Great Fracturing! The New Moon at 10 Aries gives us a new understanding of recent events, and jumpstarts our Aries sector in a huge way! Yes, the Cardinal T-square is in full force for the next month, so be balanced, re-dedicate yourself to your “Truth of Being” in action, adjust to the natural rhythm of things, and keep in mind that whatever is disrupted or dislodged this month will prove to be a source of relief beginning in late May.
This begins the trial by fire that will show us how well-trained our Spiritual Warrior is. If you need to refresh your understanding of what the Spiritual Warrior or Guardian actually is, please take a new look at “Life’s Battles and the Spiritual Warrior Who Can Never Lose.” I elaborated on this coming time of intensity, fracturing, and how to do this very tricky and potentially destructive time in my interview with Michele Meiche on “Awakenings” last Wednesday, so please visit that show if you haven’t already.
You can find the link to that show at Awakenings with Robert Wilkinson speaking about the coming Great Fracturing of the Grand Cardinal Crosses, coming Eclipses, and the on-going Grand Irrationality. I begin about 45 minutes in, and it’s a wild ride from there, with a lot of compressed, concentrated information on how to navigate the fracturing that’s already happening and getting heavier by the day!
This New Moon is conjunct Uranus, powering up our Higher Path to Individuality we’ve all been walking since 2010. This is the last revelation of the Great Mystery we’ve all been exploring since Summer 2013, and the potential for illumination is extremely high over the next 4 weeks! Find your place of greatest service, or your higher Path to learn and teach. Embrace the new identity that was awakened over the past year, and give the past a new interpretation.
This is a heavily transmutational New Moon, with the ability to “raise the natural to the human,” or see the natural magic in who we are once we drop old emotional sludge or baggage that may not have ever been ours to begin with. See a great vision of “civilized living,” and be willing to be called to a renewal. Just expect that things will accelerate with extraordinary speed in the near future, so don’t get bugged by the pressure.
The next 4 weeks we continue to understand how we’re dealing with our emotional issues and responses under the spotlight since last Summer due to the heavy influences of planets in Water signs. Now that Mercury and Jupiter are speeding up in motion, those areas ruled by Mercury and Jupiter we’ll have great leaps forward, while in the areas ruled by Mars and Saturn (now both retrograde) we’ll begin a long review.
The Aries seed indicated by this New Moon can help us get a different interpretation of recent events, as well as what’s been awakened since 2010. We’ll continue to have to be moderate and reasonable in our responses while continuing to use our greater understanding or stability in the emotional intelligence awakened last Summer.
This Lunation offers us a practicum in skillfully managing our emotions and mind as we move through a time of major life rebalancing and re-prioritization. Here we continue to learn to find a reasonable perspective and balanced approach to long term pressures. Saturn continues to put a focus on eliminating stagnant feelings and responses, finding appropriate boundaries and a sense of responsibility for our magnetism as we continue to shed various “skins of personality.”
As with last month, this month Mercury leads the Lunation, and thus is the “herald” for all that is developing in March. It is very strong and a stabilizing influence due to its strong favorable trine to Saturn in this New Moon. It indicates that we all will need to put ourselves “out there” in some way, dramatizing some idea or view.
Because Pluto is at 14 Capricorn, the degree where it will go stationary retrograde in mid-April, this is the second Lunation where we can get clear signs and signals about Plutonic seeds at work related to the coming Great Fracturing of late April when Pluto sits stationary retrograde on that degree. And on a related note, due to Saturn’s continuing influence as a major player in this Lunation through anchoring the Scorpio zone of the Grand Irrationality, we will continue to find ourselves at forks in the road of destiny in the Aries, Scorpio, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces realms of our existence.
Saturn continues to help us make 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 last 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.
Saturn 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 all passed through major choices and changes in the first half of 2013 when Saturn triseptiled Uranus, choosing which innovations we wanted to incorporate into our life structures. Now we’re flowing into a long wave period of finding the right focus to allow inspiring teachings to transform our daily lives.
As noted earlier, this New Moon will jumpstart Aries energy wherever it falls in our chart. This helps us take a more direct initiative on our own behalf, doing what we must without waiting around for someone else’s permission. This one begins a new year with a bang, and gives us another look at a new identity we’ve already assumed so that we can continue to innovate or renovate our expression based in our own individual sense of things.
This is an uncompromising New Moon, so be as reasonable as possible as you search for a more effective way of service, keeping the initiative and momentum in your own hands while developing a new way of self-expression. We will be challenged to find self-confidence in our self-sufficiency and self-reliance in the midst of the outer chaos, so use deep insights and reasonable self-discipline and you’ll do fine.
This New Moon has a social, emotional, and cultural focus. Because it happens in Aries, Mars is the worldly ruler of the Lunation, and Pluto is the spiritual ruler. Due to Mars’ position, the backdrop to the message of this New Moon puts the focus on repair, reconstruction, and anticipating opportunity as we wait for the dawning of a new day. Due to the aspect between Mars and Pluto, many things we’ve been waiting for should begin to show up over the next few weeks.
So this New Moon in Aries is ruled (in worldly things) by Mars in Libra, which is ruled by Venus in Aquarius, which is ruled by Saturn in Scorpio, which is ruled by Mars in Libra. This creates a ”chain of dispositors,” which is a very powerful self-referencing energy loop. With Neptune in its home sign, it makes these 4 planets dominant as the background for all the planetary energies.
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. Since then it’s been reinforced and triggered by various Lunations, planetary stations, and transits.
This Lunation finds the Grand Irrationality is not an active force, since it is not being triggered by any other planet (though of course those places with any of the 7 “hot zones” occupied by the Asc or MC will find themselves confronting their destiny.) That said, we still have 3 points of the 7 pointed Star pattern occupied by Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto, making this month a continuation of the extreme events globally that are throwing 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 19 years, and will be in play for a few more years to come.
Thresholds of important choice and change that have heavy future implications were most recently set into play after Mercury went stationary retrograde at 19 Scorpio on October 21, 2013, and again when Venus went stationary direct conjunct Pluto at the end of January 2014. As Saturn is now retrograding back toward 19 Scorpio, those Mercury retrograde signs and signals will continue to be important through Summer 2014.
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 the articles 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. These articles sum up what we’ve been dealing with, so please check them out again! (I’ll be updating them soon, since it’s back in play throughout April).
The current degree spans that trigger this transformative mass configuration are around 21-25 Scorpio, 12-16 Capricorn, 4-8 Pisces, 26-30 Aries, 17-21 Gemini, 9-13 Leo, and 30 Virgo-3 Libra. If you have a planet or angle in any of these zones, you are making critical choices and decisions that will alter your future in important ways. And because it’s in motion due to outer planets, these are pretty much forces beyond your ability to control, even if you can always control your response to these critical events.
To note, this configuration has been in full force during the time Saturn has occupied the Scorpio zone through about now. The effects will continue to be triggered over the next four weeks, even though nothing is specifically triggering it in this Lunation chart. 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 March 31 and April 1, as well as April 4, 8-9, 13, 16-17, 20-21, 24-25, and 27-28 (Solar Eclipse alert!)
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-seventh 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. The article deals specifically with the first degree of Pisces, which is where the Precessional point occupies at present.
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. You can find more about what we’re going through to get to the coming Age of Aquarius in the article The Sun Enters Pisces Today Illuminating the Cusp of the Great Age, Where The Age of Pisces Gives Way to the Age of Aquarius
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 16 Pisces. This will help us heal anew through our positioning within collective consciousness, helping us find a form of deep or “vibrant” inspiration as we “commune with accumulated race power.” This awakened in everyone March 2007 through January 2008. We can now heal wounds from that time, or see how what we’ve awakened to since then has helped us healing into our higher Self.
We are again able to find a new inspiration in a “silent hour,” have been examined for our dedication and skill. This continues to show us how to merge the sacred and the everyday in our lives. In this Lunation Chiron helps us to a new warmth of expression, and a “healing mind,” or a more compassionate way of viewing things and expressing our feelings.
Over the past couple of years, 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 all mastered something, been offered higher responsibilities, and been shown what spiritual goals we’re fit to accomplish.
In this chart Neptune is at 7 Pisces, a degree we haven’t experienced for almost 150 years. This and the next degree show the collective consciousness is now in an “unknown zone” of experience, feeling what it stands for amidst the swirl of the tides, preparing us to “hear the call” in the Summer of 2014. This continues to strengthen our intuition and emotional intelligence, as well as a greater feeling-connection of our positioning within a vaster field.
According to the Sabian Symbols, this shows the collective field is about a “concentration of values amidst the chaos of outer living,” the “clear light of high realization,” and “acceptance of life’s limits.” We’ll definitely have to be clear about what we stand for, and rededicate ourselves to an ideal that may not be as clear as we’d like.”
More on Saturn’s Universally Important Influence
Because of Saturn’s path the past year, through our magnetism and desires 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. Saturn is again retrograde, so we’re now in a time of reviewing the lessons of the past few months. This one will help us reveal unsuspected vital power, and has great “creative potential” as we continue to be transformed through inspiring teachings, and helps 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. We now enter a long-wave transformation time that will last through September.
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 the Solar Eclipse from November 2013 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.
This is the second Lunation with North Node in Libra and South Node in Aries. Good for reasoned, balanced action! With NN in Libra, our greatest development is through our ability to balance, weigh, judge fairly, be diplomatic peacemakers, and generally cultivate our grace, style, elegance, and sense of beautiful forms.
We have now entered a time of growth through learning how to repair or reconstruct whatever we need to, and can grow by seeing the balances or imbalances in our relationships. Where it is in this Lunation chart shows we can grow through dedicating ourselves to a more “civilized’ way of life, and look for those who share that aspiration. “Join together, with the band!”
As Saturn moves forward, it is concretizing all that we’ve been learning via the North Node when it was in middle and late Scorpio. Though the lessons will take a Saturnine form, we are now almost at a threshold of reviewing how we’ve contacted our innermost “God force” and move beyond old forms. Last Autumn we learned to go to our “center of reality” and see how Spirit and Soul are dancing with whatever in our personality is conflicted. Now we get to do transmutation practices.
This Lunation features a number of very powerful aspects between the planets, which I’ll speak about in the next article of this series. As the Cardinal T-squares and Grand Crosses are front and center, stay tuned for more on how to navigate this time of “the Great Fracturing!”
Among the most powerful, besides the Grand Crosses formed every day, we have the New Moon semi-square Venus and opposed Mars! Between the semi-squares, sesquisquares, and the Cardinal T-square, we can expect a lot of friction breaking a lot of things loose at the end of a cycle. Just about the only favorable forming aspect is Mercury trine Saturn, though we do have Venus just separating trine to Mars and Jupiter trine Chiron, helping us understand the grace that’s been available in February and March.
I’ll close today by reminding you that we’ve entered the middle of the crash symbolized by the encroaching Uranus square Pluto indicating the global collision between a new humanity and an old slave system. Along with the number of very frictional aspects forming, 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 3 years.
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