by Robert Wilkinson
Over the next 4 weeks (and 10 weeks due to the Eclipse effect), this New Moon Solar Eclipse in Taurus will help to stabilize much in our lives by eliminating the detritus of the recent Great Fracturing. This Eclipse will actually be a very favorable relief for many of us who have been dealing with crazymaking and other manifestations of the Grand Cardinal Cross we’re now beginning to leave behind.
This New Moon in Taurus is earthy, stabilizing, compassionate, gifting, productive, and joyous. Even though the Great Fracturing is now in the past, we continue to be in a time when we’ll be dealing with aftershocks of that configuration since each time the Moon or the Ascendant moves through 12-16 Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn we’ll get another jolt of that friction.
I gave you the time of this Eclipse in the last article, along with where in the world it falls on the angles. I also gave you rising signs around the world, and where this Eclipse would be visible.
We continue to be in a time where we’re all dealing with many cross currents, since the Fracturing will continue for at least the next 8 weeks. These challenge us to find the right balance and proportion in what we do and how we do it, based in the new individuality we’ve been experiencing the past couple of years.
This one will bring us all a lot of joy, and help us move forward using economy of energy and clarity of what details are important and why. And we continue to let go of old perceptual separateness arising from an imbalanced view.
This is the tenth 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 Taurus will also have a Full Moon Sun in Taurus. 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
The New Moon at 9 Taurus gives us a more grounded, less fiery period than the last New Moon in Aries that accelerated the Great Fracturing of April into some pretty intense moments. We’ve all learned to be balanced, slow things down, be peacemakers, and all those other great Mars retrograde in Libra descriptors! We’ve ALL had to adjust or recalibrate in some crucial ways, and the light touch has done better than any force at all.
Whatever was recently dislodged will prove to be a source of relief beginning in late May. We’ve now been put through trials by fire that have shown 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 April being a time of intensity, fracturing, and also elaborated on what that very tricky and potentially destructive time was about in my interview with Michele Meiche on “Awakenings” on March 26th, 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 been going on since Summer 2010, started intensifying Summer 2013, and has been at constant critical mass since late December 2013. So the gear grinding has been pretty much nonstop for about 130 days straight. While we’re through the heart of the earthquake, we’ll still be feeling aftershocks for a few weeks more.
This Annular Solar Eclipse New Moon will change the energy significantly for the good! It’s stabilizing and reinforcing, and while all Eclipses take things away, they can also bring something that replaces what was lost. This is one of those really beneficial Eclipses that during its short time of influence, will being some major good to those affected by one or more of the many favorable aspect patterns present at this Eclipse.
The next 4 weeks we are able to get to the core of things with specificity as the flow continues to stabilize, directing our feeling-knowing to the next level of understanding. This feeling-knowing is stabilizing our Dharma in very specific ways. We’ve been in non-stop feeling-knowing class since June 2013. This has been the time to build an adequate Astral (emotional) vehicle during the quickening following the global human transformation that began at the Winter Solstice 2012.
As noted, this New Moon Solar Eclipse will jumpstart Taurus energy wherever it falls in our chart, while simultaneously beginning the shutdown of something that has interfered with our ability to experience happiness and joy. Like last month’s New Moon, this one also has a social, emotional, and cultural focus.
Because it happens in Taurus, Venus is the worldly ruler of the Lunation, and TransPluto (Percephone, Parvati) is the spiritual ruler. Due to the position of Venus, the backdrop to the message of this New Moon puts the focus on compassion, forgiveness, joy, bidding farewell, and understanding that sometimes “the poetry of our Being” requires that we just flow on, out of an old dream into a new one. This should bring a benign atmosphere, with much to be shared and celebrated (even if at times it feels a bit melancholy.) Keep it sweet, pleasant, and sensitive, and you may see “the materialization of the spiritual” faster than you think!
So this New Moon in Taurus is ruled (in worldly things) by Venus in Pisces, which is ruled by Jupiter in Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon in Taurus, This creates a ”chain of dispositors,” which is a very powerful self-referencing energy loop. Along with Neptune in its home sign, these three planets dominate the background for all the planetary energies. Because they are so harmonious by sign and aspect, this Eclipse period should be very good to many.
The Taurus seed indicated by this New Moon helps us renew our enjoyment of life, or get a new sense of joy about something that’s awakened the past 4 years, despite the losses. Due to the favorable Earth and Water trines, as well as the other specializing aspects in play, this should be a really enjoyable Eclipse period!
The Recent, Current, and Future Fracturing
This Lunation, like the last one, 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. Mars is teaching us moderation and grace. While it is speeding up, we still have a few weeks to go before it’ll be past the various future squares and oppositions it will make to Pluto, Uranus, and Jupiter, its other three partners in the recent Fragmentation concert.
This month brings powerful Uranus as the planet that leads the Lunation, and thus is the “herald” for all that is developing in May. It is very strong, and in the heart of our volatile atmosphere generating revolutionary and individualizing dictates. I suppose it’s of some great benefit that it only has separating frictional aspects, showing events in the past. It makes only favorable forming aspects in this chart.
Because Pluto is at 14 Capricorn, its stationary retrograde degree, this is the third Lunation where we’re getting clear signs and signals about Plutonic seeds at work related to the on-going fracturing of our times. It’s all about finding a valid perspective on important events of our past, and separating out the superficial forms to find the enduring essence of our Higher Self that was distilled out of those experiences.
However, remember that though the recent Cross involving Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto is now barely separating, they’ll be pretty much exact, or partile, for quite a while to come. And the Cross will be re-triggered each day as the middle decan of the Cardinal signs crosses the Ascendant wherever we are. This also happens when the Moon crosses through the second decan of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. Though Jupiter will be well out of the zone by mid-May, each time the Moon or Asc moves through 7-14 Cancer it'll be back in action. We really won't be done with it until July.
So elements of ours and others' lives will continue to fracture for a while, as part of what’s going on in the larger field energy in play since late December. And of course, if something could fracture, it probably doesn't have structural integrity and needs to give way so something more sound can take its place in our lives. Those who have already gone through the fractures that led to radical changes are beginning to prepare the ground "before the beginning" to come when Mars goes direct in late May.
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.) And due to Saturn moving away from Pluto, we now are in a period of having just 2 points of the 7 pointed Star pattern occupied by Neptune and Pluto.
Even though it’s not specifically triggered in this Eclipse, Here’s more about it if you’re not familiar with For those who are new to the site, here’s a bit of explanation about this thing called “the Grand Irrationality” associated with 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 been triggered 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.
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-eighth 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 17 Pisces. This will help us heal anew through our positioning within collective consciousness, helping us find a form of renewal that calls us to begin anew with the deepest and highest aspiration and integrity.
We are again able to find healing through Pisces attributes, strengths, and blessings. This continues to show us how to merge the sacred and the everyday in our lives. In this Lunation Chiron helps us to a life renewal at the end of the end before the beginning.
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 8 Pisces, a degree we haven’t experienced for almost 150 years, and the degree where it will go stationary retrograde in a few week. This is going to bring a call to renewal as well, where “tomorrow acts through today.” Here we’ll either hear a call, or sound a call, or both.
Because Neptune has not experienced 7 and 8 Pisces for over a century, it indicates that 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.
More on Saturn’s Universally Important Influence
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.” This Eclipse shows Saturn to be extraordinarily favorably aspected, since the Taurus oppositions are made harmonious by Jupiter and Pluto.
That leaves the Saturn tredecile Neptune and biquintile Uranus to work their specializing magic. These interactive gifts are “bounced around” by the slightly off-set Rectangle made by Mercury opposed Saturn and Jupiter opposed Pluto, with Earth Trines and one Water trine. (Saturn is separating septile to Pluto.) So every opposition can be turned to multiple forms of understanding and productive action, with unique gifts and conditions everywhere!
Saturn in Scorpio 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. Now we’re flowing into a long wave period of finding the right focus to allow inspiring teachings to transform our daily lives.
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 third 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!”
During the time Saturn occupies the last half of Scorpio (between Nov 2013 and Dec 2014) it is concretizing and structuring what we learned 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 part 3 of this series, along with the Sabian Symbol for the Eclipse. There are no frictional aspects to any planet that is left unharmonized by another planet. This is going to prove to be a great Eclipse!
I’ll close today by reminding you that we’re in the heart of the long wave friction and crashes symbolized by the encroaching Uranus square Pluto indicating the global collision between a new humanity and an old slave system. So while we all get a joyous break from the pandemic friction in some really enjoyable ways, 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 (and 10) weeks to come.
Previous Articles in this series:
For more on this one: Astrology in April 2014 - On The Threshold of An Annular Solar Eclipse at 9 Taurus
Since the Solar Eclipse in Scorpio from last November 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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