by Robert Wilkinson
Over the next 4 weeks, the New Moon in Gemini introduces us to a major redirect of many energies forcing us to get clear about who we are and what roles we will and will not play. Flexibility will be the most valuable thing to cultivate, as well as attention to detail, an attitude of being of practical service, and a sense of humor as we move into a bigger picture that will activate in mid-September.
This New Moon in Gemini is airy, distributive, scattered, adaptable, and diverse. This one helps us see other ways to express Mars in Libra, and for those with planets around 6-12 degrees of Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius it should be a time of productive clarity and interactions.
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 approaches, new understanding. This one completes a phase, and opens a new one. Concentrate!
This scattering, synthesizing, flexible and elevating New Moon occurs at 8 Gemini on May 28, 2014, at 11:40 am PDT, 2:40 pm EDT and 7:40 pm BST. The Lunation finds 25 Leo rising in Santa Monica, 27 Leo in Vancouver, 28 Virgo in Toronto, 2 Libra in Montreal, and 30 Virgo in Washington DC. That means the span of Ascendants across North America is between late Leo and early Libra.
Continuing eastward, we find rising signs of 13 Scorpio in Rio, 24 Scorpio in Lisbon, 24 Scorpio in London, 3 Sagittarius in Berlin, 18 Sagittarius in Sofia, 24 Capricorn in Johannesburg, and 17 Sagittarius rising in Moscow. That means the span of Ascendants across Europe and Africa is between mid-Scorpio through late Capricorn.
Moving into Asia and Oceana, we find Ascendants at 16 Aquarius in Abbottabad, 24 Aquarius in New Delhi (May 29), 30 Aquarius in Trivandrum, 4 Aries in Jakarta, 14 Aries in Hong Kong, 23 Taurus in Tokyo, 11 Aries in Perth, 4 Taurus in Melbourne, 14 Taurus in Brisbane, 26 Taurus in Wellington, and 18 Cancer rising on Maui (May 28).
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 8 Gemini, Mercury is 30 Gemini, Venus is 30 Aries, Mars is 10 Libra (SD degree), Jupiter is 20 Cancer, Saturn is 19 Scorpio retrograde, Uranus is 16 Aries, Neptune is 8 Pisces (SRX degree), Pluto is 14 Capricorn (still on its SRX degree), TransPluto is 30 Leo, Chiron is 18 Pisces, and the NN is 28 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) across all of North America (except the easternmost part), and setting in Rio, Lisbon, London, Berlin, Sofia, and Moscow. The New Moon is on the nadir (IC) in Abbottabad and India, and rising (near the Ascendant) in Tokyo, Brisbane, and Wellington.
This is the eleventh 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 Gemini will also have a Full Moon Sun in Gemini. 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 8 Gemini splits, adapts, and recombines the fragments left over from the Great Fracturing of March and April. This one in favorable trine to Mars in Libra shows a harmonious understanding and stability for those who have 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.
We’re now moving the final tests indicated by the Cardinal T-squares and Crosses in play since Summer 2010. We now can find a sense of relief at seeing recent 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 was pretty much nonstop for about 130 days straight, whereas now it’s mainly past. While we’re through the heart of the earthquake, we’ll still be feeling aftershocks for a few weeks more.
This New Moon will change the energy significantly for the good, even if things could get a little peculiar or unclear due to the Lunation square Neptune. The good news to that is it will help us get VERY clear about what roles we are and are not playing, will lead us to new forms of training, and show us deep inner changes that are forging “new metals” in our lives. New standards will be seen, as well as the reasonable limitations and restrictions that will help us be content as we play in our “private duck pond” with others we’ve invited to the play!
The next 4 weeks we will be stirred by subconscious factors that will show us a type of ego-repolarization. Thanks to the stabilizing water trines, we can continue to direct our feeling-knowing to the next level of understanding. This feeling-knowing has been 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 will jumpstart Gemini energy wherever it falls in our chart. Brilliant and diverse crosscurrents are indicated to help us come out of confusion, doubt, or dread. Like last month’s New Moon, this one also has a social, emotional, and cultural focus.
Because it happens in Gemini, Mercury is the ruler of the Lunation. Due to Mercury’s position, slowing down preparing to go retrograde at 4 Cancer on June 7 at 4:57 am PDT, 12:57 pm BST, the backdrop to the message of this New Moon puts the focus on learning, traveling, being flexible and a good juggler, and see what needs to be externalized in the way of a newer, higher standard of knowing and living. This will be an extremely productive New Moon, where we continue to flow on, out of an old dream into a new one.
So this New Moon in Gemini is ruled by Mercury in Gemini, its “home sign,” making it the ”final dispositor,” which is a very powerful self-referencing energy. We also have Venus in Aries and Mars in Libra in a mutual reception, also explained in the linked article. Along with Neptune in its home sign, these four planets dominate the background for all the planetary energies. Because they are so harmonious by aspect, it should be a reasonably good time (as long as you’re flexible!)
The Gemini seed indicated by this New Moon helps us renew our adventure in exploring facets of life, and see future patterns as they are pre-formed in the present as prelude to launching a vision. This one is renewing, and sets a new standard we will be living in the future.
The Recent, Current, and Future Fracturing
This Lunation, like the last several, offers us a practicum in skillfully managing our emotions and mind as we move through a time of major life rebalancing and re-prioritization. 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 Venus leads the Lunation, and thus is the “herald” for all that is developing in June. It is very strong and extremely favorable by aspects. Those who are content within reasonable limitations will find unique interactive hidden power working for them, along with amazing spiritual revelations that allow them to see how everything plays its part, leading to a certain celebrative atmosphere.
Because Pluto is still at 14 Capricorn, its stationary retrograde degree, this is the fourth 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 separating, Mars and Uranus will still keep the Cross active for quite a while to come. It’s 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 is now well out of the zone, each time the Moon or Asc moves through 7-14 Cancer the Cross is 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 able to move forward now that Mars has gone direct in motion.
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 position, 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 Lunation, 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 sitting very close to 19 Scorpio for a number of weeks to come, 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, 25-29 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-ninth 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 at 18 Pisces, the degree it will go stationary retrograde in about 3 weeks. This will help us heal anew through our positioning within collective consciousness, helping us find a form of self-expression that will “strengthen our communal spirit” and bring us to a greater intensity of living. Revise your ideas, and your faith will “open up a new environment.”
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 threshold of a new way of living with others.
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 still at 8 Pisces, a degree we haven’t experienced for almost 150 years, and the degree where it will go stationary retrograde on June 9. 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 very favorably aspected within a larger novile series configuration, showing major spiritual realizations in the air.
There’s also the Saturn tredecile Neptune working its specializing magic. These interactive gifts should be released by the Lunation square to Neptune. We’ll definitely see major spiritual developments we’ve been waiting quite a while to experience whenever 8-10 degrees of Air signs, 18-20 of Water signs, and 28-30 of Fire signs are involved, whether in our charts or by transits.
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 still retrograde, so we’re in a time of reviewing the lessons of the past few months. This one will help us get higher knowledge, where we get a new take on old revelations. Some of what presents itself will be directly related to December 2013, with a final set of lessons to come in the first half of September 2014.
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. This long-wave transformation time 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 fourth 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 understanding how connected to live and others we are, overcoming any gloom around feeling isolated or cut off. Here we begin to learn why we’ve been repairing or reconstructing some things since 2011.
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 2 of this series, along with the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon. This will be a productive period leading to multiple interlocking spiritual revelations wherever the Lunation, Venus, Mars, and Saturn are placed and rule in your chart.
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 weeks to come.
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.
And of course, we just had a Solar Eclipse and a Lunar Eclipse before that. You can find those articles in the archives between Apr 14-19 (Full Moon Lunar Eclipse) and Apr 26-30 (Taurus New Moon Solar Eclipse).
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