by Robert Wilkinson
Over the next 4 weeks, the New Moon in Cancer introduces us to a time when the energy of the past will give way to feeding the future. This is a transformational New Moon, and many will find much to be grateful for by this time next month.
This New Moon in Cancer is watery, initiating, self-gathering, sensitive, and extraordinarily intuitive. This one will show us how we’ve grown since last July’s Mars conjunct Jupiter at 6 Cancer, and those with planets around 4-10 degrees of Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces should find this time most excellent in terms of knowing things clearly.
We continue to be in a time where we’re all dealing with many cross currents, even those these are rapidly fading now that the Grand Cross is well behind us. This month will show us how well we’ve cultivated our emotional intelligence. Just watch out not to get into power struggles with superficial or unbalanced people. Withdraw with dignity, and trust your inner guidance when you’re clear about the details of what’s going on.
This mobilizing reorienting New Moon occurs at 6 Cancer on June 27, 2014, at 1:08 am PDT, 4:08 am EDT and 9:08 am BST. The Lunation finds 14 Aries rising in Santa Monica, 10 Aries in Vancouver, 13 Gemini in Toronto, 21 Gemini in Montreal, and 11 Gemini in Washington DC. That means the span of Ascendants across North America is between mid-Aries and late Gemini.
Continuing eastward, we find rising signs of 16 Gemini in Rio, 11 Leo in Lisbon, 23 Leo in London, 3 Virgo in Berlin, 8 Virgo in Sofia, 27 Leo in Johannesburg, and 20 Virgo rising in Moscow. That means the span of Ascendants across Europe and Africa is between mid-Leo through late Virgo.
Moving into Asia and Oceana, we find Ascendants at 18 Libra in Abbottabad, 22 Libra in New Delhi 25 Libra in Trivandrum, 29 Scorpio in Jakarta, 26 Scorpio in Hong Kong, 12 Sagittarius in Tokyo, 20 Sagittarius in Perth, 20 Capricorn in Melbourne, 21 Capricorn in Brisbane, 15 Aquarius in Wellington, and 24 Aquarius rising on Maui (June 26).
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 6 Cancer, Mercury is 26 Gemini retrograde, Venus is 5 Gemini, Mars is 17 Libra, Jupiter is 26 Cancer, Saturn is 18 Scorpio retrograde, Uranus is 17 Aries (SD degree), Neptune is 8 Pisces retrograde (SRX degree), Pluto is 13 Capricorn, TransPluto is 30 Leo, Chiron is 18 Pisces retrograde, and the NN is 26 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) in Sofia, Moscow, Pakistan, and India, and setting in Tokyo, Perth, Melbourne, and Brisbane. The New Moon is on the nadir (IC) in Santa Monica and Vancouver, and rising (near the Ascendant) in Toronto, Montreal, Washington DC, and Rio.
This is the twelfth 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 Cancer will also have a Full Moon Sun in Cancer (conjunct Jupiter!) 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
As I said, this will be a heavily transformational New Moon, and many will experience a greater gratitude for what does or does not happen. We shall renew the Jupiterian pulse from last year, and the coming 4 weeks will be directly related to what was set into motion by the Mars conjunct Jupiter at 6 Cancer on July 21-22, 2013.
With Sun trine Neptune intuitive hunches should prove to be spot on, especially regarding losses, magnetism, and regeneration or reclamation possibilities. Those who can quiet their minds may find a higher inspiration that helps them see the play of invisible forces at work and understand how to move into a more advanced state of Being. Hear the call to renewal that’s knocking on the doors of your Soul, and many important lessons set into play in early 2011 will become very clear in terms of what and why certain consequences came down the way they did.
This Lunation moves the fragments of the past into new forms of life, and the opposition to Pluto shows remarkable opportunities for self-transcendence. Just watch out for self-serving people, control freaks, egomaniacs who put their needs ahead of everything else, and people that are out of balance. This Lunation begins a process of retiring with dignity from useless wheel spinning, and much will be clear by the end of October.
With Mercury still retrograde on its stationary direct degree, check out the archetypes being show right now. Get to the core of things behind appearances, don’t get turned around by people who are fundamentally antagonistic or quarrelsome behind a cloaked veneer, and show a sense of humor as you explore the depth feelings being generated at this time. Pay attention to details as you move into a new form of self-discipline and training.
So we’re moving out of old ways of living into new dedications, and much that’s been unclear should be fairly clear by this time next month. This one can help us find confidence in the middle of chaos, and many will find they’ve moved in pioneering new directions, for good or ill. Those are the ones who will “tear themselves away from the known and familiar, gambling on a great dream.”
Pay attention to details and follow the plan, take a look at new forms of training requiring your attention, and take note of the deep inner changes that are forging “new metals” in your lives. The turning point is already past. Now it’s time to consolidate and move it all forward.
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 Cancer energy wherever it falls in our chart. An accurate intuition and focused magnetism are indicated that help us get clear about the details of the plan. As with recent New Moons, this one also has a social, emotional, and cultural focus.
Because it happens in Cancer, the Moon is the ruler of the Lunation. This time of year the Moon and then the Sun are the rulers of Lunations. As the Moon, Mercury, and Neptune are all in their “home” signs, they all become ”final dispositors,” which is a very powerful self-referencing energy. So these three 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 Cancer seed indicated by this New Moon helps us renew our adventure in moving toward a more fulfilling life where we’re able to explore, then capture, what we need to move forward. This one promises distant gifts down the road a few weeks.
Mars is Moving On
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. It is now past the various squares and oppositions to Pluto and Uranus, and has not yet begun to make its square to Jupiter, so we should finally get a sense of relief from the constant tensions of the recent Fragmentation concert we’ve heard since last January.
This month Mercury leads the Lunation, and thus is the “herald” for all that is developing in July. It is very strong and extremely favorable by aspects. Those who can see to the core of things, knowing what the essentials are while preparing to move forward after pruning off excess whatever, will soon find their lives springing forward dramatically.
Pluto has now retrograded back to 13 Capricorn, giving us another shot at self-transcendence. Go for the ultimates in higher awareness, and find those time-honored principles and concepts that allow you to leave behind the separated self that clings to control. We’ve not entered several months where we are 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.
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 Saturn will again put the configuration in play in August and be exact by September-October.
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 Saturn will again make it heavily active in a few weeks.
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 thirtieth 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 went stationary retrograde. This will help us heal anew through our positioning within collective consciousness, helping us find a form of self-expression that will bring us our allies, “strengthen our communal spirit,” and bring us to a greater intensity of living. Keep revising your ideas, and you’ll see 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. Over the past couple of years, we have healed through knowing what we stand for, and heard a call to a life renewal that is now front and center. We’ve had to let go of unnecessary baggage to quicken the pace in achieving some social goal, mastered something important in our spiritual quest, 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 went stationary retrograde on June 9. Over the next few months, 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” now 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 Lunation shows Saturn almost unaspected, but that doesn’t mean it has no influence!
Saturn tredecile Neptune continues to work its specializing magic. These interactive gifts should be harmonized and stabilized by the Lunation trine to Neptune. We’ll definitely see unique gifts and serendipity at play wherever 4-8 Pisces-Virgo, 10-14 Aries-Libra, 16-20 Taurus-Scorpio, 22-26 Gemini-Sagittarius, and 28-30 Cancer-Capricorn and 1-2 Leo-Aquarius 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 fifth 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 to alternate between will and love, mind and heart, as we learn to be more adept about when to be yin and when to be yand. Here we begin to learn why we went through repair, reconstruction, or reclamation some things in 2011-2012.
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 does not feature as many powerful aspects as recent Lunations, though there are a few that show some important gifts and unique interactions, which I’ll speak about in part 2 of this series, along with the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon. This will be a specializing period leading to deep gifts an spiritual revelations wherever the Lunation, Uranus, and Neptune 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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