by Robert Wilkinson
This Full Moon will help us achieve a balance in our expression, and an understanding of why we’ve had to show courage in the precise application of our will power the past several weeks. This is also an “end of the end” Full Moon, even though we’ve already entered a new era.
This distributive, universal, dreamscape “back to the future” Full Moon moving us into mastery and abundance occurs on Mar 12 at 7:54 am PDT, 10:54 am EDT, 2:54 pm GMT on March 12 and falls at the 23rd degree of Pisces and Virgo. As with all Full Moons, use the light you’ve been seeing and expressing since the New Moon, and give it form and focus through expressing the understanding and contentment with our natural role we’ve glimpsed since the New Moon.
Today’s Full Moon post will be an overview of the Lunation and some of its primary qualities. In parts 2 and 3 we’ll cover the Sabian Symbols, aspects, distributions, and patterns.
This is the tenth Full Moon where the Full Moon Sun is the same as the Sun sign of the previous New Moon. I’ll explain the importance of where we’ve been and where we’re going later in this article. Because the New Moon preceding the Full Moon always represents the seed forms that are brought to surface at and after the Full Moon, this begins the fulfillment of the theme of the recent Solar Eclipse New Moon in Pisces. To learn more about that Lunation at 9 Pisces, please check out the recent articles The Annular Solar Eclipse at 9 Pisces Pt. 2 - What’s Happening in February-March 2017 as well as The Solar Eclipse New Moon at 9 Pisces Pt. 3 - Signs, Sabian Symbols, and What It All Means.
This Full Moon is one where we will be propelled into our future as a result of our training to perfect our expression, and many will come to an abundance perfectly suited for their individual situation. The next two weeks will help us catch glimpses of a “Divine Higher Order” in our lives, though many of us will also get a “cosmic visitation” that will leave us in awe. The Grand Irrationality is in full play, and there will be some life altering experiences for those who have planets or points in the affected areas of that configuration!
This chart has very few favorable aspects, and a tremendous number of spiritual and frictional aspects, including a forming Mutable T-square. I’ll discuss more about these important “dislodging” set of aspects later in the series. The two powerful biseptiles show that again we will confront major decisions that will alter the destinies of those affected by those biseptiles.
We are ending a long period of Bowl Jones Patterns except for when the Moon is outside the occupied span, and due to the Moon and Mars both in Earth signs, this month the pattern shows elements of both a See Saw and a Locomotive pattern, neither of them resembling the ideal. There are only 2 forming oppositions of the Moon (to Sun and Mercury), as well as an “open third” between Mars in Taurus and the Moon in Virgo, creating an imperfect “Locomotive” pattern.
Is the Grand Irrationality A Factor in this Full Moon?
The Grand Irrationality, along with the other non-rational configurations that happen off and on, indicate that we’ve been living in an era of very heavy decisions determining the future destiny of humanity since 1993. To refresh you, the Grand Irrationality is a long wave configuration set into motion every time a planet makes a conjunction, septile, biseptile, or triseptile to Neptune and Pluto. Septile series aspects show us points in time when our future destiny is precipitated by critical choices made in the present.
This Full Moon triggers the Grand irrationality in a HUGE way, with Mars at 2 Taurus exactly biseptile Pluto and forming a septile to Neptune! This is the first trigger from Taurus, and this will be repeated by Mercury three times during its retrograde, as well as the Sun and then finally Venus many weeks from now. This will profoundly affect houses where we have early Taurus, as well as Aries and Scorpio on the cusps.
Because it involves a waxing septile and biseptile, this is the first turning point in the year cycle initiated when the inner planets conjuncted and septiled Pluto and then Neptune some time back. At this time, the current seven “hot zone” spans that trigger the Grand Irrationality are approximately 13-17 Leo, 4-8 Libra, 26-30 Scorpio , 18-22 Capricorn, 10-14 Pisces, 1-5 Taurus, and 22-26 Gemini.
We’re now slowly moving out of the configuration, and within a few years Neptune and Pluto will be back in long term sextile, as they were for most of the last half of the 20th century. At this time, the Grand Irrationality gains strength as we move through Autumn and into Winter, and will again lessen in strength in the late Winter into the Spring and Summer.
As I’ve explained in other articles, that means that in the Autumn and Winter (in the Northern Hemisphere) they operate as a simultaneous “pulse,” since they’re both aspected near the same time. But in the Spring and Summer we experience it as a rolling influence, with first Pluto aspected, and then Neptune at some time after that, depending on which planet is doing the aspect to these planets.
Because this configuration involves Neptune and Pluto, the outermost spiritual planets, they show a long wave evolutionary crisis for the entire human race. Since 1993, at one point or another, everyone on Earth has experienced a nonstop energy of having to choose, at the bottom of our beings, the path to evolution or devolution, progress or regress, love or fear, joy or control. It’s why things have been so weird, irrational, and hard-edged.
In this Full Moon, the span occupied by the inner planets (in this chart the Sun in late Pisces through Mars in early Taurus spans 39+ degrees. As the inner planets catch up to Mars over the next few months, then we’ll again begin to have significant clusters in a very narrow span.
For now, we have a focus of 6 planets in the 49+ degrees between Neptune in mid-Pisces and Mars in early Taurus, making Pisces, Aries, and Taurus very active these next two weeks. At this time we have the 10 traditional planets occupying 7 signs, in a widespread distribution.
Currently, the occupied span begins with the Moon in Virgo, proceeding through Jupiter in Libra, Saturn in Sagittarius, Pluto in Capricorn, the planets in Pisces, Aries, and finishing in early Taurus. Thus we have a combination of Locomotive and Seesaw patterns.
So What is a “Locomotive Pattern” and how does it work?
This type of spread, with all the planets occupying 2/3 of the signs with an empty third, creates an imbalance that leads to power if we can find the compensatory “weight” to make things move forward smoothly rather than rock side to side creating friction. Target what is needed, and provide compensatory energies accordingly.
As Marc Jones put it, “this type of horoscope reveals a balance of this sort in the life. A third part of things… consisting of a free span in experience, is set against a two-thirds part, embracing a related but limited span in experience…. The basis of the dynamic is found in the native’s resulting strong sense of a lack or a need, of a problem to be solved, a task to be achieved in the social and intellectual world around him.”
Dr. Jones states “The temperament reveals a self-driving individuality, an executive eccentricity that is not … unbalance but rather is power. It exhibits a dynamic and exceptionally practical capacity which is neither the broad universality of the Splash pattern, nor the special obsession with some particularly narrowed aspect of experience characteristic of the Bundle people.
He goes on to state “The Locomotive classification is … moved more by external factors in the environment than by aspects of its own character. The point of application for the powers of the self is shown … by the “leading planet,” or the one of the two in the empty trine which forms its aspect clockwise in the zodiac, irrespective of any distinction as “applying” or “separating.”
The Moon is the leading planet in the Locomotive. Find appropriate Virgo forms of expressing things so they take relevant shape in your life, and prove your skills in practical ways. Virgo is about personal perfection to express our Divine Discipleship in forms of practical service. Because the leading and closing edge of the Locomotive are both in Earth signs, keep it simple, practical, grounded, and be the irresistible force or the immovable object, depending on what calls you to act or not act in the moment!
As the Locomotive keeps things out of balance, the Moon is now the front end to finding the way of initiating activity that must be accompanied by a compensatory “weight” to keep things moving forward rather than sideways. The more we work with the imbalances that can lead us to understand why we’re having to “show how we’ve trained,” be methodical and pay attention to details while using the Moon’s energies skillfully.
Because it’s also a Seesaw pattern, I’ll also give the qualities of that Jones pattern again. You should see a combination of energies working out of balance, but generating power for those who know how to use the Lunar focus wisely.
So What is a “Seesaw Pattern” and how does it work?
This type of spread, with two or more planets on one side of the map and the others on the other side of the map, with at least one or two oppositions to define the axis of awareness, creates a “Seesaw” Jones Pattern. Where a Seesaw pattern is present, stay focused and balanced at the center while taking note of the periphery of things, and don't get off on a tangent or limb.
This pattern shows a need to be able to see both sides of any given thing, especially where there are opposing trends or views. The strength is in an ability to triangulate to angles of approach beyond the polarity that allows for progress and understanding.
As Marc Jones put it, “it reveals a less-sharpened but much more definite balancing of life emphases at opposing or contrasting points in experience. It is a persistent move to a balance which is apt to give a characteristic rhythm… The indication is not so much an uncertainly of action, or reaction, as a tendency to act at all times under a consideration of opposing views or through a sensitiveness to contrasting and antagonistic possibilities.”
He continues “the Seesaw temperament has its existence in a world of conflicts, of definite polarities. It is capable of unique achievement, through a development of unsuspected relations in life, but it is also apt to waste its energies through its improper alignment with various situations.”
He states that the ideal will show oppositions around the middle of the opposing “planetary aggregates” (clusters) and that axis will be the “focal determinator.” But, “if no such emphasis ins present, the life tends to be significant at the side of the greater number of planets, or sometimes where they are concentrated most closely.”
As this falls away from the ideal, we can estimate the late Pisces-Virgo oppositions are the focus of the Seesaw tendencies, since there are no other forming oppositions. However, if we take the Moon and Jupiter to be the zone of one of the poles, then the axis of the Seesaw falls in early Aries and Libra.
Is the Sun Following the Moon, or the Moon Following the Sun?
We are now solidly in a pattern where the Full Moon Sun falls in the same sign as the Sun of the previous New Moon. This is the tenth Full Moon echoing the pattern we last had between September 2013 and September 2014, and we have left behind the “reversed pattern” we were in between October 2014 and May 2016.
So we’re now in many months of the “natural” order of Lunation Suns, since the last New Moon Sun was in Pisces, and this Full Moon Sun is also in Pisces. Since the New Moon offers us seeds in the first half of the month’s lunar cycle, and fulfillment in the second half, we now have the “Seed Light” of Pisces that will come to a Full Moon illumination through the current Sun in Pisces and Moon in Virgo.
See you in the near future with parts two and three on this Full Moon, where we will explore the Sabian Symbols, aspects, and other important chart factors.
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