by Robert Wilkinson
This end of the end, distributing and “fork in the road” Full Moon at 23 Pisces-Virgo will help us use the “quickening closure” of the New Moon and find skillful and precise ways to show our mastery over our personality vehicles through how we have trained for this time in our lives. This shows us new ways to care, and new things to care about, by taking a look back at what we used to care about.
This is a particular dynamic Full Moon, featuring a powerful Mutable T-square throwing a lot of energy into Gemini. As Gemini has been the sign of growth and release in several lunations in the past few months, it would seem that sector of our charts continues to be very active.
This can help us integrate or re-integrate the Mystic Rectangle energies of last month’s Lunar Eclipse and keep letting go of all the burdens we no longer need to carry as we open to a greater awareness of “the upper chamber of our consciousness.” There will be a lot of dynamic activity where we have Gemini; just remember to do your homework, trust the process that your expectancy and enthusiasm have you where you need to be, and cultivate a compassionate view of things while showing gratitude for the abundance you have been given, or are being given.
So last month’s 6 Pointed Star pattern (with the only void in Gemini) showed we’ve had the ability to achieve a creative and natural harmonic resonance with more perfect forms of self-expression in the areas of life where we have Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius. The 5 points bridged the worldly and the spiritual, allowing us to ground powerful spiritual energies in new forms of living and doing our Being.
As I told you then, those powerful harmonizing, productive, and specializing energies would be focused and released through the very dynamic Cardinal T-square created by Jupiter opposing Uranus and squaring Pluto, re-activating the long wave chaotic Uranus square Pluto we’ve been dealing with for 7 years. Now we’ve moved out of the Cardinal T back into a Mutable T!
All T-squares are very powerful integrators, since the Tension of Opposites created by the opposition is focused and released through the driver at the apex. Last month it was Pluto in Capricorn, and this month it is Saturn in Sagittarius. That Cardinal T-square was an “accelerator” requiring optimism, balance, and the willingness (even enthusiasm) to accept new ways to greet life experience, whereas this Mutable T is a “distributor” requiring adaptability, a willingness to learn new views and new ways to communicate, trusting the dualities are showing you what you need to know, and seeing what has been left behind or needs to be left behind since we no longer need those burdens.
The void of a T can be seen as a) the problem, b) the solution, or c) both, depending on exact circumstances. Last month’s Cardinal T void in Cancer required us to let go of defensiveness, touchiness, or clutching at the past, and move cautiously but boldly into a new vision, a new grounding, a new way of relating to those close to us, or a new way of caring for something that matters.
This month’s Mutable T void in Gemini requires us to do many “short journeys,” whether physically, emotionally, or mentally, and see what we want to externalize in our social, emotional, or cultural realms. Adjust, adjust, and adjust, remembering that two people can use the same language and mean two entirely different things and hear two entirely different things.
Why Are Full Moons So Important?
At a Full Moon, that which has opened since the previous New Moon surfaces in a public form, and heads toward the culmination and fruition symbolized by the second half of any cycle. First half, birth into form and field. Second half, culmination and completion of the purpose of that cycle.
That’s why it’s important to regard the New and Full Moon charts as “God’s Footprints in Time,” since one follows the other in an unending sequence of births of newer and newer seeds. The New Moons show us the seeds that will flourish under the reflected light of the Full Moon.
Full Moons heighten feelings, due to the opposition of the Moon and the Sun. As noted, this particular Lunation has one other opposition, involving Moon opposed Mercury. This also brings the just separating Mercury square Saturn back into play, showing that we need to be positive and optimistic in our thinking and speaking while keeping our eye on the possibilities of situations and not letting others’ negativity influence our view.
This Lunation will help us get information we need to expand our emotional-social personality integration, while opening our understanding to different ways to greet what may seem to be an ever-changing environment, both physically and psychologically. While things may feel a bit unreal due to the heavy Pisces influences, we also can demonstrate greater things than we thought possible. This is a healing Full Moon, giving us glimpses of a divine order we’ve already begun to live, whether we acknowledge it or not.
Dispositors - What's the Backdrop to the Energies?
The Moon is in Virgo, ruled by Mercury in Pisces. The Sun is in Pisces, making Jupiter in Libra its worldly ruler, and Neptune in Pisces its spiritual ruler. Jupiter is ruled by Venus in Aries, and Venus is ruled by Mars in Taurus. This makes Venus and Mars in “mutual reception,” a very powerful self-reinforcing close energy loop.
This mutual reception rules all the other planets in the sky except Neptune, the spiritual ruler of Pisces, in its home sign. So it too is the “final dispositor” in its own oceanic realm. Pluto is ruled by Saturn, which is ruled by Jupiter. Uranus is ruled by Mars, which is ruled by Venus.
So this month, there is no “chain of dispositors” or “final dispositor” but rather a transitional situation where Venus is temporarily ruled by Mars until it slips back into Pisces, at which time it will be in mutual reception with Jupiter again, as it was for most of January. You can find out more about dispositors in general, chains of dispositors, and mutual reception by going to Astrology Class – What Is A Dispositor and What Is Mutual Reception Between Two Planets?
The Sabian Symbols for the Full Moon
This Full Moon falls at 23 Pisces and Virgo. It is said that the last third (decan) of any sign deals with the individual, mental, and spiritual levels of life, and as the Lunation is in the third decan of those signs, invokes a sub-influence of Scorpio and Taurus.
The Sun is the Light, while the Moon gives form to that Light. With the Sun in Pisces, we are illuminated by opening to a greater feeling-awareness and compassion for the suffering of the human condition, seeing the light of “the movie of our life,” and forgiving all the ghosts of the past and blessing them through closure rituals to wash down the time stream. Pisces takes the collective vision of a greater good in Aquarius and makes it a vaster, timeless feeling experience in collective consciousness.
The Moon in Virgo shows the Light of Pisces will take form through the Virgo qualities of efficiency, humility, practical service, and adjustments to the physical, emotional, or mental “health” of circumstances. Virgo is the sign of practical Discipleship and Divine Discernment, and shows us the training we need to fulfill our purpose in serving humanity in this life. This Full Moon will show us how we need to adjust or train our personality to demonstrate our skill to our world.
Since the Moon always focuses the light of the Sun in specific forms, the degree symbols for both are important. The Sun degree is the illumination or enlightenment of the Lunation, whereas the Moon shows us the potential forms that enlightenment will take. Though I’ve given you a sense of what this is about up to now, here’s where we go into detail.
The Solar degree symbol for the 23rd degree of Pisces is “Spiritist phenomena.” In the original notes from the Marc Jones class on the symbols, Rudhyar says this degree is one of "Display of powers which, though physical, transcend our normal awareness” and “subjective mastery of, or passivity to life-forces.”
In the Mandala, he goes on to say that this degree is about “the ability to give of one’s own vital energy to substantiate one’s conscious ideals or unconscious desires.” He offers that those who believe they have “a mission or mandate” or even a gift “must substantiate this belief,” and must “produce results.” He goes on to say that this involves a form of sacrifice and a “gift of some power of value.”
He continues that “Something precious involved in a deeply personal experience has to be… offered to others,” where we give our “psychic substance” to produce something phenomenal. He offers us they keyword “Substantiation,” and says this degree fall in the Span of Protection, Act of Capitalization, and Scene of Perpetuation on the Social-Cultural level.
Dr. Jones says this is a degree of “the organic integrity of the world at large” demonstrated through “actual and conscious co-operation with the potentials of an immortal reality.” He tells us we are continually conditioned by our ideas and experiences “unless we give continual attention to the realms of reality (we) have thought to make particularly (our) own.”
In this degree, we achieve as we hold “a clear picture of the end results (we) desire.” He offers us the keyword SENSITIVITY, and states that when operating in a positive manner, this degree "is exceptional ability in shaping every immediate aspect of life to a personal convenience.”
The Lunar degree symbol for the 23rd degree of Virgo is “An animal trainer.” In the original Jones class notes from “The Astrology of Personality,” Rudhyar says this is a degree of "Readiness to face the aroused energies of one’s nature and test one’s moral strength,” “faith in self,” and “valor and mastery.”>
In the Astrological Mandala, he goes on to say that this degree symbolizes "the need to tame one’s vital energies in order to fulfill one’s destiny.” He says this is “the development of the concept of training,” where we must be “in complete control of (our0 vital and emotional energies; at the spiritual level this includes the overcoming of pride – pride in one’s strength and master, and the pride attached to an exalted status or social Office.”
He states that “the whole process of social-ethical and occult-spiritual conditioning of the individual aims at the control of man’s ‘animal nature,” so they can be put to use, which requires “resoluteness and patience.” He says this degree falls in the Span of Experimentation, Act of Stabilization, and Scene of Education on the Social-Cultural level.
Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, says this is a degree of “the organic integrity of the world at large” demonstrated through gifts we may have for using “interweaving relationships to impose (our) ideas and desires on lesser forms of life.” He tells us this symbols shows “an individual will be conditioned more and more hopelessly by (our) environment and experience if (we) ail to give continual attention to (our) potentials and to the self-discipline (we) must have to develop them.”
He speaks of our ability to do what we can enlist of our whole self. He offers the keyword RESOLUTENESS. He states that when operating positively, the degree is "illimitable patience and adroitness in personal accomplishment.”
So we get the light of undreamt-of powers coming forth in forms based in our training. Trust that whatever you've set into motion will turn out the way it should if you just stick to the plan and make adjustments when necessary. Here the light of concentrated personal power takes shape via themes of demonstrating our training, resoluteness, faith, patience, valor, and mastery of our animal nature and vital energies. This is a degree of teaching and being taught through emotional, social, and/or cultural forms of experimentation.
TransPluto, Divine Mother, Neptune, and the Polarization in the Collective AtmosphereIn the Full Moon charts of 2009-2012, Neptune was in a very close opposition to TransPluto, the planet symbolizing Divine Mother Energy. That’s a major factor in why things became so polarized during those years, teaching humanity compassion and the need for Viveka, or Divine Discrimination. This has offered all of us opportunities to join together in the Great Mother and realize our interrelatedness on a feeling level with All-That-Is.
The energies of Divine Mother will only grow stronger throughout this century, and these will be demonstrated each time the planets make significant aspects to TransPluto. In this chart TransPluto is still at 2 Virgo, giving us another experience of the 2nd step in our entry into this new Virgo era where Divine Mother takes center stage and shows us the long term future of humanity. As it is still conjunct the North Node, we are all being pulled toward a greater liberation from ego, a greater compassion, or a redemption we’ve wanted for a long time.
We are now revisiting the lessons of the last times it occupied 2 Virgo. The first time we went through this “liberating ordeal” was between October 2014 and mid-January 2015, at which time it retrograded back to 1 Virgo. It re-entered 2 Virgo in early September 2015, and stayed at that degree until February 2016, when it retrograded back to 1 Virgo.
In mid-May it went stationary direct at 1 Virgo, and then re-entered 2 Virgo in early August 2016. It remains on this second degree of Virgo until the end of March 2017, when it again retrogrades back to 1 Virgo. As you can see, we’ll be dealing with themes related to 1 and 2 Virgo for a long time to come.
So we again re-visit the themes of 2 Virgo, where the Divine Redeemer is giving us ways to demonstrate a higher and broader level of discernment through accepting experiences that liberate us so that “compassion and understanding” may come forth. Give up all that suppresses your compassion and spiritual understanding, and you will find both inner strength and invisible help in the future.
In terms of the larger Era, we’ve now ended the TransPluto (Percephone, Parvati) in Leo era that we knew from September 20, 1935 through July 4, 2014. The transition period where this planet danced at the last degree of Leo and first two degrees of Virgo began October 2011 and ended July 2014.
On July 4, 2014, TransPluto left Leo for many centuries, and entered into Virgo for the next century. Because 2 Virgo symbolizes “a liberating ordeal” and the planet occupying that degree symbolizes Divine Mother energy, I would think that would mean we all will be tested to allow compassion and understanding to come forth as humanity stands at the crossroads of time.
Of some importance is that Saturn squared TransPluto from December 2014 through June 2015, and again in late September and October 2015. That severely tested our ability to be far sighted, compassionate, and discerning in seeing the larger redemptive possibilities of this time in history. However, the first two months of 2016 Saturn made a waxing biseptile to TransPluto, showing that time was a huge turning point in finding responsible, future oriented truth teaching ways to demonstrate this “Divine Mother energy.”
Mars biseptiled TransPluto the last 4 days of August and first 5 days of September, triggering previous Saturn in Sagittarius biseptiles to that planet involving lessons of huge “crisis of compassion and connectedness” for humanity. This activated the forming direct biseptile of Saturn to TransPluto of Jan-Feb 2016, the Saturn retrograde biseptile of May-June 2016, and heralded and activated energy that was structured in the final Saturn biseptile to TransPluto between mid-October and mid-November giving us major shifts and “liberating ordeals.”
Saturn has now moved past its tredecile to TransPluto between late November through early January 2017. This began a long wave sequence of serendipitous relationship pulses between these two important planets. The first tredecile was made when Saturn went stationary retrograde in March 2016. This activated when Mars made its tredecile to TransPluto from September 5-14.
The tredecile is an aspect of “serendipity,” and indicates some very unique and specialized interactive gifts. That means the earlier tredecile between Saturn and TransPluto set up what’s happened in recent weeks, when Saturn made the tredecile again in November and December 2016. This sequence will be resolved this Summer when Saturn goes SD at 22 Sagittarius, creating a “hot spot” tredecile that will be activated by future transits.
Also, when Jupiter conjuncted TransPluto in August 2015 for the first time in Virgo, it began a new 12 year cycle of how these “Divine Mother energies” will manifest. It also began a new long wave era, since Jupiter will conjunct TransPluto in Virgo every 12 years until the 22nd century!
To finish this brief section, Venus also went stationary retrograde exactly conjunct TransPluto in late July 2015, setting up Venusian manifestations of Divine Mother that will show each and every time 1 Virgo is transited. That means the Venusian Divine Mother promise of late July 2015 was expanded, or set into motion somehow, by Jupiter's transit of 1 Virgo in mid-August 2015, and then took expression due to Mars’ transit of that degree in late September, and found “beauty of form” when Venus transited it in early October 2015.
Those two conjunctions have dominated the Virgo landscape in our charts since then, and were given new value, new power, and new understanding with the inner planet transits over those early degrees between late July and late August 2016. The Mars-Jupiter cycle set into motion in October 2015 in mid-Virgo will continue through their next conjunction in mid-Scorpio January 2018.
So we’ve officially entered a different Spiritual Era that will last through July 2107, when it leaves Virgo for good and re-enters Libra for the first time in many centuries, also after a few years of dancing on the cusp of Virgo and Libra. I offered you a bit more about this vast spiritual energy field in Astrology in the Age of Aquarius - Transpluto, a.k.a Divine Mother, Parvati, and Percephone.
Because Saturn integrates and releases the energy of the Mutable T-square involving the Lights and Mercury, it plays a big part in how focused or scattered the energies of the next two weeks will be. It’s also on the degree where it will go stationary retrograde in a few weeks, and so has already begun to mark a sea change in the larger Saturn in Sag lessons we’re all learning. Because Saturn is such a powerful force right now, it may be good to review Saturn’s virtues as outlined in my book “Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend.”
This book takes an entirely new look at our inner Saturn and the power it gives us to take command of our lives and destiny. If Saturn represents all that limits us and holds us back, it’s only because we must master those lessons so we may become spiritual adults and fulfill our purpose for being alive on Earth. By knowing our Saturnian strengths, we can overcome fear and any sense of victimization or powerlessness.
It was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers, and gives the reader the power to understand why some things happened when they did, and offers ways for you to “make friends” with this part of our existence and take command of your destiny. As you read each chapter, you’ll become more aware of all the factors assisting Soul growth through understanding how Saturn relates to Dharma and various types of karma, and how it represents the Ring-Pass-Not, or that part of us which must learn certain lessons so we can find purpose and meaning in each chapter of life.
The second part of the book examines how Saturn cycles mark major points of choice and change throughout life, and what we can expect when Saturn makes conjunctions, squares, and oppositions to our planets and Ascendant. There are tables assisting the reader to know when Saturn was in each sign, so even those with little or no understanding of astrology can track the timing on their major life changes. There is an entire chapter dedicated to the Saturn Return, perhaps the most important times in life when our decisions profoundly shape our future.
Part two closes with a chapter on one of the most crucial factors in our personal unfoldment: how the progressed Moon and transiting Saturn cycles track each other throughout life and relate to our emotional growth, and a chapter on a global phenomenon happening since 2003 impacting everyone on Earth. The Epilogue offers a few insights about living “the spiritual life,” and opens dimensions of higher and broader possibilities of personal evolution, regardless of which path to Truth we may be on.
This is a book you will reference many times for many reasons, and each time you pick it up you’re sure to find undiscovered gems of insight on each page. This book can help you throw off all the attitudes and memories which have held you back from finding and living the life and purpose you’ve been searching for since you were young. Welcome to the journey of self-discovery, and finding your power to live your life on your own terms, fulfilling your reason for being alive as an Eternal having human experiences!
Please order your copy today! You can go to the Createspace page and this should be all you need to order your copy. Oh, and I’ve been told that people who live overseas can get their copy much faster by going through Amazon, which now has the page up. And if you would, please write a review on the Amazon site, since the more reviews, the bigger the boost on their site. (At this point, due to major events since January that have required all my time and attention, the ebook won’t be available until April at earliest, since it requires entirely different formatting for layout and graphics. That will take some time.)
See you soon with part 3, covering aspects, planetary sequencing, and other important factors in this Full Moon!
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