by Robert Wilkinson
The next two weeks (and several months!) will remove many Leo and Aquarius things from our lives, leaving space for serendipity to bring us those things we’ve “expected” to show up. Some will receive abundance in forms they never dreamed of, but it will come at the cost of saying goodbye to parts of the past you can no longer hold on to as you embrace your future.
We have finished a cycle that began in early 2016 which picked up anew after Mars went retrograde and then direct that Summer. We then all entered a long wave process of “escaping from a narrow destiny” and/or “joyously rising to an occasion” that landed us where we are right now.
We all integrated a lot during the Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto T-squares that dominated the landscape between November 2016 and August 2017. Those octile grinds culminated in the Summer of 2017 “Summer of Loving Fire” featuring the Grand Fire Trines which stabilized our hearts, strength, courage, and sense of connection to Life. We then went through the “Rhombus Diamond” in the Autumn of 2017, which “cut, ground, and polished” all of us wherever it fell in our charts.
Add the numerous Eclipses still in play (I gave them to you in this article) and we see that we are still “shedding skins” wherever we have 9, 19, and 30 Pisces, as well as 29 Leo, 10 Virgo, 21 Virgo, and 1 Scorpio. As you can see, that involves a large part of our charts! Through our losses, we’ve envisioned a new life, heard a deep wisdom, and quickened by shedding irrelevant things via the Pisces Solar Eclipses, and lost some expectancies, stopped trying to live in the mind, and opened to being educated in a social or group context. We now add the current Lunar Eclipse and the coming Solar Eclipses to the “Cosmic Recycler Club.”
Major Aspects and Configurations
The aspects in this Full Moon are relatively few, with frictional aspects showing mainly internal conflicts and minor crises, and specializing aspects in abundance. The main configuration at work in this Full Moon is the Lunation making a quintile and tredecile to Uranus, showing high specialization and serendipity in unexpected events, as well as unusual or unique ways of redeeming promises offered since the Summer of 2016 if we were willing to shape our minds in ways so we could receive those blessings.
In this chart, there are two oppositions and only one square, as well as 3 semisquares and a quincunx. I explained how the semisquares work in part 1. The two oppositions are from the Moon to the Sun and Venus, creating a wider axis for “the Tension of Opposites.” Wherever this fall in your chart is sure to provide many realizations of how past, present, and future are a continuum.
All oppositions provide us an opportunity for genuine spiritual breakthroughs through the need to resolve and transcend “the Tension of Opposites.” Where oppositions fall, the signs they’re in and the houses ruled by the planets in opposition are subject to profound tensional awareness, leading to realizations and healthy polarizations in many areas of our lives. The task is always to find the appropriate third and fourth energies and approaches to achieve healthy productive movement with maximum awareness.
The Leo/Aquarius oppositions require that we assert the deep and subtle parts of our personality, and not allow superficiality or hesitancy to deprive us of good opportunities. Try not to frame things as “either-or,” but instead as “both-and.” Figure out the “compartments of life,” so that each gets its due without jamming up the rest.
To recap, the semisquares include Venus semisquare Saturn, Mars semisquare Pluto, and Uranus semisquare Neptune. For those with planets or points near early Cardinal or middle Fixed signs, Ven/Sat could indicate emergent inner decisions about social or material rules or limits. For those with planets or points in early Mutable or late-middle Cardinal signs, Mars/Pluto shows the need to deal with the end of deep fears, corrosive influences, or old seed potentials that will never sprout.
Venus square Jupiter indicates the need to hang in there to get what we want from situations, and not settle for less than the best if more perseverance in “keeping our eyes on the prize” will yield the results we want. Just beware of extravagance, or too much hyperbole in interactions. Keep it simple, noble, and remember it’s a new time, a new day, and a new way!
Moon quincunx Neptune in this charts shows the need for courage in self-expression, with productive growth found in balanced idealism, imagination, elegance in style, exploring how things work, and embracing forms of self-transcendence. Quincunxes are often related to “expansion through sacrifice,” “needed adjustments,” and all health related issues. If nothing else, I suspect the flu season (Neptune) will continue to hit children (Leo) hard.
Besides those already discussed, favorable forming aspects made by inner planets include Mercury sextile Mars (out of sign) and quintile Jupiter; Venus quindecile Neptune; and the Sun quintile Mars and semisextile Neptune. (Of note are the extremely closely partile separating aspects, which indicate those aspects are past, but still highly active in the NOW. These include Moon biquintile Saturn, Mercury quindecile Saturn, Venus quintile Mars, and the Sun binovile Jupiter and decile Saturn.)
Outer planet harmonious forming aspects show only Mars semisextile Saturn. It is a rare time when we have only one forming outer planet aspect. Even when we add the closely partile separating aspects of Jupiter triseptile Uranus and sextile Pluto, in total there are only 5 aspects between Mars and all the planets outside its orb.
So the main friction comes from the semisquares and quincunx, since a Venus square Jupiter involves traditional “benevolent” planets which should release some very favorable and harmonious energies for those who have command of their Venus and Jupiter planetary functions. Given Jupiter has a mixed bag of aspects to and from it, I’d say many opportunities can be found through adjusting your instincts to fit in better with the society in which you find yourself.
There are not many spiritual aspects in play for this Full Moon. We have one binovile, one triseptile, and a cluster of specializing aspects, including FOUR quintiles, one decile, one tredecile, and 2 quindeciles. The quintiles will each create several resonant void zones where gifts and unique interactions will be part of our experience. There are so many, it’s safe to say that ALL of you will be impacted by at least one!
As Jupiter will make weak and strong triseptiles to Uranus for quite a few weeks to come, it opens 7 zones as “hot spots” where choice and changes will have to be made for those affected. These are around 20-24 Scorpio, 12-16 Capricorn, 3-7 Pisces, 24-28 Aries, 16-20 Gemini, 7-11 Leo, and 29 Virgo-3 Libra. These zones are all involved in a global “fork in the road of destiny” where we must learn to cooperate in pioneering endeavors.
For those new to the craft, quintiles and biquintiles are 5th harmonic aspects, septiles and triseptiles are 7th harmonic aspects, noviles are 9th harmonic aspects, deciles (semi-quintiles) are 10th harmonic aspects, the elftile series are 11th harmonic aspects, the quindecile is a 15th harmonic aspect, and the vigintile is a 20th harmonic aspect. Each of these has a unique function in the phase relationship of the two planets in aspect.
The 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th harmonic aspects are specializing and bring forth partially or fully developed quintessential elements of the planets involved. The 7th harmonic aspects help us make choices to fulfill our destiny, and the novile series aspects (9th harmonic) represent entry or exit points of periods of gestation which can bring forth possible spiritual developments. The 11th harmonic aspects involve situations where there is a need to transcend and master some form of duality by making a leap of faith.
The various aspects in all these different harmonic series indicate points where the theme of the Whole Cycle becomes clear, whether through major developments or minor refinements in the process. Each aspect shows a phase relationship, specific to the special and unique circumstances of that particular Whole Cycle. It's how we can know when to work, when to play, when to create, when to imagine, when to have faith, and when to mobilize!
If you want to know more about these aspects, when you’re done here please go to The Specializing Aspects Pt. 1 – Quintile, Tredecile, Decile, and Biquintile, The Specializing Aspects Pt. 2 – The Quindecile and Vigintile, and The Spiritual Aspect Series – The Novile, Septile, and Elftile Harmonic Aspects where you’ll find more about the meaning of these aspects and the glyphs associated with them. Also, remember that all of these set up harmonic resonance void points all over our charts.
We have again shifted in a huge way! Of the traditional 10 planets, there are 3 planets in Fire signs, 2 in Water, 3 in Earth, and 2 in Air. After a period of having no Air planets, we now have 2 with a third to join soon! And, after many years of only Neptune in a Water sign, we now are in a year of Jupiter expressing itself through the Water sign of Scorpio. The addition of these elements helps to balance our experience in a big way.
During this year of Jupiter in Scorpio, we now can understand the pervasive fogs and mists of Neptune and harmonize our emotional experience on all levels of life. This will be in play through October 2018, so make the most of it! Because of the recent Mars conjunct Jupiter at 18 Scorpio, this too will provide completion, fulfillment, and transfiguration wherever we have mid-Scorpio in our charts.
This month we have a really good element balance, with a slight emphasis on Fire (Inspiration and Light) and Earth (Practicality and Grounding), and slightly less Water (Feelings and Experiencing Life on Deep Levels) and Air (Relatedness and Communications). This is the first Lunation with a widespread balance in a long time, so even though the Locomotive energy will keep things out of balance, we will have access to all 4 elemental energies to focus through the Moon’s nozzle influence in the Bucket.
Air and Earth are “cool” elements, while Fire and Water are “hot” elements. With this distribution, things are going to be slightly more inspired and practical than emotional and ungrounded. This will change at the next Full Moon, where we will have an excess of Water and Earth, again returning to no Air planets. Remember that when we have an excess of Earth and Water, this combo makes either mud or bricks, depending on how you work with the material. So while this month is “lighter and brighter,” at the next Full Moon some will find a sensitivity as they organize things so they further an “enlightened self-interest,” while others will find themselves “stuck in the mud” of defensive calculations.
More on how Uranus Square Pluto Has Ramped Up Radical Energies!
Even though it’s separated and they are temporarily not in a forming aspect, a “mundane square” will be activated each time a planet transits between 19-26 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn. Each time it’s activated, it brings the lessons we’ve been learning for the past 4+ years back front and center!
Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn are volatile, “out of control” energies. This square has symbolized the global collision of ideas over the past several years, and from time to time has been at the forefront of the hard edge of the conflict between control systems and the forces of individualization that are calling everyone to a greater spiritual individuality.
Uranus is again in direct motion, and from now on its angular relationship with Pluto will get even wider in 2018. In this chart they are still 95+ degrees apart, and in a few weeks will make another trielftile, showing a time of having to individualize and/or use power effectively by means of leaps of faith to resolve dualities.
Still, because of their positions in Capricorn and Aries, it continues to create a “dual-pulse friction” for the next few months which will be triggered by the Moon 4 times a month. Please remember that as the planets transit Aries between late March and mid-May, they first square Pluto before conjuncting Uranus, bringing the Ur/Pl square lessons back front and center.
Pay attention to the seed forms emerging, don’t get talked into what is against your best interests, and don’t get into partnership with imbalanced, coercive, or corrosive people. Embrace the new, and all that will help you express your individuality. Interestingly, Mars will conjunct Pluto in late April, but won’t square Uranus until it hits 1 Aquarius after Uranus enters Taurus at the New Moon on May 15. This will be a harbinger of what is coming at the Mars/Saturn conjunction at 1 Aquarius on March 31, 2020, as well as the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction at 1 Aquarius in December 2020.
I’ve discussed Uranus square Pluto at length in many articles in the archives. Please use the site google box to find out more about this years’ long disruptive revolutionary influence. Welcome to the 21st century of upheaval, transformation, and titanic collisions between a new world being born and an old age that’s digging in even as it’s dying.
That square represents the ongoing revolution of our times, with innovations and pioneering energies in conflict with restrictive and controlling power structures. We’ve been dealing with this for a few years, and it certainly introduced us all to a very “electric and eclectic” revolution unlike any seen since the 1960s!!
Uranus is now moving through a span of degrees it hasn’t transited since 1933-1935. Given what was happening then and the parallels to what’s going on now, stay alert to those who are impatient or petulant in wanting to change things in a hurry, as well as those who are willing to wage ideological war against others. There are promises to be redeemed in 2018, but using blunt force to push will destroy the good that could come.
Saturn and Uranus have now finished their long term trine between Sagittarius and Aries. The trine was triggered any time another planet made a mutual aspect to either of these two planets, with Grand Fire Trines each time the Moon moved through late Leo! This Fire trine predominated all of late 2016 and 2017.
The trine will continue into the Earth element when Saturn is in Capricorn and Uranus is in Taurus in 2018. January has given us a separating trine between Saturn in early Capricorn and Uranus in late Aries, allowing us to understand how to blend late Fire and early Earth energies in our life in the three chart sectors it affects.
Between February and early May, they will be in a very favorable tredecile before returning to a trine in mid-May when Saturn is in early Capricorn and Uranus is in late Aries, preparing to enter Taurus. When the trine is in Earth, we’ll all have opportunities to ground the fire trine energies of 2017 into practical functioning stable structured innovations in our life.
Saturn trine Uranus is great for blending the innovative with the traditional and the inventive with current structures! Whether a revolution in structures, or a structuring of revolutionary ideas and actions, this will help us all see the truth of the new era.
Saturn trine Uranus shows a time when there is a possibility of harmonizing the old with the new. It indicates a time when what’s established can accept innovations and individualizing impulses to open doors to a wider effectiveness in the future. This one takes what is possible and synthesizes it within a greater law of uniqueness or pioneering initiatives.
The Fire trine opens heart fires, and over the long run we’ll see this aspect has unleashed a new type of artistic intensity, even for those who are not artists. The trine earlier in 2016 set an inspirational pattern wherever we have the middle degrees of the Fire signs in our charts, and this took clearer shape from October 2016 through December 2017.
Over the past few years, Pluto has taught us harmlessness, kindness, self-transcendence, and a vast perspective on our past. We have learned how to care for what we care about, let go of old inhibitions, and quickened to some needed task. These have led to deep transformations in our lives. Keep purifying yourself in every way, since the less sludge we carry forward the lighter and freer we’ll feel.
As we learn to master Uranus square Pluto, we will be able to see the true causes of any social disorder, constructive versus destructive justifications and motives, and see where mistrust and mischief-making originate. This allows us to grow into a greater power when we’re confronted by old Pluto roles, coercions, and heavy-handed corrosive behavior. We can use the square between Uranus and Pluto in two big ways, both now and into the future.
We can exercise good Pluto function to put the brakes on negative Uranian manifestations, and good Uranus function to put the brakes on negative Pluto manifestations. Look to the harmonizing aspects to each to show which is building and which one is the release point for those energies. In this chart, Uranus is harmonious with the Lunation, and Pluto is harmonized by Jupiter, a power player in this Eclipse. Inspiration, vision, and rehearsals of things to come are promised by this Lunation.
The current sequence at present of Deciding, Feeling, and Thinking
We’ve been through several different sequences over the past few months. There are six patterns, and each has their strengths and weaknesses. We are now in a time of shifting patterns, and this Lunation brings a new one! As a process of moving through events, the most effective “firing sequence” for approaching life and experience involves leading with our thinking, communicating, understanding, and envisioning, and following that with decisions and actions. Then, before more analysis and communication, we must follow our decisions and actions with our feelings and ability to experience the implications of those decisions and actions.
So for the next 2 weeks (and several months), we need to see, act, and then take time to go deeply into our feelings about what we’ve done. Lead with your thinking, find a vision and/or understanding, and then make your decision and act with focused intention. After you decide and/or act, then feel your way into a new understanding or vision. This pattern reminds us that though our lives are filled with ideas and actions, from time to time we need to take time to feel what we’ve done and check in with ourselves about what we’re experiencing.
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Because Saturn is the dispositor for the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Pluto, (as well as itself), it is now offering us powerful and important ways to restructure our lives and how we express our personal power as we blend past and future and reshape our future destiny. In 2017 we stabilized electric Fire and distributive Fire, and learned to express it in loving, creative forms. This trine will shift to the Earth element in the Spring, anchoring and grounding the same energies but in different forms.
As Saturn and Uranus are keys to our dance of Spiritual Individualization and adulthood, you can learn more about mastering the Saturn and Uranus part of generating your future destiny by taking a look at the material in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. Saturn helps us give form and structure to our quest for Self-realization, and in Sag, brought us an “expansive structure” to the Uranian energies infused with concentrated doses of spiritual energy that made our spiritual life come alive.
Our inner Saturn gives us the power to take command of our lives and destiny. Saturn shows us those things we must master to 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.
The book was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers, shows why some things happened when they did. Even those with little or no understanding of astrology will benefit from understanding why they had to make certain choices at crucial times that shaped their lives in profound ways.
Each time you read any section of this book you will find new insights about your power to steer your personal evolution. You will understand how to throw off all the attitudes and memories which have held you back from finding and living the life and purpose. Through your journey of self-discovery, you can find ways to live your life on your own terms, and fulfill your purpose for being alive as an Eternal having human experiences!
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Summing it Up
This Full Moon Total Eclipse shows us where we’re going, who we share our Path with, and what parts of our past we must “divorce” so we can move into greater awareness of our life purpose and destiny. We are all being introduced to people and circumstances that will help us express our power, authoring a new plan to a new ideal.
We’re now living a new cycle of deep transformation as a result of the recent Mars conjunct Jupiter, with tremendous boosts coming in May and September. This is opening and expanding the Saturn associated transfigurations from the Summer of 2014 and early 2016. We’re all on a long and very intense wave of transfiguring our lives by eliminating all that would hold us back. This Eclipse may remove some people and considerations from our lives, but only to create space to “join together with the band!”
Use creativity and heart strength to focus the energies, and don’t get thrown by things being somewhat off balance. Jupiter will help us adjust socially, Mars is opening us to teaching and being taught basic life skills during “crises of growth,” and Saturn’s steady hand is helping us get and stay organized as we mobilize and “hit the war path.” Awaken, mobilize, and accomplish what you will! Take the lead, stay focused on what’s important, and disregard the rest!
Again, there are blessings to be received, as well as blessings you’ve already received whether you know it or not. This is the time to review and “count your blessings,” showing as much gratitude as possible for what has been released that has brought you clarity and beauty in your life.
Saturn offers us lessons in the right use of power, and Chiron continues to mentor us by showing us our “inner poetry of Being” and teaching us that sometimes we just have to do things our own way, and allow others to do things in their own way. A great linkage has happened in 2017 via Saturn and Uranus, so see how you’ve shaped your mind since the Summer of 2016 so you could receive forms of spiritual fulfillment now and in the future.
Humanity still moves through its “liberating ordeal,” but also has entered a time of discovering new strengths and powers within, as well as being assisted by Devas and Angels who bring “divine help when human efforts fail.” If new adventures beckon, you probably should leap to the opportunity, even if the leaping must be tempered by a moderate approach.
As I reminded you earlier, besides this Eclipse and the Solar Eclipse in 2 weeks, we are still within the effects of Eclipses from years past. These are shutting down major things wherever they fell. The good news is that Jupiter is expanding our opportunities based in the voids created by the Eclipses in Scorpio.
We had tremendous opportunities this past Summer to express our heart, creativity, and joy, and have seen our Soul “speak.” We now have experienced courage and heart-felt radiance, and can anchor that heart power in practical actions of service, whether to our Higher Self or the world we live in.
We’re still breaking free of old rules and limitations, blending the past, present, and future in unique forms perfect for our evolving consciousness. Keep finding techniques to listen to your inner voice leading you to your role in the Cosmic Choir. Courage will be rewarded with an elegant camouflage.
Infused with heart power from the Summer of 2017, we now accelerate our expansion into the future. The Fire trine involving Saturn and Uranus allowed us to blend the old with the new, the traditional with the innovative, throwing us into an adventure in higher awareness where we can demonstrate confidence and heart strength. We now are living a new identity, a new love, a new spiritual awareness, and a new spiritual expression, so keep your mind and heart open and keep coordinating your body, feelings, and mind to demonstrate a stable and harmonized Soul energy.
Because life seems to be a never-ending experience of out-breathing elements of the past and in-breathing elements of the new, it is useful to remember that when we are moving through major changes, and something new is introduced into our lives, it means that something else must leave, or has already left, to provide space for the new to be embraced. And lesser wisdom must give way to greater wisdom, and old forms give way to newer realities.
While sometimes having to say goodbye to older, lesser ways of life can be a drag, it is important to remember that even though life can occasionally be painful, we do not have to suffer. And as we learn to break the link between pain and suffering, we heal our part of humanity and the world.
For your contemplation, a final meditation I offer each month at the end of our Full Moon journey of exploration.
We are Light. All things are composed of Light in various frequencies that express as limitless forms. Some light frequencies are of greater density than others.
All shadows result from light hitting a dense object. Psychological shadows too. Therefore, it’s good to become as translucent and translucid as possible to dispel lurking shadows.
If you must look at and/or deal with shadows, whether your own or another’s, then refocus your Light on the object being illuminated, since that form is the source of the shadow.
Find the correct 4 angles of illuminating whatever you want to focus on, and all shadows will be dispelled. Then you’re seeing things with an illuminated mind, and can act accordingly.
© Copyright 2018 Robert Wilkinson