Category: Moon Cycles Written by Robert Wilkinson
What’s Happening in May (and through 2025!).
This New Moon Solar Eclipse promises great abundance for those who have tended their “garden of life and mind.” Because it’s conjunct Uranus, productive revolution is in the air, given the plethora of sextiles in play in this New Moon Eclipse and Venus conjunct Jupiter!
This Lunation introduces a new focus wherever we have 11 Taurus, which is an energy of our individual spiritual Self seeing our participatory dance with the Earth Herself. This eclipse will remove everything in our “garden” which is past its expiration date while giving us ample opportunities to show we are qualified to occupy our “spiritual office.” As with last month, we’re in a time of learning or demonstrating our ability “to read the tea leaves” leading us to rewards from Spirit so we may begin our training in “picking up and delivering spiritual power,” with our “mid-term exams” coming in May and June.
Because Venus is the ruler of the Lunation AND in an extraordinarily favorable conjunction with Jupiter, I want to recommend that you get your copy of my newest book, The Magic of Venus: Friendships, Soul Mates, and Twin Flames. If you want to know more about Venus and why we like or don’t like the people and things we do, this is the book for you! It explains why we attract who we do, why things take the turns they do, and how to create better relationships in the future. You will understand what it takes to create long lasting personal relationships and friendships, why Soul Mates come into our lives, and how to know the difference between a Soul Mate and our Twin Flame.
It has chapters on the qualities of each sign’s natural mate, the qualities of Venus in each sign, and when crucial choices and changes are made, affecting who we attract in the future. It was written for both astrologers and lay people, and as it has a thousand gems for better relationships, with self, others, and Source, please consider getting your copy by going to the link above! (And when you’re done, please leave a review on Amazon, since it helps the book and all other books on astrology as well!)
An Overview of the New Moon
Today we’ll do an overview of the Lunation and some of its primary qualities. In part 2 we’ll cover Sabian Symbols, aspects, distributions, and patterns.
This stabilizing, productive, rewarding, and transitional Solar Eclipse New Moon at 11 Taurus occurs at 1:28 pm PDT, 9:28 pm BST on April 30. With Pisces and Taurus extraordinarily powerful in this chart, this eclipse promises rewards as things shut down and other things stabilize in our individual spiritual lives. The Pisces stellium is why we’re all feeling as much as we are, whether confusion or compassion or a bit of both. Keep blessing the closures, and allow compassion, empathy, and forgiveness to be the rule of the day, blessing endings and allowing them to wash down the stream of time.
At the same time those two energies are strong in our collective experience, this entry into Taurus will help us stabilize the “flight of the Soul” we’ve been seeing this past month. Compared to the massive amount of “inspired Fire” this past month, we should be settling into a groove blending past and present during the next month as we let go of many “weeds” in our garden of personality.
This Spring marks the end of the end of a long wave cycle, so don’t be confused if you feel inspired, uplifted, deep, overwhelmed, and launched all at the same time. As with the last New Moon in Aries, Jupiter conjunct Neptune with an added dose of Venus and Mars continues our lessons in surrender, releasing the past while showing courage and trusting our emergent intuition and “non-local” knowing. The next four weeks continue to blend past, present, and future, and may seem strange due to the overwhelmingly vast Pisces energies and the emergent Taurus revolutionary pulse!
This New Moon will jumpstart Taurus energy wherever it falls in our chart. Wherever we have Taurus will be a focus of activity, so accept your rewards as you fulfill your spiritual duties and enjoy an abundance resulting from your diligence in 2020 and 2021. As Taurus is a Fixed sign, this Lunation begins a month of self-initiated movement to secure the new beginnings of 2021-2022 and should bring unique ideas and developments to our Taurus sector.
A Look Back - The Great Compression in Capricorn Still Affects Us
In the first 90 days of 2020, we had a “Great Compression” of planets involving Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all making conjunctions in the last decan of Capricorn, setting off a number of Saturn cycles, one of which will last 33 years! We then began an accelerated phase of our collective spiritual evolution which will take us from the threshold of the Age of Aquarius into the Age itself.
You can find out more about the very powerful Sun, Mercury, and Saturn's conjunctions with Pluto by revisiting The Great Compression of January 2020 – Mercury, Sun, Saturn and Pluto all Conjunct in Capricorn. That lays out the long wave patterns set into motion then.
Because of the Capricorn conjunctions set in motion in 2020, we reorganized our lives wherever we have late Capricorn in our charts. These cycles will impact all of us for some time to come. Especially with three Jupiter conjunctions with Pluto that year, it’s easy to see that for better or worse things were “expansively purified.” All that was promised by these cycles was renewed in late February and early March as Venus and Mars transited all the conjunction points.
When Mars conjuncted Saturn at 1 Aquarius on March 31, 2020, it set a cycle into motion which began to expand into a global system at the December 2020 Grand Mutation. That Jupiter/Saturn conjunction launched both a new 20 year Aquarian cycle AND a new 200 year era of Jupiter/Saturn conjunctions in Air signs. That means no more of the materialism of the past 200 years, with more of a focus on our commonality and ability to share ideas over the next 200! All of this began a new expression when Venus and Mars made their conjunction on that point in early March.
Saturn in Aquarius is leading us to understand a more timeless role to play to help create a better world. What is your purpose? What structures and self-disciplines do you need to fulfill the ideal of that purpose? We began work on those structures in 2020 which led us to a greater vision in 2021. As Venus and Mars are both conjuncting Saturn at this time, we begin a new sense of how to fulfill our purpose and vision.
Occupied Signs and Oppositions
Because of the transits all within the outer planet occupied span, we won’t have non-Lunar inner planet oppositions to Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, and Uranus for many months to come. Of course, if we have planets in late Cancer, late middle Leo, late Virgo, or mid-Scorpio we are going through some VERY long wave outer planet oppositions, with potential for very high awareness of how to ground new ideals, new public expression, and new ways to related to your larger spiritual group. The various types of the “Tension of Opposites” involved in those signs will come to the fore as the recent Eclipses take away old Gemini, Cancer, Sagittarius, and Capricorn patterns, allowing newer ones to take shape.
The Sun/Moon Sequence and Its Shifts
There are two patterns: one with the Sun in the same sign as the Sun in the following Full Moon (New Moon between 1-15 degrees of a sign), and one with the Sun in a different sign than it’s in at the following Full Moon (New Moon between 16-30 degrees of a sign). I term these the “Natural” pattern and the “Alternate” pattern, since the Natural pattern shows a continuity of the Light, whereas the Alternate pattern bridges the Light across two signs.
Seven months ago we began a new pattern of the New Moon Sun being in the same sign as the following Full Moon Sun. Each pattern has its importance in the Soli-Lunar sequence, and now we no longer “bridge the Light” across two different Light signs in the Lunation cycle. This month’s New Moon is at 11 Taurus, and the coming Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse will be at 26 Taurus/Scorpio, indicating that the Light of the seed forms of the New Moon will be illuminated in the same sign energy two weeks from now.
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 and made pleasing in Libra, purified and focused in Scorpio, expanded in Sagittarius, organized in Capricorn, solidified into a vision in Aquarius, and ended/perpetuated in Pisces.
Jupiter and Saturn
This is the seventeenth New Moon of the Saturn in Aquarius era which will last until the New Moon of February 2023. We are now early in the third year of the cycle set into motion at its rare and very powerful conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn in January 2020, with a current Aquarian influence due to Saturn.
Taking a look back, 2020 brought us a “cosmic visitation” which “galvanized us into action” to “escape from adverse conditions.” That year Nature challenged us to listen, look, and learn that we are not separate from Her, and evaluate what parts of our Self-disciplines and duties work and which ones didn’t.
The lesson of 2021 involved learning a technique of spiritual acceleration by getting a vision, a plan, and a time to begin whatever will short cut the time needed for expanded awareness and effectiveness. Saturn has been teaching us “the way within to outer success,” with a promise of “direct accomplishment.” These began to be realized in January 2022. Its direct station in October 2021 indicates we’ve been in a period of “new mutations based in Cosmos” coming forth, unrelated to past or local conditions. In other words, it’s safe to say we have had a lot showing up since October which is a fresh “emanation” from Spirit.
One of Saturn’s divine qualities is understanding as a prelude to wisdom. With Jupiter’s transit through Aquarius leading the Saturn transit, Saturn is tracking what Jupiter opened. As Saturn traverses the span where Jupiter has danced, it will crystallize its understanding of what that span of experience is about, and how we can use it wisely if we find the right structure and discipline.
Having finished our experience of the Jupiter in Aquarius era, we’ve been immersed in the vast Piscean ocean which Jupiter calls home as it approaches its entry into Aries. Aquarius gave us a new level of awareness, and now we’ve been learning how to feel it more deeply. We’re definitely on a 20 year journey into Aquarius experiences based in the two 2020 conjunctions of Mars/Saturn and Jupiter/Saturn at 1 Aquarius.
Also remember Jupiter conjuncted Pluto three times in 2020, setting long wave transformational energies into motion at 23 and 25 Capricorn which will be in play through 2033. These conjunction themes have been renewed by the transit of Venus and Mars over these degrees, and now that Venus and Mars conjuncted at 1 Aquarius and conjunct Saturn in late Aquarius, we’ve begun yet another set of global Aquarian energies which will come forth over the next year.
So What Rules the Lunation?
This New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse in Taurus has Venus as its worldly ruler, and TransPluto as its spiritual ruler. Venus is exalted in Pisces, conjunct Jupiter in its home sign. That makes Jupiter the ruler of the Lunation. This month, though Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn share power as “final dispositors” on the stage of Life, Jupiter re-claims most of the power behind the scenes.
The Lunation, Venus, Mars, Uranus, and Pluto are all ruled by Jupiter. That makes Jupiter the dominant energies ruling how these other planets express the sign they’re in. Mercury is in its home sign of Gemini, so it rules itself. Saturn rules itself and Pluto, and Neptune, the spiritual ruler of Pisces, is in its home sign, continuing as a longwave “standalone” dispositor of itself, ruling the fogs and mists of the current collective consciousness. So we have four planets in their home signs, or “final dispositors,” this month. You can find out more about dispositors in general, chains of dispositors, and mutual reception by going to dispositors and Mutual Reception at the link.
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Because Saturn is still a major force to be reckoned with this year and next, and continues to bring us “cosmic mutations” constituting a fresh emanation from the universe, it plays a large part in ruling the social and cultural cycles in our lives. It will continue to dominate the stage of Life for many months and even years to come, so if you haven’t already gotten a copy, please give yourself the timeless gift of my book, Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. We all need to make friends with our inner Saturn if we would claim our power to fulfill our higher purpose for being alive as Spirits in the material world.
This book shows you the way to take command of your power to steer your life in a conscious way, using Saturn’s strengths and skills to be led to mastering life on our own terms. As Saturn is such a dominant energy at this time, by owning our ability to manifest the best of Saturn's virtues in our world, we take command of our destiny and become the living purpose we were born to make manifest!
It was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers, and will assist your understanding of how your life experiences assisted your Soul growth and power to turn away from unhelpful karmic cause and effect patterns. Each time you re-read any part of it you’re sure to find undiscovered gems of insight helping you throw off attitudes which frustrate your ability to live your higher Purpose on your own terms.
Is the Grand Irrationality A Factor in this New Moon?
Because this section is so long, I created an article which explains what it is, how long it’s been in effect, and which signs have been most impacted and when. You can find all you need to know about this configuration associated with widespread irrationality and hard-edged “forks in the road of destiny” we’ve all confronted at various times by going to The Grand Irrationality. (I’ll be updating it soon.)
With this Lunation biseptile Pluto and Uranus septile Neptune, we have both Grand Irrationality energies in play. This pulls together the Neptune/Pluto energies of the First Grand Irrationality, and the Uranus/Pluto energies of the Second Grand Irrationality.
The configuration is also activated when the Moon transits any of the 7 “hot zones,” as well as when planets make 7th harmonic angles to Uranus and Neptune. This configuration is associated with the 7-pointed “Star of Destiny” active at this hard edge in history. Because at this time Uranus and Neptune are constant factors in the configuration, it keeps nonrational energies in play for those with a planet or point in any of the 7 affected “hot zones” near 27 Capricorn-1 Aquarius, 19-23 Pisces, 11-15 Taurus, 2-6 Cancer, 23-27 Leo, 15-19 Libra, and 6-10 Sagittarius.
Neptune in Pisces and Chiron in Aries
I have offered this segment each month for years to give you a broader perspective on the collective atmosphere, and the long wave changes humanity is going through. Because this section has gotten so large over the years, I’ve decided it deserves its own article, which I’ll update as needed.
If you’re wondering about why we’re all navigating the fogs and confusions in the collective atmosphere, or why we’re healing into our Higher Self in a different way that we used to, when you’re done here please check out Neptune and Chiron in 2022 – Long Wave Collective Healing and Mentoring.
In that article I go into detail about the Chiron-Neptune conjunction in late Aquarius, and how each of those planets have manifested in Pisces. Because Chiron is in Aries, we are mentoring and being mentored in a much different way than we were when Chiron was in Pisces! Please check out the article to know more.
In this chart, Chiron is at 14 Aries, the first of three transits of this degree over the next year. This implies that Chiron’s is mentoring and teaching us how to heal into our Higher Self through allowing a higher Love to express itself through us as we see the dance of the inner male with the inner female within us. We’re still learning patience, and this is a technique of individual spiritual experience where we allow Cosmos to operate through our personality.
Chiron has led us to “the stirring up of a new perspective” and “a new identity suddenly revealed” since its last retrograde station in July 2021. We’ve been learning not to be impatient as our new identity took its time to develop and ground itself in its own potency. You can find out more about those themes by going to Astrology Healing Cycles - Chiron Stationary Retrograde at 13 Aries.
We are now solidly into Chiron’s healing and mentoring energies in the second decan of Aries. This will help us get a new understanding about how we’ve “reinterpreted old images in a new light of understanding” since the 2020 Mars/Chiron conjunction at 10 Aries. You can find out more about the themes of 10 Aries at Astrology Healing Cycles - Mars Conjunct Chiron Stationary Retrograde at 10 Aries. These two Aries energies dominate the current Chiron expression lasting through June, when Mars will again conjunct Chiron and set a new 2 year cycle into motion.
Neptune continues to take us deeper into Pisces, and now is beginning its long term stay in the last decan, ruled by Scorpio with an added dose of Mars. This is “the end of the end” of the 360 degree “Whole Cycle,” and so encompasses all of the ghosts and unfulfilled mysteries of this past 150 year cycle since it was last here. It also allows us to purify and forgive much of the past and move into a deeper compassion regarding suffering humanity.
Having heard our inner voice, “taken a walk with our wisdom,” and received our promised nourishment “at the end of our day of labor,” we’ve now learned entirely new ways to “touch and be touched,” whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. Since last Summer, we’ve all been awakened to an expanded tactile awareness, giving us more of a kinesthetic experience of learning. You can learn more about the primary and secondary methods of how we learn all we learn by going to The Seven Different Types of Learning Styles – Pt. 1 and The Seven Different Types of Learning and Teaching Styles – Pt. 2
This New Moon shows Neptune direct at 25 Pisces, a degree where our Soul is purifying our personality and we’re all learning to become more selfless. Because this is a Solar eclipse which will have effects for several years, take the view that whatever is removed from your life these next 3 years is necessary for your Soul to come forth in new ways. And of course, the recent Jupiter conjunct Neptune has opened us to a sense of our interrelatedness with others in our spiritual field. This expanded “non-local knowing” was launched with that conjunction, and will be a focus for the next 13 years.
The North Node
This is the fourth New Moon with the North Node in Taurus and the South Node in Scorpio. For many months we’ve been pulled to grow through our quest for knowledge and understanding demonstrating our ethical and spiritual values, and now all that changes! The coming 4 weeks indicate the line of greatest development is related to receiving rewards confirming our worth emotionally or socially. Keep it simple, pleasant, and stable as you move forward into the unknown, leaving behind the lesser and opening to receiving the greater. During the time when NN is in Taurus and SN is in Scorpio we must examine the meaning of value and substance in our lives, letting go of stagnant emotions and obsolete things.
Summing Up - The Big Picture
The Capricorn conjunctions of early 2020 continue to condition the long wave cycles unfolding since then as we continue to use those structures to fulfill the emergent Aquarian energies. Jupiter has raced through Pisces after its time in Aquarius and opened infinite potentials which will be actualized over the next 20 years. What Jupiter opened in 2021, Saturn will crystallize in 2022 and 2023, with major transfigurations to come in 2023.
We are in a time of learning to spot “seed forms” to make our expression more precise and efficient. We’re in a time of vast feeling-connections and feeling-perceptions, opening us to a wider experience of life’s Oneness. Be cheerful as you open to the ongoing spiritual revolution in your life, and keep eliminating all in your “garden of life and mind” which you don’t want to deal with.
Continue to achieve closure on your fears of the unknown, and remember at this time we’re all in training to be more effective in utilizing forms of spiritual power during the second half of this year. The learning began at Jupiter’s direct station last September, and now Saturn is bringing structure and form to that training.
Since Jupiter is at the end of the end of Pisces in this Eclipse whose effects will last for over 3 years, keep using this time to see how you’ve expanded your feeling-awareness and compassion so you can be a more effective spiritual agent in the future. We continue to be in a time of receiving rewards from Spirit for our courage and willingness to rise to some occasion as a prelude to events this Autumn of challenges and “exaggerations of our life problems” which will expand us.
Summing Up – The Immediate Picture
This Lunation Eclipse brings the Light of seeing how in tune with Nature we’ve been (or not), and the past month’s view of a wider angle of Soul expressing itself through the personality can now be brought down to Earth. This one brings the emergence of new seed forms while blessing us with abundance via Venus conjunct Jupiter. The coming weeks holds a promise of slow, steady, reasonably enjoyable growth, even though decisions must be made on the basis of the inner changes in our view of our place in the bigger picture.
We now have to show courage and strength in honoring the pull to a greater individualization and sense of our spiritual purpose. We’ve seen a new “Soul vision” the past month, and now can re-ground the new Spiritual role we’ve accepted this past year. New developments unrelated to the past keep coming forth, so accept the new roles, new realizations, and new duties which may seem like you’ve done them before.
Continue to ride the waves of a gigantic future opening to you wherever you have Aquarius in your chart, welcoming the new, the promise, the protection, and the adventure. Remember enlightenment is a verb, not a noun, and our connection with the World Soul allows us to act in harmony with “All That Is.”
Even though the long term conflict between the old and the new is not yet completed, take heart, get focused, and continue to eliminate all you no longer need or which would block your happiness. Because of our total immersion in Aquarian energy in 2021, we’ve received innovative ideas and know who our spiritual allies are. In the past year we’ve broken away, broken free, and broken through whatever used to block our flow. We approach a new cooperative era, and the next few weeks will give us valuable insights about what can stay and what must go.
We’re still becoming more conscious of our interrelatedness within the spiritual field and moving through an immersion in a new sensitivity to the generic human condition. The new era dawning will show us that we are in fact individual sparks of Light within an infinite ocean of Light. We are not separate from any other thing, since all things are Light and therefore we are one with All.
This is the beginning of the beginning of a new 200 year era. The powerful forces being released at times may be chaotic, violent, intractable, and irrational, but there is power in our unified vision of a better future. Stay clear about what your vision is, and let go of all which prevents you from flying free with your Spiritual Brothers and Sisters into a better future. Keep the course steady despite the compressed tensions of this time, and know we’re on our way into the future together!
See you soon with part 3, which will cover Sabian Symbols, Jones patterns, element distribution, and a whole lot more!
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