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The April 2023 Full Moon of 17 Aries - Libra Pt.3
Category: Moon Cycles Written by Robert Wilkinson
- Aspects, Evolutionary Configurations, and More -
The next two weeks is a time to use let go of things we no longer need, do our thing in our own way, and enjoy the process of purifying the mind. This is a highly expansive two weeks, but keep in mind that old answers won’t solve your problems.
This Full Moon fulfills the Aries New Moon themes of having a sense of humor as new experiences emerge from the collective, following our “urge to be” and use the Sun conjunct Jupiter to open doors to surrealistic Nature tours. Focus on your purpose while contemplating how you’re no longer involved in dramas you no longer need. With all planets in forward motion, even as Mercury begins to slow, our lives are moving forward at a brisk pace in the houses where we have Aries and Taurus. If we want to get a grip on what’s happening, or know how to express the potential, look to the Moon in Libra!
This month we have three evolutionary configurations, 1 involving the Lunation and 2 involving the Sun. This Lunation is quickening, expansive, and will help us achieve closure on useless wheelspinning. The next two weeks are about rapid forward movement, healing, specializing, and brings important forks in the road in our lives! This month the configurations are (in no particular order):
1) The Lunation is extremely powerful due to two oppositions going on, with the Lunation cut by Saturn into a semisquare and sesquisquare, generating a void around 2-6 Virgo. This is agitating to any planets we have near 2-6 Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, and Sagittarius, as well as 17-21 Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. If the burden’s annoying, figure out the plan and execute it with precision.
2) The second configuration shows the Sun, Venus, and Mars are three points in a “( Pointed Star of Revelation” based in the noviles. This is a highly spiritual linkage showing many things are finally coming forth after a long gestation, and that some things aren’t “ripe” and need to cook a little longer. This primarily affects planets or points near 4-8 Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, 14-18 Leo, Sagittarius, and Aries, and 24-28 Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.
Our final configuration in play the next two weeks (as usual) involves the Grand Irrationality. In this chart we find Uranus is still septile Neptune, anchoring the general irrationality in the collective atmosphere. This is a configuration showing us “forks in the road of destiny,” and will primarily affect planets or points we have near 2-6 Aquarius, 24-28 Pisces, 16-20 Taurus, 7-11 Cancer, 28 Leo- 2 Virgo, 19-23 Libra, and 10-14 Sagittarius. The next time this will be stimulated will be when the Sun conjuncts Uranus and septiles Neptune.
Even though I gave you the link to the main article in part one of this series, in case you don’t know about the Grand Irrationality, there have been two iterations of it. The first Grand Irrationality (1993-2017) was anchored by Neptune septile Pluto, and the second Grand Irrationality (2018-2021) was anchored by Uranus biseptile Pluto, with Neptune occasionally configuring with Uranus in a septile, joining the two evolutionary patterns.
Both of the “Grand Irrationalities” represent non-rational aspect configurations associated with “forks in the road of destiny” blending the transpersonal revolutionizing of Uranus with the transpersonal “fog of mass consciousness” of Neptune with the purifying “death and rebirth” energy of Pluto.
While not configurations, I want to give a special nod to the Moon biseptile Pluto and Mars triseptile Pluto which bring nonrational energy to where they’re transiting. The Moon/Pluto indicates a fork in the road in how we use spiritual energy by seeing past dramas we’ve let go of, and Mars/Pluto encourages a cooperative attitude at the beginning of new activities. This primarily impacts 4-8 Cancer, 25-29 Leo, 16-20 Libra, 7-11 Sagittarius, 29 Capricorn-2 Aquarius, 21-25 Pisces, and 13-17 Taurus.
We also have a very favorable Saturn quintile Uranus, bringing high specialization between the awakener and the one who brings maturity and discipline to the lesson. This creates unique gifts and blessings to planets or points we have near 3-7 Pisces, 15-19 Taurus, 27 Cancer-1 Leo, 9-13 Libra, and 21-25 Sagittarius.
Besides the various aspects I gave you related to the evolutionary configurations, forming (or partile separating) inner planet aspects include the Moon biquintile Venus, quincunx Uranus, and quadranovile Neptune; Mercury is vigintile the Sun, sextile Mars, sextile Saturn, conjunct Uranus, and novile Neptune; Venus is decile Jupiter, binovile Saturn, and sextile Neptune; the Sun is conjunct Jupiter and semisextile Uranus.
Outer planet aspects include Jupiter quindecile Uranus, quindecile Neptune and binovile Pluto; Saturn is quintile Uranus and elftile Pluto; and Uranus is again septile Neptune and tredecile Pluto.
Friction is up this month due to 2 oppositions, 1 semisquare, 1 sesquisquare, and 1 quincunx. Use good Virgo skills to navigate metaphoric traffic jams, let go of preconceptions, and grow in expertise. There are a lot of aspects requiring us to have patience as things develop, knowing we’ll get a revelation at the right time.
This month features many spiritual aspects. In the series related to destiny and “fate,” we find 1 septile, 1 biseptile, and 1 triseptile. In the 9th harmonic series related to spiritual realizations, we have 3 noviles, 3 binoviles, and 1 quadranovile. In the 11th harmonic series related to spiritual realizations, we have 1 elftile. The specializing aspect series also provides a number of aspects, including 1 vigintile, 1 decile, 1 quintile, 1 tredecile, and 1 biquintile.
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) and tredeciles 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 novile (9th harmonic), septile (7th harmonic) and elftile (11th harmonic) series all feature spiritual aspects. All novile series (9th harmonic) aspects represent entry or exit points of periods of gestation which can bring forth possible spiritual developments. These aspects indicate things which need to be put on the shelf for a while, or that which has been gestating can now move forward. They represent gestative energies that can lead to great spiritual realizations.
Septile series aspects represent forks in the road of destiny, where we make choices determining karmic future developments. This series is ruled by Saturn, where we create and fulfill karma by our choices during those phase shifts. The 11th harmonic elftile series aspects involve situations where there is a need to transcend and master some form of duality by making a leap of faith. In transcending those dualistic situations, dilemmas, challenges, and thinking, we resolve the problem and learn techniques of mastering those sorts of dualities in the future. This series tests our faith. Both the 7th and 11th series involve non-rational aspect values, bringing an element of irrationality in behavior and circumstances.
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.
The Eclipse Factor
We’ve had a long run of eclipses which continue to affect us. In 2020 we had an abnormal year of 6 eclipses. We had a January Lunar eclipse at 20 Cancer, a June Lunar eclipse at 16 Sagittarius, a Solstice Solar eclipse at 1 Cancer, a July Lunar eclipse at 14 Capricorn, a November Lunar eclipse at 9 Gemini, and a December Solar eclipse at 24 Sagittarius. As all the Lunar eclipses have a duration of a few months, all of these took away parts of our Lunar expression in 2020 and early 2021.
In 2021 we had the usual 4 eclipses. The May Lunar eclipse was at 6 Sagittarius, the June Solar eclipse was at 20 Gemini, the November Full Moon was a Lunar eclipse at 28 Taurus, and the December New Moon was a Solar eclipse at 13 Sagittarius.
In 2022, we had 4 eclipses. We had an April Solar eclipse at 11 Taurus and the May Wesak Festival Lunar eclipse at 26 Scorpio. We then had the October Partial Solar eclipse at 2 Scorpio and then the November Total Lunar eclipse at 17 Taurus. Again, all the Lunar eclipses work over just a few months, while Solar eclipse effects last for years.
As you know, I see all eclipses as “cosmic recyclers” removing what we no longer need in the houses where they occurred. The June 2020 Solstice Solar eclipse in Cancer marked a change of allegiance for everyone, with hard adjustments and sacrifices for all, while the December 2020 Solar eclipse in Sagittarius has been removing all which would block our happiness. The June 2021 Gemini eclipse is removing old ideas, while the Dec 2021 Sag eclipse is removing blocks to our seeing a new identity.
We’re also still experiencing past Solar eclipse “cosmic recycling” wherever we have 16 Capricorn, 21 Cancer and 19 Leo, due to eclipses on these degrees. The endings of 2018 and 2019 helped us get organized, explore what success really means to us, and find techniques to let go of prior fixed social roles.
All these Solar eclipses, along with others, have allowed us to “shed skins” wherever we have 9, 19, and 30 Pisces, 28 Aquarius, 29 Leo, 10 Virgo, and 21 Virgo, as well as the degrees of the recent eclipses at 1 Cancer, 24 Sagittarius, 20 Gemini and 13 Sagittarius. As you can see, that involves a large part of our charts! You can find out which Solar eclipses are still showing effects by referring to Astrology in November 2022 - On The Threshold of a Total Lunar Eclipse at 17 Taurus-Scorpio which lists which eclipses are done and which are still in play. I’ll be updating the list in a couple of weeks.
A good meditation would be to take a look back at how something related to those points in your chart ended after those eclipses, and examine how new events, new people, and new life experiences came in those chart areas. All our losses of the past few years associated with these signs have left voids which have attracted, are attracting, or will attract life contents more appropriate to who we are now. Alternately, you may be feeling a void because someone else really isn’t there. Now it’s time to turn to what will nourish you.
This Full Moon features a much more balanced element distribution than previous Lunations. At this time, of the traditional 10 planets, there are 3 in Water signs, 2 planets in Fire, 3 in Earth, and 2 in Air. This makes Earth (Practicality and Grounding) and Water (Feelings and Experiencing Life on Deep Levels) slightly preponderant, with a lesser degree of Air (Relatedness and Communications) and Fire (Inspiration and Light).
Air and Earth are “cool” elements, while Fire and Water are “hot” elements. With this distribution, it’s perfectly balanced with more Earth and Water, which are great for making bricks but avoid getting stuck in the mud of ambivalence or thinking what’s passing is viable in your future.
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. This Lunation continues the New Moon pattern which will hold sway through the coming Inferior Conjunction on May 1. For now, as a process of moving through events, the most effective “firing sequence” for approaching life and experience over the next four weeks involves leading with our decisions and actions, followed by thinking, communicating, envisioning and finding a new view of things, and then feeling what we’ve done and seen.
This pattern is powerful and decisive, and leads with deciding and then acting. They assess what needs to be done and then do it. Efficient, practical decisions and actions lead the way, followed by new information, new understanding, new vision, new communications, and new ways of interacting that helps us get clear about something. This is a “get it done” pattern which acts decisively to get to a vision or understanding.
Following this thinking and envisioning function, we will need to reference our feelings and what we’re experiencing as a result of those insights, memories, understanding, or vision. After we decide or act and then think, we then need to go deep within to feel the implications of those ideas and visions. This is a highly effective pattern but tends to blow through experience without taking time to feel it.
So get it in gear, act on the facts at hand, and then go get new information or new ways of seeing things. After that, feel your feelings and check in about how you’re experiencing those thoughts, or that information or vision. Make a decision, get the view you need, and then name how and what you’re feeling. If you’re in doubt as to what to do, reference your feelings and not your ideas.
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Because this Full Moon has Saturn driving “right realization” through symbolic traffic jams and ruled by Jupiter on a degree of generating power, forgive and move forward! This Lunation cuts us loose from people and dramas we no longer need while continuing to offer the Pluto in Aquarius seeds which will sprout over the next decades. Great visions are available for those who dare to dream!
Saturn, our “spiritual teacher and spiritual friend” has now begun its time in Pisces which brings more water and less air in how we express our Capricorn and Aquarius sectors and any natal or progressed planets we have in those signs.
Though Saturn can feel heavy and bring heavy life lessons, it also in the part of us which can take charge of our lives and destiny by using Saturn’s virtues in the right way and time. Our ability to steer our “ship of personality” into its rightful “role of destiny” has brought us to the threshold of new parts to play on the stage of Life.
We’re still in a long wave period of crystallizing a deeper feel for the roles we are to play in the emergent Aquarian era. Uranus has awakened us to new roles to play, while Saturn has “lightened up” and structured our Aquarius sector. Having brought us an accelerated evolution and tests of “picking up and delivering spiritual power” we now get to master the fogs and illusions of Pisces, finding understanding and spiritual power in forgiveness and steering the process of closing out old ways as they present themselves.
I explain how Saturn and Uranus work together so we can take command of our destiny in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. Saturn helps us give form and structure to our quest for Self-realization; in Capricorn, it teaches us how to use personal power within a socially responsible context, while in Aquarius it teaches us how to make a greater contribution to our civilization and come together with others in a great effort “ensouled by a great vision.” Coupled with Uranus having awakened us to the fact that the old answers aren’t enough along with the need to accept spiritual power to shape our world, we are collectively “breaking on through to the other side” into an unfolding Higher awareness.
The book was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers. Even those with little or no understanding of astrology will benefit from understanding why you had to make certain choices at crucial times that shaped your life in profound ways.
Each time you read any section of this book you will find new insights about your power to throw off all the attitudes and memories which hold you back from finding and living the life and purpose. If you’ve haven’t already gotten your copy, you can go to the Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend page on Amazon and this should be all you need to order your copy. It’s also available on Amazon and as an ebook on Kindle, so if that’s more to your liking, go for it! If you would, whether you’ve gotten the ebook or the paperback, please write a review on the Amazon site, since the more reviews, the more of a boost they give it.
And now, on a related note….
Because Venus is extremely powerful in this chart as the final dispositor for all the planets except Neptune and foreshadows what’s coming over the next few weeks as the Sun and Mercury transit Taurus, this is a good time to enjoy the inner security we’ve found and share it with our Spiritual Sisters and Brothers. We’re cleaning out our mind and attachment to old images of what we used to like, so keep rising to any occasion which expands you or withdraw from things which insult your integrity. Trust “the God within” and listen to the inner voice. Release what needs releasing, while keeping the focus on what you really want.
As Venus is leading the way between Aquarius and Leo for the inner planets this year, it will be helpful to learn all you can about Venus’ power to create better relationships in the future, where we’re attracting friends with whom we can have fun and a sense of genuine fellowship.
If you want to see why you have attracted the friends and Soul Mates throughout your life, as well as learn why some of them had to move on, please consider getting a 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! You will understand the foundations of long term healthy 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!)
Summing it Up
This is a time to accept the huge transitions going on, saying goodbye to many old things, people, and ways of living while embracing the rapidly developing forward movement requiring clear vision, dual actions, and deeper communion with our spiritual Brothers and Sisters. This is a time to move forward with a sense of humor and purpose, and if you can accept more power, do so.
The old answers and old ways may not work, but as we embrace the dance, we’ll find those who speak our language as we renew our vision and freedom. Because of where Mars went stationary direct, use your “zen archer” skills to take aim at whatever social or emotional target you want to connect with. This is a time for optimism, compassion, contemplation and peace. Let the stress help you detach from preconceptions and old ways of responding.
We’re still riding the new wave created by Mars conjunct Jupiter at 4 Aries in late May, learning ways to have fun naturally and being spontaneous as we eliminate negative energy and stuck feelings which leave us discontent. We are promised a new level of focused spiritual expression by Jupiter in Aries and had our dress rehearsal between May and October. We’re now launching the vision, so remember to have fun as you learn to dance into your future rather than be bogged down by the past.
We have now completed our practicum of utilizing spiritual power effectively in the context of our response to the global Wisdom which was released last May and June. Even though we’re in a different phase of the larger cycle going on, keep developing the potentials set into motion when Jupiter and Saturn conjuncted in Aquarius. With each coming year, we’ll see definite movement away from the ideas which dominated the old 200 year Earth Era and see more of the emergent 200 year Air Era launched at the December 2020 Solstice.
This Aquarian Air Era quickened with the inner planet conjunctions with Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius in Jan/Feb 2021, with those pulses renewed this year by the final conjunctions with Saturn in Aquarius until 2050. The first was made by Venus at 25 Aquarius. The second was made by the Sun at 28 Aquarius, and the third was made by Mercury at 30 Aquarius at the fulfillment of the Transfiguration Zone! All of these will begin to manifest from now on.
Where these Aquarian conjunctions occurred in our charts show us the way to our long wave metamorphosis as we transition through the 33 year end of the Age of Pisces and begin to experience the quickening of this prelude to the Age of Aquarius. This transitional period requires that we ask ourselves certain questions related to our spiritual purpose, fearless as we are One with the World Soul and walk through the world but are not “of” the world.
We have been navigating the final season of humanity’s “liberating ordeal.” All of us have had opportunities to find new inner strengths and powers the past three years, as well as assistance from Devas and Angels who bring “divine help when human efforts seem to fail.” We now are in a time of getting over our preconceptions and cultivating true fellowship.
In the past 2 years, we’ve all reached some level on the “mountaintop” where we’ve found a “fellowship of spiritual Sisters and Brothers” we’re a part of. Demonstrate your skill, and remember that attaining the mountaintop only requires a) that we enjoy the view and accomplishment, and b) the awareness of when to begin the careful descent, since we don’t want to get caught on a mountaintop when lighting clouds are blowing in!
Forgiving much with compassion for the generic human condition, we are being released from all which doesn’t serve our momentum into our greater purpose. This is the heart of a global acceleration in transforming those who are part of a greater service and group work. Embrace a new identity, a new love, a new spiritual awareness, and a new spiritual expression in grounded ways, so keep your mind and heart open and keep coordinating your body, feelings, and mind to demonstrate a stable and harmonized Soul energy. That's a great part to play as we dance through life's changes!
A Meditation on Light and Shadow
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. As I’ve offered before “enlightenment” is a verb more than it is a noun.
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.
Previous articles in this series:
Here’s part 2: The April 2023 Full Moon of 17 Aries - Libra Pt. 2 – Sabian Symbols Showing the Light of Dignified Withdrawal Expressed as Retiring From Old Dramas
Here's part 1: The April 2023 Full Moon of 17 Aries - Libra Pt. 1 – The Power of Dignity As We Retire From Old Dramas
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Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
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