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Signs, Sabian Symbols, and What It All Means.
This article covers significant aspects, degree symbols, and other important factors in this New Moon Total Eclipse chart. This is a “focused inspired renewal” New Moon, so live your truth, see how past karma is affecting your current situation, and be ready to act with spiritual power to grow as a benefactor to others.
The second decan of Sagittarius is where we “flame on” to fulfill securing the goals of the Aquarian ideal. This is a self-initiating part of “distributive Fire,” and allows us a joyous and even delightful dance with life and spreading the Light. What began earlier this year is now in its “harvest season,” seeing us pull back from some things while moving and grooving into the future in liberating ways.
Long Term Effects of the Capricorn and Aquarius Compressions
We began multiple long wave Capricorn cycles in early 2020, and created more long wave Aquarian cycles between March and December 2020. If you want to know more about the four year sequence of The Great Compressions of Early 2020, 2021, and 2022, that article explains that in January through March 2020 we experienced the second of four consecutive compressions of planets. The first was in early 2019 when all the planets were bundled in about one third of the sky, called a Bundle pattern, which is the rarest of all. While the inner planets transited through all the other signs after that, we again hit maximum compression again in March 2020, and then expanded through the rest of the year.
This clustering happened again in 2021 in the last half of January into early February, with maximum compression was around January 19-21 when all of the planets were within a 101 degree span, creating a very intense zone of activity wherever we have late Capricorn through early Taurus. Four planets in Aquarius and two in Taurus made for a very crowded house, with 10 distinct energies occupying less than 1/3 of the total space. The final compression will occur in early 2022.
Depending on the position of the Moon and the inner planets relative to the outer planets, different months bring us different Jones Patterns. These patterns operate their own independent influence, regardless of which planet is in which sign.
Currently, the outer planet occupied span begins with Pluto in late Capricorn, and proceeds through Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius, Neptune in Pisces, and ends with Uranus in Taurus. (We don’t include TransPluto, since Jones didn’t use it in defining his patterns). Now that the inner planets are in late Scorpio, Sagittarius, and late Capricorn, they are closing in on their coming conjunctions with Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter over the next dozen weeks or so.
In this chart, we have a distinct cluster of the inner planets between late Scorpio and mid-Sagittarius, with Venus far into Capricorn and conjunct Pluto. We are now in an almost perfect “Bowl” Jones pattern.
So What is a “Bowl Pattern” and how does it work?
This type of spread, with all the planets occupying approximately half of the signs with an empty half opposite the occupied half, creates a “special type of conscious selfhood,” which Dr. Jones says “marks the Bowl type of temperament. He goes on to state “Fundamentally it is an extreme self-containment,” which “holds things, and a Bowl individual is one who always has something to bear.”
He goes on to state that with the Bowl, “the whole dynamic of man, his total power of achievement, arises in his instinctive realization that he is set off against a definite part of the world, that there is a complete segment of experience from which he is excluded in some subtle fashion. The Bowl not only holds something, but also places whatever it holds into relationship with a larger consideration.”
Dr. Jones continues that “the occupied segment of the Bowl horoscope reveals the activity and organization of the self, since planets are significant according to their place by sign and house, and the unoccupied segment becomes a challenge to existence, or the need and emptiness to which the native must direct his attention. The outstanding characteristic of the Bowl temperament is its marked sense of what is self-contained in contrast with what the self cannot hold, and this take an everyday form in an advocacy of some cause, the furtherance of a mission, an introspective concern over the purpose of experience.”
He concludes his explanation of how the pattern works with “The Bowl native always has something to give to his fellows, whether literally or psychologically, whether constructively or vindictively, because his orientation to the world arises from division; that is, frustration and uncertainty. The leading planets, determined in exactly the same way as for the Locomotive pattern, give a point of application, and shows where and how the native seeks to carry out his mission or gain his everyday justification for existence.”
He brings up another important point of analysis, as he states “the leading planet is of secondary importance in the Bowl pattern, unless it is found in a strong opposition or cosmic cross. The fundamental attack on the problems of life by the Bowl individual is indicated more significantly by the tilt or house-position of the Bowl-segment.”
He concludes this section by stating “the Bowl character is definitely more self-expending, or self-seeking, and more practically interested in what things mean and what they are. It continually throws the emphasis from the signs into the houses. It a general way the Bowl tends to ‘scoop up’ things and initiate experience when the position of the leading planet ranges from the fourth cusp, up and over the ascendant, to the midheaven cusp, and then inclines to “capture” things or consummate various phases of life when the leading planet is placed similarly from the tenth angle down over the descendant to the nadir.”
Mars at 24 Scorpio is the leading planet on a degree of “a challenge to transformation.” Incorporate “inspiring experiences and teachings into everyday living,” act with “practical inspiration,” and be clear in your mind if you want your thought forms to be made manifest. With Uranus closing, close out experience by seeing what you need to express your new individuality. At this time we are individualized by taking a look back at what we needed to show off a new self-image to our world. This leads with emotional and social faith, and closes with individual and spiritual substantiation.
The Outer Planets Anchor the Pattern In A Third of the Sky
During 2018, 2019, and 2020, Jupiter played a major part in entering life experience because it was the planet leading the span. It’s why those years seemed like a wild ride, an adventure, a quest, and more! These years prepared us for the forceful awakening happening now during this time of great mobilization.
In 2020 Jupiter entered the outer planet occupied span, and will be there for several years. Last year it made multiple conjunctions with Pluto, expanding and purifying that powerful energy wherever we have late Capricorn in our charts. After Jupiter’s third and final conjunction with Pluto in November 2020, Pluto again leads the outer planet occupied span for years to come as that occupied span opens up after Jupiter conjuncts Uranus and moves into Gemini in 2024.
That means we’ll have “competing conjunctions” in the larger global tides, since those Capricorn conjunctions will be in play for quite a while, along with the 2020 Mars conjunct Saturn coupled with the Grand Mutation Jupiter conjunct with Saturn, both at 1 Aquarius. As you know, the Aquarian conjunctions launched a new 20 year and 200 year era moving from materialism to idealism, so take a look at how you reorganized or restructured your life in 2020, preparing to find power flowing to you and from you as we move into a vaster tide of evolution toward long term Aquarian wave forms.
The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon
A New Moon sets the seed forms for what the following month will demonstrate. This Lunation falls at 13 Sagittarius, and it is said that the second third (decan) of any sign deals with the social, emotional, and cultural levels of life, and being the second decan of Sagittarius it has a sub-influence of Aries with an added dose of the Moon. While I've given you a sense of this degree up to now, this is where we go into depth.
The Sabian Symbol we’ve been given for the 13th degree of Sagittarius is “A widow’s past is brought to light.” In the original notes from the Marc Jones class on the symbols published in The Astrology of Personality, Rudhyar says this is a degree of “the eternal call for fulfillment through love which overcomes personal sensitiveness and set patterns” and “revision of attitude.”
In The Astrological Mandala, he says this degree is one of “the karma of past actions as it affects opportunities presented by a new cycle.” He states that even after past cycles are done, “the karma of whatever deeds or misdeeds (the) cycle witnessed will almost inevitably intrude into the new life period” and “much that was unclear or unconsciously motivated… can now more easily come to the clear consciousness of the mind.”
He goes on to state “It is possible to joyously herald” a new dawning of love, but we will also have to confront “the unfinished business of many a yesteryear.” He gives a curious keyword, “retribution,” and says it’s in the span of Receptiveness, and it’s the synthesizing degree of the individual, mental, and spiritual level of the scene of Abstraction in the Act of Group Integration.
According to Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, the degree is one of “an individual agony of Soul as the property of all, its public revelation becoming both a personal clearance and an encouragement to others in their own ordeals of the spirit.” He continues “here is experience at a climax on the side of self-protection in spiritual or inner realization,” with “an emphasis on the better chance ahead rather than on any present or future penalties to be suffered.”
He gives us the keyword of RECTIFICATION. He tells us that when operating in a positive manner, the degree is “a successful employment of past failure as well as prior accomplishment in the effective integration of the personality.”
So the specific theme of the next month (and the next 4 years) involves the trials of our past becoming an inspiration to self and others in the future, with self-protection from spiritual realizations. Leave old patterns behind which inhibit your freedom to feel the delight of dancing free through eternity. This is love helping us revise our attitudes to make our lives more of a delight of moving in harmony with life rather than being bound to past conditions.
Remember that in reading a Lunation chart (as well as a horary, inceptional, electional, or any event chart) the forming aspects show things to come, while separating aspects show things already past. Partile separating aspects show what’s been going on in the Now. This section covers only forming and partile separating aspects.
We’re still in a time of many qualities of aspects feeding the uniqueness and specialization of the times. The Saturn square Uranus friction will pervade the atmosphere for the rest of this year and beyond, and it’s one of three important squares in this chart! The other two are Mars square Jupiter and Mercury square Neptune.
Saturn/Uranus is helping us see what matters and what must be disregarded. Mars/Jupiter challenges us to act focusing our spiritual power, being clear about our heart’s desire in what we want to see made manifest. Mercury/Neptune challenges us to be clear about what roles we are and aren’t playing, and see the stages and phases which brought us to where we’re at in order to know what’s coming in the future.
The Lunation makes two quincunxes to Uranus, indicating changes, sacrifices, and adjustment related to securing what we need to display our uniqueness or individuality to others. The Lunation is also exactly quintile Jupiter creating two points of a 5 pointed Star of Uniqueness. The Lunation conjunct Mercury reinforces those quintiles, and adds Uranus in a biquintile, creating three points of the same Star, expanding its influence. When we add Venus conjunct Pluto to the mix, we have four points of a 10 Pointed Star of Interactive Serendipity.
Other than the aspects mentioned above, the Lunation makes a novile to Venus, vigintile to Mars, quincunx to Uranus, and a trielftile to Pluto. Mercury is decile Venus, septile Saturn, and novile Pluto; Venus is sextile Mars, tredecile Uranus, sextile Neptune, and conjunct Pluto; and Mars is quintile Saturn and sextile Pluto.
Outer planet aspects feature Jupiter quintile Uranus, quindecile Neptune, and semisextile Pluto; Saturn is square Uranus and novile Neptune, and Uranus is septile Neptune and tredecile Pluto.
Special Configurations in Evolutionary Astrology
This month there are three evolutionary configurations directly in play, with two involving Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter, and all involving Uranus due to it receiving both specializing and nonrational aspects. In no particular order, the configurations are:
Mercury quintile Jupiter and biquintile Uranus, with Jupiter quintile Uranus. This is a configuration of special gifts and circumstances coming forth in those areas of our charts. When we add the Eclipse quintile Jupiter it expands the “quintessential” influence, impacting planets or points in the active zones around 12-18 Sagittarius, 24-30 Aquarius, 6-12 Taurus, 18-24 Cancer, and 30 Virgo-6 Libra.
The second evolutionary configuration involves all those planets, and when we add Venus at 23 Capricorn conjunct Pluto, it further expands those zones into a 10th harmonic Star of Serendipity. Those zones are all of the above plus 3 more degrees at the end, expanding the hot zones to 9 degrees wide, including all of the opposite signs as well as the ones listed above. That involves 90 degrees where we can expect serendipity, interactive gifts and blessings, and high specialization across multiple areas of our charts. This will bring moments of true delight as we realize some extraordinarily unique events which are perfect for who we are and our circumstances!
The third special evolutionary configuration is of course the Grand Irrationality, continuing the blend of the first one via Neptune and the second, more hard-edged one via Uranus. The Uranus septile Neptune continues to generate voids in other signs which are triggered by transits and triggering choices and changes to any planets or points we have near any of the 7 affected “hot zones” around 27 Capricorn-1 Aquarius, 19-23 Pisces, 10-14 Taurus, 2-6 Cancer, 23-27 Leo, 14-18 Libra, and 6-10 Sagittarius.
This month Jupiter plays a big part in our aspects in play, since Venus is septile Jupiter and Mars is tredecile Jupiter. Jupiter is not only going give a blessing to many, helping them get ready for greater work, but there’s high specialization and interactive gifts promised by Mars.
Mercury septile Saturn puts the ruler of our Gemini and Virgo at a fork in the road relative to the ruler of our Capricorn and Aquarius. This primarily affects 15-19 Sagittarius, 7-11 Aquarius, 28 Pisces-2 Aries, 20-24 Taurus, 11-15 Cancer, 3-7 Virgo, and 24-28 Libra. This is a culminative turning point which blesses us to leave some things behind which we’re no longer attached to.
This month we have a lot of spiritual aspects! In the various harmonic series, this month is a mixed bag. In the specialization harmonic series, we have a bunch! 2 vigintiles, 1 quindecile, 1 decile, FIVE quintiles, 2 tredeciles, and 1 biquintile. The 9th harmonic gives us 4 noviles. All novile series (9th harmonic) indicates things which need to be put on the shelf for a while, or that which has been gestating can now move forward. If you want to know more about this important “spiritual gestation” series which mark points of potential spiritual realization and integration, there are several articles in the archives.
This month we have only two aspects in the 11th harmonic elftile series, both trielftiles made by the Eclipse. In the nonrational septile series, we have only 2 septiles. The 11th harmonic series indicate that faith is required to deal with transcending some dualities, and 7th harmonic aspects indicate forks in the road of destiny.
The novile (9th harmonic), septile (7th harmonic) and elftile (11th harmonic) series all feature spiritual aspects. All novile series aspects represent gestative energies that can lead to great spiritual realizations. Septile series aspects represent forks in the road of destiny, while the elftile series aspects represent issues and points of evolution where we confront the need to resolve some sort of duality by making a leap of faith to attain a form of mastery over that type of duality. This series tests our faith.
The quintile and biquintile (5th harmonic) and related 10th (decile and tredecile), 15th (quindecile), and 20th harmonic (vigintile) aspects are all specialization aspects. You can find more by going to Astrology Class on the Specializing Aspects Pt. 1 – The Quintile and Biquintile, and Astrology Class on the Specializing Aspects Part 2 – The Decile, Tredecile, Quindecile and the Vigintile.
You can find out more about the spiritual aspects (septile, novile, and elftile series) by referencing this brief overview of the Spiritual aspects, complete with glyphs for all of them.
Element Balance and Who’s Leading the Sun
This month shows a slightly balanced imbalance in the elements, with Fire and Earth slightly more preponderant than Air and Water. We have the 10 traditional planets occupying 6 signs in a balanced heat/cold distribution. We have 3 planets in Fire (inspiration and warmth), 3 planets in Earth (practical grounding), 2 in Air (relatedness and communicating), and 2 in Water (feelings and experiencing). This month we have Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, and Taurus represented, with no planet in the other signs.
Air and Earth are “cool” elements, while Fire and Water are “hot” elements. With this distribution, we have a balance between heat and cold, but a slight dominance of Fire and Earth. Consider this a time for inspired practicality, and practical inspiration. Keep the Jupiter and Saturn Air ideal in mind as you apply Mars in Scorpio with precision and focus to enter any new active experience, even if it involves letting go.
Because the New Moon Eclipse falls in mid-Sagittarius, Mars is the “Gateway to the Light.” This helps us find strength and courage in moving deeper into the mystery of fulfilling our purpose through the training we’re doing. “Under pressure….”
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 begins a new pattern which will shifts several times in the next 8 weeks due to Venus and Mercury both going retrograde between mid-December and early February. For now, as a process of moving through events, the most effective “firing sequence” for approaching life and experience over the next two 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 leads with their decisions. 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.
This New Moon Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius helps us use our spiritual gifts and understanding in precise ways, ignoring the irrelevant as we see how the past has strengthened us and trained us to get ready to act decisively in the future. This is a purifying eclipse which will prove very favorable due to the number of 5th and 10th harmonic zones activated by this Lunation.
Because of those aspects, there are a multitude of blessings coming over the next few weeks and years, with the future revealed by our ability to pick up and deliver spiritual power” in the future. This Eclipse will liberate us to live a new future with a greater Love redeeming whatever problems we had in the past. This one will show us our competence in “command and control” situations requiring adaptation and efficiency, as well as “the way within to outer success,” with the blessings that come after the death of useless things.
Those who are cooperating with the larger growth trends are being lifted up as if on wings. We now move forward into the final chapter of the larger 2021 process of “graduation into a new realm of Being,” knowing the doors which opened beginning May 2020 have now shown us alternative futures and adventures to be embraced in December. With Jupiter still having one more transit through the Transfiguration Zone, we’re literally in the heart of a larger transformation process, so stay open to whatever you need to learn to become the Spiritual Adult who has emerged from their chrysalis.
While we still have to function within the Capricorn cycles we began in 2020, we also have crossed the threshold of an era unknown to humanity since the 13th and 14th centuries. Even then, we were still in the depth of the Age of Pisces, so the awakening of new ideas then were relative to the old era, whereas what’s coming involves wave after wave of Aquarian energies, pushing us to the coming Great Age emerging in the second half of this century.
As noted earlier, these long wave Aquarian pulses were initially set into motion by the Mars conjunct Saturn at 1 Aquarius on March 31, 2020, marking the initiation of archetypal Aquarian preliminary structures offered by Saturn. The promise and potential of the new Aquarian pulse then began to expand into a greater social and cultural vision beginning at the Jupiter conjunction with Saturn, the Grand Mutation of the Solstice also at 1 Aquarius. So we have 20 years of Aquarian energies set into motion by that conjunction!
Of note is that Mars will transit Aquarius in March and April 2022, giving a new impetus to the Aquarian structures which grow and take shape in 2021. After that, the next time Mars transits Aquarius will be in February and March 2024, when it conjuncts Pluto at 1 Aquarius in February about 3 weeks after Pluto’s first ingress into Aquarius. That begins the Pluto in Aquarius “generation” of the 21st century which lasts until 2043. As there will be a Jupiter conjunction with Pluto at 15 Aquarius in 2033, we’ll see the “expansion of the Angels of the Age of Aquarius” at that time.
We are all actively in a long term “metamorphosis” which is already opening a new adventure for all of us right now! Because the last two degrees of Aquarius show us what the beginning of the coming Age of Aquarius is about, last year helped us remember we are Beings of Light, a Superstar shining the Light of our Eternal Love into our world. This year expands that promise.
Last year’s Solar Eclipses have helped us all turn a Cosmic Corner and move in a new direction. We’ve “lowered one flag and raised a new one” and will continue to do so for many months and years. The “Cosmic Recycler” quality of the 2019 and 2020 Cancer eclipses are helping remove old habits and sentimentalities, and many things which used to be familiar patterns in our lives have ended, are ending, or will end.
Both the Cancer and Sagittarius eclipses of 2020 are removing all we do not need in our Cancer and Sagittarius response in the houses they fell in. The Sag Eclipse is removing all which blocks our happiness, and I’m certainly looking forward to the restoration of more humor, more freedom, more largeness of vision, and greater truths and futures promised as old obsolete Sag forms are taken away. This eclipse reinforces that one while giving us a rebirth of love. June’s eclipse is removing old Gemini responses, and will purify our life and mind while repressed material comes up and claims its due.
New groups of Spiritual communities formed last year and will continue to form this year, and those which are Aquarian in nature are being “lifted on the wings of angels” in 2021. Trust the process. We are learning not to play to the generic confusion, irrationality, and misleading notions. Revolution is in the air! And when you find things and people of eternal worth, value them with all your heart.
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Saturn continues its long term occupancy in its home sign of Aquarius. While we’ll still be dealing with the individual, mental, and spiritual levels of the group work set into motion last year, we are now experiencing Saturn’s Aquarius qualities. In that sign, Saturn continues to be the final dispositor of all planets transiting Capricorn and Aquarius from now through 2023. It was a major influence in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Eclipses, continuing its years-long power behind events.
Because Saturn plays such a large part in ruling the stage of Life for many months and even years to come, if you haven’t gotten your copy already, 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 as Spirits in the material world.
Saturn helps us give form and structure to our quest for Self-realization. We are learning to use the “organized personal structure” built in Capricorn last year as we move into our greater Aquarian group work to concretize a spiritual ideal for the future, with an eye to the greatest good for the greatest number. We now approach how to structure our individual Soul energy to make our spiritual life come alive.
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 your own terms. It was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers, and will help you understand how your life experiences assisted your Soul growth and your power to turn away from negative 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.
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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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