Category: Moon Cycles Written by Robert Wilkinson
- What’s Happening in December-January -
New Moon this Friday! The next month features culminations, with a focus on showing gratitude and appreciation for how Life has helped us grow to where we are now. The next month features important decisions, so don’t get to spread out while seeing a whole new landscape
This Lunation introduces a new focus wherever we have 2 Capricorn, which brings an actional-material focus intensifying our quest for personal effectiveness and clarified roles as Jupiter re-enters Aries. There are numerous gifts and blessings for those who find a way to renew larger vistas of effectiveness while decreasing demands and promoting efficiency. This Lunation will show us the downside of the “wrong use of force,” or how prior destructive relationships destroyed the beauty of what was.
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 activating, organizing, responsible, practical, and irritating New Moon at 2 Capricorn occurs at 2:17 am PST, 10:17 am GMT on December 23. With the Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Pluto all clustered in Capricorn, we begin this year’s compression of all the planets within half the zodiac or less. As all the inner planets are concentrated between 2 and 22 Capricorn, that’ll be the focus of the next month.
The Aries energies set into motion in May when Mars conjuncted Jupiter in Aries is going to open up in a HUGE way this next month, due to Jupiter’s re-entry into Aries! Whatever was harmonized last month with the inner planets all trine Jupiter can help Jupiter release the potential this month via the square from the Lunation to Jupiter. We now can find the structure of how we want to move on our own power into the next compressed season.
We’re still directly dealing with this year’s Taurus and Scorpio eclipses which are removing everything in our “garden of life and mind” past its expiration date while giving us ample opportunities to show we are qualified to occupy our “spiritual office.” We’re now finishing several months of learning how to utilize spiritual power effectively through managing our mind and have already begun to let go of old stagnant feelings and relationships as we go deeper into our connection with Source.
The Spring of 2022 ended a long wave cycle, bringing inspiration, depth, connectedness, and loss all at the same time. With Jupiter now direct and in Aries, we resume our adventure into the future. Many things began to open in May which will catch fire in 2023. This month we get to practice the spiritual power of gratitude. We began a time of “extraordinary effort” a few months ago which brought opportunities to “turn misfortune to a successful adventure in broad social responsibility.”
This New Moon will jumpstart Capricorn energy wherever it falls in our chart. Where we have Capricorn will be a focus of activity, so take responsibility, be gentle and mature, see how yielding with grace is the perfect way to win the day, and shed your inhibitions without getting too extreme in anything. This time will give us a look back at previous “new vistas of development” so we can re-work our understanding or the plan. The agitation challenges us to stay on track and not be too eccentric.
A Look Back - The Great Compression of 2020 in Capricorn Still Affects Us
We’re all still reorienting toward a long-term new focus wherever we have late Capricorn and early Aquarius in our charts. 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 2022 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 Mars is now tredecile Saturn from Gemini for the second time in recent weeks, we may find things we did in the past created serendipity for us in the present related to our gratitude associated with Saturn’s degree in Aquarius.
Occupied Signs and Oppositions
This year’s inner planet transits have made all their oppositions to Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter, and Uranus since July, and finished their oppositions with Mars retrograde over the past few weeks. This ends the transit to transit oppositions, except those made by the Moon each month, until Mars opposes Pluto in late May.
Of course, those with planets in late Cancer, late Leo, late Virgo, and mid-Scorpio 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 Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Sagittarius, Capricorn and now Scorpio 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.
Fifteen 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 2 Capricorn, and the coming Full Moon will be at 17 Capricorn/Cancer, indicating 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 twenty-fifth New Moon of the Saturn in Aquarius era which will last until the New Moon of February 2023. We are now at the back end of 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 indicated last Autumn, Winter, and into the Spring of 2022 we were 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 2021 which is a fresh “emanation” from Spirit. We’re now completing our Saturn in Aquarius lessons in administering “spiritual power” effectively and will enter a new Saturn in Pisces era in the Spring of 2022.
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 took a deep dive into the vast Piscean Ocean which Jupiter calls home. In late May 2022 it entered Aries, and then in late October slipped back into the last two degrees of Pisces where it sat in November and December until it re-entered Aries today. Jupiter in Aquarius gave us a new level of awareness, which we learned to feel more deeply in Pisces so that the new initiatives we’ve launched since May will take off like rocket ships in 2023! 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 when Venus and Mars conjuncted at 1 Aquarius and then Saturn in late Aquarius, we renewed the global Aquarian energies for this past year and next.
So, What Rules the Lunation?
This New Moon in Capricorn has Jupiter as its worldly ruler and Uranus as its spiritual ruler. As Capricorn in the axis of the Archetype of the Innocent/Youth/Elder, it puts the focus on examining our instincts to make sure they are aligned with our higher purpose and Spirit. Our primal Innocence allows us to do the right thing without getting hung up on rewards. With Saturn, ruler of the Lunation, in its home sign of Aquarius, it rules itself as the “final dispositor” of all the planets in except Neptune.
So, the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Pluto are all directly ruled by Saturn. Mars in Gemini is ruled by Mercury. Saturn continues to occupy its home sign of Aquarius. Uranus is in Taurus, making Venus (and therefore Saturn) its ruler, and as usual, Neptune is still in its home sign, continuing as a long wave “standalone” dispositor of itself, ruling the fogs and mists of the current collective consciousness.
So this month we have two planets in their home signs, or “final dispositors,” with one of them ruling all the other planets except Neptune. 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 THE main player on the stage of life now through early March, helping us rise to occasions where we show our skill at managing and utilizing spiritual power, 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, since we’re rapidly moving out of that configuration which has dominated the past 29 years.)
In this Lunation, the Grand Irrationality is not triggered by any planet making a 7th harmonic irrational aspect to either Uranus or Neptune, the two planets currently anchoring the configuration in septile. It was triggered by planets transiting 10-14 Sagittarius and will next be triggered when planets transit 1-5 Aquarius.
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 the off-again, on-again Uranus septile Neptune is a constant factor in the configuration, it keeps non-rational energies in play for those with a planet or point in any of the 7 affected “hot zones” near 1-5 Aquarius, 22-26 Pisces, 14-18 Taurus, 6-10 Cancer, 28 Leo-2 Virgo, 19-23 Libra, and 10-14 Sagittarius.
Neptune in Pisces and Chiron in Aries
In this chart, Chiron is exactly stationary direct at 12 Aries! I’ll be writing about this very soon. From here it moves forward again, finally hitting 20 Aries by next July. You can see how the dance Jupiter will do with Chiron this year and next will radically expand our healing and mentoring wherever we have mid- Aries.
Because it went SRX at 17 Aries, that means the themes of 17 Aries are extremely important through next Spring. This means Chiron is mentoring and teaching us how to heal into our Higher Self through knowing when to withdraw from people and situations with dignity. At this Lunation, Chiron shows us the trajectory of “the flight of our Soul” linked to other Souls sharing our flight path. Take a look back at how new or delayed openings in your past kept you on your spiritual journey, teaching you that “to defer is not to abandon.”
This continues our adventure related to Chiron’s healing and mentoring energies in the second decan of Aries. For the past 2 years, we’ve gotten 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. So Aries dominated the past Mars/Chiron cycle, and we just began a new one with the recent Mars Conjunct Chiron at 16 Aries which takes us into the future.
Neptune continues to take us deeper into Pisces, and now is in 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 “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 at 23 Pisces, the same degree it transited first in the Spring and Summer of 2021, and again February-March 2022. As it went stationary direct on this degree, this is the platform from which collective consciousness will again begin to move forward. This is a degree of discovering and/or revealing “hidden powers of materialization,” so we can expect hidden things to be made manifest these next few weeks. This brings a “mission” or “mandate” which must be substantiated through some sort of sacrifice which allows us to “cooperate with our immortal reality.” This will set another long wave cycle of expanded “non-local knowing” into motion.
Summing Up - The Big Picture
The Capricorn conjunctions of early 2020 continue to condition the long wave cycles unfolding since then even as we simultaneously build a new Aquarian social-spiritual ideal. Jupiter 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 has crystallized in 2022 with major transfigurations to come in early 2023.
We are now on a new adventure! In November up to now, we’ve seen how at the end of cycles “things fall apart,” just as a white light breaks into the spectrum. Having opened to a wider experience of life’s Oneness earlier this year, we continue to revolutionize our lives by how we use spiritual power effectively. There have been tremendous amounts of spiritual energy pouring out into the world since the Full Moon of Gemini/Sagittarius. Be efficient in your adaptations and keep eliminating all in your “garden of life and mind” which you don’t want to deal with.
All of us are learning to listen to the inner voice, do our own thing, and embrace a new spontaneity by cleaning out our mind’s attachments to perceptions and interpretations. We continue our training to be more effective in utilizing forms of spiritual power, and as per the Solstice chart, will be learning about the power of gratitude and appreciation for the next 90 days.
Since Jupiter began a two year cycle with Mars when they conjuncted at 4 Aries, embrace the new with enthusiasm and courage! With Jupiter back in Aries, it’s time to Flame On! While there may be some insecurity because of how new it all feels, soon you’ll see that you are able to enjoy life now more than you could even last April.
Summing Up – The Immediate Picture
This Lunation brings the Light of a new maturity or responsibility through understanding that the wrong use of force destroys the integrity of systems, friendships, and even our own life. While it’s natural to blame ourselves when things don’t go as perfectly as we’d like, we also have to trust that some of our instincts were correct, even if it led to unfortunate confrontations or some amount of “mis-firing.” This can show us the value of some inhibitions while coaxing us to let go of others. We’ll definitely get a look back at how we had to surrender in some ways in 2018-2019 to attain the “transcendent security” we currently have.
With Mars retrograde, remember there’s no need for haste, no need to push the river, and no need to get agitated about what’s not happening “fast enough.” Take your time, slow down, bring your body, feelings, and mind back into balance, and trust the process.
We’re still in a time when eclipses are helping us eliminate all which limits our ability to enjoy ourselves and our freedom. Life can be a delight when we're living our truth, so release all within which blocks your experience of happiness. We’ve all contacted a “seed knowledge” which will serve us in 2023 once the review of methods and approaches is complete by January 2023. Scorpio seeks to venture into the unknown, but as the North Node is in Taurus, remember to enjoy the journey!
Because of several extraordinarily favorable aspects, this should be a very fortunate 4-week period if we can keep the momentum and initiative in our own hands. Even though the Sun opposed Mars is past, Mars is still slow, so don’t get frustrated with the pace and show a sense of humor. We’ve already seen a new direction open since the Mars/Jupiter conjunction in Aries. This is a journey of making our life “lighter and brighter.” As Mercury slows to retrograde and Mars speeds up about to go direct, build in a time lag to review and prepare to move forward rapidly and dynamically in January.
We’ve already hit a turning point in our tests of using spiritual power and/or magnetism wisely, with new heart strengths as a result of “spiritual linkage through emotional stress” and “the blessings which come forth after the death of useless things.” We’re now living new roles in new relationships as we play our part in the Aquarian energy field growing stronger by the month. Continue to ride the waves of a gigantic future opening to you wherever you have Aquarius and Aries 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.”
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 23 months 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 give opportunities to demonstrate a higher understanding of how to embrace our future.
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!
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See you soon with part 2, which will cover Sabian Symbols, Jones patterns, element distribution, and a whole lot more!
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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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