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- What’s Happening in February-March -
This New Moon ushers in 4 weeks that will help us get closure on many old things, as well as a new understanding of our mastery in navigating our lives. This will be a time of maximum productivity and clarity, helping us get a lot accomplished despite Mercury retrograde.
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 empathic, collectively sensitive and extraordinarily productive New Moon at 5 Pisces occurs at 7:32 am PST, 3:32 pm GMT on February 23. This will bring us into the Light of feeling a vast connection with the All, quickening our ability to do some sort of group work. This one activates everything which began at the Christmas Solar Eclipse, speeding up our elimination of all we don’t need to get things in motion!
This Lunation continues the occupancy of the inner planets solidly in the outer planet occupied zone between Mars in early Capricorn and Uranus in early Taurus. Old Capricorn patters are already being shut down by the recent Eclipses, allowing new forms of responsibility and a sense of what’s important to come forth. This once activates the shutting down of early Capricorn things, so follow through on the new law of your life and do what you must.
Because we now have Mars in early Cap and Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto in the last half of Capricorn, we’re still in process of a great reorganization through the compression of planets now happening. In this chart, because both Capricorn and Pisces are so strong, Saturn is on the main stage, helping us listen to the inner voice and “hear” that which is beyond our normal range.
This New Moon will jumpstart Pisces energy wherever it falls in our chart, and because it is sextile Mars, we have extraordinary organizational potential, but also a lot of internal friction because the Lunation cuts the Venus square Jupiter into two semisquares. I discuss more tomorrow. This accelerated the removal of many old patterns from our lives, priming the pump for all that will be set into motion in March.
The Great Compression
As Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are all direct in motion and have made or are making their conjunctions, we are in the heart of the next phase of our collective spiritual evolution. And since the Eclipses, the Sun is now within the outer planet span for the next 60 days, soon to be joined by Mars in March. All of the planets have now begun their dance within the Grand Compression in the first 90 days of 2020, setting the stage for the Grand Mutation of late 2020, launching both a new 20 year cycle AND a new 200 year era!
Wherever we have early Capricorn through mid-Pisces is a very “crowded house,” showing a lot of activity wherever we have that span in our chart. Because all the inner planets are in the zone between late Capricorn and early Taurus over the next few months, we will not experience any transit to transit oppositions except those the Moon makes each month. The next transit oppositions will resume next Summer when the inner planets make oppositions to Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn.
That said, keep in mind that anyone with planets in Cancer, Leo, Virgo, and Scorpio will have some VERY long wave oppositions in their charts, with potential for very high awareness and a realization of how to ground a new ideal, a new public function, and a new way of related to their 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 Capricorn and Aquarian patterns, allowing newer ones to take shape as Jupiter and Saturn occupy those signs.
This New Moon at 5 Pisces is the seed theme for the coming Full Moon at 20 Pisces/Virgo on March 9 just before Mercury goes stationary direct on the transfiguration degree. This implies the theme of the New Moon involving getting clear about some things, mastering discouragement, and showing fairness in the marketplace, whether of things or ideas, will find fulfillment in the Light of a signal from Spirit bringing us what we need made manifest as the beginning of a great “adventure in consciousness.”
At this point in time, we are at the far end of the long run of the “alternate” Sun/Moon relationships, where the Sun of the New Moon is in the same sign as the Sun of the following Full Moon. Beginning in July 2020, we’ll again enter many months of the New Moon Sun being followed by a Full Moon with the Sun in the next sign. So while this month’s New Moon is at 5 Pisces and the coming Full Moon Sun will be at 20 Pisces, in July we’ll have a New Moon at 29 Cancer with the following Full Moon Sun at 12 Leo.
How The Sun/Moon Sequence 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).
Before the April 2019 New Moon, the last Lunation where we had the New Moon Sun in the same sign as the next Full Moon Sun was the July 2017 New Moon at 1 Leo, which was the fifteenth in that sequence. The next Full Moon had the Sun at 16 Leo, and finished the run of Full Moons with the Sun in the same sign as the preceding New Moon Sun.
The next New Moon was the August 2017 Solar Eclipse at 29 Leo, when we shifted to the second (reverse) pattern, since that New Moon Solar Eclipse was followed by a Full Moon with the Sun at 14 Virgo and Moon at 14 Pisces. We were in this “reversed order” between August 2017 and April 2019. Since April we’ve been back in “the natural order.” This will again shift to the reverse pattern in July 2020. I also explain more about this phenomenon and what it means in the Full Moon articles.
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-seventh and last in an unbroken period of New Moons of the Saturn in Capricorn era! We are experiencing many new Saturn cycles during the current Great Compression happening in January, February, and March. In 2018 Saturn helped us get beyond fear; in 2019 Saturn taught us through some sort of “planned group behavior.” As it’s now moving forward after its rare and very powerful conjunction with Pluto in January, we see it’s solidly in the second half of Capricorn, putting the focus on “Group Performance” on a degree of “clairaudience.”
This is the third New Moon of the Jupiter in Capricorn era! We can now shift the focus, using the humor and sense of adventure we acquired during Jupiter’s stay in Sagittarius and organize that “Distributive Fire” into forms of group power and effectiveness. Jupiter is at full speed, and after the “self transcendence” in the past month, we now can be quickened, rising to some occasion.
We are in an extraordinarily important span in Cosmic Time! In December, Venus conjuncted Jupiter in late Sag in close conjunction with the Galactic Center. That set a new cycle of Jupiter into motion, and was the last inner planet conjunction with Jupiter in Sag for 12 years! Recently, Mars transited the Galactic Center, triggering long wave effects from Saturn’s conjunction in 2017 and Jupiter’s conjunction in late 2019.
Jupiter in Scorpio (Oct 2017- Nov 2018) was bound, or cocooned in some way. Jupiter in Sagittarius, its natural home of Distributive Fire, opened a sense of life as a grand adventure in consciousness. 2019 was a year of “Jupiter unbound,” where as we cultivated a sense of humor, generosity, and an abundant view we relieved a lot of pressure. As Jupiter seeks truth, we’ve had to be honest with ourselves and others and lighten up. Now Jupiter expands its authority within Saturn’s “Ring Pass Not,” and we’ll all see what we have to do and how to do it.
Since Jupiter rules both our Sag and Pisces sectors, we’ve learned a lot about being compassionate and forgiving side, but also the truth that as greater lives open for us, we have to let go of lesser things. As we have blessed and forgiven, we have seen grace made manifest in our lives in distinctively Sagittarius ways. Understanding how Grace and blessings have manifested in Sag areas of our life will naturally yield an understanding of how it will manifest in the Capricorn areas of our lives in the coming years.
So What Rules the Lunation?
This New Moon in Pisces has Jupiter as its worldly ruler, and Neptune in Pisces as its spiritual ruler. As Jupiter is in Capricorn and Saturn is also in its home sign of Capricorn, it is the worldly dispositor of the Lunation, as well as all the other planets except Neptune! This month we continue to have two planets in their home signs. Saturn and Neptune are in the signs they rule, making things very clear and natural in all matters ruled by those planets.
This returns us to an huge imbalance in which planetary rulers dominate the stage. As every planet except Neptune is ruled by Saturn, it makes Saturn the final dispositor of all of them, making it THE overwhelming influence behind all planetary affairs. As usual, Neptune continues as a longwave “standalone” dispositor of itself, ruling the fogs and mists of the current collective consciousness.
So Saturn and Neptune rule all the other planets except for when the Moon is in Cancer, and will until Venus enters Taurus. 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 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 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 decided to create an article which explains what it is, how long it’s been in effect, and which zones of the zodiac 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.
In this chart, we have an echo of the First Grand Irrationality (1993-2017) as Saturn is septile Neptune. At the last Full Moon, the Moon was triseptile both, indicating the past two weeks have marked yet another “fork in the road” of humanity’s destiny related to these planetary functions.
If Neptune is mass consciousness, and Saturn is the time keeper of how we must mature as a race, and the Moon was the nozzle for the Bucket and therefore the means of releasing all the other planetary energies, pay attention to what’s coming up in the houses where you have late Capricorn, mid-Pisces, and 20 Leo, since those life areas will be where you must be cooperative and take a pioneering attitude.
Neptune and Chiron in Pisces and 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 link to in coming months and 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 Early 2020 – 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 been manifesting in Pisces. Now that Chiron is in Aries, we truly 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.
The North Node
The coming 4 weeks continues to show us the value of cooperating with our “invisible helpers” and finding “extraordinary good luck.” For the next month we will grow through contacting our primal innocence as we cooperate within the web of Life.
In November 2018 we left the North Node in Leo and South Node in Aquarius era which began in May 2017, and entered the NN in Cancer and SN in Capricorn era. When the NN is in Cancer, our greatest development is through our ability to be tender, caring, and nurturing of all that we feel close to. This is where we learn through the “Mother principle,” and use “enlightened self-interest” to gather what we need to make our lives more secure. Because the SN is in Capricorn, we will demonstrate these qualities through being mature and responsible, organized and willing to work to demonstrate our personal skills in forms of social power.
The North Node in the first decan of Cancer brings a specific focus to the Cancer qualities of the sign of Cancer. This will bring forth a greater personal interest in things, learning techniques of exploring the emotional and social realms to feel our connection with the invisible world.
These will express through the South Node in the Capricorn decan of Capricorn. This should help us express our emotional growth through demonstrating our ability to see a new law of Life giving us a mandate to do what we need to do.
Summing Up - The Big Picture
We are now in the middle of major new cycles in our lives! We are now in a phase of full mobilization, both of letting go as well as doing whatever we have trained to do. We’re all feeling squeezed wherever we have Capricorn, and can get very clear where the larger tides of Life are taking us. The Law of Economy of Energy has already been set into motion, and the quickening we’re experiencing will give us an entirely different understanding of our capabilities.
This is the next phase in our quest to find “transcendent security,” with the emphasis on play and comfort rather than austerity. This activates elements of Dharma, since Mars in Capricorn will soon set multiple cycles into motion, including the last Superior Conjunction, Mercury and the Sun conjunctions with Saturn and Pluto, as well as Saturn’s conjunction with Pluto. These will be followed by Mars’ conjunctions with Jupiter and Pluto, and then Saturn at 1 Aquarius, setting the Grand Mutation formative pulses into motion!
2017’s Solar Eclipses in Pisces and Leo, and 2018’s Eclipses in Aquarius, Cancer and Leo have quickened us, and we’ve been eliminating a lot of expectancies, considerations, and excess baggage. We continue to dump all kinds of old ghosts and elements of pride that would hinder our hearts from its authentic self-expression, and are getting clear about our priorities and what we should and should not expect of ourselves and others.
As a result of the 2018 Eclipses, we’ve hit the end of an old quest, attained some ambition, and now are learning a new freedom and togetherness. The 2019 Eclipses in Capricorn and Cancer have continued to remove old patterns from those sectors of our charts, with this “Cosmic Recycling” energy again set into play by the recent late December and mid-January Eclipses.
Summing Up – The Immediate Picture
We are now in a long period of intense mobilization in the part of our lives where we have Capricorn and Aquarius. We’ve been immersed mainly in Capricorn energies so far, and been exposed to the Light of Aquarius in recent weeks. We now enter a quickening, with major endings and beginning promised over the next few weeks! The pulses set into motion these next 4 weeks will finish an era and begin a new one, with themes springing to life in April which will dominate the stage of Life, ours and the world’s, by this time next year!
This period can help us bless and forgive a lot, letting go of all we no longer need to drag with us on our path. Find ways to generate optimism and good will to counter any collective vibe of discouragement. Show fairness and compassion in the “marketplace of Life,” greet returns and rehearsals as preliminary to your “graduation into a new realm of Being” in early March, and find ways to use your imagination to see a higher realm beyond old preconceptions.
Saturn’s patient, gentle, and wise understanding has prepared us for the group work already in motion, and Jupiter now expands our capacity to bring humor and imagination to any task or situation. Because of so much Saturn influence, keep in mind the coming weeks may be dominated by “serious people saying serious things,” so remember to take some of it with the proverbial “grain of salt,” not giving the illusion more power than it deserves, which is none.
We now have trained to use power efficiently as we shift our allegiances and dedication. All of this serves the “new quality of being rendering the old patterns obsolete” we’ve awakened to since last Summer. Be efficient as you quicken to rise to occasions, and listen to the inner voice. We can become very clear about what’s leaving and what’s coming, as well as what is. This one continues to show us our “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,” and a new understanding of where the collective consciousness is at.
See you soon with part 2, which will cover Sabian Symbols, Jones patterns, element distribution, and a whole lot more!
© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
About the author:
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.
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca. with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
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