Category: Moon Cycles Written by Robert Wilkinson
- Aspects, Evolutionary Configurations, and More -
The next two weeks will reveal our willingness to embrace our “balanced adventure in conscious self-expression,” with a need to mobilize to rise to some challenge. This one gives us glimpses of the future and an entrance into a more profound “sanctuary.”
This Full Moon fulfills the Aquarius New Moon themes, which means we’ve now begun the second year of the 20 year Aquarian pulse set into motion in December 2020. The Solar eclipses continue to remove all which would block our happiness, so accept that you must leave the past behind. This is a time of releasing our inhibitions as we find a natural creative self-expression.
Last year we completed the three-fold transfiguration process in our late Aquarius area of life which has already resulted in a deeper connection with ourselves, others, and Source. This Lunation can bring realizations related to the three Jupiter conjunctions with Pluto in 2020, as well as the transfiguration we’ve all gone through and continue to go through until late April, after which we will all be living differently than we were in early 2021.
This month we’re down to two evolutionary configurations, neither one involving the Lunation, both involving Neptune, with each putting us at various “forks in the road of destiny.” We’ll begin to have more configurations in play as the year develops and the inner planets leave the outer planet zone. They are, in no particular order:
1) Though barely separating, we see Mercury septile Neptune with both triseptiled by the Moon. This 7th harmonic “Kite” configuration shows shifts in the collective atmosphere, as well as our ability to translate our transfigured Being into “right action.” Be happy and balanced in embracing a more enjoyable expression. Areas most affect include 30 Capricorn-4 Aquarius, 21-25 Pisces, 13-17 Taurus, 4-8 Cancer, 26-30 Leo, 17-21 Libra, and 8-12 Sagittarius. If you have a planet or point in one or more of these zones, expect some developments moving you in important future directions.
2) The second evolutionary configuration (as usual) involves the Grand Irrationality anchored by Uranus septile Neptune and biseptile Pluto. While not really trigger by the inner planets yet, Mercury is giving us a hint of things to come in early March when Venus and Mars conjunct Pluto, septile Neptune, and biseptile Uranus. Pay attention to your late Leo and early Aquarius sectors to see what’s coming.
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) has been 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, “fork in the road of destiny” configurations blending the transpersonal revolutionizing of Uranus with the transpersonal “fog of mass consciousness” of Neptune with the purifying “death and rebirth” energy of Pluto. This Lunation has no planets activating this “Seven Pointed Star of Destiny.”
Besides the various aspects I gave you related to the evolutionary configurations, forming (or partile separating) inner planet aspects include Moon sesquisquare Venus and Mars, tredecile Uranus and quincunx Pluto; Mercury is novile Jupiter; Venus is novile the Sun, conjunct Mars, septile Jupiter, semisextile Saturn, bielftile Neptune and conjunct Pluto; and the Sun is novile Mars, quintile Uranus, quindecile Neptune, and semisextile Pluto.
Outer planet forming and partile separating aspects include Mars septile Jupiter, semisextile Saturn, bielftile Neptune and conjunct Pluto; Jupiter is quindecile Saturn, sextile Uranus, conjunct Neptune, and semisquare Pluto; Saturn makes no aspects to planets beyond it this month; and Uranus makes only the aspects in the configurations.
Friction is light this month, with only 1 semisquare and 1 quincunx. Any friction will occur on an individual basis, since all of us have something in a 4th or 8th harmonic series aspect to something in our charts.
This month features a lot of spiritual aspects from all the different series. In the series related to destiny and “fate,” we find 4 septiles, 1 biseptile, and 2 triseptiles. In the 9th harmonic series related to spiritual realizations, we have 3 noviles. In the 11th harmonic series related to spiritual realizations, we have 2 bielftiles. The specializing aspect series provides 2 quindeciles, 1 quintile, and 1 tredecile.
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 7th harmonic aspects help us make choices to fulfill our destiny, and the novile series aspects (9th harmonic) represent entry or exit points of periods of gestation which can bring forth possible spiritual developments. The 11th harmonic aspects involve situations where there is a need to transcend and master some form of duality by making a leap of faith.
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.
This past year we’ve had 4 Eclipses. The May Lunar eclipse was at 6 Sagittarius, the June Solar eclipse was at 20 Gemini, the last Full Moon was a Lunar eclipse at 28 Taurus, and the last New Moon was a Solar eclipse at 13 Sagittarius. In 2022, we’ll again have 4 eclipses. An April Solar eclipse at 11 Taurus, a May Lunar eclipse at 26 Scorpio, an October Solar eclipse at 2 Scorpio, and a November 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 recent 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 2021 - On The Threshold of a Partial Lunar Eclipse at 28 Taurus-Scorpio which lists which Eclipses are done and which are still in play.
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 radical imbalance in element distribution. At this time, of the traditional 10 planets, there are 4 planets in Earth, 3 in Air, 2 in Water, and 1 in Fire signs. This makes Earth (Practicality and Grounding) preponderant, with more Air (Relatedness and Communications) than Water (Feelings and Experiencing Life on Deep Levels), and almost no Fire (Inspiration and Light) represented by the Moon. While deficient, the Moon in Fire amps up that element, since the Moon is the handle of the Bucket chart.
Air and Earth are “cool” elements, while Fire and Water are “hot” elements. With this distribution, it’s almost as cool as it gets! Air and Earth can be likened to a mountaintop, very arid but grounded with a wide view. Fire and Water are hot springs or a lake inversion. With so much Earth and Air, make your camp on the mountaintop and enjoy the view.
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. We are now in a time of shifting patterns due to Venus and Mercury now in direct motion. 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 feelings, and then thinking, communicating, envisioning and then making decisions at the end of the process.
This is a time to enter experience with a sense of feeling what we’re experiencing, or who we’re with. This pattern leads with feelings, and then seeks information to confirm or deny those feeling impressions. It feels its way into ideas, visions, interactions, and understanding. This pattern holds back until it has moved its feeling into a vision or an understanding.
However, once we’ve felt our way to a vision or understanding, then it will be important to make a decision and act on it. Once we’ve moved everything forward that one step, then a new feeling-experience will naturally arise that points the way to the next view or information needed to again move it forward one step.
So feel, flow, experience, since these will lead you to information and understanding. When your understanding leads to a clear vision, then see the fundamental fact, or act that must be done to move it all one step forward. Let your feeling and experience follow your actions, and let your mind follow your feelings into new views and understanding that can help you make decisions that you’ll act on.
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Because Saturn continues to occupy center stage in its home sign of Aquarius, it continues to be the final dispositor of all planets transiting Capricorn and Aquarius from now through 2023. Though its influence has waned since Jupiter entered Pisces, during the time the inner planets transit Capricorn and Aquarius, Saturn is their ruler and is a dominant force through April 2022.
Remember that while Saturn can feel heavy, it is also our ability to take command 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 more visionary roles to play in the emergent Aquarian era, and with the dance Saturn and Uranus have done this year, we’ve all had to “square ourselves with reality” as we go where we haven’t gone before. Uranus has awakened us to new roles to play, while Saturn has “lightened up” in Aquarius and prepares to bring us a “new mutation from cosmos.”
I explain how Saturn and Uranus work together to awaken us to our Higher Powers to 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 accept and 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 a “new quality of Being rendering the old patterns obsolete,” 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.
Summing it Up
Take a new look at the Aquarian promise unfolding since January 2021. We’ve done our December and January reviews via Mercury and Venus retrograde, so have a new view of what we like, why we like it, what we understand, and how we want to communicate it. The Eclipses continue to remove life material from our Taurus, Gemini, Scorpio, and Sagittarius sectors, so let go, let god, and see how your evolution has accelerated since last May.
Destiny is on the move these next two weeks, with a release from old inhibitions and restrictions as we mobilize to the Aquarian challenges Mercury, Saturn, and the Sun will bring these next two weeks. Saturn is unmasking many things right now, and the Sun is showing us how to act with intelligent foresight to ensure “proper supply” in the months to come. We are promised a new level of spiritual interactions by Jupiter as Neptune continues to show us our success at meeting the requirements of a higher order of life.
Saturn continues to bring forth “the child born of the Cosmic egg” promising the emergence of new developments arising from Spirit in the next chapter of our journey into Aquarian consciousness. Much of this will be clearer by March after the inner planets have made their conjunctions with Saturn.
We now are in a respite from Saturn square Uranus until August! Because Saturn is still in Aquarius and that sign is square Taurus we still are dealing with a generic form of the tension and conflicts which dominated 2021 and will last through the Autumn of 2022. By this time we now know what’s important and what isn’t. For now, the tension has subsided, though we’ll get echoes of the Aquarius/Taurus square with coming transits of Mercury, Venus, and Mars in Aquarius squaring Uranus in Taurus.
As we continue to develop the potentials indicated by Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius, 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 Solstice. This Aquarian Air Era already began to express via the conjunctions of the inner planets with Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius in January and February 2021, with those pulses renewed this year. The coming conjunctions in Aquarius will give more momentum to the emerging Air era, especially Venus and Mars at 1 Aquarius on March 6, specifically reinforcing the themes of the Grand Mutation.
Where these Aquarian conjunctions occurred in our charts show us the way to our long wave metamorphosis as we transition through the beginning of the end of the Age of Pisces, having begun a 33 year period which is a 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 year, 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!
Shedding old skins, 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.
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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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