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The January 2020 Full Moon Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 20 Cancer-Capricorn Pt. 3

The January 2020 Full Moon Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 20 Cancer-Capricorn Pt. 3

Aspects, Configurations, and More

The next two weeks (and 5 months!) shows it’s time to step up and demonstrate our skills and ability to do our Being in some public group function. This moves us from “hidden rehearsals” to “dress rehearsals” where our skills continue to be tested through how well we organize long range multi-level structures.

This Lunar Eclipse will take away all which would block our ability to accept a greater responsibility in our world. We can now act on the wisdom we discovered related to “the night of existence” in December. Because the recent Solar Eclipse was one of extraordinary mobilization and honesty in finishing up what we needed to in order to move forward in 2020, we will see many old duties and obligations end over the next few months while finding new ways of enjoying ourselves.

This shuts down the last of our training period and opens the door to doing something in a more public venue. For those who can find “humor in the darkness” via Jupiter in Capricorn, a new promise of rewarding duties to be discharged will come forth this year. The general agitation continues through the Eclipse making a semisquare and sesquisquare to Mars, showing we won’t have time nor inclination to slack off, even if we must apportion our energies for maximum efficiency.

This month is a mixed bag of specializing and difficult! There are very few major aspects except for the four oppositions, creating high tensional awareness wherever we have late Cancer and Capricorn in our charts, while the previously mentioned Mars-driven semisquares and sesquisquare make for agitation. The one favorable planet mitigating and specializing that tensional awareness is Chiron, since the Sun and Mercury make a uniquely gifted quintile to it, with the Moon making a serendipitous tredecile, showing a broader inspired perspective is available to all who choose to heal into their Higher Self, or mentor others to theirs.

The Eclipse Factor

The Summer Eclipses continue to take away everything which would block our ability to accept a “mantle of power” so that our Light can take shape as a new form of Truth, freedom, compassion, and obedience to Dharma. We’re always “under the beams” of recent Eclipses, as well as older ones. These “Cosmic Recyclers” are always helping us eliminate what we no longer need to deal with related to the sign and house they fell in.

Most recently, we’ve been shutting something down we no longer need in life areas symbolized by Cancer and Capricorn. The Nodes are the keys to understand how we’re accepting and growing, and what we’re demonstrating or letting go of. The Total Solar Eclipse of July 2019 at 11 Cancer has already begun to strip away all which would inhibit our sense of humor or irony. It’s also exposing others’ “ego pomposity” and resumptions, giving them a chance to take a breath and not take themselves so seriously.

Along with the Christmas 2019 Solar Eclipse at 5 Capricorn, 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, exploring what success really means to us, and letting go of old “social rigidities” to be happier.

All these Solar Eclipses, along with others, have allowed us to “shed skins” wherever we have 9, 19, and 30 Pisces, 28 Aquarius, along with 29 Leo, 10 Virgo, and 21 Virgo. As you can see, that involves a large part of our charts! In the initial post on this Eclipse I gave you all the Solar Eclipse links, specifying which are done and which are still in play.

Add various Lunar Eclipses in play for several months after they happened (including the January 2019 one at 1 Leo/Aquarius and the July 2019 one at 25 Cancer/Capricorn) and you can see areas where we’ve been eliminating things we no longer need. A good meditation would be to take a look back at how something related to that axis in your chart has left and been replaced with something new. All our losses associated with these signs have left voids which 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.

Major Aspects and Configurations

As noted earlier, we have a LOT of aspect action this month, but with almost no traditional “major aspects.” The major configurations involve 1) The opposition, semisquare, and sesquisquare involving the Eclipse, Mercury, and Mars; Grand Earth Trine involving Jupiter, Uranus, and TransPluto; 2)The opposition, quintiles, and tredeciles involving the Eclipse, Mercury, and Chiron; and 3) the Grand Irrationality back in play via a) the Sun and Mercury biseptile Uranus with b) Mars biseptile Neptune and c) Saturn septile Neptune!

I’ve explained the first two, and the Grand Irrationality was extensively covered in the second of the four Eclipse articles. This clearly indicates irrationality is in the air for all of humanity, and we’ve hit a crucial fork in the road of our collective destiny these next few months! For many, rebirth and rewards; for others, obsession over what is ending forever and the ruthless power of humanity and/or nature to make life harder than it needs to be.

Because the Grand Irrationality is being triggered by the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Saturn making 7th harmonic aspects to Uranus and Neptune, this time won’t make much sense, and people will be more prone to acting in irrational ways. This evolutionary configuration is now bringing everyone to decisions which will develop during this time of the Great Compression, setting up the Mars conjunct Saturn at 1 Aquarius, priming the pump for a new 200 year Era to come at the end of 2020!

The very powerful Mercury and the Sun biseptile Uranus puts the spotlight on this threshold of the larger shifts in individual and collective destiny. We got a dress rehearsal for this period in early 2019 during the first Saturn biseptile Uranus which awakened something in all of us wherever we have Capricorn and early Taurus. Saturn gave us the preliminary structure for our “unique beginning” of Uranus which will be developed now and into 2020, and this Eclipse vitalizes those themes.

The biseptile is an irrational aspect of the 7th harmonic series. This Eclipse activates the Saturn structures new built last year, bringing light and life to the energies set when Saturn, the planet of “Spiritual Mastery and Spiritual Friendship” made its biseptiles with Uranus, the planet symbolizing the Divine Revolutionary who follows their own path to their Higher Destiny.

Besides what I just gave you, forming (or partile separating) inner planet aspects include Moon biquintile Venus; Mercury decile Venus; Venus decile Sun, binovile Mars, semisquare Saturn, bielftile Uranus, and decile Chiron; and the Sun makes only those aspects given in the configuration section.

Outer planet forming and partile separating aspects include Mars elftile Jupiter and semisquare Saturn and Pluto; Jupiter is widely conjunct Saturn and Pluto; Saturn is conjunct Pluto; and Uranus is semisquare Neptune. Obviously the aspects made from Jupiter out are long term influences.

Of note are the quantity of semisquares. and quincunxes! We have four semisquares involving Sun, Mercury, Saturn and Pluto all semisquare Mars. That’s a lot of internal friction dealing a “death blow” to Mars’ previous cycle with both Saturn and Pluto, and an emergent inner friction related to how the Capricorn focus can use Mars in Sagittarius in an organized responsible way.

We have a lot of spiritual and specializing aspects in play this Full Moon! Of the series related to destiny and “fate,” we have 1 septile and 3 biseptiles! In the 9th and 11th harmonic series related to spiritual realizations, we have 1 binovile and 1 elftile and 1 bielftile. This month we continue to continue to have a strong showing by the specializing aspects, and if we include aspects to Chiron, they total 3 deciles, 2 quintiles, 1 tredecile, and 1 biquintile.

For those new to the craft, quintiles and biquintiles are 5th harmonic aspects, septiles and triseptiles are 7th harmonic aspects, noviles are 9th harmonic aspects, deciles (semi-quintiles) and tredeciles are 10th harmonic aspects, the elftile series are 11th harmonic aspects, the quindecile is a 15th harmonic aspect, and the vigintile is a 20th harmonic aspect. Each of these has a unique function in the phase relationship of the two planets in aspect.

The 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th harmonic aspects are specializing and bring forth partially or fully developed quintessential elements of the planets involved. The 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.

Element Balance

This Eclipse continues our extremely imbalanced element distribution. Of the traditional 10 planets, there are 1 planet in Fire signs, 2 in Water, 6 in Earth, and 1 in Air. This continues the predominance of Earth (Practicality and Grounding), featuring more planets than all the other elements combined! We have slightly more Water (Feelings and Experiencing Life on Deep Levels) than Fire (Inspiration and Light) and Air (Relatedness and Communications), which are balanced at one planet each. With the Sun in Earth and Moon in Water, those elements are the primary focus of the Eclipse.

Air and Earth are “cool” elements, while Fire and Water are “hot” elements. With this distribution, things are much more cool than hot, though with so much Earth and Water, this combo makes either mud or bricks, depending on how you work with the material. So while some will find a greater focus in a self-organized “enlightened self-interest,” others will find themselves “stuck in the mud” of defensive calculations. The Fire of Mars in distributive Sagittarius should help us make the bricks for the structures we’re building via the Earth energies.

The current sequence at present of Deciding, Feeling, and Thinking

We’ve been through several different sequences over the past few months. This begins a new pattern. There are six patterns, and each has their strengths and weaknesses. As a process of moving through events, the most effective “firing sequence” for approaching life and experience over the next 2 weeks involves leading with our decision making ability, then thinking and exchanging information, and then feeling and experiencing the visions and understanding resulting from our actions.

This pattern leads with a decision and/or action, leading to a vision, understanding, or communication. It places feeling at the end of the process. While it may be tempting to short circuit the process and move back into more decisions and actions once we find understanding or the knowledge we need, it is more important to move from thinking and talking into feeling what we’re experiencing as a result of those actions and decisions which brought us to that vision or understanding.

Once we have a new vision or understanding, then we have to bring our feelings to the surface of our consciousness and get clear about what we’re feeling and why. By naming the feeling or experience, it will naturally lead us back to the next set of decisions and actions followed by even newer information, newer vision, newer ideals, and newer understanding. After this next set of developments, then it’s important we again name what we’re feeling. That way nothing will get bottled up through underuse, and we can move through experiences with power and clarity.

So lead with your sense of what must be decided or done, then after those decisions and actions, seek vision, understanding, and pay attention to what’s being communicated. After that, sit with your feelings and experience them, bringing them to the surface of your consciousness and get clear about what you’re feeling and why. Just be careful not to get caught in a loop between doing and thinking while ignoring your feelings!

Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend

Because Saturn is in its home sign of Capricorn, it is the final dispositor of all planets transiting Capricorn and Aquarius from now through 2023. Now that Jupiter is solidly in Capricorn, Saturn takes on a more prominent role for all of 2020 and 2021! Remember that though Saturn can feel heavy, it also symbolizes the power we have to take command of our lives and destiny by using Saturn’s virtues in the right way and time.

Saturn has been preparing us for a “role of destiny” which is unfolding in the weeks between December and March. We’ve been rehearsing new roles for the future as part of the Saturn-Uranus “dance of individualization” in our lives, and this month launches the “new quality of being which renders the old patterns obsolete” awakened last Summer.

I explain how these two awaken us to our Higher Powers to take conscious 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, and in Capricorn, teaches us how to construct an “organized personal structure” to the Uranian energies making our spiritual life come alive.

It 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 steer your personal evolution. You will understand how to let go of all the attitudes and memories holding you back from living your higher life and purpose. Through your journey of self-discovery, you can find within you all you need to fulfill your purpose for being alive as an Eternal having human experiences!

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

This Full Moon marks the end of all that would obstruct the launch of a new Era, and heralds conflicts as well as rewards to come. Keep it all organized, remember the skills you’ve developed since last April, and ground it all in an honest but forgiving way of moving through the world. We’ve yearned for new experiences for many months; this removes and recycles all we do not need to take with us through this transitional year leading us all to a new 200 year Era!

All that we experience these next two weeks will be valuable for all that happens mid-January through late March. The conjunctions in Capricorn between now and March will bring tremendous fusions of future cycles and alter both inner and outer space for years to come, so get ready to take responsibility or accept a role or duty somehow related to what appeared in early September.

This compression of planets in Capricorn marks the conjunctions of many house rulers with spiritual planets wherever we have late Capricorn in our charts. However, even though there’s a huge focus on Capricorn now through March, when we hit April it’s an entirely new season and the atmosphere will change dramatically when Mars conjuncts Saturn at 1 Aquarius!

We’ve been dealing with echoes and perceptions related to our “escape from a narrow destiny” since 2016, as well as the standards we’ve lived by since 2009. We are still in the final phase of humanity’s “liberating ordeal,” and are finding new inner strengths and powers we’ve tapped the past two years, and have the ability to find assistance from Devas and Angels who bring “divine help when human efforts seem to fail.” Again, learn the power of forgiveness to create space for Grace to enter your Life. When new adventures beckon, embrace them with warmth, since you might find Spiritual Brothers and Sisters from past lives along the way!

The past three years have led us all to blend the old with the new, the traditional with the innovative, throwing us into an adventure in higher awareness where we can demonstrate expertise in fulfilling Dharma, or our purpose for being alive. We are living 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.

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.

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.

Part 1 Here!

Part 2 Here

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Robert WilkinsonRobert 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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