Category: Moon Cycles Written by Robert Wilkinson
- What’s Happening in January-February-
New Moon this Saturday! The next month features an electrifying experience, bringing the chickens home to roost for better or worse depending on how we’ve handled Saturn’s lessons since the Spring of 2020.
This renews the focus on those things which mobilized us then, with a backdrop of being more volitional and less reflexive in our responses. The next month features extraordinary productivity and an ability to transcend the past.
This Lunation introduces a new focus wherever we have 2 Aquarius, which brings an actional-material focus intensifying our journey into the next 20 years of Aquarius-dominated energy. We will again be “galvanized to action” by a form of “a Cosmic visitation” which will “liberate us from adverse conditions through spectacular developments.” Expect the birth of a new sense of Brotherhood and Sisterhood, and I have no doubt this initiates diverse fellowships in the future. This Lunation will help us attune to the invisible world as we grow beyond who we thought we were.
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 stabilizing, activating, detached, “big picture” New Moon at 2 Aquarius occurs at 1:53 pm PST, 9:53 pm GMT on January 21. With the Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Pluto all clustered in Capricorn and Aquarius, we have begun this year’s compression of all the planets within half the zodiac or less. As all the inner planets are concentrated between 9 Capricorn and 25 Aquarius, that’ll be the focus of the next month.
The Aries energies set into motion last May when Mars conjuncted Jupiter in Aries is now opening in a HUGE way due to Jupiter crossing that conjunction degree and speeding up by the day! This month the Lunation sextile Jupiter creates major productivity building the emerging Aquarian energy field, while Venus conjunct Saturn makes all Capricorn and Aquarius expressions more pleasing.
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. We’re rapidly finishing several months of learning how to utilize spiritual power effectively through managing our mind and have reached a new level of social maturity and the ability to manage our part of the larger unfolding vision.
This New Moon will jumpstart Aquarius energy wherever it falls in our chart. Where we have Aquarius will be a focus of activity, so see the bigger picture, and take careful aim at whatever your social goals are. Find the right perspective, and you could understand the process of creation from a much different angle than you have before now. Attune, look at the omens, and watch out for signs of Spirit mobilizing situations!
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.” As Mercury recently went SRX at the same degree of two of those conjunctions, we’ve been getting a look back at what those set into motion in our lives since then.
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 2022.
Saturn in Aquarius has been 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 this Lunation renews the Aquarian pulses for this year, and Venus is conjunct Saturn, it sets the stage for further developments in the social and emotional levels of life as a result of whatever “galvanizes us to action.”
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 in late November and early December. That ended 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 very late Cancer, late Leo, late Virgo, early Libra, 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.
Sixteen 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 Aquarius, and the coming Full Moon will be at 17 Aquarius/Leo, 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-sixth and penultimate New Moon of the Saturn in Aquarius era which will last until the New Moon of February 2023. We are now at the front end of the fourth year of the cycle set into motion at Saturn’s 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. This New Moon puts the spotlight squarely on that set of Saturn lessons.
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 show up since October 2021 which is a fresh “emanation” from Spirit. We hit our next threshold in our emergent Aquarian work in June 2022, when we began to learn how to administer “spiritual power” effectively. That took us through the trials which forced us to "rise to some emergency" and overcome something which threatened "to burn out of control" in the Autumn up to now. We are currently finishing our individual spiritual transfiguration in the next few weeks as we slip into the new Saturn in Pisces era in early March.
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.
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 2022 will take off like rocket ships the first few months of this year! 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.
So, What Rules the Lunation?
This New Moon in Aquarius has Saturn as its worldly ruler and Uranus as its spiritual ruler. As Aquarius is in the axis of the Archetype of the King/Queen/Noble, it puts the focus on seeing how to be the representative of Divine order in the world. Our inner Ruler allows us to know what is needed to create an abundant realm where all Being prospers.
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. This month Saturn is modified by Venus, adding more of a sense of fellowship and closeness to Saturn's usually austere nature. So, the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Pluto are all directly ruled by Saturn. Mars in Gemini is ruled by Mercury. Jupiter is ruled by Mars, 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 only 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 triggered in a HUGE way because the Lunation is in a close forming septile to Neptune and biseptile to Uranus. This evolutionary configuration is triggered by any planet making a 7th harmonic irrational aspect to either Uranus or Neptune from any of the 7 “hot zones” activating this configuration. It will next be triggered when Mercury transits 1-5 Aquarius and Venus conjuncts Neptune and septiles Uranus.
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 moving forward at 13 Aries. Jupiter approaches the conjunctions, which will radically expand our healing and mentoring wherever we have mid- Aries. Because it recently went SD at 12 Aries, those themes will be extremely important through the Summer. This means Chiron is mentoring and teaching us how to heal into our Higher Self through seeing the trajectory of “the flight of our Soul” linked to other Souls sharing our flight path. This month is about seeing a new identity and not being impatient as we embrace the new roles.
This continues our adventure related to Chiron’s healing and mentoring energies in the second decan of Aries. We now have two major Chironic themes in play: one was set into motion when Mars conjuncted Chiron in Aries last year, which I explained in Mars Conjunct Chiron at 16 Aries, and the other was just set into motion when Chiron went stationary direct, which I wrote about in Astrology Healing Cycles - Chiron Stationary Direct at 12 Aries. So Aries continues to dominate the Mars/Chiron cycle and the coming Jupiter/Chiron cycle.
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 went SRX on in June 2021, and transited again in March-April 2022, September-October 2022, and is transiting now. We are again becoming aware of our interdependence as we explore the collective field around us. This continues our long-term experience of expanded “non-local knowing.”
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, and have been learning to apply the power of gratitude and appreciation.
Since Jupiter began a two year cycle with Mars when they conjuncted at 4 Aries, and it’s now transited that degree, embrace the new with enthusiasm and courage! With Jupiter in Aries, it’s time to Flame On! This one feeds the fire and points the way to a new social maturity.
Summing Up – The Immediate Picture
This Lunation brings the Light of a new “Cosmic visitation” which will mobilize us and liberate us from adverse conditions of some sort. This will be an extraordinarily productive Lunation, even if sacrifices and adjustments are required. Everything’s compressed in 150 degrees, and wherever you have Capricorn and Aquarius will be the primary focus of the next month.
Because Saturn is such a major influence right now, with the conjunction from Venus we'll see that interaction with our spiritual Sisters and Brothers, our community, is essential to our spiritual well-being. Look for signs of a birth of new attractions and new friends showing you a larger community than you had before. Join the fellowships which call your heart.
With both Mercury and Mars now direct after their retrogrades, it’s time to get on with business which has been postponed or slowed down these past several months. From here things speed up quickly in all things related to Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter, so embrace the new with enthusiasm, and remember that sometimes a challenge brings out the best in people and circumstances.
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 now that the review of methods and approaches is complete. 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 find the right perspective and rhythm or response. At this time, 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.” This month shows us the Light of our Self-mobilization these past 3 years!
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 2 years 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 will accelerate our evolution considerably!
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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