Written by Robert Wilkinson
Upping the Pressure for Creative Cooperation.
The Full Moon of Sun in Aquarius and Moon in Leo will give us a new look at our role to play in the future oriented group work developing since 2021.
This brings conflict from “increasing the pressure” which requires that we honor differences rather than getting into confrontations while staying focused on our purpose.
This stabilizing, expansive, idealistic and creative Full Moon occurs at 9:54 am PST, 5:54 pm GMT on January 25, and falls at the 6th degree of Leo and Aquarius. This shifts the focus back to the emotional and social levels of life, and offers us a way to eliminate what doesn’t fit the ideal while taking us back to the roots as we flow into a new dedication. Continuing the theme that proceeds at each Full Moon as they move through each polarity, this one gives us the ability to express our ability to “see whole” and admire what each brings to any effort in our early Leo sector.
Today’s Full Moon post will be an overview of the Lunation and some of its primary qualities. In parts 2 and 3 we’ll cover the Sabian Symbols, aspects, distributions, and patterns.
This Full Moon brings the Light of the Capricorn New Moon into a realization that as we mobilize emotionally and socially to achieve an ideal, there will be contrasting visions to deal with. As a result of what we’ve gotten clear about the past two weeks, we can focus on our purpose for doing or being however we need to be. That entails us being clear about what roles we are and aren’t playing as we all continue to “tear ourselves away from the known and familiar, gambling everything on a great dream.”
This Full Moon tells us to go deep and look at subconscious or unconscious factors in self and others. Look for the purpose behind what is said or done. Find ways to keep the initiative in your own hands, beware of people who “oversell” things or have inflated or grandiose ideas, and focus on the greatest good for the greatest number while getting to the heart of any matters. With so many favorable aspects, the T-square created by the Lunation with Jupiter is very favorable to integrating many possibilities into a grounded vision.
As with all Full Moons, use the light you’ve been seeing and expressing since the New Moon, and give it form and focus through anchoring those themes in expression. The New Moon’s theme was related to getting clear, mobilizing our power, and allowing karmic adjustments to remove elements of the past which are no longer where we need to be or go. Now we can be clear as we do what we need to do.
This Full Moon brings the Light of a power role to play expressing itself in a generosity of forms, with high levels of consciousness available to those ready to embrace a new individuality. This is a time to intuit a greater dedication which has been building since last Summer when we all began to hear a call to renewal.
Is the Sun Following the Moon, or the Moon Following the Sun?
This Lunation is the ninth Full Moon where the Sun is in a different sign (Aquarius) than it was in the Capricorn New Moon two weeks ago. We are now into “the reverse order” of the Sun/Moon relationship cycle, as the Light of the New Moon is in a different sign than the Light of the Full Moon.
There are two patterns; one is when the Full Moon Sun is the same sign as the previous New Moon Sun, and the other is when the Full Moon Sun is in the next sign from the Sun in the previous New Moon. The Sun was in the same sign in both the New Moon and Full Moon, the so-called “natural” order, between April 2019 and August 2020. At the August 2020 Full Moon we entered the “reverse pattern” of the Sun of the Full Moon occupying the sign after the New Moon Sun, since the previous New Moon Sun was at 29 Cancer and that Full Moon Sun was at 12 Leo.
August 2021 brought us the New Moon Sun at 17 Leo and Full Moon Sun is at 30 Leo, beginning a new “natural order” sequence which continued through the New Moon of late March 2023 at 1 Aries which was followed by the Full Moon at 17 Aries/Libra. This shifted back into the “reverse order” sequence in April 2023 with a New Moon at 30 Aries followed by the Wesak Festival Full Moon Sun at 15 Taurus. You can find out more about the “seed forms” of the Capricorn New Moon two weeks ago by going to the archives.
Past As Prologue
The 2020-22 Eclipses moved us all in new directions, reorienting wherever we have Taurus, Cancer, Gemini, Scorpio, and Sagittarius in our charts. All Eclipses are “Cosmic recyclers,” removing what is obsolete in our lives. These losses clean out psychic and physical spaces so we can find new life substance. Due to what we’ve eliminated the past 2 years we now have a wider view of our life and the Life around us as humanity begins a new 20 year Aquarian era.
As you know from other articles, 2020 was the last year of a 200 year Earth era, with Air power building that year launching a 200 year Air era on the December Solstice with Jupiter conjuncting Saturn at 1 Aquarius. However, we will still be “under the beams” of the powerful conjunctions in Capricorn, since between January and March 2020 we began new Saturn/Pluto, Jupiter/Pluto, Mars/Jupiter, Mars/Pluto, and Mars/Saturn cycles. The first of these launched a new 33 year era into motion.
Due to these conjunctions in late Capricorn and both Mars/Saturn and Jupiter/Saturn conjunctions at 1 Aquarius, we are in a long term period of finding wisdom by understanding transfiguration and enlightenment as verbs rather than nouns. We’ve now officially taken the first step into the coming Aquarian era. While this is not yet “The Age of Aquarius,” this is the final intensification of those energies which will sprout seeds in the second quarter of the century which will take us across the threshold of the Great Age soon after 2050. And to note, there will be plenty of people and ideas from the Age of Pisces which will continue into the next century as part of the bridging process from past to future as humanity discovers new Aquarian ideas and sheds old Piscean ones.
At this Full Moon, the inner planets are closing in on the occupied outer planet span. We now have two open spans created by the Moon’s distance from all the other planets. The span occupied by the inner planets (in this chart Venus at 3 Capricorn through the Sun at 6 Aquarius) is 32+ degrees, a very narrow span. This will be the primary area stimulated in our charts.
At this time because all the inner planets except the Sun are closing in on their conjunction with Pluto, we’re now moving into a run of Bundle Jones patterns over the coming months. This will hold except for when the Moon is in late Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio, when we have Bucket patterns. That means this begins a run of Full Moon Bucket Jones patterns
Right now all the planets are spread out across 5 signs. This month the Sun in Aquarius and Moon in Leo open a “nozzle” for the expression of the other planetary energies. With all the planets between Capricorn and Taurus and the Moon 76 degrees from Uranus and 147 degrees from Venus, we now have everything in a cluster with only the Moon at the far side of the occupied span. This creates a “Bucket” chart pattern, with the Moon as the “handle,” or nozzle.
So What is a “Bucket” Jones Pattern and how does it work?
A “Bucket Pattern” is a planetary spread with all the planets in about half the signs with one outside that span wide enough to be a handle. The energies of the occupied half are focused through the “handle,” or “nozzle,” in this case the Moon, termed the “focal determinator.” The handle, or focal determinator, represents the way to greater effectiveness, the cause to be embraced, the lack to be filled, or the way to use the total energies of this time in a focused manner. The Moon is how we're going to "get a handle on things," or focus the potential of the rest of the planets, so if you have any doubt, express Leo!
Dr. Jones states “the Bucket type indicates a particular and rather uncompromising direction in the life effort.” This pattern gives “interest in a cause,” with executive tendencies that will adapt allegiances to maximize results of the effort. He says “the Bucket type at its best reveals the real instructor and inspirer of others, and at its worst the agitator and malcontent.” This is the larger planetary pattern within which we’re all trying to do what we do.
We are also told this pattern is more about finding an effective release for energy within social settings, but also about the individual imposing their patterns on society rather than adapting to what is there. It’s about focused intention. So all of us can expect some sort of focused attention on the house where we have 6 Leo.
Venus is at 3 Capricorn, leading the occupied span. This indicates that “mature elegance” or “studied grace” or “disciplined affections” are the entry to experience for the next two weeks. While it is on a degree of openness to new experiences, temper your calculations with a sense of what’s ending and the new dedication which is getting clearer by the week.
This entry to the occupied part of the Bucket tells us to take a mature and organized approach to all material and interpersonal concerns, as well as the potential for growth or lack of it. With Uranus at 20 Taurus as the closing planet to the span, we’ll close experience hitting some very high states of awareness or inventiveness, seeing our freedom to embrace whatever makes us feel “ecstatic and happy.“ This leads with actional and material Crystallization and closes with actional and material Confirmations which should show us greater ways to enjoy life on our own terms.
Is the Grand Irrationality A Factor in this Full Moon?
No, and blessedly, will never be a factor activating the collective for the rest of our lives. This was a 30 year phenomenon which has now passed out of orb, and we are finally back to Neptune sextile Pluto and the coming Uranus sextile Neptune and trine Pluto. The spiritual field has shifted for the better!
If you want to know more about this hard edged Special Evolutionary configuration in play for three decades, I created an article which sums up the three versions of the Grand Irrationality in play during those years. I discuss what it is 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 is Over (1993-2023).
This evolutionary configuration has been activated over the years when any planet moved through any of the hot zones of the configuration. However, even though it’s ended remember that almost everyone on Earth born the past 30 years has this in their charts! And all the eclipses these past years have also had it, including the April and May eclipses. So we’ll still have it working in the background for years to come. I’ll speak more about the aspects in part 3 when I cover the special configurations.
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
We are now solidly in the long voyage of Saturn’s transit of Pisces. While in Aquarius 2021-2022 it taught us shortcuts to illumination and instructed us in the wise use of spiritual energies for many months, as well as the spiritual power of gratitude and appreciation. This is a time of learning lessons of compassion and forgiveness shown by Pisces, following through on the call to renew something in our lives in play since June 2023.
Saturn, ruler of our Capricorn and Aquarius sectors and any natal or progressed planets we have in those signs, is now accelerating in speed, moving forward through a “new dedication” which we first encountered April-May 2023 and then got our “review” in July-August. Having sensed “elements of our indestructability” these last few weeks, we now find Saturn in a very productive and specializing phase, promising gifts and harmony as we move into new experiences related to our inner contact with “Source.”
Over the next 2 weeks Saturn will require some adjustments and sacrifices, or impose them on the forms of expression shown by the Moon. Finish what needs finishing, or release old patterns which no longer work. Some will be shown the results of prior visualizations, while others will see the need for a more precise focus on their purpose if they want to see the ideal made manifest.
Though Saturn can feel heavy and bring serious life lessons, it is the part of us which can take charge 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 now in a productive period of Jupiter making favorable aspects to Saturn over past and future months. The friction between Saturn and Uranus in 2021-2022 showed us what mattered to us and what didn’t, with our transformation into the roles we’re to play determined by how we’ve trained. Uranus awakened us to new roles to play, while Saturn brought new mutations and an accelerated evolution which are part of us learning to use spiritual power effectively through deliberation rather than instinct.
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 taught us to accept and use personal power within a socially responsible context, while in Aquarius it taught us how to make a greater contribution to our world, coming together with others in a collective effort “ensouled by a great vision.” Coupled with Uranus having awakened us to the fact that it’s already a new time, a new way, and a new day, we’re “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.
On A Final Note
See you in the near future with parts two and three on this Full Moon which will help us to wield effective social power and express our purposes with clarity. This is another intense activation, with a lot of stability and productivity in our early Earth and Water sectors. Genius is in the air, with high specialization shown by a lot of 5th and 10th harmonic aspects which I’ll discuss in part 3.
Destiny is definitely on the move, with intense mobilization leading to organized activity to fulfill a greater Aquarian energy in our chart. This opens new social activity, and shines a light on things to come in 2026-2028. Much of what we’ve left behind since the October 2023 Lunar eclipse at 6 Scorpio/Taurus has left a void which can now be filled, with this Lunation’s Moon/Sun axis on degrees which will release a lot of whatever’s left to be eliminated because of the Grand Fixed Cross this creates with that eclipse.
Besides that Lunar eclipse, recent Solar eclipses continue to help us de-magnetize and eliminate many old things as we all launch into a new life phase! The outer planets maintain the entry into a transition between the old spiritual field and the emergent one, so practice empathy, compassion, intuition, and release all which obstructs your ability to swim in the ocean of collective consciousness. Those who have prepared will reap rewards and opportunities which will make 2024 enjoyable. Just keep in mind we’re all challenged to navigate the larger field disturbances coming in the Spring and Summer.
Venus is a key player at present due to being the leading planet of the occupied span and is the ruler of Jupiter and Uranus, making it part of the “chain of dispositors" involving Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn which rule all the planets except Neptune. In this Lunation, Venus will help us see the value in accepting new experiences, or evaluating how new experiences fit into our purpose.
As She is sextile Saturn and trine Jupiter, we should have good clarity about which way the tides are flowing toward a natural expansion. These 2 weeks are about accepting the power of self-mobilization in our social realm, with stability found in cooperating with our invisible helpers, seeing Divine help when human efforts have seems to fail, and accepting that sometimes we just have to put the down time to good use while we’re waiting for something.
If you want to know more about your Venusian power to shape your likes and affections into enjoyable interactions and friendships, please consider getting a copy of my book The Magic of Venus: Friendships, Soul Mates, and Twin Flames. It is the most comprehensive book on Venus ever written, and explains why we attract who we do and how to create more satisfying relationships in the future. You will understand the foundations of long term healthy relationships and friendships, why Soul Mates come into our lives, and how to dance with your inner Beloved and mirror that to your world.
And now, a bit of final backstory to where we are today.
A View of How We Got Here
Since 2019, we’ve all seen taken on new roles and responsibilities which brought new social effectiveness in 2021-22. Where we have late Capricorn and early Aquarius in our chart is the focus of coming years. The compressions in Capricorn led us to personal power and very long wave cycles showing our work for years to come. The March 2022 Aquarius compression created cycles of learning how to fulfill a greater role in the long wave Aquarian energy.
We’ve entered a new chapter in our spiritual journey at a fork in the road of our collective destiny. 2020 was about forging our connection with the World Soul, our Wisdom, and our greater dedication. 2021 began the new era in our lives. We’re all wiser than we used to be, have been given ample opportunities to value our heart connections with our friends, and display the vaster spiritual awareness we share with our Brothers and Sisters.
2022 brought us training and skill, divine mutations, endings and beginnings. 2023 began with one last look back before the rapid acceleration that’s been happening the past 10 months. We’re now increasing the tempo over the next two weeks, so use your clarity to execute your purpose while allowing yourself to experience high states of consciousness. During this time, adjustments are favorable for continuing our journey out of “the known and familiar” as we embrace a great dream.
See you soon with parts two and three on this Full Moon which will compel us to express something unknown related to our higher purpose. If there’s conflict from increased pressure, remember there’s value in many approaches. Having finished many things in 2023, we’re now free to move into the new land, the new life, the new understanding, with a new sense of purpose.
Next up, Sabian Symbols, evolutionary configurations, and other important chart factors.
This article explains past, present, and future compressions, where they fall, and who they affect. The Great Compressions of early 2020, 2021, and 2022
This one explains the January 2020 compression and the multiple conjunctions setting themes for decades! The Great Compression of January 2020 – Mercury, Sun, Saturn and Pluto all Conjunct in Capricorn
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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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