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What’s Happening in July-August.
This New Moon introduces a new focus wherever we have 19 Cancer with a theme of welcoming “new blood” in our lives. This moves us forward into new forms of personality and life integration, with a beautiful union with some very strong energies promised to those who are willing to “accept the proposal.”
Last month’s Solar eclipse began 5 years of sending and receiving specific types of knowledge about what roles we are and aren’t playing, with interactive gifts and unique blessings. We launched into a new life in May with a theme of profound spiritual transformation based in our “graduation into a new realm of Being” in progress since May 2020.
While February’s Mercury retrograde themes involved seeing where we’re at on the “evolutionary ladder” and our willingness to serve the greater good, as well as leaving elements of our past behind, the June Mercury retrograde helped us “prune and shape, review and revise” many ideas to eliminate those which distract us from what’s important. Look at it as a mental purification process like “peeling an onion,” in that dead layers must be removed to get to the heart of the matter.
Jupiter is still in Pisces and retrograde, giving us a review of using intuition to “protect ourselves against aggressive social elements” and “lift ourselves to surer foundations.” This gives us a dress rehearsal for its 2022 transit in Pisces, so keep opening to a greater compassion and wisdom as you leave many ideas and attitudes behind, walking into unknown greater worlds. Compassion is a blessing which allows the grace of time passages to happen.
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 actional-material initiating and integrating New Moon at 19 Cancer occurs at 6:17 pm PDT July 9, 2:17 am BST on July 10. This will show us that one way to integrate our lives and personalities is to allow “new blood” to come into our Being, because the introduction of new material into any mix creates unique possibilities. Value the tradition you’ve built while allowing new beauty, new ideas, new people, new responses, and new ways of experiencing life to come forth.
We’re now barely done with being in the heart of the intensity of Saturn square Uranus, given it was triggered nonstop for the past week with Mars and then Venus transiting 11-15 Leo, opposing Saturn and square Uranus in a dynamic Fixed T-square! These two T-squares from Leo were a dress rehearsal for when Mercury and the Sun make their T-squares in early August. As Leo is the sign of the heart, we can bring forth beautiful expressions of Saturn through the oppositions, and through the Uranian power to awaken, see “the world of the five senses and the mind as the playground of God and Soul.”
Obviously this is triggered by any transit through 11-15 Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius and 26-30 Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, and if you have natal or progressed planets in these zones they also are in a time of dynamic activation and release! Still, because there are favorable aspects to Uranus at this time by Jupiter and Pluto, we can use the tension of the square to release favorable Uranian energy expressing the best of the Leo oppositions to Saturn. The friction of Saturn square Uranus is helping us to understand our ability to make conscious choices about what to do and what can be ignored.
This square allows us to see the permanent patterns behind all things even as there is tremendous catabolic activity breaking down old structures, rules, and limitations. We all are seeing what’s important and learning to ignore the unimportant while expressing our part to play in the larger spiritual group(s) we’re involved in, demonstrating good Leo and/or Scorpio energies as circumstances require. Trust the process which brought you to this point of revelation and relative peace and enjoyment, since it opens many doors to new vistas.
Cancer Adjusts the Supply Preparing the Larger Aquarian Evolutionary Tides to Come to Surface
This New Moon will jumpstart Cancer energy wherever it falls in our chart. Wherever we have Cancer will be a focus of a focused activity in our lives. As Cancer is a Cardinal sign, this Lunation begins a month of active “self-gathering” to make our expanding evolution more secure. Because the Sun in Cancer rules Venus and Mars in Leo, beauty, magic, and powerful releases are promised these next four weeks!
Because many cycles of future Aquarian Age patterns were set into motion March and December 2020 which powered up during the January and February transits across the Grand Mutation point at 1 Aquarius, we’re now rapidly advancing into the new Aquarian Era. Cancer, being the sixth sign from Aquarius, adjusts the natural Aquarian expression in Gemini, securing the personal integrated experience to prepare for the dramatic externalization of the Aquarius energies in Leo on its way to flower in its 10th sign of Scorpio.
A Look Back - The Great Compression in Capricorn Still Affects Us
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 were launched short term by Mars’ transit of Capricorn in March as it crossed those points and made its own contacts with Jupiter and Pluto. Add Jupiter’s three transits on all the conjunction points between 21-25 Capricorn between March and November 2020, it’s easy to see that for better or worse things were “expansively purified.” The January 2021 New Moon at 24 Capricorn activated those conjunctions in new ways.
The last conjunction in the 2020 series was Mars conjunct Saturn at 1 Aquarius on March 31, setting 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!
Saturn’s 90 day visit to Aquarius in April, May, and June 2020 began the countdown to a new 200 year era! On this “Edge of Cosmic Time” we have been offered visions of a greater good for a greater number, and because Aquarius energies have replaced the Capricorn energies which dominated the past 2 years, Saturn remains a major player on the main stage, helping us see 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?
Occupied Signs and Oppositions
We’ve now entered the time of the year when all the inner planets and Mars are moving through their sequence of oppositions to the outer planet span between late Capricorn and early Taurus. We’ve now begun a time of experiencing Cancer and Leo energies, thus expanding the Pluto to Uranus span to include about half the zodiac. Right now, Venus and Mars have finished their oppositions to Pluto and Saturn, and approach their oppositions to Jupiter and Neptune. The Sun and Mercury still have to make their oppositions to Pluto and Saturn. These oppositions between the inner planets and the outer planets will continue through mid-Scorpio.
Of course, it you have planets in late Cancer, mid- Leo, the first few degrees or last decan of Virgo, or mid-Scorpio you 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 Lunar and current Solar Eclipses take away old Gemini, Cancer, Sagittarius, and Capricorn 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.
We are almost done with the “alternate” Sun/Moon relationship, as this is the thirteenth month of the New Moon Sun being in a different sign than the following Full Moon Sun. Each pattern has its importance in the Soli-Lunar sequence, and we’re currently “bridging the Light” across two different Light signs in the Lunation cycle! While this month’s New Moon is at 19 Cancer, the coming Full Moon Sun is at 2 Leo.
In July 2017 the New Moon Sun was 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 following New Moon was the August 2017 Solar eclipse at 29 Leo which portended the devastation of America, 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. Between April 2019 and June 2020 we were back in “the natural order.” We will finish this reversed order in August 2021. 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
We had four New Moons with Saturn in early Aquarius between March and June 2020 before it went back into Capricorn. This is the seventh New Moon of the new Saturn in Aquarius era which will last until the New Moon of February 2023. We are now in the second year of the cycle set into motion at its rare and very powerful conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn in January 2020, with an Aquarian influence due to Saturn.
Taking a look back, in 2018 Saturn helped us get beyond fear; in 2019 Saturn taught us through some sort of “planned group behavior.” 2020 taught us to deal with a “cosmic visitation” which has “galvanized us into action” to “escape from adverse conditions.” In 2020 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 don’t.
This year’s lesson involves 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 is teaching us “the way within to outer success,” with a promise of “direct accomplishment.” This will lead us to the emergence of “new mutations based in Cosmos,” unrelated to past or local conditions. In other words, expect something to show up which is a fresh “emanation” from Spirit so we may fulfill what has not been actualized before now.
One of Saturn’s divine qualities is understanding as a prelude to wisdom. With Jupiter leading the way into Aquarius where Saturn is following, Saturn is tracking what Jupiter opens. 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.
At the present time, this understanding is to be found by taking a new look at what we learned in the February Mercury retrograde, since Saturn occupies the exact degree where Mercury went stationary direct! This involves seeing our place on “the evolutionary ladder,” aspiring to a greater service while leaving parts of our past behind, which is what we’ve been doing since late February. You can find out more of the themes of 12 Aquarius by going to Mercury stationary direct at 12 Aquarius Pt. 1
This is the second New Moon of the Jupiter in Pisces era! This opens us to a greater compassion, or “fellow-feeling,” being taught through our response to the collective unconscious as well as the collective atmosphere we’ve swimming in. Consider this a dress rehearsal for early 2022 as we’re shown our “indestructible elements of Being,” this month through getting protection from aggressive social forces as part of “lifting ourselves to surer foundations.”
When Jupiter was in Capricorn, we learned to use “structured humor” or “disciplined adventure” or “structured abundance” to organize what we were building for the future. Jupiter in the friendly Air of Aquarius has liberated us to be lighter and freer, and during its race through the first 30 degrees of Aquarius between late December and mid-May marked the rapid expansion of the emergent Aquarian energies set into motion for the next 20 years with the two 2020 conjunctions of Mars/Saturn and Jupiter/Saturn at 1 Aquarius.
Even though Jupiter’s conjunctions with Pluto are now past, remember they set long wave transformational energies into motion at 23 and 25 Capricorn which will be in play through 2033, so maintain your vigilance! We’ve been learning how to have a sense of humor despite the heaviness of the times, and learning to play, since taking things too seriously for too long makes life heavy. There are many ways to play, just as there are many ways to find humor.
Because of the multiple Capricorn and Aquarius cycles in motion for many years to come, we also can expect major developments to come wherever we have 23 and 25 Capricorn and 1 Aquarius in our charts. These signs indicate the ability to use the structures and disciplines of 2020 as tools to achieve the larger vision set into motion where we have 1 Aquarius. Focus on your part to play in some idealistic group work and relationships as you take a new look at the recent past these next few weeks, reshaping your understanding and expression.
So What Rules the Lunation?
This New Moon in Cancer has the Moon as its worldly ruler and the Sun as its spiritual ruler. The Moon in Cancer occupies its home sign, making the Moon the ruler of the Lunation. Mercury is in its home sign of Gemini, making it the ruler of itself. Venus and Mars are in Leo, therefore ruled by the Moon. Jupiter and Saturn are both in their home signs, and therefore rule themselves.
As for the rest of the planets, Uranus is ruled by Venus and finally by the Moon, Neptune is in its home sign, continuing as a longwave “standalone” dispositor of itself, ruling the fogs and mists of the current collective consciousness, and Pluto is ruled by Saturn. So this month we have a phenomenal FIVE planets in their home signs, or “final dispositors,” this month! 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 rules itself and Pluto and is now retrograde, 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 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.
Though the Uranus biseptile Pluto is no longer in orb, we now have Uranus back in a septile with Neptune, keeping the generic irrationality boosted in collective consciousness. These aspects indicate the very hard transformational edge in our nonrational times. This New Moon shows no 7th harmonic aspects to Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto, even though it will be activated as the Moon transits any of the 7 “hot zones,” as well as when planets move through the end of Gemini and beginning of Cancer, making 7th harmonic aspect to the outer spiritual triad.
So this month we get a break from the larger “forks in the road of Destiny” where late Capricorn, late Pisces, and mid-Taurus fall in our charts. This configuration is associated with the 7-pointed “Star of Destiny” active at this hard edge in history. Because at this time Uranus and Neptune are constant factors in the configuration, it keeps nonrational energies in play for those with a planet or point in any of the 7 affected “hot zones” near 29 Capricorn-3 Aquarius, 21-25 Pisces, 13-17 Taurus, 4-8 Cancer, 25-29 Leo, 16-20 Libra, and 8-12 Sagittarius.
Neptune in Pisces and Chiron in 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 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 2021 – 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.
In this chart, Chiron is direct at 13 Aries, its 2021 stationary retrograde degree giving us a look at “the stirring up of a new perspective” and “a new identity suddenly revealed.” Just beware of impatience as this new identity will need time to develop and ground itself in its own potency. This is the next stage of our new look at Chiron’s healing and mentoring energies in the second decan of Aries, where it will go SRX at 13 Aries this Summer. It will retrograde back to 9 Aries in December, and then move forward back into a long term residency in the second decan next year.
Neptune continues to take us deeper into Pisces, and now is beginning 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 forgive much of the past and move into a deeper compassion regarding suffering humanity.
Having heard our inner voice, “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 is the fourth with Neptune in its “unknown zone” between 22 and 24 Pisces. In this chart it is at 24 Pisces, where Neptune went retrograde in June 2021. 24 Pisces is about realizing our interdependence with our environment and other beings in the larger environment. From here it will retrograde back to 21 Pisces, where it goes direct in December. That makes the themes of 21 Pisces very important in the collective atmosphere all this year and next!
The North Node
This is the fifteenth Lunation with the North Node in Gemini and the South Node in Sagittarius! This is pulling us to grow through our quest for knowledge and understanding which can be demonstrated by our ethical and spiritual values. The coming 4 weeks indicate the line of greatest development is related to seeing “new vistas of conscious, concrete development,” knowing we are pioneers facing the unknown. Try to discover how you can open to new views, new understanding, and a new way of communicating a clearer “vision of individuality” which opens unknown potentials. We’ve also moved from a period of growth through how information is externalized, and entered a time of new discoveries on the individual, mental, and spiritual levels of life.
Summing Up - The Big Picture
The Capricorn conjunctions of early 2020 continue to take shape, configuring with our natal planets in countless ways. Use the Capricorn structures built in 2020 to create mechanisms which release the potential of the newer Aquarian energies of the future. We’ll still be dealing with Saturn square Uranus for awhile, even if the T-squares will be a “dual pulse” in late Summer when they are 97 degrees apart, with Saturn getting hard aspects from 6-10 degrees of the Fixed signs, and Uranus getting hard aspects from 13-17 degrees of those signs.
As Saturn is crystallizing the emergent Aquarius focus, we can use it to release the Uranian potential, bringing positive Leo and Scorpio energies to balance the power of the squares. Because the void created by a square is both the problem and the solution, show heart, strength, nobility, courage, concentration, and the willingness to release to attract. Understanding which Leo and/or Scorpio qualities are needed in conflicts or resistant circumstances will yield good results.
As I hinted at earlier, this year emergent “mutations born from Cosmos” will come forth as a result of how we envision our part within the greater group work. We’ve now begun a review which will accelerate our growth and the growth of our projects. We know who our fellow seekers are, where on the evolutionary ladder we stand, knowing the ordeal is done, messages from Spirit showing us a new day has dawned should bring us peace, comfort, and enjoyment.
We all “graduated into a new realm of Being” in May 2020, and this past year have been through a metamorphosis learning to navigate in a new social or group structure. Our metamorphosis was advanced in vision and action in huge ways in late April and early May 2021, with stage two coming in August. Our transformation is taking flight these next 5 months, so enjoy the wild ride to come!
Uranus continues to revolutionize us in our Taurus sector, and having given us ways to “think in the future” while “returning to ancient sources of being,” we now can move forward into a revolutionary new condition of life! BE the Light in the darkness, staying clear about your new dedication and commitment. As a result of last year’s Solar Eclipses, we’ve been “lowering one flag and raising a new one,” reorienting toward a more secure, playful, and fun course, as well as letting go of all which could block our happiness. Last month’s eclipses are removing ideas, mental clutter, and distractions we just don’t need any more..
Summing Up – The Immediate Picture
This New Moon initiates a lot of specializing activity at multiple immediate forks in the road in many different areas of our chart, which I’ll give you in the next part of the series. This one releases us from pressures we no longer need to bear, and reveals the beauty in taking the lead to welcome new energy, new outlooks, new emotional experiences, and new integrative techniques.
Saturn continues to prod us in a “back to the future mode,” so get your vision, take time to flesh out your plan, and begin estimating your time line to accomplish what you want. We’re in the thick of a long transfiguration process and are now beginning a time of discovering “shortcuts to success” in material, emotional, mental, and spiritual realms, accelerating the attainment of whatever individual spiritual understanding we’re seeking. Take a look back at what you’ve been show you need to leave behind, since to move up in service means to leave the lesser level of functioning.
We now get to consolidate our progress, gather what secures our ability to welcome the new, and remember this is a time of initiation, magic, and “the joy and power of new beginnings.” Let go, let God, and remember enlightenment is a verb, not a noun. This is where our contact with the World Soul can reveal the beauty of our ability to act decisively once we know what’s over and done. Keep focused on the greater vision being born in a time when there is friction from forces which don’t want to budge.
Even though the long term conflict between the old and the new continues, take heart, get focused, and eliminate all you no longer need or which would block your happiness. Because of the intense shift to Aquarian energy in the first 5 months of this year which is about to return in just a few weeks, stay open to innovative ideas and the momentum pulling you to break away, break free, and break through whatever is blocking the flow. We approach a new cooperative era, and Saturn will “make real” in 2022 and 2023 all which Jupiter promises in 2021.
We’re on the threshold of a new sensitivity to the generic human condition, but for now must see that we are individual sparks 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.
The Cancer and Leo emphasis leads us on a heart-felt adventure into a future which is coming at us like an express train! Having taken time to review many things, we now can see old approaches in a new light, having reshaped our expression. We’re moving in new directions while consolidating what we care about and what our heart’s into.
We’re still becoming more conscious of our interrelatedness within the spiritual field. We are now free to drop burdens we no longer need to bear, and can experiment with “the alchemy of life” to see how to apply spiritual principles and power to help release the positive potential in situations. The recent T-squares concentrated a lot of magnetic power to the degree we were willing to eliminate what we no longer need or want.
This is the beginning of the beginning of a new 200 year era. The powerful forces being released at this time 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!
See you soon with part 2, which will cover Sabian Symbols, Jones patterns, element distribution, and a whole lot more!
© Copyright 2021 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
© Copyright 2021 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
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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.
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca. with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
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