Category: Moon Cycles Written by Robert Wilkinson
- The Wisdom of Finding Happiness -
We have the "Christfest" Full Moon coming next week! This distributive, inspired, and freeing "World Teacher” Full Moon distributing a new form of compassionate Wisdom Teaching to the world occurs at 4:52 am PDT, 12:52 pm BST on June 14, and falls at the 24th degree of Gemini and Sagittarius.
It is the third of the “Three High Moons” of the Northern Hemispheric Spring. As with all Full Moons, use the light of courage you’ve been seeing and expressing since the New Moon, and give it form and focus to see how to anchor those themes in expression. This is the Light of Mind expressed in widespread forms of Truth and vision that opens a wisdom adventure in each of us, so let your enthusiasm loose!
How the Wesak and Christ Festivals Combine their Influences
The Full Moon of Sun in Taurus and Moon in Scorpio is the Wesak Festival, where the “Eternal Buddha Wisdom” pours out a new form of compassionate wisdom for the world as a path to greater spiritual service which will be spread across all nations at the Full Moon of Gemini-Sagittarius. The importance of the Christ Fest Full Moon is explained in greater detail in the article Spiritual Astrology in 2022 – the Three High Moons of the Northern Hemisphere Spring.
Briefly, the Life Force of Earth re-emerges at the Full Moon of Aries-Libra, and this Life Force is expressed as a form of “Buddha Wisdom” of some compassionate form that helps us all to end suffering. This Wisdom is then shaped into a form of expression by the World Teacher at this Full Moon of Gemini-Sagittarius, and expressed the “world teaching” for the next year.
Since the Christfest distributes the “Buddha Wisdom” of the previous Full Moon in some compassionate form helping us all to end suffering, the next two weeks can help us glimpse wider truths and futures. We have learned something about social and emotional momentum since the New Moon, and now are in an expansive period. This Full Moon begins another quest for knowledge and skill for all of us, with great truths to be externalized over the rest of this year through clarity of purpose arising from our Light.
This Christ Fest Full Moon in Sagittarius-Gemini will allow us to “show what we know” as we use “binding force” to achieve forward movement in some way. This is part of the global wisdom being distributed as we embrace a new adventure in truth. Trust your ability to play with “gravitational force” and find a great happiness in the wisdom resulting from learning that. This one brings the Light to bear on how to find skill and freedom of movement by using our environment to find ways to recreate ourselves to be happier.
As the Moon in Sagittarius is front and center, this Full Moon opens us to a new life adventure, a new way of dancing through time and space, with enthusiasm and humor. As the third of the “Three High Moons” of the Northern Hemispheric Spring, the Wisdom coming our way will help us embrace our individuality in a broader context of service.
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 is expansive, and will elevate our view if we don’t cling to old 3D forms of perception. It is preparatory, rewarding, and accelerating. There are major evolutionary configurations to be navigated with intuition and adaptability, indicating the Wisdom forms we’ll glimpse will blow some doors of perception wide open!
As with all Full Moons, use the light you’ve been seeing and expressing since the New Moon, and give it form and focus to see how to anchor those themes in expression. This is the Light of “Divine Mind” coming to surface as a truth to be embraced and/or spread to others which will entail learning skill within a group situation. The New Moon’s theme was about our ability to change the trajectory of events so that metaphoric nosedives can be used to land the aircraft perfectly. It's been about skill, mastery, and courage. This Full Moon is the Light of a form of self-recreation expressed in a genuine happiness in a social set up.
So what can we expect from the Lunation? This one helps us understand how to wield spiritual power in stable, productive, and balanced ways using the skills we developed in 2021 related to our ability to use “hard power” and “soft power” in alternating balanced ways. The challenge is to be clear about what roles we’re playing and not playing, coming out of timidity and giving voice to what may be unclear to others. Identifying with "humanitarian interests" will bring integration to many. The wisdom of the coming year will help us find fellowship and a sense of participating in something much larger than what we’ve been doing up to now.
This Full Moon brings the Light of the Gemini New Moon into a realization of deeper discoveries and a practical view of things which may require addressing with some haste. This is a time of being in tune with the invisible world and healing through strengthening our connections with it. While there will be some stress due to the aspects, those who have done their homework these past 2 years will be rewarded with a greater heart strength, more focused effective action, and blessings after “the death of useless things.” Any confusion or internal stress are opportunities do to spiritual linkage work. This is an extraordinary turning point in how we utilize power in innovative ways, and offers great potential to confirm our spiritual worth.
Is the Sun Following the Moon, or the Moon Following the Sun?
This Lunation is the eleventh Full Moon where the Sun is in the same sign (Gemini) as it was in the New Moon two weeks ago. We are now in “the regular order” of the Sun/Moon relationship cycle, and this one brings light and power to a great spiritual promise or vision which will open in early 2023. We can now take the last New Moon themes of being a “skilled pilot” in using “mind over matter” to give form to an adaptive skillful wisdom which expresses our happiness within our social environment.
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.
Now that August 2021 brought us the New Moon Sun at 17 Leo and Full Moon Sun is at 30 Leo, we’re back in the natural order for many months to come. You can find out more about the “seed forms” of the New Moon two weeks ago by going to the archives.
Past As Prologue
The 2020-21 Eclipses moved us all in new directions, reorienting wherever we have Cancer, Gemini, and Sagittarius in our charts. Remember that all Eclipses are “Cosmic recyclers,” taking away what is obsolete or de-magnetized in our lives. These losses clean out psychic and physical spaces so newer life substance can come forth. We’ve cleared out many old ideas, truths, habits, and perspectives the past 2 years, and now have a wider view regarding our life and the Life around us at the beginning of a new 20 year Aquarian era for humanity.
As you know from other articles, 2020 was the last year of a 200 year Earth era, with Air power building throughout the year which primed the pump for the 200 year Air era which began on the 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.
In this Full Moon, the span occupied by the inner planets (in this chart Mars at 16 Aries through the Sun at 24 Gemini) is 68+ degrees, a fairly wide span. The total occupied span (excluding the Moon) is 145+ degrees, with two very powerful clusters. The first includes Mars, Chiron, and Jupiter, and is 10+ degrees wide. The second includes Uranus and Venus within a 2+ degree span.
As the inner planets plus Mars are moving through Aries, Taurus, and Gemini, this will be the primary area stimulated in our charts. At this time Mercury and the Sun have moved out of the outer planet span, and as they and Venus move forward it will begin a series of changing Jones Patterns in the near future.
Right now all the planets occupy a span between Pluto at 29 Capricorn and the Sun at 24 Gemini except the Moon at 24 Sagittarius, leaving one half of the chart empty. Because of the planetary spread, we now have a perfect Bowl Jones Pattern, with the “tension of opposites” created by the Lunation.
At this time we have the 10 traditional planets occupying 7 signs. Currently, the outer planet occupied span begins with Pluto in late Capricorn, then moves through Saturn in Aquarius, Neptune in late Pisces, Jupiter in early Aries and finishes with Uranus in mid-Taurus, with Mars occupying the span between Jupiter and Uranus.
As noted, the Jones patterns in the sky now change mainly due to the position of the Moon. With this Full Moon Sagittarius as the sole opposition, we have a perfect Bowl.
The Bowl Pattern and how it works
This type of spread, with all the planets occupying approximately half of the signs with an empty half opposite the occupies half, creates a “special type of conscious selfhood,” which Dr. Jones says “marks the Bowl type of temperament. He goes on to state “Fundamentally it is an extreme self-containment,” which “holds things, and a Bowl individual is one who always has something to bear.”
He goes on to state that with the Bowl, “the whole dynamic of man, his total power of achievement, arises in his instinctive realization that he is set off against a definite part of the world, that there is a complete segment of experience from which he is excluded in some subtle fashion. The Bowl not only holds something, but also places whatever it holds into relationship with a larger consideration.”
Dr. Jones continues that “the occupied segment of the Bowl horoscope reveals the activity and organization of the self, since planets are significant according to their place by sign and house, and the unoccupied segment becomes a challenge to existence, or the need and emptiness to which the native must direct his attention. The outstanding characteristic of the Bowl temperament is its marked sense of what is self-contained in contrast with what the self cannot hold, and this take an everyday form in an advocacy of some cause, the furtherance of a mission, an introspective concern over the purpose of experience.”
He concludes his explanation of how the pattern works with “The Bowl native always has something to give to his fellows, whether literally or psychologically, whether constructively or vindictively, because his orientation to the world arises from division; that is, frustration and uncertainty. The leading planets, determined in exactly the same way as for the Locomotive pattern, give a point of application, and shows where and how the native seeks to carry out his mission or gain his everyday justification for existence.”
He brings up another important point of analysis, as he states “the leading planet is of secondary importance in the Bowl pattern, unless it is found in a strong opposition or cosmic cross. The fundamental attack on the problems of life by the Bowl individual is indicated more significantly by the tilt or house-position of the Bowl-segment.”
He concludes this section by stating “the Bowl character is definitely more self-expending, or self-seeking, and more practically interested in what things mean and what they are. It continually throws the emphasis from the signs into the houses. It a general way the Bowl tends to ‘scoop up’ things and initiate experience when the position of the leading planet ranges from the fourth cusp, up and over the ascendant, to the midheaven cusp, and then inclines to “capture” things or consummate various phases of life when the leading planet is placed similarly from the tenth angle down over the descendant to the nadir.”
With the Moon in Sagittarius leading this Bowl pattern, it shows us the need to use “expansive sensitivity,” “feeling life’s adventure,” and “dancing with the future” to open our planetary experience. Take a large and generous view of the many ways a thing can be approached or understood in its larger picture. As the Moon is in Fire, inspiration, happiness, and a sense of humor and freedom will open doors to experience.
Is the Grand Irrationality A Factor in this Full 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. I’ll update it soon.
We revisited the energies of the First Grand Irrationality (1993-2017) when both Saturn and Uranus were septile Neptune, Jupiter and Pluto were both biseptile Uranus, and Jupiter and Saturn were both septile Neptune not long ago. These multiple 7th harmonic aspects put this “7-pointed Star of Destiny” evolutionary configuration into play. In this chart we have no planet making a septile-series aspect to Uranus or Neptune.
Obviously, this evolutionary configuration is triggered throughout the year when a planet moves through any of the hot zones of the configuration. This configuration will next be triggered when the Sun is in early Cancer and septile Uranus and biseptile Neptune. When Mercury and Venus transit early Cancer it will activate it again, as will Mars when it conjuncts Uranus and septiles Neptune. These transits bring choices, changes, and decisions affecting our future. These “Grand Irrationality” triggers are why things are so crazy and hard-edged at this time, and why humanity seems to have been at an unending “fork in the road of destiny.” I’ll speak more about it in part 3 when I cover the special configurations.
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Because Saturn continues to occupy center stage in its home sign of Aquarius, it continues to be the final dispositor of all planets transiting Capricorn and Aquarius from now through 2023, and continues to be a factor in how we express our Capricorn and Aquarius sectors and any natal or progressed planets we have in those signs.
Though Saturn can feel heavy and bring heavy life lessons, it also in 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 still in a long wave period of crystallizing visionary roles to play in the emergent Aquarian era, and with the dance Saturn and Uranus did last year and will return in a BIG way in August, we are still figuring out what matters to us and what doesn’t, with our final exam in “squaring ourselves with reality” coming in late Summer and the Autumn. Uranus has awakened us to new roles to play, while Saturn has brought new mutations and an accelerated evolution which bring us to this point of getting to “pick up and deliver spiritual power.”
I explain how Saturn and Uranus work together to awaken us to our Higher Powers to take command of our destiny in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. Saturn helps us give form and structure to our quest for Self-realization; in Capricorn, it teaches us how to accept and use personal power within a socially responsible context, while in Aquarius it teaches us how to make a greater contribution to our civilization and come together with others in a great effort “ensouled by a great vision.” Coupled with Uranus having awakened us to the fact that the old answers aren’t enough along with the need to accept spiritual power to shape our world, we are collectively “breaking on through to the other side” into an unfolding Higher awareness.
The book was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers. Even those with little or no understanding of astrology will benefit from understanding why you had to make certain choices at crucial times that shaped your life in profound ways.
Each time you read any section of this book you will find new insights about your power to throw off all the attitudes and memories which hold you back from finding and living the life and purpose. If you’ve haven’t already gotten your copy, you can go to the Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend page on Amazon and this should be all you need to order your copy. It’s also available on Amazon and as an ebook on Kindle, so if that’s more to your liking, go for it! If you would, whether you’ve gotten the ebook or the paperback, please write a review on the Amazon site, since the more reviews, the more of a boost they give it.
On A Final Note
See you in the near future with parts two and three on this Full Moon which will show us how to utilize divine power to strengthen our heart and demonstrate our spiritual strength and compassionate expression. This will bring us rewards of the heart, blessings which come “after the death of useless things,” and a need to focus on the inner rather than the outer. There is a potential to reach “ecstatic states of consciousness” for those “spiritual warriors” who begin to use spiritual power to dominate the materialism in their realm. This is an innovative and revolutionary time, but also one where our focus on enjoyment and happiness will produce great rewards.
This Lunation opens new discoveries, new opportunities, new productivity, new understanding and a time of being led into “the world of transcendent activity,” where we will learn to serve in a symbolic “mystery ritual” in what is beyond our understanding. Open to receiving revelations which show you which way the “winds of destiny” are blowing, and enjoy the lightness of Being after so many months of heaviness up to now.
With the Sun at the end of Gemini and the Moon at the end of Sagittarius, this is another fulfillment Lunation helping us move into a deeper appreciation for “the whole of things” as the “Compassionate Buddha Wisdom” comes forth in a new World Teaching. What this Lunation brings forth will take shape in mid-July when Venus transits the Sun in this chart, with major developments in October and November when Mars transits the Full Moon Sun. Deal with it then, since you want to move forward into this wisdom in March 2023 when Mars transits the Sun for the third time.
The new roles and responsibilities we took on in 2019-2020 led to new social effectiveness in 2021 which continues this year. Again, look to where you have late Capricorn and early Aquarius in your chart to see the focus of coming years. The compressions in Capricorn led us to forms of personal power, and being very long wave cycles, indicates our work for a long time to come. We finished this year’s Aquarius compression in March, and are now expanding and stabilizing 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.
I’ll see you soon when we’ll discuss Sabian Symbols, aspects, 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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