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- Signs, Sabian Symbols, and What It All Means -
This article covers significant aspects, degree symbols, and other important factors in this Aries New Moon chart. We have now moved from the Bowl Jones pattern into a relatively long term Bundle pattern with all the planets between Jupiter in late Capricorn and Venus in late Taurus. This Lunation is extraordinarily specializing, and will benefit any planets we have in the latr degrees of Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces, and Taurus. We enter 4 weeks of Self-initiated “self-transcendence.”
This month puts the focus on the sign Aries, with a huge dose of Capricorn and Taurus with a dash of Pisces. The adventure continues to take shape by imaging forms of self-transcendence! Saturn still dominates the stage, with Venus also prominent on center stage through its trines to the Capricorn stellium. We’re now just barely past the Great Compression of 2020, with numerous conjunctions in Capricorn between January and March determining future patterns for years and decades to come!
As I explained in the main article on The Great Compressions of Early 2020, 2021, and 2022, we’re now in the second of four consecutive compressions of planets. The first was In early 2019 when all the planets were bundled in about one third of the sky. Throughout 2019 they expanded into half and then two thirds of the sky, creating a Bowl and then Locomotive Jones pattern, with the Moon adjusting the pattern based in its position. We again contracted into a Bowl last month, and now have hit maximum compression creating a Bundle chart, the rarest pattern of all!
As you understand by now, different months bring us different Jones Patterns, depending on the position of the Moon and the inner planets relative to the outer planets. These patterns operate their own independent influence, regardless of which planet is in which sign.
Currently, the outer planet occupied span begins with Jupiter in late Capricorn, and proceeds through the other outer planets in Capricorn, Pisces, Aries, and ends with Venus in late Taurus. This is a fairly narrow distribution, with all the outer planets in a span of 100 degrees, less than a third of the sky (excluding TransPluto, since Jones didn’t use it in defining his patterns). That means the Jones pattern in the sky is primarily influenced by the position of the inner planets, shifting the pattern every so often.
The Bundle Pattern and how it works
This type of spread, with all the planets occupying approximately one third of the signs with two thirds unoccupied, creates “the least common of the seven basic differentiations,” and creates a “bunching of interests or the intensive self-gathering which is least responsive to any universal stimulus” and as Dr. Jones noted in a section on another pattern, a “special obsession with some particularly narrowed aspect of experience” which characterizes the Bundle people.
He continues that “the meaning of the concentration of the ten planets in one single thirds of the zodiac is that the course of the native’s life is held to certain narrow bounds of opportunism,” and they are “almost completely inhibited, in contrast with the outstanding lack of inhibition in the Splash pattern. He then goes on to say that “Characteristic of the Bundle type is an outstanding capacity for making much of little, or for building small beginnings into great and often unanticipated final results.” He also notes this type can mold their world “by some highly centralized force of self-concentration.” This type is not universal in the slightest, but rather “brings universe to center.”
With Jupiter in Capricorn leading the concentration of planets, it shows we need to be disciplined and organized as we begin expanding within the cycles begun in January. We are in a time of learning “structured mobilization” as we demonstrate a mature and compassionate mind being fearless in its experience of the NOW. See the opportunities the “Inward Way” holds for you to find “transcendent security,” remembering to enjoy life once you figure out what is truly meaningful to you personally.
Capricorn is where we demonstrate our ability to throw off the chains of mental slavery which lead us to getting trapped in discouraging attitudes. We are in a time of more responsible roles to play and greater duties to be accepted, since we’re now firmly launched into a very dynamic period in history!
This past month, Mars initiated several important new long wave cycles by crossing the conjunction points of January, as well as making conjunctions with Pluto, Jupiter, and finally Saturn at 1 Aquarius, kicking off the next 20 years of Aquarius energies and 200 years of Air energies, priming the pump for the Pluto in Aquarius era as we move into the “Spring of the 21st Century.” The future is activated in April, so keep your eyes on the prize, since 2021 will look much different than 2020!
With Venus closing, see how to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, ask yourself why a given thing is important, and cultivate your spiritual discrimination while seeing it all as an exercise in forms of social-emotional as well as mental-spiritual education. Things are cooking, with a feast coming soon! This leads with emotional-cultural Group Performance, and closes with emotional-cultural Confirmation.
The Outer Planets Anchor the Pattern of Half the Sky
At this time, Jupiter is now part of the occupied span involving Saturn and Pluto, quickly closing in on its conjunction with Pluto in March and Saturn later this year. Jupiter will continue to lead the outer planet occupied span through December 2020, when it conjuncts Saturn at 1 Aquarius and we enter a new 20 year and 200 year era! Be willing to reorganize your life as needed, and you will find power flowing to you and from you as we move into a vaster tide of evolution this year, setting long term wave forms into motion related to Aquarius.
Because Jupiter has been closing on the outer planet span for several years, it has played a major part in how we entered life experience. It's why sometimes these past few years have seemed like a wild ride, an adventure, a quest, and more! With willingness, power, vision, and greater possibilities to contribute to a greater future good, we are now in the midst of a Cosmic “judgment day,” and must choose how we will express ourselves in our world, for better or worse. This prepares us for a forceful awakening in April when a great mobilization will occur.
Though the outer planets expanded to a wide spread these past 20 years since the last Saturn conjunct Uranus, the outers are now compressing, with Jupiter and Saturn headed to a karmic rendezvous with Pluto and then Neptune over the coming years. The great Compressions each year for the next few years will create a several month set of “Bundle” patterns, since at times the planets will all be within a 120 degree span as they are now. Because Mars will not conjunct Saturn until January 2021, it too will remain inside the outer planet span for the next 9 months..
In this New Moon, we’re back to one very intense occupied span followed by three pairs of planets helping move that energy from the Capricorn source through the Pisces formulation into the power of Aries and the stabilization of Taurus. The most intense occupied span is between Jupiter at 24 Cap through Saturn at 1 Aries, with FOUR planets in a 6+ degree span! Adding the next nearest planets in Pisces, it expands it to 6 planets in a 55+ degree span.
The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon
A New Moon sets the seed forms for what the following month will demonstrate. This Lunation falls at 5 Aries, and it is said that the first third decan) of any sign deals with the actional, material, and physical levels of life, and being the first decan of Aries it has a sub-influence of Aries with an added dose of Mars and Pluto. While I've given you a sense of this degree up to now, this is where we go into depth.
The symbol for the 5th degree of Aries is “A triangle with wings.” In the original Marc Jones class notes on the symbols published in The Astrology of Personality,Rudhyar says this is a degree of “evolution of values in the sphere of inward self, but at a stage not yet substantiated” and “eagerness for a spiritual goal.”
We are told in The Astrological Mandala that this symbolizes "the capacity for self-transcending,” and a “desire to reach a higher level of existence, of pure aspiration or devotion, of bhakti.” He states this is a further development in the process of “differentiation,” where we become aware of possibilities of future growth.
He offers that this is still an ideal we long form where we envision “a new dimension of being … mobilizing creative endeavors.” He states this degree falls in the Span of Realization, Act of Differentiation, and Scene of Desire on the Actional level.
Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, says this is a degree of “the inviolability of (our) essential nature throughout every ramification of (our) experience, as long as (we) hold to the purity of (our) original impulses.” He states this brings “a very practical balance in (our) self-fulfillment, thanks to (our) threefold individuality in terms of skills, loyalties, and values.”
He continues with “Light rather than darkness remains the goal of (our) life, and (our) personal capacities become a continual refinement of every baser metal in selfhood. He offers us the keyword ZEAL, and states that when operating in a positive way, the degree is “the creative transformation of everything into an expression of enduring idea and a reflection of the real vision ahead.”
From this symbol we should be able to see the Light of “self-transcendence” and “eagerness for a spiritual goal,” with “a new dimension of Being” available for those who open to their own urge to BE greater or more than they’ve been up to now. This New Moon shows us the power of finding new ways to live and BE a new person.
Remember that in reading a Lunation chart (as well as a horary, inceptional, electional, or any event chart) the forming aspects show things to come, while separating aspects show things already past. Partile separating aspects show what’s been going on in the Now. This section covers only forming and partile separating aspects.
We are now beginning a long run of no transit to transit oppositions except for when the Moon is outside the occupied span. That means there will be lessened oppositional energies in the next few months, except of course for those with planets in Cancer, Leo, and Virgo who will be affected by the transits since planets continue to move through Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces during coming months.
This Lunation has quite a few aspects, with one extraordinarily strengthening dynamic configuration. Overall, It’s mainly a favorable, productive, and stabilizing period due to the Capricorn, Pisces, and Taurus double sextile within a trine, which is like a three note chord harmonizing and stabilizing those energies, as well as any planets we have in the last half of the Earth and Water signs.
This one has Jupiter biseptile Uranus, triggering the Grand Irrationality V.2.. This will expand the seeds from when Uranus biseptiled Pluto in the past. These seeds were recently set into motion when Mars conjuncted Jupiter and biseptiled Uranus at the same time. This is setting major forces into play for those with planets near 21-25 Capricorn, 12-16 Pisces, 3-7 Taurus, 25-29 Gemini, 17-21 Leo, 8-12 Libra, and 29 Scorpio-3 Sagittarius.
The Lunation makes a semisquare to Venus, a quintile to Mars and Jupiter, a bielftile with Saturn, semisextile with Uranus, and quintile to Pluto. The quintiles are extraordinarily favorable and specializing, with special emergent gifts promised for all with a planet or significant point near 22-27 Capricorn, 4-9 Aries, 16-21 Gemini, 28 Leo – 3 Virgo, and 10-15 Scorpio.
Because everything is so compressed, there really aren’t too many angles which are over 90 degrees in this chart. That means a LOT of internal action as a prelude to increased outer activity by May. With Jupiter in close conjunction with Pluto and chasing Saturn, we continue to be in a time of “expansive sobriety” or “sober expansion,” launching numerous cycles of new visions, adventures, and truths, set to a new understanding of responsibility.
Besides the Lunation aspects and other planetary aspects just mentioned, we also see Mercury quintile Venus, novile Mars, semisquare Jupiter, decile Saturn, sextile Uranus, conjunct Neptune and semisquare Pluto; and Venus is trine Venus, Mars, and Pluto, and sextile Neptune.
Outer planet aspects include Mars conjunct Jupiter and Pluto (via Translation of Light), trielftile Uranus, and in an out of sign (OOS) conjunction with Saturn; Jupiter is conjunct Saturn (which will refrain), biseptile Uranus, and conjunct Pluto; Saturn is in square to Uranus and semisquare Neptune (both of which will refrain), and Uranus is semisquare Neptune, anchoring the Rhombus Diamond energy discussed a few paragraphs down.
Special Configurations in Evolutionary Astrology
As noted, while we have a lot of harmonious and specializing aspects in play, we also have Jupiter activating the Grand Irrationality. Gifts and specialized situations dominate the next four weeks, with a lot being set into motion.
Venus is a primary player this month, making important trines to the Capricorn planets which will be given power and vitality in May when the Sun also makes those same trines to Jupiter and Pluto but not Mars. Venus trining the Cap planets opens a lot of favorable voids in the last half of Virgo, so it should be clear what we have to do to stabilize and maintain our health and/or work
The Rhombus Diamond
As you’ve read in other articles, Uranus is involved in a “bottom tone” of friction in the collective consciousness because of its long wave semisquare to Neptune, anchoring the octile-driven “Rhombus Diamond” configuration with intense “cutting, grinding, and polishing” energies wherever we have the very early degrees of Taurus and Scorpio, as well as the middle degrees of Pisces and Virgo. In this chart there is no third planet to activate the pattern.
The Rhombus Diamond configuration was perfected last September when the Moon is in Scorpio was semisquare Venus in mid-Virgo, opposed Uranus, and sesquisquare Neptune at the same time as Venus opposed Neptune and sesquisquared Uranus. Since then and into the future, it will be perfected every time the Moon and Ascendant are in early Scorpio and mid-Virgo at the same time.
As you know if you’ve been reading this column for any length of time, the waxing Uranus semisquare Neptune marks a crucial point of shift in the opening of their very long wave cycle, and is a major significator of our unsettled times. This very frictional energy has been with us a while and will continue to be with us a LONG time! That aspect anchors a frictional configuration that is kicked into play whenever planets pass through early Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, and mid-Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. It is especially powerful when a planet transits mid-Virgo and early Scorpio.
As the planets make various octile aspects to these Uranus and Neptune, those phase shifts generate a LOT of tension in the atmosphere, creating a grind for us where they fall in our chart. This semisquare is indicative or the hard edge all of us are going through as we try to find how our individuality fits into the collective atmosphere, and why there is so much friction between the transpersonal Uranian forces and the transpersonal Neptunian forces at this time.
As I told you in the September 2017 Rhombus Diamond articles, when it’s active we can expect solar flares and plasma eruptions, warping in the electromagnetic field, breakaway impulses, sideways explosions, and all equivalent human behavior symbolized by these octile aspects testing our clarity. It has presented all of us with certain questions. What is your role as you would define it? Reject timidity and uncertainty, and find your place in the larger scheme of things.
This month we have quite a few specializing aspects but not many in the various spiritual series. Of the specializing aspects, we have 1 decile and SEVEN quintiles. There aren’t many spiritual gestation aspects, with only 1 novile. There are 2 bielftiles and 1 trielftile, and of the nonrational septile series, we have only 1 biseptile.
The novile (9th harmonic), septile (7th harmonic) and elftile (11th harmonic) series all feature spiritual aspects. All novile series aspects represent gestative energies that can lead to great spiritual realizations. Septile series aspects represent forks in the road of destiny, while the elftile series aspects represent issues requiring we resolve some sort of duality by making a leap of faith to attain a form of mastery over that type of duality.
The quintile and biquintile (5th harmonic) and related 10th (decile and tredecile), 15th (quindecile), and 20th harmonic (vigintile) aspects are all specialization aspects. You can find more by going to Astrology Class on the Specializing Aspects Pt. 1 – The Quintile and Biquintile, and Astrology Class on the Specializing Aspects Part 2 – The Decile, Tredecile, Quindecile and the Vigintile.
You can find out more about the spiritual aspects (septile, novile, and elftile series) by referencing this brief overview of the Spiritual aspects, complete with glyphs for all of them.
Element Balance and Who’s Leading the Sun
This month we have the 10 traditional planets occupying 5 signs in a “balanced imbalanced” element distribution. We have 2 planets in Fire (inspiration and warmth), 2 in Water (feelings and experiencing), 1 in Air (relatedness and communicating), and 5 planets in Earth (practical grounding). This month we have Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, and Taurus represented, with no planet in the other signs.
Air and Earth are “cool” elements, while Fire and Water are “hot” elements. With this distribution, things are slightly more cold than hot, but extraordinarily weighted toward Earth. With so much Earth and Mercury conjunct Neptune in Water, there are materials to make bricks, as long as we don’t get stuck in the mud of obscure or vague calculations.
Because the New Moon falls in early Aries, Neptune in Pisces is the planet currently leading the Sun. That means “the Gateway to the Light” involves feeling a vaster field all around us, and learning how to flow with our wisdom from the collective to the Light of the individual. This can bring a great humanitarian wave to the surface of daily events, showing all their ability to “self-transcend.” Our ability to know our place in the collective field can lead us to a greater Light of a new view of ourselves and others by our “urge to BE.” Our collective awareness will give us access to the Great Light.
The current sequence at present of Deciding, Feeling, and Thinking
We’ve been through several different sequences over the past few months. There are six patterns, and each has their strengths and weaknesses. This Lunation continues the pattern of the last Full Moon. As a process of moving through events, the most effective “firing sequence” for approaching life and experience over the next 4 weeks involves leading with our thinking, then deciding, and then feeling.
This pattern leads with their understanding, vision, or analytical perceptions, and then makes decisions and acts based in those perceptions. While it is tempting to move back into more thinking, analyzing, and envisioning after we act, instead of going back to the mind to confirm our action, we must get to our feeling-experience around what we just decided or did. When we go deep enough and understand what we are experiencing, then new information, new understanding, and/or a new vision will naturally arise that points the way to the next action.
When you are moved by an idea, vision, perception, or understanding, it will naturally lead to decisions on the basis of those ideas. This should be followed by a time of solitude and reflection where we can identify what we’re feeling and experiencing. Once we identify what we’re experiencing, we’ll naturally be moved to search for newer information, newer ideas, newer interpretations, and newer views. So let your thinking and communicating and envisioning lead you to “right action,” and feel what you must to come to a newer view.
This Lunation shows us activating specialization in the structures we’ll be using this year to prepare for the dawning of a 20 year Aquarian era which gathers strength in April and May, opening doors of infinite potential in January 2021! As this New Moon occurs in early Aries, we now have an ability to start something new, and can heal into our Higher Self by mentoring and/or being mentored in how to express some highly specialized skill we have.
We’re now at the far side of the Great Compression of January through March, and since Mars has set numerous cycles into motion in the past 2 weeks, there is work to be done, be and willing to rise to the occasion, learning practical group skills and wielding power with economy and precision.
We’re now in the transition between the old way which is no more, and the coming Grand Mutation. The current Great Compression in Capricorn will set forces into motion in this bridge year between the old promise and the new 200 year Era coming with the Grand Mutation of 2020! By how we respond to the new emerging Aquarian energy, we’re positioning ourselves in a greater work which begins in April and changes life as we know it by January 2021.
With SEVEN quintiles, there are a fantastic number of gifts to be claims, skills to be demonstrated, and unique factors in play this next month. This is the opening phase of high specialization in this year’s great reorganization. This one releases unique qualities of the concentrated Capricorn energies we’re experiencing. With the stable productivity promised by the Cap-Pisces-Taurus “three note chord,” overall we should be able to get a lot done this month!
We’ve been in a time when angels and divine help are in the air, as well as redemption and forms of trained creative expression. We now become our Higher Self through expressing some special quality in our personality. Not all of them, but at least one which shows your world something special about you. This is a renewal within a larger group work, where we continue to participate in forms of spiritual rebirth within a community where we can present our best to each other and God. Keep calm, carry on, and embrace your role in that group. You could find yourself performing beyond any previous sense of self!
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Saturn in its home sign of Aquarius for the first time since 1993 makes it the final dispositor of all planets transiting Capricorn and Aquarius from now through 2023. It was a major influence in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Eclipses, continuing its years-long power behind events.
Saturn continues to hold court in its home sign of Aquarius. Because Saturn plays such a large part in ruling the stage of Life for many months and even years to come, if you haven’t gotten your copy already, 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.
Saturn helps us give form and structure to our quest for Self-realization, and in Aquarius, takes the “organized personal structure” we built in Capricorn and lifts the vision to a greater good for the greatest number, allowing a more rarified side of Saturn to come forth, helping bring fixity to the spiritual energy making our spiritual life come alive.
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.
© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
About the author:
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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