Category: Moon Cycles Written by Robert Wilkinson
- What’s Happening in March -
This New Moon introduces a new focus wherever we have 13 Pisces, showing we’re in a time of focusing our spiritual will power to demonstrate courage and skill. This is another extraordinarily powerful New Moon opening doors to the future once we finish the past, so surrender to what’s passing, and allow yourself to be purified however you need to.
This New Moon introduces a new focus wherever we have 13 Pisces, showing we’re about to go through a period where we need to find an expansive yet compassionate approach to doing closure rituals and accepting that these endings are necessary. Again, surrendering to the inevitable will allow the cleansing of the old to prepare to greet the new. This is another highly compressed and focused New Moon which will bring rewards for those who can project power in disciplined and visionary ways. This is a “fork in the road of destiny” month, with the need to rise to some occasion and then wait for the sign from Spirit blessing your efforts.
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 dissolving, empathic, intuitive and distributive New Moon at 13 Pisces occurs at 9:35 am PST, 5:35 pm GMT on March 2. This one allows us to surrender in some way, releasing the past while showing courage and trusting our emergent intuition and “non-local) knowing. The next four weeks blend past, present, and future, and may seem strange due to the stellium conjunct Neptune!
This New Moon will jumpstart Pisces energy wherever it falls in our chart. Wherever we have Pisces will be a focus of activity, so accept your blessing to flow into a greater adventure, gift, or blessings. As Pisces is a Mutable sign, this Lunation begins a month of dissolving, distributing, and closing accounts at the threshold of a new year cycle coming at the Equinox.
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 will impact all of us for some time to come. Especially with three Jupiter conjunctions with Pluto last year, it’s easy to see that for better or worse things were “expansively purified.” All that was promised by these cycles is being renewed in late February and early March as Venus and Mars both transit all the conjunction points.
When Mars conjuncted Saturn at 1 Aquarius on March 31, 2020, it set a cycle into motion which began to expand into a global system at the December 2020 Grand Mutation. That Jupiter/Saturn conjunction launched both a new 20 year Aquarian cycle AND a new 200 year era of Jupiter/Saturn conjunctions in Air signs. That means no more of the materialism of the past 200 years, with more of a focus on our commonality and ability to share ideas over the next 200! All of this gets a new expression as Venus and Mars make another conjunction on that point in early March.
Saturn is leading us to understand a more timeless role to play to help create a better world. What is your purpose? What structures and self-disciplines do you need to fulfill the ideal of that purpose?
Occupied Signs and Oppositions
Because of the transits all within the outer planet occupied span, we won’t have inner planet oppositions to Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, and Uranus for many months to come. Of course, if we have planets in late Cancer, late middle Leo, mid-and late Virgo, or mid-Scorpio we are going through some VERY long wave outer planet oppositions, with potential for very high awareness of how to ground new ideals, new public expression, and new ways to related to your larger spiritual group. The various types of the “Tension of Opposites” involved in those signs will come to the fore as the recent Eclipses take away old 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.
Five months ago we began a new pattern of the New Moon Sun being in the same sign as the following Full Moon Sun. Each pattern has its importance in the Soli-Lunar sequence, and now we no longer “bridge the Light” across two different Light signs in the Lunation cycle. This month’s New Moon is at 13 Pisces, and the coming Full Moon will be at 28 Pisces/Virgo, indicating that the Light of the seed forms of the New Moon will be illuminated in the same sign energy two weeks from now.
The New Moons and Full Moons are “God’s footprints in time.” Each shows the next in the 12 phases of how things come to be each year. The cycle could be described as follows: Life energy is initiated in Aries, substantiated in Taurus, explored in Gemini, grounded in Cancer, renewed and creatively expressed in Leo, refined and ordered in Virgo, balanced and made pleasing in Libra, purified and focused in Scorpio, expanded in Sagittarius, organized in Capricorn, solidified into a vision in Aquarius, and ended/perpetuated in Pisces.
Jupiter and Saturn
This is the fifteenth New Moon of the Saturn in Aquarius era which will last until the New Moon of February 2023. We are now early in the third year of the cycle set into motion at its rare and very powerful conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn in January 2020, with a current Aquarian influence due to Saturn.
Taking a look back, 2020 brought us a “cosmic visitation” which “galvanized us into action” to “escape from adverse conditions.” That year Nature challenged us to listen, look, and learn that we are not separate from Her, and evaluate what parts of our Self-disciplines and duties work and which ones didn’t.
The lesson of 2021 involved learning a technique of spiritual acceleration by getting a vision, a plan, and a time to begin whatever will short cut the time needed for expanded awareness and effectiveness. Saturn has been teaching us “the way within to outer success,” with a promise of “direct accomplishment.” These began to be realized in January 2022. Its recent direct station indicates we are now in a period of “new mutations based in Cosmos,” unrelated to past or local conditions. In other words, it’s safe to say we have had a lot showing up since October which is a fresh “emanation” from Spirit.
One of Saturn’s divine qualities is understanding as a prelude to wisdom. With Jupiter’s transit through Aquarius leading the Saturn transit, Saturn is tracking what Jupiter opened. As Saturn traverses the span where Jupiter has danced, it will crystallize its understanding of what that span of experience is about, and how we can use it wisely if we find the right structure and discipline.
Having finished our experience of the Jupiter in Aquarius era, we’re now immersed in the vast Piscean ocean which Jupiter calls home. Aquarius gave us a new level of awareness, and now we’re learning how to feel it more deeply. We’re definitely on a 20 year journey into Aquarius experiences based in the two 2020 conjunctions of Mars/Saturn and Jupiter/Saturn at 1 Aquarius.
Also, remember Jupiter conjuncted Pluto three times in 2020, setting long wave transformational energies into motion at 23 and 25 Capricorn which will be in play through 2033. These conjunction themes have been renewed by the transit of Venus and Mars over these degrees, so we should see clear signs and signals related to those themes these next four weeks.
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 with each transit over these degrees. 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 Pisces has Jupiter as its worldly ruler, and Neptune as its spiritual ruler. Jupiter is in Pisces, one of its home signs, making Jupiter the ruler of the Lunation, along with Neptune.
As usual, Jupiter and Saturn are sharing power on the stage of Life. While Jupiter rules the Sun, Moon, and itself, Saturn rules Mercury, Venus, and Mars, as well as Uranus and Pluto. Of course, Neptune being the spiritual ruler of Pisces is in its home sign, continuing as a longwave “standalone” dispositor of itself, ruling the fogs and mists of the current collective consciousness. So we have three 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 is a heavy influence at this time of the year and has begun to bring us “cosmic mutations” constituting a fresh emanation from the universe, it plays a large part in ruling the social and cultural cycles in our lives. It will continue to dominate the stage of Life for many months and even years to come, so if you haven’t already gotten a copy, please give yourself the timeless gift of my book, Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. We all need to make friends with our inner Saturn if we would claim our power to fulfill our higher purpose for being alive as Spirits in the material world.
This book shows you the way to take command of your power to steer your life in a conscious way, using Saturn’s strengths and skills to be led to mastering life on our own terms. As Saturn is such a dominant energy at this time, by owning our ability to manifest the best of Saturn's virtues in our world, we take command of our destiny and become the living purpose we were born to make manifest!
It was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers, and will assist your understanding of how your life experiences assisted your Soul growth and power to turn away from unhelpful karmic cause and effect patterns. Each time you re-read any part of it you’re sure to find undiscovered gems of insight helping you throw off attitudes which frustrate your ability to live your higher Purpose on your own terms.
Is the Grand Irrationality A Factor in this New Moon?
Because this section is so long, I created an article which explains what it is, how long it’s been in effect, and which signs have been most impacted and when. You can find all you need to know about this configuration associated with widespread irrationality and hard-edged “forks in the road of destiny” we’ve all confronted at various times by going to The Grand Irrationality. (I’ll be updating it soon.)
With this Lunation the Uranus biseptile Pluto is back in orb with Venus and Mars boosting the energy with their conjunction to Pluto and biseptile to Uranus! This shows things ruled by Venus and Mars are now at a “fork in the road of destiny” with turning points, decisions, and crucial developments over the next few weeks. This configuration is behind the generic irrationality in collective consciousness, and in this New Moon, it’s triggered in a big way!
The configuration is also activated when the Moon transits any of the 7 “hot zones,” as well as when planets make 7th harmonic angles to Uranus and Neptune. This configuration is associated with the 7-pointed “Star of Destiny” active at this hard edge in history. Because at this time 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 28 Capricorn-2 Aquarius, 20-24 Pisces, 11-15 Taurus, 2-6 Cancer, 23-27 Leo, 15-19 Libra, and 6-10 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 2022 – 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 manifested 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 at 11 Aries, a degree of glimpsing a new worldly order in our lives. The past two years we’ve been able to heal into our Higher Self as a result of reinterpreting some things in our lives, giving them a new meaning and application. We continue to move forward and re-trace the ground between 9-13 Aries, having review its 2021 SRX themes of “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.
We now begin to move solidly into Chiron’s healing and mentoring energies in the second decan of Aries. This will help us access our progress since the 2020 Mars/Chiron conjunction at 10 Aries. You can find out more about the themes of 10 Aries at Astrology Healing Cycles - Mars Conjunct Chiron Stationary Retrograde at 10 Aries. Now that it’s at 11 Aries, it’s in a long term residency in the second decan.
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 purify and 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 shows Neptune direct at 23 Pisces, a degree it’s transited three times since April 2021. This is a degree giving us sensations of hidden powers which will manifest once we give of ourselves to make them real. The theme is about mastering elements of the life force “to cooperate with our immortal reality,” which will come forth the clearer we are about the results we want.
The North Node
This is the second New Moon with the North Node in Taurus and the South Node in Scorpio. For many months we’ve been pulled to grow through our quest for knowledge and understanding demonstrating our ethical and spiritual values, and now all that changes! The coming 4 weeks indicate the line of greatest development is related to being able to visualize clearly role, function, and imagery precisely if we would see “the Beloved” come forth on the balcony of our lives and consciousness. We are now in a time of examining the meaning of value and substance in our lives, letting go of stagnant emotions and obsolete things.
Summing Up - The Big Picture
The Capricorn conjunctions of early 2020 continue to condition the long wave cycles unfolding since then as we continue to use those structures to fulfill the emergent Aquarian energies. Jupiter is now racing through Pisces after its time in Aquarius, having opened infinite potentials which will be actualized over the next 20 years. What Jupiter opened in 2021, Saturn will crystallize in 2022 and 2023, with major transfigurations to come in 2023.
This Lunation brings the Light of mercy, benevolence, and closure to many things, though it cautions us not to let wishful thinking cloud our judgment. This period should bring us rewards from Spirit for our courage and willingness to rise to some occasion, since there will be challenges and “exaggerations of our life problems” which will expand us.
We’re still in a time when emergent “mutations born from Cosmos” are coming forth as a result of our part within the greater group work, and moving into a year of learning how to manage our actions and feelings to attain our larger vision. Having “graduated into a new realm of Being” in mid-2020 leading to radical transfigurations in 2021, we now can be mature, responsible, efficient, and balanced in how we execute actions to fulfill our vision.
As a result of the 2020 and 2021 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. June’s eclipses are removing ideas, mental clutter, and distractions we just don’t need any more.
Summing Up – The Immediate Picture
This New Moon takes us into a time testing our ability to surrender the past to open the future, show courage as we focus our lesser will to be the vehicle of Divine Will once we’ve purified our personality. The coming weeks holds great promise, protection, and rewards, but also the possibility of confusion due to ambivalence or mixed signals. This should be seen as a rehearsal for things to come in the near future.
With Venus and Mars leading the occupied span, this is a time to be a good “Spiritual Lover/Spiritual Warrior,” allowing your disciplines to help you sprout the seeds of the future while purifying all which needs it. Be a “sculptor at your work,” listen to the inner voice, rise to the occasion, and accept the rewards from Spirit which present themselves.
We now have to show courage in our willingness to act on the new Spiritual role we’ve accepted this past year. We can now “see the Light” of the bigger picture and our part to play, and continue to be tested in clear visualization. All of us continue to find ourselves witnessing new expressions of a global energy unrelated to anything of the past or any local condition or tradition. Simply put, we’re quickly moving through experiences we haven’t seen before!
Continue to ride the waves of a gigantic future opening to you wherever you have Aquarius in your chart, welcoming the new, the promise, the protection, and the adventure. Remember enlightenment is a verb, not a noun, and our connection with the World Soul allows us to act in harmony with “All That Is.”
Even though the long term conflict between the old and the new is not yet completed, take heart, get focused, and continue to eliminate all you no longer need or which would block your happiness. Because of our total immersion in Aquarian energy in 2021, we’ve received innovative ideas and know who our spiritual allies are. In the past year we’ve broken away, broken free, and broken through whatever used to block our flow. We approach a new cooperative era, and the next few weeks will give us valuable insights about what can stay and what must go.
We’re still becoming more conscious of our interrelatedness within the spiritual field and moving through an immersion in a new sensitivity to the generic human condition. The new era dawning will show us that we are in fact individual sparks of Light within an infinite ocean of Light. We are not separate from any other thing, since all things are Light and therefore we are one with All.
This is the beginning of the beginning of a new 200 year era. The powerful forces being released at times may be chaotic, violent, intractable, and irrational, but there is power in our unified vision of a better future. Stay clear about what your vision is, and let go of all which prevents you from flying free with your Spiritual Brothers and Sisters into a better future. Keep the course steady despite the compressed tensions of this time, and know we’re on our way into the future together!
See you soon with part 2, which will cover Sabian Symbols, Jones patterns, element distribution, and a whole lot more!
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Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
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