Category: Moon Cycles Written by Robert Wilkinson
- Letting Go of Old Knowledge, Finding New Life Skills -
This distributive, inspired, and freeing “Christfest” Full Moon distributing a new form of Wisdom Teaching to the world occurs at 4:14 am PDT, 12:14 pm BST on May 26, and falls at the 6th 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 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 2021 – 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 seen something of worth or value which confirms our entry into a new life since the New Moon, and are in a new flow. This Full Moon Eclipse will set us on another quest for knowledge and skill, with great truths to be externalized over the rest of this year through clarity of purpose arising from our Light.
This Christ Fest Total Eclipse Full Moon in Sagittarius-Gemini will remove some things to distribute a global wisdom and greater ways of seeing the essence of our new life. Having made it through our crisis, we can now trust that our movement into a new way will help us substantiate and confirm some new social or emotional condition. This one brings the Light to bear on our search for some sort of knowledge since last June, and accelerates our growth in major ways, opening new lands, new understanding, new ways of finding the balance between mind and body, self and others. This one gives us a new look at old ideas and interpretations, and offers us a chance to re-shape our expression.
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.
So what can we expect from the Lunation? This one gives us the ability to use the sense of trust that a “new day has dawned” in our life since the New Moon. Having begun to move in that direction in productive ways, we can see how the signals from Spirit announcing “a new dispensation” can now find a greater truth and vision in future action.
The 2020 Eclipses moved us all in new directions, reorienting wherever we have 1 Cancer, and has been removing blocks to our happiness wherever we have 24 Sagittarius. 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 since last Summer, and now have a wider view and deeper ways of regarding our life and the Life around us at the beginning of a new Aquarian era for humanity.
This is the first Full Moon with Jupiter in Pisces! From late December through mid-May, Jupiter raced through Aquarius, expanding those energies which are and will be structured by Saturn over the next two years. This Full Moon is extraordinary specializing and offers opportunities to show the world how we’ve trained our ego to perform in some “spectacular” way. This is a very favorable Total Eclipse, as it’s integrative and will help us to more secure foundations. This Eclipse is totally future oriented, so whatever leaves our lives over the next 3 months will open new understanding and new adventures as we move through this time of radical transfiguration.
We’re still at the very beginning of a new 20 year and 200 year era! We “graduated into a new realm of being” in May 2020, navigated the nonstop storms of July through October 2020, and now have the momentum aiming us toward a greater social contribution which can outlive us. In 2019 and 2020 we built the structures which we’ll use in 2021 and 2022 to grow into a greater contribution to our world and lives.
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 last year’s 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 in 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.
Is the Sun Following the Moon, or the Moon Following the Sun?
This is the eleventh of a series where the previous New Moon Sun is in a different sign than this Full Moon Sun. We can now take the “light of the signs from Spirit showing us it’s a new day” since the New Moon in Taurus, and now apply it to new enlightened Gemini ways of “thinking in the future.”
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. Since August we’ve been in the latter phase.
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. The New Moon Sun two weeks ago was at 22 Taurus and this Full Moon Sun is at 6 Gemini.
The last time we experienced this reverse order began at the August 2017 Solar Eclipse in late Leo and lasted until April 2019, when the Sun was in Aries in the New Moon as well as the subsequent Full Moon. The reversed pattern we’re in will last until August 2021, when we return to the natural order with the New Moon Sun at 17 Leo and the Full Moon Sun at 30 Leo/Aquarius.
Since the New Moon offers us seeds in the first half of the month’s lunar cycle, and fulfillment in the second half, we now are in a sequence with the “Seed Light” of Taurus coming to Full Moon illumination through the current Sun in Gemini and Moon in Sagittarius. You can learn more about the recent New Moon at 22 Taurus by checking out those two articles posted 2 weeks ago.
In this Full Moon, the span occupied by the inner planets (in this chart the Sun at 6 Gemini and Mercury at 25 Gemini) is 18+ degrees. This month we see all the inner planets moving through Gemini. If we add Mars and Uranus to either side of the Gemini span, we find 5 planets in a 67+ degree span between mid-Taurus and late Cancer. This will be the primary area stimulated in our charts.
We now are at a time of the year when the inner planets are at the far side of the outer planet occupied span, so that now (leaving out the Lunar position), we see the occupied span is 173+, almost a perfect split between the occupied half and the unoccupied half. Given the Moon is well outside the occupied span, we again have a Bucket Jones Pattern, with the primary focus created by FIVE planets between 13 Taurus and 21 Cancer.
We’re now into the second year of the short and long wave cycles set into motion by Great Compression conjunctions in Capricorn in January and March 2020. We had two Great Compressions in Capricorn; one in February 2019, and one which hit maximum compression in March 2020. These brought us “Bundle” Jones patterns, with everything bundled in a very narrow span this year, creating a crowded house wherever we have Capricorn through Taurus. Because Mars is now in Cancer, when the Moon is between Capricorn and Leo, we have a Bowl pattern.
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 and Jupiter in early Pisces, then Neptune in late Pisces and finishes with Uranus in mid-Taurus, with the inner planets now occupying Gemini. In this chart Pluto is again the entry planet to the occupied outer planet span between Cap and Taurus, extended to Cancer by the inner planets. Pluto will be the entry planet for many years to come except when the Moon, inner planets, or Mars are in Sagittarius or early Capricorn. Transformation time!
As noted, the Jones patterns in the sky now change mainly due to the position of the Moon. With this Full Moon in Sagittarius far away from the bundled planets, we again have a Bucket Jones pattern.
The Bucket Pattern and how it works
Because the Bucket pattern has mainly been in play during the times the Moon has been in Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and early Sag, we’ve been challenged to use the Moon to express the energies of the Bundle of energies clustered between late Capricorn and mid-Cancer. In the Bucket, the Moon acts as the “handle,” or nozzle for focusing the energies of the rest. The handle, or focal determinator, represents the way to greater effectiveness, the cause to be embraced, the lack to be filled, or the way to use the total energies of this time in a focused manner.
Dr. Jones states “the Bucket type indicates a particular and rather uncompromising direction in the life effort.” This pattern gives “interest in a cause,” with executive tendencies that will adapt allegiances to maximize results of the effort. He says “the Bucket type at its best reveals the real instructor and inspirer of others, and at its worst the agitator and malcontent.” This is the larger planetary pattern within which we’re all trying to do what we do.
We are also told this pattern is more about finding an effective release for energy within social settings, but also about the individual imposing their patterns on society rather than adapting to what is there. It’s about focused intention. So all of us can expect some sort of focused attention on the house where we have 6 Sagittarius.
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 updated it in December, and incorporated a further look into the future.
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. In this chart the Moon activates the configuration by making a septile to Pluto and triseptile to Uranus. I’ll speak more about it in part 3 when I cover the special configurations.
Venus will next trigger the configuration when it enters Cancer and triseptiles Pluto, septiles Uranus, and biseptiles Neptune, again putting this “7-pointed Star of Destiny” evolutionary configuration into play. Obviously, this is triggered off and on throughout the year whenever a planet moves through any of the hot zones of the configuration. All of 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.
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. Though its influence has temporarily waned now that Jupiter is in Pisces, when Jupiter retrogrades back into Aquarius Saturn will again be its ruler and resume being a dominant force through April 2022.
Remember that while Saturn can feel heavy, it is also our ability to take command 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.
In 2019 we rehearsed and perfected roles and skills we needed in 2020 and beyond as part of the Saturn-Uranus “dance of individualization” in our lives. We’ve begun to crystallize present and future rewards, as well as new group work and roles opening new chapters in our “hero’s journey” into a higher quality of Being awakened by Uranus.
I explain how Saturn and Uranus awaken us to our Higher Powers to take conscious 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 awakening a “new quality of Being rendering the old patterns obsolete,” we are collectively challenged “to break on through to the other side” in expressing our unfolding Higher Consciousness.
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 “Cosmic recycler Global Wisdom” Full Moon which will help us see the future and prepare us for the larger forces of transfiguration now in play. This two week period helps us anticipate the future as we measure how skillfully our personality is cooperating with others as we learn to express our Souls. This Eclipse will accelerate our ability to leave some things behind, with Saturn bringing us “short cuts to attainment” preparing us for even more important group work in 2022.
This Lunation will help us grow toward “new vistas of concrete, conscious development,” demonstrated by our connection to the wisdom of our bodies. There is great promise in our “review of views” promised by Mercury on its station, and any friction is a challenge to integrate or reintegrated “to lift our foundations to a greater security.” With Jupiter the driver of a T-square with the Eclipse, get a plan, work out the details, and carry through.
We enter a time where compassion, forgiveness, and doing closure rituals will prepare us for what’s coming in 2022. This is a year of completing the “vision of Transfiguration” and entering into a new life. Next year and 2023 will make our Transfigured Being “real” in our world. This is a threshold Eclipse, and what’s taken away these next few months is merely that which would scatter our energies. This Eclipse will help us renew our quest for specific knowledge which will help our effectiveness in the future.
The new roles and responsibilities we took on in 2019-2020 are leading us to new social effectiveness in 2021 and 2022. 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. Again, look to where you have late Capricorn and early Aquarius in your chart to see the focus of coming years.
Because of the Mercury retrograde “bookend” theme of 2020, we now have found a higher, more diplomatic and dignified way of interacting with others over the past year. The October-November 2020 Mercury retrograde period gave us a look back to see how we’ve “raised our game” in our interactions, and its direct station at 26 Libra began the theme bookending 2021 involving how we use a combination of “soft power” and “hard power” to demonstrate spiritual adeptship.
We now prepare to understand more about the year theme in the coming Mercury RX period in Gemini happening now. The last Mercury retrograde period gave us new information about expanding our dedication to our Soul’s ideal, and due to the events between February and now, we have a sense of where we’re at on the larger evolutionary ladder, seeing what must be left behind. Mercury on its stationary degree at this Eclipse indicates that the “pruning and shaping” theme of the retrograde will a) remove much which would obscure our chosen form of expression, and/or b) remove all which would obscure the knowledge we need to find.
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. 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.
We’ve stabilized the Capricorn promise of 2018 and 2019 as changes accelerate the on-going conflict between Saturn and Uranus. We are in a 20 year Aquarian sub-era which will change us and our world for decades to come, so be open at this “World Teacher Fest” to new forms of “Buddha wisdom” helping us eliminate all that is obsolete, stagnant, or irrelevant so we can receive the higher wisdom indicated by this Full Moon.
This expands, specializes, and distributes energy we need to grow in our stable understanding of higher things. Adjust to the natural rhythms of each circumstance, be balanced in your approach, and remember to be clear in your visualization, and see that which comes as the result of your prior visualizations. Mobilize as needed, be cheerful while “balancing your mountain of baggage,” and when called to “take the stage,” do it with style!Because we are in a season of squares to Neptune, keep moving forward, opening, securing, and stabilizing in balanced, rhythmic ways. Though squares to Neptune often make things obscure or confused, it doesn’t matter, as long as you maintain your equilibrium as you move into vaster realizations. If you find yourself wondering what “success” actually is, you’ve completed a huge process and will find exactly what it means to you personally. We’re still at a major turning point literally in the heart of a huge transformation; This will help us set aside lesser things and focus on what really matters.
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.
© 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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