Category: Moon Cycles Written by Robert Wilkinson
The End of Old Dreams and the Beginning of New Ones.
This Lunar Eclipse Wesak Full Moon of the Sun in Taurus and Moon in Scorpio will bring the world a new “Buddha Wisdom” related to matter and magnetism, what we desire, and how to confirm of spiritual heart’s desire by making it real. This Eclipse will remove old Scorpio/Taurus energy over the next few months while attracting exactly the humor and wisdom we need to use power spontaneously and effectively.
So what can we expect from this Lunation? Since all Eclipses shut something down, this stabilizing, eliminating, and regenerative Total Lunar Eclipse at 9:14 pm PDT on May 15, 5:14 am BST on May 16 at the 26th degrees of Scorpio and Taurus begins 5 months and 10 days of things getting “recycled” in the houses it occupies in our charts. Aspects to your natal planets will provide clues about how to use the energies in the most productive ways.
This is the Light of our Heart’s desire made manifest through the ability to adapt, and “make camp or break camp” as needed. Increase your ability to “make the spiritual real” by seeing your faith as an expression of your spiritual individuality. This is another Full Moon focused on individual and spiritual levels of functioning and awareness.
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. The Solar Eclipse New Moon’s theme was related to finding good humor as we cooperate with Nature in our “garden of Life and Mind.” That eclipse will help us see what needs to be removed from the garden to create space for something Nature will reward. This Full Moon is the Light of a heart visualization appearing in our life expressed in a deeper focused spiritual intensity which is both efficient and adaptable.
The New Moon theme was about cultivation and is revealing what we care about and how we’ve cared for it. With so much Pisces, Aries, and Taurus, this is a transitional eclipse since it blends past, present, and future in some strong positions! Keep bringing closure to things which are unclear or ghosts from the past, remembering that some ghosts are actually fond memories. We’ve just launched into the new Jupiter in Aries era, so it’s flame on! And the stability of the Taurus Sun allows us to be clear about what our heart wants to behold.
This Lunation is the tenth Full Moon where the Sun is in the same sign (Taurus) 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 new light and power to a great spiritual promise or vision which will open in the Spring of 2023.
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 brings the Light of the Taurus Solar eclipse New Moon into a realization of deeper realities, more focused effective action, and a renewal of our self-sufficiency and through linking the above and below within us, we shall receive blessings after “the death of useless things.” There may be stress, but regard it as an opportunity to do your spiritual linkage work. Be volitional rather than reflexive while remember this is a beginning, and the old answers can’t satisfy the new conditions. Secure what needs securing, release what needs releasing, and make adaptation and efficiency your tools.
The next two weeks (and five months) will help us see what our magnetism has brought us which nourishes us, others, and/or the world. There is tremendous wisdom in knowing when to detach and when to attach, when to sit down and when to turn away. Things are definitely in motion, and a new world awaits once we’ve let go of all which needs releasing and come to some degree of satisfaction at the work we’ve done and what is yet to be done.
Is the Sun Following the Moon, or the Moon Following the Sun?
As mentioned earlier, this is the ninth of a series where the New Moon Sun and the Full Moon Sun are in the same sign! We can now take the last New Moon themes of seeing what we’ve cultivated or need to cultivate in good humor to substantiate how in tune with Nature we are and see what our heart is really into, letting go of echoes of the past.
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 Solar eclipse two weeks ago by scrolling down a ways.
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 Venus at 16 Aries through Mercury at 4 Gemini) is 48+ degrees, a fairly wide span. The total occupied span (excluding the Moon) is 125+ degrees, with two very powerful clusters. The first includes Mars, Neptune, and Jupiter, and is 7+ degrees wide. The second includes Uranus, the Sun, the North Node, and Mercury all within 18+ degrees.
As the inner planets plus Mars are moving through Pisces, 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 Mercury at 4 Gemini except the Moon at 26 Scorpio, leaving 2 empty spans of 171+ and 63+ degrees. Because of the planetary spread, we now have an asymmetrical Bucket 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 and Venus occupying the span between Saturn and Uranus.
As noted, the Jones patterns in the sky now change mainly due to the position of the Moon. With this Full Moon Eclipse in Scorpio as the sole opposition, we have an imperfect Bucket with elements of a Bowl.
So What is a “Bucket Pattern” and how does it work?
This is a Bucket Jones pattern, since the Moon is far enough away from the nearest planet to become a nozzle for the focus of all the other planetary energies. Since the “handle” of the Bucket involves the sign Libra, that energy helps us focus the energies of all the other planets.
A “Bucket Pattern” is a type of planetary spread with all the planets in about half the signs with one outside that span wide enough to be a handle. The energies of the occupied half are focused through the “handle,” or “nozzle,” in this case Jupiter, termed the “focal determinator.” 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 26 Scorpio.
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 Mars conjunct Neptune and septile Uranus.
Obviously, this evolutionary configuration is triggered throughout the year when a planet moves through any of the hot zones of the configuration. This configuration is put into full force by Mars at this time, with the next trigger when Venus biseptiles Pluto and then 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 more visionary roles to play in the emergent Aquarian era, and with the dance Saturn and Uranus did last year, we had to figure out what mattered to us and what didn’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 “lightened up” in Aquarius and having brought us new mutations and an accelerated evolution, we now get to show strength and resilience as we prepare to “pick up and deliver spiritual power” beginning late May.
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 Lunar Eclipse which will show us how to integrate our personality to express our Divine Self in ways which release our spiritual potential. This will bring us rewards of the heart, the removal of old feeling responses, and an ability to focus our power and discipline in directions we choose. Let go of preconceptions, see your work in a more timeless context, and let go of the lesser when greater things present themselves.
This completes the second stage of a new life adventure and the ability to see how our Soul is leading our personality to greater effective spiritual functioning. By what comes forth and what is taken away these next few months, we will come to a greater Wisdom related to detachment, magnetism, discernment, and generating good humor and positivity. Because Mars is in close conjunction with Neptune, continue to see how to close what needs closing, forgiving and being compassionate when it’s time to be those qualities.
This Lunation shows us how to find new opportunities, new values, new appreciation, and new relationships. There are deep insights to be had, intense purifications of the personality so the Soul can come forth without distortion, and disciplines to be accepted. We’re still reaping major rewards from Spirit as we see things from our past differently. There are blessings to be had after the elimination of things we no longer need.
With the Sun at the end of Taurus and the Moon at the end of Scorpio, this is another fulfillment Lunation helping us move into a deeper appreciation for “the whole of things” as the “Buddha Wisdom” comes forth in future months. What this Lunation brings forth will take shape in mid-June when Venus transits the Sun in this chart, with major developments in August when Mars transits the eclipse Sun.
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’re now done with this year’s Aquarius compression, and have been moving through stelliums in Aquarius and Pisces in March and April. This is the final Lunation with a conjunction to Neptune, so say goodbye at the end of the end.
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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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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