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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 Sagittarius Lunation chart. We have now settled into a perfect Bowl Jones pattern which leads with Mars in Scorpio and ends with Uranus in Taurus. Those who “saw the Light” of the timeline for long term accomplishment these past 4 weeks will experience a quickening of that focus. The theme of this period is “using wisdom to get in shape for future power roles.”
This month puts the focus on the sign Sagittarius, with a bigger than usual dose of Scorpio and Capricorn. That means adventure is in the air! As I explained in part 1, we are now back with FOUR final dispositors, with Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune on center stage and dominating the energies. This is the eighth Lunation outside the outer planet span, and all the planets are now converging toward their karmic rendezvous in January and March!
Earlier in 2019 we had all the planets bundled in about one third of the sky. They expanded into half and then two thirds of the sky, creating a Bowl and then Locomotive Jones pattern. We’re now done with the imbalances of the Locomotive, which took us through a fiery inspired time in the Summer to a more practical powerful imbalance in the Autumn. Now we’ve contracted back into a Bowl for the next month before everything hits maximum compression in early 2020!
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 Sagittarius, and proceeds through outer planets in Capricorn, Pisces, and early Taurus. This is a fairly narrow distribution, with all the outer planets in a little over 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.
Mars At the Far Side of the Occupied Span
Between December 2017 and April 2018 we literally had no non-lunar oppositions. Between late October 2018 and early May 2019 we had only one non-lunar opposition, between Venus and Uranus in early December. As oppositions bring awareness, we were in a time of compression rather than awareness.
Mars began this year’s run of its oppositions in early May with the opposition to Jupiter. In June it joined with Mercury to oppose Saturn and Pluto as the Sun and Venus opposed Jupiter. So we went from months of no oppositions to a season of many oppositions!
We are done with the inner planet oppositions to the outer planets. Mars is just separating from its opposition to Uranus, and activates last month’s New Moon which opposed Uranus. This gives initiative to the past months’ illuminated externalized Uranian force. This begins a long run of no non-lunar oppositions, with all the planets in half of the zodiac. By early March 2020 every planet will be compressed into a span of about 108 degrees, a Bundle Jones pattern which is an extremely rare occurrence. This is maximum compression!
Applying this to your chart, oppositions are great for producing integrated greater awareness and the ability to use that energy to achieve what we need to in our own planetary matrix. Each of these oppositions made many aspects to your chart; the sextiles and trines to your planets will help you understand and stabilize those energies, and the quintile and related specializing aspects show unique processes which can be used according to your need through planets which square them.
Also remember that this compression of planets is or will oppose any natal or progressed planets we have in Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, and Scorpio. This indicates that circumstances are offering you major realizations by how you externalize your planets being opposed by Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, and Neptune. Again, an opposition can be very favorable for becoming more aware of those outer spiritual forces coaxing greater realization.
Because Mars has been transiting the far side of the occupied outer planet span, it was a major player in all Jones patterns created in 2019. It now is closing on Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto, and will disappear in the occupied span in 2020. At this time, all the planets are spread out in 5 signs with an empty span of 181+ degrees between Uranus and Mars. As it’s clear one half of the zodiac has planets and the other half is empty, it creates a classic “Bowl” Jones pattern. This shows how the energies are to be approached, and how the sequence of any activity unfolds from beginning to end.
So What is a “Bowl Pattern” and how does it work?
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.”
As with last month, Mars is the leading planet, but is now in Scorpio instead of Libra. Find a concentrated focused approach to initiate experience with an eye to the long haul. See your long range effectiveness, and enter more deeply into all experience. This is a turning point, and will lead to karmic adjustments which will be very beneficial in showing us how to take care of ourselves.
With Uranus closing, take a new look at how you’ve linked “the above and below” in your life. See that you have found your “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,” and have found something of Universal worth in 2019. This leads with actional Communion, and closes with actional substantiation.
The Outer Planets Anchor the Pattern of Half the Sky
At this time, Jupiter is quickly closing in on the occupied span involving Saturn, Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus. 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! So last year, this year, and next year, Jupiter plays a major part in how we enter life experience. It's why sometimes these past few years have seemed like a wild ride, an adventure, a quest, and more!
Long term, as Jupiter closes in on its conjunction with Saturn beginning in December 2019 and lasting all next year, there will be times when most of the planets will be compressed into very narrow spans centered in Capricorn. Though the outer planets have been expanding out 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. Due to the increasing compression, by early 2020 we will begin to see more “Bundle” patterns than we’ve seen in many years, since at times the planets will all be within a 120 degree span.
Saturn continues to be the second planetary “pulse” of the occupied outer planet span between Sagittarius and Taurus, and trades primary rulership of the other planets with Jupiter (and now Mars) depending on where the other planets are. When the inner planets transit Sagittarius and Pisces, Jupiter comes to the front; when the inner planets transit Capricorn and Aquarius, Saturn takes center stage.
In this New Moon, the most intense occupied span (in this chart the span between the Lunation and Venus) is 4 planets in 26+ degrees, making that the major focus. Again, adventure is in the air! Expanding the focus to the next nearest planets, we find 8 planets in 76+ degrees, making that the more general focus of the next month.
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 Sagittarius, 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 Sagittarius it has a sub-influence of Sagittarius. 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 Sagittarius is “An old owl up in a tree.” In the original Marc Jones class notes on the symbols published in The Astrology of Personality, Rudhyar says this is a degree of “poised observation upon the drama of life,” Mellow judgment,” and “ingrained confidence in the situation and worth of the self.”
We are told in The Astrological Mandala that this symbolizes "a poised and wise approach to existence based on a clear perception of unconscious factors and their operation.” This is a symbol of wisdom able to see in “the night of existence” helping our consciousness to be active in hidden ways usually unnoticed by ego.
He tells us this “suggests the possibility of developing a wisdom beyond tragedy, a peace and poise beyond conflict,” and gives us the keyword “Translucidity.” He says it falls in the span of "Receptiveness” and it’s the culminating degree in the actional level of the scene of Abstraction in the Act of Group-Integration.
According to Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, this degree is one of some needed stability in our affairs, where we use accepted life values functionally to confirm some element of our reality. Here we have power “to give an eternal stability or a deeper universal compulsion” to whatever calls our deeper potential.
He goes on to say that with this degree we can find and demonstrate a “real dignity of self-respect.” He offers us the keyword NORMALITY, and states that when this degree operates in a positive manner, it is “exceptional wisdom or effective self-restraint in each detail of personal accomplishment.”
So this Lunation indicates these next 4 weeks point to the Light of Divine Abstraction leading us to clarity and wisdom, calm and poise, as we begin to understand some things in “the night of existence.” Whatever ends will help us move into a wider understanding, dispassion, and wisdom beyond any residual heavy feelings left over from recent losses.
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.
This Lunation has quite a few aspects. While the New Moon is somewhat undramatic, the other planets have extraordinarily favorable aspects. The Lunation is semisquare Pluto at the closing phase of this year’s Plutonic cycle. This brings a “death blow” to the old Pluto energies set in motion last January.
We also see the Lunation in a partile separating waning biseptile to Neptune also indicative of a “turning point” in the collective atmosphere, moving into a more Sagittarian future. This most affects planets near 3-7 Sagittarius, 24-28 Capricorn, 15-19 Pisces, 7-11 Taurus, 29 Gemini-3 Cancer, 20-24 Leo, and 12-16 Libra. If you have something near these zones, expect “atmospheric changes” these next 4 weeks1
The Lunation is also partile separating quincunx with Uranus, indicating trainwrecks ahead after arguments going nowhere, and the need to demonstrate our truths as we commune with those who share our heart fire. There are certainly major adjustments and sacrifices coming in the next 4 weeks!
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 Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, and Leo who will be affected by the transits since all the inner planets are moving through Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius during coming months.
Besides the aspects already mentioned, forming (and closely partile separating) inner planet aspects include the Lunation quindecile both Venus and Jupiter and semisextile Mars; Mercury is semisquare Venus and Jupiter, sextile Saturn, and trine Neptune; and Venus is sextile Mars, trine Uranus, and quintile Neptune. As you can see, VERY favorable aspects!
Outer planet aspects include Mars septile Jupiter, quintile Saturn, opposition Uranus, quadraelftile Neptune, and quintile Pluto; Jupiter is vigintile Saturn and trine Uranus (out of sign); Saturn is biseptile Uranus, sextile Neptune and conjunct Pluto, and Uranus is again semisquare Neptune, associated with the general friction in the collective atmosphere, and exactly biseptile Pluto, again triggering the Grand Irrationality.
Special Configurations in Evolutionary Astrology
This month we have one very powerful configuring helping us use the “Tension of Opposites” in very productive ways, as well as a very powerful “three note chord” in play! Venus cuts the Mars opposed Uranus into a sextile and trine, generating very productive energies in early Cancer. Take nothing for granted, use your genius in organized mature ways, and navigate the turning point you find yourselves at. This anticipates everything set into motion at the coming Solstice, since Venus is exactly 1 Capricorn!
The three note chord involves Mercury in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces with Saturn cutting the trine into 2 sextiles. This will favorably boost all planets we have in the middle decan of Earth and Water signs. The extra benefit this month is due to an extraordinary number of quintiles, high specialization, genius, and gifts are everywhere!
These include Venus quintile Neptune and Mars quintile both Saturn and Pluto. These quintiles will light up 5 pointed Star patterns all over our chart! The first involve areas around 30 Sag-4 Capricorn, 12-16 Pisces, 24-28 Taurus, 6-10 Leo, and 18-22 Libra. The second lights up areas around 5-10 Scorpio, 17-22 Capricorn, 29 Pisces-4 Aries, 11-16 Gemini, and 23-28 Leo.
The other big aspect involves Mars waning septile Jupiter. This is a “fork in the road” wherever we have Scorpio and Sagittarius, made more powerful because each of these is in the sign they rule. So you can bet if you have planets anywhere in Scorpio, Sag, Pisces, or Aries, you’re going to see turning points in your life especially related to early Scorpio and late Sag sectors!
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.
The Rhombus Diamond configuration was perfected this year in early 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’re back to a large number of spiritual and specializing aspects. Of the specializing aspects, we have 1 vigintile, 4 quindeciles, and 3 quintiles. Of the spiritual aspects, we have relatively few, including none in the 9th harmonic series and only 1 septile, 3 biseptiles, and 1 quadraelftile.
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 an “balanced imbalanced” element distribution. We have 3 planets in Fire (inspiration and warmth), 4 planets in Earth (practical grounding), 3 in Water (feelings and experiencing), and no planet in Air (relatedness and communicating). This month we have Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Pisces, 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 more hot than cool, with a balance between inspiration and feeking. It should be good for going deeper into life experience and seeing the soundness of structures, but we’ll have to find relatedness from within.
Because the New Moon falls in early Sagittarius, Mercury in mid-Scorpio is the planet currently leading the Sun. That means “the Gateway to the Light” involves the coordinating “Guide of Souls” in a sign of intense depth exploration for connectedness on a degree of seeing “the world of the 5 senses of the mind as the playground of God and Soul.” Those who see how to adapt magnetism as needed will gain 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 month shifts from last month, reintroducing a pattern from August. 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.
The Sagittarian Promise
As we say goodbye to Jupiter in Sagittarius, it’s good to take a look at how it’s inspired us over the past year. The structure was established by 2017’s Fire trine between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. That stabilized unique forms of heart expression, love, or creativity, and launched the final phase of our “escape from a narrow destiny” begun in the Summer of 2016. We’ve been quickened since Spring 2017, and in 2018 Jupiter taught us to eliminate all that prevents our Spiritual Self from coming forth with ease while Saturn in Capricorn showed us “promises to keep, and miles to go before (we) sleep,” to quote the legendary Frost.
This year Jupiter expanded the promise of previous Sagittarius eclipses, Lunations, and different planetary station points. It opened up futures based in the Saturn in Sagittarius structures created in 2016-2017. Whatever was “bound up” or “cocooned” when Jupiter was in Scorpio has now blasted off into infinite space as Jupiter has moved through Sagittarius!
The North Node was in Sagittarius between March 2011 and August 2012. Whatever was removed by the Eclipses of that period created space which has been filled with new Jupiterian material this year. Longtime readers will note that June 2011 Solar Eclipse was VERY powerful, and helped us break loose from “ghosts of the past” over the 3.6 years it was in active operation. We also had a Solar Eclipse in early Sag in Nov 2011 and early Gemini in May 2012. All of those voids have opened to a new Sagittarian promise.
This Lunation ends the mini-era kicked off in early September, and is a threshold between past and future. As it falls in Sagittarius, it promises us a great adventure in the future! We continue to create long lasting patterns for the future, and now can see life in human form from entirely different angles of understanding and wisdom. There are many specialized gifts and blessings for those who have accepted a self-discipline before now.
This introduces the energies of the Great Compression of January through March as Venus is on the Solstice point. Everything is future oriented, with power and authorship for those doing a spiritual group work. This period helps us “get in shape” for what we must do next year as we all prepare to embrace the radical new energies of the Grand Mutation of 2020! By how we respond between now and May we’ll position ourselves in a greater work which begins in April and changes life as we know it by January 2021.
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 continue to train to use power in different ways which will become part of our awakened new life in 2020. The entire year we’ve been “exercising” to become more fit to use that power, and now have an expanded sense of humor and irony. Keep following through on your laser focus of spiritual intention, and see ways to “materialize the spiritual” while integrating your personality so it’s an adequate vehicle for your Higher Self.
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Saturn in its home sign of Capricorn for the first time since 1991 makes it the final dispositor of all planets transiting Capricorn and Aquarius from now through 2023. It was a major influence in the Jan-Feb and July-August 2018 eclipses, as well as the more recent January 2019 eclipses, continuing its years-long power behind events.
Saturn continues to hold court in its home sign of Capricorn, and many things came to the surface through the Summer oppositions which helped us mature and grow this Summer. As Saturn is training us for group work to come next year and beyond, remember that as you make inner Saturn your friend, you’ll overcome fear and be able to embrace your higher Destiny.
If you’re wondering what that would look like, if you haven’t already, please consider getting a copy of my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. Saturn helps us give form and structure to our quest for Self-realization, and in Capricorn, will help bring an “organized personal structure” to the Uranian energies infused with concentrated doses of spiritual energy that is making our spiritual life come alive.
It was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers, and will help you understand why some things happened when they did. Each time you read any section of this book you will find new insights about your power to steer your personal evolution. You will understand how to throw off all the attitudes which have held you back from finding and living your life and purpose, and fulfill your destiny as an Eternal having human experiences!
Please order your copy today! You can go to the Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend page on Amazon and this should be all you need to order your copy. The ebook is available through Kindle and Nook. And if you would, please write a review on the Amazon site, since the more reviews, the bigger the boost on their site.
© Copyright 2019 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
© Copyright 2019 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.
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