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- What’s Happening in November-December -
This New Moon is the fifth month of the New Moon Sun being in a different sign than the following Full Moon Sun. This is an important shift in the Soli-Lunar sequence, since now we have different Light signs in the Lunation cycle! Add that this is the second of SIX consecutive New Moons at 24 degrees of their signs, and it seems we’re in a long run of learning techniques on the emotional-social level of half of our reality!
This New Moon is distinctively productive, and marks a time of concentrated magnetism applied to the Capricorn structures and systems created this year. As this New Moon falls on a degree which has been constantly activated by Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars since 2014, expect a culmination of 7 years of transformational work!
This brings the end of the culminating squares from Libra to the Capricorn lessons of the year, with a strong productive magnetic pull to the future allowing a lot to get accomplished in a short time. We’ve resolved a lot of karma these past 4 weeks, and gained new heart strengths. However, the mutations which have occurred also represent karmic dues to be paid to correct some sort of long standing imbalance related to conjunctions in late Libra these past 8 years.
Because Mars is now direct in motion, things should feel like they’re gradually moving forward. This Mars position requires that we listen to the inner voice to get a new inspiration, or wait a little before setting things into motion. Patience and simplicity are the keys to success.
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 purifying, transformational, and intensifying New Moon at 24 Scorpio occurs at 9:07 pm PST November 14, 5:07 am GMT on November 15. This finishes the long term rebalancing and recalibration of many things, with “productive losses” and “tough news in relationships” indicated by the positions. As I noted earlier this is the second of six consecutive New Moons at the 24th degree of their signs. This sets an aspect pattern into play relative to the outer planets (esp. Pluto and Neptune) so take a look at the unfolding of these aspect patterns to get a sense of where we’ve been and where we’re going.
You will note that the New Moons of October and November are approaching the outer planet occupied span, whereas the New Moons of December, January, February, and March all fall within the occupied span. So the first three of the six represent the harvest, while the 2021 New Moons represent an opening of the blend of Capricorn and Aquarius energies.
As Scorpio is a Fixed sign, this begins a month of attraction to future power and repulsion from all which cannot be taken into the new Aquarian realm beginning at the Grand Mutation at 1 Aquarius in late December. This year we build the structures while moving through a bunch of retrogrades and severe conflicts involving the Cardinal signs. This month helps us eliminate what we no longer need and transform our everyday lives by allowing our ideals to manifest as behavior.
With Venus where it is, the next few weeks bring Venusian “karmic returns” of various sorts, with the joyous dawning of a new day with the themes of facing facts, allowing a “new identity” to come forth, following through on the creative projects begun during the Summer, sharing information with others to find the common standards, and returning to a more “natural” way of life. Maintain your good Cancer skills by playing it safe, being cautious and somewhat conservative (or showing a fearless courage in the face of defensive maneuvers by others!), and show appreciation for basic comforts and needs being fulfilled by your spiritual Sisters and Brothers.
This finishes the Libra to Capricorn cross currents of past weeks, with Venus making one last set of squares to Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn in Capricorn between November 14 and November 21. At least the Sun in Scorpio will make very favorable sextiles to the Capricorn stellium bringing relief through regeneration and refusing to be roused to unnecessary agitation.
Now that most of the squares to the stellium are done for the year, we’re again in the “season of approach” to the next great compression coming in January. We’ve now completed a phase of the evolutionary configuration involving Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune in 7th harmonic aspects, showing recent “forks in the road of destiny” are now setting the course for the rest of the Autumn.
This New Moon will jumpstart late Scorpio energy wherever it falls in our chart. This Lunation builds through the favorable Scorpio to Capricorn sextiles so the productive Cap energy can release through the square to Venus. We are moving into greater security, though there may be confusion due to the multiplicity of voices currently chattering. Be patient and focused and see which way your magnetism is pulling you. If it leads to security and power, go for it!
In 2019 and 2020, January brought incredible concentrations of planets in a narrow span between early Capricorn and early Taurus. However, as Jupiter and Saturn move into Aquarius, that sign will be the focus of planetary compressions in 2021 and 2022.
The Great Compression
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 cycles, one of which will last 33 years! We have now begun 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 all the Capricorn conjunctions now set in motion, we have been doing a great reorganization wherever we have late Capricorn in our charts. The forms were set into motion in January, accelerated during Mars’ transit of Capricorn in March when it conjuncted the January points and made its own contacts with Jupiter and Pluto. When we add the fact that Jupiter has been dancing back and forth on all those conjunction points between 21-25 Capricorn this entire year, it’s easy to see that for better or worse things have been expanding!
The last conjunction in this series was when Mars conjuncted Saturn at 1 Aquarius on March 31, setting a cycle into motion which will expand in huge ways beginning at the Grand Mutation of late 2020. That Jupiter/Saturn conjunction launches 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!
Saturn’s 90 day visit to Aquarius in April, May, and June began the countdown to a new 200 year era! On this “Edge of Cosmic Time” we have been offered visions of a greater good for a greater number, and as usual, because Capricorn energies are still so strong, Saturn is a major player on the main stage, helping us see 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
We’re now in a period where all the inner planets are approaching the outer planet occupied span between late Capricorn and early Taurus, with one half of the zodiac occupied and the other half unoccupied. We’re done with the oppositions to the Capricorn stellium, as well as Neptune and Mars. Other than Lunar oppositions, we will have only two more transit to transit oppositions for many months to come, with Mercury opposed Uranus for the third time in this chart, and Venus opposing Uranus between November 22 and 28.
Mars is finally done hammering and being hammered! There are no more oppositions for many months to come, and only one square from Mars to Pluto while it’s still in Aries. Mars will be greatly benefited by the Sagittarius transits this year, allowing the fiery inspiration to be released through the discipline and structures we’ve built this year. Alternately, the positive expression of Mars in Aries is that “the god of war” in his home sign is certainly able to put the brakes on the Capricorn stellium when bureaucracy or rules become too oppressive. As Mars will occupy Aries until January 2021, we have been and will continue to “flame on” for several more weeks.
Even though our transit to transit oppositions from Virgo to Neptune, Libra to Mars, and Scorpio to Uranus are almost done for the year, remember that anyone with planets in Cancer, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio have had and will have some VERY long wave outer planet oppositions in their charts, with potential for very high awareness and a realization of how to ground a new ideal, a new public function, and a new way of related to their larger spiritual group. The various types of the “Tension of Opposites” involved in those signs will come to the fore as recent and coming 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).
At this point in time, we are at the start of “alternate” Sun/Moon relationships, where the Sun of the New Moon is in the previous sign as the Sun of the following Full Moon. So while this month’s New Moon is at 24 Scorpio, the coming Lunar Eclipse Full Moon Sun is at 9 Sagittarius.
In July 2017 the New Moon Sun was at 1 Leo, which was the fifteenth in that sequence. The next Full Moon had the Sun at 16 Leo, and finished the run of Full Moons with the Sun in the same sign as the preceding New Moon Sun. The following New Moon was the August 2017 Solar Eclipse at 29 Leo which portended the devastation of America, when we shifted to the second (reverse) pattern, since that New Moon Solar Eclipse was followed by a Full Moon with the Sun at 14 Virgo and Moon at 14 Pisces.
We were in this “reversed order” between August 2017 and April 2019. Between April 2019 and June 2020 we were back in “the natural order.” We have now shifted again into a pattern which will last through August 2021. I also explain more about this phenomenon and what it means in the Full Moon articles.
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 fifth of six New Moons finishing up Saturn’s stay in Capricorn, and this year marked the beginning of many new Saturn cycles. In 2018 Saturn helped us get beyond fear; in 2019 Saturn taught us through some sort of “planned group behavior.” We are still in the first year of its rare and very powerful conjunction with Pluto in January, and are taking our “final exams” about “Group Performance” on an individual, mental, and spiritual level of experience.
We’ve already been through a “cosmic visitation” which is “galvanizing us into action” to “escape from adverse conditions.” This is a time when Nature is challenging us to listen, look, and learn that we are not separate from Her, and during these months of Saturn in Capricorn, it’s time to re-evaluate our Self-disciplines and duties.
This is the twelfth and penultimate New Moon of the Jupiter in Capricorn era! We have been learning how to use “structured humor” or “disciplined adventure” or “structured abundance” to utilize what we’re building in an emotional, social, individual, and spiritual way. This one is direct on a degree of “seeking transcendent security,” with the promise of rewards past and future, as well as a new larger long term focus wherever we have 1 Aquarius.
With this Lunation, we say goodbye to Jupiter’s third conjunction with Pluto, so be vigilant! It’s still as intense as it gets, so be adventurous and have a sense of humor as you get to the core of any matter. Remember to play, since taking things too seriously for too long makes life heavy. There are many ways to play, just as there are many ways to find humor. We’re solidly in a phase of group work, and the expansive view we have taken this year will yield more idealistic group work and relationships next year!
So What Rules the Lunation?
This New Moon in Scorpio has Mars as its worldly ruler, and Pluto as its spiritual ruler. As Mars is in Aries, its home sign, it is the Final Dispositor for the Lunation. As we currently have FOUR planets in their home signs, we have substantial power sharing among the planets this month!
This month we find Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Neptune all in their home signs, The Sun, Moon, and Mercury and Mars are all ruled by Mars; Venus rules itself and Uranus; Saturn rules Jupiter, itself, and Pluto. As usual, Neptune continues as a longwave “standalone” dispositor of itself, ruling the fogs and mists of the current collective consciousness. That makes Mars and Saturn the dominant backdrop to most of the planetary action, though Venus is very strong as the planet which leads the Sun and Uranus is the closing planet in the Bowl Jones pattern. 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 plays such a large part in ruling the stage of Life for many months and even years to come, if you haven’t gotten your copy already, please give yourself the timeless gift of my book, Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. We all need to make friends with our inner Saturn if we would claim our power to fulfill our higher purpose for being alive as Spirits in the material world.
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 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.
We continue to have the configuration activated by Jupiter conjunct Saturn biseptile to Uranus and septile to Neptune, with Uranus septile Neptune. This keeps three points of this 7-pointed “Star of Destiny” activated, indicating we are still at a huge fork in the road of destiny at this time. Because Uranus and Neptune are stable 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.”
Of course the energies are in full force each time the Moon transits those zones, as well as when coming transits in early Sagittarius septile the Capricorn planets, biseptile Neptune, and triseptile Uranus. So we continue to be in a season of a heightened Grand Irrationality influence!
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 link to in coming months and 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 Early 2020 – 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 been manifesting 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 6 Aries, helping us to heal by showing some facets of our personality while not “lighting up” others. Its retrograde station has launched a period of us having to reconsider events and images of our past, and find a new meaning which helps us see more abstractly. You can find out more by going to the article Astrology Healing Cycles – Mars Conjunct Chiron Stationary Retrograde at 10 Aries.
Neptune is now bringing us to another vast experience of wisdom, so listen to the inner voice and maybe you will “take a walk with your Teacher,” or at least understand what you are here to perpetuate into the future. As 19 Pisces was the degree where Neptune went stationary direct later in November, it’s time to settle into the wisdom we know and the wisdom imparted to us over the past two years, knowing what we have to do to find promised nourishment “at the end of our day of labor.”
The North Node
This is the seventh Lunation with the North Node in Gemini and the South Node in Sagittarius! This is pulling us to grow through our quest for knowledge and understanding which can be demonstrated by our ethical and spiritual values. The coming 4 weeks indicate the line of greatest development is related to allowing that which has been repressed to come up and out, revolutionizing our ideas, our understanding, and how to externalize it in our world. This relates to the theme of Venus retrograde this past May and June, which was “richness of life in associations based in natural instincts,” and “warmth of simple living.” Remember how late Spring helped you balance mind and body, self and others in natural ways. This brings a new level of development based in our retrograde experience of May and June.
Summing Up - The Big Picture
We are mostly done with the conflicts of 2020, so take a needed rest as there are different conflicts to come in 2021 involving new signs and new areas of our charts. While the January through March 2020 conjunctions still govern the cycles set into motion then, these configure with our natal planets in countless ways, and planets in harmony with late Capricorn in our charts will find easy growth and many good things to come. Planets in disharmony with late Capricorn have either changed how they operate due to this year’s squares and oppositions, or will become mechanisms we can use to release the dynamic potential of coming years. We now resume a productive current to move into whatever we have trained to do.
We all “graduated into a new realm of Being” in May, and between then and now have all been through a metamorphosis learning to navigate in a new social or group structure. Uranus continues to revolutionize us in our Taurus sector, and is now giving us another look at how to generate positivity in dark hours, shifting gloom to hope. Because of its stationary RX degree, we continue to get new information about how well we’ve “partnered with Nature” by seeing how our garden, whether of personality or Life, is doing. We are grounding our awakened “new quality of Being rendering the old patterns obsolete,” and are now at a turning point with our “Garden of Spiritual Purpose.
This is the next phase in our quest to find “transcendent security,” with the emphasis on renewal of long term rewards. Mars’ transit of Capricorn in March set multiple cycles activating Dharma into motion, including the Superior Conjunction, Mercury and the Sun conjunctions with Saturn and Pluto, as well as Saturn’s conjunction with Pluto. Along with these, Mars also set more cycles into motion when it conjuncted Jupiter and Pluto, culminating in the conjunction with Saturn at 1 Aquarius, setting the Grand Mutation formative pulses into motion. We’ve now launched 200 years of coming changes!
2017’s Solar Eclipses in Pisces and Leo, and 2018’s Eclipses in Aquarius, Cancer and Leo have quickened us, and we’ve been eliminating a lot of expectancies, considerations, and excess baggage. We continue to dump all kinds of old ghosts and elements of pride that would hinder our hearts from its authentic self-expression, and are getting clear about our priorities and what we should and should not expect of ourselves and others.
As a result of the 2018 Eclipses, we’ve hit the end of an old quest, attained some ambition, and now are learning a new freedom and togetherness. The 2019 Eclipses in Capricorn and Cancer have continued to remove old patterns from those sectors of our charts, with this “Cosmic Recycling” energy again set into play by the December 2019 Eclipse. The Solstice 2020 Eclipse has been helping us lower one flag and raise a new one, reorienting toward a more secure, playful, and fun course, if we’ve been open to it.
Summing Up – The Immediate Picture
We are now finishing a year of intense mobilization in the part of our lives where we have Capricorn and Aquarius. We’ve been immersed in Capricorn energies while experiencing the waves of the Light of Aquarius in April, May, and June. We’ve now culminated the conflicts of July, August, September and October, and can use the Scorpio concentrated dose of spiritual energies to launch a new spiritual life originally offered in 2014, practiced in 2016-2018, and expanded as a path to truth beginning early 2018.
This opens the door to life renewals, so remember the virtue of simplicity as we embark on an adventure in transformation! Though we stand on the threshold of “tearing ourselves away from the known and familiar, gambling on a great dream,” keep it balanced as you practice using power in alternating ways. When it’s time to be forceful, be forceful, and when it’s time to be soft in your approach, decrease the flame under the pot! We’re still learning a new way to apply various forms of power, so open your heart and mind to using either or both in appropriate ways, shifting between the two when necessary.
Mars in Aries has brought an entirely new phase of life for all of us! As Aries is the lower (waxing) square to Capricorn, this year was a crucial point of emergent power. How it’s being used has been either productive or destructive, depending on how the Capricorn stellium has been structured before now. Despite the conflicts, we’ve actually been in a time of great potential inspiration and practical expression if we haven’t jumped the gun or gotten impatient with the process.
Because Venus makes its final squares to the Cap stellium, continue to practice good Cancer and Aries traits. Tenderness, care, nurture, self-sufficiency, a balanced approach, and knowing how far to go and no farther are all good skills to cultivate now. Be simple in your approach to using power, and how to hang in there, not settling for lesser things when greater things are just around the corner. The exaggerated imbalances of September, October, and November are about to give way to concentrated energy.
Though things will be very intense because of Jupiter so close to Pluto, there is no better time to purify ourselves and the parts of our life related to our late Capricorn sector. Saturn’s patient, gentle, and wise understanding has given us a vision which mobilizes us and prepared us for the group work already in motion. Jupiter is expanding our capacity to bring humor and imagination, as well as truth and ethics, to any task or situation. We now are claiming the power promised us back in March.
We now have trained to use power efficiently and get to demonstrate our discipline, maturity, and ability to craft our lives with an understanding of natural boundaries. All of this serves the “new quality of being rendering the old patterns obsolete” we’ve awakened to since the Summer of 2019 now in dynamic manifestation! Be efficient and visionary as you move through your “liberation from adverse conditions,” since the building Aquarian Age energies cannot be stopped nor contained.
Stay clear about your long term best interests, and allow what attracts you to transform your everyday life and relationships. Things are now favorably intense and moving in a productive way. Change your habits, change your emotional responses, change your desires, change how you react to resistance, and you’ll find yourself with a lot more flexibility and less baggage from the past.
This month fulfills the old building energies; your structures should be clear, and though there may still be work to be done, we’re now moving quickly toward the Grand Mutation, ushering in 20 years of Aquarian energy! Innovative ideas are in the air, as well as a general inclination to break away, break free, and break through whatever is blocking the flow.
We approach a new cooperative era, and Mars direct should give us a sense of things moving forward somewhat faster than they’ve felt since August. Continue to go inward for inspiration, and let things cook since time favors keeping things somewhat slow and steady at this time. Again, see what holds things together, use soft power and hard power in alternating ways, and remember your consciousness is as much a verb as a noun. See the promise, see what has been slowed down and/or reworked to attain that promise, and simplify, simplify, simplify, since what we let go of creates the space for new energy to come in.
Old relationships, ideas, and perspectives have given way these past few weeks to greater heart strengths and a clarified focus. This is the final concentrated “dress rehearsal” before we begin the big show, so continue to be clear about your duties and responsibilities, and turn toward the bigger picture of a much larger future on the way! This will help us shake loose of lesser things and people, as well as find our tribe. Keep the course steady despite the imbalance of this time, and know you’ve almost made it through the cross currents!
See you soon with part 2, which will cover Sabian Symbols, Jones patterns, element distribution, and a whole lot more!
© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
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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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