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–The Harvest of 2009 and Escape From A Narrow Destiny
This distributive, practical, efficient threshold Harvest Full Moon occurs at 9:33 pm PDT September 13, 5:33 am BST September 14, and falls at the 22nd degree of Virgo and Pisces. 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 the practical Shaman expressed in a universal view of the human condition. Many will examine the meaning of success.
We’re now in a practical reorganization of a new life, new Wisdom, and new World Teaching and are practicing our way of serving a greater good. The Summer Eclipses in Cancer-Capricorn have been shutting down all that would obstruct the new global Wisdom we’ve learning. We’ve been practicing skills we’ll need in 2020, and reorienting our sense of responsibility within an organized group setup. This Full Moon promotes efficiency in every way, so continue to release all that doesn’t serve some practical purpose in your life.
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.
We’ve all been opened to some form of greater spiritual service, and found the possibility of greater truths and futures, preparing to live a new life beginning November 2019. July’s Mercury retrograde showed us a) how we were transfigured by past losses into a new heart expression, b) how we needed to accept something to fulfill a newer uninhibited heart expression, or c) how shedding old inhibitions in the past opened us to a transfigured life which created who we are today. All of these involved leaving something behind, whether past, present, or future.
Last month’s Full Moon stellium in Leo has since given way to the recent multiple conjunctions in early Virgo around the time of the last New Moon. This Full Moon helps us understand “venerable standards” and will be directly related to the standards we adopted as our own in 2009. As all the planets are now between Virgo and Pisces, we’ve begun our approach toward the Grand Compression leading us to radical new developments beginning January 2020!
Is the Sun Following the Moon, or the Moon Following the Sun?
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. We are now in a period when the Full Moon Sun falls in the same sign as the Sun in the previous New Moon.
We last had the Sun in the same sign in both the New Moon and Full Moon, the so-called “natural” order, between June 2016 and the late July 2017 New Moon in Leo, when the Full Moon Sun fell in the same sign as the Sun of the previous New Moon. We finished the period of the “natural” order of Lunation Suns at the August 2017 Solar Eclipse in late Leo and began the last period where the Full Moon Sun was in the sign following the New Moon Sun.
We were in this “reversed pattern” of the Sun of the Full Moon occupying the sign after the New Moon Sun for 20 months, and now are back to the “natural order” of the Sun in the New Moon being the same as the Sun in the next Full Moon. Last month the New Moon was at 9 Leo, and the Full Moon Sun was 23 Leo. Our recent New Moon was at 7 Virgo, and this Full Moon has a Sun at 22 Virgo.
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 Virgo coming to a Full Moon illumination through the current Sun in Virgo and Moon in Pisces. You can learn more about the recent New Moon at 7 Virgo by going to The August 2019 New Moon at 7 Virgo – What’s Happening in September 2019 and The August 2019 New Moon at 7 Virgo – Signs, Sabian Symbols, and What it All Means.
In this Full Moon, the span occupied by the inner planets (in this chart Mars at 18 Virgo through Mercury at 30 Virgo spans 12+ degrees. This span will be the focus of specific activity in our charts. When we add the nearest planet (Jupiter), it expands the active span to 5 planets in 89+ degrees.
Now that the inner planets plus Mars are at the far side of the outer planet span, our occupied planetary spread extends through 5 signs. We hit maximum compression in March 2018, with all planets between Jupiter at 24 Scorpio and Uranus at 27 Aries, making a very powerful triseptile between the bookends. We’re now entering another major period of planetary compression because currently the widest span is between planets in Virgo and Uranus in Taurus, continuing the Locomotive element shift from its previous beginning and ending in Fire to beginning and ending in Earth.
At this time we have the 10 traditional planets occupying 5 signs, in an uneven widespread distribution. Currently, the outer planet occupied span begins with Jupiter in mid Sag, then moves through Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces, and Uranus in early Taurus, with the inner planets now occupying Virgo. In this chart the Moon in Pisces is inside the occupied span, and with Mars and Uranus as bookends, for the third Full Moon in a row we have a classic Locomotive Bucket Jones pattern.
The Jones patterns in the sky now change mainly due to the position of the Moon. The next two Full Moons continue to show the Moon inside the outer planet occupied span, and as the planets get closer to Scorpio and Mars is in the second decan of Libra, the Locomotive will give way to a Bowl pattern.
So What is a “Locomotive Pattern” and how does it work?
This type of spread, with all the planets occupying 2/3 of the signs with an empty third, creates an imbalance that leads to power if we can find the compensatory “weight” to make things move forward smoothly rather than rock side to side creating friction. Target what is needed, and provide compensatory energies accordingly.
As Marc Jones put it, “this type of horoscope reveals a balance of this sort in the life. A third part of things… consisting of a free span in experience, is set against a two-thirds part, embracing a related but limited span in experience…. The basis of the dynamic is found in the native’s resulting strong sense of a lack or a need, of a problem to be solved, a task to be achieved in the social and intellectual world around him.”
Dr. Jones states “The temperament reveals a self-driving individuality, an executive eccentricity that is not … unbalance but rather is power. It exhibits a dynamic and exceptionally practical capacity which is neither the broad universality of the Splash pattern, nor the special obsession with some particularly narrowed aspect of experience characteristic of the Bundle people.
He goes on to state “The Locomotive classification is … moved more by external factors in the environment than by aspects of its own character. The point of application for the powers of the self is shown … by the “leading planet,” or the one of the two in the empty trine which forms its aspect clockwise in the zodiac, irrespective of any distinction as “applying” or “separating.”
At this Harvest Moon, Mars is the opening planet and Uranus the closing planet in the Locomotive. Find appropriate actional-personal Virgo ways to initiate experience as an experiment in educating and being educated. Find a plan and stick to it, taking guidance from your “inner voice” whenever necessary.
This Lunation will help us live our Truths, and prepare to escape from an old “destiny” or life trajectory in all areas related to Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, and Libra. Many will experience flashes of why some things had to be left behind in September 2016.
Allow Martian efficiency and willingness to do what must be done to bring you through experience to “a new quality of Being rendering the old patterns obsolete.” This is the theme of Uranian awakening we’re dealing with for the rest of this year, and the practical adjustments and efficiency we demonstrate these next two weeks will help that new life come forth.
As Virgo opens the pattern, embrace experience with an eye to humility, practical discipleship, forms of service, and divine discernment. Because the leading edge is Earth, approach experience with practicality. Because the closing planet is also in Earth, it implies that after all is said and done, you’ll find simple enjoyable grounded ways to awaken to a new ways of life and expressing your genius or uniqueness.
As the Locomotive keeps things out of balance, Mars in Virgo is now the front end to finding the way of initiating activity that must be accompanied by a compensatory “weight” to keep things moving forward rather than sideways. The more we work with the imbalances by making small but important practical adjustments, seeing what’s core and what’s peripheral, the easier it will be to navigate the imbalances in this pattern and come to a different way of finding the assistance we need to keep things grounded.
With Virgo leading, be willing to release whatever you need to in order to make practical adjustments. Pay attention to details, and remember to take your guidance from within, and question whatever seems superficial while remembering the standards you hold valuable in your life. With Taurus closing, find a harvest of enjoyable individuality as you move through your on-going awakening to new forms of living naturally.
When Uranus went retrograde at 7 Taurus, it again began to semisquare Neptune, anchoring the off-again, on-again friction Rhombus Diamond configuration. We have to deal with this “cutting, grinding, and polishing” quality each time the Moon or another planet moves through the middle of the mutable signs and the end of the cardinal and beginning of the fixed signs.
In this chart it’s activated by the Moon, Sun, and Mars. The Moon semisquares Uranus and conjuncts Neptune while Mars and the Sun sesquisquare Uranus and oppose Neptune. Even though some of these are separating, because of two exact oppositions the entire cluster is pulled together. There’s an exact opposition from the Moon to the Sun at 22, and an exact opposition from Mars to Neptune at 18. While the Sun and Moon make exact aspects to Uranus, Mars makes an exact aspect to Neptune. Mercury making a square to Uranus and sesquisquare to Neptune, and will be again when the Rhombus is perfected in early September as the Moon is in early Scorpio and inner planets are sesquisquare Uranus and opposed Neptune.
The perfect Rhombus Diamond is made every September when a planet is in mid-Virgo opposing Neptune at the same time another planet is opposed Uranus, with double semisquares and sesquisquares created between those planets. This creates a massive Octile frictional configuration, which was most recently activated during Mercury and Venus opposed Neptune and sesquisquared Uranus in early September.
This year it was perfected when the Moon was in early Scorpio on September 2-3, exactly when Venus in Virgo squared Jupiter and opposes Neptune. At that critical juncture we’ll have tremendous friction due to SEVEN planets all in conjunctions and octile series aspects to each other! That friction will continue for quite some time, since this September Harvest Full Moon at 22 Virgo-Pisces features Mars square Jupiter and opposed Neptune, keeping 3 legs of the Rhombus active through late September.
We now are ending our run of Mutable T-squares for the year. We had a cluster when the inners were in Gemini and Virgo; this Full Moon is one of the last Mutable T-squares of the year. We’ll have the next one when the Moon is in Gemini a week from now and again when it’s in Virgo two weeks from now. The final one of the year will be the Full Moon of December which squares Neptune and throws the void into mid-Virgo. That implies the skills we’ve demonstrated and adjustments we’ve been making the past two weeks will be useful tools in late December.
Is the Grand Irrationality A Factor in this Full Moon?
First, what it is. The Grand Irrationality is a phenomenon we’ve been living within since 1993. Since then, we’ve been in an extraordinarily irrational period which continues to this day. To refresh you, the Grand Irrationality is a long wave configuration set into motion every time a planet makes a conjunction, septile, biseptile, or triseptile to Neptune and/or Pluto. Septile series aspects show us points in time when our future destiny is precipitated by critical choices made in the present.
Because this configuration involved Neptune and Pluto, two powerhouse Transpersonal planetary representatives of Spirit, they have symbolized the long wave planetary crisis the entire human race has been going through since 1993. From then to now, at one point or another, everyone on Earth has experienced a nonstop energy of having to choose, at the bottom of our beings, the path to evolution or devolution, progress or regress, love or fear, joy or control. It’s why things have been so weird, irrational, and hard-edged.
The Grand Irrationality V.1 was the period when Neptune was septile Pluto. It began in 1993, was very strong and in constant movement the last 5 years of the 20th century and the first 15 years of this century. This phase has now waned, since Neptune no longer makes a forming or partile separating septile to Pluto and won’t again for many centuries.
However, we have now moved into a new phase of The Grand Irrationality! It’s not the configuration as we’ve known it since the 90s, since the Neptune part of the equation has faded into a “pulse” that is triggered after the main configuration is set into play. I explain more downstream.
Uranus began to biseptile Pluto in the Summer of 2017, briefly setting the new configuration into play. That began the current “never-ending revolution” since Uranus, the Cosmic Awakener, is dancing off and on at its “fork in the road of destiny” with Pluto, the Lord of Transformation. I term this phase The Grand Irrationality V.2!
This particular larger period in time is even stranger than it was during the Grand Irrationality V.1, since this period combines Uranus’ semisquare to Neptune with Uranus biseptile Pluto. So along with the hard edge of the Grand Irrationality involving Uranus and Pluto in a 7th harmonic aspects, we also have Uranus in the Rhombus 8th harmonic frictional aspect to Neptune. So we have all three traditional Transpersonal spiritual planets in dynamic activation at this time in history!
In this chart the configuration isn’t triggered, but it will be again very soon when Mercury and Venus move through 8-12 Libra between September 17 and 24, and again when Sun and Mars transit 8-12 Libra between the end of September and mid-October. I give you all the active zones a few paragraphs down, and if you have a planet or point in one of those zones, the Wisdom Forms coming forth for you in 2019 and early 2020 will find you've navigated a fork in the road of your greater destiny, leaving you ready for a greater adventure and group work in 2020 and beyond!
Saturn’s Dance With Uranus
Saturn made the first of its long wave biseptiles with Uranus between January and May 2019, bringing the configuration into mass consciousness, triggering major life changes and realignment of responsibilities. Then in June and July, Saturn made a very favorable tredecile with Uranus, while in August neither Saturn nor Pluto made septile series aspects with Uranus. In this Full Moon Uranus and Pluto are not yet in biseptile, but will be again by October.
However, things shift in huge ways beginning late November when Saturn again biseptiles Uranus, creating the structure for radical change in December and January when transits activate various biseptiles to Uranus. These will in turn lead to new initiatives in March when there are a huge number of conjunctions, septiles, and biseptiles created by the transits!
What Saturn structured earlier this year is now going to be part of the larger irrational shifts in destiny indicated by the transpersonal transformational energies again in play. Saturn is giving structure to the Plutonic seeds of the zones it occupied the past few years. Each time any inner planet transits the 7 active zones, choices, changes, and forks in the road of destiny are set into motion!
The first Saturn biseptile was active in February and March, and activated a second time between late April and the end of May. These were our dress rehearsal for the third and final one happening in December. We also had a tremendous number of 7th harmonic aspects in play involving 6 planets in the Christfest Full Moon indicating this year’s World Teaching, indicating that humanity in general, and we individuals specifically, will be making major choices related to shaping our destiny this year.
More on Uranus Biseptile Pluto
We have now moved through the second major phase of radical choices and changes associated with these two planets in a 7th harmonic aspect. As I offered in May 2018 when Uranus first entered Taurus, “.... they will soon make a biseptile, guaranteed to be a very unstable and irrational time!” That prophesy has certainly played out in the news this year with trumpets blaring, thanks to other transits triggering these 7th harmonic non-rational energies.
We first encountered Uranus biseptile Pluto very briefly in August 2017, and it went into nonstop pulses beginning at the end of June 2018 with Uranus again 101+ degrees from Pluto. This lasted through October when the orb became too wide. We experienced the return to the trielftile between December 2018 and April 2019 with the biseptile exact between May and July. As just noted, it will come roaring back again October 2019 through December 2019.
This is the first biseptile in the larger Uranus/Pluto cycle that began at their conjunctions in the mid-1960s. The waxing septile occurred 1989-1991, so this is the next point in that larger “Pulse of Destiny.” The hot zones, measured from the October through December Uranus biseptile Pluto positions, are around 19-23 Capricorn, 11-15 Pisces, 3-7 Taurus, 24-28 Gemini, 15-19 Leo, 6-10 Libra, and 27 Scorpio- 1 Sag. If you have anything near these zones, your life has had some abrupt transformational experiences in late October and early November 2018 when Jupiter activated both Uranus and Pluto!
As I’ve offered many times during this era of the Grand Irrationality, if things don’t make sense, they don’t have to. The only thing that matters is to know how to focus and not get distracted by the craziness in the atmosphere. Sometimes, when we keep our heads when all around us are losing theirs, we come out on the other side looking and feeling good!
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Because Saturn is in its home sign of Capricorn, it is the final dispositor of all planets transiting Capricorn and Aquarius from now through 2023. That makes it a dominant force through April 2022 beginning this November when Venus enters Capricorn immediately followed by Jupiter entering Capricorn for a year, after which it transits Aquarius, also ruled by Saturn. 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.
We now enter a very important period, since Saturn returns to the tredecile to Uranus between late October and late November, with the next fateful biseptile happening in December. Then comes a series of conjunctions with Saturn in January, all preceded by their biseptiles to Uranus. This is shaping our future through hour choices.
Saturn has been preparing us for a “role of destiny” later this year and next. We’re still rehearsing and perfecting our new roles and skills we’ll need in 2020 and beyond as part of the Saturn-Uranus “dance of individualization” in our lives. This month we get a new “historical perspective” so we may see what we can let go of, and what’s important in our “hero’s journey” into our new quality of Being awakened by Uranus.
I explain how these two 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, and in Capricorn, teaches us how to construct an “organized personal structure” to the Uranian energies making our spiritual life come alive.
It 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 steer your personal evolution. You will understand how to throw off all the attitudes and memories which have held you back from finding and living the life and purpose. Through your journey of self-discovery, you can find ways to live your life on your own terms, and fulfill your purpose for being alive as an Eternal having human experiences!
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 which will help us understand our “venerable standards” which show us how we’ve attainted a new level of consciousness since 2009. We’re still training and refining our ego skills so we can “pick up and deliver spiritual power” in 2020, 2021, and 2022 in some form of effective group work or responsibility.
Jupiter is opening us to forms of group rebirth as we continue to use foresight to anticipate the future and provide for future needs by acting in the present. Stay focused, don’t let things drift or get needlessly disconnected, and be a good juggler as you transmute physical vitality into the power to build ideas. It’s a great time to integrate the lower triad into the Higher Consciousness!
We move into a phase of consciously anticipating what we want to see made manifest while releasing forces which when grounded in September will become powers to use effectively in 2020. We now can see the Light of focused values and methods shape our expression, having attained a different level of daily awareness through holding ourselves to a higher life order.
We’ve been training in the use of power in group circumstances, and should continue to accept responsibilities offered to us with joyous enthusiasm, since we are in a period of rapid growth. With Neptune at 18 Pisces, either revise your ideas “back to source” or put yourself and works out in the public for approval, or to attract those in your spiritual group. A new life has already begun to be made manifest, with signs and signals of what’s to come now renewed by the recent conjunctions in Virgo trine Saturn.
As we’re still in a period of Jupiter square Neptune affecting the larger atmosphere for months to come, especially given its part in the Rhombus Diamond of the first half of September. If you want to know more about Jupiter square Neptune, when you’re done here please take a new look at the linked article. For the next few weeks, it will continue to put pressure on planets or points in the middle degrees of the Mutable sectors.
When it comes to using friction productively, remember that it takes pressure to turn carbon into diamonds. And the more skillful we become in dealing with life’s aggravations, annoyances, disruptions, and unexpected diversions, the less these are a problem in the future, and the more we are able to keep our cool in the midst of the generic atmospheric conflict. That way we can fulfill our destiny and enjoy the journey!
Again, our entry to experience during these weeks and months is the very dynamic, precise, and efficient Mars in Virgo, which is helping us all “cut to the chase” so we may clean out old ideas and habits while figuring out what in our life, experience, and culture is meaningful to us in personal ways. We continue to awaken to a new life, and will see signs and signals we’ve “made it through the flood.” As we approach the Grand Mutation of 2020, stay open to your Sagittarius dance with life, love, humor and freedom. Keep laughter in your heart as you move into the future, and claim your power to live a more effective life!
I’ll see you soon when we’ll discuss Sabian Symbols, aspects, and other important chart factors.
© 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.
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca. with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
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