Category: Moon Cycles Written by Robert Wilkinson
- The Wisdom Appearing As Things Fall Apart -
This Lunation is the second Full Moon in a long time where the Sun is in the same sign (Virgo) as it was in the New Moon two weeks ago. We have begun a new Sun/Moon relationship cycle, and now stand at the threshold of the beginnings promised by the coming Equinox. We now have to take our transfigured understanding and find ways to forgive what needs forgiving before entering a new realm.
This practical, educative, distributive and detail oriented Full Moon which will show us “the gestative power of the Ageless Wisdom” occurs at 4:55 pm PDT on September 20, 12:55 am BST on September 21, and falls at the 29th degrees 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.
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 New Moon showed us the Light of a fulfilling individual service and how to give and receive information using pleasing forms of alternating “hard power” and “soft power.” This Full Moon brings that Light of transformed understanding expressed in techniques of compassion and forgiveness letting a lot flow down the time stream.
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 Virgo New Moon into a fulfilled expression of the Aquarian potential now about to move forward! This Lunation gives us glimpses of future patterns to be actualized, with some incredible gifts for those who can conduct themselves on a higher level of interaction. This is a two week period of seeing how our path to wisdom has brought us to the threshold of a new archetypal expression.
This brings a time of valuing and appreciating how we’ve grown in our relationships these past two years, and gives all a technique to educate or be educated in how the Higher Self comes to override the lower ego and its considerations. We approach a time of seeking and finding those who share our heart fire and spiritual ideals, so rise to the occasion if asked to assume a more formal role in group service. At this time due to Jupiter and Mercury slowing to go retrograde soon, we’re getting a bigger look at our commitments as we prepare to take a new look at all things Libra.
Is the Sun Following the Moon, or the Moon Following the Sun?
As mentioned in the first paragraph, this is the second of a series where the New Moon Sun and the Full Moon Sun are in the same sign! We can now take the “light of fulfilled discernment” in new forms of individual reorganization since the New Moon in Virgo, and now apply it to new enlightened Virgo ways of acquiring techniques to educate others in our Wisdom, and be educated into theirs.
There are two patterns; one is when the Full Moon Sun is the same sign as the previous New Moon Sun, and the other is when the Full Moon Sun is in the next sign from the Sun in the previous New Moon. Since August 2020 we’ve been in the latter phase, and this is the next step into a new era!
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. However, now that August 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 two weeks ago by checking out the articles in the archives in early September.
Past As Prologue
The 2020 Eclipses moved us all in new directions, reorienting wherever we have 1 Cancer, and has been removing blocks to our happiness wherever we have 24 Sagittarius since December. The most recent Solar and Lunar eclipses in Gemini have already begun to reorient our view and understanding.
Remember that all Eclipses are “Cosmic recyclers,” taking away what is obsolete or de-magnetized in our lives. These losses clean out psychic and physical spaces so newer life substance can come forth. We’ve cleared out many old ideas, truths, habits, and perspectives since last Summer, and now have a wider view and deeper ways of regarding our life and the Life around us at the beginning of a new 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 last year’s powerful conjunctions in Capricorn, since between January and March 2020 we began new Saturn/Pluto, Jupiter/Pluto, Mars/Jupiter, Mars/Pluto, and Mars/Saturn cycles. The first of these launched a new 33 year era into motion.
Due to these conjunctions in late Capricorn and both Mars/Saturn and Jupiter/Saturn 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 the Sun at 29 Virgo through Venus at 12 Scorpio) is 43+ degrees, a very wide span. This month we see all the inner planets moving through Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio. This will be the primary area stimulated in our charts. With Mars at 4 Libra, there are huge empty spaces between the inner planet and outer planet span.
We now are at a time of the year when the inner planets are at the far side of the outer planet occupied span, so that now (leaving out the Lunar position), we see two unoccupied spans of 72+ degrees on one side and 133+ on the other. This has created a See Saw Jones Pattern, with the “tension of opposites” created across 2 axes of oppositional awareness, these being Virgo/Pisces and Scorpio/Taurus (with Aries/Libra active via Mars opposed Chiron).
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 and Jupiter in Aquarius, then Neptune in late Pisces and finishes with Uranus in mid-Taurus, with the inner planets and Mars now occupying late Virgo, Libra, and mid-Scorpio.
In this chart Pluto remains the entry planet to the occupied outer planet span between Cap and Taurus. It will continue in that role for many years to come except when the Moon, inner planets, or Mars are in Sagittarius or early Capricorn. For the next two weeks, enter transpersonal transformative experience through Pluto’s purifying seed power.
As noted, the Jones patterns in the sky now change mainly due to the position of the Moon. With this Full Moon in Leo focusing 3 oppositions across two different axes, we now have a See Saw Pattern.
The See Saw Pattern and how it works
This type of spread, with two or more planets on one side of the map and the others on the other side of the map, with at least one or two oppositions to define the axis of awareness, creates a “See Saw” Jones Pattern. Where a See Saw pattern is present, stay focused and balanced at the center while taking note of the periphery of things, and don't get off on a tangent or limb.
The See Saw cautions us not to get marginalized or go off on tangents, and find a whole view to any opposition that can include both views and more. This shows a need to see all sides of any opposing views or trends. It gives an excellent ability to learn how to triangulate using approaches which transcend the polarity, as well as find ways to "draw a bigger circle" around any opposing forces that encompasses both phases of the polarization to create progress and understanding.
The Moon and Sun form an oppositional span which will impact all planets and points at the end of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces, as well as the middle degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. Venus and Uranus form an oppositional span which also impacts those same zones. Thus we have a very rare “Rhombus Diamond” formed which I discuss in the section on evolutionary configurations in part 3. This is an extraordinary configuration where the friction will “polish our diamond Self” into a more perfect expression, even if it seems to be an ordeal at times.
Is the Grand Irrationality A Factor in this Full Moon?
Because this section is so long, I decided to create an article which explains what it is, how long it’s been in effect, and which zones of the zodiac have been most impacted and when. You can find all you need to know about this configuration associated with widespread irrationality and hard-edged “forks in the road of destiny” we’ve all confronted at various times by going to The Grand Irrationality. I updated it in December, and incorporated a further look into the future.
We revisited the energies of the First Grand Irrationality (1993-2017) when both Saturn and Uranus were septile Neptune, Jupiter and Pluto were both biseptile Uranus, and Jupiter and Saturn were both septile Neptune not long ago. In this chart the configuration is not activated by an inner planet, though I’ll note that Saturn is part of a septile-driven evolutionary configuration. As with the Rhombus Diamond, I’ll speak more about it in part 3 when I cover the special configurations.
The configuration will be triggered when the Sun, Mars, and Mercury both retrograde and direct transit the zone around 16-21 Libra, forming a Kite pattern with two triseptiles to Uranus and Neptune. These multiple 7th harmonic aspects put this “7-pointed Star of Destiny” evolutionary configuration into play. Obviously, this is triggered off and on throughout the year whenever a planet moves through any of the hot zones of the configuration. All of these transits bring choices, changes, and decisions affecting our future. These “Grand Irrationality” triggers are why things are so crazy and hard-edged at this time.
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Because Saturn continues to occupy center stage in its home sign of Aquarius, it continues to be the final dispositor of all planets transiting Capricorn and Aquarius from now through 2023. Though its influence temporarily waned during Jupiter’s occupancy of Pisces, now that Jupiter is back in Aquarius, Saturn is again its ruler and resumes being a dominant force through April 2022.
Remember that while Saturn can feel heavy, it is also our ability to take command of our lives and destiny by using Saturn’s virtues in the right way and time. Our ability to steer our “ship of personality” into its rightful “role of destiny” has brought us to the threshold of new parts to play on the stage of Life.
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 have done this year, we’ve all had to “square ourselves with reality” as we go where we haven’t gone before. Uranus has awakened us to new roles to play, while Saturn has “lightened up” in Aquarius and prepares to bring us a “new mutation from cosmos.”
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 a “new quality of Being rendering the old patterns obsolete,” 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 which will show us techniques of teaching and being taught a “wisdom form” which will assist our understanding of the transfiguration process going on right now. This is a time to practice forgiveness to create the space for Divine Grace to enter, whether our life, the lives of others, or “grace for the human race.” The next two weeks will feature the emergence of a new heart strength, so consider what’s going on to be the prelude to the patterns taking shape in the next few weeks. With the Sun at the end of Virgo and the Moon at the end of Pisces, this is another fulfillment Lunation helping us bless the passages with wisdom and compassion.
At this time, divine discernment, a sense of balance within the larger transfiguration process, and valuing a higher yet more intense level of relating to others helps us prepare us for what’s coming in 2022. This is a year of completing the “vision of Transfiguration” and entering into a new life, with new revelations happening over the next few weeks. Next year and 2023 will make our Transfigured Being “real” in our world. Recent eclipses are accelerating our elimination of all the ideas we cannot bring with us into our new life as they would scatter our energies.
The new roles and responsibilities we took on in 2019-2020 are leading us to new social effectiveness in 2021 and 2022. The compressions in Capricorn led us to forms of personal power, and being very long wave cycles, indicates our work for a long time to come. Again, look to where you have late Capricorn and early Aquarius in your chart to see the focus of coming years.
Because of the Mercury retrograde “bookend” theme of 2020, we now have found a higher, more diplomatic and dignified way of interacting with others over the past year. Venus is now on that degree, an important development given Venus is the ruler of Mercury and Mars. The October-November 2020 Mercury retrograde period gave us a look back to see how we’ve “raised our game” in our interactions, and its direct station at 26 Libra began the theme bookending 2021 involving how we use a combination of “soft power” and “hard power” to demonstrate spiritual adeptship.
This is the last Full Moon of the year with Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter all retrograde. At the next Full Moon with these three spiritual powerhouses all in direct motion, we’ll accelerate all things Aquarian in our lives, see what our 2021 training has prepared us for, and can ride a “cosmic mutation” wave into an unknown future arising from all which has not been actualized before now.
We’ve entered a new chapter in our spiritual journey at a fork in the road of our collective destiny. 2020 was about forging our connection with the World Soul, our Wisdom, and our greater dedication. We’re all wiser than we used to be, have been given ample opportunities to value our heart connections with our friends, and display the vaster spiritual awareness we share with our Brothers and Sisters.
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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