Category: Moon Cycles Written by Robert Wilkinson
Aspects, Evolutionary Configurations, and More.
The next two weeks is a time of being willing to go deeper within, and if necessary, externalize our values, cultivate strength and resilience, and/or revise our ideas and approaches. This is a Mercury Retrograde Full Moon, so expect a lot of returns which could lead you back to an inspired Source.
This Full Moon fulfills the Virgo New Moon themes even as May’s eclipses continue to remove old Taurus energies. Jupiter retrograde continues its review of things to come, encouraging us to have a generous view and share special facets of who we are. The next two weeks will strengthen our inner connection with Self and Source, favors innovation and the elimination of the ghosts of the past which serve no purpose in our lives.
During the past few weeks we’ve been back on our “spiritual mountain” taking a new look at who’s there, and now purifying our patterns to eliminate our ability to hold on to ancient vague feelings. While we’re growing through a “trial of endurance,” we’re also having opportunities through our losses to see “the world of the five senses and the mind as the playground of God and Soul.” There are unique relationships and wisdom to be found as we play a smart “waiting game,” so the next two weeks should be productive, stabilizing, and clarifying, despite the vast feelings associated with Moon conjunct Neptune in Pisces.
This month we have four evolutionary configurations, one involving the Lunation. We’ll begin to have more configurations in play as the year develops and the inner planets leave the outer planet zone. This month they are:
1) The Lunation is cut into a powerful sextile/trine by Uranus, generating a powerful void around 16-21 Scorpio. Because Uranus is the driver, use the originality and spontaneity of Uranus in simple, direct, and enjoyable ways to concentrate, purify, release, and go deeper into your inner magnetic power. Have faith in knowing you’re done something well which is now finished, and it’s time to listen to the inner voice to find a depth connection with your Truth of Being. Continue to move into the unknown as you begin a review, and remember just because we think nothing’s happening “it ain’t necessarily so.”
2) The second configuration involves the ongoing Saturn square Uranus cut into two semisquares by Jupiter. This continues to put pressure on planets and points we have around 17-23 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, as well as 2-8 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. We have choices in how we want to manage figuring out what’s pertinent in our lives and what isn’t, and this Full Moon gives us the ability to cultivate strength and perseverance if we’re willing to be patient, heartfelt, courageous, and eliminate all we no longer need.
3) The third evolutionary configuration involves a non-rational spiritual pattern, with Mercury elftile Venus and quadraelftile Saturn, and Venus pentelftile Saturn. This is an 11th harmonic pattern involving the need to make “leaps of faith” to master some sort of duality involving the planets in the signs wherever they rule and transit in our charts. Other sensitive zones are around 12-14 Scorpio, 15-17 Sagittarius, 18-20 Capricorn, 22-24 Pisces, 24-26 Aries, 27-29 Taurus, 1-3 Cancer, and 3-5 Leo. Deepen your faith, transcend the duality, and you’ll find power and mastery.
4) The fourth evolutionary configuration (as usual) involves the Grand Irrationality anchored by Uranus septile Neptune. This month there is no planet configuring with either of those planets, so the energy is in the background. However, the Moon is septile Pluto, marking an echo of the First Grand Irrationality involving Neptune and Pluto. This shows the Moon at an emergent “fork in the road” of how it concentrates the Plutonic theme. This primarily affects planets or points we have near 25-29 Capricorn, 16-20 Pisces, 8-12 Taurus, 29 Gemini-3 Cancer, 21-25 Leo, 13-17 Libra, and 4-8 Sagittarius. The next time this will be stimulated will be when the Sun transits 21-22 Libra, making triseptiles to Uranus and Neptune. It will be stimulated again when Venus transits that same zone.
Even though I gave you the link to the main article in part one of this series, in case you don’t know about the Grand Irrationality, there have been two iterations of it. The first Grand Irrationality (1993-2017) was anchored by Neptune septile Pluto, and the second Grand Irrationality (2018-2021) has been anchored by Uranus biseptile Pluto, with Neptune occasionally configuring with Uranus in a septile, joining the two evolutionary patterns.
Both of the “Grand Irrationalities” represent non-rational aspect configurations associated with “forks in the road of destiny” blending the transpersonal revolutionizing of Uranus with the transpersonal “fog of mass consciousness” of Neptune with the purifying “death and rebirth” energy of Pluto. This Lunation has no planets activating this “Seven Pointed Star of Destiny.”
Besides the various aspects I gave you related to the evolutionary configurations, forming (or partile separating) inner planet aspects include the Moon quadranovile Mercury, vigintile Jupiter, and conjunct Neptune; Mercury is opposed Jupiter and tredecile Pluto; Venus is conjunct the Sun, square Mars, quincunx Jupiter, tredecile Uranus, and pentelftile Neptune’ and the Sun is trielftile Mars, quadranovile Jupiter, quincunx Saturn, opposed Neptune and trine Pluto.
Outer planet aspects include Mars bielftile Jupiter, trine Saturn, quindecile Uranus, binovile Neptune, and sesquisquare Pluto; Jupiter makes only the semisquares; Saturn is decile Neptune and quindecile Pluto, and Uranus makes only the septile to Neptune.
Again, friction is pretty heavy this month due to Jupiter cutting the Saturn/Uranus square into two semisquares, Venus square Mars, and two quincunxes. The heavy friction is described in the second special configuration, and Venus square Mars impacts planets and points around 5-13 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. Venus square Mars is actually fairly favorable due to supporting aspects to both. In all there are 2 squares, 2 semisquares, 1 sesquisquare, and 2 quincunxes.
This month features a fair number of spiritual aspects from all the different series. In the series related to destiny and “fate,” we find only 2 septiles. In the 9th harmonic series related to spiritual realizations, we have 1 binoviles and 2 quadranoviles. In the 11th harmonic series related to spiritual realizations, we have a straight! 1 elftile, 1 bielftile, 1 trielftile, 1 quadraelftile, and 2 pentelftiles! The specializing aspect series provides 1 vigintile, 2 quindeciles, and 2 tredeciles.
For those new to the craft, quintiles and biquintiles are 5th harmonic aspects, septiles and triseptiles are 7th harmonic aspects, noviles are 9th harmonic aspects, deciles (semi-quintiles) and tredeciles are 10th harmonic aspects. The elftile series are 11th harmonic aspects, the quindecile is a 15th harmonic aspect, and the vigintile is a 20th harmonic aspect. Each of these has a unique function in the phase relationship of the two planets in aspect.
The 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th harmonic aspects are specializing and bring forth partially or fully developed quintessential elements of the planets involved. The novile (9th harmonic), septile (7th harmonic) and elftile (11th harmonic) series all feature spiritual aspects. All novile series (9th harmonic) aspects represent entry or exit points of periods of gestation which can bring forth possible spiritual developments. These aspects indicate things which need to be put on the shelf for a while, or that which has been gestating can now move forward. They represent gestative energies that can lead to great spiritual realizations.
Septile series aspects represent forks in the road of destiny, where we make choices determining karmic future developments. This series is ruled by Saturn, where we create and fulfill karma by our choices during those phase shifts. The 11th harmonic elftile series aspects involve situations where there is a need to transcend and master some form of duality by making a leap of faith. In transcending those dualistic situations, dilemmas, challenges, and thinking, we resolve the problem and learn techniques of mastering those sorts of dualities in the future. This series tests our faith. Both the 7th and 11th series involve non-rational aspect values, bringing an element of irrationality in behavior and circumstances.
The various aspects in all these different harmonic series indicate points where the theme of the Whole Cycle becomes clear, whether through major developments or minor refinements in the process. Each aspect shows a phase relationship, specific to the special and unique circumstances of that particular Whole Cycle. It's how we can know when to work, when to play, when to create, when to imagine, when to have faith, and when to mobilize!
If you want to know more about these aspects, when you’re done here please go to The Specializing Aspects Pt. 1 – Quintile, Tredecile, Decile, and Biquintile, The Specializing Aspects Pt. 2 – The Quindecile and Vigintile, and The Spiritual Aspect Series – The Novile, Septile, and Elftile Harmonic Aspects where you’ll find more about the meaning of these aspects and the glyphs associated with them. Also, remember that all of these set up harmonic resonance void points all over our charts.
The Eclipse Factor
We’ve had a long run of Eclipses which continue to affect us. In 2020 we had an abnormal year of 6 eclipses. We had a January Lunar eclipse at 20 Cancer, a June Lunar eclipse at 16 Sagittarius, a Solstice Solar eclipse at 1 Cancer, a July Lunar eclipse at 14 Capricorn, a November Lunar eclipse at 9 Gemini, and a December Solar eclipse at 24 Sagittarius. As all the Lunar eclipses have a duration of a few months, all of these took away parts of our Lunar expression in 2020 and early 2021.
In 2021 we had the usual 4 Eclipses. The May Lunar eclipse was at 6 Sagittarius, the June Solar eclipse was at 20 Gemini, the November Full Moon was a Lunar eclipse at 28 Taurus, and the December New Moon was a Solar eclipse at 13 Sagittarius.
In 2022, we’ll again have 4 eclipses. We had an April Solar eclipse at 11 Taurus and the May Wesak Festival Lunar eclipse at 26 Scorpio. Later this year we’ll have an October Solar eclipse at 2 Scorpio and a November Lunar eclipse at 17 Taurus. Again, all the Lunar eclipses work over just a few months, while Solar eclipse effects last for years.
As you know, I see all eclipses as “cosmic recyclers” removing what we no longer need in the houses where they occurred. The June 2020 Solstice Solar Eclipse in Cancer marked a change of allegiance for everyone, with hard adjustments and sacrifices for all, while the December 2020 Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius has been removing all which would block our happiness. The June 2021 Gemini eclipse is removing old ideas, while the recent Sag eclipse is removing blocks to our seeing a new identity.
We’re also still experiencing past Solar Eclipse “cosmic recycling” wherever we have 16 Capricorn, 21 Cancer and 19 Leo, due to Eclipses on these degrees. The endings of 2018 and 2019 helped us get organized, explore what success really means to us, and find techniques to let go of prior fixed social roles.
All these Solar Eclipses, along with others, have allowed us to “shed skins” wherever we have 9, 19, and 30 Pisces, 28 Aquarius, 29 Leo, 10 Virgo, and 21 Virgo, as well as the degrees of the recent Eclipses at 1 Cancer, 24 Sagittarius, 20 Gemini and 13 Sagittarius. As you can see, that involves a large part of our charts! You can find out which Solar Eclipses are still showing effects by referring to Astrology in May 2022 - On The Threshold of a Total Lunar Eclipse at 26 Taurus-Scorpio which lists which Eclipses are done and which are still in play.
A good meditation would be to take a look back at how something related to those points in your chart ended after those Eclipses, and examine how new events, new people, and new life experiences came in those chart areas. All our losses of the past few years associated with these signs have left voids which have attracted, are attracting, or will attract life contents more appropriate to who we are now. Alternately, you may be feeling a void because someone else really isn’t there. Now it’s time to turn to what will nourish you.
This Full Moon features a skewed element distribution. At this time, of the traditional 10 planets, there is 1 planet in Fire signs, 2 in Water, 4 in Earth, and 3 in Air. This makes Earth (Practicality and Grounding) and Air (Relatedness and Communications) preponderant, followed by Water (Feelings and Experiencing Life on Deep Levels) with the only Fire (Inspiration and Light) provided by Jupiter. Of course, the Moon in a Water sign increases the focus of that element.
Air and Earth are “cool” elements, while Fire and Water are “hot” elements. With this distribution, it’s as cool as being on top of a 14,000 foot mountain! Air and Earth can be likened to a mountaintop, very arid but grounded with a wide view. Fire and Water are hot springs or a lake inversion. With dominant Earth and Air, we have a great view, but don’t get dehydrated!
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. We are now in a time of shifting patterns, and this Full Moon continues the new pattern set into motion at the recent New Moon. As a process of moving through events, the most effective “firing sequence” for approaching life and experience over the next two weeks involves leading with our feelings, and then making a decision and/or acting on the basis of that feeling or experience, and then finding a new way of communicating, understanding, or coming to a new vision of what is or what could be.
This pattern feels their way into decisions and actions, but then wants to return to more “playing of hunches.” Instead, after we decide and/or act, it will be important to get new information to come to a new vision or understanding. Once we get the right view or understanding, then a new feeling-experience will naturally arise that points the way to the next action.
So over the next 2 weeks this Lunation chart is in play, we’ll still be leading with our feelings, then making decisions on the basis of those feeling experiences, followed by new information, new ideas, new interpretations, and new views. We’ll be “feeling our way” into new experiences, then deciding and acting on the basis of those feelings. After a decision or action, then we’ll have to find newer, more up to date information, facts, and understanding so we can get a new vision.
This pattern has a gift for learning and teaching through anecdotes, seeing how others handled things practically, or how you handed things practically in the past. Let your thinking and communicating and envisioning follow your actions, and new feelings will naturally arise from your new understanding, new perception, or new view.
This is a time to enter experience with a sense of feeling what we’re experiencing, or who we’re with. This pattern holds back until it has moved its feeling into a decision or an action. With Mercury stationary retrograde, just remember that many of your actions will seem like things you’ve done before.
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Because this Full Moon shows Saturn teaching us strength and resilience wherever we have the middle degrees of the Fixed signs in our charts, our “spiritual teacher and spiritual friend” continues to occupy center stage in its home sign of Aquarius. And though it isn’t the final dispositor for any planet except Pluto until Mercury enters Capricorn in December, it will again take center stage at the beginning of 2023, and continues to be a factor in how we express our Capricorn and Aquarius sectors and any natal or progressed planets we have in those signs.
Though Saturn can feel heavy and bring heavy life lessons, it also in the part of us which can take charge of our lives and destiny by using Saturn’s virtues in the right way and time. Our ability to steer our “ship of personality” into its rightful “role of destiny” has brought us to the threshold of new parts to play on the stage of Life.
We’re still in a long wave period of crystallizing more visionary roles to play in the emergent Aquarian era, with pressure from Saturn square Uranus to figure out what matters to us and what doesn’t. Uranus has awakened us to new roles to play, while Saturn has “lightened up” in Aquarius and having brought us new mutations and an accelerated evolution, we now get to show strength and resilience as we are tested to “pick up and deliver spiritual power.”
I explain how Saturn and Uranus work together to awaken us to our Higher Powers to take command of our destiny in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. Saturn helps us give form and structure to our quest for Self-realization; in Capricorn, it teaches us how to accept and use personal power within a socially responsible context, while in Aquarius it teaches us how to make a greater contribution to our civilization and come together with others in a great effort “ensouled by a great vision.” Coupled with Uranus having awakened us to the fact that the old answers aren’t enough along with the need to accept spiritual power to shape our world, we are collectively “breaking on through to the other side” into an unfolding Higher awareness.
The book was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers. Even those with little or no understanding of astrology will benefit from understanding why you had to make certain choices at crucial times that shaped your life in profound ways.
Each time you read any section of this book you will find new insights about your power to throw off all the attitudes and memories which hold you back from finding and living the life and purpose. If you’ve haven’t already gotten your copy, you can go to the Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend page on Amazon and this should be all you need to order your copy. It’s also available on Amazon and as an ebook on Kindle, so if that’s more to your liking, go for it! If you would, whether you’ve gotten the ebook or the paperback, please write a review on the Amazon site, since the more reviews, the more of a boost they give it.
And now, on a related note….
Because Venus is dancing in a serendipitous relationship with Uranus, releasing that spontaneity from time to time in ways which liberate us from the ghosts of our past, if you want to see why you have attracted the friends and Soul Mates throughout your life, as well as learn why some of them had to move on, please consider getting a copy of my newest book, The Magic of Venus: Friendships, Soul Mates, and Twin Flames. If you want to know more about Venus and why we like or don’t like the people and things we do, this is the book for you! It explains why we attract who we do and how to create better relationships in the future. You will understand the foundations of long term healthy relationships and friendships, why Soul Mates come into our lives, and how to know the difference between a Soul Mate and our Twin Flame.
It has chapters on the qualities of each sign’s natural mate, the qualities of Venus in each sign, and when crucial choices and changes are made, affecting who we attract in the future. It was written for both astrologers and lay people, and as it has a thousand gems for better relationships, with self, others, and Source, please consider getting your copy by going to the link above! (And when you’re done, please leave a review on Amazon, since it helps the book and all other books on astrology as well!)
Summing it Up
We’re now in a time of learning to see all sides of things so we can let go of all we no longer need. Learn to listen to your inner voice, and revise whatever you need to in order to align with the larger life already revealing itself. This is a time for review, re-thinking, re-evaluating, and/or reconnecting to find new inspiration, new ideals, and new strengths. We’re still riding the new wave created by Mars conjunct Jupiter at 4 Aries in late May, learning ways to have fun naturally and being spontaneous as we eliminate negative energy and stuck feelings which leave us discontent.
We are still learning how to utilize spiritual power effectively in the context of our response to the global Wisdom released in May and June. Saturn square Uranus challenges us to see what matters and let go of the rest as Mars begins to slow down en route to its retrograde beginning late October which will last through December. We’ve already begun to shed old “skins of personality” and the Eclipses are removing all which would block our happiness and the manifestation of our heart’s desire.
We are promised a new level of focused spiritual expression by Jupiter in Aries, so even if you feel like there’s more of you than can be expressed at the present time, just get it in motion, walk the walk, and remember you are a consciousness in motion, evolving to greater awareness with each day. This will be an exceptional Wisdom period, so practice wielding spiritual power with efficiency and humility. What we do now prepares the ground for a dynamic new adventure in 2023!
As we develop the potentials set into motion when Jupiter and Saturn conjuncted in Aquarius, we’ll see definite movement away from the ideas which dominated the old 200 year Earth Era and see more of the emergent 200 year Air Era launched at the December 2020 Solstice. This Aquarian Air Era already began to express via the conjunctions of the inner planets with Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius in January and February 2021, with those pulses renewed this year with more Aquarius conjunctions, especially the Venus conjunction Mars at 1 Aquarius on March 6, reinforcing the themes of the Grand Mutation.
Where these Aquarian conjunctions occurred in our charts show us the way to our long wave metamorphosis as we transition through the beginning of the end of the Age of Pisces, having begun a 33 year period which is a prelude to the Age of Aquarius. This transitional period requires that we ask ourselves certain questions related to our spiritual purpose, fearless as we are One with the World Soul and walk through the world but are not “of” the world.
We have been navigating the final season of humanity’s “liberating ordeal.” All of us have had opportunities to find new inner strengths and powers the past three years, as well as assistance from Devas and Angels who bring “divine help when human efforts seem to fail.” We now are in a time of getting over our preconceptions and cultivating true fellowship.
In the past year, we’ve all reached some level on the “mountaintop” where we’ve found a “fellowship of spiritual Sisters and Brothers” we’re a part of. We’re back there again, so take a new look at your spiritual community. Demonstrate your skill, and remember that attaining the mountaintop only requires a) that we enjoy the view and accomplishment, and b) the awareness of when to begin the careful descent, since we don’t want to get caught on a mountaintop when lighting clouds are blowing in!
Shedding old skins, we are being released from all which doesn’t serve our momentum into our greater purpose. This is the heart of a global acceleration in transforming those who are part of a greater service and group work. Embrace a new identity, a new love, a new spiritual awareness, and a new spiritual expression in grounded ways, so keep your mind and heart open and keep coordinating your body, feelings, and mind to demonstrate a stable and harmonized Soul energy. That's a great part to play as we dance through life's changes!
A Meditation on Light and Shadow
Because life seems to be a never-ending experience of out-breathing elements of the past and in-breathing elements of the new, it is useful to remember that when we are moving through major changes, and something new is introduced into our lives, it means that something else must leave, or has already left, to provide space for the new to be embraced. And lesser wisdom must give way to greater wisdom, and old forms give way to newer realities. As I’ve offered before “enlightenment” is a verb more than it is a noun.
While sometimes having to say goodbye to older, lesser ways of life can be a drag, it is important to remember that even though life can occasionally be painful, we do not have to suffer. And as we learn to break the link between pain and suffering, we heal our part of humanity and the world.
For your contemplation, a final meditation I offer each month at the end of our Full Moon journey of exploration.
We are Light. All things are composed of Light in various frequencies that express as limitless forms. Some light frequencies are of greater density than others.
All shadows result from light hitting a dense object. Psychological shadows too. Therefore, it’s good to become as translucent and translucid as possible to dispel lurking shadows.
If you must look at and/or deal with shadows, whether your own or another’s, then refocus your Light on the object being illuminated, since that form is the source of the shadow.
Find the correct 4 angles of illuminating whatever you want to focus on, and all shadows will be dispelled. Then you’re seeing things with an illuminated mind, and can act accordingly.
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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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