Category: Moon Cycles Written by Robert Wilkinson
The next two weeks will give us opportunities to accept responsibility and visualize clearly what we want to see made manifest as we continue to purify ourselves, finding strength in flexibility and adaptation. This helps us focus on what we want to express as we exclude what we do not.
This Full Moon fulfills the Virgo New Moon themes, which means we’ve gone inward and taken a new look at some of our “venerable standards” to see which we still want to live by. We’ve gotten clear about some things while anchoring the “Peace Sign” special configuration in that Lunation in a new sense of what roles we are to play in the bigger service to our times. In the next two weeks we get to show how we’ve trained our ego and can “put on the show.”
This month we have two evolutionary configurations with no one planet occupying both patterns. This is a particularly harmonious and grounded Lunations with many gifts, blessings, and unique situations for everyone. This month the configurations are (in no particular order of importance):
- Jupiter is quintile Saturn and tredecile Pluto, with the Moon decile Jupiter and Saturn and the Sun biquintile both. This sets a “10 Pointed Star of Serendipity and Specialization” into play, bringing gifts and blessings of both a personal and interpersonal nature to the fore. Zones most affected include 1-3 Pisces/Virgo, 5-9 Aries/Libra, 11-15 Taurus/Scorpio, 17-21 Gemini/Sagittarius, 23-29 Cancer/Capricorn and 29-30 Leo Aquarius. If you have something in these zones, prepare to individualize, specialize, and either be gifted or gift another!
- For the second configuration, as I pointed out in an earlier article, we have a Grand Earth Trine of Mercury, Uranus, and Pluto, with Mercury opposed Neptune creating a “Peace Sign” special configuration. This is an exceptionally powerful harmonizing influence for any planets or points we have in the last decan of the Earth and Water signs.
Besides the various aspects I gave you related to the evolutionary configurations, forming (or partile separating) inner planet aspects include the Moon sesquisquare Venus, pentelftile Mars, semisquare Uranus, and quintile Pluto; Mercury is semisextile Mars and quadranovile Saturn; Venus is semisquare the Sun, sextile Mars, trielftile Jupiter, opposed Saturn (out of sign), square Uranus and triseptile Pluto; and the Sun is conjunct Mars and sesquisquare Uranus.
Outer planet aspects include Mars triseptile Jupiter, quadrelftile Saturn, quincunx Uranus, triseptile Neptune, and square Pluto; Jupiter is semisquare Neptune; Saturn is binovile Uranus, quindecile Neptune, and elftile Pluto; and Neptune is finally back in sextile to Pluto.
Friction comes from 2 oppositions, 3 semi-squares, 2 sesquisquares, 2 squares, and 1 quincunx. Use the friction to mobilize with optimism, let your genius express itself, see yourself in training to use spiritual power in the future, and allow the transmutation of the Natural into the supernatural. While there will be aggravations, make adjustments as necessary, either accepting or rejecting those who are difficult, deceptive, stubborn, or willful.
This month features many spiritual aspects. In the series related to destiny and “fate,” we find 3 triseptiles. In the 9th harmonic series related to spiritual realizations, we have 1 binovile, and 1 quadranovile. In the 11th harmonic series related to spiritual realizations, we have 1 elftile, 1 trielftile, 1 quadrelftile, and 1 pentelftile. The specializing aspect series also provides a number of aspects, including 1 quindecile, 2 deciles, 2 quintiles, 1 tredecile and 2 biquintiles.
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 had 4 eclipses. We had an April Solar eclipse at 11 Taurus and the May Wesak Festival Lunar eclipse at 26 Scorpio. We then had the October Partial Solar eclipse at 2 Scorpio and then the November Total 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 Dec 2021 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 2023 - On The Threshold of a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at 15 Taurus-Scorpio which lists which eclipses are done and which are still in play. And of course, there are numerous articles on the 30 Aries Solar eclipse and the 15 Taurus/Scorpio Lunar eclipse which happened just a few weeks ago.
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 eclipse features a very imbalanced element distribution. At this time, of the traditional 10 planets, there are 2 planets in Water signs, 2 in Fire, 4 in Earth, and 2 in Air. This “balanced imbalance” makes Earth (Practicality and Grounding) preponderant, with a balance of Water (Feelings and Experiencing Life on Deep Levels) Fire (Inspiration and Light) and Air (Relatedness and Communications).
Air and Earth are “cool” elements, while Fire and Water are “hot” elements. With this distribution, it’s slightly more cool than hot. However, with so much Earth and Water, it’s great for making bricks but avoid getting stuck in the mud of ambivalence or thinking what’s passing is viable in your future.
The current sequence at present of Deciding, Feeling, and Thinking
We’ve been through several different sequences over the past few months. There are six patterns, and each has their strengths and weaknesses. This Lunation continues the pattern introduced 2 weeks ago at the New Moon. As a process of moving through events, the most effective “firing sequence” for approaching life and experience over the next four weeks involves feeling, then thinking and communicating, and then making a decision.
So initiate activity by feeling your way into ideas, perceptions, and information. Let your hunches lead to new knowledge. Then, after a new idea, vision, or understanding, then make a decision and act on it! Try not to overplan too far into the future. Take your feeling-knowing one step at a time, and keep things in balanced motion, even if they go all over the place at times.
Once we’ve made a decision and acted on it, then a new feeling will naturally arise showing the next thing to learn about, communicate, or understand. So feel, flow, and experience, since these will lead you to ideas and views that will in turn lead to the next decision.
This pattern is sensitive to others’ feelings, and when healthy usually offers a positive and encouraging take on things. It is said this pattern has the best “bedside manner,” and can be a good sounding board to bounce all kinds of things off of until everything’s been discussed and processed so that a clear decision can be made. This pattern offers us that the journey of a thousand miles is truly one step at a time.
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Saturn’s extraordinarily important in this Full Moon due to its being in the specializing special evolutionary configuration with Jupiter and the Lunation. A transit through any of the 10 zones of the first will trigger all kinds of major events.
Saturn is still giving us a review of many things in play since May, calling us to forms of renewal between now and November. This helps us see a vaster dedication and community, with high specialization coming over the next few months. Hear “the call to renewal,” and be open to forgiving much and allowing it to flow down the timestream. The “Buddha Wisdom” eclipse of May is already cutting us loose from people and dramas we no longer need while continuing to offer the Pluto in Aquarius seeds which will sprout over the next decades.
Saturn, our “spiritual teacher and spiritual friend” in Pisces brings an ocean of water to 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 a deeper feel for the roles we are to play in the emergent Aquarian era. Uranus has awakened us to new roles to play, while Saturn has “lightened up” and structured our Aquarius sector. Having brought us an accelerated evolution and tests of “picking up and delivering spiritual power” we now get to master the fogs and illusions of Pisces, finding understanding and spiritual power in forgiveness and steering the process of closing out old ways as they present themselves.
I explain how Saturn and Uranus work together so we can 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 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….
Venus is a key player due to the large number of aspects it makes in this Lunation, with the triseptile to Pluto putting us at a major fork in the road wherever we have 21-25 Leo, 13-17 Libra, 4-8 Sagittarius, 26-30 Capricorn, 17-21 Pisces, 8-12 Taurus, and 30 Gemini-4 Cancer. If you have a planet or point in any of these zones, many things related to these areas are at a turning point in your life!
As Venus has given us a review of people and values past, we now have a different sense of others who help us play or be creative, or open our heart. We now can get a different take on Venus’ power to create better relationships in the future, where we’re attracting friends with whom we can have fun and a sense of genuine fellowship.
If you want to know more about your Venusian power to shape your relationships into enjoyable interactions and friendships, and know 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. It is the most comprehensive book on Venus ever written, and explains why we attract who we do and how to create more satisfying 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 dance with your inner Beloved and mirror that to your world.
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 are in the middle of many months of endings, shifts in field and focus, transitions, and saying goodbye to many old things, people, and ways of living while embracing the rapidly developing forward movement requiring clear vision, compassion as we let things flow down the time stream, and deeper communion with our spiritual Brothers and Sisters. We’ve taken our look back for the year in just about every area of our lives, and now have the ability to use grounded spiritual power in inspired ways.
It’s a time of saying goodbye and saying hello, where we can be enthusiastic in demonstrating our heart power, our discipline, our ability to “put on the show,” and breathe into seeing a whole different sense of purpose. The old answers and old ways may not work, but as we embrace the dance, we’ll find those who speak our language as we renew our vision and freedom.
Mars has now opened a new archetypal vision or activity in our Libra sector. This is a time to see who or what needs nourishment and find ways to offer it to them. Protect yourself from unnecessarily aggressive social elements, and get the protection you need to “lift yourself to surer foundations” as you continue to “hear the call to renewal” which will be translated into direct action by November. See the truth, speak the truth, find the perspective, and put on the show, using your unique creative genius which may not be understood by others.
We’re still riding the new wave created by Mars conjunct Jupiter at 4 Aries in late May 2022, learning ways to have fun naturally, spontaneously, and enthusiastically as we eliminate negative energy and stuck feelings which leave us discontent. We found a new level of focused spiritual expression during Jupiter in Aries and now get to enjoy Jupiter’s steady and smooth cruise through Taurus from now till early 2024. Remember to have fun as you learn to dance into your future rather than be bogged down by the past.
We’re now in a phase of specializing the potential in the cycle which began when Jupiter and Saturn conjuncted in Aquarius. We are now in a long term period of maximum productivity which will last all year. With each coming year, 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 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” while learning 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.”
In the past 2 years, 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. 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!
Forgiving much with compassion for the generic human condition, 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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