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The August 2020 Full Moon at 12 Leo-Aquarius Pt. 1

The August 2020 Full Moon at 12 Leo-Aquarius Pt. 1

- Growing Up, Divorcing the Past -

This stabilizing, eliminative, regenerative, creative and somewhat detached Full Moon showing us why it’s best to take a higher approach to human relations occurs at 8:59 am PDT, 4:59 pm BST August 3, and falls at the 12th degree of Leo and Aquarius. Expect bursts of heart power showing you where your Soul growth is at.

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 expression of mature individuality expressed in detached vision and understanding that some personalities are more Soul-ful than others.

Continuing the theme that proceeds at each Full Moon as they move through each polarity, this one is the first of a series where the previous New Moon Sun is in a different sign than this Full Moon Sun. We can now take the tenderness, sensitivity, and “weighing of alternatives” since the New Moon, and having entered a season of “saying goodbye quickly,” can see how to join with others to navigate the extraordinary cross currents of Mars squaring the Capricorn stellium. This one gives us glimpses of the world we’ll be in as of February 2021.

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.

An Overview

We’re now in the heart of the influence of the two Lunar Eclipses of June and July and the Solstice Solar Eclipse! We’re still in a “cosmic moment of pause which presages change,” and must be “alertly ready to act” while not “falling into distress at not knowing what’s ahead.” We are changing allegiances, and reorienting so we can stabilize something wherever we have 1 Cancer. And finally, we are all seeing the Light of “permanence in Truth” and letting go of nonessentials, having gotten a different perspective about our past and what’s important in the present.

Remember that all Eclipses involve the “Cosmic recyclers,” taking away what is obsolete or de-magnetized in our lives so the voids can be filled in the future with those things which are more accurately reflective of who we’ve become. We’ve all been reorganizing on many levels, and seeing which control systems we no longer want to participate in. This Lunation helps us divorce the past.

Our elemental distribution is all over the map during these months! This Full Moon brings us back to a perfect elemental balance except for the continuing preponderance of Earth. We are also in a period of stronger Fire, with both Sun and Mars in their home signs in trine to each other, so enjoy the boosted Fire!

Coming weeks show friction, hard adjustments, and a lot of inspiration, creating spiritual “quickening” as we approach the Grand Mutation at 1 Aquarius. As Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto continue to re-trace Capricorn ground in their retrograde path, the organized structures we’ve already begun to build as we move into the Grant Mutation may need to be revisited, revised, or reworked. As you know from other articles, this is the last year of a 200 year Earth era, with Air power building throughout the year which is priming the pump for the 200 year Air era breaking big this December!

This is the ninth Full Moon with Jupiter in Capricorn, which at this time is helping us take a new look at what we’ve rehearsed to do in the way of a long term group work. Coming weeks finish the Capricorn review, as Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto will all be going direct beginning mid-September. The coming two weeks gives a focus on listening to our inner voice, and not getting confused about what’s we’re hearing.

Between January and March, we began new Mars/Jupiter, Mars/Pluto, and Mars/Saturn cycles. We are also launched into a year of serious Saturn/Pluto energies, given the January conjunctions setting a new 33 year era into motion. As I said, we transfigured in 2018 and 2019, and now can find wisdom in the ongoing process of transfiguration as a verb rather than a noun.

This is the first step into the coming Aquarian era. While this is not “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.

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 have been in a period when the Full Moon Sun falls in the same sign as the Sun in the previous New Moon. This is the first Full Moon of the next cycle!

We’ve had the Sun in the same sign in both the New Moon and Full Moon, the so-called “natural” order, between April 2019 and now. At this Lunation we enter 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 this Full Moon Sun is at 12 Leo. The last time we experienced this reverse order began at the August 2017 Solar Eclipse in late Leo and lasted until April 2019, when the Sun was in Aries in the New Moon as well as the subsequent Full Moon.

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 Cancer coming to a Full Moon illumination through the current Sun in Leo and Moon in Aquarius. You can learn more about the recent New Moon at 29 Cancer by checking out those two articles posted 2 weeks ago.

Planetary Distribution

In this Full Moon, the span occupied by the inner planets (in this chart Venus at 27 Gemini and the Sun at 12 Leo) is 45+ degrees. This month the nearest planet Uranus is far enough away from Venus that the inner planet cluster stands alone. So this is the primary focus of specific activity in our charts. However, because we have 3 planets in Capricorn, we have a second concentrated span of activity.

The Capricorn span is 7+ degrees wide, with Jupiter at 20 Capricorn, Pluto at 24 Capricorn and Saturn at 28 Capricorn. As the Sun opposed the Capricorn stellium in mid-July, Mercury is just finishing its oppositions, and Venus will be making them in late August and early September, we’re now externalizing all that stellium represents.

These inner planet oppositions are bringing a lot to the surface related to the Great Compressions in Capricorn in January and March 2020. This is creating a tremendously powerful “Axis of Awareness” involving Cancer and Capricorn. After the Scorpio oppositions to Uranus late in the year, we’ll again approach another Great Compression in early 2021, this one in Aquarius.

We had two Great Compressions in Capricorn; one in February 2019, and one which hit maximum compression in March 2020. These brought us “Bundle” Jones patterns, with everything bundled in a very narrow span this year, creating a crowded house wherever we have Capricorn through Taurus. The Bundle pattern will again predominate between January and mid-March 2021.

Because of the occupied spans, it means the Moon is the primary determiner of the Jones Pattern, since it creates several different energy patterns along the way as the closing planet, nozzle, and opening planet for the rest of the planetary energies. For now, it’s inside the outer planet occupied zone.

At this time we have the 10 traditional planets occupying 8 signs, in a widespread distribution for the first time since 2018. Yes, we haven’t had 8 signs occupied at the same time since then! Currently, the outer planet occupied span begins with Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn in late Capricorn, then moves through Neptune in Pisces, Mars in Aries, and Uranus in early Taurus, with the inner planets now occupying Gemini, Cancer, and Leo. In this chart Jupiter is again the entry planet to the occupied span.

As note, the Jones patterns in the sky now change mainly due to the position of the Moon. With this Full Moon Aquarius, we are now separating from the classic Bowl pattern while still in one.

So What is a “Bowl Pattern” and how does it work?

This type of spread, with all the planets occupying approximately half of the signs with an empty half opposite the occupies half, creates a “special type of conscious selfhood,” which Dr. Jones says “marks the Bowl type of temperament. He goes on to state “Fundamentally it is an extreme self-containment,” which “holds things, and a Bowl individual is one who always has something to bear.”

He goes on to state that with the Bowl, “the whole dynamic of man, his total power of achievement, arises in his instinctive realization that he is set off against a definite part of the world, that there is a complete segment of experience from which he is excluded in some subtle fashion. The Bowl not only holds something, but also places whatever it holds into relationship with a larger consideration.”

Dr. Jones continues that “the occupied segment of the Bowl horoscope reveals the activity and organization of the self, since planets are significant according to their place by sign and house, and the unoccupied segment becomes a challenge to existence, or the need and emptiness to which the native must direct his attention. The outstanding characteristic of the Bowl temperament is its marked sense of what is self-contained in contrast with what the self cannot hold, and this take an everyday form in an advocacy of some cause, the furtherance of a mission, an introspective concern over the purpose of experience.”

He concludes his explanation of how the pattern works with “The Bowl native always has something to give to his fellows, whether literally or psychologically, whether constructively or vindictively, because his orientation to the world arises from division; that is, frustration and uncertainty. The leading planets, determined in exactly the same way as for the Locomotive pattern, give a point of application, and shows where and how the native seeks to carry out his mission or gain his everyday justification for existence.”

He brings up another important point of analysis, as he states “the leading planet is of secondary importance in the Bowl pattern, unless it is found in a strong opposition or cosmic cross. The fundamental attack on the problems of life by the Bowl individual is indicated more significantly by the tilt or house-position of the Bowl-segment.”

He concludes this section by stating “the Bowl character is definitely more self-expending, or self-seeking, and more practically interested in what things mean and what they are. It continually throws the emphasis from the signs into the houses. It a general way the Bowl tends to ‘scoop up’ things and initiate experience when the position of the leading planet ranges from the fourth cusp, up and over the ascendant, to the midheaven cusp, and then inclines to “capture” things or consummate various phases of life when the leading planet is placed similarly from the tenth angle down over the descendant to the nadir.”

At this Full Moon, the separating hemispheric emphasis shows us Jupiter is the opening planet and the Sun the closing planet. Wherever you have Capricorn through Leo in your chart, the house where you have Capricorn is your way of initiating or entering all experience. This indicates we can see how recent months have been a type of rehearsal where we’ve needed to find inspiration during this intense period of extraordinary purification courtesy of Jupiter’s off and on conjunction with Pluto. This period leads with actional-physical “group performance” and closes with individual-mental and spiritual “combustion.”

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’ll be updating it through early 2021 soon.

For many weeks, we have been revisiting the energies of the First Grand Irrationality (1993-2017) as both Saturn and Uranus are septile Neptune, and in this chart Saturn has again made a biseptile to Uranus. This makes for three active points in a 7-pointed Star of Destiny. This is yet another time of choice and change, with decisions being made which will affect the near and distant future. These “Grand Irrationality” triggers are why things are so crazy and hard-edged at this time.

Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend

Because Saturn has now re-entered 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. And because Jupiter is in Capricorn, Saturn has also been center stage during the transits of Sagittarius and Pisces. That means Saturn will loom large over personal and global events each Winter for a while!

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 “current of destiny” is in front of us, based in how we have prepared for our “role of destiny” heading at us like an express train! In 2019 we rehearsed and perfected roles and skills we need in 2020 and beyond as part of the Saturn-Uranus “dance of individualization” in our lives. We’ve begun to crystallize present and future rewards, as well as new group work and roles opening new chapters in our “hero’s journey” into a higher quality of Being awakened by Uranus.

I explain how Saturn and Uranus 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; 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.” Couple with Uranus awakening a “new quality of Being rendering the old patterns obsolete,” we are collectively challenged “to break on through to the other side” in expressing our unfolding Higher Consciousness.

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 humanitarian, dignifying, liberating and Soul evaluative Full Moon which will show us how we want to create and play as we look up for inspiration and help others to a higher level of spiritual expression. Demonstrate a sense of play and humor as you continue to say goodbye to your past, since “distant cities beckon the gypsy longing for a larger life.”

While all Eclipses take away things we no longer need in our lives, these losses merely clean out psychic and physical spaces so newer, more appropriate life substance can come to us. We’re still clearing out some old ideas, old truths, old habits, and old perspectives during these weeks, so step back from needless insecurity and see the bigger picture. We’re all surrendering to a deeper, vaster way of regarding our life and the Life which is all around us.

The Sun lights the way into Leo, and Mercury will soon join it around the time of the coming trines to Mars and quincunxes to the Capricorn stellium. The recent Venus in Gemini quincunxes helped us see one leg of the adaptation and sacrifice process; the Leo quincunxes will complete the other leg of the process. The Capricorn stellium still dominates the playing field due to the Great Compressions of January and March. If you want to know more about those early 2020 compressions, there are links at the bottom of this article.

The new roles and responsibilities we’ve taken on or will take on in the next few weeks will lead to new social effectiveness in 2021 and 2022. The compressions in Capricorn are leading us to forms of personal power, and being very long wave cycles, get used to playing this for the long haul. The more skillful we become in dealing with life’s aggravations, annoyances, disruptions, and unexpected diversions, the more we are able to keep our cool in the midst of the generic atmospheric conflict and irrationality. That way we can fulfill our destiny and enjoy the journey!

April, May, and June featured various types of “cosmic visitations” which “galvanized us into action to become free of adverse conditions.” That conditioned all we’ll go through for the rest of the year! In April, the squares from Aries to Capricorn gave us a front end look at the nonstop conflicts in August, September, and October, while the April Mars in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus gave us a front end look at the sources of future conflicts which will boil over next January.

Since the Summer of 2019, we’ve all been “tearing ourselves away from the known and familiar, gambling all on a great dream.” However, the same revolutionary pulse is showing as others reacting in confrontational ways, promising a period of polarization and tension between the old and the new. Just beware of the old masquerading as the new, and beware of people being oppositional-defiant for no good reason.

We all continue to journey into the unknown since the Solar Eclipse is removing all which is contrary to what we care about and are here to nurture in the future, and the last Full Moon Eclipse in Cancer offered “the Light of Sirius,” the Sun of our Sun, illuminating a path to transfiguration through giving us a vaster perspective in time. During this extreme period, we are offered chances to let go of fear, egocentricity, and feelings of fatigue or inadequacy. We are still finding healing through seeing images of our past in a different light as symbols of a new social-emotional expression.

We’ve been offered many higher, more diplomatic and dignified ways of interacting with others these past few months, with this shift opening doors to even more evolved relationships. Even if you don’t understand now, you will by later this year when Mercury goes SRX at 12 Scorpio.

As we approach the Grand Mutation of 2020, the next few weeks move us into a different heart strength and inspiration, a higher vision of universal order, and a pull to focus on ideas of permanent worth. If you can play, then play. If you can create, then create. Just maintain the balance as you transcend barren landscapes, and help others do so as well. Just find the new perspective which this period requires.

We’ve stabilized the Capricorn promise of 2018 and 2019 as changes accelerate the coming conflict which precedes the coming 20 year Aquarian sub-era which will change us and our world for decades to come! Maintain your self-discipline, be patient with the process, let go of nonessentials, and go inward or exercise power, depending on your circumstance.

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 recent 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 WilkinsonRobert 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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