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Signs, Sabian Symbols, and What It All Means.
This article covers significant aspects, degree symbols, and other important factors in this New Moon chart. Time to take a new look at how we communicate, what we communicate, and why we communicate it the way we do. Time for a new connection with life!
The second decan of Leo is where we take our heart fire and creative impulses into the world, seeing the potential in different types of expression. This is the next step in the new Aquarian process which is unfolding. What began in that sign led us to letting go of the old with as much compassion as we could generate (Pisces), then leaping into “the future in the making” (Aries). We grounded it and “made it real” (Taurus) which led to the ten thousand possible ways it applies and does not apply (Gemini). We then made personal adjustments in our response to that Aquarian ideal in Cancer, and now are ready to externalize the Aquarian energy in Leo.
As we discussed in part 1, the 2020 December Solstice accompanied the Grand Mutation at 1 Aquarius, setting a new 20 year Aquarian theme into motion for the entire world. Many old structures and assumptions will be set aside in coming years, and a broader vision, a broader understanding, and a broader “atmosphere of synthesis” will help us all see the interrelationships to things. We’ve now begun many decades of ending the extreme sense of separateness bred by the Earth materialism of the past 200 years.
Long Term Effects of the Capricorn and Aquarius Compressions
We began multiple long wave Capricorn cycles in early 2020, and created more long wave Aquarian cycles between March and December 2020. If you want to know more about the four year sequence of The Great Compressions of Early 2020, 2021, and 2022, that article explains that in January through March 2020 we experienced the second of four consecutive compressions of planets. The first was in early 2019 when all the planets were bundled in about one third of the sky, called a Bundle pattern, which is the rarest of all. While this expanded after that, we again hit maximum compression again in March 2020, and then expanded through the rest of the year.
This clustering happened again this year in the last half of January into early February, with maximum compression was around January 19-21 when all of the planets were within a 101 degree span, creating a very intense zone of activity wherever we have late Capricorn through early Taurus. Four planets in Aquarius and two in Taurus made for a very crowded house, with 10 distinct energies occupying less than 1/3 of the total space.
Depending on the position of the Moon and the inner planets relative to the outer planets, different months bring us different Jones Patterns. These patterns operate their own independent influence, regardless of which planet is in which sign.
Currently, the outer planet occupied span begins with Pluto in late Capricorn, and proceeds through Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius, Neptune in Pisces, and ends with Uranus in Taurus. (We don’t include TransPluto, since Jones didn’t use it in defining his patterns). Now that the inner planets are in Leo and Virgo, they are at “the far side” of the outer planet span opposing Saturn, Jupiter, and Neptune.
In this chart, we have a distinct cluster of the inner planets between mid-Leo and late Virgo, with huge gaps between the inner planet cluster and the outer planet span, creating a classic “See Saw” Jones pattern. Due to transits, the patterns change frequently at this time. While there are elements of a “Locomotive” pattern in play, the open spans are very wide (91+ degrees on one side and 124+ on the other), with two distinct axes of oppositions involving Leo/Aquarius and Virgo/Pisces.
So What is a “Seesaw Pattern” and how does it work?
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 one or more oppositions defining the axis of awareness, creates a “Seesaw” Jones Pattern. Where a Seesaw 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.
This pattern shows a need to be able to see both sides of any given thing, especially where there are opposing trends or views. The strength is in an ability to triangulate to angles of approach beyond the polarity that allows for progress and understanding.
As Marc Jones put it, “it reveals a less-sharpened but much more definite balancing of life emphases at opposing or contrasting points in experience. It is a persistent move to a balance which is apt to give a characteristic rhythm… The indication is not so much an uncertainly of action, or reaction, as a tendency to act at all times under a consideration of opposing views or through a sensitiveness to contrasting and antagonistic possibilities.”
He continues “the Seesaw temperament has its existence in a world of conflicts, of definite polarities. It is capable of unique achievement, through a development of unsuspected relations in life, but it is also apt to waste its energies through its improper alignment with various situations.”
He states that the ideal will show oppositions around the middle of the opposing “planetary aggregates” (clusters) and that axis will be the “focal determinator.” But, “if no such emphasis is present, the life tends to be significant at the side of the greater number of planets, or sometimes where they are concentrated most closely.”
As we have two separate distinct axes of oppositions in Leo/Aquarius and Virgo/Pisces, these two “tensions of opposites” will be the focus of the Seesaw tendencies. Wherever we have these two axes will be the source of tension and greater awareness.
The Outer Planets Anchor the Pattern of A Third of the Sky
During 2018, 2019, and 2020, Jupiter played a major part in entering life experience because it was the planet leading the span. It’s why those years seemed like a wild ride, an adventure, a quest, and more! These years prepared us for the forceful awakening happening now during this time of great mobilization.
In 2020 Jupiter entered the outer planet occupied span, and will be there for several years. Last year it made multiple conjunctions with Pluto, expanding and purifying that powerful energy wherever we have late Capricorn in our charts. After Jupiter’s third and final conjunction with Pluto in November, Pluto again leads the outer planet occupied span for years to come as that occupied span opens up after Jupiter conjuncts Uranus and moves into Gemini in 2024.
That means we’ll have “competing conjunctions” in the larger global tides, since those Capricorn conjunctions will be in play for quite a while, along with the 2020 Mars conjunct Saturn coupled with the Grand Mutation Jupiter conjunct with Saturn, both at 1 Aquarius. As you know, the Aquarian conjunctions launched a new 20 year and 200 year era, so take a look at how you organized, reorganized, or restructured your life in 2020 and see how you prepared to find power flowing to you and from you as we all move into a vaster tide of evolution related to long term Aquarian wave forms.
In this New Moon, we have one extraordinarily intense occupied span involving Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars all within a 34+ degree span! As there are no other conjunctions anywhere, the span between mid-Leo and late Virgo will be very highly active these next 4 weeks.
The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon
A New Moon sets the seed forms for what the following month will demonstrate. This Lunation falls at 17 Leo, and it is said that the second third (decan) of any sign deals with the social, emotional, and cultural levels of life, and being the second decan of Leo it has a sub-influence of Sagittarius with an added dose of Jupiter. While I've given you a sense of this degree up to now, this is where we go into depth.
The Sabian Symbol we’ve been given for the 17th degree of Leo is “A nonvested church choir.” In the original notes from the Marc Jones class on the symbols published in The Astrology of Personality, Rudhyar says this is a degree of “utilization of normal human instincts as a foundation to high endeavor,” “Lay participation in Mysteries,” and “Joy in faith.”
In The Astrological Mandala, he says this degree involves “the feeling of togetherness which unites men and women in their dedication to a collective ideal.” He offers this symbol is about “the fellowship of common work needed for substance and security… is exalted in periodic rituals in which the co-workers participate” where their “consciousness and feelings… flow into a common mold in which they become refreshed by the experience of shared values and beliefs.”
He continues that this is a collective human experience, and that “the existence of a volunteer church choir implies a rather steady phase of culture and society.” He states “What is sung reflects the special way in which a particular community…. Interprets the deepest realities of human existence” and our collective “longing for an ideal.” He says “the symbol expresses the idealized aspect of togetherness,” and is the counterpoint degree in the Span of Interpretation in the actional level of the Scene of Release in the Act of Stabilization.
According to Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, the degree is one of experience as we participate in “the broader or community functions of life.” He offers “the common activity of group effort apart from any or all social or spiritual regimentation is a necessary exercise in respect for others, and an encouragement to an ordered self-expression.
He states “here is high appreciation of reality through an enhanced and normal enjoyment of everyday living,” and offers us the keyword COMMUNION. He says when operating in a positive way, this degree is “the effective quickening of (our) heart through interests which have been expanded to a point of real concern” for others.
So the specific theme of the next month involves some sort of “communion” with others in an aspect of “community life,” where we can communicate with others in an organic, trained way. This is the light of “togetherness” expressed in a common shared experience which uplifts, unifies, and gives each a chance “to sing their song” with others who also are “singing the song” they share with others. As “communion” and “communication” both share the same root, reach out to others, and respond to their outreach, since Spiritual Sisters and Brothers are now finding each other globally.
Remember that in reading a Lunation chart (as well as a horary, inceptional, electional, or any event chart) the forming aspects show things to come, while separating aspects show things already past. Partile separating aspects show what’s been going on in the Now. This section covers only forming and partile separating aspects.
As mentioned, we are now in the middle of a season of the inner planets opposing the outer planets. We’re done with the oppositions to Pluto and Saturn, with oppositions to Jupiter and Neptune coming soon. Coming weeks will continue the oppositions to natal planets we may have in late Cancer, Leo, late Virgo, mid-Scorpio, late Aquarius, Pisces, and early Aries.
We’re still in a time of relatively few, but very significant aspects between the planets! While the Saturn square Uranus friction will pervade the atmosphere all year and beyond, right now it’s waning until the coming squares to Saturn and oppositions to Uranus during the transits in Scorpio. The big news in this Lunation is Mercury forming a Yod, or “Finger of God,” with Neptune and Pluto.
The Lunation is conjunct Mercury, vigintile Mars, widely opposed Jupiter, separating square Uranus, biquintile Neptune, and quadranovile Pluto. Other aspects include Mercury opposed Jupiter, trielftile Uranus quincunx Neptune, and quincunx Pluto; Venus is decile the Sun, sesquisquare Saturn, opposed Neptune, and trine Pluto; and Mars is triseptile Saturn, trine Uranus and pentelftile Neptune.
Outer planet aspects are equally few and powerful. We see Jupiter vigintile Saturn, quindecile Neptune and elftile Pluto; Saturn is semisquare Neptune, and Uranus is septile Neptune and tredecile Pluto.
Special Configurations in Evolutionary Astrology
This month there are four evolutionary configurations directly in play. The first involves Venus making an opposition to Neptune and a trine to Pluto, generating a very favorable and productive void in the third decan of Cancer. This is very favorable for any planets we may have between 20-27 Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces.
The second configuration also involves Venus opposed Neptune, with Saturn cutting it into a semisquare and sesquisquare. This will create awareness through friction, generating a void around 6-11 Leo. So the Venus opposition is good for planets in the late degrees of Earth and Water signs, but frictional for planets in the early degrees of the Fixed signs.
The third configuration, as noted before, involves Mercury as the nozzle for the Yod created by its double quincunx to Neptune and Pluto which are in sextile. This creates a multiple “expansion through sacrifice” wherever we have late Leo, so go inward, take note of what your deepest and highest Self is communicating to you, and release whatever you need to get to the core of your authentic social or emotional expression.
The fourth configuration is of course the Grand Irrationality with Uranus septile Neptune. These two continue to anchor a seven pointed Star of Destiny whenever they’re in orb, indicating major choices and changes to any planets or points we may have near any of the 7 affected “hot zones” around 30 Capricorn-4 Aquarius, 21-25 Pisces, 13-17 Taurus, 4-8 Cancer, 25-29 Leo, 16-20 Libra, and 8-12 Sagittarius.
Because there are relatively few aspects this month, we have a strange collection of aspects, most of which are specializing to some degree. In the specialization harmonic series, we have 3 vigintiles, 1 quindecile, 1 decile, 1 tredecile, and 2 biquintiles! Other aspect series are not so plentiful this month, with the 9th harmonic giving us 2 quadranoviles, showing we’ll have to accept or reject certain things based in what’s revealing itself in our spiritual life. Basically, the 9th harmonic indicates things which need to be put on the shelf for a while, or that which has been gestating can now move forward. If you want to know more about this important “spiritual gestation” series which mark points of potential spiritual realization and integration, there are several articles in the archives.
This month we have several aspects in the 11th harmonic elftile series, including 1 elftile, 1 trielftile, and 1 pentelftile. In the nonrational septile series, we have 1 septile and 1 triseptile. The 11th harmonic series indicate that faith is required to deal with transcending some dualities, and 7th harmonic aspects indicate forks in the road of destiny.
Mars triseptile Saturn shows the need for cooperative activity as we adjust our methods to achieve what we need to. This is a point of choice and change involving the need to release our projections, as well as the projections we accepted from other in the past. It’s okay to plan anew if you’ve hit a pause in the overall action beats of your life. This will most impact people with planets or points near 8-12 Aquarius, 29 Pisces-3 Aries, 21-25 Taurus, 13-17 Cancer, 5-9 Virgo, 26-30 Libra and 17-21 Sagittarius.
We have relatively few frictional aspects other than the Lunation square Uranus, the Mercury quincunxes, and Venus sesquisquare Saturn with Saturn semisquare Neptune. Other than these, there aren’t any frictional aspects.
The novile (9th harmonic), septile (7th harmonic) and elftile (11th harmonic) series all feature spiritual aspects. All novile series aspects represent gestative energies that can lead to great spiritual realizations. Septile series aspects represent forks in the road of destiny, while the elftile series aspects represent issues and points of evolution where we confront the need to resolve some sort of duality by making a leap of faith to attain a form of mastery over that type of duality. This series tests our faith.
The quintile and biquintile (5th harmonic) and related 10th (decile and tredecile), 15th (quindecile), and 20th harmonic (vigintile) aspects are all specialization aspects. You can find more by going to Astrology Class on the Specializing Aspects Pt. 1 – The Quintile and Biquintile, and Astrology Class on the Specializing Aspects Part 2 – The Decile, Tredecile, Quindecile and the Vigintile.
You can find out more about the spiritual aspects (septile, novile, and elftile series) by referencing this brief overview of the Spiritual aspects, complete with glyphs for all of them.
Element Balance and Who’s Leading the Sun
This month shows a wide imbalance in the elements, with Earth in excess. We have the 10 traditional planets occupying 6 signs in a skewed element distribution. We have 3 planets in Fire (inspiration and warmth), 4 planets in Earth (practical grounding, 1 in Water (feelings and experiencing), and 2 in Air (relatedness and communicating). This month we have Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Taurus, Leo and Virgo represented, with no planet in the other signs.
Air and Earth are “cool” elements, while Fire and Water are “hot” elements. With this distribution, we are slightly cold due to a lot of Earth and Air, with a good amount of Fire to heat things up! This brings a lot of inspired practicality and practical inspiration with some “lightness and brightness” provided by Jupiter and Saturn in Air.
Because the New Moon falls in late Leo with no planet in Gemini or Cancer, we again find Uranus is “the Gateway to the Light,” and will be until the Moon is again between late Taurus and early Virgo. All the ongoing “gentle revolution” to lead you into “character building experiences,” and show courage as you get out beyond the known and familiar.
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 Lunation begins a new one. As a process of moving through events, over the next 4 weeks the most effective “firing sequence” for approaching life and experience involves leading with our our decisions and actions, followed by thinking, communicating, envisioning and finding a new view of things, and then feeling what we’ve done and seen.
This pattern leads with their decisions. They assess what needs to be done and then do it. Efficient, practical decisions and actions lead the way, followed by new information, new understanding, new vision, new communications, and new ways of interacting that helps us get clear about something.
Following this thinking function, we will need to reference our feelings and what we’re experiencing as a result of those insights, memories, understanding, or vision. After we decide or act and then think, we then need to go deep within to feel the implications of those ideas and visions. This is a highly effective pattern but tends to blow through experience without taking time to feel it.
So get it in gear, act on the facts at hand, and then go get new information or new ways of seeing things. After that, feel your feelings and check in about how you’re experiencing those thoughts, or that information or vision. Make a decision, get the view you need, and then name how and what you’re feeling. If you’re in doubt as to what to do, reference your feelings and not your ideas.
This New Moon in Leo will help our communications and give us a sense of togetherness in some collective way. Go inward and concentrate as you do whatever training is leading you to a greater awareness. This is a time of learning to focus as we “let our arrows fly” toward our aim of a more genuine and/or creative self-expression.
This period continues our journey to our Spiritual Mountaintop with others also on a quest, with new vistas of development coming forth at the end of each lesser quest beckoning us to a greater quest. This month we continue to be invited to a deeper connection with the World Soul and can see a vaster sweep of the evolutionary process we are a part of.
Those who can understand the bigger trends are being lifted up as if on wings. This continues to power up the “graduation into a new realm of Being” we began this time last year, and with Leo and Virgo so strong, we now get to release and demonstrate many things with the greater collective consciousness, knowing who our Spiritual Brothers and Sisters are.
With Jupiter having activated the Transfiguration Zone for the first time since early 2010, we have begun to open to greater possibilities of transformation within our light field. This renews our transformation by our ability to break free of our “cocoon” as we pull back from some things and plan anew.
Saturn continues to quicken our evolution through reminding us of past wisdom we can apply in new ways. There are great revelations to be found in the next four weeks, showing our heart, our love, and our willingness to serve, even if it means making crucial decisions to redirect our energies to a new view of things.
Because the December Sagittarius Solar Eclipse will be powerful for a long time to come, taking some things away, remember we’re being led through loss to a balanced way of being happy. Open to any and all new ideas you can follow while letting go of burdensome ways of thinking.
We are now in a period of living our highest inspired teachings, and no longer bound to old Earth interpretations and explanations. While we still have to function within the Capricorn cycles we began in 2020, we also have crossed the threshold of an era unknown to humanity since the 13th and 14th centuries. Even then, we were still in the depth of the Age of Pisces, so the awakening of new ideas then were relative to the old era, whereas what’s coming involves wave after wave of Aquarian energies, pushing us to the coming Great Age emerging in the second half of this century.
As noted earlier, these long wave Aquarian pulses were initially set into motion by the Mars conjunct Saturn at 1 Aquarius on March 31, 2020, marking the initiation of archetypal Aquarian preliminary structures offered by Saturn. The promise and potential of the new Aquarian pulse then began to expand into a greater social and cultural vision beginning at the Jupiter conjunction with Saturn, the Grand Mutation of the Solstice also at 1 Aquarius. So we have 20 years of Aquarian energies set into motion by that conjunction!
Of note is that Mars will transit Aquarius in March and April 2022, giving a new impetus to the Aquarian structures which grow and take shape in 2021. After that, the next time Mars transits Aquarius will be in February and March 2024, when it conjuncts Pluto at 1 Aquarius in February about 3 weeks after Pluto’s first ingress into Aquarius. That begins the Pluto in Aquarius “generation” of the 21st century which lasts until 2043. As there will be a Jupiter conjunction with Pluto at 15 Aquarius in 2033, we’ll see the “expansion of the Angels of the Age of Aquarius” at that time.
We are all actively in a long term “metamorphosis” which is already opening a new adventure for all of us, with phase two happening this month! Because the last two degrees of Aquarius show us what the beginning of the coming Age of Aquarius is about, last year helped us remember we are Beings of Light, a Superstar shining the Light of our Eternal Love into our world. This year expands that promise.
Last year’s Solar Eclipses have helped us all turn a Cosmic Corner and move in a new direction. We’ve “lowered one flag and raised a new one” and will continue to do so for many months and years. The “Cosmic Recycler” quality of the 2019 and 2020 Cancer eclipses are helping remove old habits and sentimentalities, and many things which used to be familiar patterns in our lives have ended, are ending, or will end.
Both the Cancer and Sagittarius eclipses of 2020 are removing all we do not need in our Cancer and Sagittarius response in the houses they fell in. The Sag Eclipse is removing all which blocks our happiness, and I’m certainly looking forward to the restoration of more humor, more freedom, more largeness of vision, and greater truths and futures promised as old obsolete Sag forms are taken away. June’s eclipse is removing old Gemini responses, and will purify our life and mind while repressed material comes up and claims its due.
Keep the lines of communication open between you and others in your spiritual community. We have entered a long term period of focusing on the fellowship between people, ridding ourselves of preconceptions and opening to a greater sense of grounded connection with our Spiritual Brothers and Sisters. This month we have hidden powers available to us, as well as “divine help when human efforts seem to fail.”
We’ve awakened to and been practicing some “special quality” in our personality to find new ways of expressing our Higher Self. We have been in training for long term group work, where we can find nourishment among those with whom we are linked on a Soul level. New groups of Spiritual communities formed last year and will continue to form this year, and those which are Aquarian in nature are being “lifted on the wings of angels” in 2021. Trust the process. We are learning not to play to the generic confusion, irrationality, and misleading notions. Revolution is in the air! And when you find things and people of eternal worth, value them with all your heart.
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Saturn continues its long term occupancy in its home sign of Aquarius. While we’ll still be dealing with the individual, mental, and spiritual levels of the group work set into motion last year, we have now entered a new quality of Saturn’s nature. In Aquarius, Saturn continues to be the final dispositor of all planets transiting Capricorn and Aquarius from now through 2023. It was a major influence in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Eclipses, continuing its years-long power behind events.
Because Saturn plays such a large part in ruling the stage of Life for many months and even years to come, if you haven’t gotten your copy already, please give yourself the timeless gift of my book, Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. We all need to make friends with our inner Saturn if we would claim our power to fulfill our higher purpose for being alive as Spirits in the material world.
Saturn helps us give form and structure to our quest for Self-realization. We are learning to use the “organized personal structure” built in Capricorn last year as we move into our greater Aquarian group work to concretize a spiritual ideal for the future, with an eye to the greatest good for the greatest number. We now approach how to structure our individual Soul energy to make our spiritual life come alive.
This book shows you the way to take command of your power to steer your life in a conscious way, using Saturn’s strengths and skills to be led to mastering life on your own terms. As Saturn is such a dominant energy at this time, by owning our ability to manifest the best of Saturn's virtues in our world, we take command of our destiny and become the living purpose we were born to make manifest!
It was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers, and will assist your understanding of how your life experiences assisted your Soul growth and power to turn away from unhelpful karmic cause and effect patterns. Each time you re-read any part of it you’re sure to find undiscovered gems of insight helping you throw off attitudes which frustrate your ability to live your higher Purpose on your own terms.
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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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