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- What’s Happening in January-February -
This New Moon ushers in 4 weeks that are totally future oriented, and contains clear signs about the major conflict coming in January 2021. This takes the reorganizational focus of last month’s Solar Eclipse in Capricorn and gives us short cuts to “self-transcendence.” There is tremendous power available to those who are willing to do what must be done.
An Overview of the New Moon
Today we’ll do an overview of the Lunation and some of its primary qualities. In part 2 we’ll cover Sabian Symbols, aspects, distributions, and patterns.
This visionary, active, synthesizing, and future oriented New Moon at 5 Aquarius occurs at 1:42 pm PST, 9:42 pm GMT on January 24. This will bring us into the Light of becoming more active in some way directly related to our ability to contribute to a larger effort, and begins the vitalization of all that will come forth in early 2021. We can see how to find a greater security, and tap the “power of precedents” to carry through our function in the bigger picture.
This Lunation continues the occupancy of the inner planets solidly in the outer planet occupied zone between Jupiter in early Capricorn and Uranus in early Taurus. Old Capricorn patters are being shut down by the recent Eclipses, allowing new forms of responsibility and a sense of what’s important to come forth. This anticipates the advent of a “new quality of Being rendering the old patterns obsolete” through the tension created by the Lunation partile square Uranus!
This begins a year of a broader view and tapping into the wisdom of those who have gone before us. Mars continues to activate the many doors of perception which opened in 2019, and in this chart is totally future oriented. If we can see what’s coming and are willing to do what we must to ensure our future supply, we will set the energy for our greater work to come next year.
Because we still have Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto in the last decan of Capricorn, we’re still in process of a great reorganization through the compression of planets now happening. In this chart, because both Capricorn and Aquarius are so strong, Saturn is on the main stage, and it’s on a degree where Jupiter will conjunct Pluto AND Pluto will occupy on Inauguration Day next year. As I said, look to the conflicts happening these next 4 weeks to show you the larger conflict coming 11 months from now!
This New Moon will jumpstart Aquarius energy wherever it falls in our chart, and because it is septile Mars, it shows “future forks in the road of destiny” which will be set into motion in early April. We’re still in a year of “organized expansion,” where even small opportunities can be turned to great advantage over the long run. As I mentioned last month, a lot of what is removed in 2020 will yield excellent results by January 2021!
The Great Compression
As Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are all direct in motion and moving toward their conjunctions, we are in the heart of the next phase of our collective spiritual evolution. And since the Eclipses, the Sun is now within the outer planet span for the next 90 days, soon to be joined by Mars in March. All of the planets have now begun their dance within the Grand Compression in the first 90 days of 2020, setting the stage for the Grand Mutation of late 2020, launching both a new 20 year cycle AND a new 200 year era!
Wherever we have mid-Sagittarius through mid-Aquarius is a very “crowded house,” showing a lot of activity wherever we have that span in our chart. As I mentioned last month, because all the inner planets are in the zone between late Capricorn and early Taurus over the next few months, we will not experience any transit to transit oppositions except those the Moon makes each month. The next transit oppositions will resume next Summer when the inner planets make oppositions to Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn.
That said, keep in mind that anyone with planets in Cancer, Leo, Virgo, and Scorpio will have some VERY long wave oppositions in their charts, with potential for very high awareness and a realization of how to ground a new ideal, a new public function, and a new way of related to their larger spiritual group. The various types of the “Tension of Opposites” involved in those signs will come to the fore as the recent Eclipses take away old Capricorn and Aquarian patterns, allowing newer ones to take shape as Jupiter and Saturn occupy those signs.
To remind you, in recent months we’ve seen the results of our previous visualizations, gone through deep magnetic waters to know more about our “Mystery of Being,” learned that sometimes we have to destroy to rebuild, and come to wisdom as the future revealed in 2019 begins to manifest. We are in process of losing all which would frustrate our ability to assume a new role in relatively comfortable settings.
This New Moon at 5 Aquarius is the seed theme for the coming Full Moon at 20 Aquarius/Leo on February 8-9. This implies the theme of the New Moon involving being guided by our ancestral wisdom will find fulfillment in the Light of a signal from Spirit made manifest as a greater connection with the Light/Life of the Earth. You can bet the coming weeks will give us all clear signs about what’s coming in 2021!
At this point in time, we are at the far end of the long run of the “alternate” Sun/Moon relationships, where the Sun of the New Moon is in the same sign as the Sun of the following Full Moon. Beginning in July 2020, we’ll again enter many months of the New Moon Sun being followed by a Full Moon with the Sun in the next sign. So while this month’s New Moon is at 5 Aquarius and the coming Full Moon Sun will be at 20 Aquarius, in July we’ll have a New Moon at 29 Cancer with the following Full Moon Sun at 12 Leo.
How The Sun/Moon Sequence Shifts
There are two patterns: one with the Sun in the same sign as the Sun in the following Full Moon (New Moon between 1-15 degrees of a sign), and one with the Sun in a different sign than it’s in at the following Full Moon (New Moon between 16-30 degrees of a sign).
Before the April 2019 New Moon, the last Lunation where we had the New Moon Sun in the same sign as the next Full Moon Sun was the July 2017 New Moon at 1 Leo, which was the fifteenth in that sequence. The next Full Moon had the Sun at 16 Leo, and finished the run of Full Moons with the Sun in the same sign as the preceding New Moon Sun.
The next New Moon was the August 2017 Solar Eclipse at 29 Leo, when we shifted to the second (reverse) pattern, since that New Moon Solar Eclipse was followed by a Full Moon with the Sun at 14 Virgo and Moon at 14 Pisces. We were in this “reversed order” between August 2017 and April 2019. Since April we’ve been back in “the natural order.” This will again shift to the reverse pattern in July 2020. I also explain more about this phenomenon and what it means in the Full Moon articles.
The New Moons and Full Moons are “God’s footprints in time.” Each shows the next in the 12 phases of how things come to be each year. The cycle could be described as follows: Life energy is initiated in Aries, substantiated in Taurus, explored in Gemini, grounded in Cancer, renewed and creatively expressed in Leo, refined and ordered in Virgo, balanced and made pleasing in Libra, purified and focused in Scorpio, expanded in Sagittarius, organized in Capricorn, solidified into a vision in Aquarius, and ended/perpetuated in Pisces.
Jupiter and Saturn
This is the twenty-sixth New Moon of the Saturn in Capricorn era! We approach many new Saturn cycles during the current Great Compression happening in January, February, and March. In 2018 Saturn helped us get beyond fear; in 2019 Saturn taught us through some sort of “planned group behavior.” As it’s now moving forward after its rare and very powerful conjunction with Pluto in March, we see it’s solidly in the second half of Capricorn, putting the focus on “Group Performance” on a degree of institutional protection and power.
This is the second New Moon of the Jupiter in Capricorn era! We can now shift the focus, using the humor and sense of adventure we acquired during Jupiter’s stay in Sagittarius and organize that “Distributive Fire” into forms of group power and effectiveness. Jupiter is at full speed, and urges us to see the greater possibilities of experience requiring our “self transcendence.” This is radically expanding the possibilities derived from our “disciplines of Self realization” in late 2018 through 2019, and enjoy the adventure toward greater effectiveness.
We are in an extraordinarily important span in Cosmic Time! In December, Venus conjuncted Jupiter in late Sag in close conjunction with the Galactic Center. That set a new cycle of Jupiter into motion, and was the last inner planet conjunction with Jupiter in Sag for 12 years! Now Mars approaches the GC, where it will trigger long wave effects from Saturn’s conjunction in 2017 and Jupiter’s conjunction in late 2019.
Jupiter in Scorpio (Oct 2017- Nov 2018) was bound, or cocooned in some way. Jupiter in Sagittarius, its natural home of Distributive Fire, opened a sense of life as a grand adventure in consciousness. 2019 was a year of “Jupiter unbound,” where as we cultivated a sense of humor, generosity, and an abundant view we relieved a lot of pressure. As Jupiter seeks truth, we’ve had to be honest with ourselves and others and lighten up. Now Jupiter expands its authority within Saturn’s “Ring Pass Not,” and we’ll all see what we have to do and how to do it.
Since Jupiter rules both our Sag and Pisces sectors, we’ve learned a lot about being compassionate and forgiving side, but also the truth that as greater lives open for us, we have to let go of lesser things. As we have blessed and forgiven, we have seen grace made manifest in our lives in distinctively Sagittarius ways. Understanding how Grace and blessings have manifested in Sag areas of our life will naturally yield an understanding of how it will manifest in the Capricorn areas of our lives in the coming years.
So What Rules the Lunation?
This New Moon in Aquarius has Saturn as its worldly ruler, and Uranus in Taurus as its spiritual ruler. As Saturn is in its home sign of Capricorn, it is the worldly dispositor of the Lunation, as well as Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto! This month we’re back to having two planets in their home signs. Saturn and Neptune are in the signs they rule, making things very clear and natural in all matters ruled by those planets.
This returns us to an huge imbalance in which planetary rulers dominate the stage. As every planet except Neptune is ruled by Saturn, it makes Saturn the overwhelming influence behind all planetary affairs. As usual, Neptune continues as a longwave “standalone” dispositor of itself, ruling the fogs and mists of the current collective consciousness.
So Saturn and Neptune rule all the other planets except for when the Moon is in Cancer. You can find out more about dispositors in general, chains of dispositors, and mutual reception by going to dispositors and Mutual Reception at the link.
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
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.
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 our 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.
The Grand Irrationality
This extraordinary evolutionary configuration has been a major factor in our lives since the mid-90s, and was set into long term play by the 2011 Solar Eclipse, as well as subsequent Solar Eclipses whose influence continues. These effects are triggered each time any transiting planet occupies any of the 7 zones of the Grand Irrationality. Since then it’s been reinforced and triggered by various Lunations, planetary stations, and transits.
It’s been active in past Solar Eclipses in Pisces (2017) and Leo (2018), with subsequent effects still in play now and for a while to come. It’s why we are in a period of dynamic unstable energies which at times make no sense. This configuration was set into motion by any conjunction with or septile-series aspect to Neptune or Pluto, and is currently activated by any 7th harmonic aspect to Uranus or Pluto.
In this chart the Grand Irrationality is triggered by Venus septile Pluto and Uranus, even though Uranus won’t be in orb of a biseptile with Pluto for a little while. That indicates the need for protection as we see some things end, or understand someone’s motive which requires we find a “camouflage.” If you’re wondering why some people are being irrational in their responses at this time in their life, it’s likely because they have a planet in one of the 7 zones affected by the configuration. The 2019 Uranus biseptiles to Pluto have forms “revolutionary seeds” which are being released during the time the planets transit Capricorn between late November 2019 and March 2020, with Jupiter keeping the tension through November 2020 en route to the Grand Mutation.
The First Grand Irrationality Has Given Way to the Second Grand Irrationality
While the Grand Irrationality involving Neptune and Pluto was active between the mid-90s and 2017, in 2018 it mutated into what I’ve termed “The Grand Irrationality V.2.” Uranus made its first biseptile to Pluto in 2018, and as it moved further into Taurus, it again biseptiled Pluto for the second time at the end of May and beginning of June. Even during the past few months when Uranus was not biseptile Pluto, the nonrationality was still triggered any time a planet makes a 7th harmonic aspect to either Uranus or Pluto, so it’s still in regular play if only in an “offset” way.
This means we can’t relax too much while moving through the “forks in the road of destiny” at this time in history. Both the Grand Irrationality AND the off-set 7th harmonic pulses made as planets aspect Uranus and Pluto get triggered every few weeks by transits, and of course the Moon triggers both of these 7 times each month. Each time there’s a transit to any of the 7 zones made by Uranus, Neptune or Pluto septile series aspects, it profoundly affects those with a planet or angle in any of the 7 “hot zones” defining the phenomenon.
For those who are new to the site, here’s a bit of explanation about this thing called “the Grand Irrationality” associated with why everything continues to be so weird. The Grand Irrationality is a long wave non-rational influence that has put everyone on Earth on the unceasing edge of major choice and change.
Everyone has been confronting inner compulsions, continual choices that seem to have a major impact on our destiny, and occasionally irrational behaviors in others or external conditions. It is why things seem to have an unending hard edge, why so many choices are continually thrown in our faces that require immediate attention, and why reason seems to fail at critical moments of decision.
When the Grand Irrationality is in play, it’s a time when things don’t have to make sense. We’ve been living with it for about 25 years, and it will be active for a couple more years to come, even though we’ve begun to be on the far side of the original Neptune/Pluto relationship that created it. However, effects continue to be felt due to past Solar Eclipses which triggered the configuration.
We are now past the era of Neptune septile Pluto. Because of their orbits, late Autumn through mid-Spring narrows the distance between these two planets, but as we get into late Spring through mid-Autumn, they are closer to a sextile than the previous septile. That means we’ve moving into an era we last experienced between 1942-1995.
The Grand Irrationality V.2.
This phase began in June 2018 when Uranus first biseptiled Pluto. By November it was out of orb, but with Saturn’s transit of mid-Capricorn, the biseptile between that sign and Uranus was activated from January through July 2019. At this time Saturn is not biseptile Uranus, but Uranus is definitely returning to the biseptile with Pluto in February and March!
Uranus biseptile Pluto symbolizes the irrational revolutionary conditions and upheaval of our times. Uranus is pulled into the configuration as it gets further into Taurus, which will re-activate next Spring and then again in Autumn, so even when Neptune makes a constant sextile to Pluto by next Summer, we’ll still be in the thick of a time of some very wild rides!
The current degree spans that trigger this transformative mass configuration are around 2-6 Taurus, 25-29 Gemini, 16-20 Leo, 7-11 Libra, 28 Scorpio-2 Sag, 20-24 Capricorn, and 11-15 Pisces. If you have a planet or angle in any of these zones, you are making critical choices and decisions that will alter your future in important ways. This event requires that we allow what’s been stuffed down to come up to the surface of our lives, and see how we can allow use the available power wisely.
So we’re in a longer phase of the larger Pluto-driven part of the GI V.2 which is activated by anything near Pluto in biseptile with Uranus. This biseptile has been and will be associated with “extraordinary irrationality” every time it’s triggered. Things may not make sense, but they don’t have to. We just have to learn to navigate with a steady hand and an eye for abrupt changes.
Speaking of Uranus…
Remember that in 2017, 2018, and 2019 Uranus has taught us to listen to our inner voice to find our place in the Cosmic Choir. This awakened in July 2017, and was part of the spiritual training the Grand Fires Trines of that year stimulated in our charts. Awakening to our unique “song to sing” within a greater harmony has resulted in life changes in who we sing with and what songs we sing. We have been learning that in any choir, there are times to sing unisons, times to sing harmonies, times to sing solo, and times not to sing at all. Even when we’re not singing, we’re still part of the choir. What is your part to sing? Be as clear as you can about what you can offer to the harmony of the whole, and keep training to bring it forth!
Besides being a part of the Grand Irrationality V.2, (also known as “the Grand Irrationality on steroids,”) Uranus also brings a harder edge than Neptune septile Pluto since it is also off-and-on semisquare Neptune, adding a very frictional "cutting and grinding" quality to the collective field. Add Saturn to the mix and there are some serious lessons in the air for all of humanity!
So TGI V.2 began from May through November 2018, and except for a few weeks in August-September 2019, the Uranus biseptile Pluto has been in full swing between May 2019 and December 2019 and will be again March through June 2020 and Nov 2020 through April 2021. This chapter of global craziness won't be going away anytime soon, so get your navigational skills in shape to ride this storm out!
Neptune and Chiron in Pisces and Aries
I have offered this segment each month for years to give you a broader perspective on the collective atmosphere, and the long wave changes humanity is going through. Because this section has gotten so large over the years, I’ve decided it deserves its own article, which I’ll link to in coming months and update as needed.
If you’re wondering about why we’re all navigating the fogs and confusions in the collective atmosphere, or why we’re healing into our Higher Self in a different way that we used to, when you’re done here please check out Neptune and Chiron in Early 2020 – Long Wave Collective Healing and Mentoring.
In that article I go into detail about the Chiron-Neptune conjunction in late Aquarius, and how each of those planets have been manifesting in Pisces. Now that Chiron is in Aries, we truly are mentoring and being mentored in a much different way than we were when Chiron was in Pisces! Please check out the article to know more.
The North Node
The coming 4 weeks continues to show us the value of seeking “elementary understanding” of life through experience basic realities. For the next month we will grow through contacting our primal innocence and being eager for greater knowledge of life itself.
In November 2018 we left the North Node in Leo and South Node in Aquarius era which began in May 2017, and entered the NN in Cancer and SN in Capricorn era. When the NN is in Cancer, our greatest development is through our ability to be tender, caring, and nurturing of all that we feel close to. This is where we learn through the “Mother principle,” and use “enlightened self-interest” to gather what we need to make our lives more secure. Because the SN is in Capricorn, we will demonstrate these qualities through being mature and responsible, organized and willing to work to demonstrate our personal skills in forms of social power.
The North Node in the first decan of Cancer brings a specific focus to the Cancer qualities of the sign of Cancer. This will bring forth a greater personal interest in things, learning techniques of exploring the emotional and social realms to satisfy our curiosity. This should help us find the basic understanding we need.
These will express through the South Node in the Capricorn decan of Capricorn. This should help us express our emotional growth through demonstrating our “harmony of fulfilled selfhood” through types of “detached and lofty understanding,” enjoying our new found emotional understanding associated with personal power in a social setup.
Summing Up - The Big Picture
We are now in the middle of the beginning of major new cycles in our lives! We have opened to greater freedom based in newer and broader truths and a sense of needing to fulfill new duties and responsibilities. We have been training to use power in a more practical way to fulfill our place in whatever group work we are to do, and now are called to mobilize!
Since last April we’ve been practicing skills related to new forms of social and group activity and “doing our Dharma” in the world. Given Pluto’s influence the past year, the Law of Economy of Energy was a crucial factor in surrendering to achieve spiritual victory, and as we tend the seeds of moving toward “transcendent security,” we will find Dharma rolls to play throughout this year and 2020.
2017’s Solar Eclipses in Pisces and Leo, and 2018’s Eclipses in Aquarius, Cancer and Leo have quickened us, and we’ve been eliminating a lot of expectancies, considerations, and excess baggage. We continue to dump all kinds of old ghosts and elements of pride that would hinder our hearts from its authentic self-expression, and are getting clear about our priorities and what we should and should not expect of ourselves and others.
As a result of the 2018 Eclipses, we’ve hit the end of an old quest, attained some ambition, and now are learning a new freedom and togetherness. The 2019 Eclipses in Capricorn and Cancer have continued to remove old patterns from those sectors of our charts, with this “Cosmic Recycling” energy again set into play by the recent late December and mid-January Eclipses.
Summing Up – The Immediate Picture
We are now in a long period of intense mobilization in the part of our lives where we have Capricorn and Aquarius. We’ve been immersed in Capricorn energies so far; we now begin our immersion in Aquarius energies for a few weeks, setting pulses into motion which will spring to life in April and dominate our stage and the world stage by this time next year!
This period helps us see a bigger picture, and past antecedents which can help us quicken our sprint down the current path in the midst of the Great Compression. We know what’s permanent, we know we have to let go of all which prevents our mobilization toward our goal or role to play, we have cultivated a detached wisdom, and are now hurtling at warp speed toward our future!
Saturn’s patient, gentle, and wise understanding has prepared us for the group work already on the horizon, and Jupiter has taught us how to laugh, love, and dance with life in 2019, seeing things from a higher, broader, and more abundant spiritual angle. The coming period may be dominated by “serious people saying serious things,” so remember to take some of it with the proverbial “grain of salt,” not giving the illusion more power than it deserves, which is none.
We now have trained to use power efficiently as we shift our allegiances and dedication. All of this serves the “new quality of being rendering the old patterns obsolete” we’ve awakened to since last Summer. Keep allowing the natural growth to occur as you continue to gather allies to do good “bridge building” work. We’ve buried the past, opened to renewal, found signs and signals of our “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,” and now see the patterns of the future revealed!
See you soon with part 2, which will cover Sabian Symbols, Jones patterns, element distribution, and a whole lot more!
© Copyright 2019 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
© Copyright 2019 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
About the author:
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.
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca. with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
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