Category: Moon Cycles Written by Robert Wilkinson
- A Fulfillment of Old Forms Leading to Transfiguration -
This Full Moon of Sun in Aquarius and Moon in Leo will bring memories and illumination about the changes we went through in 2018-2019 as we withdrew from some projections, and planned anew after realizing there was a gap between the ideal and the reality in some life area related to 10 Aquarius in our charts. This one helps us know we’ve made it through the night.
So what can we expect from the Lunation? This stabilizing, expansive communicative first Full Moon of the year falls at 11:16 am PST, 7:16 pm GMT on January 28 on the 10th degree of Aquarius and Leo. We’re still experiencing tremendous losses in the Gemini and Sagittarius areas of our charts, mostly associated with removing blocks to our happiness, and this Full Moon brings back the energies of 10 Aquarius, Mars’ SRX degree from June 2018.
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. The New Moon’s theme was related to finding “transcendent security” in relatively comfortable settings, and coming to a deeper understanding in the midst of great intensity and purifying energies due to the Lunation conjunct Pluto. This continues the healing, the expansion, and the heralding of the future-oriented Aquarian pulse which began then.
Continuing the theme that proceeds at each Full Moon as they move through each polarity, this one is the seventh of a series where the previous New Moon Sun is in a different sign than this Full Moon Sun. We can now take the “light of a new technique of social and/or emotional group performance” since the New Moon, and still being in a time of “saying goodbye quickly,” can expand into new social forms and ideals which are unattached from the past.
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.
We’re now officially launched into a new 20 year and 200 year era! We “graduated into a new realm of being” last May, navigated the nonstop storms of July through October, and now have preserved what we need to move forward. In 2019 and 2020 we built the structures which we’ll use in 2021 and 2022 to grow into a greater contribution to our world and lives.
Last year’s Eclipses moved us all in new directions. We have reoriented wherever we have 1 Cancer, and as noted the Sagittarius Solar Eclipse has helped us remove blocks to our happiness, showing us the power we have to steer our “ship of personality” to the safe harbor of our higher destiny. Remember that all Eclipses are “Cosmic recyclers,” taking away what is obsolete or de-magnetized in our lives. These losses clean out psychic and physical spaces so newer, more appropriate life substance can come to us. We’ve cleared out many old ideas, truths, habits, and perspectives since Summer, and surrendering to a wider view and deeper, vaster ways of regarding our life and the Life around us at the beginning of a new Aquarian era for humanity.
This is the second Full Moon with Jupiter in Aquarius! Having completed its year in Capricorn, Jupiter is now racing forward, expanding the Aquarian energies which are being structured by Saturn over the next two years. This Full Moon brings echoes of Plutonic contact with the world Soul from last year, and helps us say goodbye as we move from past to future!
As you know from other articles, 2020 was the last year of a 200 year Earth era, with Air power building throughout the year which primed the pump for the 200 year Air era which began on the Solstice with Jupiter conjuncting Saturn at 1 Aquarius. However, we will still be “under the beams” of last year’s powerful conjunctions in Capricorn, since between January and March 2020 we began new Saturn/Pluto, Jupiter/Pluto, Mars/Jupiter, Mars/Pluto, and Mars/Saturn cycles. The first of these launched a new 33 year era into motion.
Due to these conjunctions in late Capricorn and both Mars/Saturn and Jupiter/Saturn in Aquarius, we are in a long term period of finding wisdom by understanding transfiguration and enlightenment as verbs rather than nouns. We’ve now officially taken the first step into the coming Aquarian era. While this is not yet “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. Since August we’ve been in the latter phase.
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 August 2020. At August’s Full Moon we entered 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 that Full Moon Sun was at 12 Leo. The New Moon Sun two weeks ago was at 24 Capricorn and this Full Moon Sun is at 10 Aquarius.
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. The reversed pattern we just entered will last until August 2021, when we return to the natural order with the New Moon Sun at 17 Leo and the Full Moon Sun at 30 Leo/Aquarius.
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 Capricorn to a Full Moon illumination through the current Sun in Aquarius and Moon in Leo. You can learn more about the recent New Moon at 24 Capricorn by checking out those two articles posted 2 weeks ago.
In this Full Moon, the span occupied by the inner planets (in this chart Venus at 26 Capricorn and Mercury at 27 Aquarius on its retrograde station) is 30+ degrees. This month we see all the inner planets moving away from Capricorn and creating an Aquarius stellium. Right now the planets are as closely bundled as they’ll be until next year, with all the planets within 105+ degrees! That makes this a Bundle Jones Pattern, with the primary focus created by SIX planets between 26 Capricorn and 27 Aquarius.
We’re now done with the first year of the short and long wave cycles set into motion by Great Compression conjunctions in Capricorn in January and March 2020. 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. Because of the current Great Compression in Aquarius, the Bundle pattern again predominates whenever the Moon is between Capricorn and Taurus.
Because of all the planets clustered in such a narrow span, 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. This is the third Full Moon where it’s outside the outer planet occupied zone, since Leo is on the far side of the Capricorn to Taurus span.
At this time we have the 10 traditional planets occupying 5 signs. Currently, the outer planet occupied span begins with Pluto in late Capricorn, then moves through Jupiter and Saturn in early Aquarius, then Neptune in Pisces and finishes with Mars and Uranus in early Taurus, with the inner planets now occupying Capricorn and Aquarius. In this chart Pluto is again the entry planet to the occupied span between Cap and Taurus, which will be a feature for many years to come except when the Moon, inner planets, or Mars are in Sagittarius or early Capricorn. Transformation time!
As noted, the Jones patterns in the sky now change mainly due to the position of the Moon. With this Full Moon in Leo far away from the bundled planets, we now have moved back into a Bucket Jones pattern.
The Bucket Pattern and how it works
Because the Bucket pattern will be in play every time the Moon is in Leo, Virgo and Libra for the next few months, we’ll use the Moon to express the energies of the Bundle between late Capricorn and mid-Taurus. In the Bucket, the Moon acts as the “handle,” or nozzle for focusing the energies of the rest. The handle, or focal determinator, represents the way to greater effectiveness, the cause to be embraced, the lack to be filled, or the way to use the total energies of this time in a focused manner.
Dr. Jones states “the Bucket type indicates a particular and rather uncompromising direction in the life effort.” This pattern gives “interest in a cause,” with executive tendencies that will adapt allegiances to maximize results of the effort. He says “the Bucket type at its best reveals the real instructor and inspirer of others, and at its worst the agitator and malcontent.” This is the larger planetary pattern within which we’re all trying to do what we do.
We are also told this pattern is more about finding an effective release for energy within social settings, but also about the individual imposing their patterns on society rather than adapting to what is there. It’s about focused intention. So all of us can expect some sort of focused attention on the house where we have 10 Leo.
Mars is incredibly important in this Lunation, as it makes a tight T-square with the Moon and Sun, generating integrative energies in early Scorpio. This one opens communications within a larger social context, indicating some “group personalities” will be emerging strong in the near future. Allow the understanding built since the New Moon to be translated into needed communications with others in your Soul Group.
As Mars exits the outer planet occupied span at this time, it will eventually create a Bowl Pattern when it’s in Gemini and Cancer and the Moon is between Scorpio and Gemini. When Mars moves into Leo, Virgo, and Libra when the Moon is in the occupied span, Mars will become the nozzle for expressing the other planets. That will be off and on through the Summer and early Autumn.
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 updated it in December, and incorporated a further look into the future.
For many weeks, we have been revisiting the energies of the First Grand Irrationality (1993-2017) as both Saturn and Uranus were septile Neptune, Jupiter and Pluto were both biseptile Uranus, and Jupiter and Saturn were both septile Neptune. In this chart Venus conjuncts Pluto and biseptiles Uranus, bringing the configuration back into play. Also Mars is septile Neptune, pulling together all the transpersonal energies into the mix.
As the inner planets conjunct Neptune in March, they’ll also septile Pluto and Uranus, putting this “7-pointed Star of Destiny” evolutionary configuration into play. Obviously, this is triggered off and on throughout the year whenever a planet moves through any of the hot zones of the configuration. All of these transits bring choices, changes, and decisions affecting our future. These “Grand Irrationality” triggers are why things are so crazy and hard-edged at this time. I’ll speak more about this in the aspect section of part 3.
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Because Saturn has now entered its other home sign of Aquarius, it continues to be 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 has been in Capricorn and now Aquarius, Saturn continues to dominate 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 “role of destiny” has brought us to the threshold of new parts to play on the stage of Life.
In 2019 we rehearsed and perfected roles and skills we needed 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.” Coupled 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 “illuminated expansion communicating understanding” Full Moon which will eliminate certain projections and help us plan anew. The Solar Eclipse continues to open us to a greater happiness and joy, and this Full Moon helps us focus the transfiguration process wherever we have 10 Leo.
There’s tremendous ancestral wisdom available to us as we continue to create and/or join groups and fellowships with higher ideals. With Mercury on its station, we’re all going to get a new look at recent events for the purpose of adding to something or committing to something bigger in our contribution to a greater individual spiritual realm. We’ve prepared our “garden of life and personality” since last Summer, and this Full Moon period kicks it into fruitful activity!
The Sun lights the way to a greater social ideal founded in the effective social function in Capricorn, and illuminates visions of a greater good for a greater number. We have entered a new era, and this is the first year where the Sun has conjuncted Saturn and Jupiter, opening year cycles related to their Aquarian lessons and possibilities. Venus shows us the way to a greater appreciation of the World Soul, and any past difficulties which created sorrow can be seen in the light of success justifying whatever we had to go through.
The new roles and responsibilities we took on in 2019-2020 will lead to new social effectiveness in 2021 and 2022. The compressions in Capricorn have led us to forms of personal power, and being very long wave cycles, indicates our work for a long time to come. Again, look to where you have late Capricorn and early Aquarius in your chart to see the focus of coming years.
Because of the Mercury retrograde “bookend” theme of 2020, we now have found a higher, more diplomatic and dignified way of interacting with others over the past year. The last Mercury retrograde period gave us a look back to see how we’ve “raised our game” in our interactions, and its direct station at 26 Libra began the theme bookending 2021 involving how we use a combination of “soft power” and “hard power” to demonstrate spiritual adeptship.
We have now entered a new chapter in our spiritual journey at a fork in the road of our collective destiny. 2020 was about forging our connection with the World Soul, our Wisdom, and our greater dedication. We’re all wiser than we used to be, have been given ample opportunities to value our heart connections with our friends, and display the vaster spiritual awareness we share with our Brothers and Sisters.
We’ve stabilized the Capricorn promise of 2018 and 2019 as changes accelerate the on-going conflict between Saturn and Uranus. We have initiated a 20 year Aquarian sub-era which will change us and our world for decades to come, so use Scorpio energy wisely, eliminating all that is obsolete, stagnant, or irrelevant to the focus of magnetism required by this Full Moon. Open to a greater communication with yourself, others, the Earth, and Source. Open to the new life already in motion, and enjoy your transfigured life!
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 January 2020 compression and the multiple conjunctions setting themes for decades! The Great Compression of January 2020 – Mercury, Sun, Saturn and Pluto all Conjunct in Capricorn
© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
© Copyright 2020 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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