FULL MOON 29 MAY 2018 15H19 BST – 8 DEGREES SAGITTARIUS
After a magical Jupiter-Neptune trine, May 2018 is rounded off with a rather astonishing Sagittarius Full Moon, the symmetry of which I have not the likes of in some time…Together with Mars and the nodes, the Sun and Moon will form a configuration known as a mystic rectangle – a sure sign that we’re being given an opportunity to harmonise conflicting parts of ourselves. Read my forecast below for more details…
May’s lunar cycle, which began with the New Moon on 11 May, is set to reach its peak at the Full Moon in Sagittarius on Tuesday. Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign associated with large animals like horses, as well as courts of law, higher educational institutions and those who teach there, religious leaders and role models, foreigners and social and/or cultural customs.
Although Sagittarius is generally considered to be an upbeat and jovial sign, it does need to be pointed out that the Moon is considered to be in detriment here, probably because Sagittarius is a sign that tends to excess – and we all know what happens when there is too much emotion: it’s usually not a pretty sight. Think hysteria, mania etc…
However, this particular full moon forms part of a mystic rectangle, which is all about balancing and harmonising opposites – more on this later. However, it is worth briefly mentioning that this full moon will require the blending of Sagittarian OTT emotions with the more emotionally easygoing and cerebral Geminian approach.
So although the Full Moon generally tends to amplify feelings and unconscious reactions to things, what we are being asked to do is be more considered and philosophical about whatever happens now.This message, as we shall see, is reiterated in the Sabian Symbol activated by the Moon’ zodiacal degree.
And with the Finger of Fate pointing at Saturn and the nodal axis forming the second cross in our mystic rectangle, it would seem that destiny will most definitely be calling over the next few days…
May’s Full Moon will take place in the 9th degree of Sagittarius, the Sabian Symbol for which is:
A mother with her children on stairs.
A rather unusual image! However, if we break down each element of this into symbols, we see that it concerns birth/nurturing/creating + offspring/creations/family + a vertical axis which can either point up or down…
The way that James Burgess interprets this image seems to echo my earlier statement about the need to temper one’s emotions and learn to sublimate unconscious urges so that they work for, rather than against, you.
The process of civilising begins at an early age; it is one of the primary occupations of a mother to sit down with her children and talk about how best to climb the ladder towards successful social integration. We are inclined to act and react without thought, and we need to learn how to moderate and control these base instincts.
Part of this process involves empathy and self-awareness. Burgess is quick to point out that:
The mother is an archetype of one who serves the needs of others first. We all can develop the mind-set of service, and extend it beyond the genetic imperative of serving our own blood. By doing so, we go well beyond securing our place in the community as a useful participant; we move into more spiritual realms of our evolutionary development.
I thought I would include an image of this month’s Full Moon chart because aspect-wise, it is so symmetrical and, quite frankly, both beautiful and a little spooky.
Now if we remove those aspects which involve the angles (which change every hour or so) and just look at those involving the luminaries, we are left with a mystic rectangle (which looks a bit like an envelope). A mystic rectangle is made up of two oppositions and two sextiles – in other words, two harmonious; and two challenging aspects.
On its own, an opposition (180 degrees), is all about reconciling opposites. Add to that a nice balance of positive and negative aspects, and you have a double message that centres around balance, harmony, compromise and wholeness.
We’ve already discussed the fact that the Sun and Moon generally represent head versus heart. Now add to that the signs they are in: the Moon in enthusiastic and big hearted Sagittarius; and the Sun in the somewhat cooler, more logical and lighthearted Gemini – and what we have is a life lesson that concerns learning to be more philosophical and detached in one’s approach to situations that involve a high degree of emotion.
Next, we have a sextile between the Moon and the South Nodes and Mars in Aquarius, which in many ways, reiterates the message of tempering one’s reactions. Mars is usually a planet associated with impatience and impulsive reactions to situations. However, it is placed next to the south node, which is about releasing what is no longer needed or appropriate to a situation. This reinforces the message that it is time to let go of thoughtless, ill-considered ways of reacting to high-octane or emotionally challenging situations.
Opposite the south node is the north node, which signifies what we need to introduce or embrace. This is in Leo – a sign that can be a tad dramatic and self-centered. However, it can also be very generous-spirited and like the mother in our Sabian symbol, protective of the weak and vulnerable. If we then add to this the fact that the north node is combining (via our second sextile) forces with the Sun in breezy, flexible Gemini (and the Sun rules Leo) we return to the notion of a cultivating a lighter touch when it comes to our emotions. Think of the Dalai Lama and how he often gets us to laugh at ourselves and make light of our attachments – this is the attitude which the Full Moon is asking us to cultivate now.
The answer may lie in the green arrow we see in the middle of our mystic rectangle, which takes the energy of the Sun and the north node and points it at Saturn. This configuration is known in astrology as the Yod or Finger of Fate. And, just as the name suggests, it usually points to a call from destiny.
Ordinarily, I might let this symbolism ride, but if we take into consideration the fact that both Saturn, Lord of Karma, and the nodes are also prominent at this time, via their inclusion of the mystic rectangle., then the message about fate or destiny becomes hard to ignore…
But first – what is a Yod? I’ll let Astrology King explain:
This pattern creates a particular and strong energy, stronger than you would get by these aspects on their own. I like to use the analogy of a crystal here, a very definite and unique structure which holds a special type of energy which took a long time to create….
The energy of the two planets in sextile is focused like a laser beam on the action point, in this case Jupiter. A sextile is a positive aspect that creates energy. The quincunxes take this heightened energy and raise the vibration even further.
Quincunxes are as much about the need for adjustment as they are about longing. The object of this desire or tension is focused on the planet at the apex of the triangle, which in this case, is pointing at Saturn in Capricorn.
Before the discovery of Pluto and the other transpersonal planets, Saturn was considered to be the planet most associated with time and with the notion of ‘what you sew, you reap.’ Saturn, is after all, the hard taskmaster. Now, with the north node and the Sun both focusing their energies on Saturn, it would seem that this Full Moon is likely to throw up high intensity situations that require us to temper our emotions and detach more from them for karmic reasons. Look to where Saturn and the sign of Capricorn fall in your chart to identify what sector of life this situation is most likely to revolve around. This may give you some idea as to what to expect (Pluto’s travels through similar degrees of Capricorn back in 2011-12 may also give you some hints).
In terms of Arabic Parts, it is interesting that Saturn will be conjunct the Part of Sudden Advancement, so it’s not necessarily all bad news. Perhaps a carrot, rather than stick approach to learning karmic lessons and advancing/evolving spiritually, for a change?!
The upshot then: try to stay cool and calm, and take a philosophical approach to situations or events at the Full Moon, even if what happens makes you want to run screaming, or shout from the rooftops. Think stiff upper lip and having to be the grown-up. The rewards though, may be far beyond what you expected…