2013年07月10日

New Moon July 2013

This month's New Moon occurs on July 8, 2013, 16:14 JST (all the timing in this article is to be calculated in JST) at the 17th degree of Cancer. Since last year, we are thinking about degree meanings with Sabian symbols as hints. The symbol of the New Moon degree is "the germ grows into knowledge and life". I have explained that in order to think about degree meaning, we have to geometrically divide a sign into smaller units until the width reduces to 1 degree. I am using the method in which a sign is divided first into 3 sections of 10 degrees(decans). Then this 10 degree is further divided into 2 sections of 5 degrees. Finally, this 5 degree section is divided into 5 of each degree. With each dividing operation, we are adding a bit of meaning, assigning a role signified by the number within the small section as a whole. So the 17th degree of Cancer, where the New Moon this month is, belongs to the second decan of the sign, second half of the decan and 2nd of the 5 degree section. Let us code this as "Cancer 2-2-2" in this article.


Now let's think about what is the meaning of dividing up to a certain number of parts. Zodiac itself is divided into 12 signs as parts. I think the number 12 symbolize "organizational confinement". So division of 12 implies 12 steps toward growing into organizationally confined whole. In the same way, if we divide something into 3, we are analyzing 3 steps to become grown and characterized (which the number 3 symbolizes). The same image of dividing 12 signs into 3 "perspectives(as termed in Glenn Perry's text)", personal-interpersonal-transpersonal applys to this, too. This New Moon is located in the second decan, so we are talking about interaction between people (or inter-personal dimension) of the function of Cancer's developing ability of experiencing what's important to people when interacting. Divide by 2 means analyzing 2 steps to become aware of the theme of the region (which the number 2 symbolizes). So we are developing objective awareness rather than subjective of the first half, building onto the basis learned in the first half for the experience here in the later half.

Then we finally divide the 5 degree area into 5 parts of 1 degree. 5 signifies expression of creativity. So we are thinking about 5 steps to creatively express the theme of the whole 5 degrees area. The first step of those 5 steps (with the latter half of the second section of Cancer, this is the symbol "a man before a square with a manuscript scroll before him"), is to simply observe the theme of the area. The Cancer's function of establishing emotional security through nurturing and caring is sought earnestly to be expressed by people around in return to previous caring deeds by him/herself. Point here is that the focus is the response of the people around who receives the emotional nurturing (including ancestors in the grave) put forward by the man, symbolized by the LATTER HALF (response) of the 2nd decan of the sign Cancer. The second step is what happens inside of the the man with a manuscript when faced with the theme of first movement (or response to his meditation). Be aware of the object the first step is running after. "The germ grows into knowledge and life", which is the theme degree for this month, is what is happening inside the man's mind who felt support from ancestors or tribal collective emotion. Then the third step is accumulation of the observations and their understandings. The symbol "a hen scratching for her chicks" implies the importance of being aware of the container (or the cultural emotional support) in which the secure feeling of rootedness is kept, in terms of nurturing and conveying themes to other generation. When on 4th step, with the image of "a priest performing a marriage ceremony" we are witnessing the container talked above is built clearly and functions as a cultural mediator which catalyzes conveyance of collective emotional support. The theme of the 5 degree area thus refined with discipline here on this 4th degree. The fifth step is the creative output of this five degree area. The image of "Gondoliers in a serenade" in this context is that we control the container (or environment) in which we share our emotion between people with same cultural background. We became aware of meaning of creatively using our will to establish environment necessary to be bathed in the feeling proper to the intention at the time. This process of five steps are around every degree we analyze with Sabian symbol, so being aware of the context helps focusing the meaning of the symbol.

Aspects to the Sun

Last aspect to the Sun before the New Moon was on 7/2-4 when the Sun touched Pluto and Uranus. We have talked about "there might be a breakthrough or unexpected turn of events which might shake the leader's vision for the future". It is around the day of official announcement for the election, and this time, using internet for election campaign is allowed for the first time in Japan. After the New Moon, on 7/10 the Sun will touch Mercury, and leaders might come up with new ideal for better future and speak about it. After ingressing into Leo on 7/23, the Sun will make contact with Saturn on 7/28. Leadership might work on establishing new administrative system. Then on 8/5, the Sun touches Uranus to restore arguments to proceed reform.

Aspects among the rest of the planets

There is an important exact aspect of note among outer planets for this Moon month, grand trine between Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune on 7/18-19. Repetition of last month's theme of Saturn-Neptune putting ideal into reality spreads as Jupiter also is involved and act as catalyst. Then the influence of the square between Uranus and Pluto, exact on 5/21, will be felt strongly as the Jupiter translates those energy into consciousness around 8/8-21. As Jupiter spreads those themes in collective unconscious into social awareness, power of individual should be more respected in the organizational operation, and ways to reflect those points in the system would be sought after earnestly.

The first inner planet to track is Venus, which touched Saturn before the New Moon on 7/2. Last month we have talked about "meeting with responsibility, and this coincides with leader's facing unexpected turn of events". Right before the New Moon, Venus touches Uranus on 7/8 and "new way to proceed partnership might be found". After the New Moon, and after coming into Virgo on 7/22, Venus touches Neptune and Saturn on 7/26-27, then it touches Jupiter and Pluto on 7/28-30. Now since the election is going on until 7/21, those are in the time period of reorganization after the election. So when Venus touches Neptune and Saturn, cooperation for putting ideal into reality might be formed, and when it touches Jupiter and Pluto, cooperation for reformist movement might be formed.

Next let's look at what Mercury is up to. Before the New Moon, Mercury is inactive after it started retrograde. And after the New Moon on 7/10, it conjoins the Sun and idealism is formed by leaders and communicated. Then the Mercury makes no major aspect with planets except for Moon, while it changes direction on 7/21 and changes sign into Leo on 8/8.

Next, let us talk about Mars, the action department. After the New Moon and after ingressing into Cancer on 7/13, Mars suddenly become active touching grand trine (Neptune, Saturn and Jupiter) on 7/21-22 after a long period of not touching other planets. It seems the action department (or confrontational front) gains emotional support for putting ideal into reality. Then it will touch Pluto and Uranus to try radical reform on 7/28-8/1. The key here is to be aware of the area one is sharing the emotion, in order to avoid misunderstanding or deception.

Planets which change direction or sign

Planets other than Sun and Moon sometimes change their direction of apparent movement seen from the earth. When a planet changes its direction, it moves slowly and may leave its mark on various social events in the world. Within this Moon month, Mercury and Uranus change their direction. Mercury starts its retrograde motion on 6/26. Mercury has the theme of intelligence and communication, so while it is retrograding, it tends to become difficult to share ideas causing misunderstanding. But it is good for people to utilize intelligence for their own sake reflecting the past, etc., and when Mercury restored let us share what has come up during the retrograde period, which continues until 7/21. Uranus starts its retrograde on 7/18. Uranus is the sense of structure people share in common, rules or organizational goal. So around the date which Uranus changes its direction, those theme will be emphasized in society or course of life events. While Uranus is retrograding, people will tend to think about themselves first concerning Uranus' themes which might lead to misunderstanding or mis-regarding of sense of structure or order with each other. But it is nice period to reflect and reorganize what's necessary in society in terms of the individual.

And planets, especially those that move slowly, change their signs in sync with shifts in corresponding profile of social or collective psychology. Within this Moon month, the only planet among the planets which travel slower than the earth that changes its sign is Mars. Mars changes its sign from Gemini to Cancer on 7/13. While in Gemini people tend to feel rewarded through being experimental, curious to look around and find possibilities. After coming into Cancer, people start to look more for collective safety and mutual understanding of feelings.

During this Moon month, keeping the points I have raised above, let's try to utilize our Cancer Sun's energy to share emotion and establish security with (significant) others. It should be interesting to observe those symbols reflected in the real socio-situations in the world.
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