2013年12月04日

New Moon December 2013

This month's New Moon occurs on December 3, 2013, 9:22 JST (all the timing in this carticle is to be calculated in JST) at the 11th degree of Sagittarius (incidentally, it is right on my Ascendant, to the degree). Since last year, we are thinking about degree meanings with Sabian symbols as hints. The symbol of the New Moon degree is "the lamp of physical enlightenment at the left temple". 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 11th degree of Sagittarius, where the New Moon this month is, belongs to the second decan of the sign, first half of the decan and 1st of the 5 degree section. Let us code this as "Sagittarius 2-1-1" 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 Sagittarius' developing ability of developing objectivity. 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 subjective awareness rather than objective of the second half, establishing the basis of what is learned in the first half onto which we continue to build the experience in j 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 former half of the second section of Sagittarius, this is the symbol "the lamp of physical enlightenment at the left temple" and is the theme degree for this month), is to simply observe the theme of the area. The Sagittarius' function of exploring the world and spreading the insight around is symbolized by the temple which after all had to depend on people coming there in order to spread the religious vision. Point here is that the focus is the proactiveness of the temple, or its lamp which agitate receptive people's sense of enlightenment, symbolized by the FORMER HALF (action) of the 2nd decan of the sign Sagittarius. The second step is what happens inside of the temple or the lamp when received the energy of first movement. Be aware of the object the first step is running after. "A flag that turns into an eagle that crows" is what is happening inside the temple whose energy is drawn out by the man who seeks enlightenment, immortal flag becoming mortal eagle who could stir human emotion. Then the third step is accumulation of the observations and their understandings. The symbol "a widow's past brought to light" implies the importance of being aware of the container of the energy (in this case, widow's memory) in which the widow keeps trying to pursue some purpose (or enlightenment). When on 4th step, with the image of "the Pyramids and the Sphinx" we are focusing on the container (in this case, historical monument as collective purpose to pursue) talked above is established firmly and shared by many. 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 "the ground hog looking for its shadow" in this context is that we dramatize the enlightening container (environment of festivity) which we creatively utilize to help live our life easier. We are talking not only monuments but also active rituals to infer those enlightenment, as we celebrate future foretelling ability of the ground hog. 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 12/1 when the Sun touched Uranus. This Uranus which the Sun has touched has had exact aspect with Pluto on 11/1 and is still in close orb and the focus of the period (especially, the Sun is in harmonious with Uranus in the New Moon chart). Awareness of status quo or sudden change in leader's direction due to the awareness might bring harmony. We have talked about "leaders might pick a hint to put those ideals into practical usage which is one step beyond norm." On this day, lawyers got together in Shinjuku to protest against state secrets bill stimulating people's awareness on the matter. After the New Moon, the Sun will touch nothing until the Sun ingresses into Capricorn (12/22) and then get in touch with Neptune on 12/25. Think about how to make dreams come true at this time rather than being at a loss while trying to be too practical. The Sun will touch Mercury and then Uranus-Pluto from 12/29 to 1/2, year in year out. Idealism or the dream we conceive on Christmas gets its first challenge to prove to public or outsider. And the tale will continue into the next New Moon period.

Aspects among the rest of the planets

There is an important exact aspect of note among outer planets for this Moon month, a trine between Jupiter and Saturn on 12/13. These two planets are only outer planets which are visible to a naked eye, working to set the norm and order in an organization or society in general.

The first inner planet to track is Mars, the action department, which will touch Mercury right after the New Moon on 12/4. Concrete plans are devised, and put into action. After changing sign into Libra on 12/8, Mars travels alone for a while and finally from 12/25 to 1/3, Mars will touch Uranus, Pluto, Mercury and the Sun consecutively. This is the period that the Sun and Mercury also touches Uranus-Pluto, setting the situation to go into the high tension period of Uranus-Pluto-Jupiter-Mars grand cross around 1/8. There are a lot of energy to utilize so if we make use of it constructively, it might move a mountain. Be mindful of others who has different motive or cause and look for points to cooperate and share the energy.

Next let's look at what Mercury is up to. Right before the New Moon, from 11/26 to 28 Mercury has touched Saturn, Venus and Jupiter "to reflect and share the points with organizational activity". After the New Moon Mercury will touch Mars on 12/4 as we talked about above. Then Mercury will ingress into Sagittarius on 12/5, to guide to think broadly rather than pointedly. Then Mercury will touch Neptune and Uranus on 12/7-11, some strange, dreamy, unusual or awakening theme will be thought or communicated. Then on 12/24, Mercury goes into Capricorn to guide to think practically. And then on 12/26-30 Mercury will touch Neptune and Uranus, some strange, dreamy, unusual or awakening theme will be thought or communicated. After that, on 12/31, Mercury will touch Pluto and Mars and long term plan (with possible hidden intension) might be set forth or renewed through earnest proposition.

Next, let us talk about Venus. Several days before the New Moon, on 11/28, Venus has touched Mercury and Jupiter and we have talked about that "cooperation spirit will be spread and communicated well". At this time, several people from opposition parties got together and form a group to learn about vested interests, which might lead to a new party. After the New Moon, Venus gradually slows down and eventually stops and starts its retrograde motion on 12/22, on which we will talk about in the next section. Venus in this Moon month is not active, and doesn't make any other major aspects with planets other than Moon. Nice period to be away from collective and feel deeply about personal values and feelings.

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, two planets change their direction namely, Uranus and Venus. Uranus is associated with large scale radio-like communication, function of mind which grasp situation as a whole or all at once, ideas and technology for the future, recognition of change, etc. So around the time Uranus changes its direction, 12/18, those things might be felt strongly and come up to front. Venus is associated with relasionship, co-operation and values felt individually, etc. So around the time Venus changes its direction, 12/22, those things might be felt strongly and come up to front. While Venus is retrograding, awareness of value or cooperation tend to direct toward inside individually which causes misunderstanding to occur. But this is nice time to reflect on each own values.

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, only planet among the planets which travel slower than the earth which changes its sign is Mars. Mars is associated with action and utilization of energy, so when it was in Virgo, motive behind action and assertion tended to be practical and of service to others, but after coming into Libra on 12/8, it tends to be in response to other's action or realization of beauty and balance.

During this Moon month, keeping the points I have raised above, let's try to utilize our Sagittarius Sun's energy to seek meaning and enlightenment and to spread the concept and vision acquired to improve organization or society. It should be interesting to observe those symbols reflected in the real socio-situations in the world.
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