The Moon enters Taurus at 12:43 am EDT Monday, to do a little more than just reach its last quarter phase 13 hours (to the minute) later. In addition to the aspect that defines a last quarter Moon (an applying square to the Leo Sun), half-lit Luna will complete a complex and intertwining set of major aspects that connect every sign-ruling object, symbolizing unprecedented inclusion.
For a while, it appeared that Mercury would be left out, but not so. Thanks to a Cancer conjunction with Rhiphonos, a centaur object named only two days ago, Mercury will be included in the role of including newcomers.
Astrologers have applied more than one name to next week’s historic, even unique, interconnection of every sign ruler.
Some have called it a “double trine,” some a “grand sextile,” even “diamond tetrahedron,” but no one word or phrase takes it all in. Nevertheless, you can say that the Taurus Moon will be the key.
Appropriately, Taurus is where the Moon is exalted. Exaltations are one of astrology’s ‘essential dignities’, and perhaps the most ancient. An object in exaltation is like a monarch on vacation, fully expressed and uninhibited.
Since Taurus is an earth sign, the Moon will be part of a grand earth trine to two other sign rulers in the other two earth signs: Pluto’s enduring Capricorn position, and Venus, which made ingress to Virgo only last week. The fixed quality of Taurus makes it all the more fitting that the Moon would be the object to ‘fix’ the grand combination of aspects in place just as next week begins.
The earth trine of which the Moon is a part overlays the grand water trine in which the Moon also has a role. That’s because Jupiter entered its watery Cancer exaltation (as a symbolic guest of the lunar ruler) only a month ago to complete the fluid flow to Neptune’s Pisces port and Saturn’s Scorpio slurry. Together the grand earth and water trines form the grand sextile. The big picture does not stop there, however. The Moon’s pervasive involvement with Monday’s astrology does not stop there either.
In addition to hosting Mercury’s conjunction with newly-named centaur Rhiphonos, the lunar rulership of Cancer is also hosting Mars while that planet “crosses the T” on what Eric called the “defining aspect of our era,” the Uranus-Pluto cardinal square. Mars will oppose Pluto and square Uranus in Aries in an astonishing demonstration of timing.
Add in the Leo Sun square to Saturn to the degree, and there you have it — all the major players of the zodiac in simultaneous aspect to each other with the Moon in its last quarter phase as both the primary facilitator and precipitating influence.
Not only is Monday’s amalgam of sign rulers and major aspects extraordinarily timed, it is practically unique. Grand sextiles do not happen every year. Uranus-Pluto squares are nearly a century apart, and a year-long grand water trine anchored by Neptune from Pisces is without a reliably demonstrable precedent. It’s a good thing that we have the familiar yet mysterious Moon to unlock some meaning.
The Moon itself corresponds to the part of your consciousness that most other people never see. Indeed it’s the part of you most likely to be a stranger to yourself. It’s the well of dreams, the root of emotion, the repository of childhood and the defining nest of need. It is of the body, more than the mind, hence the Sanskrit word for Moon: Soma.
Lunar consciousness is also the place where the complements of unaccountable, yet indispensable, inspiration and the unfathomable mystery of insanity maintain a precarious balance. If you look at the Moon during the pre-dawn hours of Monday, you will see that balance rendered free of human judgment on a Moon half lit and half dark during a crucial phase of its cyclical continuum.
Indeed, Dane Rudyhar referred to the lunar last quarter as a “crisis” — not to frighten anybody, but as an admonition to strike a balance between ever-present danger and perpetual opportunity. To have the Moon at its last quarter be the key to an arguably unprecedented alignment of the solar system in relation to Earth is for you to know, through your body as much as through your mind, that our crisis at this time in history is also unprecedented its danger, its opportunity, and in its resolution.
The means to resolution is as symbolically clear as it is unprecedented: inclusion. For the first time ever, it is necessary to exclude no being anywhere on Earth in what you think, say or do. There can no longer be an “us” or “them” lest we all sink into insanity together, and without exception. There can only be “us” and you can only be one with us because we all, without exception, need you to include yourself.
You don’t have to change the world, or even your life. You just have to stop thinking of yourself as separate — from other people, from the Earth, from the universe. All you have to do is count yourself in and make that counting the arbiter of all you think, say, and do for as long as you inhabit your body. Somebody has to go first. Somebody said the water’s fine.
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