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Winter Solstice Moon Wobble 2015 - 2016

2015 December 18 - Winter Solstice Moon Wobble at The White House
Winter Solstice Moon Wobble 2015 - 2016

Moon Wobble at The White House

MoonWobble Weather Patterns

Peak is 17- 18 - 19 December 2015


Our collective Moon Wobble begins a new Virgo/Pisces Nodal Axis. This Initial Degree offers a preview of this Eighteen Month Axis. Thane referred to this liminal space, as a disorienting place of transition, waiting and not knowing vacuum. Moonwobbles are always potent archetypal gifts to identify experiential and existential tension. As Translators and Ontologists, our purpose is to transcend the three-dimensional mind, the shadowy side of problems. System, Method, Order are the Ontological watch words in approaching sense testimony. Use this jolt of joy wisely for accelerated evolution, participation in Cosmic Intention, and transcendence of the endless lunar cycle.

Thane Walker originally coined the term "Moon Wobble" (Tobey, 1935) to help his old friend and colleague Carl Payne Tobey. Tobey was a well known astrologer, who saw astrology as a branch of mathematics. Tobey's was also an actuarial statistician, who combined astrology and mathematics to identified regularly occurring periods of time with a greater risk of accidents. Tobey's research revealed that when the Sun is Conjunct the North or South Lunar Nodes, or Square the Lunar Node Axis there is a higher probability of accidents. Each MoonWobble undulate as articulated by Tobey runs about 21 days in duration (using a 0 degree Aspect Orb as Standard Deviation for Conjunctions and 3 degree Aspect Orb for Squares), four times per year.

Recently I have learned that some are using a more literal, astronomical version of Moon Wobble, which is the Moon's libration. Lunar libration reveals 59% of the moon's surface, while you see only 50% of the lunar disk. Thus lunar libration enables acute observers to peek at a tiny portion of the moon's back side. Libration in longitude is the Moon's east-west wobble. Libration in latitude is the Moon's north-south nodding. Maximum librations are seen about one week after perigee and one week after apogee. Tobey's actuarial risk tabulations are further explained by astrologer Richard Nolle who found what he calls a SuperMoon, SuperMoon occurs when the Full Moon or New Moon is closest to the Earth, that there is greater risk of accident during this period.

Thane taught an ontological meditation wherein the Sun symbolizes the essential self ("figuratively speaking") and the Moon reflects an endlessly changing principle. An endlessly cycling wheel of fortune of temporal, mortal flesh, birth, fruition and decay. The Moon goes out into the lifeworld and soaks up its little taste of experience, then offers this chunk of sense testimony to the Sun for processing. The nodal axis crystallizes the relationship between Sun and Moon to reflect that sphere of life in which the coniunctio - the inner blending of the two principles - is most likely to manifest (Greene, 1992). An androgynous coitus between a changing, receptive principle and a constant, radiant principle. Remember, if you are not Translating, then you are food for the Moon (Gurdjieff, 1976).

Whenever you have time, you have duality, birth and death. The Moon represents that power of consciousness and life in the field of time and space, where it puts on bodies and puts them off. This Lunar principle is that of life engaged in the field of time and space. The Sun, on the other hand, is never shadows except in eclipse, and so does not carry its death within it; thus it represents consciousness disengaged from the field of time and space.

The great mythic realization that the Lunar and Solar principles, seemingly dual aspects of consciousness, are in fact, one consciousness. Your consciousness. Here in the field of life, is at the same time, consciousness disengaged from this field. The paradox of relating oneself to these two aspects of one's own true being and entity is the great mystical balancing act. Our being incorporates both aspects - the solar and the lunar - allowing us to navigate this razor's edge (Campbell, 2013, pp. 47-52).

The MoonWobble represents a cyclic process with stages of buildup, release and integration. The MoonWobble undulate starts building up energy some 14 days (December 8) before the peak (some say as many as 28 days [November 21] ) as personal irritability is evident, entering a critical period some 7 days (December 11) before the peak to a maximum build-up (December 18). Allow the release of energy letting up a few days after the peak (December 21). The affect is gradually integrated over 7 days after the peak (December 25).

Sun in Sagittarius is Square both the North Node in Virgo, (which is ruled by the Mercury), and the South Node  in Pisces (ruled by Jupiter).

While all signs are affected, those with planets or indicators in Aries and Libra will be most strongly influenced. Remember that everyone has at least Houses of Sagittarius (Social Non-Survival Dynamic Changer - Fire - Future, Ruler - Jupiter), Virgo (Social Survival Dynamic Container - Earth - Past, Traditional Ruler - Mercury, Contemporary Ruler - Chiron or Vulcan), and Pisces (Social Survival Dynamic - Water - Past, Traditional Ruler - Jupiter, Contemporary Ruler - Neptune). All Mutable Signs.  All rule Cadent Houses.  Fire, Earth, Water.  Viewing the Nodes through the lens of the Totality Field, we might view the North Node as an intentional expansion of consciousness into known territory, the C-Field. The South Node is then an unintentional expansion of consciousness into unknown terrain, an A-Field.

As an archetypal phase of the life cycle of potent reconstruction, the 26th degree Sun in Sagittarius is a symbol of consecration to an ideal.  A flag bearer in a battle carries the standard and represents the whole organized collectivity.  Keynote is the nobly accepted subservience of the individual to collective values and goals.

The 26th degree North Lunar Node in Virgo is represented by a boy with a censer serving the priest near the altar.  Ancient mysteries, a transcendental ceremony in which great Ontological Beings charged with High Watch planetary responsibilities are involved with this archetypal activity.  Translation, removing to heaven e-ducated testimony.  Learn to serve humbly, with intense attention, in what is as yet, beyond their spiritual understanding.  Keynote is the first stage of actual participation in the great ritual of planetary evolution.

The 26th degree South Lunar Node in Pisces begins the First Hemicycle being the Process of Individualization and involves Differentiation and Desire. Illustrated by watching the very thin Moon crescent appearing at sunset, different people realize that the time has come to go ahead with their different projects.  One basic cosmic-spiritual impulse expressed in infinite variety.  Infinite variety does not try to compel other beings to conform to a single pattern of response.  Keynote is a keen appreciation of the value of individualized responses to any challenge of life.

The Virgo / Pisces nodal axis is the axis of social responsibility, and is determined to break new paths and enrich society with new values. The universal cycles of darkness and death, decay and growth, Winter and Summer.

Additional shock windows - New Moon in Sagittarius on December 11 (with its Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-Square with Saturn-Neptune Square) and the Full Moon in Gemini on December 25 (featuring the Saturn-Neptune Square on the threshold of Mercury Maximus).



New Moon in Sagittarius, December 11

Winter MoonWobble Peak, December 18

Winter Solstice, Sun in Capricorn, December 21

Full Moon in Gemini, December 25

Mercury Maximus begins, Mercury in Capricorn, December 29

Make it work for you

While the MoonWobble Report may be technically helpful, there is no substitute for doing your own interpretations if you are to experience the undulate. If you need to learn how to perform astrological or symbolic interpretations, please contact The Prosperos. The Prosperos teaches how to think, never what to think. For that reason, do not simply read someone's report like a newspaper horoscope. Please do your own archetypal interpretations and your own Translations. Look at how these nodal transits aspect your own chart. The lunar nodes are the guideposts of your ontological journey. Where do the current Nodes and Planets fall on your natal chart? Do the Nodes and Planets make any major (opposition or conjunction) aspects to natal planets? What do these Nodes and Planets intuitively signify to you?

Use the Nodes in the context of the Moonwobble cycle as a spotlight to Self-Encounter any tension at that moment in time of your chart. Use the Nodes as a spotlight to freeze-frame and be self-aware of what tension you are feeling and experiencing. Translate and RHS that tension to experience the joy of flow. If you don’t know how to Translate or RHS, contact The Prosperos. The North Node expands consciousness intentionally while the South Node expands consciousness accidentally. These Nodal spotlights are not in Moonwobble aspect all the time; use this energy wisely.

Like all other psychological influences, the best way to stay in control is knowing! People who know the least about these things are the most subject to the influences. People who know about them can act upon the situation, not react to it! Don’t just translate! Channel the unusual flow of energy into an unpredictable good!

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Prepared by Richard Burns, H.W., M

William Fennie
William Fennie says:
Dec 16, 2015 06:43 PM

Richard - One of your best MW overviews. The degree symbology is an interesting touch. A little bit more about how this Virgo / Pisces social framework might evolve would be welcome - maybe in a separate post ?