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Advanced Astrology (cont.)

The Lunation Cycle
   Part One
   Part Two

Part of Fortune
   Part One
   Part Two

Part of Fortune in the Signs

Part of Fortune and Planets

Part of Fortune Surprises

Retrograde Planets
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   - Transiting Retrograde Planets A

   Part Four
   - Transiting Retrograde Planets B

   Part Five
   - Surprises About Retrograde
     Planets

   Part Six
   - More Surprises About Retrograde
     Planets


Libra Ingress 1997

The Void of Course Moon
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three

Advanced Techniques
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three

Planetary Hours
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   Part Four

Capricorn Ingress, 1997

New Year's Resolutions

Lunations 1998

Using New and Full Moons

Eclipses

Reading the Chart
   Part One: Chart-As-A-Whole
   Part Two: Chart-As-A-Whole
   Part Three: Examples
   Part Four: Examples (cont.)

Total Solar Eclipse

Astrologers' Dilemma
   - Clinton's Birth Data


Lunar Eclipse

Aries Ingress 1988

Decanates
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   Part Four
   Part Five

THE LUNATION CYCLE:
PART ONE

In this series on Advanced Astrology, we will be investigating the legacy we have from all the Masters. One of the modern giants of Astrology was Dane Rudhyar. Although he is gone from us now, few will forget his Gallic charm, delightful French accent, and brilliant mind. Dane Rudhyar has shared his genius with us in his philosophies and in his directions for living in the new age. He made many contributions to Astrology, but the one that I most closely associate with Dane Rudhyar is his emphasis on watching the phases of planetary pairs and on the importance of the "Lunation Cycle."

He taught us to look at a horoscope as a picture of many cycles; he taught us to look at aspects as phases of a cycle; he taught us the necessity to live more fully, according to our personal birthchart; he taught us to read the birthchart for our potentials so that we may become more than we are.

I have used the term "Cycles." Let us see what Dane Rudhyar meant by that term as we examine the Lunation Cycle. If, for a moment, we think about the Saturn Cycle in a person's chart, we look at the movement of Saturn by transit, through the houses of the chart. The transiting Saturn makes many aspects to the natal Saturn. Each aspect has a meaning of its own as it travels in relationship to itself. Indeed, the Saturn Return is looked upon as a very important time in one's life.

The transiting Moon, on the other hand, is swift because it goes around the Earth, rather than around the Sun. The Lunation Cycle depends upon the Sun as well as the Moon. It is this relationship between the Sun and the Moon, as seen from the Earth, that constitutes The Lunation Cycle. At one time, Dane Rudhyar called this the Lunation Birthday, because he was looking at which phase of the soli-lunar dance that a person's birth occurred.

We are sufficiently sophisticated to know that the Moon appears to wax and wane through the month. The Sun-Moon conjunction, at the New Moon, begins the Lunation Cycle. The Moon appears to wax or grow until the Sun-Moon opposition, at the Full Moon. After the Full Moon, the Moon appears to wane or decrease until the point of the next New Moon, when the cycle begins again. The Lunation Cycle describes the relationship between the Sun and Moon and Earth. We are all born at different points in the cycle. Dane Rudhyar said that there are differing personality characteristics and attributes associated with the different sections of the cycle.

(If you tell me that your Sun and Moon are square to each other, I will want to know if the square is the first square, between the New and the Full, or the last square, between the Full and the New. The same will happen if you tell me that your Sun and Moon are trine, or sextile, or inconjunct. Actually, I will want to know how many degrees that the Moon has traveled from the Sun in your chart. The planetary distance will tell me into which section of the soli-lunar cycle that you were born. Wouldn't you want to know? There are eight phases, defined by Rudhyar, in the Lunation Cycle.)

The first information that we want is whether you were born during a waxing (from the New to the Full) or a waning (from the Full to the New) Moon. As you see, we are dividing the Cycle into two parts, then into four parts, and then into eight parts. People born when the Moon is increasing in light are said to be the builders. They are concerned with growth, building structures, and leaving something behind when they go. Those born when the Moon is decreasing in light are always seeking meanings. "What does it mean? What does it really mean?" If the meaning no longer fits the times or the conditions or the structure, these people will destroy the structure.

Let me give you an example. People born during a waning Moon need to know the meaning behind almost everything. The definition is more important than the structure which it defines. Many years ago, I had a client who was born during the waning phase of the Moon. One day, this client's husband was seen driving down the Main Street of their town with a beautiful young woman in his car. Friends reported that this had happened before. When confronted, the husband protested his innocence. Nevertheless, he had violated her narrow definition of marriage which included fidelity and exclusivity. My client kept repeating, "This is not what Marriage is. People who are married do not do this." Her definition of Marriage was more important to her than her marriage was. She said that she had to divorce her husband because he was not living up to the meaning of Marriage. Here, the definition was more important than the structure which it defined. She broke down the structure and got a divorce.

The first half of the cycle is for doing things, for taking an idea and building it into reality. The second half of the cycle is for thinking about what we did or created. It is where we give meaning to what we built in the first half. Each half of the cycle has its purpose. Every good Astrologer will tell you to begin a new project between the New Moon and the Full Moon. The project will grow better, develop better, and bring you more success. Here I have been talking about the phases of the Moon as they unfold every month.

There are three different places to watch the phases of the Moon in relation to the Sun. One place is up in the sky, as the ancient Astrologers did. This will explain to you what is going on around you. Another place to look is in every horoscope that you examine. Each of us was born at one moment within the Lunation Cycle and we are stamped with the meaning of that moment in our personalities. The third place to look is in the secondary progressed chart. We measure again the distance between the Progressed Sun and the Progressed Moon to determine where, in the Progressed Lunation Cycle, we are currently evolving.

In Part Two, we will look at the Lunation Cycle when it is divided into eight equal parts. Each eighth of the circle (45 degrees) carries its own meaning. We will investigate these meanings and how they describe personalities.

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