Greetings, and welcome back to Journeys! This month I share with you a method of working with transits that I call the Moon map.
The Moon map is something I came up with for Patrons at my $5 or more tier and is part of the monthly musings I send them on a variety of topics but mostly on the coming months astrology. It is both a method of sorting information on transits and of narrowing the timing of the effects of slow moving transits. It focuses on identifying the most dynamic or harmonious days of every month, days when the power of major transits are activated. For this reason, the days identified by a Moon map are often quite potent ones where significant things happen. I will show the method I use for creating both maps which is essentially my method of creating monthly forecasts.
It will be helpful to understand the principles upon which the map is based first. The essential idea, which is a traditional one in astrology, is that the movements of fast moving planets activate the power of slow-moving planets, especially when they are in aspect. For example, when Saturn and Jupiter are conjunct, the conjunction gains power and is activated when the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Mars make an aspect to that conjunction. The Saturn and Jupiter conjunction will last at least a couple of months due to orbs of influence and in that time the Moon will definitely activate it several times, while the other fast moving planets may also do so depending on their positions. The Moon is actually the major timing piece for these slow-moving aspects since it makes every possible aspect to every object in the solar system once a month – hence the name Moon map. This lunar feature of forming every aspect with all objects in the sky every month is the basis for the method of magical interaction with astrology I call Magnetic conduction.
Another principal upon which the map is based is that while aspects occur between planets the signs are also in aspect to one another – Aries is forever in square to Cancer and Capricorn for example. While planets in exact aspect to one another have very tight and powerful effects that manifest acutely and sharply, planets who are in aspect to one another by sign but not by orb of aspect still manifest the nature of the aspect between the signs they are in. For example, if Jupiter is in Aries and Saturn is in Capricorn but there is no square aspect between them because they are too far apart in terms of degrees there will still be a square like relationship between what the two planets are signifying – Jupiter will be pushing for bold expansion and Saturn for conservation and caution. These tensions can be picked up by fast moving planets which manage to bridge the gap of degrees between the two slow-moving planets quickly, highlighting the differences between them.
This aspect relationship that signs have to one another is also the basis for the sorting of the information and its presentation as well as the means by which either a dynamic or harmonic map is created. Dynamic maps will be formulated on the basis of the 3 Modes (i.e. they will be sorted according to whether a sign is Cardinal/Active, Fixed/Stable, or Mutable/Reactive) while harmonic maps need to be formulated on the basis of either the 4 Elements (i.e. they will be sorted according to whether a sign is Fire, Earth, Air or Water) and/or the 2 Fluids (Masculine/positive/diurnal/Electric signs or Feminine/negative/nocturnal Magnetic signs). This is because of course the dynamic aspects, the square, opposition and conjunction, are all formed between signs in the same Mode while the trines, the most harmonious aspect, are formed between signs of the same Element and sextiles, the other harmonious aspect, are formed between signs which share a Fluid but not an Element.
Influences will be described as either harmonious/harmonic or dynamic/discordant. This does not imply in any way good or bad. It is simply a measurement of how easy it is for us to accept a particular influence. Certain dynamic influences literally force us to take action because they are so unacceptable. Conversely, certain harmonic influences that need to be regenerated just keep going because we see no need to change them. Dynamic influences include the conjunction, square and opposition while harmonic influences include the sextile and trine. Venus, Jupiter and Neptune tend to be harmonic influences regardless while Sun, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto are more dynamic.
A fifth and important principle to bear in mind is that when slow-moving planets change signs there are transition periods caused by retrograde motion which cause complications in the Moon maps. For example we recently had Saturn and Pluto change signs. This leads to new patterns as new signs means new aspects, changing the overall themes in the sky that fast moving planets interact with. Then, when either or both of the slow moving planets retrograde, the overall themes shift again. It needs to be kept in mind that when the slow-moving planets are near sign boundaries we are in transition periods where the overall themes in the sky are shifting between states for a while. Often this manifests as the old themes gradually wrapping themselves up while the new themes are setting themselves up but sometimes it manifests more chaotically as one slow moving planet stays in one sign while another moves out. These periods are the more complicated ones to map. 2023 is one of these transition periods so I will explain the creation of the Moon maps for June 2023 as an example, when Pluto changes signs.
The Moon map will show us which days of the month specific astrological aspects are transmitted astrally from the Moon sphere to Earth. One important complication here is that the Earth is spinning which means that we have time zones that delineate different times of day at different places for the same moment. This means that, for example, it can actually be one day in Australia and the previous day in America. The most obvious example of this is seen on New Year’s Eve.
Since the Moon takes around 2 1/2 days to move through a sign the days in which it activates any particular aspect occur in a sequence of two to three consecutive days, e.g.on the 7th, 8th and 9th or 12th, 13th and 14th, but because of the effect of time zones in some places the dates might be the 6th, 7th and 8th or 13th, 14th and 15th instead, for example. Essentially the days at the beginning and end of the cluster of dates might shift because of time zones while the date/s in the middle is fully reliable. Which time zone you are in will also determine whether it is night or day and this can have an effect on what you experience, for instance if you are asleep you might have the astrology manifest in your dreamscape, while if you are awake you may have to handle its external manifestations more.
The Moon map can also be helpful in identifying additional days of the month which are significant when conducting activations of our Keys, since it will pinpoint all the days in which the activation we are working with is transmitted astrally towards the Earth. In the dynamic map we see all the challenges and turning points while in a harmonious map we see all the support and encouragement we can be receptive to.
So, let’s begin Moon mapping!
IDENTIFY THE THEMES
The first thing to do is to check the positions of the slow-moving planets for the period in which we want to construct the map. We are looking for any major aspects between them that occur either by degree or sign. The slow-moving planets I use are Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Eris. Eris is super new and so its inclusion is more for research rather than forecasting purposes.
Here are the positions and directions of these planets on June 1st 2023:
- Jupiter: 03° Taurus, direct motion all month
- Saturn: 7° Pisces, direct motion, but turning retrograde this month
- Chiron: 17° Aries, direct motion all month
- Uranus: 29° Taurus, direct motion all month
- Neptune: 27° Pisces, direct motion until last day of month.
- Pluto: 0° Aquarius, retrograde motion that goes back to 29° Capricorn
- Eris: 25° Aries, direct motion all month
The major aspects between these positions and signs in June are as follows:
- Jupiter is conjunct Uranus by sign and square Pluto in Aquarius by degrees and sign. Jupiter is also trine Pluto by sign when it moves back into Capricorn (while still being square Jupiter by degrees) and sextile Neptune by sign and Saturn by sign and degrees all month.
- Saturn is conjunct Neptune by sign. It is sextile Jupiter by sign and degrees and sextile Uranus by sign all month as well as becoming sextile Pluto by sign when it is in Capricorn.
Chiron is conjunct Eris by sign and possibly degrees. It is sextile Pluto by sign until it leaves Aquarius, then it is square Pluto by sign.
- Uranus is conjunct Jupiter by sign and square Pluto by sign (but trine it by degrees) until Pluto leaves Aquarius, then it is trine Pluto by sign. It is sextile Neptune by sign and degrees and sextile Saturn by sign.
- Neptune is conjunct Saturn by sign. It is sextile Uranus by sign and degrees and sextile Jupiter by sign. When Pluto enters Capricorn it is sextile Pluto by sign and degrees.
- Pluto is in Aquarius is square Jupiter by degrees and sign, square Uranus by sign, sextile Chiron by sign and sextile Eris by sign and degrees. In Capricorn Pluto is trine Jupiter by sign (but still square by degrees), sextile Saturn by sign, square Chiron by sign and square Eris by sign and degrees, sextile Neptune by sign and degrees and trine Uranus by sign.
- Eris is conjunct Chiron by sign. It is sextile Pluto in Aquarius by sign and square Pluto in Capricorn by sign and degrees.
Since data on Eris is for research purposes I find it helpful at this point to gather all of that information into a separate category, which has the added benefit of cleaning up and focusing the list, and we can then tidy it up further by removing all the doubled up aspects:
- Chiron is in the same sign as Eris.
- Pluto in Aquarius is sextile Eris by sign, Pluto in Capricorn is square Eris by sign and degrees.
- Jupiter in the same sign as Uranus (Taurus) and sextile Saturn (in Pisces) by sign and degrees and sextile Neptune (in Pisces) by sign. It is square Pluto in Aquarius (sign and degrees) and trine Pluto in Capricorn (by sign)
- Saturn in Pisces is sextile Uranus (in Taurus) and conjunct Neptune (both by sign). It is sextile Pluto in Capricorn by sign. Also see Jupiter.
- Chiron in Aries is conjunct Eris by sign. It is sextile Pluto in Aquarius and square Pluto in Capricorn (both by sign)
- Uranus in Taurus is sextile Neptune (in Pisces) by sign. See also Jupiter and Saturn. It is square Pluto in Aquarius (by sign) and trine Pluto in Capricorn (by sign)
- Neptune in Pisces is sextile Pluto in Capricorn by sign and degrees. See also Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.
- Pluto in Aquarius, see Jupiter, Chiron and Uranus and in Capricorn see Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus and Neptune. Pluto enters Capricorn on June 10th.
We can see here that as I pointed out earlier the fact that Pluto changes signs this month creates complication in the map as the general themes change according to its position. This means we will have to account for this issue in the maps. From this list of the essential themes of the sky for the month we can choose to focus if we wish on those which are in aspect by both sign and degrees as these will have much more impact. In the list above this would lead us to focus on Jupiter sextile Saturn and square Pluto as well as Neptune sextile Pluto. However this only gives us three themes to work with and we gain a more complete picture by including sign based aspects as well. As I explained earlier, fast moving planets will be able to bridge the gap between the slow-moving ones, especially the Moon. This will have the effect of blending the two tones together in an aspect like relationship, at least as far as human experience goes.
With these themes in hand it is time to begin putting together a general interpretation of these themes. This will help us to understand the overall terrain of the month. Later we will add some contours that help us to identify where in the month these particular themes will emerge. Here we should probably start with the themes that are in aspect by degree and sign. In June, Jupiter sextile Saturn suggests a blend and ease of exchange between growth and cutback, expansion and contraction, a harmony between our urge to grow into new spaces and the necessity of creating new boundaries as a result. The signs of Taurus and Pisces might have something to do with how this theme expresses itself. If one of these planets is either poorly or well dignified by essential meaning (in a good or bad sign for its nature) then that can affect which side of the aspect will have dominance over the other. In this case, neither Jupiter nor Saturn appear to dominate that way. They might become more dominant if they receive other aspects from other planets, especially if those aspects are squares or oppositions, as more aspects means the planet is more active. Saturn looks pretty chill (in the same sign as Neptune and sextile Uranus) compared to Jupiter who has to contend with squares with Pluto and being in the same sign as Uranus, so it might be that Jupiter dominates here. So then we would push the interpretation more towards Jupiter in Taurus where it takes on financial, agricultural, physical and earthly forms rather than spiritual ones.
We do this process for everything else in the general themes for the month, including those themes which are caused by planets in sign-based relationships with one another. This becomes the basis for our interpretation of what is going down overall for that month. However, we need to know which days in the month these themes are going to be transmitted to the Earth and it is the inner planets, the fastest moving objects in the sky, especially the Moon, which we now need to add to find this. In doing so we will contour the terrain and the timing of things as well as acquire further information on how they trigger. I find the graphic ephemris of Solar Fire to be an amazing help here:
First, we look at the position of Mars. The position of Mars will often act as a trigger on its own, forcing action and reaction to that action, etc. For all the fast moving planets we need to know how far they travel in the month, not just their starting positions and directions. Mars can vary in speed quite dramatically, for example recently he spent 6 months in Gemini and is only in Cancer for a couple of months. Retrograde motion causes this variance. In June, Mars will begin at 6° Leo and finish at 24° Leo, in direct motion the whole time. This means it will activate everything in the Fixed/Stable signs (by conjunction, square or opposition, in other words dynamically) and everything in Fire signs by trine, while also being sextile to planets in Gemini or Libra. When we go back to our themes we see this interacts with Jupiter (in Taurus), Uranus (in Taurus), and Pluto (in Aquarius). The most significant part of this journey is when he makes a square by sign and degrees with Uranus in Taurus on June 26th. On this day, he will be powerfully triggering everything connected to Uranus in the sky, but in quite a pushy and trouble-making way as he will be square to Uranus. If we give the square a 6° orb of influence, this influence actually ends up covering June 15th until the end of the month with June 26th being the nucleus. So we now know the latter half of June triggers everything Uranian in a Mars square like way, with Mars in Leo. This is his main role in the sky for June. We make a note of this:
- Uranus in the same sign as Jupiter (Taurus), sextile the signs of Saturn and Neptune (Pisces) and trine the sign of Pluto (Capricorn) is dynamically and forcefully activated by Mars in Leo in the second half of the month, culminating on June 26th.
Notice that we had to know when Pluto changes signs (June 10th) to be able to figure out that he would be in Capricorn (trine Uranus by sign) for the latter half of the month. The focus of this Mars activation is Uranus in Taurus, as he will be exactly square it in the sky, and so this becomes the foundation for the interpretation (shock, upheaval, challenge, trouble, surprise or ambush).
We might also note that with Chiron in Fire there is something to smooth the journey of Mars in compensation. He will be trine Chiron in Aries on the 23rd, shortly before the square with Uranus, and with orbs of influence this will begin around June 12th and stay in orb all month. Mars/Chiron trines can be about making progress in quests or heroes journeys but they can also lead to a flowing of powerful healing forces. The Fire Element comes to the rescue when the Mars/Uranus drama unfolds. Mars is moving and shaking things this month but the Chiron contact helps to forge a path, a bridge over the troubled waters. Additionally because Uranus itself is in harmonious aspects (conjunct Jupiter, sextile Saturn and Neptune, trine Pluto by sign), we can expect it to be easier to adapt to whatever changes are being forced. If Uranus were not so well placed itself the changes would become very difficult to accept. We also now know that from June 12th onward, Mars is harmoniously smoothing out the general themes of Chiron:
- Chiron in Aries (conjunct Eris by sign and square Pluto in Capricorn by sign) is harmoniously energised by Mars in Leo from June 12th, culminating on the 23rd.
ADDING THE SOLAR TRINITY
We have added our first contours to the general themes of this months Moon map. The next step is to add the solar trinity – Sun, Mercury and Venus. It is helpful to think of these bodies as a connected trinity as they are astronomically and astrologically bound together. Mercury and Venus are never more than 2 signs away from the Sun but they can be either ahead of it or behind it as well as being in the same sign as the Sun. In June, for example, Venus is ahead of the Sun and the Sun is ahead of Mercury. Venus is therefore the leading edge of the trinity and Mercury its tail end. This in itself is significant information – the transits to all the slow moving planets are beginning as emotional experience (Venus activates first) and ending as intellectual ones (Mercury activates last). Should Mercury or Venus retrograde – they do not in this case – they can serve to bring strong emphasis to a general theme connected to the sign they are in or things they aspect by degree. The Sun is, like Mars, a powerful triggering mechanism for the general themes, it brings them to life, while Mercury and Venus represent what we think and what we feel about these themes, but with retrograde emphasis they can also act more like the Sun. In June, the solar trinity journeys as follows:
- Venus is in front starting at 25° Cancer and ending the month at 20° Leo. She switches signs on June 5th.
- The Sun goes from 10° Gemini to 08° Cancer, changing signs at the solstice on the 21st.
- Mercury travels from 15° Taurus to 08° Cancer, changing signs on the 1th and 27th.
Notice that Mercury catches up with the Sun – it is going to overtake him, changing the order to Venus, Mercury, Sun for the following month. This is a more foresighted trinity (we feel and perceive or analyze things before they come to life) while June is going to be more about hindsight – figuring things out after they happen (Mercury is behind) – but as we near the end of the month this hindsight diminishes and vanishes as we reach a point of thinking our way through things as they happen (Sun conjunct Mercury), a place where wits and reactions are sharpened and Mercury is invigorated, like a torch being re-lit before he races away with it. Hindsight this month is transforming into foresight for next month.
The next thing we do is map the trinity onto the general patterns just as we did for Mars. I find it helpful to focus only on degree based aspects here and to break the month into three parts for this operation, each of around 10 days:
- In the first 10 days of June, Mercury stays in Taurus and the Sun in Gemini but Venus leaves Cancer for Leo on the 5th. Mercury will be conjunct Uranus in Taurus on the 4th, dynamically activating everything Uranian in the general themes with an intellectual or mental energy. It will also make a sextile to Neptune in Pisces on the 10th, which helps to calm the mind and stimulate conscious imagination. The Sun in Gemini sextiles Chiron on the 10th. So we can say that the first ten days see dynamic activation of the Uranian themes by Mercury and a harmonious activation of Neptune themes as well as a harmonious bringing to life of Chiron themes around the 10th. The other main feature here is the transition of Venus from a sign where she is exalted to a sign where she has no essential dignity and her trine with Neptune in Pisces on the 3rd. The emotional atmosphere is high and quite positive for the first 4-5 days of June as a result. Result: dynamic activation of Uranus and harmonious activation of Neptune by Mercury, harmonious activation of Chiron by the Sun, elated emotions for first 5 days.
- In the middle ten days of the month, Mercury and the Sun are in Gemini with Venus in Leo. Mercury actually enters Gemini on the 11th. The Sun heads towards a square with Neptune in Pisces (19th) while Mercury heads towards a square with Saturn (15th). This is therefore a difficult period for all of the Saturn/Neptune themes. Venus also squares Jupiter in Taurus (11th), dynamically amping up the emotional power of all the Jupiter themes this month. Result: Dynamic activation of Saturn by Mercury and Neptune by the Sun, dynamic activation of Jupiter by Venus.
- In the last ten days or so of the month the Sun and Mercury enter Cancer (the 21st and 27th) and Venus remains in Leo. The last three days of June emphasize Cancer as the Sun and Mercury conjunct there. There is a square between Mercury in Gemini and Neptune in Pisces on the 26th, the follow up to the Sun/Neptune square on the 19th (here is where we attempt to figure out what we think about what happened then, but it is confusing as a Mercury/Neptune square presents a lack of clarity). However Mercury is also sextile to Chiron in Aries on the 23rd and trine with Saturn in Pisces on the 30th with the Sun trine to Saturn on the 29th. Venus also makes a trine with Chiron in Aries on the same day. There is some ease at the end of the month because of this. Result: dynamic activation of Neptune by Mercury (26th), harmonious activation of Chiron (23rd) by Mercury, and of Saturn by the Sun (29th) and Mercury (30th), harmonious activation of Chiron by Venus (29th).
At this point I like to add these dates to the general themes information:
Remaining Themes with Inner Planet Activations
- Jupiter in the same sign as Uranus (Taurus) and sextile Saturn (in Pisces) by sign and degrees and sextile Neptune (in Pisces) by sign. It is square Pluto in Aquarius (sign and degrees) and trine Pluto in Capricorn (by sign). Is activated dynamically on the 11th (Venus).
- Saturn in Pisces is sextile Uranus (in Taurus) and conjunct Neptune (both by sign). It is sextile Pluto in Capricorn by sign. Also see Jupiter. Is activated dynamically on the 15th (Mercury) and harmoniously on the 29th (Sun) and 30th (Mercury).
- Chiron in Aries is conjunct Eris by sign. It is sextile Pluto in Aquarius and square Pluto in Capricorn (both by sign). Is activated harmoniously by Mars (from the 12th, peaking on 23rd), Sun (10th), Mercury (22nd), Mars (23rd) and Venus (29th).
- Uranus in Taurus is sextile Neptune (in Pisces) by sign. See also Jupiter and Saturn. It is square Pluto in Aquarius (by sign) and trine Pluto in Capricorn (by sign). Is activated dynamically by Mars (from around the 15th, culminating on the 26th) and Mercury (4th).
- Neptune in Pisces is sextile Pluto in Capricorn by sign and degrees. See also Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Is dynamically activated by the Sun (19th) and Mercury (26th) and harmoniously activated by Venus (3rd) and Mercury (10th).
- Pluto in Aquarius, see Jupiter, Chiron and Uranus and in Capricorn see Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus and Neptune. Pluto enters Capricorn on June 10th. While in Aquarius Pluto is dynamically activated by Mars and Venus (5th) and harmoniously by Mercury (11th). In Capricorn it is unactivated.
THE MOON MAP
With this step complete we are now ready to finish the Moon map by looking at the Moon itself. At this point we need to decide whether we are creating a map which is more focused on dynamic or harmonious influences i.e. influences which are challenging to adapt to and those which are easy to handle. This is because the Moon will activate everything in every possible way each month, so its more useful to know whether that is a dynamic or harmonious activation. To create a dynamic Moon map we will filter everything through the Modes and to create a harmonic one we will filter it through the Elements. This filtering is made from a list of days in which the Moon enters each sign for June:
- Scorpio: Jun 1st
- Sagittarius: Jun 3rd
- Capricorn: Jun 5th
- Aquarius: Jun 7th
- Pisces: Jun 9th
- Aries: Jun 11th
- Taurus: Jun 13th
- Gemini: Jun 16th
- Cancer: Jun 18th
- Leo: Jun 21st
- Virgo: Jun 23rd
- Libra: Jun 26th
- Scorpio: Jun 28th
- Sagittarius: Jun 30th
To create a dynamic map we simply sort all these according to whether the Moon is in Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable signs:
- Cardinal (Moon is in Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn): 5th, 6th, 7th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th, 28th.
- Fixed (Moon is in Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius): 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th, 30th.
- Mutable (Moon is in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces): 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 30th.
To create a harmonious map we do the same but sort through the Elements:
- Fire (Moon is in Aries, Leo or Sagittarius): 3rd, 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 30th.
- Earth (Moon is in Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn): 5th, 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th.
- Air (Moon is in Gemini, Libra or Aquarius): 7th, 8th, 9th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 26th, 27th, 28th.
- Water (Moon is in Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces): 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 11th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 28th, 29th, 30th.
The dates in bold are the middle dates in which we do not have to think about time zones as mentioned earlier.
With the dynamic map we can see all the days in which the Moon is transmitting the overall themes of the month to the Earth in ways which are extremely active and potentially difficult to control. We apply this information to these general themes in this way. For example in the general themes Jupiter and Uranus are in Fixed signs, actually both are in the same sign, Taurus. This means that on the 2nd, 8th, 14th, 22nd and 29th and the days either side of those the Moon is stirring up and transmitting all of the Jupiter/Uranus themes, including the fact that they are in the same sign, and its doing so in a way that could mean trouble for us but its potentially also filled with energy that gets things done (Taurus). We can cross reference this with the inner planet contours we put down – the movements of Mars and the solar trinity – for more details. In this way, certain dates in the month will really stand out as overlapping transmitters for particular themes generated by the slower moving planets. For example, we have discovered that Uranus in Taurus is dynamically activated by Mars from the 15th, peaking on the 26th, and when we cross reference this with the Moon map we see that the Moon dynamically activates all Fixed signs on the 22nd and 29th, bracketing the peak Mars activation on the 26th. So we start to see the terrain of the 22nd-29th as being especially dynamic and Uranian. This is likely a turbulent week.
With the harmonious or harmonic map we see all the days in which the Moon is transmitting the overall themes of the month to the Earth in ways which are much easier for us to handle or in forms which we are more receptive to. Again, we apply the information to the general themes in this way but we should probably focus more on the sextiles and trines within those general themes. For example, Jupiter and Saturn are sextile by degrees and signs all month long. Jupiter is in Taurus (Earth) and Saturn is in Pisces (Water). The filtering by Elements gives us the following days in which the Moon, being in an Earth or Water sign, transmits this sextile directly towards the mundane realm: 2nd, 6th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 29th. Again we can cross-reference this with the inner planets. The trining of the Sun and Mercury in Cancer to Saturn in Pisces at the end of the month (29th and 30th), harmoniously activates the same general theme of Jupiter sextile Saturn, meaning that the 29th is especially powerful as a transmitter of this theme as the Sun, Mercury and the Moon act to transmit it. Dynamic activations can also cause things to kick in or be stronger, especially those of Mars, so we could use the dynamic dates as triggers for harmonious themes – for example, with the Jupiter/Saturn sextile we know that it is activated dynamically by Venus on the 11th and we also know that it is being harmoniously activated by the Moon (in a Water sign) on the 10th and 11th. It is quite likely that on the 11th the Jupiter/Saturn sextile is strongly felt, as the dynamic transmission of it by Venus (through the emotions) is harmoniously transmitted by the Moon (it becomes a personal experience). Remember that dynamic influences just cause things to change or to be more energised and active while harmonious ones keep them on course or make things easier to accept.
You can also create a harmonic map based on the sextile, but you need to create that based on the signs the slow moving planets are in, for example to create a harmonic, sextile based Moon map for the Jupiter/Saturn sextile you need a list of all the days when the Moon is in Taurus or Pisces, the signs of Jupiter and Saturn, or the signs that sextile Taurus and Pisces (Cancer and Capricorn). In our example that gives us the 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st. Cross referencing this with the information we have on Jupiter and Saturn for June also highlights the 11th (we see a dynamic activation of Jupiter by Venus in Leo at this time) and this suggests that the 11th will powerfully transmit the Jupiter/Saturn influence as an emotion. We also see the 15th as a time when Saturn is dynamically activated by Mercury, which synchronises with the 15th in the list we have just generated – both Moon and Mercury are transmitting the Jupiter/Saturn sextile mid-month, but Mercury, being square to Saturn, is adding complications and saying no to things, while the Moon, the astral transmitter that make things personal, is helping us to deal with that. The mood we have is good enough that we can handle the twists.
I hope this explanation was clear enough to enable you to venture into the process of making your own monthly Moon maps and studying what occurs on the days that become highlighted by this method. If you’re interested in the topic you can get a free monthly Moon map by subscribing at the five dollar or more tier on Patreon. Thank you for reading and see you next month!