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Fall Equinox Moon Wobble 2015

Posted by Richard Burns at Aug 11, 2015 05:25 AM |
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2015 September 24 - Fall Equinox Moon Wobble at the White House

Fall Equinox Moon Wobble 2015

MoonWobble 2015 September 24 at The White House

Our collective Moonwobble clings to the last minutes of the the Aries / Libra Nodal Axis.  Since Lunar Nodes always move Retrograde, this Final Degree is the Anaretic Degree which sums up the heart of the Ingress.  A condensed degree that demands closure.  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 (September 10) before the peak (some say as many as 28 days [August 28] ) as personal irritability is evident, entering a critical period some 7 days (September 17) before the peak to a maximum build-up (September 24). Allow the release of energy letting up a few days after the peak (September 27). The affect is gradually integrated over 7 days after the peak (September 31).

Sun is conjunct the North Node in Libra, which is ruled by the Venus, which is Retrograde.  The South Node is in Aries, ruled by Mars.  

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 Aries (Family Survival Dynamic Changer - Fire - Future, Traditional Ruler - Mars, Contemporary Ruler - Pluto) and Libra (Family Survival Dynamic Guide - Air - Future, Ruler - Venus). Cardinal Air is the Wind fanning Cardinal Fire energy.  Cardinal signs initiate action. Aries deals with war. Libra deals with compromise, agreements, deals.  Additionally, Neptune in native Pisces is in easy Trine of expansive Jupiter, a critically expansive water and petroleum.  Saturnian structure is in difficult Square with explosive Mars.  Abruptly changing Uranus n easy Trine with an expansive monetary Venus Retrograde until abruptly going Direct at Moonwobble Peak.  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 0 degree Sun Conjunct 0 degree North Node in Libra begins the Second Hemicycle being the Process of Collectivization and involves Group-Integration and Transfiguration.  In a collection of perfect specimens of many biological forms, a butterfly displays the beauty of its wings, its body impaled by a fine date.  Keynote is the immortal achetypal reality that a perfect and dedicated life reveals.

The 0 degree South Lunar Node in Aries begins the First Hemicycle being the Process of Individualization and involves Differentiation and Desire.  Illustrated by a woman just risen from the sea, a seal is embracing hr.  Keynote is the emergence of new forms and of the potentiality of consciousness.

The Aries / Libra nodal axis is the axis of family responsibility, and is determined to break new paths and enrich the family with new blood, preferably beautiful offspring. The universal cycles of birth and death, growth and destruction, Spring and Fall. The Aries / Libra axis relates very strongly to the myth of Persephone. The core issue of self-worth from sustaining and maintaining. Aries represents the individual, while Libra represents the collective. An opportunity to balance individual liberty with collective responsibility.

South Node in Aries, ruled by Mars, connects the planet to loss and sacrifice. North Node in Libra is ruled by a dignified Venus, in its natural sign. This suggests a greater emphasis on diplomacy than on war. North Node in Libra is in the forth house of foundations and family. South Node conjunct weird and revolutionary Vesta in Aries is in the ninth house of higher learning and transcendence.



Venus goes Direct at 14 degrees Leo, September 7

Partial Solar Eclipse and New Moon at 20 degrees Virgo, September 13

Mercury Retrograde at 15 degrees Libra, September 18

Fall Equinox, September 23

Fall MoonWobble Peak, September 24

Retrograde Pluto stations at 12 degrees 58 minutes Capricorn on September 25, goes direct September 26

Total Lunar Eclipse and New Moon at 4 degrees Aries, September 27

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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William Fennie
William Fennie says:
Sep 06, 2015 08:58 PM

I see you're using Koch houses now. Gives some interesting results - yields Aries-Libra as intercepted signs(!). If we follow the Koch rulerships for the 4th and 10th houses we get Mercury and Mars, both of which are pretty poorly aspected. With the Sun conjunct the IC do we need to be concerned about threats to leaders ? Pope Francis will be in the U.S. at the peak. North node conjunction suggests maybe not. Sun and N.Node are also trine Moon and in the house where the Lot of Daimon would fall, which also suggests good fortune, not malevolence.

Also - interesting planetary activity with Mercury going retrograde on the 18th. I would guess this will intensify the "wobbliness" of the peak. Pluto going direct on the 25th is also something to watch, especially at the stationary moment.