The Septile Circular: May 2020

Dear readers, I realize the title of this piece indicates a summary of data for the month of May, but having gotten my act together*...I'm here to tell you the second half of 2020 is going to be off the hook.
*(check out the #SeptilePings on Twitter!)

And with all the other major transits occurring (Saturn-Pluto, Jupiter-Pluto, Jupiter-Neptune, Jupiter-Saturn, Eris-Pluto) there's a fair case that none of those conjunctions, sextiles and squares are THE sine qua non of the year. What we have here is the Year of the 7th Harmonic, comparable only to 6 other years since 1900 for number of exact hits, and the last of such extraordinary years through 2050. All 5 outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) will be involved in 11 exact septiles or biseptiles with one another over the course of 2020. Such a high number of aspects also means there will be several overlaps while they remain in orb. Plus, there's an additional building-but-refranated (within 1° orb) septile from Uranus to Neptune which lingers nearly 4 months in the latter half of 2020, and begins the first of 5 exact hits in 2021.

We had hints of these early in the year: a Saturn-Neptune septile in February, a Jupiter-Uranus biseptile in March, but then the outers got quiet in April while the first Uranus-Pluto biseptile of the year (a series of aspects begun in 2018, as well-noted by Robert Wilkinson) moves towards perfection on May 16th. The remainder of these major aspects pace themselves out over the months ahead, with some quickening in November and December. We'll go into more depth on them with each circular, including date ranges where we get some in-orb overlap.

Next month: I'm also going to start digging into those historical years (1910, 1927, 1938, 1947, 1963, 2009) to see if I can find some precedent. The years listed each have at least 11 exact 7th harmonic aspect hits. I've also found 10 other years where, if you take into account the particular slow-moving planet applying the aspect and weight the data accordingly (e.g. 1 point for Jupiter, 2 for Saturn, 3 for Uranus, 4 for Neptune..), their weightings become equally-if-not-more significant.

But for now, let's look at May's highlights, especially now that we have some context for the year.


The individualized lunar tables hide this, but for those who have been noting the #SeptilePings on Twitter: there are particular days when the lunar 7th harmonic activity decides to jolt us out from the ethers. May 1st was such a day, as the Moon was transiting the latter half of Leo. It's just how everything lines-up right now: Juno, Uranus, Mercury, Pluto, North Node, Jupiter, Neptune, Sun, Pallas, Saturn. We had precedent for this at the start of April when she was transiting the same part of Leo, but you might be forgiven for missing out; the big day was April 4th, the same day as the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction. And given May is a long month, we'll see Luna get back around to that part of Leo again on May 28th.

A close runner-up for intense lunar 7th harmonic activity was this past Friday, May 8th, while Luna transited the end of Scorpio into the first decan of Sagittarius. My initial read on this activity is that it may feel like static-y energy with so many varied objects being contacted, at least until you can get a handle on it. The Ptolomeic aspects have a cleaner feel to them, by comparison.

May the 4th was an extra-special day for our messenger god. Not only was it the historic birth date for Hermes, son of Maia, namesake of the month of May, with the 4th of every month sacred to the psychopomp. And not only was it the day of Mercury's superior cazimi with the Sun at 14° Taurus. Just prior to the cazimi both Mercury and the Sun biseptiled Saturn in Aquarius at precisely the same degree and arc-minute positions. It speaks of challenges as we strive to free ourselves of winter's icy grip, to grow and shine and build our lives.

These aspects appear to have been so intense that the planets, nodes, goddess asteroids and Chiron decided to refrain from etheric-style communication for a full week after, leaving Luna to trace what 7th harmonic signals transmitted in the meanwhile. A full week gap in non-lunar septile activity is a rarity. We experienced the same the 4th week of March and will again the first week of July, but apart from a handful of smaller 3-day gaps this activity usually finds at least one minor object pairing near-daily.

Moving to the major aspect of the month, the Uranus-Pluto biseptile on May 16th, this is exact hit #5 of 7, paralleling nicely with the set of 7 opening squares between the planets in the first half of the 2010's. By comparison, the waxing septile aspects of this planetary cycle had 5 exact hits during 1990 and 1991. The first four exact waxing biseptiles (102°51'25") occurred on July 27th and September 26th in 2018, and June 17th and November 14th in 2019. The two remaining biseptiles occur in December of this year and April 2021.

Consider that the first biseptile in this cycle (July 27th, 2018) perfected within 3 minutes of time from a perfected lunar eclipse at 4° Leo/Aquarius. This eclipse also had retrograde Mars and the South Node in Aquarius tightly conjoined the Moon, while Mercury was heavy in the skies, stationing to go retrograde in Leo. Uranus himself was 10 days from stationing retrograde in Taurus as well, adding further gravitas to the biseptile while extending his influence to the points in Aquarius. Retrograde Pluto meanwhile, disposited by retrograde Saturn in Capricorn in tight trine to Uranus, acted the mediator between the modern and traditional rules of Aquarius.

What themes and recurrences might be drawn forth for you from these dates? What intuitions and synchronicities, perhaps even senses of destiny, have developed over this time?

Septiles and their ilk are odd ducks: these 7 biseptiles are trine by whole sign, Taurus to Capricorn in this case, but really they're...not. Septiles are discrete and modular in a way sextiles are not. Put two sextiles together and they flow into a more-essential harmonic (the 3rd, from the 6th); they lose their sextile-ness. Put two septiles together...and you get this jangly-looking thing where they don't reduce: a septile length at an angle to another septile length, kind of like a bicycle frame where the lengths are welded into position.

Septile aspects build on one another: the first piece, the septile, is your initial message which lays the foundation, somewhat like the first season of a TV show or the first of a film series (before the dark times, before the synergy). Discrete. Whole unto itself. The biseptile takes the initial septile's basis and tweaks it not-too-harshly at an angle. It reintroduces a sense of mystery while deepening and evolving the fundamentals of the original, a stage beyond in the journey. Think Stranger Things seasons 1 and 2, for instance. I bring this up because this current Uranus-Pluto cycle was seeded with their conjunction in the mid-1960s, had waxing septile in the early-1990s, the waxing biseptile at present, with the waxing triseptile (before the culmination of the opposition) in the late 2030s. Do you start to get a sense for the messages imparted at each stage and their development?

Finally, beyond Uranus-Pluto, swift-footed Mercury plays pick-up with a small septile cluster on the 28th under the cover of the intense set of lunar septiles from Leo. The trickster aspects both Uranus and Pluto that day, heralding to us the message of their negotiations from anaretic Gemini (waitasec, he was halfway through Taurus at the start of the month!). May 28th is also when the next Jupiter-Uranus biseptile begins to come into orb (1.5°) overlapping the tapering-but-still-within orb Uranus-Pluto biseptile until June 8th.


Planetary Transits

Date Time (GMT) Aspect

May 1 02:14 Mars 21 aq 41 waxing septile South Node 00 cp 16
14:14 Sun 11 ta 39 waxing septile Neptune 20 pi 14
14:44 Mercury 07 ta 50 waxing biseptile Pluto 24 cp 59rx

May 2 01:53 Mercury 08 ta 49 waning septile North Node 00 cn 15
13:42 Mercury 09 ta 52 waxing biseptile Jupiter 27 cp 00

May 3 02:51 Ceres 02 pi 39 waning septile Eris 24 ar 05
03:20 Sun 13 ta 09 waxing biseptile Pallas 00 aq 18
10:24 Mercury 11 ta 42 waxing septile Neptune 20 pi 16

May 4 03:37 Mercury 13 ta 14 waxing biseptile Pallas 00 aq 23
19:26 Sun 14 ta 46 waxing biseptile Saturn 01 aq 55
20:40 Mercury 14 ta 46 waxing biseptile Saturn 01 aq 55

May 11 14:38 Mercury 29 ta 21 waxing septile Chiron 07 ar 55

May 13 19:48 Mercury 03 ge 59 waxing triseptile South Node 29 sa 42

May 16 16:32 Uranus 07 ta 44 waxing biseptile Pluto 24 cp 54rx

May 17 06:44 Mars 02 pi 47 waning septile Eris 24 ar 13

May 18 17:24 Vesta 23 ge 08 waning biseptile Juno 06 li 04rx

May 19 19:15 Mercury 15 ge 40 waxing septile Eris 24 ar 14

May 20 07:03 Sun 29 ta 43 waxing septile Chiron 08 ar 18
09:09 North Node 29 ge 26rx waxing septile Uranus 07 ta 56

May 21 07:45 Mercury 18 ge 23 waxing biseptile Mars 05 pi 32

May 22 05:13 Venus 20 ge 24rx waxing biseptile Ceres 07 pi 23
10:04 Mercury 20 ge 17 waxing biseptile Ceres 07 pi 25

May 23 09:34 Venus 20 ge 07rx waxing biseptile Mars 06 pi 56

May 24 00:56 Mercury 22 ge 58 waning biseptile Juno 05 li 50rx
04:00 Sun 03 ge 27 waxing triseptile South Node 29 sa 10rx

May 28 01:26 Mercury 29 ge 02 waxing triseptile Pluto 24 cp 45rx
02:11 Mars 10 pi 05 waxing triseptile Juno 05 li 48
15:01 Mercury 29 ge 48 waxing septile Uranus 08 ta 23

May 29 15:16 Mercury 01 cn 10 waxing triseptile Jupiter 26 cp 56rx

May 31 05:22 Venus 16 ge 02rx waxing septile Eris 24 ar 20
15:14 Mercury 03 cn 40 waxing biseptile Neptune 20 pi 49




Moon to Sun

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 1 20:38 Moon 24 le 46 waxing biseptile Sun 11 ta 55
5 14:55 Moon 19 li 51 waxing triseptile Sun 15 ta 34
9 07:55 Moon 14 sa 52 waning triseptile Sun 19 ta 09
13 11:08 Moon 10 aq 17 waning biseptile Sun 23 ta 08
18 02:05 Moon 06 ar 10 waning septile Sun 27 ta 36
22 17:36 Moon 02 ge 04 conjunct Sun 02 ge 04
27 02:21 Moon 27 cn 41 waxing septile Sun 06 ge 16
31 02:51 Moon 22 vi 59 waxing biseptile Sun 10 ge 07




Moon to Mercury

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 1 13:21 Moon 20 le 34 waxing biseptile Mercury 07 ta 43
5 16:31 Moon 20 li 51 waxing triseptile Mercury 16 ta 34
9 18:28 Moon 21 sa 07 waning triseptile Mercury 25 ta 24
14 10:31 Moon 22 aq 23 waning biseptile Mercury 05 ge 15
19 13:44 Moon 23 ar 49 waning septile Mercury 15 ge 15
24 11:05 Moon 23 ge 38 conjunct Mercury 23 ge 38
28 20:58 Moon 21 le 35 waxing septile Mercury 00 cn 09




Moon to Venus

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 4 12:22 Moon 03 li 16 waxing biseptile Venus 20 ge 24
8 00:05 Moon 25 sc 35 waxing triseptile Venus 21 ge 18
11 16:44 Moon 17 cp 30 waning triseptile Venus 21 ge 47
15 19:02 Moon 08 pi 51 waning biseptile Venus 21 ge 51rx
20 01:09 Moon 29 ar 29 waning septile Venus 20 ge 57rx
24 03:13 Moon 19 ge 30 conjunct Venus 19 ge 37rx
27 22:52 Moon 09 le 05 waxing septile Venus 18 ge 39rx
31 12:01 Moon 28 vi 27 waxing biseptile Venus 16 ge 13rx




Moon to Mars

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 3 13:22 Moon 19 vi 06 waning triseptile Mars 23 aq 23
7 03:51 Moon 13 sc 01 waning biseptile Mars 25 aq 52
10 21:57 Moon 07 cp 01 waning septile Mars 28 aq 27
15 04:07 Moon 01 pi 21 conjunct Mars 01 pi 21
19 17:55 Moon 25 ar 54 waxing septile Mars 04 pi 28
24 04:48 Moon 20 ge 20 waxing biseptile Mars 07 pi 28
28 08:33 Moon 14 le 33 waxing triseptile Mars 10 pi 16




Moon to Vesta

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 4 07:05 Moon 29 vi 58 waxing biseptile Vesta 17 ge 07
7 19:41 Moon 22 sc 52 waxing triseptile Vesta 18 ge 34
11 13:47 Moon 15 cp 51 waning triseptile Vesta 20 ge 08
15 19:27 Moon 09 pi 03 waning biseptile Vesta 21 ge 55
20 06:55 Moon 02 ta 22 waning septile Vesta 23 ge 48
24 14:53 Moon 25 ge 38 conjunct Vesta 25 ge 38
28 16:03 Moon 18 le 48 waxing septile Vesta 27 ge 22




Moon to Juno

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 1 05:56 Moon 16 le 17 waning septile Juno 07 li 47rx
4 18:46 Moon 07 li 14 conjunct Juno 07 li 26rx
8 04:27 Moon 28 sc 15 waxing septile Juno 06 li 52rx
11 20:02 Moon 19 cp 19 waxing biseptile Juno 06 li 37rx
15 22:12 Moon 10 pi 26 waxing triseptile Juno 06 li 17rx
20 05:28 Moon 01 ta 39 waning triseptile Juno 05 li 57rx
24 09:48 Moon 22 ge 58 waning biseptile Juno 05 li 50rx
28 08:14 Moon 14 le 22 waning septile Juno 05 li 48




Moon to Ceres

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 4 04:58 Moon 28 vi 40 waning triseptile Ceres 02 pi 57
7 16:44 Moon 21 sc 01 waning biseptile Ceres 03 pi 53
11 09:22 Moon 13 cp 24 waning septile Ceres 04 pi 50
15 13:04 Moon 05 pi 51 conjunct Ceres 05 pi 51
19 22:47 Moon 28 ar 18 waxing septile Ceres 06 pi 53
24 05:26 Moon 20 ge 40 waxing biseptile Ceres 07 pi 49
28 05:39 Moon 12 le 55 waxing triseptile Ceres 08 pi 37
31 23:01 Moon 05 li 02 waning triseptile Ceres 09 pi 20




Moon to Pallas

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 1 22:36 Moon 25 le 54 waning triseptile Pallas 00 aq 11
5 11:24 Moon 17 li 38 waning biseptile Pallas 00 aq 29
8 22:33 Moon 09 sa 17 waning septile Pallas 00 aq 43
12 17:21 Moon 00 aq 52 conjunct Pallas 00 aq 52
16 22:11 Moon 22 pi 22 waxing septile Pallas 00 aq 57
21 05:36 Moon 13 ta 45 waxing biseptile Pallas 00 aq 54rx
25 08:31 Moon 05 cn 01 waxing triseptile Pallas 00 aq 46rx
29 05:00 Moon 26 le 11 waning triseptile Pallas 00 aq 30rx




Moon to Jupiter

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 1 17:01 Moon 22 le 41 waning triseptile Jupiter 26 cp 58
5 05:59 Moon 14 li 14 waning biseptile Jupiter 27 cp 06
8 16:45 Moon 05 sa 45 waning septile Jupiter 27 cp 11
12 10:35 Moon 27 cp 13 conjunct Jupiter 27 cp 13
16 14:42 Moon 18 pi 39 waxing septile Jupiter 27 cp 14rx
20 22:13 Moon 10 ta 02 waxing biseptile Jupiter 27 cp 12rx
25 01:40 Moon 01 cn 21 waxing triseptile Jupiter 27 cp 04rx
28 22:49 Moon 22 le 37 waning triseptile Jupiter 26 cp 59rx




Moon to North Node

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 1 15:17 Moon 21 le 41 waxing septile North Node 00 cn 16
5 03:47 Moon 12 li 51 waxing biseptile North Node 00 cn 02
8 13:50 Moon 03 sa 58 waxing triseptile North Node 29 ge 45rx
12 07:09 Moon 25 cp 23 waning triseptile North Node 29 ge 40
16 11:00 Moon 16 pi 48 waning biseptile North Node 29 ge 42rx
20 17:59 Moon 07 ta 55 waning septile North Node 29 ge 28rx
24 21:33 Moon 29 ge 09 conjunct North Node 29 ge 10rx
28 19:20 Moon 20 le 39 waxing septile North Node 29 ge 14




Moon to South Node

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 3 10:25 Moon 17 vi 18 waning biseptile South Node 00 cp 14
6 20:27 Moon 08 sc 23 waning septile South Node 00 cp 00rx
10 09:07 Moon 29 sa 38 conjunct South Node 29 sa 38rx
14 08:04 Moon 21 aq 08 waxing septile South Node 29 sa 42
18 14:39 Moon 12 ar 23 waxing biseptile South Node 29 sa 37rx
22 20:22 Moon 03 ge 29 waxing triseptile South Node 29 sa 17rx
26 21:16 Moon 24 cn 54 waning triseptile South Node 29 sa 11
30 15:41 Moon 16 vi 23 waning biseptile South Node 29 sa 15




Moon to Saturn

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 2 01:29 Moon 27 le 36 waning triseptile Saturn 01 aq 53
5 13:41 Moon 19 li 04 waning biseptile Saturn 01 aq 55
9 00:35 Moon 10 sa 31 waning septile Saturn 01 aq 57
12 19:21 Moon 01 aq 57 conjunct Saturn 01 aq 57rx
17 00:09 Moon 23 pi 21 waxing septile Saturn 01 aq 55rx
21 07:31 Moon 14 ta 43 waxing biseptile Saturn 01 aq 53rx
25 10:30 Moon 06 cn 04 waxing triseptile Saturn 01 aq 48rx
29 07:07 Moon 27 le 24 waning triseptile Saturn 01 aq 42rx




Moon to Chiron

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 3 01:21 Moon 11 vi 47 waxing triseptile Chiron 07 ar 30
6 12:29 Moon 03 sc 23 waning triseptile Chiron 07 ar 40
10 01:01 Moon 24 sa 59 waning biseptile Chiron 07 ar 51
13 23:12 Moon 16 aq 36 waning septile Chiron 08 ar 01
18 06:13 Moon 08 ar 12 conjunct Chiron 08 ar 12
22 13:12 Moon 29 ta 49 waxing septile Chiron 08 ar 23
26 14:51 Moon 21 cn 24 waxing biseptile Chiron 08 ar 32
30 09:53 Moon 12 vi 58 waxing triseptile Chiron 08 ar 40




Moon to Uranus

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 1 11:55 Moon 19 le 44 waxing biseptile Uranus 06 ta 53
5 01:25 Moon 11 li 22 waxing triseptile Uranus 07 ta 05
8 12:14 Moon 03 sa 00 waning triseptile Uranus 07 ta 17
12 05:46 Moon 24 cp 38 waning biseptile Uranus 07 ta 29
16 09:57 Moon 16 pi 18 waning septile Uranus 07 ta 43
20 18:05 Moon 07 ta 58 conjunct Uranus 07 ta 58
24 22:25 Moon 29 ge 37 waxing septile Uranus 08 ta 11
28 20:23 Moon 21 le 15 waxing biseptile Uranus 08 ta 23




Moon to Neptune

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 1 20:12 Moon 24 le 31 waxing triseptile Neptune 20 pi 14
5 08:51 Moon 16 li 02 waning triseptile Neptune 20 pi 19
8 19:42 Moon 07 sa 33 waning biseptile Neptune 20 pi 24
12 13:59 Moon 29 cp 04 waning septile Neptune 20 pi 29
16 18:34 Moon 20 pi 35 conjunct Neptune 20 pi 35
21 02:18 Moon 12 ta 05 waxing septile Neptune 20 pi 39
25 05:51 Moon 03 cn 35 waxing biseptile Neptune 20 pi 44
29 03:04 Moon 25 le 04 waxing triseptile Neptune 20 pi 47




Moon to Pluto

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 1 13:34 Moon 20 le 41 waning triseptile Pluto 24 cp 59rx
5 02:35 Moon 12 li 06 waning biseptile Pluto 24 cp 58rx
8 13:05 Moon 03 sa 31 waning septile Pluto 24 cp 57rx
12 06:18 Moon 24 cp 55 conjunct Pluto 24 cp 55rx
16 10:00 Moon 16 pi 19 waxing septile Pluto 24 cp 53rx
20 17:33 Moon 07 ta 42 waxing biseptile Pluto 24 cp 51rx
24 21:23 Moon 29 ge 04 waxing triseptile Pluto 24 cp 49rx
28 18:58 Moon 20 le 27 waning triseptile Pluto 24 cp 45rx




Moon to Eris

Date Time (GMT) Aspect
May 4 04:30 Moon 28 vi 22 waxing triseptile Eris 24 ar 05
7 14:50 Moon 19 sc 50 waning triseptile Eris 24 ar 07
11 05:36 Moon 11 cp 18 waning biseptile Eris 24 ar 10
15 06:56 Moon 02 pi 46 waning septile Eris 24 ar 12
19 14:35 Moon 24 ar 14 conjunct Eris 24 ar 14
23 19:58 Moon 15 ge 42 waxing septile Eris 24 ar 17
27 19:26 Moon 07 le 10 waxing biseptile Eris 24 ar 19
31 12:18 Moon 28 vi 38 waxing triseptile Eris 24 ar 20

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