The Full Experience

Heavy rains don’t last forever. Neither do high winds, nor seasons. That’s the way of life on Earth. There is ebb and flow. There are cycles. Furthermore, it is not unusual for your experience of cyclical phenomena to differ from that of others at least as often as you find yourself sharing the same experience with others.


It doesn’t really matter whether your experience of life’s ebbs and flows converge with or diverge from that of others at any given time. Over time, the breaks tend to even out. What does matter is whether or not you choose to have any experience in its fullness from beginning to end.

It is thus important to remember that the current lunar cycle is only halfway towards completion now that the Scorpio Full Moon of 2016 is just a few hours behind us. Even though a lot has transpired since the Aries New Moon of April 7, it would almost certainly be a good idea to stay tuned as the Moon wanes towards newness again.

Probably the best way to stay tuned in to the monthly cycle (often called a “lunation”) that proceeds from one New Moon to the next is by watching it. Astrology correlates the Moon with the many things that you privately experience ‘in person’. That’s the reason it’s so important to look up and see the Moon with your own eyes as often as you can. Actually seeing the Moon (and consciously noting your feelings while doing so) is the most straightforward way to understand how its motions and phases correspond to your own.

In the first two weeks of a lunation (as the Moon waxes towards fullness) it’s pretty easy to see the Moon because it is already up in the sky by nightfall. Full Moons are also fairly available because they rise in the East as the Sun is going down and remain in the sky all night, only setting in the West at dawn. Because the Moon continues to rise a bit later every night, however, viewing the Moon during the second half of its cycle (as it wanes towards newness again) is problematic because it means you you must stay up later and later to catch your glimpse.

It’s easy to lose visual contact with the Moon in the second two weeks of a lunation. Fortunately, you still have contact with your own body. While the experience is often subjective and not easily amenable to empirical proof, it’s reasonable to hypothesize that your body is at least synchronized with lunar cycles. After all, the actual stuff you are made of has been recycled through many bodies before yours. Additionally, among all the experiences of previous lives coded into your DNA, there is almost certainly included some extensive familiarity with the Moon.

Therefore, especially if you have to observe a regular bedtime, pay attention to your body over the next two weeks. Feel consciously. Be particularly attentive to any physical developments or visceral sensations that seem to represent a complementary ‘other’ side to how you have experienced the two weeks just past.

As an example, if you were somehow ill between April 7 and today and are starting to feel better, pay attention to all the experiences that correlate with recovery. See if any parallels come up for you. Don’t think too much about it. Just be present to your feelings and let correspondences come as they may. Then as the next New Moon on May 6 approaches, start looking for correlations with other people and over longer periods.

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The Spring Reading is now published. You may order all 12 signs here or choose your individual signs here for immediate access. You may listen to a free audio introduction here now.

One way of filling out your personal experiences with this current lunar cycle is to get some useful information from an experienced astrologer. Fortunately, Planet Waves has some resources for you.

As we approach a New Moon that will also represent the middle of our current season, you can build on your work of integrating the current lunar cycle through your body by consulting Eric’s 2016 Spring Reading. Think of it as the extra mile you would not be able to run without a little guidance.

Then, as you get the hang of working with future lunations so as to give yourself the full experience, give some serious thought to how you might use your work as a springboard to a wider understanding of the world as a whole, as well as broader service to it. Should you aspire to such service, a membership in the Planet Waves Core Community will go a long way towards helping you reach your aspirations, by giving you a way to connect with others whose work parallels your own.

No matter how personal the experience of living in a physical body may be, none of us are in this earthly boat alone. No matter where you are in your own process, and no matter who you are in relation to others, life and its cycles are constantly turning towards making us one. Your part in making that happen is to see each and all of your own experiences through to fullness and completion as best you can.

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About Len Wallick

Besides endeavoring to be of service to all of you here at Planet Waves, Len strives to live in Seattle while working as a professional astrologer. To contact him for an astrology reading you can send an e-mail to: His telephone number is 206-356-5467. In addition to his profession, Len contributes to the Seattle community without monetary compensation by serving as a Reiki practitioner and teacher through classes and outreach offered by the Seattle Reiki Mastery Series modality.

6 thoughts on “The Full Experience

  1. aWord

    Hi Len,
    I’m personally still on the search for the stuff that makes me me, and which also makes me a part of the All One. I read something recently about an elementary school teacher who tells her kids that when they drink water they are probably drinking dinosaur pee. Maybe that sums it up? I don’t suppose that will be part of my biology curriculum this summer, but life cycles surely will be.
    Thanks for all you Are.

    1. Len Wallick Post author

      aWord: Your summary is not only a blessing which brings a smile (as Barbara has already observed) but also quite cogent and very pertinent. In his early days on the lecture circuit, Deepak Chopra was fond of pointing out that the air in your lungs has indeed been shared with everybody else on Earth both past and present just over the course of your life. The same principle applies to water, although the completion of the cycles of recycling and exchange take much longer than is the case with air. It is an indication of how, in a tangible, concrete and demonstrable sense our being one with each other is not some esoteric whoo-whoo rhetoric but a reality (and not a quantum reality, but a reality on our physical scale of existence in space-time) which requires only that we release attachment to story of separation and compartmentalization (a story rooted more in denial than any intrinsic lack of ability to live in the reality). Hence, you bring us more than just a welcome smile, you bring us an important truth. Please accept my gratitude for doing so.

  2. Barbara Koehler

    I relate what you are saying Len to transiting Pluto’s ebb and flow over the line, the cusp between the 1st and 2nd houses of the U.S. Sibly version birth chart. In the version I use that cusp is at 16 Capricorn. That back and forth movement over the cusp between 1st and 2nd houses will continue all this year and it would help to know a little about the meaning/purpose of astrological houses we don’t hear much about these days.

    There are 3 categories the houses fall into; the Angular (1st, 4th, 7th, 10th), the Succeedent (2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th) and the Cadent (3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th). Dane Rudhyar gives us key words that are useful when thinking of how the houses operate, apart from their specific associations such as how the 4th house is associated with home and family. Angular = to be; Succeedent = to use; Cadent = to understand or transform (from his book entitled The Astrological Houses.

    Assuming my chart for the U.S. is correct (your chart may vary), then transiting Pluto could be seen as unearthing our sense of self (we in the U.S.) ever since 2000 when transiting Pluto crossed the U.S. ascendant and into the 1st house at 12+ Sagittarius. Now begins the laborious effort (the back and forth between 1st and 2nd houses) to use what we have learned (and continue to learn) about ourselves (U.S. 1st house) as a nation in a productive 2nd house way.

    By 2018 transiting Pluto will be beyond the ambiguity of the line between 1st and 2nd houses of the U.S. Sibly chart (my version) and transiting Neptune (long in the 3rd house of U.S. communications, while also confusing its Cadent house operation to understand and transform) will tightly and exactly trine (easy exchange) the U.S. Sun in Cancer. Transiting Uranus in 2018 will leave Aries (and the 4th house imperative “to be”) and move into practical and productive Taurus (and the 5th house imperative to understand and transform) .

    These houses all have platforms or stages from which events occur. The 2nd house stage would have to do with tangible goods (like the 5th house would involve creativity, or the 8th house would involve shared resources and the 11th house involve group participation). Because the U.S. natal Pluto in Capricorn is in the 2nd (Sibly) house, we can see our power (Pluto) stems from how we use our resources, both our manpower and our natural (including human) resources. The cardinal quality of Capricorn then symbolizes a new start, and in a Succeedent house transiting Pluto will regenerate (IMO) our manpower and natural resources in a totally transformed way.

    This is no doubt coming from the influence of the Scorpio full moon on me. What about you?

  3. Barbara Koehler

    Correction in the 4th paragraph. . the 5th house imperative to use (not understand or transform).

    aword, part of what makes you, you is your ability to make us smile.

  4. Len Wallick Post author

    Barbara: Your relation of Pluto to the thrust of my service in this piece is (as is always the case) both a very perceptive reading of my intended subtext and an extension (for which i’m always grateful) which goes beyond my conscious intent to both deepen and widen the subject matter. Once again, your mastery of the Sibly (U.S. natal) chart and your generous willingness to share it here function to both teach us and inspire us to honor you as a treasure without whom the Planet Waves community would not be the same. It is of pertinent interest that the 2018 date you cite (for transiting Pluto to be unambiguously in the second (succeedent) house of the Sibly chart also corresponds with some other important transits regarding sign as well as house (most notably those of Uranus and Chiron). As to your question, I would (by way of acknowledgement to your erudition and teachings) say that your influence on my conscious awareness far exceeds the Scorpio Full Moon just past (which, by the way, was conjunct my natal Moon to the degree). Finally, thank you so very much for bringing the teachings of Dane Rudhyar in support of your own observations once again.

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