This April 26, 2017 New Moon conjoins the stars forming the head of the Ram. North are the stars of Queen Cassiopeia and King Cepheus. South is the Head of Cetus reaching up upon the desert shores of arid Aries. Further south is the fiery Fornax Galaxy Cluster.
Classically, Aries is figured as a reclining ram with its head looking back over itself, admiring his own golden fleece. The theme of Aries the Ram, whether articulated by Andromeda and the Royal Family or Jason and the Argonauts search for the Golden Fleece, is about the initiatory challenges that continually create obstacles and limitations across life's path. These obstacles, often created by our righteous attitudes of arrogance or greed, can create painful and repetitive lessons in the fires of life, lessons that ultimately produce the alchemical honing of self. The lessons of Aries awaken us from our denial and naiveté regarding how arrogance and greed create our own entrapment in the Jaws of Cetus—the jaws continually pulling us into the transmutational fires of human experience. In essence, the stars of Aries articulate our journey through life. They impel self-initiated enthusiastic action for personal attainment. As we journey in pursuit for the Golden Fleece, the lessons we experience along the way ultimately awaken us from a self-consuming focus upon our personal desires to one of selfless creative leadership, to what we can give to the whole through our personal pursuits.
Our New Moon in this stellar stage setting, here at the head of the Ram, is one of authority and affluence. It is about those in positions of authority who direct affairs in the world. It can express as either authoritarian or authoritative. It especially imparts a headstrong and forceful character, but it impels self-initiated enthusiastic action for personal accomplishment, to be independent, and to take the lead to manifest the lives we want. This lunar cycle impels us to be straightforward and to the point, to go for it, especially as we arrive to our stimulus to action First Quarter Moon, as Mercury returns direct conjoining Uranus and Eris in opposition to Haumea, also aspecting Saturn and Ixion, which are now retrograde heading back over the intensity of the Sting of the Scorpion, and Sedna—all playing a significant role in provoking the reemergence of the feminine force on Earth, and impelling radical upheaval ultimately to catalyze a rebirth in human consciousness.
This is not a lunar cycle for procrastination but is one about assertive action, responding to life and initiating new endeavors. It can be of fleeting opportunities that allow new growth or new paths in life. It requires self-confidence and courage. It is about of agility while maintaing balance and is also about protecting one's personal space as well as the rights of others.
There are two primary expressions here. One is pompous, arrogant and pretentious, with an air of denial to matters deemed to be beneath them, with concern for self alone. The other is beneficent, generous, wise and compassionate, willing to aid others in lesser positions or who need assistance, with intent to make the world better. Which is dominant, or both, depends upon one's level of life experience, emotional maturity and spiritual awareness. This stellar setting also brings emphasis to our need to see beyond the conflicts often inherent between those in positions of authority and those dominated or governed by them. The southern Fornax Galaxy Cluster, producing the initiatory fire on the shores of arid Aries, forces us to mature and makes resolution imperative.
Juno begins her retrograde conjoining retrograde Pluto on May 9, over the stars of the Zen Archer and in the high-energy crescendo of the Full Moon of May 10. Juno's retrogrades provide times to redefine the nature our relationships and how we interrelate, and in this case, to refine and elevate the resonance of our relationships. Juno completes her retrograde on August 26. The Juno-Pluto conjunction may bring up issues regarding the use of power and the need to control. It may also impel the dissolution of relations where there is not the willingness to let old patterns die or to elevate the nature of interrelating to higher ideals in the pursuit of a greater unified awareness. Juno will once again conjoin Pluto after her retrograde, on November 11, 2017. This marks a key turning point in the synchronous retrogrades of Juno and the Centaur Chariklo (pronounced Kha'riklo). Juno and Chariklo made their first of three conjunctions on the previous New Moon of March 28. The entire energetic is active for most of 2017, a significant and interesting one for relationships of all types, presented in the article "Juno & Chariklo 2017 The Resonance of Our Relationships."
Venus and the Balsamic Moon conjoin toward the end of the lunar cycle. The Balsamic Moon marks the time in the lunar cycle when we coalesce the experience of the lunar cycle into its seed essence, which will then sprout through the theme of the following lunar cycle. It is when we turn our attention from the current lunar cycle in anticipation of the next to come. This is a significant Venus Balsamic Moon, being the first after the Venus retrograde and occurring as Venus arrives to the exit point of her retrograde shadow, the location where she began her retrograde, conjoining Alpheratz, the head of the chained Princess. See The 2017 Venus Retrograde & the New Venus 1.6-year Synodic Cycle. Venus can be seen in the eastern sky just before sunrise throught this lunar cycle as she approaches her western elongation, and along with the Balsamic Moon on May 22.
For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, the first half of this lunar cycle is an ideal time to work with the Mercury and Uranus Bio-harmonic Audio Mediations. You can also incorporate additional planetary audios base on personal transits, and especially when there are lunar triggers. See this Month's Lunar Calendar for exact aspect times; or the "Lunar Cycle Timing Chart" found under the "Resources" menu on the Planetary Bio-Harmonics web page.
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