& the New Earth-Saturn Synodic Cycle
The Full Moon marks the culmination point in the lunar cycle, the climax, the point of excitement and celebration. The hours leading up to the Full Moon provide a time of "vision and enthusiasm." The time just after Full Moon is a one of "realization of the lunar month's theme," a time to kick back and relax, to allow our realizations to surface in consciousness.
The Full Moon occurs on April 25 in sidereal Libra. The Saturn synod occurs on September 28. Thus, in tight sequence, we have the Sun-Earth-Moon alignment (Full Moon), then the Moon-Saturn conjunction, and then the Sun-Earth-Saturn alignment (the synod).
The Full Moon produces a Partial Lunar eclipse. The eclipse is visible in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. It is the 65th of 72 in the Saros Series 112. This Saros Series has an Ophiuchus/Scorpio quality; i.e., self-mastery over the raw creative forces of life.
Generally, eclipse lunar cycles mark a time of shifting into a new octave of experience. They offer a time to resynchronize our selves with the ever-changing cosmic currents supporting our evolutionary progression in consciousness. Eclipses tend to bring about endings and new beginnings. How dramatic these changes can be is a function of star alignments (where in the zodiak they occur) and other aspecting planets occurring at the time of the eclipse. Although eclipses effect the entire Earth, they are more influential along the eclipse path. Eclipse influences 'generally' last about six months, until the next eclipse occurs, however this is not a hard and fast rule.
The area of our personal lives in which eclipses emphasize is a function of where they occur in the natal (AND especially a relocated) chart. They can have a far greater effect in our lives when they conjoin other natal planets and personal points by ±5°. Eclipses bring emphasis to issues related to the chart area and planets involved. They can bring these issues to a crisis point, which creates the need to work on these areas of life over the months ahead. Eclipses can be stressful or create upheaval if change is resisted or if addressing the emphasized issues are avoided.
Solar eclipses offer opportunity to redefine concepts of self and the roles we play in the world, or how we articulate ourselves in life. They are about shifting octaves in the nature of our self-perception and self-expression, and addressing issues that keep us from doing so. They can invite a new beginning, way of life, or new way of participating in life.
Lunar eclipses tend to be more emotionally palpable in nature, how we feel about things on the inner and how we respond to our life experience. They are about releasing the emotional bonds within ourselves that glue us to involvements that are less than we truly want or deserve. They are also about the emotional and experiential aspects of our relations with others and with the world. Lunar eclipses provide opportunity for an emotional resynchronization.
You can also create a chart for your geographical area at the time of an eclipse to gain understanding about what areas of life are being stimulated for your community.
Our Full Moon eclipse conjoins retrograde Saturn within 3°. It lies opposite Mars, the Sun, Pallas and Venus. The Moon and Saturn conjoin the stars of the Southern Cross and the Centaurus-A Galaxy NGC 5128. Saturn also conjoins Omega Centauri; Nusakan of Corona Borealis (the Northern Crown); and the Quasar 3C51 in Draco.
Temple of the Centaur
"The jets and lobes emanating from Centaurus A (NGC 5128) have been imaged at sub-millimeter wavelengths for the first time. The new data, from the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope in Chile, which is operated by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), have been combined with visible and X-ray wavelengths to produce this striking new image."
Image & caption credit: ESO
Centaurus-A is the "Temple of the Centaur," a place so unique that it seems oblivious to and undaunted by its surrounding cosmology. It nests within a very unusual galaxy (NGC 5128) not fitting into any galactic class, thus, unique as the Centaur is, it is unclassified. It is the closest active galaxy to Earth. Centaurus-A is a very deep pool of consciousness, the essence of pure consciousness. It is of quality, beauty, harmony, and perfection.
South of Centaurus-A are the stars of the Southern Cross. The Centaur is protector of the Southern Cross and benevolent teacher of its principles. The four stars of the Southern Cross (Cruces) embody the original cardinal virtues seemly lost to most of humanity. This is the cardinality (pure intent) of the soul—embodied by the Kappa Crucis Cluster, the Jewel Box. The Southern Cross embodies the pure intent of the soul before the aberrations, confusions, attitudes, and beliefs incurred by the soul throughout its entire incarnational sojourn.
Centaurus-A invites us to create a contemplative or meditative harmonious space or environment from which to access our inner cardinal soul wisdom, our original and unique purpose and intent, which underlie the aberrations, false beliefs, and restricting concepts we may have placed upon ourselves. Centaurus-A invites us to enter a place of inner stillness, to relinquish the concepts of thought we associate with our existing lives. This inner excursion requires a willingness to go deep within and to allow a disintegration of the constructs of self we hold, our human mold, of what we think ourselves to be, and to emerge with a far deeper awareness of our true selves, the inner knowing of our true essence. We can then bring that pure essence, that intent, back into our life expression without the need to mold ourselves into mass consensus. The successful feat can result in an inversion or flip in consciousness—with a revelation of great magnitude, one that can change our lives forever.
Dark cloud in the Southern Cross The swirling patterns of gas in this image came as a complete surprise to astronomers. They are located thousands of light years away from Earth in the constellation Crux, the Southern Cross. Crux is such a prominent constellation in the southern sky that it features on the flags of seven countries, including Australia and New Zealand.
Image & Caption Credit: ESA and the SPIRE & PACS consortium
The Omega Centauri Globular Cluster conjoins Cen-A at mid-sidereal Libra. Omega Centauri contains about ten million stars and is the most massive of all of our galaxy’s globular clusters—the largest and brightest globular cluster in the sky; and a favorite object for stargazers in the southern hemisphere. Omega Centauri appears almost as big as a full moon. Omega Centauri inspires one to access and boldly radiate their soul wisdom in its entirety. This is the power of the soul found deep within self while in the Temple of the Centaur.
Centaurus-A also conjoins Nusakan (Beta), Eta and Theta of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, and the Quasar 3C 351 of northern Draco. This quasar inspires access to ancient time, when soul was pristine in its intent and purpose, and to pull this awareness into the present expression with passion, enthusiasm, art, and beauty to attain our evolutionary freedom and fulfillment, exemplified by Ophiuchus holding the serpent pointing its head to the Northern Crown, which lies north and above the Claws of the Scorpion (the Scales of Libra). Beta, Eta and Theta of Corona Borealis impel personal action to find a way through the labyrinth of obstacles in life that impedes us to achieve our personal fulfillment and evolutionary freedom.
Our Full Moon Eclipse invites us to enter into a meditative space to transcend into and to become clear upon our soul-level intent and purpose, which lies deep beneath the surface waves of life experience. It brings attention to our responsibility to bring forth and live that purpose in thought, word and deed. In the context of our Revati lunar theme, the eclipse provides opportunity to resynchronize how we respond to our life experience, to how we are using our resources, and to how we are applying our creative action from our hearts’ truth. It invites us to align our outward expression with our inner heart-centered awareness and to the realizations we have on this Full Moon. It also invites us to align how we respond to money and financial issues with our inner hearts truth. This alignment within allows a re-equilibration between the expressive and receptive aspects of self, which in turn allows a more harmonious and stressless flow of resources in our lives. This is also the focus of our new 387-day Saturn Synodic Cycle.
The Mars-Sun-Pallas-Venus synthesis (opposite Moon-Saturn) is an additional facet to our Full Moon Eclipse realizations (and to our new Saturn synodic cycle). It invites a rebalancing between the masculine and feminine, action and heart (the expressive and receptive)—to participate in life from this stance of equilibrium, beyond the paradox of this side verses that side. Bioharmonically, this is to equilibrate the liver (expressive, red) and spleen (receptive, violet); also the thyroid-liver reflex and the thymus-spleen reflex. The second chakra is of issue here, which can be thought of as our gyroscopic center of balance, with need to bring its angular spin momentum into a place of balance with our horizon plane (ASC-DSC); i.e., our life experience and life expression.
As always, Saturn alignments can be rather heavy somber, and sobering, As the synod takes hold by April 26-28, expect a shift into such a space. Saturn always asks us: What really matters, and are we doing it. It cuts away the superficial to get to the bottom line and forces us to face our deepest fears. And here, at the temple of the Centaur, it impels a very deep inner exploration of these issues. The Grand Trine Kite formed by the Saturn-Neptune-Ceres Grand Trine, with the Sun-Mars conjunction driving it, brings us both the question and the opportunity to address how we are using our creative power in our lives and are we accomplishing what really matters to us. Does the application of our creative energy address the real issues at hand and where we are going in our lives, as a species, and as a world? The Sun-Mars facet of this kite creates a focal point to Saturn—which we must address.
There are phenomenal planetary configurations occurring over these few years, speaking specifically about the Uranus-Pluto Square, and how it is creating major aspects to everyone's natal Eris (for those born between 1944 and 1988). Do not underestimate the powerful forces at play, impelling us to create radical change in our lives and in our world, to live from a greater inner truth and to pursue what really does matter.
The Sun-Mars stars in mid-sidereal Aries include: Sharatan, Mesartim and Hamal, which form the Head of the Ram; Alpha Fornax of the fiery furnace; Angetanar of Eridanus, upon the River of LIfe; the Quasar 3C48 in Triangulum; and most prominently, Caph of Cassiopeia, the palm of the Queen's hand; and Alphirk of King Cepheus—our Sun Stars.
M33 Spiral Galaxy in Triangulum
Image Credit: Brad Wallis and Robert Provin
Sharatan, Mesartim and Hamal of Aries form the head of the ram. Sharatan, the Beta star of the Ram, one of the horns, and Mesartim, the mouth of the ram, are portents of an applied force to change. They support new beginnings, adventure, transmutation and great rewards; but they are of opportunities that may quickly open and close, and thus require our immediate response to grasp them without hesitation when they occur. Sharatan provides a sign that it is a time to take action or to create change; but also provides a warning that headstrong pursuits from arrogant righteousness or adamant denial can perpetuate the human cry in the transmutational fires of life. Either way, these stars impel us to initiate personal action to take the lead in our individual lives.
South of the ecliptic lies Fornax, the Furnace that provides the transmutational fire while in the initiatory experiences along our journeys in life. Fornax provides the fire fueling the alchemical process of turning lead to gold, mortal to god. Alpha Fornax is the lucida (brightest star) of this southern constellation. Nearby is Fornax-A, a spiral galaxy of the Fornax Galaxy Cluster that provides the intense heat under initiatory Aries.
A huge star-forming region in the spiral galaxy M33 in Triangulum - Image Credit: Hubble Heritage Team
Angetanar is the second of the three Tau stars of Eridanus (Tau 1, Tau2, Tau3); marking a primary stopping point along the River of Life and through the initiations of Aries. Angetanar and companions impel the need to delve deeper within self to gather one’s inner strength and physical endurance to continue through the initiations in life and to embody a deeper level of wisdom. Angetanar can also impel the need to reconsider one’s path and to create a drastic turn of direction in life.
Caph, the palm of Queen Cassiopeia’s hand, holds a stern yet gentle and tender ability to be a true guiding and stabilizing force. Caph provides an in-between or holding place, and indicates the need for arbitration, meeting, and compromise in the midst of the heat of battle. A truce, honoring perhaps even un-resolvable differences, is required. Calm, composure, level-headedness, and emotional balance are required to come to this place between, and, the dramatic conflict we have been in is most always a necessary prerequisite. Caph is often indicative of a female in an authoritative position offering aid.
Alphirk brings empathetic support, a door easily opened in the physical, but generally manifesting after a long and arduous journey through the initiatory fires of life. Alphirk is a demonstrable force working though the world that actually lifts us from the struggles of life, or alters conditions in a way that otherwise would be impossible through one's own effort alone. Alphirk is often indicative of a male in an authoritative position offering aid.
Conjoining Caph and Alphirk is the Quasar 3C48, just north of Aries in Triangulum, along with Apin of Triangulum. Quasars in general bring experience that is out of the ordinary, experience that does not fit into our normal reality. This oddity helps to shatter our limiting concepts of how the universe works. This specific quasar in Triangulum asks us to be open to new possibilities about how our destinies can unfold, to realize that if we surrender the tension that upholds the apparent limitation in front of us, greater forces can work in lives that open pathways otherwise blocked. Divine forces are at work guiding our lives, far more powerful than our limitations, blunders, and efforts. To believe in and see this is to find the golden triangular corridor of light that is Triangulum--the way through the initiatory fires of Aries. It is only this that makes possible that which, from a mere mortal’s perspective, may seem to be just a dream.
The Sun-Mars conjoining stars in mid-sidereal Aries, and as the midpoint of realization in the current Earth-Mars synodic cycle mentioned above (2012 Mars Retrograde & The New 780-day Mars Synodic Cycle), this Grand Trine Kite demands that we address the question, which the Grand Trine part of the kite posses: Are we acquiescing to our life scenarios in some type of false sense of comfort and security, waiting around for things to change, or are we actively participating in life and making the changes required to create the life scenarios we truly want? When we are open to new possibilities and demonstrably initiate change, then we draw, through bioharmonic resonance, reciprocating experience from the world around us that supports our change—the first step is ours to take.
We also have a triple eclipse this time around, starting with this Lunar Eclipse, followed by the Solar Eclipse starting the next lunar cycle, and then another Full Moon Eclipse, so our biannual shifting into a new solunar octave is far from over. The realizations and emotions surfacing now herald more to come.
Venus and Sedna start a new 225-day synodic cycle a few hours after the Full Moon, on April 25, right between the Full Moon and the Saturn Synod. This is the second Venus-Sedna synod occurring after the 2012 Venus Transit. This synod occurs in late sidereal Aries, a little over a degree to the Taurus cusp. Venus and Sedona also conjoin on May 3, just after Last Quarter Moon, on our day of initiating change in the lunar cycle....
...continued in the April 10, 2013 Lunar Planner.
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