Monthly Lunar Planner Archive 2014

Sidereal Astrology, Synodic Astrology & Galactic Star Lore articulate each Lunar Month's Theme. Each Lunar Theme weaves a continuing story line about the spiritual growth and unfoldment occurring in our lives. Each Lunar Month's Theme is posted just before each New Moon.

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December 22, 2014 New Moon Theme
Parting the Waters

Our December 22 UT, 2014 (Dec 21 MST) New Moon occurs just 2.5 hours after (and conjoining) the December Solstice and just after the sixth of seven Uranus-Pluto geocentric squares, and as Uranus completes its retrograde, propelling us into the last phase of the Uranus-Pluto transition period occurring from 2012 through 2015. Uranus and Pluto maintain a very tight and intense orb from here on (within 1°) as they approach their final geocentric square, which occurs in March of 2015. This final square fully propels us into the second quarter of the Uranus-Pluto 138-year cycle that began in the mid-60’s. It may feel as if we are being squeezed through an hourglass into a new spacetime over the next few months. Aspects (such as a square) occurring in planetary cycles are momentary events that mark transitions into progressively unfolding phases occurring in longer planetary cycles. Although they can, aspects themselves do not necessarily catalyze specific events in our lives and in our world. What is more important is the underlying change in the evolutionary current in the cycle that is set in motion by the aspect. This is especially true of cycles occurring with the slower-moving outer planets such as Uranus and Pluto. The seven geocentric squares occurring from 2012 through early 2015 surround the actual 90° transition point (synodic square) in this longer cycle. The emergence into the second quarter of this cycle occurs over several years due to the slow movement of these planets. This means that the impetus of this square in our lives and in our world is just starting and will become more pronounced over the years ahead, especially from 2015 through 2020. This latter date is due to the coincidence of new cycles starting with Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in 2020. The movement of Uranus and Pluto from this square (90°) to their first trine (120°) takes about a decade, bringing us to 2025.

The new cycles with Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto (2020) lead us into the Grand Solar Minimum, with the next solar cycle expected to start around 2020 and to peak around 2024, but expected to be negligible, if it occurs at all. The cycles of Saturn and Jupiter, the two massive planets in our solar system, govern the solar cycles, also modulated by the gas giants Uranus and Neptune. (Jupiter’s cycle is 11.86 years. Solar cycles are 11-12 years.) The solar cycles in turn govern long term changes in Earth’s climate. The approaching Grand Solar Minimum is expected to plummet Earth into a mini Ice Age, perhaps similar to the last solar grand minimum on record (1645 through 1715) known as the Maunder Minimum. That ~70-year period coincided with the "Little Ice Age." (See Solar Cycles.)

We can expect to see a dramatic but slow progression of radical action and revolutionary change increasing over the several years ahead in many areas of society, but also impelling progressive creative action for new solutions to the changes we face. This creative impetus is and will be greatly motivated by the continual atrophy of societal, financial and bureaucratic systems that simply no longer work and the revelation of more poignant truths occurring about the state of human affairs due to a crumbling old paradigm. Radical change and new creative solutions will continue to emerge as an arousal within the human populous wakes humanity from its acquiescent slumber (due to Uranus passing amongst the stars of the western fish of Pisces, Cetus (our fear-driven techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness), the bound Princess Andromeda and King Cepheus), driven from the deconstruction of the false gods / illusory beliefs humanity gives its power to and the subsequent revelation of greater universal truths emerging (thanks to Pluto’s passage amongst the stars of the Zen Archer).

Earth's Precessional Cross

Our New Moon conjoins the Gate of God in sidereal Sagittarius. The Gate of God and its opposite point, the Gate of Man, are nodes of an axis in the ecliptic where the ecliptic of our solar system crosses our galaxy’s equator. This is the primary axis and reference for Earth’s ~25,000-year precessional cycle, which governs Earth’s greater evolutionary process, and in which all planetary cycles nest. Our Solstice-Gate of God-New Moon brings a prominent focus to an acceleration and engagement of greater and longer-term evolutionary changes, not only in this lunar cycle but also throughout our year ahead. Conjoining is Al Nasl, the tip of the arrow of the Zen Archer, which points to the center of our galaxy. The impetus here is to have undaunted focus and aim to pierce the veils of illusion which are crumbling around us and to achieve a greater unified awareness emerging through the shards of the past.

There is an earlier rendering of Sagittarius as the Sphinx, except with the double head of Tefnut and Shu in Egyptian Myth (picture language), as is shown in the Zodiac of Esné. This is the image of the centaur based on the lion instead of a horse, with the face of Shu facing forward (retrograde / west) overlooking Galactic Center and the face of Tefnut, his twin–sister the Lioness, behind facing east (Gerald Massey, Ancient Egypt). Some people may surmise Shu-Tefnut was the head on the Egyptian Sphinx before its face was re-carved after the great flood, which occurred when Earth's pole was crossing the Gate of God in its precessional cycle, circa 12,000 years ago, the last erect precessional cross. Tefnut and Shu were later transposed into Miriam and Moses, who also part the Great Waters (of the Milky Way).

Mars and Chiron begin a new 2-year synodic cycle in an area of Aquarius that propels us into far vaster waters of life experience. This new Mars-Chiron cycle brings motivation to relinquish trying to prove worth or superiority by reactively using force driven from fear of survival, and to demonstrate a matured form of leadership by providing direction with confidence to address the uncertainty inherent in an acceleration of radical change while consciously aware of all of humanity’s fundamental needs. Venus also begins new synodic cycles with Neptune and Chiron in this lunar cycle.

The Full Moon of January 4-5 produces a very catalytic Grand Square with the Sun conjoining Pluto and Vesta; and with the Sun-Moon opposition squaring the Lunar Nodes, with Uranus on the South Lunar Node. The Sun squaring the Lunar Nodes is a phenomena confusingly but commonly called a "Moon Wobble"—a term coined by Carl Payne Tobey. He chose this term not to refer to a physical wobble of the moon, but to an instability occurring in people's judgment, which he found to be notoriously poor during such times, especially of those in leadership positions. The period of emotional instability generally lasts two weeks surrounding the square. The Sun squaring the Lunar Nodes occurring on a Full Moon is a rare event, and is unprecedented conjoining the Uranus-Pluto square as well. In addition, the Full Moon conjoins Sirius and Canopus, two very significant stars often stimulating momentous lessons or events that can alter our evolutionary course.

These are but a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

November 22, 2014 New Moon Theme

Our November 22, 2014 New Moon lies in the midst of a stellium of planets including Pallas, Mercury, Saturn, Venus, Ceres, Vesta, the Centuar Pholus, and the minor planets Ixion and Quaoar. The New Moon conjoins Alpha Centauri, the stars of Lupus, those of northern Hercules and the very southern Chameleon.

The image here is of the Centaur placing Lupus the beast on the Centaur's Altar (Ara) in a transmutational ceremony. This area of the heavens is about transmuting lower-self desires and patterns into a higher neurological resonance that results in self-mastery, as well as the squirming avoidance often encountered when attempting to surrender lower-order self for a higher office. The beast within does not go willingly to the sacrificial altar of the Centaur where such transmutation occurs. Conscious deliberation precedes deliberate action to energetically take hold of lesser self with determination and conviction to willingly choose a path of transmutation.

Venus begins new cycles with these planets throughout the first half of this lunar cycle. This is significant due to the previous Solar Eclipse conjoining Venus and Pallas, which initiated a six-month period focused upon heart and values, including how we feel about and judge ourselves. This is also related to the heart-thymus tie-in (immune response) and fear-based issues of the heart. The Venus-planet cycles starting now engage a metamorphic healing process, especially about judgments regarding wrong doings / blunders of the past, cultivating a new and clearer focus, dedication and commitment of an open heart, and allowing a greater level of nourishment to enter heart and to reciprocate from heart.

One of the primary events occurring in this lunar cycle is the sixth out of seven Uranus-Pluto geocentric squares, occurring from 2012 through 2015. This square has been quite active for several weeks, and now on the New Moon it is a mere 1° orb to exact. Pluto is a deconstructor and deprogrammer of long-standing behavioral and inherited patterns, and in the Zen Archer, a revealer of and opener to a greater truth, to greater conscious awareness—a process occurring for several years now for all humanity. Uranus impels us to break away from the conformity of the past, opens us to new possibilities and impels radical new discoveries. The square impels deliberate action to create revolutionary change in our lives and in collective consciousness based upon the revelations Pluto provides. Venus and Pluto also begin a new synodic cycle, impelling us to use the power of heart to steer our intent with conscious and focused deliberation to achieve our greater goals and ideals.

Jupiter and Juno, asteroid of relationships and partnerships of all types, engage in their synchronous retrograde cycles—a transition period completing in mid-May 2015. A new Juno-Jupiter evolutionary current will engage in early March 2015, in the midst of this transition period—an energetic defined by Algenubi and Rasalas, the eye and crown of the Lion; Merak of the Great Bear and Naos of Argo Navis. Juno-Jupiter cycles, varying in length between 6 to 8 years, are exciting because they stimulate tremendous progressive movement and expansion in relationships of all types. Juno and Jupiter work rather synchronistically together due to the cross-resonance of several of their astrophysical parameters. For example: Juno's circumference harmonic cross-resonates with Jupiter's aphelion harmonic (the resonance when Jupiter is furthest from the Sun during its orbit). Jupiter's diameter harmonic cross-resonates with Juno's perihelion harmonic (the resonance when Juno is closest to the Sun during its orbit). Juno's sidereal period (year) cross resonates with Jupiter's synodic period (Earth-Jupiter cycle). More about Planetary Harmonics, color and sound.

The last Juno-Jupiter cycle began in March of 2009. This was a compounded cycle occurring with Mars in Capricorn and under the tip of the missile of Zeus. It, in part, magnified issues regarding the covert use of power in relationships driven from a desire for personal gain, and its ramifications, but also motivating assertive creative expansive action in our relations. This was especially prominent in international relations regarding the use of militaristic force and dominance over others. This new cycle emerging in March of 2015, under the auspices of the Head of the Lion, is much more progressive, inspiring us to break new trail in our relations.

Although Juno-Jupiter synods occur every 7 years, a Juno-Jupiter synod occurring during synchronous retrogrades is a rare event, with the next to occur in 2043. These retrogrades provide a time of shifting from the previous Juno-Jupiter cycle's theme into the next. The Juno-Jupiter synod (a momentary heliocentric event) occurring during the synchronous retrogrades (a several month geocentric event) creates a much more poignant and palpable emergence into this new cycle.

Starting in this lunar cycle and continuing through May 2015, this is a major redefining period for relationships of all types. Jupiter provides a tremendous expansive force throughout this period to mobilize the relinquishment of antiquated and undermining belief structures within our selves that mold our very values about relationships and which define how we interrelate.

These are but a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

October 23, 2014 New Moon Theme
Eclipse of the Heart

Partial Solar Eclipse of October 23, 2014

Our October 23, 2014 New Moon produces a Partial Solar Eclipse, which is widely visible from Canada and the U.S.

The New Moon eclipse conjoins Venus and Pallas. Conjoining stars include Theta Carina, the Theta Carina Star Cluster, and Miaplacidus of Argo Navis; the Centaurus X-3 Neutron Star; and the stars forming the right leg of Boötes.

This area of the zodiak is about the formation of new life, our personal environments, including those our relationships provide, whether physically or in consciousness, and about personal and environmental support we have and provide to birth and express our greatest potential and to achieve our evolutionary fulfillment. It is also about transcendent navigational currents upon which our lives evolve, that is, the underlying waves occurring at the subatomic level that formulate the possibilities and probabilities in our lives. Consciously, or unconsciously, coalescing these quantum waves results in the material manifestation of these possibilities and probabilities. The formation of a newborn's life is an unconscious autonomic response to these waves, modulated by environmental conditions. Conscious coalescence of these waves becomes possible as we awaken our awareness to embrace more transcendent levels of consciousness, to then be able to consciously direct these waves in the forms of healing and enlightenment, and in the manifestation of the reality we truly want for our lives.

Venus is at its superior conjunction, meaning it is on the far side of the Sun looking from Earth. This means that Venus is making passage through its dark phase relative to Earth, hidden and obscured by the Sun. Thus, Venusian resonances are least present at this time in the Venus cycle. Our own inner Venus-related bio-resonances are thus tested. These are primarily matters of the heart, our immune response and that which we magnetically attract. Thus, issues of fear and trust arise, trust in our own hearts, in our intuition and in our capacity to be receptive to the love and fulfillment we seek and desire in life.

Pallas is making passage north of the ecliptic, under the foot of Boötes, over seeing the Moon, Sun and Venus synthesis. Pallas brings emphasis to social justice made with impartially, and also impels us to express our artistic creative intelligence from the integration of the dualities of life, beyond the judgments of this side verses that side. Overseeing Pallas provides a wonderful energetic to penetrate into core matters of the Heart.

This Venus-Pallas Eclipse Lunar Cycle provides opportunity to redefine our expressions in the world, how we participate, inviting trust, openness and non-judgment in our relations. It also impels demonstrable action to trust in unique events or portals occurring in space and time that can change our evolutionary experience and destiny. We must be willing to take a leap of faith, trusting in unseen evolutionary currents guiding our lives with the confidence to direct those undulating waves into new possibilities.

The Sun-Venus-Pallas conjunction also marks the mid-points of vision and realization the current Earth-Venus cycle, which began in January of 2014, and the Earth-Pallas cycle that began in February of 2014. This Solar Eclipse synchronizes these two cycles and their themes. Venus and Pallas also begin a new 265-day synodic cycle in this lunar cycle as well.

Mercury stations throughout the New Moon, completing its retrograde just two days later. Neptune completes its retrograde later in the lunar cycle as Mercury joins Pallas, as Venus joins Saturn, and as Mars joins Pluto. Uranus and Pluto continue to tighten their orb, now just 1.5° from their sixth of seven geocentric squares, with the sixth peaking in mid-December.

An underlying current motivating inner healing and clearing, especially of heart related issues, dominates a good part of this lunar cycle. This energetic shifts rapidly in the latter part of the cycle toward an outward expression with an accelerating intensity, mostly due to key planetary configurations triggering the building tension produced by the tightening Uranus-Pluto Square.

These are but a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

September 24, 2014 New Moon Theme
Stewardship in the Tinyness of our Vastness

Our September 24, 2014 New Moon (Sept 23 MST) conjoins the Dwarf Planet Makemake (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh - "e" is pronounced "ay" in Polynesian), discovered in 2005. Makemake is the Polynesian name for the creator god of humanity in the mythology of the South Pacific island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Makemake is the chief god of the Tangata-Manu Ceremony at Orongo. An annual ceremonial competition was held in which islanders would compete to be the first to get a sea swallow egg from a precarious breeding site of the seabirds at the tiny islet of Moto Nui. This was a high-adventure contest requiring contestants to traverse dangerous cliffs and swim through shark-infested waters—needless to say not all contestants survived. The winner was honored with the title Tangata-Manu (bird-man). The chief of his clan was given reign to protect and provide for the Rapa Nui people for the year. More about Makemake.

Makemake and our New Moon lie in a principle geometric location amongst the stars of the Virgin, conjoining the North Pole of our galaxy. Our Galaxy, the Milky Way, is a whirling disc suspending and providing nourishment for hundreds of billions of stars, of which our Sun is one. The Galactic Pole and the whirling plane of our Galaxy spinning around it create the primary cosmic environment and foundation in which our solar system and all life in it evolves. This New Moon and this lunar cycle invite us to align ourselves with the core strength and guidance the galactic pole represents, to participate in concert with and respect for all life and the creation process itself. Makemake brings emphasis to the administration of resources in our personal lives and more so for our entire planet. It impels extraordinary feats of achievement to demonstrate we are worthy to steward our beloved home, and to protect and care for all life.

The North Galactic Pole also conjoins a point in the heavens called Super Galactic Center, just 2° further in ecliptical longitude, a galaxy-rich area of the heavens. Our Galaxy, the Milky Way, is one of about 30 galaxies comprising a cluster of galaxies called our "Local Group." The galaxies in our Local Group gently revolve around each other much like organisms floating in a protective embryonic fluid.

Our Local Group is merely one galactic cluster of many that comprise yet a large group we call our "Local Super Cluster." All of these embryonic clusters, harboring many evolving galaxies, each with billions of stars, are like protective cocoons floating within the care of our Local Super Cluster.

The unprecedented modeling of Laniakea is the cover story of the September 4, 2014 issue of the journal Nature, curiously published during the previous lunar cycle, which I entitled "Navigating New Directions." Nature has also published a wonderful 4-minute video about Laniakea. The research about Laniakea, with a film preview by Daniel Pomarède, who is responsible for the animations, can be found on National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO): Newly Identified Galactic Supercluster Is Home to the Milky Way.

The rapidly increasing rate of discovery of new planets in our solar system and of other astronomical objects in our universe is a direct statement of humanity's rapidly expanding consciousness occurring on Earth. The discovery of new planetary bodies in the far reaches of our solar system is a recognition of more transcendent facets of ourselves becoming consciously available for us to acknowledge, explore, work with, and be responsible for. Life on any planet uniquely evolves in a harmonic environment created by the planets and their interacting orbital cycles occurring in the star system they nest within. Thus we are not separate from these planetary resonances or from their cycles, no more than we are separate from the environment of Earth herself. These resonances drive the cycles of our Sun, the climate and weather on Earth, and our biological rhythms. They express through the very nature of our entire mental, emotional and physical lives. To explore the astrological nature of the astronomical reality in which we live is to explore our very own consciousness—and this is the nature of astrology. The modeling of Laniakea is profound. Its discovery alone is a statement inviting us to shed our limiting perceptual bubbles of our own lives and the universe in which we live, to look at and see things in new ways. It invites us to expand our awareness to a much greater reality as the veils lift before our eyes to reveal the unbounded potential we can become. This too becomes part of this lunar month's theme.

Several significant events occur in this lunar cycle, which continue to expound upon our need to stand centered in core spiritual principles in the midst of the whirling tempest around us, and to take heroic action in the outer world that serves to protect and nourish....

The most prominent event is the Total Lunar Eclipse conjoining Uranus on the South Lunar Node occurring on October 7-8. This is the second of four consecutive Total Lunar Eclipses, called a Tetrad, a unique series of eclipses all visible from North America. The Uranus Lunar Eclipse is significant and potent. It impels a radical departure from the patterns and conformity of the past. It inspires unexpected, radical, spontaneous, innovate and progressive change, especially at an emotional and experiential level. A new Earth-Uranus annual synodic cycle also begins on the Full Moon eclipse, as Uranus and Pluto continue to tighten their orb toward the sixth of their seven Uranus-Pluto squares, occurring in mid-December. The eclipse sets a 6-month current in motion and the Uranus cycle sets a 370-day current in motion regarding the theme of these events defined by Uranus and the primary conjoining stars, Alderamin of Cepheus and Alpheratz of Andromeda....

August 25, 2014 New Moon Theme
Navigating New Directions

The Eta Carinae Nebula

The Eta Carinae Nebula
Image Credit: ESO's La Silla Observatory

Our August 25, 2014 New Moon occurs amongst the stars of the Lion. The New Moon also conjoins the recently discovered Dwarf Planet Orcus by 3°. The New Moon lies just past Regulus of Leo and conjoins Megrez and Al Kaphrah of The Great Bear; Alpha and Gamma of the Sextant; and the Vela Pulsar, an extremely old Super Nova remnant on the sail of Argo Navis.

This area of the zodiak is about personal integrity, a vertical alignment within self such that are thoughts and actions are in alignment with our hearts. It is also about changing winds and our need to adjust our approach toward our desired destination based upon the changing conditions occurring in the world around us, without losing site of our long-term goals. It may require that we look at things in a new way or from a different perspective. This New Moon and lunar cycle brings emphasis to our long-term evolutionary sojourn on Earth, to the ramifications of the directions we set regarding how we use our creative power, especially reflecting upon the past destructive scenarios for Earth and her peoples. It impels us to reassess our present actions and the tactics we apply in life to change our evolutionary outcome to one that does not repeat a discordant and destructive past, but that leads to a prosperous and harmonious future.

Mars and Saturn conjoin just after the New Moon. This conjunction creates a high-tension inconjunct aspect to Uranus and Eris on the South Lunar Node. Mars and Saturn recently began a new cycle in June. Their heliocentric conjunction was also inconjunct to the Dwarf Planet Eris. Later in this lunar cycle, Mars and Pluto begin a new 2-year cycle amongst the stars of the Zen Archer.

For many fear-based and control-minded people, these Mars, Saturn and Pluto alignments, their cycles, their challenging aspects, and the high-tension energetics they produce can fuel hostile, aggressive, and radically reactive behavior. For those who are more emotionally and spiritually mature, who are focused upon personal growth, progressive change, love and compassion, they impel audacious leadership and creative action to evolve new structural foundations and ways of participating in life based upon greater universal truths.

In addition to the Mars-Pluto cycle, several new planetary cycles begin in this lunar month, engaging a plethora of new evolutionary currents in our lives. Earth and Neptune begin a new annual cycle, also Earth and Chiron, both in the humanitarian and future-minded Aqauarian Waterbearer. The Full Moon also conjoins Chrion in Aquarius. A new Venus-Jupiter 236-day cycle and a new Pallas-Haumea 4.7-year cycle begin just before First Quarter Moon conjoining massive Eta Carina. Venus and Orcus begin a new 225-day cycle in Leo toward the end of the lunar cycle, also conjoining the stars of the Sextant, all bringing emphasis to feminine-oriented forces in the world and in our lives. The message of and currents set in motion by the Pallas-Haumea cycle may prove to be quite significant over the remainder of this decade. Eta Carinae is the most luminous, massive, and energetic star known in our galaxy—estimated to be 100 times the mass of our Sun, and to radiate five million times more energy than our Sun. Eta Carinae, Lord of the Waves, the Akkadian Ea (Ia), the Sumerian Enki, chief god of the city Eridhu (he who warned Noah), is the foreteller of impending evolutionary change, but also the instructor of the way through such change.

In contrast to the upsurge of aggressive atrocities occurring in the world that are emphasized by the media, these cycles impel progressive heart-oriented action to birth a new consciousness on Earth, which hundreds of millions of people, the culturally and spiritually creative, continue to do. This is the growing group of people who see through the media's emphasis on fear, war, calamity and despair, and take action to create innovative social, ecological, economic, political, technological and spiritual change.

Pluto completes its retrograde on the Equinox, occurring late in this lunar cycle. Pluto and retrograde Uranus once again begin to tighten their orb leading into the sixth of the seven geocentric Uranus-Pluto squares, which occurs in mid-December.

The Sun and Moon approach their conjunction with the Dwarf Planet Makemake (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh) in sidereal Virgo, just after the Equinox at the very end of the lunar cycle. Makemake adds a significant energetic to the following New Moon and lunar cycle.

These are but a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

July 26, 2014 New Moon Theme
Incubation, Preparation & Emergence

Starburst Galaxy M82

A unique view of the very unique Starburst Galaxy M82 in Ursa Major "M82 shows intense star formation packed in dense star clusters. This powers plumes of hot gas that extend for tens of thousands of light-years above and below the starry plane of the galaxy. This cosmic hurricane is traveling at more than a million miles an hour into intergalactic space." (Dr. Linda Smith, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London) Image and caption credit: Mark Westmoquette (UCL), Jay Gallagher (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Linda Smith (UCL), WIYN/NSF, NASA/ESA.

Our July 26, 2014 New Moon occurs in the Egyptian Scarabaeus, commonly called Cancer the Crab today. The New Moon also conjoins Jupiter by ~3°. Both conjoin Al Tarf and Tegmine of Cancer; and Talitha, the forefoot of the Great Bear. Also of influence is Praesepe, the Beehive star cluster.

The Egyptian Scarabaeus articulates the theme of humanity's emergence from darkness, dogma, and delusion and its reawakening back to light. The Scarab is an appropriate mythical figure here because the beetle emerges from its snuggle in its own dung, where it matures. This theme also applies to our individual emergence from the family nest or from the collective consciousness that we co-create. The Scarab is a symbol of regeneration, transformation and re-birth, of being self-created, or self-made, to rise from itself—hence humanity's association with the beetle’s emergence. This area of the heavens imparts a nurturing, protective and cultivating quality, ultimately to support this emergence.

The Sun-Jupiter conjunction marks the mid-point of vision and realization in the current and very significant Earth-Jupiter 400-day synodic cycle, that began on January 5 in the Gemini Twins conjoining Sirius and Canopus. The realizations occurring on the couple of days leading into this New Moon about the meaning of this synodic cycle in our lives becomes a significant contributor to the essence of this lunar cycle.

Jupiter's influence leading into this New Moon brings an expanded sense of awareness and adds Jupiter's expansive and mobilizing quality to our New Moon-Lunar Cycle theme. It may stimulate a desire to expand our sphere of involvement, perhaps an impulse to move or pilgrimage to a new location fitting to one's expanding sense of awareness. Or it may simply bring an impulse to expand our existing nest into a more nurturing and protective cocoon.

Overall, this lunar cycle is less eventful than most lunar cycles, thus it may be somewhat more calm and peaceful—on the surface. This however does not imply an opportunity for complacency. It impels action to create greater equipoise in our lives with many under currents to take personal responsibility to ensure our fundamental nourishment and sustenance, and to create sustainability in our lives in preparation for greater changes yet to come. This is in contrast to depending upon bureaucracies to do so for us. This message is succinct and dominant throughout this lunar cycle.

The Full Moon occurs on August 10 conjoining the stars of the Dolphin star system. The Sun-Moon opposition creates a T-square with Saturn. The T-square to Saturn is a principle energetic of this Full Moon. Saturn just completed its very significant and exalted retrograde, thus just now fully engaging its 378-day synodic cycle with Earth. T-squares are like loaded crossbows. This synodic cycle's theme is the focus of energy that must fire from this T-square.

These are but a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

June 27, 2014 New Moon Theme
Show Up, Pay Attention & Participate

The Foot of Castor supernova remnant

The Foot of Castor: IC433 is a supernova remnant of a star that exploded about 35000 years ago. It is located approx. 5000 light years away. To the left is IC444, a large emission nebula, which also contains a small reflection nebula (the small bluish patch in the upper middle). The two bright stars are Eta (Tejat) and Mu (Dirah) of Gemini." Eta and Mu are less than 2° apart. Image Credit: NASA Hubble Space Telescope

This New Moon occurs in the Gemini Twins, Castor and Pollux. The Twins are of high intensity intellectual communication, information, commerce, goods and services and of their exchange. The Twins are of partnerships in mutual cooperation, linking and uniting efforts through their daily affairs in the world. The Twins work hand-in-hand for the betterment and evolutionary fulfillment of humankind.

The New Moon conjoins the stars that form the foot of Castor, Tejat and Dirah of Gemini. These stars tend to make visible that which has been suppressed, oppressed, hidden in the closet, but what is destined to be seen. It marks the time to come out of hiding, to stand forth in the limelight, and to become available and approachable. It can also impel us to emerge from our own mental obscurations or illusions. This lunar cycle impels us to claim our roles in the physical world, to show up, pay attention and participate, and to take the steps that are required to manifest what we truly want in our lives.

Jupiter conjoins the recently discovered minor planet Varuna on the New Moon as well, creating a T-square to the Lunar Nodes with the South Lunar Node conjoining Eris. This is a potent planetary configuration that extends for several days surrounding the New Moon that can catalyze strong biological and geological resonances. Varuna has a significant message for humanity, now backed by Jupiter's expansive force.

Venus and Juno conjoin in this lunar cycle at the same location as our previous New Moon, in the Hyades. Venus and Eris also begin their more frequent 224-day synodic cycle at the same time, a synthesis that helps bring to surface any discordant undermining behavioral patterns or antiquated belief structures that impede greater inner harmony and abundance in our lives. This is our capacity to radiate a clearer heart resonance, which is our force of attraction defining the nature of what we allow into our lives, our resistance/allowance to life. Juno and distant Sedna also begin a new ~4.4-year synodic cycle, a rare occurrence at the Juno-Sedna orbital plane crossing. This cycle, as well as the next (2018), is quite significant for relationships and partnerships of all types, as well as for the re-emergence of the feminine principle in our world and establishing a matriarchal-patriarchal balance, which is essential as we journey into the future.

Our Last Quarter Moon creates another potent T-square as the Sun conjoins Varuna, again square the Lunar Nodes, but now with Mars, Ceres and Vesta making their final conjunction on the North Lunar Node directly opposite Eris and the Moon on the South Lunar Node. This can stimulate an inner need to make dramatic changes in our lives based upon any inner changes and realizations we may have integrated over the last several months, or catalyzed by events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Mars-Ceres-Vesta conjunction marks the finale of their synchronous retrogrades, which began in early 2014, a finale which now mobilizes this entire energetic and any inner shifts in awareness that may have been brewing for some time, now into an externalized expression.

Mercury and Saturn both complete their retrogrades in this lunar month, Mercury on July 1, just after the Crescent Moon, and Saturn later in the lunar cycle, while Vesta and Saturn also begin a new 4-year synodic cycle in sidereal Libra.

These are but a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

May 28, 2014 New Moon Theme
Pioneering Action: Ensuring a Nurturing & Sustainable Infrastructure

The Hyades New Moon Star Chart

This New Moon occurs amongst the stars of the Hyades in Taurus, also conjoining Ain of the Hyades and Aldebaran, the eyes of the Bull. The Hyades produce somewhat of a tempestuous nature, which can manifest as distracting commotion or disrupting events, but which impels pioneering and constructive action to create solution for our physical wellbeing due to Aldebaran's strong eminence. The stars of Taurus are of earthy and material matters: of building, business, construction, property, and establishing stability and balance for home and family, Taurus is industrious, persistent, determined and enterprising.

This is the first lunar cycle after the completion of the Mars retrograde, which had produced a few month period of reassessing how we were using our creative energy. Ceres and Vesta, which were in a synchronous retrograde with Mars, now complete their retrogrades (Vesta just before the New Moon and Ceres on the Crescent Moon). This lunar cycle engages a succinctly different energetic compared to the several last cycles, which impelled more of an inward focus of reassessment in many areas of our lives. This cycle impels outward creative movement, participation and action, with a new focus of commitment, or dedicated purpose toward that which is physically nourishing in our lives. It impels grounded action to establish a new or more wholesome infrastructure in our lives. Mars will also make its final square to Pluto and opposition to Uranus later in the lunar cycle, impelling radical action to break from the conformity of the past. This is the stimulus for outward action upon the energetics set in motion by the Mars-Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto Grand Square occurring in April 2014. Mars and Saturn also begin a new 2-year cycle in this lunar month.

As Venus begins new synodic cycles with Neptune and Chrion after First Quarter Moon, Mercury begins it retrograde around the Gate of Man at the Foot of the Gemini Twins, also conjoining the Sword of Orion and Mekalinan of the Charioteer. Mercury's retrograde completes early on in the following lunar cycle. This period brings opportunity to establish new or redefine existing alliances in our lives and in ways that support the mutual wellbeing of all parties. It also brings impetus to clarify how we communicate and interact on a daily basis. It can also stimulate changes or renegotiations in allegiances between countries or organizations in business and commerce.

The solstice occurs on June 21, 2014 just after retrograde Mercury conjoins the Sun and with the Moon conjoining Uranus and Eris, which lie opposite to Mars, Vesta Ceres and Haumea—a dynamic and stimulating energetic impelling progressive change to create a new birth forward in our personal lives and in the world.

These are but a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

April 29, 2014 New Moon Theme
Metamorphosis & Engagement

April 29, 2014 Annular Solar Eclipse Map

This New Moon produces an Annular Solar Eclipse amongst the stars of the Ram. The eclipse is not visible in most of the world, except in Antarctica. A partial eclipse can be seen in the southern Indian Ocean, the southern edge of Indonesia and all of Australia. The eclipse nests between Juno (asteroid of relationships and ways of interrelating) and Mercury (of personal communication and daily logistics), in near proximity to the Lunar South Node. This eclipse belongs to Saros Series 148, which began in the southern hemisphere in September of 1653, hence a south node eclipse. It then conjoined Juno and the stars Zaniah of Virgo and Turais of Argo Navis, and was also square to Uranus and Mars amongst the stars of the Zen Archer. The energetic of the 1653 eclipse is fundamental to and expresses through all eclipses in this Saros Series.

This eclipse period, the following six months, is especially influential in relationships, both of a personal nature and those of an international nature, in business and politics. This eclipse impels a fresh start in the outward expressions of our lives and roles in the world. It motivates us to redefine existing qualities and talents and to express them in new ways. It is especially favorable for self initiated action in relationships and communication, but may also contribute to social unrest in world relations, impelling right action to create radical change to break away from the conformity of the past in our relations and in how we interrelate, with concern for the long-term ramifications regarding how we use our personal power in the world.

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 and in what areas of our lives is a function of star alignments and other aspecting planets occurring at the time of the eclipse, and where they occur in our 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. Eclipse influences generally last about six months, until the next eclipse occurs. Eclipse lunar cycles are ideal times to set new six-month goals to create personal change in our lives, not necessarily on the solar or lunar eclipse, but based upon the realizations we have throughout the eclipse lunar cycles.

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.

This New Moon Eclipse conjoins Hamal of Aries; Schedar and Achird of Cassiopeia; Adhil of Andromeda; and Kaffaljidhma of Cetus, the brain of the fear-instilling techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness. These stars produce an intense energetic expressing through our New Moon and throughout this lunar month. They often motivate headstrong self-initiated action for attainment, sometimes of a righteous forceful nature, but also inviting us to recognize each of us are responsible for the collective consciousness we find ourselves in—the reality of our personal lives and that of our world we uphold by consensus. Some people will continue to blame our techno-bureaucratic monster on every thing and every one outside of self, a victim mentality perpetuating our human condition and the entrapments we find ourselves in, while others will use this opportunity to responsibly create a new world paradigm.

Also occurring on the New Moon is the start of a very rare event, the compounded Mars, Ceres and Vesta synodic cycles, which will express over many years to follow. Earth and Saturn also begin a new 378-day synodic cycle in a very principle area of the heavens, producing an extra-significant Saturn cycle. This also occurs as the Sun aligns with the recently discovered minor planet, 2012 VP113, temporarily named Biden by astronomers due to its VP designation, or sometimes just referred to as VP. Like Sedna, 2012 VP113 lies in the far depths of our solar system, in the inner Oort Cloud. The overall alignment is 2012 VP113 – Sun – Earth – Saturn.

The key event occurring in this lunar cycle is the completion of the Mars retrograde, which occurs later in the lunar cycle (May 19-20), followed by Vesta and Ceres around the next New Moon. The three had been in a synchronous retrograde over the last couple of months, with Mars creating the Grand Square with Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto in the previous lunar cycle. Now, as Mars returns direct, we are impelled to engage in demonstrable action based upon the inner changes made throughout the past many-month period of reassessment occurring in many areas of our lives, mostly about getting clear and focused on how we are using our creative motive for what is truly nourishing and of importance in our lives and in our world. This motivation to action emerges from what was a building restrictive tension during the Mars retrograde and the potent Grand Square. Because of this, we may start to see wide-sweeping assertive action and mass movements to create inovative and revolutionary change in our world, and we are impelled to do the same in our individual lives. We can think of this energetic to be like a starship that had been in repairs and upgrades, now ready to engage at warp-speed.

These are but a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

March 30, 2014 New Moon Theme
Actualizing Revolutionary Change
The Mars-Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto Grand Square

The April 2014 Grand Square

This New Moon catalyzes an unprecedented lunar cycle providing opportunity for revolutionary change in many facets of our personal lives and in the world. The main event occurring in this lunar month is the Mars-Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto Grand Square. This Grand Square gateway is intense, challenging and deeply cathartic. It is a doorway that requires a decisive choice to leave one way of being, to live the wisdom gained from the past, and to morph into a new way of being and into a new world paradigm yet to unfold throughout the remainder of the 2010s. This lunar cycle is also highly inspirational to mobilize and emerge into new vistas of creative participation.

The Lunar Month starts with the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-Square already active. The New Moon occurs in mid-sidereal Pisces, conjoining Uranus within 2.5°, with the Sun and Moon activating the catalytic T-Square, specifically Uranus, impelling spontaneous, electrical, and radical innovative solutions to break free from the conforming bounds of the past, a theme continuing throughout this lunar cycle. The New-Moon conjoins Algenib of the Great Square of Pegasus, the wing tip of Pegasus, bringing inspiration to take decisive action to lift ourselves to greater heights, above the trashing waters of psychic-emotional turmoil and binding limitations of an antiquated paradigm, both our personal paradigms and our global paradigm. Also conjoining are Alpha and Beta of Lacerta the Lizard, our primordial gatekeeper of evolutionary affairs. In the far northern heavens is the Supergiant Garnet Star, Erakis of King Cepheus. Erakis inspires us to see opportunity for attainment beyond the obvious limitations and entrapments we may face. Erakis also brings emphasis to the administration of financial matters, and to the control and dispensation of wealth and resources in the world.

This lunar cycle stimulates a radical change in authoritarian control of resources, especially of those trying to control, dominate or suppress others. It invites us to make radical changes in our personal lives that lift us out of our own entrapments. It invites us to make the choice to live that which we know is true for ourselves, rather than to merely think about it or to avoid it by perpetuating an endless search thinking we need to learn more or have more before we demonstrably live that truth.

This T-Square is active the entire month, with retrograde Mars moving into position to oppose Uranus forming the Grand Square starting on the Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15. The Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square peaks on April 20 through April 21, just before Last Quarter Moon. The Grand Square peaks on April 22 through April 23, with the Moon conjoining Pluto and triggering the entire event on April 20. This all leads into the New Moon of April 29, an Annular Solar Eclipse lunar cycle, when we begin a fresh start after this catalytic lunar month.

This Grand Square creates a primary catalytic turning in and engagement of the 2012-2015 Uranus-Pluto Square and its theme, Revolution and Revelation, which is the first quarter point of stimulus to action in the 138-year Uranus-Pluto cycle that began in 1966. It triggers the outward actualization of the Uranus-Pluto Square, the Jupiter-Uranus Square and the Jupiter Pluto Opposition, a turning that will ensue over many years to come. This T-Square (culminating into the Grand square by Retrograde Mars, triggered by Mercury conjoining Uranus and accentuated by Pluto's retrograde station) is the first geocentric set of aspects occurring after the actual heliocentric (synodic) aspects that occurred in November of 2013, thus now actualizing this transition occurring in the underlying evolutionary currents into our outer experiential world.

Mars, Vesta, Ceres and the Dwarf Planet Haumea continue their synchronous retrogrades throughout the lunar cycle, which continues a reassessment and redefining period in many areas of our lives, presented in the previous March 1, 2014 Lunar Planner. They all start new synodic cycles with Earth in this lunar cycle, as well as with each other. These new cycles create new energetic themes that will fully engage as these planets complete their retrogrades in May 2014. These cycles all amalgamate and are extremely significant. They play a key part in understanding how to navigate through this catalytic Grand Square and to understand what this Grand Square is asking of us all, personally and globally.

Although the Grand Square creates a potent gateway requiring a decisive choice in how we proceed, there can be a sense of restrictive tension to engage in demonstrable action until after Mars completes its retrograde in the following Solar Eclipse lunar cycle. The gateway, however, presents itself now. This Grand Square may or may not incite specific global events, although we may see tension continuing to rise between the United States and Russia, as well as in the global economy. Either way, it engages a primary turning in our evolutionary currents that will continue to precipitate its effects into our existing world paradigm over many years to follow.

These are but a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

March 1, 2014 New Moon Theme

This New Moon lies in mid-sidereal Aquarius, nesting between Neptune and Chiron. Conjoining stars include Skat, Hydor, Zeta and Eta of the Waterbearer; and the V407 Nova in Cygnus. Aquarius is of vision and creativity, revolutionary and unpredictable, original and innovative. Aquarians support the future well being of humanity. They are visionaries seeking to support humanitarian pursuits, especially in the arts and sciences, and an evolved societal structure, that which the nourishing flowing waters of the Waterbearer are intended.

A plethora of events occur in the first few days of this lunar cycle, initiating a cathartic inner process. Mars, Vesta, Ceres and the Dwarf Planet Haumea begin their synchronous retrogrades surrounding the New Moon in late sidereal Virgo and early Libra. These occur just after the recent Venus retrograde and along with the current Jupiter and Pallas retrograde cycles. Saturn also begins its retrograde a few days later. This current set of retrogrades continues a reassessment and redefining period in many areas of our lives, which is the hallmark of the last few months of 2013 and first few months of 2014. The Mars, Vesta, and Ceres synchronous retrogrades also initiate new synodic cycles with each other and with Earth in the midst of their retrogrades, coming in late April, creating new energetic themes unfolding over the many months ahead. The Ceres and Vesta and Haumea retrogrades and their new cycles involve the stellar qualities of Spica of Virgo, Archturus and Muhrid of Boötes , and massive Eta Carinae of Argo Navis, foreteller of impending evolutionary change. The Mars retrograde, continuing into May 2014, accentuates these stars along with those of Corvus, the Raven Messenger Bird. Earth, Mars and Haumea also begin a new compounded synodic cycle in early April. These stellar themes reveal the details of the nature of these retrogrades and their new cycles, which will continue to express in our lives throughout the year ahead, the details of which are explored in this Lunar Planner.

Retrogrades Timeline

In general, we now enter a few month period of redefining how we use our creative power in our lives and in leadership in the world, with attention to environmental conditions, mutual support, and to that which provides our fundamental sustenance. This period of time impels us to get clear upon that which is truly nourishing in our lives, to become clear upon that which is relevant in our rapidly changing reality, and to recommit with dedicated focus to our new found clarity of purpose. This process requires astute attentiveness to messages conveyed by the world around us, along with precognitive perception into the potentialities of greater evolutionary changes to come, in order for a new birth to occur in our lives and in our world. The inner awareness cultivated now, during these retrogrades, is key to how we move forward in April, as a catalytic stimulus toward wide sweeping revolutionary action to change ensues due to the upcoming Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto-retrograde Mars Grand Square occurring in late April 2014.

Also occurring at the start of this lunar cycle are the new Venus-Vesta, Venus-Ceres and Venus-Haumea synodic cycles under the auspices of the stellar qualities of Virgo, Boötes and Corvus—all bringing a new focus toward our values and our capacity to be receptive, and again, impelling the need to become attuned and attentive to the natural world and its messages, with foresight to heed our premonitory perceptions.

Jupiter completes its retrograde soon after the Crescent Moon in the midst of the Gemini Twins, instilling a sense of movement and expansion, and fully engaging the new 400-day Sirius-Canopus Earth-Jupiter synodic cycle, that began in early January, presented in the January 1, Lunar Planner.

Juno, asteroid of covenant relations and partnerships of all types, begins a new 4.5-year synodic cycle with Uranus. This synod conjoins Alpheratz, head of the Princess Andromeda and Alderamin of King Cepheus, engaging radical change in partnerships to break away from the conformity of a limiting past as well as to engage in new revolutionary pursuits. Juno then conjoins Uranus in the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square, a dynamic event impelling a radical change of expression in partnerships of all types.

Earth and the Dwarf Planet Makemake begin a new annual synodic cycle on the March 20 Equinox, also in Virgo, conjoining the North Galactic Pole and Earth's Prcessional Cross.

These are but a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

January 30, 2014 New Moon Theme

This New Moon lies in mid-sidereal Capricorn. Conjoining stars include Albali of Aquarius; Armus of Capricorn; Alpha Tucana and those of Indus and Microscopium. Also conjoining are two pulsars, one in Capricorn and one in northern Vulpecula, and a Double Quasar in Delphinus the Dolphin Star System.

This area of sidereal Capricorn can incite a loquacious expression, but one about apprehending the essence and order behind the histrionics of words and the details found through astute examination, a process much like walking a labyrinth. It is of higher mind, intellectual prowess, mysticism, occultism, theosophy and transcendence. It is of academics and publishing, particularly in areas of law, history, sacred or cultural texts, and philosophy. It is also about strategic locations and sacred or secret places. This specific few degree area of Capricorn is specifically about having Trust in the unseen, in that which lies behind the superficial, and with that trust, establishing an inner balance while applying our assets and strategies in life.

Venus and Pallas begin a new 265-day synodic cycle under the mane of the Lion, also conjoining Suhail Al Mulif of Argo Navis (of soul oaths), inspiring new values and a passion to break trail into new areas of involvement, both individually and for relationships, and especially those agreed upon at a soul level and that serve a greater social justice. Venus completes its retrograde conjoining Pluto just after the New Moon, initiating a new expression of heart and our values.

Jupiter continues its retrograde throughout this lunar cycle in mid-sidereal Gemini opposite Venus and Pluto in mid-sidereal Sagittarius. Retrograde Jupiter makes its square to Uranus later in the lunar cycle, which begins the formation of the upcoming Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square, which in turn culminates into the April Mars-Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto Grand Square, all propelling us into a renaissance in consciousness.

Mercury begins its retrograde on the First Quarter Moon conjoining Neptune in early sidereal Aquarius. Mercury will complete its retrograde in this lunar cycle as well, impelling a redefining process of the logistical aspects of our lives throughout this lunar cycle, during which, at the time of the Full Moon, a new 116-day Mercurial synodic cycle will in ensue. Similar to the Venus-Pallas cycle's theme, the Full Moon and the new Mercury cycle both impel us to become trailblazers to explore new territory and to envision new horizons, to discover new possibilities and to seek better ways to live. Mercury's retrograde leads into the start of the Mars, Ceres and Vesta synchronous retrogrades on the North Lunar Node, which commence around the following New Moon of March 1.

A unique hourglass geometric configuration occurs involving the Mars-Ceres-Vesta-Lunar nodes conjunction and the Jupiter-Pluto opposition. Based in the harmonics of the Quintile, this indicates an introspective process unfolding in time that leads into a new quintessential expression of our uniqueness.

These are but a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

January 1, 2014 New Moon Theme
The Naked Truth

This New Moon conjoins Pluto in the midst of the Sagittarian Zen Archer. Conjoining stars include Nunki of Sagittarius, the fletching of his arrow, and those forming the hand of the archer. This is the Zen Archer's energy drawn and ready to release in its full potential, provoking action to pierce our false beliefs and veils of illusion to hit the target of our highest ideals and to live for a greater truth. They inspire a Zen stance based from our inner core resonance, undaunted by the turmoil of a crumbling old paradigm. Pluto in Sagittarius becomes the revealer of a greater truth. Pluto works by exposing and deconstructing all that is lesser than the higher ideals the Zen Archer is willing to live and die for. Facing the naked truth is the hallmark of this lunar cycle.

Jupiter and Venus, both in the midst of their retrogrades begin new synodic cycles with Earth. The Jupiter cycle is 399 days. This synod occurs in the midst of the Gemini twins and conjoins Sirius and Canopus, two extremely significant stars. The Venus cycle is 584 days. This is the first new Venus-Earth cycle after the Venus Transit occurring in June of 2012. These two retrogrades and new cycles are two of several occurring over the immediate months ahead, providing a redefining period in several facets of our lives, all of which will inspire a new octave of creative expression in April of 2014. Venus will complete its retrograde on the following New Moon, engaging a new expression of our values and heart based upon the inner passage occurring now.

Juno, asteroid of covenant relations and partnerships of all types, conjoin Neptune and Chiron in this lunar cycle, precipitating the expression of a new ideological model about what constitutes relationships and how we interrelate. The dissolution of previous relationships or ideologies about relationships, along with the formation of a new ideological model began in November of 2013. That which engages now inspires us to heal relationship issues of the past and to cross a bridge into a more wholesome societal modality in our interpersonal relations.

These are but a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

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