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This July 4, 2016 New Moon lies amongst the stars of the Gemini Twins. Conjoining stars include Alzirr of the foot of Pollux, and from the southern heavens, the very prominent stars Sirius of Canis Major and Canopus of Argo Navis. The stars of 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.
Sirius, Alpha Canis Major, is the impetuous and blazing Great World Teacher, knowledge-holder of ancient hermetic wisdom. Significant alignments with Sirius can bring teachings, lessons, or events of a global or profound proportion, those that can catalyze tremendous evolutionary change. Sirius inspires a quest for liberty and human rights. Canopus, Alpha Carina of Argo Navis, is the second brightest star in the heavens after Sirius, and conjoins Sirius from the south. As a galactic equatorial star, Canopus is director / navigator of the Argo (Jason and the Argonauts)—of the greater galactic mission of souls in our solar system. Canopus imparts a concern for the repercussions of global events affecting evolutionary change, as well as a sense of responsibility to steer Earth’s evolutionary course. An older derivation of Canopus is the Egyptian Kahi Nub, "Golden Earth," representative of the exalted vision held for Earth, meaning an illumined soul-awakened world.
Mercury makes its superior conjunction with the Sun (on the far side of the Sun) on July 6. Hours later the Sun, Earth and Pluto align, creating the Earth-Pluto synod and initiating the new annual Pluto synodic cycle, occurring hours before the Crescent Moon. Thus, the overall alignment is Mercury-Sun-Earth-Pluto.
The superior conjunction of Mercury marks the mid-point in the current Mercury cycle, which began with the Mercury Transit, presented in the previous Lunar Planner. The superior conjunction is analogous to the Full Moon in a lunar cycle. The time from Mercury's western elongation, occurring just after Mercury completed its retrograde, to the superior conjunction, was the second quarter of the Mercury cycle. It is a time when mind is more impulsive and focused on external events in the world. The superior conjunction is the climax of this quarter, a time of heightened realization regarding the meaning of the original synodic theme in our lives. As we move into the third quarter, from the superior conjunction to the eastern elongation, occurring just before the next Mercury retrograde, mental processes tend to be more pragmatic, deliberate and reflective upon past experiences occurring in the second quarter.
The Mercury-Pluto opposition part of this planetary alignment also marks the midpoint in the current Mercury-Pluto cycle. At the same time, the Sun-Earth-Pluto alignment initiates the new Earth-Pluto cycle. All of this brings emphasis to issues about the use of power, specifically motive and intent behind such. Is motive driving communication based on power perceived as something outside of self to acquire, as in being in positions of power and authority, the acquisition on money and influence used for control and dominance, and/or acquiescing to such dominance, or is motive based upon power perceived as something within self, seeking self-empowerment to live in a more healthy sustainable modality of being, with an ability to help empower others? These are some issues we might look at underlying events in world, especially in the sociopolitical arenas and in international affairs.
The First Quarter Moon of July 11 conjoins the Dwarf Planet Haumea impelling action to reinvent our selves or expression in life. The Moon and Haumea conjoin Eta Carinae, 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 is a portent of evolutionary change. The Gibbous Moon of July 15 conjoins retrograde Saturn-Antares, a pre-trigger to the upcoming revolutionary Mars-Saturn-Antares conjunction, which occurs on August 24, 2016.
Eris and Uranus begin their retrogrades in this lunar cycle. Eris begins her retrograde on July 19, with Eris and Uranus creating T-square to the pre-Full Moon, which can bring the unexpected or impetus to create radical change. The two made their first conjunction early in the previous lunar cycle along with Ceres. They make their second conjunction, as the two are retrograde, in late September, and their third in March of 2017 (with Ceres and Mars), presented in the article New Frontiers in Consciousness 2016-2017 Uranus-Eris opposite Haumea.
This June 5, 2016 UT (June 4 MST) New Moon conjoins Venus and lies amongst the stars of Taurus and over those of enterprising Orion. It forms a Grand Square with the Lunar Nodes, with Jupiter conjoined the North Lunar Node and with retrograde Saturn opposite the Venus-New Moon. It occurs in a dynamic and catalytic window of time that began with the third and final Jupiter-Saturn square, which occurred on May 26, and continues through the Crescent Moon of June 8, at which time Uranus makes its first conjunction with Eris opposite Haumea, which is presented in the article: New Frontiers in Consciousness: Uranus-Eris opposite Haumea 2016-2017. Cere also conjoins Uranus and Eris opposite Haumea in this lunar cycle, bringing emphasis to geological, ecological and agricultural issues, as well as issues surrounding our fundamental nourishment. This Grand Square configuration creates exceptionally strong geophysical and biological resonances.
This lunar cycle inspires audacious action and enterprising pursuits while standing in the midst of uncertainty and the diversionary conditions of human life. It brings emphasis to the physical infrastructures in our lives and to that which supports our fundamental physical needs. It impels us to create nurturing and protective environments and conditions, and brings emphasis to monetary issues.
This is the first lunar cycle occurring as we fully engage in the last quarter of the 20-year Jupiter-Saturn cycle, that began in June of 2000 and which completes in 2020, presented in the article Sociopolitical & Personal Explorations 2016-2020. This lunar cycle impels enterprising entrepreneurial pursuits that support progressive and expansive change in outdated sociopolitical structures and in the modalities of our personal lives. This lunar cycle can stimulate unexpected or disconcerting events in our lives or unexpected disclosures, but that support progressive change in the longer term. Staying heart centered is emphasized.
Solstice Full Moon: The Full Moon marks the culmination point in the lunar cycle, the climax, the point of vision and realization about the lunar month. The Full Moon occurs on June 20, with the Sun conjoining the Gate of Man in early sidereal Gemini and the with the Moon conjoining Quaoar and the Gate of God of Earth's Precessional Cross. The Solstice occurs at 22:34 June 20 UT (3:34 PM MST), just several hours after the Full Moon. Its alignment with the Precessional Cross brings emphasis and attention to the greater evolutionary transition occurring on Earth and in our lives. It impels us to look beyond the transitory events occurring to see the underlying message and meaning they hold, to focus upon longer-term issues and changes that we need to make in our lives and in our world, and to pursue a greater unified conscious awareness.
Mars continues it retrograde throughout most of this lunar cycle, but makes its direct station later in the lunar cycle, on the Balsamic Moon of July 1. Juno, asteroid of covenant partnerships, mutual cooperation, agreements and interrelating, also completes her retrograde in this lunar cycle. Both shifts will be felt as a welcomed sense of movement and progression, both in creative action and in our relationships and partnerships of all types, those personal and those of business and politics.
This May 6, 2016 New Moon resides amongst the stars of the Ram. Conjoining stars include Menkar of Cetus; Almach, the foot of Andromeda; Tish and Ruchbah of Cassiopeia…. The Sun is not only at home in Aries, but this New Moon also resides at the ecliptical location of the Sun's exaltation, making this an empowering lunar cycle.
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 sidereal Aries articulate our journey through life. They impel self-initiated action for personal attainment. The journey through Aries ultimately awakens us from a self-consuming focus upon our personal needs to one of selfless creative leadership.
This area of Aries, and this lunar cycle, impels us to step forth into a more appropriate position in life, to gain greater freedom in life, or to create some type of transformation in our lives to do so. It is of new beginnings. A sense of impending time intensifies the need to take action. However, it also requires surrendering any righteous attitudes we may hold about deserving more or becoming more than we are, which creates an inner tension that keeps us from the very thing we seek. Overall, this location in the ecliptic is of a regenerative nature—primal, sexual, erotic, creative and inventive. It can also be volatile, quickly eruptive or explosive like a volcano, penetrating, sharp-tongued, competitive, even somewhat hostile. Thus it requires a need to channel this energy.
Jupiter completes its retrograde on May 9, just before the Crescent Moon. This is a very welcomed shift in our planetary cycles, as we have had several planets, along with Juno, simultaneously retrograde, making for an exceptionally inward-focused time. Jupiter's direct station impels us to begin externalized movement upon any inner expansion of awareness we have embodied over the past few months. Mars, however, continues its retrograde through June, which continues an inward focus to redefine how we are using our creative energy and asserting ourselves in the world.
Mercury, in the midst of its retrograde conjoins the Sun in Aries, also on May 9, a couple of hours after Jupiter's direct station. This is an extra significant conjunction because Earth, Mercury and the Sun create an exact alignment, both in ecliptical longitude and latitude, creating a Mercury Transit across the face of the Sun. Mercury transits occur about 13 times every century. The last Mercury Transit occurred on November 8, 2006, and the next will occur on November 11, 2019.
Mercury's retrograde provides a time to reassess and redefine how we think, also providing an ideal time for planning and renegotiating the logistical aspects of our lives. Mercury completes its retrograde just after the Full Moon of May 21. This Mercury retrograde, involving Vesta and occurring during the Juno retrograde and Mars retrograde, is especially favorable for establishing a new clarity of focus in partnerships, for creating new or renegotiating existing agreements and commitments, for establishing new relationships, and for formulating new plans and creative pursuits in our relations.
Jupiter makes its third geocentric square with Saturn in this lunar cycle, fully propelling us into the last quarter of the 20-year Jupiter-Saturn cycle, that began in June of 2000 and that completes in 2020, presented in the article Sociopolitical & Personal Explorations 2016-2020. The first annual Earth-Jupiter annual cycle of the last quarter of the 20-year Jupiter-Saturn cycle impels us to discern for ourselves and to mobilize our own creative potential based from our own wisdom rather than reacting to and continuing to blindly follow the antic propaganda of antiquated sociopolitical structures.
Saturn also begins its new annual synodic cycle, later in the lunar cycle, in a potent area of sidereal Scorpio and in the constellation of Ophiuchus, conjoining a Supercluster of galaxies called The Great Attractor. As we enter the last quarter of the 20-year Jupiter-Saturn cycle, we come to realize that the existing sociopolitical structures we have created no longer serve but now restrict the movement and expansion of consciousness Jupiter impels, thus arousing the need to begin to change those structures and their imposing limitations. This first Earth-Saturn cycle (like the first Earth-Jupiter cycle) occurring in the last quarter of the 20-year Jupiter-Saturn cycle augments how the energetic of the Jupiter-Saturn square expresses on Earth. This first Earth-Saturn cycle impels us to begin to change sociopolitical structures in ways that support the freedom and self-empowerment of the people, sociopolitical systems that are in service to, rather than those that dominate and control.
The sustained Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square along with the Ceres-Pluto square and the Uranus-Eris conjunction can create strong geophysical resonances throughout this lunar cycle.
Uranus makes its first opposition Haumea in this lunar cycle, as Uranus approaches its conjunction with Eris. The Uranus-Haumea opposition also occurs as Jupiter stations on the Crescent Moon. The Uranus-Eris opposition to Haumea is presented in the article: New Frontiers in Consciousness: Uranus-Eris opposite Haumea 2016-2017.
This April 7, 2016 New Moon conjoins Uranus, which is approaching its conjunction with Eris opposite Haumea, and squares Pluto. Although we have completed the Uranus-Pluto square, the square is still dispersing, within a 3° orb. This New Moon also aspects the Jupiter-Saturn square and the Lunar Nodes. Thus, this lunar cycle engages and emphasizes the energetics of both squares, initiating action to create revolutionary change in our lives and in the world, and to relinquish antiquated structures we have created that once served but now limit our growth and expansion of consciousness.
Stars conjoining the New Moon and Uranus include Revati of Pisces, which lies just north over the belly of ole' Cetus, the techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness. Further south is Fornax, the furnace, which provides the perpetual fire (digestive juices) for our transmutation while participating in the belly of ole' Cetus—in the wet, sensual, and emotional world of human affairs. North are the bound outstretched arms of Princess Andromeda. This was also the ecliptical location of Eris during the financial and housing crisis of 2008. Uranus is about to make its first opposition to Haumea followed by its first conjunction with Eris over these next two lunar months, adding to a series of catalytic planetary events occurring in 2016.
This Uranus-Revati-lunar cycle, involving several key aspects with Uranus, Haumea and Eris, brings attention to financial resources and financial affairs, both personally and globally, the control of money and to how it is used, whether to manipulate, exploit and control, as well as to aid and set free those who are entrapped in conditions not of their own making. It brings impetus to create progressive revolutionary change in our lives to break free from the restrictions of past conformations, especially regarding financially imposed limitations. It may bring unexpected change or progressive opportunity that impels spontaneity and innovative response.
It is especially catalytic in engaging the Uranus-Eris opposition to Haumea, which continues into 2017, which I suspect will bring unprecedented disclosures, revolutionary disruptive technologies, global economic change, and unforeseen world events that will reveal a far greater reality that few people imagine exists, and that will catalyze far greater changes in our lives occurring throughout the remainder of this decade and into the early 2020s.
Mars begins its retrograde in this lunar cycle, on April 17, just before the Gibbous Moon, upon the foot of Ophiuchus and conjoining Antares, Heart of the Scorpion, Mars retrogrades back through the head and chelae of the Scorpion. Mars completes its retrograde on June 29, at which time it moves toward its conjunction with Saturn, once again conjoining Antares, occurring in August, at which time we will be impelled to apply how we have redefined our creative motive (throughout the retrograde) into concretized form.
Mars' retrograde, in general, provides a time to explore and redefine how we are using our creative initiative and our autonomic response. Every retrograde of Mars (or any planet) is however unique, depending upon several factors, but primarily due to the stellar energetics in which the retrograde occurs, just as the stars conjoining the Sun-Earth-Mars alignment (Mars synod) sets the energetic and reveals the theme for the new Mars synodic cycle.
Mars and Earth are also approaching their closest distance during their orbits, which occurs on May 30, near the start of the new Earth-Mars synodic cycle, which begins on May 22, during the midst of the Mars retrograde, conjoining the Head of the Scorpion—making this retrograde and the new Mars cycle extra-potent and especially significant.
Mars, at the start of its retrograde, also deposits its force through Vesta, which is currently passing through the stars of Aries, thus impelling us to become clear, dedicated and focused to use our instinctual creative response to become more or to aspire for something more in our lives.
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Ophiuchus (standing over the Scorpion) teaches us to recognize that power is not something outside of self and gaining it is not by attempting to control our external world and the people in it, but is through the art of self-mastery to claim the power within self. This requires an inversion in consciousness from being a victim of our life experience to being a creator of it. This flip in consciousness is not merely attained by changing how we think, although that can open the path to it. It is the result of doing the inner work, physiologically, emotionally and mentally that changes our vibrational resonance.
Saturn's retrograde in this area of the heavens provides opportunity to address long-established solidified psychophysiological patterns within self and the resultant manifest conditions in our lives that result from them. Psychophysiological patterns include neurological function, cellular imprints, their emotional charge and our resultant beliefs.
The retrogrades of both Mars and Saturn in this area of the heavens bring us to realize the dire ramifications of forcibly attempting to change our external life experiences, but to realize the means to effect change is by first changing the source of those manifestations, our inner vibrational resonance, which in turn coalesces the assemblage our material experience.
Mars and Saturn both, especially in this area of the heavens, resonate with our autonomic neurological process (the reptilian part or our brains / brain stem), which controls our automatic behavioral survival responses. These are deep-seated behavioral patterns common to all of us, which have long-standing momentum, and thus are not trivial to change. Nonetheless, this is the area of ourselves that Mars and Saturn currently invites us to address. However, we are not left without help in this process. Jupiter, also retrograde (in its square to Saturn and opposition to Chiron, conjoining the Lunar Nodes), impels an inward expansion of our neocortex, the part of our brain that enables our ability to think independently and to aspire for the greater evolutionary wellbeing of all life, beyond our reactive primal and emotional responses. Chiron on the South Lunar Node impels us to delve deep within self to get in touch with deep-seated wounds that perpetuate our behavioral conditions and to use those very wounds as the elixir the heals, and to apply that inner healing to mobilize the expansion of our consciousness.
Pluto also begins its retrograde in this lunar cycle amongst the stars of the Zen Archer. Mercury follows, beginning its retrograde on April 28, later in the lunar cycle, conjoining Vesta amongst the stars of Aries. Mercury completes its retrograde on May 22 in the following lunar cycle. Juno, asteroid of covenant relationships, also currently retrograde, begins its new synodic cycle conjoining the stars of the Southern Cross and the Northern Crown. This Mercury retrograde, involving Vesta and occurring during the Juno retrograde and Mars retrograde, is especially favorable for establishing a new clarity of focus in partnerships, for creating new or renegotiating existing agreements and commitments, for establishing new relationships, and for formulating new plans and creative pursuits in our relations.
Theses 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.
This March 9, 2016 (March 8 MST) New Moon produces a Total Eclipse lunar cycle. The eclipse path occurs in the Pacific Ocean. Totality can be seen in parts of Indonesia and other locations in the Pacific. A partial eclipse is visible in northeastern Australia, in southeast Asia, the Philippines, Guam, and the islands of Micronesia, and a bit in Hawaii. The eclipse begins at 23:19 UT with its maximum at 01:59 UT on March 9. Totality lasts for 4 minutes and 9 seconds. This Solar eclipse is number 52 of 73 in the Saros 130 series, all of which occur on the South Lunar Node.
A penumbral lunar eclipse follows the total solar eclipse, occurring on Full Moon of March 23. The lunar eclipse is visible in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and the western Americas. The equinox occurs on March 20 at 4:30 UT a few days earlier, at the time of the Gibbous Moon.
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 and other aspecting planets occurring at the time of the eclipse. Eclipse influences generally last about six months, until the next eclipse occurs. 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. 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 is 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 and 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.
Our New Moon Solar Eclipse occurs amongst the flowing waters dispensed from the Urn of Aquarius. It also conjoins Fum al Samakah, the mouth of the primordial fish, and it lies under the auspices of Pegasus, and over the Phoenix, a sign of renewal, of rising from the ashes. The New Moon occurs in the midst of a stellium of planets including Mercury, Neptune, Ceres and Chiron, all opposite retrograde Jupiter conjoining the North Lunar Node. The Mercury-Ceres-Chiron conjunction on the South Lunar Node plays a key role in this lunar cycle, creating a sustained and potent T-square with the second Jupiter-Saturn geocentric square throughout the entire first half of this lunar cycle, with the exact Jupiter-Saturn square occurring on the Lunar Eclipse, and as Saturn makes its retrograde station.
The Sun's opposition to Jupiter also means a Sun-Earth-Jupiter alignment, which initiates the new 399-day Earth-Jupiter synodic cycle, actually occurring just hours before the eclipse. The best time to attune to a new synodic theme is under the stars, when the planet passes over your meridian; i.e, on your location's midheaven (MC). This is when a planet's longitudinal gravitational waves linking with those emanating from Earth's core directly resonate with a specific location. The night sky will be especially dark without the Moon lighting the sky, making for great viewing of Jupiter and a few of its moons.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse conjoins the Dwarf Planet Makemake opposite the Sun-Mercury conjunction. The Full Moon conjoins Zaniah of Virgo and Turais of Argo Navis bringing emphasis to the use of personal will and the long-term ramifications effecting our evolutionary course. Leadership regarding the administration of physical and financial resources, if not the entire global economy, becomes of issue over the several months ahead. Uranus now approaching its conjunction with Revati of Pisces (and on its way to conjoin Eris, starting in June) may also contribute to unexpected, perhaps radical, changes regarding money and the economy over the months ahead.
The second of three Jupiter-Saturn geocentric squares occurs on March 23, just before the Full Moon eclipse. This occurs with Jupiter retrograde and Saturn stationing about to begin its retrograde, which occurs just after the Full Moon on March 25.
Jupiter-Saturn cycles, created by the two most massive planets in our solar system, are one of the most powerful and influential in our solar system dynamics. Saturn demonstrates and validates by concretizing in form that which Jupiter expands to embrace. Jupiter expands and mobilizes what Saturn consolidates and solidifies. In so doing, these 20-year cycles influence the very breath of the Sun and subsequently life throughout our solar system. Jupiter-Saturn cycles are fundamental to growth. Jupiter tends to magnify the limitations Saturn imposes. Jupiter stimulates the expansion of new growth upon the established structures Saturn solidifies.
This last quarter Jupiter-Saturn square, occurring now, impels movement and expansion away from societal models, sociopolitical structures, and constructs in our personal lives that have now become limiting and restricting to new growth, an energetic set in motion throughout 2016, one that will continue throughout the last quarter of this 20-year cycle, into 2020. The last quarter of a cycle is about pruning, plowing under the crops and preparing the soil so new growth can emerge in the upcoming cycle. The existing constructs in our lives simply cannot support any further growth, thus we either modify those constructs so they can allow a greater level of growth and expansion, or we dismantle those constructs all together.
We not only enter the last quarter of the Jupiter-Saturn 20-year cycle in 2016, but also the last quarter of the Saturn-Neptune 36.4-year cycle. It also brings tremendous impetus to change, specifically to relinquish antiquated ideologies we began to formulate in the late 1988-1989, when the cycle began, and the social structures we have evolved supporting those ideologies.
This specific Jupiter-Saturn cycle, which began in June of 2000 and completes in 2020, is unique because it finalizes with the triple conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. This means that the completion, and start, of three cycles coincide in 2020—the 20-year Jupiter-Saturn cycle, the 12.5-year Jupiter-Pluto cycle and the 37-year Saturn-Pluto cycle. This creates a significant completion period (2016-2020) culminating in 2020, a pivotal year, which catalyzes a primary reset for society, and which initiates a significant new evolutionary current as these three new cycles simultaneously engage.
Haumea and Eris make their forth geocentric opposition in this lunar cycle, an energetic that began in late 2014 (with the first opposition) and that continues through 2017 (with the last opposition). The Haumea-Eris opposition marks the mid-point in the Haumea-Eris cycle that began quite long ago, in late 1831 at cuspal sidereal Aquarius, impelling a movement to emerge from a self-centered exclusive judgmental segregated social modality into a humanitarian modality, one that is inclusive and embracing of all people as being equal. Uranus, the radical and revolutionary great awakener, is now about to aid in the process as it joins forces with Eris starting in June 2016 and continuing through March of 2017. The Uranus-Eris conjuntion is an unprecedented and prominent planetary configuration that will add a revelatory lightning stimulus to our already cathartically transformative year.
Theses 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.
"The stars would not be in the heavens if we were meant to walk in darkness."
This February 8, 2016 Moon lies in an area of the heavens where the constellations of Capricorn and Aquarius overlap. The New Moon lies under the auspices of Dephinus, the Dolphin star system. In the southern heavens is Gruis the Crane. Conjoining are Alnair, and the stars forming the neck and head of the Crane. Also conjoining and influencing are Nashira of Capricorn and the stars forming the tail of the fish-goat.
Gruis is of resolute verdicts, decisive decisions and fortuitous tidings based upon bodies of knowledge, especially regarding legalities, business dealings, constitutional matters, and news associated with new life and new beginnings. This is an eloquently expressive and articulate area of the zodiak, with gregarious and loquacious qualities. It is of libraries, courts, congresses, publishing houses, literary agencies, or where ideas and information is formulated, agreed upon and concretized.
Delphinus offers guidance to those willing to breathe and trust, guidance greater than our personal efforts can generate alone. The Dolphins, an expression of angelic dominion, are guides for the wayward, as old salts know. They reveal the way to make safe passage to our destination, to our greater nourishment and fulfillment, provided we listen to and participate in the serendipity of life.
Ceres and Neptune begin their new 4.76-year cycle just after the New Moon and as the Moon conjoins Ceres on February 9. This cycle continues through November 2020. This also begins the first quarter of the 5.4-year Ceres-Saturn cycle that began in mid-August of 2014 and which completes in mid-January 2020.
Venus and Saturn also begin their new 229-day synodic cycle at this time, on February 10, which also begins the last quarter of the current Venus-Neptune cycle.
Basically, this is a heliocentric Venus-Saturn square to Ceres-Neptune, thus augmenting the nature of the Saturn-Neptune syodic square, which occurred on January 29, 2016, catalyzing our entry into the last quarter of 36.4-year synodic cycle that began in July of 1989. The synodic square, the transition into the last quarter of the Saturn-Neptune cycle, expresses through the three geocentric Saturn-Neptune squares, which occur on November 26, 2015, June 18, 2016 and September 10, 2016.
Entry into the last quarter of the Saturn-Neptune cycle impels us to recognize that the structures we have created in our lives and the limits those structures impose are the solidification of ideologies we began to formulate in 1989, at the start of this cycle. The square occurring now impels us to begin to consciously make changes in our lives based upon realizations we have had about what did and did not work in practicality throughout the previous manifestation quarter of this cycle; i.e., from 2007 until now. It impels us to relinquish our antiquated ideologies and to shed an old mold of self built around those ideologies, one that we may have come to identify ourselves with, but one that has now served its purpose.
The new Ceres-Neptune cycle and the Ceres-Saturn square engaging now augments this transition. This Ceres-Neptune 4.76-year cycle, with the synod conjoining the Urn of Aquarius, impels nurturing though humanitarian and altruistic pursuits and through the vessels or organizations through which humanitarian resources can flow. It inspires vision and ideals that support an evolved human society, one that is caring for and nurturing to the environment and all that sustains life....
This January 10, 2016 (Jan 9 MST) New Moon is the first to occur after the solstice, which began our astronomical New Year. It is also the first to occur in the Gregorian New Year of 2016. It, and this lunar cycle, begins this year's solunar spiral of growth. Our New Moon lies under the auspices of majestic Aquila the Eagle and inspirational Lyra, harp of the angels. Acceleration, imagination, originality and artistic inspiration, vision and insight amalgamate to create the hallmark of this lunar cycle.
This New Moon occurs just past Pluto (just after the Sun-Pluto conjunction) and just after but still in a few degree orb to the Uranus-Pluto square. Although this cycle impels far more enthusiasm and optimism compared to the previous initiatory lunar cycle, it does not necessarily imply one less intense. This lunar cycle begins an acceleration of global events and geo and sociopolitical transformation occurring throughout 2016, as a confluence of events occur, including the Saturn-Neptune square, the Jupiter-Saturn square, the Jupiter-Chiron opposition, the Neptune-Orcus opposition, and the unprecedented Uranus-Eris conjunction opposite Haumea, with the later impelling revelatory disclosures that will not only begin the obsolescence of our existing fossil fuel based technological paradigm, but also humanity's very consensus of reality.
Mercury's retrograde, occurring from January 5 through January 25, provides a time to listen to how we think, to discern if the information we take in and think about is truly of value or merely a superficial distraction from what really matters and serves our growth, and to examine and refine our thought processes and their subsequent expression in our interactions with others and in the daily logistics of our lives. During its retrograde, Mercury conjoins Pallas and Pluto, and also initiates its new ~116-day synodic cycle in mid-January. This new cycle impels diplomacy to unite factions and greater social justice amongst forces seeking positions of power in the world. In our personal lives, it impels mutual cooperation between individuals, groups or organizations, and the exchange of resources and information between them, to serve a purpose greater than separate parties can accomplish alone....
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"The stars would not be in the Heavens
if we were meant to walk in darkness."
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