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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New Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
Subtract 0° 16' for the Galactic Equatorial Ayanamsa
This January 17, 2018 UT (Jan 16 MST) New Moon occurs just into sidereal Capricorn, but not yet into the stars forming the constellation. North of the ecliptic is the wing and tail of Aquila, the Eagle, and further north is Vulpecula the sly and cunning fox. South of the ecliptic is Indus, the shaman.
The New Moon also conjoins Venus, although the actual Sun-Venus-Pluto conjunction occurred in the previous lunar cycle. Venus is just now emerging from its superior conjunction (behind the Sun), and now begins to approach its eastern elongation (Aug 17). We will soon begin to see Venus in the western sky at sunset, and it will eventually be seen with the Crescent Moon. See Venus Elongations & the Crescent Moon to learn more.
Cuspal Sagittarius-Capricorn is where we move from the high vision and spiritual inspiration of Sagittarius and Lyra, and concretize that vision into an achievable practical goal in the physical world. Here we find inspiration and support to manifest our ideals, but we are also faced with the distortions and challenges inherent to the material world. Early Capricorn also imparts a sense of aesthetic appreciation for physical form and impels an artful and beautiful expression, both in nature and in people, but this can also obscure the cunning motive that can be hidden within such eloquent beauty. This few degree area of the zodiak also involves all areas of esoteric science, as well as the secret places and orders associated with those artsciences, places of personal retreat, seclusion, hermitages, places strategic and conducive to manifesting our visions and strategies. It is also of hermeticism and esotericism but where the higher ideals and spiritual principles common to late sidereal Sagittarius can turn into monotonous dogmatic doctrine due to a drive to create order and structure. This few degree area of early sidereal Capricorn is exceptionally creative, providing plenty of fuel for expansive demonstrable achievement.
The Full Moon occurs on January 31 conjoining Ceres. This Full Moon produces a North Node Total Lunar Eclipse in the midst of Cancer—the Egyptian Scarabaeus. 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. The eclipse is visible in Asia, Australia, throughout the Pacific, Micronesia, Hawaii and Alaska, and western North America. A partial Solar Eclipse will occur on the following New Moon.
This is also a Supermoon Eclipse, with the Moon being 27 hours away from its perigee (closest distance to Earth during its orbit). See Supermoons & Lunar Perigees. This means the Moon will appear about 14% larger and 30% brighter compared to when it is furthest from Earth. The eclipse will thus look spectacular, especially for those who are able to see it at either Moon Rise or Moon Set. This also intensifies geological and biological resonances, thus having greater astrological significance, as well as increasing the potential for increased seismicity.* A new 482-day Earth-Ceres synodic cycle also begins on the Full Moon with the Sun-Earth-Moon-Ceres alignment. The theme of this new Ceres cycle and that of the Full Moon is one and the same (explored in this month's Lunar Planner).
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 ±6°. 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 cycle.
Solar eclipses offer opportunity to redefine concepts of self and the roles we play in the world, or how we articulate ourselves in life, our persona. They are about shifting octaves in the nature of our self-perception and self-expression. They bring attention to what is important to us personally and subsequently to the decisions we make in our lives. They can invite a new beginning in life or impel a 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 and to redefine our conceptual understanding of our life experience.
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 sidereal astrology and synodic astrology.
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"The stars would not be in the Heavens
if we were meant to walk in darkness."
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