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This November 29, 2016 New Moon nests upon the foot of Ophiuchus and over the Scorpion. It conjoins Juno, asteroid of covenant partnerships. Conjoining stars include Rho Ophiuchi (ρ) and the Rho Oph Cloud, one of the closest star-forming regions to our own solar system, along with several other stars forming the left foot of Ophiuchus. North is the massive and high-velocity star Han, Zeta Ophiuchi. This star is 20 times more massive and about 80,000 times as bright as our Sun. It is traveling at about 24 kilometers per second (54,000 mph), fast enough to break the sound barrier in the surrounding interstellar material. Han expresses the power from which the left leg of Ophiuchus extends.
The left leg and foot of Ophiuchus also conjoins Al Niyat (σ) of the Scorpion, which lies south of the ecliptic. Al Niyat links Antares, the heart of the Scorpion, with the Scorpion's head. Al Niyat is of our meridians and neurology, and articulates our need to establish a refined neurological function within self and greater emotional and physical equilibrium. This is not a mere mind over matter issue, but one that requires cellular transmutation through physical and emotional inner work.
Stellar winds flowing out from this giant fast-moving star Zeta Ophiuchi are making ripples in the dust as it approaches, creating a bow shock seen as glowing gossamer threads, seen in infrared light. Zeta Ophiuchi dwarfs our own sun in many ways—it is about six times hotter, eight times wider, 20 times more massive, and about 80,000 times as bright. Even at its great distance, it would be one of the brightest stars in the sky were it not largely obscured by foreground dust clouds. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Lying under the dominion of Ophiuchus, whom articulates healing, self-mastery, awakening and illumination, Al Niyat impels us to bring extremes of opposite neurological polarities into balanced and stable functioning. This is related to Heart Rate Variability (HRV), which is the time interval between heartbeats, as well as the heart rate / respiratory rate ratio (heart-lung resonance). Erratic variations in heart rate reflex back into the brain via the Vagus nerve, producing erratic thought, expression and behavior, which in turn leads to physiological exhaustion and chronic disease. Establishing coherence in the heart rate variability establishes neurological coherence. This is why deep breathing and other meditative techniques used when under stress, fear and anxiety help to reestablish a coherent heart, which in turn establishes stability in brain function and neurological stability throughout the rest of the body.
The Vagus nerve is a bi-directional neurological conduit that connects many parts of the body with the brain. It, in part, effects mind-body coherence, social interaction and our ability to be in a mental state of flow, and thus is significant considering our Juno New Moon, which has to do with interpersonal response and interaction. Vagus nerve function is also controlled by our circadian rhythm, which creates our changing biological processes occurring throughout the day, and which is of course governed by Earth's daily rotation (Earth's rotation harmonic). Attunement to Earth's natural cycles is thus an important consideration for proper neurological function.
This few degree area of the zodiak impels a high-energy passionate expression. It imparts a transmutational force and the opportunity to physically and emotionally demonstrate our choice to walk the higher path of soul, that of self-mastery and self-responsibility. It impels us to embody this capacity in our neurology such that such action becomes unquestionably natural. This new moon and this lunar cycle impels us to demonstrate this transmutation in our relations and in how we interrelate, whether those relations are personal, financial, of business or politics, or international, those between countries. Without embracing this inner metamorphic shift, we may experience a greater sense of unrest and agitation if motive to act is based from personality interest alone. It impels an emotional maturing, to embrace the emotions we experience as our own doing rather than blaming how we feel outside of self and upon others—a prerequisite to self-mastery—and to establishing a healthy neurological flow in our relationships.
The Sun-Juno conjunction also marks the mid-point of vision and realization in the current Earth-Juno synodic cycle that began in late April 2016, with a stellar theme similar to our last lunar cycle conjoining the stars of the Southern Cross and Northern Crown. Any agreements or new partnerships, occurring during Juno's previous retrograde (March through June) may come to fruition now, or realizations about our partnerships or how we interrelate may surface to conscious awareness.
Significant turnings occur in the Ceres-Uranus-Eris opposite Haumea alignment, in the crescendo leading into the December 10 Gibbous Moon. Ceres makes her direct station, completing her retrograde in a very tight conjunction with Uranus and Eris. At the same time, on December 10, the Uranus-Eris synod occurs. This is the Sun-Uranus-Eris alignment, which marks the start of the new 89-year Uranus-Eris synodic cycle. The geocentric alignments occurring over the last year with Ceres, Uranus, Eris and Haumea thus occurred in the very ending of the previous Uranus-Eris 89-year cycle, bringing it to its close. Those occurring from now onward engage the new Uranus-Eris cycle.
Eris exposes and discloses, and Uranus, the great awakener, breaks us from the confines of crystallized mind. Ceres, joining in, with all three retrograde, invites us to see and sort out what is and what is not truly nourishing. It may be easy to fall into the dramatic phenomenology produced by the disclosures Uranus and Eris catalyze, but the duality-based dramatics are not the issue, a rebirth in consciousness is, to emerge into a world that is nurturing and sustaining to a fulfilling life. See Disclosure: Uranus, Eris & Haumea with Juno & Jupiter.
The Sun and Saturn also conjoin on December 10, which marks the midpoint of vision and realization in the current Earth-Saturn synodic cycle. Saturn's current location in the constellation Ophiuchus provides opportunity to transmute life’s initiatory experiences into true personal power and wisdom. Saturn's placement here (and a part of the realizations about this Saturn cycle) impels us to surrender long-standing establish cellular constructs, our engrained memory patterns.
The Full Moon occurs on December 14 (Dec 13 MST) conjoining the Horns of the Bull and over Orion. This is the last of three successive Supermoons, which will again produce extra high tides, literally and emotionally. The Sun and Moon also aspect the Ceres-Uranus-Eris opposition to Haumea, and the Jupiter sextile to Saturn, which can also produce exceptionally high geophysical resonances and potential seismic activity. This configuration, along with Saturn's helical rise (mentioned below), and with the Sun's entry into its slumber, which will catalyze global cooling over the many years ahead, can produce erratic and cold weather. Saturn slows molecular resonance, thus is a solidifying and cooling force.
Jupiter is moving toward its conjunction with Haumea, conjoining the significant stars Archturus and Spica, in opposition to Uranus, Ceres and Eris. Jupiter makes its first of the three oppositions to Uranus later in the lunar cycle, on the Balsamic Moon of December 26, 2016. This produces an expansive mobilizing effect to the entire theme of the Ceres-Uranus-Eris-Haumea planetary configuration, which will continue throughout 2017—through Jupiter's retrograde in opposition to Uranus and Eris early in the year, and to another climatic conjunction as Ceres moves to create a T-Square with the Haumea opposition to Uranus-Eris in September 2017. We may begin to experience an acceleration of unexpected revelatory disclosures and exposures of Ceres related issues, specifically about what was thought to be nurturing but in fact is the exact opposite. This can be in regard to clandestine agendas and issues surrounding the fundamental care for people and all life on Earth, as well as ecological, agricultural and environmental issues.
There is need to discern and surmount what is glittery illusion, as much can be hidden behind facades. In this case, what appears real is not always real. There can also be a tendency to seek detailed answers for illusions, thus magnifying illusions with more obscuring details.
The Jupiter-Uranus oppositions occurring now also create a time of realization about the 13.5-year Jupiter-Uranus cycle that began in September 2010 and which completes in March of 2024. They can precipitate serendipitous occurrences based upon events occurring six years ago depending upon if the Jupiter-Uranus conjunctions occurring then aspected significant points in your natal (or relocated) chart and/or if there are significant aspects occurring now, and based upon the theme of the original Jupiter-Uranus cycle and its expression in your personal chart.
Geocentric Star Chart animation showing Mercury's Retrograde. (You can pause the video and drag the progress bar to view any section of the video.)
Mercury makes its conjunction with Ixion, Pholus and Quaoar in early sidereal Sagittarius and over Galactic Center as Mercury moves toward its conjunction with Pluto where it begins its retrograde cycle on December 19, just before the Last Quarter Moon and the Solstice. Mercury's retrograde occurs amongst the stars of the Zen Archer, a time providing opportunity to redefine how we think and the logistical aspects of our lives. It completes its retrograde, once again conjoining Pholus and Quaoar, on January 8, in the following lunar cycle—linking the energetics of Pholus and Quaoar with that of Pluto.
The Solstice occurs just hours after Last Quarter Moon, a time of "Initiating Change" in the lunar cycle. Our Last Quarter Moon impels the need to initiate change in our lives based not upon the diversionary and ever changing sociopolitical weather occurring on Earth, but upon transcendent spiritual principles and in attunement to our inner soul guidance. Occurring in our Juno Lunar cycle, this involves relationships and partnerships of all types, from those of a personal nature to those of an international nature. It brings emphasis to what is of true importance in our relations, to the values we hold in our relations, and to how we interrelate, and in this case, regarding our underlying common spiritual essence. This also extends to Exopolitics, our relationship as a world with all life in our solar system and of that from beyond our star system. The Solstice also sets the tone for the astronomical New Year. In the context of the theme of our Juno lunar cycle, "initiating change in the neurology of our relationships" is also the hallmark of the year ahead.
The Helical Rise of Saturn and Juno in Ophiuchus
Saturn helically rises (just before the Sun) in Ophiuchus with the last sliver of the Moon on December 27, also conjoining Juno. (Juno is not visible with the unaided eye. The blue line is the ecliptic.) The Sun-Saturn conjunction occurred earlier in the Lunar Cycle, on December 10. This means that Saturn's helical rise comes soon afterward, as the Sun and Saturn separate enough so that Saturn can be seen rising just before the Sun. Juno and Saturn will make their exact conjunction in the following lunar cycle on January 10.
Of more interest in Archaeoastronomy, the helical rise of a planet (or star) is defined when it is first possible to briefly see a planet or star rising before the Sun's light makes it invisible. Predicting or defining the exact date of the helical rise of a planet or star is somewhat approximate, especially in historical times, because there are several variables involved. For example, the arc of visibility (arcus visionis), which is the distance between the Sun's position below the horizon and the planet or star's position above the horizon, is not a simple number in degrees to calculate as it might seem. This arc is a function of the ecliptical latitude and longitude of the Sun and also that of the planet (or star) converted into altitude (degrees above or below the horizon) with these two numbers then added together. The azimuth (angular distance along the horizon plane) of the Sun and that of the planet must also be taken into account. This is all a function of an observer's location. In addition, there are obstructions of the horizon to consider (trees, hills, mountains). There are also atmospheric and climatic conditions that alter visibility, which of course are unknown factors when considering helical-related events in the distant past.
The helical rise of a planet or star is when its influence is most prominent. This is when it emerges from behind the Sun (Mercury and Venus are treated differently), the time of vision and revelation in a synodic cycle, and this is why planets on the ascendant and that are above the horizon plane are of such significance astrologically. In this case, with Juno and Saturn, covenants in partnerships are especially significant.
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 October 30, 2016 New Moon occurs in the midst of sidereal Libra, and conjoins the stars of the Southern Cross and those of the Northern Crown. There is a gentler energetic in this area of the zodiak, although not one less significant. The impetus for transition in our lives continues with several dynamic shifts occurring throughout this lunar cycle, but imparting somewhat of a different tone compared to the last two more intense lunar months.
The stellar energetic here invites an inward journey to access the cardinality of our souls, our pure soul intent, our original purpose in this incarnation, to become centered and balance in it, and to apply that poise and intent outwardly in our actions and amongst our relations in ways that support us to claim freedom from our patterns of entrapment of the past. Many may choose to bypass that opportunity and step right back into antiquated patterns, but now to experience more turbulence in doing so, attempting to move against evolutionary currents supporting tremendous change within our selves and in our externalized participation in the world. There is a far-deeper esoteric meaning to the stars here, those of Crux and Corona, hidden in what has become the obscured mythical figuring of our modern constellations, presented in more depth in this month's lunar planner commentary.
In our last lunar cycle, Saturn made its exact square to the Lunar Nodes. In this lunar month, Neptune, 90° away, makes its exact conjunction with the South Lunar Node, as Neptune stations to complete its retrograde, impelling us to discard veils of illusion. This occurs as the planet Orcus conjoins the North Lunar Node. This is the second of three geocentric oppositions of Orcus and Neptune, all of which create the midpoint transition in the Neptune-Orcus ~500-year cycle, which, like the Neptune-Pluto cycle, has a 3:2 orbital resonance. All of these events are a part of our transition into the last quarter of the 36.4-year Saturn-Neptune cycle, which began in 1989 and completes in 2025, presented, along with the Neptune-Orcus opposition, in the article "Sociopolitical & Personal Explorations 2016-2020."
Mars and Neptune begin a new 1.9-year synodic cycle in this lunar cycle. As the first Mars-Neptune cycle occurring in the start of the last quarter of the 36.4-year Saturn-Neptune cycle, it impels action and leadership to dissolve antiquated sociopolitical ideologies and the structures built around them. This energetic will come into a climatic influence on the last day of this year as Mars makes its geocentric conjunction with Neptune on January 1, 2017 (Dec 31 MST) on the axis of the September 1, 2016 Solar eclipse, which occurred opposite Neptune and square to Saturn-Antares. Significant planetary events occurring on an eclipse axis (conjoined or in opposition) are exceptionally catalytic and often manifest in some demonstrable way.
Mars conjoined Pluto in our previous lunar cycle, contributing to the intensity of the last cycle, as well as to the political-military posturing occurring then. The extra intense Mars-Pluto conjunctions and cycles continue throughout the remainder of this decade due to Mars-being "out of bounds" at the time of the Mars-Pluto conjunctions, presented in my most recent article: "Mars Out of Bounds with Pluto: The Mars-Pluto Cycles 2003-2018."
The Moon conjoins the Uranus-Eris-Ceres conjunction opposition to Haumea on November 12, the day after the Gibbous Moon. It is also worthy to note that Mars makes its passage under the auspices of Altair of Aquila between the Gibbous and Full Moons. This is also the location of Pluto in the chart of the U.S. (Mars makes its exact transit on November 10, in the crescendo leading into the Gibbous Moon.) Here in early Capricorn is the miliary war machine (although not this stellar energetic's only expression). Altair, eye of the eagle, and companion stars Alshain (Beta) and Tarazed (Gamma), are of global and extraterrestrial vision and of the balance of power. Altair inspires us to observe from a global or extraterrestrial perspective; not merely from a local, isolated view, and also with a focus of precision detail. In classical astrology, Altair is of assertive authoritarian militaristic leadership, of military force and power. In more esoteric terms, Altair is also of extraterrestrial Earth-based operations and involvement. It will be interesting to see what occurs with militaristic forces in the world as Mars makes its passage here, and as Mars transits the U.S. Pluto. Keep in mind as well that Mars just made its conjunction with Pluto in the previous lunar cycle while Mars was "out of bounds."
In this lunar cycle, although toward the end of it, on the Balsamic Moon, Jupiter makes its first geocentric square to Pluto, beginning the transition into the last quarter of the 13-year Jupiter-Pluto cycle that began in November of 2007 and completes in 2020. This begins yet another significant transition amongst those already occurring throughout the remainder of this decade. Venus conjoins Pluto at the same time. Venus and Pluto resonate quite will with each other, impelling a wide-open heart.
The Crescent Moon conjoins Pholus and Quaoar over Galactic Center, with Venus to follow on her way to conjoin Pluto on the First Quarter Moon .
Venus makes several significant aspects on the way to her conjunction with Pluto, as she moves from the stars of the Scorpion into those of the Zen Archer. Venus conjoins tyrannical Ixion, the Centaur Pholus, the alchemist, and Quaoar, over Galactic Center, occurring through the November 7-8 First Quarter Moon, as we enter the creative action quarter of this lunar cycle. Venus' arrival to its conjunction with Pholus and Quaoar may impel a catharsis of the heart, to cast off that which keeps us from living / pursing our greater heart's passion, especially that which may be fear-based, or to access a greater heart's truth. This conjunction also aspects the Ceres-Uranus-Eris opposition to Haumea, and to distant but reemerging Sedna, all bringing emphasis to the feminine principle and its re-emergence as a prominent force in the world. Sedna, moving very slowly and submerged in the southern heavens, is making her passage across the sidereal Aries-Taurus cusp, conjoining Algol and the Gorgoneas in the northern heavens, with meaning of its own. The Full Moon also conjoins Sedna. In addition, all of this occurs as Neptune conjoins the South Lunar Node, bringing to issue the need relinquish veils of illusion. So do not necessarily believe what you see, as the forces at play may reveal what is real hidden behind what merely appears real. November 8, the day after the First Quarter Moon, our day to initiate action in the lunar cycle, is also the day of the U.S. Presidential Election. Alchemical forces are at play. Whatever appears to manifest may not be what actually is occurring.
The Centaur Pholus and minor planet Quaoar have a prominent influence in this lunar cycle starting on the Crescent Moon of November 3 as the Moon conjoins Pholus and Quaoar over Galactic Center in early Sagittarius, and then again as Venus arrives on our stimulus to action First Quarter Moon. Pholus imparts a unique perceptual capacity and often introduces and mysterious alchemical element that facilitates a cathartic transformation or that makes possible passage from one realm to another. Quaoar impels us to return things to their unadulterated nature, to return to the sacredness of life. This energetic, expressing in front of the Zen Archer's arrow, in the light of the heart center of our galaxy, arouses forces that strip away what is false to get to the core truth. We can expect the same cathartic transformation and stripping away with matters of the heart.
Geocentric Star Chart animation showing the Uranus-Eris conjunction with Ceres. (You can pause the video and drag the progress bar to view any section of the video.)
The Uranus-Eris-Haumea alignment continues its prominent role in this lunar cycle, and will do so throughout 2017. The planet Ceres, mother of the asteroids, now makes her second conjunction with Uranus and Eris (all retrograde) in opposition to Haumea, which now begins its conjunction with the stars Archturus and Spica, but still with the influence of massive Eta Carinae of Argo Navis, herald of evolutionary change, but also instructor of the way through such transition. Haumea inspires a rebirth in consciousness and impels us to recreate our selves and our expression in the world. Disclosures of an unprecedented nature that support a rebirth in consciousness is the hallmark of the Uranus-Eris-Haumea alignment.
Ceres' conjunction with Uranus and Eris opposite to Haumea continues from late October through the end of 2016. This is one of the most significant planetary configurations occurring at this time, expressing through the November and December lunar cycles. Ceres resonance is with environmental, ecological and agricultural issues, that which is nourishing and sustaining to life. Ceres brings awareness to how we nurture and to that which is truly nurturing to us. Ceres embodies mothering qualities and brings attention to our relation with the Earth, the land, to all that sustains life. This creates a significant turning point in the Uranus-Eris synthesis, which continues through the third Uranus-Eris conjunction occurring in March 2017. Ceres is most always prominent in charts of ecological and seismic events, Eris often is as well. The Ceres-Uranus-Eris conjunction maintained throughout the end of the year is also exceptionally significant regarding Earth resonances.
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 October 1, 2016 New Moon occurs slightly past Jupiter amongst the stars of the Virgin. The Moon, having crossed its north node in the last eclipse lunar cycle, is now a little over 2° north of the ecliptic (and the Sun) nesting exactly between Zaniah and Porrima of Virgo. Jupiter conjoins Zaniah within a fraction of a degree in both elliptical longitude and latitude. This marks a progressive transition in Jupiter's movement during the Mercury-Jupiter-Makemake synthesis occurring throughout the last lunar month and its expression in this lunar month. Jupiter is of higher law, that is, natural law over man-made laws that violate fundamental human rights. The Jupiter-Makemake synthesis had been, in part, illuminating issues surrounding the use of raw creative power by those in leadership positions at the cost of people's freedom and wellbeing, and at the cost of natural resources. We are now at a point in the progression of these planetary cycles that impels a reestablishment of natural law over man-made oligarchical powers that manipulate and control freedom and justice.
Zaniah impels the right use of personal will, and conjoining it from the very southern heavens is Turais of Argo Navis, bringing emphasis and attention to the long-term evolutionary ramifications regarding the use of will. The stars Porrima and Videmiatrix of Virgo and Diadem of Coma Berenices also influence the expression of this New Moon and the energetic of this lunar cycle, emphasizing premonition, foresight, timing and guidance. Mercury, having completed its retrograde, begins its movement to make its third and final conjunction with Jupiter, which will occur several days into this lunar cycle, near the location of the New Moon, also between Zaniah and Porrima.
Mercury's retrograde and its conjunctions with Jupiter occurring in the last lunar cycle impelled a redefining period to expand how we think and to align our thoughts with the higher principals of Jupiter's massive force. Now, amongst these stars of the Virgin, we have impetus to actualized this energetic through the use of personal will, and in attunement to societal justice, higher intellectual principals and to the natural world. It is also worthy to note that Mercury will arrive to its exalted location in the ecliptic, which conjoins Porrima and Zaniah. This too impels the refined or exalted expression of Mercurial qualities, that is, expressing morally righteous and integrous intellectual capacities, and also of heightened mental capacities.
The New Moon also conjoins the distant planet 2010 GB174, which is a member of what I call The Transcultural Planets along with Sedna and several other recently discovered planets. All of these planets lie in the far distant region of our solar system, and all have very long orbital periods, in the thousands of years, that is, nesting in the time span of Earth's Precessional Cycle. GB174 has an orbital period of 6344 years. Thus, the transcultural planets are more associated with the greater evolutionary process occurring on Earth. GB174 has not been given a name nor do we have much if any comprehension of its astrological character, so perhaps adding somewhat of a wildcard dynamic to this lunar cycle. GB174 was discovered in April of 2010 conjoining the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies (Super Galactic Center).
Mercury conjoins GB174 on October 12, 03:16 UT (Oct 11 MST), just after the final Mercury-Jupiter conjunction occurring on Oct 11. Jupiter conjoins GB174 on October 17, 17:45 UT, the day after the Full Moon. Perhaps this New Moon, this lunar cycle, and the Mercury-Jupiter-GB174 conjunctions will bring some insight into the astrological nature of GB174.
Highlighting this lunar cycle is the Uranus-Eris-Haumea alignment, with Ceres approaching its second conjunction with Uranus and Eris. The Moon conjoins Haumea opposite the Uranus-Eris conjunction hours after the New Moon, initiating this dynamic lunar month. Uranus and Eris, both in the midst of their retrogrades, just made the second of their three conjunctions toward the end of the last lunar cycle. Uranus and Eris will now make their oppositions to Haumea, which lies in late sidereal Virgo conjoining massive Eta Carinae of Argo Navis, foreteller of impending evolutionary change. These planets move rather slowly so their aspects remain active far longer than those made by faster moving planets. This second Uranus-Eris conjunction marks a dramatic turning point in the Uranus-Eris-Haumea 2016-2017 energetic, which I suspect will unleash an avalanche of radical, unexpected, illuminating disclosures and exposures that will ultimately support a rebirth in consciousness and the reestablishment of what is right and just. The Uranus-Eris-Haumea alignment creates a significant energetic throughout this lunar cycle.
A dynamic and revelatory Full Moon occurs on October 16 UT (Oct 15 MST) due to the Haumea-Sun-Earth-Moon-Uranus-Eris alignment. This also marks the midpoint of the annual Earth-Haumea cycle and initiates the new compounded Earth-Uranus and Earth-Eris cycles.
Saturn, now just a couple of degrees past its alignment with Antares, makes its exact square to the Lunar Nodes on October 8 (Oct 7 MST), although this alignment is quite active for weeks surrounding this date. Neptune will make its exact conjunction to the Lunar Nodes in mid-November of 2016. Saturn and Neptune have recently made their final geocentric square in the previous lunar cycle propelling us fully into the last quarter of their 36.4-year synodic cycle, discussed at length in the article "Sociopolitical & Personal Explorations 2016-2020." The emphasis here is the relinquishment of antiquated sociopolitical ideologies and the societal structures built around those ideologies.
This Saturn Lunar Nodes T-square brings a strong emphasis to change the structure and functionality of long-standing sociopolitical bureaucracies and their agents, which include clandestine orders, big business, political factions and syndicated media, to mention just a few. This is especially true if they do not serve the new sociopolitical ideals forming (Neptune's passage through Aquarius)—a mature and evolved humanitarian-based society that truly nourishes all people and all life. This Saturn Lunar Nodes T-square may express as a last gasp for those structures to change, as well as stimulating authoritarian revolutionary action to change them.
In our personal lives this T-square impels us to look at our own resistances to change and to examine that which we have established in our lives that holds us back in our evolutionary progression. This is a powerful karmic configuration that can accentuate deep-seated patterns of the past as well as the manifestations of those patterns in our lives, in addition to the karmic-based patterns of authoritarian establishments in the world.
Mars moves into position to produce a climatic finale to this lunar cycle. Occurring on October 28 and 29. Mars, in the last few degrees of Sagittarius, creates a T-square to the Uranus-Eris-Ceres opposition to Haumea, with Mars separating in square from Haumea (action upon Haumea theme) and approaching square to Uranus-Eris-Ceres (to effect change). This occurs as the Moon conjoins Haumea in opposition to Uranus, Eris and Ceres, providing a potent lunar stimulus. Ceres is approaching its second conjunction with Eris and Uranus, which occurs in November, but with significant influence in this lunar month. This configuration along with the Saturn-Neptune-Lunar Nodes configuration can create strong geophysical resonances along with environmental upsets.
Do not expect the intensity from the last lunar cycle to abate in this lunar cycle, but do expect unexpected events, perhaps of a disruptive nature, but also providing opportunity for progressive change.
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 September 1, 2016 Lunar Cycle is packed full with non-stop significant planetary aspects occurring one after another, producing an exceptionally dynamic lunar month. It begins with an Annular Solar Eclipse on the North Lunar Node, visible in Africa and Madagascar. Following is a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse occurring on September 16, which is visible throughout Asia, India, Eastern Africa, and Western Australia.
The New Moons occurring in March, April and May 2016 synchronize with the Lunar Perigees. The March 9 Total Solar Eclipse is critical, making it and this lunar cycle more impactive. It can also add to stronger geophysical resonances.
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. 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.
This New Moon eclipse lies in the midst of the stars of Leo and under the auspices of Thuban of Draco and Alioth of the Great Bear. It also conjoins the stars of the Sextant, and Suhail Velorum of Argo Navis in the very southern heavens. The stars in this area of the heavens are about personal and global leadership, transcendent evolutionary currents, and the use of personal will to direct our evolutionary course with impetus to reassess changing conditions and to change our tack in life accordingly to reach our desired destinations. Several very significant events occur in this lunar cycle. The following are just a few.
Mercury's retrograde with Jupiter and the Dwarf Planet Makemake kicks in strong as the lunar cycle begins, which will continue through October 11. Mercury began its retrograde just before the New Moon (on August 30). This is an extremely catalytic few week dynamic impelling us to redefine how we think and the logistical aspects of our lives. It creates a mobilizing and expansive force that can dramatize diversionary rhetoric but also expose transcendent truth it obscures. It brings emphasis to self-leadership as well as to leadership in the world and those seeking it, to what we are willing to risk, and to self-assertion for achievement.
Jupiter's conjunction with Makemake on September 19-20 can bring far more insight into Makemake's astrological nature as Jupiter inflates Makemake's energetic. The Equinox occurs just after, on September 22, with the Sun then conjoining Makemake and Jupiter. Mercury also completes its retrograde at this time as it then heads for its final conjunction with Makemake and Jupiter in early October. Jupiter and Makemake complete the their previous ~12-year synodic cycle at this time, which began in 1994, and begin their new 12-year cycle under the auspices of the Super Galactic Center in the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies, which continues through 2028. This new cycle has a significantly different energetic than the one that began in 1994.
Makemake seems to impart a strong motive for personal achievement and exhibits a high-risk adventurous quality, willing to go for all or nothing, even at the cost of life itself. It invites us to consider what we are willing to put at risk to achieve what we pursue. Yet here, under the auspices of the Super Galactic Center and its tremendous galactic emanations, we find impetus to align that motive for achievement with far greater spiritual awareness, with concern for all life and for more embracing evolutionary and ecological matters. In addition, we find impetus to take a stand against the meddling of old-paradigm totalitarian powers. This is quite different from the 2004 synod where impetus was more about covert affairs obscured by diversionary dramatics for personal accomplishment. Here, leadership cannot be driven from self-interest alone, common to previous political-religious figureheads and demonstrated by their grand diversionary antics upon the global stage, it must mature with true concern to help others and for our highest evolutionary attainment as a world.
Jupiter will magnify and mobilize Makemake's energetic in our lives and this (supergalactic) light will illuminate and make visible details previously unseen. So diversionary antics and motive of those seeking leadership positions in power may become far more transparent. See the video: "Mercury Retrograde, Jupiter & Makemake."
The third and final Saturn-Neptune geocentric square occurs, fully propelling us into the last quarter of the Saturn-Neptune 36.4-year synodic cycle that began in 1989, which continues through December of 2025. Entry into the last quarter of this cycle creates a significant shift in our longer-term evolutionary currents, now engaging us to actively create change in our personal and sociopolitical ideals and in what have now become antiquated structures we have created around them. See the Saturn-Uranus and Saturn-Neptune cycles that began in 1989 in the article "Sociopolitical & Personal Explorations 2016-2020."
Uranus and Eris, now both retrograde, make their second geocentric conjunction. Upsetting the apple cart is certainly a phrase that applies. The Uranus-Eris conjunction (opposite the Dwarf Planet Haumea) began a few months ago in 2016 and continues into 2017. Radical, unexpected and unprecedented actions and disclosures that eventually lead to progressive rebirth is the hallmark. See the article "New Frontiers in Consciousness 2016-2017 Disclosure & Discovery Possibilities."
This New Moon, on the North Lunar Node, lies opposite retrograde Neptune on the South Lunar Node, creating a T-square to Saturn, which still conjoins the red supergiant star Antares. This creates a strong resonance not only to the theme of the Saturn-Neptune square, but also creates a strong stimulus for Saturn to express, which can manifest as the overt expression of established authoritarian power, especially in the big-business of politics. It also impels movement from the south to north node energetics, which means movement from antiquated ideals, veils of illusion and unfulfilled dreams of the past to the new directions and opportunities this eclipse inspires.
This is one potent and catalytic lunar cycle. It, along with all of these events, impels self-expression driven from an intensely focused inner purpose. It impels a reorganization of those in leadership roles and the use of power in the world, as well as how we lead our own lives or give our power away to the illusory reasons we create to justify disempowerment. It impels a turning or redirection of the affairs in our personal lives and those occurring in the world.
Jupiter and Makemake have been in a quintile aspect (72°) with Saturn. This becomes a part of a Grand Quintile, completed by Pallas, Ceres, and Vesta. It forms just before the Crescent Moon and continues through the First Quarter Moon of September 9. A Grand Quintile is a pentagram, or 5-sided star. This resonance represents the fully developed awakened and unique humanoid. A Grand Quintile impels an expansion of consciousness from the bounds of the quaternary world of opposites and standoffs. From my communications decades ago, Earthians are quarantined from interstellar participation until we mature beyond warring amongst each other. Unfortunately, that is still the case, although our planetary cycles certainly support us to get on with it. What will it take?
This August 2, 2016 New Moon lies amongst the stars of the Egyptian Scarabaeus (our modern Crab). It nests over the head of Hydra. North is Alpha Lyncis and in the far northern heavens is Gianfar of Draco. In the southern heavens is Tureis on the Puppis of Argo Navis.
Cancer, commonly the crab today, is also the Egyptian Scarabaeus, an image that articulates the theme of humanity's emergence from suppression, 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 of the collective consciousness that we acquiesce to and uphold. 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. Cancer, or the Scarab, imparts a nurturing, protective and cultivating quality, ultimately to support this emergence. This lunar cycle impels us to hold onto that which is of value and is truly nurturing but it also impels us to relinquish crustaceans or calcifications in consciousness that limit our emergence into light and illumination.
The Saturn-Neptune square, which marks the several-month transition into the last quarter of the 36.4-year Saturn-Neptune cycle (continuing through September), is especially highlighted throughout this lunar cycle as well as the next. In this lunar cycle, we approach the second of three geocentric squares as Mars makes passage over the Head of the Scorpion to conjoin with Saturn and Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion, which lies under the auspices of Ophiuchus holding the Serpent reaching for the Northern Crown, a mythical image that articulates attaining freedom from the reincarnational entrapment into the chelae of the Scorpion. This also occurs as Saturn stations to complete its retrograde. The Saturn-Neptune square creates a T-square with Lunar Nodes, as Neptune approaches the South Lunar Node creating an intense stimulus to the Mars-Saturn-Antares conjunction, occurring on the Last Quarter Moon (August 24-25) as well as bringing this energetic to its climax.
Geocentric Star Chart animation showing the 2016 Mars Retrograde and the August 24 Mars-Saturn-Antares conjunction under the foot of Ophiuchus. (You can pause the video and drag the progress bar to view any section of the video.)
Our transition into the last quarter of the 36.4-year Saturn-Neptune cycle impels us to relinquish antiquated ideologies and the solidifications, constructs and behavioral patterns within self and in society we had built around those ideologies, those which we may have come to identify ourselves with, but that have now served their purpose and limit the manifestation of not only our greater dreams and visions, but limit awakening as illumined self-aware and self-empowered souls beyond the veils of illusion we have acquiesced to. Saturn-Antares teaches us about the limits we have placed upon our own power, and here it tells us the power is within to change our own self imposed limits. As Mars moves to join Saturn, Saturn wants to control, to fix or put a hex on Mars, which is our creative force. For those less willing to relinquish false illusory ideals and to embrace the power within self rather than giving that power away, the Mars-Saturn-Antares T-square with Neptune and Lunar Nodes can incite extreme behavior to fight and control, both by authoritarian factions usurping the life force of the unawakened, as well as by those taking a revolutionary stand against authoritarian rule, as exemplified by the recent and continuing violent and unfortunate world events such as the horrifics occurring in Ankara and those in neighboring middle east countries, to name just a couple, and the forcible displacement of more than 60 million people a year world wide, which is one out of every 122 people on Earth without refuge, with 24 people being displaced every minute (according to UNHCR).
Despite the devastating dramatics occurring in the world, there are millions of progressive culturally creative people in the world making change in their own lives and in the world, those who are breaking trail into a new and better world paradigm. The few years ahead impel tremendous evolutionary change for those who embrace it. The Saturn-Neptune square and associated planetary cycle transitions occurring in the immediate years ahead are presented in the article: Sociopolitical & Personal Explorations 2016-2020. The Mars-Saturn-Antares conjunction is presented in the article: Mars Retrograde, its Completion, the New Mars 780-day Synodic Cycle. Also see New Frontiers in Consciousness 2016-2017 Uranus-Eris opposite Haumea: Disclosure & Discovery Possibilities.
Several new personal cycles also begin in this lunar cycle: the Venus-Jupiter cycle, the Mars-Pluto cycle and the Earth-Pallas cycle. The Dwarf Planet Makemake also plays a significant role in this lunar cycle, bringing emphasis to embracing evolutionary and ecological matters. It invites us to consider what we are willing to put at risk to achieve what we pursue. It brings attention to the administration of our resources, those personal and those global, and issues of survival—perhaps inspiring audacious action. It impels us to shift our attention from the antics of political-religious figureheads and their grand diversionary dramatics occurring on the global stage to more spiritual matters, and to the preparation and purity of self for our greatest wellbeing and highest evolutionary attainment.
Our Full Moon occurring on August 18, which brings our Scarab lunar cycle to its culmination, occurs just into sidereal Aquarius conjoining Sadr of Cygnus, heart of the swan, and the majestic wing of Cygnus. Here we come to realize a shift in our focus, from what we need collect for ourselves and family, to what we have to share with friends, family and the world. Become shareable!
Animation showing the August 24, 2016 Mars-Saturn-Antares conjunction, looking south after Sunset over a several day period. The blue line is the ecliptic. (You can pause the video and drag the progress bar to view any section of the video.)
Mercury begins its retrograde later in the lunar cycle, which continues into the following lunar cycle. Mercury's retrograde occurs in late Leo-early Virgo, an area of the heavens associated with diversionary antics in the global political scene, but also providing opportunity to attune to transcendent truth and guidance. Mercury and Jupiter conjoin three times due to Mercury's retrograde continuing into early October. The first occurs on August 22, just before the Mars-Saturn Antares conjunction of August 24. Mercury and Jupiter's passage occurs under the auspices of Super Galactic Center in early sidereal Virgo (also conjoining the Dwarf Planet Makemake) illuminating and magnifying the minutest logistical details, creating a time of getting real, which will continue into October. Ceres, mother of the asteroids, also begins her retrograde toward the end of the lunar cycle.
The following New Moon, occurring on September 1, produces an Annular Solar Eclipse opposite Neptune and squaring Saturn, again bringing emphasis to the Saturn-Neptune Square with stimulus for more change in our personal and sociopolitical ideals and the structures we formulate around them.
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.
Excerpt from the Lunar Planner:
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.
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.
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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