Monthly Lunar Planner Archive 2017

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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Aug 21, 2017 New Moon Theme
Path of the Lion Total Solar Eclipse

The February 11, 2017 Lunar Eclipse map. Total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

This August 21, 2017 New Moon produces a Total Solar Eclipse. This is a North Node eclipse occurring under the auspices of the Head of the Lion. The eclipse is visible in North America with the eclipse path traversing the continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina. You must be on the eclipse path to see totality. You can see a partial eclipse if you are north of south of the path of totality.

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 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 for us personally, 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.

There are several stars formulating our eclipse energetic. The eclipse itself conjoins Adhafera, Al Jabhah, Algieba and Regulus, all of Leo. The North Lunar Node at the Leo cusp lies a few degrees early in the ecliptic and sets the directive for the eclipse. The North Node is the point of determination and accomplishment. It conjoins Subra, the paw of the Lion and Al Sumat (Alpha) Beta, and Gamma Pyxidis of Argo Navis. Lying between the Sun and North Node, and conjoining both, are Alphard of Hydra, Suhail al Muhlif on the sail of the Argo and the Puppus-A Supernova Remnant / X–Ray Source, which lie in the southern heavens.

New Moon Star Chart

The Lion faces west, with its head looking over into sidereal Cancer with Algieba (the mane), Adhafera (on the crest of the mane), Rasalas (the crown), and Algenubi (the eye) all composing the Lion's head. The stars forming the Head of the Lion embody the wisdom and tremendous vision of the Lion. The star Subra, just south of the ecliptic and on the Cancer-Leo cusp, is the Lion's paw buried in the desert sand. Regulus (at 5° sidereal Leo) embodies the essence of the Lion.

The stars expressing through this few degree area of the zodiak set the tone of this eclipse and for this lunar cycle. They are of prominence, eminence, nobility, royalty, pride, courage, pioneering pursuits, self-reliance, independence, and influential leadership. They are those of visionaries, explorers, and adventurers, those with little interest or contentment to fit into the status quo and who seek to go beyond the norm in accomplishment. These are people who are undaunted in the face of perilous explorations and are proud to demonstrate it. They are willing to leave the comfort of mass-consensus, are self-reliant, self-confident and determined to break trail into unexplored territory. They seek a better way to live and seek to discover new possibilities waiting to be realized.

These stars are also about our inner "vertical integrity," that is, living true to self, openly on the world stage. This means walking in confidence and with self-respect, aligned with the truth in our hearts, in thought, word, and deed. Our personal integrity, our inner vertical attunement, must precede any horizontal, humanitarian participation in the world (Leo's opposite Aquarian pole). Without this inner integrity we become self-sacrificing, entrapped in a sympathetic resonance of dance, giving self away at the cost of our hearts' truth. This perpetuates discord and dysfunction for self and for others because we are simply living a lie. Only by living from our personal integrity and true to heart do we provide opportunity for others to also stand in their integrity and live their truth. On the other side of coin, without the maturity of acknowledging the Aquarian polarity, we can become ego-driven, where it is all about "I" without caring or concern for others.

New Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

New Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
Subtract 0° 16' for the Galactic Ayanamsa

This Total Eclipse occurs not only in the Sun's home sign, making its influence especially strong, imparting strength and confidence, but it also imbues and radiates the energetics of exceptionally significant stars. It impels us to live in the confidence and nobleness of the Lion, to live true to our soul's promise, to break trail into new vistas of consciousness and human experience, and to visualize and coalesce a new reality for our lives.

This Total Eclipse is not only especially significant personally, but is also significant for the United States as a country, both for its people and its governing body. Although eclipses effect the entire Earth, they create a significant resonance upon Earth's energy grid and establish telluric currents along the eclipse path that continue to influence evolutionary impetus for many years to follow. This eclipse, imbuing the stellar energetics expressing through the Head of the Lion, establishes an evolutionary current—the path of the Lion—that impels the United States to break trail for better ways to live, to envision and explore new possibilities, to redefine itself as a nurturing force, and to mature in integrity and in leadership, both for her people and in her role in the world. Only time will tell how this will play out.

This Leo North Node Solar Eclipse fulfills the Annular South Node Solar Eclipse of February 26, 2017 in the evolutionary progression that eclipse currents create. The previous eclipse, occurring in sidereal Aquarius, brought emphasis to humanity's fundamental needs, to resources that fulfill those needs, and to the need for the unimpeded flow of those resources to all of humanity to heal and nurture the human condition. It raised issues regarding the restrictive control and exploitation of resources that lead to an unhealthy and frail human populous, and our need to address those issues. It as well brought attention to our need to learn how to heal ourselves personally and better our life conditions. It also brought emphasis to our need to relinquish illusory ideals and antiquated patterns of behavior, as a populous and as groups in that populous, about how to better our world, impelling us to think outside the box and to allow alternative paths to be realized. As a south node eclipse, it impelled movement toward the north node energetic in Leo, to the eclipse occurring now. This means to claim the wisdom from the south node eclipse energetic, what we have learned over the last several months, and to apply it through the north node eclipse energetic occurring now as it expresses over the months ahead—to explore new territory, to discover new opportunities and face the challenges they may present through noble pioneering leadership, through all that kingly Leo exemplifies.

This eclipse also occurs during Mercury's retrograde, which completes on September 5 conjoining Mars, just before the Full Moon. Mercury's entire retrograde occurs over the eclipse location and contributes to the energetic of the eclipse and its expression in our lives.The Sun and retrograde Mercury conjoin on August 26, just after the Crescent Moon, which initiates the new ~116-day Earth-Mercury cycle. The Sun-Mercury conjunction lies opposite the Dwarf Planet 2007 Or10 in Aquarius. OR10 is the largest unnamed world in our solar system and is the third largest of the dwarf planets. This also initiates a new annual Earth-OR10 synodic cycle, synthesizing these two events and their energetics. This extends the theme of the Mercury cycle to include the resonances of OR10. This is one of several events starting on the Crescent Moon.

Juno completes her retrograde also at the time of the Crescent Moon, amongst the stars of the Zen Archer. Juno and the Centaur Chariklo (the largest Centaur and mythically Chiron's wife) are in a rare synchronous retrograde, during which they initiate a new 4.7-year synodic cycle, which continues through March 17, 2022. The two will make their final conjunction in mid-October, also the time when Chariklo completes her retrograde. The Juno-Chariklo synthesis and its significance for relationships is presented in the article Juno & Chariklo 2017: The Resonance of Our Relationships.

The Gibbous Moon trigger to the Ceres T-square with Jupiter-Haumea and Eris.

In addition to the eclipse, another equally significant event occurs within this lunar cycle—the Ceres Jupiter-Haumea Eris T-Square. This event also begins on the Crescent Moon and continues throughout this entire lunar cycle. Jupiter, now having completed its retrograde, and having made its final square with Pluto (Aug 4), makes its conjunction with Haumea, conjoining Spica and Archturus, and exceptionally significant stellar location. It occurs in opposition to Eris as Ceres creates a T-square to the opposition during the several days surrounding the Full Moon of this lunar cycle. This climatic event is a part of a long-standing planetary configuration that occurs from 2014 through 2019. It began with the Eris-Haumea opposition as the underlying energetic, which consists of nine exact geocentric oppositions. Uranus joined in by conjoining Eris in opposition to Haumea, with three key conjunctions with Eris occurring in June of 2016 through March of 2017. This began an unprecedented planetary configuration stimulating unexpected radical revelatory transformation that would upset societal stagnation, often by disclosing cover-ups and hidden agendas—providing an eye-opening time and wakeup call for humanity. Uranus also makes five oppositions to Haumea in the process with the last two occurring in late 2018 and early 2019.

Ceres joined the first Uranus-Eris conjunction in June 2016, raising questions about and bringing attention to issues regarding not only ecological and environmental matters but also about what is and is not nourishing to humanity's wellbeing in general. Ceres then began its retrograde making two more conjunctions with Uranus and Eris through early January 2017. Jupiter joined in bringing its expansive mobilizing force as it approached Haumea while making its opposition to Uranus and Eris in late December 2016, amplifying and dramatizing the need for radical change to remake our sociological expression. Jupiter would then maintain its strong presence as it began its retrograde throughout the first few months of 2017. We now experience the climatic finale with the Ceres-Jupiter-Haumea-Eris T-square, with Jupiter's final opposition to Uranus occurring slightly afterward, on the First Quarter Moon (conjoining Juno, emphasizing relationships) in the following lunar cycle. This is all shown in the graphic ephemeris below and is presented in more detail in Disclosure & Discovery: New Frontiers in Consciousness. Ceres now becomes a prominent force of expression, one prominent throughout this lunar cycle. This climatic T-square and the Jupiter-Haumea conjunction also fully engage the new Jupiter-Haumea 13.5-year synodic cycle.

The 2017 Ceres Jupiter-Haumea Eris T-Square Graphic Ephemeris

Saturn completes its retrograde a couple of hours after the Crescent Moon. Saturn and Ixion conjoin the Head of Ophiuchus and the Sting of the Scorpion. Saturn and Ixion are also now in a near exact aspect to the Jupiter-Haumea-Eris opposition as well, as they were early in the year before they began their retrogrades, and once again forming a Yod with Jupiter-Haumea to Sedna. This Yod is, and has been throughout all of 2017, a key dynamic of the Uranus-Eris-opposition to Jupiter-Haumea, one that continues to have a prominent influence throughout the remainder of this year. This entire planetary configuration directly supports the re-emergence of the long-lost exiled feminine principle on Earth and to entice the emergence of the feminine force in the world, especially stimulating women to emerge as this driving force.

These are but a few of many events occurring in this exceptionally dynamic Total Eclipse 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.


July 23, 2017 New Moon Theme
Chrysalis

New Moon Star Chart

This July 23, 2017 New Moon conjoins Mars and Varuna in early sidereal Cancer. Conjoining stars include Tegmine of Cancer, Samoht (Alpha) Monoceros, Aludra of Canis Major and Ahadi Puppis of Argo Navis.

This New Moon and lunar cycle is about self-acceptance of the uniqueness of our individuality, and unbiased acceptance of the uniqueness of others and of opportunities presenting themselves in the moment. It is common for unique, fleeting and unexpected encounters to occur with alignments here as well as for unique people to just show up in our lives with whom there is a special and mutual attraction. Here we may find opportunities to amalgamate our uniqueness in ways that can dissolve the barriers in front of us and serve our mutual wellbeing or purpose. This requires we release any prejudices and limiting preconceptions about the differences and oddities found in the multiplicity of our individuality. This requires we pull forth and express the totality of our own oddity and to allow the gift of this uniqueness to manifest. This is all or nothing, either there is total acceptance or total rejection of the unique situation that is occurring.

This New Moon also brings emphasis to establishing nurturing environments and relations that support the formation and evolution of new life, or simply the metamorphosis of our selves and others to emerge into a new life expression. It brings inspiration to become a caring and nurturing force for each other in ways that responsibly support our emergence from darkness, dogma, and delusion, and from the limits and bounds created by selfish, fearful or controlling beliefs, a force that supports our movement into greater freedom and personal fulfillment.

The resonance of Mars is not particularly strong here, it tends to soften, and as such brings emphasis to how we are using our creative energy, if it is based from fear of survival, having our own needs met, expressing as a self-focused need to dominate and control, or if we are using our creative initiative with concern for the wellbeing of others. Varuna, a planet recently discovered in 2000, emphasizes concern for others and for all life in general, especially for those at the mercy of unethical bureaucracies. Varuna impels a desire to ensure what is just, but not by man's laws, but by those of the natural world. (I often think of the 1970 song "Nature's Way" by Spirit when I think of Varuna.) Varuna can impel activism for social and ecological justice, and even more so conjoining Mars.

Uranus begins its retrograde on August 2 (Aug 3 UT) as Mercury begins its conjunction with Vesta. Uranus completes its retrograde on January 2, 2018. This retrograde occurs in early sidereal Aries conjoining the stars forming the upright fish of Pisces, which articulate our personal pursuits for attainment. The retrograde of Uranus offers a several month opportunity for psychological introspection that can lead to new revelations about self, especially about that which drives, and limits, the personal attainment of our aspirations in life. It impels involvement with inventive or unconventional approaches to awaken mind and body to a greater level of intuitive awareness. Uranus retrograde is an ideal time to make inner changes that free us from constricting patterns of behavior or conditions in life, which can then be actualized after Uranus returns direct.

Jupiter makes its third and final geocentric square with Pluto on August 4. The first square occurred in November of 2016 and the second occurred on March 30, 2017 while Jupiter was retrograde. The three geocentric squares create the transitional period into the last quarter of the of the 12.5-year Jupiter-Pluto cycle that began on November 23, 2007 in early sidereal Sagittarius, and which completes in 2020 along with the completion of the 20-year Jupiter-Saturn cycle and the 34-year Saturn-Pluto cycle. See The 2020 Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto Synods With Ceres, Mars and Pallas.

New Moon Star Chart

The most common theme about the Jupiter-Pluto square, throughout this transitional period, is feeling that transformation in a big way is required in some area of our lives, and this is about letting something go that no longer serves our best interest or higher aspirations, perhaps even an entire way of life. Exploring where the Jupiter-Pluto square occurs in the natal (or relocated) chart can bring more insight about this at a personal level. It will effect you more so if transiting Jupiter or Pluto conjoin or lie opposite any natal planets or points.

The Full Moon of August 7 produces a Partial Lunar Eclipse. This is precursor to the Total Eclipse occurring on the following New Moon of August 21. The lunar eclipse will be seen in most of Europe and Asia, Australia and Africa. It occurs amongst the stars of Capricorn and is influenced by Delphinus, the Dolphin star system.

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.

August 7, 2017 Lunar Eclipse Map

Mercury begins its retrograde on August 12 (Aug 13 UT) just after the Disseminating Moon and while in a few-day conjunction with Vesta, asteroid of inner clarity, focus, dedication and commitment. Mercury's retrograde occurs amongst the stars of Leo. This is also of significance because of the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, which conjoins Regulus of Leo and occurs during Mercury's retrograde. Mercury completes its retrograde in the following lunar cycle on September 5 at the eclipse location conjoining Regulus of Leo and Mars.

Mercury's retrograde in Leo.
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Our Balsamic Moon occurring a few days before the Total Solar Eclipse, coalesces into essence the experience of this lunar cycle, which becomes the seed to express anew into the following lunar cycle. Our Balsamic Moon occurs in the midst of the stars of the Gemini Twins and brings inspiration to communicate, connect and involve, to become shareable from a truer, open-hearted and more self-empowered level of consciousness in our daily activity amongst humankind, and amongst our peers and colleagues, especially in social areas, and in our personal, domestic and international relations. Individual demonstrable expression of our uniqueness in our moment-by-moment experience in everyday life, no matter how small, is how we, collectively, manifest a new awakened society, our new world paradigm.

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.

2017 Lunar Planners available to non-subscribers


June 24, 2017 New Moon Theme
Decisive Action & The Resonance of Our Relationships

New Moon Star Chart

This June 24, 2017 UT (June 23 MST) New Moon lies just past the "Gate of Man" of Earth's Precessional Cross. It conjoins the stars forming the Foot of Castor of the Gemini Twins. The New Moon also conjoins Mercury, which lies slightly north of Castor's foot. Mercury is at home in Gemini and thus is empowered and expresses clearly and confidently. Mercury's transit through Gemini heightens all Mercurial processes, such as communication and language skills. It brings clarity of mind and promotes rational thinking. It accentuates all neurological and intellectual processes. Mercury plays a significant role throughout the first half of this lunar cycle as it makes passage through the stars of Gemini.

Mercury

Mercury imparts an expressive and intellectual force. It drives our need to organize, rationalize, categorize, and assemble our world into a coherent understanding. It is the significator of the intellect. Mercury governs our sequential and logistical processes, our learning and reasoning abilities, our mental focus and capacity to concentrate, our language, reading, writing, and communication skills, how we speak and articulate. Mercury's astrophysical resonance effects some motor skills associated with coordination and dexterity and governs our neurological system.

The Gemini Twins are marked by the two principal stars, Pollux, the immortal extraterrestrial one, and Castor the mortal terrestrial one, the extraterrestrial incarnate. These two stars, which mark the Twins' heads, lie in the last few degrees of sidereal Gemini. The Twins stand upon the galactic equator at a 60° angle to the ecliptic plane, with the "Feet of the Twins" lying in earlier Gemini, upon the "Gate of Man." Thus, Gemini is a galactic constellation and an ecliptical constellation, which inspires the expression of soul purpose through the daily activity of humankind—the theme of the Gate of Man. Sidereal Gemini is of high intensity intellectual communication, information, commerce, goods and services, and of their exchange. The Twins are of partnerships in mutual cooperation, linking and uniting efforts through their daily affairs in the world. The Twins work hand-in-hand for the betterment and evolutionary fulfillment of humankind.

The Foot of Castor

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

The foot of Castor is composed of Propus (Tejat Prior, Eta Gemini), Tejat Posterior (Mu Gemini), and the large emission nebula IC444 along with the supernova remnant IC433.

Tejat portends eminence and renown, and will make visible that which has been suppressed, oppressed, hidden in the closet, but destined to be seen. Tejat impels us to come out of hiding, to become visible, to stand forth in the limelight, and to become available and shareable. This can also indicate the need to emerge from our own mental obscurations, procrastinations or illusions. It impels decisive action. The foot of Castor impels demonstrable action to claim our roles in the physical world, to show up and participate, to take the immediate steps at hand in our everyday lives that are required for what we truly want in our lives. Tejat can also indicate those who are physically marked in some way, including birthmarks, genetic marks, or other unique features or adornments.

This lunar cycle impels us to communicate, connect and involve, to become shareable from a truer, open-hearted and more self-aware level of consciousness in our daily activity amongst humankind, especially in our personal, domestic and international relations. It impels us to take the practical steps at hand, those simple actions right in front of us that lead to our empowerment in life and our place in the world. It is a time to make decisions, to leave procrastination behind. Our Mercury New Moon at the Foot of Castor creates a fresh and exploratory energetic, one that is self-centric and sagacious in dealings with people, and is very goal oriented. Castor has a more boisterous opinionated activist nature than Pollux, and here in early sidereal Gemini, at the foot of Castor, Mercury prominently arouses this nature, riling things up in sense, but with intent to create progressive change from a righteous and moralistic perspective.

Several unique events occur in this lunar cycle that may emphasize a marked turning in the nature of our experience. A primary one is the Sun-Earth-Juno-Chariklo alignment, which marks a pivotal shift for relationships of all types.

2017 Juno-Chariklo retrogrades in Sagittarius

Juno is the asteroid of covenants in relationships, mutual compatibility and is about the nature of the relationships we desire and draw to ourselves. Chariklo (pronounced Kha'riklo) is the largest of the known Centaurs, named after the nymph Chariklo from Mount Pelion in Greece, Chiron's wife. Chariklo inspires us to create an environmental resonance, a vibrational space, that encourages the manifestation and expression of the uniqueness and full potential of those we care for. Juno and Chariklo are in the midst of their synchronous retrogrades, an exceptionally rare occurrence. Their retrogrades occur amongst the higher-ideal stars of the Zen Archer, which inspire us to seek and attain our higher aspirations, our optimal human potential and unified awareness. This entire period impels a deep introspective process to reassess and redefine our relations and how we interrelate while bringing emphasis to if and how the energetic resonances we create in our relationships truly support the manifestation of our greatest potential as individuals and that of our relationships.

The alignments occurring now mark the pivotal transition point in this process. Occurring in our Mercury-empowered Gemini lunar cycle, this pivotal transition is an ideal time to make definitive decisions regarding how we interrelate at a personal level and, more importantly, about the nature of the resonance we wish to have in our relationships, as the vibrational resonance we mold is either nourishing or it is not to our greater wellbeing, our higher ideals and our longer-term goals. This planetary alignment marks not only the start of new Earth-Juno and Earth-Chariklo cycles, but also the start of the new Juno-Chariklo 4.7-year cycle, which continues through March 2022.

A more in-depth exploration of the Juno-Chariklo synthesis is presented in the article: Juno & Chariklo 2017: The Resonance of Our Relationships.

Other significant and catalyzing events include the Full Moon of July 9 UT (July 8 MST) conjoining retrograde Pluto by 1° in sidereal Sagittarius. The exact Sun-Pluto opposition occurs 24 hours later, initiating the new annual Earth-Pluto cycle. The Disseminating Moon occurs in Aquarius conjoining and nesting between the Dwarf Planet 2007 OR10 and the Centaur Nessus. 2007 OR10 is the third largest Dwarf Planet so far discovered, after Pluto and Eris, expected to be given a name this year. The Last Quarter Moon conjoins Eris, just as it stations to begin its retrograde in opposition to the Dwarf Planet Haumea, while the Sun conjoins Pollux of the Gemini Twins. Eris and Haumea are in a several year opposition, which continues well into 2018. Both play a significant role in catalyzing the awakening of Human consciousness and our transition into a new world paradigm.

Pluto's Makeover

Pluto's True Colors.

Pluto's True Colors - Image by NASA New Horizons Spacecraft

At one time, Pluto was thought to be the planet that ended the limits of our solar system. It was also consider the planet that marked the end of life, with astrologers associating it death and destruction, and something malefic to abhor. We now know this is not the case, both astronomically and astrologically. With the discovery of Eris and subsequently many more planets in orbits beyond Pluto, we are invited to explore and embody realms of consciousness far more transcendent to that of Pluto—while we are alive. So although Pluto was reclassified, some say demoted, to the Dwarf Planet category, in reality Pluto was elevated in stature, to be recognized not as a planet merely delineating endings and death, but as a gatekeeper and escort into deeper levels of self-empowerment. Pluto maintains its eminence associated with nuclear power, but he implores us to realize this nucleus of power is within self, rather than it being something to acquire through dominance and control over others or resources, or worse yet by judging and condemning others. Until realized, Pluto will continue to deconstruct immature and self-destructive behavioral patterns and attitudes that limit us from awakening to the power within. Pluto teaches us to look within self, rather than outside of self, to find our nuclear core of creative force. Pluto then teaches us to demonstrate the use of that force in ways that empower others and that awaken ourselves to new vistas of human potential, conscious awareness and experience waiting to be realized.

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.


May 25, 2017 New Moon Theme
Metamorphosis

Perseus New Moon Star Chart

This May 25, 2017 New Moon lies under the auspices of Perseus. It is just approaching the Hyades, conjoining Hyadum1, which is one of the tempestuous areas of sidereal Taurus. Conjoining stars of Perseus include Menkib, Adid Aus, Zeta Persei and the X–Perseus Neutron Star, all of which form the right leg and foot of Perseus, and Adid Bor on his right arm. The New Moon also conjoins the Transcultural Planet 2007 TG422 and the Dwarf Planet candidate 2009 YE7.

Most know Perseus as the hero who slew Medusa, the Gorgon, and then freed Princess Andromeda from being devoured by Cetus (the Kraken). In the story of the Royal Family, Queen Cassiopeia's boastful arrogance that her daughter, princess Andromeda, was more beautiful than Poseidon's Nereids, the nymphs of the sea, peeved Poseidon, and as punishment, Poseidon sent Cetus the Sea Monster to ravage the shores of Ethiopia, which Queen Cassiopeia and King Cepheus ruled. The Oracle of Ammon advised King Cepheus that the only way to appease Poseidon was to sacrifice is daughter to Cetus. In acquiescence, the King had Andromeda chained to the cliff at the sea to be devoured by Cetus. Andromeda, although inheriting this unfortunate sentence, has a far greater and fortuitous destiny awaiting her. Perseus eventually kills Cetus and frees Andromeda. Perseus and Andromeda marry and they go on to create a city and rule a kingdom that bores the Persian world. Perseus, however, is much more that this, and has a story of his own. In the context of our New Moon and this lunar cycle, this story is one about self-development, self-mastery, and taking physical action in the world to conquer one's fears and to claim that mastery....

Our New Moon, conjoining the right leg and foot of Perseus, impels audacious physical action in world of human affairs, perhaps even heroic. This Lunar cycle brings attention to our trials and tribulations. It impels us to create our future destiny with attention to our physical fulfillment and security, to the refinement of self, physically, emotionally, intuitively, and spiritually, especially through disciplines that cultivate inner development such as meditation, yoga, martial arts, health and nutrition. It impels expansion of self actualized in the physical world and in our roles or expressions in life.

Mars makes its opposition to Ixion and Saturn (both retrograde and conjunct) also on the Crescent Moon. The Saturn-Ixion conjunction also aspects the Eris-Uranus opposition to Haumea, also aspecting Sedna. This creates yet another set of triggers in this long-standing set of planetary aspects, presented throughout the previous monthly Lunar Planners. An overview is presented in the article Disclosure & Discovery, New Frontiers in Consciousness 2016-2017."

Mars opposition to Saturn-Ixion Sidereal Astrology Aspect Chart. May 2017.

The Mars-Saturn opposition can be especially challenging. It may incite personal aggressive action or even overt anger-driven hostility against established tyrannical authoritarian powers in the world, or simply elements in our own lives that have been resistant to change. It can also lead to transformative realizations about persevering with disciplined action to effect required change in our lives, especially regarding pursuits we may have begun in mid-2016. This energetic amalgamates with that of our Pollux Crescent Moon. The need for arbitration or adjudication may be of issue.

Saturn and Ixion arrive to the mid-points of their retrogrades as the Sun, Earth, Saturn and Ixion align a bit later in the lunar cycle, on June 15 and 16, marking the start of a new compounded Saturn and Ixion synodic cycles. The two are just moving back into sidereal Scorpio after their brief entry into sidereal Sag. The new cycles are defined by Lesath, the Sting of the Scorpion. The new cycles will fully engage as the two complete their retrogrades in early September. The Saturn and Ixion sustained conjunction began early in the year, and have been and will continue to be a key element aspecting the long standing Uranus-Eris opposition to Haumea. Saturn and Ixion bring emphasis to long-established karmic-based tyrannical authoritarian scenarios.

The new Saturn and Ixion synodic cycles (those occurring with Earth) are 378 days and 366 days respectively. Thus, the cycles currently engaging over the Sting of the Scorpion continue well into 2018. It is also worthy to note that the Saturn and Ixion will begin a new 35-year cycle, also over the Sting of the Scorpion on July 4, 2017. The subsequent Earth-Saturn and Earth-Ixion annual cycles will occur amongst the higher-ideal stars of Sagittarius and the two will no longer be conjoining, although they will still nest within the theme of new Saturn-Ixion 35-year cycle defined by Lesath, the Sting, and conjoining stars. The next Saturn-Ixion cycle will occur in early Aquarius and under the auspices of the Wing of Cygnus, but not until 2052.

Sedna is also a key element in this long-standing planetary configuration. Sedna is a very slow mover, with an orbital period of ~11,000 years, about one half of and resonant to Earth's Precessional Great Year. Sedna is at a very key transition point in her journey (over these few years), making passage out from the stars of Aries and into those of Taurus, under the initiations of Algol of Perseus.

Sedna delineates the re-emergence of the exiled, latent and long-suppressed feminine principle in the world' and the subsequent participation of females equally with males in all walks of life' prominently, openly and without fear, abuse, prejudice or exploitation. The resolution of issues, ingrained in the genetic patterning transcending the formation of modern-day culture are also a part of Sedna's re-emergence from the cold distant past. More about Sedna.

Sedna's cycle of many thousands of years articulates why the suppression of the matriarchal, the feminine principle, and associated issues, are deeply engrained at a genetic level for all of humanity, transcending race, creed, gender and culture. The healing and reemergence of a healthy and radiant feminine force on Earth is something that all people, both male and female, must deal with. This is why I call Sedna one of the Transcultural Planets.

Jupiter completes its retrograde on the Full Moon of June 9. Jupiter playing a key role in the Uranus-Eris opposition to Haumea, now begins its journey back to its final conjunction with Haumea in opposition to Eris, and then to Uranus, which will occur in September 2017. Ceres, also a key player since the first Uranus-Eris conjunction occurring in June of 2016, conjoins the Sun in this lunar cycle, and then in September, creates a catalytic T-square to the Jupiter-Haumea opposition to Eris in a climatic finale. Ceres has been and continues to raise issues about what is and what is not truly nourishing as we strive to make progressive and radical changes in our personal lives and in the world.

Jupiter is also in the midst of its square with Pluto and will make its third and final geocentric square with Pluto in early August. The last quarter of the current Jupiter-Pluto cycle will continue into 2020, when three primary planetary cycles come to a climatic completion.

The Solstice occurs on June 21, 4:24:05 UT (June 20, 9:24:05 PM MST), hours after the Venus-Balsamic Moon, marking the mid-point of summer in the northern hemisphere and winter's mid-point in the southern hemisphere. The Venus-Balsamic Moon is near exact, an ideal time to allow Luna to wash away all that covers pure heart, that which covers unconditional acceptance, unconditional receptivity to life, unconditional love. The Venus-Moon can be seen in the eastern sky just before sunrise of June 20.

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.


April 26, 2017 New Moon Theme
Independence

Aries, Head of the Ram, New Moon

This April 26, 2017 New Moon conjoins the stars forming the head of the Ram. North are the stars of Queen Cassiopeia and King Cepheus. South is the Head of Cetus reaching up upon the desert shores of arid Aries. Further south is the fiery Fornax Galaxy Cluster.

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 Aries articulate our journey through life. They impel self-initiated enthusiastic action for personal attainment. As we journey in pursuit for the Golden Fleece, the lessons we experience along the way ultimately awaken us from a self-consuming focus upon our personal desires to one of selfless creative leadership, to what we can give to the whole through our personal pursuits.

The Ram, Aries

Our New Moon in this stellar stage setting, here at the head of the Ram, is one of authority and affluence. It is about those in positions of authority who direct affairs in the world. It can express as either authoritarian or authoritative. It especially imparts a headstrong and forceful character, but it impels self-initiated enthusiastic action for personal accomplishment, to be independent, and to take the lead to manifest the lives we want. This lunar cycle impels us to be straightforward and to the point, to go for it, especially as we arrive to our stimulus to action First Quarter Moon, as Mercury returns direct conjoining Uranus and Eris in opposition to Haumea, also aspecting Saturn and Ixion, which are now retrograde heading back over the intensity of the Sting of the Scorpion, and Sedna—all playing a significant role in provoking the reemergence of the feminine force on Earth, and impelling radical upheaval ultimately to catalyze a rebirth in human consciousness.

This is not a lunar cycle for procrastination but is one about assertive action, responding to life and initiating new endeavors. It can be of fleeting opportunities that allow new growth or new paths in life. It requires self-confidence and courage. It is about of agility while maintaing balance and is also about protecting one's personal space as well as the rights of others.

There are two primary expressions here. One is pompous, arrogant and pretentious, with an air of denial to matters deemed to be beneath them, with concern for self alone. The other is beneficent, generous, wise and compassionate, willing to aid others in lesser positions or who need assistance, with intent to make the world better. Which is dominant, or both, depends upon one's level of life experience, emotional maturity and spiritual awareness. This stellar setting also brings emphasis to our need to see beyond the conflicts often inherent between those in positions of authority and those dominated or governed by them. The southern Fornax Galaxy Cluster, producing the initiatory fire on the shores of arid Aries, forces us to mature and makes resolution imperative.

Juno and Chariklo retrogrades 2017 in sidereal Sagittarius.

Juno begins her retrograde conjoining retrograde Pluto on May 9, over the stars of the Zen Archer and in the high-energy crescendo of the Full Moon of May 10. Juno's retrogrades provide times to redefine the nature our relationships and how we interrelate, and in this case, to refine and elevate the resonance of our relationships. Juno completes her retrograde on August 26. The Juno-Pluto conjunction may bring up issues regarding the use of power and the need to control. It may also impel the dissolution of relations where there is not the willingness to let old patterns die or to elevate the nature of interrelating to higher ideals in the pursuit of a greater unified awareness. Juno will once again conjoin Pluto after her retrograde, on November 11, 2017. This marks a key turning point in the synchronous retrogrades of Juno and the Centaur Chariklo (pronounced Kha'riklo). Juno and Chariklo made their first of three conjunctions on the previous New Moon of March 28. The entire energetic is active for most of 2017, a significant and interesting one for relationships of all types, presented in the article "Juno & Chariklo 2017 The Resonance of Our Relationships."

Venus and the Balsamic Moon conjoin toward the end of the lunar cycle. The Balsamic Moon marks the time in the lunar cycle when we coalesce the experience of the lunar cycle into its seed essence, which will then sprout through the theme of the following lunar cycle. It is when we turn our attention from the current lunar cycle in anticipation of the next to come. This is a significant Venus Balsamic Moon, being the first after the Venus retrograde and occurring as Venus arrives to the exit point of her retrograde shadow, the location where she began her retrograde, conjoining Alpheratz, the head of the chained Princess. See The 2017 Venus Retrograde & the New Venus 1.6-year Synodic Cycle. Venus can be seen in the eastern sky just before sunrise throught this lunar cycle as she approaches her western elongation, and along with the Balsamic Moon on May 22.

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.


March 28, 2017 New Moon Theme
Desires of the Heart

Pisces New Moon

This March 28, 2017 (March 27 MST) New Moon lies in amongst the stars of the western swimming fish of Pisces and in the shadow of the Venus retrograde. It conjoins Alpha and Beta of Lacerta, our primordial Lizard, in the far northern heavens. From the far south is Alpha Reticuli. It lies over the thrashing tail of ole' Cetus, creating emotionally turbulent waters. Our prominent New Moon star is Algenib, the wing tip of Pegasus and one of the four stars creating the Great Square of Pegasus, providing the key to this lunar cycle.

This New Moon, this lunar cycle, and the entirety of the Venus retrograde, provides opportunity to clear emotional and psychic webs, those clouding our hearts' true desires and the capacity to realize those desires. It provides opportunity to reassess and redefine our values, that which is truly important to us, and to create the receptive space within our hearts, the proper heart resonance, that allows the fulfillment we seek.

The retrogrades of Juno and the Centaur Chariklo (pronounced Kha'riklo) synthesize in 2017, with their first conjunction occurring on this New Moon. Juno and Chariklo create an interesting pairing. The asteroid Juno is about relationships of all types, the types of relations we want, the covenants we have in our relationships, and the nature of how we interrelate. Chariklo is the largest of Centaurs, named after the nymph Chariklo from Mount Pelion in Greece, Chiron's wife. Chiron and Chariklo have a rather special relationship. The entire energetic is active for most of 2017, a significant and interesting one for relationships of all types, especially for those with a covenant bond, all expounded upon in this month's Lunar Planner.

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Jupiter makes its second square with Pluto on March 30, just into the lunar cycle, and as the Moon conjoins Mars and Ceres in Aries. Mercury, in Aries, begins its retrograde on April 9, between the Gibbous and Full Moon.

Although Uranus made the final of its three conjunctions with Eris in the previous lunar cycle, and Jupiter, now retrograde, is moving away from its conjunction with Haumea and opposition to Uranus-Eris, this planetary dynamic and its significant catalytic influence is far from over. This overall energetic is comprised of several planetary forces all in significant geometric relationships to each other. The Saturn-Ixion conjunction, expressing in part as the tyrannical patriarch, creates a Yod with Haumea to Sedna, playing a significant role in provoking the reemergence of the feminine force on Earth to aid in the rebirth human consciousness.

The double Yod: Mars-Uranus-Eris opposite Jupiter-Haumea with Saturn-Ixion, Sedna and Chiron

Saturn and Ixion have just recently entered sidereal Sagittarius, but both begin their retrogrades back into the intensity of Scorpio and over the sting of the Scorpion. The Centaur Chiron continues to ally in strength with Sedna, creating another Yod to Haumea, supporting a long healing and empowering journey of the feminine force on Earth to impel a new renaissance in consciousness. We are also in the midst of the Jupiter-Pluto square and the Jupiter-Uranus opposition, which continue over the months ahead. A climatic configuration occurs in September 2017, as Ceres creates a T-Square as Jupiter returns to conjoin Haumea opposite Eris, immediately followed with the third Jupiter-Uranus opposition. Uranus will also oppose Haumea two more times, in late 2017 and early 2018, and the Eris-Haumea opposition, which began in 2014, continues well into 2018.

A dynamic and revelatory Full Moon occurs on April 10-11, as the Moon conjoins Jupiter with the Sun and Moon creating a Grand Square with Pluto and Vesta. The Sun conjoins Eris and Uranus opposite Haumea in the couple of days following, with Mars and Ceres approaching their conjunction with Sedna.

Venus Retrograde

Venus began her retrograde on March 4. This Venus retrograde occurs in Pisces, under the Great Square of Pegasus and over the thrashing tail of Cetus, the technbureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness. The retrograde also conjoins Pallas and is triggered by Mercury (shown in the video).

The Venus retrograde is an ideal time for introspection, to reassess our values and desires, that which is important to the heart, also a time to reassess personal finances. Look at where the Venus retrograde occurs in your personal chart and the planets it transits to gain insight into how and in what area of your life it effects. The Venus retrograde will transit natal Eris for many people, those born up to about 1967. Much nore about the Venus retrograde along with details on how to work with it based on star alignmmnets durring the retrograde, is presented in the article: The 2017 Venus Retrograde & The New 1.6-year Venus Cycle

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


February 26, 2017 New Moon Theme
The Flowing Waters of the Humanitarian Waterbearer
The Annular Solar Eclipse & The Venus Retrograde

This February 26, 2017 New Moon produces an Annular Eclipse amongst a stellium of planets nesting in the stars of Aquarius, the humanitarian waterbearer. This Solar Eclipse is exceptionally significant and it and this lunar cycle kick off with a plethora of significant planetary alignments making the eclipse and this lunar cycle catalytic and rather potent.

This eclipse is nearly a Total Eclipse, with the Moon covering 98.5% of the Sun's disk, occurring at the Moon's South Node. It will be visible in the southern hemisphere. The annular eclipse will be visible in Chile, Argentina, across the south Atlantic and in Angola, Zambia and the D.R. Congo of Africa. A partial eclipse will be visible in South America, the Atlantic, Africa and Antarctica. The New Moon occurs at 14:58:18 UT (7:58:18 AM MST). The greatest duration of the eclipse occurs at 14:53:24.5 UT.

February 26, 2017 Solar Eclipse map.

Eclipse details by Fred Espenak, www.EclipseWise.com

NASA Video cast of about the Eclipse

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.

Our New Moon eclipse in Aquarius conjoins the stars forming the Urn of Aquarius, primarily Sadachbia (Gamma), Seat (Pi) and Zeta Aquarius, and Skat (Delta), which lies on the shin bone of the waterbearer. A bit north is Baham of Pegasus. In the southern heavens are Beta and Gamma Sculptor. The stars of the Urn articulate natural resources and the flow of those resources to humanity.

New Moon Star Chart

This New Moon, this lunar cycle, and the six months ahead brings emphasis to humanity's fundamental needs, to resources that fulfill those needs, and to the unimpeded flow of those resources to all of humanity. It raises issues regarding the restrictive control and exploitation of resources that lead to an unhealthy and frail human populous, and our need to address those issues. It also brings emphasis to altruistic and philanthropic gestures, those that support others who are contributing to society, especially in the arts and sciences, but who may not have or produce supportive resources through their efforts alone.

This South Node Aquarius Lunar Eclipse impels us to relinquish illusory ideals and antiquated patterns of behavior, as a populous and as groups in that populous, about how to better the world, to think outside the box and to allow alternative paths to be realized. As a south node eclipse, it impels movement toward the North Node energetic in Leo, that is to express the South Node energetic through the North Node. This impels the general populous, the people, to assertively step up to the plate and bring inovative ideas onto the world stage to be seen. It also impels the people to express through those in leadership roles and those who are in the limelight that kingly Leo exemplifies.

This eclipse brings emphasis to healing and nurturing the human condition in new, but practical and grounded ways, and it impels us to reset our focus upon these issues. In this few degree area of Aquarius, the flowing waters from the Urn want to fill a void, and they teach us how to heal ourselves. Consider these things when looking at where this eclipse falls in your natal or relocated chart to gain insight into what area of your life it effects, and what to personally work upon over the next six months.

This February solar eclipse is precursor to the next solar eclipse to occur in the northern hemisphere on August 21, 2017. It will occur on the North Node in Leo, conjoining Regulus and Adhafera of Leo. It will be a total eclipse, and will be visible crossing the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. You must be on the eclipse path to see totality. More Solar Eclipse Information on astronomy.com. Details about times and locations for the August eclipse can be found here: More facts about the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.

The Eclipse & Neptune

Neptune

Neptune Image Credit: Voyager II NASA/JPL

Neptune significantly influences this New Moon eclipse, lying just over three degrees further in the ecliptic. Neptune conjoins Hydor of Aquarius, within a degree, both in ecliptical longitude and latitude, and also Eta of Aquarius. Hydor disperses and expands the flow of the nourishing humanitarian waters flowing from the Urn.

Neptune is approaching its exalted location in sidereal Aquarius, which lies just a couple degrees further in the ecliptic. Thus, Neptune's influence is exceptionally heightened. Neptune’s surface is not solid like Earth’s. It is composed of a heavy layer of swirling clouds mainly composed of methane. Neptune’s bright blue surface appearance continually changes due to underlying winds that blow up to about 1500 miles per hour. This dense atmosphere morphs into liquid moving inward toward its icy silicate core. Neptune is made up mainly of hydrogen, helium, water and silicates. Neptune’s geophysical nature is one of the reasons for Neptune’s amorphous astrological nature, which is of dreams, visions, and ideals. Neptune dissolves that which is fixed and segregated into universality—the quality of humanitarian Aquarius. Neptune elevates and spiritualizes that which it aligns with toward more universal ideals for those willing to look through the clouds in their minds.

Neptune's influence brings emphasis to our ideologies, and to evolve or spiritualize our ideologies to become inclusive, rather than exclusive, of all life on Earth. It also brings emphasis to illusions, to our perception of things, and our need to look beyond the surface appearance of things to see what is real and what is not, to look beyond propaganda, beyond the glitter and glamour, and to use discernment rather than merely buying into mass consensus or what seems to be in vogue. It can also accentuate pretence or a desire to escape, and cover-ups, as in pretending what you can't see does not exist.

The Eclipse & Mercury

Mercury

Mercury Image Credit: NASA / JHU Applied Physics Lab / Carnegie Inst. Washington

Mercury is also a significant contributor to the nature of this eclipse. Just as the lunar cycle commences, on Feb 27, Mercury, in early Aquarius, conjoins the third largest Dwarf Planet 2007 OR10 and the Centaur Nessus on the South Lunar Node, and just as Mars conjoins Uranus and Eris. OR10 is the third largest of the dwarf planets and the largest unnamed world in our solar system. 2007 OR10's astrological nature is yet to be ascertained. Perhaps this is an opportunity to apprehend more about it, however there are so many prominent aspects occurring with other planets it may be a challenge to sort out its specific influence. More about 2007 OR10.

Mercury then crosses the eclipse location on the Crescent Moon. It will then conjoin Neptune the day before First Quarter Moon and then the Sun the day after First Quarter Moon. Mercury will then join the Pallas-Chiron conjunction just after the Gibbous Moon, and then continues its journey out of sidereal Aquarius and on it way to conjoin retrograde Venus and Algenib of Pegasus on March 18, Just after the Disseminating Moon. Mercury's stimulating influence during its passage through Aquarius incites the voice of humanity.

The Eclipse & Orcus

The New Moon eclipse also lies opposite Orcus in Leo. Orcus lies south of the ecliptic making passage through Sextans. The Sun-(Moon)-Earth-Orcus alignment marks the start of a new annual Earth-Orcus synodic cycle, adding another significant facet to our lunar cycle and the six months ahead.

The Solar Eclipse Grand Trine Kite

The Eclipse & Juno, Ceres and Orcus

Our New Moon eclipse also becomes the capstone to a Grand Trine formed by Juno, Ceres and Orcus, with the New Moon. This geometry is harmonious and opportunistic. It is exceptionally stable, a derivative of a hexagon or two interlocking grand trines. It often manifests opportunistic events that just seem destined. The New Moon apex defines the nature of the Grand Trine, the overseeing energetic—letting go of preconceive ideas and approaches and to think alternatively. Orcus becomes foundational in this geometry. The grand trine emphasizes relationships and partnerships of all types, agreements, mutual compatibility, ecological and environmental issues, the earth and womb, our fundamental nourishment, how we nurture and are nurtured, and especially living authentically, true to who we are and our unique purpose on Earth (Orcus).

Mars, Uranus & Eris

Mt Etna Eruption

&After a few months of showing a little activity Etna erupted again. At around 18:00 (February 27) the volcanic tremor sharply increased, signaling the start of large strombolian activity from a new vent that has opened between the old and new cone....& (Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia. volcanodiscovery.com)

Mars conjoins Uranus and Eris opposite Jupiter and Haumea (now retrograde) just hours after the eclipse (Feb 27), triggering this long-standing and unprecedented planetary alignment. This provides an intense catalyst to actualize progressive radical change, stimulating action that overturns the apple cart, that exposes and discloses, that breaks us away from inherited evolutionary currents of the past. It impels us to aspire for more, to become more, as a society and as individuals. The Mars-Uranus-Eris conjunction opposite Jupiter-Haumea incites assertive radical action to expose anything that opposes the birth, movement and expansion of a new consciousness on Earth based in higher ethics. Expect the unexpected, even the arousal of eruptive catalytic forces.

Due to the many catalytic alignments occurring, along with the approaching second Jupiter-Pluto square, which occurs on the following New Moon, there is a potential for increased seismic activity throughout this lunar cycle.

Saturn-Ixion, Sedna & Chiron

Saturn and Ixion continue their conjunction, but are now moving from their alignment with the tail of the Scorpion into early sidereal Sagittarius, but still bringing emphasis to long-established karmic-based tyrannical authoritarian scenarios, generally involving people in strong leadership positions. (George Bush Sr. and Saddam Hussein had such a relation). At a soul level, the players in such scenarios are fulfilling underlying evolutionary energy currents that must be brought to resolution for humanity, despite what it may look like on the global stage of incarnate life.

The double Yod: Mars-Uranus-Eris opposite Jupiter-Haumea with Saturn-Ixion, Sedna and Chiron

Saturn and Ixion directly aspect and are currently a part of the (Mars)-Uranus-Eris / Jupiter-Haumea opposition and the dramatic events occurring in the world that it has been and will continue to catalyze. Sedna is also a significant and long-standing player in this scenario, also directly aspecting the Uranus-Eris / Jupiter-Haumea opposition, and the Saturn-Ixion conjunction. The Centaur Chiron joins in as well, working in strength with Sedna—all creating a double Finger of God / Yod.

The apices of the Yods are the focal elements of this geometry. The other points in this geometry are catalytic elements that ensure the Yod apicies are addressed. The base points of a Yod must work together to address the apex.

Sedna, a distant transcultural planet, is a very slow mover, with an orbital period of ~12,000 years, about one half of, and resonant to, Earth's Precessional Great Year. Sedna is at a very key transition point in her journey (over these few years), making passage out from the stars of Aries and into those of Taurus, under the initiations of Algol of Perseus (presented in more detail in this month's Lunar Planner). Overall, there are three very principle feminine forces active here, Eris, Haumea and Sedna.

Eris, our warrior princess, uncovers, exposes and discloses our denials or what we are simply blind to see. She intercedes to open our eyes to a greater reality once hidden, forcing us to redefine our worldview, and to embark upon new paths accordingly. Uranus of course (teaming up with Eris), is the Great Awakener, impeller of radical and progressive change. Uranus breaks us from the conforming bounds of an antiquated past.

Haumea, yet another feminine force, impels a rebirth in consciousness, to take on a new form, to reinvent our selves. Although perhaps a gentler force than Eris, she nonetheless expresses from a dynamic and exceptionally high-velocity state in perfect equilibrium, powerful and confident in knowing what is required to facilitate a new birth. Haumea is now ramped up in power and higher ideals by the expansive mobilizing force of majestic Jupiter.

Sedna articulates the re-emergence of the exiled, latent and long-suppressed feminine principle in the world, and the subsequent participation of females equally with males in all walks of life, prominently, openly and without fear, abuse, prejudice or exploitation. The resolution of issues, ingrained in the genetic patterning transcending the formation of modern-day culture are also a part of Sedna's re-emergence from the cold distant past. These issues may include: a refusal or hesitancy to participate in fear of being hurt, or from resentment of being hurt, or abduction or abandonment issues, whether due to self-exile or forced exile.

The Saturn-Ixion synthesis brings tyrannical figureheads of long-establish, generally patriarchal and exploitative, authoritarian bureaucracies to the forefront. This synthesis and its role in this overall planetary geometry became active at the start of this year (January 2017) and will continue throughout the year. Saturn and Ixion made the first of their three geocentric conjunctions at the time of the lunar eclipse occurring in the previous lunar cycle. This is a significant dynamic in this entire planetary geometry, one that brings forth an intense karmic responsibility of those in positions of power in the world, and regarding the exploitation of females and the subsequent suppression of the feminine principle. More about Ixion. Despite what it may look like upon the global stage, those exemplifying the Saturn-Ixion theme, at this time, are serving as a catalytic force to spur the re-emergence of the feminine force in the world, specifically regarding Sedna's transition across the Taurian cusp, and issues she must face confronting Algol (presented in this month's Lunar Planner).

Saturn's passage through sidereal Scorpio over the last few years expressed as long-standing bureaucracies (mainly patriarchal-based) attempting to manipulate through intimidation to instill fear, with this climaxing with Saturn's conjunction with Ixion over the Sting of the Scorpion (December 2016-January 2017). This will no longer be as effective as Saturn moves into the star-field of Sagittarius (although still conjoining Ixion for a time). Sagittarius will not tolerate this type of behavior. Sag impels Saturn and associated bureaucratic structures to live up to the higher ideals the Zen Archer lives for. Sagittarius impels the pursuit for unified awareness. Sagittarius imparts a desire for freedom and expansion (the domain of Jupiter), whereas Saturn wants to limit and control. Saturn may attempt to tame Sag to little avail, like attempting to tame what is born to be free, but Saturn can also aid to concretize into form the higher ideals and unified awareness Sag inspires, as Saturn also impels the need to be responsible and confront our fears, and here addressing the fear to set things free. Saturn's passage through the stars of Sag leads into the climatic completion of the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto cycles in 2020, which occurs in late Sagittarius. You can see Saturn's passage, and its retrogrades, through Scorpio and Sagittarius in the second video on the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto 2020 web page.

Juno and Saturn also initiating their new 5.25-year synodic cycle just after the eclipse, on February 28, which continues through May of 2022. This sets a strong energetic in motion over the next few years for relationships and partnerships of all types and regarding agreements made within them, those personal, to those of business, to our international relations....

All of this is occurring just as we start this lunar cycle, not even getting to the Crescent Moon! The Moon triggers the Mars-Uranus-Eris conjunction on March 1 leading into the Crescent Moon, creating another potent day.

Venus Retrograde

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Venus begins her retrograde on March 4. This Venus retrograde occurs in Pisces, under the Great Square of Pegasus and over the thrashing tail of Cetus, the technbureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness. The retrograde also conjoins Pallas and is triggered by Mercury (shown in the video). The Sun, Venus and Earth align in the midst of the Venus retrograde on March 25, just after the Balsamic Moon, initiating a new 1.6-year (583.92 days) Earth-Venus cycle. Venus completes her retrograde on April 15, 2017. Venus remains retrograde for a 6-week period.

The Venus retrograde is an ideal time for introspection, to reassess our values and desires, that which is important to the heart, also a time to reassess personal finances. Look at where the Venus retrograde occurs in your personal chart and the planets it transits to gain insight into how and in what area of your life it effects. The Venus retrograde will transit natal Eris for many people, those born up to about 1967. Much nore about the Venus retrograde, details on how to work with it based on star alignmmnets durring the retrograde, and about the new 1.6-year Venus cycle is presented in this month's Lunar Planner. The 2017 Venus Retrograde & The New 1.6-year Venus Cycle

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


January 28, 2017 New Moon Theme
Focus, Dedication & Commitment
Facing the Facts

Capricorn New Moon

This January 28, 2017 UT (Jan 27 MST) New Moon resides amongst the stars of Capricorn, the goat. The New Moon conjoins the tip of the Missile of Zeus in the northern heavens. It conjoins the stars of the Microscope and Indus in the southern heavens, the latter which articulates the nature of the shaman or indigenous with intuitive sensitivity to the land, subtle energy and sacredness of life. It also conjoins what once was Sanduleak's star in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own. Sanduleak's star blew to smithereens in 1987 leaving nothing but a Super Nova Remnant behind.

An Introduction to Astronomical Astrology

This lunar cycle brings attention to the symbiotic nature of our lives, especially the symbiosis of our lives and Earth, of our physical wellbeing and the land and environment, of our consciousness and that of Earth's.

It brings emphasis to issues of trust and impels us to trust in self and in life even though we may not see how to get to where are we going. Here lies our need to keep moving forward by trusting in the paths of our souls and in the forces of nature guiding us, rather than in preconceptions made from our limited egoic selves, which are biased by the deceiving physical facades we wear upon the incarnate stage of life or the circumstances of our lives.

It impels us to do our own investigative research, to examine the detail, to get the facts rather than following superficial appearances, what the masses naively follow, or what we may hear or see in the media or on the internet. It brings emphasis not only to listening, but to hearing, to hearing the meaning behind the noise of mass mentality and its chatter, or to the truth hidden beneath our own mental chatter. It brings emphasis to work, commitment to our long-term goals and to education and teaching. It impels conscious creative initiative with intuitive sensitivity to environmental conditions to manifest the lives we seek. Blunders made by following assumptions and miss-information can lead to the same fate of Sanduleak's star.

The January 28, 2017 New Moon quintile to the Uranus-Eris conjunction and Tredecile to the Jupiter-Haumea conjunction.

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The New Moon is also quintile (72°) to the Uranus-Eris conjunction and thus is Tredecile (108°) to the Jupiter-Haumea conjunction, which is the Quintile's compliment. The quintile and tredecile are angles common to sacred geometry. The quintile is a 5th harmonic (a division of a whole into five parts). It impels an expansive awakening into our uniqueness of being, into our unique individuality, to rise from the common or repetitive bounds of the quarternized world (to step out of the box of mass-consciousness). It is like the emergence of a unique flower from a bud, or the emergence of a butterfly from a cocoon. The tredecile imparts a mothering quality, a serendipitous interaction that supports a unique or special situation, the awakening into uniqueness imparted by the quintile, and in this case the energetic of the Uranus-Eris synthesis, impelling us to create progressive innovative radical change based upon the disclosures and exposures of that which had been hidden from view or covered over by discordant motives. This is also of significance because Haumea has somewhat of a midwife quality, impelling a new birth of consciousness, to re-create or to produce a new expression of our selves, and of course (conjoining) Jupiter magnifies and mobilizes this energetic.

Isis and Osiris New Moon conjunction.

Isis-Osiris placement pointed out to me by Rae Buerckner on FB.

We have entered an intensification of planetary aspects around January 17 with the first exact Jupiter-Eris opposition, which continues to intensify through early March (throughout this lunar cycle and the next). This involves the Jupiter-Haumea conjunction in opposition to the Uranus-Eris conjunction. Jupiter maintains an exceptionally tight orb in its opposition to Eris (less than 1/2°) as it slows to its retrograde station, which occurs on Feb 5-6, and then through its second exact opposition, which occurs on the Balsamic Moon of Feb 22. During this time, Vesta, now retrograde, moves into position to make a sustained T-Square with the entire Jupiter-Haumea / Uranus-Eris alignment. This sustained T-Square occurs throughout this entire lunar cycle. Vesta conjoins Pollux and Castor of the Gemini Twins, bringing emphasis to ambassadorial negotiation and mutual cooperation.

Mercury-Vesta Grand Square

Mercury, just after conjoining Pluto on January 29 (just after the New Moon), triggers and fulfills this T-Square by opposing Vesta to make a Grand Square. This occurs on January 31 through February 2, between the Crescent and First Quarter Moons of this lunar cycle. The Moon activates this Grand Square as it conjoins Uranus and Eris on February 2—certainly to be a potent if not an extra-significant day. This Vesta sustained T-Square and the Mercury Grand Square precedes a yet more potent event as Mars makes its conjunction with Uranus and Eris in opposition to Jupiter and Haumea in late February on the next New Moon, an Annular Solar Eclipse.

In short, we can consider this configuration (the Vesta retrograde T-Square and Mercury Grand Square) as a time to get clear and refocused, and to rededicate our commitment to our paths forward. This is a prerequisite to the Mars late February Solar Eclipse trigger, which will provide catalyst to then actualize progressive radical change. Vesta will complete its retrograde after this event, in mid-March, and then make another T-Square with the Uranus-Eris-Haumea opposition in April, closing this phase of triggers occurring in this longer series of alignments with Uranus, Eris, Jupiter and Haumea, which continues through September 2017. More about this is presented in the January updates in the article "Disclosure & Discovery, New Frontiers in Consciousness 2016-2017," where I will also expound upon the details and meaning of these events over time.

A segment of the 2016-2017 Graphic Ephemeris showing Vesta's aspects.

A segment of the 2016-2017 Graphic Ephemeris showing Vesta's aspects, with the Mercury and Mars triggers.

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A Brief Recap of the Planetary Forces Active

Eris, our warrior princess, uncovers, exposes and discloses our denials or what we are simply blind to see. She opens our eyes to a greater reality once hidden, forcing us to redefine our world view, and to embark upon new paths accordingly. Conjoining Uranus, the Great Awakener, impeller of radical and progressive change, breaks us from the conforming bounds of an antiquated past.

Vesta, another feminine force, is the asteroid of focus, dedication and commitment; of physical, emotional, and mental clarity; and of self-respect. Vesta brings a capacity to be pure within self at all levels for the expression of one’s highest potential and true Essence. Vesta is of strength, purity, and perfection—of total dedication to purpose. Vesta brings attention to that which is of true importance to us and will ignite and burn away that which is not so we can become clear. Vesta is keeper of the sacred flame within self. Vesta asks us to examine our inner values, our passion in life, to become clear on them, and to use our creativity to keep that fire alive.

Haumea, yet another feminine force, impels a rebirth in consciousness, or to take on a new form, to reinvent our selves. Although perhaps a gentler force than Eris, she nonetheless expresses from an exceptionally dynamic high-velocity state in perfect equilibrium, powerful and confident in knowing what is required to facilitate a new birth. Haumea is now ramped up in power, higher ideals, and expansive mobilization by majestic Jupiter.

Jupiter begins its retrograde on February 5 (Feb 6 UT), to arrive at its second direct oppositions with Eris and Uranus, occurring on Feb 22 and March 3 respectively, during which will occur Mars' conjunction with Uranus and Eris. Jupiter maintains a very tight orb in its opposition to Eris throughout this time (less than 1°), as shown in the graphic ephemeris presented above. Jupiter will also arrive to make it second exact square to Pluto on March 30. Jupiter's direct station will occur on June 9, and then head for its third and final opposition to Eris and Uranus as it conjoins Haumea with Ceres creating a T-Square in the September grand finale of Jupiter's role in the Uranus-Eris-Haumea 2-year alignment. All of this is graphically shown in the graphic ephemeris in the Uranus-Eris-Haumea article, and in the 2017 annual Graphic Ephemeris.


This Full Moon, occurring on February 10 (Feb 11 UT), produces a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, although viewable, it is not too spectacular visually because the Moon will dim just slightly. The Lunar Eclipse is followed by an Annular Solar Eclipse, which occurs on February 26 (our following New Moon). It is nearly a Total Eclipse, with the Moon covering 98.5% of the Sun's disk. It will be visible in the southern hemisphere. The main event for 2017, eclipse wise, comes with the August 21 Total Solar Eclipse, which crosses the continental US (shown below the lunar month synopsis on the current Lunar Planner home page).


http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/solar-and-lunar-eclipses-in-2017/


"The entire eclipse is visible from Europe, Africa, western Asia, eastern North and South America. Observers in western North and South America miss the early stages of the eclipse while eastern Asia misses the late stages. None of the eclipse is visible from Japan, Australia or New Zealand." Fred Espenak, EclipseWise.com

The February 11, 2017 Lunar Eclipse map.

Our Full Moon eclipse brings our Capricorn lunar cycle to its culmination. It brings an emotional reset and release of tension. It is exceptionally progressive, imparting a sense of optimism, emotional confidence, enthusiasm and adventure for the six months ahead—in the midst of ongoing and accelerating change. It brings emphasis to break new trail, to break new ground, to leave the comfort of mass consensus, to go where we have not gone before.

The February 11, 2017 Eclipse aspect geometry

The Sun and Full Moon Eclipse directly aspect the Uranus-Eris opposition to Jupiter-Haumea, by trine and sextile creating a rectangle or strength, and to Saturn, just as Saturn enters sidereal Sagittarius, still conjoining tyrannical Ixion. Saturn, being the capstone and midpoint to the rectangle makes it a primary factor in our Full Moon eclipse geometry. A Grand Trine forms between the Moon, Uranus-Eris and Saturn-Ixion. The overall geometry creates and exceptional stable harmonious doorway. Note the aspects to Chiron—the key to unlock the door!

The Sun conjoins the third largest Dwarf Planet, 2007 OR10 on the South Lunar Node, on Febraury 21, ~15:30 UT (8:30 AM MST), just before the Balsamic Moon. It has yet to be named, but that may happen this year. 2007 OR10 currently conjoins Sadalmelik and Ancha of Aquarius. More about 2007 OR10.

Green Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
Going for the Northern Crown
February 2017 Fly-by

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Moving at 51,000 mph, Comet 45P/H-M-P will be closest to Earth around 8:00 UT (1:00 AM MST / 3:00 AM EST) on Saturday morning, February 11th. Best viewing times last for about 5 days, although hampered a bit by the Moon's light. The Comet conjoins Haumea and Jupiter on February 14 (opposite Uranus-Eris).

More Green Comet Information and Videos

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 sidereal astrology and synodic astrology.


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