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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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.
This sustained T-square planetary configuration can create exceptionally strong geophysical and physiological resonances, especially when triggered by lunar aspects.
The solar eclipse not only occurs in the midst of significant planetary aspects, but also occurs very close to the Lunar Perigee, further accentuating geophysical resonances. Due to its occurrence amongst the stars of late Aquarius and its path across the Pacific, it is also aquatic in nature.
Critical times include the March 9 solar eclipse, the few days leading into and just after the First Quarter Moon of March 14-15 and the Full Moon eclipse through the Jupiter-Saturn square and Saturn station, March 22-25. Pay Attention!
The Sun's opposition to Jupiter also means a Sun-Earth-Jupiter alignment, which initiates the new 399-day Earth-Jupiter synodic cycle, actually occurring just hours before the eclipse. The best time to attune to a new synodic theme is under the stars, when the planet passes over your meridian; i.e, on your location's midheaven (MC). This is when a planet's longitudinal gravitational waves linking with those emanating from Earth's core directly resonate with a specific location. The night sky will be especially dark without the Moon lighting the sky, making for great viewing of Jupiter and a few of its moons.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse conjoins the Dwarf Planet Makemake opposite the Sun-Mercury conjunction. The Full Moon conjoins Zaniah of Virgo and Turais of Argo Navis bringing emphasis to the use of personal will and the long-term ramifications effecting our evolutionary course. Leadership regarding the administration of physical and financial resources, if not the entire global economy, becomes of issue over the several months ahead. Uranus now approaching its conjunction with Revati of Pisces (and on its way to conjoin Eris, starting in June) may also contribute to unexpected, perhaps radical, changes regarding money and the economy over the months ahead.
The second of three Jupiter-Saturn geocentric squares occurs on March 23, just before the Full Moon eclipse. This occurs with Jupiter retrograde and Saturn stationing about to begin its retrograde, which occurs just after the Full Moon on March 25.
Jupiter-Saturn cycles, created by the two most massive planets in our solar system, are one of the most powerful and influential in our solar system dynamics. Saturn demonstrates and validates by concretizing in form that which Jupiter expands to embrace. Jupiter expands and mobilizes what Saturn consolidates and solidifies. In so doing, these 20-year cycles influence the very breath of the Sun and subsequently life throughout our solar system. Jupiter-Saturn cycles are fundamental to growth. Jupiter tends to magnify the limitations Saturn imposes. Jupiter stimulates the expansion of new growth upon the established structures Saturn solidifies.
This last quarter Jupiter-Saturn square, occurring now, impels movement and expansion away from societal models, sociopolitical structures, and constructs in our personal lives that have now become limiting and restricting to new growth, an energetic set in motion throughout 2016, one that will continue throughout the last quarter of this 20-year cycle, into 2020. The last quarter of a cycle is about pruning, plowing under the crops and preparing the soil so new growth can emerge in the upcoming cycle. The existing constructs in our lives simply cannot support any further growth, thus we either modify those constructs so they can allow a greater level of growth and expansion, or we dismantle those constructs all together.
We not only enter the last quarter of the Jupiter-Saturn 20-year cycle in 2016, but also the last quarter of the Saturn-Neptune 36.4-year cycle. It also brings tremendous impetus to change, specifically to relinquish antiquated ideologies we began to formulate in the late 1988-1989, when the cycle began, and the social structures we have evolved supporting those ideologies.
This specific Jupiter-Saturn cycle, which began in June of 2000 and completes in 2020, is unique because it finalizes with the triple conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. This means that the completion, and start, of three cycles coincide in 2020—the 20-year Jupiter-Saturn cycle, the 12.5-year Jupiter-Pluto cycle and the 37-year Saturn-Pluto cycle. This creates a significant completion period (2016-2020) culminating in 2020, a pivotal year, which catalyzes a primary reset for society, and which initiates a significant new evolutionary current as these three new cycles simultaneously engage.
Haumea and Eris make their forth geocentric opposition in this lunar cycle, an energetic that began in late 2014 (with the first opposition) and that continues through 2017 (with the last opposition). The Haumea-Eris opposition marks the mid-point in the Haumea-Eris cycle that began quite long ago, in late 1831 at cuspal sidereal Aquarius, impelling a movement to emerge from a self-centered exclusive judgmental segregated social modality into a humanitarian modality, one that is inclusive and embracing of all people as being equal. Uranus, the radical and revolutionary great awakener, is now about to aid in the process as it joins forces with Eris starting in June 2016 and continuing through March of 2017. The Uranus-Eris conjuntion is an unprecedented and prominent planetary configuration that will add a revelatory lightning stimulus to our already cathartically transformative year.
Theses are but a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.
"The stars would not be in the heavens if we were meant to walk in darkness."
This February 8, 2016 Moon lies in an area of the heavens where the constellations of Capricorn and Aquarius overlap. The New Moon lies under the auspices of Dephinus, the Dolphin star system. In the southern heavens is Gruis the Crane. Conjoining are Alnair, and the stars forming the neck and head of the Crane. Also conjoining and influencing are Nashira of Capricorn and the stars forming the tail of the fish-goat.
Gruis is of resolute verdicts, decisive decisions and fortuitous tidings based upon bodies of knowledge, especially regarding legalities, business dealings, constitutional matters, and news associated with new life and new beginnings. This is an eloquently expressive and articulate area of the zodiak, with gregarious and loquacious qualities. It is of libraries, courts, congresses, publishing houses, literary agencies, or where ideas and information is formulated, agreed upon and concretized.
Delphinus offers guidance to those willing to breathe and trust, guidance greater than our personal efforts can generate alone. The Dolphins, an expression of angelic dominion, are guides for the wayward, as old salts know. They reveal the way to make safe passage to our destination, to our greater nourishment and fulfillment, provided we listen to and participate in the serendipity of life.
Ceres and Neptune begin their new 4.76-year cycle just after the New Moon and as the Moon conjoins Ceres on February 9. This cycle continues through November 2020. This also begins the first quarter of the 5.4-year Ceres-Saturn cycle that began in mid-August of 2014 and which completes in mid-January 2020.
Venus and Saturn also begin their new 229-day synodic cycle at this time, on February 10, which also begins the last quarter of the current Venus-Neptune cycle.
Basically, this is a heliocentric Venus-Saturn square to Ceres-Neptune, thus augmenting the nature of the Saturn-Neptune syodic square, which occurred on January 29, 2016, catalyzing our entry into the last quarter of 36.4-year synodic cycle that began in July of 1989. The synodic square, the transition into the last quarter of the Saturn-Neptune cycle, expresses through the three geocentric Saturn-Neptune squares, which occur on November 26, 2015, June 18, 2016 and September 10, 2016.
Entry into the last quarter of the Saturn-Neptune cycle impels us to recognize that the structures we have created in our lives and the limits those structures impose are the solidification of ideologies we began to formulate in 1989, at the start of this cycle. The square occurring now impels us to begin to consciously make changes in our lives based upon realizations we have had about what did and did not work in practicality throughout the previous manifestation quarter of this cycle; i.e., from 2007 until now. It impels us to relinquish our antiquated ideologies and to shed an old mold of self built around those ideologies, one that we may have come to identify ourselves with, but one that has now served its purpose.
The new Ceres-Neptune cycle and the Ceres-Saturn square engaging now augments this transition. This Ceres-Neptune 4.76-year cycle, with the synod conjoining the Urn of Aquarius, impels nurturing though humanitarian and altruistic pursuits and through the vessels or organizations through which humanitarian resources can flow. It inspires vision and ideals that support an evolved human society, one that is caring for and nurturing to the environment and all that sustains life....
This January 10, 2016 (Jan 9 MST) New Moon is the first to occur after the solstice, which began our astronomical New Year. It is also the first to occur in the Gregorian New Year of 2016. It, and this lunar cycle, begins this year's solunar spiral of growth. Our New Moon lies under the auspices of majestic Aquila the Eagle and inspirational Lyra, harp of the angels. Acceleration, imagination, originality and artistic inspiration, vision and insight amalgamate to create the hallmark of this lunar cycle.
This New Moon occurs just past Pluto (just after the Sun-Pluto conjunction) and just after but still in a few degree orb to the Uranus-Pluto square. Although this cycle impels far more enthusiasm and optimism compared to the previous initiatory lunar cycle, it does not necessarily imply one less intense. This lunar cycle begins an acceleration of global events and geo and sociopolitical transformation occurring throughout 2016, as a confluence of events occur, including the Saturn-Neptune square, the Jupiter-Saturn square, the Jupiter-Chiron opposition, the Neptune-Orcus opposition, and the unprecedented Uranus-Eris conjunction opposite Haumea, with the later impelling revelatory disclosures that will not only begin the obsolescence of our existing fossil fuel based technological paradigm, but also humanity's very consensus of reality.
Mercury's retrograde, occurring from January 5 through January 25, provides a time to listen to how we think, to discern if the information we take in and think about is truly of value or merely a superficial distraction from what really matters and serves our growth, and to examine and refine our thought processes and their subsequent expression in our interactions with others and in the daily logistics of our lives. During its retrograde, Mercury conjoins Pallas and Pluto, and also initiates its new ~116-day synodic cycle in mid-January. This new cycle impels diplomacy to unite factions and greater social justice amongst forces seeking positions of power in the world. In our personal lives, it impels mutual cooperation between individuals, groups or organizations, and the exchange of resources and information between them, to serve a purpose greater than separate parties can accomplish alone....
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"The stars would not be in the Heavens
if we were meant to walk in darkness."
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