The Lunar Theme for the
April 19, 2004 New Moon

Bonds of the Soul, Freedom of Heart

The Lunar Month of
April 19, 2004 - May 19, 2004

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Copyright © 2004 Nick Anthony Fiorenza, All Rights Reserved

Astronomical Myth is a "picture language," imagery that articulates the qualities of cosmic intelligence expressing throughout the greater heavens and through our lives. We are not separate from the greater heavens, from the stars and planets around us, or from our beloved Earth, but are intimate parts of this dynamic, continually unfolding heavenly symphony. This entirety is our cosmic consciousness, the totality of our being. To explore the greater heavens and the heavenly cycles is to explore that which we are--our embracing consciousness and our spiritual evolution.

The stars would not be in the heavens
if we were meant to walk in darkness.

Are we walking together into our fulfillment or falling deeper into psycho-emotional entrapment? This is a question we often ask when it comes time to make a greater commitment--whether it is time to re-commit within an existing involvement or commit to an involvement entirely new. Whichever the case, in this lunar cycle, it is time to release any knots of entanglement that keep us from the beauty and perfection that is our legacy and to make those commitments that will free our hearts to fly.

This lunar cycle embodies the next pair of eclipses (one solar and one lunar).

Our New Moon of April 19 produces a Partial Solar Eclipse, which is visible from southern Africa and Antarctica. The Full Moon of May 4 produces a Total Lunar Eclipse, which is visible from the Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. To learn of the technical details of the eclipses see:

As an eclipse lunar cycle, it is one of relinquishment--the solar of releasing roles that are no longer rightfully ours and the lunar of releasing the emotional bonds within ourselves that glue us to involvements that are less than we truly want or deserve. It is a time of clearing the way so greater commitments of the Heart can ensue--for a greater love and life to reign.

Knots & Bonds

Two stars in early sidereal Aries set this April 19, 2004 New Moon eclipse theme: Alrisha (Kaitain), Alpha Pisces, the knot tying the two fishes of Pisces together, and Mirach, Beta Andromeda, the sash of the princess (which lies just north of Alrisha).

Alrisha is the knot of psycho-emotional entanglement in the mortal world, or simply of emotional bonds--the fishes caught and hung out to dry--bringing attention to any emotional ties that keep us bound from attaining our highest potential and divine destiny.

In contrast, Mirach, the belt, sash, or chord of Andromeda the Princess is a bond of strength, one of commitments and engagements. Mirach indicates betrothal of those destined to be together, and specifically is the declaration of commitment uniting them. Mirach is of the bonds in partnership that make it possible to live our highest potential and divine destiny. Mirach can literally imply tying the knot in matrimony, but more specifically, is of bonds of the soul, commitments to each other that make it possible for two to be or do something greater than either can be or do alone. Mirach is the star of union and of soul mates, of making it possible, through committed union, to live the exquisite radiance our souls desire.

Although Mirach conjoins Kaitain the knot of psychic-emotional entanglement, Mirach, being a bond of strength, does not imply entanglement in any negative sense, although the energies of Alrisha and Mirach conjoin--sometimes confusingly.

With Alrisha and Mirach creating a New Moon Eclipse theme, we have indication of the opportunity to release bonds, pursuits, or involvements that perpetuate antiquated roles we play with each other. At the same time, it provides an opening so we can make greater commitments and strengthen the bonds that allow us to step forth into a new era of life expression.

Although the theme here is of personal bonds, the commitments or entanglements that each of us are working with can involve other areas of life and may not be those of just personal relationships depending on how these stellar energies express in each of our lives.

The Andromeda Galaxy
Hale Observatory
Adding to the theme of Alrisha and Mirach are the qualities of the Andromeda Spiral Galaxy (M31) the nearest major galaxy next to our own Milky Way Galaxy and exemplar for ours. Together, they dominate the Local Group of galaxies, which is but one galaxy cluster of many that float within the care of the Super Cluster. Spirals in general articulate the flow of spiritual and physical forces and the entwined evolutionary unfoldment of the masculine and feminine principles. The Andromeda Galaxy, composed of hundreds of billions of stars, has two nuclei (centers of force) forming the heart of the galaxy, articulating the Trinity Theme--the expression of life (Spirit) from the Divine (unified) Twin Flame. The Andromeda Galaxy embodies the ideal of the princess Andromeda, unified with her divine consort (Perseus) expressing the fulfillment of her divine destiny in radiant and exquisite form. The Andromeda Galaxy is exemplar for the unified polarities of life expressing in their full majesty and glory. To learn of Andromeda and Perseus see The Royal Family.

The Andromeda Galaxy was first viewed as a nebulous cloud in the heavens, but with the advent of powerful telescopes, the galactic beauty became visible as our nearest galactic neighbor. This marked the time for humanity to see its own galactic potential, to realize we can become much more than what in the past was merely an obscure nebulous notion. M31 holds the ideal for the evolution of our galaxy and for life in it. It expresses the dual forces of life spiraling in beauty and perfection. The Andromeda Galaxy inspires us to be all that we can be and to see opportunity for attainment rather than limitations blocking our intended destiny (Sedgewick). Here lies inspiration to become our true galactic (spiritually illumined) selves in visible expression of our highest potential and to demonstrate our perfection by settling for nothing less.

Expanding Upon the Theme

Our Crescent Moon of April 23 conjoins Venus and Mars--uniting the two in late sidereal Taurus, near the North Horn of the Bull, over Rigel and Bellatrix of Orion, and under the auspices of Capella of Auriga, the Messenger of Light. Here lies inspiration for enterprising planning and tenacious perseverance to creatively manifest our heart's desire through the synthesized masculine and feminine principles, or through male / female relations. Masculine / feminine allegiances, co-participating in mutual supportive balance, create a natural entwined spiral of life that is the vessel for the Divine to manifest. As we now make the crossing in Earth's precessional Cycle of the Holy Cross back into Unified Awareness (Christ Consciousness / Soul, Galactic Awareness), the spiritually matured nature of the masculine and feminine can now emerge to illuminate this spiral of life into its intended radiance and rapture.

Our Stimulus to Action

Our First Quarter Moon of April 27, which begins the action quarter of the lunar cycle, conjoins Praesepe, the essence of the Scarab (sidereal Cancer) theme: emergence out of darkness, dogma, and delusion, out of the antiquated entrapments we had been living in, and our transmutation from darkness into light. Praesepe is of new beginnings, migration, shedding old skins, skeletons, and cocoons. It is of emerging out of the frenetic confusion of mass consciousness; finding our new path and direction; leaving behind old dwellings and the structures of consciousness they represent; and getting out of our personal or collective dogma and the darkness it creates. As the crib or manger, Praesepe also articulates the protective and nurturing environment supporting our emergence process, our new birth.

Praesepe may indicate a new dwelling place is at hand or that one is in order to find. As with the migration of bees from an old hive, before identifying their new direction, there can be frenetic confusion at first, a scattered sense and lack of direction before moving toward their new home. This is temporary and is part of intuiting the feeling for the right direction, much like turning in a complete circle to identify the way that feels right. Praesepe asks us to trust in our magnetic sense, on our inner compass, and to hone in on our new direction while honoring the inherent confusion of the emergence process.

Alignments with Praesepe can bring up the fear of letting go--a fear bound in our belief patterns and those of collective consciousness. Praesepe can bring our attention to the possibility of being lost in our own mental obscurations--in the reasons "why not" to go forward, why not to change--in the frenetic buzz of collective mass consciousness--in the dogmas of life, whether personal or collective. Praesepe asks us to step out of our limiting environments and structures of consciousness and to find new places fitting to our emerging new awareness.

Adding to the theme of Praesepe is the southern star Azmidiske, Xi Puppis of Argo Navis, the highest star on the aplustre of the stern of the ship sailing along the galactic equator. Azmidiske, an exalted star lying exactly on the galactic equator, holds the signature of the mission of the Argo--the emblem of the mission of the soul. The ornately sculptured aplustre on ancient ships held an energetic, like a talisman, for the purpose the ship was built. Together, Praesepe and Azmidiske ask us to trust in and follow the subtle currents at work in our lives, currents that are leading us on the next legs of our journeys in life and toward our highest fulfillment.

Logistics and Environments

Mercury completes its retrograde on April 30, engaging us fully in the new 116-day Mercury synodic cycle theme, which began in the last lunar cycle. It involves creating a proper and harmonious environment that supports our transition, birth, or new beginning. This Mercury theme continues through the next several lunar cycles.

The asteroid Vesta conjoins Uranus in sidereal Aquarius on April 30 as well, supporting us to get clear, focused, and committed in any radical changes we are making in our lives. Uranus supports is to break from the conformity of the past, and brings lightning like breakthroughs and insights of unconventional inspiration. Both conjoin very fortuitous stars in sidereal Aquarius, the primary being Sadachbia of Aquarius, lucky star of hidden things. Sadachbia indicates a physical gift of extreme value to be discovered, revealed, or claimed. Vesta asks us to be clear and open enough within our selves to do so. To learn more of Vesta and the other asteroids please visit the Asteroids WEB page.

Attraction and Involvement

Our Gibbous Moon of May 1 begins the "Pollinating Phase" of the Lunar Cycle. The Moon having just entered sidereal Virgo separates in square from Mars, which just entered sidereal Gemini, inspiring a whirlwind of dynamic communication and creative action.

The Full Moon Eclipse

Our Full Moon Total Eclipse of May 4, on the Lunar South Node, occurs in late sidereal Libra, immediately south of Zubenelgenubi, the southern claw of the Scorpion.

The two "Chelae (claws) of the Scorpion," Zuben-el-genubi and Zuben-es-chamalli lie at 20° and 24° sidereal Libra respectively. These two principal stars, the chelae, have been severed from the Scorpion and now create the constellation Libra (the balance or scales) thus hiding the esoteric significance of this part of the zodiak from the modern day astrologer. Earlier Libra is actually the continuance of the constellation of Virgo--the legs of the Virgin. The mythical image here (picture language) is of the Virgin giving birth into the Chelae (clutches) of the Scorpion--into reincarnational entrapment, that is, into the path of soul growth through the balance of incarnate experience.

The sidereal signs (not tropical signs) are shown in the above illustration.
To learn of the difference between the sidereal and tropical zodiaks and their
intimate relationship please explore the Sidereal Astrology WEB page.

To view the entire heavens please visit "The Sidereal Heavens: Under the Stars"

Zubenelgenubi, the karmic seat for incarnating souls, lies upon the ecliptic. This location in the ecliptic is also the exalted seat of Saturn--lord of karmic retribution, keeper of time. Zubeneschamali, the dharmic seat, lies slightly north of the ecliptic. Zubenelgenubi reveals past patterns that keep us entrapped in the reincarnational clutches--from attaining our highest destiny and evolutionary freedom. Karma does not mean something bad, it simply means our past experiential path, one that must be reconciled by moving forth from our past into our future (dharma). This is our responsibility to complete our chosen paths of incarnational involvement so we may claim our evolutionary freedom and spiritual awakening. This evolutionary fulfillment is articulated by the Northern Crown, which lies above the Chelae.

The chelae create a symmetrical triangle with Dschuba, Delta Scorpio, head of the Scorpion at ~8° sidereal Scorpio, with Dschuba being the apex. Dschuba is the administrative seat determining the karmic / dharmic path of involvement for the incarnating soul, based on souls' experiential growth. Alignments with Dschuba are indicative of the need to take personal responsibility to evolve out of the perpetuated degeneration, death, and rebirthing incarnational entrapment of the chelae, while alignments within the chelae are of this entrapment and indicate karmic / dharmic responsibilities.

Conjoining Zubenelgenubi is Pulsar MP 1240, lying on the Galactic Equator in Cruces the Southern Cross. The Southern Cross lies below the "feet of the Virgin and the clutches of the Scorpion and embodies the original cardinality (pure intent) of our souls (also the four cardinal virtues seemly lost to most of humanity). North lies the Northern Crown, which embodies the fulfillment of living that cardinality, thus freeing our selves from the re-incarnational path of soul growth.

Pulsars in general are beacons from the currents of our souls. Pulsar MP 1240 (with a 0.3880 second pulse rate) reminds us that the way from our past is by seeking the original cardinality of the soul and living it. This is, to claim our original soul intent as our foundation and to reach beyond the entrapment we find our selves in for the Northern Crown--for our evolutionary freedom and fulfillment.

This Lunar Eclipse provides us the opportunity to relinquish emotional attachments to past involvements and ways of participating that perpetuate our entrapments. It supports us to get clear on our true responsibility to our souls' greater fulfillment rather than living in antiquated patterns of the past that limit that fulfillment.

Jupiter completes its retrograde period immediately following the Full Moon eclipse (also on May 4). Jupiter, currently stationing in mid sidereal Leo conjoins Alioth of the Great Bear and the stars of the Sextant. Jupiter, currently in strength (sextile) with Saturn, and our Full Moon eclipse, supports us to live under the dominion of higher law, of an expanded heart--the truth guiding our souls. Jupiter, Alioth, and Beta Sextans support us to use our personal will to mobilize a new approach to fulfill our truth.

Unique to Each

The "Manifestation and Demonstration" Disseminating Moon conjoins the Solar Apex on May 8. The unique direction toward which our sun travels in our galaxy is called the Solar Apex, which lies near the Vega star system. The Solar Apex embodies the unique and majestic path of the soul. Alignments with the Solar Apex ask us to honor that we each have a path that is totally unique to ourselves, a path which is beyond what others can see or even relate to. This is why we can not judge the experience or choices of others and must accept our own as right for us no matter what they look like to others.

Good News
Our Inner Need to Change

The Last Quarter Moon of May 11 lies in the overlap area of the Capricorn and Aquarius constellations conjoining Nashira and Beta Gruis. In keeping with astronomer Jullius Schiller's imaging, who combined Gruis the Crane with the Phoenix as Aaron the High Priest), I dub Beta Gruis as the throat chakra of Aaron. Here we find the quality of intelligent eloquence--the ability to articulate the wisdom of the priest-scientist. Nashira, a fortuitous star of Capricorn is "bringer of good news," especially regarding legal and constitutional matters.

Time to Fly

The Balsamic Moon occurs on May 14 in the emotional waters of mid-sidereal Pisces but conjoins fortuitous Algenib of the Great Square of Pegasus. Algenib, the wing of Pegasus, inspires us to lift ourselves above the emotional dramatics of the mortal world which feed our fear and keep us entrapped.

The time immediately before the Balsamic Moon is when we look back over the experience of the lunar cycle and coalesce our experience into its seed essence, which will then sprout through the theme of the next lunar cycle. As the Moon shifts, we turn our attention from the current lunar cycle and look toward the future in anticipation of the next to come.

To learn how one lunar phase shifts and changes into the next, and to learn how to live in attunement to the lunar cycles, please download the Lunar Planner Introduction & each monthly Lunar Calendar (PDF file links below)--its all a gift.

The Sun moves into sidereal Taurus on May 15 and Juno, Venus, and Neptune all begin their retrograde periods on May 16 and 17.

As Venus begins its retrograde in sidereal Taurus, we begin the close of the last Venus synodic cycle. Venus will begin its new synodic cycle in the following lunar cycle. On June 4, 2004, Venus will make its rare passage across the sun, which will begin a new Cycle of the Heart. Venus will return direct in July at which time we will move forward with its new expression emblazoned upon our lives. This will be the first of two Venus Transits that aid to establish a new era on Earth. The second Venus Transit of the pair occurs in 2012).

For an in-depth exploration of the upcoming "Venus Transit" pair, please visit
Cycles of the Heart: The Venus Passage

Juno's retrograde occurs in sidereal Sagittarius. Juno's new cycle--a time of spiritual transmutation in partnerships--will begin in July.

Our next New Moon occurs on May 18 MST / 19 GMT in early sidereal Taurus. More to come then....

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We need not live in endless struggle, overwhelmed by the
surface turbulence of our growth and awakening process.
We can establish an inner peace instead, with life
becoming a graceful dance when we attune ourselves to the
natural spiral of growth that is guiding our lives.
Living in attunement to the natural Lunar Cycles
is an effective and empowering way to do this.
Living in attunement to the natural astronomical
cycles of life is living in faith and trust in the
Divine Creative Intelligence expressing throughout our lives.

The Lunar Planner is an experiential tool teaching us
how to live in attunement to the natural lunar cycles.
Astronomical Sidereal Astrology and Star Lore reveal each
lunar month's theme, and the planetary
themes unfolding throughout the year.
Each lunar month's theme weaves a continuing story line
of the patterns of growth unfolding in our lives

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To learn to live in attunement to the phases of the Lunar Cycle,
you can download the Lunar Planner Introduction PDF file and
the current Lunar Calendar PDF file and use them daily.

The Lunar Calendar reveals the dates and times of each lunar phase shift and their
changing characteristics as well as key planetary alignments. Use this like a calendar or
daily planner.The Lunar Calendar goes hand-in-hand with the introductory material.
Use this daily to learn how to live attuned to the Lunar Cycles of Life.

Step by step instructions on how to use the Lunar Calendar and
detailed description of the changing lunar phases.
Teaches you how to live in attunement to the Lunar Calendar.
The INtroduction goes hand-in-hand with the Lunar Calendar.







Copyright © 2004 Nick Anthony Fiorenza, All Rights Reserved