© 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.
This Lunar Cycle theme begins in sidereal Taurus and under the auspices of the Perseus constellation, which lies just north of the ecliptic over the last few degrees of sidereal Aries and over the first half of sidereal Taurus. Perseus exemplifies the initiatory trials (in sidereal Aries) we are faced with in claiming our personal empowerment and then demonstrating that empowerment in concretized physical action (in sidereal Taurus) to fulfill our heart's desire.
In stellar myth, at the zodiakal location of our New Moon, Perseus, Andromeda’s soul mate, had just slain Medusa during his initiatory trials. This was prerequisite to save his beloved from the bowels of Cetus the sea monster so they could unite in their divine love and fulfill their destiny on Earth. To learn of the complete story of Perseus and Andromeda, and its mythological meaning, see Perseus, Andromeda and the Royal Family.
Our New Moon specifically conjoins the star Miram, Eta Perseus and Per A, a potent seyfert galaxy in the Perseus Cluster of galaxies--both of which express through the very first few degrees of sidereal Taurus.
Seyfert galaxies have a dense explosive core that emits a high level of radio waves and x-rays. Astrologically, seyferts express as an intensely focused inner purpose that leaves one undaunted by external affairs of the human world that may obstruct achieving that purpose. Seyfert NGC 1275 and Miram embody the undaunted focus of Perseus in his mission, and hence his powerful ability to take the steps at hand in the physical world to overcome the obstacle that arises so he can manifest his heart's desire.
Miram and Per A set the theme to this lunar cycle--inspiring us to manifest our true heart's desire in the physical world--the realizations and convictions we had in the previous lunar cycle--without being diverted by the trials inherent to the physical world that might otherwise freeze us in our tracks.
South of the ecliptic lies Caelum, the sculptor's chisel, with our New Moon nesting between the longitudes of Alpha and Beta Caelum. Caelum articulates the need to forge through matter--the laborious, methodical, persistent, an artistic process required in the physical world to overcome our trials and manifest our visions.
Our New Moon also resides at a location in the zodiak where the Moon is exalted--making for and extra-empowering Lunar Cycle. It is here where we must realize that our experience unfolds in time with the natural cycles (the lunar spiral) of life and that we must participate in time and in tune with the physical cycles to manifest our dreams--in the experiential participatory process of life. This is also the zodiakal area of "reflection." Like the Moon reflects the light of the sun, our experience reflects the energetic we project. Perseus could behead Medusa (slay his fear) only by looking at her as a refection in his own shield.
Also in this lunar cycle we experience the first of two Venus Transits that we will ever experience in our lifetimes. On June 4, 2004, Venus, now retrograde in sidereal Taurus, will make its rare passage across the sun. This lunar cycle marks the end of the previous, and the beginning of a new, Cycle of the Heart--more on the Venus Transit later.
From May 22 through May 24, the Crescent Moon triggers Mars and Saturn as they are about to conjoin in mid sidereal Gemini. Mars and Saturn align with the foot of Pollux, Alhena and Alzirr; Mebsuta of Castor; and the Cone Nebula and star cluster NGC2264 of the Unicorn. These stellar alignments inspire the realization that the opportunity for growth in this lunar cycle is gained by getting off the fence of indecision and acting upon the magical, unique, or unexpected opportunities emerging in our lives. The Crescent Moon conjoins Wasat in the midst of the Twins, the link and liaison that unites and acts as a catalyst--inspiring us to bring the pieces together to make things work.
This Mars-Saturn conjunction is a part of a greater (transcendent) 647-day Mars-Saturn synodic cycle that began in mid-April in sidereal Gemini. The theme of this underlying cycle embodies the essence of Sirius, the Great World Teacher. Here we have the need to take responsibility to initiate action and use our creative power in ways that support each other to live our truths, rather than perpetuating situations that control and limit each other from the freedom to grow and change.
Sirius brings a tremendous sense of responsibility to see to our betterment and evolutionary fulfillment as a people. However, the Gemini-Sirian drive can be so headstrong in this sense of responsibility, it brings a lesson for us to honor each other's right to choose and to be self-responsible, rather than to think we know what is right for another and what they need. Sirius teaches us to release our relations, our siblings, and our creations to their own destinies. This can be a paradox of grand proportion--to learn the difference between freeing rather than forcefully manipulating an outcome from a sense of knowing what another needs.
So here we have an underlying current unfolding over the months ahead to responsibly (Saturn) use our creative power (Mars) in ways that empower and set each of us free rather than in a ways that control and limit.
This Mars-Saturn theme began at the same time a new 235-day Venus-Jupiter synodic theme began in sidereal Leo, at the hind of the Lion, conjoining Mizar of Ursa Major. Mizar expresses raw fiery energy that must express in one way or another. Mizar must have a creative outlet, but for its proper expression, we must apply that power with creative vision. Mizar brings attention to the use of our creative energies, creative and destructive tendencies, and the fear to create lest it results in destruction. Here we learn the nature of such volatile forces. Mizar, with averted alignments (not the case here) is also known for catastrophic fires or massacres. Mizar can however express quite artistically. Gunpowder can express as beautiful fireworks or devastating explosions. Mizar expression is always noticed in a grand way, in character with showy and dramatic Leo.
Here we have the current Venus and Jupiter synodic theme igniting the passion to live from expanded heart, to mobilize our greater hearts' truth. This Venus-Jupiter current underlies the very significant Venus-Earth synodic theme about to begin on the Venus Transit of June 8.
The First Quarter Moon marks the time in the lunar cycle when we move from the inspirational quarter into the action quarter, it bringing the stimulus to do so. Our First Quarter Moon occurs on May 26-7 and conjoins Vela X-1, a potent neutron star black hole on the Sail of the Argo; also Thuban of Draco and Alioth of Ursa Major. It also lies opposite Uranus forming a potent T-square with the Sun--creating a stimulus that can explode into dynamic and radical action.
The deep space phenomena astrophysicists call Black Holes can be thought of as very deep pools of consciousness, places we can enter if we dare, and return (or not) forever changed. Black Holes have an all or nothing nature to them and offer no in-between. To enter a black hole in consciousness requires relinquishment of lesser modes of being, of the attachments associated with our existing lives. This requires the willingness and personal integrity to go deep within our consciousness, to allow a disintegration of the constructs of self we hold, of what we think ourselves to be, and to emerge with a far deeper sense of our true selves, the truth of our souls. We then must then bring that pure intent back into our life expression. The successful feat can result in an inversion or flip in consciousness--with an 'aha' of great magnitude, one that can change our lives forever.
Vela X-1 provides a portal through which we can access transcendent evolutionary currents (that express both backward and forward), currents that direct consciousness itself. Vela X-1 opens us to cosmic forces of tremendous power, much like may be envisioned by entering the eye of a hurricane and to disappear into another evolutionary timestream all together. To make this journey, we must have the spiritual maturity gained only from extensive experience to allow such profound changes to occur in our lives. To reemerge requires the willingness to live forever changed, where the past may seem trivial, superfluous, perhaps even impossible to relate to. Like with all neutron stars, an explosive intensity of focus and personal power results, which we must channel responsibly.
Alignments with Thuban indicate a level of responsibility that asks us to realize our personal actions can alter the evolutionary currents that create our souls' evolutionary destiny. Alioth of Ursa Major stimulates the use of personal will and to initiate personal action. Alioth is one of the classical seven rays teaching incarnating souls the ramifications of the use of personal power. Alioth can express as forceful and manipulative use of power merely for personal gain, or when mastered, it can express as personal will attuned to Divine Will in phenomenal accomplishment that responsibly steers our evolutionary course.
In summary, actions taken in this lunar cycle have the power to create profound alterations in our experiential paths on Earth and in the evolutionary outcome for our souls, actions that may dramatically change the course of our lives.
Our Gibbous Moon of May 30 begins the pollinating phase of the lunar cycle--the 3.5 day period leading up to the Full Moon--a time of communication and magnetic attraction. The Gibbous Moon, on the cusp of sidereal Virgo-Libra, conjoining the Spica of the Virgin and Archturus of Bootes, is also approaching square to Juno and Chiron on the cusp of sidereal Sag-Capricorn, both of which are in their synchronous retrograde cycles. Here we may be motivated to cross new bridges in our relationships.
Juno is the asteroid of covenant relations and Chiron offers new opportunities not before available, together providing new relationship opportunities. Juno also brings attention to our superiority inferiority complexes that determine the nature of how we interrelate and the types of relations we allow within our lives. Thus, this Juno Chiron re-synchronization period also offers opportunity to heal our inner feelings and attitudes about our selves that drive how we interact with others, especially regarding our ability to co-participate in a new era of mutual equality, where the divine feminine and divine masculine exalt one another.
A Venus-Pallas conjunction occurs just after the Gibbous Moon and just days before the Venus Transit. Here lies an opportunity to explore issues about "spiteful withdrawal" (of the heart) based on our fear or judgment about what is right and wrong. This opportunity requires the inner work (whether man or woman) that makes possible the emergence of a new octave of the feminine principle to express in our lives--to allow the exaltation of the Goddess within our lives.
To learn more about Juno, Pallas, and Chiron, see the asteroids web page.
Our Scorpio Full Moon of June 2/3 conjoins Restaban, eye of the Dragon; Sarin, shoulder of Hercules; and Apus, the bird of paradise.
Restaban (Beta) and Etamin (Gamma) of Draco are the eyes of the Dragon, the constellation that encircles and guards the northern pole of our ecliptic. Both stars are of a high administrative order overseeing the initiations of the incarnate soul. They lie north of and express through Hercules and Ophiuchus. Restaban expresses between the Head of Hercules (Ras Algethi) and the Heart of the Scorpion (Antares) into sidereal Scorpio. Etamin, also the head of the Egyptian Hippopotamus, the primordial mother, expresses just into sidereal Sagittarius and oversees the heart center of our galaxy.
Restaban, our Full Moon star, provides capacity to see through primordial cellular patterns, thus opening portals and pathways in the physical world for those who have truly embraced the initiations of life, who have aligned with the path of soul rather than the convenient path of personality gratification, and who demonstrate that integrity as their responsibility in true service to others, as our Hercules--portals that are otherwise blocked to those of immature selfish intent and who blindly follow the patterns of the masses.
Also conjoining Restaban, Sarin the shoulder (responsibility) of Hercules, is Apus, the beautiful bird of paradise. Their common name is derived from 16th-century Spanish explorers, who believed them to be visitors from paradise. The Apus displays its colors to the female during courtship. Apus is the beautiful and swift messenger. This theme is also fitting to our Hercules, who stands upside down in the Heavens, with feet (foundation and heritage) in the realm of the gods (in the upper heavens) and hands (work in service) in the incarnate world. Hercules aids others through the initiations of incarnate life by teaching people to live their own truths and to be responsible to claim their own destinies--to become the gods and goddesses that is their birthright.
On June 8, after the Manifestation and Demonstration moon of June 6 and before the Last Quarter Moon of June 9, we experience the long awaited "Venus Transit."
For an in-depth astronomical exploration about the Venus Transit please visit the Venus Transit Web page. There you can learn about the eight-year pentagonal cycle of Venus; how the retrogrades of Venus are created; the 243-year Venus Passage cycle; why the transits in this cycle come in pairs for a while and why they then become singular; the drift of this cycle through the zodiak; the star alignments of the 2004/2012 transits in the sidereal zodiak; the psychophysiology (mental-emotional-physical facets) of Venus in our lives; and the astrophysical resonances of Venus in light (color), sound, and brain wave frequencies.
Imagine the power of focusing the sun's rays through a magnifying glass onto a spot on the ground. Planets are spherical transceivers of cosmic energy. Because of the direct lineup between the Sun, Venus, and Earth on June 8, we have the Sun's rays focusing through our Venusian lens directly into the Earth. The resonances received by Earth re-express outward from Earth's core and into our lives, which we receive via our upright spinal columns--our sophisticated biological antenna systems.
This event marks the time of a new Venus synodic cycle as well. Although new Venus synodic cycles begin every 584 days, this line of sight focus does not generally occur, which makes this particular event extra potent and extra significant--emblazing the quality of Venus into the Earth.
Unlike other planetary synodic cycles that begin at different locations in the ecliptic, those of Venus repeat in sequence at five unique places in the ecliptic (drifting only slightly) due to fact that five cycles occur in an even number of Earth years. This phenomena and their locations are presented on the Venus Transit Web page. This means that the sixth cycle, which will occur on June 6, 2012, will reside at the same place in the ecliptic as the one occuring now--in sidereal Taurus. It too will lie in a direct line with the Earth, thus creating our second Venus Transit, 8 years away from this one. The next pair of Venus Transits will not occur until 2117 / 2125. The last pair occurred in 1874 / 1882.
Note to astrologers and historians exploring previous Venus Transits: Each transit pair occurs on the opposite side of the ecliptic (in the opposite sign), one pair on Venus' south node and then one pair on the north node--a topic presented in detail on the Venus Transit Web page.
Although Venus and the Sun reside at ~23° sidereal Taurus (from Earth's view), the synodic cycle theme is defined by the star alignments looking from the Sun toward Venus and Earth. In the backdrop, also conjoining Venus and Earth is Pluto, and all, from the sun's perspective, reside in the sidereal sign of Scorpio and in the constellation of Ophiuchus. It is here where we find the theme of this specific Venus-Earth synodic cycle.
First of all, let not Pluto's presence make this seem ominous--on the contrary, Venus and Pluto's resonances work quite well together--creating a beautiful "open heart." There is a demand however. Pluto is an opener that will destruct that which is not in its highest expression to make room for a greater truth to ensue, we can say, ensuring the integrity of soul's purpose to prevail. Thus, we have this Pluto-Venus synthesis of energy destructing involvements of the heart that are not an expression of our hearts' real truth, that do not make our hearts sing, that do not exalt the feminine principle in our lives--the principles that our Roman Venus / Greek Aphrodite exemplifies.
The Psychophysiology of Venus
The astrophysical resonances of Venus govern the heart bio-energy centre (chakra), and the thymus, which is the neurological control center for the immune system. Like the thyroid (governed by Mercury) is reflexed to the liver, the thymus is reflexed to the spleen. The heart chakra is our centre of intuitive knowing, harmony, magnetic attraction, that which we value, love, romance, and sexual rapture. It is where we find our capacity for compassion and appreciation of beauty. The heart chakra and thymus resonate to the emotional tone of fear and judgment. It is fear that shuts the heart down and causes all immune related problems. We defend our fear with judgment.
Venus (and the heart chakra), when mature and clear, expresses love in art and beauty, with a wonderful capacity for unconditional acceptance of all conditions--true, non-judgmental love. The unconditionally open heart receives and expresses love that is harmoniously balanced. Mature Venus is open to new experience, is courageous, optimistic, and aware of soul intent and purpose--as the unconditionally open heart is where soul fully radiates its light. Mature Venus is also sociable, fashionable, artistic, good willed, benevolent, diplomatic, and magnetically sensuous. Venus is also of wealth and resources and plays a prominent role in financial matters and the flow of money.
Venus, Earth, and Pluto, from our Sun's (heliocentric) view, lie in the midst of Ophiuchus, which lies above and on the ecliptic, standing over the Scorpion, which swings quite south of the ecliptic under Ophiuchus. Antares, heart of the Scorpion, defines the center of the sidereal sign of Scorpio, the Serpent Point, and embodies the essence of the Scorpio constellation. Antares lies below the ecliptic as well, in the body of the Scorpion. Because Ophiuchus actually crosses the ecliptic, it is the thirteenth ecliptical constellation, but it lies in the sidereal sign of Scorpio.
Ophiuchus is knowledge holder over the raw creative forces governing life and death--one who has attained ascension from the lower-order forces that perpetuate re-incarnational entrapment. Ophiuchus is exemplar of one who has brought the interplay of these forces to a greater spiritual fulfillment.
In Greek myth, Aesculapius, the mediciner of the ship Argo, is also imaged as Ophiuchus, knowledgeable of advanced healing processes beyond the cycle of life and death. The Christian resurrected Jesus (Jeshu) also articulates the theme of Ophiuchus.
In our stellar image, Ophiuchus stands with the serpent (Serpentis) coiled around his body and held in his hands. The neck and head of the serpent reach toward the Northern Crown (Corona Borealis), which lies above the Chelae (claws) of the Scorpion. The neck (Unukalhai) and head of the snake embody the essence and wisdom of living true to soul, in one's true self-mastery--as a Christed (soul infused) being of light.
The astronomical symbol of Ophiuchus is the caduceus--the symbol of the American Medical Association, the entwined double serpent upon a staff--the double helix of the DNA.
Ophiuchus and the sidereal sign of Scorpio are associated with our education regarding the use of sexual creative forces and raw creative power. The entire image of Ophiuchus standing upon the scorpion with this magnificent snake reaching for the North Crown represents claiming our self-mastery to attain evolutionary fulfillment out of the karmic-based reincarnational process. This is to become ascended in vibration, an illumined being free from perpetuated reincarnational entrapment. Having claimed the wisdom the serpent has to offer, this is, literally, the illumination of the DNA--the urn of the soul.
Looking from the Sun toward Venus, Earth, and Pluto.
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.
Earth and Venus specifically conjoin Sabik of Ophiuchus and some very dynamic deep space objects: Terzan 2, a globular cluster of stars that emits bursts of illuminating high-energy; a Nova of 1977; and a black hole type entity cataloged as 3U1700-37 with an x-ray eclipsing star.
The general theme of this zodiakal area and of Sabik embodies principles about sexual fluids and forces of life and their transmutational qualities--the principles of sacred sex. Sabik is associated with the means for our bio-logical transmutation into an ascended bio-illumined form. This includes medical-based artsciences associated with genetic evolution--the techniques and technologies that support humankind's evolution from an incarnational modality of perpetuated degeneration, death and rebirth, to one where we express the higher-dimensional light codings of our souls--living as bio-illumined beings of divine light and love.
As mentioned, there are five Venus-Earth synodic themes that occur in sequence over an eight-year period. They slowly change as the synod locations drift backward through the ecliptic by a little over two degrees. Thus, the 2012 synodic theme will still lie in sidereal Scorpio but it will be defined by different stars (Ras Algethi, the head of Hercules), it will occur in a different phase of a different lunar cycle, it will not conjoin Pluto as it does now, and it will lie in an entirely different aspect to the rest of the planets--all creating that cycle's own unique theme.
In our case here, with Earth, Venus, and Pluto in the mix, we may experience tremendous bursts of passion and rapture of the heart that can motivate us to pursue and live the greater truth of our hearts. This alignment ask us to be ever-present and open to receive and experience such blissful encounters and to act upon the inspiration they provide, for they are gifts of a divine nature that rarely occur.
Remember, it is by not living our heart's truth that shuts the immune system (thymus) down and that causes much of our illness and degeneration (especially cancer related). Thus, the only way is through the fully opened heart, to move through our fear and to live in the rapture of divine love! Anything less is living a lie. Here we have the essence of our new Venus-Earth-Pluto synodic theme. The choice is ours, to speak our heart's truth and live it, or live lies. One will set our hearts free, the other perpetuate our demise.
This Venus cycle beginning in the Fruit Bearing phase of this Perseus lunar cycle indicates the need to demonstrably speak and live our Heart's Truth.
Back to Earth: Although the new Venus-Earth synodic cycle begins now from our solar perspective, it will be in the following lunar cycle when Venus completes its retrograde from Earth's perspective (on June 27) that we will fully move forward in this powerful new octave of the Heart.
From our Earthian experience, we witness Venus crossing the disc of the sun in late sidereal Taurus, and this perspective lends insight into how we experience this event now in our immediate lives. The principal conjoining star of this event is Rigel of Orion. Rigel inspires enterprising entrepreneurialship, supporting us to create the means to move forward in a very physical way in this new cycle of the heart, the means to support living our daily lives from the truth in our hearts.
The passage of Venus across the sun will occur for about 5 hours centered around the time of the sun-Venus conjunction occurring on June 8, 8:44 AM GMT. Viewing locations, as well as live feed web-casting for those in dark areas can be found on several other web sites. Links are listed at the bottom of the Venus Passage Web page. This can be great time to empty and open our selves to honor and express the true intent within our hearts, to exalt the goddess within.
Our Last Quarter Moon of June 9, invoking our "inner need to change" occurs in late sidereal Aquarius while conjoining Homan of Pegasus, the lucky star of the hero (Perseus) and Beta Horologium of the pendulum clock. The Moon also conjoins the asteroid Vesta and creates a "T-square with Venus-Sun and Pluto, bringing our attention to the need to focus, dedicate, and commit ourselves to take the time to claim our true hearts' desire. To learn more of Vesta, see Vesta on the asteroids web page.
The Balsamic Moon of June 13 aspects the north lunar node and the asteroid Ceres inspiring us to reflect upon what is truly nourishing and to turn from that which is not and toward that which is. The Balsamic Moon is the time when we coalesce the experience of this lunar cycle into its seed essence, which will then sprout through the theme of the next lunar cycle to come. It is when we turn our attention from this lunar cycle in anticipation of the next to come. Our next New Moon occurs on June 17 in early sidereal Gemini. More to come then.
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To learn how one lunar phase shifts and changes into the next, and to learn how to live in attunement to the lunar cycles, in the experiential empowerment doing so offers, download the Lunar Planner Introduction and each monthly Lunar Calendar, and use them daily (PDF file links below)
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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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.
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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.
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