The Lunar Theme for the
December 1, 2005
New Moon

To Take a Stand

The Lunar Month of
Dec 1, 2005 - Dec 31, 2005

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Copyright © 2005 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.

For those of you who like to read this material, please remember that the whole point of the Lunar Planner is to learn to live in the experiential awareness of the present. Although the material below can provide philosophical context for your personal experience, the New Moon is the ideal time to experientially "tune in" to get your unique new lunar month theme. Then, consciously participate with the changing Lunar Phase Characteristics in the unfoldment of that theme in your daily lives.

New Moon Phase Characteristics

This Lunar Cycle

Our New Moon of Dec 1 lies in the exact center of sidereal Scorpio conjoining Antares, Alpha Scorpio, Heart of the Scorpion. Antares is one of the "Four Royal Architects" along with Aldebaran, Regulus, and Fomalhaut, each in their respective quadrants of the sky. Antares, the 15th brightest star, is about 700 times the size of our sun, and is one of the largest stars. It is quite elongated with a polar diameter about 63% of its equatorial diameter, red in color, said to rival Mars when they are seen together.

In classical astrology, Antares is the star of war and weaponry, and with expounded meaning, to challenge the established opposing politics (an arena common to the Antares / Aldebaran axis) with a tenacious willingness to fight and even destroy. Antares demands we take responsibility for our reality, for the lives we create, and "take a stand" for our truth, live it, and especially to take a stand against the established conditions of our personal lives and against the established order or authority directing our lives when those conditions or that authority are no longer in our best interest nor supporting our evolutionary freedom and greatest fulfillment.

Directly opposite Antares in the sidereal center of Taurus is Aldebaran, eye if the Bull. The Aldebaran / Antares axis is indicative of political systems, their people, and their opposing politics. Aldebaran holds and radiates vision for ideal physical logistics for authorities to put in place so as to aid the peoples of the Earth through evolutionary process and transition. Antares ensures that the current and accepted approaches and visions do not become static or antiquated. Antares ensures growth, evolution and change. If the Scorpion meets those bullheaded and stuck in their antiquated modality of life, the Scorpion's sting is not far off--hence its classical association with rebellious and destructive forces. Antares keeps the vision of Aldebaran up-to-date by challenging authoritarian powers. When there are rebellious or terrorizing forces assaulting the established order, this reflects the need to realize that the established order is no longer supporting in ways truly nourishing to the needs of the people, and requires some type of reform--reform that if denied, may result in some level of, otherwise unneeded, destruction. Thus, Antares can also be associated with teachers and political leaders who are of a more non-conforming nature that tend to challenge that which is established belief, doctrine, or policy.

From an embracing transcendent perspective, Antares is the administrate seat directing the education of the incarnate souls regarding application of raw creative power. Antares oversees and stimulates the use of raw creative forces and use of power so that we can learn what is required for our true incarnational freedom and to become responsible creators of it. Antares is not a negative force or evil star, nor does it harbor any negative extraterrestrial faction, as is sometimes erroneously believed.

Although Antares defines the center of the sidereal sign of Scorpio, Antares lies about 4.5 degrees below the ecliptic, the body of the Scorpion swinging south, while Ophiuchus, the esoteric 13th ecliptical constellation, stands over the Scorpion, straddling Antares.

Ophiuchus is exemplar of one who has claimed mastery over the raw creative forces governing life and death. Ophiuchus embodies bringing this interplay of forces to a greater spiritual fulfillment. Thus, in its lesser expression (or with afflicted aspects), Antares can express simply as the violent rebel or annoying contentious antagonist, while in its higher expression (or with empowering aspects), as one adept with knowledgeable authority, spiritual prowess, and astute awareness.

Conjoining Antares to within a degree is Zeta Ophiuchus the left hip / leg of Ophiuchus; and Pulsar PSR 1642-03 Pulsar in the body of Ophiuchus, with a period of 0.3876887790 seconds => 2.579388556 Hz., which translates to both a violet and infer-red in the color spectrum, and an audio frequency of 330.16173522 Hz. (~E). Pulsars are beacons for the soul aware individual, here reminding us to take a stand for a greater attainment of evolutionary freedom, and not to fall into battle from mere malevolence, hatred, vengeance or undermining spite--common to the unevolved individual or one with averted aspects. Here lies the dynamic integration of spiritual knowledge and primal or carnal passion.

Within this lunar cycle, Mercury completes its retrograde on Dec 3, thus fully commencing its new 116-day synodic cycle; Juno, asteroid of covenant relations, which began its retrograde in the previous lunar cycle, begins its new 100-day synodic cycle on Dec 9. At the same time, Mars completes its retrograde, beginning its new 780-day synodic cycle; To learn about synodic cycles in general see planetary retrogrades and synodic cycles. Venus will also begin its retrograde toward the end of the lunar cycle on Dec 23/24 while conjoining Chiron.

Crescent Moon Phase Characteristics

Expanding on the Theme

The hours before the Crescent Moon provide a time when we relinquish patterns of the past that would limit our creative ability to expand on the theme now unfolding. The Crescent Moon is the time when the sprouting seedling sloughs off its protective coat of the past, and emerges in its new expression. As the Crescent Moon unfolds, the growing phase of the lunar cycle begins as we start to amalgamate our personal creativity with the original lunar theme.

Just prior to the Crescent Moon, Mercury returns direct on Dec 3/4 marking the full commencement of the new 116-dqy Mercurial theme presented in the previous lunar cycle. Thus, our Crescent Moon also marks the time when we can begin to implement the new strategies identified in the previous lunar cycle (while Mercury was retrograde).

Our Crescent Moon occurs on Dec 4/5 in just into sidereal Capricorn. The first couple of degrees of sidereal Capricorn reveal the reality of translating and applying our high visionary ideals (those of earlier Sagittarius and Lyra) into concretized practical form in the physical world. Here we have the support to do so but also experience the aberrations or distortions of those ideals when doing so. These first few degrees of Capricorn can also involve areas of all esoteric sciences, as well as the secret places and orders associated with those artsciences--places of personal retreat, seclusion, hermitages--places strategic to one's purpose. Here we find support to identify and move into such places as well. Siderealist Andrés Takra adds: "the first few degrees of Capricorn are also of magic, hermetism, esoterism, and religion." This is where the pure spiritual principles and high ideals common to sidereal Sagittarius can get convoluted into dogmatic religious doctrine

First Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

Initiate Action

The First Quarter Moon of each lunar cycle draws an external stimulus to initiate action as we move from the inspirational quarter of the lunar cycle into the action quarter. Our external stimulus occurs on Dec 7, in the 24 hours before the First Quarter Moon of Dec 8.

Our First Quarter Neptune Moon lies in sidereal Aquarius conjoining Achernar, Alpha Eridanus, marking the end of the river of life. Achernar indicates fulfillment, completion, integration, and rewards from what has been gained from the long and winding incarnational journey of life. Achernar reveals we have paid our dues, we have arrived from the winding tumultuous river of life to the ocean of being. Conjoining Achernar is Ankaa, Alpha Phoenix, lucida of the Thunderbird. Ankaa embodies the essence conveyed in the symbol of the phoenix rising from the ashes of the trials of the long and winding road in full illuminated glory. In another mythical imaging, Ankaa is the talisman upon the staff of Aaron, the high priest-scientist, brother of Miriam and Moses. The Ankh / Ankaa emblematic of the fulfillment of a journey, a galactic mission begun long ago, is Aaron's amulet of power.

Also conjoining are Homam, Zeta Pegasus, and Beta Horologium. Homam, a fortuitous star, is “lucky star of the hero." Homam embodies the essence of the Pegasus theme--refining self to rise in vibrational resonance above the dramatics of the human psycho-emotional world to claim his freedom and what is rightfully his--in this case, the gift long strived for. Homam conjoins Beta Horologium, the pendulum clock, which adds the stipulation that a finite period exists to claim the gift rightfully ours.

Thus, our First Quarter Moon brings the stimulus to take the action that will lead to the rewards long sort after.

Juno's New Synodic Cycle

In perfect timing (Dec 9-10), the time of our First Quarter action moon, Juno begins its new 486-day synodic cycle and Mars completes is retrograde, returning direct, fully commencing the new Mars 780-day synodic cycle presented in the last lunar cycle. The combination produces new partnerships, new levels of relationship, in new creative expression.

Juno Psychophysiology

Juno, goddess of love, is the asteroid of covenant relationships, soul colleagues, and true lovers. In the astrological chart, Juno indicates the nature of the issues and opportunities in significant relations of all sorts: those that are of a personal nature to those of political leaders and nations of the world. Mature Juno is diplomatic, tactful, cooperative, and mutually trusting. Mature Juno expresses with a sense of equality within self that provides the ability to draw true partners and those of equality into one's life. There is an acceptance of another's truth or opinion without need to challenge or debate. There is an ability to honor and support others in their own choices and decisions. Mature Juno expresses self-confidence in humbleness and without defense

Potential issues are: Superiority / inferiority complexes - competitiveness, defensiveness, lack of self confidence, arrogance and judgment of others; unconscious manipulation of others - power struggles seeking contention; betrayal, bitterness, spitefulness and standoffs; jealousy and possessiveness; one-up-man-ship--validating self by invalidating others (or reverse); dictating behavior--telling others what they should or should not do--minding others' business instead of one's own. A form of denial of Juno issues within self can express as needing to fix others or have them change or leave, instead of working on the issues within that surface while in partnership. Mature Juno expresses in mutual support and unconditional love to allow each other to grow and change through whatever issues surface. Other Juno issues are meddling; fear of abandonment, rejection or betrayal; inability to draw or participate with equals and true colleagues; hiding behind teacher-student relationship (on either side) or in any relationship of inequality or non-compatibility; partners drawn are those providing intense lessons only for both parties, rather than providing true, mutually supportive growth in equality and participation together in life purpose

Juno's placement in the astrological chart is one of several points that determine the types of significant relations drawn into our lives. Juno specifically is involved with drawing our true soul-mates or twin-hearts--those truly compatible

Because Juno is where we deal with our inferiority / superiority complexes, and if this issue is prominent, partnerships drawn in earlier life can be full of lessons regarding such issues and not much else. Once a certain level of clarity is attained within self regarding the asteroid issues, true soul level covenant relations begin to show up. This does not mean we still do not grow regarding Juno issues, but there are those individuals with which we may also have a mutual soul bond and mission to pursue together

Juno's day is Feb 14, our Valentine's Day, during which ceremony and celebrations are performed for those of pure (true) love. February means " to make pure," "to purify," and Juno is our goddess of pure love. Juno was discovered on 1 Sept. 1804 in Germany by Karl L. Harding in early sidereal Aquarius. Juno is 244 km in diameter, and has an orbital period of 4.36 years

To learn about the other asteroids see: The Asteroids

Juno Retrograde Juno Synode Juno Direct
Nov 1, 2005 Dec 9, 2005 Jan 14, 2006

Completion of Juno's last Synodic Cycle Engagement of Juno's new Synodic Cycle

New Cycle Continues Through
Apr 9, 2007

Juno's new synodic theme is defined by the stars that conjoin the earth and Juno when looking from the sun. Both reside in sidereal Taurus and conjoin Rigel of Orion. Juno also lies thirteen degrees south of the ecliptic in Orion. Rigel is of enterprising entrepreneurialship. Orions in general are known for their architectural capacity. Prominent alignments with Rigel (and conjoining Bellatrix) bring the capacity to embody, direct and execute large, extravagant and grandiose projects; bringing good through commerce and business affairs. Kursa, conjoining Rigel, is of new beginnings, new journeys, new involvements, and new legs of our lives. Although it may be time to go forth anew, into a new phases of our lives, we must be aware of the tenacious perseverance required when staring new life journeys, to move from the wars and trials of the past (latter Taurus) to the freedom of the future (early Gemini). We can engage fully in our new level of relations or new partnerships when Juno returns direct in mid-January occurring in the following lunar cycle.

Gibbous Moon Phase Characteristics

Attraction & Involvement

The 24-hour period just before the Gibbous Moon is a time of perseverance, of pushing through in the midst of the action quarter of the lunar cycle. The Gibbous Moon is when the pressure releases and we enter the Pollinating Phase of the lunar cycle, which begins a social and communicative time of magnetic attraction. Our Gibbous Moon occurs on Dec 11 in sidereal Aries about to conjoin Mars.

Our Gibbous Moon conjoins Caph, the palm of Queen Cassiopeia's hand, expresses a gentle and tender ability to be a true guiding and stabilizing force. Caph provides an in-between or holding place, and indicates the need for arbitration, meeting, and compromise in the midst of our conflicts and struggles in life. Caph offers a truce, even honoring what appear to be irreconcilable differences. Caph provides a calming force, bringing the composure, level-headedness, and emotional balance that are required to come to this place in-between. Most always, some type of conflict is a necessary prerequisite to come to this receptive place of the Heart. Caph is sometimes indicative of a female in an authoritative position offering aid.

Alphirk, Beta Cepheus, conjoining Caph, brings empathetic support, a door easily opened in the physical, but only manifesting after a long and arduous journey through the initiatory fires of life. Alphirk is a demonstrable force working though the world that actually lifts us from the struggles of life, or alters conditions in a way that otherwise would be impossible through our own power alone. Alphirk is sometimes indicative of a male in an authoritative position offering aid.

Nearby Mars conjoins Schedar of Cassiopeia, expressing the more authoritarian and arrogant aspect of the queen; and Hamal of Aries, the butting head of the ram. Here we find struggle in the physical world due to a forceful nature. Overseeing the Moon and Mars is Triangulum proving opportunity to see the way if we relinquish our duality-based judgment and "let thine eye become single."

Although we might find ourselves in a bit of initiatory fire, there is also a beneficent force offering help. But here we must relinquish any righteous one-sided demands about that which we deserve and realize our mutual interest, similar desires, and compatibility is what makes things work for both parties. Here we must envision one mutually benefiting solution instead of seeing two opposing sides.

Full Moon Phase Characteristics

Vision, Enthusiasm, & Realization

The Full Moon marks the culmination point in the lunar cycle, the climax, the point of excitement and celebration. The hours leading up to the Full Moon provide a time of "vision and enthusiasm." The time just after Full Moon is a one of "realization of the lunar month's theme," a time to kick back and relax to allow our realizations to surface in consciousness.

Our Full Moon of Dec 15 occurs in the last degrees of sidereal Taurus in the Horns of the Bull, while the Sun conjoins Pluto over the Sting of the Scorpion, as the sun is about to move form sidereal Scorpio into sidereal Sag. The Moon lies slightly north of the ecliptic close to the north horn of the bull, El Nath--a bit to our advantage in this case. South of the ecliptic is the bull's south horn, Al Hecka. El Nath inspires us to have tenacious perseverance to achieve a breakthrough, while Al Hecka indicates the need to relinquish antiquated crusades that only perpetuate stalemates and standoffs. Here we need to see the difference and to act accordingly.

Although the Sun and Pluto reside in sidereal Scorpio, Pluto lies north of the ecliptic on the right hand of Ophiuchus holding the snake, the "hand of new life" (Xi Serpens). Sun-Pluto brings to our awareness an opening if we are willing to let go of the stronghold created by our own resistance, embrace the sting of life's experience, and move on to greater things.

Pluto enters sidereal Sagittarius in early 2006 after having been in sidereal Scorpio since 1993. This new year (2006) thus marks the start of a new era regarding Pluto's effect in our lives. Pluto will still lie north of the ecliptic as it makes passage from Ophiuchus/Serpens into the constellation of Sagittarius, first passing over Galactic Center (which lies at ~2° sidereal Sag) in December of 2006 and then the "Gate of God" of the Holy Cross (at 5° sidereal Sag) in January of 2008. Pluto will cross its "south node," moving from north of the ecliptic plane to the south side in October of 2018.

Disseminating Moon Phase Characteristics

Manifestation & Demonstration

The hours leading up to the Disseminating Moon generally is an accelerated and busy time of last minute preparation that leads into the birth point in the lunar cycle, the time of bearing the fruit in the cycle.

Our Disseminating Moon of Dec 19 conjoins Saturn, which recently turned retrograde in sidereal Cancer commencing the completion period of its previous synodic cycle (now through Jan 27) before shifting into its new cycle. The theme of Saturn's previous cycle (conjoining Pollux of Gemini, the ambassador) was about creating new bridges of structure and form to allow us to link and liaison more effectively in our daily lives, in the business arena, and the world of commerce. Our new Saturn theme will form on Jan 27 and fully unfold in April, when Saturn returns direct. The stars of the Scarab (in mid-sidereal Cancer) define Saturn's new theme, which we will explore in next month's lunar planner. In brief, Saturn's new cycle will be about emergence from the structures of the past, migration into new forms, new bonds, new agreements, and new dwellings.

Saturn Retrograde Saturn-Earth Synode Saturn Direct
Nov 22, 2005 Jan 27 April 5, 2006

Completion of Saturn's last Synodic Cycle Engagement of Saturn's new Synodic Cycle

New Cycle Continues Through
Feb 10, 2007

Our Saturnian Disseminating Moon conjoining Acubens the claw of the Crab and the Head of the Hydra reveals the relentless hold that our structures of thought and their manifestations can have. Our opportunity is to acknowledge that the structures we create are merely stepping stones that serve us and give us a sense of stability during one phase of growth in our lives, but that we must relinquish them to move forth into our greater awareness and fulfillment rather than assuming they are a reality to forever adhere to.


The southern solstice occurs on Dec. 21 marking the birthpoint in the annual solar cycle, much like a New Moon in a lunar cycle. This is the astronomical Christmas / New Year. During this time, the Sun lies on the "Gate of God" at 5° sidereal Sag. From the Sun's view, Earth resides on the "Gate of Man" at 5° sidereal Gemini. Thus, the Earth and Sun align with the galactic plane--the galactic axis of the Holy Cross. The sun and Earth lie here in the ecliptic only because of the erect cross occurring at this time in Earth's precessional cycle. See the Holy Cross section of this web site to learn more about this.

Last Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

Time for Change

Our Last Quarter Moon of Dec 23 brings our inner need to initiate change in the lunar cycle as we move into its last quarter. The moon lies in early sidereal Virgo and conjoins Super Galactic Center (SGC), a term that refers to a point in the heavens that marks the centre of the entire super cluster of galaxies to which our galaxy belongs. This brings us to our spiritual origins, supporting us to realize that the reality in which we perceive our selves to be is merely a small part of something far more than we can intellectualize or even describe. Here again we find impetus to relinquish the limiting facades we wear and the limits we create with our minds, and to open to the majesty life has to offer.

Venus begins its retrograde on Dec 24 conjoining Chiron just after Last Quarter Moon, as we begin the transition from Venus' last 584-day synodic cycle and shift in to its next. This transition, occurring in the midst of the retrograde, will occur on Jan 13 in the following lunar cycle. Venus will remain retrograde through Feb 3. We will explore the theme of the new Venus cycle in the following lunar month.

Venus Retrograde Venus Synode Venus Direct
Dec 24, 2005 Jan 13, 2006 Feb 3, 2006

Completion of Venus' last Synodic Cycle Engagement of Venus' new Synodic Cycle

New Cycle Continues Through
Aug 17, 2007

Venus and Chiron conjoin from Dec 18 through Dec 25, through the station of Venus, and then again on March 18, after the Venus retrograde.
Thus, the Venus-Chiron conjunction becomes an integral part of the new Venus synodic cycle. This suggests a few things as we switch from Venus' previous cycle and begin its next: this a time for healing of the heart / feminine principle; the forming of new bonds and bridges between hearts, or of the heart--with such bonds being the key for us to move forth into the future! Venus will begin its new cycle on Jan 13, 2006, and complete its retrograde on Feb 3,

Balsamic Moon Phase Characteristics

Focus to the Future

Our Balsamic Moon occurs on Dec 27. The Balsamic Moon marks the time in 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 this lunar cycle in anticipation of the next to come. The hours before the Balsamic Moon provide our time of coalescence while those after mark the time when we turn from looking back over the past cycle and look toward the future cycle to come. This Balsamic Moon lies in later sidereal Libra conjoining the northern claw of the Scorpion Zubeneschamali. Here we find motivation to step forth into a new experience (the dharmic northern claw) as the way to move from the entrapping situations of our past (the karmic southern claw).

Our next New Moon occurs on Dec 30/31, 2005 in the midst of sidereal Sag. More to come then.

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, please download the Lunar Planner Introduction and each monthly Lunar Calendar, and use them daily (PDF file links below)--its all a gift.

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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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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.







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