The Lunar Theme for the
December 31, 2005
New Moon

Creative Vision in Fulfillment
& the New Venus Cycle

The Lunar Month of
Dec 31, 2005 - Jan 29, 2006

Addendum added Jan 3, 2006
Saturn's New Synodic Cycle: Emergence

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 Dec 31 New Moon lies in the exact center of sidereal Sag just behind the bow of the Zen Archer conjoining Facies, M22, a globular cluster of stars; Alpha Scutum of the Galactic Shield of the Holy Cross; and AM Her, a potent x-ray source in Hercules.

Facies, the face of the Zen Archer brings undaunted strength, stability and confidence to create and manifest our highest aspirations. Facies asks us to face our naked truth, focus our intent, and manifest it. Often described as exotic and enigmatic by astronomers, AM Hercules expresses a powerful magnetic synchronizing force capable of assembling spirit substance into exquisite order in form. Here is a spiraling but directed force to funnel our intent into ordered achievement. Just above the Zen Archer, lying along the Galactic equator, is Scutum, Galactic Shield of the Holy Cross, emblazoned with the Holy Cross symbol (the cross in a circle). Scutum is "Defender of the Holy Cross"--the greater evolutionary fulfillment of the soul--that which the Zen Archer undauntingly lives, stands, and is willing to die for. In personal and practical terms, here is inspiration to claim that which supports our greater fulfillment.

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.

Our Crescent Moon of Jan 3 lies in early sidereal Aquarius and conjoins the Cyg X-3 X-ray binary star system in a class unto itself. Cyg X-3 lies north along the galactic equator in the "eye of the messianic needle" (Takra). This binary system rotates extraordinarily rapid at 4.8 hours (compared to the 5.6 day period of Cyg X-1 which is more common for such systems). This rate of Cyg X-3 is almost five octaves up from Cyg X-1 and harmonically translates into the visible spectrum at 5615.40323 Angstroms, a yellow-lemon color. Cyg X-3 appears it is about to erupt in a major flare (a previous eruption occurred in 1997). Such cosmic activity supports a renaissance in consciousness. Cyg X-3 has a neutron star black hole character, and in black hole fashion, that which we wish to manifest requires we apply higher spiritual principals in an all or nothing deal with no in-betweens.

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 Jan 5-6, in the 24 hours before the First Quarter Moon of Jan 6.

Just prior to the quarter moon and as a part of our external stimulus, the asteroid Vesta, in its retrograde, begins it new 510-day synodic cycle. Earth and Vesta (from the sun's view) reside in sidereal Gemini and conjoin Sirius and Canopus, which define the new Vesta synodic cycle theme. Here we are to get clear, focused, and dedicated on life changing grand events, perhaps those that may alter or redirect our life paths. This Vesta theme will fully engage when Vesta returns direct on Feb 23.

Vesta is the asteroid of focus, dedication & 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 and will ignite and burn away that which is not so we can become clear. Lear more of Vesta here.

In the context of our First Quarter Moon action theme, this cycle's external stimulus may involve initiating action that can catalyze such a dramatic new life focus. Our First Quarter Moon (creating a T-square with the sun and Vesta) resides in latter sidereal Pisces and conjoins Nodus Secundus of the Dragon and the irregular shaped galaxy IC 1613 of Cetus. Here we are asked to become attentive to the fact that our intent of purpose can be diverted and dispersed by psycho-emotional forces that congest us when toxic physical conditions exist, or when we are naive to such forces. Our psycho-emotional fog can then perpetuate confused life scenarios, antiquated involvements, or entrapments that are no longer in our highest interest.

Thus, our stimulus to act indicates the need to be clear and focused and not be diverted from initiating action by psycho-emotional attachments that can otherwise keep us entrapped in previous life scenarios and keep us from pursuing our greater fulfillment.

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 Jan 10 in sidereal Taurus just under the foot of Perseus, the hero, offering powerful support to infuse the spiritual prowess gained from our initiations in life and to manifest our longer-term desires in the physical world.

Full Moon Phase Characteristics

Vision, Enthusiasm, & Realization of the Theme
A New Cycle of the Heart - Venus in Partnership

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.

Looking from the sun, we have Venus, Earth and the (Full) Moon in alignment in the last degree of sidereal Gemini. Looking from the Earth we have Venus and the Sun conjoined in the last degree of sidereal Sag.

Hours before the Full Moon of Jan 14, in the high energy of the Full Moon, retrograde Venus begins its new 584-day synodic cycle.

To learn more about the Venus and the cycles of Venus, see "The Venus Transit: Cycles of the Heart, Return of the Goddess."

The previous Venus synodic cycle theme (involving Pluto) can be found in the May 19, 2004 lunar planner.

The Sun-Venus conjunction at 29° sidereal Sag brings to our awareness how we feel about our creative fulfillment, the expression of it, and the rewards bestowed--our "fulfillment of the heart," perhaps also any fears we may have about claiming that fulfillment. The last decan of sidereal Sag lies under the auspices of Lyra, harp of the Angels--stars of spiritual vision and creativity, the art-sciences, multi-media, its capacity used in healing, health, and the enrichment of life. Alpha Peacock marks the end of sidereal Sag and indicates a display of its creative beauty in the world. The Peacock, with its magnificent metallic colored feathers indicates a demonstration of accomplishments in all of its radiant glory, what we have done to receive our colors. In this light the Peacock is associated with pride, but also of dignity and honor, a genuine show of its beauty. As a totem, the Peacock embodies that of self-confidence in radiant display of its accomplishments, the bestowal of rewards well deserved. It also indicates a protective quality bestowed upon others. From "The Cycle of Power Animal Totems: by Sayahda: Their tails tipped with iridescent eyelets suggest the clairvoyant ability to see through the entire spectrum, from the high spiritual to the manifest material as well as through time itself. Shamans use their tail feathers to heal energetically. Their blue-green resonance indicates a quality of clearing and healing. The Peacock stands with dignity and wants to be seen--displaying its shimmering fan of feathers during courtship. The peacock is of recognition and leadership. The Peacock appropriately articulates the last degree of sidereal Sag--the epitome of creative vision and its dramatic expression.

The New Venus Synodic Cycle

Although the Sun-Venus conjunction occurs at 29° sidereal Sag with its own significance, our new 584-day synodic theme for Venus is defined by the stars conjoining Earth and Venus when looking from the Sun--also the location of our Full Moon. Here we find Pollux of the Gemini Twins at 29° sidereal Gemini. The last degree of a sidereal sign embodies the totality, the culmination of the entire sign, marking the epitome of the sign, and often expressing or stimulating epistemological awareness.

Here we have the epitome of partnership in mutual cooperation participating in the human world. The 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 mark the last few degrees of sidereal Gemini, Pollux at the epitome of the sign. 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 "galactic node" of the Holy Cross--the "Gate of Man." Thus, Gemini is a galactic constellation, one common to our solar plane (ecliptic), with sol / soul purpose expressing in the daily activity of humankind. (Our feet are associated with our longer term sole / soul purpose.)

The role of the Twins is one of linking and uniting the mission of the soul (galactic plane) into and through our incarnate daily affairs and mode of participating in the world. The Twins work hand-in-hand for the betterment and evolutionary fulfillment of humankind. And of course, Gemini is of communication, commerce, activity--and of course, partnership in mutual-cooperation and compatibility.

Pollux embodies this fulfillment in partnership, of coming together in creativity applied and manifest in ways that fulfill us in the daily world of human affairs, this being the essence of the new Venus synodic cycle; and also of our Full Moon. We will engage fully in the new Venus cycle when she returns direct in the following lunar cycle on Feb 3.

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

Friend and colleague Andrés Takra on sidereal Gemini, quoting: The Solunar's Handbook by Cyril Fagan, states: " 'The Ruler of Gemini is Mercury, the winged messenger of the gods, and his statues represent him as a naked boy wearing the winged traveler's hat and winged sandals.... He was the god of roads, traveling and travelers, and their protector. Being the god of shrewdness and sagacity, he was the author of numerous inventions such as the alphabet, speech, eloquence, numbers, mathematics, astronomy, astrology, weights, measures, schooling, education, music, and lyre and syrinx. Being the least religious of the gods and void of moral principles, he was also the god of thieves, fraud, perjury, cunning, exchange, barter, and of commerce in general.... Gemini was par excellence the constellation of gaiety and the delight of boyhood and youth. It produces those who enchant everybody with their conversational ability, wit, music and song, and their ability in mathematics, astronomy and astrology.' " Takra continues: "Geminians are always busy, always moving, doing a million things at the same time! Ubiquity is a Geminian trait. They are the intellectuals of the Zodiac and the creators in the arts and sciences (whereas Sagittarians, opposite them, are the patrons of the arts). Geminians are young at heart, nervous and polyvalent (whereas Sagittarians are mature, imposing, sanguine and intuitive). The House (of Gemini / 9th) is the realm of education, schools, universities, higher thoughts, ideas, writings, publications, communications, publicity, teachers, teachings, guides, travels, moves, long and short journeys, and cool windy areas. ...where insight and perception are codified into a coherent and communicable form for the masses."

Partnerships Commence

An hour after the Full Moon, Juno, asteroid of mutual equality in partnerships, returns direct, fully commencing Juno's new synodic cycle theme regarding enterprising entrepreneurialship presented in the previous lunar cycle.

Shortly thereafter, on Jan 15, the Sun enters sidereal Capricorn--marking the Capsolar Ingress.

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 Jan 18 in late sidereal Leo, at the hind of the Lion and under Mizar of the Great Bear. Mizar is raw fiery energy that must express one way or another. Mizar must have a creative outlet, but for its proper expression, we must apply it with creative vision, lest we just create a lot of diversionary smoke. Mizar brings attention to 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 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.

Last Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

Time for Change

The Last Quarter Moon creates our "inner need to initiate change" in the lunar cycle as we move into the cycles last quarter. Our Last Quarter Moon of Jan 22 occurs at 7° sidereal Libra, under the skirt of the Virgin, conjoining Miaplacidus, Beta Carina of Argo Navis. Miaplacidus is the second most important star of the Argo--the first being Canopus, Alpha Carina (the helmsman). Miaplacidus is of migration and pilgrimage to appropriate places and creating spaces of harmony for a new birth in life.

Miaplacidus also embodies the artscience of astronomical Earthgrid mapping work. "Mia" is of greater universal flowing waters of Source; and "Placidus" is of grid-navigational-mapping. Miaplacidus creates a significant part of the theme of Carina, the keel of the Argo, directed by Canopus. Miaplacidus involves spacetime navigational mapping of cosmic evolutionary currents (evolutionary intelligence) that naturally occur in the greater ocean of Unified Creative Substance, the ocean of Divine Love in which we live; or more simply put, the mapping of Earth's and our natural, and currently accelerating, evolutionary process. More succinctly, Miaplacidus inspires us to find and ensure a harmonious environment in space and time for the pursuit of our purpose and our greater fulfillment and wellbeing.

Allen (Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning) points out the name is possibly derived from Maïa-placidus, and that Higgins asserts it to be from Miyah, the plural of the Arabic Mâ, Water, but the original better described as Mi'ah. In either case the essence here is that of the navigation upon the waters, but meaning more than just the waters of the Earth, but the galactic waters of light, which comprise the flowing essence from which manifestation comes. Also let us note that the Indian Sanskrit Maya is indicative of the illusory nature of the solidification of light, matter, which hides the flow of the waters of light, or the "creative power of God."

The Earthgrid is not a separate isolated geometry. Astronomical orientations and geometries provide the dynamic activation of the Earthgrid--making active specific places at specific times in one symbiotic process that supports the spiritual awakening of Earth and humanity. This same spacetime activation process occurs in our individual lives. On a personal level, the Miaplacidus theme brings attention to traveling to or moving to appropriate locations on the Earth at different times in our lives that support our evolutionary fulfillment. Identifying the right place and the right time can be an intuitive process and / or one mapped at an individual level with the astronomical / astrological artsciences.

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 Jan 26. 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 Scorpio over the Ara Black Hole of the Centaur and under the wisdom of Ras Al Hague, head of Ophiuchus, here indicating its time to relinquish the past (with all of the griefs and regrets associated with it) to be consumed in the Centaur's pyre and to claim the wisdom gained from the past and step forth into a new level of empowerment and personal fulfillment.

Saturn's New Synodic Cycle: Emergence

Saturn - New Image Released Dec 05
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Cassini Imaging Team
CICLOPS/Space Science Institute
Boulder, CO

Fitting with the Scarab theme, Saturn is literally emerging to reveal its dynamic majesty in breathtaking detail never seen before thanks to the Cassini Mission to Saturn. The Moons of Saturn, unique worlds as well, are also visible in stunning detail. This Saturnian revelation in the astronomical world indicates a Saturnian revelation in the astrological world that will continue to unfold over these next few years as Cassini continues its visit to our Lord of Time.

Take an Intimate Look at Saturn here:

During this time, on Jan 27, 2006, Saturn, in its retrograde, begins its new 378-day synodic cycle. Earth and Saturn reside in the Egyptian Scarabaeus (sidereal Cancer) and conjoin Praesepe, the beehive star cluster and Asellus Bor and Aus, the northern the southern ass.

Praesepe embodies the essence of the Scarab / 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. The Scarab emerges from its own dung, in which it had lived (hence Asellus). 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.

A Saturn Moon in the
backdrop of Saturn's Rings
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Cassini Imaging Team
CICLOPS/Space Science Institute
Boulder, CO

We now become aware of "remarkably different geological histories and varied surface features of Saturn's Moons, adding far greater insight into Saturn's dynamic and powerful role in our lives--from the Fountains of geologically active Enceladus, to the intensely peppered Rhea, to the young but fractured Dione, and now as the new 2006 year unfolds, we find the perplexing bulging of Iapetus during the latest Cassini flyby.

Alignments with 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, of relinquishing that which is no longer of value (dung)--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.

This new Saturn theme "Emergence" will fully commence when Saturn returns direct on April 5.

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 next New Moon occurs on Jan 29, 2006 in the midst of sidereal Capricorn. More to come then.

Happy New Year and best of wishes to all !

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.







Copyright © 2005 Nick Anthony Fiorenza, All Rights Reserved