The Lunar Theme for the
January 18, 2007 New Moon

Concretization & Manifestation

The Lunar Month of
Jan 18, 2007 - Feb 17, 2007

Addendum added Feb 8, 2007
Saturn's New Synodic Cycle

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

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.

Please remember that the purpose 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 life.

New Moon Phase Characteristics

The New Moon

Establishment is a word that may invoke a variety of responses, both positive and negative. Some think in terms of "the establishment," the slang referring to an oppressive ruling political power. Others may think in terms of religion or business as an establishment, perhaps even the local tavern down the street. All of these are establishments that are "outside" of self. We can also consider the establishment within our own lives--whether inherited or self-created. We might further consider whether that which we have established is supportive or oppressive.

Our First New Moon of 2007 occurs on Jan 18 (19 GMT) in early sidereal Capricorn. This part of the zodiak is about personal interest, personal support, and establishing that which self-supportive. It is of domiciles, hermitages, sanctuaries and strategic places in which we live or base. It is about concretizing structure in our lives that is fundamentally nurturing to our physical wellbeing. Because of its personal focus, it can also have a covert or secretive tone to it, even deceptive, although this can merely be a desire for peace, safety, and privacy. It can also refer to the indigenous, to heritage and to inheritance, even to ceremonial expressions based upon established societal structures of belief. It is of the social relationships and bonds we establish in our lives, those between each other and those between ourselves and the land and the stars--our relation to life and the relationships that form and support our lives.

The first few degrees of Capricorn are also where we concretize and manifest the high vision and opulent ideals of late Sagittarius--here we start to concretize the new beginnings envisioned in the last lunar cycle. This is where we bring heaven down to Earth. A more serious tone takes over here, but also with an appreciation and attention to natural beauty, that in nature, in our relations, and in the human form.

Our primary New Moon stars are Alpha and Beta Indus. The New Moon also lies under the auspices of Aquila the Eagle, although not conjoined with any specific stars of Aquila.

Indus, a southern constellation directly under the first decan of sidereal Capricorn, was recently added in the early 1600's by German astronomer Johann Bayer, of Augsberg. Bayer articulates the qualities of this constellation as a nude (native) man holding arrows in both hands, (without a bow). In Chinese astronomy, Alpha Indus is the Persian. (Allen)

Indus refers to the keepers or stewards of sacred land; such beings are most often highly astute and specialized, able to comprehend the intimate relation to the unseen forces guiding our lives and the natural world in which we live. They often use ceremonial magik and prayer. Indus articulates the capacity of those who are attuned to the Earth and heavens, particularly the primordial skills of any indigenous people, like those typically associated with a Native American elder, Aboriginal, Persian or Desert Arab.

Indus indicates a shamanistic way of life, one having an intimate understanding about the relationship between space and time--the natural cycles that govern life. Indus indicates the essential attunement required to the heavens and the land--the astronomical-Earthgrid relation. Indus understands our connectedness to the land, and the importance of the location in which we live, our "places of power" that support our wellbeing and purposes in life. This also alludes to why military installations are often found on or near sacred sites, strategic locations on the Earthgrid.

The Australian Aboriginal's extensive understanding of the heavens and application of astronomical movement was integral in their early culture, indicating not only how to live in attunement to nature, like times to gather certain foods, but also indicating times for ceremonies. Aborignal astronomy is said to predate that of the Babylonians, Chinese and Incas by thousands of years. The Aboriginal understands the intimate connection between the heavenly spirit world, the natural physical world, and the human world.

"The Dreamtime is the Aboriginal understanding of the world, of its creation, and its great stories. The Dreamtime is the beginning of knowledge, from which came the laws of existence. For survival these laws must be observed."


'We don't own the land, the land owns us'
'The Land is my mother, my mother is the land'
'Land is the starting point to where it all began. It is like picking up a piece of dirt and saying this is where I started and this is where I will go'
'The land is our food, our culture, our spirit and identity'
'We don't have boundaries like fences, as farmers do. We have spiritual connections'

Quote from:

Comet McNaught: Robert. H. McNaught

Comet McNaught
Photo: R. H. McNaught,
Siding Spring Observatory
Image used with permission

Comet McNaught

The Great Comet McNaught, the brightest comet seen in 42 years, brighter than Halley's Comet, adds significant stimulus to our Lunar Theme.

Quicktime Movies & Astrological Considerations:
The Path of Comet McNaught

This lunar cycle has a dynamic start as the Moon conjoins Mercury, Pallas, and Chiron in mid-sidereal Capricorn, and then Neptune and Venus in late sidereal Capricorn, all during the first couple days of the cycle.

The Moon-Mercury-Pallas-Chiron conjunction at mid-Capricorn raises the issue of trust, in essence to participate openly and in the greater interest of all rather than covertly from the deceiving personality facades inherent to the incarnate stage. Here is an opportunity to cross new bridges if we are willing to creatively participate from the amalgamated expertise and resources of all parties involved rather than withdrawing in spiteful judgment of one side verses the other.

The Moon-Venus-Neptune conjunction lies under the auspices of Dephinus the Dolphin star system inspiring the dissolution of any fear to live our dreams and visions, and to allow greater forces to guide us to our 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.

This Crescent Moon occurs on the Moon's North Node on Jan 22 in sidereal Aquarius and conjoins Homam, Zeta Pegasus, a fortuitous star. Homan is “lucky star of the hero" and embodies the essence of the Pegasus theme--the ability to rise above all difficulties that may arise and achieve one's mission. The North Node Moon brings strong support to move forward from the patterns of the past and into a new direction.

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 First Quarter Moon of Jan 26 occurs in early sidereal Aries and conjoins
Alphirk, Beta Cepheus. Alphirk 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.

Conjoining Alphirk and adding to the First Quarter theme is Caph, the palm of Queen Cassiopeia’s hand. Caph 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. Almost 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.

Jupiter & Ixion

Jupiter and Ixion conjoin a few hours after First Quarter Moon in sidereal Scorpio. The actual 12-year Jupiter-Ixion synodic cycle will not begin until early May of 2007. The last Jupiter-Ixion synodic cycle began in 1994 (to be presented in Part II (coming soon) of "The Path of Pluto, Ixion & Quaoar." This (geocentric) conjunction occurring now is the first of three that will occur over the months ahead (due to Jupiter's upcoming retrograde cycle in sidereal Scorpio) and which will surround the actual start of the synodic cycle (created by the heliocentric conjunction of Jupiter and Ixion in May).

The three (geocentric) conjunctions can be thought of as bringing the underlying synodic themes (the last synodic cycle theme, now coming to completion, and the new one about to begin in late April) to our surface awareness. We will explore the new synodic theme then.

The current Jupiter-Ixion conjunction lies very close to the location where the synode will occur. The conjunctions support movement and expansion of consciousness to resolve inner conflict between what might be considered civilized ways verses that which is natural to the wild world, esp., involving matters of fatality and the responsibility involved. More about Ixion can be found at asteroids-Ixion.

Nessus in Realization

The Sun conjoins Nessus on Jan 27. This marks the halfway-point in the current ~365-day Earth-Nessus synodic cycle. Although Nessus, the third Centaur discovered, is just beginning to reveal its astrological nature. Nessus seems to teach us about embracing our sensual nature, to enjoy this abundance in life rather than shutting ourselves down to it due to erroneous beliefs or emotions of unworthiness. This Sun-Nessus conjunction provides opportunity to gain more insight about the astrological influence of Nessus by observing our feelings and noting our realizations on this day. More about Nessus can be found at asteroids-Nessus.

Gibbous Moon Phase Characteristics

Crab Nebula M1

The Crab Nebula
Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Acknowledgement: W. P. Blair (JHU)

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 29 in the last degree of sidereal Taurus conjoining the bright Crab Nebula M1 (the Super Nova Remnant of July 4, 1054 AD) nesting at the south Horn of the Bull and over the Belt of Orion.

The last degree of sidereal Taurus provides impetus to relinquish fighting antiquated crusades or pursuits, beating our heads against the wall. Although we may look at this in our personal lives, this theme is especially prominent in the religion-based political arena. This action in the zodiak precedes movement into sidereal Gemini, which is about cooperation amongst humankind.

Chiron in Realization

The Sun and Chiron (the first Centaur discovered) conjoin on Jan 30 in mid-sidereal Capricorn. This marks the halfway-point in the current Earth-Chiron synodic cycle, which began on July 30, 2006, presented in the July 24, 2006 lunar cycle.

The Sun-Chiron conjunction brings realization about the healing journeys we may be on and the nature of the bridges we are crossing in our lives. Here again at mid-Capricorn, the issue of trust arises, in this case about crossing those bridges.

Pallas in Realization

A day after the Sun-Chiron conjunction, the Sun conjoins Pallas on Feb 1, a few hours befor the Full Moon. This marks the halfway-point in the current Earth-Pallas synodic cycle, which began on July 1, 2006, presented in the June 25, 2006 lunar cycle.

The Sun-Pallas conjunction brings realization about participating creatively in concert with the greater universal forces supporting our evolutionary unfoldment. Now, the Sun and Pallas conjoin Armus of Capricorn.

Armus, the shoulder of the fish-goat, Eta Capricorn, brings awareness to our need to take personal responsibility for our material and physical well being, but not just for our selves, but also for our immediate and extended families. Armus is about our responsibility in the world. Armus is also of legal agreements, partnerships in business, and negotiations. Conjoining Armus is Epsilon Aquarius, which marks the start of the Capricorn-Aquarius overlap--where the Aquarian influence begins to be felt in mid-sidereal Capricorn. Albali of Aquarius extends Capricorn's zodiakal quality from personal level motive to a sense that our responsibilities must be mutual and embrace the needs of those around us, our extended families.

Full Moon Phase Characteristics

Vision, Enthusiasm, & Realization of the Theme

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.

The Full Moon occurs on Feb 1 in sidereal Cancer and conjoins Acubens, the claw of the Scarab. Acubens, Alpha Cancer, reveals there is a tenacious hold and stubborn resistance to release the beliefs we hold that keep us entrapped in our limiting life scenarios. These can be the current political / religious beliefs of the times, as well as those ideas we have about our lives and the experiences we have in our lives.

Acubens also conjoins Zeta Hydra and Dubhe of Ursa Major. Zeta Hydra lies immediately south of Acubens. Delta through Zeta Hydra create Hydra's head. Zeta Hydra and surrounding stars indicate a multifarious undermining source of destruction (every time Hercules took off one the Hydra's heads, it immediately grew another). The conjunction of Acubens and Zeta Hydra reveals that the repetitive undermining experiences in our lives are manifest from our own tenacious belief structures and the unwillingness to release them.

Dubhe inspires perseverance to achieve a greater vision beyond our current limitations, and to know it may take more than one attempt to overcome our dogma's hideous tenacity.

Ceres, Venus & Uranus


Surrounding the Disseminating Moon of Feb 5, Ceres conjoins Uranus on Feb 3; Venus conjoins Uranus on Feb 7; and then Venus and Ceres conjoin on Feb 9. This threesome's conjunction occurs in late sidereal Aquarius conjoining Achernar. This is the location defining the Ceres-Uranus synodic cycle and the Venus-Uranus synodic cycle, both of which began in the previous lunar month--discussed in the Dec 20, 2006 lunar cycle. Here we have radical or unexpected change of the heart, supporting that which is nourishing.

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, of claiming its gift.

Our Disseminating Moon of Feb 5-6 occurs in early sidereal Virgo conjoining Super Galactic Center, which lies in early sidereal Virgo (~7°), just above the Virgin's head, at the Halo of the Virgin (Coma Berenices).

Astrologically, Super Galactic Centre can be thought of as the spiritual mother center from which guidance and spiritual wisdom expresses. The Super Galactic Centre black hole provides a phenomenal opportunity for our greater wellbeing, but only if we are willing to totally relinquish personal scenarios or past events in our lives that may seem that, if we let them go, the ramifications will result in our total demise. But on the contrary, it is only through the surrender, the relinquishment of the past into this massive black hole of cosmic consciousness, of pure (selfless) Divine Love, that will allow our re-emergence, our re-birth, into a new light of being. This super galactic inversion requires a conscious act where we pull the stream of our past experience into the singularity of the moment, allow it to be consumed in the ever-present now, and re-express self into a new stream unfolding into the future. This can feel as if our world is being turned inside out as our lives are re-defined.

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 cycle's last quarter.

Last Quarter Moon occurs on Feb 10 in late sidereal Libra conjoining Unukalhai, the neck of the Serpent, held by Ophiuchus, reaching for the Northern Crown. Unukalhai is an empowering star indicating mastery over the forces of life, thus living in our own self-empowerment--claiming the power over our destiny rather than giving it away to the habitual experiences that otherwise keep us entrapped.

Saturn's New Synodic Theme

Several hours into the Last Quarter of the lunar cycle (Initiate Change), on Feb10, 2007, the new 378-day Saturn synodic cycle begins in late sidereal Cancer. This of course marks the completion of the previous synodic cycle. The last Saturn synod occurred in mid-sidereal Cancer under the auspices of Praesepe--the essence of sidereal Cancer (the Egyptian Scarabaeus). The last Saturn synodic theme was presented in the Dec 31, 2005 Lunar Cycle.

The Earth-Saturn synod occurs in the midst of the Saturn retrograde period as the Sun and Saturn are in opposition (looking from Earth's view). Looking from the Sun, Earth and Saturn align in late sidereal Cancer, but under the auspices of the Head of the Lion--this location revealing the theme of the new Earth-Saturn cycle. Leo the Lion faces west in the ecliptic with its head and paws crossing over the Cancer-Leo cusp. Thus, we approach the Lion head-on when moving from the sands of Cancer into the Lion's territory. The principal stars defining our new Saturn theme are: Algenubi, Epsilon Leo, eye of the Lion; Rasalas, Mu Leo, crown of the Lion; and Tania Aus of Ursa Major, hind foot of the Great Bear.

This transition area in the ecliptic, in the last few degrees of sidereal Cancer, at the head of the Lion, is where we find those willing to break from the conforming beliefs of the masses and seek to break new ground--the explorers--the essence of Algenubi and Rasalas.

Tania, the hind foot of the Bear, is of oppressive global powers attempting to hold humanity in dogmatic darkness and delusion. It is important to realize these forces exist and so to not be naive to their tenacious and multifarious nature--hence the discovery process does not imply a mere idle pursuit.

Two other stars marking the end of sidereal Cancer add to the context here: Subra, Omi Leo; and Alpha Pictoris.

Subra is the paw of the Lion impressed in the desert sand. Subra is of prints, tracks, plans, codices and ancient maps--clues to hidden trails and paths obscured by the sands of time. Subra indicates a discovery process is at hand, one leading to the secret chambers, entryways, even to liftoff sites of the gods--places hidden from ordinary view. Simply, Subra asks that we dig, uncover, and find the way to navigate the passage of our heart's true desire.

Owl Nebula M97

The Owl Nebula, M97 (Planetary Nebula)
Image Credit: European Southern Observatory (ESO)

Synthesizing with the theme of Subra is the primary star of the very southern constellation Pictoris, the Painter's Easel. Alpha Pictoris indicates a picture or scenario is emerging from the ethers. This is a picture assembling itself as we break trail in our discovery process. Alpha Pictoris asks us to see the pathway or entryway emerging out of the mist covering an abyss, in the rock of a mountain side, in the billowing clouds blown by the wind, in the leaves fallen upon the ground, or simply in our mind's inner eye. Alpha Pictoris asks us to creatively assemble the signs, to read the message, to see the coalescing spirit substance yet to become, to paint a new picture, a new life.

Also conjoining, nesting between the longitudes of Rasalas and Alpha Pictoris, is the Owl Nebula, M97, in the Great Bear. Nebulas in general add a mystifying or obscuring quality. In this sense, adding to the nature described under Alpha Pictoris. The Owl Nebula is so named because of its two dark eyes residing in the midst of the Nebula. Of course, the Owl, as a talisman, is of wisdom and the ability to peer into the dark, into the unseen.

Thus, the previous Saturn synodic cycle, emergence and migration (Praesepe) now shifts to exploration and new discovery. Saturn's theme unfolding here over this next year reveals where our responsibility lies, and the need to create concretized structure and form supporting the new trails we are exploring and the new pictures emerging in our lives.

Saturn's Rings
Image credit: Cassini spacecraft NASA

See Saturn: Best viewing is this week as Saturn is closest to Earth for all of 2007. Saturn rises in the east at sunset and is near overhead around midnight. Saturn looks bright yellow to the naked eye, and with a telescope, Saturn's rings become visible. Due to Saturn's tilt and Earth's orbital position, Saturn's rings tilt in and out of view. Saturn's "ring plane crossing" occurs on Sept 4, 2009, as Saturn's rings tilt out of view beacuse they will then be edge-on to the Earth.

To Learn more about Saturn's Synodic Cycles, Saturn's ring crossings, and more see:
Earth-Saturn Synodic Cycles 1953-2016

Mars & Pluto Synodic Cycle


Mars and Pluto begin their new synodic cycle conjoining Galactic Center in early sidereal Sag, also on Feb 10, within hours of the new Earth-Saturn synodic cycle. More on Pluto's entry into sidereal Sag can be found at "Pluto's First Synod in Sidereal Sagittarius."

See "Synodic Cycles Between Other Planets" to learn more about synodic cycles with planets other than Earth.

Mercury Retrograde


The Sun enters sidereal Aquarius on Feb 13-14, while Mercury begins its retrograde, both within hours of the Balsamic Moon. Mercury begins its new synodic cycle on Feb 22 (during its retrograde) in the following lunar cycle--to be discussed then.

Balsamic Moon Phase Characteristics

Focus to the Future

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.

The Balsamic Moon of Feb 13-14 occurs in mid-sidereal Sagittarius revealing a powerful magnetic synchronizing force capable of assembling spirit substance into exquisite order in form. The essence here--to funnel intent into ordered achievement.


Juno, asteroid of covenant relationships begins its retrograde on Feb 14, a few hours after the Balsamic Moon. Here we 'begin to disengage' from Juno's previous synodic theme set by Rigel of Orion. This synodic theme was also presented in the Dec 1 2005 lunar cycle.

Our next New Moon occurs on Feb 17 in early sidereal Aquarius--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.

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