The Lunar Theme for the
July 14, 2007 New Moon

Alliance

The Lunar Month of
July 14, 2007 - Aug 12, 2007

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 using the Lunar Calendar and Lunar Planner Introduction (links at the bottom).

New Moon Phase Characteristics

The New Moon

The Temple of Castor & Pollux

The Temple of Castor & Pollux
Image Credit: © Michael Martin, www.NTImages.com

The twins themselves are said to have demanded the temple be built in their honor during the Roman Republican Era. Only these three columns remain due to the Forum's destruction by the Goth's barbaric invasion of the Roman Empire.

This New Moon of July 14, 2007 occurs in late sidereal Gemini, under the auspices of the Twins, Castor and Pollux.

"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. 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 Earth's Precessional Cross—the "Gate of Man." Thus, Gemini is a galactic constellation and ecliptical constellation, one common to our solar plane (ecliptic), and so with sol / soul purpose expressing in the daily activity of humankind—the theme of the Gate of Man. (Our feet are associated with our longer term / sole / sole / soul purpose.)

The role of the Twins is of partnership in mutual cooperation participating in the human world, one of linking and uniting the mission of the soul (galactic plane) into and through our daily affairs in the world. The Twins work hand-in-hand for the betterment and evolutionary fulfillment of humankind. Gemini is of high intensity intellectual communication, knowledge, information, goods and services, the exchange of it, and all to do with commerce. It is of business and activity and the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Our New Moon resides at the midpoint between Castor and Pollux, thus the themes of both are at play here. Although the Twins are of communication and human betterment, they have in some legend been at odds with each other, a bit argumentative. Here revealing the Gemini trait of competitiveness, debate, arbitration, and negotiation, but hopefully leading to agreement, alliance and solution.

Pollux is of an extraterrestrial nature while Castor is terrestrial in nature. Castor is the liaison in the world of daily human affairs, is of partnerships and cooperation and is concerned with practical affairs amongst the people of the Earth. Castor brings resources and people together that serve to get logistics accomplished in the world of business and commerce, whereas Pollux brings a greater awareness to the efforts of Castor, uniting individuals, groups and factions with concern for the greater evolutionary fulfillment of all parties. Pollux imparts more of an embracing awareness, whereas Castor has more of an intellectual emphasis. Pollux imparts the quality of an ambassador, orator, and liaison, whereas Castor's role is applied more so in business and management of daily human affairs. Pollux portends success, eminence and renown.

Also entering this band of the ecliptic is Adhara creating part of the hind-quarter of Canis Major; and Gomeisa of Canis minor. The Arabic Adhara means virgins (although should not be confused with Aludra (the pure one of the bread). Gomeisa is assistant to the principal star of Canis Minor, Procyon. Adhara brings a quality of the aid, assistant or manager, those in liaison positions in larger groups or organizations. Gomeisa can also indicate those with expertise who may have been left out but should be included.

Liaison articulates the theme of this lunar cycle well—linking individuals or groups together in larger groups or organizations for concerted action that can serve a purpose far greater than the separate parties can accomplish alone. Here we find motivation for the coordination and exchange of information between individuals or separate groups, and the alliance of those parties for more encompassing joint ventures. Public relations is also a key phrase describing this lunar month's theme. Pollux and Castor can also indicate the need to create this level of cooperation and partnership within self, between soul level self and incarnate self—to live from this union and wholeness.

The Sun moves into sidereal Cancer on July 17-18.

Orcus, Venus & Regulus

The Moon conjoins Orcus in early sidereal Leo and then Venus and Regulus, heart of the Lion, just prior to the Crescent Moon. The "Fire the Grid" Earthgrid activation occurs just after the Moon Orcus conjunction, just prior to the Moon Venus conjunction, and prior to the Crescent Moon.

Although the astrology of Orcus is just starting to be explored, from the stellar alignments at the time of its discovery in late sidereal Cancer, and its path deep through Hydra and passing under the auspices of the Head of the Lion, we can see that Orcus is working with the theme of exploration, of uncovering a blueprint or map that leads to a new picture, a new reality; to emerge from the belief structures and constructs of mind that are merely based upon the convenience of our collective consensus. In doing so, Orcus may force us to confront the fear or loneliness encountered when leaving the apparent safety of our past consensus of reality. Orcus may be helping us to uncover secret paths obscured by the sands of time, perhaps even oaths we made long ago to enter into the depths of unexplored territory, into new realms of consciousness, that lead us to a new law of life—eventually to a law that is in integrity to Heart—when Orcus conjoins Regulus, heart of the Lion, in early 2009.

Saturn and Orcus will begin a new 32-year synodic cycle in early sidereal Leo this year on Aug 20, 2007, in the next lunar cycle. The last Saturn-Orcus cycle began in Oct 1975 conjoining Procyon on the cusp of Gemini-Cancer. I will present more on this significant alignment in a future article.

Crescent Moon Phase Characteristics

Crescent Moon
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 of July 17-18 occurs in mid-sidereal Leo and conjoins Beta Sextans and Suhail Velorum of Argo Navis. Also influencing is Alioth of the Great Bear and Zosma of Leo.

The Arab Suhail articulates the nature of the Sail of the Argo—of the elegant and subtle evolutionary currents guiding the plane (ship) of the soul. "Suhail, among the Persians, is synonymous for wisdom; as in the Al Anwar i Suhaili, the Lights of Canopus. Also a personal title taken in Arabia as a symbol for what is brilliant, glorious, and beautiful—and even by the Arab nomads is still used when referring to a handsome person." (Allen).

Suhail Velorum is of the transcendent or subtle energy currents that underlie the material world, those that support our greater incarnational sojourn. Along with Beta Sextans, our Crescent Moon brings attention to the need to plot our course based upon the underlying currents guiding our long-term objectives and soul purpose rather than upon any shifting diversionary currents or foul breezes (Zosma) occurring in the moment. Alioth, brings attention to how we are applying our personal will and our responsibility to use it.

First Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

First Quarter Moon
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.

The First Quarter Moon occurs on July 21-22 in early sidereal Libra, but under the skirt of the Virgin" at the upper thighs of the Virgin, also conjoining the Centaurs X-3 black hole and the Theta Carina Cluster in Argo Navis, both in the southern heavens. Beautiful Izar on the loins of Bootes resides north, a place of beauty and intimacy.

Centaurs X-3 lies exactly on the galactic equator, just above the Theta Carina open star cluster of Argo Navis. Both align closely with Miaplacidus, the Beta star of the Argo. Cen X-3 contributes significantly to the theme of early sidereal Libra, accessing galactic currents that provide a greater evolutionary context for evolving souls that transcend this mere lifetime. The attractive force encountered here transcends the mere present moment.

Here we may find unique events occurring in space and time, and intimate encounters, portals that can change our evolutionary experience if we are willing to make a leap faith. Opportunities presented here allows us to walk away from the mundane, from what is established in our lives, from what seems to make sense to onlookers. They require a leap into the void with the knowing there are subtle but greater soul-level currents that can carry us to our greater fulfillment.

Izar of Bootes reveals that any fear of intimacy will block the rewards such a leap can offer. However, this specific leap of faith can lead to a place of far greater beauty and harmony than we had known before.

Our First Quarter Moon may bring a challenge to make such a move, to have the trust to make the leap of faith despite how it may look to or be judged by onlookers.

Gibbous Moon Phase Characteristics

The Gibbous Moon
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 July 26 in late sidereal Scorpio, conjoining Sabik of Ophiuchus. Sabik, closely conjoining Ras Algethi, the Head of Hercules, reveals a powerfully transformative location in sidereal Scorpio, one offering a transmutational experience due to the alchemical intermixing of unique elements. Also conjoining Sabik are several potent entries: V2107, the Nova of 1977 also in Ophiuchus; a dynamic X-ray eclipsing binary star in the tail of the Scorpion, one of the brightest identified X-ray sources creating a substantial stellar wind; and the very significant Ara Black Hole, X-ray source V821 on the Altar of the Centaur.

Just prior to Gibbous, the Moon conjoins Vesta, Pholus, Jupiter, Ixion and Quaoar, adding a dynamic, magnetic, mobilizing and expansive force. Opening ourselves to the powerful attractive force presenting itself on this Gibbous Moon can yield a tremendous opportunity for transformation, one that can change us forever. Any grief or guilt must be consciously and deliberately surrendered to embody the transmutation offered.

A broader exploration of Pholus, Jupiter, Ixion and Quaoar in sidereal Scorpio is presented in The Synodic Cycles of Pluto, Ixion & Quaoar: 2007 - Expansive Mobilization.

Venus Retrograde & Saturn

Venus

Venus begins its retrograde on July 27. Earth and Venus will begin a new 584-day synodic cycle in the midst of the retrograde on Aug 17-18 in the following lunar cycle. The new Venus synodic theme will then fully engage as Venus returns direct on Sept 8, 2007. The Venus retrograde period, the time in which we shift from the previous synodic cycle into the following one, can be thought of as a time for a resynchronization of the Heart.

The previous Venus synodic cycle theme was presented in the Dec 31, 2005 Lunar Planner, synchronistically conjoining Pollux of the Gemini Twins. The next Venus Synodic theme will be presented in the following lunar cycle.

Venus, currently in sidereal Leo, is about eight degrees past Saturn, both straddling Regulus, Heart of the Lion. Due to the Venus retrograde, Venus and Saturn conjoin three times. The first occurred in the previous lunar cycle on July 1, 2007 in late sidereal Cancer but under the auspices of the Head of the Lion conjoining Algenubi and Rasalas, with a theme about exploration and breaking new trail.

The second Venus-Saturn conjunction occurs while Venus is retrograde on Aug 13 at about 3° sidereal Leo, just in front of Regulus (at 5°), with a theme about integrity to self. This second conjunction occurs just before the start of the New Venus synodic cycle (Aug 18) and just before the Saturn-Sun conjunction of August 21, which marks the mid-way (realization of the theme) point in the current 378-day Saturn synodic cycle that began on Feb10, 2007.

The third Venus-Saturn conjunction occurs after the Venus retrograde period on Oct 14, 2007 at about 10° sidereal Leo conjoining Alpha Sextans, with a theme about how we set our courses in life and taking a new tack to achieve our goals or destinations.

The Temple of Vesta

The Temple of Vesta in the Roman Forum stands near the Temple of Castor and Pollux. Image: Public Domain

Thus, there is a strong synthesis of the Venus and Saturn early-Leo energetics occurring throughout this several month period (July through October 2007). The mundane view of a Venus-Saturn conjunction might express as a heavy or serious heart, feeling a need to make concessions or agree to the demands of established rules and regulations regarding matters of the heart. However, looking at the sidereal star alignments rather than mere sign-based astrology is much like adjusting an out-of-focus camera lens into focus to see a far greater level of clarity. Here in early sidereal Leo, the Venus-retrograde Saturn synthesis and the progression of their conjunctions through early sidereal Leo indicates the demand to break new trail regarding heart matters (Algenubi & Rasalas); to live in integrity to self (Regulus) rather than self-sacrificing to any established rules, regs, or systems of belief; and finally to set a new course or take a new tack in our journeys in life (Sextans) from this self-aligned integrity of the heart—to demonstrably live true to self.

The Vesta Pluto Synodic Cycle

Vesta, after creating a sequence of synods on the Solstice with Ixion, Jupiter and Quaoar in sidereal Scorpio, presented in the June 14, 2007 lunar cycle, Vesta and Pluto now start their new 3.7-year synodic cycle one degree past Galactic Center in early sidereal Sagittarius conjoining Etamin of Draco.

Learn about Synodic Cycles.

Etamin, the overseeing eye of the Dragon, looks upon the high altar of the Centaur upon which the Heart Center of our Galaxy resides. This is where reinstatement of the evolving soul occurs after having been through the initiations and completions occurring in Scorpio. Etamin opens the Galactic Center portal for those who have claimed the wisdom and empowerment by embracing the initiatory lessons of life (who drank the transmutational elixir provided by the sting of the scorpion), and who are now prepared for a greater mission to ensue.

Vesta is the asteroid of clarity, focus, and dedication to purpose. Vesta and Pluto create a harmonious synthesis, here opening passage for those who have refined this clarity of purpose, and perhaps blocking those less clear. Seems to be an appropriate Vesta-Pluto theme unfolding over the next few years.

Full Moon Phase Characteristics

The Full Moon
Vision, Enthusiasm, & Realization of the Theme

The Tarantula Nebula

The Tarantula Nebula (Great Looped Nebula) NGC 2070 in Dorado. This amazing ESO movie starts from the Large Magellanic Cloud and zooms-in onto SN 1987A. Note: the movie is 27 MB.

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 Tarantula Nebula, a huge stellar nursery hosting some of the most massive stars known, resides in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own galaxy. The nebula extends about 1000 light years across, with streamers extending out to about 1800 light years, making the Tarantula Nebula the largest emission nebula in the sky—about 30 times larger than the Great Orion Nebula, which lies in our own galaxy. The Tarantula Nebula contains the fantastic Supernova SN 1987A, the result of a star called Sanduleak that suddenly blew to bits in a spectacular supernova on February 23, 1987 and which was then seen with the unaided eye, one of the brightest supernova since the Kepler supernova of 1604.

Our Full Moon of July 29-30 occurs in sidereal Capricorn conjoining Theta Aquila of the Eagle, Alpha Micorscopium and the 1987A Super Nova Remnant in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which resides in the Tarantula Nebula in Dorado the goldfish.

This is a point of equilibrium and poise in sidereal Capricorn (Theta Aquila) and the magnification of detail—much like an Eagle perched high over the earth with its eyes on the tiny Tarantula below.

This Full Moon is one providing perspective, of detailed examination and clarity. The old saying: "think globally and act locally" is quite fitting.

The Earth Nessus Synodic Cycle

Earth and Nessus begin their new annual synodic theme in mid-sidereal Capricorn on Aug 1, 2007. Nessus is south of the ecliptic passing through Microscopium, the magnifier of detail. Issues about sexuality, sexual freedom, as well as sexual abuse, manipulation and control will continue to be examined and magnified as they emerge from covert obscurity. Nessus may raise issues about sexual abuse but also about sexual freedom—two sides of the same coin.

Disseminating Moon Phase Characteristics

Disseminating Moon
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.

The Disseminating Moon occurs on Aug 2 on the cusp of sidereal Aquarius-Pisces and conjoins the Zetas of Reticuli, the Nuclear Galaxy BL Lacerta of the Lizard; Theta Pisces; and Matar of Pegasus.

This point in the ecliptic marks movement from high mental activity, exemplified by the Zetas of Reticuli, to the wet sensual emotional world of Pisces and the aquatics.

BL Lacerta, a nuclear galaxy, is a prominent entry conjoining the Zetas of Reticuli and which mark the Aquarius-Pisces cusp along with Matar of Pegasus. BL Lacerta can manifest as intentionally transmitted psychic manipulative primordial forces that are invisible to the unsuspecting, unaware, naïve, or innocent. Alignments here can also indicate psychic congestion in consciousness with the need to emerge from entangling psychic web-work created from past psychic involvements—an act requiring the need to embrace the associated emotional issues within self, not merely talking our way around them.

Matar, on the left forearm of Pegasus, is from Al Sa‘d al Matar—the Fortunate Rain—the wet emotional gush point in the zodiak providing a release from built up psychic-emotional tension.

Our Dissemenating Moon, the birth point in the lunar cycle, inspires us to bring the communication and interaction initiated by our Castor / Pollux New Moon theme down from the head into and through the gut, into an emotionally palpable form of expression.

Last Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

Last Quarter Moon
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 and transitional quarter.

Earth-Chiron Synodic Cycle

Earth and Chiron begin a new 371-day synodic cycle on August 5, 2007 an hour before Last Quarter Moon contributing to our emerging "inner need" stimulus. Thus, the Last Quarter Moon creates a "T-square" with the Sun and retrograde Chiron.

From the Sun's perspective Earth and Chiron align in later sidereal Capricorn and conjoin Albali of Aquarius; the SMC X-1-Neutron Star in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC); Armus of Capricorn; and the Cyg X-1 x-ray source / black hole in Cygnus. Armus is the principal star alignment defining this new Chiron synodic cycle's theme.

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 humanitarian 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, to our extended families and friends.

The Small and Large Magellanic Clouds (SMC and LMC) are small galaxies that orbit our Milky Way galaxy. We might think of them as our galaxy's young, although not necessarily birthed from the Milky Way, they are being cared for and raised by our galaxy.

The Small (or Lesser) Magellanic Cloud (SMC), a barred spiral galaxy, is elliptical in size at 280.0' x 160.0' and extends about 2.7° in ecliptical longitude (not including any orb). Its influence expresses through Armus of Capricorn, which it conjoins. The Small Magellanic Cloud resides at 64S35 in ecliptical latitude, and though considered to be in Toucan, it lies on the border of the more southern Hydrus (or Hydri, not to be confused with Hydra the Water Snake) separating Alpha and Beta Hydrus.

Julius Schiller (like others who "have sought to alter the sky figures") combined Hydrus, the Toucan, and the Small Cloud as his biblical constellation Raphael (Allen). Although I haven't a propensity for Schiller's bastardization of the heavens into religious figuring, this is a mythical articulation fitting here. The following on angels is referenced from "Angels An Endangered Species" by Malcolm Goodwin, Simon and Schuster, 1990.

Raphael is "the Shining One who heals". In Hebrew, Raphael meant healer and guardian of the Tree of Life, which more appropriately can be taken as knowledge about natural law. Raphael, also considered to be the angel of the Sun—correspondingly the essence of the solar fire and solar plexus—brings life to the body through the administration of proper physical remedies. In this light, we have the "angel of science and historical knowledge." Raphael was said to have presented Noah with a book of medical knowledge). Knowledge of science and law is fitting to the later half of sidereal Capricorn—the Aquarius /Capricorn overlap.

Raphael is also prince of the second heaven, which is an apt title because the second heaven (the second precessional epoch) begins in mid-Capricorn (precessional movement is east to west). The precession of Earth's north celestial pole creates a northern arc in heavens called the Heptanomis, a division of the north polar dome into seven heavens or days of creation—actually meaning the precessional epochs of evolutionary time.

The Essene's view of the Tree of Life is considered by scholars to be the purist of teachings regarding the Tree of Life. The Essene depict the Tree as seven branches reaching into the heavens and seven into the Earth with man at its center, it being associated with the seven chakras (bio-energy centres) of the body and corresponding to the seven Archangels (angles of arc) of modern theology. In the Essene teachings, which are gnostic in origin and which predate Hebrew and Christian doctrine, the angels were not personified but were recognized as fields or spheres of creative universal energy with specific quality and purpose all radiating from a Central Source, Godhead, First Principle or Cause.

Raphael is also considered a "Virtue", an angelic order in the hierarchy of the heavenly spheres, or strata of creation. There are considered nine orders (or Choirs) orbiting around the central "Throne of Glory." The highest triad of orders, the first three closest choirs to Source, consists of the Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones. The Virtues, or fifth order, lies in the middle triad, consisting of Dominations, Virtues, and Powers. The lowest or most outer triad consists of the Principalities, Archangels and Angels. The Virtues bestow blessing in the form of miracles, and who support and aid those who struggle for good and just cause, the heroes of life. Two virtues are said to have appeared at the ascension of Jesus as escorts, and also acted as mid–wives at the birth of Cain. The Virtues are known as the Shining Ones, their ruling Princes are Micha–el, Gabri–el, Rapha–el, Bari–el, Tarshish and before the great rebellion, Satan–el." Although a Virtue, Raphael is said to have the six wings of the Seraphim choir and at the same time belongs to the Cherubim, the Dominations, and Powers as well!

Raphael is said to be quite gregarious, both the chummiest and funniest of all the angelic flock. He is often depicted chatting merrily (Rap–ing) with some unsuspecting mortal." This loquacious quality, also articulated by Tucana, is an aspect quite fitting to this part of Capricorn as well.

SMC X-1 of Tucana, in black hole fashion, creates a dimensional portal where diverse concepts and fragmented ideas can be assembled into a coherent expression. The ability to coalesce this fragmentation into a coherent expression can be the challenge here, and often leads to excessive mental chatter (the nature of the Tucan / and Raphael), but this coalescence does happen whence the chatter is surrendered, which can then be expressed as a theme that unifies what was once before seemingly unrelated pieces. The image of a lawyer in a courtroom amalgamating a set of fragment information over many days into a coherent closing statement also articulates this theme. (I acknowledge Philip Sedgwick for aptly summing this one up, and only add an expounding statement.)

As a young galaxy being raised by a parent, the SMC and associated SMC X-1 black hole seem to adsorb and become witness to that which occurs for the incarnate soul, acting much like a karmic library or Hall of Records holding souls' personal history. Alignments with or meditation upon SMC X-1 (entering in this black hole) can yield access to this data or information, which can then be brought forth and formulated into a reportage about souls' accumulated experience gathered over time—a Saturn-Capricorn theme (Capricorn is domicile for Saturn, lord of karmic retribution).

This Chiron-Armus cycle in sideral Capricorn inspires bridges of communication to be built, those that extend to embrace the requirements and responsibilities that Armus embodies. This would especially be in regard to legalities between partners in business—quite fitting in the context of our liaison themed Lunar Cycle of meetings, negotiations, and co-creative participation. This Earth-Chiron theme will express throughout the following year.

Tycho Brahe's Super Nova Remnant

Today this Chandra image shows the remnants of that star as bubble expanding at about six million miles per hour. It is composed of multimillion degree debris (green and red) inside a more rapidly moving shell of extremely high energy electrons (filamentary blue). Credit: NASA/CXC/Rutgers/J.Warren & J.Hughes et al.

Last Quarter Moon

Our Last Quarter Moon of August 5 resides in sidereal Aries conjoining Beta and Gamma Triangulum, and Tycho’s Super Nova Remnant of 1572 A.D.

Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe observed and studied the explosion of a star in 1572, now called Tycho's Supernova Remnant. Supernovas play a significant role in the awakening of human consciousness. Brache revealed the nova was located beyond the moon and was also the first to produce a modern star guide.

Tycho’s Super Nova Remnant of 1572 A.D., an x-ray source in Cassiopeia lies between the ecliptical longitudes of Beta and Gamma Triangulum. Triangulum teaches us to see beyond the judgments of fear-based dualistic mind and the dramatics it produces. Here is the statement "let thine eye become single"—to see from unity consciousness, which in turn makes it possible to rise above and beyond the "controlling verses being controlled" mentality and its subsequent entrapment.

Alignments with Tycho's supernova support the expansion from egoic / victim consciousness, where we believe we are victims of other beings, ones that are responsible for our condition and ones that must come to save us from it, to realizing that we are not separate from all that is, that we are intimate and inseparable parts of this great symphonic expression some call God, Divine Intelligence, etc. Here in the "Initiatory Gate of sidereal Aries," we learn to become responsible for our human condition as well as to claim our freedom from its apparent bondage rather than fighting it.

Our Last Quarter Moon, along with Chiron's new synodic theme, inspires our need to see beyond the dramatics of opposing forces, from unity awareness, thus making visible a bridge from the old to the new not otherwise seen.

Jupiter Direct

Mobilizing Jupiter completes its retrograde on Aug 6-7 in mid-sidereal Scorpio fully commencing Jupiter's new synodic cycle presented in the May 16, 2007 Lunar Planner: Sculpting Our Lives.

The Venus Chiron & Nessus Synodic Cycles

Venus and Nessus start a new synodic on Aug 8 cycle just before the Balsamic Moon and then Venus and Chiron start their new synodic cycle on Aug 9 just after the Balsamic Moon, both in sidereal Capricorn. More significantly, Nessus and Chiron recently started a new 79-year synodic cycle in early sidereal Capricorn conjoined Algedi of Capricorn in January 2007. Chiron moving faster than Nessuus in their respective orbits, has now taken the lead and is a bit further along in sideral Capricorn. Chrion's orbital period is about 50.58 years whereas Nessus' orbital period is about 121.95 years.

Although Chiron and Nessus are in sidereal Capricorn, Chirion is north of the ecliptic about 7° passing just under the star Albali of Aquarius. Nessus is south of the ecliptic by about 15° is passing through the constellation Microscopium. Albali marks the point in sidereal Capricorn where the constellations of Capricorn and Aquarius start to overlap, thus starting to expand the more exclusive secretive personal interest nature of Capricorn into a more inclusive interest with concern for the greater well being and healing of humanity as a whole. Microscopiusm magnifies any Nessus issues, making visible a laevel of clairty once obscured.

Thus this new Chiron-Nessus cycle would seem to be about the healing of suppressed or hidden sexual abuse issues as well as sexual or gender suppression, manipulation and control issues, perhaps bringing theses issues out into the open en mass to be addressed and healed.

Nessus passed through sidereal Scorpio in 1995-1996 creating a significant catalyst to the Jupiter, Pluto, Ixion, and Quaoar synods occurring then. See "The Synods - 1994 through 1996 - A Climactic Period Begins."

Balsamic Moon Phase Characteristics

Balsamic Moon
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 180° from looking back over the past cycle and look forward toward the next cycle to come.

The Balsamic Moon of Aug 9 occurs in sidereal Gemini conjoining the Gate of Man and the feet of the Twins. It also sextiles retrograde Venus-Regulus, allying in strength with the Venus-Regulus theme—living true to heart.

The two principle stars articulating the foundational aspect (feet) of the twins and the theme of the Gate of Man are Menkalinan, Beta Auriga the Charioteer and Betelgeuse of Orion.

Menkalinan is associate to Capella, Auriga's lucida the Starseed Messenger of Light. Menkalinan, the shoulder of the Charioteer, implies a responsibility to assist our soul colleagues through the exchange of information. Menkalinan is also a polarizer that will show indecision by bringing experience of the opposite side of an issue to make clear the choices and to reveal one's hesitancy to respond to life in the moment.

Betelgeuse the Orion male warrior, is of a kingly nature, authoritative, resourceful and brings incredible action, strength and response in the moment to whatever is occurring, living quite in the present. Betelgeuse, marking Orion's right hand holding the upraised sword just under the gate of Man, indicates the ability to act upon and carry through the immediate steps at hand; of getting to the truth of a matter, to cut through whatever is in the way. Immediate response and physical constructive action is the hallmark of Betelgeuse.

Menkalinan and Betelgeuse conjoining the Gate of Man articulates the essence of sidereal Gemini, the role of responding to aid to our colleagues and fellow humans' needs—serving their greater evolutionary fulfillment. The North Celestial Pole (NCP) making passage over this longitude marks the time of the erect Precessional Cross and the transition point for humanity to unite and link together to support and aid each other.

This lunar cycle coalesces in our ability to participate and respond in the moment. This seed will sprout in the following lunar cycle theme starting on the New Moon of Aug 12 in late sidereal Cancer—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, please download the Lunar Planner Introduction and each monthly Lunar Calendar, and use them daily (PDF file links below) its all a gift.

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.


Download this month's Lunar Calendar PDF File

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.


Download the Lunar Planner Introduction PDF File