The Lunar Theme for the
November 9, 2007 New Moon

Relationships of Purpose

The Lunar Month of
Nov 9, 2007 - Dec 9, 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 personalized lunar month's 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

Globular Cluster M5

Globular Cluster M5, also conjoining our New Moon. This large star cluster is one of the most massive in orbit around our Galaxy. Image Credit: AURA/NOAO/NSF

The New Moon

Our New Moon of Nov 9, 2007 resides in sidereal Libra, in the midst of the two primary stars that create the balance or scales of Libra, Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali.

Our last lunar cycle, in the womb of the Virgin, was one of preparation and gestation prior to the birth into the balance of Libra, also depicted as the Chelae of the Scorpion in a mythical image long lost, but an imaging I consider to be far more revealing of the meaning of Libra's balance--to be discussed shortly.

The Mercury retrograde period occurring in the previous lunar cycle, now complete, provided a time of reorganization and preparation regarding the logistics in our lives. The Mercury retrograde period was also complimented by Juno, asteroid of covenant partnerships, self-respect, and mutual equality. Mercury's retrograde invited communication regarding logistical aspects within our significant partnerships as well as redefining the nature of those partnerships. It also marked the start of Mercury's new 116-day synodic cycle.

Our current New Moon lies just a couple degrees before Juno, with the Moon conjoining Juno just a few hours after New Moon. Juno also lies a bit north of the ecliptic, significantly conjoining Zubeneschamalli, the northern star of the chelae, in both ecliptical longitude and in latitude. (Juno passes just 1/4 of a degree north of this star.) Thus, Juno continues to play a significant role in this lunar cycle, and the lunar theme is very much about Juno related issues, and about relationships and partnerships moving forward with a new purpose.

In the Balance

Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali in modern illustrations are shown as the scales or balance of Libra. In a much older imaging however, these stars were the claws of the Scorpion--an image revealing a far greater understanding about our incarnational experience and purpose on Earth. Exploring the embracing mythical picture of this part of the heavens (extending through Virgo-Libra-Scorpio) provides greater context behind this month's lunar theme; and a deeper understanding of Libra's balance.

Star Chart: Nov 9, 2007 Juno New Moon

Nov 9, 2007 Juno New Moon

Although the constellation of Virgo begins at the Leo / Virgo cusp, it extends well into the first half of the sidereal sign of Libra. The Virgin lies supine with her head at the beginning of Virgo, which lies under the Halo of the Virgin marked by our Super Galactic Centre--the spiritual center in which our galaxy nests). The Virgin's base chakra (Spica, Alpha Virgo) marks the cusp of Virgo / Libra, while the Virgin's legs extend well into Libra, with her feet marking the center (15°) of sidereal Libra. The constellation of Virgo embraces about 46 degrees of the zodiak--the longest of the zodiakal constellations.

The two primary stars of Libra, Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali, respectively lie just past the feet of the Virgin, at about 20° and 24° sidereal Libra. However, in our older mythical image the chelae of Scorpion extend from the east, from the head of the Scorpion in early sidereal Scorpio, back into sidereal Libra, with Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali marking the open claws of the Scorpion. Zubenelgenubi is the southern claw (residing on the ecliptic) and Zubeneschamali is the northern claw, (residing a bit north of the ecliptic).

The over all image here is of the Virgin giving birth into the Chelae of the Scorpion, an image that articulates the reincarnational birthing of the soul into a process of soul growth gained through the balance of human experience while in the forces of duality. This mythical articulation was destroyed in recent (Chaldaean / Roman) times: The Scorpion's Chelae and the Virgin's legs were severed from our stellar mythos, and so too its profound significance. This is why our modern image of Libra is considered to be the scales of justice--implying the need to experience both sides (a balance) of human experience in order to gain self-mastery as an incarnating soul. It does not imply the guilt trip laden idea of paying for misdeeds deemed by a mediating and governing church-state that pretends to stand between an incarnate soul and God--a ploy used by the church-state puppet-masters to control and manipulate the masses. Nor does it refer to paying for past deeds done in a prior incarnation. Here, in the reincarnational clutches of the Scorpion, the incarnating soul learns self-responsibility and self-mastery, to claim the true freedom that the scales of Libra stand for, by choice, by choosing to move from the patterns and scenarios of the past (Zubenelgenubi) and to participate in a new way, to step into a new way of being, upon a new path of experience--in essence to complete one's destiny or incarnational purpose of soul growth.

Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali are the karmic and dharmic seats for humanity, the former about our past experience and patterns of growth, and the latter about our future path of experience and growth, to do it differently--to grow and change.

Alignments with Zubenelgenubi, the southern claw, indicate a responsibility to address or complete any entrapping situations created in a previous incarnation--unfinished business, or simply entrapping patterns and scenarios we find ourselves in in this life. Zubenelgenubi marks Saturn's exalted location in the ecliptic. Alignments with Zubeneschamali, the northern claw, indicate a responsibility to step forward from our past patterns of growth and life scenarios into our intended new experience, into our future destiny, by taking the responsibility to choose a new experience, to choose a new way, a new participation. It is through this balance of experience that we free ourselves from, or better to say, that fulfills our past, that fulfills our lives.

We can also lookk at Zubenelgenubi to articulate soul's responisbilty for personal growth, where as Zubeneschamali articuluates the soul's responsiblity or purpose in the world.

Further articulating the overall theme is the neck and head of the serpent, held in the hand of Ophiuchus, reaching for the Northern Crown, which lies north of the chelae; and the stars of the Centaur, teacher of self-mastery in the physical world, which lie south of the chelae.

The Centaur teaches the right way to live to attain this evolutionary freedom. Ophiuchus, standing on the Scorpion, is demonstrable example of one who has achieved this equilibrium, this evolutionary freedom. He, holding the serpent reaching (or pointing) to the Northern Crown, indicates the ideal the goal to ultimately free self from the clutches of the Scorpion, which is done in the balance attained my stepping form the past (karmic) patterns one's (dharmic) future. The Northern Crown articulates this freedom or fulfillment.

Juno residing on the north claw creates a significant dynamic in this lunar cycle. It indicates individuals coming together in partnerships that have something to do together; that are even destined to come together for a purpose. It can also indicate these new partnerships may be instumental in helping us to move from the patterns of the past into a greater balance, fulfillment, or freedom of being.

Any Juno issues we may have are important here because Juno is of mutual respect and equality. If we have either an inferiority or superiority complex for example, we can draw partners that may reflect this imbalance, often drawing the polar opposite. If we tend to be more in balance within self, regarding this issue of self worth, then we would tend to draw those more mutually compatible. Niether is good or bad, but merely serving our continuing process of growth.

Either way, this lunar cycle is about our moving forth into new experience that frees us from the past; it is about any Juno related issues underpinning our capacity to do so; and it is about existing relationships moving forward in a new way and new relationships that are destined yet to become.

See Asteroids-Juno to learn more about Juno astrology and Juno-related emotional issues.

Exploring Juno in the natal astrological chart, its placement and aspects, can reveal a great deal about the nature of any Juno issues we may have, and the nature of the type of relationships we draw to ourselves.

Crescent Moon Phase Characteristics

M25 Open Star Cluster

M25 open star cluster in the constellation Sagittarius / over the bow of the Zen Archer, looking into the galactic plane. Image size 42.3 arc minutes.
Image credit: Hillary Mathis, Vanessa Harvey, REU program/NOAO/AURA/NSF

Expanding on the Theme

Crescent Moon

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.

The Crescent Moon of Nov 13-14 resides in sidereal Sag and conjoins the bow of the Zen Archer, composed of three stars Kaus Bor., Kaus Meri. and Kaus Aus.). Also conjoining is Alpha Telescopium. The archers bow is of endurance, of a Zen like focus and the stability that is required to aim for and hit one's target or ideals and dreams. Alpha Telescopium adds the element of long-term vision--to eliminate from view any distractions that would defer us from achieving our purpose; to set our sight upon and see only that which is our intended goal. This is to remove all doubt that may undermine our purpose and path ahead, not to think and try, but to know and do.

Our Crescent Moon asks us to amalgamate this Zen Archer quality with our movement forward upon our new paths.

The Sun & Juno


The Sun and Juno conjoin hours after the Crescent Moon marking the climax point of vision and realization in the current 486-day Earth-Juno synodic cycle. Juno issues and the theme of this cycle become apparent as they surface into our conscious awareness. The current Juno synodic cycle began on April 9, 2007 and was presented in March 18, 2007 lunar planner. Interestingly, Juno's last cycle started in the Virgin's womb, quite near where our previous Lunar Cycle began. Something is gestating that wants to birth in regard to partnerships--quite fitting considering our new Lunar Cycle's theme now, and with the need embark upon new paths in our relationships that lead to a greater freedom of being--to heed Zubeneschamali and the Northern Crown's calling.

To learn the fundamentals about synodic cycles and synodic astrology see: Synodic Cycles and Planetary Retrogrades.

Mars Retrograde


Mars begins its retrograde on Nov 15 in sidereal Gemini. This begins a transition time from the previous Earth-Mars synodic cycle. The new cycle will start in the midst of the Mars retrograde, on Dec 24, 2007, and will fully commence as Mars returns direct on Jan 30, 2008. The previous 780-day Mars synodic cycle began on Nov 5, 2005 in sidereal Aries. Its theme (in the Jaws of Cetus) was presented in the Nov 2, 2005 lunar planner. The New Mars cycle starting in sidereal Gemini will be presented in the next lunar planner of Dec 9, 2007.

First Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

Veil (Lacework) Nebula in Cygnus

NASA,ESA & Hubble Heritage (STScl/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration HST/WFPC@ STScl-PRC07-30

Initiate Action

First Quarter  Moon

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 Sun moves into sidereal Scorpio on Nov 17, immediately before First Quarter Moon.

The First Quarter Moon occurs on Nov 17 on the cusp of sidereal Aquarius conjoining Sadr of Cygnus, the Heart of the Swan. The Sun, of course is on the cusp of sidereal Scorpio--making for a significant stimulus to action due to the Sun-Moon square occurring on the sidereal cusps.

The cusp of sidereal Aquarius is marked by the wing of Cygnus the Swan, which extends from Sadr, the heart of the Swan, to Gienah, the tip of the wing. The Veil (Lacework) Nebula resides on the wing near Gienah.

Sadr asks us to participate from a soul-level maturity and our deeper hearts' truths rather than participate in the follies common to personality-based veils of illusion. Sadr offers a lift to a more embracing and inclusive level of awareness and participation. Sadr also marks the start of the true humanitarian facet of the zodiak.

Gibbous Moon Phase Characteristics

Attraction & Involvement

Gibbous Moon

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 Nov 21 in sidereal Pisces conjoining Alpheratz of Andromeda and Alderamin of Cepheus.

Alpheratz is one of four stars of the Great Square of Pegasus and is part of Andromeda and Pegasus both. As Alpha Andromeda, it is the head of the princess in chains. By its alternative name Sirrah, it is Delta Pegasus.

Alpheratz is unadulterated, innocent, naive, uncorrupted by evil, wrong-doing or malice; and holds a position of extraordinary honor and advantage--this star often portending success and riches through social popularity and achievement in business.

Although the stage setting in which Andromeda is trapped (chained to rocks about to be devoured by Cetus) seems complex, two primary things must occur for her freedom. One is an inner metamorphosis, a psycho-emotional maturing into the readiness to receive aid, the other is the assistance from her destined partner, who also had to mature through his own initiatory rite. The two go hand in hand.

Often time, we are ready to change only when in the chains of the human struggle. And our inner readiness precedes receiving support to change. Forceful attempts to break free before we are ready only tighten the chain of bondage. Here lies the need to break free from the human mold, from the genetic, cultural, and personal pattering forming our lives. Andromeda represents the struggle for freedom from the collective and tormenting forces of the human world, to claim our true galactic birthright and evolutionary destiny. Alpheratz's fortuitous position ultimately brings success and reward in this worthy pursuit.

Alderamin is the head of the king, often portraying one in an auhtorative position. Alderamin can expresses as denial, avoidance, or turning one's head from dealing with the manipulative power plays causing our or other people's entrapment, and the unwillingness to do anything about them. Here we can live in submission to manipulative forces rather than to stand up for self and for those unjustly punished, even when it is our responsibility to do so. Alderamin ultimately will come to aid, but after this initial aloofness.

Alpheratz and Alderamin amalgamate to form a fortunate outcome, but sometimes drawn out by our need to navigate through the emotional Piscian waters.

The Opening
The Jupiter Pluto Synodic Cycle


Mobilizing and expansive Jupiter makes its third synod of 2007, this being the capstone and most significant of the three. The first occurred with Ixion in May 2007 commencing a new 13-year Jupiter-Ixion cycle; the second was with Quaoar in late June 2007 commencing a new 13-year Jupiter-Quaoar cycle; and now Jupiter and Pluto create a very significant synod on Nov 22-23 2007, commencing a new 13-year Jupiter-Pluto synodic cycle--"the climatic opening."

Jupiter - NASA's Cassini image

NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this true color mosaic of Jupiter, the most detailed global color portrait of the planet ever produced. The smallest visible features are approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) across. Although Cassini's camera can see more colors than humans can, Jupiter's colors in this new view appear very close to the way the human eye would see them.

The mosaic is made up of 27 images taken in December 2000, during the spacecraft's closest approach to the gas giant. The Cassini spacecraft continued on to Saturn in the summer of 2004.

Photo Credit: NASA. For more on this photo, visit:
For more on the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit:

This expansive opening occurs in early sidereal Sag between Galactic Center and the Gate of God. It occurs in the midst of the Earth-Pluto synodic cycle, the second in sidereal Sag, that began in June 2007. The very significant Earth-Pluto Galactic Center synodic cycle was presented in the June 14, 2007 Lunar Planner.

M7 Open Star Cluster

M7 is an open star cluster (conjoining the Jupiter-Pluto synod), set against the dramatic backdrop of the Milky Way, stars scattered like dust. This provides an interesting contrast with its near neighbor M6 (compare the Kitt Peak image of M6). M7 was known as early as the year 130 AD, when it was mentioned by Ptolemy. This color composite image was created from CCD images taken at the Burrell Schmidt telescope of the Warner and Swasey Observatory of the Case Western Reserve University, located on Kitt Peak in southwestern Arizona. The contributing images were taken in June and July of 1995 during the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program operated at the Kitt Peak National Observatory and supported by the National Science Foundation.

Image and Caption Credit: N.A.Sharp, REU program/AURA/NOAO/NSF

The last Jupiter-Pluto cycle began in December of 1994 (along with Ixion) in early sidereal Scorpio, in front the head of the Scorpio. Thus the theme of this new 13-year cycle in early sidereal Sag is dramatically different than the 1994 Jupiter-Pluto cycle; and thus, the next 13 years will be dramatically different than the last 13 years. Pluto becomes a revealor of truth in sidereal Sag. This cycle should bring a wide-sweeping movement to uncover the truth, to make visible that which has been hidden behind the scenes, especially regarding the use and abuse of power.

Astrologically, Jupiter and Pluto synthesize quite well together creating a vital, expansive, and opportunistic opening, here for those embracing their spiritual initiations and the accelerating evolutionary energies, for those who are making passage across the event horizon of Galactic Center and the Gate of God--a parting of the waters is at hand.

To learn more about this very significant turning, see "The Synodic Cycles of Pluto, Ixion & Quaoar with Jupiter, Saturn, and Nessus: A Historical Timeline & Astrological Exploration 1982 - 2020."

Earth-Comet Holmes Synodic Cycle

"I can only call this event and the new Earth-Holmes synodic cycle extremely auspicious due to several factors: the dramatic eruption of this cosmic messenger, which brought global attention to the comet; the location of the comet in Perseus; its conjunction with the Full Moon of Oct 24; and it occurring at the start of the new 13-year Jupiter-Pluto synodic cycle. The Earth-Holmes synod occurs just hours before the Full Moon, in the high-energy crescendo leading into the Full Moon. The alignment (in ecliptical longitude) including the Full Moon is: Sun-Earth-Full Moon-Comet Holmes." See "The Revelation of Comet Holmes." (added Nov 20, 2007)

Astrologers Note: There is a 150° (quincunx) aspect between the
Jupiter-Pluto-Galactic Centre synod and the Earth-Comet Holmes-Mirphak synod.
Saturn is also in aspect: square the Earth-Holmes synod and trine the Jupiter Pluto synod. And most importantly, Venus and Earth-Holmes (in sextile) create a Yod (Finger of God) pointing to the Jupiter-Pluto synod.
(Synods and aspects are seen in a heliocentric chart and are presented in The Rrevelation of Comet Holmes.)

Full Moon Phase Characteristics

Vision, Enthusiasm, & Realization of the Theme

Full Moon

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 in sidereal Taurus on Nov 24. Uranus completes its retrograde and returns direct in sidereal Aquarius a few hours before Full Moon adding an opportunistic dynamic for unexpected radical change.

The Full Moon conjoins Comet 17pHolmes and Mirphak, the primary star of Perseus, and the foot of Perseus including the intense X-Perseus neutron star. The Moon is about 4.5° north of the ecliptic and was passing through the Pleiades star cluster for a couple of hours preceding the Full Moon.

The Pleiades M45

"The Pleiades, (M45), are among those objects which are known since the earliest times. (Mentioned by Homer about 750 B.C., by biblical Amos about 750 B.C., and by Hesiod about 700 B.C.) At least 6 member stars are visible to the naked eye, while under moderate conditions this number increases to 9, and under clear dark skies jumps up to more than a dozen (Vehrenberg, in his Atlas of Deep Sky Splendors, mentions that in 1579, well before the invention of the telescope, astronomer Moestlin has correctly drawn 11 Pleiades stars, while Kepler quotes observations of up to 14).

Modern observing methods have revealed that at least about 500 mostly faint stars belong to the Pleiades star cluster, spread over a 2 degree (four times the diameter of the Moon) field. Their density is pretty low, compared to other open clusters. This is one reason why the life expectation of the Pleiades cluster is also pretty low...." (NASA)


Perseus and Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini stands in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence.
Bronze, 18 feet high 1545-54.
Image Credit: © 1999 Mary Ann Sullivan (photographed on site)

The Pleiades impart an initiating quality, that of seeding, of getting things going, of initiating action in the physical and business world specifically to manifest the "Vision of Aldebaran"--the establishment of the administrative and physical logistics that support our personal lives.

Our primary Full Moon star, Mirphak, Alpha Perseus, is quite fortuitous and embodies the totality and success of all that Perseus has been through in his initiatory trials with need and the personal power to now live his destiny. See the full story of Perseus and Royal Family.

The foot of Perseus (created by Atiks, Omi Perseus; Zeta Perseus; and the potent neutron star, X-Perseus) brings a powerful capacity to infuse the spiritual power gained from our initiations in life and to manifest our longer-term purpose and destiny in the physical world.

Here we are asked to realize and claim the true gift of the inner refinement that the past initiatory fires of life have catalyzed, and to accept that our trials had to precede stepping forth into our greater fulfillment and destiny. We now can realize with bold certainty the opportunity that the theme of this Lunar Cycle offers.

Comet Holmes' dramatic eruption in Perseus occurred in the last lunar cycle. Now, the Full Moon of Nov 24, 2007 significantly conjoins Holmes while retrograde Holmes and Mirphak conjoin in both ecliptical longitude and latitude. See the Path of Comet Holmes star chart.

What a significator! Comet Holmes illumines and accentuates this Mirphak Full Moon theme; and perhaps our need to rise-to the occasion as the hero Perseus does in his initiatory journey to claim the success and achievement that Mirphak embodies. The realizations this Full Moon offers, whatever they may be for each of us, are of extreme significance.

Sun square the Lunar Nodes

The Sun squares the Lunar Nodes on Nov 24-25. This is confusingly called a Moon Wobble, a term coined by Carl Payne Tobey due to his observation of an instability of people's judgment, especially of those in leadership positions. He also observed that the loss of life was more substantial if there were fires occurring when the Sun squared the Lunar Nodes. I do not know if any astrological research has continued to affirm his findings.

Pallas happens to conjoin the Lunar North Node in a fortuitous area of sidereal Aquarius; in this case suggesting the need to step through any judgment-based hesitancy with artistic creative intelligence.

Disseminating Moon Phase Characteristics

Manifestation & Demonstration

Disseminating Moon

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 Nov 27 in sidereal Gemini. The Moon also conjoins Varuna, one of newly discovered Kuiper Belt objects (KBO). Varuna and the Moon, both slightly north of the ecliptic are less than 1° apart in ecliptical latitude, making their conjunction extra significant. This is also the 7-year anniversary of Varuna's discovery (Nov 28, 2000).

Mythologically, Varuna is the all-knowing creator god in the mythology of India: "He knows the pathway of the wind" (Rig Veda, the oldest of the Vedas and the oldest book in Sanskrit). Varuna is the merciful, fair, supportive, and heavenly king of both the gods and humans who controls the physical order of the universe. He expresses physical power in battle and pro-creative vigor as he upholds cosmic law (not man's law) and a path of order. Varuna is considered to be the protector of people, keeping them from evil.

Varuna was discovered conjoining Alhena of Gemini. Alhena is the mark or brand--here indicating Varuna's arrival to be marking the time to re-establish order out of the chaos on Earth. Alhena is of commencement and indicates a turning point has been reached, a separating of the ways is at hand, that it is time to get off the fence of indecision and take action, to go forth, to act on our greater soul truth and purpose. More on Varuna.

Varuna has since moved a bit further in Gemini and now, along with our Disseminating Moon, conjoins Wasat, and Castor of Gemini; Muliphen (Mirza) of Canis Major, which lies south of the Twins; and Delta Monoceris of the Unicorn.

Wasat, the umbilical cord, embodies the essence of sidereal Gemini. Wasat is the link and liaison that unites and acts as a catalyst. Wasat brings the logistical pieces together. Wasat is of planning, coordination, assemblage of diversity and parts into a workable functional model. Castor along with Wasat creates the engineer, the technician, the artist, and the constructor (where opposite Sagittarius is the architect, inspirationalist, and vision holder). Wasat embodies the mechanics of creating the bridge or means in physical logistics.

Conjoining Wasat from the south is Muliphen (Mirza) of Canis Major inspiring people, partners, and soul mates that have disappeared or withdrawn to re-emerge as a steady and dependable presence. Also conjoining is Delta Monoceris, a star of the Unicorn, bringing its unexpected magic with the arrival of and union with the unexpected.

Although the astrological essence of Varuna is just starting to be explored by astrologers; this Disseminating Moon may bring more insight about its nature. From its mythical image as an all knowing, establisher of cosmic order (not man's order) and protector of people, it would seem our Varuna-Dissemanting Moon will support the ordering of events for partnerships that are 'destined to be' despite appearances or judgments made by man, especially in business or commerce related endeavors. This is fitting in the context of the Juno-dharmic-purpose New Moon theme. But let us also pay attention on this Dissenmanting Moon to experientially discern more of Varuna's influence.

It is interesting to note that Mars, also in sidereal Gemini, began its retrograde just before arriving to conjoin Varuna. This is significant because Mars will disengage from its previous synodic cycle's theme (Menkar-entrapment) and engage in a new one(in sidereal Gemini during its retrograde over the "Gate of Man" and the foot of Castor, which is of activity and commencement for the betterment of humankind. After Mars returns direct, it will then conjoin Varuna (in April 2008) under the influence of this new Mars synodic theme.


Mercury and Juno conjoin on Nov 29 in early sidereal Scorpio inspiring intense interaction and communication in relationships as they grow and move onward with their purpose

Last Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

Time for Change

Last Quarter Moon

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.

Our Last Quarter Moon occurs on Dec 1 conjoining Saturn in mid-sidereal Leo. They both nest between Alpha and Beta Sextans; and also conjoin the Vela X-1 neutron star, Thuban of Draco, and Alioth of the Great Bear.

Our inner needs surfacing within may inspire us to make changes in regard to that which had been well established in our lives, paths we have been on, or to create a different structure entirely or to concretize a new order / organization within our affairs.

Alioth is of personal will and the application of it. One of the seven rays of the Big Bear, Alioth teaches responsible use of personal will. Thuban indicates long established currents and patterns, while Vela X-1, a potent neutron star on the sail of the Argo, creates a relentless drive to apply personal will to affect long-term evolutionary change. In doing so, we become responsible in helping to steer our evolutionary outcome.

The sextant is a navigational instrument used to determine the vertical position (angular distance) of the sun, moon or stars from the horizon. The sextant reveals the need to reorient self so we know our current position so we can plot our course and take a new tack upon our journeys in life. On a greater scale, this can be in regard to changing allegiance of our energies from the outer world, self-sacrificing to diversionary forces or currents in the world around us, to the vertical integrity of our inner soul / source directive and truth. On a mundane level this can be in regard to changing our fundamental approach or path in life, to establish our position so we can plot or take a new tack toward our goals.

History of the Sextant

Balsamic Moon Phase Characteristics

Focus to the Future

Balsamic Moon

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 Whirlpool Galaxy in Canes Venatici

The Bi-Polar Vorticies of Venus
Credit: ESA - AOES Medialab

Venus Express Update
September 3, 2007

"Venus Express has now orbited Earth’s twin for 500 Earth days, completing as many orbits. While the satellite maintains steady and excellent performance, the planet continues to surprise and amaze us."

The Balsamic Moon of Dec 5 conjoins Venus in early sidereal Libra. They both reside upon the thighs of the Virgin; just past the longitude of Spica and Archturus, which mark the cusp of sidereal Virgo-Libra. The first half of sidereal Libra embodies the legs of the Virgin, which extend from Spica to mid-sidereal Libra--a section of the ecliptic which I dub "under the skirt of the Virgin"--referring to the long obscured truth of the Virgin and this part of the heavens. (See The Astronomical Truth of the Virgin for an expounded discussion of Virgo-Libra-Scorpio / and the Secrets of the Virgin.)

Early sidereal Libra, at the thighs of the Virgin, is about intimacy and mutual support. Thighs in general are about support: the back of the thighs are of past support; the front of the thighs are of future support; the outer thighs are of peer and friends' support; and the inner thighs are of intimate support. Early Libra is also about nurturing and protection, of being in the proper environemnt for our greater well-being and evolution of consciousness.

The Venus Moon conjoins Izar of Bootes; The Theta Carina star cluster of the Argo; and the Centaurs X-3 neutron star black hole.

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, which is about migration or pilgrimage to special places that serve us along our paths in life. Cen X-3 contributes significantly to the theme of early sidereal Libra. Cen X-3 reveals these portals and places where we can have experiences that can change our evolutionary course, that provide nurturing and protection, and that serve our greater well-being. Cen X-3 provides the protective and transformative environment often required when we are starting a new, growing, or making significant changes in our lives. Like with all black holes, this requires and all or nothing act with no in-betweens. So we must be willing to go to these places--in this case, with Venus, places of love, of passion, of the heart.

Here we may find events or experiences of love or abundance occurring in space and time, or intimate nurturing encounters, or deep portals of love that can change our evolutionary experience if we are willing to leave the known and leap into an abyss. Opportunities presented here allows us to walk away from the mundane, from what is established in our lives, from what seems to even make sense to onlookers. They require a leap into the void or through a portal with the knowing there are subtle but greater soul-level currents that can carry us to our greater fulfillment. Learning to move in intimate trust and harmony with these forces is a key dynamic of this part of the zodiak. Conjoining Izar of Bootes reveals that any fear of intimacy can 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.

This describes the seed coalescing from the experience of this lunar cycle and that will sprout anew and express in the next lunar cycle's theme. Our next lunar cycle begins on the New Moon of Dec 9 in sidereal Scorpio but in the constellation of Ophiuchus--more to come then.

See "E-Motions of the Heart" to learn about Venus' conjunctions with Crescent and Balsamic Moons.

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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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