The Lunar Theme for the
May 5, 2008 New Moon

Time's Up

The Lunar Month of
May 5, 2008 - June 3, 2008

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

The New Moon

Large Magellanic Cloud

LH-95 in the Large Magellanic Cloud. 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. It is more like they are being cared for and reared by our galaxy.

Image Credit: NASA.

Our last lunar cycle was one about surrendering lesser levels of self, specifically any emotional-based attitudes that might keep us from accelerating with the dynamic energetic shifts upon us. This lunar cycle invites another required inner shift and it is a prelude leading into a principal evolutionary portal that opens in the following lunar cycle--a separating of the ways, which occurs on the solstice, with autonomous Pluto guarding the "Gate of God" in Earth's precessionally driven "Evolutionary Cycle of the Soul."

Our current New Moon of May 5, 2008 occurs in sidereal Aries at the Sun's exalted location in the sidereal zodiak. It conjoins several stellar entries: Zibel of Eridanus; Tish, the whip of Queen Cassiopeia; Almach, the snagged foot the princess Andromeda; Menkar, the jaws of ole' Cetus the sea monster; Alpha Horologium, the pendulum clock; and the LMC X-3 Black Hole in Large Magellanic Cloud.

Time is of essence, as the pendulum clock ticks away. Alpha Horologium embodies the characteristic of "impending time." Here there is a relentless and underlying sense that there is a finite period with time ticking away, and that more than is humanly possible must be done with need to free something before going forward. Seemingly, a miracle is required, and often time, at the last minute, one arrives. But here, we must be willing to release the pressure we are applying in attempt to free ourselves, as it really creates the tension that keeps us entrapped. Only then can we make our passage.

The Little Dumbell Planetary Nebula

The Little Dumbell Planetary Nebula M76
Image Credit: Robert J. Vanderbei
Permission CC-BY-2.5; Released under the GNU Free Documentation License.

The Little Dumbbell Nebula in Perseus paints this scenario nicely. Using brute force is a stupid move that only tightens the chain of human bondage. Patience and gentleness are required to escape from danger, but also an inner strength to persist.

The backdrop scene has the naive and eminent princess Andromeda chained to the rocks by the sea with her foot about to be chomped by the snapping jaws of ole Cetus, the technobureaucratic monster of fear-based collective human consciousness.

Zibel, a stopping point along the river of life is a place of consideration:

Menkar, the jaws of thrashing Cetus, and Almach, the entrapped foot of the princess, invite us to look at those areas in our lives where we seem perpetually trapped, a snag, perhaps something that continually has a grasp that keeps us from moving forward into a greater freedom of being.

Perseus and Andromeda

Perseus and Andromeda by Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) Oil on Slate. On display at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Some critics think this work to be cluttered by other people in the water, confusing the theme of the chained princess. I however think it nicely depicts Andromeda's almost fatal entrapment in Cetus--the technobureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness, as indicated by many people flocking around the chained princess in the Piscian waters, unconscious of the danger of becoming devoured. Vasari is known for his bibliographical book, "Lives of the Artists."

The prerequisite for Andromeda's freedom is revealed in part by Tish, the queen's whip. The intolerant queen, crusted with righteous arrogance finds that when she lashes out against the world from a place of inner frustration in dealing with the tormenting forces of both the manipulative gods and the human world, the whip snaps back only to whack her own hand and that which she loves.

In order to free ourselves from our potential and seemingly imminent demise, and even step into a position that may be rightfully ours, we must relinquish any tendency to create and perpetuate our own bondage due to a false sense of guilt or grief--self-imposed judgment that we had done something wrong in the past, that we had sinned. The root of the phrase "to sin" simply meant to experience incarnality--human experience, to learn through incarnate form, it did not imply anything done wrong. "To sin" was only later confused to insinuate guilt, a ploy employed by the governing factions of ole Cetus to perpetuate control over the masses by selling fear.

Here we find that pulling on the chains only tightens our entrapment, and our fear, and that we must first relinquish the guilt-laden head trips we lay upon ourselves that we are not worthy of better, guilt which in-turn articulates as righteous arrogance that we are entitled but are being denied--two sides of the same coin. If we believe we are unworthy, then we start to believe we are helpless victims that must either be saved or that perish forever. Time is ticking.

Far below the entire scene of the Royal Family and Aries, deep in southern sky, lies Dorado, the gold fish--embodiment of the illumined soul. Dorado "refers not to our little exotic cyprinoid, but to the large coryphaena of the tropical seas, of changing colors at death" (Allen). (Sometimes called the Swordfish today.) The head of the goldfish marks the southern pole of the ecliptic--the foundational seat of the soul--the pot of gold protected by the dragon (which encircles the north ecliptic pole). This is why the royal family is adorned in gold and gems / riches--representing the illumination and wealth of the soul--not the illusory wealth of the mortal world. Hence, the confusion about our true riches--why we fight over the mineral gold, or even try to ingest it, rather than delve deep within for the golden light of the soul. Upon Dorado's head lies the LMC X-3 black hole in the " Large Magellanic Cloud." LMC X-3 invites us to realize the freedom we seek is found only through the initiations of the maturing soul, not in the blessings or curses we think we receive at personality level. Soul is the enduing foundation we must cultivate, all else is temporal adornment.

Crescent Moon Phase Characteristics

Expanding on the Theme

Crescent Moon
Bright Reflection Nebula - Gemini

Bright Reflection Nebula IC433/444
marking the foot of Castor in Gemini

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 lunar 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 May 8 in early sidereal Gemini and conjoins Tejat (Eta Gemini), which marks the foot of Castor of the Twins.

Here we find inspiration to take the logistical steps that lead us from obscurity, from our self-imposed bondage, from our sense of being trapped, from hiding in the closet, and into visibility. Do we continue to play victim to our current life scenarios or do we get on with it. This simple point will become principal on the solstice in following lunar cycle, but within a greater context regarding the expression of our soul-level purpose through the daily activity of humankind.

Jupiter Retrograde

Jupiter stations on the Crescent Moon and under the auspices of Lyra, Harp of the Angels to begin its retrograde on May 9, 2008. Jupiter played a key role in creating a significant mobilization and expansion in human consciousness in 2007 as it moved through sidereal Scorpio starting new 13-year cycles with Ixion, Quaoar and Pluto. Now in sidereal Sagittarius, Jupiter begins to shift from its previous 399-day Earth-Jupiter synodic cycle to begin its next cycle in July (during its retrograde), and which will fully engage as Jupiter returns direct come September.

Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, May 8 (on the Crescent Moon-Jupiter station) is an ideal time to work with the Jupiter audio mediation.

First Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

Initiate Action

The Temple of Castor and Pollux

The Owl Nebula, M97 (Planetary Nebula)
in the Great Bear overlooking the Head of the Lion

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.

Our First Quarter Moon occurs on May 11-12 in late sidereal Cancer on the Lunar South Node, while the Sun squares the Lunar Nodes creating what is commonly called a Moon Wobble.

Sun squares the Lunar Nodes: This aspect is confusingly called a "Moon Wobble"--a term coined by Carl Payne Tobey. He chose this term not to refer to a physical wobble of the moon, but to an instability of people's emotional judgment, which he noted to be notoriously poor (especially of those in leadership positions).

The Moon and the Lunar South Node reside under the auspices of the head of the Lion, which faces back from sidereal Leo over the Cancer-Leo cusp. Conjoining stars are Algenubi, the eye of the Lion; Rasalas, the crown of the Lion; and Subra, the paw of the Lion. Also conjoining are Tania, the hind foot of the Great Bear; and Alpha Pictoris.

This was also the zodical longitude of Orcus when it was discovered on Feb 19, 2004. Orcus is Pluto's counter part, having very similar orbital dynamics as Pluto.

Although the astrology of Orcus is just starting to be explored, from the stellar alignments at the time of its discovery on Feb 19, 2004 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 and 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 or orientation that is in integrity to Heart. Orcus, although Pluto like, seems to express a quiet profundity, almost unnoticed as it serves us to get in touch with our deeper soul essence and purpose--the oath of the soul.

This First Quarter Moon is extra dynamic and inspires action for our emergence from our past patterns, especially those that have been keeping us in hiding from a greater expression and participation in the world. It motivates us to break new trail, to discover a new path, to step forth into the new pictures emerging in our lives.

Earth Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, any significant Lunar alignment (phase shift or lunar conjunction) is an ideal time to use the Earth-Moon audio.

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.

This Gibbous Moon occurs on May 15-16 in mid-sidereal Virgo conjoining the Dianem of the Virgin, Alpha Coma Berenices; and Vindemiatrix and Porrima, both of Virgo. This zodiacal location marks the "Virgin Point.

This location is of clarity of mind. Diadem, the jeweled crown in the Virgin's hair, accentuates our capacity to attune to our spiritual / soul guidance which communicates through the magnetic forces of nature, through the world around us, as articulated by the stars of southern Corvus the messenger bird.

Vindemiatrix and Porrima mark the centre of sidereal Virgo and embody the essence of sidereal Virgo. This is also the exalted seat of our winged messenger Mercury, significantly adding perspective and understanding to the nature of the stars at this ecliptical longitude. Mercury is the vessel by which these stars function in their highest expression, that is, through the neurology of communication and logistics, and all that Mercury characterizes. This ecliptical point resonates with our "Crown Chakras" from which articulates our higher wisdom and guidance.

Porrima, just two degrees north of the ecliptic expresses through the higher nature of the Mercurial mind--our higher brain centres that activate our capacity for clairvoyance and telepathy. Porrima opens our ability to have foresight to see future probabilities. Vindemiatrix, just north of Porrima, classically the Harvester, indicates the time is at hand, and that matters are about timing. "This star is said to confer great powers of thought and an exacting, severe nature" (siderealist Andrés Takra). Both stars lie over Corvus the Raven, the messenger bird. Corvus communicates through all of nature, and asks us to read the natural world, to listen to and observe the signs expressing in daily life from the world around us.

The point of having fore-vision or receiving premonitions is so that we may act accordingly in the present so we are in a position to meet that which is approaching from the immediate future in grace and eloquence, lest we may be unprepared for events to come, or worse yet, entirely miss the opportunities soon arriving. As the saying goes: "Show up, pay attention, and participate."

Mars Saturn Synodic Cycle

Mars and Saturn begin a new 2-year synodic cycle on May 16, 2008 in sidereal Leo.

The 2-year Mars-Saturn synodic cycle generally creates an evolutionary current regarding constructive and responsible use of creative power. Saturn is of limits, bounds, constraints, structure, form, that which is established, and the past. Mars is of creativity, action, and power. A synodic cycle starts with a synthesis of the two planetary dynamics and then unfolds over the course of the cycle. The theme of the specific cycle is defined and revealed by the stellar alignments of the synod (Sun-planet-planet alignment). In general, a Mars-Saturn synthesis is about the responsible use of our creative power.

See "Synodic Cycles & Planetary Retrogrades" to learn the basics about Synodic Cycles and their significance in astrology.

The last Mars-Saturn synodic cycle began on April 29, 2006 in sidereal Cancer conjoining Preasepe, the beehive star cluster. It's theme was about taking action to emerge from the darkness, dogma and delusion of the past.

The stellar alignments setting the theme of this specific cycle are quite similar to those of the Earth-Saturn synodic cycle that recently began in Feb 2008 (because Saturn has not moved to much further in its orbit since then). These alignments were: Alpha Sextans; the Vela Pulsar; and also the Vela X-1 Neutron Star on the sail of the Argo; and Thuban of Draco. The Earth-Saturn theme was presented in the Feb 6, 2008 Lunar Cycle.

With Saturn having moved only slightly further in the ecliptic, the principal stars defining the the new Mars-Saturn synodic theme shift a bit to Thuban of Draco; Alioth of Ursa Major; the Seyfert Galaxy NGC4051 in Ursa Major; and Beta Sextans.

Thuban, in the far northern heavens, was Earth’s pole star circa 2600 BC near the "tear of the Bear," a point in Earth’s ~25,000-year "evolutionary cycle of the soul" at which a turning and fractioning occurred in the hierarchical powers governing Earth. This dramatized the separation between those choosing to fight for a greater evolutionary vision and those wanting to maintain totalitarian control of the Earth with their antics to do so.

The 180° point in the "Cycle of the Holy Cross," which occurred about 4880 BC, marked the epitome of darkness in the last temporal 12,000-year period in the precessionally driven, evolutionary cycle of the soul. Dark manipulative forces were specifically dominant from around 4800 BC to 2600 BC in Earth's evolutionary cycle of the soul.

Alignments with Thuban indicate a responsibility for having altered the direction of evolutionary affairs for life on Earth in a negative way with repercussions incurred at soul level, and with responsibility to ensure evolutionary fulfillment now. Thuban is not about the punctual moment, but more about the backdrop, the durative time-stream in which we find ourselves. Thuban's eminence in our celestial sphere demands we take responsibility for our past-future experience throughout our sojourn on Earth, especially for the destructive or disrupting use of force.

Alioth is of personal will and the application of it. As one of the seven rays of the Big Bear and of the word power, Alioth also teaches us about the forceful use of will and ramifications of it. 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 learn to become responsible in helping to steer our evolutionary outcome.

The theme of the Sextant is about navigation. It reveals our need to determine our present position / situation, to set our bearings, and to take a new tack toward the direction we wish to move with conscious consideration for the changing evolutionary winds and currents upon which we ride.

Here the theme is about the use of personal will and the long-term ramifications of our use of it. Thus having completed the last Mars-Saturn synodic theme, which was about emerging from our past delusions, throughout this cycle, we become motivated to actively and responsibly use our creative power in a new way to attain our goals; with attention to the ramifications effecting our long-term evolutionary experience--to responsibly steer our evolutionary course.

Mars Saturn Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, May 16-17 is an ideal time to use the Mars and Saturn audios.

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.

Circinus Spiral Galaxy

The Circinus Spiral Galaxy
Hubble Space Telescope records the beauty surrounding the black hole at the heart of the Circinus Galaxy.
Image Credit: NASA

Our Full Moon occurs on May 19-20 in early sidereal Scorpio, directly facing the Scorpion's head.

The first few degrees of sidereal Scorpio, approaching the head of the Scorpion, resides in the domain of the Centaur, teacher of self-mastery; also under the neck of the Serpent, held in the hand of Ophiuchus, that is reaching for the Northern Crown, symbol of attaining freedom from the clutches of the Scorpion, from being entrapped in our cyclic patterns of growth. Here the theme of sacrifice and offerings arise, but sacrifice does not mean self-sacrifice, in the true sense of the word, it means to give up a lower office for a higher office. When offering up the lesser, we are also faced with taking on a greater responsibility, moving from victim consciousness, where we merely acquiesce to the conditions of life in which we find ourselves--caught in the clutches of the Scorpion--to taking responsibility for creating our life scenarios and consciously choosing a life path that supports our experiential growth, our emotional and spiritual maturity, and our physical fulfillment.

Alpha Centauri is the principal Full Moon star, which embodies the essence of the Centaur. It is a star of wisdom and of master teachers. The benevolent Centaur teaches the right way to live to attain our self-mastery in the physical world and subsequently to claim our evolutionary freedom from entrapment in the karmic re-incarnational process of soul growth. Such mastery is exemplified by Ophiuchus who stands over the Scorpion and holds the serpent pointing to the Northern Crown, which lies north and above the chelae of the Scorpion.

The Centaurian training is not merely an intellectual understanding of these principles but is learned through an experiential journey moment-by-moment that leads one to true inner wisdom and knowledge on an energetic neurological level, resulting in the inner realization that makes self-mastery of the primal forces of life actualized and right action crystal clear.

The near by Circini Spiral Galaxy embodies the principle of either choosing a path of personality-level convenience or the higher path of the soul, fulfilling one's greater purpose on Earth.

Also conjoining from the southern heavens is Alpha Chamaeleon, generally a symbol of adaptability, change and new beginnings, the Chamaeleon articulates the ability to adjust to any situation, but not through subservience or acquiescence, but in mastery of self and with intuitive sensitivity and individuality.

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 of the cycle, of claiming its gift.

Our Manifesting Moon of May 23-24 resides in late sidereal Sag approaching Jupiter--a beautiful pair visible in the early evening.

This ecliptical longitude and the fruit of that which we birth in this lunar cycle is about spiritual transmutation, healing and the expansion of consciousness, especially expressing through the art-sciences of multi-media.

Pavo the Peacock

Stellar alignments include Alrami, the knee and Alpha star of Sagittarius; Alpha Octans, a very southern constellation; and Sheliak of Lyra the harp. Also conjoining are Lambda and Epsilon of Aquila the Eagle, and Delta Pavo, of the Peakock.

Alrami and nearby Arkab of Sag embody the foundation or essence of the Zen Archer. Arkab, on the calf muscle, inspires action on our greater spiritual truth, a truth upheld and fought for by the Zen Archer. Arkab supports us to act energetically upon the myriad of opportunities leading to the fulfillment of our souls. Alrami, the knee of the archer, indicates the spiritual transmutation made possible by such demonstrable action; the ability to embrace transformation.

Multi-spectral Shelaik has the visible brilliance of 2000 of our suns, and is actually a dual star, a hot bright bluish star orbiting around a dimmer white cooler star in a period of about 12.9 days. Not only is this a dual star system, but due to the tilt of the stars' orbital plane, from our view, the two stars eclipse each other. Sheliak is beautiful to view through a telescope, and is easy to spot with the naked eye, being the southwestern most star in the small parallelogram that creates the body of the Lyre.

So massive and so close, the two stars transfer streams of matter from one to the other in an orbital disc-- a dynamic not quite understood by astronomers, and which is fitting to the astrological nature of the star--the theme of the lost chord. Sheliak marks the strings of the Lyre, inspiring holographic visualization and attunement to heavenly realms of angelic light, and the transfer of that multi-dimensional awareness through multi-media and art-sciences incorporating light, sound, and geometry. Sheliak embodies the scientific knowledge of harmonics and music--the wisdom of the art-science. In mythological lore, the Lyre was used for divine communion and healing, and Sheliak is about our tuning and being attuned for that very reason. Sheliak inspires cosmic visualization and awareness that serves to educate and illuminate.

Nearby Vega, the principle star of Lyra, the Harp Star, provides a multiplicity of opportunity, offering many potential doorways for fulfillment. Vega is stargate to Mansion Universes of Light where all possibilities coexist. Vega is where the unifying harmonic spectral messages of the Elohim culminate--providing a new home of solace for some upon the completion of their galactic journeys. More about the Lyre, its myth and its stars.

Alpha Octans was said to have healing power for all would contemplate under it. The Octant is a more recent constellation invented in 1752 near Earth's south pole and lies in the Magellanic Clouds.

Mercury Retrograde

Chiron, Mercury and Neptune all begin their retrogrades on May 25-26, while the Moon conjoins each of them. Mercury resides in sidereal Taurus and is about to begin its new 116-day Earth-Mercury synodic cycle in the midst of its retrograde just into the start of the next lunar cycle--during a significant Earth-Mercury-Sun-Venus alignment. Chiron and Neptune reside in late sidereal Capricorn on the Lunar North Node.

Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, May 25-26, while the Moon conjoins Chiron, the North Lunar Node and Neptune, is an ideal time to use the Earth, Mercury, and Neptune Bio-Harmonic audio meditations.

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.

Pelican Nebula

Pelican Nebula Ionization Front
The Pelican Nebula is located a few degrees east of Deneb in the constellation Cygnus, about 1,800 light-years distant from Earth. The Image was taken by the MOSAIC CCD camera of the Mayall 4-meter reflector telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, USA; and was produced by NOAO Survey Program "Deep Imaging Survey of Nearby Star-Forming Clouds" Image credit: John Bally (U. Colorado), Bo Reipurth (U. Hawaii)/NOAO/AURA/NSF

Last Quarter Moon occurs on May 27-28 in sidereal Aquarius conjoining the significant and fortuitous Sadachbia of Aquarius. Flanking are Deneb of Cygnus, and the Urn of the Waterbearer, from where the nourishing humanitarian waters flow. Here lie the stars that create the means for the humanitarian waterbearer to nourish humanity. The principal stars of the urn are Skat, star of the foundation, and On the Urn, Zeta Aquarius. They are of humanitarian philanthropic foundations, organizations, and business vessels through which material and financial support can flow for future-oriented humanitarian focused projects and for the nourishment of all. Also of influence is Sadachbia of Aquarius, the lucky star of hidden things, which is of gifts bestowed or serendipitously found. This is one of the purest areas of resonance in the ecliptic and one of the most fortuitous.

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.

Pavo the Peacock

Center of the Active Spiraling Galaxy NGC 1097 in Fornax--the fiery furnace in sidereal Aries, where matter is consumed and transformation takes place.
Image: European Southern Observatory
(NACO/VLT) (Oct 17, 2005)

The Balsamic Moon occurs on May 31 on the cusp of sidereal Aries. Classically, Aries is figured as a reclining ram with its head looking back over itself, admiring his own golden fleece. The theme of Aries the Ram, whether articulated by the Royal Family or Jason and the Argonauts search for the golden fleece is about the initiatory challenges that continually create obstacles and limitations across life's path. These obstacles, often created by our righteous attitudes of arrogance, create painful and repetitive lessons in the fires of life about that very thing--pride, arrogance, and greed--lessons that ultimately produce the alchemical honing of self. The lessons of Aries awaken us from our denial and naiveté regarding how arrogance and greed create our own entrapment in the Jaws of Cetus--the jaws continually pulling us into the transmutational fires of human experience.

This nicely sums up the last couple lunar cycles, those that have been prerequisite for us to make passage through the primary Pluto-Holy Cross portal, which becomes active in the next lunar cycle.

The Sidereal Return

The "sidereal return of the Moon" (when the Moon returns to the location of the New Moon) occurs on June 1. (The Lunar sidereal return always occurs in the Balsamic Lunar Phase.) This is when the experience of the lunar cycle is assimilated into our cerebral cortex and amalgamated with our total human memory matrix--adding to our growth. The Sidereal Return can be considered the formal close of the lunar cycle.

Our next lunar cycle begins on the New Moon of Jun 3, 2008, which conjoins Venus in sidereal Taurus and lies over the Shield of Orion. 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.

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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