The Lunar Theme for the
October 7, 2010 New Moon

Messages from the World Around Us
& the New Venus Synodic Cycle

The Lunar Month of
October 7, 2010 - November 6, 2010

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.

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).

Lunar Cycle Overview

Our New Moon of October 7, 2010 occurs in sidereal Virgo and conjoins the stars of Corvus, nature's Messenger Raven. Also conjoining is Beta Hydra and Beta Volans. This is also the zodiacal longitude of Jupiter's perihelion and Eris' perihelion (the locations in their orbits when they are closest to the Sun and Earth). This area of the Virgin brings our attention to the guiding messages expressing through the natural world around us, and our need to heed those messages.

Venus begins its several week retrograde immediately following the New Moon, during which a new 584-day Earth-Venus synodic cycle begins--occurring on the Last Quarter Moon. The next Venus synod will occur in June 2012 and will produce the second Venus Transit--the first transit occurred in June of 2004. The stars in early sidereal Aries--those of Cassiopeia and Cepheus--define the theme of our new Earth-Venus cycle. This entire several week retrograde may begin to catalyze a shift in our financial paradigm--perhaps a fresh start. Venus completes its retrograde on November 18, 2010, in the following lunar cycle. Jupiter also competes its retrograde at the same time, both of which create a new current of movement and expansion that should fully engage in early 2011, as Jupiter makes its final conjunction with Uranus.

Uranus and Makemake (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh), one of our new discovered Dwarf Planets, enter into a very tight orb in their long-standing opposition that began in the fall of 2008, also on the Last Quarter Moon. This tight orb will continue into early 2011, when their opposition completes, which occurs at the same time that Jupiter and Uranus make their final conjunction. This opposition has been a principal factor in the timeline of events occurring over the last few years, especially regarding the restructuring of our financial paradigm and its administration. This lunar cycle, along with the Venus retrograde begins the transition into the grand finale of the 2008-2011 timeline involving Saturn-Makemake in opposition to Uranus-Jupiter and square Pluto.

These are just a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events and more, based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

"The stars would not be in the heavens if we were meant to walk in darkness." 

About Synodic Cycles

Synodic Cycles are created when two (or more) planets align in their orbits around the Sun. The synodic cycle theme, defined by the planets involved and the star alignments at the time, will unfold until the two planets align again, marking the completion of the synodic cycle and the beginning of the next one.

There are many synodic cycles with unique astrological themes occurring simultaneously, creating a harmonic symphony of creative unfoldment in consciousness. Synodic cycles can be thought of as longer-term underlying currents, much like the backdrop chorus of a symphony, providing the underlying astrological context guiding our evolution.

Learn the basics about Synodic Cycles & Synodic Astrology.

New Moon Phase Characteristics

The New Moon Lunar Theme

Our October 7, 2010 New Moon occurs in sidereal Virgo, along the spinal column of the Virgin. The New Moon lies over the stars of Corvus the Messenger Raven. Conjoining stars of Corvus are Algorab (the Raven); Minkar, Al Chiba, and Kraz. Also conjoining are Beta Hydra; Beta Volans; and the Quasar 3C279 in Virgo. This is also the zodiacal longitude of Jupiter's perihelion and Eris' perihelion; and is the current midheaven (MC) of our galaxy's North Galactic Pole (NPG), bringing emphasis to our personal alignment with galactic and soul level directives and impulses.

Corvus is of intelligence and ingenuity; the keeper of secrets and a knowledge holder, but is also a prophetic revealer--the "raven messenger bird" to those who are spiritually and physically attuned, and who ask and listen. Corvus reminds us to pay attention to the signs or messages naturally expressing through the world around us moment-by-moment. The signs found in the simplest of life experience can have meaning if we are willing to be attentive to them. In fact, we can even ask to receive guidance simply by briefly holding the intent to inquire and then letting it go. It is the sincere projection of clear intent that vibrationally invokes a response from the world around us. Corvus is a protector as well, of both the animal and human worlds, and will forewarn of approaching danger to avert unnecessary mishaps, as well as to affirm fortuitous opportunities, meetings or events so we may act accordingly. Corvus invites us to maintain acute attentiveness to everything occurring around us; to head the signs occurring in our everyday lives.

Virgo New Moon Star Chart, October, 2010

Corvus, combined with nearby Crateris, also nesting upon the Hydra, has also been imaged as the "Ark of the Covenant." Although the Ark can be considered a technological transceiver for extraterrestrial communication, or a measure of arc in precessional (God's) time, it also has to do with our personal attunement. Our spinal columns are vertically-arrayed tuned antenna systems, which receives gravitational waves encoded with cosmic intelligence received first by Earth's core and than reradiated from the core of the Earth outward. These waves of guidance culminate in our cranial structures where they are then refocused to our pineal glands, neuro-endocrine transducers that translates this cosmically-encoded information into that which the pituitary can use. The pituitary is the master control center of the brain, which governs the rest of the neurological system. This information in turn expresses into the cellular structure of individual--essentially into the molecular matrix of the cell in a "DNA Illumination Sequence" that is responsible for our evolutionary awakening. The pituitary is the administrative seat controlling cellular memory, and hence, the remembrance / emergence of our true selves. Being a clear, open and grounded vessel is essential for perception of these subtle energies. Acting upon them is yet more important.

The conjunction of Jupiter's perihelion and Eris's perihelion (the locations in their orbits when closest to the Sun) is an interesting coincidence; as Jupiter produces a mobilizing and expansive force and Eris a disrupting force catalyzing change that is required to encompass a greater truth.

Conjoining Algorab and Corvus is Quasar 3C279, which lies exactly on the ecliptic plane, along the spinal column of the Virgin, its spinal placement again articulating the natural mechanism or neurology of subtle energy communication. Quasar 3C279 can stimulate imagery in the natural world that act as "messages through nature," which must be listened to and acted upon, as nature’s expression is the guidance itself.

The Sombrero Galaxy M104 in Virgo conjoining Algorab of Corvus

The Sombrero Galaxy M104 in Virgo
conjoining Algorab of Corvus
This ESO PR Photo of the Sombrero Galaxy was obtained with FORS1 multi-mode instrument at VLT ANTU on January 30, 2000. It is a composite of three exposures in different wavebands. Image Credit: ESO

Quasars (Quasi-Stellar-Radio-Source) were once thought to be the signatures of distant galactic clusters or enormous luminous galaxies at the edge of the known universe but are now recognized as "laser type stars" within our own galaxy. Quasars are not only visible objects, but they emit a wide band of photons (light particles) in the electromagnetic spectra, from the infrared up through human's visible range of light, through the ultra-violet (UV), the gamma rays range, and into the radio range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Their multi-spectral emanations tend to stimulate an awareness that extends beyond or pierces our rather narrow band of visual perception, thereby offering new non-conforming possibilities of conceptual thought. They can express as images or non-conforming forms that can draw us into a transcendent perceptual exploration, which then motivates new behavior or a new expression fitting to our expanded awareness. In general, we might think of quasars as providing stimulus for alternative creative conception and expression.

The Hydra, in general, is of transcendent forces, those stirring at a sub-conscious level. Beta Hydra along with Xi Hydra were the Chinese "Tsing Kew" meaning "Green Hill" (Allen). Beta Hydra, conjoining Algorab of Corvus is of warnings regarding subtle forces that may lie hidden just below the surface of our conscious awareness, or just around the bend or over the hill along our paths. Here is where we find Corvus providing messages about such potential encounters, not only for our protection and/or guidance, but also for the protection for all life in the natural world that we might injure if we are not cautious and attentive. Beta Hydra invites to submerge into a more subtle state of perception, to be attentive to our surroundings' natural expression, to perceive that which we do not yet see.

The Corvus Nebula NGC 4361

The Corvus Nebula NGC 4361
Image Credit: Elliot Gellman and Duke Creighton/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

Volans (Piscis Volantis), the unique flying fish, generally found in warmer tropical oceans, is known for its wing-like pectoral fins that allow it to glide through the air. Volans, resides quite south in the heavens, under the stern and keel of the Argo, which is associated with navigational mapping and transcendent forces and evolutionary currents that direct our lives. Volans is associated with our soul-ar plane (not earth plane), specifically, laying the foundation that supports our souls' uninhibited true expression--the capacity to pierce the limiting envelope of our existing perceptional bubble and birth into new life expression or realm of consciousness.

This zodiakal longitude in sidereal Virgo is about personal and neurological attunement, astute attentiveness to the natural world around us; and about acting upon the messages expressing through the natural world to mobilize change in our lives and in our world--opportunities otherwise lost. Uranus is exalted in sidereal Virgo, which also elucidates the more refined neurological nature and higher mental prowess common to this area of sidereal Virgo.

Non of us are forsaken or deprived of guidance, nor even need intermediaries like those found in religions or those of the astrological arts. We merely need to see, feel, and listen to the guidance of the divine expressing in the everyday affairs of our lives, palpable guidance which is continually around us, moment to moment, expressing through everything--the simple things occurring in our lives--its nature's way. We need only to trust in them and act upon them.

Venus beings its retrograde about 6 hours after New Moon on October 8, which continues through November 18, during which a new Earth-Venus synodic cycle will begin--occurring later in this Lunar Cycle. Venus retrogrades and the key trigger points surrounding it cause key shifts in the financial world--such as the Venus stations and two-week 3° orb following Venus's direct station; often tied in with and triggered by Mercury's nearby retrograde. This effect is clearly seen in astrological market forecasting.

Venus Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, the Venus Stations and synod are ideal times to work with the Venus audio meditation. See this Month's Lunar Calendar for exact aspect times; or the "Lunar Cycle Timing Chart" found under the "Resources" menu on the Planetary Bio-Harmonics web page.

Crescent Moon Phase Characteristics

The Crescent Moon
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 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 a 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 October 10-11 conjoins the asteroid Pallas and lies in early sidereal Scorpio, at the Scorpion's head and the foot of Ophiuchus. Pallas lies north of the ecliptic in Ophiuchus. Pallas conjoins Kornephoros, Beta Hercules; Kajam of Hercules and Alpha Lupus.

Mythological Pallas Athene is the goddess of Wisdom, born from the head (wisdom) of Zeus. Pallas was strong-willed and would act on her own knowledge and wisdom, and preferred artful diplomacy rather than conflict, but was ready to fight if need be. Pallas is commonly called both the Warrior Woman and the Peaceful General.

Pallas embodies artful expression of creative intelligence and soul wisdom that has been claimed from the integration of past experience in duality--from having been on both sides of the fence at one time or another in our incarnational experience. This experiential wisdom provides a foundation to express non-judgment in courageous solution. Mature Pallas expresses artistic creative intelligence from the integration of the masculine and feminine principles, from unification beyond the judgments of one side verses the other. Pallas is the applier and defender of wisdom and truth; the expression of intellect in craft--inventiveness. Mature Pallas accepts personal responsibility for having cocreated one's experience; i.e. resolution of victim consciousness. Pallas has the capacity to link, unify and bring together, and has wonderful perceptual skills for planning and public relations. Pallas significantly effects emotional and physical equilibrium.

The less-evolved expression of Pallas articulates as spiteful withdrawal and side-taking based in judgment, which most often manifests as self-sabotage. More about Pallas.

The Great Herculis Globular Cluster M13 is visible to the naked eye under good viewing conditions. it appears as a fuzzy disc in binoculars. M13 has over one million individual stars.

The Great Herculis Globular Cluster M13

Image using a 20-inch telescope and a CCD camera, as part of the Advanced Observer Program at the Kitt Peak National Observatory’s Visitor Center. Credit: Tom Bash and John Fox/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

M13 is visible to the naked eye under good viewing conditions. it appears as a fuzzy disc in binoculars. M13 has over one million individual stars.

The view from space - Hubble Space Telescope multicolor image of the inner 36 light years of M13.

The view from space - Hubble Space Telescope multicolor image of the inner 36 light years of M13. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Kornephoros, Beta Hercules, the shoulder of our God-man, who stands upside down in the heavens with his feet (heritage) in the realm of the gods and his hands (daily work) in the realm of man. Kornephoros embodies our Earth bound responsibility to support others through the myriad of labors encountered on the journey to claim their evolutionary freedom.

Just north of Kornephoros is The Great Hercules Globular Cluster, M13, consisting of over a million stars. This spectacular ball of fire (the most impressive cluster in the northern skies), is a very old (soul) cluster and embodies the superhuman strength of Hercules gained from the countless experiences seemingly thrown upon the God-man’s earthly path. M13 represents our soul wisdom amalgamated from innumerable human experiences that becomes available to draw upon as our personal power. This radiant stellar accumulation is Hercules' strength and endurance that he offers to guide and aid others in claiming their own self-mastery--their own god-hood.

The Crescent Moon exactly conjoins Dscubha, the head of the Scorpion and Graffias of Scorpio. Also conjoining is Yed Prior and Yed Posterior of Ophiuchus, the "hand of death; Alpha Circini and the Circini X-1 x-ray source.

To understand this part of the zodiak, it is helpful to realize the progression in consciousness (the growth of the soul) as we move from late sidereal Libra, through Scorpio and into Sagittarius. Late sidereal Libra embodies the claws (chelae) of the Scorpoin; the stars Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali, which are the karmic and dharmic seats for humanity. These two stars are also the scales or balance of Libra. They reveal the path of souls' growth through a balance of experience--hence why, as Libra, they are considered the balance of justice. As part of the Scorpion (an older astronomical imaging), they reveal the entrapment of the soul in the re-incarnational clutches of the Scorpion.

The revelation to be gained while in the chelae is that karmic scenarios are not something to stay in, but provide an opportunity to do it differently, to balance our experience (to choose one's dharmic path). Thus, until we realize we have a choice in how we participate, we stay (apparently) entrapped in the behavioral patterns and karmic relationships of the past.

As we arrive to the head of the Scorpion, which crosses the cusp of sidereal Libra/Scorpio and which is marked by the stars Dschuba and Graffias, we come to the brain controlling the claws. Here we are asked to graduate to a level of realizing we create our experience and are responsible for the life scenarios in which we find ourselves. Once we chose to step out from the patterns of the past and to do it differently, we become free from the path of soul growth entrapped the chelae. This also marks a graduation from feeling helpless, even justifying why we are entrapped as if victims of life, into the maturation of the soul, of becoming self-responsible. Here there are no longer reasons to place blame outside of self.

Ophiuchus stands over and upon the Scorpion, which swings quite south of the ecliptic under Ophiuchus. Antares, heart of the Scorpion, defines the center of the sidereal sign of Scorpio, the Serpent Point, and embodies the essence of the Scorpio constellation. Antares lies below the ecliptic as well, in the body of the Scorpion. Because Ophiuchus actually crosses the ecliptic, it is the thirteenth ecliptical constellation (not sign) of the zodiak.

In our stellar image, Ophiuchus stands with the serpent (Serpentis) coiled around his body and held in his hands. The neck and head of the serpent reach toward the Northern Crown (Corona Borealis), which lies above the Chelae (claws) of the Scorpion. The neck (Unukalhai) and head of the snake embody the essence and wisdom of living true to soul, in one's true self-mastery. Ophiuchus exemplifies one who has demonstrably claimed self-mastery over the very raw creative forces of life and death. Ophiuchus embodies bringing this interplay of forces to a greater spiritual fulfillment. The astronomical symbol of Ophiuchus is the caduceus--the medical, entwined double serpent--the double helix of the DNA. In Greek myth, Aesculapius, the mediciner of the ship Argo, is also imaged as Ophiuchus, knowledgeable of advanced healing processes beyond the cycle of life and death. Ophiuchus also articulates the Christian resurrected Jesus (Jeshu).

Ophiuchus and the sidereal sign of Scorpio are associated with the soul's education regarding the use of sexual creative forces and raw creative power. This entire image of Ophiuchus standing upon the scorpion with this magnificent snake reaching for the North Crown represents claiming our self-mastery to attain evolutionary freedom from our self-created karmic-based reincarnational patterns of growth, and our evolutionary fulfillment.

Yed, the hand of death, does not refer to a dark sinister force out for our demise, but it does reveal that something must die--an entire modality of being, the personality-level egoic self-importance façade justifying our life experience as if we are victims of life so we can participate from the maturity a soul-awakened being, responsible for our experience, our actions, and their results. Nearby Han, the left knee of Ophiuchus, articulates this transmutational process that must occur in within self.

The Centaur, lying south of the ecliptic is benevolent teacher of self-mastery. To live the teachings of the Centaur and to walk the path of the soul requires we take full responsibility for our incarnational experience and master the primal forces creating and destroying life. This first initiatory stargate, Circini X-1, conjoining the head of the Scorpion and lying at the foot of the Centaur upon the Galactic Equator, provides a transmutational force and the opportunity to demonstrate one's choice to walk the higher path of soul, that of self-mastery and self-responsibility. This demonstrable action begins a transmutational process at the experiential-cellular level of self such that soul-level action becomes unquestionably natural.

Our Dschuba Crescent Moon synergistically expands upon the Corvus New Moon theme and the opening for change that retrograde Venus provides, inviting us to leave the limits that action from judgmental mind inherently creates, and to participate with an open heart and intuitive perception as our guide, and with the choice and confidence to walk the path of our souls' directives.

First Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

First Quarter Moon
Initiate Action
The New Earth-Eris Synodic Cycle

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 October 14 in sidereal Sagittarius; with the Moon creating a dynamic T-square with the Sun and Eris. The Sun's opposition to Eris also means that the Sun, Earth and Eris align (the Earth-Eris synod), which initiates a new Earth-Eris one-year synodic cycle.

The Moon conjoins the stars of Lyra, Harp of the Angels/Angles; specifically Sulaphat of Lyra and the Starseed Ring Nebula M57 of Lyra. Also conjoing is Deneb Al Okab, Zeta Aquila; and the Neutron Star, X-Ray Source SS433 of Aquila. This is also the location of Pluto's south node.

Deneb Al Okab is the Eagle's Tail, composed of Zeta Aquila and Epsilon Aquila. Zeta Aquila is the brighter of the two and is the third brightest star in Aquila, preceded by Altair, Eye of the Eagle, and Tarazed, Altair's companion. Zeta Aquila shines with the brightness of 39 of our suns and has an amazing rotational speed, 165 times the equatorial speed of our sun--that is a rotational speed of about 16 hours.

SS433 Illustration generated by Rob Hynes with his Binary Visualization Software

SS433 Illustration generated by Rob Hynes with his Binary Visualization Software.
Louisiana State University, USA

Conjoining the tail of the Eagle (Zeta Aquila) is SS433, an exotic and dynamic binary star system similar to Cygnus x-3, but emitting twin-corkscrew shaped jets in wavelengths ranging from the optical to the X-ray. A companion star is feeding the collapsed neutron star's accretion disc, shown in the illustration. A neutron star is a super-dense nucleus of a collapsed (dead) star. A slight 20° misalignment of the planes of the binary orbit and the accretion disk causes the disc and its rapidly evolving jets to precess (wobble) over a 162.5-day period and over a large angle. The precession also causes the jets' expanding helical spray.

SS433's primary characteristic is that it produces a dynamic and rapidly evolving expression that extends over the entire light spectrum, thus embracing all aspects of life, from the most primal to the soul/spiritual, without hesitancy and without prejudice or discrimination. It also has a consuming aspect to it, devouring the companion star's life force.

Both the qualities of rapidly rotating Deneb Al Okab and dynamic SS433 are fitting with the Eagle's totem and guiding tail of the Eagle. The Eagle, a lone bird, has the ability to rapidly remove itself to vast distances and height to gain an embracing perceptual (global) awareness, and then to steer itself with amazing pinpoint to snatch its target--also bringing insight into the (south node) force behind Pluto's action our lives.

The stars of Lyra embody various facets of the artsciences of harmonics in light, sound, color, and geometry--particularly the wisdom of the artsciences. They are of vision, creativity, and inspire all that is of multi-media, the arts, and higher education. Vega, the main star of Lyra offers a multiplicity of opportunity for fulfillment.

The lyre was invented by Hermes, son of Zeus and Maia. The lyre was originally bestowed with the qualities to invoke and communicate the messages of the gods. As the harp of the angelic messengers, its tuning and voice are not merely for pleasure, but specifically to harmonically translate divine information into vibration that supports healing and evolutionary unfoldment.

The Lyre is also depicted as the Tortoise Lyre, with the resonant structure being the shell from which rise elegant horns upon which seven strings are stretched. Sulaphat, our First Quarter Moon star, is the resonating structure of the Lyre and embodies geometric resonance in form. Nearby is the beautiful starseed Ring Nebula M57, a super nova of Lyra. M57 is the result from which many diversionary rays of extraterrestrial starseed races began their evolutionary journey. More about Lyra.

Our First Quarter Moon Eris T-square stimulates dynamic, loftyand wide-sweeping action from an embracing global vision, perhaps action that may disrupt the status quo in our lives, but that will ultimately lead to a more embracing life fitting to our rapidly expanding metamorphic shift and to the fulfillment of our higher ideals and dreams. Remember the Corvus lunar theme--trust the messages expressing through the natural world....

The Earth-Eris Synodic Cycle

Earth and Eris begin a new one-year synodic cycle on the First Quarter Moon. Eris, the Great Disruptor, has a radical and interceding nature, overturning our current perception, but with purpose so we may expand and redefine our perceptual view of the reality in which we live. Eris, discovered in 2005, was responsible for the formation of the new "Dwarf Planet" classification and the reclassification of Pluto to Dwarf Planet status--which caused quite an commotion in both the astronomical and astrological communities. Yet this proved to be fitting as we continued to discover many new planets in Pluto's realm and beyond.

Eris moves rather slowly, a fraction of a degree per year, so the synodic themes shift only slightly from year to year. Eris, in late sidereal Pisces, is south of the ecliptic and is currently in the belly of Cetus, the technobureaucratic monster created by collective human consciousness.

Eris conjoins Revati of Pisces and Baten Kaitos, the belly of Cetus. Revati and Baten Kaitos also mark the location of Venus' exaltation. North are the stars forming the outstretch arms of the chained Princess Andromeda. See The Path of Eris & The Eris Synodic Cycles 2003 - 2016.


The Sun and Mercury conjoin on October 16. Mercury is behind the Sun from Earth's view (called a superior conjunction in astronomical terms). This means that Mercury is half-way through its Earth-Mercury synodic cycle--the mid-point of vision and realization in its 116-day synodic cycle. The theme of this cycle was presented in the April 14, 2010 Lunar Planner.

The Sun moves into sidereal Libra on October 18, just before the Gibbous Moon.

Gibbous Moon Phase Characteristics

The Gibbous Moon
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.

Pelican Nebula Ionization Front

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

The Gibbous Moon occurs on October 18 in mid-sidereal Aquarius. The Moon conjoins Hydor Aquarius; Skat Aquarius; Zeta Aquarius; Zeta Phoenix; and V407 of Cygnus. This is also the ecliptical longitude of Orcus' perihelion, which lies north of the ecliptic in Pegasus. This is one of the purest areas of resonance in the ecliptic and one of the most fortuitous--the mid-point of sidereal Aquarius--the Angel Point of the Zodiak.

Skat, Delta Aquarius, is "star of the foundation," marking the shinbone of the waterbearer. Skat is 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 an evolved human society flourishing in the arts and sciences. Skat inspires action in support this pursuit. Skat is possibly derived from the Arabic Al Sak (the shinbone) or from Al Shi'at, meaning "a wish" (Allen).

Hydor, Lambda Aquarius, lies in and guides the stream of the flowing waters of the humanitarian waterbearer. Hydor (which simply means water), like the stars of the urn from which the waters flow, Sadalmelik, Sadachbia, Seat, Zeta and Eta, is a star of fortuity. This zodiacal location is also related to Varuna, goddess of the water's of life, and who invites us to allow nature's way to weave its course. Directly conjoining Hydor of Aquarius is Alpha Hydrus (not to be confused with Hydra). Classically, Alpha Hydrus is the tail of Hydrus, yet some modern renderings show it as the head. Hydrus is a very southern constellation, lying at the south ecliptic pole. As such, it is of the soul collective's fundamental essence--a protogenoi of life, specifically the fundamental nourishing primordial waters from which life emerges. Alpha Hydrus articulates our fundamental basic needs of life--that which the entire human family requires for its basic existence--the needs of the people to live--that which should be denied to none.

An unusually bright and unexpected outburst from what was thought to be a normal star in the constellation Cygnus was detected by two Japanese astronomers, Koichi Nishiyama (Fukuoka, Japan) and Fujio Kabashima (Saga, Japan), in images taken on March 10, 2010 (10:48 UT). An independent discovery of this outburst was also made by Tadashi Kojima. This indicates a slow nova outburst that may have been in progress since 1936. Its significant placement in the heavens makes this a profound and timely discovery--like a bright focused light turning on in human consciousness.

A Nova, or any type of stellar explosion such as that occurring with V407 of Cygnus, brings attention to, excites, and energizes the zodiakal longitude of the stellar burst. V407 Cygni lies in the northern heavens along the galactic equator just past the very primary and principle star, Deneb of Cygnus (06° 31' past Deneb and 01° 30' south of Deneb, in ecliptical longitude and latitude). This close proximity to Deneb brings a significant emphasis to the astrological qualities of Deneb as well.

Deneb, the principal star of Cygnus, is the tail of the swan, or the top (head) of the Northern Galactic Cross. Deneb lies exactly on the galactic equator and is the first primary star that Earth's pole encounters in Earth's precessional cycle. It is the messianic head of the precessional Cycle of the Holy Cross--of the evolutionary cycle of the soul. Administrative Deneb, a star more than a hundred times the diameter of our Sun, with a very high luminosity, governs the first of the seven heavens--the first epoch in Earth's ~25,000-year precessional cycle. See The Heptanomis. Deneb embodies our unadulterated androgynous pure soul essence before fragmentation into race, sex, or creed. Deneb inspires us to stand in the awareness of our pure soul essence, in this wholeness and to participate from the maturity of unity consciousness, unbiased and beyond the segregations and categorizations common to modern-day mass-consciousness.

The zodiacal longitude of V407 Cygni enters sidereal Aquarius at the "Angel Point" of the zodiak. V407 Cygni exactly conjoins Hydor, Lamda Aquarius. It also conjoins the very southern star Alpha Hydrus.

V407 Cygni's zodiacal longitude and recent outburst emphasize the essence of humanitarian Aquarius and conjoining stars. Hydor, Lambda Aquarius, lies in and guides the stream of the flowing waters of the humanitarian waterbearer. Hydor (which simply means water), like the stars of the urn from which the humanitarian waters flow, Sadalmelik, Sadachbia, Seat, Zeta and Eta, is a star of fortuity. This zodiacal location is also related to Varuna, goddess of the water's of life, and who invites us to allow nature's way to weave its course. Directly conjoining Hydor of Aquarius is Alpha Hydrus (not to be confused with Hydra). Classically, Alpha Hydrus is the tail of Hydrus, yet some modern renderings show it as the head. Hydrus is a very southern constellation, lying at the south ecliptic pole. As such, it is of the soul collective's fundamental essence--a protogenoi of life, specifically the fundamental nourishing primordial waters from which life emerges. Alpha Hydrus articulates our fundamental basic needs of life--that which the entire human family requires for its basic existence--the needs of the people to live--that which should be denied to none.

V407 Cygni's longitude also lies exactly between the Perihelion of Orcus, our newly discovered planet (compliment to Pluto), which lies in Pegasus, and the exalted zodiacal location of Neptune in Aquarius, thus also creating a resonance with the astrological qualities of these two planets.

Neptune is of dreams, vision, and ideals. Amorphous Neptune will dissolve into universality--the quality of borderless humanitarian Aquarius. Orcus is of living true to soul's promise and purpose on Earth, the oath of the soul. More about Orcus.

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Full Moon Phase Characteristics

The Full Moon
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. This day of realization will be extra significant as we not only have realization about the Lunar theme, but also about the emergence of the new 13.5-year Jupiter-Uranus cycle.

This Full Moon occurs on October 22 in early sidereal Aries. The Moon conjoins Kaitain (Alrisha) of Pisces and Mirach of Andromeda. Also of influence is the Andromeda Galaxy. This is also the location of Chiron's South Node.

Alrisha (Kaitain), Alpha Pisces, is a very close pair of bluish-white stars, and is the knot or ribbon tying the two fishes of Pisces together. Alrisha lies just across the cusp of sidereal Pisces, on the shore of sidereal Aries. Alrisha is the knot or cord of emotional attachment in the mortal world. It is that which ties our primordial past with our desire to rise from it. Alrisha is the motion or motive in the present moment that unites our past with our future, and which motivates present action. Alrisha is the bond--as in glue and as in vow--that ties together.

The beautiful and nearly perfect shaped Andromeda Spiral Galaxy M31 is our largest nearby neighbor

The beautiful and nearly perfect shaped Andromeda Spiral Galaxy M31 is our largest nearby neighbor, a mere 2.5 million light yeas away. The disc spans about 260,00 light-years, compared to our own Milky Way Galaxy which spans about 100,000 light years across.
Image Credit: Bill Schoening, Vanessa Harvey/REU program/NOAO/AURA/NSF - Kitt Peak National Observatory, southern Arizona

Mirach, Beta Andromeda, is a massive red star, with a magnitude identical to Alpheratz, Alpha Andromeda. Mirach also has a companion star, although very faint, about 60,000 times dimmer than Mirach. Mirach is the sash or chord of the Princess Andromeda, also marking her loins, and which lies north of Alrisha. Mirach signifies a bond of strength. Mirach can indicate a betrothal of those destined in desire to be together, and specifically is the declaration of commitment uniting them. Mirach is of the bonds in partnership that make it possible to live our highest potential and fulfillment. Mirach can literally imply tying the knot in matrimony, but more specifically it is about bonds of the soul, a star of union and of soul mates, of making it possible, through committed union, for two to be or do something greater than either can be or do alone.

Although Mirach conjoins Alrisha, the knot based on emotional affection and sometimes entanglement, Mirach, being a bond of strength, does not imply a union in any negative sense, although their combined energy can express--and sometimes confusingly--as entanglement. If we have done our work while passing through Pisces, getting emotionally clear, our capacity for discernment should reveal the difference. They also articulate the manifestation of our emotion; meaning that which we manifest in our lives is based on how we feel--the emotional tone we embody--and of our Solar Plexus.

The Andromeda Galaxy, M31, was first viewed as a nebulous cloud in the heavens, but with the advent of powerful telescopes, the galactic beauty became visible as our nearest galactic neighbor. This marked the time for humanity to see its own greater galactic potential, to realize we can become much more than what in the past was merely an obscure nebulous notion.

Spiral type galaxies in general articulate the flow of spiritual and physical forces spiraling in evolutionary unfoldment. The beautiful Andromeda Galaxy, composed of hundreds of billions of stars, has two nuclei (centers of force) forming the heart of the galaxy, articulating the exquisite expression of life from the unified (Divine) spiraling Twin Flame masculine and feminine principles. The Andromeda Galaxy embodies the ideal of the princess Andromeda unified with her consort Perseus expressing the fulfillment of their divine destiny in radiant and exquisite form. In more general terms, The Andromeda Galaxy exemplifies the unified polarities of life expressing in their full majesty and glory, spiraling together in beauty and perfection. Here lies our inspiration to visibly express and demonstrate our unification in its greatest potential and form.

Disseminating Moon Phase Characteristics

The Disseminating Moon
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, of living that which we have been learning.

The Disseminating Moon occurs on October 26 in late sidereal Taurus. The Moon conjoins Rigel of Orion. Also of influence is Hassaleh of Auriga; AE Auriga in the Flaming Star Nebula; and Bellatrix of Orion. The stars of Lepus, the hare and those of the northern Camel also articulate the nature of this area of sidereal Taurus.

Rigel is of enterprising entrepreneurialism. Orions in general are known for their architectural capacity. Prominent alignments with Rigel (and Bellatrix) bring the capacity to embody, direct and execute large, extravagant and grandiose projects; bringing good through commerce and business affairs. Kursa marks the beginning of Eridanus, the River of Life. Kursa is of new beginnings, new journeys, new involvements, and new legs of our lives. Although it may be time to go forth anew, into a new phases of our lives, we must be aware of the tenacious perseverance required when staring new life journeys, to move from the wars and trials of the past to the freedom of the future.

Bellatrix, Gamma Orion, is the Female Amazon Warrior, the conqueror, star of the Amazon. Bellatrix holds excellent capacities in "strategic planning," especially regarding enterprising pursuits. Classically, Bellatrix is lucky in administrative accomplishment--in civil, political, and military office. Bellatrix is especially favorable for women, and brings a loquacious quality. This star announces the rising of the more brilliant enterprising star Rigel, the left foot of Orion.

South of Orion is Lepus, the hare, with Arneb, Alpha Lepus, and Nihal, Beta Lepus, primarily conjoining Bellatrix. Lepus, muscular and larger than the rabbit, and with much larger feet, is considered a female totem. The hare, like the rabbit mythically articulates creativity, except this is one who is boldly pro-creative, and often is silently and perceptively scheming to outsmart and outrun its competition for the multiplication of abundance---another facet of the nature of Rigel and Bellatrix and this few degree band of sidereal Taurus--a making for the managerial, administrative, and business-minded quality common to these stars. The rabbit and the hare are both associated with the moon, the feminine and fertility, and let us note that the Moon is exalted in sidereal Taurus.

AE Auriga in the Flaming Star Nebula C405

AE Auriga in the Flaming Star Nebula C405
Image Credit: Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

North of Taurus is Auriga, the Charioteer and the energetic star AE Auriga in the Flaming Star Nebula C405. An interesting observation about the energetic star AE Auriga in the Flaming Star Nebula is that it came from the same location as Mu of Columba the Dove, emblem of Divine dispensation--both from the Great Orion Nebula. It appears as if the two stars had a very close encounter only to be expelled from the Orion Nebula, and now reside in different parts of the heavens. This suggests a renegade or outcast quality, one who lives outside the beliefs and conventions of its group, a free and highly creative thinker moving on its own, even with its own agenda, which is quite fitting to this longitude of Taurus and to impious but highly creative and enterprising Orion.

Hassaleh is the third brightest star of the classic pentagon of stars forming Auriga. Marking the foot of Auriga, Hassaleh inspires innovative and persistent action; and like the essence of Auriga, to mobilize that which cannot move on its own accord.

North of Aurgia is the Camel (Camelopardalis), which articulates a significant aspect of the quality of sidereal Taurus: The Camel spreads wealth around the world through commerce and business, is a resilient, enduring, hard working and intelligent beast of burden with the ability to go for days (without water) before becoming distressed, one suited for long and arduous journeys.

The Earth-Venus Synodic Cycle

The Sun, Venus and Earth align on October 28-29 in the midst of Venus' retrograde, initiating a new 584-day Earth-Venus synodic cycle. Due to the pentagonal orbital resonance between Earth and Venus, the Earth-Venus synods repeat in a pattern of five, with the pentagonal pattern drifting ever so slightly around the ecliptic (by about 2° westward). This is explained and illustrated in detail on the Venus web page. This means that the pentagonal pattern of synodic cycles repeats, with the theme of each synod in the pattern drifting slowly around the ecliptic. For example, the June 2004 Venus transit / synod occurred at 22° 51' Scorpio. The 2012 Venus transit / synod, which is five synods later, will occur at 20° 35' Scorpio--about 2° earlier in the ecliptic. Thus our pentagonal cycles of growth produced by Venus are repetitive and drift gently around the ecliptic--a statement in and of itself regarding where we might place our attention--the Heart of the matter.

The astrophysical resonances of Venus govern the heart bio-energy centre (chakra), and the thymus, which is the neurological control center for the immune system. The heart chakra is our centre of intuitive knowing, harmony, magnetic attraction, that which we value, love, romance, and sexual rapture. It is where we find our capacity for compassion and appreciation of beauty. The heart chakra and thymus resonate to the emotional tone of fear and judgment. It is fear that shuts the heart down and causes all immune related problems. We defend our fear with judgment. Like the thyroid (governed by Mercury) is reflexed to the liver, the thymus is reflexed to the spleen. All immune disorders are fear related. The astrophysical resonances of Venus govern heart musculature and firing, lungs, bronchiole, and breasts. All asthmatic and breathing conditions, a sunken chest, and breast problems are fear / judgment originating.

Venus (and the heart chakra), when mature and clear, expresses love in art and beauty, with a wonderful capacity for unconditional acceptance of all conditions--true, non-judgmental love. The unconditionally open heart receives and expresses love that is harmoniously balanced. Mature Venus is open to new experience, is courageous, optimistic, and aware of soul intent and purpose--as the unconditionally open heart is where soul fully radiates its light. Mature Venus is also sociable, fashionable, artistic, good willed, benevolent, diplomatic, and magnetically sensuous. Venus is also of wealth and resources and plays a prominent role in financial matters and the flow of money.

Afflicted Venus expresses as all fears and phobias, breathing allergies, and catarrhal problems. The poisoned heart is bitter and vengeful--closed to life in a way that manifests as an inability to integrate and accept experience; with an inability to receive, or to give love. Afflicted Venus negates in jealousy the beauty, abundance, luxury and luck of others--projecting disdain and negativity instead. The poisoned heart is hesitant and insecure, has little self-confidence, and lacks the ability to trust in self or to trust others. Fear to open our hearts leaves us stuck in the head, unwilling to feel, touch, or breath in life--hiding in fear and expressing mentalized judgments with an incessant need to control our reality. The loss of our intuitive ability leads us to blindly follow dogmas and gurus in submission to propaganda and systems of belief, whether our own or those of others.

The New Venus Synodic Theme

The theme of a synodic cycle is defined from the Sun's view looking toward the planetary conjunction. Thus, although from Earth's view the Sun and Venus reside in sidereal Libra, the stars in early sidereal Aries define this Earth-Venus synodic theme. The primary stars are Caph, Beta Cassiopeia; and Alphirk, Beta Cepheus. Also influencing are Sharatan of Aries; Alpha Fornax; the Quasar 3C48 in Triangulum. This is also less than a degree to Eris' North Node.

Although there are stars in Cassiopeia and Cepheus that can embody the human aspects of arrogance and denial (as presented in the story of the Royal Family), there are also stars in these constellations that are of a refined and beneficent quality. These are Caph, the palm of Queen Cassiopeia’s hand, and Alphirk, the truly wise essence of the King. Cassiopeia and Cepheus lie in the northern heavens.

Caph is the palm of Queen Cassiopeia’s hand. Caph expresses a gentle and tender ability to be a true guiding and stabilizing force. Caph provides an in-between or holding place, and indicates the need for arbitration, meeting, and compromise in the midst of our conflicts and struggles in life. Caph offers a truce, even honoring what appear to be irreconcilable differences. Caph provides a calming force, bringing the composure, level-headedness, and emotional balance that are required to come to this place in-between. Most always, some type of conflict is a necessary prerequisite to come to this receptive place of the Heart. Caph is sometimes indicative of a female in an authoritative position offering aid.

Conjoining Caph is Alphirk, Beta Cepheus. Alphirk brings empathetic support, a door easily opened in the physical, but only manifesting after a long and arduous journey through the initiatory fires of life. Alphirk is a demonstrable force working though the world that actually lifts us from the struggles of life, or alters conditions in a way that otherwise would be impossible through our own power alone. Alphirk is sometimes indicative of a male in an authoritative position offering aid.

A Nearby Barred Spiral Galaxy in the Fornax Galaxy Cluster NGC 1365

A Nearby Barred Spiral Galaxy in the Fornax Galaxy Cluster
NGC 1365
Credit: FORS Team, 8.2-meter VLT Antu, ESO

Conjoining Caph, the Queen's hand, is the Quasar 3C48, just north of Aries in Triangulum. Quasars in general bring experience that is out of the ordinary, experience that does not fit into our normal reality. This oddity helps to shatter our limiting concepts of how the universe works. This specific quasar in Triangulum asks us to open to new possibilities about how our destinies can unfold, possibilities beyond a mortal’s view. Divine forces are at work guiding our lives, far more powerful than our limitations, blunders, and efforts. To believe in and see this is to find the golden triangular corridor of light that is Triangulum--the Way. Triangulum sometimes referred to as the Holy Trinity or Holy Spirit. To fly over the Kraken, Perseus sets his sight on Triangulum, to open to this Divine Force. It is only this that makes possible that which, from a mere mortal’s perspective, is only a dream.

South of Aries and the Head of Cetus, which reaches from Pisces upon the shores of Aries, lies Fornax, the Furnace that provides the transmutational fire while in the initiatory experiences along our journeys in life. Fornax provides the fire driving the alchemical process of turning lead to gold, mortal to god. Alpha Fornax is the lucida (brightest star) of this southern constellation. Nearby is Fornax A, a spiral galaxy of the Fornax Galaxy Cluster that provides the intense heat under initiatory Aries.

M33 Spiral Galaxy in Triangulum

Conjoining Mesartim and Sharatan is the
M33 Pinwheel Galaxy in Triangulum.
Image Credit: Brad Wallis and Robert Provin

Sharatan, Mesartim and Hamal of Aries form the head of the ram. Sharatan and Mesartim, the mouth of the ram, are portents of an applied force to change. They support new beginnings, adventure, transmutation and great rewards; but they are of opportunities that may quickly open and close, and thus require our immediate response to grasp them without hesitation when they occur. Sharatan provides a sign that it is a time to take action or to create change; but also provides a warning that headstrong pursuits from arrogant righteousness or adamant denial can perpetuate the human cry in the transmutational fires of life.

Thus our new 584-day Venus synodic cycle is one that offers beneficent support, but with a prerequisite need to surrender any arrogant or righteous attitudes we may hold--essentially surrendering the struggle within self that perpetuates our separation from that which we want in our lives.

Venus completes its retrograde on November 18, 2010, in the following lunar cycle. Jupiter also competes its retrograde at the same time, both of which will initiate a new current of movement and expansion that should fully engage in early 2011, as Jupiter makes its final conjunction with Uranus (opposite Makemake). We should start to experience a refreshing shift from what has been an intense and trying last couple of years as we move into early 2011.

Uranus & Makemake

Uranus and Makemake (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh - "e" is pronounced "ay" in Polynesian) enter into a very tight orb in their long-standing opposition that began in the fall of 2008, also on October 29, the same time as the Venus synod, and just before Last Quarter Moon--the time of "inner need to initiate change" in the lunar cycle. This tight orb will continue into early 2011, when their opposition completes along with the final Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in January of 2011.

The Uranus-Makemake opposition has been a principal factor in the timeline of events occurring over the last few years, especially regarding the restructuring of financial systems and its administration--as presented in the 2008-2011 Timeline article. This lunar cycle, along with the new Venus synodic cycle, begins the transition into the grand finale of the 2008-2011 timeline occurring in early 2011.

Makemake is the Polynesian name for the creator god of humanity in the mythology of the South Pacific island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)--the location of our last Solar Eclipse. Makemake is the chief god of the Tangata-Manu Ceremony at Orongo. An annual ceremonial competition was held in which islanders would compete to be the first to get a sea swallow egg from a precarious breeding site of the seabirds at the tiny islet of Moto Nui. This was a high-adventure contest requiring contestants to traverse dangerous cliffs and swim through shark-infested waters--needless to say not all contestants survived. The winner was honored with the title Tangata-Manu (bird-man). The chief of his clan was given control of the Rapa Nui people for the year.

Although still new to astrological world, I am tending to think of Makemake as supporting the discovery of or uncovering that which is nourishing in the material / physical realm of life, of that which provides our fundamental physical sustenance, of economics; and involving the politics governing the "fundamental provisions for the people." We might also surmise a quality of audacious braveness and physical agility in discovery, considering the perilous cliff-hanging egg-hunting contest. We can also consider the significance of Rapa Nui itself; its prominent Earthgrid placement, its stone Moai statues, and that this is the first object being named after a god of an island of the southern hemisphere (working with the underlying structure of things). And let us especially take note of Mike Brown's impulse, the discoverer who named this object and who takes the naming of objects in the Solar System quite seriously. He associates Makemake with "fertile abundance." More about Makemake. More about the Uranus-Makemake opposition can be found in the 2008-2011 Timeline.

Last Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

Last Quarter Moon
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 October 30 in mid-sidereal Cancer and conjoins Praesepe, the Beehive star cluster M44; and Azmidiske of the Argo.

NGC2683 Spiral Galaxy just north of Cancer and under the tail of the Lynx

NGC2683 Spiral Galaxy just north of Cancer
and under the tail of the Lynx.
Image credit: Doug Matthews/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

Praesepe embodies the essence of the Scarab / Cancer theme: emergence out of the antiquated dogmatic entrapments we had been living in (Asellus Bor and Aus), and our migration or new birth. Praesepe is of new beginnings, shedding old skins, skeletons, and cocoons. It is of emerging out of the frenetic confusion of mass consciousness; finding our new path and direction; leaving behind old dwellings and the structures of consciousness they represent; and getting out of our personal or collective dogma and the darkness it creates. As the crib or manger, Praesepe also articulates the protective and nurturing environment supporting our emergence process, our new birth. The issue here is about making the move.

Alignments with Praesepe may indicate a new dwelling place is at hand or that one is in order to find. As with the migration of bees from an old hive, before identifying their new direction, there can be frenetic confusion at first, a scattered sense and lack of direction before moving toward their new home. This is temporary and is part of intuiting the feeling for the right direction, much like turning in a complete circle to identify the way that feels right. Praesepe asks us to trust in our magnetic sense, on our inner compass, and to hone in on our new direction while honoring the inherent confusion of the emergence process.

Alignments with Praesepe can bring up the fear of letting go--a fear bound in our belief patterns and those of collective consciousness. Praesepe can bring our attention to the possibility of being lost in our own mental obscurations--in the reasons "why not" to go forward, why not to change--in the frenetic buzz of collective mass consciousness--in the dogmas of life, whether personal or collective. Praesepe asks us to step out of our limiting environments and structures of consciousness and to find new places fitting to our emerging new awareness.

Adding to our Praesepe theme is the southern star Azmidiske, Xi Puppis of Argo Navis, the highest star on the aplustre of the stern of the ship sailing along the galactic equator. Azmidiske, an exalted star lying exactly on the galactic equator, holds the signature of the mission of the Argo--the emblem of the mission of the soul. The ornately sculptured aplustre on ancient ships held an energetic, like a talisman, for the purpose the ship was built. Azmidiske reveals a transcendent soul purpose or mission to what occurs in the beehive, in what lies in the crib, or hidden in the manger, a gestating force supporting the emergence of humanity from darkness to light. Together, Praesepe and Azmidiske ask us to trust and have faith in the subtle currents at work in our lives, currents that are leading us on the next legs of our journeys in life and toward our highest fulfillment.

Balsamic Moon Phase Characteristics

Balsamic Moon
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 Balsamic Moon occurs on November 2 on the cusp of sidereal Virgo. It conjoins Makemake, which lies opposite to Uranus--thus triggering and bringing emphasis to the opposition and its theme in our lives.

The Leo-Virgo cusp brings our attention back to the dramatic, manipulative and diversionary antics of old-paradigm world politics and big-business and issues of discernment. The Moon conjoins Alkes of Crateris; Cor Caroli and the Super-Giant Whirlpool Galasy M51, both of Canes Venatici. Also of influence is Benatnasch of Ursa Major; and Zavijava of Virgo.

Benatnash is the Tail of the Great Bear (Ursa Major) and one of the classical seven rays. Benatnash expresses the old dictatorial and totalitarian stream of consciousness that was predominantly dominant when Earth's polar alignment was tilted (had fallen) furthest from the galactic plane in Earth's great precessional year (about 6000 years ago). Hence, Benatnasch can mythically be considered a fallen lord.

Benatnasch is of this long-established totalitarian governing paradigm. It is of political-religious factions of big business and of those who tend to act as manipulating and controlling godheads. It is often of those that perpetuate a dogmatic structure that keeps individuals from becoming self-responsible, evolving into their own self-mastery. It is of those who tend to tell others what is right for them and what they should do using propaganda rather than supporting others to make their own decisions in freedom. It is of the self-proclaimed saviors of the world who try to amass their blind followers for their own interest in maintaining a position of power and wealth.

As one of seven rays, and at a personal level, Benatnasch teaches that leadership is about facilitating the self-empowerment and freedom of others rather than about exerting manipulative force that controls others, mistaken for self-empowerment.

Lying just under Benatnasch and conjoined in longitude is the Super-giant Whirlpool Galaxy M51 of Canes Venatici, the barking hounds, and Cor Caroli, the Alpha star of the hounds. Cor Caroli, M51, and Canes Venatici in general, embody the diversionary tactics, usually of a grandiose scale and glamorous facade, a front large enough to draw attention away from what is really of going on by making the masses believe the staged show is what is of extreme importance and of real issue--corruption and the highest of levels. A Super Nova was discovered in M51 on April 2 1994, marking another upsurge in this energetic.

Conjoining Benatnasch is Zavijava, which lies nearly on the ecliptic. Although a star of Virgo, Zavijava lies outside the realm of Virgo proper, before the head of the Virgin. It does not offer the clarity and purity of awareness common to the rest of the Virgo stars. Zavijava is of a passive and submissive character, articulating the blind and naïve followers of the Benatnasch directive--those who are swayed by the diversionary dramatics of their manipulative leaders and believe in the miss-information they are being fed.

Curiously conjoining Benatnasch, marking the Leo-Virgo cusp and lying south of the ecliptic, and below the egoic stage setting of late sidereal Leo, is Alkes of Crateris, the Cup of Salvation, the Golden Chalice. Here we find the way, the salvation, the greater spiritual fulfillment that we seek lying silently submerged under the diversionary shenanigans perpetuated by the puppet-masters directing the global stage. Most of Crateris expresses through early sidereal Virgo, but Alkes is first star of significance.

The mixed theme here at the cusp indicates either genuine spiritual figures or leaders, or hot–air wanna–be guru types--those spouting a lot of self important head tripping spiritual principle, but without any real substance or true wisdom. The issue of discernment arises, which is required to see the illusionists and diversionists from those of real spiritual and moral value; and to find the real truth hidden beneath the drama--to grasp the grail of Alkes.

Thus, the seed coalesces for this lunar cycle, which will sprout anew in the following lunar cycle. Our next New Moon occurs on November 5-6, 2010 in sidereal Libra and conjoins Vesta, asteroid of focus dedication and commitment. More to come then.

Related Material

2008-2011 Timeline

2010 Annual Graphic Ephemeris

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