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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 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).
Our New Moon of December 24, 2011 occurs in sidereal Sagittarius, which begins the last lunar cycle of 2011. It conjoins the bow and arrow of the Zen Archer and a location in the northern heavens called the Solar Apex. The Solar Apex is not an object, but the direction toward which our Sun is currently moving in our local interstellar field. Our Sun, along with our entire local inter-stellar neighborhood, orbits the center of our galaxy at a speed roughly estimated to be about 217 kilometers per second (about 485,400 miles per hour). Thus, our solar system’s cosmic environment continually changes, which is one of many factors contributing not only to our Sun’s continually changing behavior and subsequent planetary changes, but also to our continually changing evolutionary experience.
The astrological qualities of this area of sidereal Sagittarius produce a heightened perceptual awareness, are of higher mind, and they impel radical and spontaneous action to pursue our unique paths in life, undaunted by the consensus of the status quo.
“Seeking Sameness leads to Separation. Honoring Uniqueness leads to Oneness.”
Jupiter completes its retrograde just after the New Moon, which restores our experience of movement and expansion. This fully commences the new 399-day Earth-Jupiter synodic cycle that began on October 29. The theme of this synodic cycle inspires us to get off the fence of indecision and to leave the small and middle-ground approaches in our lives. It invites us to move forward in our partnerships in an expansive and all embracing way; and it invites the expansion and expression of heart and art in a big way.
Venus makes several conjunctions in this lunar cycle and also begins new synodic cycles with Vesta, Uranus, Ceres and Eris. These events influence matters associated with heart, art, and financial resources. They also bring inspiration to cross new bridges, and to pursue our greater dreams and visions. Jupiter’s shift along with Venus’ prominent role in this lunar cycle also adds a social quality to this lunar cycle. All of this produces a progressive and heart-oriented lunar month.
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--the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives--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.
Our New Moon of December 24, 2011 lies in early sidereal Sagittarius. Sagittarius, stargate to Galactic Center, is commonly referred to as the Sagittarian Centaur, Zen Archer, or the First Horseman whose arrow points toward Galactic Center, the heart of our Galaxy, from which expresses the cosmic intelligent force that forms and suspends our entire Galaxy. Sagittarius, both a galactic constellation and an ecliptical constellation (lying upon the galactic equator and the ecliptic), oversees the "Gate of God" (5° sidereal Sag)-- the primary reference point for the cycle of Earth’s ~25,000-year Precessional Cross, created by the intersection of the plane of our galaxy and the plane of our solar system.
Sagittarius is the Spiritual Warrior. On a personal level, Sagittarius inspires demonstrable action to live our deeper inner truths, to express that truth through an undaunted Zen focus to hit our target, to achieve our highest ideals and dreams. The Sagittarian Archer is self-taught, of spiritual wisdom gained through raw experience. Sagittarius is the sanguine inspirationalist, of lofty vision and higher ideals.
The New Moon lies just past the Gate of God and conjoins the stars forming the bow and arrow the Zen Archer including: Al Nasl, the tip of the arrow, Polis and Sephdar of Sagittarius; and the Magnatar SGR 1806 in Sagittarius. It also conjoins the Solar Apex in northern Hercules.
Al Nasl is the tip of the arrow of the Zen Archer, which points toward the Heart Center of our Galaxy. Al Nasl and conjoining stars inspire us to hold undaunted focus upon our goals in the higher spiritual interest of our souls. Al Nasl inspires us to pierce the veils of illusion and hit the mark of our highest ideals and dreams.
The Solar Apex (also called the Sun's Way) marks the unique location in the heavens toward which our Sun is "currently" traveling, which is slightly southwest of the star Vega, near the border of the constellations Lyra and Hercules. We often think of the stars in our galaxy as being stationary, and in short periods of Earth time, they appear to move little, hence why they are referred to as "fixed stars"--fixed in their location as we observe the planets moving amongst the stellar backdrop. However, the stars in our Galaxy including our Sun, are moving at tremendous speeds through space--through a continually change interstellar environment. This is also a significant reason for our sun's continually changing behavior, as well as being one of the reasons for changes occurring in the evolutionary environment in which souls evolve on Earth.
Relative to the other nearby stars in our "local inter-stellar neighborhood," our Sun is traveling at about 16.5 kilometers per second. Our Sun along with our entire local inter-stellar neighborhood orbits the center of our galaxy at a speed of about 217 kilometers per second (about 485,400 miles per hour). Astronomers estimate that one orbit takes about 220250 million years, which is referred to as one "galactic year." A star's movement is called its "Proper Motion."
Astronomical research also suggests that our Sun harmonically oscillates above and below the plane of our Galaxy during its galactic sojourn. Our Sun's oscillation (cycle) through the galactic plane has an amplitude of about 230 light-years, crossing the galactic plane every 27 to 33 million years. Some research suggests periodic mass extinctions correlate with the Sun's oscillation about the galactic plane--known as the Shiva Hypothesis.
Into the Depths of the Lagoon Nebula
Swirling dust clouds and bright newborn stars dominate the view in this image of the Lagoon Nebula from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Also known as Messier 8 and NGC 6523, astronomers estimate it to be between 4000 and 6000 light years away, lying in the general direction of the center of our galaxy in the constellation Sagittarius.
Image & Caption credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
In our stellar mythical imaging, the Solar Apex is held open by the outstretched hand of the godman, Hercules, who stands upside-down in the heavens with feet (soul purpose) in the realm of the Gods and hands (daily work) in the realm of incarnate souls. The Solar Apex embodies the unique and majestic path of the soul. At personal level, the Solar Apex invites us to realize that we each have a soul path that is totally unique to ourselves, a path which is beyond what others may see or even relate to. The Solar Apex invites us to honor and to walk our very unique sole/soul/solar path's in the world--to take a stand for our personal truths--no matter what those paths may look like to others or how they may or may not fit in with mass-consensus. The Solar Apex's proximity to Vega of Lyra invites us to realize there is a multiplicity of opportunity for every soul's evolutionary fulfillment.
The themes of the Solar Apex, The Gate of God, the tip of the Zen Archer's arrow, and the dazzling surrounding nebulas all amalgamate. Here we are asked to take aim and undauntedly pursue our ideals and dreams in total trust. To Believe! This amalgamate asks us to focus without hesitancy or doubt upon our soul purpose in life and to know that our unique paths, although often obscured, nest within the greater directive and in the spacetiming of the evolutionary cycle of the soul collective on Earth. Here we are asked to live true to our soul intent and to live and act in the now, in the moment-to-moment focus, undaunted in the zeropoint power of Divine Love.
Our New Moon invites us to honor our unique paths in life, to go for the totality of our dreams and visions, and to live our higher truths with fiery veracity and undaunted spiritual love. It invites us to see the bigger picture and to focus our personal intent within our greater evolutionary context. It stimulates higher mind and an embracing perceptual awareness, and it impels revolutionary and spontaneous action.
Jupiter completes its retrograde the day after the New Moon, which adds a mobilizing and expansive energetic to our lunar cycle. This fully commences the new 399-day Earth-Jupiter synodic cycle that began on October 29, presented in the October 26, 2011 Lunar Planner. It brings us a mobilizing force inspiring pioneering leadership that motivates us to reinvent our lives. More about Jupiter.
For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, The New Moon and the day after is an ideal time to work with the Jupiter 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.
Venus and Vesta, which make a compatible resonance, begin a new 266-day synodic cycle in late sidereal Aquarius, also on December 25.
Venus is the Roman name for the Greek Aphrodite, goddess of love, grace, beauty and sexual rapture. Image: Aphrodite (circa 100 BC): Found on the Aegean island of Melos in 1820.
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. Like the thyroid (governed by Mercury) is reflexed to the liver, the thymus is reflexed to the spleen. 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 (talking about it rather than living it).
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.
Vesta is the asteroid of Focus, Dedication & Commitment; of physical, emotional, and mental clarity; and of self-respect. Vesta brings a capacity to be pure within self at all levels for the expression of one’s highest potential and true Essence. Vesta is of strength, purity, and perfection--of total dedication to purpose. Vesta brings attention to that which is of true importance and will ignite and burn away that which is not so we can become clear.
Vesta was discovered on 29 March 1807 by the German physician Heinrich Wilhelm Matthaus Olbers (1758-1840), He named the asteroid for the Roman goddess of virtue at the suggestion of Carl Friedrich Gauss. Vesta was near the Super Galactic Center, the spiritual mother center of the Heavens, in sidereal Virgo--a placement quite fitting to Vesta’s relationship to the Virgin principle.
In mythical language, Vesta is the revered goddess of the Vestal Virgins, the daughter of Rhea and Saturn, the eldest sister of Jupiter, and is keeper of the sacred fire on Mt. Olympus--meaning keeper of the eternal flame (truth) of the soul. Fire, the element of Vesta, is purifying for the soulserving to enlighten. Vesta and the Vestal Virgins were highly valued and trusted for speaking the truth. They kept and protected all important documents and records. More about Vesta.
Landslides on Vesta
Many new discoveries are currently being made about the nature of Vesta thanks to NASA's DAWN spacecraft, currently in close orbit around Vesta. This mission brings special emphasis to Vesta throughout 2011-2012. (DAWN will move onward to orbit Ceres in 2015.)
DAWN Links (images, movies and discoveries):
The Venus-Vesta synod in late sidereal Aquarius conjoins Markab of Pegasus; Beta and the Zetas of Reticuli; and Gamma of Pisces.
Markab, Alpha Pegasus, the primary star of Pegasus, is the first of four very principal stars creating the Great Square of Pegasus. Markab is the only star of the Great Square in sidereal Aquarius.
The principles and qualities embodied in each of these four stars reveal the requirements for our psycho-physiological preparation to become free from the bounds limiting us from participating in a more fulfilling and purposeful expression in the world. This "refinement of self" allows us to rise above the bounds of the psychic-emotional entrapments common to collective human consciousness in accomplishment of soul's greater mission. These four stars have long been associated with the feet of a table or stand, thus a supporting foundation or stage upon which something else transpires, is supported, or rises from.
Markab is the saddle or the physical vehicle upon which soul rides or through which soul expresses: literally the corporeal physical body. Markab brings attention to the physical condition of our bodies at the genetic and cellular level. Markab is the vehicle through which soul accomplishes its greater mission--the physical cellular aspect of the Merkabah, one's body of light. Markab not only brings attention to our physical body and its health--the body being the temple / vessel of the soul--but to the physical aspects of our lives and of our relations, how we interrelate in our human physicality. This includes the physical means or forms through which we participate in life from the professional structures that make our nourishment possible, especially the functional aspects of humanitarian-focused organizations, to the physical logistics of our personal lives. Markab asks us to honor the physical needs of the human body and to fully embrace the physical aspects of our lives.
Alpha and Beta Reticuli embody the purer aspects of the reticule. Reticuli articulates the sacred geometry of the DNA refined to crystal clarity--like carbon can become a diamond--our potential--providing holographic awareness literally in our DNA. This makes it possible for the soul to manifest and express in its undistorted perfection. Such refinement produces a refined state of awareness with the ability to live above any psychic-emotional entrapments.
Beta Reticuli impels exploration in the science of genetics, the administration of genetic refinement, and inspires us to take action to ensure we are physically, emotionally and mentally clear for the expression of our greatest potential.
The Zetas (plural because there are two Zeta stars) articulate the un-illuminated double helix as the result of the unrefined DNA, which results in our current bio-logical process, meaning that we reason with mind by comparing opposites, the reflexive process to arrive at knowledge, in contrast to bio-illumination, which results in direct epistemological awareness of truth. They exemplify the search through the labyrinth of genetic duality to learn how to illuminate the DNA into one unified spiral of light. They stimulate high-mental activity and can express as overly mentalized scientific research or information that has little practical application.
The Venus-Vesta synthesis emphasizes focus dedication and commitment from the heart. It also invites us to become clear about our true heart’s intent, and to clear any fears about intimacy and living from and expressing heart, art, beauty and abundance. This synodic cycle brings attention to our physical bodies and our physical health, to physical cleansing, and to biological and genetic art-sciences. It invites us to become physically heart-centered rather than living solely from mind.
For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, This entire lunar cycle is an ideal time 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.
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 December 28 occurs in late sidereal Capricorn and conjoins the Centaur Nessus.
The Centaur Nessus
The Centaurs are somewhat rogue and radical in nature, believed to have entered into the realm of our outer solar system from the outside. Since the Centaurs do not have their own strong orbital resonance, they generally have unstable orbits and are greatly influenced by the orbital resonances of the larger planets, and thus synchronize with the orbits of the larger planets, acting as unique escorts from one planetary realm to another. For example Chiron’s orbit links those of Saturn and Uranus.
Nessus, the third Centaur, after Chiron and Pholus, was discovered in 1993. The eccentric orbit of Nessus extends from between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus and extends across the orbits of Neptune, Orcus and Ixion, with its aphelion between the orbits of Neptune and Pluto. Like all of the Centaurs, which are a bit rogue, rebellious or unconventional in their approaches and retreats, are also teachers, aids, or liaisons for those willing to awaken to a greater path of exploration in self-mastery. Nessus inspires our need to radically sever from the conformity of the past and pierce our veils of illusion, to relinquish our denials, and to enter new realms of vision and creativity.
Nessus can help to bring us from our past conditioning that keeps us in a mode of self-diminishment or living in a mode less than who we really are; and open us to our greater self worth, ultimately becoming able to participate from our soul wisdom and to pursue our greater soul purpose on Earth. This conditioning may have been the result of having been suppressed or suppressing self early in life, reflecting self worth issues at a soul-level that may have been brought forth from a previous incarnation and that act as obscuring veils that need to be cleared
Nessus can also bring to awareness suppressed issues surrounding the tyrannical use of power of about sexual abuse or exploitation, but in a way that may aid in dissolving such issues into a greater universal awareness and to help place such experience into the greater context of the soul’s incarnational process of growth. Nessus may manifest experiences and issues of deceit or betrayal, but which lead to a cathartic metamorphic healing. For the less mature, Nessus may express as a revengeful attitude surrounding issues of abuse, especially of a sexual nature; or if there is judgment of sexuality or the denial of one’s sexual nature.
The Crescent Moon and Nessus conjoin Nashira of Capricorn and Beta Gruis.
This is an expressive and articulate area of the zodiak, with gregarious and loquacious qualities. It is of libraries, courts, congresses, publishing houses, literary agencies, or where any legalities are formulated, agreed upon and concretized. Nashira is the bringer of good news, especially regarding legalities, business dealings, and constitutional matters, as well as sanctioned matters of the soul. Beta Gruis inspires the verbal expression of related wisdom (Alpha Gruis). As the stork, Gruis is carrier of bodies of knowledge, information, and news associated with new life and new beginnings. Prominent alignments with Beta Gruis and Nashira are exemplary of carriers of good tidings associated with legalities.
Our Nessus-Crescent Moon inspires the articulation of wisdom, information and news associated with new starts and fresh beginnings, especially related to business dealings, publications and legalities. In the context of our lunar theme, it inspires the concretization or formalization of unique and embracing pursuits and enterprises. It may inspire a desire to expand beyond self-imposed limitations driven from fear (false evidence appearing real). Nessus impels us to cross a metamorphic bridge from limits self-imposed by previous human experience into a more embracing purpose and creative expression on Earth.
The Sun and Pluto conjoin on December 29. This means that Pluto is on the far side of the Sun and at the mid-point of vision and realization in our current Earth-Pluto synodic cycle. That began on June 28, 2011. The theme of this synodic cycle was presented in the June 1, 2011 Lunar Planner.
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 December 31-Jan 1 in mid-sidereal Pisces--New Years Eve in some parts of the world.
The Moon conjoins Algenib and the Quasar 3c9 of Pegasus; and the Garnet Star of Cepheus.
Algenib, Gamma Pegasus, tip of this horse's wing, is a fortuitous star and marks the center of sidereal Pisces. Algenib is one of the four stars creating the Great Square of Pegasus. Algenib articulates our need or capacity to lift ourselves above Cetus, the techno bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness, that is, above the psychic-emotional fear-based realm of life. This does not mean in denial of it, but in the personal clarity to not be entangled or caught in it. Algenib asks us to refine the entire spectrum of self, our mental, emotional and physical density, so as to become vibrationaly light enough to lift ourselves above the dramatics of human life.
Also conjoining Algenib and marking mid-sidereal Pisces is the Supergiant Garnet Star, Erakis. Most people naturally tend to notice the bright stars of Cepheus when looking into the heavens, but the blood-red Garnet Star of Cepheus is often missed--a beauty, especially through binoculars. Similarly, we miss seeing the opportunity for attainment or solution when only watching the obvious around us.
The Garnet Star lies at the head of King Cepheus forming a triangle with Alderamin and Zeta Cepheus. Erakis imparts a quality of royalty, prominence, largeness, passion, prosperity, abundance and wealth; and the appreciation of such. North of and conjoining Algenib, Erakis exemplifies the role or crown of the King--to govern without being lost in the drama of that which he may need to govern. As a supergiant star (about 1420 times our Sun's radius), Erakis imparts a significant astrological influence along with fortuitous Algenib, especially regarding financial affairs and opportunities.
Our stimulus to action Moon may bring motivation to take steps or participate in ways that lead to a greater personal freedom, above and beyond the any entrapments or limitations we may currently experience. Issues surrounding financial resources may surface as well. In general, this stimulus to action is of a serendipitous nature and can lead to a fortuitous situation.
Venus and Uranus begin a new 226-day synodic cycle in sidereal Pisces on January 1, 2012, just hours after First Quarter Moon. This synod conjoins Diphda of Cetus; Eta Cepheus; and Eta Horologium.
Moving further along into sidereal Pisces (east) is Diphda (Beta) (and Iota) of Cetus the sea monster, the thrashing tail of the techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness, the sea monster about to devour Andromeda in the story of Andromeda and the Royal family. Diphda creates a strong emotional turbulence, bringing the potential to get knocked down and thrashed around due to the inability to lift one’s self (fly) above (Algenib-wing of Pegasus) the dramatics of the intense psycho-emotional forces of the human world and its bureaucracies. The stars of Cetus comprise a principal part of the theme of sidereal Pisces.
Conjoining Diphda are Eta Cepheus and Eta Horologium. They articulate that there is impending time and the need for aid to slip by the dangers of the trashing tail. They can also indicate an emotional barrier to cross.
Uranus in the chart reveals where and how we break from the conformity of the past. Uranus is radical, spontaneous, and electrical. It supports the expression of our uniqueness and originality.
Uranus, in its clear and evolved expression, brings the ability to spontaneously change and to create new frontiers in experience and consciousness. It is the true pioneer, uninhibited by convention and establishment (Saturn). Uranus inspires the expression of our unique individuality in radical confidence. Uranus instills a future-orientation and humanitarian focus; and embodies quickness and alertness of consciousness often producing a lightning-like creative mind when prominently aspected. Uranus provides an ability to work with higher orders and principles--providing a higher-mind prowess for telepathy and all super-consciousness functions and mechanisms. Uranus instills an appreciation of excellence and perfection. It is the applier of the higher sciences and inspires new discoveries in technology and consciousness.
A Venus and Uranus synthesis impels a desire for freedom of the heart. It inspires universal and unconditional love. They also impel a desire to connect with that which is unique or eccentric. They can impel a desire to radically change our relationships or way of interrelating, and to have an open heart to allow change. With these star alignments, the alchemical mixing of the unique and different can be the required elixir to create alternative ways of co-participating that free us from the psychic-emotional turbulence generated by a fear-based collective consciousness and the techno-bureaucracies governing our world.
Venus also conjoins Pallas and Nessus on the Gibbous Moon. The Venus-Pallas synthesis inspires a highly artistic expression, teaching and education, and motivates people to take a stand for social reform and that which is socially just.
The 24-hour period just before the Gibbous Moon is a time of perseverance, of pushing through in the midst of the action quarter of the lunar cycle. The Gibbous Moon is when the pressure releases and we enter the Pollinating Phase of the lunar cycle, which begins a social and communicative time of magnetic attraction.
Our Gibbous Moon occurs on January 5 in early sidereal Taurus. The Moon conjoins Miram of Perseus and the Perseus-A Seyfert Galaxy; Beta Caelum; and the Pleiades asterism of stars.
The Pleiades Asterism and Nebula
This image is made up of data taken by Spitzer's multiband imaging photometer and its infrared array camera. Light with a wavelength of 4.5 microns is blue; light of 8 microns is green; and light of 24 microns is red.
Image & Caption Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/J. Stauffer (SSC/Caltech)
Miram, Eta Perseus, and the Per-A Seyfert Galaxy NGC1275, which resides in the Perseus Cluster of galaxies, lies between the longitudes of Algol and the Pleiades. Seyfert galaxies have a dense explosive core that emits a high level of radio waves and x-rays. Astrologically, seyferts express as an intensely focused inner purpose that is undaunted by external affairs of the human world. Seyfert NGC 1275 and Miram embody the wisdom, undaunted focus and endurance of Perseus in his mission, and hence his ability to take the steps at hand in the physical world to overcome its obstacles, to overcome his fears (to conquer Medusa), to manifest his purpose and to live his greater soul destiny. For the younger soul, this can be felt as a relentless drive without reason. For the mature soul, there can be a sense of a mission behind the drive, and although perhaps not entirely clear, there may be a desire to discover it and learn to direct this force for accomplishment. For an old soul, it can express with clarity of purpose with an ability to consciously direct this force in dynamic physical action.
Also conjoining Miram and Perseus-A is SN2006gy, a recent and massive stellar explosion in the galaxy NGC 1260 in Perseus. According to Nathan Smith of the University of California at Berkeley, SN 2006gy's explosion "...was truly monstrous, a hundred times more energetic than a typical supernova." When massive stars exhaust their energy (burn up), they typically collapse under their own gravity into a point of singularity, creating a black hole. In this case the explosion was so extreme, it appears that the star was obliterated as its matter blasted outward into space. Keep in mind that stellar explosions, like our sun's solar activity, create stimulus for the illumination of consciousness.
SN 2006gy is about 2° past Algol in sidereal Taurus, which is on the cusp. It is also at the same ecliptical latitude of Algol (22° north of the ecliptic), thus synthesizing with Algol's theme. Thus, Algol's theme is also of significance--in two ways, but ultimately good: perhaps the intensification of fear on the planet, and for those who are ready, aiding to eradicate fear's immobilizing effect, blasting it to smithereens. SN 2006gy conjunction with Miram and Perseus-A suggests a extra-strong and urgent message to take the physical action in our lives that perhaps we might not otherwise take due to our own fears to accomplish our greater life pursuits.
The Pleiades impart an initiating quality, that of seeding, of getting things going, of initiating action in the physical and business world specifically to the administrative and physical logistics that support our personal lives. In classical astrology, poor alignments with the Pleiades can indicate catastrophic events or blunderings--a part of the nebulosity surrounding the Pleiades, obscuring one's vision. The asterisms in Taurus, the Pleiades and the Hyades, although in a solid Earth sign, can also impart a somewhat tempestuous quality. The Moon, however, is exalted in early sidereal Taurus, thus producing an empowering Gibbous Moon.
Caelum, the sculptor's chisel, contributes to the theme of early Taurus. Caelum articulates our need to forge through matter, the laborious methodical experiential process required in the physical world to overcome our trials and manifest our visions. Caelum articulates our need to sculpt our lives, chiseled away at a bit at a time just as the sculptor chisels rock to reveal the sculpture waiting to emerge.
Venus and Ceres begin a new 258-day synodic cycle on January 8, a day before the Full Moon.
Due to her size and spherical shape, Ceres was reclassified as a “dwarf planet” in Aug 2006, along with Pluto and Eris--appropriately honoring Ceres to be the mother of the asteroids; and now places a “planet” in the orbital location where a planet should lie--in this case along with her many children.
Ceres, the mother of the main asteroids, brings awareness to how we nurture and to that which is truly nurturing to us. Ceres embodies mothering and agricultural qualities and brings attention to our relation with the Earth, the land, and the seasons. Due to Ceres association with the land, agriculture, the environment, and the seasons, Ceres is of particular interest in charts associated with environmental changes or events. Ceres reveals our ability to be in universal flow--the unification of giving and receiving as one flow of energy through ourselves. Ceres asks for acknowledgment of our inner needs, to have self love and self worth. Ceres is of concern and caring for others as well as for the Earth. Ceres is associated with fertility, the womb and stomach. More about the asteroids.
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 changed princess in the Piscian waters, unconscious of the danger of becoming devoured. Vasari is known for his bibliographical book, "Lives of the Artists."
This synod also occurs in sidereal Pisces. Venus and Ceres conjoin Alpheratz of Andromeda and Alderamin of Cepheus.
Alpheratz is also one of four stars of the Great Square of Pegasus and is part of Andromeda and Pegasus both. As Alpha Andromeda, it is the head (psyche) of the princess in chains. By its alternative name Sirrah, it is Delta Pegasus. Alpheratz, the head (psyche) of the princess, is unadulterated, innocent, naive, uncorrupted by evil, wrong-doing or malice; and holds a position of extraordinary honor and advantage--this star often portending success and riches through social popularity and achievement.
Although the stage setting in which Andromeda is trapped (chained to rocks about to be devoured by Cetus) seems complex, there is a prerequisite for her freedom--an inner metamorphosis, an emotional maturing into the readiness to receive aid. Often time, we are ready to change only when in the chains of the human struggle. And our inner readiness precedes receiving support to change. Forceful attempts to break free before we are ready only tighten the chain of bondage. Here lies our need to break free from the human mold, from the genetic, cultural, and personal pattering forming our lives. Andromeda represents the struggle for freedom from the collective and tormenting forces of the psycho-emotional human world, to claim our true galactic birthright and evolutionary destiny. Alpheratz's fortuitous position ultimately brings success and reward in this worthy pursuit.
Conjoining Alpheratz is the Irregular Galaxy IC 1613 in Cetus, also conjoining Theta Cetus and Epsilon of Pisces. Irregular galaxies can express as some abnormality or odd formation or experience, and in this case, as confusing psychic-emotional conditions or environments that can leave the naïve vulnerable to entrapping situations. It re-emphasizes the need for inner clearing, purification or emotional refinement so as to slip by what otherwise might be a devouring scenario in the bowels of ole' Cetus--adding to the theme of Alpheratz--not to sound too dramatic, but this is Cetus in Pisces.
Alderamin, the Alpha star of Cepheus, is the right shoulder of King Cepheus, father of the Royal Family and Princess Andromeda, often portraying one in an authoritative position, and it imparts a quality of authoritative responsibility. With afflicted alignments, Alderamin can expresses as denial, avoidance, or turning one's head from dealing with the manipulative power plays causing our or other people's entrapment, and a flippant attitude to do anything about them. Here we can live in submission to manipulative forces rather than to stand up for self and for those unjustly held in bondage, even when it is our responsibility to do so. Alderamin ultimately brings aid or solution, but often after an initial aloofness. Alpheratz and Alderamin amalgamate to form a fortunate outcome, but sometimes drawn out through the emotional Piscean waters, and a long period of unwillingness or simple naivete to look at and acknowledge how we are immersed in a pool of psycho-emotional denial, and that our growth and maturity is prerequisite to our greater freedom of being. Alderamin also conjoins Zeta Cepheus, which is ecliptically south of Alderamin, his other shoulder, and the two form a triangle to the Super Giant Garnet Star, Erakis, which lies a few degrees earlier in sidereal Pisces. The shoulders (responsibility of the King) dispense the wealth and fortuity common to Erakis (the Crown).
This is also the location Jupiter's perihelion (its closest distance to the sun in its orbit), and thus Jupiter influence is significant and influential here. Through these stars, from the Garnet Star of Cepheus, through Alpheratz and Alderamin, to Revati of Pisces, we can see the nature of Jupiter's expansive mobilizing force in our lives, suggesting Jupiter supports abundance, has authoritative social influence, is of honor and advantage, and serves to free that which is held in bondage for the manifestation of a greater potential, and it imparts this responsibility.
Venus and Ceres also create a harmonious and complimentary resonance. They bring inspiration to nurture and be nurtured, especially related to the earth (land, water and all life), and food and agriculture. Lying in sidereal Pisces and with theses star alignments they impel the artistic use and application of resources to support freedom from social, emotional and physical entrapments of the past.
The Time of Global Change is at Hand.
What is the end of the World for some is a New World for those who realize it is.
The Full Moon marks the culmination point in the lunar cycle, the climax, the point of excitement and celebration. The hours leading up to the Full Moon provide a time of "vision and enthusiasm." The time just after Full Moon is a one of "realization of the lunar month's theme," a time to kick back and relax, to allow our realizations to surface in consciousness.
The Full Moon of January 9 occurs in sidereal Gemini and conjoins Wasat of Gemini; Delta and V838 of Monoceros; with influence from Castor of Gemini and Muliphein of Canis Major.
V838 Monocerotis: In January 2002, a deceptively ordinary star suddenly flashed to at least 4,000 times its previous brightness. For several weeks, the red supergiant star was the most brilliant star in the Milky Way. Image & Caption Credit: NASA, ESA and H.E. Bond (STScI)
"The Twins" are marked by the two principal stars: Pollux, the immortal extraterrestrial one, and Castor the mortal terrestrial one, the extraterrestrial incarnate. These two stars, which mark the Twins' heads, lie in the last few degrees of sidereal Gemini. The Twins stand upon the galactic equator at a 60° angle to the ecliptic plane, with the "Feet of the Twins" lying in earlier Gemini, upon the "Gate of Man". Thus, Gemini is a galactic constellation and an ecliptical constellation, which inspires the expression of soul purpose through the daily activity of humankind--the theme of the Gate of Man. Sidereal Gemini is of high intensity intellectual communication, information, commerce, goods and services, and of their exchange. The Twins are of partnerships in mutual cooperation participating in the human world, one of linking and uniting through our daily affairs in the world. The Twins work hand-in-hand for the betterment and evolutionary fulfillment of humankind.
Castor, Alpha Gemini, is another individual star referred to as "the Horseman" --this one being of the Twins. Castor is also a binary star as is Pollux. Castor is the first double star recognized as a "binary star system" and is responsible for this terminology, coined by Sir William Herschel in 1802 --this bi-nature being the quality of Gemini in general. Of magnitudes 2.0 and 2.8 this binary system has a period of ~400 years, with a third and very faint 9.1 magnitude star with a period of ~10,000 years orbiting the pair.
Castor is of partnerships and colleagues in the daily world of human affairs, those with whom we participate to accomplish the activities in our lives. Castor inspires partnering and coordinates partnerships to accomplish that which we could not accomplish alone.
Wasat conjoins Castor and is the link that unites and acts a catalyst. Wasat embodies the essence of Gemini as the link and liaison. Wasat is of planning, coordination, assemblage of diversity and parts into a workable functional model. Castor / Wasat can express as the engineer, the technician, the artist, and the constructor (where opposite Sagittarius is the architect, inspirationalist, and vision holder). Castor / Wasat is of the mechanics of creating the means in physical logistics.
Conjoining Castor and Wasat from the south is Muliphen (Mirza) of Canis Major inspiring people, partners, and soul mates that have disappeared or withdrawn to re-emerge as a steady and dependable presence. Also conjoining is Delta Monoceris, a star of the Unicorn, inviting us to embrace the unique gifts and talents of all participants.
In January 2002, a deceptively ordinary star suddenly flashed to at least 4,000 times its previous brightness. For several weeks, the red supergiant star was the most brilliant star in the Milky Way. V838 of the Unicorn brings us another urgent message of our need to participate in mutual cooperation to address the issues we face and to provide solution for the human populous.
Our Gemini Full Moon brings our Sagittarius lunar theme to is culminating point and it brings us the enthusiasm and realization of where, how and why to apply our unique pursuits and paths in life.
Recently discovered Eris completes its retrograde just after the Full Moon, on our day of realization, and is square to the Sun and Moon. Eris and Earth began a new synodic cycle on October 15 in late sidereal Pisces, conjoining Revati and Baten Kaitos. Eris’ station adds to our Full Moon realizations, perhaps bringing additional insight into how previous disruptions in our lives are currently serving us.
See the related article: Eris, The Great Disrupter, Revati & the Global Economic Crisis
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 of January 12 occurs in sidereal Leo, just after conjoining recently discovered Orcus. The Moon conjoins Thuban of Draco; The Vela X-1 Neutron Star of Argo Navis; and Alula of the Great Bear. Also of influence are Alioth of the Great Bear; and Alpha and Beta Sextans.
The potent seyfert galaxy NGC 4051 in Ursa Major conjoins Alioth. Image Credit: George Seitz/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
Thuban of Draco, in the far northern heavens, just north of Alioth, 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 time 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.
Alignments with Thuban indicate a responsibility for the direction of evolutionary affairs for life on Earth, 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.
Conjoining Thuban is Alioth of Ursa Major, the star of personal will (and Beta Sextans). Alignments with Alioth teach us that our personal actions can alter the evolutionary currents that create our souls' evolutionary destiny. Alioth stimulates the use of personal will and our need to initiate personal action. Alioth is one of the classical seven rays of the Great Bear teaching incarnating souls the ramifications of the use of personal power. Alioth can express as forceful and manipulative use of power merely for personal gain, or when mastered, it can express as personal will attuned to Divine Will in phenomenal accomplishment that responsibly steers our evolutionary course.
The adjoining Seyfert Galaxy NGC4051 in Ursa Major adds a potent underlying force driving dynamic action. Thus, Alioth can express as forceful and manipulative use of power merely for personal gain, or when mastered, it can express as personal will attuned to Divine Will in phenomenal accomplishment that responsibly steers our evolutionary course.
Alula Borealis and Alula Australis, and Tania Borealis and Tania Australis form the hind feet of the Bear. Both extend from Al Kaphrah of Ursa Major, which in turn extends from Megrez and Phecda (Phad). Al Kaphrah and Alula impart a long-standing and established power, expressed as an assertive and powerful creative force applied to steer and protect. They are of stability, enduring strength and established authority. Al Kaphrah also impels the balanced distribution or delegation of power and authority. Alula synthesizes with the theme of Thuban of Northern Draco and the Vela X1 Neutron Star in Velorum, the sail of the Argo.
South of the Lion is the Sextant. The primary stars are Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Sextans. The sextant is a navigational instrument used to determine the "vertical" position (angular distance) of the sun, moon or stars from the horizon. The Sextant’s stars reveals our need to reassess our position or situation, to reorient ourselves, and to take a new tack toward our goals in life with conscious consideration for the changing evolutionary winds and currents upon which we must navigate.
On a mundane level this can be in regard to changing our fundamental approach or path in life. On a greater scale, this can be in regard to changing allegiance of our energies from the outer world, self-sacrificing to diversionary forces or currents in the world around us, to the vertical integrity of our inner soul / source directive and truth.
Much like sailing, changing winds require the application of personal will to change the boat's tack to continue toward our longer-term destination. This requires the assessment of our current position and heading, and of the changing conditions around us--the weather, waves, winds and currents--to responsibly set a new tack along our journeys in life.
Further south is the potent Vela X-1 neutron star in the sail of the Argo. Conjoining Thuban in the northern heavens, Vela X-1creates a relentless wind driving us to respond to life. It engages us to participate in creating our long-term evolutionary destiny. This is an all or nothing deal, as that which we set in course now affects the nature of our evolutionary future. If we take no stance we are merely destined to chance and are blown in the forever changing winds.
Our Demonstrable Moon impels us to apply the fruits we produce in this lunar cycle to define and direct our evolutionary course. Defining nothing leaves us to blow in ever-changing winds or to continue in directions not to our benefit.
Venus and Eris begin a new 225-day synodic cycle on January 12, about an hour after the Disseminating Moon. They conjoin Baten Kaitos of Cetus and Acamar of Eridanus. Also of influence is Revati of Pisces. This is also the exalted location in the sidereal zodiak for Venus.
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 in Cetus, was responsible for the formation of the new “Dwarf Planet” classification and the reclassification of Pluto to Dwarf Planet status, the family to which Eris, Pluto and the asteroid Ceres now belong. This caused quite a commotion in both the astronomical and astrological communities. However, this proved to be appropriate as additional new Dwarf Planets were discovered shortly afterward.
Mythologically, Eris is the Greek god of strife. Eris’ daughter, Dysnomia, is the name given to the moon of Eris. Dysnomia is said to be the “spirit of lawlessness”--disruptor of civil order. Eris, however, had two daughters, Dysnomia and the opposite and peaceable one, Eunomia, who ends strife. Dysnomia is also the name given to a nominal recall (dys) disorder--a memory problem associated with naming (nouns); the inability to retrieve names when needed--”its on the tip of my tongue.”
Eris demonstrated, right from the start, her no-nonsense astrological role as the great disruptor. Although the discovery of Eris created discord at first, a new order followed with the new classification of Dwarf Planets (fitting to the theme of her daughter Eunomia). This is significant when considering Eris’ astrological character.
Discordant Eris provokes change by upsetting the status quo, by upsetting the apple cart. Although Eris can create a disrupting commotion, upsetting our existing, limiting and antiquated structures of consciousness. She opens us to see beyond the finite bounds of our current perception, beyond the bounds we place upon ourselves by arousing and challenging our egoic defenses. In doing so, we are left to redefine and reorganize our world view to embrace a far vaster reality--a view more fitting to our rapidly expanding awareness.
Eris’ discovery in Cetus, the Technobureaucratic Monster of Collective Human Consciousness, indicates Eris is disrupting the fear-driven bureaucratic world of mass consensus to help our emergence from the belly of the ole’ whale into a new world paradigm. Being a very slow mover, Eris is still making its passage through the gut of Cetus--continuing to disrupt fear-based collective human consciousness and the technobureaucratic monster driving it. Eris’ influence has been working, for the most part, at sub-conscious emotional level--perhaps continuing to increase the unrest with the status quo in the human populous.
Due to Eris’s very slow movement, Venus’ synods with Eris move only a fraction of degree from Venusian year to year. The Venus synods could be considered extra-significant do Venus’ exaltation at this sidereal longitude. Again the article about Eris and Global Economy is probably the most significant regarding the theme here. Eris is just starting to move from its conjunction with Revati (financial resources / money) to Baten Kaitos and Acamar of Eridanus, although Revati and Baten Kaitos are a mere 2° apart in ecliptical longitude.
Revati, Zeta Pisces, literally means riches, money, wealth, and financial resources. Prominent alignments with Revati can indicate material wealth gained from participating in the dramatic psycho-emotional world of human affairs--where the bucks are. This zodiakal longitude is a couple of degrees to that of Baten Kaitos, the belly of ole Cetus, where the transformative process occurs while in the whale of human emotional experience. Revati and Baten Kaitos also mark the exalted seat of Venus--bringing attention to the relation of the flow of abundance, emotional clarity, and living from the heart. Venus rules money and assets; and Venus (especially its retrogrades) dramatically influences the stock market, as is well know in astrological market forecasting.
Cetus, the techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness, is the whale of human emotional experience. Baten Kaitos is the belly of ole' Cetus. Further south is Fornax, the furnace and Phi Fornax, which provides the perpetual fire (digestive juices) for our transmutation while participating in the belly of ole' Cetus--in the wet, sensual, and emotional world of human affairs. Alignments with Baten Kaitos can indicate delays or setbacks, but a time needed to make an inner transformation, before rescue, emergence, or rewards can be gained. Baten can indicate the need to embrace the emotional aspects of mortal life and to emerge in transmuted form. The value here is to be able to participate from the wisdom of having been there, and to claim the abundance that life has to offer in all of its forms (Venus-Revati).
Acamar of Eridanus, conjoining Baten Kaitos, is one of many stopping points along the long and winding river of life. Acamar is like a dam, and indicates that emergence from the belly of Cetus requires a breakthrough that will lead us from the foul digestive juices of Cetus and into a greater freedom of being. Alignments here can fool us into thinking the forging we have just gone through marks the end of our journey, when in fact it indicates the need for physical and emotional clearing; to purge any toxins we may have accumulated through the last leg our journeys. Denial of the need for such clearing merely intensifies the struggle to move onward.
The stars forming the bound outstretched arms of the Princess Andromeda also reside at this ecliptical longitude. They include Eta, Zeta, Epsilon, Delta, Pi, Sigma and Lambda Andromeda. In the story of Andromeda and Royal Family, Andromeda was sentenced to her death by Poseidon and chained to the rocks by the sea to be devoured by Cetus the Sea Monster. This was due to Queen Cassiopeia's boastful and arrogant claim that her daughter was more beautiful than Poseidon's Neriads, the nymphs of the sea. Andromeda, although inheriting this unfortunate sentence, has a far greater fortuitous destiny as articulated by the beautiful Andromeda Galaxy, which emulates the ideal potential for our Galaxy. Perseus, her beloved, eventually saves and marries Andromeda. They go on to create a city and rule a kingdom that bores the Persian world. He and Andromeda bore a family as well. Hercules was descendent of Perseus and Andromeda through their son Electryon.
The stars forming Andromeda’s bound outstretched arms articulate the potential of humanity’s prosperous future bound in chains, which adds to articulate the theme of Baten Kaitos.
The Venus-Eris synodic cycles with Revati and Baten Kaitos may indeed be a part of that which has been catalyst for the upheaval of our global financial paradigm, a needed upheaval. Keep in mind however that Eris seems to upset the apple cart so a greater and more fitting re-organization can eventually occur.
Venus, from Earth’s view, concurrently conjoins Neptune and Chiron in early sidereal Aquarius leading into the Last Quarter Moon, impelling a highly artistic and creative expression to create new humanitarian-focused bridges into the future. More about Neptune and Chiron.
The Sun enters sidereal Capricorn on January 15, referred to as the Capsolar Ingress.
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 January 16 on the cusp of sidereal Libra.
The Moon lies slightly past but conjoins Spica of Virgo; and Archturus and Nekkar of Bootes.
Boötes, standing over the Virgin giving birth, is the Virgin’s consort and protector. Boötes is of strength and responsibility. Boötes functions not by outward force but by spiritual awareness and astute intuitive prowess in the application of the knowledge (Nekkar, the Head of Boötes) about environmental issues and transcendent subtle forces. Boötes’ action is based from a place of wisdom, receptivity and sensitivity to the situation at hand, action associated with planning, preparation, and strategy.
Archturus, the primary (Alpha) star of Boötes, is the administrative seat responsible for the safe evolutionary unfoldment and ascension of Earth and humanity--supporting the pure birth and a healthy and harmonious incarnate life of the soul. Archturus embodies the essence or seed of Boötes (the adom), and is the provider for and protector of the Virgin (Divine Feminine) principle. Archturus lies directly over, and conjoins Spica, the base chakra (Vesica Pisces) of the Virgin. This conjunction indicates a destined, sanctified, and perfect Divine Union of these two principles.
Boötes stands against the fallen corrupt totalitarian world powers that have demonstrated the inability over and again to ensure evolutionary fulfillment, with the continual destruction of the peoples of the Earth and typical catastrophic outcomes. The body of Boötes stands between the pure lucida of the Virgin (Spica) blocking the attempted manipulations of the old totalitarian and corrupt world powers (Benetnasch). Boötes ensures the proper use of creative and reproductive energies and all that is involved in creating the proper harmonic environment or resonance for a harmonious evolutionary unfoldment.
Spica, Alpha Virgo is a rotating binary star with a period of 4.015 days. Spica is of “loyalty and fidelity”--to Boötes, her divine compliment, or in more embracing terms, to the Archturian directive--to see to the safe ascension of Earth and humanity. Spica holds the secrets for and impels the need to be pure within self. Spica embodies knowledge about the proper use of one’s chi, of our sexual and reproductive energies, of body fluids, of herbs and elixirs, of sacred sex; and all that is related.
In more embracing terms, the Archturus-Spica (Bootes-Virgo) synthesis exemplifies the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine in their unadulterated Divine Union, able to express, birth, and manifest the purest expressions of Unity Consciousness. The Archturus-Spica synthesis articulates the entwined masculine and feminine forces spiraling into their full potential, free from entrapment in a karmic-based path of soul growth, or from incurring such repercussions. It also exemplifies the capacity for a man and woman to birth a soul into human life that is able to maintain its own kristos / christos (soul awareness).
This ecliptical location (cuspal Virgo-Libra) is about creating a proper and harmonious environmental resonance for such a union in consciousness and for its eloquent creative expression and manifestation.
Our Last Quarter Moon’s inner impulse to change brings our attention to the environments in which we live and participate, to establishing and ensuring a harmonious vibrational resonance in our environments, and to establishing mutually supportive equipoise in our relationships. It invites us to do what ever it takes to ensure our greater wellbeing and to ensure the safe ascension of Earth and Humanity.
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 January 19 in sidereal Scorpio and in the constellation Ophiuchus. The Moon conjoins the North Lunar Node and a Super-cluster of galaxies called “The Great Attractor” (GA). The GA lies between the ecliptical longitudes of Restaban of Draco and Ras Algethi of Hercules, and also conjoins Sarin of Hercules; the Globular Cluster M10 in Ophiuchus; Wei of Scorpio and Alpha Apodis.
The GA is near the direction in space that our local group of galaxies is (seemingly) being pulled. The GA has been known about since the mid-80s. Since then however, and due to deeper-looking survey instruments, the Shapely Supercluster (SSC) of galaxies was found beyond the GA, a far greater attractive mass, which is a group of about 17 galactic clusters. The Great Attractor was thus revealed to have about one tenth the mass originally attributed to it. The Shapely Supercluster is the most massive structure (so far found) topping the list of about 220 known superclusters. So it is more like our local group of galaxies is being pulled past the GA toward the Shapely Supercluster. Although the SCC is behind the GA, the SSC, as viewed from our solar system, falls into early sidereal Libra, a different zodiakal longitude than the GA, which falls into sidereal Scorpio. Both are astrologically significant of course.
I tend to think of the Great Attractor as a way station on the way to this super-cosmic mass of consciousness, the SSC. Astrologically, the GA allows or facilitates passage to new ways of being, past our limiting human mold, or patterns, opening the way to a yet greater super-consciousness, to greater possibilities of being (SSC). The GA pulls us toward a greater "cosmic awareness." It provides a unique perspective from outside our galactic space of what is not commonly seen. Significant alignments with it can impel an ability to travel in a space-time warp with the capacity to see behind or through the apparent solidified realm of matter. From a personality perspective, one with significant GA alignments might seem to be coming and going at the same time. It produces a mysteriously seductive and magnetic character (fitting to sidereal Scorpio/Ophiuchus), luring us into the future.
Our "Local Galactic Group" of galaxies contains our Galaxy (the Milky Way), and many other galaxies, including the Andromeda Galaxy.
Our "Local Galactic Group" resides in the "Virgo Supercluster," which contains many other galactic groups and clusters, including the Virgo Cluster, the Fornax Cluster, the Eridanus Cluster, the Dorado Cluster, the Ursa Major Groups, the Leo Groups, and several others.
The "Virgo Supercluster," to which we belong, is one of many Superclusters. Our "Local Superclusters" are shown in this image.
This "Local Supercluster" group of Superclusters, each containing many galactic clusters, is but one small area nesting within an unlimited number of Galactic Superclusters in our Observable Universe--incomprehensibly endless.
The Great Attractor conjoins Ras Algethi and Sarin of Hercules, Restaban of Draco and the Heart of Ophiuchus, M10.
Hercules stands upside down in the northern Heavens, north above Ophiuchus, with his feet (foundation) in the Heptanomis (the seven heavens of the celestial dome), in the realm of the gods; and with his head and hands at work in the realm of humankind aiding those in the incarnate world struggling to claim their freedom from perpetuated mortal entrapment.
Ras Algethi is the lucida (brightest star) of this constellation and marks the head of Hercules. Ras Algethi embodies the wisdom of Hercules (derived partly from his heavenly heritage and partly from his challenging Earthian experience) and contributes significantly to the Ophiuchus / Scorpio theme. Hercules is one seeded from another realm but who is intimately aware of the human dilemma, the struggle and its cause (the alchemical amalgamation of those from the heavens with those of the Earth). His beauty and intelligence he gains from Alcmene his mother and his wisdom of evolutionary matters along with his shrewd sagacity he gains from Zeus is father. The motivation behind his undaunted and bold actions expresses from experiencing the human struggle and knowing the heavenly freedom possible. His presence upon the incarnational plane is of a service capacity, a mission of evolutionary proportion--to ensure our evolutionary freedom both personally and for all souls on Earth. Ras Algethi impels an accomplishment oriented drive to excel or to achieve something phenomenal, greater and freeing.
Sarin, the shoulder of Hercules, along with Kornephoros, is of strength and responsibility to aid others in their pursuit for freedom. Both Ras Algethi and Sarin lie over Ophiuchus, the illumined one who stands in self-mastery upon the Scorpion. Hercules helps and teaches others to claim their self-mastery and freedom from the dominion of others and from false beliefs placed upon them.
The Globular Cluster M10, along with the globular M12, expresses the heart of Ophiuchus. Globular star clusters are densely packed spheres of stars, often containing many millions of stars. They impart an inner core strength and sense of self-conviction that can be drawn upon. These two globular clusters articulate the powerful force expressed from the heart of Ophiuchus; and for one in self-mastery, they impart a powerful light and passion expressing from the heart and from the integration of the dualistic forces of our reality, as well as the integration of the physical and spiritual. M12, also conjoins very northern M92, a globular cluster in Hercules, which imparts the power and wisdom of the heavenly heritage in which Hercules stands.
Restaban (Beta) and Etamin (Gamma) of Draco create the eyes of the Dragon. Draco is the constellation that encircles and guards the northern pole of our ecliptic. Both stars are of a high administrative order overseeing the initiations of the incarnate soul. They lie north of and express through Hercules and Ophiuchus. Restaban opens portals and pathways in the physical world for those who have truly embraced and mastered their initiations in life, who have aligned with the path of soul rather than the convenient path of personality, for those who live true to self--as our Hercules exemplifies--portals that are otherwise blocked to those who have not claimed their self-mastery and demonstrated their self-responsibility in applying that mastery in a service capacity to others.
Our Balsamic Moon is extra magnetic, creating a strong pull toward an expansive and unfathomable future. It motivates us to become far more than we can imagine, to seek a greater freedom of being, and to aid others to embrace this greater freedom. Thus our lunar cycle coalesces into its seed, which will sprout anew in the following lunar cycle.
Our next New Moon occurs on January 22, 2012 in sidereal Capricorn conjoining Altair of Aquila, Eye of the Eagle. 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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