The Lunar Theme for the
April 21, 2012 New Moon

Self-initiated Action for Attainment

The Lunar Month of
April 21, 2012 - May 20, 2012

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 April 21, 2012 lies in the midst of several planets in sidereal Aries. The New Moon is flanked by Vesta and Eris, and Ceres and Jupiter. Simultaneously, several new synodic cycles (planetary alignments with the Sun) begin, all producing another dynamic New Moon and lunar cycle. Venus and Mars begin a new 347-day cycle. Venus and Mars also make their alignment opposite Uranus, which marks the midpoints of the Venus-Uranus and Mars-Uranus synodic cycles. This alignment (Mars-Venus-Sun-Uranus) squares the new Mercury-Pluto synod, stimulating a strong and potent solar force expressing through our New Moon. The New Moon lies just in front of the Head of the Ram, marked by Mesartim of Aries, and conjoins several additional stars entering this area of earlier sidereal Aries, including Mirach of Andromeda and the fiery Fornax Spiral Galaxy. This is a hot and fiery part of the zodiak, one that impels self-initiated action for attainment.

This is also the first New Moon after Mars returned direct from its retrograde. Thus, this Martian force, stimulating our creative power in assertive action, fully engages in this lunar cycle. Things start to move once again.

The relentless Grand Square created by Mars, Juno and the Lunar Nodes, and Chiron and Neptune, which has been in place for more than two lunar cycles, remains active as we enter this lunar cycle. It continues to provide a sense of tension and challenge in our lives, but one that will quickly release us into dynamic new expressions later in this lunar cycle.

Several key events begin on what will be a fortuitous Last Quarter Moon. They create a significant shift and progressive opening from what has been a rather intense last few lunar months. A special one involves the Sun, Jupiter and Sedna, which is and will continue to be extremely significant for females and which is a significant catalyst supporting the re-emergence of feminine force in the world.

The long-standing Grand Square finally dissolves as Mars creates an opening, a Grand Trine portal with Mercury-Vesta and Pluto, bringing opportunity for creative movement in new directions, which may have been formulating but held in check over the last few lunar cycles.

Venus also begins its retrograde at this time, aspecting the Saturn-Eris opposition, which will lead into the 2012 Venus Transit occurring in early June and into the start of a new Earth-Venus 584-day synodic cycle.

These are just a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning 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."

The Lyrid meteor shower also occurs on April 21, an annual event as Earth passes through the debris field of Comet Thatcher. The best viewing is late Saturday evening when the shower’s radiant is overhead. This is an ideal year to see the Lyrids because of the moonless night. See NASA’s "A Wonderful Night in April" to learn more.

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

Aries New Moon Star Chart for April 21, 2012

Our New Moon of April 21, 2012, on the shores of sidereal Aries, nests within a plethera of planets. The New Moon conjoins Mesartim of Aries; Alrisha of Pisces; Mirach of Andromeda; Mira Ceti; Tyl of Draco; Angetanar of Eridanus; and the fiery Fornax Spiral Galaxy. The New Moon lies between the uprising Piscian fish, which lies on the cusp of sidereal Aries and the knot, Alrisha (Katain), and the Head of the Ram, marked by Mesartim and Sharatan of Aries.

Alrisha (Kaitain), Alpha Pisces, is a very close pair of bluish-white stars, and is the knot of the ribbon tying the two fishes of Pisces together. Alrisha lies across the cusp of sidereal Pisces, on the shore of sidereal Aries. Alrisha is the knot or cord that ties our primordial past with our desire to rise from it, articulated by the horizontal fish swimming westward towards earlier Pisces, and the upward pointing fish on the cusp of Aries. Alrisha is the bond—as in glue and as in vow—that ties our past with our future. Alrisha creates a neurological tension that seeks resolution. This very same tension imparts the motive to aspire to be more than we are.

Conjoining 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 is about bonds of the soul, a star of union, of making it possible through committed union for two to be or achieve something greater than either can be or do alone.

New Moon April 21, 2012 Sidereal Astrology Chart

New Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
©2012 Nick Anthony Fiorenza

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Mirach and Alrisha can express as a bond of strength or can express as bond of emotional entanglement and dependency. Our emotional clarity determines which and also requires discernment. This articulates the difference between inter-dependency and co-dependency.

Tyl of Draco and Mira of Cetus conjoin. Tyl (along with Nodus Secundus—Delta Draco) makes the convolution in the Dragon’s neck, here concerning primordial transformation of the soul through the experience of human life. Tyl is the human cry at a very fundamental level. Tyl is the cry of desire for one's physical needs to be met, for one's truth to be heard, and for one's dreams to be realized. Tyl is the burning cry in the initiatory fires of life. Tyl asks us hear the human cry; to not deny, squelch or pretend all is well in either denial or uppity arrogance. Tyl asks us to be real, to honor the pain we feel, to honor our humanness, and to have compassion for others struggling as well.

Mira (Omicron) Cetus is the breathing neck of Cetus, sometimes said to falsely emulate the royal Aldebaran because its period of brilliancy is highly undependable, but at times it can approach even the true magnificence of Aldebaran. Mira is a favorite variable star of astronomers due to what can be a spectacular show. Mira can impel a dramatic expression, whether truly attractive or merely shallow glitter, either way drawing attention to the dramatics common to the human world. Mira can also indicate a celebration, party, reception, and perhaps in honor of a union. Mira can also be deceiving if one is blinded by emotional or psychic confusion.

The dramatics induced by Tyl and Mira impel an expression of compassion yet with need for discernment. For the less aware person this can express as a sympathetic resonance, where one lowers their emotional tone to the level of someone else in turmoil, which perpetuates turmoil for both parties. For the emotionally mature, this instead impels an empathetic expression, where one is willing to feel the struggle of others while holding their own light and vibrational resonance. This helps to lift those in turmoil to a higher emotional tone rather than getting pulled downward into a lesser sympathetic resonance.

Angetanar is the second of the three Tau stars of Eridanus (Tau 1, Tau2, Tau3); marking another stopping point along the River of Life and through the initiations of Aries. Angetanar and companions impel the need to delve deeper within self to gather one’s inner strength and physical endurance to continue through the initiations in life and to embody a deeper level of wisdom.

Sharatan, Mesartim and Hamal of Aries form the head of the ram. Sharatan, the Beta star of the Ram, one of the horns, 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. Either way, these stars impel us to initiate personal action to take the lead in our individual lives.

South of the ecliptic lies Fornax the Furnace that provides the transmutational fire while in the whale (Cetus) of human experience and during our initiatory experiences along our journeys in life, fueling 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. Fornax not only provides the fire for our personal metamorphosis but also stimulates personal action that leads to our transformation.

This is a hot and fiery area of the zodiak that impels self-initiated action for attainment. It brings emphasis to using our creative will assertively, yet with contemplative foresight for the future ramifications of our actions. It requires we relinquish limiting and self-imposed attitudes or bonds of the past, perhaps those based on past failures or less than ideal achievements, so we may pursue new roads ahead with optimistic vigor and vitality. It is an ideal cycle for initiating new ventures and involvements. We may have been reassessing the use of our creative energies over the past several months, during the Mars retrograde, perhaps conceiving new ideas and making new plans (during the coinciding Mercury retrograde). All of this is however meaningless unless we now make decisions and act on those decisions. This lunar cycle is the time to engage in creative action for a greater achievement.

New Moon April 21, 2012 Sidereal Heliocentric Astrology Chart

Sidereal Heliocentric Chart showing the Venus-Mars synod opposite Uranus and the Mercury-Pluto synod square to the Venus-Mars-Sun-Uranus alignment. More about the April 21-22 Solar alignments.

Venus, Mars, Uranus, Mercury & Pluto

Venus and Mars begin a new 347-day synodic cycle in sidereal Virgo, while they also make their synodic oppositions with Uranus. This means that Venus and Mars conjoin on one side of the Sun while in alignment to Uranus, which is on the other side of the Sun. This axis (the Mars-Venus-Sun-Uranus alignment) also squares the current Mercury-Pluto synod, which acts as a catalytic trigger for radical change, to break away from the conforming bounds of the past. This compounded synodic synchronization occurs in a few day period surrounding the New Moon.

Mars-Uranus synodic opposition (April 20)
New Moon (April 21)
Mercury-Pluto synod (April 22)
Venus-Uranus synodic opposition (April 22)
Venus-Mars synod (April 23)

These synods and their T-square configuration occur in and involve the approaching Uranus-Pluto Square. In this lunar month, Uranus and Pluto enter a 3° orb to their exact square from a heliocentric perspective. From a geocentric perspective, they are within a 3.5° orb on the New Moon and within a 3° orb by lunar cycle’s end. More about the 2011-2015 Uranus-Pluto Square.

The New Venus-Mars Synodic Cycle

Venus-Mars synods and the cycles they create generally have to do with the integration of the receptive feminine qualities and expressive masculine qualities. Mars is an outward focused force, impelling action to expand and to move away from our central core. Venus is an inward focused force and tends to impel us toward our heartlight, to our inner awareness and its radiance in the appreciation of art and beauty. When Mars is dominant, whether within self or in our society, we act without our inner intuitive awareness and from a place of darkness, which can express as an awry and ballistic use of creative power without concern for the nourishment of our own inner light or that of others. If Venus were dominant without Mars’ active expression, we would become passive and submissive—living in Pleasantville—with little desire for outward growth and creative expansion. When these forces are in equilibrium, they support each other. The masculine expressive force supports the feminine principle. Action taken builds and nourishes the inner heartlight, art and beauty. In turn, the feminine receptive and intuitive force supports the healthy, nurturing and harmonious expression of the masculine force.

We often speak or hear of the dominant masculine/patriarchal force and the repressed feminine/matriarchal force in our world. When this imbalance becomes excessive, which obviously has been the case, the feminine becomes even more suppressed, withdrawn and even exploited. The answer to this is not for males to act as females, nor for females to act as males. It requires that males open the feminine energy conduit within self so that their creative action can be supported by the feminine intuitive heart-centered awareness, so that these two energetics can spiral in equilibrium. This in turn provides males to have the receptive sensitivity to embrace the external feminine expression in the world. Externalized masculine-feminine relationships always reflect our inner energetic equilibrium. When a masculine-dominated imbalance occurs within a male, males draw females that are either overly passive and submissive, or who are trying to be more male-like at the cost of their femininity. This most often leads to either abusive relationships with the female being exploited, or to stand-offs and competitive fighting. Often this becomes an oscillatory condition, which eventually shatters the relationship. Conversely, females are faced with the same issue, to open the masculine conduit within self so that these two energetics can spiral in harmony within self. This allows the female to radiate their inner intuitive heartlight in power in confidence. This in-turn allows females to draw males that honor and support their feminine power, and that have the sensitivity to utilize the feminine wisdom in their actions and pursuits in life. As males and females both establish their respective inner equilibrium, then externalized relationships express with equipoise.

A Winding Tributary on Mars

A Winding Tributary on Mars
Image and Caption Credit:
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona


Mars is an initiating creative force, of sexuality, vitality, life force, and power. In its mature expression, Mars stimulates our capacity to respond in assertive action. It is of leadership, self reliance, and victorious. It is audacious, brave, instinctual, passionate and willful. For the less mature, or when poorly placed in a chart, Mars can express as the awry or ballistic use of power, lack of self-control, abuse in all if its forms, and with selfish motive and greed that is based in the fear of not surviving or not being provided for. The Mars aspect of self (sacrum, base chakra, adrenals sexual organs) is the area generally held in most judgment by many people--due to this force having been used destructively and manipulatively in the history of the solar system resulting in aberrations and devastation of life; hence often dubbed the planet of war. Because of this, total rejection and lack of love is often projected toward the Mars quality / base chakra of self--alienating it even more.

Venus UnVeiled

Venus UnVeiled
Image Credit: NASA, Magellan Project


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.

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.

Our new 347-day Venus-Mars synodic cycle theme is defined by the stars that Venus and Mars align with looking from the Sun. The synod conjoins Zaniah of Virgo, Turais of Carina and Phi Velorum, both Argo Navis.

Zaniah, Eta Virgo, is an ecliptical star, less than 2° north in ecliptical latitude. Zaniah is also the Chinese "Left-hand Maintainer of Law" (Allen). Zaniah inspires the "right use of will" directed by soul-level impulses and unadulterated by personality or egoic-level influences. Zaniah impels right action and participation in the here and now, moment-by-moment. Zaniah embodies the essence of the Virgin’s purity—to become a clear vessel and to know right action. Zaniah imparts a feminine quality.

Zaniah also conjoins Beta Coma Berenices. Coma Berenices (Berenice’s hair) stands alone in this area of the heavens, slightly north of and over early sidereal Virgo. The stars forming Coma Berenices are not necessarily connected to any surrounding constellations other than being associated with Virgo. This makes sense when we realize that the North Galactic Pole (NGP) resides in Coma (5° sidereal Virgo), as does our Super Galactic Center (SGC) (~7° sidereal Virgo). Coma Berenices is a recent name, but Diadem, the Alpha Star of Coma, articulates the essence of this grouping of stars.

Diadem lies just north of the Virgin's head. Diadem is the jeweled crown above Virgin's head. Ornate Crowns in antiquity were designed with specific metals, jewels, and geometries to accentuate the wearer's telepathic and clairvoyant capacities, and for their communion with transcendent realms of consciousness. Diadem and the stars of Coma radiate the high spiritual essence of the Super Galactic Center, and impel us to attune to our spiritual / soul guidance.

Beta Coma Berenices, conjoining Zaniah, emphasizes our need to apply personal will according to our spiritual / soul guidance, which expresses through the magnetic forces of nature, in the messages provided by the world around us. Beta of Coma impels the administration and application of our spiritual guidance in our physical lives.

Turais asks us to extend our awareness into this time-stream, while Zaniah inspires clear action in the moment from soul's and nature's guiding influence. Thus each action moment is one punctual droplet of many composing a continuous time-stream that formulates the path or wave upon which soul travels. Turais invites us to recognize our actions extend into and influence not only the nature of our own lives, but also the lives of others, effecting the meandering currents in an ocean of being. They set up resonances in spacetime that define the nature of experiences yet to come for our selves and in the evolutionary journey of all involved.

This is not to be confused with attempting to be responsible for others or to define their experience—which is a miss-use of will. The responsibility is for our active and conscious participation from the clarity of our spiritual soul-level guidance expressed in action. Turais demands we act from the awareness of our greater evolutionary journey and adds a sense of "cosmic responsibility" for what is "put into motion" through Zaniah's "right use of will."

Valles Marineris, the Grand Canyon of Mars

Soaring high above Valles Marineris, the “Grand Canyon of Mars,” viewers look down and catch a sight resembling parts of the desert West of the United States, but on a vastly greater scale. Here the canyon averages over a hundred miles wide, and its floor is heaped with rocks, sediments, and landslide debris. Within the canyon walls lie possibly hundreds of layers filling many pages of Mars’ geologic record.
Image & Caption Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

This Venus-Mars synod and its cycle is pivotal because it lies between the recent Mars retrograde and Earth-Mars synod, and the Venus retrograde and the Venus Transit / Earth-Venus synod.

The Mars retrograde offered a time for redefining how we are using our expressive creative force and power in our lives and on Earth. The shifts we have made during this recent few-month period personally and collectively are key to how we will shift in allowing a new level of the feminine force to express in our lives and in our world during the Venus retrograde, and especially during the upcoming Venus Transit, which provides opportunity to allow a significant infusion of the feminine principle and its true power into our lives and into our world. More about the new 2012 Mars Synodic Cycle.

This synod’s stars are quite fitting for this pivotal synod as well as for our action oriented Lunar Cycle. The new Venus-Mars cycle invites us to express self from the integrated masculine and feminine principles in action that is attuned to our higher spiritual guidance, in attunement to the natural world around us and while being aware of the signs and messages expressing through the natural world. It requires we pay critical attention to and have conscious consideration for the longer-term ramifications of our actions in our lives and in the lives of others.

The Venus-Mars heliocentric opposition to Uranus mark the mid-points of vision and realization in the current Venus-Uranus and Mars-Uranus synodic cycles. The Venus-Uranus synodic cycle began in on January 1, 2012. The Mars-Uranus synodic cycle began on April 17, 2011. Both occurred in early sidereal Pisces (due to the much slower movement of Uranus compared to Venus and Mars). The Venus-Uranus synodic cycle was presented in the Dec 24, 2011 Lunar Cycle.

Excerpt: “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 impel us to cross new bridges and to pursue our greater dreams and visions.”

The Mars-Uranus synodic cycle was presented in the April 3, 2011 Lunar Planner.

Excerpt: “The Mars-Uranus conjunction and this new 1.9-year synod cycle impels prompt and radical assertive action in leadership in response to evolutionary change, and for that which supports harmonious evolutionary change. It supports radical transformation in leadership to those who are in-tune with Earth's evolutionary transition. It also brings attention to water and water related issues; and to new discoveries and technologies related to water. On a more personal level, this new cycle invites us to use our creative power and life force in radical new ways that support our personal evolutionary transition, and the reintegration of the spiritual and primordial forces in our lives.”

Close-up of Mercury' surface

Close-up of Mercury's surface

Mercury & Pluto

The New Mercury-Pluto synodic cycle occurs in mid-sidereal Sagittarius. Due to the rapid orbit of Mercury, the Mercury-Pluto synods occur quite often and move but a fraction of a degree from synod to synod. This synod is especially significant because it creates the T-square to the Mars-Venus-Sun-Uranus alignment. This configuration creates a strong resonance on the Mercury-Pluto synod. It also acts as a catalytic trigger, which accentuates the Sun’s dynamic and its radiance through the additional synods and the New Moon (Sun-Moon-Earth alignment).

Tiny Mercury has a powerful influence. Mercury’s active iron core composes 85% of Mercury’s radius, the largest core to size ratio of any planet in our solar system (revealed by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft.) Mercury acts like a spherical lens that intensifies the solar force and any planet that it aligns with like a magnifying glass focuses the sun’s rays into a burning hot spot that can ignite a fire.

The Sagittarian Mercury-Pluto synod impels passionate penetrating transformational communication to reveal a greater truth. It impels the pursuit of our higher purpose, goals and ideals. Its T-square configuration is also a significant pre-trigger to the forming Uranus-Pluto Square.

Mars Square Juno & the Lunar Nodes

Mars, now direct, makes its exact square to retrograde Juno on the North Lunar Node on April 25. The Moon triggers this event just before as it conjoins the South Lunar Node on April 24. Mars makes its exact square to the Lunar Nodes on April 30, just after First Quarter Moon.

Mars will begin to move away from its location in the ecliptic where it has maintained the Grand Square with Juno, the Lunar Nodes and Neptune-Chiron for over two lunar cycles. This Grand Square was presented in detail in the February 21, 2011 Lunar Planner and in the previous March 22, 2012 Lunar Planner.

Mars was in its retrograde throughout most of the Grand Square, which created a considerable tension without an outlet, as retrograde Mars created an inward focus. Now, with Mars direct, this square stimulates externalized action. Juno however, asteroid of relationships, recently began its retrograde conjoined the North Lunar Node in a rather intense area of the heavens—at the hand of Ophiuchus (Yed), which holds the Serpent, and over the head and claws of the Scorpion. Redefining our relationships and how we interrelate continues to be the focus. Juno’s retrograde can produce a sorting process in relationships and partnerships of all types. In this area of the heavens, compatibility issues may arise between those who are truly stepping forward into a greater level of self-empowerment and those who are remaining entrapped in victim-based mindsets of the past.

The Mars bio-Harmonic Audio Meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, April 24 through April 30 is an ideal time to work with the Mars 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 occurs on April 25 in late sidereal Taurus, just two hours after the Mars-Juno square. The Crescent Moon-Venus alignment is still occurring as it had in the last few lunar cycles due to Venus being at its eastern elongation, however this is the last time in this series. You can learn more about how and why Venus aligns with the Crescent and Balsamic Moons here: E-Motions of the Heart: Venus Elongations & the Crescent Moon.

This Venus-Crescent Moon occurs in the Horns of the Bull. They conjoin Rigel of Orion; Hassaleh, Hoedus and AE Auriga in the Flaming Star Nebula, all in Auriga; and Nihal of Leporis. This is actually quite close (within a 1°) to where the Venus Transit will occur in early June.

Rigel, Beta Orion, 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, conjoining Rigel, 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.

AE Auriga in the Flaming Star Nebula C405

IC 405 is the red/blue nebula to the left of center. It is being illuminated by the energetic star AE Aurigae (embedded in the nebula). However AE Aurigae's story is inextricably linked to another star called Mu Columbae [now residing between Phaet and Wezen of the Dove]. Around 2.7 million years ago these two stars were formed and had a close encounter with one another in the Great Orion Nebula. The encounter was so close (another star was certainly involved) that each of them was ejected from the Orion complex never to return again. Currently these stars are 66 degrees away from one another in the sky. Astronomer's discovered these two runaway stars by measuring their apparent (fast) motion and noting that if you work backwards in time - the origin is in the same place at the same time! But AE Auriga is certainly the more glamorous of the two stars since it just happens to be moving through a region of gas that makes it look like a "Flaming Star." Image Credit: Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

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—the moon is exalted in early sidereal Taurus.

North of Orion and Taurus is Auriga, the Charioteer. Hassaleh is the third brightest star of the classic pentagon of stars forming Auriga. Hassaleh conjoins Rigel of Orion and Kursa of Eridanus. 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. Conjoining Hoedus adds a warrior quality to Hassaleh and is action oriented.

Also conjoining is 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 area of Taurus and to impious but highly creative and enterprising Orion.

Our Crescent Moon inspires industrious, enterprising and artfully creative pursuits based from the heart. It also brings attention to generating resources and the management of money. It brings our focus to earthy and material matters: of building, business, construction, the home and family, and property.

The Venus bio-Harmonic Audio Meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, The Crescent Moon 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 Sun & Ceres

The Sun conjoins Ceres a day after the Crescent Moon in sidereal Aries bringing attention to how we nurture and are nurtured, to the ebb and flow of resources; and to the importance of the Earth’s environment—agriculture, our food, and all that provides our daily sustenance. This marks the mid-point of vision and realization in the current 15-month Earth-Ceres synodic cycle that began on September 16, 2011, presented in the August 29, 2011 Lunar Planner.

First Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

First Quarter Moon
Initiate Action

First Quarter Moon

The First Quarter Moon of each lunar cycle draws an external stimulus to initiate action as we move from the inspirational quarter of the lunar cycle into the action quarter. Our First Quarter Moon occurs on April 29 in mid-sidereal Cancer. The Moon is also the apex of a Yod created by the Pluto-Chiron sextile, which places extra emphasis on the Moon.

The Moon conjoins Asellus of Cancer; Delta Hydra and the Pulsar CPO834 of Hydra; Sigma Puppis of Argo Navis; and Gianfar and the Quasar 1133+704 of Draco. This is also Jupiter’s exalted location in the sidereal zodiak.

Cancer, commonly the crab today, is also the Egyptian Scarabaeus, an image that articulates the theme of humanity's emergence from darkness, dogma, and delusion and its reawakening back to light. The Scarab is an appropriate mythical figure here because the beetle emerges from its snuggle in its own dung, where it matures. This theme also applies to our individual emergence from the family nest or from the collective consciousness that we co-create. The Scarab is a symbol of regeneration, transformation and re-birth, of being self-created, or self-made, to rise from itself—hence humanity's association with the beetle’s emergence. Sidereal Cancer imparts a nurturing, protective and cultivating quality, ultimately to support this emergence.

Asellus Aus. and Bor., the southern and northern stars that create the ass of the Crab, can indicate antiquated patterns, personal and collective dogmatic belief structures, and sticky modalities of being that perpetuate stasis. Classically they are considered to be unfortunate stars with a somewhat stubborn (I would say sticky) nature. They can stimulate a desire to nourish and fortify, but also to accumulate to such a degree that one can get self-consumed.

Hercules and the Hydra by Antonio Pollaiuolo

Hercules and the Hydra, (c. 1475)
by Antonio Pollaiuolo (Galleria degli Uffizi).

Delta through Zeta Hydra and the Pulsar CP0834 create Hydra's head. Hydra's head articulates a multifarious undermining source of destruction (every time Hercules took off one the Hydra's heads, it immediately grew another).

We might consider Pulsar CP0834 to be the brain of Hydra. This pulsar does not lie along the galactic plane as most pulsars, and so may influence our biological personality workings and primordial response more so than being a guiding beacon for the soul. It may reinforce our repetitive, monotonous, subconscious patterns that perpetuate stasis—that part of ourselves that undermines our ability to change, but it can also make visible those patterns that we need to change, a constant reminder that the repetitive undermining experiences in our lives are manifest from our own tenacious belief structures; and that we need to apply conscious deliberate effort to change them.

CP0834 has a fundamental frequency of 0.785075095881 Hz which translates to 6781.8Å Red / 3390.9Å Near UV in the light spectrum. This resonance engages physical behavioral and musculature patterns—literally our capacity to act in the physical as well as our brain's frontal lobe—which in part, governs our capacity to see alternative paths and to move forward from the neurologically ingrained patterns of the past. This pulsar's harmonic also cross-resonates with Saturn's circumference harmonic, which can manifest as long standing behavioral patterns that perpetuate stasis or rigidity—hence our need to become consciously aware of our repetitive behavioral patterns and have the conscious deliberation to change.

Conjoining Hydra's head is northern Gianfar, Lambda Draco, on the tail of the Dragon. Gianfar, the poisoned place, is of neurological currents, specifically those emanating from "poisons of the heart" that manifest cellular patterns within ourselves that relentlessly destroy that which we touch through endless battering of our courage, optimism, and strength—destroying us through sheer exhaustion. Here we are asked to realize how unresolved bitterness or resentments of the heart can perpetually avert us from the fulfillment we seek.

Conjoining Gianfar is the Quasar 1133+704 of Draco. Quasars are enigmatic. They are found at extreme distances from our own galaxy. They radiate a power level greater than our galaxy and are believed to be extremely old. The term Quasar (Quasi-stellar Radio Source), coined in the 1960s, is now an antiquated description, but the name is still used. Quasars are now recognized to be active galaxies. They are similar to normal galaxies except two highly potent beams of radio emissions radiate from the top and bottom of the galaxy’s disk.

Generally, we can associate Quasars with an ancient and mysterious creative power. They inspire exploration of alternatives outside of our current realm of experience. Quasar 1133+704 of Draco inspires us to look at our undermining behavioral patterns from alternative viewpoints that we might not normally consider. It and Gianfar invite us to explore any inner fears that may tie us to the past and that keep us from living our heart's truth in the present, so we can emerge from antiquated and ingrained neural-net patterns in our brains and establish new and alternative neural pathways.

Jupiter’s exaltation at this zodiakal location articulates our need to mobilize greater spiritual and physical principles, and to take bold expansive action to address any entrapping conditions that may be very deep rooted—otherwise a mere combative approach simply antagonizes the onslaught. It can also indicate a fortuitous opportunity to mobilize and expand upon an inheritance or heritage.

Our First Quarter Moon impels us to step out of our limiting environments and structures of consciousness, to trust that which has been gestating within, and to find new locations, ways of living or involvements fitting to our emerging new awareness. It invites us to trust and have faith in the subtle currents at work in our lives and to pursue alternative paths we normally would not take along our journeys in life.

Mars makes its exact square with the Lunar Nodes the day after First Quarter Moon, adding dynamic stimulus to our creative actions. We can consider this to be the formal ending of the Grand Square, which may now feel like freedom of movement from what had been a rather long period of restriction and restraint.

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.

Our Gibbous Moon occurs on May 2 conjoining Makemake in early sidereal Virgo.


Makemake (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh - “e” is pronounced “ay” in Polynesian) is the Polynesian name for the creator god of humanity in the mythology of the South Pacific island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Makemake was recently discovered on March 31, 2005. Based upon an exploration of Makemake’s orbital parameters and its recent role during the 2008-2011 economic turn, Makemake appears to bring attention to leadership issues regarding the administration of resources; and in areas involving economics and finance. It may also impel strategic planning and enterprising action to create environmental conditions that ensure a healthy, prosperous and abundant life for groups or for the people in general. Makemake may also act to sort out those who are truly worthy of being in a leadership role from those who are not. More about Makemake.

Mars and Makemake just began a new 690-day synodic cycle in the previous lunar cycle. Now our Gibbous Moon activates this same theme presented in the March 22 Lunar Planner.

The Moon and Makemake conjoin Benetnasch of Ursa Major, Zavijava of Virgo and the additional entries presented in the Mars-Makemake synod material.

Benetnasch and Zavijava ask us to examine and discern whether we are blindly following self-proclaimed totalitarian authoritarian political-religious rulers and gurus and their propaganda or if we are seeking a deeper fulfillment (Crateris) based in and guided by true spiritual principles—trusting our own inner guidance. As business or political leaders, Benetnasch and Zavijava ask us to examine whether we are dictating behavior and are creating followings, or if we are facilitating the self-empowerment and freedom of those under us or those we may govern. They ask us to evolve how we are using power and our positions of authority—to learn that being in a position of power is a position of service.

Our Gibbous Moon brings us to focus upon assertive and audacious creative action in leadership for achievement. It brings inspiring motivation to create new paths regarding the generation and management of material resources rather than following the antiquated financial/business paradigm.

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.

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.

The Full Moon of May 5-6 occurs in sidereal Libra, with the Sun nesting between Ceres and Jupiter. The Moon conjoins Zubenelgenubi (and Zubenelakribi) of Libra.

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

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

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

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

Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali are the karmic and dharmic seats for humanity, the former about our past experience and patterns of growth, and the latter about our future path of experience and growth, that which we have yet to do, our capacity, or duty in a sense, to do it differently—to grow and change.

Alignments with Zubenelgenubi, the southern claw, indicate a responsibility to address or complete any entrapping situations—unfinished business, or simply entrapping patterns and scenarios in this life. Zubenelgenubi also marks Saturn's exalted location in the ecliptic; and Pluto's perihelion—also giving us a clue to Saturn and Pluto's relationship. Saturn is often called the lord of karmic retribution. Amongst several things, Saturn demands we demonstrably face our fears, grow and mature.

Alignments with Zubeneschamali, the northern claw, indicate a responsibility to step forward from our past patterns of growth and life scenarios into our intended new experience, into our future destiny, by taking the responsibility to choose a new experience, to choose a new way, a new participation. It is through this balance of experience that we free ourselves from our past, or better to say, that fulfills our past.

Hence, as the scales of Libra, we can see how the two energetics work in balance for the growth of the soul. We must pursue new experience while completing or integrating our past experience. If we do not choose new experience we stay wallowing in our past patterns. If we remain in denial of our past experience and avoid accepting responsibility for it, our past patterns pull on us relentlessly, making it quite difficult to experience the lives we truly seek. Either way, we stay entrapped in the Scorpion's clutches. Thus, the "art of (Libra) living," living in balance, takes on an expounded meaning.

Further articulating this theme is the neck and head of the serpent, held in the hand of Ophiuchus, reaching for the Northern Crown, which lies north of the Scorpion's chelae and over the feet of the Virgin; and the stars of the Centaur, teacher of self-mastery in the physical world, which lie south of the chelae. The Centaur teaches the right way to live to attain our evolutionary freedom. The Centaur stands over and protects the Southern Cross, which embodies the pure unadulterated essence of our soul purpose in the world—the original cardinality of the soul, also the four cardinal virtues, seeming lost to most of humanity.

Ophiuchus, standing upon the Scorpion, is demonstrable example of one who has achieved this equilibrium, this evolutionary freedom. He, holding the serpent reaching (or pointing) to the Northern Crown, indicates the ideal, the goal to ultimately free self from entrapment in the clutches of the Scorpion, which is learned in the balance, by stepping from the past (karmic) patterns into our (dharmic) future—in full demonstrable mastery over the forces governing life and death. The Northern Crown articulates the achievement of this freedom or fulfillment.

Predating this rendering of the supine Virgine, the Virgin was shown standing, only occupying sidereal Virgo, not Libra as well, with Spica being an ear or sheaf of wheat held in her right hand. In Egypt, this was Isis.

Sidereal Libra was illustrated as another personification, known as the Balance Holder; also an upright figure holding the scales of Libra. In Egyptian myth, this was Ma'at, who would weigh the human heart / soul at the time of death, with the soul in one scale and an ostrich feather (feather of Truth) in the other. If the heart / soul was heavier than the feather, the soul would need to reincarnate—needing to release its excess weight, or karma—the need to balance its incarnational experience.

Egyptian Book of the Dead: Weighing of the Heart in the Duat using the feather of Ma'at

A section of the Egyptian Book of the Dead written on papyrus showing the Weighing of the Heart in the Duat using the feather of Ma'at as the measure in balance.

Venus UnVeiled

Venus UnVeiled
Image Credit: NASA, Magellan Project

The Egyptian Ma'at, although rendered as a woman with an ostrich feather in her hair, was not a deity passing judgment (as some scholars interpret this rendering), but a universal force expressing as balance and order, a natural justice based upon the law of basic equilibrium inherent to the universe. This natural force or principle, later got personified, as was common during the translation of hieroglyphics by Greco-Roman scholars, from which externalized religion was formulated, by those who did not understand that Egyptian imagery was a picture language conveying concepts and ideas, not beings that were worshiped of feared. Ma'at embodies the principle that the relationship between constituent parts must function in balance and as a unified whole.

In Greek myth, Ma'at transposes into the seer Themis, goddess of Mount Olympus, holding the scales in one hand and double-edged sword in the other. Themis was of divine order and law—often called upon to evoked social order, proper procedure and custom. Themis was shown blindfolded, conveying judgment made with impartiality. In Christian imagery, Themis becomes Archangel Michael holding his double-edged sword of righteousness in one hand and the scales in the other. Note the shift from female figures to male! However, in all cases, Libra was depicted as a divine figure weighing the equanimity of a soul's incarnational experience.

Claudius Ptolemy (AD 90 – AD 168) is attributed to bastardizing this imagery of Virgo and Libra by changing the Virgin's upright position to one lying supine, and by removing the image of anyone holding the scales altogether, leaving only the scales—totally obscuring the revelation that Virgo and Libra, as the Balance Holder, had to offer, especially about reincarnation and the natural balance of experience. The symbol of the scales, as they are used today, thus became merely about social order, leaving the question: Order imposed by who? This would seem to become the Roman church-state in power at the time, under which Ptolemy lived and worked. The "lady of justice" was then used on the Roman Coin, without blindfold; and today she is now merely a metaphorical image used by many judicial systems that dictate proper procedure and social order.

Our Full Moon brings us perspective about the original theme of the lunar cycle and about the creative actions we are now motivated to take in our lives. To claim our evolutionary freedom out from under manipulation and control, to move from our past patterns by choosing new experience, to establish equipoise in our lives, these are all themes here.

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 May 9 in sidereal Sagittarius, a few degrees away from Pluto. The Moon conjoins the stars forming the hand and bow of the Zen Archer, Meridionalis and Kus Australis of Sagittarius; SGR XR-4 of Sag; Alpha Telescopium; the Swan Nebula in Sag; and the Eagle Nebula in Serpens. This is also the exalted location for Uranus in the ecliptic.

The Swan Nebula M17 in Sagittarius

The Swan Nebula M17 in Sagittarius
Image Credit: Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

Meridionalis, the hand holding the Zen Archer’s bow, and the stars forming the bow, Kaus Aus., Mer., and Bor., create the tension required to express one’s full potential, to apply the directed force of intent to achieve one’s spiritual ideals and purpose in the world. This is about our Zen stance, a whole body / environmental awareness expressed from the core of our being, which is required to hit the target of our ideals, aspirations and dreams. This is where our focus and power, the tools that we use, and our undaunted vision held upon our target, synthesize as one applied force.

Telescopium, underlying the Zen Archer, articulates our long-range soul purpose seen with penetrating vision, which is common to the Zen Archer's approach in life. Alpha Telescopium impels us to look past or through the distractions around us and to focus only upon the target of our highest ideals.

SGR XR-4, nesting in the Globular Cluster NGC6624, consists of a neutron star and white dwarf that complete an orbit about each other every eleven minutes and that produces violent bursts of X-rays. SGR XR-4 excites the long-term vision common to the Zen Archer. It excites the power and enthusiasm within to achieve that vision.

Our Disseminating Moon supports us to demonstrably live our ideals and dreams. It requires we trust our uniqueness and our unique paths in life with undaunted conviction, and it impels us to focus our intent to pursue our longer-term visions in life.

The Pluto bio-Harmonic Audio Meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, May 8 and May 9 is an ideal time to work with the Puto 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.

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 May 12 in late sidereal Capricorn. The constellations Aquarius and Capricorn overlap in the latter part of sidereal Capricorn, creating a very different quality than earlier Capricorn.

Several key events begin on the Last Quarter Moon that create a significant shift and progressive opening from what has been a rather intense last few lunar months.

The Moon conjoins Nashira of Capricorn; Sadalsuud of Aquarius; Kitalpha of Equuleus; Beta and Gamma Gruis and Gamma of Delphinus. This is also the exalted location for Mars.

The last decan of Capricorn, the Capricorn-Aquarius overlap, 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. Here lies the constructive character of Saturn, which is at home in sidereal Capricorn.

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.

Sadalsuud of Aquarius is the luckiest in the kingdom or worldly affairs, and is said to embody the Fortune of the Fortunate. Sadalsuud, along with Deneb Algedi, produce genuinely wise, articulate, unique, and beneficent leadership.

Kitalpha and the stars of Equuleus, the little foal, conjoin Sadalsuud. According to R.H. Allen, some mythologists associate Equulei to Celeris, the brother (or son) of Pegasus, presented by Mercury to Castor; or Cyllarus, given to Pollux by Juno; or the creature struck by Neptune’s trident when contesting with Minerva for superiority. Kitapha and the stars of the little foal bring a quality of freshness, lightness, swiftness and vigor to the communicative and fortuitous nature of the last few degrees of sidereal Capricorn. They also indicate a distinguished and successful position.

This is a fortuitous and opportunistic Last Quarter Moon. Constructive communication and creative action in leadership is highlighted, perhaps with the arrival of good news having to do with any formal pursuits or negotiations. Changes we make now should yield an especially favorable outcome.

The Sun, Jupiter & Sedna
and the new Jupiter-Sedna 12-year Synodic Cycle

The Sun, Jupiter and Sedna conjoin hours after Last Quarter Moon (May 12-13) adding to this fortuitous shift. Jupiter and Sedna conjoined hours before Last Quarter Moon on May 11-12. The Jupiter-Sedna conjunction (and their synod) occurs in a ~12-year cycle. The new Jupiter-Sedna synodic cycle also just began, on May 10-11.


Jupiter close-up by NASA


Jupiter imparts a mobilizing and expansive force. It stimulates fluidity in movement, vitality and enthusiasm. It is of reciprocity—how we receive and re-express that which we have gained as gifts to the world. Jupiter expresses in openness and willingness to touch, palpate and embrace life, people and experience. It imparts a kinesthetic and magnetic quality; and reveals our physical fitness, strength and coordination.

Jupiter motivates us to aspire for something larger in our lives, beyond our current bounds. Jupiter will tend to magnify and expand the qualities of any other planet that it conjoins. Jupiter is often associated with money, but not as much as Venus. This is because Jupiter is a mobilizing force and money is a mobilizing agent.

Jupiter is of higher or natural law, as compared to man’s laws. It is of Spiritual Truth and stimulates action upon our greater truth. Jupiter is serendipitous, opportunistic, fortunate and lucky; with taste for and appreciation of elegance end beauty (along with Venus). It is fun loving, good natured, free and independent. Jupiter provides the ability to participate freely in the material world and in universal flow. More about Jupiter.


A planet-like object, or planetoid, orbiting the Sun at an extreme distance, in the coldest known region of our solar system was discovered in November of 2003. The planetoid (2003 VB12), was named Sedna for an Inuit goddess who lives at the bottom of the frigid Arctic ocean. Sedna is about one-quarter to three-eighths the size of the planet Pluto; and has an extreme elliptical orbit. Cold and removed, Sedna, approaches the Sun only briefly during her ~10,800-year solar orbit. Sedna curiously has a peculiar reddish color, like that of Mars.

Mythically, their are several versions of Sedna’s story. Basically, Inuit Sedna is a beautiful but vain maiden who is quite content living at home with her parents. She refuses several potential husbands but is finally coerced to marry by her father. She ends up marring an evil bird disguised as a man and is wisped away to a distant island for a life of misery. Her father comes to rescue Sedna, but on their way back in her father’s kayak the birdman attacks the kayak. In a vicious struggle and in fear of his life, Sedna’s father either inadvertently or deliberately pushes Sedna overboard into the frigid Arctic waters while severing her frozen fingers from clutching the boat. Sedna eventually drowns in dramatic scenario of deceit, betrayal and abandonment. Sedna becomes the goddess of the sea watching over the mammals of the oceans. Sedna has the head and torso of a woman and the tail of a fish—our mermaiden.

Being recently discovered, Sedna’s astrological influence is still exploratory. Based upon an initial exploration of Sedna’s astrophysical parameters, discovery, and myth, Sedna articulates the “return of the exiled feminine principle.” Sedna’s message is that humanity must recognize the truth about the suppression, persecution, abduction and exploitation of the feminine force in the world; and the mentality perpetuating such must be addressed and changed. Although it is quite obvious of our need for female’s re-emergence and balanced reintegration with the overly dominant patriarchal world, there is still dire hesitancy for such participation due to the often awry, deceptive and exploitative use of creative power by the masculine force in the world.

Sedna’s re-emergence suggests her purpose is to bring forth that which has been hidden, exiled, latent or suppressed; and specifically supporting the emergence of the long-suppressed feminine principle in the world; and the participation of females equally with males in all walks of life; prominently, openly and without fear, abuse, prejudice or exploitation.

Sedna appears to motivate action from a mature social platform, from an open, honest and inclusive humanitarian focus, into an active focus in leadership in the world; to break trail along a new path of discovery by demonstrating that a more feminine humanitarian type of leadership can provide the answers to the challenges our wold faces.

Potential Sedna issues may include: a refusal or hesitancy to participate in fear of being hurt, or from resentment of being hurt; abduction or abandonment issues (self-exile or forced exile); or fear of commitment.

Prior to 1950-1954 Sedna was south of the Celestial Equator (CE) in late sidereal Pisces. We might say that Sedna’s reemergence into the world was gestating in human consciousness up to this time. Sedna’s role supporting the emergence of the feminine shifted significantly around that time, and for those born at this time, as Sedna moved from being submerged in psychic-emotional sidereal Pisces onto the shores of sidereal Aries. Sedna was also crossing from south of Earth’s celestial equator to north at the same time--creating a strong drive to support the feminine reemergence in the world, for that generation and those to follow. We should begin to see another significant shift in the role of the feminine force in the world starting 2011, as Sedna enters the constellation of Taurus, and then in 2014-2017, as Sedna enters sidereal Taurus, supporting a more physically active and prominent participation of females in world. More about Sedna.

The Sun-Jupiter conjunction marks the mid-point of vision and realization in the current Earth-Jupiter 399-day synodic cycle that began on October 29, 2011, presented in the October 26, 2011 Lunar Planner.

Excerpt: “This new 399-day Jupiter synodic cycle impels us to take bold action to create our own opportunities in our lives in a large way, with confidence in self, and with zeal and passion. This next Earth-Jupiter synodic year is an ideal time for new and wide-sweeping pioneering ventures. It provides an opportunity to reinvent our lives and to find joy in creating something new, inspiring others with enthusiasm….”

The Jupiter bio-Harmonic Audio Meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, May 10 through May 13 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.

The Sun-Jupiter-Sedna conjunction and Jupiter-Sedna synod, centering on the fortuitous Last Quarter Moon, all occurs in the last couple of degrees of sidereal Aries. They conjoin Zaurak and Rana of Eridanus; Botein of Aries; Xi and Omicron of Taurus; the Open Star Cluster M34 in Perseus; and the Planetary Nebula NGC 40 in Cepheus.

The Planetary Nebula NGC 40 in Cepheus

The Planetary Nebula NGC 40 in Cepheus

Botein, although meaning the belly (of the Ram) actually marks the hind foot in late sidereal Aries. Botein conjoins Omicron and Xi Taurus, two minor stars of Taurus, which mark the beginning of the constellation (not sign). Botein, Omi and Xi impart a fiery energetic force, a creative potential about to erupt. The can also create a sense of frustration, as any fear or hesitancy to step through a physical initiation must be confronted before this potential can express. Rana of Eridanus in the southern heavens, conjoining Botein, marks another stopping point along the river of life and articulates the need for physical regeneration in preparation for what is yet to come, a place to hone one's self in a sense.

The cusp of sidereal Taurus is where the hero Perseus demonstrably slays his inner fears and claims his self-mastery, articulated by the story of Perseus and Andromeda, where Perseus slays Medusa (Algol), the Gorgon with seven snakes for hair (cuspal Taurus). This is Perseus' prerequisite to being able to free princess Andromeda from being devoured by Cetus the Sea Monster and for them to step into their greater destiny. Perseus uses the reflection in his shield to watch Medusa, as the sight of Medusa directly turns one to stone—a mythical image suggesting that which freezes us in our tracks is but a reflection of fear within self.

Just prior to the Taurian cusp, in late sidereal Aries, is Zaurak of Eridanus, a point of pause along the initiatory river of life where we must hold and trust our own inner light because the path immediately ahead is not entirely visible. Zaurak conjoins northern Segin, the last of the principal stars of Cassiopeia, which adds an opinionated, penetrating and expressive nature to late Aries. Segin also imparts an embracing watchful perception, especially in dangerous or threatening situations.

Late sidereal Aries and cuspal Taurus can be penetrating, sharp and cutting, forthright and criticizing in its expression. There is a wide-spectrum sensitivity to pending or potential danger, which also creates an active and responsive nature to threats of any sort.

The Sun-Jupiter-Sedna conjunction and the new 12-year Jupiter-Sedna cycle is a very welcomed and significant energetic. Jupiter greatly mobilizes and expands Sedna’s force, thus bringing tremendous support for wide-sweeping emergence of females in the world and the re-emergence of the feminine principle. Occurring in this area of zodiak, the Sun, Jupiter and Sedna ignite a passionate force for this emergence to occur and it impels females to be active and responsive to upcoming world events. This also precedes the Venus retrograde about to start, which leads into the June 2012 Venus Transit, a primary event that will emblazon the Venusian feminine principle onto Earth and into our lives. Both of these events and their cycle begin an entirely new evolutionary current supporting the expression feminine force in our world.

The Mars Pluto Mercury-Vesta Grand Trine

Mars, which is starting to move again, trines Pluto as Mercury moves into position between Vesta and Ceres to create a Grand Trine on May 13 through the Balsamic Moon of May 16, which adds a timely portal to the already significant and fortuitous Last Quarter Moon. A doorway opens to emerge from the long-standing tension that had been in place for the last few lunar cycles.

The Sun moves into sidereal Taurus on May 15.

Venus Retrograde

Venus begins its retrograde on May 15 as well, in the last degree of sidereal Taurus. The Sun and Venus will now begin to converge, which will culminate with the June 6, 2012 Venus Transit over the enterprising stars of Orion, and which will start the new Earth-Venus 584-day synodic cycle.

We now begin to disengage from the previous Earth-Venus synodic cycle that began in October of 2010, which was presented in the October 7, 2010 Lunar Planner.

Learn more about the Venus Retrogrades, the Venus Transits, and the Earth-Venus Synodic Cycles.

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 May 16 in mid-sidereal Pisces, just 4° past Uranus and square to Pluto by 2°. The Moon’s aspect to Uranus and Pluto once again brings our attention to and activates the forming Uranus-Pluto Square.

The Moon conjoins Algenib and the Quasar 3C9 of Pegasus, and the Garnet Star and Cepheus.

Algenib, Gamma Pegasus, tip of this horse's wing, is a fortuitous star and marks the center of sidereal Pisces. Algenib brings attention to our vibrational resonance. Algenib articulates our need and capacity to lift our selves above Cetus, the techno bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness, that is, above the psychic-emotional fear-based dramas of life. This does not mean being in denial of it, but to create 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, to become vibrationaly light enough to lift ourselves above the dramatics of human life.

Algenib can indicate the need to physically lift our selves above our current human experience to see the way beyond it, to remove ourselves from the reaches of any entrapping human dramatics or debilitating pollutants. Algenib can simply indicate the need to lift self up and out of a situation to gain a clearer view—what ever it takes to get above it all—to fly.

Algenib is of the element air and relates to breath and that which we breathe. Oxygen deprivation to the cells will keep the nutrients within the cells of the body from igniting into the refined forces of light necessary to bring illumination into the structure of consciousness, the DNA. Algenib is of oxygenating the waters of life, and it impels us to cleanse and to breathe.

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 Balsamic Moon impels us to become clear within self, mentally, emotionally and physically, to relinquish excess baggage that weighs us down, to rise above the dramatic struggles and turmoil in the world of human affairs, and to aspire for something far more prosperous. This coalesces the seed for this lunar cycle's experience, which will sprout anew into the following lunar cycle.

The New Earth-Juno Synodic Cycle

Juno's Retrograde Path 2012 Star Chart

One last and very significant event occurs before the next New Moon. Earth and Juno begin their new 442-day synodic cycle on May 19 in early sidereal Scorpio. Juno lies north of the ecliptic Serpens, near the hand of Ophiuchus holding the Serpent. The synod conjoins Alpha Centauri; the Circini Spiral Galaxy; Zubenhakrabi of Libra; Eta Hercules, the Great Hercules Globular Cluster M13, and the Quasar 3C345 in Hercules; Delta Lupus; and Alpha Chameleon.


Juno, goddess of love, is the asteroid of covenant relationships, soul colleagues, and true lovers. In the astrological chart, Juno indicates the nature of the issues and opportunities in significant relations of all sorts: those that are of a personal nature to those of political leaders and nations of the world. Mature Juno is diplomatic, tactful, cooperative, and mutually trusting. Mature Juno expresses with a sense of equality within self that provides the ability to draw true partners and those of equality into one’s life. There is an acceptance of another’s truth or opinion without need to challenge or debate. There is an ability to honor and support others in their own choices and decisions. Mature Juno expresses in mutual support and unconditional love to allow each other to grow and change through whatever issues surface. Potential Juno issues can manifest as superiority / inferiority complexes or other issues based around inequality. More about Juno.

Ophiuchus and the sidereal sign of Scorpio are associated with our education regarding the use of primal creative forces and raw creative power. The entire image of Ophiuchus standing upon the scorpion with this magnificent snake reaching for the Northern Crown (Corona Borealis) represents the process of claiming our self-mastery to attain evolutionary fulfillment beyond of the karmic-dharmic based reincarnational process of soul growth, the balancing of human experience in the polarity of duality. This is to become ascended in vibrational resonance, an illumined being free from perpetuated entrapment—literally the illumination of the double-banned lattice of the DNA (the urn of the soul) into the one radiant spiral of light. This is to live in a unified awareness beyond the entrapments inherent to a limited perception of a dualistic world.

Ophiuchus by Johannes Kepler. Star and Zodiak overlay by Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Early sidereal Scorpio teaches us how to graduate from the karmic clutches of the Scorpion, from falling prey as victims to the entrapping forces around us, fighting in struggle to live, and to realize that we experience a wide dynamic of forces that mold our experience; and that it is up to us to claim our mastery in the midst of these forces.

The first few degrees of sidereal Scorpio, approaching the head of the Scorpion, resides in the domain the Centaur. The benevolent and wise Centaurians are teachers, leaders back to the original cardinal virtues embodied by the Southern Cross, which the Centaur stands over and protects. The benevolent Centaur teaches the right way to live to attain one’s self-mastery in the physical world and subsequently to claim one’s evolutionary freedom from entrapment in the karmic re-incarnational process of soul growth. This is exemplified by the Serpent’s head pointing to the Northern Crown, which lies north, above the Chelae of the Scorpion (the scales of Libra).

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

Alpha Centauri, the main star of the Centaur, is a binary star system, with two suns in close orbit. It is known as the “Alpha Centauri AB” system. Alpha Centauri is the fourth brightest star in the sky but it is the closest star to our star system. Alpha Centauri articulates the master Centaur, the teacher, the shower of the way. It embodies the wisdom of the Centaur.

Although not confirmed by astronomical observation, it is believed, given the similarities to our Sun and through computer modeling, that Alpha Centauri harbors terrestrial planets, orbiting around either of its suns that compose binary Alpha Centauri, or perhaps in larger orbits around the entire binary system. It is also suggested by some astronomers that Alpha Centauri is one of the best possibilities for harboring extraterrestrial life on a potential orbiting planet.

Some people in the extraterrestrial / UFO community, believe (perhaps know) that extraterrestrials from Alpha Centauri have already visited Earth, and more so that they are currently in our solar system's vicinity, waiting for us to be ready for open communication and co-participation. Some people believe these beings are highly intelligent, spiritually mature, and hold a great love for Earth and Earth's evolving race. Perhaps when we are no longer quarantined from such open communion due to perpetual warring amongst our selves, our rampant governmental corruption, and the suppression of extraterrestrial-related information, we will soon graduate into extraterrestrial awareness and be able to openly participate with our Centaurian friends. How it must sadden them to watch such pain ensue on Earth while they have to wait.

The Circini Spiral Galaxy

The Circini Spiral Galaxy

Credits: NASA, Andrew S. Wilson (University of Maryland); Patrick L. Shopbell (Caltech); Chris Simpson (Subaru Telescope); Thaisa Storchi-Bergmann and F. K. B. Barbosa (UFRGS, Brazil); and Martin J. Ward (University of Leicester, U.K.)

The mythical image here is of the Centaur placing the “wild beast” Lupus, which he holds “firmly clutched” in his “right hand” on the Centaur’s altar to be sacrificed. The meaning is that a sacrifice and offering of the “beast” must be a “conscious and deliberate action” (indicated by the right hand) and requires one to “energetically take hold” (firmly and energetically clutched) with “determination and conviction” because the beast is relentless and will not go to the altar of transmutation willingly. In fact the first few degrees of early sidereal Scorpio can express as avoidance, of contortions and squirming to get out of having to surrender lower self and to address, own up, and take responsibility for our life experience in self-mastery.

Here the theme of sacrifice and offerings arise, but here sacrifice does not mean self-sacrifice, in the true sense of the word it means to give up a lower office for a higher office. When offering up the lesser (lesser modes of involvement or patterns of behavior), we are also faced with taking on a greater responsibility, moving from victim consciousness, where we feel powerless and merely acquiesce to the conditions of life in which we find ourselves—caught in the clutches of the Scorpion—to taking responsibility for our life scenarios and consciously choosing a life path that supports our experiential growth, our emotional and spiritual maturity, and our physical wellbeing and fulfillment.

The Arabic astronomers had this constellation (Lupus) as Al Fahd, a Leopard or Panther; the Greeks merely having a wild animal. Richard Hinkley Allen (Star Names Their Lore and Meaning) goes on to point out the various depictions of the now current Lupus, among which are Zibu the beast of Euphhratean cylinders; Urbat, the Beast of Death, and even the star of the Dead Fathers from the Akkadians.

The nearby Circini Spiral Galaxy at the feet of the Centaur reveals a choice must be made: either to align with the higher path of the soul, fulfilling our greater purpose on Earth, or a path of personality convenience.

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

In essence, the stars of this area of the zodiak provide us the opportunity to graduate into a new level of self-realization. In this process, we become aware that we create our experience and are responsible for the life scenarios in which we find ourselves. We shift from feeling helpless, even justifying why we are entrapped as if victims of life placing blame outside of self, into a greater maturity and wisdom. We learn to express mastery over the dualistic forces that were once entrapping even destructive, living from our greater soul wisdom in unity consciousness (exemplified by Ophiuchus standing over the Scorpion). Here we are impelled to become fully self-aware and self-responsible, with the ability to use and direct the creative forces of life and define our own evolutionary destiny.

This is an extraordinarily significant Earth-Juno synodic cycle, partly due to its location, but also due to Juno’s long-standing placement conjoining the North Lunar Node, and its prominent placement in the long-standing Grand Square.

A powerful sequence of events is occurring throughout the first half of this year. It started with the Mars retrograde earlier this year (a time of redefining the use of creative power) and the new Earth-Mars synodic cycle. This led into the Grand Square occurring over the last few lunar cycles. Juno’s retrograde then began on the North Lunar Node, which places a significant emphasis on redefining how we interrelate and it initiates a sorting process in our relationships and partnerships. This feeds into the Venus retrograde and the Venus Transit, along with our entry into the longer-term Uranus-Pluto Square.

Juno’s new synodic cycle demands a significant maturing in our relationships and in how we co-participate, in how we use and express our raw creative power in the world and amongst ourselves. It also impels a sorting in relationships that invites those who are choosing the higher path of the soul, who are more self-empowered and functioning beyond a victim mentality, and who are responsible leaders and teachers to come together to create a new world paradigm beyond the turbulent times we are moving through.

Juno will return direct in mid-July, after the entire Venus retrograde. (The Venus retrograde nests within the Juno retrograde.)

Our next New Moon produces an Annular Solar Eclipse on May 20, 2012 conjoining the Pleiades in early sidereal Taurus.

May 20, 2012 Eclipse Path

The eclipse starts in Asia, near Hong Kong at 20:56 UT on May 20, 2012, and ends in the US at 02:49 UT on May 21, 2012. The eclipse path crosses the Northern Pacific Ocean and aligns with the Ring of Fire at three key places. It moves along the coast of Japan, over Tokyo, and crosses the Japan Trench. It then follows along the Aleutian Trench along the Alaska Aleutian Islands at greatest eclipse (GE). It then crosses the Cascadia subduction zone in Northern California between Crescent City and Eureka. The path continues across Mt. Shasta and the Lassen Volcano (the southern-most volcano in the Cascade Range), across Nevada, southwest Utah, northeast Arizona over Canyon De Chelly, central New Mexico over Albuquerque, and ends near Lubbock Texas.

More to come on the Next New Moon.

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