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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 June 8, 2013 lies in sidereal Taurus. It lies over Orion and conjoins supergiant Rigel of Orion. Also influencing is AE Auriga the Flaming Star Nebula.
Sidereal Taurus is of earthy and material matters: of building, business, construction, the home and family, property, stability and balance. It is fixed in its ways, industrious, persistent, determined and laborious. Rigel of Orion inspires enterprising entrepreneurial action in a grand way. This lunar cycle may bring somewhat of a reprieve from the intensity of the previous cycle, but this does not diminish in anyway its significance. That which we establish now in our physical lives, and the changes we make throughout this cycle are “preparatory” for more dynamic changes to come.
Jupiter enters sidereal Gemini on the New Moon, where it will transit through June of 2014. The mobilizing and expansive force of Jupiter will become a significant factor throughout this period. Jupiter prominently aspects the Uranus-Pluto Square, creating a Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square starting in August 2013 and completing in April 2014. Preceding this, Jupiter creates a one time Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune Grand Trine in mid-July—an opening doorway. In this lunar cycle, Jupiter makes its début in Gemini on the Gibbous Moon through the Solstice Full Moon as it conjoins the Gate or Man impelling mobilization and expansion in communication, commerce, the exchange of information, goods and services, and of getting things done in our daily affairs—an energetic which continues through mid-2014. The Solstice occurs on June 21 (5:03:57 UT / June 20 in the Americas).
Juno, asteroid of covenant relations, partnerships of all types, and of mutual equality and compatibility, begins its retrograde on June 14, just after the Crescent Moon. Juno and Earth will begin their new synodic cycle in the midst of Juno’s retrograde on August 4, 2013 in mid-sidereal Capricorn, setting a new theme for partnerships. Juno completes its retrograde on September 24, 2013. The entire retrograde period is a time for relationships to shift gears from Juno’s previous synodic cycle theme into the next. Juno makes many significant aspects with Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto throughout the year and into the culminating Uranus-Pluto Synodic Square occurring in November, which continues to catalyze changes in relationships of all types.
Our First Quarter Moon’s stimulus to action brings attention to the old-world paradigm of big-business, world powers and their administration. Conjoining the Dwarf Planet Makemake in early sidereal Virgo, it impels action regarding the administration of resources in ways that support the greater wellbeing of the people.
Our Full Moon in sidereal Sagittarius occurs as the Moon is at its perigee (closet to Earth in its orbit around the Earth), thus producing the larget and brightest Full Moon rise in the year—not to be missed. The Sagittarian Full Moon brings our attention to honoring pursuing our unique paths, ideals and goals in the world with undaunted conviction and focus.
Mercury also begins its retrograde in this lunar cycle, just after the Full Moon. Mercury’s retrograde occurs in sidereal Gemini where it is very much empowered and at home. Comet ISON will conjoin Mercury three times during its retrograde adding dynamic stimulus to Mercury’s expression in our lives, and to the new ~116-days Earth-Mercury synodic cycle that will begin on the following New Moon, just as Saturn completes its retrograde.
Our Last Quarter Moon, occurring at the end of June, creates a very significant activation of the Uranus-Pluto Square—impelling the need for radical change....
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 Taurus New Moon of June 8, 2013 conjoins Rigel of Orion; Hassaleh and Hoedus of Auriga, and AE Auriga. Also of influence is Kursa of Eridanus and Nihal of Lepus.
Rigel, Beta Orion, is perceived to be a supergiant star about 30 times the size of our Sun and with a mass about 17 times the mass of our Sun. It shines about 40,000 times our Sun’s luminosity and is the seventh brightest star in the heavens. Rigel has a faint dwarf companion but it is hard to see in small telescopes due to Rigel’s brilliance.
Rigel, Beta Orion, (and this part of sidereal Taurus) 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 involvements, and new journeys 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. Kursa is also favorable for journeys involving enterprises across water or in other parts of the world.
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—making for the managerial, administrative, and business-minded quality common to these stars. The rabbit and the hare are both associated with the moon, the feminine and fertility, and tremendous creativity.
The energetic star AE Auriga in the Flaming Star Nebula
Image Credit: Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
North of Taurus is Auriga, the Charioteer. Capella, the messenger of light, is the primary star of this constellation. 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 (and Al Anz) adds a warrior quality to Hassaleh and is action oriented. Hoedus and Al Anz inspire us to mobilize additional expertise, the troops, to help us open doors to achieve our goals.
Also conjoining is the energetic star AE Auriga in the Flaming Star Nebula. An interesting observation about AE Auriga 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 often impious but highly creative and enterprising Orion.
New Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
Subtract 0° 14' for the Galactic Ayanamsa
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The northern Camel articulates the nature of this zodiakal band in Taurus well. (Alpha and Beta conjoin Bellatrix; and Gamma conjoins Kursa of Eridanus). The Camel spreads wealth around the world through commerce and business, is a resilient, enduring, hard working and intelligent beast of burden with the ability to go for days without water before becoming distressed, one suited for long and arduous journeys. This also articulates the planning and administrative nature of Bellatrix and the plodding and enduring nature of Taurus in general.
This lunar cycle may bring somewhat of a reprieve from the intensity of the previous cycle, but not to let that fool us of its significance. It is “preparatory” for more dynamic cycles to come. This lunar cycle brings our focus to constructive physical action both on the home front and in business, especially to enterprising pursuits that support the fundamental infrastructures in our lives and our physical nourishment, all in preparation for more dynamic changes to come. It impels us to get grounded and established for more accelerated energetics to come.
Immediately after the New Moon, occurring between the New Moon and Crescent Moon, the Moon conjoins Jupiter, now entering sidereal Gemini, Venus, Mercury, Comet ISON, Vesta and Ceres, kicking off this lunar cycle—all in sidereal Gemini. The lunar cycle quickly shifts into the busyness of daily affairs, with a focus on communication, commerce and personal interaction.
Comet ISON brings additional stimulus to Mercury, which is already at home and empowered in sidereal Gemini. This is the first of three ISON-Mercury conjunctions due to Mercury’s retrograde (discussed more below).
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 June 12 in mid-sidereal Cancer, just after conjoining Ceres on June 11. Venus and Ceres begin a new 266-day synodic cycle also on June 11, just before the Crescent Moon. The Venus-Ceres synod (a heliocentric conjunction) synchronistically occurs at the same location as the Crescent Moon. This occurs in mid-sidereal Cancer conjoining Praesepe and Asellus Bor and Aus of Cancer; and Azmidiske and Sigma Puppis of Argo Navis.
Praesepe M44, the Beehive Star Cluster in Cancer. Also called the Crib or Manger.
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.
Praesepe, the Bee Hive star cluster, M44 (~50 stars) in mid-Cancer embodies the essence of the Scarab / Cancer theme. Praesepe is also referred to as a crib or manger, referring to a protective and nurturing environment from which a new birth emerges. Praesepe also supports our emergence out of the antiquated dogmatic entrapments we had been living in (Asellus Bor and Aus), and our migration or a new birth. In this sense, Praesepe is of new beginnings, shedding old skins, skeletons, and cocoons. It is of emerging out of the frenetic confusion of mass consciousness; finding our new path and direction; leaving behind old dwellings and the structures of consciousness they represent; and getting out of our personal or collective dogma and the darkness it creates.
Praesepe can indicate a new dwelling place is at hand or that one is in order to find. When bees leave an old hive, they appear to swarm in frenetic confusion with a scattered sense and lack of direction before identifying their new direction and migrate toward their new home. This confusion is temporary and is part of intuiting the feeling for the right direction, much like turning in a complete circle to identify the way that feels right. Praesepe asks us to trust in our magnetic sense, our inner compass, and to hone in on our new direction.
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.
The Spiral Galaxy NGC2683 just north of Cancer and under the tail of the Lynx. Image credit: Doug Matthews/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
Alignments with Praesepe and Asellus can bring up our fears of letting go—fears bound in our belief patterns and those of collective consciousness. They can bring our attention to the possibility of being lost in our own mental obscurations--in the reasons "why not" to go forward, why not to change—in the frenetic buzz of collective mass consciousness—in the dogmas of life, whether personal or collective. Praesepe asks us to step out of our limiting environments and structures of consciousness and to trust that which has been gestating and to find new places fitting to our emerging new awareness.
Adding to our Praesepe theme is the southern star Azmidiske, Xi Puppis of Argo Navis, the highest star on the aplustre of the stern of the ship sailing along the galactic equator and Sigma Puppis. Azmidiske, an exalted star lying exactly on the galactic equator, holds the signature of the mission of the Argo—the emblem of the mission of the soul. The ornately sculptured aplustre on ancient ships held an energetic, like a talisman, for the purpose the ship was built. Azmidiske reveals a transcendent soul purpose or mission to what occurs in the beehive, a gestating force supporting our emergence from darkness to light. Together, Praesepe, Azmidiske and Sigma Puppis ask us to trust and have faith in the subtle currents at work in our lives, currents that are leading us on the next leg of our journeys in life and toward our highest fulfillment.
Our Crescent Moon and this new Venus-Ceres 266-day synodic cycle brings attention to what is nourishing to heart, and to trusting and following our heart’s intuition—the latter may be of more importance. It can inspire movement, pilgrimage or relocation to places guide by heart and that nourish the heart, art and abundance. Or it can simply inspire nourishment by creating a more harmonious resonance in one’s existing abode, especially related to agriculture, self-sustainability and our social interactions. Ceres is a dominant Crescent Moon energetic adding inspiration as we expound on our enterprising Rigel New Moon Theme.
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, agriculture, the environment and the seasons. Due to Ceres association with the land and the environment, 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.
Potential Ceres issues are: fear of abundance, lack and material struggle; low self esteem; unworthiness; abandonment / rejection issues expressing as attachment to people and things, manipulation of loved ones, over-attachment to siblings, possessiveness, and control of siblings or of one’s creations; mother-child complexes; and barrenness. More about Ceres.
Juno, asteroid of covenant relations, partnerships of all types, and of mutual equality and compatibility, begins its retrograde cycle on June 14-15, just after the Crescent Moon. Juno and Earth will begin their new synodic cycle in the midst of Juno’s retrograde on August 4, 2013 in mid-sidereal Capricorn. Juno completes its retrograde on September 24, 2013. The entire retrograde period is a time for relationships to shift gears from Juno’s previous synodic cycle theme into the next.
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.
Juno’s placement in the astrological chart is one of several points that determine the types of significant relations drawn into our lives. Juno specifically is involved with drawing our true soul-mates or twin-hearts—those truly compatible; although Juno does not exlusively have to do with intimate relations, but any that are of a close personal nature. Because Juno is where we deal with our inferiority / superiority complexes, and if this issue is prominent, partnerships drawn in earlier life can be full of lessons regarding such issues and not much else. Once a certain level of clarity is attained within self regarding the asteroid issues, true soul level covenant relations begin to show up. This does not mean we still do not grow regarding Juno issues, but there are those individuals with which we may also have a mutual soul bond and mission to pursue together.
Potential Juno issues can manifest as superiority / inferiority complexes, power struggles, control issues, jealousy and possessiveness, and other types of inequality issues. More about Juno.
Juno (relationships) continues to play a key role in the cycles ahead. Juno’s square to the Lunar Nodes, occurring in the previous eclipse lunar cycle, returns as Juno, now retrograde, once again creates a T-square with the Lunar Nodes, occurring in the following lunar cycle in July. At the time, Juno creates a YOD with Uranus (and Chiron) to Venus, at the start of the catalytic Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square. In short, a bridge to cross, a passage made possible only by trusting heart. Juno, after returning direct, will aspect, along with Mars and retrograde Mercury, the fourth and very prominent Uranus-Pluto square occurring in the November 2013 Hybrid Solar Eclipse (part annular, part total) lunar cycle—all visible in the 2013 Graphic Ephemeris.
The Sun enters sidereal Gemini on June 15-16 leading into First Quarter Moon. The Sun is three degrees to its conjunction with Jupiter, just preceding the Solstice. Chiron, in sidereal Aquarius, also begins its retrograde at this time.
For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, the time leading into the Crescent Moon is ideal 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 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 June 16, cuspal Virgo.
First Quarter Moon lies under the auspices of Benetnasch of the Great Bear. Additional conjoining stars include Cor Caroli and the Super-giant Whirlpool Galaxy M51 of Canes Venatici; Zavijava of Virgo; and Delta and Epsilon of Crater.
Sidereal Virgo supports the preparation and purity of self for our greatest wellbeing and highest evolutionary attainment. On a mundane level, Virgo is of hard work; is health conscious and methodical in development and progress; it is of order, continuity, stability, new beginnings, cultivation, and harvest—the sign of agriculture. Virgo imparts a meticulous, organized nature and a strong focus in communication and logistics.
The first few degrees of sidereal Virgo have a transitional energetic, from the out-going, on stage dramatics of latter Leo into the purer, intellectual and spiritual aspects of Virgo. The Leo-Virgo cusp is however also of political-religious figureheads along with their grand diversionary dramatics.
Benetnasch (Eta, Ursa Major) is the Tail of the Great Bear. The Arabic name for Benetnasch is Alkaid, which means "the leader." Benetnasch teaches that leadership is about facilitating the self-empowerment and freedom of others rather than about exerting manipulative force that controls others, mistaken as leadership and being in a position of power.
Benetnasch expresses the old dictatorial and totalitarian stream of consciousness that was predominantly dominant when Earth's polar alignment was tilted (had fallen) furthest from the galactic plane in Earth's great precessional year (about 6000 years ago). Thus Benetnasch is of this long-established totalitarian governing paradigm—generally of a patriarchal nature. It is of the political-religious factions of big business.
M51 The Giant Whirlpool Galaxy &
its companion galaxy in Canes Venatici
This stunning image is a composite of images (infrared and visble) taken by European Space Agency's Herschel space observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope. Image Credit: Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
In its old form and when expressing with influence of the stars of late Leo (the tail of the Lion, the racket of Canes Venatici and the hot air of Antilia), Benetnasch articulates those who tend to act as manipulating and controlling godheads, which perpetuates a dogmatic societal structure that keeps individuals from becoming self-responsible and from evolving into their own self-mastery. It is of leadership that dictates what is right for people and what they should do by using dramatic and diversionary propaganda, rather than supporting others to make their own choices in freedom. It can be of the self-proclaimed saviors of the world who try to amass their blind followers for their own interest in maintaining a position of power and wealth. The days of dictators, gurus and followings, perhaps at one time served the sleeping masses, but they are now manipulative and suppressive to the emergence of a new soul-aware consciousness on Earth.
Lying just under Benetnasch and conjoined in longitude is the Super-giant Whirlpool Galaxy M51 of Canes Venatici, the barking hounds, and Cor Caroli, the Alpha star of the hounds. Cor Caroli, M51, and Canes Venatici in general, embody the diversionary tactics, usually of a grandiose scale and glamorous facade, a front large enough to draw attention away from what is really of going on by making the masses believe the staged show is what is of extreme importance and of real issue—corruption at the highest of levels. A Super Nova was discovered in M51 on Apr. 2, 1994, marking another upsurge in this energetic.
Conjoining Benetnasch is Zavijava, which lies nearly on the ecliptic. Although a star of Virgo, Zavijava lies outside the realm of Virgo proper, before the head of the Virgin. It does not offer the clarity and purity of awareness common to the rest of the Virgo stars. Zavijava is of a passive and submissive character, articulating the blind and naïve followers of the Benetnasch directive / big business and government. These are most often innocent naive unquestioning people who get swayed by the diversionary dramatics of their manipulative leaders and believe in the miss-information they are being fed.
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 (southern 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/serve. 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 First Quarter Moon’s stimulus to action may arrive from the dramatics occurring in the big-business-political paradigm, perhaps from old totaliatian type leaders, or perhaps from our own habits of blindly following political-big-business leaders or self-proclaimed enlighten gurus we were expecting to safely lead us. Either way, our stimulus is to wake up from such slumber, complacent in their ego-centric-based dramatics, and to take responsibility for our own wellbeing and the future ahead.
The First Quarter Moon also conjoins and lies within a couple of degrees to Makemake, as the Sun conjoins and lies within a couples of degrees to Jupiter—producing a Sun-Jupiter / Moon-Makemake First Quarter Moon.
Thus, our First Quarter Moon’s stimulus to action can also include issues surrounding the administration of financial resources, personally in our lives, as well as about those people we give such authority to—impelling action to address those issues.
The Sun, Pallas and Mars align on June 17 starting a new 3.4-year synodic cycle. The previous Mars-Pallas cycle began on November 7, 2010 in late sidereal Scorpio. The following cycle starting on May 2, 2020 begins in mid-sidereal Sagittarius, at Pluto’s current location.
Our current synod occurs in sidereal Taurus under the auspices of Pereus. Pallas lies 63° south of the ecliptic in Eridanus, the River of Life. Stars setting the theme for this Mars-Pallas cycle include Mirphak of Perseus, and Zeta, Atik and the X-Perseus Neutron Star X-Ray Source, which form the foot of Perseus.
Perseus expresses through the cusp and first decan of sidereal Taurus. Perseus, in the story of Andromeda and the Royal Family, is the hero who slays Medusa, the Gorgon with seven snakes for hair, and then frees the princess Andromeda. Andromeda was chained to the rocks by the sea to be devoured by Cetus the Sea Monster to appease Poseidon. Poseidon sent Cetus to ravage the coast of Ethiopia due to Queen Cassiopeia's boastful and arrogant claim that her daughter Andromeda was more beautiful than Poseidon's Neriads, the nymphs of the sea. Perseus creates the city and rules a kingdom that bores the Persian world. He and Andromeda bore a family as well, two daughters and seven sons. Hercules was descendent of Perseus and Andromeda through one of their sons.
Perseus and Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini stands in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence.
Bronze, 18 feet high 1545-54.
Photo Credit: © 1999 Mary Ann Sullivan
Perseus was born of immortal Zeus and the mortal princess Danae, whose father, King Acrisius of Argos, locked her in a dungeon in fear of a prophecy that if Danae bore a son, he would kill the King. Zeus enters the dungeon in a golden shower of light impregnating beautiful Danae. When King Acrisius finds Danae with her baby Perseus, he locks them in a wooden chest and puts it out to sea. The chest drifts to the island of Seriphos and is found by Dictys while fishing, the brother of the island's king, Polydectes. Dictys takes them in and raises Perseus to become a strong, honorable and intelligent man.
Polydectes had designs to marry Danae, but she refused and he would have by force if it had not been for Perseus protecting her. Thus, Polydectes devises a plan to get rid of Perseus coercing him on a diversionary mission to slay the Gorgon Medusa and to bring her head back to Polydectes, thinking that Perseus would never return.
During a long and arduous journey, Hermes, the winged-footed herald of the gods (Mercury) and Athena, who were also born of Zeus, visit Perseus. Perseus learns of his divine heritage. He also learns that the Gorgons have snakes for hair and that anyone looking directly at a gorgon would turn to stone. Hermes gives Perseus his winged sandals and explains how to find the Hesperides where he learns how to find Medusa’s den. Athena gives him her polished shield so he could use it to look at the reflection of Medusa rather than looking directly at her to avoid turning to stone.
Despite Polydectes’ design to get rid of Perseus, in what becomes an initiatory journey, Perseus instead overcomes his fears and claims his personal power by beheading Medusa. This articulates Perseus slaying his own fear, as it is fear that freezes us in our own tracks.
Pegasus, the magical horse with wings (and Chrysaor) sprang from the neck of Medusa. Perseus befriends Pegasus and learns to fly upon Pegasus, demonstrating his capacity to rise above the tormenting emotional fear-based world confident in his self-mastery.
King Cepheus of Ethiopia and Queen Cassiopeia thank Perseus for freeing their daughter Andromeda, La Délivrance d'Andromède (1679) Pierre Mignard, Louvre.
On his way back to Seriphos, Perseus stops in Ethiopia, the kingdom ruled by King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia where he learns of Andromeda’s entrapment. In one version he flies over Cetus upon Pegasus, in another using his winged sandals. Either way he has the head of slain Medusa in his hand (Algol at cuspal Taurus), which he reveals to Cetus. Seeing Medusa’s head, Cetus turns to stone and shatters into the sea. He then frees Andromeda, returning her safely to the gracious appreciation of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia. Perseus and Princess Andromeda marry.
During his journey, he also accidentally kills his grandfather King Acrisius, fulfilling Acrisius's fate. Perseus also returns to protect his mother Danae from the forced marriage with Polydectes, the Seriphos king, to whom he also shows the head of Medusa. Polydectes turns to stone, and Perseus makes Dictys, now consort of his mother Danae, the new king of Seriphos.
Perseus and Andromeda go on to create the city and rule a kingdom that bores the Persian world. He and Andromeda bore a family as well, two daughters and seven sons. Hercules was descendent of Perseus and Andromeda through one of their sons. (Robert Graves, et. al.)
Perseus’ gallantry in this story articulates the our hero rising to the occasion, slaying his fears (Algol) of the techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness (Cetus) and freeing the entrapped feminine principle and our potential for human fulfillment (Andromeda) to create their future destiny, a new world.
Mirphak, Alpha Perseus, a fortuitous star, the elbow of Perseus, embodies the totality and success of all that our hero Perseus embodies. Mirphak inspires responsible action to claim the true gift from the inner refinement we have gained through our past initiatory fires. Here we must acknowledge that our trials had to precede stepping forth into a greater fulfillment and our future destiny.
South of Mirphak is right leg of Perseus, consisting of Nu, Menkhib, and Adid. Conjoining Mirphak is the right foot of Perseus created by Atik, Omi Perseus; Zeta Perseus; and the intense neutron star, X–Perseus. Zeta and X-Perseus bring a powerful capacity to infuse the spiritual power gained from our initiations in life and to manifest our longer-term purpose and destiny in the physical world. This area in the ecliptic impels bold dynamic physical action and heroic deeds. It is of undaunted strength and endurance in this pursuit.
The synthesis of Mars and Pallas creates a potent energetic, and with these stars, even more so. They impel audacious heroic action by the people to overcome the controlling fear-based techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human conscious to achieve social justice and new-world destiny. Considering the story of Perseus, this may sound like a tall order? Perhaps it is what we face over these next few years.
The Sun and Jupiter conjoin on June 19 just before the Gibbous Moon in early sidereal Gemini, at the Foot of Castor. This also marks the mid-point of vision and realization in the current Earth-Jupiter synodic cycle that began conjoining Aldebaran in mid-sidereal Taurus on December 2, 2012—presented in the November 13, 2012 Lunar Planner. It was later presented with more context in the Saturn-Pluto-Jupiter YOD, in the 2013 Annual Summary.
Excerpt from the November 13, 2012 Lunar Planner
This synodic cycle (also the nature of the apex of Yod) impels wide-sweeping visionary action that establishes a sustainable and protective infrastructure for all people and all life. It impels the practical and well-grounded application of wealth and resources in an enterprising capacity to ensure this protection, and to support the fundamental well-being of all life.
For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, the time leading into the Gibbous Moon is ideal 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 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 June 19-20 in sidereal Libra, conjoining the North Lunar Node. There is also a Yod formed by Uranus in Pisces and the Pallas-Mars conjunction in Taurus to the Gibbous Moon, the latter which is also trine to Chrion. This creates a focus to apply Uranus, radical unconventional spontaneity, and the Mars-Pallas theme, audacious action for social justice with creative wisdom beyond judgment of this side verses that side, toward the theme of the Gibbous Moon.
Gibbous Moon prominently conjoins Zubenelgenubi of Libra. Also conjoining are Zubenelakribi of Libra; Alphecca and Gamma of the Northern Crown; the Jewel Box of the Southern Cross; Menkent and Zeta Centauri
Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali (Alpha and Beta Libra) form the balance or scales of Libra in modern illustrations. They respectively lie at ~20° and ~24° Libra. These two stars are also the "Chelae of the Scorpion," extending from the sign of Scorpio and the Scorpion's head back into Libra, as rendered Johannes Kepler in his wood carving showing Ophiuchus standing over the Scorpion. With the rendering of the supine Virgin, we can see the claws of the Scorpion reaching toward the feet of the Virgin, in mid-sidereal Libra. The overall mythical image here is of the Virgin giving birth, with the Scorpion's claws reaching up to receive this birth. This image articulates the birthing of the soul into the reincarnational process of soul growth through the balance of experience.
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 the stars of the Centaur. Ophiuchus, standing over the Scorpion, is the demonstrable exemplar of one who has achieved this personal mastery and 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. The benevolent Centaur, south of the ecliptic, teaches the right way to live to attain this 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).
Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali are also 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. Zubenelgenubi, the southern claw, indicates 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. Saturn is often called the lord of karmic retribution. Zubeneschamali, the northern claw, indicates 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 of participating. It is through this balance of experience that we free ourselves from our past, or better to say, that fulfills our past.
This is why 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 governing church-state that pretends to stand between an incarnate soul and God—a ploy used in ancient times 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 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.
From the Egyptian Book of the Dead showing the Weighing of the Heart in the Duat using the feather of Ma'at as the measure.
Predating our Modern rendering of Libra and even that of these stars being the claws of the Scorpion, 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.
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 or feared. Ma'at embodies the principle that the relationship between constituent parts must function in balance and as a unified whole.
Statue of Themis, Chuo University, Japan.
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. 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.
Archangel Michael statue. Kiev, Ukraine
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 whom? 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, and today she is now merely a metaphorical image used by many judicial systems that dictate proper procedure and social order.
All of this is particularly fitting to our Pallas-Mars theme, with Pallas being the applier of wisdom and justice. This entire planetary configuration (the Yod, etc.) and the stars involved, bring a strong message and apropos energetic. Our North Node Gibbous Moon brings our focus to the need to address the ways and patterns of the past, to do it differently, lest we stay entrapped, or worse yet, utterly destroy society as we know it. We must regain acces to the wisdom embodied in the Jewelbox of the Southern Cross, that is, to live from the pure intent of the soul and attain the freedom and fulfillment that the North Crown articulates.
The Solstice occurs on June 21, 5:03:57 GMT (June 20, 10:03:57 PM MST) with the Sun conjoining Jupiter on the Gate of Man and with Mercury, Venus and Vesta conjoining in later sidereal Gemini conjoining Pollux the embasador of the Twins. Mercury, Venus and Vesta are in a separating square from Eris in late sidereal Pisces—stimulating clear and focused action from an integrated heart and mind, to address the discord of the past.
The June Solstice in the annual solar cycle is the like the Full Moon in a lunar cycle—a time of realization of the theme for the solar year, which began on the December solstice of 2012.
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The Full Moon marks the culmination point in the lunar cycle, the climax, the point of excitement and celebration. The hours leading up to the Full Moon provide a time of "vision and enthusiasm." The time just after Full Moon is a one of "realization of the lunar month's theme," a time to kick back and relax, to allow our realizations to surface in consciousness.
The Full Moon occurs on June 23 in sidereal Sagittarius and produces the largest and brightest Full Moon of the year. This is because the Moon occurs at the Lunar Perigee (when the Moon is closest to Earth in its orbit around the Earth). See: Lunar Perigees and Apogees. NOTE: The Full Moon eve occurs on June 22.
The Lagoon Nebula
Like brush strokes on a canvas, ridges of color seem to flow across the Lagoon Nebula, a canvas nearly 3 light-years wide. The colors map emission from ionized gas in the nebula were recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys. The nebula is a star-forming region in the constellation Sagittarius. Hubble's remarkably sharp, close-up view reveals undulating shapes sculpted by the energetic light and winds from the region's new born stars. Of course, the Lagoon Nebula is a popular target for earthbound skygazers, too. Image Credit: NASA
The Full Moon conjoins the Solar Apex held in the hand of Hercules and Al Nasl of Sag, the tip of the Zen Archer’s Arrow. Also conjoining are Polis of Sagittarius; Omi and Xi Hercules; Theta Ara; Polaris Australis of the Southern Octant; and SGR-1806-20 Magnetar Burst.
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.
The Sagittarian Centaur is where the first and highest spiritual light is found, our Galactic City of Light, and is responsible for the higher spiritual education of all intelligent life on Earth. Overhead is the constellation Scutum, the Galactic Shield, which is emblazoned with the symbol of the Precessional Cross (the cross in a circle), which is both the astronomical symbol for Earth and Earth’s Precessional Cross, which governs the evolutionary cycle of the soul. Sagittarius is supreme defender of the High Truth of the Precessional Cross—ensuring the spiritual and evolutionary fulfillment of humankind—one who is willing to live, fight, and die for this Truth.
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 generally self-taught, of spiritual wisdom gained through raw experience. Sagittarius is the sanguine inspirationalist, of lofty vision and higher ideals.
The Sagittarian Centaur can pursue only the totality of his dreams, blatantly states his truth, and call a spade a spade. For the Centaur to pursue less would be to negate the Galactic Truth he lives and breaths. Loyalty to a higher vision is all he knows, to deny him intimacy with life, the majestic space he needs, or pursuit of his spiritual mission, is to break the sprit of a stallion, which has known only the wild and free.
In shooting his arrow of Truth, the Zen Archer destroys that which must die, the false truths and false gods of fear that lie hidden within self. It is this directness that causes the Centaur to often seem blatant and tactless. Behind this tenacity however is a galactic fire and profound love that few comprehend. Only those that know this find the true Centaurian to be a tremendously loyal friend.
Friend and siderealist Andrés Takra on Sagittarius: "Sagittarians are friendly, happy, ambitious and grandiose. They like to be noticed by others. They are often leaders in tribal affairs, politics and government offices, as well as in social-reform movements (Uranus exalted in sidereal Sag ~9°). They are at home in organizations groups, meeting, and conventions. They are great organizers and directors, and compose what we call the bourgeoisie. They are the patrons of the arts. They are fond of good food, wine, ease and comfort. You will never see people strongly governed by Jupiter living in squalor and misery. They seek quality and quantity! Sagittarians love to travel to distant places and are adventurous. Their colour is blue, signifying nobleness, elevation and truth."
The Sagittarian Centaur sees beyond the limitations of human suffering and fearful expression. He sees raw human experience serving souls' greater growth, and it is this that he is willing to fight and die for. The Sagittarian Centaur sees with a unique angle (galactic plane 60° to ecliptic plane), view or perspective, with a “Zen Eye” and shoots his arrow of dreams toward a very unique and visionary pursuit.
Al Nasl, the tip of the arrow of the Zen Archer, which points toward the Heart Center of our Galaxy, conjoins the Gate of God and the Solar Apex. Al Nasl and conjoining stars inspire us to hold undaunted focus upon our goals and our greater life purpose 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 lies north in the heavens near the Vega star system in Lyra. The Sun travels over 4 billion miles through space in one Earth year. Thus, in truth , Earth never returns to the same place in space every year because Earth does not travel around the sun in flat circle, but in a helical path through space. This is but another facet about planetary cycles that reveals why they create a constantly changing evolutionary progression in consciousness.
The Solar Apex is held open by the outstretched hand of the god–man, 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 and leads to the evolutionary fulfillment articulated by Vega, the Harp Star. At a personal level, the Solar Apex asks us to honor 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 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 and Truth.
Our Full Moon is one of inspiration and high-vision. It brings our Rigel Lunar Cycle theme to its climatic revelation—to pierce our limiting veils of illusion with undaunted focus and conviction, to aim for the stars, to achieve our ideals and dreams, to live in the greater Galactic Awareness exemplified by the Zen Archer.
Mercury beings its retrograde in sidereal Gemini on June 26, just a coupe hours before the Juno Disseminating Moon. This begins our few week period of shifting from the previous Earth-Mercury ~116-day synodic cycle into the next. The new cycle begins in the midst of the retrograde, which occurs on the rather significant and following Sirius New Moon.
The Surface of Mercury
Somehow Mercury retrogrades often seem to be something that people dread—rather silly! Mercury retrogrades are like the retrograde periods of any planet, which provide opportunity to redefine the planet’s corresponding facet of our lives and to shift gears in a sense or octaves of epression. Mercury retrogrades serve to redefine all that is logistical and methodical within ourselves and in our lives—including all forms of communication. This is a wonderful time for evolving our communication skills and for clearing issues we may hold within ourselves that distort our highest expression in life. They are also a great time for writing, evolving plans, negotiating, and the like.
The astrophysical resonances of Mercury embody these aspects of our psycho-physiology (our inseparable mental, emotional and physical facets of self): logistical thinking, speech, communication, and all neurological processes. Mercury’s corresponding bio-energy centre is the Throat / Thyroid, the chakra of self-expression (also the seat of suppressed anger)—with a neurological tie-in to the Liver (our ability and strength to act); and to the calf muscles, esp. of the right leg.
Evolved Mercurial qualities express in creative, coherent and intelligent expression. This is our will to live and speak our Truth in confidence, clarity and appropriateness. Mercury provides ability for mental focus and concentration, even telepathy and telekinesis. Mercury’s resonance defines learning and reasoning abilities, language skills, and some motor skills associated with coordination and dexterity.
Aberrant Mercury holds suppressed anger and expresses as covert hostility in spite and vengefulness. Suppressed anger blocks effective communication and speech, and distorts what we hear. Anger has no ears. Appropriateness is the mental-emotional pattern held in the musculature in the back of the neck. Aches in the back of the neck can indicate we are not living our truth—inappropriately living a lie. Suppressed anger can create an inability to concentrate, learn, grow and change—creating a stasis of calcified energy within self. Arthritis and other thyroid related conditions are often due to suppressed anger. When acute, this can express as overt hostility; incessant mentalization of life (excessive Mercurialism), endless talking and thinking; and forcing one’s beliefs onto others in righteousness. Suppressed anger creates confusion within self about making choices that are in the highest interest of our true soul destiny, and that support our greatest happiness.
Comet ISON stimulates this particular Mercury retrograde. This conjunction also motivates communication about the immediate future to come—the message of our herald Comet ISON. Mercury and ISON first conjoin on June 11 (mentioned above); then on July 5 during Mercury’s retrograde; and then on August 8 in sidereal Cancer, after the New Moon Mercury Synod. See Comet ISON for the details.
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 June 26 in latter sidereal Capricorn conjoining retrograde Juno. The Moon and Juno conjoin Sualocin of Delphinus; Beta and Gamma Gruis and Nashira of Capricorn.
Delphinus expresses through the last decan of sidereal Capricorn, merging the primary essence of these heavenly angelic guides—the Dolphins—with the future-oriented visionary Aquarian influence that permeates later sidereal Capricorn. The oracular angelic guides of Delphi merge and meander with the future-oriented visionary Aquarian influence through the rock-hard conforming stoic past of Capricorn and spring from the ground as prophetic life carrying waters—a flow of guiding wisdom not otherwise available by mortal efforts alone, a flow that leads us from the crystallized into the unbounded future to become.
Sualocin and Rotanev of Delphinus offer guidance for those willing to trust in this greater guiding intelligence, guidance greater than our personal efforts can generate alone. The Dolphins, an expression of angelic dominion, are guides for the wayward, as old salts know. They reveal the way to make safe passage to our destination, to our greater nourishment and fulfillment, provided we listen to and participate in the serendipity of life.
To experience in the serendipity of life requires we surrender the pre-occupations of reasoning mind, those of worry and our need to define and control, of what we "think" we "should" be doing. It instead requires us to be attentive to and trust any subtle impulses we may feel at any given moment—to move with the Divine Intelligence that permeates and fluidly guides our lives. Here lies the art of getting out of our own way to allow creative solutions that lead us from the conforming bounds of limited mind.
Gruis the crane enters the ecliptic from the south as an underling and eloquently supportive influence to the last decan of sidereal Capricorn. Gruis as the stork, is carrier of bodies of knowledge, information, and news associated with new life and new beginnings. Al Nair of Gruis embodies the intellect of this guiding knowledge and is a star imparting mental brilliance and grammatical expression, especially in the areas of law and natural history. The southern Toucan’s loquacious and gregarious qualities also underlie Gruis contributing to the expressive and articulate nature of this area of the zodiak. The Toucan also articulates the sounds and colors of Earth—the voice of the Earth.
The last decan of Capricorn is of libraries, courts, 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 Capricorn.
Our Juno Disseminating Moon is inspires us to surrender our need to control or define how things should be in our relations and to open to a transcendent guidance that leads to our greater fulfillment, one that is inclusive of our soul-level relations and extended soul families. It inspires articulate communication in our relationships and partnerships, and also the co-development of plans and strategies in partnerships, as well as concretizing those plans and agreements into demonstrable form.
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 June 29-30 in mid-sidereal Pisces, just before its exact conjunction with Uranus. The Moon and Uranus create a T-square with the Sun in mid-Gemini and retrograde Pluto in mid-Sag.
Stars conjoining the Moon include Algenib of Pegasus; the Garnet Star of Cepheus; Alpha and Beta Lacerta, and Alpha Reticuli. Those conjoining Uranus include Alpheratz of Andromeda and Alderamin of Cepheus.
Lying over the first half of sidereal Pisces is the Great Square of Pegasus. The Great Square holds the mystery (knowledge) of the metamorphosis of the physical body into light. Theses stars impel us to rise from our primordial past into our destined evolutionary fulfillment, to become more through our human experience.
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 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. 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.
Dark globule inside the Emission Nebula IC 1396 in Cepheus, The Elephant's Trunk Nebula, which lies slightly south of Herschel's blood-red Garnet Star. This composite image is a product of combining data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's multiband imaging photometer and the infrared array camera. The thermal emission at 24 microns measured by the photometer (red) is combined with near-infrared emission from the camera at 3.6/4.5 microns (blue) and from 5.8/8.0 microns (green). The colors of the diffuse emission and filaments vary, and are a combination of molecular hydrogen (which tends to be green) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (brown) emissions. Image & Caption Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/W. Reach (SSC/Caltech)
North of and conjoining Algenib 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. Erakis exemplifies the role or crown of the King—to protect and govern without being lost in wealth’s glamour or the emotional drama of the world. As a supergiant star (about 1420 times our Sun's radius), Erakis imparts a significant astrological influence along with fortuitous Algenib.
Further north, and also extending through the first half of sidereal Pisces is Lacerta, the primordial Lizard, gate-keeper protecting the entry-way to Earth's precessional polar arc and to the "Primordial Origin" of humankind. Lacerta embodies the knowledge of primordial and elemental forces that mold consciousness itself into organic form; awareness that precedes thought itself.
Alpha and Beta Lacerta mark the head or intelligence of the Lizard. They lie in mid-sidereal Pisces and conjoin Algenib of the Great Square of Pegasus—an empowered point in sidereal Pisces. Alpha and Beta Lacerta, Along with Algenib, articulate our need and capacity to rise above the psychic-emotional forces common to the Piscean world—the ability to participate above any entrapment such forces can create.
Alpha Reticuli, which resides in the very southern heavens, conjoins Alpha and Beta Lacerta (and Algenib). Alpha Reticuli is the foci of the reticule, the sacred geometry of the DNA refined to crystal clarity, the underlying rhomboid or diamond. Alignments with Alpha and Beta Lacerta and Alpha Reticuli stimulate the reptilian brain, governing our instinctual behavior, and the source-resonance of the human DNA, which also indicates how the human DNA is susceptible to psychic manipulation.
To rise above such manipulative forces requires that we fully embrace the primordial aspects of life by infusing the high spiritual awareness of the soul in and through our entwined genetics of physicality. Without the embodiment of soul awareness, literally within the human DNA, and capacity to express the power of that awareness, one remains vulnerable to and lost in the psychic-emotional collective resonance of human consciousness.
The real "secret" or mystery (knowledge) revealed here is that ability to function above psychic-emotional forces is not a mere mind trip, something we do in the head, in just how we think. It requires a surrender of the emotional tension or resistance we hold to allow an opening within the human vessel to infuse soul's coding into the human DNA coding—illuminating the human DNA with soul awareness—to transform carbon into diamond. The DNA is the urn of the soul, the vessel through which soul expresses.
The Uranus-Moon T-square creates extra-strong stimulus to initiate radical, dramatic and perhaps unexpected change in our lives, change that may be essential for the times ahead. It may bring impetus to lighten or refine our lives, to move to a higher ground or a clearer vantage point, or to lift our selves from consuming psychic or emotional congestion or life scenarios. It impels us to step from indecision, acquiescence or complacency and to initiate change based upon our deeper inner truths.
This is the location of Uranus at the time of the November heliocentric Uranus-Pluto Square. Thus, the star alignments here are those expressing through Uranus at the time of Uranus-Pluto Synodic Square. Because of this, the changes we are impelled to make now inspired by the inner needs arising on this Last Quarter Moon may very well be key for our experience and passage through the actual square in November. In other words, and in context of the Taurus-Orion theme of this lunar cycle, the changes we make now are about getting ourselves into a proper physical place/space for the times ahead—hence a “preparatory” lunar cycle.
For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, the time leading into the First Quarter Moon through July 1 is ideal to work with the Pluto and Uranus audio meditations. 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-Earth and Pluto make their exact alignment on the July 1-2, creating the start of the new annual Pluto synodic cycle, exactly in mid-Sagittarius and on Jupiter’s South Node. Pluto’s arrival to and significance on Jupiter’s node is presented in the latter part of the Uranus-Pluto Square article. This is the location of Pluto at the time of the November heliocentric Uranus-Pluto Square. Thus, the associated star alignments here at mid-Sag are presented in detail in the Uranus-Pluto Square article. In addition, this annual Earth-Pluto cycle sets this energetic in motion, to culminate at the Ur-Pl synodic square occurring in the November eclipse lunar cycle.
Facies M22- Credits: NASA, ESA & K. Sahu (STScI)
Stars aligning with this synod include Facies M22 Gobular Cluster of stars in Sagiattarius; Nunki of Sagittarius; Alpha and Beta Scutum; and the AM Hercules X-ray source—all presented in more detail in the Uranus-Pluto square article, with brief highlights here.
Facies, M22, is considered to be one of the finest globular cluster of stars in the heavens. It is elliptical in form and contains approximately 500,000 stars. It lies less than one degree north of the ecliptic, thus the planets frequently conjoin and synthesize with its essence. M22 marks the face of the Zen Archer and looks over the bow and hand of the Zen Archer. Facies brings undaunted conviction, stability and confidence to create and manifest our highest aspirations. The theme here is one of total honesty with self. Facies asks us to face our naked truth, focus our intent, and manifest it. To live in that honesty creates the strength and undaunted focus of the Zen Archer and his ability live for and defend his truth, and to hit the target of his ideals and dreams.
Nunki, Sigma Sag, (and Phi of Sagittarius at the Archer's hand), marks the fletching of the Zen Archer's arrow. The fletching of an arrow is what causes it to spin and have stability in flight, making it possible for the arrow to accurately move through space to hit its target. Nunki teaches us to steer our intent with undaunted focus, which is the guiding and stabilizing force used to achieve our goals. Nunki is also of fluidity and form in movement. Conjoining Ascella embodies the heart of the Zen Archer, not the physical heart, but the Archer's power of intent—the truth within from which he lives.
The Spiral Galaxy NGC 6744 (a post card of our galaxy) in Pavo
Ascella and Nunki are where the pure intent and vision of the Zen Archer is transferred into the power and focus that drives and steers the archer's arrow. This is a place of applied power in sidereal Sagittarius. It articulates the combined qualities of vision and high ideals with the inherent force and power applied with undaunted focus to achieve our ideals and visions.
This synodic theme invites us to refine our form, to get into a proper stance in life, to reorganize and prioritize so we become one with our purpose in all aspects of our lives. There is no helter-skelter approach here, only undaunted clarity within and the execution of our purpose and intent to manifest our highest aspirations—lest we will merely blow in the increasing and accelerating winds of change.
This few degree band of the zodiak is about steering our intent through applied power in action with conscious and focused deliberation to move through our bounds of limitation to our greater goals and ideals. It also articulates our capacity to open our perceptual ability to see beyond the illusory bounds of the solidified world, to see the world as light, and to fluidly emerge into the multiplicity of opportunity available to us.
The healing process is often related to pealing an onion layer by layer to get to the core. It is this how Pluto serves us in mid-sidereal Sagittarius—getting to the core of our truth. Now is time to stand naked and live it.
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 July 3-4 just into early sidereal Taurus, and as the Sun squares Uranus. This is the Moon’s exalted location in the zodiak. Here the Moon imparts an air of dynamic independence, again under the auspices of gallant and heroic Perseus. The Moon conjoins Algol and Miram of Perseus; the Perseus-A Seyfert Galaxy; and Alpha Caelum.
Algol, Beta Persei, marking the cusp of sidereal Taurus, is the head of slain Medusa held in the hand of Perseus, also the Arabic Demon Star. Of the Gorgons, Medusa, who is crowned with seven snakes for hair, represents the chaotic and self-defeating forces within self, driven by fear. It is fear that freezes us in our tracks, the force that turns us to stone. Perseus cannot look at Medusa directly lest he will turn to stone. He instead uses his shield to see her reflection. This mythically articulates our need to look at that which we hide behind to see the demon apparently outside of self, created by our own fear. Algol indicates an initiatory and experiential process is required or is at hand. This process begins by slaying our deepest fears to claim our true personal power, or be forever frozen in our tracks unable to claim our fulfillment and complete our greater purpose on Earth. Alignments with Algol can draw a relentless assault of experience that can block or divert us from our purpose until we realize the monster is within—the fear based reflection of self. Algol forces us to look at self rather than at the apparent monsters in the outer world—to recognize they are of our own projection, to own and embrace the demon within. Slaying our fear establishes an inner neurological order that in turn allows us to take empowered action in the physical world. Perseus, the hero, embodies the essence of establishing this order.
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.
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.
The Moon’s exaltation creates and extra-significant lunar resonance. It is here where we must realize that our experience unfolds in time with the natural cycles (the lunar spiral) of life and that we must participate in time and in tune with the experiential process of life. This is also the zodiakal area of "reflection." Like the Moon reflects the light of the Sun, our experience reflects the energetic we project. Perseus could behead Medusa (slay his fear) only by looking at her as a refection in his own shield—the reflection of self. Our Balsamic Moon imparts a sense of of will power, strength, and stamina, of trusting our inner knowing, our inner heart's light to build our lives and all that supports us in the physical world. And so the experience of this lunar cycle coalesses into the seed that will sprout in the next and very significant lunar cycle.
One last event occurring in this lunar cycle is Saturn’s direct station. Saturn completes its retrograde on July 7, on our day of surrender, just before the New Moon of July 8. This engages the new Earth-Saturn Centaurus-A synodic cycle that began in the midst of Saturn’s retrograde on April 28, 2013, presented in the April 10, 2013 Lunar Planner.
Our next New Moon occurs on July 8 conjoining Sirius and Canopus. More to come then.
To learn how one lunar phase shifts and changes into the next, and to learn how to live in attunement to the lunar cycles, in the experiential empowerment doing so offers, download the Lunar Planner Introduction and each monthly Lunar Calendar, and use them daily (PDF file links below)—its all a gift.
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.
The Lunar Calendar reveals the dates and times of each lunar phase shift and their changing characteristics. Use this like a calendar or daily planner. The Lunar Calendar goes hand-in-hand with the introductory material. Use this daily to learn how to live attuned to the Lunar Cycles of Life.
Step by step instructions on how to use the Lunar Calendar with a detailed description of the changing lunar phases. This will teach you how to live in attunement to the Lunar Cycle. The Introduction goes hand-in-hand with the Lunar Calendar.
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