The Lunar Theme for the
August 14, 2015 New Moon

The Power of an Open Heart

The Lunar Month of
August 14, 2015 - September 13, 2015

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).

An Introduction to Astronomical Astrology

An Introduction to Astronomical Astrology.
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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 as a collective.

Learn the basics about Synodic Cycles & Synodic Astrology.

New Moon Phase CharacteristicsNew Moon New Moon
Characteristic just BEFORE the New Moon
Ending the Seeding Phase of the previous Lunar Cycle
Surrender & Play

The end of this phase is also the end of the entire Lunar Cycle. It leads into the next New Moon. The day before the New Moon is a time to surrender in order to allow the next Lunar Theme to sprout in its purity. Let go of all fears, worries, and self-judgment. Become empty. This is a great time to just play and have fun.
Characteristic just AFTER the New Moon.
Beginning the Sprouting Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Expressing a New Theme

A new theme emerges. A new idea, a new concept sprouts forth. This is an inner message, an impulse expressing from a field of all possibilities deep within the unconscious mind. Often this process is one of discovery, slowly revealing a simple theme over a day or two, or it may be quite clear and specific, a spontanious message, even suggesting a major life change. The New Moon is a perfect time for meditation or a quite walk—to go within self and listen. A simple word or phrase may pop into your mind during this quite time describing the new lunar theme in a way that is unique to you, or perhaps a simple feeling or knowing will come over you. The ability to listen, honor and trust the inner is all that is required at this time. The ideal time to attune to your New Moon theme is exactly as the New Moon occurs, or at sunrise after the New Moon if the New Moon occurred during the night.

The New Moon

This August 14, 2015 New Moon conjoins Venus under the auspices of the Head of the Lion. Conjoining stars include Algenubi, eye of the Lion, and Rasalas, the crown. Also conjoining are Merak and Tania of the Great Bear.

New Moon Star Chart

Algenubi, Eye of the Lion, is of vision to break new trail. Rasalas, the crown imparts extraordinary accomplishment. These are stars of visionaries, explorers, pioneers, and adventurers with little interest or contentment to merely fit in with those performing on the worldly stage. These people seek to go beyond the norm in accomplishment. They are undaunted in the face of perilous explorations and are proud to demonstrate it. These are trailblazers, those willing to leave the comfort of mass-consensus, who are self-reliant to step forth into unexplored territory, the ones who seek a better way to live and are able to envision new horizons, those who seek to discover new possibilities waiting to be realized.

Dubhe, the primary (Alpha) star of the Great Bear, is the principal and overseeing star in this area of the heavens. Dubhe impels us to pursue a greater vision beyond the accepted political-religious-big-business dogmas of the human world that keep humanity in darkness and delusion. Dhube impels those whose interest is the greater welfare and nourishment of the people to take a stand against the totalitarian elite whose intent is in dominating, suppressing and controlling humanity.

At a personal level, Dubhe impels us to emerge from our own personal belief structures and limiting life patterns that keep us bound in life scenarios that are less than those we truly want. Dubhe inspires us to do all we can to achieve the greater vision that we hold for our lives—for the true nourishment, fulfillment, and freedom we seek. Dubhe supports us to strive for a new and better future rather than merely staying reactive to the limitations we have already created and reinforce with our existing beliefs.

New Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

New Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
Subtract 0° 16' for the Galactic Ayanamsa
©2015 Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Merak, Beta Ursa Major, impels us to get on with the pursuit Dubhe inspires. Dubhe is more of inspiration and vision whereas Merak impels assertive demonstrable action to manifest that greater vision for our selves and for all life on Earth, to get on with it.

Dubhe and Merak are the two brightest stars of Ursa Major. When looking in the heavens, a line drawn from Merak through Dubhe leads to Earth’s current pole star, Polaris, of the Little Bear, Ursa Minor—one of the basics for beginners learning to navigate the heavens.

Also conjoining Merak is the hind-foot of the Great Bear composed of Tania Bor. and Tania Aus., which brings a strong sense of the power of conviction—that which propels us beyond our current, accepted stance in life, beyond what has been achieved before. This is a power point in the zodiak; a place to leave the comforts of our existing reality behind and to confidently surge into new and unexplored territory.

Adventurism, exploration, breaking new trail, to go where we have not gone before, to get on with it—to engage, are all themes here. These are actions that require the courage of self-conviction, belief in self and in our paths in life; to have the inner confidence to step away from the convention of mass consensus and beyond the boundaries of known self.

The New Earth-Venus Synodic Cycle

Earth and retrograde Venus begin their new 1.6-year synodic cycle the day after New Moon. The Venus retrograde and the new Venus synodic theme are integral to this lunar month's theme. Thus, this lunar month inspires us to break trail from our true hearts' desires and take the action to live a greater vision that is truly nourishing rather than acquiescing to antiquated modes of living that are not aligned with our hearts' truth. This energetic will fully engage as Venus completes its retrograde on the Last Quarter Moon of this lunar cycle. The Venus retrograde and the new Venus synodic theme are presented in the previous Lunar Planner and in the July 2015 Lunar Planner Excerpt.

Retrograde Venus and Mars also conjoin in this lunar cycle, adding an additional dynamic to this lunar month, one that will fully engage as Venus, Mars and Jupiter converge in late October.

The Sun moves into sidereal Leo on August 18.

The Venus bio-Harmonic Audio Meditation

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

Also see: The Bio-energetics of Specific Planets.

Crescent Moon Phase CharacteristicsCrescent Moon Crescent Moon
Characteristic just BEFORE the Crescent Moon
Ending the Sprouting Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Releasing Restricting Patterns

Just prior to the first Crescent Moon, we can realize the opportunity for growth that the Lunar Cycle has to offer. What surfaces now is: How I would have done this in the past, the old or established ways, based on past experience. Here we have the opportunity to let go of any limiting or restricting thought patterns, much like sluffing off the protective sheath of a seed now beginning to sprout, as that sheath would only limit the unfoldment of the new theme and our own growth. The Crescent Moon marks the time when the theme would like to grow into a more expansive form. By consciously honoring, accepting in love, and letting go of our old concepts, we allow ourselves to move forth into the expansive growing phase of the Lunar Cycle.
Characteristic just AFTER the Crescent Moon.
Beginning the Growing Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Expanding upon the Theme

This is a time when the currently held vision begins to expand into a greater form. New possibilities of unfoldment would like to grow—possibilities not realized before. This 3 1/2 day Growng Phase is a time of engaging our creativity and integrating it with the original theme, identifying its unique and full potential. It is a time of allowing a realistic and achievable plan of action to evolve, a time of inspiration, and a time to have faith in ours creative process.

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 August 18 in the midst of sidereal Virgo. Conjoining stars include Vindemiatrix and Porrima of Virgo; and Gienah and Minkar of Corvus.

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

Mercury is a significant indicator used in astrological forecasting for agricultural commodities. Its exalted location lying in the midst of sidereal Virgo, sign of wheat and the harvest, explains why—something that is missed in tropical sign-based astrology, which places this ecliptical location in the tropical sign of Libra.

The Antennae Galaxies

The Antennae Galaxies "One of the first images from the new VIMOS facility, obtained right after the moment of "first light" on Ferbruary 26, 2002. It shows the famous "Antennae Galaxies" (NGC 4038/9), the result of a recent collision between two galaxies. As an immediate outcome of this dramatic event, stars are born within massive complexes that appear blue in this composite photo, based on exposures through green, orange and red optical filters." Image & Caption Credit: ESO

Porrima, just two degrees north of the ecliptic expresses through the higher nature of the Mercurial mind—our higher brain centers that activate a greater perceptual capacity, often associated with clairvoyance and telepathy. Porrima impels us to have foresight to see future probabilities. Vindemiatrix, just north of Porrima, classically the Harvester, indicates the time is at hand, that it is in the timing. "This star is said to confer great powers of thought and an exacting, severe nature" (friend and siderealist Andrés Takra). Both stars lie over Corvus the Raven messenger bird.

Corvus is of high intelligence, ingenuity, imagination, insight and adaptability. The brains of Ravens are among the largest of any bird species. They are problem solvers, inventors and are highly opportunistic. Corvus is the keeper of secrets and a knowledge holder, but is also a prophetic revealer—the oracular “raven messenger bird” to those who are spiritually and physically attuned, and who ask and listen. Corvus reminds us to pay astute attention to the signs or messages naturally expressing through the world around us moment-by-moment and to adapt accordingly. The signs found in the simplest of life experience can have meaning if we are willing to be attentive to them. In fact, we can even ask to receive guidance simply by briefly holding the intent to inquire and then letting it go. It is the sincere projection of clear intent that vibrationally elicits a response from the world around us. Corvus is a protector as well, of both the animal and human worlds, and will forewarn of approaching danger to avert unnecessary mishaps, as well as to affirm fortuitous opportunities, meetings or events.

The essence of this zodiakal area, comprised by all of these conjoining entities expresses through the higher mental capacities associated with the ability to for-sense future probabilities. This prophetic ability is with specific purpose, not only for communication, but action. This is much more than receiving simple impulses of premonition, and is not only associated with ill-fated events, but is about how our attentiveness and experience "extends" or reaches from the past, through the present, and into the future. This implies the ability to sense future events just around the corner. The purpose of such eves-dropping into the future provides advantage in how to take appropriate action in the present. The purpose of such future-seeing is so that we can prepare and steer our course "to meet" the future events to come. The events felt or seen are already precipitating from the realm of probabilities, already set in motion by our past, which we then meet as we continue along our paths in life.

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

Our Crescent Moon expands upon our Venus Lunar Theme, bringing inspiration to trust our intuitive knowing and the subtle messages expressing through world around us.

Mercury and Juno conjoin several hours after the Crescent Moon, bringing emphasis to communication and logistics in relationships and partnerships of all types.

First Quarter Moon Phase CharacteristicsFirst Quarter Moon First Quarter Moon
Characteristic just BEFORE the First Quarter Moon
Ending the Growing Phase of the Lunar Cycle
External Stimulus

Just before first-quarter moon, we draw an external stimulus to ourselves. This is some event outside of self occurring in our lives or in the world that impels a challenge to act on the creative ideas we have been evolving. The external stimulus provides the impetus to move forth from the inspirational quarter of the lunar cycle into the action quarter. This is a time when any fears or doubts hidden within may surface to be embraced. To move forward through the I can’ts and the reasons why not is to move through our own limitations into a new level of self-empowerment. Not stepping into action results in opportunity lost and no growth. Many people drop the ball at this point in the lunar cycle. Don't be one.
Characteristic just AFTER the First Quarter Moon.
Beginning the Flowering Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Initiate Action

Now is the time to drop all hesitation and take the steps to move forth on what you were inspired about. The inspiration is now gone, it is time to now participate in trust and knowing. Remember, the flower that is about to burst forth from the bud is not yet visible. Trust in the process. Demonstrate this trust in physical action and you will be supported. The creative tension brought forth by the external stimulus now shifts into opportunity and unfoldment. This is a time for practical application of your talents. This time is stressful or traumatic only if action is ignored. What you are putting together now is the groundwork for the manifestation of the theme. Simply, this phase is a time to work.

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 August 22 conjoining Saturn in early sidereal Scorpio, just in front of the head of the Scorpion. Conjoining stars include Zuben Hakrabi on the claw of the Scorpio; Alpha Centauri; Eta Hercules and the Great Hercules Globular Cluster; and Alpha, Gamma and Theta of the southern Chamaleon.

First Quarter Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

New Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
Subtract 0° 16' for the Galactic Ayanamsa
©2015 Nick Anthony Fiorenza

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.

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.

Extraterrestrials from Alpha Centauri have already visited Earth and are currently in our solar system's vicinity, waiting for us to be ready for open communication and co-participation. These beings are highly intelligent, spiritually mature, and hold a great love for Earth and Earth's evolving race. When we are no longer self-quarantined ourselves 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 for humanity to open their eyes to see.

Alpha Centauri articulates the master Centaur, a wise teacher and benevolent shower of the way to self-mastery in the world. It embodies the wisdom of the Centaur and impels one to demonstrably live in mastery of self.

The southern Chameleon articulates the potential for a metamorphic shift where personality facade melts away and soul self emerges. For the masterful soul it imparts a capacity to morph into alternative forms—literally, as in shapeshifting. For the less mature soul, this may express as a squirming avoidance to live in one's self-mastery, merely changing colors to fit in. This is a very personal and experiential area of the zodiak regarding conscious use of our creative power and sexual energy for our personal transmutation into our self-mastery.

Our Saturn First Quarter Moon brings stimulus to take concretized demonstrable action from a place of mature self-mastery and responsibility for self, and based from the New and Crescent moon's themes; i.e., trusting heart, intuition, and with astute attention to the portents expressing from the world around us—something of extreme importance at this time in our intensifying evolutionary timestream.

This synod occurs in very late sidereal Capricorn, at the cusp of sidereal Aquarius. The pentagonal pattern of Venus synods

Gibbous Moon Phase CharacteristicsGibbous Moon Gibbous Moon
Characteristic just BEFORE the Gibbous Moon
Ending the Flowering Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Pushing Through

The latter part of the Flowering Phase, leading into the Pollinating Phase, requires perseverance to push through, to push open. Consistent application of your energies is a demonstration of your inner commitment to self. You are pushing through past limitations of self into a new level of self-confidence and integrating your greater potential with personal will. The flower bursts open on the Gibbous Moon.
Characteristic just AFTER the Gibbous Moon
Beginning the Pollinating Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Attraction & Involvement

This phase brings a strong desire to connect and involve with others. The outer and opposite is alluring. It is a time of exploration and involvement with others. Flowers not only blossom to reveal their beauty, but their functional purpose is to provide the pollination required to bear fruit. This interaction brings clarity of purpose and builds into the enthusiastic energy required for fulfillment. Communication and intermixing of energies is highlighted. The purpose is to be of value to each other, stimulating creativity. Share your vision and direction, what you have been working on. The 3 1/2-day Pollinating Phase is a social time, which will culminate on the Full Moon.

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.

The Gibbous Moon occurs on August 26 just after conjoining Pluto in sidereal Sagittarius. The Moon lies under the auspices of Lyra. Conjoining stars include
Arkab and Alrami of Sagittarius; Lambda and Epsilon of Aquila; and Vega and Sheliak of Lyra

Sagittarius is the Spiritual Warrior. On a personal level, Sagittarius inspires demonstrable action to live our deeper inner truths, to express that truth through an undaunted Zen focus to hit our target, to achieve our highest ideals and dreams. The Sagittarian Archer is self-taught, of spiritual wisdom gained through raw experience. Sagittarius is the sanguine inspirationalist, of lofty vision and higher ideals.

Alrami (Alpha) and Arkab (Beta) embody the foundation and essence of the Zen Archer. Arkab, on the calf muscle of leg, inspires action on our greater spiritual truth, a truth upheld and fought for by the Zen Archer. Arkab supports us to energetically take action upon the myriad of opportunities leading to the fulfillment of our souls. Alrami, the knee of the archer, indicates the spiritual transmutation made possible by such demonstrable action; the ability to fearlessly embrace transformation—to let an old self die and a new to emerge.

Albaldah, the “bright one” on the back of the head articulates the wisdom of the Zen Archer. Albaldah conjoins Alrami and Arkab, and also expresses through Nunki. Albaldah (along with Alrami, Arkab and northern Vega) impels us to bring forth a new ideal of awareness of self as a creative force in the world. Albaldah inspires us to make intentional choices from this higher realm of self that is already full and radiantly expressive to bring about change in our daily lives, rather than from a place of lack, from what we are not or do not have. Choosing action based from the fullness of higher self, soul level self, is to create that which is for our highest good and the expression of our greatest potential, as this level of self already knows what we need for our fulfillment in life.

The stars of Lyra lie in the northern heavens over late sidereal Sagittarius. Lyra contributes significantly to formulate the lofty ideals the Zen Archer pursues. Alignments with the stars of Lyra inspire multi-dimensional vision, artistic creativity, and involvement with the artsciences applied through multi-media, the healing arts, and higher education, especially supporting the expansion of consciousness.

Lyra is the Lyre of Hermes, originally bestowed with the qualities to invoke and communicate the messages of the gods. As the harp of the angelic messengers, the Lyre's tuning and voice not only impart beauty, beneficence, eloquence, and sensibility to the Zen Archer, but specifically translate divine information into vibration that supports transmutational healing and the spiritual awakening of consciousness. The stars of Lyra embody various facets of the artsciences of harmonics in light, sound, color, and geometry, particularly the wisdom of those artsciences.

Vega, the harp star, embodies the essence of angelic Lyre; the spiritual and visionary art of the angels, or angles—meaning the harmonics of light, sound, and geometry applied in sacred proportion through which Divine Intelligence communicates. Fortuitous Vega inspires a multiplicity of possibilities for fulfillment, especially related to paths pursued in the art-sciences applied for healing and personal evolution.

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

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

Our Gibbous Moon inspires the elevation of our conscious awareness, to act from our greater spiritual truth. It also brings emphasis to higher education, the healing arts and to the use of multimedia for transmutation and metamorphosis.

The Sun and Jupiter

The Sun conjoins Jupiter in sidereal Leo just after the Gibbous Moon, also on August 26, making this a very large day. It also marks the mid-point of vision and realization in the current Jupiter synodic cycle, presented in the January 20, 2015 Lunar Planner.


This Jupiter cycle is exalted and thus extremely favorable for expansive, dynamic and independent pursuits. It impels us to release our attachments to old pursuits based upon limiting beliefs that keep us separate from greater independence and fulfilment. It impels us to expand our awareness and our pursuits in ways that embrace that which appears separate and beyond our current realm of experience.

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 CharacteristicsFull Moon Full Moon
Characteristic just BEFORE the Full Moon
Ending the Pollinating Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Vision & Enthusiasm

The latter part of this phase, building up to the Full Moon, matures our efforts into vision and enthusiasm. It is the intermixing of opposites that creates the magic to bear the fruit of our passions. The day and night just before the Full Moon is the most potent, exhilarating energy—a dynamic social and alchemical time. The Full Moon marks the point of coition in the lunar cycle, the climax, the point of excitement, a time of celebration.
Characteristic just AFTER the Full Moon
Beginning the Fruit Bearing Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Realization of the Theme

The day just after the Full Moon is a time to kick back and relax. This phase begins as if waking from a sleep. It is a time for the realization of the theme to emerge, of what the activities of the first half of the lunar cycle, culminating into the enthusiasm of the Full Moon, are really about. Relax and allow this realization to occur. There is no need to force it as it surfaces on its own.

The Full Moon
Vision, Enthusiasm, & Realization of the Theme

Full Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

Full Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
Subtract 0° 16' for the Galactic Ayanamsa
©2015 Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Full Moon

The Full Moon marks the culmination point in the lunar cycle, the climax, the point of excitement and celebration. The hours leading up to the Full Moon provide a time of “vision and enthusiasm.” The time just after Full Moon is a one of “realization of the lunar month’s theme,” a time to kick back and relax, to allow our realizations to surface in consciousness.

This Full Moon occurs on August 29 in sidereal Aquarius. The Sun conjoins Orcus in Leo. The Moon conjoins Sadachbia of Aquarius and Deneb of northern Cygnus; also Beta and Gamma Sculptoris.

Sadachbia, Gamma Aquarius, is the lucky star of hidden things and hiding places. Sadachbia is a part of the Urn of the waterbearer, from where the nourishing humanitarian waters flow. Sadachbia is of serendipitous discovery, that is, being in the right place at the right time to discover, receive or bestow a physical gift of extreme value. It is a star of success in enterprises pursued.

Piscis Australis (the southern fish) lying south of Aquarius, articulates the body of humanity, human society. Fomalhaut, one of the "Four Royal Architects," is the administrative seat of the aquatic quadrant of the heavens. Fomalhaut is the fishes mouth, both through which the Aquarian waterman pours its nourishment, and through which humanity speaks. Fomalhaut is the voice of humanity. Those with prominent Fomalhaut placements have a need to speak for humanity as a whole and about humanity's fundamental needs. They seek ways to sculpt an evolved universal human society, one free from segregations.

Also conjoining Sadachbia are Beta and Gamma of Sculptor, lying in the southern heavens. Sculptor influences the entire second half of sidereal Aquarius and early Pisces. Sculptor, referring to a sculptor's studio, articulates the environments and resources that make possible the arts and sciences, those that support humanity, as well as sculpting a beautiful and bountiful human society, both physically and spiritually. Sculpting the arts and sciences is a principal facet of the Aquarian energetic.

Our Full Moon brings our Venus lunar theme to its culmination. It brings realization to the purpose of realigning our values and living from the heart, also to the application of wealth and resources to support the greater wellbeing of humanity and to evolve into a socially mature culture.

The New Neptune Synodic Cycle

The Sun, Earth and Neptune align on September 1 UT (Aug 31 MST), initiating a new annual Neptune synodic cycle, a few degrees past the location of our Full Moon. Earth-Neptune synods progress through the ecliptic by slightly over 2°, thus the synodic themes shift slightly as well. This synod is approaching mid-sidereal Aquarius. Conjoining stars include Skat and Zeta Aquarius; Baham of Pegasus; also Epsilon of the southern Phoenix, and the Pelican Nebula in northern Cygnus.


The Gas Giant Neptune is of inspiration, ideals, dreams and visions; as well as inspiring a new visionary-based, universal consciousness. Neptune imparts a dissolving force. Neptune’s atmosphere shifts and changes continuously, looking quite different in just a few days time. This is one of the astrophysical characteristics of Neptune that reveals why Neptune tends to dissolve things into universality; it is amorphous, swirling and shifting, and thus also lends itself to the exploration of creative ideas and alternative realms of perception; and also to merge in consciousness with others and with one’s surroundings. Neptune dissolves boundaries and thus enables one to see imagery beyond the semantics of words and language. Neptune inspires an artful expression of abstract, mystical and spiritual imaginings. Neptune elevates and spiritualizes that which it aligns with, and molds our ideologies.

Neptune can however leave one lost in a dream world, unable to see if ideas and visions have any real substance or viability, which can leave one living in illusion, self-deception, confusion, or behind a veil or mask. Thus the issue of discernment arises as well. In its lesser expression, Neptune can leave one impressionable, easily lost in followings, the paranormal or phenomenology. It can express as martyrdom or savior complexes; and as deceptive mysterious behavior as a way of hiding. Avoidance and seeking escape is common, especially through addictions, such as drug abuse.

Pelican Nebula Ionization Front

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

Skat, Delta Aquarius, is "star of the foundation," marking the shinbone of the waterbearer. According to R. H. Allen, Skat is possibly derived from the Arabic Al Sak (the shinbone) or from Al Shi'at, meaning "a wish."

Skat is of philanthropic foundations, organizations, and business vessels through which material and financial support can flow for future-oriented humanitarian focused projects and for the nourishment of an evolved human society flourishing in the arts and sciences. Skat inspires action in support of this pursuit.

Skat also conjoins the stars forming the Urn of Aquarius, which lie north of the ecliptic. These are Zeta, Seat (Pi), Eta and Sadachbia. They also create a prominent asterism know to skywatchers as a 4-star "Y"—a symbol used in electronics to denote an antenna—that which transmits and receives, is expressive and receptive.

In concert with Neptune's previous synodic cycle, this cycle continues to inspire the dissolution of boundaries that separate humankind, and it brings inspiration to evolve our ideologies toward a humanitarian-based society, where all people and all life are cared for. It impels visionary creativity toward this focus through the arts and sciences. It also inspires the flow of resources for humanitarian efforts and organizations, and it inspires altruistic gestures to aid those less fortunate.

Disseminating Moon Phase CharacteristicsDisseminating Moon Disseminating Moon
Characteristic just BEFORE the Disseminating Moon
Ending the Fruit Bearing Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Movement & Participation

The latter part of this phase shifts rapidly. A sense of urgency is felt. It is a time to bring forth the fruits of our actions. On the day before the Disseminating Moon, it is as if there is more to do than there is time for. It is a time of much commotion with last minute details seeming to appear from nowhere. Keep cool and accelerate, making those last-minute preparations. A birthing is at hand.
Characteristic just AFTER the Disseminating Moon
Beginning the Harvesting Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Manifestation & Demonstration

This is a time for the fruits of our labors to manifest and for lessons to become tangible. Whether the fruit of this cycle is in the form of inner growth or outer manifestation, it is that which will support the true nourishment of ourselves and others. Share your fruit. This is a time to give forth that which was learned or created, and to receive the same from others. Demonstrable expression and the imparting of our gifts anchors into the structure of our consciousness the self-empowerment gained from this Lunar Cycle.

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 on September 1 conjoining Eris in late sidereal Pisces. The Moon and Eris conjoin Baten Kaitos of Cetus; Eta and Phi Andromeda; Al Kurah of Cepheus; and Acamar of Eridanus.


Eris, the Great Disruptor, has a radical and interceding nature, overturning our current perception, but with purpose, so we may expand and redefine our perceptual view of the reality in which we live. Eris, discovered in 2005 in Cetus, was responsible for the formation of the new “Dwarf Planet” classification and the reclassification of Pluto to Dwarf Planet status, the family to which Eris, Pluto and the asteroid Ceres now belong. This caused quite a commotion in both the astronomical and astrological communities. However, this proved to be appropriate as additional new Dwarf Planets were discovered shortly afterward.

Mythologically, Eris is the Greek god of strife. Eris’ daughter, Dysnomia, is the name given to the moon of Eris. Dysnomia is said to be the “spirit of lawlessness”—disruptor of civil order. Eris, however, had two daughters, Dysnomia and the opposite and peaceable one, Eunomia, who ends strife. Dysnomia is also the name given to a nominal recall (dys) disorder—a memory problem associated with naming (nouns); the inability to retrieve names when needed—”its on the tip of my tongue.”

Eris demonstrated, right from the start, her no-nonsense astrological role as the great disruptor. Although the discovery of Eris created discord at first, a new order followed with the new classification of Dwarf Planets (fitting to the theme of her daughter Eunomia). This is significant when considering Eris’ astrological character.

Discordant Eris provokes change by upsetting the status quo, by upsetting the apple cart. Although Eris can create a disrupting commotion, upsetting our existing, limiting and antiquated structures of consciousness. She opens us to see beyond the finite bounds of our current perception, beyond the bounds we place upon ourselves by arousing and challenging our egoic defenses. In doing so, we are left to redefine and reorganize our world view to embrace a far vaster reality—a view more fitting to our rapidly expanding awareness.

Eris’ discovery in Cetus, the Technobureaucratic Monster of Collective Human Consciousness, indicates Eris is disrupting the fear-driven bureaucratic world of mass consensus to help our emergence from the belly of the ole’ whale into a new world paradigm. Being a very slow mover, Eris is still making its passage through the gut of Cetus—continuing to disrupt fear-based collective human consciousness and the technobureaucratic monster driving it. Eris’ influence has been working, for the most part, at sub-conscious emotional level—perhaps continuing to increase the unrest with the status quo in the human populous.

Cetus, the techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness, is the whale of human emotional experience. Baten Kaitos is the belly of ole' Cetus. South of Baten Kaitos is Fornax (the furnace), which provides the perpetual fire (digestive juices) for our transmutation while participating in the belly of ole' Cetus—in the wet, sensual, and emotional world of human affairs. Alignments with Baten can indicate the need to embrace the emotional aspects of mortal life and to emerge in transmuted form. The value here is to be able to participate from the wisdom of having been there, and to claim the potential rewards, the abundance that life has to offer in all of its forms.

Quasar 3C57 of Cetus lies about 2° south of and conjoins Baten Kaitos. Quasar 3C57 can manifest as rather odd experiences, those that can twist or contort us, but that act as catalyst for our emotional metamorphosis, to help us see our struggles from a different perspective.

Acamar of Eridanus, conjoining Baten Kaitos, is one of many stopping points along the long and winding river of life. Acamar is like a dam, and indicates that emergence from the belly of Cetus requires a breakthrough that will lead us from the foul digestive juices of Cetus and into a greater freedom of being. Alignments here can fool us into thinking the forging we have just gone through marks the end of our journey, when in fact it is but the door merely opening to be worthy to begin real transformative work—for physical and emotional clearing, to purge any cellular engrained patterns we may have accumulated through the last leg of our journeys through life. Denial of the need for such clearing merely intensifies the struggle to move onward.

To the north of the ecliptic and conjoining Revati of Pisces and Baten Kaitos are the stars forming the bound outstretched arms of the Princess Andromeda. In the story of Andromeda and Royal Family, Princess Andromeda was chained to the rocks by the sea to be devoured by Cetus the Sea Monster. This was due to Queen Cassiopeia's boastful and arrogant claim that her daughter was more beautiful than Poseidon's Nereids, the nymphs of the sea. Poseidon responded by sending Cetus to ravage the shores of Ethiopia, which Queen Cassiopeia and King Cepheus ruled. Cepheus was advised to sacrifice Andromena to Cetus as the only way to appease Poseidon. Andromeda, although inheriting this unfortunate sentence, has a far greater and fortuitous destiny awaiting her.

Further north is Al Kurah, Xi Cepheus (sometimes found as Al Kurhah, Alkirdah or Al Kirduh). Al Kurah stimulates a desire for attainment, to seek success and to advance in position.

Our Disseminating Moon invites demonstrable action to ensure our freedom from the techno-bureaucratic systems governing and controlling our lives—generally through the manipulation of money and resources.

Last Quarter Moon Phase CharacteristicsLast Quarter Moon Last Quarter Moon
Characteristic just BEFORE the Last Quarter Moon
Ending the Harvesting Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Inner Need

This phase completes with our Inner Needs surfacing to consciousness, to become aware of what is important to self and what is not. A sense of completion comes forth with a recognition that the past scenario has served its purpose and it is time to leave what is antiquated behind. Essentially a lesser self is what we will be shedding. Acknowledging the needs we feel surfacing on the inner is essential to create the changes in our lives on the outer. This inner recognition provides the challenge to do so. There is impetus to withdraw from the activity of this entire cycle, to emerge from the stage setting that served our intended growth. Remember that others are having their inner needs as well! Demanding others change is not the solution to our well being. This is a good day for quite time. Allowing mutual space and sharing our realizations with mutual respect supports all parties.
Characteristic just AFTER the Last Quarter Moon
Beginning the Cultivating Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Initiate Change

It is now time to plow under the crops so they may become the fertilizer for the next cycle. It is time to let go of any vested interest or attachment to the experience of the Lunar Cycle and to the stage props that served our growth. This is a transformational time, a time for personal change. Step forth from old facades, and free yourself from past ways of participating in life. This is a time of departure, of walking away from that which is no longer nourishing and to prepare the soil of our lives for that which is. Knowing now what our Truth is, it is time to consciously live it. Doing so provides a choice for others to also live theirs. Not making the realized changes keeps ourselves bound in a circle of old patterns of growth; changing allows us to spiral to a new octave of experience—one that will eventually sprout in the next lunar cycle to come.

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 September 5 in sidereal Taurus just as Venus stations to complete her retrograde, which occurs on September 6. The Moon lies just past Aldebaran of Taurus and conjoins the stars forming the shield of Orion.

Last Quarter Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

Full Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
Subtract 0° 16' for the Galactic Ayanamsa
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Aldebaran, Eye of the Bull and one of the Four Royals Architects, is the vision holder for physical logistics and an infrastructure designed to support humanity and families in fundamental material ways. Aldebaran can impel involvement with enterprises supportive of our physical wellbeing—the essence of sidereal Taurus. Aldebaran lies exactly opposite Antares, marking the centers of their respective signs. Prominent alignments with the Aldebaran / Antares axis can express into the business, political and global arenas. Aldebaran inspires physical action in a leadership capacity.

The theme of the Shield is one of establishing a protective environment when starting new ventures or enterprises when they are in their formative or planning stages, yet to become self-sustaining. This also extends to physical abodes and daily sustenance, of ensuring the care for self and for others. The stars of the Shield impel endurance and victory in this pursuit.

Our Last Quarter Moon impels us to step forth as leaders and pioneers while standing in the midst of chaos and the diversionary conditions of human life. It impels us to create the physical infrastructures in our lives to support our fundamental physical needs; to create nurturing and protective environments; and to take the action to manifest the visions we hold for our lives.

The completion of the Venus retrograde engages the new Venus synodic cycle, which also contributes to initiating change in our lives based upon the growth gained throughout the retrograde, from clarifying our values, from what is truly of value, and by choosing to live from the power of an open heart.

Balsamic Moon Phase CharacteristicsBalsamic Moon Balsamic Moon
Characteristic just BEFORE the Balsamic Moon
Ending the Cultivating Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Coalescence into Essence

The latter part of this phase results in coalescing all that was experienced in the cycle into its essence, into its seed form. It is a reflective time looking back over the past, of extracting and assembling what was learned from the cycle, claiming its true wealth and wisdom. This is a great time to explore what we learned in the context of the new moon theme. It is this seed essence which is of true value to our greater growth. This seed will sprout in the next Lunar Cycle of growth and unfoldment, and morph into the next Lunar Cycle's theme.
Characteristic just AFTER the Balsamic Moon
Beginning the Seeding Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Focus to the Future

Our focus now turns toward the future. We now turn away from looking back over the past cycle completely and begin to look ahead, preparing for and anticipating the future cycle to come, to a new step to emerge in our Lunar Path of Fulfillment. The seed is planted. It is time to let it germinate. Completing any lose ends is appropriate, or to move into a new position for the next cycle to unfold. Here we make the field of all possibilities smooth and clear, ready for the new sprouting to occur.

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 Starburst Galaxy M82 in Ursa Major

A unique view of the very unique Starburst Galaxy M82 in Ursa Major "M82 shows intense star formation packed in dense star clusters. This powers plumes of hot gas that extend for tens of thousands of light-years above and below the starry plane of the galaxy. This cosmic hurricane is traveling at more than a million miles an hour into intergalactic space." (Dr. Linda Smith, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London) Image and caption credit: Mark Westmoquette (UCL), Jay Gallagher (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Linda Smith (UCL), WIYN/NSF, NASA/ESA.

The Balsamic Moon occurs on September 8 (Sept 9 UT) in early sidereal Cancer. Conjoining stars include Aludra of Canis Major; Samoht of Monoceros; and Ahadi Puppis of Argo Navis.

Aludra, Wezen, and Adhara, a triangle of stars known as the Virgins, lie under latter sidereal Gemini and early Cancer. They create the hindquarter of the Canis Major. Although of this Sirian constellation, Aludra and Wezen are a pair of their own class. They lie much further in distance than the other stars, thus being of their own realm.

Aludra served Hipparchus to make his famous astronomical reckoning about the precession of the equinoxes. Aludra is also the only star of the constellation that lies across the Gemini-Cancer cusp (mid first decan). Aludra is the singular of Al Adhara, the Virgins—hence, a pure one of the breed. This is the white stallion, the black sheep, the unique person that does not fit in. Aludra, a supergiant star, most often time manifests as a person who appears through unexpected space-time portals or fleeting moments in time, with the magik provided by conjoining Samoht, Alpha Monoceros. An Aludra-type individual seems strikingly unique in some way—out of the ordinary, and old wise soul, often with an unearthly beauty or very attractive, and warm-hearted.

Samoht, Alpha Monoceros, is an Egyptian star name, actually older than the constellation Monoceros. Samoht means "one who has traveled from afar."

Monoceros, the Unicorn, is of a species not common to earth—one magikal and mystical. Alpha Monoceros brings fortuitous situations, experiences or involvements quite out of the ordinary, which often appear unexpectedly. They may manifest while traveling or appear to come from another time or from a distant location. The spiral of the Unicorn's horn embodies its magic, but for it to manifest in our lives, we must live in the power of our uniqueness, not in denial of it. Alpha Monoceros invites us to be open to the unexpected and unique; and to relate to such experience without need to fit the experience into mass consensus or the norm. The synthesis of Samoht and Aludra can manifest as unexpected opportunistic meetings with very unique people, often fleeting opportunities that must be seized in the moment.

Conjoining Aludra and Samoht is Ahadi of Puppis in the southern hemisphere, a supergiant star, which shines with the luminosity of 19,200 suns and with a radius estimated to be about 290 times our Sun. Ahadi is orange in color and contrasts beautifully with surrounding blue stars, all of which compose the open star cluster called “Collinder 135.” Ahadi means “having much promise,” and being of the Argo, this is in reference to our greater evolutionary journey and its fulfillment. Ahadi imparts a soft yet powerfully optimistic demeanor.

Thus, the seed of this lunar month coalesces our lunar cycle. Our Balsamic Moon brings optimism for a better and brighter future. It invites us to honor our individual uniqueness and that of others. It also invites us to pay attention and to have an open heart to unique opportunities, involvements or people that seem to just magically or serendipitously appear.

Our next New Moon occurs on September 13 UT (Sept 14 MST) in late sidereal Leo, just after the Chiron synod and as Ceres stations to complete is retrograde. More to come then.

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