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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).
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.
This January 10, 2016 (Jan 9 MST) New Moon is the first to occur after the solstice, which began our astronomical New Year. It is also the first to occur in the Gregorian New Year of 2016. It, and this lunar cycle, begins this year's solunar spiral of growth. Our New Moon lies under the auspices of majestic Aquila the Eagle and inspirational Lyra, harp of the angels. Stars conjoining the New Moon include Zeta, Epsilon and Lambda of Aquila, and the Neutron Star and X-Ray Source SS433 in Aquila; Sheliak, Zeta, Epsilon and the Starseed Ring Neb M57 of Lyra; Rho and Epsilon of Sagittarius; and Delta Pavo in the southern heavens.
Aquila, the northern Eagle, is of removed stillness with astute observation too detail. The Eagle is of equilibrium and poise, with global vision and local purpose. As the Eagle flies high above the Earth, with eyes capable of focusing on the most minute detail, it assesses, examines, and awaits its opportunity. Removed and alone, the Eagle embodies the willingness to examine our deepest emotions and hidden but true feelings; to pin-point our pursuits from objective balance, and to then dive into the world with surety and boldness. Generally the stars of Aquila are of applied personal force and power expressed with fierce eloquence and graceful beauty.
Deneb Al Okab (Zeta Aquila) meaning the Eagle's Tail, composed of Zeta Aquila and Epsilon Aquila, although often depicted as the wingtip of the Eagle, with Lambda marking the tail. Zeta Aquila is brighter than Epsilon and is the third brightest star in Aquila, next to Altair, Eye of the Eagle, and Tarazed, Altair's companion. Zeta Aquila, the principal star here, shines with the brightness of 39 of our suns and has an amazing rotational speed, 165 times the equatorial speed of our Sun—that is a rotational speed of about 16 hours. In character with the constellation, Zeta imparts a commanding character (in contrast to demanding), with the ability to rapidly respond to challenging situations.
SS433 Visualization by Rob Hynes Binary Software Louisiana State University, USA
Conjoining Zeta Aquila is SS433, an exotic and dynamic binary star emitting twin-corkscrew shaped jets in wavelengths ranging from the optical to the X-ray. A companion star is feeding the collapsed neutron star's accretion disc. A neutron star is a super-dense nucleus of a collapsed (dead) star. A slight 20° misalignment of the planes of the binary orbit and the accretion disk causes the disc and its rapidly evolving jets to precess (wobble) over a 162.5-day period and over a large angle. The precession also causes the jets' expanding helical spray.
SS433’s primary characteristic is that it produces a dynamic and rapidly evolving expression that extends over the entire light spectrum, thus embracing all aspects of life, from the most primal to the most spiritual. It also has a consuming aspect to it, consuming life itself without hesitancy and without prejudice or discrimination.
Both the qualities of rapidly rotating Deneb Al Okab (Zeta) and SS433 are fitting with the Eagle’s totem. The Eagle, a lone bird, has the ability to rapidly remove itself to vast distances and height to gain an embracing perceptual (global) awareness, and then to steer itself with amazing speed and grace to snatch its target. Both the wing tip and tail of the Eagle articulate the need to mobilize and steer our intent to achieve our higher aspirations.
The stars of Lyra, harp of the angels, lie in the northern heavens, north of Aquila and express through late sidereal Sagittarius. Lyra contributes significantly to formulate the lofty ideals the Zen Archer pursues.
The lyre was invented by Hermes, son of Zeus and Maia. Hermes also gave the Golden Fleece to Nephele and received the art of divination and a golden wand from his half brother Apollo, who was born of Zeus and Leto, also twin of Artemis. Hermes, shown as the winged-footed traveler, was herald of the gods; a patron of orators, literature, athletics, good fortune, and fertility.
The lyre was originally bestowed with the qualities to invoke and communicate the messages of the gods. As the harp of the angelic messengers, its tuning and voice translates divine information into vibration that supports healing and the illumination of consciousness.
Hermes passed the lyre onto his half brother Apollo. Generally shown playing the lyre, Apollo was the ideal of male beauty, bringing the beneficence of eloquence and sensibility to humankind. Apollo, was god of medicine, music, poetry, and archery, caregiver for the flocks and herds. Shrines to Apollo can be found on the island of Delos.
Apollo was father of Asklepios, who is also Ophiuchus, knowledge holder of advanced healing processes and ascension directives beyond the cycle of life and death. Of radiant authority, and as the most prominent healer of antiquity, Asklepios was able to bring the deceased to life and restore health. His symbol is that of two snakes entwined around his staff. The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidauros (where he was born) was the most celebrated healing center of the ancient world, sacred to the Asklepieion, the followers (cult) of Asklepios.
Apollo in turn passed the lyre onto Orpheus, musician of the Argonauts. Orpheus' fate was not so fortunate, being shredded to pieces by the woman of the Dionysiac orgy when the harp was misused to woo—a message to those that use artsciences for healing while covertly manipulating their subjects for unethical reasons. Prior to his end, Orpheus used the lyre to charm Hyades in the release of his wife Eurydice, but blundering with this one's fate too.
The stars of Lyra embody various facets of the artsciences of harmonics in light, sound, color, and geometry, particularly the wisdom of those artsciences, the music of the celestial spheres.
Multi-spectral Sheliak 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. 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, a term referring to the whole lyre, articulates the strings of the Lyre, inspiring 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 knowledge of harmonics and overtones in the art-science of music and color. In mythological lore, the Lyre was used for divine communion and healing, and Sheliak is also about our tuning and being attuned for that very reason.
A quote from Longfellow:
"I saw, with its celestial keys,
Its chords of air, its frets of fire.
The Samian's great Æolian Lyre,
Rising through all its sevenfold bars,
From earth unto the fixed stars."
The Ring Nebula M75 Image Credit:
The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA)
Lyra is also depicted as the Tortoise Lyre, with the resonant structure being the shell upon which seven strings (of Sheliak) are stretched. Sulaphat, lying next to Sheliak, means tortoise, another name for the lyre. Sulaphat embodies the principle of resonance in the harmonics of sacred geometry and associated artsciences. Sulaphat embodies all that is of physical resonance and emotional tone. Here we find the inspiration to re-tune the physical and emotional aspects of our lives. We find support to become fully and harmoniously resonant to our spiritual truth, highest ideals and visions, and to express them into demonstrable material manifestation.
The Starseed Ring Nebula M57, a super nova in Lyra, nests between Sheliak and Sulaphat, expresses the divergence of unity consciousness into many evolutionary rays or streams of consciousness. The Ring Nebula inspires the re-unification and application of the wisdom of this diversity through the art-sciences, and through philosophy, spirituality and more evolved social ideals. M57 invites a remembrance of our unified stellar origins despite our many diverse expressions in form.
All of these entries inspire multi-dimensional vision, artistic creativity, and involvement with the artsciences applied through multi-media, the healing arts, and higher education, to find the Lost Chord to illumine the way to our reunification into galactic awareness.
New Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
Subtract 0° 16' for the Galactic Ayanamsa
©2015 Nick Anthony Fiorenza
Albaldah, the “bright one” on the back of the head articulates the wisdom of the Zen Archer. Rho and Upsilon extend upward from Albaldah toward Aquila. Albaldah also conjoins Alrami and Arkab, and also expresses through Nunki. Albaldah, along with Alrami, Arkab and the stars of northern Lyra, 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 and take action 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.
In the southern heavens is Pavo, the Peacock. Delta Pavo is similar to our Sun and is considered to be one of the best candidates to have orbiting planets. Although there are planets orbiting other stars in Pavo, none have yet been discovered orbiting Delta. Pavo, the Peacock, is of integration, illumination, and beauty, is enduring and immortal, that of the durative soul. The Peacock imparts inspiration to express the beauty and wisdom of our individuality into demonstrable physical manifestation. It imparts a sense of pride for accomplishment.
Feathers are a totem for this lunar cycle, as we have the fletching on the Zen Archer's arrow, the tail and wing of the Eagle, the angel wings of Lyra, and those of the southern Peacock. Feather totems generally are about pursuing a higher spiritual path or goal, having higher aspirations and receiving lofty inspiration.
Our Lyra-Aquila New Moon brings tremendous inspiration for creative expression through the art-sciences that serve to illumine, awaken and elevate human consciousness and to achieve our greater aspirations in life. It brings inspiration to become fully and harmoniously resonant to our spiritual truth, highest ideals and visions, and to creatively command that vision for achievement from an embracing global perspective.
Acceleration, imagination, originality and artistic inspiration, vision and insight amalgamate to create the hallmark of this lunar cycle. This New Moon occurs just past Pluto (just after the Sun-Pluto conjunction) and just after but still in a few degree orb to the Uranus-Pluto square. Although this cycle impels far more enthusiasm and optimism compared to the previous initiatory and emotionally intense lunar cycle, it does not necessarily imply one less potent. This lunar cycle begins an acceleration of revelatory evolutionary change and transformation occurring throughout 2016, as a confluence of events occur, including the Saturn-Neptune square, the Jupiter-Saturn square, the Jupiter-Chiron opposition, the Neptune-Orcus opposition, and the unprecedented Uranus-Eris conjunction opposite Haumea, with the later impelling revelatory disclosures that may not only begin the obsolescence of our existing technological paradigm, but also humanity's very consensus of reality.
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 January 13 conjoining Neptune in sidereal Aquarius. Conjoining stars include Deneb of Cygnus, Sadachbia, Seat (Pi), Zeta, and Skat of Aquarius; Baham of Pegaus; and Beta and Gamma Sculptor.
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
Aquarius is of vision and creativity, revolutionary and unpredictable, original and innovative. Aquarians support "the future well being of humanity." They are visionaries seeking to support humanitarian pursuits, especially in the arts and sciences, and an evolved societal structure, that which the flowing waters of the Waterbearer are intended.
Lying in the northern heavens upon the galactic equator we find Cygnus the Swan, also called the Northern Galactic Cross. Deneb, tail of the swan, is the principal star of Cygnus and marks the top (head) of the northern galactic cross. Deneb is about two hundred times the diameter of our Sun, with a very high luminosity, estimated to be about one quarter million times that of our Sun.
Deneb is the first primary star that Earth's pole encounters in Earth's Precessional Cycle, thus governing the first of the seven heavens (evolutionary epochs) in the Earth's precessional cycle. It is the messianic head of the Cycle of Earth’s Precessional Cross—of the evolutionary cycle of the soul—and it is the overseeing administrative seat for this area of the zodiak.
Deneb embodies our unadulterated androgynous pure soul essence before fragmentation into race, sex, or creed. Deneb inspires us to stand in the awareness of our wholeness and to participate from the maturity of unity consciousness, unbiased and beyond the segregations and categorizations common to incarnate life and those common to mass-consciousness.
Sadachbia Seat (Pi), Zeta and Eta form the Urn of the Waterbearer, from where the nourishing humanitarian waters flow. These stars produce both an expressive and receptive quality. They also conjoin Skat, Delta Aquarius. Skat is the "star of the foundation," marking the shinbone of the waterbearer. 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.
This is also very near the exalted location (hypsoma) for Neptune. Neptune’s surface is not solid like Earth’s. It is composed of a heavy layer of swirling clouds mainly composed of methane. Neptune’s bright blue surface appearance continually changes due to underlying winds that blow up to about 700 miles per hour. This dense atmosphere morphs into liquid moving inward toward its icy silicate core. Neptune is made up mainly of hydrogen, helium, water and silicates. Neptune’s geophysical nature is one of the reasons for Neptune’s amorphous astrological nature, which is of dreams, visions, and ideals. Neptune dissolves that which is fixed and segregated into universality—the quality of humanitarian Aquarius. Neptune elevates and spiritualizes that which it aligns with toward higher more universal ideals.
Enif, Baham and Homam are a group of fortuitous stars that lie over the Aquarian waterbearer, forming the head of Pegasus. All of these stars are of achievement and success. They impel us to lift and elevate, to make possible that which otherwise would not be without humanitarian or altruistic support.
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 Neptune Crescent Moon brings inspiration to apply the creativity inspired by our Lyra New Moon theme in ways that elevate our ideals toward a humanitarian-based society. It impels us to dissolve boundaries that segregate, and it impels altruistic support for arts and sciences that serve to illuminate human consciousness.
Retrograde Mercury makes its inferior conjunction with the Sun on January 14 in late sidereal Sagittarius. This means from the Sun's view, Mercury and Earth align in late sidereal Gemini. These events formulate the new ~116-day Mercury synodic theme. This synod occurs during Mercury's conjunctions with Pallas and Pluto.
Mercury is an expressive and intellectual force. It drives our need to organize, rationalize, categorize, and assemble our world into a coherent understanding. It is the significator of the intellect. It governs our sequential and logistical processes, our learning and reasoning abilities, our mental focus and concentration, our language skills, reading and writing, and our communication skills, how we speak and articulate. Mercury effects some motor skills associated with coordination and dexterity; and governs the neurological system, mental processes and memory.
The Sun-retrograde Mercury conjunction conjoins Sulaphat of Lyra, Delta Aquila, the heart of the Eagle, and Alpha Pavo, nesting in and re-emphasizing the expression of our New Moon energetic into the daily logistics of our lives. The synod, in late Gemini, conjoins Pollux of the Gemini Twins.
“The Twins” are marked by the two principal stars, Pollux, the immortal extraterrestrial one, and Castor the mortal terrestrial one, the extraterrestrial incarnate. These two stars, which mark the Twins’ heads, lie in the last few degrees of sidereal Gemini. Gemini is of high intensity intellectual communication, information, commerce, goods and services, and of their exchange. The Twins are of partnerships in mutual cooperation participating in the human world, linking and uniting through their daily affairs in the world. The Twins work hand-in-hand for the betterment and evolutionary fulfillment of humankind.
Castor is the liaison in the world of daily human affairs, and is of partnerships and cooperation. Castor brings resources and people together that serve to get logistics accomplished in the world of business and commerce; whereas Pollux brings a greater awareness to the efforts of Castor, uniting individuals, groups and factions with concern for the greater evolutionary fulfillment of all parties. Pollux imparts more of an intuitive awareness, whereas Castor has more of an intellectual emphasis. Pollux is the ambassador, orator, link, and liaison regarding more spiritual, evolutionary and extraterrestrial matters, compared to Castor's role as a terrestrial colleague applied in business and management of daily human affairs. Pollux portends success, eminence and renown.
Pollux also conjoins Gomeisa of Canis Minor and Muscida of Ursa Major. Gomeisa is assistant to Procyon, the primary stars of Canis Minor. Gomeisa articulates people with special expertise in the areas of negotiation and communication, often those that assist ambassadorial efforts occurring behind the scenes. Muscida, the nose of the Great Bear, imparts a highly intuitive sense for the diversity of all life, as well as for their conditions and needs. Muscida's slow rotation (~250 days) and mature age impart an older soul quality of enduring patience. Muscida bestows its intuitive and patient qualities, especially in foreign and international relations, augmenting the ambassadorial quality and efforts of Pollux.
Mercury's retrograde provides a time to listen to how we think, to discern if the information we take in and think about is truly of value or merely a superficial distraction from what really matters and serves our growth, and to examine and refine our thought processes and their subsequent expression in our interactions with others and in the daily logistics of our lives. This Mercury's retrograde cycle amongst Pallas and Pluto, and its new synodic cycle, impels diplomacy to unite factions and greater social justice amongst forces seeking positions of power in the world. In our personal lives, it impels mutual cooperation between individuals, groups or organizations, and the exchange of resources and information between them, to serve a purpose greater than separate parties can accomplish alone. This cycle will fully engage as Mercury stations conjoining Pluto later in this lunar cycle, a potent energetic starting on the Gibbous Moon of January 20 through the Full Moon, and extending through the Last Quarter Moon of January 31, with the Moon once again triggering the event as it creates an explosive T-square with Pluto and Uranus. Expect a bit of openly expressive passionate intensity throughout this entire time. The Mercury-Pluto conjunction can impel intensely focused and penetrating determination in communication and the execution of logistics and plans evolved during Mercury's retrograde. This can be empowering and positive for those seeking to expose and express a greater universal awareness and truth, but it can also be exceptionally explosive for those seeking personal or global control and domination through the forceful use of power.
The Sun enters sidereal Capricorn on January 15, nesting between Mercury and Pallas.
For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, January 13 through January 29 is an ideal time to work with the Pluto, Mercury and Uranus audio meditatios. 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.
First Quarter Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
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 January 16, just after conjoining Uranus and Eris, and squaring Pluto and Mercury, with the Moon just across the cusp into sidereal Aries. Conjoining stars include Al Pherg and the stars forming the upright fish of Pisces, which lies on the cusp of sidereal Aries. South is Beta Fornax and the Fornax Sprial Galaxy.
Al Pherg, Eta Pisces, the Babylonian Kullat Nunu, in the upright fish that marks cuspal Aries, is tied to Alrisha (Katain), the knot that binds our primordial past to our future. Al Pherg and the stars forming the upright fish impel the desire and motivate the effort required to emerge from our cultural and genetic past, and its psychic and emotional entrappings. They create a strong urge for personal accomplishment, to become more than we have been.
Al Pherg reveals that issues that hold us back are of the emotional and physical realm and they need to be dealt with at the emotional / physical level of clearing, not from a mentalized “I’m above it all” attitude of denial. Al Pherg can also indicate that something residual must be released or accepted, which can be from a long-established genetic, cultural or evolutionary history.
NGC 1097 Spiral Galaxy in Fornax - Image credit: Spitzer Space Telescope: NASA/JPL-Caltech/The SINGS Team (SSC/Caltech)
Fornax the Furnace lies south of the ecliptic. Fornax provides the transmutational fire while in the whale (Cetus) of human experience creating the alchemical process of turning lead to gold, mortal to god. Alpha Fornax is the lucida (brightest star) of this southern constellation. Nearby is Fornax A, a spiral galaxy of the Fornax Galaxy Cluster that provides the intense heat under initiatory Aries. Beta Fornax lies at the cusp of sidereal Aries conjoining Al Pherg and the stars forming the upright fish. Here we also find the very active spiral galaxy NGC 1097 also of Fornax, where matter is consumed and transformation takes place.
Our stimulus to action in this lunar cycle impels us to actualize a far greater potential and to attain greater personal achievement, but to do so we must also release or bring resolution to any limiting mental-emotional patterns of the past. Success is accomplished both by maturing internally and aspiring externally. This stimulus may be in part due to unexpected disclosures or disruptive events occurring in our lives or in the world, demanding we initiate progressive or even radical action.
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 January 20 in sidereal Taurus. It lies opposite Saturn, also aspecting Uranus and Pluto. The Moon lies over the Shield of Orion. Conjoining stars include those of the Shield, with Rigel and Bellatrix of Orion influencing, Kursa of Eridanus, and Gamma of the Camel.
The theme of the Shield is one of providing physical protection, especially by ensuring a protective environment and fundamental physical needs when starting new enterprises when they are in their formative or planning stages, yet to become self-sustaining. The stars of the Shield impel endurance and victory in this pursuit. The left arm of Orion holding the Shield extends from Bellatrix, his shoulder, thus being an extension of this star's quality. Bellatrix, the Female Amazon Warrior, imparts excellent capacities in strategic planning, especially regarding enterprising pursuits Classically, Bellatrix is lucky in administrative accomplishment, such as in civil, political, and military office.
Inside the Orion Nebula
Image & Caption Credit: R. Villaverde, Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA
Explanation: The Great Nebula in Orion, an immense, nearby starbirth region, is probably the most famous of all astronomical nebulas. Here, glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immense interstellar molecular cloud only 1500 light-years away. In the above deep image composite in assigned colors taken by the Hubble Space Telescope wisps and sheets of dust and gas are particularly evident. The Great Nebula in Orion can be found with the unaided eye near the easily identifiable belt of three stars in the popular constellation Orion. In addition to housing a bright open cluster of stars known as the Trapezium, the Orion Nebula contains many stellar nurseries. These nurseries contain much hydrogen gas, hot young stars, proplyds, and stellar jets spewing material at high speeds. Also known as M42, the Orion Nebula spans about 40 light years and is located in the same spiral arm of our Galaxy as the Sun.
Rigel, Beta Orion, (and this part of sidereal Taurus) is of enterprising entrepreneurialism. It imparts strength, success and honors. 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.
The body of the Camel (Camelopardalis) lies in the northern heavens over latter Taurus, with its neck and head extending into Gemini. The Camel articulates a significant aspect of the quality of this area of sidereal Taurus: The Camel spreads wealth around the world through commerce and business, is a resilient, enduring, hard working and intelligent beast of burden with the ability to go for days (without water) before becoming distressed, one suited for long and arduous journeys. Gamma, marking the back of the Camel, imparts a quality of resilience and endurance, an ability to carry.
Our Gibbous Moon brings our attention to the physical infrastructures of our lives, and if they provide the nourishment and support required for embarking upon new enterprises, a new phase of life or even a new world paradigm. The Moon's placement opposite Saturn (occurring as we just begin to make transition through the Saturn-Neptune square) and also aspecting our emergence into the first action quarter of the Uranus-Pluto cycle, brings attention to security and insecurity issues, as well as the need to initiate radical and progressive action to emerge from a crumbling old-paradigm built upon false hopes and illusory beliefs. As we experience the failure of many of the physical systems creating the infrastructure of our old-world paradigm, we are faced with becoming enterprising to create new physical infrastructures that nurture and support our lives, and that provide our daily sustenance and ensure the wellbeing of ourselves, families and loved ones. How we make this transition becomes a question. Making a new life or a new world paradigm not only requires faith not fear, but also physical action, resources and support to do so. Kursa, the beginning of this river, does not imply floating along the river of de'Nile in a sightseeing tour waiting for an enlightening revelation, but acknowledging our physical needs and the physical enterprising action required to embark upon a new life journey, to create a new world paradigm. Our Gibbous Moon may inspire progressive conversation about these or related topics as well as attracting unexpected opportunity to provide or receive nourishment, support and protection to embark upon the next leg of our sojourns through life.
Retrograde Mercury, as it enters its station, conjoins Pluto on January 22, after the Gibbous Moon, while triggered by the Moon in opposition. Maintaining a tight conjunction with Pluto, Mercury completes its retrograde on July 25, after the Full Moon, and then makes its third exact conjunction with Pluto on January 29, leading into the Last Quarter Moon, with the Moon once again triggering the event as it creates a T-square with Pluto and Uranus. Expect a bit of openly expressive passionate intensity throughout this entire time.
Mars and Juno also make their conjunction throughout this period, conjoining the stars of the Southern Cross and the Northern Crown, peaking on January 25. Although impelling creative action and assertive leadership in our relations, this conjunction in combination with the Mercury-Pluto square to Uranus, along with additional critical alignments, can be exceptionally explosive without emotional equilibrium or for those attempting to dominate through the forceful use of power. There will be several lunar triggers to all of these potentially volatile but also creatively catalytic planetary alignments occurring from the Gibbous Moon of January 20 throughout the remainder of this lunar cycle.
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 - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
Subtract 0° 16' for the Galactic Ayanamsa
©2015 Nick Anthony Fiorenza
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 January 23 (24 UT) amongst the stars Cancer. Conjoining stars include Al Tarf and Tegmine of Cancer; and Talitha of Ursa Major.
Al Tarf, Beta Cancer, marks the southern back leg of the crab. Although the brightest star of the constellation, it, like the others of Cancer, is unspectacular. Al Tarf can impart a complacent attitude with somewhat of a sluggishness to change or emerge from our slumber. Hence it can impel a desire to be cared for but also with need to be prodded to awaken.
Tegmine, Zeta Cancer (Tegmen) is a multiple star system containing at least four stars. Tegmine refers to the protective shell of the crab; a cover which protects.
Both of these stars and this area of the Crab express an incubational quality, to create a nest or home, a place that serves to protect.
The forefoot of the Great Bear, marked by Talitha (Iota) and Kappa of Ursa Major, which I dub to be the protectress, guardian, and nurturer of humanity. This duo is also the Chinese "High Dignitary." Although minor stars, they should not be taken lightly, as they hold a principal office within the Bear. Of the Great Bear they are associated with the global scene and world powers. They inspire us to become a caring and nurturing force for each other, an enabling force that responsibly supports our emergence from darkness, dogma, and delusion, emergence from the limits and bounds created by selfish, fearful or controlling beliefs, a force that supports us to move into freedom and in greater personal fulfillment.
Also conjoining Talitha is the pulsar APO 0823+26 in Cancer impelling us to emerge from any psycho-emotional issues common to collective consciousness and from our own ingrained limiting thought patterns. It impels us to become independent and free thinkers rather than co-dependant followers of dogmatic belief structures of mass-consciousness or of groups we have been participating within.
Generally pulsars lie along the galactic plane acting as navigational beacons for the soul, guiding us if we listen. This pulsar has a non-galactic orientation, expressing at a more mundane level. Here we must watch the propensity to reinforce our existing beliefs with more rhetorical dogma. For the less aware, it may even reinforce behavior driven from such dogmatic consciousness, creating monotonous drone-like creatures of habit.
Our Full Moon brings our Lyra-Aquila lunar theme to its culmination and revelation. It brings our attention to where and how we find nourishment and feel safe and secure. Do we acquiesce into the complacent acceptance of mass-consciousness, a shell we have built around ourselves made from collective belief structures in which we can blindly follow to give us a false sense of security, or do we awaken and emerge into a greater awareness and realize it is time for us as individual free thinkers to emerge from our slumber in this collective cocoon. Do we, the human race, require a rude awakening, or do we consciously open our eyes like an eagle soaring from the heights to see a far greater reality, one that has been cloaked by clouds of dogma formed by a relentless onslaught of deceptive propaganda? Unprecedented events and disclosures disrupting our consensus of reality to reveal a far vaster truth are imminent as we move into 2016 and through the last few years of the this decade.
Mercury completes its retrograde after the Full Moon, on January 25. Mars and Juno also conjoin several hours before Mercury's direct station, which occurs in mid-sidereal Libra conjoining the stars of the Southern Cross and the Northern Crown, the location of the upcoming Last Quarter 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 January 27 conjoining Jupiter on the North Lunar Node in late sidereal Leo.
Jupiter, now retrograde (from January 8 through May 9), continues its conjunction with the North Lunar Node, impelling an inward expansion of conscious awareness. The wisdom gained during Jupiter's retrograde will come to fruition after Jupiter's retrograde. This is when we will be impelled to mobilize that wisdom externally in our lives, especially when Jupiter makes its final conjunction with the North Lunar Node in late June.
Jupiter's Lunar Node conjunction occurs within the Jupiter-Chiron opposition, which began in November or 2015 and continues through August of 2016. This few month geocentric opposition is the mid-point of realization in the Jupiter-Chiron cycle (occurring on April 18). The Jupiter-Chiron cycle is a part of the compounded Jupiter-Chiron-Neptune cycle that began in September to 2009.
The Chiron-Neptune synthesis occurring then impelled a healing journey into deeper more transcendent areas of self to clear our veils or lacework of cellular patterns that keep us bound in illusions and delusions, to clear out our own neurological web. Jupiter's synthesis with Neptune and Chiron expanded but also exaggerated this energetic in society. Perhaps of most significance is that it magnified societal wounds while at the same time instilling blind faith and inflating illusory ideals that the healing of those wounds and society could just magically happen, as if this would be a shortcut to personal salvation and global illumination, bypassing the inner work needed for personal and societal evolution, an energetic prominent in the first few years of this cycle (2009-2012).
The Jupiter North Lunar Node Disseminating Moon conjoins Denebola of Leo, Alpha Antilia, Alkes and of Crater, and Avior Carina of Argo Navis. North is Canes Venatici, the barking dogs, and overseeing are Mizar and Benetnash of the Great Bear.
This is a windy and fiery area of the zodiak, one that can stimulate dynamic creative expression, but it can also be filled with diversionary commotion and grand spectacle. This area of late Leo is often of those behind the scenes, of political religious figures manipulating the affairs of the world for personal motive while offering salvation from the human struggle. It is also of those of pure intent, those with true wisdom, the seers, but who are hidden behind the scenes. These stars create a diverse polarity of energy that set Leo’s “back stage.”
Denebola, Beta Leo, along with earlier Zosma and Chort, a triangle of stars, create the hind of the lion. Denebola, the tail of the Lion, is of indicative of diversions obscuring the true path to fulfillment. Antlia, the hot-air pump, fuels the fire that creates the diversionary smoke and grand spectacle.
Crater is the Golden Chalice, the Cup of Salvation, or simply the Cup of Fulfillment. Alkes (Alpha), Labrum (Delta) and Epsilon of Crater straddle the Leo-Virgo Cusp. Alkes simply means cup, and Labrum is associated with the quest for the Holy Grail. Alkes and the stars of Crater articulate the way to the greater spiritual fulfillment that we seek, which lies silently submerged under the diversionary shenanigans perpetuated by the puppet-masters directing the global stage.
Further south, as we transcend the egoic stage altogether, we find Avior, Epsilon Carina of Argo Navis and Delta Velorum on the sail of the Argo. These two stars are associated with the underlying spiritual truth and wisdom that does lead to our greater fulfillment and well being, a truth far hidden from the ego-driven wanna-be spiritual-political self-proclaimed authorities who spout principles they do not live.
Avior articulates the energetic of a true spiritual sage or hierophant, an awakened soul fully cognizant of their soul purpose, a mission transcendent to the spectacle and folly common to the global arena. This is one who most often is without need to be on stage, one often found behind the scenes simply living their spiritual truth. Avior impels one to work with transcendent currents of wisdom (Delta Velorum) that influence the surface world in genuine ways, Avior exemplifies those who make a real difference but who do not need to at personality level.
Jupiter's placement here on the North Lunar Node may bloat and exaggerate the dramatic and diversionary shenanigans occurring in the world, and the efforts of those attempting to mislead the masses from the real issues or truth. For those more aware and who are truly on a spiritual path, this demonstrable Moon impels an inward expansion of conscious awareness to discern the truth and what is of true value hidden behind the dramatic and deceptive antics occurring in the world. It impels a spiritual quest, or simply a quest to expand, to become more. A point of caution is to recognize that it is easy to be misguided by an insatiable thirst for knowledge gained by following religious-political guru-type figureheads, and all teachers, who are also influenced by this alignment despite their intent. Remember that the expansion intended during Jupiter's retrograde is one occurring within self, so be extra discerning and trust the wisdom realized within self.
Jupiter's retrograde station on the North Lunar Node also begins the transition phase from the previous 396-day Earth-Jupiter synodic cycle into the next. The previous cycle began on February 6, 2015 during Jupiter's previous retrograde, in sidereal Cancer and conjoining Dubhe of the Great Bear. The new synod occurs during the midst of this retrograde on March 8, just a few degrees before the Jupiter-North Node conjunction in late Leo, marking the start of the new 396-day cycle. Jupiter completes its retrograde on May 9, when we will be impelled to externalize this new cycle and our inner expansion of consciousness occuring now.
For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, January 27 is an ideal time to work with the Jupiter audio meditation. See this Month's Lunar Calendar for exact aspect times; or the "Lunar Cycle Timing Chart" found under the "Resources" menu on the Planetary Bio-Harmonics web page.
Also see: The Bio-energetics of Specific Planets.
Mercury, now direct, makes its third conjunction with Pluto on January 29 (Jan 30 UT). Mercury then squares Uranus (now conjoining Vesta) on the Last Quarter Moon.
Last Quarter Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
The Last Quarter Moon creates our “inner need to initiate change” in the lunar cycle as we move into the cycle’s last and transitional quarter. Our Last Quarter Moon occurs on January 31 (Feb 1 UT) approaching Juno and Mars in the midst of sidereal Libra.
Conjoining stars include Alpha and Beta of the Southern Cross; the Kappa Crucis Cluster; Menkent of Centaur; and Alphecca of the Northern Crown
The Southern Cross lies under the protection of the benevolent and wise Centaur, the teacher of true principles and the right way to live to attain self-mastery and evolutionary freedom. The Centaur stands beneath the legs of the Virgin and the Chelae (claws) of the Scorpion.
The Southern Cross (Crux) embodies the original cardinality the soul embodied by the Kappa Crucis Cluster, the Jewel Box. This is soul's pure intent before the aberrations and attitudes incurred throughout soul's incarnational sojourn. The Northern Crown lies in the northern heavens, above the feet and chelae of the Scorpion, and represents the freedom attainable beyond the entrapping behavioral patterns and karmic scenarios articulated by the outstretched Scorpion's claws reaching for the soul birthing from the Virgin.
The initial view in this video shows the rich star field in which NGC 4755 nestles and then moves in to the detailed images of the Kappa Crucis Cluster, or Jewel Box, itself.
Here lies impetus to access soul's pure intent and to live it. Doing so establishes an inner equilibrium that makes it possible to reach beyond the challenges and entrapments that we may find ourselves in, and in so doing, claim the Northern Crown, our evolutionary freedom and personal fulfillment.
Our Last Quarter Moon arouses an inner need to return to a place of soul-centered inner equipoise, our core unadulterated strength, rather than stepping into entrapping patterns of the past, oscillating in their inherent deliberating indecisive hesitancies, struggling to find solution in the choices those patterns provide. The Moon's approach to Juno and Mars invites us to apply creative action in our relationships from soul's pure intent and the equilibrium and strength it provides. This opens opportunity for us to participate in entirely new ways in our relations that herald in a new paradigm on Earth.
The Balsamic Moon marks the time in the 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 Trifid Nebula, M20, conjoins the Gate of God in Sagittarius. Spitzer Space Telescope infrared image
Image credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, J. Rho (SSC/Caltech)
The Balsamic Moon occurs on February 4 (Feb 5 UT) upon the Gate of God of Earth's Precessional Cross.
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 is both a galactic constellation and an ecliptical constellation because it lies upon the galactic equator and the ecliptic. Sagittarius 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. Earth's Precessional Cycle and the cycle of the Precessional Cross governs the evolutionary cycle of the soul collective incarnate on Earth.
Conjoining the Gate of God is the tip of the arrow of the Zen Archer, marked by the star Al Nasl of Sagittarius, which points toward the Heart Center of our Galaxy. Al Nasl and the Gate of God inspire us to hold an undaunted Zen focus upon our highest ideals and goals, and to seek a greater unified truth and cosmic awareness in the higher spiritual interest of our souls. This action alone serves the greater evolutionary transition occurring on Earth and is the seed coalescing from our experience in this lunar month. Our next New Moon occurs on February 8. More to come then.
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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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