The Lunar Theme for the
February 8, 2016 New Moon

Fortuity & Serendipity

The Lunar Month of
February 8, 2016 - March 9, 2016

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).

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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

New Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

New Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
Subtract 0° 16' for the Galactic Ayanamsa

This February 8, 2016 Moon lies in an area of the heavens where the constellations of Capricorn and Aquarius overlap. The New Moon lies under the auspices of Dephinus, the Dolphin star system, conjoining Sualocin, Gamma and Delta, which form the head of the Dolphin. In the southern heavens is Gruis the Crane. Conjoining are Alnair, Mu, Lambda and Ras Alkurki (Gamma), forming the neck and head of the Crane. Also conjoining and influencing are Nashira of Capricorn and the stars forming the tail of the fish-goat; Nu of Aquarius; Theta and Iota of Piscis Aus., and Gamma and Epsilon of the Toucan.

Gruis is of resolute verdicts, decisive decisions and fortuitous tidings based upon bodies of knowledge, especially regarding legalities, business dealings, constitutional matters, and news associated with new life and new beginnings. This is an eloquently expressive and articulate area of the zodiak, with gregarious and loquacious qualities. It is of libraries, courts, congresses, publishing houses, literary agencies, or where ideas and information is formulated, agreed upon and concretized.

Delphinus offers guidance to those willing to breathe and trust, guidance greater than our personal efforts can generate alone. The Dolphins, an expression of angelic dominion, are guides for the wayward, as old salts know. They reveal the way to make safe passage to our destination, to our greater nourishment and fulfillment, provided we listen to and participate in the serendipity of life.

New Moon Star Chart

To experience in the serendipity of life requires we surrender the pre-occupations of reasoning mind, those of worry and our need to define and control, of what we "think" we "should" be doing. It instead requires us to be attentive to and trust any subtle impulses we may feel at any given moment—to move with the Divine Intelligence that permeates and fluidly guides our lives. Here lies the art of getting out of our own way to allow creative solutions that lead us from the conforming bounds of limited mind.

All of this expands the nature of earlier Capricorn from a more stoic, secretive, exclusive and self-focused character, to one that is more emollient, wiser, more inclusive and embracing of other people, and their knowledge and ideas.

This New Moon expressing throughout this lunar cycle impels decisive decisions and resolute formulation of ideas, ideals and visions, especially those emerging throughout the previous lunar cycle, that serve to awaken and elevate human consciousness and that serve us to achieve our greater aspirations in life. It is especially favorable for agreements and declarations in formal ventures and professional pursuits. It impels an eloquent articulation of information and knowledge, which may express as fortuitous news supporting new beginnings for our selves and for others. This lunar cycle requires ebullient trust in the flow of serendipitous encounters and events occurring in our lives.

Seismic Alert

Planetary geometric configurations occurring in 2016 will cause exceptionally strong geophysical resonances, especially in mid-Feb through March, and in mid-May through June.

The Ceres-Neptune and Venus-Saturn Synodic Cycles

Ceres and Neptune begin their new 4.76-year cycle just after the New Moon and as the Moon conjoins Ceres on February 9. This cycle continues through November 2020. This also begins the first quarter of the 5.4-year Ceres-Saturn cycle that began in mid-August of 2014 and which completes in mid-January 2020.

Venus and Saturn also begin their new 229-day synodic cycle at this time, on February 10, which also begins the last quarter of the current Venus-Neptune cycle.

Basically, this is a heliocentric Venus-Saturn square to Ceres-Neptune, thus augmenting the nature of the Saturn-Neptune syodic square, which occurred on January 29, 2016, catalyzing our entry into the last quarter of 36.4-year synodic cycle that began in July of 1989. The synodic square, the transition into the last quarter of the Saturn-Neptune cycle, expresses through the three geocentric Saturn-Neptune squares, which occur on November 26, 2015, June 18, 2016 and September 10, 2016.

Saturn-Neptune Square Timeline

Entry into the last quarter of the Saturn-Neptune cycle impels us to recognize that the structures we have created in our lives and the limits those structures impose are the solidification of ideologies we began to formulate in 1989, at the start of this cycle. The square occurring now impels us to begin to consciously make changes in our lives based upon realizations we have had about what did and did not work in practicality throughout the previous manifestation quarter of this cycle; i.e., from 2007 until now. It impels us to relinquish our antiquated ideologies and to shed an old mold of self built around those ideologies, one that we may have come to identify ourselves with, but one that has now served its purpose.

The new Ceres-Neptune cycle and the Ceres-Saturn square engaging now augments this transition. This Ceres-Neptune 4.76-year cycle, with the synod conjoining the Urn of Aquarius, impels nurturing though humanitarian and altruistic pursuits and through the vessels or organizations through which humanitarian resources can flow. It inspires vision and ideals that support an evolved human society, one that is caring for and nurturing to the environment and all that sustains life.

Ceres by NASA's Dawn Spacecraft 2015

Ceres by NASA's Dawn Mission 2015


Due to her size and spherical shape, Ceres was reclassified as a “dwarf planet” in Aug 2006, along with Pluto and Eris—appropriately honoring Ceres to be the mother of the asteroids; and now places a “planet” in the orbital location where a planet should lie—in this case along with her many children.

Ceres brings awareness to how we nurture and to that which is truly nurturing to us. Ceres embodies mothering and agricultural qualities and brings attention to our relation with the Earth, the land, agriculture, the environment and the seasons. Ceres is associated with food, clothing and that which shelters and protects. Due to Ceres association with the land and the environment, Ceres is often prominent in charts associated with environmental changes or geophysical events. Ceres reveals our ability to be in universal flow—the unification of giving and receiving as one flow of energy through ourselves. Ceres asks for acknowledgment of our inner needs, to have self love and self worth. Ceres is of concern and caring for others as well as for the Earth. Ceres is associated with fertility, the womb and stomach. Ceres' placement in the astrological chart reveals the areas of our lives where we seek nurturing and also where we tend to provide nurturing.

Potential Ceres issues include: fear of abundance, lack and material struggle; low self esteem; unworthiness; abandonment / rejection issues expressing as attachment to people and things, manipulation of loved ones, over-attachment to siblings, possessiveness, and control of siblings or of one’s creations; mother-child complexes; and barrenness. More about Ceres.

The Ceres-Saturn square engages the first quarter of the Ceres-Saturn cycle, stimulating creative action. This action oriented quarter cycle nests within in the last quarter of the Saturn-Neptune cycle, impelling a time of change in that cycle. The current Ceres-Saturn 5.4-year synodic cycle that began in mid-August of 2014 was presented in the July 26, 2014 Lunar Planner.


This Ceres-Saturn 5.4-year cycle is about self-responsibility and claiming our own personal power to ensure we are nurtured and cared for rather than acquiescing to the undependable ebb and flow of resources that sustain life controlled by dominating forces in the world, such as big-business and political powers. This can be in regard to our physical nourishment, food, agriculture, ecology and the flow of all fundamental resources that support life in general.

Thus, a part of the completion quarter of the Saturn-Neptune cycle, with Ceres conjoining Neptune in mid-Aquarius and with Venus-Saturn conjoining Antares in mid-Scorpio, impels us to take a stand for the greater nurturing of humanity's fundamental needs. This especially expresses into the business and political arenas due to Saturn's placement on the Antares-Aldebaran axis.

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 February 11 in sidereal Pisces. Conjoining stars include Algenib of Pegasus; Erakis of Cepeus; Alpha and Beta Lacerta; and Alpha Reticuli.

Lacerta Star Chart

Lying over the first half of sidereal Pisces is the Great Square of Pegasus. The Great Square holds the mystery (knowledge) of the metamorphosis of the physical body into light. Theses four stars impel us to rise from our primordial past into our destined evolutionary fulfillment, to become more through our human experience. Each star holds a specific key to process.

North of the Great Square, and also extending through the first half of sidereal Pisces is Lacerta, the primordial Lizard, gate-keeper protecting the entry-way to Earth's precessional polar arc and to the "Primordial Origin" of humankind. Lacerta embodies the knowledge of primordial and elemental forces that mold consciousness itself into organic form; awareness that precedes thought itself. Alpha and Beta Lacerta mark the head or intelligence of the Lizard. They lie in mid-sidereal Pisces and conjoin Algenib. Alpha and Beta Lacerta, Along with Algenib, articulate the need or capacity to rise above and gain mastery over the psychic-emotional forces common to the Piscean world—the ability to participate above any entrapment such forces can create.

Alpha Reticuli, which resides in the very southern heavens, conjoins Alpha and Beta Lacerta, and Algenib. Alpha Reticuli is the foci of the reticule, the sacred geometry of the DNA refined to crystal clarity, the underlying rhomboid or diamond. Alignments with Alpha and Beta Lacerta and Alpha Reticuli stimulate the reptilian brain, governing our instinctual behavior, and the core resonance of the human DNA, which also indicates how the human DNA is receptive to electromagnetic forces, and also susceptible to technological and psychic manipulation.

To rise above such manipulative forces requires that we fully embrace the primordial aspects of life by infusing the high spiritual awareness of the soul in and through our entwined genetics of physicality. Without the embodiment of soul awareness, literally within the human DNA, and capacity to express the power of that awareness, we remain vulnerable to and lost in the psychic-emotional collective resonance of human consciousness.

The real "secret" or mystery (knowledge) revealed here is that the ability to function above psychic-emotional forces is not a mere mind trip, something we do in the head alone, in just how we think. It requires a surrender of the emotional tension or resistance we hold, as well as a conscious decision to change our behavior, to allow an opening within the human vessel to infuse soul's coding into the human DNA coding—illuminating the human DNA with soul awareness—to transform carbon into diamond, as the DNA is the urn of the soul, the vessel through which soul expresses. We can then express this greater awareness through our human mold.

The Elephant's Trunk Nebula in Cepheus

Dark globule inside the emission nebula IC 1396 in Cepheus, The Elephant's Trunk Nebula, which lies slightly south of Herschel's blood-red Garnet Star. This composite image is a product of combining data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's multiband imaging photometer and the infrared array camera. The thermal emission at 24 microns measured by the photometer (red) is combined with near-infrared emission from the camera at 3.6/4.5 microns (blue) and from 5.8/8.0 microns (green). The colors of the diffuse emission and filaments vary, and are a combination of molecular hydrogen (which tends to be green) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (brown) emissions. Image & Caption Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/W. Reach (SSC/Caltech)

Further north of the Great Square and conjoining Algenib is the Supergiant Garnet Star, Erakis. Most people naturally tend to notice the bright stars of Cepheus when looking into the heavens, but the blood-red Garnet Star of Cepheus is often missed—a beauty, especially through binoculars. Similarly, we miss seeing the opportunity for attainment or solution when only watching the obvious around us.

The Garnet Star lies at the head of King Cepheus forming a triangle with Alderamin and Zeta Cepheus. Erakis imparts a quality of royalty, prominence, largeness, passion, prosperity, abundance and wealth; and the appreciation of such. Erakis exemplifies the role or crown of the King—to protect and govern without being lost in wealth’s glamour or the emotional drama of the world. As a supergiant star (about 1420 times our Sun's radius), Erakis imparts a significant astrological influence along with fortuitous Algenib, especially regarding financial affairs and opportunities. Erakis inspires us to see opportunity for attainment beyond the obvious limitations and entrapments we may face. Erakis also brings emphasis to the administration of financial matters, and to the control and dispensation of wealth and resources in the world.

Our Crescent Moon brings attention to our emotional clarity required to achieve our pursuits in the midst of any dramatics that may be occurring in our lives or in the world around us. Emotional and physical clarity is essential so as to not become confused in psychic fog, whether manipulatively propagandized projections in the world or of our own making. Psychic and emotional confusion often surrounds financial issues and the control of resources.

The Moon squares Pluto and conjoins Uranus on February 12, the day after the Crescent Moon. Although the orb of the Uranus-Pluto square is now starting to widen, we are just entering into the action quarter of the 138-year Uranus-Pluto cycle, impelling revolutionary and progressive action to emerge from a crumbling old paradigm and the power-hungry forces desperately trying to maintain control—again emphasizing the need to establish personal emotional clarity to rise above their machinations.

The Sun enters sidereal Aquarius on February 14, imparting a lighter socially oriented energetic to the following solar month.

The Pluto bio-harmonic audio meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, Feb 12 is an ideal time to work with the Pluto 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 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
First Quarter Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

First Quarter Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley

Note also the interlocking Yods to Eris and Vesta-Haumea

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 February 15 on the cusp of sidereal Taurus conjoining the distant planet Sedna in opposition to Mars. The Sun lies on the cusp of sidereal Aquarius (Sadr of Cygnus). The Moon and Sedna conjoin Algol and the Gorgoneas of Perseus.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Perseus and Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini

Perseus and Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini stands in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. Bronze, 18 feet high 1545-54.
Photo Credit: © 1999 Mary Ann Sullivan

Perseus expresses through the cusp and first decan of sidereal Taurus, and articulates the dominant energetic of early Taurus. In the story of Andromeda and Royal Family, Perseus is the hero who slays the Gorgon Medusa and later frees the princess Andromeda from being devoured by Cetus the Sea Monster. At this point in this story (cuspal Taurus), Polydectes, who had designs to force Perseus' mother Danae into marriage, sends Perseus, who protects Danae, upon a mission to slay the Gorgon Medusa in an effort to get rid of Perseus for good, knowing that anyone looking directly at a gorgon would turn to stone. Instead, Perseus claims his greater self-empowerment by beheading Medusa and goes on to fulfill his much greater destiny.

Algol, Beta Persei, marking the cusp of sidereal Taurus, is the head of slain Medusa, which Perseus now carries at his side, also called the Arabic Demon Star. Of the Gorgons, Medusa, who is crowned with seven snakes for hair, represents the chaotic and self-defeating forces within self, driven by fear. It is fear that freezes us in our tracks, the force that turns us to stone. Perseus cannot look at Medusa directly lest he will turn to stone. He instead uses his shield to see her reflection. This mythically articulates our need to look at the monsters apparently outside of self as a reflection of our own inner fear. It is the inner fear we need to slay.

Algol brings us a physical challenge and indicates an initiatory and experiential process is required or is at hand. This process begins by slaying our deepest fears to claim our inner creative personal power, or be forever frozen in our tracks unable to claim our fulfillment and complete our greater purpose on Earth.

Alignments with Algol can draw a relentless assault of experience that can block or divert us from our purpose until we realize the monster is within—the fear based reflection of self. Algol forces us to look at self rather than at the apparent monsters in the outer world—to recognize they are of our own projection, to own and embrace the fear within. Slaying our fear establishes an inner neurological order that in turn allows us to take empowered action in the physical world. Perseus, the hero, embodies the essence of establishing this order.

Related Article: The Juno-Sedna Synodic Cycles at the Juno-Sedna Orbital Plane Crossing 2014 - 2018
Emergence of the Feminine into Relationships and Partnerships of all Types

Our First Quarter Moon's stimulus impels action to confront and slay any fears that keep us from participating from an inclusive, open and honest heart / unconditional love, rather than from fear-based self-protective exclusive conditional love. The Sedna-Moon synthesis impels us to invoke and take action from the power of the feminine principle to address the challenges we face, not from fear of survival of self, but from an inclusive concern for all of humanity. This requires we recognize that fear to act from the power of the feminine principle is not due to the confrontations we may face in our lives nor is that fear about anything outside of self; i.e., the reasons we justify fear. The exile of the feminine principle (Sedna) extends into our psyche from the far distant past, far before cultural molding. It challenges action despite this fear, fear only conquered through demonstrable action in the physical world.

Sedna and the several other very distant planets recently discovered with orbits in the far reaches of our solar system have very long orbital periods, in the many thousands of years. Thus, in concert with Earth's precessional cycle, they influence the very evolutionary formation/engineering of life for the soul collective on Earth. They reveal patterning inherent in the very genome of our wholistic makeup—the omic in which we exist. The revelation of these planets at this time in our evolutionary transition provides inspiration for humanity to begin to embrace, understand and consciously address our far distant heritage and the psycho-physiological patterns that heritage creates. These patterns create challenges common to every individual that transcend the more recent cultural, racial, and sexual differences we experience. Sedna not only invites us to address issues surrounding the exile of the feminine principle and its reemergence, but also to discover/remember a far more embracing extraterrestrial-related evolutionary narrative.

Mars opposite Sedna (occurring now through the Full Moon) brings perspective and revelation about our need to re-integrate the long lost feminine principle into our creative expression in action and leadership, and as well into the very fundamental "fear of survival" instinct that Mars arouses. This First Quarter Moon provides and excellent opportunity to gain greater insight into this process, as well as the fear involved. Fear itself, and the manifestation of it, may serve as a stimulus.

The Mars-Sedna opposition also marks the mid-point of vision and realization in the current Mars-Sedna cycle, which began in early May of 2015. Due to the very slow progression of Sedna through the ecliptic, Mars-Sedna cycles are just slightly longer than a Mars orbital period, which is about 2.35 years, with the synods progressing by just a fraction of a degree through the ecliptic, producing a slow but consistent process to integrate these two forces.

The Mars bio-harmonic audio meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, Feb 14, the day leading into First Quarter Moon, is an ideal time to work with the Mars audio meditation. See this Month's Lunar Calendar for exact aspect times; or the "Lunar Cycle Timing Chart" found under the "Resources" menu on the Planetary Bio-Harmonics web page.

Also see: The Bio-energetics of Specific Planets.

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 February 18 in sidereal Gemini. It lies opposite Pluto, is quincunx to Saturn, and trines Juno. The Moon conjoins Mekbuda of Gemini, Sirius of Canis Major, and Canopus of Argo Navis. The Moon is also at its periapse (Feb 17), creating an extra strong lunar resonance.

Mekbuda, Zeta Gemini, on the thigh of Pollux, imparts courage and determination to assertively seek personal interaction to inspire change and transformation that leads to cooperation and solution. Mekbuda conjoins Sirius and Canopus.

Sirius, Alpha Canis Major, is the impetuous and blazing Great World Teacher, knowledge-holder of ancient hermetic wisdom. Significant alignments with Sirius can bring teachings, lessons, or events of a global or profound proportion, those that can catalyze tremendous evolutionary change. Although Sirius is not at all of a malevolent nature, such events or lessons can seemingly be imposed upon us without the compassion we might otherwise prefer. Sirius, due to its head strong and somewhat authoritarian nature, can also indicate the need to set things free so they can take their own evolutionary course rather than forcefully manipulating a scenario or the experience of others for some specific outcome based on a sense of righteousness or self-importance—thinking we know what is right for another or that we are responsible to define another's life experience—a miss-placed sense of responsibility. Here lies need to learn about boundaries and to guide but release our offspring, siblings, partners, or creations to their own destinies. Expressing through sidereal Gemini, Sirius' influence is often experienced in the world of commerce or through high intensity intellectual communication. Sirius also inspires a quest for liberty and human rights.

Canopus and Sirius Star Chart

Conjoining Sirius from the southern heavens is Canopus, Alpha Carina of Argo Navis, lying along the galactic plane. Argo Navis classically is the ship in the story of Jason and the Argonauts, a derivation of the older Sumerian story, Gilgamesh and his fifty Sirian warriors. The Argo lies reverse in the heavens, stern to the east, bow to the west, along the galactic equator, thus associated with that which moves retrograde in the heavens, the greater precessional process on Earth, the evolutionary cycle of the soul. The stars of the Argo are generally associated with evolutionary matters for the entire planetary system, and for all souls evolutionary growth and fulfillment.

Canopus is the second brightest star in the heavens after Sirius. Sirius is relatively close to us estimated at 8.6 light years. Canopus, of another galactic sector altogether, is estimated to be about 312 light years distant. Canopus is a supergiant star, estimated to be about 65 times the diameter of our Sun and about 15,000 times as bright, where as Sirius is only about 23 times as bright. Sirius appears brighter only because it is much closer than Canopus.

As director / navigator of the Argo, Canopus brings attention to our responsibility to steer our evolutionary course and to see to the greater evolutionary fulfillment of all souls and all life on Earth. Canopus also brings awareness to the repercussions of global events and how they affect the greater surrounding cosmology. An older derivation of Canopus is the Egyptian Kahi Nub, meaning "Golden Earth"—representative of the vision held for our beloved Earth by this helmsman, a Golden Earth meaning an illumined soul-awakened world. Prominent alignments with Sirius and Canopus can herald potent global experience that serves us to change and grow, or that alter our evolutionary course. These stars bring attention to more comprehensive matters and concerns regarding the overall evolutionary plan for the entire world. They bring attention to issues about global governance and dominance.

Canopus (along with Miaplacidus, Beta Carina) is director / guide of all astronomical-Earthgrid spacetime matters—including all interdimensional, intraterrestrial, and intraoceanic Earthgrid portal work. Because of its brightness and southern strategic location, Canopus has always been used as a navigational star and today it is a principal stellar reference commonly used for navigating interplanetary spacecraft.

Our Gibbous Moon brings our attention to business, commerce, interpersonal communication and international affairs. It also brings attention to evolutionary events occurring in the world and our responsibility to not only navigate and steer our own courses in life, but to direct the course of our world, without dictating behavior for others, but through demonstration as a means to educate—to walk our talk.

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.

The Full Moon occurs on February 22 in sidereal Leo. The Sun, in Aquarius, conjoins Fomalhaut of Piscis Aus. Stars conjoining the Moon include Al Kaphrah of Ursa Major; Alpha and Gamma of Sextans; and The Vela Pulsar on the sail of the Argo.

North of the Lion lies the Great Bear (Ursa Major), which actually extends west over sidereal Cancer as well, and east just across the cusp of sidereal Virgo. The variety of the Bear's stellar qualities fall into the ecliptic throughout these two signs. The primary stars of the Great Bear are generally associated with the global scene and world powers, but also impart specific energetics and lessons at a personal level.

Al Kaphrah of Ursa Major extends from Megrez and Phecda (Phad); and the hind legs of the Great Bear extend from Al Kaphrah, which forms the hind feet of the Bear, Alula Borealis and Alula Australis, and Tania Borealis and Tana Australis. Al Kaphrah imparts a long-standing and established power, expressed as an assertive and powerful creative force applied to steer and protect. It is of stability, enduring strength and established authority. Al Kaphrah also impels the balanced distribution or delegation of power and authority.

The Great Bear, Ursa Major

South of the Lion is the Sextant. The primary stars are Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Sextans. The sextant is a navigational instrument used to determine the vertical position (angular distance) of the sun, moon or stars from the horizon. The Sextant’s stars reveals our need to reassess our position or situation, to reorient ourselves, and to take a new tack toward our goals in life with conscious consideration for the changing evolutionary winds and currents upon which we must navigate.

On a basic level this can be in regard to changing our fundamental approach or path in life. On a greater scale, this can be in regard to changing allegiance of our energies from the outer world, self-sacrificing to diversionary forces or currents in the world around us, to the vertical integrity of our inner soul / source directive and truth.

Much like sailing, changing winds require the application of personal will to change the boat's tack to continue toward our longer-term destination. This requires the assessment of our current position and heading, and of the changing conditions around us—the weather, waves, winds and currents—to responsibly set a new tack along our journeys in life.

Argo Navis is the ship in the mythical story of Jason and the Argonauts, a derivation of the older Sumerian story, Gilgamesh and his fifty Sirian warriors. The Argo lies reverse in the heavens, stern to the east, bow to the west, sailing along the galactic equator, in Earth’s precessional direction. The stars of the Argo are associated with evolutionary matters for the entire planetary system, and for all souls' evolutionary growth and fulfillment—the evolutionary cycle of the soul.

The Argo is divided into several sub-constellations. The stars of the sail of the Argo, Vela, which lie under the first half of sidereal Leo and the northern dynamics of Ursa Major and the world powers, are of subtle evolutionary currents, forces, and portals transcendent to the stage of the temporal world. Because the stars and x-ray sources of Vela lie upon the galactic equator and south of the ecliptic, they are of soul's transcendent evolutionary purpose and mission.

The Vela Supernova Remnant

Image of Vela Supernova Remnant in Visible Light. Credit: Digitized Sky Survey, ESA/ESO/NASA FITS Liberator, Color Composite: Davide De Martin (Skyfactory).

The Vela Pulsar, an extremely old Super Nova remnant conjoining Alpha and Gamma Sextans and expressing through the Sextant's theme, has a fundamental frequency of 11.2084065685 Hz., which translates to a color harmonic of 3800Å—a high spiritual violet, bordering near UV. Pulsars in general are beacons for the soul, constantly providing an inner message or reminder for those attentive to such subtleties. Although the Vela Pulsar can create somewhat of a spiritual serenity, much like we might have relaxing on a sailing ship in a light breeze, there demands the preparedness and alertness to leap into action as the increasing gales and changing currents require. The Vela Pulsar reminds us to remain serene but alert and preserving along our journey, to continually plot our position based upon our greater spiritual truth and to adjust our course accordingly so we can arrive to the sanctum we seek. The Vela Pulsar reminds us to maintain sight on our true direction based on the underlying evolutionary currents rather than on the winds of the moment, the diversionary and transitory surface breezes, to plot the path on our long-term (soul's) direction. If there is any pulsar equated more to the maturity of the old soul (old salt), the Vela Pulsar is it.

Our Aquarius Sun / Leo Full Moon brings our Delphinus New Moon to its culmination. Responding to changing conditions and unexpected events becomes more and more essential while at the same time maintaining sight on our longer-term objectives. Attunement to transcendent guiding currents can guide us in right action and lead us in the right direction through the surface turbulence that may be occurring in our lives and in the world. Our actions and the directions we take not only steer our own evolutionary destiny but collectively determine that of our world. Thus we must have concern for the greater wellbeing of others with attention to how we are contributing to human society as a whole as we navigate through the changing times ahead. Openness to the assistance from others and providing assistance to others is essential for our safe passage into a humane new world paradigm.

Jupiter Opposite Chiron #2

Jupiter opposite Chiron 2016

Jupiter, currently retrograde and still conjoining the North Lunar Node, makes its second opposition to Chiron on February 23, as Chiron approaches the South Lunar Node, and as the Moon approaches its conjunction with Jupiter. The Jupiter-Chiron opposition, which began in November of 2015 and continues through August of 2016, marks the mid-point in the Jupiter-Chiron cycle. This is a part of the compounded Jupiter-Chiron-Neptune cycle that began in September of 2009. We are now entering (throughout 2016) the second half of the Jupiter-Neptune cycle and the Jupiter-Chiron cycle, a time of realization and manifestation in these cycles. This also occurs along with the Saturn–Neptune square and the Jupiter-Saturn square, which mark entry into the last quarters of these cycles continuing throughout the remainder of this decade—a prominent completion period. The completion of the Jupiter-Saturn cycle, occurring in 2020, also coincides with the completion of the Jupiter-Pluto and Saturn-Pluto cycles, which catalyzes a primary reset for society. More on the Jupiter-Chiron-Neptune cycle was presented in the Disseminating Moon section of the previous Lunar Planner.

The Jupiter bio-harmonic audio meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, Feb 23 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.

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 February 26 conjoining Haumea in late sidereal Virgo opposite Eris in late sidereal Pisces. The Haumea-Moon primarily conjoins Eta Carinae of Argo Navis.


The Dwarf Planet Haumea (pronounced how-MAY-ah) was discovered on Dec 28, 2004. Haumea has two moons, Hi’iaka (pronounced HEE-’ee-AH-kah) and Namaka (pronounced nah-MAH-kah).

Haumea is the goddess of childbirth and fertility in Hawaiian mythology. Her many children sprang from different parts of her body. She takes many different forms and has experienced many different rebirths. Martha Warren Beckworth suggests the name Haumea more naturally comes from Hanaumea, meaning “sacred birth.” Hence we have an essence of “purity,” a birth that is special, the ability to produce a fresh or clear state of consciousness. Haumea is said to be the Goddess of Childbirth due to her knowledge of the birthing process, not only that of the soul but Huamea acknowledges the integral nature of the Earth, the land, and all living creatures, having a biologically-ecologically wholistic view of life—having been said to have saved a woman from a cesarian by using an herbal remedy to induce birth.

Haumea’s propensity is to intercede with strength and dynamic motion from a state of equilibrium and poise to support a new and wholistic birth in consciousness, one in which the feminine has autonomy to act in accord with nature and the natural world, and to express a new level of awareness about what is truly life supportive, especially regarding the use of the fundamental primordial forces of life. Haumea motivates action to reorient the patriarchally dominant and militaristic destructive use of power and resources into a nurturing matriarchally conscious force that supports and protects life, home and family; and that aids humanity’s emergence into a spiritually and primordial aware state of being. Haumea will not be dominated, subjugated or owned by the patriarchal. She is a naturalist, of the wild, and supports the nourishment and evolution of the human family. At a personal level, Haumea inspires the application of our personal attributes and resources for these same principles. More about Haumea.

Haumea and Eris are approaching their forth geocentric opposition, an energetic that began in late 2014 (with the first opposition) and that continues through 2018 (with the last opposition). The Haumea-Eris opposition marks the mid-point in the Haumea-Eris cycle that began quite long ago, in late 1831 at cuspal sidereal Aquarius, impelling a movement to emerge from a self-centered exclusive judgmental segregated social modality into a humanitarian modality, one that is inclusive and embracing of all people as being equal. This was when and where these two gals were in cahoots, little to our awareness, instigating a radical intercession by the matriarchal-feminine principle. Both are extremely strong, dynamic and enduring feminine forces, not to mention Eris is determined to expose our defensive pious platitudes veiling a far greater reality.

The movement to abolish slavery, which then expanded to promote women's rights began in 1831. Research "The Liberator" newspaper founded by William Lloyd Garrison (1831-1865) to learn more.

Uranus, the radical and revolutionary great awakener, is now about to aid in the process as it joins forces with Eris. Uranus is now approaching its 3° orb to Eris (opposite Haumea), starting an unprecedented and prominent planetary configuration that will add a revelatory lightning stimulus to our already cathartically transformative year, with the first of three geocentric triggers beginning in June 2016 and continuing through March of 2017.

Uranus Eris Haumea Graphic Ephemeris

Eta Carinae is the most luminous, massive, and energetic star known in our galaxy—estimated to be 100 times the mass of our Sun, and to radiate five million times more energy than our Sun. A gas shell surrounding Eta extends 4000 times the size of our solar system. Eta is highly unstable and prone to violent outbursts. Eta was seen to erupt in 1840 A.D., then making it the second brightest star in the sky. Eta recently doubled its X-ray emissions in a four-month period sometime between 1992 to 1994, indicating an intensified influence of the Eta Carinae theme. Eta then doubled in brightness in 1998—perhaps Eta's warnings. Current observations indicate that Eta Carinae remains highly unstable and may explode as a supernova at any time!

Eta Carinae of Argo Navis

Eta Carinae of Argo Navis
Image Credit: Chandra X-Ray Observatory / Harvard
NASA/HST - J. Morse/K. Davidson

Eta Carinae, Lord of the Waves, the Akkadian Ea (Ia), the Sumerian Enki, chief god and founder of the city Eridhu (Eridu) (he who warned Zuisudra, the Sumerian Noah, about the flood), is generally considered the foreteller of impending catastrophic change, but also the instructor of the way through such evolutionary transition. Eta is also associated with the Sirian amphibious fish-man "Oannes," who taught the Chaldaeans both esoteric science and that which would civilize their lives, from building cities and temples to agricultural technique (Robert Temple, "The Sirius Mystery" / Blavatsky, "Isis Unveiled"). Eta embodies the esoteric Gnostic wisdom behind what to most is merely the mystery of life or unfathomable acts of God. Oannes is the emblem of priestly, esoteric wisdom; he comes out from the sea, because the 'great deep', the water, typifies...the secret doctrine." (Blavatsky, "Isis Unveiled")

Eta Carinae is a portent of evolutionary change and impels environmental preparation for such change. It also indicates that something with far greater potential and magnitude can and will birth through the human form—a far greater expression of consciousness. Eta stimulates our need to prepare for and to become capable of this greater expression of consciousness, to create an external and inner bio-logical environment that is capable of a higher expression of consciousness.

This Disseminating Moon impels the application of Haumea's feminine influence, one expressing dynamic power from a state of emotional equanimity and poise in the midst of turbulence to manifest a rebirth in our lives and in our world. It invites attunement to nature and the natural forces of life. It impels a highly energetic and intelligent creative expression to ensure the harmony of our environmental resonance in all areas of life, biologically and ecologically in preparation for greater changes yet to come.


The Sun conjoins Neptune on February 28. This marks the midpoint of vision and realization in the current Earth-Neptune cycle that began on September 1, 2015, presented in the August 14, 2015 Lunar Planner.

The Neptune bio-harmonic audio meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, Feb 27-28 is an ideal time to work with the Neptune 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.

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
Last Quarter Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

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 March 1 approaching Saturn in mid-sidereal Scorpio. The Sun nests between Neptune and Ceres, creating strong gravitational resonances. The Moon conjoins Mars on February 29, in the potent crescendo leading into the Last Quarter Moon.

Conjoining stars include Antares of Scorpio; the Globular Star Cluster M12 in Ophiuchus; Globular Star Cluster M92 in Hercules; and Restaban of Draco.

Marking the center of sidereal Scorpio is Antares, Alpha Scorpio, Heart of the Scorpion. Antares is one of the "Four Royal Architects" along with Aldebaran, Regulus, and Fomalhaut, each in their respective quadrants of the sky. Antares, the 15th brightest star, is about 700 times the size of our Sun, and is one of the largest stars. It is quite elongated with a polar diameter about 63% of its equatorial diameter, red in color, said to rival Mars in brightness when they are seen together.

In classical astrology, Antares is the star of war and weaponry, and with expounded meaning, to challenge the established opposing politics (an arena common to the Antares / Aldebaran axis) with tenacious adamancy. This is especially in regard to taking a stand against the established conditions of our personal lives and against the established order or authority directing our lives when those conditions or that authority are no longer in our best interest nor supporting our evolutionary freedom and fulfillment.

However, it is only the less aware who mistake this power point in the ecliptic to mean fight against or destroy what one still perceives as opposing forces outside of self. Antares expresses as immanence for those who have embraced their initiations and claimed their self-empowerment, who have graduated from playing the victim in life to a predetermined fate, and who have learned to take responsibility for their experience and their destiny. The Heart of the Scorpion teaches us to realize the inseparable nature of life, to reconcile the forces within and without, those of life and death, to know of the oneness and inseparable permeability of the Creation Force— as is exemplified by Ophiuchus standing over Antares, articulating the higher octave of sidereal Scorpio. In this awareness, Antares becomes a responsible protector of life and “takes a stand” for wholeness, and demonstrably and passionately lives it.

M10 Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus

M10 Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus - Image credit: Michael McGuiggan/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

Directly opposite Antares in the sidereal center of Taurus is Aldebaran, eye if the Bull. The Aldebaran / Antares axis is indicative of political systems, their people, their opposing politics, business and teaching. Aldebaran holds and radiates vision for ideal physical logistics for authorities to put in place so as to aid the peoples of the Earth through evolutionary process and transition. Antares ensures that the current and accepted business and political systems, and our modes of living do not become static or antiquated. Antares ensures growth, evolution and change. If the Scorpion meets those bullheaded and stuck in their antiquated modality of life, the Scorpion’s sting is not far off—hence its classical association with rebellious and destructive forces. Antares keeps the vision of Aldebaran up-to-date by challenging authoritarian powers. When there are rebellious or terrorizing forces assaulting the established order, this reflects the need to realize that the established order is no longer supportive in ways that are truly nourishing to the needs of the people, and requires some type of reform—reform that if denied, may result in some level of, otherwise unneeded, destruction. Thus, Antares can also be associated with teachers as well as political or business leaders who are of a more non-conforming nature that tend to challenge that which is established belief, doctrine, or policy.

The Globular Cluster M10, along with the globular M12, expresses the heart of Ophiuchus. Globular star clusters are densely packed spheres of stars, often containing many millions of stars. They impart an inner core strength and sense of self-conviction that can be drawn upon. For one in self-mastery, they impart a powerful light and passion expressing from the heart and from the integration of the dualistic forces of our reality, as well as the integration of the carnal and spiritual. M12, also conjoins very northern M92, a globular cluster in Hercules, which imparts the power and wisdom of the heavenly heritage in which Hercules stands.

Our Last Quarter Moon arouses a passionate inner need to change our selves or our ways of living that supports our own spiritual metamorphosis and physical self-mastery in the world. It can also stimulate an outward directed expression to take a stand to change antiquated structural systems, especially in politics and business.

Juno Retrograde


Juno is the asteroid of covenant relationships and soul colleagues. Juno is not only of personal relations, but also those of a business and economic nature to those of political leaders and nations of the world. In the astrological chart, Juno indicates the nature of the issues and opportunities in significant relations of all sorts. Mature Juno is diplomatic, tactful, cooperative, and mutually trusting. Mature Juno expresses with a sense of equality within self that provides the ability to draw true partners and those of equality into one’s life. There is an acceptance of another’s truth or opinion without need to challenge or debate. There is an ability to honor and support others in their own choices and decisions. Mature Juno expresses in mutual support and unconditional love to allow each other to grow and change through whatever issues surface.

At a personal level, Juno’s placement in the astrological chart is one of several points that determine the types of significant relations drawn into our lives and the nature of issues we may face in those relations. Juno's placement specifically reveals the nature of the compatibility we seek, that is, what is important to us regarding our partners.

Juno begins her few-month retrograde on March 2 conjoining the southern claw of the Scorpion / scale of Libra bringing emphasis to address and change past patterns expressed in our relationships, and to establish greater equilibrium and harmony in our relations. The entire retrograde provides a time to explore commitments in relationships, mutual compatibility, what is important to us in our relationships. IT can be a time of recommitting or renegotiating agreements, commitments and contracts.

Juno's retrograde station begins the completion period from the previous Earth-Juno synodic cycle that began in Cancer on January 29, 2015. See; Relationships & The Juno-Jupiter Synchronous Retrogrades December 2014 - May 2015. Juno initiates a new cycle during the midst of her retrograde on April 27, 2016 in mid-sidereal Libra, which will then fully engage as Juno returns direct on June 22, 2016.


The Sun conjoins Ceres on March 3 in Aquarius, which is the midpoint of the current 1.2-year Earth-Ceres cycle that began under the auspices of Altair of the Eagle on July 25, 2015, presented in the July 16, 2015 Lunar Planner.


This Ceres synod in this location in the heavens, and the following 1.2-year cycle, may seem somewhat paradoxical but is quite to the point, as it brings attention to the use of militaristic force and to the extreme arsenals of weapons of war, while impelling us to examine how this is nourishing to and caring for humanity, the land and the environment. It also impels those beneficent beings, both terrestrial and our extraterrestrial friends, to shift the focus of humanity's destructive tendencies to one that is constructive, that cares for all life and that has concern for future generations to come. This cycle could not be more timely, as a dramatic shift in the use of power on Earth is imminently essential. On a personal level, this cycle invites us to participate with global awareness, and to apply our unique attributes, talents and tools in ways that nourish all life, and that ensure the healthy wellbeing of our environment, agriculture, food and all that sustains life.

The Sun-Ceres conjunction occurring now in the stream of the flowing waters expressing from the Urn of Aquarius brings emphasis to humanitarian efforts, and to the expression our unique gifts to nourish the evolution of society, especially through the arts and sciences.

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 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 Balsamic Moon occurs on March 5 in early sidereal Capricorn. The Moon conjoins Alpha and Beta Indus; Sham of Sagittta, the missile; Anser, Alpha Vulpecula; Alberio of Cygnus; and Tarazed and Altair of Aquila. This is very near the location of the Ceres synod that began our current 1.2-year Ceres synodic cycle.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle Credit/Source: NASA/Rothstein

Altair, eye of the eagle, Alshain (Beta) and Tarazed (Gamma), are of global and extraterrestrial vision and of the balance of power. Altair inspires us to have vision from an embracing global perspective. In classical astrology, Altair is of assertive authoritarian militaristic leadership, of military force and power. In more esoteric terms, Altair is also of extraterrestrial Earth-based operations.

This area of early sidereal Capricorn articulates a diversely-intented group of individuals and associated levels of consciousness, those either covert, manipulative and driven from self-interest (as the character of the old business & military paradigms), and those spiritually aware, of integrity and who are attuned to the land and the environment, including shamans and keepers of sacred knowledge and sacred ways. Either way, surface appearances, cloaks and facades often shroud who is who in an aura of mystery; cloaks often used as strategic tools to serve one’s deeper hidden motive.

Early sidereal Capricorn is of hermetism, esoterism, magic, and various areas of esoteric knowledge and science, also of covert technologies as well as the secret places and orders associated with them. These can include military-scientific-extraterrestrial bases, hermitages, exclusive retreats, or isolated places with a spiritual focus—including sacred sites or places of power under the care of their mysterious stewards, or merely places of personal retreat and seclusion—but places strategic to one’s purpose. We also find an arsenal of strategic tools (technological or magikal), to either aid or control humanity as well as the skill to use them; and this includes our personal tools and assets.

Stealth Craft

This is also where an eloquent and artful play of seduction and consent co-exists; but also one that can be insidiously cunning or even voraciously violent. Hear lies the nature of the tools of business and war: the interplay of people in their sexy disguises, whether cloaked in the eloquent and sleek stealth jet, particle beam laser based satellites; or merely dressed in seductive leather and lace.

Thus, the seed of this lunar month coalesces our lunar cycle, leaving us with a basic question: How will we use our arsenal of strategic tools?

Our next New Moon occurs on March 8-9 in sidereal Aquarius. It produces a Total Solar Eclipse, also opposite retrograde Jupiter initiating the new Earth-Jupiter synodic cycle. The direct alignment of the Sun, Moon, Earth and Jupiter creates a rather significant new evolutionary current expressing in 2016. More to come then.

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We need not live in endless struggle, overwhelmed by the surface turbulence of our growth and awakening process. We can establish an inner peace instead, with life becoming a graceful dance when we attune ourselves to the natural spiral of growth that is guiding our lives. Living in attunement to the natural Lunar Cycles is an effective and empowering way to do this. Living in attunement to the natural astronomical cycles of life is living in faith and trust in the Divine Creative Intelligence expressing throughout our lives.

The Lunar Planner is an experiential tool teaching us how to live in attunement to the natural lunar cycles. Astronomical Sidereal Astrology and Star Lore reveal each lunar month's theme, and the planetary themes unfolding throughout the year. Each lunar month's theme weaves a continuing story line of the patterns of growth unfolding in our lives.

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