The Lunar Theme for the
May 6, 2016 New Moon

New Beginnings

The Lunar Month of
May 6, 2016 - June 5, 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 May 6, 2016 New Moon resides amongst the stars of the Ram. Conjoining stars include Menkar of Cetus; Almach, the foot of Andromeda; Tish and Ruchbah of Cassiopeia, Zibal of Eridanus; Alpha Horologium; and the LMC X–3 Black Hole in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The Sun is not only at home in Aries, but this New Moon also resides at the ecliptical location of the Sun's exaltation, making this an empowering lunar cycle.

Classically, Aries is figured as a reclining ram with its head looking back over itself, admiring his own golden fleece. The theme of Aries the Ram, whether articulated by Andromeda and the Royal Family or Jason and the Argonauts search for the Golden Fleece, is about the initiatory challenges that continually create obstacles and limitations across life's path. These obstacles, often created by our righteous attitudes of arrogance or greed, can create painful and repetitive lessons in the fires of life, lessons that ultimately produce the alchemical honing of self. The lessons of Aries awaken us from our denial and naiveté regarding how arrogance and greed create our own entrapment in the Jaws of Cetus—the jaws continually pulling us into the transmutational fires of human experience. In essence, the stars of sidereal Aries articulate our journey through life. They impel self-initiated action for personal attainment. The journey through Aries ultimately awakens us from a self-consuming focus upon our personal needs to one of selfless creative leadership.

This area of sidereal Aries is about the story of Andromeda and the Royal Family. In brief, Queen Cassiopeia’s boastful arrogance, that her daughter, princess Andromeda, was more beautiful than the Nereids of the Sea, peeved Poseidon, who as punishment, sent Cetus the Sea Monster to ravage the shores of Ethiopia, which Queen Cassiopeia and King Cepheus ruled. Cepheus was advised that the only way to appease Poseidon was to sacrifice is daughter, the Princess Andromeda, to Cetus. In acquiescence, the King had Andromeda chained to the cliff at the sea to be devoured by Cetus. Here, at this longitude in the story, Cetus is about to devour the princess while time is ticking away.

New Moon Star Chart

Cetus is the fear-instilling techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness. The body of Cetus lies submerged in sidereal Pisces, but its neck and head reach up upon the shores of Aries, with its head lying in mid-sidereal Aries. The head of Cetus articulates the intelligence of Cetus and is marked by two primary stars, Kaffaljidhma, the brain of Cetus, and Menkar, the jaws of Cetus.

This area of sidereal Aries brings attention to our attitudes about life. It presents the opportunity to pause and invert our perspective from being entrapped by forces or circumstances appearing to be outside of self to recognizing that it is our fear-based attitudes that crystallize as righteous and adamant behavior leading us to feel that we must fight against the techno-bureaucratic monster of human collective consciousness (Cetus). It invites us to relinquish such attitudes and to become our own directing intelligence, participating in and directing our own lives.

Here, Queen Cassiopeia, feels intolerant, crusted with frustration due to finding herself unable to have that which she knows she is entitled, in-between the tormenting forces of both the manipulative gods (astronomical cycles of life) and the monstrous human world, and at loss with how to deal with either. Fortunately or unfortunately as the case might be, when feeling trapped and we lash out against the world around us, the whip of arrogance (Tish, Gamma Cassiopeia) often snaps back to scar our own hand, especially when applied with vengeance. Lowering ourselves to this level or resourcefulness, using a tool found only in the dramatics of the monstrous world, will lead us only to our own demise. Here we have a statement of something we must surrender to receive that which we are due, the attitudes that keep us from our very own fulfillment

Ruchbah, Delta Cassiopeia, the knee of Queen Cassiopeia, is a star of transformation— a process often occurring in a bit of initiatory fire. Ruchbah imparts the need for transformation of our attitudes. We may feel or even know that something is rightfully ours, but any righteous attitudes that we deserve it, energetically keep away the very thing we want. Our righteous attitudes keep us naive to, and thus entrapped in a diversionary lower-order resonance that trips us up, perpetuates repetitive scenarios, and keeps us from claiming our greater fulfillment in life. Ruchbah imparts the need to surrender the righteous attitudes we hold in order to have that which we truly deserve.

Conjoining Quasar 3C66A in Andromeda can manifest as entrapping scenarios that help us realize it is our inner righteous attitudes that are of issue and that must transform before we find our true freedom and happiness along the winding path of life.

Almach is princess Andromeda’s snagged foot about to be bitten off by conjoining Menkar, the jaws of Cetus. Classically, Almach is considered an honorable and eminent star; and Andromeda is unadulterated, innocent, naive, uncorrupted by evil, wrongdoing or malice; and holds a position of extraordinary honor and advantage. Menkar, however, expresses as an entrapping force for those who are naïve, innocent, or passive, and who are often caught in the arrogant power plays of others.

Conjoining from the south is Alpha Horologium, the pendulum clock, which embodies the characteristic of impending time and brings our awareness to the fact that there is a finite period, with time ticking away, to do more than seems humanly possible. Seemingly, a miracle is required, and often time, at the last minute, one arrives—usually provided through cooperation with another party. However, we must be willing to release the pressure we are applying in attempt to free ourselves, as it really creates the tension that keeps us entrapped. Only then can we make our passage.

The Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy

This new image shows the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light as seen by the Herschel Space Observatory, a European Space Agency-led mission with important NASA contributions, and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. In the instruments' combined data, this nearby dwarf galaxy looks like a fiery, circular explosion. Rather than fire, however, those ribbons are actually giant ripples of dust spanning tens or hundreds of light-years. Significant fields of star formation are noticeable in the center, just left of center and at right. The brightest center-left region is called 30 Doradus, or the Tarantula Nebula, for its appearance in visible light. Image credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI

Far below the entire scene of the Royal Family and Aries, deep in southern sky and south of Horologium, lies Dorado, the golden fish—embodiment of the illumined soul. The LMC X-3 x-ray source in the Large Magellanic Cloud lies upon the head of Dorado. The Small and Large Magellanic Clouds (SMC and LMC) are small galaxies that orbit our Milky Way galaxy.

The head of the goldfish marks the southern pole of the ecliptic—the foundational seat of the soul—the pot of gold protected by the dragon (which encircles the north ecliptic pole). This is why the royal family is adorned in gold and gems / riches—representing the illumination and wealth of the soul—not the illusory wealth of the mortal world. Hence, the confusion about our true riches—why we fight over the mineral gold rather than delve deep within for the golden light of the soul.

LMC X-3 impels us to seek more than we have or are. For the younger soul this can impel just the pursuit for material wealth. However, LMC X-3 invites us to realize the freedom we seek is found only through the initiations of the maturing soul, not in the blessings or curses we think we receive at personality level, by what we have or do not have on the material plane. Soul is the enduing essence to cultivate, while all else is temporal adornment.

This lunar cycle impels us to step forth into a more appropriate position in life, to gain greater freedom in life, or to create some type of transformation in our lives to do so. It is of new beginnings. A sense of impending time intensifies the need to take action. However, it also requires surrendering any righteous attitudes we may hold about deserving more or becoming more than we are, which creates an inner tension that keeps us from the very thing we seek. Overall, this location in the ecliptic is of a regenerative nature—primal, sexual, erotic, creative and inventive. It can also be volatile, quickly eruptive or explosive like a volcano, penetrating, sharp-tongued, competitive, even somewhat hostile. Thus it requires a need to constructively channel this energy.

Jupiter Direct

Jupiter completes its retrograde on May 9, just before the Crescent Moon. This occurs in the crescendo leading into Jupiter's third geocentric square with Saturn, which occurs on May 26 just after the Disseminating Moon.

Jupiter's direct station creates a very welcomed shift in our planetary cycles, as we have had several planets, along with Juno, simultaneously retrograde-making for an exceptionally inward-focused time. Jupiter's direct station impels us to begin externalized movement upon any inner expansion of awareness we have embodied over the past few months. Jupiter's direct movement engages the new 399-day Earth-Jupiter synodic cycle that began on the Total Solar Eclipse of March 9, 2016, presented in the March 9, 2016 Lunar Planner.

This is the first Earth-Jupiter cycle of the last quarter of the 20-year Jupiter-Saturn cycle. It impels us to discern for ourselves and to mobilize our own creative potential based from our own wisdom rather than reacting to and continuing to blindly follow the antic propaganda of antiquated sociopolitical structures.

The New Mercury Synodic Cycle & Mercury

Mercury, in the midst of its retrograde conjoins the Sun in Aries, also on May 9, a couple of hours after Jupiter's station. This is an extra significant conjunction because Earth, Mercury and the Sun create an exact alignment, both in ecliptical longitude and latitude, creating a Mercury Transit across the face of the Sun.

Mercury transits occur about 13 times every century. The last Mercury Transit occurred on November 8, 2006, and the next will occur on November 11, 2019. This transit will be visible in most parts of the world except Japan, parts of eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Viewing details can be found courtesy of Fred Espenak at


Mercury by the MESSENGER spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA / JHU Applied Physics Lab / Carnegie Inst. Washington


Mercury imparts 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-Mercury conjunction in Aries has a similar energetic as our New Moon. It brings realizations about changes we need to make in our attitudes we hold about life and how we think in order to step forth into a more appropriate position in life or to gain greater freedom in life. This change is one of transformation and regeneration that requires surrender of an inner tension that keeps us from moving forward. Passionate creative and honest communication can lead to unexpected cathartic transformation.

The Sun-Mercury-Earth alignment also marks the start of the new ~116-day Mercury synodic cycle. The synod, seen from the Sun looking toward the Mercury-Earth conjunction, provides insight into the underlying current of this new cycle. Conjoining stars are seen in Libra and include Zubeneschamali, the northern claw of the Scorpion, and the stars forming the neck of the Serpent reaching for the Northern Crown.

Geocentric Star Chart animation showing the Mercury Retrograde and Transit, with Vesta; also the first Uranus-Eris conjunction with Ceres. (You can pause the video and drag the progress bar to view any section of the video.)

Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali (Alpha and Beta Libra) form the balance or scales of Libra in modern illustrations. They respectively lie at ~20° and ~24° sidereal Libra. These two stars are also the "Chelae of the Scorpion," extending from the sign of Scorpio and the Scorpion's head back into the sidereal sign of Libra, as rendered by Johannes Kepler in his wood carving showing Ophiuchus standing over the Scorpion, with the Serpent he holds reaching for the Northern Crown, which lies north over the Chelae. With the modern rendering of the supine Virgin, we can see the claws of the Scorpion reaching toward the feet of the Virgin, in mid-sidereal Libra. The overall mythical image here is of the Virgin giving birth, with the Scorpion's claws reaching up to receive this birth. This image articulates the birthing of the soul into the reincarnational process of soul growth through the balance of experience.

This is why Libra is considered to be the scales of justice—implying the need to experience both sides (a balance) of human experience in order to gain self-mastery as an incarnating soul. It does not imply the guilt trip laden idea of paying for misdeeds deemed by a governing church-state that pretends to stand between an incarnate soul and God—a ploy used in ancient times to control and manipulate the masses. This is a natural equilibrating process. Here, in the reincarnational clutches of the Scorpion, the incarnating soul learns self-responsibility and self-mastery, to claim the true freedom that the scales of Libra stand for, by choice, by choosing to move from the patterns and scenarios of the past and to participate in a new way, to step into a new way of being, upon a new path of experience.

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

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

The Jupiter bio-harmonic audio meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, The New Moon through May 9 an ideal time to work with the Mecury and Jupiter audio meditations. See this Month's Lunar Calendar for exact aspect times; or the "Lunar Cycle Timing Chart" found under the "Resources" menu on the Planetary Bio-Harmonics web page.


Uranus makes its first opposition to Haumea on the Crescent Moon (within minutes), as it nears its conjunction with Eris, now about 1° away. Although Uranus as been in an active orb to both its opposition to Haumea and its conjunction with Eris for some time now, this first opposition to Haumea formally begins Uranus' significant influence to the Haumea-Eris opposition—a dynamic that will continue into 2017. The Uranus-Eris opposition to Haumea is presented in the article: New Frontiers in Consciousness 2016-2017: Uranus-Eris opposite Haumea.

All three of these events, Jupiter's direct station, the Mercury transit and new cycle; and the Uranus-Haumea opposition contribute to the energetic of this Crescent Moon, and they significantly augment the energetics of this lunar cycle—truly impelling a new beginning in how we think and participate in life, to reinvent ourselves to mobilize a new birth in consciousness.

Uranus Eris Haumea Graphic Ephemeris

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 May 9 (early May 10 UT) amongst the stars of the Gemini Twins. The Moon conjoins the stars forming the foot of Castor, including Tejat and Dirah, and the surrounding Bright Emission Nebula IC444, also Gamma Monoceros of the southern Unicorn.

The Foot of Castor

"IC433 is a supernova remnant of a star that exploded about 35000 years ago. It is located approx. 5000 light years away. To the left is IC444, a large emission nebula, which also contains a small reflection nebula (the small bluish patch in the upper middle). The two bright stars are Eta (Tejat) and Mu (Dirah) of Gemini." Eta and Mu are less than 2° apart. Image Credit: NASA Hubble Space Telescope

The foot of Castor is composed of Tejat, Eta Gemini, IC 444—a large emission nebula, and Dirah (Tejat Posterior) Mu Gemini. Tejat, Dirah and IC 444 portend eminence and renown, and will make visible that which has been suppressed, oppressed, hidden in the closet, but destined to be seen.

Alignments with the foot of Castor mark the time to come out of hiding, to become visible, to stand forth in the limelight, and to become available and approachable. This can also indicate the need to emerge from our own mental obscurations or illusions. Tejat and Dirah may impel us to claim our roles in the physical world, to show up and participate, to take the steps that are required for what we truly want in our lives. Tejat can also indicate those who are physically marked in some way: including birth marks, genetic marks, or other unique features including tattoos, and especially jewels; or it may reveal marks or signs indicating it is time for demonstrable action.

As Tejat brings to the surface that which has been suppressed, we may see parts of our selves that seem rather dark and opposing to our emergence—the fears, hesitancies, and blockages within our selves that we must step through into our paths of fulfillment in the world. Tejat and Dirah invite us to be willing to walk through the shadows of self to claim our power and place in the physical world. The more we express the truth of who we are openly in the world the less forces attempting to suppress that truth have any power.

Conjoining Gamma Monoceros of the Unicorn often indicates a unique opportunity, one unexpected and magical that may be obscured or hidden, but which may appear seemingly out of nowhere, perhaps marked in a unique eye-catching or unmistakable way, an opportunity that can bring fragmented pieces into a greater unified effort provided we step forth to meet it.

Our Crescent Moon inspires us to communicate, connect and involve, to become shareable from a truer, open-hearted level of consciousness in our daily activity amongst humankind, and amongst our peers and colleagues, especially in social areas, and in our personal, domestic and international relations. Individual demonstrable expression of the new level of awareness we all are awakening to into our lives, no matter at what level of involvement in the world, in our moment-by-moment experience no matter how small, is how we, collectively, make manifest a new awakened society, our new world paradigm.

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

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 May 13 under the auspices of the Head of the Lion, as the Sun conjoins Sedna and Algol at cuspal Taurus. Stars conjoining the Moon include Rasalas and Subra of Leo; Pherkad of Ursa Minor; Al Sumut and the stars of Pyxidis; and Alpha Pictoris.

The Lion faces west, with its head looking over into sidereal Cancer with Algieba (the mane), Adhafera (on the crest of the mane), Rasalas (the crown), and Algenubi (the eye) all composing the Lion's head. The star Subra, just south of the ecliptic and on the Cancer-Leo cusp, is the Lion's paw buried in the desert sand. Regulus (at 5° Leo) is considered the Heart or Essence of the Lion.

The stars forming the Head of the Lion embody the wisdom of the Lion. They express in eloquence, beauty and nobleness. Adhafera and Al Jabhah articulate the wisdom and mind of the Lion, the Lion’s persona and how the Lion thinks—perhaps with a sense of aloneness yet with audacious and undaunted confidence, and with genuine pride.

Here we find adventures, explorers and trailblazers, those willing to leave the comfort of mass-consensus, who are self-reliant to step forth into unexplored territory, those who seek new land, new experience and a better way to live, those who are able to envision new horizons and who seek to discover new possibilities waiting to be realized.

Leo the Lion

Subra, marking the sidereal Cancer-Leo cusp, is the paw of the Lion impressed in the desert sand. Subra is of prints, tracks, plans, codices and ancient maps—clues to hidden trails and paths obscured by the sands of time. Subra indicates a discovery process is at hand, one leading to the secret chambers, entryways, even to liftoff sites of the gods—places hidden from ordinary view. Simply, Subra asks that we dig, explore, uncover, and find a new way to navigate the passage that leads to living from the integrity and passion of out hearts, that which Regulus, the essence of the Lion, embodies.

Pyxis, a sub-constellation of the Argo, means the compass, but more so articulates the Crow's Nest on the mast of the Argo. The stellar qualities of Pyxis ask us to peer far beyond the common world to navigate through potential problems or obstacles upon our exploration. Pyxis inspires us to take an abode, place, vantage, or perspective from which we can see and find distant lands. Pyxis indicates a process, one that requires patience, foresight, and perceptual attentiveness. Although this often is a lonely process, it is one serving our greater evolutionary journey, and as well, the journeys of our colleagues and companions. Pyxis impels little interest in superfluous pursuits of the common world. It instead impels one to seek new ground, to look forward and gaze ahead through time, to see through the present limitations into the distance for what can yet become.

In the very southern heavens is the constellation Pictoris, the Painter's Easel. Alpha Pictoris articulates a picture or scenario emerging from the æthers. This is a picture assembling itself as we break trail in our discovery process. Alpha Pictoris asks us to see the pathway or entryway emerging out of the mist covering an abyss, in the rock of a mountain side, in the billowing clouds blown by the wind, in the leaves fallen upon the ground, or simply in our mind's inner eye. Alpha Pictoris asks us to creatively assemble the signs, to read the message, to see the coalescing spirit substance yet to become, to elicit a new picture, a new life experience, from this substance.

Our First Quarter Moon's stimulus to action impels us to step forth with self-reliance and confidence within self to explore beyond the mundane comforts of current lives, beyond the beliefs and acceptance of mass-consensus. It impels to slay our inner fears and to elicit a new picture, a new reality emerging in our lives. It impels action to discover what is not yet seen, potential waiting to be realized.

Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square

Venus also conjoins retrograde Mercury on the First quarter Moon, inviting us to participate and communicate from an open heart, to trust intuition, and to be receptive to new experience.

The Moon conjoins Jupiter on May 15, now direct, square to retrograde Saturn, and in opposition to Neptune—activating the Jupiter-Saturn square, the Saturn-Neptune square and the Jupiter-Neptune opposition, discussed in detail in the article: Sociopolitical & Personal Explorations 2016-2020. The focus here in the Lunar activated T-square is retrograde Saturn, impelling us to relinquish antiquated concepts, constructs and ideologies in our lives and that no longer leave room for new growth and expansion in our lives and in our world.

The sustained Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square along with the Ceres-Pluto square and the Uranus-Eris conjunction can create strong geophysical resonances throughout this lunar cycle, especially later in the lunar cycle and into the next.

The Sun enters sidereal Taurus also on May 15, a solar month emphasizing stability and security in our social lives, home and family, impelling patience, endurance and a general appreciation of the physicality of life.

The Saturn bio-harmonic audio meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, May 15 through the remainder of this lunar cycle is an ideal time to work with the Saturn, Neptune and Jupiter audio meditations. See this Month's Lunar Calendar for exact aspect times; or the "Lunar Cycle Timing Chart" found under the "Resources" menu on the Planetary Bio-Harmonics web page.

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 May 17 in sidereal Virgo, opposite Ceres and aspecting the Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square. Conjoining are Vindemiatrix, Porrima and Auva of Virgo, and the stars of Corvus the Raven.

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

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

Our Gibbous Moon in the essence of this zodiakal area expresses through the higher mental capacities associated with the ability to for-sense future probabilities. This prophetic ability is with specific purpose, not only for communication, but action. This is much more than receiving simple impulses of premonition, but is about how our attentiveness and experience "extends" or reaches from the past, through the present, and into the future. This implies the ability to sense future events just around the corner. The purpose of such eves-dropping into the future provides advantage in how to take appropriate action in the present so that we can prepare and steer our course "to meet" future events to come that are already precipitating from the realm of probabilities, set in motion by our past actions and experience. Our Gibbous Moon impels us to be particularly attentive to messages expressing from the natural world around us.

The Moon conjoins Haumea opposite Uranus and Eris on May 18, the day after the Gibbous Moon.

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
& the New Mars Snodic Cycle

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 May 21 conjoining retrograde Mars in early sidereal Scorpio opposite the Sun and Vesta. The Sun makes its exact opposition to Mars on May 22 and its conjunction with Vesta on May 23. Mercury also completes its retrograde on May 22, engaging the new Mercury cycle.

The stars of this Full Moon also reveal the theme of the new Earth-Mars synodic cycle, which will fully engage when Mars returns direct on June 29 late in the following lunar cycle. Mars and Earth are also approaching their closest distance during their orbits, which occurs on May 30 at 0.5 AU. The Sun-Vesta conjunction marks the mid-point of vision and realization in the current Vesta synodic cycle.

Mars distance to Earth 2016

Mars distance to Earth 2016

This Mars approach creates an especially strong resonace with Earth's Schumann fundametal resonace, pointed out to me by my friend Shine Richards:

At 75.3 million Km = 75,300,000 Km. means a frequency of .003984 Hz. with velocity C.

Ninth octave up is 2.039 Hz. low Delta
Tenth octave up is 4.079 Hz. Low Theta
or Eleventh octave is 8.159 Hz for low Alpha

These are just multiple octave relationships. However, if one also looks at third harmonic relationships, which are the strongest we also see:

2.904 Hz, again mid Delta and 8.713 Hz. again Low Alpha.

Which says to me that this cycle of Mars places sweeping strong Alpha, Theta, Delta harmonic couplings to biologic lifeforms situated within the Van Allen, Schumann Resonant energy fields of the Earth.


The Mars-Full Moon conjoins Dschuba and Graffias of Scorpio; Yed of Ophiuchus and and the stars forming the left leg of Ophiuchus, Kornephorus and Kajam of Hercules; Gamma Lupus and Alpha Circini.

Ophiuchus stands over the Scorpion with his left foot upon the Scorpion's head, marked by the stars Dschuba (the Tree of Light / Life) and Graffias (Beta Scorpio), both of earlier Scorpio and the only part of Scorpion that crosses the ecliptic.

Dschuba impels a graduation in consciousness, moving from our repetitive patterns in life that perpetuate an experience of entrapment and a sense of victim consciousness (entrapped in the clutches of the Scorpion / scales of Libra), to taking personal responsibility for co-creating our reality and evolving out of the patterns of the past. Dschuba impels us to become responsible creators of our lives.

Yed, the hand of Ophiuchus, conjoins the Head of the Scorpion. Ophiuchus is a demonstrable exemplar of one who has attained self-mastery over the raw creative forces of life. Yed, the hand of death, does not refer to a dark sinister force out for our demise, but it does reveal that something must die—an entire modality of being, the personality-level egoic self-importance facade justifying our life experience as if we are victims of life so we can participate from the maturity of a soul-awakened being, responsible for our experience, our actions, and their results. Nearby Han, the left knee of Ophiuchus, and the stars forming the left leg of Ophiuchus, articulate the actualization of this transmutational process. They impel us to actively create a new stance in life based from this level of soul-awareness and self-mastery.

Full Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

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

In our stellar image, the Centaur, lying below Libra and the Scorpion, is slaying the wild beast (Thēríon, now the Latin Lupus) with conscious deliberation in preparation for a ceremony upon Ara, the sacrificial altar. This image articulates the conscious decision and demonstrable action to sacrifice lower-order bestial or hedonist self, the egoic part of self that fights to survive. The term sacrifice, as used here, means to give up a lower office for one higher, and in this case, for a higher stage of evolution. This is about slaying that which we at one time protected, egoic self, to gain a greater freedom, illumined self.

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

Our Full Moon brings our Aries lunar cycle to its culmination and defines the nature of our new Mars cycle, which continues through July 2018.

In essence, we are presented an opportunity to graduate into a new level of self-realization. In this process, we become aware that we create our experience and are responsible for the life scenarios in which we find ourselves. We shift from feeling helpless, even justifying why we are entrapped as if victims of life placing blame outside of self, into a greater maturity and wisdom. We learn to express mastery over the dualistic forces that were once entrapping, even destructive, living from our greater soul wisdom in unity consciousness (exemplified by Ophiuchus standing over the Scorpion). Here we are impelled to become fully self-aware and self-responsible, with the ability to use and direct the creative forces of life and define our own evolutionary destiny. This new Mars cycle impels us to responsibly and masterfully use our creative power in a leadership capacity to create our destiny rather than to fight in a survival mode mentality against the forces of life.

Geocentric Star Chart animation showing the 2016 Mars Retrograde. (You can pause the video and drag the progress bar to view any section of the video.)

The Sun-Vesta conjunction opposite the Mars Full Moon brings perspective to our Full Moon and the New Mars cycle. It marks the midpoint of the current Vesta synodic cycle, which began on September 29, 2015, presented in the September 13, 2015 Lunar Planner.

Biological implications

This Mars retrograde and new Mars cycle impel us to shift octaves in three interrelated biological areas, the thyroid, liver and root chakra. The thyroid, an iodine organ, provides our means to metabolize experience, rather than judging experience, which only builds calcified emotional patterns of resentment and anger. When refined, we express truth clearly and calmly without judgment. The thyroid is a part of the throat chakra. Our neck musculature is about appropriateness. Are we living a lie to protect or condemn others, or living truth and allowing others to live theirs? The thyroid is directly reflexed to the liver, which is an iron organ, as is our blood, the element of strength and stamina. Our liver is our source of action, will and power. How are we directing the expression of our willpower? Our root chakra connects us to Earth. It is fundamental to our impulse for survival. When ungrounded we are lost, acting awry, we wither and die. To ground self, invoke and bring souls golden light downward throughout the entire body to root chakra and into Earth, clearing away emotional blockages and their resultant mental and behavioral issues along the way. Mars retrograde provides an ideal time to purify our own blood rather than lashing out with vengeance to shed the blood of others (literally or metaphorically).

This retrograde Mars Full Moon conjoining the Head of the Scorpion, also occurring as Mercury stations, can be especially volatile. Pay attention!

The Mars bio-harmonic audio meditation

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

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 May 25 under the auspices of Lyra and Aquila in late sidereal Sag, just past retrograde Pluto and aspecting Ceres-Uranus-Eris and the Lunar Nodes. This along with the Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square can create strong geophysical resonances.

Conjoining stars include Sheliak and the Ring Nebula M75 of Lyra; and Zeta and Epsilon Aquila and the Neutron Star X-Ray Source SS433 in Aquila.

Lyra constellation

Lyra lies in the northern heavens, contributing significantly to the quality of late sidereal Sagittarius. It is home to Vega, Alpha Lyra, the Harp-Star. The stars of Lyra embody various facets of the artsciences of harmonics in light, sound, color, and geometry—particularly the wisdom of the artsciences. They are of lofty vision, creativity, and inspire all that is of multi-media, the arts, and higher education.

Lyra is the Lyre of Hermes, originally bestowed with the qualities to invoke and communicate the messages of the gods. As the harp of the angelic messengers, its tuning and voice not only impart beauty, beneficence, eloquence, and sensibility to the Zen Archer, but specifically translate divine information into vibration that supports transmutational healing and the spiritual awakening of consciousness.

Lyra, and prominent alignments with Lyra, often indicate involvement with the music of the spheres, that is, the use of natural astronomically and resonant harmonics for healing, illumination, and for greater evolutionary purpose. Prominent alignments and aspects to Lyra are often found in musicians, artists and those involved with art and sciences behind multi-media projects—those with intent to use those art-sciences for healing and the expansion of consciousness. Lyra embodies the wisdom of the application of natural harmonics in light and sound through time in geometric proportion—all working intelligently together.

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. Not only is this a dual star system, but due to the tilt of the stars’ orbital plane, from our view, the two stars eclipse each other. Sheliak is beautiful to view through a telescope, and is easy to spot with the naked eye being the most southwestern star in the small parallelogram that creates the body of the Lyre.

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

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

SS433 Visualization by Rob Hynes Binary Software Louisiana State University, USA

Conjoining Zeta Aquila is SS433, an exotic and dynamic binary star system 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 (shown in the illustration). 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.

Our Demonstrable Moon brings inspiration to participate from an embracing global perspective. It brings a sense of acceleration and inspires expression through the art-sciences or multi-media that serve to illumine, heal and elevate human consciousness and the human condition. It brings inspiration to become fully and harmoniously resonant to our spiritual truth, highest ideals and creative visions.

The Third Jupiter-Saturn Square

Jupiter makes its third and final geocentric square with Saturn on May 26, fully propelling us into the last quarter of the 20-year Jupiter-Saturn cycle, that began in June of 2000 and that completes in 2020, presented in the article: Sociopolitical & Personal Explorations 2016-2020.

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 May 29 under the urn of Aquarius, nesting between Pallas and Neptune.

Conjoining stars include Sadachbia, Seat, the White Jewels (Zeta 1 and Zeta 2), and Skat, all of Aquarius, and Baham of Pegasus.

Aquarius, the humanitarian waterbearer, nourishes the body of humanity. 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 nourishing flowing waters of the Waterbearer are intended.

Sadachbia, Gamma Aquarius, is the lucky star of hidden things and hiding places. Sadachbia along with Seat (Pi), Eta, and the White Jewels (Zeta1 and Zeta 2) of Aquarius form the Urn of Aquarius. Sadachbia is of serendipitous discovery, that is, being in the right place at the right time to discover, receive or bestow a physical gift of extreme value. It is a star of success in enterprises pursued. All of these stars impel an altruistic and humanitarian expression.

Skat, Delta Aquarius, star of the foundation, is of philanthropic foundations and organizations 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.

The stars of Pegasus, in general, are of strength and support, that which lifts humanity above the entrapping forces and scenarios common to a less than socially mature world. Enif, Baham and Homam are a group of fortuitous stars that lie over the Aquarian waterbearer, forming the head of Pegasus.

Pelican Nebula Ionization Front

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

Enif of Pegasus, the nose of the flying horse, brings intuitiveness and sensitivity to the humanitarian / Aquarian pursuit. Enif is characteristic of altruistic people, those with the intuitive awareness to recognize what is of essence, of value, and worthy of humanitarian support. It is often of people who are capable of providing material and financial support and who have the sensitivity to do so. Enif asks us to follow our intuition to do that which is truly supportive to the greater well being of those around us. Homam, Zeta Pegasus, is "lucky star of the hero," also "lucky star of the high-minded man." Enif, Homam, and Baham express the essence of the Pegasus theme in its wisdom. Enif and Baham, lying over the Urn of Aquarius, impel us to lift and elevate, to make possible that which otherwise would not be without such altruistic support. Homam and Baham inspire the inner drive to find a solution to our basic human needs. All of these stars are of achievement and success.

Also conjoining the Urn 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 Last Quarter Moon brings emphasis to altruism and humanitarian efforts to heal and evolve the human condition spiritually and physically. It brings emphasis to social justice. It is favorable for pursuits in philosophy and the art-sciences, and that have of an amorphous and watery character that support progressive movement, flow and change, those that tend to equalize and dissolve boundaries.

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 June 1 just across the cusp of sidereal Aries. It conjoins Uranus and Eris opposite Haumea just hours before. Conjoining stars include those forming the upright fish of Pisces, Beta Fornax and the Fornax Galaxy, and the Super Nova Remnant Cassiopeia-A.

Al Pherg, Eta Pisces, 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, to become more than we have been.

Fornax Spiral Galaxy NGC 1097

NGC 1097 Spiral Galaxy in Fornax Image credit: Spitzer Space Telescope: NASA/JPL-Caltech/The SINGS Team (SSC/Caltech)

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.

Although Eta Pisces is most often referred to as Al Pherg, the Babylonian Kullat Nunu precedes Al Pherg, but Kullat Nunu refers more to the chord than the star itself, articulating the inseparable evolutionary timestream uniting our past with our future to become. Eta is estimated to be about 26 times larger than our Sun, with a very mysterious and dim companion star.

South of the ecliptic lies Fornax the Furnace. 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.

The Andromeda Spiral Galaxy M31

The beautiful and nearly perfect shaped Andromeda Spiral Galaxy M31 is our largest nearby neighbor, a mer 2.5 million light yeas away. The disc spans about 260,00 light-years, compared to our own Milky Way Galaxy which spans about 100,000 light years.

Beta Fornax, the Fornax Sprial Galaxy and Al Pherg and the stars forming the upright fish impart a strong drive for achievement, to rise from the past, to become more than we have been or that our heritage has provided.

The Super Nova Remnant Cassiopeia-A embodies the over-theme of Cassiopeia, the soul of the queen. Cas-A creates the need to see opportunity for attainment (articulated by the beautiful and conjoining Andromeda Galaxy M31) rather than opposition impeding it, and to have the courage to do the inner work required to claim it. In typical Cassiopeian style however, this can express as an explosive temper tantrum of outrage or anger when feeling deprived or a victim of our position or environment in which we may find ourselves; or victim to other forces attempting to manipulate and control our freedom or birthright. However, this is ultimately due to not having dealt with our own emotional issues to start with. Cas-A offers a powerful opportunity for transformation if we are willing to surrender any bitter attitudes that we deserve something or some position, and to shift our focus from why we are being denied or deprived to appreciating that which we do have and the beauty that is. This acceptance is that which allows bestowal of the beneficence due our greater essence of being. Cas-A is the strongest radio source in the sky. The multi-spectral forces of Cas-A create a sub-conscious drive to seek attainment beyond the limits we currently experience, to birth into something new.

Giorgio Vasari. Perseus and Andromeda. 1570-1572 Oil on Slate

Giorgio Vasari. Perseus and Andromeda. 1570-1572 Oil on Slate. On display at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Some critics think this work to be cluttered by other people in the water, confusing the theme of the chained princess. I however think it not only depicts Andromeda's almost fatal entrapment, but also that of the astrological theme here, as indicated by many naïve people happily flocking around the chained princess in the Piscian waters, all unconscious of the danger of being devoured by submerged Cetus, the technobureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness.

The Andromeda Galaxy, M31, was first viewed as a nebulous cloud in the heavens, but with the advent of powerful telescopes, the galactic beauty became visible as our nearest galactic neighbor. This marked the time for humanity to see its own greater galactic potential, to realize we can become much more than what in the past was merely an obscure nebulous notion. Even more recently, we find that the beautiful Andromeda Galaxy, composed of hundreds of billions of stars, has two nuclei (centers of force) forming the heart of the galaxy, articulating the exquisite expression of life from the unified (Divine) spiraling Twin Flame masculine and feminine principles. Spiral type galaxies in general articulate the flow of spiritual and physical forces spiraling in evolutionary unfoldment. The Andromeda Galaxy exemplifies the ideal for humanity, the masculine and feminine polarities of life expressing in their full majesty and glory, spiraling together in beauty and perfection. Here lies our inspiration to visibly express and demonstrate our unification in its greatest potential and form, to become all that we can be.

Our Balsamic Moon brings emphasis to reach for greater personal attainment out from unconscious acquiescence in the slumber of mass consciousness, dominated by and subservient to the fear instilling tormenting forces of the technobureaucratic monster we have created, feed and bloat. It impels us to realize that we can become far more than we currently acquiesce to. Thus, the seed of this lunar month coalesces our lunar cycle.

The New Saturn Synodic Cycle

Following the Balsamic Moon is the Sun-Earth-Saturn alignment occurring on June 2, which initiates the new 378-day Saturn synodic cycle. The synod occurs in sidereal Scorpion and in the constellation of Ophiuchus. Influencing stars include Ras Algethi and Sarin of Hercules; Restaban of Draco; and the Gobular Cluster of M10 Opiuchus. Also conjoining is The Great Attractor, which lies south of the ecliptic along the galactic plane. It, Rastaban and M10 are the primary conjoining entries.


In the shadow of Saturn, unexpected wonders appear. The Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn drifted in the giant planet's shadow for about 12 hours in 2006 and looked back toward the eclipsed Sun. Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA


Saturn is of structure, form and time. Saturn’s force tends to solidify and concretize, to halt that which is moving. Saturn is slow and methodical. It imparts a need to be responsible, accountable, dependable and stable. Saturn also forces us to confront our fears and address our karmic issues.

Saturn, in its clear and evolved expression, impels us to create a solid foundation and stability in our lives. It brings the capacity for concentration and moderation and the ability to apply past principles and knowledge constructively. Saturn instills confidence in one’s knowledge; and honors family and soul heritage. More about Saturn and Saturn's cycles.

Hercules stands upside down in the northern Heavens, north above Ophiuchus, with his feet (foundation) in the realm of the gods (the celestial dome), and with his head and hands at work in the realm of humankind, aiding those in the incarnate world struggling to claim their freedom from perpetuated mortal entrapment.

Ras Algethi is the lucida (brightest star) of this constellation and marks the head of Hercules. Ras Algethi embodies the wisdom of Hercules (derived partly from his heavenly heritage and partly from his challenging Earthian experience) and contributes significantly to the Ophiuchus / Scorpio theme. Hercules is one seeded from another realm but who is intimately aware of the human dilemma, the struggle and its cause (the alchemical amalgamation of those from the heavens with those of the Earth). His beauty and intelligence he gains from Alcmene his mother and his wisdom of evolutionary matters along with his shrewd sagacity he gains from Zeus is father. The motivation behind his undaunted and bold actions expresses from experiencing the human struggle and knowing the heavenly freedom possible. His presence upon the incarnational plane is of a service capacity, a mission of evolutionary proportion—to ensure our evolutionary freedom both personally and for all souls on Earth.

Also conjoining is Sarin, the left shoulder of Hercules. Similar to Kornephoros, Sarin imparts a sense of strength and responsibility, in this case to aid others by helping to open the way for them to move forward when they cannot on their own accord. These stars also impart a relentless inner drive to impel others to claim their self-mastery and freedom from the dominion of others, and to awaken from acquiescing to false beliefs placed upon them. A lesson common here is to learn that you cannot help those who do not wish to help themselves, and that it is though helping others that we help ourselves—often a paradox for those with alignments here.

Further North is the head of the Dragon. Restaban (Beta) and Etamin (Gamma) of Draco create the eyes of the Dragon, although shown on the head in the side profile of modern illustrations. Draco is the constellation that encircles and guards the northern pole of our ecliptic. Both stars are of a high administrative order overseeing the initiations of the incarnate soul. They lie north of and express through Hercules and Ophiuchus.

Restaban expresses between the Head of Hercules (Ras Algethi) and the Heart of the Scorpion (Antares) into sidereal Scorpio, also conjoining the left shoulder of Ophiuchus (Kappa) and Tau Scorpio. Etamin expresses just into sidereal Sagittarius and oversees the heart center of our Galaxy (Galactic Center). Classically both stars are considered malefic. However, I suggest this is a function of one’s resonance and intent. Dragon despises human’s destructive tendencies, besides, not everyone can befriend a dragon.

Restaban opens portals and pathways in the physical world for those who have truly embraced and mastered their initiations in life, who have aligned with the path of soul rather than the convenient path of personality—as our Hercules exemplifies—opportunities that are otherwise blocked to those who have not claimed their self-mastery and demonstrated their self-responsibility in applying that mastery in a service capacity to others.

A Supercluster of galaxies called The Great Attractor (GA) lies between the ecliptical longitudes of Restaban of Draco and Ras Algethi of Hercules, but lies along the galactic plane, about 29° south of the ecliptic, conjoining the Saturn synod within a degree. The Great Attractor complements the nature of Ras Algethi of Hercules, Restaban of Draco and the Heart of Ophiuchus.

The GA is near the direction in space that our local group of galaxies is seemingly being pulled. The GA has been known about since the mid-80s. Since then however, and due to deeper-looking survey instruments, the Shapley Supercluster (SSC) of galaxies was found beyond the GA, a far greater attractive mass, which is a group of about 17 galactic clusters. The Great Attractor was thus revealed to have about one tenth the mass originally attributed to it. The Shapley Supercluster is the most massive structure (so far found) topping the list of about 220 known superclusters. So it is more like our local group of galaxies is being pulled past the GA toward the Shapley Supercluster. Although the SSC is behind the GA, the SSC, as viewed from our solar system, falls into early sidereal Libra, a different zodiakal longitude than the GA, which falls into sidereal Scorpio. Both are astrologically significant of course.

Astrologically, the Great Attractor pulls us toward a new way of being, past our limiting human mold, opening the way to a greater super-consciousness, to greater possibilities of being. It provides a unique perspective from outside our galactic space of what is not commonly seen. Significant alignments with it can impel an ability to travel in a space-time warp with the capacity to see behind or through the apparent solidified realm of matter. From a personality perspective, one with significant GA alignments might seem to be coming and going at the same time. It produces a mysteriously seductive and magnetic character (fitting to sidereal Scorpio/Ophiuchus), luring us into the future.

This is the first Earth-Saturn synod occurring as we enter the last quarter of the Jupiter-Saturn 20-year cycle. As we enter the last quarter of Jupiter-Saturn cycle, we come to realize that the existing sociopolitical structures we have created no long serve but now restrict the movement and expansion of consciousness Jupiter impels, thus arousing the need to begin to change those structures and their imposing limitations.

This first Earth-Saturn cycle (like the first Earth-Jupiter cycle) occurring in the last quarter of 20-year Jupiter-Saturn cycle augments how the energetic of the Jupiter-Saturn square expresses on Earth. This cycle impels us to begin to change sociopolitical structures in ways that support the freedom and self-empowerment of the people, sociopolitical systems that are in service to rather than those that dominate and control. It also impels us to change the constructs of our personal lives that serve our greater freedom and wellbeing, and that of others. The future beckons.

Our next New Moon occurs on June 4 conjoining Venus in Taurus, and the stars of enterprising Orion. The New Moon also opposes Saturn and squares Jupiter (and fiery Mizar) and the Lunar Nodes—all forming a potent Grand Square. More to come then.

Note: An especially potent energetic occurs from June 2 through June 7, starting with the Saturn synod (Sun opp Saturn) through the Crescent Moon of June 8, which is also when Uranus makes is first exact conjunction with Eris. See Uranus-Eris.

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