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Astronomical Myth is a "picture language," imagery that articulates the qualities of cosmic intelligence expressing throughout the greater heavens and through our lives. We are not separate from the greater heavens, from the stars and planets around us, or from our beloved Earth, but are intimate parts of this dynamic, continually unfolding heavenly symphony. This entirety is our cosmic consciousness, the totality of our being. To explore the greater heavens and the heavenly cycles is to explore that which we are—our embracing consciousness and our spiritual evolution.
The 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).
Synodic Cycles are created when two (or more) planets align in their orbits around the Sun. The synodic cycle theme, defined by the planets involved and the star alignments at the time, will unfold until the two planets align again, marking the completion of the synodic cycle and the beginning of the next one.
There are many synodic cycles with unique astrological themes occurring simultaneously, creating a harmonic symphony of creative unfoldment in consciousness. Synodic cycles can be thought of as longer-term underlying currents, much like the backdrop chorus of a symphony, providing the underlying astrological context guiding our evolution as a collective.
This July 4, 2016 New Moon lies amongst the stars of the Gemini Twins. Conjoining stars include Alzirr of the foot of Pollux, and from the southern heavens, the very prominent stars Sirius of Canis Major and Canopus of Argo Navis.
The stars of the Twins are of high intensity intellectual communication, information, commerce, goods and services, and of their exchange. The Twins are of partnerships in mutual cooperation, linking and uniting efforts through their daily affairs in the world. The Twins work hand-in-hand for the betterment and evolutionary fulfillment of humankind. Alzirr, the right foot of Pollux, impels adventurous pro-active diplomatic initiative in relations, those personal and those international.
Sirius, Alpha Canis Major, is the impetuous and blazing Great World Teacher and 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 the 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 international relations, commerce or through high intensity intellectual communication. Sirius also inspires a quest for liberty and human rights.
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.
New Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
Subtract 0° 16' for the Galactic Ayanamsa
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 exalted vision held for 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.
Our New Moon and this lunar cycle bring emphasis 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 course, but to direct the course of our world, without dictating the behavior for others, but through demonstrable action—to walk our talk.
Mercury and the Sun conjoin with Mercury on the far side of the Sun on July 6. Hours later the Sun, Earth and Pluto align, creating the Earth-Pluto synod and initiating the new annual Pluto synodic cycle occurring hours before the Crescent Moon. Thus, the overall alignment is Mercury-Sun-Earth-Pluto.
The superior conjunction of Mercury marks the mid-point in the current Mercury cycle, which began with the Mercury Transit, presented in the May 6, 2016 Lunar Planner. The superior conjunction is analogous to the Full Moon in a lunar cycle. The time from Mercury's western elongation, occurring just after Mercury completed its retrograde, to the superior conjunction, was the second quarter of the Mercury cycle. It is a time when mind is more impulsive and focused on external events in the world. The superior conjunction is the climax of this quarter, a time of heightened realization regarding the meaning of the original synodic theme in our lives. As we move into the third quarter, from the superior conjunction to the eastern elongation, occurring just before the next Mercury retrograde, mental processes tend to be more pragmatic, deliberate and reflective upon past experiences occurring in the second quarter. (See the work of Dane Rudhyar.)
The Mercury-Pluto opposition part of this planetary alignment also marks the midpoint in the current Mercury-Pluto cycle. At the same time, the Sun-Earth-Pluto alignment initiates the new Earth-Pluto cycle. All of this brings emphasis to issues about the use of power, specifically motive and intent behind such. Is motive driving communication based on power perceived as something outside of self to acquire, as in being in positions of power and authority, the acquisition on money and influence used for control and dominance, and/or acquiescing to such dominance, or is motive based upon power perceived as something within self, seeking self-empowerment to live in a more healthy sustainable modality of being, with an ability to help empower others? These are some issues we might look at underlying events in world, especially in the sociopolitical arenas and in international affairs. Mercury and Pluto resonate qiute well together.
Pluto is a freeing and opening force; a pattern disrupter and deprogrammer. Pluto is independent, individualistic, and autonomous; an extremist, isolationist and loner; a revolutionist, and is non-accepting of limiting conditions. For a younger immature soul, Pluto can express as a controlling arbiter, ultimately making one face their own controlling issues. For a more mature soul, Pluto can be a valuable ally when worked with consciously, freeing one from antiquated behavioral patterns and teaching one to claim the power within self. Until realized, power is seen as something outside of self, something to amass through control and dominance. In this case, Pluto brings attention to our attitude and the issues we hold about authoritarian control and use of power, how we attempt to control and how we respond to such control. For an older soul, the power realized within can then be applied in the world to effect positive change for the greater collective. Pluto demands that we take responsibility for our entrapments in life and deal with the longer-term ramifications of our actions and life scenarios—and our karmic responsibility, extending beyond a mere lifetime. Pluto demands that we address how we co-participate and cooperate with humankind.
Pluto's natal chart placement can indicate where we need to let go or surrender programmed patterns from early childhood and from previous incarnations. Pluto can bring up fears associated with survival, death and transformation; the fear to be alone, to let go, to release or to let die. It reveals where and how we learn to claim our own power, and once claimed, where and how we can apply our personal power most effectively and constructively.
The Pluto synods, currently occurring amongst the stars of Sagittarius, progress annually by about 2°, thus the synodic theme changes slightly from one synod to the next. Pluto is approaching its South Node (where Pluto's orbital plane crosses Earth's orbital plane). Pluto's influence on Earth increases as it approaches its node, which occurs in October of 2018, as we also approach the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto alignment in 2020.
This synod conjoins Arkab, Alrami and Albaldah of Sagittarius. Also of influence are Vega of Lyra, and Alya, the tail of the Serpent held by Ophiuchus.
Sagittarius is the Spiritual Warrior. On a personal level, Sagittarius inspires demonstrable action to live our deeper inner truths, to express that truth through an undaunted Zen focus to hit our target, to achieve our highest ideals and dreams. The Sagittarian Archer is self-taught, of spiritual wisdom gained through raw experience. Sagittarius is the sanguine inspirationalist, of lofty vision and higher ideals.
Alrami (Alpha) and Arkab (Beta) embody the foundation and essence of the Zen Archer. Arkab, on the calf muscle of leg, inspires action on our greater spiritual truth, a truth upheld and fought for by the Zen Archer. Arkab supports us to energetically take action upon the myriad of opportunities leading to the fulfillment of our souls. Alrami, the knee of the archer, indicates the spiritual transmutation made possible by such demonstrable action; the ability to fearlessly embrace transformation—to let an old self die and a new to emerge.
Albaldah, the “bright one” on the back of the head articulates the wisdom of the Zen Archer. Albaldah conjoins Alrami and Arkab, and also expresses through Nunki. Albaldah (along with Alrami, Arkab and northern Vega) impels us to bring forth a new ideal of awareness of self as a creative force in the world. Albaldah inspires us to make intentional choices from this higher realm of self that is already full and radiantly expressive to bring about change in our daily lives, rather than from a place of lack, from what we are not or do not have. Choosing action based from the fullness of higher self, soul level self, is to create that which is for our highest good and the expression of our greatest potential, as this level of self already knows what we need for our fulfillment in life. Pluto conjoins Albaldah exactly, within a tiny fraction of a degree both in ecliptical longitude and latitude.
The stars of Lyra lie in the northern heavens over late sidereal Sagittarius. Lyra contributes significantly to formulate the lofty ideals the Zen Archer pursues. Alignments with the stars of Lyra inspire multi-dimensional vision, artistic creativity, and involvement with the artsciences applied through multi-media, the healing arts, and higher education, especially supporting the expansion of consciousness.
The stars of Lyra, harp of the angels, lie in the northern heavens, north of Aquila and express through late sidereal Sagittarius. Lyra contributes significantly to formulate the lofty ideals the Zen Archer pursues.
The lyre was invented by Hermes, son of Zeus and Maia. Hermes also gave the Golden Fleece to Nephele and received the art of divination and a golden wand from his half brother Apollo, who was born of Zeus and Leto, also twin of Artemis. Hermes, shown as the winged-footed traveler, was herald of the gods; a patron of orators, literature, athletics, good fortune, and fertility.
The lyre was originally bestowed with the qualities to invoke and communicate the messages of the gods. As the harp of the angelic messengers, its tuning and voice translates divine information into vibration that supports healing and the illumination of consciousness.
Hermes passed the lyre onto his half brother Apollo. Generally shown playing the lyre, Apollo was the ideal of male beauty, bringing the beneficence of eloquence and sensibility to humankind. Apollo, was god of medicine, music, poetry, and archery, caregiver for the flocks and herds. Shrines to Apollo can be found on the island of Delos.
Apollo was father of Asklepios, who is also Ophiuchus, knowledge holder of advanced healing processes and ascension directives beyond the cycle of life and death. Of radiant authority, and as the most prominent healer of antiquity, Asklepios was able to bring the deceased to life and restore health. His symbol is that of two snakes entwined around his staff. The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidauros (where he was born) was the most celebrated healing center of the ancient world, sacred to the Asklepieion, the followers (cult) of Asklepios.
Apollo in turn passed the lyre onto Orpheus, musician of the Argonauts. Orpheus' fate was not so fortunate, being shredded to pieces by the woman of the Dionysiac orgy when the harp was misused to woo—a message to those that use artsciences for healing while covertly manipulating their subjects for unethical reasons. Prior to his end, Orpheus used the lyre to charm Hyades in the release of his wife Eurydice, but blundering with this one's fate too.
Vega, the harp star, embodies the essence of angelic Lyre; the spiritual and visionary art of the angels, or angles—meaning the harmonics of light, sound, and geometry applied in sacred proportion through which Divine Intelligence communicates. Fortuitous Vega inspires a multiplicity of possibilities for fulfillment, especially related to paths pursued in the art-sciences applied for healing and personal evolution.
Pluto's conjunction with Arkab, Alrami and Albaldah reveals the core truth in one's own consciousness by destructing self-originating illusions, thus allowing one to establish a new zen stance and level of vision required to manifest one's deeper soul aspirations. Pluto's placement amongst these stellar energetics impels us to bring forth a new ideal of awareness of self as the creative force in the world, recognizing power is something within to realize and express in the world. Pluto relentlessly strips away behavioral patterns that keep us from living true to that which we are and have come here on Earth to be. It impels us to intentionally act from this higher realm of self to manifest soul-awareness in our lives and a unified consciousness in the world. Pluto's cycles occurring in this stellar energetic support all types of healing work that facilitate self-empowerment, especially though multi-media and associated art-technologies. This is an undercurrent expressing in this lunar cycle and will also be a part of the pre-Full Moon energetic.
For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, the pre-New Moon through Pluto's synod is an ideal time to work with the Mercury and Pluto audio meditations. See this Month's Lunar Calendar for exact aspect times; or the "Lunar Cycle Timing Chart" found under the "Resources" menu on the Planetary Bio-Harmonics web page.
The 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 July 7 (July 8 UT) in Leo conjoining Regulus. The Mercury-Sun-Earth-Pluto alignment influences the Crescent Moon, thus bringing attention to issues about control and the use of power .
This computer model shows Regulus (left) and the Sun as they would appear side by side. Here, Regulus is tilted so that its axis, denoted by the dotted line, is near horizontal. Credit: CHARA/GSU/H.McAllister
Regulus, Alpha Leo, is "Chief or King of the Four Royal Stars" (Regulus Fomalhaut, Aldebaran, and Antares). Throughout antiquity Regulus was associated with royalty and kings (the colors royal blue and gold).
Copernicus named Alpha Leo Regulus, which is Latin for "prince" or "little king." The Babylonians knew it as the "Lion's Heart" and as the "Kingly Star." It was known to the earlier Akkadians of Mesopotamia as the "King of the Celestial Sphere," who ruled before the Great Flood (Jim Kaler). Its name is also given as "The Regulus" or "The Rex," meaning the "Law Giver." Regulus is considered the governing king of the four royals for several reasons. It lies almost exactly upon the ecliptic, thus, once a year around Aug 22-23, during Earth's orbit around the Sun, the Sun occults Regulus. Residing at 5° sidereal Leo, Regulus is the only one of the four royal stars prominently aspecting the fixed axis of Earth's Precessional Cross (the Gate of God at 5° Sag and the Gate of Man at 5° Gemini), both in longitude and in latitude. The Rex is therefore a foundational star insuring integrity and order.
On the personal level, Regulus is about our inner "vertical integrity," that is, living true to self, openly on the world stage. This means walking in confidence and with self-respect, aligned with the truth in our hearts, in thought, word, and deed. Our personal integrity, our inner vertical attunement, must precede any horizontal, humanitarian participation in the world (Leo's opposite Aquarian pole). Without this inner integrity we become self-sacrificing, entrapped in a sympathetic resonance of dance, giving self away at the cost of our hearts' truth. This perpetuates discord and dysfunction for self and for others because we are simply living a lie. Only by living from our personal integrity and true to heart do we provide opportunity for others to also stand in their integrity and live their truth. On the other side of coin, without the maturity of acknowledging the Aquarian polarity, we can become ego-driven, where it is all about “I” without caring or concern for others.
Regulus is of prominence, eminence, nobility, royalty, pride, courage, pioneering pursuits, self-reliance, independence, and influential leadership. Regulus impels the desire to create order and a dynamic pursuit to win, to be on top. Significant alignments with Regulus often indicate those with a prominent role in the global arena or who are in the limelight upon stage. Regulus motivates self-authority and self-expression motivated from the passion of the heart.
Conjoining Regulus is the Seyfert Galaxy NGC 3227 of Leo, which lies next to Algieba, the mane of the Lion, and expresses the power and wisdom of the Lion—from the passion of an integrated head and heart. This Seyfert produce a dynamic and outgoing expression, common to those prominently on stage and of people who demonstrably live their passion.
Our Crescent Moon brings emphasis to the integrity within self as a prerequisite for our expression in the world. It impels meritorious conduct and to have a sense of responsibility for the effects of the expression of our selfhood in the world, especially for those in prestigious positions. It inspires self-expression, not from self-centered ulterior motive for personal advantage, but from an honest expression of who we truly are, to realize our expression influences the evolutionary course for others. It also invites us to not be naïve by accepting things from their surface appearance alone, to realize there is motive and much more going on behind the scenes to create any appearance.
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 July 11 in late sidereal Virgo conjoining the Dwarf Planet Haumea.
First Quarter Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
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), plus eight other confirmed family members.
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.
The Moon and Haumea conjoin Seginus and Muphrid of Bootes, and Eta Carina of Argo Navis.
The latter half of sidereal Virgo can be thought of as the womb of the Virgin, holding a gestational and incubational quality for a new birth to emerge. It brings significant emphasis to the energetics of our environmental resonance in all areas of life, biologically and ecologically. It is of our personal attunement to nature and the natural forces of life, and it impels a highly energetic and intelligent creative expression—a potential about to explode into a new life.
Seginus, the left shoulder of Boötes, the Virgin’s consort and protector, is of strength and responsibility. It along with the stars forming the upraised arm and hand, Gamma, Theta, Iota and Kappa, impel rebellious stance against manipulative or meddling totalitarian authorities attempting to interfere with the healthy birth and expression of soul consciousness on Earth. Seginus conjoins Muphrid, the left foot of Boötes, which impels confident non-hesitant action to provide personal and intimate support by making possible and ensuring proper energetic environments are created so that souls have the opportunity to birth, evolve and express in their highest potential and achieve evolutionary fulfillment.
Lying between Muphrid and Seginus (in ecliptical latitude) is the seyfert galaxy NGC 5548. This seyfert express as an intensely focused purpose and it imparts a dynamic action-oriented drive serving this purpose. It impels us to be confident on our inner convictions undaunted by external affairs of the human world. It provides an explosive power to overcome obstacles we may encounter and to ensure our safe passage and new birth.
Muphrid and Seginus lie over the lower spinal sacrum (sanctum) of the Virgin and the Virgin's womb, conjoining Theta Virgo—protecting the Virgin's principles, its purity, and that of gestation, birth, and life itself.
Eta Carinae of Argo Navis
Image Credit: Chandra X-Ray Observatory / Harvard
NASA/HST - J. Morse/K. Davidson
Eta Carinae enters the ecliptic in late sidereal Virgo and due to its massive and extremely active nature, it significantly and prominently influences the latter part of Virgo; the womb (inner sanctum) of the Virgin, and the themes of Spica and Archturus and of Muphrid and Seginus; and the Virgo-Libra cusp.
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, Lord of the Waves, the Akkadian Ea (Ia), the Sumerian Enki, chief god and founder of the city Eridhu (Eridu1) (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 transitions. Eta is also associated with the Sirian amphibious fish-man "Oannes," (the priest/sage of Ea in the temple of Eridhu) who taught the Chaldaeans both esoteric science and that which would civilize/humanize their lives; e.g., how to build cities and temples, understanding geometrical principles, creating civilized laws, and agricultural sustenance. (Robert Temple, "The Sirius Mystery") Eta embodies the esoteric Gnostic wisdom behind what to most is merely the mystery of life or unfathomable acts of God. Mythically, "Oannes is the emblem of priestly, esoteric wisdom; he comes out from the sea, because the 'great deep', the water, typifies the secret doctrine.2" (Blavatsky, "Isis Unveiled")
1) Archeologists suspect the Mesopotamian city of Eridu was occupied between about 5000 and 2000 BCE (currently called Tell Abu Shahrain). Eridu is 7miles south of the ruins of the ancient city of Ur (near Nasiriyah in Iraq). Nasiriyah is on the Euphrates about 225 miles (370 km) southeast of Baghdad. According to Sumerian scribes, Eridu was the oldest city in the world, where “kingship first came from heaven” (referring to Enki).
2) The Secret Doctrine, originally published as 2 volumes in 1888, is Madame Blavatsky's magnum opus. It covers the creation of the universe, the evolution of humankind, and the primordial tradition underlying the various religions, mythologies and philosophies of the world...."
Due to Eta’s strong X-ray spectrum and galactic equatorial orientation, it expresses significantly at the soul level—stimulating an awakening on Earth to our greater purpose as sentient souls responsible for Earth's safe evolutionary outcome. As a part of Argo Navis and the Argo's keel, Eta is of navigational matters regarding the evolution of the entire soul collective on Earth.
Eta Carinae's impending Super Nova explosion, 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 inner bio-logical environment that is capable of a higher expression of consciousness as well as one that can support such a birth through the corporeal form.
Our Haumea First Quarter Moon's stimulus to action impels us to reinvent how we participate in life and our expression in life in attunement with the natural world and with our environment. Are we living in astute attentiveness to the natural world and acting upon the messages expressing through the world to mobilize change in our lives and in our world? This attunement is essential to know how to support and facilitate a new birth in consciousness and a new world paradigm. Participating as if things are going to continue in the same way can result in wasted efforts that leave us evolving lives based upon infrastructures that may no longer exist in the near future. It brings us to examine if that which we are doing is merely acquiescing to a modality of life dependant upon an antiquated system for our survival, or are we creating a new system that supports sustainability for all life and one that will lead to a healthy, prosperous and enlightened human race.
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 July 15 (July 16 UT) in mid-sidereal Scorpio conjoining retrograde Saturn and Antares of Scorpio, a pre-trigger to the upcoming revolutionary Mars-Saturn-Antares conjunction, which occurs in August.
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.
A more in-depth exploration of Saturn and Antares is presented in the recent article "Mars Retrograde and the Mars-Saturn conjunction with Antares.
Our Saturn Gibbous Moon creates somewhat of a somber energetic but also one that may feel quite intense. It brings our attention to sociopolitical structures and the structures of our lives, particularly those we may need to change or redefine, as well as our responsibility to do so. Saturn recently began a new cycle, presented in the May 6, 2016 Lunar Planner. It can add additional context to Saturn's call.
For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, the 24 hours leading into the Gibbous Moon is an ideal time to work with the Saturn audio meditation. See this Month's Lunar Calendar for exact aspect times; or the "Lunar Cycle Timing Chart" found under the "Resources" menu on the Planetary Bio-Harmonics web page.
The Sun enters sidereal Cancer on July 17.
Eris begins her retrograde on July 19, with Eris and Uranus creating T-square to the pre-Full Moon, which can bring the unexpected or bring impetus to create radical change. Uranus begins its retrograde just before the Balsamic Moon, on July 29. The two made their first conjunction early in the previous lunar cycle along with Ceres. They make their second conjunction, as the two are retrograde, in late September, and their third in March of 2017 (with Ceres and Mars), presented in the article "New Frontiers in Consciousness 2016-2017 Uranus-Eris opposite Haumea."
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.
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.
Full Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
Subtract 0° 16' for the Galactic Ayanamsa
The Full Moon occurs on July 19 just into sidereal Capricorn. Conjoining stars include Alpha and Beta Indus. Also influencing are two Pulsars in Vulpecula; and the Planetary Nebula NGC 6818 and Irregular Galaxy Dwarf NGC 6822.
Cuspal Sagittarius-Capricorn is the point in the zodiak where we move from the high vision and spiritual inspiration of Sagittarius and Lyra, and concretize that vision into practical application in the physical world. Here we find support to manifest our ideals (provided by Eta Mensa of the Table Mountain on the cusp), but we are also faced with the distortions and challenges inherent to the material world as we are inspired to do so (created by the nebulosity of planetary nebula NGC 6818 and the irregular galaxy dwarf NGC 6822 which lie in first couple degrees of Capricorn). This also imparts a sense of aesthetic appreciation for physical form and impels artful and beautiful expression, both in nature and in people; but it also articulates the cunning motive that can be hidden within such eloquent beauty. It also involves areas of all esoteric sciences, as well as the secret places and orders associated with those artsciences, places of personal retreat, seclusion, hermitages, places strategic and conducive to manifesting our visions. Here we find inspiration and support to identify and move into such places as well, those conducive to manifest our visions and strategies.
Friend and siderealist Andrés Takra adds: "the first few degrees of Capricorn are also of magic, hermetism, esoterism, and religion." Here is where the pure spiritual essence and principles common to sidereal Sagittarius can get converted into monotonous or lost into empty dogmatic doctrine—just something to be aware of.
One of our closest neighbors, the prototypical young irregular shaped galaxy NGC-6822 is a giant star factory, like a giant campfire producing a myriad of sparks / stars. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope's resolution and ultraviolet sensitivity reveals a dense knot of dozens of ultra-hot stars nestled in the nebula, each glowing 100,000 times brighter than our Sun. Image Credit: NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Indus, classically the desert Persian, is the native indigenous person, much like the Native American, the Aboriginal, Desert Arab, Hawaian Kahuna, or the Mountain Shaman—sometimes ornately dressed or adorned, and sometimes totally inconspicuous and unassuming. Indus articulates the steward of a special place, a keeper of secret knowledge and sacred ways. This is the world of the shamanistic, the ceremonial, and passionate, of all that is indigenous. It can even be of fanaticism and obsession. Although seemingly driven from personal motive and privacy, it is often of those with a broad global vision and special interest. Either way, surface appearances, cloaks and facades often shroud who is who in an aura of mystery. Indus has a deep respect for the land, for life, and is intimately sensitive to a place's power and purpose.
Vulpecula cum Ansere (the fox with the goose), articulates a beautiful, artful, cunning and scheming quality, and also articulates being caught by seduction or coercion. Conjoining are the Vulpecula Pulsars 1929 and 1929+10; and Pulsar JP 1933+16 on the border of Aquila and Sagitta. Pulsars are navigational beacons for the soul. Pulsars are neutron (collapsed) stars emitting electrically neutral subatomic particles at consistently dependable pulsating intervals. They are usually found along the galactic equatorial plane. Although a star, they provide an ever-present message. This message is received directly into our neurology transcending verbal language. Without conscious attention to the purpose of these impulses, pulsars can also impel blindly driven personality level patterns of behavior.
These pulsars impel us to apply our visions and ideals into our environment through palpable and demonstrable form. They also impel us to integrate the duality of the higher and the lower, the spiritual and physical, within self, and to demonstrably express that integration through our physical form—to walk our talk.
Our Full Moon brings our Gemini-Sirius-Canopus lunar cycle to its culmination. It imparts an impulse to apply our higher ideals and visions into our environment through palpable and demonstrable form. It also impels us to integrate our ideals within self, to demonstrably express that integration through our physical form—to walk our talk. It inspires us to appreciate the inherent beauty of nature and elegance in physical form. It brings attention to our living environments and our need to establish harmony between the structures in which we live, the land, and the locations at which we live. It may bring realization of a need to change the form of our expression in the world or to establish greater equipoise between the spiritual and material aspects of our lives. Our Full Moon beckons the question: Are we living in ways and in places that truly support who we truly are and that support us to actualize our ideals and the visions we wish to manifest in our lives?
The Sun conjoins Varuna on July 20, perhaps a good day to intuit Varuna's meaning in our lives and its astrological influence.
Varuna was recently discovered in 2000 at the foot of Castor in sidereal Gemini. As a recently discovered planet, its astrological influence is still exploratory. Varuna may impel a desire to return to natural law and to allow nature’s way to take its course. Varuna may support us to surrender the forced ways and laws of man that are not attuned to the natural flow of life. Varuna imparts a matter-of-fact sense of equality and order but based on cosmic and natural law not that imposed by man, and may demonstrate that which is unjust through public spectacle. Varuna may bring attention to ecological issues of life and impel us to take a stand for and to be heard regarding such issues. Mythological Varuna is pro-creative, an activist supportive of life; and is a protector of the people. More about Varuna.
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 July 23 in sidereal Aquarius just past the South Lunar Node and lying opposite the North Lunar Node and Jupiter. Conjoining stars include Achernar of Eridanus and Ankaa, Alpha Phoenix. Also influencing are Hydor of Aquarius, Alpha Hydrus, Delta Sculptor, Homam on Pegasus and Beta Horlogium. This is also the exalted zodiacal location for Neptune.
A good way to visualize this area of the zodiak is where a long winding river gushes into the ocean, or where a raging waterfall drops into a vast pool below. It has a mutable and amorphous character, which dissolves differences and boundaries into universality. It produces an eloquent, adventurous and independent quality.
Achernar marks the end of Eridanus, the river of life. Achernar is of fulfillment, completion, integration, and rewards from what has been gained from the long and winding journey in life (such as in the completion of a project, a leg of a journey, or of life itself). Achernar also supports engaging upon a yet a greater work beyond was already undertaken. Having paid our dues, it may support movement into a new level or greater flow of an existing venture.
Ankaa, Alpha Phoenix, is the lucida of the Thunderbird. Ankaa embodies the essence conveyed in the symbol of the phoenix rising from the ashes of the trials of the long and winding road in full illuminated glory. In another mythical imaging, Ankaa is the talisman upon the staff of the high priest-scientist Aaron, brother of Miriam and Moses. The Ankh / Ankaa is emblematic of a soul's journey, a mission begun long ago. It is Aaron’s amulet of power—having claimed the wisdom and fulfillment from the journey. Ankaa is also the emblem of Universal (Uranian) Love.
Beta Horologium brings attention to impending time and the fact that the river’s water does not pause as it enters the ocean, but accelerates and that it requires dynamic motion to make this expansive transition. Conjoining Delta Sculptor brings attention to the nature of our creative environment and resources required to express new levels of creativity, and also our need to open to and explore new resources to expand into new vistas of creative expression and life experience.
Our Demonstrable Moon imparts and impulse to expand and accelerate, perhaps to move onward from one phase in our lives into one that is more fulfilling and supportive of more prosperous future. There is a sense of impending time yet also optimism for nourishment and fulfillment. It provides inspiration to rise from the ashes of the past and to get on with it, to move into a greater flow or involvement in life.
For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, the 24 hours leading into the Disseminating Moon 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.
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 July 26 in sidereal Aries. The Moon conjoins Ceres opposite Juno, creating a T-square with the Sun in Cancer. Conjoining stars include Sharatan, Mesartim and Hamal of Aries; Caph of Cassiopeia; Alphirk od Cepheus; Alpha Fornax and the Fornax-A spiral galaxy; and Angetanar and adjoining Tau stars of Eridanus.
Last Quarter Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
Sharatan, Mesartim and Hamal of Aries form the head of the ram. Sharatan, the Beta star of the Ram, one of the horns, and Mesartim, the mouth of the ram, are portents of an applied force to change. They support new beginnings, adventure, transmutation and great rewards; but they are of opportunities that may quickly open and close, and thus require our immediate response to grasp them without hesitation when they occur. Sharatan provides a sign that it is a time to take action or to create change; but also provides a warning that headstrong pursuits driven from arrogant righteousness or adamant denial can perpetuate the human cry in the initiatory fires of life. Either way, these stars impel us to initiate personal action to take the lead in our individual lives.
Caph, the palm of Queen Cassiopeia’s hand, imparts a stern yet gentle and tender ability to be a true guiding and stabilizing force. Caph provides an in-between or holding place, and indicates the need for arbitration, meeting, and compromise in the midst of the heat of battle. A truce, honoring perhaps even un-resolvable differences, is required. Calm, composure, level-headedness, and emotional balance are required to come to this place between, and, the dramatic conflict we have been in is most always a necessary prerequisite. Caph expresses as a female authoritative force offering aid.
Alphirk imparts empathetic support in physical ways, but generally manifesting after a long arduous journey through the initiatory fires of life. Alphirk expresses as a male authoritative force offering aid. Caph and Alphirk express as a demonstrable force that lifts us from the struggles of life, or alters conditions in ways that otherwise would be impossible through one's sole effort alone.
NGC 1316 giant elliptical galaxy, one of the brightest ellipticals in the Fornax galaxy cluster: Image Credit: Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
South of the ecliptic lies Fornax, the Furnace that provides the transmutational fire while in the initiatory experiences along our journeys in life. Fornax provides the fire fueling 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.
Further south is Angetanar, the second of the three Tau stars of Eridanus (Tau1, Tau2, Tau3) marking the first reversal in direction along the initiatory River of Life, in the initiations of Aries. Angetanar and companions impel the need to delve deeper within self to gather one’s inner strength and physical endurance to continue through the next initiatory phase in life and to embody a deeper level of wisdom. Angetanar can also impel the need to reconsider one’s path or to create a drastic turn of direction in life, to see things from an opposite or alternative perspective.
Our Last Quarter Moon impels the need for assertive personal action to create change in our lives. However, a headstrong, forceful, arrogant or insistent demeanor can merely manifest as power struggles, especially amongst leaders or dominant type personalities. This energetic invites us to embrace our initiations in the fires of life, to not deny our struggles and human needs, and those of others. It invites us not to try to escape or force an outcome, but to have unconditional acceptance of our existing experience and benevolence and compassion to open the way for solution.
Uranus station occurs on July 29 hours before the Balsamic Moon, mentioned above with Eris.
For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, the few days leading into the Uranus station is an ideal time to work with the Uranus audio meditation. See this Month's Lunar Calendar for exact aspect times; or the "Lunar Cycle Timing Chart" found under the "Resources" menu on the Planetary Bio-Harmonics web page.
The 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.
Inside the Orion Nebula
Explanation: The Great Nebula in Orion, an immense, nearby starbirth region, is probably the most famous of all astronomical nebulas. Here, glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immense interstellar molecular cloud only 1500 light-years away. In the above deep image composite in assigned colors taken by the Hubble Space Telescope wisps and sheets of dust and gas are particularly evident. The Great Nebula in Orion can be found with the unaided eye near the easily identifiable belt of three stars in the popular constellation Orion. In addition to housing a bright open cluster of stars known as the Trapezium, the Orion Nebula contains many stellar nurseries. These nurseries contain much hydrogen gas, hot young stars, proplyds, and stellar jets spewing material at high speeds. Also known as M42, the Orion Nebula spans about 40 light years and is located in the same spiral arm of our Galaxy as the Sun. Image Credit: R. Villaverde, Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA
The Balsamic Moon occurs on July 30 in the Horns of the Bull. Conjoining stars include El Nath of Taurus, and Meissa, Mintaka and Alnilam of Orion.
The Horns of the Bull, marked by the stars El Nath and Al Hecka, the latter on the cusp of sidereal Taurus / Gemini, lie over the head and belt of Orion, and south of Auriga, the charioteer. The Horns of the Bull articulate the pursuit, struggle, and engagement in the physical world.
Al Hecka, Zeta Taurus, the south horn, is of stalemates, standoffs, and brick walls—fighting old and antiquated crusades—particularly of a religious-political nature—and blindly or automatically continuing the fight out of habitual pattern even though the original purpose behind what we were fighting for is long gone. Al Hecka can express as beating one’s head against the wall, a relentless and futile pursuit. Al Hecka brings attention to when the accomplishment pursued is of a time no longer applicable—the time to surrender the physical struggle and move onward into a field of mutual cooperation.
El Nath, Beta Taurus is the north horn the Bull and our primary Balsamic Moon star. El Nath motivates tenacious perseverance for accomplishment. It inspires the drive to achieve a breakthrough. El Nath is of a worthy pursuit for our future freedom.
Alignments with the Horns ask us to discern the difference between causes of worthy pursuit verses those driven from antiquated motive. They can produce either type of experience depending on the exactness of the alignments to one horn or the other, as well as a blend of both qualities—thus the need to discern whether tenacious perseverance is required or if is time to simply let the struggle go. This is the true bullhead few degrees of Taurus, which can produce one who is driven, insistent, contentious, even forceful—for either the North Horn or South Horn theme.
The pulsar NP 0525 conjoins the North Horn. Pulsars are navigational beacons for the soul, constant and dependable reminders. This pulsar (with a period of 3.745490800 seconds) cross-resonates with Earth's sidereal period harmonic (Earth's year) and Uranus' rotation harmonic, thus reminding us that the point here is to break from the conformity of the past through persistent action that radically alters our physical Earthian experience. Its period also translates to a green-turquoise color. This pulsar reminds us to maintain self-awareness and focus of purpose, and to take dynamic, spontaneous and unconventional action to achieve a breakthrough without falling into blind bull–minded action and allegiances that merely perpetuate a monotonous battle or that lead us to become mere followers in a collective crusade or slaves to our own righteous purposes.
South of the Bull's Horns resides Orion, the Hunter or Impious Wanderer; along with Messia, Lambda Orion, which marks his head, the belt stars of Orion; and Ensis, the Great Orion Nebula M42 along with Trapezium, a quadruple star nesting within Ensis. Orions are industrious and architectural, often of grandiose extravagant projects. They are also known for going off on their own crusades without consideration of Divine Directive—hence the name "impious wanderer," and are often willing to battle to the death for their causes. The stars of Orion in general impart a dynamic enterprising and entrepreneurial spirit.
Meissa, Saiph and the conjoining stars of this part of Orion, the Horns, and those or Auriga, impart a strong, self confident, dignified, reliant and responsive character. They can bring success through enterprises in business and commerce. Afflicted alignments can express as impiety, arrogance, inconsistency in action, hesitation, or indecision. Classically the stars of this area of Orion have a kingly attribute bringing wealth and significant civil or military honors.
Our Balsamic Moon brings emphasis to endurance and tenacity to preserver to achieve a breakthrough. It emphasizes enterprising pursuits, but also impels us to discern when to relinquish antiquated pursuits.
Our next New Moon occurs on August 2 in Cancer—the Egyptian Scarabaeus. More to come then.
This Month's Lunar Calendar links are below.
To learn how one lunar phase shifts and changes into the next, and to learn how to live in attunement to the lunar cycles, in the experiential empowerment doing so offers, download the Lunar Planner Introduction and each monthly Lunar Calendar, and use them daily (PDF file links below)—its all a gift.
We need not live in endless struggle, overwhelmed by the surface turbulence of our growth and awakening process. We can establish an inner peace instead, with life becoming a graceful dance when we attune ourselves to the natural spiral of growth that is guiding our lives. Living in attunement to the natural Lunar Cycles is an effective and empowering way to do this. Living in attunement to the natural astronomical cycles of life is living in faith and trust in the Divine Creative Intelligence expressing throughout our lives.
The Lunar Planner is an experiential tool teaching us how to live in attunement to the natural lunar cycles. Astronomical Sidereal Astrology and Star Lore reveal each lunar month's theme, and the planetary themes unfolding throughout the year. Each lunar month's theme weaves a continuing story line of the patterns of growth unfolding in our lives.
The Lunar Calendar reveals the dates and times of each lunar phase shift and their changing characteristics. Use this like a calendar or daily planner. The Lunar Calendar goes hand-in-hand with the introductory material. Use this daily to learn how to live attuned to the Lunar Cycles of Life.
Step by step instructions on how to use the Lunar Calendar with a detailed description of the changing lunar phases. This will teach you how to live in attunement to the Lunar Cycle. The Introduction goes hand-in-hand with the Lunar Calendar.
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