The Lunar Theme for the
April 26, 2017 New Moon


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).

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 about Synodic Cycles & Synodic Astrology.

An Introduction to Astronomical Astrology The 2017 Lunar Planner Writing Journal

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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 spontaneous 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.
First Sliver
Another time to realize the opportunity for growth this lunar cycle offers is when you can see the first sliver of the Moon at sunset in the western sky. Empty your mind while looking at the Moon and allow whatever thought or impulse to surface.

The New Moon

This April 26, 2017 New Moon conjoins Hamal, head of the Ram. North is Apin and the Quasar 3C48 of Triangulum, Phi (φ) on the leg of the entrapped Princess Andromeda, Caph and Schedar of Queen Cassiopeia, and Alphirk of King Cepheus. South is Delta (δ) Cetus and the Seyfert Galaxy, Cetus-A, on the neck of Cetus. Further south is the Fornax Galaxy Cluster.

The Ram, Aries

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 Aries articulate our journey through life. They impel self-initiated enthusiastic action for personal attainment. As we journey in pursuit for the Golden Fleece, the lessons we experience along the way ultimately awaken us from a self-consuming focus upon our personal desires to one of selfless creative leadership, to what we can give to the whole through our personal pursuits.

New Moon Star Chart

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.

There is a duality of entwined forces expressing through this area of sidereal Aries. Caph of Cassiopeia conjoining Alphirk of Cepheus expresses one. Schedar of Cassiopeia conjoining Hamal of Aries expresses the other. One is authoritative, while the other is authoritarian.

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 is often indicative of a female in an authoritative position offering aid.

Alphirk imparts empathetic support, a door easily opened in the physical world, but generally manifesting after a long and arduous journey through the initiatory fires of life. Alphirk is often indicative of a male in an authoritative position offering aid.

Caph and Alphirk can express as a demonstrable force working through the world, often people in positions of authority, that can lift us from the struggles of life, or alters conditions in ways that otherwise would be impossible through one's effort alone.

Schedar, Alpha Cassiopeia, the head of the Queen, conjoining Hamal, impels more of an authoritarian expression, with a prideful and arrogant tone, often due to being lost in the glitter of power upon the human stage. Hamal, Alpha Aries, is the butting horn of the Ram, also the shepherd teaching us how to lead. Hamal reveals that the struggles we face in the physical world are due to attempts to forcefully direct our lives or those of others. Such attempts are generally based upon a separatist, judgmental and righteous me-against-them attitude, which often leads us deeper into the initiatory fires of life.

Schedar and Hamal can manifest as struggle in the physical world due to forceful, insistent, or arrogant ways. They can express as power struggles amongst leaders or those who are headstrong, with lessons about how arrogance creates struggle in the material world verses how benevolence and compassion opens the way through.

New Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

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

Also conjoining the Ram's head is Apin of Triangulum, which lies just north of Aries. Apin and the stars of Triangulum impel us to see unity beyond duality as the way through the initiatory fires we may find ourselves in. Apin invites us to see that the primary issue to overcome is our judgment of this side verses that side, or right verses wrong, of white verses black. As long as we function from a place of judgment, we are easily lured into a fear-based struggle. Only by surrendering our judgment can we see solution beyond the apparently impossible and act beyond the entrapment of opposing forces.

The Head and Neck of Cetus reaching upon on to the shores of Aries lies just south of the Ram. Nearby Kaffaljidhma (Al Kaff al Jidhmah) is a triple star system and articulates the brain or controlling neurology of the fear-instilling techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness. Kaffaljidhma once referred to the entire circlet of stars creating the head. Kaffaljidhma articulates the intelligencia behind the fear-instilling, menacing and entrapping mouthpiece, Menkar.

Delta Ceti, slightly southwest of Kaffaljidhma, marks the upper neck, or spinal chord leading into the brain stem. Nearby Delta and lying between the two in ecliptical longitude is a potent Seyfert Galaxy (Cetus-A), one of the brightest, largest and closest Seyferts (easy to spot with binoculars). It is a peculiar spiral galaxy with three distinct sets of spiral arms, a trilateral configuration. Seyferts undergo serious inner explosions in their nuclei, and thus impel a built-up dramatic explosive outward expression astrologically.

Colossal Cosmic Eye NGC 1350 in Fornax

The Colossal Cosmic Eye NGC 1350 in Fornax. This Colour-composite of the spiral galaxy NGC 1350 was taken with FORS2 at the ESO Very Large Telescope. The image clearly reveals the delicate structures in this gigantic eye as well as many background galaxies. NGC 1350 is about 130,000 light-years across making it as large or slightly larger than our own Milky Way. Image Credit: ESO

Who is it that creates this central intelligencia? Kaffaljidhma articulates the controlling bureaucracies behind their more outward systems of expression, the entire head of Cetus. A more important question is who feeds the head of Cetus in acquiescence? Many people blame their lives on everything and everyone outside of self, a victim mentality perpetuating our human condition and the entrapments we find ourselves in, and some blame the controlling intelligencia, which is perhaps more to the point. However, the key phrase here is "monster of collective human consciousness." This implies each of us is responsible for the collective consciousness we find ourselves in, and that which we give our power to—the reality of our personal lives and that of our world we uphold by consensus. These stars impel us to explore if we feed and thus support the techno-bureaucratic monster or do we become our own directing intelligence.

Our New Moon in this stellar stage setting, here at the head of the Ram, is one of authority and affluence. It is about those in positions of authority who direct affairs in the world. It can express as either authoritarian or authoritative. It especially imparts a headstrong and forceful character, but it impels self-initiated enthusiastic action for personal accomplishment, to be independent, and to take the lead to manifest the lives we want. This lunar cycle impels us to be straightforward and to the point, to go for it, especially as we arrive to the First Quarter Moon, as Mercury returns direct conjoining Uranus and Eris. It is not a cycle for procrastination but is one about assertive action, responding to life and initiating new endeavors. It can be of fleeting opportunities that allow new growth or new paths in life. It requires self-confidence and courage. It is about of agility while maintaing balance and is also about protecting one's personal space as well as the rights of others.

There are two primary expressions here. One is pompous, arrogant and pretentious, with an air of denial to matters deemed to be beneath them, with concern for self alone. The other is beneficent, generous, wise and compassionate, willing to aid others in lesser positions or who need assistance, with intent to make the world better. Which is dominant, or both, depends upon one's level of life experience, emotional maturity and spiritual awareness. This stellar setting also brings emphasis to our need to see beyond the conflicts often inherent between those in positions of authority and those dominated or governed by them. The southern Fornax Galaxy Cluster, producing the initiatory fire on the shores of arid Aries, forces us to mature and makes resolution imperative.

Sedna, Mars, Ceres, Retrograde Mercury and Uranus

As the lunar cycle engages on April 27 and 28, and leading into the Crescent Moon, The Moon conjoins Sedna, Ceres and Mars in early sidereal Taurus. At the same time, retrograde Mercury conjoins Uranus at the cusp of sidereal Aries. All of this brings emphasis to slough off behavioral patterns that keep us from taking physical action to do that which caring and nourishing for ourselves, for others and for our environment. Retrograde Mercury's conjunction with Uranus impels us to make progressive and radical changes in how we think, in our word patterns and in the daily logistical aspects of our lives.

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 Growing 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 our 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 creativite vision with the original lunar theme. The Crescent Moon brings insight to see how the New Moon theme will express and the opportunity for growth it provides.

The Crescent Moon occurs on April 29 in late sidereal Taurus, in the horns of the Bull and over the stars of Orion. It lies opposite retrograde Saturn and Ixion, and is sextile to the Uranus-Mercury-Eris conjunction in opposition to Haumea, also aspecting Sedna and Chiron. The Moon conjoins both Al Nath, the north horn of the Bull and Al Hecka, the south horn. It also conjoins Meissa, the head of Orion, the belt stars of Orion, Trapezium and the great Ensis Nebula of Orion.

Orion-Taurus Star Chart

The Horns of the Bull, marked by the stars El Nath and Al Hecka, the latter on the cusp of sidereal 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. 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 for victory or if is time to simply let the struggle or battle 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 horns of bull are also common to military wars and those leading those battles as well as those fighting in the trenches. This area of Taurus motivates leadership, courage and a positive sense of adventure that inspires cohesive action to help others achieve a common goal.

Composite image of the Crab Nebula

This composite image of the Crab Nebula was assembled by combining data from five telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum: the Very Large Array, the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope, the XMM-Newton Observatory, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Dubner (IAFE, CONICET-University of Buenos Aires) et al.; A. Loll et al.; T. Temim et al.; F. Seward et al.; VLA/NRAO/AUI/NSF; Chandra/CXC; Spitzer/JPL-Caltech; XMM-Newton/ESA; and Hubble/STScI

The pulsar NP 0525 conjoins El Nath, the North Horn. Pulsars are astronomical navigational beacons, but also beacons for the soul, constant and dependable reminders. They are considered by most astronomers to be the result of rapidly rotating neutron (collapsed) stars, however this model is also considered hypothetical. The exact rate of pulsars and many other of their unique characteristics suggest they are not natural but are extraterrestrial constructed beacons. This pulsar (with a period of 3.745490800 seconds) cross-resonates with Earth's sidereal period harmonic (Earth's year) and Uranus' rotation harmonic (dynamic progressive creative force), 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.

Conjoining the South Horn, Al Hecka, is the bright Crab Nebula M1, along with the Crab Pulsar 3C144, the remnant of the famous Super Nova of July 4, 1054 CE. Supernovas stimulate a renaissance in consciousness. This massive supernova, documented by Chinese and Arabian observers, was visible for 23 days in broad daylight. It was six times brighter than Venus and was only outshone by the Sun and Moon, taking a year to become invisible. 1054 CE is the year of what is known as the Great Schism between the Eastern and Western (Orthodox and Catholic; Greek and Latin; Byzantine and Roman); when a decisive split occurred between the Roman and Orthodox Churches with the Orthodox Church rejecting the papal authority from Rome. The Great Schism marked the start of the High Middle Ages.

This Supernova's energetic blueprint adds a significant energetic time-stream to the South Horn theme, adding the momentum of past that feeds those fighting antiquated crusades today.

Inside the Orion Nebula

Inside the Orion Nebula 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. Image Credit: R. Villaverde, Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA

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 Crescent Moon inspires us to discern that which is driving our pursuits. Are our motives and pursuits in life leading to our fulfillment and what truly matters, or are they antiquated pursuits driven merely from the momentum of the past? We must decide one way or the other or we stay stuck between the horns of the bull. Our Crescent Moon may also bring attention to struggles and wars driven from outdated and inherited patterns and beliefs, especially those of a religious nature that segregate humankind into factions. This can concern personal pursuits in our daily lives as well as the pursuits of large factions or countries.

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

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

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

First Quarter Moon
Initiate Action

First Quarter Moon

The First Quarter Moon of each lunar cycle draws an external stimulus to initiate action as we move from the inspirational quarter of the lunar cycle into the action quarter. Our First Quarter Moon occurs on May 3 UT (May 2 MST) in sidereal Cancer. The Moon conjoins Acubens of Cancer, Epsilon and Zeta Hydra and Alpha Lyncis. North is Dubhe of the Great Bear and Kochab of the Little Bear.

First Quarter Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

The Great Bear, Ursa Major, lies north of the Scarab (Crab) and the Lion. Ursa Major extends west over sidereal Cancer, and slightly east just into the cusp of sidereal Virgo. Ursa Major's wide variety of stars fall into the ecliptic throughout these two signs, Leo and Cancer. The Stars of the Great Bear are often associated with the global scene and world powers. They reveal the diverse dynamic of primary governing forces in our lives and provide lessons as well as inspiration for all of humanity.

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

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

Cancer Star Chart

Cancer, commonly the crab today, is also the Egyptian Scarabaeus, an image that articulates the theme of humanity's emergence from darkness, dogma, and delusion and its reawakening back to light. The Scarab is an appropriate mythical figure here because the beetle emerges from its snuggle in its own dung, where it matures. This theme also applies to our individual emergence from the family nest or from the collective consciousness that we co-create. The Scarab is a symbol of regeneration, transformation and re-birth, of being self-created, or self-made, to rise from itself—hence humanity's association with the beetle's emergence.

Acubens, Alpha Cancer lies next to the open star cluster M67, composed of about 500 stars, one of most ancient star clusters known (~10 billion years). Acubens and M67 expresses as a long established heritage, lineage, inheritance, birthright, bloodline or something passed down through generations. Acubens impels a need to protect, collect and nurture, also to hide and shelter, the essence of the Crab. Acubens can also articulate our entrapment in dogma and in contract passed down though lineage. This dogma is upheld by our personal belief structures—the ideas we hold about our lives and the experiences we have in our lives—often inherited. Acubens can impel a tenacious and stubborn resistance to release the patterns we hold that keep us entrapped in limiting life scenarios.

Zeta Hydra lies immediately south of Acubens. Delta through Zeta Hydra and Pulsar CP0834 create Hydra's head. Zeta Hydra and surrounding stars articulate a multifarious undermining source of destruction (every time Hercules took off one the Hydra's heads, it immediately grew another). The conjunction of Acubens with the stars forming Hydra's head reveals that the repetitive undermining experiences in our lives are manifest from our own tenacious belief structures, and they are not easily eradicated, much like pealing the layers of an onion to get to its core.

Our First Quarter Moon's stimulus challenges action to pursue a greater vision for the evolutionary freedom and fulfillment that we seek—freedom from the dogmas, both collective and personal, that keep us entrapped in our patterns of the past and in an old world paradigm. It can also stimulate action by the people toward governments to evolve a new vision that is truly nurturing to the people and that supports their greater freedom and wellbeing rather than tenaciously adhering to methods of government that continue to serve special interests and clandestine plans that lead to the same old destructive outcomes.

Mercury Direct

Mercury completes its retrograde on May 3, hours after First Quarter Moon, adding impetus to our stimulus to action. Mercury's retrograde was presented in the previous March 28, 2017 Lunar Planner. Mercury's station conjoins Eris and Uranus in opposition to Haumea, stimulating this energetic as well. For more about this see "Disclosure & Discovery: New Frontiers in Consciousness 2016-2017."

The Mercury bio-harmonic audio meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, the day leading into the Mercury station is an ideal time to work with the Mercury and Uranus Bio-harmonic Audio Mediations. You can also incorporate additional planetary audios based on personal transits, and especially when there a lunar triggers. 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.

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 of May 6 conjoins the Dwarf Planet Makemake in Sidereal Virgo. The Moon and Makemake conjoin the Super Galactic Center in the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies, and the Coma Cluster of Galaxies. Makemake lies about 29° north of the ecliptic in Coma Berenices, just under the Coma Cluster.

Gibbous Moon Makemake star chart May 6, 2017


Makemake (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh - "e" is pronounced "ay" in Polynesian) is the Polynesian name for the creator god of humanity in the mythology of the South Pacific island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Makemake was recently discovered on March 31, 2005. Based upon an exploration of Makemake's orbital parameters and its role during the 2008-2011 economic turn, Makemake appears to bring attention to leadership issues regarding the administration of resources; and in areas involving economics, ecology and human survival. Makemake may also impel strategic planning and enterprising action to create environmental conditions that ensure a healthy, prosperous and abundant life for groups or for the people in general. Makemake impels audacious action, risk taking and extraordinary feats of personal accomplishment. Makemake may also act to sort out those who are truly worthy of being in a leadership role from those who are not.

Makemake's natal chart placement may have to do with where and how we strive for achievement and how we respond to challenges requiring heroic efforts especially when time is critical. This can be a sub-conscious drive to win or dominate at all costs until we realize our inner motive and harmonize it, and learn that what we achieve, whether in position or resources, is not about self gratification and domination but is to help and care for others. This can manifest in extreme ways, perhaps with no in-between, resulting in either abundance and prosperity or utter devastation. It may be related to ecological balance, that is, living in harmony with nature or destroying what we do not understand is essential to life. Whatever we put at risk or are willing to sacrifice for achievement may be life promoting and sustaining, but if lost, can be life threatening and even life destroying, for self and others.

Another important consideration in apprehending Makemake's astrological character is to keep in mind that Makemake was "out of bounds" before and during its discovery, and remains so until 2020, when its declination decreases into the tropical boundaries. Thus, while out of bounds, we may see it impel more of an aggressive self-focused extremist approach for attaining positions of leadership or personal accomplishment with little concern for fitting in to mass consensus or social constructs. Although this can express as destructive tendencies for those with a sole focus for personal accomplishment or attaining positions of power, this can be a good thing for those with higher ethics and quite appropriate for the times. This extremist characteristic of Makemake may start to change in 2020, as it begins to move in bounds and we learn to consciously integrate this creation force. More about Makemake.

This few-degree area in sidereal Virgo might be considered to emanate the high spiritual essence of the Virgin, due to the Super Galactic Center's placement in this part of the heavens. It is of light, illumination, of spiritual integrity and of soul / source guidance and awareness.

Coma Berenices (Berenice's hair) stands alone in this area of the heavens, slightly north of and over early sidereal Virgo. The stars forming Coma Berenices are not necessarily connected to any surrounding constellations other than being associated with Virgo. This makes sense when we realize that the North Galactic Pole (NGP) resides in Coma (~5° sidereal Virgo), and our Super Galactic Center (SGC) of the Virgo Cluster lies slightly south, between the stars of Coma and Virgo (~7° sidereal Virgo). Coma Berenices is a recent name, but Diadem, the Alpha Star of Coma, which means crown, articulates the essence of this grouping of stars, referring to a crown or rose wreath over the head of the Virgin, which is fitting to our Super Galactic Center, which embodies the Divine Mother principle and the spiritual channel or corridor of our local galactic space—hence the Crown or Wreath of the Virgin.

The NGC is the northern point of the polar axis around which our entire galaxy spins. The NGP defines a principle geometric relationship between our ecliptic plane and our galaxy. Astrologically, the North Galactic Pole brings confidence, stability, and guidance for the greater evolutionary fulfillment for all souls. It impels us to create an inner alignment with, and to live in integrity toward, this purpose.

The Eyes, a pair of spiral galaxies (NGC 4438/35) in Virgo.

The Eyes, a pair of spiral galaxies (NGC 4438/35) in Virgo, conjoins the NGP and SGC. This is an appropriate name base on their bright beauty peering through a chain of galaxies; also suggesting a watchful Spiritual Power or Divine Intelligence expressing through this Super Galactic Portal (SGC)—the essence of the Divine Mother principle.

The Coma Galaxy Cluster, close to and conjoining the NGP, lies about 2/3 the way along the line drawn from Gamma (γ) to Beta (β), shown in the star chart above. The Coma Galaxy cluster belongs to the Coma Super Cluster. It is one of two main clusters of galaxies in the Super Cluster. The other is the Leo Galaxy Cluster. The Coma Galaxy Cluster is one of the most populate clusters, containing more than 10,000 member galaxies, which is more than the number of visible stars in the night sky on a clear night. The Coma Galaxy Cluster is moving away from us at a rate of about 15 million miles per hour (6,900 km/second). The Coma Galaxy Cluster lies just north of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster, which is the closest cluster to us and is the dominant cluster in the Virgo Super Cluster. The Virgo Galaxy Cluster is the location of what has been commonly called our Super Galactic Center (SGC), marked by the galaxy M87. Although they are not close in distance, due to their close proximity in the heavens, the Coma Galaxy Cluster and the Virgo Galaxy Cluster are often referred to as the Coma-Virgo Cluster of galaxies. The Coma Super Cluster is much further from the Virgo Super Cluster but they are connected to each other through some minor filaments of galaxies.

Our Gibbous Moon brings our attention to the pursuit for personal attainment and to those pursuing, or who are in, positions of leadership, and to the motive driving such pursuit, if it is from self-interest alone or for the greater good of all. It inspires us to attune to and live from our greater spiritual/soul guidance, and to apply that guidance through demonstrable action with consideration for the long-term ramifications for all life and for our souls. It also brings emphasis to the administration of our personal resources and to the administration of natural resources, as well as to issues surrounding health and education.

Juno Retrograde

Juno and Chariklo retrogrades 2017 in sidereal Sagittarius.

Juno begins her retrograde conjoining retrograde Pluto on May 9, over the stars of the Zen Archer and in the high-energy crescendo of the Full Moon of May 10. Juno's retrogrades provide times to redefine the nature our relationships and how we interrelate, and in this case, to refine and elevate the resonance of our relationships. Juno completes her retrograde on August 26. The Juno-Pluto conjunction may bring up issues regarding the use of power and the need to control. It may also impel the dissolution of relations where there is not the willingness to let old patterns die or to elevate the nature of interrelating to higher ideals in the pursuit of a greater unified awareness. Juno will once again conjoin Pluto after her retrograde, on November 11, 2017.


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

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

Juno and the Centaur Chariklo (pronounced Kha'riklo) are in a rare synchronous retrograde. They make three geocentric conjunctions this year, the first of which occurred on the previous New Moon of March 28. To learn more about this see the article "Juno & Chariklo 2017 The Resonance of Our Relationships."

Mercury, now direct, also makes its exact conjunction with Uranus on the pre-Full Moon, adding extra stimulus for radical and progressive change.

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

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

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

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

Full Moon

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 Astrology Chart

This Full Moon occurs in late sidereal Libra on May 10. The Moon conjoins Zubeneschamali of Libra, Beta, Kappa and Rho of Serpens, and Epsilon and Iota of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, and Eta Centauri in the southern heavens. These stars of Serpens, along with Gamma and Iota, form the head of the Serpent reaching toward the Northern Crown.

Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali (Alpha and Beta Libra) form the balance or scales of Libra in modern illustrations. They respectively lie at ~20° and ~24° 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.

Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali articulate the karmic scenario for a soul, the former about the results of our past experience and patterns of growth, and the latter about our future path of experience and growth, that which we have yet to do, our capacity, or duty in a sense, to do it differently, to grow and change. Zubenelgenubi, the southern claw, imparts a responsibility to address or complete any entrapping situations, unfinished business, or simply entrapping patterns and scenarios in this life. Zubenelgenubi also marks Saturn's exalted location in the ecliptic. Saturn is often called the lord of karmic retribution, but more aptly, this does not mean punishment, but responsibility to complete and balance experiences that we have created. Zubeneschamali, the northern claw, imparts a responsibility to step forward from our past patterns of growth and life scenarios into new experience, into our future destiny, by choosing a new way of participating. It is through this balance of experience that we free ourselves from our past, or better to say, that fulfills our past.

Ophiuchus wood carving by Johannes Kepler.

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—in essence to complete one's destiny or incarnational purpose of soul growth.

Further articulating this theme is the neck and head of the serpent, held in the hand of Ophiuchus, reaching for the Northern Crown, which lies north of the Scorpion's chelae; and the stars of the Centaur. Ophiuchus, standing over the Scorpion, is the demonstrable exemplar of one who has achieved self-mastery and evolutionary freedom. He, holding the serpent reaching (or pointing) to the Northern Crown, indicates the ideal, the goal to ultimately free self from entrapment in the clutches of the Scorpion. The benevolent Centaur, south of the ecliptic, teaches the right way to live to attain this evolutionary freedom. The Centaur stands over and protects the Southern Cross, the original cardinality of the soul. The stars of the Southern Cross conjoin those of the Northern Crown.

Our Full Moon culminates and brings realization to the essence of our Arian lunar cycle. It brings emphasis to the purpose of the self-initiated action inspired by our Aries New Moon, as well as to the responsibility of those in positions of authority. It emphasizes the need for alternative action that frees us from our past patterns of behavior and any karmic-based scenarios of entrapment we may experience. Self mastery, our own independence, is something we claim within ourselves and externalize in our actions independent of our life circumstances.

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 15 UT (May 14 MST) in mid-sidereal Sagittarius. The Moon conjoins Facies (M22 Globular Cluster) and Phi Sagittarius. North are stars of Scutum, the Galactic Shield, the X-Ray Source AM Hercules, and south are the stars of Corona Australis.

Inside Facies, the Globular Cluster M22 in Sagittarius.

Inside Facies, the Globular Cluster M22 in Sagittarius. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and K. Sahu (STScI)

Facies, M22, is considered to be one of the finest globular cluster of stars in the heavens. It is elliptical in form and contains approximately 500,000 stars. It lies less than one degree north of the ecliptic, thus the planets frequently occult and synthesize with its essence. M22 marks the face of the Zen Archer and looks over the bow and hand of the Zen Archer. Facies radiates incredible light and thus illuminates all this false. Facies impels us to face the truth, to have total honesty with self and to manifest our higher ideals from that honesty. Facies imparts a sense of undaunted conviction, stability and confidence within self.

Often described as exotic and enigmatic, northern AM Hercules expresses a powerful magnetic synchronizing force capable of assembling spirit substance into exquisite order in form. Here is a spiraling but directed force to funnel our intent into ordered achievement.

Our Disseminating Moon impels us to have a strong belief and faith in self. It invites us to refine our form, to get into a proper stance in life, to reorganize and prioritize so we become one with our purpose in all aspects of our lives. It impels us to establish undaunted clarity in the execution of our purpose and intent to manifest our ideals, aspirations and dreams—lest we will merely blow in the increasing and accelerating winds of change.

The Sun & Sedna

The Sun Moves into sidereal Taurus conjoining Sedna on May 15. This also marks the mid-point of vision and realization of the annual Earth-Sedna synodic cycle. See the November 14, 2016 Full Moon.

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

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

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

Last Quarter Moon
Time for Change

Last Quarter Moon

The Last Quarter Moon creates our "inner need to initiate change" in the lunar cycle as we move into the cycle's last and transitional quarter. Our Last Quarter Moon occurs on May 18 in early sidereal Aquarius conjoining the South Lunar Node. The Moon conjoins Gienah, the wing tip of Cygnus and the Cyg X–3 Eclipsing X–ray Source

Last Quarter Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

Last Quarter Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley

Cygnus X-3 enters the ecliptic, along with Gienah, the binary star Epsilon Cygnus, the right outstretch wing tip of the Swan, and also with M15, a fainter globular star cluster in Pegasus. Cygnus X-3 is a principal force expressing in early sidereal Aquarius.

This location in early sidereal Aquarius is where we are motivated to strip off the cloaks of personality-based facades and shenanigans to reveal true heart-level self and to live from our deeper hearts' truth for the greater nourishment of all. Sadr, heart of the Swan, on the cusp, through the tip of the wing of Cygnus, Gienah, lifts us from a self-centered exclusive focus to a more embracing and inclusive level of participation. This marks the start of the revolutionary, visionary and humanitarian facet of the zodiak.

Cygnus X-3 resides in a unique galactic equatorial area, one of the galactic "sacks of coal," a dark void along the galactic plane that is easily seen between Sadr and Deneb on a dark starry night. Cygnus X-3 is an intense X-ray binary star system similar to Cygnus X-1 except its period is extraordinarily rapid at 4.79 hours, compared to the 5.6-day period of Cygnus X-1 (in later Capricorn), which is more common for binary star systems. The periodic rate of Cygnus X-3 is almost five octaves up from Cygnus X-1 and harmonically translates into the visible spectrum at 5615.40323 Angstroms, the color Yellow-Lemon. Cygnus X-3 produces ultrahigh energy cosmic rays capable of penetrating into Earth's surface. Cygnus X-3 is a dynamic, accelerating force, elevating mind to a higher or more embracing cosmic awareness.

Cygnus Star Chart

Sadr, Cygnus X-3, Gienah and the Lacework Nebula, expressing through the first few degrees of sidereal Aquarius, provide inspiration and opportunity to shift into the unadulterated spiritual awareness of soul essence that has true interest in the well being of all humanity.

Our Last Quarter Moon conjoining Cygnus X-3 invites us to surrender our preconceptions of self and our descriptive judgments of others that uphold our isolationist way of being. Cygnus X-3 invites us to participate beyond our segregated ways based on gender, race, creed, or culture and open ourselves to new experience only available when we are willing to embrace the uniqueness of all life. Here we must shed the mortal facades we ware and participate from our true essence and to see the same in others. Mutually exclusive attractions create factions amongst our true soul-level friends and families. Here lies the embracing aspect of the Aquarian Waterman, to participate in the inclusiveness of universal (Uranian) love. The conjoining Globular Cluster of very old stars (old souls), M15 in Pegasus, inspires active and focused participation as mature, consciously awake individuals. M15 is one of the most densely packed globular star clusters in our Galaxy. Our Last Quarter South Node Moon arouses and inner need to relinquish facades we may wear and to live more genuinely, true to self, without fear or prejudice. The South Node Moon also impels us to relinquish pattens of self-sacrifice, which does not serve anyone, and to live true to self in our personal integrity.

Detail of The Lacework Nebula

The Wing of Cygnus. Detail of The Lacework Nebula. Image Credit: Hubble

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 May 22 conjoining Venus in sidereal Pisces. This is a significant Venus Balsamic Moon, being the first after the Venus retrograde and occurring as Venus arrives to the exit point of her retrograde shadow, the location where she began here retrograde, conjoining Alpheratz, the head of the chained Princess. See The 2017 Venus Retrograde & the New Venus 1.6-year Synodic Cycle.

The Moon and Venus conjoin Alpheratz of Andromeda, Delta and Epsilon of Pisces, and Theta of Cetus.


The Venus retrograde starts with Venus conjoining Alpheratz, the head of the entrapped Princess Andromeda. Although the stage setting in which Andromeda is trapped (chained to rocks about to be devoured by Cetus) seems complex, there is a prerequisite for her freedom—an inner metamorphosis, an emotional maturing into the readiness to receive aid and become free. Often time, we are ready to change only when in the chains of the human struggle. And our inner readiness precedes receiving support to change. Forceful attempts to break free before we are ready only tighten the chain of bondage. Here lies our need to break free from the human mold, from the genetic, cultural, and personal pattering forming our lives. The stars of Andromeda articulate the struggle for freedom from the collective and tormenting forces of the psycho-emotional human world, to claim our true galactic birthright and evolutionary destiny. Alpheratz's fortuitous position ultimately brings success and reward in this worthy pursuit.


Venus UnVeiled Image Credit: NASA, Magellan Project

Alignments with Alpheratz can also express as being caught in the power plays created by the arrogance or denials of others. They can also indicate our vulnerability to the emotional and psychic delusions of others, especially those in our genealogical line or karmic past—often manifesting as elaborate emotional dramatics. Alpheratz asks us to get un-entangled from the human psycho-emotional drama, or accept a sentence of bondage not rightfully ours.

The start of the retrograde impels us to explore our psyche, the mentalities we have about the desires and values we hold, also those about money and our personal finances, mostly inherited or pre-programmed. As the retrograde engages, we are motivated to delve deeper beneath our thoughts and into the emotional aspects of self, how we truly feel, and to explore deeper emotional patterns we carry that manifest our life experience. These can also be unconscious cellular patterns carried from the past or inherited at a genetic level. This period offers a time to clear and refine our hearts' values and our capacity to be receptive to that which we truly desire and deserve.

Observing how we think, feel and choose to live at the time of Venus' return conjunction with Alpheratz compared to the start of the retrograde in early March, can reveal the nature of the changes we have made throughout the retrograde. Specifically, this is about how much we have freed ourselves from our patterns driving desires and values that have kept us entrapped in life scenarios less than what we truly desire, having cleared any psychic webs of confusion covering our hearts.

Our Balsamic Moon coalesces into essence the experience of this lunar cycle, which becomes the seed to express anew into the following lunar cycle. It brings emphasis to our need to surrender any thought patterns of naiveté and fear, and to live true to our hearts' desire. It impels us to fully embody all that we have learned and the changes we have made throughout the entire Venus retrograde, and to demonstrate this in how we communicate and in all practical matters. Expression in this manner can lead to fortuitous outcomes.

Venus can be seen in the eastern sky just before sunrise throught this lunar cycle, and along with the Balsamic Moon on May 22. The Balsamic Moon conjoins Venus because she is very near her western elongation, which occurs on June 3. See E-Motions of the Heart, Venus Elongations.

The following New Moon occurs on May 25 in sidereal Taurus, under the auspices of Perseus. More to come then.

The Venus bio-harmonic audio meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, the few days leading into the Venus Balsamic Moon is an ideal time to work with the Venus Bio-harmonic Audio Mediation. You can also incorporate additional planetary audios based on personal transits, and especially when there a lunar triggers. 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 Lunar Calendar

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.

Download this month's Lunar Calendar PDF File (journal version)

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.

Download the Lunar Planner Introduction PDF File

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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