The Lunar Theme for the
October 19, 2017 New Moon

Environmental Resonance

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.

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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 & The New Uranus Synodic Cycle

This October 19, 2017 New Moon occurs just into sidereal Libra and lies under the auspices of Boötes, who is the consort of the Virgin and protector of the Virgin principle. Boötes is of strength and responsibility. Boötes functions not by outward force but by spiritual awareness and astute intuitive prowess in the application of esoteric knowledge about environmental issues and transcendent subtle forces. Boötes' actions are based from a place of wisdom, receptivity and sensitivity, actions associated with planning, preparation, and strategy.

New Moon Star Chart

In our modern stellar mythos of the supine Virgin giving birth into the reincarnational clutches of the Scorpion, the New Moon lies at the thighs of the Virgin, just past Spica of Virgo, which conjoins Archturus of Boötes.

This several degree area of the zodiak is about environmental resonance and about mutual and intimate support to facilitate a new life expression, and thus the emphasis of this lunar cycle. It is proactive but sensually expressive in nature, and is about creating a new form or a new appearance, much like a soul does when incarnating into human form. It brings emphasis to aesthetics with purpose and to establishing harmony and equilibrium in our environments and in our relations.

The nature of the environmental resonance in which we evolve, live or place our selves in, directly influences the conformation of our life expression, our behavioral response and the nature of the expression of our human potential. This occurs on many levels. The nature of biological life and its neurological systems evolving on a planet is a product of the solar system resonances created by all of the planets and their cycles, the harmonic symphony in which that life evolves. The environmental resonance in which a soul births into human form directly influences how that soul expresses on Earth. The environmental resonance in which a child is raised directly influences how that child learns, thinks and behaves. The environmental resonance in which we live and participate in during our daily lives directly influences how we feel, act and express ourselves. Many factors, those physical, those energetic and those changing in time, contribute to the nature of our environmental resonance. The resonance of our relations is yet another contributing factor augmenting the nature of our overall environmental resonance. This is due to the quantum level of communication constantly occurring within the fabric of space and time, creating a symbiosis, one interdependent living system.

The Giant Nebula NGC 3603 conjoining Theta Carina.

The Giant Nebula, NGC 3603, conjoining Theta Carina. Thousands of sparkling young stars nestled within the giant nebula NGC 3603. This stellar "jewel box" is one of the most massive young star clusters in the Milky Way Galaxy. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage. Theta Carina is one of the four stars creating the Diamond of the Argo.

Deep in the southern heavens is the Diamond Cross of the Argo. The Diamond forms the keel and hold of the Argo, formed and headed by the prominent star Miaplacidus, along with Upsilon (υ), Omega(ω) and Theta(θ) Carina. It, like the Southern Cross, does not have a central star, thus forming a diamond more so than a cross. You must be south of 20° north latitude on Earth to see it.

The Argo's Diamond (esp Theta Carinae) holds the mysteries (esoteric knowledge) about the artsciences associated with establishing an environmental resonance that supports the embodiment of soul-level awareness and the expression of one's optimal potential. This includes art, sacred geometry in architecture, geomancy, mapping for special places or sites, as well as the proper timing for such efforts. The latter associated with space-time mapping are more so related to Miaplacidus, but all of these artsciences are facets of one body of knowledge, an energetic that expresses through the first several degrees of sidereal Libra.

This lunar cycle sets in motion fresh evolutionary currents that should initiate a more progressive and refreshing period after what has been a disruptive and challenging time over the last many months.

New Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

This New Moon is about 2° past its conjunction with Haumea (and Spica) and its opposition to Eris. It is now opposite Uranus in early sidereal Aries. It also creates a Yod with Saturn, Ixion and Pholus to Sedna, thus bringing this entire long-standing geometry into prominence once again (discussed at length in previous Lunar Planners).

The Sun-Earth-Uranus alignment initiates the new annual Uranus synodic cycle, the first to occur in sidereal Aries, which will fully engage in early January of 2018, as Uranus completes its retrograde. Uranus, having moved from the tumultuous waters of Pisces, now arrives to the hot and dry desert shores of Aries, although it will wash back into late Pisces toward years end due to its retrograde. It will then make its passage through Aries over the next several years (2018-2024). Uranus is also near the completion of its role with the Haumea-Eris opposition, which it began in 2016. It will make two more oppositions to Haumea, one in late November of 2017 and one in early 2018. The Haumea-Eris opposition is a longer-term event, which started in late 2014 and continues through late 2018.


The chart placement of Uranus indicates where and how we are motivated to break from the conformity of the past and to find our own unique expression in life. Uranus is radical, spontaneous, and electrical. It supports the expression of our uniqueness and originality. Uranus, in its clear and evolved expression, brings the ability to spontaneously change and to create new frontiers in experience and consciousness. It is the true pioneer, uninhibited by convention and establishment (Saturn). Uranus inspires the expression of our unique individuality in radical confidence. Uranus instills a future-orientation and humanitarian focus; and embodies quickness and alertness of consciousness often producing a lightning-like creative mind when prominently placed. Uranus provides an ability to work with higher orders and principles, providing a higher-mind prowess for telepathy and all super-consciousness functions and mechanisms. Uranus instills an appreciation for excellence and perfection. It is the applier of the higher sciences and inspires new discoveries in technology and consciousness.

Uranus in its chronic expression can manifest as fear to change, to be spontaneous, or to take radical steps. It can express as judgment of other’s uniqueness and gifts, or of one's own eccentricities and uniqueness; which covers a fear of being accepted or rejected, of being persecuted, and thus expresses as seeking sameness as a means for gaining acceptance. It can manifest as expressing other's truths and philosophies rather than one's own. An acute or hyper Uranian energy can express as instability, erraticism and hyperactivity, with an inability to follow through—ungrounded electrically.

Associated bio-energy centers include: Nervous system and higher brain centers—mental ability, prefrontal and frontal lobes (capacity for forward thinking and to envision new alternatives); neurological and synoptic circuitry, bio-electrical and light impulses.

The Uranus synod conjoining the stars forming the upright fish of Pisces.

The Uranus synod conjoins Al Pherg (η) and the stars forming the upright fish of Pisces, which rise from Alrisha (Katain), the knot that ties together the westward swimming fish with the upright fish, and that binds our primordial past to our future. Al Pherg and the stars forming the upright fish impel spontaneous creative initiate and assertive action to emerge from our cultural and genetic past, to aspire to become more than we have been. These stars express through cuspal Aries and set the tone for sidereal Aries. They can also arouse emotional or physical issues that hold us back from the attainment we seek, thus indicating that something residual must be released or accepted, which can be from our established emotional patterning or from our cultural or evolutionary history.

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

Also influencing this area of the zodiac are the Super Nova Remnant Cassiopeia-A and the Andromeda Galaxy M31.

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

The Uranus synod conjoining the stars forming the upright fish of Pisces.

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

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

This new Uranus cycle, which will fully externalize in January of 2018, and the cycles following in sidereal Aries should impel a healthy shift from emotionally-based reaction to progressive creative action for personal accomplishment. Its movement from the Piscean tumultuous waters onto Aries' arid shores imparts a much fresher energetic, one of optimism to break away from the emotional turmoil of the past, to rise from the patterns of the past. Its progressive creative force is set free in Aries rather than being oppressed or squelched as it has been due to emotional inhibition or psychic confusion. It should impel new ways of thinking and more creative spontaneity, but which can also be impulsive without follow through. It can also incite more explosive events or volatile behavior, but catalytic for revolutionary change. This first cycle impels us to aspire to become more than what we have been, to radically break away from the strong currents of the past, those genetically inherited or those we may have taken on or bought into at a psychic level. As the years continue, there should be more impetus for personal independence, with people more aggressively challenging or rebelling against those in authoritarian rule. We may also see the advent of new discoveries and innovations that support greater personal independence. Also keep in mind we will be approaching the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto climax in 2020—a primary societal reset. Uranus will then be conjoining the head of the Ram and beginning its passage over the head of Cetus. The last time Uranus made its passage into sidereal Aries was in 1933. The energetics of this Uranus synod also contribute to this lunar cycle's impetus.

The New Venus-Mars Synodic Cycle

The New Venus-Mars Synod in Leo.

Venus and Mars conjoined in the previous lunar cycle and now, just before the Crescent Moon, they begin their new 336-day synodic cycle. This is the synthesis of the magnetically attractive force of Venus and the creative action-oriented initiative of Mars. The synod occurs at the hind of the Lion, conjoining Chertan (Chort) of Leo. It lies under the auspices of Mizar of the Great Bear and conjoining from the southern heavens is Suhail Velorum of the Sail of the Argo. This is a windy and fiery area of the zodiak, one impelling enthusiastic, artistic and showing creative expression, but which can also be of diversionary or explosive grand spectacle, thus requiring discernment, attentiveness to detail, and attunement to transcendent guiding currents. It inspires sensual creative brilliance generally expressed through the fine arts and other pleasurable activities.

Venus-Mars Synodic Cycles

Previous Cycle (with Chiron): November 27, 2016 - 29° Aqu 27' (S lat) (Markab Pegasus, the Circlet of Pisces (head of the fish), Zetas of Reticuli) Theme: inherited genomic patterns, clearing/healing psychic-emotional webs.

New Cycle: October 22, 2017 - 17° Leo 28' (N lat) (Chertan Leo)

First Quarter: January 8, 2018
Opposition: March 30, 2018
Last Quarter: June 23, 2018

Next New Cycle: September 23, 2018 – 15° Aqu 55' (S lat) (Hydor Aquarius)

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 Orionids Meteor Shower is active from October 4th to November 14th. Peak Dates: October 20-22.
Best Viewing: 2:00 AM local time.
Meteor Shower Calendar

The Crescent Moon occurs on October 24 in Ophiuchus and conjoins Ras Algethi and Sarin of northern Hercules.

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


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

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

Expanding upon our New Moon theme, our Crescent Moon brings inspiration to help free others from domination, suppression or impeding life scenarios. It stirs a passionate expression and incites mysteriously seductive and magnetic forces pulling us into the future and toward greater possibilities of being. It brings inspiration to look at life experience from an outside perspective to see alternatives previously unseen.

The Sun & Jupiter

The Sun conjoins Jupiter of October 26 in early sidereal Libra, the day before First Quarter Moon. This marks the mid-point in the current Earth-Jupiter 399-day synodic cycle that began in April 2017, presented in the March 28, 2017 Lunar Planner.

The Centaur.


This new Jupiter 399-day cycle brings attention to our personal attunement to our environment and accentuates environmental concerns. It emphasizes the need to be astutely attentive to the natural world and to respond upon the messages expressing through the natural world. Our environmental 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 will result in wasted efforts and worse yet will leave us evolving lives based upon infrastructures that may no longer exist in the near future. Jupiter will magnify our acquiescence to a modality of life based upon an antiquated system of unconscious consumption, continuing to rape and manipulate our natural resources, and our need to create a new sustainabile modality of living that supports all life and that will lead to a healthy, prosperous and enlightened human race. This, along with Pluto, is a signifcant part of the energetic set as we enter the last quarter of the Jupiter-Pluto Square, which continues into 2020.

Stars conjoining the Sun-Jupiter conjunction include Syrma of Virgo, Muhlifain Centauri and Miaplacidus Carinae of Argo Navis.

Syrma, which I dub the "Star of Atlantis," lies under the skirt of the Virgin and marks the knee of the Virgin. Syrma resonates with issues relating to frozen genetic coding and the resultant crystallized emotional patterning incurred due to devastating or cataclysmic events of the past, especially incurred from the controlling use of resources to obtain power over others. Syrma provides inspiration for personal change and transformation, and articulates our need to unlock our frozen genetic coding and crystallized cellular makeup that keeps us stretched out of the present. Syrma alignments can bring deep-seated emotional patterns to surface awareness so we may clear them, especially suppressed grief, guilt or remorse related to the use of power. Syrma also inspires the application of art-sciences that can aid in this process, freeing our selves from these imprints passed on through generations or lifetimes.

Syrma also conjoins Muhlifain Centauri. Muhlifain impels an oath of secrecy and protection, and the concealment of secret matters. It often indicates there is a double meaning, that one thing said exoterically reveals the opposite esoterically, or that one thing conceals or contains another—another clue to the secrets under the skirt of the Virgin.

The Purple Rose of Virgo.

The Purple Rose of Virgo
Conjoining Syrma is the Supernova SN 2007af, a recent and stunning revelation found in The Purple Rose of Virgo, a barred spiral galaxy (slightly smaller than our galaxy). The supernova is the bright object seen slightly below and to the right of the galaxy's centre. Image Credit: ESO PR Photo 16/07

Miaplacidus of Carina, on the keel of the Argo (of the Argo's Diamond Cross), is the second most important star of the Argo, after Canopus. "Mia" is of greater universal flowing waters of Source and "Placidus" is of grid-navigational-mapping. Miaplacidus involves the navigational mapping of cosmic evolutionary currents—evolutionary intelligence and how it expresses in time and space. Miaplacidus is of Astronomical-Earthgrid mapping, navigation, inner-dimensional travel, and related art-sciences and environments that support soul's greater evolutionary journey. Living at or traveling to the right locations at the proper times in our lives is of significance to be in proper (space-time) harmony. The purpose of sacred geometry, naturally tuned architecture, and the art-sciences involving harmonics and resonance are all of significance here—many of the art-sciences that have been obscured, suppressed or lost to humanity—including the integrated knowledge of astronomy and astrology and its application in cartographical mapping on the Earth in space and time.

All of these stars inspire transcendence into our inner-core awareness to unlock the bonds that keep us frozen or stretched in space-time, in a mode of trying to release the past to get to the future (in a limited light-speed mode of perception), which keeps us looking outside of self to acquire what we do not have in order to attain our fulfillment. They also inspire our proper attunement in space and time, that is, to place our selves in the proper location at any given time that serves our greater well being, personal healing and spiritual awakening.

The Sun-Jupiter conjunction, in addition to bringing realization to Jupiter's current synodic cycle, impels movement and expansion to embody greater levels of inner healing or transformation, perhaps to gain greater knowledge about esoteric artsciences supporting such transformation. It may also inspire moving to or a pilgrimage to other locations or new environments that are more conducive to changes we wish to make in our lives. This is also a part of the stimulus to action our First Quarter Moon brings.

The Jupiter bio-harmonic audio meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, the day of the Sun-Jupiter conjunction is an ideal time to work with the Jupiter Bio-harmonic Audio Mediations. 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.

Saturn and Pholus

Saturn-Pholus and Saturn-Quaoar synods in Sagittarius.

Although Saturn still conjoins Ixion in late sidereal Scorpio from a geocentric view, Saturn and the Centaur Pholus begin a new 33.4-year synodic cycle, also on October 27, in early sidereal Sagittarius (a heliocentric alignment). Saturn makes its final conjunction with Ixion on October 29. Saturn will then make its full geocentric entry into sidereal Sagittarius a bit later in this lunar cycle, on the Disseminating Moon of November 7, as it begins to leave its long-standing conjunction with tyrannical Ixion over the sting of the Scorpion (discussed in the previous Lunar Planner). Saturn and Pholus will make their actual conjunction on December 4, 2017. The Saturn-Quaoar synod will follow on December 30, 2017.

This transition creates another significant shift occurring in our evolutionary currents. Saturn had been making passage through sidereal Scorpio since late 2014, an uncomfortable passage for stoic Saturn, and climaxing with is conjunction with Ixion over the Sting of the Scorpion, occurring throughout 2017, in part stimulating the lashing out of authoritarian figureheads. (See Saturn-Ixion, Sedna and Chiron in the February 26, 2017 Lunar Planner.)

Saturn's passage through Scorpio, and more so during its finale with Ixion, brought up a great deal of fear with an emotionally-based reactive response. As Saturn makes entry into the stars of the Zen Archer (Sagittarius), we are impelled to relinquish this reactive response and are inspired to shift our focus to manifest our higher ideals and a greater unified awareness. Saturn impels us to mature and to address our fears, eventually to establish a calm and stable inner strength when feeling stressed or challenged. In Sagittarius, this is the discipline and stamina of the Zen Archer. Saturn's entry into Sagittarius also has the influence of the Centaur Pholus (and then Quaoar). Pholus can act as a metamorphic catalyst to aid in this transition. This often occurs in a mysterious or shrouded way or in a whirlwind of confusion, and with Saturn, this may manifest in concretized form. More about Pholus.

Saturn's passage through Sagittarius will continue to 2020, when the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto cycles make their grand completion, marking the end of our current sociopolitical era. See The 2020 Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto Synods with Ceres, Mars and Pallas to learn more about this and to see Saturn's passage through Scorpio and Sagittarius.

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 October 27 in early sidereal Capricorn, expressing from the Sun-Jupiter conjunction. Conjoining stars include Algedi and Dabih of Capricorn, Theta Indus and Theta Aquila.

First Quarter Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

Early sidereal Capricorn is of hermetism, esoterism, magic, and various areas of esoteric knowledge and science, also of covert technologies as well as the secret places and orders associated with them. These can include military-scientific-extraterrestrial bases, hermitages, exclusive retreats, or isolated places with a spiritual focus—including sacred sites or places of power under the care of their mysterious stewards, or merely places of personal retreat and seclusion—but places strategic to one's purpose.

Algedi (Alpha), horn of the goat, and Dabih (Beta) Capricorn impart a highly inquisitive and prodding nature. It motivates exploration into secret or obscure places and impels covert activities for personal gain or for a specific purpose.

Aquila, the northern Eagle, perched high above the Earth, is of removed stillness and has astute observation to detail. The Eagle is of equilibrium and poise, with global vision and local purpose. As the Eagle flies high above the Earth, with eyes capable of focusing on the most minute detail, it assesses, examines, and awaits its opportunity. Removed and alone, the Eagle pin-points its pursuits from objective balance, and to then dive into the world with surety and boldness. Generally the stars of Aquila are of applied personal force and power expressed with fierce eloquence and graceful beauty. Theta Aquila (conjoining Algedi), which marks the southern wing tip of the Eagle, is of eloquent maneuvers, like that performed by advanced aircraft or extraterrestrial spacecraft.

Indus, a southern constellation directly under the first decan of sidereal Capricorn, was recently added in the early 1600's by German astronomer Johann Bayer of Augsberg. Bayer articulates the qualities of this constellation as a nude (native) man holding arrows in both hands, (without a bow). In Chinese astronomy, Alpha Indus is the desert Persian (Allen).

Indus articulates the qualities and skills of a native indigenous person, much like a Native American Elder, the Australian Aboriginal, the Desert Arab or Persian, the Hawaiian Kahuna, or the Mountain Shaman—sometimes ornately dressed or adorned, and sometimes totally inconspicuous and unassuming. Either way, Indus' adornment, what ever it may be, is with specific purpose, often including the use of ceremonial magik or prayer. Indus can blend in and disappear or invoke a mysterious power for a specific purpose.

Indus also articulates the steward of a special place or sacred land, or a keeper of sacred knowledge and sacred ways; and imparts the quality of a shamanistic way of life. Such people are most often highly astute and specialized, able to comprehend the intimate relation to the unseen forces guiding our lives and the natural world in which we live. Indus understands our connectedness to the land, and the importance of the location in which we live, our "places of power" that support our wellbeing and purposes in life. This also alludes to why military installations are often found on or near sacred sites, strategic locations on the Earthgrid. Indus impels a deep respect for the land, for life, and is sensitive to a place's power and purpose.

Theta Aquila and Theta Indus are both of equilibrium and poise, and impart a capacity for spatial awareness and precision maneuvering with astute attention to fluidity in movement.

Our First Quarter Moon stimulus to action brings emphasis to participate with conscious awareness about the symbiosis of our physical wellbeing and the land and environments in which we may live or travel to. It impels focused attention based on knowledge gained from astute observation and facts, rather than on assumed preconceptions, biases, superficial appearances or deceiving facades. It may impel detailed investigative research to discover something hidden. It brings attention to education, both learning and teaching, and to travel, movement and physical agility.

The New Pallas Synodic Cycle

Pallas, in the midst of her retrograde, begins her new synodic cycle on October 28, south of the ecliptic in Eridanus, but conjoining the stars forming the Head of the Ram (Mesartim and Sharatan of Aries). Pallas began her retrograde on September 11 and will complete it when she returns direct on December 17, at which time her new synodic cycle will fully externalize in our lives.

A planet's synod occurs in the midst of its retrograde, which is the transition point between the last synodic cycle and next. This transition is an internal process, which we then externalize when the planet completes its retrograde. See Synodic Cycles and Planetary Retrogrades.


Egyptian war goddess Neith.

Egyptian war goddess Neith wearing the Deshret crown of Lower Egypt, which bears the cobra of Wadjet.

Pallas Athene (often simply Athena), in Greek mythology, is commonly called both the Warrior Woman and the Peaceful General. Pallas was strong-willed and would act on her own knowledge and wisdom. She preferred artful diplomacy rather than conflict, but was ready to fight if need be. The goddess Athena was derived from the Egyptian Neith, matron of the city of Sais in the Western Nile Delta.

Pallas expresses the artful application of creative intelligence for solution beyond duality's paradox—from beyond the judgments of one side verses the other. Pallas invites the integration of our past experience in duality—from having been on both sides of the fence at one time or another, and to claim that experience as wisdom. She invites us to use that wisdom as a foundation to express nonjudgmental courageous solution beyond life's paradoxes created by opposing forces. Mature Pallas expresses from the balance of the masculine and feminine principles, from a unified awareness. She is applier and defender of social justice, and accepts personal responsibility for having co-created one's experience; i.e. the resolution of victim consciousness. Pallas implores us to look at the apparent paradoxes occurring in our own lives as reflective, like a mirror, of that which is occurring within in our selves.

Pallas also imparts the expression of intellect in craft and inventiveness, and the ability to link, unify and bring pieces together. She imparts wonderful perceptual and organizational skills and a capacity for pattern recognition, strategic planning and public relations. Pallas often has a prominent placement in the charts of artists and political reformists. More about Pallas and the asteroids.

Pallas retrograde in Eridanus.

Excerpt from the August 21, 2017 Lunar Planner

Pallas retrogrades generally provide opportunity to review and reform issues and strategies about societal equality. However, retrograde Pallas impels and inward looking journey to review and reform imbalances within self, to establish objective equanimity within self by understanding and resolving our own biases, judgements and righteous attitudes. Once established, we can then objectively see both sides of social issues and offer intelligent creative solution to life's paradoxes based from wisdom rather than from judgment and side-taking, which perpetuates social imbalance.

The start of this Pallas retrograde occurring in this part of the heavens impels an introspective process to consider how we create our own entrapments and limit ourselves from personal attainment due to our own self-judgments. It invites us to look beyond the dramatics of those around us and of our life scenarios to realize any entrapping conditions manifest in our lives are but a reflection of the projection of our own fears—a principle key in the revelation found along the river of life.

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, impel applied force to change or for achievement. They support new beginnings, adventure, accomplishment 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. Mesartim and Sharatan indicate a time to take action or to create change, but also provide a portent that headstrong or impulsive action driven from arrogant righteousness or adamant denial can lead one into the initiatory fires of life, failing to achieve our goals. Either way, these stars impel us to initiate personal action to take the lead in our individual lives. They impel active communication with quick comprehension and quick response in order to manifest our thoughts or desires.

Thus, this new Pallas cycle brings emphasis to self-assertion for personal accomplishment. It requires we get out of our own way by relinquishing our biases and self-judgments to objectively express our creative intelligence from a greater level of inner equilibrium.

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 October 31 conjoins retrograde Chiron in late sidereal Aquarius. It lies under the Circlet of Pisces, which forms the head of the westward swimming fish. Also conjoining are Markab of Pegasus, Beta and Delta of the Phoenix, the Zetas of Reticuli in the very southern heavens, and the Nuclear Galaxy, BL Lacerta in the northern heavens.


Classically, Chiron is the Wounded Healer, which means our wounds are that which heal us. Chiron's placement in one's chart reveals areas in our lives where personal healing is required, where we need to find wholeness. Chiron impels us to get in touch with, face and heal our wounds, a process of unconditionally embracing our wounds with an open heart, willing to feel any emotion attached to those wounds rather then defending why we are wounded with judgmental mind. All wounds are cellular memory patterns that block us from becoming healthy and whole, and from expressing our full potential. Defending why we are hurt, unhealthy or wounded results in nothing more than further suppressing those unhealthy cellular patterns, creating more chronic conditions, often leading us to seek quick band-aid fixes or temporary feel-good patterns of behavior that merely mask and suppress the symptoms. This process of being unconditionally willing to dive below the surface of symptomology and feel, whatever the emotions may be, allows those very wounds to become the means, the elixir, that allows our inner transmutation into a refined vibrational resonance. More about Chiron.

Markab, Alpha Pegasus, the primary star of Pegasus, is the first of four very principal stars creating the Great Square of Pegasus. The principles and qualities embodied in each of these four stars reveal the requirements for our psycho-physiological preparation to become free from the bounds limiting us from participating in a more fulfilling and purposeful expression in the world. This "refinement of self" allows us to rise above the bounds of the psychic-emotional entrapments common to collective human consciousness to become far more than our ancestry. These four stars have long been associated with the feet of a table or stand, thus a supporting foundation or stage upon which something else transpires, is supported, or rises from.

Markab brings emphasis to the corporeal aspects of self. Markab brings attention to the physical condition of our bodies at the genetic and cellular level. Markab articulates the vehicle through which soul expresses and participates in physicality. Markab not only brings attention to our physical body and its health (the body being the temple / vessel of the soul) but also to how we interrelate in our human physicality. Markab asks us to honor and respect the physical needs of the human body and to fully embrace the physical aspects of our lives.

Conjoining the Circlet and Markab are Beta and Delta Phoenix. Beta Phoenix marks the body or heart of the Phoenix. Delta is a part of the tail along with Psi. The Phoenix is a totem of transformation and rebirth, as the durative soul in incarnate form dies and births again into a new bio-logical form, thus the theme of rising from the ashes or trials of the past.

Reticulum star chart.

Beta Reticuli and the Zetas of Reticuli express from the very southern heavens into late sidereal Aquarius. Reticuli, the rhomboid or diamond, embodies the essence of our DNA, that of carbon based-life forms, which we are. Reticuli is sometimes referred to as "the net," which we might also consider to be our neural-net.

The Zetas of Reticuli are two remote star systems disconnected from the main body of the Reticuli constellation. They are separated by ~5 minutes of arc and ~2 lightyears from each other in distance. The Zetas impel exploration into psychic sciences for the advancement of conscious awareness, healing and bio-logical development. This includes areas such as telepathy, remote viewing in both space and time, and other supernormal or extrasensory cognitive and physical abilities.

Lacerta star chart.

Lacerta, the lizard, lies along the galactic equator, just over the Great Square of Pegasus, and is gatekeeper to the Primordial Origin. Lacerta embodies our pure unadulterated primordial essence. Lacerta holds the knowledge of elemental forces that mold consciousness itself into organic form, awareness that precedes thought itself. The BL Lacerta Nucelar Galaxy is a prominent entry also expressing through the Aquarius-Pisces cusp. BL Lacerta has a highly erratic and wild variability, radiating high-intensity emission lines from radio to gamma ray wavelengths, with a lack of strong emission lines in their optical spectra. Originally thought to be a star, it still has a variable star designation. The name BL Lacerta (or BL Lacs) is now a name used to delineate galaxies with this type of characteristic, named after their progenitor here in Lacerta.

Northern BL Lacerta and the southern Zeta stars of Reticuli, which conjoin at the Pisces cusp, tend to excite invisible primal psychic forces and higher mental, psychic and telepathic tendencies. They can also tend toward psychic manipulation, control, confusion and entrapment by intentionally transmitted psychically manipulative forces that are invisible to the unsuspecting, unaware, naïve, or innocent, and which is common to the psychic realm of mind. Psychic abilities can also be clouded by unresolved emotional issues, or a denial of the need to address such issues. All of these stars inspire pursuits to ensure we are physically, emotionally and mentally clear and evolved for the expression and manifestation of our greatest potential.

Our Chiron Gibbous Moon brings emphasis to psychic webs of confusion that may create physical and emotional discord in our lives and our need to clear such webs that we may have unknowingly taken on at etheric level. It impels deep excursions within self to clear and heal core issues underlying superficial symptomatology.

It may also inspire involvement with, or the research and development of, advanced technologies or methodologies associated with physical healing, those that aid to clear and refine our cellular and genomic expression, and those that aid to cultivate refined paranormal mental and perceptual faculties.

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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

The Full Moon occurs on November 4 UT (Nov 3 MST) in mid-sidereal Aries. The Moon lies upon the Head of Cetus conjoining Mu Ceti, which lies between Kaffaljidhma, the brain of Cetus, and Menkar, the jaws. Also conjoining are Achrid and Castula of Cassiopeia, Tycho's Super Nova Remnant of 1572 C.E., an x–ray source in Cassiopeia, the legs of Andromeda, which lie just south of Cassiopeia, and Beta Triangulum.

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

Cetus is the fear-instilling techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness. The body of Cetus lies submerged in sidereal Pisces, but its neck and head reach up upon the shores of Aries, with its head lying in mid-sidereal Aries. The head of Cetus articulates the intelligence of Cetus, which is marked by two primary stars, Al Kaff al Jidhmah, the base of the head of Cetus, and Menkar, the jaws of Cetus. Who is it that creates this central intelligencia? Many would like to blame the monster on every thing and every one outside of self, a victim mentality perpetuating our human condition and the entrapments we find ourselves in. However, the key phrase here is “human consciousness.” This implies each of us is responsible for the collective consciousness we find ourselves in—the reality of our personal lives and that of our world we uphold by consensus.

Tycho's Super Nova Remnant.

Tycho's Super Nova Remnant. Image credit: NASA/CXC/SAO

Tycho's Super Nova Remnant was discovered by Tycho Brache in 1572 AD in Denmark. Supernovas play a significant role in the awakening of human consciousness. Brache revealed the nova was located beyond the moon and was also the first to produce a modern star guide, inspiring the movement from personality-egoic centered reality, one separate from Source (purported by the dark-age church to control the masses) to that of the durative soul consciousness which transcends the sphere of incarnate self (Earth). It certainly was a time requiring external catalyst to help awaken humanity from a dark period. For example: On August 23 and 24, 1572, 50,000 Huguenonts (French Protestants considered heretics by the Roman Catholic Church) in Paris and surrounding provinces were killed by Catholics in France. The massacre was called for by the queen mother Catherine de Medici and was applauded by Pope Gregory XIII—dubbed "St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre." This was during the time of the Renaissance, just after Copernicus published his heliocentric theory of the solar system in Poland (1543 AD), and just before Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar in Italy (1582). It was within one year of when Johannes Kepler was born (1571). Kepler later revealed the sacred geometry (Phi progression) natural to the organization of our solar system—the music of the spheres. Kepler played a significant role in bringing to light the long-lost art-sciences.

Achird of Cassiopeia asks us to realize that we create and perpetuate the very things that we perceive as trying to detour or devour us. Achird brings attention to the fact that the monsters and the entrapments in which we find ourselves become manifest by our own righteous and arrogant attitudes of self-importance. Castula of Cassiopeia impels us to express a purer form of self, which in turn allows us to move up and out of an entrapping situation from which there seems no solution or escape.

Cassiopeia, crusted with frustration due to finding herself unable to have that which she knows she is entitled, in between the tormenting forces of both the manipulative gods and the monstrous human world, and at loss with how to deal with either, becomes spitefully arrogant. It is Cassiopeia's spiteful arrogance that got her daughter Andromeda chained to the rocks to be devoured by Cetus to start with.

Often time, when feeling trapped, we lash out against the world around us with the whip of arrogance, which often snaps back to scar our own hand, especially when applied with vengeance. Lowering ourselves to this level or resourcefulness, using a tool found only in the dramatics of the monstrous world, will lead us only to our own demise. Here we have a statement of something we must surrender to receive that which we are due—righteous arrogance, the attitude that keeps us from our very own fulfillment.

Our Full Moon culminates and brings realization to the essence of this early Libra lunar cycle. In this area of sidereal Aries, our Full Moon is about transformation and regeneration. It brings realization to the attitudes we hold and those we need to surrender in order to move forward into fulfillment, and it is those attitudes that create our environmental resonance and the resonance we establish in our relations. It presents the opportunity to pause and invert our perspective from being entrapped by forces or circumstances appearing to be outside of self to recognizing that it is our fear-based attitudes that crystallize as righteous and adamant behavior leading us to feel that we must fight against the techno-bureaucratic monster (Cetus), against life experience in general. Yet doing so just pulls us deeper into the undertow of human collective consciousness, acquiescing to fear, judgment, shame and blame—that which Cetus feeds upon. Our Full Moon invites us to realize we are our own directing intelligence responsible for our life experience, and to shift our perspective where life is a struggle of self against others, or against life in general, to one where we live in mutual support to facilitate a new life expression for all involved.

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.

Gemini star chart.

The Disseminating Moon occurs on November 7 exactly conjoining the Gate of Man in sidereal Gemini and the foot of Castor. Prominent conjoining stars include Betelgeuse of Orion, and Menkalinan (Beta) and Theta Auriga.

The Gemini Twins are marked by the two principal stars, Pollux, the immortal extraterrestrial one, and Castor the mortal terrestrial one, the extraterrestrial incarnate. These two stars, which mark the Twins' heads, lie in the last few degrees of sidereal Gemini. The Twins stand upon the galactic equator at a 60° angle to the ecliptic plane, with the "Feet of the Twins" lying in earlier Gemini, upon the "Gate of Man". Sidereal Gemini is 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.

Betelgeuse in Orion

Using different state-of-the-art techniques on ESO's Very Large Telescope, two independent teams of astronomers have obtained the sharpest ever views of the supergiant star Betelgeuse. They show that the star has a vast plume of gas almost as large as our Solar System and a gigantic bubble boiling on its surface. Betelgeuse, the second brightest star in the constellation of Orion, is a red supergiant, one of the biggest and most luminous stars known, almost 1000 times larger than our Sun and emitting more light than 100,000 Suns. Such extreme properties foretell the demise of a short-lived stellar king. With an age of only a few million years, Betelgeuse is already nearing the end of its life and is soon doomed to explode as a supernova. When it does, the supernova should be seen easily from Earth, even in broad daylight. Credit: ESO.

The foot of Castor conjoins the "Gate of Man" (at 5°sidereal Gemini), which is one of the two nodes in the ecliptic of the fixed axis of Earth's Precessional Cross (the galactic equatorial axis). Its opposite point at 5° Sagittarius is the "Gate of God," which is the primary fiducial of Earth’s Precessional Cross. The galactic equatorial axis is where the ecliptic plane and the galactic plane intersect. The Gate of Man impels the expression of our greater ideals and life purpose (Gate of God) through the daily activity of humankind. It drives our need to respond to and participate in life and to support progressive evolutionary change.

Betelgeuse is the second brightest star in the constellation of Orion. It is a red supergiant, one of the biggest stars known, and almost 1000 times larger than our Sun, according to conventional scientific methods of calculation. It is also one of the most luminous stars known, emitting more light than 100,000 Suns. As such, it contributes a principal energetic to this area of the zodiak.

Betelgeuse marks Orion's right shoulder, from which he holds the upraised sword just under the Gate of Man. Betelgeuse embodies the theme of a male warrior, is of a kingly nature, authoritative and is of human resourcefulness in action. Betelgeuse inspires a sense of responsibility to dynamically response to whatever is occurring in the moment—to adapt and respond. Betelgeuse will challenge existing systems or authorities to cut through whatever is in the way of solution. Physical constructive response is the hallmark of Betelgeuse.

Menkalinan, the right shoulder of Auriga the Charioteer, conjoins Betelgeuse, the right shoulder of Orion, and the Gate of Man. Menkalinan is of mutual support amongst colleagues, imparting a sense of responsibility to assist each other in the world of daily human affairs to help mobilize one’s efforts and opportunity for success. Menkalinan is also a polarizer that will show us the opposite side of an issue by attracting people or experiences that elucidate through graphic illustration our hesitancies or indecision to take action, which can help us cut through confusion to make things plain and clear—what are friends for. Menkalinan is associate to Capella, Auriga's lucida, the Starseed Messenger of Light.

This Disseminating Moon brings emphasis to our daily human activity and to all facts of human interaction, from social interaction to those in business and commerce. It impels an assertive and prompt response to our life experience, to participate, to become shareable. It also emphasizes mutual support amongst colleagues and friends.

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 November 10 in late sidereal Cancer, conjoining and nesting between Ceres and the North Lunar Node. It conjoins Merak (Beta) and Tania of Ursa Major, and Naos on the Puppis or Argo Navis.

Last Quarter Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

Last Quarter Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley

Dubhe (Alpha) and Merak (Beta) of the great Bear are the two brightest stars of Ursa Major. They express through later Cancer and are the pointers to Earth’s current North Star, Polaris of the Little Bear, Ursa Minor. They bring attention to caring for the young and impel us to seek a greater vision for future generations to come.

Dubhe impels the pursuit for a greater vision beyond the accepted political-religious dogmas of the human world that keep humanity in darkness and delusion; and against the controlling global forces perpetuating that dogmatic rule. At a personal level, Dubhe asks us to do all we can to achieve the greater vision that we hold for the unfoldment of our lives—for the true nourishment, fulfillment, and freedom we seek. Merak impels us to get on with the pursuit Dubhe inspires. Dubhe is more of inspiration and vision whereas Merak impels assertive demonstrable action to manifest that greater vision for our selves and for all life on Earth, to get on with it.

Ursa Major Star Chart.

Also conjoining Merak is the hind-foot of the Great Bear composed of Tania Bor. and Tania Aus., which brings a strong sense of the power of conviction—that which propels us beyond our current, accepted stance in life, beyond what has been achieved before. This is a power point in the zodiak; a place to leave the comforts of our existing reality behind and to confidently surge into new and unexplored territory.

Adventurism, exploration, breaking new trail, to go where we have not gone before, to get on with it, to engage, are all themes here. These are actions that require the courage of self-conviction, belief in self and in our paths in life to have the inner confidence to step away from the convention of mass consensus and beyond the boundaries of known self.

Our Last Quarter Moon's conjunction with Ceres and the North Lunar Node at this area of the zodiak inspires a highly inventive, but practical approach, along with an assertive drive to create change in our lives that supports a greater level of physical nourishment and emotional wellbeing. The energetic here is not so much about talking, but doing, and in this case, doing things differently to emerge from entrapping patterns of the past.

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 the previous phase is a time to coalesce our experience throughout the lunar cycle into its essence. 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 essence which is of true value to our greater growth.
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 in our lunar spiral of growth. This is time of assimilating the essence of the past cycle into the memory matrix of our cerebral cortex. Completing any loose ends may be appropriate, making the field of all possibilities smooth and clear, becoming ready for a new cycle to emerge. The day before the New Moon requires total abandonment, total surrender, in order to allow the next lunar theme to sprout. Let go of all fears, worries and self-judgment. Come into the present. Become empty, a clear vessel. It is a great day to play and have fun.

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 essence. 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 November 14 in sidereal Virgo. The Moon nests between Zaniah and Porrima of Virgo and conjoins Diadem of Coma Berenices, Eta Crater and the Antennae Galaxies, and Phi Velorum of Argo Navis.

The Antennae Galaxies in Corvus.

The Antennae Galaxies in Corvus conjoining Diadem of Coma.
This Hubble image of the Antennae galaxies is the sharpest yet of this merging pair of galaxies. As the two galaxies smash together, billions of stars are born, mostly in groups and clusters of stars. The brightest and most compact of these are called super star clusters. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration.

Diadem of Coma Berenices is the jeweled crown above Virgin's head. Ornate Crowns in antiquity were designed with specific metals, jewels and geometries to accentuate the wearer's telepathic and clairvoyant capacities, and for their communion with transcendent realms of consciousness. Diadem brings emphasis to natural materials, geometry and technologies that facilitate attunement to our transcendent soul awareness and guidance. Diadem also delineates the capstone to human spinal column, articulating the resonant structure of the human skull, the brain, and especially the pineal gland and its illumination or awakening of inner vision, the doorway to suprahuman perception and intradimensional travel.

The stars of Vela, the sail of the Argo are about our capacity to perceive, attune to and utilize transcendent information and subtle evolutionary currents. Phi Velorum is a blue-white and very luminous supergiant star. It and the adjoining Pulsar P 0950 reside almost exactly on the Galactic Equator. Phi Velorum brings emphasis to our attunement to and harmonious flow with transcendent spiraling currents expressing in consciousness and forming all life, from atoms to galaxies. Pulsars in general are beacons for the soul, and in this case, inspiring our attunement to the evolutionary currents beyond our incarnational moment, those of the greater evolutionary process itself. P-0950 has a pulse rate of 1.436551 seconds, which is a frequency of 0.696 Hz., which is at the very low end of the Delta brainwave region. Below this is the Epsilon brainwave region of extremely low frequencies (ELF). This is where, through meditative practice, one becomes entirely thoughtless and omnisciently aware. This frequency translates both to infrared and violet wavelengths in the light spectrum. Thus, P-0950 links energy currents occurring in the spiritual realm (crown chakra) with the very root / earth primordial response (Earth Chakra—about a foot below our feet), also reminding us that to receive our spiritual guidance we must be grounded and properly tuned—like any good antenna, otherwise this internal disconnect results in a behavioral response that becomes awry and erratic.

Four Major Fireballs
within Ten Hours

Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017. Seen in Germany (~16:50 UT), France (~21:30 UT), Arizona (~03:28 UT) and Ohio (~01:46 UT).

This Balsamic Moon brings emphasis to the delicate symbiotic relationship of all living systems—our relationship with the land, agriculture and the environment, and the role of this symbiosis in optimal human functioning. This brings emphasis to how ill health, neurological dysfunction and premature fatality results when this intimate biological-biosphere relationship is disturbed or polluted (by synthetic chemicals or electromagnetics), or when natural cycles and rhythms are disrupted or timing is ignored (both agriculturally and biologically). Our internal disconnect from a proper and harmonious bio-harmonic resonance with the rest of life and our ignorance of the delicate symbiosis of living systems is responsible for the majority of human discord.

This Balsamic Moon brings emphasis to our attunement to the natural world, to our perceptual abilities and to the timing of our actions. It impels us to use all of our sensory faculties to attune to and participate as an integral part of life rather than separate from it. It emphasizes neurological function, our biological terrain (the internal environment of the body), and health and nutrition in general. This includes that of crops (esp. roots and stems, which transport soil nutrient), of proper soil mineralization and all involved in creating healthy soil and subsequent produce.

This Balsamic Moon also imparts an assertive creative quality with consideration for the long-term evolutionary ramifications. It impels us to realize that our thoughts, words and actions not only effect the moment but extend into the fabric of life through quantum communication, creating transcendent energetic currents that effect our evolutionary timestream.

The following New Moon occurs on November 18 just into early sidereal Scorpio. More to come then.

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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