V407 of Cygnus
The March 2010 Unprecedented
Stellar Explosion in Cygnus

An Astronomical & Astrological Exploration

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

The Astronomy & Astrology of V407 Cygni's Stellar Explosion

V407 Cygni Stelar Nova Explosion

Illustration: V407 Cygni Nova
An artists rendering of a symbiotic recurrent nova.
Image credit: David A. Hardy & PPARC
(The Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council).
PPARC and CCLRC recently merged to form the "Science and Technology Facilities Council" U.K.

V407 Cygni is a "symbiotic variable" star, which are close interacting binaries (pairs of stars) usually containing a red giant star and a hotter, smaller white dwarf star. Binaries often orbit a common center of gravity and nest inside a shared nebulosity of stellar dust.

An unusually bright and unexpected outburst from what was thought to be a rather mundane and slightly variable star in the constellation Cygnus was detected by two Japanese astronomers, Koichi Nishiyama (Fukuoka, Japan) and Fujio Kabashima (Saga, Japan), in images taken on March 10, 2010 (10:48 UT). An independent discovery of this outburst was also made by Tadashi Kojima. This indicates a slow nova outburst that may have been in progress since 1936. This article explores the timely discovery and significant placement of V407 in Cygnus and sidereal Aquarius.

A Nova or any type of stellar explosion, such as that occurring with V407 of Cygnus, brings attention to, excites, and energizes the zodiakal longitude of the stellar burst. V407 Cygni lies in the northern heavens along the galactic equator just past the primary star, Deneb, of Cygnus (06° 31' past Deneb and 01° 30' south of Deneb, in ecliptical longitude and latitude). This close proximity to Deneb brings a significant emphasis to the astrological qualities of Deneb of Cygnus.

Lying in the northern heavens upon the galactic equator we find Cygnus the Swan, also called the Northern Galactic Cross. Deneb, tail of the swan, is the principal star of Cygnus and marks the top (head) of the northern galactic cross. Like Sadr, heart of the swan, Deneb lies along the galactic plane, but is quite close to the most northern point along the galactic plane--the primordial origin--which marks the location of Earth's pole at the start of Earth's ~25,000-year precessional cycle. This is a point of unity consciousness in the "evolutionary cycle of the soul," which is created by Earth's precessional cycle. This is where Earth's pole lies at rest, infused in the plane of galactic light. Deneb is the first primary star that Earth's pole encounters as Earth's pole lifts itself from its slumber in Earth's precessional cycle. It thus is the messianic head of the precessional Cycle of the Holy Cross--of the evolutionary cycle of the soul. Administrative Deneb, a star more than a hundred times the diameter of our Sun, with a very high luminosity, governs the first of the seven heavens (evolutionary epochs) in the Earth's precessional cycle. Deneb embodies our unadulterated androgynous pure soul essence before fragmentation into race, sex, or creed. Deneb inspires us to stand in the awareness of our pure soul essence, in this wholeness and to participate from the maturity of unity consciousness, unbiased and beyond the segregations and categorizations common to modern-day mass-consciousness.

The Pelican Nebula near V204 & Deneb of Cygnus

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

The zodiacal longitude of V407 Cygni enters sidereal Aquarius at the "Angel Point" of the zodiak--the center of the sidereal sign of Aquarius. V407 Cygni exactly conjoins Hydor and Lambda of Aquarius. It also conjoins the very southern star Alpha Hydra.

Aquarius is of vision and creativity, revolutionary and unpredictable, original, eccentric and innovative. Aquarians support "the future well being of Humanity." They are visionaries seeking to support humanitarian pursuits especially in the arts and sciences, an evolved societal structure, that which the nourishing flowing waters of the Waterbearer are intended.

V407 Cygni's zodiacal longitude emphasizes the essence of revolutionary and humanitarian Aquarius. Hydor, Lambda Aquarius, lies in and guides the stream of the flowing waters of the humanitarian waterbearer. Hydor (which simply means water), like the stars of the urn from which the waters flow, Sadalmelik, Sadachbia, Seat, Zeta and Eta, is a star of fortuity. This zodiacal location is also related to Varuna, goddess of the water's of life, and who invites us to allow nature's way to weave its course. Directly conjoining Hydor of Aquarius is Alpha Hydrus (not to be confused with Hydra). Classically, Alpha Hydrus is the tail of Hydrus, yet some modern renderings show it as the head. Hydrus is a very southern constellation, lying at the south ecliptic pole. As such, it is of the soul collective's fundamental essence--a protogenoi of life, specifically the fundamental nourishing primordial waters from which life emerges. Alpha Hydrus articulates our fundamental basic needs of life--that which the entire human family requires for its basic existence--the needs of the people to live--that which should be denied to none.

V407 Cygni's longitude also lies exactly between the Perihelion of Orcus, one of our newly discovered planets (compliment to Pluto), which lies in Pegasus, and the exalted zodiacal location of Neptune in Aquarius. Thus, V407 Cygni also resonates with the astrological qualities of Neptune and Orcus.

Lunar Cycle Timing

The Veil of Lacework Nebula on the Wing of Cygnus

The Veil of Lacework Nebula on the Wing of Cygnus

The discovery of this explosion of V407 Cygni and its publication is timely in our current series of lunar cycles, which occur in the aquatic quadrant of the heavens. It occurred in the February 14, 2010 Lunar Cycle (Dreams & Visions - Our Bridge into the Future); (for subscribers). Synchronistically, the New Moon of this lunar cycle conjoined Neptune and the Centaur Chiron exactly on the cusp of sidereal Aquarius.

Synopsis of the February 14, 2010 Lunar Cycle:

The cuspal stars of sidereal Aquarius along with Chiron and Neptune set the theme of this lunar month. Sadr of Cygnus, the heart of the Swan, marks the Aquarian cusp along with the beautiful Lacework Nebula, which lies upon the wing of the Cygnus. This marks the start of the revolutionary, visionary and humanitarian facet of the zodiak.... (A continuation of this synopsis can be found in the Lunar Planner Archive.)

In addition to the theme of the February 2010 lunar cycle, V407 Cygni also brings emphasis to the recent several-month long conjunction of Neptune and Chiron, and to the new Chiron-Neptune ~85-year synodic cycle, which began, just after the Gibbous Moon of this lunar cycle, on February 26. The Chiron-Neptune synodic theme is the same as this lunar cycle's theme. The Chiron-Neptune synthesis, in part, inspires us to create entirely new, revolutionary and visionary alternatives to cross the vast abyss currently upon us. It may also require we discern that which are real alternatives, those that can truly form a bridge into the future from those that are impractical fantasy. Either way, the point is not for us to fix or re-build that which is crumbling around us, but to create a new world paradigm, a new societal structure fitting to our emerging new world consciousness. The Neptune-Chiron (and Jupiter) new synodic cycle is also presented in the 2008-2011 planetary cycles timeline article.

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.

Learn the basics about Synodic Cycles & Synodic Astrology.

The following March 15, 2010 Lunar Cycle began on the cusp of sidereal Pisces (for subscribers).

Synopsis of the March 15, 2010 Lunar Cycle:

This New Moon conjoins Mercury and Uranus, which lie opposite Makemake, one of our recently discovered planets (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh). Our New Moon planetary alignment is Uranus-Mercury-Sun-Moon-Earth-Makemake. This also marks the start of a new 367-day Earth-Makemake (synodic) cycle. Makemake plays a key role in the planetary cycles timeline that began in late 2008 and that continues through early 2011. It is part of the catalyst behind the restructuring of our world paradigm--particularly regarding the administration of resources and exposure of the manipulation of resources in government-big business and banking. The Sun-Mercury-Uranus alignment also marks the mid-point of vision and realization in the current 370-day Earth-Uranus cycle that began in mid-September 2009; the mid-point of vision and realization in the current 116-day Earth-Mercury cycle; and the start of a new Mercury-Uranus cycle; all stimulating a dynamic lunar month of welcomed but perhaps unexpected and radical change.

This Mercury-Uranus New Moon occurs on the cusp of sidereal Pisces, which is marked by "the circlet" of stars that mark the head of the western fish and the star Matar on the left forearm of Pegasus, which lies north of the circlet. Matar is from Al Sa'd al Matar, which means "the Fortunate Rain," and articulates movement from high-mental and social activity of later sidereal Aquarius into the wet, sensual, emotional, psychic and amorphous world of sidereal Pisces.

The Mercury-Uranus New Moon conjunction adds a significant dynamic to this lunar cycle's theme, as does the new Earth-Makemake synodic cycles theme, which is defined by the cuspal stars of sidereal Virgo. The Mercury-Uranus New Moon invites the expression of unconventional, original and inventive thought and concepts. It stimulates the unexpected and spontaneous; and its placement on the Piscian sidereal cusp invites us to trust in the intuitive and abstract--in essence, producing a mind-expanding lunar cycle. The new Earth-Makemake cycle theme, also a part of this lunar cycle's theme, may invite new and radical ideas regarding the administration of financial resources, as well as motivating audacious action to pursue those ideas. (A continuation of this synopsis can be found in the Lunar Planner Archive.)

The Balsamic Moon of the March 2010 lunar cycle, which occurs on April 10, 2010, conjoins Deneb of Cygnus and conjoining stars--near the location of the V407 Cygni explosion. The Balsamic Moon of a lunar cycle is when we coalesces the essence of the lunar cycle into its seed form, and is that which will sprout in the following lunar cycle to come, in this case on the New Moon of April 14, 2010. (Living in attunement to the Lunar Cycles.)

Excerpt from the March 15, 2010 Lunar Planner

The Balsamic Moon occurs on April 10 at the end of the first decan (10°) of sidereal Aquarius. It conjoins Deneb of Cygnus, Sadachbia and Sadalmelik of Aquarius; and Fomalhaut of Pisces Aus. (the southern fish).

Aquarius, the humanitarian waterbearer, nourishes the body of humanity, articulated by Pisces Australis and the star Fomalhaut (which conjoins Deneb of Cygnus, also Sadalmelik of Aquarius and Enif of Pegasus). Fomalhaut, one of the four Royal Stars, embodies the essence of a humanitarian-based society, one in which basic human needs are met for all people. Orcus' perihelion lies just north of a prominent asterism (to skywatchers) composed of Sadachbia, Pi (Seat), Epsilon, and Zeta, which create a 4-star "Y"--a symbol used in electronics to denote an antenna--that which transmits and receives, is expressive/receptive. Sadachbia of Aquarius is the "lucky star of hidden things." Sadachbia can indicate that a physical gift of extreme value can be discovered, revealed, claimed or given. The "Y" of stars is generally depicted as the Urn of Aquarius--from where the nourishing humanitarian waters flow.

Sadalmelik, Alpha Aquarius, is the "lucky one of the kingdom." Sadalmelik creates an air of recognition and acceptance in the kingdom of human affairs--especially for those involved in the arts and sciences. Sadalmelik brings fortuitous opportunity for those with humanitarian interest, and who are in those arenas where such interest can be expressed. Ancha, Theta Aquarius, just below Sadalmelik is the waterbearer's talisman on his belt or thigh and articulates this fortuitous capacity for fulfillment.

Also occurring in the March 2010 lunar cycle is the start of a new Mars & Orcus new 1.9-year synodic cycle.

Excerpt from the March 15, 2010 Lunar Planner

Mars (now direct) and Orcus begin a new 1.9-year synodic cycle on March 18-19 just past Regulus in Leo and conjoining Megrez of Ursa Major. Orcus lies south of the ecliptic passing through Hydra and Sextans. Orcus, Pluto's counterpart, was recently discovered in February of 2004. Orcus and Pluto have nearly identical orbital sizes, orbital periods (year), and orbital inclinations. However, Orcus' orbital plane's orientation in our solar system is tilted in the opposite direction from Pluto's. Orcus' orbit clearly reveals Orcus to be a compliment to Pluto. Like Pluto has a primary moon, Charon, so too does Orcus have a primary moon, named Vanth.

Although the astrology of Orcus is just starting to be explored, from the stellar alignments at the time of its discovery on February of 2004 in late sidereal Cancer, and its path deep through Hydra and passing under the auspices of the Head of the Lion, we can see that Orcus is working with the theme of exploration, of uncovering a blueprint or map that leads to a new picture, a new reality; to emerge from the belief structures and constructs of mind that are merely based upon the convenience of our collective consensus. In doing so, Orcus may force us to confront the fear and loneliness encountered when leaving the apparent safety of mass consensus and choose to live the path of soul. Orcus may be helping us to uncover secret paths obscured by the sands of time, perhaps even oaths we made long ago to enter into the depths of unexplored territory, into new realms of consciousness, that lead us to a new law of life--eventually to a law or orientation that is in integrity to Heart. Orcus, although Pluto like, seems to express a quiet profundity, almost unnoticed as it serves us to get in touch with our deeper soul essence and purpose--the oaths of our souls. We will gain more insight into the astrological role of Orcus as the astrology of Orcus plays out over the years ahead. More about Orcus.

Orcus is the first planet that Mars initiates a new synodic cycle with since the new 780-day Earth-Mars synodic cycle began earlier this year (on January 29); and since Mars completed its retrograde (on March 10). This new Mars-Orcus two-year cycle stimulates creative action to initiate a new tack upon our courses in life, with a new perspective, specifically in living true to our souls' purpose in life--why we are here on Earth.

V407 Cygni Summary

The March 2010 discovery of V407 Cygni's explosion seems to make a dramatic statement about our need to address the fundamental needs of the the entire human populous, and to recognize all of humanity, and all of life on Earth, as one unified and inseparable world. It brings attention to our need to apply vision to move forward into a new world paradigm, to live our ideals and dreams, to dissolve the veils of separation between all of humanity, and to live true to the pure essence of our souls.

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