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This entire web site is an educational resource for those interested in art-sciences including Astronomy, Sidereal Astrology, the relation between Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs; Planetary Synodic Cycles; Venus Transits, asteroids, new planets, Earth Resonances, Earth's Precessional Cycle & the Evolutionary Cycle of the Soul, Solar Cycles, Bio-Harmonics, Light, Color & Sound, Sacred Geometry, Health & Healing, and the Evolution of Human Consciousness. Please Enjoy!

There are several sections to this web site. The two main sections are: The Lunar Planner, and Earth's Precessional Cycle. You are on the Lunar Planner section. Earth's Precessional Cycle has its own table of contents.

The Lunar Planner section includes the Monthly Lunar Planner and many other related areas. Links are below. A part of the Lunar Planner (the Monthly Lunar Planner Commentary based in star-level Astronomical Astrology) is available to subscribers, while the rest of this web site, which is quite voluminous, is FREE. I also offer various publications including personalized star charts and personalized sacred geometry art.

"The stars would not be in the heavens if we
were meant to walk in darkness."

You need not know a thing about astrology to live in attunement to the natural Lunar Cycles. The progressing lunar cycles and their changing eight lunar phases is a natural and dependable time piece of spiraling creative expression. Participating and acting in time with the changing lunar phases can enhance your creative process, synchronize your mind and body, teach you how to breathe with your emotions and to live in the power of the present, and help you to become more productive and follow through with your plans and ideals. Most of all, it can drastically reduce stress that is so prominent when living in our modern-day mechanized and synthetic world that is out of touch with our natural biological rhythms. Simply download the Lunar Planner Introduction and each month's Lunar Calendar to learn how. It is free and simple.

The Lunar Phases by Nick Anthony Fiorenza
An Introduction to Astronomical Astrology by Nick Anthony Fiorenza
Astronomical Star Charts showing your natal stars and planets.

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The New 2016 Lunar Planner Journal
Learn to live attuned to the Lunar Cycles.
Planetary BioHarmonic Audio Meditations by Nick Anthony Fiorenza

This Lunar Month's Theme

Financial Affairs

April 7, 2016 - May 6, 2016

This April 7, 2016 New Moon conjoins Uranus, which is approaching its conjunction with Eris opposite Haumea, and squares Pluto. Although we have completed the Uranus-Pluto square, the square is still dispersing, within a 3° orb. This New Moon also aspects the Jupiter-Saturn square and the Lunar Nodes. Thus, this lunar cycle engages and emphasizes the energetics of both squares, initiating action to create revolutionary change in our lives and in the world, and to relinquish antiquated structures we have created that once served but now limit our growth and expansion of consciousness.

Stars conjoining the New Moon and Uranus include Revati of Pisces, which lies just north over the belly of ole' Cetus, the techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness. Further south is Fornax, the furnace, which provides the perpetual fire (digestive juices) for our transmutation while participating in the belly of ole' Cetus—in the wet, sensual, and emotional world of human affairs. North are the bound outstretched arms of Princess Andromeda. This was also the ecliptical location of Eris during the financial and housing crisis of 2008. Uranus is about to make its first opposition to Haumea followed by its first conjunction with Eris over these next two lunar months, adding to a series of catalytic planetary events occurring in 2016.

This Uranus-Revati-lunar cycle, involving several key aspects with Uranus, Haumea and Eris, brings attention to financial resources and financial affairs, both personally and globally, the control of money and to how it is used, whether to manipulate, exploit and control, as well as to aid and set free those who are entrapped in conditions not of their own making. It brings attention to our personal resources, whatever they may be, their value, and how we are using them, or simply to examine what we value. It brings impetus to create progressive revolutionary change in our lives to break free from the restrictions of past conformations, especially regarding financially imposed limitations. It begins an acceleration of unexpected events and disclosures, especially regarding financial resources, along with unexpected change or progressive opportunity that impels spontaneity and innovative response.

It is especially catalytic in engaging the Uranus-Eris opposition to Haumea, which continues into 2017, which I suspect will bring unprecedented disclosures, revolutionary technologies, global economic change, and unforeseen world events that will reveal a far greater reality that few people imagine exists, and that will catalyze far greater changes in our lives occurring throughout the remainder of this decade and into the early 2020s.

Uranus Eris Haumea Graphic Ephemeris

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

Mars begins its retrograde in this lunar cycle, on April 17, just before the Gibbous Moon, upon the foot of Ophiuchus and conjoining Antares, Heart of the Scorpion, Mars retrogrades back through the head and chelae of the Scorpion. Mars completes its retrograde on June 29, at which time it moves toward its conjunction with Saturn, once again conjoining Antares, occurring in August, at which time we will be impelled to apply how we have redefined our creative motive (throughout the retrograde) into concretized form.

Mars' retrograde, in general, provides a time to explore and redefine how we are using our creative initiative and our autonomic response. Every retrograde of Mars (or any planet) is however unique, depending upon several factors, but primarily due to the stellar energetics in which the retrograde occurs, just as the stars conjoining the Sun-Earth-Mars alignment (Mars synod) sets the energetic and reveals the theme for the new Mars synodic cycle.

Mars and Earth are also approaching their closest distance during their orbits, which occurs on May 30, near the start of the new Earth-Mars synodic cycle, which begins on May 22, during the midst of the Mars retrograde, conjoining the Head of the Scorpion—making this retrograde and the new Mars cycle extra-potent and especially significant.

Mars, at the start of its retrograde, also deposits its force through Vesta, which is currently passing through the stars of Aries, thus impelling us to become clear, dedicated and focused to use our instinctual creative response to become more or to aspire for something more in our lives.

Excerpt from the Lunar Planner:

Ophiuchus (standing over the Scorpion) teaches us to recognize that power is not something outside of self and gaining it is not by attempting to control our external world and the people in it, but is through the art of self-mastery to claim the power within self. This requires an inversion in consciousness from being a victim of our life experience to being a creator of it. This flip in consciousness is not merely attained by changing how we think, although that can open the path to it. It is the result of doing the inner work, physiologically, emotionally and mentally that changes our vibrational resonance.

Saturn's retrograde in this area of the heavens provides opportunity to address long-established solidified psychophysiological patterns within self and the resultant manifest conditions in our lives that result from them. Psychophysiological patterns include neurological function, cellular imprints, their emotional charge and our resultant beliefs.

The retrogrades of both Mars and Saturn in this area of the heavens bring us to realize the dire ramifications of forcibly attempting to change our external life experiences, but to realize the means to effect change is by first changing the source of those manifestations, our inner vibrational resonance, which in turn coalesces the assemblage our material experience.

Mars and Saturn both, especially in this area of the heavens, resonate with our autonomic neurological process (the reptilian part or our brains / brain stem), which controls our automatic behavioral survival responses. These are deep-seated behavioral patterns common to all of us, which have long-standing momentum, and thus are not trivial to change. Nonetheless, this is the area of ourselves that Mars and Saturn currently invites us to address. However, we are not left without help in this process. Jupiter, also retrograde (in its square to Saturn and opposition to Chiron, conjoining the Lunar Nodes), impels an inward expansion of our neocortex, the part of our brain that enables our ability to think independently and to aspire for the greater evolutionary wellbeing of all life, beyond our reactive primal and emotional responses. Chiron on the South Lunar Node impels us to delve deep within self to get in touch with deep-seated wounds that perpetuate our behavioral conditions and to use those very wounds as the elixir the heals, and to apply that inner healing to mobilize the expansion of our consciousness.

Pluto also begins its retrograde in this lunar cycle amongst the stars of the Zen Archer. Mercury follows, beginning its retrograde on April 28, later in the lunar cycle, conjoining Vesta amongst the stars of Aries. Mercury completes its retrograde on May 22 in the following lunar cycle. Juno, asteroid of covenant relationships, also currently retrograde, begins its new synodic cycle conjoining the stars of the Southern Cross and the Northern Crown. This Mercury retrograde, involving Vesta and occurring during the Juno retrograde and Mars retrograde, is especially favorable for establishing a new clarity of focus in partnerships, for creating new or renegotiating existing agreements and commitments, for establishing new relationships, and for formulating new plans and creative pursuits in our relations.

Theses are but a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events, their meaning and more—the underlying cosmic currents upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives—based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

"The stars would not be in the heavens if we were meant to walk in darkness."

A New Article

Sociopolitical & Personal Explorations

The Saturn-Neptune Square & the
Saturn-Neptune 36.4-year Synodic Cycle
& The Saturn-Uranus 45-year cycle

The Jupiter-Saturn Square, the Jupiter-Neptune-Chiron
Oppositions and their Synodic Cycles

The Neptune-Orcus Opposition &
the Neptune-Orcus 498-year Synodic Cycle

New Articles & Solar Cycles Updates
(Links Below)

• Newest Articles & Updates (click here for all articles)
A Plethora of articles for Non-Subscribers

Some new articles include:

New: Saturn 2014-2020 and The 2020 Jupiter Saturn Pluto Synods Saturn's Retrogrades 2014-2020
& The 2020 Jupiter Saturn Pluto Synods

This video shows Saturn's retrogrades occurring from 2014 through 2020. Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto conjoin in 2020. The second part of the video shows the Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto synods occurring in 2020. The Saturn-Pluto (Ceres) synod initiates a new 34-year cycle. The Jupiter-Pluto (Pallas) synod initiates a new 12.5-year cycle. The Jupiter-Saturn synod initiates a new 20-year cycle, under the auspices of Altair, Eye of the Eagle. The Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto conjunctions, and the new synodic cycles all occurring in 2020, engage a significantly new evolutionary energetic for humanity.

New: Outer Planet Synodic Cycles Timeline Outer-Planet Synodic Cycles Timeline (1940-2040)

Relationships & The Juno-Jupiter Synchronous Retrogrades. December 2014 - May 2015. An excerpt from the November 22, 2014 Lunar Planner

The Juno-Sedna Synodic Cycles at the Juno-Sedna Orbital Plane Crossing 2014 - 2018. Emergence of the Feminine into Relationships and Partnerships of all Types. An excerpt from the June 27, 2014 Lunar Planner

Perspectives in Space & Time
The Proper Motion of the Stars of Ursa Major

Your Natal Eris and the 2012 - 2015 Uranus-Pluto Square
Uranus transits your natal Eris while Pluto squares Uranus and your natal Eris for people born from 1944 through 1988. Find out when this occurs for you. Also on the horizon is the new Uranus-Eris Generation birthing in 2016.

Revolution & Revelation:
The Uranus-Pluto Square 2012-2015
This article is an in-depth exploration of the 2012-2015 Uranus-Pluto Square, the initial Uranus-Pluto synodic cycle that began in the mid-1960s, and the energetics of these events catalyzing what should become another major evolutionary transition for us all.

New Annual Graphic Ephemeris 2014-2015-2016-2017 Graphic Ephemeris

• Solar Cycles & Global Climate (Latest Update - August 2015)

Solar Cycle # 25 & #26 Predictions & the Coming Mini Ice Age

Solar Cycle 25 (2020 / 2025-peak) is expected to be the smallest in over 300 years, if it even shows up. The Modern Warm Period is over as we now enter a Solar Minima, plummeting Earth into a period of global cooling, expected to catalyze a Mini Ice Age, like occurred during the Sun's last Grand Minimum of solar activity, known as the Maunder Minimum.

Irregular heartbeat of the Sun driven by double dynamo.

Montage of images of solar activity between August 1991 and September 2001.

Montage of images of solar activity between August 1991 and September 2001. Credit: Yohkoh/ISAS/Lockheed-Martin/NAOJ/U. Tokyo/NASA.

"A new model of the Sun’s solar cycle is producing unprecedentedly accurate predictions of irregularities within the Sun’s 11-year heartbeat. The model draws on dynamo effects in two layers of the Sun, one close to the surface and one deep within its convection zone. Predictions from the model suggest that solar activity will fall by 60 per cent during the 2030s to conditions last seen during the ‘mini ice age’ that began in 1645....

Looking ahead to the next solar cycles, the model predicts that the pair of waves become increasingly offset during Cycle 25, which peaks in 2022. During Cycle 26, which covers the decade from 2030-2040, the two waves will become exactly out of synch and this will cause a significant reduction in solar activity...."

Presented by Prof Valentina Zharkova at the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno, July 2015.

Geoengineering, Climate Manipulation, Ionospheric Heating,
Stratospheric Aerosol Spraying

Jupiter-Saturn Cycles, Solar Cycles and Climate Change

A primary fact that many climatologists and environmentalists ignore is that planetary cycles synchronize with Solar Cycles, which in turn drives Climate Cycles. Jupiter's cycles synchronize with the solar cycles, modulated by Saturn, and somewhat by the Gas Giants Uranus, and Neptune. The Jupiter cycle is 11.8 years. The Sunspot cycle is 11-12 years....

Putting ill-founded Anthropogenic Global Warming Hysteria into Perspective.

Long Term Climate Cycles and the end of our Modern Warm Period.

• Current Astronomical News (click here for all articles)

July, 2015 - New Horizons Pluto Flyby

Pluto and Charon by NASA's New Horizons

New Horizons Pluto & Charon by NASA July 2015

The New Horizons spacecraft made its long awaited flyby past Pluto and Charon on July 14, 2015, bringing unprecedented images of Pluto and Charon. See images and videos at NASA New Horizons.

Ceres by Dawn

Ceres by Dawn

Dec 9, 2015 - New Clues to Ceres' Bright Spots and Origins

As of this week, Dawn has reached its final orbital altitude at Ceres, about 240 miles (385 kilometers) from the surface of the dwarf planet. In mid-December, Dawn will begin taking observations from this orbit, including images at a resolution of 120 feet (35 meters) per pixel, infrared, gamma ray and neutron spectra, and high-resolution gravity data.

March, 2015 - ESA's Gaia Mission (billion-star surveyor)

"Gaia is an ambitious mission to chart a three-dimensional map of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, in the process revealing the composition, formation and evolution of the Galaxy. Gaia will provide unprecedented positional and radial velocity measurements with the accuracies needed to produce a stereoscopic and kinematic census of about one billion stars in our Galaxy and throughout the Local Group. This amounts to about 1 per cent of the Galactic stellar population. The mission's ultimate goal is to create the largest, most precise 3D map of our Galaxy ever made." (ESA)

Our Galaxy, the Milky Way

July 3, 2015 - "This image, based on housekeeping data from ESA's Gaia satellite, is no ordinary depiction of the heavens. While the image portrays the outline of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, and of its neighbouring Magellanic Clouds, it was obtained in a rather unusual way...."

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft, while orbiting Vesta, found some surprising things on the giant asteroid—things that have prompted this statement from Chris Russell, Dawn principal investigator from UCLA: "We're seeing enormous mountains, valleys, hills, cliffs, troughs, ridges, craters of all sizes, and plains. Vesta is not a simple ball of rock. This is a world with a rich geochemical history. It has quite a story to tell!."

Non-subscriber Lunar Planner issues and many other articles can be found in the Lunar Planner Archive. Lunar Planners older than a few months are available to non-subscribers.

About the Monthly Lunar Planner

Planetary cycles create the evolutionary currents of growth occurring within ourselves and our lives. To know what these cycles of life are asking of us is to consciously participate in life from a place of personal empowerment and inner peace. In this awareness and attunement, we can walk the path leading to our highest fulfillment—physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The Lunar Planner is an experiential tool teaching how to live in attunement to the natural Lunar & Planetary Cycles—supplemented with astronomical star-level astrology and much more.

There are three parts to the Monthly Lunar Planner Publication:

• The Lunar Planner Introduction
• The Monthly Lunar Calendar
• The Monthly Lunar Planner Commentary

The Monthly "Lunar Calendar" and the "Lunar Planner Introduction" PDF downloads are FREE to all visitors to this web site. These two documents will teach you how to live in attunement to the Lunar Cycles. (Links to these files can be found below.) A new "Lunar Calendar" is made available just before each New Moon. If you use the Monthly Lunar Calendar like a daily journal while using the Lunar Planner Introduction as guide, you can quickly learn how to participate in harmony with the natural lunar spiral of growth and gain an entirely new understanding and perspective of your life experience.

The "Monthly Lunar Planner Commentary," also made available just before each New Moon, is available by subscription. This monthly publication articulates the opportunity for growth in consciousness each lunar month offers and how each month's lunar theme unfolds throughout the changing phases of the Lunar Calendar. I explore the theme of each lunar month and its unfoldment in our lives with "astronomical star-level astrology" which I have evolved over many years. This is not sign-based astrology (topical or sidereal), but is experientially-based astrology exploring alignments with individual stars and constellations much like one would naturally learn by living and sleeping under the starry heavens.

The rest of the Lunar Planner web site including the "Lunar Planner Forum," and many other educational resources are free and are available to everyone.

I also offer a few other publications available to purchase: Planetary Bio-harmonic Audio Meditations, Personalized Star Charts, and other educational material.

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The Monthly Lunar Planner Commentary available on each New Moon (based in sidereal / star level astrology) is available for a small subscription fee—merely the price of one good Cappuccino per month.

I hope my existing visitors, as well as new visitors, find the subscription of value. After offering the monthly Lunar Planner Commentary for free for many years, I now ask for this small subscription fee to allow me the ability to continue to host and evolve what has become a rather voluminous web site.

Lunar Planner Forum for subscribers and non-subscribers.

The Lunar Planner Forum is an exciting addition to the Lunar Planner Web Site available to everyone—to subscribers and non-subscribers.

The Lunar Planner Forum is intended to be a fun and educational way for Lunar Planner visitors to learn from each other's experiences.

Discuss the Lunar Planner, Sidereal Astrology, Earth's Precessional Cross, and all other Lunar Planner related topics—from bio-harmonics to the stars; private messaging for forum participants, and much more.

New subscribes have a five-day trial period to explore the current Monthly Lunar Planner before committing to the 6-month subscription. You can also visit the Lunar Planner Archive to view previous issues of the Lunar Planner so you can get a feel for what the monthly Lunar Planners are all about—a continuing story-line revealing the monthly energetics creating our evolutionary spiral of growth, articulated through sidereal star-level astrology, synodic astrology, and astronomical mythology, the picture-language of the Greater Heavens. Lunar Planners older than 6 months are available to non-subscribers.


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