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Make passage through these transformative times with inner peace and experiential wisdom.
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This entire web site is an educational resource for those interested in Astronomical Astrology, the relation between Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs, Astrology of the Stars, Planetary Synodic Cycles, Dwarf Planets and Asteroids, Earth's Precessional Cycle and Precessional Cross, Solar Cycles, Planetary Resonances, Earthgrid Mapping and Seismic Prediction, Planetary Bio-Harmonics in Light, Color & Sound, 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.
The Lunar Planner section includes the "Monthly Lunar Planner" and many other related areas. Links are below. 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, books and audio meditations. About Me!
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This Lunar Month's Theme
Darkness & Delusion to Light & Illumination
August 2, 2016 - September 1, 2016
This August 2, 2016 New Moon lies amongst the stars of the Egyptian Scarabaeus (our modern Crab). It nests over the head of Hydra. North is Alpha Lyncis and in the far northern heavens is Gianfar of Draco. In the southern heavens is Tureis on the Puppis of Argo Navis.
Cancer, commonly the crab today, is also the Egyptian Scarabaeus, an image that articulates the theme of humanity's emergence from suppression, darkness, dogma, and delusion and its reawakening back to light. The Scarab is an appropriate mythical figure here because the beetle emerges from its snuggle in its own dung, where it matures. This theme also applies to our individual emergence from the family nest of the collective consciousness that we acquiesce to and uphold. The Scarab is a symbol of regeneration, transformation and re-birth, of being self-created, or self-made, to rise from itself—hence humanity's association with the beetle’s emergence. Cancer, or the Scarab, imparts a nurturing, protective and cultivating quality, ultimately to support this emergence. This lunar cycle impels us to hold onto that which is of value and is truly nurturing but it also impels us to relinquish crustaceans or calcifications in consciousness that limit our emergence into light and illumination.
The Saturn-Neptune square, which marks the several-month transition into the last quarter of the 36.4-year Saturn-Neptune cycle (continuing through September), is especially highlighted throughout this lunar cycle as well as the next. In this lunar cycle, we approach the second of three geocentric squares as Mars makes passage over the Head of the Scorpion to conjoin with Saturn and Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion, which lies under the auspices of Ophiuchus holding the Serpent reaching for the Northern Crown, a mythical image that articulates attaining freedom from the reincarnational entrapment into the chelae of the Scorpion. This also occurs as Saturn stations to complete its retrograde. The Saturn-Neptune square creates a T-square with Lunar Nodes, as Neptune approaches the South Lunar Node creating an intense stimulus to the Mars-Saturn-Antares conjunction, occurring on the Last Quarter Moon (August 24-25) as well as bringing this energetic to its climax.
Geocentric Star Chart animation showing the 2016 Mars Retrograde and the August 24 Mars-Saturn-Antares conjunction under the foot of Ophiuchus. (You can pause the video and drag the progress bar to view any section of the video.)
Our transition into the last quarter of the 36.4-year Saturn-Neptune cycle impels us to relinquish antiquated ideologies and the solidifications, constructs and behavioral patterns within self and in society we had built around those ideologies, those which we may have come to identify ourselves with, but that have now served their purpose and limit the manifestation of not only our greater dreams and visions, but limit awakening as illumined self-aware and self-empowered souls beyond the veils of illusion we have acquiesced to. Saturn-Antares teaches us about the limits we have placed upon our own power, and here it tells us the power is within to change our own self imposed limits. As Mars moves to join Saturn, Saturn wants to control, to fix or put a hex on Mars, which is our creative force. For those less willing to relinquish false illusory ideals and to embrace the power within self rather than giving that power away, the Mars-Saturn-Antares T-square with Neptune and Lunar Nodes can incite extreme behavior to fight and control, both by authoritarian factions usurping the life force of the unawakened, as well as by those taking a revolutionary stand against authoritarian rule, as exemplified by the recent and continuing violent and unfortunate world events such as the horrifics occurring in Ankara and those in neighboring middle east countries, to name just a couple, and the forcible displacement of more than 60 million people a year world wide, which is one out of every 122 people on Earth without refuge, with 24 people being displaced every minute (according to UNHCR).
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Several new personal cycles also begin in this lunar cycle: the Venus-Jupiter cycle, the Mars-Pluto cycle and the Earth-Pallas cycle. The Dwarf Planet Makemake also plays a significant role in this lunar cycle, bringing emphasis to embracing evolutionary and ecological matters. It invites us to consider what we are willing to put at risk to achieve what we pursue. It brings attention to the administration of our resources, those personal and those global, and issues of survival—perhaps inspiring audacious action. It impels us to shift our attention from the antics of political-religious figureheads and their grand diversionary dramatics occurring on the global stage to more spiritual matters, and to the preparation and purity of self for our greatest wellbeing and highest evolutionary attainment.
Our Full Moon occurring on August 18, which brings our Scarab lunar cycle to its culmination, occurs just into sidereal Aquarius conjoining Sadr of Cygnus, heart of the swan, and the majestic wing of Cygnus. Here we come to realize a shift in our focus, from what we need collect for ourselves and family, to what we have to share with friends, family and the world. Become shareable!
Animation showing the August 24, 2016 Mars-Saturn-Antares conjunction, looking south after Sunset over a several day period. The blue line is the ecliptic. (You can pause the video and drag the progress bar to view any section of the video.)
Mercury begins its retrograde later in the lunar cycle, which continues into the following lunar cycle. Mercury's retrograde occurs in late Leo-early Virgo, an area of the heavens associated with diversionary antics in the global political scene, but also providing opportunity to attune to transcendent truth and guidance. Mercury and Jupiter conjoin three times due to Mercury's retrograde continuing into early October. The first occurs on August 22, just before the Mars-Saturn Antares conjunction of August 24. Mercury and Jupiter's passage occurs under the auspices of Super Galactic Center in early sidereal Virgo (also conjoining the Dwarf Planet Makemake) illuminating and magnifying the minutest logistical details, creating a time of getting real, which will continue into October. Ceres, mother of the asteroids, also begins her retrograde toward the end of the lunar cycle.
Animation showing the August 2016 Mercury-Venus-Jupiter conjunctions, looking west at Sunset over a several day period. The blue line is the ecliptic. (You can pause the video and drag the progress bar to view any section of the video.)
Venus, Jupiter and Mercury conjoin on August 27, just before the Balsamic Moon, while helically setting (in the western sky at sunset), adding a wonderful energetic to the completion of this lunar cycle, certainly welcomed considering the intensity of the times. Venus-Jupiter synods and conjunctions are one of the most harmonious, impelling peace, generosity, the expansion and mobilization of our values, and social involvement. Look to the west with an open heart at sunset and embrace this beneficent energetic and feel what it means to you.
The following New Moon, occurring on September 1, produces an Annular Solar Eclipse opposite Neptune and squaring Saturn, again bringing emphasis to the Saturn-Neptune Square with stimulus for more change in our personal and sociopolitical ideals and the structures we formulate around them.
For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, the August lunar cycle, through August 24, is an ideal time to work with the Saturn, Mars and Neptune audio meditations (in that order), and continuing with Saturn and Neptune through September 10. See the "Lunar Cycle Timing Chart" for exact aspect times, found under the "Resources" menu on the Planetary Bio-Harmonics web page.
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.
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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 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, 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, simple and fun.
There are two parts to the Monthly Lunar Calendar:
1) The Lunar Calendar Introduction - The Lunar Cycle & Lunar Phases
This FREE printable document provides simple and empowering instructions on how to live in attunement to the natural lunar phases. It includes a detailed explanation of the characteristics of each lunar phase, how one lunar phase shifts to another, creating an experiential spiral of personal growth.
The Lunar Planner Introduction is not something to just read, it is an experiential and participatory tool that can empower you to live in harmony and balance with your emotional and physical experience. To gain full benefit from the Lunar Planner, use it along with each month's lunar calendar on a daily basis: write down your experiences and feelings in each month's calendar, especially before and after each lunar phase shift. Observe and and take note of your experiences and feelings on a daily basis in the context of the lunar phase characteristics as presented in this Introduction. Doing so quickly reveals how your life experience, inner feelings, and realizations are colored by lunar phases and their transitions. As you observe the synchronicity between your life experience, inner feelings, and the changing lunar phases, you can then learn to consciously live attuned to the natural spiral of growth rather than just observe it, not merely scheduling your activities within the lunar spiral of growth, but more importantly, embracing your life experience in its fullness, living in the present and thus gaining greater self-empowerment through the inner growth your life experience has to offer.
The Introduction is a 9 page printable PDF file available to view or download (~600 kb).
2) The Monthly Lunar Calendar
You can also order the Annual Lunar Planner Writing Journal. Printed and shipped to you.
The two page Lunar Calendar is posted a few days before each NEW MOON. The Lunar Calendar reveals the dates and times of each lunar phase shifts and their changing characteristics. You can use the lunar calendar as a daily planner as well as a journal to record your experiences and feelings as the changing lunar phase occur.
Writing your experiences in the Lunar Calendar and correlating them with the changing lunar phases is the best way to learn how the lunar cycles and their changes phases work at an experiential level. Working with the Lunar Planner Introduction along with each month's lunar calendar can help you to become consciously aware of the lunar rhythm in your life and how to participate with it in empowerment. The Lunar Calendar goes hand-in-hand with the above Lunar Planner Introductory pdf file.
• The "Journal Version" of the Lunar Calendar is FREE to all visitors.
• An "Aspects Version" of the Lunar Calendar is available to subscribers, It has the principal lunar aspects and other planetary cycles listed under each lunar phase, for those wishing to have this additional information.
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 "Monthly Lunar Planner Commentary," also made available just before each New Moon, 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 decades. This is not sign-based astrology reducing the heavens to twelve archetypes, but is experientially-based astrology, much like one would naturally learn by living and sleeping under the starry heavens. I explore planetary alignments with all of the individual stars and constellations in the entire celestial sphere, along with the myriad of interweaving planetary cycles, their themes and where we are in those cycles. Looking at the astrology of individual stars rather than that of mere astrological signs (whether tropical or sidereal), is like adjusting an out of focus camera lens into crystal clarity. Each lunar cycle nesting within the longer-term planetary cycles, weaves a story line of our evolutionary unfoldment and spiritual awakening.
The monthly Lunar Planner Commentary is based in star level, Sidereal Astrology and Synodic Astrology with unique and original Galactic Star Lore—the mythology (picture language) of the Greater Heavens.
The Monthly Lunar Planner Commentary is available for a small subscription fee, merely the price of one good Cappuccino per month. 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. Lunar Planners older than a couple of months are made available to non-subscribers.
Although each lunar month's astrological commentary reveals the dynamics of the unfolding lunar theme and provides an embracing context to our experience, it is adjunct material. It is not necessary to read the monthly astrology in order to learn to live in attunement to the lunar cycles, as offered in the above free Lunar Planner Introduction and by using each month's free Lunar Calendar. The monthly Lunar Planner Commentary is also a wonderful educational tool for astrologers wishing to learn more about astronomy, synodic cycles, the fixed stars and their influence in astrology.
Whether you subscribe to the Monthly Lunar Planner or not, the rest of the Lunar Planner web site is packed full of educational resources, which are free and available to everyone. So please feel welcome to explore.
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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. The second video shows Saturn's retrogrades occurring from 2014 through 2020.
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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.
Although we are now through the transition (2012-2015 geocentric square), we are just into the first few degrees of the second "creative action quarter" of this 138-year cycle. This quarter continues through the Uranus-Pluto opposition, which occurs in 2047. The escalation of radical and revolutionary actions occuring in the world today are, in part, a product of our entry into the action quarter of the Uranus-Pluto cycle.
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.
• July, 2015 - The New Horizons spacecraft made its long awaited flyby past Pluto and Charon, bringing unprecedented images of Pluto and Charon. See images and videos at NASA New Horizons.
New Horizons Pluto & Charon by NASA July 2015
Ceres by Dawn
• Dec, 2015 - NASA's Dawn Spacecraft has reached its final orbital altitude at Ceres, about 240 miles from the surface of the dwarf planet, bringing new clues to Ceres' Bright Spots and Origins
• Dec, 2011 - 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!."