Mercury Retrograde, Jupiter & Makemake
& The New Jupiter-Makemake 12-year Cycle

August 22 - October 11, 2016

Excerpts from the Sept 1, 2016 Lunar Planner

Nick Anthony Fiorenza


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Several very significant events occur in the Eclipse Lunar Cycle of September 1, 2016 and which continue into the following October Lunar Cycle. Mercury's retrograde conjoins Jupiter and the Dwarf Planet Makemake. Mercury makes three conjunctions with Jupiter in the process. The first actually began on the Last Quarter Moon of the previous lunar cycle (along with the Mars-Saturn-Antares conjunction). Mercury then began its retrograde on August 30, just before the New Moon eclipse. Several aspects with the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Makemake follow, with the Mercury-Jupiter-Makemake energetic continuing through October 11. Jupiter's geocentric conjunction with Makemake on September 19-20 can bring more insight into Makemake's astrological nature because Jupiter tends to inflate and magnify the qualities of a planet it aligns with.

This produces a catalytic few week dynamic impelling us to redefine how we think, our plans and the logistics in our lives, with a mobilizing and expansive force that can dramatize and expose transcendent truth obscured by diversionary rhetoric. It impels us to seek a deeper inner truth obscured by any diversionary distractions or clutter within our own lives. It brings emphasis to self-leadership as well as to leadership in the world, to what we are willing to risk and to self-assertion for achievement, and also to the administration of resources.

The Equinox occurs on September 22, with the Sun then conjoining Makemake and Jupiter, emphasizing a revelatory time. Jupiter and Makemake complete their previous ~12-year synodic cycle at this time, which began in 1994, and begin their new 12-year cycle under the auspices of the Super Galactic Center in the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies, which continues through 2028.

September 20 Update

So the big question is: What occurred in the Global Scene around the Jupiter-Makemake conjunction, and do events have to do with the administration of resources, the risk involved and the ramifications, exercised by those in leadership positions, or by those attempting to be in leadership positions. Or, do events provide other insights into Makemake's astrological characteristic.

The exact conjunction occurred on Sept 20, 00:21 UT (Sept 19, 5:21:00 PM MST / 8:21:00 PM EDT) (It should be noted that Uranus is 0° 10' to its second conjunction with Eris.)

A few things in the News:

The UN suspends all aid convoys in Syria after a devastating air attack on its lorries near Aleppo on Monday (Sept 19), as Russia and Syria deny any involvement. UN General Assembly is held in New York on Tuesday (Sept 20). (BBC)

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang agreed on Monday to step up cooperation in the United Nations Security Council and in law-enforcement channels after North Korea’s fifth nuclear test. China and the United States are also targeting the finances of Hongxiang Industrial, a Chinese company headed by a Communist Party cadre, that the Obama administration thinks has a role in assisting North Korea’s nuclear programme. U.N. diplomats say the two countries have started discussions on a possible U.N. sanctions resolution in response to the nuclear test earlier this month…. Obama met Li on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly session in New York. (Reuters / (Asia Times)

China and Russia hold massive South China Sea war games. The exercises began Sept. 13 and concluded Monday. Dubbed Joint Sea-2016, the Chinese and Russian naval maneuvers involved the use of both warships, aircraft and marines in practice combat operations – a clear sign Beijing continues gearing up for a future military conflict with the United States over China’s expansive maritime territorial claims. (Asia Times)

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September 1, 2016 Solar Eclipse Saturn-Neptune T-square

Also occurring in the eclipse lunar cycle, is the third and final Saturn-Neptune geocentric square occurs, fully propelling us into the last quarter of the Saturn-Neptune 36.4-year synodic cycle that began in 1989, which continues through December of 2025. Entry into the last quarter of this cycle creates a significant shift in our longer-term evolutionary currents, now engaging us to actively create change in our personal and sociopolitical ideals and in what have now become antiquated structures we have created around them. See the Saturn-Uranus and Saturn-Neptune cycles that began in 1989 in the article "Sociopolitical & Personal Explorations 2016-2020."

Uranus and Eris, now both retrograde, make their second geocentric conjunction. Upsetting the apple cart is certainly a phrase that applies. The Uranus-Eris conjunction (opposite the Dwarf Planet Haumea) began a few months ago in 2016 and continues into 2017. Radical, unexpected and unprecedented actions and disclosures that eventually lead to progressive rebirth is the hallmark. See the article "New Frontiers in Consciousness 2016-2017 Disclosure & Discovery Possibilities."

Let us look at the main event, which is the Jupiter-Makemake synthesis and the transition into the new 12-year Jupiter-Makemake cycle, before exploring the articulation of this transition created by Mercury's retrograde and its triggers with Jupiter and Makemake.

The New 12-year Jupiter-Makemake Synodic Cycle

Jupiter and Makemake make their heliocentric conjunction on September 9, 2016, initiating the new Jupiter-Makemake ~12-year synodic cycle, which will continue through December 2028. This synod occurs under the auspices of the Super Galactic Center (SGC) in the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies. This cycle is markedly different than the previous cycle that began in May of 2004 at the hind of the Lion and under the auspices of the barking hounds, an area of the zodiak typical of diversionary smoke screens and grand spectacle used to hide true agendas—certainly a theme quite active then.


Makemake (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh - “e” is pronounced “ay” in Polynesian) is the Polynesian name for the creator god of humanity in the mythology of the South Pacific island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Makemake was recently discovered on March 31, 2005. Based upon an exploration of Makemake’s orbital parameters and its role during the 2008-2011 economic turn, Makemake appears to bring attention to leadership issues regarding the administration of resources; and in areas involving economics, ecology and human survival. Makemake may also act to sort out those who are truly worthy of being in a leadership role from those who are not.

Makemake's natal chart placement "may" have to do with how and where we respond to achievement and failure, perhaps when there is no in-between, resulting in either abundance and prosperity or utter devastation. It may be related to ecological balance, that is, living in harmony with nature or destroying what we do not understand is essential to life. Whatever we put at risk or are willing to sacrifice for achievement may be life promoting and sustaining, but if lost, can be life threatening and even life destroying, for that of self and others. More about Makemake.


Jupiter, King of the Planets, imparts a mobilizing and expansive force. It stimulates fluidity in movement, vitality and enthusiasm. It is of reciprocity—how we receive and re-express that which we have gained as gifts to the world. Jupiter is sociable and expresses in openness and willingness to palpate and embrace life, people and experience. It imparts a kinesthetic and magnetic quality; and reveals our physical fitness, strength and coordination.

Jupiter motivates us to aspire for something larger in our lives, beyond our current bounds. Jupiter will tend to magnify and expand the qualities of any other planet that it conjoins. Jupiter is often associated with money and the flow of resources because Jupiter is a mobilizing force and money is a mobilizing agent.

Jupiter is of higher or natural law, as compared to man’s laws. It is of spiritual truth and stimulates action upon this greater truth. Jupiter is sociable, serendipitous, opportunistic, fortunate and lucky; with taste for and appreciation of elegance end beauty (along with Venus). It is fun loving, good natured, free and independent. Jupiter impels us to participate freely in the material world and to participate in universal flow. More about Jupiter.

Our Galaxy, the Milky Way, is a whirling disc composed of hundreds of billions of stars, of which our sun is one, spinning around a dense and massive bulge of stars called the Galactic Nucleus or Galactic Centre. Our galaxy is one of about 30 galaxies comprising a cluster of galaxies called our "Local Group." Only one of these, the Andromeda galaxy, is close to the size of the Milky Way. The galaxies in our Local Group gently revolve around each other much like organisms floating in a protective embryonic fluid.

Our Local Galactic Group

Our Local Group is merely one galactic cluster of many that comprise yet a large group called our "Local Super Cluster," which has about 5,000 member galaxies and is roughly 100 million light-years across. All of these embryonic clusters, harboring many evolving galaxies and forms of life, are like protective cocoons floating within the care of our Local Super Cluster.

The Virgo Cluster, one of the larger members of the Super Cluster, a highly non-uniform galaxy cluster, and the closest to us, is comprised of many hundreds of galaxies, ranging from giant and massive elliptical galaxies and spirals like our Milky Way, to dwarf galaxies, hundreds of times smaller. "Sub-clusters of galaxies" are seen to be forming around the major galaxies in the Virgo Cluster (around Messier 87, Messier 86 and Messier 49), which have yet to coalesce into new galaxy clusters of their own, revealing the continuing creative birthing process at a galactic magnitude.

The Virgo Cluster lies at the center of our Local Super Cluster. "Super Galactic Centre" (SGC) is a term that refers to a point in the Virgo Cluster that marks the centre of our entire Super Cluster. The supergiant galaxy M87 in the Coma-Virgo Cluster is believed to lie very close to the Super Galactic Centre. M87 has a halo extending out to at least 65 kpc (more than 200,000 light-years), which is more than twice the size of our own galaxy. Our galaxy, nested in our Local Group, lies about 50 million light years from the Super Galactic Centre in the Coma-Virgo Cluster.

Virgo Supercluster

Astrologically, the Super Galactic Centre can be thought of as the spiritual mother center from which life emerges and spiritual nourishment and guiding wisdom expresses. The Super Galactic Centre provides opportunity for our greater wellbeing, but only if we are willing to relinquish personal scenarios or past events in our lives that may seem that, if we let them go, the ramifications will result in our total demise. However, it is only through the surrender of the past into this massive cosmic essence of pure (selfless) Divine Love that allows our re-emergence, our re-birth, into a new light of being. This requires an inversion in consciousness—a conscious act where we pull the stream of our past experience into the singularity of the moment, allow it to be consumed in the ever-present now, and re-express self into a new stream unfolding into the future. This can feel as if our world is being turned inside out as our lives are re-defined. Super Galactic Centre invites us to empty ourselves and become pure vessels of spirit, committed to the fulfillment of the paths of our souls in the here and now, moment-by-moment, true to the heart of the Virgin principle.

Local Superclusters

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

Ornate Crowns in antiquity were designed with specific metals, jewels and geometries to accentuate the wearer's communion with transcendent realms of consciousness, later confused to be an emblem of power and authority. Diadem and the stars of Coma radiate the high spiritual essence of the Super Galactic Center, and impel us to attune to our spiritual / soul guidance.

Here we find the Coma Galaxy Cluster, which is close to and conjoining the NGP. The Coma Galaxy Cluster belongs to the Coma Super Cluster. It is one of two main clusters of galaxies in the Super Cluster. The other is the Leo Galaxy Cluster. The Coma Galaxy Cluster is one of the most populated clusters, with more than 10,000 galaxies, which is more than the number of visible stars in the night sky. The Coma Galaxy Cluster is moving away from us at a rate of about 15 million miles per hour (6,900 km/second). The Coma Galaxy Cluster lies just north of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster, which is the closest cluster to us and is the dominant cluster in the Virgo Super Cluster. Although they have a close proximity in the heavens, they are not close in distance, but the Coma Galaxy Cluster and the Virgo Galaxy Cluster are often referred to as the Coma-Virgo Cluster of galaxies. The Coma Super Cluster is much further from the Virgo Super Cluster but they are connected to each other through some minor filaments of galaxies.

Jupiter-Makemake Synods

Quite north of and over Coma Berenices and our Super Galactic Centre, is Theta Boötes, along with Iota and Kappa of Boötes, extending from Lambda Boötes, and which form his upraised left hand, taking a stance against old totalitarian meddling world powers that would like to suppress and control the creative process, the environment and the evolution of souls. Boötes is protector and consort of the Virgin, protector of the divine feminine principle.

Crater lies south of the ecliptic on back of Hydra. Its stars conjoin those of northern Coma, the crown of the Virgin. Crater is the receiver or receptacle (sometimes referred to as the Cup of Salvation). Crater impels us to transcend the busyness and diversions of life and to listen, to meditate and become receptacles of our greater soul wisdom and spiritual guidance.

Makemake is bathed in an entirely different stellar energetic compared to its location during the previous 2004 Jupiter-Makemake synod in late Leo. Makemake seems to impart a strong motive for personal achievement, to become a leader. Exactly what that motive is (how Makemake expresses in one's life) of course a function of many factors—emotional and spiritual maturity, soul-level awareness, soul-level maturity, star alignments, aspects, etc. Makemake seems to exhibit a high-risk adventurous quality, willing to go for all or nothing, even at the cost of life itself. Yet here, under the auspices of the SGC and its tremendous galactic emanations, we find impetus to align that motive for achievement with far greater spiritual awareness, with concern for all life and for the safe birthing of new life yet to come. In addition, we find impetus to take a stand against the meddling of old-paradigm totalitarian powers. This is quite different than the 2004 synod where impetus was more about covert affairs obscured by diversionary dramatics for personal accomplishment (consider the Bush-Hussein Iraqi war).

A few events occuring in May 2004, the time of the previous Jupiter-Makemake synod and conjunction.

(May 5) US White House Requests an additional $25 billion more for Iraq War.

(May 7-10) Secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld apologizes for abuse and torture in Iraq at hearings before the Senate and House Armed Services Committees. Despite Rumsfeld's willingness to resign, President Bush refuses his resignation and throws his support behind Rumsfeld. (May 11) Bush imposes economic Sanctions on trade with Syria (the Syria Accountability Act), citing its failure to reign over terrorist groups. (May 12) Members of Congress view an additional 1,800 pictures and video images of abuse of Iraqi prisoners. Many say they are more gruesome and explicit than those previously made public.

A CNN report noted that the United States-led interim government, the Coalition Provisional Authority (April 2003 - June 28, 2004) in Iraq, had lost $8.8 billion in the Development Fund for Iraq. In June 2011, it was reported by CBS News that $6 billion in neatly packaged blocks of $100 bills was air-lifted into Iraq by the G.W. Bush administration. In total, the Times says $12 billion in cash was flown into Iraq in 21 separate flights by May 2004, all of which had disappeared. Director of the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Stuart W. Bowen, Jr., told the Times the missing money may represent "the largest theft of funds in national history."[Wiki]

Perhaps the above may also inspire further astrological research into events surrounding previous Jupiter-Makemake conjunctions and synods.

The Eyes in the Virgo Cluster

This striking image, taken with the FORS2 instrument on the Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory, shows a beautiful yet peculiar pair of galaxies, NGC 4438 and NGC 4435, nicknamed The Eyes, in the Virgo Cluster (ESO).

This 2016 Jupiter-Makemake synod in Virgo (SGC), their geocentric conjunction, and the new 12-year cycle impel us to attune to embracing evolutionary and ecological matters. They invite us to consider what we are willing to put at risk to achieve what we pursue. They bring attention to the administration of our resources, those personal and those global, and issues of our very survival as a world in a far vaster environment (the Virgo-Coma Clusters). Here, leadership cannot be driven from self-interest alone, common to previous political-religious figureheads and demonstrated by their grand diversionary antics upon the global stage (the 2004 alignments), it must mature into a purer intellectual and spiritual prowess with concern for all life and for more embracing evolutionary and ecological matters.

We have opportunity to observe Makemake's influence in this new (supergalactic) light as Jupiter conjoins Makemake on September 19, and how this synthesis will play out. Jupiter will magnify and mobilize Makemake's resonance in our lives, and this spiritual light emanating from this part of the heavens will illuminate and make visible details previously unseen. So diversionary antics and motive of those seeking leadership positions in power may become far more transparent, except to those who remain to follow blind, but not for those awake to see. Mercury's retrograde coinciding and conjoining with Jupiter and Makemake, now through October 11, along with our current eclipse lunar cycle, and along with the third Saturn-Neptune square and the second Uranus-Eris conjunction occuring within it, certainly impels a turning in our personal lives and in our evolutionary course as a world.

Mercury's Retrograde with Jupiter & Makemake

Jupiter and Makemake have been in a quintile aspect (72°) with Saturn. This becomes a part of a Grand Quintile, completed by Pallas, Ceres, and Vesta early on the September eclipse lunar cycle. It forms just before the Crescent Moon and continues through the First Quarter Moon of September 9. A Grand Quintile is a pentagram, or 5-sided star. This resonance represents the fully developed awakened and unique humanoid. A Grand Quintile impels an expansion of consciousness from the bounds of the quaternary world of opposites and standoffs. Earthians are quarantined from interstellar participation until we mature beyond warring amongst each other. Unfortunately, that is still the case, although our planetary cycles certainly support us to get on with it. What will it take? Although this is a subtle and transitory geometry, it does occur at the start of the Solar Eclipse lunar cycle (Sept 1, 2016) and makes more of a statement than anything, one suggesting an opportunity to lift ourselves from acquiescing to living within a boxed-in mentality and graduate from the bounds of limiting mind.

Jupiter’s North Pole

Jupiter’s North Pole Unlike Anything Encountered in the Solar System"
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS
Jupiter’s North Pole - Juno Mission Website

Mercury's retrograde began on August 30, just before the New Moon eclipse conjoining Venus, Jupiter and Makemake, and nesting in time between the first two Mercury-Jupiter conjunctions, occurring on August 22 and September 2. All of these events occurred in the first couple of degrees sidereal Virgo. Primary conjoining stars included Benetnash of Ursa Major and Zavijava of Virgo. Jupiter (and Venus) passed a mere quarter of a degree over the star Zavijava. We can say this set the stage for the continuing retrograde and Mercury and Jupiter's conjunction with Makemake, and the final Mercury-Jupiter conjunction occurring on October with the transcultural planet 2010 GB174. Benetnash and Zavijava are of big business and politics, its leadership, and their followers.

Mercury conjoins 2010 GB174 on October 12, 03:16 UT, just after the final Mercury-Jupiter conjunction occurring on Oct 11. Jupiter conjoins GB174 on October 17, 17:45 UT, the day after the Full Moon. Theses events occurring in the October 1, 2016 lunar cycle may bring some insight into the astrological nature of GB174.

Benetnash, Eta Ursa Major, is a young bluish-white star, with a mass six times that of our Sun and 700 times more luminous. Benetnash is oddly considered to be the tail of the Great Bear, although bears do not have long tails, but it does make sense as the handle of a big dipper. Unlike the five middle stars of Ursa Major (Mizar, Alioth, Megrez, Phecda and Merak), which move as a loosely knit group in the same direction, Benetnash (and Dubhe) are not of this group and move in different directions, both are quite different in character however. Benetnash means “hired mourners.” The Arabic name for Benetnash is Alkaid, which means "the leader," perhaps alluding to its tendency to produce self-proclaimed leaders—follow my tail. Reinhold Ebertin reported that primary planetary transits to Benetnash are often associated with claiming human lives through calamities, and thus of death and mourning, based upon his research of planetary transits to this star over centuries. George Noonan reports that Islamic astrologers considered this star to be "the destroyer of nations." (Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan)

Benetnash expresses the old dictatorial and totalitarian stream of consciousness that was predominant when Earth's polar alignment was tilted (had fallen) furthest from the galactic plane in Earth's great precessional year (about 6000 years ago). Thus Benetnash is of this long-established totalitarian governing paradigm—generally of a patriarchal nature. Benetnash articulates the administrative aspects of governments and the political-religious factions of big-business and their figureheads.

Benetnash ultimately teaches that leadership is about facilitating the self-empowerment and freedom of others rather than about exerting manipulative force that controls and destroys others, mistaken as leadership and being in a position of power.

Ursa Major

In its old form and when expressing with influence of the stars of late Leo (the tail of the Lion, the racket of Canes Venatici and the hot air of Antilia), Benetnash articulates those who tend to act as manipulating and controlling godheads, which perpetuates a dogmatic societal structure that keeps individuals from becoming self-responsible and from evolving into their own self-mastery. It is of leadership that dictates what is right for people and what they should do by using dramatic and diversionary propaganda, rather than supporting others to make their own choices in freedom. It can be of the self-proclaimed saviors of the world who try to amass their blind followers for their own interest in maintaining a position of power and wealth. The days of dictators, gurus and followings, perhaps at one time served the sleeping masses, but they are now manipulative and suppressive to the emergence of a new soul-aware consciousness on Earth.

When expressing with more of Virgo's influence (and the stars of Coma Berenices, Crater, and Velorum), and for the more mature and spiritually awakened, Benetnash incites leadership that provides opportunity for people to live in the freedom of their own choices and to become self-empowered, and to awaken in consciousness rather than acquiescing as blind followers.

Lying just under Benetnash and conjoined in longitude is the Super-giant Whirlpool Galaxy M51 of Canes Venatici, the barking hounds, and Cor Caroli, the Alpha star of the hounds. Cor Caroli, M51, and Canes Venatici in general, embody the diversionary tactics, usually of a grandiose scale and glamorous facade, a front large enough to draw attention away from what is really of going on by making the masses believe the staged show is what is of extreme importance and of real issue—corruption at the highest of levels. A Super Nova was discovered in M51 on Apr. 2, 1994, marking another upsurge in this energetic.

The Super-giant Whirlpool Galaxy M51 of Canes Venatici

M51 The Giant Whirlpool Galaxy & its companion galaxy Image Credit: Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Conjoining Benetnash and Cor Caroli is Zavijava, which lies nearly on the ecliptic. Although a star of Virgo, Zavijava lies outside the realm of Virgo proper, before the head of the Virgin. It does not offer the clarity and purity of awareness common to the rest of the Virgo stars. Zavijava is of a passive and submissive character, articulating the blind and naïve followers of the Benetnash directive / big business and government. These are most often innocent naive unquestioning people who get swayed by the diversionary dramatics of their manipulative leaders and believe in the miss-information they are being fed.

Benetnash and Zavijava impel us to examine and discern whether we are blindly following self-proclaimed totalitarian authoritarian political-religious rulers and gurus and their propaganda or if we are seeking a deeper fulfillment based in and guided by true spiritual principles—trusting our own inner guidance. As business or political leaders, Benetnash and Zavijava impel us to examine whether we are dictating behavior and are creating followings, or if we are facilitating the self-empowerment and freedom of those who may work for us or may govern. They ask us to evolve how we are applying our positions of authority—to learn that being in a position of power is a position of service.

Conjoining from the south are Labrum (Delta), Epsilon and Theta of Crater. Here is a different quality altogether. Crater is the Golden Chalice, the Cup of Salvation, or simply the Cup of Fulfillment. Alkes (Alpha), Labrum (Delta) and Epsilon of Crater straddle the Leo-Virgo Cusp. Alkes means cup and Labrum is associated with the quest for the Holy Grail. Further south are the stars of Vela, sail of the Argo and Avior Carina of Argo Navis, which conjoins Alkes Crater. These stars inspires us to seek a greater fulfillment and the transcendent truth that lies hidden beyond the diversionary shenanigans, dramatics and smoke screens occurring in the world around us, and those produced by the self-proclaimed talking heads of big-business and politics. So the stage is set!

The Sun, Mercury & Denebola

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Mercury then begins its retrograde back across the cusp to its solar conjunction with Denebola, tail of the Lion, which occurs on September 12 during the midst of Mercury's retrograde. Denebola, along with earlier Zosma and Chort, a triangle of stars, create the hind of the lion. Denebola is of indicative of diversions obscuring the true path to fulfillment. South is Alpha Antilia, the hot air pump, which fuels the fire that creates the diversionary smoke and grand spectacle. North are Cor Caroli, Asterion and the stars of Canes Venatici, the barking hounds, the agents and factions of totalitarian powers creating distracting racket and misleading propaganda.

This area of the zodiak impels dynamic creative expression, but it can also be filled with diversionary commotion and grand spectacle. It is often of those manipulating the affairs of the world for personal motive while offering salvation from the human struggle. It is also of those of pure intent, those with true wisdom, the seers (Avior of the Argo), who are either hidden behind the scenes or who may be on stage but without ulterior motive. These stars create a diverse polarity of energy that set Leo’s “back stage.” Thus, it impels a need to create the inner clarity making discernment possible, and this we might say is the mission of this Mercurial retrograde, also an energetic continuing into December of 2016.

Mercury Direct & The Equinox

Mercury continues it retrograde under the hind of the Lion through September 21 (22 UT), where it stations under the auspices of Mizar of the Great Bear. This occurs on the Equinox and just after Jupiter makes is conjunction with Makemake.

Mizar of the Great Bear, Zeta Ursa Major, is the overseeing and predominant star of this area of the zodiak. Mizar, and its companion Alcor, articulates raw fiery energy that must express one way or another. Mizar must have a creative outlet, but for its proper expression, we must apply it with clear creative vision. Mizar brings attention to the use of our creative energies, our creative and destructive tendencies, and the fear to create lest it may result in destruction. Here we learn the nature of such volatile forces. Mizar, with averted alignments, is also known for catastrophic fires or massacres. Mizar can however express quite artistically—just as gunpowder can express as beautiful fireworks or devastating explosions. Mizar tends to express in a grand way, in character with showy and dramatic Leo. Mizar imparts a dynamic, action-oriented creative artistic expression.

The Eye of Sauron: NGC 4151 Spiral Galaxy

The Eye of Sauron
NGC 4151 is a spiral galaxy with an actively growing supermassive black hole at its center. It has been dubbed "The Eye of Sauron" by astronomers due to its resemblance to the character in "The Lord of the Rings" movies. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/J.Wang et al.; Optical: Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, La Palma/Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope, Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA

Asterion and the conjoining Seyfert Galaxy NGC4151, both of the barking hounds, Canes Venatici, conjoin Mizar. Seyfert galaxies are spiral galaxies that have very dense and bright cores (nuclei) that express a broad spectrum of emission lines, which suggests extremely hot gases in violent motion. In general, Seyfert galaxies tend to stimulate dynamic, powerful and directed action.

Although of a dynamic, outgoing, artistic creative character, Mizar, Asterion and Chort, at the hind of the Lion, can also produce a lot of dramatic racket and fiery commotion due to toxic conditions or an unrefined awareness. This can also be a part of the often diversionary tactics intended to distract the unsuspecting from the real issues or path at hand, a theme common to late Leo.

The conjoining Pulsar CP1133 in Leo provides impulses to act upon our intuition and upon the more subtle evolutionary and guiding currents articulated by the stars of Velorum, the sail of the Argo, in this case Psi, Omi and Delta Velorum, which lies below in the southern heavens. Delta Velorum provides and opening or way through the diversionary dramatics in the global arena for those who are able to function on more refined evolutionary currents.

Mercury's direct station marks a primary transition point in the Mercury-Jupiter-Makemake dynamic, now impelling us to apply, with discernment, the clarity gained throughout the Mercury's retrograde. Mercury will now head towards its conjunction with Makemake and then Jupiter in the October lunar cycle, bringing to completion our transition into the new 12-year Jupiter-Makemake cycle.

Mercury, Makemake & Jupiter: The Right Use of Will

Mercury's final conjunction with Makemake conjoins the SGC on October 8. Jupiter has since moved across Zaniah of Virgo. Mercury conjoins Zaniah on October 10, the day before its conjunction with Jupiter, which occurs on October 11. This sets the final energetic and now impels the demonstrable mobilization and expansion of the shifts and change made throughout this entire transitional time, which began in late August.

Zaniah, Eta Virgo, is an ecliptical star, less than 2° north in ecliptical latitude. Zaniah is also the Chinese "Left-hand Maintainer of Law" (Allen). Zaniah inspires the "right use of will" directed by soul-level impulses and unadulterated by personality or egoic-level influences. Zaniah impels right action and participation in the here and now, moment-by-moment. Zaniah embodies the essence of the Virgin’s purity—to become a clear vessel and to know right action. Zaniah imparts a feminine quality.

Conjoining Zaniah in the northern heavens is Beta Coma Berenices. Beta Coma Berenices, conjoining Zaniah, emphasizes our need to apply personal will according to our spiritual / soul guidance, which expresses through the magnetic forces of nature, in the messages provided by the world around us. Beta of Coma impels the administration and application of our spiritual guidance in our physical lives.

Conjoining Zaniah in the southern heavens is Turais Carina and Phi Velorum, both of Argo Navis, which lie along the galactic equator, and thus are more associated with our longer-term soul-level sojourn and evolutionary course. Turais (Aspidiske) of the Argo is a rather rare white supergiant star that shines with a luminosity of 4900 times our Sun, with a radius estimated to be about 40 times that of our Sun. "This Arabian name has led to some confusion regarding the nature of this star, even confused to be part of Puppis the stern of the Argo, but it lies along the gunwale in Carina, the hull of the Argo, under Velorum the sail." (Allen)

The Antennae Galaxies

The Antennae Galaxies in the southern heavens conjoining Diadem of Coma. "One of the first images from the new VIMOS facility, obtained right after the moment of "first light" on February 26, 2002. It shows the famous "Antennae Galaxies" (NGC 4038/9), the result of a recent collision between two galaxies. As an immediate outcome of this dramatic event, stars are born within massive complexes that appear blue in this composite photo, based on exposures through green, orange and red optical filters." Image & Caption Credit: ESO

Phi Velorum and the adjoining Pulsar P 0950 reside exactly on the Galactic Equator in the Sail (Velorum) of the Argo. 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 0.696111729 Hz. Raised a few octaves, this translates to an Alpha brain wave frequency of 11.1377...Hz; and this 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). This pulsar reminds us that to receive our spiritual guidance we must be grounded with Mother Earth—like any good antenna.

Galactic Turais and Phi Velorum puts ecliptical Zaniah's "right use of will" into a greater evolutionary context, one with cosmic ramifications that extend throughout spacetime. Our acts of will are not isolated, cut off and limited to the moment itself, but extend into the past-future time-stream of the soul influencing the continuous cosmic currents in soul's greater evolutionary journey in ways that are unseen in the action moment.

Turais asks us to extend our awareness into this time-stream, while Zaniah inspires clear action in the moment from soul's and nature's guiding influence. Thus each action moment is one punctual droplet of many composing a continuous time-stream that formulates the path or wave upon which soul travels. Turais invites us to recognize our actions extend into and influence not only the nature of our own lives, but also the lives of others, effecting the meandering currents in an ocean of being. They set up resonances in spacetime that define the nature of experiences yet to come for our selves and in the evolutionary journey of all involved.

This is not to be confused with attempting to be responsible for others or to define their experience—which is a miss-use of will. The responsibility is for our active and conscious participation from the clarity of our spiritual soul-level guidance expressed in action. Turais demands we act from the awareness of our greater evolutionary journey and adds a sense of "cosmic responsibility" for what is "put into motion" through Zaniah's "right use of will."

All of these entries, NGP, SGC, Diadem and the stars of Coma, Zaniah of Virgo, and Turais of the Argo inspire us to attune to and live from our greater spiritual/soul guidance, and to apply that guidance though demonstrable action with consideration for the long-term ramifications for all life and transcendent effects for the durative timestream of the incarnating soul.

In Closing

Observing conditions in the political scene after mid-October compared to how they were in August may bring additional insight into how this transition played out in the world, and in the lives of those seeking positions of leadership in the world, and in how those already in leadership positions are exerting their power in the world.

Aspects occurring in September & October

The Moon conjoins Jupiter and Makemake just into the September 1, 2016 Eclipse Lunar Cycle, initiating this two-month event.
Mn-Mercury; Fri, Sep 2, 21:59 UT; Fri, Sep 2, 9:59 PM MST
Mn-Jupiter; Fri, Sep 2, 22:12 UT; Fri, Sep 2, 10:12 PM MST
Mn-Makemake; Sat, Sep 3, 04:33 UT; Sat, Sep 3, 4:33 AM MST

The new ~12-year Jupiter-Makemake synodic cycle begins under the auspices of the Super Galactic Center in the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies.
Jupiter-Makemake Synod; Fri, Sep 9, 08:40 UT; Fri, Sep 9, 8:40 AM MST

The Jupiter-Makemake conjunction.
Jupiter-Makemake; Sep 20, 00:21 GMT; Tue, Sep 20, 12:21 AM MST

Oppositions: The midpoints of realization in the current annual Earth-Makemake and Earth-Jupiter synodic cycles. (These occur at the same time as the second Uranus-Eris conjunction.)
Sun-Makemake; Sun, Sep 25, 00:41 UT; Sun, Sep 25, 12:41 AM MST
Sun-Jupiter; Mon, Sep 26, 07:00 UT; Mon, Sep 26, 7:00 AM MST

Closing the September lunar cycle, the Moon conjoins Jupiter and Makemake just before the October 1 New Moon.
Mn-Makemake; Fri, Sep 30, 12:42 UT; Fri, Sep 30, 12:42 PM MST
Mn-Jupiter; Fri, Sep 30, 16:53 UT; Fri, Sep 30, 4:53 PM MST

The final Mercury conjunctions occuring in the Oct 1, 2016 lunar cycle.
New Moon conjoining Diadem of Coma and Porrima and Vindemiatrix of Virgo, also the exalted location for Mercury: Oct 1, 2016, 0:11:18 UT (Sept 30 5:11:18 PM MST)
Mercury-Makemake; Oct 8, 2016
Mercury-Jupiter; Oct 11, 2016


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Annual Graphic Ephemerides

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