Monthly Lunar Planner Archive 2011

Sidereal Astrology, Synodic Astrology & Galactic Star Lore articulate each Lunar Month's Theme. Each Lunar Theme weaves a continuing story line about the spiritual growth and unfoldment occurring in our lives. Each Lunar Month's Theme is posted just before each New Moon.

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Dec 24, 2011 New Moon Theme
Mobilizing Our Uniqueness: The Way to the Future

Our New Moon of December 24, 2011 occurs in sidereal Sagittarius, which begins the last lunar cycle of 2011. It conjoins the bow and arrow of the Zen Archer and a location in the northern heavens called the Solar Apex. The Solar Apex is not an object, but the direction toward which our Sun is currently moving in our local interstellar field. Our Sun, along with our entire local inter-stellar neighborhood, orbits the center of our galaxy at a speed roughly estimated to be about 217 kilometers per second (about 485,400 miles per hour). Thus, our solar system’s cosmic environment continually changes, which is one of many factors contributing not only to our Sun’s continually changing behavior and subsequent planetary changes, but also to our continually changing evolutionary experience.

The astrological qualities of this area of sidereal Sagittarius produce a heightened perceptual awareness, are of higher mind, and they impel radical and spontaneous action to pursue our unique paths in life, undaunted by the consensus of the status quo.

“Seeking Sameness leads to Separation. Honoring Uniqueness leads to Oneness.”

Jupiter completes its retrograde just after the New Moon, which restores our experience of movement and expansion. This fully commences the new 399-day Earth-Jupiter synodic cycle that began on October 29. The theme of this synodic cycle inspires us to get off the fence of indecision and to leave the small and middle-ground approaches in our lives. It invites us to move forward in our partnerships in an expansive and all embracing way; and it invites the expansion and expression of heart and art in a big way.

Venus makes several conjunctions in this lunar cycle and also begins new synodic cycles with Vesta, Uranus, Ceres and Eris. These events influence matters associated with heart, art, and financial resources. They also bring inspiration to cross new bridges, and to pursue our greater dreams and visions. Jupiter’s shift along with Venus’ prominent role in this lunar cycle also adds a social quality to this lunar cycle. All of this produces a progressive and heart-oriented lunar month.

These are just a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events 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.

Nov 25, 2011 New Moon Theme
Responsibility for Life

Our New Moon of November 25 (Nov 24 MST), 2011 occurs in sidereal Scorpio. It conjoins the stars forming the head of the Scorpion. In essence, the stars of this area of the zodiak impel us to graduate into a new level of self-realization and actualization. In this process, we become aware that we create our experience and are responsible for the life scenarios in which we find ourselves. We shift from feeling helpless, even justifying why we are entrapped as if victims of our life experience, into a greater maturity and embracing unified wisdom. We learn to express mastery over the dualistic forces that were once entrapping or even destructive, and become responsible to use and direct the creative forces of life to steer our evolutionary destiny.

This is an eclipse lunar cycle with a Partial Solar Eclipse occurring on the New Moon and a Total Lunar Eclipse occurring on the Full Moon of December 10. Eclipse lunar cycles generally occur every six months. They impel a fresh start through our sojourns in life. The next six-month period unfolds within the context of this lunar cycle’s theme. A dynamic T-square occurs on First Quarter Moon providing impetus to initiate independent and progressive action supportive of humanitarian-based pursuits.

Saturn and recently discovered Eris made their first opposition in the last lunar cycle, bringing attention to redefining the structures in our lives. This is a significant and intense planetary alignment with its effects continuing through June of 2012. Now, in this lunar cycle, Saturn and Eris make their formal synodic opposition. This is the actual midpoint of vision and realization in the current Saturn-Eris 30-year synodic cycle that began in 1997. Eris, the great disruptor, deep in Cetus, the techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness, is serving to reorganize the structure of human consciousness. Now, and continuing over the months ahead, we begin to have realizations regarding the importance of our need for a drastic reorganization in the fundamental structures in our lives and those supporting humanity.

Mercury, in the midst of its retrograde begins its new ~116-day synodic cycle with Earth in this lunar cycle. It supports the formation of new enterprising and entrepreneurial efforts in our lives.

These are just a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events and more--the underlying cycles upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives--based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

Oct 26, 2011 New Moon Theme
A Matter of Balance: The Art of Living, Unlocking our Coding

Our New Moon of October 26, 2011 occurs in sidereal Libra. It conjoins Miaplacidus of Argo Navis; the Supergiant star Syrma of Virgo; and The Purple Rose of Virgo. It also conjoins Juno, asteroid of covenant relations, within a couple of degrees, bringing attention to partnerships and their working relations. This area of the zodiak is about unlocking our potential to move forward, navigation in time and space; and creating the means for and ensuring an environmental harmonic resonance that supports our evolutionary fulfillment.

The big event in this lunar month is the start of the Saturn-Eris opposition, which is triggered on the New Moon by the Mars and Venus-Mercury square. This is a significant planetary alignment that will culminate in November of 2011 with its effects continuing through June of 2012. This marks the midpoint of vision and realization in the current Saturn-Eris 30-year synodic cycle that began in 1997. Eris, the great disruptor, deep in Cetus, the techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness, is serving to reorganize the structure of human consciousness. Eris now takes a stand against Saturn, that which is solidified and long established in our lives.

Refreshingly, Jupiter and Earth begin their new 399-day synodic cycle in sidereal Aries, mobilizing personal action and pioneering leadership that motivates us to reinvent our lives. Ceres and Uranus begin their new 5-year synodic cycle in sidereal Pisces, inviting radical change in how we nurture and are nurtured. Venus and Mercury maintain their tight conjunction throughout this lunar cycle, as they move through sidereal Scorpio and the constellation Ophiuchus. In the process, Venus and Mercury conjoin the Centaur Pholus on the Moon’s North Node, supporting a metamorphic transition. Mercury begins its retrograde a few hours before the following New Moon in passionate Scorpio.

These are just a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events and more--the underlying cycles upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives--based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

Sept 27, 2011 New Moon Theme
Actualization: Action in the Now

Our New Moon of September 27, 2011 occurs in sidereal Virgo and it conjoins Mercury, which is exalted (empowered) in Virgo. The New Moon and Mercury conjoin Zaniah of Virgo, Turais of Argo Navis, Beta Coma Berenices, and Theta Bootes. This area of the zodiak is about following our soul-level or spiritual guidance, living our inner truths, and to become one in thought, word and deed. This lunar cycle is productive and progressive. It is about communication and applying right action in the daily logistics of our lives in the now, moment-by-moment.

Venus joins already conjoining Juno, Haumea and Saturn, bringing its harmonizing, feminine, heart-felt and abundant energetic to the theme that has been unfolding over the last couple of months coalesced by Juno, Haumea and Saturn: impelling a "new birth in partnerships" to engage in new concretized expressions in the world. Mercury then follows, conjoining the three. Mercury stimulates the actualization of this new birth, living it in the daily logistics of our lives. It impels us to act in the now. The Sun then conjoins Haumea on the Full Moon, and then Saturn and Juno following the Full Moon, bringing illumination and realization about this new Juno-Haumea-Saturn theme in our lives.

Earth and Dwarf Planet Eris begin a new-year long synodic cycle in sidereal Pisces. Mars and Venus create a dynamic aspect with Saturn and Eris toward the end of the lunar cycle, just as Saturn and Eris form their potent opposition, which occurs on the following New Moon of October 26.

These are just a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events and more--the underlying cycles upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives--based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

August 29, 2011 New Moon Theme
Defining Our Evolutionary Course
& the Long Term Ramifications

Our New Moon of August 29, 2011 (Aug 28 MST) occurs in sidereal Leo. It conjoins the Sextant; the Vela X-1 Neutron Star and the Vela Pulsar of Argo Navis; Thuban of Draco; and the hind leg of the Great Bear. The essence of these stars and our lunar cycle is about defining and steering our evolutionary course with conscious consideration for the long-term ramifications of the direction we set now in our lives. They impel us to assert our creative force to ensure our evolutionary safety, nurturing, and fulfillment. They also impel the distribution or delegation of power and authority to and for the people. Jupiter also begins its retrograde on the New Moon.

The Full Moon in sidereal Aquarius occurs with the Sun and Moon in an exact square to the Lunar Nodes, producing an intense and unstable energetic. Also involved is Ceres, bringing emphasis to environmental concerns and issues.

The Dwarf Planet Ceres also begins a new 15-month synodic cycle with Earth in late sidereal Aquarius. The theme of this cycle is defined by Markab of Pegasus and the Zetas of Reticuli.

Juno, the asteroid of covenant partnerships, Saturn, and the newly discovered Dwarf Planet Haumea made a compounded synod in sidereal Virgo in the last lunar cycle. This began a new many-year cycle with a theme created by the synthesis of these three planetary energetics nesting in Virgo’s stellar backdrop. In this lunar cycle, the three conjoin, kicking off this new cycle and impelling a new birth for partnerships in concretized and stable expressions.

Earth and Uranus begin a new year-long synodic cycle in watery sidereal Pisces conjoining the thrashing tail of Cetus the Sea Monster.

These are just a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events and more--the underlying cycles upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives--based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

July 30, 2011 New Moon Theme
Emergence and Migration

Our New Moon of July 30, 2011 occurs in mid-sidereal Cancer and it conjoins Praesepe, the Beehive Star Cluster (M44). Cancer is commonly referred to as the Crab, but it is also the Egyptian Scarabaeus, an image that articulates the theme of humanity's emergence from 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 or from the collective consciousness that we co-create. 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.

Praesepe embodies the essence of the Scarab / Cancer theme: emergence out of the antiquated dogmatic entrapments we had been living in, and our migration or new birth. Praesepe is of new beginnings, shedding old skins, skeletons, and cocoons. It is of emerging out of the frenetic confusion of mass consciousness; finding our new path and direction; leaving behind old dwellings and the structures of consciousness they represent; and getting out of our personal or collective dogmas and the darkness they create. The issue here is about making the move.

Several key events and shifts occur in this lunar cycle: Juno, the asteroid of covenant partnerships, stoic Saturn, and the newly discovered Dwarf Planet Haumea make a compounded synod (planetary alignment with the Sun) in sidereal Virgo. This begins a new many-year cycle with a theme created by the synthesis of these three planetary energetics nesting in Virgo’s stellar backdrop.

Mercury’s retrograde occurs in this lunar cycle, with Earth and Mercury shifting into their next ~116-day synodic cycle theme. Mercury’s retrograde provides an opportunity to redefine the logistical aspects of our lives.

Earth and the asteroid Vesta make a significant synod in sidereal Capricorn. This is the “Year of Vesta,” thanks to NASA’s DAWN spacecraft, which just entered into orbit around the asteroid in July of 2011. DAWN is producing spectacular close-up images of the asteroid and is bringing us a greater understanding of Vesta.

Earth, Neptune and Chiron also begin new synodic cycles in this lunar cycle, in sidereal Aquarius, the humanitarian waterbearer.

These are just a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events and more--the underlying cycles upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives--based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

July 1, 2011 New Moon Theme
Commencement, Cooperation & Communication

The New Moon (a Partial Solar Eclipse) of July 1, 2011 occurs in mid-sidereal Gemini. Conjoining stars include Alhena and Alzirr of Gemini, the foot of Pollux of the Twins, Castor and Pollux; and Mebsuta of Castor. Additional conjoining stars include Beta Monoceros and the Rosetta Nebula, all of the Unicorn; a Quasar in Auriga the Charioteer; and Urodelus of northern Ursa Minor.

This lunar cycle marks a turning point, a time of departure and commencement regarding that which we have been working on for some time now, or regarding new opportunities presenting themselves. It is a time of getting off the fence of indecision, a time to get on with it. That which we put into action now may precede and prepare us for greater events to come.

Our First Quarter Moon conjoining the newly discovered Dwarf Planet Haumea (pronounced how-MAY-ah) in sidereal Virgo brings external stimulus to action to create a new birth in our lives.

Uranus and the Dwarf Planet Ceres begin their synchronous retrogrades in this lunar cycle. Uranus has been transiting a key point in the zodiak over these last many months--the vernal point of Earth's Precessional Cross--and now along with the presence of Ceres, this inspires radical change and challenge to create new and alternative modalities of living, and nurturing ways of participating in the world.

The Full Moon occurring under the auspices of Lyra in late sidereal Sagittarius lies opposite the Sun's conjunction with Varuna in late sidereal Gemini, another newly discovered planetary body in our solar system. Varuna impels our return to natural law and to nature's way. Varuna inspires us to surrender the forced ways and laws of man that are not attuned to the natural flow of life, and it brings our attention to the ecology of life, including our agricultural needs. The Varuna-Sun Moon opposition also forms a dynamic and catalyzing T-square with Eris, the great disruptor and reorganizer. Varuna and Eris in a long-standing square, mark the action point of "stimulus to action" in a cycle that began in 1929.

Juno and the newly discovered Dwarf Planet Makemake (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh) also conjoin on the Full Moon, on the cusp of sidereal Virgo, bringing our attention to the administration or resources in our partnerships.

These are just a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events and more, the underlying cycles upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives--based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

June 1, 2011 New Moon Theme
Pioneering Pursuits supporting Self, Home, Family and Friends

The New Moon (a Partial Solar Eclipse) of June 1, 2011 occurs in mid-sidereal Taurus and conjoins Aldebaran, Eye of the Bull, the primary star of Taurus; and the Shield of Orion. Aldebaran lies directly opposite Antares of Scorpion, both marking the center of their respective signs in the sidereal zodiak. The Aldebaran-Antares axis was the primary fiducial (reference point) for the Babylonian zodiak. Our Full Moon will produce a Total Lunar Eclipse conjoining Lesath, the sting of the Scorpion; with the following New Moon of July 1, producing another Partial Solar Eclipse in sidereal Gemini.

Our attention turns toward earthy matters, business, home and family in this lunar cycle. Sidereal Taurus is the primogeniture of the zodiak, the Earth sign from which life springs. Aldebaran holds the vision for global leaders and world servers inspiring the administrative planning of world affairs, specifically for physical logistics and a global infrastructure designed to support humanity through evolutionary growth and change.

Aldebaran is a star of pioneering leadership. At a personal level, Aldebaran is of business and the home. It impels initiative to take action for our physical wellbeing. Aldebaran inspires involvement with physical places, business and projects supportive of our modalities of living for self, family and friends.

Jupiter and recently discovered Eris, the great disruptor and reorganizer, begin their new 12-year synodic cycle in this Lunar Cycle, conjoining Revati of Pisces and Baten Kaitos of Cetus (in sidereal Pisces). This new synodic cycle marks another significant shift in our evolutionary process.

Earth and Pluto begin their new annual synodic cycle later in this lunar cycle in sidereal Sagittarius; and Vesta and Pallas begin a new 15-year synodic cycle under the auspices of Altair, Eye of the Eagle.

These are just a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events and more, the underlying cycles upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives--based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

May 3, 2011 New Moon Theme
Power of the People: Personal Action with Global Awareness

The New Moon of May 3, 2011 occurs in initiatory Aries. It lies over the Head of Cetus, our techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness. North are the feet of Andromeda, Queen Cassiopeia and King Cepheus. South is Eridanus, the River of Life; Horologium, the pendulum clock; and Dorado, the golden fish. Impending time invites us to take personal responsibility for our human condition rather than leaving it to the bureaucracies of the world, which would lead us to our demise. The Sun is exalted in sidereal Aries creating an empowering lunar cycle. It is a cycle of initiation, leadership, and of initiating creative pursuits for self.

Several new planetary cycles begin in this lunar cycle: Mars, Jupiter and Eris conjoined in sidereal Pisces at the end of the previous lunar cycle. Now, in this lunar cycle, Mars and Jupiter begin a new 2.25-year synodic cycle; and Mars and Eris begin a new 1.9-year cycle. These events precede and act as a trigger to the upcoming main event, which is the start of a new Jupiter-Eris 12-year synodic cycle that will begin on June 4, 2011, in the following lunar cycle.

Eris, discovered in 2005 in the bowels of Cetus, was responsible for the formation of the new “Dwarf Planet” classification and the reclassification of Pluto to Dwarf Planet status, the family to which Eris, Pluto and Ceres now belong. Eris, the Great Disruptor, provokes change by upsetting the status quo, by upsetting the apple cart. Although Eris can create a disrupting commotion, upsetting our existing, limiting and antiquated structures of consciousness. She opens us to see beyond the finite bounds of our current perception, beyond the bounds we place upon ourselves by arousing and challenging our egoic defenses. In doing so, we are left to redefine and reorganize our worldview to embrace a far vaster reality--a view more fitting to our rapidly expanding awareness.

Venus and Uranus also begin a new synodic cycle on the vernal point of Earth’s Precessional Cross. Mars and Uranus began their new synodic cycle at the same location in the previous lunar cycle. Uranus’ passage over the vernal point starting in March and continuing through the rest of this year creates a primary activation of the Precessional Cross--our portal of evolutionary change in Earth’s ~25,000-year precessional cycle. It stimulates a radical departure from the conformity of the past at a global and evolutionary level. Water related events catalyzing radical change could be expected to continue throughout the year. The Venus trigger occurring now is not as dramatic as the Mars trigger or cycle. However, this new 226-day Venus-Uranus synodic cycle, continuing through January 1, 2012, stimulates a radical change of Heart and with the feminine expression in the world and in our lives.

Ceres begins new synodic cycles with Neptune and Chiron. The Last Quarter Moon of this lunar cycle conjoins Neptune and Chiron in Aquarius inspiring humanitarian-focused change to cross a bridge upon visions and dreams that may have been gestating for the last couple of years. The Balsamic Moon conjoins Eris, creating the finale of the lunar cycle. This entire lunar cycle motivates personal action to move and expand from any disruptions that may have occurred in our lives, or from an antiquated way of life or mode of living.

These are just a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events and more, the underlying cycles upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives--based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

April 3, 2011 New Moon Theme
Portents of Life Changing Proportions

This is an incredibly significant and extremely potent lunar cycle. The New Moon of April 3, 2011 occurs in sidereal Pisces amongst a stellium of planets, including Mars, Uranus, Jupiter, Eris and Mercury, all in sidereal Pisces. The New Moon aspects the two largest and most influential planets in our solar system. The New Moon conjoins mobilizing and expansive Jupiter and it lies opposite imposing Saturn, which marks the beginning of a new 378-day Earth-Saturn synodic cycle. Saturn, in sidereal Virgo and conjoining the stars of Corvus, the Raven Messenger, demands we heed and respond to the signs expressing through the natural world around us. This Lunar Cycle impels expansive change and transformation on a grand scale, within our personal lives and in our societal structure. The New Moon conjoins Alpheratz, the head of Princess Andromeda, and Alderamin, the Alpha star of King Cepheus. Making passage through the tumultuous waters of life, and the means to do so, is of issue.

Several other significant events occur in this lunar month as well. Mars and Uranus also make their conjunction on the New Moon, and they conjoin the Vernal Point of Earth's Precessional Cross--again activating our portal of evolutionary transition. Expect the unexpected with stimulus to take creative, spontaneous and radical action, an energetic that will intensify over the months ahead. Mars and Uranus also begin a new 1.9-year synodic cycle at this very significant location in the spherical astrophysical geometry created by the intersection of the galactic plane, the ecliptic plane, and the Earth's equatorial plane.

Juno, the asteroid of significant relationships, and Makemake, a newly discovered Dwarf Planet, begin a new 4.4-year synodic cycle, which marks a significant shift for relationships and partnerships of all types, especially regarding the administration of resources and providing for our material needs. It invites us to redefine how we administer resources in our relations, in business, and between countries. Juno is currently in its retrograde, from mid-January through the end of this lunar cycle, impelling many needed changes in our relationships and how we interrelate in the world throughout this entire period.

Earth and retrograde Mercury begin a new 116-day synodic cycle, stimulating a shift in the logistical aspects of our lives. This new synod conjoins massive and highly active Eta Carina of Argo Navis, a portent of evolutionary change.

Eris, the Great Disruptor, another newly discovered Dwarf Planet, in Cetus disrupting the fear-instilling techno-beuarocratic monster, is a significant player in this lunar cycle, especially on our First Quarter Moon of April 11, when Eris creates stimulus to action in this lunar cycle; later in the cycle when the Sun conjoins Eris, and again, at the end of the lunar cycle, when Mars, Jupiter and Eris all conjoin in the Piscean tumultuous waters of life.

These are just a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events and more, the underlying cycles upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives--based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

March 4, 2011 New Moon Theme
Radical Change from the
River of Life into Vaster Waters

The New Moon of March 4, 2011 occurs in sidereal Aquarius and conjoins Achernar of Eridanus, the river of life; and Ankaa of the Phoenix. This lunar cycle marks a completion of a leg of life, and an emergence into a vaster body of consciousness, much like a river's delta opens into an ocean. Boundaries dissolve as our dreams and visions shift and swirl us into a greater universality and potentiality of being. This lunar cycle is packed full of opportunities for emotional growth, personal empowerment, and spiritual expansion.

A new Earth-Juno 434-day cycle begins on the First Quarter Moon, which begins a new cycle for relationships and partnerships of all types. It also creates our stimulus to action in this lunar cycle, which may catalyze significant changes for relationships and how we interrelate.

The Lunar Nodes align with the Galactic Equatorial Nodes (the Gate of God / Gate of Man of Earth's 25,000-year precessional cross), which began in the previous lunar cycle--an 18.6-year occurrence. Uranus nesting on the Vernal Point (5° sidereal Pisces) squares the Lunar Nodes-galactic alignment.

The March 20 equinox occurs the day after the Full Moon, with the Sun conjoining Uranus and squaring the Lunar Nodes-Galactic Nodes alignment, stimulating dynamic radical action to break away from the conforming bounds of the past. The Sun's square to the Lunar Nodes occurring on the Full Moon-equinox provides opportunity to clear any emotional imbalances that may keep us from moving forward into vaster waters. The Sun-Uranus alignment also marks the mid-point of vision and realization in our current 370-day Earth-Uranus synodic cycle, which began on September 21, 2010, bring revelations about the radical changes we are making and need to make in our lives.

All of this creates a primary activation of Earth's Precessional Cross--our portal of evolutionary change--producing a strong acceleration of, and need for, radical change in human neurology, in our lives, and in the world.

Jupiter and Saturn make their third and final opposition later in the lunar cycle, bringing realizations about journeys and ventures begun in 2000.

These are just a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events and more, the underlying cycles upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives--based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

February 3, 2011 New Moon Theme
Responsible Expansive & Mobilizing
Creative Leadership

The New Moon of February 3 GMT (Feb 2 MST) conjoins Mars in sidereal Capricorn. The stars in this area of the zodiak inspire us to participate and express from the intelligent maturity and truth of self-realized conscious beings rather than following whatever mass-propaganda happens to be in vogue. It is an articulate, loquacious and expressive area of the zodiak associated with the grammatical arts, law and associated disciplines requiring articulation of the written word. It is of libraries, courts, publishing houses, literary agencies, or where any legalities are formulated, agreed upon and concretized. This articulates the constructive character of Saturn, which is at home in sidereal Capricorn.

Mars is often associated with the forceful or awry use of power. However, in its mature expression, Mars is an initiating force. Mars is of creativity, sexuality, vitality, life force, power and self-expression. Mars stimulates our ability to respond to life with creative assertive action. Mature Mars is of leadership, is self-reliant, and is of victory in our pursuits. Mature Mars is audacious, brave, instinctual, passionate and willful.

The Sun-Mars alignment also marks the mid-point of vision and realization in the 780-day Earth-Mars cycle that began on the Full Moon of January 29, 2010 during the last Mars retrograde. Thus, realizations regarding that cycle's theme express into this lunar cycle. Issues surrounding how we using our creative power to emerge from antiquated patterns, behavior, and ways of participating in the world arise in this lunar cycle. Mars is exalted in sidereal Capricorn, stimulating a mature, pro-active, and independent creative expression in leadership. This can be a volatile lunar cycle, but one stimulating new leadership driven from the laws governing the natural world and that are supportive of all people rather than laws designed to serve special interest groups or a select few.

Mars and Neptune begin a new 1.9-year synodic cycle in early sidereal Aquarius (with Chiron) in this lunar cycle. Prior to this time, from 1995 through 2009 the Mars-Neptune synods occurred in sidereal Capricorn. The Mars-Neptune cycles starting now shift from being driven by personal interest to an inclusive humanitarian expression.

Our stimulus to action First Quarter Moon conjoins newly discovered Sedna, supporting the re-emergence of and action upon the long-suppressed feminine force in the wold. Sedna articulates the “return of the exiled feminine principle.” Sedna’s message is that humanity must recognize the truth about the suppression, persecution, abduction and exploitation of the feminine force in the world; and the mentality perpetuating such must be addressed and changed. Although it is quite obvious of our need for female’s re-emergence and balanced reintegration with the overly dominant patriarchal world, there is still dire hesitancy for such participation due to the often awry, deceptive and exploitative use of creative power by the masculine force in the world. Our Sedna First Quarter Moon adds an interesting dynamic to this lunar month considering our masculine-based (Mars) lunar theme.

The Lunar Nodes align with the Galactic Equatorial Nodes (the Gate of God / Gate of Man of Earth's 25,000-year precessional cross), in this lunar cycle; with the North Lunar Node on the Gate of God at 5° sidereal Sagittarius. This is an 18.6-year occurrence, with the last occurring in mid-1992. Building into and adding to this energetic is Uranus, on the vernal Point at 5° sidereal Pisces, which is square this nodal alignment. Also participant are Venus Juno, the asteroid of covenant partnerships, and newly discovered Makemake, all stimulating action to change in partnerships. A challenge for change also occurs in the administration of resources as well. This lunar-galactic alignment is another significant contributer to the strong acceleration and need to expand that many people are currently feeling in their lives; and it produces a very palpable transition in our experience, both emotionally and physically.

These are just a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events and more, the underlying cycles upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives--based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

January 4, 2011 New Moon Theme
The Totality of Self in Action

The New Moon of January 4 begins the first lunar cycle of 2011. It produces a Partial Solar Eclipse in sidereal Sagittarius, visible in Europe, North Africa and Central Asia. Generally, eclipse lunar cycles mark a time of shifting into a new octave in the lunar spiral of growth. They offer a time to resynchronize ourselves with the ever-changing cosmic currents supporting our evolutionary progression in consciousness. Eclipses generally express for six month periods. Solar eclipses offer opportunity to redefine concepts of self and the roles we play, or how we articulate ourselves in the world. They are about shifting octaves in the nature of our self-perception and self-expression. They often mark a new beginning or way of life, or a new way of participating in life.This Solar eclipse is counter part to the previous Solstice Total Lunar Eclipse, which was about letting go of emotional attachments to ways of participating in the world or with others that no longer server us. This solar eclipse is more about going forward from attachments left behind, with a new sense of self to pursue our ideals, dreams and goals.

The theme of this lunar cycle is defined by the stars: Ascella and Nunki of Sagittarius; Alphecca Meridiana of the Southern Crown; Beta Scutum of the Galactic Shield; and of significant influence is Vega, the Harp Star of Lyra.

Sagittarius is stargate to Galactic Center, commonly referred to as the Zen Archer, or the First Horseman whose arrow points toward Galactic Center. From R. H. Allen (Star Names): Sagittarius is "the Strong One, and Illuminator of the Great City (galactic center); Light of the White Face; and on the stones of Sippara (the Sepharvaim of the Old Testament)--a solar city Sagittarius, 'appears sculptured in full glory.'"

The First Horseman, our Sagittarian Centaur, is where the first and highest spiritual light is found, our Galactic City of Light, and is responsible for the higher spiritual education of all intelligent life on Earth. Overhead is the constellation Scutum, Galactic shield of Earth's precessional Holy Cross, which is emblazoned with the symbol of Earth's Precessional Cross. Sagittarius is supreme defender of the High Truth of the Holy Cross--of the spiritual fulfillment of humankind--one who is willing to live, fight, and die for this Truth.

Sagittarius is the Spiritual Warrior. On a personal level, Sagittarius inspires action to live our deeper inner truths, to express that truth through an undaunted Zen focus to hit our target, to achieve our highest ideals and dreams. The Sagittarian Archer is self-taught, of spiritual wisdom gained through raw experience. Sagittarius is the sanguine inspirationalist, of lofty vision and higher ideals. This Lunar Cycle embodies the pure and total potential of the archer applied through focused demonstrable action.

A primary shift occurs in this lunar cycle as the very tight aspects between Jupiter, Uranus, Makemake, Neptune and Chiron now start to diverge, creating a refreshing sense of emergence from what has been a rather heavy period that began in mid-2008, and which had spawned the last few years of financial upheaval.

Jupiter and Uranus make their third and final conjunction opposite Juno, asteroid of covenant partnerships, and Makemake, one of our recently discovered planets. The Jupiter-Uranus conjunction marks the mobilization and expansion of opportunity for those willing to make radical or spontaneous change. Juno's retrograde conjoining Makemake may herald a change in partnerships, especially involving financial matters and their management.

Venus and Juno also begin a new several-month synodic cycle in fiery sidereal Leo and under the auspices of Alioth of the Great Bear--birthing a dynamic new cycle of action for personal relationships and financial partnerships.

These are just a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events and more, the underlying cycles upon which we evolve and which guide our daily lives--based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.


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

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The "Monthly Lunar Planner Commentary," made available just before each New Moon, articulates the opportunity for growth in consciousness each lunar month offers throughout the changing phases of the Lunar Cycle. It is based in "astronomical star-level astrology." Exploring alignments with individual stars and constellations is much like one would naturally experience by living and sleeping under the starry heavens. The Monthly Lunar Planner is available for a small subscription fee—merely the price of one good Cappuccino per month.

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