The Lunar Theme for the
June 22, 2009 New Moon

Leaving the Past Behind
Focus to a New Future

The Lunar Month of
June 22, 2009 - July 22, 2009

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Astronomical Myth is a "picture language," imagery that articulates the qualities of cosmic intelligence expressing throughout the greater heavens and through our lives. We are not separate from the greater heavens, from the stars and planets around us, or from our beloved Earth, but are intimate parts of this dynamic, continually unfolding heavenly symphony. This entirety is our cosmic consciousness, the totality of our being. To explore the greater heavens and the heavenly cycles is to explore that which we are--our embracing consciousness and our spiritual evolution.

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

The purpose of the Lunar Planner is to learn to live in the experiential awareness of the present. Although the material below can provide philosophical context for your personal experience, the New Moon is the ideal time to experientially "tune in" to get your personalized lunar month's theme. Then, consciously participate with the changing Lunar Phase Characteristics in the unfoldment of that theme in your daily life using the Lunar Calendar and Lunar Planner Introduction (links at the bottom).

Lunar Cycle Overview

Our New Moon of June 22, 2009 occurs in early sidereal Gemini just past the "Gate of Man." Also in the mix is Pluto and the asteroid Vesta. Vesta conjoins the Sun; while Vesta, the Sun, Moon and Earth also align with transformative Pluto, creating a dynamic opening throughout this lunar month with inspiration to leave the past behind. Clarity, focus and commitment are required to walk through the opening Pluto provides.

Venus and Juno, the asteroid of covenant partnerships, begin a new 286-day cycle in a very fortuitous area of sidereal Aquarius--conjoining Sadalmelik of Aquarius (lucky one of the kingdom) and several other significant stars. Venus and Mars maintain their close conjunction throughout this lunar cycle, continuing to inspire dynamic and assertive action from the heart. Just after First Quarter Moon, as we enter the action phase of the lunar cycle, Uranus stations to begin its retrograde, while Pallas and Orcus (Pluto's compliment), and Mars and Eris, begin new synodic cycles.

The Full Moon of July 7 produces a penumbral lunar eclipse. This lunar eclipse, in sidereal Sagittarius, conjoins Vega of Lyra and it precedes the longest total solar eclipse of this century, which begins the following lunar cycle on July 22. The solar eclipse will be followed by a second penumbral lunar eclipse--occurring in the following lunar cycle.

Jupiter and Neptune make their second conjunction of three in this lunar cycle, with the final occurring on the December solstice of 2009. The Jupiter-Neptune several month conjunction surrounds the start of a new Jupiter-Neptune 12.7-year cycle occurring in September, which continues into 2022. This few month period, through December, inspires us to mobilize and expand upon our visions and ideals. Also synthesizing with Chiron, this period invites us to leave the conforming limits of the past and make a crossing into a new world view.

The Manifestation Moon, which creates the birth point in the lunar cycle, occurs at the same location as the Venus-Juno synod in Aquarius, the fortuitous humanitarian waterbearer. Our Last Quarter Moon arrouses our inner need to change. It conjoins Eris the great disrupter and harbinger of change. The Balsamic Moon conjoins Aldebaran of Taurus bringing our attention home and to the infrastructures supporting our lives, as we enter the completion phase of this lunar cycle; when the asteroid Ceres and newly discovered Makemake conjoin bringing attention to financial resources, the environment, and that which is truly nourishing to lead us into the future.

New Moon Phase Characteristics

The New Moon

The Foot of Castor

The Foot of Castor

"IC433 is a supernova remnant of a star that exploded about 35000 years ago. It is located approx. 5000 light years away. To the left is IC444, a large emission nebula, which also contains a small reflection nebula (the small bluish patch in the upper middle). The two bright stars are Eta (Tejat) and Mu (Dirah) of Gemini." Eta and Mu are less than 2° apart. Image & Caption Credit:
NASA Hubble Space Telescope

Our New Moon of June 22, 2009 lies just past the Gate of Man, at the foot of Castor in sidereal Gemini and just over the sword of Orion, with the Sun conjoining Vesta, and opposite Pluto. The alignment is Pluto-Earth-Moon-Sun-Vesta. Vesta is the asteroid of focus, dedication & commitment; of physical, emotional, and mental clarity; of self-respect; and of sexual openness and its mysteries (knowledge). Vesta brings a capacity to be pure within self at all levels for the expression of one's highest potential and true Essence. Vesta is of strength, purity, and perfection--of total dedication to purpose. Vesta brings attention to that which is of true importance and will ignite and burn away that which is not. More about Vesta.

The Sun-Vesta alignment marks the midpoint of vision and realization in the current Earth-Vesta synodic cycle, which began on October 30, 2008 and completes in February of 2010. The Earth-Vesta synodic theme was presented in the October 28, 2008 Lunar Planner.

"The Gemini Twins" are marked by the two principal stars: Pollux, the immortal extraterrestrial one, and Castor the mortal terrestrial one, the extraterrestrial incarnate. These two stars mark the last few degrees of sidereal Gemini. The Twins stand upon the galactic equator at a 60° angle to the ecliptic plane, with the "Feet of the Twins" lying in earlier Gemini, upon the "galactic equatorial node"--the "Gate of Man." Thus, Gemini is a galactic constellation and an ecliptical constellation, one common to our solar plane (ecliptic), and so with sol / soul purpose expressing through the daily activity of humankind--the theme of the Gate of Man. (Our feet are associated with our longer term / sole / sol / soul purpose in action.)

Germini New Moon Star Chart June 22, 2009

The role of the Gemini Twins is of partnership in mutual cooperation participating in the human world, one of linking and uniting the mission of the soul (Gate of Man) into and through our daily affairs in the world. The Twins work hand-in-hand for the betterment and evolutionary fulfillment of humankind. Gemini is of high intensity intellectual communication, knowledge, information, commerce, goods and services, and their exchange. It is also of the artisans of the world.

To add additional context to early sidereal Gemini and the Gate of Man (at 5° Gemini): Menkalinan, the right shoulder of Auriga the Charioteer, conjoins Betelgeuse, the right shoulder of Orion, and the "Gate of Man." Menkalinan is of mutual support amongst colleagues with a responsibility to assist each other in the world of daily human affairs. Menkalinan is also a polarizer that will show indecision by bringing experience of the opposite side of an issue to make clear the choices and to reveal one's hesitancy to respond to life in the moment. Menkalinan will dramatize and create graphic illustration to elucidate one's hesitancies for those not abiding to the more subtle messages within. Menkalinan's helps to cut through the confusion, to make things plain and clear.

Betelgeuse marks Orion's right shoulder, from which he holds the upraised sword just under the gate of Man. Betelgeuse embodies the theme of a male warrior, is of a kingly nature, authoritative and is of human resourcefulness in action. Betelgeuse inspires a sense of responsibility to dynamically response to whatever is occurring in the moment. Betelgeuse will challenge existing systems or authorities to cut through whatever is in the way of solution. Physical constructive response is the hallmark of Betelgeuse.

Menkalinan and Betelgeuse's conjunction with the Gate of Man articulates the essence of sidereal Gemini, the role of responding to aid to our colleagues and the needs of our fellow humans--serving their greater fulfillment. The North Celestial Pole (NCP) making passage over this longitude at this time in Earth's precessional cycle marks the time of the erect Precessional Cross and the transition point for humanity to unite and link together as one world as we make this evolutionary crossing now at hand.

The stars creating the foot of Castor indicate that it is time to come out of hiding, to become visible, to stand forth in the limelight, and to make self visible, available, and approachable. This can also indicate the need to emerge from our own mental obscurations and illusions. They can indicate it is time to claim one's role in the physical world, and to take the steps at hand to create what we want in our lives and in our world. The Gate of Man and Castor's foot indicate it is time to do what is required in demonstrable action.

Thus our Vesta New Moon theme is one about getting clear and focused in how we are participating in the world, to stand forth in cooperative action amongst colleagues and friends.

Pluto Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, June 21-22 is an ideal time to work with the Pluto audio meditation. See this Month's Lunar Calendar for exact aspect times; or the "Lunar Cycle Timing Chart" found under the "Resources" menu on the Planetary Bio-Harmonics web page.

Pluto's New Synodic Cycle

From the Sun's view, (the moon) Earth and Pluto align in sidereal Sagittarius, which marks the start of a new 368-day Earth-Pluto synodic cycle. This is the fourth Pluto synod in sidereal Sagittarius.

Synodic cycles are created when two (or more) planets align in their orbits around the Sun. The synodic cycle theme, defined by the planets involved and the star alignments at the time, will unfold until the two planets align again, marking the completion of the synodic cycle and the beginning of the next one.

There are many synodic cycles with unique astrological themes occurring simultaneously creating a harmonic symphony of creative unfoldment in consciousness. Synodic cycles can be thought of as longer-term underlying currents, much like the backdrop chorus of a symphony, providing the underlying astrological context guiding our evolution.

Learn the basics about Synodic Cycles & Synodic Astrology.

The Lagoon Nebula

In the heart of the Lagoon Nebula (M8)

The Lagoon Nebula stellar nursery conjoins the "Gate of God." "The Lagoon Nebula and nebulae in other galaxies are sites where new stars are being born from dusty molecular clouds." Image Credit: A. Caulet (ST-ECF, ESA) and NASA Hubble Space Telescope

This Earth-Pluto synodic cycle theme is defined by the Solar Apex (~7° sidereal Sagittarius). The Solar Apex ( also called the Sun's Way) marks the unique location in the heavens toward which our Sun is "currently" traveling. We often think of the stars in our galaxy as being stationary, and in short periods of Earth time, they appear to move little, hence why they are referred to as "fixed stars"--fixed in their location as we observe the planets moving amongst the stellar backdrop. However, the stars in our Galaxy including our Sun, are moving at tremendous speeds through space--through a continually change interstellar environment. This is also a significant reason for our sun's continually changing behavior, as well as being one of the reasons for changes occurring in the evolutionary environment in which souls on Earth evolve.

Relative to the other nearby stars in our "local inter-stellar neighborhood," our Sun is traveling at about 16.5 kilometers per second. In more expansive terms, this is nearly 50 light-years every million years. In addition, our Sun along with our entire local inter-stellar neighborhood orbits the center our galaxy at a speed of about 217 kilometers per second (about 485,400 miles per hour). Astronomers estimate that one orbit takes about 220–250 million years, which is referred to as one "galactic year." A star's movement is called its "Proper Motion."

Astronomical research also suggests that our Sun harmonically oscillates above and below the plane of our Galaxy during its galactic sojourn. Our Sun's oscillation (cycle) through the galactic plane has an amplitude of about 230 light-years, crossing the galactic plane every 27 to 33 million years. Some research suggests periodic mass extinctions correlate with the Sun's oscillation about the galactic plane--known as the Shiva Hypothesis.

Shiva Hypothesis Summary: http://abob.libs.uga.edu/bobk/ccc/cc020298.html
Shiva Hypothesis Update: http://www.springerlink.com/content/m14v3g37375u0n80/

Our Sun's current path (the solar apex) is currently inclined about 25° to the galactic plane, and pointing slightly southwest of the star Vega, near the border of the constellations Lyra and Hercules.

In our stellar mythical imaging, the Solar Apex is held open by the outstretched hand of the god–man, Hercules, who stands upside-down in the heavens with feet (soul purpose) in the realm of the Gods and hands (daily work) in the realm of incarnate souls. The Solar Apex embodies the unique and majestic path of the soul. At personal level, the Solar Apex invites us to realize that we each have a soul path that is totally unique to ourselves, a path which is beyond what others may see or even relate to. The Solar Apex invites us to honor and to walk our very unique sole/soul/solar path's in the world--daring us to take a stand for our personal truths--no matter what those paths may look like to others or how they may or may not fit in with mass-consensus. The Solar Apex's alignment with Vega invites us to realize there is a multiplicity of opportunistic paths for every soul's evolutionary fulfillment.

The themes of the Solar Apex, The Gate of God, the tip of the Zen Archer's arrow, and the dazzling surrounding nebulas all amalgamate. Here we are asked to take aim and undauntingly pursue our ideals and dreams in total trust. To believe, to know, there is a way! This amalgamate asks us to focus without hesitancy or doubt upon our soul purpose in life and to know that our unique paths, although often obscured, nest within the greater directive and in the spacetiming of the evolutionary cycle of the soul collective on Earth. Here we are asked to live with a moment-to-moment Zen focus, undaunted in the zeropoint power of Zen Archer.

Pluto's synodic cycle conjoining the Solar Apex, unfolding over the year ahead, invites us to relinquish limiting beliefs and associated patterns of behavior that keep us from realizing and embracing the myriad of potential paths for our evolutionary fulfillment. Pluto addresses issues regarding our entrapment in the world and our responsibility to deal with the longer-term ramifications of our actions and life scenarios, our karma, extending beyond a mere lifetime. Pluto demands we address how we co-participate and cooperate with humankind in our daily lives. As the opener, Pluto makes way for the potentialities the Solar Apex offers by destructing the antiquated in our lives. More about Pluto.

Pluto will play a more significant role in demanding change as Saturn squares (270°) Pluto from mid-November 2009 through August 2010.

Crescent Moon Phase Characteristics

Expanding on the Theme

Crescent Moon

The hours before the Crescent Moon provide a time when we relinquish patterns of the past that would limit our creative ability to expand on the lunar theme now unfolding. The Crescent Moon is the time when the sprouting seedling sloughs off its protective coat of the past and emerges in its new expression. As the Crescent Moon unfolds, the growing phase of the lunar cycle begins as we start to amalgamate our personal creativity with the original lunar theme.

The Crescent Moon occurs on June 25-26 in late sidereal Cancer. The Crescent Moon conjoins Merak of the Great Bear and Tania Bor, the hind foot of the Bear. Also conjoining Merak is Naos of Argo Navis. Influencing is Dubhe of Ursa Major and Algenubi, eye of the Lion.

Dubhe, Alpha Ursa Major and Merak, Beta Ursa Major, are the two brightest stars of Ursa Major. At this time in Earth's precessional cycle, a line drawn from Dubhe through Merak leads directly to Earth's current North Celestial Pole (near the star, Polaris, of the Little Bear, Ursa Minor). Merak and Dubhe represent the alignment of personal will and divine will in allegiance to the evolutionary fulfillment of Earth's polar precessional cycle--to the fulfillment of evolutionary cycle of the soul. Merak provides the motivation to get on with it, to engage.

Also conjoining Algenubi and Merak is the hind-foot of the Great Bear composed of Tania Bor and Tania Aus, implying the power of our convictions is what propels us beyond our current, accepted stance in life. This is a power point in the zodiak; a place to leave the comforts of our existing reality behind and to confidently surge into new territory.

Naos, Zeta Puppis of the Argo, is one star of five creating the "Egyptian X" along with Procyon, Betelgeuse, Phaet Alpha Columba the Dove; and with the center star being Sirius--our impetuous Great World Teacher. Naos is the brightest star of Puppis and one of the brightest in the sky. Naos is an evolved and dynamic supergiant star, and sole star moving at a vast speed--indicative of a wise and old but very active soul. On the aplustre of the stern of the Argo, Naos holds an elevated position ideal navigation. Naos is a star of transcendent power and purpose behind or directing the mission of the soul. In general, the stars of the Argo are associated with greater evolutionary matters and ensuring our evolutionary fulfillment.

"Naos, from Greek naos, is also a term used in classical architecture to refer to the inner chamber of a temple which houses an idol. In the Ptolemaic period in Ancient Egypt, the Naos referred to that which is hidden and unknown inside the inner sanctum of a temple, existing in complete darkness, meant to symbolize the state of the universe before the act of creation." NationMaster

Adventurism, exploration, breaking new trail, to go where we have not gone before, to get on with it--to engage, are all themes here. These are actions that require the courage of self-conviction, of belief in self, and in our paths in life; to have the inner confidence to step away from the convention of mass consensus and beyond the boundaries of known self--the essence of the Head of the Lion.

Venus-Juno Synodic Cycle

Venus and the asteroid Juno begin a new 286-day synodic cycle on June 27-28 in sidereal Aquarius. Juno is the asteroid of covenant relationships and soul colleagues; of mutual compatibility, diplomacy, trust and respect. If you recall Juno made its first conjunction with Uranus on the last Quarter Moon of the previous lunar cycle--commencing a several month period of radical change and opportunity for relationships and partnerships of all types. Juno and Venus make a wonderful synthesis in general, and this new synodic cycle theme occurs in humanitarian Aquarius at one of the purest points of resonance in the ecliptic and one of the most fortuitous. The Venus-Juno synod conjoins Fomalhaut of Pisces Aus.; Sadalmelik of Aquarius; and Deneb of Cygnus.

Aquarius, the humanitarian waterbearer, nourishes the body of humanity, articulated by Pisces Australis and the star Fomalhaut. One of the "Four Royal Architects," Fomalhaut is the administrative seat of the aquatic quadrant of the heavens. Fortuitous Fomalhaut embodies the essence of sidereal Aquarius--inspiring future vision for an evolved humanitarian-based society and the essence of philanthropy. Fomalhaut inspires new ideas and pursuits in the art-sciences and in social issues of the world. It is of the human populous and the flow of resources within that populous that creates a wholesome human condition.

The word 'social' is derived from the Old French or the Latin 'socialis', meaning 'allied', or from 'socius' meaning 'friend'-- good words to describe the essence of Fomalhaut and Aquarius. Here all are recognized as allied friends, as one human family.

Sadalmelik, Alpha Aquarius, is the "lucky one of the kingdom." Sadalmelik creates an air of recognition and acceptance in the kingdom of human affairs--especially for those involved in the arts and sciences. Sadalmelik brings fortuitous opportunity for those with humanitarian interest, and who are in those arenas where such interest can be expressed.

In the northern heavens lying upon the galactic equator we find Cygnus the Swan, also called the Northern Galactic Cross. Deneb, tail of the swan, is the principal star of Cygnus and marks the top (head) of the northern galactic cross. Deneb is the first primary star that Earth's pole encounters in Earth's precessional cycle. It is the messianic head of the precessional Cycle of the Holy Cross--of the evolutionary cycle of the soul. Deneb governs the first of the seven heavens (evolutionary epochs) in the Earth's precessional cycle. Deneb embodies our unadulterated androgynous pure soul essence before fragmentation into race, sex, or creed. Deneb inspires us to stand in the awareness of our pure soul essence, in this wholeness and to participate from the maturity of unity consciousness, unbiased and beyond the segregations and categorizations common to modern-day mass-consciousness.

This Venus-Juno cycle supports partnerships of the heart focused in humanitarian pursuits. For those who like to research such things, the last Venus-Juno synod occurred on October 13, 2008 at ~20 sidereal Sagittarius (Presented in the Sept 29, 2008 Lunar Planner); and the next will occur at ~22 sidereal Taurus on April 10, 2010.

Uranus Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, June 26 through July 1 is an ideal time to work with the Uranus audio meditation. See this Month's Lunar Calendar for exact aspect times; or the "Lunar Cycle Timing Chart" found under the "Resources" menu on the Planetary Bio-Harmonics web page.

Makemake & Uranus

Occurring at the same time as the Venus-Juno synod, the Moon conjoins Makemake and opposes stationing Uranus. Makemake (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh) is a minor planet recently discovered in 2005. Makemake is 2/3 the size of Pluto. Although new to astrology, Makemake seems to involve economics, finance and money; inspires leadership as a protector and provider for the people; asks us to heed the signs of the times and those of the natural world; and supports creating environmental conditions supportive of a healthy, prosperous and abundant life. Makemake's opposition to Uranus may help bring perspective regarding our need to radically change the economics of the world and how we use our wealth and resources. More about Makemake.

First Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

Initiate Action

First Quarter Moon
The Antennae Galaxies

The Antennae Galaxies - NGC4038/9 - One of the first images from the new VIMOS facility, obtained right after the moment of "first light" on Ferbruary 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 Credit: ESO

The First Quarter Moon of each lunar cycle draws an external stimulus to initiate action as we move from the inspirational quarter of the lunar cycle into the action quarter. Our First Quarter Moon occurs on June 29 in mid-sidereal Virgo. The Moon conjoins Diadem of Coma Berenices and the Antenna of Corvus the Raven.

Diadem, Alpha Coma Berenices, which lies just north of the Virgin's head, and the Antennae (of the Ark), the Spiral Galaxy NGC 4039, in Corvus, the messenger bird, which lies just south of the Virgin on the back of Hydra, work intimately together. Diadem is the jeweled crown above the Virgin's head. Ornate Crowns in antiquity were designed with specific metals, jewels, and geometries to accentuate the wearer's telepathic and clairvoyant capacities, and for their communion with transcendent realms of consciousness. Diadem accentuates our capacity to attune to our spiritual / soul guidance which communicates through the magnetic forces of nature, through the world around us, as articulated by the stars of southern Corvus the messenger bird. Diadem and the Antennae of Corvus reveal the importance of being attuned to the natural world to receive our guiding impulses.

Corvus, combined with Crateris, has also been imaged as the "Ark of the Covenant." Although the Ark can be considered a technological transceiver for extraterrestrial communication, or a measure of arc in precessional (God's) time, it also has to do with our personal attunement. Our spinal columns are vertically arrayed antenna systems, the most sensitive of all, which receives gravitational waves encoded with cosmic intelligence that the Earth receives and expresses from Earth's core outward. These waves of guidance culminate in our cranial structures where they are then refocused to our pineal glands, neuro-endocrine transducers that translates this information into that which the pituitary, the master control center of the brain, can use. Being a clear, open and grounded vessel is required for perception of these subtle energies. Following them is yet more important.

Our First Quarter Moon's stimulus to action invites us to act from attunement to our souls' guidance and from the signs expressing through the natural world around us. Paying attention to the simple signs occurring in everyday life durring the 24-hour period before the First Quarter Moon provides our stimulus for action.


Just after First Quarter Moon, as we enter the action phase of the lunar cycle, Uranus stations to begin its retrograde, while Pallas and Orcus (Pluto's compliment), and Mars and Eris, begin new synodic cycles.

Uranus Retrograde

Uranus beings its retrograde on July 1. It will return direct on December 1, 2009. In the midst of its retrograde (on Sept 17), Earth and Uranus will begin a new synodic cycle. This synod coincides with the midpoint of the Earth Saturn cycle (Sept 15); a planetary alignment (Uranus-Earth-Sun-Saturn), which will mark a key turning in the few-year long Uranus-Saturn opposition.

Pallas-Orcus Synodic Cycle

Arp 87 interacting galaxies in Leo

"Arp 87 is a stunning pair of interacting galaxies. Stars, gas, and dust flow from the large spiral galaxy, NGC 3808, forming an enveloping arm around its companion. The shapes of both galaxies have been distorted by their gravitational interaction. Arp 87 is located in the constellation of Leo, the Lion, approximately 300 million light-years away from Earth. Arp 87 appears in Arp’s Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies. As also seen in similar interacting galaxies, the corkscrew shape of the tidal material suggests that some stars and gas drawn from the larger galaxy have been caught in the gravitational pull of the smaller one. This image was taken in February 2007 with Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 detector."

Credits: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

The asteroid Pallas and Orcus, the new Dwarf Planet and Pluto's compliment, begin a new 4.7-year synodic cycle on July 2 in sidereal Leo conjoining Regulus, heart of the Lion.

Pallas invites the artistic application of our creative intelligence from beyond judgment and side-taking; from the wisdom of gained by embracing both sides of the coin. Immature Pallas expresses in spiteful withdrawal or antagonistic side-taking. More about Pallas. Orcus inspires the application of our personal will and day-to-day activity for the greater well being of all humanity--to contribute to human society; to live the oath of the soul. More about Orcus.

Orcus's current passage under the auspices of Regulus is significant. Regulus, Alpha Leo, completes the articulation of the first five degrees of sidereal Leo. Regulus is "Chief or King of the Four Royal Stars" (Regulus Fomalhaut, Aldebaran, and Antares). Throughout antiquity Regulus was associated with royalty and kings (the colors royal blue and gold). Its name is given as "the Regulus" or "the Rex," meaning the "Law Giver." Regulus is considered the governing king of the four royals for several reasons. It lies almost exactly upon the ecliptic, thus, once a year around Aug 22-23, during Earth's orbit around the sun, the sun occults Regulus. Residing at about 5 degrees sidereal Leo, Regulus is the only one of the four royal stars prominently aspecting Earth's Precessional Holy Cross (the Gate of God at 5° Sag and the Gate of Man at 5° Gemini), both in longitude and in latitude. The Rex is therefore an administrative seat, a foundational star insuring integrity and order.

On the personal level, Regulus is about our inner "vertical integrity," that is, living true to self; openly on world stage. This means walking in confidence and with self-respect, aligned with the truth in our hearts, in thought, word, and deed. Our personal integrity, our inner vertical attunement, must precede any horizontal, humanitarian participation in the world (Leo's opposite Aquarian pole). Without this inner integrity we become self-sacrificing, entrapped in a sympathetic resonance of dance, giving self away at the cost of our hearts' truth. This perpetuates discord and dysfunction for self and for others because we are simply living a lie. Only by living our hearts' truths do we provide opportunity for others to also stand in integrity and live theirs. Significant alignments with Regulus often indicate those with a prominent role in the global arena.

This Pallas-Orcus 4.7 year cycle inspires integrity in leadership. It inspires those who are living true to their to soul purpose and awareness to step forth in application of their creative intelligence from beyond the paradox of opposing sides.

Mars-Eris Synodic Cycle

Within an hour of the Pallas-Orcus synod of July 2, Mars and Eris begin a new 788-day synodic cycle, although in an entirely different part of the heavens. This synod occurs in sidereal Pisces conjoining Revati of Pisces and Baten Kaitos of Cetus. This is also the exalted zodiacal location for Venus.

Eris, the great disrupter, was discovered in Cetus, the Technobureaucratic Monster of Collective Human Consciousness in 2005. Eris is larger than Pluto. Eris has and extreme orbital inclination as well as a greater eccentric orbit and is slower moving than Pluto--suggesting it may cut through our consciousness in an even sharper, more intense and dramatic way than Pluto, but in a longer process. Eris's year is equivalent to 560 Earth years, whereas Pluto's is about 248. Eris was responsible for the formation of the new "Dwarf Planet" classification and the reclassification, some say demotion, of Pluto--which caused quite a commotion in both the astronomical and astrological communities. Although demonstrable and dramatic Eris caused quite a disruption, like turning over an apple cart, it led to a greater organization to follow, one more fitting to the times. More about Eris.

Mars and Eris may seem like an intense pair and this new synodic cycle may prove to be quite dynamic in the world of human financial affairs.

Cetus, the technobureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness, is the whale of human emotional experience. Baten Kaitos is the belly of ole' Cetus. South of Baten Kaitos is Fornax (the furnace), which provides the perpetual fire (digestive juices) for our transmutation while participating in the belly of ole' Cetus--in the wet, sensual, and emotional world of human affairs. Alignments with Baten can indicate the need to embrace the emotional aspects of mortal life and to emerge in transmuted form. The value here is to be able to participate from the wisdom of having been there, and to claim the potential rewards, the abundance that life has to offer in all of its forms. Here lies the theme expressed in the story of Jonah and the Whale.

Lying above Baten Kaitos and Cetus lies Revati, Zeta Pisces, a double star. Revati literally means riches, money, wealth, and financial resources. Prominent alignments with Revati can indicate material wealth gained from participating in the dramatic psycho-emotional world of human affairs--where the bucks are. This zodiakal longitude is also the exalted seat of Venus--bringing attention to the relation of the flow of abundance and living from the heart. It also reveals why Venus is prominently involved in financial matters.

With Mars and Eris stirring in the belly of ole Cetus, I suppose anything is possible, both creative and disruptive. This cycle may also catalyze an upset regarding awry use of power in the financial world--perhaps a needed one. Since Eris seems to bring things out into the open in a dramatic way, it will be interesting to see what more becomes exposed regarding deceptive financial ploys occurring in the world.

Gibbous Moon Phase Characteristics

Attraction & Involvement

Gibbous Moon

The 24-hour period just before the Gibbous Moon is a time of perseverance, of pushing through in the midst of the action quarter of the lunar cycle. The Gibbous Moon is when the pressure releases and we enter the Pollinating Phase of the lunar cycle, which begins a social and communicative time of magnetic attraction.

This Gibbous Moon occurs on July 3 on the cusp of sidereal Scorpio. The first few degrees of sidereal Scorpio, approaching the head of the Scorpion, resides in the domain the benevolent Centaur, who teaches the right way to live to attain our self-mastery in the physical world and subsequently to claim our freedom from entrapment in our antiquated patterns and life scenarios. North is the neck of the Serpent, held in the hand of Ophiuchus, reaching for the Northern Crown, which articulates attaining freedom from entrapment in the cyclic re-incarnational process of soul growth and from our karmic-based patterns of the past.

Here the theme of sacrifice and offerings arise, but sacrifice does not mean self-sacrifice, in the true sense of the word it means to give up a lower office for a higher office. When offering up the lesser (lesser modes of involvement or patterns of behavior), we are also faced with taking on a greater responsibility, moving from victim consciousness, where we merely acquiesce to the conditions of life in which we find ourselves--caught in the clutches of the Scorpion--to taking responsibility for creating our life scenarios and consciously choosing a life path that supports our experiential growth, our emotional and spiritual maturity, and our physical wellbeing and fulfillment.

The Centaurian training is not merely an intellectual understanding of these principles but is wisdom gained through an experiential journey moment-by-moment that leads us to true inner knowing at an neurological level. Such wisdom results in the inner realization that makes self-mastery of the primal forces of life actualized and right action crystal clear.

This Gibbous Moon is opposite Mars, both of which form a potent T-square with Chiron, Neptune and Jupiter, which are sextile Uranus. A Gibbous Moon by nature is magnetic and attractive--and this one is intense, passionate, penetrating and is solution oriented. The T-square places focus on the Chiron-Neptune-Jupiter conjunction--expansive mobilizing vision to leave the conforming bounds of the past and cross over into unexplored, new and exciting territory.

Full Moon Phase Characteristics

Vision, Enthusiasm, & Realization of the Theme

Full Moon

The Full Moon marks the culmination point in the lunar cycle, the climax, the point of excitement and celebration. The hours leading up to the Full Moon provide a time of "vision and enthusiasm." The time just after Full Moon is a one of "realization of the lunar month's theme," a time to kick back and relax, to allow our realizations to surface in consciousness.

The Ring Nebula M57 in Lyra

The Ring Nebula M57 in Lyra
Image Credit:
The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA)

Our Full Moon occurs on July 7 in sidereal Sagittarius and exactly conjoins Vega of Lyra, the fifth brightest star in the sky. Also conjoining are Arkab and Alrami of Sagittarius; and Alya, the tail of the serpent held in the hand of Ophiuchus.

Sagittarius inspires demonstrable 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.

Arkab and Alrami embody the foundation and essence of the Zen Archer. Arkab, on the calf muscle of leg, inspires action on our greater spiritual truth, a truth upheld and fought for by the Zen Archer. Arkab supports us to act energetically upon the myriad of opportunities leading to the fulfillment of our souls. Alrami, the knee of the archer, indicates the spiritual transmutation made possible by such demonstrable action; the ability to fearlessly embrace transformation--to let the old die and the new to emerge.

The stars of Lyra embody various facets of the artsciences of harmonics in light, sound, color, and geometry--particularly the wisdom of the artsciences. Lyra is of vision, creativity, and inspires all that is of multi-media, the arts, and higher education. Lyra inspires the use of natural astronomically and resonant harmonics for healing, illumination, and for greater evolutionary purpose. Prominent alignments and aspects to Lyra are often found in musicians, artists and those involved with art-sciences and multi-media projects--those with intent to use harmonics of light, sound, and geometry for the expansion of consciousness. Lyra is not just of the mathematical artsciences of natural harmonics in light and sound, but also of their application unfolding in geometry and time--all working intelligently together.

Vega, Alpha Lyra, the Harp-Star, is stargate to Mansion Universes of Light where all possibilities coexist. Vega embodies the essence of angelic Lyra; the spiritual and visionary art of the angels, or angles--meaning the harmonics of light, sound, and geometry applied in sacred proportion through which Divine Intelligence communicates. Vega represents "fulfillment of all starseed / soul missions" and opens a myriad of potential pathways for fulfillment. Vega is where the unifying harmonic spectral messages of the Elohim culminate. The Vega star system provides a new home for some upon completion of their galactic journeys. More about the Lyre.

The Full Moon of July 7 produces a penumbral lunar eclipse. This lunar eclipse precedes the Total Solar Eclipse of July 22, which begins the following lunar cycle. The solar eclipse will be followed by a second penumbral lunar eclipse-occurring in the following lunar cycle. Information for this lunar eclipse and viewing the upcoming solar eclipse can be found at MrEclipse.com courtesy of Fred Espenak. You can still book an eleven-day trip with Fred to South China to watch the longest total solar eclipse of this century.

Disseminating Moon Phase Characteristics

Jupiter-Neptune #2

Jupiter by Cassini

Jupiter
Image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft

Jupiter and Neptune make their second conjunction in early sidereal Aquarius on July 9-10. The first conjunction occurred in the previous lunar cycle and the third will occur on the December solstice of 2009. A new Jupiter-Neptune synod occurs in the midst of these conjunctions on September 19, 2009--coinciding with the Uranus-Earth-Sun-Saturn alignment of Sept 15-17.

This synod will mark the completion of the previous 12.7-year Jupiter-Neptune synodic cycle and the start of the next one. The previous cycle began on December 24, 1996. The theme of that cycle was defined by the stars in early sidereal Capricorn. Our new cycle starting in September begins on the cusp of sidereal Aquarius. The previous cycle was driven from personal interest and gain to manifest one's personal ideals. The new cycle will be driven from a humanitarian focus. Jupiter will then conjoin Uranus in opposition to Saturn in 2010 (shown in the Saturn-Uranus timeline). This current set of Jupiter-Neptune conjunctions also in synchronize with the Centaur Chiron's conjunctions with Neptune and Jupiter--all adding to the impetus for humanity to create and cross vast new vistas that provide solution to the current challenges our world faces.

Jupiter tends to expand and mobilize what ever it aligns with; and with Neptune this means the expansive mobilization of ideals, dreams and visions; as well as a inspiring a new visionary consciousness--again motivated from the humanitarian essence of sidereal Aquarius, and the heart of Cygnus (Sadr). Neptune's atmosphere shifts and changes continuously, looking quite different in just a few days time. This is one of the astrophysical characteristics of Neptune that reveals why Neptune to tends to dissolve things into universality; it is amorphous, swirling and shifting, and thus also lends itself to the exploration of creative ideas and alternative realms of perception. Jupiter and Neptune can also lead those living in dream world to act upon things that lack real substance or viability; and thus the issue of discernment arises as well.

Jupiter & Neptune Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, July 8 through July 11 is an ideal time to work with the Jupiter and Neptune audio meditations. See this Month's Lunar Calendar for exact aspect times; or the "Lunar Cycle Timing Chart" found under the "Resources" menu on the Planetary Bio-Harmonics web page.

Manifestation & Demonstration

Disseminating Moon

The hours leading up to the Disseminating Moon generally is an accelerated and busy time of last minute preparation that leads into the birth point in the lunar cycle, the time of bearing the fruit of the cycle, of claiming its gift.

The Disseminating Moon occurs on July 11 in sidereal Aquarius and conjoins Fomalhaut, Sadamelik of Aquarius (lucky one of the kingdom) and Deneb of Cygnus--the same stars defining the new Venus-Juno synodic cycle that began earlier in this lunar cycle.

Our demonstrable moon invites a social and humanitarian expression. In the context of this lunar cycle's Gemini-Vesta-Pluto theme; and with our Vega Full Moon realizations, this is the time to demonstrate our focus and commitment to walk through the openings presenting themselves in our lives--openings which may manifest from the disintegration of the past.

Last Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

Time for Change

Last Quarter Moon

The Last Quarter Moon creates our "inner need to initiate change" in the lunar cycle as we move into the cycle's last and transitional quarter. Our Last Quarter Moon occurs on July 15 and conjoins Eris, the great disrupter and harbinger of change.

As mentioned above, Eris conjoins Revati of Pisces (money) and Baten Kaitos. Our Eris Last Quarter Moon also conjoins Acamar of Eridanus.

Acamar creates another primary stop or stoppage along the long and winding river of life. Acamar is the dam, and indicates that emergence from the belly of Cetus (the technobureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness) requires a breakthrough that will lead us from the foul digestive juices of Cetus and into a greater freedom of being. Alignments here can fool us into thinking the forging we have just gone through in the belly, and our emergence marks the end of our journey, when in fact it is but the door merely opening to be worthy to begin the real work. Alignments here can also manifest as aliments due to the denial to pursue the physical clearing required to purge what has been taken on through our earlier journeys in life.

Either way, this a fitting placement for our Last Quarter Moon stimulus to change considering Pluto's dynamic role in this lunar cycle--the need to change now may seem imposed, but change is a must so we may move with the faster moving waters ahead. Finacial issues may drive our need to change.

Sun Cancer

The Sun moves into sidereal Gemini on July 17.

Balsamic Moon Phase Characteristics

Focus to the Future

Balsamic Moon

The Balsamic Moon marks the time in lunar cycle when we coalesce the experience of the lunar cycle into its seed essence, which will then sprout through the theme of the following lunar cycle. It is when we turn our attention from this lunar cycle in anticipation of the next to come. The hours before the Balsamic Moon provide our time of coalescence while those after mark the time when we turn 180° from looking back over the past cycle and look forward toward the next cycle to come.

The Balsamic Moon occurs in July 18, nesting between Mars and Venus in sidereal Taurus and conjoins Aldebaran of Taurus; and the stars creating the Shield of Orion. The Moon, Mars and Venus can be seen rising in the eastern sky just before sunrise.

Aldebaran, Eye of the Bull, is one of the "Four Royal Architects" bringing order to the heavens. Directly opposite Aldebaran is Antares, Heart of the Scorpion. Both of these stars mark the centers of their respective signs. The other Royals are Regulus of Leo, Heart of the Lion (Leo), the law-giver; and humanitarian Fomalhaut in sidereal Aquarius.

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 unfoldment and global change. Prominent alignments with the Aldebaran / Antares axis can express into the business and political arenas and is of their leaders.

At a personal level, Aldebaran is of business and the home, of vision and action for our physical wellbeing. Aldebaran indicates involvement with physical places, abodes, and projects supportive of our modalities of living. Aldebaran also inspires businesses that support our family and friends. Aldebaran inspires us to take the physical action required to manifest our visions in the physical world.

Just past Aldebaran in ecliptical longitude and also conjoining is Tabit and several other minor stars forming the Shield of Orion. Both Aldebaran and the Shield bring attention to the physical infrastructures supporting our lives.The theme of the Shield is one of providing protection in the world of human affairs. Associated with the essence of Aldebaran, this is in regard to our physical abodes and daily sustenance. The Shield also is a star of endurance and victory in this pursuit.

Aldebaran hallmarks the finish of this Lunar Cycle and sets the seed for the next lunar cycle to come.

Ceres & Makemake

The Dwarf Planet Ceres and newly discovered Makemake conjoin in the last degree of sidereal Leo on July 19, just after the Balsamic Moon, bringing attention once again to world powers, the economics of the world, and how we use our wealth and resources to provide nourishment. Due to her size and spherical shape, Ceres was reclassified as a "dwarf planet" in Aug 2006, along with Pluto and Eris--appropriately honoring Ceres to be the mother of the asteroids; and now places a "planet" in the orbital location where a planet should lie--in this case along with her many children.

Ceres, the mother of the main asteroids, brings awareness to how we nurture and to that which is truly nurturing to us. Ceres embodies mothering and agricultural qualities and brings attention to our relation with the Earth, the land, and the seasons.

More about the asteroids, Centaurs, and Dwarf Planets

Our next New Moon, a Total Solar Eclipse, occurs on July 21-22 in sidereal Cancer along with the unexpected and unique magic of the Unicorn. More to come then.

Total Solar Eclipse information:
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2009/TSE2009.html




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We need not live in endless struggle, overwhelmed by the surface turbulence of our growth and awakening process. We can establish an inner peace instead, with life becoming a graceful dance when we attune ourselves to the natural spiral of growth that is guiding our lives. Living in attunement to the natural Lunar Cycles is an effective and empowering way to do this. Living in attunement to the natural astronomical cycles of life is living in faith and trust in the Divine Creative Intelligence expressing throughout our lives.

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