The Lunar Theme for the
October 18, 2009 New Moon

Ensuring a New Consciousness Reigns on Earth

The Lunar Month of
October 18 2009 - November 16, 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

This New Moon occurs on the cups of sidereal Virgo-Libra. It conjoins Archturus of Boötes and Spica of Virgo. Our previous lunar cycle was defined by Benatnasch--of totalitarian self-proclaimed leaders, political religious figureheads and gurus, and destructive use of power--and by Zavijava, of the blind followers of that directive. In contrast, this lunar cycle shifts to a focus for an administration that supports the safe and harmonious evolution of consciousness and of life on Earth (Archturus) and to participants with the conscious clarity of intent to manifest an unadulterated consciousness on Earth.

Our New Moon also squares the Lunar Nodes, producing what has been called a Moon Wobble, not referring to an actual wobble of the Moon, but to the emotional instability of people and subsequent poor judgment often accompanying that instability, an observation of human behavior associated with this planetary configuration.

Upon the Gibbous Moon, and occurring in the Pollinating Phase of the lunar cycle, Venus moves into alignment with the Sun, Uranus, Saturn and Makemake (one of our newly discovered planets). This marks the start of a new Venus-Saturn-Makemake (synodic) cycle; and the midpoint of vision and realization in the already existing Venus-Uranus (synodic) cycle. This event is one of many creating the shifts and changes in the few-year timeline involving the Makemake & Saturn-Uranus opposition that we are in the midst of. (See the article "In Search of the Golden Egg 2008-2011."

Our Full Moon of November 2, 2009, resides in mid-sidereal Aries and conjoins Kaffaljidhma of Cetus, the brain of the fear-instilling techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness. Also joining our Full Moon is the Centaur seer Asbolus, and this location in the ecliptic is also that of Asbolus' Perihelion.

Juno (and Neptune) complete their retrogrades just after Full Moon. Juno's direct station marks the full commencement of the new Earth-Juno cycle that began in September (presented in the previous lunar planner); and for the radical reorganization and new opportunities occurring in all types of relationships and partnerships that also began to occur over the previous few months.

Around the Balsamic Moon, Venus and Haumea start a beautiful new cycle in sidereal Virgo; and then, toward the end of this lunar cycle, the first Saturn-Pluto square occurs--a square which maintains a very tight and intense window through January 2010 and continues well into 2010. This window catalyzes a rather dynamic many month period ahead.


Synodic Cycles

I often discuss longer-term Synodic Cycles in the Lunar Planner. 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.

New Moon Phase Characteristics

The New Moon

This lunar cycle occurs in a "Solunar Sidereal Synchronization" period that began on the last new moon and that will continue for several more lunar cycles--through April of 2010. This means that each New Moon will reside on the cusp of a sidereal sign. During this time, the Lunar Cycles can be more transformative in nature because the transition from one sidereal sign to the next is also of a transformative nature; and although the nature of each sidereal sign changes throughout the sign, the last degree of the previous sign marks a completion and the first degree of the following sidereal sign embodies the totality of that sign yet to unfold.

The Archturus-Spica New Moon - Oct 18, 2009

Our New Moon of October 18, 2009 occurs on the cusp sidereal Libra and conjoins Archturus of Boötes and Spica of Virgo. Although the constellation of Virgo begins in early sidereal Virgo, it extends into the first half of the sidereal sign of Libra. The Virgin lies supine with her head at the beginning of Virgo. Spica, Alpha Virgo, which marks the cusp of Virgo-Libra, lies exactly on the ecliptic plane and marks the base chakra of the Virgin. The Virgin's legs extend well into Libra, with her feet marking the center (15°) of sidereal Libra. The constellation of Virgo embraces ~46° of the zodiak--the longest of the zodiacal constellations.

Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali (Alpha and Beta Libra) form the balance or scales of Libra in modern illustrations. They respectively lie at ~20° and ~24° Libra, just past the feet of the Virgin. These two stars are also the "Chelae of the Scorpion," extending from the sign of Scorpio and the Scorpion's head back into Libra. The Chelae of the Scorpion reach toward the feet of the Virgin, in mid-sidereal Libra. The overall mythical image here is of the Virgin giving birth into the Chelae (claws) of the Scorpion. This image articulates the birthing of the soul into reincarnational process of soul growth through the balance of experience. Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali are the karmic and dharmic seats for humanity. This mythical articulation was destroyed in recent (Chaldean / Roman) times: The Scorpion’s Chelae and the Virgin's legs had both been severed from our stellar mythos, and so too its profound significance regarding the reincarnational process of soul growth. Thus I dub the first half of sidereal Libra and the Virgin's legs "Under the Skirt of the Virgin" to articulate the long lost and obscured wisdom that this part of the zodiak offers.

Boötes, the Virgin's consort and protector, who is of pure intent, is the Virgin's true soul compliment. Boötes stands directly over this creative process exemplified by the Virgin giving birth. Boötes, holds the responsibility to provide a safe environment for the Virgin--for the safe unadulterated birth, evolution, and evolutionary fulfillment of souls and consciousness on Earth.

Archturus, the primary star of Boötes, the fourth brightest star in the sky, marks the base chakra of Boötes and embodies the seed essence of Boötes. Archturus lies directly over, and conjoins Spica, the base chakra / Vesica Pisces of the Virgin, the vessel for the expression of this pure consciousness. The Archturus-Spica conjunction reveals the genitals of Boötes and the Vesica Pisces of the Virgin are synthesized and destined as one--in a sanctified and perfect Divine Union. Boötes does not represent God, nor is it just anyone that can fulfill this union. This conjunction reveals it is only those who are destined; designed as such--properly aligned in the heavens--in spirit, and in flesh.

Archturus and Spica, the Vesica Pisces of the Virgin, also articulates the intertwining intermarriage of the higher self (soul) with the lower self (carnal body)--as soul descends to incarnate fully through the chakras of the biological vessel.

Archturus is the administrative seat responsible for the safe ascension of Earth and Humanity--the pure birth of the soul. Boötes / Archturus stands against the fallen corrupt powers of Benatnasch who have demonstrated the inability over and again to ensure such evolutionary fulfillment, with the continual destruction of the peoples of the Earth, and typical catastrophic outcomes. The body of Boötes stands between this pure lucida of the Virgin, while blocking the manipulations of corrupt Benatnasch and their diversionary tactics, embodied by the barking dogs (Canes Venatici). Boötes is protector regarding the proper use of creative and reproductive powers--ensuring the safe birth, evolution, and ascension of souls.

Although modern illustrations show that the dogs belong to Boötes, all chasing the Bear, energetically I find this an unacceptable styling. The primary stars of Canes Venatici, Alpha and Beta, Asterion lie within a dark band of the zodiak, under the auspices of Benatnasch, and conjoining Denebola of Leo, all exuding a quality of manipulation, diversionary tactics, commotion, smoke screens, foul breezes, and foul play. The quality of Boötes certainly is far more refined, as is that of the Virgin. Either way, I assert the barking hounds articulate the commotional and diversionary racket commonly produced by manipulative world powers; and that Boötes is protector regarding the proper use of creative and reproductive powers, ensuring the safe birth and ascension of souls, and standing against the fallen patriarchal world powers--honoring and protecting the Virgin principle--not chasing after the Bear's tail. In fact Boötes / Archturus was once known as Arctophylax, the guardian of Arctos (brown bear), meaning protector of the Bear. It appears its meaning was changed to the "bear hunter" perhaps by the Roman/Chaldeans--not an uncommon bastardizing, and fitting with the severing of Virgin's legs and the Scorpion's claws reaching toward them.

In one articulation of the Boötes-Virgin theme, we have a threatening and destructive scenario--the totalitarian powers that be (Benatnasch)--that forces the twosome away in a pilgrimage to find a safe and appropriate place for a new birth (the Christian story of the birth of Jesus)--nicely articulating the Archturian theme and role of Boötes.

In contrast to our last lunar cycle theme, which was defined by Benatnasch (of totalitarian self-proclaimed leaders, political religious figureheads and gurus, and destructive use of power) and by Zavijava, (the blind followers of the Benatnasch directive); this lunar cycle's theme brings our attention to an administration that supports a safe birth, the harmonious evolution of consciousness, and fulfillment of human life (Archturus); and to support the conscious clarity and pure expression of consciousness articulated by Spica--quite a contrast from powers intending to perpetuate blind followings for exploitation.

This lunar cycle's theme is also one about intimacy and harmonious union. Boötes also is Dionysus, god of wine, mystic ecstasy, erotic and sacred sex, and fertility; also Eleutherios "the liberator". Dionysus was Latinized by the Romans into Bacchus. It is within this imaging where we find the meaning of "the proper use of the grape" in regard to lovemaking; and of course, here is the association of Virgo with the vineyards and agriculture; and also with the wine of the Virgin's vineyards; i.e., menstrual blood and the secrets of conception and gestation. Bacchus is of the art of elixirs, wine, herbal potions, and all that creates the environmental and vibrational beauty conducive to the manifestation of rapture of pure love. Bacchus teaches the alchemical use of wine in the proper and harmonious flowering (opening) of the (Vesica Pisces) portal of the Virgin in the art of lovemaking.

Boötes functions not by outward force but by spiritual awareness and intellectual prowess in the application of the knowledge about such environmental issues and transcendent subtle forces. Boötes' action is based from a place of receptivity and sensitivity to the situation at hand, action associated with planning, preparation, and strategy. Muphrid and Seginus of Boötes lie over the lower spinal sacrum (sanctum) of the Virgin and the Virgin's womb--protecting these principles and those of sacred sex, its purity, and the secrets behind gestation, birth, and life itself.

Spica, Alpha Virgo, is a rotating binary star with a period of 4.015 days. Spica is of purity and clarity, and of loyalty and fidelity, at a very human level, to the Archturian directive, to the safe ascension of Earth and humanity. Spica is associated with proper use of body fluids; of herbs and elixirs; and of genetic and reproductive energies. Specifically, as the Vesica Pisces, Spica is of the feminine cycle--the menstrual blood, and impregnation and gestation of the female egg. Spica is of being a pure vessel for the un-adulterated expression of spirit in its greatest potential--to birth a soul / manifest spirit without aberration--to make it possible for a soul to evolve in evolutionary freedom from entrapment in the re-incarnational clutches of the Scoprion (from repetitive karmic patterns of growth) and into its own Christhood--attaining its Northern Crown, which lies above the claws of the Scorpion.

The early few degrees of sidereal Libra, through the upper thighs of the Virgin, are about intimate and personal support. This zodiacal area, the thighs of the Virgin, brings our attention to proper and harmonious environments, processes, and procedures applied in our personal lives that ensure the safe birth, healthy and harmonious incarnate experience, and evolutionary fulfillment for all souls on Earth. This includes ensuring harmony in the design of the art and architecture that creates our environment as well as their location in time and space. Creating a nurturing harmonious environment on Earth, in our cities, in our personal lives, and for our children to be raised in, is one of the most fundamental and essential things we must do to ensure a new consciousness emerges and evolves on Earth.

A Moon Wobble

Our New Moon also squares the Lunar Nodes, termed a Moon Wobble by Carl Payne Tobey due to his observation that people seemed to be emotionally unstable with poor judgment surrounding this planetary configuration. This, in conjunction with the cuspal Solunar Sidereal Synchronization, may create a sense of oscilation, with need to decide where we place our allegiance--buying into the manipulations and propaganda of old world totalitarian consciousness or taking a stand for the Archturus-Spica theme and taking the action to ensure a new world consciousness can emerge.

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 of October 21 resides in sidereal Scorpio and conjoins Restaban of Draco; Alpha Apodis; Sarin and Ras Algethi of Hercules.

Hercules stands upside down in the northern Heavens, north above Ophiuchus, with his feet (foundation) in the celestial dome (seven Heavens), in the realm of the gods, and with his head and hands at work in the realm of humankind aiding those in the incarnate world struggling to claim their freedom from perpetuated mortal entrapment.

Ras Algethi is the lucida (brightest star) of this constellation and marks the head of Hercules. Ras Algethi embodies the wisdom of Hercules (derived partly from his heavenly heritage and partly from his challenging Earthian experience) and contributes significantly to the Ophiuchus / Scorpio theme. Hercules is one seeded from another realm but who is intimately aware of the human dilemma, the struggle and its cause (the alchemical amalgamation of those from the heavens with those of the Earth). His beauty and intelligence he gains from Alcmene his mother and his wisdom of evolutionary matters along with his shrewd sagacity he gains from Zeus is father. The motivation behind his undaunted and bold actions expresses from experiencing the human struggle and knowing the heavenly freedom possible. His presence upon the incarnational plane is of a service capacity, a mission of evolutionary proportion--to ensure our evolutionary freedom both personally and for all souls on Earth.

Sarin, the shoulder of Hercules, along with Kornephoros, is of strength and responsibility to aid others in their pursuit for freedom. Both Ras Algethi and Sarin lie over and align with the left leg of Ophiuchus, the illumined one who stands in self-mastery upon the Scorpion--he who has claimed his evolutionary freedom.

Hercules helps and teaches others to claim their self-mastery and freedom from the dominion of others and from false beliefs placed upon them.

Restaban (Beta) and Etamin (Gamma) of Draco create the eyes of the Dragon. Draco is the constellation that encircles and guards the northern pole of our ecliptic. Both stars are of a high administrative order overseeing the initiations of the incarnate soul. They lie north of and express through Hercules and Ophiuchus. Restaban expresses between the Head of Hercules (Ras Algethi) and the Heart of the Scorpion (Antares) into sidereal Scorpio. Etamin expresses just into sidereal Sagittarius and oversees the heart center of our Galaxy (Galactic Center).

Restaban, overseeing the initiations and evolutionary progression occurring in this part of sidereal Scorpio, opens portals and pathways in the physical world for those who have truly embraced the initiations of life, who have aligned with the path of soul rather than the convenient path of personality gratification, and who demonstrate their self mastery and responsibility live true to self and in service to others, as our Hercules exemplifies--portals that are otherwise blocked to those of immature selfish intent or who are resistant to or in denial of the initiations of life.

Conjoining Ras Algethi and Restaban of Draco, from the very southern Heavens, is Alpha Apodis (Apus) the “Bird of Paradise” known for its brilliant plumage and elongated tail feathers, birds believed to be visitors from Paradise--Hercules’ true home. Apus is the swift messenger from another realm.

In concert with our Archturian-Virgo New Moon theme, this Crescent Moon inspires creative passion to ensure our environments and the systems in which we live support attainment of our evolutionary freedom from the repetitive entrappings of the past.

First Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

Initiate Action

First Quarter Moon

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 October 25-26 in early sidereal Capricorn. The Moon conjoins Altair and Alshain of Aquila; Algedi of Capricorn; and Theta Indus.

Algedi is of covert and secret places: caves, spiritual or exclusive retreats and sanctuaries--isolated places with a spiritual focus--sacred sites or our places of power. Algedi is also of places of unique purpose: scientific or medical centers, even military / extraterrestrial bases or outposts. Although such places may seem to be isolated, lying helter-skelter upon the Earth, they are strategically and naturally distributed upon Earth’s energy grid. That which occurs at these locations is of significance in the greater evolutionary process for all souls and for the Earth herself because the energy at these points radiates throughout the Earth's energy matrix. Algedi can also be of covert operations, manipulative maneuvers, and all that is secret or hidden behind the scenes. Algedi specifically brings attention to the importance of our personal locations (bases/domiciles)--the resonance of which influences greatly the nature of our experience and the fulfillment of our pursuits.

Close up of Dumbbel Nebula M27

Close up of Dumbbel Nebula M27
It lies north of Capricorn in Vulpecula

This image, created by the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI), was taken by Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in November 2001, by Bob O'Dell (Vanderbilt University) and collaborators. The filters used to create this color image show oxygen in blue, hydrogen in green and a combination of sulfur and nitrogen emission in red.

Credit: NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Acknowledgment: C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University)

Indus, classically the desert Persian, is the native indigenous person, much like the Native American, the Aboriginal, the Desert Arab, or the Mountain Shaman--sometimes ornately dressed or adorned, and sometimes totally inconspicuous and unassuming. Indus articulates the steward of a special place, a keeper of sacred knowledge and sacred ways. This is the world of the shamanistic, the ceremonial, and passionate. It can even be of fanaticism and obsession. Although seemingly driven from personal motive, it is often of those with a broad global vision and special interest. Either way, surface appearances, cloaks and facades often shroud who is who in an aura of mystery. Indus has a deep respect for the land, for life, and is sensitive to a place's power and purpose.

Aquila, the northern Eagle, perched high above the Earth, is of removed stillness and astute observation; is of equilibrium and poise, with global vision and local purpose. As Eagle sits high upon its perch, with eyes capable of focusing on the most minute detail (conjoining Microscopium), it assesses, examines, and awaits its opportunity. Removed and alone, Eagle embodies the willingness to examine our deepest emotions and hidden but true feelings; to pin-point our objectives from objective balance, and to then dive into the world with surety and boldness.

Altair, eye of the eagle, and Alshain, Beta Aquila, are of global and extraterrestrial vision; of strategic locations to achieve our purpose, also of military sites as well as Earth's sacred sites. Altair inspires us to perceive from a global, even extraterrestrial perspective; and not merely from a local, isolated view, but with a focus of precision detail. In classical astrology, Altair is of assertive authoritarian militaristic leadership, of military force and power. Friend and siderealist Andrés Takra adds: "Altair has been associated with kings, emperors, conquerors, tyrants, politicians, but also with mystics, occultists, and wise spiritual hierophants of mystery-religions…."

The first decan of sidereal Capricorn can involve a diversely-intented group of individuals and levels of consciousness, those either covert, manipulative and driven from self-interest (as the character of the old business & military paradigms), and those spiritually aware, of integrity, and who are attuned to the land and environment. It is of personal motive and secrecy, of esoteric knowledge, religion, higher education, and science; as well as the secret places and orders associated with such, or merely places of personal retreat and seclusion--but places strategic to one's purpose.

We also find an arsenal of strategic tools (technological or magikal), to either aid or control humanity as well as the skill to use them. This is also where an eloquent and artful play of seduction and consent co-exists; but also one that can be insidiously cunning or even voraciously violent. Hear lies the nature of the tools of business and war: the interplay of people in their sexy disguises, whether cloaked in the eloquent and sleek stealth jet, particle beam laser based satellites; or merely dressed in seductive leather and lace. Microscopic discernment is required to see through the alluring facades inherent in this world of mystery, esoteric knowledge, personal motive, and covert maneuvers, to identify what is truly nurturing verses what just tantalizingly appears to be so.

Our First Quarter Moon's stimulus motivates personal action upon our strategies from encompassing global vision. It is time to dive into the world with surety and visual clarity. It also motivates us to ensure we apply our selves and out tools in the right environments, those strategic to accomplishing our purposes in life.

This is also the location of Haumea's South Node (where Haumea's orbit intersects Earth's orbit). Haumea (pronounced how-MAY-ah) is one of our newly discovered planets. A planet's south to north node axis is like a magnetic pointer revealing its motivation for movement and action--in this case inspiring action to midwife a new birth in consciousness.

Haumea Nodal Axis Summary

Haumea's South Node in early sidereal Capricorn conjoining Altair of Aquila, and its North Node in sidereal Cancer conjoining Talitha, the fore-foot of the Great Bear, motivates us to move from self-interest-based covert and manipulative shenanigans to that of being a caring force supporting the nourishment and awakening of humanity. It also reveals the need for world powers to move from a power-hungry, authoritarian, tyrannical, militaristic focus toward one that creates a protective and nourishing environment from which humanity can awaken into a new light of being. In a slightly different light, this axis suggests our need to use our arsenal of tools (both that of our nations and those personal) with global vision, but to support our families and the domiciles and environments in which we live. Learn more about Haumea.

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 October 29-30 and conjoins Juno, asteroid of covenant relationships, and Uranus in late sidereal Aquarius. The Juno-Uranus-Gibbous Moon creates a perfect energetic for relationships and partnerships of all types--those personal and intimate, and those of business and politics.

Juno and Uranus are in the midst of synchronous conjunction in opposition to Saturn and Makemake and square to Pluto since May of 2009, creating a radical restructuring period for relationships, one of unexpected opportunity. Juno and Uranus recently began a new 4.5-year synodic cycle on September 8, 2009 (part of a significant turning point in the few-year timeline involving the Saturn-Makemake Uranus opposition--presented in the August 20, 2009 Lunar Planner; and in the article: In search of the Golden Egg - the 2008-2011 Timeline. This began an emotionally-based cycle in the "Restructuring of Partnerships" currently underway, and which will explode into a new formation at the end of this year. Juno and Earth began a new 1.5-year compounded synodic cycle with Mercury on September 21, 2009--presented in the September 18, 2009 Lunar Planner - The Logistics of Relationships.

Juno (and Neptune) will return direct from its retrograde on November 3, just after the upcoming Full Moon, which will fully engage this new Juno-Earth synodic theme, and which will stimulate movement for partnerships.

This Gibbous Moon and the Pollinating Phase of the lunar cycle to follow makes for an opportunistic time for new, spontaneous, and unexpected relations to form. It inspires innovative, high-intelligent communication and mutual exchange--the type that leads to new and unprecedented solution to what may have been a long-standing stasis.

The Juno-Uranus-Gibbous Moon primarily conjoins Markab, Alpha Pegasus and Beta Reticuli. Markab, the primary star of Pegasus, is the first of four very principal stars creating the Great Square of Pegasus. The principles and qualities embodied in each of these four stars reveal the requirements for our psycho-physiological preparation to become free from the bounds limiting us from participating in a more fulfilling and purposeful expression in the world. This "refinement of self" allows us to rise above the bounds of the psychic-emotional entrapments common to collective human consciousness in accomplishment of soul's greater mission. These four stars have long been associated with the feet of a table or stand, thus a supporting foundation or stage upon which something else transpires, is supported, or rises from

Markab is the saddle or the physical vehicle upon which soul rides or through which soul expresses: literally the corporeal physical body. Markab brings attention to the physical condition of our bodies at the genetic and cellular level. Markab is the vehicle through which soul accomplishes its greater mission--the physical cellular aspect of the Merkabah, one's body of light. Markab not only brings attention to our physical body and its health--the body being the temple / vessel of the soul--but to the physical aspects of our lives and of our relations, how we interrelate in our human physicality. This includes the physical means or forms through which we participate in life from the professional structures that make our nourishment possible, especially the functional aspects of humanitarian-focused organizations, to the physical logistics of our personal lives. Markab asks us to honor the physical needs of the human body and to fully embrace the physical aspects of our lives.

Conjoining Markab is Delta Phoenix. The Phoenix embodies the theme of rising from the ashes or trials of the past, to achieve a renewal or re-birth along our journeys in life--a fresh start.

Also conjoining Markab and the head of the fish is Beta Reticuli. Alpha and Beta Reticuli embody the purer aspects of the reticule--the ability to see things where they truly are in the greater evolutionary context--providing holographic awareness literally in the DNA--to allow the soul to manifest and express in its undistorted perfection. Alpha is the foci of the Reticule and is the sacred geometry of the DNA refined to crystal clarity. Beta Reticuli embodies the science of genetics, the administration of genetic refinement, and inspires us to take action to ensure we are physically, emotionally and mentally clear for the expression of our greatest potential.

Uranus Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, the few days leading into the Gibbous Moon 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.

Venus, Makemake, Saturn & Uranus
Synchronization of the Heart

Venus takes an active role in the Saturn-Makemake Uranus opposition 2008-2011 timeline starting on October 30, 2009 immediately after the Gibbous Moon. Venus moves into alignment with the Sun and Uranus (a heliocentric opposition). She then creates a Makemake-Saturn-Venus-Sun alignment (a heliocentric conjunction)--all within a two-day period. The alignment is Uranus-Sun-Venus-Saturn-Makemake. The Venus-Uranus heliocentric opposition marks the mid-point of vision and realization in the current 224-day Venus-Uranus Synodic cycle that began on July 10, 2009; and the Venus-Makemake-Saturn heliocentric conjunction marks the start of new compounded Venus-Makemake-Saturn synodic cycle.

This Venus trigger occurs in the subtle underlying currents of this timeline, and it stimulates a shift to the heart. Although the Venus-Makemake-Saturn synod lies under the auspices of Benatnasch, it should influence a positive and abundant turning in this timeline; i.e., adding a bit of heart / art to our Saturn-Makemake theme--the administration of financial resources; and opposite Uranus challenges that.

This new compounded Venus-Makemake-Saturn synodic cycle will continue for many months. The Venus-Makemake cycle is 225-days, and the Venus Saturn cycle is 231-days.

Chiron returns direct on October 30-31 as well.

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 active galaxy M77 in the constellation of Cetus

The unusual and massive M77 Spiral Seyfert Galaxy on the neck of ole' Cetus contains three distinct sets of spiral arms and an exceptionally large core. It appears to have about 100 billion stars and a diameter of about 100,000 light-years. It lies about 65 million light-years from us, is four times a luminous as our galaxy, and is moving away from us at about 610 miles per second.

This gorgeous image was obtained by Adam Block with the KPNO Visitor Center's Advanced Observating Program's Meade 16inch LX200 telescope at f/6.3 and SBIG ST8E CCD camera with color filter wheel. It is a composite of 4 CCD exposures: L, Luminance = 60 minutes, R, Red = 20 minutes, G, Green = 20 minutes, and B, Blue = 40 minutes.
Credit: Adam Block/AURA/NOAO/NSF

Our Full Moon of November 2, 2009, resides in mid-sidereal Aries and conjoins Kaffaljidhma of Cetus. Also joining in is the Centaur Asbolus, a couple degrees away; and the location of the Moon at mid-sidereal Aries is also that of Asbolus' Perihelion. The Sun conjoins Mercury and Ceres and forms a potent "T" square with Mars. Mars must express.

The Centaurs, generally act as unique escorts from one planetary realm to another, constructing bridges or paths through various realms of consciousness. For example Chiron links the realms of Saturn and Uranus. Pholus links the realms of Saturn and Orcus. Asbolus links Jupiter and Neptune. Asbolus thus links the expansive and mobilizing nature of Jupiter with the dreamy, visionary nature of Neptune. Considering the current Jupiter-Neptune conjunction (May 2009 through December 2009), this Full Moon Asbolus conjunction is apposite.

The Centaur Asbolus was a seer who read the signs found in nature, specifically in the flight of birds, able to accurately predict the future. He foresaw the Centaur's battle with the Lapiths breaking out at the wedding feast of Pirithous and Hippodamia, which he attempted to stop. This also when Asbolus intuitively saw Hercules and Pholus drinking the Centaurs private wine in Pholus' cave and led the Centaurs to the cave to stop Hercules, at which time Hercules shot Asbolus (and Chiron).

Although we have little experiential verification of the astrological influence of Asbolus (being recently discovered in 1995), if the myth holds true, which is most often the case, we may find this Full Moon to produce intuitive foresight, perhaps even producing prophetic revelations regarding this lunar cycle. It may provide an expansive look behind our own denials and illusions and as well provide insight into the future of our current dreams, visions and ideals.

Asbolus' aphelion-perihelion axis leads us from mid-sidereal Libra, at the feet of the Virgin and the Southern Cross, a point of unadulterated pure intent of the soul; to mid-Aries and Kaffaljidhma of Cetus, the brain of the fear-instilling techno-bureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness. This suggest the pure nature and intent of Asbolus to uncover the truth, stand for justice, and influence the mechanism driving fear-based techno-bureaucracy in a beneficent way. Perhaps we may see more of the cover-ups in finacial-political arena rearing their ugly heads as well in this lunar cycle.

Conjoining Kaffaljidhma is Azha of Eridanus; and Achrid, Eta Cassiopeia. Azha of Eridanus provides a stopping point along the river of life where we can encounter the fear-instilling images or experiences that appear to be coming at us from outside of self but that are psychic projections of our greatest fears reflected to us by the brain of collective consciousness.

Achird asks us to realize that we create and perpetuate the very things that we perceive as trying to detour or devour us. Achird brings attention to the fact that the monsters and the entrapments in which we find ourselves become manifest by our own righteous and arrogant attitudes of self-importance. Azha, Kaffaljidhma of Cetus, and Achid of Cassiopeia mark the "initiation by fire" point in Aries.

Asbolus was discovered as it was crossing it south node in sidereal Virgo, which conjoins Zaniah (the right use of will) and Turais of Argo Navis (the long-term ramifications of use of will)--another signifier of Asbolus's purpose in our lives.

Juno and Neptune return direct on November 3 (mentioned above).

Disseminating Moon Phase Characteristics

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.

Sharpest views of Betelgeuse in Orion

Sharpest views of Betelgeuse reveal how supergiant stars lose mass - Unveiling the true face of a behemoth

"Using different state-of-the-art techniques on ESO's Very Large Telescope, two independent teams of astronomers have obtained the sharpest ever views of the supergiant star Betelgeuse. They show that the star has a vast plume of gas almost as large as our Solar System and a gigantic bubble boiling on its surface. These discoveries provide important clues to help explain how these mammoths shed material at such a tremendous rate.

Betelgeuse-- the second brightest star in the constellation of Orion -- is a red supergiant, one of the biggest stars known, and almost 1000 times larger than our Sun. It is also one of the most luminous stars known, emitting more light than 100 000 Suns. Such extreme properties foretell the demise of a short-lived stellar king. With an age of only a few million years, Betelgeuse is already nearing the end of its life and is soon doomed to explode as a supernova. When it does, the supernova should be seen easily from Earth, even in broad daylight."

ESO Press Release

The Disseminating Moon occurs on November 5-6 in early sidereal Gemini, on the "Gate of Man." The Moon conjoins Polaris of Ursa Minor; Betelgeuse of Orion; and Menkalinan of Auriga.

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 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 the Gate of Man at this time in Earth's ~25,000-year precessional cycle marks the time of Earth's 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.

Considered to be our navigational "star of direction," Polaris, Alpha of Ursa Minor, is 46 times larger than our sun and lies 432 light years away. Polaris is a Cepheid Variable. All Cepheid type stars are either bright giants or bright supergiant stars. A Cepheid is a class of stars that pulsate with exact precision, changing less than seconds over many years. Because Cepheids vary in brightness and pulsate with periods that are directly proportional to their intrinsic brightness, they make excellent measuring tools for stellar distance. Comparing the Cepheid's apparent brightness to its intrinsic brightness, which is derived from the period, yields its distance. Because Cepheids are younger stars they are often found in spiral Galaxies, which are comprised of relatively young stars. Observing Cepheids in spiral galaxies is how the light-speed distances of these galaxies are estimated.

The pulsation period of Polaris is harmonically resonant to Earth's rotational period, to within 0.711%. This translates to an Alpha brain wave frequency of about 2.923… Hertz; and a color harmonic around 7000 Angstroms, which is a deep red (root chakra, action, survival…).

From my "Planetary Spectrum Harmonics & Corresponding Psychophysiology" (yet unpublished):

A planet’s harmonic spectrum is created by several astrophysical parameters, each contributing to the overall psychophysiological bio–resonance of the specific planet.

The "Rotation Harmonic" of a planet relates to: Power in self-expression related to the specific planetary characteristic; capacity to act and manifest in life; day-to-day flow and movement; chakra spin, vitality and enthusiasm. A suppressed Rotation Harmonic may manifest as an "inability to move and express self; feeling bound, tied and stuck; an inability or fear to express self; and as withdrawal and introversion. The Rotation Harmonic can be used to get stuck energy moving, for crystallizations and stasis; to bring up suppressed issues relating to the planetary quality; for fear of action and expression; and for depression, toxicity and chronic conditions.

The Rotation Harmonic spins upon the "Polar Diameter Harmonic"--the staff a planet. The Polar Diameter Harmonic relates to: Strength and stability; confidence and self-awareness; the ability to use one's accumulated experience regarding the planetary quality as a foundation to count upon....

There are several bio–harmonic parameters comprising each planetary spectra; each can be viewed in terms of fundamental frequency, brainwave resonance, sound frequency and visible colour light wavelength. This bio-harmonics work applicable in advance learning / healing environments and modalities is extensive and only mentioned here to elucidate the significance of the relation that Polaris has with Earth’s rotational period and human psychophysiology—one unified cosmology.

The Earth's "rotation harmonic" resonates in part with the base chakra, the use of
power in action, self-expression, and primordial experience. It also stimulates vitality and excitement to initiate action and change, and it also ensures the procreative process. More about Planetary Harmonics.

Polaris asks for our allegiance to Earth’s spinal column, Earth's Polar Mount or Staff, to all that Earth is--and this also means to Earth’s polar precessional cycle--and the greater "evolutionary cycle of the soul" that Earth's precessional cycle governs. Principal alignments with Polaris, and especially those angular with the Galactic Equatorial Axis (Gate of God / Gate of Man), the fixed axis of Earth's precessional cross, indicate involvement with Earth and humanity's greater evolutionary process and our evolutionary fulfillment--especially now, as we make passage through Earth's Holy Cross pivotal portal. More on Earth's Precessional Holy Cross.

Well that's a statement for our Manifestation and Demonstration Moon.

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 November 9 in sidereal Cancer.

The North Pole of Mars

The North Pole of Mars

Image Credit: NASA

The Moon conjoins Mars on the day of "inner need," just hours before the Moon's phase shift, thus adding impetus to use our personal power in creative action and in audacious leadership. Mars lies over the Head of Hydra; conjoining Delta Hydra and Gianfar of Draco. This is also the exalted location for Juptier.

Hydra's head articulates a multifarious undermining source of destruction (every time Hercules took off one the Hydra's heads, it immediately grew another). Conjoining Hydra's head is northern Gianfar, Lambda Draco, on the tail of the Dragon. Gianfar, the poisoned place, is of neurological currents, specifically those emanating from "poisons of the heart" that manifest cellular patterns within ourselves that relentlessly destroy all we touch through endless battering of our courage, optimism, and strength--destroying us through sheer exhaustion. Here we are asked to realize how unresolved bitterness of the heart can perpetually avert us from the fulfillment we seek.

This alignment inspires expansive movement and awareness to overcome the multifarious undermining patterning we may hold that keeps us bound in the limits of the old paradigm and in the lives we may wish to change.

The Last Quarter Moon, a few degrees further in longitude than Mars, conjoins Dubhe and Merak of the Great Bear; and Naos of Puppis, Argo Navis.

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.

The stars of the Great Bear also represent the world powers. The theme of the great Bear is torn. Part of the Bear is of the fallen world powers, those of a totalitarian, controlling oppressive rule. Dubhe and Merak are of the integrous part of the Great Bear, that which is oriented toward a greater vision, for that which is truly nourishing for humanity, for that which is focused toward our evolutionary fulfillment.

Merak, Beta Ursa Major, asks for allegiance of personal will with the greater vision of Dubhe--to see to a greater evolutionary fulfillment of the Earth. Merak marks the time, "to get on with it.

Dubhe embodies the pursuit for a greater vision beyond the accepted political-religious dogmas of the human world that keep humanity in darkness and delusion; and against the controlling global forces perpetuating that dogmatic rule. At a personal level, Dubhe asks us to do all we can to achieve the greater vision that we hold for the unfoldment of our lives--for the true nourishment, fulfillment, and freedom we seek. Dubhe asks us to emerge from our own personal dogmas (our belief structures) and our limiting life patterns that keep us bound in life scenarios that are less than those we truly want. Dubhe supports us to create a new and better future rather than merely staying reactive to the limitations we have already created and reinforce with our existing beliefs.

Dubhe is the star of the Hor-she-shu, the worshipers of Horus--referring to the moving vernal point in Earth's ~25,000 year precessional cycle of the Holy Cross. The vernal point is also called the Birthplace (of the Sun-Sol-Soul), the Christ Point, and Office of the Christ because it governs the evolutionary cycle of the soul--the timing of the re-awakening of the Christos (soul-level consciousness) on Earth. The precessional movement of Earth's pole, also called the Godhead, governs the movement and placement of the Birthplace through the signs of the zodiak. Thus, in this context, the Dubhe-Merak-(Polaris)-NCP alignment is another indicator for when we begin our emergence, when our reawakening begins, for the return of soul-level awareness within Earth's collective, for an epistemological illumination beyond our mentalized and dogmatic concepts of God and Soul.

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.

Mars and Earth Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, the few days leading into the Last Quarter Moon is an ideal time to work with the Mars and Earth 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.

The New Venus-Haumea Synodic Cycle

Haumea with her two moons

Haumea with her two moons

Haumea, believed to be composed of pure rock with a pure ice shell, has an ellipsoidal shape, is about the size of Pluto in length,and has an orbital period of 285 Earth years. It spins extremely rapid end-over-end at a rate of 3.9 Earth hours. Haumea maintains a state of equilibrium due to its rapid rotation. Although not round, this why it is classified as a Dwarf Planet.

Illustration: Ann Feild/STScI/ESA/NASA

The Sun, Venus and the Dwarf Planet Haumea align on November 12, 2009, which marks the start of a new 225-day Venus-Haumea synodic cycle in sidereal Virgo.

The Last Venus-Haumea synod occurred on April 1, 2009. Because Haumea moves so slow (283.83 years), and Venus rather fast (224.68 days), this synod occurs a mere 1° 24' past the previous one. Thus the theme of the synodic cycle remains basically the same as the previous, shifting slightly and gently over several cycles. There are no abrupt theme shifts when it comes to Venus and Haumea. Thus, they produce a more consistent current amongst our more dramatic synodic shifts occurring with other planets.

Due to the slow motion of Haumea, the Venus-Haumea theme and the Earth-Haumea theme are one's that repeat The primary conjoining star at this time of Boötes is Seginus (recognizing our responsibility to establish a proper environment to ensure our new birth. By 2013, Haumea will lie just one quarter of a degree south of Muphrid--at which demanding demonstrable action of Boötes' theme, and marking a significant step forward in supporting a new birth in consciousness.

A refresher on the current theme (from the March 26, 2009 Lunar Planner):

Although we have little verified information on Haumea's astrological influence, I present an in-depth exploration of Haumea in the article "Haumea and Makemake." In brief this exploration suggests that Haumea's propensity is to intercede with dynamic motion from a state of equilibrium and poise to support a new birth in consciousness about the fundamental primordial forces of life. Haumea also appears to motivate action to reorient world powers' militaristic destructive use of power and resources into a nurturing force that supports and protects life, home and family; and that aids humanity's emergence into a spiritually and primordial aware state of being. At a personal level, Haumea inspires the application of our personal attributes and resources for the same principles.

Venus, Aphrodite

Venus is the Roman name for the Greek Aphrodite, goddess of love, grace, beauty and sexual rapture. Venus has also been called the "jewel of the sky"; "Eosphorus as the morning star and Hesperus as the evening star"; from a modern day astronomer's view, "Earth's sister planet"; and from an astrologer's view, the "compliment to Mars."

Other cultural names for Venus include: the Babylonian Ishtar; the Syro-Palestinian goddess Ashtart; the Aztec: Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli (meaning "Lord of the House of Dawn."), an apparition of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent; the Maya: Kukulcan (Venus was the Mayan patron of warfare, with several battles coinciding with significant Venus alignments); and the Norse Sif, noted for her "conjugal fidelity." Aside from the asteroids, Venus is the only main planet named after a goddess--sorry to say for our soul-ar system.

Image: Aphrodite (circa 100 BC): Found on the Aegean island of Melos in 1820.

Haumea and Venus, which also provides a harmonizing and balancing force, would seem to synthesize well. Their combined qualities suggest a new birth of the heart. Venus is also of art, abundance and finance; inspires trust in self, courage, self-confidence and intuitive knowing. Venus is also magnetic and sensuous, of openness in intimacy.

Venus lies in sidereal Virgo, along the spine of the Virgin, between Porrima and Spica. Haumea is north of the ecliptic, having passed through Coma Berenices, and is now approaching Muphrid, the left foot of Boötes. Specifically conjoining is Seginus, the left shoulder of Boötes; and Beta Volans; and the essence of Corvus--our messenger bird.

Seginus, the left shoulder of Boötes, the Virgin's consort and protector, is of strength and responsibility; and conjoining Muphrid, the left foot of Boötes, is facilitator that makes way for a new birth from the Virgin. Seginus and Muphrid inspire responsible action to provide personal and intimate support by making possible and ensuring proper energetic environments and physical conditions are created so an unadulterated birth can occur--so a spiritual (conceptual) to physical transformation can occur.

Volans (Piscis Volantis), the unique flying fish, generally found in warmer tropical oceans, is known for its wing-like pectoral fins that allow it to glide through the air. Volans, resides quite south in the heavens, under the stern and keel of the Argo, which is associated with navigational mapping, and transcendent forces and evolutionary currents that direct our lives. Volans is associated with our soul-ar plane (not earth plane), specifically, laying the foundation that supports our souls' uninhibited true expression--the capacity to pierce the limiting envelope of our existing perceptional bubble and birth into new life expression or realm of consciousness.

Conjoining Seginus and Muphrid is GRB 080319B in Boötes

"The brightest explosion ever seen"

Conjoining Seginus and Muphrid is GRB 080319B in Boötes (just south of Seginus). The jets of the gamma-ray burst (GRB) were aimed almost directly at the Earth, at almost the speed of light. GRB 080319B was so intense that, despite happening halfway across the Universe, it could have been seen briefly with the unaided eye.

Artist's Impression - ESO (10 Sept 2008)

Corvus the Raven is the keeper of secrets, a knowledge holder, but is also a reveler, the messenger bird to those who are spiritually intented and who ask and listen. Corvus reminds us to pay attention to the signs or messages naturally expressing through the world around us moment-by-moment. The signs found in the simplest of life experience have meaning if we are willing to be attentive to them. In fact, we can even ask to receive guidance simply by briefly holding the intent to inquire and then letting it go. It is the sincere projection of clear intent that vibrationally invokes a response from the world around us. Corvus is a protector as well, of both the animal and human worlds, and will forewarn of approaching danger as well as affirm fortuitous opportunities or events so we may participate accordingly.

Conjoining Algorab is Quasar 3C279, which lies exactly on the ecliptic plane, along the spinal column of the Virgin, its spinal placement again articulating the natural mechanism of subtle energy communication. Quasar 3C279 can stimulate imagery in the natural world that act as messages through nature, which must be listened to and acted upon, as nature's images are the guidance itself.

Quasars (Quasi-Stellar-Radio-Source) were once thought to be the signatures of distant galactic clusters or enormous luminous galaxies at the edge of the known universe but are now recognized as "laser type stars" within our own galaxy. Quasars are not only visible objects, but emit a wide band of photons (light particles) in the electromagnetic spectra, from the infrared up through human's visible range of light, the UV, the gamma, and into the radio range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Their multi-spectral emanations tend to stimulate an awareness that extends beyond or pierces our rather narrow band of perception, thereby offering new non-conforming possibilities of conceptual thought. They can express as images or non-conforming forms that can draw us into a transcendent perceptual exploration, which then motivates new behavior fitting to our new awareness.

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 on November 12-13 in sidereal Virgo. The Moon conjoins Saturn just before the Moon phase shift and during the Venus-Haumea synod--during our time of coalescence and adding a sense of somberness and sobering responsibility.

The Moon conjoins Zaniah of Virgo, Turais of Argo Navis; Ed Asicha of Draco, Phi Velorum and Eat Crateris. This is the location of the Centaur Asbolus' south node mentioned above.

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

In the southern heavens lies Turais Carina and Phi Velorum, both of Argo Navis, which lies along the galactic equator, and thus more associated with our longer-term soul-level sojourn and our evolutionary course.

Turais (Aspidiske) of the Argo is a rather rare white supergiant star that shines with a luminosity of 4900 of our suns, with a radius estimated to be about 43 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)

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--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.

As far south as Turais, Ioto Argo is (~67° south ecliptical latitude), we find the Draconian Ed Asich, an Ioto designation as well just as far north (~71° north ecliptical latitude). Ed Asich, in the Dragon, is a fainter star and of far less significance, but none the less colouring the Zaniah / Turais theme. Ed Asich holds the quality of the male Hyaena--a carnivorous nocturne waiting around to eat what has been already killed by other means--laughing as it were, in this case about one's stupidity from not heeding their inner guidance. It is this stellar quality that can also taint this zodiakal longitude with a bit of a cowardice character--influencing one to ignore the messages expressing from the world around them--thus something to be attentive to.

Thus the seed coalesces from this lunar cycle and is that which will sprout into a new theme on next New Moon.

A few more events occur in the last phase of this lunar cycle: Sedna and Earth begin a new synodic cycle on November 13 and the first Saturn-Pluto square occurs on November 15.

The New Sedna Earth Synodic Cycle

The planetoid Sedna was also recently discovered (in 2004) and too is a very slow mover, but far slower than one might imagine. Cold and removed, Sedna, shows her self rarely, only once in her 10,813-year orbit does she approach the Sun, but never does she travel inside the Kuiper Belt where the rest of the Dwarf Planets reside. Sedna lies in the far reaches of our solar system beyond most of the Dwarf Planets in an area called the Orrt Cloud. Sedna was named for an Inuit goddess who lives at the bottom of the frigid Arctic ocean. Thus synods occurring with Sedona and the faster moving planets drift very slowly through the ecliptic. Sedna currently resides in early sidereal Aries, south of the ecliptic plane.

Again, we have little verifiable data on Sedna's astrological influence, but much can be gained from an in-depth exploration of a new planet's orbital parameters, its discovery chart, its mythology, etc.

Mythically, there are several versions of Sedna's story. Basically, Inuit Sedna is a beautiful but vain maiden who is quite content living at home with her parents. She refuses several potential husbands but is finally coerced to marry by her father. However, she ends up marring an evil bird disguised as a man and is wisped away to a distant island for a life of misery. Her father comes to rescue Sedna, but on their way back in her father's kayak the birdman attacks. In a vicious struggle and in fear of his life, Sedna's father either inadvertently or deliberately pushes Sedna overboard into the frigid Arctic waters. Sedna eventually drowns in dramatic scenario of deceit, betrayal and abandonment. Sedna becomes the goddess of the sea watching over the mammals of the oceans. Sedna has the head and torso of a woman and the tail of a fish--our mermaiden. Sedna curiously has a peculiar reddish color, like that of Mars.

From the mid-1800s Sedna was passing through ole' Cetus, our technobureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness; In the mid-1990s she was less than a mere degree north of Menkar, the snapping jaws of the Kraken. Now having emerged from the reaches of Cetus, Sedna is now in late sidereal Aries and is entering the realm of early Taurus (just south of and conjoining Omicron Tauri) and resides under the auspices of Perseus.

Sedna's myth may exemplify a female who does not want to commit in marriage, participate with men, or even be here on Earth, due to her fear of being hurt--an unresolved issue molding from her unfortunate past, one that only perpetuates a life of loneliness. But that is about to change, as Sedna's path through the heavens reveals.

Although astrologers are just beginning to gain appreciation for the astrological nature of Sedna, from my observations so far I suspect the following: Sedna, embodies the feminine principle--having drown in dramatic scenario of deceit and betrayal over eons of time, and having been deeply hurt, has unfortunately self-exiled into a deep sea of loneliness and simply refuses to commit to any participation in fear of being deeply hurt again. However, Sedan's discovery indicates she it ready to make her re-emergence. Humanity's must however recognize the truth about the suppression and persecution of the feminine, and although it is quite obvious about our need for the female's re-emergence and balanced reintegration with overly dominant masculine world, there is dire hesitancy for such participation due to man's continued and often awry and deceptive use of creative power.

From an in-depth exploration of Sedna's orbital parameters, Sedna appears to motivate action from a mature social platform, to bring an open honest inclusive humanitarian focus into a personal expression in the world; to apply this focus in leadership, to use it to break trail along a new path of discovery; to demonstrate that this more feminine humanitarian type of leadership can provide the answers to the challenges our world faces.

For an in-depth exploration about Sedna, see: "Sedna - Emergence of the Exiled Feminine."

The current Earth-Sedna synods conjoin Botein of Aries and Rana of Eridanus. Botein, although meaning the belly (of the Ram) actually marks the hind foot. At the hind of the Ram, Botein can also indicate those either lost and stranded, or simply left behind (the lost or following sheep), and thus can create a sense of frustration; but this is also a place for regeneration and preparation.

Rana of Eridanus is another stopping point along the river of life and articulates the theme of those lost or tired through their initiations stopping either in need of aid or regeneration in preparation for what is yet to come.

Overall, this location in the ecliptic asks us to trust instinct rather than reason. It is of a regenerative nature--primal, sexual, erotic, creative and inventive. It can also be volatile, quickly eruptive or explosive like a volcano, penetrating, sharp tongued, and competitive, even war like.

The Saturn Pluto Square #1 of 3

Saturn creates its first square with Saturn on November 15, 2009. Their second square occurs on January 31, 2010. During this time, the two maintain a very tight orb, of about 1°. In the midst of this period, at the end of 2009, Juno, asteroid of covenant relations, will make its final square with Pluto during the Pluto station; and at the same time will oppose Saturn, making a dramatic T-square with Saturn and Pluto on December 28, 2009 through January 1, 2010, bringing the period of restructuring for relationships to a climatic finale. Pluto is the force that must fire (the harmonic tension) in this T-square. The third Saturn-Pluto square occurs on August 21, 2010.

A new and potent dynamic starts to build in our 2008-2011 timeline as Pluto enters the picture on November 15, 2009 with this first Saturn-Pluto square. The intensity of this first square begins a few weeks befor November 15; i.e., Saturn moves into a 3° orb in its square with Pluto on October 11, 2009; into a 2° orb on October 20, 2009; and into a 1° orb on November 1, 2009.

This is a 270° square (in contrast to a 90° square). This means that Saturn is approaching its next synod with Pluto rather than moving away from its previous Saturn-Pluto--there is a difference (something to consider when looking at any square in an astrological chart). Much like in a lunar cycle, a 90° square creates an "external stimulus to action" whereas a 270° square create an" inner need to initiate change." Expect November 2009 through January 1, 2010 to be quite dynamic, intense and catalyzing, especially for partnerships.

Pluto ensures we address our karmic responsibility and change our personal entrapping patterns of behavior; i.e., being responsible for our personal evolution. Pluto, the opener and great reducer motivates action to participate and cooperate from an all embracing, non-discriminatory world view, rather then from a self-focused, or self-important world view.

The actual 270° Saturn-Pluto (heliocentric) square of the synodic cycle occurs on June 11, 2010 (in the midst of the three geocentric squares). This marks the actual transition into the last quarter of the 37-year Saturn-Pluto synodic cycle that began on December 24, 1982--a cycle that completes on January 10, 2020. Thus, this 270° square marks a time that stimulates an "inner need to change" in the 1982 Saturn-Pluto synodic theme. For those interested in exploring this theme and historic events surrounding it; the December 24, 1982 synod occurred at 2° 36' sidereal Libra. This is a couple degrees past Spica and Archturus (our current New Moon stars), at the upper thighs of the Virgin; and it conjoins Izar of Boötes and conjoining stars. Consider what you were doing in December 1982 and what was occurring in the world, as this is a time for change regarding that theme--a time of plowing under the crops and tilling the soil; a time of shedding the dismantling the stage props and personal facades of that entire synodic cycle. Also consider the December 1982 generation, as this year (2010) (starting now) marks a primary change in their personal cycles.

The theme of the Saturn-Pluto 32-year Synodic Cycle is presented in the article:

The Synodic Cycles of Pluto, Ixion & Quaoar with Jupiter, Saturn, and Nessus
A Historical Timeline & Astrological Exploration 1982 - 2020


Our next New Moon occurs on November 16, 2009 in the last degree of sidereal Libra, approaching the Head of the Scorpion. More to come then.

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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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