The Lunar Theme for the
January 15, 2010 New Moon

Manifesting Passions of the Heart

The Lunar Month of
January 15, 2010 - February 14, 2010

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

Unlike the last few lunar cycles which may have seemed a bit intense, and leaving us with a feeling of uncertainty, this lunar cycle and the next will be more progressive, restoring a sense of movement with optimism for the future. This New Moon, an Annular Solar Eclipse, occurs exactly on the cusp of sidereal Sagittarius-Capricorn. It also conjoins Venus, which also marks the mid-point of vision and realization in the current 584-day Earth-Venus cycle; and it occurs during Mercury's direct station (the completion of Mercury's retrograde). Cuspal sidereal Sagittarius-Capricorn is where we are faced with concretizing our visions and ideals (common to late Sagittarius and overseeing Lyra) into demonstrable and practical form in the physical world. Alpha Pavo, the Peacock, sums up the last degree of sidereal Sagittarius, fully radiant in its multi-colored spectrum of vision and ideals, proudly displays all that it is and brings inspiration to express the beauty that we are and that we truly envision. Here on the cusp, we find soul-level support provided by Eta Mensa (of Table Mountain) to now actualize that eloquence. We are also faced with addressing the inherent aberrations or distortions that occur when applying our ideals into practical demonstrable and physical form, revealed by a Planetary Nebula and Irregular Galaxy of Sagittarius, which reach just over the cusp into sidereal Capricorn. Two pulsars in northern Vulpecula, the elegant, but sly and cunning fox, aid us and warn us when applying the lofty ideals of the Sagittarian Zen archer into physical form.

Venus will start a new (synodic) cycles with Chiron, Neptune, and Jupiter in this lunar cycle, These are the first Venus cycles occurring with these planets after our recent Jupiter-Neptune-Chiron conjunction occurring in 2009.

Mars, currently retrograde, will begin a new and significant Earth-Mars 780-day (synodic) cycle when the Sun, Earth and Mars align on the Full Moon eve of January 29, 2010. This cycle's theme is defined by the star alignments looking from the Sun toward Earth and Mars, which occurs in the center of sidereal Cancer. Mars will complete its retrograde on March 10, 2010, in the following lunar cycle, at which time we will fully engage in the new Earth-Mars synodic cycle. During its retrograde, Mars also aspects the already occurring Saturn-Pluto square along with Jupiter, all occurring later in this lunar cycle. In a several day process, Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn and Mars create two interlocking Yods. One places a direct focus onto Mars and the new Mars synodic cycle. The other emphasis is placed upon Jupiter.

Saturn and Pluto have maintained a very tight square since the Saturn-Pluto square began in mid-November 2009 through the second conjunction occurring on January 31, 2010. As we emerge from the second Saturn-Pluto square, and the interlocking Yods occur with Mars and Jupiter, we are motivated to initiate expansive action. This movement however does not occur on its own. It is up to us to creatively make this move from what may seem like a motionless and undefined opening (occurring throughout late December and January).

This entire Mars retrograde period and the interlocking Yods play a key role in establishing a new focus in the application of our creative power in the world.


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 - Annular Eclipse Ring of Fire Images on Spaceweather .com

This New Moon Annular Eclipse occurs exactly on the cusp of sidereal Sagittarius-Capricorn. This solar eclipse and the previous Full Moon lunar eclipse of December 31, 2009 occur as a pair.

Generally, eclipse lunar cycles mark a time of shifting into a new octave in the lunar spiral of growth. They offer a time to resynchronize ourselves with the ever-changing cosmic currents supporting our evolutionary progression in consciousness.

Solar eclipses offer opportunity to redefine concepts of self and the roles we play, or how we articulate ourselves, in the world. They are about shifting octaves in the nature of our self-perception and self-expression. They often mark a new beginning, way of life, or new way of participating in life.

Lunar eclipses tend to be about releasing the emotional bonds within ourselves that reach out and glue us to involvements that are less than we truly want or deserve. They are about the emotional and experiential aspects of our relations with others and with the world--how we feel about and palpate life. Lunar eclipses provide opportunity for an emotional release and a fresh start.

Where eclipses occur in your natal chart reveal the area of your personal life in which they are working.

This eclipse is an Annular Eclipse. The central path of this eclipse begins in Africa, moving through Kenya out into the Indian Ocean, where the greatest eclipse occurs, and continues across the southern tip of India and continues into Asia and China. A partial eclipse can be seen in its broader path, which includes eastern Europe, most of Africa, Asia, and Indonesia. For technical information, maps, and viewing information on the Solar Eclipse of January 15, 2010 visit the NASA Eclipse Web Site.

Aphrodite (Venus)

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

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."

The Venus New Moon Eclipse

Our New Moon also conjoins Venus, thus Venus adds its energetic into this lunar cycle theme and to the eclipse. Venus is passing behind the Sun in its orbit, and this Earth-Sun-Venus alignment marks the mid-point vision and realization in the current 584-day Earth-Venus synodic cycle. This cycle began on March 27, 2009. It occurred in mid-sidereal Virgo conjoining Zaniah of Virgo (right use of will). Now, this New Moon brings revelation about the nature and meaning of that theme in our lives. The theme of our current Earth-Venus synodic cycle was presented in the March 26, 2009 Lunar Planner: Intercession of a Pure Heart - A New Birth in Consciousness.

The astrophysical resonances of Venus govern the heart bio-energy centre (chakra), and the thymus, which is the neurological control center for the immune system. The heart chakra is our centre of intuitive knowing, harmony, magnetic attraction, that which we value, love, romance, and sexual rapture. It is where we find our capacity for compassion and appreciation of beauty. The heart chakra and thymus resonate to the emotional tone of fear and judgment. It is fear that shuts the heart chakra down and causes all immune related problems. We defend our fear with judgment. Like the thyroid (governed by Mercury) is reflexed to the liver, the thymus is reflexed to the spleen. All immune disorders are fear related. The astrophysical resonances of Venus govern heart musculature and firing, lungs, bronchiole, and breasts. All asthmatic and breathing conditions, a sunken chest, and breast problems are often fear / judgment originating.

Venus (and the heart chakra), when mature and clear, expresses love in art and beauty, with a wonderful capacity for unconditional acceptance of all conditions--true, non-judgmental love. The unconditionally open heart receives and expresses love that is harmoniously balanced. Mature Venus is open to new experience, is courageous, optimistic, and aware of soul intent and purpose--as the unconditionally open heart is from where soul fully radiates its light. Mature Venus is also sociable, fashionable, artistic, good willed, benevolent, diplomatic, and magnetically sensuous. Venus is also of wealth and resources and plays a prominent role in financial matters and the flow of money.

The New Moon Venus Lunar Theme

The Sag-Cap New Moon - Jan 15, 2010

Our New Moon Venus star alignments are: Theta Sagittarius and Alpha Pavo, the Peacock, which marks the end of sidereal Sagittarius. Eta Mensa of Table Mountain, a southern constellation at the South Ecliptical Pole, marks the start of sidereal Capricorn. Also marking the cusp is an Irregular Dwarf Galaxy in Sagittarius. The body of Aquila the Eagle lies over the cusp, and just north of the Eagle are a couple of pulsars in northern Vulpecula, the elegant but sly and cunning fox. Further north are the stars forming Lyra, which oversee late sidereal Sagittarius.

The last few degrees of sidereal Sagittarius, overseen by the auspices of Lyra and the Eagle, inspire a multiplicity of opportunity in vision and creativity with an embracing global vision. Alpha Pavo, the Peacock, which marks the last degree of sidereal Sagittarius, is of integration, illumination, and beauty, is enduring and immortal, and brings inspiration to express the beauty that we are and that we truly envision. As we move into Capricorn, we are also faced with addressing the inherent aberrations or distortions that occur when applying our ideals and visions into practical form.

Cuspal Sagittarius-Capricorn is the point in the zodiak where we move from the high vision and spiritual inspiration of Sagittarius and Lyra, and concretize that vision into practical application in the physical world. Here we find support to manifest our ideals (provided by Eta Mensa of the Table Mountain), but we are also faced with the distortions and challenges inherent to the material world as we are inspired to do so (created by the nebulosity of planetary nebula NGC 6818 and the irregular galaxy dwarf NGC 6822). The first few degrees of Capricorn can also involve areas of all esoteric sciences, as well as the secret places and orders associated with those artsciences--places of personal retreat, seclusion, hermitages--places strategic to manifesting our purpose. Here we find inspiration and support to identify and move into such places as well, those conducive to manifest our strategies. Friend and siderealist Andrés Takra adds that "the first few degrees of Capricorn are also of magic, hermetism, esoterism, and religion." Here is where the pure spiritual essence and principles common to sidereal Sagittarius can get converted into monotonous or lost into empty dogmatic doctrine--just something to be aware of.

the Irregular Galaxy NGC 6822 on the cusp of sidereal Capricorn

A new color image of the nearby irregular galaxy NGC 6822 shows a myriad of hot blue massive stars and several famous nebulae in impressive detail.

NOAO Image Credit: Local Group Galaxies Survey Team/NOAO/AURA/NSF

Pulsars are navigational beacons for the soul. Pulsars are neutron (collapsed) stars emitting electrically neutral subatomic particles at consistently dependable pulsating intervals. They are usually found along the galactic equatorial plane. Although a star, they provide an ever-present message associated with soul's greater evolutionary mission due to their galactic equatorial placement. This message is received in coding transcending verbal language directly into our neurology. Interpretation of this message is up to the individual and it articulates through the character of the surrounding stellar field of consciousness expressing in its zodiakal longitude. Translation of this soul mission instruction requires durative persistence for the accomplishment of soul’s mission in the incarnate world. Without attention to our soul level impulses, pulsars can express as blindly driven personality level behavior. A pulsar's relentless nature can bring exhaustion if we hold resistance to soul's subtle guiding impulse, but this can also a rekindle a sense of strength once we surrender any such resistances.

The Pulsar CP 1919 in northern Vulpecula is the first discovered Super Nova Remnant. It has a pulse rate of 1.33730115212 sec =>0.747774724 Hz. This is equivalent to 5.98 Hz3 11.96 Hz4 in the brainwave range of frequencies; and which translates to 3560Å Near UV / 7120Å Deep Red--exciting a high spiritual awareness and stimulating a deep material foundation at the same time--the extremes of the visible spectrum of light.

Pulsar CP 1919 brings attention to our need to integrate natural beauty (Sag) into our environment (Cap) or into palpable and demonstrable form; and conversely to see the permeating spiritual beauty behind the material facade. More specifically from soul perspective, here is the drive to integrate our higher spiritual purpose and ideals into manifest Earthian form--to manifest the Sagittarian / Lyra truth and essence in applicable tools. The Fox (cunning beauty) lies above Sagitta, the missile of Zeus (our arsenal of strategic tools applied for war or peace). Vulpecula brings a sense of aesthetic appreciation for physical form; but also articulate the cunning motive that is often hidden with such eloquent beauty, as Vulpecula cum Ansere is the fox that got the goose.

Conjoining CP 1919 is pulsar PSR 1929+10 also at the same northern latitude in Vulpecula. This pulsar has a pulse rate of 0.2265170380 sec => 4.41467895232 Hz => 8.829 Hz => 4824Å, which is perfect turquoise. Here is the need to integrate the duality of the higher and the lower, the spiritual and physical, within self, and to express that integration in applicable form. This pulsar’s bio-harmonic effect works with the thyroid (throat)-thymus (heart) neurological pathway; and with the liver-spleen balance. This results in our capacity to articulate heart from the balance of the masculine (liver) & feminine (spleen) principles--to actualize from a stable and solid foundation.

Mercury Direct

Our New Moon also occurs during Mercury's direct station. Just hours after the New Moon, Mercury completes its retrograde, thus fully engaging the current Earth-Mercury 116-day synodic cycle defined by Sirius and Canopus, presented in the previous December 16, 2009 Lunar Planner. The Mercury station also conjoins Pluto and squares Saturn--thus stimulating the Saturn-Pluto square. Mercury's station conjoining Pluto is one of many motivators to step through the several month challenge to change that the Saturn-Pluto square is providing.

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 a 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 January 19 resides in sidereal Aquarius and conjoins Achernar of Eridanus and Ankaa, Alpha Phoenix. Also influencing are Hydor of Aquarius, Alpha Hydrus, Delta Sculptor, Homan of Pegasus and Beta Horlogium. This is also the exalted zodiacal location for Neptune, where differences are dissolved into universality and where dreams can come true.

Achernar marks the end of Eridanus, the river of life. Achernar is of fulfillment, completion, integration and rewards from what has been gained from the long and winding journey in life (such as in the completion of a project, a leg of a journey, of life itself). Achernar is also supportive of engaging upon a yet a greater work beyond was already undertaken. Having paid our dues, it may support movement into a new level or greater flow of an existing venture.

Ankaa, Alpha Phoenix, is the lucida of the Thunderbird. Ankaa embodies the essence conveyed in the symbol of the phoenix, rising from the ashes of the trials of the long and winding road in full illuminated glory. In another mythical imaging, Ankaa is the talisman upon the staff of the high priest-scientist Aaron, brother of Miriam and Moses. The Ankh / Ankaa is emblematic of the fulfillment of a journey, a mission begun long ago. It is Aaron’s amulet of power--having claimed the wisdom and fulfillment from the journey. Ankaa is also the emblem of Universal Love.

Hydor, Lambda Aquarius, lies in or guides the stream of the flowing waters of the humanitarian waterbearer. Hydor (which simply means water), like the stars of the urn from which the waters flow, Sadalmelik, Sadachbia, Seat, Zeta and Eta, is a star of fortuity. This zodiacal location is also related to Varuna, goddess of the water's of life, and who invites us to allow nature's way to weave its course. Directly conjoining Hydor of Aquarius is Alpha Hydrus (not to be confused with Hydra). Classically, Alpha Hydrus is the tail of Hydrus, yet some modern renderings show it as the head. Hydrus is a very southern constellation, lying at the south ecliptic pole. As such, it is of the soul collective's fundamental essence--a protogenoi of life, specifically the fundamental nourishing primordial waters from which life emerges. Alpha Hydrus articulates our fundamental basic needs of life--that which the entire human family requires for its basic existence--the needs of the people to live--that which should be denied to none.

This is a point of vision for the future. There is a sense of impending time yet also optimism for nourishment and fulfillment. Our Crescent Moon provides inspiration to rise from the ashes of the past and to get on with it, to move forward, to cultivate the lives that lead to our fulfillment. Expanding on the Venus New Moon theme, this inspiration brings a renewed optimism to manifest our visions of the heart and it supports stepping into a greater flow of abundance or a greater involvement.

First Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

Initiate Action

NGC 1316 giant elliptical galaxy in the Fornax galaxy cluster

NGC 1316 giant elliptical galaxy, one of the brightest ellipticals in the Fornax galaxy cluster: Image Credit: Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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 January 23 in sidereal Aries. It conjoins the Fornax-A spiral galaxy; Mesartim and Sharatan of Aries; and the M33 Pinwheel Galaxy in Triangulum.

Sharatan, Mesartim and Hamal of Aries form the head of the ram. Sharatan and Mesartim, the mouth of the ram, are portents of an applied force to change. They support new beginnings, adventure, transmutation and great rewards; but they are of opportunities that may quickly open and close, and thus require our immediate response to grasp them without hesitation when they occur. Sharatan provides a sign that it is a time to take action or to create change.

South of the ecliptic lies Fornax, the Furnace that provides the transmutational fire while in the initiatory experiences along our journeys in life. Fornax provides the fire driving the alchemical process of turning lead to gold, mortal to god. Alpha Fornax is the lucida (brightest star) of this southern constellation. Nearby is Fornax A, a spiral galaxy of the Fornax Galaxy Cluster that provides the intense heat under initiatory Aries.

Our First Quarter Moon also aspects the Saturn-Pluto square (trine Pluto and inconjunct Saturn), and thus is opportunistic for applied creative solution; perhaps an opportunity opening from something that had been taken apart or is coming apart. Again, we must be attentive to the First Quarter Moon's stimulus and act promptly as this doorway may be brief.

Saturn Pluto Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, this entire lunar cycle is an ideal time to work with the Saturn and Pluto 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.

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 January 26-27 in late sidereal Taurus. The Moon conjoins Capella of Auriga; along with Bellatrix of Orion, Alpha and Beta Camelopardalis (the Camel); Arneb of Leporis; Phaet of Columba (the Dove); Mintaka of Orion's Belt; Beta Pictoris; and El Nath, the north horn of the Bull.

Bellatrix, Gamma Orion, is the Female Amazon Warrior, the conqueror, star of the Amazon. Bellatrix holds excellent capacities in "strategic planning," especially regarding enterprising pusuits (in contrast to Betelgeuse, the male warrior, whose capacity is more about response in the moment). Classically, Bellatrix is lucky in administrative accomplishment--in civil, political, and military office. Bellatrix is especially favorable for women, and brings a loquacious quality. This star announces the rising of the more brilliant enterprising star Rigel, the left foot of Orion.

The northern Camel (Alpha and Beta conjoining Bellatrix) articulates the nature of this zodiakal band in Taurus well. The Camel spreads wealth around the world through commerce and business, is a resilient, enduring, hard working and intelligent beast of burden with the ability to go for days without water before becoming distressed, one suited for long and arduous journeys. This also articulates the planning and administrative nature of Bellatrix and the plodding and enduring nature of Taurus in general.

Capella, Alpha Auriga, is the messenger of light and the driver of the chariot. Capella, although classically said to have a stormy character, brings guidance from an un-biased spiritual perspective that breaks a stronghold, being removed (lying north of the galactic equator) from the dramatics of the political-religious factions fighting in the physical trenches of life. Capella and the stars of Auriga provide inspiration to mobilize what otherwise would be a rather sluggish process. Capella is actually a double-binary star system consisting of four stars: two yellow giants and two red dwarfs, with a 104.02-day eclipse period. Capella acts as a welcomed beacon of light that embraces and illuminates the paradox of duality and side-taking.

Conjoining Capella is Phaet, Alpha Columba. Columba, the Dove, creates an opening between the spirit world and human world that provides divine dispensation, rescue heavenly sent, unexpected assistance, a turn for the better, as in finding calm after a storm or land after a long voyage lost at sea. The Dove brings a reward far outweighing the burden of the experience, a harmonious solution or means from a seemingly irresolvable situation or stalemate. The Dove is a sign that a bright and prosperous future is to come, and indicates creativity through new companionship. Phaet is the Divine Dispensation itself, usually arriving after a long and arduous struggle and the surrender of it.

South of Orion is Lepus, the hare, with Arneb, Alpha Lepus, and Nihal, Beta Lepus, conjoining Bellatrix. Lepus, muscular and larger than the rabbit, and with much larger feet, is considered a female totem. The hare, like the rabbit mythically articulates creativity, except this is one who is boldly pro-creative, and often is silently and perceptively scheming to outsmart and outrun its competition for the multiplication of abundance---another facet of the nature of Bellatrix and this few degree band of sidereal Taurus--a making for the managerial, administrative, and business-minded quality common to Bellatrix. The rabbit and the hare are both associated with the moon, the feminine and fertility, and let us note the Moon is exalted in sidereal Taurus.

El Nath and Al Hecka, the latter on the cusp of sidereal Taurus / Gemini, lie over the head and belt of Orion, and south of Auriga, the charioteer. The Horns embody the pursuit, struggle, and engagement in the physical world. El Nath, Beta Taurus (also shared with Auriga as Gamma Auriga), is the north horn the Bull. El Nath brings the capacity for tenacious perseverance for accomplishment, and inspires the drive to continue to persevere to achieve a breakthrough. El Nath is of worthy pursuit for our future freedom.

Fitting to the progressive nature of this lunar cycle, this Gibbous Moon brings our attention to enterprising solutions and to the planning and execution of such.

The Juno Asbolus Synod & the Venus Nessus Synod

Two new synodic cycles begin just after the Gibbous Moon on January 27-28. Juno, the asteroid of covenant relations and mutual equality, and the Centuar Asbolus begin a new 4.5-year synodic cycle. Venus and Centuar Nessus begin a new 225-day synodic cycle.

Like all of the Centaurs, which are a bit rogue, rebellious or unconventional, are also teachers, aids, or liaisons for those willing to awaken to a greater path of exploration in self-mastery.

The Juno-Asbolus synod occurrs in sidereal Aries, conjoining Almach, the foot of Andromeda, and Menkar, the jaws of ole' Cetus--stars articulating the pending and potential entrapment in the fear-based technobureaucratic monster of collective human consciousness. This cycle is one of opportunity for partnerships--to right that which is wrong. Asbolus, discovered in April of 1995, was the Centaur who intuitively saw (inner eye) Hercules and the Centaur Pholus drinking the Centaur's sacred stash of wine in the Pholus' cave, which led the Centuars on a rampage to address this violation, ultimately resulting to Chiron and Pholus' death from Hercules poisoned arrow. Fitting with this myth and based on an exploration of Asbolus' orbital parameters, Asbolus lives in a state of "perpetual intuitive attentiveness," able to see events from a distanceb specifically attentive to events where misdeeds are occurring, or where that which is private is being violated. Asbolus, the seer, responds as a protector of that which might be considered sacred to a specific group or culture, especially regarding the possessions of such a group, including the protection of land and sacred or private sites. Asbolus, with a strong sense of "right use of will" and without hesitation, will enter into a scenario where psychic-emotional confusion exists to stop such violation or disorder.

This Juno-Asbolus 4.5-year cycle may aid to free up partnerships that are caught, or may become caught, in a cycle of psychic-emotional entrapment. Of course this cycle may express in a variety of ways in relationships, but it is of interest regarding the already occurring exposure of foul play amongst many figureheads in the business / political financial arena.

The Venus-Nessus synod occurs in later sidereal Capricorn, under the auspices of Sualocin of Delphinus, the Dolphin. Nessus is often associated to a theme of tyranny and sexual abuse, with suppression and denial issues. However, based upon the orbital parameters of Nessus seems to aid in dissolving such issues into a greater universal awareness, while at the same time inspiring a perspective from the incarnational purpose of the soul, thus helping to place such experience into the greater context of the soul's incarnational process of growth. Nessus seems to teach us about embracing our sensual and sexual nature, to enjoy this abundance in life, rather than denying it or shutting ourselves down to it due to righteous or erroneous beliefs of wrongfulness or emotions of unworthiness. Venus of course is of all that is sensual and sensuous.

Delphinus expresses through the last decan of sidereal Capricorn, merging the primary essence of these heavenly angelic guides--the Dolphins--with the future-oriented visionary Aquarian influence that permeates later sidereal Capricorn. The oracular angelic guides of Delphi merge and meander with the future-oriented visionary Aquarian influence through the rock-hard conforming stoic past of Capricorn and spring from the ground as prophetic life carrying waters--a flow of guiding wisdom not otherwise available by mortal efforts alone, a flow that leads us from the crystallized into the unbounded future yet to become.

Sualocin of Delphinus offers guidance for those willing to trust in this greater guiding intellignce, guidance greater than our personal efforts can generate alone. The Dolphins, an expression of angelic dominion, are guides for the wayward, as old salts know. They reveal the way to make safe passage to our destination, to our greater nourishment and fulfillment, provided we listen to and participate in the serendipity of life.

This synod occurrs in an area of the zodiak where the constellations of Capricorn and Aquarius overlap, thus creating a blend of the two qualities. Here, the zodiakal quality inspires us to surrender our focus upon our mundane personal needs and our need to control or define how things should be, and to open to a transcendent guidance that leads to our greater fulfillment and that is inclusive of our soul-level relations and extended soul families.

The Time of Global Change is at Hand.
What is the end of the World for some is a New World for those who realize it is.

Full Moon Phase Characteristics

Vision, Enthusiasm, & Realization of the Theme
The Full Moon & the New Earth-Mars Synodic Cycle

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.

Mars Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditation

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

See The Moon & Mars Special Feature Bioharmonic Audio Video

This Full Moon is a Perigee Full Moon, which makes it one of the biggest and brightest Full Moons of the year--appearing 14% wider and 30% brighter than other Full Moons. Mars & the Full Moon conjunction will make for a beautiful site all night (Friday night, Jan. 29).

The "Lunar Perigee" is when the Moon is closest to the Earth during its monthly orbit. The "Lunar Apogee" is when the Moon is furthest from Earth. Generally, the Moon looks about 14% larger at its perigee compared to its apogee. The Moon looks additionally larger when it is on the horizon due to atmospheric distortion. Thus when a Full Moon occurs during a Lunar Perigee, the Full Moon will look extra larger, and even more so when it rises on the eastern horizon at sunset, even spectacular with the right atmospheric conditions. More about the Lunar Perigees for 2010.


Occurring on January 29-30, 2010, just a few hours before the Full Moon, in the midst of our current Mars retrograde, is the new Earth-Mars synod. The planetary alignment is Sun-Earth-Moon-Mars. This begins the new 780-day Mars synodic cycle. The Mars retrograde is a time of redefining how we are using our creative power, as we disengage from the previous Mars synodic cycle and engage in the next. Mars began its retrograde on December 20, 2009, and its retrograde continues through March 10, 2010, at which time the new cycle will fully engage.

The previous Mars synodic cycle, defined by the Foot of Castor, began on December 24, 2007, also on a Full Moon. It was presented in the December 9, 2007 Lunar Planner.

Sand Dunes on Mars

Sand Dunes on Mars
High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) is flying onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) mission

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

There is a vast region of sand dunes at high northern latitudes on Mars. In the winter, a layer of carbon dioxide ice covers the dunes, and in the spring as the sun warms the ice it evaporates. This is a very active process, and sand dislodged from the crests of the dunes cascades down, forming dark streaks.
Written by: Candy Hansen

The theme of this Full Moon and this Earth-Mars synodic cycle are one and same. They are defined by the star alignments looking from the Sun toward Earth, Moon and Mars. This occurs in the center of sidereal Cancer conjoining Asellus Bor and Aus, the northern and southern ass of the crab; Delta Hydra and the Pulsar CP0834, creating the brain of Hydra; GIanfar of Draco, the poisoned heart; and also of influence is Praesepe, the Beehive star cluster, also called the crib or manger; and M67, one of the oldest star clusters. Mid-sidereal Cancer is also the exalted location for Jupiter.

Cancer, commonly the crab today, is also the Egyptian Scarabaeus, an image that articulates the theme of humanity's emergence from darkness, dogma, and delusion and its reawakening back to light. The Scarab is an appropriate mythical figure, as no one knows the exact time of the emergence of the beetle from its snuggle in its own dung, because it does not seem to follow any natural cycle in nature. This theme also applies to our individual emergence from the family nest or from the collective consciousness that we co-create. The Scarab is a symbol of regeneration, transformation and re-birth, of being self-created, or self-made, to rise from itself--hence humanity's association with the beetle emerging form its own dung. This location in sidereal Cancer is one of emergence and the challenges associated with it.

Asellus Aus. and Bor., the southern and northern stars that create the ass of the Crab are of being encrusted in old and antiquated patterns, personal and collective dogmatic belief structures, and sticky modalities of being that perpetuate stasis. Classically they are considered to be unfortunate stars with a somewhat stubborn nature. They can stimulate a desire to nourish, fortify and accumulate to such a degree that one can get self-consumed in their own pile of stuph'.

Delta through Zeta Hydra and Pulsar CP0834 create Hydra's head. Hydra's head articulates a multifarious undermining source of destruction (every time Hercules took off one the Hydra's heads, it immediately grew another).

Pulsar CP0834, in the head of Hyrda, does not lie along the galactic plane as most pulsars, and so may influence our biological personality workings and primordial response more so than being a guiding beacon for the soul. It may reinforce our repetitive, monotonous, subconscious patterns that perpetuate stasis--that part of ourselves that undermines our ability to change, but it can also make visible those patterns that we need to change, a constant reminder that the repetitive undermining experiences in our lives are manifest from our own tenacious belief structures.

CP0834 has a fundamental frequency of 0.785075095881 Hz which translates to 6781.8Å Red / 3390.9Å Near UV in the light spectrum. This resonance engages physical behavioral and musculature patterns--literally our capacity to act in the physical as well as our brain's frontal lobe--which in part, governs our capacity to see alternative paths and to move forward from the neurologically engrained patterns of the past. This pulsar's harmonic also cross-resonates with Saturn's circumference harmonic, which can manifest as long standing behavioral patterns that perpetuate stasis or rigidity--hence our need to become consciously aware of our repetitive behavioral patterns and have the conscious deliberation to change.

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.

Conjoining Gianfar is the Quasar 1133+704 of Draco. The objects astronomers call Quasars are high-potency point-sources of energy found at extreme distances from our own galaxy. They radiate a power level greater than our galaxy and are believed to be the oldest and most distant objects ever detected. Generally, we can associate Quasars with an ancient and initiating creative power, one that is mysterious, elusive, but that inspires our exploration of alternatives not in our current realm of experience.

Praesepe, the Beehive star cluster

Praesepe, the Beehive star cluster
in sidereal Cancer; also called the crib or manger

Quasar 1133+704 of Draco also inspires us to create the space to explore the inner fears that tie us to the past and that keep us from living our heart's truth in the present, so we can emerge from antiquated and engrained neural-net patterns and establish new and alternative pathways.

Jupiter is exalted at mid-sidereal Cancer and indicates our requirement to mobilize greater spiritual & physical truths and principles to address such poisonous conditions--otherwise a mere combative approach simply antagonizes the onslaught.

In essence, we must relinquish our antiquated beliefs that things can't be different, beliefs held onto due to our own bitterness, in order to overcome the multifarious forces that keep us from emerging into a greater light of being.

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

This new Mars cycle inspires assertive expansive creative action to help us emerge from the behavioral patterns antiquated beliefs of the past that keep us buried in darkness and delusion. It inspires the tenacity to overcome and to emerge into a new light of being. This cycle will continue through March 3, 2012, into our next Mars retrograde.

The Second Saturn-Pluto Square

Saturn and Pluto have maintained a very tight square since the Saturn-Pluto square began in mid-November 2009. Now, on January 31, 2010, the second square occurs. The third and final square will be a part of the great Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto T-square occurring throught July and August 2010. The geocentric squares, occuring from November 2009 through August 2010, surround the Saturn-Pluto synodic square, which will occur on June 11, 2010. 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. This 270° square marks a time that stimulates an "inner need to change" in the 1982 Saturn-Pluto synodic theme. Learn more about the Saturn-Pluto Synodic Cycle and the current Saturn-Pluto Square.

Disseminating Moon Phase Characteristics

Manifestation & Demonstration

Disseminating Moon
M100 Spiral Galaxy in the Virgo Cluster

The M100 Spiral Galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices is a prominent member of the Coma-Virgo Cluster of Galaxies.
Image Credit: Hubble, NASA and STScI

Our Galaxy, the Milky Way, is a whirling disc composed of hundreds of billions of stars, of which our Sun is one. Our galaxy is one of about 30 galaxies comprising a cluster of galaxies called our "Local Group." The galaxies in our Local Group gently revolve around each other much like organisms floating in a protective embryonic fluid.

Our Local Group is merely one galactic cluster of many that comprise yet a large group called our "Local Super Cluster." All of these embryonic clusters, harboring many evolving galaxies, each with billions of stars, are like protective cocoons floating within the care of our Local Super Cluster.

The Coma-Virgo Cluster is one of the larger members of the Super Cluster, the closest to us, and has about 2000 member galaxies. "Sub-clusters of galaxies" are seen to be forming around the major galaxies in the Virgo Cluster, which have yet to coalesce into new galaxy clusters of their own, revealing the continuing creative unfoldment of the Coma-Virgo Cluster. The Coma-Virgo Cluster lies at the center of our Local Super Cluster--hence the location of our "Super Galactic Centre" (~7° sidereal Virgo).

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, of living that which we have been learning.

The Disseminating Moon occurs on February 2 in early sidereal Virgo. The Moon conjoins Makemake (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh - "e" is pronounced "ay" in Polynesian), one of our newly discovered Dwarf Planets, just hours before the Moon shift. Although newly discovered and thus with a meaning not fully apprehended, Makemake apears to play a principal role in our current planetary timeline (2008-2011), having conjoined Saturn in 2008-2009, creating five oppositions with Uranus (2008-2011), and in opposition to Jupiter (mid-2010-2011). Makemake seems to play a significant role in the restructuring of the administration and leadership of economics; also interceding in the dramatic, manipulative and diversionary antics of old-paradigm world politics and big-business. Makemake is currently conjoining Benatnasch (of the old-world totalitarian world powers--typical of the continual destruction of peoples throughout the ages) and Zavijava (its blind followers). Makemake lies north of the ecliptic and is entering Coma Berenieces. The administration of resources thus becomes a part of our Disseminating Moon's theme. More about Makemake.

The Disseminating Moon lies just past Makemake (by two degrees) and conjoins Beta and Theta of Crateris, the cup of salvation, and The Supergiant Spiral Galaxy M100 in Coma Berenices. This is also the ecliptical location of the Dwarf Planet Haumea's aphelion (supporting a new birth in consciousness). The first seven degrees of sidereal Virgo mark a dramatic shift in the ecliptic, it where we move from the Benatnasch theme of totalitarian control, manipulations and foul breezes common to the Leo-Virgo cusp, and into an entirely new and pure expression in consciousness; as we move toward the Virgin point of Earth's precessional Holy Cross (at 5° sidereal Virgo) and move under the auspices of Super Galactic Center in Coma Berenices (at ~7° sidereal Virgo). Our Disseminating Moon thus supports this transition and pulling, in a sense, Makemake's energetic forward--from the old to the new.

The Venus-Chiron-Neptune Synodic Cycle

Venus, Chiron and Neptune begin a new 226-day compounded synodic cycle on February 2, immediately after the Disseminating Moon. Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune have been conjoining since May of 2009, and began a new longer-term compounded synodic cycle in September 2009--discussed in the 2008-2011 timeline. Jupiter has since moved on and Chiron and Neptune will make their final conjunction in the next lunar cycle on February 16, 2010.

The Veil (Lacework) Nebula

"The Veil Nebula (NGC 6960) is part of a supernova remnant known as the Cygnus Loop. It is the shattered remains of one, and possibly two, supernovae that exploded more than 15,000 years ago at a distance of 2,500 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation of Cygnus, the Swan. At the time of the explosion, it would have been seen as a very bright star, rivaling the crescent Moon. The bright star near the center of the image, known as 52 Cygnus, is not associated with the supernova."

This image of the Veil (Lacework) Nebula was taken with the Mosaic camera on the WIYN 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory (Arizona). Image & caption credit: T. A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage and WIYN/NOAO/AURA/NSF

The synthesis of Venus, Chiron and Neptune support new visions of the heart and of art. It inspires us to continue to evolve and cross a new visionary bridge into the future. We might say that this cycle brings the Jupiter-Chirion-Neptune synodic theme into the personal realm of our lives--with motivation to live our dreams of the heart.

Like the Jupiter-Chiron-Neptune synod, the Venus-Chiron-Neptune synod occurs on the cusp of sidereal Aquarius, which is marked by the wing of Cygnus the Swan, which extends from Sadr, the heart of the Swan, to Gienah, the tip of the wing. We also have the Veil (Lacework) Nebula residing on the wing near Gienah as well.

This point in the ecliptic is where we are motivated to strip off the cloaks of personality-based facades and shenanigans to reveal true heart-level self and to live from our deeper hearts' truth for the greater nourishment of all. Sadr, the heart, and the wing of Cygnus lift us from a self-centered exclusive focus to a more embracing and inclusive level of participation. This marks the start of the true humanitarian facet of the zodiak.

To live a lie in attempt to protect others from their own emotions is to deny others the opportunity for their own growth, as well as to deny our selves the opportunity to grow and change. This act lowers our resonance into a sympathetic vibration, which only perpetuates conditions we would really like to change. Living true to self is the real gift we have to offer each other. To be humanitarian is not about self-sacrifice or creating dependence, it is about living in our personal integrity and supporting others to do the same. From this stance we allow a natural spiral of creative growth to carry us forward into a new humanitarian-based era.

Also marking the cusp of sidereal Aquarius and conjoining Sadr of Cygnus is the Quasar 2134+004, which resides in Aquarius. This Quasar inspires us to enter deep within self and to bring forth our unique substance and soul essence that is of true value to each other and to the world, rather than projecting just superficial skin-deep appearances or false facades common to earlier sidereal Capricorn. Here we are motivated to demonstrate our capacity to participate with true humanitarian vision, with interest for all rather than for the manipulation of an exclusive few.

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 February 5 in sidereal Libra and conjoins the asteroid Pallas. The Moon and Pallas nest between the ecliptical longitudes of the two principal stars of Libra, Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali. Pallas lies north of the ecliptic under the head of the serpent's head reaching for the Northern Crown.

Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali in modern illustrations are shown as the scales or balance of Libra. In a much older imaging however, these stars were the claws of the Scorpion--an image revealing a far greater understanding about our incarnational experience and purpose on Earth. Exploring the embracing mythical picture of this part of the heavens (extending through Virgo-Libra-Scorpio) provides greater context and a deeper understanding of Libra's balance.

Although the constellation of Virgo begins at the Leo / Virgo cusp, it extends well into the first half of the sidereal sign of Libra. The Virgin lies supine with her head at the beginning of Virgo, which lies under the Halo of the Virgin marked by our Super Galactic Centre--the spiritual center in which our galaxy nests). The Virgin's base chakra (Spica, Alpha Virgo) marks the cusp of Virgo / Libra, while the Virgin's legs extend well into Libra, with her feet marking the center (15°) of sidereal Libra. The constellation of Virgo embraces about 46 degrees of the zodiak--the longest of the zodiakal constellations.

The two primary stars of Libra, Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali, respectively lie just past the feet of the Virgin, at about 20° and 24° sidereal Libra. However, in our older mythical image the chelae of Scorpion extend from the east, from the head of the Scorpion in early sidereal Scorpio, back into sidereal Libra, with Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali marking the open claws of the Scorpion. Zubenelgenubi is the southern claw (residing on the ecliptic) and Zubeneschamali is the northern claw, (residing a bit north of the ecliptic).

The over all image here is of the Virgin giving birth into the Chelae of the Scorpion, an image that articulates the reincarnational birthing of the soul into a process of soul growth gained through the balance of human experience while in the forces of duality. This mythical articulation was destroyed in recent (Chaldaean / Roman) times: The Scorpion's Chelae and the Virgin's legs were severed from our stellar mythos, and so too its profound significance. This is why our modern image of Libra is considered to be the scales of justice--implying the need to experience both sides (a balance) of human experience in order to gain self-mastery as an incarnating soul. It does not imply the guilt trip laden idea of paying for misdeeds deemed by a mediating and governing church-state that pretends to stand between an incarnate soul and God--a ploy used by the church-state puppet-masters to control and manipulate the masses. Nor does it refer to paying for past deeds done in a prior incarnation. Here, in the reincarnational clutches of the Scorpion, the incarnating soul learns self-responsibility and self-mastery, to claim the true freedom that the scales of Libra stand for, by choice, by choosing to move from the patterns and scenarios of the past (Zubenelgenubi) and to participate in a new way, to step into a new way of being, upon a new path of experience --in essence to complete one's destiny or incarnational purpose of soul growth.

Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali are the karmic and dharmic seats for humanity, the former about our past experience and patterns of growth, and the latter about our future path of experience and growth, that which we have yet to do, our capacity, or duty in a sense, to do it differently--to grow and change.

Alignments with Zubenelgenubi, the southern claw, indicate a responsibility to address or complete any entrapping situations--unfinished business, or simply entrapping patterns and scenarios in this life. Zubenelgenubi also marks Saturn's exalted location in the ecliptic. Saturn is often called the lord of karmic retribution. Alignments with Zubeneschamali, the northern claw, indicate a responsibility to step forward from our past patterns of growth and life scenarios into our intended new experience, into our future destiny, by taking the responsibility to choose a new experience, to choose a new way, a new participation. It is through this balance of experience that we free ourselves from our past, or better to say, that fulfills our past.

The Veil (Lacework) Nebula

Pallas Athene
(Image in the Public Domain)

Further articulating this theme is the neck and head of the serpent, held in the hand of Ophiuchus, reaching for the Northern Crown, which lies north of the chelae; and the stars of the Centaur, teacher of self-mastery in the physical world, which lie south of the chelae.

The Centaur teaches the right way to live to attain this evolutionary freedom. Ophiuchus, standing on the Scorpion, is demonstrable example of one who has achieved this equilibrium, this evolutionary freedom. He, holding the serpent reaching (or pointing) to the Northern Crown, indicates the ideal the goal to ultimately free self from the clutches of the Scorpion, which is done in the balance attained my stepping form the past (karmic) patterns one's (dharmic) future. The Northern Crown articulates this freedom or fulfillment.

The asteroid Pallas, in its immature expression manifests as "spiteful withdrawal" and "side-taking," which can in-turn manifest as self-sabotage due to judgments about use of power. Mature Pallas embodies the artful expression of creative intelligence and soul wisdom that has been claimed from the integration of past experience in duality--from having been on both sides of the fence at one time or another in our incarnational experience. This experiential wisdom provides a foundation to express non-judgment in courageous solution. Mature Pallas expresses artistic creative intelligence from the integration of the masculine and feminine principles, from unification beyond the judgments of one side verses the other. Pallas is the applier and defender of wisdom and truth; the expression of intellect in craft--inventiveness. Mature Pallas accepts personal responsibility for having co-created one's experience; i.e. resolution of victim consciousness. Pallas asks for artistic expression of our creative intelligence for solution beyond duality's paradox. Pallas significantly effects emotional and physical equilibrium. Pallas has the capacity to link, unify and bring together, and has wonderful perceptual skills for planning and public relations. Pallas is often prominent in the charts of artists and politicians. Mythological Pallas Athene is the goddess of Wisdom, born from the head (wisdom) of Zeus. Pallas was strong-willed and would act on her own knowledge and wisdom, and preferred artful diplomacy rather than conflict, but was ready to fight if need be. Pallas is commonly called both the Warrior Woman and the Peaceful General.

The Interlocking Yodes: Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn, and Mars

Mars Jupiter Pluto Saturn Interlocking Yods

Interlocking Yods

Starting on the Last Quarter Moon of February 5 and continuing through the New Moon of February 13-14, two interlocking Yods form and disperse.

As Jupiter moves from its conjunction with Neptune and Chiron, which occurred in 2009, to its conjunction with Uranus later in 2010 and partakes in forming the Jupiter-Pluto-Saturn T-square mid-year, Jupiter makes a brief aspect with the second Saturn-Pluto square and retrograde Mars. This occurs in the first two weeks of February, in the latter half of this lunar cycle. During this time, the four planets create two interlocking Yods: Jupiter and Pluto (sextile) create a Yod with Mars (the Yod apex); and Mars and Saturn (sextile) create a Yod with Jupiter (the Yod Apex).

Now, as we emerge from the second Saturn-Pluto square, and as the interlocking Yods occur with Mars and Jupiter, we are motivated to initiate expansive action. This movement however does not occur on its own. It is up to us to creatively make this move from what may see like a motionless and undefined opening (occurring throughout late December and January), an opening that remains stagnant without initiating dynamic creative active. A Yod, also called a "Finger of God," formed by inconjuncts (150° harmonics), demands we apply our creativity toward the apex of the Yod, lest we merely remain in an oscillatory mode, in this case floating in the "challenge to change" that is being created by the Saturn-Pluto square--This opening will climax in the July-August Jupiter-Pluto-Saturn T-square. Now, February-March, marks the time when it is up to us to initiate an active role to step through this portal of dramatic change.

Mars and Jupiter Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, now through the remainder of this lunar cycle is an ideal time to work with the Mars and Jupiter 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.

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 Swan (Omega) Nebula

The Swan (Omega) Nebula

This object also often called the Omega Neblula or rarely the Horseshoe Nebula. This image is deep enough that the "swan-ness" of the nebula is lost in the convoluted turmoil of gas and dust. However if you squint at the screen, you will find that the brightest parts of the nebula make a convincing bird floating on the water with the head (dark area) on the left and the wings extending up and to the right. The body of the Swan is about twelve lightyears long, but that is only the brightest portion. There are fainter, irregular clumps of gas that stretch for forty lightyears or more.
Image & Caption Credit: Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

The Balsamic Moon occurs on February 9 in sidereal Sagittarius and conjoins Pluto. The Moon conjoins the hand and bow of the Zen Archer created by Meridionalis (the hand) and Kaus Aus and Bor (the bow). Also conjoining is SGR XR-4, an x-ray emitting globular cluster; and Alpha Telescopium, which lies just south of the bow.

Here we find undaunted strength, focus and purpose with a sure and stable stance that makes it possible to see and achieve our long-term (soul-level) goals. This point in the ecliptic is about our Zen stance, how to hit the target of our ideals, aspirations and dreams, which is an all or nothing deal. Athletes know the principle of the Zen archer's bow well. To achieve one's goals, whether a golfer, pole-vaulter, billiards player, skier, archer, or martial artist, the stance or form one holds is essential. Only if the archer is holding the bow as if it is an integrated part of the body will the arrow hit the target. Only will the skier be able to take on the most challenging of slopes if the skies are felt as extensions of one's legs, firmly and gracefully moving in concert with the entire body. Only will the billiards player make the pocket if the entire body stance is solid, with the cue nesting in a properly formed bridge made by the hand. Simply this can be called our Zen, a whole body form or stance requiring all of our focused awareness expressed from our core and throughout our entire being. The SGR XR-4 x-ray source inspires the undaunted nature of the Zen archer, the means to access the divine power to pierce the veils of illusion and express the greater transcendent galactic truth.

Telescopium, underlying the centaur, reveals an additional facet of the Sagittarian theme, of having a Zen stance, and the stability and strength of the Zen Archer's bow. Telescopium articulates our long-range soul purpose seen with penetrating vision, which is common to the Zen Archer's approach in life. Alpha Telescopium suggests that we look past or through the distractions around us to focus in upon only the target of our highest ideals and dreams.

This Pluto Balsamic Moon may have us first looking back over that which had been dismantled in our lives but only to realize the opportunistic opening it has provided; and to now turn our attention forward with undaunted focus to move confidently into the future. It is this "seed" that will sprout into a new theme on the following New Moon.

The Venus-Jupiter Synodic Cycle

Venus and Jupiter create their synod in mid-sidereal Aquarius on February 10, 2010, just after the Balsamic Moon in our "focus to the future" day of the lunar cycle. This is a 238-day cycle, continuing through October 6, 2010. Of course these two make a wonderful paring--commonly considered a vastly expanded heart. This synodic cycle theme is defined by Baham, Theta Pegasus; Sadachbia, Gamma Aquarius; Skat, Delta Aquarius; and Zeta Aquarius.

The Pelican Nebula in Cygnus

Pelican Nebula Ionization Front
The Pelican Nebula is located a few degrees east of Deneb in the constellation Cygnus, about 1,800 light-years distant from Earth. The Image was taken by the MOSAIC CCD camera of the Mayall 4-meter reflector telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, USA; and was produced by NOAO Survey Program "Deep Imaging Survey of Nearby Star-Forming Clouds" Image credit: John Bally (U. Colorado), Bo Reipurth (U. Hawaii)/NOAO/AURA/NSF

Aquarius, the humanitarian waterbearer, nourishes the body of humanity, articulated by Pisces Australis and the star Fomalhaut (which conjoins Deneb of Cygnus, also Sadalmelik of Aquarius and Enif of Pegasus). Fomalhaut, one of the four Royal Stars, embodies the essence of a humanitarian-based society, one in which basic human needs are met for all people. Orcus' perihelion lies just north of a prominent asterism (to skywatchers) composed of Sadachbia, Pi (Seat), Epsilon, and Zeta, which create a 4-star "Y"--a symbol used in electronics to denote an antenna--that which transmits and receives, is expressive/receptive. Sadachbia of Aquarius is the "lucky star of hidden things." Sadachbia indicates a physical gift of extreme value to be discovered, revealed, claimed or given. The "Y" of stars is generally depicted as the Urn of Aquarius--from where the nourishing humanitarian waters flow.

Skat, Delta Aquarius, is "star of the foundation," marking the shinbone of the waterbearer. Skat is of humanitarian philanthropic foundations, organizations, and business vessels through which material and financial support can flow for future-oriented humanitarian focused projects and for the nourishment of an evolved human society flourishing in the arts and sciences. Skat inspires action in support this pursuit. Skat is possibly derived from the Arabic Al Sak (the shinbone) or from Al Shi'at, meaning a wish (Allen).

Pegasus, in general, is of strength and support, that which lifts humanity above the entrapping forces and scenarios common to a less than socially mature world. Enif, Baham and Homam are a group of fortuitous stars that lie over the Aquarian waterbearer, forming the head of Pegasus. Enif of Pegasus, the nose of the flying horse, brings intuitiveness and sensitivity to the humanitarian / Aquarian pursuit. Enif is characteristic of altruistic people, those with the intuitive awareness to recognize what is of essence, of value, and worthy of humanitarian support. It is of those who are capable of providing material and financial support and who have the sensitivity to do so. Enif asks us to follow our intuition to do that which is truly supportive to our greater well being and to those around us. Homam, Zeta Pegasus, is "lucky star of the hero," also "lucky star of the high-minded man." Homam, Baham, and Enif embodies the essence of the Pegasus theme in its wisdom. Homan and Baham inspire the inner drive to find a solution to our basic human needs. All of these stars are of achievement and success.

This is one of the purest areas of resonance in the ecliptic and one of the most fortuitous--the mid-point of sidereal Aquarius is the Angel Point of the Zodiak.


Our next New Moon occurs on February 13-14, 2009 on the cusp of sidereal Aquarius conjoining Sadr--the Heart the Swan. More to come then.


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