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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 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).
This New Moon conjoins Neptune and the Centaur Chiron exactly on the cusp of sidereal Aquarius. The cuspal stars of sidereal Aquarius along with Chiron and Neptune set the theme of this lunar month. Sadr of Cygnus, the heart of the Swan, marks the Aquarian cusp along with the beautiful Lacework Nebula, which lies upon the wing of the Cygnus. This marks the start of the revolutionary, visionary and humanitarian facet of the zodiak. Chiron and Neptune have been conjoining for several months, and now, in this lunar cycle, they will begin their new ~85-year (synodic) cycle, with the same theme as this lunar cycle's. The Chiron-Neptune synthesis, in part, inspires us to create entirely new revolutionary and visionary alternatives to cross the vast abyss we may currently face in our lives--to create a new world paradigm.
Juno, the asteroid of covenant relations and mutual equality, begins a new ~4.4-year (synodic) cycle with Sedna, a recently discovered and distant minor planet. This occurs on the New Moon as well. Sedna embodies the essence of the feminine principle's long-standing suppression into the depths of collective consciousness, and our need for the feminine essence to re-emerge as an equal and active participant in the global arena. The stars in late sidereal Aries define the theme of this cycle--an energetically eruptive area of the zodiak, but also of a regenerative nature, where we build momentum for a new expression, one that must emerge.
Mercury plays a catalytic role in this lunar cycle as it triggers new shorter-term cycles with several planets, including Pluto, the Centaur Nessus, Chiron and Neptune, Jupiter and Uranus. Mercury's role in this lunar cycle, stimulates movement in the logistical aspects of our lives; and especially stimulates the new Chiron-Neptune theme.
Venus and Uranus also begin a new 227-day synodic cycle on the cusp of the wet, sensual, emotional, psychic and amorphous world of sidereal Pisces, the first of many Venus-Uranus synods to occur in sidereal Pisces, and on the stimulus to action First Quarter Moon. In general, Venus and Uranus inspire new explorations and expressions of the heart, and in relationships; and also new ways for creating richness in our lives.
A Jupiter-Sun Full Moon produces revelations about the current Earth-Jupiter cycle that began on August 14, 2009 in a fortuitous area of late sidereal Capricorn--defined by the star Nashira of Capricorn, and the stars of Delphinus and Guis. The Full Moon itself occurs in mid-sidereal Leo; while Jupiter (and the Sun) reside in mid-sidereal Aquarius, the angel point of the zodiak, as Jupiter makes its way from its recent conjunction with Chiron and Neptune, to prominently conjoin Uranus, which begins in early June and will continue into early 2011.
Most significantly, Mars completes its retrograde in this lunar cycle, on March 10, which brings an end to what may have seemed like a sluggish past three-month period. This marks the full commencement of the new and significant 780-day Earth-Mars synodic cycle, defined by the stars of mid-sidereal Cancer. This new Mars cycle inspires assertive and expansive creative action to help us emerge from the behavioral patterns and antiquated beliefs of the past that keep us buried in darkness or delusion. It inspires us to have the tenacity to overcome and to emerge into a new light of being. This Earth-Mars cycle will continue through March 3, 2012, into our next Mars retrograde.
These are just a few of many events occurring in this lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events and more, based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.
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.
"The Veil or Lacework Nebula (NGC 6960)
Image Credit: NASA; Hubble
Aquarius is of vision and creativity, revolutionary and unpredictable, original, eccentric and innovative. Aquarians support "the future well being of Humanity." They are visionaries seeking to support humanitarian pursuits especially in the arts and sciences, an evolved societal structure, that which the nourishing flowing waters of the Waterbearer are intended.
This New Moon (Feb 13 MST: Feb 14 GMT), conjoining Neptune and the Centaur Chiron, lies exactly on the cusp of sidereal Aquarius. The Aquarian cusp is marked by Sadr, the heart or breast of the Swan. The southern wing of Cygnus extends from Sadr to Gienah, and to Zeta, the tip of the wing. The beautiful Veil (or Lacework) Nebula resides near Gienah. Also of some influence is fortuitous Sadalsuud of Aquarius; Deneb Algedi of Capricorn; Delta Equuleus, the foal; and the tip of the tail of the Fox, Vulpecula.
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, honoring the uniqueness of all. This marks the start of the revolutionary, visionary and humanitarian facet of the zodiak.
To live a lie in attempt to fit in or to protect others from their own emotions is to deny others the opportunity for their own growth, as well as to deny ourselves 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.
Seeking sameness leads to separation.
Honoring uniqueness leads to wholeness.
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.
This first degree of sidereal Aquarius embodies the full potential of our originality, and it supports the expression of our uniqueness in new and original ways.
Chiron and Neptune have been conjoining for several months, and now, the essence of their conjunction significantly adds to this month's lunar theme. Chiron and Neptune will begin their new ~85-year synodic cycle just after the Gibbous Moon, on February 26. The Chiron-Neptune synodic theme is the same as this lunar cycle's theme. The Chiron-Neptune synthesis, in part, inspires us to create entirely new, revolutionary and visionary alternatives to cross the vast abyss currently upon us. It may also require we discern that which are real alternatives that can truly form a bridge into the future from those that are impractical fantasy. Either way, the point is not for us to fix or re-build that which is crumbling around us, but to create a new world paradigm, a new societal structure fitting to our emerging new world consciousness.
Our Chiron-Neptune New Moon theme thus inspires us to apply the visions, ideals, and dreams that we have been formulating, and to take revolutionary and bold steps that materialize our way into the future.
The asteroid Juno and newly discovered Sedna begin a new ~4.4-year synodic cycle just hours after the New Moon. Juno is the asteroid of covenant relations, soul colleagues, and partnerships of all types--those of an intimate or personal nature, those of business and politics, and those between nations of the world. More importantly, Juno is about how we interrelate in those partnerships. In an astrological chart, Juno indicates the nature of the issues and opportunities in our significant relations. Mature Juno is diplomatic, tactful, cooperative, and mutually trusting. Mature Juno expresses with a sense of equality within self that provides the ability to draw true partners and those of equality into one's life. There is an acceptance of another's truth or opinion without need to challenge or debate. There is an ability to honor and support others in their own choices and decisions. Mature Juno expresses self-confidence in humbleness and without defense.
Immature Juno can express as superiority / inferiority complexes, which can produce unhealthy competitiveness, defensiveness, lack of self-confidence, arrogance and judgment of others. It can also produce motive to unconsciously manipulate others; which in turn can result in power struggles, contention, betrayal, bitterness, and resentment. Immature Juno can express as jealousy and possessiveness, which can spiral into dictating behavior--telling others what they should or should not do--minding others' business instead of our own. This can also express as a need to fix others or have them change or leave, rather than working on our own issues that may surface while in our partnerships. It requires mutual support and unconditional love to allow each other to grow and change through whatever issues surface. Until we do so, we will continually draw others into our lives that reflect or stimulate those unresolved issues; that is, relationships of inequality or non-compatibility that perpetually provide intense lessons only for both parties. In essence, we hold away, through our own inner emotional resonance, relations that allow harmonious co-participation in pursuing our greater aspirations in life. I only expound on these Juno-related issues, because this emotional immaturity is that which underlies much of the conflict, war and manipulation occurring in our world. People often think that becoming more spiritual is the answer to our conflicts in life, the wars and injustice in our world, something about how one thinks; but ignoring the most fundamental, that is, maturing emotionally--the crux of the issue.
Sedna, although new to our astrological exploration, appears to embody the essence of the long-suppressed feminine principle in our world into the depths of collective consciousness, and our need for the feminine essence to re-emerge as an equal and active participant in the global arena. More about Sedna.
The stars defining this new 4.4-year long cycle reside in late sidereal Aries. They are Botein of Aries and Rana of Eridanus.
Botein, although meaning the belly (of the Ram) actually marks the hind foot. Botein can 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 of an energetic potential about to erupt.
Rana of Eridanus, conjoining Botein, marks 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 for regeneration in preparation for what is yet to come.
Overall, this location in the ecliptic 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, competitive, even somewhat hostile. Thus it requires a need to channel this energy. Either way, it asks us to trust instinct rather than reason.
This cycle is very supportive of our need as human race to emotionally mature to the point where there can be, first the confident emergence of women (and the feminine principle in general) into their rightful place in the world; and secondly for there to be harmonious and mutually supportive relationships between men and women--an entwined creative spiral formed by the masculine and feminine principles in the world and in our lives.
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 February 17-18 resides in sidereal Pisces and conjoins Alderamin of Cepheus; Alpheratz of Andromeda; and the Irregular Galaxy IC 1613 in Cetus. Also of influence is Nodus Secundus of Draco.
Alpheratz is one of four stars of the Great Square of Pegasus and is part of Andromeda and Pegasus both. As Alpha Andromeda, it is the head of the princess in chains. By its alternative name Sirrah, it is Delta Pegasus.
Alpheratz is unadulterated, innocent, naive, uncorrupted by evil, wrong-doing or malice; and holds a position of extraordinary honor and advantage--this star often portending success and riches through social popularity and achievement in business.
Although the stage setting in which Andromeda is trapped (chained to rocks about to be devoured by Cetus) seems complex, two primary things must occur for her freedom. One is an inner metamorphosis, a psycho-emotional maturing into the readiness to receive aid, the other is the assistance from her destined partner, who also had to mature through his own initiatory rite. (The story of Perseus and Royal Family)
Often time, we are ready to change only when in the chains of the human struggle. And our inner readiness precedes receiving support to change. Forceful attempts to break free before we are ready only tighten the chain of bondage. Here lies our need to break free from the human mold, from the genetic, cultural, and personal pattering forming our lives. Andromeda represents the struggle for freedom from the collective and tormenting forces of the psycho-emotional human world, to claim our true galactic birthright and evolutionary destiny. Alpheratz's fortuitous position ultimately brings success and reward in this worthy pursuit.
Alignments with Alpheratz can indicate being caught in the power plays unconsciously created by the arrogance or denials of others. Alpheratz can also indicate our vulnerability to the emotional and psychic delusions of others, especially those in our genealogical line or karmic past--often manifesting as elaborate emotional dramatics. Alpheratz asks us to get un-entangled from the human psycho-emotional drama, or accept a sentence of bondage not rightfully ours.
Alderamin is the head of king Cepheus, often portraying one in an authoritative position. Alderamin can expresses as denial, avoidance, or turning one's head from dealing with the manipulative power plays causing our or other people's entrapment, and the unwillingness to do anything about them. Here we can live in submission to manipulative forces rather than to stand up for self and for those unjustly punished, even when it is our responsibility to do so. Alderamin ultimately comes to aid, but often after an initial aloofness. Alpheratz and Alderamin amalgamate to form a fortunate outcome, but sometimes drawn out through the emotional Piscean waters, and a long period of unwillingness or simple naiveté to look at and acknowledge how we may be immersed in a pool of psycho-emotional denial.
In the far northern heavens is Nodus Secundus of Draco, the second node or fold in the Dragon. This is the Delta star of Draco, also called Altais, and also Aldib, meaning Atlas of the Heavens. Altais lies about 4° from the North Ecliptic Pole. Altais adjoins the stellar themes of the irregular shaped galaxy IC 1613 of Cetus, Alpheratz of Cassiopea, and Alderamin of Cetus. The Irregular Galaxy IC 1613 of Cetus, which nests slightly south of the ecliptic, can manifests as awry psycho-emotional life scenarios by which we may seemed helplessly trapped. The Second Node of the Dragon can indicate initiatory lessons to claim our own power regarding this theme, to stand in our soul integrity rather than turning our heads in arrogant denial and falling into a sense of perpetual helplessness.
Here we are asked to become attentive to the fact that our intent of purpose can be diverted and dispersed by psycho-emotional forces that congest us when toxic physical conditions exist either in ourselves or in our environments, or when we are naive to such forces, or simply in mental-emotional denial about them. Our psycho-emotional fog can then perpetuate confused life scenarios, antiquated involvements, or entrapments that are no longer in our highest interest nor serving our well-being, especially regarding our fundamental physical needs and emotional desires.
Our Crescent Moon suggests a need to un-entangle ourselves from any psychic-emotional entrapments we may experience in our lives so we can move forward in this lunar cycle, and to make the crossing this lunar cycle offers.
Computer Model of Vesta Credit: Ben Zellner (Georgia Southern University), Peter Thomas (Cornell University) and NASA
Earth and the asteroid Vesta begin a new 533-day synodic cycle within an hour after the Crescent Moon. Mythological Vesta is the revered goddess of the Vestal Virgins, the daughter of Rhea and Saturn, the eldest sister of Jupiter, and is keeper of the sacred fire on Mt. Olympus--meaning keeper of the eternal flame (truth) of the soul. Fire, the element of Vesta, is purifying for the soul--serving to enlighten. Vesta and the Vestal Virgins were highly valued and trusted for speaking the truth. They kept and protected all important documents and records. It is interesting that the computer model of Vesta looks somewhat like a brain.
Vesta is the asteroid of focus, dedication & commitment; of physical, emotional, and mental clarity; of self-respect; and of sexual openness and of its mysteries (knowledge). Vesta brings a capacity to be pure within self at all levels for the expression of our highest potential and true essence. Vesta is of strength, purity, and perfection--of total dedication to purpose. Vesta brings attention to that which is of true importance and will ignite and burn away that which is not so we can become clear.
Potential Vesta issues are: scatteredness, with an inability to focus, commit or carry through; and avoidance of one's true purpose. Vesta can express as denials to address the mental, emotional and physical purification to support being a pure bio-logical vessel for the expression of Spirit (or one's true soul essence)--the requirements to express our true soul intent and purpose. Vesta issues can manifest as fear of commitment, fear of sex and intimacy in all of its forms, and an invalidation of the emotional and physical aspects of self.
Regulus is shaped like an egg due to its rapid spin. At five times the diameter of our own Sun, Regulus completes a rotation in only 15.9 hours, where as our Sun takes 24 days to rotate once). This extreme rotational speed gives Regulus a bulge. Regulus is spinning at 86% of its breakup speed. Any faster, the star would rip apart. Our sun's equatorial spin speed is roughly 4,500 miles per hour. Regulus' equatorial spin speed is nearly 700,000 miles per hour at its diameter, about five times greater than our sun's. Regulus is also traveling through the galaxy at a direction along it polar axis.
Technical info and pic credit: Hal McAlister et al. (2005, astro-ph/0501261), director of Georgia State University's Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy, using the CHARA array.
This new Earth-Vesta synodic cycle's theme is defined by Regulus, Alpha Leo. Regulus is "Chief or King of the Four Royal Stars" (Regulus Fomalhaut, Aldebaran, and Antares). Throughout antiquity Regulus was associated with royalty and kings (the colors royal blue and gold). Its name is given as "the Regulus" or "the Rex," meaning the "Law Giver." Regulus is considered the governing king of the four royals for several reasons. It lies almost exactly upon the ecliptic, thus, once a year around Aug 22-23, during Earth's orbit around the sun, the sun occults Regulus. Residing at 5° sidereal Leo, Regulus is the only one of the four royal stars prominently aspecting Earth's Precessional Holy Cross (the Gate of God at 5° Sag and the Gate of Man at 5° Gemini), both in longitude and in latitude. The Rex is therefore an administrative seat, a foundational star insuring integrity and order.
On the personal level, Regulus is about our inner "vertical integrity," that is, living true to self; openly on world stage. This means walking in confidence and with self-respect, aligned with the truth in our hearts, in thought, word, and deed. Our personal integrity, our inner vertical attunement, must precede any horizontal, humanitarian participation in the world (Leo's opposite Aquarian pole). Without this inner integrity we become self-sacrificing, entrapped in a sympathetic resonance of dance, giving self away at the cost of our hearts' truth. This perpetuates discord and dysfunction for self and for others because we are simply living a lie. Only by living our hearts' truths do we provide opportunity for others to also stand in integrity and live theirs. Significant alignments with Regulus can indicate those with a prominent role in the global arena or those on stage.
This new 533-day Earth-Vesta Cycle, in-part, invites us to align ourselves within, to sever external psychic or emotional strings we may project toward others or external involvements that may drain our energy, that may hold us in a dysfunctional sympathetic resonance, and that may divert us from living in our integrity, true to self.
The previous Earth-Vesta synod occurred on October 30, 2008 at ~12 sidereal Aries--presented in the October 28, 2008 Lunar Planner. The following Earth-Vesta synod will occur on Aug 5, 2011 in sidereal Capricorn.
On February 21, the day of "external stimulus to action," leading into the First Quarter Moon, the Sun, Venus and Uranus align, which begins a new 227-day Venus-Uranus synodic cycle on the cusp of the wet, sensual, emotional, psychic and amorphous world of sidereal Pisces, the first of many Venus-Uranus synods to occur in sidereal Pisces.
Venus is a harmonizing and balancing force, bringing harmony and equipoise. Venus is of love, unconditional acceptance; appreciation of beauty, art and abundance. Venus is of trust in self, courage, self-confidence, intuitive knowing, and awareness of soul intent and purpose. Venus is of openness, intimacy, rapture and eroticism. Venus (heart chakra and thymus) is our capacity to embrace new experience, to receive and give love. Venus is also sociable, fashionable, artistic, good willed, benevolent and diplomatic. Venus is magnetic, sensuous, and attractive.
Uranus is a freeing force. Uranus inspires change, spontaneity, and the expression of individuality. Uranus is radical, non-conforming, and electrical; is uninhibited by convention and establishment. Uranus brings the ability to break away from the past or the established; to explore and create new frontiers in consciousness. Uranus has a future focus and orientation, is of appreciation of excellence and perfection. Uranus stimulates a higher mind prowess--telepathy, clairvoyance, alternative thinking, mental quickness and alertness, and all super-consciousness functions and mechanisms. Uranus brings the ability to explore and work with higher principles, orders, and sciences.
In general, the Venus-Uranus synthesis stimulates new explorations and expressions of the heart and in relationships; and also stimulates new ways for creating income, richness, beauty and abundance in our lives. A Venus-Uranus synthesis frees the heart to fly, to break away from that which is oppressive to the heart, or from that which squelches our hearts' unique expression.
The Piscean cusp is marked by "the circlet" of stars that mark the head of the southern / western fish. Here we cross the cusp from high-minded and radical Aquarius into the palpable and emotional world of life. Lying north of the circlet and marking this Piscean cusp is the Matar on the left forearm of Pegasus, which marks the emotional gush point in the zodiak. Matar is from Al Sa‘d al Matar--the Fortunate Rain--which articulates movement from high mental and social activity of later sidereal Aquarius, and the vulnerability to psychic manipulation and entrapment that living in the mind alone can cause, exemplified by the Zetas of Reticuli, which mark the end of Aquarius, to the wet, sensual, emotional, psychic and amorphous world of sidereal Pisces and the aquatics.
This Venus-Uranus synod occurring on the cusp of sidereal Pisces invites us to breakaway away from anything that would keep us from expressing passion and feeling, the emotion of the heart; especially the sensual aspect of Venus. It invites a fresh new radical exploration and expression of our hearts' truth. This cycle will continue through October 6, 2010.
The entire inspirational first quarter of this lunar cycle, from New Moon to First Quarter Moon, has an underlying current about getting emotionally clear, centered and focused.
The California Nebula in Perseus NGC 1499
On the right leg of Perseus just north of Menkib
"NASA/courtesy of nasaimages.org."
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 February 21-22 in sidereal Taurus. It lies just past the Pleiades and conjoins Mirphak, Alpha Perseus; Zeta Perseus and the X-Perseus neutron star, which (along with Atik) form the right foot of Perseus; and the southern Quasar 3C110 of Eridanus, lying upon the river of life.
Mirphak, a fortuitous star, considered the elbow of Perseus, embodies the totality and success of all that our hero Perseus embodies. Mirphak inspires responsible action to claim the true gift from the inner refinement we have gained through our past initiatory fires. Here we must acknowledge that our trials had to precede stepping forth into a greater fulfillment and our future destiny.
Conjoining Mirphak is the right foot of Perseus (created by Atik, Omi Perseus; Zeta Perseus; and the intense neutron star, XPerseus). Zeta and X-Perseus brings a powerful capacity to infuse the spiritual power gained from our initiations in life and to manifest our longer-term purpose and destiny in the physical world. This point in the ecliptic inspires bold and dynamic physical action.
Also adding to this theme is Quasar 3C110 of Eridanus, the River of Life. Eridanus is of the soul's evolutionary journey through incarnate life. Eridanus is a very long constellation, starting at the star Kursa, which lies near enterprising Rigel of Orion (in late sidereal Taurus), and winds its way from Orion, backward in the ecliptic (east to west), through Aries where it reversing direction twice, then continues into Pisces and completes its journey in sidereal Aquarius at the star Achernar, the river's end. The stars of Eridanus reveal the nature of the trials and rewards the incarnating soul encounters throughout life’s winding and initiatory sojourn.
Quasar 3C110 of Eridanus, conjoining Mirphak and the foot of Perseus, inspires us to apply a laser like focus to mold what may have been a physical barrier into the very means to accomplish our greater purpose and vision.
Thus, our First Quarter Moon's "stimulus" inspires dynamic physical action from the inner emotional clarity and integrity we were invited to get in touch with earlier in this lunar cycle--add to keep in mind; the Chiron-Neptune New Moon theme; and the new synodic cycles set into motion during the first quarter of this lunar cycle: the Juno-Sedna cycle; the Earth-Vesta cycle; and especially the new Venus-Uranus synodic cycle.
The asteroid Vesta and the newly discovered planet Orcus align with the Sun on February 22-23, which marks the start of a new 3.7-year Vesta-Orcus synodic cycle.
Orcus was discovered on Feb 19, 2004. Although Orcus is a bit smaller than Pluto, Orcus has a nearly identical orbital size, orbital period (year), and orbital inclination. However, Orcus' orbital plane's orientation in our solar system is tilted in the opposite direction from Pluto's. For this reason, I tend to think of Orcus as Pluto's compliment. Just as Pluto has Charon as its primary moon, so too does Orcus have a moon, Vanth, discovered on Nov 13, 2005. Just as Pluto and Charon are considered a dual planetary system, so is Orcus and Vanth.
Although new to the astrological world and thus with an astrological influence not yet fully comprehended, based on Orcus' orbital parameters, Orcus addresses how we are applying our personal will for the greater well being of all humanity; how we are contributing to human society. Orcus' nodal axis motivates the use of our day-to-day lives, our daily activity for soul's greater purpose on Earth. Orcus seems to express a quiet profundity, almost unnoticed as it serves us to get in touch with our deeper soul essence and purpose--the oaths of our souls--what we are really doing here on Earth.
Based upon the discovery circumstances of Orcus in late sidereal Cancer, and its path deep through Hydra, and passing under the auspices of the Head of the Lion, Orcus is currently working with the theme of exploration, of uncovering a blueprint or map that leads to a new picture, a new reality; to help us emerge from the belief structures and constructs of mind that are merely based upon the convenience of our collective consensus. In doing so, Orcus may force us to confront the fear and loneliness encountered when leaving the apparent safety of mass consensus as we choose to live the unique paths of our souls. Orcus may help us to uncover secret paths obscured by the sands of time, perhaps even oaths we made long ago to enter into the depths of unexplored territory, into new realms of consciousness, that lead us to a new law of life--eventually to a law or orientation that is in integrity to Heart. We will gain more insight into the astrological role of Orcus as the astrology of Orcus plays out over the years ahead. More about Orcus & Pluto.
This new 3.7-year Vesta-Orcus synodic cycle inspires us to get clear about our soul oath's; and to live them in focused dedication and commitment. This Vesta-Orcus synod occurs slightly past Regulus of Leo, and since occurring just several days past the Earth-Vesta Synod, it thus synthesizes with the Earth-Vesta Synod Regulus synodic cycle theme.
Along with the influence of Regulus, this synod conjoins Megrez and Phecda of the Great Bear; and Praecipua of Leo Minor, the lessor Lion, which lies just north of Leo. Praecipua (Latin) means leader or chief; and like the stars of early Leo, we have a theme of leadership, nobility, and of prominent positions.
Megrez and Phecda inspire us to look at things from a different, alternative, or askew perspective to see what is otherwise not seen--to see that which is behind the scene or creating the appearance. It teaches us discernment, to not be naïve, accepting things from their surface appearance alone. Megrez and Phecda also invite us to look at our selves from an askew perspective to re-examine what drives our persona and the image we project into the world, if it is truly an expression of who we really are, or a mere egoic facade.
This synodic cycle may inspire more of those people with the inner clarity, integrity, and soul awareness to step forth into prominent positions of leadship in the world.
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 February 25 in late sidereal Gemini, which should add to the already social and communicative nature of the Gibbous phase of the lunar cycle.
The Moon conjoins Adhara and Wezen of Canis Major; Gobeisa of Canis Minor; and Pollux of the Gemini Twins, with the Moon nesting between Castor and Pollux. The principle Gibbous Moon star is Pollux.
Although the Twins (Castor and Pollux) are of communication and human betterment, they have in some legend been at odds with each other, a bit argumentative. Here is the Gemini trait of competitiveness, debate, arbitration, and negotiation, but ultimately leading to agreement and solution--hence always inspiring lively conversation.
Castor is the liaison or manger in the world of daily human affairs, and is of partnerships and cooperation. Castor brings resources and people together that serve to get logistics accomplished in the world of business and commerce; whereas Pollux is more of the ambassador and leader, bringing a greater awareness to the efforts of Castor, and uniting groups and factions with concern for the greater evolutionary fulfillment of all parties.
Also entering this band of the ecliptic is Adhara, a part of the hind-quarter of Canis Major; and Gomeisa of Canis minor. Adhara conjoins Castor more so than Pollus; and Gomeisa conjoins Pollux. The Arabic Adhara means virgins (and should not be confused with Aludra, the pure one of the bread, which is nearby in longitude but not in distance). Adhara is the aid, assistant or manager, those in a liaison position in larger cooperative groups or organizations. Adhara inspires co-participation and the emergence of colleagues and friends to lend a hand to Castor's efforts.
Gomeisa is assistant to the principal star of Canis Minor, Procyon, which also conjoins Pollux and which marks the sidereal Gemini-Cancer cusp. Procyon is of larger groups and organizations working for the betterment humanity in business and commerce. Gomeisa can indicate those with special expertise in the area of negotiation and communication, sometimes those that assist such efforts behind the scenes.
Public Relations and liaison articulates the nature of the Twins--linking individuals together in larger groups or organizations that can serve a purpose far greater than the separate parties can accomplish alone. Here we find motivation for the coordination and exchange of resources and information between individuals and groups, and the planning of more encompassing joint ventures.
On February 26, the Chiron-Neptune synod occurs, mentioned at the start of this lunar cycle, initiating the new ~85-year Chiron-Neptune synodic cycle, with a theme the same as this lunar cycle. At the same time (Feb 26-27), Mercury conjoins Neptune and Chiron; and the Moon conjoins Vesta, opposite Mercury-Neptune-Chiron--all adding additional stimulus to engage the New Moon Chiron-Neptune theme in our day-to-day lives.
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.
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.
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 Jupiter 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.
The Full Moon occurs on February 28, 2010 in mid-sidereal Leo. The Sun conjoins Jupiter at the same time, which marks the mid-point of Vision and Realization in the current Earth-Jupiter 399-day synodic cycle, and which began on August 14, 2009. At the time, Earth began compounded synodic cycles with Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune, which were all conjoining. The theme of this very significant and fortuitous compounded synodic cycle was presented in the July 22, 2009 Lunar Planner (worth re-reading).
Thus, this Full Moon not only produces vision and revelation regarding this Chiron-Neptune lunar cycle's theme, but also vision and revelation about the Earth Jupiter-Chiron-Neptune compounded synodic cycle. This Lunar Cycle and this revelatory Full Moon marks a primary turning in the Jupiter-Chiron-Neptune planetary cycles that began several months ago.
The related events:
The Chiron-Neptune New Moon.
The Chiron-Neptune synod (starting the new Chiron-Neptune cycle).
The mid-point of the Earth-Jupiter synodic cycle (which began with the compounded Earth-Jupiter; Earth-Chiron; and Earth-Neptune synods); and with the Earth-Jupiter synodic cycle occurring on this Full Moon, the revelatory point in this Chiron-Neptune lunar cycle.
This Full Moon occurs in mid-sidereal Leo; opposite Sun-Jupiter in mid-sidereal Aquarius--the angel point of the zodiak--a fortuitous location. The Full Moon conjoins Alioth of Ursa Major and the potent seyfert galaxy NGC 4051 also in the Great Bear; Beta Sextans; and Suhail Velorum on the sail of the Argo. This is also the ecliptical longitude of Orcus' aphelion (one of the four principle points in Orcus' orbit).
Alioth and the nearby seyfert galaxy NGC 4051 stimulate the application of personal will. One of the seven rays of the Big Bear, Alioth teaches responsible use of personal will. Thuban of Draco also conjoins Alioth and indicates long established currents and patterns, and Vela X-1, a potent neutron star on the sail of the Argo, also conjoining, creates a relentless drive to apply personal will to affect long-term evolutionary change. In doing so, we become responsible in learning to steer our evolutionary outcome.
The theme of the Sextant (and Beta Sextans) is about navigation. It reveals our need to determine our present position / situation, to set our bearings, and to take a new tack toward the direction we wish to move with conscious consideration for the changing evolutionary winds and currents upon which we ride.
Underlying the first half of sidereal Leo and the northern dynamics of Ursa Major and the world powers is the essence of the Sail of the Argo, Velorum. A trinity of galactic oriented x-ray sources reside here, the Vela Pulsar (Vela X), the Vela X-1 neutron star, and the Pup-A super nova remnant--all providing sublte soul-level evolutionary currents. Being of the Argo, and because the stars of Velorum and these potent x-ray sources lie upon the galactic equator, they are of soul's transcendent evolutionary purpose and mission.
The Arab Suhail articulates the nature of the Sail of the Argo--of the elegant and subtle evolutionary currents guiding the plane (ship) of the soul. "Suhail, among the Persians, is synonymous for wisdom; as in the Al Anwar i Suhaili, the Lights of Canopus. Also a personal title taken in Arabia as a symbol for what is brilliant, glorious, and beautiful--and even by the Arab nomads is still used when referring to a handsome person." (Allen). Hence the general attractiveness of the true Leo. Suhail Velorum is of the transcendent or subtle energy currents that underlie the material world, those that support our greater incarnational sojourn.
The essence of this few degree band of the zodiak is to learn to apply personal will in attunement to the subtle evolutionary currents guiding our soul collective, so as to responsibly influence our evolutionary direction and outcome.
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 March 3 in the first few degrees in sidereal Libra. The Moon lies upon the upper thighs of the Virgin and conjoins Delta Centarui and the Centaurs X-3 Neutron Star; the Theta Carina star cluster of Argo Navis; and Izar of Boötes.
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) just released a magnificent VLT image of the giant stellar nursery surrounding NGC 3603, in which stars are continuously being born. Embedded in this scenic nebula is one of the most luminous and most compact clusters of young, massive stars in our Milky Way, which therefore serves as an excellent “local” analogue of very active star-forming regions in other galaxies. The cluster also hosts the most massive star to be “weighed” so far. MORE ESO IMAGES, VIDEOS & INFO
Early sidereal Libra, at the thighs of the Virgin, is about intimacy, mutual support, and our personal environments. Thighs in general are about support: the back of the thighs are of past support; the front of the thighs are of future support; the outer thighs are of peer and friends' support; and the inner thighs are of intimate support.
Theta Carina "Vathorz Psterior" (of old Norse-Latin origin), means "Succeeding One of the Waterline" referring to the Galactic Equator upon which the Argo sails. Theta Carina lies in the Theta Carina Cluster, a bright open cluster of about 60 stars. The Theta Carina Cluster is sometimes referred to as the Southern Pleiades. Slightly north of Theta Carina is a giant stellar nursery surrounding the nebula NGC 3603, one of most compact clusters of young, massive stars in our Milky Way.
Centaurs X-3 lies exactly on the galactic equator, also above the Theta Carina open star cluster of Argo Navis. Both align closely with Miaplacidus, the Beta star of the Argo. Centaurs X-3 contributes significantly to the theme of early sidereal Libra, accessing galactic currents that provide a greater evolutionary context for evolving souls that transcend this mere lifetime.
The attractive force of Centaurs X-3 can bring us to unique portals of beauty and intimate encounters that can change our evolutionary experience in wondrous ways if we are willing to leap into an abyss. Opportunities presented here allow us to walk away from the mundane, from what is established in our lives, from what seems to make sense. They require a leap into the void with the knowing there are subtler currents that can carry us to a greater fulfillment. Learning to move in intimate trust and harmony with these forces is a key dynamic of this part of the zodiak.
Izar of Boötes reveals that fear of intimacy can block the rewards the leap can offer. However, this specific leap of faith can lead to a place of far greater beauty and harmony than we had known before.
Venus and Uranus also conjoin on the Disseminating Moon, which brings emphasis to the New Venus-Uranus synodic cycle presented above--which stimulates new explorations and expressions of the heart and in relationships; as well as new ways for creating beauty and abundance in our lives--for those with open hearts free to fly.
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 March 7 in sidereal Scorpio and conjoins the Centaur Pholus.
Pholus was discovered January of 1992 after which a number of other asteroids were discover in this area of our solar system--bringing the realization that Chiron was just one of many Centaurs. Mythically, Pholus is the second most important of the Centaurs after Chiron, hence the name given to the second Centaur discovered.
Just as Chiron's eccentric orbit embraces the orbits of Saturn and Uranus and is thus consider a key or bridge between the two planets due to their harmonic orbital resonances, Pholus' not only synchronizes with Saturn's orbit, but it extends beyond the orbit of Uranus, crosses that of Neptune, and harmonically resonates with the orbit of Orcus--Pluto's compliment.
Pholus is fitting for our Last Quarter Moon, which stimulates an inner need to change in the lunar cycle, because Pholus facilitates change. Pholus offers aid through unexpected events or through the introduction of an mysterious agent or catalyst (Uranus) that seems to be shrouded in a mystery of confusion or commotion, but that helps one to make passage to fulfill their soul oath, or greater life purpose (Orcus). More about Pholus.
Our Pholus Last Quarter Moon in sidereal Scorpion conjoins Sarin and Ras Algethi of Hercules; and Sabik and V2017, a Nova of 1077, now and X-ray source, both in Ophiuchus.
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.
Sabik, on the right thigh of Ophiuchus, closely conjoining Ras Algethi, the Head of Hercules, reveals a powerfully transformative location in sidereal Scorpio, one offering a significant transmutational experience due to the alchemical intermixing of elements, often of a sexual, genetic, biological or botanical nature. Sabik is also of medicine, healing, medical research and the art-science of alchemy. Conjoining Sabik are the potent entries: V2107, the Nova of 1977, also in Ophiuchus; and a dynamic X-ray eclipsing binary star in the tail of the Scorpion, 3U1700-37, one of the brightest identified X-ray sources.
Sabik is the second brightest star in Ophiuchus and is actually a binary star system, with one star rotating around the other in an 88-year cycle. Sabik of Ophiuchus, and surrounding entries, can stimulate new creative ideas or personal involvements that lead to our greater bio-logical well-being and illumination--especially regarding transmutation of our experience and our human condition from a lower-order to a more refined state of being. This level of transmutation in our lives requires full unconditional acceptance and integration of our past experience, so the bio-energetic patterning we hold within can be inverted to re-express its compliment--thus allowing a new expression that subsequently draws new fulfilling experience. This process in esoteric science and physics is called time-reversal or phase-conjugation. In advanced healing and meditative techniques, this is a means of producing the opposite but properly phased cellular pattern or signature within self that cancels (fulfills) the existing pattern we embody. Generally, this is an all-or-nothing deal requiring our unconditional willingness to embrace the healing / transmuational process. The choice is ours.
This Last Quarter Moon may offer some mysterious aid for a metamorphic shift--it we are attentive and choose to heed our inner impulses.
I rarely mention Mercury's synods with planets other than those occurring with Earth because there are so many and they are very fleeting cycles. However, Mercury plays a catalytic role throughout this lunar cycle; and now, Mercury makes synods with Neptune and Chiron hours after the March 7, Last Quarter Moon--again bringing impetus to act upon the Chiron-Neptune New Moon theme.
A very welcomed change, especially for the impatient: Mars completes its retrograde on March 10, 2010 in early sidereal Cancer, supporting creative action once again. Mars, although attributed by some to have somewhat of a contentious nature, is an initiating creative force; and in its mature expression, Mars is audacious, brave, instinctual, passionate and willful. Mars stimulates creativity, sexuality, vitality, life force and self-expression. It, like adrenaline, stimulates our capacity to respond to life with assertive creative action.
Mars returning direct marks the full commencement of the very significant new Earth-Mars 780-day synodic cycle that began on the Full Moon of January 29-30, in the previous lunar cycle. The theme of the new Mars cycle, defined by the stars in mid-sidereal Cancer, is presented in full in the January 15, 2010 Lunar Planner. This Earth-Mars cycle will continue through March 3, 2012, into our next Mars retrograde.
For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, the few days leading up to the March 10 Mars station is an ideal time to work with the Mars 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.
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 Tarantula Nebula, a huge stellar nursery hosting some of the most massive stars known, resides in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy near our own galaxy. The nebula extends about 1000 light years across, with streamers extending out to about 1800 light years, making the Tarantula Nebula the largest emission nebula in the sky--about 30 times larger than the Great Orion Nebula, which lies in our own galaxy. The Tarantula Nebula contains the fantastic Supernova SN 1987A, the result of a star (called Sanduleak) that suddenly blew to bits in a spectacular supernova on February 23, 1987 and which was then seen with the unaided eye, one of the brightest supernovas since the Kepler supernova of 1604. Astrologically, supernovas explosions are one of the cosmic phenomena stimulating an expansion of consciousness. Curiously, 1987 was the year of the Harmonic Convergence movement. Image credit: ESO
The Balsamic Moon occurs on March 11 at the end of the first decan (10°) of sidereal Capricorn, just past Algedi, the head of the Goat. The Moon conjoins Theta Aquila; Alpha Microscopium; and the 1987A Super Nova Remnant in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which resides in the very southern heavens, in Dorado.
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, including shamans and keepers of sacred knowledge and sacred ways. Here we find native indigenous peoples, often ornately dressed or adorned. This is the world of the shamanistic, the ceremonial, fanaticism, obsession, and passion. Although seemingly driven from personal motive, it is often of those with global vision and interest. Either way, surface appearances, cloaks and facades often shroud who is who in an aura of mystery.
This several degree area of the zodiak 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. Here we find locations such as military-scientific-extraterrestrial bases, hermitages, exclusive retreats, or isolated places with a spiritual focus--sacred sites or places of power under the care of their mysterious stewards. 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; and this includes our personal arsenals of strategic tools--how we use what we have is up to us.
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.
As we come to the end of the first decan of sidereal Capricorn, marked by Theta Aquila, we arrive to a place of equilibrium and poise; a place of removed stillness and astute observation. 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 gain our balance, to pin-point our objectives, and to then dive into the world with surety and boldness. This becomes the seed of this lunar cycle, which will sprout anew in the following lunar cycle.
A few more events occur in the last lunar phase: The Moon once again conjoins Neptune and Chiron, as it did on the New Moon. The asteroid Pallas begins its 3.5-month retrograde. Mercury conjoins the Sun, which marks the mid-point of vision and realization in the current 116-day Earth-Mercury synodic cycle--presented in the December 16, 2009 Lunar Planner. Mercury and Uranus begin a new 89-day synodic cycle--again a bit more stimulus for change; and Pholus begins its retrograde.
Our next New Moon occurs on March 15, 2015 conjoining Mercury and Uranus, on the cusp of sidereal Pisces. More to come then.
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To learn how one lunar phase shifts and changes into the next, and to learn how to live in attunement to the lunar cycles, in the experiential empowerment doing so offers, download the Lunar Planner Introduction and each monthly Lunar Calendar, and use them daily (PDF file links below)--its all a gift.
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.
The Lunar Planner is an experiential tool teaching us how to live in attunement to the natural lunar cycles. Astronomical Sidereal Astrology and Star Lore reveal each lunar month's theme, and the planetary themes unfolding throughout the year. Each lunar month's theme weaves a continuing story line of the patterns of growth unfolding in our lives.
The Lunar Calendar reveals the dates and times of each lunar phase shift and their changing characteristics as well as key planetary alignments. Use this like a calendar or daily planner. The Lunar Calendar goes hand-in-hand with the introductory material. Use this daily to learn how to live attuned to the Lunar Cycles of Life.
Step by step instructions on how to use the Lunar Calendar with a detailed description of the changing lunar phases. This will teach you how to live in attunement to the Lunar Cycle. The Introduction goes hand-in-hand with the Lunar Calendar.
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