The Lunar Theme for the
September 8, 2010 New Moon

Creative Energy, Progressive Expansion &
The Earth-Jupiter-Uranus Synodic Synchronization

The Lunar Month of
September 8, 2010 - October 7, 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

Our New Moon of September 8, 2010 occurs in sidereal Leo and conjoins fiery and expressive Mizar of the Great Bear (Ursa Major), with adjoining Alcor, also of the Bear; and a dynamic Seyfert Galaxy in Canes Venatici. This lunar cycle may stimulate expansive, radical, and perhaps spontaneous change. It should shift the emphasis from what has been a challenging and strenuous time to one of refreshing movement and expansion.

This lunar cycle also embodies the "Earth-Jupiter-Uranus Synodic Synchronization" (the alignment of the Sun, Earth, Jupiter, and Uranus). Jupiter and Uranus began their (geocentric) conjunction in June of 2010 and which continues into January of 2011. The Jupiter-Uranus synodic (heliocentric) conjunction, occurring now, in September, marks the ending of the previous 13.5-year Jupiter-Uranus synodic cycle, which began in March of 1997. It also marks the beginning of a new 13.5-year cycle, with an entirely new theme. Earth's coincident alignment with Jupiter and Uranus marks the start of a new Earth-Jupiter 400-day synodic cycle and the start of a new 370-day Earth-Uranus synodic cycle.

The coincidence of these three events creates a primary shift in our current planetary timeline--in the tone of the expression and unfoldment of human consciousness; and in the evolutionary events occurring in our lives and in our world. The star alignments of this planetary alignment, occurring in early sidereal Pisces, set the theme of these three new synchronized synodic cycles, which is especially significant for the new Jupiter-Uranus 13.5 year cycle ahead. This planetary alignment surrounds the Equinox Full Moon, which also conjoins Jupiter and Uranus, with the Sun and Moon residing exactly on the Earth's Precessional Cross--all promoting a dynamic and revelatory shift in the evolutionary currents upon which we ride.

These are just a few of many events occurring in this dynamic and welcomed lunar cycle. The Monthly Lunar Planner explores the details of these events and more, based in star-level astronomical astrology and synodic astrology.

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


About Synodic Cycles

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 Lunar Theme

Our New Moon of September 8, 2010 GMT occurring in sidereal Leo conjoins Mizar and Alcor of the Great Bear (Ursa Major); and the Seyfert Galaxy NGC4151 in Canes Venatici. Also of influence is Chort, the hind of the Lion, and Asterion of Canes Venatici.

This is a windy and fiery area of the zodiak, one that can stimulate dynamic creative expression. Mizar of the Great Bear, the overseeing and predominant star, articulates raw fiery energy that must express one way or another. Mizar must have a creative outlet, but for its proper expression, we must apply it with creative vision. Mizar brings attention to use of our creative energies; creative and destructive tendencies, and the fear to create lest it may result in destruction. Here we learn the nature of such volatile forces. Mizar, with averted alignments is also known for catastrophic fires or massacres. Mizar can however express quite artistically--just as gunpowder can express as beautiful fireworks or devastating explosions. The expression of Mizar tends to express in a grand way, in character with showy and dramatic Leo.

Asterion and the conjoining Seyfert Galaxy NGC4151, both of the barking hounds, Canes Venatici, provide the relentless racket for the show. Seyfert galaxies (named after Carl Keenan Seyfert) are spiral galaxies that have very dense, bright and active cores (nuclei) that express a broad spectrum of emission lines, which suggests extremely hot gases in violent motion. In general, Seyfert galaxies tend to stimulate dynamic, powerful and directed action.

Chort, the hind of the Lion, can taint this creative expression due to toxic conditions or an unrefined awareness.

Although of a dynamic, outgoing and creative character, Mizar, Asterion and Chort can also produce a lot of hot air and foul winds, a dramatic racket and fiery commotion, which are often diversionary tactics intended to distract the unsuspecting from the real issues or path at hand.

A conjoining Pulsar CP1133 in Leo provides impulses to act upon our intuition and upon the more subtle evolutionary and guiding currents articulated by the stars of Velorum, the sail of the Argo, in this case Delta Velorum, which lies below in the southern heavens.

Mizar New Moon Star Chart, September 8, 2010

This lunar cycle may stimulate expansive, radical, and perhaps spontaneous change. It should shift the emphasis from what has been a challenging and strenuous time to one of refreshing wide-sweeping movement and expansion.

Interestingly this is also the location of the Uranus-Pluto synod that occurred in the mid-1960s. This was the time of the Vietnam War and the exact time of the emergence of the Flower Power Political Movement; also Pop Music.

In general, the revolutionary uprising and spontaneous force of Uranus synthesized with Pluto's intensified, disrupting, dismantling and opening force in the very depths of consciousness can produce an intense cultural rebellion that motivates a profound and radical transformation in collective consciousness.

• 1965 - Flower Power political movement emerges
• January 1966 - 190,000 U.S. troops in Vietnam
• January 1966 - The Uranus-Pluto Synod
• 1967 Flower Children "Summer of Love" in San Francisco

Uranus and Pluto produce a very long synodic cycle; our current one being about 138 years. We will be soon entering the first square (stimulus to action) of this 138-year cycle (47 years later), with the (geocentric) square sustaining from June-2012 through March of 2015. I will write a more in-depth article about the 1966 Uranus-Pluto synodic cycle and the upcoming Uranus-Pluto square when the square approaches.

Crescent Moon Phase Characteristics

The Crescent Moon
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.

Similar to the last lunar cycle, the Crescent Moon conjoins Venus. Near by is Mars. All three can be seen in the western sky at sunset. The threesome stimulates heart-centered creative expression.

We have just entered one of the Crescent Moon-Venus synchronization periods, which will continue for the next few lunar cycles. (See: Venus Elongations & the Crescent Moon.)

The Crescent Moon of September 11 lies in early sidereal Libra, but in the constellation of Virgo, a part of Virgo I dub "Under the Skirt of the Virgin" to articulate a hidden and lost revelation that the legs of the Virgin provide. (See The Astronomical Truth of the Virgin.)

Venus Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, the days leading into Crescent Moon is an ideal time to work with the Venus 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 Purple Rose of Virgo

The Purple Rose of Virgo

Conjoining Syrma is the Supernova SN 2007af, a recent and stunning revelation found "under the skirt of the Virgin: in The Purple Rose of Virgo, a barred spiral galaxy (slightly smaller than our Galaxy). The supernova is the bright object seen slightly below and to the right of the galaxy's centre.
Image Cerdit: ESO PR Photo 16/07

The Moon conjoins the super-giant star Syrma, the knee of the Virgin, Star of Atlantis. Also conjoining are the Quasar OQ 172, which likes just over the Virgin's legs in of Bootes, the Virgin's protector and consort; the Elliptical Galaxy, NGC5253 of the southern Centaur. Stars conjoining Venus are Miaplacidus Carina of the Argo; Gamma and Ioto Centauril and Delta of Bootes.

Syrma of Virgo and Miaplacidus in Carina (Argo Navis) are the principle stars here.

Syrma, Star of Atlantis, lies under the skirt of the Virgin and marks the knee of the Virgin. Syrma embodies issues relating to frozen genetic coding and the resultant crystalized emotional patterning incurred due to devastating or cataclysmic events of the past. Syrma provides inspiration for personal change and transformation, and articulates our need to unlock our frozen genetic coding and crystalized cellular makeup. Syrma alignments can bring emotional patterning, especially suppressed grief, to surface awareness so we may clear it. Syrma also inspires the application of art-sciences that can help in this process, freeing ourselves from biological conditions and behavioral patterns that keep us frozen in past time so we may step forth into our evolutionary fulfillment.

Conjoining Syrma is Quasar OQ 172 of Bootes, lying just over the feet of the Virgin. This quasar inspires the artistic vision, imagination, and personal drive to create a portal of beauty and purity to reach our highest attainment.

Miaplacidus, Beta Carina of Argo Navis, is the second brightest and most important star of the Argo--the first being Canopus, Alpha Carina (the helmsman). Miaplacidus is the brightest star in an asterism of stars in Carina known as the Diamond Cross.

Miaplacidus is a star of peace and equipoise, and a significant contributer to this area of sidereal Libra. Miaplacidus is of navigation, migration or pilgrimage to places appropriate for safety and harmony; and of creating spaces of harmony for a new birth in life. Miaplacidus creates a significant part of the theme of Carina, the keel of the Argo--the main and guiding structural ridge along the bottom of a boat.

Miaplacidus also embodies the artscience of astronomical Earthgrid mapping work--both in space and time (where to be when). "Mia" is of greater universal flowing waters of Source and "Placidus" is of grid-navigational-mapping. Thus, Miaplacidus involves the navigational mapping of cosmic evolutionary currents--evolutionary intelligence and how it expresses in time and space. More succinctly, Miaplacidus inspires us to find and ensure a harmonious environment in space and time for the pursuit of our purpose and our greater fulfillment and wellbeing.

Allen (Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning) points out the name is possibly derived from Maïa-placidus, and that Higgins asserts it to be from Miyah, the plural of the Arabic Mâ, Water, but the original better described as Mi'ah. It also means placid waters. In either case the essence here is that of the navigation upon the waters, but meaning not only the waters of the Earth, but also the galactic waters of light, or energetic currents, which underlie matter. Also let us note that the Indian Sanskrit Maya is indicative of the illusory nature of the solidification of light, matter, which hides the flow of the waters of light, or the "creative ley."

The Earthgrid is not a separate isolated geometry. Astronomical orientations and geometries provide the dynamic activation of the Earthgrid--making active specific places at specific times in one symbiotic process that supports the spiritual awakening of Earth and humanity. This same spacetime activation process occurs in our individual lives (as can be seen in the continuing unfoldment of a natal astrology chart through transits, progressions, etc.). On a personal level, Miaplacidus can inspire traveling and exploring, or moving to different locations on the Earth at different times in our lives that support our evolutionary fulfillment. Identifying the right place and the right time can be an intuitive process and / or one mapped at an individual level with the artsciences of Astronomical Earthgrid Mapping; astro-cartography; or other dowsing methods.

Thus our Venus Crescent Moon may inspire pilgrimage or moving to other locations that are supportive of our journeys and purposes, and certainly those that our nourishing to the heart, or places intuited by the heart; and that serve us to unlock that which had been frozen or in stasis in our selves and in our lives. In context of our Mizar lunar theme, our Crescent Moon may inspire moves to places that support a new and dynamic creative expression and/or to avert places that may be disharmonious, dangerous to our wellbeing or potentially catastrophic

Mercury Direct

Mercury completes its retrograde just after the Crescent Moon, on September 12. Thus the new Earth-Mercury 116-day synodic cycle, which began in the previous lunar cycle, fully engages. The theme of the new Mercury synodic cycle was presented in the August 10, 2010 Lunar Planner.

Pluto Direct

Pluto also completes its retrograde, a day later, on September 13. The new Earth-Pluto cycle also full engages. The Earth-Pluto synod occurred on June 26, 2010 Full Moon eclipse--a significant cycle. The theme of this cycle was presented in the June 12, 2010 Lunar Planner.

First Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

First Quarter Moon
Initiate Action

First Quarter Moon

The First Quarter Moon of each lunar cycle draws an external stimulus to initiate action as we move from the inspirational quarter of the lunar cycle into the action quarter. Our First Quarter Moon occurs on September 14-15 and conjoins Ceres in the last couple degrees of sidereal Scorpio.

Ceres, now appropriately recognized as a Dwarf Planet (thanks to Eris' motivation for disruption and reorganization); is Mother or the inner asteroids (those which lie in the orbital ring between Mars and Jupiter). Ceres, the mother of the main asteroids, brings awareness to how we nurture and to that which is truly nurturing to us. Ceres embodies mothering and agricultural qualities and brings attention to our relation with the Earth, the land, and the seasons. Due to Ceres association with the land, agriculture, the environment, and the seasons, Ceres is of particular interest in charts associated with environmental changes or events. More about Ceres.

The Moon and Ceres conjoin lie in the tail of the Scorpion, with Creres conjoining Ras Alhague, the head of Ophiuchus and the Moon conjoining Lesath, the sting of the Scorpion. Also of influence are Terzan 2 Globular Cluster; Beta Ara; and the Nova of June 1994, in Ophiuchus

Ophiuchus, in the sidereal sign of Scorpio, lies above and on the ecliptic, standing over the Scorpion, which swings quite south of the ecliptic under Ophiuchus. Because Ophiuchus actually crosses the ecliptic, it is the thirteenth ecliptical constellation lying in the sidereal sign of Scorpio.

Ophiuchus is knowledge holder of DNA Illumination and Ascension procedures--one who has attained the ascension from the lower-order forces that perpetuate re-incarnational entrapment. In Greek myth, Aesculapius, the mediciner of the ship Argo, is also imaged as Ophiuchus, knowledgeable of advanced healing processes beyond the cycle of life and death. The Christian resurrected Jesus (Jeshu) also articulates the theme of Ophiuchus.

In our stellar image, Ophiuchus stands with the serpent (Serpentis) coiled around his body and held in his hands. The neck and head of the serpent reach toward the Northern Crown (Corona Borealis), which lies above the Chelae (claws) of the Scorpion. The neck (Unukalhai) and head of the snake embody the essence and wisdom of living true to soul, in one's true self-mastery--a Christed or Christos (a soul infused illumined being).

Ophiuchus is exemplar of mastery over the powers of life and death, master over the very raw creative forces of life. Ophiuchus embodies bringing this interplay of forces to a greater spiritual fulfillment. The astronomical symbol of Ophiuchus is the caduceus--the medical, entwined double serpent--the double helix of the DNA.

Ophiuchus and the sidereal sign of Scorpio are associated with the soul's education regarding the use of sexual creative forces and raw creative power. This entire image of Ophiuchus standing upon the scorpion with this magnificent snake reaching for the North Crown represents claiming our self-mastery to attain evolutionary fulfillment out of the karmic-based reincarnational process. This is to become ascended in vibration, an illumined being free from perpetuated reincarnational entrapment.

Ras Alhague, Alpha Ophiuchus, the principal lucida of Ophiuchus, is head of the Serpent Holder. This star, high in the northern heavens, embodies the essence of the constellation--the wise sage, teacher, knowledge and wisdom. Ras Alhague expresses the wisdom of one who has attained their self-mastery and lives from that maturity and awareness. Ras Alhague is also the embodiment of physical health and vitality.

Terzan 2 in Scorpio, slightly south of the ecliptic, is one of several Globular Clusters that embody an X–Ray Burster (XBR) at its center. Although there are hundreds of globulars (a spherical grouping of stars surrounding a dense galactic center), only a few exhibit a Burster quality. The Burster itself is a neutron star binary system that emits persistent but irregular blasts of high-energy x-rays. Astrologically, globular clusters exhibit a compacted inner core sense of strength and self-contained beliefs. Burster type globulars provide unexpected flashes of illumination, even brilliant revelations that can propel us on entirely new creative journeys or courses in our lives. It is up to us to draw upon the inner strength the globular offers and have the conviction to act upon the inspiration as the initial flash subsides. Terzan 2 in Scorpio may produce tremendous bursts of passion, sensual rapture, or raw power that motivate us to access and live a path or greater truth in self mastery that lies beyond the natural forces assumed to be governing our lives.

It is by squelching and not living our heart's truth out of fear that shuts the immune system (thymus) down and that causes much of our illness and degeneration (especially cancer related). A burst from Terzan 2 may challenge us to fully open our hearts, to move through our fear, and to live in the greater truth awaiting us.

Ara is the Altar of the Centaur. On the low altar, the Centaur places Lupus the Beast (our lower-order personality-based patterns of self-importance, and associated emotional baggage) with conscious deliberation to be consumed in the Centaur's transmutational pyre. Venom from Lesath, the sting of the Scorpion--the often harsh but required lessons incurred while incarnate--dripping upon the altar serves as the required transmutational elixir. Over the high altar lies Galactic Centre where reinstatement into our souls' destined fulfillment occurs. The sting (marking the end of Scorpio) precedes our movement across the cusp of Scorpio into Sag where Galactic Center resides. Alignments with Lesath can be somewhat stinging, but to serve a metamorphosis.

Lesath requires we unconditionally embrace our lessons in life without judgment, a prerequisite to our transmutation--turning pain into wisdom. Ara demands we release of all guilt, grief, fear, anger, and pain associated with our incarnate experience--the self-important judgmental baggage we carry, and that we may hold even at soul level. Doing so allows us to integrate the wisdom gained from soul's entire incarnational experience into our neurology. If we do not relinquish our inner judgment (resistance to experience) we continue to burn from the Scorpion's sting in an alchemical process. Only from this mature and humble act can we step into our greater evolutionary fulfillment.

In line with our unfolding lunar theme, our stimulus to action Ceres First Quarter Moon may challenge action to step into a far greater level of self-empowerment or self-mastery as the prerequisite to make the journey ahead; to experience greater fulfillment.

Uranus and Jupiter Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonics Audio Meditations, the days leading into Gibbous Moon through the Full Moon is an ideal time to work with the Uranus and Jupiter audios. 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

The Gibbous Moon
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 August 20 in sidereal Sagittarius; also conjoining the North Lunar Node.

Born from the Wind - NGC346 in the  Small Magellanic Cloud

"Born from the Wind"
This new portrait of the bright star-forming region NGC 346, in which different wavelengths of light swirl together like watercolours, reveals new information about how stars form. NGC 346 is located 210 000 light-years away in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a neighbouring dwarf galaxy of the Milky Way. The image is based on data from ESA XMM-Newton (X-rays; blue), ESO's New Technology Telescope (visible light; green), and NASA's Spitzer (infrared; red). The infrared light shows cold dust, while the visible light denotes glowing gas, and the X-rays represent very hot gas. Ordinary stars appear as blue spots with white centres, while young stars enshrouded in dust appear as red spots with white centres.
Image & Caption Credit: ESO/ESA/JPL-Caltech/NASA/D. Gouliermis (MPIA) et al.

The Sun moves into sidereal Virgo on September 17-18, just before the Gibbous Moon.

The Gibbous Moon occurs on September 18-19 in mid-sidereal Capricorn. This is where the overlap of the constellation Aquarius and Capricorn begins. It marks a shift in the energetic of sidereal Capricorn. Conjoining stars are Alpha Tucana; Epsilon and Delta Indus; and Albali of Aquarius. Also of influence is Armus of Capricorn; the SMC X-1 neutron star In the Small Magellanic Cloud; the double Quasar 2016112 in Delphinus, the Dolphin Star System; the Pulsar PSR 2045-16 in Capricorn; and the Pulsar JP 1953 in northern Vulpecula, the Fox.

"Trust" is the primary issue at this zodiacal longitude--trust in self and in life. This is about moving from notions that we must fight for and take to survive, to that of self-love, self-respect, and the expression and application of our personal attributes and beauty in the world.

Pulsars are ever-beating guiding beacons for the soul. The Vulpecula Pulsar JP 1953's message is to let go and to move on--basically from an old covert, self-focused, fear-based and exclusive (separatist) way of participating (typical of earlier Capricorn) to a more open, wholesome and inclusive way of participating (the mature nature of latter Capricorn and the Aquarian Capricorn overlap.

Epsilon and Delta Indus and Alpha Tucana conjoin at mid-sidereal Capricorn. Epsilon and Delta Indus add a quality that is inherently perceptive and that expresses ornately in relations. With loquacious Alpha Tucana, this can express as overly articulate, or excessive in communication, which can be either very helpful or terribly annoying incessant babbling.

The addition of Theta Microscopium brings attention to detail or to the magnification of detail. All of this adds to an ornately loquacious and negotiating quality that demands extreme attention to detail and which is precision minded. These stars often stimulate open communication and creative negotiations that lead to solution for all parties involved--perfect for a Gibbous Moon.

Armus, the shoulder of the fish-goat, Eta Capricorn, brings awareness to our need to take personal responsibility for our material and physical well being, but not just for our selves, but also for our immediate and extended families. Armus is about our responsibility in the world. Armus is also of legal agreements, partnerships in business, and negotiations. Conjoining Armus is Epsilon Aquarius, which marks the start of the Capricorn-Aquarius overlap--where the Aquarian humanitarian influence begins to be felt in mid-sidereal Capricorn. Albali of Aquarius extends Capricorn's zodiakal quality from personal level motive to a sense that our responsibilities must be mutual and embrace the needs of those around us, to our extended families.

Armus and Albali also conjoin the SMC X-1 neutron star / black hole in the Small Magellanic Cloud. The Small and Large Magellanic Clouds (SMC and LMC) are small galaxies that orbit our Milky Way galaxy. We might think of them as our galaxy's young, although not necessarily birthed from the Milky Way, they are being cared for and raised by our galaxy. The Small Magellanic Cloud resides quite south in ecliptical latitude on the border of Toucan and the more southern Hydrus (not to be confused with Hydra the Water Snake). Julius Schiller (like others who "have sought to alter the sky figures") combined Hydrus, the Toucan, and the Small Cloud as his biblical constellation Raphael (Allen). Although I haven't a propensity for Schiller's bastardization of the heavens into religious figuring, this is a mythical articulation fitting here.

Raphael is "the Shining One who heals." In Hebrew, Raphael meant healer and guardian of the Tree of Life, which more appropriately can be taken as knowledge about natural law. Raphael, also considered to be the angel of the Sun--correspondingly the essence of the solar fire and solar plexus--brings life to the body through the administration of proper physical remedies. In this light, we have the "angel of science and historical knowledge." Raphael was said to have presented Noah with a book of medical knowledge). Knowledge of science and law is fitting to the later half of sidereal Capricorn--the Aquarius /Capricorn overlap.

Raphael is said to be quite gregarious, both the chummiest and funniest of all the angelic flock. He is often depicted chatting merrily (Rapp-ing) with some unsuspecting mortal"--this loquacious quality, also articulated by Tucana, is an aspect fitting to this part of Capricorn. ("Angels An Endangered Species" by Malcolm Goodwin, Simon and Schuster, 1990.)

Within the Small Magellanic Cloud is the neutron star / black hole SMC X-1 of Tucana. It lies at the southern edge of the Lesser Cloud (at 66S29 ecliptical latitude) and actually lies south of an arc drawn from Alpha Hydri to Beta Hydri, as if it were in this constellation. SMC X-1 embodies the essence of both constellations. In this light, Schiller, in creating one constellation, Raphael, from both Toucan and Hydrus, although tainted with religious overtones of the times, is not such an odd envisioning at all.

SMC X-1 is an eclipsing binary neutron star, with a visible magnitude of 13.3 that emits a high level of X-rays. SMC X-1 has an X-ray eclipsing period of 3.9 days with a pulse width 0.7 seconds long.

SMC X-1 of Tucana creates a portal in consciousness where diverse concepts and fragmented ideas can be assembled into a coherent expression. The ability to coalesce this fragmentation into a coherent expression can be the challenge here, and often leads to excessive mental chatter (the nature of the Tucan / and Raphael), but this coalescence does eventually occur, which can then be expressed as a theme that unifies what was once before seemingly unrelated pieces. The image of a lawyer in a courtroom amalgamating a set of fragmented information over many days into a coherent closing statement also articulates this theme. (I acknowledge Philip Sedgwick for aptly summing this one up, and only add an expounded statement.)

As a young galaxy being raised by a parent, the SMC and associated SMC X-1 source seem to adsorb and become witness to that which occurs for the incarnate soul, acting much like a karmic library or Hall of Records holding souls' personal history. Alignments with or meditation upon SMC X-1 can yield access to this information, which can then be brought forth and formulated into a reportage about souls' accumulated experience gathered over time--a Saturn-Capricorn theme (Capricorn is domicile for Saturn).

Our Gibbous Moon supports intense communication and the assemblage of ideas and concepts into a coherent and concretized expression or executable plan.


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

The Full Moon Equinox
Vision, Enthusiasm, & Realization of the Theme
The Earth-Jupiter-Uranus Synodic Synchronization
& The Second Jupiter-Uranus Conjunction

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. This day of realization will be extra significant as we not only have realization about the Lunar theme, but also about the emergence of the new 13.5-year Jupiter-Uranus cycle.

Several events coalesce and produce a significant shift in our current timeline of planetary cycles. These events occur over a few days leading into the Full Moon:

• On September 18, just before the Gibbous Moon, Jupiter and Uranus conjoin.
• On September 21, the Earth-Jupiter synod occurs (the Sun-Earth-Jupiter alignment).
• The Earth-Uranus synod occurs (the Sun-Earth-Uranus alignment).
• The equinox occurs on September 22-23.
• The Moon conjoins Jupiter and Uranus on September 22-23.
• The Full Moon occurs on September 23, exactly on the Vernal Point of Earth's Precessional Cross (with the Moon slightly past Jupiter and Uranus).
• Just after Full Moon, the Sun-Jupiter-Uranus alignment occurs, which creates the Jupiter-Uranus synod.

The coincidence of the three synods subsequently changes the tone and nature of the expression and evolutionary unfoldment of human consciousness. The primary event is the Jupiter-Uranus synod, which marks the completion of the previous Jupiter-Uranus 13.5-year cycle and the start of a new 13.5-year cycle. This new cycle will fully engage when we arrive to the third and final Jupiter-Uranus (geocentric) conjunction, which occurs in early January of 2011, also opposite the Dwarf Planet Makemake. Our new 13.5 synodic cycle will continue through March 13, 2024.

2010 Graphic Ephemeris of Jupiter Uranus Saturn Pluto & Makemake

Earth's alignment with Jupiter and Uranus marks the start of a new Earth-Jupiter 400-day synodic cycle and the start of a new 370-day Earth-Uranus synodic cycle. Since all of these events, including the Full Moon, create one compounded planetary alignment, the theme for all of them is one and the same, thus, this theme begins to express in a compounded and dominant way in our lives. This is the main reason this is such a significant event.

In general, a Jupiter and Uranus synthesis can express in a variety of ways. The resonances of expansive and mobilizing Jupiter and those of forward-orientated Uranus synthesize quite well and produce a fulfilling and beneficent outcome. They stimulate optimism and faith in the future and opportunity for development and expansion. Jupiter tends to magnify that which it aligns with. Thus Jupiter will mobilize and expand upon the radical changes already occurring in our lives initiated by the Uranus opposition to Saturn-Makemake, which began in late 2008. (See The 2008-2011 Timeline)--except now in more beneficent way. Jupiter and Uranus are supportive of new discoveries and ideas, especially in technology. They are also supportive of expansive awareness; embracing new realms of consciousness.

Jupiter-Uranus synods are spaced about 54° in the ecliptic. Thus, this new 13.5-year synodic cycle occurring in early sidereal Pisces and conjoining Earth's Precessional Cross, has a dramatically different theme than the previous cycle. The previous Jupiter-Uranus cycle began in March 28, 1997 in sidereal Capricorn (~10°)--the cycle we are now completing. The theme of the previous 13.8-year Jupiter-Uranus cycle was defined by Algedi and Dabih of Capricorn; Theta Indus; Theta Aquila; Alpha Microscopium; and Gamma Sagitta. Its theme was more about global strategies and tools of war, of covert operations, secretive places, and actions driven from personal motive. The theme of this previous cycle was presented in more detail at the time of first (geocentric) Jupiter-Uranus conjunction, in the May 14, 2010 Lunar Planner.

The star alignments of our new Earth-Jupiter-Uranus synod, occurring in early sidereal Pisces, set the theme of these three new synchronized synodic cycles. Since this also occurs on and conjoins the Full Moon, events, revelations and insights occurring on the Full Moon may bring insight into the nature of the cycles ahead.

The Sculptor Galaxy NGC 253

The Sculptor Galaxy NGC 253 is the brightest member of the Sculptor group of galaxies, which is resides around the South Galactic Pole (thus sometimes called the "South Polar Group"). The Sculptor group of galaxies is perhaps the nearest to our Local Group of galaxies, to which the Milky Way belongs. NGC 253 is also one of the brightest galaxies beyond our Local Group, lying about 2° from the South Galactic Pole.
NGC 253 is sometimes called the Silver Coin Galaxy.

Image Credit: "Todd Boroson NOAO/AURA/NSF - National Optical Astronomy Observatory / Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy / National Science Foundation"

The primary conjoining stars for the Jupiter-Uranus synod (~3° Pisces) are Lambda and Iota of the Piscean Circlet of stars; Gamma Phoenix; and Scheat of Pegasus. Also conjoining is the Vernal Point of Earth's Precessional Cross, and with the Full Moon conjoining the vernal point (~5° Pisces), this entire compounded event produces a primary activation of Earth's greater precessional cycle, reaching into the depths of the evolutionary cycle of the soul collective on Earth; and is synchronized with the major transition now occurring in Earth's precessional cycle. This is also the location of the South Galactic Pole in Sculptor and the Sculptor Galaxy NGC253.

Pisces is the constellation of the two fishes. The western fish swims west, horizontally along the ecliptic plane, with its head marking the cusp of sidereal Pisces, marked by the "Circlet" of stars. The western fish articulates our primordial (and sleeping) nature, and our unconscious participation in the cycle of mortal life. The eastern fish leaps upward, vertically from the ecliptic plane, seeking freedom at the shores of sidereal Aries. The eastern fish articulates our desire to ascend from our primordial origins, and our capacity to awaken from submersion in the tumultuous psychic emotional human world articulated by southern Cetus. The tails of the two fishes are tied together, at the knot (Katain or Alrisha) suggesting an emergence from one source or mother (considered the Ostracoderm in creation myth). Pisces is a dual sign however, sometimes expressing as an emotional tug-of-war within self or between two parties; i.e. Alrisha, the Alpha star of Pisces, tied on the shores of Aries (in early sidereal Aries), can express as a bond of strength but also as mutual dependency in entrapment. Hence the dual nature of the fishes can either articulate a tormenting emotional struggle where one holds the other in a prolonged state of turmoil, or where the underlying bond is one of mutual support while navigating through the thrashing waters of life. As always the choice is ours.

Either way, Pisces is home to our primordial origins. Overhead lies the most northern point along the galactic plane (entering the ecliptic at 5° sidereal Pisces). When Earth's north celestial pole (NCP) resides at this location in Earth's ~25,000-year precessional cycle, Earth's pole is most parallel to the galactic plane. Thus the pole of the Earth lies at rest, embued, unified, in the plane of galactic light. This is also when Earth's vernal axis in the ecliptic lies exactly upon the galactic equatorial axis--with the vernal point residing on the Gate of God (5° Sag) and the anti-vernal point residing on the Gate of Man (5° sidereal Gemini)--the time when the precessional cross is at its zero point--when the two cross members are as one. As Earth's precessional cycle ensues, Earth's pole lifts from its slumber in the plane of galactic light and begins to awaken as it makes it precessional round. At this time, the cycle of Earth's precessional cross begins--as well as the "evolutionary cycle of the soul." It is for these reasons that I suggest that this marks the beginning or zero-point of Earth's precessional "Great Year"; and this, in part, is why I dub the most north point along the galactic plane as our "Primordial Origin."

The Great Square of Pegasus, and its mysteries, lies just north of Pisces; and the star Scheat of the Pegasus Great Square resides exactly at 5° sidereal Pisces, marking this primordial point as well. Lacerta (the lizard) lies further north and is gate-keeper to the Primordial Origin. South of this point is the South Galactic Pole (SGP); i.e., galactic / soul foundation, it lies very close to Alpha Sculptoris, which also conjoins. Although a recent addition to stellar mythical imagery, aptly Sculptor is from the Latin sculpere, meaning to cut (sculpt)--in this case, to sculpt life itself. (See Earth's Precessional Cross and the Precessional Cross movies for more about Earth's Precessional Cycle and the Primordial Origin.)

Lying north of the circlet and marking the Piscean cusp is the star Matar, on the left forearm of Pegasus, which marks the emotional gush point in the zodiak. Matar is from Al Sa‘d al Matar, which means "the Fortunate Rain," which articulates movement from high-mental and social activity of later sidereal Aquarius into the wet, sensual, emotional, psychic and amorphous world of sidereal Pisces.

This Pisces synodic theme is more about the masses, the emotional, the palpable, water, our origins and our commonality. It is about reuniting infusing our spiritual with our primordial origins. It also brings special emphasis to water and all related water issues. Jupiter is at home in Pisces, thus strengthened in its mobilizing and expansive role.

Scheat of Pegasus is the most significant and revelatory star of our Full Moon and Earth-Jupiter-Uranus synod. The principles and qualities embodied in each of the four stars of the Great Square of Pegasus reveal the requirements for our psycho-physiological preparation to become free from the bounds limiting us from participating in a more fulfilling and purposeful expression in the world. This "refinement of self" allows us to rise above the bounds of the psychic-emotional entrapments common to collective human consciousness in accomplishment of soul's greater mission. These four stars have long been associated with the feet of a table or stand, thus a supporting foundation or stage upon which something else transpires, is supported, or rises from.

Scheat reveals the essence of sidereal Pisces, and brings attention to the waters of life and to the purity of our body fluids, especially the "lymph," which means Flowing Spirit of the Living Water of Life. Scheat pertains to all waters of the world, but also to body fluids, especially water's relationship to the purification of the physical vehicle and the body's requirement for refined life force energies to express through the fluids molecular matrix. Alignments with Scheat ask us to consider what we are doing with our primordial life force, how we are using our Chi / Xi, our primal energy. Scheat also asks us to integrate our primordial essence with the spiritual essence--to realize they are one flowing life-giving force.

The Jupiter-Uranus synod exactly conjoins the Dwarf Planet Haumea's perihelion, creating a cross-resonance with Haumea. The Dwarf Planet Haumea was recently discovered on Dec 28, 2004. Although newly discovered, it seems Haumea facilitates a new birth in consciousness--a nice synchronicity for our new 13.5-year Jupiter-Uranus cycle. More about Haumea.

Disseminating Moon Phase Characteristics

The Disseminating Moon
Manifestation & Demonstration

Disseminating Moon

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

The Disseminating Moon occurs on September 27 in late sidereal Aries and conjoins Ruchbah of Cassiopeia; the Quasar 3C66A in Andromeda; and Epsilon of Eridanus.

Along the Initiatory River of Life, Eridanus, we com to the stopping point marked by Epsilon and encounter the energetic of Ruchbah, Delta Cassiopeia, the knee of Queen Cassiopeia. Ruchbah is a star of transformation--a process often occurring in a bit of initiatory fire. Ruchbah inspires transformation of our pride and arrogance. Something is rightfully ours, but any arrogant righteous attitudes that we deserve it, energetically keep away the very thing we want. Our righteous attitudes keep us naive to, and so entrapped in, diversionary lower-order psychic forces that trip us up, perpetuate repetitive scenarios, and that keep us from claiming our greater fulfillment. Ruchbah reveals that something within our selves must die in order to have that which is truly ours. Conjoining Quasar 3C66A in Andromeda can creates somewhat entrapping experiences that help us realize it is our inner righteous attitudes that are of issue and that must transform before we find our true freedom and happiness along the winding path of life.

Last Quarter Moon Phase Characteristics

Last Quarter Moon
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 September 30 / October 1 in sidereal Gemini. The Sun creates a T" with the Lunar Nodes, a few hours before Last Quarter Moon, producing what is commonly called a "Moon Wobble"--a term coined by Carl Payne Tobey. He chose this term not to refer to a physical wobble of the moon, but to an instability in people's judgment, which he noted to be notoriously poor during such times (especially of those in leadership positions).

The Sun also conjoins Saturn in mid-sidereal Virgo. This marks the mid-point of vision and realization in the current and signifcant Earth-Saturn Synodic Cycle, which began on the March 21, 2010 equinox. The theme of this Earth-Saturn cycle is presented in the March 15, 2010 Lunar Planner.

The Moon conjoins Alhena of Gemini; Beta Monoceros and the Quasar OH471 of Auriga.

Alhena is the brand, mark or seal, and along with Alzirr, marks the foot of Pollux the ambassador. Alhena represents "commencement" and inspires us to act on our greater truth and purpose--in this case to intiate Change in our lives based on our greater truth and purpose. Alhena is a marking stone for the unfoldment of what lies ahead and indicates a milestone or a turning point has been reached. It reveals our need to get off of the fence of indecision, to drop any hesitation, as the "time is at hand" to go forth anew. As the brand, Alhena also indicates that the time, events, or relations are marked or may be destined. Alhena can also indicate the need to sign a document or legalize a project, involvement, or commitment. It is the consecration of our commitment through demonstrable action that anchors the etheric vision of our soul truth into the physical plane to become realized truth. This concretization prepares for a greater event yet to come. Alhena can also manifest simply as a unique sign, indicating an opportunity is at hand. As the dividing star of the sidereal sign of Gemini, Alhena indicates a separation, a leaving, a departure, even an exodus. Behaviorally, Alhena marks the leaving an older or less fulfilling way of participation or way of life, a time of transfiguration.

Conjoining Alhena is Quasar OH471 of Auriga. It, along with Beta Monoceros, inspires action upon opportunity marked in a unique or magical way that brings fragmented pieces into unified effort destined for fulfillment.

Balsamic Moon Phase Characteristics

Balsamic Moon
Focus to the Future

Balsamic Moon

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

The Balsamic Moon of October 4 just into sidereal Leo, and few degrees be Juno, asteroid of covenant partnerships and mutual equality, which currently conjoins Regulus, Heart Essence of the Lion.

The Moon lies under the auspices of the Head of the Lion and conjoins several entries: Alpha Pisctoris; Subra of Leo; Alpha and Beta Pyxidis ot the Argo; Alphard of the Hydra; Suhail Al Muhlif on the sail of the Argo; and the Pup-A Supernova Remnant.

Cuspal Leo is of exploration and discovery, of breaking new trail in our lives and in the world--a fitting end to this lunar cycle and the seed to sprout in the cycle to come.

Alphard, Alpha Hydra, is the "Solitary One." Alphard inspires us to step away from the comfort and security of the accepted and agreed upon consensus defining our known reality, to walk a lone path. It asks us to risk our reputations, our work, our lives, and our beliefs, driven by the passion within our hearts, to find new answers to the challenges that we face as we struggle to evolve. Alphard, in conjunction with the head of the Lion, is often of those who, for one reason or another, have self-exiled themselves from the norm, who stand alone, or are willing to, yet who create new ways that the masses would not otherwise pursue.

Subra, marking the sidereal Cancer-Leo cusp, is the paw of the Lion impressed in the desert sand. Subra is of prints, tracks, plans, codices and ancient maps--clues to hidden trails and paths obscured by the sands of time. Subra indicates a discovery process is at hand, one leading to the secret chambers, entryways, even to liftoff sites of the gods--places hidden from ordinary view. Simply, Subra asks that we dig, explore, uncover, and find a new way to navigate the passage that leads to living from the integrity and passion of out hearts, that which Regulus, the heart of the Lion, embodies.

Synthesizing with Subra is the primary star of the very southern constellation Pictoris, the Painter's Easel. Alpha Pictoris indicates a picture or scenario is emerging from the æthers. This is a picture assembling itself as we break trail in our discovery process. Alpha Pictoris asks us to see the pathway or entryway emerging out of the mist covering an abyss, in the rock of a mountain side, in the billowing clouds blown by the wind, in the leaves fallen upon the ground, or simply in our mind's inner eye. Alpha Pictoris asks us to creatively assemble the signs, to read the message, to see the coalescing spirit substance yet to become, to paint a new picture, a new life.

Pyxidis is the Crow's Nest (or compass) of the Argo, the galactic ship. Alpha Pyxidis, just into sidereal Leo, conjoins Subra, the paw of the Lion, and Alpha Pictoris. The stellar qualities of Alpha Pyxidis ask us to peer far beyond the common world to navigate through potential problems or obstacles upon our exploration. Pyxidis inspires us to find the map obscured in the sand, to see the picture waiting to emerge from the obscuring fog into visible sight, and to take an abode, place, vantage, or perspective from which we can see and find distant lands. Pyxidis indicates a process, one that requires patience, foresight, and perceptual attentiveness. Although this often is a lonely process, it is one serving our greater evolutionary journey, and as well, the journeys of our colleagues and companions. Pyxidis has little interest in the superfluous pursuits of the common world, always seeking new ground, looking forward, gazing ahead through time, to see through the present limitations into the depths of what can yet become.

The Suhail stars of Velorum, on the sail of the Argo, are always indicative of refined subtle energies or currents at work that function at the level of the soul's greater evolutionary journey--those transcendent to the dramatics of the terrestrial incarnational world. These are the currents those found breaking trail often attune to.

"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." (Allen)

Suhail al Muhlif is Suhail of the Oath. Conjoining is the Pup-A Supernova Remnant of Puppis on the stern of the Argo, which enters the ecliptic just before Regulus. Both entries add a transcendent galactic (soul-level) context to the conjoining theme of Alphard of the Hydra, the solitary one, and the stars creating the head of the Lion.

Suhail al Muhlif and Pup-A are indicative of soul oaths made and set in motion long ago, of soul level missions set out upon that transcend one's incarnational sojourn--missions to open doorways and portals which allow us to reach for and achieve a greater fullness in life. The soul oaths taken are to maintain our personal integrity to our souls' directives, to see to our evolutionary fulfillment in regard to our purposes in the world--to be of the Kahi Nub of Canopus, meaning the Golden Earth--to become what is beautiful and glorious. Pup-A also provides the inspiration and motivation to demonstrably live our soul oaths, to stand forth humble yet proud in that purpose.

Thus, the seed coalesces for this lunar cycle, which will sprout anew in the following lunar cycle. Our next New Moon occurs on October 7, 2010 in sidereal Virgo. More to come then.

Related Material

2010 Astrological Overview
Including Eris, Orcus, Quaoar, Makemake, Haumea, Ixion, Varuna and Sedna

2008-2011 Timeline

Annual Graphic Ephemeris


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