The Lunar Theme for the
March 9, 2016 New Moon

Altruistic

Total Solar Eclipse

The Lunar Month of
March 9, 2016 - April 7, 2016

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).

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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 as a collective.

Learn the basics about Synodic Cycles & Synodic Astrology.

New Moon Phase CharacteristicsNew Moon New Moon
Characteristic just BEFORE the New Moon
Ending the Seeding Phase of the previous Lunar Cycle
Surrender & Play

The end of this phase is also the end of the entire Lunar Cycle. It leads into the next New Moon. The day before the New Moon is a time to surrender in order to allow the next Lunar Theme to sprout in its purity. Let go of all fears, worries, and self-judgment. Become empty. This is a great time to just play and have fun.
Characteristic just AFTER the New Moon.
Beginning the Sprouting Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Expressing a New Theme

A new theme emerges. A new idea, a new concept sprouts forth. This is an inner message, an impulse expressing from a field of all possibilities deep within the unconscious mind. Often this process is one of discovery, slowly revealing a simple theme over a day or two, or it may be quite clear and specific, a spontanious message, even suggesting a major life change. The New Moon is a perfect time for meditation or a quite walk—to go within self and listen. A simple word or phrase may pop into your mind during this quite time describing the new lunar theme in a way that is unique to you, or perhaps a simple feeling or knowing will come over you. The ability to listen, honor and trust the inner is all that is required at this time. The ideal time to attune to your New Moon theme is exactly as the New Moon occurs, or at sunrise after the New Moon if the New Moon occurred during the night.

The New Moon

March 9, 2016 Total Solar Eclipse map

This March 9, 2016 (UT) (Mar 8 MST) New Moon produces a Total Eclipse lunar cycle. The eclipse path occurs in the Pacific Ocean. Totality can be seen in parts of Indonesia and other locations in the Pacific. A partial eclipse is visible in northeastern Australia, in southeast Asia, the Philippines, Guam, and the islands of Micronesia, even a bit in Hawaii. The eclipse begins at 23:19 UT with its maximum at 01:59 UT on March 9. Totality lasts for 4 minutes and 9 seconds. This Solar eclipse is number 52 of 73 in the Saros 130 series, all of which occur on the South Lunar Node. A penumbral lunar eclipse follows the total solar eclipse, occurring on the Full Moon of March 23. It is visible in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and the western Americas.

Generally, eclipse lunar cycles mark a time of shifting into a new octave of experience. They offer a time to resynchronize our selves with the ever-changing cosmic currents supporting our evolutionary progression in consciousness. Eclipses tend to bring about endings and new beginnings. How dramatic these changes can be is a function of star alignments (where in the zodiak they occur) and other aspecting planets occurring at the time of the eclipse. Although eclipses effect the entire Earth, they create a significant resonance upon Earth’s energy grid along the eclipse path. Eclipse influences generally last about six months, until the next eclipse occurs.

The area of our personal lives in which eclipses emphasize is a function of where they occur in the natal (and especially a relocated) chart. They can have a far greater effect in our lives when they conjoin other natal planets and personal points. Eclipses bring emphasis to issues related to the chart area and planets involved. They can bring these issues to a crisis point, which creates the need to work on these areas of life over the months ahead. Eclipses can be stressful or create upheaval if change is resisted or if addressing the emphasized issues is avoided.

New Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart


New Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
Subtract 0° 16' for the Galactic Ayanamsa

Solar eclipses offer opportunity to redefine concepts of self and the roles we play in the world, or how we articulate ourselves in life. They are about shifting octaves in the nature of our self-perception and self-expression, and addressing issues that keep us from doing so. They can invite a new beginning, way of life, or new way of participating in life.

Lunar eclipses tend to be more emotionally palpable in nature, how we feel about and respond to our life experience. They are about releasing the emotional bonds within ourselves that glue us to involvements that are less than we truly want or deserve. They are also about the emotional and experiential aspects of our relations with others and with the world. Lunar eclipses provide opportunity for an emotional resynchronization.

The New Moon occurs in the midst of a stellium of planets including Mercury, Neptune, Ceres and Chiron, all opposite retrograde Jupiter conjoining the North Lunar Node. The New Moon nests between and conjoins Ceres and Chiron.

The Sustained T-square

The Mercury-Ceres-Chiron conjunction on the South Lunar Node plays a key role in this lunar cycle, creating a sustained and extremely powerful T-square with the second Jupiter-Saturn geocentric square throughout the entire first half of this lunar cycle, with the exact Jupiter-Saturn square occurring on the Lunar Eclipse, and as Saturn makes its retrograde station.

March 2016 Graphic Ephemeris

Seismic Alert

This sustained T-square planetary configuration can create exceptionally strong geophysical and physiological resonances, especially when triggered by lunar aspects.

The solar eclipse not only occurs in the midst of significant planetary aspects, but also occurs very close to the Lunar Perigee, further accentuating geophysical resonances. Due to its occurrence amongst the stars of late Aquarius and its path across the Pacific, it is also aquatic in nature.

Critical times include the week leading into the March 9 solar eclipse, the few days leading into and just after the First Quarter Moon of March 14-15 and the Full Moon eclipse through the Jupiter-Saturn square and Saturn station, March 22-25. Pay Attention!

Section of the 2016 Graphic Ephemeris. Note the Solar Eclipse (yellow-ring) leading into the Jupiter-Saturn Square. Red highlights indicate creshendowing geophysical resonances.

Ceres

Due to her size and spherical shape, Ceres was reclassified as a “dwarf planet” in Aug 2006, along with Pluto and Eris—appropriately honoring Ceres to be the mother of the asteroids; and now places a “planet” in the orbital location where a planet should lie—in this case along with her many children.

Ceres by NASA's Dawn Spacecraft 2015

Ceres by NASA's Dawn Mission 2015

Ceres 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, agriculture, the environment and the seasons. Ceres is associated with food, clothing and that which shelters and protects. Due to Ceres association with the land and the environment, Ceres is often prominent in charts associated with environmental changes or geophysical events. Ceres reveals our ability to be in universal flow—the unification of giving and receiving as one flow of energy through ourselves. Ceres asks for acknowledgment of our inner needs, to have self love and self worth. Ceres is of concern and caring for others as well as for the Earth. Ceres is associated with fertility, the womb and stomach. Ceres' placement in the astrological chart reveals the areas of our lives where we seek nurturing and also where we tend to provide nurturing. More about Ceres.

Chiron

The Centaurs are somewhat rogue and radical in nature, believed to have entered into the realm of our outer solar system from the outside. Since the Centaurs do not have their own strong orbital resonance, they generally have unstable orbits and are greatly influenced by the orbital resonances of the larger planets, and thus synchronize with the orbits of the larger planets, acting as unique escorts from one planetary realm to another.

Chiron classically is the Wounded Healer, which means our wounds are that which heal us. Chiron's placement in a natal chart reveals areas in our lives where personal healing is required, where we need to find wholeness. Chiron acts as a bridge or escort between Saturn and Uranus. Chiron can indicate where a bridge is to be created and crossed, either from established, structured and crystallized patterns (Saturn) to radical new possibilities (Uranus), or to bring new discoveries and new levels of consciousness into concretized form. Prominent alignments with Chiron can indicate involvement in health-care or healing modalities, or with discoveries and new technologies applied in these areas. Chiron is also associated with the introduction of extraterrestrial technologies to humankind. More about Chiron.


Our New Moon Solar Eclipse occurs amongst the flowing waters dispensed from the Urn of Aquarius. It also conjoins Fum al Samakah, the mouth of the primordial fish, and it lies under the auspices of Pegasus, between Homam and Markab, and over the Phoenix, a sign of renewal, rising from the ashes.

Hydor, Lambda Aquarius, a fortuitous star, lies in and guides the stream of the flowing waters of the humanitarian waterbearer. Hydor simply means water. Phi, Chi and Psi, and Omega Aquarius extend from Hydor, further dispersing the stream.

New Moon Star Chart

All of these stars articulate and impel the dispersion or distribution of humanitarian or altruistic resources. The stream of Aquarius is of nourishment, of giving and bestowal. These stars bring inspiration to facilitate for others the ability to move into a greater flow or involvement in life, to make it possible for others to sculpt or cultivate lives that lead to the fulfillment of their pursuits. They impel the dissolution of limitations to achieve dreams and higher ideals. Along with southern Delta Sculptor and Beta Horologium, they accelerate and facilitate, providing creative options, especially when time is of the essence.

Homam, Zeta Pegasus, a fortuitous star, is "lucky star of the hero," also "lucky star of the high-minded man." Homam, on the neck of Pegasus imparts somewhat of an ambitious warrior spirit. It inspires a strong inner drive to find a solution to our physical needs by surmounting our obstacles. Homan inspires us to emerge, to reach forward and find a passage beyond our apparent limitations. Homam inspires achievement and success.

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

Fum al Samakah, Beta Pisces, extends from the Circlet into late sidereal Aquarius. Fum al Samakah articulates the human body's fundamental need for nourishment and impels the development of the means to fulfill that need through agricultural, biological and genetic sciences. It impels the practical application of the art-sciences developed in Aquarius in a way that supports humanity’s emergence from the psychic and emotional turmoil, entrapment, and physical degeneration common to human's existing genetic aberration.

Beta Horologium, of the pendulum clock, conjoins Homam and adds an additional element to the theme here. Although we may have completed a leg of life or may have arrived to some solution, Beta Horologium reminds us that there is still finite time to continue onward to reach our destination or achieve our objectives. Conjoining Delta Sculptor brings us a choice, or makes apparent there is more than one way to forge ahead and to sculpt our future.

Also conjoining are Beta and Delta Phoenix. Beta Phoenix marks the body or heart of the Phoenix. Delta is a part of the tail along with Psi. The Phoenix is an astronomical symbol of a cyclic period, and that of death and rebirth, along with the theme of rising from the ashes or trials of the past, to achieve a renewal or re-birth.

This lunar cycle, and the several months ahead, brings emphasis to humanity's fundamental need for nourishment, common to all people beyond any cultural or societal disparities, and the means to make that nourishment available to all people. It brings emphasis to address human physical conditions, as well as humanity's deeper societal issues. It impels us to rise from a mentality based in segregation to recognize the entire human race is one family. It brings an altruistic focus to cultivate a healthy and prosperous human race. It can impel involvement in the arts and sciences, particularly those focused toward physical health, wellbeing and human betterment. It can inspire personal healing work of all types. Ceres brings environmental, ecological and agricultural issues to the forefront.

The Solar Eclipse T-Square

The 2016 Jupiter-Saturn Square

The Ceres-Chiron Solar Eclipse / Saturn / Jupiter T-Square, is a part of the second geocentric Jupiter-Saturn square. This square occurs after the heliocentric (synodic) square, which means that we are now in the actual last quarter of the 20-year Jupiter Saturn Cycle. Prior to the heliocentric square, an inner need to change was emerging in consciousness. Now, the second and third geocentric squares impel us to begin to actualize change.

March 2016 Solar Eclipse Jupiter-Saturn T-Square

This South Node Solar Eclipse T-Square, and this lunar cycle, creates a powerful force to let go of constructs in our lives that no longer provide room for growth, movement and expansion. In other words, we have grown as far as the limits imposed by those constructs have permitted. It is now time to either begin to change those constructs so they can allow a greater level of growth, expansion and fulfillment, or to dismantle those constructs all together. This Eclipse T-Square brings this to a crisis point, which becomes a strong undercurrent for the next six months. Think of a T-Square like a loaded crossbow about to release, and it will fire. This sustained T-Square configuration makes this crossbow even stronger and more potent.

Astrologers Note: A T-Square is one configuration of a midpoint configuration. When any planet lies at the midpoint between two other planets, independent of any aspect, that mid-point planet creates a perfect "geometric mean" with the other two planets such that it becomes the mediator for and expression of the other two planets. Sustained midpoint configurations are especially catalytic. Sustained heliocentric midpoint configurations create especially strong solar system resonances, which accentuate the potential for geophysical and societal change catalized by additional planetary aspects.

The New Jupiter Synodic Cycle

The Sun's opposition to Jupiter also means a Sun-Earth-Jupiter alignment, which initiates the new 399-day Earth-Jupiter synodic cycle, actually occurring just hours before the eclipse. The best time to attune to a new synodic theme is under the stars, when the planet passes over your meridian; i.e, on your location's midheaven (MC). This is when a planet's longitudinal gravitational waves linking with those emanating from Earth's core directly resonate with a specific location. The night sky will be especially dark without the Moon lighting the sky, making for great viewing of Jupiter and a few of its moons.

Jupiter

Jupiter, King of the Planets, imparts a mobilizing and expansive force. It stimulates fluidity in movement, vitality and enthusiasm. It is of reciprocity—how we receive and re-express that which we have gained as gifts to the world. Jupiter is sociable and expresses in openness and willingness to palpate and embrace life, people and experience. It imparts a kinesthetic and magnetic quality; and reveals our physical fitness, strength and coordination.

Jupiter motivates us to aspire for something larger in our lives, beyond our current bounds. Jupiter will tend to magnify and expand the qualities of any other planet that it conjoins. Jupiter is often associated with money and the flow of resources because Jupiter is a mobilizing force and money is a mobilizing agent.

Jupiter is of higher or natural law, as compared to man’s laws. It is of Spiritual Truth and stimulates action upon this greater truth. Jupiter is sociable, serendipitous, opportunistic, fortunate and lucky; with taste for and appreciation of elegance end beauty (along with Venus). It is fun loving, good natured, free and independent. Jupiter impels us to participate freely in the material world and to participate in universal flow. More about Jupiter.


This is an especially significant synodic cycle due to the Jupiter-Saturn square, the Jupiter-Neptune opposition, it occurring on the eclipse, and Jupiter's Lunar North Node passage. The magnetic moment (directional movement of force) of the South Node Solar Eclipse expresses into or impregnates retrograde Jupiter, and thus an inward expansion of consciousness, which will become outward motivation after Jupiter completes its retrograde.

The Earth-Jupiter synod occurs in late Leo. It lies under the auspices of Mizar of the Great Bear and conjoins Asterion of Canes Venatici; Delta Velorum of Argo Navis; and the Pulsar CP1133 in Leo.

NGC 4151 spiral galaxy

NGC 4151 is a spiral galaxy with an actively growing supermassive black hole at its center. This composite image of NGC 4151 contains X-rays from Chandra (blue), optical data (yellow), and radio emission (red).

Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/J.Wang et al.; Optical: Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, La Palma/Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope, Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA

Mizar of the Great Bear, Zeta Ursa Major, is the overseeing and predominant star of this area of the zodiak. Mizar, and its companion Alcor, 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 clear creative vision. Mizar brings attention to the use of our creative energies, our 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 tends to express in a grand way, in character with showy and dramatic Leo. Mizar imparts a dynamic, action oriented creative artistic expression.

Asterion and the conjoining Seyfert Galaxy NGC4151, both of the barking hounds, Canes Venatici, conjoin Mizar. Seyfert galaxies are spiral galaxies that have very dense and bright 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.

Although of a dynamic, outgoing, artistic creative character, Mizar and Asterion expressing through the energetics at the hind of the Lion can also produce a lot of dramatic racket and fiery commotion due to toxic conditions or an unrefined awareness. This can also be a part of the often diversionary tactics intended to mislead and distract the unsuspecting from the real issues or path at hand, a theme common to late Leo.

The conjoining Pulsar CP1133 in Leo provides a constant reminder 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. Delta Velorum reveals an opening or way through the diversionary dramatics in the global arena for those who are able to function on more refined evolutionary currents, transcendent to primal and emotional reactive responses.

Saturn-Neptune Square Timeline

This new Earth-Jupiter synodic theme and the 399-day cycle impels dynamic, expansive, mobilizing and wide-sweeping creative expression, but can also exaggerate diversionary tactics through grand spectacle. Jupiter's retrograde impels an inward expansion of conscious awareness to discern the truth and what is of true value hidden behind the dramatic and deceptive antics occurring in the world. The inward expansion and wisdom gained during Jupiter's retrograde, and this new synodic theme, will externalize when Jupiter completes its retrograde on May 9, and especially when Jupiter crosses the North Lunar Node in late June. See the 2016 Graphic Ephmeris for more details.

Jupiter's Lunar Node conjunction occurs within the Jupiter-Chiron opposition, which began in November or 2015 and continues through August of 2016. This opposition is the mid-point of realization in the Jupiter-Chiron cycle, which is a part of the compounded Jupiter-Chiron-Neptune cycle that began in September to 2009. The Chiron-Neptune synthesis occurring then impelled a healing journey into deeper more transcendent areas of self to clear our veils, or lacework of cellular patterns, that keep us bound in illusions and delusions, to clear out our own neurological web.

Many people on Earth, if not the mass majority, function primarily from the reptilian and limbic (mammalian) parts of the triune brain, the former responsible for autonomic function and survival responses, and the latter responsible for emotional and social responses. This is why propaganda and advertising is so effective to sway the masses into blind followings. The neo-cortex, or human brain, is the third part of the triune brain. It, used to a mere fraction of its capacity by most people, creates our capacity to think for ourselves and to aspire for the greater evolutionary wellbeing of the human race, beyond reactive primal and emotional responses. Expansive and mobilizing Jupiter, along with the Sun, the two most powerful forces in our solar system, resonate with the neo-cortex. Jupiter's bio-harmonics are ideal to support the activation and expansion of the neo-cortex and our humanitarian capacity.

The Jupiter bio-harmonic audio meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, The New Moon through the Jupiter-Saturn square and Saturn station (Mar 25) is an ideal time to work with the Saturn and Jupiter audio meditations. See this Month's Lunar Calendar for exact aspect times; or the "Lunar Cycle Timing Chart" found under the "Resources" menu on the Planetary Bio-Harmonics web page.

Crescent Moon Phase CharacteristicsCrescent Moon Crescent Moon
Characteristic just BEFORE the Crescent Moon
Ending the Sprouting Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Releasing Restricting Patterns

Just prior to the first Crescent Moon, we can realize the opportunity for growth that the Lunar Cycle has to offer. What surfaces now is: How I would have done this in the past, the old or established ways, based on past experience. Here we have the opportunity to let go of any limiting or restricting thought patterns, much like sluffing off the protective sheath of a seed now beginning to sprout, as that sheath would only limit the unfoldment of the new theme and our own growth. The Crescent Moon marks the time when the theme would like to grow into a more expansive form. By consciously honoring, accepting in love, and letting go of our old concepts, we allow ourselves to move forth into the expansive growing phase of the Lunar Cycle.
Characteristic just AFTER the Crescent Moon.
Beginning the Growing Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Expanding upon the Theme

This is a time when the currently held vision begins to expand into a greater form. New possibilities of unfoldment would like to grow—possibilities not realized before. This 3 1/2 day Growng Phase is a time of engaging our creativity and integrating it with the original theme, identifying its unique and full potential. It is a time of allowing a realistic and achievable plan of action to evolve, a time of inspiration, and a time to have faith in ours creative process.

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.

The Crescent Moon occurs on March 12 in sidereal Aries. Conjoining stars include Hamal of Aries; Alphirk of Cepheus; Caph and Schedar of Cassiopeia; Apin of Trianguluml and the Fornax Galaxy Cluster.

The NGC 1365 Spiral Galaxy

South of Triangulum and conjoining Apin is the Fornax Galaxy Cluster. The NGC 1365 Spiral Galaxy (shown here) marks the center of the Fornax cluster of galaxies and provides the initiatory fire while in the whale (Cetus) of human experience; while passing through sidereal Aries. Image Credit: FORS Team, 8.2-meter VLT Antu, ESO

This area of the zodiak is predominately about the Royal Family, created by King Cepheus, Queen Cassiopeia, and their daughter the princess Andromeda, which all lie north of the ecliptic. Cetus lies just south of the ecliptic with its body submerged in the waters of Pisces and with its neck and head reaching up onto the shores of Aries. Further south is Eridanus, the River of Life; and Fornax the Furnace.

The stars of the King and Queen often depict individuals in positions who are able to aid, are affluent and have authority. There are two primary expressions of the King and Queen. One is pompous, arrogant and pretentious, with an air of denial to matters deemed to be beneath them. The other is beneficent, generous, wise and compassionate, willing to aid others in lesser positions or who need assistance. Which is dominant, or both, depends upon one's level of life experience, emotional maturity and spiritual awareness.

In the story of Andromeda and Royal Family, Queen Cassiopeia’s boastful arrogance that her daughter, princess Andromeda, was more beautiful than Poseidon's Nereids, the nymphs of the sea, peeved Poseidon. As punishment, Poseidon sent Cetus the Sea Monster to ravage the shores of Ethiopia, which Queen Cassiopeia and King Cepheus ruled. Cepheus was advised that the only way to appease Poseidon was to sacrifice is daughter, the Princess Andromeda, to Cetus. In acquiescence, the King had Andromeda chained to the cliff at the sea to be devoured by Cetus. Andromeda, although inheriting this unfortunate sentence, has a far greater and fortuitous destiny awaiting her. Perseus eventually kills Cetus and frees Andromeda. Perseus and Andromeda marry and they go on to create a city and rule a kingdom that bores the Persian world.

Sharatan, Mesartim and Hamal of Aries form the head of the ram. Hamal, Alpha Aries, is the butting head of the Ram, and also the shepherd teaching us how to lead. Hamal reveals that the struggles we face in the physical world are due to attempts to forcefully direct our lives or those of others. Such attempts are generally based upon a separatist, judgmental, and righteous me-against-them attitude, which often leads us deeper into the initiatory fires of life in which we may already find ourselves.

Schedar, Alpha Cassiopeia, the head of the Queen, tightly conjoining Hamal, impels somewhat of a prideful and arrogant tone, often caught up in the glitter of power upon the human stage. Immature challenge and boast can express here with ramifications only accentuating the drama of the tightening jaws of fear-based collective consciousness (Cetus) and the butting response provided by the head of the Ram. Hamal and Schedar can express as power struggles amongst leaders or those who are headstrong, with lessons about how arrogance creates struggle in the material world, and how compassion opens the way through.

Caph, the palm of Queen Cassiopeia’s hand, imparts a gentle and tender ability to be a true guiding and stabilizing force. Caph provides an in-between or holding place, and indicates the need for arbitration, meeting, and compromise in the midst of the heat of battle. A truce, honoring perhaps even un-resolvable differences, is required. Calm, composure, level-headedness, and emotional balance are required to come to this place between, and the dramatic conflict we have been in is often a necessary prerequisite to do so. Caph is often indicative of a female in an authoritative position offering aid.

Alphirk brings empathetic support, a door easily opened in the physical, but only manifesting after a long and arduous journey through the initiatory fires of life. Alphirk is a demonstrable force working though the world that actually lifts us from the struggles of life, or alters conditions in a way that otherwise would be impossible through one's own effort alone. Alphirk is often indicative of a male in an authoritative position offering aid.

Apin and the stars of Triangulum impel us to see forces, generally those of an authoritative position of power, that apparently seem against us and to be avoided are the very forces that can aid us if we surrender our judgmental attitudes. Apin inspires unbiased action from unity consciousness.

Our Crescent Moon inspires greater personal attainment for freedom out from under the control of greater forces, perhaps motivated from unrest due to unjust conditions of suppression or entrapment that simply cannot continue. How we respond is of issue. Forceful actions based from spite or arrogance are optional but with consequences. Benevolent and compassionate aid, given or received is alternative.

The Sun enters sidereal Pisces on March 15, just after the Moon creates a potent Grand Square with Mercury-Ceres-Chiron, Jupiter and stationing Saturn—in the crescendo of the First Quarter Moon.

First Quarter Moon Phase CharacteristicsFirst Quarter Moon First Quarter Moon
Characteristic just BEFORE the First Quarter Moon
Ending the Growing Phase of the Lunar Cycle
External Stimulus

Just before first-quarter moon, we draw an external stimulus to ourselves. This is some event outside of self occurring in our lives or in the world that impels a challenge to act on the creative ideas we have been evolving. The external stimulus provides the impetus to move forth from the inspirational quarter of the lunar cycle into the action quarter. This is a time when any fears or doubts hidden within may surface to be embraced. To move forward through the I can’ts and the reasons why not is to move through our own limitations into a new level of self-empowerment. Not stepping into action results in opportunity lost and no growth. Many people drop the ball at this point in the lunar cycle. Don't be one.
Characteristic just AFTER the First Quarter Moon.
Beginning the Flowering Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Initiate Action

Now is the time to drop all hesitation and take the steps to move forth on what you were inspired about. The inspiration is now gone, it is time to now participate in trust and knowing. Remember, the flower that is about to burst forth from the bud is not yet visible. Trust in the process. Demonstrate this trust in physical action and you will be supported. The creative tension brought forth by the external stimulus now shifts into opportunity and unfoldment. This is a time for practical application of your talents. This time is stressful or traumatic only if action is ignored. What you are putting together now is the groundwork for the manifestation of the theme. Simply, this phase is a time to work.

First Quarter Moon
Initiate Action

First Quarter Moon
First Quarter Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

First Quarter Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley

Note also the interlocking Yods to Eris and Vesta-Haumea

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 March 15 on the Taurus-Gemini cusp, now with the Sun entering the wet, sensual, emotional, psychic and amorphous world of Pisces. Conjoining stars include Al Hecka of Taurus, the Super Nova Remnant of July 4, 1054 CE, and the Crab Nebula and Pulsar; and Alnitak of Orion's Belt.

El Nath and Al Hecka, the latter on the cusp of sidereal Taurus / Gemini, lie over the head and belt of Orion, and south of Auriga, the charioteer. The Horns of the Bull articulate the pursuit, struggle, and engagement in the physical world.

Al Hecka, Zeta Taurus, the south horn, is of stalemates, standoffs, and brick walls—fighting old and antiquated crusades—particularly of a religious-political nature—and blindly or automatically continuing the fight out of habitual pattern even though the original purpose behind what we were fighting for is long gone. Al Hecka can express as beating one’s head against the wall, a relentless and futile pursuit. Al Hecka brings attention to when the accomplishment pursued is of a time no longer applicable—the time to surrender the physical struggle and move onward into a field of mutual cooperation.

El Nath, Beta Taurus, motivates tenacious perseverance for accomplishment. It inspires the drive to achieve a breakthrough. El Nath inspires a worthy pursuit for our future freedom.

The Crab Nebula

This photo shows a three colour composite of the well-known Crab Nebula (M1), as observed with the FORS2 instrument in imaging mode in the morning of November 10, 1999. It is the remnant of a supernova explosion at a distance of about 6,000 light-years, observed almost 1000 years ago, in the year 1054. It contains a neutron star near its center that spins 30 times per second around its axis. Image & Caption Credit: ESO

Alignments with the Horns ask us to discern the difference between causes of worthy pursuit verses those driven from antiquated motive. They can produce either type of experience depending on the exactness of the alignments to one horn or the other, as well as a blend of both qualities—thus the need to discern whether tenacious perseverance is required or if is time to simply let the struggle go. This is the true bullhead few degrees of Taurus, which can produce one who is driven, insistent, contentious, even forceful—for either the North Horn or South Horn theme.

Conjoining the South Horn is the bright Crab Nebula M1, along with the Crab Pulsar 3C144, the remnant of the famous Super Nova of July 4, 1054 CE. Supernovas stimulate a renaissance in consciousness. This massive supernova, documented by Chinese and Arabian observers, was visible for 23 days in broad daylight. It was six times brighter than Venus and was only outshone by the Sun and Moon, taking a year to become invisible. 1054 CE is the year of what is known as the Great Schism between the Eastern and Western (Orthodox and Catholic; Greek and Latin; Byzantine and Roman); when a decisive split occurred between the Roman and Orthodox Churches with the Orthodox Church rejecting the papal authority from Rome. The Great Schism marked the start of the High Middle Ages.

This Supernova’s energetic blueprint adds a significant energetic time-stream to the South Horn theme, adding the momentum of past that feeds those fighting antiquated crusades today.

Our First Quarter Moon's stimulus can trigger militaristic-political responses in the world. In the context of the lunar cycle theme, especially with Ceres and Chiron in the mix, this does not necessarily imply destructive responsive actions, although it could incite militaristic responses to antagonistic or destructive scenarios, or threats to survival caused by sociopolitical factions or by other natural forces. On a personal level, discordant events or infelicitous conditions can motivate action. Although action is appropriate, discernment is required to determine if we are reacting from patterns of behavior that keep alive limiting constructs or life scenarios based upon antiquated ideologies we fear to leave behind, or if we are consciously acting with emotional clarity that lead us from our repetitive struggles and confines of the past.

The day leading into all lunar phase shifts are ideal times for meditation, and First Quarter Moons are ideal mediative times to clear fears inhibiting action. This pre-First Quarter Moon's square configuration to the Lunar Nodes makes this an especially ideal time for meditation, as lunar and emotional resonances are especially high.

Gibbous Moon Phase CharacteristicsGibbous Moon Gibbous Moon
Characteristic just BEFORE the Gibbous Moon
Ending the Flowering Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Pushing Through

The latter part of the Flowering Phase, leading into the Pollinating Phase, requires perseverance to push through, to push open. Consistent application of your energies is a demonstration of your inner commitment to self. You are pushing through past limitations of self into a new level of self-confidence and integrating your greater potential with personal will. The flower bursts open on the Gibbous Moon.
Characteristic just AFTER the Gibbous Moon
Beginning the Pollinating Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Attraction & Involvement

This phase brings a strong desire to connect and involve with others. The outer and opposite is alluring. It is a time of exploration and involvement with others. Flowers not only blossom to reveal their beauty, but their functional purpose is to provide the pollination required to bear fruit. This interaction brings clarity of purpose and builds into the enthusiastic energy required for fulfillment. Communication and intermixing of energies is highlighted. The purpose is to be of value to each other, stimulating creativity. Share your vision and direction, what you have been working on. The 3 1/2-day Pollinating Phase is a social time, which will culminate on the Full Moon.

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.

The Gibbous Moon occurs on March 19 in sidereal Cancer, hours before the Equinox. The Moon conjoins Dubhe of Ursa Major, Acubens of Cancer, and Zeda Hydra.

Dubhe, the primary (Alpha) star of the Great Bear, is the principal and overseeing star in this area of the heavens. Dubhe impels us to pursue a greater vision beyond the accepted political-religious-big-business dogmas of the human world that keep humanity in darkness and delusion. Dhube impels those whose interest is the greater welfare and nourishment of the people to take a stand against the totalitarian elite whose intent is in dominating, suppressing and controlling humanity.

At a personal level, Dubhe impels us to emerge from our own personal belief structures and limiting life patterns that keep us bound in life scenarios that are less than those we truly want. Dubhe inspires us to do all we can to achieve the greater vision that we hold for our lives—for the true nourishment, fulfillment, and freedom we seek. Dubhe supports us to strive for a new and better future rather than merely staying reactive to the limitations we have already created and reinforce with our existing beliefs.

Acubens, Alpha Cancer lies next to the open star cluster M67, composed of about 500 stars, one of most ancient star clusters known (~10 billion years). Acubens and M67 expresses as a long established heritage, lineage, inheritance, birthright, or something passed down through generations. Acubens impels a need to protect, collect and nurture, also to hide and shelter, the essence of the Crab. However, Acubens can also articulate our entrapment in dogma. This can be the current political / religious beliefs of the times, as well as that created by our personal belief structures—the ideas we hold about our lives and the experiences we have in our lives—often inherited. Acubens can impel a tenacious and stubborn resistance to release the patterns we hold that keep us entrapped in limiting life scenarios.

Zeta Hydra lies immediately south of Acubens. Delta through Zeta Hydra and Pulsar CP0834 (which conjoins northern Gianfar of Draco, the poisoned place) create Hydra's head. Zeta Hydra and surrounding stars indicate a multifarious undermining source of destruction (every time Hercules took off one the Hydra's heads, it immediately grew another). The conjunction of Acubens with the stars forming Hydra's head reveals that the repetitive undermining experiences in our lives are manifest from our own tenacious belief structures, and they are not easily eradicated, much like pealing the layers of an onion to get to its core.

Associated Quasar 3C206 of Hydra, one of the brightest & closest quasars, suggest that although our dogmatic beliefs can take rather strange and unexplainable forms, they are not outside the realm of our own creation. They are however laser-like in their power; and when overcoming the symptom of one underlying pattern, that pattern can emerge again merely in another symptomatic form. The underlying patterns must be addressed not just their symptoms. Quasar 3C206 reminds us to not be naïve to the powerful momentum of our beliefs and the undermining behavioral patterns they can create. This quasar tells us to not turn our backs on that momentum, to know it may take more than one attempt to overcome our dogma's tenacity.

Our Gibbous Moon emphasizes our need to evolve a new vision for our lives, personally and globally, that is truly nurturing to ourselves and to all people and that supports greater freedom and wellbeing rather than continuing to allow bureaucracies, that serve special interests and clandestine plans, to control, manipulate and keep people entrapped in darkness and delusion.

The Equinox occurs on March 20 at 4:30:09 UT (March 19 at 9:30:09 PM MST)

The Jupiter-Saturn Square #2

The 2016 Jupiter-Saturn Square

The second of three Jupiter-Saturn geocentric squares occurs on March 23, just before the Full Moon eclipse. This occurs with Jupiter retrograde and Saturn stationing about to begin its retrograde, which occurs just after the Full Moon on March 25.

The Jupiter-Saturn heliocentric square occurred on September 21, 2015, which marks the actual 270° square in the 20-year cycle that began in June of 2000. The heliocentric square expresses through three geocentric squares occurring on August 3, 2015, March 23, 2016 (with Jupiter retrograde), and May 26, 2016 (with Saturn retrograde).

Jupiter-Saturn cycles, created by the two most massive planets in our solar system, are one of the most powerful and influential in our solar system dynamics. Jupiter-Saturn cycles significantly interact and breathe with the Sun, synchronizing with solar cycles, which in turn drive climatic cycles.

Saturn demonstrates and validates by concretizing in form that which Jupiter expands to embrace. Jupiter expands and mobilizes what Saturn consolidates and solidifies. In so doing, these 20-year cycles influence the very breath of the Sun and subsequently life throughout our solar system. Jupiter-Saturn cycles are fundamental to growth. Jupiter tends to magnify the limitations Saturn imposes. Jupiter stimulates the expansion of new growth upon the established structures Saturn solidifies.

This last quarter Jupiter-Saturn square, occurring now, impels movement and expansion away from societal models, sociopolitical structures, and constructs in our personal lives that have now become limiting and restricting to new growth, an energetic set in motion throughout 2016, one that will continue throughout the last quarter of this 20-year cycle, into 2020. The last quarter of a cycle is about pruning, plowing under the crops and preparing the soil so new growth can emerge in the upcoming cycle. The existing constructs in our lives simply can not support any further growth, thus we either modify those constructs so they can allow a greater level of growth and expansion, or we dismantle those constructs all together.

This specific Jupiter-Saturn cycle, which began in June of 2000 and completes in 2020, is unique because it finalizes with the triple conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. This means that the completion, and start, of three cycles coincide in 2020—the 20-year Jupiter-Saturn cycle, the 12.5-year Jupiter-Pluto cycle and the 37-year Saturn-Pluto cycle. This creates a significant completion period (2016-2020) culminating in 2020, a pivotal year, which catalyzes a primary reset for society, and which initiates a significant new evolutionary current as these three new cycles simultaneously engage.

Jupiter Saturn Pluto Cycles 1980-2020


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 CharacteristicsFull Moon Full Moon
Characteristic just BEFORE the Full Moon
Ending the Pollinating Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Vision & Enthusiasm

The latter part of this phase, building up to the Full Moon, matures our efforts into vision and enthusiasm. It is the intermixing of opposites that creates the magic to bear the fruit of our passions. The day and night just before the Full Moon is the most potent, exhilarating energy—a dynamic social and alchemical time. The Full Moon marks the point of coition in the lunar cycle, the climax, the point of excitement, a time of celebration.
Characteristic just AFTER the Full Moon
Beginning the Fruit Bearing Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Realization of the Theme

The day just after the Full Moon is a time to kick back and relax. This phase begins as if waking from a sleep. It is a time for the realization of the theme to emerge, of what the activities of the first half of the lunar cycle, culminating into the enthusiasm of the Full Moon, are really about. Relax and allow this realization to occur. There is no need to force it as it surfaces on its own.

The Full Moon
Vision, Enthusiasm, & Realization of the Theme

Full Moon

This Full Moon, occurring on March 23, produces a penumbral lunar eclipse. The eclipse is visible in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and the western Americas.

Full Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart
Full Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

Full Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley
Subtract 0° 16' for the Galactic Ayanamsa

The Sun conjoins Mercury opposite the Moon, which conjoins the Dwarf Planet Makemake. This means the planetary alignment is Mercury-Sun-Earth-Moon Makemake. This also initiates a new Earth-Makemake annual synodic cycle, a rather significant one due to the eclipse. The Mercury-Sun conjunction marks the mid-point in the current ~116-day Mercury synodic cycle, which began in January, presented in the January 10, 2016 Lunar Planner.


Makemake

Makemake (pronounced MAH-keh MAH-keh - “e” is pronounced “ay” in Polynesian) is the Polynesian name for the creator god of humanity in the mythology of the South Pacific island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Makemake was recently discovered on March 31, 2005. Based upon an exploration of Makemake’s orbital parameters and its recent role during the 2008-2011 economic turn, Makemake appears to bring attention to leadership issues regarding the administration of resources; and in areas involving economics, ecology and human survival. Makemake may also impel strategic planning and enterprising action to create environmental conditions that ensure a healthy, prosperous and abundant life for groups or for the people in general. Makemake may also act to sort out those who are truly worthy of being in a leadership role from those who are not. More about Makemake.


The Makemake Full Moon eclipse resides in Virgo conjoining Zaniah of Virgo; Turais Carina of Argo Navis; Beta Coma Berenices; Theta Bootes; and is influenced by Virgo Cluster of Galaxies (Super Galactic Center).

M100 Spiral Galaxy in the Virgo Cluster

M100 Spiral Galaxy in the Virgo Cluster
Image Credit: Hubble, NASA and STScI - The Virgo Cluster has about 2000 member galaxies, in which our Local Supercluster (also called Virgo or Coma-Virgo Supercluster) resides.

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

Conjoining Zaniah in the northern heavens is the Beta star of Coma Berenices. Coma Berenices stands alone in this area of the heavens, slightly north of and over early sidereal Virgo. The stars forming Coma Berenices are not necessarily connected to any surrounding constellations other than being associated with Virgo. This makes sense when we realize that the North Galactic Pole (NGP) resides in Coma (5° sidereal Virgo), as does our Super Galactic Center (SGC) (~7° sidereal Virgo). Coma Berenices is a recent name, but Diadem, the Alpha Star of Coma, articulates the essence of this grouping of stars.

Diadem lies just north of the Virgin's head. Diadem is the jeweled crown above Virgin's head. Ornate Crowns in antiquity were designed with specific metals, jewels, and geometries to accentuate the wearer's telepathic and clairvoyant capacities, and for their communion with transcendent realms of consciousness. Diadem and the stars of Coma radiate the high spiritual essence of the Super Galactic Center, and impel us to attune to our spiritual / soul guidance. Beta Coma Berenices, conjoining Zaniah, emphasizes our need to apply personal will according to our spiritual / soul guidance, which expresses through the magnetic forces of nature, in the messages provided by the world around us. Beta of Coma impels the administration and application of our spiritual guidance in our physical lives.

Quite north of and over Coma Berenices and our Super Galactic Centre, is Theta Boötes, along with Iota and Kappa of Boötes, extending from Lambda Boötes, and which form his upraised left hand, taking a stance against old totalitarian medaling world powers that would like to suppress and control the creative process, the environment and the evolution of souls. Boötes is protector and consort of the Virgin, protector of the divine feminine principle.

Conjoining Zaniah in the southern heavens is Turais Carina and Phi Velorum, both of Argo Navis, which lie along the galactic equator, and thus are more associated with our longer-term soul-level sojourn and evolutionary course.
Turais (Aspidiske) of the Argo is a rather rare white supergiant star that shines with a luminosity of 4900 times our Sun, with a radius estimated to be about 40 times that of our Sun. Galactic Turais and Phi Velorum puts ecliptical Zaniah's "right use of will" into a greater evolutionary context, one with cosmic ramifications that extend throughout spacetime. Our acts of will are not isolated, cut off and limited to the moment itself, but extend into the past-future time-stream of the soul influencing the continuous cosmic currents in soul's greater evolutionary journey in ways that are unseen in the action moment.

Turais asks us to extend our awareness into this time-stream, while Zaniah inspires clear action in the moment from soul's and nature's guiding influence. Thus each action moment is one punctual droplet of many composing a continuous time-stream that formulates the path or wave upon which soul travels. Turais invites us to recognize our actions extend into and influence not only the nature of our own lives, but also the lives of others, effecting the meandering currents in an ocean of being. They set up resonances in spacetime that define the nature of experiences yet to come for our selves and in the evolutionary journey of all involved. Turais adds a sense of "cosmic responsibility" for what we "put into motion" through Zaniah's "right use of will."

Our Makemake Lunar Eclipse brings our Aquarius New Moon lunar cycle to its culmination. It brings us to examine if we are attuning to and living from our greater spiritual/soul guidance though demonstrable action with consideration for the long-term ramifications for all life. It asks us if we are taking responsibility for the effects of our moment-by-moment actions upon the durative timestream guiding our evolutionary course. Leadership regarding the administration of physical and financial resources, if not the entire global economy, becomes of issue over the several months ahead. Uranus now approaching its conjunction with Revati of Pisces (and on its way to conjoin Eris) may also contribute to unexpected, perhaps radical, changes regarding money and the economy over the months ahead.

The Mercury bio-harmonic audio meditation

For those who have the Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations, the Sun-Mercury conjuntion is an ideal time to work with the Mercury 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.

Also see: The Bio-energetics of Specific Planets.

Saturn Retrograde

Saturn (square Jupiter) begins its retrograde on March 25 in Ophiuchus standing over the Scorpion, and conjoining Ras Algethi of Hercules. Saturn will begin its new synodic cycle with Earth in the midst of its retrograde on Jun 33, 2016. It will complete its retrograde on August 13, 2016. More about Saturn Synods.

Disseminating Moon Phase CharacteristicsDisseminating Moon Disseminating Moon
Characteristic just BEFORE the Disseminating Moon
Ending the Fruit Bearing Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Movement & Participation

The latter part of this phase shifts rapidly. A sense of urgency is felt. It is a time to bring forth the fruits of our actions. On the day before the Disseminating Moon, it is as if there is more to do than there is time for. It is a time of much commotion with last minute details seeming to appear from nowhere. Keep cool and accelerate, making those last-minute preparations. A birthing is at hand.
Characteristic just AFTER the Disseminating Moon
Beginning the Harvesting Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Manifestation & Demonstration

This is a time for the fruits of our labors to manifest and for lessons to become tangible. Whether the fruit of this cycle is in the form of inner growth or outer manifestation, it is that which will support the true nourishment of ourselves and others. Share your fruit. This is a time to give forth that which was learned or created, and to receive the same from others. Demonstrable expression and the imparting of our gifts anchors into the structure of our consciousness the self-empowerment gained from this Lunar Cycle.

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 March 27 in sidereal Libra. Conjoining stars include Brachium of Libra, on the southern claw of the Scorpion; Unukalhai of Serpens and the stars forming the neck and head of the Sepent; Alpha Lupus; and Beta Centauri. This is also the location of Nova Cen 2013, which erupted in the first week of December 2013, and which brought stimulus and emphasis to the theme of this area of the heavens.

Beta Centauri and Alpha Centauri, along with the stars of Lupus, straddle the cusp of sidereal Scorpio. Beta Centauri embodies the experiential and transformational path of self-mastery in the physical world. This is an initiatory process of growth encountered as we enter into sidereal Scorpio and the realm of Ophiuchus, one required to embody the higher-order resonances this area of the heavens offers. Beta Centauri impels demonstrable action to choose a physical journey of personal refinement, akin to a vision quest, to allow the death of a lesser way of living for a rebirth into a refined way of living. Beta Centauri impels us to do what is required in the physical world to achieve true spiritual self-mastery and to live from that self-mastery in our daily lives.

The mythical image here is of the Centaur placing the “wild beast” Lupus, which he holds firmly clutched in his right hand, on the Centaur’s altar to be sacrificed. The meaning is that a sacrifice and offering of the beast within must be a conscious and deliberate action and requires one to energetically take hold with determination and conviction because our lesser patterns of behavior will not go to the altar of transmutation willingly.

For one not on a path of self mastery, this can also express as avoidance, contortions and squirming to get out of having to surrender lower self and to address, own up, and take responsibility for our life experience.

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

Unukalhai (Alpha Serpens), from (Unk al Hayyah) along with Beta Serpens, form the neck and head of the serpent, the two primary stars of consideration for astrological purpose. They lie north of the Zubeneschamali and Agena, Beta Centauri, teacher of self-mastery. Beta, Gamma, Kappa, Rho and Iota form the head of the Serpent, and they conjoin Epsilon, Iota and Delta of the Northern Crown.

Ophiuchus

In our stellar image, Ophiuchus stands upon the Scorpion, with the serpent (Serpentis) coiled around his body and held in his hands. The neck and head of the serpent reach and point 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, having claimed one's true self-mastery—as a (soul infused) being, in mastery over the forces of life and death.

Unukalhai’s close conjunction with Zubeneschamali articulates the need to claim one's self-mastery beyond entrapment in the re-incarnational clutches, and to live in that mastery, to demonstrate it—a part of the theme of Zubeneschamali, the dharmic seat—to step forth from the one's karmic cycle of growth.

The entire image of Ophiuchus standing upon the scorpion with this magnificent snake reaching for the North Crown represents the goal of claiming our self-mastery and attaining our evolutionary fulfillment out of the karmic-dharmic duality-based reincarnational process of soul growth—out of the perpetuated patterns of growth we had become entrapped in.

Our Demonstrable Moon impels us to take responsibility for our life experience rather than living as if victims to our life scenarios. It requires we realize there is a wide dynamic of forces that mold our experience and that it is up to us to do whatever is required in the midst of these forces with passionate assertive action to become responsible creators of our paths ahead and the new world paradigm we desire.

Last Quarter Moon Phase CharacteristicsLast Quarter Moon Last Quarter Moon
Characteristic just BEFORE the Last Quarter Moon
Ending the Harvesting Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Inner Need

This phase completes with our Inner Needs surfacing to consciousness, to become aware of what is important to self and what is not. A sense of completion comes forth with a recognition that the past scenario has served its purpose and it is time to leave what is antiquated behind. Essentially a lesser self is what we will be shedding. Acknowledging the needs we feel surfacing on the inner is essential to create the changes in our lives on the outer. This inner recognition provides the challenge to do so. There is impetus to withdraw from the activity of this entire cycle, to emerge from the stage setting that served our intended growth. Remember that others are having their inner needs as well! Demanding others change is not the solution to our well being. This is a good day for quite time. Allowing mutual space and sharing our realizations with mutual respect supports all parties.
Characteristic just AFTER the Last Quarter Moon
Beginning the Cultivating Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Initiate Change

It is now time to plow under the crops so they may become the fertilizer for the next cycle. It is time to let go of any vested interest or attachment to the experience of the Lunar Cycle and to the stage props that served our growth. This is a transformational time, a time for personal change. Step forth from old facades, and free yourself from past ways of participating in life. This is a time of departure, of walking away from that which is no longer nourishing and to prepare the soil of our lives for that which is. Knowing now what our Truth is, it is time to consciously live it. Doing so provides a choice for others to also live theirs. Not making the realized changes keeps ourselves bound in a circle of old patterns of growth; changing allows us to spiral to a new octave of experience—one that will eventually sprout in the next lunar cycle to come.

Last Quarter Moon
Time for Change

Last Quarter Moon
Last Quarter Moon Sidereal Astrology Chart

Last Quarter Moon - Sidereal Fagan-Bradley

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 31 in mid-sidereal Sagittarius with the Sun in mid-sidereal Pisces. Conjoining stars include Nunki and Phi of Sag and Beta and Delta Scutum. South are the stars of Corona Australis.

Nunki, Sigma Sag, (and Phi of Sagittarius at the Archer's hand), marks the fletching of the Zen Archer's arrow. The fletching of an arrow is what causes it to spin and have stability in flight, making it possible for the arrow to accurately move through space to hit its target. Nunki teaches us to steer our intent with undaunted focus, which is the guiding and stabilizing force used to achieve our goals. Nunki imparts eloquent fluidity of form in movement and a sense of being in the flow, and impels the expression of one's full potential.

Ascella, Zeta Sagittarius, is a binary star system, and is the third brightest star in Sagittarius. Although, traditionally meaning the armpit, or more succinctly, the junction of the archer's shoulder and the outstretched arm holding the bow, along which the archer takes aim, Ascella lies more so at the breast or heart of the Centaur, slightly south of Nunki. The two stars are about one degree in ecliptical longitude, thus tightly conjoined. Ascella embodies the Archer's power of intent, the truth within from which he lives. Ascella imparts a warrior type quality.

Ascella and Nunki are where the pure intent and vision of the Zen Archer is transferred into the power and focus that drives and steers the archer's arrow. This is a place of applied power in sidereal Sagittarius. It articulates the combined qualities of vision and high ideals with the inherent force of intent applied with undaunted focus to achieve our goals. There must be movement / velocity for the fletching of an arrow (Nunki) to steer the arrow’s course. Thus we must not only access our intent of purpose, but we must move it, apply it with focused deliberation through conscious action from a place of stability and confidence to transform our intent of purpose into the manifestation of our greater ideals and visions.

Several star qualities amalgamate around the Zen Archer's hand holding the taunt arrow: Nunki (Sigma), Phi, Ascella (Zeta), Tau, Nu, and Xi of Sagittarius. This is the warrior's core energy in its full potential, drawn and ready to release, provoking action that is life supportive—hence Sag is the spiritual warrior. This location marks the central core essence of the Archer, a point of equipoise and balance. It impels us to align all of the light fibers of our being into a coherent whole and focus that totality in controlled action.

The Coronet Star Cluster

The Coronet Cluster is an active star-forming region, like that of the Orion Nebula, but over three times closer to Earth. "This composite image shows the Coronet in X-rays from Chandra (purple) and infrared emission from Spitzer (orange, green, and cyan). The Spitzer image shows young stars plus diffuse emission from dust. In the Chandra data many of these young stars appear as blue objects, revealing their output of high-energy X-rays and the amount of obscuring dust and gas in the region." Image and Caption Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/J.Forbrich et al.; Infrared: NASA/SSC/CfA/IRAC GTO Team

Scutum is “The Galactic Shield of the Precessional Cross” and lies just north of the Zen Archer along the galactic equator and north of the Galactic Equatorial Node (GEN), the Gate if God. The Galactic Shield is emblazoned with the symbol of Earth’s Precessional Cross (the cross within the circle). Scutum is “Defender of the Cross”—of the greater evolutionary precessional cycle of the soul—what the Zen Archer undauntedly lives, stands and unquestionably is willing to die for. To learn more about the Cycle of Earth’s Precessional Cross and the precessionally driven Evolutionary Cycle of the Soul, visit Earth's Precessional Cycle.

Conjoining Nunki is the Coronet Cluster in Corona Australis, the Southern Crown protected by the Zen Archer. Corona Australis, considered an auspicious constellation, had been in existence since time immemorial. It is associated with the "Laurel Crown," a sign of victory, as worn by the Greek god Apollo—and hence the name "Laureate." Corona Australis embodies the treasure of the Zen Archer and the wisdom of alchemy—of using natural forces to manifest a higher order or achieve a higher purpose, ideal or goal. This is an alchemical process, one initiated by evocation.

Our Last Quarter Moon arouses an inner need to get into a proper stance in life, to reorganize and prioritize so we become one with our purpose in all aspects of our lives. It impels us to create undaunted clarity of our purpose and intent to manifest our highest aspirations and a unified awakening of consciousness of Earth, to see to our evolutionary fulfillment—lest we will merely blow in the increasing and accelerating winds of change.

The Haumea-Eris Opposition

Haumea and Eris now make their forth geocentric opposition just after Last Quarter Moon, an energetic that began in late 2014 (with the first opposition) and that continues through 2017 (with the last opposition). The Haumea-Eris opposition marks the mid-point in the Haumea-Eris cycle that began quite long ago, in late 1831 at cuspal sidereal Aquarius, impelling a movement to emerge from a self-centered exclusive judgmental segregated social modality into a humanitarian modality, one that is inclusive and embracing of all people as being equal. More about this was presented in the previous Lunar Planner with the Disseminating Moon Haumea conjunction.

Uranus Eris Haumea Graphic Ephemeris

Balsamic Moon Phase CharacteristicsBalsamic Moon Balsamic Moon
Characteristic just BEFORE the Balsamic Moon
Ending the Cultivating Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Coalescence into Essence

The latter part of this phase results in coalescing all that was experienced in the cycle into its essence, into its seed form. It is a reflective time looking back over the past, of extracting and assembling what was learned from the cycle, claiming its true wealth and wisdom. This is a great time to explore what we learned in the context of the new moon theme. It is this seed essence which is of true value to our greater growth. This seed will sprout in the next Lunar Cycle of growth and unfoldment, and morph into the next Lunar Cycle's theme.
Characteristic just AFTER the Balsamic Moon
Beginning the Seeding Phase of the Lunar Cycle
Focus to the Future

Our focus now turns toward the future. We now turn away from looking back over the past cycle completely and begin to look ahead, preparing for and anticipating the future cycle to come, to a new step to emerge in our Lunar Path of Fulfillment. The seed is planted. It is time to let it germinate. Completing any lose ends is appropriate, or to move into a new position for the next cycle to unfold. Here we make the field of all possibilities smooth and clear, ready for the new sprouting to occur.

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 occurs on April 4 UT (April 3 MST) in early sidereal Aquarius. Conjoining stars include Gienah and Zeta Cygnus, and the Cyg X–3 Eclipsing X–ray Source.

The Lacework Nebula

The Lacework Nebula (Hubble)

Cygnus lies in the northern heavens along the galactic equator. Sadr (gamma), heart of Cygnus the swan, enters the ecliptic at the cusp of sidereal Aquarius, surrounded by the Gamma Cygni Nebula, Sadr impels us to emerge from the facades of incarnate life, to see beyond the mortal cloak and its folly to the intent of the heart and soul. Extending from Sadr to Gienah (epsilon) to Zeta is the wing of Cygnus with the beautiful Lacework Nebula residing upon the wing near Gienah.

This location in early sidereal Aquarius 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, heart of the Swan, on the cusp, through the tip of the wing, Zeta, lifts us from a self-centered exclusive focus to a more embracing and inclusive level of participation. Sadr impels us to look through the facades of personality to the heart and soul of others. This marks the start of the revolutionary, visionary and humanitarian facet of the zodiak.

Cygnus X-3, a source of intense X-ray emissions and ultrahigh energy cosmic rays capable of penetrating into Earth’s surface, lies along the Galactic Equator and conjoins Gienah. Cygnus X-3 is a dynamic, accelerating force, elevating mind to a higher or more embracing cosmic awareness. Sadr, Cygnus X-3, Gienah and the Lacework Nebula, expressing through the first few degrees of sidereal Aquarius, bring inspiration to elevate our selves into an inclusive spiritual awareness that has true interest in the wellbeing of all humanity. Thus, the seed of this lunar month coalesces our eclipse lunar cycle.

Our next New Moon occurs on April 7 conjoining Revati of Pisces and the outstretched arms of Andromeda. It lies in a separating square from Pluto and conjoins radical, progressive and innovative Uranus. More to come then.

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