the Northern Hemisphere
March 4 - April 3, 2011
times are local unless
Sky Visitors ...
My 2011 sabbatical continues.
In this abbreviated edition of Moon Dances
I offer the following to keep you looking up and tuned to the wonders
Moon, waxing and waning, impressively
promenades across the dark sky, partnering with the sparkling stars and
glowing planets. Who is the Moon dancing
~ A New Lunar Cycle Begins
~ Extra-Full Moon ~ Perigee-Syzygy
Week's Sky at a Glance
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Phase of the Moon
on the Moon links for meditative insights and additional information.
the right side of the Moon is illuminated, the Moon is increasing
or waxing. When the left side illuminated, the Moon is decreasing
or waning. (Of course, this only works in the Northern Hemisphere.
In the Southern Hemisphere the effect is just the opposite!)
and Sun Data
Times ~ Major Bodies
A New Lunar Cycle Begins
4 12:46pm PST (20:46 UT)
Flowing into a Great Sea of Consiousness
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westright, northtop, southbottom
New Moon can be thought of as a no Moon! Its sunlit side is facing
away from Earth toward the Sun. The side that is facing Earth is not
getting any sunlight, leaving it dark and invisible to us ... no Moon
to see! A New Moon lies between the Sun and Earth. Helpful
Image + Description
BTW: The only time a New Moon
can be seen is during a solar eclipse, when it passes directly in front
of the Sun, visibly showing off part or all of its entire dark disk.
those living in San Francisco this New Moon takes place overhead
46 minutes after high noon. The Sun, New Moon and planets
are located in
the same constellations for other parts of
the world; these constellations, in differing time zones, lie in
a different location above or below the horizon.
~ New Moon
Moon our soul goes into meditation and aligns with the inspiration
of the Nirmanakayas;
a potential is enlivened and a seed of consciousness is formed
deep within. Take some time to create a sacred space. A new cycle
New Moon and Sun, lie in the midst of a planetary stream flowing through
three watery constellations of the great Celestial
Sea — Capricornus the Sea Goat,
Aquarius the Water Bearer and Pisces the Fishes.
addition, the constellation of the Phoenix rises out of Eridanus, the
river of life, both (not shown in the map above) lie to the south,
deep in the Celestial Sea. Helpful Maps: 1, 2 Both
align with the New Moon and Sun.
New Moon of March 4, 2011 occurs in sidereal Aquarius and conjoins
Achernar of Eridanus, the river of life; and Ankaa of the Phoenix.
Image] This lunar cycle marks a completion of a leg of life,
and an emergence into a vaster body of consciousness, much like a
opens into an ocean. Boundaries dissolve as our dreams and visions
and swirl us into a greater universality and potentiality of being.
This lunar cycle is packed full of opportunities for emotional
growth, personal empowerment, and spiritual expansion. Nick
New Moon has
humanity flowing into a great sea of consciousness. During this lunar
cycle imagine the planetary river and Celestial Sea streaming forth
us emerge into something new and wholesome, while we move
with the seemingly
chaotic currents and waves of our times.
is the time for divination.
Invoke the images that melt open your heart.
Now is the time for divination.
Invoke the images that fuse you with Spirit.
Now is the time for divination.
Invoke the faith that turns loaves to fishes.
Vision, inspiration and hope are the manna of this new moon.
Lasahn / Facebook AstroFlash
Theme: Flowing into a Great Sea
Change from the
River of Life into Vaster Waters
Nick Fiorenza gives insight to this lunar cycle.
meditation, which culminates at the
Full Moon during Pisces, begins with this New Moon.
Full Moon occurs at the end of Pisces, 17 hours
before the March Equinox when the sign of Aries begins.)
Saturday-Monday, at dusk above the western horizon, the youngest Crescent
Moons make their appearance with difficult to see Mercury and brilliant
Map/Text More maps: 3/5
Moonsets: 7:15pm, 8:15pm, 9:15pm
lies invisibly between Mercury and Jupiter. To see the location of
Uranus review the New Moon map above.
BTW: Jupiter is sinking toward
the horizon, while Mercury is rising above it. Watch them move closer together
as the days and weeks unfold. They are at their closest March
to new visions for the greater whole. Envision well-being for all.
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Moon ~ Perigee-Syzygy Event
Saturday, March 19 11:10am
PDT (18:10 UT)
Lunar Nearside - Astronomy
Picture of the Day 3/3/11
Explanation: About 1,300 images from the Lunar Reconnaissance
Orbiter spacecraft's wide angle camera were used to compose this
spectacular view of a familiar face - the lunar nearside. But why
is there a lunar nearside? The Moon rotates on its axis and orbits
the Earth at the same rate, about once every 28 days. Tidally
locked in this configuration, the synchronous rotation always
keeps one side, the nearside, facing Earth. As a result, featured
in remarkable detail in the full resolution mosaic, the smooth, dark,
lunar maria (actually lava-flooded impact basins), and rugged highlands,
are well-known to earthbound skygazers. ... The LRO images used to
construct the mosaic were recorded over a two week period last December
Picture of the Day 3/3/11 ~ Current
Astronomy Picture of the Day
To find your favorite mare or large crater, just slide
your cursor over this APOD
Image; its web page gives APOD's full explanation and all the links
for the "Lunar Nearside" mosaic shown above.
Full Moon ~ Perigee-Syzygy Event
Moon's orbit is not a perfect circle. Every 27.55 days, the Moon swings
closer to Earth and then loops farther away in an unending cycle of
perigees and apogees. Helpful
Full Moon of March 19, Saturday, is at
the closest lunar approach for the month, for the year and in 18 years! Note: The
Moon is exactly Full less than an hour from perigee.
Moon averages about 240,000 miles from Earth but can get as close
as 221,441 miles and as far as 252,723 miles. That's a range of over
next Saturday the 19th you'll be treated to the closest and biggest
full Moon of 2011. It's not only the closest full Moon for this year
but it will be the closest and biggest full Moon since March 8, 1993!
Plus it will be the biggest full Moon you'll see for the next five
years, until November 14, 2016. Star
Gazer: 2011 Script 3/7-15
Perigee / Apogee Calculator
biggest Full Moons of the year are 14% bigger and 30% brighter than
lesser Full Moons. Helpful
Image A perigee Moon creates higher than usual "perigean tides".
However, according to NASA,
these are only a few centimeters (an inch or so) higher than usual.
Local geography can increase the effect to about 15 centimeters (six
inches). Richard Nolle has more to say about the potential effects
of perigee SuperMoons in "The Sysygy" section below.
Moon near the horizon always looks bigger due to The
Moon Illusion, so be sure to catch this Moon at its most super-duper-size
when it rises around 7:45pm or sets about 6:45am! Click Rise/Set/Transit
Times ~ Major Bodies for exact times in your area.
three or more astronomical bodies, in a gravitational system, form
a roughly straight line, we have a syzygy (siz-i-jee).
The March 19 "Extra" Full Moon, as with all Full Moons, forms
a straight line with our Earth and Sun (Moon-Earth-Sun), a syzygy.
Nolle calls the perigee-syzygy Full Moon a SuperMoon, which has the
potential to stir up powerful tides in the Earth's atmosphere, crust
is a word I coined in a 1979 ... describing a new or full moon which
occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach
to Earth in a given orbit. ... At any new or full moon, Earth and
Moon and Sun are all in a line: Earth is in the middle in the full
moon alignment, while the new moon happens with Moon in the middle.
This coming together in an alignment is technically termed a syzygy.
... when the Moon is in its perigee, or closest approach to Earth.
Astronomers call this very special alignment a perigee-syzygy. I
call it a SuperMoon – which is a whole lot easier on the tongue.
From extreme coastal tides to severe storms to powerful earthquakes
and volcanic eruptions, the entire natural world surges and spasms
under the sway of the SuperMoon alignment - within three days either
way of the exact syzygy, as a general rule. ... For most of us, the
geocosmic risk raised by SuperMoon alignments will pass with little
notice in our immediate vicinity. ... A SuperMoon is planetary in
scale, being a special alignment of Earth, Sun and Moon. ... it’s
planetary in scope, in the sense that there's no place on Earth not
subject to the tidal force of the perigee-syzygy. Of course, earthquakes
and volcanic eruptions don't go wandering all over the planet. They
happen in (mostly) predictable locations, like the infamous "Ring
of Fire" around the Pacific plate.
of the SuperMoon connection with major storms and seismic events
abound [Nolle provides examples]. ... I’m far from the first
person in history to notice the connection between lunar perigee-syzygy
and powerful tides stirring up Earth’s atmosphere, crust and
Nolle's Full Article: SuperMoon What It Is, What It Means
March 19 perigee-syzygy Full Moon line-up is grander, extending outward
to include Saturn and Jupiter (Saturn, Moon, Earth, Sun, Jupiter).
system view for the exact time of the Full Moon shows Saturn (yellow)
and the Earth (blue) on the left side of the Sun and Jupiter (gold)
on the right side of the Sun. This 3/19-20
Full Moon Map shows the Moon in relation to Saturn; they
are in exact conjunction March
20 at 12:27pm PDT (19:27 UT). Saturn
and Jupiter on opposites sides of the Sun play an important role in
geocosmic effects experienced on Earth.
have noted that when Jupiter and Saturn are aligned on the same side
of the Sun, the solar maximum (the period when we have the most sunspots
and flares) is at its weakest; when they are on opposite sides of
the Sun the solar maximum is at its strongest. Doomsday,
The Mayan Calendar and 2012
and Saturn are now on the opposite sides of the Sun and the Sun is
in its solar maximum cycle. Perhaps the gravitational pull of these
two opposing massive planets disturbs the quietude of the Sun causing
sunspots, solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CME's). Solar
Glossary The Sun in its active cycle increases the likelihood of power grid
Solar maximum may even increase earthquake/volcanic activity and
this concept is not
agreed upon. Spaceweather.com
describes the solar
activity of March 9-10 preceding Japan's March 11 quake/tsunami.
a Holy Space for Japan
System Live to view the entire solar system or just the inner
planets for any date/time.
5 celestial body syzygy (Saturn, Moon, Earth, Sun, Jupiter) occurring
during this perigee Full Moon cycle is likely to stir up our Earth’s
atmosphere, crust and oceans, and even human emotions. During this
time be receptive to your inner guidance, fill up with the higher vibrations
of gratitude and love, radiate healing energies into our world.
Cycle Reminders ... "Now
is the time for divination. Invoke the images that melt open your heart.
Invoke the images that fuse you with Spirit. Invoke the faith that
turns loaves to fishes." Jacqueline
Lasahn "This lunar cycle is packed full of opportunities
for emotional growth, personal empowerment, and spiritual expansion." Nick
Lunar Cycle We are flowing into a great sea of consciousness.
As we move with the seemingly chaotic currents and waves of our times,
seek out and receive and radiate the energies that are streaming forth
to help humanity emerge into something new and wholesome.
Moon Global Meditation
Sunday, is the Spring
Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere. The Sun conjoins Uranus today,
with an exact conjunction occurring March
21, Monday, 5:25am PDT (12:25 UT).
March 20 equinox occurs the day after the Full Moon, with the Sun
conjoining Uranus ... stimulating dynamic radical action to break
away from the conforming bounds of the past. ... The Sun-Uranus alignment
also marks the mid-point of vision and realization in our current
370-day Earth-Uranus synodic cycle [*],
which began on September 21, 2010, bring[ing] revelations about the
radical changes we are making and need to make in our lives. Nick
Meditations ~ Spring Equinox
sets near 8:15pm.
Mercury sets near 8:50pm
The Moon lies near Spica east of Saturn
Tuesday, Mercury is at its greatest distance from the setting Sun,
giving its best performance of 2011. Mercury sets just before 9:00pm
and Jupiter sets near 8:15pm. 3/22
7:30pm Map What
does this messenger of the gods have to say to you?
First: A Spacecraft Orbits Mercury
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