the Northern Hemisphere
April 3 - May 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
~ Easter's Lunar Cycle Begins
April 17/18 ~ Easter's Full Moon
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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!)
Times ~ Major Bodies
Cycle Begins ~ The Easter New Moon
April 3 7:32am
PDT (14:32 UT)
Rising to the Occasion ~
Breathe In God ~ Breathe Out Fear
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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 above the
eastern horizon about 40 minutes after sunrise. The Sun, New Moon
and planets are located in the same constellations for other parts
the world; these constellations, in differing time zones, lie in
a different location above or below the horizon.
~ New Moon of Easter
Easter Festival, the first of the three
major spiritual planetary festivals, is celebrated at the
Full Moon during Aries.
This Full Moon, the first after the March Equinox, helps determine
the date of the traditional Easter
Sunday. This is the Festival of the Risen One, the Living Christ,
and honors the time of resurrection and
the birth of divine ideas. The Festival's lunar cycle begins
with this 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
the New Moon map above. The New Moon and Sun conjoin the planet Jupiter
and the star Alpheratz of Andromeda. The planets Uranus and Mars are
in exact conjunction the
day of the
New Moon at 1:52pm PDT (21:52 UT).
Mercury is retrograde 3/30-4/22.
is an incredibly significant and extremely potent lunar cycle. The
New Moon of April 3, 2011 occurs in sidereal Pisces amongst a stellium
of planets, including Mars, Uranus, Jupiter, Eris[*]
and Mercury ... The New Moon aspects the two largest and most
influential planets in our solar
system ... [it] conjoins mobilizing and expansive
Jupiter and it lies opposite imposing Saturn ... Saturn, in sidereal
Virgo and conjoining the stars of Corvus, the Raven Messenger, demands
heed and respond to the signs expressing through the natural world
around us. ...
The New Moon conjoins Alpheratz, the head of Princess Andromeda, and
Alderamin, the Alpha star of King Cepheus. Making passage through the
tumultuous waters of life, and the means to do so, is of issue.
and Uranus also make their conjunction on the New Moon, and they
conjoin the Vernal Point of Earth's Precessional Cross[*]--again
activating our portal of evolutionary transition. Expect the unexpected
to take creative, spontaneous and radical action, an energetic
that will intensify over the months ahead.
and retrograde Mercury begin a new 116-day synodic cycle[*], stimulating
a shift in the logistical aspects of our lives. This new synod conjoins
massive and highly active Eta Carina of Argo Navis, a portent of
This Lunar Cycle impels expansive change and transformation on
a grand scale,
within our personal lives and in our societal structure. Nick
is now at a near Earth approach, with
an exact opposition to
the Sun the day of the New Moon, 11:00pm PDT (06:00 UT 4/4).
The planet's next close contact occurs in 13 months. The Lord of
the Rings is out all night long and shining brighter than it has
sides of the Sun, our Sun becomes active. This is occurring now.
(BTW: Jupiter and Saturn were
in exact opposition 3/28. Jupiter and the Sun are in exact conjunction
4/6.) The Sun in its active cycle increases the likelihood of power
Solar maximum may even increase earthquake/volcanic activity and
emotional upsets, however this concept is not well understood nor
agreed upon. Click this image to
see the solar system's syzygy (siz-i-jee),
planetary line-up, at the time of the New Moon. One can only wonder
how the tugs
and pulls of this gravitational system affect the Sun, Earth and
System Live to view the entire solar system or just the
inner planets for any date/time.
significant astronomical-earthgrid resonance occurs on
the New Moon of April 3, 2011 at the exact location of the
March 11, 2011 Magnitude 9.0 Earthquake and Tsunami.
this resonance will trigger additional or significant seismic
activity is of course unknown, however taking precautionary
measures certainly would be wise.
send prayers to our friends in Japan on this New Moon - it
makes a difference. Japan
New Moon Earthgrid Activation ... Nick
a Holy Space for Japan
articles of interest, ways to help
are in the transition
of the ages and spirit and form are in the process
of becoming one cooperative unit. This realignment, experienced
personally and worldwide, is creating much turmoil for
the season for hanging on the cross of matter. We
rise to the occasion by embracing the unknown, by breathing in
God and breathing out fear. Maureen Moss guides one through the
re-birthing breath and gives an invocation to release
fear in this
Theme: Rising to the Occasion ~ Breathe In God ~ Breathe Out
of Life Changing Proportions
Nick Fiorenza gives insight to this lunar cycle.
meditation, which culminates at the
Full Moon during Aries, begins with this New Moon.
for slim Crescent Luna in the west about an hour after sunset. DuskYoung
Moon Map Invoke the Light of God as the Crescent Moon
approaches the Pleiades star
cluster and Aldebaran our
star of enlightenment. "Let
Light descend on Earth."
is at its best, rising in the east around sunset, high in
the south at midnight, setting in the
west around midnight. Learn
more about the young Moon and Saturn
and informative 5-Minute
Star Gazer Video.
sure to look for the large triangle formed by yellowish Saturn,
bluish Spica and golden Arcturus.
Binoculars bring out their colors. Saturn
10pm Early April Map Saturn also lies within a triangle
of bright stars; use this midnight
map for orientation and constellation recognition.
Rings Surge in Brightness
(scroll half-way down the page)
Easters Full Moon
~ The Festival of the Risen One
April 17 - 7:44pm PDT (02:44 UT 4/18)
Colorful Moon ~ Happy Easter!
Mission / U.S.
Geological Survey, Flagstaff, Arizona
false-color image of the Moon was constructed from data acquired
by Galileo in
December of 1992. The colors are produced by displaying three
color ratios in red, green, and blue. The distinctive bright
spots are fresh craters such as Tycho (bottom center), which
may be bright blue, green, or orange, depending on the mineralogy.
Many of the craters are surrounded by reddish rings, probably
due to thin veneers of glassy impact melt. The youngest large
craters are surrounded by bright blue ejecta and rays.
large orange areas (upper left) consist of iron-rich mare lavas,
whereas extensive deep-blue areas consist of titanium-rich
mare lavas. The darkest blue (or purplish) spots (center) consist
of "dark-mantle" deposits, from explosive volcanic
eruptions, which are rich in titanium and relatively rich (for
the Moon) in volatiles. There is considerable interest in exploiting
the dark mantle deposits to extract oxygen, helium, and other
elements. The extensive reddish areas consist of highland materials,
rich in the mineral plagioclase.
Moon experience can offer us greater illumination of our essential
divinity. Issues worked on since the New Moon come to a
climax. If the restrictions of the past have been released
during the waxing Moon, then the Full Moon can bring fulfillment.
If not, the Full Moon might bring serious mental conflicts,
possibly affecting the physical body.
was conceived at the New Moon, Rising
to the Occasion ~
Breathe In God ~ Breathe
Out Fear, review above now comes to
fruition and is birthed into the full light of our conscious
Full Moon ~ Festival of the Risen One
Full Moon is exact April
7:44pm PDT (02:44 UT 4/18).
It marks the first of the Three
Major Spiritual Festivals, The
Easter or Aries Festival, celebrating the Risen One. In 2011 Passover occurs
April 19, Good
Friday April 22 and Easter
Sunday April 24.
first Full Moon after the March equinox helps determine
the date of Easter, which is observed each year on a Sunday.
Is Written in the Heavens!
Heavenly Holy Grail reveals the significance of the Easter
Full Moon and its position in Virgo the Virgin's Holy Grail.
It describes the celestial Virgin's relationship to the Big
Dipper, Arcturus and Spica, and how Easter's Full Moon relates
to the Sun in the constellation of the World Savior.
2011 Saturn resides in Easter's Holy Grail west of the Full Moon.
Five planets and our Sun line up opposite Virgo's celestial chalice
in the constellation of Pices, the World Savior, dramatically
affecting humanity. Click the Heavenly Holy Grail link to see
maps and learn more.
says, "Ah, the power and prophecy of the Divine is not limited
to one book or another, it is before us in the vault of heaven."
2011 Global Meditation
Celebrating the Aries Full Moon Festival ~ Easter
The Festival of the Risen One ~ The Cosmic Christ
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