Look Up! ... The Milky Way + Moon Dances

Greetings Night Sky Travelers,
July 8, 12:14am PDT marked the beginning of the new lunar cycle that ends August 6, 2:51pm PDT. "Our New Moon ... lies in sidereal Gemini prominently conjoining Sirius of Canis Major and Canopus of Argo Navis ... The Gemini Twins work in mutual cooperation ... for the betterment and evolutionary fulfillment of humankind. Sirius, The Great World Teacher, and Canopus, Helmsman of the Argo, bring our attention to events of a global proportion that can change our evolutionary course ... Mercury completes its retrograde on July 20 square to Uranus. The Sun, Moon and Mercury also conjoining the herald Comet ISON ... perhaps inciting a message to the world." For more insights see Nick Fiorenza's lunar theme article, Responsibility for our Destiny.

The Milky Way in July's Night Sky
A Heavenly Sight Connected to Cosmic Prana
Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way?!

Source: Star Charts For Northern Hemisphere

Additional Northern Hemisphere View

Southern Hemisphere View
This map is plotted for 35° south latitude,
8 P.M. local time in early July and 7 P.M. in late July.

In a dark sky just above the southern horizon in the Northern Hemisphere, you should be able to see two great summer constellations, Scorpius (sprawling "j" shaped), and Sagittarius (teapot shaped). Here the Milky Way bulges with the Heart of our Galaxy lying between these two great constellations. Antares, the heart of Scorpius, is a bright reddish star. Helpful Image This heart star is known to beat or shall I say twinkle as it shines through Earth's atmosphere near the horizon.

The Summer Triangle is centrally positioned over the Milky Way. Its brightest star Vega is the western point, its dimmest star Deneb the northeastern point and Altair its southeastern point. Cassiopeia (M or W shaped) marks the Milky Way's northern sweep.

Look to the west of the Milky Way. Review the map above. Arc from the handle of the Big Dipper (NW) to golden Arcturus (W), from there spike down to Spica (SW). In 2013 yellowish Saturn lies east (above, left) of bluish Spica. This Mid-July Saturn Map looks southwest, one hour after sunset. (Saturn is not shown in the Milky Way map above.)

This is the time of year when, as twilight fades to dark, the two brightest summer stars, Arcturus and Vega, shine equally close to the zenith (depending on where you are). Arcturus [golden] is the one toward the southwest; Vega [bright white] is toward the east. Sky and Telescope

Hercules the Strong Man lies about a third of the way from Vega to Arcturus. Look for his four star wedge-shaped torso.

The Esoteric Milky Way ~ Cosmic Prana

A portion of our own Milky Way Galaxy appears like a faint cloud extending from the southern horizon, high overhead, and onward to the northern horizon. This is an especially breathtaking sight, if you are away from bright city lights. It has been said this is the river of souls, the white ether, the plane of consciousness where all souls can hold communion with the Cosmic Christ. "The mysterious band in the heavens, which we call the Milky Way, is closely connected with cosmic prana, or that cosmic vitality or nourishment which vitalizes the solar etheric system." Alice Bailey TCF p. 99 Wowsers ... Look Up!

Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way?!

Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way to Navigate
African dung-rolling beetles are guided by
the glow of the Milky Way on moonless nights.

Look Up! Ponder the Milky Way. Enjoy your summertime navigation through this stellar galactic river.

Rise and Set Times
Rise/Set/Transit Times ~ Major Bodies
Use this link to find exact times for
the planets and Moon in your area.

Any Morning
Look for Mars and Jupiter.
Mid-July Map ... 30 minutes before sunrise, looking east.

Any Evening
At Dusk look for Venus above the western horizon.
You can view her stunning brilliance earlier and more to the left as the days unfold.
Mid-July Map ... 30 minutes after sunset, looking west

Look for paired Saturn and Spica.
Mid-July Map ... one hour after sunset, looking southwest

Check out the Milky Way.
How many stellar signposts can you see in this galactic river of stars?

July 10, Wednesday, Dusk
The youngest, thinnest Crescent Moon lies near dazzling Venus.
How early will you see them?
Both set before the sky darkens.
Dusk Map/Text

July 11-12, Thursday-Friday, Dusk
Slim Luna dances with Venus and Regulus, the heart of Leo the Lion.
Dusk Map
Blazing Venus pops out of the twilight first. How early will you see her?
Look for slim Luna next. Can you spot Regulus?
BTW: Regulus focuses the evolutionary energies of Sirius toward Earth.

July 13, Saturday, Evening
Become familiar with the Milky Way's Summer Triangle.
It's a transformational gateway!

July 14, Sunday, Dusk/Nightfall
Find the waxing Crescent Moon between
the stars Regulus and Spica, and between
the planets Venus and Saturn.

July 15, Monday
Look for the First Quarter Moon during the daylight hours.
After nightfall, use binoculars to examine the Moon's terminator.
(the line separating the light side from the dark side)
Lunar craters, mountains and valleys are accentuated along this line of contrasting light.
The bright star near the Moon is Spica. Use binoculars to view the blue hue of Spica.
The Moon hides the star for those in southern Mexico and Central America.

July 16, Tuesday
The Moon lies near Saturn.
The waxing Gibbous Moon, forms a triangle with Saturn and Spica.
Use binoculars to view the Moon and the colors of Saturn and Spica.


This lunar cycle, which ends August 6 is giving us messages about our evolutionary course and fulfillment. Sirius, The Great World Teacher, is now playing a prominent role in expanding our horizons. Join the folks at SouledOut.org in Celebrating the Sirius~Leo Cosmic Festival lunar cycle.

As we journey through space, together with the Milky Way galaxy, we travel along also with the Sirian system. The significant connection between our relatively unimportant little planet and that vast expression of Divinity ~ the Life manifesting through Sirius ~ is an organized and vital expression beyond anything humanity can vision, and is free to a completely unlimited extent, again beyond any power we can comprehend. Sirius and Initiation


Look Up! ... Look Within,
Susan Sun at The Night Sky