Look Up! ... Make All Things New and True

Hello Night Sky Travelers,
This lunar cycle began New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2014 at 3:15am PST and ends Jan. 30, 1:38pm PST. Not only do we experience a New Year and a new lunar cycle, we also experience a new Jupiter cycle (399 days) beginning Jan. 5 and a new Venus cycle (584 days) beginning Jan. 11. On these dates Jupiter at opposition and Venus at inferior conjunction are in alignment with the Earth when looking from the Sun. These astronomical alignments are prompting us to make all things new, shifting us toward a new spiral of creative expression. This week be sure to wish upon humanity's New Year's star, Sirius, a guiding force in humanity's evolution.

Lunar Theme: The Naked Truth "This New Moon conjoins Pluto in the midst of the Sagittarian Zen Archer ... Pluto works by exposing and deconstructing all that is lesser than the higher ideals the Zen Archer is willing to live and die for. Getting to the core truth of the matter is the hallmark of this lunar cycle." Click the lunar theme link for more insights by Nick Fiorenza.

Crescent Venus and a Crescent Moon?
Crescent, Retrograde Venus Strongly Affects Us

Image: Sky & Telescope

Approximate Set times Jan. 2, 3, 4:
Venus: 6:00pm
Moon: 7:00pm, 8:10pm, 9:20pm
Rise/Set/Transit Times ~ Major Bodies

The waxing Crescent Moon brings up obstacles from the past that can impede the new incoming energies and one's growth in consciousness. The work to overcome these obstacles begins with this lunar phase.

BTW: The latest sunrises occur for the mid-northern latitudes in early January. Sun Data

Note: Earth closest to sun for the year on January 4, 2014

Venus Has Phases Like the Moon

When the orbit of Venus positions the planet between the Earth and the Sun, Venus is in its crescent phase. At this time we see more and more of the planet's dark side because its sunlit side faces away from Earth. Helpful Image  Venus is now in its crescent phase, closest to the Earth, at its biggest and is blazingly bright. Note: Venus is sinking toward the sunset horizon, about to disappear around Jan. 11 and reappear mid-month above the sunrise horizon.

Review this helpful image again to see how the diameter of Venus increases when it lies between the Earth and the Sun. When the apparent diameter of Venus increases so does the area of its illuminated crescent surface. A thin crescent Venus closer to the Earth looks bigger and, therefore, brighter than a small full Venus farther away from Earth. Thus, Venus thins, "fattens" and brightens simultaneously!

Venus is so bright, you can see it at sunset even before the sky fades to black. To the naked eye, Venus looks like an unusually luminous star. A pair of binoculars or a small telescope reveals the planet's crescent shape.

Venus looks the way it does because it is turning its night side toward Earth ... On Jan. 11th, Venus will pass almost directly between Earth and the sun. At that moment, called "inferior conjunction," the sliver will almost completely disappear ... spaceweather.com Dec. 31

Animated Phases of Venus
See Venus increase and decrease in size as it moves from a full
phase toward a thin crescent and back again. See why its thin
crescent phase looks more brilliant from Earth than its full phase.

Currently the crescent phase of Venus is getting thinner, while the crescent phase of the Moon is getting fatter. On January 2 at 18:00 UT (10:00am PST) Venus and the Moon are almost the same crescent width! 2.7% of the Moon is illuminated and 2.9% of Venus is illuminated.

Image the Telescopic Phase of Venus and the Moon
Open two browser windows for easy comparison.

Crescent, Retrograde Venus Strongly Affects Us

Venus in its crescent phase appears to move in a reverse motion through the stars and constellations. This apparent "backward movement" is called a retrograde and lasts about 40 days for Venus: 12/21/13 - 1/30/14.

When Venus is retrograde, it is in a close approach to Earth and has a strong influence on our planet. It is said that at this time humanity learns important lessons about the true value of relationships. Interactions with people and things are evaluated. Core values, worth and responsibilities are refined.

During its retrograde cycle Venus moves from a waning crescent phase in the evening sky to a new phase at its inferior conjunction (Jan. 11) and finally to a waxing crescent phase in the morning sky.

A new cycle of Venus is beginning during this lunar cycle (Jan. 11), as it changes from the sunset to the sunrise horizon. A shift is occurring. We have the opportunity to turn experiential knowledge into love-wisdom. Embrace what is of value to you and take action to make things new and true.

Jan. 5, Sunday - Jupiter at Its Best +
Jupiter at opposition is out all night long ...
in the east at sunset, south around midnight, west at sunrise.
It is at its biggest, brightest and closest until 2020.
Jupiter at Its Best looks great all of January.
The Gemini Twins lie to the left of Jupiter.
Red Betelgeuse, the shoulder star of Orion, lies to the right of brilliant Jupiter in the south.
Orion's belt stars point down to Sirius, our brightest star, New Year's star and spiritual Sun.
Early Jan. ~ Mid-Jan. - 2 hrs. after sunset looking east
Navigating with Orion
Jupiter and Orion lie inside The Great Winter Hexagon.

Jan. 6, Monday - Moon and Uranus
This is the last night of the waxing Crescent Moon.
The waxing Crescent Moon is at its widest now.
Moon and Uranus pair up in Pisces the Fishes
Uranus in Pisces surprisingly shifts humanity into a new reality with
new visions, freeing us from the outdated, limited form-life.
Make all things new! The naked truth shall set you free!

Jan. 7, Tuesday - First Quarter Moon exact: 7:39pm PST (03:39 UT Jan. 8).
During this lunar phase ...
a continued awareness of that which was conceived at the New Moon is gained.
Ideally any obstacles impeding this awareness are overcome now.
This must happen if the energy released with the coming Full Moon is to be utilized.

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.

Jan. 10 +11, Friday + Saturday - Waxing Gibbous Luna grows in light.
The Moon transits Aldebaran the star of enlightenment and
the Pleiades star cluster, which seeds this star with universal light.
1/10 Map/Text ~ 1/11 Map Text

This lunar phase offers illumination and growth,
only if the obstacles from the past are cleared away.
Imagine light descending on Earth.

Jan. 13-16, Monday-Thursday - Moon and Jupiter
Jan. 13 Map ~ Jan. 14 Map ... Waxing Gibbous Moon
Micro Moon – year’s smallest full moon – on January 15-16
The Full Moon is exact at 8:52pm PST (04:52 UT Jan. 16)

Capricorn Full Moon Festival Global Meditation
Capricorn's mountaintop portends our identification with the highest light
beyond the soul, that of the monad, the father aspect in the trinity of
Father ~ Will, Mother ~ Matter, and Son ~ Soul.

The Planets
Glorious Venus is sinking in the SW. By mid-January it is seen in the SE before sunrise.
Jupiter is at its BEST, big and bright and out all night long.
Mercury reappears mid-Jan. in the evening sky.
Mars rises around midnight, easily seen 1 hr. before sunrise in the south.
Saturn rises early Jan. at 3:15am / mid-Jan. 1:15am. Look 30 minutes before sunrise in the SE.
See Night Sky Info for finder charts and more info on each planet.

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


This lunar cycle's astronomical alignments are prompting us to make all things new. They are shifting us toward the Truth and a new spiral of creative expression.

Join the folks at SouledOut.org for the Capricorn Festival Global Meditation.


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