Look Up! ... The Power of an Open Heart

Hello Sky Gazers,
August 14, 7:50 am PDT marked the beginning of a new lunar cycle, which peaks at the August 29 Full Moon and ends September 12, 11:41pm PDT. The folks at SouledOut.org invite you to participate in the Virgo Festival Global Meditation.

Lunar Theme: The Power of an Open Heart "This August 14, 2015 New Moon conjoins Venus under the auspices of the Head of the Lion ... [Conjoining] stars of the Great Bear impel assertive demonstrable action to manifest a greater vision for our selves and for all life on Earth ... The stars forming the head of the Lion inspire extraordinary accomplishment. These are stars of visionaries, explorers, pioneers ... Earth and retrograde Venus begin their new 1.6-year synodic cycle the day after New Moon ... this lunar month inspires us to break trail from our true hearts' desires and take the action to live a greater vision that is truly nourishing ... " Click the lunar theme link for more insights by Nick Fiorenza.

The Power of an Open Heart Transforms the Planet
Earth, Retrograde Venus and the Sun Align for a New Cycle
Two Great Suns and Leo the Lion Continue to Impact Us

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Earth, Retrograde Venus and the Sun Align for a New Cycle

August 15, the day after the New Moon, Earth and retrograde Venus began a new 1.6-year cycle. On this day Earth and Venus aligned in their orbits, when viewed from the Sun and when looking down on the solar system. At this time the Earth, Venus and the Sun (in that order) formed a straight line. This alignment began what is called a new synodic cycle. Solar System View

August 15 also marked the inferior conjunction of Venus and the planet's half-way point in its retrograde cycle (July 25-Sept. 6, 2015). Venus has phases like the Moon and this day marked the New Venus Phase that began a new 1.6-year synodic cycle.

When Venus is retrograde it is close to the Earth and has a strong influence on the consciousness of humanity. Venus governs our heart chakra, the center of intuitive knowing, harmony and the Christ consciousness, a quality known as love-wisdom.

The retrograde of Venus impels an inward journey of the heart. It is a time of reassessing and redefining our values, of evaluating what is of true worth in our lives, materially, spiritually, and in our relationships ... In addition, this Venus retrograde cycle is extra magnanimous and provides an exceptional opportunity for tremendous growth to expand and elevate our values, our capacity to be receptive, and to break trail into new realms of love and compassion, due to its triple conjunction with Jupiter [July1, Aug. 4, Oct. 25] ... after Venus returns direct, with its third conjunction occurring on October 25, 2015 ... we will be impelled to fully externalize and mobilize the growth gained during the retrograde in our lives and in our world. Nick Fiorenza

Venus Retrograde & the New Venus Synodic Cycle
An in depth discussion by Nick Fiorenza
Includes video of Venus Retrograde.

Two Great Suns and Leo the Lion Continue to Impact Us

The two great Suns, Sol and Sirius, along with Leo the Lion continue to impact our spiritual evolution during the Virgo Festival lunar cycle. During this cycle retrograde Venus takes us deeper into the heart of our evolving matter and deeper into Leo's Law of the Soul.

The entire retrograde of Venus (July 25-Sept. 6, 2015) occurs under the head and over the paw of Leo the Lion. The cosmic Lion is ruled exoterically, esoterically and hierarchically by Sol, the great Sun of our solar system, thus solar fire comes from Leo and drives the Lion to rise and roar. This fire is associated with soul consciousness, the fire of higher mind. Leo the Lion aligns humanity with the Law of the Soul, the Spiritual Law, and therefore with our essential divinity, the True Self, the expression of the Christ consciousness.

August 14 our new lunar cycle began with the aligned emanations of the Sun and Moon and retrograde Venus in the constellation of Leo the Lion. August 15 Earth, retrograde Venus, and the Sun aligned in Leo the Lion creating a new synodic cycle. It's as if the combined frequencies of Venus and the Sun have formed a Lion's gateway leading humanity to soul consciousness and Spiritual Law during this lunar cycle.

Regulus, the heart star of the Lion, focuses the evolutionary energies of another great Sun, the star Sirius, toward Earth and acts as a regulator for these spiritually liberating emanations. Regulus and Sirius are intimately linked in creating a Spiritual Kingdom on Earth. Venus began its stationary retrograde, July 25, in conjunction with Regulus, thereby steeping its retrograde with Sirian energies.

In addition, our Sun Sol passes in front of Regulus August 22. Hmmm ... The Sun (heart of our solar system) occults Regulus (heart star of Leo the Lion), which focuses and regulates the emanations of Sirius (esoterically the heart of our Sun) toward Earth. All the while, Venus, which governs the heart center of humankind is retrograding through Leo the Lion propelling us on an inward journey of the heart to re-evalutate what is of true value in our lives.

Note: Venus is below the horizon switching from the evening to the morning sky. During the last week of August, look for the reappearance of Venus in the eastern morning twilight near Mars. Map Also see "Morning Sky" below for more maps.

Patricia Cota-Robles ~ August 11, 2015 Interview (90 mins.)
Like the New Moon stars Patricia Cota-Robles gives a
"greater vision for our selves and for all life on Earth." She speaks
to the spiritual significance of August 2015 and the Lion's Gate.
She leads a transformative meditation and gives an introduction to
the World Congress on Illumination, a global meditation taking place
Aug. 15-20 that initiates every person into a higher order of being.

The Power of an Open Heart Transforms the Planet

Each day more and more of us are learning about the power of wise love and how essential it is to love ourselves and keep our hearts open no matter what. When we welcome everything we are present with Life, and we have a better chance of seeing the whole picture, learning the Truth and creating a wholesome life. Loving the hell out of ourselves and others and the situations we find ourselves in, is what will truly transform the planet. The open heart practice begins with each of us and ripples out into our world. An open hearted consciousness can be world changing!

This cycle's Lunar theme is The Power of an Open Heart. I offer a couple of inspiring talks and a "tapping" technique I have found along the way to encourage and teach the practice of keeping one's heart open.

What Cancer Taught Mark Nepo
An Oprah Super Soul Video (3:25 mins.)

The Love Revolution with Matt Kahn (37:29 mins.)
Click on the video. First one to play is The Love Revolution.

Tapping ~ Emotional Freedom Technique
This healing tool clears emotional conflict and keeps
the heart open while stimulating acupuncture points.
Includes instructive video, audio and tapping points chart.

Be an open-hearted trail blazer, and as a friend of mine says, "Have a heart-on today!"


Mark Your Calendar!

Saturn Delight Nights
Binoculars make vivid the hues of yellowish Saturn, bluish Spica and reddish
Antares. Binoculars show the Moon's earthshine and its lunar terrain.
- Aug. 20 Spica/Moon/Saturn Map
- Aug. 21-23 Moon/Saturn/Antares Map/Text
- Aug. 22 First Quarter Moon closest to Saturn Map/Text
- Aug. 22-25 Moon/Saturn/Antares Map

Evening Sky
Use binoculars for a lunar treat and to see the colors of planets and stars.
- Aug. 28-29 Virgo Festival Global Meditation ~ Aug. 29 First of 3 full supermoons
- Use the Big Dipper to locate golden Arcturus and bluish Spica in the southwest.
Helpful Map
- View the Teapot of Sagittarius high in the south soon after dark.
"The Large Sagittarius Star Cloud seems to emerge like steam
from the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot." Sky&Telescope
- Locate the Andromeda Galaxy
Cassiopeia points to Andromeda galaxy August Evenings
Star-hop from Great Square to Andromeda galaxy Sept. 6
- View The Summer Triangle
- Sept. 4 Mercury’s evening apparition favors Southern Hemisphere

Evening & Morning Twilight Sky
- See Earth’s shadow and Belt of Venus

Morning Sky
- Venus returning to sky before sunrise
Begin looking for Venus Aug. 25
- Orion the Hunter and Sirius the Dog Star
When will you see Sirius in the SE at dawn?
- Use Venus to find Mars in September
- Sept. 4-6 Moon/Aldebaran/Pleaides cluster Maps/Text
- Sept. 10 Mars/Slim Crescent Moon/Venus Map

The Planets
- Night Sky Info ... finder charts and info on each planet.
- The Planets in Esoteric Astrology ... scroll 1/2 way down

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.
Sunrise Sunset Calculator

Charting the Heavens
EarthSky Tonight ... nightly highlights/maps
This Week's Sky at a Glance ... weekly highlights/maps


This lunar cycle, which peaks with the August 29 Virgo Full Moon Festival and ends September 12 impresses us to align with the Law of the Soul, the Spiritual Law, our essential divinity, the True Self ... to realize the transformative power of Love. This cycle inspires us to be open-hearted trailblazers who manifest a greater vision that is truly nourishing for ourselves and for all life on Earth.

The World Teacher, the Christ, comes alive in our Heart in new ways. We sense rebirth as Spirit emerges within. A more vital way of being is manifested.

This is the cycle for us to open to Divine Ideas that come through, letting these seeds be planted.

Matter is the vehicle of manifestation for the Soul in present time. We as world servers are creating the future, when the Soul fully becomes the vehicle for the manifestation of Spirit.

- Excerpt: 2015 Virgo Festival Global Meditation

The folks at SouledOut.org invite you to participate in the 2015 Virgo Festival Full Moon Meditation.


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