For the Northern Hemisphere
September 8- October 7, 2010
All times are local unless otherwise specified.
Look Up! The Moon, waxing and waning, impressively promenades across the dark sky, partnering with the sparkling stars and glowing planets. Who is the Moon dancing with tonight?
Click on the Moon links for meditative insights and additional information.
Image: Distant Suns / Adobe Photoshop
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Reflections ~ New Moon
With every New 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 is beginning.
The Sun and New Moon lie in the constellation of Leo the Lion between Regulus, the Lion's heart star and Denebola the tail star. The Sun and New Moon also lie between Mercury in the constellation Leo and Saturn in the constellation Virgo. Above (north) we find Ursa Major (the Great Bear) and its Big Dipper asterism. Mizar at the bend of the Big Dipper's handle influences the new lunar cycle. Review map above.
the Lion, Mercury
Solar fire comes from Leo the Lion, for the Sun rules this constellation exoterically, esoterically and hierarchically. In addition, the Sun transits Leo the Lion through September 17. Leo's solar fire is associated with soul consciousness, the fire of higher mind. This Lion's eternal flame burns within us, purifying the lower mind. Its highest expression is the fully integrated personality who stands out from the "herd". It is the Self who is ignited by the fire of Divine Will and filled with the inspiration of heaven, the human who has become the "five-pointed star”. Five
Leo aligns humanity with the Law of the Soul and therefore with our essential divinity, the True Self. The energy of Leo’s sickle-shaped asterism, forming the Lion's head and heart, helps us cut through confusion and clear out anything hindering the application of the Spiritual Law, the expression of the Christ consciousness, the quality known as love-wisdom.
When Mercury lies in Leo the Lion, creative powers are very strong for those tuning to the soul. Mercury remains in this constellation through September 30.
Saturn in Virgo the Virgin ...
The Great Bear, Mizar
The seven stars of the Great Bear's Big Dipper are esoterically known as the Seven Rishis and correspond to the head centers in the body of a Great Being. Each of these stars transmits a ray of energy into our solar system. These seven rays are the givers of life to all on this earth.
The New Moon in Leo the Lion roars with the fire of Divine Will. This purifying fire brings the higher mind and soul into manifestation. It subjects humanity to the eternal flame that brings forth new life. The Law of Spirit with its quality of love-wisdom, and the joining of the head and heart heal any burn one might encounter.
Creative powers are strong and fiery now. We are being divinely ignited in a baptism by fire and raw volatile energies are looking for creative expression. Use the Lion's sickle to cut through confusion and clear out what does not align with the integrity of the soul.
Consider the Whole. Create patterns of interchange that foster synthesis and healing. Tap into the intuition for what truly "works" in life, that which creates an inclusive wholeness. Become the five-pointed star, the human ascending into its divine expression on Earth.
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Approximate Set Times
Times ~ Major Bodies
8:15pm Sky Chart
the Moon grows in the light provided by our Sun,
Reflections ~ Waxing Crescent Moon
Overcoming obstacles to the new incoming awareness begins with the waxing Crescent Moon. What was conceived at the New Moon, Baptism by Fire, (review above) is now in the process of waxing or gestating.
September 10-11, Friday-Saturday, slender Crescent Luna activates the shapeshifting triangle of Venus, Mars and Spica found in the constellation of Virgo the Virgin. With or without Luna these two planets and brightest star of Virgo continue to brew an evolutionary elixir within the Virgin's celestial chalice and therefore within humanity. As this potent potion percolates, the passionate driving will of Mars the warrior is unifying/cooperating with the understanding creative wisdom of Venus the goddess of Love; both are being imbued with divine qualities from on High, and the hidden essential divinity of humanity is purposefully being midwived into manifestation. Spirit's creative fires are indeed burning within! As above so below.
September 12, Sunday, slim Luna, Venus and Zubenelgenubi (zoo-BEN-al-je-NEW-bee) of the constellation Libra form their own triangle in the southwest. Map/Text
Libra requires a point of balance where neither spirit nor matter dominates. Zubenelgenubi is a star that has the potential of stimulating the fires of revenge or repairing a relationship. Choose up by healing a wounded relationship. This spiritual balancing act requires yielding on all non-essentials and finding common ground.
September 13-14, Monday-Tuesday, growing Luna, leads us into the burning ground of Scorpius. Monday Luna can be seen near the Scorpion's fiery red heart. 9/13 Map/Text Tuesday she's above the stinger; here Luna lies in the constellation of Ophiuchus the medicine man. 9/14 Map/Text This 9/14 9pm Star Chart shows all of Ophiuchus and Jupiter rising in the east. Additional View of Scorpius: 9/13-14 Map
Luna and the cosmic Scorpion are fanning the flames of our baptismal fire and activating the transformative power within us. Scorpius tests us to reveal our illusions, when these burn away our consciousness expands. Luna is asking us to be Firewalkers, to "walk on fire" and purify our lower mind through the use of solar fire, higher mind, the soul consciousness. Feel the Scorpius sting or burn? Call upon Ophiuchus the medicine man.
September 15, Wednesday, look for First Quarter Luna growing Gibbous in the day sky. Today she's low in the southeast at 4:00pm and low in the south from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Luna lies near the top of the teapot asterism of Sagittarius. Constellation Image Nearby, lies Pluto and the New Horizons Pluto-bound spacecraft! Learn more with this Map/Text.
The cosmic Archer Sagittarius, with Pluto upon his bow takes aim, zeroes in on the Light and Truth and knows the way to go. His emanations illumine the useful intellect, allowing intuitive perception to see a new type of goal, one that unifies the dualities into a Divine re-union. Aim the arrow of the mind toward the intuition.
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Image: Starry Night Online / Adapted with Adobe Photoshop
Jupiter and Uranus, in close proximity to each other with an exact conjunction September 18/19 are also in a close approach to Earth, reaching opposition September 21. This portends a strong, joint planetary effect upon our lives. As a friend of mine says, "if you could express the qualities of this pairing in two words it would be BIG CHANGE."
Expect surprises and sudden opportunities, as well as the feelings to express youthfulness and freedom.
Jupiter and Uranus are located in the dim constellation of Pisces, the constellation of the World Savior. It is interesting to note that Pisces, lies beneath the Great Square of Pegasus, which the ancient Babylonians called "The Doorway to Paradise." Review map above. Today astronomers travel through this doorway or "window" to the edge of our Milky Way Galaxy and go beyond to other galaxies!. Likewise, the Doorway to Paradise opens, and new dimensions of reality are experienced, when the Light of the World, the World Savior, frees humanity from subservience to the form, ending forever the darkness of matter.
We are reminded of the Christ consciousness, humanity's essential divinity, the awakened heart and soul. Jupiter is brilliant and illuminating in this celestial position, for it is the brightest light in the night sky after Venus sets. The giant planet is ultimately bound to be light for our world, expanding our hearts and minds. The call to humanitarian service is strong with Jupiter in Pisces. In this location Uranus also sheds its light upon our world by surprisingly shifting humanity into a new reality with new visions of the greater whole, freeing us from the outdated, limited form-life. This lunar cycle reminds us of the purifying baptismal fire, which brings the higher mind and soul into manifestation. We are above all else the Children of Fire for within us is a peculiar quality which burns and destroys all that hinders our essential divine expression.
Reflections ~ The Full Moon
Any Full 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.
Full Moon is exact September 23 at
2:17am PDT (09:17UT).
Moon Global Meditation
What was conceived at the New Moon, Baptism by Fire, review above now comes to fruition and is birthed into the full light of our conscious minds.
Reflections ~ Full Moon's Position
The Full Moon resides in Pisces, the constellation of the World Savior. It transits Algenib the wing star of Pegasus the Flying Horse, north of Jupiter and Uranus. Review map above.
Humanity, as the World Savior, is inspired to rise up by riding the wings of the soul toward the guiding Light and through the gates of Paradise (The Great Square of Pegasus).
Reflections ~ Full Moon's Illumination
The Full Moon during Libra is illuminated by the Sun positioned in Virgo the Virgin near Saturn.
Libra is the point of balance in the zodiac, where spirit and matter maintain a poised equilibrium. Libra demands we walk the razor edged path of balance, the path of the soul and the awakened intuitive mind.
Virgo nurtures humanity's inner seed of divinity, so that it may grow and emerge, ultimately giving birth to the HU - man being * , a God - man, a Christed ONE on Earth. The Sun positioned in Virgo bestows the forms that can demonstrate a consciousness having a greater sense of the whole. Saturn positioned anywhere in Virgo the Virgin conceives the structures that exteriorize the unfolding Christ consciousness.
The Full Moon's illumination supports the whole, all of who we are, and guides us toward a balanced manifestation of spirit and matter. Solar fire not only lights up this Moon; solar fire is giving birth to Homo luminous and its new creative forms and structures.
As one season ends and another begins much of humanity will be looking up toward, and aligning with the light of 5 Harvest Moons and an extraordinary Jupiter in conjunction with the now binocular Uranus. Sunset Venus at greatest brilliancy will also be catching our eyes and hearts! In addition much of humanity will be in meditation for International Peace Day, the Full Moon and the equinox! All this looking up, going within and lunar / planetary impression is bound to create BIG CHANGE in our world.
The alignment of the Sun, Earth, Moon, Jupiter and Uranus is occurring with the shift of the seasons and the Harvest Full Moon. The Sun lies at the autumn equinox point, while the Full Moon, Jupiter and Uranus lie at the spring equinox solar point. A new 13.5 Jupiter-Uranus cycle begins with this current conjunction. The previous one began in March 1997.
This lunar cycle and its Full Moon help us integrate the whole of who we are in a baptism by fire. As Children of the Fire we are reminded to balance matter and spirit, the personality and the soul. The Libran Way governs the razor edged path between polarities. When spirit and matter, light and dark interact it is our compassion that unites them in right relationship and poised equilibrium. If we are successful in this balancing act, our harvest will be full, nourishing and serve the greatest good.
When we make earthly challenges heavenly opportunities for At-One-Ment, we tread the path; we become the path. With each step we save and transform our world. We fly with the wings of the soul, experiencing new dimensions of reality.
Balance is attained,
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~ Last Quarter Moon,
The Last Quarter Moon can bring a crisis in consciousness as the Moon squares the Sun. This cycle's experiences have culminated and one must now prepare for rebirth by initiating change. This lunar phase is exact September 30 at 8:52m PDT (03:52 UT 10/1).
The Gemini Twins though opposites, innately cooperate for the benefit of the whole. Castor the mortal twin represents the form. Pollux, the eternal twin representing the spirit, is associated with the fulfillment of the soul's greater evolutionary purpose. The Gemini Twins are a sacred union of the earthly and divine fires within; these "twin flames" unite as one in the heart. Together they are and do something greater than either can alone.
Mebsuta and Wasat
Last Quarter Luna journeys between the Gemini stars, Mebsuta and Wasat. Review this Constellation Image and the sky chart above.
Mebsuta, the knee star of Castor, means treading under feet. This relates to triumphant Castor the mortal one. With his heart ablaze, he transforms evil into good and overcomes death because of the sacred covenant he has with his divine twin. We too can establish a sacred bond with our divine twin, and in daily co-creation, share in the glory of Heaven on Earth.
This lunar cycle's baptism by fire (review above) is now requiring that we initiate change, one that unites the "twin flames" of spirit and matter within a cooperative heart. This requires effort and an aspiration to unify the soul and personality. The Gemini Twins and Last Quarter Luna are giving rise to this heartfelt human effort. The time has come to create a cooperative spirit in the world, to celebrate diversity, to set hearts ablaze with goodwill, to establish right human relations.
This lunar cycle is ending. Be reborn. Transform evil into good. Shine on Homo Luminous!
October 7, Thursday, a New Moon occurs at 11:44am PDT (18:44 UT). Stay tuned for the next edition of Moon Dances.
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