For the Northern Hemisphere
November 5 - December 5, 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?
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~ 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 New Moon and Sun conjoin Libras two brightest stars Zubeneschamali and Zubenelgenubi.
The Zuben stars of Libra were originally the pincer claws of the cosmic Scorpion, Scorpius. The name Zubenelgenubi derives from an Arabic phrase meaning the "Scorpion's southern claw" The star above it, Zubeneschamali means the northern claw.
Libra was once a part of the constellations Scorpius and Virgo. During the time of Julius Caesar the Romans created a twelfth constellation to represent Roman justice. They made the two claws of Scorpius into the scales of Libra the Balance. These scales were once linked to Virgo the Virgin, who was identified with the Greek goddess of Justice, Astraia (or Astraea). Why the Scorpion Lost His Claws
Zubenelgenubi, the southern claw, has a dual character. It can stimulate revenge or help heal a relationship. This star has a karmic quality, revealing our past patterns of behavior. Zubeneschamali, the northern claw, arouses spiritual and mental focus. It is beneficent and aligns us with permanent happiness. Its quality is dharmic, reconciling the past, moving us into the future.
As seen in the map above, the two Zuben stars form a triangle with, Dschubba, the head of the cosmic Scorpion. Mercury lies on the southern line of this triangle.
Mercury illuminates the higher mind, creating a link between the soul and the personality. Mercury assists in giving birth to Divine messengers.
Mars is positioned in Scorpius. Review map above. Our Red Planet is strongest while in the constellation of the cosmic Scorpion. "The battle leading the Soul’s ultimate victory is on! ... The lower self will make its ~last stand~ as it squares off to do battle with the Higher Self. ... [Mars'] placement in Scorpio is indicative of the death of the personality and the release of the indwelling Christ Presence ..." Esoteric Mars
Venus, positioned at the upper legs of Virgo, is technically in the constellation Libra. See map above. The boundaries of these constellations are shown in The Sidereal Heavens.
Just to the west of Venus lies Spica (not shown in map). This star symbolizes the sacred womb of Virgo the Virgin, our heavenly Holy Grail. Hmmm ... It's as if Virgo the Virgin is birthing Venus, goddess of love, into the "missing claws" of the Scorpion. In other words, the heavens are streaming forth the qualities of wise love, beauty, creativity, understanding and right relationship into humanity's karmic and dharmic experience here on Earth. "The primary function of Venus in this position [in the constelltion Libra] is to awaken in the consciousness of the Soul centred individual a point of balance by which material, personal desire is able to fuse with intelligent spiritual love." Esoteric Venus
A new cycle of spiritual birth with its karmic and dharmic challenges is being emphasized. Today, our choices and alignment are more important than ever. The Heavens are presently calling us to balance the scales, to find a harmony between spirit and matter, to cultivate equilibrium and know equipoise, to be the soul manifest on Earth.
Wounded and conflicted karmic relationships are bound to show themselves during this lunar cycle. Dharmic responsibility, close at hand, is destined to tap us on the shoulder for a reconciliation of them. Polarities, both sides of the coin, must be honored and balanced through wise loving actions and conscious choices. Seeking truth, yielding on all non-essentials and finding common ground are required now.
The "missing claws" of Scorpius have become Libra, the razor edged path of the soul. Treading this path is challenging however, commitment to the journey brings forth the "cutting edge" ideas that transform our world.
Ponder Transcendence during this lunar cycle. It marks the next major phase in the manifestation of humanity's soul on Earth.
November 3-7, Friday-Tuesday, the 5-day Diwali Festival of Lights is in progress. It celebrates the victory of good over evil and the lifting of spiritual darkness. The first 2 days are preparatory to the third New Moon Frestival Day; 2 days of celebration follow.
November 6-7, Saturday-Sunday, Buddhist and Mayan spiritual leaders are joining forces for a unique wisdom transmission and historical cultural unification. Attend the free webcast or simply light a candle for peace, joining millions around the world. Buddhist-Maya Global Fire Ceremony
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The soul and personality are at battle in the Scorpion's burning ground. This battle is emphasized November 7 - November 21 by Mars and Mercury transiting the constellation Scorpius, during the sign of Scorpio. Difference Between the Signs and Constellations Crescent Luna adds to the mix November 7. Use this extended time to make new choices by asking the following questions:
Humanity's consciousness of the soul's everlasting life leads the personality to a fiery death and ascension, evolution's spiral dance. Play your part well during these times of transition, transformation and transcendence.
Will You See Mars and Mercury?
Note: Gibbous Luna can be seen near brilliant Jupiter and binocular Uranus the night of November 15 and is in exact conjunction with this planetary pair early November 16. Learn more below.
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~ Waxing Crescent Moon, Sagittarius
Overcoming obstacles to the new incoming awareness begins with the waxing Crescent Moon. What was conceived at the New Moon, Poised Balance ~ A Conscious Choice and Challenge, (review above) is now in the process of waxing or gestating.
November 8-10, Monday-Wednesday, Luna grows in the realm of the Archer. The Sagittarian Archer with Pluto on his bow takes aim, zeroes in on the Light and Whole Truth and knows the way to go. He is adept at piercing the veil of falsehood and unifying dualities into a balanced whole. He teaches us to aim the arrow of the mind toward the intuition. Open to the emanations of this heavenly Archer when choices become challenging.
Use the following Sky Chart to track Luna's journey through the constellation Sagittarius.
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November 8, Monday, Luna introduces us to Sagittarius the Archer. At this time her thin Crescent lies north of the teapot asterism of Sagittarius. Constellation Image The stinger of Scorpius the cosmic Scorpion lies below. Moonset: 7:00pm
November 9, Tuesday, waxing Luna lies between with the top of the Sagittarian teapot and telescopic Pluto further to the north. Approximate Moonset: 8:00pm
November 10, Wednesday, Luna spends her last night with Sagittarius the Archer. Approximate Moonset: 9:00pm
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~ Planetary Treat During Scorpio
This nightly triangle is easily seen November 13-18. It is formed by Luna, Fomalhaut and Jupiter. Review map above.
Jupiter joined by binocular Uranus in this triangle stimulates BIG change, which can initially throw us off balance, but ultimately serves humanity. Luna reminds us that poised balance can be challenging and must be a conscious choice.
Look Up! Imagine this shapeshifting Celestial Sea triangle streaming forth energies that help humanity learn something new and wholesome, while we move with the seemingly chaotic currents and waves of our times.
Reflections ~ First Quarter Moon, Neptune
The First Quarter Moon, exact Saturday, November 13, at 8:39am PST (16:39 UT) squares the Sun at a 90-degree angle and brings up a tension between desires and emotions, as we struggle for fulfillment. Ideally any obstacles impeding the awareness conceived at the New Moon are overcome at this time.
November 13, Saturday, Neptune the sea god welcomes First Quarter Luna at the northeastern border of "smiling" Capricornus, the constellation of the sea goat. Review map above. The emanations of Capricornus support a new cycle of effort, one with immense spiritual possibilities, one that gives full expression to the earthly nature. Capricornus can open the doorway to the head center and bestow humanity with divine vision and purpose. Telescopic Neptune in this constellation helps us by aiding the creation or rebuilding of structures that manifest our dreams, our spirit on Earth. The sea god can help us achieve poised balance, while the sea goat can help us realize new choices.
Reflections ~ Waxing Gibbous Moon
The waxing Gibbous Moon is more than half lit, moving toward its full sunlit phase. Illumination and growth are offered by this lunar phase, only if the obstacles from the past are cleared away. This must happen, if the energy released with the coming Full Moon is to be utilized.
November 14, Sunday, Luna enters the depths of Aquarius the Water Bearer whose water jug provides nourishment for the Southern Fish and Royal Star, Fomalhaut. Review map above.
Ponder these Aquarian keywords of the soul: "Water of life am I, poured forth for a thirsty world." Drink up!
November 16-18, Tuesday-Thursday, Luna swims with the two fishes of Pisces and the whale Cetus, also known as the Sea Monster! Unpredictable Uranus is lurking in these waters and making BIG waves with wise, beneficent Jupiter. Review map above.
The fusion or union of the Pisces fishes, matter and spirit, produces the Incarnated Christ, the perfected individual soul. In this process the lesser and greater polar opposites — the human being and God — are brought to their destined, radiantly divine expression, the HU-man * world savior.
Rebellious Uranus in Pisces arouses a willful rejection of a limited reality and humanity must suddenly shift into new visions that encompass the greater whole and lead to greater freedom.
Is Cetus a whale or a monster? Is the whale's tail the monster's jaws or is the monster's tail the whale's head? Cetus Image The whale is an ancient symbol for creation; many myths speak of how human life sprang from the sea. On the other hand Cetus the Sea Monster represents destruction. Hmmm ... Cetus represents the human struggle, that of a spiritual being in human form—creation, destruction and evolution.
The rough seas and the "Waters of Life" are here to awaken humanity to its soul, a point of balance where earthly desire fuses with spiritual love.
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approximate position of the Moon on the given dates.
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Three Seasons of Savory Stars
The stars overhead change as the seasons change on Earth. The stars highest above the horizon mid-evening are considered to be the stars of the season.
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How and Why the Night Sky Changes with the Seasons
Summer Stars Look west to see the 3 brilliant stars of the Summer Triangle slowly descending toward the horizon. This transformational gateway lies over the Milky Way, leading one on the path of the gods.
Autumn Stars Almost overhead are the four much dimmer stars, which make up the Great Square of Pegasus the Flying Horse, the Autumn Square, the "Doorway to Paradise." To the east of Pegasus lie autumns sparkling blue mini dipper-shaped Pleiades.
Winter Stars Look east to see Orion the Hunter, winters cosmic giant, rising over the horizon at 8:00pm during the first two weeks of December, a sure sign that winter is near.
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.
The Full Moon is exact Sunday, Nov. 21, 9:27am PST (17:27 UT)
Moon Global Meditation
What was conceived at the New Moon, Poised Balance ~ A Conscious Choice and Challenge, review above now comes to fruition and is birthed into the full light of our conscious minds.
Since the exact Full Moon occurs early Sunday, we get to observe a very FULL Luna Saturday and Sunday evening, November 20 and 21.
The exact Full Moon lies in the constellation Taurus the Bull, and conjoins the blue-white Pleiades star cluster marking the Bull's shoulder. Saturday evening Luna approaches the cluster from the west; Sunday evening Luna is east of the cluster, near the reddish star of enlightenment, Aldebaran, which marks the Bull's eye. Compare this constellation image to the map above. Note: Moonlight veils the sparking Pleiades. Binoculars come in handy seeing the cluster and are a special treat in observing Luna.
Taurus helps us achieve poised balance on the teeter totter of life by enlightening our mind, however to receive this celestial illumination we must choose to transform desire into spiritual aspiration. This is a challenge.
The Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters, are intimately linked to Sirius, our Earth, humanity and the higher aspect of mind. The emanations of the Pleiades seed the vision of Aldebaran, which in turn holds a divine ideal that can aid humanity's evolutionary process through its political systems, its nations.
Reflections ~ Full Moon's Illumination
The Full Moon during Scorpio is illuminated by the Sun positioned at the head of the cosmic Scorpion, Scorpius. The soul and personality are at battle in the Scorpion's burning ground. This battle is emphasized by the Full Moon's illumination, by the fact that we are in the sign of Scorpio, and by the timing of Mars and Mercury transiting through the constellation of Scorpius November 7 - November 21! Difference Between the Signs and Constellations
The cosmic Scorpion influences a turning point in the life of humanity and in the life of the individual human being. It reorients the personality to the life of the soul and later to initiation and sensitivity to the Divine Plan. The Scorpion helps us attune to the three lights of form, soul and life, which meet, blend and rise.
The Full Moon is taking humanity beyond the personality into the realms of soul and spirit. Humanity's consciousness of everlasting Life leads the personality to a fiery death and ascension, the spiral dance of evolution. With turbulent rhythms we learn to spiritually aspire and then achieve various levels of illumination and enlightenment. Our challenges and choices in this evolutionary dance ultimately lead us to a place of poised balance.
During these teeter totter times of transition, transformation and transcendence, know that death leads to rebirth. The Phoenix rises from the burning ground.
Take some time to imagine the illuminating light of the Pleiades and Aldebaran descending on Earth, guiding global governance on all levels.
Ideally the waning Gibbous Moon is a time that readies us to manifest anew. It brings illumination to the influences of the entire lunar cycle. If not, dis-ease results.
November 22, Monday, Luna completes her journey with Taurus the Bull when she approaches his northern horn tip, the star Elnath. Review map above. As we observe Elnath, we are looking toward the rim of our galaxy and the less-populated regions of intergalactic space, away from the crowded galactic hub. Tune to Elnath for perseverance and breakthroughs. Free yourself from the influences that limit the expression of your divinity.
November 23-25, Tuesday-Thanksgiving Thursday, a waning Gibbous Luna transits the constellation of the Gemini Twins. Review map above. Tuesday she lies at their feet, Wednesday at their hips and Thanksgiving Thursday at their heads.
Gemini at its highest represents a sacred union of the earthly and divine fires within; these "twin flames" unite as one in the heart. Castor the mortal twin with his heart ablaze, transforms evil into good and overcomes death because of the sacred covenant he has with his divine twin (Pollux). The undying Love of Deity (2nd Ray) primarily pours into our solar system through the cooperative Gemini Twins. Gemini keeps the interplay of energies between dualities active and flowing so that eventually they reach synthesis and unity. Learn More
Call upon the Twins to manifest a new cooperative spirit on Earth, one that strengthens the connection and communication between the personality and soul, one that creates equipoise. Imagine the twin flames of humanity uniting in the heart. Give thanks.
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curved yellow line represents the east-southeastern horizon.
The waning Crescent Moon phase brings enlightenment at a deep level, a time of conscious growth, clarification of values and the surrender to a new future. Rebirth can occur and playfulness can come forth.
Morning Luna, Virgo the Virgin, Saturn Lord of the Rings and Venus goddess of love awaken humanity from its slumber. The emanations of Virgo, our Heavenly Holy Grail, nurture our innate divinity, spiritual awareness and Christ consciousness until it can be made manifest, ultimately giving rise to the HU-man *, the God-man, the Christed ONE.
The Moon, esoteric ruler of Virgo, when located in the Virgin's constellation, helps humankind become conscious of its great potential, world service. A deep growing awareness of the importance of service on Earth is affirmed and fostered by Virgo the Virgin.
Porrima, Virgo's star named after the goddess of childbirth and prophecy, emphasizes new beginnings and the use of guiding intuition during change and its birthing process. Spica symbolizing the sacred womb of the Virgin, accepts and nourishes the seed of divine will from Arcturus, the savior avatar. Helpful Star Map This seed of divinity resides in Virgo and therefore within humanity.
Saturn in the Holy Grail conceives the structures that exteriorize the unfolding Christ consciousness. These structures cultivate synthesis and serve in a healing capacity.
Venus, positioned at the upper legs of Virgo, is technically in the constellation Libra. See map above. The boundaries of these constellations are shown in The Sidereal Heavens. "The primary function of Venus in this position [in the constelltion Libra] is to awaken in the consciousness of the Soul centred individual a point of balance by which material, personal desire is able to fuse with intelligent spiritual love." Esoteric Venus
Corvus, in alignment with Arcturus and Virgo, assures us of our essential divinity and its everyday guiding voice. See map above.
This 3-day transit of morning Luna is enlivening humanity's innate divinity and stimulating pathways for divine energies to be made manifest on Earth. The Higher Power within each and every one of us is being aroused. We are the sacred Chalice for the Divine Host on Earth.
This lunar cycle is ending. Remember, achieving a poised balance on life's teetor totter is challenging and requires yielding to the greater power of the Spiritual Presence. Listen, observe the signs found all around, use your intuition and make conscious choices. Play your part well! Celebrate HU-manity's * birthing process.
December 5, Sunday, a New Moon occurs at 9:36am PST (17:36 UT). Stay tuned for the next edition of Moon Dances.
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