Fourth of July
Holiday and Holy Day!

Holiday and Holy Day!
The Fourth of July Begins ...
Meditation ... Sunrise to Noon
The Sun Sets ...
After the Fireworks ...
Midnight Delights ~ Look Up!

Holiday and Holy Day!

The Fourth of July is linked to the brightest star in the heavens, Sirius. Every year on July 4 from our Earth's position, our Sun is in conjunction with Sirius. Esoterically this star is our Spiritual Sun and is associated with liberation. According to ancient teachings, the concept of freedom resides in human consciousness because of the influence of this star system.

In that this Principle of Freedom is closely associated with the consciousness on Sirius, it governs the expanding initiations we reach as humans in our evolution to membership in the Spiritual Kingdom. This incredible principle aligns us with spirit instead of form, and invokes unity as freedom from duality, freedom from life centered in the lower three worlds of physical incarnation. The Principle of Freedom and Liberation

Astrologically, a conjunction is the strongest aspect celestial bodies can have. Our Sun exactly conjoins Sirius in the sign of Cancer at 14 degrees, which occurs around July 4–7. America's Independence Day is strongly linked to the conjunction of Sirius and our Sun!

Note: Interestingly enough Canada Day, July 1, marks Canada's independence from England. Bastille Day, the French Independence Day, is July 14. And the transfer of sovereignty in Iraq occurred with a surprise handover (2 days early) on June 28, 2004.

Independence/National Days

BTW: Another fascinating note is that the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, was born July 6, 1935 and George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, was born July 6, 1946. Both men in their own unique way have been dedicated to increasing freedom in our world.

Annually on or near the Fourth of July the Earth and Sun are at their furthest distance from each other. This event plus the Sirius/Sun conjunction creates a significant spiritual alignment.

After the close of the Three Major Spiritual Festivals, in July, the earth’s orbit places our planet the furthest it gets from our physical sun. This astronomical event, known as earth at aphelion, occurs annually around July 3–7. The physical sun, though furthest from the earth, is now closest to, in conjunction with Sirius, our Spiritual Sun, while the planetary Hierarchy is in close alignment with the earth, responding to our invocative appeal during the recent Spiritual Festivals.

At this time a powerful relationship is set up on the galactic plane between our physical sun and our spiritual sun and between the Hierarchy and the earth. Energies from Sirius can now flow freely through our sun, the solar system and the Hierarchy to our earth, evoking a response in humanity and stimulating evolution. The Hierarchy steps down the potent incoming energies to assist humanity in their assimilation. The Galactic Planes

Dog Days
Sirius disappears in the Sun's embrace.

Aphelion Day
During the first week of July
Earth Is Farthest from the Sun.

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The Fourth of July Begins ...

July 4, 2014 ~ Predawn Sky
Looking East at 5:00am
Taurus the Bull Ushers In a New Day
How Many Celestial Bodies Will You See?

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The curved yellow line at the bottom of the image represents the eastern horizon.

The Sun rises at 6:00am and sets at 8:30pm.

Approximate Set Times for the Planets:
Uranus 1:45pm, Venus 6:15pm and Mercury 7:00pm

The Pleiades set by 5:30pm, Aldebaran 6:00pm
Al Hecka and Elnath by 7:30pm.

Note: These celestial bodies dance invisibly across the sky during the daylight hours. Their energies influence our daytime activities.

Taurus the Bull, the Moon, Mars

Every year on July 4 Taurus the Bull heralds the rising Sun. The enlightened mind is the gift of Taurus when one transforms desire into spiritual aspiration.

The sparkling Pleiades, the famous star cluster marking the shoulder of Taurus the Bull, rises around 2:40am. It is said that the Pleiades transmit the Light of God (the Universal Mind) into our minds, enabling God's light to descend on Earth.

Aldebaran, truly the "Bull’s eye" star of enlightenment, holds a vision that is seeded by the Pleiades. It is a divine ideal that can aid humanity’s evolutionary process through its political systems.

July 4, 2013 the waning Crescent Moon aligns with Aldebaran and the Pleiades accentuating enlightenment at a deep level. Rebirth can occur.

Mars positioned anywhere in Taurus the Bull brings forth struggles between the desires for the form and the freedom from attachments. These may result in a denial or the inappropriate use of sexual and financial energies.

July 4, 2014 Venus is positioned between the horns of Taurus the Bull and Mercury is positioned near Al Hecka the southern horn tip of the cosmic Bull. Review Map above.

The horns of the Bull embody struggles that are age-old and evolutionary. The southern horn and its star, Al Hecka, symbolize stalemates, standoffs and blind habitual fighting, while the northern horn and its star Elnath represent perseverance and breakthroughs. Today, with the multitude of global and personal struggles, we experience desires and spiritual aspirations tugging and pulling at us. Humanity often hangs on the horns of a dilemma having to make a difficult choice.

Venus in Taurus - At the esoteric level, this potent placement ... reveals the urge of desire for increased knowledge. This understanding may then be transmuted into wisdom for the benefit of all ... the individual is seeking out an understanding or attunement with ~the idea which embodies a particular form~. Venus in Taurus is thus quite perceptive of the quality of energy represented by a specific physical manifestation, whether this is a person or a particular object. Venus in Taurus

With Mercury in Taurus "the task of bringing forth the illumined ~eye of the Bull~ is uppermost in the mind ... Form ~will~ be made into a correct expression for ideas, while art and the professions will be the channels." Mercury in Taurus

Venus, exoteric ruler of Taurus, appreciates the gifts of Earth (Taurus). Venus joining with Mercury in Taurus creates the perfect unity of male and female, of the idea to its form.

During the days surrounding the Fourth of July, call on Elnath for perseverance and breakthroughs when age-old struggles show themselves. Call on Venus and Mercury for understanding and vision. Expect illuminating ideas that can manifest as gifts of the Earth.

Elnath, the tip of the northern (upper) horn of Taurus the Bull, is also a southern star in the constellation Auriga. This star lies almost opposite our galactic center. When we look at 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. Allow Elnath to expand your horizons, free you from limiting influences and align you with the heart of our galaxy and its blessings.

Note: Capella, the brightest star seen most often, is located in the constellation Auriga to the north of the Pleiades. "Auriga, is the charioteer, leading forth to new lands and so symbolizing the soul." The Labors of Hercules - Labor II, pg. 48


July 4, 2014 telescopic Uranus located in Pisces the constellation of the world savior, arouses a willful rejection of a limited reality. Its emanations surprisingly shift humanity into new visions that encompass the greater whole and lead to greater freedom. Also see The Uranus-Pluto Square 2012-2015.

It's a Brand New Day!

Set yourself free! Look Up! Open to the illuminating and evolutionary light of this brand new day. Allow it to enlighten you and thereby descend on Earth. Expect inner fireworks as you liberate yourself from the energies that no longer serve the soul and the greatest good. Imagine others doing the same, each freeing their spirit by moving beyond judgment, hatred, and separation toward understanding, wise love and unity. Ponder freedom, independence and interdependence.

BTW: The Fourth of July occurs during the sign of Cancer whose keynote is "Love builds a Lighted House wherein Life dwells."

Meditation ... Sunrise to Noon

Each Fourth of July a Circle of Peace occurs at the Rainbow Gathering. A silent circle of people prays for world peace starting at sunrise and ending around Rainbow noon after a period of OHMing. Join this meditation on the inner planes wherever you are physically located.

The Sun Sets ...

... on the Fourth of July at 8:30pm. Find a clear unobstructed western horizon to really appreciate the view shown in the star map below. Use binoculars to improve visibility; do not view the Sun with them!

July 4, 2014 ~ Sunset Sky
Looking West at 8:45pm
How Early Will You See the Moon? ... Jupiter?
Spy Paired Spica and Mars with Virgo the Virgin
Can You Spot Saturn East of Spica and Mars?

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Rise/Set/Transit Times ~ Major Bodies

Sun, Gemini Twins

Every year on July 4, the Sun representing physical consciousness, will, power and life-giving force, lies in the constellation of the Gemini Twins. From here its emanations harmonize will and form. The Gemini Twins though opposites representing the form and spirit, innately cooperate for the benefit of the whole. The emanations of Gemini keep the interplay of energies between dualities active and flowing so that eventually they reach synthesis and unity.

Jupiter, Gemini Twins

July 4, 2014 brilliant Jupiter near the horizon is bright enough to see in the northwest at twilight, although it is challenging. How early will you see this planet? By 9:30pm Jupiter sinks out of sight below the horizon. The much dimmer Gemini Twins, Pollux and Castor, lie to the right of Jupiter. Binoculars are helpful in spotting these twilight celestial bodies.

It is said that Jupiter transmits cosmic forces into our solar system. Jupiter bridges, fuses and blends, freeing us from duality. This giant planet expands our hearts and minds bringing out the best in all, producing wisdom and the externalization of the Divine Plan in our solar system.

Jupiter in alignment with the Gemini Twins "facilitates the harmonizing and blending of mental energies for the purpose of clarifying the expression of Love in life." Jupiter through the Signs

Leo the Lion, Regulus

Every Fourth of July impressive Leo the Lion lies above the sunset horizon. A backward question mark of stars curves up from Regulus, Leo's brightest star and heart star, representing the Lion's chest, majestic mane and head. A triangle of stars forms Leo's hindquarters. Regulus, the Lion-Hearted Lawgiver, focuses the evolutionary energies of Sirius toward Earth and acts as a regulator for these liberating emanations. Sirius and Initiation

In Review ... Humanity's concept of freedom and liberation is linked to Sirius. The Fourth of July is linked to the conjunction of our physical Sun, the center of our solar system, and our spiritual Sun, Sirius. Regulus, the heart star of Leo the Lion, focuses and regulates the emanations of Sirius toward Earth.

The Moon

Look Up! You'll see the widest stage of the waxing Crescent Moon before it becomes an exact First Quarter Moon July 5 at 4:59am PDT (11:59 UT). Wide Crescent Luna sets July 4 around midnight.

This is a great time to observe the Moon with binoculars. Examine the Moon's terminator, the line separating the light side from the dark side. Along this line of contrasting light lunar craters, mountains and valleys are accentuated.

Moonlight is increasing now. As the Moon grows in the light provided by our Sun, we too grow in the light of our Soul.

Spy Spica, Mars, Virgo the Virgin

The constellation Virgo the Virgin with its brightest star, Spica, lies above (east of) Leo the Lion. Virgo's emanations nurture the essential divinity within humanity until spiritual birth can occur. This spark of divinity in each and every one of us can be fanned into the flame of Divine freedom as we tread The Path.

Virgo itself is a cup-shaped constellation, ... the cup of communion ... in its highest meaning the Holy Grail. Bailey's Labours of Hercules

Spying Paired Spica and Mars ... Locate the Big Dipper a little northwest of overhead, arc from its handle to the bright golden star Arcturus directly overhead, and from there spike down to the south, to bluish Spica, then look right of this star to see reddish Mars. Binoculars magnify their subtle hues. July Evenings SW to NW This helpful image, though it does not show Mars, helps one navigate the heavens. The Red Planet sets around 1:00am July 5.

Mars in Virgo the Virgin stimulates a spiritual quickening in humanity. Allow this quickening to take place within you, to set you free from that which no longer serves your evolving self.

Spotting Saturn

Saturn lies east (left) of paired Spica and Mars. With the unaided eye Saturn appears as a bright yellowish star among the dimmer stars of the constellation Libra. Saturn/Libra Map

Reddish Antares, heart star of Scorpius the Scorpion, lies east of Saturn. This map is helpful in locating the significant stars surrounding Saturn, however it does not show Saturn in Libra. It shows Spica of Virgo the Virgin, the Zuben stars of Libra and Antares of Scorpius.

Saturn's current retrograde motion, continuing until July 20, takes us back to our spiritual roots, intentions and integrity. How do our goals match up to our soul's objectives? Saturn, a tough taskmaster and Lord of Karma, stands at the Gates of Initiation ready to put all who approach to the spiritual test. Saturn tests, to set our Spirit free!

Saturn in the constellation Libra helps bring about right judgment and what is fair in any given situation. Saturn's current position is activating the Libran star, Zuben Elgenubi. This star stimulates both revenge and forgiveness. Now is the time to ponder how these attributes manifest in one's life. Can you put out any fires of revenge? Who can you forgive? Free yourself from past judgments! What is just and fair?

BTW: Slow moving Saturn with its westerly (retrograde) and easterly (prograde) motion remains in the vicinity of this star until the end of August.

Note: Faster Mars, moving easterly toward Zuben Elgenubi, has its closest approach to this star around August 20. This happens to be the same time Saturn is also in close proximity to the star!

Liberate ... Celebrate!

Time for Fireworks!

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After the Fireworks ...

... are over in 2014, around 10:00pm, look west. Are you able to see blue-white Regulus, the heart star of Leo the Lion, low on the western horizon? How about the waxing Gibbous Moon, reddish Mars, bluish Spica and yellowish Saturn above the cosmic Lion? Now is a good time to view these colorful celestial bodies with binoculars and to Navigate with the Big Dipper. Notice the seasonal position of the Big Dipper's bowl.

Midnight Delights ~ Look Up!

In 2014, just before midnight, you can watch the Gibbous Moon set. The closer the Moon is to the horizon the bigger it appears. Enjoy the view!

Away from city lights, in a dark sky without moonlight, be sure to view the Milky Way at midnight or later. It magnificently sweeps through the heavens from the southern horizon to the northern horizon.

Look Up! The celestial gems and jewels of the midnight sky are beckoning you to call out their names.

Summer's Milky Way
Midnight Fourth of July ~ Every Year
Mid-Northern Latitude Stars

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Around midnight on July 4, weather permitting, just above the southern horizon, 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.

Be sure to review the image above.

The Summer Triangle is centrally positioned over the Milky Way and Cassiopeia (M or W shaped) marks its northern sweep. Arc from the handle of the Big Dipper to golden Arcturus from there spike down to bluish Spica, then look right of this star to see reddish Mars. Binoculars magnify their subtle hues. In 2014 Saturn lies above and to the left of paired Spica and Mars.

Note: Hercules the Strong Man lies about a third of the way from Vega to Arcturus. Look for his four star wedge-shaped torso. Enjoy your summertime night sky traveling!

The Milky Way

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! Liberate yourself and travel the Milky Way!

Have a Safe and Sacred Fourth of July.
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