Fourth of July
Holiday and Holy Day!

Important 2017 Notice

The maps shown on this page are dated for the year 2015, however you will find that much of the information related to them is relevant every year. Constellations stay the same, only the planets and their positions vary from year to year. For current Fourth of July sky maps please check out the following sites: EarthSky Tonight, This Week's Sky at a Glance, Star Gazers Episodes This page continues to give The Night Sky visitor an understanding of the deeper esoteric significance of the Fourth of July. Enjoy!

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, 2015 ~ 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 2:00pm 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, Mercury

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, 2015 Mercury is positioned near Al Hecka the southern horn tip of the cosmic Bull. Review map above. This is bound to bring messages from the gods into age-old struggles. Listen!

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.

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." Venus, as exoteric ruler of Taurus, appreciates the gifts of Earth (Taurus) and is energetically linked with the planet Mercury positioned in the constellation of Taurus. Thus, Venus and Mercury co-operate to create the perfect unity of male and female, of the idea to its form. Culled from Mercury in Taurus.

During the days surrounding the Fourth of July, call upon Mercury in Taurus and Venus the ruler of Taurus for vision and understanding to help free humanity from its habitual fighting. Call on Elnath for perseverance and breakthroughs when age-old struggles show themselves. Expect the enduring spirit to bring forth illuminating ideas that can manifest as gifts of the Earth.

BTW: 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, 2015 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.

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, 2015 ~ Sunset Sky
Looking West at 8:45pm
How Early Will You See ...
Venus and Jupiter in the Lion's Den?
Spying Spica and Virgo the Virgin.

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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.

Leo the Lion, Regulus and Sirius

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.

Leo the Lion, Jupiter, Venus

July 4, 2015 blazing luminous Venus and brilliant Jupiter pair up in the Lion's Den. Review map above. Venus is bright enough to see in the west at twilight. How early will you see this glorious planet? Jupiter pops into view as the sky darkens. Look Up! By 10:50pm both planets are out of sight below the horizon.

Note: Jupiter dims as the days and weeks unfold. July 9 Venus is at its greatest brilliancy in the evening sky. The difference in the brilliance of Venus is indiscernible to observers all of July.

Venus brings the Love Principle to our lives, harmonizing humanity with the gifts of understanding, love-wisdom, unity, creativity and beauty.

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.

In co-operation, Venus the goddess of love, Jupiter the beneficent one, and the cosmic Lion prepare us to work with the will of Deity by bringing forth the liberating Law of the Soul.

Venus in Leo helps reveal the hidden spiritual potential within all aspects of human relations. Venus in Leo increases opportunities for the creative spirit in action to show itself.

Jupiter in Leo imparts kindness, courage, intuitive perception into the ~heart of the matter~. Jupiter in Leo urges one to expand the awareness of the Spiritual Presence in the environment and in the physical body. This planetary position brings a strong sense of joy into the life.

Note: Both planets are fully risen by 9:15am July 4, 2015. Though you may not see Venus or Jupiter during the daylight hours, know that their loving emanations are shining down upon everyone all day long. Open to their gifts that set us free.

BTW: Both planets are positioned in the Lion's Den until August 4. Afterward Jupiter continues its easterly movement through Leo the Lion and retrograde Venus, in a westerly motion beginning July 25, leaves the constellation of Leo at this time.

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 Spica ... 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. Binoculars magnify their subtle hues. This helpful image helps one navigate the heavens.

Scorpius, Antares, Saturn in the Southeast

After taking in the sunset view, be sure to turn around to see the j-shaped cosmic Scorpion, Scorpius, fully risen in the southeast. Look for the Scorpion's reddish heart star, Antares, and yellowish Saturn to the west (right) of Antares. Binoculars magnify their subtle hues. Image These heavenly bodies travel west above the southern horizon all night long.

Antares and Scorpius are initiatory and demand transformation. Saturn a tough taskmaster, known as the Lord of Karma, stands at the Gates of Initiation ready to put all who approach to the test. These potent celestial powers enliven the evolutionary burning ground within humanity. Be the Phoenix who rises to newfound spiritual freedom.

Liberate ... Celebrate!

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After the Fireworks ...

... are over in 2015, around 10:00pm, look west. Blazing Venus and brilliant Jupiter are paired low on the western horizon. Are you able to see blue-white Regulus, the heart star of Leo the Lion above the paired planets? How about bluish Spica above the cosmic Lion? Review map above. Turn south to see yellowish Saturn to the right of reddish Antares, the cosmic Scorpion's heart star. Helpful Map Now is a good time to view all these colorful celestial bodies with binoculars and to Navigate with the Big Dipper. Notice the seasonal position of the Big Dipper's bowl.

At 10:30pm begin looking for a rising waning Gibbous Moon in the east. The Moon is at perigee and will look its largest for the month.

Note: Check out the Milky Way before the light of the Moon enters the sky! See map and discussion below.

Midnight Delights? ~ Look Up!

Each year at this time the Milky Way magnificently sweeps through the heavens from the southern horizon to the northern horizon. The best way to view it is away from city lights, in a dark sky without moonlight.

In 2015 moonlight interferes with a midnight Milky Way observation. Be sure to view the Milky Way in a dark sky, before the gorgeous perigee Moon rises in the east around 10:30pm. Look again each following night when the Moon wanes and rises later, providing a darker sky for viewing.

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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Weather permitting in a dark sky, 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. In 2015 yellowish Saturn is seen to the right of reddish Antares, the cosmic Scorpion's heart star. Helpful Map Binoculars magnify their subtle hues.

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. Binoculars magnify their subtle hues.

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.
Set Your Soul Free!

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